Iran

Protests greet Iranian leader

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, June 6, 2008

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prompted street protests and diplomatic snubs during a one-day visit this week to Rome, where he also reiterated attacks on Israel.

The controversial Iranian leader, making his first trip to the West as Iranian president, was in Rome on Tuesday for the World Food Summit of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

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Obama woos Israel lobby

By Nathan Guttman, June 6, 2008

The largest-ever conference of pro-Israel activists convened in Washington DC this week. It took a political flavour as presidential candidates used the event to tout their pro-Israel credentials and tried to court the Jewish community for support in the coming November elections.

The main message sent out by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) focused on the need to take tough measures against Iran. Presidential hopefuls followed suit, promising to increase pressure on Tehran, if and when elected to the White House.

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Olmert in his Aipac swansong

By Nathan Guttman, June 6, 2008

In what may be his last trip as prime minister to Washington, embattled Israeli leader Ehud Olmert met President George Bush and congressional leaders.

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Now on TV in the UK: Iranian Shoah-denial

By David Toube, May 30, 2008

Try as it might, PressTV — a station sponsored by the Tehran regime — cannot disguise its racism

You might not know it, but the British National Party has a television station. Actually, that’s a rather grand way of describing what amounts to little more than a YouTube channel and a website selling DVDs.

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Think tank warns of nuclear proliferation in Middle East

By Bernard Josephs, May 23, 2008

Warnings of a  “cascade” of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, spurred on by fears about Iran’s nuclear-arms potential, have been issued this week by a top London-based defence think tank.

In their report, Nuclear Programmes in the Middle East in the Shadow of Iran, researchers at the International Institute for Strategic Studies also spoke of fateful decisions faced by Israel “as Iran reaches one technological milestone after another in its journey towards acquiring nuclear weapons”.

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Bibi: Iran will exploit withdrawals

By Daniella Peled, April 18, 2008

Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that any Israeli withdrawals from the West Bank will result in a power vacuum that Iran will exploit through proxy organisations.

“The promise of additional Israeli withdrawals today is that if the IDF moves out, Hamas moves in — and so does Iran,” he told a Jerusalem press conference on Wednesday. “We can stick to political correctness and pretend this is not going to be the case but it will be, because of the endemic weakness in Palestinian leadership and society.”

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Adl slams Swiss gas deal

April 11, 2008

Switzerland has rejected accusations by the Anti-Defamation League that it risked financing terror after a Swiss company sealed a major deal to buy natural gas from Iran. The ADL had taken out a full-page newspaper advert denouncing the deal, although Switzerland insisted it had not violated UN sanctions against Iran.

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