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Federal Reserve Bank chief nomination for Jewish woman

By Rosa Doherty, October 10, 2013

Brooklyn native Janet Yellen was nominated this week by President Barack Obama to take up the most powerful job in the world economy.

If her selection is approved by the Senate, Mrs Yellen, who is Jewish, will become the first woman to head the US Federal Reserve in its 100-year history.

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When it comes to Iran, facts get a rough ride

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2013

In the delicate diplomatic game going on between Washington, Jerusalem and Tehran, both in plain sight and beneath the radar, facts and official statements are important but the interpretation of those facts are of equal importance.

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Even military action will not remove the danger of Iran

By Azriel Bermant, October 10, 2013

It is understandable why Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used his UN address to warn the international community not to fall for the charm offensive of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

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Iran: we will investigate Amia attack

By Adam Feinstein, October 3, 2013

Iran has assured Argentina that it will honour an agreement signed earlier this year to shed light on the bombing of the Amia Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in 1994, which killed 85 people and wounded more than 300.

Argentina has accused eight Iranians of being behind the bombing — including the former president, Ali Rafsanjani — and demanded their extradition.

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Saudis and Bahrain ‘more worried than Israel’ about Obama’s Iran diplomacy

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2013

The beginning of a thaw in relations between Iran and the West is not only worrying Israel, it is also a matter of concern for Iran’s Arab neighbours.

Both Israel and several Gulf states are concerned that sanctions may be lifted without receiving clear and verifiable assurances that Iran is no longer pursuing nuclear weapons.

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Obama is in la-la land over Iran

By Melanie Phillips, October 3, 2013

Everyone is acting precisely according to the script. The fanatical Ayatollah Khamanei, the sole real power in Iran, has manoeuvred the West into the end-game.

Just as foretold, his cipher, the new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, has presented himself falsely as the voice of moderation.

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Obama calls for a ‘meaningful’ deal with Iran at UN

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

US President Barack Obama welcomed the new Iranian government’s “moderate course” in an address to the United Nations General Assembly today.

He also called for a “meaningful agreement” on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear development and a resolution on the Syria chemical arms issue.

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Can Iran's President Hassan Rouhani seduce Obama?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2013

“Charm offensive” is the hackneyed phrase used in recent weeks to describe the intensive PR campaign being waged by Tehran on the Western media.

Small wonder that the office of Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not resist responding with a cliche of his own about Iran spinning the press and spinning centrifuges that enrich uranium.

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Netanyahu to meet Obama at the White House

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

US President Barack Obama will meet Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House this month to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme.

The meeting, which will take place in Washington on September 30, is expected to address Iran’s uranium fields, the ongoing crisis in Syria and two-state solution peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

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CIA arms US-backed Syrian rebels

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2013

While the US-Russia deal to dismantle Syria’s chemical-weapons arsenal may have put the plans for a military strike on hold, there are signs that a clandestine campaign by the US to arm the rebels on the ground via the CIA is gaining pace.

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