The excessive, concentrated wealth that extractions industries created has notoriously depressed the empowerment of millions of people throughout modern history. But oil politics and rivalries have an especially destructive retardation effect on freedom in the Middle East.
Unless this operation was planned by a clumsy and unsupervised Iranian intelligence officer, now behind bars in Tehran, this operation must have had purposes other than traditional espionage.
Are these countries destined to be enemies? Is a war between the two inevitable? Not at all. Behind the surface, there is a remarkably different story -- one of friendship and collaboration even at the height of their ideologiocal clashes.
If organized religion is not exclusively responsible for war, nonetheless, it is fair to ask does it justify our loyalty at least for preventing conflict and killing? More fundamentally, does organized religion tip the scales for peace over war?
Suggesting we are in a shutdown because the Democrats won't compromise ignores the rhetoric from Republicans over the past few years threatening to shut down the government.
The world needs to stand united against nuclear weapons and finishing the job on the CTBT is a strong and relatively simple place to start.
The pre-government shut down news cycle was obsessed with last week's address to the United Nations General Assembly by Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, the handshake with Barack Obama that didn't happen and finally their 15-minute phone conversation.
Whether the Obama-Rohani phone call will turn out to be the equivalent of the Nixon era's breakthrough with China remains to be seen. But, as in the case of China, such a dramatic turn of events requires assuring neighbors that their vital security interests will be protected.
Music is like a smile, a tear -- universal throughout all cultures. Like love, music is expressed differently but when received an appreciation and fondness forms. Music is how we express our humanity.
As a sign of a thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations, a supposed 2,700-year-old silver object, thought to have been looted from a cave in Iran, was repatriat...
The announcement of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, set for October 11, is sure to make big news. The prize remains the most prestigious in the world. But the award has fallen into an evasive pattern, ignoring the USA's continuous "war on terror" and even giving it tacit support.
Pursuing direct talks with Iran makes sense. The past decade of mutual hostility has accomplished little.
Perhaps we have all misunderstood Iran for years, with much of the country's intentions being "lost in translation." Should Iran now want to play a positive role in the region, it is time that the misinterpretations of the past 34 years are retranslated.
His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, spoke eloquently in support of developing a land of tolerance in many countries. I imagined President Rouhani one day join him, recreating the land of tolerance Iran once was.
The whole brouhaha, the anticipation and the subsequent -- and I must say, inevitable -- letdown once again serve only to show us and the rest of the world, how little the United States knows of the Middle East.
The current attempt to shift Iran's nuclear policy is the latest desperate move by a regime seeking to ensure that any path toward normalization will be accompanied by a U.S. guarantee not to follow a policy of regime change.