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  • Nigeria 2018/11/15

    By Mahdi Garba

    Nigeria, persecution of Shia Muslims and the continued quest for justice

    TEHRAN _ Come December 12, people of conscience around the globe would be joining members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria to commemorate the third anniversary of the premeditated attack on armless citizens using armed-to-the-teeth security operatives while bracing up to hoist a flag on the dome of the Hussainiyya Baqiyatullah, Zaria.

  • Taliban talks 2018/11/12

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Taliban talks: Dialogue and violence can’t go together

    TEHRAN _ Dialogue and violence cannot go hand in hand. The first cardinal principle of ‘peace negotiations’ is an unconditional ceasefire. That is how the two warring sides build trust, bury the hatchet and make peace with each other. You cannot extend an olive branch and point the barrel of gun at the same time. That renders the whole exercise futile.

  • US Senate 2018-11-12 11:41

    By Hanif Ghaffari

    A contemplation on the U.S. midterm elections 

    TEHRAN - Referring to the Republican's partial victory in the Senate (which was quite predictable from the beginning), Donald Trump, president of the United States, has cheered over his great victory in the U.S. midterm elections! Democrats, on the other hand, claim victory for midterm elections based on their win in the House of Representatives, which has temporarily put an end to the Republican's dominance on this collection.

  • Khashoggi 2018/11/10

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Saudi regime’s war on free speech, free press

    TEHRAN _ A free and independent media is the watchdog of society, custodian of public interest and stimulus of political and social change. For a free and fearless journalist, truth is sacred, even though it may be unpalatable. In our times, to invoke George Orwell, telling a truth has become a revolutionary act, and often it has landed journalists and activists in troubled waters.

  • Martin Love 2018-11-10 09:43

    By Martin Love

    The world prays for the wisdom and cool of Iranians

    NORTH CAROLINA - An Iranian friend, a photographer known internationally for fine documentary work, asked plaintively last week when the U.S. might stop trying to sink Iran and Iranians. I had no ready answer, but the question was painful to hear because I could also hear concern, grief and empathy for others.

  • Hezbollah’s Culture of martyrdom 2018-11-10 09:31

    Sonduos Al-assad

    Hezbollah’s Culture of martyrdom

    BEIRUT - Annually, Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance marks the Martyr’s Day, on the 11th of November. A martyr, who sacrifices his life to safeguard his homeland’s causes, sovereignty and freedom; deserves to be celebrated every day and every moment. Hezbollah’s pervasive culture of martyrdom has sustained since its establishment, in the 19880s, in the aftermath of the Zionist occupation of the Lebanese south.

  • Arab NATO against Iran, an unfulfilled dream 2018-11-06 14:57

    By Fatemeh Salehi

    Arab NATO against Iran, an unfulfilled dream

    TEHRAN - The largest military drill- land, naval, air and special forces kicked off in Egypt on Sunday with participation of the U.S., Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Jordan, and the observers Morocco and Lebanon.

  • Soleimani-Trump 2018/11/06

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Trump’s ‘Iran sanctions’ bluster boomerangs

    TEHRAN - U.S. President Donald Trump’s lame attempts at projecting himself as a formidable world leader continue to boomerang. This week, he released a meme on his official Twitter handle, intended to replicate the uber-popular book series/TV show Games of Thrones (GOT) message, warning Iranians that the sanctions were coming.

  • Trump - Bin salman 2018-11-05 10:56

    By Roohullah Ghasemian

    Khashoggi’s murder: the beginning of the Greater Middle East Project

    TEHRAN - It's not the first time that the Al-Saud regime brutally treats opponents, but it is the first that Western countries react to its hostility. The West generally hides and rejects anti-humanitarian measures because of their dependence on Saudi’s oil, or the sale of billions of weapons or generous suggestions made by the ruling regime.

  • US-Mexico border 2018-11-04 11:40

    By Jack Perry

    Border chess

    ARIZONA - As the world has seen, President Trump is sending 15,000 troops to the border with Mexico to stop what the news calls the "migrant caravan". The so-called "migrant caravan" are actually Hondurans on a pilgrimage for justice from the United States, whose policies have oppressed and impoverished people throughout Latin America for over a century. And typical of the United States to see an oppressed people as an enemy to be feared. 

