Former Indian Ambassador MK Bhadrakumar tries to downplay the suggestions of a US role in the Sistan bombings, arguing that Washington has too much to lose in nuclear talks in Vienna.
Iran says it can't talk directly with the French in Vienna because they can't be trusted.
<p>Blaming the US is not always merely a knee-jerk reaction. Indeed, many in the US itself have admitted - and openly encouraged - Washington's involvement with Iranian armed-group Jundullah.</p>
In the days following Iran's presidential election in June, the atmosphere in Tehran became increasingly and insufferably closed.
<p>The Iranians say they are fighting a dual war against drugs smugglers and a Sunni group called Jundullah. It is this group that has claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack, which killed at least 31 people.</p>
<p>The Goldstone vote at the UN Human Rights Council is being described as a victory for the Palestinian people. But for Palestinians, UN resolutions - at any level - have become a bittersweet experience that represent the duality of both international impotence and bias.</p>
<p>One can almost hear drum beats ushering in the much awaited speech by the Palestinian president to the nation. Many hope it will be a significant step towards healing wounds from the Goldstone controversy.</p>
<p>Palestinians battle a harsh daily reality that has yet to change despite President Obama’s undisputed oratory skills and enticing rhetoric about peace.</p>
<p>For three years, Hamas and Fatah have fought deadly battles, and exchanged sharp accusations. Now, Egypt has announced the two sides have reached an agreement and all that remains is for it to be signed - but will they sign?</p>
<p>For the first time in a long time, all of the major Palestinian factions are united ... in outrage. Leaders of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah have all joined forces and condemned a recent decision by the Palestinian representative at the UN. But the blame is being leveled at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.</p>
Ramadan is the holiest of months for Muslims around the world...