Bahrain’s Sham Election Ignores Calls for Reform

by Emile Nakhleh Bahrain’s national election planned for this Saturday portends no change in the al-Khalifa regime’s anti-Shi’a stance and is yet another futile exercise in sham democracy. The mainstream al-Wefaq Shi’a opposition party has decided to boycott the election… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Presidential Election Puts Populism to the Test

by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani Economic issues are paramount on the minds of Iranian voters as they ponder the long list of candidates registered for president: who among them is likely to survive the vetting by the Guardian Council, and, of those,… Continue Reading  

Just a Tuesday, like any other, for US drone strikes

By Paul Mutter Election Day in the United States was — as it has been since 1845 — a Tuesday, which meant that it also coincided with “Terror Tuesday,” the label attached to the meetings held by President Obama and his inner… Continue Reading  

Walter Pincus’ Iran Questions for the Foreign Policy Debate

Washington Post columnist Walter Pincus continues to provides incisive analysis to the debate over Iran’s controversial nuclear program. Following are a few of his suggested questions for the presidential candidates’ foreign policy debate on Monday. What are the candidates willing to… Continue Reading  

Michele Bachmann Falsely Claims Iran Threatened U.S. With Nuclear Attack

Reposted by arrangement with Think Progress Appearing on ABC’s This Week yesterday, GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed that Iran had threatened the U.S. with a nuclear attack, a proposition so discordant with the facts that ABC host Christiane Amanpour… Continue Reading