Israel Gives Up Little to Get Largest Ever U.S. Arms Deal

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by Seth Binder Despite the tensions between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, the United States and Israel have finally signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). After pushing off negotiations until the Iran deal concluded, Netanyahu has “settled”… Continue Reading  

The Pentagon’s Potlatch

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by John Feffer Among the Kwakiutl and several other indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest, the potlatch was a ritual of hospitality. The host would invite guests to a big feast and then distribute gifts. The distribution was a way… Continue Reading  

More Arms to Saudi Arabia: More Mideast Conflicts

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by William D. Hartung According to a report released this week by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia have increased by an astonishing 279% between 2011 and 2015, compared with the prior five-year period.… Continue Reading  

The West Should Stop Reassuring Its Middle Eastern Allies

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by Eldar Mamedov Does a resurgent Iran, freed from international sanctions following the implementation of the nuclear agreement, pose a security threat to the Gulf states? If so, how should the West reassure its Gulf allies against this threat? These… Continue Reading  

IAEA Intelligence Acquisition Practices

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by Peter Jenkins Tariq Rauf, a former Canadian diplomat, and Robert Kelley, a former US nuclear weapon scientist, have published an assessment of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) handling of the Iranian case on the website of the Stockholm… Continue Reading