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Iranian Revolution

The Saudi Roots of Today's Shi'ite-Sunni War

Pouya Alimagham | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Pouya Alimagham

The rise of Shi'ite-Sunni sectarian warfare has its roots not in the distant 7th century, but in Saudi Arabia's response to Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979, when the Saudi regime as a matter of policy began to counter Iran's revolution by financing anti-Shi'ite Islamists across the Muslim world.

Saudi Arabia's Sectarian Challenge

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Last month, two Saudi Shi'ites received death sentences for allegedly committing crimes that caused no deaths or injuries, marking the harshest punishments issued by Saudi Arabia's government against Shi'ite activists in the Eastern Province since sectarian unrest in 2011.

Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.

Iran Celebrates 35 Years Since Revolution

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 02.11.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday called for "fair and constructive" nuclear talks with world powers as the nation mark...

Iran Will Become a Nuclear Power, Unless...

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If the Obama administration feels that there is even a faint chance to reach a lasting agreement with Iran, President Obama can improve the odds by insisting on a few conditions and satisfy itself and its allies that it has done all it could to prevent the military option.

Youth Can Move the World: Just Ask Uncle Kracker

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Homa Sabet Tavangar

I'm a new fan of Uncle Kracker -- ever since my little cousin, Iman, stars in his latest video, "Blue Skies". I can't separate little Iman from his roots as his father, Faryab Lohrasbi, arrived in America in 1980, as a refugee, when he was just a couple years older than his son is now.

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.

Review: Argo

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.09.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's a little early to be proclaiming Ben Affleck's Argo the best movie of the year -- but one of the best? No question.

Déjà Vu: When Money Dies

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

What happens when a country's currency is in freefall? You need look no further than current turmoil in Iran to find out.

Iran Bans Women From Universities

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.21.2012 | World

Universities across Iran have announced that almost 80 subjects in both the liberal arts and sciences will be off limits to incoming female scholars. ...

'Shahs Of Sunset': Meet The Outrageous GG

Posted 03.12.2012 | TV

Bravo's latest reality series, "Shahs of Sunset" (Sun., 10 p.m. EST On Bravo), bears a close resemblance to the network's "Real Housewives" franchise,...

Poking a Stick in the Hornet's Nest of Iran

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 04.21.2012 | World
Rizwan A. Rahmani

When I visited Iran in the late '70s, only months before the Iranian revolution, some of the things I saw took on a different light after the overthro...

A Critic Of Political Islam Warns Of 'Misguided' West

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Maryam Namazie is a powerful voice against political Islam, but she is a lapsed Muslim and Westernized. Is she disqualified from the debate and are her warnings relevant to the West?

The Trials of an Educator in Iran

Anthony Vance | Posted 11.09.2011 | World
Anthony Vance

If planning with others to educate young people can in some contorted worldview equate with conspiracy against national security, I suppose Mahmoud Badavam is guilty as charged.

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Winner: Too Early to Talk of "Arab Spring" Until Women Gain Rights

Steve Kettmann | Posted 10.29.2011 | World
Steve Kettmann

Shirin Ebadi offered a cautionary note about progress in the Muslim World over the weekend at the inaugural World Peace Conference in Berlin, the culmination of a weeklong World Peace Festival.

LIVE Q&A: Ask An Iranian Dissident Anything

The Huffington Post | Jake Bialer | Posted 11.12.2011 | World

Omid Habibinia is an Iranian dissident who is currently living in Switzerland. Born in Iran, he studied Media, Clinical Psychology and Global Studies,...

Muslim Women's Self-reliance and Clinton's Guidance Could Ensure Reforms

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

In this crucial post-coup stage, women who fought for change should heed the betrayals of gender rights in Algeria and Iran during periods of crisis.

Tales Of Pan Am: A 'Forrest Gump' Life

Helen Davey | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

As I watch the news about the erupting chaos in Egypt, Libya and Bahrain on television, my present life as a psychoanalyst fades into the background, and my past life comes to the fore.

Bahrain: Two Seas, Two Sects

Lauren Vriens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lauren Vriens

Some observers say this clash has its roots in a geo-religious power struggle between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia; the more likely story is one of tension between the "haves" and the "have-nots."

The Long Goodbye: Mubarak and the Shah

Scott MacLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott MacLeod

In Tahrir Square, the feeling came over me: Egypt is another Iran. I don't mean in the sense that Egypt's revolution will bring a radical, Islamist regime into power.

Why Egypt Will Not Turn Into Another Iran

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

The difference between Egypt today and Iran of the late 1970s is striking. There is virtually no chance that Egypt will take such a tragic turn should the revolution succeed.

Is The Prophet A Founding Father?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Muhammad cannot be kept out of Arab politics. The Westward-looking elites in the Arab world are secular -- even Saddam was secular -- but they hold power by brutal means.

Obama's Woodrow Wilson Moment

Kate Seelye | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kate Seelye

In the context of unfolding events in Egypt and throughout the region, Woodrow Wilson offers an important lesson for President Obama and his administration.

The Tunisian Revolt: Learning From the Mistakes of the Iranian Revolution

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr

The people in the streets who toppled the regime should not think for a moment that their work is done.

Did the Shah Perform Better or Have the Ayatollahs?

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

Many youths in Iran born after the 1979 revolution base their impression of Iran as a monarchy on what they have read or heard, and are therefore often sympathetic to Iran's era of monarchy.