With U.S. President Donald Trump now in office, the campaign rhetoric that created anxiety and uncertainty around the globe is giving way to actual presidential policies. While candidate Trump did not elaborate much on his foreign policy agenda, he was very vocal about a few things: in addition to obliterating the self-proclaimed Islamic State and […]Continue Reading →
In Iran, it’s always Groundhog Day: The U.S. should learn its lesson rather than repeatedly supporting reformers who aren’t
BY ALI SAFAVI
The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Welcome to U.S. foreign policy towards Iran. The endless repetition of failed policy choices with […]Continue Reading →
White House cites executive privilege, keeps Obama adviser from testifying about Iran nuclear deal
After congressional Republicans called his bluff, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser refused Tuesday to testify to Congress about whether he misled the public in pushing the Iran nuclear deal, claiming executive privilege. Ben Rhodes, a speechwriter who has become […]Continue Reading →
EDITORIAL: Ben Rhodes must account for lies about Iran deal
Once upon a time every congressman on Capitol Hill would have put on his fighting clothes to punish someone who not only lied to them about a subject of great national import, but boasted that he lied – and now dares Congress to do […]Continue Reading →
When thousands of mourners gathered in the southern suburbs of Beirut last week to bury top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine, who was killed in Syria, they repeatedly chanted “Death to al Saud”.
The Shia militant group backed by Iran and fighting alongside Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, said Badreddine’s death “was the result of […]Continue Reading →
Tensions between Iran and other Islamic countries, especially Saudi Arabia, erupted at the 13th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) of 57 countries. The final communique, issued April 15, “deplored Iran’s interference” in the affairs of other countries and its “continued support for terrorism.” President Hassan Rouhani skipped the closing meeting, reportedly in protest. The […]Continue Reading →
Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, works in an almost empty room. He’s seated in a humble leather chair. In the back, behind the curtains which remain closed most of the time, a window overlooks some trees and administrative buildings that house the “office” of the Guardian: the most powerful government of […]Continue Reading →
Ahead of the planned lifting of Western sanctions against Iran, businessmen from around the world are visiting the country, and as one group from Germany discovered, there are no shortages of opportunities.
Early one morning at the beginning of October, Alfons Diekmann is standing at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport. He is wearing his comfortable […]Continue Reading →
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been authorized to run for the Assembly of Experts, a body charged with choosing the next leader. Bridging reformists and conservatives, the former president has emerged as a central figure in the new ‘moderate’ camp
As Iran prepares for elections on 26 February for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, the […]Continue Reading →