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Iran and US: The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

In a rare occasion, the United States and the Islamic Republic have become two odd bedfellows. The reason is that both Tehran and Washington share one common goal to serve their own national interests: a stable Iraq and keeping the oil to flow.

Instead of Meddling Endlessly in the Mideast, Washington Should Stop Trying to Fix Iraq and Everywhere Else

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

American intervention has broken pottery all over the Middle East. Every time the U.S. attempts to repair its last accident, it increases and spreads the mess. It is time for a different approach. One in which Washington does not attempt to micromanage the affairs of other nations. In which Washington practices humility. This would not be isolationism. America, and especially Americans, should be engaged in the world. Economic and cultural ties benefit all. Political cooperation can help meet global problems. Humanitarian needs are varied and manifold. Military action sometimes is necessary, but only rarely -- certainly far less often than presumed by Washington.

The Supreme Leader, Khamenei's Euphoria About Drones

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.23.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's claim to have replicated the U.S. drone comes at a time when drone policy and the usage of drones by the Obama administration have become a crucially debated topic in Washington.

The UAE's Preservation of the Status Quo

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Since the revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has arrested dozens of Emirati and Egyptian nationals allegedly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

Women Rights and Gender Equality

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Many Iranian women activists who live in the Islamic Republic, and several of those campaigners whom I have interviewed, have shed light on the reality of women's rights under Rouhani's presidency.

Syria: High-Priced Economic Card for Iran?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although the Syrian government and leaders of Hezbollah are offering differing signals from the Islamic Republic, Iranian leaders view the situation from another prism.

Surge in Executions and Human Rights Violations in Iran: Evidence of Rouhani's 'Moderate' Rule?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.04.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

One of the most alarming trends indicating egregious human rights abuses has been the surge in executions, many conducted in public, under the presidency of the moderate Rouhani, particularly since the beginning of 2014.

The Strategies Required from the Arab and Gulf Summits

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.20.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

On the eve of the GCC summit in Kuwait last year, Saudi-Omani differences came out into the open, with the Iranian issue being the main reason for the dispute.

The Trial of Bin Laden's Son-in-Law and Why Not to Torture a Terrorist

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

To an American observer, that may sound astonishing. Why would he just confess? In fact, that happens all the time in these cases. The key, it seems, is in according the captive respect -- conveying an acknowledgement of his humanity and his right to humane treatment.

Human Rights: Iran's Crack Down on Arab Minority

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

In addition to the discriminatory laws practiced against the minorities, the ethnic Arab community has also been subjected to disproportionate exclusion from economic, social and political development.

The Iron Law of Toxic Extraction

Carl Pope | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

A well-understood and established industrial process -- refining oil -- conducted in two states with rigorous environmental regulation and robust enforcement, every year, kills or injures workers. And the company responsible stonewalls inspectors.

The Policeman and the Journalist: A Mid-East Policy Dilemma

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.24.2014 | Media
Joseph Braude

The January 2010 assassination in Dubai of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a cofounder of the military wing of Hamas, briefly drew international attention to the man who went on to investigate it: Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai's long-serving chief of police.

Much Ado About Photoshop?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.23.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Last week the Lebanese government released an official picture of a newly formed cabinet (after more than 10 months of political stalemate) that reporters and bloggers spotted as photoshopped.

The Times, They Are a-Changin' -- in Arabia

Claude Salhani | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

The Saudis now fear that if the Syrian civil war is allowed to continue it will eventually reach its own territory. And given the manner in which the fundamentalist jihadis are spreading it is not an impossibility. All the reason more to stop this war sooner rather than later.

An 'Enlightened' Kuwait Boycotts Israel at International Energy Event in Abu Dhabi

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green
Karin Kloosterman

In another "interesting" move for the planet, Kuwait decided to boycott an international energy event in Abu Dhabi because Israelis would be there. Th...

Palestinians and Arabs Will Not Budge on Jerusalem

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

When it comes to the sensitive issue of Jerusalem and recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, Arab leaders have proved, over and over, that they will not budge under American pressure, and Abbas knows this well.

John Kerry To Visit Vatican

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Vatican to discuss the Middle East peace process, poverty and humanitarian issues. S...

Heightened Sectarian and Political Tensions: Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Shiite Coalition

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Hezbollah's determination to fight in support of the Syrian regime forces has led to a second set of issues manifested in regional tensions.

Middle East and North Africa: Holding Public and Private Corruption Accountable

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Since December 9th was "International Anti-Corruption Day", global watchdog Transparency International encouraged dialogue over Twitter using the m...

OPEC Crisis

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Shortly after the nuclear deal was reached between p5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian authorities have become more assertive and authoritative in increasing their influence in regional and international arenas.

Hardliners and Comprehensive Nuclear Deal

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Anyone who has studied Iran's nuclear policies closely for the last decade would be cognizant of the fact that the first deal has never culminated into a comprehensive and enduring agreement addressing the concerns behind Iran's nuclear ambitions.

DCMF's Future Questioned After Head Toppled

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.07.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The first blow came with news Jan Keulen, director of the Doha Center for Media Freedom (DCMF), was told he was canned, with no reason given for his d...

First Nuclear Deal: P5+1 and IAEA

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

This deal raises the question as to whether it can truly be viewed as a deal as good as both sides project it to be. Who actually comes out of this deal as a winner? And is there a loser?

Anxiety in the House of Saud

Rajan Menon | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Rajan Menon

So what's the Saudi leadership so apprehensive about? Lots of things, as it happens, even though none presages revolution, or even upheaval.

Islamic Republic of Iran: Buying Time or Serious Nuclear Talks With US, IAEA, and P5+1?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Considering Iran's current nuclear capabilities and their level of uranium refinement, would putting emphasis on intensified multilateral and bilateral talks be an effective approach? Iran's current nuclear status and its shift in the last few months should be examined closely.