Iran’s Voters Send a Clear Message to the Regime

Feb 24, 2020

Two important facts emerged from the Iran elections on 21 February. The first is that the country actually held elections — a rarity in that region. The second is that the outcome was almost wholly negative for the regime. The candidate list had been purged of anyone not loyal to...

Iran Faces Yet Another Undemocratic Election
Feb 20, 2020

Iran Faces Yet Another Undemocratic Election

For Ali Khamenei, Trump Isn’t a Solitary Clown
Jan 20, 2020

For Ali Khamenei, Trump Isn’t a Solitary Clown

Trump’s Anti-Politics and the Assassination of Iran’s General Soleimani
Jan 16, 2020

Trump’s Anti-Politics and the Assassination of Iran’s General Soleimani

The American Quest to Kill

The American Quest to Kill

Jan 14, 2020

It always seems to work here in America, no matter how many times it shouldn’t work and no matter how many times the only real outcome is more dead bodies. So, this time it was Trump’s turn. Run up the flag, kick off an armed conflict, send off the troops, wipe out the “enemy” to save...

The US in the Middle East: A Triumph of the Will

The US in the Middle East: A Triumph of the Will

Jan 13, 2020

In an article published by Fair Observer, political analyst Amin Farhad provides some much-needed clarity on the ambiguous situation concerning the US military presence in the Middle East after the strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on January 3.  Although there has been a...

Who Stands Up for Iran Standing Down?

Who Stands Up for Iran Standing Down?

Jan 10, 2020

At his speech on January 8 following the Iranian missile attack on Iraqi bases hosting American forces, US President Donald Trump announced, with his usual tone of self-congratulation, that "Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for...

Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?

Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?

Jan 10, 2020

Following Iran’s missile attacks on a two US airbase, one outside Baghdad and the second near Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, US President Donald Trump almost triumphantly announced that Iran is now standing down in their the two countries’ intensified conflict following the killing of Quds Force...

The US Will Never Leave the Middle East

The US Will Never Leave the Middle East

Jan 10, 2020

A large number of people seem to believe that World War III has begun with the drone strike that killed Iran's Quds Force commander, General Qassem Soleimani, on January 3. On December 27, a US military contractor was killed in a rocket attack in Iraq, and the US responded with a bombing...

Living in a World Where Everyone Is Invited to Feel the Impact

Living in a World Where Everyone Is Invited to Feel the Impact

Jan 09, 2020

The year 2020 has started in the West as the year of maximum suspense. The various dramas of 2019 had built to a crescendo that seemed unrivaled in the sheer number of open questions with no obvious answer history had thrown into the arena. Everyone was aware of the conflicts and debates that...

Joe Biden’s True Grit and Trump’s Strategic Failure

Joe Biden’s True Grit and Trump’s Strategic Failure

Jan 08, 2020

As vice president to Barack Obama, whose proudest claim to honor and presidential stature was the assassination of Osama bin Laden in 2011, Joe Biden understands what it means — at least in terms of political marketing — to fulfill the requirements of justice. Commenting on the US drone...

Will Iran and the US Go to War?

Will Iran and the US Go to War?

Jan 08, 2020

The assassination of the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, by the United States on January 3, along with his right-hand man in Iraq, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was a surprising move for many. Soleimani’s assassination increased pressure on President Donald Trump in...

Was Qassem Soleimani a Bad Guy or a Martyr?

Was Qassem Soleimani a Bad Guy or a Martyr?

Jan 07, 2020

When people live (and die) with a binary vision of the world, the same object may end up with two opposite meanings. This tends to be the norm in wartime, but the trend toward reducing everything to a binary opposition has increased radically in recent years, even in times of peace. The instinct...

What Next for Tehran and Trump?

What Next for Tehran and Trump?

Jan 07, 2020

In the days since the January 3 assassination of Major General Qassem Suleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force, on the orders of US President Donald Trump, the world has anxiously waited to see whether, where and how Tehran would fulfill its pledge to wreak vengeance on the Americans. Thus far,...

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