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Iran will be one of the most powerful economies in the world by 2050

- By 2050, the world is likely to have changed drastically from what we know now, and the planet's economic and financial landscape will be no exception, Business Insider reported. A report from professional services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) looks at which economies around the world will be the biggest and most powerful in 33 years time. - 2/24/17

Trump Can't Deal With Iran If He Doesn't Understand It

- Tweets about putting Iran "ON NOTICE" are no replacement for appreciating the sources of Iranian conduct in the Middle East. -Ali Vaez, Foreign Policy - 2/24/17

Tension Rising Between Regional Rivals Turkey and Iran

- Tensions are on the rise between Turkey and Iran. A growing war of words between the countries' diplomats has brought to the surface simmering competition for influence in the region. "Iran is an important neighbor to us. We have always been in dialogue with Iran. But it does not mean we will ignore Iran's efforts in penetrating the region," said Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin in the latest thinly veiled threat between the countries during his weekly news conference. -Dorian Jones, VOA - 2/23/17

PHOTOS: Tehran Peace Museum

- Tehran peace Museum is a member of the International Network of Museums for Peace. the main objective of the museum is to promote a culture of peace through raising awareness about the devastating consequences of war with focus on health and environmental impacts of Chemical weapons. - Leila Ghodratollahi - 2/23/17

Iran Sends Military Students to Syrian Front

- Iran is increasingly using Syrian battlefields as a proving ground for fresh military officers in training, according to Iranian media reports and Syrian opposition figures. Tehran-based Imam Hossein University, a school affiliated with The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said it recently deployed military leadership students to fight in Syria as part of an educational program designed for future officers, according to state-run media. -Sirwan Kajjo and Mehdi Jedinia, VOA - 2/23/17

Iran, Iraq Initialize Plans For Oil Sector Cooperation

- The governments of Iraq and Iran have signed a memorandum of understanding about conducting a joint study for a possible pipeline to export oil through Iran from Iraq's Kirkuk region. The oil ministers of the two countries signed the memorandum in Baghdad on February 20. - 2/21/17

French Far-Right Leader Says Backing Assad 'Least Bad Option' In Syria

- French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said allowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stay in power may be the "least bad option" for ending the Syrian civil war and stemming the flow of refugees into Europe. - 2/21/17

The rising risk of showdown between Trump and Iran

- Are the US and Iran heading for a new confrontation? After a turbulent first three weeks in which President Donald Trump described Iran as "the world's number one terrorist state" and put it "on notice", it is a question many are asking. -Kambiz Fattahi, BBC - 2/21/17

Russians Take Spotlight At Kish Island Beach Volleyball Final

- After the last three days of cold and wet weather, the sun finally showed up and heated up the final of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Kish Island 3-Star at Kish Marine Recreational and Sports Complex on Saturday. Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov's second World Tour event of the season worked like a charm, as they captured the gold medal at the Kish Island 3-Star 2017 - 2/20/17

EU, IAEA reaffirm commitment to Iran deal in joint statement

- The European Union (EU) and the United Nations' nuclear agency have reaffirmed their support for the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six other countries. Media outlets reported on Friday that the two sides had communicated the stance in a joint statement a day earlier following the fifth meeting of their senior officials. - 2/20/17

Iran Bans Teen Chess Siblings Over Head Scarf, Match Against Israeli

- Iranian chess officials have barred two teen siblings from domestic chess tournaments and the national team for crossing some of the religious establishment's so-called red lines at an international chess event. - 2/20/17

Iran Rejects U.S. Pressure Tactics, Urges 'Mutual Respect'

- Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has said his country rejects threats and coercion and seeks diplomatic solutions based on "mutually acceptable scenarios." Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on February 19, Zarif rejected U.S. sanctions and a recent announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump that Iran had been "put on notice" over a recent ballistic-missile test. - 2/20/17

US Hesitates to Confirm Sanctioned Iran's General Soleimani Visited Russia

- The Trump administration says it cannot confirm that an Iranian general barred from foreign travel by the U.N. Security Council visited Russia this week, despite a prominent U.S. congressman and news outlet saying he had made the trip. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 2/18/17

Iran Announces New Military Drills Despite U.S. Warnings

- Iran says its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) will conduct massive military drills next week in eastern and northeastern parts of the country. General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the IRGC's ground units, said in Tehran on February 18 that the maneuvers, Grand Prophet 11, will begin on February 20 and last for three days. - 2/18/17

European Parliament Condemns Human Rights Violations in Bahrain

- While the Trump administration is escalating tensions with Iran and moving closer to the Persian Gulf monarchies, the European Parliament (EP) took a step in the opposite direction. At its plenary session on February 16, it adopted a resolution condemning human rights violations in Bahrain and Kuwait, with a particular focus on Bahrain -Eldar Mamedov, LobeLog - 2/18/17

Why America needs the Muslim Ms. Marvel now more than Ever!

