Viewpoints

Nuclear Desalination: Future Uses of Nuclear Technology in Iran

Author: Kaveh L. Afrasiabi (source: AIC) December 20, 2014

At a recent conference on nuclear energy, Ahmad Shirzad, a reformist politician who is convinced of the net harmful effect of the nuclear program, stated: "From this well (of nuclear industry) no water comes out, not even one glass of water for the country since a decade ago." Another speaker, Tehran University professor Sadegh Zibakalam, went even further and boldly claimed that the nuclear program has no contribution to make to any type of technology in Iran. Shirzad also raised alarms about the Arak heavy water reactor by comparing it to Chernobyl and adding that he is in favor of the Western proposal to switch it to a light water reactor, presumably because the latter are safer. But, all these negative judgments are questionable. ››read more


The Geneva Deal as ‘soft law’ International Agreement-Reply to Jenkins-Joyner

Author: Kaveh Afrasiabi (source: Iran review) December 15, 2014

One of the ironies of the Iran nuclear negotiations is the stark contrast between the serious international attention paid to the Geneva “interim” agreement known as ‘Joint Plan of Action’ and the relatively casual, or better said insignificant, legal importance attached to it. The time to bridge this huge gap has come and that requires debunking the indefensible and faulty interpretations of the agreement. ››read more


Iran Nuclear Talks Extended: A Perilous Slippery Slope

Author: Ismael Hossein-zadeh (source: payvand.com) December 15, 2014

Soon after the Iran nuclear talks were recently extended for another seven months (beyond the November 22, 2014 deadline), President Rouhani spoke with the Iranian people in a televised address in which he sought to portray the inconclusive negotiations as a diplomatic victory for Iran, as an indication that his team of negotiators “stood their ground” in the face of excessive demands by the US and its allies. ››read more


The Oil War II and How Iran Can Strike Back

Author: Kaveh Afrasiabi (source: Iran review) December 3, 2014

We are now in the middle of an undeclared “oil war" led by Iran's traditional nemesis in the region, Saudi Arabia, which is singularly responsible for last week's OPEC impasse over the need to curtail production. Widely interpreted in the Western media as Saudi Arabia's 'gift' to the Americans to hit Russia and Iran with it as a potent weapon in the Ukraine and nuclear crises, the so-called "oil card" has resulted in the steep decline of oil prices since June, 2014, coinciding with the Saudis' other "ISIS card" that began to wreak havoc in Iraq around the same time. ››read more


Iran Should Accept US Presidential Waiver – Analysis

Author: Kaveh Afrasiabi (source: Iran review ) November 28, 2014

According to some Western commentators, one of the reasons for the absence of a deal by the November 24th deadline was the inability of US negotiators to convince the Iranian negotiators that President Obama could make a deal with Iran that would withstand the congressional opposition. ››read more


A Workable Final Nuclear Agreement

Author: Nader Bagherzadeh (source: CASMII) June 17, 2014

It is no secret that the US and Iranian positions on the final nuclear agreement are far apart. The US is effectively demanding Iran to dismantle most of its sensitive nuclear facilities, and Iran has been rightfully against this position. ››read more


No One Has the Inherent Right to Enrich: A Rebuttal

Author: Nader Bagherzadeh October 12, 2013

According to Wendy Sherman who is the U.S. negotiator for the P5+1 group, on October 3rd at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Iran said that “… no country has the inherent right to enrich uranium.” Her position is that Article IV of Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) does not spell out enrichment specifically at all, and she does have a point, if one reviews this Article as it is written, but her conclusion is wrong. ››read more


Who should Lead Iran’s New Nuclear Team?

Author: Nader Bagherzadeh July 26, 2013

The first and most important decision Rohani, the newly elected Iranian president, has to make is to select a capable and competent nuclear team for future discussions with P5+1. Resolving the nuclear issue will overshadow everything else that Rohani has to accomplish in the first year of his presidency. Draconian sanctions have derailed Iran’s economy far beyond any criticism one could blame on Ahmadinejad’s domestic economic policies mismanagement. According to Suri, the former manager of the South Pars project in the Persian Gulf, several phases of this gigantic natural gas facility have been delayed directly because of sanctions that have impacted acquisition of technology and equipment. ››read more


Can Iran Live with a Mickey Mouse Enrichment Program?

Author: Nader Bagherzadeh June 29, 2013

There are indications by at least one recent article [1] written by Dennis Ross, a Washington insider for
many years, that Obama with tacit support of Israel may agree to some level of enrichment in Iran.
Provided the “break out” period is very long, perhaps in terms of months or even years but not days.
Break out period is usually defined as the amount of time it takes for a country to enrich enough bomb
grade nuclear material for at least one crude nuclear weapon, after IAEA inspectors and their equipment
have been kicked out of the country. Two factors control the break out period: ››read more


Review of "Under the Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses"

Author: Monireh Mohammadi January 3, 2013

In Under the Western Eyes, Chandra Talpade Mohanty criticizes homogeneous perspectives and presuppositions in some of the Western feminist texts that focus on women in the third world. More specifically, the author anchors her accounts of Western feminism in a select group of texts produced by Fran Hosken, Maria Cutrufelli, Juliette Minces, Beverly Lindsay, and Patricia Jeffery published by Zed Press in what is entitled the Third World Series. According to Mohanty, these writers draw attention to the codification of scholarly writings that discursively colonize and ghettoize non-Western, “Third World” women as the collective Other. She argues that the universal categorization of a large group of women in non-Western countries is mostly done through constructed monolithic terms and classifications. ››read more


