They Left Out Netanyahu’s Name Among the Signatories

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by Jim Lobe I think the position laid out in this letter is referred to as a “non-starter” and marks the point at which Congress moves from playing “bad cop” to spoiler. For reasons why, you can read today’s Foreign… Continue Reading  

Optimistic in Almaty? How to Move the Iran Impasse Forward

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by Laicie Heeley & Usha Sahay After months of deliberation, Iranian negotiators and representatives of the 6-world power P5+1 negotiating team have agreed to meet on February 26 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Hopeful watchers may read some symbolism into the location:… Continue Reading  

Don’t Rule Out Bilateral Talks with Iran

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by Peter Jenkins I was in Berlin on Monday when Iran’s Foreign Minister, MIT-educated Ali Akbar Salehi, spoke to a large audience at the premises of the German Association for Foreign Policy (DGAP). I heard Minister Salehi repeat what he… Continue Reading  

Few Hopes for Iran Breakthrough

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by Jim Lobe via IPS News Despite an agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) to resume long-delayed talks about Tehran’s nuclear programme in Kazakhstan at the end of this month,… Continue Reading  

Good News out of Israel

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by Peter Jenkins There has been good news out of Israel this week – all the more welcome for being relatively infrequent where Iran is concerned. Sheera Frenkel, a McClatchy correspondent, reported on Monday that Israeli intelligence officials had told… Continue Reading