Today’s articles from Maria
Miss Iraq forced to go into hiding after death threats
Here’s what the Post calls the Harvard-educated Wall Streeter jailed yesterday for masterminding a bizarre insider-trading scam involving a crooked banker, a Croatian seamstress and an exotic dancer: DANCING FOOL
IRAN’S NUKES: RUSSIA’S KEY, by Amir Taheri,
Of all the powers involved in this showdown with the Islamic Republic, only Russia is in a position to tip the balance between a peaceful resolution or war.
Russia is building Iran’s first and, so far, only nuclear power plant near Bushehr. It could slow or suspend the project pending a diplomatic resolution of the crisis. Such a move could strengthen the hands of those within the Tehran establishment that want a moratorium on uranium processing to prevent tension from further escalating.
And Russia has another card to play: It has proposed to set up a special-uranium enrichment project for Iran to cover the needs of the Bushehr plant for its full 37-year lifespan. (An agreement now in place has Russia providing the plant’s fuel for its first 10 years.) To sweeten it for the Tehran leadership, the Russian proposal could be modified to have part of the enrichment process done in Iranian facilities and with the participation of Iranian scientists and technicians.
All that, however, may lead nowhere.
More articles from Maria:
Legal, permanent — and alone
Immigration and the law
First things first: Fix Mexico
A review of ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’: Carville and company — in Bolivia
And John Stossel’s immortal words on Scaring for Money:
The only disaster coming may be an activist-induced panic.