Hawks on Iran

Lobe Log publishes Hawks on Iran every Friday. Our posts highlight militaristic commentary and confrontational policy recommendations about Iran from a variety of sources including news articles, think tanks and pundits. Joe Lieberman, RFE/RL: The independent senator who said in April… Continue Reading  

“In a porous world, sanctions are largely ineffective”

Najmedin Meshkati and Guive Mirfendereski argue in the Los Angeles Times that sanctions against Iran have been ineffective at substantially curbing its alleged nuclear ambitions: Policies of restriction or containment through sanctions and economic mechanisms do not work. In a… Continue Reading  

Mark Fitzpatrick on new IAEA Iran Report: Situation Not Yet Hopeless

Writing in Al-Monitor, Mark Fitzpatrick, an expert on Iran’s nuclear program, explains why the International Atomic Energy Associations’s new report on Iran isn’t good, but doesn’t amount to disaster either: In a pre-emptive move of their own, White House officials gave… Continue Reading  

Radical Salafis Overrunning the Syrian Revolution

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via IPS News The recent visit by Abd al-Halim Murad, head of the Bahraini Salafi al-Asalah movement, to Syria to meet with Syrian rebels is an attempt by him and other Gulf Salafis to hijack the Syrian revolution. Sadly, the… Continue Reading  

Death by Chocolate: Selling War with Iran to Israelis One Ad at a Time

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Israelis are being sold on war with Iran in more ways than one. In a commercial featuring John Cleese (a veteran of the zany British comedy shows, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers), a high level general takes a taste of… Continue Reading