Siamak Namazi, imprisoned since October, appears to be the latest pawn in post-nuclear deal power game.
As champagne corks popped for several Americans freed in a dramatic prisoner exchange with Iran last month, another U.S. citizen didn’t get to enjoy the bubbly. He stayed behind in the same notorious Tehran prison from which the others […]Continue Reading →
Iran’s élite are at loggerheads. Situation normal, one might say, except that the in-fighting is becoming more vicious by the day, exacerbated by the forthcoming elections. As Iran prepares for the vote, the power struggle between the hardliners on the one hand, and the moderates and reformists – the pro-Rouhanis – on the other, is […]Continue Reading →
Mohammad Mossadegh became Prime Minister of Iran in 1951 and was hugely popular for taking a stand against the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, a British-owned oil company that had made huge profits while paying Iran only 16% of its profits and often far less. His nationalization efforts led the British government to begin planning to remove him […]Continue Reading →
The British, the Middle East and Radical Islam
As the American government, led by the Bush Administration, fights its so-called “War On Terror” with plans to invade and overthrow Iraq, America’s steadfast ally in this endeavor continues to be the British government of Tony Blair. The following study will take a look at the […]Continue Reading →
Ostracized as a pariah for almost four decades, Iran is back in business in a mere ten days—and with both East and West. On Saturday, the Islamic Republic welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping—and a delegation of three deputy premiers, six cabinet ministers, and a planeload of business executives—with much pomp and publicity. The two countries […]Continue Reading →
The security of the Kurdistan Region-Iraq (KRI) depends more on agreements between Erbil and Kurdistan’s neighbors than the KRI’s own security and intelligence capabilities. Whenever the regional powers surrounding the KRI have suspected that their interests are at risk, they have not hesitated to put the KRI’s security and stability in jeopardy to secure their […]Continue Reading →
There might appear to be no connection between the shipment of 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium out of Iran on December 28, 2015, which was part of the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six global powers, and the decision by Saudi Arabia a week later to sever diplomatic ties with Iran. But there is.
Days […]Continue Reading →
Recent reports about Iran recruiting and training Taliban fighters are alarming, but they aren’t new. International forces in Afghanistan have seized shipments of Iranian weapons en route to Taliban groups before, once in 2007 and again in 2011. The shipments were big enough that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates went on the record about the “substantial” […]Continue Reading →
Canada stands to benefit directly from Iran’s nuclear deal, to the extent that we can begin to rebuild our once-solid trading relationship.
Canadians have reason to be wary of Iran. Its nuclear ambitions are notorious. Its human rights record is appalling. Its hostility toward Israel is worrisome. And its rivalry with Saudi Arabia for […]Continue Reading →
Americans have been hearing for several years about potential war with Iran. For instance, on September 17, 2006, Timemagazine reported, “The U.S. would have to consider military action long before Iran had an actual bomb.” On October 10, under the heading “A Chilling Preview of War,” Time warned: “As Iran continues to enrich uranium, the U.S. military has […]Continue Reading →