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Iran Nuclear Program

Iran Invites UN Inspectors To Visit Key Nuclear Installation

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 11.28.2013 | World

VIENNA (AP) — After keeping away inspectors for two years, Iran has invited the U.N. nuclear agency to a facility linked to a still unfinished react...

For Majority Of Iranians Ease In Sanctions Won't Alleviate Cost Of Daily Life

AP | AYA BATRAWY and JONATHAN FAHEY | Posted 11.28.2013 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The sanctions relief offered to Iran by the U.S. and five world powers has begun to get the gears of commerce slo...

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Rewriting the Middle East Map

James Dorsey | Posted 01.27.2014 | World
James Dorsey

If all goes well, the preliminary agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council would ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program and ultimately reintegrate it into the international community.

What Really Matters to the Iranians?

Melody Moezzi | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Melody Moezzi

Ultimately, the greatest hope for a meaningful, long-term deal on the Iranian side has nothing to do with uranium or isotopes or centrifuges. Rather, it's about something much bigger: respect.

Iran and Why Right-wing Cynics Don't Matter

Trooper Sanders | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Trooper Sanders

History bends to the will of farsighted, strong leaders, not passive, sniping cynics. And eventually so will Iran. So stand aside cynics, there is a long road ahead and much work to be done.

'Unclean' -- Iran's Outcast Baha'i Minority

Anthony Vance | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Anthony Vance

The concept of ritual uncleanliness is an old one embedded in several major religious traditions, including Islam and Judaism. It is still accepted by many religious Iranian Muslims today.

Senators Crafting Iran Sanctions Bill

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading Democratic and Republican senators are crafting legislation to reinstate the full force of sanctions and impose new ones i...

Heroic Diplomacy: How Barack Obama Finally Earned That Peace Prize

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Finally, Barack Obama may prove deserving of his Nobel Peace Prize by joining with England, France, China, Russia and Germany in negotiating an eminently sensible rapprochement with Iran on its nuclear program.

The Real Reason Hawks Are Trying to Kill the Interim Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

Behind the façade of the Iran nuclear issue, what the hawks really fear is that a general rapprochement between the U.S. superpower and Iran, made possible by a nuclear deal, could lead to realignment in the Mideast region to the perceived detriment of Israel and Saudi Arabia, each of whose archenemy is Iran.

Iran No-Spoiler Alert

Marty Kaplan | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Marty Kaplan

So where are we in the Iran narrative? I mean no disrespect to the victims of Iran's terrorist clients, or the existential fears of Israelis and world Jewry, or U.S. security interests in the Middle East by calling it a narrative. Real events do happen in the real world, but people can't help trying to fit them into larger stories. We love to connect the dots. Storytelling isn't some atavistic remnant of our pre-scientific past; it's how our brains are hardwired. When no one knows what comes next, the political advantage goes to the most powerful narrators. When no one knows how things will end up, the same events can be construed as signposts toward tragedy or triumph. The Geneva deal may turn out to advance America's Middle East interests; it may be a historic blunder; it may make no difference.

Israel, Iran and the Bomb

Avi Ben-Hur | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Avi Ben-Hur

What should be the Israeli response to the emerging deal with Iran? In the opinion of this writer, Israel must sit back and let the U.S. take the lead.

The Nuclear Deal: Netanyahu vs. Obama

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The deal that was struck in Geneva between Iran and the P5+ 1 represents an important first step in curbing Iran's nuclear program. Regardless of the multiple flaws it contains, it offers a chance to end Iran's nuclear impasse peacefully.

Is Iran Nuclear Deal Good for Peace & Change?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While the deal may still be unproven in curbing an Iranian nuclear bomb, will it prove more effective in bringing closer a new Iranian revolution or at least evolution?

Israeli Public Gives Iran Deal A Chance

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2014 | World

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Going about their business on Monday, Israelis seemed more accepting than their leader...

Saudi Arabia: Iran Deal Can Be Step To Overall Nuclear Solution

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states, despite their mistrust of Iran, gave a qualified...

Easing Of Iran Sanctions Could Begin In December

AP | BRIAN MURPHY and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG | Posted 11.25.2013 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union sanctions against Iran could be eased as soon as December, officials said Monday, after a potentially history-shaping...

Iran Is Driving the Bus, so Why Is the West Celebrating?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is hard to understand what all the celebrating in the West is about. Simply that there is an agreement where there had been none? The Iranians should be doing the celebrating -- and they are.

Dem Senator 'Disappointed' In Iran Deal

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties said Sunday they are skeptical that Iran will stick to a new nuclear deal and want Congress to prepare...

Nuclear Deal With Iran: Netanyahu Is Paying a Steep Price for Fanning Fear

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.24.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

Netanyahu has always liked to think of himself as a daring leader a la Churchill. He is about to find out that it takes more than cigars and grand rhetoric to actually become a great leader.

The Iranian Agreement: A Possible Realignment of Middle East Politics

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 01.24.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

A realignment of Middle East politics? That remains to be seen, but it is more likely than before with the signing of the agreement, and one with potential effects that could go beyond the immediate Iranian connection.

How The Iran Nuclear Deal Happened

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER and JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEE | Posted 01.24.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of high-level, face-to-face talks over the past year, in a high-stakes dip...

Historic U.S.-Iran Deal Halts the Slide to War

Jamal Abdi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jamal Abdi

With the deal that was signed in the early morning hours in Geneva on Sunday, the two sides managed to change course from the path to a disastrous war and put us on a road that ends with concrete assurance that Iran will never obtain nuclear weapons. Though it is just an interim agreement, after thirty years of non-relations, the deal is historic.

Enrichment Dispute Between Iran and P5+1 Getting Resolved

Trita Parsi | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Trita Parsi

Just as Iran must accept certain limitations for a period time as a result of their past violations and the breach in trust, the West must accept that once Iran has restored trust, it must enjoy the same benefits that all other NPT states enjoy.

Iran Nuclear Talks Hang Up On Enrichment, Sanctions

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

By Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi GENEVA, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Iran and six global powers struggled on Friday to overcome stumbling...

Difficult Differences To Bridge

AP | JAMEY KEATEN and JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 11.22.2013 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Iran nuclear talks entered a delicate phase Thursday as negotiators tried to fine-tune a draft agreement that would limit Tehran's ato...