The Pentagon’s Potlatch

by John Feffer Among the Kwakiutl and several other indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest, the potlatch was a ritual of hospitality. The host would invite guests to a big feast and then distribute gifts. The distribution was a way… Continue Reading  

More Arms to Saudi Arabia: More Mideast Conflicts

by William D. Hartung According to a report released this week by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia have increased by an astonishing 279% between 2011 and 2015, compared with the prior five-year period.… Continue Reading  

The West Should Stop Reassuring Its Middle Eastern Allies

by Eldar Mamedov Does a resurgent Iran, freed from international sanctions following the implementation of the nuclear agreement, pose a security threat to the Gulf states? If so, how should the West reassure its Gulf allies against this threat? These… Continue Reading  

IAEA Intelligence Acquisition Practices

by Peter Jenkins Tariq Rauf, a former Canadian diplomat, and Robert Kelley, a former US nuclear weapon scientist, have published an assessment of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) handling of the Iranian case on the website of the Stockholm… Continue Reading  

Inspection Priorities at Parchin

by Robert Kelley The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has expressed a desire to visit a building at the Parchin Ammunition Plant near Tehran. The IAEA believes that experiments related to nuclear weapons may have taken place there early in… Continue Reading