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Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region Categories: China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

The US based Freedom House think-tank has released the initial findings of its annual Freedom in the World report. The report analyses the state of political and civil freedoms, as well as the state of governance frameworks, in each country around the world, based upon a "combination of on-the-groun

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Rafsanjani the "moderate"

Rafsanjani the "moderate" Categories: Iran     Author: Michael Rubin

The whitewashing of Rafsanjani's record is akin to praising Pol Pot for improved statistics on eyesight in Cambodia, Fidel Castro for free health care, or Jim Jones for raising the prominence of the Kool-Aid brand.

How Trump should deal with the Iran deal

How Trump should deal with the Iran deal Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Emily B. Landau

The debate over the fate of the Iran nuclear deal - or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration has for the most part been presented in black and white terms... But there is a growing group of experts who are critical of the deal but are nevertheless not adv

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Behind the News - December 2016

Behind the News - December 2016 Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

With Ismail Haniyeh set to replace Khaled Mashaal as head of Hamas' political bureau in Qatar, reclusive Hamas official Imad al-Alami has reportedly been temporarily appointed to take over from Haniyeh in leading the terror group in Gaza. Born in Gaza, al-Alami lived for several years in Teheran an

Can the Iran deal's damage be fixed?

Can the Iran deal's damage be fixed? Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Ephraim Asculai & Emily B. Landau

Since Implementation Day in January 2016, the IAEA reports have become very thin - almost devoid of technical details and key information on Iran's nuclear program. Full reports must be reinstated if the IAEA is to regain its reputation of openness, transparency and comprehensiveness.

Behind the News - October 2016

Behind the News - October 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

The explosion of a SpaceX rocket in Florida destroyed an advanced communications satellite developed in Israel, throwing the Israeli satellite industry into crisis. Worth between US $200-300 million, the Amos-6 satellite was the most sophisticated built in Israel's history and had been leased by Fa

Essay: Inside the Gilded Cage

Essay: Inside the Gilded Cage Categories: International Jewry, Iran     Author: Annika Hernroth-Rothstein

The advantages the Jews experienced under the rule of the Shah - high socioeconomic status, strong ties to Israel and the United States - became liabilities in the age of the Ayatollahs. As in many other dark eras in Jewish history, the Jews were accused of stealing the country's treasures, and flye

The Cyber-War Era

The Cyber-War Era Categories: Australasia, International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: AIJAC Staff

Last month's Melbourne International Film Festival featured Alex Gibney's documentary Zero Days, taking viewers deep into the world of cyber warfare through the story of Stuxnet - the infamous cyber weapon that was unleashed on the centrifuges at Iran's secret nuclear facility in late 2008. Reported

More Iran deal loopholes/ The war on Syria's hospitals Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates    

This Update looks at the implications of the revelation last week of a number of previously not publicly known loopholes or exceptions granted Iran in January as part of the implementation of the nuclear deal - as exposed by the the Institute for Science and International Security, a thinktank run b

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Behind the News - September 2016

Behind the News - September 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Terrorism    

In the wake of the charges laid on August 4 by Israel against Muhammad el-Halabi, the head of the charity World Vision in Gaza, for allegedly diverting large amounts of aid to Hamas, Israel announced on August 9 that it had also arrested and charged a UN Development Program (UNDP) contractor, Waheed

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