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Iranian U.N. Rep denied visa — will it stick?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 12:30pm
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Iran is sticking with its nomination of Hamid Aboutalebi to be its United Nations representative, despite opposition from both legislative and executive branches of the American government. Aboutalebi was a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line, the group that seized the American embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held...

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Iran Appointing Suspected Hostage Taker as UN Envoy

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 31, 2014 at 8:30am
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Three weeks ago, the Washington Post reported glibly in U.S.-Iran relations thawing somewhat glacially, “Hamid Aboutalebi, formerly that country’s emissary to Italy, to Australia and now to...

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Iran building fake Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:05pm
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Recently released commercial satellite images have revealed the Iranians are attempting to reconstruct a replica of one of the United States’ largest and most powerful warships, the USS Nimitz.

Construction on the crude model appears to be in full swing at a shipyard near Bandar Abbas, as shown in newly released commercial...

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Spinning the death penalty in Iran into a good news story

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 4:15pm
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Sometimes you read a news story. There’s no one element that is necessarily false, but the whole story is so misleading, that it isn’t news, but propaganda. Or, to put it more bluntly, it is a lie.

If someone would read today’s front page story

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Israel seizes ship loaded with missiles destined for Gaza

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8:22am
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The Leftist-Islamist anti-Israel coalition relentlessly complains about the Israeli military blockade of Gaza. 

On a number of occasions they have put together flotillas of civilians to break the blockade. One of those flotillas, organized by Turkish Islamists and loaded with European leftists, led to the controntation in 2010 in which nine...

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Iran’s Muddy Waters

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9:00am
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According to an article last month in the New York Times Iran is facing a major water crisis.

Iran is facing a water shortage potentially so serious that officials are making contingency plans for rationing in the greater Tehran area, home to 22 million, and other major cities around the country. President...

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The Silence of the Lambs About Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 24, 2014 at 8:30am
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Recently, Joshua Muravchik wrote Why the Left Should Stop Carping and Love the Jewish State, Again, at The Tower Magazine.

In one paragraph he presents the gist of his argument.

Moreover, when viewed in the light of the core values of the Left—and, indeed, much of the contemporary Right—Israel actually comes off remarkably...

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The Rushdie Fatwa and the Moderate Rouhani

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:30pm
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Last week there were two anniversaries pertaining to the Islamic republic of Iran.

The first commemoration was the thirty fifth anniversary of the Iranian revolution. Both the New York Times and Washington Post remembered the event.

The New York Times article, written by Thomas Erdbrink, Cries of ‘Death to America’ as Iranians Celebrate...

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Iran Ready to Walk Away from Nuclear Deal Now?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:30am
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Why did Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei just say that he’s “not optimistic” about the negotiations?

“I have said before … I am not optimistic about the negotiations. It will not lead anywhere, but I am not opposed either,” Khamenei told a large crowd during a visit to the northwestern Iranian city...

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Will we ever fully know the terms of surrender?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:58am
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The new “moderate” President of Iran has declared victory and international surrender (featured image above).

But what are the terms of our surrender?

According to Iran, we don’t really know; according to the State Deparment, we will find out. Via L.A. Times, New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official...

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Iran’s Very Good Year

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:30am
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When I was almost fifty four, it was a very good year
It was a very good year for kindly faced clerics
Whose Justice Minister was an executioner
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Time is on Iran’s side in continued nuclear deal negotiations

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 23, 2013 at 3:13pm
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At the end of his press conference on Friday, President Obama addressed his efforts regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

On Iran, there is the possibility of a resolution to a problem that has been a challenge for American national security for over a decade now, and that is getting Iran to, in a...

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Fiddling While Iran Enriches

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9:43am
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Nearly a month ago, President Obama said in a statement:

For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back.

But has Iran’s nuclear program been rolled back or even halted?

Non-proliferation experts Olli Heinonen and...

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The Predictable Iranian Walkout Theatrics

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 16, 2013 at 9:33am
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I was right.

I wrote that the previous agreement between the West and Iran should be used as a model for predicting how the ongoing P5 + 1 negotiations will go.

Specifically,

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