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Heshmat Alavi is a political and rights activist. His writing focuses on Iran, ranging from human rights violations, social crackdown, the regime’s support for terrorism and meddling in foreign countries, and the controversial nuclear program. He tweets at @HeshmatAlavi & blogs at IranCommentary.

ARTICLES BY: Heshmat Alavi


July 14, 2017 2:11 pm
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Blacklisting of Iran’s Terrorists Long Overdue

US President Donald Trump sent a very strong message in his ordering of a volley of cruise missiles targeting an airbase of Bashar Assad’s military...

July 6, 2017 1:40 pm
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A Solution at Hand for Iran

There is no doubt that the Middle East is the epicenter of many major crises in the world today, with Iran fueling many of these conflicts. Syria,...

June 30, 2017 11:12 am
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Make Iran Pay a Price for Regional Meddling

There is no doubt that the Middle East is in turmoil like never before. And this is highly due to the disastrous engagement/lead-from-behind policy adopted...

June 23, 2017 10:14 am
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Why Iran Needs to Fuel Middle East Turmoil

We have witnessed over the past four decades Iran's desperate need to create turmoil inside its own borders and abroad to quell dissent, justifying all...

June 13, 2017 10:46 am
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Will Iran’s Rouhani Use Syria to Bargain?

After establishing the Iran nuclear deal as his first-term legacy, the question now is what new initiative will Iranian President Hassan Rouhani embark on during...

May 25, 2017 4:55 pm
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Trump’s Middle East Visit, New Alliances, and a Terrified Iran

The reaction seen from Iranian state media outlets to the visit paid by US President Donald Trump last week to Saudi Arabia have been unorthodox,...

May 18, 2017 2:49 pm
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Soft Western Approach Allowing Iran’s Regional Proxies to Talk Tough

At a time when the regime in Iran needs to maintain a low profile to get through the presidential election turmoil and prevent any harsh action by the...

May 4, 2017 10:22 am
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Iran Nuclear Deal Continues to Raise Concerns

One would think critics of the Iran nuclear deal would have raised all the flawed aspects of the accord during former President Barack Obama’s tenure...

April 21, 2017 11:45 am
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Understanding Iran’s presidential elections crisis

It appears Iran’s presidential elections, scheduled for May 19th, are becoming ever more complicated. The question of who might face the incumbent President Hassan Rouhani was...

March 30, 2017 7:37 am
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Forecast: Increasing Isolation for Iran

After enjoying eight “golden” years of President Barack Obama’s all-out appeasement approach, the mullahs in Iran are feeling the wrath of isolation, with senior international...

March 23, 2017 7:59 am
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Iran’s Missile Charade

When Iran launches major missile tests, major protests from Western countries inevitably follow. The international community is rightfully concerned about the dangers of Iran’s ballistic missile program, and as...

March 8, 2017 4:26 pm
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New Revelations on Revolutionary Guards Leading Iran’s Ballistic Missile Drive, Nuclear Weapons Program — Through Control Over Docks

Despite the United States placing the Iranian regime "on notice" for test-firing medium-range ballistic missiles in January, Tehran has taken no steps to change its behavior. Indeed,...

February 27, 2017 8:30 am
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With the Mullahs at the Helm, There Can Be No Solution to Widespread Poverty in Iran

Iranian authorities periodically launch campaigns to round up child workers and beggars roaming the streets. But can such campaigns be successful in a nosediving economy? Officials sidestep this issue, as is clear in remarks...

February 17, 2017 4:31 am
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Kudos to Trump for Taking the Syria Safe-Zone Initiative That Iran Dreads

Since US President Donald Trump took the helm in Washington, the issue of a "safe zone" in Syria has come to the fore, reflecting the changes...

Features

Dairy, First Fruits, and More: Welcoming Shavuot With Customs of the Season

JNS.org - I’ve often heard, and many rabbis lament, that Shavuot is the only...

Tapping Into the Brilliance of Israel and the Zionist Dream

JNS.org - As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been propagating the idea of...

Reminiscing: Israel at 70

I celebrated my 12th birthday one week before the birth of the State of Israel. I was about to begin lessons...

World

EU Denies It Is Planning to Offer Financial Aid to Iran to Preserve Nuclear...

Three European Union sources have denied that diplomats meeting in Vienna on Friday to salvage the imperiled Iranian nuclear deal...

Israel

Israeli Defense Minister, Arab MK in Ferocious War of Words

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israeli-Arab Member of Knesset Ayman Odeh conducted a ferocious war of words on Sunday following a controversy over the injury of an Arab demonstrator...

Middle East

Egypt’s Sisi Orders Gaza Border Opened for Ramadan

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered on Thursday that the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip be opened for the whole of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, he...

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