Iran’s Missile Test: A Provocation, Not a Violation

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by Mark Fitzpatrick Iran’s reported test of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) on December 1 gave its enemies further ammunition in their vitriolic campaign against the regime. But in exaggerating the offense, the Trump administration has undermined its case. US… Continue Reading  

Six Steps to Make Most of Senate’s Yemen Vote

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by International Crisis Group The U.S. Congress is notoriously reluctant to take tough decisions on matters of war and peace, which makes the Senate’s 29 November vote on the conflict in Yemen all the more remarkable. The Senate voted by… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi Affair: Will US Now Put Its Interests First in Middle East?

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by Robert E. Hunter Yesterday, President Donald Trump snapped back all sanctions on Iran that were removed as the U.S. part of the bargain under the July 2015 nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). That agreement… Continue Reading  

Pakistan’s IMF Dilemma

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by Abrahim Shah The recently crowned Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government once again finds itself facing the realities of being in power. Following a controversial election and accusations of rigging by opposition parties, the incumbent government must now contend with an… Continue Reading  

Seventeen Years of War (and More to Come)

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by Tom Engelhardt We’re already two years past the crystal anniversary and eight years short of the silver one, or at least we would be, had it been a wedding — and, after a fashion, perhaps it was. On October 7, 2001,… Continue Reading