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Iran: Speaking Swedish, acting North Korean

  • For the past decade, February — part of which coincides with the month of Bahman in the Iranian calendar — has been marked by febrile political activities in Iran under the Khomeinist regime....
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Iran nuclear issue must be revisited

  • The decision by US President Donald Trump to waive sanctions against Iran for a further 120 days has reopened the four-year-old “what to do about Iran” debate....
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The year of the Rohingya

  • Medieval historians in the Middle East often used the memory of particularly great disasters as a label for a year or even a whole epoch under study....
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Corruption — the Mideast’s political gangrene

  • Following the strict measures taken recently by the Saudi government against dozens of prominent figures, the issue of corruption has moved to the center of public attention in several other regional countries, notably Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan....
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Iran and this dog’s dinner of diplomatic deception

  • “Trump violates international treaty!” “Trump tears up pact signed by world powers!” ...
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Brexit and the spirit of Dunkirk

  • For the past two weeks, “Dunkirk” has topped the box office in cinemas throughout the UK. The film is a fictional rendition of the British evacuation from the French port of Dunkirk in May 1940, as Hitler’s invading divisions blitzed their way toward Paris. The evacuation involved more than 400...
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Tehran’s new scheme in Iraq

  • In his visit to Moscow this week, Iraqi Vice President Nouri Al-Maliki peddled what he presented as his big idea: Inviting Russia to build “a significant presence” in Iraq to counterbalance that of the US. Since Al-Maliki is reputed to be Tehran’s candidate as the next Iraqi prime minister, h...
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Kurdish referendum — what ‘Mullah Mustafa’ might have done

  • What would a list of the problems that need urgent attention in Iraq today look like? No matter how you look at it, the campaign to liberate Mosul and wipe out Daesh, which is regarded by many as an enemy of humanity, would top the list. Next to it might be the formation of a new national gov...
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Rouhani and the ‘as-if ’ system

  • In traditional clerical schools in Iran and Iraq, one of the skills aspirant mullahs learn is known as “shabih-khani.” Broadly speaking, it means “narrating as if.” It is a primitive form of theater imitating life with a few broad strokes of words and images. So it was no surprise that when t...
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On Iran, Trump, allies face three choices

  • What to do about Iran? The question has been posed by every US administration since 1979, when a group of “students” seized the American Embassy in Tehran and held its diplomats hostage for 444 days. In the four decades that followed, the Islamic Republic cast itself as the principal enemy of t...
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