Trump Freezes Funds for Syrian Recovery, Signaling Pullback

posted in: Middle East, News

Order to State Department to hold off on spending jibes with president’s call for an early exit. Syrian children and youths watching a U.S. armored-vehicle convoy pass last year on a road to Raqqa, Syria. PHOTO: HUSSEIN MALLA/ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump … Read More

John Bolton and Washington’s Iran policy industry

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Bolton is only a by-product of a general policy environment in Washington continually primed to directly confront Iran. In a social media post late on March 22, Trump announced that Bolton will replace Lieutenant General HR McMaster as his chief … Read More

Can the EU save the Iran nuclear deal?

European leaders must continue to resist US pressures to isolate Iran. Earlier this month, for the first time since the signing of the nuclear deal, Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has blamed the EU for “appeasing” the US [Francois Lenoir/Reuters] … Read More

Rex Tillerson Out as Trump’s Secretary of State, Replaced by Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday ousted his secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, extending a shake-up of his administration, 14 months into his tumultuous presidency, and potentially transforming the nation’s economic and foreign policy. Mr. Trump announced he would … Read More

RPT-EXCLUSIVE-U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on N.Korea sanctions evaders-sources

posted in: Far East, News

This repeats story of 23 February. WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – The Trump administration and key Asian allies are preparing to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could include deploying U.S. Coast … Read More

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