Iran

Understand Iran

November 10, 2011

It is difficult for the modern, secular West to comprehend the mindset of the Iranian mullahs. We think - or so we like to assume - rationally.

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Will the world act on Iran?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 9, 2011

The release of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report on Iran’s nuclear programme this week has ended talk of an independent Israeli strike on Iran — for now.

Israel’s leadership is now waiting to see how the international community — and specifically the Obama administration — react to the report.

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IAEA report: Russia, Pakistan 'assisting Iran's nuclear plans'

By Jennifer Lipman, November 8, 2011

A report looking at Iran's nuclear plans is expected to reveal that the country has been receiving help from Russia, Pakistan and North Korea.

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Iranian soldier asks Israel to 'rescue him'

November 4, 2011

Israeli officials are working on an unusual request from an Iranian soldier who wants to leave the regime which said this week it was "ready for war" against Israel and the West.

The Iranian soldier has sought help from the Knesset for him and his family to make aliyah from Iran.

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Clegg won't rule out strike on Iran

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 3, 2011

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, described the escalating situation in Iran as "grave" and said the British government would not rule out any action against the country.

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General in Israel for secret Iran talks

November 3, 2011

High-level defence talks - with Iran at the top of the agenda - took place this week in Britain and Israel as reports of a possible strike against Iran's nuclear programme intensified.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak arrived in London on Wednesday for talks with his UK counterparts, immediately after a visit to Israel by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards.

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Iranian chess player expelled after Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

An Iranian chess player has become the latest person from the country to refuse to compete against an Israeli player in an international championship.

Iranian Grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami announced he would boycott the match against Israel's Ehud Sachar. The two had been scheduled to compete in the fourth round of the Corsica Masters competition.

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Analysis: Iran is trying to start a war

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 19, 2011

The news that Iran plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington DC by bombing a crowded restaurant is shocking - even more shocking if one factors in the stated intention to blow up the Israeli and Saudi embassies as well in the future.

Pundits find such an escalation so out of character with the calculating caution of Iran's leaders that many are already blaming "rogue" elements o

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Press TV blames Israel and British royals for Ofcom problems

By Jessica Elgot, October 18, 2011

The Iranian-backed TV channel, Press TV , has launched a bizarre series of tirades over threats to its broadcasting licence, railing against “members of the royal family and government” for lobbying Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog .

Press TV reported that it was to be taken off air in the UK next week, which has not been confirmed by Ofcom.

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Turkey taking on Iran? Not out of question

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 11, 2011

When Iran was called Persia and Turkey the Ottoman Empire, war was a regular past time for their rulers. Since the Safavid rulers embraced Shi'a Islam in the 16th century, the two countries fought intermittently until 1847, when the second Treaty of Erzurum put an end to their territorial disputes.

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