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Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

How does our Jewish community make a decision on an issue that is crucial to our own future and the fate of the world around us -- like the decision that faces us now about making sure that Iran adheres to its own claim that it does not intend to produce nuclear weapons?

Congress Should Help Strengthen Iran Deal, Not Reject It

Rep. Adam Schiff | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Rep. Adam Schiff

When it comes to predicting the future, we are all looking through the glass darkly, but it is only prudent to expect that if Congress rejects a deal agreed to by the administration and much of the world, the sanctions regime will -- if not collapse -- almost certainly erode.

Ted Cruz Just Disqualified Himself for President, Part II

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

One can argue whether President George W. Bush and President Barak Obama's policies are wrong or foolish, but you can't argue the fact that both men exhibited the characteristics of patience during times of crisis or confrontation. Can we say the same thing about Ted Cruz?

Why Chris Van Hollen's Statement Could Be The Tipping Point For The Iran Deal

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Van Hollen also addressed his hawkish colleagues in Congress, many of whom decried the deal even before fully reading it, who have been quick to move the goalposts of the agreement to include everything Iran does that we find objectionable.

Huckabee, Trump, Netanyahu, and the Politics of Provocation

Jon Rainwater | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Jon Rainwater

Huckabee, by using the imagery he did and by casting the president as Hitler, crossed a line others have not crossed. For that he richly deserves the special opprobrium he is receiving.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be Catastrophic

Chrysovalantis P. Kefalas | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Chrysovalantis P. Kefalas

If this agreement is approved, we effectively lose any hope of stopping Iran's nuclear weapons program through diplomacy. A nuclear arms race will ensue in the Middle East. More monies will flow to provide funds, arms and training to terror groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

Why Republicans Oppose The Iran Agreement: Follow The Money

Jeff Faux | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Jeff Faux

Clearly, the Republican opposition is not driven by thought-through national security considerations. What then is motivating them?

The Kurdish Elephant

John Feffer | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
John Feffer

The more chaotic things get in the Middle East, the more power and territory Kurds can control. But the more power and territory they control, the greater the fear in Tehran, Ankara, and Baghdad that the Kurds will create greater Kurdistan.

How Khamenei and Obama Must Woo the Opposition to the Nuclear Agreement

Akbar Ganji | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Akbar Ganji

Now that the agreement has been signed, both Khamenei and President Obama must sell it to those in their nations who oppose it. The task is difficult and, therefore, a comparison between the efforts of the two leaders can be very illuminating.

The Iranian Nuclear Deal and U.S. National Security

David W. Kearn | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
David W. Kearn

It is also important to be clear about what the agreement does not do and was not intended to achieve to judge the diplomatic accomplishment squarely on its own merits. No arrangement, save for one imposed by one party upon another, is going to be viewed as perfect,

A Different Lens on the Iran Nuclear Outcome

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

While Iran has a long way to go, it's hard to take the view that what America needs to do to meet its vital national interests is to strengthen the Saudi hand in the world while keeping Iran isolated. So as president Obama quoted Yitzhak Rabin "You don't make peace with friends." You make it with very unsavory enemies."

Dispatch From Iran

OpedSpace | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

For every impassioned citizen brandishing a burning American flag, there are five more Iranians with encouraging smiles, soliciting our nationality. Before we can respond "Swiss!" or "Australian!", our irreverent guide, Abdullah, has already unmasked us.

A Damn Good Deal

Shawn Justin VanDiver | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Shawn Justin VanDiver

Earlier in the month, President Obama announced that we had a deal. The P5+1 world powers had come to an agreement with Iran. With no loss of life, our diplomats were able to prevent Iran from building a bomb. The gravity of this win should make all sides rejoice. Unfortunately, that wouldn't be politically expedient.

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.

Negotiations Between Iran and the U.S. Have Now Begun

David Nordfors | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
David Nordfors

In the Middle East, when it comes to people who don't get along, the real negotiations start after the deal is struck, because then there is a relation to manage. Until then, negotiations are about if there will be a relation or not.

Netanyahu's All or Nothing Game With Iran

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The Iran nuclear agreement is a very bad deal, and the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee starting yesterday just highlighted it in a big way. It is painfully clear now why so much of it is kept secret. Those who keep secrecy are those who have something to hide.

Greece, Iran, And The Rules Of The Game

John Feffer | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
John Feffer

It's no surprise that the powerful both set the rules and break the rules with impunity. The world system isn't presided over by Miss Manners. For small countries like Greece, there's not much room for maneuver between the regulations of the EU and the general parameters established by globalization. There isn't much room for democracy either, as Greek citizens discovered when they voted in Syriza and attempted to vote out austerity in the more recent referendum. Iran, a larger country that plays a strategic role in the Middle East, has considerably more room for maneuver than does Greece. But it too cannot unilaterally remake the rules of the game. It can only negotiate the best deal it can. In the end, it must open itself up to the kind of inspection regime that more powerful countries would never tolerate.

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.

President Obama's JFK Moment

Byron Williams | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

In the midst of the Cold War, where the United States and the Soviet Union were locked in an ideological struggle along with a dangerous nuclear weapons buildup where the endgame potentially meant mutually assured destruction.

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.

Misdiagnosing the Iranian Problem

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

The problem has been stated: Iran might be producing a nuclear arsenal. The solution: have an agreement that will stop them from having nuclear military capability. I think both the problem and the solution are wrongly defined.

Are Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament Agreements of Any Value?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The recent announcement of a nuclear deal between the governments of Iran and other major nations, including the United States, naturally draws our attention to the history of international nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements.

World Is Inchoate Without Iran: A Plea to U.S. Congress

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

I respectfully plead that Congress debate the agreement in a balanced and historically-informed manner. Iran is a sophisticated country. The Iranians are a creative people who have lot to offer in the fields of literature, arts, religion, medicine, architecture, and commerce.