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Iran: Back in Business and The New Best Friends

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.08.2016 | Business
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has been on a shopping spree in Europe to reap benefits from business deals worth billions of dollars. The red carpet was rolled out for him, and he was invited to some of the most esteemed locations on the continent to meet with business and political leaders.

A Rare Shot at Peace Amid War and Migration

Ahmed Charai | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
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Ahmed Charai

One of the world's longest running conflicts -- the three-way struggle between Morocco, the separatist Polisario Front and its protector, Algeria -- is finally posed to come to a peaceful end.

What It Means To Be Free and Alive In Afghanistan At the Same Time

Dan Keyserling | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Dan Keyserling

No one has done more to bring about a renaissance in Afghan media and entertainment than Saad Mohseni. Mohseni runs Moby Group, a media conglomerate that specializes in bringing programming to places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, the Gulf states, and northern Africa.

U.S. Lifted Sanctions Against Iran -- Ordinary People's Reaction?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When the nuclear deal was reached in July 2015, Iranians celebrated on the streets. One would have imagined greater celebration when the deal was actually implemented this week, but the streets have been quiet, and Iranian media have downplayed the lifting of sanctions.

The Alliance of Choice or Necessity

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

After five decades of its existence and as an alliance that consists of 28 independent countries -- including three permanent UN Security Council members -- the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is one of the largest and the strongest collective defense alliance of its kind.

Falling Oil Prices Threaten a Key Ally in Fight Against ISIS

Janet Ritz | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Falling oil prices, combined with the costs of war and of housing refugees, is threatening the Kurdish Peshmerga's ability to fight ISIS.

Why The World Needs An Event Like The WCF?

Uma Muthuraaman | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Uma Muthuraaman

In the age of digital connectivity where everyone is connected to everyone else with a push of a button, the initial reaction to a world culture festi...

Life Begets Life: Future Vision & Regeneration in the Middle East

Catherine Cunningham | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Catherine Cunningham

It was twilight in my garden when Fire first struck up a conversation with me. She was bragging about her power to rapidly recycle life, to instantly decompose dry wood to ashen dust.

Iran's Nuclear Deal: Sanctions are Lifted, What is Next?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Will Iran continue to comply with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regulations? Will the extra cash, coming out of sanctions relief, trickle down to the Iranian people?

Companies Are Lining Up to Do Business with Iran. Are You Falling Behind?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

If smaller firms know the process, where to start, how to connect and communicate, they can potentially have a better shot at reaping the benefits of the Iranian economy. I would be delighted to shed light on the nuances, but Illustrating and explaining the whole process is out the realm and given space for this article.

Will Iran and Saudi Arabia Go Into War?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.10.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Has assaulting embassies turned into an inherent and symbolic tactic in the Islamic Republic's political establishment to indirectly express Tehran's rivalry towards other countries and to show disrespect to them?

16 Shocking Predictions for 2016

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 01.07.2016 | Entertainment
Dr. Carmen Harra

I know it's difficult to imagine a world like this given our present situation, but we're evolving our thinking and finally letting go of old limitations. Look into the future and see us together.

Iran, Middle East, and ISIS in 2016: Re-entering the Global Market Politico-Economic

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.02.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is in early 2016, will give Iran tremendous sanctions relief. After Implementation Day, Iran's global legitimacy will rise, and foreign businesses will be permitted to operate in the country.

2015 Year in Review: What We Can Learn From Prejudice in an Era of Globalization

Jeff Singh | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Jeff Singh

The world is becoming more and more globalized with multiple cultures crossing paths like never before. That trend is not going anywhere, it is on the rise. How we relate with each other and how we raise each other in this globalized world is the question

ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.29.2015 | Religion
Michael Shammas

ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.

Iran Prefers Bernie Sanders for President in 2016

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.27.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Tehran would rather see a Democrat than a Republican as the next U.S. president. At one time there were minimal differences between the parties' views on Iran, but in the last few years the gap has widened.

Pentagon Mutiny on Syria Dismissed by 'Liberal' Media

Michael Hughes | Posted 12.27.2015 | World
Michael Hughes

The American mainstream press has both neglected and disparaged Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh recently for reporting on how, for more than two years, senior U.S. military leaders subverted President Obama's strategy to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, with some attacking Hersh for having the temerity to rely on unnamed sources.

Iran Breached the Nuclear Deal -- Iran's Largest Ballistic Arsenal in the Middle East

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.24.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

These developments suggests that not only did the nuclear deal not temper Iran's foreign policy, IRGC leaders appear to be more empowered to manifest their military capabilities.

21 Can't-Miss Stories On World Affairs From This Year

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 12.22.2015 | World

The Syrian refugee crisis, Greece's debt saga and brutal attacks by militants from the self-declared Islamic State are just a few of the complex topi...

Media Has Symbiotic Ties With ISIS? Ignoring Other Terrorist Groups

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.20.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

There seems to be a symbiotic relationship between the mainstream media and ISIS. On one hand, ISIS receives the publicity it needs from CNN, Fox News, etc. On the other hand, these networks increase their ratings, viewers, readers and advertisement revenues.

Jingles Bells Around the World

René Zografos | Posted 12.18.2015 | Entertainment
René Zografos

Christmas around the world is celebrated differently. Some countries celebrates close to American Christmas and some doesn't celebrate Christmas at al...

How To Discuss Traumatic World Events With Your Kids

Quora | Posted 12.09.2015 | Parents
Quora

Traumatic world events are difficult to contextualize for children this young. It's not on the same scale as an event that touches them personally, but makes no impact on any larger scale (say, a pet dying or a parent or sibling being injured). Their knowledge and lasting impact depends entirely on their parents, who are their emotional models.

Is Islamophobia Creating Terrorists?

Setareh Sabety | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Setareh Sabety

Is ‪Islamophobia‬ creating ‪‎terrorists‬? This is a question that many don't dare to ask. But ask we must.

Iran's Fighters Are Dying in Syria -- Will it Change Anything?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.06.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

While Iranian leaders project that they are fighting ISIS, Iranian forces are not anywhere close to an ISIS stranglehold. Instead, they appear to be battling Syrian rebel groups, including the Free Syrian Army, to force them to retreat or prevent them from capturing more territories in Aleppo, Latakia and Damascus.

Iran-Russia: Khamenei and Putin's Courtship

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei rarely meets with world leaders, but this week he hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin, who made his first visit to Iran since 2007. Putin held talks with Khamenei and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.