February 20, 2000
Recently, I attended a seminar on Cuba today. Reading Shireen Hunter's analysis of contemporary Iran ("Don't Expect Things to Change Overnight," Commentary, Feb. 14) gave me a shock of recognition. Both Cuba and Iran have population majorities born since their respective revolutions. Those young people are largely uninterested in the ideals that drove the revolutions; they have been attracted to a transnational material culture inescapable in a media-saturated world. Old revolutionaries, of all people, should know that you can't freeze time or stop history by fiat--but somehow, they never seem to learn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1997
Your Dec. 17 editorial on Iran suggests cautious dialogue with the Islamic republic. The truth of the matter is that we have short memories. Not long ago, the former president, Hashemi Rafsanjani, was hailed as the voice of moderation and harbinger of illusory change; he managed to rekindle hope in the hearts of many Iranians. However, when he was at the helm, very little changed with respect to human rights within the country and terrorism without. Your proposal to approach Iran sounds too optimistic and premature.
August 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Iranian newspapers are reporting that a visit to Tehran this week by the leader of the Persian Gulf state of Oman was aimed at beginning quiet talks between the United States and the Islamic Republic. One of the newspapers, the daily Khorasan, said Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who has long sought to become an intermediary between the two countries, brought a proposal that Iran might be readmitted to an international money-transfer system if it agreed to reduce its uranium enrichment activities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1995
Re "Fear of Enemies Isn't Paranoia; U.S. Policy Invites Disaster," Commentary, June 7: The ability to maintain objectivity in the presence of intimacy is the essential difference between professionalism and mere expertise. The latter category is well illustrated by Sandra Mackey, an expert on Iran clearly seduced by familiarity with her subject. How else can we explain this apologist's failure to address Iran's record of support for international terrorism? This is a nation that put out a contract on Salman Rushdie, the citizen of another country, probably was instrumental in the downing of Pan Am Flight 103, and is well known to finance notorious organized terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
May 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Wednesday that would sharply toughen U.S. economic sanctions on Iran despite administration calls for Congress to delay penalties that could disrupt diplomacy aimed at resolving the dispute over Iran's nuclear program. Advocates say the Senate proposal could, at least in theory, block Iran from accessing about one-third of the foreign exchange reserves it relies on to pay for government programs, to finance trade and to prop up its currency.
May 18, 2010 |
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Senate committee that U.S. officials have reached an agreement with U.N. Security Council members China, Russia, Britain and France for a draft sanctions resolution that will be sent to the full 15-member council later Tuesday. The announcement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee came one day after Iran offered a diplomatic proposal that many Western leaders view as an attempt to deflect the new round of economic strictures.
February 13, 2013 |
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is declaring a big success his department's 4-year-old program to pressure state-licensed insurance companies to stop investing in multinational firms that do business in Iran. Just eight of a total of 1,300 licensed insurers continue to invest in foreign-owned companies that are involved in the military, energy or nuclear sectors of the economy of the Islamic republic, he said. The State Department identifies the Middle Eastern nation as a state sponsor of terrorism.
June 21, 2013 |
The election of Hassan Rowhani as president of Iran is good news for Americans, except for the neoconservative hawks who brought us the war in Iraq and have been especially eager for another military adventure in Iran. In Iranian terms, Rowhani is a moderate. In the Iranian media, he is called the “diplomat sheikh” and the “sheikh of hope.” In his initial news conference after the election, Rowhani said he would work to build trust between Iran and the United States, Britain and other Western powers with the goal of lifting the international sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy.
January 6, 2010 |
Iran's so-called green movement is not yet a counterrevolution, but recent developments make clear it is heading in that direction. Seven months after the uprising began, an opposition manifesto is finally taking shape, and its sweeping demands would change the face of Iran. Three bold statements calling for reform have been issued since Friday, one by opposition presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, one by a group of exiled religious intellectuals and the third by university professors.
November 28, 2009 |
Russia and China joined the United States and its European allies on Friday in formally rebuking Iran over its nuclear program at a meeting of the United Nations nuclear technology watchdog. By a 25-to-3 vote, with seven abstentions or absences, the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, adopted a German-drafted resolution condemning Iran's nuclear program. The measure also called on Tehran to halt enrichment of uranium, resolve lingering questions about its past nuclear activities, open its nuclear facilities to further inspection and provide assurances it is not operating secret atomic research and development sites.