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Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions Not Working, Top U.S. Commander Says

AP | By LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.05.2013 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration program of sanctions and diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from gaining nuclear capabilities is not working...

Argo and U.S.-Iranian Inertia

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 05.03.2013 | World
Saleem H. Ali

Perhaps the Canadians who continue to have diplomatic ties with Iran could also play an important role in this regard just as they did in 1980. Yet unlike the plot of Argo, the story of American relations with Iran cannot afford to end with an escape from engagement.

The Coming Collapse of Iran Sanctions

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

America is on a collision course with China over sanctions. If, at congressional insistence, the administration later this year demands that China sharply cut Iranian oil imports and that Chinese banks stop virtually any Iran-related transactions, Beijing will say no.

Major Powers To Offer Iran Sanctions Relief In Nuclear Talks

Reuters | Posted 04.27.2013 | World

ALMATY, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Major powers will offer Iran some sanctions relief during talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this week if Tehran agrees to curb...

On the Failure of the Iranian Sanctions

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 02.22.2013 | World
Steve H. Hanke

While the collective punishment delivered by the sanctions has been devastating, it has ultimately failed to deter the Iranian regime from developing nuclear capacity. Instead, it has generated a great deal of resentment.

Iranian Men Caught Smuggling Drone Parts From Germany

AP | DAVID RISING | Posted 02.20.2013 | World

BERLIN -- Two Iranian men have been charged with allegedly smuggling dozens of German-made aircraft motors to Iran to be used in its Ababil III survei...

U.S. Tightens Iran Sanctions

AP | Posted 02.07.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- The United States is tightening sanctions on Iran to pressure Tehran government to limit its nuclear program and placing similar restric...

The Counterproductive Effects of Leveling Sanctions on Iran

Rich Rubino | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
Rich Rubino

The regime in power rarely feels the effects of sanctions. Instead, it is the average citizen who bears the burden of sanctions. Ironically, the Iranian regime uses the sanctions as a scapegoat, blaming the United States Government for their country's economic woes.

Why Is Tehran Procrastinating?

Trita Parsi | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
Trita Parsi

Mindful of the short and closing window of opportunity for an intermediate agreement on the nuclear issue -- before the Iranian New Year in March and the Iranian elections in June -- time has not been used effectively since Obama's reelection in November. And Tehran is not helping.

Air Pollution Kills Thousands In Iran

The Huffington Post | Kavitha A. Davidson | Posted 01.08.2013 | World

Tough sanctions and a struggling economy have caused a severe medicine shortage in Iran, but the country is also facing a dire health crisis of anothe...

Sanctions Trigger Medical Crisis In Iran

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 03.10.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — For the first time in more than a decade, the black market pharmaceutical peddlers are back on Nasser Khosrow Street near Tehran'...

The Question That Is Rarely Asked

Trita Parsi | Posted 03.06.2013 | World
Trita Parsi

The question that is rarely asked is what the effect of the sanctions has been on the people of Iran, in particular the pro-democracy forces that so bravely have been fighting for their rights.

Joshua Hersh

Joe Lieberman: Chuck Hagel Would Face 'Tough Confirmation Process' Over Iran Votes | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics

A top outgoing senator on foreign policy issues, Joe Lieberman, told CNN on Sunday morning that former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel would likely face a "...

Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel Anti-Israel Charge Is 'Extremely Stupid,' Nebraska Rabbi Says | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Israeli-born, Omaha-based rabbi who has known Chuck Hagel for many years said charges that the former Nebraska senator, and potential...

Security Forces Attack Azeri Fans in Tehran Stadium

James Dorsey | Posted 02.08.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Iranian security forces attacked supporters of Traktor Sazi FC, the foremost soccer club in Tabriz, the capital of Iran's Turkic East Azerbaijan provi...

Senate Passes Sweeping Defense Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a sweeping, $631 billion defense bill Tuesday that sends a clear signal to President Barack Obam...

Diaspora Blues: Why the Iranian Diaspora in the United States Disappoints Me

Holly Dagres | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
Holly Dagres

It almost seems like a criterion for being Middle Eastern is thinking there is a conspiracy behind every event. As an Iranian-American, I cannot claim to have been immune to conspiracy theories.

Senate Votes To Impose Tough New Sanctions On Iran

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate endorsed stringent new sanctions on Iran's energy and shipping sectors in a fresh attempt to hobble the Islamic Republic...

A U.S. Invasion of Iran Would Cost World Economy $1.7 Trillion, Researchers Say

Roshanak Taghavi | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Roshanak Taghavi

A full-blown U.S. invasion, occupation and disarmament of Iran would cost the global economy almost $2 trillion in the first three months alone, accor...

Iran Believe U.S. Drone Was Spying On Oil Tankers

Reuters | Posted 01.12.2013 | World

DUBAI, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Iran believes a U.S. drone targeted by its forces this month was gathering intelligence on oil tankers off its shores, an ...

Senators Mull Tougher Iran Sanctions

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are working on a set of new and unprecedented sanctions against Iran that could prevent the Islamic republic from doing ...

One Election Result: No US Attack on Iran

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 01.07.2013 | World
Stephen Schlesinger

As a result of his reelection, Barack Obama is now in an unassailable position to prevent the outbreak of any conflict with Tehran and, as a leader averse to further wars (as in Afghanistan and Iraq), he will not seek one. Here are the reasons why.

Iran: Where Does the 'Dual-Track' Approach Lead?

Milad Jokar | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Milad Jokar

he game of chicken is not a smart game. Yet, the "possible military dimension" of Iran's nuclear program remains a serious concern and must be addressed differently to avoid more blind escalation and more pain on ordinary Iranian citizens.

Iran's Secret War

Reuters | Posted 01.06.2013 | World

By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) - From a suspected Israeli airstrike in Sudan to cyber warfare...

Iran Sanctions: Collective Punishment

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 12.30.2012 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Despite hints at possible one-on-one talks between Iran and the U.S. it is far from clear whether Obama (or Romney) would ever engage Tehran in a substantive and sustained kind of diplomacy that befits the complexity of the ongoing nuclear conundrum.