When it comes to curbing Iran’s nuclear program, hawks seem to think harsher penalties will do the trick. Here’s why they’re wrong.
If there’s one thing hawks know about Iran’s leaders, it’s that they only understand force.“When it comes to Iran,” declared Benjamin Netanyahu in October, “the greater the pressure, the greater the chance” of stopping an Iranian nuke. “As one of the architects of the sanctions regime we've had on Iran,” argued New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez this weekend, “this is exactly the process that has brought Iran to the negotiating table.” And thus, Menendez added, Congress should pass new sanctions, to go into effect in six months if Iran doesn’t agree to America’s terms in a final deal.
Pakistan has a new, pro-Western army chief, but don’t expect its military to become less controlling and paranoid.
Pakistan has a new army chief. Judging by the media coverage, one might as well think that a middle-sized kingdom has just changed its monarch. General Raheel Sharif, we are told, is a professional soldier with little interest in politics. His predecessor, General Ashfaq Kayani, commanded the world’s sixth largest army for six years and did not take power in a military coup. Kayani had broken from the tradition of General Pervez Musharraf, the commander before him, who staged a coup in 1999 and went on to rule for almost a decade.
British diving heartthrob Tom Daley shocked fans by declaring he is in a relationship with another man. Will the bisexual revelation dent his reputation as a national treasure?
One of Britain’s most popular sportsmen announced in a YouTube video on Monday that he was in a relationship with another man. Tom Daley, 19, a world diving champion, said his life had been turned upside down by a romance that began in the spring. The Olympic medalist posted the video on Twitter, where he has almost 2.5 million followers. “Got something I need to say... not been an easy decision to make, hope you can support me!” he wrote. The diver, now one of professional sport’s few openly gay athletes, became a star in Britain at the age of 13 when he won the men’s national diving championships.
Turkish authorities are investigating whether the imam of a Mediterranean mosque can continue his rock band, or whether the genre is incompatible with Islam.
ISTANBUL—Is rock music incompatible with Islam? That’s the question facing the preacher of a small village mosque in southern Turkey, who is under official investigation for singing in a band in his spare time.Religious authorities have launched an investigation into whether Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer, 42, can keep his job as imam in the mosque of Pinarkoy, a hamlet of some 80 people near the town of Kas on the Mediterranean coast. In Pinarkoy, Tuzer calls the faithful to prayer over a public address system at his mosque and leads the community in five daily prayers.
So your Plan A on Iran—a U.S. strike—isn’t going to work. Time for Plan B: Work with the U.S. on joint technology investment and deployment to safeguard against asymmetrical attacks.
Bibi, you’re off your game—Plan A didn’t work. The United States and the rest of the U.N. Security Council have lined up in favor of a deal with Iran. Within the U.S., the policy elites are squarely behind the president, and the public either is tepidly divided , or lukewarmly supportive of the interim accord on enrichment. Either way, Republicans and Democrats alike are not keen on another war. So with Plan A, an American strike against Iran, off the table, it is time to explore Plan B.
On the edge of the world’s largest asbestos pit, the city of Asbest was a flourishing mining monotown—until it became an early victim of Russia’s industrial decline.
The local rock band—called Hammer and Sickle—was rehearsing loudly in the basement of a school, which for the time being serves as the only rock club in town. Their three guitars and a drum roared in a powerful cacophony, in the fashion of early Guns N’ Roses. And their lyrics—about existing in “a world of kindness and evil”—said everything one needed to know about their feelings for their industrious, polluted, beloved hometown of Asbest, a town that exists solely to extract asbestos from Russia’s Ural Mountains, where the band’s musicians toil every day at factories, on road constructions, or in the giant asbestos mine.
On the opening day of the trial of two men accused of beheading a British soldier in the street, the court was stunned by graphic new video footage of the attack.
Lee Rigby was a young father who had recently returned from serving in Afghanistan. He was crossing the street outside his barracks in London, as he had done hundreds of times before, when a car lurched across the road and knocked him to the ground. Video of the moment was greeted by gasps as it was played publicly for the first time on Friday, but it was just the start of a shockingly violent attack that stunned Britain.Two Muslim converts stand accused of running Rigby down before hacking the 25-year-old to death “like a butcher attacking a joint of meat.
Raheel Sharif now heads Pakistan’s army. He replaces Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, whose double-dealing ways—including the outing of a CIA station chief—shredded relations with the U.S.
The Pakistani army changed commanders this weekend, putting a new man in the most important job in the country. General Raheel Sharif replaced General Ashfaq Kayani as Chief of Army Staff (COAS). The job has been the vantage point from whence all four of Pakistan’s military dictators took over the country; it oversees the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world and Pakistan’s network of connections to terrorist groups and the Afghan Taliban.
Saluting Bosnian heroes and a history full of tragedy—and a present and future full of uncertainty.
Representatives of the city of Sarajevo, the surrounding region, and the nation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, I am happy to be here with you on this day dedicated to Bosnia’s Partisans, a day that is also the anniversary of the independance of Bosnia-Herzegovina. I am happy to be here at this moment in the region’s history when the legacy of the Partisans is once again being cast into doubt and the very existence of Bosnia-Herzegovina as a nation of free citizens seems problematic in some quarters.
China may have made huge strides recently, but its school system languishes as a relic that teaches children by rote and exists merely to make students willing tools of the state.
Tom Friedman, known among China watchers for his sunny editorials about the world’s second largest economy, recently published an article entitled “The Shanghia Secret,” in which he argues that the Chinese city has built high-performing schools through a deep commitment to basics such as teacher training, and parent involvement.Friedman is correct that the Chinese school system has its strengths—namely in knowledge based teaching such as math, science, and reading.
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She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.