A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain -- captured the spirit of anger and disarray that presently characterizes America's geopolitical posture.
"A curtailed dream" is the nickname given to the highly publicized amendment omitted from the Iranian new year's budget act. The amendment would have ...
The American side's ratcheting up, and rigidifying the terms of what it defines as an acceptable accord with Iran, reflects a readiness to risk seeing the talks collapse.
One of the most alarming trends indicating egregious human rights abuses has been the surge in executions, many conducted in public, under the presidency of the moderate Rouhani, particularly since the beginning of 2014.
Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.
Ebrahim Asgharzadeh who was amongst the leading figures of occupying the U.S. embassy, told me in an interview from Tehran that the Iranian diplomat was not involved in any decision-making circles in the "hostage operation."
The tensions between Russia and the West have further ratcheted up this week since the Crimean Peninsula's local government called for a referendum to secede from Ukraine. The current standoff between the West and Moscow concerning Ukraine might be viewed as the gravest instance of tension in the post-Cold War era.
I visited Iranian-American artist, Manu Marzban at his home/studio, in the hills above Cannes and was delighted to see the interesting turns his ar...
Our senators are facing significant political pressure to resist multilateralism and pursue increased sanctions based on an uncompromising mistrust of Iran. But history judges leaders not upon their conformity with party politics, but upon the ultimate results they achieve.
Due to current sanctions, ordinary Iranians often cannot access the life-saving medicine they need to address critical health issues. While humanitarian trade is technically exempt, the sale of medicines to Iran is still effectively blocked.
Chaharshanbeh-Souri is an ancient tradition celebrating the past year and looking forward to the next. Iranians gather around lit bushes on this Tuesday evening, jumping over the fire in preparation to welcome the new Persian year, the first day of spring.
Aside from the intriguing clues to Robert Gates' probable role in constructing a false picture of the Iranian nuclear danger, Porter's book is essential reading for all Americans wary of manufactured paths to war that have become a major theme in U.S. foreign relations after World War II.
With each round of talks, Iranian and Western negotiators dive deeper into the details and substance of key technical issues -- some of which had never truly been discussed.
Kerry's recent speech and US foreign policy moves towards Tehran indicate that Washington views the current status of American-Iranian rapprochement as similar to the American-Chinese rapprochement in the early 1970s with President Nixon's trip to Beijing.
While it is clear that Rouhani -- limited by the existing taboos within the Islamic Republic's revolutionary ideology -- cannot alone engineer a change of policy toward Israel, he can aim to re-define Tehran's stance.
Leaving human rights off the agenda, at a time of intense negotiations and general optimism, may be convenient, but it is not wise as it emboldens rights abusers.