- During the first few weeks of the Trump administration, we've seen increased pressure on Muslim and immigrant communities in the United States. In the face of these threats, which Marvel superhero might be best equipped to defend the people, ideals and institutions under attack? Some comic fans and critics are pointing to Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel. -Katie M. Logan, Informed Comment - 2/18/17

Targeting Iran's Regime Will Strengthen, Not Break, the Moscow-Tehran Alliance

- In a Wall Street Journal op-ed published on February 13, hawkish scholar Michael Ledeen argued that "dismantling the Khamenei regime as peacefully as possible" is the best way to end what he describes as the Russian-Iranian alliance. His argument, though, contained several questionable assertions that cast doubt on the feasibility of his policy recommendations. -Mark N. Katz - 2/17/17

The Problem with Thinking on Your Knees

- Take the Trump administration's recent threats against Iran. The Iranian public does not seem particularly alarmed. These are threats that it has heard a thousand times before. The more fatalist among them shrug and say, "God does what God wills." But the more combative say, "Let them come and get a taste of us. Iran isn't Iraq or Afghanistan." The group that is driven to despair by Trumps threats is the small minority of intellectuals in and out of Iran. -Mahmoud Omidsalar - 2/17/17

No Breakthroughs At Second Round Of Syrian Peace Talks In Astana

- Syrian peace negotiators have failed to make any breakthroughs at talks in Kazakhstan, but power brokers Russia, Turkey, and Iran said they would move to shore up a shaky cease-fire. - 2/17/17

Don't Call Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps Terrorists

- According to news reports, the Trump administration is weighing the option of designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). In parallel, Congress also seems to be taking steps in that direction. Some of the most hawkish and ideological elements of the American foreign-policy establishment, as well as hardcore opponent of the nuclear agreement such as United Against Nuclear Iran and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, have long pursued this designation for the IRGC. -Reza Nasri - 2/16/17

Iran's Rohani Seeks To Mend Frayed Ties With Persian Gulf Arab Neighbors

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has sought to mend ties with his Gulf Arab neighbors on a one-day trip to Oman and Kuwait, his first since taking power in 2013. Relations between predominantly Shi'ite Iran and the mainly Sunni Arab countries of the Persian Gulf, particularly Saudi Arabia, remain strained over their support for opposing sides in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen. - 2/16/17

'Not Even Dogs Live Like This' -- Afghan Refugees Return Home To Find Squalid Conditions

- Standing in a battered tent flanked by mud and human waste, Sahibuddin Khan and his family of five are among the thousands of returning Afghan refugees seeking food and shelter in crowded, ramshackle camps that have sprung up on the outskirts of Kabul. -RFE/RL - 2/16/17

Iran remains committed to JCPOA: International Atomic Energy Agency Chief

- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again confirmed that Iran is implementing the landmark nuclear agreement it signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015. "Implementation is very important and that requires efforts by all and ... we have a very robust verification tool," IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told reporters on the sidelines of a summit in Dubai on Tuesday. - 2/15/17

Iran, Luxemburg stress observance of nuclear deal

- Iran and Luxembourg have laid emphasis on the need for all the parties to a multilateral nuclear deal between Iran and six other countries to comply with their contractual obligations. President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Luxembourg's visiting Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn stressed the importance of continued commitment to the deal on the part of the relevant parties during a meeting in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Tuesday. - 2/14/17

Iran should not put all eggs in one basket: University of Tehran Professor

- Iran should not put all its eggs in one basket and it is necessary to establish "good ties" with all countries, says Davoud Hermidas Bavand, a politics professor at the University of Tehran. - 2/14/17

The Non-Aligned Movement deplores US coercive measures against Iran

- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has deplored the US government's recent "unilateral and coercive" measures against Iran, expressing the body's support for the Islamic Republic's national sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence. - 2/12/17

