There's a good chance the US and Iran could be close to a nuclear arms deal. But even as the negotiations continue in Geneva, both countries are still carrying out cyberwarfare campaigns against the other.
The buzz from Geneva is that international talks there on Iran’s nuclear ambitions are approaching a deal. The deal could limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities for a decade or more, in exchange for an easing of sanctions.
In 2010, the Iranian government slapped filmmaker Jafar Panahi with a 20-year ban on filmmaking. But Panahi has defied the ban and made three more movies, one of which won the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.
The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, announced it would no longer be accepting Iranian students into graduate programs in engineering and the natural sciences. They blame US law, but the government is actually trying to build bridges to Iranian students.
Golshid Mola wanted to create a marketplace for the works of underground Iranian designers and artists. But American sanctions against Iran make her goal, and the goals of other Iranian American entrepreneurs, all but impossible.
The investigation in Argentina into the death of a special prosecutor who had said the nation's president was protecting the masterminds of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people. A new prosecutor has been appointed.
After the US-Cuba thaw, Iranians are hoping that it's their turn for relief and improved relations with Washington. That's why many will be watching the State of the Union for signs that the US will ease sanctions on Iran that have made even some kinds of medicine hard to find.
Last year, President Barack Obama spoke hopefully of peace between Israel and an independent Palestine. This year, after a summer of war and the ongoing ISIS threat, Middle East peace seems further away than ever.