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Iran Nuclear Weapons

44 Intellectuals Petition In Support of the Nuclear Deal and Request the Release of All Iranian Political Prisoners

Akbar Ganji | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Akbar Ganji

The nuclear agreement with Iran should be supported because the Middle East is in dire need of peace and stability, so that its people can recover their right to live. There is no true life without security and peace, let alone economic development, democracy and respect for human rights.

Iran Deal is Best Way Forward

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

This is far from a perfect agreement, but it is a worthy agreement that represents the best way to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon, and we would be wise not to walk away from it, especially since there is simply no better alternative arrangement out there.

Milestone For Iran Nuclear Deal

Susan Shaer | Posted 09.02.2015 | Women
Susan Shaer

We at WAND will continue to work to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. These efforts will include advocating for the right policy and adequate funding to ensure the agreement's verification mechanisms are properly resourced, so that we can be as diligent as possible in ensuring the agreement's implementation.

The Iran Nuclear Deal: A-Must-Approve, Not to Be Politicized!

Yaa-Lengi Ngemi | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Yaa-Lengi Ngemi

The Iran Nuclear Agreement is so unprecedented in major universal ways that playing politics with rejecting it reduces this universal deal to the level of petty local politics. Consider the nations and the brains that negotiated on it and show some intellectual honesty, humility, and respect.

Danger: If Congress 'Blows Up' the Iran Deal

Joel Rubin | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Let there be no doubt that this is the best agreement ever negotiated to block a new country's acquisition of nuclear weapons. One can quibble with some of the details at the margins of the agreement, but at its core, it is an excellent agreement.

Is Wyden on the Path to War?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

"What is the point of canceling an agreement that distances Iran from the bomb?" That is the exact question that many American's are asking as Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) holds out on supporting the Iran deal until he talks to some of his friends. That's right. Some of his friends.

The Iran Nuclear Agreement Must Be Defeated -- Or Saved

Rabbi Irving yitz Greenberg | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Irving yitz Greenberg

Congress should make clear that it will vote against the treaty - unless its fundamental flaws are corrected. This correction would require bipartisan cooperation between the White House and Democrats and Republicans in both houses.

Why Iraq Is the Iran Nuclear Deal's Biggest Loser

Samuel Ramani | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

The scale and nature of Iran's intervention in Iraq will have profound consequences for regional security and the struggle against ISIS. Unless the US or the GCC provide large-scale assistance to fundamentally reshape the balance of power in Iraq, escalated Iranian involvement could push Iraq closer than ever to becoming a failed state.

Ahmad Batebi: Turning Slander Into a Shelter

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

In preparation for my first meeting with famed activist, Ahmad Batebi I read up about his involvement with the student reform movement, his participation in the demonstrations and his subsequent arrest.

Tribute on Women's Equality Day: Women, Power, Peace

Susan Shaer | Posted 08.26.2015 | Women
Susan Shaer

As the nation is buzzing with what will happen in Congress about the Iran deal, WAND would especially like to thank Wendy Sherman for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the peace and security of the United States and the world.

The Case for Diplomacy

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

We continue to live in a tough, violent world. Certainly, there will be occasions when we have to strike these individuals before they strike us. But I continue to believe strongly that diplomacy must always be given a chance. And even if it fails, it is a prerequisite to gaining the support of others and the effective use of force.

The Fox, the Henhouse, and Verifying Iran's Compliance

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Matthew RJ Brodsky

Having relinquished and ultimately collapsed on most key negotiating positions in order to placate Iran and bring home a final nuclear deal from Vienna, the White House PR machine is in overdrive.

Lack of War Hurting Halliburton's Profits

Philip David Morton | Posted 08.24.2015 | Comedy
Philip David Morton

Squeezed by the sudden reduction of global violence, Halliburton announced yesterday the unexpected lack of war will be hurting their next profit report.

Republicans Who Blame Obama Over Iran Should Recall Bush's Role

Ivan Eland | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

The Republicans complain about Obama not doing enough to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, nor enough to blunt Iran's increasing regional influence in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, yet one of their own -- George W. Bush -- had a big hand in aggravating these problems in the first place.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Means War Between Israel and Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer | Posted 08.21.2015 | World
Jonathan Schanzer

The debate over President Obama's Iran nuclear deal has grown increasingly bitter inside the Beltway. The acrimony is unavoidable, and not just because of the hyper-partisanship that is ripping Washington apart from within.

Memo to 2016 Presidential Candidates: How to Fix the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Congress will shortly vote on a resolution of disapproval on the Iran nuclear agreement (formally the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or "JCPOA")....

Why the IAEA Would Yield to Iran on Inspecting the Parchin Weapons Site

Yousaf Butt | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Yousaf Butt

LONDON -- It's hard to be certain, but it may be because the IAEA's track record under its previous head of safeguards, Olli Heinonen, is marred by the botched analysis of the Syrian site at Al Kibar. The Iranians may be insisting on carrying out the Parchin inspections themselves to make sure they, too, are not wrongly accused by the IAEA.

War's No Good, So... Sanctions?

Elie Jacobs | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Elie Jacobs

Sanctions are a difficult economic tool to wrangle in the first place, because if they aren't targeted specifically on the people making decisions about policy (in this case, the Iranian nuclear program), they gamble on influencing pressures and internal political dynamics.

Republicans and Weaponry (Real and Imagined)

Nick Turse | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

The first prime-time Republican primary debate of 2015 was an eye-opener of sorts when it came to the Middle East. After forcefully advocating for the termination of the pending nuclear deal with Iran, for example, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker unleashed an almost indecipherable torrent of words.

IAEA Defends Planned Nuclear Inspections In Iran After AP Report

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.20.2015 | World

VIENNA, Aug 20 (Reuters) -- The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief on Thursday rejected as "a misrepresentation" suggestions Iran would inspect its own Parc...

'The Iranian Threat'

Noam Chomsky | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

In considering this matter, it is instructive to examine both the unspoken assumptions in the situation and the questions that are rarely asked. Let us consider a few of these assumptions, beginning with the most serious: that Iran is the gravest threat to world peace.

Head of Group Opposing Iran Deal Comes Out In Favor

Alan Elsner | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Alan Elsner

Sinking the agreement would not mean a return to the status quo, but the collapse of the international sanctions regime UANI has done so much to build, and which has induced Iran to make these historic concessions.

Why David Brooks Is Dead Wrong on the Iran Deal

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Tyler Wigg-Stevenson

If you follow his argument, however, it's actually breathtakingly naive. And if you look at his sources, the column is downright embarrassing.

North Korea's Balancing Act in the Persian Gulf

Samuel Ramani | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Therefore, the prospect of North Korea and Saudi Arabia transforming their relationship from adversaries to partners is improbable but not impossible. Western policymakers should keep a much closer eye on North Korean conduct in the Gulf.

War: What Is it Good For? Maybe Very Little

Elie Jacobs | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Elie Jacobs

War cannot and should not be considered before all other options have been eliminated. This deal provides the option of significantly curtailing the Iranian program before a single sanction is lifted and keeping it under the vigilant eye of the world for at least the next decade -- three to five times longer than a preemptive strike.