A Curate’s Egg (Good in Parts)


by Peter Jenkins Last week, while visiting Israel and Jordan, President Barak Obama publicly emphasised that there is still time to resolve the nuclear dispute without resorting to force and that this is his preference. For peaceniks everywhere, those were… Continue Reading  

NIAC Report Reveals Disconnect Between Iran Sanctions’ Goals and Results


by Farideh Farhi Others have written about the gist of a new report by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) on the impact of sanctions (here, here and here), so I am not going to provide a summary. But some points are worth reiterating.… Continue Reading  

Iranian People Caught Between Dueling Messages


by Farideh Farhi via IPS News  Since Barack Obama became president of the United States, messages marking the Iranian New Year – Norouz – celebrated at the onset of spring have become yearly affairs. So have responses given by Iran’s… Continue Reading  

Israel’s New Cabinet


by Mitchell Plitnick The new Israeli government features a security braintrust that might be a bit more reasonable on Iran, but is likely to be even more hawkish both in the immediate region and within the country itself. Gone are… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Nuclear Activities Go On Despite Sanctions


by Jasmin Ramsey via IPS News  While the U.S.-led sanctions regime on Iran has produced substantial economic hardship, analysts here are increasingly pointing out that Tehran’s controversial nuclear activities have continued unabated. According to a study released Tuesday by the… Continue Reading