  • Netanyahu 2018-11-04 11:30

    By Martin Love

    Some Arabs increasingly look like abject pansies

    NORTH CAROLINA - An older brother, who has spent his life traveling with his wife (they are childless) and photographing and writing light travel articles, has been in Oman these past two weeks and writes me an enthused e-mail about how Sultan Qaboos is such a “leader”, having recently hosted Netanyahu and even Mahmoud Abbas on visits to Oman to promote “peace” between the Palestinians and Israelis. Little does this brother really know: the Zionists have never wanted peace, just submission.

  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan  2018-11-03 10:12

    By Ramin Hossein Abadian

    Probing Erdogan’s threat against Kurds amid Khashoggi’s case

    TEHRAN - The east of Euphrates has the largest oil fields in terms of area and production. It is about one-third of Syria's land and is regarded as the food and economy source of Syria. It accounts for 90% of Syria's oil and gas revenues and more than half of Syria's wheat and cotton.

  • Theresa May 2018-11-02 13:37

    By Hanif Ghaffari

    Shooting at democracy with British silencer!

    Once someone asked Churchill:  "Mr. Prime Minister! Why do you go far away to the other side of Indian Ocean to make a colonial state, but you can't do it here, that is, in Ireland? "

  • Ignorance is the bane of humanity 2018-10-31 09:20

    By Martin Love

    Ignorance is the bane of humanity

    NORTH CAROLINA - U.S. citizens will likely not anytime soon hear the end of the horrible tale of the gunman who last week went into a Pittsburgh, Pa., synagogue and killed 11 Jews who were worshipping there.

  • Chinese ambassador to Iran Pang Sen 2018-10-31 08:58

    By Pang Sen Chinese Ambassador to Tehran

    Uphold multilateralism and promote common prosperity

    TEHRAN - Since the international financial crisis in 2008, the world has been undergoing major changes. A noticeable and worrying phenomenon is the resurgence of unilateralism, populism, protectionism, and isolationism. Voices against globalization is gathering momentum. Some countries have turned more inward-looking. Regional integration has slowed down and suffered setbacks.

  • Iran - U.S. 2018-10-27 11:22

    By Martin Love

    A general overview of this era of discord

    NORTH CAROLINA - Yes, it is obvious. Iran and a number of other countries would be far better off today, economically and thus socially, if the U.S. was not militarily attacking or threatening to attack someone, somewhere, and especially in the Middle East. It’s vital to know some facts about all this and try to analyze it and prognosticate what may or may not happen geopolitically, and the Tehran Times does as good a job of this as any newspaper I know.

  • Trump 2018-10-26 12:34

    By Hanif Ghaffari

    Trump's Confusion over the Economy

    TEHRAN - Donald Trump's protectionist policies are strongly put under question within the country. Although some people are supporting these policies, others firmly believe that Trump lacks the necessary seriousness that is the prerequisite of such big steps, and thus he's incapable to direct these policies.

  • United Nation 2018-10-24 09:31

    By Hanif Ghaffari

    UN and the puzzle of Cyprus

    TEHRAN - The "Cyprus file" is still open at the United Nations. UN officials have stated that the perspective of resolving the disputes over this issue remains positive. This is while Greek and Cypriot officials have said that reaching any agreement on this issue requires Turkey's cooperation.

  • Saudi Arabia 2018-10-23 10:55

    By Martin Love

    So many questions, so few answers so far

    NORTH CAROLINA - It’s a bit of an imaginative stretch, if not a preposterous one, but there may be some reason to think that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi might set the stage for positive changes.

  • Trump - Netanyahu 2018-10-21 11:54

    By Martin Love

    Human pigs find pleasure in fights so avoid them when possible

    NORTH CAROLINA - Oddly enough, but not surprisingly, I had a bit of an altercation this past week with one Josh Block on Twitter. I hurled a condemnation at a post of his, and he hurled one back at me and called me an “anti-Semite” and a bit more. To his invective, I did not respond, recalling British play writer George Bernard Shaw who wrote decades ago that tangling with pigs was bound to be unproductive and that pigs actually LIKE a fight, that fighting with them gives them pleasure.

