A Bird’s-Eye View of the Middle East

For an extraordinary bird’s eye view of U.S. relations with the Greater Middle East, the impact of the “Arab Spring” and the increasing isolation of Israel, among other subjects, a lecture delivered last week by Amb. Chas Freeman (ret.) to… Continue Reading  

50th Anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis Offers Lessons for Iran

via IPS News It was exactly 50 years ago when then-President John F. Kennedy took to the airwaves to inform the world that the Soviet Union was introducing nuclear-armed missiles into Cuba and that he had ordered a blockade of… Continue Reading  

A Reply to Mark Dubowitz’s call for “Economic Warfare” against Iran

By Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi and Muhammad Sahimi In numerous op-eds and in testimonies before congressional audiences Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), has called for “crippling sanctions” against the Islamic Republic and its… Continue Reading  

Analysts Say Nuclear Talks Should Continue Despite Sabre-Rattling

via IPS News The one agreement that talks between Iran and the P5+1 – the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany – produced after a “technical meeting” in Istanbul was a decision to schedule more talks.… Continue Reading  

Who’s the stranger in Moscow?

Song: “Stranger in Moscow” by the late and great, Michael Jackson Julian Borger, Laura Rozen and Scott Peterson report on the “wide gap” and the “nitty gritty” details of the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent… Continue Reading