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The Islamization of Great Britain

Stanley Weiss | Posted 10.27.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

"Your brethren who live in the east are in urgent need of your help . . . the Turks and Arabs have attacked them. . . I, or rather the Lord, beseech y...

Hey YouTube Mo Fo, Get Offa My Cloud

Wendy Block | Posted 01.31.2014 | Media
Wendy Block

Wednesday morning. Three pies and 48 muffins to make -- all gluten-free of course. The kid and her boyfriend are flying in tonight (yea!). The house, ...

The Satanic Verses 25 Years Later: Why the Rushdie Affair Still Matters

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

It is an illusion, albeit a powerful one, to believe that a free exchange of ideas exists in any pure form in the West. Racial, ethnic, and religious minorities rarely have possessed the same opportunities to shape public opinion as those with political power or cultural capital.

Iran's Inflation Is Still a Big Problem

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Those data that are reported tend to possess what I've described as an "Alice in Wonderland" quality. In light of this, it is fair to suggest that any official data on Iran's inflation be taken with a grain of salt. So, how can this problem be overcome?

The Irrelevance of Iran's Presidential Election

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Mahmood Delkhasteh

The long journey of Iranian people towards freedom and independence will only end when they bid farewell to the reformists who have every interest in preserving this regime which survives by moving the country from one crisis to another. Boycotting the election would be a first step.

Iran Continues Crackdown On Sufis

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Persecution of the Gonabadi-Nimatullahi Sufis has been relentless. The motive for the Iranian government assault on them is simple: They are blunt critics of the theocracy.

The Conquest of America by Iraq: The Misbegotten Cakewalk a Decade and Countless Lives Later

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Doug Bandow

Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise visit to Baghdad to ask the Iraqi government to stop helping Iran support Syria's Bashar al-Assad. Kerry received an embarrassing rebuff--so much for the Bush administration's celebrated victory over Saddam Hussein. This time ten years ago the grand Iraqi cakewalk had begun. American military forces were racing toward victory. The world was going to be transformed. But not in the way President George W. Bush and his top officials imagined. Invading Iraq turned out to be one of Washington's greatest strategic mistakes. Yet even now many of the Iraq War's architects are clamoring for more wars. America needs peace. War should be a true last resort, not just another policy option for frustrated social engineers and impatient internationalists. Wars are sometimes tragically necessary. But not in Iraq.

When Is an Islamic Fatwa not a Fatwa?

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

If Iran's Rushdie fatwa was accepted at face value, shouldn't the Iranian fatwa against nuclear weapons be interpreted likewise? The New York Times thought so when it wrote that "American officials say they believe that Ayatollah Khamenei exercises full control over Iran's nuclear program."

What We Talk About When We Talk About Iran

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts
Reporters Uncensored

Hollywood movies will of course always bend the truth in order to produce a good narrative, but Argo's misrepresentations are particularly dangerous given the current state of relations between Iran and the U.S.

ReThink Review: Argo - Blowback to the Future

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With an impressive 91 percent fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, Argo has been receiving some Oscar buzz, with some critics claiming it's one of the year's best films.

Blasphemy Bans Threaten Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Freedom of speech is the foundation of all freedoms and intellectual debate, and the cornerstone for development in the Muslim world. If denied, the door to women's reform will close and the Muslim world will regress even further.

Seeking the Heckler's Veto in Tehran

Chris DeVito | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Chris DeVito

It was perhaps predictable that the Iranian government would take advantage of this moment of unrest to renew their attack on both new and old heretical foes.

Will Iraqi Shiite Muslims Come Under Iranian Control?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Iraqi and Iranian Shiites represent contrasting cultural legacies, but adherence to Shiite Islam does not bridge this and other distinctions. Iraqi Shiites and Iranian Shiites think differently today about the place of religion in politics.

Conservative Factions Face Off In Iranian Elections

AP | BY NASSER KARIMI | Posted 05.02.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — The younger sister of Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday failed to win a parliamentary seat in Ahmadinejad's hometown as the ...

Iran's Oil Threat, "Deja Vu, All Over Again"

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Where is Yogi Berra when we need him? There is Iran going back to its old game plan, threatening to ban oil exports.

Iran: To Bomb Or Not To Bomb, That Is The Question

Haggai Carmon | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
Haggai Carmon

Will the world be safe with messianic Ahmadinejad's fingers on the nuclear trigger while his other hand controls the spigots of 30% of the world's oil supply? Will reason direct his actions or will his messianic doomsday beliefs prevail?

Ayatollah Khamenei at Unprecedented Religio-Political Summits: The Hidden Imam's Infallible Representative

Ali Rahnema | Posted 10.03.2011 | World
Ali Rahnema

Ayatollah Khamenei has now been promoted by his clerical followers to a super-human status. In certain circles, he is already being addressed as Imam Khamenei. But can combining ultimate religious and political powers guarantee tenure?

Egypt's Power Transition: Changing Rooms On the Titanic?

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Haggai Carmon

There are huge stakes in this game. Did the U.S policy makers think it through? Do they know who is riding on the back of the emerging Egyptian tiger?

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...

"Flame Off!": Hosni Mubarak and the Human Torch

Robert Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

Cairo. Midnight. The Presidential Palace. Good evening, Mr. President. Who are you? How did you get in here? And why are you on fire? The name's Jo...

Don't Forget Iran

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

There are many reasons to be skeptical that the Middle East is on the cusp of democratic transformation. But if that is the case, it's worth recalling that not every communist state in Europe was overturned in 1989.

Mubarak's Turn

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gary S. Chafetz

Today, the situation in Egypt is not so dissimilar to that of October 6, 1981 at 1 pm. Back then, Mubarak was vice president and Anwar Sadat was president. Now, nearly 30 years later, it's Mubarak's turn.

Reading the Shah, and Ayatollahs in Tehran and What the U.S. Should Learn From the History

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

What has been the root of the U.S'. inability to develop a sustainable strategy on Iran for the last 30 years? Dr. Abbas Milani, author of The Shah, and the director of Iranian Studies at Stanford answers.

Hostage to the Past: Visiting the Former US Embassy in Iran

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danny Schechter

War is a profitable business, and as our economy continues its decline, we can anticipate more calls to "bomb, bomb Iran" so we can fight and spend our way to "recovery." Talk about insanity.

Is Ahmadinejad Instigating a Demographic Catastrophe?

Nasim Novin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nasim Novin

To anyone who is familiar with Iran's demographic troubles, the irony of Ahmadinejad's desire to increase the country's population is not lost. Rather than exacerbate Iran's demographic crisis, policymakers would do better to invest in Iran's youth.