Tag: Iran

Bruce Jentleson: “Invitation to Netanyahu ‘Totally Inappropriate,’ But Not a First”

Bruce Jentleson: “Invitation to Netanyahu ‘Totally Inappropriate,’ But Not a First”

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

via DUKE OFFICE OF NEWS & COMMUNICATIONS on FEBRUARY 25, 2015: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday continues to draw fire. Netanyahu was invited by House Speaker John Boehner, in what many have described as a rebuke to President Obama’s Iran policy. “It is totally inappropriate for […]

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The Middle East and China (by Ambassador Chas Freeman for Lobelog)

[ 0 ] February 18, 2015 |

by CHAS W. FREEMAN for LOBELOG on FEBRUARY 17, 2015:  The Middle East is where Africa, Asia, and Europe come together and where the trade routes between China, India, and Europe converge. It has two-thirds of the world’s energy reserves. It is also the epicenter of this planet’s increasing religious strife. Relationships between this strategically […]

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Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by PENDA MBOW for SUD ONLINE on JANUARY 15, 2015 *originally published in French, translated here in English:  The time has come, a week after the tragic and inexcusable events in Paris, the killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the taking of hostages in a Hypercacher supermarket, to begin an honest debate among all, […]

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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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