I was told, "In my opinion it's not a good idea to go to Kish Island. You might end up in a prison cell with Bob Levinson."
Teaching lyrics of mystical love to a class of healthy inquisitive minds reminds one that these texts are about confronting who we are and what makes our lives meaningful.
With the deal between the P5+1 and Iran that was signed in Geneva last month, the Iranian regime stands on the verge of getting exactly what it wants, thanks to nuclear blackmail.
Worst of all is the fact that this resolution would empower Israel to make the decision to go to war for us. Israel would decide it feels threatened and we would have to back an attack on Iran with "military force," not to mention all the other forms of support the resolution spells out.
Chances of passage of any UNSC resolution for attack on Iran nuclear sites seem bleak. It's not so easy for Israel to attack Iranian sites either; otherwise, it would have done it a long time ago without taking care of any nation.
Progress towards a nuclear deal should by no means lessen international attention to the human rights violations that have reached crisis levels in Iran since the disputed 2009 election and which continue to this day despite the election of Hassan Rouhani.
U.S. concerns with the formation and subsequent actions of the Islamic Front, combined with the continued prominence of al-Qaeda linked factions in Syria, are likely to further diminish international pressure on the Assad regime, providing it with a golden opportunity to seek renewed legitimacy.
On Thursday, the White House released an expanded list of companies and individual persons subject to sanctions for assisting Iran's nuclear program. The rationale for such an approach is ostensibly to demonstrate our resolve.
Shortly after the nuclear deal was reached between p5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian authorities have become more assertive and authoritative in increasing their influence in regional and international arenas.
I don't accept that Obama actually believes that the interim agreement will lead to anything concrete. He knows Iran will never agree to dismantle the country's nuclear capability.
The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.
The signing of the interim agreement between Iran and the 5+1 countries over Iran's nuclear program produced a very slight and, lately, dimming glimmer of hope that a process of reconciliation between Iran and the U.S. can begin sometime in the future.
The War Party still has a lot of clout: Israel's Netanyahu may seem isolated internationally, but his allies still own a sizeable chunk of the U.S. Congress. There was a serious attempt in the Senate to sabotage the latest talks by imposing new sanctions on Iran.
Nearly a week has come and gone since Vice President Joe Biden's big Asia-Pacific tour in the immediate wake of China declaring an air defense zone across the East China Sea. It proved to be a consequential trip, one swiftly followed on by Secretary of State John Kerry visiting Vietnam.
Parsi provided valuable lessons in contemporary diplomacy, and reminded the UN audience why the threat of war can no longer be accepted as the "continuation of policy by other means" in the 21st century.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Kuwait succeeded in containing the breakup of the string that holds it together by avoiding a confrontati...