Iran

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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Why Israel is unlikely to act alone against Iran

By Tim Marshall, September 6, 2012

An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear programme would be… challenging, which is putting it mildly. A joint Israeli-US attack on Iran’s nuclear programme would be… devastating, and that’s also putting it mildly.

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Cracks show in US-Israel stance on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 6, 2012

The dispute between the American and Israeli leaderships over a possible attack on Iran has come out into the open in recent days with what was the sternest warning by a senior American figure against an Israeli strike.

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Only the US can provide a truly credible threat against Iran

By Noah Beck, September 6, 2012

With Iran stubbornly spinning its nuclear centrifuges, despite nearly a decade of diplomatic efforts and sanctions, time is short to avoid another Middle East conflict that could spin disastrously out of control, leave many dead, and send oil prices skyrocketing. But the U.S.

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Loyalty row MP questions reality of Iran threat

By Jennifer Lipman, September 5, 2012

The Labour MP who questioned the loyalty of the British envoy to Israel has posited that the Iranian nuclear threat is "non-existent".

In Foreign and Commonwealth Office questions on Tuesday, Paul Flynn, the Labour MP for Newport West, referred to the 179 brave British soldiers who were lost in pursuit of non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

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Ban Ki-moon under pressure to get tough on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2012

Amid widespread criticism of his decision to attend the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran this week, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was expected to raise issues of human rights and Iran’s nuclear programme in his talks with the country’s leaders.

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John Cleese goes nuts on Iran in Israeli advert

By Anna Sheinman, August 30, 2012

Fawlty Towers ended 33 years ago, but John Cleese, it seems, has still not learned to avoid mentioning the war.

In a new advert for an Israeli chocolate spread, Cleese, playing a US army general, accidentally sanctions an air strike by Israel.

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How Britain’s banks doomed Iran approach to failure

By Alex Brummer, August 24, 2012

Britain's banks have had a dreadful summer. Money laundering charges against our two biggest international banks HSBC and Standard Chartered (SCB), coming hard on the heels of the Libor interest rate rigging scandal at Barclays, delivered enormous reputational damage.

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The Iranian argument threat

By Jonathan Freedland, August 24, 2012

Normally we wait till it's too late, so let's get this clear in advance.

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