Obama’s Narrow Focus On Iran’s Nukes Misses The Larger Point

The U.S.-led six-month agreement with Iran over its nuclear program reflects not just Washington’s limited aspirations for its relations with Tehran but also its affinity for the regional status quo over possible change. Throw in its policy toward Syria both before and after the start of its […]

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Temporary deal makes an Iranian nuclear weapon more likely

The six-month deal between U.S.-led negotiators and Iran will make an Iranian atomic bomb more likely, not less, because it significantly strengthens the very regime in Tehran that so desperately wants nuclear weaponry. In essence, the agreement undercuts the premise on which years of mounting economic and […]

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U.N.’s Human Rights Council Shames Itself Further, If That’s Possible

The U.N. General Assembly’s selection this week of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Vietnam, and Algeria to its Human Rights Council further tarnishes the U.N.’s reputation and reinforces the Council’s status as a laughingstock on human rights. Moving forward, the Council surely will follow its well-worn path […]

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Strong US ties to Israel are the key to a lasting peace in Palestine

Peace – true peace – is more than the absence of war, more than a temporary respite from continual conflict. True peace rests on trust between parties, and it’s rooted in on-the-ground conditions that ensure its viability. That’s true whether one side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in […]

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U.S., Iran have to sell a deal, not just reach one

The casual observer of recent Middle East activities might as easily conclude that Washington and Tehran are gearing for war, rather than – perhaps – angling for an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program. The United States will participate in a two-week, Israeli-led military exercise this month with […]

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