Why the Supreme Leader Banned Direct Talks with the US

Ayatollah Khamenei (Wikimedia Commons)

by Reza HaghighatNejad  “There will be no war, nor will we negotiate with the US,” the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei announced to an audience of supporters at his office on Monday, August 13. He also “confessed” to having made a mistake about… Continue Reading  

Demography Is Not a Threat

A crowd of Mulims answering the call to prayer close to the Damascus gate in Jerusalem (Mick Harper via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Last week, just ahead of the failed “Unite the Right” rally in Washington, Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham spewed some venomous anti-immigrant statements. She said that “in major parts of the country, it does seem that the… Continue Reading  

Wagner vs. the Russian Media

Photos of the three Russian journalists killed in the Central African Republic

by David Isenberg Some things don’t go together: water and electricity, science and religion, Donald Trump and basic human decency. The latest entry is journalists and Wagner, the Russian private military company. Wagner is the increasingly prominent Russian private military… Continue Reading  

Yemen War Challenges Saudi Moral Authority

Anti-war protest in London (Alisdare Hickson via Flickr)

By James M. Dorsey Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and Israel, and his often coercive approach to diplomatic relations, has opened the door to challenges… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and Iran Woo Pakistan’s Khan

Shireen Mazari

By James M. Dorsey An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan $4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian… Continue Reading