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Iran and Russia discuss ties, the Middle East, and nuclear deal

Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera – 13 April 2021 Iranian president Hassan Rouhani recently met with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss nuclear deals, bilateral relations and expanding regional cooperation with other countries. This article in Al Jazeera details the specifics of Rouhani and Lavrov’s high-level talks. Read the full article here.

China-Iran 25-year deal not aimed at any country: Iranian envoy

Xie Wenting, Global Times – 15 April 2021 A Global Times reporter, the Chinese tabloid newspaper under the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily, Xie Wenting interviewed the Iranian Ambassador to China, Mohammad Keshavarzzadeh, on issues concerning the 25-year cooperation agreement. Keshavarzzadeh stated “Western countries still have the leverage to extend their colonial domination through the…

The leaked U.S. plan to end the war in Afghanistan

Susannah George, The Washington Post – 10 March 2021 The Washington Post reports this week on the leaked U.S. document that details plans to withdraw all American troops by the 1st May on the grounds that Afghanistan’s government is replaced with temporary leaders, a new constitution is drafted and a ceasefire is brokered. Read the…

EU-China investment deal faces backlash in European Parliament

Finbarr Bermingham, South China Morning Post – 24 February 2021 MEPs have criticised the investment deal between Brussels and Beijing, saying that the parliament has ignored concerns over human rights issues and also bypassed the Biden administration’s calls for tougher engagement with China. The EU’s top negotiator defended the deal and says that the EU…

A landmark night in US history: Capitol riots nation’s Waterloo, destroy global image

Double-standard Washington politicians ‘deserve chaos, violence’ GT staff reporters, Global Times – 7 January 2021 Given the tense relations between China and the U.S. as the result of a Trump presidency’s harsh and unforgiving rhetoric towards the country, it is hardly unsurprising to find that the Chinese reaction to the Capitol riots is one of…

Ending the Yemen war is both a strategic and humanitarian imperative

John R. Allen and Bruce Riedel – Brookings, Order and Chaos Series Saudi Arabia ostensibly started the war in Yemen to prevent Iran from acquiring a foothold on the Arabian Peninsula overlooking the strategic Bab al Mandab straits. Almost six years later, the war has in fact given Iran just that — plus created the worst humanitarian…