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Mideast Media Sampler – 04/22/2013 – The Syrian red line and Israeli innovation

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 22, 2013 at 9:45am 4/22/2013 at 9:45am

1) The red line?

Back in December, NBC News reported that Syria had loaded chemical weapons onto planes and was prepared to use them against civilians.

Late last week the...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 04/18/2013 – A broken crescent

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 8:30am 4/18/2013 at 8:30am

1)  Syria and contiguity

Jacques Neria writes in Stalemate in the Syrian Civil War:

While Assad has survived so far, he has not been able to quell the rebellion, the economy is in shambles, and so are most of the areas hit by the civil war. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians are either...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 04/08/2013 – Diplomacy is more than words

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 8, 2013 at 10:24am 4/8/2013 at 10:24am

1) The language of concessions

The Washington Post reports Kerry presses Israel and Palestinians for concessions to pave way for peace talks:

Kerry first visited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has resisted new talks for most of the past four years. His government had sought to file a complaint against Israel with the...

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EU Foreign Policy Chief says nuke talks with Iran have failed

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 10:28am 4/6/2013 at 10:28am

Via BBC:

Talks between world powers and Iran on its nuclear programme have ended without agreement, with the EU saying their positions “remain far apart”.

Over two days of talks in Almaty, Iran was asked to give up work on its most sensitive nuclear activities in return for an easing of sanctions.

EU foreign...

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State Dept finally addresses imprisoned American pastor in Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 9:45am 3/24/2013 at 9:45am

We have reported  in the past on the U.S. State Department’s willful silence about imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been held in Iran since last September for “evangelizing” and therefore “threatening national security.” The American Center for Law and Justice’s Jay Sekulow has been unrelenting in his promotion of...

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Senior Iranian General killed in Syria/Lebanon by ???

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 15, 2013 at 2:39pm 2/15/2013 at 2:39pm

Another one of those things that makes you go hmmm…

At first it was attributed to anti-Assad forces.  And supposedly took place just a couple of days ago.

This was no ordinary General, via Ynet:

The London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Friday that Hush Husam Nawis, also known as Hassan Shateri, a senior...

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“one of the finest Secretary of States we’ve had”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8:56pm 2/5/2013 at 8:56pm

He said.

And you know what?

I think he actually believes it.

#MissionAccomplished

 
 
 

Iran monkey space launch fake?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:28pm 2/1/2013 at 5:28pm

Those are the reports.

Via Ynet:

Just four days after Iran proudly announced it had successfully launched a monkey into space – a move seen as proof of a technological breakthrough which may help the Islamic Republic advance its nuclear program, London’s Times newspaper is questioning the Iranian claims.

The British paper said Friday...

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A kiss and an embrace

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 9:16pm 1/23/2013 at 9:16pm

A kiss, via Ynet News:

Two Iranian officials could be facing trouble after being caught on camera as they shared a kiss in an elevator.

Footage captured by a security camera and broadcast by Sky News Arabia showed Iranian Higher Education Minister Kamran Daneshjoo and Azadeh Ardakani, the director...

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Why won’t State Dept demand U.S. pastor’s release from Iran?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3:00pm 1/12/2013 at 3:00pm

Yesterday the U.S. State Department for the first time mentioned American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran since September 2012 for speaking out about his Christian views and developing a network of underground churches. While family and friends of the pastor, who had converted to Christianity twelve years...

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Back to the future on Iran negotiations without preconditions

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 10:16am 10/21/2012 at 10:16am

I don’t have a lot of time today because I’m working on something, but I did want to take note of the latest “non-leak leak maybe who knows” regarding supposed direct negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program.

The NY Times reports:

The United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the...

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Netanyahu’s address to the United Nations

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 3:44pm 9/27/2012 at 3:44pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York today, using a drawing of a bomb as a visual aid to express the Iranian nuclear program. He drew a red line where he believes the UN should intervene.

Netanyahu:

I brought a diagram for you. Here’s the diagram....

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First Rahm then Ahmadinejad, now you can ask Farrakhan questions tonight

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 6:30pm 9/26/2012 at 6:30pm

Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in town to follow President Obama’s address to the United Nations General Assembly, met with Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan along with peace activists and other members of “Abrahamic religions” on Tuesday evening. While both the U.S. and Israel delegations, among others, boycotted the Iranian dictator’s speech today, Farrakhan’s...

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If I told you I’d have to …

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 4:31pm 7/24/2012 at 4:31pm

From reader Jon:

I’ve observed you’ve been playing a few AC/DC videos in the right margin… I don’t know if that was in relation to this, but if not, figured you’d want to see it….

Awesome: Latest Cyber Attack Against Iran Nukes Plays AC/DC All Night

Possibly the greatest virus ever?  Here’s an email...

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Ahmadinejad comes close to claiming credit for Bulgaria bombing as victims buried (Update)

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6:35pm 7/20/2012 at 6:35pm

Israel has accused Iran through Hezbollah of being behind the bombing of a tourist bus in Bulgaria.

Iran’s President came pretty close yesterday to claiming responsibility even as Iran formally denies involvement, via Times of Israel:

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gloated publicly on Thursday over the deaths of Israelis in a terror bombing in...

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Israeli tourist bus blown up in Bulgaria (Updates)

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 11:36am 7/18/2012 at 11:36am

News just breaking, details to follow:

According to initial reports, an Israeli tour bus was attacked at the Sarafovo International Airport in the Bulgarian vacation city of Bourgas.

A Bulgarian website reported that there were multiple casualties in a bomb explosion. Army Radio reported that at least three of the passengers were...

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Rats and ships

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:30pm 7/5/2012 at 2:30pm

Some flee the sinking ship.  Via Times of Israel:

Manaf Tlas, one of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s closest friends and most trusted military colleagues, who is also the son of the Assad regime’s former long-serving defense minister, has defected from the Assad regime and fled to Turkey, in what one analyst described...

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