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John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif named winners of the Chatham House Prize 2016

- The Chatham House Prize is presented annually to the person, persons or organization deemed by members of the Royal Institute of International Affairs to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year. - 10/25/16

Iran's President Rouhani awarded ICOM"s Melody of Peace

- President Rouhani received the award during his 31st Provincial visit to the city of Qazvin where the secretariat of Melody of Peace is located. ICOM's Melody of Peace as the symbol of Iranians' peace loving disposition will also be presented to the secretary-General of the United Nations. - 10/5/16

Iran-Europe nuclear cooperation growing: Atomic Organization Chief

- Iran's nuclear chief says cooperation with Europe in the area of nuclear technology is on the rise, more than a year after a landmark nuclear deal was inked between Tehran and six world powers. Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi made the remarks after visiting a nuclear hospital in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday. - 9/30/16

PHOTOS: The 4th "Art For Peace" Festival at Iranian Artists' Forum in Tehran

- The fourth term of "Art for Peace" Festival opened at Iranian Artist Forum on 15 September 2016. 140 artists are exhibiting their works in painting, photography, Sculpture, installation, video art, music and performance at various galleries of Iranian House of Artists. - 9/19/16

Tabriz carpet, conveying message of peace and friendship, to be unveiled at WCC 2016 in Isfahan

- The carpet being woven by Hamid Kazemnia under the auspices of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization will be unveiled at the 18th General Assembly of the World Crafts Council, which will be held in the city of Isfahan from September 24 to 27. - 9/18/16

Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra To Perform Concert for Peace

- Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on 24 and 25 September 2016 at Roudaki Hall after 2 years of silence. Directed by Arash Guran Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra will resume its work after 2 years of silence in a new way and context. - 9/3/16

"World Youth Orchestra - Sounds for Iran" project performs first concert in Tehran

- The World Youth Orchestra and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra performed their first joint concert in Tehran's Vahdat Hall on Wednesday August 10. Two more performances are scheduled on Thursday and Friday nights. These concerts are organized by the National Academy of St. Cecilia and the Sapienza University of Rome. - 8/11/16

Iranian Ritual Performer Aram Khalkhali Selected As Peace Ambassador Of MusicFestival Of Montignac

- Montignac festival was held from July 26 to July 31, 2016 in the town of Montignac, France. At the closing ceremony, Ms. Khalkhali delivered the Peace Message to the other groups and as the representative of the festival expressed the international great aspiration for Peace on Earth. - 8/7/16

Iranian Athletes' Message In Rio: "Peace, Friendship, Coexistence"

- President Rouhani said that Iranian athletes' message in Olympics, Paralympics is "peace, friendship, coexistence". Rouhani attended a ceremony held for seeing off Iranian athletes departing for Rio Olympics and Paralympics and said that Iranian athletes' success in these games contribute to national pride, as well as hope and exhilaration in the society - 7/21/16

One Year After Iran Nuclear Deal, Sides Remain Compliant but Wary

- One year ago, exhausted diplomats from Iran and a group of six world powers emerged from a meeting at a luxury hotel in Vienna, Austria with what they had been seeking for nearly two years: a comprehensive agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting harsh economic sanctions. -Chris Hannas, VOA - 7/14/16

Working Toward a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Mideast

- Earlier this month, I attended an international conference in Berlin which brought together diplomats, former military officers, academic researchers and think tank analysts from the Middle East and Europe. The conference took place within the framework of the "Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East" of the Peace Research Institute Franfkfurt (PRIF). -Shemuel Meir, LobeLog - 5/30/16

Iran Nuclear Deal: One-time Event or Breakthrough?

