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Bahraini Army Deliberately Kills Peaceful Protesters with Live Rounds

Bahraini Army Deliberately Kills Peaceful Protesters with Live Rounds

Viewer Discretion is Advised: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwnUQcKXmMM&feature=player_embedded&skipcontrinter=1

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When Freedom Meets Opportunity

When Freedom Meets Opportunity

The following piece was written by Norman L. Epstein, a Toronto-based Emergency physician and human rights activist While oxygen sustains life, freedom enhances its quality. The Arab awakening breathes fresh hope that such freedom may emerge from the suffocating and brutal dictatorships in the Middle East. Nobody knows for certain what kind of political system […]

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Countdown to February 20 Anti Government Demonstrations in IRAN

Countdown to February 20 Anti Government Demonstrations in IRAN

Large-scale anti-government demonstrations are planned for Sunday, February 20 to remember the deaths of two protesters considered by Iranians to be martyrs of Iran’s Green Movement. The two were killed during an earlier demonstration on Monday in clashes with the Basiji militias. The Iranian government cracked down ruthlessly on the Monday demonstrations. Large turnout is expected […]

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Creative Resilience and Construction of a New Iranian Identity

The following piece was written by Donna Hakimian, a researcher and historian focusing on modern Iran and human rights.  Ms. Hakimian obtained her MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Toronto. She also holds a BA in Religious and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University. The experience of living as an Iranian in exile […]

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The State of the Union and the Middle East

In his State of the Union address, President Obama rightly pointed to American achievements in building new alliances and facilitating transition to newly found freedoms such as in South Sudan. With regard to the Afpak theater, the President is also right on the immense pressure on terrorist groups and on Al-Qaeda’s leadership in particular. However, […]

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Iranian Political Prisoner Appreciates Americans' Love for Freedom and Democracy

Iranian Political Prisoner Appreciates Americans' Love for Freedom and Democracy

Arzhang Davoodi is an Iranian author, poet, and former Director of a cultural center in Tehran. On November 9, 2003 Mr. Davoodi was arrested without a warrant for his involvement in the production of a TV documentary called “Forbidden Iran” in which he spoke out about human rights violations in Iran. After a trial behind […]

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Why Did the Istanbul Talks Fail?

Why Did the Istanbul Talks Fail?

The following piece was written by MICHAEL ADLER in Istanbul and published by Tehran Bureau on 23 JAN 2011 Why did talks between Iran and the world’s six major powers in Istanbul January 21-22 fail to produce any agreement or significant movement toward a compromise? The talks deadlocked after Iran imposed two preconditions on any […]

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Iranian-Arab Relations in Light of WikiLeaks Disclosures

Iranian-Arab Relations in Light of WikiLeaks Disclosures

The following article was written by Chelsi Mueller, a junior research fellow in the Center for Iranian Studies and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. by Chelsi Mueller As Arab leaders’ private statements about Iran began to pour forth from Wikileaks, Iranian leaders strove to […]

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With Hossein Askari on the Current State of Iranian Affairs

With Hossein Askari on the Current State of Iranian Affairs

Dr. Hossein Askari is Iran Professor of International Business and International Affairs at Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Askari served on the Executive Board of the IMF, consultant to the OECD, the World Bank, the IFC, the UN, and a number of multinational corporations. Askari’s views are sought after by governments […]

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Recent Nazi Inclinations in the Virtual Domain of Iran

Recent Nazi Inclinations in the Virtual Domain of Iran

This piece was written by Liora Hendelman-Baavur (Ph.D), a research fellow of the Center for Iranian Studies (CIS), who also teaches at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. On November 18, 2010 the Iranian news website Tabnak exposed a Persian pro-Nazi internet forum, operating under the virtual domain assigned to the […]

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Iran: Under an Emerging New State Ideology

Iran: Under an Emerging New State Ideology

The post-election turmoil in Iran and the enormity of the threat it posed to the regime’s stability forced the Iranian government–under a new and still emerging makeup—to put great emphasis on social stability and, as a result, to divert its resources toward the containment of the Green Movement and the ensuing unrest that gripped the […]

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Temporary Guest Blogger from our IRAN page

Dear Readers: I am Reza Akhlaghi, presiding over the Iran page on FPA Blogs. Our Iran page is presently experiencing technical difficulties, so in the interim I have been invited to be a guest blogger here on the Middle East page “.  So please stay tuned as my first piece here will be posted on […]

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How Iran Treats its Bloggers

The following piece was written by David Levine, an armchair human rights activist focused on Iranian human rights issues.  Mr. Levine, based in Santa Monica California, is a firm believer in the freedom of expression and fights for the right to the freedom of expression. Arrested almost 2 years ago, Hossein Derakhshan, a controversial Canadian- Iranian […]

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A Candid Discussion with Pepe Escobar on Current Iranian Affairs

A Candid Discussion with Pepe Escobar on Current Iranian Affairs

World-renowned analyst on Iranian and Central Asian Affairs, Pepe Escobar, sits down for a candid discussion on current Iranian Affairs. Known for his blunt style with a heavy dose of realism, Escobar sheds light on those aspects of geopolitical issues that are rarely, if ever, covered in the mainstream media. Born in Brazil, Pepe Escobar , is the […]

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Opinion: On His Way Out?

Opinion: On His Way Out?

The Following piece was published in Tehran Bureau: www.tehranbureau.com by MEA CYRUS in London 25 SEPTEMBER,  2010 Taste for controversy increases president’s own risks. [ comment ] There is considerable confusion as to why President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said what he did in New York, clearly suggesting that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were a devious […]

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