P5+1 Coalition Fraying on Eve of Second Almaty Talks with Iran

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by Jim Lobe via IPS News On the eve of its second round of talks with Iran on curbing its nuclear programme in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the so-called P5+1 (U.S., Britain, France, China, and Russia plus Germany) is showing signs of… Continue Reading  

EU Notably Silent after US Sanctions Greek National

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If an international agreement is violated and no one makes a sound, did it really happen? by Samuel Cutler A few weeks ago, the State Department imposed sanctions on Greek businessman Dimitris Cambis and his company, Impire Shipping Ltd., pursuant… Continue Reading  

A Curate’s Egg (Good in Parts)

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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

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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

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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