- - Tehran and Washington have apparently hired the same speechwriter to compose their public statements about the state of Iranian nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). In both capitals the proclaimed view is identical: the nuclear agreement is only a one-off event and has no larger implications for U.S.-Iranian relations; there has been no break in the 35-year cycle of hostility between the two countries; the devil remains the devil, even if we had to make a deal with it... -John Limbert - 5/3/16

Women in Bukan, Iran weaving 'Peace Carpet' for UN

- A group of carpet weavers in Bukan, in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, is weaving 'Peace Carpet' which they plan to send to the United Nations to convey the Iran's message of peace to the world community. - 4/14/16

Pope Francis--Overturning the Concept of "Just War"

- Pope Francis is on a roll. He has already roiled the waters of western thinking on economics and society by touching on the dangers of western capitalism drifting into socially destructive greed. He has now turned his focus to an even grander theme- the place of warfare in human life and the hallowed concept of a "just war." -Graham E. Fuller, LobeLog - 4/14/16

Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons?

- President Barack Obama claimed in The Washington Post on March 30 that the United States had made important progress under his leadership toward the vision he outlined in Prague nearly seven years ago: a world free of nuclear weapons. -Peter Jenkins, LobeLog - 4/5/16

Obama's Norooz message for Iranians lauds economic potential

- The U.S. president issued a video message on the occasion of the Iranian New Year to the Iranian people and all those who celebrate Norooz around the world, heralding better trade relations between the two countries. - 3/21/16

Norooz helps regional states forge closer ties: President Rouhani

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Persian New Year or Norooz carries the message of peace and coexistence, stressing that the occasion should be seized to strengthen friendship among neighboring states. - 3/21/16

Why the Arabs don't want us in Syria

- In part because my father was murdered by an Arab, I've made an effort to understand the impact of U.S. policy in the Mideast and particularly the factors that sometimes motivate bloodthirsty responses from the Islamic world against our country. -Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Politico - 2/27/16

The Disappointments of War in a World of Unintended Consequences

- It may be hard to believe now, but in 1970 the protest song "War," sung by Edwin Starr, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That was at the height of the Vietnam antiwar movement and the song, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, became something of a sensation. Even so many years later, who could forget its famed chorus? "War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing." Not me. And yet heartfelt as the song was then -- "War, it ain't nothing but a heartbreaker. War, it's got one friend, that's the undertaker..." -- it has little resonance in America today. -Tom Engelhardt, LobeLog - 2/27/16

The Nuclear Deal Implementation Day: A Win-Win Agreement (part one)

- After many years of unprecedented, crippling Western sanctions that stopped Iran's oil exports and even banking transactions, the long and arduous negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France and Germany) culminated in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed on 14 July 2015. That agreement finally reached the Implementation Day on 16th January 2016, coincidentally 37 years to the day when the late Mohammad Reza Shah left Iran for good and paved the way for the victory of the Islamic revolution. -Farhang Jahanpour - 2/9/16

Wrestling with Iran

- In Iran, wrestling commands the same level of public interest as football in the United States. This is no passing fad. Wrestling is intimately entwined with the history and culture of the country, going back to the legendary matches that Persian kings conducted with their rivals...The initiative in Washington to engage in "wrestling diplomacy" began in 2009, shortly after Barack Obama entered the Oval Office. -John Feffer, LobeLog - 2/5/16

Nuclear deal could lead the way toward better relationship with Iran

- Hailing the implementation of the July 2015 agreement in which Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry recalled that there had been no shortage of skeptics: "Iran has undertaken significant steps that many - and I do mean many - people doubted would ever come to pass." -R. K. Ramazani - 1/24/16

Iran and the Diplomatic Jackpot

- After a strenuous campaign by both the administration and civil society organizations in support of the nuclear deal, it squeaked through Congress despite the opposition of the Republican Party and a few renegade Democrats. Then came the waiting. - John Feffer, LobeLog - 1/22/16

53 National Security Leaders Hail JCPOA Implementation Day

- More than four dozen former senior national-security officials and members of Congress have issued a statement hailing Saturday's announcement of "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and citing it as a reaffirmation of "the value of diplomacy as an invaluable tool for conflict resolution." -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 1/19/16

