Archive for the ‘Middle East’ Category:
My two recent articles describe the implications of the latest Iran nuclear deal for:
Iran’s supreme leader
On why I agree with the French position in the latest round of nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Could water scarcity and mismanaged government water diversion programs inflame ethnic tensions in Iran?
This is a scenario which is becoming more realistic.
My latest article explains:
The Iranian government and the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps in particular are paying a price with the lives of Iranian soldiers inside Iranian territory for their support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
My latest article explains:
Boston College, Tuesday 15th of October
The title of the lecture will be: “Iran and Israel: moving towards a cold peace?“
With Iran and Hezbollah busy in Lebanon, they pose a lesser threat towards the state of Israel. And Hamas is no longer in Iran’s camp the same way as it was before the Syrian uprising.
With the nuclear negotiations with Iran approaching, chances of a military attack by Israel against Iran are decreasing to new lows. We also see Rouhani taking steps to reduce tensions with the state of Israel.
Meanwhile the biggest source of animosity in the region is the Sunni / Shiite conflict, currently being played out in full in Syria.
So the question is: despite the tough talk in both countries, are Israel and Iran finding themselves inadvertently moving towards a cold peace?
I will be addressing this scenario in my lecture. If you are in Boston, the details can be found below. It would be great to see you.
Date: October 15th, 2013
Time: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Address: Fulton Hall 230, Boston College (Directions)
RSVP to : email@example.com
Yale University, Monday 14th of October:
Yale Friends of Israel and the Yale International Relations Association are excited to invite you to a special talk this Monday
Meir Javedanfar: “Can a Nuclear Iran be allowed? Or trusted?” Perspectives from the U.S., Israel, and the rest of the world.
Monday, October 14th, 6:00pm. Calhoun Fellows Lounge.
Iran’s president has reportedly decided to take Iran’s Jewish MP with him to the upcoming UN General Assembly session in New York.
My latest article describes the internal dynamics behind this decision.
Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year will be arriving this evening. Much like many Jews around the world, my family will be welcoming the year 5774.
May this be a peaceful year for all humankind.
As a Jew, I try to practice my Judaism through several ways, an important one being helping the poor. Tzdaka (charity) is an important pillar of Judaism.
And for me, one of the most morally satisfying ways of doing this has been through the U.S based organization KIVA.
With KIVA I have been able to provide micro-finance loans to people like Yelina in Cusco, Peru to buy chickens so that she can raise them and sell them on to provide for her family. Yelina successfully paid back her loan.
I was then able to re-lend the money to the “Dayana 7 group” from Bladiè, in Mali, Africa. These group of hardworking ladies raise crops such as peanuts, millet, and rice which they sell on for a profit. On average, they have four children each.
And once they pay the money back I look forward to re-lending to another individual, or group, this time in Tanzania.
I hope you will be able to join me in helping thousands of hardworking men and women in the developing world to help themselves and their families. Lets make their year a sweet year by giving them to opportunity to fight poverty. I have included an invitation link below
As the prospects of war between the US and Syria increase, the question which is increasingly being asked is: what is likely to be Iran’s reaction?
My latest piece explains: