Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), EU envoy Catherine Ashton (C) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meet in Muscat November 10

VIENNA—Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks is known to frequently scream and shout at Western diplomats, including Secretary of State John Kerry, a practice that has caused alarm among bodyguards stationed outside the negotiating room, according to a member of the Iranian diplomatic team who spoke to the Farsi-language press.

Siberia by Train

Snow ripples over sleepers between curving rails on the Trans-Siberian railroad, Oct. 28, 1978

In Midnight in Siberia, National Public Radio host David Greene uses the Siberian Express as a literal and figurative vehicle to explore Russia’s heart. Travelling with his NPR companion and Russian interlocutor, Sergei, this book isn’t simply a travel book. Midnight in Siberia is a strong exploration of Russia’s troubled present, which takes seriously the complexities of the matters it addresses.

From Russia With Love

For ordinary Internet users, email spam is an inconvenience and a mystery. Diving into the spam folder to rescue legitimate correspondence, they are confronted with seedy missives from the Internet’s dark side—cryptic, misspelled messages from old friends urging them to click a link and reconnect, or else “laughably-awful filter-beating projects” seemingly generated by “some huge Dada machine,” to borrow a memorable phrase from the 2013 book Spam by Finn Brunton.