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Proximity Talks Begin Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

As readers are probably aware, and as expected for a number of weeks, it was announced on Monday that US-mediated Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks are now beginning. While it is not clear yet how significant the actual difference is between the previous situation - where US envoy George Mitchell

Iran ups the stakes at UN Categories: International Security, Iran, United Nations, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update looks at the shameless spectacle of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations this week, which saw the delegations from the US, Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand and others walk out.

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Is Washington's Iran policy "confused" Categories: Iran, United States, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Much debate has been sparked by the revelation in the New York Times last weekend that US Defence Secretary Robert Gates had written a secret memo stating that, in the paper's words, the US lacks "an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear capability."

Peace Process Illusions and Myths Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update features some articles clarifying illusions and myths which feature prominently in what is probably the most common approach to the Israeli-Palestinian "peace process", especially in terms of US and foreign efforts to advance it.

Iran and the Nuclear Security Summit Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

As readers will be aware, US President Obama earlier this week hosted a 47-nation summit on the subject of potential nuclear terrorism, designed to create additional safeguards against that threat. This Update is devoted to analysis looking at how the achievements of the Summit relate to the ongoing

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Washington Wash-up Categories: Israel, United States, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu spent most of the past week in the US capital but, unlike with many previous visits by Israeli PMs, much of the trip remains the subject of conjecture.

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.

"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

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