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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

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

Letter to Congress: Support Iran Deal Now

- there are a few things you should know about me. Specifically, I am an honorably discharged, Navy, Vietnam era veteran. So I think a bit more about ensuring U.S. national security and the costs of wars than the average person. I am also Jewish. So issues such as the security of Israel and U.S. responsibilities for, and obligations to, are also something I think about. -David Isenberg - 7/31/15

Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on the U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal

- As organizations that represent the Iranian-American community, we welcome the news of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed to by the United States, UN powers, and Iran. This historic diplomatic achievement will benefit the American people and the Iranian people alike by taking war off the table and creating the possibility for sustained peace and renewed relations. - 7/30/15

Sign the petition: Defend the Iran deal and stop Republicans from starting a war with Iran

- The United States, Iran and five other world powers announced a historic deal to dramatically curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing international sanctions on Iran. Republicans are trying to sabotage the deal, put us back on the path to confrontation with Iran and start a war -- but they can't do it unless Democrats help them. - 7/29/15

Most Polls Suggest Americans Support the Deal, Especially Jews

- Two polls released this morning have rather different takes on the Iran deal. One, from J Street, confirms last week's LA Jewish Journal poll that American Jews broadly support the nuclear agreement, 60-40%. The other, from CNN/ORC, is an outlier from the bulk of post-deal polls in finding that Americans want Congress to reject the deal. This conclusion, however, is likely because of the poor construction of the poll. -Eva Galanes-Rosenbaum, LobeLog - 7/29/15

The Iran agreement is a disaster for Isis: Federica Mogherini

- "It always seems impossible until it's done": the words of a man who made the impossible come true - Nelson Mandela - resonated with me on 14 July, when the seven countries around the table in Vienna, under the steer of the European Union, finally reached a deal on Iran's nuclear programme. -Federica Mogherini, Guardian - 7/29/15

Iran nuclear agreement is an historic opportunity for peace

- Many congratulations to all parties involved in the historic agreement on the future of Iran's nuclear programme. Well done to Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari in bringing home an historic deal for Iran and the world. Commendations to John Kerry and the leaders from the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany in reaching an agreement that will result in Iran agreeing not to develop nuclear weapons. -Richard Branson - 7/27/15

Iranian Vets Also Push for Nuclear Deal

- In hundreds of interviews with veterans in Iran from all political stripes, I heard the constant refrain that "war is horrible." Even for those who hold hardline views against the west, none of them wanted their children to experience what they had. Given Secretary Kerry's remarks, in the end, it seems to be the men on both the American and Iranian sides who experienced bloody wars firsthand, that wanted to most avoid a new conflict. -Narges Bajoghli - 7/22/15

Bipartisan Group of 60 Senior National Security Leaders Endorse Iran Deal

- Coming on the heels of its release of a letter signed by more than 100 former U.S. ambassadors endorsing the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran, the New York-based Iran Project has just released a statement this morning urging support for the accord signed by a bipartisan group of 60 former officials and lawmakers with extensive national-security experience. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 7/20/15

The Nuclear Deal With Iran And The Prospect Of Regional Transformation

- We have been witnessing the ever intensifying catastrophic news of repetitive costly policies, military failures and human loss and despairs from southwest Asia aka the Middle East for the past few decades. However, the long much anticipated historic nuclear accord between the 5+1 countries spearheaded by Iran and the U.S., the fortuitous fruit of the longest diplomatic brinkmanship ever, is now poised to set a new milestone for non-confrontation and dialogue over war the progressive ramifications of which will be internationally reverberated for decades to come. -Rachel Eliasi Kohan - 7/18/15

100-Plus Former U.S. Ambassadors Applaud Iran Deal

- As the controversy over the Iran deal heats up--and it's going to get a lot hotter, especially come September--more than 100 former U.S. ambassadors have signed on to a letter drafted by The Iran Project applauding what they characterized as a "landmark agreement" and urging its support by Congress. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 7/17/15

Iran's Nuclear Deal: A great achievement, but hard work ahead

- The announcement of the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers is a rare moment in history that gives us hope and provides a basis for optimism. By contemplating what the alternative would have entailed, any agreement, no matter how defective, is a great achievement and has to be welcomed. -Farhang Jahanpour - 7/16/15

Historic Iran Nuclear Agreement Reached

- World powers have reached a deal with Iran that will limit the country's nuclear program in exchange for eased economic sanctions, ending more than a decade of tempestuous negotiations. EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif announced the deail in Vienna following weeks of round-the-clock talks to iron out the details of the deal, which will cut back Tehran's nuclear program and require oversight by the U.N. nuclear agency. - 7/14/15

