World update: December 1 2017

ASIA PAKISTAN At least four Pakistani Taliban fighters stormed a dormitory at the University of Peshawar on Friday, killing at least nine people. Most students had gone home for the holiday (today was Muhammad’s birthday, which is observed by most Muslims), so it’s possible this attack could have been much deadlier. NORTH KOREA South Korea’s… Continue reading World update: December 1 2017

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

For Congressional Iran hawks, death by a thousand self-inflicted cuts

I’m not one to throw bad folks a lifeline when they’re drowning, but can anybody fathom why the Bomb Bomb Iran crowd seems to be doing its best to wreck its own chances of killing a nuclear deal? I don’t think they could have created a safer environment for the talks over the past week… Continue reading For Congressional Iran hawks, death by a thousand self-inflicted cuts