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Iran’s Citizens’ Rights Charter and its Religious Minorities

Iran’s Citizens’ Rights Charter and its Religious Minorities

Editor’s Note:
Kaveh Shahrooz is a Toronto-based lawyer. He was formerly a Senior Policy Advisor with Canada`s Department of Foreign Affairs, where he advised the government on Canada’s role at the UN Human Rights Council. As a lawyer Mr. Shahrooz practiced at a leading international law firm in New York …

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Iran Nuclear Talks: Elephants in the Room

Iran Nuclear Talks: Elephants in the Room

 
Iran and world powers gather in Geneva to resume nuclear talks.
Iran and the six world powers of P5+1 (the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (the United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain plus Germany), meet today, November 20 in Geneva to resume the stalled nuclear talks. Represented by …

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MR. ROUHANI, BRING DOWN THAT ELECTRONIC WALL !

MR. ROUHANI, BRING DOWN THAT ELECTRONIC WALL !

 
Editor’s Note:

The following Op-Ed piece is by Bijan Kian. The Honorable Bijan R. Kian is a globally recognized senior commercial diplomat, business leader and international banker. Twice confirmed by the Senate of the United States, he served under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as a member of the Board of Directors …

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Human Rights Are Not Negotiable

Human Rights Are Not Negotiable


 
Show your support on Twitter and Facebook by reposting and retweeting United for Iran’s messages on Monday, November 18th and Tuesday the 19th. Use the hashtag #IranVote.
As the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee prepares to vote on the resolution on the promotion …

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The Iran Deal, and the Skeptics

The Iran Deal, and the Skeptics

The prospect of a nuclear deal with Iran is in the air. Members of Congress and friends of the United States on multiple continents are pouncing on it.
Attention was drawn last week to the failure of negotiations to produce a breakthrough on Iran’s nuclear program. As in the past, the …

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Iran Cannot Contain Itself

Iran Cannot Contain Itself

A few months ago, Iran denied that a tweet coming from its President was legitimate by simply denying that the Twitter account issuing the tweet was legitimate. Last week, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, spoke briefly with a reporter from the Israeli newspaper Maariv, before delivering a …

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Building an Empire on Property Seizures

Building an Empire on Property Seizures

A new Reuters investigation details a key to Iran’s supreme leader’s power: a little-known organization created to help the poor that morphed into a business juggernaut worth tens of billions of dollars. “Setad Ejraiye Farmane Hazrate Emam” – Headquarters for Executing the Order of the Imam, or Setad – has …

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Could Rouhani Prove Disruptive?

Could Rouhani Prove Disruptive?

 
Editor’s Note:
The following article was recently published in SITREP, The Journal of the Royal Canadian Military Institute.
Re-Published with Permission from SITREP, Issue #6 Nov – Dec 2013
by Reza Akhlaghi

Silicon Valley in the southern region of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California has been home to America’s …

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“A Smile Attack” or “Lie Attack­”

“A Smile Attack” or “Lie Attack­”

Last Sunday Javad Zarif, the Iranian Foreign Minister, was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News in which he responded to a quote by Benjamin Netenyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister. Zarif’s said that “A smile attack is much better than a lie attack”. The Israeli Prime Minister, on his way …

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A Candid Discussion with Ayham Kamel

A Candid Discussion with Ayham Kamel

Ayham Kamel is a Senior Middle East Analyst with the geopolitical risk consulting firm Eurasia Group. Mr. Kamel’s work is focused on Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the Levant region (Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon). His sectoral expertise includes the financial industry, banking, hospitality, infrastructure, and oil …

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John Mearsheimer and Gary Sick on U.S.-Iran Relations

John Mearsheimer and Gary Sick on U.S.-Iran Relations

Editor’s Note:
The following interview with Gary Sick and John Mearsheimer was conducted by Arash Azizi. Mr. Azizi is an Iranian-born journalist based in London, U.K. His work has appeared in many publications in Canada and Iran, including the Toronto Star, Macleans, Dominion, Shahrvand, Sharq, Aseman, Merhname and Kargozaran. Mr. Azizi …

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In Need of Moral Leadership for the Rights of Bahá’ís in Iran

In Need of Moral Leadership for the Rights of Bahá’ís  in Iran

Editor’s Note:
Gissou Nia is Executive Director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. Prior to her tenure at the Center, Ms. Nia worked on war crimes and crimes against humanity trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International …

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Iran’s Syria Quandary

Iran’s Syria Quandary

It has been more than 10 days that the chemical weapons were used near Damascus, the Syrian capital . Both sides of the Syrian civil-war have international and regional allies and enemies. The friends of Syrian government are more united in supporting it than its enemies who suffer from disunity. …

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Rafsanjani Rises without Reformists

Rafsanjani Rises without Reformists

Although Rafsanjani was one of the main key figures of the Islamic Republic of Iran, during the last four years he hasn’t had a cordial relationship with the core of Iran’s ruling power. He was the head of the parliament for eight years and later became president after leaving his …

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IranWire: Where Professional and Citizen Journalism Meet

IranWire: Where Professional and Citizen Journalism Meet

Journalism has never been an easy job. The conditions get worse when a journalist is dealing with an authoritarian government such as the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The 2013 World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders ranks the Islamic Republic of Iran 174 …

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