Israelis, Saudis Just Getting Started in Opposing U.S.-Iran Detente

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by Mitchell Plitnick The trick to finding an agreement between the P5+1 world powers and Iran has become clear: keep Israel and Saudi Arabia out of the room. (But don’t expect them to be happy about it.)

Russia’s Awkward Position on the Iran Nuclear Talks

by Mark N. Katz How does Moscow regard the ongoing talks between the P5+1 world powers and Iran on the latter’s nuclear program? The answer is not immediately apparent, as high-level Russian Foreign Ministry officials have made somewhat contradictory statements… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Hardliners: Weaker But Louder

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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

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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

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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