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Iran Vows ‘Firm Response’ Unless Obama Stops Sanctions Renewal

“America’s president is obliged to exercise his authority by preventing its approval and particularly its implementation … and if this gross violation is carried out we will firmly respond,” Iranian President Rouhani said

December 4, 2016
Gen. James Mattis, ret., selected as Defense Secretary

Trump Will Nominate Retired Marine Corps General Mattis for Pentagon

Mattis would be the first former U.S. general to become defense secretary since George C. Marshall took the job in 1950.

December 1, 2016
CIA Director Brennan says ripping up Iran deal 'folly'

CIA’s Brennan Says Tearing Up Iran Deal Would Be ‘Folly’

Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan also said that in dealing with the Syrian crisis, Donald Trump should be cautious in trying to work with Russia.

November 30, 2016
Iran threatens retaliation if Trump violates nuclear deal

Iran Warns Of Retaliation If U.S. Breaches Nuclear Deal

Donald Trump threatened to “rip up” the Iran deal throughout his campaign, and the House recently passed legislation to re-authorize sanctions. Iran argues that sanctions violate the nuclear pact, and the White House agrees.

November 23, 2016
Trump may nominate John Bolton as Secretary of State

Trump May Name Iraq War Propagandist John Bolton As Top US Diplomat

Not only did John Bolton support the scheme to attack Iraq, but he actively promoted the official lies and propaganda that led up to the US invasion.

November 15, 2016
GOP platform Paul Ryan

50 Extreme Right-Wing Proposals From The 2016 GOP Platform

Before Trump turned the Republican nominating contest into a battle of boasts and bullying, right-wing extremists had dominated the party. Their platform, not surprisingly, goes even further to the right than what’s even been heard from Trump.

November 8, 2016
Iranians celebrate on the streets following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran

U.N. Atomic Agency Chief Confirms Iran Is Fulfilling Nuclear Deal

Confirming the findings of a confidential report, IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano said Tehran has observed the deal, opposed by Iran’s hardliners and Western skeptics.

October 1, 2016
A front loader removes debris in a damaged site after airstrikes on the rebel held Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

Battle Rages Near Aleppo As Syria Air Onslaught Continues

Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of high ground on the Aleppo outskirts on Saturday as warplanes bombed the city’s opposition-held east relentlessly in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington’s Syria policy in tatters.

September 24, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a campaign event in Radford

Trump Blames Clinton For Execution Of Iranian Scientist After The Right-Wing Lie Was Debunked

Echoing a myth peddled by right-wing media, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed that there was a link between the execution of Shahram Amiri, a nuclear scientist in Iran, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server, which contained a couple emails that appear to discuss Amiri’s case.

August 9, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Donald Trump Admits He Lied About ‘Secret’ Iran Video

After repeatedly stating that he had watched ‘secret’ footage of a U.S. plane unloading money in Iran the same day four American detainees were released, Trump took to Twitter to acknowledge that he never watched such a video, because, of course, it does not exist. “The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!” Trump clarified on Friday.

August 5, 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the Oslo Forum at Losby Gods, June 15, 2016, in Finstadjordet

Kerry: ‘The United States Does Not Pay Ransoms’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s payment of $400 million in cash to Iran, denying it was a ransom for the release of American prisoners by Tehran or tied to the Iran nuclear deal. “The United States does not pay ransoms,” Kerry told a news conference in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

August 5, 2016
An Iranian woman walks past an anti-U.S. mural painted on the wall of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran in a file photo. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

One Year On, How’s The Iran Nuke Deal Doing?

A year later, the Islamic Republic is again a player on the international circuit. Tehran has hosted a steady stream of heads of state or foreign ministers, many from the West, interested in upgrading relations.

