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Rumi - Quotes
 
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
― Rumi

  
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

 
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
― Rumi

 
“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”
― Rumi

 
“What you seek is seeking you.”
― Rumi

 
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi

 
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
― Rumi

 
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
― Rumi

 
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
― Rumi

 
“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”
― Rumi

 
“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
― Rumi

 
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
― Rumi

 
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
― Rumi
 
“Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.”
― Rumi

 
“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live. Destroy your
reputation. Be notorious.”
― Rumi

 
“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
― Rumi

 
“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
― Rumi
 
    

  Secrecy breeds corruption and suspicion while transparency and openness yield trust
 
There is no doubt in my mind that the Iran deal shouldn't be kept 'Secret' from the people of Iran and the American people. If the White House is proud of the deal, it should be able to withstand public scrutiny in its entirety.
 
  A poor performance by a pathological liar, dancing around the truth hoping to stay the course on deceiving the world
 
There seems to be no end in sight in the season of national shame and disgrace for the proud people of Iran. This time were humiliated by a Muslim clergy at best, having no business to be speaking on behalf of the proud people of Iran at a prestigious world Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland.
 
   
Iran has a new President, Hassan Rouhani, who with a pledge of ‘path of moderation’, e’tedal, won 75% of the votes in the first round of elections in June. He and the high-ranking clerics who supported him, repeatedly call Rouhani’s elections as representing ‘national reconciliation.’
 
  DANCING AROUND THE TRUTH
 
Sharia Lila Abu-Lughod received her Ph.D. from Harvard, has taught at Williams, Princeton, and NYU, and now boasts the title of Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University,
 
  How Tunisia's brilliant leaders are showing the secular path to the Muslim world
 
From as far as East Asia's rain forest in Philippines and Indonesia, to the deserts of Sahara in North West Africa where ever there is 'political Islam', there is violence, division, discord, intolerance, terror, death and destruction.
 
  Notwithstanding the current debate on Nuclear Deal, the danger of an implosion is real
 

"Religion, Customs, and Patriotism form the trinity of values inherent in a political culture that constitute its spirit. When those values are absent, there is only fear, and Asiatic despotism is the invariable result.
 
  Can a Crocodile Fly?
Can a Bear Speak French?

 
Mr. Rouhani, in your Op-Ed in Beirut's Daily Star you claim that you want to bring 'Moderation and Common Sense' to the Islamic Republic Dictatorship regime. And I know many of us had to really control ourselves and not to laugh.
 
  RUSSIA-SYRIA OFFHSORE GAS DEAL INJECTS NEW FACTOR INTO PEACE TALK
 
The announcement of the agreement, just weeks before scheduled peace negotiations in Switzerland, to which Khamnei's regime is barred, will be seen as an expression of extra diplomatic support for Damascus by Moscow and of gratitude by the Assad regime to an ally!!
 
  Anbar province, the region of Iraq that 1,300 American soldiers died pacifying it, is at risk of being taken over by Islamist Terrorists and their affiliate, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
 
  The only way to save Islam is to build Secularist Muslims Societies in Muslim Countries
 
A summit was held a few months ago in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA to promote a “secular version of Islam“. This Summit was an international forum spearheaded by Muslim secularists and was organized and sponsored by the Center for Inquiry in partnership with the International Intelligence Summit.
 
  The Illusion of a Comprehensive Nuclear Deal
 
Much has changed in the two years since I wrote “Time to Attack Iran,” but one basic fact hasn’t: diplomacy remains unlikely to neutralize the threat from Khamnei’s nuclear program.
 
  Even as some sanctions are supposed to ease, U.S. public pension plans should continue to divest companies
 
At the Tallahassee-based FSBA, which oversees $171.4 billion in total assets, Michael P. McCauley, senior officer-investment programs and governance, said “it's too early to tell” the impact of the relaxation of some sanctions.
 
  We, the people of Iran, are grateful to U.S. senators pushing a bill to slap new sanctions on Khamnei's terrorist regime. These economic sanctions have weakened the terrorist regime and brought it to the brink, giving us hope.
 
  As an avid supporter and promoter of and contributor to 'Regime Change' Project in Iran, I continue to be amazed at the level of apathy, inertia and liturgy amongst the educated Iranians in diaspora failing to support the struggling millions of valiant Iranians inside,
 
 

Washington's failure to act forcefully in Syria and other limited-risk situations will only fuel chaos in the Middle East.
 
The United States is at a turning point, as events call into question its ability to conduct combat operations, even those that are limited and justified. This came to a head in late summer, when the United States hesitated to conduct limited strikes against Syria,

 
 

It is impossible to reform and stop oppression, corruption and terrorism in Iran because the regime structure is originally designed to survive on corruption and it is rotten from its roots
 
Iran's 1979 Revolutions was more or less something like Russia's Communist Revolution of 1917 in which Lenin and his partners in crime promised the poor workers and peasants that they had nothing to lose but their chains and the whole world to gain.

 
 

What was the Original Intention of the 1979 Revolution in Iran? What are the Function and Purpose of a Government?
 
It is refreshing to re-visit Ayn Rand when she wrote over seventy years ago about the function and purpose of government: "If physical force is to be barred from social relationships,

 
 

The White House's threat to veto a bi-partisan Iran sanctions bill, which was introduced today in the Senate is confusing everyone
 
A bipartisan group of Senators has introduced carefully considered legislation intended to increase sanctions to prevent Khamnei’s terrorist to build nuclear weapon and stop its gross and brutal Human Right violations,

 
 

This is without a doubt the best thing that has happened to the faithful people of Iran since the first translation of the Bible into Persian language in early Christianity
 
I have studied the Holy Bible, Quran, Avesta and other Holy books for over 38 years and as a Christian I am convinced that God has a clear and specific plan for the faithful people of Iran

 
 

How the few hired radical Islamist mercenaries are destroying the good name of Islam
 
The millions of innocent Muslims who involuntarily left their homeland to escape extremist Mullahs’ tyranny and oppression and migrated to such liberal and advanced economies like France, Britain, Germany, Holland, and other western and northern European countries

 
 

Only a Benevolent force can transform primitive states into a genuinely Liberal Democratic one
 
It is a sheer naiveté to imagine that old nations like Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and others like them, could become liberated states overnight by so called Islamist revolutions

 
 

Turkmenistan Votes in First Ever Multi-Party Legislative Polls!!!
 
Turkmenistan, located on the north east border of Iran, was part of the Persian Empire. The Turkmen people were originally pastoral nomads and some of them continued this way of life up into the 20th century, living in transportable dome-shaped felt tents.

 
 

"If diversity is seen as a source of strength, societies can become healthier, more stable and prosperous."
 
In a speech at the Global Centre for Pluralism, in May 2013 Kofi Annan discusses the challenges of governing plural societies, promoting inclusive democracy in Iran, Kenya, and the moment at which Syria's deadly conflict could have been averted:

 
 

Why 5+1 is negotiating with Khamnei’s Terrorist regime?
 
The US and EU laws prohibit negotiations with Terrorist Organizations and since Iran’s current regime is clearly a Terrorist Organization it is fair to ask how the US and the EU governments are violating their own laws by appearing to negotiate with a well know terrorist regime?

 
 

Writing in The Observer, Jimmy Carter argues that religion has often been interpreted to justify the persecution and abuse of women throughout the world specially in Islamic countries - in violation not only of international human rights standards, but of the holy teachings that all the children of God are equal.

 
 

Writing in The Observer, Jimmy Carter argues that religion has often been interpreted to justify the persecution and abuse of women throughout the world specially in Islamic countries - in violation not only of international human rights standards, but of the holy teachings that all the children of God are equal.

