Iran Just Took a Strategic Step Closer to China

On September 17, a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) approved the Islamic Republic’s accession as a member. Iran first applied to join in 2008, but was rejected. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of this development in light of tensions between the U.S. and China:

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More about: China, Iran, U.S. Foreign policy

The UK’s Ban on Hamas Is a Belated Step in the Right Direction

Nov. 29 2021

Twenty years after Britain outlawed Hamas’s military wing, the home secretary, Priti Patel, has decided to proscribe the entire organization. Stephen Daisley applauds this decision, but observes that London does not yet seem to recognize the dangers of what Hamas represents:

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More about: Hamas, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian terror, United Kingdom