China's President Xi Jinping, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa and Russia's President Vladimir Putin arrive for a group picture during the 10th BRICS summit on July 26, 2018 in Johannesburg. Photo: AFP/Gianluigi Guercia

How BRICS Plus Clashes with the US Economic War on Iran

The key take away from the BRICS summit in Johannesburg is that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – important Global South players – strongly condemn unilateralism and protectionism. The Johannesburg Declaration is unmistakable: “We recognize that the multilateral trading system is facing unprecedented challenges. We underscore the importance of an open world economy.” …

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‘Western’ Press Dislikes Imran Khan’s Win in Pakistan’s Election

Imran Khan election win in Pakistan receives a hostile reaction in U.S. and British media. The headlines are generally negative and the descriptions of Imran cast a damning light of him. From the New York Times print edition front page: The word "Pakistan" was probably too long for the valuable front-page space. Thus the NYT …

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference in Vienna, Austria, July 4, 2018.

Iran’s President Mired in Palace Intrigue Amid Rising US Pressure

There is a war going on within the Iranian presidential palace, where two leading members of the administration are striving to force First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri out of the government. On one side of the confrontation is presidential Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi and government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, who also doubles as head …

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Lack of Global Leadership Spurs Instability in the Middle East

With multiple Middle Eastern disputes threatening to spill out of control, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash acknowledged what many in the Middle East have long said privately: the UAE’s recently-found assertiveness and determination to punch above its weight stems from its inability to rely on traditional allies like the …

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Did Tariffs Make America Great?

"Make America Great Again!" will, given the astonishing victory it produced for Donald Trump, be recorded among the most successful slogans in political history. Yet it raises a question: How did America first become the world's greatest economic power? In 1998, in "The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice Are Being Sacrificed to …

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Israeli Forces Storm Al-Aqsa, Fire Sound Bombs at Worshipers

Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem via the Moroccans Gate and heavily fired sound bombs at Palestinian worshipers following Friday payers. A Ma'an reporter said that dozens of heavily armed Israeli soldiers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque and spread out across the compound and on the way leading to the Chain …

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