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Let’s Start a #DataRevolution to Make Our Globe Thrive!

Let’s Start a #DataRevolution to Make Our Globe Thrive!

The politicians and leaders of our world are squandering their time, energy and resources over trivial conflicts, power struggles and pursuing goals that are not conducive to global peace and sustainable development. Nations across the globe are suffering as a result of poverty, economic predicaments, political turmoil, the unstoppable stream of global warming, water and food insecurity, growing pollution of the air, oceans and forests, natural disasters and many other hardships that befall the human society. Even so, meaningful steps are not being taken at the right time and wisely, and the future continues to seem bleak. Even though I don’t want to sound unnecessarily skeptical and maintain that the world leaders have not addressed...

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Angela Corrias: An Italian photojournalist who is impressed with Iran

Angela Corrias: An Italian photojournalist who is impressed with Iran

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: As Iran’s tourism industry grows steadily, the corporate media’s stereotypical portrayal of Iran becomes unpopular and sometimes ridiculed by the Western citizens. With the influx of foreign tourists into Iran, especially from the European countries, more people are getting familiar with the unseen face of Iran as a country with an ancient culture, civilization and several natural and cultural magnets unknown to the world. An Italian journalist and photographer, who has traveled to Iran in the recent years three times, tells Fars News Agency that the media’s clichés about Iran are obsolete and tiresome. Angela Corrias believes that Iranians are civilized and educated people and...

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Lifting of Sanctions Contributes a Lot to Prosperity of Average Iranians

Lifting of Sanctions Contributes a Lot to Prosperity of Average Iranians

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: On the final day of the Global Media Forum 2015 and while I had only a couple of hours to pack my luggage and depart from Bonn to Frankfurt and catch my return flight to Tehran, I got the chance to talk to a leading British peace-worker and women rights activist for a 15-minute interview for Iran Review. Scilla Elworthy is the founder of the Oxford Research Group, an advisor of The Elders and a member of several international peace organizations. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times in recognition of her work on nuclear non-proliferation and the facilitation of dialog between weapons policy-makers and their critics. A member and councilor of the World Future Council, Ms....

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Iran’s Nuclear Deal: “The World Should Now Sigh in Relief”

Iran’s Nuclear Deal: “The World Should Now Sigh in Relief”

Kourosh Ziabari - Your Middle East: Let me jump to an early conclusion about the historic nuclear deal achieved by Iran and the six world powers (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) on July 14: the Iranian, American and Israeli critics of the deal, I bet, haven’t even bothered to read the text of the 159-page Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. To be honest, they’re either practically incapable of grasping and comprehending the highly technical, well-crafted, exhaustive deal or don’t have the time to review its content and simply crave for shouting something against it in general, like that it was a “historic mistake”. For the United States and its allies, who said they were seeking...

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Interview with Deutsche Welle’s Pashtu/Dari Journalist Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi

Interview with Deutsche Welle’s Pashtu/Dari Journalist Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: The largest media gathering in Europe wrapped up in the German city of Bonn on June 24. The Global Media Forum 2015, organized by the Deutsche Welle and sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office, hosted around 2,000 politicians, media professionals, journalists, academicians and activists from across the world and provided the attendees with an opportunity to get familiar with the latest trends in online, print and multimedia journalism and explore the theme of foreign policy in the age of digital media. On the sidelines of the “Social media vs. digital jihad” workshop, which the Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab had arranged, Iran Review interviewed the moderator Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi....

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It’s a Mistake to Associate ISIS Directly with Islam: Gavin Rees

It’s a Mistake to Associate ISIS Directly with Islam: Gavin Rees

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: A European Youth Press fellowship took me to the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2015 held in the German city of Bonn from June 22 to 24 to cover the world’s largest media gathering for Iran Review. The 3-day event was held in the World Conference Center Bonn, the former home to the German Bundestag (lower house of the Federal Parliament) and several workshops and plenary sessions were arranged with different subject matters revolving around the forum’s main theme “Foreign Policy in the Age of Digital Media.” About 160 speakers and panelists delivered presentations in the workshops and plenary sessions. On the second day of the event, Iran Review conducted an interview with Mr. Gavin Rees,...