July 10, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he delivers a speech during a visit at the the Parque de la Memoria (Remembrance Park), where they honored victims of Argentina's Dirty War on the 40th anniversary of the 1976 coup that initiated that period of military rule, in Buenos Aires, March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama Warns Europe Of The Dangers Of Withdrawing From The World

In the wake of the recent attacks on European capitals by Islamic State, the continued instability of the Middle East that resulted in a refugee crisis that has hit Europe hardest and continued economic insecurity for many, Obama acknowledged a tendency “to withdraw” that was increasingly common on both sides of the Atlantic.

April 26, 2016
Lebanon

Yemen Peace Talks Set To Begin In Kuwait After Delay

Peace talks between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and government are set to begin in Kuwait after the Houthis agreed to participate following assurances that pro-government forces would respect a ceasefire, the United Nations has said. A delegation of Houthi representatives and their allies flew out of Sanaa on Wednesday to join the talks, saying the UN […]

April 21, 2016
A Houthi follower rises a weapon as he attends a rally marking one year of Saudi-led air strikes, in Yemen's capital Sanaa, March 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Yemeni Truce Begins Amid Reports Of Clashes

The conflict between the Yemeni army and Houthi rebel rivals has killed more than 6,200 people and triggered a humanitarian crisis in one of the Arab world’s poorest countries.

April 11, 2016
death penalty

New Amnesty Report: Increase In Executions Worldwide, Decrease In Countries With Death Penalty

The report singled out United States for being the only country in the Americas to continue to use the death penalty over the past seven years.

April 6, 2016
Tom Cotton on Morning Joe

Sen. Tom Cotton Bashes Obama’s ISIS Strategy, But Wouldn’t Do Anything Differently

Despite ISIS continuing to lose more territory by the day in Iraq and Syria, Republican Senator Tom Cotton got on MSNBC to tell the American public that President Barack Obama’s plan was not working. He didn’t suggest any alternative plan to defeat ISIS and instead spent the duration of his appearance whining about everything Obama was doing wrong as president.

March 25, 2016
Rouhani Iran Elections

Iranian Reformists Win Majority In Parliament and Religious Body

Reformists and moderate conservatives have won a majority of seats in the Iranian parliament following the first elections since the nuclear deal.

March 1, 2016
Former President Rafsanjani casts his ballot in a parliamentary election in Tehran

Iran: Voters Head To Polls For Two Elections

The 290-seat parliament is important as it will dictate the success of Rouhani’s policies of economic reform and greater political and social freedoms.

February 26, 2016
U.S. Senator John McCain attends a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference in Munich

Senator McCain Says Could Subpoena U.S. Sailors Held By Iran

“I guarantee you, if they don’t have a debrief by the first of March like they said, we’ll have a hearing and we’ll subpoena.”

February 14, 2016
obama knows what he is doing

5 Ways ‘Obama Knows Exactly What He’s Doing’

Marco Rubio’s canned assessment of Barack Obama is right. Obama clearly knows what he’s doing. Because despite inevitable imperfections and failings, his successes far outshine his limitations.

February 7, 2016
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Endorse This: Welcome Home, Jason Rezaian

“No other country would do so much for an ordinary citizen — and I know that.”

January 28, 2016
Iran President Rouhani shakes hands with Italian President Mattarella at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome

Deals And Warm Words Flow As Iranian President Visits Europe

Iranians will reportedly sign up to 17 billion euros ($18.4 billion) worth of deals in sectors from energy to infrastructure, steel, and shipbuilding.

January 25, 2016
Rezaian one of the U.S. citizens recently released from detention in Iran poses to media outside the Emergency Room of the LRMC in the southwestern town of Landstuhl

Freed ‘Washington Post’ Journalist Rezaian Headed To U.S.: Statement

Rezaian said he was grateful for his newfound freedom but was not yet ready to talk about his imprisonment.

January 22, 2016
United States Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, at the United Nations in New York

US, Iran Remain Worlds Apart On Major Foreign Policy Issues

The glow of goodwill that followed a surprise prisoner swap and the lifting of international sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program over the weekend is already being tempered by the somber realization that the Islamic Republic is not likely to change course significantly on other pressing conflicts with the West.

January 21, 2016