Nuclear Deal 'Turning Point' For Iran's Economy, President Says

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has hailed the lifting of international sanctions on his country, saying a nuclear deal with world powers opened "new windows" for Tehran's engagement with the world. - 1/17/16

World's response to implementation of Iran historic nuclear deal

- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also hailed the agreement implementation. "This achievement demonstrates that international proliferation concerns are best addressed through dialogue and patient diplomacy," said Ban's spokesman in a statement. "This is a significant milestone that reflects the good faith effort by all parties to fulfill their agreed commitments," he added. - 1/17/16

Cruz Proposes War as Alternative to Sailors' Negotiated Release

- "And I give you my word, if I am elected president, no service man or service woman will be forced to be on their knees, and any nation that captures our fighting men and women will feel the full force and fury of the United States of America." -Eli Clifton, LobeLog - 1/16/16

No, Neocons, America Is Not "Tilting toward Iran"

- im Lobe has already noted the swarm of neocons rushing to defend Saudi Arabia in the latest escalation of its ongoing rivalry with Iran, and Eli Clifton has explained how big money has bought a certain fealty to Saudi interests among the Washington elite. I'd like to focus on a particular thread within the larger pro-Saudi narrative, one that has been around since the nuclear talks began: the notion that the United States is shifting its Middle Eastern loyalties away from the Saudis and toward the Iranians. -Derek Davison, LobeLog - 1/9/16

Neocons Still Demanding Regime Change in Iran

- The Israeli political leadership, with some notable exceptions, appears to have reduced its all-out efforts to derail the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran in hopes of cadging a new 10-year, $50-billion dollar military aid package out of the Obama administration. But hard-line neocons here have clearly not given up on their cherished goal of achieving regime change in Tehran. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 12/24/15

Iranian 'Embassy' Opens in Jerusalem, Without a Diplomat in Sight

- Group of Israeli artists creates space to spotlight Persian culture and recall the strong ties between the two countries that were cut by the Iranian revolution. -Haaretz - 12/23/15

Will US Visa Waiver Bill Undermine JCPOA and Iran's Economy?

- Those in Congress and elsewhere who oppose America's nuclear agreement with Iran have not given up on their efforts to contain Iran and isolate it economically and politically, which has been US policy toward Iran at least since 1991. Before the ink was dry on the Iran nuclear agreement, they began thinking of ways to prevent its full implementation and Iran's return to the international community. -Shireen T. Hunter - 12/16/15

Iran: Key to Stabilizing the Middle East

- It would not have to be a formal or even a declared arrangement. Iran is not ready for that, and in the environment of a presidential campaign the United States is probably not ready either. But there is no realistic way to bring the conflicts in the Middle East under control and stabilize the region unless Washington and Tehran are willing at least to talk to each other, respect each other's positions, and seek to identify common interests as a basis for action. -Homas Lippman - 11/21/15

Rohani To Become First Iranian President To Visit Europe In Decade

- Hassan Rohani this week will become the first Iranian president to travel to Europe in a decade, state news agency IRNA reported November 9. Rohani will start out the tour in Italy November 14, and then travel to France on November 16 and 17, IRNA said. - 11/10/15

Photos: German Artist Philipp Geist's "Gate Of Words" Light Up Tehran's Azadi Square

- German artist Philipp Geist's light installation entitled "Gate of Words" pours down colored words of love, peace and freedom on Tehran's Azadi Tower for three days from October 3 to 5. The shining words, in English, German and Persian, move with the live music on the walls of the tower, the German artist said during a press conference held at the tower last Wednesday. - 10/5/15

Penelope brings message of peace and friendship to National Museum of Iran

- TEHRAN - National Museum of Iran is playing host to the exhibition of "A Statue for Peace: The Penelope Sculptures, From Persepolis to Rome", which features four statutes of Penelope from the collections of the National Museum of Iran and two European museums. - 9/30/15

