While the official name given to the recently concluded negotiations between Western powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear programme may not be particularly inspiring, the talks concluded in Geneva might just constitute a major triumph for diplomacy.
When the actor Jared Leto paid tribute to protestors in Ukraine and Venezuela at the recent Oscars ceremony he continued a long tradition of Hollywood stars speaking out on political issues. But while there are interesting parallels to be made between the current crises in Ukraine and Venezuela they are not as straightforward as Leto’s comments suggest.
Benjamin Netanyahu recently defied opinion polls and commentators by leading his Likud party to a convincing victory in the Israeli elections. A few days prior to the poll Netanyahu made a decisive intervention when he stated unequivocally that no Palestinian state would be created so long as he remained Prime Minister. Shortly before this Netanyahu had travelled to Washington at the invitation of Congressional Republicans to give a speech denouncing efforts led by the Obama administration aimed at reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear programme.