"Iran already has the ability to create nuclear weapons, additional sanctions won’t help, and military action against Iran would be foolhardy in the extreme.
What’s left to do?
Smother ‘em with love.
I’m not kidding. Iran seems — finally — genuinely interested in seeking ways out of the current impasse. Maybe that’s due to the bite of recent sanctions, maybe it’s due to Iranian fears of a military strike, or maybe the Iranians are just plain tired of being international pariahs. But right now, Iran is looking for face-saving ways to reach a deal.
Let’s help them. We should seek to enmesh Iran so tightly in economic and cultural partnerships with the United States and international community that future hostilities become unthinkable.
In exchange for Iranian concessions on uranium enrichment, we should offer not only an end to sanctions, but a roadmap toward full normalization of U.S.-Iranian relations. This can’t happen overnight-and as with the removal of sanctions, steps toward normalization can be reevaluated if Iran reneges on its promises. But steps toward normalization should start soon, with small-scale, mutually respectful confidence-building measures that go beyond those directly linked to Iran’s nuclear program.”
This is the best thing about Iran I’ve read in a minute.
See, this is why I don’t want to be an IR analyst anymore. It’s taken THIS LONG for the professionals to start suggesting what should’ve been obvious for YEARS now.
The founder and chairman of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, exchanged tweets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday.
Just over five hours later, the Twitter account representing Rouhani’s office replied, and referenced his interview last week with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
Dorsey retweeted Rouhani’s reply, thanked him, and asked him to “Please let us know how we can help to make it a reality.”
In the exchange to which Rouhani referred, Amanpour asked Rouhani about his own prolific tweeting, and whether he would open up social networks for Iranians to access more freely.
"All my efforts," he told her, "are geared to ensure that the people of Iran will comfortably be able to access all information globally and to use it."
President Rouhani said that he was going to put all his efforts, in the “next few months” towards delivering on his campaign promises, of which opening up the country to information was one.
Ooh, interesting! Thanks for this!
An Iranian Jew carries the Torah during morning service in Tehran Synagogue on December 27, 2011 in Tehran, Iran. Iran has one of the largest Jewish populations in the Middle East outside of Israel. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
WoW IRANiaN JEWS sO SURPRisiNG
Time Ripe for Iran Reset | CNN
By Ali Vaez, Crisis Group’s Senior Iran Analyst
The history of Iran-U.S. relations is littered with missed opportunities. The Obama administration should make sure that the victory of a moderate president in Iran doesn’t become another one.
Sending a letter of congratulation to the new president on his inauguration day – August 3 – would be a positive first step. Conservatives in Tehran will have to bite their tongues, remembering Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s congratulatory note to Obama in 2009. Republicans in the U.S. Congress, meanwhile, will have a hard time accusing the president of somehow endorsing Iran’s faulty electoral process, given that most U.S. allies in that region don’t even hold elections.
But more important than recognizing the legitimacy of a political process in which well over half of Iran’s population participated is signaling to Iran’s leadership that Washington is willing to find some sort of common ground moving forward. This could, for example, include reversing the U.S. objection to Iran attending the Geneva 2 conference on the future of Syria, a move that could be justified by Tehran’s new political face.
I mean this is all very true, but it’s naive to think that a little thing like the US being allies with dictators is gonna stop Congress from calling Obama a freedom-hater.
Considering visiting the Iranian embassy in Prague and asking if they could pull some strings and get me a visa to go WWOOFing in Iran when my internship here is over.
Like I don’t even want to WWOOF really but I would do pretty much any kind of work just to live in Iran for a bit.
Like wow that would be so cool.
On Friday the moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani was elected to be Iran’s next President. The moderate-conservative reformist victor was previously thought to be too liberal to lead Iran. The new President is known for his call for a new approach and relationship with the West, especially in relation to Iran’s hotly contested and ambiguous nuclear program.
Mr Rouhani’s victory is a clear reflection of Iranian people’s call to end the antagonisms between the West-Iran, surprising Government and religious officials and their favorite candidate Saeed Jalili, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator.
The election results also spurred a wave of optimism among Iran’s young, liberal and moderate population who took to the streets to show their support for their new leader and hope that the era of extremism is over.
Mr Rouhani’s job now is to not disappoint the 18.6 million Iranian voters who believe that reform is around the corner. Ahmadinejad’s policies left his country isolated within the international community and in economic turmoil thanks to tough economic sanctions on its oil and financial industries.
While Mr Rouhani may attempt to change Iran’s nuclear policy, the ultimate decision-maker is the Supreme Leader and according to the Independent there is no evidence that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is open to changing the nuclear program.
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God I’m just so happy about this, wow.
Apparently people were chanting “It’s the spring for freedom, too bad Neda isn’t here.”
An Iranian channel ran a story about how a certain kind of martial arts is enjoying increasing popularity among Iranian women. This means that a) Iranian women have rights, b) Iranian women can access the public sphere, c) Iranian women participate in organized, public sports, and d) an Iranian government news channel has no problem with any of this.
Faced with these facts, the Western media panicked: some news agencies resorted to the stereotype of Iranian women as veiled, militant fanatics; others opted for infantilizing portrayals of suffering women using martial arts as their only escape. Can you imagine any self-respecting Western reporter writing a story that explained, unprovoked, the popularity of karate among girls in suburban Los Angeles by citing America’s high rates of sexual assault? Additionally, few bothered to mention that recently it has been Western sports organizations that have prevented Iranian women from playing, for example in 2011 forcing the Iranian women’s soccer team to forfeit hope of reaching the Olympics because they wore sports hijabs on the field.
Narratives of weak or militant Iranian women are not just dishonest; they also fuel a political narrative whereby Islamism is equated with backwardness and the ability of women to reconcile Islamic ideals with feminist goals is entirely obfuscated. Both Western conservatives and many secular feminists often participate in this obfuscation, effectively trying to either hide Iranian women’s successes in order to demonize Iran or by ignoring the ideologies of liberation they have formulated in order to preserve the status of secular feminism as the only path to women’s liberation.