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What Obama Is Still Missing in the Debate on Torture

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

President Obama's condemnation of torture during a White House press conference last Friday was welcome news for longtime critics of the U.S.' policy of torturing detainees in the immediate post-9/11 years.

Will Congress Become a Threat to Mid-East Peace?

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Without taking the threat of harsher sanctions or even war off the table explicitly, it would nevertheless be totally counterproductive to brandish those threats while seeking a peaceful resolution. No one, either in personal or diplomatic life, responds favorably to explicit threats.

60 Years of Middle-East Meddling

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The whole Arab Spring movement has woken America up to the fact that we've been propping up some pretty brutal leaders for a long, long time. Which leads us to the uncomfortable position of not having a clear ideological position.

Poking a Stick in the Hornet's Nest of Iran

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 04.21.2012 | World
Rizwan A. Rahmani

When I visited Iran in the late '70s, only months before the Iranian revolution, some of the things I saw took on a different light after the overthro...

Iran, the U.S. and Israel: Blind Man's Buff

Barry Lando | Posted 03.17.2012 | World
Barry Lando

Travelling back and forward between Tehran and the U.S. in 1980, I was struck by the total inability of Americans, even at the highest level, to understand the history that drove the hatred of all things American that had exploded in Iran.

"We're Going to Kill Your Children": The CIA Inspector General's Report

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

A.G. Holder's appointment of John Durham to investigate this sordid episode should be only the first step in a wholesale reevaluation of American national security priorities in the post-9-11 world.

CNN Praises a Dictator

Sanjeev Bery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sanjeev Bery

Somehow, CNN.com is bestowing positive coverage upon the Shah and his son without once acknowledging the repressive practices of the Shah's regime.

CNN's Navarrette Gets Iran Wrong

Sanjeev Bery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sanjeev Bery

While tempting, the calls to get tougher with the Iranian government fail to consider the legacy of 25 years of U.S. intervention against Iranian democracy.

President Obama Offers Iran "A Promise of a New Day"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

Obama's promise of a new day in U.S.-Iranian relations must be given the opportunity to bear fruit free from outside intervention.