How the Saudis with U.S. Help Made the Middle East “A Very Dangerous Place”

How the Saudis with U.S. Help Made the Middle East “A Very Dangerous Place”

Photo: March 20, 2018. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the White House in Washington. (Photo credit: voanews.com).   By Emile Nakhleh* November 30, 2018 The Middle East, like the rest of the world, is a “very dangerous place!” according to President Trump. The Saudis, with America’s tacit help, made it […]

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. […]

Russian diplomacy is winning the New Cold War

Russian diplomacy is winning the New Cold War

  By Stephen F. Cohen November 26, 2018   Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous instalments, now in their fifth year, are at TheNation.com.) Links under the article. Originally published by The […]

Can the world become a better place?

Can the world become a better place?

By Jan Oberg November 23, 2018 Iran’s PressTV today asked me to comment on an official Turkish comment on President Trumps statement concerning the Saudi Arabian murder of Mr. Khashoggi. That gave me the opportunity to say a bit about the relationsship between these two countries, the two largest military powers in NATO – and […]

What if Donald Trump is what America is all about?

What if Donald Trump is what America is all about?

  There is a widely accepted idea among some Americans that Trump does not reflect American values. They are wrong   By Hamid Dabashi In an erudite and timely piece for the New York Times, published just a few days before the midterm elections in early November 2018, my distinguished Columbia University colleague Andrew Delbanco […]

Thanks to Trump an irrelevant EU Army is now being discussed. There are better alternatives

Thanks to Trump an irrelevant EU Army is now being discussed. There are better alternatives

  By Farhang Jahanpour, TFF Board Professor Farhang Jahanpour, part-time tutor on Middle Eastern affairs in the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, and a member of Kellogg College says that the main reason for the idea of forming a joint European army “has been President Trump’s unilateral and ultra-nationalist approach that puts America […]

Nuclear arms control is going down a Trumpian hole

Nuclear arms control is going down a Trumpian hole

  By Jonathan Power  November 13, 2018 Reacting to the radio interview by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to mark Armistice Day, in which he was reported as saying, “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America… We need a true European army”, President Donald Trump […]

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 two sides of President Trump

The two sides of President Trump

  By Jonathan Power  October 9, 2018 What do we have to truly fear about President Donald Trump? Last week he pulled off the successful re-negotiation of the North America Free Trade area. Pundits thought, with Canada refusing to bend, it couldn’t happen. Maybe the deal now leans more in America’s direction but Trump has […]

PressInfo # 487: China, the new Silk Road and the Venice Art Biennale

PressInfo # 487: China, the new Silk Road and the Venice Art Biennale

  TFF’s new multi-dimensional SPAR project   By Jan Oberg Lund, Sweden – September 30, 2018   We’re switching to something more constructive… You’ll receive new types of materials from TFF and in TFF PressInfos. We’re combining research with cultural production and building inter-cultural dialogue for the better world that will emerge once the U.S. […]

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