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Human Rights Concerns in Current International Sanctions against Iran
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Erfaun Norooz
The present paper aims to understand the human rights concerns and humanitarian consequences of targeted sanctions as well as comprehensive economic sanctions in Iran. It also aims to give a brief outline of the sanctions system as one of the main tools for the UN Security Council. Using news articles, academic papers, reports and reportages, my paper investigates: Which Human Rights problems have arisen from the setup of international sanctions on Iran?

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Bibi’s Visit No Favor to US or Israel
Friday, January 23, 2015

Robert E. Hunter
Congressional Republicans—and a number of Democrats who also want to impose new sanctions on Iran—are certainly taking a big risk. If the Netanyahu visit, with its underscoring of the political potency of the Israeli lobby on Capitol Hill, ensures veto-proof support in the Senate for sanctions legislation, it would saddle Boehner and company with shared responsibility not only for possible collapse of the nuclear talks—a risk Obama outlined in his State of the Union address—but also for the increased chances of war with Iran.

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‘Oil Conspiracy’ Theory and Its Critics
Friday, January 23, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
History shows that conspirators rarely show their hands and often the passage of time is necessary to uncover them and circumstantial rather than direct evidence must be used to prove a conspiracy. This is why during the 1980s the US media acted as the propaganda arm of the US government by denying any oil conspiracy whatever and it took more than a decade before the facts came out. Learning lessons from the past, however, means drawing legitimate inferences and conclusions called for by the existing facts that suggest strong affinity with a sinister past.

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Iran and the 2015 NPT Review Conference
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
At a time when the US Congress is plotting further unilateral sanctions against Iran, both Iran and other NAM countries should seize the moment at the 2015 NPT Review Conference to campaign against unilateral sanctions, particularly those that are invoked in the name of strengthening the NPT yet in fact undercut the NPT-based approaches to counter-proliferation, e.g., by adding to the vulnerabilities of a target state that may resort to a 'nuclear shield' to defend itself.

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AIC Statement: Menendez-Kirk Sactions Bill
Sunday, January 18, 2015

The American Iranian Council
While Iranian and American officials are negotiating over the nuclear issue, the US Congress is pushing for new sanctions legislation. Even before it is finalized, drafts of the “Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015,” co-sponsored by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), are in circulation. The latest draft calls for new sanctions that would be “triggered by violations by Iran of any interim or final agreement regarding its nuclear program, failure to reach a final agreement in a discernible time frame, or the breach of other conditions...”

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Preventing A Nuclear Deal, World Powers’ Big Mistake
Friday, January 16, 2015

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
I am optimistic because there is no dispute on measures related to NPT. The remaining issues are on some measures beyond NPT and for a specific period as confidence building measures. The base should be and would be NPT. As long as there is no dispute on such measure, it would be a big mistake for the world powers to stop the deal.

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Oil Price Fall to Make US Negotiate with OPEC
Monday, January 12, 2015

Manouchehr Takin
In an interview to Mehr News, an international oil and energy consultant Manouchehr Takin gives his views on recent oil price falls, calling it a serious challenge for all OPEC members, even for the so-called ‘rich’ countries within the Organization.

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Hebdo vs Al Jazeera: A Tale of Two Journalisms
Monday, January 12, 2015

Eric Walberg
Press freedom has been under attack with the deaths in Paris of nine Charlie Hebdo employees, including editor Stephane Charbonnier, and the continued incarceration in Cairo of three Al Jazeera journalists. The circumstances of the victimization of the journalists are starkly different.

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GRAND HYPOCRISY: Where is Solidarity When it really Matters?
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Kam Zarrabi
In the meantime, in a small town in northeast Nigeria, 2000 innocent civilians had just been massacred by the terrorist group, Boko Haram; not 17 people as in Paris, but 2000 mostly women and children, and none of them cartoonists or guilty of any insult to anyone. Of course, they were Muslims killed by an extremist group, and they were all Black! Muslims and Black, a double jeopardy; and no “solidarity” parade by the heads of states of the more “civilized” world to protest and prevent such horrific events.

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Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback?
Saturday, January 10, 2015

John Feffer
The Charlie Hebdo killings, whatever their connections to the current wars in the Middle East, were acts of terrorism that should be handled by law enforcement. Blowback from these wars has so far been minimal in Europe. By resisting narratives of civilizational conflict and pushing for a ceasefire in the Syrian war, European governments can do even more to reduce the threat of this blowback.

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