US Commander Warns of Russian, Iranian, Pakistani Influence in Afghanistan

- The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says Russia, Pakistan and Iran are pursuing their own agendas with regard to the fragile country, complicating the fight against terrorism and extremism. "We're concerned about outside actors," General John Nicholson told VOA's Afghan service in an interview. - 2/12/17

Iran Navy aims to boost Bab el-Mandeb security: Admiral Sayyari

- Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Iranian naval forces are making efforts to improve security in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb​, considering security of those regions as a top priority. - 2/12/17

Trump Warns Iran's Rohani He'd 'Better Be Careful' After Defiant Speech

- U.S. President Donald Trump ratcheted up his war of words with Iran on February 10, warning Iranian President Hassan Rohani that he'd "better be careful" after Rohani made a defiant speech denouncing U.S. "warmongering." - 2/11/17

US will fully implement JCPOA, says EU's Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini

- European Union's foreign policy chief says the administration of US President Donald Trump gave her confidence that Washington will be committed to following through with the 2015 nuclear agreement. Federica Mogherini made the remarks on Friday during her first visit to Washington since Trump became US President in January. - 2/11/17

Syria-bound Russian planes using Iran airspace for anti-terror operations: Iranian Official

- A senior Iranian official says Russian warplanes are using the Islamic Republic's airspace for anti-terror operations in Syria. The Russians' use of Iran's airspace continues "because we have a fully strategic cooperation with Russia," Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani told Fars news agency on Saturday. - 2/11/17

Iranians Use Twitter to Oppose Flag-Burning and Thank Americans for Resisting Trump's Travel Ban

- A few days before the 38th anniversary of Iran's 1979 revolution-traditionally commemorated with hardliners burning U.S. flags and promoting other forms of anti-Americanism-thousands of people participated in a Twitter storm to express gratitude for the Americans who protested against President Donald Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. - 2/10/17

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' Upholds Court Order Blocking Trump's Executive Order

- "The court's decision to uphold the order blocking the Trump administration's un-American Executive Order is a triumph of justice. The message to the Trump administration is clear: America's democratic institutions will not allow our democracy to be corrupted by bigoted and racist measures that divide our country and make America less safe. -NIAC - 2/10/17

Iran Marks 1979 Revolution Anniversary With Mass Rallies, Defiant Words

- Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on February 10 to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The rallies commemorate February 11, 1979, when followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted a U.S.-backed monarch, Shah Reza Pahlavi. - 2/10/17

Deconstructing a Detonation near Yemen

- On January 30, 2017, there was an explosion on a Saudi frigate sailing off the Red Sea coast of Yemen, killing two sailors. That much is uncontested. What is unclear--and politically explosive--is whether the Houthis mounted a suicide-boat attack against the frigate (as the Saudis claimed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis) or whether the explosion was caused by a surface-to-ship missile, as the Houthis claim. -James Spencer, LobeLog - 2/10/17

How Trump Can Defeat ISIS

- If you were betting on an unpredictable Donald J. Trump to transform America's bankrupt Mideast policy scene, these next ten words will burst your bubble. "As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice," National Security Advisor Michael Flynn told reporters a mere thirteen days into the new administration. Iran? -Sharmine Narwani, American Conservative - 2/10/17

Kuwait welcomes prospects for cooperation between Iran, Persian Gulf Arab states

- Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah has welcomed prospects for cooperation between Iran and the Persian Gulf Arab countries to help resolve conflicts in the region. The senior Kuwaiti diplomat made the comments in response to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's comments on the country's relations with regional states, including those in the Persian Gulf region. - 2/9/17

A New Security Order Needed in the Persian Gulf

- Late last year in Manama, Bahrain, British Prime Minister Theresa May assured Persian Gulf oil monarchies that the United Kingdom's anti-Iran posture would remain unchanged under her leadership. Iranian "influence fuels instability in the region," she told the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)'s 37th Leaders Summit, adding, "I am clear-eyed about the threat that Iran poses to the Gulf and the wider Middle East." -Javad Heiran-Nia, LobeLog - 2/9/17

Iranian hard-liner slams Trump for not tearing up nuclear deal

- Along with moderates and Reformists, Iranian hard-liners are slamming US President Donald Trump, but the reason of their criticism is different. Moderates are worried that Trump may fulfill his electoral promise by tearing up the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), while hard-liners lash out at the current US government for not destroying the deal. -Rohollah Faghihi, Al Monitor - 2/9/17

Seattle Symphony to Host Free Concert of Music from Trump's Seven Travel Ban Countries

