Monthly Archives: October 2010

Resuming the Talks

Update below. Finally, Tehran has positively responded to a request, or invitation, from Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, to revive talks in Vienna on the nuclear issue. The meeting is supposed to be held on November 15-17. Another … Continue reading

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Hiking In the Danger Zone

Update below. It is hoped that the enormous amount of data on the Iraq war 2003-2010 which have been made public by Julian Assange and WikiLeaks this week will keep analysts busy for the coming weeks. Amazingly, the leaked 391,832 military documents, … Continue reading

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Eric A. Brill’s Arguments

I have foretold the final result of last year’s presidential election in Iran already early in May 2009. I wrote at that time, “Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei can’t help but only endorse ‘his’ president Ahmadinejad. And when he is going to … Continue reading

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Freedom of Press

Update below. According to Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders), a France-based non-governmental organization, latest Press Freedom Index (covering the period between 1 September 2009 and 1 September 2010), Iran ranks 175, with 178 countries assessed. Only Turkmenistan, North Korea and … Continue reading

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They Should Be Tried

That U.S. citizens Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are being tried in Tehran for illegally trespassing Iran is a logical decision of Iran’s judiciary. That they had been ‘hiking’ in Kurdish Iraq in July 2009, allegedly unintentionally crossing the border, is … Continue reading

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