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Iran, the Left and the Non-Aligned Movement: A Guide for the Perplexed

Danny Postel | Posted 11.11.2012 | World
Danny Postel

The bafflement about Iran so widespread on the Left has a long history. It's a problem that has vexed several progressives and the recent summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran at the end of August only compounded the problem.

The Globalization of Covert Action

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.09.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

There is no reason to believe that the propensity of states to utilize covert action will decrease with time; rather, it is sure to increase, particularly given the number and complexity of regional conflicts and the rise of non-state actors.

Silent Human Rights Diplomacy Fails

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 10.29.2012 | World
Aaron Rhodes

Mr. Ban won't meet a free press and he won't meet free and independent people. But he can speak his mind and he can tell the world what he said. Thanks to the Internet, the Iranian people will find out what happened.

Israel Debating Iran and Its Own Soul

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Peres' appearance may indicate, that the opponents of an Israeli military strike have become so desperate in their bid to prevent it, that they are ready to go to the last resort and appeal directly to the public.

What U.S. and Iranian Leaders Can Do to Avert War

Thomas J. Buonomo | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Thomas J. Buonomo

It is clear that if U.S. and Iranian political leaders continue down the present course they will almost certainly lead us into another bloody war. Out of empathy for those who will do the fighting and dying, here are a few things they can do to avert conflict.

What Is the Point of Netanyahu's Iran War Bluff?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 10.16.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Here is my prediction. There will be no war any time soon. But Israel will be getting more and more goodies from President Obama between now and the election just to ensure it, and probably afterwards as well.

U.S. Believes Iran Not On Verge Of Nuclear Weapon

Reuters | Posted 10.09.2012 | World

WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The United States still believes that Iran is not on the verge of having a nuclear weapon and that Teh...

In Secret War in Iran, Some Rules Restrain the Mossad

Dan Raviv | Posted 10.08.2012 | World
Dan Raviv

Aimed -- it seems -- at keeping America's attention firmly on the unacceptable danger of Iran building nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are hinting that an Israeli attack on Iran could come at any time.

Israel Upgrades Arrow Missile Defense

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 08.05.2012 | World

JERUSALEM -- Israel has upgraded its top-tier Arrow II missile defense, a Defense Ministry official confirmed Sunday, as the country girds for possibl...

Playing Chicken With Iran

Carlo Strenger | Posted 10.03.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

Imagine a game of chicken, in which the public is involved. The public doesn't want this to end lethally, because it is dangerous for them as well. Now the question becomes who they try to persuade to swerve.

In a Future Nuclear Confrontation, Iran and Israel Would Have No Hotline to Avert Catastrophe

Alan Elsner | Posted 10.01.2012 | World
Alan Elsner

In an Israeli-Iranian confrontation, who would their leaders call? How would they communicate? There may be backchannels but these are slow, cumbersome and unreliable. The danger of a catastrophe would be unacceptably high.

Romney, Netanyahu, and George Washington's Warning

David Bromwich | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics
David Bromwich

What does it signify, for an American like Mitt Romney, unskilled in international politics and innocent of the complexities of the Middle East, to back the pressure now being exerted by Benjamin Netanyahu against the advice of the American president and against the advice of high-ranking intelligence and military officers in Israel? It means that Romney is not friend of Israel so much as he is a friend of Netanyahu. Or rather, for Romney, as for the billionaires he had in tow on his Israel trip, the personal is political. For them, Netanyahu is Israel.

White House Reportedly Briefs Israel On Possible Iran Attack Plans

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 09.28.2012 | World

JERUSALEM — An Israeli newspaper reported Sunday that the Obama administration's top security official has briefed Israel on U.S. plans for a po...

Iran: Olympians Will Compete Against Israelis This Year

AP | ROB HARRIS | Posted 09.22.2012 | World

LONDON (AP) — Iranian athletes will compete against Israelis at the London Olympics, according to the country's chef de mission. Iran...

Serenading An Arch-Enemy

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home

HERZLIYA, Israel -- She's Israel's top diva, the Jewish state's beloved national singer. So when Rita released an album entirely in the language of h...

The U.S. and Iran's Mistaken Path to War

Trita Parsi | Posted 08.20.2012 | World
Trita Parsi

The pattern of the past 10 years with Iran clearly shows that when one side escalates, the other side counter-escalates. Neither side has had a particularly elaborate or sophisticated strategy. It's been nothing more than a kindergarten-level tit-for-tat game. This is the takeaway from the Moscow talks.

Nuclear Iran: The Baghdad-Moscow Round of the Political Game

Amir Madani | Posted 06.06.2012 | World
Amir Madani

All the players (Iran, the P5+1, and Israel) have for years been using the Iranian nuclear question for their own political purposes. Although most informed experts believe there is no imminent danger from the Iranian nuclear project, there is a dangerous, ongoing, global political game.

Iran Should Call the Pro-War Lobby's Bluff

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

There is a fundamental absurdity hanging over negotiations with Iran, and I fear it could doom the whole enterprise. It is the position of AIPAC as adopted by the Congress of the United States.

'Iran Plays Chess Game'

AP | KAREL JANICEK | Posted 07.18.2012 | World

PRAGUE -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he is skeptical that Iran will agree to halt its nuclear program, accusing Tehran of p...

An Extraordinary Stable Number

Ed Koch | Posted 07.08.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

The issue of how to deal with the threat of Iran manufacturing a nuclear bomb is a matter affecting Israel's very existence and, therefore, a first pr...

Dramatic Twist Could Influence Israeli Strike On Iran

AP | IAN DEITCH | Posted 07.07.2012 | World

JERUSALEM — The Israeli president's office is confirming that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled early elections. In a statement ea...

Israel at 64: Farewell to Hysteria -- Welcome to Pragmatism

Carlo Strenger | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

First of all Mazaltov to us all: Israel is celebrating its 64th independence day. The festivities will make us forget for a day that, at 64, Israel's internal discourse is haunted by profound insecurities.

Elizabeth Warren Issues Hawkish Iran Statement, Contradicts U.S. Intelligence

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

Two of the nation's most high-profile Democratic candidates for Senate seats have parted ways over U.S. policy on Iran, which is a top national securi...

Netanyahu Fears Victory Over Iran's Nuclear Program | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

A recent skit on the sketch comedy "Eretz Nehederet" featured a "debate" about the Iranian nuclear program between U.S. and Israeli leaders. After ...

Brief Thoughts on the Istanbul Talks

Trita Parsi | Posted 06.15.2012 | World
Trita Parsi

So far the Iran talks are going as well as they can. Both sides engaged sincerely, both agreed to a second meeting within five weeks, and both agreed on a framework for continued talks -- the non-proliferation treaty with all its rights and obligations.