Nuclear Deal After the Deadline
Monday, June 29, 2015
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
We are now at a critical decision moment in the nuclear talks and with sufficient political will and prudent diplomacy on the part of negotiating parties, we are likely to witness a historic breakthrough that will hopefully spell the end of the oppressive and unjust sanctions on Iran and the onset of a brand new chapter in Iran's relations with the Western world.
Yemen: No Round Table Negotiations Yet
Sunday, June 21, 2015
As bombs continued to fall on Yemen, there were the start of indirect contacts among some of the parties in the Yemen conflict in Geneva, facilitated by the UN-appointed envoy on Yemen, the Mauritanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. There was a hope among some of the United Nations secretariat that the talks coming at the start of the month of Ramadan could lead to a ceasefire, at least for part of the month. As a symbol, the Ramadan period could serve as a time of peace, brotherhood and other good things. However, symbols also have to correspond in some way to material realities.
An Overstretched Hezbollah Facing an Israeli Preemptive Strike?
Friday, June 19, 2015
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says his group is currently involved in an "existential battle" against insurgents inside Syria. While reports maintain that Hezbollah is currently winning the decisive battle in Qalamoun, on the Lebanese eastern border, analysts believe they are showing signs of being stretched thin. This situation can only worsen, as the group plans to expand and intensify its operations deep inside Syria, from the Lebanon-Syria border as far as Aleppo.
Deconstructing Senator Corker's Letter to Obama
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
U.S. Senator Bob Corker, who heads the powerful Foreign Relations Committee, has narrated a new letter to President Obama, which accuses the administration of making far-reaching concessions to Iran in the nuclear talks and deviating from the supposedly initial plan of "dismantling Iran's nuclear program.
The U.S. Must Stop Enabling Israel
Thursday, June 18, 2015
The U.S. ought to be clear by explaining to the Israeli public in particular that time is running out. If Israel continues to build new and expand existing settlements, it will seriously and rapidly erode the prospect of a two-state solution.
Implications of the Nuclear Deal with Iran
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
On April 2, 2015--Iran and the P5+1 reached a framework agreement that ensures intrusive transparency and confidence building measures on Iran’s nuclear program in return for a lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions and respecting the legitimate rights of Iran for enrichment, with continued talks until the June 30 deadline toward a comprehensive deal. This initial agreement is a positive step toward ending 12 years of contention over Iran’s nuclear program.
Who Is War Monger and Harbors Terrorism?
Thursday, June 11, 2015
It goes without saying that over the past decades and particularly ever since the nuclear talks between Iran and 5+1 did begin nearly two years ago, now being at the final stage and hopefully a balanced agreement is going to be reached, Iran has been the target of widespread unfair and vicious propaganda on the part of Israeli regime and its pals, mostly in the United States. Despite all these unconstructive adverse hue and cry of Tel Aviv, fortunately, everybody is witnessing that these talks are going on abidingly, although sometimes with minor slowdown.
A Rapprochement or Just Wishful Thinking?
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Not until his second term in office was secured, did President Obama dare to openly redress America’s foreign policy trends in the turbulent Middle East, especially with regard to Iran. I say “openly” because the mismanagement of America’s policies in that region has been less the result of a misreading of the issues, but more due to the fact that implementing corrective measures that best suited America’s best interests would run against the powerful and influential special interest lobbies that control the Congress and help formulate the public opinion. Any attempt to openly reverse that counterproductive momentum would have cost the Administrative Branch, especially the President, dearly. The result has been over two decades of war, which should go down in history books as “Wars of Choice”, with nothing but negative results for a nation that will no longer welcome a continuation of the same.
Erdoğan’s AKP Has Still ‘Lion’s Share’ of Votes
Monday, June 8, 2015
Mehr News International Service asked Dr. Nader Entessar a few questions about Turkish parliamentary elections. The Professor of South Alabama University told Mehr News that Turkish regional foreign policy would change in certain areas such as Syria.
Saudi Arabia's Widening War
Thursday, June 4, 2015
The level of turmoil in the Middle East is greater than at any other time in my nearly fifty years of watching this region. Amid this perfect storm comes the most dramatic shift in Saudi policy since at least World War II—marking a critical turning point in Saudi Arabia’s relations with its historical protector, the United States, and with its neighbors in the Middle East. The Saudi regime’s insistence on seeing threats to the Kingdom in fundamentally sectarian terms—Sunni vs. Shia—will put it increasingly at odds with its American patrons and could lead the Middle East into a conflict comparable to Europe’s Thirty Years War, a continent-wide civil war over religion that decimated an entire culture.