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Don't Blame Iran for Middle East Turmoil

Muhammad Sahimi | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
Muhammad Sahimi

Pundits who attribute the current war between Israel and the Palestinians to a changing Middle East landscape caused by Iran and its 1979 Revolution ignore the most important factors contributing to the present horrible situation, namely, the changed political landscape in Israel, and Israel's immunity from international laws.

Why is Rouhani Angry?

Akbar Ganji | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

Rouhani is angry because Khamenei and his supporters have blocked him from implementing his program and opening up the political system, giving more freedom to the people. On August 13, Rouhani said, "I am aware that some people are done opposing me in their think tanks and are now opposing me in practice."

Why This Is The Right Time To Cooperate With Iran

Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.) | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.)

We do not need to become an "ally" of Iran, but we should recognize that we will need to provide military support to the Iraqi government in the time ahead and, indeed, our special forces are already on the ground there. Iran will do the same. We will therefore have U.S. security activities alongside those of Iran in the Iraqi national battlespace. We should at least discuss the situation, and at a minimum, de-conflict our activities, from special forces advisors to airstrikes.

A Cold War Lesson for Iran

Nicholas Burns | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
Nicholas Burns

Diplomacy in war and peace negotiations requires strategy and patience, not an illusory quick fix. Diplomacy is messy, often involving difficult compromises with unseemly governments. But it is also how the vast majority of international crises are actually resolved -- through negotiation rather than through the barrel of a gun. Those are worthy lessons to remember after the Iraq and Afghan wars.

Iranian Child Bride Faces Execution For Killing Abusive Husband

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.20.2014 | World

A Iranian girl forced into an abusive marriage at the age of 14 now faces imminent execution for killing her husband while she was still a child, two ...

Britain To Re-open Embassy In Iran

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2014 | World

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - Britain plans to re-open its embassy in Iran, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday, sa...

Iranians On Trial For Smuggling Drone Engines As Jet Ski Parts

Reuters | Posted 08.16.2014 | World

BERLIN, June 16 (Reuters) - Two Iranian men charged with smuggling dozens of German-made engines capable of powering drones into Iran by declaring t...

Iran's President Contemplates Cooperation With U.S. On Iraq

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2014 | World

By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA, June 14 (Reuters) - Iran could contemplate cooperating with its old adversary the United States...

Tehran Postcard: What Has Rouhani Changed in One Year?

Claudio Gallo | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Claudio Gallo

One year ago, President Hassan Rouhani was elected to pick up the pieces of the country, a tremendous challenge that both the nuclear deal and the future of the sanctions weigh upon. In this kind of emergency, democracy is the least of people's worries, though some attempts have been made -- like when the president said that the Internet shouldn't be censored. But the truth is that it isn't Rouhani who gets to decide. It's the state powers, such as the judiciary, that seem to have but one goal: limit the government's actions. Vultures, conservatives and the Revolutionary Guards watch the new president's every move, in silence, ready to raise their voices in case of signs of failure.

Iran's Green Movement Five Years Later -- 'Defeated' But Ultimately Victorious

Akbar Ganji | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

June 12 is the fifth anniversary of the birth of Iran's democratic Green Movement. Though the open resistance of this popular movement has been suppressed, it has been morally vindicated in the intervening years and remains as a constituency imbedded in Iran's body politic, ready to emerge once again when the opportunity arises. And the opportunity will surely arise. The Islamic Republic of Iran is not your usual authoritarian state. As a hybrid of religious dictatorship and competitive elections, the regime generates its own opposition, see-sawing back and forth between conservatives and reformists. One day, the balance of power will shift decisively toward democracy and against the Ayatollahs. It is precisely because democratic elections within a religious dictatorship are so meaningful that the election five years ago in 2009 was so passionately contested.

At AIPAC, Netanyahu Warns On Iran, Urges Palestinians To Recognize Israel As Jewish State

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2014 | World

(Adds Netanyahu comments, U.S. official's remarks, context in paragraphs 3, 12-13 and 16-18) By Jeffrey Heller and Matt Spetalnick ...

Defusing Iran

Project Syndicate | Joschka Fischer | Posted 02.26.2014 | World

BERLIN – On February 18, crucial negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program began in Vienna between Iran and the five permanent members of the Unite...

Proposed 'Ministry of Marriage and Divorce' Sparks Controversy

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Mehrnaz Samimi

Official statistics released in late 2013 by the government of Iran revealed that one of out of five marriages overall, and one out of three in Iran's bigger cities, end in divorce in less than four years.

Iran, U.S. Meet As Nuclear Deal Talks Begin

Reuters | Posted 04.20.2014 | World

By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Six world powers and Iran began talks on Tuesday in pursuit of a fin...

35 Years On, It is Time to Return to the Democratic Spirit of the Iranian Revolution

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr | Posted 04.12.2014 | World
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr

2014-02-10-banisadr_600.jpg Ayatollah Khomeini and Abollhassan Bani-Sadr. Unlike 35 years ago when Iran had only a minority of democratic elites, today we have a large and educated middle class to support and defend separation of religion and state, a constituency large and robust enough to fill the kind of vacuum we had in 1979 that enabled the clergy to take over.

Anna Karenina vs. Google Glass: A Conversation with Azar Nafisi

The WorldPost | Michael Skafidas | Posted 02.03.2014 | World

Azar Nafisi, the celebrated Iranian author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" talks to Michael Skafidas for The WorldPost about literature, the Internet an...

The Iran Nuclear Accord: A Fig Leaf for the Ayatollahs or an Opening for Civil Society?

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 04.01.2014 | World
Mahmood Delkhasteh

Will the nuclear accord with Iran just provide breathing space for the ayatollahs to continue ruling, or will it resuscitate the Green Movement?

Iran, Russia Criticize UN For Syria Talks Snub

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 03.23.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Russia and Iran criticized the U.N. chief's decision to withdraw Tehran's invitation to join this week's peace conference on Syria, as...

Iranian News Agency: Snowden Docs Reveal Alien Conspiracy

Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Mining conspiracy-theory-peddling websites based in the United States, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency published a series of bizarre claims re...

Iran Nuclear Talks To Resume In February

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2014 | World

BRUSSELS, Jan 13 (Reuters) - World powers and Iran will very likely resume negotiations on the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions in February, sho...

First British Delegation In Years Visits Iran

AP | BY NASSER KARIMI | Posted 03.09.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A British Parliament delegation arrived in Tehran on Tuesday on the first visit by U.K. lawmakers to Iran in years, as the two c...

Iran Frees Slovak Paragliders From Spy Charges

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | World

PRAGUE, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Two Slovak paragliders detained in Iran over accusations of spying have returned home, a day after their prime minister h...

Iran Denies Running Secret Nuclear Site

Agence France Presse | | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

Iran on Tuesday rejected as "baseless" claims by an exiled opposition group that it is conducting military nuclear activities in a hidden underground ...

Iranian Police Arrest Suspect In Murder Of Deputy Minister

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

DUBAI, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Iranian police have arrested a suspect in connection with the killing of a deputy minister of industry in Tehran this week...

UN Reaches Deal With Iran To Monitor More Nuclear Sites

AP | BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 11.12.2013 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran and the United States on Monday blamed each other for the failure to reach ag...