Sanctions are Counterproductive, Hurt Ordinary Iranians

At the Middle Eastern affairs journal Muftah, Hani Mansourian takes a well warranted critical look into the human cost of sanctions against Iran. With Iran seemingly recalcitrant on its nuclear program and the United States unwilling to put up “robust… Continue Reading  

U.S. Labels Iranian rebel group ‘terrorists’ ahead of talks

In a move on Wednesday that some analysts consider a concession to Iran ahead of the upcoming negotiations on its nuclear program, the U.S. State Department labeled the Iranian Sunni militant group, Jundullah, a “Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of… Continue Reading  

Guardian’s Whitaker on ‘Arabian Gulf’

Writing in the British newspaper the Guardian‘s Comment is Free section, Brian Whitaker took up the question of ‘Persian’ versus ‘Arabian’ Gulf. He says he prefers to just call it “the Gulf,” but notes that Iran has even rejected this… Continue Reading  

NIAC says State Dept. ‘fuels ethnic tensions’ by referring to ‘Arabian Gulf’

Announcing a massive $60 billion dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia, Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro called the body of water separating Iran and the Arab states to its southwest the “Arabian Gulf.” At the press conference, the Persian… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for October 25, 2010: Commentary: Max Boot blogs that, in light of Hamid Karzai’s acknowledgment that he receives $2 million a year from Iran, “the Iranians have attempted similar dollar diplomacy in Iraq, Lebanon,… Continue Reading