Iran is more than Persia

Brenda Shaffer In the late 1980s and early 1990s in Istanbul, which then had an Iranian expatriate population in the hundreds of thousands, one could meet Iranian Azerbaijanis, often referred to in Persian as Azeris, everywhere. As a case officer in the Central Intelligence Agency then serving in the American …


Attack in Iran raises specter of a potentially far larger conflagration

By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this article is available at An attack on a military parade in the southern Iranian city of Ahwaz is likely to prompt Iranian retaliation against opposition groups at home and abroad. It also deepens Iranian fears that the United States. Saudi …


Two Presidents, an Oscar and Kurds

Kani Xulam writes a letter to Mr. Ahmadinejad.  As a native of Kurdistan, I hate seeing you provide grist for late-night comedians to demean our image! You should be as sick and tired as I am of being a humiliating punch line for the English-speaking world. Why not let them …