Kurt Eichenwald on Iran’s nuclear capabilities and if they are really as big a threat as we’ve been led to believe. http://mag.newsweek.com/2013/10/04/the-phantom-menace.html
Ehud Barak, Israeli defense minister, discussing the reasoning behind discussions whether his country ought to launch a pre-emptive attack against Iran.
Ramin Setoodeh, in a compelling narrative about the American hikers who’ve spent 775 days in Iran’s most notorious prison, accused of espionage. On Monday, Iran said the hikers would be released. Today they said the release is not imminent.
Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari, in a plea for journalists to leave Sarah Shourd alone
I have been deeply supportive of Iran’s Green Movement. I wrote glowingly about it, highlighted it on television, and showcased its advocates. But I do not think there is much evidence that it was likely to overthrow the Iranian regime. To believe that, one has to believe the government in Tehran is deeply unpopular with a majority of Iranians, holds onto power through military force alone, and is thus vulnerable to a movement that could mobilize the vast majority in Iran who despise it. None of this is entirely true.
The Iranian regime has many, many opponents, but it also has millions of supporters. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have actually lost the presidential election of 2009, but it was a close contest in which he got millions of votes. What little polling has been done in Iran, coupled with the observations of people who have been there, all suggest that the regime has considerable public support in rural areas, among the devout, and in poorer communities.
Fareed, on why Iran’s government persists.
Maziar Bahari, on the future of the Green Movement