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From al-Qaeda to Taliban to Hamas to Houthi – For Iran the Radical Cause Always Justifies the Means

The recent period has been most revealing regarding Iran’s global connections with radical extremist groups. Let’s start with al Qaeda. Already in 2013 the washingtonpost quoted US officials describing the complete collection of bin Laden material as “the largest cache

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Posted in Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

“Sanctions” and ethics in the Iranian Context

With Washington imposing new sanctions on Iranians and Iranian firms over Tehran’s recent ballistic missile tests, sanctions on Iran have become a hot topic in the English-language media, on which pundits have been keen to weigh in. Take Mark Dubowitz

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Posted in Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics

Is ‘Chicken***gate’ Actually A Signal To Iran?

You might think “chicken****-gate,” as the latest US-Israel crisis has been dubbed, isn’t really about Iran. This is really about the peace process, right? Wrong. In Jeffrey Goldberg’s article on The Atlantic exposing the disparaging remarks made by senior Obama

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, nuclear talks

What The Gaza Conflict Says About A Nuclear Deal With Iran

Superficially, the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip should have little to do with Iran. Yet all sides implicate Iran. Israel accuses Iran of shipping weapons to the Islamist organization, arming it as it has armed the

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Posted in Al monitor, Christian Science Monitor, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Military, Seyed Hossein Mousavian

As Nuke Deadline Looms, Gaza A Reminder of Iran’s ‘Hand in Three Conflicts’

There’s a war raging in the Middle East. There’s Syria, Iraq (as usual), and now Israel and Gaza have joined the fray in yet another conflagration. Seemingly, this latest escalation is about Hamas firing rockets at Israel, and Israel bombing

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, IRGC, Media Coverage, Military, nuclear talks

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Surprising Sanctions Detractor

An especially depressing piece by the FDD’s Emanuele Ottolenghi, in the past a staunch supporter of international sanctions efforts against Iran who issues regular updates on their implementation, has brought us back to the issue today (sooner than we intended).

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Posted in Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Other News

Proponents of containment are burying their heads in dangerous ideological sand

Seems like when the going gets tough even the tough get going when facing Tehran. President Obama has said (on numerous occasions now) that when it comes to Iran, “containment is not an option”. Recently there appears to be a growing

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