Iran – West tensions

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Understanding Iran’s diplomatic strategy

In this article, Gareth Porter analyses Iran’s strategy for negotiations with the United States, for the past ten years. He explains how uranium enrichment and the subsequent development of nuclear capabilities act as the main bargaining chip in Iran’s negotiation strategy with the United States. He also gives us the aims of the Iranian strategy and what  their demands to … Continue reading

Iran to announce ‘major nuclear progress’

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said that it will soon announce “very important and very major nuclear achievements”. He spoke on a rally in Tehran, that marked the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Ahmadinejad said furthermore that Iran would never give up its nuclear program, of which it still says that it will only … Continue reading

Iran military manoeuvres heighten Middle East tensions

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are performing military exercises, involving ground forces, in the south of the country. The exercises follow a statement from the country’s religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said that they will help any nation or group that would be up against Israel.  He referred to Israel as a “cancerous tumor that should … Continue reading

Israel’s Vice PM: Fall of Assad could weaken Mideast ‘axis of evil’

Israeli Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Sunday that Israel has not been, and will not be interfering in the current Syrian crisis. He furthermore said that he did not expect a Muslim Brotherhood regime to take over in Syria, but that it would rather be a relatively moderate Sunni … Continue reading

Analysis: Media frenzy on Iran contradicts reality

Yaakov Katz, author of this article, discusses the role western and Israeli media play in the confrontation between Israel, the West and Iran. Using for example comments by US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that were aired weeks ago, US media are printing reports and articles on Iran at a fast pace, though the situation … Continue reading

False Flag: ‘Israeli Mossad agents posed as CIA spies to recruit terrorists to fight against Iran’

According to CIA documents, Israeli Mossad agents impersonated American spies to recruit members of Jundallah, a Pakistan-based Sunni extremist organization, to wage a covert war against Iran. The memos date the “false flag” missions – covert operations in which one country’s agents impersonate another country’s agents – to the end of George W. Bush’s presidency … Continue reading

Debate: Targeting Iran

The latest IAEA report claims that Iran could be on the path to developing nuclear weapons. Israel has reacted with threats of war. And as the US withdraws from Iraq, how will the shift in the balance of power affect the region? Al Jazeera, Qatar

European Union approves new sanctions against Iran and Syria

The European Union agreed to new sanctions against Iranian entities Thursday in the wake of a report alleging that Tehran had pressed ahead with its ambitions to build a nuclear weapon. EU foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels, also increased sanctions on Syria to protest the ongoing crackdown by the Damascus regime on pro-democracy protesters. Los Angeles … Continue reading

Biden: No indication Iran orchestrated embassy attack

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday he had no evidence the attack on the British embassy in Tehran was orchestrated by Iranian authorities, but it was another example of why the country was a “pariah.” Reuters, United States Click here for the full story

U.S. moves to supply ‘bunker buster’ bombs to UAE

The Obama administration has proposed selling 600 “bunker buster” bombs and other munitions to the United Arab Emirates, which lies across the Gulf from Iran, to deter what it called regional threats. Iran is widely suspected of seeking to develop nuclear arms through a program that Tehran says is for peaceful power generation only. Reuters, United … Continue reading

Iran Would Hit U.S. Bases in Germany in Case of War, Bild Says

Iran plans to attack U.S. Air Force bases in Germany to disrupt supplies should the country become the target of U.S. air strikes because of its nuclear program, Bild newspaper reported, citing a probe by the Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Bloomberg, United States Click here for the full story

After the Embassy Attack: Are Iran and the West Lurching Toward War?

The prospect of Iran and its Western adversaries stumbling into a military confrontation that neither side wants seems worryingly less improbable by the day. And if they do, each side will have plenty of evidence at hand to blame the other for instigating the conflagration. Time Magazine, United States Click here for the full story

Iran to become diplomatic outcast?

Following the UK’s rupture of all diplomatic ties with Iran, Britain’s allies in the EU are joining the move. Russia Today, Russia Click here for the full story

Barak says no Israeli attack on Iran anytime soon

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday an Israeli attack on Iran is not imminent but all options remain open to stop what Israel sees as an Iranian bid to develop nuclear weapons. “We have no intention, at the moment, of taking action, but the State of Israel is far from being paralysed by fear,” Barak told Israel … Continue reading

‘We’ll give up nukes if Iran does same’

65% of Israeli Jews are willing to give up Israel’s nuclear weapons in return for Iran giving up its own program, a survey published on Thursday claimed.Two thirds of respondents also said the Israeli government must promote a comprehensive peace plan, based on 1967 borders, with a demilitarized Palestinian state. Ynetnews, Israel Click here for the full … Continue reading

UK orders closure of Iranian embassy

Relations between Britain and Iran descended to their lowest level in more than 20 years on Wednesday when the UK government ordered the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London and closed its own mission in Tehran. In a hard-hitting response to the storming of the British embassy in Tehran by hundreds of Iranian students this week, … Continue reading

A sign of what Israel could face

Israelis went to sleep Monday night to reports of a mysterious blast in the Iranian city of Isfahan, home to a key nuclear facility. Just a few hours later, they woke up to explosions in northern Israel caused by Katyusha rockets launched from Lebanon. Coincidence? Most likely, although the possibility that Tehran asked Hezbollah to instruct … Continue reading

Report: Mysterious blast in Iran’s Isfahan damages key nuclear site

A report in the Sunday Times on Wednesday alleged that the blast which rocked Isfahan in western Iran on Monday had not been a military accident, and that the city’s nuclear facility was damaged. The report quotes Israeli intelligence officials who based their conclusion on updated satellite images showing smoke billowing from the direction of the conversion plant. According … Continue reading

UK pulls diplomats out of Iran after embassy attack

Britain began pulling its diplomats out of Iran on Wednesday, a day after protesters stormed and ransacked its embassy and residential compound in the capital Tehran. Both properties were severely damaged, with official and personal possessions seized or destroyed, sources who had spoken to staff at the embassy told Reuters. Britain said it was outraged by … Continue reading

Former Mossad chief: Israeli strike on Iran will lead to regional war

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan said in a television interview on Tuesday that if Israel attacks Iran, it will be dragged into a regional war. According to Dagan, Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas will respond with massive rocket attacks on Israel. In that scenario, Syria may join in the fray, Dagan said. Haaretz, Israel Click here for … Continue reading


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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