Nuclear Accord with Iran is a Victory for Diplomacy and Peace

- he agreement between Iran and the P5+1 world powers on the Islamic Republic's nuclear activities, reached on July 14, 2015 after many months of arduous negotiation, is a major achievement, to be welcomed by all who are committed to the maintenance of international peace. - 7/14/15

Great Salt Lake's Iranian 'twin' is drying up

- It's an inland sea of nearly 2,000 square miles with extremely salty water supporting a delicate web of life and providing natural resources for important industries. That may appear to be a description of Utah's Great Salt Lake. In fact, though, it describes a lake in Iran that is astonishingly similar to Utah's famous inland sea. The two salt lakes, on opposite sides of the world, are so nearly identical that scientists from both countries are working together to help them survive. -John Hollenhorst, KSL - 7/14/15

How Freelance Diplomacy Bankrolled by Rockefellers Has Paved the Way for an Iran Deal

- Advocating for an Iran truce is a loose coalition of peace groups, think tanks, and former high-ranking U.S. diplomats bound together by millions of dollars. -Peter Waldman, Bloomberg - 7/13/15

Overwhelming Expert Consensus Favors Agreement with Iran

- There is an overwhelming consensus among non-proliferation, nuclear policy, and national security experts that a negotiated accord is the best, and likely the only, way to ensure that Iran never builds a nuclear weapon. But you would not know that if you relied on congressional hearings or most media coverage of the negotiations. -Joe Cirincione, LobeLog - 7/6/15

Grassroots Groups Representing Millions of Americans Urge Congress to Support an Iran Deal

- NIAC Action signed a letter sent today by grassroots organizations representing millions of Americans urging Congress to support a strong final nuclear deal with Iran. "Every single poll shows that the American public supports an Iran deal and yet Congress seems hellbent on voting to kill it," said NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi. - 6/30/15

US universities on symbolic visit to Iran

- A group of senior United States university representatives has visited Iran, in what is believed to be the biggest academic delegation since the 1970s. As relations between the two countries begin to thaw, the delegation met representatives of 13 Iranian universities and research institutes. -Sean Coughlan, BBC - 6/25/15

"Portals" Opens New Channel Between U.S. and Iran

- I "visited" Iran the other day but didn't need a visa or a plane ticket. Through the magic of the Internet and sophisticated audiovisual technology, I chatted for 20 minutes with a young man in Tehran about the mood there in anticipation of a historic nuclear agreement with the U.S. and five other nations. - 6/23/15

World yoga day celebrated as practice grows in Iran

- Millions of people across India gathered to mark the first International Yoga Day by engaging in mass yoga sessions, but reports indicate that the celebrations triggered tensions in some part of the country. - 6/22/15

POLL: American Jewish Support for Iran Deal Exceeds Support Among General Population

- American Jewish support for an agreement with Iran exceeds support for the deal among the general US population, according to a new poll. American Jews express strong support for a final agreement with Iran that increases inspections in exchange for economic sanctions relief. Fifty-nine percent say they would support such a deal, compared to 53 percent of American adults in an April CNN poll that asked the same question. -J Street - 6/12/15

Anti-Iran Crowd Label Lew a "Chamberlain"

- Amid this sort of contempt for American presidents and pro-Israel stalwarts like Dershowitz, it should come as no surprise that attendees at the latest Post conference in New York over the weekend booed U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Lew appeared at the conference to make a case for Obama's diplomacy with Iran. -Ali Gharib - 6/11/15

The Bomb Iran Lobby Gears Up for 2016

- In a recent TV ad, a van snakes its way through an American city. As the driver fiddles with the radio dial, dire warnings about the perils of a "nuclear Iran" spill out of the speaker from Senator Lindsey Graham and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The driver then steers the vehicle into a parking garage, drives to the top level, and blows it up in a blinding flash of white light. Words shimmer across the screen: "No Iran Nuclear Treaty Without Congressional Approval." -Sina Toossi, LobeLog - 6/11/15

More Distortions on Iran from the Times

- On Tuesday, The New York Times published what appeared at first to be a troubling update on the state of Iran's nuclear program. In a piece headlined "Iran's Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations," the paper's chief Washington correspondent David E. Sanger and science reporter William J. Broad discuss a May 29 report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and relevant UN Security Council resolutions. -Derek Davison - 6/5/15

"Vote for Peace..."

