Talks with Iran as Valuable as Nobel Prize for Trump: Ex-Envoy

Talks with Iran as Valuable as Nobel Prize for Trump: Ex-Envoy

A former Iranian ambassador says the US administration is so obsessed with the plans for talks with Iran that entering direct negotiations with Tehran would be just as precious as winning the Nobel prize in the eyes of US President Donald Trump.
Acclaimed Iranian Cartoonist Recounts Woes of His 50-Year Career

Acclaimed Iranian Cartoonist Recounts Woes of His 50-Year Career

Javad Alizadeh, a self-taught Iranian cartoonist with 30 international awards, has talked about his four-decade career as one of the most successful cartoonists of Iran.

Economist Explains Reasons for Advocating Fuel Rationing in Iran

One of the most fervent advocates of new regulations on fuel consumption in Iran says a series of public protests in the wake of a recent hike in the price of subsidized gasoline had other social reasons.
‘Iran Must Reinforce Its Laws on Violence against Women’

‘Iran Must Reinforce Its Laws on Violence against Women’

A lawyer and women’s rights activist has weighed on violence against women in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the country’s laws and regulations to protect women.

‘Iran Must Not Pay Heed to EU Threats on Its Commitment Cuts’

An Iranian ex-diplomat says Tehran must not pay heed to the threats of Europeans regarding the reduction of its commitments under the nuclear deal, saying that Iran has benefited not at all from the JCPOA so far and in case of withdrawal from the accord, it will lose nothing important.
FATF

FATF Bills: In the Interest or to the Detriment of Iran?

A senior Iranian economic activist believes that the approval of the bills proposed by the Iranian government to adopt the standards set by the global anti-money laundering watchdog FATF can be very useful in the current situation.

Turkey Walking on Tightrope Held by US and Russia

An Iranian expert of Turkish developments says Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is pursuing a policy of balancing power between the United States and Russia in Syria and is walking on a tightrope the two sides of which are controlled by Washington and Moscow. 

‘Dress Code, Alcohol Ban Not Keeping Tourists from Visiting Iran’

The former head of Iran’s Tourism Organisation says the compulsory hijab and a ban on alcohol in Iran do not prevent foreign tourists from visiting Iran. “The tourists visit Iran, come hell or high water."
Lebanon

Lebanon Crisis May Get Worse after Hariri’s Resignation: Expert

An Iranian political analyst has weighed on possible future scenarios for Lebanon after recent developments, saying that the situation in the country may get worse after Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation.
The Iceman Cometh; What’s Putin Doing in Mideast? (Part II)

The Iceman Cometh; What’s Putin Doing in Mideast? (Part II)

The recent visits of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have raised the eyebrows in the region, causing observers to wonder what the Russian leader is doing in the Middle East. A senior expert has provided answers to this question.