News and Analysis (1/14/20)

“[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:

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