Articles tagged with: Iran
As the international community continues to put pressure on Iran in order to curb its nuclear program, numerous questions arise: Is Iran’s nuclear development program designed for peaceful energy uses or for military purposes? Just how close is Iran to producing a nuclear bomb? If Iran’s nuclear program presents an existential threat to Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview on November 17, 2013, why does he and others in his government, such as Naftali Bennett of the right-wing The Jewish Home party, continue to support of a diplomatic solution rather than a military strike on Iran’s nuclear installations, despite disagreeing with the US about the specific content of a deal? Is a military solution even feasible?
Among the many endangered languages around the world are several languages and dialects once spoken by Jews in various parts of the diaspora, including Europe, Iran, India, and the Caucasus region. Not all Jewish languages have been discovered and described, and a few have probably passed away unnoticed. Sarah Benor, a professor at Hebrew Union College who specializes in Jewish languages, puts the number of endangered Jewish languages at around two dozen. The assimilatory tendencies in the Americas; the horrors of World War II; the persecution of Jews in the Soviet Union; the rise of nationalism in the Balkans, North Africa, and the Middle East; and—ironically—the creation of the State of Israel, which promoted Hebrew at the expense of other Jewish languages, all led to the weakening and even demise of many mixed Jewish languages, such as Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish, Judeo-Arabic, and others.
You can now download the maps of Iran discussed in the post of September 11 here. They are available in both Keynote and Powerpoint formats.
Additional map overlays of other places will be periodically added in the coming weeks.
With the growing enmity between Israel and Iran and the Israeli concerns about Iran potentially acquiring a nuclear bomb, it seems unimaginable that just a few decades ago thousands of Israelis lived the dolce vita in Tehran, forging economic and military ties with the Shah’s regime and perhaps even contributing to Iran’s nuclear program.
International efforts to isolate Iran and force it to halt its uranium enrichment program have seriously damaged the country’s economy: entire industries have been paralyzed, food and fuel prices are skyrocketing, and the local currency is collapsing. But by causing a plunge of the rial, the sanctions have had an unintended and, for Iran, very welcome consequence: a jump in tourism.
Recently, there has been a shift in diplomatic priorities of Azerbaijan. As has been reported in a previous GeoCurrents news post, tensions have been growing between Azerbaijan and Iran, with the latter accusing its northern neighbor of growing pro-Israeli leanings.
Novosibirsk, Russia’s third largest city, is now hosting the “Days of Iranian culture”, the first exposition of its kind. But this cultural festival is by no means a purely local affair: under its auspices, the city of Novosibirsk was visited by an official delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
As explained in last Friday’s post, tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia run deep. Iran’s relations with several other Arab countries of the region are also strained, due in part to active and potential territorial disputes in the Gulf region. The small island country of Bahrain, where a Sunni Muslim political establishment rules a Shiite
After the United States accused Iran of hatching an elaborate and ill-conceived plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, a number of commentators expressed incredulity, some wondering why the Saudi diplomat would be so targeted. The most common response to such questioning was to outline the history of Saudi-Iranian regional rivalry
The weakness of Azeri nationalism in Iran (discussed last week) seems surprising at first glance. Iranian Azeris form a large, distinctive, and relatively cohesive ethnic group that has been deprived of basic educational rights in its own language. Similar situations in neighboring countries have resulted in serious unrest if not prolonged insurgency – think of
Relations between Iran and Azerbaijan are rapidly warming. In early May 2010, the two countries signed a security memorandum, promising to cooperate on issues ranging from drug smuggling to human trafficking to terrorism. Iran’s foreign minister framed the bilateral relationship as one between “friendly, fraternal and neighboring countries.” On May 5, Azerbaijan’s defense minister pledged