Despite some obvious limitations, Tehran's version of "Happy" still achieves its purpose by spreading some good old-fashioned joy. In the process, the group of young Iranians are also dispelling stereotypes.
The crafting of Putin's new Euro-Asian vision -- in effect a new "Greater Russia" assembled from the remnants of the old Soviet Union in Central Asia and Europe -- has been greased by a pipeline delivery system under the Kremlin's control.
Contrary to the cries of McKeon and the president's other critics, restraint in Syria and Ukraine and diplomacy in Iran are signs of good judgment, not weakness. A foreign policy of all-military-all-the-time would be immensely costly and extremely counterproductive. We can and should do better.
Baha'i cemeteries are routinely desecrated in Iran with the destruction of grave markers and the spraying of offensive graffiti.
A plethora of pundits, law makers and think tanks continue to criticize the Obama Administration for presiding over what appear to be persistent failures in the foreign policy arena. Opponents are quick to attack the perceived lack of meaningful progress.
"If I would no longer be allowed to work as a realtor, I'm going to go to the Realtors Association and sit in their offices until they give me some kind of job with a similar salary," Rezvaneh tells Al-Monitor.
Without any doubt in this moment we can not talk about the dollar but about the "energo dollar" or "petrodollar," currencies that are not within reach of the common people which ultimately bring prosperity.
Should where people live determine if they get access to email? Technology is a tool that makes it infinitely easier for people from all over the world to share their hopes, stories and dreams together.
While commentators grow impatient with Kerry's Churchillian warnings about the consequences of failure in the Middle East peace process, the world might sadly witness how right Kerry is.
The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.
The gathering celebrates the legacy of synthesizer mastermind Robert Moog and the generations of musicians he influenced -- all in the burg where he stationed his musical instrument factory before his death in 2005.
Burmese journalist, longtime political prisoner and National League for Democracy co-founder U Win Tin passed away on April 21 at age 85.
Unless Congress gives the president the authority to lift sanctions, the president will be limited to extending temporary waivers for the sanctions for successive four-to-six month periods ad infinitum.
The longtime pattern of the U.S.-Iran relationship: spoilers never go away, they just regroup and try to despoil again and again.
We Jewish Israelis--and people from the West in general--tend to forget that there are actually human beings living in Iran, with normal desires to lead healthy family lives, not to mention "reformers" who would like to change Iranian policy and society for the better.
Everything depends on whether Tehran, and not just President Hassan Rouhani, is serious. No surprise, many analysts -- and more importantly, paladins of Capitol Hill -- remain skeptical. And that doubt has fueled efforts to impose new sanctions, which would impede if not kill efforts to reach a final accord.