Did Bad Economic Conditions Cause Iran’s protests?

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by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani Like other Iranian president before him, President Hassan Rouhani is having a bad second term. Only six months after his decisive re-election, protesters were in streets shouting “Death to Rouhani.” Then came a sharp fall in the… Continue Reading  

Emmanuel Macron: Not the Anti-Trump

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by Juliette Legendre Coming just months after the election of Donald Trump in the United States, and as illiberal authoritarianism seemed to be creeping all over Europe, the election of French president Emmanuel Macron brought a sigh of relief to… Continue Reading  

Cuba: Hope and Change?      

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by John Feffer There are a number of no-go zones in the world for Barack Obama these days. Damascus is enemy territory. Most of Iraq and Afghanistan are too dangerous. Pyongyang has never hosted a sitting U.S. president, and Kim… Continue Reading