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Violent Crackdown on the Town of Taiz

The Following piece is written by a Yemeni-based journalist who writes for Foreign Policy Association (FPA) and, due to serious security concerns, remains anonymous. As anti-government protesters gathered up on the main square of their city, Taiz, for another day of demonstration they were met by the Security Forces. In scenes similar to those witnessed in […]

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The Story of Maher Hassan

The Story of Maher Hassan

The Following piece is written by a Yemeni-based journalist who writes for Foreign Policy Association (FPA) and, due to serious security concerns, remains anonymous. Maher Hassan is not the only victim of the Saleh regime, but his tragedy and the message it carries, is rippling throughout the entire nation like a sandstorm. If Tunisia had […]

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Yemen Remains Entrenched in Political Crisis

Yemen Remains Entrenched in Political Crisis

The Following piece is written by a Yemeni-based journalist who writes for Foreign Policy Association (FPA), and due to serious security concerns, remains anonymous. After weeks of protests and many false starts, Yemen is no closer to a political solution. As Ali Abdullah Saleh continues to hold on to its presidential seat, the nation has […]

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Deal or no Deal

Deal or no Deal

The Following piece is written by a Yemeni-based journalist who writes for Foreign Policy Association (FPA), and due to serious security concerns, remains anonymous. After announcing on Friday the imminent resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh on favor of the Opposition, the Foreign Minister, Abubakr al-Qirbi is now playing on words. If Friday’s presidential address […]

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Challenges of Egyptian Transition to Democracy

Challenges of Egyptian Transition to Democracy

The following piece is by a guest contributor, Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi. Dr. Amirahmadi is a professor at Rutgers University and founder and president of the American Iranian Council. www.amirahmadi.com;  [email protected] The revolts in Tunisia and Egypt will go down in history as two of the fastest and easiest “revolutions” of all times! It is almost certain […]

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A Different Assessment of Iran's Internal Affairs after February 14, 2011

A Different Assessment of Iran's Internal Affairs after February 14, 2011

The following piece is by a guest contributor, Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi. Dr. Amirahmadi is a professor at Rutgers University and founder and president of the American Iranian Council. www.amirahmadi.com;  [email protected] In the wake of the “revolutions” in the Middle East and “revival” of protests by the Green forces, some American “experts” of Iran are calling […]

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Yemen’s Day of Departure

Yemen’s Day of Departure

The Following piece is written by a Yemeni-based journalist who writes for Foreign Policy Association, and due to serious security concerns, remains anonymous. On what has been called a “Day of Departure”, Yemeni anti-government protesters gathered on the University ground in their hundreds of thousands, determined to make a stand. Although the memories of last […]

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A Candid Discussion with Ian Bremmer of Eurasia Group

A Candid Discussion with Ian Bremmer of Eurasia Group

Ian Bremmer is considered one of the top strategic thinkers on how political developments move markets. FPA Contributor Reza Akhlaghi interviewed the Eurasia Group president on the emerging world order following the so-called “Arab spring,” Iran’s chances of becoming a key player in the global economy and the rise of Turkey. Let’s start off with your […]

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Yemen’s Revolution is on the Move

Yemen’s Revolution is on the Move

The Following piece is written by a Yemeni-based journalist who writes for Foreign Policy Association, and due to serious security concerns, remains anonymous. Hit by another wave of resignations and defections, the embattled Yemeni President offered to step down by January next year. He said that he was willing to leave the presidential chair at […]

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Darkness Descends on a Nation

The Following piece is written by a Yemeni-based journalist who writes for Foreign Policy Association, and due to serious security concerns, remains anonymous. After weeks of escalating violence and protests against Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime, Yemen is living its darkest hour. As the streets of Sana’a are turning red, tainted with the blood of anti-government […]

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The Wedge Deepens in Yemen

The Following piece is written by a Yemeni-based journalist who writes for Foreign Policy Association, and due to serious security concerns, remains anonymous. Following the resignations of several ministers and the Yemeni ambassador to the UN as a reaction to the deaths of a reported 52 civilians in the latest crackdown; the embattled President Ali […]

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FITNA IN IRAN, BUT NO REVOLUTION

The following piece was written by Brandon Friedman, a research fellow at the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University (TAU). It was first published by TAU’s Iran Pulse website. In the last six to eight months several important Iranian newspapers such as Javan, which is associated with President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and Khabar, which […]

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White House Statement on Violation of Human Rights in Iran

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 27, 2011 Statement by National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Iran The United States strongly condemns the Iranian government’s organized intimidation campaign and arrests of political figures, human rights defenders, political activists, student leaders, journalists and bloggers.  The Iranian government also continues […]

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A Candid Discussion with Nazanin Afshin-Jam

A Candid Discussion with Nazanin Afshin-Jam

A former Miss World Canada and Miss World 1st runner up, Nazanin Afshin-Jam is an internationally acclaimed human rights activist and the recipient of  “Human Rights Hero Award” from UN Watch in 2009. In 2008, Nazanin was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada‘s office to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Born in Tehran, […]

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Quest for Democracy in Iran Enters New, Hardened Phase

Quest for Democracy in Iran Enters New, Hardened Phase

On Sunday, February 20, 2011 Iranians will take to the streets to hold anti-government demonstrations to commemorate the death of two protesters killed during an earlier demonstration on Monday, February 14th. Emboldened by the success of revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, and the unfolding of events in neighboring Persian Gulf states, the Iranian opposition sees an […]

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