- Join NIAC's #Vote4Peace campaign to ensure Congress does not vote to kill an Iran deal that prevents war, prevents nukes, and lifts sanctions that hurt ordinary Iranians. - 5/14/15

Iran trade team in rare US visit

- Iran's media reported on Sunday that a 15-member delegation comprising Iranian traders, entrepreneurs and artists is in a rare visit to the United States. The visit - which officials say started two weeks ago and is expected to end next week - has been arranged by a US-based non-governmental institution called Learning. - 5/11/15

Secretary Kerry Weighs In

- Just last week, the pagliacci at the head of America's Department of State, John Kerry, gave an interview on the much-esteemed house organ of domestic propaganda, the "PBS NewsHour". The entire interview was a farce of human reason, yet was mindlessly absorbed by millions of armchair Americans, 41 percent of whom cannot name the Vice President of the United States. -Jason Hirthler, Counterpunch - 4/16/15

Photos: Tehran Erupts in happiness after Rouhani endorses the nuclear agreement and presses for interaction with the world

- People poured into the streets of Tehran celebrating President Rouhani's endorsement of the preliminary nuclear agreement with the 5+1 group. In his televised address, Rouhani said the nuclear agreement is just a step toward interaction with the world including all those countries that want to respect the Iranian nation and "work with the people of Iran within framework" of mutual interests. President Rouhani also stated that there is no doubt that cooperation and interaction will benefit all. - 4/4/15

Iran: A Lesson in the Art of Building Confidence

- Much of the comment on yesterday's "decisive step" towards a "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" (JCPOA), which will ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program, has been based on the factsheet put out by the White House. -Peter Jenkins - 4/4/15

Iran nuclear deal: They've done it!

- At last they have done it! After 36 years of hostility between Iran and the West, 12 years of nuclear negotiations initially between Iran and the European Troika (Britain, France and Germany), followed by talks between Iran and the P5+1, finally the two sides have agreed on a framework for a final, comprehensive agreement before the end of June. -Farhang Jahanpour - 4/4/15

The Iran Agreement Is Historic: Will Congress Destroy It?

- Take Mark Kirk, the Republican senator from Illinois and AIPAC stalwart. Building on his past theme comparing negotiations to the Munich Agreement that ceded the Sudetenland to Hitler, but didn't satisfy the Nazi appetite for conquest, Kirk lashed out. "Neville Chamberlain got a lot of more out of Hitler than Wendy Sherman"-the State Department number three-"got out of Iran," he said. -Ali Gharib, LobeLog - 4/4/15

Fearing Success of the Iranian Nuclear Agreement

- Those determined to kill any agreement with Iran have trotted out a succession of rationales for doing so but have kept their focus firmly fixed on the U.S. Congress. That is hardly surprising, given that both houses of Congress are now controlled by the anti-Obama party and Congress is where the lobby that acts on behalf of the right-wing government in Israel exerts its power most directly. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 3/26/15

In Nowruz message to Iranian People and Leaders, Obama Urges Progress on Nuclear Deal

- President Obama sends best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz. In his video message, the President speaks directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about a path of greater opportunity for the Iranian people. - 3/20/15

Americans broadly support direct negotiations with Iran: Poll

- As Iran and the United States are holding intense talks about Tehran's nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne, a new poll shows that Americans broadly support direct negotiations with Iran. According to a CNN/ORC International Poll, direct diplomatic negotiations between Iran and the US are broadly popular as 68 percent of the total 1,009 respondents voted in favor of the talks. - 3/17/15

The Times Errs on Iran Weaponization

- A recent piece in The New York Times purports to explain why Iran has not been clear about its nuclear bomb aspirations. The article tries to link this alleged silence to the successful agreements in the P5+1 negotiations that have begun again in Switzerland. However, the article is based on misconceptions, innuendo, and technical ignorance. -Robert Kelley - 3/17/15

The Worst Case for War With Iran You'll Read in a Major Newspaper

- Many opponents of a nuclear deal with Iran simply won't come out and say what they seem to be constantly getting at: that the United States should go to war. Well, kudos to the hawkish opinion pages of The Washington Post and the neoconservative scholar Joshua Muravchik for making just that argument in Sunday's paper. -Ali Gharib, The Nation - 3/17/15

Who's Afraid of the Israel Lobby?

- Congress is the last place to look for "the brightest and the best" or the most knowledgeable. Still, most Senators and Representatives are at least somewhat better informed than people whose window on the world is Fox News. Why then did they make spectacles of themselves listening, yet again, to what Benjamin Netanyahu has to say about Iran? Why would they care? -Andrew Levine, CounterPunch - 3/17/15

Fifty Pro-Diplomacy Organizations Urge Senate to Reject Dangerous Iran Legislation

- Washington, DC - On the heels of a series of political stunts on Capitol Hill that have heightened partisanship and threatened to sabotage nuclear negotiations with Iran, 50 organizations sent a letter to the Senate today warning against legislation that would entrust Congress with expanded powers to block an eventual nuclear deal. - 3/13/15