 
 

Speaking at an international conference held in Paris, Mary Robinson discusses the relationship between religion, tradition and gender inequality. Citing the issue of child marriage as one example,

 
 

“When citizens go to the polls and cast their votes, they aspire not only to elect their leaders, but to choose a direction for their nation.”
 
When President Barack Obama entered the pantheon of Nobel Peace Prize winners with humble words, acknowledging his own few accomplishments while delivering a robust defense of war and promising to use the prestigious award

 
 

Why we should abolish Iran’s Islamic Constitution and adopt a new Secular one

When President Barack Obama entered the pantheon of Nobel Peace Prize winners with humble words, acknowledging his own few accomplishments while delivering a robust defense of war and promising to use the prestigious award

 
 

Why we should abolish Iran’s Islamic Constitution and adopt a new Secular one
 
Our Constitution should be the most important document that protects the rights of all Iranian citizens, irrespective of their religion, creed, sex or physical appearance. A Constitution is the fundamental framework of system of government.

 
 

Establishing Common Law & Judicial Independence
 
As we are getting ready for Regime Change in our beloved country Iran, I submit this paper to all the leaders of Pro-Democracy movements and our fellow freedom fighters and political activists in Iran and around the world with whom,

 
 

For 75 million Iranians living under the Khamnei’s terrorist, tyrannical, oppressive, utterly corrupt police state worse than Stalin’s communist Russia and Mao’s communist China, the so called ‘Iran Deal’ signed with the US led 5+1 countries without unconditional guarantees for urgent democratic reforms is not a cause for celebration.

 
 

The United States cannot lead from behind, compromise on principles, betray allies and still maintain her Superpower status and credibility
Some of the American allies in West Asia and North Africa are concerned and reflect disappointment that President Obama decided not to attack Syria to remove Assad’s murderous regime and support pro-democracy Syrians to form a new,

 
 

What else do we expect when dealing with a universally acknowledged terrorist regime?
Khamnei’s terrorist regime has issued its first statement since the alleged ‘Iran Deal’ by rejecting 'one-sided' US Fact Sheet on Nuclear deal and setting the stage for reneging once the first batch of funds are unfrozen and some economic sanctions are eased.

 
 

The P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) has been engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with Iran with the goal of reaching a verifiable diplomatic resolution that would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

 
 

In a bitter historical irony, as Americans mark the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the world's leading powers may be about to sign an agreement that would permit Iran, the world's leading sponsor of terror and mass murder today, to become a virtual nuclear power.

 
 

At the 2005 World Summit, governments made a historic commitment to prevent and halt genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing (often referred to as ‘mass atrocities’ or ‘atrocity crimes’) when they unanimously agreed to the Responsibility to Protect

 
 

Notwithstanding the fact that the original intention of the 1979 pro-democracy revolution in Iran was ‘Independence’ and ‘Freedom’ and not the establishment of a horrifying dictatorship, now after 34 years of misrule and mismanagement,

 
 

Late yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a critical bipartisan resolution directly calling on Iran to immediately release American Pastor Saeed. Internationally, key members of the European Parliament have sent a letter urging that Pastor Saeed's name be raised directly with the Iranian government.

 
 

The glitz surrounding the negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program is overshadowing a concurrent debate taking place over the dismal state of human rights in the country.

 
 

There is an inherently immoral diplomatic notion that countries don’t have permanent allies, only permanent interests. This belief, predicated upon the realpolitik compromises of modern-day statecraft, essentially makes for very strange bedfellows.

 
 

At least four out of six current major powers, members of the 5+1 (United States, UK, France & Germany) who are negotiating with the Mullahs are signatories of every international treaty obligating them legally and morally to respect and protect human Rights and liberties of all nations.

 
 

On August 29, 1949, at a remote test site at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan, the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, in short, the Communist Russia successfully detonated its first atomic bomb, code name "First Lightning."

 
 

Lamentably now is the 34th anniversary of the American Embassy siege in Tehran by Ali Khamenei and his criminal gang of terrorists innocuously calling themselves ‘Muslim Students’ and followers of ‘Imam Khomeini’.

 
 

In 1851 Great Britain was arguably the leader of the industrial revolution and the champion of progress in the world. It was, indeed, feeling very secure about its place in the international order.

 
 

The institutional corruption in Khamnei’s terrorist regime has reached to such a catastrophic proportion that it is no longer called corruption but national disaster of a despotic regime so rotten that it is beyond repair and the only solution is for the entire regime to be removed from power and allow a new constitution

 
 

The institutional corruption in Khamnei’s terrorist regime has reached to such a catastrophic proportion that it is no longer called corruption but national disaster of a despotic regime so rotten that it is beyond repair and the only solution is for the entire regime to be removed from power and allow a new constitution

 
 

President Obama and the American congress should be reminded that not only the Israelis, Saudis, Iraqis, Syrians, Bahrainis and Yemenis are wishing Khamenei’s regime will wither; far more importantly, 99% of the people of Iran are praying,

 
 

Free enterprise and liberal markets are, arguably, the most productive and efficient mechanisms for mankind to prosper materially. Profit-making and its concomitant, risk-taking, are potent incentives to work harder, faster and better than one’s competitors.

 
 

As far as the people of Iran are concerned, any type of deal between the members of the so called ‘5+1’ (the U.S., the U.K., France, Russia, China plus Germany) and Khamenei’s terrorist regime is tantamount to a pact with the Devil.

 
 

America faces two very serious budget problems: Democrats, and Republicans. Partisan wrangling over the brief shutdown of about 17 percent of the federal government has been unnecessarily long and convoluted because both sides keep repeating their misleading talking points and diverting attention away from the central issue — deficits and debt — and toward extraneous or irrelevant topics.

 
 

Thanks to intellectuals for hire like Vali Reza Nasr, an Iranian born American academic in Stanford and on Council on Foreign Relations’ payroll, truth can be distorted daily.

 
 

For the past 34 years, followers of the Baha’i Faith in Iran under the despotic regime of Khamnei have been lynched, falsely imprisoned, vilified and driven out of their homes. Baha’i children have been deprived of their right to an education,

 
 

Throughout history, treacherous few in every country have always stabbed their own people in the back and worked with, and for, the enemy. Iran is no exception. Britain, Russia, France, and even Germany have long established a network of paid traitors in Iran to serve them in return for personal gains

 
 

Last month, the Baha’i community was shook to the core by the loss of Mr Razvani, a 54-year old Baha’i from Bandar Abbas in Iran. According to various reports by Khamnei regime’s news agencies and Baha’i watch groups, Rezvani was kidnapped on a Saturday evening in August and shot in the head.

 
 

That is the takeaway from conversations the past week in New York, where world leaders gathered for the annual U.N. General Assembly session. Our friends, and we have many, speak almost poignantly of the dynamism, excellence,

 
 

The problem with the Islamic Republic Regime in Iran is not the nuclear issue nor normalization of relations with the West in general and the United States in particular.

 
 

That is the takeaway from conversations the past week in New York, where world leaders gathered for the annual U.N. General Assembly session. Our friends, and we have many, speak almost poignantly of the dynamism, excellence,

 
 

Khamenei’s regime has passed a bill allowing men to marry their adopted daughters. These marriages can take place when the girl is as young as 13 years old.

 
 

To begin with, we have never been ‘free’ for seven thousand years. What the American revolutionaries called ‘inalienable rights’ have been an alien concept to us and have never been part of our culture for thousands of years.

 
 

Tunisia’s Islamist, who thrust into power by the Arab Spring, has been wise enough to step down peacefully after months of political wrangling with the strong secularist forces in the country.

 
 

It was June 26, 1980; then Syrian President Hafez al-Assad stood with his usual retinue of bodyguards and staff outside the official Guest Palace in Damascus, waiting to greet a visiting African dignitary.

