Iran and the Diplomatic Jackpot

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by John Feffer In 1748, as part of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, France regained Cape Breton from Great Britain. The island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, had passed back and forth between the two countries over the years, and… Continue Reading  

Neocons Double their Standards on Prisoner Release

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by Eli Clifton, Ali Gharib, and Jim Lobe It’s inevitable that neoconservatives will assail President Obama’s every dealing with Iran. And indeed, the denunciations were fast and furious of the deal that brought home four Americans, including Washington Post reporter… Continue Reading  

Have Human Rights in Iran Deteriorated after the Nuclear Deal?

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by Derek Davison The case of the now-convicted Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, covered in detail by Ali Gharib in this space last week, is only the most glaring example supporting the idea that the human rights situation in Iran… Continue Reading  

On Jason Rezaian’s Conviction: Why Injustice in Iran Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better

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by Ali Gharib The warnings of opponents of a nuclear deal as well as its more cautious boosters—that we shouldn’t expect reform from Iran in the immediate aftermath of the nuclear accord—earned a dispiriting data point yesterday. Jason Rezaian, the… Continue Reading  

Congress and Political Prisoners: Condemning Iran, Helping Egypt

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by Ali Gharib On Tuesday morning, family members of three Americans held prisoner by the Iranian authorities and relatives of another, Robert Levinson, who disappeared there years ago, testified before Congress. These are the people who most miss Saeed Abedini,… Continue Reading