Trump’s Iran Policy Counterproductive Say 50+ Former Senior Officials

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More than 50 former senior officials and national security experts have urged the Trump administration to change course on Iran, warning that the current approach could lead to war. Following is the full statement by the National Coalition to Prevent… Continue Reading  

Charlie Naas: The Quiet Diplomat

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by Michael Metrinko [EDITOR’S NOTE: It saddens us to report that Charles Naas, an Iran specialist par excellence and a LobeLog contributor since 2013, passed away August 18 at the age of 92. We asked Michael Metrinko, one of his former… Continue Reading  

Reconciliation

The doors at Takt-e Soileman, Iran. Photo by Monica Byrne.

by Monica Byrne Before I traveled to Iran, I didn’t want to read anything about Iran. Certainly nothing written by mainstream American news media, which often draws an absurdist caricature of the country. I wanted to arrive with an open… Continue Reading  

School Children in Aleppo Forced Underground

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by Shelly Kittleson Aleppo (IPS) –Winter has not yet hit this nearly besieged city, but children are already attending classes in winter coats and stocking hats. Cold, damp underground education facilities are less exposed to regime barrel bombs and airstrikes but necessitate… Continue Reading  

New Resource for Tracking US Military and Police Aid

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by Jim Lobe I know this is a little off-topic from our usual Middle East focus, but I wanted to point out a new resource for those of you interested in US security and military assistance to countries around the… Continue Reading