How Pope Francis US Visit Can Help Boost Diplomacy and Defeat Militarism

- Pope Francis's visit to Washington DC could not have been better timed for the Obama administration. Relations with Cuba have been normalized and the Iran nuclear deal has survived the theatrics of the mandated Congressional review. Pope Francis has of course played an important role in many of these wins for President Barack Obama. He helped with the backchannel diplomacy with Havana, he has endorsed the Iran deal and the White House has reportedly also enlisted his offices to help secure the release of three American citizens imprisoned in Iran. -Trita Parsi - 9/26/15

IAEA Welcomes Pope's Support for Iran Nuclear Deal

- Speaking at the U.N.'s headquarters in New York, the pope said the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers "is proof of the potential of political good will and of law, exercised with sincerity, patience and constancy." The pope had expressed hope for a lasting agreement that would "bring forth the desired fruits with the cooperation of all the parties involved." He noted "an urgent need to work for a world free of nuclear weapons." -Margaret Besheer, VOA - 9/26/15

In post-nuclear-deal Iran, a modest academic opening to the US

- Iran has given permission for five Americans to study in a Tehran University masters program - a 'breakthrough,' the department head says. Others are enrolling in Persian language classes. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 9/23/15

Tehran's Milad Tower hosts event on International Day of Peace

- UN Resident Coordinator in Iran has attended a ceremony in Milad Tower of Tehran on the occasion of International Day of Peace. Last Thursday, Gary Lewis applied a knot to carpet called 'Carpet of Peace' along with all guests and dignitaries of the ceremony. - 9/21/15

War Profits Drive GOP Hawks: Wilkerson on GOP Debate

- Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell: But there is a group in this country who will put money behind anyone who looks like he's going to maintain and even push more stridently than before the business of war, if you will. I've recently had a person at the highest levels of power in this land say to me, inside Washington there's a bias toward war. That's absolutely correct. Lots of people made a lot of money off the invasion of Iraq. Lots of people made a lot of money off Afghanistan. - 9/20/15

The Rubicons That Have Been Crossed

- In their attempts to sabotage Iran's nuclear program, the United States and Israel have resorted over time to a number of unorthodox, illegal and in some cases criminal methods to achieve their aims. -Farhang Jahanpour, IPS - 9/19/15

Iran is Standing!

- Why should I care whether Iran has nukes? It most likely doesn't, but even if it does... it never attacked anyone, never overthrew any government, and never performed experiments on human beings. It had not committed a single genocide, and never dreamed about conquering the world. -Andre Vltchek, CounterPunch - 9/19/15

Top Ten Ways That Iran Hawks Became Their Own Worst Enemies

- Opponents of the agreement negotiated by the U.S. and its European allies to limit Iran's nuclear program haven't yet given up. There's still a likelihood that "poison pills" will be introduced in forthcoming legislation designed to win over nervous Democrats and derail implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). But the Obama administration cleared its biggest hurdle on September 10... -Eli Clifton, LobeLog - 9/18/15

RECKLESS HYPOCRISY: The Folly of Self-Righteous Indignation

- I have been mulling the futility of critiquing America's tragically misguided foreign policy toward the Islamic world, the Middle East, and particularly in dealing with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Of course I would like to believe, and sometimes do even pretend, that my articles or lectures, like those of many other observers and analysts who have similar views, have had an impact, however minute, in bringing about some detectable change of attitude in the public domain. -Kam Zarrabi - 9/15/15

PAAIA to Air TV Ad in Support of Iran Nuclear Agreement

- Today, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans announced that it will be releasing a series of TV advertisements starting this Sunday, September 6th in support of President Obama's diplomatic achievement with the nuclear agreement reached between the world powers and Iran. - 9/6/15

Cardin's Dangerous and Irresponsible Move on Iran Deal

- NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement regarding the decision by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) to vote to oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran: "Senator Cardin's decision to vote against the Iran deal is unconscionable. The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is voting on the same side as Dick Cheney. - 9/5/15

