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Iran regime will ensure hard-liner wins presidential election

  • Iran’s 13th presidential election, scheduled for June, will be held at a critical moment for Tehran due to the regime’s nuclear defiance, the unprecedented level of isolation the regime is facing, the rising discontent domestically, and the US sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy and dev...
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Iran regime’s nuclear deal puzzle

  • The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal was a product of the balance of power in 2015. At that time, it was unclear whether the Iranian regime would acquire a nuclear weapon in the next few months. Then-US President Barack Obama was willing for the deal to happen. The idea o...
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Iran-China deal a blow for Tehran regime

  • The Iranian authorities and the country’s state-owned newspapers have attempted to portray the deal that was signed with China last week as a victory for Tehran. The 25-year comprehensive cooperation agreement was extremely controversial in Iran when it was first proposed. But, once Supreme Le...
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Iran’s human rights abuses on the increase

  • Human rights violations by the Iranian regime and its militia groups across the Middle East are becoming much more egregious and appalling, with Iran’s leaders and their proxies appearing to act with impunity. In Iran, there are several categories that the international community ought to foc...
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COVID-19 and the rise of public-private partnerships in the Middle East

  • US President Joe Biden last month pledged $4 billion to the global Covax scheme, which is attempting to distribute coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines to 92 low and middle-income countries. This is ironic given his predecessor’s declaration of “America First” when it comes to jabs. It is im...
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A new year, but the same old failures in Iran

  • Nowruz, which means “new day” in Persian and marks the first day of spring and the start of a new year in Iran, is one of the world’s oldest holidays, celebrated for more than 3,000 years.  Since the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Republic has been unsuccessfully t...
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Why Iran sanctions are still a powerful tool

  • Since Joe Biden became US president, the Iranian regime has been gradually softening its position in order to resurrect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal. This is considered a humiliation to the Islamic Republic, which is known to boast about its power, resilience and ...
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Europe continues to be soft on Iran’s nuclear defiance

  • The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) board of governors held its quarterly meeting last week. The meeting was one of several events taking place simultaneously that provided outlets for recommendations about how the international community should approach the Iranian regime’s nuclear...
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US must do more to confront the Iranian regime

  • The US airstrikes against Iran-backed militia groups in Syria last week were an informed and welcome move by the White House, but they are definitely not adequate when it comes to confronting the Iranian regime and its widespread militia network. The airstrikes, which were authorized by Presid...
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Biden administration sending wrong message to Iran regime

  • The Iranian regime has begun testing the Biden administration by escalating its aggressive and belligerent policies in the region. A barrage of rockets on Saturday targeted an airbase in Balad, north of Baghdad, where a US defense company is based. A few days before that, a dozen rockets struck...
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