How a Persian Gulf Security Agreement Could Serve U.S. Interests

How a Persian Gulf Security Agreement Could Serve U.S. Interests

By Shahed Ghoreishi March 5, 2018 At the Munich Security Conference in February, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif repeated his administration’s proposal to engage Iran’s Persian Gulf neighbors with the goal of creating a Persian Gulf Security Agreement. Originally published by Lobe Log here. According to Zarif, the talks for such an agreement would be […]

How ‘Operation Merlin’ Poisoned U.S. Intelligence on Iran

How ‘Operation Merlin’ Poisoned U.S. Intelligence on Iran

March 3, 2018 The CIA’s “Operation Merlin,” which involved providing Iran with a flawed design for a nuclear weapon and resulted in an alleged whistleblower going to prison, was the perfect example of creating intelligence in order to justify operations, reports Gareth Porter. Originally published by ConsortiumNews here By Gareth Porter Jeffrey Sterling, the case […]

Why it would be self-defeating for the US to scrap the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA)

Why it would be self-defeating for the US to scrap the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA)

  By Jan Oberg Comment on PressTV, February 17, 2018  

EU countries in tough spot with U.S. demands on the nuclear deal with Iran, the JCPOA

EU countries in tough spot with U.S. demands on the nuclear deal with Iran, the JCPOA

TEHRAN – Farhang Jahanpour, an adjunct professor in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford and a Middle East expert, says that all other signatories to the JCPOA, including the European Troika (the UK, France and Germany) have stated that they are for the nuclear accord, since Iran has remained committed to […]

Syria’s War Has Never Been More International

Syria’s War Has Never Been More International

    By Uri Friedman   The next phase of a seven-year conflict has begun.   Consider the stunning events that have occurred in the last three weeks alone: Last month, Turkey, with Russian approval, launched a military offensive in northwestern Syria against Kurdish fighters it views as terrorists and America views as counterterrorism allies. […]

The widening Saudi-Iran divide

The widening Saudi-Iran divide

  By Seyed Hossein Mousavian The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran marks a deepening division between regional powers and international hegemons in the Persian Gulf. The Saudis and Iranians have to learn to cooperate or risk further confrontation.   Via thecairoreview.com New regional and international coalitions are forming with respect to the Middle East […]

Water and Conflict in Iran – Remember Syria: It must never happen again.

Water and Conflict in Iran – Remember Syria: It must never happen again.

By Esfandyar Batmanghelidj Via lobelog.com The most important sentence in the Persian language is arguably “Baba ab dad.” The sentence means “father gave water.” It is the first sentence taught to Iranian children when they are learning to read and write. Beyond its phonetic simplicity, it establishes the sense of obligation to one’s parents that […]

The 2018 US National Defence Strategy In Plain Words: Tragi-Comic!

The 2018 US National Defence Strategy In Plain Words: Tragi-Comic!

  By Jan Oberg January 26, 2018   Excerpts from Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America: “For decades the United States has enjoyed uncontested or dominant superiority in every operating domain. We could generally deploy our forces when we wanted, assemble them where we wanted, and operate how […]

Everybody knows JCPOA was not bilateral agreement between Iran and U.S.

Everybody knows JCPOA was not bilateral agreement between Iran and U.S.

By Javad Heirannia, The Tehran Times January 24, 2018   TEHRAN – Professor Farhang Jahanpour, part-time tutor on the Middle East in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, tells the Tehran Times that “President Trump’s recent speech on Iran was the most belligerent speech by any U.S. president about Iran since […]

A Rare Glimpse into the Inner Workings of the American Empire in the Middle East

A Rare Glimpse into the Inner Workings of the American Empire in the Middle East

The U.S. foreign policy elite still wants the Middle East for its oil and its strategic location. By Edward Hunt, January 19, 2018. Originally published by Foreign Policy In Focus here • In recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, four former U.S. diplomats provided remarkably candid commentary on recent U.S. involvement in the […]