Narrative on Iran Defective at Its Core

Trump pulling out of the JCPOA

by Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet President Trump’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) comes as the culmination of years of flawed conversations about Iran’s involvement in the Middle East. Yesterday, he stated that the deal was “defective at its… Continue Reading  

Mark Dubowitz: You’re On The Hook For Killing the Iran Deal

dubowitz

by Ben Armbruster Just hours after Donald Trump announced this week that he would violate the Iran nuclear deal by refusing to waive sanctions on Iran, the most prominent voice that spent years campaigning against the agreement tried to distance… Continue Reading  

Trump Vindicates Iranian Hardliners And Victimizes Ordinary Citizens

Javad Zarif outside Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wikimedia Commons)

by Trita Parsi and Ryan Costello When the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was announced in 2015, the Iranian people poured into the streets to celebrate what they thought was the beginning of a new era. Long squeezed by both… Continue Reading  

China’s Position on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Xi Jinping and Hassan Rouhani

by Emma Scott Earlier this month, China underlined its commitment to the Iran nuclear deal (also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). In a statement by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying following Prime Minister Netanyahu’s “Iran… Continue Reading  

More Torture Questions for Haspel

Gina Haspel (DonkeyHotey via Flickr)

by Dan Plesch Gina Haspel’s nomination to be director of the CIA has focused attention once more on the US use of torture. Her commander-in-Chief Donald Trump has lauded waterboarding—near-death by drowning/suffocation—and Haspel allegedly supervised such activities against al-Qaeda suspects… Continue Reading