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Neocons Agree: Pressure Iran Forever

- One of the unintended consequences of the decision to extend the international talks on Iran's nuclear program is the growing number of neoconservative calls for even more pressure on Iran. -Derek Davison - 7/30/14

How to End the Gaza War

- As the killing and destruction rages on in Gaza, and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Hamas leadership exchange recriminations and threats, key regional and world players must accept a central truism: No peace can be achieved between Israel and the Palestinians without including Hamas. The quicker they internalize this fact, the faster the cycle of violence can be broken. -Emile Nakhleh - 7/30/14

"All is lost" -- Unless the US and EU Start Thinking Straighter

- On the face of it, July has not been a bad month for those of us who would like to see the West's nuclear quarrel with Iran resolved peacefully, not least so that the US, EU and Iran can feel less inhibited about regional security cooperation, and so that trade and investment can resume, sanctions having created hardship not just for ordinary Iranians but also for many EU companies. -Peter Jenkins - 7/29/14

In death, soccer fan-turned soldier embodies Israeli-Palestinian gap

- In death, Staff Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli, a 21-year old soccer fan, embodies the deep fears, distrust and dehumanization of the other that has exploded into massive bloodshed in Gaza, threatens to spark another uprising on the West Bank and makes achievement of even a temporary Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire an almost impossible task. - James M. Dorsey - 7/28/14

Why the Hawks Are Winning the Iran Debate

- Last week, my colleague Ali Gharib and I published an article in The Nation in which we explored the influence of hawkish groups in shaping congressional legislation on Iran sanctions. One of the explanations we offered was the overwhelmingly large budgets enjoyed by hard line, pro-sanctions organizations such as the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). -Eli Clifton - 7/26/14

Photos: Iranian Mothers For Peace group protests attacks on Gaza

- Iran's Mothers for Peace gathered in protest in front of the United Nations offices in Tehran to condemn the Israeli attacks on Gaza. Iran's Mothers for Peace expressed affinity with the Palestinian mothers who have lost family members in the Israeli attacks. - 7/24/14

Fuzzy Math From Iran Hawks

- Being a Washington analyst means never having to say you're sorry. And so it has been throughout the diplomatic process with Iran, where naysayers who stridently opposed talks have found themselves dealing with the reality of negotiations over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by not dealing at all with their past records on the matter. -Ali Gharib - 7/24/14

Meet the Billionaire Funders of the Anti-Diplomacy Lobby

- My colleague Ali Gharib and I just published an article in The Nation in which we explore how hawkish, deep-pocketed organizations hold disproportionate influence in shaping the discussion about Iran-policy on Capitol Hill. -Eli Clifton - 7/24/14

Fear of an Iranian Bomb Grips Capitol Hill

- With the rumored extension of the negotiations in Vienna on Iran's nuclear program hanging in the air, a group of legislators and right-wing thinkers gathered on Capitol Hill on Friday to talk about what they believe a comprehensive deal with Iran should entail. -Derek Davison - 7/20/14

Iranian Human Rights Defenders Voice Support for Nuclear Talks

- The talks in Vienna over Iran's nuclear program will likely continue past the July 20 deadline for reaching a final deal. President Barack Obama noted "real progress" but hinted at an extension yesterday after being briefed by Secretary of State John Kerry, who held several meetings with the Iranians this week. -Jasmin Ramsey - 7/18/14

Strong US Majority Prefers Iran Deal says "Citizen Cabinet" Survey

- Sixty-one percent of the American public prefers a deal permitting Iran to continue limited uranium enrichment and imposing intrusive inspections on its nuclear facilities in exchange for some sanctions relief, according to a unique new survey released here Tuesday. -Jim Lobe - 7/16/14

New Study Shows Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations

- In a study released by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today,Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations, prominent members of Iranian civil society expressed their strong support for the P5+1 nuclear negotiations between Iran and the world powers. - 7/16/14

Column: Religion, Sports Exchanges Bring Iranians and Americans Closer

- While U.S. and Iranian negotiators labor to reach a long-term nuclear agreement, other Americans and Iranians are stepping up contacts in a new wave of people-to-people diplomacy. -Barbara Slavin, VOA - 7/14/14

