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Update on Ali Moezi, a Political Prisoner Facing Imminent Threat

Sara Hassani | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Sara Hassani

Ali Moezi is an ailing a political prisoner. He suffers from cancer, kidney disease and several other afflictions. Arrested while undergoing cancer treatment, he has since been denied access to medical care by the Iranian judiciary.

Death by Self-Defense, Remembering Reyhaneh Jabbari

Sara Hassani | Posted 11.04.2015 | Women
Sara Hassani

In a world where women already shoulder a disproportionate burden of proof, most egregiously as it relates to sexual assault and rape, Iranian women are forced to reckon with an almost impossible circumstance.

Saudi Arabia and al-Qaeda Unite in Yemen

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In viewing Yemen as an important battleground in the grander struggle against Iran's expanding regional influence, Saudi Arabia has united with a variety of Yemeni Sunni factions in an effort to crush the Houthi insurgency.

Can Iran's Rulers Still Use Enemies Abroad to Rally a Nation?

The Conversation US | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

The rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran have routinely used external conflicts to divert public attention from domestic problems, deflect attacks, promote national cohesion and repress their opponents. Much of the tension between Iran and the U.S. can be seen in this light.

The Iran Deal: Power to the People

Holly Dagres | Posted 09.14.2015 | World
Holly Dagres

Having an Iran deal opens the floodgates of economic opportunity, breaths new life into the middle class, and raises the standard of living, which are all vehicles of change. With the passing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal has done a lot more for positive transformation in Iran than sanctions ever could.

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

The Cuban Missile Crisis Explains Why Iran Won't Go to War With Israel

Harvey Simon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Harvey Simon

Before advocating war with Iran to keep it from getting nuclear weapons, proliferation opponents have a responsibility to explain why these risks cannot be mitigated and defend their assumption that deterrence does not apply in the Middle East.

Why David Brooks Is Dead Wrong on the Iran Deal

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Tyler Wigg-Stevenson

If you follow his argument, however, it's actually breathtakingly naive. And if you look at his sources, the column is downright embarrassing.

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Volatile Political Geography of Oil and Minorities

James Dorsey | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Discontent is bubbling over among the majority Shiite population in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, home to the kingdom's major oil fields and petrochemical industry. Disgruntlement is no less in the Iranian province of Khuzestan where up to 90 percent of Iran's oil reserves are located.

Iranian Americans Firmly Support the Iran Nuclear Deal

Trita Parsi | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Trita Parsi

Our community has been divided for decades. We continue to be divided on many issues. But on this issue, we all agree. It's a matter of war and peace, and peace is the obvious choice. It's a no brainer. The nuclear deal is on the right side of history.

The 'Other' Options With Iran's Nuclear Program

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Opponents to the Iran deal often say that they could have gotten a better deal. These critics are largely found in the U.S. and in Israel. Critics are right for scrutinizing any deal. They would not be doing their job if they were giving it an automatic pass. However, being critical because a better alternative is desired is not realistic.

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

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 | 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...