Iran’s Hardliners: Weaker But Louder


by Ali Reza Eshraghi News media accounts of reactions from Iran to the recent talks in Geneva remind me of a joke that has gone viral there: A salesman shows a variety of hearing aids ranging in cost from one to… Continue Reading  

Turbulent Middle East Poses Challenges for U.S. Policy


by Jim Lobe via IPS News New and unexpected strains in Washington’s ties with two of its closest Middle Eastern allies — Saudi Arabia and Turkey — have underlined the difficult challenges the administration of President Barack Obama faces in… Continue Reading  

Why Washington Can’t Stop


The Coming Era of Tiny Wars and Micro-Conflicts  by Tom Engelhardt via Tom Dispatch In terms of pure projectable power, there’s never been anything like it.  Its military has divided the world — the whole planet — into six “commands.”  Its… Continue Reading  

The End of the Beginning


by Robert E. Hunter The talks between Iran and the “P5+1” countries last week bring to mind Winston Churchill’s 1942 description of World War II: “It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end… Continue Reading  

Pieces Of The Real Iran


by Jasmin Ramsey Al-Monitor offers a refreshing article on one of Iran’s worst-kept secrets: Although satellites are contraband, somehow many people manage to own one. It’s estimated that 50-70% of households in Tehran have satellite dishes to broadcast their favorite news, music and movie channels.… Continue Reading