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Upozit No.267 2/10/19 Afshin Nariman
Leila Marvdashti

The Washington Post
The lengthy history of white politicians who wore blackface - - White politicians from the North and the South — Democrats and Republicans — have been caught on camera in blackface. Few suffer lasting repercussions.
By Cleve R.Wootson Jr.


Asharq Al - Awsat
Warsaw: A step to deter Iran - - Even before it was announced, the Warsaw Conference on Peace and Security in the Middle East had triggered a tsunami of both positive and negative comments
By Amir Taheri


The Christian Science Monitor
The Orchid whisperer: Rare blooms find an urban perch - - Can planting endangered plants in urban settings help heal the disconnect between humans and nature? Conservationists in Miami are trying a fresh approach to both landscaping and saving native plants.
By Eva Botkin - Kowacki


The Foreign Affairs
A new Americanism - - Why a Nation Needs a National Story
By Jill Lepore


The Foreign Policy
How (and how not) to talk about the Israel lobby - - There’s a difference between fair and unfair criticisms of AIPAC—and it’s time everyone, including AIPAC, acknowledges it.
By Stephen M. Walt


The National Review
After Pence slams European approach to Iran, Pompeo meets with to EU diplomats - - “It is an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the EU, and create still more distance between Europe and the United States,” he said. Pence also called on the EU to withdraw from the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
By Theodore Kupfer


The New York Times
'He's not there yet': Embattled governor seeks forgiveness - - Seeking to recover from the scandal over his use of blackface, Gov. Ralph Northam is scrambling to rebuild his image among African-Americans.
By Jonathan Martin, John Eligon & Campbell Robertson


The Washington Post
Northam seeks more for the poor - - To add more money to several programs aimed at helping minorities and the disadvantaged
By Gregory S. Schneider


The Foreign Policy
Iran's economy is crumbling, but collapse is a long way off - - Things will only get worse under Trump’s sanctions, but China, India, and other countries are still defiantly buying oil.
By Keith Johnson


The Foreign Affairs
Natanyahu's refrendum - - Things will only get worse under Trump’s sanctions, but China, India, and other countries are still defiantly buying oil.
By Aluf Benn


 
Monroe Doctrine
The Economist
What is the Monroe Doctrine - - A cornerstone of American foreign policy is once more under discussion
By th economist explains

Iran - 1979 Revolution
The New York Times
The Iran revolution at 40: from theocracy to 'Normality' - - The country has changed enormously, as a growing middle class has quietly and successfully rebelled against the rigid ideology of the early years of the revolution.
By Thomas Erdbrink

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
With New appointment, state department ramps up war against foreign propaganda - - Former Fox News correspondent and Navy veteran Lea Gabrielle to head long-troubled Global Engagement Center.
By Robie Gramer, Elisa Groll

The G-File - Jonah Goldburg
The National Review
Under Madness - - You can come well short of the slaughter of the farting cows and still do profound damage to the country
By Jonah Goldburg

Iran Sanctions
The Foreign Policy
U.S. to allow some Iranian oil sales - for now - - With sanctions kicking in Monday, the administration still aims for zero oil exports from Iran but wants to avoid spiking price of crude.
By Keith Johnson

Iran - U.S.
The Washington Post
Fate of Iran nuclear deal pits U.S. against European firms - - New trading systemcould allow continental nationstoskirt sanctions
By Griff Witte & Erin Cunningham

Politics
The National Review
Political correctness knows no statute of limitations - - If Ralph Northam were to resign as governor of Virginia, it would be a great victory for the bullies of political correctness
By Joseph Esptein

Population - World
The Economist
A school for small families - - The world’s population in 2100 could be no higher than it is today
By Print Edition - International

Pope - Middle East
The New York Times
Pope Francis breaking taboos on visit to Persian Gulf - - The remarks, delivered in the United Arab Emirates, were exceptionally candid for a pontiff who usually does not criticize the country that hosts him
By Jason Horowitz

Israel
The National Review
Representative Ilan Omer likensIsrael to Jim Crow South - - The Minnesota Democrat continued her campaign against Israel on Twitter Thursday, comparing the state to the Jim Crow South of mid 20th century America.
By Jack Crowe

Nigeria
The Foreign Affairs
The deadliest conflict you have never head of - - Nigeria’s Cattle Herders and Farmers Wage a Resource War
By Udo Jude Ilo, Ler Jonathan-Ichaver & Yemi Adamolekum

Analysis
The Economist
The Libral answer to the crisis in social media - - Montesquieu, an 18th-century centrist, has much to teach about regulating digital media, says Andreas Aktoudianakis of the Open Society European Policy Institute
By Andreas Aktoudianakis

Climate Change
The National Review
Climate change, fiscal change, and risk - - The responsible thing is to at least explore the possibilities.
By Kevin D. Williams

Immigration - World Migration
The Christian Science Monitor
On the Move - The faces, places, and politics of migration - - Never before have so many people – 70 million – been forcibly displaced from their homes.
By Monitor reporters share perspectives in pivotal places across globe,

U.S. Economy
The Foreign Affairs
Who's afraid of budget deficits ? - - How Washington Should End Its Debt Obsession
By Jason Furman and Lawrence H. Summers

Iran - U.S. Sanctions
The Foreign Policy
How Trump's venezuela sanctions could undercut his Iran policy - - The U.S. president takes direct aim at Maduro’s power, but the economic pain could spread.
By The U.S. president takes direct aim at Maduro’s power, but the economic pain could spread.

