Iran

Saudi ‘has missiles pointing at Israel’

By Ellis Bolle, July 11, 2013

Military experts have identified a previously undetected missile base in the Saudi Arabian desert, which appears to be targeting Israel and Iran.

Analysts at the IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review have said that satellite imagery indicates the existence of launch pads oriented in the direction of Israel and Iran’s major cities.

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No apology from peer for ‘Zionist lobby’ slur

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

Controversial peer Lord Ahmed has admitted blaming “the Zionist lobby” for the demise of Press TV in Britain.

During an interview with the Iranian-backed channel, he said the “influence of the Zionist lobby” had led to “misunderstanding between civilisations”.

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Nigel Farage: West wrong on Iran sanctions

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage believes the West has “got it wrong” on Iran and that instead of sanctions Iran should have been “love-bombed”.

He said the measures taken by the United States and European Union to force Iran to forsake its nuclear ambitions were misguided and had harmed Israel.

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Ahmadinejad: my main achievement was Holocaust denial

By Zoe Winograd, July 9, 2013

Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has celebrated his own presidency for having led the world in Holocaust denial.

In his farewell speech on Sunday, Mr Ahmadinejad said: “That [Holocaust denial] was a taboo topic that no one in the West allowed to be heard… We put it forward at the global level. That broke the spine of the Western capitalist regime.”

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When the Grass is not always greener

By Gerald Jacobs, June 21, 2013

Will new president Hassan Rouhani give the people of Iran a genuine sniff of freedom? Will its writers be able to publish without fear for their personal safety? Will its readers now be able to obtain Joyce’s Ulysses?

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Don’t get too excited about Iran vote, says Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

Israel is trying to curb the West’s enthusiasm at the election of cleric Hassan Rouhani as the new president of Iran in the hope that the diplomatic pressure and sanctions will not be weakened until Tehran abandons its nuclear ambitions.

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In one sense...

June 20, 2013

The new Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, is apparently a moderate. Which simply goes to show that it depends from where you are starting.

On a theocratic extremist scale of 0-100, where Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is a 99 and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was, say, a 98, then President-elect Rouhani might well be a 97. Or even a 96. Which would indeed, in a manner of speaking, make him a moderate.

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Iran still enriching uranium, but politely

By Saeed Ghasseminejad , June 20, 2013

Iran’s presidential elections invariably offer a limited choice of candidates, all hand-picked by the Guardian Council, a body selected by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. It is then up to Khamenei whether their vote should be counted.

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Bibi warns of 'wishful thinking' over Iran election result

By Josh Jackman, June 17, 2013

The reformist-backed Hassan Rouhani has won Iran’s presidential election, receiving just over half of the vote to narrowly avoid a run-off.

Mr Rouhani, who will succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, mobilised the moderate vote after Mohammad Reza Aref, the sole reformist candidate, withdrew from the race on Tuesday.

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Iranian leader marks election day with antisemitic cartoon

By Orlando Radice, June 14, 2013

The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, has posted a cartoon on his English-language Facebook page which claims that the current Iranian elections are freer than those in the US because the American vote is controlled by ‘Zionists’.

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