In the Shadow of Donald Trump

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by Tom Engelhardt Breaking News! — as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast. Here, in summary, is my view of the news that’s breaking in the United States on just about any… Continue Reading  

What Now for U.S. Policy and the Crown Prince?

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by Thomas W. Lippman Nothing in history is truly unprecedented, but the conundrum the White House and US policymakers now face in dealing with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) of Saudi Arabia is at least highly unusual. It’s hard… Continue Reading  

U.S. Economic Warfare and Iran’s Politics of Muddling Through

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by Daniel Brumberg It is too early to gauge the overall economic consequences for Iran of the Trump administration’ re-imposition of oil-related sanctions. Their full impact will partly depend on the ability of the European Union (EU), China, Russia, India,… Continue Reading  

Trump Turns the G20 into the G19

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by John Feffer “Get me outta here.” At the recent G20 meeting in Argentina, Donald Trump was on the world’s stage when he muttered this aside to an aide. He was supposed to be getting ready for a photo op… Continue Reading  

Disarmament: The Forgotten Premises of Non-Proliferation

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by Seyed Hossein Mousavian  In an interview with the daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced a German-led initiative on global disarmament, warning that technologically advanced weapons can soon transform science fiction into “deadly reality.” This announcement… Continue Reading