Iran

Dangerous Tension With Iran

Source: NY Times With tensions rising over Iran’s nuclear program, the Obama administration has now warned the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that Iran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz would provoke an American response. Earlier this week, international monitors confirmed that Iran has begun enriching uranium at a […]

The risks of conflict

Source:TOI Over the past few weeks, some Syrian opposition leaders have requested foreign military intervention to oust President Bashar al-Assad and his regime from power. Count the US out in any such endeavour. While an intervention involving the American military may, if successful, bring an end to the humanitarian crisis […]

Strait of Hormuz powder keg: WW III in 2012?

Source / Courtesy: RT.com RT: With tensions around the Strait of Hormuz sky-high, Iranian plans to conduct the country’s “greatest naval war games” could coincide with joint US-Israeli exercises in the Persian Gulf. With both sides taking positions, could a real battle be looming? Hopefully the massive exercises will remain […]

Turkey warns against Shiite-Sunni cold war

Reuters | Jan 05,2012 | 23:55 ANKARA — Middle East powerhouse Turkey on Wednesday warned against a sectarian cold war in the region and said rising Sunni-Shiite tensions would be “suicide” for the whole region. “Let me openly say that there are some willing to start a regional Cold War,” […]

Crimes committed in the name of Al-Qaeda

Not surprisingly, different countries resort to using scarecrow tactics to keep internal differences at bay. Over the last decade, different players have created Al-Qaeda bogey for various political agendas. For instance, the United States exploited the issue of this radical organization in the running up to elections, Iran capitalized on […]

Iran and the Strait

Source: NY Times: Iran’s threat to shut the Strait of Hormuz— one-fifth of the world’s oil trade passes through there — if the United States and Europe press ahead with new sanctions is unacceptable. The Obama administration is right to signal, in deliberately moderated ways, that Washington will not back […]