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Iran to hold film festival on Prophet Muhammad

Tehran Times: The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance will hold an international short film festival on the Prophet of Islam with the motto of “Muhammad, the Messenger of…

Robert Fisk: Israel’s attack on Hezbollah a case of shoot first, ask questions later

World View: An Iranian general and six Hezbollah officers have been wiped out by helicopters near the Syrian city of Quneitra. But what were they doing there, asks Robert Fisk…

The Iranian debt: How Netanyahu is losing Israel’s real battle with the Islamic Republic

With billions of dollars hanging in the balance, Israel and Iran have been waging legal war in Swiss courtrooms since 1981 – while conducting behind-the-scenes contacts over an ever-growing debt…

Shifting priorities

The Daily Star, Lebanon Meeting ahead of the resumption of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John…

Senior Iranian council deems new tough hijab law unconstitutional

Iran’s top legislative body has turned down a new draft law aimed at giving more powers to Iranian police and notorious volunteer militias to enforce women’s compulsory wearing of the…

Rouhani criticizes west’s intervention in Muslim world

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 2 By Umid Niayesh – Trend: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has criticized western powers’ intervention in the Islamic countries, the Islamic Republic’s IRNA news agency reported Jan.…

Iran unveils a memorial honoring Jewish heroes

Washington Post: Earlier this week, authorities in Tehran unveiled a monument to slain Iranian Jewish soldiers who died during the country’s long and bitter war with Iraq between 1980 and 1988. Death…

Too Dangerous to Fail

FP: by Barry M. Blechman — Why the failure to secure a nuclear deal with Iran could have devastating consequences for global proliferation. An agreementnt would have been preferable, of…

Muslim clerics gather in Iran to discuss how to counter terrorism

Clerics from 80 countries plan how to combat extremist groups including ISIS The Huffington Post: Shiite and Sunni clerics from about 80 countries gathered in Iran’s holy city of Qom…

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf Iran’s crisis – our crisis with Iran, if you like – is about that great and historic nation’s future geo-strategic role in the Middle East and Southeast Asia

by Robert Fisk, The Independent   Chatting with my favourite Lebanese banker-journalist before a trip to the Gulf last week, I asked him what he thought I should discuss with…

IRAN: Old challenges continue for women under new president

Womensnewsnetwork.net: by Elahe Amani with Lys Anzia –– A woman nurse in Iran checks IV fluid for infants at the Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran. Recent October 2013 protests by nurses…

Iran: New Law Proposes 74 Lashes for Dog Owners

New Iranian Law Proposes 74 Lashes for Dog Owners A new law proposed in Iran would make walking, owning or selling a dog a crime punishable by 74 lashes and…

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh detained at protest against acid attacks on women

theguardian: by Emma Graham-Harrison — Iranian authorities have arrested a photographer who documented a string of acid attacks on women, and detained a top human rights lawyer at a protest…

Iran, Pakistan Exchange Mortar Fire

The Diplomat: by Ankit Panda — Amid growing tensions, Pakistan and Iran exchanged mortar fire. According to Pakistani officials, the Iranian army fired six mortar shells into the Pakistani border…

US Policy Towards Iran Played Big Role in Rise of Sunni Extremism

By Shireen T. Hunter (source: LobeLog) Throughout the recent handwringing about how the US and other Western countries failed to foresee the emergence of ISIS, one factor has been totally…

Khamenei blames United States, ‘wicked’ Britain, for creating Islamic State

 By Michelle Moghtader | Reuters – Mon, Oct 13, 2014 DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran‘s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday blamed the United States and the “wicked” British government for creating the Islamic…

No breakthrough in IAEA-Iran talks on nuclear bomb inquiry

VIENNA — Talks between the UN nuclear watchdog and Iran this week appear not to have substantively advanced an investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Tehran, potentially dimming chances…

Watch three Mideastern developments very carefully

Rami G. Khouri| The Daily Star The upheaval of ideological forces and reconfiguration of geostrategic conditions across the Middle East took a dramatic turn on Sunday and Monday, with in…

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