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Obama Warns Congress Off Iran Sanctions

Ryan Costello | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

Let's hope the president's message sinks in, because reflexive congressional support for punishing Iran regardless of the consequences remains one of the key obstacles to shattering 34 years of mutual enmity and securing a nuclear deal.

Here's What Americans Think Of The Deal With Iran

AP | By LARA JAKES and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans support an agreement by the U.S. and five other world powers to limit Iran's disputed nuclear program, but...

Obama Administration Expects Negotiations On Iran Nuclear Deal To Resume Next Month

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration expects negotiations on a final nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran to begin by mid-February....

The Endless Arms Race: Despite Great Power Promises, New Nuclear Weapons Are On the Way

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

It's heartening to see that an agreement has been reached to ensure that Iran honors its commitment, made when it signed the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to forgo developing nuclear weapons.

A Big Day for Diplomacy With Iran

Matt Lockshin | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Matt Lockshin

Monday could go down in history as the day we took our first step toward a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran that prevents the country from ever acquiring a nuclear weapon. But the peaceful resolution of international concerns about Iran's nuclear program is hardly assured.

John Kerry Heads To Syria Talks After Iran Spat

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Switzerland for an international conference on ending the crisis in Syria after a ...

U.S. To Begin Easing Iran Sanctions

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

BY DARLENE SUPERVILLE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the U.S. will begin easing economic sanctions on Iran after Te...

Iran Takes Big Step In Curbing Nuclear Program

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Iran has halted its most disputed nuclear activity under a ground-breaking deal with six world powers, a...

The Folly of New Iran Sanctions

David W. Kearn | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Taking their respective rationales at face value, the Democratic members of the Senate supporting the sanctions legislation may have good intentions to provide a stronger 'bad cop' to Secretary Kerry's 'good cop' in Geneva. But this is short-sighted.

Sam Stein

Leahy Warns That Congress May 'Screw Up' Iran Negotiations | Sam Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urged his colleagues on Sunday to not enact a new round of sanction...

Yaalon's Insults Illuminate Israeli Liabilities

Shai Franklin | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Shai Franklin

We now have one more instance where Netanyahu's government is damaging the climate for talks with the Palestinians, whose own failings don't diminish Israel's need to normalize its borders and demographics.

Obama Urges Senate Democrats To Oppose Iran Sanctions

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama met with Senate Democrats at the White House on Wednesday, urging senators to oppose new sanctions against Iran, ...

The Middle East and North Africa: Cauldron of Conflict

James Dorsey | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
James Dorsey

It is becoming increasingly clear that the hopes in 2011 of a new dawn sparked by the toppling of autocratic leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen were little more than pie in the sky. Nevertheless, the genie of inevitable change has been let out of the bottle.

Politicking With Armageddon: No Iran Sanctions in Nuclear Deal

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

The Iran Sanctions Bill is unwise from a policy perspective, as it is a "threat to the talks" at a delicate stage. But even worse, perhaps, it is a profoundly immoral bill as it plays politics with the nuclear threat.

Dems Signal Willingness To Wait On Key Sanctions

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from the Obama administration, Senate Democrats who favor a new batch of sanctions on Iran signaled a willingness t...

120 Rabbis in Congressional Record: Toward Peace or War With Iran?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The Rabbinic Statement on Moving Step by Step toward Shalom with Iran (initiated by The Shalom Center) has been placed in the Congressional Record by ...

Iran Nuclear Talks To Resume In February

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2014 | World

BRUSSELS, Jan 13 (Reuters) - World powers and Iran will very likely resume negotiations on the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions in February, sho...

'Letters From Iran' -- Hope for Peace and Diplomacy

Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani

It has become easy, almost fashionable for a vocal minority to demonize Iranians. It's harder to recognize the hope and opportunity that exists. Or is it?

The Other Bully From New Jersey

Ryan Costello | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Ryan Costello

Robert Menendez has partnered with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) to push an Iran sanctions bill over the strong objections of the White House, our nation's diplomats, many of his own colleagues and the intelligence community. If passed, the Menendez-Kirk bill would violate the interim nuclear deal with Iran and cripple prospects to resolve the nuclear impasse peacefully.

Ryan Grim

White House On Offense Against Senate Dems | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Thursday challenged a group of senators to admit they are working to push the country toward war with Iran, upping th...

Thwarting Iran Diplomacy: Not Good for the Jews

Lara Friedman | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Lara Friedman

Nobody is saying it's a sure thing or suggesting lifting all sanctions today. Nobody is saying "let's just trust Iran." What serious, responsible people are saying is: This is an opportunity we cannot afford to waste.

Iran: Nuclear Energy for War or Peace? A Renewable Suggestion

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

One of the many serious issues the planet faces is whether or not Iran's nuclear program is to develop weapons or to be able to turn on a switch for l...

Ignore Saudi and Israeli Goading for a More Muscular U.S. Mideast Policy

Ivan Eland | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

In the cases of both Syria and Iran, the Saudis and Israelis don't really like the progress Obama has made by negotiation, because it ruins their not-so-hidden agenda of inciting the United States to attack, and thus weaken, their regional rivals.

The Christmas Ghost of Presidential Legacies Past

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

"Who are you?" "Why Barack, I'm the Christmas Ghost of Presidential Legacies Past. I visit second-term presidents to help them map out their foreign ...

Rice Says U.S. Will Seek Triggers To Reimpose Iran Sanctions

Reuters | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

By Ros Krasny HONOLULU, Dec 22 (Reuters) - The United States and its allies will have ways to reimpose sanctions on Iran if the Islam...