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Iran continues its nuclear work, but is it weapons grade?

A general view of Bushehr nuclear power plant, 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran. (Reuters) By Simon Henderson June 3, 2020 In the next few days, the latest quarterly report on Iran’s nuclear program by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected to become public. It will make headlines even if [...]

By |June 3rd, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

How America can avoid a war of attrition with Iran

An Iraqi and US soldiers stand guard during the hand over of Qayyarah Airfield West from US-led coalition forces to Iraqi Security Forces in Mosul, March 26, 2020. (Reuters) By Eliora Katz and Eyal Tsir Cohen June 2, 2020 A new flag recently appeared on the Iraqi horizon featuring a raised fist clenching an [...]

By |June 2nd, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iranian-backed organizations establish a foothold in the Gaza Strip

A man carries a giant flag made of flags of Iran, Palestine, Syria and Hezbollah, during a ceremony in Tehran on Feb 11, 2016. (Reuters) By Joe Truzman June 2, 2020 Iran is exerting its regional influence in the Middle East and Gaza is not an exception. Social welfare programs and charities throughout the Gaza [...]

By |June 2nd, 2020|Middle East, Palestine|

Regime change in Iran shouldn’t be a taboo

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (2nd-R) delivering a speech in Tehran, April 14, 2018. (AFP) By Reuel Marc Gerecht and Ray Takeyh May 30, 2020 Regime change in Iran is one of the biggest taboos in U.S. foreign policy. Bring it up and you will be scorned as a warmonger, a fomenter of chaos. [...]

By |May 30th, 2020|Middle East, North America, Opinions On Iran, USA|

The aftermath of Qassem Soleimani’s death and his daughter’s rise to prominence

Zeinab Soleimani, the daughter of the killed IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani. (Fars) By Hollie McKay May 30, 2020 It has been almost five months since President Trump shocked the world by authorizing a strike to kill Iran's top spymaster and shadowy commander, Qassem Soleimani. Fears of mass retaliation and a sinister spike in violence that would [...]

By |May 30th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Abductions and murder through embassies: The Islamic Republic’s terrorism abroad

People stand outside the Iranian embassy in Germany. (MFA) By Faramarz Davar May 29, 2020 One day in October 1988, a car driving towards the Iranian border raised the suspicions of the Turkish police. When they stopped the car, they found a man in the trunk with his mouth taped shut. The car had [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Europe, Middle East|

Why Iran’s anti-Israel rhetoric is mere bluster

Iranian protestors burn an Israeli flag during a demonstration in Tehran on July 25, 2014 to mark the Quds Day. (AFP) By Majid Rafizadeh May 29, 2020 Tensions between Israel and Iran have been escalating amid the coronavirus disease pandemic. The heightened tensions are in danger of spiraling out of control and leading to [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Middle East, Opinions On Iran|

Iran’s IRGC warns US after receiving new combat vessels

IRGC vessels buzzing past US military ships, April 15, 2020. (US Navy) May 28, 2020 Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned the United States against its naval presence in the Gulf as it received 110 new combat vessels. The vessels included Ashura-class speedboats, Zolfaghar coastal patrol boats and Taregh submarines, state television reported. [...]

By |May 28th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

An alleged letter to bush in 2003 reignites controversy in Iran

Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. (IRNA) May 27, 2020 An alleged controversial letter has resurfaced after seventeen years in Iran and rekindled a heated debate over Tehran- Washington relations. The letter attributed to the Islamic Republic's ex-President Mohammad Khatami and his close aides has been described as a "roadmap" for Iran-US rapprochement. Ali [...]

By |May 27th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

COVID-19 and Iranian foreign and security policy: Stasis, not change

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen in Tehran in September 2017. (Reuters) By Behnam Ben Taleblu May 25, 2020 Leading up to and throughout the coronavirus crisis, the Islamic Republic of Iran has continued its policy of graduated escalation against its adversaries. Tehran’s underwriting of such activities [...]

By |May 25th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|