Opinions
The Washington Post
How to help our economy - and democracy - - Many Americans are being left behind by today’s modern, global economy, and they are justifiably angry about it.
By Henery M. Paulson Jr. Erskine Bowles & melissa S. Kearney

Opinions
The New Republican
What Jill Abramson gets wrong about the future of Journalism - - Her new book is a brilliant autopsy of print journalism. But she stumbles when she takes on the new digital wave.
By Josephine Livingstone

Prejudice - America
The Christian Science Monitor
What it's like to live in a town the whole country is yelling about - - WHY WE WROTE THIS Covington Catholic High School isn’t even in Covington, Ky. It sits just outside the city limits. That fact seems emblematic of a US where an insatiable appetite for outrage doesn’t take time to examine the view from its downtown streets.
By Christa Case Bryant

Opinions
The New York Times
The Green book's black history - - Lessons from the Jim Crow-era travel guide for African-American elites.
By Brent Staples


Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Jared Kushner and the art of Humilation - - Trump’s son-in-law has become known as a deal-maker. But with the Palestinians, his approach appears to be take it or leave it.
By Michael Hirsh, Colum Lynch

Iran - 1979 Revolution
The Foreign Affairs
Iran's other generation gap, 40 years on - - Among the Revolutionary Faithful, the Young Seek Confrontation While Their Elders Embrace Change
By Narges Bajoghli

Argument
The Foreign Policy
Hezbuyllah is in Venezuela to stay - - Regime change in Caracas won’t change the country’s problematic relationship with the terrorist group.
By Colin P. Clarke

State Of Virginia - Politics
The National Review
Judge not ? On Satuday, Virginia attorney general Mark Herring released the following statement - -
By Jonah Goldberg

Immigration - World Migration
The Christian Science Monitor
Between Migrants and U.s. border, an information gap of many miles - - Making public policy work isn’t just a matter of enforcing it. Policies also need to be communicated clearly. With US border policy, that’s more complicated than it seems. Part 4 of On the move: the faces, places, and politics of migration.
By Whitney Eulich

Politics
The Washington Post
Va. Lt. governor Justin Fairfax denies sex assault allegation from 2004 - - Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax issued a statement early Monday denying a sexual assault allegation that appeared on the same conservative website that posted a racist photograph from Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page
By Theresa Vagas

Population - World
The Economist
Thanks to education, global fertility could fall faster than expected - - The world’s population in 2100 could be no higher than it is today
By Print Edition - International

Iran - U.S.
The Foreign Policy
How U.S. mission creep in Syria and Iraq could trigger war with Iran - - One previously unreported incident from 2017 illustrates the risks of Trump’s latest plan.
By Lara Selignman

America & Foreign Policy
The Foreign Policy
America has a commitment problem - - Eight reasons that Washington has repeatedly made the mistake of making promises around the world it can’t keep.
By Stephen M. Walt

News Analysis
The New Republic
How sexism threatens peace in Afghanistan - - The U.S. and the Taliban are approaching a peace deal. But a new survey suggests a key component of national security is getting worse.
By Elizabeth Weingrarten

E.U. - Iran Sanctions
The Foreign Policy
E.U. offers up a meager workaround to U.S. Iran Sanctions - - The new vehicle will do little to ease Iran’s economic pain, though it should help humanitarian trade.
By Keith Johnson

Iran Currency
The Foreign Policy
Can a new Currency end Tehran's economics woes's - - The Central Bank of Iran wants to take four zeros off the rial—but redenomination won’t work miracles.
By Maziar Motamedi

Peace - Discussion
The Washington Post
Fragile chances at peace - - Agreements are emerging in both conflicts, thanks to skillful diplomats.
By David Ignatius

Immigration - World Migration
The Christian Science Monitor
On the move - A series about the facts, places, and politics of Migration - - Never before have so many people – 70 million – been forcibly displaced from their homes. Millions more have chosen to leave in search of a better life. And traditional politics have been thrown into disarray
By Monitor reporters share perspectives in pivotal places across globe

Globalization
The Economist
The future of global commerce - - A new pattern of world commerce is becoming clearer—as are its costs
By Print Edition

Iran - U.S. Sanctions
The New York Times
Iran is facing its worst economic challenge since 1979 revolution due to U.S. sanctions, the nation's pesident said - - Iran, squeezed by punishing American sanctions, is confronting its most severe economic challenge in 40 years
By Thomas Erdbrink

Afghanistan - Taliban
The National Review
U.S. agrees to outlines of peace deal with Taliban - - The U.S. has agreed to the outlines of a peace deal with the Taliban
By Jack Crowe

Analysis
The Economist
Why China is lavishing money on foreign students - - Those from belt-and-road countries are particularly welcome
By Print Edition

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Is major realignment taken place in the Middle East ? - - Why Turkey Is Pivoting Toward Iran and Russia
By Colin P. Clarke and Ariane M. Tabatabai

Opinions
The New York Times
Russell Baker's wit and whimsy on deadline - - He wrote with humor and grace about events great and small.
By Clyde Haberman



    
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