Salman Rushdie knows what it's like to be a wanted man. After he published his novel The Satanic Verses, the leader of Iran issued a call for his death. Rushdie went into hiding, with armed guards protecting him at all times. He's telling that story now in his new book, Joseph Anton: A Memoir.
In the battle between Iran and the United States, the latest casualties are the video gamers of Tehran. Big users of World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in Iran can no longer access the game, because the game's creator, Blizzard Entertainment, blocked them to comply with U.S. sanctions.
Marjane Satrapi, an Iranian exile, created a graphic novel about life as a musician in Iran in the 1950s. Then she turned it into a movie, which debuted this past weekend.
Israel is becoming increasingly agitated about the possibility that Iran could develop nuclear weapons. Gas masks have been handed out, warning systems have been tested, leading many to think the government is marching toward war. That has some Israelis accusing their government of over reacting.
The British-based Standard Chartered Bank is accused of laundering over $250 billion for Iranian banks over the last ten years, allegedly with the support of upper management. It is against U.S. law to do business with Iranian banks.
On the second stop of his three-nation foreign tour, Mitt Romney found himself walking back remarks that seemed to indicate he endorsed a pre-emptive Israeli strike on Iran. A day later, he was on the defensive again after he offended Palestinians with comments about their poverty.
A group of Israeli tourists were targeted, and five of them killed, in a deadly suicide bombing outside an airport in Bulgaria. Now, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed Iran for the attack.
Bowing to increasing pressure from Congress, the Obama administration announced that it had appointed two U.S. attorney to investigate who is behind leaks about top secret U.S. intelligence and military programs. This continues a pattern of aggressively prosecuting leakers under the Obama administration.
There were positive signs heading into Iran's latest talks with the United States and other nations about its nuclear enrichment program. It seems to be willing to make some compromises in an effort to resolve what has been a years-long diplomatic stand-off. But will it be enough, in the right places, to actually forge a deal. Probably not this time, but maybe sooner, rather than later.
President Barack Obama says preventing atrocities and violence globally is a core national security interest of the United States -- something that will be an emphasis of his foreign policy going forward. He outlined his previous commitment and new steps in a meeting at the Holocaust Museum.