Friday, 3. July 2015  ir  
Iran Conquering the Middle East?
By Juan Cole (the nation) The rise of the Houthi movement in Yemen, the militias of Iraq, Hezbollah in Lebanon and even the Syrian Arab Army of Bashar al-Assad are being configured by many analysts as evidence of a wide-ranging Iranian Shiite incursion into the Middle East. The Saudi bombing campaign... Read more
The strategic genius of Iran’s supreme leader
By Ray Takeyh Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. On the surface, there is not much that commends Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. An anti-Semite, he has frequently questioned the Holocaust and defamed Israel in despicable terms. As a conspiracy theorist, he... Read more
Is Iran Conquering Yemen?
Al-jazeera: It would be an understatement to say that the internal power politics at play in Yemen are among the oldest, most complex and most dynamic in the Middle East. What heretofore was a struggling and weak Sunni-led central government barely holding onto power while engaged in simultaneous and... Read more
By JACK KEANE And DANIELLE PLETKA The Middle East is in a downward spiral. More than 160,000 have died in Syria’s civil war, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, aka ISIS, has captured key Iraqi cities and is marching on Baghdad, and the security investments made by the... Read more
Speaking to reporters in the Turkish capital on Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran and Turkey sought closer ties in an effort to quell violence currently threatening to destabilize the Middle East. “Iran and Turkey, the two important countries in the region, are determined to fight against... Read more
Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed UK Prince Charles’ controversial comparison of him with Adolf Hitler as “very wrong” and “unacceptable.” Putin’s response came just days after the Prince of Wales during his royal tour of Canada reportedly likened the Russian president to the Nazi leader. Putin said, “It... Read more
​ Obama in Saudi Arabia: Will Riyadh really go it alone? — RT Op-Edge. Read more
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The West has not yet reached a stage where it will be ready to impose economic sanctions on Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, stressing that she hopes for a political solution to the stalemate over Ukraine crisis. The chancellor said she is “not interested in escalation” of tensions with Russia,... Read more
President Obama’s key speech in Brussels on Ukraine and attempts to isolate Russia appears to be an exercise of omission, mutually-exclusive statements and unveiled double standards. Here’s a quick look at what Obama told an audience of some 2,000 people in his damning 30-minute speech. “Each of us has... Read more