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West glum over prospects of Iranian nuclear roll back

Tehran - The Obama administration, desperate for a positive news cycle concerning foreign affairs, is not likely to get one from upcoming negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In the Media by Larry Clifton - 5 comments

Op-Ed: Will 2016 be 1940 Part II? GOP angry over executive orders

President Barack Obama is challenging congressional Republicans to craft meaningful legislation rather than simply try to oppose him. Will 2016 be a redux of the 1940 presidential election?
In the Media by Calvin Wolf - 3 comments

Iran's supreme leader reveals demands in nuclear talks

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader revealed Tuesday his country's demands for a massive long-term increase in its nuclear enrichment capability, laying bare huge gaps between Tehran and world powers negotiating a deal.
In the Media by Siavosh Ghazi (AFP)

Op-Ed: Iran bill would ban vasectomies in move to raise birthrate

Heeding the call from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for Iran to boost its population growth, parliament has passed a bill that would make surgical forms of sterilization unlawful, and punishable by imprisonment for two to five years.
In the Media by Karen Graham

Iran backs Maliki as Iraq PM but open to change

Tehran - Iran said Sunday it supports Nuri al-Maliki's bid to stay on as Iraq's premier but that it is ready to back any other candidate chosen by parliament in Baghdad.Maliki's "State of Law coalition won first place in the last legislative elections...
In the Media by AFP

Iranian pilot 'killed fighting in Iraq': State media

Tehran - An Iranian pilot has been killed while fighting in Iraq, state media reported Saturday, in what is thought to be Tehran's first military casualty during battles against Islamic State jihadists.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Obama wants half a billion to aid Syrian rebels, but why?

Washington, D. C. - Unfortunately, it's far too early to tell whether U.S. President Barack Obama's recent proposal to spend $500 million in support of Syrian rebels will accomplish anything.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 2 comments

Op-Ed: ISIS calls on Muslims to take up arms and ‘conquer Rome’

Baghdad - Caliph Baghdadi, head of ISIS, has called on Muslims around the world to join him. Taking up where Al Qaeda left off, ISIS is recruiting en masse. The rhetoric is loud, clear, and pitched at the Ramadan audience.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 6 comments

Op-Ed: ISIS declares Caliphate in Iraq — PR exercise or call to arms?

Baghdad - ISIS have declared themselves a Caliphate, a move which experts say could redefine jihadism. It could also be a signal to Al Qaeda that ISIS is now the leading jihad faction. The declaration appears to be as much a PR move as an ideological statement.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 4 comments

Iranian and U.N. officials attempt to save the Asiatic cheetah

Tehran - At first glance protecting an endangered cheetah seems straightforward. However the situation in Iran is more complicated than any casual observer could realize.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Tehran, world powers 'begin drafting nuclear deal'

Tehran - Iran and world powers started drafting Wednesday a comprehensive nuclear agreement but still face many sticking points, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said."Today we have slowly begun to draft the final agreement...
In the Media by AFP

Kerry: U.S. open to cooperating with Iran on the crisis in Iraq

The U.S. Secretary of State has said that the United States administration is open to cooperating with Iran on the crisis in Iraq. He said that the administration may use drone strikes against ISIS.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Republicans want to spill more U.S. blood in Iraq

Washington - With thousands of American veterans unable to get medical care in a timely fashion, the Republican party is pressing President Barack Obama to do something forceful about the rising power of jidahists in Iraq.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 15 comments

Op-Ed: The real fight hasn’t begun for ISIS — Iran sends troops to Iraq

Baghdad - It’s no great surprise that ISIS has easily overwhelmed Iraq’s F class army on the road to Baghdad. The problem for ISIS is that the real military power in Iraq is elsewhere, and far more experienced.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 4 comments

Tehran warned of new sandstorm as death toll hits five

Tehran - Iranian authorities warned Tuesday that a second sandstorm could hit Tehran, a day after freak weather killed five people in the capital.
In the Media by AFP

Kuwait emir al-Sabah visits Tehran to improve relations

Tehran - Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah of Kuwait started a visit to Iran yesterday (June1). The emir is the first ruler from the Gulf Arab State to visit Iran since the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Freak Tehran sandstorm kills four, dozens injured

Tehran - A huge sandstorm and record winds killed at least four people Monday in Tehran, plunging Iran's capital into darkness during rush hour and forcing thousands to run for cover.
In the Media by Arthur MacMillan (AFP)

Iran executes man despite international pressure

Tehran - Iran on Sunday hanged a man said to be affiliated to an exiled opposition group, state media reported, despite international pressure on the Islamic republic to halt the execution.
In the Media by AFP

Hatami's Cannes kiss sparks conservative outrage in Iran

Tehran - Fundamentalist Iran reacted strongly to actress Leila Hatami’s Cannes kiss. The popular Iranian actress invited the ire of conservative Iranians for kissing the director of the Cannes Film Festival, Gilles Jacob.
In the Media by Abdul Kuddus - 3 comments

Op-Ed: The darkest season: A ‘Christian Winter’ in the Middle East

New York - Originally lauded as a progressive alternative to tyranny in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has been a season of persecution for Christians. As persecution reaches pandemic proportions, the very survival of Christianity in the region is in question.
In the Media by Shawn Kay - 4 comments
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