By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –
Pew Research Center has found that the confidence of the world public in the US willingness to do the right thing has plummeted in just the few months Trump has been at our helm. Last fall, 62 percent of people throughout the world said they trusted Obama to do the right thing, and 64 percent had a favorable view of the US. (US favorability ratings were even higher before Bush invaded Iraq; nobody likes aggressors).
Now, 22 percent tru
Middle East Studies Association of North America | – –
On Monday, June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued a limited stay in the case that MESA has joined as a plaintiff, IRAP v. Trump, partially reinstating the revised Executive Order (EO) from March 6, 2017 (for MESA’s statement on EO 13780 see here). The Supreme Court’s decision will allow the EO to go into effect except with respect to those individuals who have a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in th
Rebecca Gordon | ( Tomdispatch.com) | – –
The headlines arrive in my inbox day after day: “U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria killed hundreds of civilians, U.N. panel says.” “Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields.” “The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.” There are so many wars and rumors of war involving our country these days that it starts to feel a little unreal, even for the most devoted of news watchers. And for
Ronald Suny | (The Conversation) | – –
U.S. intelligence agencies – 17 of them – agree that evidence shows the Russian government hacked the Democratic National Committee and waged a campaign to influence voters in 2016.
Although no evidence of collusion between U.S. citizens and Russia has been proven yet, President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s attempt to improve relations with Russia has been hobbled.
The cloud hanging over the White House seem
TeleSur | – –
New clean schemes push the nation further forward as a leader in search for alternative technologies.
Demonstrating that renewables are a viable option for the future, China’s Qinghai Province [, pop. 5.2 mn.] last week ran for seven consecutive days entirely on clean energy.
From June 17 to June 23, Qinghai used only wind, solar and hydropower stations, coordinated by the national State Grid Corporation.
The Chinese province broke the previous
Farhang Jahanpour | ( Tehran Times | – –
TEHRAN – Professor Farhang Jahanpour, part-time tutor on the Middle East in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, tells the Tehran Times that Iran, Egypt and Turkey must set aside their differences in order save the the region from “chaos and destruction”.
Following is the full text of the interview:
Q: It has just been announced that King Salman has deposed the Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef and
By Reese Erlich | (The Progressive) | – –
Syrian President Bashar al Assad claims to have won the war and that he is merely mopping up remaining rebel groups.
With its escalation of the undeclared war in Syria, the Trump Administration risks a direct military confrontation with Russia.
On June 20, the United States shot down an Iranian drone flying near allied rebels in southeastern Syria. On June 17, a U.S. fighter jet downed a Syrian Air Force bomber, asserting that
By John Church, Christopher Watson, Matt King, Xianyao Chen, and Xuebin Zhang | (The Conversation) | – –
Contributions to the rate of global sea-level rise increased by about half between 1993 and 2014, with much of the increase due to an increased contribution from Greenland’s ice, according to our new research.
Our study, published in Nature Climate Change, shows that the sum of contributions increased from 2.2mm per year to 3.3mm per year. This is consistent with, although