The political establishment of Iran is not known for its open-mindedness or tolerance on sexuality and gender. Nonetheless, its homophobic vitriol has been exceptionally high these past few weeks.
A number of key issues have emerged as analysts look ahead to what a final comprehensive agreement among the parties might look like.
President Putin's ultimate ambitions are not known, though it is clear he is using the seizure of Crimea and threats against Ukraine in part to strengthen his position at home. Russia's economy is struggling, and government is riddled with corruption and cronyism.
Vahdat Hall, originally called Roudaki Hall and built for artistic performances, was a prominent venue for major concerts and plays over the years. Th...
Everyone remembers the 2008 campaign when, in the exhilaration of Obamania, the advertising slogan "no-drama Obama" had a fair amount of success. This reflected a common misunderstanding of politics, for personalities matter much less than the force field of conflicts between the various powerful sectors in oligarchic democracies.
Iran's decision to resist replacing Hamid Aboutalebi, as the Islamic Republic's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, is only increasing frustrations both in Tehran and Washington.
Senator Rand Paul wants to set the record straight on an issue that the foreign policy community in Washington considers one of the biggest priorities on its docket: The Iranian nuclear program. He is not... repeat, not... for containment of Iran.
If the story stopped with Ted Cruz, it would be only an amusing anecdote. But, unbelievably, Cruz's measure won the unanimous support of both the Senate and the House. Unanimous? There was no one willing to stand up to bullyboys Ted Cruz and his ally Charles Schumer?
Although the Syrian government and leaders of Hezbollah are offering differing signals from the Islamic Republic, Iranian leaders view the situation from another prism.
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said oil production from the Islamic republic could increase even with harsh economic sanctions in place. In late December, Tehran said it would pump as much oil as it could if sanctions are lifted. Now, it seems, OPEC is taking notice.
A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain -- captured the spirit of anger and disarray that presently characterizes America's geopolitical posture.
"A curtailed dream" is the nickname given to the highly publicized amendment omitted from the Iranian new year's budget act. The amendment would have ...
The American side's ratcheting up, and rigidifying the terms of what it defines as an acceptable accord with Iran, reflects a readiness to risk seeing the talks collapse.
One of the most alarming trends indicating egregious human rights abuses has been the surge in executions, many conducted in public, under the presidency of the moderate Rouhani, particularly since the beginning of 2014.
Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.
Ebrahim Asgharzadeh who was amongst the leading figures of occupying the U.S. embassy, told me in an interview from Tehran that the Iranian diplomat was not involved in any decision-making circles in the "hostage operation."