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Upozit No. 214 -- Dec. 23/ 2017
VOA - Last Page -- Mehdi Falahati Jan. 5th, 2018

The New Republic
Trumps - America First - policy could cripple the U.S. solar industry - - The president is about to make a decision that could cost more jobs than the entire coal industry, and Republicans are not happy about it.
By Emily Atkin


The Washington Post
Unexpected defeat in rural Wisconsin special election sets off alarm bells for republicans - - While the midterm elections are 10 months away, a stunning Democratic victory deep in the heart of Trump country suggests a blue tsunami could be forming.
By James Hohmann


The Foreign Policy
The Islamic Republic of hysteria - - The Trump administrations Middle East strategy revolves around a threat that doesn’t exist.
By Stephen M. Walt


The Christian Science Monitor
What one test shows about depth and persistence of stereotypes - - Implicit bias is difficult to uproot because it is, well, implicit. One solution, experts say, is to build systems that eliminate the possibility of implicit bias before it has a chance to sneak into decisions.
By Eoin O Carroll


The New York Times
While you were sleeping - - Technology is advancing by leaps and bounds.
By Thomas L. Friedman


The Washington Post
In Iran, protester - suicide - stir anger and calls for accountability - - A willingness by members of Irans mainstream society to dispute official versions of protester deaths suggest that the fallout may be just beginning.
By Thomas Erdbrink


The New York Times
How the other half lives in Iran - - Inequality is rising in Iran. The rural poor are angry and living increasingly precarious lives. For more opinion, go to NYTimes.com/Opinion »
By Shahram Khosravi


The New York Times
Trumps demand to rewrite Iran deal tests a weakend diplomatic corps - - The Trump administration is being forced to rethink strategies that were driven largely by military considerations
By Mark Lanler


 
Argument
The Foreign Policy
Irans elites are far more fragile than they look - - An Islamic Republic divided against itself cannot stand.
By Sanam Vakil

News Analysis
The New York Times
How news media handled a president vulgarity - - It is exceedingly rare for the countrys biggest news organizations to publish a quote that includes an expletive. Heres why an exception was made.
By Michael M. Grynbaum

Analysis
The New York Times
Iranian and Saudi youth try to bury 1979 - - In 1979, when, as Middle East expert Mamoun Fandy once observed, Islam lost its brakes and the whole world felt it
By Thomas L. Friedman

Iran -- Protests
The Washington Post
Iran leader blames U.S. for unrest but says public demands - must be answered - - The comments constituted a rare admission from the hard-line cleric, who wields ultimate authority in Iran and has led brutal crackdowns on dissent.
By Erin Cunningham

Report
The Foreign Policy
How Washington helps Tehran control the internet - - Meant to hurt the regime, U.S. sanctions actually make it easier for the mullahs to crack down on dissent online.
By Elias Groll

Opinions
The Christian Science Monitor
Under Trump, U.S.debates a leaders mental fitness as never before - - Two books, one quoting White House insiders and the other by psychiatrists, have spurred discussion of a long-taboo subject regarding sitting presidents. It's about Trump, but also about whether the - Goldwater rule - against armchair diagnosis should still apply.
By Linda Feldmann

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Dancing to Russias tune in Syria - - As the United States stands back, the Saudis and even the U.N. special envoy are now open to a greater Russian diplomatic role in shaping the future of Syria
By Colum Lynch

Iran - Cultural Affairs
The New York Times
Iran bans English in primary schools to block - cultural invasion - - After Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a western - culture invasion
By Reuters

News Analysis
The Washington Post
The right response to Iran - - In today’s world, it’s hard to argue that repression won’t work in the short run. But this is a long game, and while the mullahs have the guns, they seem to have lost the publics trust
By David Ignatius

Analysis
The Washington Post
Unlike Obama, Trump will not be silent on Iran - - Those brave protesters looked to the leader of the free world for support. But as I saw first hand as a member of Congress, the president of the United States stayed silent
By Mike Pence

Trump - Mental Health
MSN News
Lawmakers briefed by Yale psychiatrist on Trumps mental health - - Dr. Bandy X. Lee reportedly met with the group of lawmakers on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 and warned them the president is "going to unravel." All of the lawmakers in attendance were Democrats, except for one Republican senator
By Brett Samuel

Analysis
The Washington Post
Trump is right to keep eyes on Iran - - This is a nationwide uprising taking place all over Iran
By David Ignatius

News Analysis
The New York Times
The worst thing for Irans protesters - U.S. silence - - Barack Obamas answers to those questions were clear: No, not really. His position, the one now echoed by many Western liberals, is based on a deeply misguided premise that the current regime can be reformed or moderated. It can not — and that premise should be abandoned if we want to do right by Iran.
By Reuel Marc Gerecht

Analysis
The New Republic
Are right - wing hawks underming the Iranian protests - - the protests are the largest since the countrys ill-fated Green Movement in 2009
By Sara Jones

Analysis
The New Republic
Behind the Iron Curtain - - In 1947, John Steinbeck and Robert Capa set out to introduce America to Soviet life. Seventy years later, two journalists retraced their steps.
By Laura Reston, Thomas Dwerzak and Robert Capa

