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Jason Rezaian's Mother Pleads for Her Son's Release

- Mary Rezaian, the mother of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was detained in Iran last week with his wife Yeganeh Salehi without charge or access to a lawyer, makes a heartfelt plea to Iranian authorities in this video to release her two loved ones. -Jasmin Ramsey - 7/31/14

Rouhani's Hollow Year

- With the approaching conclusion of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's first year in office, the collective appetite of the world, in particular his domestic constituents, still craves for the bold campaign and inauguration promises echoed so loudly last spring and summer. -Omid Irani - 7/31/14

Gaza: Ode to the Lost American Conscience

- Watching the US-backed Israeli bombardment of Gaza makes me ashamed to be an American. The sight of US-made bombs bursting in the air, in hospitals, in homes, and over beaches is a far cry from the sense of American exceptionalism engendered by Francis Scott Key's observations of the British shelling of Baltimore during the war of 1812. -James A. Russell - 7/31/14

Icann bids to stop Iran web domain seizure

- Net overseer Icann has asked a US court to stop an attempt to seize the web space of Iran, Syria and North Korea. The attempt to seize the .ir, .sy and .kp domains is being made by families of victims of terrorism. -BBC - 7/31/14

Six judges accused of leading role in Iranian crackdown on free speech

- Iran's crackdown on journalists and political activists is being spearheaded by a small group of judges under the influence of the country's intelligence and security apparatus, according to human rights organisations. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 7/31/14

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

Column: Free Jason Rezaian, Other Iranian American Detainees

- All Iranian Americans who travel to Iran know they face a certain amount of risk. Obliged to use Iranian passports instead of obtaining visas like other Americans, Iranian Americans can easily be barred from leaving the country and become pawns in the three-decade-old U.S.-Iran confrontation as well as in Iran's complicated domestic political battles. The latest such pawn appears to be Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian. -Barbara Slavin - 7/30/14

US: No Commitment to End Date for Iran Nuclear Talks

- An Obama administration official has declined to commit to an absolute end date for nuclear negotiations with Iran, but says the United States remains committed to a verifiable accord preventing Tehran from building an atomic weapon. In the Senate, lawmakers of both parties voiced strong skepticism about international talks with Iran that have been extended to November. -Michael Bowman, VOA - 7/30/14

Mortazavi charged with misuse of Social Security Fund

- Saeed Mortazavi, the former head of the Social Security Fund, has been summoned to court for the charge of "embezzlement, malversation, and illegal seizure of private property." The charges have been brought against him by a number of workers covered by the Social Security Fund. - 7/30/14

U.S. Pushes to Expedite Some Humanitarian Shipments to Iran

- Amid a diplomatic thaw earlier this year between Tehran and the West, U.S. officials had a message for European companies eager to get back into Iran: Take it slow. Today, Washington is pushing some of them to speed things up. -Wall Street Journal - 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

Rights Groups, US Urge Iran to Release Journalists

- Rights groups and the U.S. State Department are continuing to call for Iran to release four people arrested last week, including Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian and two other journalists. - 7/29/14

Iran Is World's Leading Jailer Of Female Journalists And Netizens

- The arrest on 22 July of two journalists and a photographer, including the Tehran correspondent of the Washington Post and his Iranian wife, brings to 65 the number of news providers behind bars in Iran. They include 10 women, of whom three are foreign nationals, making Iran the world's leading jailer of female journalists and netizens. - 7/29/14

Tehran told to drop plans for gender segregation in city offices

- The Ministry of Labour has called on Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baghher Ghalibaf to revoke the directive for gender segregation in city offices. The ministry maintains that the directive violates the International Labour Convention's anti-discrimination provisions. - 7/29/14

Stagflation plagues Iranian economy

- Iran is facing stagflation and a 20-percent decline in national revenue, according to Massoud Nili, the economic advisor to President Hassan Rohani. In an interview with ILNA, Nili said this level of stagflation is unprecedented in the post-war period, adding that in the past two years, economic growth has been negative while inflation has been consistently above 30 percent. - 7/29/14

