FROM Dariush Maanavi
Iranians Play the Waiting Game In the US, there's a lot riding on a nuclear deal with Iran: the President's legacy, relations with Israel — a major issue in next year's election. In Iran, the possible lifting of sanctions has created towering expectations, especially among the young. Support is "steadfast and unequivocal," according to a recent survey by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. But hopes for an unfettered economy, political reform and doors opening to the rest of the world are tempered by uncertainty. We talk with insiders. Meantime, what about Iran's Arab neighbors? For them, a deal could make a powerful competitor more dangerous than ever.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?