February 5, 2013

At Last, a Ray of Hope in Iran

Alex Massie, The Scotsman

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Elections could hardly come at a worse time for the ruling establishment. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is term-limited and ineligible to run for a third time as president. It seems likely that Iran’s voters will only be allowed a choice between candidates endorsed by the religious establishment. Candidates must be endorsed by at least 100 “experts” (so designated by the regime) and be between 40 and 75 years old. Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, defeated by Ahmadinejad in 2005 and long considered Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s highest-profile rival, is 78 and thus ineligible to stand. Other opposition figures will also, doubtless, be excluded. So the ingredients for trouble are all in place. The combination of political oppression and economic...

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January 31, 2013
Is the U.S. Violating Its Own Iran Sanctions?
Brian Fung, The Atlantic
It's hard to think of another case where sanctions have had such drastic effects on a country's economy so quickly. Iran used to export 2.14 million barrels of oil every day; that was two years ago. Now that number... more ››
January 31, 2013
Argentina-Iran Deal Mocks Justice
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald
Argentina has crossed a line by making a deal with the prime suspect in the 1994 terrorist attack. I hope I’m wrong about this, but the end result of this so-called Argentina-Iran “truth commission” will be a... more ››
January 30, 2013
The Obama Vacuum
Lee Smith, Weekly Standard
One thing Hillary Clinton got right in her testimony before Congress last week: “When America is absent,” she said, “there are consequences.” But the administration she served has chosen to be absent, and... more ››
February 1, 2013
Time for U.S. to Accept Iranian Power
Flynt & Hillary Leverett, Reuters
For its own interests, Washington must take a fundamentally different approach. President Obama needs to realign U.S. relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran as thoroughly as President Nixon realigned relations with the... more ››
February 1, 2013
Lebanon First Act of Iran-Israel War
Jonathan Schanzer, Globe & Mail
“Do you remember South Lebanon? All of Lebanon is now South Lebanon.” These were the words of a senior Israeli official in a closed-door meeting in Jerusalem on Tuesday, just hours before Israel warplanes attacked a truck... more ››