The European Union on Monday passed a raft of tough new sanctions against Iran, barring trade in the finance, metals, and natural gas industries. In a joint statement, EU foreign ministers expressed "serious and deepening concerns over Iran's nuclear program," which many suspect is an attempt by Tehran to build an atomic bomb. Iran's economic isolation has already crippled its export industry and badly degraded the value of its currency, leading to street protests in early October.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- What is driving the increasingly weird behavior of the polar jet stream?
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything
- Should you hope to die at 75? Absolutely not.
- Christians have no moral rationale for spanking their children
- The science of sex: 4 harsh truths about dating and mating
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Tony Blair: The Cassandra of the Middle East
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
Subscribe to the Week