Ford and Helsinki, Obama and Iran

- In July 1975, just weeks before President Gerald Ford planned to travel to Helsinki, Finland, to wrap up more than three years of negotiations with European partners and the Soviet Union, Senate lawmakers moved to block what they believed to be a "one-sided agreement" favoring the Soviets. Like their anti-Iran counterparts in Congress today, ... -Tyler Cullis, NY Times - 3/13/15

Netanyahu's Insulting, Dangerous and Divisive Speech: Wrong in Detail and Wrong in Substance

- After all the huffing and puffing and all the aroused expectations about the speech by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the joint session of US Congress, the speech proved a great disappointment and even an embarrassment. -Farhang Jahanpour - 3/9/15

The Jewish Billionaire Behind a New Christian Anti-Iran Group

- Yesterday, a new organization's "promoted" (read: sponsored) tweet popped up on my timeline. It came from The Philos Project, a group dedicated to promoting "Christian engagement in the Middle East." The tweet read: "Iran is known to sponsor #terrorism. Iran wants a nuclear bomb. What could possible go wrong? #StopIran." A quick glance at the website reveals a heavy emphasis on rehashing fear-mongering cliches about Iran's nuclear ambitions. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog - 3/6/15

Mr. Netanyahu, who are you kidding?

- Mr. Netanyahu's speech at the joint meeting of the United States Congress was nauseating enough. But what was far more disgusting to me was watching the American people's representatives so enthusiastically cheering this well-known liar and charlatan like a herd of obedient sheep. -Kam Zarrabi - 3/5/15

Shifting Goalposts to Kill Diplomacy with Iran

- Opponents of diplomacy with Iran aim to kill the nuclear negotiations by shifting the goalposts of the talks from nukes to global nemesis. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered this line of argument in his address to a joint session of Congress yesterday. World powers offered a prudent pushback from Switzerland where negotiations for a nuclear deal with Iran proceeded throughout Netanyahu's speech. -Ellie Geranmayeh - 3/5/15

Survey Shows Strong Majority Support for Obama Approach on Iran

- According to a new poll, a strong majority of the U.S. public supports an agreement that would limit Iran's enrichment capacity and impose highly intrusive inspections on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The survey was released Tuesday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to persuade Congress to derail such a deal. -Jim Lobe - 3/4/15

An Agreement That Is Good for Israel, Bad for Netanyahu

- One of the strangest aspects of the frantic crying of alarm over Iran's nuclear program-with the crying having reached its most publicized peak in Benjamin Netanyahu's Republican/Likud campaign rally in the House chamber-is that the chief crier is the government of a country that not only has the most advanced nuclear program in the Middle East but has kept that program completely out of the reach and scrutiny of any international control and inspection regime. -Paul R. Pillar, National Interest - 3/4/15

Bibi's Eleven Bogus Arguments on Iran

- On March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress, where he is expected to make the case against a nuclear deal with Iran... In anticipation of these speeches and statements, it is important to "un-pack" and debunk the bogus arguments against an Iran deal that Netanyahu is most likely to be making. The eleven most prominent of those arguments are examined here. -Lara Friedman - 3/3/15

NIAC Urges Senate Against Harmful New Iran Legislation

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement regarding new legislation, S.615 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, introduced by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ): NIAC has serious concerns with this legislation and urges lawmakers to refrain from signing onto this bill. - 3/3/15

Noam Chomsky: Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel's Goal Isn't Survival - It's Regional Dominance

- "For both president-Prime Minister Netanyahu and the hawks in Congress, mostly Republican, the primary goal is to undermine any potential negotiation that might settle whatever issue there is with Iran. They have a common interest in ensuring that there is no regional force that can serve as any kind of deterrent to Israeli and U.S. violence, the major violence in the region." -Democracy Now - 3/3/15

The Israeli Prime Minister to appear before the U.S. Congress

- Deja vu all over again, the much hyped up appearance of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the U.S. Congress, purportedly to warn the legislatures about the possibility of Iran developing its own nuclear arsenal, would only amount to his usual ostentatious rhetoric, bogus theatrical diagrams, and frivolous pontificating allegations for which he has no independently verifiable evidence. -Rachel Eliasi Kohan - 3/3/15

To Netanyahu, Peace Is an Existential Threat

- To Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, peace between the US and Iran is an existential threat. By now, it should be clear to all: It's not an Iranian nuclear bomb he fears, but a US-Iran deal. -Trita Parsi - 3/2/15

NIAC Delivers Book on "The Iranian Schindler" to All Senators

- To strengthen the understanding of the positive historic relations between the Jewish and Iranian peoples, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) delivered copies of "In the Lion's Shadow: The Iranian Schindler and his Homeland in the Second World War" to all one-hundred members of the U.S. Senate earlier this month. The books were donated to NIAC with a signed dedication to each Senator by its author, Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari, a former professor at National Defense University in Washington. -Derya Corcor - 2/28/15
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