The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted & Speaking Truth to Power

- As part of my original posting, I mirrored a map of modern Palestinian history that has the virtue of showing graphically what has happened to the Palestinians politically and territorially in the past century. -Juan Cole - 7/13/14

Spoiler Alert: Iran Hawks Take Wing Against Nuclear Deal

- After a period of relative (and blissful) quiescence, the Iran hawks are springing back into action, preparing the groundwork for sabotaging any nuclear deal that may be reached by Iran and world powers by July 20 or shortly thereafter. -Jim Lobe - 7/12/14

The Hopes and Fears of an Agreement with Iran

- Over the last century, July 20 was more than once a consequential date, for good and ill. The ill was in 1944: the unsuccessful plot to kill Adolph Hitler. The good was in 1969: the first manned landing on the moon. Success on the former July 20 might have spared at least some of the terrible suffering that continued for another 10 months; the latter ushered in a new era of expectations. -Robert E. Hunter - 7/12/14

US Backing Israeli War of Choice In Gaza

- The moral high ground is always a tenuous piece of property. It is difficult to obtain and is easily lost. It is seen, however, as crucial because most people, all over the world, cannot accommodate the notion that life is composed of shades of grey; they desperately need to see black and white, good guys and bad guys, heroes and villains, in every situation. Nowhere is this truer than in the Israel-Palestine conflict. -Mitchell Plitnick - 7/12/14

How a U.S.-Iran nuclear deal could help save Iraq

- A new strategic relationship between the United States and Iran may seem impossible and risky, yet it is also necessary and in the interests of both. While an alliance is out of the question, mutually informed parallel action is essential. -Ryan Crocker, William Luers and Thomas Pickering, Washington Post - 7/12/14

Israel's Groundhog Day: Reverse Snowballs and the Horror of Lawn-Mowing

- As in the Bill Murray science fiction vehicle "Groundhog Day," the Israelis, the Palestinians and the world are doomed to relive these periodic slaughters over and over again, until slowly, inexorably, they further corrupt the Israeli soul and make the Zionist enterprise so unlovely in the eyes of the world that it loses crucial support, and the snowball rolls uphill, getting smaller and smaller. -Juan Cole - 7/12/14

Linking the US and Iran

- Should the (Iran nuclear) talks fail to reach agreement, what happens next? More sanctions, more enrichment, and more talk of military action are the most likely outcomes. What has been missing from the debate, and what could save the long-term relationship between Iran and the West, is more talk of enhancing "linkage" with Iran. -David Collier - 7/11/14

NIAC Statement on Royce-Engel Iran Letter

- National Iranian American Council (NIAC) Policy Director Jamal Abdi released the following statement regarding the "Royce-Engel letter" that was sent to the President today concerning nuclear negotiations with Iran: - 7/11/14

Iran and the Six Powers Must Make a Good Deal, But Can They?

- Verifiably trusting Iran may be the best option. After all, if a country the size and geography of Iran intended to clandestinely build a bomb, no amount of inspection and verification will ever be able to detect or stop it. Even if Iran had the intention to build bombs it could be better diverted by other means than sanctions and inspections - like regional security cooperation, trade and foreign investment, and political reform in Iran, all of which will build trust and confidence. -Hooshang Amirahmadi - 7/4/14

Iran volleyball team to play U.S. in Los Angeles

- Head of Iran Volleyball Federation Mohammad Reza Davarzani said that the Iranian team will play four friendlies against the U.S. in Los Angeles in preparation for the 2014 Volleyball World Championship. - 7/2/14

"Bad Deal" Better Than "No Deal"?

- "No deal is better than bad deal:" that's the mantra that has been heard ad nauseam in the recent past and presented as self-evident of U.S. toughness in the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. -Francois Nicoulaud - 7/2/14

Sport, in the name of Iranian-US diplomacy

- Creative solutions are necessary to sustain more peaceful relations between Iran and America. Your Middle East's contributor Sam Khanlari offers you some real insight into what role sport can play. -Sam Khanlari, -Your Middle East - 7/1/14

Iran extends welcome to US religious groups

- Iran is reopening the gates to delegations from the US religious community as part of a broader outreach meant to smooth the way for a nuclear agreement and improve relations with the United States. -Barbara Slavin, Al-Monitor - 6/30/14

U.S.: What Is the Greatest Threat of Them All?

