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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Lessons from the Bergdahl affair. Kelley Vlahos reports [1] on the podcast Serial and what it has to teach us.

The alternative to regime change in Iran. Akbar Ganji makes [2] the case that the recent Iranian elections create an opportunity for Iranian civil society.

Iran’s election results show the pendulum swinging away from hard-liners. Rouzbeh Parsi interprets [3] the recent Iranian elections.

Marco Rubio: the neocons’ last stand? Christopher Preble comments [4] on the foreign policy significance of Rubio’s failed presidential campaign.

The Madhesis’ struggle for place. Hanna Hindstrom reports [5] on the plight of the Madhesi community and the recent violence in southern Nepal.

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#1 Comment By collin On March 11, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

Thanx for the Iran articles but David Frum thinks Iran doesn’t want order!!! Sad

#2 Comment By a spencer On March 11, 2016 @ 8:32 pm

Hopefully the Iranian elections will also take the wind out of the sails of the provocateurs inside the Beltway supporting MEK. Kind of expensive and pointless, isn’t it?

Seems to me that since Khatami’s second term, Iranian elections have been fairly predictable, including Ahmadinejad – a buffoon on the world stage but presenting himself as a “man of the people” domestically by visiting every province, extending health care and inviting the masses to write him personal correspondence.

This is a solid documentary by a Czech filmmaker called LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT chronicling the multitude of personal mail Ahmadinejad received every week. I like the guy who asks for a wrench:


#3 Comment By a spencer On March 11, 2016 @ 8:40 pm

sorry for the double post

MEK going from the State Department’s Terrorist List to some sort of neocon favored status undermines the legitimacy of said list. While the list has its political considerations, it was coherent not that long ago, ahead of the curve on outfits like the Lord’s Resistance Army.