Argument
The Foreign Policy
2017 was the year of false promise in the fight against populism - - The populist wave seems like it may have crested. The data proves otherwise.
By Yascha Mounk and Martin Eiermann

IRAN
The New York Times
.Iranian authorities clamp down as protests spread - - The rallies are the biggest in years, and are breaking out in areas once reliably loyal to the government.
By Thomas Erdbrink

Opinions
The Foreign Policy
Trump is not sure if Democracy is better than Autocracy - - Americas president is voluntarily abdicating one of the countrys biggest strategic advantages.
By Stephen M. Walt

News Analysis
The New York Times
An Israel of pride and shame - -
By Roger Cohen

News Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
After ISIS rise of a new Iraqi nationalism - - The Sunni-Shiite balance of power has shifted dramatically in Iraq. Some Sunnis see it as a calamity. Others see it as an opportunity to make progress on unifying a nation that has long been marked by ethnic and religious divisions.
By Scott Peterson


Opinions
The Washington Post
There is nothing professional about this president - - When a democratically elected leader exposes himself as a man with autocratic instincts, splitting the difference only starts this country down the path to a constitutional crisis.
By Joe Scarborough

Opinions
The New Republic
The Ghost of Totalitarianism - - In his latest novel, Ismail Kadare examines the line between death and life, and between the individual and the state.
By Josephine Livingstone

Iran - Human Rights
The Foreign Policy
Trumps disingenuous support for Iranian protesters has backfired - - A selective approach to human rights is even more harmful than America first.
By Ned Price

News Analysis
The Washington Post
The Iranian protests are an opportunity for Trump — just not the one he wants Recent protests across Iran offer a new opportunity for American policy — just not the one to which President Trump is instinctively drawn.
By William J. Burns and Jake Sullivan

Report
The Washington Post
Bethesda teen found dead in stream after party was carrying fake ID; police say - - A Bethesda teenager found dead of alcohol poisoning in a frigid stream after a party last month had been carrying two fake Pennsylvania drivers licenses that indicated he was old enough to buy alcohol,
By Dan Morse

Opinions
The New York Times
The worst and the dumbest - - Given what Trump is doing to our government, it's a good thing he's a very stable genius
By Paul Krugman

News Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
How Iras uprising of the poor dents a revolutions legitimacy - - Leaders of the Islamic Republic made a lot of assumptions about rank-and-file Iranians, it turns out, that are now emphatically proving to be untrue. This is a story about the public pressure that can build over decades of promises unfulfilled.
By Scott Peterson

Analysis
The Washington Post
Protests threaten Irans image as an unstoppable regional power - - Domestic unrest in Iran has been aimed in part at the country’s intervention in the region’s wars, exposing a key vulnerability for its leadership.
By Liz Sly

News Analysis
The Washington Post
I asked Trump a blunt question - Do you read - - Awkward silence. I am serious, Donald. Do you read - I continued. If someone wrote you a one - page paper on a policy, could you read it.
By Joe Scarborough

Food - Efficiency
The Christian Science Monitor
How France became a global leader in curbing food waste - - How-France-became-a-global-leader-in-curbing-food-waste
By Story Hinckley

Analysis
The New York Times
Trump is right, Irans revolutionary theocracy is bankrupt. this time, about Iran - - Irans revolutionary theocracy is bankrupt.
By Roger Cohen

News Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Iranians are mad as hell about their foreign policy - - Tehrans adventures abroad have triggered anger at home. Heres how American foreign policy can step up.
By Dennis Ross

Opinions
The New York Times
Why Iran is protesting - - protesters talking to the news media, they all mention unemployment, inflation and the looting of national wealth
By Amir Ahmadi Arian

News Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Reform or revolution - - Irans Path to Democracy
By Haleh Esfandiari

Iran -- Protests
The Washington Post
In Iran, protests rage on as fears of a harsher response from authorities - - The death toll continued to climb as anti-government demonstrations spread for a sixth day. The protests have been stunning in their ferocity and geographic reach and leaders in Tehran struggled to respond to the most serious internal crisis in nearly a decade.
By Erin Cunningham

Inovation & New Ideas
The Christian Science Monitor
Innovation -- 18 leaps to watch for in 2018 - - There is technology that delights us and eases life around the edges. And then there is technology that transforms. The Netherlands now outproduces all other nations on a per-square-mile basis, not just in tulips but also in some key food crops. That’s precision farming, digital and data-based. And it is just one tech trend to watch.
By Eoin O Carroll

Analysis
The Washington Post
As protests turn deadly Iran warns demonstrators will pay the price for unrest - - The government blocked access to two social media apps in an attempt to blunt the protests, which are the largest in Iran since 2009 and appear to have caught the country’s leadership off guard. Two protesters were shot and killed as the unrest spread across Iran for a third day.
By Erin Cunningham

Future -- Robots
The New Republic
The year the Robots came for our jobs - - Public anxiety over the automation of the workplace reached new heights in 2017, making clear that humanity is not ready for the coming revolution.
By Jonathan Malesic

Yemen - Human Rights
The New York Times
The Yemen crucible - - Yemenis are dying as Saudi Arabia, with American help, and Iran fight a proxy war.
By The Editorial Board

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Cyber attack targets safety system at Saudi Aramco - - One report points to Iran, but the evidence is far from conclusive.
By Elias Groll



    
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