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Why Iranians Refer to their Eight-Year War against Iraq as “Sacred Defense“?
Saturday, August 18, 2012

Discussing about human civilizations without referring to Persia as one of the world’s most important cradles of civilization is almost impossible; as a unified and integrated land, Iran has always been a crib for people with different languages, traditions, religions and ethnicities. Hence, Iran’s history is devoid of any record of quest for independence or separatism. However, in spite of such a popular culture and brilliant history and also the important role Iranians set for unity in overcoming the problems and adversities, Iran’s geographical borders have been drastically changed over the time.

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Turkey’s Middle Eastern Policies and the Concept of Commitment to Principles
Friday, July 27, 2012

After a wave of popular uprisings swept Arab countries, Turkish politicians in Ankara felt obliged to adopt a new foreign policy approach to regional developments. As a result, Turkey’s high-ranking officials, especially the country’s foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu have frequently tried to justify their new approach in Turkey’s foreign policy. Commitment of Turkey’s government to principles in the area of foreign policy is one of the main concepts which have been frequently used by politicians and supporters of Justice and Development Party during discussions in political and media circles.

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Hostility to Iranians is Pure Racism
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Unfortunately, after the tightening of the loop of sanctions imposed on Iran by Western countries, bad news can be heard here and there. Blocking the bank accounts and insulting and humiliating Iranian-Canadian citizens who have no connection with the Iranian government stands in stark contrast with the Principles of International Law and the Provisions of the Geneva Convention and is considered as pure racism.

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Filing International Lawsuit against Economic Sanctions
Monday, July 23, 2012

In addition to common political and economic disputes about economic sanctions, their legality or illegality has also been a subject of discussion from viewpoint of international law. This brief article is no place for detailed explanation of this judicial issue. However, to make a long story short, three bases have been mentioned as the legal basis for economic sanctions against Iran.

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The Arab World and Power Challenge
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Two different terms have been used to describe the current developments in the Arab world: Arab Spring and the Islamic Awakening. Both terms have their own political, ideological and emotional implications and more than reflecting realities of developments in the Arab world, they reflect the expectations and aspirations of those who have coined these terms. What is actually going on in the Arab world cannot be described by any of these terms.

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Syria’s Best Way out of the Ongoing Crisis
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Syria will not be able to restore security by drawing a sharp line between supporters of the Syrian government and the opposition. On the contrary, just in the same way that role of national borders in determining security issues is increasingly fading, the border among various political groups inside Syria are also losing importance. This will provide an opportunity for all parties to come to grips with the reality. As long as every political and ethnic group remains entrenched behind its own embankment, there would be no way to reestablish security.

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Status of the Iranian Supreme Leader’s Fatwa in International Law
Thursday, July 5, 2012

The fatwa about possession and use of nuclear weapons being haram (religiously forbidden) has been issued by the Supreme Leader of a country which has been among few countries that have been victims of weapons of mass destruction in modern history. Both during the war with Iraq, and afterwards, Iran never made recourse to chemical weapons and is among progressive and pioneer countries with regard to chemical weapons disarmament.

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German Weapons and Warmongering in the Middle East
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The German government is accused of selling weapons and security systems to dictatorial regimes and supporting them against democracy calls of their nations, especially in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Iran Should Revise its Middle East Policy
Sunday, June 24, 2012

The most important question now facing Iran’s foreign policy is what strategy has the country formulated in order to get linked to a Middle East which is defined by such new coordinate? Does our foreign policy actually have a say and enough influence in order to revive Iran’s regional standing? It is obvious that in view of power equations in the region, Iran, Turkey, and Egypt are three powers and three main players in the Middle East region and the entire world of Islam.

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Entering the Big Game
Friday, June 15, 2012

It will not be unexpected for Shanghai Cooperation Organization to gradually change from an organization with purely economic functions to an organization with military and security functions. In that case, willingly or unwillingly, Russia and China would have created an organization which is the antithesis of the NATO both in nature and identity. As a result, the present and future observer states will have to either become full members of the changed Shanghai Cooperation Organization or leave it.

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