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Talks With Iran Continue Amid Outrage Over Ambassador Pick

AP | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washingt...

Ted Cruz Accuses Iran Of Tapping Hostage-Taker For Ambassador

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran has chosen a former hostage-taker involved in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran to serve as its ambassador at th...

Poland's Top Diplomat Slams Iranian Censorship During Visit To Tehran (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.06.2014 | World

Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski visited Iran this past weekend, only to find that he was blocked from visiting the website of a major Poli...

Israeli-Iranian Axis? Highly Illusionary

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.05.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Iran must now cope with the new reality, which may well explain why Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and why its efforts in this regard will set Israel further apart from Tehran, rather than bring them together to form an unholy axis.

Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.

Landmark Iran Nuclear Deal Set To Take Effect On Monday

Reuters | Justyna Pawlak and Fredrik Dahl | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

By Justyna Pawlak and Fredrik Dahl BRUSSELS/VIENNA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - World powers and Iran are due to start implementing a landmark deal on Monda...

These Stylish Iranian Women Won't Let A Dress Code Hold Them Back

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.20.2013 | Style

Iran isn't exactly known to the Western world as a hotbed of inspiring trends in fashion. Under Islamic law, women must dress modestly in loose-fittin...

Family: Make Robert Levinson Top Priority

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration should make any diplomatic agreement with Iran contingent on Tehran's help finding missing CIA contractor...

Is the Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.

Tattooed in Tehran

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Mehrnaz Samimi

Studies of the remains of ancient Iranians reveal that many people had tattoos. In the past century, a number of Iranians got tattoos, most of them wi...

Iran, Israel and the Failure to Speak Softly

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Reese Schonfeld

I am not a member of, nor do I support, the Israeli lobby in Washington, but Iran's flat refusal to recognize Israel or "change its stance" disappoints all of us who hope for some sort of peace in the Middle East and some accommodation between the countries existing there.

Nuclear Deal Only Strengthens Iran As Regional Power

Anav Silverman | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Anav Silverman

A recent AP report revealed that the United States and Iran had secret high-level, face-to-face talks for over the past year, which paved the way for the nuclear deal that was settled between Washington and Tehran this past weekend in Geneva.

Is Iran Nuclear Deal Good for Peace & Change?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While the deal may still be unproven in curbing an Iranian nuclear bomb, will it prove more effective in bringing closer a new Iranian revolution or at least evolution?

Iran Is Driving the Bus, so Why Is the West Celebrating?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is hard to understand what all the celebrating in the West is about. Simply that there is an agreement where there had been none? The Iranians should be doing the celebrating -- and they are.

The Paradoxical Afghan/Iranian Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Humanitarian crises, sectarian clashes, and terrorism in Afghanistan will inevitably impact Iran. The Iranian government holds no illusions about Afghanistan's myriad of problems, nor is there any expectation that these will soon be resolved.

Susan Rice Chides Israel Over Settlements

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's top national security aide on Thursday blamed Israeli settl...

Iranian Official Shot Dead In Tehran

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

DUBAI, Nov 10 (Reuters) - An unidentified attacker shot dead Iranian Deputy Industries Minister Safdar Rahmat Abadi in Tehran on Sunday evening, the...

Can Iran Decide: Death to America or Smiles for America?

Haggai Carmon | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Haggai Carmon

The Iranian leadership's smile offensive and their willingness to negotiate instilled hope in the West that a new dawn is breaking in Tehran: the real...

The Birth of Baha'u'llah

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

From the perspective of a statistician, how would you explain that someone who lived in Arabia in the sixth century still has such a profound influence over the lives of a billion of the world's people fourteen centuries later?

Is the U.S. Losing Saudi Arabia to China?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.

Will Anti-U.S. Billboards Hinder Iran's Improving Reputation?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2013 | World

As he appears to be chipping away at the decades-long, icy relations with the United States, probably the last thing Hassan Rouhani wants is a public...

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Syria's Divisive Impact on Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The violent clashes that erupted last month between Sunni Islamists and Shi'ite rebels in Yemen's Amran province were partly a reaction to U.S. President Obama's declaration of his intention to launch a military strike against Syria.

Testing Iran's Change of Position

Allan Topol | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Allan Topol

Some in the U.S. concluded that at long last, Tehran desires a thaw in its relations with Washington and a normalization. I remain skeptical, hoping they are correct, but unwilling to make that leap for a number of reasons.

Easing Sanctions No Easy Goal For Iran's President

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 09.24.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Near Iran's border with Iraq, work crews are putting finishing touches on a petrochemical plant expected to pump out hundreds of tons ...