Tag: Middle East

Pompeo Concedes Challenges on ISIS and North Korea, but Says Iran Policy Is Working

The Islamic State has gained ground in some areas, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Tuesday, despite President Trump’s proclamation that the extremist group had been vanquished. Mr. Pompeo also conceded, in a television interview, having some frustration in dealing with North Korea. But Mr. Pompeo said he believed the administration was finding success […]

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Shock Corridor

As reports exposing the shockingly brutal conditions at immigrant detention centers have drawn comparisons to ethnic detention compounds under authoritarian regimes, it becomes ever more pressing for the country’s vast immigration bureaucracy to lean on whatever prestige it can muster at the height of the Trump border crackdown. And like everything else connected with this […]

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Blackface, Staple of Arab Comedy, Faces Surge of Criticism

CAIRO — On the Libyan comedy show, the punch line was in the baby carriage. An elevator door slams shut, separating the mother — an actress in blackface — from her babies. A hidden camera shows unsuspecting passengers trapped inside with the baby carriage. “Watch my babies!” the mother calls out in mock horror. But […]

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Federal Inquiry of Trump Friend Focused on Foreign Lobbying

WASHINGTON — As Donald J. Trump was preparing to deliver an address on energy policy in May 2016, Paul Manafort, his campaign chairman, had a question about the speech’s contents for Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a top campaign fund-raiser and close friend of Mr. Trump. “Are you running this by our friends?” Mr. Manafort asked […]

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Keeping the Oil in the Soil

By James Boyce, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website Efforts to reduce demand for fossil fuels by promoting energy efficiency and clean energy can do a lot. But to meet the Paris Agreement target of holding the rise in average surface temperatures to 1.5-2 […]

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Trump’s Peace Plan and the Future of Palestine

By Douglas Gerrard, a freelance journalist who has written for Jacobin, Current Affairs, and Novara Media, among others. His interests include the Jewish diaspora and the future of Israel. Originally published at openDemocracy Last month, Jared Kushner led a delegation of US envoys to Bahrain for an “economic workshop,” where he outlined his vision for […]

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The UK’s Dubious Role in the New Tanker War With Iran

By Prabir Purkayastha, the founding editor of Newsclick.in, a digital media platform. He is an activist for science and the Free Software movement. Produced in partnership by Newsclick and Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute The standoff between the U.S.and Iran is now developing into a reenactment of the tanker wars in the […]

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Trump’s Version of the Iran Accord: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

By Prabir Purkayastha, the founder and editor in chief of Newsclick. He is the president of the Free Software Movement of India and is an engineer and a science activist. Produced in partnership by Newsclick and Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute Trump’s Iran policy is akin to that of a schoolyard bully. […]

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Maximum Diplomacy Can Prevent War With Iran

On Sunday, Iran announced that it had breached the limit on uranium enrichment — fissile purity of 3.67 percent required for electricity generation — detailed in the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other international powers. It has threatened to go further. President Hassan Rouhani had said on Wednesday that Iran would enrich […]

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DNA Begins to Unlock Secrets of the Ancient Philistines

For thousands of years, the story of the Philistines has been told through the lens of their enemies, such as the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians and the writers of the Hebrew Bible — who described David’s defeat of Goliath, the mighty Philistine warrior. While little of the Philistines’ stories about themselves endure, ancient DNA from […]

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Ilargi: Memo to the US – The Winds are Shifting

By Raúl Ilargi Meijer, editor of Automatic Earth. Originally published at Automatic Earth How do you define terror? Perhaps, because of the way the term has evolved in the English language, one wouldn’t call the west ‘terrorists’ per se, but ‘we’ are certainly spreading terror and terrorizing very large groups of people. Yeah, bring on […]

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Rare Rides: Aston Martin’s Incredibly Rare 2017 Lagonda Taraf

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”Maximum Pressure” Campaign Fails To Kill Off Iran’s Oil Exports

By Nick Cunningham, a freelance writer on oil and gas, renewable energy, climate change, energy policy and geopolitics. Originally published at OilPrice U.S.-Iran tensions are once again heating up, even as Iran has so far managed to stabilize oil exports at lower levels. Iran has officially breached the limits of low-enriched uranium as part of […]

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Son of an Ohio Steelworker, Now Palestinian Envoy to the U.N.

UNITED NATIONS — The life of Riyad H. Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, has been shaped by the conflict with Israel. But he is also a child of the American antiwar movement. His father, a Palestinian refugee, came to the United States in the 1950s, found employment as an Ohio steelworker and […]

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Lawrence Wilkerson: Trump Is Deepening the ‘Economic War’ Against Iran

Yves here. Colonel Larry Wilkerson, an astute critic of American foreign policy, weighs in on the latest effort by the Administration to toughen sanctions against Iran. This was an obvious face-saving effort after Trump had the good sense to pull back on an planned attack against Iran. The wee problem with the last punitive measures, […]

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Allies See a Familiar U.S. Pattern in Trump’s Iran Reversal

BERLIN — Some framed it as another empty threat from a leader whose bark is consistently worse than his bite. Some saw a method to the perceived madness — a potentially shrewd act of brinkmanship. And others considered it simply the latest act of an America that, long before President Trump, has often oscillated from […]

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Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Escalating Tensions

Iran shot down a United States surveillance drone early Thursday, both nations said, but they differed on the crucial issue of whether the aircraft had violated Iranian airspace, in the latest escalation in tensions that have raised fears of war between the two countries. Iranian officials said that the drone was over Iran, which the […]

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Are We Headed for War With Iran?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is the United States barreling toward war with Iran? This week on “The Argument,” Op-Ed columnist Bret Stephens joins his colleagues to discuss the recent uptick in tensions between Washington and Tehran — and […]

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