News and Analysis 4/29/21

On Thursday, the US shielded Israel from crimes of apartheid and thus itself for being complicit in those crimes, even denying that Israeli actions constitute apartheid …

… and even as it minimizes the pogroms in Jerusalem:

Biden’s declaration of Armenian Genocide reflects the United States greater policy towards Turkey and President Erdogan in recent years, demonstrating that the U.S  “no longer considers Turkey a valued ally to be shielded from criticism”:

In a recent television interview, Saudi Crown Prince struck a conciliatory tone for the first time while speaking of Iran, stating “Iran is a neighbouring country, and all we aspire for is a good and special relationship with Iran”:

Iran’s president replaced “the head of a government think tank” after a leaked audio surfaced of the foreign minister discussing Iran’s current situation. The recording “exposed bitter internal divisions” with Iran, divisions that may threaten the ongoing Vienna talks:

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is currently meeting with visiting Mossad chief Yossi Cohen for “talks on Iran”:

The move is hailed as “a step in the right direction toward creating a more inclusive police force and helping recruit more Muslim women to become officers”:

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