Israel Creates 'No Man's Land' in Gaza, Shrinking Strip by 40 Percent

- "Scorched earth," historically, means destroying land to deprive the encroaching enemy of its use. Israelis shy away from using the phrase to describe what they are doing because, in Israel, it brings to mind the strategy of the Nazi retreat from Russia at the end of the Second World War. -Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast - 7/29/14

Iran should free Post journalist Jason Rezaian and his colleagues immediately

- Mr. Rezaian, who grew up in California as the son of an Iranian immigrant, went to the country in 2012 because he believed he could offer a more nuanced portrait of Iran, his mother told The Post. He has reported not just on political developments in Tehran but also on social issues, such as a water shortage, and cultural developments, including a nascent Iranian appetite for baseball. -Editorial Board, Washington Post - 7/29/14

Raid Leaves Arrested Washington Post Journalist's Home in Tehran "Looking Like a Scene from Hell"

- Jason Rezaian, Yeganeh Salehi, two journalists, and a photographer were arrested in Tehran on the night of July 22, 2014, after their homes were raided by security forces. The agents also confiscated their personal belongings, including laptops, books, and notes, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/28/14

Iranian Journalist Mirdamadi Gets Six-Year Sentence

- Jailed Iranian journalist Serajeddin Mirdamadi was sentenced to six years in jail on Sunday July 27 at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. The sentence, which was issued at a preliminary hearing, can be appealed within 20 days. Mirdamadi used to reside in Paris and collaborated with a number of media outlets including Radio Zamaneh. - 7/28/14

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

Can Iran build bridges to regional foes?

- Islamic State extremists in Iraq have created a common enemy in the region. But Iran has to tackle deep distrust - and keep nuclear talks on track - to forge a new relationship with its Arab neighbors. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 7/28/14

Iran students face expulsion from Norway over sanctions

- Academics from Norway's top technical university have expressed concern after almost a dozen post-graduate science students from Iran had their residence permits cancelled because of international sanctions. -Fariba Sahraei, The Nation - 7/28/14

'Fashion Police' Are Real In Iran, And They Just Shut Down A Famous Design Institute

- Technically they're called 'morality police,' but nonetheless, famous clothing design institute "Khaneh Mode" (Mode House) was shut down last week in Tehran for violating conservative Islamic rules. -Dina Hashem, The Gloss - 7/28/14

Iranian Security forces shut down poet's commemoration

- The fourteenth commemoration ceremony for the passing of Iranian poet Ahmad Shamloo was interrupted by Islamic Republic security forces. HRANA reports that the ceremony was organized by Iran's Writers' Association and was held on Thursday July 25. - 7/26/14

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

Let's display Iran's pacifism to the world through art and culture: President Rouhani

- President Hassan Rouhani has called on Iranian artists and literati to prove Iran's genuine belief in pacifism to the world by means of art and culture. Speaking during a meeting with Iranian artists and cultural figures on Friday evening in Tehran, he said, "Iranian people have always been against violence and extremism." - 7/26/14

Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

- This latest assault on Gaza reaffirms the key role played by the U.S. media in maintaining the information blockade. It also highlights the increasing importance of pressure applied by social networks. -Amy Goodman, truthdig - 7/26/14

Photos: Iranians hold 'Quds Day' protest rally to condemn Israel's Gaza aggression

- Millions of people across Iran held protest rallies on Friday, World Quds Day, to condemn Israeli invasion of Gaza and the attacks on the defenseless civilians there. - 7/25/14

Iran Detains 4 Journalists, Including Washington Post Reporter

- Three Americans, including a reporter for The Washington Post, appear to have been detained in Iran, the newspaper and the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. Two of the detainees are Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for The Washington Post, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for the United Arab Emirates-based newspaper the Nation, the CPJ said in a statement. - 7/25/14

Ruling of Combined 127-Year Sentence for Facebook Users Violates Iran's Own Laws

- A source knowledgeable about the case of eight young Iranians sentenced to heavy prison sentences for their activities on Facebook told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that in an illegal ruling, Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Moghisseh has issued verdicts that are up to three times longer than allowable under Iran's own laws. - 7/25/14