- This month's stunning campaign by Sunni insurgents led by the radical Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) against the mainly Shi'a government of Iraqi President Nouri Al-Maliki is stoking a growing debate here about the hierarchy of threats facing the United States in the Middle East and beyond. -Jim Lobe - 6/29/14

Reaching a Compromise on Iran's Enrichment Program

- Right now the buzz around Iran is related to Iraq, but the July 20 deadline to reach a final nuclear deal set by last year's interim accord is fast approaching, and as of July 2 representatives from Tehran and the P5+1 will be in Geneva for a marathon round of talks. -Derek Davison - 6/27/14

Advancing U.S. Interests Through Cooperation With Iran

- Alarm about the advance in Iraq by the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has led even as inveterate a hawk as Lindsey Graham to see some advantage in cooperating with Iran. The United States and Iran may indeed seem like the ultimate in strange bedfellows, but that is only because of rigid thinking that divides the world into allies and adversaries and rejects having anything to do with the adversaries. -Paul Pillar - 6/25/14

Sign this petition to reject Sunni-Shia violence

- Sectarian violance between Shia and Sunni muslims is escalating. The violance is intensifying and it is spreading to more regions of the world every year. Unfortunately millions of tolerant Shia and Sunni muslims are silent and do not realize how dangerous this situation is. -Nader Habibi - 6/23/14

Pro-Diplomacy Groups Call for Congress to Clarify Iran Sanctions Letter

- Washington, DC - Twenty-six organizations called on the leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee today to clarify a pending Congressional sign-on letter to the President concerning nuclear negotiations with Iran. - 6/20/14

Panel Sees Opportunities for U.S.-Iran Cooperation Post-Nuclear Deal

- "Up until now, the two sides in nuclear negotiations have agreed to focus narrowly on the nuclear issue for an understandable fear that broadening agenda too much, too fast will reduce chance of getting a deal," said Dr. Paul Pillar, a former CIA and National Intelligence Council officer, speaking at a briefing hosted by National Iranian American council for Congressional staff. - 6/20/14

2014 Global Peace Index released

- Terrorist activity, the number of conflicts fought, and the number of refugees and displaced persons were the key contributors to the continuing deterioration in global peacefulness last year. This confirms a seven year gradual, but significant downward slide, which overturns a 60-year trend of increasing global peacefulness dating back to the end of the Second World War. - 6/20/14

World Cup: Bay Area's Beitashour wearing jersey of Iran

- San Jose native Steven Beitashour wasn't about to let international politics squash his World Cup dream. Instead of donning the colors of his country this month in Brazil, Beitashour is wearing the white and red of Iran. -Elliott Almond, San Jose Mercury - 6/14/14

Iran Nuclear Talks: The Choice is About War and Peace

- Iran Review.Org conducted an exclusive interview with Shahir Shahidsaless, an Iranian-Canadian political analyst and freelance journalist, about the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group in Vienna, the prospects for the resolution of the nuclear standoff, existing problems between Iran and the United States and the main steps that Iranian and American officials can take to dispel the current atmosphere of mistrust. -Firouzeh Mirrazavi - 6/10/14

How Not to Make Comparisons Between Iran and China

- The folks at FDD do not want any agreements with Iran, they want Iran to continue to be ostracized, and they are trying to torpedo the nuclear negotiations. The China opening is today widely and rightly seen as a significant and positive achievement by Nixon. So FDD endeavors to beat back any tendency to think of agreements or rapprochement with Iran in the same light as the China opening. -Paul Pillar, National Interest - 6/9/14

'We Have Something In Common' -- Obama's Spiritual Adviser On Iran Trip

- Joel Hunter, a spiritual adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama, recently spent about a week discussing religious tolerance with officials in Iran, a country often singled out by rights groups for its intolerance toward its religious minorities. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/7/14

Column: Senate Should Not Pass New Iran Sanctions Now

- WASHINGTON - As a July 20 deadline for a long-term nuclear deal with Iran approaches, there are rumblings again in the US Senate about trying to pass legislation that would threaten Iran with more sanctions. -Barbara Slavin, VOA - 6/6/14

