Arrest of “Happy” Iranians Highlights Rouhani’s Domestic Battles

by Jasmin Ramsey* It was a perfect headline for the satirical online news site, “The Onion.” “Young Iranians Arrested for Being Too ‘Happy in Tehran’,” reads a May 20 New York Times blog title, with similar reports produced by news… Continue Reading  

The viral campaign to set a “red line” for Iran

via The American Independent A viral video calling on world leaders to a “set the red line” to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon has garnered over 1.3 million YouTube views thanks to a savvy social media campaign on… Continue Reading  

Matthew Kroenig and Trita Parsi Debate: Should the US Strike Iran?

Back in January, academic Matthew Kroenig claimed the United States could militarily strike Iran without causing havoc and catastrophe in the region. His arguments were widely criticized and supported by the usual suspects. Jamie Fly, the neoconservative executive director of the Foreign Policy Initiative, disagreed with Kroenig, but only… Continue Reading  

Clarion YouTube Page Comment: ‘Bomb these…’

Far be it for me to criticize the Clarion Fund for comments that appear on their various webpages. This site was, after all, attacked by neoconservative mudslinger Lee Smith for comments that got through our usually rigorous screening process. (As a rule, we… Continue Reading  

The Leveretts, The Tea Party and Iran

The Leveretts have a piece up reacting to Sarah Palin’s USA Today op-ed. It’s a thoughtful accounting, deeply (and rightfully) scornful of Palin’s belligerence, but lacks in terms of context and framing. The Leveretts, while shrewd geo-strategists, may be engaged in… Continue Reading