AIPAC’s Plan C on Iran Diplomacy Blunted

by Jim Lobe It’s been a difficult annual policy conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its hopes of getting Congress to set the toughest possible conditions on any final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1… Continue Reading  

Will Steny Hoyer Kill Deal? Will Mandela Help Sustain It?

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by Jim Lobe It’s possible — although still not probable — that my assessment earlier this week that the Geneva accord was out of the Congressional woods for this year may have been premature. It appears that Democratic Minority Whip… Continue Reading  

Obama Gets More Time for Iran Nuclear Deal

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by Jim Lobe via IPS News The administration of President Barack Obama appears to have succeeded in preventing Congress from enacting new sanctions against Iran before the next round of nuclear-related talks between the U.S. and other great powers and… Continue Reading  

U.S.-Iran Poised for Breakthrough on Nuclear Issue

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by Jim Lobe via IPS News On the 34th anniversary of the seizure by Iranian militants of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, a growing number of experts here believe Washington and the Islamic Republic may be moving toward détente, if not… Continue Reading  

Limited US Influence in Egypt Can Still Do Some Good

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by Mitchell Plitnick When is a coup not a coup? When calling it that carries repercussions that make a bad situation worse. US President Barack Obama is struggling with recent events in Egypt. Once again he’s presented with a situation… Continue Reading