Topic: Iran

The Reiser's Edge: Obama faces a different beast in Iran

In the next episode of “Reform in the Middle East,” Iran exploded with its own protests earlier this week. The oppressed citizens saw the actions of their Egyptian counterparts and decided to try and make a difference in their own country. But unfortunately for the Iranian protesters, their government didn’t take too kindly to their…

Talks on Iranian nuclear program get nowhere, but future talks planned

A session of talks concluded Tuesday between six major powers and Iran over its nuclear program, with scarce signs of advancement.  The meeting was the first in 14 months among Iran and the five United Nations Security Council permanent members (the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia) plus Germany.  A further meeting was scheduled…

WikiLeaks exposes secret U.S. foreign policy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange takes his seat during a news conference at the Geneva press club in Geneva, Switzerland, on Nov. 4. Thanks to independent Australian journalist and hacker Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, the curtain has been pulled back on hundreds of thousands of American diplomatic documents and cables, otherwise kept secret from the…

Afghan president admits to accepting aid from Iran, draws ire of U.S.

In a news conference on Monday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai admitted that his government accepts financial aid, up to millions of dollars at a time, from the Iranian government “once or twice a year,” further straining relations between the troubled government and the United States.  While Iran’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Feda Hussein Maliki, initially denied…

World Wide Web: Listen to Kanye

President Obama better think twice the next time he thinks about calling Kanye West a jackass. In the remix of his earth-shaking summer jam “Power,” the abomination of Obama’s nation drops a quick little line of epic diplomatic proportions: “Keep our troops out of Iran.” But will Obeezy listen to Yeezy? Obama has made it…

Iran moving in the wrong direction

Iran has begun enriching uranium to 20 percent – the level considered to be “highly enriched” and the threshold for setting off a nuclear reaction. Iranian Press-TV reported that the country formally informed the United Nations nuclear-watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, of its intentions on Monday. This announcement comes on the heels of the…

Tensions high as nuclear talks begin

A little over a week ago, the international community was shocked to learn that Iran has been building a small underground nuclear facility that they have kept secret for years. President Barack Obama disclosed this information standing next to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a speech at the G-20…

Iran offers proposal for new talks, refuses to negotiate nuclear issue

Glyn Davies, the U.S. envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear arm of the United Nations, reports that Iran currently has enough nuclear fuel that, if enriched further, could be used to make a nuclear weapon. According to The New York Times, Davies claims that Iran currently has “possible breakout capacity” should…

World Wide Web: The Iranian threat

Iran may soon have the technology to build a nuclear weapon. Israel claims that Iran has already reached that point, and has threatened to attack its nuclear facilities if no action is taken. But before we start a potential nuclear war, we should ask ourselves three questions. First of all, why does Iran want nuclear weapons? Secondly, is a nuclear Iran more dangerous than a non-nuclear Iran? And, if so, what are our possible courses of action?

Mahmoud comes to America

Making his third trip to the United States in as many years, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touched down in the country amid a wash of controversy.