WORLD PREMIERE of 'We Are Many' at Sheffield Doc/Fest

- On February 15 2003, millions and millions of people, in over 800 cities across all seven continents, marched against the impending invasion of Iraq. It was the largest mobilization of people in human history and yet it remains an untold, little-known story. -Produced and Directed by AMIR AMIRANI - 6/6/14

Toward Better US-Iran Relations

- The challenge of rebuilding the once strong but now broken ties between the United States and Iran was the topic of a June 3 Atlantic Council event, "US-Iran Relations: Past, Present, and Future." The discussion, moderated by Barbara Slavin, included John Marks, founder of the international NGO Search for Common Ground, and former Iranian diplomat, Seyed Hossein Mousavian. -Derek Davison - 6/4/14

Iranian musicians in Brazil for cultural 'adventurism'

- A group of Iranian composers and musicians will travel to Brazil to participate in a program intended to promote global peace through the World Cup. "The soccer-musical project will be part of a documentary film focused on peace and cultural activities to establish a dialogue between us and composers from countries in Group F" - 6/3/14

WSJ Editorial Board Toes MEK Line on Iran's Nuclear Program

- The Wall Street Journal's opinion pages have long served as a welcoming home to pundits toeing a hawkish line on Iran, Iraq and a laundry list of foreign policy challenges facing the United States. Tuesday, the Journal's editorial board exclusively published details of a report provided by the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an exiled Iranian opposition group that until less than two years ago was designated a terrorist group in the United States and Canada. -Eli Clifton, Nation - 5/31/14

Congress and Attempts to Kill the Iran Deal

- Those who want permanent pariahdom for Iran and thus oppose any agreement with the government in Tehran keep looking for ways to use the U.S. Congress to sabotage the deal that has been under negotiation in Vienna and would restrict Iran's nuclear program. -Paul R. Pillar, National Interest - 5/31/14

US religious leaders meet with major Iranian cleric in Qom

- The US delegation who met with Ayatollah Javadi Amoli included Dr. Joel Hunter, Dr. Barbara Skinner, Head of National Network of US-African Priests, Dr. James August Kovalevsky, Professor Anthony Destro, from Faculty of Washington Catholic University, and Dr. Alex Roy Medley, Head of National Council of US Churches. - 5/30/14

The Iranian Drones That Save Lives

- Your neighborhood quadcopter probably doesn't have the ability to launch Hellfire missiles, but just saying the word "drone" conjures up images of flying, buzzing death. But what about drones' potential for saving lives? - 5/26/14

Iran students gear up solar car for US challenge

- Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland. -Nasser Karimi, AP - 5/26/14

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges full demolition of WMDs

- Addressing the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai, China, on Wednesday, the Iranian president said that the "only way to remove the threat of these weapons is their full demolition." - 5/21/14

Iranian women theological students pay first visit to the US

- As the United States and Iran sat down in Vienna to begin drafting a long-term nuclear agreement, an exchange of another kind was playing out in and around a pastoral university a couple of hours from Washington. -Barbara Slavin, Al-Monitor - 5/18/14

How to strike a win-win deal with Iran

- The United States and its allies are now preparing for the home stretch in their nuclear negotiations with Iran. And, as they approach the finish line, it will be critical for insightful voices to help the Obama administration parse through difficult issues that remain on the negotiating table.-Reza Marashi and Trita Parsi, CNN - 5/13/14

The MEK's Influence in EU Politics Matters

- The good news is that MEK lobbying efforts against diplomacy with Iran are unlikely to succeed. Even with the extravagant funds the MEK has spent on endorsements by political elites, the group's prominence in the EU is confined only to one part of the EP...It would be a mistake, however, to completely disregard the capacity of the MEK to poison the present atmosphere of European-Iranian relations. -Eldar Mamedov - 5/7/14

Confrontation with the world is not path to success: Iran's President Rouhani

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said confrontation with the world will not bring the country success and thus his government has adopted a constructive approach toward the world. Responding to certain criticism of his government's policies, which are based on "constructive interaction" with the world, Rouhani said, "Yes, we want to talk to the world; we want to speak with logic and resolve our issues." - 5/5/14