Boeing to provide Iran Air with plane parts: Report

- Aerospace giant Boeing has reportedly signed a deal with Iran Air to provide the Iranian flag carrier airline with plane parts. A regulatory filing which was issued on Wednesday reads that Boeing will provide goods and services "related to the safety of flight" for Iran's flag carrier airline, AFP reported. - 7/25/14

Iranian Hardline Cleric Ayatollah Jannati Chosen Again To Oversee Guardian Council

- Jannati is 88 years old and has served as head of the Guardian Council since 1992. He was a staunch supporter of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 election and has been severely opposed to all efforts by the new administration to secure the release of opposition leaders Karroubi, Mousavi and Rahnavard, who have been under house arrest since 2011. - 7/25/14

Iran: Probe finds more students received bursaries unfairly

- The investigation into the former administration's practice of offering bursaries to ineligible students has uncovered 3, 731 cases of these irregularities so far. The head of the Parliament's Education and Research Commission has announced that these students received bursaries without meeting the necessary GPA criteria, a practice that has called the entire system into serious question. - 7/25/14

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

Iranian actress Niki Karimi criticizes world's silence on Israeli crimes in Gaza

- Iranian actress-cum-director Niki Karimi has expressed her criticism over the world's silence on the ongoing Israeli crimes in Gaza. "It is very strange to me that in today's world of instant communication such a tragedy can be occurring, and yet everyone still does as he pleases, and nothing is done to stop it." A large group of Iranian cineastes also gathered at Tehran's Shafaq Cultural Center yesterday to protest against Israeli crimes in Gaza. - 7/24/14

Jailed Iranian journalist seems weak at court

- Jailed Iranian journalist Saba Azarpeyk attended the Revolutionary Court on Sunday and Monday, July 20 and 21. Eyewitnesses report that Azarpeyk appeared weak and showed serious weight loss. Azarpeyk has only been allowed to contact her family once since her arrest. - 7/24/14

Iranian Satellite Jamming Causes Storm Of Controversy

- The Iranian regime has long used signal jamming to disrupt the flow of information into the Islamic republic, but it couldn't have forecast the strategy's deadly consequences. Satellite-jamming technology is being blamed for disrupting Iran's ability to predict a major dust storm that hit Tehran in June, killing five people. - 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

Gaza Under Fire: A Humanitarian Disaster

- The current crisis in Gaza comes against a backdrop of a continued blockade imposed on the territory by Israel, widespread unemployment, severe poverty, electricity cuts, closure of borders and crossings since 2006, destroyed infrastructure and a stagnant Gazan economy, combined with a lack of political progress at the Israeli-Palestinian political level. -Khaled Alashqar, IPS - 7/23/14

Zarif specifies sticking points in Iran nuclear talks

- The Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Tehran's enrichment capacity, the Arak heavy-water reactor, and the sanctions against the country are the main sticking points in the talks between Iran and the major powers. - 7/23/14

Abdol-Hossein Harati Arrested After Return to Iran

- In an open letter to Mehdi Karoubi four years ago, Abdol-Hossein Harati called the 1980s in Iran "The Terror Hallway of Iran's History" that is associated with the founder of the Islamic republic ayatollah Khomeini. Through the letter he objected to Karoubi's and Mir-Hossein Mousavi's constant praise of Khomeini. -Fereshteh Ghazi - 7/23/14

Latest Statistics Reveal: Marriage of 31,000 Underage Iranian Girls in 9 Months

- Over five percent of women who got married in the first nine months of 1392 (i.e., between March and December of 2013) were less than 15 years of age, according to the most recent figures published by the government's National Organization for Civil Registration -Niusha Saremi - 7/23/14

Widespread Elimination of Women from Tehran City Administration "for Their Comfort"

- A Tehran Municipality manager announced on July 13, 2014 that henceforth all managers in the organization should use male employees in their offices, and the Municipality offices should be segregated by gender. - 7/23/14

"A Place of Indescribable Loss": As Ceasefire Talks Begin, Israel Bombs Hospital, Mosques and Homes

- The Israeli assault on Gaza has entered its third week as the Palestinian death toll has topped 600, mostly civilians. More than 100 of the dead are children. More than 3,700 Palestinians have been injured. -Democracy Now - 7/23/14

