News and Analysis (9/15/20)

Cleared of all charges by the courts, he was sucked into a nightmare “beyond the reach of the U.S. judiciary. Within the realm of ICE, there would be no public documents, no legal hearings;” yet he held onto his faith that “[a]n innocent, independent, wise individual will prevail in any situation”:

The so-called “peace” agreement actually smooths facilitates Trump administration sales of “sophisticated weaponry to the Persian Gulf states” that could as easily be used against Israel as against Iran …

… yet even as he arms Arab states, “Pompeo vowed Tuesday that Washington would prevent Iran from purchasing ‘Chinese tanks and Russian air defence systems’ as the end of the UN arms embargo against Tehran approaches”:

Joe Biden has a “track record of viewing authoritarian leaders in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere as moderate Arab allies’ who guarantee ‘stability’ in the region”:

Some pundits excused Trump’s withdrawal form JCPOA on the grounds that it wasn’t a treaty, but the 1955 Treaty of Amity is a treaty confirmed by the Senate and Trump has withdrawn from that as well, illogically claiming that JCPOA supersedes it:

“The museum was meant to showcase the arms, art and fashion of the Mughals” but Hindu nationalist officials “hostile to recognizing the country’s Muslim history” plan “a complete overhaul of the museum … [to] instead celebrate India’s Hindu majority, leaders and history”:

Celebrating the power of non-violent Palestinian resistance, Bacha chronicles the ways that grassroots engagement has produced creative movements of social solidarity and enduring personal self-transformations:

The settler murdered “a Palestinian toddler and his parents in an arson attack” that burned a four-year-old boy as well, but he could be released in as little as fifteen years:

Pro-Israeli PACs have poured over $1.5 million into the coffers of 2020 Congressional candidates. A lot o money, yes, but a tiny fraction of the U.S. taxpayers’ money it buys for Israel, so, all-in-all, a lucrative investment:

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