The decline in U.S. diplomatic influence in the Middle East reflects not just Chinese initiatives, writes Juan Cole, but Washington’s incompetence, arrogance and double-dealing over three decades in the region.
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Caitlin Johnstone: Good Thing Biden Beat Trump
As we approach the halfway mark of this president’s first term, it’s good to consider the top seven reasons why he is so much better than his predecessor.
US, Israel & Procrastinating on Iran Nuclear Deal
The talks, which have proceeded haltingly for months, are aimed at bringing the U.S. back into compliance with an accord that Trump violated in 2018.
Al-Qaeda Chief Killing Does Not ‘Make Us Safer’
Whatever people in the U.S. might think about the killing of al Zawahiri in the middle of the Afghan capital 7,000 miles away, safety and security are hardly likely to top the list, writes Phyllis Bennis.
Biden’s Continuation of ‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran
The new sanctions announced by the White House come ahead of the U.S. president’s Middle East trip next week, which will include stops in Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Israel Pushes Hardline in Iran Nuclear Talks
Along with verbal appeals, Israel is preparing militarily, write Ariel Gold and Medea Benjamin.
Iran Claims US Tried to ‘Steal’ Oil in Gulf of Oman
Tehran’s state media report that Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps forces carried out a “heliborne operation” and took control of the tanker.
Leak Exposes Fissures in Iranian Establishment and Power Shift to Hard-Liners
Gareth Porter analyzes comments by Iran’s foreign minister that may portend a different nuclear-dealing posture after the country’s presidential elections in mid-June.
Time to End the Silence on Israel’s Nuclear Weapons
While Israel’s large arsenal of nuclear weapons is exempt from any discussion, its government drives the suspicion of Iran’s nuclear energy program, writes Mehrnaz Shahabi.
Vienna Talks Reveal Biden Team’s Attachment to Trump’s Illegal Sanctions
By enriching uranium at the 60 percent level of purity, Iran is applying its own strategy of diplomatic leverage, Gareth Porter reports.