Leading Societal Figures in Iran Urge Americans to Support Nuclear Deal

- More than fifty prominent members of Iranian society have written an open letter to the American people urging them to ask their Congressional representatives to support the nuclear agreement reached with Iran in July 2015. Describing themselves as "a group of Iranian civil society activists, intellectuals, journalists, lawyers, university professors, religious [scholars], senior members of political parties and reformists," the letter implores the people of the United States to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and "raise our collective voices in support of peace and diplomacy." - 9/2/15

The Effort to Destroy the Iran Agreement: Chapter Two

- Anyone tired of hearing about the agreement to restrict Iran's nuclear program is not going to get relief soon, despite the Congressional voting this month that is supposed to decide the matter. It now appears likely that even if the Republican-controlled Congress enacts a resolution of disapproval, any such resolution would not survive a presidential veto, which means the agreement itself will come into force. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 9/2/15

Dissidents Join Iranian Majority in Supporting Nuclear Deal

- Seventy-four prominent Iranians living abroad who self-identify as opponents or critics of the Iranian government have signed the following letter urging Congress to support the nuclear agreement with Iran. -Jasmin Ramsey, LobeLog - 9/1/15

Committee for the Liberation of Iraq Members on Iran Deal

- "Many of the same people who argued for the war in Iraq are now making the case against the Iran nuclear deal," President Obama observed August 5 at American University in perhaps his most forceful and aggressive speech in favor of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). There really is no question regarding the fundamental truth of that assertion. -Grace Cason and Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 8/28/15

Prominent Iranian Activists, Intellectuals Call On Congress To Back Nuclear Deal

- Activists who have taken to YouTube and social media in support of the agreement are hoping that it will ultimately strengthen the hands of the moderates and result in an opening up of the political situation inside the country. Many of them are based in Iran -- including student activist Zia Nabavi, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence, and top human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was released from prison in 2013. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/27/15

Football: World Stars to Play Iranian Stars in Tehran Charity Match

- Players expected to participate in the World Stars team captained by Michel Salgado include Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Fabio Cannavaro, Guti, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Couto, Vitor Baia, Bodo Illgner, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Steve McManaman, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Gaizka Mendieta, Edgar Davids, Jari Litmanen, Christian Karembeu, Boudewijn Zenden and Santiago Solari. - 8/27/15

Neoconservatives Play the Long Game on Iran

- David Addington, the legal adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, made that declaration to Jack Goldsmith of the Office of Legal Counsel in the months after September 11, 2001. Goldsmith would later recall that Cheney and Addington were the first people he had ever met of a certain kind... -David Bromwich, LobeLog - 8/27/15

Iranian Human Rights Defenders Coming Out Massively in Support of the Iran Deal

- The list includes Iran's most respected human rights defender, Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer that has spent several years unjustly in jail. Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi has also posted a video, as has Mehrangiz Kar. Perhaps the most moving one comes from Zia Nabavi, a renowned Iranian political prisoner sentenced to ten years of prison, who taped his voice recording in support of the deal from inside his prison cell. -Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 8/26/15

Group of Christian leaders backs Iran deal

- More than 50 Christian leaders have signed on to a letter urging members of Congress to "remember the wisdom of Jesus" and approve the nuclear deal with Iran, the latest in a growing lobbying push by religious groups favoring the agreement. -Nahal Toosi, Politico - 8/26/15

Noam Chomsky on the Iran Deal

- Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the U.S. Arms Control Association that "the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action establishes a strong and effective formula for blocking all of the pathways by which Iran could acquire material for nuclear weapons... -Noam Chomsky - 8/24/15

Just Desserts: Ben and Jerry Join Pro-Iran Deal "Donor Strike"

