Iran’s currency in free fall

Iran’s currency, the rial, fell as much as 18% on Monday to a record low against the US dollar, according to media reports. It dropped to as much as 35,000 to the dollar, according to agencies citing currency exchange sites in the country.The currency has reportedly lost 80% of its value since the end of [...]

US nominates first ambassador to Burma in 22 years

I don’t know if he suspected that he’d be promoted back in January when he gave the Center for Asian Democracy’s inaugural annual lecture, but on May 17th Derek Mitchell, the Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma, was nominated by President Obama to be the first US ambassador to the country in 22 years. [...]

Clinton’s Visit to Burma: A Historic Occasion?

Whatever you might think, however skeptical you might be, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Burma this week is a historic moment. The last Secretary of State to visit Burma was John Foster Dulles in 1955, just seven years before the military coup that would usher in Burma’s disastrous experiment with socialism under General [...]

Hezbollah chief warns of regional war if Iran, Syria attacked

The top leader of the terrorist group Hezbollah warned the United States government on Friday that interference in the internal affairs of Iran and Syria, or any attack by the U.S. military attack, would result in violence throughout the Middle East. During his annual televised speech to celebrate Hezbollah’s “Martyr’s Day,” the group’s secretary-general, Hassan [...]

Hunger strike movement for Palestine develops rapidly

The hunger strike by Palestinian youth in the German Colony in Haifa is expanding. Hunger striker Lana Haskeyeh told me this evening that two more people joined the strike. “Tonight Palestinians from all over Israel will come to Haifa for a large demonstration to support the demands of the prisoners,” says Lana. She sounds determined to [...]

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