The US is as a major violator of religious rights in the world and is in no position to judge other countries on freedom of religion, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says.
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
This past February, this author wrote an article for Iran Review entitled "Toward A Final Nuclear Deal or Interim II" in which I anticipated the likelihood of the absence of a long-term comprehensive deal by the end of the six months window, which has now been extended for another four months, i.e., until the end of November, 2014. This is a follow-up that focuses on the merits of a sequel "interim" agreement, in light of the distinct possibility that come November the existing gaps may still preclude a final deal, even though there is now a draft text covering all the main issues.
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The crisis in Iraq, ambiguous policies pursued by certain Kurdish groups, and interactions between Tehran and Arbil (capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan Region) have been discussed in an interview with Dr. Ja'far Haghpanah, an assistant professor of regional studies at the University of Tehran.
Mohammad Farhad Koleini
The representatives of Iran and the member states of the P5+1 group of countries have agreed following the end of the sixth round of their nuclear talks in the Austrian city of Vienna to extend duration of negotiations for another four months, namely, up to November 24, in a bid to achieve a comprehensive agreement over Iran's nuclear energy program. To review the process of Vienna 6 nuclear negotiations, Mashregh website has conducted an interview with Mohammad Farhad Koleini, a senior expert of strategic issues.
Shireen T. Hunter
To discuss United States inaction over the crisis in Syria and Iraq, Saudi Arabia’s approach to these regional crises, Iran's strategic capabilities in the region, and future course of developments in Iraq and the region, Iran Review.Org conducted an exclusive interview with Dr. Shireen Hunter.
A new Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, not the first and won’t be the last if the political equation in that region does not change. Throughout the previous aggressions Israel launched on the Gaza strip, several military goals were declared. This time, “Protective Edge” operation comes in a different context, with new domestic, regional and international circumstances. These conditions, by and large, are more prosaic and complex that have been key elements in determining Israel’s goals from this operation, as part of a larger strategy that goes beyond the war itself.
When the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and his colleagues in the State of Law Coalition were occupying all government posts in an totalitarian manner and at all levels of the government, it was quit predictable that the situation in Iraq will become as critical as it is right now. However, it would be also too simplistic to blame Nouri Al-Maliki for all the problems with which Iraq is currently faced. Perhaps, major factors that have brought Iraq to its current critical state can be summarized as follows.
Israeli regime’s measures in the Gaza Strip are war crimes because none of the principles of international humanitarian law have been observed during the aggression on Gaza and the Tel Aviv regime has embarked on the massacre of civilian population. Israel’s measures are also crime against humanity because they have the potential to go beyond the limits of the Gaza Strip and affect other adjacent areas and even other parts of the world. They also constitute a case of aggression, because Israel has been the party initiating the ongoing war in Gaza.
Regardless of what scenarios may unravel in future Iraq, if the country actually moves toward disintegration along ethnic and religious lines, the prospect of peace and stability for the restive region of Middle East will become even more unachievable than any time in the past. Such a situation will finally have very destructive effects on all regional countries and even other countries that have political and economic interactions with them.