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Iraq's watershed March 7 election Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Iraq has received less news coverage in recent months as the security situation there has continued to improve, but on March 7, Iraq goes to the polls for national parliamentary election for the second time.

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"Fatahgate"/New Goldstone Revelations Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update opens with some comment on a story that has had little coverage in Australia - a scandal within the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority involving a top aide to President Mahmoud Abbas named Rafik Husseini allegedly using his position to solicit sexual favours.

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Clashes expected in Iran tomorrow amid latest nuclear crisis Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

It is widely being predicted that tomorrow, February 11, which is the anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution, there will be widespread clashes in Iran between the regime and opposition demonstrators, with both sides reportedly mobilising their forces onto the streets of Iranian cities, especially

Abbas' Negotiation Dilemmas Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features some new analysis of the position of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations - negotiations about negotiations, one might say - continue

Inside Iran's Opposition Movement Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features some new insights into the goals and motivations of Iran's "Green" opposition movement. The first entry comes from Iranian-American analyst Mehdi Khalaji, who writes about the experience of his own father, an ayatollah now languishing in an Iranian prison.

Palestinian-Israeli peace talks in 2010? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update looks at the prospects for resuming and progressing Israeli-Palestinian talks - which have been in limbo since 2008 - in 2010. First up, David Makovsky from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy previews US Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell’s visit to the region next week

Iran's Green Movement: Ashura and the death of Montazeri Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

The Iranian regime has had a bad few weeks internally, resorting to considerable violence to suppress dissident protests first during the annual Ashura Shiite religious festival and then again during the funeral and other mourning ceremonies for leading dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hosein Ali M

Iran, Gaza and Gilad Shalit Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update concerns the linked issues of Iran, Egypt, Gaza and the fate of Gilad Shalit. It opens with a discussion in the Wall Street Journal of "The Peoples' Revolt in Iran," an editorial discussing the mass protests at this week's funeral for opposition figure (but former heir apparent to the

Barriers to two-state peace/ Olmert's Offer Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features some new pieces on the barriers on the Palestinian side which seem to be preventing the resumption of peace negotiations or achievement of a two-state peace deal after PA President Mahmoud Abbas placed some additional pre-conditions on resuming talks this week.

An Iranian nuclear "smoking gun"? Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

As has been widely reported, the Times (UK) has revealed what appears to be a "smoking gun" on the Iranian nuclear program - documents which appear to reveal work on a neutron initiator, a nuclear component which has no other use than triggering a nuclear weapon.

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Iran: Last Chance for Sanctions? Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update features a number of pieces on the state of the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program - with a special focus on the prospects of additional sanctions now that the end-of-year deadline for negotiating progress set by the US administration is looming.

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