 
 

In the 16 months after Hosni Mubarak's dramatic February 2011 ouster, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood quickly rose from the cave to the castle, winning the parliamentary and presidential elections, and then appointing its members to executive positions across the Egyptian government and showed its true totalitarian and violent color.

 
 

The fact that the tyrant Ayatollahs are now convinced that they cannot withstand the impact of the American led economic, political and diplomatic sanctions and thus have sent a new mouthpiece with a poker face to pretend that they are ready for negotiations is the best news for the people of Iran after 35 years of Mullah’s savagery in the name of Islam.

 
 

There is a trick in the great labyrinthine bazaars of the Middle East: petty hucksters luring the vacationing franjis into the market maze and then getting paid to lead them out. As dusk looms, the unnerved outsider is always glad to be steered to familiar surroundings.

 
 

Now that Iran’s economy is on the brink of total collapse, now that UN ranks Iran as the nation with largest brain drain in the world, now that the unemployment rate stands at 50% and inflation at 100%

 
 

President Obama and Madam Ashton should be aware that there are far more important issues at stake than just the nuclear issue with the Khamnei’s tyranny in Iran.

"هیچکدام از هم بندی هایم با اینکه می دانستند ۳۳ سال است جوانان بهایی از تحصیلات عالیه محرومند باور شان نمی شد که باز هم با نیرنگ " نقص پرونده " تو و دوستانت از تحصیل محروم شوید."

 
 

Pastor Saeed is an Iranian-American Pastor who is serving an 8 year sentence in one of Khamnei's toughest prisons simply for sharing his Christian faith. Join us as we petition the international community to demand the release of this innocent man.

 
 

With such barbaric actions like violating the most fundamental diplomatic norms and attacking the US embassy in Iran and taking over the U.S. diplomats hostage for a brutal year and half.

 
 

Bashar al-Assad has no exit strategy in Syria and does not believe he needs one. Two years after President Obama called for him to "step aside," he is still in power and still supported by a well-woven web of loyalists.

 
 

Violent, corrupt and savage dictators have ruled Iran, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and indeed the entire continents of Asia, Africa, and Latin America with an iron fist for centuries.

 
 
  1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day.
  2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!
  3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17) than Target, another major American hypermarket store sells all year.
 
 

Dr. Seyed Alireza Marandi, President of Tehran’s Academy of Medical Sciences has written a letter to the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, calling the economic sanctions against Khamnei’s regime "Barbaric US-led sanctions killing Iranian children"

 
 

The Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and other radical Islamist movements should be forced to keep religion away from politics and form secular political parties if they wish to have a voice in the in the governance of their respective countries

 
 

Just because an alleged moderate mullah is installed as president with no power, does not mean we have any reason to ease the economic, political, military and intelligence pressures on Khamnei’s regime

 
 

When international media says Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mr. Mursi won the election fair and square, it shows that they are either ignorant or malicious, and since they are reasonably educated, they cannot be ignorant which means they must be malicious.

 
 

One of the enduring aspects of Washington’s Iran debate is its wild oscillations between the hysteria of war and the euphoria of reconciliation. The Islamic Republic has a new president: He smiles and pledges soothing moderation.

 
 

Since last May there have been large, grassroots protests in both Brazil and Turkey.
There are similarities between both countries in that each enjoys economic prosperity.

 
 

The most important objective of our political warfare campaign against radical Islamism in Iran by far should be our emphasis on their illegitimacy in the eyes of the Iranian Muslims, and especially its current and potential supporters in the Muslim community.

 
 

THE BLENDING OF PROSELYTIZING WITH POLITICS comprises one of the foremost dilemmas facing Islamist movements throughout the world. The phe- nomenon has caused considerable debate and discussion among political forces who resent the Islamists' monopolization and use of the religion card.

 
 

The main point I wish to make in this short essay regarding the relationship among Islam, state and politics for present Islamic societies can be summarized as follows.

 
 

This past weekend, the Islamic Republic of Iran inaugurated Hassan Rowhani as its seventh president. In the weeks and months ahead, the world will be watching to see if the hopes and aspirations of Iranians will be fulfilled.

 
 

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards was originally created after the 1979 revolution with the original intention of protecting the people’s demand for ‘freedom and independence’ the slogan during the two year-long demonstrations between 1977 and 1979

 
 

On July 31, 2013 Daniel Brumberg, senior program officer at US Institute of Peace, gave his testimony before the U.S. Congress, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa.

 
 

Since the advent of ‘Hezbollah’ in 1979 in Iran, the party of Allah headed by Khamnei has effectively destroyed Iran’s social fabric, flourishing political evolution, the nation’s economic structure, morality and social responsibility, and people’s faith in the Muslim clergy’s integrity and ethics.

 
 

In a recent article in National Interest, Laicie Heeley, the director of Middle East and defense policy at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, suggests that “it’s time to deal with Iran”, without offering any logical reason or basis for such a naïve, and treacherous assertion.

 
 

It is a disgrace for us as Iranians to allow religious persecution in our country by the Islamic Republic regime. So dire is the persecution of Sunnis, Christians, Jews, Bahia’s, Zoroastrians that it is a shame to claim that we are a civilized people.

 
 

If Iran was not floating on a sea of oil, would Ali Khamnei still be heading the government? The simple answer is no, because the Western world would never have allowed the country to deteriorate to the extent it is, under Khamnei's rule, or misrule.

 
 

Iran has become hollowed out; it’s potential for development disrupted by predatory politics of an 84-year-old unelected ruler who has worked with the ruling elite to perpetuate privilege for cronies at the expense of national interest.

 
 

In a country that is known for extremes in governance, Ali Khamnei who calls himself ‘supreme leader’ excels. He struts around Iran’s devastated provinces whom are expecting handouts, and getting, revered treatment.

 
 

When we look at every man and woman we meet, they seem to be all right. They are busy with work, family, home, and friends. They have their share of problems and worries and they get to have a laugh or two at times.

 
 

Neither the marionette Rouhani nor his reprehensible Revolutionary Guards can save Khamenei and his vile regime. The only way out is for Khamenei and his cohorts to repent and pray the good people of Iran grant them forgiveness.

 
 

Let us first examine whether Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) established an Islamic religious state as claimed by those advocating the ‘Rule of Jurist’ or ‘Velayat Faqih’ in Iran.

 
 

There will be no meaningful ‘change’ in Iran without ‘Regime Change’. In 1979, Iranian’s pro-democracy revolution was viciously hijacked. Amidst the frenzy of revolutionary fever, the bizarre Islamic Republic Constitution was put to vote.

 
 

Dogs are as much creature of God or Allah as cats, horses and human beings. Like all other creatures in the world we have to treat them with kindness, compassion and care. There should be no difference between owning a cat or a dog, a horse or a sheep.

 
 

The most beautiful kind of faith is the voluntary faith of a free man or a free woman sitting alone before God in prayer without any fear of persecution, without any compulsion, and in total liberty.

 
 

The biggest conventional bomb ever developed is ready to wreak destruction upon the enemies of the US. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said its record-breaking bunker-buster has become operational after years of testing.

 
 

Martin Luther’s short Biography
Born in Germany in 1483, Martin Luther became one of the most influential figures in Christian history when he began the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century.

 
 

I was sitting alone in solidarity confinement, in cell number 607 in the fearsome Towhid prison after an all-day torture session, when I first heard the name Hassan Rouhani. It was just after the 5th day of the now famous July 1999 student uprising against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 
 

In the aftermath of the Egyptian military's ouster of President Mohamed Morsy, much of the debate in Washington has focused on the question of U.S. aid. Should the United States call the military's action a coup and suspend aid as demanded by the law, or not? The answer has been hotly debated, with prominent analysts and former officials coming down on either side.

