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Conflicts in Aleppo Determine Syria’s Fate
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The final outcome of armed conflicts which have started since two weeks ago in the Syrian capital of Damascus as well as the country’s second biggest city, Aleppo, are very critical and determining. However, the main question which has remained unanswered 17 month after the beginning of the Syrian crisis with no solid solution on the horizon, is why the West did not wait for a Security Council resolution when it decided to attack Iraq?

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Iran Eyes Role as Post-Arab Spring 'Anchor'
Monday, August 6, 2012

Iran is pursuing "linkage diplomacy" in its foreign policy approach, viewing issues such as insecurity in Iraq, tensions in the Persian Gulf and chaos in Syria - as well as its own nuclear standoff with the West - as a series of connected crises that need to be dealt with in tandem, Dr. Abbas Maleki, former deputy foreign minister of Iran, tells Asia Times Online.

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Europe Willing to Reduce Anti-Iran Sanctions
Saturday, August 4, 2012

The current trend in Iran’s nuclear dossier and the latest negotiations between Ali Baqeri and Helga Schmid, the deputies of Iran’s and the P5+1 group’s chief negotiators, clearly proves that Iran and the West are seriously discussing their differences at the negotiating table. The West has launched its worst ever war of nerves against Iran by notching up sanctions against the Islamic Republic. At the same time, Russia has been challenging the West both in Iran’s nuclear case and in the Syrian crisis.

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Why Iran Should Both Negotiate and Suffer from Sanctions?
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Revocation of Western sanctions against Iran has been among Iran's proclaimed goals of negotiations with the West. Therefore, after imposition of new sanctions against Iran, it seems that the country has no more reason to continue with nuclear talks. In the following interview, Mehdi Mohammadi, an expert on strategic issues, has answered questions about the reason behind continuation of negotiations while Western sanctions are escalating.

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Iran and Future Approach to Nuclear Negotiations
Friday, July 27, 2012

West seeks to increase sanctions against Iran because it believes that it can use sanctions as a bargaining chip and influence the positions of the Iranian side. The unilateral sanctions, however, have not been simply imposed in order to influence Iran's nuclear activities, but they are also aimed at make Iran change its views and reduce its capacities in various fields.

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Why the West Opposes Annan Plan for Syria?
Thursday, July 26, 2012

A recent visit to Iran by special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League, Kofi Annan, in early July and the following announcement by Tehran that it is ready to mediate and host a meeting between the Syrian government and opposition were major turning points in Iran’s role in solving the ongoing Syrian crisis. What will happen to Syria? This question has been frequently asked in public circles by people. In the following interview with Iran’s former ambassador to Syria, Hossein Sheikholeslam, we have tried to find an answer to this question.

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Why US Opposes Iran's Role in Syria?
Friday, July 20, 2012

The former secretary-general of the United Nations who has already traveled to Iran and Iraq in continuation of his efforts to solve the Syrian crisis through peaceful means still insists that Iran should play a crucial role in Syria due to the high trust that the incumbent Syrian President Bashar Assad puts in Tehran. However, just as much as Annan insists on presence of Tehran in Syria, the Americans reject the idea noting that Iran's role cannot be constructive in the crisis-hit country.

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The War on Iran Is already Underway
Monday, July 16, 2012

They're already attacking Iran! We are living in incredibly dangerous times and an attack, by mistake or by design, could come at any moment. Just U.S./EU destabilization of Syria is heralding new problems of extremism in the Middle East and giving succor to the brutal authorities in Tel Aviv. Already their assassination programs are in train in Tehran, where scientists are being killed.

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Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee on War, Peace and Nukes
Sunday, July 15, 2012

Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee’s spoke with Al-Monitor correspondents Barbara Slavin and Laura Rozen on July 10 2012. Read excerpts from the wide-ranging conversation.

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West’s Confusion in Interaction with Iran
Thursday, July 12, 2012

What we see today in the West’s conduct toward Iran is that Western countries are still suffering from serious weaknesses in their approach to and calculations about future developments. Such weaknesses will, in practice, put political conditions, developments and trends on the wrong track. In order to analyze Western countries’ positions on the issue of international sanctions against Iran, the following interview has been conducted with Mohammad Farhad Koleini, a senior expert on strategic issues.

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