The Guardian writes that one of the many great things about languages worldwide is the sizeable number of words for which there is no real English translation. Often they tell us about concepts and ideas that we are missing out on in the anglophone world.
Trita Parsi writes in NBC News that after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and threatening Iran with "consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before," President Trump announced on Monday that he wants to meet with President Rouhani without preconditions to craft a new deal.
Jonah Shepp writes in the New York Magazine that a week ago, President Donald Trump tweeted in all caps at the Iranian government, warning of “CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE” if Tehran ever dared threaten the United States. Predictably, this tweet set off a frenzy of speculation that the Trump administration was planning to declare war on Iran imminently — or even worse, that Trump was about do so impulsively.
The address by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at the annual gathering in Tehran of top foreign ministry officials and envoys in foreign capitals is always a keenly watched event when vital clues to the trajectory of the country’s foreign policy and diplomacy could be gleaned. Things said openly are no doubt important, but things unsaid could at times be even more important. Besides, the entire Persian way of saying things obliquely adds to the mystique. All in all, therefore, Khamenei’s speech in Tehran on Saturday will be read and reread in chancelleries abroad as far apart as Moscow and Washington or Beijing and Brussels. (IRNA)
Sina Toossi writes in the National Inerest that on May Day 1946, the British consul in the southwestern Iranian city of Khorramshahr noted a troubling development. An Iranian woman had taken to a local podium and proclaimed that the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) was exploiting the "jewel of Iran" and spending more on dog food than salaries for its Iranian workers. She demanded equal pay for equal work and the nationalization of Iran's oil industry.
James Kitfield writes in Yahoo News that as a candidate, Donald Trump advocated an “America First” foreign policy to rebalance what he saw as an unfair international order, promising that “I alone can fix it.” In a recent, extraordinary burst of diplomacy, President Trump has put that premise to the test on the world stage, tearing up the Iran nuclear accord, launching multiple trade wars, publicly admonishing NATO and Western allies, and holding chummy one-on-one summits with the autocratic leaders of North Korea and Russia. The upshot has been a string of gaffes and retractions that put his top aides on continuous cleanup duty, prompting congressional Republicans this week to stage an intervention. After meeting at the White House with the Republican leaders of the House and Senate, Trump even walked back his proposed fall summit with Vladimir Putin, and suspended his trade war with the European Union.
Martina Bet writes in the Express that the Trump administration is considering military action to keep open key oil shipping routes in the Middle East following escalating rhetoric between Iran and the US after Tehran attacked the waterways.
The majority of Americans would prefer to stay away from military conflict with Iran as tensions mount between Washington and Tehran, a poll has revealed. However, most think the US President would be tempted to start it.
Ed Hirs has contributed the follwoing article to Forbes: The latest saber rattling from and about Iran gives new resonance to talk of $200 oil. Iran can do it with just a partial blockade of the Strait of Hormuz.
Foreign Policy writes that as the Trump administration moves to reimpose sanctions on Iran—which had been suspended since the signing of the 2015 nuclear agreement—it aims to “build a global coalition to put pressure on Iran to stop [its nefarious] behavior.”
Iran’s Parliament Speaker has missioned the Chairman of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission to investigate a nighttime gathering with the presence of a British diplomat in Tehran.
A report by the official website of the Iraqi Hashd al-Shaabi (volunteer forces) said that the Head of Hashd al-Shaabi, Faleh al-Fayyaz, who also serves as the country’s national security advisor, has met with the Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Monday.
A former Iranian diplomat, analyst, and journalist believes that the German Foreign Minister has no legal logic for refusing to accept Iran’s reduction of its nuclear commitments. It is only out of concern for Israel’s safety.
An exhibition of hands arts from Iran and thirty Islamic countries was inaugurated by the Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, at the Tabriz Islamic Art University on Saturday night.
The United States has accused Iran of orchestrating attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June, having released video “evidence” which is considered by some of its allies insufficient to prove that Tehran is to blame. The Islamic Republic, for its part, has strongly denied the allegations as groundless.
In the wake of slanderous remarks made by Michal Kubiak, Captain of the Polish National Volleyball Team where he insulted the Iranians, the Volleyball Federation of Poland in a letter extended apologizes to the Iranian people.