Why There Won’t Be a Revolution in Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did the right thing going on television and at least acknowledging popular anger over hard economic times. Inflation is high at 12% but down from 40% at the start of Rouhani’s first term. And the recent increase in fuel and food prices by up to 40% has hardly helped. That was …

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Why is Trump’s Man in Iran, Michael D’Andrea, Missing From Conversations About the Protests?

Most of us know the extremely rare but slightly creepy feeling of driving down a road or seeing a hill or listening to a conversation and being overcome by the absolute conviction that we’ve seen it or heard it before. Perhaps in an earlier incarnation. Or maybe just a few years ago, though we may …

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ISIS Defeat, Jerusalem & Bribes: Biggest Geopolitical Upheavals of 2017

The last 12 months has seen the geopolitical landscape turned on its head with major diplomatic incidents, high-profile corruption scandals and the destruction of Islamic State’s powerbase sending shockwaves across the globe. Trump throws Jerusalem grenade into Israel-Palestine peace process US President Donald Trump sent shockwaves across the world when he announced the US would …

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Trump Nuking North Korea Would “Make America Great Again”?

If Trump is willing to accept the enormous loss of American life — which are the only people that he cares about as the US President — then turning the Korean Peninsula into Asia’s nuclear panhandle would indeed “Make America Great Again” by permanently handicapping its Russian & Chinese geostrategic competitors as well as its …

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‘I, Neocon’ – the Foreign Policy of Emperor Trump

Not many observers believe that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will survive as the most-neutered US Secretary of State since the days when Richard Nixon’s national security adviser Henry Kissinger called the shots on foreign policy to the chagrin of Secretary of State William Rogers. Rather than lead like a constitutionally-mandated president, Donald Trump …

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Erasing Obama’s Iran Success

Those wishing to kill the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement that restricts Iran’s nuclear program, have never given up. The agreement’s ever-lengthening successful record, now more than two years old, of keeping closed all possible pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon ought to have discouraged would-be deal-slayers. But the slayers got a …

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The Donald Trump – Steve Bannon Feud. “Fire and Fury Inside the Trump White House”

Former allies are now enemies – Trump sharply at odds with his former White House chief strategist Bannon. Comments he made, quoted by Michael Wolff in his upcoming book, titled “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” didn’t go down well with Trump, his sharply worded statement reported by his press secretary Sarah Sanders, …

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A Tale of Two Americas: Where the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Go to Jail

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” ― Nelson Mandela This is the tale of two Americas, where the rich get richer and the poor go to jail. …

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