News and Analysis (9/12/18)

John Bolton threatens to “use any means necessary” to insulate Israel and the U.S. from what others see as the “recourse for victims of genocide and other war crimes in lawless countries.” offered by the ICC’s “court of last resort [that] seeks to complement, not replace, national courts” …

… while “Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat told reporters in Ramallah that the full range of political, economic and security ties would be reassessed in the wake of the Trump administration’s decision on Monday to shut the Palestinian mission in Washington”:

Modern Israel started life “by passing a series of Orwellian laws which enabled the new state to seize Arab-owned land (over 2 million acres were taken…) and demolish 385 Arab villages—all done in the effort to physically erase any evidence of the prior Palestinian presence”:

After repeatedly being disappointed by U.S., Iraq’s kingmakers, now the swing vote between rival Shia factions, see Tehran as a more attractive partner than Washington:

“Iran shares the United Nations’ concern about a potential humanitarian catastrophe in Syria’s Idlib province and will seek to avert it”:

A state dictated French Islam? The author of the report calling for subordination of Islam to the French state is Hakim El Karoui, “an essayist and ex-Rothschild banker, is also the nephew of former Tunisian Prime Minister Hamed Karoui” …

… while in China the state “intends to extend aspects of its crackdown on Islam in the north-western province of Xinjiang to all religions as is evident from the publication of proposed restrictive guidelines for online religious activity“:

He claimed Muslims are offended by the American flag, but now that he’s met some he co-organized a program on demystifying Islam:

Israeli support for the Syrians who would fight Assad’s Iranian ally instead of the dictator himself was tiny, yet they came to depend on it. Then Israel left them in the lurch:

“Turkey, Russia and Iran reached an agreement to conduct bilateral trade in their own currencies, and to avoid the use of US dollars … that included all trade in petroleum, natural gas and other commodities as well as some banking issues”:

The “play’s director, Maryam Kazemi, and the manager of the theatre in which it was hosted, Saeed Assadi … were taken into custody … on $24,000 … bail each [after a] clip on social media showed female actors dancing with men as part of the trailer”:

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