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‘Homeland’ and America’s bipolar Iran disorder

For a truly original solution to the Iranian conundrum, just tune in to “Homeland,” the Showtime TV series that has intrigued, delighted and occasionally irritated millions. President Barack Obama once cited it as his favorite show, a fact that could prove positively terrifying in light of new plot developments.

Why Israel and Saudi Arabia really hate the Iran deal

Analysis: Israeli and Saudi condemnation of the current first steps on the agreement with Iran goes beyond cynicism.
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Saudi newspapers headlining an Iran agreement. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK — As the prospect of a long-term deal over Iran’s nuclear program has gone from remote to possible, Middle East leaders are demonstrating once again why their region remains a graveyard of diplomatic initiatives — and thus the most violent and hateful corner of our planet.

Boogeyman diplomacy: ‘Great Satan’ making nice with ‘Mad Mullahs’

'Americans need a foreign villain,' writes Georgetown University's Paul Pillar. The government, he explains, requires a bogeyman to convince its citizens that foreign wars are worth fighting. 'As for who can play that role, Saddam Hussein is gone … and now [Osama] bin Laden is gone, too. Well-suited on several counts to play the current role of villain is that other state on the Persian Gulf with oil resources and radical politics: Iran.'

Iran nuclear talks: Closing in on a deal

JERUSALEM — Western powers appear to be close to an interim agreement on curtailing Iran's uranium enrichment in exchange for an undefined reduction in the sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. But despite the diplomatic frenzy, significant gaps remain on various fronts.

Iran nuclear talks: 3 Questions with Ambassador Nick Burns

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unexpected stop in Geneva Friday, raising expectations that a nuclear deal between Iran and and the so-called P5+1 nations — the US, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany — could be imminent. So what would that mean to US policy in the volatile Middle East? To find out we turned to GlobalPost's senior foreign affairs columnist Nicholas Burns.

What Iran talks mean for the region: 3 questions with our correspondent

JERUSALEM — From the UN to Geneva, it's been a momentous few weeks for Iran. For Israel — which considers Iran a mortal enemy — what does all this diplomatic movement mean? And will the nuclear negotiations in progress open the possibility of disarmament across the region? GlobalPost's senior correspondent in Jerusalem weighs in.

Yes, there are Iranians in Israel. Here's what one thinks of this week's nuclear talks

JERUSALEM — On most days, Emanuel Shfaim, 45, works from morning til night at his dry cleaning business, often joined by his wife, Nava. They are well known in the neighborhood, Jerusalem's German Colony, for the excellence and variety of their services. Shfaim is one of about 50,000 Iranians living in Israel, most of whom left after the Iranian revolution of 1979.

Iran nuclear talks begin with 'cautious optimism'

"We are very serious. We are not here symbolically, to waste our time. We are serious for target-oriented negotiations," chief negotiator and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragchi told reporters.

Israel freaks out a bit as Western powers meet with Iran

JERUSALEM — As representatives of Western powers and Iran gather in the pretty lakeside city of Geneva, it is difficult to imagine a more tense juncture in the annals of Israeli diplomacy than this.
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