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Juan Cole: "Iranian President Rouhani acknowledges Holocaust as crime against Jewish people."

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gives U.S. whatfor on NSA spying.

A handshake is just a handshake, unless it's not. Re: Rouhani and Obama do not encounter one another at the UN (oh, maybe in the men's room).

U.S.-Iran: A Tangled Web with a long history and the many factors in further tangling it. Lobelog

EVEN MORE: Apropos of Mr. Rouhani's remarks about the Jewish people and Nazis, the New York Times has this helpful story on what he said in Teheran and what he said in New York. It opens with an unusually feisty first paragraph (do they give Pulitzers for that?).

"TEHRAN — So there was Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency, once the dedicated defender of the Israel-bashing, Holocaust-denying former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, being singled out for praise on Thursday by The Wall Street Journal’s staunchly conservative, Israel-defending, Iran-distrusting editorial page."   New York Times Story


Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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