Iran’s Environment: The Grass Beneath Two Fighting Elephants

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by Fatemeh Aman U.S. sanctions aimed at making Iran act like a “normal country” have had a disastrous effect on Iran’s environment and that of the entire region for generations to come. A famous proverb of Kenya’s Kikuyu people warns:… Continue Reading  

Congress Can Help Stave Off New Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen

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by William D. Hartung  The war in Yemen is a humanitarian disaster. The Saudi/UAE intervention that began in March of 2015 has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths through indiscriminate air strikes, put millions at risk of famine, and spurred… Continue Reading  

Fear of an Irish Settlement Boycott

Settlement and separation wall (Dominique Landau via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick The Irish Senate passed a bill last week that would criminalize doing any business, in goods or services, with Israeli settlements. As with most legislation that concerns Israeli settlement activity, the bill is already highly controversial. Supporters… Continue Reading  

Europe’s Last Push on the Iran Nuclear Deal

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini

by Ellie Geranmayeh The Iran nuclear agreement marked its third anniversary in a gloomy state. Despite repeated attempts to keep him on board, US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal – signed on July 14, 2015… Continue Reading  

Turkey’s Last Failed Coup Still Plagues Turkey-US Alliance

Memorial to the victims of the July 15 coup attempt (Thomas Koch via Shutterstock)

by Giorgio Cafiero Since the Ottoman era, the people of Anatolia have experienced military interventions in politics that have dramatically impacted the lives of millions. Arguably, the first such coup occurred in 1876, with Sultan Abdulaziz’s ouster. Following the establishment… Continue Reading