Tag Archives: #Iran

Iran, chess, and the psychological bullying of non-hijabi defiant women

A poisonous debate has erupted since Nazi Paikidze, a 22-year-old American champion chess player, announced her decision to boycott next year’s World Chess Championship competition in Iran. A stream of articles published criticism about her decision to boycott and her … Continue reading

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Italy’s shambolic appeasement of Islamism

Plywood boxes concealed the nude statues at the museum in Rome Photo via BBC   Iranian President Rouhani is in Europe seeking to boost economic ties after the implementation of the Iran deal and the lifting of sanctions on his … Continue reading

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Suleiman Khater: Egypt’s Fake Hero

Iranian stamp honouring Suleiman Khater for killing Israelis   Sinai October 1985 — Egyptian conscript Suleiman Khater killed 7 Israeli civilians, including 4 children, during their vacation in Ras Burqa, in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. In December 1985, Khater was tried … Continue reading

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Short Comments: On Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Egypt Ahmad Qattan  (Al Arabiya) Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Egypt, Ahmed Qattan, has played down media reports suggesting ties between both countries are strained, adding that bilateral relations are “at their best.” The Saudi Ambassador has … Continue reading

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Iran Deal: A potential kiss of death for liberalism in the Middle East

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram. After 12 years of diplomatic proposals and 20 months of tough negotiations, theocratic Iran and world powers have reached a nuclear deal that, regardless of its potential advantages, is undoubtedly a victory for smart illiberalism and … Continue reading

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In Photos: The hidden beauty of Iran

Away from politics and  the intense debate of the Iran provisional nuclear agreement, here is some of my collection of  photos from my visit to this fascinating country. And yes, I  felt more comfortable outside Tehran  Shiraz:  Pink roses are particularly dominant in … Continue reading

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Any Vietnam in Yemen will not be Egypt’s Vietnam

( Yemen ‘s sixties civil war- gettyimages) After Saudi Arabia and its regional allies started their air strikes against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, it did not take long for Egypt to announce its military support for the Saudi … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest. December 2013 Part II

Iran British envoy to visit Iran for first time in two years Iran ready to discuss island dispute with UAE Iran’s Zarif stretches Gulf trip to include UAE Iran diplomacy must be backed by military power: Chuck Hagel Hassan Rouhani … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest: December 2013. Part I Turkey

(Photo from an anti-corruption protest in Ankara, via Twitter) This is a special edition covering December’s events in Turkey, particularly the recent corruption scandal. Hope you enjoy it Main Headlines Deputy PM rules out  “ill will” against Gulen community Gulen rejects labeling … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest: November Edition

This is my second monthly selection of news, reports, and articles covering  the Middle East (except Egypt). I hope you find useful. Main Headlines  Iran Iran FM Zarif outlines ideas to exit nuclear dispute Hard bargaining in Geneva on Iran nuclear … Continue reading

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