 
 

I am not sure exactly what are the proportions between honest, upright and trustworthy Iranians and those who consider lying, cheating and deceiving as a way of life.

 
 

First of all, it is President-select ( not president elect ). Barely 19% of the 54 million eligible voters ( if we can trust the integrity of these numbers published by Khamnei’s regime which we do not, but giving them the benefit of doubt), cast their ballots not for Rouhani,

 
 

Contrary to popular media coverage, the Arab Spring was not the first time Arab women took on leadership roles in populist uprisings. As far back as the 1919 Egyptian revolution against the British occupation, women in the Middle East have played pivotal roles in both political movements and mass protests.

 
 

Leaders of the free world should not shy away from telling the truth and stop being politically correct about the ultimate aim and purpose of the economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

 
 

The evolution of Secular Democracy in Turkey in the early 1900s is one of the most impressive cultural and social changes in Islamic history. In a few short years, the Ottoman Empire’s corrupt and violent Islamist Dictatorship was brought down from within,

 
 

Since the advent of ‘Hezbollah’ in 1979 chaotic revolution of Iran, the party of Allah has effectively destroyed Iran’s social fabric, flourishing political evolution, the nation’s economic structure, people’s faith in the Muslim clergy’s integrity and ethics,

 
 

In his June 23, 2013 Op-ed, special to Gulf News, he declares that ‘IRANIANS HAVE SPOKEN LOUD AND CLEAR’ and in his entire 581 words article there is not a single reference to the gross Human Rights violations, political, economic and social repression,

 
 

As you all know, I have been an advocate of regime change from day one since Khomeini came to power in 1979. I blame our former King, the incompetent and pathetic King Pahlavi, who dropped everything and took his own family

 
 

One powerless president steps down and another powerless president steps in. So what? We are worrying about the right things and not cosmetic things. Our serious and alarming social, economic and political problems in Iran, has nothing to do with who is, or who is not the president.

 
 

Those who assert that the protests alone in Turkey will not bring the liberals to power may be right. But that does not mean that the demonstrations have not seriously hurt Erdogan’s AKP party and have taken Turkey’s secular political system one step closer to a robust democratic society like France and Germany,

 
 

The people of Iran ask, what kind of a country are we going to leave for our children and our posterity? A nation ruled by tyrants, deeply divided, an economy devastated, at war with the world and one another?

 
 

There is a simple online poll on the Parsi version of Voice of America website, naming all the eight so called Iranian presidential candidates, prompting the visitor to vote for their choice of candidate. After naming all the eight candidates there is also an option to say ‘none of the above’.

 
 

I’ve referred to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan as the “king of the Islamists” because of his ability to swoon the West, make Israel bend and maintain popularity while implementing Sharia using the doctrine of “gradualism.”

 
 

We can take a horse to the water by force but we cannot make it drink. Erdogan’s creeping Islamist fascism have been patiently tolerated by the long established secular and Liberal Democrats in Turkey

 
 

Francis Fukuyama has done the West an enormous favor with his essay on "What is governance?" He is subtly introducing a distinction between democracy and good governance, a distinction which is almost inconceivable in Western minds.

 
 

Iran's Ayatollahs are facing a unique challenge of life or death. They have introduced and imposed by violence an archaic political system which is called ‘Islamic Republic’ inferring that the leaders are elected by the ‘Public’

 
 

The rapid and simultaneous rise of China and India has raised serious concerns about an inevitable, if not existential, competition between the two emerging powers. Unsurprisingly, there has been a cottage industry of commentary on the coming clash: In August 2010,

 
 

We are entering a new era of world history: the end of Western domination and the arrival of the Asian century. The question is: Will Washington wake up to this reality? When the new president meets with schedulers in January, will he or she say, “Cut down on the visits to Europe.

 
 

Conflict-affected states—those, by definition, where the rule of law is lacking—count for disproportionately high percentages of the developing world’s poor, uneducated and infant deaths.

 
 

In 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article Three of this document states that "everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

 
 

In short, a long intra-Islamist wars will leave nobody safer, wealthier or wiser. Nor will it leave the West morally untainted. The U.S. embraced Saddam Hussein as a counterweight to Iran, and later tried to ply Iran with secret arms in exchange for the release of hostages.

 
 

Today the free world and those of us in pursuit of freedom celebrate the courage and triumph that the Allied Forces experienced on D-Day almost seven decades ago on the beaches of Normandy, France.

 
 

Pitched battles between anti-government demonstrators and Turkish police over several days at Istanbul's Taksim Square constitute a national uprising against Recep Tayyip Erdogan's incipient Islamist dictatorship.

 
 

For much of the past two years, Europe and the United States have taken only diplomatic and humanitarian measures as Syria's Assad regime has killed nearly 80,000 civilians and forced another million to seek refuge in neighboring states.

 
 

We can take a horse to the water but we cannot make him drink it. We can take a closet Turkish dictator like Erdegon to a democratic club but we cannot make him conduct himself like a democrat.

 
 

A failed State is the State that has failed to bring peace, economic prosperity and individual freedom for its citizens, therefore by this simple definition, the Islamic Republic of Iran is a classic model of a ‘Failed State’ and it is our duty as the people and citizens of Iran to remove this failed state from power and establish in its place a ‘Successful State’

 
 

Reuters, 30 May 2013. State prosecutor Alberto Nisman is investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. Argentine courts have long accused Iranian regime of sponsoring the terrorist act.

 
 

By Adam Kredo. The Iranian-American assassin working for Khameni’s regime man who attempted to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador in a foiled terror plot was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday afternoon, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced.

 
 

The Universal Human Rights principles can not be confined only to “prominent and well publicized” themes such as equal dignity, torture, slavery, freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and so on. Poverty, education, shelter, work, and health maladies all do not just have an effect on us,

 
 

(Beirut) - Serious electoral flaws and human rights abuses by the Iranian government undermine any meaningful prospect of free and fair elections on June 14, 2013. Dozens of political activists and journalists detained during the violent government crackdown that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election remain in prison,

 
 

There is an exhibition in Germany that consists of a series of rooms in complete darkness. The visitors, in groups of up to 10 people, get a short briefing and are introduced to the use of a long cane before embarking on the journey through darkness.

 
 

It is a universally acknowledged fact that Iran possesses one of the world’s richest historical sites that are considered the most attractive tourist destinations in the world should travelling to Iran be an desirable event for international tourists.

 
 

How Khamnei and the Ruling Class of the Islamic Republic of Iran are guilty of ‘crimes against humanity’ and the International Criminal Court is urged to take action

Part 2., Article 7 of the Rome Statute, adopted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) clearly states the definition of ‘Crimes against humanity’ and in this paper attempt to demonstrate how Ali Khamnei himself and the members of the Guardian Council,

 
 

11 March 2013 – An independent United Nations expert today voiced serious concern about the general situation of human rights in Iran, pointing to “widespread and systemic” torture, as well as the harassment, arrest and attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists.

 
 

Ayatollah Khamenei has developed a four-part strategy to avoid a repeat of the 2009 presidential elections, which led to massive demonstrations and the discrediting of the regime. But the eleventh-hour declarations of candidacy by Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei have made his task more difficult.

 
 

Sanctions have succeeded in bringing Tehran back to the negotiating table, but they are a tactic, not a strategy. Any long-term policy has to aim for a democratic Iran which means regime change because the Islamic Republic constitution is inherently based on undemocratic principles.

