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U.S.–Iran standoff perpetuates flaws of decades-old policies

Mike Pompeo and John Bolton on stage behind Donald Trump, speaking at a lectern
President Trump at the July 2018 NATO summit with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Current U.S. policy toward Iran has deepened the Middle East's Sunni-Shia divide — embodied in the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran — and risks repeating the failures of successive U.S. administrations.

Why it matters: American presidents have often tried to view the Middle East in overly black-and-white terms — from Reagan in Lebanon and Bush in Iraq to Obama’s dreams of Arab democracy. With this mindset still in play, the risks of economic harm and military escalation continue to mount.

Alleged Christchurch shooter pleads not guilty

Armed forces outside of a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand following attacks
Armed police officers stand guard outside the Al Noor mosque during Friday prayers in Christchurch on May 3, 2019, ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. Photo: Sanka Vidanagama/AFP/Getty Images

During a court appearance on Thursday, the suspected shooter in the Christchurch, New Zealand massacre denied his role in the March attack on 2 mosques that resulted in 51 people dead, reports the New Zealand Herald.

Details: His trial is set to take place in May 2020, and is expected to last 6 weeks, per the New Zealand Herald. The court declared the alleged attacker mentally fit to plea. Victims and family members of the victims were in court when the Australian suspect pleaded not guilty, according to the Herald.

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