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EU Council Unanimous Decision Can Terminate Sanctions against Iran

EU Council Unanimous Decision Can Terminate Sanctions against Iran

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: A delegation of 7 members of European Parliament has just concluded its two-day trip to Iran, which was arranged at the invitation of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Majlis (Iran’s parliament). The EU parliamentary group, traveling to Iran from June 6-7, was headed by Elmar Brok, the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and included MEPs from different political factions such as the European People’s Party, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. The relations between Iran and the European Union have significantly improved in the past two years since President Hassan Rouhani...

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The rebirth of Iran through diplomacy

The rebirth of Iran through diplomacy

Kourosh Ziabari - Gateway House: In the last hours of the night of April 2, a historic primary agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, known as the framework for the Comprehensive Joint Plan of Action(JCPOA), was announced by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the French, British and German foreign ministers as well as representatives from China and Russia, in front of hundreds of news-thirsty journalists in the conference room of the Rolex Learning Center at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. Iran and the group of five permanent members of the UN Security Council...

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Economic Development is Crucial for Kosovo: Samuel Zbogar

Economic Development is Crucial for Kosovo: Samuel Zbogar

Kourosh Ziabari - Fair Observer: On February 17, 2008, Kosovo declared independence. The International Court of Justice subsequently stated that the declaration did not violate international law. Since then, the newborn nation, yearning for a prosperous economy and constructive international ties, has undergone ups and downs and received diplomatic recognition from 110 countries. Eight nations, including the United States, Britain and France, recognized Kosovo one day after its declaration of independence. However, aside from the question of recognition, Kosovo faces other issues as well. It wants to join the European Union (EU), forge stronger ties with NATO, improve its economic indicators, make progress on its human rights...

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It’s not that all Iranians chant “Death to America”

It’s not that all Iranians chant “Death to America”

Kourosh Ziabari - Your Middle East: Anti-American sentiments have been a pivotal part of the ideology that gave rise to the Islamic Revolution in 1979, toppled the U.S.-allied monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and introduced the world’s first Islamic Republic. Of course at that time, there was some good reason for feeling unhappy about the role the United States had played in Iran’s political developments; a role which the former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw once famously said had a “malign” influence over the country. In 1953, in what came to be known as the Operation Ajax, the Central Intelligence Agency and the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6 staged a coup d’état against Iran’s nationalist, democratically...

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Iran and Turkey Will Find Ways to Manage Their Differences Peacefully

Iran and Turkey Will Find Ways to Manage Their Differences Peacefully

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: On the sunny spring afternoon of Monday, April 13, I got to the Istanbul Bilgi University’s central campus with a tram which took me from the Aksaray neighborhood in the Fatih District to the Kabatas quarter where the shuttles for the Santral Campus, available every 30 minutes, would pick up the students and drop them at the entry gate of the university. Istanbul Bilgi University, founded in 1996, is ranked among the top 10 institutions of higher education in Turkey. Although I arrived at my appointment with some 45-minutes delay, Prof. Ilter Turan, one of Turkey’s leading political scientists and the former rector of the Istanbul Bilgi University, received me warmly, and after a few minutes of...

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Understanding Islam: Interview with Prof. Caner K. Dagli

Understanding Islam: Interview with Prof. Caner K. Dagli

Kourosh Ziabari - International Policy Digest: The debate on “Islamic fundamentalism” has turned immensely heated and intense in the West, especially as the terrorist group ISIS continues its relentless campaign of mass killing and executing non-Muslims and threatens to take the fight to the European capitals. ISIS has played a central role in creating skepticism towards Islam in the West that the religion preaches violence. It was about 4 months ago that a deadly shooting spree at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris claimed 12 lives, saddened millions of French people over the dramatic loss and also incited a new wave of Islamophobic attacks across Europe. Several mosques were set on fire...

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