Britain, US May Offer Assad Clemency for Power Transition

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 8:17 am

The world has been generally deadlocked over Syria. The UN Security Council cannot muster any kind of veto-proof majority for any action, nobody wants to engage in an intervention, and meanwhile the situation in the country has devolved into civil war. So we can view this as a potential step forward, albeit with one excruciating [...]

Iran Nuclear Negotiations End, With No Timetable for the Future

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 7:36 am

With significant factions on both sides rooting for failure in the Iranian nuclear talks, it should come as no surprise that they came up short after wrapping up last night. A U.S. administration official said that after so many hours of tough exchanges, the parties need to talk to each other, parse what had been [...]

Iran Nuclear Talks Begin in Moscow, With Little Hope for Progress

By: Monday June 18, 2012 9:01 am

A new round of talks on the Iranian nuclear program opened in Moscow today, and Iran has already made an opening bid: Three hours after the talks began, a report on state-controlled Iranian television said that Iran would not consider curtailing the enrichment of uranium to 20 percent — a key goal for international mediators [...]

Iran Warms to Negotiations as Senate Tries to Shut Them Down

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 10:28 am

Iran has agreed to discuss proposals to limit its uranium enrichment at talks in the next week in Moscow over its nuclear program. A tense exchange of letters between EU diplomats, who deal with Iran on behalf of the six powers, and Iranian officials had earlier appeared to suggest Tehran may be backtracking on its [...]

IAEA Pulls Back on Iran Nuclear Inspection Breakthrough

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 1:35 pm

After a couple weeks of hope, there are more troubling signs about the future of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. It appeared that the IAEA had struck a deal with Iran for future inspections of previously uninspected sites. Now, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano has announced new talks, as well as a revelation about satellite images [...]

Western Nations Expel Syrian Envoys

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 8:56 am

The US has expelled Syria’s top diplomat in Washington, just one of many Western countries to throw out Syrian envoys after the Houla massacre. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. holds “the Syrian government responsible for this slaughter of innocent lives.” Earlier Tuesday, numerous other western countries, including Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, [...]

Hardliners on Both Sides Push Iran Diplomacy Further Apart

By: Monday May 28, 2012 9:00 am

Hopes that last week’s diplomatic round between the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) and Iran would produce progress on the nuclear question have begun to wane, hampered by a media pushback from hardliners on both sides. From the West, we’ve had a series of somewhat dubious articles about [...]

Iran-West Nuclear Negotiations Will Continue in June

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 12:57 pm

Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, wrapped up today in Baghdad and the best news from the meeting is that there will be another round of talks, in Moscow, next month. As long as the two sides keep talking, something good could transpire. The [...]

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Begin

By: Wednesday May 23, 2012 7:01 am

Nuclear talks between the P5 +1 – permanent Security Council members China, Russia, France, Britain and the US, plus Germany – and Iran begin today in Baghdad. This comes on the heels of an imminent announcement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, based on talks from recent days in Tehran. So the diplomacy [...]

While Neocons Still Press for War With Iran, Diplomacy Begins to Work

By: Friday May 18, 2012 12:13 pm

Yesterday, Senate Republicans blocked yet another Iran sanctions bill on the grounds that they needed more time to study it and make sure it was sufficiently punitive. In fact, Republicans want the next sanctions bill to include an “explicit threat of a U.S. military strike if Iran refuses to curb its nuclear ambitions.” But while [...]

North Korean Rocket Launch Fails in Humiliating Display

By: Friday April 13, 2012 9:37 am

The scary enemies to humanity over in North Korea launched their long-range rocket yesterday, and let’s just say it had some… problems. North Korea’s long-range rocket failed early Friday, U.S. officials said, calling it a blow for the reclusive state’s propaganda efforts. The rocket broke up about 90 seconds after taking off, an official told [...]

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