Bangladesh Looks to Saudi Arabia in a Twist of Irony

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

by James M. Dorsey Bangladesh, in a twist of irony, is looking to Saudi Arabia to fund a $ 1 billion plan to build hundreds of mosques and religious centres to counter militant Islam that for much of the past… Continue Reading  

Out of 26 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Zero Opposed

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by Adam Johnson A survey by FAIR of the top 100 papers in the US by circulation found not a single editorial board opposed to Trump’s April 13 airstrikes on Syria. Twenty supported the strikes, while six were ambiguous as… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Priorities in a Turbulent Middle East

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by International Crisis Group Editor’s Note: What follows is the executive summary of a recent report from the International Crisis Group, “Iran’s Priorities in a Turbulent Middle East,” which tries to analyze Iran’s activities in the Middle East from Iran’s perspective. As the… Continue Reading  

Fact Check: Withdrawing from the JCPOA is Still a Bad Idea

International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano

by Diplomacy Works Editor’s Note: The below fact check is excerpted from the April 20, 2018 Diplomacy Works Digest. Mr. Carafano is hardly the first to make these arguments–in fact these are the same tired lines that Iran hawks have been… Continue Reading  

Palestinians in Gaza are reminding us that they exist

Palestinians protest near the Gaza border fence (YouTube)

by Hagai El-Ad Two million people live in the Gaza Strip. That’s a statement of fact, not opinion. Two million people live like prisoners in a prison built by Israel, and it seems that Israel’s sole vision for their future… Continue Reading