Iran has shown itself amenable to diplomacy, while Israel's security establishment advises against military intervention
The U.S. is 11 years into its current war in Afghanistan and still losing. We never had a chance to "win" this war of vengeance – and while few in Washington are ready to admit that, they’ve continued to revise and redefine just what "winning" might look like.
Although political brinksmanship with Iran is nothing new, escalating tensions do not bode well for the region.
Recent developments in Afghanistan suggest the New Great Game is intensifying in Central Asia.
Renewed U.S. efforts to bring sanctions against Iran are more backlash for being snubbed in favour of a tripartite deal with Turkey and Brazil than they are about nuclear proliferation. A UN Security Council coalition may be able to block U.S. pressure for sanctions that would only punish Iranian civilians.
The tensions over Iran's nuclear programme resemble the prelude to the Iraq war of 2003. But the new conditions of international politics could yet be turned to advantage in finding a solution.
George W Bush made democracy-support a central theme of his presidency. Barack Obama, by contrast, has downplayed it. Yet the latter's approach may achieve more effective results.
Obama's Cairo speech shifted the discourse, away from justifying reckless imperial hubris, unilateralism and militarism and towards a more cooperative and potentially even internationalist approach. It is the task of people across the US to mobilise and turn that new language into new policies.
Iran's transformation in 1979 shares characteristics with earlier revolutions in France, Russia, China and Cuba; but it also makes a unique - and unfinished - contribution to world history, says Fred Halliday.
The months of strikes and demonstrations that convulsed Iran in 1978-79 reached a dramatic culmination in the first eleven days of February...
Although Obama might not change drastically the US foreign policy, he was elected on the promise that he would not only end the war but change the mindset that led to the war, and we should keep reminding him of his promise, argues Phyllis Bennis.