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Learning From Iran How To Negotiate With The Israelis and Arabs

Irancove @ July 30, 2009 # 5 Comments

by Amjad Atallah via TPM Café: Thursday is the 40th day commemoration of the martyrdom of Neda Agha-Soltan, an Iranian woman shot dead while peacefully protesting against the election results in Iran. Her murder was televised via the Internet around the world and has become a symbol for Iranians protesting Ahmadinejad’s victory. Iranian opposition leaders […]

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The Case for a Tactical Pause with Iran

Irancove @ July 30, 2009 # 8 Comments

Trita Parsi in Foreign Policy says: No one said diplomacy with Iran would be easy. And now, before it even started, the Iranian election crisis has left Tehran politically paralyzed and Washington without a clear diplomatic path ahead. Iranian centrifuges keep spinning, leading some to think that September should be the deadline for Iran to […]

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Iraq raids MEK camp

Irancove @ July 29, 2009 # 8 Comments

The MEK, a U.S. protected terrorist group in Iraq, was raided by Iraqi security forces.  Read Juan Cole’s comments here. Iraq raids camp of Iranian opposition group U.S. protected Laith Hammoudi and Leila Fadel | McClatchy Newspapers last updated: July 29, 2009 08:06:40 AM BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities raided the camp of a small Iranian […]

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Robert Gates, Ehud Barak Meeting Focuses on Iran

Irancove @ July 27, 2009 # 4 Comments

Via Press TV: Washington says Iran’s nuclear program is a threat to both Israel and the United States, reaffirming its ‘unbreakable bond’ with Tel Aviv. US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made the comments in a joint news conference with the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Jerusalem (Al-Quds).

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Vice-President Mashai Resigns, Rift Between Ahamdinejad and Khamenei

Irancove @ July 26, 2009 # 3 Comments

The AP reports: TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad caved into pressure from hardline clerics and the country’s supreme leader Friday and allowed the resignation of his top deputy after a week-long standoff. For days, the president had resisted pressure from hard-liners, including a direct order from the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to […]

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Israel’s Internet War

Irancove @ July 25, 2009 # No Comment Yet

More on Israeli Internet Propaganda (“hasbara teams”) from Jonathan Cook: The passionate support for Israel expressed on talkback sections of websites, internet chat forums, blogs, Twitters and Facebook may not be all that it seems. Israel’s foreign ministry is reported to be establishing a special undercover team of paid workers whose job it will be […]

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July 25: Global day of action

Irancove @ July 24, 2009 # 2 Comments

United4Iran, July 23, 2009 On July 25th in more than 80 cities worldwide, Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams, Betty Williams, Mairead Maguire, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Wangari Maathal, Lord David Trimble, Kim Dae-jung, joined by Dolores Huerta, Sean Penn, Dariush, Simin Behbahani, Ismael Khoie, 43 Arab Human Rights Organizations, […]

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Hagee’s Christians United for Israel hold annual D.C. summit

Irancove @ July 24, 2009 # 2 Comments

Another year, another CUFI summit. CUFI, lead by hardline evangelist John Hagee, is constantly pushing for war with Iran on ideological and religious grounds. Hagee has argued for a preemptive nuclear war on to defend Israel. In this interview with Glenn Beck, Hagee attempts to explain how Russia and Iran are mentioned in the book […]

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Poor analogies and more crocodile tears

Irancove @ July 23, 2009 # 6 Comments

New GOP statement on a “slow” Obama response to the Iranian elections with the “stupidly” comment made by Obama about the MA police.  Obama is the U.S. President and his priority should be the affairs of the United States—not Iran. “President Obama laid a bold accusation at Massachusetts law enforcement officers from the bully pulpit […]

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Save the Persepolis Tablets

Irancove @ July 22, 2009 # 6 Comments

NIAC leads a new initiative aimed at stopping the confiscation of priceless artifacts from Persepolis on loan to the  University of Chicago for shallow political motives.

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He said, he said

Irancove @ July 22, 2009 # 4 Comments

Hamid Dabashi on cliched leftism below and AbuKhalil’s response here: When a political groundswell like the Iranian presidential election of June 2009 and its aftermath happen, the excitement and drama of the moment expose not just our highest hopes but also our deepest fault lines, most troubling moral flaws, and the dangerous political precipice we […]

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Israeli Propaganda: From Gaza to Iran

Irancove @ July 21, 2009 # 7 Comments

Interesting article by Tom Griffin at Spin Watch: Recent weeks have seen an explosion of interest in Twitter, a social networking application which has been used by thousands of internet users to pass on news, views and rumours about the situation unfolding in Iran in the wake of the disputed presidential election. The Iranian struggle […]

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More Unrest

Irancove @ July 17, 2009 # 7 Comments

the AP’s Ali Akbar Dareini reports: TEHRAN, Iran – In a sign of endurance for Iran’s protest movement, demonstrators clashed with police Friday as one of the nation’s most powerful clerics challenged the supreme leader during Muslim prayers, saying country was in crisis in the wake of a disputed election. The turnout of tens of […]

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Laura Secor: Behind Iran’s Silence

Irancove @ July 17, 2009 # 9 Comments

via The New Yorker: The American attention span for foreign crises is notoriously short. In the two weeks since Iran’s disputed election and the ensuing protests and violence, Michael Jackson died, Sarah Palin resigned, and news from Iran slipped below the fold and into the inside pages of most daily newspapers. In this case, however, […]

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Unrest after Rafsanjani speech

Irancove @ July 17, 2009 # 3 Comments

by Borzou Daraghi and Ramin Mostaghim of the Los Angeles Times: Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s harsh rebuke of Ahmadinejad supporters is followed by renewed violence, suggesting the discontent over recent election results is as strong as ever. 9:24 AM PDT, July 17, 2009 Reporting from Tehran and Beirut — Security forces fired tear gas […]

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What comes next for Iran?

Irancove @ July 17, 2009 # No Comment Yet

According to Mehdi Mozaffari: The Iranian crisis came like a bolt out of the blue. Neither Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei nor the outside world could have predicted that the presidential election would result in the deepest political and institutional crisis in the history of the Islamic republic. But although the crisis arose suddenly, it […]

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Ahmadinejad appoints controversial Mashaie as vice president

Irancove @ July 17, 2009 # 7 Comments

AFP: TEHRAN — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed his controversial aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie as the country’s new first vice president, the official IRNA news agency reported. “Ahmadinejad has announced that Mashaie will serve as the new first vice president in the next government,” IRNA said. Mashaie a year ago was severely criticised by the […]

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