Is John Kerry an Anti-Semite?


by Jim Lobe For a rather slow Thanksgiving weekend, must reading should include an article on The Nation website by Henry Siegman, a former head of both the American Jewish Congress and the Synagogue Council of America. The article assails a full-page ad that… Continue Reading  

Iraq Looking for an “Independent” Sunni Defense Minister


by Barbara Slavin Iraqi President Fouad Massoum said that the government was looking for an independent Sunni Muslim to fill the post of defense minister in an effort to improve chances of reunifying the country and defeating the group that calls… Continue Reading  

Public, Elite See U.S. Power in Decline


by Jim Lobe via IPS News For the first time since the end of the Vietnam War, both the U.S. public and the foreign policy elite see Washington as playing a less important and powerful role in the world than… Continue Reading  

Pieces Of The Real Iran


by Jasmin Ramsey Al-Monitor offers a refreshing article on one of Iran’s worst-kept secrets: Although satellites are contraband, somehow many people manage to own one. It’s estimated that 50-70% of households in Tehran have satellite dishes to broadcast their favorite news, music and movie channels.… Continue Reading  

Watching US-Iran History in the Making

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by Jasmin Ramsey I feel like i’m witnessing a tectonic shift in the geo-political landscape reading @HassanRouhani tweets. Fascinating. — dick costolo (@dickc) September 27, 2013 That tweet via Twitter CEO Dick Costolo in response to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s… Continue Reading