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Feb 21: Political Salon

Join us at DOC Bar on Tuesday the 21st to discuss the 2012 election and our myriad plots for state overthrow. We’ll discuss Obama’s chances heading into the fall, the economy and which way it’s headed, the likelihood of an Occupy Wall Street resurgence as the weather warms up, possible war with Iran or Syria, […]

Will Israel Bomb Iran?

A lot of people are talking about the cover story in the new Atlantic by Jeffrey Goldberg on the possibility of Israel attacking Iran. I found it fascinating reading, diligent reporting with a wide range of sources and a different take on the psychology behind this. I didn’t realize at all the background with Netanyahu and […]

Iran Wrap

I started the discussion on Tuesday night with a sort of mini-argument: four points that I had arrived at over a couple of weeks reading on the subject of Iran, which I figured would get the ball rolling on the evening. Because of the sharp minds in attendance, it was all that was necessary to […]

The Effectiveness of Sanctions

WNYC carried a story this morning about American companies doing business in Iran. While technically it is illegal under American law for companies to deal with Iran, business successfully lobbied to be allowed to subvert the embargo by using their foreign subsidiaries. This is how, for example, Honeywell is able to sell Iran technology to […]

“After Iran Gets the Bomb”

The lead essay in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs starts off with “The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to become the world’s tenth nuclear power”. It goes on from there to sketch out US options for containment, barely dwelling on the current arguments about whether sanctions will work, whether some military option should […]

A US-Iranian Deal

George Friedman of STRATFOR is a prescient voice on global affairs, and as it happens he has just penned an article on Iran, which is timely for our upcoming discussion. What is to become of the standoff between America and Iran? According to Friedman, sanctions cannot be effective against Iran, as the only meaningful one […]

The Price of the Inside View

As we were planning our Iran session, Jeremy and I discussed whether we would be able to find someone with direct experience of Iran – well, that is, find someone and get them to accept our invitation – given the difficulties of traveling there. Today the LA Times published a piece about the costs and […]