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Senators Mull Tougher Iran Sanctions

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are working on a set of new and unprecedented sanctions against Iran that could prevent the Islamic republic from doing ...

Iran Policy and the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The news that Obama has chosen dialogue over saber rattling gives Romney the opportunity to vent his criticism at the sole foreign policy debate that falls on the 50th anniversary of the night when President John F. Kennedy first made public the existence of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba.

Iran Hits the Sanctions Threshold

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's speech could be interpreted as an indirect signal of growing willingness on the part of the Iranian leadership to break the nuclear deadlock.

Why Iran Won't Cave on Nuclear Enrichment

Rajan Menon | Posted 12.05.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

The currency crisis has created big problems for ordinary Iranians.The price of any item made with imported materials costs a whole lot more now. That's the economic side of things. But it's the political angle that's getting the most attention in the U.S.

The Most Visible Sign Of Iran's Influence In Iraq

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and LARA JAKES | Posted 11.25.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — After years of growing influence, a new sign of Iran's presence in Iraq has hit the streets. Thousands of signs, that is, depicting Ir...

Seeking the Heckler's Veto in Tehran

Chris DeVito | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Chris DeVito

It was perhaps predictable that the Iranian government would take advantage of this moment of unrest to renew their attack on both new and old heretical foes.

Iran Urges West To Take Action On Anti-Islam Film

AP | Posted 09.17.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's top leader urged the West on Monday to show it respects Muslims by blocking a film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad and has touc...

Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran Has No Interest In Nuclear Weapons

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2012 | World

DUBAI, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Iran has no interest in nuclear weapons but will keep pursuing peaceful nuclear energy, Supreme Leader Aya...

Iran's Supreme Hipster? Ayatollah Khamenei Gets Instagram

Posted 08.02.2012 | World

Why didn't anyone think to snag the username khamenei_ir before? Iran's absolute ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been tweeting up a storm using the s...

Supreme Leader: Sanctions Will Not Halt Nuclear Program

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 09.24.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Western-led sanctions and diplomatic pressure will not force Iran to halt its nuclear program, Iran's Supreme Leader said Wednesd...

'Getting to Yes' With Iran Starts at Home

Reza Marashi | Posted 07.22.2012 | World
Reza Marashi

There is only one way to break a 34-year-old deadlock: break the rules. America and Iran must talk to each other and trade compromises of equal value in order to break down the hostility and misperceptions that paralyze our relations.

Iran: Hacking Ya-Haq?

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 07.14.2012 | World
Reporters Uncensored

The Iranian government's consistent repressive policies towards netizens has increased two fold in recent years as the government continues to step up its program to monitor, censor and persecute dissidents.

Dysfunctional Congress Threatens Iran Talks

David Elliott | Posted 07.02.2012 | World
David Elliott

While Congress fights over tax policy and the budget, it should take a moment to fix its sanctions legislation and return the power to make peace back to the president.

The U.S. and Iran Are Talking. Why Is the New York Times Peddling Iran Islamophobia?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.19.2012 | Media
Robert Naiman

Last Saturday -- the same day the United States and Iran were having "constructive and useful" discussions on Iran's nuclear program in Istanbul -- the New York Times published a piece titled, "Seeking Nuclear Insight in Fog of the Ayatollah's Utterances."

For Peace, Both Obama and Khamenei Must Compromise

Trita Parsi | Posted 06.08.2012 | World
Trita Parsi

Driven by limited political maneuverability at home, domestic pressure not to compromise, and a perception of strength, the nuclear talks have often been about imposing terms of capitulation on the other. It has never succeeded.

Mike Wallace's Legacy

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 06.08.2012 | Media
Joe Peyronnin

His hard-hitting approach to investigative journalism and take-no-prisoners interviewing style helped define the program in its early years. And Mike conducted his interviews, legends, movie stars and crooks, with the same intensity. He would say, "I'm just nosy."

Khamenei Is Willing to Make Negotiations Succeed

Angie Ahmadi | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Angie Ahmadi

Should conservative factions in Iran unite under the auspices of the Supreme Leader, western diplomats will face a less challenging task in advancing nuclear negotiations forward.

How Romney's Evil Iran, Congress's Crippling Sanctions and Obama's Unexhausted Diplomacy Are Taking Us to War

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Evil is back. Mitt Romney resurrected President George W. Bush-era evil finger pointing towards Tehran. Evil is something morally reprehensible, sinful, or wicked, but does Iran fit the bill?

Iran's Parliamentary Vote: The Beginning of the End of Ahmadinejad

Angie Ahmadi | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
Angie Ahmadi

Last Friday, Iran held its first elections since the controversial 2009 presidential contest, which led to the near-elimination of pro-reform political forces in the Islamic Republic. For this reason, the parliamentary vote should be viewed as an unrepresentative sham -- nothing more than a selection process amongst the ruling conservative elite.

Which Side's Hardliners Will Sabotage US-Iran Diplomacy? Enter Romney and Lieberman

Jamal Abdi | Posted 05.09.2012 | World
Jamal Abdi

We're at a rare moment in which both the United States and Iran have unclenched their fists and appear ready for real talks. But we've seen how opportunities have been sabotaged in the past by political opportunism, ultimatums and intransigence from factions on each side.

Netanyahu's Dangerous Misuse of the Holocaust

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

There are obvious points of consensus in the Free World: the Iranian Regime is not nice; in fact, it's pretty horrid, both to its own people and in it...

Holding Iran's Supreme Leader Accountable

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Reza Pahlavi

It is my sincere hope that whatever political motivations have previously guided nations in the past vis-à-vis Iran, they will do what is clearly right and side with the people of Iran by voting to refer this case to the International Criminal Court at once.

"Dear Ahmadinejad": Revisiting Petr Lom's Letters to the President

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.06.2012 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

Letters to the President turned out to be a film which undeniably proved that there are as many opinions as there are people in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Ayatollah Is Right About One Thing: Nuclear Weapons Are Sinful

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

How to explain the Ayatollah's recent seemingly logical and humane religious proclamations on the immorality of nuclear weapons? His statement challenges the acceptance of nuclear war-fighting as an option by every U.S. president since Harry Truman.

The Iran Diplomacy Puzzle

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

A failure to reach a diplomatic solution carries huge costs: tensions between Iran and the West continue to rise in what some have called a shadow war.