- "Lobbyists and billionaires plan to spend over $40 million to stop the diplomatic deal with Iran-the one the Obama Administration negotiated to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons," the ice cream moguls wrote in a letter to MoveOn supporters and posted online. "That's dangerous, because if too many Democrats listen to the flood of hawkish, misinformation-ridden TV ads-and if they vote with Republicans-they could override the president's agreement in just about a month." -Marsha B. Cohen - 8/22/15

26 Top Jewish Leaders Back Iran Deal in New York Times Ad

- Jewish supporters of the Iran nuclear deal have published a full-page New York Times ad backing the agreement signed by 25 current and former prominent communal leaders. The signers include heads of national Jewish organizations, leaders from major federations and former lawmakers, all calling on Congress to approve the deal. -Forward - 8/20/15

Seventy-Plus Nuclear Non-Proliferation Experts Endorse Deal

- The Arms Control Association (ACA) released a joint statement on Tuesday endorsed by 75 of the world's leading nuclear non-proliferation specialists, including a former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and former top U.S., UN, and foreign government non-proliferation officials. The statement concludes that the July 14 agreement "is a strong, long-term, and verifiable agreement that will be a net-plus for international nuclear non-proliferation efforts." -Jim Lobe - 8/19/15

Cultivating Seeds of Peace, Global Day of Action to Support Iran Deal

- Rallies took place in cities across the globe on Saturday in support of the historic nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers. Organized by volunteer Iranian expats and unaffiliated with any political groups or campaigns, the #SupportIranDeal mobilization spanned continents as participants called for peace and denounced well-funded efforts to derail the deal. -Common Dreams - 8/18/15

Another Rabbi for the Iran Deal

- I signed a letter to Congress with 340 of my rabbinic colleagues in support of the Iran deal. Despite the fact that AIPAC (American-Israel Public Affairs Committee) is spending $20-40 million to defeat it, they do not speak for the Jewish community. Neither does Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak for all Israelis. -Rachel S. Mikva, Huffington Post - 8/18/15

Reinventing Academic Ties: Opportunities for U.S.-Iran Higher Education Cooperation

- The warming of diplomatic relations with Iran marks the beginning of a new era of potential cooperation between higher education institutions in the United States and Iran. After decades of limited academic ties, institutions in both countries are eager to renew relationships and initiate new ones. The Institute of International Education is supporting increased U.S.-Iran academic cooperation by launching the IIE Iran Higher Education Initiative, - 8/17/15

Iranians Coordinate a Global Event to Support the Iranian Nuclear Deal

- A group of ten to fifteen people dressed in Israeli Defence Force (IDF) t-shirts and waving Canadian, Israeli and IDF flags slowly encircled a large group of Iranians holding posters reading "#SupportIranDeal" and "we choose peace". -Mahsa Alimardani, Global Voices - 8/17/15

Right and Wrong Lessons From the Iraq War

- It really rankles some people that Barack Obama was correct from the outset, before any unfolding of the history confirming he was right, that the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a huge mistake. And one can understand how to some ears Mr. Obama's subsequent references to the Iraq War may have a grating "I told you so" quality. -Paul R. Pillar - 8/14/15

Nuclear Deal or Not?

- Deja vu all over again, some misguided Israelites and their agents in the U.S. coopted by Benjamin Netanyahu continue interfering in the very essence of the American government and the U.S. sovereignty through their leveraging and hedging in the election processes, boycotts and silencing of American oppositions and leading the U.S. to wars, all for self-serving prophetic ulterior motives. -Rachel Eliasi Kohan - 8/12/15

UANI, Joe Lieberman and the MEK

- I only have a few words to add to Jim's post about United Against a Nuclear Iran naming Joe Lieberman as its new president. Those words are: Mojahedin-e Khalq. That's the ex-terrorist Iranian opposition group, often known as the MEK, that has campaigned tirelessly for decades for regime change in Iran, and Joe Lieberman is one of their favorite advocates in Washington. -Ali Gharib - 8/12/15

