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If We Have to Work With Iran to Defeat the ISIS*, So Be It

As the lessons of history clearly show, distasteful temporary alliances can be the best option

Has there, suddenly, emerged an American-Iranian axis? Are the ayatollahs in Tehran working hand in glove with the Great Satan?

If you look at recent developments as regards Iraq and the so-called

Farewell to the Lioness of Iran

Simin Behbahani was 82 and nearly blind when the Tehran regime imposed a travel ban on the fearless, celebrated poet.

SOHRAB AHMARI For a lesson in the power of artists to shake despots, consider the Iranian poet Simin Behbahani. The Islamic Republic four years ago imposed a travel ban on her in

Most people are averse to introspection, and rarely engage in self-criticism. Arabs are no different. However, the political culture that developed in the Arab World in the last 60 years, particularly in countries ruled by autocratic regimes, shifted blame from their catastrophic failures in

Last Sunday, a regional civilian airplane assembled in Iran crashed near Mehrabad airport in Tehran, killing 39 and injuring another nine people on board. The Iran-140 is a plane based on Ukrainian technology that is assembled under license in Iran. Five of these planes have crashed in the recent

The Middle East 2014    The morning after September 11th, I sat at the kitchen table of my suburban home having a coffee and toasted bagel. In the newspaper, I read about the grievances of those who hated the West. I looked out the glass patio doors into my backyard and scanned the bushes, the flower beds in bloom, and
The “Islamic State”’s* Potential Weakness

The Obama administration’s Iraq policy seems premised on the idea that the terrorist Islamic State is so toxic that it will be self-limiting and ultimately self-defeating. But that’s not the view of senior U.S. intelligence officials.

In a briefing for journalists Thursday, a panel of five

Iran, US Try Volleyball Diplomacy

Iran’s national volleyball team is attracting record crowds on its first visit to the United States, part of a new wave of people-to-people exchanges promoted by both governments in recent months.

Playing the US national team in the first of four exhibition matches on Aug. 9, the Iranians

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