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Ahmadinejad in New York
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Active ImagePresident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent visit to New York City was a good opportunity to raise Iran’s perspective on regional and global issues. His views this time around were more focused on the regional issues in which Iran can play an accommodating role. This policy should be enhanced. Individual nations like Iran are expected to play their own national role in solving regional and global problems. Therefore, playing an accommodating role on the part of solving regional issues in the Middle East will further bolster Iran's international standing.
Iran-China Relations: An Iranian View
Monday, September 27, 2010
Active ImageExpansion of political and economic relations between Tehran and Beijing in recent years has been source of many debates about regional and international impacts of Iran-China relations. Western media have always exaggerated those relations by making frequent use of such phrases as “Iran-China coalition,” “China is the main hurdle cushioning the effect of UN sanctions on Iran,” and “China saves Iran.” From my viewpoint, the true nature of Iran’s relations with China is much different from what western media have been trying to depict.
Answering David Pollack’s Article
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Active has published an article by Dr. David Pollack entitled “What Arabs Really think About Iran” which lambastes the results of a recent opinion poll conducted by Dr. Shibley Telhami for Brookings Institute in conjunction with Zogby International considering them incorrect. In the meantime, the poll results have received wide coverage from regional and Iranian print media.
NATO’s Iran Strategy
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Active ImageFollowing September 11, 2001, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) practical strategy for interaction with Iran has been vacillating between bandwagoning and hostility. While NATO has on several occasions called for Iran’s cooperation with its new missions in Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf countries after 2001, it has also tried to introduce Iran as the main enemy of its member states.
A Letter to Jesus Christ
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Active ImageMy Lord! All I have written in this letter, all I have written about you and your mother and about sufferings and loneliness of Mary and you; I have read all of them in the Quran. If it were not for the Quran, how would have I recognized you? If it were not for Quran, how was I supposed to understand anxiety and depression of your mother, Mary? If it were not for the Quran, how could I believe that you had spoken in cradle? If it were not for the Quran, how would I have believed that you had healed the blind and brought the dead back to life on the order of God? Yes! This is the Quran which introduced you to us and this is the same Quran which is now being burned by ignorant people on ground of defending Christianity!
Egypt Plays Iran Card
Monday, September 13, 2010
Active ImageThe Egyptian government canceled a preplanned visit to Cairo by the Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki last week. The decision came after Iran harshly criticized direct peace talks between Palestinians and Israel and blasted Arab states for supporting those talks. The Egyptian President also forewarned about the so-called “new threats” posed to the whole region by Iran adding that the Arab and Muslim world was going through difficult times.
Israel Is Just Looking for an Excuse
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Active ImageWhen countries stand on hostile grounds in international system, they attribute what they dislike to the opposite side. This is one reason behind  US Secretary of State’s allegations. Another reason is that Israel needs excuses to end its isolation and justify its harsh policies. They are trying to show that they are being threatened by other countries and they need to be violent to head off that threat. Naturally, they will do the same with regard to Iran-backed groups or will try to resort to certain statements made in Iran as an excuse.
Iran, a Scapegoat for Peace Talks
Monday, September 6, 2010
Active ImageThe main problem preventing peace between Israelis and Palestinians is the quality of negotiations rather than Iran’s efforts to bar them. In fact, the main hurdle is unresolved outstanding problems between Israel and Palestinians the most important of which are return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland, continued construction of Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands seized before 1967, and the issue of Beit-ol-Moqaddas.
Iran Sanctions and Turkey’s Options
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Active ImageEstablishing an axis comprising certain Middle Eastern countries which can be called “soft power resistance axis” is a new security need of the region and a requirement to oppose intensification of sanctions against Iran. Undoubtedly, measures taken by the Turkish government to establish that axis according to the new approach and policies introduced by Erdogan and Davutoğlu will open new avenues for Turkey to interact with regional and international players and will also help that country to continue its reconciliatory policy with regard to Iran’s nuclear crisis.
Turkey Removes Iran from “Red Book” Threat List
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Active ImageNew edition of Turkey’s “Red Book” which delineates the country’s security policies and is considered “secret constitution” of Turkey is going through final stages of preparation. The most evident change in the document is removal of four neighboring countries (Greece, Russia, Iraq, and Iran) from the threat list in line with the ruling Justice and Development Party’s “zero problems” approach to diplomacy with its neighbors.
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