Iran’s president-elect Hassan Rohani says he will seek “constructive interaction” with the world through a moderate policy after he takes the oath of office in early August.
Many Iranians take to the streets, to celebrate the election of Dr. Hassan Rohani.
As was expected, Iranian people created a new epic event through their massive turnout in presidential election on Friday. Although most analysts speculated before the election that as a result of inconclusive votes won by candidates, there would be a runoff, the final result clearly proved that Mr. Hassan Rouhani had won an absolute majority of the votes as a result of which the presidential poll reached the finish line in the first stage.
Former CIA executive and Georgetown University professor Paul R. Pillar believes that Israel is not in the position to question the legality of Iran’s nuclear program or resort to false excuses to attack Iran on its own or with the sponsorship of the United States.
I believe that the political demonstrations in Turkey do not conform to the known model of the Arab Spring, but are more similar to protests launched by the American people in what has come to be widely known as the Wall Street Movement.
Religious differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims constitute a reality which has existed since a very long time ago between these two major denominations of Islam in most Islamic countries. A careful glance at books and other written works created by both Shia and Sunni scholars will reveal that a lot of clerics and scholars on both sides have clearly explained their discussions and ideas with regard to this issue during the past hundreds of years.
After the beginning of Arab Spring, the terrorist Al-Qaeda organization has undergone an important change in strategy. As a result of that change, Al-Qaeda has excluded the United States and other Western powers, which it previously considered as “far enemy,” from its new strategy. Instead, the group has focused on the “near enemy,” that is the Arab countries in the region.
In order to investigate the different aspects of the U.S. and Israel’s approach to the Iran’s nuclear program in general, and the red lines which the officials in Washington and Tel Aviv have been drawing for Iran, we have begun doing a set of interviews with renowned political scientists and authors from across the world and asked them their viewpoints about the possible scenarios which may take place in the course of the confrontation which the United States and Israel have set out against Iran. Our first interviewee is Prof. Stephen Zunes.
The wound of crisis in Syria is becoming older and deeper while there seems to be no remedy for it. The international community does not have a convincing record in its treatment of this crisis. Geneva 2 conference, however, will be another opportunity for world powers to make a common decision to end the bloodletting in Syria.
Although the US Secretary of State John Kerry had already requested the United States Congress to avoid passing new sanctions against Iran before the results of the upcoming presidential poll become available, approval of new sanctions against Iran and the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Relations proved that the American lawmakers have not taken Kerry’s request seriously.