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12-06-13 - The international agreement to restrain Iran's nuclear program has generated anxiety in Israel and elsewhere. Middle East uncertainty underscores the growing importance of Turkey, a democracy with strong ties to both Iran and the West.
If Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his parade of official proclaimers truly meant everything they've always said about pursuing a nuclear program only for peaceful energy and medical research purposes, then you'd figure Tehran's elites should be bummed out by their bad timing.
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WASHINGTON - Since Jimmy Carter's utter miscalculations led to the installation of a radical theocracy in Iran, the Persian nation has become a thorn in the world's body politic - a rogue state in many ways fostering terrorism and preparing a nuclear capability that frightens most of its neighbors.
To be fair, the document signed in Geneva is not meant to neutralize the threat posed by those who rule Iran. It is meant only to be a "confidence-building" measure, a first step toward the "comprehensive solution" that President Obama envisions.
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"Any agreement that does not recognize the rights of the Iranian people and does not respect these rights, has no chance," Mohammad Javad Zarif said last week.
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Last week's deadly U.S. drone strike on a notorious Taliban leader put Pakistan back in the headlines, reflecting the country's strategic importance. But global media emphasis on violence in Pakistan also overshadows progress in democractic politics.