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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 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 | 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...

AFC Official 'Happy' to Bar Women Spectators From Stadia

James Dorsey | Posted 03.25.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has dropped any pretention of standing up for universal standards for equality in sports by endorsing bans on women attending soccer matches in stadia.

Conflicting Views of Islam Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
James Dorsey

When Sarah Samir stepped this week on to an Egyptian soccer pitch to referee a men's match, she joined a small band of Arab women referees staking out their right to be involved in the sport on par with men.

The Senate's Gift to ISIS: Sanctions on Iran

Trita Parsi | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Trita Parsi

Rather than worrying about the ISIS challenge softening the US's position on the nuclear portfolio, the real worry should be that Senators Kirk and Menendez will blow up diplomacy with Iran, and in doing so, eliminate the chance of preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb, restart the march towards war with Iran, and on top of that, enable ISIS to benefit from the reignited US-Iran rivalry.

Spaces of Freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Jake Threadgould | Posted 03.15.2015 | Travel
Jake Threadgould

On my second night in Iran, I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic.

Gulf-Iranian Proxy War Spills Onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Saudi-led proxy war against Iran playing out in Syria and Iraq has expanded onto the soccer pitch with a last minute decision by the Palestinian national team to cancel a friendly against Iran.

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

James Dorsey | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
James Dorsey

More than than three years into Syria's brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey.

Dear Washington: Kick Out This Iranian Militant Cult

Holly Dagres | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Holly Dagres

There is no chance the MEK could win over the Iranian people if a potential regime change took place--something various legislators in the United States need to recognize. It's time the MEK's blind proponents see them for what they really are: a sham.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

John Kerry: Iran Fighting Islamic State Is 'Positive' | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. would be happy to have Iran's help in fighting the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday in response to t...

Will Russia's Eastern Game Plan Work?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

Russia's projected growth of the economy in 2015 will not surpass 1% by even the most optimistic projections. What does Russian leadership do to mend this sinking boat?

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Iran Bombing Islamic State In Iraq, U.S. Official Confirms | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The list of countries bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq has thus far featured a host of classic United States partners -- Canada, th...

Is 'Coming Out' a Western Construct?

Ali Ahmadi | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Ali Ahmadi

Why is Western society so obsessed with pulling people into certain categories? In an era when sexuality is increasingly understood to be a fluid spectrum, why must we assume that any non-oppressive society must have its fair share of "out-of-the-closet" homosexuals?

The Arab and Iranian Disconnect

James Zogby | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
James Zogby

Arabs should be reassured that their concerns are understood by the West. At the same time, the Iranian public needs to see the linkage between their economic woes and their government's nuclear ambitions and foreign policy.

Iran Mourns Lost Youth in Thousands

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Tara Kangarlou

For the first time in nearly three decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian people and the government were in unison to mourn a pop singer's death -- a 30-year-old singer and songwriter who died after a year-long battle with stomach cancer last Friday.

Activists Expand Labor and Human Rights Campaign Beyond Qatar to Include All Gulf States

James Dorsey | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Human rights groups and trade unions have stepped up pressure on Qatar to reform its restrictive labour system and expanded their campaign to include all six wealthy members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

What's Wrong With This Picture? For U.S. Fight Against ISIS, Everything | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Islamic Republic of Iran would like to make one thing clear: We've got this. Up until June 10, Iranian officials had been content...

Iran: Obama's Moment of Truth

Michael Brenner | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Michael Brenner

The nuclear negotiations with Iran are in their eleventh hour. By Monday we'll know whether a resolution has been reached or a new crisis of the first order added to the conflagrations in the Middle East -- indeed, one that will exacerbate all the others. Even an understanding that lays out a few principles while extending the deadline would be a dangerous outcome. The technical issues are complicated. But they are not in themselves the main obstacles to be overcome. Let's get down to brass tacks. The starbursts of commentary on centrifuge numbers and Iran's retention of low-enriched uranium (LEU), albeit under international inspection, should not be allowed to conceal the underlying reality: If Washington and Tehran want a nuclear deal, it is there for the taking. While the responsibility is shared, the crucial decision rests with the White House. This is not the way that President Obama and his advisers see it, though.