TCF Bank has unilaterally cancelled the accounts of Iranian students with no explanation. This appears to be a case of illegal discrimination.
Culture and International Affairs. Op-edu and analysis from anthropologist and Middle East expert William O. Wbeeman
Concerns are raised about coverage of Iran’s nuclear program. Arthur Brisbane interviews William O. Beeman, Hooman Majd, Tim McNulty and other experts on the Times coverage of Iran’s nuclear program
By all accounts, Israeli and American military officials are clear about one thing: Iran does not possess military weapons, is not likely to have weapons in the near future, and does not constitute an immediate danger to Israel.
So why is Israel continuing to pursue a clearly dangerous course opposed by so many?
As the United States remembers the events of September 11, 2001 on their tenth anniversary, it is important to remember that the tragedy was commemorated around the world, not just in America. And one of the nations that expressed the most profound and sincere grief over the loss of life was Iran.
Candlelight vigils were held throughout Iran and professions of sorrow and sympathy for the United States citizens who lost family and friends were ubiquitous. This was even more impressive when one notes that these were not government organized events, but were the spontaneous outpouring of Iranian citizens. On an official level, many Iranian religious leaders condemned the attacks, despite their differences with the United States administration. It was also noteworthy that no Iranian was involved in any way with the 9/11 attacks.
The 9/11 tragedy also resulted in a brief thaw in U.S.-Iran relations as Iran offered its air space and landing fields to the United States in its attacks on al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. It created increased positive feeling on the part of ordinary Iranian citizens for the United States and its people.
It is a secondary tragedy that this brief halcyon period in U.S.-Iran relations did not last.