Archive for August, 2019

News and Analysis (8/5/19)

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Jehan Hakim, chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee, explains, “[O]ur Islamic values come in where we have to fight for justice even in the face of a tyrant, even if it’s speaking against your own family”

Robin Wright says that Javad Zarif gave Rand Paul multiple ways of guaranteeing Iran would never have a nuclear weapon, but suggested that “if Trump wanted more, he would also have to offer more” …

… but knowing Trump prefers direct negotiation,  …

… administration hawks have convinced him to sanction the man who could help him prevent war. Is the President smart enough to see through their manipulation?

… before Iran must choose between joining Egypt in calling for a nuclear free Middle East or emulating Israel in “developing nuclear weapons in defiance of international agreements on denuclearisation” …

… under the circumstances, not only Europe and the UAE, but even the Saudis have signaled a willingness to negotiate with Iran:

Defenders of Trump’s call for four Congresswomen to go back where they came from “conflate love of Israel with love of America because they see Israel as a model for what they want America to be: An ethnic democracy”:

“Tlaib’s visit, which she plans for August together with her fellow “squad” member Ilhan Omar and other US officials, is going to be significantly different from these AIPAC-organised visits”:

Iran says the captured ship “was carrying 700,000 liters of fuel, without elaborating on the nationalities of the detained crewmen”:

“The government’s August 4 directive … said employing cryptocurrencies is permitted if users accept the risks involved, and also banned using cryptocurrencies as methods of payment inside Iran”:

One attorney said his client “had merely protested compulsory hijab and had nothing to do with other charges claimed by the prosecutor.” None were allowed to represent at indictment, interrogation, or trial:

News and Analysis (8/2/19)

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

“On Monday, Pompeo tweeted: ‘We aren’t afraid of [Zarif] coming to America where he enjoys the right to speak freely.'” Change your mind, Mike? …

… the EU will not buy in:

Commissioners of a Long Island fire department that lost a man in the response to the 9/11 attacks on the three World Trade Center buildings unanimously passed the resolution:

“[W]hile the Middle East-North Africa region had the highest levels of religious restrictions in the world, Europe saw some of the biggest increases over the last decade in certain types of restrictions”:

Hindu nationalists have demanded that Zamato “should … serve Muslims non-Halal food” but the company responds “that as an aggregator, it neither prepares the food nor decides whether or not it is Halal”:

“[H]arrassment began about a month ago, when a Jerusalem Magistrate Court’s judge …rejected the state’s contention that the family’s home is illegal”:

You’ve heard of “liberal except on Palestine?” Now there’s “privacy except for Palestinians”:

“Inspired by the civil rights and anti-apartheid movements, it calls for Palestinian liberation on terms of full equality with Israelis and categorically opposes all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism”:

Companies punishing innocents in “countries targeted by sanctions so as to avoid coming under fire themselves … compromis[e] the … online freedoms and global open source communities they were set up to facilitate”:

“No one has claimed responsibility for the other attack which Medecins Sans Frontieres said killed 10 people. Past car attacks in Yemen have been carried out by Islamist militant group al Qaeda”: