Reform or Regime Change for Iran?

Hassan Rouhani

by Fareed Marjaee Recently the neo-conservative writer Eli Lake of Bloomberg Views interviewed Iranian exiled dissident and Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi. He chose a highly charged title for the interview: “Shirin Ebadi Is Done Trying to Reform Iran. She Wants… Continue Reading  

Bahraini Crown Prince Dialogue Generates Optimism

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by Emile Nakhleh Bahraini, Arab, and international media have assessed the dialogue meetings Crown Prince Salman held with opposition representatives Jan. 15 positively and expressed cautious optimism about his ability to bring about genuine civic peace in that embattled country.… Continue Reading  

Bahrain Declares War on the Opposition

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via IPS News The special session of the Bahraini National Assembly held on Sunday Jul. 28 was a spectacle of venom, a display of vulgarity, and an unabashed nod to increased dictatorship. Calling the Shia “dogs”, as one parliamentarian said… Continue Reading  

U.S. Urged to Lean Harder on Bahrain’s Ruling Family

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by Jim Lobe via IPS News On the eve of the second anniversary of the uprising in Bahrain, the administration of President Barack Obama is being urged to press the royal family to make genuine compromises with the predominantly Shi’a… Continue Reading