Sanctions Aiding Limitation of Independent Publications in Iran

The University of Pennsylvania’s Iran Media Project and ASL 19, a Canadian non-profit working against censorship in Iran, explain how sanctions are increasing the Iranian government’s censorship capabilities: It is increasingly difficult for independent publishers of books and print newspapers in… Continue Reading  

Sanctions without compromise won’t end Iran nuclear impasse

In a new report for the Oxford Research Group (first excerpted at PBS’s Tehran Bureau) author Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi explains why sanctions without compromise won’t change Iran’s hardline leaders’ stance on the nuclear program: The key dilemma which Western policymakers should consider is that, rightly or… Continue Reading  

Why Did Israel Dial it Down on Iran?

I have a new piece up at Tehran Bureau, the PBS/Frontline project on Iran. The article is a look into the possible reasons that Israel has pushed back the nuclear timeline for Iran. I quote Tony Karon at length (which appears… Continue Reading  

Who is the No. 1 Counter-Jihadi? Gaffney or May?

There’s been a little bit of a sideshow setting up this year’s CPAC confab. Arch-Islamophobe Frank Gaffney was booted from the Conservative Political Action Conference agenda. At Religion Dispatches, Sarah Posner spoke with Suhail Khan, a Muslim conservative and board member… Continue Reading  

Why the U.S. Should Push a Fuel-Swap Deal in Turkey Talks Next Month

In January, Iran and the P5+1 countries, which includes the United States, will sit down in Istanbul for the second of the latest iteration of talks between the West and the Islamic Republic over the latter’s nuclear program. At PBS/Frontline‘s Tehran… Continue Reading