Review of "Under the Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses"

Author: Monireh Mohammadi January 3, 2013

In Under the Western Eyes, Chandra Talpade Mohanty criticizes homogeneous perspectives and presuppositions in some of the Western feminist texts that focus on women in the third world. More specifically, the author anchors her accounts of Western feminism in a select group of texts produced by Fran Hosken, Maria Cutrufelli, Juliette Minces, Beverly Lindsay, and Patricia Jeffery published by Zed Press in what is entitled the Third World Series. According to Mohanty, these writers draw attention to the codification of scholarly writings that discursively colonize and ghettoize non-Western, “Third World” women as the collective Other. She argues that the universal categorization of a large group of women in non-Western countries is mostly done through constructed monolithic terms and classifications. ››read more


A Response to Raha/Havaar's 'Open Letter' Attack on the Anti-Imperialist Left

Author: Phil Wilayto (source: Counterpunch) October 4, 2012

It's late September 2012, and tensions between Iran and the Western powers have seldom been more intense. The Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are desperately trying to outdo each other in militaristic rhetoric against the Islamic Republic. The latest in a long series of U.S., European and U.N. sanctions are threatening Iran's ability to sell oil – by far its major revenue-generating export – in the world market. The U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet is leading a threatening 30-nation naval exercise in the Persian Gulf. Canada, without any apparent provocation, has expelled all Iranian diplomats and closed its embassy in Tehran. Responding to a multi-million dollar public relations campaign, the U.S. State Department is removing the “terrorist” designation from the anti-Iranian political/military organization Mujahadeen-e-Khalq, or MKO. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is threatening to attack Iran, with or without Washington's permission. ››read more


Iranian threat - Pretext for US global dominance?

Author: Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (source: RT) August 10, 2012

Amid growing tensions with Iran, the US is piecing together a missile defense system across the Persian Gulf. However, writer Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich believes the US is using Iran as an excuse in its push for global dominance. ››read more


War on Iran would have disastrous consequences that would destabilize everything

Author: Arshin Adib-Moghaddam (source: News.Az) August 9, 2012

News.Az interviews Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Reader in Comparative Politics and International Relations at the prestigious SOAS, University of London. ››read more


An Iranian optic on the Middle East and its prospects

Author: Seyed Mohammad Marandi (source: Conflicts forum) January 7, 2012

Almost a year ago, in a well-remembered Friday prayer sermon delivered on February 4, 2011, Ayatollah Khamenei spoke at length, in Arabic, about the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. At the time, the Egyptian people were on the streets attempting to topple the Western-backed dictator, Hosni Mubarak. In his sermon, after praising the Tunisian people, Ayatollah Khamenei spoke of how Mubarak had humiliated Egypt by becoming an American pawn and an ally of Israel. He also recalled the sharp pain that Egyptians felt when Mubarak helped implement the Western-imposed, inhuman siege of Gaza and when his regime worked in partnership with Israel and the United States during the 22-day onslaught against women, men, and children there in late 2008. ››read more


WHY THE MYTH OF IRAN’S “STOLEN” ELECTION STILL MATTERS

Author: Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett (source: Race for Iran) September 7, 2011

The Arab awakening has revived Western speculation about “what could have been” in the Islamic Republic of Iran if only the United States had provided more tangible support for Mir Hussein Mousavi and the Green Movement in the wake of Iran’s June 12, 2009 presidential election. Central to that speculation is an account of Iran’s election as one of the great frauds in modern political history. This account has been promulgated by agenda-driven Iran “experts” in the West, expatriate Iranians with an animus against the Islamic Republic, and major media outlets. Some of us have gone to considerable lengths to point out that the narrative does not have a single piece of hard evidence supporting it. But the myth of Iran’s “stolen” election maintains its hold over a significant percentage of American and other Western elites. ››read more


Washington's Favorite Terrorists: Mujahedin-e Khalq (MKO, MEK, PMOI)

Author: NIACouncil (source: NIAC) July 13, 2011

MEK is on the verge of getting off the U.S. list of terrorist organizations as a result of a multi-million dollar media & lobbying blitz. http://mekterror.com ››read more


Iran-Saudi Relations: Time for Active Diplomacy

Author: Kayhan Barzegar (inteviewed) (source: Iran Review) July 13, 2011

What follows is an interview conducted by Mosallas (Triangle) magazine with Kayhan Barzegar, Director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies and a faculty member at the Science and Research Branch of the Islamic Azad University in Tehran. ››read more


Iranian 'feud': Much ado about nothing?

Author: Sharmine Narwani (source: Aljazeera) May 16, 2011

A public spat between Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the country's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the international headlines last week. Politics is rarely ever a harmonious business in any country, so why the brouhaha over this particular stand-off? ››read more


LIBYA, IRAN, AND THE OBAMA DOCTRINE OF (SELECTIVE) PREVENTIVE “HUMANITARIAN” INTERVENTION

Author: Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett (source: Race for Iran) April 18, 2011

The explanations offered by the President and senior members of his Administration for this decision have been (to be generous) strategically incoherent. Looking behind the presidential speeches and talking points, we would identify three distinct arguments for the Libya intervention, each championed by a different faction within the Obama Administration. Each of these arguments has Iran-related dimensions.

One is the “liberal imperialist” argument (to borrow John Mearsheimer’s
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