 
 

The Conservative government said Tuesday it would boycott a United Nations disarmament conference chaired by Iran — currently targeted by sanctions over its rogue nuclear arms program, gross human rights violations and terrorism acts both domestic and international,

 
 

Even though most people think they can recognize terrorism when they see it, experts have had difficulty coming up with an ironclad definition. The US State Department defines terrorism as "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience".

 
 

Facing off these nihilistic forces of terror in Syria and Iran is a frightening task, no doubt. Failing, however, to make appropriate moral distinctions between terrorists and freedom fighters in both Iran and Syria in which Hezbollah and Ba’ath parties respectively, are acting as the enemies of liberty will strengthen the cause of freedom all the more.

 
 

Zanjan, Iran — Resplendent in his green uniform and peaked cap, jacket buttons tugging his plump girth, the stationmaster stood at the platform, waiting for a train that would never come. “Sanctions, Cutbacks,” Ahmed Pour said with a resigned shrug.

 
 

Ever since the 1979 pro-democracy revolution in Iran was deceitfully and violently hijacked by the Islamists terrorist factions, there has been no successful negotiations between Iran’s tyrannical regime and the free world on any issue of importance.

 
 

It's rumble time in Tehran. At dozens of intersections in the capital of Iran thousands of students are protesting on a recent Friday around midnight, as they do nearly every night, chanting pro-democracy slogans and lighting bonfires on street corners.

 
 

The classic definition of the word ‘election’ conjures up positive sentiments of choice, selection, determination, decision, judgment, preference, all bequeathed by the simple process of casting one’s vote.

 
 

An annual survey on the rule of law has ranked Iran last in the world for the protection of fundamental rights, saying Iranian law enforcement is used often to perpetrate abuses against citizens.

 
 

A coalition of leading international journalists, writers, and publishing organizations launched a campaign to press the government of Islamic Republic of Iran to release their colleagues imprisoned in the wake of 2009 disputed presidential election in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 
 

How to measure Economic Freedom in Iran?
How to measure Misery in Iran?
How to measure Industrial Productivity?
How to measure government performance?

 
 

An interview prior to the recent conclave between CHRIS MATHEWS and then Cardinal Bergolio...Regardless of your religious preference; please read this in its entirety. This Pope, is a breath of fresh air!! Read to the end, very enlightening, clear understanding of social justice.

 
 

Appeasing tyrants has had a long and dishonourable history. The willingness of the impotent, idiotic and cowardly to flinch, cower and capitulate to belligerent powers can be traced from ancient Greece onwards.

 
 

Two follies have long haunted American policy on Iran. Some critics and foes of the Islamic regime in Tehran have preferred “no negotiation with the regime” as the proper American policy. They have argued that even talking to the regime confers upon it a legitimacy that it does not possess and does not deserve to possess.

 
 

Sanctions, whether unilateral or multilateral, have been the United States' core policy on Iran since the 1979 revolution. President Barack Obama entered office confirming that he intended to pursue a policy of engagement with Tehran.

 
 

With the completion of Barack Obama‘s first Presidential visit to Israel, as expected there was a great deal of symbolism reinforcing the bond between the two allies. Yet still, doves on both sides acknowledge that peace is hardly around the corner.

 
 

Does Jew-hatred stem from a single root? Dare one raise such a question regarding a phenomenon—called antisemitism since the end of the nineteenth century—that has persisted for so long in so many forms and with so many explanations?

 
 

Turkey became a true multi-party democracy in 1950, and it has been holding free and fair elections ever since. Not counting the four years spent under military leadership following coups d'etat, this means the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has effectively run Turkey for nearly a quarter of the country's democratic history,

 
 

The study of Islamic ethics, whether philosophical or theological, grew out of early discussions of the questions of predetermination (qadar), obligation (taklif) and the injustices of temporal rulers, particularly the caliphs. Early writers on ethics from the Mu'tazila school were probably influenced by Greek philosophy.

 
 

After numerous denials in the past, Rafsanjani has now confirmed stating what had until now been brushed aside as mere rumors about Khamnei, the supreme dictator : ‘The ascent of an aspiring pseudo-poet who has reneged on all his pledges and is now intoxicated with power and desires to be god’.

 
 

Watching the American television news cycle, it is as though the country had been occupied by an army of Islamist radicals. The criminal actions of two young American men are derailing the sense and composure of the world's only superpower.

 
 

During a recent trip I took to Egypt, non-Islamists openly admitted that their increasingly violent protests against the rule of President Mohammed Morsi, including a string of arsons targeting Brotherhood headquarters nationwide, are intended to force the military to reclaim control.

 
 

When 18th century Irish orator, philosopher and politician Edmund Burke declared “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” he could have been commenting on the recent P-5+1 meeting with Iran’s Terrorist regime in Almaty.

 
 

KHERAD which means ‘wisdom’ in Parsi, is perhaps the greatest prayer of any loving father and mother for their sons and daughters, because wisdom has been acknowledged as the most valuable attribute than being smart, intelligent, learned, even clever.

 
 

In virtually all Arab and Muslim countries, Islamist parties are far better organised than their secular counterparts. It is an axiom that those who invest vast sums of intellectual capital act as the real force behind the revolutionary masses demanding change; but when the despotic regimes fall, the secular forces fail to fill the power vacuum.

 
 

Turkey’s free market economy, secular and democratic political system, NATO Membership, Western friendly policies and quality leadership, without having any oil and gas, have created an economic boom in the last 34 years and transformed Turkey which was Europe’s basket case country until 1970s into a modern,

 
 

“Axis of Evil” is a phrase rarely heard in today’s political debates. But however you characterize the two remaining charter regimes of that trio (“evil” seems to me quite accurate)– Regimes of North Korea and Iran — there is definitely an axis there.

 
 

The idea of a nuclear Iran - and of preventing a nuclear Iran – is keeping security analysts busy. Those who argue for a preemptive strike against Iran cannot explain exactly how American planes and missiles would take out all the subterranean nuclear facilities

 
 

There can be no doubt that the ongoing civil war in Syria confronts the civilized world with terrible challenges. A humanitarian catastrophe gets worse by the day, as nearly a quarter of Syria's population may now be displaced internally or externally and the death toll of close to 80,000 continues to rise inexorably.

 
 

There are some memories we would rather not talk about. Turkish-Iranian relations of the last decade can be summarized as a series of missed opportunities for Iran. When it comes to Iran, many Turkish pundits are emotionally conflicted and surprisingly careful with their words.

 
 

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have reached a general accord on the normalization of Turkish-Israeli relations and on reactivating the Middle East peace process. A careful analysis, however, reveals some important differences in their approach.

 
 

In the aftermath of the wave of uprisings that took place in Iran in 2009 and followed up across the Arab world in 2011, women were placed under the spotlight of post-revolution political discussion. During the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, the contribution of Arab women to the toppling of the Ben Ali and Mubarak regimes was both undeniable and admired.

 
 

Azerbaijan is a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. It's bounded by Caspian Sea to the east, Russia's Daghestan region to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia and Turkey to the southwest, and Iran to the south. Azerbaijan is a home to various ethnicities, majority of which are Azerbaijani, a Turkic ethnic group which numbers close to 9 million in the independent Republic of Azerbaijan.

 
 

North Korea's state-run media reported Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the country's top security officials to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures," which has been widely interpreted to mean that North Korea is planning its third nuclear test.

 
 

A landscape exuding hopelessness and catastrophe surrounds the city of Vanadzor in Armenia. As we neared the end of the three-hour drive from Tbilisi last week, my companions and I passed orchards reduced to stubble, farms that could barely be called subsistence, inhabited homes whose roofs had long since caved in, and—bleakest of all—a sprawling wasteland of concrete rubble from the earthquake that devastated this region in 1988.

