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Israel's Chinese Puzzle

Israel's Chinese Puzzle Categories: China, Iran, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Over the past 10 to 15 years, China has become a rising power in the Middle East, rivalling the United States and Russia for strategic influence. Its presence in the region rests squarely on a strategic relationship with Iran, and friendly, interlocking relations with Arab oil states to ensure a co

Tough targeted sanctions needed against Iran

Tough targeted sanctions needed against Iran Categories: Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report released in November 2011 provides the strongest evidence to date that Iran has undertaken research and experiments geared towards developing nuclear weapons. And just last week, the IAEA confirmed that Iran was enriching uranium up to 20 percent,

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Iran "not developing a bomb" clarification

Iran "not developing a bomb" clarification Categories: Iran, Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Earlier in the week, Overland editor Jeff Sparrow interpreted remarks from US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that Iran is not trying to develop a "nuclear weapon", but a "nuclear capability" to mean that Iran's nuclear program is entirely legal. While Sparrow was using this quote to help suppor

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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

"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

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,

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