- One quarter of the musicians in the Seattle Symphony are immigrants. Many of these players, along with their colleagues in the orchestra, suggested that the symphony host a concert celebrating music from the seven countries affected by the executive order banning travel from some Muslim-majority nations. -Amber Cortes, The Stranger - 2/9/17

US: Iran 'Kidding Itself' If It Doesn't Realize Trump Has New Approach

- According to news reports, the Trump administration is weighing the option of designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). In parallel, Congress also seems to be taking steps in that direction. Some of the most hawkish and ideological elements of the American foreign-policy establishment, as well as hardcore opponent of the nuclear agreement such as United Against Nuclear Iran and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, have long pursued this designation for the IRGC. he White House has dismissed a defiant message from Iran's supreme leader about Donald Trump, saying Ayatollah Ali Khamenei should realize "there is a new president in office." -In his daily press briefing Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump would not remain idle in response to Iran's "violations, or apparent violations," of its 2015 nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other world powers. He said Trump "will continue to take action as he sees fit. ... [H]e is not going to project what those actions will be, and he will not take anything off the table." -Michael Lipin and Payam Yazdian, VOA - 2/8/17

Congress: No Money for Palestinians, More Sanctions for Iranians

- As we have over the past two years, LobeLog is posting excerpts from the Legislative Round-up published weekly when Congress is in session by the inimitable Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now about what Congress is up to and what individual members are saying, particularly about Israel-Palestine and Iran -Lara Friedman, LobeLog - 2/8/17

Iran Should Take American Threats Seriously

- It was not surprising that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, national security adviser to President Donald Trump, "officially put...Iran on notice," following what he cited as "recent Iranian actions, including a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants." President Trump himself later confirmed these comments. -Shireen T. Hunter - 2/7/17

President Rouhani says Iran nuclear deal benefits everyone

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers is an agreement that offers benefits to all the parties involved. Speaking at a ceremony in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Tuesday, President Rouhani referred to the recent remarks by US President Donald Trump, who has called the Iran deal "the worst... ever negotiated," and countered by saying that the deal is to the benefit of all. - 2/7/17

Iran's Supreme Leader Says Trump 'Reveals America's Real Face'

- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said he is grateful to U.S. President Donald Trump for showing "the real face of America." Khamenei's website quoted him as making the comments in a February 7 meeting with military commanders in Tehran. - 2/7/17

Iran launches Persian Gulf Explorer ship

- Iran's first hydrographic and oceanographic survey ship called Persian Gulf Explorer was launched after being delivered to National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science. On the fifth day of Fajr Decade, the first Iranian hydrographic and oceanographic survey ship, which has been designed and built by the Iranian Defense Ministry's Marine Industries Organization, was officially put into the water during a ceremony in Bandar Abbas. - 2/7/17

Iran must be part of universal front against terrorism: Russia

- Russia has rejected allegations by the US that Iran sponsors terrorism, stressing that Tehran must be present in the anti-terror front. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the remarks on Monday, noting that Iran has never had ties with terrorist organizations. - 2/7/17

Maz Jobrani Talks Terrorist Typecasting, '24' and the Grueling Task of Mocking Trump

- Maz Jobrani is no stranger to how Muslims are so frequently portrayed on TV and film. The comedian, currently starring in CBS sitcom Superior Donuts, wrote the book on it. I'm Not a Terrorist but I've Played One on TV came out almost two years ago this month, but the subject of Muslim depictions in American media and entertainment feels as timely as ever. -Michael O'Connell, Hollywood Reporter - 2/7/17

Anti-Iranism in the Trump Administration

- One of the most direct indications of Donald Trump's failure, or refusal, to understand issues involving Iran is his tweeted declaration this week that the Iranians "should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!" -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 2/6/17

Russia disagrees with US on Iran characterization while China protests new sanctions

- Russia says it disagrees with the administration of US President Donald Trump's characterization of Iran as a "terrorist state." Meanwhile, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Monday Beijing had "lodged representations" with Washington after Trump's administration imposed sanctions on 25 people and entities on Friday for trade with Iran. - 2/6/17

Trumpian Follies & Iran's Options

- This Emperor does have clothes, lots of it, closetsful, but seems to be lacking in some more important attributes. He has done it again; this time he has put Iran "on notice", no less! Is Mr. Trump a savvy diplomat, a good politician, or is he simply a good businessman, a deal maker? The answer to the first two questions is an absolute NO. About being a good deal maker/businessman, well, having a lot of money is not a convincing criterion... -Kambiz Zarrabi - 2/5/17

