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Monday, 25 November 2013  /  Editorial

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  Iran and the P5+1 signed in Geneva (November 24th) an interim agreement that has already been called historic that should resolve the Iranian nuclear case within six months and that guarantees that Iran does not produce nuclear weapons. The highlights of the agreement (that have…

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  Editorial

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The European Union decision to place Hezbollah’s military wing on its list of terror organizations, adopted on the eve of Rouhani’s inauguration as president of Iran, is yet another impediment to improving relations between the Islamic Republic and the European Union. The resolution was adopted following…

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  Editorial

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Far away from the spotlights – that are generally trained on Iran’s nuclear program – Iran continues to persistently establish its grasp in the backyard of the “Great Satan” (the United States) – South America. Outgoing Iranian President Ahmadinejad placed particular importance on this effort, while…

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Monday, 15 July 2013  /  Editorial

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At the beginning of next month, Iran’s President-Elect Hassan Rouhani is supposed to form a government and take office. The level of expectations of Rouhani, both domestically and in the international arena, is high. Rouhani’s elections campaign and “moderate” messages on the need to fix the…

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Monday, 8 July 2013  /  Editorial

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Iran received the news of Egyptian President Morsi’s ouster by the military last week with mixed feelings. When Mubarak (“secular and Western”), Iran’s bitter and sworn enemy and a friend of the United States, was deposed this gave rise to hope in Iran that it would…

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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  Editorial

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The violent murder of four Shiites last week in the village of Zawyat Abu Musalam in Egypt once again brought the increasing polarization of Sunnis and Shiites throughout the broader Middle East to the fore. The reshaping of the Middle East as part of the romantic…

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Monday, 24 June 2013  /  Editorial

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Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian President Elect, will assume his duties at the beginning of August. He stated during his campaign and in the press conference he held shortly after being elected that improving the Iranian economy would be his top priority, and this would include working…

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Monday, 17 June 2013  /  Editorial

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Hassan Rouhani won the presidency in a landslide victory in the first round of Iran’s presidential elections. With over 50% of the vote, he left Saeed Jalili, his opponent in the debates and favorite of the Supreme Leader, as well as several other principlists far behind….

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Monday, 10 June 2013  /  Editorial

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Last week, the city of al-Qusair fell to forces sent in by Hezbollah, the long arm of Tehran, which was called into Syria to try to save what Tehran has referred to as “the golden link” in the anti-Israel resistance front – the regime of Bashar…

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Monday, 3 June 2013  /  Editorial

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With a little less than two weeks until the presidential elections in Iran, the election propaganda train is moving full steam ahead. The removal of the “colorful” candidates, who could have made the elections process in Iran interesting, has left the arena with lackluster presidential hopefuls….

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Monday, 27 May 2013  /  Editorial

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The Guardian Council’s disqualification of Rafsanjani, as well as the courageous last-minute decision of “the Shark” to try and enter the presidential race was daring. It marked, perhaps, more than anything else the end of the attempts by Islamic Revolution veterans and its founders to affect…

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Monday, 20 May 2013  /  Editorial

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History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr. The crisis in Syria is gradually growing into a regional…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Editorial

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The courageous decision of former President (89-97) and current Chairman of the Expediency Council, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (78), to enter the presidential race in Iran after very public and well-covered deliberations, once again gives rise to hope for a real change both to Iranians and…

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Monday, 6 May 2013  /  Editorial

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The issue of whether or not Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, former President (two terms) and Head of the Expediency Council will throw his hat into the ring of presidential candidates took center stage in Iran’s domestic arena. Rafsanjani, for his part, emphasized at the end of…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Editorial

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The stalled negotiations on Iran’s nuclear dossier between Iran and the West, the Arab Spring in the Middle East and the ongoing crisis in Syria are all gradually widening the chasm and intensifying the existing disputes between Iran and the Gulf states. As a result, tensions…

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Monday, 22 April 2013  /  Editorial

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Over the past two weeks, Iran has marked National Nuclear Day (April 9) and Armed Forces Day (April 18). These memorial days were used to emphasize Iran’s nuclear and military technological achievements. On these days, the religious-political leadership as well as the top military ranks stressed…

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Monday, 15 April 2013  /  Editorial

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At the beginning of the week, Ahmadinejad set out to visit several West African countries (Benin, Niger and Ghana). For Ahmadinejad, the visit is a welcome respite from the battle that is heating up in the domestic arena ahead of the upcoming presidential elections scheduled to…

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Monday, 8 April 2013  /  Editorial

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Once again, tensions peaked this week between Iran and its neighbor to the north, Azerbaijan. The relations between the two countries have had their ups and downs, but are always accompanied by tension surrounding the ethnic question. Close to 25 million Azeris live in Iran today…

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Monday, 1 April 2013  /  Editorial

Despite the New Year holiday in Iran, the upcoming presidential elections slated for June 14 continue to dominate the political scene. Several new candidates have joined the presidential race. Iran’s Supreme Leader discussed the need to maintain law and order during the elections (and even published…

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Monday, 25 March 2013  /  Editorial

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The New Year has begun in Iran, and it will perhaps the most fateful since the Islamic Revolution. International public opinion last year was focused on the nuclear issue. The sanctions became even tighter and were imposed on the oil industry, causing Iran to lose a…

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