 
 

An era ended when the Soviet Union collapsed on Dec. 31, 1991. The confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union defined the Cold War period. The collapse of Europe framed that confrontation. After World War II, the Soviet and American armies occupied Europe. Both towered over the remnants of Europe's forces.

 
 

Egypt's prosecution of comedian Bassem Youssef for allegedly insulting President Muhammad Morsi and denigrating Islam is the latest indication of the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government's undemocratic disposition.

 
 

Where is the Iranian Mullah’s regime nuclear showdown going? No doubt that it was a subject of discussion when President Obama visited Israel last week and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

 
 

The upwelling of support for the new pope, Francis, was about more than the Catholic Church. It reflected a felt need that what the secular world could use now, but does not have, is leadership. It is a yearning born of experience: When poorly led, the world tends toward disorder.

 
 

Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett's "Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms With the Islamic Republic of Iran" is a long and elaborate promotional brochure designed to sell Americans on the mullahs and their nuclear program.

 
 

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Government forces have bombed entire neighborhoods, indiscriminately blowing up civilians. Recent attacks with long-range surface-to-surface missiles have targeted residential areas, killing entire families. Investigators in one case found only the severed arm of a child in the rubble -- all that remained of one family.
 
 

The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo – for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility.

 
 

Pro-Democracy and Secularist parties valiant protests against the Muslim Brotherhood continue to rock Egypt without a word being said from the White House. Now, the Brotherhood and allied Islamists are taking a cue from their Shiite counterparts in Tehran and have announced they are setting up a civilian force with the power to arrest those they deem to be criminals.

 
 

The moment religion in general and Sharia in particular, is allowed in through the door, true Liberal Democracy is forced out of the window and the brutal dictatorship of political Islam will retard the nation’s growth and progress. Case in point, Iran’s so called Islamic Republic.

 
 

Bassem Sabry a respected Egyptian analyst writes that — Days before candidates were officially due to apply for the parliamentary elections, and while the country was bracing for one of the most decisive weeks in its modern history, Cairo’s Administrative Court decided things were not complex, tense or beguiling enough as they were.

 
 

The UN's independent investigator on Iran has called for the immediate release of seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders, asking that Iran "fully honor" its legal commitments to freedom of religion or belief. The plea came last week from Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, in his annual report to the Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva.

 
 

Life must be blissful for the well-heeled intelligentsia in Washington, London, Paris and Berlin. Comfortably sipping lavish cocktails in their manicured gardens in the richest, most powerful countries on Earth, these great minds are hard at work.

 
 

Migration has created and responded to development changes within Taiwan, both demographically and socioeconomically. Located off the southeast coast of China between Japan and the Philippines, Taiwan has been subject to the influence of changing global circumstances.

 
 

Are we Sri Lankans laid back as a nation? I have a sneaky feeling that we are, particularly, during New Year celebrations. No doubt, it is a wonderful tradition for family and friends to get together and celebrate.

 
 

Migration has created and responded to development changes within Taiwan, both demographically and socioeconomically. Located off the southeast coast of China between Japan and the Philippines, Taiwan has been subject to the influence of changing global circumstances.

 
 

Last weekend, the Lebanese capital Beirut witnessed two contradictory events. The first was the celebration of the first civil marriage in Lebanon, which was held at one of the largest hotels in Beirut.

 
Capitalism and Inequality
 

Recent political debate in the United States and other advanced capitalist democracies has been dominated by two issues: the rise of economic inequality and the scale of government intervention to address it. As the 2012 U.S.

 
FREEDOM IS NOT FREE
 

Quite a bit of the recent news flowing out of the Middle East has an interesting common thread. Whether it’s Syria, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, or Tunisia, all states once known for their strong military leadership, the new power players may not be wearing the uniforms, but they’ve still got the guns.

 
How to jumpstart U.S. strategy toward Iran
 

Rather than seeking alternative approaches, Washington and its allies should sharpen their focus on P5+1 negotiations, targeted sanctions, credible military pressure, and outreach to the Iranian opposition.
After an eight-month lull, Iran and the P5+1 states -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States -- will meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan, for a new round of nuclear talks.

 
We must push for Marshall Plan for the Middle East
 

At first blush, the idea that the United States, working with other nations, should initiate, guide, and finance economic development and introduce democratic regimes to the nations of the Middle East—just as it did in post–World War II Germany and Japan—is appealing.

 
The Hezbollah Connection in Syria and Iran
 

In recent days, U.S. and Mideast officials have reported that Iran and Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group, are making military preparations for the sectarian chaos likely to engulf a post-Assad Syria. Counterterrorism expert Matthew Levitt says that Hezbollah has closely aligned itself with Iran's Quds Force,

 
Beggar Thy Currency Or Thy Self?
 

NEWPORT BEACH – Not many countries nowadays seek a strong exchange rate; a few, including important ones, are already actively weakening their currencies. Yet, because an exchange rate is a relative price, all currencies cannot weaken simultaneously.

 
Born In An Iranian Prison -- And Into A Lifetime Of Consequences
 

Ayoung prisoner sat blindfolded, facing a wall in Tehran's Evin prison. It was April 2010, nearly a year after the disputed presidential victory of Mahmud Ahmedinejad sparked massive street protests and thousands of arrests. The room was silent, but suddenly he heard a voice, closer than he would have expected.

 
High-Level Corruption In Iran Becomes National Obsession
 

Many Iranians believe the country's miserable economic situation is a byproduct of mismanagement and widespread corruption at the top.

Iran, the world's third-largest oil exporter, sold its crude last week for $136 a barrel. So the question on the lips of people in the streets is: Where's all this money going? The answer, it seems, lies at the top.

 
The writing on the wall?
 

For thousands of years we have been at war with over trivial issues like race, religion, ethnicity, and cultural differences, and over more important issues like economic interest, fair distribution of national wealth, rule of law, freedom of commerce and border disputes.

 
Changing the ‘political revenge’ culture
 

A depraved conscience -- not merely ignorant but willfully corrupt -- is the most destructive force in political life. In reflection on politics and original sin, my relentless perception as a political philosopher and reformer is that modern ideologies all deny the fallen nature that is source of the three great problems of public life:

 
My dear Iranian friends,
 

On Friday, September 7, the Canadian government announced the closure of its embassy in Iran and the withdrawal of all diplomats within five days. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird justified his government’s decision by saying that “the Iranian government is the greatest threat to peace and security in the world today.”

 
Moral Courage Deficit
 

On Friday, September 7, the Canadian government announced the closure of its embassy in Iran and the withdrawal of all diplomats within five days. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird justified his government’s decision by saying that “the Iranian government is the greatest threat to peace and security in the world today.”

 
Iran struggles unsuccessfully for influence in central Asia
 

On the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran, Islamic Regime’s officials will consult with Central Asian republics in another failed attempt to strengthen the Islamic Republic's position and counter what they see as dangerous U.S. influence in the region.

 
Progress vs. Regress
 

Before answering this question again, we need to understand our definition of progress and my answer always is the same: Progress means reducing human and animal misery and increasing comfort; and to go further, to understand our objective,

 
The Theory of ‘Just’ War, for Peace and Freedom
 

Francisco de Vitoria (1492/3-1546) was born in the Basque province of Alava, Spain. He earned a doctorate in theology in 1522 and held a chair in the subject at the University of Salamanca until his death expounding the philosophies of Aquinas and Peter Lombard; however,

 
Robert Fisk: Syrian war of lies and hypocrisy
 

Has there ever been a Middle Eastern war of such hypocrisy? A war of such cowardice and such mean morality, of such false rhetoric and such public humiliation? I'm not talking about the physical victims of the Syrian tragedy. I'm referring to the utter lies and mendacity of our masters and our own public opinion – eastern as well as western – in response to the slaughter, a vicious pantomime more worthy of Swiftian satire than Tolstoy or Shakespeare.