Ayatollah Tehrani's gift stirs global conversation on religious co-existence

- The ground-breaking gift of a senior Iranian cleric to the worldwide Baha'i community is beginning to stir a global conversation about religious co-existence and freedom of religion. The response comes after Ayatollah Tehrani bravely gave to the Baha'is of the world a calligraphic rendering of Baha'i sacred verses, along with a plea for religious "co-existence". - 4/26/14

Gates on the Israeli Tail's Attempt to Wag the Dog in 2007

- I've been slowly reading Robert Gates' Duty over the last week or so and some of it is quite pertinent in light of the recent recommendation by JINSA's Michael Makovsky and Lt. Gen. David Deptula (ret.) in theWall Street Journal that the Obama administration provide Israel with Massive Ordinance Penetrator (MOP) bombs and B-52 bombers to deliver them against Iran's nuclear facilities. -Jim Lobe - 4/24/14

Mark Kirk: First I was for the State Department, Now I Prefer Israel

- Well, I guess now-Sen. Mark Kirk's faith in the State Department has been diminished somehow, but one wonders why. What happened in the 12 years between the time when he considered the institution and its diplomatic skills as his "best friend" and now when it seems he thinks of its leaders as a bunch of partisan, glory-seeking, uninformed, Israeli intelligence-deniers? -Jim Lobe - 4/21/14

"The Soul Of War": Shokoufeh Malekkiani International Iranian Photographer Exhibition at the Agora Gallery New York City

- Shokoufeh Malekkiani blends her extraordinary artistic vision with a dedication to philanthropic causes as she continues to make a difference in this world. According to Malekkiani, "the power of art is limitless," and it is her greatest hope that she is able to leverage that artistic power to shed light on some of humanity's most devastating realities. - 4/17/14

Iranian institute organizes puppet show project to promote world peace

- Simorgh, a major Iranian company for theatrical productions, has organized a puppet show project, which plans to promote peace in the world. A group composed of Iranian, British, U.S., Canadian and Turkish thespians and puppeteers is scheduled to travel across the world to perform an antiwar play entitled "The Last Leaf" - 4/15/14

The follies of Santorum's Hitler analogy

- The recent op-ed by Rick Santorum and Joel C. Rosenberg is yet another attempt to stymie and shackle Iran and international negotiators in ongoing talks about Iran's peaceful nuclear program. Iran should be able to enjoy its right to peaceful nuclear energy while avoiding further hostilities and instability. Particularly illogical is their joining in the decades-old rhetoric, comparing who they see as their foe -- Iran -- to Adolf Hitler. -Hamid Babaei - 4/2/14

Uniting Iran and America in life and death: a tribute to Professor Richard N. Frye

- Many have tried to unite humanity through their life. Rare is the person who consciously seeks to bring unity through his/her death. Special is the human being who looks at death as yet another chance to bring humanity together. -Omid Safi, RNS - 3/31/14

Will US sanctions scuttle a nuclear deal with Iran?

- Tyler Cullis and Trita Parsi outline the findings and ramifications of a new report from the National Iranian American Council (NAIC) on President Obama's legal authority to roll back sanctions against Iran as part of a comprehensive nuclear deal. -Iran Matters - 3/25/14

The manufactured story about Iran's nuclear program

- In his latest groundbreaking book, entitled A Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of Iran Nuclear Scare, the historian and investigative journalist Gareth Porter catalogs a long list of false reports manufactured by Israeli intelligence agencies in order to mislead the public and pave the way for a war against Iran. -Farhang Jahanpour - 3/22/14

US Needs to Put Its Mideast Plan on the Table

- The kidney-shaped West Bank is now so thoroughly penetrated by settlements that it resembles that organ crisscrossed by arteries and veins. Indeed, the number of settlers on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem has more than doubled since 1995 from 230,000 to more than 560,000. -Barbara Slavin, VOA - 3/22/14

Do Neocons Want a Deal with Iran?

