Iran

Iran 'may boycott Oscars' in response to Mohammed film

By Jennifer Lipman, September 25, 2012

After triumphing over Israel to win the country's first Oscar, one would have expected Iran's filmmakers to embrace the Academy Awards once again next year.

But according to reports in the Iranian media, the head of the government-controlled cinema agency has called for a boycott of February's ceremony because of the outcry over a film denigrating the prophet Mohammed.

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Ahmadinejad interviewed by Piers Morgan on CNN

By Anna Sheinman, September 25, 2012

In a CNN interview with Piers Morgan on Monday night, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clarified what he meant when he said that Israel should be wiped off the map.

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Iran opens up about its military help for Assad

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 20, 2012

An Iranian acknowledgment that its troops are active in Syria alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces has increased tension in the region as American, British and other Western navies carry out joint exercises in the Persian Gulf.

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Russia and China rebuke Iran – but don't be deceived

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2012

Last week in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency issued a strongly worded resolution chastising Iran for its lack of co-operation over its nuclear programme.

For months, the IAEA has been negotiating with Iran to get its inspectors into a giant military complex approximately 40 miles outside Tehran, in Parchin.

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Obama’s dangerous campaign

By Melanie Phillips, September 16, 2012

Into my inbox last week popped an email from Michelle Obama. "Thank you for an amazing week… Can you chip in $5 or more to stand with Barack today?"

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A fateful year ahead

September 13, 2012

This time last year, we wondered whether this would be the year in which Israel acted against Iran, whether alone or in concert with the US. A year on and the same question remains foremost in our minds. But it somehow feels that the next few months will be fateful, whatever happens.

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MPs using Iraq history to challenge Israel on Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2012

British politicians are downplaying the evidence for an Iranian nuclear threat on the basis of a comparison with the lead-up to the Iraq war. In doing so, they are criticising Israel for its approach to Tehran.

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Tension between Britain and Israel over Iran and university settlement

By Martin Bright and Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2012

Relations between the UK and Israel were put under intense strain this week as Britain joined the US and EU to increase the pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give time for sanctions to work rather than launching military action against Iran.

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Canada severs ties with Iran

By Orlando Radice, September 7, 2012

Canada is suspending its diplomatic relations with Iran and expelling all Iranian envoys from the country.

The Canadian government cited as reasons for the move Iran’s support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, its threats to the existence of Israel, its ongoing nuclear programme and its politicians’ regular use of “antisemitic rhetoric”.

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Waiting for the US on Iran is like Russian roulette

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, September 6, 2012

It is no mystery that US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not each other’s first choices for their respective jobs.

Washington and Jerusalem have spent almost four years seeking to dismiss recurring news stories about the friction between these two men and, more importantly, their policies.

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