Trump’s Sinister Plan to Kill the Iranian “Nukes” Deal

Trump’s Sinister Plan to Kill the Iranian “Nukes” Deal

By Mike Whitney January 16, 2018   The Trump administration has settled on a plan for sabotaging the Iranian Nuclear deal that does not explicitly violate the terms of the agreement. Trump will continue to suspend sanctions, as is required under the terms of the deal, but at the same time, he will warn that […]

Iran: Saudi Arabia, US policy and Sunni-Shia contradictions

Iran: Saudi Arabia, US policy and Sunni-Shia contradictions

By Graham Fuller • With the emergence of demonstrations and rioting in various Iranian cities earlier this month, Washington’s neoconservatives and interventionist/ imperial-minded “liberals” have been given a new lease on life in promoting their aspirations for “regime change” in Tehran. Indeed, of the three current potential global flashpoints—North Korea, Russian borderlands, and Iran in […]

Iran After Protests: Change Does Come

Iran After Protests: Change Does Come

  By Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini  In Iran today, over 20 people have been killed in the streets and two young men are dead from unknown causes after being detained in prison. An estimated 3,700 others have been arrested across the country, most of them under the age of 25. In Tehran the families of detainees are […]

Trump Engineered Saudi Soft Coup, attack on Qatar, to Save Self

Trump Engineered Saudi Soft Coup, attack on Qatar, to Save Self

By Juan Cole   Informed Comment, January 7, 2018 Michael Wolff in his new book Fire and Fury makes a number of allegations about Trump’s role in the Gulf crisis that, if true, help explain the mess in that part of the Middle East. Wolff asserts that Trump and his then inner circle – Jared […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Saudi art charade and Mohammad bin Salman

The Saudi art charade and Mohammad bin Salman

By Mark LeVine • Regime sponsorship of the arts could hurt artistic freedom of expression. Last month’s purchase of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, Salvator Mundi, for $450m by an associate of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) rocked the art world. It also called into question an already suspect anti-corruption drive launched by bin Salman in […]

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, […]

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 […]

Jerusalem Is (Is Not) the Capital of Israel

Jerusalem Is (Is Not) the Capital of Israel

By Richard Falk* • Those who speak on behalf of Israel like to defend Donald Trump’s provocative decision of December 6th to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel with this contention: “Israel is the only state in the world that is not allowed to locate its capital in a national city of its choice.” […]