MEL GURTOV – Despite the best efforts of the Israeli government under Benjamin Netanyahu to disrupt the nuclear talks with Iran by attacking Iranâ€™s nuclear computer network, the news out of Geneva is that a new agreement is close to being signed. It has been a very rough road to get thereâ€”a road worth recalling because among that agreementâ€™s accomplishments will be resumption of multilateral diplomacy with the US at the table.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER — â€œTell them, I want everybody to know, I want everybody on the train to know, I love them . . .â€ These words are also part of the geopolitics of murder â€” these words of light and hope, alive and pulsing amid the bullet casings, the blood and wreckage, the shattered lives. They were the dying words of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, one of the two people stabbed to death last week on a commuter train in Portland, Ore., after they had intervened to stop a manâ€™s tirade of racial slurs â€” â€œgo back to Saudi Arabia!” â€” directed at two teenage girls on the train.