 
Ali Khamnei Shuts Churches in Tehran
 

Ali Khamnei, Iran’s dictator this week ordered the closure of a church in the capital, Tehran, amid a government campaign to crack down on the few recognized churches offering Persian-speaking services, according to a human rights group. The order came from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence branch on Tuesday (June 5).

 
Increasing the pressure with New Iran Sanctions Bill
 

Despite claiming to be doing everything he can to pressure the terrorist regime of Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, give up their ambition to build a nuclear bomb, respect human rights of the Iranian people, stop repressing the pro-democracy movement, and allow peaceful transition to democracy,

 
Inside the Brussels Conference on Free Speech and Human Rights
 

I had the great pleasure of taking part in the International Conference for Free Speech and Human Rights on July 9, 2012 at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, sponsored by the International Civil Liberties Alliance. Representatives of 18 countries,

 
The Week Ahead Lebanon's Syria Concerns, Panetta's Tour, Egypt's Cabinet
 

Egypt. Newly appointed prime minister Hisham Qandil has reportedly chosen candidates for a majority of the open cabinet positions, and will present his choices to President Morsi this week. The formation of the cabinet has been marked by repeated delays, but the full roster is expected to be announced within the next week.

 
Khamnei’s regime Declares War Against the Jewish People
 

We, the people of Iran, are ashamed to learn that Khamnei’s regime, long known for its Holocaust denial and anti-Zionism posturing, continuing to embarrass our proud nation with this latest announcement, declaring war against the Jewish people.

 
The constitution of ideas
 

The great works of constitutional theory were written when the political world was much smaller. Aristotle's Athens was, by today's standards, little more than a market town. Two thousand years later, revolutionary America was a patchwork of self-governing townships that were, for the most part, little bigger than Athens.

 
Time to Put Down ‘Toothless Watchdog’ United Nations??
 

Noble words are worthless unless matched by noble deeds. When the United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco on 26 June 1945, the signatories’ intent was honorable: that the ‘international community’

 
What Iran’s Dictator really Want
 

I am of the opinion that the Mullah’s tyrannical regime headed by Ali Khamnei is dangerously irrational and are leading Iran and most probably the Persian Gulf countries into a disastrous war that will potentially kill millions of people in Iran and in the neighboring countries.

 
When Passive Resistance is Not Enough
 

If the implosion and subsequent overthrow of the barbaric and corrupt tyrants during the Arab Spring has taught us anything it is that cosmetic reforms to a violently repressive, institutionally corrupt, and blatantly illegitimate regimes don’t work.

 
Cut Off Assad's Lifelines
 

Last week's massacre in the Syrian village of al-Houla, in which more than 100 civilians lost their lives, has called into question the conventional wisdom in Washington that intervention would make things worse on the ground.

 
Houla Massacre a Game Changer in Syria
 

Details are emerging from Houla township in Syria about the horrific massacre that killed at least 108 innocent civilians and the finger of responsibility is pointing directly at the Assad regime.

 
Iranians Have Democratic Values
 

In the high-stakes international discussions surrounding Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, Iran's 80 million people are often forgotten. So I, along with a small team of Israelis, decided to explore the driving forces of Iranian society.

 
Freedom and the Individual Liberty
 

In philosophical liberalism, the concepts of “freedom” and “the individual” are closely related to each other, perhaps inseparably. This may come as a surprise to those who associate the word “liberalism” primarily with 20th and 21st Century political liberalism.

 
France’s Strategy
 

New political leaders do not invent new national strategies. Rather, they adapt enduring national strategies to the moment. On Tuesday, Francois Hollande will be inaugurated as France's president, and soon after taking the oath of office, he will visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

 
One Flew over the Troubled Region
 

Iran is in deep trouble economically, as its oil production is the lowest in 20 years and its terrorist regime is losing popularity even with its own rank and file. The nuclear option for which it has been in hot pursuit for 10 years to secure the regime’s survival has now turned into a major liability with the people of Iran as sanctions slowly impair the economy.

 
Pure Faith, Deceived Souls:
 

The religion of Islam did not come to the people of Iran through peaceful propagation and love, the way Christianity is typically spread. But the followers of the Prophet Mohamed, led by Omar,

 
Atrocities Prevention in Iran & Syria:
 

In June 2010 inter-communal violence exploded in Kyrgyzstan’s southern cities of Osh and Jalalabad, resulting in the dramatic scene of thousands of ethnic Uzbeks fleeing their homes to avoid persecution by groups of ethnic Kyrgyz (allegedly backed by government troops).

 
Negotiating with Terrorists and Tyrants of Iran??
 

When 18th century Irish orator, philosopher and politician Edmund Burke declared “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” he could have been commenting on the recent P-5+1 meeting with the Mullah’s regime in Turkey last weekend.

 
The promise of Russia’s urban middle class
 

The election of the once and future president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, tempts one to despair that the brief and inspiring political awakening in Russia over the past year was for naught.

 
The Tides of battle in Syria
 

The Free Syria Army remains in the fight and should be sustained and armed to maintain military pressure and succeed in regime change to liberate Syria. The Pro Democracy People of Iran, stand fully supportive and with the Free Syrian Army.

 
When Moral Compass is Out of Order
 

Francis Matthew’s recent article (‘Two sides locked in mortal combat’, Gulf News, 15 March) betrays the author’s astonishing degree of ignorance, naivety and outright foolhardiness regarding the debate about Iran.

 
Time for In-Direct Intervention in Syria
 

Indirect intervention in Syria is less sure to succeed than direct intervention, but it may be more doable, giving the people the time and help they need to liberate themselves.Direct international military intervention could have a decisive impact on the situation in Syria,

 
Israel or the US should not strike Iran
 

In his recent article (Gulf News, Op-Ed Feb 24), former U.S. Republican Representative Paul Findley exposed his supine approval of the tyrannical regime in Tehran by explicitly supporting its possession of nuclear weapons.

 
How to get Russia on board in Syria? Hint: think of the sea
 

Russia's refusal thus far to support international action against al-Assad is based solely on its fear of losing access to the port of Tartus.

 
A Ph.D. in Torture
 

When NATO planes launched their air campaign over Libya’s skies last spring and Western leaders said that Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi had to go, the first regime to change was at the London School of Economics.

 
We Cannot Reform a Totalitarian (We’ve Got to Defeat Him)
 

Back when I was even younger, and living in Rome, the main topic of conversation was of course Communism. Italy had the largest Communist Party outside the Soviet Union, and it was forever on the cusp of becoming the biggest party in Italy, thus forming the government, thus taking over.

 
THE EMPIRES STRIKE BACK?
 

As Egyptians and Tunisians vote to replace ousted despots and the Syrian and Iran’s dictatorship regimes on the brink of regime change, two old imperial powers are competing to exert their political influence over Arab countries in upheaval.

 
EGYPT in Peril
 

Given the Muslim Brotherhood's anti-Western outlook, Washington must prepare for the strong possibility that it will hold only limited influence with Egypt's next government.

 
A ‘Republic’ in need of Revolution
 

Plato’s The Republic, a classic, dazzling work on ethics and politics, has long held a distinguished sway over political theory and discourse.

 
Denial is not only a river in Egypt!
 

Bashar al-Assad's interview with ABC's Barbara Walters portrays a Syrian dictator in complete denial of the horrific situation in his country. For months, Bashar Assad has argued that he was the only thing that stood between Syria,

 
Why “New” Secularism?
 

