Today’s interesting news items
Saudi dynasty should leave power: top Iran cleric
“You should give up power and leave it to the people. They will establish a people’s government,” Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said, (Considering the source, that’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day).
U.S. Plan for a ‘New Silk Road’ Faces a Big Speed Bump: Iran
Tehran understands that it is being shut out of the region, but is hamstrung by its ties to Russia and its hostility to the United States, said Alex Vatanka, an Iran expert at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. “If you’re a diplomat in the Foreign Ministry in Tehran and you see the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan going to Turkey for a meeting about the future of security cooperation in Afghanistan, that was seen as a major defeat as the Iranians, and it should be – that tells you how the Iranians have shot themselves in the foot by isolating themselves with their position on the United States.”
Khamenei’s Plan for Iran