Political Prisoners: A Strong Voice in Iranian Politics

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by Mohammad Ali Kadivar In a historic letter to President Barack Obama, 55 Iranian political prisoners describe the effect of the crippling sanctions regime on the Iranian people and plead for a new approach to the nuclear issue. They write: Mr.… Continue Reading  

IAEA Reliance on Third-Party Data Could Compromise Political Credibility

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Beginning with a reference to a contentious report by the AP that used an alleged Iranian document provided by an “unnamed country” to suggest “that Iran is working on a bomb,” Mark Hibbs, a senior associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program, writes that… Continue Reading  

Guardian: No Persian Speakers at IAEA Safeguards Department for security reasons

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at the ABACC Exhibit at the IAEA 55th General Conference. Vienna, Austria, 20 September 2010.

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Can this be true? According to Julian Borger: The Guardian has also learned that for security reasons, there are no longer any Farsi speakers in the safeguards department to analyse the flow of documents coming in about the Iranian nuclear… Continue Reading  

Despite 2009 “Surge” Taliban Remains Force to be Reckoned with in Afghanistan

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Foreign Policy’s Stephen Walt highlights a chart by Belfer Center fellow Matt Waldman showing that as the US-led 2009 “Surge” in Afghanistan proceeded, US casualties increased. The pace in 2012 is also roughly similar to the toll from the previous two years: Equally important,… Continue Reading  

Major US-UK Tiff Over Legality of Iran Strike

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Amidst reports that Great Britain has denied the US military use of important British bases for an assault against Iran, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters on Friday that whenever the DOD considers military action “we do it within… Continue Reading