Sunday April 30, 2017

The US Considers Sanctions Against Russia and Iran Over Syria

The USA is considering new sanctions against Russia and Iran for their support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad after his most recent chemical attack which killed over 100 civilians, according to the USA’s UN ambassador Nikki Haley.

Hayley appeared on CNN’s State of the Union to confirm that, regarding tougher sanctions on Assad’s supporters, nothing was off the table, particularly after Russia condemned the US’s retaliatory strike on a Syrian air force base.


Ebrahim Raisi Officials Enters Iran's Presidential Election

On Thursday, Ebrahim Raisi officially announced his candidacy in Iran’s presidential election. This came at a meeting of the “Popular Front of Revolutionary Forces”, as he gained the highest number of votes amongst the “principalists”.

Back in March 2016, Raisi was appointed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as head of the Astan Quds Razavi foundation, a major economic entity associated with Khamenei himself.


Iran: Are the Ethnic Minorities Being Undermined as the Elections Approach?

Iran is getting ready to elect its next president in May. Although the president of the country has an inferior position to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, these upcoming elections may be significant given his deteriorating health. 

There could be a transition to double leadership in Iran and it is important to turn our attention away from the country’s capital and towards border areas. We are used to hearing about hardliners versus moderates in Iran, but this is only applicable to Tehran.


Tunisian Presidential Spokesman Denies Remarks Attributed by Iranian Regime's Media to Tunisian President

A spokesman for the Tunisian president has denied the remarks attributed by Iranian regime’s media to Tunisian president al-Baji Qaed al-Sebsi during his meeting with the regime’s Minister of Culture and Guidance.

Regime’s official news agency had falsely quoted al-Sebsi as saying “Iran is supporting the Islamic world against the Zionist regime.”


Iran: Opposite Orientalism

Academia in the West has named the Western sense of superiority over the Eastern countries as “orientalism”. This concept encompasses stereotypes and distorted views of the Middle East. 

Harvard-educated Iranian-American political scientist and expert of Iran and US foreign policy Dr. Majid Rafizadeh points out that orientalism shaped the outlook of academics who began to view, from the seventies onwards, the Middle East as a victim of the West. He said: “They started criticizing their own Western governments for imperialism, colonialism and suppression of Easterners, and for not respecting the cultural and religious authenticity of the Middle East. Soon, people avoided making comments that would characterize them as orientalist. Calling someone orientalist became an insult.”


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