Our ‘Sputnik Moment:’ A Cold War-Style Call-to-Arms?

A word cloud of the most-used terms in Obama's State of the Union address.

The administration usually loves to throw around the idea that the international arena is not defined by zero-sum games, but in last night’s State of the Union, Obama took a clear turn, sending mixed messages about his multipolar worldview with… Continue Reading  

‘Iranium’ or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the ‘Military Option’

Ali and I have a post up on Tehran Bureau in which we review the Clarion Fund‘s latest film, “Iranium.” We write: The film opens with a history lesson that begins in 1978 with the first signs of the widespread… Continue Reading  

Egypt: Government Shows Nervousness

By Emad Mekay A few points from events on the ground in Cairo as protests continue here: 1 – Some government media figures appear to be joining ranks with the protestors. Mahmoud Saad, a talk show host in the Egyptian… Continue Reading  

Jen Rubin vs. HSBC

On December 23, right-wing pro-Israel activist Noah Pollak was wandering through the Athens airport when he snapped a picture of an HSBC advertisement containing this factoid: Only 4% of American films are made by women. In Iran it’s 25%. Pollak tweeted the picture, adding… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for January 26: The Washington Times: American Enterprise Institute fellow and former UN ambassador John Bolton denounces the EU and White House’s commitment to P5+1 negotiations with Iran, writing, “There is not, and has… Continue Reading