American hostage in Syria freed

American freelance journalist Peter Theo Curtis held hostage by al-Qaeda militants in Syria for some two years has been handed over to UN peacekeeping forces. US Secretary of State John Kerry has confirmed the release of Curtis, adding the White House is using “every diplomatic, intelligence and military tool” to free other Americans in militant captivity in Syria. The US ... Read More »

Iran Speaks More Softly But Keeps Building Bigger Sticks

By Tony Capaccio – While Iran’s military has toned down its rhetoric about military capabilities and exercises, it continues a low-profile buildup of weapons in and near the Strait of Hormuz, according to a classified Pentagon assessment. “Iran’s military strategy is defensive” and designed to “deter an attack, survive an initial strike, retaliate against an aggressor and force a diplomatic ... Read More »

Can Women in Iran be Equal?

Women’s rights for Iranian women and their legal status has changed during different political and historical eras. This includes Marriage law, divorce law, education rights, clothing and Hijab, health rights. Khomeini severely curtailed rights that women had become accustomed to under the shah. Within months of the founding of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Daily Beast news site tries to ... Read More »

Egyptian cleric: men can spy on women in the shower

Osama al-Qusi, an Islamic cleric in Egypt, has claimed that men can spy on women while they are taking showers. al-Qusi added that a man must have a sincere interest in marrying a woman whose privacy he violates. “If you were really honest and wanted to marry that woman, and you were able to hide and watch her in secret, ... Read More »

Israeli air strike kills Hamas leader Wife and daughter

AN Israeli air strike on Gaza City has killed the wife and infant daughter of the elusive Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif, the Islamist group has claimed. Deif has been in hiding for years, surviving numerous Israeli assassination attempts. He last emerged in July urging militants not to give in, in an address on Al-Aqsa TV, the satellite station of ... Read More »

Iran Majlis starts impeaching science minister

PressTV reports, Faraji-Dana attended the Majlis open session on Wednesday to respond to the lawmakers’ questions. The session is attended by 217 lawmakers and chaired by Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani. The impeachment proceeding against Faraji-Dana was approved at a Majlis open session earlier this month with 51 signatories. The critics of Faraji-Dana believe that his policies run counter to the country’s interests ... Read More »

Mousavian: Urgent need for improved Saudi Iran relations

Hossein Mousavian a research scholar at Princeton University and a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators in an OpEd piece in “Gulf News” talks about the current turmoil in the region and the need for better ties with the long running untrusting foes. He goes on to say: to mend their differences in an effort to address urgent regional security ... Read More »

Cameron wants an alliance with Iran over ISIS

David Cameron has said that UK must look in to allying itself with Iran to combat the Sunni Extremists threat, that could extend to “the shored of the Mediterranean”. Suggesting that it was now in the UK’s national interest to put aside decades of enmity with the Shia regime in Tehran, the PM called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to “engage ... Read More »

Genius’s Photos Too Racy For Iran Media

By Golnaz Esfandiari – Radio Farda “No hair, no ears, no neck.” That’s how one journalist described a front-page portrait of Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani that an Iranian newspaper digitally doctored to obscure her hair and skin to placate censors in the Islamic republic. The altered picture of Mirzakhani, who this week became the first woman awarded the Fields Medal, ... Read More »

Judge Tabaddor Files Suit against Department of Justice

The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) was informed of a suit filed against the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) by Judge Ashley Tabaddor, an immigration judge for the U.S. Immigration Court. In this suit, Judge Tabaddor challenges an order that indefinitely recuses her from hearing cases involving Iranian nationals, citing that the order violates her First Amendment ... Read More »