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September 24, 2013
Iran’s nuclear program, and for that matter, that of all other countries, must pursue exclusively peaceful purposes. Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran’s security and defense doctrine. Our national interests make it imperative that we remove any and all reasonable concerns about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani • Speaking on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, an expectedly hot topic within his address to the United Nations today. Rouhani struck a considerably more conciliatory and cooperative tone in his remarks than was customary throughout his predecessor’s tenure — for his anti-American and Israeli rhetoric, as well as his history of Holocaust denial, officials from the U.S. had made a habit in recent years of walking out on speeches by the Iranian president. That was not the case today, however, as while Rouhani defended Iran’s right to enrich uranium for non-weapons purposes, this is a considerable change in tone. Although President Obama spoke to the UN just hours later, the two heads of state reportedly did not meet. source
20:21 // 10 months ago
14:11 // 10 months ago
September 20, 2013
When the world’s leaders meet at the U.N. General Assembly next week, Obama should not only shake hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani but also meet with him privately, hand him a list of a dozen issues to discuss (uranium enrichment, sanctions, regional stability, etc.), and even be prepared to announce, if possible, a time and place for negotiations to begin and a roster of the delegates to be invited.
Fred Kaplan in Slate, arguing that the ascendency of Rouhani to the presidency represents a rare opportunity for a diplomatic breakthrough between the U.S. and Iran. Rouhani, who was elected over the summer, has made numerous conciliatory gestures toward the West since taking office. “No Iranian president, in the entire revolutionary period, has said anything remotely this appealing,” says Kaplan, who sees this as “an opportunity no Western leader can pass up.” While Obama officially has “no plan” to meet with Rouhani at the upcoming United Nations summit in New York, he’s also “open” to meeting with him (you can bet those words were careful deliberated before escaping White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s mouth). If they do interface at all, it’ll be the first time since the Iranian Revolution that the American and Iranian heads of state meet in person. source
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September 18, 2013
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August 26, 2013
16:47 // 11 months ago
The above image was released via Twitter on Sunday morning, by an established Egypt blogger known as The Big Pharaoh, and seeks to drive home just how fractured relations between various Middle Eastern nations (along with a few non-regional parties) really are.  (Photo via @thebigpharaoh) source

The above image was released via Twitter on Sunday morning, by an established Egypt blogger known as The Big Pharaoh, and seeks to drive home just how fractured relations between various Middle Eastern nations (along with a few non-regional parties) really are.  (Photo via @thebigpharaoh) source

15:19 // 11 months ago
August 13, 2013
halftheskymovement:

Iran’s new President Hassan Rohani has appointed a woman, Elham Aminzadeh, as his vice president for legal affairs. Aminzadeh is a former member of parliament who teaches at the Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran. During his campaign, Rohani pledged to create more jobs for women and criticized his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s use of force to ensure women’s hair and figures were covered. Shahla Ezazi, a sociologist and the director of the women’s studies group at Iran’s Sociology Association, called the appointment a “good step” in battling the discrimination felt by Iranian women in the workplace.
Read more via Bloomberg News.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani praised Aminzadeh, who holds a PhD in international law from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, for her ”scientific competence and judicial qualifications as well as legislative experience and moral merits” in his letter of appointment, posted on the presidency’s website today.

halftheskymovement:

Iran’s new President Hassan Rohani has appointed a woman, Elham Aminzadeh, as his vice president for legal affairs. Aminzadeh is a former member of parliament who teaches at the Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran. During his campaign, Rohani pledged to create more jobs for women and criticized his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s use of force to ensure women’s hair and figures were covered. Shahla Ezazi, a sociologist and the director of the women’s studies group at Iran’s Sociology Association, called the appointment a “good step” in battling the discrimination felt by Iranian women in the workplace.

Read more via Bloomberg News.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani praised Aminzadeh, who holds a PhD in international law from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, for her ”scientific competence and judicial qualifications as well as legislative experience and moral merits” in his letter of appointment, posted on the presidency’s website today.

20:13 // 11 months ago
August 7, 2013
Rouhani was able, in his signal fashion, to seem eager to start negotiations yet also to emphasize that such readiness is not out of desperation but a desire to end tensions and get on with the business of taking care of the economy.
Iran’s New President Makes a Promising First Move. By Abbas Milani. (via thenewrepublic)

Early but definitely not a bad move.
12:41 // 11 months ago
August 6, 2013
14:26 // 11 months ago