Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Brennan: “Frequently, people who go along a treasonous path do not know they are on a treasonous path until it is too late." Developments on Day 124 of the Trump Administration: Ex-CIA Head: Why We Investigated Trump-Russia Collusion John Brennan, the former director of the CiA, tells the House Intelligence Committee in dramatic language of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and...
EA's Political WorldView podcast takes on "Presidents Committing Crimes" this week. Regulars Adam Quinn and Scott Lucas talk to special guest Marco Vieira of the University of Birmingham about Brazil, where bribery allegations against President Michel Temer --- following the impeachment of predecessor Dilma Rousseff and charges against most of the country's politicians --- could portend a breakdown of democracy...
Trump Administration changes image of US foreign policy, but has it changed the approach? Robert Pee of the University of Birmingham writes for EA: At the end of April, Donald Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to Washington for a state visit, despite the fact that his regime has been accused of extra-judicial killings. At the start of the month, Trump was...
LATEST ISIS Car Bomb Kills 4 in Homs WEDNESDAY FEATURE Iran Daily: Top Official in Moscow for Syria Talks Opposition-held areas in northwest Syria, crowded with displaced people, are struggling to provide basic services. Although pro-Assad bombing and bombardment has been eased by Russian-led "de-escalation zones" earlier this month, areas in Idlib and Aleppo Provinces are trying to cope with the devastation from years...
The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, conferred with senior Russian officials in Moscow on Tuesday over the Syrian crisis. Shamkhani met his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, with both men pledging continued support for the Assad regime as they discussed intelligence-sharing and coordination of military and diplomatic efforts. Beyond that standard description, Iranian State media offer a clue...
In the latest of our videos on the June 8 UK general election, David Dunn of the University of Birmingham explains why the campaign is not producing a serious discussion of Britain's decision to leave the European Union and its likely consequences: It is in the interest of the two leading parties not to make this an issue in the...
Current and former officials: Trump asked Director of National Intelligence and head of National Security Agency to supersede FBI investigation Developments on Day 122 of the Trump Adminstration: Trump Asked Top Officials to Overrule FBI and Deny Russia "Collusion" Donald Trump asked two leaders of the US intelligence community to supersede the FBI investigation and publicly deny any evidence of collusion between...
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called his re-election on Friday a vote by the Iranian people for moderation and reason. Rouhani used his press conference on Monday for an effective rebuke to his foes within the regime, including the Revolutionary Guards and elements within the Supreme Leader's office. Having warned before the election that his defeat would mean a return...
Pro-Assad forces are advancing again towards US-supported rebels in eastern Syria, days after American warplanes tried to deter an offensive by bombing a convoy with Hezbollah fighters, Iraqi militiamen, and --- reportedly --- Iranian troops. The pro-Assad units are moving in the Badia, a desert region near Syria's southern border with Iraq. Free Syrian Army factions, trained and assisted by...
Speaking with Julia Hartley-Brewer of London's talkRADIO on Monday morning, I assessed Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia and looked forward to his next stop, Israel. The 10-minute discussion considered Trump's immediate priority in Riyadh --- arms sales and Saudi investments in the US --- as well as how to read the President's statements about the region, given that he...
Significance of Trump speech? Full backing to Saudi military intervention in Yemen's civil war Developments on Day 121 of Trump Administration: See Podcast: Trump Does Business in Saudi Arabia Trump Plays Up Anti-Iran Coalition as Saudi Gets Full Support Donald Trump and his advisers use the second day of a trip to Saudi Arabia to bolster the announcement of $350 billion in arms...
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has challenged Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, declaring that the President's rhetoric is aimed at "milking" Saudi Arabia for hundreds of billions of dollars. Zarif used Twitter for his response to speeches by Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson criticizing Iran for support of "terrorism", repression of human rights, and an undemocratic...