I was prepared to escape the sorrows, tragedies and threats of the Middle East just for one night. It didn't work. One of the pieces performed at Euro Youth Classic was dedicated to South Africa's political prisoners during the apartheid regime. While I was listening to it I was of course thinking of Iran, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries where young, bright generations have been denied their democratic rights.
Saba Farzan was born in Teheran and raised in Germany. She writes as a journalist for major German, Austrian and Swiss newspapers as well as the European edition of the Wall Street Journal. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Foreign Policy Circle, a strategy think tank in Berlin. Her area of expertise is the Iranian civil society, Iran and USA as well as German and European Middle East policy. She further focuses in her publications on integration and immigration in Europe. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Bayreuth in Theater Studies, American Literature and Sociology with research stays at the Kurt Weill Foundation in New York City and Yale University.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called it boldly and rightly a Marshall Plan for Syria -- as a working group lead by our diplomats is helping the Syrian opposition to endorse a free market economy and leave behind Assad's socialism. The initiative by the German Foreign Ministry doesn't come a second too early.
07/20/2012 04:20 EDT
The EU's embargo on oil from Iran is the ultimate strategic move to stop the Iranian regime's nuclear program. The major source of finance for Iran's nuclear weapons program is its oil revenue. It is as simple as that: Hit them where the money is and it will be their collapse.
01/25/2012 10:03 EST
The crucial question at this moment is not whether to bomb or not to bomb Iran, but how should the architecture behind a regime change without military intervention look? It's starts with toughest economic sanctions and it ends with a diplomatic boycott -- and it is strengthened by more heavy sanctions.
11/17/2011 04:24 EST
Is it imaginable that in the 21st century a modern woman and outstanding actress receives lashes for her art? Sadly such brutality is common in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Most tragic are the explanations by regime officials that they are defending moral values and the security of their country.
10/12/2011 02:02 EDT