  • Iran nuclear deal a model for North Korea problem: Merkel 2018-10-17 11:06

    By Hanif Ghaffari

    Merkel's projection regarding nationalist movements in Europe 

     TEHRAN - In recent years, we have repeatedly spoken about the blows that hit the United Europe hard, and resulted in constant and overwhelming crises in this block. The European authorities now refer to "returning to nationalism" as a potential danger (and in some cases, the actual danger!) In this block, and warn against it without mentioning the origin of this danger.

  • Martin Love 2018-10-15 12:26

    By Martin Love

    The beginning of Trump’s unravelling may be at hand

    You have to wonder about the Saudis who, aside from the Zionists, are considered the number one U.S. ally in the Middle East. And the latest incarnation of Saudi Arabia’s “leadership” is Muhammad bin Salman, the designated crown prince of the Kingdom, who for stupidity may know no equal at the moment.

  • Musliim women 2018/10/13

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Muslim women reclaiming their narrative

    TEHRAN - What is the status of women in Islam? Does Islam give equal rights to women? Are women in the Islamic republics subjugated and oppressed? What actually does Holy Quran say about women’s rights and women’s empowerment?

  • Jamal Khashoggi 2018-10-12 10:31

    By Ramin Hossein Abadian

    Saudi media tries to cover up circumstances of Khashoggi’s death

    TEHRAN - A week has passed since Jamal Khashoggi, the high-profile critic of the Saudi leadership, was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The Saudis continue to deny any knowledge of his whereabouts.

  • Rohingya 2018/10/10

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Global media and Muslims: Selective coverage, selective outrage

    TEHRAN -“If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? William Shakespeare’s lines in The Merchant of Venice hold true today.

  • globalization 2018-10-10 11:35

    By Hamed Z. Qadim, human science researcher

    Fear of globalization

    Fear of transformation of identity is the common feeling in most of Western countries as it once was the common feeling of the under developed nations. Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly, was a vivid announcement of this fear in at least part of the Western world, when he stated that United States is no longer looking for Globalization and suggested the world to turn into Nationalism as an alternative for all the states all around the world. 

  • Afghanistan war 2018/10/08

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    17 years of America’s disastrous Afghanistan venture

    TEHRAN - On Sunday, the protracted war in Afghanistan completed 17 years. It was on October 7, 2001 the U.S. government and its allies launched the so-called ‘Operation Freedom’ apparently to topple the Taliban regime in Kabul, following the 9/11 attacks. Yet 17 years later, America’s longest war still grinds on, despite more than $2 trillion investment and thousands of casualties.

  • trump 2018-10-08 12:40

    By   M.H. Goudarzi

    The hot November for Trump is arriving

    Political turmoil in the United States has become extremely unpredictable. The turn of events became worse with an op-ed at the New York Times on September 5. Former White House strategist Steve Bannon described it as a coup against Donald Trump.

  • Martin Love 2018-10-07 10:24

    By Martin Love

    Those who temporarily are losing badly often do win

    By the time this column is printed it’s more than likely Brett Kavanaugh will have won a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, voted in by the slight majority of GOP senators in the U.S Congress… to the dismay and consternation of most all thoughtful Americans, including (notably) many hundreds of professors at law schools across the country.

  • Martin Love 2018-10-03 09:35

    By Martin Love

    Banality and crudeness on display in Washington

    The latest turn in attention in the U.S. in recent days has been somewhat away from imperial pretensions and overreach, sanctions on other countries, threats of attacks on Syria (and Iran) and any other country, including even Venezuela, that fails to bow to U.S. demands, whatever they may be. Long gone are the days (as when George W. Bush launched the so-called “War on Terror” to believing citizens), when the U.S. government could claim to be spreading (militarily, which is an oxymoron) some sort of enlightened “democracy” across various flashpoints and countries, particularly in Asia.