Trump’s Insincere Nowruz Message

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by John Limbert Reading President Trump’s Iranian New Year’s (Nowruz) statement reminded me of what our granddaughter used to say when her diaper was full: “Yuck.” It is a strange message. The reader is left asking, “What’s the purpose?” Similar… Continue Reading  

Trump to Iranian People: Drop Dead

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by John Limbert The shameful episode of Trump’s January 27 executive order and Muslim travel ban has turned on its head decades of American messages about Iran. This step—apparently the brainchild of the “torturer’s apprentice” Steve Bannon—has been a bizarre… Continue Reading  

War Intensifies Between Turkey and the Kurds

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by Robert Olson The leadership of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) promised that its response to the devastating war waged since July against it—and its political arm, the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK)—would be attacks in western Turkey, including Ankara… Continue Reading  

Iran Should Release Jason Rezaian

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Last week Jasmin reported on the case of American-Iranian journalist Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief who has been detained in Iran since July 22, 2014. Jason turned 39 in Tehran’s Evin prison on Mar. 15. Citing both his… Continue Reading  

Is President Obama listening to Iranian-Americans, too?

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It’s the Iranian New Year (Nowruz) and on this day I’m missing my family, as well as thinking of the millions of Iranians who are dealing with the allegedly unintended consequences of the US-led sanctions regime on Iran. Iranian expatriates… Continue Reading