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  • From America First to Energy First  2018-11-26 11:19

    By Mahmood Khaghani 

    From America First to Energy First 

     America First Anyone who has read Trump's book “Art of the Deal”, as I have several times since buying the book when it was published, will understand that the rules of Trump's America First policies are very different to the current multilateral rules of the global game. 

  • Donald Trump 2018-11-25 12:41

    By Martin Love

    U.S. policy errors mount with Trump’s banalities and delusions

    NORTH CAROLINA - It is aggravating to see Donald Trump and minions squirm and contort themselves about the misdeeds of Muhammad bin Salman, otherwise known as MBS. Might I suggest the real meaning of “MBS”, and apply it to Trump and minions, too? Is not M-ighty B-ull S-hitter better? Yes, I think it is much better.

  • Mahmood Monshipouri 2018-11-20 09:58

    By Mahmood Monshipouri

    A real European army: A naive or prudent idea?

    A new strategic debate has engulfed not only the European continent but also other great powers across the globe.  The idea of an EU collective defense, now dubbed as “an integrated EU military” is not new—as it has in the past been briefly mentioned by Silvio Berlusconi when he was the Italian prime minister, but more recently, by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

  • Yemen 2018/11/19

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Why no global outcry over Saudi war in Yemen?

    TEHRAN - On Sunday, the U.S. intelligence agency confirmed that the brazen killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was ordered by the Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman, which must have finally given some comfort to his restless soul. The truth was not hidden from the world, as it was already established by the Turkish authorities, but now we have the word straight from the horse’s mouth.

  • Pashtun Tahafuz Movement and the dubious international media 2018-11-19 11:10

    By Taimur Khan

    Pashtun Tahafuz Movement and the dubious international media

    LAHORE - Information and knowledge is power and the methods of presenting information and knowledge has profound impact on shaping perceptions and perspectives of the masses. Revolution in communication technologies in this age of globalization has bestowed the field of “Media” with immense power and unlimited outreach.

  • The missiles that brought Tel Aviv to its knees 2018-11-19 10:53

    By Rouhollah Ghasemian

    The missiles that brought Tel Aviv to its knees

    TEHRAN - The situation in Gaza on Sunday, November 11, 2018, was in crisis when a group of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) infiltrated the Gaza Strip but faced the reaction of the Palestinian resistance forces.

  • Saudi Arabia 2018/11/17

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Pakistan PM’s Saudi affair likely to backfire

    TEHRAN - Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia flourished during the previous government headed by Nawaz Sharif, primarily due to his personal business interests in the Kingdom and friendly association with members of the Saudi royal family. Despite the criticism at home, Sharif never missed an opportunity to eulogize the Saudi rulers and support their wrongs.

  • The recent liberalized scene at Azadi is a purely good, smart anodyne 2018-11-17 12:02

    By Martin Love

    The recent liberalized scene at Azadi is a purely good, smart anodyne

    NORTH CAROLINA - Just to demonstrate how inaccurate and craven the U.S. mainstream media can be, one must note a late-night news broadcast this week about the further carnage in the Gaza arena. The talking head commented that the Zionists responded with massive bombing runs on Gaza because Hamas sent flying 300 or so (ineffective) “firecracker” rockets in to Israel, and now Israel may be preparing another invasion of what amounts to the largest open-air prison on earth – an amplified and defenseless Warsaw Ghetto redux.

  • 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.