The Economist, “Who’s the boss?”

October 25, 2007

The tea leaves of an Iranian resignation

“The resignation of Ali Larijani, secretary of the national security council and Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator for the past two years, has stirred a flurry of speculation about the direction of Iranian policy, at home and abroad

Intelligent Life, “Go Pinker yourself”

October 17, 2007

Wherein I admire Steven Pinker’s new essay on swearing, try on a few asterisks, recollect my great-grandmother, and decide that the things which make us cuss out loud are the things that make us human, “How friendly is Russia to Iran?”

October 16, 2007

Russia’s president pays a visit

“If Russia chose to exert more power it might have some influence in Iran. But, for now, Vladimir Putin seems barely interested in doing so