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Why more sanctions on Iran now and will they work?

Published on November 24th, 2011 | by Jasmin Ramsey

Writing in IPS News, Barbara Slavin suggests that domestic political concerns were a key impetus behind the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Iran: “The administration is trying to buy off Congress, buy off pressure from ... Read More


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Visualizing CNN’s National Security Debate

Published on November 23rd, 2011 | by Jasmin Ramsey

I created this tag cloud by eliminating most of the irrelevant words from a transcript of last night’s national security debate and this is what resulted. Notice the emphasis on “Iran”, “Israel”, “war”, and “nuclear”. afghanistan ... Read More


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Gingrich Culls War Hawks For His National Security Team

Published on November 22nd, 2011 | by Ali Gharib

Reposted by arrangement with Think Progress Former House Speaker and GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich announced his national security team last night, ahead of tonight’s CNN national security debate. Foreign Policy points out that the group, ... Read More


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The Daily Talking Points

Published on November 21st, 2011 | by Jasmin Ramsey

News and views related to U.S.-Iran relations for Nov. 16 – Nov. 18 Reuters: According to unnamed sources the U.S. is set to sanction Iran’s petrochemical industry. One source added that the U.S. was “reluctant to ... Read More


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