A UAE tanker has gone missing after entering the Strait of Hormuz. Naturally, due to the Strait’s geographical position, Iran is the preferred suspect for the Trump Administration. The UAE Tanker turned off its transponder Saturday night and suspicions have currently reached their height.
After gradually stepping up pressures against Iran, many believe that President Trump is looking for war. The New York Times recently released a report that confirmed many of these suspicions; it claimed that the Pentagon sent a plan to high-ranking government officials which would, if they approve it, send 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran continued progressing their nuclear program. Trump, however, denied that any officials were considering this plan shortly before noon Tuesday.
TJ Roberts | United States
Sanctions are not only an act of economic warfare that invokes misery upon the people who hold no power in a country, it also causes instability in the market of the country imposing the sanctions. Economic warfare is the new isolationism. If the US continues its zealous pursuit of empire, we will see an acceleration of inflation. When the dollar loses even more value, the economy will tank.
By Eli Ridder | @EliRidder
United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he is set to withdraw his country from the multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran that exchanges sanctions relief for Tehran dropping their nuclear weapons research.
The deal he called “decaying and rotten” was signed in 2015 with all members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States under former President Barack Obama, Russia, France, China, United Kingdom — and Germany, or P5+1.
The move comes against the advice of European members of the deal, after several weeks of anticipation, with Iran responding by saying that it was preparing to restart uranium enrichment, the starting point for both nuclear energy and weapons.
“The US has announced that it doesn’t respect its commitments. I have ordered the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran to be ready to start the enrichment of uranium at industrial levels,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, reported the BBC.
Mr. Rouhani said that he would “wait a few weeks” to speak to allies and the other signatories to the nuclear deal first, saying that “if we achieve the deal’s goals in cooperation with other members of the deal, it will remain in place.”
The so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, partially blocked Iran’s nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions that had been imposed by the UN, U.S. and EU.
Trump has previously claimed the deal only limited Iran’s nuclear development for a specific time period, had failed to halt ballistic missile innovation and gave Iran $100 billion USD to be used as a “slush fund” for terrorism across the Middle East region.
Mr. Obama called Trump’s announcement “misguided”.
By John Liu | IRAN
Since December 28, 2017, the Iranians have been protesting against the government and the economy and looks like it is not going to end anytime soon. So what caused this and what is going to be an outcome of this situation?
The situation really started in 2012 after the sanction was placed on Iran for their nuclear program, which causes a mini-recession in the country. The Iranian rial’s value plummed to a low 23,000 to one U.S. dollar. Even though Iran is one of the most educated places in the world, many of the citizens could not find a job and is trying to find jobs overseas, causing a “brain drain”. But when the sanction was lifted by the P5+1 in 2016. However, there was supposed to be more job opportunities and a better life, but none of that has been reached and the U.S. created new sanctions after Iran violated some of the agreement including launching a rocket this past summer. Many of the people in Iran are looking at this situation like the 2008 Great Recession (which did not affect Iran at the time).
Now the protests were originally about the economic policies of the government but the protests now consist of political opposition against Ali Khamenei, a Supreme Leader of Iran. Most of the protests in the country are rather peaceful, but there are some that are violent like attacking police stations and starting fires. As of January 7, 2018, there are 23 people who died during this protests including a police officer and 1,000+ arrested. That is relatively peaceful overall if you consider that most of the police officers are not attacking the protesters. Also, this protest is less violent than the 1992 LA Riot, which is caused 63 deaths, 12,111 people arrested and caused $1 billion dollars in damage in one week.
What does this mean for the rest of the world? In Russia, Turkey, and the UK, they are hoping that the protests will remain peaceful. The U.S. president Donald Trump supports the people in a tweet that states that the government should respect the people’s rights and supports the people of Iran who are outraged at the government and its corruption. But for the long run, it is hard to say. Because people are rebelling against the government, there is a possibility of a revolution in the country fighting for freedom. If successful, it might change the landscape of Iran and the world forever. However, nothing will change, probably. There were protests after the 2009 Iranian election but nothing has really changed since the protest.
For all we know, the riot is still going and the tension is still high, but it is one step in the right direction to freedom.