From Peace Policy, George A. Lopez and David Cortright (Notre Dame): Suspending Sanctions: A Strategy for Reaching a Nuclear Agreement with Iran; Seyed Hossein Mousavian (Princeton): Prospects for Diplomacy to Resolve the Iranian Nuclear Dilemma; and Ellen Laipson (Stimson): Preventing War with Iran: Have Prospects Improved? Matthew K. Shannon reviews The Iran Narrative: Ideas, Discourse, and Domestic Politics in the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Iran, 1990-2003 by Christopher Joseph Ferrero. Since 1979, anti-US art has been a staple of Iran's streetscape — is this era of propaganda coming to an end? And so we have the Republican Party’s biggest donor saying that we should nuke Iran as part of our negotiations to stop Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons. Talk to Iran, it works: Based on talks in 2001, the outlines of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program and Western sanctions are clear. Michael Crowley on the incredible, absurd Iranian hostage rescue mission that never happened: "It would have been World War III". From The National Interest, Paul Pillar on mirror-image hardliners; and Usha Sahay on how Iran and the US are finally learning to talk. Michael Crowley on the Dummies Guide to Iran’s Nukes — an illustrated five-step guide to understanding what it’s all about. Obama’s secret Iran detente: Long before a nuclear deal was in reach, the U.S. was quietly lifting some of the financial pressure on Iran — how the sanctions were softened. Bennett Ramberg on on the burden of Libya and North Korea on Iran's nuclear policy. Dennis Ross on what you need to know to understand the Iran nuclear negotiations.
Andreas Wittel (Nottingham Trent): Counter-commodification: The Economy of Contribution in the Digital Commons. From The Nation, a special issue on marijuana. The eyes are increasingly dirty windows into the soul. “Today I was refused entrance to the U.S.”: Josh Alvizu and Jason Groves on Ilija Trojanow and U.S. securitarianism. How much will it cost to make these racist old men go away? Getting Richard Cohen and Ray Kelly out of public life might cost some money, but it's worth it. Comicbook superheroes live in a world where individuals can change with ease into objects, think out loud, or kill with a stare, yet they fight only to maintain the status quo — how would it be different if superheroes were the people who are oppressed? Charles Ornstein on why healthcare.gov broke: Two competing story lines. Just how badly are we overfishing the oceans? Brad Plumer investigates. The pain of torture lasts forever: A study of Israeli veterans of the 1973 Yom Kippur War finds that torture permanently alters a person's perception of pain. Jesse Bering on five sex research pioneers you’ve probably never heard of. Mary McCarthy on the top eight things wacky conservative blogs have in common. David Catanese on the next big fight between Hillary Clinton and liberals. Andrew Beaujon on how Betsy Rothstein, Washington's strangest gossip, does not explain Washington. Dave Shilling signs up for the Ayn Rand fan club dating site, Atlasphere.
From PUP, the introduction to Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration by Chris Impey and Holly Henry. Lee Billings on the pioneering scientists who have led the hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence in their quest to answer the haunting question: Is humanity alone in the universe? Sarah Fecht on the case for alien life — the odds that we are not alone are improving. Christianity and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence: Emma Crichton-Miller reviews Science, Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by David Wilkinson. George Dvorsky on some of the most plausible scenarios for alien civilizations. How many astronauts believe aliens exist? All of them, according to former Space Station commander Chris Hadfield. Scientists used to scan the skies for messages from alien civilisations — now they go looking for their ruins. David H. Grinspoon is in search of planetary intelligence: Maybe it’s somewhere out there. The economics of space junk: Sarah Laskow on a classic tragedy of the commons — this time, in orbit. If starships are ever built, it will be in the far future — but that does not deter the intrepid band of scientists who are thinking about how to do it (and more). Kyle Hill on what the nerdiest chart of sci-fi ships says about our dreams of space. How to catch an asteroid: Astronomers ponder how to save the Earth. Veronique Greenwood on why the Moon should be an international park. This insane rocket is why the Soviet Union never made it to the Moon. Stop pretending we aren't living in the Space Age.