The Iran Nuclear Talks, and a Matter of Trust   Before dawn on a freezing February morning, Amar Bakshi watched as a crane lifted a gold-colored shipping container off a flatbed truck outside the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Conn. As diplomats consider a deal over  Iran ’s  nuclear program , the shipping container is Mr. Bakshi’s attempt at restoring a relationship with that country.  Mr. Bakshi, a Yale graduate student and artistic entrepreneur, enlisted a team based in the United States and Iran to transform the shipping container into a communications portal. Equipped with videoconference applications, the portal allows people in the two countries to have conversations with one another... READ ON NYTIMES.COM
  News Analysis: Pakistan School Attack    The Pakistani Taliban’s attack on a school in Peshawar in December signaled a significant change of tactics.
  Targeting ISIS’ Black-Market Oil Trade   Along the border between Iraq and Turkey, guards are keeping a watchful eye out for oil smugglers. Oil from the Islamic State’s territories feeds an estimated $1 million a day into the organization’s coffers and is an essential part of its financing.  The smuggling routes are decades old, and corruption – in the oil fields, along the pipelines and across borders – provides significant economic incentives for many... READ ON NYTIMES.COM
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