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Turkey joins Iran in the shift from diplomacy to military force

Turkey and Iran have become buddies again. The increased visits and coordination between Iran and Turkey indicate a common fear, derived from the phenomena of the Kurdish referendum. Turkish president Erdogan just visited Iran, which further consolidated the joint stand

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Posted in Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Military

Iran warming relations with Hamas – now it is official

Most probably worthy of “picture of the week” was Foreign Minister Zarif hugging Hezbollah deputy secretary general Naim Kassem, twitted by Hassan Dai with the title “Goodfellas”. No surprise that Iran loves the Hezbollah and supports them. After all, the

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Posted in Al monitor, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

From al-Qaeda to Taliban to Hamas to Houthi – For Iran the Radical Cause Always Justifies the Means

The recent period has been most revealing regarding Iran’s global connections with radical extremist groups. Let’s start with al Qaeda. Already in 2013 the washingtonpost quoted US officials describing the complete collection of bin Laden material as “the largest cache

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Posted in Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

“Sanctions” and ethics in the Iranian Context

With Washington imposing new sanctions on Iranians and Iranian firms over Tehran’s recent ballistic missile tests, sanctions on Iran have become a hot topic in the English-language media, on which pundits have been keen to weigh in. Take Mark Dubowitz

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Posted in Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics

Is ‘Chicken***gate’ Actually A Signal To Iran?

You might think “chicken****-gate,” as the latest US-Israel crisis has been dubbed, isn’t really about Iran. This is really about the peace process, right? Wrong. In Jeffrey Goldberg’s article on The Atlantic exposing the disparaging remarks made by senior Obama

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, nuclear talks

What The Gaza Conflict Says About A Nuclear Deal With Iran

Superficially, the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip should have little to do with Iran. Yet all sides implicate Iran. Israel accuses Iran of shipping weapons to the Islamist organization, arming it as it has armed the

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Posted in Al monitor, Christian Science Monitor, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Military, Seyed Hossein Mousavian

As Nuke Deadline Looms, Gaza A Reminder of Iran’s ‘Hand in Three Conflicts’

There’s a war raging in the Middle East. There’s Syria, Iraq (as usual), and now Israel and Gaza have joined the fray in yet another conflagration. Seemingly, this latest escalation is about Hamas firing rockets at Israel, and Israel bombing

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, IRGC, Media Coverage, Military, nuclear talks
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