Bastille Day Links

Today is the 227th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. It is the French national day.

It is also the first anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, designed to limit Iran’s nuclear program. All sides are complying, but there are strains. Here is a selection of today’s articles:

New York Times (David Sanger)

Suzanne Maloney (Brookings)

Robin Wright (New Yorker)

Ariane Tabatabai (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Zack Beauchamp interviews Jeffrey Lewis

BBC: The people who made it happen

President Barack Obama’s statement

Added July 15, 2016: Excellent article from Indira Lakshmanan detailing the organized opposition to the JCPOA. The same folks who were decrying any sign of organization for the JCPOA only a couple of months ago.


Has North Korea opened an opportunity for talks?

The best article I have found on the question of what might have been promised to Russia on NATO expansion. Short take: Words during the early negotiations matter, but the circumstances changed radically as the Soviet Union came apart and the new independent countries began to find their way.

The Theranos story in cartoon form.

How Jimmy Carter saved the space shuttle. If you read this article carefully, it’s an example of how hard it is to do history. Everyone has a different story. And don’t believe the teaser implication that asking Carter about it solved the “mystery.” (Top photo from here:┬áThe crew of Star Trek gathers around space shuttle Enterprise in 1977.)




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