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Yemen: Political Negotiations Halted, Humanitarian Crisis Continues
Saturday, August 6, 2016

René Wadlow
On Saturday, 6 August, the political negotiations to stop the armed conflict in Yemen came to a halt − not a great surprise but a bad sign nevertheless for the many Yemeni suffering. 

How Will Turkey’s Failed Coup and Massive Purge Affect Its Economic Future
Monday, July 25, 2016

Nader Habibi
These are positive steps that will benefit Turkish economy in the long run although the terrorism risks to tourism and investor confidence that existed before the coup are likely to continue in the new environment as well. However, the government must also be very mindful of how its cultural, political and security decisions in response to the coup will affect the economy.

Armed Drones: President Obama's Favorite Weapon
Sunday, July 24, 2016

President Barack Obama has received much credit for drawing down American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, but less attention has been paid to his administration's embrace of armed drones. 

Turkey: Attempted Coup and the Future Of Erdogan
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Without knowing much about the identity of the Turkish coup leaders, it is fairly certain that irrespective of their likely failed attempt, they have delivered a stunning blow to the presidency of Mr. Erdogan, who must now reckon with deep fissures within the country’s armed forces, which has a long tradition of political interventions.

Death Of A Humanist Filmmaker: Kiarostami And The Culture Of Peace
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
In retrospect, Kiarostami’s contribution to cinema may be summed up as restorative, restoring the once upon a time logic of filmmaking that was not insatiably wedded to profit-making but rather to truth and understanding in tune with a filmmic culture of peace, conceived as the antidote for the cinematic-induced alienation of contemporary man.

On the Ethical Conduct of Warfare: Predator Drones
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Jim Fetzer
We are taking out citizens of Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Pakistan, which, alas, if research on 9/11 is well founded have never threatened us. So we really have no business being there at all. Yet to this day we continue to hear about the threat from al-Qaeda and from Osama bin Laden, who appears to have died in 2001. We are depriving the citizens of other countries of their life, liberty, and property with no semblance of due process. This means that our actions are not only in violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the United States’ Constitution but also violate basic human rights.

Terrorism in Istanbul and Necessity of International Action
Friday, July 1, 2016

Abdolreza Ghofrani
So undoubtedly combating and uprooting this group must be given top priority by all governments of the region as well as the concerned international organizations. Admittedly in this region the governments have their own high responsibility to work out an efficient strategy for this. 

Iran Must Avoid Simplistic Analysis of Brexit
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Although officially the Islamic Republic of Iran has reacted properly to the historic Brexit vote, unfortunately some Iranian politicians and pundits have rushed to judgment by embracing the result, some going as far as portraying it as a "historic opportunity" for Iran, ostensibly because it weakens the European Union and lessens UK's American dependency. But, a more isolated and geopolitically-weakened UK is more likely to be US-dependent, rather than "independent," and it is sheer folly on the part of some Iran analysts to view the xenophobic, anti-immigrant pro-exit politicians in UK as more inclined to defy the US's will on Iran.

Brexit- Whistling Past the Graveyard
Friday, June 24, 2016

Graham E. Fuller
What an irony that Great Britain should be the one country in the world to deliver what could be the coup de grâce to the modern European order and to a meaningful Atlantic relationship. It is incredible that the population of the UK should have so thoughtlessly lurched into such a breathtakingly regressive, ignorant, narrow-minded and destructive act in our contemporary world. However good the 52% who voted in favor may feel about torpedoing this major experiment in the making of a new European world order, their heads are firmly implanted in the sand (if that is what it is) as to what the realities of contemporary global currents are. These realities come with our modern world. Disliking them will not make them go away.

Human Rights Double Standard: Iran and Saudi Arabia
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Shireen T. Hunter
Human rights is not the only area where Saudi Arabia gets a free pass for its misdeeds. Support for terrorism is another notable area where different standards are applied to its actions. This special treatment or Saudi Arabia has served neither that country nor the international community well. It has emboldened Saudi Arabia to continue its disregard for human rights and support for terrorist groups without fear of any retaliation. Worse, it has given Saudi Arabia license to intervene militarily in neighboring countries such as Bahrain, undermine the government in Iraq, and engage in the full- scale invasion of Yemen. 

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