Why the Supreme Leader Banned Direct Talks with the US

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by Reza HaghighatNejad  “There will be no war, nor will we negotiate with the US,” the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei announced to an audience of supporters at his office on Monday, August 13. He also “confessed” to having made a mistake about… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and Iran Woo Pakistan’s Khan

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By James M. Dorsey An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan $4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Sanctions Will Hurt the Wrong People in Iran

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by Jamal Abdi and Sina Toossi In August 2013, a group of 466 Iranian dissidents, including dozens of political prisoners, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama chastising him for his Iran policy. The unprecedented sanctions Obama had mustered against… Continue Reading  

While Iran Braces for Sanctions, What Comes Next?

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by Derek Davison Consistent with his decision in May to breach the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA), Donald Trump issued an executive order on Monday re-imposing the first group of U.S. nuclear-related sanctions on… Continue Reading  

Will the Trump Administration Attack Iran?

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by William D. Hartung In a move that set off alarm bells among those concerned about the potential consequences of the harsh turn in U.S.-Iranian relations, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported last week that unnamed “senior officials” of the Australian government were… Continue Reading