News and Analysis (11/5/18)

“Where anti-BDS legislation is almost certainly unconstitutional is in the United States (see, for example, this 2016 article in the Harvard Law Review). That’s where the real war for justice in Israel-Palestine is being waged”:

Germany’s foreign minister, has “proposed that Europe should set up its own international payment channels and its own equivalent of Swift” to sidestep American attempts to cripple the financial messaging service …

… but “a planned special channel to safeguard non-US trade with Iran would not be ready in time” for today’s reimposed sanctions forcing Belgium’s Swift to “face possible punishment under new EU rules if it complies with US orders” …

… but “India has not only been engaged in tough negotiations to secure a waiver from US sanctions for its oil imports from Iran but has also explored mechanisms to secure its interests in the strategic Chabahar Port should Washington decide not to exempt the project from the curbs”

“The common ingredients of the Iran and Contra policies were secrecy, deception, and disdain for the law…the United States simultaneously pursued two contradictory foreign policies a public one and a secret one”:

The female Muslim rapper with a degree in Christian ethics is called too Muslim by some and not Muslim enough by others:

“Former officials say they believe the breach originated with an Iranian double agent that was hired by the CIA — what they claim would be a result of lax vetting”:

“MBS has mentioned several times he would like to see a different Middle East and wasn’t as sympathetic with Palestinians as they might have wished for. MBS did give Israel more security in the sense that he was framing Iran as the biggest threat” anonymous Saudi official …

… “We do not interfere with the affairs of Arab countries and we do not accept anyone interfering in our own affairs” — Mahmoud Abbas:

“Once a month, thousands of Palestinians make the long journey to various prisons in Israel to meet their detained family members”:






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