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Coulter, Trump, Francis and Why Words Matter

Tom Allon | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Allon

In an era where presidential candidates are on tour for almost two whole years and thus speak many, many words - much of them superfluous and foolish - we see in Francis' speeches that Words Really Matter. How's that for a new hashtag? #wordsreallymatter.

New Book Argues Iran Deal Makes War Inevitable

Kevin Price | Posted 09.30.2015 | Books
Kevin Price

Dershowitz, who has long sat very close to the seats of power both domestically and with those in Israel, unleashed a scathing attack against the Obama administration for its naive decision to pursue such a deal.

After the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Will the Nuclear Powers Also Play by the Rules?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

When all is said and done, what the recently-approved Iran nuclear agreement is all about is ensuring that Iran honors its commitment under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) not to develop nuclear weapons.

A Heart of Many Rooms: Can Jews Stay Together After the Iran Vote?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

This is not to say we should not have strong convictions. We are a people who argue. We are a people who disagree. But the challenge now is not to let these disagreements tear us apart. They have done too many times in history. Indeed, some of our worst wounds have been self-inflicted.

Why Evangelicals Will Pray for the Iran Deal

Rev. Richard Cizik | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Richard Cizik

We will be praying for peace in the Middle East, that our leaders continue to work toward the goal of preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon, and that their decisions will protect the security of our citizens and strengthen America's moral leadership in the world.

Privatizing the Apocalypse

Jonathan Alan King | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Alan King

Nuclear weapons have been in the headlines for years and yet all attention in this period has been focused on Iran. Almost never in the news, on the other hand, are the perfectly real arsenals that could actually wreak havoc on the planet, especially our own.

First First Things First: Defeat ISIS, Then Deal With Assad

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

To show how Byzantine the already complex Middle East political debate has become, my take on recent developments there will seem counter-intuitive to my long-standing fans (all three of you). For example, I support - gasp! - the recent U.S.-Iran nuclear deal.

Can Iran's Rulers Still Use Enemies Abroad to Rally a Nation?

The Conversation US | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

The rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran have routinely used external conflicts to divert public attention from domestic problems, deflect attacks, promote national cohesion and repress their opponents. Much of the tension between Iran and the U.S. can be seen in this light.

Another Iran Deal Vote?

Hal Donahue | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Republicans are playing politics with the nuclear safety of the nation and deserve the highest level of disdain and condemnation to reflect the great shame and discredit they bring upon their party, the Senate and America.

It's Time for Republicans to Abandon Their Short-Sighted Approach to Iran

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 09.14.2015 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

Republican members of Congress should abandon efforts to sabotage the agreement and acknowledge that security is better achieved through diplomacy than through militarism.

The Presidency and the Iran Accord: Constitutional Day Lesson Ideas

Alan Singer | Posted 09.13.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

I propose Constitution Day be used to examine crucial current events issues that raise important constitutional questions. Given heated debate taking place in the United States over the power of the Presidency and the Iran nuclear accord, it is an ideal topic for secondary school classrooms on Constitution Day.

Time to Unite on Iran

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Fourteen years ago a terrible thing happened to our country, to our city, when terrorists attacked us on September 11. Then there were no Republicans, there were no Democrats; there were only Americans who said we have to come together.

As We March Closer to War

David Yankovich | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
David Yankovich

Is the only way to achieve peace in the Middle East by raising an American flag over every Arab country? War should be the last resort, but the great chessboard of the world is maneuvering against the United States, and analytically, we are wholly unprepared to go to war if our enemies unite.

The U.S. And Saudi Arabia: A 21st-Century Partnership

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Saudi Arabia and other U.S. Gulf allies are concerned that Iran, despite crippling economic sanctions, has been engaged in aggressively funding, plotting and backing terrorist groups across the region.

The Iran Deal, Munich and Lessons From Versailles

Michael Zucker | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Zucker

July's Iran nuclear deal stands as one of the most significant foreign policy achievements of this or any recent administration. It rejects a Munich replication and builds on the lessons of Versailles while eliminating many of its pitfalls.

GOP Gang Still Can't Shoot Straight

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress is back, and they're already moaning about how much they have to do in September. After all, they've got an upcoming budgetary train wreck to create, the Pope is going to visit and -- first on their list of looming deadlines -- they're supposed to vote on the Iran nuclear deal.

The Cuban Missile Crisis Explains Why Iran Won't Go to War With Israel

Harvey Simon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Harvey Simon

Before advocating war with Iran to keep it from getting nuclear weapons, proliferation opponents have a responsibility to explain why these risks cannot be mitigated and defend their assumption that deterrence does not apply in the Middle East.

Cory Booker Must Understand Jewish Outrage Over Iran Deal

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

It's imperative that the Jewish and Israel-loving community never succumb to battle-fatigue over the Iran deal and make things personal. Cory's choice to vote for the Iran deal is not a personal betrayal or a display of disloyalty to the Jewish community.

Why It Matters That Colin Powell and Debbie Wasserman Schultz Support the Iran Agreement.

Joe Cirincione | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

A Republican former secretary of state and a Democratic "Jewish mother" may have just given us the strongest case yet for the nuclear agreement with Iran. The first is a pillar of the "realist" camp in the American national security establishment. The second is a rising star in the Democratic Party from a heavily Jewish district in South Florida. Together, they represent key constituencies whose support for the historic accord is critical to isolating right-wing opponents and preventing last-minute sabotage attempts. Together, they also lay out a compelling narrative of why the agreement is so important to American national security.

Tavis Smiley: Reza Aslan on What Iran Deal Will Mean for Obama's Legacy

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Before the agreement officially gained the support it needed to survive on Capitol Hill, Aslan was one of more than seventy Middle East and foreign affairs scholars who sent a letter to Congress urging members to back the deal.

The Clinton Emails and the Iran Lobby

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Matthew RJ Brodsky

The release of another batch of Hillary Clinton emails, courtesy of the State Department, provides an opportunity to glimpse inside the formation of the Obama administration's approach to Iran in the early days of his presidency.

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.