Category: Iran

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Juan Cole: 8 Ways Iran Deal was Better than Trump’s North Korea Commitment

1. Trump met with and embraced Kim Jong Un, a brutal dictator. Obama never met with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, never joked around with him, never got friendly with him. 2. During his meeting in Singapore with Kim, Trump committed to cancelling joint military exercises with South Korea in two months. Obama did not cancel any Read more…

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Marjorie Cohn: In Unanimous Vote, House Says No Legal Right to Attack Iran

In a little noticed but potentially monumental development, the House of Representatives voted unanimously for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 5515) that says no statute authorizes the use of military force against Iran. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota), states, “It is the sense of Congress that the use Read more…

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Conn Hallinan: Iran & Sanctions: A Prelude to War?

Has the Trump administration already made a decision to go to war with Iran, similar to the determination of the Bush administration to invade Iraq?

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Reese Erlich: Will Iran withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty?

President Donald Trump announced that the US is pulling out of the Iran nuclear accord–and Iranians are really pissed

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Patrick Cockburn: US and Iran battle for influence in Iraq election

Any Iraqi leader will seek to maintain good relations with both Washington and Tehran

Gregory Shupak: Media Debate Best Way to Dominate Iran

Rarely allowed into the debate is the notion that Iranians have the right to chart their own course free of US interference

Kate Hudson: Gambling with the future of the planet

Jettisoning the Iran deal risks nuclear escalation at a delicate time in Middle East relations

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Patrick Cockburn: Europe must resist US on Iran nuclear deal

Trump seems to have enjoyed the procession of European leaders from Emmanuel Macron to Boris Johnson asking for compromise, only to go away empty-handed

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Patrick Cockburn: Stumbling Into War

Israel has no real desire for armed conflict with Iran, but Trump might stumble into war against Tehran

Trita Parsi: Trump’s Reckless Decision

Trump has taken a functioning arms control deal that prevented an Iranian nuclear bomb and turned it into a crisis that can lead to war

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