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Khamenei Endorses Iran Nuclear Deal, Continues To Rebuke U.S.

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

ANKARA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday approved the Iranian government's nuclear deal with world powe...

What's Behind Ayatollah Khamenei's Renewed Opposition To The Nuclear Deal

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 09.11.2015 | World

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took aim at both the United States and Israel in a speech this week, referring to the U.S. as the "Great...

Iran's Supreme Leader Wants Parliament To Vote On Nuclear Deal

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.03.2015 | World

ANKARA, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and c...

Do You Support the Iran Deal? A Flowchart

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics
Nathan Gonzalez

If you are not sure where you stand on the Iran deal, I made a handy flowchart to help you figure it out.

Iran's Supreme Leader Hardens Stance On Nuclear Talks

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 06.24.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has hardened its stance less than a week before the deadline for a nuclear deal, with its top leader rejecting a long-term ...

Iran Army Mastermind's Tactics and Strategies: Soleimani

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Qassem Soleimani, Iranian military leader, ideologue, and commander in chief of the Quds force- a branch of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard Corps that conducts extraterritorial military and clandestine operations- has been coming out of his shell and becoming more vocal in stating his opinions.

Iran's Leader Vows To Resist 'Excessive Demands' As Nuclear Talks Resume

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.20.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader vowed Wednesday he will not allow international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian s...

Through the Looking-Glass With Obama on Iran

John Mirisch | Posted 04.13.2015 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

In its ardor to reach an agreement as a legacy "achievement," the Obama administration's Middle East foreign policy unfortunately seems to be based more on Lewis Carroll than Santayana.

36th Anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution Victory

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Although not many experts, politicians and scholars held the belief that the Islamic revolution, its political system and the cleric rule would last long, the new system of governance which created upheaval in the socio-political system of Iran has survived for 36 years.

Iran's Geopoliticial, Strategic and Ideological Role in Iraq

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran can replace American efforts in the region with informed and constructive policies that define Tehran as a benevolent regional power. The Islamic Republic can also take the path of investing in some religious and political groups while excluding others.

Iran 2015: Strategic, Geopolitical and Economic Priorities

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.08.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

2015 will bring about crucial and positive developments as well as challenges for the Iranian government. One of the tenets of the Iranian political system is unpredictability, nevertheless, projections can still be made.

2014: P5+1 and Iran's Nuclear Negotiations

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Despite some of the diplomatic headways that President Rouhani and his negotiating team made and despite some of the limited sanction reliefs that Iran has received, the gaps between the six world powers and Iran remain to be deep to bridge.

Nuclear Extension: US and Iran's Domestic Politics

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The seven months extension of the nuclear negotiations between the six world power and Iran will likely lead to a more complicated process as well as negative consequences when it comes to domestic politics and reaching a final nuclear deal.

The Nuclear Game: Win-Win Extension for US and Iran

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Unlike the interim nuclear deal, the extension appears to lack any clear key terms upon which prospective nuclear talks would be anchored in, or a final nuclear would be reached. By extending the nuclear negotiations, the Obama administration can save face, add to its questionable Middle East achievements.

Iran's Supreme Leader Not Opposed To Nuke Talks Extension

AP | Posted 11.27.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader on Thursday said he would not stand in the way of continued nuclear negotiations with world powers and would a...

Iran: Syria and Iraq the Red Lines

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Currently, the US and Western allies' major campaign in the Middle East is fighting the Islamic State while ignoring to address Iran's military engagements in other countries, ignoring Tehran's determination for regional supremacy seriously.

If Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei Dies, What Next?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.28.2014 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

There have been rumors about Khamenei's health conditions for several years. Nevertheless, in the last few weeks, more and more images of Iran's Supreme Leader are emerging, reflecting his fragile and weak physical condition.

Dismissal of Iranian Science Minister Rallies Both Support and Opposition for Moderate President Rohani

Angie Ahmadi | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Angie Ahmadi

The impeachment of Iranian Minister of Science Reza Faraji Dana by the conservative-dominated Iranian Parliament on August 20 has been a key event for both sides -- a slip in the political tectonics that could yield seismic waves throughout the country's political landscape.

Iran's Supreme Leader Calls For Arming Gaza To Fight Israel

AP | Posted 07.31.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday called on Muslims from around the world to help arm Gaza Palestinians in their fight against Is...

For Iran's Supreme Leader, No Nuclear Deal Is Better Than a Good Nuclear Deal

Daniel Nisman | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

As they head home from a rare round of bi-lateral talks with Iran in Geneva, it would serve American negotiators well to understand that the muscle behind the Iranian regime simply can't afford to let Rouhani resolve this crisis.

Khamenei: Iran Won't Bow To Pressure In Nuke Talks

AP | By GEORGE JAHN | Posted 07.13.2014 | World

VIENNA (AP) — Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers moved to an ambitious new stage on Wednesday, with the two sides sitting down to start...

Khamenei Is Pessimistic About Nuclear Negotiations

Akbar Ganji | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics
Akbar Ganji

Negotiations about such a critical and vital issue must be done with the full support of the power structure in Iran. The Supreme Leader cannot view President Rouhani and his administration as his puppets, such that he can withdraw his support for them.

Iran's Leader and Mandela

Roya Boroumand | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Roya Boroumand

If Iran's leadership seriously intends to move away from the violence that has become its trademark inside and outside the country, it will have to acknowledge past abuses and stop the cycle of violence.

Khamenei's Conglomerate Thrived As Sanctions Squeezed Iran

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

(This is the second story in a three-part series, Assets of the Ayatollah: By...

Where Is the Ayatollah?

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Micah D. Halpern

In all likelihood this Ayatollah is not going anyplace, anytime soon. But eventually, the end of the rule of the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei will come and when it does, it will be very interesting to see how things shake and rattle and are then resolved in Iran.