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
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
Violent protests in Iran are continuing since they began six days ago. They’re highlighting economic problems and the question of what impact U.S. sanctions have on Iranians.
Read more: https://www.npr.org/2018/01/02/575168241/protests-in-iran-continue-with-reports-of-20-killed-and-hundreds-arrested
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks in a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday. Khamenei said the country’s enemies have meddled in recent protest rallies.
Read more: https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2018/01/02/575067922/the-key-players-in-the-iran-protests
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
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
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
A relatively small protest on 28 December, in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city, began a wave of seemingly spontaneous demonstrations that have spread across the country.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/02/iran-protests-how-did-they-start-and-where-are-they-heading
Joseph Pearlman responds thoughtfully (Why anti-Zionism is seen as antisemitism, 1 January) to my letter (29 December) about freedom of speech on Israel in universities.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/02/is-anti-zionism-really-a-new-antisemitism
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