News and Analysis (3/9/21)

The Pope was moved by the sight of “the ruins of mosques and churches in Mosul,” and called Ayatollah al-Sistani “a humble man” of “wisdom and prudence,” and stated that “it was good for my soul to encounter him”:

“[A]pplicants who were refused visas prior to Jan. 20, 2020, must submit new applications and pay a new application fee. Those who were denied on or after Jan. 20, 2020, may seek reconsideration without re-submitting their applications and do not have to pay additional fees”:

“[T]he use of the law to dictate what women should wear is problematic from a human rights perspective” — U.N. human rights office spokeswoman:

Muslims “filed nearly a quarter of religious discrimination claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2017, according to the latest data available”:

On the plus side, a treaty approved by Congress could not be unilaterally dumped by a future President; on the negative side, a Congress just might not approve any reasonable treaty:

Surge in Iranian oil sales to China in recent months demonstrates an increasing ineffectiveness of sanctions:

In response to Israel’s accusations, Iran suggests that the blowing up of the cargo vessel Helios Ray “has all the characteristics of a complicated false flag operation”:

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