Iranian Science Minister Defends University Appointments

- Iran's minister of science has responded to critics and defended his choices for university presidents, saying all his appointees have top academic credentials and have also been approved by the ministry of intelligence. Farajidana has been accused of appointing individuals who supported the opposition in the election protests of 2009. - 7/23/14

5 Things to Know About the Extended Nuclear Talks with Iran

- The recently extended nuclear negotiations with Iran have had to compete for front-page attention with acute crises elsewhere. The agreement to extend both the negotiations and the interim commitments associated with them for another four months has nonetheless provoked comments from the usual quarters, including those who have never wanted any agreement with Iran and continue to try to sabotage the negotiations. -Paul Pillar - 7/22/14

The Lying Game: Failing in Gaza

- On or around August 6, 1945, US Air Force jets dropped copies of two leaflets on Japanese cities, including Nagasaki, according to the Harry S. Truman Library. Both included a similar message: You saw what we did to Hiroshima. If you don't want the same thing to happen to you, overthrow your emperor. Failing that, flee your cities. -Mitchell Plitnick - 7/22/14

Iran revising Internet-control bill

- The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced on Sunday that Iran's bill on controlling Internet websites is being amended by a team of experts and officials. The amendments are aimed to legalize Iranian users' access to some online social network services such as Facebook and twitter, and other internet services such as WhatsApp and Viber, which are currently illegal in Iran. - 7/22/14

Fear, Love and Iran's Favorite Internet Enemy (it's Facebook)

- Throughout its 35 years of existence, the Islamic Republic of Iran has not tolerated free expression or public gatherings beyond its control. Facebook offers some semblance of both of these things on an easy-to-use platform. -Mahsa Alimardani and Fred Petrossian, Global Voices - 7/22/14

"Indiscriminate" Bombing in Gaza Pushes Death Toll Beyond 500

- In the Gaza City suburb of Shuja'iyya on Sunday, more than 120 Palestinians-at least 40 of whom where women and children-were killed during intense and reportedly "indiscriminate" bombing by Israeli forces. The Ma'an News Agency reports that overall, 150 Palestinians were killed across the territory on Sunday. -Jon Queally, Common Dreams - 7/21/14

Three elections, three reactions: Ukraine, Egypt and Syria

- As it happens, there have been elections in all the three countries in June, and it is useful to study the circumstances surrounding those elections and the West's reactions to those elections. -Farhang Jahanpour - 7/21/14

Iran Plays a Waiting Game in Afghanistan

- It has been a worrisome few weeks for Iran. The negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program are seeing significant differences, there is chaos in Iraq to Iran's west, and more recently, the political transition in its eastern neighbor, Afghanistan, hit a serious bump with allegations of fraud threatening to derail the process. -Sumitha Narayanan Kutty - 7/21/14

Prosecutor agrees to jailed Iranian activist's demands

- Jailed Iranian labour activist Reza Shahabi has ended his 50-day hunger strike after the Tehran Prosecutor agreed to his demands. Reports indicate that one of prosecutor's deputies, Mehdi Khodabakhshi, visited Shahabi in hospital on Sunday July 20 and accepted his demands for ending his strike. - 7/21/14

Iran Eliminates Highly-Enriched Uranium Under Nuclear Deal

- A nuclear watchdog says Iran has eliminated its most-sensitive stockpile of enriched uranium gas as pledged under a temporary nuclear deal signed with six world powers last year. - 7/21/14

Planned Chaos in the Middle East-and Beyond

- Geopolitical observers of the Middle East turbulence tend to blame the raging chaos in the area on the presumed failure of the "incoherent," "illogical" or "contradictory" policies of the United States. Irrefutable evidence (some of which presented in this study) suggests, however, that in fact the chaos represents the success, not failure, of those policies-policies that are designed by the beneficiaries of war and military adventures in the region, and beyond. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 7/20/14

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

Iran: Families, friends of Kahrizak victims call for justice

- A gathering was held to mark the fifth anniversary of the victims of the Kahrizak Detention Centre, with families and activists calling for a follow-up into the deaths of the detainees in custody. - 7/20/14

Tehran mayor stands firm on gender segregation plan

- The mayor of Tehran has defended his move to segregate male and female workers in city offices, saying: "We have religious honour and will not permit women to socialize and have contact with men other than their husbands." - 7/20/14

