Tag: Iran

Limitless Ambitions of Yemen’s Houthis (by Nabeel Khoury for Cairo Review)

[ 0 ] January 29, 2015 |

by NABEEL KHOURY for CAIRO REVIEW on JANUARY 29, 2015:  The first of the Houthi wars started, in 2004, while I was the chargé at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa. John Abizaid, then the general running U.S. Central Command, came to visit. On the ride to the presidential palace, to meet the former president of Yemen, […]

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Phil Bennett and Moises Naim on 21st-century Censorship (inc. Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey)

[ 0 ] January 13, 2015 |

Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media by PHIL BENNETT AND MOISES NAIM for COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW on JANUARY 5, 2015: Two beliefs safely inhabit the canon of contemporary thinking about journalism. The first is that the internet is the most powerful force disrupting the news media. The second is […]

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Juan Cole: Iran’s Rouhani & Direct Democracy

Juan Cole: Iran’s Rouhani & Direct Democracy

[ 0 ] January 6, 2015 |

Wants Referendum to Sidestep Hardliners by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 5, 2014:  Iran’s system of government is a hybrid. One wing of it consists of a dictatorial theocracy, centered on Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The other wing is elected and comprises the parliament and the presidency. President Hassan Rouhani, a reformer, is […]

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Scholar’s Notebook: Observations on “Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran”

Scholar’s Notebook: Observations on “Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran”

[ 0 ] December 28, 2014 |

Between Psychoanalysis as Practice and as Social Theory by TAMAR SHIRINIAN for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 29, 2014:  “Is psychoanalysis possible in the Islamic Republic of Iran?” This is the question that Gohar Homayounpour poses to herself, and to us, at the beginning of this memoir of displacement, nostalgia, love, and pain. Twenty years after leaving her […]

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WATCH: Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown, in Iran

[ 0 ] December 28, 2014 |

by ANTHONY BOURDAIN/PARTS UNKNOWN for CNN, NOVEMBER 2014:  Words matter. Especially in Iran where what is permissible—to say, to do, to be seen to say or do—is an ever changing thing. It took us many years of trying to finally be allowed into Iran, the country with whom the United States has probably its most […]

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The Attack in Australia, and a Show of Interfaith Solidarity with that Nation’s Muslims (a compilation)

The Attack in Australia, and a Show of Interfaith Solidarity with that Nation’s Muslims (a compilation)

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 15, 2014:  A hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia has ended after a 17-hour siege by a lone gunman of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in the city’s central business district. Various media were reporting that the gunman is Man Haron Monis — an Iranian-born refugee and self-described cleric who’s been in […]

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WATCH: Moazzam Begg on the CIA Torture Report and the Outsourcing of Torture to Arab States

WATCH: Moazzam Begg on the CIA Torture Report and the Outsourcing of Torture to Arab States

[ 0 ] December 11, 2014 |

Following on from a damning report on “harsh interrogation techniques” used by the CIA, CAGE’s Moazzam Begg, talks to Sky News Tonight about his experiences of torture at the facility. by TOM FINN for MIDDLE EAST EYE on DECEMBER 10, 2014:  On Tuesday Mozzam Begg, a British Pakistani citizen and former Guantanamo bay detainee, was […]

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Deal or No Deal? U.S./Iran Relations and the Possibility of a Nuclear Pact (a compilation)

Deal or No Deal? U.S./Iran Relations and the Possibility of a Nuclear Pact (a compilation)

[ 0 ] November 21, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 25, 2014: UPDATED NOV. 24 , 2014  : (VIA THE WASHINGTON POST) VIENNA — Nuclear talks with Iran will be extended for seven months after intense negotiations failed to reach a comprehensive accord but appeared to make encouraging headway, diplomats said Monday. (New target is June 30, 2015) […]

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UAE Blacklists 82 Groups as “Terrorist”, including US Muslim Civil Rights & Advocacy Org. CAIR

[ 0 ] November 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 18, 2014:  What constitutes a terrorist organization? A wide-ranging list of 82 groups, named as “terrorist,” has been named by the United Arab Emirates. The breadth of the list — which includes the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the UK-based Cordoba Foundation and the Council on […]

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Volleyball Federation Sanctions Iran in New Assertiveness on Women’s Sporting Rights (by James Dorsey)

Volleyball Federation Sanctions Iran in New Assertiveness on Women’s Sporting Rights (by James Dorsey)

[ 0 ] November 13, 2014 |

by JAMES DORSEY for TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on NOVEMBER 11, 2014:  The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has warned Iran that it would be stripped of its right to host the 2015 Under-19 men’s world volleyball championship if it bans women from attending matches. The warning signals a new assertiveness driven by the […]

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