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Fraud suspected in Iranian election

Fraud suspected in Iranian election Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following yesterday's blog post on the outcomes of the Iranian Parliamentary election, there is further speculation that the Iranian government's claim of an election turnout of 65% is not accurate. Also, check out the "bravest, craziest, most ironic vote in Iran's election" - a young Iranian man w

Obama and Bibi and Iran

Obama and Bibi and Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, United States, Updates    

The past few days saw an intense period of discussion about the Iranian nuclear crisis in Washington involving both US President Obama, and visiting Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu. The three focal points of analysis were Obama's Speech to the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee

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Iran election 2012: Khamenei vs Ahmadinejad

Iran election 2012: Khamenei vs Ahmadinejad Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Amid Iran's nuclear standoff and reports of its human rights abuses, the Iranian Parliamentary elections on March 2 garnered suprisingly little outside interest. This was because the whole event was simply a contest amongst various strains of extremists - with reformists largely excluded from takin

British Prime Minister confirms Iranian nuclear threat as Obama warns Romney that it is no game

British Prime Minister confirms Iranian nuclear threat as Obama warns Romney that it is no game Categories: India, Iran, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Guardian's Patrick Wintour and Julian Borger have reported that British Prime Minister David Cameron has explicitly stated that Iran is intending to develop nuclear weapons. This comes just months after the same newspaper revealed that the British military has begun putting in place prepara

Reactions to Obama's AIPAC Speech

Reactions to Obama's AIPAC Speech Categories: Iran, Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On March 4, US President Barack Obama delivered a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) annual policy conference. In his speech Obama emphasised his strong support for the State of Israel, and policy on Iran. This blog post looks at a variety of resposes to the speech.

Inside Hamas/ Israel's Iran dilemma

Inside Hamas/ Israel's Iran dilemma Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features two new and penetrating analyses of the ructions and political disagreements currently roiling Hamas, as well as an important new expression of Israel's dilemmas vis-a-vis Iran's nuclear program in the lead up to Israeli PM Netanyahu's trip to Washington next wee

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The SMH’s quest to downplay the Iranian nuclear program

The SMH’s quest to downplay the Iranian nuclear program Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, International Security, Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Seldom has there been such a brazen attempt to pass off pantomime as intelligent debate. Saturday's edition of the Sydney Morning Herald's (SMH) weekly "The Question" section - which canvasses the opinions of four experts with presumed standing on a specific issue - addressed the topic of "Is the We

Essay: Creative Desecration

Essay: Creative Desecration Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran     Author: Matthias Küntzel

Iran's policies now lie at the centre of world politics. Far too little attention, however, is being paid to the unique ideological atmosphere that makes the Iranian nuclear weapons program so dangerous. Holocaust denial is certainly the cruellest aspect of this ideology, for whoever denies the Hol

Fisking Four Corners: getting the facts straight on Syria, Israel and Iran

Fisking Four Corners: getting the facts straight on Syria, Israel and Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Syria, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last night, ABC's Four Corners program focussed on the uprising in Syria. The program mostly featured a British Channel Four documentary on the Assad regime's systematic torture of Syrian opposition-members, including children, which gave a shocking insight into the events besetting Syrian

India, the Delhi bombing and Iran sanctions

India, the Delhi bombing and Iran sanctions Categories: India, Iran, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat's car in New Delhi on February 13 by suspected Iranian operatives has opened a national debate among Indian commentators and lawmakers over the country's close trading ties to Iran. Unlike China, Iran's other major trading partner, India maintains a close rela

Bangkok terror attack - a pattern of failures?

Bangkok terror attack - a pattern of failures? Categories: Iran, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Yesterday there was another failed act of terrorism in Bangkok, likely to be linked to Iran and Hezbollah.  This latest failed terrorist attack follows attacks on Israeli embassy personnel in India and Georgia a day earlier (see previous blog post). It also follows a string of attempted terrori

Israeli Embassy attacks - What do they mean?

Israeli Embassy attacks - What do they mean? Categories: Iran, Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

As was widely reported, Israeli embassy personnel were attacked in Georgia and India yesterday. In the first attack, Tal Yehoshua-Koren, the wife of an Israeli Defense Ministry official and an employee of the embassy in India was wounded when a bomb exploded in her car.  In the second attack,

Earth-shattering news from Gaza

Earth-shattering news from Gaza Categories: Iran, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Literally Earth-shattering, according to Iranian state media outlet Press TV: Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the powerful feelings of the regional nations towards Gaza have been instrumental in the eruption of the region's volcano. There is, of course, a chance

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