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Can this global mess wait until January 2013?

By Sol W. Sanders Diverted by the essential — if sometimes burlesqued — pursuit of America’s quadrennial search for leadership, policymakers have tried to put international problems on hold. But dealing with wannabe-totalitarian outcroppings throughout the Islamic world from Casablanca to Zamboanga, is as critical and demanding and may take as long as the struggle with Moscow’s […]

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High stakes: Obama's ace, Iranian oil and the 2012 election

High stakes: Obama's ace, Iranian oil and the 2012 election

By Sol W. Sanders President Barack Obama has launched new international diplomatic poker with “a trailing hand”. It is impossible to exaggerate the forces at play, economic as well as political, foreign and domestic, and their interplay. When he signed Dec. 31st the latest Iran provisos, Mr. Obama was handed new clout to cut Iran’s […]

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If war is declared on Iran, the Strait of Hormuz will be the strategic focus

If war is declared on Iran, the Strait of Hormuz will be the strategic focus

By Fariborz Saremi With Iran torn by political turmoil, the Persian Gulf and its energy riches are once again in the eye of the storm and the focus is on the Strait of Hormuz, the only gateway to the Persian Gulf and arguably the world’s most strategic choke point. Iran’s leaders have repeatedly warned over the […]

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Leftist elites in the West and Islamists in the East agree on a new world order, the people be damned

Leftist elites in the West and Islamists in the East agree on a new world order, the people be damned

By Sheda Vasseghi   If one has ever wondered how the ancient peoples of the Middle East such as the Egyptians, the Syrians, and the Lebanese became lumped together as Arabs speaking a shared Arabic language while forgetting their own native tongue, one only needs to look at the current assault on Iran as a case […]

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It's the Persian Gulf, gentlemen, not the Arabian Gulf

It's the Persian Gulf, gentlemen, not the Arabian Gulf

By Dr. Assad Homayoun The editorial page of the April 10 edition of the Washington Post published an excellent and thought-provoking article by former Secretaries of State Henry A. Kissinger and James A. Baker, entitled “The Grounds for U.S. Intervention”. That article, however, includes an inexcusable and egregious error, namely, a reference to the “Arabian/Persian Gulf”. Similarly, Mr. […]

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China’s strategic game in Iran

China’s strategic game in Iran

By Fariborz Saremi Realpolitik is now a more important guide to Chinese political thinking than revolutionary ardor. Such a change is most apparent in China’s relations to the Persian Gulf, most especially Iran.  As far as the Chinese are concerned, the end of the Cold War saw the international balance of power shift dangerously in favor […]

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Overlooked WikiLeak: Iran uprising captured the imagination of Arab populations in the region

Overlooked WikiLeak: Iran uprising captured the imagination of Arab populations in the region

By Sheda Vasseghi Putting aside Wikileaks and its damaging consequences as well as the suspicious ability of a “nobody” to gain access to volumes of heavily guarded classified documents in a short period of time and live to tell about it, the leaked documents about Arab thought regarding the regime in Tehran is quite enlightening.  […]