Iran and the US have growing technical agreement over the nuclear dispute, which will only become useful if the political leaders on both sides want to make a deal.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: A technical agreement over the nuclear dispute will only be useful if leaders on both sides want to make a deal.
The only thing better than a nice map is a particularly informative nice map, like this one on Arab dialects or the one above….
JAMES M. DORSEY: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is following in the footsteps of deposed autocrats by associating himself with one of Iran’s greatest passions: soccer.
CG NEWS: For an Iranian to express such thoughts to an Israeli implies a level of trust that would seem impossible if you believe what the newspapers say.
Jonathan Cook: If the West succeeds in its proxy intervention in Syria and disables yet another Arab state for refusing to toe its line, the stage will be set for the next target: Iran.
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: “By reducing imbalances in military power, new nuclear states generally produce more regional and international stability, not less…”
IRA GLUNTS, MONDOWEISS: War, according to Aaron Miller, is inevitable unless something extraordinary happens in the next year.
ANNIE ROBBINS, MONDOWEISS: The meeting between the P5+1 countries to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme has gone surprisingly well.
JUAN COLE: It’s well worth looking at previous situations where major powers tried to use economics to bring Iran to heel.
DAVID ROBERTS: It’s a familiar theme – Iran is close to producing a nuclear weapon and time is running out. What can Israel do?
ROB L. WAGNER: There is a massive internal power struggle within Iran and a battle to shore up the crumbling faith of its people
ANNIE ROBBINS, MONDOWEISS: The Israelis are playing down the consequences of an attack. American ‘top brass’ aren’t buying it.
MICH CAFE: When Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi speaks it is always worth listening. She has been reflecting on what the Arab Spring means to women
THOMAS BUONOMO, INFORMED COMMENT: China’s working with Iran to develop alternative energy solutions. Support welcome?
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: Israel could severely bloody the Iranians, but it would still not be able to deliver a knock-out blow against its nuclear capability.
JUAN COLE: Forget Ahmadinejad, the real force in Iranian politics is Ali Khamenei. Shouldn’t we listen to what he has to say?
JUAN COLE: For all the hooplah of the talk of a possible attack, if Israel’s and Iran’s air forces were close enough to tangle (they are not), Iran’s wouldn’t last a day.
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: I hope every Israeli and U.S. foreign policy official sees this film: How can bombs stand up to the moral acuity represented by this film?
JUAN COLE: The last crackpot Neocon plan cost America $1 trillion and nearly 5,000 soldier’s lives. The latest one is meeting resistance.