- As talks over a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program continue in Vienna (the next round will be April 7-9) it seems that even those neoconservatives who supported sanctions and negotiation as peaceful paths to a settlement want little from these talks beyond a justification for war. -Derek Davison, LobeLog - 3/21/14

President Obama's Nowruz Message to the Iranian People

- 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 the possibility for the first time in many years of a new chapter in the history of Iran and its role in the world - including a better relationship with the United States and the American people. - 3/20/14

NIAC Applauds General License for U.S.-Iran Academic Exchanges

- NIAC strongly supports the Obama Administration's decision this Norooz to exempt educational exchanges from sanctions. NIAC is pleased that 'General License G' addresses key obstacles to building bridges between Iran and the U.S. Educational exchanges are immensely important in tearing down the barriers and rebuilding a long overdo friendship between Iranians and Americans. - 3/20/14

John Kerry joins the Norouz celebration

- On the occasion of Iranian New Year (Norouz), United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, sent a twit today sharing the photo of "Sofreh Haftsin" outside his office and sending his best wishes for a happy new year. - 3/20/14

Bibi's Epic Fail

- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's trip to the United States has ended in an unprecedented failure. On the Palestinian front, the Iranian front and the domestic US front, Netanyahu's efforts last week ran badly aground. Let's review the categories. -Mitchell Plitnick - 3/14/14

U.S.-Iran Diplomacy Now Stronger Than Netanyahu's Pressure

- "The status quo, in which Netanyahu visits Washington, addresses AIPAC, and Congress agrees to slap new sanctions on Iran, has been turned on its head," said NIAC Policy Director Jamal Abdi. "The White House, leaders in Congress, outside organizations, and the American people have all put their foot down and said that we don't want a war and more sanctions, we want to give diplomacy a chance." - 3/14/14

Give Iran Peace (Talks) a Chance?

- Prominent neoconservative writers Bret Stephens and Reuel Marc Gerecht called for a much tougher approach to talks with Iran over its nuclear program in a debate hosted here by the McCain Institute on March 11. The discussion comes one week before talks aimed at a final deal between Iran and world powers resume in Vienna. -Derek Davison - 3/14/14

NIAC Commends EU High Representative Ashton for Landmark Iran Visit

- "Catherine Ashton's trip to Iran is a welcome step towards resolving the tensions between Iran and the West through dialogue and diplomacy. Institutionalized silence and pressure politics have only deepened distrust, which has played into the hands of hardliners, perpetuated the nuclear crisis and seen the human rights situation in Iran deteriorate. - 3/11/14

AIPAC's Plan C on Iran Diplomacy Blunted

- It's been a difficult annual policy conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its hopes of getting Congress to set the toughest possible conditions on any final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1. -Jim Lobe - 3/7/14

Netanyahu's Anti-Iranian Rant

- Benjamin Netanyahu's tiresome vilification of Iran has taken on the characteristics of a rote obsession that diverges farther and farther from truth, reality, and his own ostensible objective. -Paul Pillar, National Interest - 3/6/14

NIAC Statement on House and Senate Iran Letters

- National Iranian American Council (NIAC) Policy Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement regarding Congressional letters on U.S.-Iran negotiations sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the Senate and Representatives Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) in the House: - 3/5/14

Here's the AIPAC-Approved House Version of Iran Letter to Obama

- With the snow in Washington and Russian moves in Crimea diverting all national news attention away from AIPAC's ongoing policy conference, I understand House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer are circulating their own AIPAC-approved letter among colleagues for signature. -Jim Lobe - 3/4/14

38 Organizations Urge Congress to Support Diplomacy, Uphold Iran Deal

- hirty-eight national organizations, including NIAC, FCNL, Win Without War, and J Street, have sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging that Congress uphold the preliminary nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran and support negotiations towards a final deal that prevents an Iranian nuclear weapon and averts an unnecessary war. - 2/28/14

Where Is AIPAC On New Republican Push?

- Just four days before 14,000 members arrive for AIPAC's annual policy conference and a keynote by none other than Bibi Netanyahu himself, the group appears at sea, tossed between Republicans eager to do the Likud leader's bidding and embarrass President Barack Obama on the one hand and the administration and leading Democratic lawmakers who believe that any new sanctions legislation will likely sabotage the ongoing negotiations with Iran and bring the country closer to another Mideast war. -Jim Lobe - 2/28/14
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