The MEK and the Bankrupt U.S. Policy on Iran

Maryam Rajavi (Apa Iceurope via Flickr)

by Paul R. Pillar Among the many indicators of misdirection in the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran, one of the clearest is the fondness for the cult-cum-terrorist group known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). National Security Advisor John Bolton and… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Pot Calling Kettle Black on Exiles

Lars Lokke Rasmussen (Johannes Jansson/norden.org)

by James M. Dorsey If Saudi Arabia is under pressure to give chapter and verse on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul, Iran risks straining relations with Europe at a time that it needs European… Continue Reading  

The Battle for Iran: Policy or Regime Change?

Mike Pompeo and Benjamin Netanyahu (State Department via Flickr)

by James M. Dorsey Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the border. The… Continue Reading  

The Muddled Travel Ban

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by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration’s travel ban is in its third version, and it still does not respond convincingly to the ostensible need it was supposed to address. The supposed purpose itself is unclear. The latest version introduces… Continue Reading  

Bartleby the American

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by John Feffer In my senior year of college, my Russian teacher pulled me aside. He told me that the CIA was recruiting on campus. I should consider applying for a job. It was 1986. Mikhail Gorbachev had taken the… Continue Reading