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Netanyahu and Obama: Name-Calling and its Discontents

Published on October 31st, 2014 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick The obsession in politics and diplomacy with decorum–largely a relic from the past–can easily distract people from the realities of the present. Case in point, the uproar over Jeffrey Goldberg’s latest article in ... Read More



How Much is Iran’s Economy Recovering?

Published on October 30th, 2014 | by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani

by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani Iranian President Hassan Rouhani could not wait for the quarterly Economic Trends report published by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) to be issued. It showed that from March 2013 to March of ... Read More



Goldberg Sees Crisis in US-Israel Ties, Blames Bibi

Published on October 29th, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe While everyone ritually insists that the bonds between Israel and the United States are “unbreakable,” yesterday’s analysis by Jeffrey Goldberg, “The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here,” argues that they’re currently under unprecedented strain ... Read More



Will the World Blame Iran if Nuclear Talks Fail?

Published on October 29th, 2014 | by Peter Jenkins

by Peter Jenkins The remarks of US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman at a symposium in Washington, DC on Oct. 23 contained at least one very questionable assertion: “We hope the leaders in Tehran will ... Read More



Democracy is “Radical” in Northern Syria

Published on October 29th, 2014 | by Guest

AMUDA, Syria, Oct 28 2014 (IPS) - There was never anything particularly remarkable about this northern town of 25,000. However, today it has become the lab for one the most pioneering political experiments ever conducted in the entire ... Read More



Resolving Key Nuclear Issue Turns on Iran-Russia Deal

Published on October 28th, 2014 | by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter U.S. and Iranian negotiators are working on a compromise approach to the issue of Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, which the Barack Obama administration has said in the past Iran was refusing to make ... Read More


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The Collapse of Order in the Middle East

Published on October 28th, 2014 | by Guest

by Chas Freeman* Will Rogers once observed that “when you get into trouble 5,000 miles from home, you’ve got to have been looking for it.”  It’s a good deal more than 5.000 miles to Baghdad or ... Read More

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