Stalemate Continues after Iran Nuclear Talks
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The US and its allies are already dealing with North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Will Iran be next? We hear the outcome of negotiations Friday and Saturday — ten years after the process began. Also, Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87, and how history's biggest real estate deal blew up.
Banner image: Participants from the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany prepare to start talks with Iranian negotiators in Almaty April 5, 2013. Photo by Ilyas Omarov/Reuters/Pool
Margaret Thatcher Dies at 87 ()
Britain's former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, once known as the "Iron Lady," died this morning at the age of 87. While Ronald Reagan gets much credit for ending the Cold War, it was Thatcher who first saw an opportunity for dealing with Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union. Michael Goldfarb, former London correspondent for NPR, has covered British politics for 20 years.
Iran's Nuclear Program: Does Diplomacy Have a Chance? ()
In Almaty, Kazakhstan this weekend, Iran met with the so-called "PR5+1" — UN Security Council members Russia, China, Britain, France and the US — plus Germany. After talks ended on Saturday, the best US officials could say was there wasn't a "breakthrough," but there wasn't a "breakdown" either. It's the tenth year of the stand-off over Iran's nuclear program, and Israel is threatening attack if Iran gets the capacity to build a nuclear bomb. After President Ahmadinejad is replaced by election ten weeks from now, will Iran be any different? What's the impact of economic sanctions? Can diplomats find an alternative to either the use of force or trying to contain another nation gone nuclear like North Korea?
- Thomas Erdbrink: New York Times, @ThomasErdbrink
- Reza Aslan: Council on Foreign Relations, @rezaaslan
- Barbara Slavin: Al-Monitor.com, @barbaraslavin1
- James Jeffrey: Washington Institute
How the Biggest Real Estate Sale in History Went from Boom to Bust ()
When the massive middle-class apartment complex Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village was sold in 2006, it was the biggest real estate deal in history -- $5.4 billion, most of which came from outside investors. But from Day One, the purchase had problems. Author Charles Bagli chronicles the sale and its aftermath in his new book Other People's Money: Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made.
- Charles Bagli: New York Times
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