Is the State Department Funding Attacks on Activists?

by Derek Davison Considerable evidence emerged late this week connecting the U.S. State Department to a Twitter account that has engaged in online attacks against human rights organizations, Iranian-American activists, journalists, and others advocating against the escalation of tensions between… Continue Reading  

Bob Bernstein and Human Rights Watch: A Mixed Record

by Helena Cobban Washington DC, May 28—Robert Bernstein, the founder of Human Rights Watch (HRW) and a pioneering leader of the publishing company Random House, died earlier this week, aged 96. His passing provides a good opportunity to examine the… Continue Reading  

Paying the Nationalist Piper in the U.K. and U.S.

by Paul R. Pillar Current political strife in the United Kingdom and the United States has been providing a study in political pathology, partly involving parallels between the two countries and partly involving contrasts. I wrote earlier about how a… Continue Reading  

Can Iran’s Outreach to the Persian Gulf Arab States Succeed?

by Shireen T. Hunter Over the past several weeks, as tensions have escalated with the United States, Iran’s diplomacy has gone into high gear, especially at the regional level. In the last month or so, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif… Continue Reading  

How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us On Trump And Bolton’s March To War With Iran

by Ben Armbruster  The Trump administration and its allies are slow-walking the United States into war with Iran, and, with a few notable exceptions, mainstream U.S. media is helping them.