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Iran's Executions and Human Rights Abuses Hit 27-Year High

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian authorities claim that these executions are overwhelmingly related to drugs offenses. Nevertheless, many of the executions were linked to other issues. Only around 65 percent of those who were executed were charged with violating Iran's narcotics law.

3 Tips on How to Deal With Tragedy

swami varadan | Posted 03.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
swami varadan

A tragic event is anything that makes you feel at a loss; a tragic event is one that makes you feel horrible and at times makes you feel like you cannot move forward.

The Russian Putt

Carlo Jose Vicente Caro | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Carlo Jose Vicente Caro

Vladimir Putin recently announced that he would be largely withdrawing from Syria. There was however, no complete "mission accomplished" but there is no denying that the Russians have done a lot better than the Americans.

The Daily News Is Negatively Affecting the World. Here's How.

Tyler Leslie | Posted 03.16.2016 | Media
Tyler Leslie

I personally, don't watch the news because of the negativity that is brought to light. But, even being a person that doesn't watch the news, I still hear about these tragic events through the radio, internet, Facebook, news infomercials, and other people.

Iran's "Hardliners", "Moderates", "Reformists": Invasion and Intervention in Syria

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.12.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The unison among Iran's reformists, hardliners, principalists, moderates, and independent politicians will continue to last due to the above factors and their shared convergence of interests in keeping Assad in power.

Why Trump Isn't Quite an American Berlusconi

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Kevin A. Lees

The similarities between Trump and Berlusconi -- their 'say it like it is' populism, their willingness to engage demagoguery, their wealth, their vulgarity, their ability to tap into the emotions (both positive and negative) of their supporters -- are manifest. But there are important differences.

The Election No One Is Talking About

Becky Allen | Posted 03.07.2016 | World
Becky Allen

On March 20, citizens of the Republic of Congo will vote in the country's next presidential election. But, this election can hardly be called democratic in an increasingly authoritarian nation. While there are ten opposition candidates, there is little doubt that incumbent President Sassou Nguesso will assume power for a third term.

Memoir:Islam, Quran, Muhammad, Allah (god) Hate Women and Non-Muslims?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.09.2016 | Books
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

With the rise of the Islamic State and similar groups, there exist fundamental questions, regarding the religion of Islam, that I attempt to address a...

7 Ways to Jump-Start Your Creative Mind

Brett Berhoff | Posted 03.02.2016 | Business
Brett Berhoff

What is most important in jumpstarting the creative mind is changing the pattern of behavior that we experience every day. The mind needs to be taken out of this routine, and allowed to be free to explore another path.

Iran's Elections: The Fallacy, Hype, and Oversimplification

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Democratic elections? The media, primarily the Western mainstream outlets, have been carried away with their characterization of Iran's elections. V...

China, Other Nations: Peace Talks Between Afghan Government and Taliban By March

Taylor Butch | Posted 02.24.2016 | World
Taylor Butch

For the fourth time in two months, the Afghan peace process advanced to create a roadmap for reviving stalled negotiations between the Afghan governme...

Sinn Féin Joins List of Surging Anti-Austerity Forces in Europe

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 02.23.2016 | World
Kevin A. Lees

Polls show that Sinn Féin, which hopes to capitalize on several factors toward what would be a historic victory, could wind up as the second-largest party for the first time in the history of the Republic of Ireland.

Malcolm X and the Black Lives Matter Movement

David A. Love | Posted 02.23.2016 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Malcolm X resonates with a Black Lives Matter movement born decades after his death. Yet, this nascent movement fights the same hopelessly persistent problem of American racism, one born of the badge of slavery.

A Defiant Iran Defies the UN and International Laws Again

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.21.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Currently, the major questions to address are: What aspect of its military is Iran attempting to strengthen? Why does the UN continue to ignore the Islamic Republic when it is clearly violating its resolutions? And, why does Iran so publicly announce such actions which are violations of the UNSC resolutions?

Land and Ocean Grabs Not the Solution to Climate Change

Salena Tramel | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Salena Tramel

When Hiba Al-Jibeihi stepped off her flight in Paris in early December, it was her first time outside the occupied Palestinian territories where she had lived all of her 24 years.

For El Paso-Juárez, Trump's vision of Mexico based on misconception

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 02.17.2016 | World
Kevin A. Lees

EL PASO, Texas and CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico - When Pope Francis visits Ciudad Juárez on Wednesday, city officials hope that the international attention...

Bernie's Cold War

Sunil Adam | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Sunil Adam

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Iran Plays and Backstabs the US: Iran Dumps Dollar in Trade

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The Islamic Republic declared that it is moving away from the US dollar for use in trades and that Tehran welcomes replacing dollar with other curren...

The DIY Guide for Understanding Mozlemacs

Ali Ashraf | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Ali Ashraf

'The Blue Pill or the Red Pill?' When you feel upset at those Mozlemacs after listening to that cheeky electric box in the living room; take...

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.