Reform or Regime Change for Iran?

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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  

Should Iran be Included in Syria Conflict Diplomacy?

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As former top State Department intelligence specialist Wayne White points out for Lobe Log, in the absence of a tenable ceasefire agreement, the quagmire that is the Syrian civil war will likely intensify, thereby only worsening post-Assad scenarios. “The bottom line is that a… Continue Reading  

Syrian Crisis: Carnage to Intensify

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The UN High Commission for Human Rights now believes 60,000 Syrians have been killed since March 2011 (far more than claimed by the Syrian opposition) and that death rates have been rising more sharply of late. Given the situation on… Continue Reading  

Bahraini Repression Amidst a Failing Strategy

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via IPS News This week’s decision by the Bahraini court of appeals to uphold the prison terms against Bahraini opposition activists is a travesty of justice and an indication that Bahraini repression continues unabated. Bahraini officials, when confronted with angry… Continue Reading  

Expert Q&A: US Should Encourage NATO/Turkey-led Assistance to Syrian Opposition Forces

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Emile Nakhleh is a retired Senior Intelligence Service Officer, a Research Professor at the University of New Mexico and a National Intelligence Council associate. Since retiring from the United States Government in 2006, he has been consulting with different US… Continue Reading