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Published on October 12th, 2012 | by Peter Jenkins

A recent incident reminded me of the strong emotions that underlie thinking about Iran by some officials and ex-officials in the United States and parts of Europe. In this instance, an academic who had questioned whether ... Read More



Is sanctions relief really on the table?

Published on October 11th, 2012 | by Jasmin Ramsey

The Guardian is reporting that a “reformulated” proposal including “limited sanctions relief” will be launched by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (p5+1) after the US presidential election. Earlier this week Al-Monitor reported along ... Read More



Applying Lessons from the Cuban Missile Crisis to Iran

Published on October 11th, 2012 | by Jasmin Ramsey

In his debunking of the myths surrounding the Cuban missile crisis, Slate journalist Fred Kaplan derives lessons that can be applied to the ongoing dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. His second and third points, in particular, stand ... Read More


Anti-Iran Hawks Maintain P.R. Offensive

Published on October 11th, 2012 | by Jim Lobe

via IPS News When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly last month that Iran’s nuclear programme was unlikely to breach his “red line” for presumed military action until next spring or summer, ... Read More


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Daniel Levy Dissects Romney’s VMI Speech

Published on October 10th, 2012 | by Jim Lobe

For a truly excellent dissection of Romney’s foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute, at least insofar as Israel and its neighborhood is concerned, Daniel Levy’s critique in Foreign Policy is a must. He wrote ... Read More


Sanctioning Iran: Implications and Consequences

Sanctions without compromise won’t end Iran nuclear impasse

Published on October 10th, 2012 | by Jasmin Ramsey

In a new report for the Oxford Research Group (first excerpted at PBS’s Tehran Bureau) author Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi explains why sanctions without compromise won’t change Iran’s hardline leaders’ stance on the nuclear program: The key dilemma which Western policymakers should consider ... Read More


Overwrought Empire

Published on October 10th, 2012 | by Tom Engelhardt

The Discrediting of U.S. Military Power  By Tom Engelhardt via Tom Dispatch (a version of this article appeared in the LA Times) Americans lived in a “victory culture” for much of the twentieth century.  You could say that we experienced ... Read More

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