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Navid Nasr

Location: Croatia

Activity: Writer, Journalist, Activist

Articles: 11

Notes: 2

Opinion: 2

Navid Nasr

specialization:

Global security, Politics

About:

Navid Nasr is a Zagreb-based independent geopolitical analyst who worked in mainstream media in the US for 12 years and is a former member of various left organizations. Presently he hosts the "Bullet Points" radio show on the Voices of the 99 Percent radio network and is a regular contributor to PressTV and Radio Sputnik. He's also on the steering committee of the Syria Solidarity Movement. 

EXPERT OPINION

Navid Nasr

How relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a breaking point

Smith makes a good point about the bilateral agreement between nations about protecting foreign citizens on their soil. But one can turn the argument around against the Saudis as well. The Mina Massacre at this year's Haj seems to have been caused by the Saudis' deliberate and willful disregard for the welfare of normal pilgrims. People were herded together in order to make room for "dignataries" and "VIPs" to fulfill their religious obligations without being too uncomfortably close to the hoi polloi. 2000 ordinary Muslims were killed, including over 150 Iranians. In the end, the Saudis didn't so much as spit on the corpses but instead chose to blame the supposed inferior culture and intellects of African pilgrims for not following their instructions clearly, and then decided to blame the nefarious machinations of the Iranian "fire-worshippers" and "magians" for plotting the massacre in the first place.

Also, I'm not sure about how much of a thaw there is now between the US and the Kingdom and how much a warming there is between Iran and the US. With regards to the former, US weapons are still the primary vehicle for the devastation that has been visited by the Saudis on Yemen this year and US mercs (Blackwater or whatever they're calling themselves these days) are also playing a huge role on the ground. And with regards to the latter, sanctions relief is a huge plus for Iran but making travel to and back from Iran for Iranian-Americans a huge hassle will still create difficulty for the country. Iran obviously does not financially rely on its huge expat community the way a country like El Salvador does, but, political differences aside, Iranian expats in the US *are* a boon to the Iranian economy in many ways.

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Navid Nasr

US dropping calls for Assad to go because Syrian regime is better than ISIS

I wish I could be as optimistic as Fisk when it comes to the matter. Putting aside differences with both Russia and "the Assad regime" is something that both key players in the Pentagon and many former intelligence officers have been pushing for quite a while now. But the State Department's message has been consistently the opposite and, throughout his presidency; the State Department is who Obama has deferred to and taken the advice of when it comes to foreign policy. Ukraine, Russia, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Honduras, you name it, the State Department has been at the helm. Check out this Voice of America report from May 17 and pay attention to what Kerry said in his news conference after the International Syria Support Group meeting:

"Kerry appeared slightly irritated by a question on whether the U.S. was losing the ability to exert pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime to fully comply with agreements — including full adherence to a cease-fire, support of talks on a political transition and allowing unrestricted access to besieged areas for humanitarian aid... Kerry said if Assad had reached the conclusion there was no 'Plan B,' then he had come to a conclusion that was 'totally without any foundation whatsoever.'... He said the greatest leverage was the fact that Assad and his backers would never be able to end the war in Syria if they declined to negotiate a political settlement."

"Political settlement,"political transition,"you have reached a conclusion that is total without any foundation whatsoever." These are the words of a gangster fully committed to "regime change."

 

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OPINION

Vladimir Golstein

Vladimir Golstein

The Danderous Acceptance of Donald Trump

James N. Green

James N. Green

Politics in Brazil: Fasten Your Seat Belts!

Barbara H. Peterson

Barbara H. Peterson

Health officials confirm spread of Zika virus through sexual contact in Texas, first in US

Danny Haiphong

Danny Haiphong

WHY IS OTTO(SUPER)MAN ERDOGAN LOSING HIS CHARISMA?

Miray Aslan

Miray Aslan

How relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a breaking point

Navid Nasr

Navid Nasr

How relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a breaking point

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chief editor

Joshua Tartakovsky

Analysis should serve as a method to better understand our world, not to obscure it.

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Specialization: Israel and the Middle East, US politics

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Specialization: Balkans, NATO and EU policies, Strategic communications

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Specialization: Foreign politics, Immigration, Human rights.

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Specialization: Political Science, Social Anthropology

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Specialization: Eastern Europe

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Specialization: Industrial Safety, Corporations

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Specialization: Eastern Europe, Labor movement

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Specialization: American history, way of life, and principles

Danielle Ryan

Ireland

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Specialization: US foreign policy, US-Russia relations and media bias

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Specialization: War, Racism, Capitalist exploitation, Civil rights

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Specialization: Modern Japanese History, Modern Chinese History, Military History, History of Counterinsurgency, History of Disobedience, Dynamics of Atrocities in Wartime

Dovid Katz

Lithuania

Materials: 3

Specialization: Holocaust Revisionism and Geopolitics; East European Far Right & Human Rights; Yiddish Studies & Litvak Culture

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Specialization: History, Catalunya, Spain, Geopolitics, Nationalism in Europe, Islamization, Immigration

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Specialization: migration, international relations

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Specialization: Syria, US Foreign policy and strategies, BRICS/SCO

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Specialization: Balkans, Yugoslavia

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Specialization: Jihadist Groups, Islamic Terrorism, Global Security

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Specialization: Geopolitics

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Specialization: Media and government relations

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Specialization: Latin America, Brazil

Jay Watts

Canada

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Specialization: History, Marxism-Leninism, Imperialism, Anti-imperialism.

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Specialization: International Relations, Sociology, Geostrategy

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Specialization: civil rights

Lionel Baland

Belgium

Materials: 22

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Maram Susli

Australia

Materials: 3

Specialization: Geopolitics

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Specialization: Civil rights, Racism, US politics

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Specialization: geopolitics, economics

Max J. Schindler

Palestine-Israel

Materials: 9

Specialization: Politics

Miray Aslan

Turkey

Materials: 12

Specialization: Media, Politics

Materials: 5

Specialization: Politics, International relations

Navid Nasr

Croatia

Materials: 13

Specialization: Global security, Politics

Materials: 9

Specialization: Development of European Union, Non-governmental organizations, Politics and economics in Baltic States

Materials: 9

Specialization: Greece, Crisis of the US hegemony; Israel / Occupied Palestine, Oppression of Black people in the US

Materials: 4

Specialization: geopolitics, Russia, USSR

Pedro Marin

Brazil

Materials: 17

Specialization: Latin America, Ukraine, North Korea

Materials: 13

Specialization: Sustainable development, International relations, Comparative European politics, European integration, Eastern European politics and EU-Russia relations

Materials: 8

Specialization: Politics

Materials: 16

Specialization: Counterterrorist Finance

Seyit Aldogan

Greece

Materials: 3

Specialization: ISIS, Middle East, Globalization, Migrant crisis

Materials: 1

Specialization: Head of "Srebrenica Historical Project"

Materials: 3

Specialization: Economy, Social politics

Stevan Gajic

Serbia

Materials: 1

Specialization: Full time researcher at the Institute for European Studies

Materials: 5

Specialization: Geopolitics, Geoeconomics

Materials: 2

Specialization: Civil rights

Tobias Nase

Germany

Materials: 8

Specialization: Syria, US Foreign policy, Ukraine

Valerijus Simulik

Lithuania

Materials: 2

Specialization: Politics and economics in Baltic States, education and science, non - governmental organizations, globalization and EU

Van Gelis

Greece

Materials: 17

Specialization: Middle East

Materials: 1

Specialization: Kosovo, Serbia, Belgrad bombing

Materials: 5

Specialization: international relations, Russia

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