Ending the suffering in Syria?

by Helena Cobban August 26 saw the failure of yet another attempt by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to negotiate the terms of a new cessation of hostilities in the now 64-month-long civil… Continue Reading  

Helena Cobban: Is Gaza Occupied? (Con’t)

After I e-mailed my last post to interviewee Helena Cobban, she sent me an insightful response. A blogger/analyst and publisher who sat for 17 years on the advisory committee of Human Rights Watch and has reported extensively from the Middle… Continue Reading  

Cobban: Iran’s Allies in Lebanon Play Regime Change, too

Helena Cobban, steeped in years of experience reporting from and writing about the Middle East, has a thought-provoking theory on the sudden break-up of the coalition in Lebanon: My sense from afar is that Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and his friends… Continue Reading  

Cole to Broder: War with Iran ‘would just about finish us off as a nation’

In Monday’s Talking Points, I chronicled some of the initial responses to David Broder’s Washington Post column this past weekend. Broder suggested President Obama could revitalize the economy by going to war with Iran. The responses were mostly negative: Despite winning… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for October 30 – November 1, 2010: The Washington Post: David Broder suggests since Obama can not control the “tidal force” of the marketplace, one other option for getting the United States out… Continue Reading