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A coherent Arab strategy would curb Iran’s influence

Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit (L) chairs the Arab foreign ministers meeting to discuss the latest developments in Middle Eastern affairs, on September 12, 2017, in Cairo. (AFP) By Amir Taheri January 21, 2018 If the year 2017 started with relations between Iran and Arab countries in stormy mode, it [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Middle East|

The House Republican plan to toughen the Iran deal

Peter Roskam is spearheading the bill. (Getty) By Jonathan Swan January 21, 2018 I've got my hands on a copy of the bill that House Republicans will drop Thursday to amend the Iran deal. Conservative Iran hawks tell me they are going to rally around this bill — spearheaded by Reps. Peter Roskam, Liz [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|North America, USA|

Will Iran learn from past mistakes of other regimes?

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen in Tehran on September 27, 2017. (Reuters) By Tony Duheaume January 21, 2018 Several factors that led to the fall of the Roman Empire, can clearly be seen in the problems now facing the Iranian regime. When [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Middle East|

Germany, EU display increasing assertiveness regarding Iran

German police raided locations in several states seeking members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force for allegedly spying on Jewish and Israeli targets. (JPost) January 21, 2018 On Tuesday, The Tower reported upon raids that took place in several German states as federal authorities sought 10 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Europe|

Iranian newspaper cites brawl with Russia over cuts in Syria

People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the rebel held area of Aleppo's Baedeen district, Syria, May 3, 2016. (REUTERS) By Adil Al Salmi January 21, 2018 Only a day after TABNAK, a website close to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, published a report revealing Iranian-Russian disputes over reconstruction in Syria, [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Russia, Syria|

The murder of a terrorism prosecutor: What Alberto Nisman continues to teach us

Alberto Nisman was investigating the bombing at the time of his death. (AP) By Toby Dershowitz January 21, 2018 On January 18, 2015, Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found bludgeoned and shot to death in his normally well-protected Buenos Aires apartment. His assassination was likely one more attempted cover-up in a long list of [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Latin America|

Newly-leaked documents describe ‘Iranian state-sanctioned persecution of Baha’is’

A BIC website published thousands of official documents, reports, testimonials, and audio-visual material. (BIC) January 21, 2018 Newly-released documentary evidence detailing “years of relentless oppression” suffered by the Baha’i community in Iran has been published by the Washington-based Baha’i International Community (BIC) this week. A BIC website published thousands of official documents, reports, testimonials, and [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Iran|

Iran may try to loosen Revolutionary Guard’s grip on economy

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at the IRGC military academy. (AP) January 21, 2018 Iran's defense minister says the supreme leader has ordered the Revolutionary Guard to loosen its hold on the economy. The comments this weekend by Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami appear to be a trial balloon to test [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Iran|

Why Lebanon’s Hezbollah may be affected by Iran’s recent protests

Shiite Hezbollah militants stand to attention as hundreds of people gather in a huge hall waiting to watch a televised speech by Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of  Hezbollah on February 22, 2008, in Beirut. (AFP) January 21, 2018 The protests that began in Iran on December 28th and lasted some two weeks, sent [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Lebanon|

What’s Iranian Azad University’s game plan in opening branches across region?

Velayati said that Azad University branches have had successful record in many countries (Azad university website) January 21, 2018 The Iran-based university Islamic Azad University is in the process of spreading its footprint by opening branches in cities across Syria, extending Tehran’s influence and raising many eyebrows in the region. Islamic Azad University [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Middle East|