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Ahmadinejad Retakes Spot On Iran’s Political Stage, Despite ‘Advice’

Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is one of the most unique players on Iran’s political stage — an unpredictable figure who is no stranger to political U-turns. On Feb. 11, he officially announced that he would not back any candidate in the May 19 presidential elections. Yet, Ahmadinejad, who was president from 2005 until 2013, has become one of the most active campaigners — even more so than some of the candidates actually running in the race — and he is vigorously supporting his former deputy Hamid Baghaei, who announced his candidacy just days after Ahmadinejad’s announcement.

Read Here – Al Monitor

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Donald Trump Is Not Having Fun

Why is Trump so out of sorts? It could be that he’s simply found, in fire-and-brimstone Donald, his latest role. Yet it seems equally likely that Trump has stumbled into an Aesop’s fable of his own making. Having received what he so fervently wished for, he’s now found that leading the free world is a miserable chore.

Read Here – Slate

Who Was Yahya Khan?

In August 1977, a small crew from Pakistan Television (PTV), visited a house of a former general of the Pakistan Army. The general had also been the country’s president between March 1969 and December 1971. He had been living in that house since early 1972 and was hardly ever seen in public for over five years. He had been under house arrest. Apart from this, he had also become a virtual recluse.

Read Here – Dawn

Power And The U.S. Presidency

However, perhaps the most important question to ask as Trump enters office is not what the President wants to do, but what exactly he can do. In the execution of national security and foreign policy initiatives, this question becomes particularly important. Since the end of World War II, U.S. presidents have progressively expanded the reach of executive authority over the levers of foreign policy and national security and, in the 15 years since 9/11, that authority has only deepened.

Read Here – The Cipher Brief

How Silicon Valley Utopianism Brought The Dystopian Trump Presidency

That socioeconomic despair was profitably channeled to elect a president who—beyond his politics—represents a threat to most of the values the technocracy holds dear: transparency; multiculturalism; expertise; social progress. And, in the greatest of ironies, he used the tools and language of the technocracy to do it.

Read Here – Wired

How We’ll Know if Trump Is Making America Great Again

Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign refrain will become the driving vision of the federal government when the billionaire developer takes the oath of office as president. Here are the 10 best indicators to judge the impact of his policies in the next four years and determine whether the economy lives up to Trump’s pre-election promises.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Trump’s Presidency Is Doomed

Whether he knows it or not, the specter of Lyndon Baines Johnson haunts Donald John Trump. There are some jarring similarities — two big, fleshy men given to vulgarities and gauche behavior, boastful, thin-skinned, politically amoral, vengeful, unforgiving and, most important, considered illegitimate presidents. For Johnson, that took some time to sink in; Trump is already there.

Read Here – The Washington Post

Is America Becoming A Third World Country?

Conspiracy theories about Russia suggest that the awful prospect for the USA is of a global superpower with the domestic politics of the Philippines or Argentina.

Read Here – The National Interest

Foreign Policy In An Ignorant Democracy

It is possible to fool many of the people much of the time.  But the closer the policy consequences get to pinching those who have been fooled, the more likely that a self-corrective mechanism can go to work.  Those who have been fooled and then pinched conclude that they have been had and start looking for different political heroes.

Read Here – The National Interest

Daughters Put Friendship On Ice As Parents Prepare For Presidential Slugfest

When Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump were introduced by their husbands a few years ago, they clicked immediately — the two famous daughters swanned around Manhattan together for a time, posing on the red carpet at events like the Glamour Women of the Year Awards where they laughed and embraced for the cameras.

Read Here – Politico

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