Iranian Dilemma

Khamenei and Raisi

A New Dawn Breaks In Tehran

On Thursday, Iran’s new president Ebrahim Raisi takes the oath of office in a ceremony in the Majlis in Tehran. This will be a defining moment in the Islamic Republic’s political history, since in many ways, the country is at the crossroads. The Islamic system continues to enjoy a broad […]

Ebrahim Raisi

JCPOA: A Bridge Too Far?

On Tuesday, Ebrahim Raisi will be formally confirmed as Iran’s next president by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Two days later, he will be sworn in as president in the country’s parliament. Yet another orderly transfer of power is under way in Iran. This transition is of momentous importance for […]

Liberty Leading the People

Religion And Politics (III)

Part I, Part II Secularism & secularization All fundamentalists are opposing any idea and/or social movement that carry secular values and propagate secularism and secularization. Those two terms are referring to a decline and/or marginalization of religion in public life. The secularization of society became the best thought of structural […]

Biden bombs Syria

Delusions Of Self-Defense: Biden Bombs Syria

Every power worth its portion of salt in the Levant these days seems to be doing it.  On February 25, President Joe Biden ordered airstrikes against Syria.  The premise for the attacks was implausible.  “These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq,” […]

Israel top general

Iran Under Nuclear Threats

The recent threats of nuclear attacks from Israel to Iran have created colossal tension, and Iran is under immense pressure. As a matter of fact, Isreal, the US, and their allies are blaming Iran for building nuclear facilities and using it as an excuse to attack Iran. Significantly, the US […]

Will Israel launch An Attack On Iran?

At the start of the year, the armed forces of Israel and Iran were put on high alert. Both sides were expecting an attack. Israel even armed its “Lahav” corvette with two Iron Dome missile launchers, which has never happened before. There has only ever been one launcher on the […]

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A Perfect Storm Gathers In Persian Gulf

On the first anniversary of the killing of the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a targeted drone strike on Jan. 3, 2020 that was approved by President Donald Trump, something had to happen. Tehran regularly insisted that the killing has not yet been avenged. And US […]