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Kobani is no Leningrad

One hopes that Napoleon Bonaparte or Nader Shah will rise again so Ayn el Arab, also known as Kobani could be defended against ISIS.  Definitely this is a worthy cause and not only because of the geographical importance of Kobani.  The thousands of the Kurdish fighters who are asking to get into Ko ...
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Iran: OS

Whatever the outcomes, of crafty negotiations and subtle deliberations are from UN, money talks a lot louder.   Ever since His Imperial Majesty, the Shahanshah of Iran, left Iran on 16th of January 1979, one thing did not matter too much. That was the financial trading atmosphere in Iran. Iran was v ...
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Iran: Antonym

For a moment, I thought it was a Photoshop picture. I blinked a few times and gasped. Yes, the British Prime Minister, was sitting next to the Shi'ite President.   As a British-Iranian, I was disgusted. For thirty years, I had always held the naive view, that there was some decency and respect, from ...
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ISIS attack, why and for whom?

The U.S. was finally driven offsides (american football, not soccer) by ISIS. The Iranians refused to attack even after the mass killings of our fellow shiites in Mosul--however the U.S. has declared war because of an atrocity to its own, albeit on a much smaller lever.   One can't fail to notice t ...
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Young Turks

AFTER A SUCCESSFUL DEBUT, TURKEY’S NEWEST ART FAIR IS BACK FOR ITS SECOND EDITION A visitor eyes portraits of Syd Barrett at the inaugural edition of Art International Istanbul in 2013 (courtesy Honeybunn Photography)   With globally-acclaimed institutions such as Istanbul Modern and Contemporary Is ...
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Iran: Homer

It's a Sunday. I have managed to crawl out of bed and made breakfast. It's, oh s..t, three in the afternoon. I turn on the TV and of all the people in the world, Homer Simpson, is saying something about Iran.   This is a really funny clip. But what makes it special, is that Iran appears right near t ...
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