Iran’s Presidential Election Poses Dilemma For Voters

By Golnaz Esfandiari Like many Iranians, 31-year-old Amir is pondering what to do on June 14, when Iran chooses a new president. He has two options — to vote or not to vote — and neither is good, he says. Voting could lend legitimacy to the Iranian establishment in the international arena and help it erase the embarrassment caused by Mahmud More...

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By Editorial Team On Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
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Iraq Election Results Indicate Growing Polarization

By Frud Bezhan An electoral campaign banner showing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad The April 20 vote, which involved thousands of candidates contesting seats on provincial councils, marked waning support More...

By Editorial Team On Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
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Mission never quite ‘accomplished’: Iraq haunted by violence 10 years after Bush speech

A school boy runs past as a US soldier of the 3rd Infantry Division as he patrols the streets in the Dora district of southern Baghdad.(AFP Photo / Ahmad Al-Rubaye) Ten years after the US declared its victory over More...

By Editorial Team On Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
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Israel Gets Fifth ‘Nuclear-Capable’ Submarine

Israeli new Dolphin-class submarine entry’s Haifa port (Reuters) Israel has inaugurated its fifth Dolphin-class submarine, allegedly capable of launching cruise missiles with nuclear warheads. A German shipyard More...

By Editorial Team On Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
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Karzai Admits to Being on Secret US Payroll

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail) Top Afghan officials have been on the CIA’s payroll for over a decade, receiving tens of millions of US dollars in cash. Afghan President Hamid More...

By Editorial Team On Saturday, April 27th, 2013
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Families Fear Kyrgyz Sons Are Making Way To Syrian Battlefield

By Antoine Blua and Gulaiym Ashakeeva A member of the Free Syrian Army holds his weapon as he sits on a sofa in the middle of a street in Deir al-Zor. A study found that up to 5,500 foreign fighters have traveled More...

By Editorial Team On Friday, April 19th, 2013
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Iraq Failing Security Test Ahead Of Vote

By Frud Bezhan If postwar Iraq’s first major elections are the barometer of its ability to maintain security on its own, the government appears to be failing the test. In the days leading up to the April 20 More...

By Editorial Team On Thursday, April 11th, 2013
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Reports Say Pakistani Spy Agency Secretly Collaborated In CIA Drone War

Pakistani activists burn the U.S. flag during a protest in Multan in May 2012 soon after a drone strike nearby killed four alleged militants. Investigative journalists working out of Washington and Islamabad are More...

By Editorial Team On Sunday, April 7th, 2013
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Ashton Says Six Powers, Iran ‘Remain Far Apart’ In Almaty

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says the positions of six world powers and Iran “remain far apart” on Tehran’s nuclear program despite two days of long and intensive discussions in Almaty, More...

By Editorial Team On Monday, April 1st, 2013
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A moral obligation to act and remove the threat of Cluster Munitions

By Noeleen Heyzer and Minh H. Pham It was both a hopeful and a sobering visit we had recently to the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE), an innovative local organization in Vientiane, Lao PDR, More...