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Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Coming to New York

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Tara Kangarlou

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is scheduled to come to New York to address the five-yearly review conference of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that will be held from April 27th to May 22.

Iran's President Dismisses Congress Pressure Over Nuke Deal

Reuters | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 04.16.2015 | World

By Parisa Hafezi and Sam Wilkin ANKARA/DUBAI, April 15 (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday it would only accept a deal over its contested nuclear pr...

The Real 'Iran Prize': The Next Great Emerging Market

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The expected removal of Western sanctions, particularly the targeted measures against Iran's oil and financial sector, could pave the way for a huge and much-needed inflow of foreign investors and recovery of Iran's oil sector and heavily-battered currency.

36th Anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution Victory

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
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 Warns Pragmatist President Could Fall If Nuke Talks Fail

Reuters | Posted 04.09.2015 | World

By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau ANKARA/NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister has warned the United States that fa...

Iran 2015: Strategic, Geopolitical and Economic Priorities

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.08.2015 | World
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

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
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.

Iranian President Blames Fall In Oil Prices On 'Treachery'

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 12.10.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of "treachery," in an appa...

Nuclear Extension: US and Iran's Domestic Politics

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
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

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
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.

Time Is Running Out for Iran

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Just as has been the case every time nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West break down without agreement on fundamental issues, Supreme Iranian leader Khameini resumes lambasting the U.S. and Israel, and conservatives in the Iranian government rejoice.

'IMPOSSIBLE'

Reuters | Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

By Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl VIENNA, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers looked set to miss Monday's deadline for resolving a 12-...

Nuclear Negotiations Between the West and Iran

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

These negotiations have been tortuous, and so far unfruitful. Whether in the few days remaining before the deadline the two sides can achieve success is far from certain.

Iran's President Pledges To Back Iraq Amid Attacks

AP | NASSER KARIMI and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 12.21.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shiite powerhouse Iran has pledged enduring support for the Shiite-led government of Iraq in its battle against an ascendant Sun...

Rouhani: 'Certain Intelligence Agencies' To Blame For ISIS

Reuters | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

(Rewrites throughout to add details and quotes from Rouhani speech) By Parisa Hafezi and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATION...

Obama Strategy Stumbles Over Conflicting Interests of Allies

Akbar Ganji | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

President Obama has announced a strategy for fighting ISIS that, in many respects, is at odds with the interests of the allies in the Middle East whose support he is seeking. Trying to keep his allies happy and in line with the new ISIS battle has trapped the U.S. in a policy full of contradictions.

Iran Tells UN Nuclear Chief No Talks On Missiles

AP | Nasser Karimi | Posted 08.17.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the visiting head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Sunday that Tehran will not discuss its ...

Don't Blame Iran for Middle East Turmoil

Muhammad Sahimi | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Muhammad Sahimi

Pundits who attribute the current war between Israel and the Palestinians to a changing Middle East landscape caused by Iran and its 1979 Revolution ignore the most important factors contributing to the present horrible situation, namely, the changed political landscape in Israel, and Israel's immunity from international laws.

Why is Rouhani Angry?

Akbar Ganji | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

Rouhani is angry because Khamenei and his supporters have blocked him from implementing his program and opening up the political system, giving more freedom to the people. On August 13, Rouhani said, "I am aware that some people are done opposing me in their think tanks and are now opposing me in practice."

Iran Approves the New Iraqi PM: Death of Maliki's Political Life

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran, which bears tremendous political, social and economic influence in Iraq and is considered to be the most significant foreign force in Baghdad, has made a critical tactical shift with regards to its foreign policy towards the sectarian conflict, civil war, rise of the Islamic State, and other affiliated extremist Sunni insurgencies in Iraq.

Iran's President Lashes Out At Critics Of Nuclear Deal

AP | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has offered his harshest criticism yet of hard-liners opposed to making a deal over its contest...

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: A Supreme Autocrat Not a Shia Messiah

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

A recent tactical shift in Ayatollah Khamenei's policies indicate that he has increasingly become less powerful or "Supreme" as the mainstream media reveals or as his title indicates.

Convergence Between Obama and Rouhani to Put Pressure on Maliki

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Today, with the collapse of the Iraqi army in Mosul and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) seizure of the Nineveh province, it is time for Washington to start seriously thinking about its available options before it is too late.

Saudi Arabia's Sectarian Challenge

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Last month, two Saudi Shi'ites received death sentences for allegedly committing crimes that caused no deaths or injuries, marking the harshest punishments issued by Saudi Arabia's government against Shi'ite activists in the Eastern Province since sectarian unrest in 2011.

Tehran Postcard: What Has Rouhani Changed in One Year?

Claudio Gallo | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Claudio Gallo

One year ago, President Hassan Rouhani was elected to pick up the pieces of the country, a tremendous challenge that both the nuclear deal and the future of the sanctions weigh upon. In this kind of emergency, democracy is the least of people's worries, though some attempts have been made -- like when the president said that the Internet shouldn't be censored. But the truth is that it isn't Rouhani who gets to decide. It's the state powers, such as the judiciary, that seem to have but one goal: limit the government's actions. Vultures, conservatives and the Revolutionary Guards watch the new president's every move, in silence, ready to raise their voices in case of signs of failure.