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$$$- Not Good Enough

$$$- Not Good Enough

Iran is replacing the U.S. dollar by the euro in the country’s foreign exchange accounts.  The Arabian Business reported that the euro will be used to calculate the value of the country’s Oil Stabilization Fund (OSF).  The OSF, which forms part of Iran’s foreign exchange reserves, is a contingency fund set up to help the […]

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Qaddafi Steals Ahmadinejad’s Thunder

Qaddafi Steals Ahmadinejad’s Thunder

Looks like this year Qaddafi will be the center of attention at the UN.  While Ahmadinejad’s speech had some classic “blame West” moments, it just did not match the diatribes found in Qaddafi’s speech (For more on Qaddafi’s speech, check out the Foreign Policy Association’s Human Rights Blog).  Ahmadinejad’s speech was more subdued, but that […]

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Holocaust Denial

Holocaust Denial

Last week, Iranian President Ahmadinejad once again outraged the world by calling the Holocaust a “myth”. To be honest, it is embarrassing to me as a Muslim when I see a Muslim leader espouse such vitriol. This summer I went to the Dachau concentration camp and it was one of the most heart wrenching experience. […]

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News Update

Since Iran is such a vibrant country and is constantly in the news, there are plenty of news and analyses that I read while researching my blog but am unable to write about.  So here is my first installment of stories about Iran that “slip through the cracks” (yes- I am quoting Lewis Black from […]

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Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak!

Here is President Obama’s message to Muslims celebrating Eid all around the world: STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE OCCASION OF EID-UL-FITR As Muslims in the United States and around the world complete the month of Ramadan and celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, Michelle and I would like to extend our personal greetings on this joyous occasion. Eid […]

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Can Sleep Peacefully Tonight

The Newsweek has published an article revealing that Iran has not restarted its nuclear-weapons development program.  According to the article: U.S. intelligence agencies have informed policymakers at the White House and other agencies that the status of Iranian work on development and production of a nuclear bomb has not changed since the formal National Intelligence […]

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What does Taekwondo and Volleyball have in Common? And How does that Relate to Iran?

What does Taekwondo and Volleyball have in Common? And How does that Relate to Iran?

Both taekwondo and volleyball associations have announced that they will allow women wearing hijab to compete.  There is a definite tendency in the West to vilify hijab.  And while I am against women being forced to wear hijab, I am also against women being denied equal rights due to the fact that their head is […]

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Engaging with Iran: A Step Forward.

Mark your calendars. October 1st is the date when Iran and the five UN Security Council members plus Germany will hold talks about the Iranian nuclear program.  The State Department spokesman Ian Kelly announced yesterday that Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns – who was also at the Geneva talks – would […]

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Iraqi Kurdistan and the Kurdish Movement

My Master’s thesis dealt with the effect of an independent Iraqi Kurdistan on the Kurdish movement in which I specifically examined what effect increasing the level of autonomy in Iraqi Kurdistan have had on Kurdish secessionist groups in Syria, Iran, and Turkey.  Considering I spent last whole year engrossed in researching the operations of Kurdish […]

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Russia: Iran’s Rescuer

Russia: Iran’s Rescuer

Today’s newspapers are all buzzing with one news: Russia has stated that sanctions against Iran are unlikely.  Newspapers, like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov on Thursday as saying Moscow wouldn’t back any new rounds of tough sanctions against Iran in the United Nations Security […]

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The Curious Case of the Missing Ship

The Curious Case of the Missing Ship

The Arctic Sea, officially carrying a cargo of timber worth $2m, disappeared en route from Finland to Algeria on July 24.  The vessel vanished into thin air after sailing through the English Channel, a curious case that engaged the attention of Finnish police, Swedish investigators, Interpol, and the Russian Navy.  Before people could really jump […]

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Game Theory and Iran

A while ago I wrote a blog on how Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, one of the world’s most prominent game theorists, applied game theory to predict that Iran will never acquire nuclear weapons. Here is a presentation he made about his findings: [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/ts5MKtXNpMQ” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

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Back to School

Back to School

As school starts in the United States, American schools are faced with the dilemma of whether they should force kids to listen to Obama’s liberal elitist agenda, which encourages kids to “show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to (…) parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work […]

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Little Iranian Political Humour for the Soul

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Venezuela: Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

Venezuela: Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

As the United States, Britain, Germany and France threaten Iran with sanctions over its nuclear program, Iran can at least count support from its loyal friend, Venezuela.  Al Jazeera quoted Chavez as stating, “We are certain that Iran, as it has shown, will not back down in its effort to obtain what is a sovereign […]

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About the Author

Sahar Zubairy

Sahar Zubairy recently graduated from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas- Austin with Masters in Global Policy Studies. She graduated from Texas A&M University with Phi Beta Kappa honors in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. In Summer 2008, she was the Southwest Asia/Gulf Intern at the Henry L. Stimson Center, where she researched Iran and the Persian Gulf. She was also a member of a research team that helped develop a website investigating the possible effects of closure of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf by Iran.

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