'Death and horror' in Gaza as thousands flee Israeli bombardment

- Palestinian government condemns attack on Gaza's Shejaiya neighbourhood as 'war crime' as Israel widens ground offensive -Guardian - 7/20/14

Iran, World Powers Agree to Extend Nuclear Talks

- World powers and Iran have agreed to extend a deadline for reaching an agreement aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear program until mid-November, citing progress made, but nowhere near enough to reach a deal. The announcement came early Saturday morning in Vienna after the latest set of marathon talks between Iran and world powers. -Lisa Bryant, VOA - 7/19/14

West Considers Early Sanctions Moves in Troubled Iran Nuclear Talks

- With talks between world powers and Iran over a broad nuclear accord at an impasse, Western governments are considering offering a significant easing of sanctions early on in the process to try to wring concessions from Tehran, diplomats say. -Reuters - 7/18/14

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

Bill Criminalizing Birth Control is "Against Citizens' Rights," Critics Say

- Two prominent Iranian lawyers have questioned the legitimacy of a bill approved by the Iranian Parliament on June 24, 2014, which calls for punishment against those who perform birth control procedures such as vasectomy and tubectomy. The bills are part of an official drive to boost the country's population. - 7/18/14

Gender segregation considered for Tehran parks, city staff

- Tehran's deputy mayor for Staff Maintenance announced that a plan to segregate park benches is being considered to make sure young men and women do not sit too close in public. Meysam Amroodi said provisions could be made to have a table in between seats to allow for appropriate distance between men and women. - 7/18/14

Covert war against Iran's nuclear scientists: a widow remembers

- The wife of the first scientist to be assassinated speaks about her husband's growing fear of a net closing around him - and of meeting his Israeli-trained assassin before his execution. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 7/18/14

Iranian Commanders on Front Line of Iraq's Fight

- A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq's fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country's Revolutionary Guard to direct Shiite militiamen and government forces in the smallest details of battle, militia commanders and government officials say. -AP - 7/18/14

Obama Says Significant Gaps Remain On Iran Talks

- President Barack Obama on July 16 said there are "still significant gaps" and more work to do on Iran nuclear talks. Obama, speaking in Washington, said he will consult with Congress and allies to establish whether negotiations need to be extended after the July 20 deadline. - 7/17/14

Iran's Rouhani, Zarif Not Desperate for Nuclear Deal

- The negotiations in Vienna between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program are in the home stretch even if the July 20 deadline to reach a final deal set by last year's interim accord will not be met. Few expected a deal to be reached so quickly, less than one year after last year's historic agreement, the Joint Plan of Action. -Adnan Tabatabai - 7/17/14

Column: Extension Looks Likely for Iran Nuclear Talks

- That the sides cannot quite close all the gaps is as much a function of politics as are technical concerns over aspects of the Iranian nuclear program. So much is riding on these negotiations that for either side to give in too quickly would likely be viewed negatively by key constituencies around the world and back home. -Barbara Slavin - 7/17/14

Iranian journalist jailed for sending letters to her father in prison

- Sajedeh Arabsorkhi, an Iranian activist and journalist, has been transferred to Evin Prison to serve out a one-year prison sentence. According to the Kaleme website, she is accused of propaganda against the regime for writing letters to her father, Feizollah Arabsorkhi, a political prisoner at the time. - 7/17/14

Progress Cited, but No Accord in Iran Nuclear Talks

- VIENNA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to Washington three days of talks with Iran in Vienna, as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for extended negotiations if a deal with world powers is not achieved by the July 20 deadline. - 7/16/14

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

Breakout, Shmeakout: The Wrong Way to Assess a Nuclear Deal with Iran

- There is a preoccupation with "breakout" - a scenario in which an Iran supposedly determined to violate an agreement suddenly races to build a nuclear weapon - and with stripping away Iranian capabilities in order to lengthen the time required under such a scenario for Iran to produce enough fissile material for a weapon. The fixation with breakout, with the repeated references to it as a supposed reason to be wary of any agreement with Iran, is misplaced for several reasons. -Paul Pillar - 7/16/14
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