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Paris Attacks: Iran Criticizes the West, ISIS 'Bit the Leg of Its Owners'

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The reaction of the Iranian political establishment in regards to the shootings and bombings in Paris has been intriguing and contradicting.

Behold the Beauty of Bhutan

Emily O'Dell | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

Two weeks ago, I headed to the Himalayas for the adventure of a lifetime in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Since I was invited to speak at the Royal Palace...

Iran's Divided Domestic Politics -- Hardliners Reassert Leadership

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The smiles of Iranian President Hassan Rowhani and his American-educated Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appear to be fading as the hardliners take back the driver's seat. Rowhani spent all his political capital on the nuclear deal, to which the hardliners are reacting harshly.

The Chef, the Designer, the Dish and the Setting: Finding the Meaning of Life, and Cooking in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.13.2015 | Travel
E. Nina Rothe

The reason I love doing what I do so much is because I often get to the heart and soul behind film, food and fashion.

The Failure Of Saudi Intervention In Yemen

Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi

Military operations resulted in an economic recession and deepened local infighting. Saudi Arabia has also lost soldiers in battle and faces increased retaliatory attacks. To avoid further bloodshed, it would be wise for Saudi Arabia to consider using diplomacy rather than facing the Houthis head-on.

Islamic Republic: "Death to America" Will Remain

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The expectations that Western-Iran diplomatic relationships are improving was somewhat shattered when recently an overwhelming majority of Iranian lawmakers and parliamentarians stated that the Islamic Republic will not abandon the inflammatory slogan of "Death to America."

Khamenei's New Nuclear Conditions -- Khamenei Playing the U.S.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has masterfully sniffed out the weaknesses of President Obama and his administration, and the revelation of his new conditions on the nuclear deal suggests that Khamenei is ready to milk the administration more and obtain more concessions.

Rapidly Intensifying Cyclone Heading Toward Tumultuous Yemen

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.31.2015 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. weather agency says a rare and rapidly intensifying cyclone is poised to hit Yemen in the coming days, possibly dumping ...

No, Arab Gulf Countries Are Not Taking in Refugees

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Chaker Khazaal

While the Arab states of the GCC might not have officially resettled any of the Syrian refugees, it would be incorrect to say that Arab states have not received any of the millions of Syrians who have been displaced since the civil war began.

Iran and U.S. to Intensify Tactical Cooperation

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Since the U.S does not have clear and detailed policy towards the conflicts in the Middle East, and since the U.S policy is currently anchored in the wait-and-see foreign policy, Washington is more willing to delegate the task of fighting the Islamic State or resolving the crisis in Syria and Yemen, to Tehran and Moscow or other nations.

Iran is Offering to Resolve Yemen's War; The Agenda?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.26.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian officials' rhetoric and tone on the Yemen crisis has slightly changed. This change was initiated because of the shift in Iran's foreign policy regarding how to use "diplomacy" and the appropriate wording in order to achieve Tehran's ideological, geopolitical and economic objectives.

Business: EU and Its Comanies Helping IRGC Terror

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Short-sighted and business-driven moves by European countries and companies might bring short term benefit and profit for them, however, it will lead to long-term severe economic and geopolitical consequences that will have a grave affect on EU economic, national, and geopolitical interests.

Iran Married to Both Assad and the Alawite State

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.13.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Assad is not only an individual who can be replaced by someone else, but he is an indispensable part of the Syrian state; he embodies the domination of Alawite in the political establishment. The removal of Assad from power will be a strong blow to the Syrian government, and a moral boost to the oppositional and rebel groups.

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.

What the Arab World Can Learn from Oman

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 09.03.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Whereas some political and religious leaders in a number of Arab states have played off sectarian hatred to urge their countries' youth to fight in Iraq and Syria, such rhetoric has virtually no appeal among Omanis who are not indoctrinated with the intolerant teachings of Wahhabism.

Washington-Tehran Embassies? Khamenei's Private and Public Views on the U.S.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.30.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Khamenei holds two stances on the U.S. -- one in private, and one in public -- for the purpose of preserving his legitimacy. When speaking in public, Khamenei's speeches and statements clearly characterize his distrust towards the "Great Satan." Khamenei does this for multiple reasons.

Yemen Is No Place for Men, Women and Children

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Since the escalation of warfare on March 26, the United Nations recorded at least 6,221 civilian casualties with at least 1,950 civilians killed, and 4,271 wounded. Some 21 million people, about 80 percent of the population need some kind of assistance.

Inside Iran: Iranian People on Iran-West, Iran-U.S. Ties and the Nuclear Deal

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Some ordinary people view the deal and Iran-West improving their ties as a sign that their living standards will improve. They hope for the possibility of reform and the advance of human rights, such as, freedom of speech, press, assembly, social justice, rule of law and democracy.

Doing Business With Post-Sanctions Iran: Risks and Opportunities

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.08.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When it comes to Iran's economic landscape after the nuclear deal, major questions to address are: What sectors will likely witness foreign investment and flourish the most? Which countries are more likely to rekindle business and gain more? What will be the Iranian leaders invest in the most? What are the opportunities and risks?

Reflecting Before We Evaluate: Measuring Women's Development in the Gulf

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Sarah Elzeini

The Gulf region, indeed, holds some of the most conservative laws in the world in comparison, and it is essential for them to transition out of this -- however, the reality is, very few places on earth have come so far and so fast, as the Arabian Peninsula in the 21st century.

Persian Gulf Travel: Beyond Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 08.04.2015 | Travel
Maytha Alhassen

As friends boasted about their procurement of $187 roundtrip tickets to Abu Dhabi on Etihad, I urged them to consider adding Oman to their itinerary; a five hour drive from AD or a quick, cheap nonstop flight departing close to every hour of the day.

Khamenei's Inflammatory Statements, Who Can Constrain Iran? The Muslim World

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.02.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

For Iranian leaders, their geopolitical, strategic and diplomatic ties with Muslim and Arab states are crucial since they desire to project the Islamic Republic as the front runner of the Muslim world, ideologically speaking. Iranian leaders are more concerned of being distanced and isolated by Muslim countries than Western powers

One Young Omani Engineering Student's Surprising Invention To Help Keep Mosques Clean

HuffPost Arabi | Newsroom | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

“Need is the mother of invention." This proverb motivated a young Omani man, Sultan Al-Subhi, 22, to create a pioneering robot that one day may ...

Oman's Diplomatic Bridge in Yemen

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last month, US officials traveled to Oman and held "secret" talks with a Houthi delegation. Both sides discussed the implementation of a ceasefire and a political transition in Yemen.

Selfish Gulf States Demand Special Privileges, Undermine U.S. Interests

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Washington's determination to defend much of the globe has made the U.S. an international sucker, especially vulnerable to manipulation by supposed friends.