At their core, the problems in Iraq and Lebanon are the same as those in Iran, as they are in Egypt, Syria, Algeria and elsewhere in the Middle East: castes of entrenched, corrupt and incompetent rulers lord over young populations yearning for...
Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒The price of hegemony: 40 years ago, Iranian activists stormed the US embassy in Tehran. Today Iraqi activists are storming the Iranian embassy in Baghdad.
As impeachment inquiries heat up, president’s people are busy pursuing a counter offensive aimed at discrediting Mueller’s findings that Russia interfered in 2016 election
Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒Trump mignons shaking down UK for dirt on his domestic enemies: “It is like nothing we have come across before. They are basically asking, in quite robust terms, for help in doing a hatchet job on their own intelligence services.”
In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.
Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒Panicked CIA scrambled to extract high-level spy from Russia after Trump held private 2017 meeting with Kremlin officials
President Rouhani says Iran will announce its third step in scaling back its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal.
Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒“It is unlikely that we will reach a final agreement with Europe today or tomorrow; therefore, we will take the third step. We will release the details of the third step today or tomorrow and act accordingly.”
Weimar warns us about what happens when politicians give up on their own parliaments—as one of our most distinguished historians argues in this exclusive essay
Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒“If Hitler’s rise teaches us anything, it’s that the establishment trivialises demagogues at its peril. One disturbing aspect of the present crisis is the extent to which mainstream parties tolerate leaders with tawdry rhetoric and simplistic ideas.”
Trump torched America’s foreign policy infrastructure. The results are becoming clear.
Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒“In a world spiraling towards chaos, we can begin to see the fruits of Donald Trump’s erratic, amoral and incompetent foreign policy, his systematic undermining of alliances and hollowing out of America’s diplomatic and national security architecture.”
Zoos do not play a significant role in the conservation of wildlife, their claims to educate are exaggerated and their research is compromised. Leading conservationist Damian Aspinall reckons it’s time to phase them out
Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒Zoos are outdated and cruel – it’s time to make them a thing of the past
by Gary Sick A series of events, some of which got little attention in the media, suggest that the wheels may be coming off the Trump administration’s Middle East policy. Admittedly, that policy is…
Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒'Yemen was supposed to yield to overwhelming power. Qatar was supposed to collapse under siege. Iran was supposed to fold when faced with maximum pressure. Deal of the Century in Bahrain failed to attract the level of investors that had been expected."
The wife of the ruler of Dubai has fled the country, with more success than his daughter did last year. The sheikh has denounced her, in a furious verse posted to Instagram.
Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒UAE: Dubai ruler writes wife unhinged poem on Instagram: “Your days of lying are over and it doesn’t matter what we were and what you are. You no longer have any place with me/ Go to who you have been busy with!/ I don’t care if you live or you die.”
WASHINGTON—Maintaining that the unmanned aerial vehicle was simply going about its day without posing a threat to anyone, U.S. Department of State officials claimed Thursday that one of their drones was minding its own business on its way to church...
Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒”What kind of world do we live in where an innocent drone can’t fly through Iranian air space on its way to church?”
To those on the ground, the vote result was obviously rigged. The margin of victory by incumbent hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was grossly out of line with previous and subsequent Iranian election results with high turnouts. The vote-counting...