Why’s Iran So Desperate for Europe to Save the Nuclear Deal?

Iran’s insistence that Europe do more to preserve the nuclear deal suggests that it’s worried about becoming too strategically dependent on Russia in the coming future and is anxious to find a “balancing” partner before that happens. Iranian President Rouhani is in Europe trying to get the three relevant signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal …

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Pakistan’s Financial Crisis Puts China’s Belt and Road on the Spot

Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related projects would not pass international muster. Concerns that China’s US$ 50 billion plus investment in Pakistani infrastructure and energy, …

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Over the Persian Gulf, Dark Clouds have Gathered Once Again

Last week, the US State Department said that Washington will attempt to persuade its allies to stop purchasing oil from Iran completely by early November. Reportedly, negotiations are already underway with representatives from India and China. Afterwards, Iranian President H. Rouhani said that he considers the USA’s wish to stop Iranian oil exports is not …

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Why Saudi Arabia’s Powerful Crown Prince Still Needs His Father

A year after King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud made his son Mohammed bin Salman crown prince, the 32-year-old remains dependent on his father’s legitimacy and credentials to be the heir apparent. Prince Mohammed has polarized the House of Saud more than any figure in more than half a century. Last summer, the king removed …

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US, Iran Clash in Hormuz Strait: Not an Improbable Scenario

The US remains adamant in its desire to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero, even if it hurts importing countries. America’s secondary sanctions on firms dealing with Iran would "snap back" on August 6 for trade in cars and metals and on November 4 for oil and banking transactions. The “wind down” period varied between 90 and …

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Don’t Laugh: Salvini’s LoL Is the Greatest Threat to EuroLiberalism

Matteo Salvini proposed the creation of a “league of Leagues” in Europe to combat illegal migration. The Italian Interior Minister and proud populist declared at a party gathering that “I think of a league of Leagues in Europe, which unites all the free movements that want to defend their borders and the wellbeing of their children… I will tour capital …

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The Refugee Crisis and the Mediterranean Sea – The Largest Graveyard in Modern History

In June 2018 alone, more than 500 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Their boats were refused access to land in either Malta, or Italy. They were force-driven back by gun-boats to the North African shores they came from, mostly Libya, but many boats capsized and countless refugees didn’t make it. These are de facto …

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