Iran, Saudi Arabia and a history of American aggression

Iran, Saudi Arabia and a history of American aggression

Photo: Demonstrators dressed as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US President Donald Trump protest outside the White House in Washington on 19 October 2018, demanding justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (AFP) (Photo credit: middleeasteye.net).   Tehran has repeatedly delivered on its promises, while Washington has fallen short and backed Riyadh’s disastrous regional adventures. […]

The MEK and the Bankrupt U.S. Policy on Iran

The MEK and the Bankrupt U.S. Policy on Iran

      Maryam Rajavi leader of MEK with her husband Massoud (Apa Iceurope via Flickr)   By Paul R. Pillar November 14, 2018 Among the many indicators of misdirection in the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran, one of the clearest is the fondness for the cult-cum-terrorist group known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). National Security Advisor […]

Civil disobedience campaign against US Iran policy

Civil disobedience campaign against US Iran policy

By Jan Oberg It’s high time for EU and NATO allies to develop a different policy on Iran. It must not only disagree diplomatically with the unethical and international law-violating U.S. primary and secondary sanctions. It must represent an alternative that clearly isolates the U.S. But do we see any signs that they are able […]

Commentary: Five reasons why Trump’s Iran sanctions will fail

Commentary: Five reasons why Trump’s Iran sanctions will fail

(Photo credit: Iran News) By Seyed Hossein Mousavian November 4, 2018 The next round of economic sanctions on Iran, which will start going into effect on Nov.4, will mainly target the country’s oil and gas industries. These sanctions were eased after the 2015 signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as […]

The Denmark Plot Does Not Pass the Smell Test

The Denmark Plot Does Not Pass the Smell Test

  By Farhang Jahanpour November 2, 2018 On Tuesday 30 October, Denmark announced that a suspected Iranian government intelligence service had tried to carry out a plot to assassinate an Iranian Arab opposition activist on its soil. Without providing any evidence, Denmark’s foreign minister said he believed the Iranian government was behind the alleged plot, […]

Obama’s foreign policy options were continually limited by Netanyahu and the lobby — Ben Rhodes

Obama’s foreign policy options were continually limited by Netanyahu and the lobby — Ben Rhodes

Photo: Ben Rhodes former foreign policy advisor and speechwriter for former President of the United States, Barrack Obama. Photo credit: mondoweiss.net   By Philip Weiss September 30, 2018 Ben Rhodes’s memoir of serving as a top foreign policy aide to President Obama, titled The World As It Is, came out in June to highly favorable reviews. […]

Time to stop the US – and protect the UN against it

Time to stop the US – and protect the UN against it

Citizens of Isfahan enjoying life. It is their lives the US destroy – knowingly • Photo © Jan Oberg   By Jan Oberg September 26, 2018 Conversation with Iran’s PressTV about the sanctions on Iran, oil prices and President Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly. And why the rest of the world should wake […]

President Trump’s disturbing speech at the UN: This not the time to just laugh!

President Trump’s disturbing speech at the UN: This  not the time to just laugh!

  By Farhang Jahanpour September 26   Last year I wrote that Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly was perhaps the worst speech ever delivered from that podium, certainly by a Western leader. This year he surpassed himself. Why is there no rule to say that someone who openly violates the basic norms of […]

An Unending U.S. War in Syria

An Unending U.S. War in Syria

Photo: James Jeffrey – Special Representative for Syria Engagement in the United States (Hudson Institute via Flickr)   By Paul R. Pillar September 19, 2018 Amid a week of attention-grabbing drama about the dysfunction of Donald Trump’s presidency, it almost escaped notice that his administration is putting U.S. troops in harm’s way in a foreign […]

Part 10 • Learn the lessons from US/Western invasions and regime change policies: Not Iran Too!

Part 10 • Learn the lessons from US/Western invasions and regime change policies: Not Iran Too!

  Utterly destructive, self-defeating and spelling the end of the U.S. Empire   By Farhang Jahanpour September 22, 2018 In view of the macro-historical perspective on the Middle East-West relations and the concrete cases referred to in this series – Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria – it is clear that the demonization of Middle Eastern […]

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