Tuesday quick reads: Biton bail mob tied, videomaker due in court, US looks to renew Iran talks


  • US looks to renew Iran talks after November elections (Barbara Slavin/Al Monitor)
  • Iran should have declared victory and shut Fordow (Mark Fitzpatrick)
  • Ahmadinejad “confidential memo” leaked (Eskander Sadeghi-Borujerdi/Al Monitor’s Iran Pulse)
  • FP source suggests US-Israel mulling joint surgical strike on Iran (David Rothkopf)
  • Egypt’s Morsi at 100 days (Bassem Sabry/Al Monitor)
  • Anti-Islam video maker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, aka Sam Bacile, changes his name again; now going by Mark Basseley Youssef, he is due in court on probation violation charge this week. (Reuters)
  • Ofer Biton, the Israeli ex-fundraiser for Rep. Michael Grimm, got his $1.5 million bail paid by former Grimm business partner who is tied to the mob, US prosecutors allege. (NY Post/NY Times)
  • Danish biker claims his work led CIA to AQAP  propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki (CNN)
  • Syria rebels say West’s inaction pushing them to extremism. (NY Times/David Ignatius/WP)
  • It’s a myth that JFK won the Cuban Missile Crisis without compromising. (Les Gelb/Foreign Policy)

(Photo: Iranian smugglers drive a boat loaded with sheep at the Omani port of Khasab September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah.)