Ex-home secretary Jack Straw returns from a visit to Tehran convinced that it’s time for the West to rethink its relationship with the regime
Thomas Erdbrink of New York Times has a good report about how Iranian economy has improved under Rouhani with a steady number of Western delegations visiting Iran. As matter of fact, the number of delegations that have visited Iran in January 2014 outnumber the total number who visited in the year of 2013 ! Lot of interest, but few have committed to investing in Iran.
Senator Diane Feinstein delivered a thoughtful and smart speech on Tuesday against the Menendez-Kirk bill. Watch part of it here.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is setting his new agenda to music, by reviving one of the country’s few publicly accepted performances. Watch this Special Report by CNN Christian Amanpour.
Milad Jokar explains how “a rapprochement with Iran will weaken Israel’s standing in the region and the Israeli PM’s governing coalition.”
According to an article by Jim Lobe, “the neoconservative Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), the successor organization of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), has just published another open letter (reproduced below) to Congressional leaders that implicitly endorses what I have called the “Kirk-Menendez Wag the Dog Act of 2013,” known officially as the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 (S. 1881). I say implicitly, because it doesn’t come right out and urge support for the specific bill, which AIPAC and the Israel lobby, for which AIPAC is the vanguard, are flogging as hard as they possibly can. But the intention is pretty clear.” Read the full analysis HERE
While Iran announced on Friday that it has reached agreement on the implementation of the nuclear accord with P5+1, neoconservatives and AIPAC supporters of additional sanctions try to keep up pressures for more sanctions. This has divided the Jewish groups in the United States, with the White House now in full war with AIPAC. In an unprecedented press release, the White House called on the backers of the bill to be “upfront about the fact that it puts the United States on the path to war.” “If certain members of Congress want the United States to take military action, they should be up front with the American public and say so,” Bernadette Meehan, the National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement posted by The Huffington Post. “Otherwise, it’s not clear why any member of Congress would support a bill that possibly closes the door on diplomacy and makes it more likely that the United States will have to choose between military options or allowing Iran’s nuclear program to proceed.”