RSS

Archive | Iranian Dilemma RSS feed for this section

CNN Censors Interview of the Russian UN Envoy on Syria

By ORIENTAL REVIEW

28. November 2013

3 Comments

CNN Censors Interview of the Russian UN Envoy on Syria

On Tuesday the Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin was interviewed by the CNN host Christiane Amanpour on the Syrian and Iranian issues. The full text of the interview was published on the web-site of the Russian mission to the UN. Surprisingly, several key Q&As were merely cut off the aired program. Among […]

Continue reading...

Obama at the UN: the Syrian Blues and a Persian Puzzle

By Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR (India)

26. September 2013

0 Comments

Obama at the UN: the Syrian Blues and a Persian Puzzle

The general expectation was indeed that the United States President Barack Obama’s annual address at the United Nations General Assembly session on Tuesday would contain some major pronouncements of new American policy direction on the Syrian conflict and over the situation around Iran. No doubt, the Middle East dominated his speech and all but edged […]

Continue reading...

“I Am Sorry That It Has Come to This”: A Soldier’s Last Words

By Daniel SOMERS (USA)

27. August 2013

2 Comments

“I Am Sorry That It Has Come to This”: A Soldier’s Last Words

Daniel Somers was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was part of Task Force Lightning, an intelligence unit. In 2004-2005, he was mainly assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad, Iraq, where he ran more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, interviewed countless Iraqis […]

Continue reading...

Fallouts of Iran Sanctions

By Ali FATHOLLAH-NEJAD (Iran)

1. August 2013

3 Comments

Fallouts of Iran Sanctions

Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rohani has promised to ease the tensions surrounding the international relations of his country. In line with the will of the majority of Iranians, the issue of economic sanctions – weighing heavily on the latter’s day-to-day life – will be a key to that end. In general, the purpose of sanctions is […]

Continue reading...

Is there a Shia-Sunni conflict brewing in the Middle East?

By Yamin ZAKARIA (UK)

25. June 2013

9 Comments

Is there a Shia-Sunni conflict brewing in the Middle East?

In times of conflict, religious, ethnic, linguistic traits are accentuated and the sectarian dimension is no exception. With the direct involvement of Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy, the Syrian conflict accelerates towards becoming a sectarian one and small skirmishes along the sectarian line have already occurred across the border in Lebanon. The Shia axis of Iran, Hezbollah, […]

Continue reading...

Israel Is Anticipating War

By Elmira TARIVERDIEVA (Russia)

17. May 2012

0 Comments

Israel Is Anticipating War

Surprising political developments in Israel and recent reports in the US media suggest that Israel will attack Iran in the near future. After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early parliamentary elections at a conference of the Likud ruling party in early May, Israel decided unexpectedly to cancel them. The cancellation of the elections was not […]

Continue reading...

The Iranian Threat

By Vladimir EVSEEV (Russia)

4. April 2012

1 Comment

The Iranian Threat

The West sees Iran as a real threat. That perception is driving development of a missile defense system in Europe and the Middle East; ever tougher, so-called “crippling” economic and financial sanctions against Iran; support for both the internal opposition, which is not currently having a major impact on the country’s politics, and the various […]

Continue reading...

US, Iran Keeping Up Belligerent Rhetoric

By Victor MIKHIN (Russia)

13. February 2012

0 Comments

US, Iran Keeping Up Belligerent Rhetoric

According to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) delegation is scheduled to revisit Iran from February 21-22. He said, “These cooperations between Iran and the IAEA can lead to the agency’s better understanding of the peaceful nature of our activities.” The delegation, which was led by Herman Nackaerts, Deputy […]

Continue reading...

Petrodollar Pumping US Policy on Iran, Backfire Looms

By Michael WINTER (USA)

10. February 2012

0 Comments

Petrodollar Pumping US Policy on Iran, Backfire Looms

As tensions between the US and Iran heat up, author Michael T. Winter believes the main reason behind America’s harsh stance is Tehran’s move to seek an alternative to the dollar as an oil currency. Economic sanctions, spearheaded by the US and, less willingly, the EU could have a disastrous effect on both of their […]

Continue reading...

Currency Warfare: What are the Real Targets of the E.U. Oil Embargo against Iran?

By Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA (Canada)

2. February 2012

0 Comments

Currency Warfare: What are the Real Targets of the E.U. Oil Embargo against Iran?

Who is the European Union’s so-called “oil embargo on Iran” really aimed at? This is an important geo-strategic question. Aside from rejecting the new E.U. measures against Iran as counter-productive, Tehran has warned the member states of the European Union that the E.U. oil embargo against Iran will hurt them and their economies far more […]

Continue reading...

Touch Iran in a War, You Will Hear Russia and China

By Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA (Canada)

24. January 2012

0 Comments

Touch Iran in a War, You Will Hear Russia and China

Despite the areas of difference and the rivalries between Moscow and Tehran, Russian and Iranian ties are increasing. Both Russia and Iran share many commonalities. They are both major energy exporters, have deeply seated interests in the South Caucasus, oppose NATO’s missile shield, and want to keep the U.S. and E.U. from controlling the energy […]

Continue reading...

Aggravation Game: Why the US Win In Case Iran Blockades Hormuz Strait?

By Sergey PRAVOSUDOV (Russia)

18. January 2012

1 Comment

Aggravation Game: Why the US Win In Case Iran Blockades Hormuz Strait?

The Hormuz Strait closure by Iran will mainly benefit US oil companies and defense industry. The action will spark a crisis that would make easier to find a solution to the US economic woes and even create an opportunity to curtail its huge external debt. The USA puts pressure on their European allies to stop […]

Continue reading...