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A Changing Gambit

Events have moved far too fast. Syria is off the radar and almost forgotten. Bashar al-Assad will stay, minus his chemical weapons – which is kind of okay. This also means that the Syrian opposition, consisting of a few rebels but burgeoned…

Revenge And Compensation

IN the beginning it was a tale of unrequited love. The year was 2004 and Ameneh Bahrami was a beautiful 24-yearold working at a laboratory in Tehran and also taking classes at university. In pictures from the time, she smiles widely,…

The Real Threat To Peace

There you go again, Netanyahu. At the United Nations and on several TV shows during his visit to the US Netanyahu has been repeating his mantra: Iran is an existential threat to Israel and Israel is ready to attack it alone if Iran…

Smiles Trump scowls In Iran Picture

THE first direct conversation in more than 30 years between the Iranian and American heads of state ended with the words `Have a nice day, Mr President` and `Khoda Hafiz`, uttered respectively by Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama. They were…

Obama at The UN

In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama made important and valid points on the issues of human rights, arms control, and global governance. But note what the president did not say. The president addressed…

Irresistible Iran

Iran’s newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, has lost no time in trying to end the 34-year-old political and economic siege imposed on his nation by the US and its allies. President Obama, having just been wrong-footed over Syria, now…

Syria: A Chance For Honest Diplomacy

It’s an irony of history that an adversary can sometimes rescue you from trouble better than a friend. So when Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov proposed that the US should defer its planned military attack on Syria if Damascus…

Islam’s Ground Zero

It is time now to say what has never been said this explicitly: the Shia-Sunni divide in Islam is its unquestioned soft underbelly. And Syria, in its current manifestation, is the most unfortunate exhibit of this. It has mostly been a case…

The Irrationality Of Warmongering

The Assad regime is primarily but not exclusively responsible for the extended and unspeakable brutality of the civil war in Syria which has killed over 100,000 Syrians and internally and externally displaced six million. It may also be…

Dangers Of Military Intervention

The spectre of US military action against Syria has not diminished with the surfacing of divisions among America’s European allies and the resounding rejection of such intervention by the British parliament. President Barack Obama went…