Middle East update: May 19-21 2017

IRAN Just about everything came up Milhouse Rouhani on Friday. While his final vote count was a little lower than initial estimates (which were north of 60 percent) had indicated, 57 percent is nothing to sneeze at, and more importantly, in an election with 75 percent turnout it’s an unmistakeable mandate. The consensus before the election was… Continue reading Middle East update: May 19-21 2017

Oh, cool, another part of Iraq wants out

Journalist Peter Schwartzstein is reporting that, in addition to the Kurds in the north and the Sunni Arabs in the north and west, people in the mostly Shiʿa region around Basra, in the south of Iraq, may be looking for more autonomy from Baghdad: For decades, Saddam Hussein’s cadre of Baathists kept a tight lid… Continue reading Oh, cool, another part of Iraq wants out