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Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, gestures while speaking during the Munich Security Conference in Germany in February 2020 | Michaela Handrek-Rehle | Bloomberg

The US is using the UN to destroy the UN, writes Iran’s foreign minister Jawad Zarif

Zarif says the US has become the first govt in UN history to not just violate a binding resolution it itself sponsored, but also punish those that uphold international law.
Donald Trump and Ayatollah Khameini

Why it just doesn’t make sense for Iran to bait Trump now

It’s conceivable someone in Tehran thought firing rockets in the general direction of some Americans would be a good way to commemorate birthday of Soleimani.

US strikes back at Iran-backed militia after deadly attack on Iraqi base

Two Americans & a Briton were killed when rockets struck an Iraqi base that hosts coalition personnel for training & advising missions Wednesday.
Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr

What is Mahdi Army? The group Iraqi Shia cleric wants to reactivate after Soleimani killing

A fallout of Soleimani assassination, one that many did not anticipate, is the revival of the dreaded Mahdi Army led by Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

How the US can help Iranians and hurt Iran’s regime

Widespread protests in Iran, sparked by increased fuel prices due to U.S. sanctions, has led to a government imposed internet shutdown.
A storage tank containing liquid gas stands at the Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) facility in Saudi Aramco's Shaybah oilfield in the Rub' Al-Khali desert. | Photographer: Simon Dawson | Bloomberg

The world’s oil security blanket has been torched

What the world needs now is an unlikely scenario — an outbreak of peace, or at least “live and let live,” in the Middle East.
A US Navy aircraft carrier

US readies evidence to show it isn’t overreacting to possible Iranian threats

As allies & the public remain skeptical, the White House is expected to release images and documents to support its need for a militaristic stance against Iran.
Trump

Donald Trump’s war threat to Iran on Twitter is no joke

Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani are responding to pressures at home by lashing out at each other on Twitter. 

On Camera

File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.