‘Assertive restraint’ needed to deal with Iran

The specter of a showdown with Iran over that country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is a crisis of Iran’s own making. The nation has sought trouble, you might say, and at times is practically daring the world to do something about it. This country is too much like North Korea, and that is by no […]

ENMU briefs — Oct. 20

Iranian Cultural presentation A presentation about the culture of Iran is set for 2 p.m. Thursday in the Campus Union Building Sandia Room. Iran, formerly known internationally as Persia, is home to one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations. Eastern New Mexico University master’s student Rozbeh Moghaddam, an American-born Iranian, is to present the […]

Mustache might be worth trading

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist As medical progress marches on, the use of transplants and body parts has become commonplace. Worldwide, from India to Italy, from Iran to Indiana, the surgeries are routine. According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. alone has 83,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney. Corneas, hearts, livers […]

Iran regime not accurate representation

Freedom New Mexico Most of the news about Iran focuses on the possibility that the regime may be getting close to developing a nuclear weapon. Such concern is justified, although it is difficult to see how the outside world can prevent it: Sanctions have been ineffective, and military intervention seems impractical. Even as we worry […]

Editorial: Iran should free Roxana Saberi

Recent election may change Iran’s politics

Freedom New Mexico The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency indicates that while there is still no solid evidence that Iran is actively developing nuclear weapons, the possibility is still “a matter of serious concern.” The reason is Iran is still playing cat-and-mouse with the IAEA in ways that cannot help but arouse […]

Attack against Iran would’ve been stupid

Editorial An obvious question arises in the wake of a new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program. The report judges “with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” If the 2005 NIE assessed “with high confidence that Iran currently is determined to develop nuclear weapons” was so wrong, how […]

Administration’s harsh words juvenile

Editorial The Bush administration announced last week it officially considers the Iranian Revolutionary Guards of being a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction, and the “elite” Quds Force within the Guards of being a sponsor of terrorism. This is the first time a military force of a foreign country has been designated as a terrorist […]

Rules must be applied equally

Editorial It’s easy to understand the large protests that greeted Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s long-anticipated speech Monday at Columbia University, less easy to understand those who tried to stop the event or who even want to punish Columbia for holding it. The New York Sun reported on efforts by the Democratic state Assembly speaker of […]

Iraq negotiations open line of communication between U.S., Iran

Both the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain issues, requiring a […]

Widow remembers husband’s heroism

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman still wrestles with demons that had their roots in the Iranian hostage crisis more than a quarter-century ago. Trudy McKeel is the widow of John D. McKeel, a Marine guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, one of 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days […]

Americans must support Saudi in newest endeavor

Editorial In recent weeks Saudi Arabia has taken on an uncharacteristically aggressive role in trying to stabilize the Middle East. While the interests of the United States and the Kingdom, as friends and foes call the regime in Riyadh, may not always coincide, the United States would do well to watch these moves with interest […]

Response to letter not enough; U.S. needs to talk to Iran

Editorial May you live in interesting times, goes the old Chinese curse. Judging by the sophomoric letter apparently sent by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush, we certainly live in interesting times. Iran and the United States — backed to some degree by most of Western Europe — are involved in a potentially deadly […]

Third party dealing with Iran may be best course for now

Editorial The announcement that Iran and Russia have reached a tentative deal for Russia to enrich uranium in Russia for nuclear plants in Iran offers a faint hope that a showdown between Iran and the “international community” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions can be averted — for now. No doubt there will be deviltry in the […]