Archive For The “Political Analysis” Category

Why it’s time to give up on the idea of an Iraqi nation

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Why it’s time to give up on the idea of an Iraqi nation

The end of Iraq is no longer a matter of if, or a matter of when – it has already happened. The country has been on life support for too long, and no matter how hard external players try to save it, Iraq cannot save itself. One of the fundamental properties of any nation state…

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Why the US should join forces with the Baathist regime in Syria

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Why the US should join forces with the Baathist regime in Syria

The Baathist regime is indeed guilty of great war crimes, but the human cost of a failed state would be a greater catastrophe. Washington should have learnt this lesson from Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq. The Syrian conflict is already the human tragedy of our time. Tens of thousands of lives have already been lost and…

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The euro and an ancient divide

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The euro and an ancient divide

The coming months could actually leave an indelible mark not only on the very economic subsistence of many western states but also at a deeper level on an ancient philosophical debate between republicanism and liberalism. As the euro celebrated its tenth anniversary on January the first, the world appears to be entering into a new…

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Erotic Republic

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Erotic Republic

When someone mentions Iran, what images leap into your mind? Ayatollahs, religious fanaticism, veiled women? How about sexual revolution? That’s right. Over the last 30 years, as the mainstream Western media has been preoccupied with the radical policies of the Islamic Republic, the country has undergone a fundamental social and cultural transformation. While not necessarily…

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So what keeps Iran’s Supreme Leader awake at night?

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So what keeps Iran’s Supreme Leader awake at night?

The biggest threat to the survival of the Islamic Republic might not come from sanctions imposed by the west, but from growing divisions that are disintegrating the regime from the inside. Iranians celebrate the 34th anniversary of the 1979 revolution. Demotix/Hanif Shoaei. All rights reserved. In post-revolutionary Iran the month of February has a lot…

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What is wrong with Italy?

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What is wrong with Italy?

A recent report by Transparency International places Italy among the most corrupted countries in the western world, but does this reflect the socio-political realities on the ground? We could safely claim that no country in the entire world has this power to fascinate, amuse, disgust, surprise and constantly provide food for thought in our collective…

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The plight of Afghan refugees in Iran

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The plight of Afghan refugees in Iran

Decades of war have led to generations of Afghan refugees in Iran. Their treatment under the current regime is worsening, but why now? Afghan refugees in Iran are increasingly facing an unbearable situation as the state policies towards them become explicitly racist. They are the most vulnerable group of people in the country and they…

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Is political Islam on the losing side of the Arab Spring ?

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Is political Islam on the losing side of the Arab Spring ?

Islamic political narratives flourish in opposition but will suffer in the long term Since the early days of 2011, the notion of the ‘Arab Spring’ is becoming a household one across the globe. Not a single month has passed without some leading stories capturing our imagination and thoughts about the Arab Spring and its possible…

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February 14 in Iran: the silence of fear has been shattered

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February 14 in Iran: the silence of fear has been shattered

Since the new year, almost every eight hours someone has been executed in Iran. The authoritarian backlash against the major uprising of 2009 has held Iranians in a climate of fear, but the protests this week mark a new chapter for the Green Movement. For many people, February 14 is about exchanging red roses and…

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Hearts and minds lost in Iran over US renaming the Persian Gulf

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Hearts and minds lost in Iran over US renaming the Persian Gulf

The US Navy’s decision to refer to the Persian Gulf as the “Arabian Gulf” has added a new dimension to a decades old disagreement between Iran and some of the Arab states. The decision of the US Navy to rename the Persian Gulf as the “Arabian Gulf” might seem to be a mere renaming of…

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