News and Analysis (7/12/19)

Of Netanyahu’s eugenically tainted claims, archaeologist and University College London professor Dr. David Wengrow says, “There’s so much wrong here I almost don’t know where to start”:

For Iran, as “for most of the developing world, the key events of the 20th century were not the two world wars, the Holocaust, the Cold War or the fall of the Berlin Wall” but repeated cases of Western aggression:

The 2017 Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act will mandate the U.S. sanction its NATO ally after U.S. failure to provide Patriot missiles drove Turkey into an arms deal with Russia:

“For a government to prescribe the garb of those who act on its behalf may or may not be sensible…. Banning swimsuits which do no obvious harm seems more clearly illiberal” …

… but a study finds “far from a binary categorisation of the oppressed and the oppressor, … a world in which Muslim women hybridise their faith and piety with modern ideas of feminism, activism and consumerism”:

“British marines seized Grace 1, an Iranian-owned oil tanker, off the strait of Gibraltar following a request from the US” …

… which Iran considers an act of piracy saying the British claims against the ship “are without legal basis and we advise [Britain] not to start a dangerous and unclear game under the influence of the Americans” …

… “Another major war in the region will only further work to the advantage of the Islamic Republic and the Islamic State at the expense of the already very weak constellation of Arab states”:

The U.S.”has sacrificed its credibility,” jeopardized “U.S. primacy in global finance, and … infuriated … [its] closest traditional allies” and risked yet another war by “goading Tehran to renege on its nuclear promises”:

Despite sanctions, “Western food, movies, music and clothing are still widely available. And 40 years after the Islamic Revolution … Iranians — particularly the young — embrace U.S. products”:

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