Tag: Iran

Yemen at War (ICG Report)

Yemen at War (ICG Report)

[ 0 ] March 28, 2015 |

“Yemen is being torn asunder: between Huthis in the north and an anti-Huthi coalition, strongest in the south; in the south, between separatists and a rising violent jihadi fringe; and from outside, by the increasing engagement of regional powers like Saudi Arabia and Iran. Proxy conflict, sectarian violence, militia rule and state collapse are a […]

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Q&A:Yemen: ‘This is Not a Sectarian War’ (via Al Jazeera)

[ 0 ] March 26, 2015 |

Fatima Alsmadi, Al Jazeera Studies Centre’s Iran specialist, discusses the impact of the Yemen war on the nuclear talks. via AL JAZEERA ENGLISH on MARCH 26, 2015:  The Saudi Arabia-led military campaign against the Houthis in Yemen has raised questions over the pretext for the intervention and Iran’s role in the conflict. Al Jazeera spoke […]

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How to be a Woman in Tehran (by Habibe Jafarian)

[ 0 ] March 23, 2015 |

“The harder path means reporting from here (rather than reporting about Tehran from London or Washington); it means intimately knowing Tehran’s back alleys and countless addicts, its impossible traffic, its unbearable pollution, its corruptions, its day-to-day humiliations. For all of this, I feel I should be respected and not pitied, because what I do for a […]

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How the Rouhani Meter Fact-Checks Iran’s President from 6,000 Miles Away

How the Rouhani Meter Fact-Checks Iran’s President from 6,000 Miles Away

[ 0 ] March 23, 2015 |

Fact-checkers aren’t welcome in Iran, so Farhad Souzanchi and the Rouhani Meter team work from Canada. by DANIEL CARP for DUKE REPORTERS’ LAB (at SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY)  on MARCH 17, 2015:  The capital of Iran’s fact-checking movement is not in Tehran, but Toronto. When Farhad Souzanchi wanted to promote government accountability in his home country […]

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Yemen Bombing: It’s not ISIL and it’s not Sunni-Shiite Conflict

Yemen Bombing: It’s not ISIL and it’s not Sunni-Shiite Conflict

[ 0 ] March 23, 2015 |

“When religion is deployed for political purposes and there is no separation of religion and state, religion acts like a political movement and throws up political opposition. Where politics is violent, so is religious politics. Countries were there is a separation of religion and state have much less religious violence, because there is no point in […]

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Happy Nowruz ! From the Silk Roads, to Iran, to the US and In Between

Happy Nowruz ! From the Silk Roads, to Iran, to the US and In Between

[ 0 ] March 21, 2015 |

Video above from AFP: Iranians were out shopping ahead of the Persian New Year Nowruz. The Iranian new year, which begins on March 20, coincides with the first day of spring compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary:  Wishing those who celebrate it a Happy Nowruz (Nowruz Mobarak) from the Silk Roads, to Iran, to the […]

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Facing Down Anti-Muslim Bigotry Through Faith in America (by David Schanzer)

Facing Down Anti-Muslim Bigotry Through Faith in America (by David Schanzer)

[ 3 ] March 16, 2015 |

Duke professor David Schanzer has shared with ISLAMiCommentary, below, his prepared remarks to the Islamic Association of Raleigh (NC) this weekend during their annual open house “Welcome to my Mosque. ” The open house was presented as “an opportunity for  friends and neighbors from other faiths to know about Islam.” Schanzer was invited to speak on Islamophobia. About 200 people were […]

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Iran’s Role in the Battle to Take Back Tikrit from ISIS (a compilation)

[ 0 ] March 12, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 12, 2014 *updated with more on MARCH 15, 2015 : It’s worth drawing attention to two interesting pieces in the past 24 hours on Iran’s role in the battle of the Iraqi army to take back Tikrit from ISIS: This from Time (magazine) about yesterday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on […]

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Let’s Take a Breath on Iran (by Matt Duss)

Let’s Take a Breath on Iran (by Matt Duss)

[ 0 ] March 11, 2015 |

by MATT DUSS for FOUNDATION FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE on MARCH 11, 2015:  Rancor over a possible Iran nuclear deal reached a new level this week with a letter from Senate Republicans, initiated by freshman Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, telling Iran that a future U.S. government would not necessarily abide by such a deal. While it’s […]

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Mixed Reaction to PM Netanyahu’s Address to Joint Meeting of Congress (WATCH)

Mixed Reaction to PM Netanyahu’s Address to Joint Meeting of Congress (WATCH)

[ 0 ] March 4, 2015 |

via C-SPAN on MARCH 3, 2015: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress, in which he outlined his opposition to a possible deal with Iran over its nuclear program. The prime minister’s speech was controversial because Republican congressional leaders invited him without the involvement of the Obama administration. At least 50 Democratic […]

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