The Iranian Revolution,
Thirty Years On

Thirty years have now passed since the stern, bearded visage of Ayatollah Khomeini graced our television screens decrying the many "ills" of the West and its allies. It was a revolution few, if any, at the time had anticipated, one participants and observers alike still endeavor to properly understand. Khomeini’s image, which has since become … Continue reading “The Iranian Revolution,
Thirty Years On”

Propaganda Is a Two-Way Street

Friends, Enemies, and "Existential" Threats In the ceaseless and invariably bellicose calls for war (both open and clandestine) against Iran, perhaps one argument invoked by pro-war pundits and politicians stands out and takes pride of place above all others: Iran, it is claimed, "poses an existential threat to the state of Israel." It’s certainly been … Continue reading “Propaganda Is a Two-Way Street”

A Not-So-Diplomatic Turn

Last week Iran responded to the latest European proposal regarding its controversial nuclear program. The so-called Iran Six, however, were neither amused nor heartened by the proposal’s apparent "ambiguity" regarding the demand that Iran cease it enrichment activities. Such ambiguity has not been received in the spirit of Kissingerian "constructive ambiguity," whereby intractable sticking points … Continue reading “A Not-So-Diplomatic Turn”