Iran government squeezed over ‘secretive’ deal with China

Pressure is mounting on the Iranian government to release specifics of a contentious, long-term partnership agreement with Beijing, which some critics fear could effectively turn Iran into a Chinese “colony.”

A correspondent in Tehran | China in the Mideast | Jul 10, 2020
al-monitor Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Photo by Noel Celis/Pool/AFP via Getty Images.

Intel: CENTCOM commander says Soleimani strike won’t deter Iran forever

The top commander of US military forces in the Middle East says he believes the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani has only temporarily deterred Iran from pursuing its goal of pushing US troops out of the region.

Jared Szuba | Iran-US tensions | Jul 10, 2020

What would President Kanye West's Middle East policy be?

Rapper Kanye West has yet to develop a foreign policy platform for his announced presidential candidacy, but his past lyrics, tweets and travels may reveal some of his views.

Adam Lucente | 2020 US election | Jul 9, 2020

Nine Iranian MPs test positive for coronavirus

Iran has continued to see a rise in coronavirus-related deaths as the virus spreads across provinces.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Jul 9, 2020

As Iran applauds BLM, Afghan minority short on rights

While the Iranian government points to the "Black Lives Matter" movement as proof of American hypocrisy, Iran's Afghan minority has a different take.

Ali Dadpay | | Jul 8, 2020