Secularism, as a socio-political notion, is in need of urgent revision and redefinition. The reason is simple: Secularism was originally conceived as a concentration on “this world” instead of the “divine one” and, thus, became synonymous with an effort to bar the interference of religion in the day to day life of societies.

 
From Russia - with Hypocrisy
 

When Russia insists that United Nations Security Council options to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions have been “exhausted”, you have to question the basis of this assertion.

Last Friday, Russia's UN Ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, claimed that all parties should return to the negotiating table on the politically-radioactive issue of nuclear power in Iran.

 
Why Tyrants Fear the Rule of Law
  “All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.” So reads the new sign towards the end of George Orwell’s classic parable Animal Farm. The book playfully reconstructs the obscenity of the then prevailing 1930s dictatorships across Europe into an almost childlike tale of farmyard animals usurping their former farmers and masters.
 
They have eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear.

  Another 50 soldiers working for the dictator’s regime have been killed in clashes with the Free Syrian Army. The clashes, which started during the week, involved defectors who mounted attacks on those whom are still selling their souls for money and power in the Idlib region.
 
Why Iran's Mullahs Believe That the End of Days Has Come?
  Why would Khamnei, Iran’s dictator authorize a major terrorist operation on American soil? Skeptics say the much-discussed “foiled” Iranian plot makes no sense. We will know soon enough if the Feds have sufficient evidence related to this specific plot.
 
Iran’s Nuclear Bomb: The Wrong Target
  In recent years mainly American, and with lesser degrees, European governments have been showing serious and justifiable concerns over the Iranian regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. Leaked assiduously to global media outlets and bolstered by weighty reports from the U.N.’s vociferous International Atomic Energy Agency,
 
Iran’s Muslim Democratic Union?
  Immediately following the defeat of the Nazi dictatorship at the end of World War II, and the collapse of Hitler’s Germany, the need for a new political order in Germany was imminent.
 
The Leadership Secrets of Bismarck
  China is hardly the first great power to make authoritarian development look attractive. As Jonathan Steinberg’s new biography of Bismarck shows, Wilhelmine Germany did it with ease.
 
Why Israel Should Vote for Palestinian Independence
  This coming week, the Palestinian Authority intends to ask the United Nations to vote for Palestinian statehood during the annual session of the General Assembly.
 
Pride
  Like cholesterol, there are two kinds of pride: one good, one bad. With good pride, a person can be justified in exulting over the fact that he or she is a Jew, a Christian or a Muslim, for example.
 
U.S. Options on Syria and Iran
  "Syria ... is engaging in horrific, revolting attacks on its own people," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a June 11 interview. "The region, however, is trying to -- behind the scenes -- get the government to stop....
 
When Martin Luther King Reached the Point of No Return
  The official dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 28th, the 48th anniversary of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
 
Iran's Death Spiral
  Since Ahmadinejad first became Iran's President in August 2005, the economy has gone from "bad" to "worse." A misery index provides a clear picture of the economic conditions experienced by the majority of Iranians.
 
You Can’t Take it with You
  The turning point in my life came before I was born. It was the day in 1912 when my Greek immigrant father came to America. He came as a teenager, without a penny or a word of English, and with only a third-grade education.
 
Syria: Past the Point of No Return?
  By attacking and arresting its own citizens by the thousands, has the Syrian government discredited itself beyond redemption?
 
Cheers for Democracy in Iran?
  Democracy is a gift only a nation can give to itself. Even then, it can give it solely after its body politic has reached certain maturity, and has developed the requisite organs of political mediation—from civil society...
 
The new middle east: intellectuals and democracy
  Whatever the outcome of the tumultuous events in Egypt and elsewhere in the middle east, it is clear that the region is entering a new phase in its history.
 
Humanitarianism in Crisis
  With the end of the Cold War, internal conflicts targeting civilian populations proliferated. As international political institutions struggled to figure out how to deal with these conflicts, humanitarian action often became a substitute for decisive political action or, more worryingly, was subsumed under a political and military agenda.
 
Libyan Forces Use Rape as Weapon of War, Experts Say
  While opposition fighters struggle to tip the balance against Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi’s forces, a growing number of women living in rebel strongholds are allegedly being raped by members of the Libyan military.
 
Keep ‘Religion’ Out of it.
The Revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria, and Iran are about Freedom
  The present generation is not the same uninformed generation as in 1970s, when the people of Iran were deceived by the Mullahs in 1979 revolution as they hijacked the Pro-Democracy Movement and established the ugliest form of dictatorship in the world by abusing the people’s faith in Islam.
 
Without Freedom we have Nothing!
  The current Mullah’s dictatorship regime in Iran, same as Qaddafi, Mubarak, Ben Ali an Saleh in Yemen, are in such a state of denial that they think the rest of the world are blind. It is mind boggling to see that the civilized free world have been doing business as usual with these unbelievable tyrants in the last 30 to 40 years.
 
Why the Middle East fell behind the West.
  In 2002 a group of Arab scholars produced a brave report, under the auspices of the United Nations, on the Arab world’s twin deficits, in freedom and knowledge. A salutary debate ensued.
 
It’s About Human Dignity
  A glance at newspaper maps of West Asia and North Africa seems to suggest that these important whole regions are falling apart. Bad news sells and some positive points are being missed.
 
Syria Today, IRAN Tomorrow!
  AS DARKNESS fell over Damascus on Friday night, the death toll was still soaring. In the bloodiest day of protests in Syria yet, security forces killed at least 72 people, probably more.
 
Globalisation
  The concept of globalisation; of a world without borders; of unrestricted movements of capital, goods and investments across borders was promoted during the late 80's and early 90's when the world economy seemed set to grow forever.
 
Changing Regime
  The people of Tunisia and Egypt have overthrown their Governments. A number of people have been killed in the process.
 
Nalanda's Role in Asian Renaissance
  As Asia re- emerges on the world stage in this century, its civilizational origins will become a subject of intense study and debate.
 
Anxious Iran Watches Syria Protests
  Iran is keeping a nervous eye on the growing unrest in Syria, where the Assad regime has been its staunchest Arab ally through three often turbulent decades in the Middle East.
 
Putting An End To One – Party Rule In Syria
  There is plenty of talk in Syria today about an upcoming law that allows political pluralism, expected before parliamentary elections next summer.
 
Prisoner Of Syrian Rulling Class
  In all my 50 years, I have never held a passport. Other than visiting Lebanon, I’d never left Syria when, in fall 2004, I was barred from leaving the country.
 
Freedom Is Not Free!
  The following speech delivered by President Abraham Lincoln some 153 years ago is a great reminder for all of us in Asia and Africa that our fights for freedom and genuine liberal democracy is not in vain.
 
MAGNA CARTA
  JOHN, by the grace of God King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and Count of Anjou, to his archbishops, bishops, abbots, earls, barons, justices, foresters, sheriffs, stewards, servants, and to all his officials and loyal subjects, Greeting.
 
Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death
  No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House.
 
SECRETS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
  Amendment I
Freedoms, Petitions, Assembly

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
 
When silence is a Crime!!
  "My Race is Humanity. My Home is Planet Earth . My Religion is Love"

I used to know a man whose family was German aristocracy prior to Second World War. They owned a number of large industries and estates.
 
Why Obama has to get Egypt right
  Revolutions usually start with enthusiasm and end in tears. In the case of the Middle East, the tears could be avoided if President Obama stands firmly by the values that got him elected.
 
Reforming a broken mortgage system: what can Dubai learn
  Treasury Secretary Geithner testified Tuesday on a long-term plan to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) now in limbo.
 
The worst market crisis in 60 years
  The current financial crisis was precipitated by a bubble in the US housing market. In some ways it resembles other crises that have occurred since the end of the second world war at intervals ranging from four to 10 years.
 

 
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