Trump’s Trade War Isn’t Really About China

Campaigners from Global Justice Now, War on Want and the Trade Justice Movement demonstrate outside the Department for International Trade in Westminster (Global Justice Now via Flickr)

by John Feffer By slapping tariffs on Chinese imports, Donald Trump has once again proven to be the Disrupter-in-Chief. This week alone, he’s brought John Bolton in as national security advisor over the objections of every sane person in the universe, threatened to go… Continue Reading  

Anti-Boeing Bill Offers Early Iran Test for Trump

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by Jim Lobe Will a President Trump intend to put U.S. business first and preserve and expand the U.S. manufacturing workforce as part of his plan to make America great again? Or will he hold to the reflexive anti-Iran positions… Continue Reading  

Libya’s Fires

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by Wayne White The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) ended on January 2 a fire that raged for days among tanks in Libya’s largest oil export terminal of Es-Sider, but the militia violence fed by the implosion of governance that… Continue Reading  

Iran Shows Signs of Resilience Ahead of Potential Bilateral Talks

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By Richard Javad Heydarian A key foreign policy consequence of President Barak Obama’s reelection is the growing possibility of face-to-face talks between the United States. and Iran. Both the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali… Continue Reading  

More on the Falling Rial from Djavad Salehi-Isfahani

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Virginia Tech economist Djavad Salehi-Isfahani’s recent explanation of the rial situation in Iran generated a lot of attention, and much in the way of non-expert criticism, likely because it deviates considerably from the prevailing narrative on Iran’s economy: it’s about… Continue Reading