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News and Analysis (1/25/2020)

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

As the casualty count form the Iranian reprisal against the Soleimani assassination rises, Trump downplays the injuries as “headaches” not “very serious injuries relative to other injuries I have seen”:

Christian Indians protested against the citizenship law that discriminates against Muslims:

… as India contemplates taking a page from China:

One bit of code hidden in the 4.4 megabytes file sent to Jeff Bezos on May 1, 2018 gave hackers access to the Amazon CEO iPhone X:

Selecting occupied Jerusalem for a meeting to remember Holocaust and oppose anti-Semitism is an exercise in hypocrisy:

The order states, “It appears that but for Mr. and Mrs. X’s perceived religion, Delta would not have removed or denied them re-boarding”:

Notwithstanding Middle Eastern states influence, it is doubtful the new Omani leader will break Muscat’s strong ties with Tehran and its cooperation with Iran on many regional issues:

“[T]he cryptocurrency industry is proving more nimble than the enforcers of sanctions”:

Imran Khan warns that a US war with Iran will be a much more difficult than Afghanistan’s, and disastrous for the Gulf countries …

… and peace activists are holding a global day in many major US cities to protest endless aggression in the Middle East, now the customer for hugely profitable US arms exports:

Palestinians reject the Kushner plan and are excluded from the invitation to Washington to discuss it:

News and Analysis (1/22/20)

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

The debt crises of 2007 created a conflict in Greece political system, and the rise of right-wing anti-immigrant government waging war on immigrants and the Exarchia autonomous movement:

A study unveils Saudi Arabia’s spy warfare surveillance on critics of the regime as part of the government’s effort to control the social media narrative:

Refugees are the most thoroughly screened category of people entering the US and statistically pose no threat of terrorism, yet they are threatened at home country and in the US:

Following the pattern of the Muslim ban, a student from Iran was denied entry because of an alleged family connection to a terrorist organization, but law enforcement did not cite any connection to the student himself:

ISIS’s pleasure with the assassination of Gen. Soleimani underscores Iran’s role in the fight against the terrorist group that has been buried by Israeli and Trump administration propaganda:

Israel calls his sermons “incitement” but the popular preacher says the Israeli government is “angered to see … the huge crowds” he draws:

The author of “Paradigm Lost: From Two-State Solution to One-State Reality” says that “Israel has moved too far to the right for the government to implement a solution agreeable to Palestinians”:

“Indonesia and other countries expressed clear frustration over Israel’s apparent dismissal of peace efforts in its conflict with Palestine, after” Israeli and American UNSC representatives try to change the subject:

Withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and sanctions on Iran are not fulfilling their stated objectives, as Iran restarts its nuclear program and expands its role as a regional power:

News and Analysis (1/19/20)

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

Two federal complaints have been filed against a peaceful pro-Palestinians event at UCLA on Israel violence against the Palestinians; the UCLA’s investigation found no wrongdoing:

South Dakota has become the 28th state to pass legislation to suppress the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed pressuring Israel to comply with the international law …

… just as UN experts express concern that Germany’s condemnation of the movement “may hinder the peaceful activities of human rights defenders, groups and organisations denouncing human rights violations” …

… and Republicans in Congress try to frame the legislation supporting illegal Israeli settlements as a fight against anti-Semitism:

“At the request of the Ukrainian authorities, the black boxes of the Ukrainian downed jet will not be read in Iran, but instead will be transferred to Ukraine for analysis and reading” …

… as Russia’s FM opines that Iran may have been spooked by fears that the U.S. was preparing to attack:

Rebel Libyan Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar’s refusal to sign a cease-fire underlines the proxy war in Libya waged by the UAE, Turkey and Qatar:

The killing of Gen. Soleimani has undermined US influence and support in Iraq and the Middle East:

Iran’s economy is hurting, yet “predictions of a quick economic collapse” have not come to pass because “Iran isn’t solely reliant on oil” and has been able to leverage the economic relationship with regional countries:

News and Analysis (1/17/20)

Friday, January 17th, 2020

“While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed” …

… the “Trump administration abruptly canceled four classified Iran briefings on Capitol Hill this week and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused” to speak at a public House hearing Soleimani assassination …

… while Khamenei says Iran is willing to negotiate, but not with “a ‘clown’ who only pretended to support the Iranian people and would ‘push a poisonous dagger’ into their back”:

Having learned nothing from the Iraq disaster in which he was complicit, Wurmser argued that “a targeted attack on symbols of repression” is sufficient to cow Iran:

The investigation into the accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner is led by by a popular anti-corruption hard-liner seen as a potential presidential candidate:

The boy went out to play cricket on the day Indian government cracked down on Kashmir; his body was later found in a nearby river; now ” his family has been unable to get a death certificate from the hospital”:

“We remain concerned by detention of political leaders and residents, and internet restrictions. We look forward to a return to normalcy” — Alice Wells, chief US diplomat for South Asia affairs,:

“A shortage of imported goods has helped spur domestic production … [t]hat, in turn, has helped create more employment for Iranians”:

“Ms Bayat is angry that the argument over how she dresses has overshadowed her achievements in chess, where she’s one of only a few top level women arbiters in the world – and the only one at all in Asia”:

How the teenage daughter of a Jordanian immigrant in New Jersey staked out a place on the front lines fighting Islamophobia:

News and Analysis (1/14/20)

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

“[V]ideos appeared to show security forces firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protests in the streets” sparked by the government’s cover-up:

Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim who has kept a close relation with US and Tehran, visited Tehran on Sunday to calm rising tension as Iran vows harsh retaliation for the killing of Soleimani …

… and three EU countries say intend “not to restore sanctions, but to resolve our differences through the very mechanism that was created in the deal”:

