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September 25, 2011
I rejoice with the friends and families of Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal as their ordeal ended in Evin Prison in Iran. As Mr. Bauer said at the Oman Airport, "Two years is too long in a prison. We sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in America and in Iran. " This reminded me of the plight of Ahmadi Muslims, hundreds of whom are behind bars under Pakistan's Anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance XX issued in 1984. It imposes three years imprisonment for simple acts like calling places of worship mosques, performing the Muslim call to prayer, using the traditional Islamic greeting in public, or even publishing religious materials.
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By Shibley Telhami | August 18, 2010
President Barack Obama may have scored a diplomatic win by securing international support for biting sanctions against Iran, but Arab public opinion is moving in a different direction. Polling conducted last month by Zogby and the University of Maryland in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates suggests that views in the region are shifting toward a positive perception of Iran's nuclear program. These views present problems for Washington, which has counted on Arabs seeing Iran as a threat — maybe even a bigger one than Israel.
NEWS
November 13, 2011
How fitting! On this year's Veterans' Day we're learning about the next war in the Middle East ("Iran and the bomb," Nov. 11). Now it's Iran that's in the crosshairs. In my opinion the Pentagon has become "too big to fail," and lessons from the recent banking debacles should be applied. Americans were tricked into a costly war with Iraq, and we're still bogged down in God-forsaken Afghanistan. Our extra-Constitutional military action in Libya was unacceptable, and the U.S. "global police force" is obscene.
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By TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICES | September 2, 2010
Kevin Love scored 13 points and Kevin Durant 12 to lead a balanced attack as the United States remained perfect at the FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, beating Iran 88-51. Derrick Rose chipped in 11 points and Danny Granger 10 for the Americans, who improved to 4-0 to secure the top spot in Group B. The U.S. will conclude preliminary round play Thursday against winless Tunisia. "We were a little bit fresher," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "In our last game, when we played Brazil, that was our sixth game in 10 days in three countries.
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By Alireza Jafarzadeh | January 5, 2010
I n streets across Iran, on rooftops late at night and city walls, the cry now is "Death to Khamenei!" and "Death to the dictator!" There is no question that the nationwide uprisings target nothing less than the foundation of Iran's ruling theocracy. After seven months of murder, rape and torture, the arrests of hundreds of dissidents, and a brutal crackdown in the streets, the theocratic regime has failed to turn back the movement. Both the opposition and the regime are on an irreversible path that can only lead to the latter's downfall.
NEWS
May 29, 2013
Your recent article on U.S. relations with Iran highlights the sensible advice given by former American ambassador Ryan Crocker, who is part of the Iran Project ("Ex-ambassador: Soften approach toward Iran," May 27). This group includes three dozen respected former foreign policy and intelligence veterans who have called for less pressure and more diplomacy with Iran. Hopefully, President Obama will listen to Mr. Crocker and his associates and have the backbone to stand up to Israel and its lackeys in Congress, whose real goal in Iran is regime change through military force.
NEWS
September 26, 2012
Israel is currently sounding off over what it views as the limited effectiveness of economic sanctions as a way of stopping Iran's nuclear weapons program. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticized President Obama's failure to specify what would provoke a U.S. military strike against existing Iran's nuclear facilities. Mr. Obama's current wait-and-see policy is clearly the wrong approach. Iran has no moral right to weapons of mass destruction, while Israel does have a moral right to prevent Iran from obtaining them.
NEWS
February 10, 2012
Let's ask the right question. When, exactly, did the U.S.A. become "the decider" for which countries can possess the complete nuclear fuel cycle? Seems like déjà vu all over again for a run-up to war with Iran. Will the media please do their job: asking the right questions and demanding real answers, instead of buying in to political demagoguery. John Kelly, Parkville
NEWS
August 8, 2012
Sun letter writers shouldn't worry that the U.S. is moving closer to war with Iran, since neither President Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney back up their words with action ("Obama should resist the drumbeat for war with Iran," Aug. 6). Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta not only has said that the U.S. won't take military action against Iran but constantly repeated President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's mantra that a diplomatic solution is the only option on the table, reinforced by sanctions that aren't working.
NEWS
May 29, 2012
The article, "Iran talks yield little progress" (May 25), describes the hypocrisy that drives U.S. foreign policy. We demand that Iran not be able to enrich uranium, even though the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty allows it, while offering Iran nothing in return. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that there would be no letup in sanctions against Iran, even as talks continue. Almost all of the hostility in the U.S. toward Iran comes from Israel and its powerful pro-Israel lobby, which has near total control over our politicians and our Middle East policy.
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