Will Anyone Explain America’s Conflict with Iran?

By MICHAEL BRENDAN DOUGHERTY The escalation of tensions between the two countries has left more questions than answers.   Afew weeks ago in this space, I wrote that we were in a submerged constitutional crisis. President Donald Trump could announce one change in American foreign policy, but the White House would implement a different one. […]

Saudi Arabia shuts down key pipeline after sabotage attacks of several tankers

Drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned Yemen rebels shut down one of Saudi Arabia’s major oil pipelines Tuesday, further ratcheting up Gulf tensions after the mysterious sabotage of several tankers. Days after the United States deployed bombers and an assault ship to bolster an aircraft carrier in the region, the world’s largest crude exporter said two […]

US could win war with Iran in ‘two strikes’, says Cotton. Calls on Iran to change its behavior

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a prominent foreign policy hawk, voiced confidence in a new interview that the U.S. could win a war with Iran, saying it would take “two strikes.” “Yes, two strikes,” he told Margaret Hoover of “Firing Line” when asked if the U.S. could win a war against Iran. “The first strike and the last […]

Yemen’s Houthis begin withdrawal from Hodeidah ports in boost to peace deal

Yemen’s Houthi movement on Saturday started withdrawing forces from Saleef port in Hodeidah under a U.N.-sponsored deal stalled for months, a Reuters witness said, reviving hopes for peace efforts to end the four-year war. But a minister in the Yemeni government backed by Saudi Arabia dismissed the Iran-aligned Houthis’ pullout as a “show” meant to […]

Zarif says B-Team, not Trump, wants war with Iran

New York – US President Donald Trump does not really want a war with Iran, but could be pushed in that direction by the negative influence of the ‘B-Team’, i.e. US national security adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister “Bibi” Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince  Khalifa bin […]

Deputy of Venezuela’s Guaido arrested and dragged away by tow truck

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Wednesday that intelligence agents had detained his deputy, the first arrest of a lawmaker since Guaido tried to spark a military uprising last week to bring down President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Edgar Zambrano, vice president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, which Guaido heads, said on Twitter that agents […]

China denies having Muslim ‘concentration camps,’ tells US to ‘stop interfering’

Beijing has rejected US accusations of operating “concentration camps” in its Xinjiang region, with a government spokesman telling Washington Monday to “stop interfering in Chinese domestic affairs.” US Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver first made the remarks during a press briefing on Friday, saying as many as three million Muslim-majority Uyghur people may be […]