Don’t get too excited about the protests in Iran

Don’t get too excited about the protests in Iran

  By Stephen Kinzer • Whenever trouble breaks out in Iran, adrenaline rushes through Washington. Hearts pound excitedly at the Pentagon, the CIA, the White House, and Congress. In recent weeks, reports of street protests in several Iranian cities have triggered this Pavlovian response. Once again, however, Americans who have spent decades hoping for an […]

Unprecedented Anti-Iran Tendencies Gain Momentum in White House

Unprecedented Anti-Iran Tendencies Gain Momentum in White House

  By Seyyed Hossein Mousavian A former Iranian diplomat and a senior analyst at Princeton University has weighed in on seven factors that show anti-Iran tendencies have increased more than ever in the White House.  Here is the full text of his Farsi article published in the Shargh daily newspaper on Wednesday, November 29: There […]

Contrasting Leadership Styles in the Saudi-Iran Conflict

Contrasting Leadership Styles in the Saudi-Iran Conflict

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) is steadily consolidating power in Riyadh and positioning himself to become the most powerful ruler in Saudi history. His rise has been accompanied with a ratcheting up of hostilities against Iran and even war rhetoric. As Saudi-Iran tensions increase, the lived experiences and leadership […]

Trump’s National Security Strategy and the Middle East: A Bridge to Nowhere

Trump’s National Security Strategy and the Middle East: A Bridge to Nowhere

By Emile Nakhleh December 29, 2017 • President Trump’s new National Security Strategy and the negative reaction his announcement on Jerusalem has generated in the UN Security Council and General Assembly do not bode well for America’s relations with friendly Arab countries and the wider Islamic world. Arab peoples and media seem bewildered by the […]

What has brought Iranians into the streets? In a word, the economy

What has brought Iranians into the streets? In a word, the economy

    By Scott Peterson • In the outpouring of anger by thousands of Iranian protesters, people have died and the country’s foreign policy and top leaders have been denounced. But the driving factor is the economy above all, say analysts. January 2, 2018 London—The violent protests in Iran that entered their sixth day Tuesday […]

Glenn Greenwald on Iran protests

Glenn Greenwald on Iran protests

  From Democracy Now – where you’ll also find a transcript of this interview. January 2, 2018    

Top 5 Signs Trump doesn’t Actually Care about Iranian Protesters

Top 5 Signs Trump doesn’t Actually Care about Iranian Protesters

  By Juan Cole, Informed Comment. Trump has tweeted as though he cares about the welfare of the Iranian protesters in small towns across that country who are upset about reduced government subsidies for commodities such as eggs and gasoline. His administration tried to prosecute protesters for laughing at VP Mike Pence. The scattered rallies, […]

The Case Against Iraqing Iran

The Case Against Iraqing Iran

  By David Swanson • The case against Iraqing Iran includes the following points: Threatening war is a violation of the U.N. Charter. Waging war is a violation of the U.N. Charter and of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. Waging war without Congress is a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Have you seen Iraq lately? Have you […]

Hawks on Iran Want to Split Up States Again: Clean Break II ?

Hawks on Iran Want to Split Up States Again: Clean Break II ?

By Derek Davison and Jim Lobe At LobeLog, December 27, 2017 • The 20th century was rife with partitions, many of them involving European powers carving up colonial possessions in Africa and the Middle East with what often appears to have been little or no concern for local realities. Perhaps the most famous of these […]

Iran Nuclear Deal: Success of Diplomacy and Opening of a New Era

By Milad Jokar • Those who ideologically opposed the negotiations with Iran on the nuclear issue have been proven wrong. Diplomacy works and the results are a clear success for the Non Proliferation Treaty, the region which desperately needs a new approach, the Iranian people who have been under crippling sanctions for over a decade […]