Obama, Iran, and the US-Iraq SOFA

The Nation

The Dreyfuss Report

Robert Dreyfus, Nov. 12th, 2008

Why, after so many months, was the US-Iraq security pact approved now? True, the two countries were facing a deadline of December 31, when the UN authority for the occupation expires, but they could have gone back to the UN for a temporary extension or simply signed a bilateral statement not nearly as involved as the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)approved yesterday by the Iraqi Cabinet.  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Tue, 11/18/2008 - 10:03am.

Seven American University Presidents in Teheran

BBC reports that Robert Berdahl - the president of the Association of American Universities - and six college presidents from around the United States have arrived in Teheran as part of a scientific exchange with presidents of several Iranian universities.   read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Sun, 11/16/2008 - 8:21pm.

Obama's Iranian Opening

New America Media, News Analysis,

William O. Beeman, Posted: Nov 12, 2008

Editor's note: Diplomacy between the United States and Iran has been at a standstill. President-elect Barack Obama has a great opportunity to end the cold war between the two nations. NAM contributing writer William O. Beeman is professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota.  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 4:39pm.

Iran Returns to the Global Stage

November 10, 2008 | 1846 GMT

Graphic for Geopolitical Intelligence Report

By George Friedman

After a three-month hiatus, Iran seems set to re-emerge near the top of the U.S. agenda. Last week, the Iranian government congratulated U.S. President-elect Barack Obama on his Nov. 4 electoral victory. This marks the first time since the Iranian Revolution that such greetings have been sent.  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 9:32am.

President Ahmadinejad's Congratulatory Message to President-ellect Obama (Unofficial Translation)

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

His Excellency, Barak H. Obama President-Elect of the United States of America

I would like to offer my congratulations on your election by the majority of the American electorate.  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Mon, 11/10/2008 - 11:06pm.