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Iran & Israel. All You Need Is Love

In a heartwarming short movie, a group of Israelis were interviewed on what their wishes for Iran were. The answers reveal a citizenry tired of the escalation between the two countries. Designed by the One Wish Project, this video aims at capturing the genuine attitudes of the street in Israel regarding the conflict with Iran. Far from the fear-mongering and rhetorical escalation that usually characterizes ...

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Italy attaches great importance to relations with Iran: Former PM

Kourosh Ziabari – Tehran Times: Following the election of the moderate politician Hassan Rouhani as the Iranian President in the June 14, 2013 elections, the European countries have become more willing to interact with Iran on equal footings and based on mutual respect. In the recent months and following President Rouhani’s elections, several high-ranking European delegations and dignitaries have traveled t ...

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The road ahead after breakthrough over Iran

By Jayantha Dhanapala* | IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint KANDY, Sri Lanka (IDN) - Even cynics must admit that the time comes in international relations when long frozen situations suddenly thaw causing positive change for international peace and security. Examples of such “game-changers” are many but outstanding are (in chronological order): U.S. President Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to China; the 1978 Camp David ...

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Iran. Lavrov Reveals Amended Draft Circulated at “Last Moment”

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 2013 (IPS) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed a crucial detail Thursday about last week’s nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva that explains much more clearly than previous reports why the meeting broke up without agreement. Lavrov said the United States circulated a draft that had been amended in response to French demands to other members of the six-power P5+1 for approval “ ...

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Iran did not block nuclear agreement: Deputy FM

A member of the Iranian delegation in nuclear talks with six world powers says Tehran did not block an agreement in last week’s negotiations in Geneva. “The Islamic Republic of Iran did not prevent a final deal in Geneva,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e Ravanchi said Friday. “We do not want to go into the details of the issues…, but it is clear who ultimately ...

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Iran Poses No Threat to World and Is Ready for N-Talks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic of Iran poses no threat to the world and Tehran is ready for talks on its nuclear energy program with complete transparency. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday [24 September, 2013], Rouhani said the Iranian nation was ready for cooperation with the international community and all rational actors based on equal footing a ...

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Rouhani, Obama Hold Telephone Conversation

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his American counterpart Barack Obama held a telephone conversation as the Iranian president was wrapping up his visit to New York for the 68th annual session of the UN General Assembly. Rouhani received the call from Obama on Friday [27 September, 2013] as he was in a car heading to the John F. Kennedy International Airport to fly back to Tehran. The two heads of state ...

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Dialogue among Civilizations: A Way to Contain Sectarian Strife

Today, political and cultural trends and processes in the Middle East region and the world clearly show that the dialogue among civilizations is not merely a moral recommendation, but a vital necessity. Sectarian strife in addition to ethnic and tribal massacres, on the one hand, and the continued hostility toward the Islamic world by the West and even the East (as witnessed quite recently by the massacre o ...

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Why Washington Fears Iran

“Tehran has developed technical expertise in a number of areas – including uranium enrichment, nuclear reactors, and ballistic missiles – from which it could draw if it decided to build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons,” reads Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper’s April 2013 report to the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Then comes the statement usually ignored by mass media: “We do not ...

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Why Arabs Need Iran

In 2011, when Arab revolts began to sweep the Middle East and North Africa, the view from Washington and its closest allies was one of concern. How would the removal of mostly pro-Western dictatorships affect the balance of power in the region? More importantly – how to prevent these events fromboosting Iran’s influence? For original see: http://english.al-akhbar.com/blogs/sandbox/why-arabs-need-iran-part-i ...

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