Obama’s Near East Trip: Time to be Bold

by Robert E. Hunter The stakes in President Barak Obama’s impending visit to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan have risen steadily in recent days. It is taking take place, after all, almost immediately following Secretary of State John Kerry’s… Continue Reading  

Former Insiders Criticise Iran Policy as U.S. Hegemony

by Gareth Porter via IPS News A review of Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett’s “Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran” (Metropolitan Books, 2013) “Going to Tehran” arguably represents… Continue Reading  

Khamenei Looks Off-Balance After Dramatic Week

by Yasaman Baji via IPS News  Last week’s dramatic and very public display of deep fissures among the leading politicians of Iran has left many here wondering if the conflict will escalate into an all-out war among various political factions… Continue Reading  

Reformists Ambivalent about Participation in Iranian Election

via IPS News by Yasaman Baji (Tehran) With the June 2013 presidential election drawing closer, Iran’s reformists are debating what they should do in the face of the severe restrictions to which their leaders and political parties have been subject… Continue Reading  

Low Chance for Nuclear Deal Before Iran’s 2013 Presidential Election

by Mohammad Ali Shabani After the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) in Moscow last June, dialogue at the senior political level was put on ice due to the American… Continue Reading