Iran and the House of Saud

By Finian Cunningham In countless media interviews and statements, it is clear that the Saudi rulers have an abiding obsession with Iran – an obsession that betrays an intense fear and hatred. Senior members of the House of Saud have let it be known that their real focus in Syria, for example, is not primarily…

Israel Welcomes Sunni | Shia Conflict

By Ali Haydar A report forecasting Israel’s strategic future looks positively at Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East though it fears instability along Israeli borders. Israeli Major General Amos Yadlin concludes the “Strategic Survey for Israel 2013-2014” by stating: “In 2013, Israel’s national security balance sheet was largely positive. In contrast, in the second half…

Turkey and Iran: More Than Meets the Eye

Editorial Comment: Given the diverse agendas of the nations Iran is forming strong alliances with, one must ask whether Iran will continue to be part of the “Axis of Resistance” or fall through greed and compromise from its present status as a credible anti-imperialist presence. Amal Saad-Ghorayeb wisely said, “Western and Third World leftists, as…

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the World Economic Forum

Iran Resolved to Reach Comprehensive Deal with World Powers Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed Tehran’s determination and willingness to reach a comprehensive deal with the world powers after the two sides endorsed a 6-month-long agreement in November. Iran is determined to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal with the five permanent members of the UN Security…

The Barriers to Iranian | American Rapprochement

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya Relations between Iran and the United States appear to be thawing. Within the Iranian political establishment, President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet were endorsed as negotiators and individuals with a history of negotiating with the Americans on behalf of Tehran. Rouhani himself had negotiated a secret arms deal with the Reagan…

Iran in 2014: Regional Ascendency, but Dangers Abound

By Sharmine Narwani What a difference a year can make in the Middle East. Just 12 months ago, Iran was facing some daunting prospects: Painful western economic and financial sanctions, the potential downfall of its key Arab Syrian ally, and a resurgence in anti-Shia and anti-Iran rhetoric spurred on by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) neighbours…