PJC = Private Jihadi Contractor

by David Isenberg From the very beginning of the modern private military company (PMC) era, dating back to the late 1980s, one question raised by just about every observer looking into it was, how did you guarantee that a private… Continue Reading  

The New Age of Protest

by John Feffer Led by young people, climate strikers blocked traffic on two mornings at the end of last month in Washington, DC. On the first day, protestors chained themselves to a boat three blocks from the White House, and… Continue Reading  

Climate Change Threatens Iranian Crisis

by Austin Bodetti As tensions flare in the Persian Gulf, the news media has wondered whether Iran and the United States’ exchange of escalatory rhetoric and retaliatory measures will spark an international crisis. News agencies have ignored a development with… Continue Reading  

Iran Struggles With Food Security Amid Sanctions

by Austin Bodetti As Iran wrestles with devastating economic sanctions imposed after the United States’ withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the news media has highlighted the impact on Iran’s economy as a whole, noting predictions by the… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Disappearing Forests Pose Environmental Challenge

by Austin Bodetti While Western think tanks have drawn attention to droughts and floods in Iran, the news media has ignored another critical environmental issue there: deforestation. Between 1900 and 2012, Iran’s forest acreage decreased from 19 million acres to… Continue Reading