Assault Amplifies Iranian Anger at Saudi Arabia

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by LobeLog’s Tehran correspondent In April, the unofficial media in Iran published unconfirmed reports of the sexual assault of two young Iranian men in the Jeddah airport in Saudi Arabia. By April 6, the Iranian Foreign Ministry had confirmed the… Continue Reading  

Following the Money: The New Anti-Semitism?

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by Jim Lobe and Charles Davis  In the 1976 docudrama about the Watergate affair and the fall of Richard Nixon, All the President’s Men, Bob Woodward’s source at the FBI, Deep Throat, tells him to “follow the money.” To the… Continue Reading  

Moving from Bazaar to Bourse in Iran

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj Anticipation has been building among international investors and business leaders as Iran and the P5+1 edge closer to a nuclear deal. Each week another trade delegation—whether American, or Swiss, or German—makes its way to Tehran to scope out… Continue Reading  

How Assassination Sold Drugs and Promoted Terrorism

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by Andrew Cockburn As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary — a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen — the U.S. sticks stolidly to its strategy of “high-value targeting,” our… Continue Reading  

Shinzo Abe and the Apology Olympics

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by John Feffer Imagine an international event sometime in the near future known as the Apology Games. It is held every four years and features teams of professional diplomats, politicians, and conflict resolution specialists (with a few actors thrown into… Continue Reading