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September 9, 2013
The conflict in Syria is a horrific human tragedy: 100,000 dead, 2 million refugees and now, chemical warfare. I can sympathize with the impulse to "do something" about it ("Where is the outrage?" Sept. 4). However, this intervention, no matter how "limited," will have grave consequences. The fact is that nations such as Iran and Russia are supporting the Assad regime, and other nations, such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey, are backing the rebels. Each actor is adding fuel to the fire (which is why, sadly, there are 100,000 dead in Syria)
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By Arda Ocal | September 5, 2013
  WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik is currently crowdsourcing for a documentary on his life . To some, he is a world class amateur wrestler, a hero in his home country of Iran, a former WWE champion and one of the best pro wrestlers of all time. Others see him as a man troubled by drug and alcohol abuse and a comical caricature of the once mighty figure he portrayed on worldwide television. Whatever perception you may have of the man, expect all topics to be addressed in this documentary.
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June 28, 2013
In his recent commentary, Jay Bernstein wants the Maryland authorities to maintain a restrictive policy warning shippers that "if you trade with Iran, you can't trade here" ("Keep up the pressure on Iran," June 21). But the principles of free trade and the rules of the World Trade Organization are very clear: Shippers who conduct perfectly legitimate trade with Iran, some of whom supply humanitarian supplies of food and medicine, cannot be penalized and told they can't do business in Maryland or any other U.S state.
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By David Horsey | June 25, 2013
The election of Hasan Rowhani as president of Iran is good news for Americans, except for the neoconservative hawks who brought us the war in Iraq and have been especially eager for another military adventure in Iran. In Iranian terms, Mr. Rowhani is a moderate. In the Iranian media, he is called the "diplomat sheikh" and the "sheikh of hope. " In his initial press conference after the election, Mr. Rowhani said he would work to build trust between Iran and the United States, Great Britain and other Western powers with the goal of getting the international sanctions lifted that have crippled Iran's economy.
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June 21, 2013
Iran is well on its way to becoming a nuclear power - and it is doing so with the stated objective of destroying the Jewish state of Israel. Despite having only limited access to Iran's nuclear facilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations has confirmed that Iran has made monumental strides in enriching uranium and producing plutonium. Both pose an existential treat not only to Israel but to U.S. allies in the Middle East. As one of the top five oil producers in the world, and with sufficient reserves to meet all its energy requirements, Iran does not need nuclear power, nor would it suffer crippling sanctions to obtain it were it not for its desire to possess a nuclear weapon.
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By Jay Bernstein | June 20, 2013
At a time when the election of a new, allegedly "moderate" president of Iran has created much excitement and raised many expectations, a more sober assessment of the nature of the Iranian regime is found in the annual report on terrorism issued by the State Department last month. As described in the report, terrorist activity in Iran "has reached a tempo unseen since the 1990s, with attacks plotted in Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa. " Iran provides financial, material and logistical support to the Taliban, Iraqi Shiite militant groups and Hezbollah, all of which have killed American soldiers, as well as to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups that routinely target Israeli civilians.
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June 17, 2013
The strong showing by the most moderate of the six presidential candidates who were allowed to run in Iran's national elections last week is a sign that the Iranian people — if not the conservative clerics who have final say on policy matters — are ready for a change. The Obama administration should seize the opportunity and attempt to reopen talks with the new president-elect in order to seriously explore whether he can move his country toward resolving the issues surrounding Iran's nuclear program in a way that leads to better relations with the West.
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By Mitchell Reiss | June 3, 2013
The plight of the organized resistance to the regime in Iran, particularly the violent persecution of the group known as the Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK/PMOI), has been one of the great, untold stories in international politics. It is a story of deadly betrayal, broken promises and political expediency. And that's just on the U.S. side. Over several decades, the group was opposed to the corrupt military dictatorship of the Shah and was instrumental in the revolution that saw the end to monarchy in Iran.
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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.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
A Parkville man was federally indicted on charges that he conspired with a man in Iran to export manufactured industrial products from the U.S., state's attorney's office said Thursday. Authorities believe Ali Saboonchi, 32, ran the Ace Electric Company to obtain goods to send them to businesses run by Arash Rashti Mohammad, 31, in Tehran, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates since November 2009, the five-count indictment said. U.S. economic sanctions prohibit exporting to Iran.
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