Trump’s Insincere Nowruz Message

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by John Limbert Reading President Trump’s Iranian New Year’s (Nowruz) statement reminded me of what our granddaughter used to say when her diaper was full: “Yuck.” It is a strange message. The reader is left asking, “What’s the purpose?” Similar… Continue Reading  

Trump Waives Iran Nuclear Sanctions for “Last Time”

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by Derek Davison The White House announced on Friday afternoon that Donald Trump will extend waivers on sanctions against Iran for another 120 days, under the terms of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). However,… Continue Reading  

Iranian Leadership: Heed Warning Signs and Change Priorities

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by Shireen Hunter                Iran’s leadership, especially the hardliners, has attributed the latest protests in several major Iranian cities, including the capital Tehran, to plots by the enemies of Islam and the Iranian Revolution,… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision and the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry

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by Giorgio Cafiero It is too early to assess the long-term impact of Donald Trump’s incendiary decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and upend US foreign policy by moving Washington’s embassy. Nonetheless, one close US ally—Saudi Arabia—may pay a… Continue Reading  

Don’t Let Misplaced Concerns over Missiles Jeopardize Iran Deal

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 by Tytti Erästö and Sina Azodi  One of the main grievances of President Trump and other critics of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) has been its silence on ballistic missiles. In connection with his recent… Continue Reading