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Iran escalates its uranium enrichment

Iran escalates its uranium enrichment Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), confirmed on January 10, that Iran has started enriching uranium up to 20 percent at an underground site at ‘Fordow', near the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom. Iran has maintained that its nuclear program is for civilian peaceful purposes. Howeve

Essay: The Blindness of the Intellectuals

Essay: The Blindness of the Intellectuals Categories: Iran, Media/ Academia     Author: Alan Johnson

Don't listen to the nuclear nonsense, screamed one of the main left-wing weeklies, the New Statesman, only days after a sober and authoritative International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report had laid bare Iran's pursuit of a nuclear bomb. Why do some of our intellectuals find it so very difficult

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"Fisking" Hugh White on Iran

"Fisking" Hugh White on Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Oft-quoted Australian "strategic analyst" Hugh White had a piece in The Age yesterday day on the Iranian nuclear crisis which betrayed such a lack of serious and logical strategic thought, so many shallow and glib yet ill-informed assumptions, that it seemed to be simply begging for a thorough "fisk

US and EU place tougher sanctions on Iran

US and EU place tougher sanctions on Iran Categories: Europe, Iran, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following the Iranian ‘mob' attack on the British embassy, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors temporarily from Iran. The UK immediately closed its embassy in Iran and ordered Iran's dipxlomatic staff to leave London. A meeting of EU foreign ministers in

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Israel's Nuclear Nightmares

Israel's Nuclear Nightmares Categories: Iran, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

"Something like this might really happen," warned the narrator of the 1959 comedy "The Mouse that Roared" while a nuclear explosion was displayed in the background. And then, before proceeding to the story about a remote duchy that saves itself from bankruptcy by stealing a doomsday bomb, the narrat

Warning Bell

Warning Bell Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Ephraim Asculai

The long awaited and much overdue Annex of the November 2011 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report was presented to the IAEA Board of Governors and the UN Security Council on November 8, 2011. Although the Annex contains much interesting and fresh information, its basic message that Iran

Editorial: What Needs to be Done Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Speaking to CNN recently, Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak posed a terrifying scenario: "Who would have come to rescue Kuwait when it was taken by Saddam Hussein 20 years ago, if Saddam could have said credibly enough that he has three or four crude nuclear devices?" The answer of course,

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon should broaden its focus

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon should broaden its focus Categories: International Security, Iran, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria, Terrorism, United Nations, Updates     Author: Michael Immerman

In the latest development from the ongoing saga surrounding the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, the UN will be holding off on the prosecution of the suspected assassins for the time being. As reported, legal proceedings against Mustafa Badreddine, Salam Ayyash, Hussein

Iran fighting to control the message

Iran fighting to control the message Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

New York Times journalist Rick Gladstone has reported on a rare act of defiance from Iran's internal media, stemming from an all-too-familiar crackdown on the messages that media officials disseminate. Iran's main government-run newspaper was published Tuesday without a front-page headlin

Assad loses the Arab League/ Iran's Nukes again

Assad loses the Arab League/ Iran's Nukes again Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates    

Today's Update features two pieces on the worsening international position of Syria's Assad regime, in the wake of Syria's suspension by the Arab League, a call by Jordan's King Abdullah for Assad to step down, and new European sanctions. All this occurred as the killing went o

Iran responds to IAEA by threatening to destroy Israel... again + Australia feels the fallout

Iran responds to IAEA by threatening to destroy Israel... again + Australia feels the fallout Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, United Nations, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As outlined in yesterday's update, the UN's atomic energy watchdog has just released a report that just falls short of definitively stating that Iran has a nuclear weapons program - seemingly the closest that the UN ever comes to an unequivocal condemnation of a country that is not Israel. Th

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