The US and EU sanctions on the Iranian economy, which have taken a hard toll on common Iranians, have also adversely affected Afghans – both in the refugee community in Iran and families in Afghanistan dependent on income from their breadwinners working in the Islamic republic next door.
Ban is practicing the art of diplomacy when he visits Tehran next week for the Non-Aligned Movement summit, which is exactly what diplomats are supposed to do.
Iran's National Organization for Educational Testing has banned Afghans, Iraqis and, in some instances, other foreign nationals from residing in certain provinces and enrolling in certain courses of study. The new ban affects Afghan refugees most severely and seems to apply uniformly to immigrants with and without documentation.
The stakes are high. The alternatives to the diplomatic route: do nothing or bomb Iran are not really options at all.
I am moderating a conference call about Iran diplomacy, with former US Ambassador to the UN Thomas Pickering and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Dean Dr. Vali Nasr. The call is being hosted by the United Nations Association of the United States at 6pm EST tonight. You are invited!
Medvedev's words ought to be read as a warning to people here in the USA or its allies causually toss around the idea of invading Syria or bombing Iran. Such actions do not happen in a vacuum, and could have far reaching geopolitical consequences.
A burgeoning social media movement by plugged-in Israelis and Iranians is saying "no" to war mongering between the two governments.
Businesses are seeing fewer sales and most shoppers cannot afford the high prices. Iranians are cutting expenses and hoping for a more stable economy in the New Year.
Understanding today's polls in Iran and what will change as a result. (Hint: almost nothing!)