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White House's Bad Means For A Good End
Friday, August 7, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
As the political battle over the Iran nuclear deal rages on in United States, the supporters of the deal led by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have repeatedly followed a questionable script that can easily backfire in both the short and long run. We may call it "Iran nuclear alarmism" for purely heuristic purposes. In essence, this consists of a simple bifurcation of alternatives to "diplomacy or war" which has been repeated ad infinitum by U.S. officials since the Vienna "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" (JCPOA) on July 14th.

Nuclear Deal Will Boost Iran-EU Ties
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Gerta Zaimi
Europeans were the first to welcome the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers made in Vienna last month. Shortly after the landmark agreement, senior officials from Germany and France visited Tehran and a high-ranking Italian delegation followed suit. Iran Daily has talked to Gerta Zaimi, a Florence-based political scientist, to see why European countries are keen to expand their political and economic ties in the wake of the nuclear accord.

Just what is Turkey up to?
Monday, August 3, 2015

Graham E. Fuller
Turkish policies towards the Middle East have been in wild oscillation over the past many weeks, even months. Ankara has now finally and begrudgingly initiated military action against ISIS in cooperation with the US. But it has also initiated air attacks against its former Kurdish negotiating partners. Just what is going on? There may not be any coherent strategy, but the following seem to me to represent the key issues driving policy.

Yemen and World Law: Building from Current Experience
Saturday, August 1, 2015

René Wadlow
The indiscriminate bombing of cities in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition highlights the need for renewal of the way that humanitarian law is observed in times of armed conflict especially in three areas.

Susiya: Injustice on Display
Friday, July 31, 2015

Alon Ben-Meir
The pending order to demolish the small Palestinian village of Susiya in the southern Judean Mountains in the occupied West Bank represents the most blatant violation of human rights. The order calls for the forcible removal of several hundred Palestinians who have been living on their land from the time of the Ottoman Empire and still have the ownership deeds to prove their claim. Prime Minister Netanyahu, who never misses an opportunity to remind the world that Israel is a democracy guided by moral principles, seems to care less about displacing Palestinian women and children for the fourth time. His excuse is that this dusty village, established in 1830, is the site of archeological remains both of a 5th century synagogue and a 10th century mosque and it must be preserved.

There’s Sufficient Support in Congress for Nuclear Deal
Friday, July 31, 2015

Daryl Kimball
There will be a sufficient number of members in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate who will lend their support and allow for the implementation of the P5+1 and Iran nuclear deal.

Understanding Iran’s Intentions in Foreign Policy
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Diako Hosseini
Forget what opponents say about the nuclear deal. If the United States succeed to indicate its benign intentions, Iran is somehow ready to reverse past antagonistic rhetoric and practice proportionately, not only because of retort, but geopolitical beneficiaries which would be achieved through rapprochement between Iran and U.S. In recent years, some Iranian journalists, pundits and politicians who are affected by discussions about the rise of Asia, have begun thinking about the appropriate questions.

Iran's Foreign Minister Regional Visits
Friday, July 24, 2015

Abdolreza Ghofrani
One week after the nuclear deal did strike between Iran and the five plus one, Iran's Foreign Minister Dr. Javad Zarif's visit to a number of regional countries did begin in Kuwait on Sunday 26th July 2015. He has also visited Qatar and then neighborly Iraq. Certainly these kinds of visits between the high ranking officials of the countries of sensitive region of Persian Gulf is pretty ordinary and natural aiming at the development of the mutual and multilateral ties between these states as well as the stability and peace of the region is quite unavoidable and even essential. Dr. Zarif's visit, however in these circumstances needs to be envisioned from some perspectives.

The Fine or the Crude Art of Window Dressing: Hypocrisy at its Best
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Kambiz Zarrabi
Those who actually believe (perhaps better than 95% of the public here) that the main purpose of the nuclear agreement reached between the world powers and Iran was to delay and hopefully to stop Iran’s clandestine efforts to develop atomic weapons can now be cautiously optimistic that the mission has been accomplished. Iran, they believe, was brought to its knees under the pressure of the sanctions and forced to accept the terms of the agreement. But just to be on the safe side, they are told that all options to react to any misbehavior by the Islamic Republic remain on the table, including re-imposition of the sanctions, as well as military action. So, what more could one ask for?

The Nuclear Agreement; Fantasies vs Facts
Sunday, July 19, 2015

Kambiz Zarrabi
The official version of what has led to the nuclear agreement reached between the P5+1 group and Iran is being sold to the American public as the best alternative to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. There is an ongoing debate here among the public and the members of the Congress as to whether this agreement was, in fact, the best solution to the Iranian threat. But there is no expressed doubt among the media pundits, the blindfolded public, and the members of the Congress, whether Democrat or Republican, that the Iranian nuclear program has, in fact, been a threat to America’s regional allies and even to the security of the United States.

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