Joseph Epstein

Iran’s Shia-Only Elections Expose Age-Old Intolerance

As Iran prepares for the charade of presidential elections later this month, old and new regime apparatchiks have announced their candidacies. They include former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General Ali Reza Afshar and Zohreh Elahian, the first woman to run for president of Iran, as well as more than 70 others. Earlier this […]

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Will Iran Sabotage South Caucasus Peace Through the Armenian Church?

Since Azerbaijan took over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region last September, it has sought to finalize border demarcation with Armenia in a new peace accord. In March, Baku demanded the return of four villages still held by Armenia in the nation’s Tavush Province. According to the 1991 Almaty Declaration, which required post-Soviet republics

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Al Jazeera Deserves to Be Blocked

Israel’s parliament recently passed a law aiming to shut down Qatar’s quasi-state-run Al Jazeera Media Network. The law that allows temporary shutdowns of foreign media that threaten national security was immediately met with White House criticism accusing Jerusalem of cracking down on freedom of the press. Spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre called the move “concerning,” while

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