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The Truth about Iran's "Moderates"

The Truth about Iran's "Moderates" Categories: Iran     Author: Reuel Marc Gerecht

The new parliament voted in at February's end is composed of - and again the Western nomenclature is far from ideal - radical hardliners, hardliners, conservatives, and a few tepid, nervous reformers. Real reformers, Iranian politicians and intellectuals who want to change radically the governing st

Scribblings: Myths and Facts about the "Status Quo"

Scribblings: Myths and Facts about the "Status Quo" Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

What a lot of people seem to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict boils down to one word: "occupation". Palestinians are living under occupation, this is seen as the root of the conflict, and ending this situation is seen as synonymous with ending the conflict (never mind that the conflict pr

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Russia's Retreat?

Russia's Retreat? Categories: Israel, Russia, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

He did it again. After having caught the world off guard last fall by diving head-on into the Syrian civil war, Russian President Vladimir Putin has now stunned everyone, even his Syrian clients, by announcing a springtime retreat. The Kremlin's statement, made as the five-year-old war's protagonis

The Creation of a Terror Wave

The Creation of a Terror Wave Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Hirsh Goodman

While just one of many hundreds of terrorist incidents perpetrated by Palestinians against Jews over the years, this attack was a moment in time: it marked the start of something new, a "Stealth Intifada", an insidious wave of seemingly un-orchestrated attacks, perpetrated by unlikely assailants, an

Editorial: Dr. Zarif’s Friendly Face

Editorial: Dr. Zarif’s Friendly Face Categories: Australasia, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Australia recently hosted Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's Foreign Minister - the urbane and seemingly moderate face of the Islamic regime. However, just because someone is charming and speaks English with a lovely accent, does not make him a moderate. In fact a close look at his various comments wh

The Mosul Dam: Iraq’s forgotten crisis

The Mosul Dam: Iraq’s forgotten crisis Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

In late February the US Embassy in Baghdad released a statement warning that the Mosul Dam is at a ‘a serious and unprecedented risk of catastrophic failure with little warning.' The Embassy confirmed that such an event would represent an unprecedented humanitarian and strategic crisis for Ira

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Russia pulling out of Syria?

Russia pulling out of Syria? Categories: Russia, Syria, Updates    

Russian President Putin announced on Tuesday that Russia is pulling out the “main part” of Russia'’s expeditionary force in Syria - but are keeping a key airbase and naval base. This Update is about the significance of the announced withdrawal, especially for Syria, and what was li

Bibi takes a punt

Bibi takes a punt Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

If it is up to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the controversial casino industry famous for bringing prosperity to places like Las Vegas and Macau is to arrive in Israel, albeit in a limited and constricted way. Then again, his quest faces formidable political opposition which, together with the

Biblio File: A Reformer Reformed

Biblio File: A Reformer Reformed Categories: Iran     Author: Sohrab Ahmari

The Shi'ite Islamists who run Iran disagreed with her. In the years since her Nobel triumph, they have set out to destroy Ebadi - and have mostly succeeded. Until We Are Free is Ebadi's account of the devastation. It is a revealing and dark work, notable for the author's frank reassessment of some o

Confronting BDS "macro-aggression" on campus

Confronting BDS "macro-aggression" on campus Categories: Anti-Zionism     Author: Mark G. Yudof

The phrase "connect the dots" originally referred to a children's game in which a bigger picture was revealed by drawing lines among the points. In adult lingo it became a metaphor for teasing out salient relationships often overlooked by the less subtle. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

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Europa Europa: Pop-Up Populists Categories: Europe     Author: Douglas Davis

Populists - on the far right and left - have popped up across Europe. The political Grand Tour today reveals the far-left Syriza and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn in Greece, the Front National in France, the Alternative and Linke in Germany, Flemish Interest in Belgium, the Party for Freedom in the Nethe

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