The Trump administration maintains the constitutional requirement that only Congress may declare war doesn’t apply to its war against Iran …

… and “[t]he Senate vote on halting military action against Iran is up in the air, with the upcoming impeachment trial and Tuesday’s presidential debate scrambling the timing for floor action” …

… but a close reading of the history of its Iran conflict with Iran shows that U.S. can’t achieve its goal because Iran’s history and its geographical location is on its side:

Though top US officials continue to defend Trump’s claim that Soleimani was plotting attacks on US embassies, Esper on Sunday gave a different account, creating credibility issues:

After the violent attack by the government on Sunday on students at JNU, it appears that the “Gujurat model” is more about facilitating terrorism than markets:

News and Analysis (1/10/20)

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Two of Trump’s Senate allies have criticized the administration briefing on Soleimani killing, charging that it provided no evidence of an imminent attack, and it dismissed Congress’s role in military actions …

… and reports confirm that Soleimani didn’t pose an imminent threat, but the timing of the strike suggests that Trump may have had the impeachment in his mind:

President Rouhani acknowledges the responsibility of the tragic downing of the Ukraine plane, blaming human error, evoking memories a similar tragic mistake made by U.S. in 1988:

“What happened is inexcusable. Jeopardy should apologise and give a clear explanation. This shouldn’t just pass calmly and be forgotten” — “Omar Ghraieb, a Palestinian writer based in Gaza:

The rapid escalation between Iran and US change the Gulf’s hostile relationship with Iran; countries in the region see no coherence in American policy according to Dalia Dassa Kaye of Rand Cooperation:

During a joint press conference with Russia on Saturday, Merkel pressed for preserving the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, and urged all parties to respect the JCPOA multilateral agreement:

“The comments appear to downplay speculation that Iraqi militias would attack US interests in Iraq or that Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, would try to attack Israel”:

In a rare policy agreement between the two presidential candidates, Warner and Sanders take the same position on Soleimani killing and the US foreign policy with Tehran:

“We agreed that we should do anything to preserve the deal, the JCPOA. Germany is convinced that Iran should not acquire or have nuclear weapons”:

News and Analyst (1/8/20)

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

With Iran’s retaliation minimizing casualties, its FM’s announcement that they had ‘concluded proportionate measures’, and Trump’s “All is well” tweet, the war threat may be receding …

… but Trump’s threats of new sanctions could change all that:

Are fears of Iranian cyberattacks exaggerated?

The backlash to the assassination of Soleimani spans a wide range from the Iraqi parliament to Tucker Carlson:

“Afghan officials fear that an escalation between Iran and the United States could hurt chances for peace with the Taliban during a critical time”:

“[G]overnments of both parties have misled the public during wartime”:

News and Analysis (1/5/20)

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

More than seventy protests across America planned by Act Now and other organizations have been planned to protest Trump policies and US presence in the Middle East …

… as a discredited FBI sting operation is floated as evidence of al-Quds force plans to target diplomats and as the U.S. VP joins in spreading disinformation …

… and the U.S. President continues, in the words of Alain Gabon, to be “a bad cop-good cop all by himself” …

… prompting enough concerns that young men may be drafted (women are still exempt) that the Selective Service website experienced disruptions due to high volume:

Former CIA analyst calls peace-time assassination “a dangerous tool, especially when used in the conduct of foreign policy against top-ranking foreign officials”:

Among the numerous issues plaguing Palestinians due to the Israeli illegal siege includes 49% of Gaza’s children consuming the undrinkable water of Gaza:

The victim, “who is a foreign exchange student from Saudi Arabia, said she now wears a hat to cover her head because she doesn’t feel safe wearing a hijab in public”:

Archbishop Atallah Hanna equates Palestinians’ struggle to South Africa’s anti-apartheid; Israel considers his peaceful struggle problematic and it has made him a target:

Would Iran hit back at U.S. relying on its regional allies without alienating the European interest in protecting the nuclear deal?

News and Analysis (1/3/20)

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

Trump assassinates a senior military leader of a state with which we are not at war, offering no evidence in support of the claimed justification that “the Iranian general was ‘plotting to kill’ US citizens” …

… and assassinated a leader of the group that attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad just after the group had withdrawn:

Iran’s FM calls the assassination of the man who fought against ISIS “rogue adventurism”:

Is Trump’s act of war against Iran a desperate attempt to save a failing presidency?

Gold and “[o]ther haven assets, including Treasury bonds, platinum, and silver, rose on news of the US strike”:

Tunisia may be an anomaly and elsewhere “Islamists and conservatives … may face a radical version of the Enlightenment: fiercely anticlerical and decidedly antireligious”:

News and Analysis (1/1/20)

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

Enabling round the clock surveillance is the government’s price for liberalized store hours:

The U.S. called the demonstrations in Iraq a protest against Iranian intervention while Iran accused the U.S. of fomenting violence; now the shoe is on the other foot:

For 16 days, women in India’s capital, are leading protests over India’s citizenship law:

Muslim women abused and forced to have abortions in China’s detention camp say they are unable to bring abusers to justice:

In an aggressive campaign to transform and indoctrinate Muslim minorities mostly Uighurs and Kazakhs, Chinese officials pushing Xinjiang’s into cheap labors to supply Chinese factories:

The Department of homeland security of Dekalb County, Georgia, is investigating a series of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim flyers found in homes and cars:

Esquire publishes a history of U.S. election meddling, and US political propaganda in other countries …

… and an Iranian rear admiral declares “the era of American free action in the region is over”:

“Accountability has, until now, been largely missing in action throughout the 52-year-old occupation” — Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory:

“[M]ass arrests, torture, killings, use of excessive force, harassment, and intimidation” following the India’s removal of Kashmir’s special status have changed everything: