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The Sunni-Shi’ite Schism is One of the Most Influential Factors in Current Middle East Conflicts

The depth of the Sunni-Shi’ite schism can be seen in all the major arenas where regional conflicts are being waged… Continue reading

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The Price Hezbollah Pays for Supporting the Syrian Regime

Being drawn into the Syrian civil war forced Hezbollah to pay both a political price and a price to its image in the Arab-Muslim world… Continue reading

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Hezbollah Support for the Syrian Regime

Hezbollah supports the Syrian regime as the civil war drags on… Continue reading

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Hezbollah Involvement in the Syrian Civil War

For Iran and Hezbollah, the preservation of Bashar Assad’s regime is of supreme strategic importance… Continue reading

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Iran Has to Prefer Syria to the Khuzestan Region

Should Iran give more importance to Syria than to the Khuzestan region… Continue reading

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Cairo Conference in Support of Arab Minority in Khuzestan Provokes Anger from Iran

Cairo conference to support Arab minority in Khuzestan region stirs up Arab-Sunni and Persian-Shia animosity… Continue reading

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Anti-Islamism in an Islamic Civil War

The notion of a Sunni-Shi’ite conflict is not the only perceived dichotomy at play in the Syrian civil war… Continue reading

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The Middle East: Brave New World or Scary New Master?

If you want a sense of where the Middle East is going, consider this viewpoint from an unlikely source… Continue reading

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Subversion and Exporting the Islamic Revolution in Latin America

Iran invests considerable resources in its battle for hearts and minds and in exporting the Iranian revolution in Latin American countries… Continue reading

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Iranian and Hezbollah Involvement in Criminal Activities in Latin America

According to findings presented before the January 18, 2012 session of the U.S. Congress, through its proxies Iran is involved in numerous criminal activities in Latin America… Continue reading

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Latin America as an Arena for Iranian-Hezbollah Terrorism

Iran regards Latin America as an arena for terrorist activity, which the Iranian regime considers an instrument for promoting its strategic objectives… Continue reading

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Latin America as an Arena for Iran and Hezbollah’s Terrorist, Subversive and Criminal Activities

Since Ahmadinejad was elected president in August 2005, Iran has extended and solidified its relations with several Latin American countries, especially Venezuela and Bolivia, and increased its efforts to obtain a political foothold in the others… Continue reading

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Regime Change in Iran?

There is every reason to believe that the Islamic Republic’s days are numbered… Continue reading

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Iran: Supreme Leader orders establishment of “Supreme Cyber Council”

The decision to establish the council was made in response to the growth of information and telecommunications technology, particularly the global internet network, and its impact on individual and social life… Continue reading

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Iran needs to attack Israel by 2014

A number of conservative news websites in Iran published an article by blogger Ali-Reza Forghani discussing the rationale behind an attack on Israel from the point of view of Islamic religious law, based on interpretations of the term “jihad” in Islam and the thought of Ayatollah Khomeini… Continue reading

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American Culture Icon Banned from Sale: The End of Barbie in Iran?

The growing criticism of Barbie’s harmful influence on the consumption culture of young Iranians, the purchase of Barbie dolls triggers a psychological change in children and increases the influence of values that go against the values of Iranian-Islamic culture… Continue reading

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Iran: In another blow to his status, Rafsanjani loses control of Iran’s largest university

Only two weeks after his website was blocked by the authorities and his daughter was sentenced to six months in prison and banned from any public activity for five years… Continue reading

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Iran: After Posing Nude, Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani No Longer Welcome in her Home Country

The controversy sparked by Aliaa Magda ElMahdy after posting a nude photo she took of herself on her blog is followed by another controversial posting of a nude photograph… Continue reading

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Iran: “Big brother” comes to internet cafés, “national internet network” to be launched soon

The Iranian cyber police released new regulations imposing severe restrictions on Iran’s internet cafés… Continue reading

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Iran: Severe Conflict between Government, leading Film Industry Figures

leading figures in Iran’s film industry released a memorandum of opinion condemning the Islamic Guidance Ministry’s decision to close the House of Cinema, the main trade union for those employed in the local film industry… Continue reading

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Iran’s 2012 Parliamentary Elections: first vetting stage ends; Khamenei calls for mass participation

Iran’s top regime officials are stepping up efforts to ensure the highest possible voter turnout in the March 2 elections. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for mass participation in the elections… Continue reading

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Iran: Rafsanjani’s official website blocked — another stage in his exclusion from politics

The official website of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was blocked by the Iranian authorities last weekend… Continue reading

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What happens to terrorism suspect Ali Musa Daqduq: Will he be tried or be released?

Ali Daqduq was recently handed over to the Iraqi administration… Continue reading

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Iranian speculations on Egypt’s Islamists: Shi’ite-style revolutionaries or Turkish-style democrats?

There have been various speculations in Iranian press on the significance of the Islamists’ victory and the nature of the Islamist faction in Egypt… Continue reading

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Iran: Next Target of Islamic Law Enforcement Campaign: Internet Cafés and Photography Shops

Tehran police recently launched an operation to shut down illegal photography shops and internet cafés… Continue reading

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