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How Khamenei and Obama Must Woo the Opposition to the Nuclear Agreement

Akbar Ganji | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Akbar Ganji

Now that the agreement has been signed, both Khamenei and President Obama must sell it to those in their nations who oppose it. The task is difficult and, therefore, a comparison between the efforts of the two leaders can be very illuminating.

Dispatch From Iran

OpedSpace | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
OpedSpace

For every impassioned citizen brandishing a burning American flag, there are five more Iranians with encouraging smiles, soliciting our nationality. Before we can respond "Swiss!" or "Australian!", our irreverent guide, Abdullah, has already unmasked us.

Why Holocaust Analogies Aren't Helping Republicans Win Jewish Votes

John A. Tures | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
John A. Tures

Republicans have done everything they can to win the Jewish vote, never missing an opportunity to link Democrats and any foreign policy opponent to the Nazis and the Holocaust. They just don't get how offensive such remarks are to Jewish voters, continuing to drive them toward Democrats.

The Question of Iran

Ali al-Dhafiri | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Ali al-Dhafiri

The region is witnessing major shifts and serious risks, and this vibrant nation demands a vision and a real plan, but who's listening?

Nuclear Iran: How and Why The JCPOA Will Work

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Paul Heroux

Even before the negotiations started, President Obama's detractors were saying that his efforts to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program would fail. Now that we have an actual plan to review, we can weigh the merits of that plan. I have read the plan and it is my opinion that the plan is a good plan that will work.

Why Iran's Nuclear Deal Is A Victory Against Hardliners And Terrorists

John A. Tures | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Let's say that the U.S. Congress rejects the deals. If so, we could see a hardliner comeback in Iran, a victory for the sponsors of terrorism, an increased likelihood of Israel bombing Iran, with a retaliation that drags America into a conflict that makes Iraq look like a skirmish.

'On the Beach': On the Brink, the Fallout From a Permissive Nuke Deal With Iran

Joseph Cooper | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Joseph Cooper

With disbelief and faint hope she goes on to ask, "Why must it come to us? Can't anything be done to stop it?"

Former Iranian President Bani-Sadr: Iran Has Capitulated To The U.S. In This 'Vienna Submission'

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 07.14.2015 | World

As soon as the Vienna agreement on Iran’s nuclear program was inked, The WorldPost asked the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Abolha...

My Year in the Islamic Republic of Iran

F. Scott Hess | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

In 1992 I flew into the Islamic Republic of Iran with my wife and two year old daughter on a trip funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and a Getty Museum Fellowship.

Why Is Iran's Military Doctrine Defensive?

Milad Jokar | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Milad Jokar

The political capital invested by the Obama administration and the Rouhani government gives us good reasons to be not only "cautiously optimistic" but "optimistic" regarding the Iranian nuclear crisis.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

Iran's Writing on the Wall: Ethnic Minorities and Others Assert Themselves

James Dorsey | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Recent months have witnessed a series of unrelated, nationwide protests in Iran by teachers demanding salary hikes as well as ethnic groups decrying government abuse and calling for greater rights.

Ethnic Tensions Spill Onto Iranian Soccer Pitches

James Dorsey | Posted 05.16.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Against a backdrop of the violent redrawing of the map of the Middle East as minorities assert their rights, rebels challenge the existing order, and militant Islamists seek to carve up the post-colonial order, Iranian soccer pitches are signalling that the Islamic republic is not totally immune to the region's upheaval.

Jessica Schulberg

Why Congress Is Embracing Former Iranian Terrorists

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. continues to grapple with the threat of the Islamic State group, Republicans in Congress have argued that Iran should be a h...

When Debating Iran's Nuclear Program, Sort Fact from Fiction

Scott Ritter | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Scott Ritter

America's decade-long experience in the post-9/11 Middle East has conditioned the American public, and by extension the American body politic, to embrace hyperbole and sensationalism over fact and nuance. In doing so, decisions are being made which do not reflect reality, and as such not only fail to rectify the situation at hand, but more often than not, exacerbate it. America's experience with Iran stands as a clear case in point, where analysts have failed to accurately depict the true nature of Iran's military capability, among other issues, and policy makers have, as a result, failed to formulate policies which deal with the issues arising from decades of American-Iranian animosity fueled by post-9/11 emotions, which continue to run high to this day. Getting it wrong on Iran has become an American institution, one which may have far-reaching detrimental consequences.

Cakewalk Cotton and 'Kill the Deal' Kristol's Easy War

Jon Rainwater | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Jon Rainwater

It's time for diplomacy's critics to stop blaming the negotiations' supporters for bringing up the possibility of war. Now that the heavyweights of the neoconservative world have all weighed in on "a few days" of military strikes on Iran, does anybody doubt what Plan B looks like?

Yemen Betrays US Military Decline in a Chaotic Middle East

David Oualaalou | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

The United States must be very careful how it formulates foreign policy involving not only these two countries but also the greater Middle East. This region is a powder keg and is no place for reckless, chest-thumping American politicians on the left and right to be tossing politically lit matches.

Iranian Arab Soccer Pitch Emerges as Flashpoint in Saudi-Iranian Proxy War

James Dorsey | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A soccer pitch in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, home to Iran's Arab minority, has emerged as a flashpoint of anti-government protest at a time of rising Arab-Iranian tensions over the status of Shiite Muslim minorities in the Arab world and the crisis in Yemen.

Former Iranian President Bani-Sadr: This Is 'A One-Sided Agreement' Against Iran

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, came to power in 1980 following the revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini. H...

Will Negotiations With Iran Fail?

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

The Obama administration believes that failure will leave the world less safe. Furthermore, failure at the current negotiations would not open the way for ten years of trust. The lack of trust is one of the biggest impediments to sustained diplomatic relations.

The Top Laughably Wrong Military and Veterans Talking Points From GOP Candidates

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Jon Soltz

It occurred to us at VoteVets.org that there will be a lot of statements from conservative candidates for president that range from "fudged" to "completely wrong." Most of these statements are easy to predict. So, as a public service, here's a cheat sheet for you, so when you hear those statements, you know why they're just not right.

Norouz at the 'People's House' as Inspiration for Pluralism

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

This week, over 200 men and women representing a diversity of ethnicities, languages, professions and political views gathered to participate in what was perhaps the largest celebration of the ancient holiday of Norouz, the Persian New Year at the White House.

Why ISIS Exists

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

The Middle East is suffering the blowback from rotten U.S. policies, disastrous wars, and cultural turmoil. ISIS and its ilk are one result.

Jessica Schulberg

The Toughest Job At AIPAC: Selling Iran Diplomacy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Selling nuclear diplomacy with Iran was perhaps the toughest job at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference thi...

Sports associations step up pressure on human rights violators

James Dorsey | Posted 04.06.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey International sporting associations have hardened their stance towards wannabe hosts of mega-events, who violate basic rights, inc...