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A Single Act That Altered History in a Staggering Fashion

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The figures are staggering. In what looks like a vast population transfer from a disintegrating Greater Middle East, nearly 200,000 refugees passed through Austria in September alone.

The Geopolitics of Respect: U.S., China, Iran and Russia

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Ronald Tiersky

Any people that has the means of its own defense and doesn't make the effort shows a lack of self-respect. Moreover, resistance ending in defeat can also demonstrate self-respect. "Nobody wants a foreign master," said the ancient Melians to the Athenians before being crushed by them.

Can Iran's Rulers Still Use Enemies Abroad to Rally a Nation?

The Conversation US | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

The rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran have routinely used external conflicts to divert public attention from domestic problems, deflect attacks, promote national cohesion and repress their opponents. Much of the tension between Iran and the U.S. can be seen in this light.

What If Opposition to the Iran Nuclear Deal Is All About Oil?

Tom Mullen | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Tom Mullen

Slower economic growth in China and other developing economies have contributed to weaker demand, while fracking and other innovations have combined with increased production by OPEC nations to increase supply. Both of these trends are likely to continue .

On That Day, All of Iran Wept for America

Marissa Beale | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Marissa Beale

On September 3, 2015, photographs portraying the reality of life for people in Iran snagged the attention of President Barack Obama, who left a personal remark on a photograph of a father and son.

After Iran Deal, U.S. Needs to Reassure Arabs Over 'Pax Iranica'

Husain Haqqani | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Husain Haqqani

Unless Iran gives up its radical revolutionary ideology, it will continue to be perceived as a threat. In its zealous embrace of the nuclear deal with Iran, the United States should avoid the pitfall of considering Tehran's radicalism any less dangerous than that of extremists such as ISIS.

Danger: If Congress 'Blows Up' the Iran Deal

Joel Rubin | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Let there be no doubt that this is the best agreement ever negotiated to block a new country's acquisition of nuclear weapons. One can quibble with some of the details at the margins of the agreement, but at its core, it is an excellent agreement.

Schumer's Dear John to Obama on Iran Deal; Confessions of a Conflicted Lover

Marcy Winograd | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Marcy Winograd

Yes, breaking up is hard to do, especially when your other lover is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. New York Senator Chuck Schumer's statement opposing the Iran deal reads like a wishy-washy-wish-I-didn't-have-to-write-this Dear John letter to President Obama.

Will the Other P5+1 Nations Join in Increased Sanctions If Congress Votes the Iranian Deal Down? Why Not Just Ask?

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Robert K. Lifton

The American people deserve to know in advance, what they can expect from a negative vote on the deal in Congress and, in turn, let their elected representatives know what they, the American people want. Are they willing to undertake a military undertaking if that is the only option?

The Balance of Power in the Middle East Just Changed

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Don't sweat the July nuclear accord between the United States and Iran. There are two crucial points to take away from all the angry chatter to come: first, none of this matters and second, the devil is not in the details, though he may indeed appear on those Sunday talk shows.

Will President Scott Walker Ask Congress for Authorization Before He Bombs Iran?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

People who claim that they have an alternative to the Iran nuclear deal besides war might want to check in with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, widely judged to be one of the three "serious" Republican candidates for President.

Iran's Gains From the Nuclear Deal

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.17.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

There is a real opportunity to realize a qualitative shift in the relations between Iran and the world through reassuring measures in the region. Obama has the opportunity to broker the needed rapprochement and dialogue, and help establish constructive relations.

The Agreement With Iran: How Solid?

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

Years ago when Japan was an economic powerhouse and Americans were negotiating with Japan, a certain confusion occurred. The Americans would feel they had an agreement only to find out there was no agreement.

How The World Reacted To The Iran Nuclear Deal

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.14.2015 | World

Iran and six world powers reached a deal Tuesday to limit Tehran's nuclear capabilities, a result of almost two years of negotiations. In a comprehens...

Historic Nuclear Deal Reached between P5+1 Countries and Iran

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I want to thank President Obama for his persistent leadership to reach this historic deal. I am grateful to Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of Energy Moniz, and all of our diplomats and other personnel who have worked to make this agreement a reality.

UMass Takes New Steps To Comply With Sanctions On Iranian Students

AP | Posted 07.02.2015 | College

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts university says it will continue to admit Iranian nationals but is taking new measures to comply with U.S. sanc...

P5+1 and Iran Have Settled Framework for Sanctions Relief Timing, Says Iranian Sources

Trita Parsi | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Trita Parsi

Iranian officials have on numerous occasions insisted that sanctions relief must come immediately upon the signing of an agreement. This has been at direct odds with the position of the U.S. government and its allies, who insist that relief only can come after Iran has taken numerous steps limiting its nuclear activities.

Iran Parliament Bans Access To Military Sites, Scientists

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 06.21.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scie...

Why Is Iran's Military Doctrine Defensive?

Milad Jokar | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Milad Jokar

The political capital invested by the Obama administration and the Rouhani government gives us good reasons to be not only "cautiously optimistic" but "optimistic" regarding the Iranian nuclear crisis.

The United States Must Take the Initiative to Forge Accords in the Middle East

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has an opportunity to change the course of events in the Middle East, if he shows enough determination, boldness, and vision. This way, he could enter history as a bold leader.

What's At Stake In Iran's Nuclear Talks As Deadline For Final Deal Approaches

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

World powers are trying to lock down a deal with Iran to restrict the country’s nuclear program in exchange for international sanctions relief. Nego...

Nuclear Deal or Not, Dark Years Await the Middle East

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Trita Parsi

In this era of truce, the US and Iran can dialogue about regional problems rather than seeing the absence of diplomacy exacerbate existing conflicts. Yet, in spite of this pending historic achievement, dark years await the Middle East.

How Can Iran and the United States Normalize Their Relationship After 36 Years of Mutual Satanization?

Bahman Baktiari | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Bahman Baktiari

After thirty-six years of mutual satanization, it is easy to advance pessimistic arguments and to be doubtful about a future in which Iran and the United States will no longer be enemies. However, the nuclear negotiations and the prospect of a final nuclear accord demonstrate the fiction of the idea of permanent enemies destined to be in conflict with each other.

Jessica Schulberg

Why Congress Is Embracing Former Iranian Terrorists | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. continues to grapple with the threat of the Islamic State group, Republicans in Congress have argued that Iran should be a h...

Janie Velencia

Americans Want A Deal With Iran But Don't Think They'll Like It | Janie Velencia | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

Last week, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. and Iran had reached a framework for a historic nuclear agreement. Standing in the White Hou...