Iran’s President Leaves Door Open for Saner U.S. Policy, Reminds Americans of 9/11

Newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded calmly to the Saudi-Trump summit, calling it a “theatrical gathering with no practical or political value,” and refusing to take it as the last word from the Trump Administration—while also reminding Americans of the Saudi role in 9/11. Rouhani’s response came in his press conference on Monday, after winning re-election with a firm 57% of the vote.

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Fear of Strategic Breakout Fuels Drive For Trump Impeachment

One would think that these first steps toward U.S. engagement in the BRI process, combined with the growing collaboration between the Trump administration and Russia, would be a cause for celebration. Instead of increasing tension, blustering threats, senseless sanctions, and deployments of military forces to the South China Sea and the western borders of Russia, which heightened the war danger under the direction of Obama and endorsed by Hillary Clinton, Trump is making a determined effort to break from this dangerous geopolitical geometry and shift relations toward dialogue based on mutual interests.

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Belt and Road Forum Impact—A ‘Wonderful Change in History’

A guest post from our good friend Harley Schalnger, a release from the Executive Intelligence Review.

Monday concluded the “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation” in Beijing, after two days of deliberation, with representation from 130 nations, in a process which the host, Pres. Xi Jinping, described as working together, for a “shared future of mankind.” A joint communique was issued this afternoon, after the Leaders Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum, in which 29 heads of state participated. Pres. Xi gave a press conference afterward, as did Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin, the guest of honor. Xi announced that the second international forum will be in 2019 in China.

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Russia Releases Its Astana Proposal for Syrian Ceasefire

With further Astana, Kazakhstan talks scheduled for May 3-4, Russia released a four-point proposal on how the ceasefire should proceed. It includes safety lines, checkpoints, and monitoring centers. The paper below has been distributed to opposition members, and is reported in Sputnik today:

“Russia proposes creating four zones of reduction of tensions in Syria: in Idlib province, north of the city of Homs; in Eastern Ghouta; and in the South of Syria,” the paper states. The warring parties would not be able to use any weapons in these zones, Sputnik reports.

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