U.S. Condemns Military Crackdown in Egypt but No Aid Cut-off

by Jim Lobe and Jared Metzker via IPS News The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has denounced in unusually harsh terms Wednesday’s bloody military crackdown against supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. But, despite a growing chorus of… Continue Reading  

Did Hassan Rouhani Dupe Europe in 2003?

by Peter Jenkins In defence of his 2003-05 record, Iran’s president-elect Hassan Rouhani writes, “While we were talking with the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the facility in Isfahan. In fact, by creating a calm… Continue Reading  

How the Media got the Parchin Access Story Wrong

News media reported last week that Iran had flatly refused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to its Parchin military test facility, based on a statement to reporters by IAEA Deputy Director General, Herman Nackaerts, that “We could not… Continue Reading  

Two Essays on Neocon Split over Egypt

Jack Ross, the American Conservative blogger, has an enlightening essay on Right Web about the neoconservative split over the current events unfolding in Egypt. Ross’s tack is somewhat different than the one offered here by Daniel Luban (see below). Instead of… Continue Reading  

Cable: New IAEA Chief ‘Solidly in the U.S. Court’ on Iran

With talks between Iran and the P5+1 group set to resume today for the first time in more than a year, the Iranian delegation will likely be troubled that the UN atomic agency chief — who doesn’t play a role… Continue Reading