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Cluster Bombs: Saudi Use, USA Sales, and the Review Conference on their Prohibition
Monday, May 4, 2015

René Wadlow
The Saudi-led aggression on Yemen has on at least two separate occasions used cluster bombs to attack villages in Yemen's northern Saada Province according to a report of the nongovernmental organization Human Rights Watch.  Cluster munitions are imprecise weapons which often fail to detonate on impact, leaving the unexploded bomb lets on the ground, ready to kill or maim when disturbed or handled.

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An Iran Accord for Stability
Sunday, May 3, 2015

Arash Irani & Omid Irani
The negotiating powers must, once and for all, boldly unite in their effort to run through the tape and arrive at a deal that frankly is long overdue. The world cannot afford yet another missed opportunity when it comes to rapprochement with Iran. Now is the time. Constructing a deal for the negotiation’s proposed June 30th deadline would go a long way in introducing dialogue, discourse and diplomacy to a region of the world that has, for too long, been inundated with death, destruction and deception. Having Iran rejoin the community of nations behooves those who wish for greater equilibrium among warring ideologies.

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S-300 Air Defense Systems: Potential Consequences of Bartering with Iran
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Vladimir Yevseev
Paradoxical though it may seem, the delivery of these missiles (which are no problem for America anyway) is fully in line with US national interests. Their deployment will make Washington confident that Israel will not attack Iran with bombs and missiles on its own. The last thing the Americans want is to be drawn into an armed conflict with Iran at a disadvantage.

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Saudi Arabia: Lost in the Sands of War
Monday, April 27, 2015

René Wadlow
For the moment, the aggression of Saudi Arabia against Yemen has changed its name from “Operation Decisive Storm” to “Operation Restoring Hope”, probably on the advice of the public relations firm which advises the US Pentagon on the name of its operations.  The 28 days of bombing from the air of cities and camps, killing women and children, created a storm, but the results were in no way decisive.

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Yemen and Iran's Role in Regional Crisis Management
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
It is conceivable that Foreign Minister Zarif who in 2001-2002 played a crucial role in terms of shaping the post-Taliban political order in Afghanistan, may soon find himself engaged in a similar gambit on Yemen. Determined to showcase Iran's stability role and constructive engagement with its neighbors and 'near neighbors', the Rouhani administration is apt to use the Yemen conflict as a litmus test of its prudent foreign policy orientation. The big question is, of course, if Iran's Saudi rivals are prepared to reciprocate Iran's initiative?

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Why the P5+1 - Iran Deal Won't Change Egyptian - Iranian Relations
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Robert Mason
The rationale for the continued malfunctioning Egyptian - Iranian relationship therefore appears to be fundamentally psychological and due to Egypt's relationship with Saudi Arabia which is aimed at trying to roll back Iranian influence in the region. Unless and until there is a new rationale for a reorientation in Egypt's regional relations which could follow progress on regional security measures after the P5+1 deal, a bilateral relationship with Iran will remain elusive.

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U.S. Congress Torpedoes the Iran Deal
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
The buzz word in Washington around the Iran Nuclear Review Bill that was approved unanimously by a Senate committee is "compromise," parroted even by the White House spokesperson who has let it known that President Obama will endorse it despite some reservations. But, in reality, "compromise" is a code word for "concession," i.e., appeasement of the anti-Iran hawks in U.S. Congress, as well as Israel.

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Outline for Iran Deal Marks a New Milestone
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi and Nader Entessar
Iran and the world powers have reached a new milestone by agreeing to a new framework for a final deal that would end the Iran nuclear crisis and put Iran on a new path in its relations with the international community.

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Confirmed: The Hawks Were Wrong on Iran
Friday, April 3, 2015

Trita Parsi
After all, true leaders know that history will not judge them for the petty and desperate criticism they faced, but for the courage they showed in grasping for a peace that appeared beyond the possible.

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Benefits of a Deal with Iran
Friday, April 3, 2015

Cesar Chelala
In the charged atmosphere between the U.S. and Iran, the benefits of the deal with Iran have been obscured by a war rhetoric that does very little for peace and development in that conflictive region. To the calls for bombing Iran from the likes of Netanyahu and U.S. Senator McCain, a significant number of experts in the region believe that peace with Iran will benefit not only that country but the U.S. and the rest of world as well.

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