White House Warns Iran To 'Think Twice' Before Testing U.S. Resolve

- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has warned Iran "not to test the resolve" of the Donald Trump administration days after the U.S. imposed new sanctions on the Islamic republic over a ballistic-missile test. Asked by ABC News how the United States would respond to provocation by Iran, Pence said that the "president said everything's on the table" -- including military action. - 2/5/17

Latest U.S. Iran Sanctions Signal New Policy Of Confrontation

- The United States on February 3 imposed new sanctions against Iran, a move that comes days after Tehran conducted a ballistic-missile test and amid an escalating war of words between the two governments. Shortly after the announcement, U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn signaled a new, more confrontational U.S. policy toward Iran, saying the "international community has been too tolerant of Iran's bad behavior." - 2/4/17

Trump to Iranian People: Drop Dead

- The shameful episode of Trump's January 27 executive order and Muslim travel ban has turned on its head decades of American messages about Iran. This step--apparently the brainchild of the "torturer's apprentice" Steve Bannon--has been a bizarre reversal of America's policy. We now say nothing about the Islamic Republic's government but express our public disdain for its people. -John Limbert - 2/4/17

Iranian Professors Call For Easing Travel Restrictions For U.S. Citizens

- A group of professors has urged Iranian President Hassan Rohani to respond to a recent order by U.S. President Donald Trump temporarily barring travel by Iranians to the United States by easing travel restrictions for U.S. citizens visiting their country. - 2/4/17

Thoughts on Iran, Obama, and Trump

- Donald Trump's election after a comical and combative presidential contest, carried America's politics from the farcical side of the Rubicon to its tragic shore, straight into the arms of the country's Radical Right. Marx's famous dictum that history is repeated first as tragedy, and then as farce, may have been turned right-side-up. Somewhere up there, Hegel must be terribly amused. -Mahmoud Omidsalar - 2/4/17

Iran To Test Missile, Radar Systems, One Day After New U.S. Sanctions

- Iran is holding a military exercise to test its missile and radar systems on February 4, a day after the United State imposed sanctions on Tehran over its recent ballistic-missile test. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps website said the maneuvers in the northeastern province of Semnan were aimed at demonstrating their "complete preparedness to deal with the threats" and "humiliating sanctions" from Washington. - 2/4/17

A Reckless Slide Toward War With Iran

- Since the inauguration, the White House has taken several ham-handed escalatory steps that bring into question whether Trump and his most radical advisors are begging for war with Iran. This would be a disaster of epic scale, perhaps eclipsing the nightmare of the Iraq War. Republicans and Democrats need to start viewing President Trump's actions and words as a possible accidental or intentional prelude to major conflict, and taking steps to counter this dangerous slide to war. - Senator Chris Murphy - 2/4/17

Bannon Welcomed Islamophobes When CPAC Banned Them

- President Donald Trump's senior advisor Stephen Bannon has spent the past two weeks consolidating power in the White House. He helped craft an executive order banning visitors from seven Muslim majority countries and, in an unusual appointment for a political adviser, is now a member of the National Security Council's principals committee. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog - 2/4/17

Trump's Travel Ban Signals a Dystopian Vision of America

- President Trump's executive order suspending visas to nationals of seven Middle Eastern countries has created much confusion abroad, dissension at home, and a flurry of legal cases challenging the constitutionality of the order. Since all the seven countries named in the executive order have Muslim majorities, the president's action is viewed by many here and overseas as a vehicle to discriminate against Muslim refugees and prevent them from entering the country. -Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog - 2/4/17

"Putting Iran on Notice" - Stop Acting Like A Sovereign Country?

- Iran's January 29 flight test of a medium-range ballistic missile helped prompt an ominous if ambiguous warning by U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on February 1: "As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice." Since it is facing so many other international crises, it is curious that the new administration gives such a prominent place to Iranian missile testing, which poses no existential threat to the United States or its allies and is not prohibited by the Iran nuclear deal or any other widely accepted rules of international behavior. -Greg Thielmann - 2/3/17

U.S. Treasury Department Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

- The U.S. Treasury Department has announced new sanctions against 13 people and 12 entities with ties to Iran, just days after Tehran conducted a new ballistic missile test. The sanctions, published on February 3, targeted Iranians and at least one Chinese national. The entities and companies are based in Lebanon, China, and the United Arab Emirates. - 2/3/17

