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On Iran, UN Human Rights Council Needs American Resolve

Hadi Ghaemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hadi Ghaemi

By Hadi Ghaemi and Aaron Rhodes The United States should support and urge other states to support a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Cou...

Throwing Yourself in the Way: Gasoline Sanctions and Iran

Matthew Sugrue | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Sugrue

Targeted sanctions offer the only real way forward with regards to Iran. They are penalties that target, harm and send unambiguous messages to the Islamic Republic's rulers, not its people.

Obama Should End Silence on Human Rights Abuses in Iran

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

If the Obama administration waits until it takes punitive action against Iran to censure human rights abuses there, it will look like we view human rights as a pressure tactic, rather than as the foundation of free society.

Do Sanctions Work? Iran, Proliferation and U.S. Policy

Matthew Sugrue | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Sugrue

There is a definite possibility that before a diplomatic solution is reached, the United States will impose further sanctions against Iran as a way of preventing the possible future development of nuclear weapons.

Washington Can Give An Israeli Attack On Iran The Red Light

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

Should diplomacy with Iran fail, and should Israel seek to attack Iran, America will have plenty of reasons to prevent such a disaster from taking place. It also has the means to tell Israel "no."

Open Letter to Congressman Gresham Barrett on His Plans to Deport All Iranian Visa Holders

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trita Parsi

Your bill would label entire groups of people terrorists based on their nationality and have them summarily deported. It can't get more un-American than that.

Rescuing Nuclear Talks with Iran

Richard W. Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard W. Parker

The Iran talks don't need hot heads, moralistic rhetoric and ominous reminders that we're "running out of time." What is needed is leaders with the pragmatism and vision to know a workable deal when they see it

Obama Trapped Behind Wall of Mideast Containment

Ira Chernus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ira Chernus

It is those U.S. moves meant to contain the power of Iran that are the main stumbling block on the path to a U.S.-brokered two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Iran and Obama Dance

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

It's not Obama's fault that Iraq and Afghanistan happened, but it will be his fault if he rushes into a threat-laden, pseudo-engagement with Iran at this historical crossroads in US-Iran relations.

Will the Focus at the UN Be on Ahmadinejad's Human Rights Abuses?

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

Ahmadinejad knows how to deflect the attention of the media, and he is a master of changing the subject. And he knows all too well how to push the buttons of Western audiences.

Why Washington Should Welcome Iran's Broadening of the Agenda

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

Washington should not reject a conversation with Iran about Tehran's blatant hypocrisy, it should welcome it. If Tehran wants to broaden the agenda, then indeed, let it be broadened.

Public Opinion in Tehran: Can Iran's Presidential Elections Influence Change?

Shirin Mohammadi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Mohammadi

The problem with boycotting Iranian elections is that it is more likely to worsen the situation, as proven by the 9th presidential elections.

Iran's Historic Election and Implications on U.S. Policy

Shirin Mohammadi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Mohammadi

The post-election demonstrations ultimately succeeded in bringing international attention back to Iran's perennial quest for basic freedoms and rights.

U.S. Hikers Arrested In Iran Still Not Located: State Dept

AFP | AFP 13 August 2009, 12:26am IST | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

US officials do not know the location of the Americans arrested after hiking into Iran from Iraq, state department spokesman Philip Crowley said Wedne...

With Iran, a Tactical Pause Is Needed

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

The best way to enhance prospects for diplomacy with Iran might actually be not to pursue diplomacy for now. Better instead to make a tactical pause and be ready to engage at the right time.

A Cabal in the College of Mullahs?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

With growing resentment directed against Ali Khamenei by his own peers, how ironic would it be that the first political casualty of Iran's election dispute turned out to be the supreme leader and not Ahmadinejad?

Biden Israel-Iran Statements Cause Storm Of Regional Responses

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The effects of Vice President Joe Biden's recent remarks during an interview with ABC's "This Week"--where he implied that Israel has a sovereign righ...

Iran and the C.I.A

Tom Gabbay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Gabbay

This revolution, if that's what it is, can only come from the Iranian people. The US must remain on the sidelines; a spectator to what could be a game changer in the Middle East and beyond.

GOP on Iran: No to Nuance!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Let others constantly "take the temperature" of the so-called "community of nations." You've got a better idea: Why use a thermometer when you can stick a boot up their butt?

Iran's Stolen Election Has Sparked an Uprising -- What Should the U.S. Do?

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

The Iranian people alone have the right and the capability to reform or bring down the country's increasingly illegitimate regime and establish a more just and democratic society.

Obama's Doublespeak on Iran

Ismael Hossein-zadeh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ismael Hossein-zadeh

In terms of actual policy measures, President Obama and his foreign policy team have not taken any steps to reverse or mitigate the hostile policies their predecessors put into effect against Iran.

Congress Decides Against Aiding Ahmadinejad's Campaign (Ahmadinejad's Little Helpers)

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

If the House passes Iran Sanctions Enabling Act on Tuesday, Congress may give Ahmadinejad's campaign the crucial vitamin injection that the Iranian electorate thus far has denied him.

Iran Official Blames Mosque Explosion On US

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Following the explosion that ripped through a Shiite Muslim mosque in south-eastern Iran and killed over 20 people Thursday, one Iranian official is p...

Iran's Iraq Airstrikes Could Complicate US Relations

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iranian aircraft attacked three villages inside Iraq over the weekend. The airstrikes -- Iran's first on Iraqi soil since the U.S. invasion -- could c...

Obama Should Mail Iran A Letter: Analysis

US News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

This February marked the 30th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. In what may yet prove to be an historical milestone of another kind, on February ...