Iranian-Americans Support Diplomacy with Iran

- Dear fellow Americans, We are Americans of Iranian descent. Like all Americans, we're proud of our great country, and we vigorously defend the U.S. ideals of freedom and opportunity. We've worked together to make this the best country in the world. We urge you, our fellow Americans, to show your desire for peace and prosperity by supporting the recent agreement among the U.S., Iran, and other major world powers. - 8/11/15

What's the Big Deal? The Iran Nuclear Deal in Perspective

- Of course Congress should endorse the Iran deal. The renunciation of the agreement by Congress would have disastrous consequences for the Middle East, empowering warmongers everywhere, but especially in Washington, Tel Aviv, and Tehran. There are three motives driving opponents of the deal... -Stephen R. Shalom, New Politics - 8/11/15

Behind Israel's Hysterical Opposition to the Iran Nuclear Deal

- In light of the fact that Israel is in possession of at least 200 (surreptitiously-built) nuclear warheads, and considering the reality that, according to both US and Israeli intelligence sources, Iran neither possesses nor pursues nuclear weapons, the relentless hysterical campaign by Israel and its lobby against the Iran nuclear deal can safely be characterized as the mother of all ironies-a clear case of chutzpah. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 8/10/15

29 U.S. Scientists Praise Iran Nuclear Deal in Letter to Obama

- Twenty-nine of the nation's top scientists -- including Nobel laureates, veteran makers of nuclear arms and former White House science advisers - wrote to President Obama on Saturday to praise the Iran deal, calling it innovative and stringent. The letter, from some of the world's most knowledgeable experts in the fields of nuclear weapons and arms control, arrives as Mr. Obama is lobbying Congress, the American public and the nation's allies to support the agreement. -NY Times - 8/9/15

Hiroshima and the Dangers of a New Cold War

- On the anniversary of the first use of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki it is important to look back at the reasons for those barbaric acts and to look forward to what needs to be done. The First and the Second World Wars were the most devastating wars ever waged in history. Nevertheless, although those wars killed tens of millions of human beings and destroyed many cities, the end of the Second World War witnessed the use of a new category of weapons by the United States that have the potential to end human civilization as we know it. -Farhang Jahanpour - 8/9/15

President Obama Speaks on the Iran Nuclear Deal at American University

- So this (Iran) deal is not just the best choice among alternatives -- this is the strongest non-proliferation agreement ever negotiated. And because this is such a strong deal, every nation in the world that has commented publicly, with the exception of the Israeli government, has expressed support. The United Nations Security Council has unanimously supported it. The majority of arms control and non-proliferation experts support it. Over 100 former ambassadors -- who served under Republican and Democratic Presidents -- support it. - 8/6/15

PAAIA Launches Ad Campaign in Support of Iran Nuclear Deal

- As Congress begins its deliberations on the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is launching a national communications campaign so that the general public, our lawmakers and opinion makers are better aware of the Iranian American community's broad support for the nuclear accord reached between the international powers and Iran. - 8/6/15

Iran Deal Backers Urged to Lobby Congress

- U.S. President Barack Obama told groups who support the Iran nuclear deal to make their voices heard to Congress to counter the millions of dollars in lobbying by those who want to derail the agreement. In a call Thursday with groups affiliated with the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning Washington think-tank, Obama said activists who want peace must not make the same mistake they did in the run-up to the Iraq war, when proponents of the war drowned out their weaker voices. - 8/1/15

Obama Pushes For Deal With Iran To Avoid 'Path To War'

- U.S. President Barack Obama told supporters on July 30 that Democratic support in Congress for the Iran nuclear deal is "squishy" and they must work hard to counter an aggressive lobbying campaign against it. In a call with groups affiliated with the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning Washington think-tank, Obama said activists who want peace must not make the same mistake they did in the run-up to the Iraq war, when proponents of the war drowned out their weaker voices. -Patrice Hill, RFE - 7/31/15
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