October 21, 2013 |
(Warning: Episode 4 spoilers ahead!) A few minutes into the pivotal scene in Sunday's "Homeland" between Carrie Mathison and the mysterious lawyer for the Iranians, I turned to my wife and said: "She's setting him up. " I don't claim any powers of clairvoyance or any special skills at dramaturgy. But I am a fan of "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold," the 1963 novel that made John le Carré a household name . And this narrative twist comes right out of that book. Readers of "The Spy" will remember that the title character, Alec Leamas, goes utterly to seed to smoke out a Soviet espionage recruiter.
November 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Many paths led to the international agreement to temporarily curb Iran's nuclear program: secret meetings in Oman, formal negotiations in Geneva, and a quiet encounter in New York involving two diplomats and an exquisite silver chalice in the shape of a mythical winged creature. The latter session led in September to the return of the chalice to Iran, where officials hailed it as a gesture of friendship by the United States. The move was orchestrated by a mid-level diplomat at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations who devised a way to work around a 30-year absence in formal relations.
August 26, 1986 |
Senior representatives from Canada, Western Europe, and Australia began three days of private consultations Monday on problems posed by an influx of Iranians seeking asylum in their countries, U.N. officials said. Representatives of the Geneva headquarters of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees also attended the talks, the latest in a series called to discuss refugees.
May 23, 1987 |
Iranian Revolutionary Guards with high speed launches attacked a small Qatari freighter in the northern Persian Gulf on Friday, setting it ablaze and injuring three crewmen. Regional shipping sources said the Iranians fired at least 10 rocket-propelled grenades into the 2,596-ton Rashidah. A spokesman for the ship's owners said that the crew was able to douse the flames, adding that a Saudi Arabian navy vessel transferred the injured to a hospital in Saudi Arabia.
February 27, 1987 |
If historians decide that the Iranian arms operation wasn't kosher, at least the chocolate cake delivered to the fiercely anti-Israel leaders of Iran was. A delegation led by former National Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane carried a chocolate cake "from a kosher bakery in Tel Aviv" when they flew to Tehran to meet the strict Islamic leaders in secret last May, according to the report of the presidential commission that investigated the Iran- contras scandal.
November 1, 1998 |
Iranian students are to burn an Uncle Sam puppet instead of the U.S. flag in annual rituals Monday to mark the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, a student leader said Saturday. Students said that burning a puppet was less provocative than the flag-burning in previous anniversary rituals and that they were making the switch to stay in line with President Mohammad Khatami's friendly overture to the U.S. in a January television interview.
July 31, 1990 |
Hundreds of inmates at prisons around France refused to return to their cells in a wave of protests against President Francois Mitterrand's pardon of five members of a pro-Iranian assassination team. Protests began erupting after Friday's pardon of Anis Naccache and four accomplices. He had served 10 years of a life sentence for the failed assassination in 1980 in Paris of Shahpour Bakhtiar, Iran's former prime minister. Two people were killed in the attack.
June 23, 2003 |
French judges put 17 suspects under investigation for links to terrorism in a crackdown on an Iranian exile group that has triggered protests in several European capitals, officials said. Those placed under investigation -- one step short of being charged -- include Maryam Rajavi, a co-leader of the Moujahedeen Khalq, according to judicial officials. Police raided the group's offices near Paris on Tuesday.
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February 2, 1991
A 16-year-old Iranian pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges that he tried to run down several pro-war demonstrators in his father's Rolls-Royce. The boy entered his plea in Inglewood Juvenile Court and was released into the custody of his father, lawyers said. A pretrial hearing was set for Feb. 27.
June 24, 2003 |
An Iranian woman who set herself on fire in London last week to protest a French roundup of Iranian exiles has died. The National Council of Resistance of Iran said Nada Hassani, a computer programmer raised in Canada, died with her parents at her side. Hospital officials confirmed the death. Hassani, 25, set herself ablaze outside the French Embassy in London after French police swooped on the NCRI's military arm, the Moujahedeen Khalq, over possible links to terrorism.