How, and how not, to talk about important stuff

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is on a bit of a US diplomacy tour as the talks over a nuclear deal enter what is presumably their home stretch. Ten days ago he wrote an editorial for The New York Times, in which he expressed Iran’s desire for intra-regional dialogue on matters of security and diplomacy:… Continue reading How, and how not, to talk about important stuff

Iran talks approach crucial deadline to, ah, agree to keep talking, probably

So we’re officially less than a week away from the November 24 deadline for the Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks to bear some fruit, and the final round of talks before that deadline has begun in Vienna, so I thought it might be worth summing up where things stand right now and looking at what to expect… Continue reading Iran talks approach crucial deadline to, ah, agree to keep talking, probably

Always check the video

So it turns out that Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif doesn’t think Western leaders are idiots after all. Despite what some media reports have said (and what some of us stupidly just picked up without checking), he wasn’t linking sanctions relief to fighting IS in Iraq yesterday, he was linking relief to modifying the heavy… Continue reading Always check the video

Today in “stuff that will never happen,” Iran makes a generous offer

Iran is ready to help out with Iraq’s whole Islamic State problem, if the rest of the world makes it worth their while: Iran is ready to join international action against jihadists in Iraq provided the West lifts crippling sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday. His comments followed a call by French Foreign… Continue reading Today in “stuff that will never happen,” Iran makes a generous offer