niloufar

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  • niloufar wrote a new diary post: Why Syria’s militias may implode

    2013-04-06 14:43:00View | Delete

    There are signs of significant rifts among Syrian militias trying to overthrow Assad. This is particularly the case with the 2 main Islamic groups: On the one hand there is the ‘ Jabhat al-Nusra ‘ militia (hereafter referred to as ‘Nusra’) who are Salafist jihadists backed by Saudi and Qatari funds and political support, and closely linked [...]

  • niloufar wrote a new diary post: The Core Objection to Détente?

    2011-01-12 15:37:14View | Delete

    I tend to be optimistic about the chances for détente between USA and Iran. Being a rather lonely optimist in this field, I tend to search for what I consider to be false assumptions among the pessimists of all political persuasions. Because, let’s face it: everyone on all sides (almost) seems resigned to the likelihood [...]

  • niloufar commented on the diary post Iran: Why the Petrol Subsidies Had to Go by niloufar.

    2010-12-27 01:28:52View | Delete

    I would say that the price of petrol will inevitably rise again as global industrial production keeps expanding through emerging economies, and demand for energy increases. Unless alternative sources are commercialised, the price of fuel has nowhere to go but up.

  • niloufar commented on the diary post Iran: Why the Petrol Subsidies Had to Go by niloufar.

    2010-12-26 17:54:52View | Delete

    well there is only one thing to go for beyond the presidency and that post, namely the supreme leader, would be particularly difficult for ahmadinejad to qualify for. so, knowing him, he would probably try to reform or abolish it at some time…!

  • niloufar commented on the diary post Iran: Why the Petrol Subsidies Had to Go by niloufar.

    2010-12-26 17:16:45View | Delete

    yes he can run again after a break. and not more than twice in a row. similar to the russian system.

  • niloufar commented on the diary post Iran: Why the Petrol Subsidies Had to Go by niloufar.

    2010-12-26 17:14:47View | Delete

    fereydoun,

    Yes indeed, and i hope ordinary Iranians can make it through this difficult phase without too much pain. it is a tough adjustment to make.

  • niloufar commented on the diary post Iran: Why the Petrol Subsidies Had to Go by niloufar.

    2010-12-26 16:06:59View | Delete

    Procivic,

    good point about the free market advocates! the IMF and World Bank are fully on board with Iran’s policy in this area. but of course western politicians cannot possibly bring themselves to praise Iran openly on any matter whatsoever.

  • niloufar commented on the diary post Iran: Why the Petrol Subsidies Had to Go by niloufar.

    2010-12-26 16:01:53View | Delete

    Thanks Rayne from what i hear, it is the corn-based ethanol subsidies that are most at risk at the moment. the nuclear lobby seems in ascent. enrichment is set to be the most lucrative of all energy business, and iran wants to join the club. can’t let others do a nuclear opec on us now, [...]

  • niloufar commented on the diary post Iran: Pakistani, Saudi and American terrorism by niloufar.

    2010-12-26 15:52:11View | Delete

    thank you Dubhaltach :)

    nilou

  • niloufar wrote a new diary post: Iran: Why the Petrol Subsidies Had to Go

    2010-12-26 01:20:29View | Delete

    Iran announced a four-fold increase in the price of petrol as of 20 December . Many hope that this finally will bring the end of the Islamic regime. The timing of this announcement is certainly peculiar. The ongoing sanctions against Iran have been the worst since the era of Mossadegh when Iran’s oil exports were effectively blockaded [...]

  • niloufar wrote a new diary post: Iran: Pakistani, Saudi and American terrorism

    2010-12-26 01:01:22View | Delete

    On December 15th Iran was the victim of yet another terrorist attack by the US-backed “Jundallah” terror group (or “Soldiers of God”), which is also thought to receive support from Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI). The role of US, Saudi and Pakistani cooperation in nurturing terrorist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan is ‘legendary’ by now. But their [...]

  • niloufar commented on the diary post Iran’s ‘Nuclear’ Perspective by niloufar.

    2010-11-28 06:25:27View | Delete

    yes, the real issue is elsewhere. it is about iran’s rise in power and stature, tipping the balance against the interests of israel. for usa to come out a winner of this situation, she has to become less reliant on the israel-saudi-egypt axis, and get closer to the iran-turkey-syria coalition. but iran will not let [...]

  • niloufar wrote a new diary post: Iran’s ‘Nuclear’ Perspective

    2010-11-28 04:51:00View | Delete
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/53416731@N07/5213812105/#/photos/53416731@N07/5213812105/lightbox/ With around 2 weeks to go before a meeting between Iran and the 5+1 group to start a new round of negotiations on the nuclear issue, there is little positive sign of any change of attitude by the group. There appears to be a deliberate attempt to ignore Iran’s concerns. A good source for [...]
  • niloufar commented on the diary post What does this election mean for peace? by rebeccagriffin.

    2010-11-10 12:58:36View | Delete

    i particularly enjoyed your section on Iran. but remember most of these drum beaters are not warriors but drummers.

    USA is economically too weak to attack Iran at this juncture.

  • niloufar wrote a new diary post: Ivory Tower Negotiations

    2010-11-10 12:48:56View | Delete

    Thumbnail There is an interesting twist to the international nuclear road show involving Iran and another six powers this week. President Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying that the West should climb down from “ivory towers”; and “ We have said several times that the Iranians will not negotiate with anyone over their basic rights “. Last year, the group [...]