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Sakineh, Ahmadinejad, and the "Insolents"

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

And so Iran is backing down. The Islamic Republic does it in its own way, tortuously, but it is backing down -- a fact made evident this morning in two announcements by officials from Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

SOS Sakineh

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

This Tuesday, November 2nd, the news came through the Iranian networks and then the international press agencies: The execution of Sakineh could be carried out in short time.

WikiLeaks Disclosures and the Historic Opportunity on Iran

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

Appeasing a medieval theocracy in Iran will only translate into a devastated Iraq controlled by a nuclear-armed Iranian regime. Silence is no longer an option.

Surprise? Iranian Contemporary Art Leads Market

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The "globalization" of the art market has produced a large supply of new work by artists in China, India, Africa, South America and the Middle East.

Were Sakineh's Son and Attorney Arrested?

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

I scarcely dare imagine -- in truth, I cannot imagine -- the intellectual contortions Iranian "justice" will have to go through to justify such an extreme, arbitrary act.

Your Guide to Lebanon's Messy Politics and Impending Civil War

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Hezbollah and Damascus have tried their sticks, by invading Beirut and Mount Lebanon, and carrots, through the formation of a cabinet under Hariri. Yet they remain desperate to see Hariri denounce the tribunal.

Iraqnophobia: The Political Tornado of American and Iranian Influence in Iraq's Parliament

Matt Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Kane

While combat operations may be coming to an end in Iraq, the political three-way chess match between Iraq, Iran and the United States may be just beginning.

LA Times: Iran 'Far From United' Behind Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times In New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can boast that he's the talk of the town...

Sarah Shourd, Freed U.S. Hiker, Pleads With Iran To Release Her Friends

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With her two friends still detained in Iran's Evin Prison, Sarah Shourd insists her first days on American soil in 14 months have been bittersweet. ...

Ahmadinejad Was Freed Hiker's Captor, Not Saviour

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

Iranian President Ahmadinejad has portrayed himself as Shourd's benefactor, but it was his intelligence service that held her for 14 months. He was responsible for her detention without trial.

Iranian Woman At Risk Of Stoning For Circulating Banned Book

The Guardian | Alexandra Topping | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

An Iranian woman accused by the Tehran regime of circulating copies of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses is at risk of being stoned and flogged if h...

Remaking the Middle East in Syria's Image

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Syria's vision of a New Middle East has made its way to Foreign Policy magazine, months after being printed in the Washington Post by the same authors.

Iran Stoning Sentence Stirs Internal Debate Of Koranic Interpretation, Foreign Policy Issues

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iran's hard-line government holds fast to the belief that relenting under international pressure is a great blunder because, ultimately, it just invit...

Can Turkey Defuse Iran's Nuclear Challenge?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If successful, Turkey will have averted a potential regional conflagration, safeguarded its security and economic interests, and solidified its role as the leading bridge between East and West.

Sakineh Ashtiani & Iran's Media Blackout: No Coverage Of Adultery Death Sentence

The Guardian | Saeed Kamali Dehghan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Newspapers, agencies and TV channels in Iran have been banned from reporting Mohammadi Ashtiani's death sentence, despite an international campaign la...

News of Sakineh

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

Happy are those who, calm and filled with the confidence of strong minds, feel capable of telling us that the threat is past, that there will be no execution. Her former attorney, knows no such thing.

6 Odd Investments That Are Beating The Stock Market (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Irregular times call for irregular investment strategies. Jeff Middleswart might be a poster boy for outside-the-box investing during the current d...

WATCH: Iran Launches New Missile

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran said Wednesday that it has successfully test-fired an upgraded version of a short-range surface-to-surface missile. (Scroll d...

Letter to Sakineh

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

A new initiative to try to save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has just been launched in France. What does it consist of? In substance, it amounts to a daily letter to Sakineh.

Sakineh Must Not Be Stoned

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

Iran is endowed with a culture as magnificent as it is immemorial, and it cannot see itself summed up, in the eyes of the world, in the bloody face, reduced to a pulp, of a woman who has been stoned.

A Campaign For War With Iran Begins

salon.com | Tracy Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Obama administration officials, as well as U.S. lawmakers and European diplomats passionately made the argument this spring that tough sanctions on Ir...

Iran's Uprising Continues -- From Prison Cells

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Shahryar

Few stories chronicle the constant struggle for democracy and human rights in Iran. This, however, does not mean that the struggle is dead. It is a daily struggle that continues ever vigorously.

Iran Stoning Case Lawyer Arrested In Turkey

Guardian | Saeed Kamali Dehghan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Turkish police have arrested an Iranian lawyer who represented Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery....

The Case for Attacking Iran's Nukes

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fernando Espuelas

Some have argued that the Cold War-era mutual assured destruction doctrine would contain Iran. That is a big assumption -- specially in light of the Iranian regime's ideology.

Iran's leader calls Russia an American stooge

Simon Shuster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Simon Shuster

On Friday, Russia drew the kind of fire from the Iranian President that he usually reserves for the worst of the kafirs in the United States. As repor...