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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…

UK: Iran Imprisons British Woman for Trying to Watch Men’s Volleyball

After attempting to enter a men’s volleyball game, a 25-year old British-Iranian woman has been jailed for more than two months in the notorious Evin prison. Mon, September 15, 2014…clarionproject.com…

Israel behind US demands on Iran: Journalist

Israel is behind Washington’s excessive demands over Iran’s nuclear energy program, “making it impossible to reach an agreement,” an American journalist says. BY JAMES HENRY FETZER PRESSTV.IR “The United States…

Islamic State: John Kerry in Egypt for coalition talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Egypt amid US attempts to form a broad coalition to tackle Islamic State (IS) militants. Mr Kerry will meet Arab League…

Iran arrests 3 foreigners on suspect trip to Iraq

Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s state-owned newspaper says authorities have detained three foreigners traveling through Iran under the suspicion of planning to join ISIS in neighboring Iraq. Tuesday’s report by…

ISIS’s Enemy List: 10 Reasons the Islamic State Is Doomed

By Kurt Eichenwald / September 8, 2014 NEWSWEEK The so-called Islamic State, better known as ISIS, is not just a collection of barbaric psychopaths willing to engage in the most…

Iran: Rise of Islamist extremism fails to stir progressives

Rise of Islamist extremism fails to stir progressives Canada is brimming with liberal voices that have a long record of activism but seem to have a blind spot when it…

Australia asylum seeker ‘brain-dead’ after infection – activists

An Iranian man seeking asylum in Australia has been declared brain dead after an infected cut led to septicaemia, a refugee activist says. Hamid Kehazaei, 24, had been in a…

Prof. Maryam Mirzakhani and Muslim Heritage

Epigraph: “In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”  Galileo Galilei Prof. Maryam Mirzakhani Taj Mahal is a symbol of Muslim…

Iranian Woman wins Highest Prize in Math – Fields Medal

Maryam Mirzakhani, a Professor at Stanford, was one of four winners honored Wednesday at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul. Maryam Mirzakhani Becomes First Woman To Win Prestigious Fields…

Iran bans permanent contraception, birth control ads

RT: The Iranian parliament has voted to ban all forms of permanent contraception and prohibit the advertisement of birth control. The vote endorses Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s calls to…

Welcoming Baha’i: New official religion in Indonesia

The Jakarta Post:   The Religious Affairs Ministry has added the Baha’i faith to the list of official Indonesian religions, which already comprises Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism.…

Iran, six powers agree to 4-month extension of nuclear talks: envoys

Summary Iran and six world powers on Friday agreed to a four-month extension of negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal that would gradually end sanctions on Tehran in exchange for…

How our region is preparing for suicide

Summary It was obvious several years ago, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was Iran’s president and the Islamic Republic was expanding its power in Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian areas and Yemen, that…

Iran, Indonesia, Turkey, Kuwait Call for Immediate Halt in Israeli Attacks on Gazans

Fars News: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, in separate phone conversation with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip…

Iran warned it must make concessions for deal by John Kerry

Telegraph: Iran nuclear negotiations open in Vienna as deadline for deal on sanctions looms on July 20. Iran and the United States traded warnings of the consequences of failure yesterday…

Mideastern stability requires a new security consensus

June 19, 2014 12:11 AM By David Ignatius The Daily Star STORY SUMMARY Let’s look at the reality on the ground in the Middle East: Iraq and Syria are effectively…

Iraq crisis needs a proper response from this region

One of the facts exposed by recent events in Iraq is that the Gulf states have no strategy for addressing the troubles pulsing dangerously through that country beyond “wait and…

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