Risks And Benefits Of The U.S. Speaking Out About Iran

President Trump has tweeted his support for protesters in Iran. But what could the U.S. realistically do to help? NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with Gary Sick of Columbia University about U.S. policy options on Iran.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2018/01/02/575168267/risks-and-benefits-of-the-u-s-speaking-out-about-iran


Former Pakistani Ambassador To The U.S. Considers Implications Of Trump’s Tweet

President Trump’s first tweet of 2018 was extremely critical of Pakistan, threatening to withhold U.S. aid to the country. Former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani speaks with NPR’s Ari Shapiro about the implications of such a threat.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2018/01/02/575168199/former-pakistani-ambassador-to-the-u-s-considers-implications-of-trumps-tweet

Israel to tell African migrants: leave or face indefinite imprisonment

Rights groups condemn plan to return those who entered Israel illegally and who do not have a refugee application pending Israel is set to inform thousands of Africans who entered the country illegally that they have three months to leave or face indefinite imprisonment.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/02/israel-to-tell-african-migrants-leave-or-face-indefinite-imprisonment

Why there are huge protests in Iran

Several people have died in Iran’s biggest demonstrations since the disputed presidential election in 2009. The BBC’s Rana Rahimpour explains what the protesters are demanding and how the government has responded amid shifting international attitudes to the country.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-middle-east-42548176/iran-protests-why-people-are-taking-to-the-streets

Palestinian 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi is the latest child victim of Israel’s occupation

A little over four years ago, I drove to the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh to spend a day with a 12-year-old girl. Her name was Ahed Tamimi, and I was interviewing her for a magazine article, Children of the Occupation: Growing up in Palestine.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/02/ahed-tamimi-israel-occupation-palestinian-trauma

‘Worrying’ clampdown on human rights: UN condemns Saudi Arabia

Calls for release of dozens of prominent figures imprisoned in wave of recent arrests as UN and human rights groups speak out against crackdown on dissent Saudi Arabia faces new calls to release the dozens of people detained since September in what has been condemned as a “worrying”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jan/02/clampdown-human-rights-un-united-nations-condemns-saudi-arabia