The Uses of Torture

by Peter Costantini “Enhanced interrogation”: the George W. Bush administration bureaucrats who coined the term had perfect pitch. The apparatchiks of Kafka’s Castle would have admired the grayness of the euphemism. But although it sounds like some new kind of… Continue Reading  

Domestic political pressure spiked Ahmadinjad’s Fuel Swap push

A WikiLeaks cable reported this week suggested that the main Iranian obstacle to striking a nuclear fuel swap deal with the West was not the deal itself (or the Western countries involved), but internal Iranian politics. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad… Continue Reading  

Obama Should Follow India on Iran

Former New York Times and Boston Globe correspondent Stephen Kinzer has an op-ed in the Boston Globe urging the Obama administration to follow India (and Turkey, and Brazil) on their approach to Iran. In light of Obama’s description of U.S.-India… Continue Reading  

Obama’s latest offer to Iran revealed

Even though Iran has yet to respond to an invitation for the P5+1 talks that are now only a few weeks away, officials in the Obama administration are leaking details to the New York Times of an offer that could… Continue Reading  

BREAKING: P5+1 Invites Iran to Mid-Nov. Talks

Laura Rozen and Reuters are reporting that the P5+1 — the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany — have invited Iran to resume talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The invitation is for talks… Continue Reading