Sectarian geopolitics in two easy tweets just yesterday

[ by Charles Cameron — you could start from this polarity and build out to cover the tensions of the world ] . This: Saudi Arabia’s top cleric says Iran’s leaders ‘not Muslims’ https://t.co/rPNjqo9x6g via @WSJ — El_Grillo (@El_Grillo1) September 6, 2016 is an instance of this: When Iran's regime criticizes KSA's regime, or KSA's […] Read more »

Net gains in Turkey and Iran?

[ by Charles Cameron — when two data points contradict a trend, what’s up? ] . Gotta love the graphic of “Twitter being written into the ancient Persian Cyrus Cylinder in an animation film for Farsi Twitter, highlighting the platforms importance for communications in Iran” (upper panel, below): — and there’s something faintly Escherian about […] Read more »

Tweet and response: polling religious interest globally?

[ by Charles Cameron — Pew — Iran? Saudis? ] . Here’s the tweet: How strongly do different nationalities feel about #religion? https://t.co/hPQcLYMvz3 @StatistaCharts pic.twitter.com/RaPto3EI23 — World Economic Forum (@wef) April 30, 2016 It looks impressive, doesn’t it? The good folks at Pew have obvisouly done their homework. And here’s the response: Where are Saudi […] Read more »

Win some, lose some

[ by Charles Cameron — tensions between Iran and the Saudis extend to the morality police level ] . ** There’s a certain irony in the concept of “undercover” cops in a context where, as RFE/RL reports: Tehran’s police chief Hossein Sajedinia said that the male and female agents — numbering around 7,000 — will […] Read more »

Nuclear sites and religion, flags and clouds

[ by Charles Cameron — Oak Ridge, Albi, Bushehr, a Sinan mosque, clouds formation, the Karmapas ] . Cheryl Rofer very kindly suggested a DoubleQuote to me today, comparing and contrasting the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, Oak Ridge: and the Cathedral of Albi — heart of the district in which the Albigensians / Cathars […] Read more »

Iran’s Close Relationship with Syria Hinders Negotiations with the US

With no formal peace talks in the works, the United States is reaching out to Iran to negotiate a political solution, one in which the Assad regime is removed from power. But the most critical obstacle to this is Iran’s unwillingness to part ways with President Bashar al-Assad.

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Armageddon: if you can’t hasten it, maybe you can dodge it?

[ by Charles Cameron — plus a date-setting video, awaiting The End in 2031! ] . Armageddon. Even if you can’t hotwire it.. you may still be able to dodge it.. ** From the late Israeli analyst, Reuven Paz: Jihadi apocalyptic discourse, either by Jihadi-Salafi scholars, clerics, or supporters of global Jihad is one of […] Read more »

Apocalypse soon from Lapido, McCants from Sources & Methods

[ by Charles Cameron — my latest for LapidoMedia gives Sunni, Shia background, & importantly the shift from Zarqawi to Baghdadi — followed by a chaser from Will McCants ] . My latest from Lapido, opening paras: TO SENIOR military officers, intelligence analysts and policy-makers, blood and guts are more real than fire and brimstone. […] Read more »

Admiral Fallon Testifies Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

On September 09, ASP Board Member Admiral William Fallon testified on the Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was joined in testifying before members of Congress by General Charles Wald, Vice Admiral John Bird, and Leon Wieseltier who is the Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy at the Brookings Institute.

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