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Suffocating in Iran

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.12.2011 | Green
Melody Moezzi

I left Iran early last time. Not because I wanted to, but because I couldn't breathe. It was mid-December 1999, and the air was heavy with a thick black smog.

The "Come To Jesus" Moment In US-Iran Relations

Reza Marashi | Posted 12.12.2011 | World
Reza Marashi

If the assassination allegations are true, this deplorable act should be strongly condemned. To that end, the Beltway is already buzzing with calls for a "robust response" that will "send a strong message to Iran." But how?

10 Fascinating Forbidding Places

Shermans Travel | Posted 11.29.2011 | Travel
Shermans Travel

The same impulse that drew 16th-century explorers into uncharted oceans may compel today's intrepid travelers to ignore State Department travel warnings.

Iran Reportedly Considering Offering Syria $5.8 Billion In Aid

Posted 09.14.2011 | World

(Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs offering $5.8 billion in aid to Syria to bolster its economy, a French newspaper said ...

Iranian Women Take the Wheel

Turnstyle | Posted 08.17.2011 | World


Freedom of the Press vs. State Secrets

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.15.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Does the press have the right to disclose some secrets? I believe that too many documents are designated "top-secret" when they really should be designated "embarrassing."

One Year After Tehran: Can Turkey still be a 'model partner' in resolving the Iran nuclear impasse?

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.20.2011 | World
Joshua W. Walker

This post was co-authored by Dr. Philipp C. Bleek Exactly one year ago this week, Turkey and Brazil unveiled an agreement they had jointly negotiated...

Syria's President Deploys Troops Ahead Of Friday Prayers

Reuters | Khaled Yacoub Oweis | Posted 07.05.2011 | World

May 5, 2011 10:38:22 PM By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, May 6 (Reuters) - Security forces have moved into central Syria and coastal areas ahead of...

U.S. Considering Sanctions Against Syrian Government Officials

Reuters | Matt Spetalnick | Posted 06.25.2011 | World

April 26, 2011 2:31:12 AM By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is considering sanctions against Syrian government officia...

Iran Cuts Off Louvre

Los Angeles Times | Posted 06.07.2011 | Arts

Iran has cut ties with the famous Louvre museum in Paris, an official said Monday, accusing the museum of failing to live up to an agreement to exhibi...

Iran's 'Life Capsule' Can Carry Monkeys To Space

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In a move which has raised international concerns, Iran has successfully launched a new rocket capable of sending satellites and carrying living creat...

Tehran's Dilemma in Trying to Have It Both Ways

Alireza Jafarzadeh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alireza Jafarzadeh

To no one's surprise, the regime ruling Iran is watching the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, searching for a way to exploit the outcomes to its advantage.

Iran and Egypt: The Story of Two Uprisings

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

How do we not end up with a situation where the only regimes to change are those who were pro-American, because they were reluctant to use excessive brutality and were most subject to American influence?

Inshallah, Cairo Will Be More Like Ankara Than Tehran

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Often lost in the debates about Turkey's potential as a model is the fact that Ankara did not transform itself overnight to a flourishing market-democracy. It has been almost a century in the making.

Walking on a Dream - Alone Across Iran Part 4

Mark Kalch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mark Kalch

This is part 4 in a 4 part series. Limbo Leaving the Zagros, the terrain hung in a sort of limbo.  In the late evenings as I searched for a suitab...

Walking on a Dream -- Alone Across Iran (Part III)

Mark Kalch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mark Kalch

Soon the plateau began to change. No longer rolling hills and rocky terrain, I now walked towards daunting peaks. I had begun to enter the Zagros Mountains.

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Protesters March In Iran

AP/The Huffington Post | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Clashes between Iranian police and hundreds of thousands of protesters wracked central Tehran on Monday as security forces beat and fi...

Walking on a Dream - Alone Across Iran Part 1

Mark Kalch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mark Kalch

As I made a final, stumbling descent off the mountainside and onto the icy road the snowfall increased in tempo and ferocity. A series of dark, seemin...

Walking on a Dream -- Alone Across Iran, Part 2

Mark Kalch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mark Kalch

10 kilometers outside of Tehran city limits, the landscape changes abruptly from mountains to low rolling hills. I climbed the red dirt slopes, sinking at times up to my knees in the soft, powdery sand.

Why the Middle East Needs Economic Opportunity

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Washington's support for authoritarian rulers has yielded neither lasting stability nor moderation, though it has compromised our own liberal values and engendered anti-American sentiment on the street.

Why Historical Accounts Matter

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

In November 1979, while Iranian students took hostages after occupying the American embassy in Tehran, I was raising my four-year-old son and trying t...

Why Egypt May Not Be Tunisia

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

To contemplate these events, to conceive of them in their singularity and help them, especially, to produce the best part of themselves, one must get rid of preconceived ideas, beginning with that of a unique "Arab revolution."

IranAir Crash

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Charlotte Safavi

An IranAir passenger flight carrying 106 passengers crashed earlier today while attempting an emergency landing in the middle of a severe snowstorm outside the city of Orumiyeh in Western Azerbaijan.

Iran's Divorce Rate Soars, Reflecting A Shift In Social Norms

New York Times | WILLIAM YONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The wedding nearly 1,400 years ago of Imam Ali, Shiite Islam's most revered figure, and Fatemeh al-Zahra, the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, is com...

China's Free Rider Syndrome

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Marshall

There is no method to North Korea's madness. And as long as China keeps enabling Pyongyang's belligerent behavior, the world's response will remain dangerous.