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Cosying Up to the Iranians

Cosying Up to the Iranians

Iran has been dominating the news since the recent deal with western states, in which the Iranians agreed to limit their nuclear programme in exchange for reduced sanctions. But another side to Iran’s relationship to the West – its ties with Austria – has remained relatively invisible. This fall, Tehran became a hotspot for Austrian […]

Iran’s Green Movement

“Sanctions are not Iran’s main problem, the economic incompetence of the government is,” insisted Prof. Ali Ansari, head of Iranian Studies at St. Andrews and one of the world’s leading experts on the Islamic Republic. Along with dozens of academics, journalists and experts, he had come to the event hosted by the Liechtenstein Institute in […]

Sugar in a Salty Sea

I am from Iran, a country that has been a constant fixture of the news for over three decades – from human rights violations, the death penalty and support for terrorism, to nuclear enrichment and most recently the current crackdown on the opposition movement. Criticizing Iran is not the purpose of this piece: First, it […]

The Security Council and Iran

At the International Atomic Energy Agency’s final regular meeting of 2009, Iran was punished with yet another resolution from the United Nations Security Council. A new document urges Iran to comply fully with the demands of the UNSC and suspend uranium enrichment, as well as immediately halt construction at the new enrichment facility in Fordo, […]

High Noon in The Middle East

Jerusalem – As a result of misguided American policy, the threat of another military confrontation hangs like a dark cloud over the Middle East. The United States’ enemies have been strengthened, and Iran – despite being branded as a member of the so-called “axis of evil” – has been catapulted into regional hegemony. Iran could […]

Winning By Losing

On Dec. 15th, 2006, the Islamic Republic of Iran held municipal elections, for both city council and for the assembly of experts that supervises and chooses the Vilayat-e Faqih of Muslim Ummah, the supreme judge in the matters of Islamic law. The principle winners were described by the Agence France Presse report on Dec. 19th, […]

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