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$6-$35 Billions Annually to Assad: Stronger Iran, Mightier Assad?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In the ongoing 4-year-long civil war, the Islamic Republic- one of the major bank-rollers for the Syrian government- has approximately spent between $6 and $35 billion a year in order to keep its staunchest regional ally, Bashar Al Assad in power.

A Damn Good Deal

Shawn Justin VanDiver | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Shawn Justin VanDiver

Earlier in the month, President Obama announced that we had a deal. The P5+1 world powers had come to an agreement with Iran. With no loss of life, our diplomats were able to prevent Iran from building a bomb. The gravity of this win should make all sides rejoice. Unfortunately, that wouldn't be politically expedient.

Zarif's Comments on Iran's Deal at the Iraqi MoFA Press Conference

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Luay Al Khatteeb

The following is the English translation of statements made by the Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Jawad Zarif at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affa...

John Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Good For Israel's Security

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday continued his aggressive defense of the nuclear agreement recently reached with Iran. Pushing back...

The Iran Nuclear Deal Has Left the Future of the Region Blurrier Than Ever

Shlomo Avineri | Posted 07.23.2015 | World
Shlomo Avineri

JERUSALEM -- Even at this early stage, it is apparent that the agreement has empowered Iran regionally. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's minority Alawite regime lavished praise on the agreement, rightly recognizing that enhanced international legitimacy and financial resources will enable Shia Iran to provide greater backing. Assad's other major regional ally, Lebanon's Hezbollah (which the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization), also supports the deal. Vladimir Putin's Russia is also happy to have received U.S. assistance, however indirectly, in strengthening Assad's hold on power.

Netanyahu Is the Horseman of the Jewish Apocalypse

Shlomo Ben-Ami | Posted 07.22.2015 | World
Shlomo Ben-Ami

TEL AVIV -- Netanyahu is an ideologue of Jewish catastrophe: risks and challenges cannot be approached with a view toward resolution; they must be held up as reminders for the Jewish people to keep up their guard.

Dear U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

David Harris | Posted 07.19.2015 | World
David Harris

In the end, if the current agreement goes forward and proves better than expected, Israeli leaders would, I hope, admit they erred and offer suitable apologies. But if it goes worse than advertised, then it will be Israel, plus its Arab neighbors, that will pay the heaviest price.

A U.S.-Iran Realignment Is Not in the Cards

James Zogby | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

With the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran, some are panicking in despair, while others have visions of a dramatically realigned Middle East. Both views are overreactions, since the deal itself is quite limited in scope, and the impact of 35 years of history and politics cannot easily be erased.

How The Nuclear Deal Will Affect Iran's Foreign Policy

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.17.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with the International Crisis G...

Jessica Schulberg

Lindsey Graham's Alternative To The Iran Deal Is A Deal He Used To Oppose

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- To presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the nuclear accord reached between Iran, the U.S. and five world powers is simply ...

Nancy Pelosi Announces 'Strong Support' For Obama On Iran Deal

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that after "closely" examining the historic nuclear agreement recently reac...

Jessica Schulberg

AIPAC Drops Pretense Of Supporting Iran Deal, Urges Congress To Vote It Down

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Wednesday issued its first public direction to Congress to reject the nuclear agreement ...

Nuclear Agreement a Boost to Civil Society in Iran -- but Also to Proxy Wars in the Middle East

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

The Vienna agreement is a turning point in the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran, but also a big step for the geostrategic future of the region. From now on Iran will be a full partner in the big game in the Middle East and the world.

All Hail Iran the Victor?

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

The Mullahs in Iran have reason to celebrate. After 36 years, Iran has reclaimed its role as the definitive power in the Middle East, a truism it has known all along since regional geopolitics changed as a result of the 1991 Iraq War.

Iran, U.S., Obama, P5+1: Nuclear Deal, Win-Win Deal? What Next?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

It is crucial not to raise our expectations and conflate our analysis with hope. The most crucial parts of the deal still remain to be implemented. The current deal is an understanding, agreement and accord.

What's In The Iran Nuclear Deal?

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.14.2015 | World

The agreement between Iran and six world powers that was finalized in Vienna on Tuesday will roll back Iran's nuclear work in exchange for the easing...

Iran Deal Clears Way For More Cheap Gas

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business

NEW YORK -- If approved, the historic nuclear deal with Iran could be a boon for U.S. consumers and a bust for environmentalists. The deal, which wou...

Jessica Schulberg

Hawks In Congress Are Furious About The Iran Deal, But There's Not Much They Can Do To Stop It

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Iran, the U.S., and its five negotiating partners announced a historic nuclear agreement on Tuesday morning that will dismantle much of ...

Jessica Schulberg

Benjamin Netanyahu Doesn't Need To Read The Iran Deal To Know He Hates It

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the historic nuclear agreement reached between Iran, the U.S., and five other world p...

Iran, World Powers Agree To Historic Nuclear Deal

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred, Nick Robins-Early, Jade Walker | Posted 07.14.2015 | World

Iran reached a historic deal with six world powers on Tuesday that promises to curb Tehran’s controversial nuclear program in exchange for economic ...

Nuclear Policy Exprets Expect A Very Good Deal With Iran

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

We do not yet know all the details of the Iran deal, but if it lives up to the framework agreement reached on April 2, it will be a very good deal. An historic deal. A major victory for U.S. security and the security of our allies.

A Gift for the Liars

Yair Lapid | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Yair Lapid

In my conversations in the White House and with leading Senators during my visit to Washington last month I suggested that inspections be put above all other issues. I explained that there is no point insisting on all the other details of the agreement if the Iranians will anyway cheat.

Obama Fears Nuclear Failure While Iran Seeks Political Opprtunism

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When we analyze the negotiations and terms comprehensively, it becomes evident that the current terms being negotiated will not only keep Iran's nuclear infrastructure and threat primarily intact, but it will create a whole new regional security dilemma, geopolitical concerns, and nuclear arms race in the region.

Deal or No Deal

James Zogby | Posted 07.10.2015 | World
James Zogby

If, and only if, the U.S. can pivot from a completed deal to a broader regional peace will it be possible to judge the outcome a success. Otherwise it's "off to the races", since a deal without a determined follow-up program may be just a bad as (and maybe worse than) no deal at all.

U.S. Says Interim Iran Nuclear Deal Extended To Monday To Allow More Talks

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2015 | World

By John Irish and Arshad Mohammed VIENNA, July 10 (Reuters) - Iran and major powers gave themselves until Monday to reach a nuclear agreement, thei...