Jul 27, 2014

More time for a deal with Iran

The biggest question about the four-month extension of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program is what impact Russian President Vladimir Putin's behavior, Israeli-Palestinian hostilities and the U.S. elections will have on them.

Iran, U.S. announce surprise nuclear talks

Jun 8, 2014

Iran, U.S. announce surprise nuclear talks

Iran and the United States will on Monday and Tuesday hold their first direct talks in decades, in an unprecedented move toward securing a comprehensive nuclear deal between Tehran and the West. The discussions will take place in Geneva, with the U.S. delegation led ...

On charm offensive at Davos, Iranian leader sets lofty goals

Jan 24, 2014

On charm offensive at Davos, Iranian leader sets lofty goals

In a charm offensive to the global political and business elite Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani set lofty ambitions for his country, including becoming one of the world’s top 10 economies. The first Iranian leader in a decade to visit the World Economic Forum, ...

Dec 23, 2013

Iran should stop human rights abuses

by Cesar Chelala

The election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran's president seemed to signal a dramatic change in policies, but amid an overseas image of moderation, serious human rights abuses continue in Iran over protests from human rights groups in and outside the country.

Rouhani gets high marks after 100 days in office

Nov 27, 2013

Rouhani gets high marks after 100 days in office

One hundred days into his first term as Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani offered an upbeat progress report to the country Tuesday, two days after a nuclear deal with world powers gave his young administration a much-needed boost. “We pride ourselves on being accountable to ...

French out-tough U.S. in talks over Iran's nuclear program

Nov 11, 2013

French out-tough U.S. in talks over Iran's nuclear program

When Iran appeared close to a preliminary deal with world powers over its nuclear program, France stepped up to say: Not so fast — a surprise move that exposed divisions among the United States and other Western negotiators who had long been in lockstep ...