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$6-$35 Billions Annually to Assad: Stronger Iran, Mightier Assad?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In the ongoing 4-year-long civil war, the Islamic Republic- one of the major bank-rollers for the Syrian government- has approximately spent between $6 and $35 billion a year in order to keep its staunchest regional ally, Bashar Al Assad in power.

Why Holocaust Analogies Aren't Helping Republicans Win Jewish Votes

John A. Tures | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
John A. Tures

Republicans have done everything they can to win the Jewish vote, never missing an opportunity to link Democrats and any foreign policy opponent to the Nazis and the Holocaust. They just don't get how offensive such remarks are to Jewish voters, continuing to drive them toward Democrats.

Huckabee's Hitler Hysteria: A New Low

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Lev Raphael

For a man who claims to have visited Auschwitz and Birkenau three times, he doesn't seem to have learned anything there.

Israel Ambassadors Support Deal With Iran

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

These ambassadors join the overwhelming majority of former diplomats and national security officials who have come out in favor of the deal to block all of Iran's pathways to a bomb. There is fierce opposition to the agreement, but most is from political figures and neoconservative groups, with few former senior officials backing them.

Why Nuke Treaty Vital for Israel, Iran and the United States

William Lambers | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
William Lambers

The United States, Israel and Iran should all ratify the CTBT to close the door on nuclear testing. It's a vital step toward peace and a step away from nuclear weapons.

John Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Good For Israel's Security

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday continued his aggressive defense of the nuclear agreement recently reached with Iran. Pushing back...

The Iran Nuclear Deal Has Left the Future of the Region Blurrier Than Ever

Shlomo Avineri | Posted 07.23.2015 | World
Shlomo Avineri

JERUSALEM -- Even at this early stage, it is apparent that the agreement has empowered Iran regionally. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's minority Alawite regime lavished praise on the agreement, rightly recognizing that enhanced international legitimacy and financial resources will enable Shia Iran to provide greater backing. Assad's other major regional ally, Lebanon's Hezbollah (which the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization), also supports the deal. Vladimir Putin's Russia is also happy to have received U.S. assistance, however indirectly, in strengthening Assad's hold on power.

Who's Delusional?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The choice isn't actually between Iran having no nuclear "breakout" capacity or regaining that capacity 15 years from now (as the present deal seems to offer); the choice is between an agreement for 15 verifiably non-weaponized years and a guarantee of nothing whatsoever.

New York Protesters Tell Chuck Schumer: Kill Iran Nuclear Deal

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- An estimated 10,000 opponents to the Iran nuclear deal rallied in front of Times Square on Wednesday evening with a clear message for Demo...

Who Should Be Trusted in the Iran Deal?

Dennis Jett | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Dennis Jett

Many commentators greeted the agreement with deep skepticism. They dismissed the two years of negotiations with a single assertion: the deal should be rejected because the other side cannot be trusted. Some of these naysayers are right. There is reason to doubt whether the United States can be trusted.

The Eurasian Big Bang

Pepe Escobar | Posted 07.23.2015 | World
Pepe Escobar

Tehran, Beijing, Moscow, Islamabad, and New Delhi have been actively establishing interlocking security guarantees. They have been simultaneously calling the Atlanticist bluff when it comes to the endless drumbeat of attention given to the flimsy meme of Iran's "nuclear weapons program."

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly About The Iran Deal

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.22.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Iran deal has become legally enshrined -- but that does not guarantee that Iran will fully abide by its provisions, let alone cease its subversive activity. To that end, to enforce the deal, the U.S. must focus not only on preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons, but how to force it to change its behavior.

The Lexus and the Lemon: Inside the Deal With Iran

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Matthew RJ Brodsky

The White House didn't drive the hardest bargain they could to get the best deal. In essence, Barack Obama drove into the dealership with a Lexus and left with a Yugo.

Nuclear Iran: How and Why The JCPOA Will Work

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Paul Heroux

Even before the negotiations started, President Obama's detractors were saying that his efforts to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program would fail. Now that we have an actual plan to review, we can weigh the merits of that plan. I have read the plan and it is my opinion that the plan is a good plan that will work.

Apocalypse, Not Now

Ksenia Svetlova | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Ksenia Svetlova

Considering that the agreement is practically a done deal, how should Israel act to assure that it's security interests do not suffer? While Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to attack the agreement, I and many in Israel believe that it's time to deal with this worrying and uncertain situation in a sensible manner.

Behind Ayatollah Khamenei's Support for a Nuclear Deal He Previously Disavowed

Shahir ShahidSaless | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Shahir ShahidSaless

Just three weeks before the historic agreement between Iran and the group of six world powers, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued comprehensive red lines for a possible nuclear deal. The nuclear deal reached on July 14 in Vienna clearly violates the lines almost in their entirety.

Why the Iran Deal Is Israel's Best Alternative

Avishay Ben Sasson-Gordis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Avishay Ben Sasson-Gordis

The deal is in fact good for Israel's security. A sober analysis of the agreement announced last week confirms this judgment.

America's True Challenge With the Iran Deal Is Selling It to Its Middle East Partners

Rizwan Ladha | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Rizwan Ladha

When the Iran nuclear deal was reached last week, many around the world hailed it as a breakthrough in Iran's relations with the international community, a diplomatic achievement and a nonproliferation success. But now what?

The Nuclear Agreement With Iran Is A Good One, But Not Its Approval Method

Ivan Eland | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

Any foreign agreement, no matter how good it is, should not be allowed to countenance continued aggrandizement of executive power and further subversion the republic's Constitution.

Obama Bravely Ignores the Warmongers with Iran Deal -- Surely, His Finest Moment

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

Most Americans struggle to recognize or understand their country's permanent security state, in which elected politicians seem to run the show, but the CIA and the Pentagon often take the lead -- a state that inherently gravitates toward military, rather than diplomatic, solutions to foreign-policy challenges. Viewed through the lens of history, the main job of U.S. presidents is to be mature and wise enough to stand up to the permanent war machine.

Why Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Good News?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 07.20.2015 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo


I Know Iran Will Find My Father

Sarah Moriarty | Posted 07.19.2015 | Politics
Sarah Moriarty

To know Bob Levinson is to know his strength, his determination and his drive -- to know his deep, unwavering love for my mother and for all my family. He will not go silently into the night. My father is as determined to get home as we are to get him home. But we need Iran's help.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.19.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the historic nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers was finalized. Provisions include reducing Iran's stockpile of uranium by 98 percent, IAEA inspections for 25 years, and a "snap-back" clause that would quickly reimpose sanctions if Iran breaks the deal. President Obama said it's "our best means of assuring that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon," and pointed out that critics haven't presented an alternative. But that didn't stop them from sounding off. Speaker Boehner called it "a bad deal" that "blows my mind." And Dick Cheney asked, "What the hell is the president thinking?" As the debate over the deal continues, it's worth noting that many of its most bellicose critics were among the biggest cheerleaders for the invasion of Iraq -- the worst foreign policy disaster in U.S. history. Their opposition might well be the ultimate sign the agreement is in America's best interest.

Iran Nuclear Deal: Four Concentric Circles

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.18.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Although the deal will be signed soon, and although it has been described as a good deal by the relevant parties, there exist several crucial ambiguities and unanswered questions about the IAEA's role and the military dimension of Iran's nuclear program.

A U.S.-Iran Realignment Is Not in the Cards

James Zogby | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

With the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran, some are panicking in despair, while others have visions of a dramatically realigned Middle East. Both views are overreactions, since the deal itself is quite limited in scope, and the impact of 35 years of history and politics cannot easily be erased.