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Iran Plays and Backstabs the US: Iran Dumps Dollar in Trade

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.13.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The Islamic Republic declared that it is moving away from the US dollar for use in trades and that Tehran welcomes replacing dollar with other curren...

Iran: Back in Business and The New Best Friends

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.08.2016 | Business
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has been on a shopping spree in Europe to reap benefits from business deals worth billions of dollars. The red carpet was rolled out for him, and he was invited to some of the most esteemed locations on the continent to meet with business and political leaders.

This 15 Year Old is Killing it - The Urban Analyst Shares Her Wisdom

Liz Stephenson | Posted 02.05.2016 | Women
Liz Stephenson

I don't even know where to start on this gorgeous girl I am about to bring to your attention. It's like she needs no introduction. But I will try. T...

Analyst: Worsening Crisis in Saudi-Iranian Relations Further Destabilizes the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Riyadh's decision to execute Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr at the start of this month, the Iranian response, and the political fallout have raised the Middle East's sectarian temperatures to the highest level since the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

U.S. Lifted Sanctions Against Iran -- Ordinary People's Reaction?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When the nuclear deal was reached in July 2015, Iranians celebrated on the streets. One would have imagined greater celebration when the deal was actually implemented this week, but the streets have been quiet, and Iranian media have downplayed the lifting of sanctions.

Iran's Nuclear Deal: Sanctions are Lifted, What is Next?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Will Iran continue to comply with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regulations? Will the extra cash, coming out of sanctions relief, trickle down to the Iranian people?

Isis Crisis: Chaos Beckons Despite Obama's Hopeful State of the Union

William Bradley | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address painted a hopeful vista for that looks to be a busy year of geopolitical action and beyond. ...

How Americans Can Aid Syrian Refugees -- Even if They Can't Come to the U.S.

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.16.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Unless more Americans and other people of good will around the world step up to address Syria's humanitarian disaster. Centuries ago Christ called on his listeners to help the "least among us." We should fulfill that challenge today.

Companies Are Lining Up to Do Business with Iran. Are You Falling Behind?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

If smaller firms know the process, where to start, how to connect and communicate, they can potentially have a better shot at reaping the benefits of the Iranian economy. I would be delighted to shed light on the nuances, but Illustrating and explaining the whole process is out the realm and given space for this article.

Kuwaiti rulers fight it out on the pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 01.13.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Disputes in Kuwait's ruling Al Sabah family that sparked international sports sanctions against the Gulf state went again on public display this week ...

2016 Is a Year of Hope

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

Modern and forward-looking programs like these serve as reminders that we all play a role when it comes to creating economically-inclusive environments that allow people to follow their dreams. Job creation is a big part of the equation.

Pentagon: 2 U.S. Navy Boats Held By Iran But Will Be Returned

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.12.2016 | World

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Will Iran and Saudi Arabia Go Into War?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.10.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Has assaulting embassies turned into an inherent and symbolic tactic in the Islamic Republic's political establishment to indirectly express Tehran's rivalry towards other countries and to show disrespect to them?

Muslim Millennials' Views on Religion

James Zogby | Posted 01.09.2016 | Religion
James Zogby

Muslim millennials are committed to their faith; recognized a need for renewal in Muslim discourse; saw a need for a more visible role for women in religious life; believed that religion would play an important part in their country's future; and rejected extremist groups as a perversion of their faith.

Cartoons, Terrorism, Sexism and Backlash

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.09.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

What is it about cartoons and caricatures that riles politicians, religious figures, business fat cats, authorities and people of different stripes?

Iran, Middle East, and ISIS in 2016: Re-entering the Global Market Politico-Economic

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.02.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is in early 2016, will give Iran tremendous sanctions relief. After Implementation Day, Iran's global legitimacy will rise, and foreign businesses will be permitted to operate in the country.

Saudi Arabia's Anti-Terror 'Coalition' Is a House of Cards

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given the conflicting interests and lack of military experience on the part of the coalition's members, there is ample reason to conclude that this alliance lacks substance.

Iran Breached the Nuclear Deal -- Iran's Largest Ballistic Arsenal in the Middle East

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.24.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

These developments suggests that not only did the nuclear deal not temper Iran's foreign policy, IRGC leaders appear to be more empowered to manifest their military capabilities.

Media Has Symbiotic Ties With ISIS? Ignoring Other Terrorist Groups

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.20.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

There seems to be a symbiotic relationship between the mainstream media and ISIS. On one hand, ISIS receives the publicity it needs from CNN, Fox News, etc. On the other hand, these networks increase their ratings, viewers, readers and advertisement revenues.

The Syrian Dilemma

Carlo Caro | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Carlo Caro

Source: Reuters It's been almost two weeks since the downing of the Russian fighter jet at the Turkish-Syrian border. Many hawks who have been ag...

Education as a Critical Ally to Middle East Security

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 12.11.2015 | World
Sarah Elzeini

The Arab World has reached a point where the youth are at a record-breaking proportion to adults in the region's history. The forth-coming decade i...

Iran's Fighters Are Dying in Syria -- Will it Change Anything?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.06.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

While Iranian leaders project that they are fighting ISIS, Iranian forces are not anywhere close to an ISIS stranglehold. Instead, they appear to be battling Syrian rebel groups, including the Free Syrian Army, to force them to retreat or prevent them from capturing more territories in Aleppo, Latakia and Damascus.

Syrian Caricaturist Ali Ferzat 'Draws' Foes' Ire

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.06.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The unrepentant caricaturist was hospitalized, eventually recovered and left his homeland, but continued to draw -- his pen and tongue as sharp as ever.

Iran-Russia: Khamenei and Putin's Courtship

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei rarely meets with world leaders, but this week he hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin, who made his first visit to Iran since 2007. Putin held talks with Khamenei and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

'Nuqat' Dots the Art, Culture and Design Landscape

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.28.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

They're funky, they're traditional, they're 30-somethings, they're Nuqat (dots), and they're taking the Arab Gulf's art, culture and design scene by storm from Kuwait.