Trump Administration Divides and Divided

- This resistance is stirring and heartening. And yet it also seems scripted somehow, as if we're playing the roles assigned to us. None of the first moves of the Trump administration is a surprise. The president has been even more audacious and paranoid than expected, but that's only if you expected him to suddenly become presidential after a lifetime of being, well, a schmuck. -John Feffer, LobeLog - 2/3/17

Russia, Iran, Turkey Set Astana Talks To Discuss Syria Cease-Fire

- Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry says the co-sponsors of the Syrian peace talks will meet in Astana on February 6 to monitor implementation of the cease-fire in the war-torn Middle Eastern country. The ministry announced on February 2 that Russia, Iran, and Turkey will meet for a second round of talks in the Kazakh capital. - 2/3/17

Decades of Demonization Behind the Ban On Muslims

- President Donald J. Trump's executive order banning the entry of citizens of seven countries with majority Muslim populations shocked many people in the United States and many more in Europe and elsewhere. It also elicited a wave of criticism from a variety of quarters-including business, academia, and human rights organizations-both in the United States and elsewhere. -Shireen T. Hunter - 2/2/17

Trump: Iran is 'On Notice' After Missile Launch

- U.S. President Donald Trump says Iran has been "formally put on notice" for its ballistic missile launch. His message came during a series of tweets in which he also continued his condemnation of the agreement that the U.S. and five other world powers reached to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. -Jeff Seldin, VOA - 2/2/17

It's Time To Talk About The Iran Nuclear Deal

- U.S. President Donald Trump has long portrayed himself as a consummate deal maker, an image he made central to his presidential campaign. That reputation could face a stern test if he pursues one of his proposals: renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal. -Carl Schreck, RFE/RL - 2/2/17

A Method to the Madness?

- The executive order that Donald Trump signed last Friday was a shock but not entirely a surprise. The outlines of the order--which temporarily denied entry to the U.S. to all refugees as well as all citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries--could not have been fully unexpected given Trump's stated promises in the year-and-a-half since he first announced his presidential campaign. -Daniel Luban, LobeLog - 2/2/17

Groom And Doom: Iranians' Wedding Visit Dashed By U.S. Travel Ban

- One Iranian family is just one of many whose plans have been severely disrupted by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order barring them from entering the United States for at least 90 days. Sara had been preparing herself for a joyous family occasion. The 35-year-old mother from northern Iran had recently gotten her U.S. visa and booked flights to Dallas, Texas, for herself, her 1-year-old son, and her mother, who was equally excited about seeing her grown son after five long years. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 2/1/17

Iran confirms missile test, spurns foreign intervention

- Iran confirms it recently carried out a missile test within the framework of its defense program, saying the Islamic Republic does not allow any foreign intervention in affairs concerning its defensive prowess. - 2/1/17

75-year-old grandmother from Iran tells the story of her detention at LAX

- Marzieh Moosavizadeh and her grandson follow a routine when she visits almost every year from Iran. The 75-year-old, who travels in a wheelchair and speaks little English, struggles to find direct flights to Phoenix, where he and his family live. So they meet in Los Angeles and he escorts her on the last leg of her trip. This time was different. -Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times - 2/1/17

Explainer: Who Is Affected By Trump's Entry Ban To U.S., And How?

- U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order of January 27 bans refugees from all countries from entering the United States for 120 days and bans Syrian refugees from entering indefinitely. At the same time, the executive order temporarily bans entry into the United States for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen -- until more stringent vetting of visas is introduced. - 1/31/17

France in strong show of support for Iran ties and nuclear agreement

- France is using a visit to Tehran by its Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to show its support for the expansion of economic relations with Iran in the face of growing tensions resulting from what many see as the unfolding anti-Iran approach by US President Donald Trump. - 1/31/17

UN Security Council to Meet on Iran Missile Test

- The United Nations Security Council is to hold urgent talks Tuesday in response to a ballistic missile test carried out by Iran. The United States requested the meeting following Sunday's test launch of a medium-range missile. The exact type of missile and its capabilities were not clear. - 1/31/17

Iran Retaliates With Entry Ban on US Citizens as Controversy Swirls

- Iran says it will ban all U.S. citizens from entering the Islamic republic, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. -In a statement Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry directly linked its ban to Trump's order, which Tehran called "an obvious insult to the Islamic world." The statement predicted that Trump's order "will be recorded in history as a big gift to extremists and their supporters." - 1/30/17



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