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Egypt: From Revolution to Democracy – Five Tactics to Ponder

Egypt: From Revolution to Democracy – Five Tactics to Ponder

Guest Contributor: The following piece was written by Jubeen Sharbaf. Based in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Sharbaf is an organizational development advisor in the non-profit sector. Mr. Sharbaf is involved in grassroots organization work focusing on leardership issues in civil society. He is a native of Tehran, Iran. 1. Negotiate: Richard Holbrook once said: “You don’t […]

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Live Webcast of ElBaradei Keynote Speech on Egypt and Arab Spring

Live Webcast of ElBaradei Keynote Speech on Egypt and Arab Spring

Live webcast speech by Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Saturday, December 10th from 2:45-3:30pm Central European Time (CET). Dr. ElBaradei will be delivering a highly anticipated keynote at the Cisco Public Services Summit on the topic of “Egypt’s March Towards Democracy.”  Dr. ElBaradei will speak for 20 minutes and then take questions from […]

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If Scheherazade Had Reported on a Murder Case

If Scheherazade Had Reported on a Murder Case

Book Review Assassins of the Turquoise Palace by Roya Hakakian 322 pages- published by Grove Press “Number seven,” he said to the agent beside him”. These were the words uttered by Parviz Dastmalchi, a survivor of and witness to an assassination that shook Europe and the continent’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Parviz […]

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A Candid Discussion with Ramin Jahanbegloo and Mehdi Khalaji

A Candid Discussion with Ramin Jahanbegloo and Mehdi Khalaji

  In an exclusive and wide-ranging discussion with Reza Akhlaghi, senior writer at the Foreign Policy Association, Ramin Jahanbegloo and Mehdi Khalaji talk about the current state of Iranian affairs. Topics discussed include: • Shiite clergy and institutionalization of violence in Iran; • Socio-cultural factors and civil, democratic institutions in Iran; • Iran’s Reformists; • […]

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Anti-Iranian Hate Poster Provokes Response from Iranian-American Community

Anti-Iranian Hate Poster Provokes Response from Iranian-American Community

The following is a statement by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) in Washington D.C. Washington, DC – NIAC deplores the racist and violent depiction of what is supposed to be a group of cowboys donning “Iranians Suck” t-shirts while lynching an Iranian on a poster at a restaurant in Katy, Texas. In response to […]

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New CFR Blog Offers Unique Perspectives on Middle East

New CFR Blog Offers Unique Perspectives on Middle East

New blog by Ed Husain, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and expert on counterradicalization, offers a unique perspective on Middle East. Mr. Ed Husain explores the role of religion in Muslim-majority societies, the narrative and appeal of radicalism, and efforts to counter facets of Islamist extremism. Mr. Husain, among other things, explains […]

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Syrian Government Targets Wounded and Health Workers in Public Hospitals

Syrian Government Targets Wounded and Health Workers in Public Hospitals

Wounded Patients in Syria’s Hospitals are Tortured, Along with Medical Staff Suspected of Treating Injured Protesters, Says New Amnesty International Report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4cF7XhOnSQ&feature=player_embedded Human Rights Organization Documents Cases of Injured Protesters Being Beaten by Security Agents in Hospitals Contact: Suzanne Trimel, 212-633-4150, [email protected] (New York) — The Syrian government has turned hospitals into instruments of repression […]

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A Close Encounter in the Sunni-Shiite Divide?

A Close Encounter in the Sunni-Shiite Divide?

With the ensuing brouhaha over the alleged assassination plot by the Iranian government to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, the spectrum of views—from skeptics with their outright rejection of the plot as yet another pretext for military confrontation to those who firmly believe that the plot can be traced to the top echelons of […]

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FPA National Opinion Ballot Report on U.S. foreign policy: Sanctions and Proliferation

FPA National Opinion Ballot Report on U.S. foreign policy: Sanctions and Proliferation

Informed Americans about international and foreign policy affairs have voiced their frustration about U.S military interventions abroad and the potential for more of such interventions. These frustrations are undoubtedly the results of having been witness to consistent decline in the standards of living by Americans over the past decade, which have sharpened over the past […]

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56,000 Demand Sweden Save Lives of 20 Iranian Activists

56,000 Demand Sweden Save Lives of 20 Iranian Activists

Explosive campaign on Change.org asks Sweden’s minister for migration and asylum policy to reconsider deportation of 20 Iranian Kurds facing prosecution and possible execution in Iran. Amsterdam – More than 56,000 people from over 40 countries have joined a popular campaign on Change.org demanding the Swedish government grant asylum to 20 Iranian Kurds who face […]

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Amnesty International Condemns Arrest of Documentary Filmmakers in Iran

Amnesty International Condemns Arrest of Documentary Filmmakers in Iran

by Suzanne Trimel, Amnesty International New York, Oct. 3, 2011 Amnesty International condemns the arrest of six individuals — documentary filmmakers and a producer — in Iran and calls for their immediate and unconditional release. The organization said it appears the five men and one woman are being held solely for the peaceful exercise of […]

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Libya’s Year Zero: A Report by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Post-Qadhafi Libya

Libya’s Year Zero: A Report by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Post-Qadhafi Libya

In a report highlighting political and economic prospects of a new, post-Qadhafi Libya, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the in-house research unit of the Economist magazine, explains what world and business leaders should expect over the next twenty months in this oil-rich north African country. The report, entitled Libya’s Year Zero, offers a number of scenarios […]

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Amnesty International Warns of Growing Risk of Civil War in Yemen

Amnesty International Warns of Growing Risk of Civil War in Yemen

Amnesty International Calls on Authorities to Stop Attacks on Peaceful Protesters, as Security Forces Kill Dozens (Amnesty International–New York): Yemeni authorities must immediately stop the killing of peaceful protesters by security forces, Amnesty International said today, after dozens of people were shot dead in the capital, Sana’a, since Sunday. The organization called for an independent, […]

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Emerging Leaders from Egypt and Tunisia Awarded Fellowships

Emerging Leaders from Egypt and Tunisia Awarded Fellowships

Emerging Leaders from Egypt and Tunisia Awarded Fellowships to Work in Congress and U.S. Media Outlets Washington D.C. — The World Affairs Institute has selected thirteen young Egyptians and Tunisians to participate in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Democracy Fellows Program. The Democracy Fellows will arrive on October 1 to begin their two-month […]

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The Facade Behind the “Release” of Political Prisoners

The Facade Behind the “Release” of Political Prisoners

The following op-ed piece was written by Hassan Zarehzadeh Ardeshir. Hassan Zarehzadeh Ardeshir is a human rights defender and award winning journalist, currently living inToronto, Canada. He was the spokesman for the United Student Front, the biggest student secular democrat group in Iran, and founder of the first student human rights organization known as the […]

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