News and Analysis (9/23/18)

Trita Parsi warns that “the terrorist attack in Ahvaz” might be part a Saudi and UAE effort “to goad Iran to retaliate” in order “to spark a larger war and force the US to enter” …

… while Rudolph Guilliani told an Iran Uprising Summit organized by the a Washington-based group associated with the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq”, “I don’t know when we’re going to overthrow them. It could be in a few days, months, a couple of years. But it’s going to happen:

“The court said the government’s refusal to acknowledge that Fikre did not belong on the list and would not be returned there left an overhang that could cause business associates, friends and even family to shun him”:

From unanimously denied to unanimously approved after federal intervention, “Thursday’s votes were followed mostly by applause from residents who filled audience seats at City Hall, and there were only a few grumbles” …

… but a federal investigation into the blocking of cemetery in Virginia “could turn into a lawsuit against” Stafford County”:

The party’s “Interim Manifesto” “calls for the creation of jails ‘exclusively for’ Muslims who “promote extremism or try to convert non-Islamic prisoners … [and] a ban on mosques receiving money from overseas and the abolition of the hate crime category”:

“It’s absurd that the immigration minister thinks this is an important thing to spend time on. Shaking hands does not show if you are integrated or not”– Kasper Ejsing Olesen, the mayor of the town of Kerteminde:

Rouhani asks, “How can Iran, and others, trust the United States while it is threatening to punish other countries for the implementation of the same U.N. resolution it sponsored and voted for?” …

… and Iran’s oil minister will veto any OPEC move  to change to its oil allotment:

President Yameen removed the chief justice and a lower court judge “known for their relative independence” and since then “all major political rivals to Yameen were imprisoned on various charges”:

“Noorul Haq Qadri, Pakistan’s federal minister for religious affairs, warned that Beijing’s strict regulation of Uighur activity fuels extremism rather than counters terrorism”:

The highway from Ramallah to Jerusalem “deteriorates into a half tarmac road, a set of closed, rusting shop doors, and garbage” smelling of raw sewage that “lies, green and gentle, in a pool at the bottom of … The Wall” …

… as Spain and Ireland signal their readiness to recognize Palestine in the face of Trump administration attempts to sabotage the peace process:

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