◼ The U.S. and Iran are talking again. But while many hope a diplomatic breakthrough is possible, the Iranian regime’s opposition remains very much under siege. Eli Lake reports. - Daily Beast
The state of Iran’s civil society in 2013 stands in sharp contrast to the hopes many in the West have placed in the hands of the country’s new president, Hassan Rouhani. On Friday, Rouhani became the first Iranian president to speak directly to a U.S. president since the 1979 Islamic revolution.