News and Analysis (5/9/19)

“Nearly one third of coalition airstrikes have targeted civilians in schools, hospitals, and markets”:

Rouhani warned that if Europe can’t rescue “the nuclear deal by restarting oil trade with Iran” within 60 days, Iran will “build up stockpiles of low enriched uranium and heavy water, which is used in nuclear reactors”:

On Sunday, National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that U.S. warships had been dispatched to the Arabian Peninsula in response to unspecified threats from Iran …

… and, no surprise, “intelligence gathered by Israel, primarily by the Mossad intelligence agency, is understood to be part of the reason for Bolton’s announcement” …

… with “Israel regularly bombing Iranian proxies in Syria, and Saudis going after Iran-allied Houthis in Yemen[, t]hey are perceived as U.S. proxy attacks whether Washington knows about/green-lights them or not” …

… and Bolton wants “confrontation—because he believes … that these other regimes are our enemies; that our power outweighs theirs immensely; and that, therefore, we must impose our will while we still can.”:

Two State Deptartment veterans (a Distinguished Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) explain:

“[W]hen it comes to all aid, Israel has received more aid than the Palestinians, even on a per-capita basis, according to U.S. government data”:

“Fear of retaliation was so great that one woman “stopped taking breaks to perform ablutions before prayer, [broke] her Ramadan fast, and even stopped going to the bathroom”:






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