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Turkish Geopolitical Ascendancy and the Iranian Decline

Turkish Geopolitical Ascendancy and the Iranian Decline

With the global economy struggling to re-surface from a deep and self-inflicted recession, the international geo-political order is locked in a lengthy transformation for what appears to be a multi-polar world. In this new and yet-to-be-shaped global geo-political order, there are emerging economies that aim to leverage their rising economic power and turn them into […]

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Ahmadinejad & The Iranian Tipping Point

With the spectacular branding of French first lady, Carla Bruni, by the Iranian state media as ‘prostitute’, the world once again becomes witness to the cultural mindset of Iran’s political elite running the country. This is only one aspect into the narrow circle in charge of decision making in Iran. The insistence of this group […]

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New Book Sheds Light on Britain's Domestic War on Terror

New Book Sheds Light on Britain's Domestic War on Terror

Terror Cops is the title of a new book by Harry Keeble that puts on display how terrorist cells are created, how terrorist training camps in the UK are used, and how security forces work with the Muslim community. Terror Cops is a white-knuckle ride into the battle against extremism. The book gives unprecedented insight […]

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The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)

By Sean Patrick Murphy http://globalfilm.foreignpolicyblogs.com/2010/07/12/the-stoning-of-soraya-m-2008/

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On The Future of the Islamic Republic of Iran

As the world and multi-national corporations come to predict a not so bright future for the regime in Tehran, there are very important factors that need great attention. These factors can play a role in bringing about a wholesale change in Iran’s political system with far-reaching geopolitical implications for the Middle East and beyond: Economic […]

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China Delivers on Iran Sanctions

In this piece William Sweet maintains that Iran is pursuing both technological routes to an atomic bomb, on the model of the Manhattan Project and that the West is  in a position to adopt tougher unilateral sanctions, under the UN flag.

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A Candid Discussion with Parvaneh Pourshariati

A Candid Discussion with Parvaneh Pourshariati

Book Review: How Did the Persian Empire Collapse? This book review was originally published in Iran Times International in Washington D.C. Decline and fall of the Sasanian Empire: The Sasanian-Parthian Confederacy and the Arab Conquest of Iran, Parvaneh Pourshariati (International Library of Iranian Studies), 510 pp. This is a landmark work of original scholarship that gathers […]

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Not a "New Middle East", but a Unified Western Asia

In this piece Messrs. Sam Shoamanesh and Hirad Abtahi  of the International Criminal Court (ICC)  argue for a united Western Asia that, in their opinion, could form one of the most influential and prosperous regional blocks in modern history. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-sasan-shoamanesh/not-a-emnew-middle-eastem_b_514469.html

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Empires Revisited: Iran and Turkey Adrift in Search of Direction

Empires Revisited: Iran and Turkey Adrift in Search of Direction

  The following piece was originally published in Iran Times International’s annual Special Nowruz Edition. On March 20 Iranians the world over will start Nowruz celebrations, the first day of spring, marking the start of the Persian new year. Since the time of Achaemenids Empire the centuries-old Nowruz tradition, which literally means ‘new day’ has been practiced […]

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Iranian-American Group Promotes Culture of Human Rights

Iranian-American Group Promotes Culture of Human Rights

12Petals Media Group is an Iranian-American organization based in San Francisco. 12 Petals strives to be a union of creators and social entrepreneurs of media and visual arts working together to promote and encourage respect for those rights protected by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is 12 Petals’ first major production in its […]

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Iran Revolution Anniversary Highlights

The Latest on the 31st Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution (February 11, 2010) : There are reports of martial law in Tehran to stem the growing anti-government demonstrations Anti-government protesters tear posters of Ayatollah Khamenei and Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic Republic Widespread clashes in different parts of Tehran between pro-democracy demonstrators and security […]

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Iran’s Internal Nuclear Option

Disappointment over the Islamic Republic’s intransigence in its nuclear policy has given further credence to Western suspicions that Iran may be buying time to develop a nuclear military capability to blackmail regional states of the Persian Gulf and/or Israel. But at present, Iran’s deeply paranoid and insecure leadership is contemplating its other nuclear option: this […]

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A Look at "Children of Heaven"

Sean Patrick Murphy, one of our own very bloggers here at FPA, looks at an acclaimed and Oscar-nominated Iranian movie “Children of Heaven”: http://globalfilm.foreignpolicyblogs.com/2010/01/19/children-of-heaven-1997/

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The Stakes are High: Iran’s Green Movement and its Geopolitical Potentials

The Stakes are High: Iran’s Green Movement and its Geopolitical Potentials

As for China, long on an energy buying binge in world markets to feed its impressive economic growth, Iran sits at the center of its long term, geo-energy landscape. For Beijing’s rulers, any damage to its geo-energy interests in Iran would be seen as a direct blow to the country’s long-term economic prosperity.

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A Traumatized Nation Set to Redefine its Role in 21st Century

An immediate reflection of this detachment is seen in the absence of a clerical figure leading today’s masses in the streets of Iran and the shrinkage of Mr. Moussavi and Mr. Karrubi into nothing more than symbolic figures with no significant impact on the movement’s direction.

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