Bahraini Crown Prince Dialogue Generates Optimism


by Emile Nakhleh Bahraini, Arab, and international media have assessed the dialogue meetings Crown Prince Salman held with opposition representatives Jan. 15 positively and expressed cautious optimism about his ability to bring about genuine civic peace in that embattled country.… Continue Reading  

Has Iran’s Internet Policy Changed With Rouhani?


by Ali Reza Eshraghi “Restrictions on social media must be lifted,” said Ali Jannati, Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance to Aljazeera this Monday, admitting that he has been using Facebook for the past three years. His words are… Continue Reading  

Israel Lobby Thwarted in Iran Sanctions Bid For Now


by Jim Lobe via IPS News In what looks to be a clear victory — at least for now — for President Barack Obama, a major effort by the Israel lobby and its most powerful constituent, the American Israel Public… Continue Reading  

What Would Sharon Have Done?


by Robert E. Hunter Ariel Sharon, the former Defense and Prime Minister of Israel, who died last week, was one of the most controversial leaders in Israeli history. I met him several times, including when I was the White House… Continue Reading  

Feinstein’s Denunciation of Kirk-Menendez Iran Act May Be Decisive…

U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Senator Feinstein speaks to the media on NRA/assault weapons in Washington

by Jim Lobe Tuesday’s floor speech by Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein could bury AIPAC’s hopes of winning passage of what I have called the Kirk-Menendez Wag the Dog Act of 2013…at least for the next month or so.… Continue Reading