Iran announced yesterday the final list of candidates deemed qualified to run in the country’s upcoming presidential election. The results indicate that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his supporters have positioned themselves to further consolidate their power. The Guardian Council … read more
The new International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s nuclear program—at least the elements of the program that inspectors are given limited access to—reads much like previous quarterly reports in its demonstration of an unrelenting adversary and a failing strategy. … read more
Tragic news in from London where, in an apparent terrorist attack, two attackers chanting Allahu Akbar (“God is Great”) attacked a soldier, beheading him and mutilating his body. One of the perpetrators then reportedly declared, “”We swear by almighty Allah … read more
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday approved legislation to have the United States provide small arms and ammunition to the Syrian opposition. While it’s good news that a bipartisan array of senators recognizes the high costs of American passivity, I’m … read more
Here we go again. The Guardian Council has handpicked eight candidates to contest next month’s presidential elections in Iran, and the Western press dutifully anoints some of them reformers. It’s as if North Korea would someday hold elections in which … read more
In the aftermath of the disaster at Benghazi, the State Department is adding security at embassies and consulates around the world. According to the New York Times: By late this summer, the State Department plans to send dozens of additional … read more
This weekend, the last of America’s A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft stationed in Europe flew out of Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany for the final time. The US Air Force’s 81st Fighter Squadron is being deactivated after 30-plus years in service, and … read more
All is not well in the City of Lights, as Pakistan’s major metropolis, Karachi, is known. The murder of a senior political party worker on May 18 underscores the unrest wracking the city in the wake of recent elections, and … read more
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is extremely influential in Iranian national security affairs. It affects the formulation and execution of policy regarding Iran’s nuclear program, conflict in Syria, global asymmetric operations, domestic security, and many other matters. The IRGC … read more
It happens every four years: The Islamic Republic heads into presidential elections and newspapers, columnists, and analysts — their nerdy attention to Iranian politics suddenly in vogue — start sounding off about this faction or that faction, or one Iranian … read more
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