Stratfor: Trump’s art of wrecking the nuclear deal with Iran

Summary: Obama's nuclear deal with Iran was one of his major accomplishments, a defeat of the multi-generational propaganda barrage by America's pro-war hawks. Now conservatives work to overturn it, as they have opposed all nuclear arms control treaties -- deals that have helped prevent atomic war. Stratfor gives a hopeful forecast for what follows Trump's … Continue reading Stratfor: Trump’s art of wrecking the nuclear deal with Iran

Stratfor: Iran’s mullahs and the Saudi Princes fight to control the internet

Summary:  Next in this series looking the Saudi Princes' attempts to cope with the 21st century, we share Stratfor's analysis of how the Princes and Iran's mullahs (aka ruhani) are responding to their irresistible common enemy -- the internet, and especially social media. "Information wants to be free"" --- Stewart Brand told Steve Wozniak at … Continue reading Stratfor: Iran’s mullahs and the Saudi Princes fight to control the internet

Stratfor: Iran’s Hard-Liners lose the election. Big changes ahead.

Summary: We tend to see the complex politics of America but assume Iran's mullahs rule a tyranny. Last week's elections prove otherwise. Here Stratfor describes Iran's politics and the election's results. The new leadership team will have to sail through these troubled waters. Iran's fragile economy is under incredible pressure from the collapse of oil … Continue reading Stratfor: Iran’s Hard-Liners lose the election. Big changes ahead.

The hawks’ weird story about Iran’s seizure of 2 US navy boats

Summary: Iran's arrest of US sailors in their waters provides opportunity for our hawks to wave a fake bloody shirt, hoping to make the US public fear and despise Iran. That this daft jingoism is considered acceptable, even routine, fare in our newspapers shows how much we've adopted Imperial thinking -- and abandoned common sense. … Continue reading The hawks’ weird story about Iran’s seizure of 2 US navy boats

Does the unrest in Saudi Arabia mean their government is tottering?

Summary: The Saudi Princes rule one of the nations key to the current geopolitical order. Recent news stories suggest it is tottering, such as the execution of a reformist Shiite cleric. A close look at authoritative sources gives the answer, one that also illuminates other questions about current events. "Saudi execution of Shia cleric sparks … Continue reading Does the unrest in Saudi Arabia mean their government is tottering?