Good news from Iran! Yesterday, the blogger Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki was released.
If you know my previous posts, you might remember that I wrote twice about him. 563 more words
One of the aspects of Iranian life that remains such a contention among Westerners is the notion of Iran’s veil. As a Westerner I find the idea of not being able to wear what I want outside and having to cover my hair as deplorable and I can only imagine how I will feel once my daughter reaches the age of nine and has to cover to follow the rules. 463 more words
It’s hardly any wonder that Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes has a “mind meld” with his boss, the president. According to a David Samuels New York Times Magazine article to be published Sunday and already posted to the website, Rhodes, like Barack Obama, is contemptuous of “the American foreign-policy establishment.” What Obama calls the “Washington playbook” dictating the sorts of responses available to American policymakers, Rhodes calls the “Blob.” The Blob includes “editors and reporters at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker,” etc. 1,051 more words
This week, Iran has escalated a war of words over American access to the Persian Gulf and threatened to close the vital waterway to U.S. ships, in the latest example of Tehran’s blustery rhetoric about slamming the door shut on one of the world’s most important maritime choke points. 956 more words