Iran’s Target in the Middle East Isn’t Saudi Arabia, but U.S. Interests

March 15 2021

Shortly after coming to office, the Biden administration repealed sanctions on the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, reduced support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting them, and announced its intent to use diplomacy to “end the war” that has raged in Yemen since 2014. But this approach is based on a fundamental misunderstanding about the causes and nature of the conflict, writes Mohammed Khalid Alyahya:

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More about: Hizballah, Joseph Biden, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy, Yemen

How Princeton Abandoned a Graduate Student Held Hostage by Iran

Jan. 25 2022

In 2016, Xiyue Wang, an American citizen and a PhD candidate at Princeton University, traveled to Tehran to improve his Persian, and to conduct archival research on the governance of border provinces in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A few months later he was arrested and sent to the Evin prison, where he was held for 40 months, most of which he spent in solitary confinement. He emerged thoroughly disabused of his former faith in the possibility of U.S conciliation with the Islam Republic. He had a similar change in attitude toward his university. Peter Theroux writes:

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More about: Academia, Iran