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US, India Convergence On Chabahar-Afghanistan ‘Corridor’ Amid Divergence On Iran Oil

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 2, 2018): US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on June 27 told India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Washington would back his country’s plan to develop the Iranian seaport of Chabahar to open up a trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asia. Former US Secretary Rex Tillerson had indirectly said something similar, but this would mean more coming from Haley, who’s close to Trump, tweeted Washington-based South Asia analyst Michael Kugelman. “We realize we’re threading a needle when we do that,” said Haley in theRead More


30,000 Protesters Gather in Washington Against Trump Immigration Crackdown

JUN 30, 2018: Thousands gathered in front of the White House on Saturday to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies, which have separated children from parents at the US-Mexico border and sparked plans for military-run detention camps. Joined by protesters nationwide, people crowding downtown Washington waved signs and chanted “shame” as religious leaders and activists urged the administration to be more welcoming of foreigners and to reunite families. “It goes against everything we stand for as a country,” protester Paula Flores-Marques, 27, said of President Donald Trump’s policies. Trump wasRead More


Muslim Community in Florida Offers To Host All Separated Migrant Children At No Cost to Govt

JUN 29, 2018: The Muslim community in Tampa, Florida has offered to take care of all the 2300 plus migrant babies and children (8 months and older) separated from their families residing at various detention centers. The group announced the offer at a news conference on Tuesday at noon. (Watch video below) The formal announcement by Islamic Society of Tampa Bay on Friday comes amid reports that seventeen US states and Washington DC are suing Trump’s administration over its family separation policy at the US border. “This immoral policy ofRead More


Muslim Refugees Admitted to US Decline Sharply in 2018

JUN 10, 2018 — The number of Muslim refugees admitted to the U.S. has fallen sharply this year. According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department data, the number of Muslim refugees admitted to the United States in the first half of fiscal 2018 has dropped from the previous year more than any other religious group/ Only 1,800 Muslim refugees have been admitted so far this year compared with the roughly 22,900 admitted in all of fiscal 2017. The low point in Muslim admissions was set inRead More


Saudi Arabia Will Seek To Develop Its Own Nuclear Weapons If Iran Does: FM Al-Jubeir

May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Saudi Arabia will seek to develop its own nuclear weapons if Iran does, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told CNN on Wednesday. “If Iran acquires nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same.” Jubeir’s renewed vow came after US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of an accord designed to prevent Tehran’s alleged quest for the bomb. The Saudi Foreign Minister welcomed Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a landmark nuclear agreement stillRead More


Iran Warns It Would Quit The Nuclear Deal If U.S. Withdraws

So far, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.’s nuclear monitoring agency, has said Iran is complying, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agrees. May 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that if the United States quits the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers then Washington would regret it “like never before”. Mr Rouhani’s comments come as the US president decides whether to pull out of the international agreement by a 12 May deadline and refuse to extend U.S. sanctions relief for Iran.Read More