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The Jehoshua Novels

Obama signs law barring Iran U.N. envoy

Al Jazeera, April 18

Washington – President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill barring entrance to the U.S. for any foreign diplomat seen as a threat to American security or who has engaged in “terrorist activity” — a measure that effectively bans Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Washington said earlier this [...]

Tuesday Tensions bedevil Arab summit

Kuwait is hosting the Heads of Arab states for their annual summit for the first time since joining Arab League.

Qatar is being pressured to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical movements through the region. Along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Mirates, Egypt is trying to isolate Qatar. Yet it [...]

Iranian Ship, in Plain View but Shrouded in Mystery, Looks Very Familiar to U.S.

NYT – Iran is building a nonworking mock-up of an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that United States officials say may be intended to be blown up for propaganda value.

Intelligence analysts studying satellite photos of Iranian military installations first noticed the vessel rising from the Gachin shipyard, near Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf, last [...]

Population Wars

What country has a lower birthrate than London or Paris? Answer after the break.


Iran and U.S. agree final nuclear deal may be unreachable

Reuters, By Parisa Hafezi & Louis Charbonneau, February 17

Vienna – The United States and long-time arch-foe Iran agree on at least one thing ahead of Tuesday’s negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal – reaching an agreement will be very difficult, if not impossible.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the man who has the [...]

The battle of Anbar and the future of Iraq and al Qaeda, Part Two

The Sunni of Anbar

The grim strategic situation facing Iraqi Sunnis today parallels that of ten years ago when they were beset by powerful enemies in al Qaeda but also US troops and Shia militias. The solution, albeit a short-lived one, came by allying with US troops in the Anbar Awakening. Of course, this option [...]

Turkey’s Erdogan visits Iran to improve ties after split over Syria

Reuters, By Parisa Hafezi

ANKARA, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visited Iran on Wednesday to bolster trade and energy ties, state TV said, in what also looked like a bid to defuse tensions over Syria by capitalizing on Tehran’s diplomatic opening to regional rivals and the West.

Iran has been a strong strategic ally of [...]

Israel and Saudi Ambitions

Israel-Palestine: When the Map Lies

The US and Iran are negotiating to end the over 33 years of lack of diplomatic recognition and the US-led sanction on Iran. This effort causes the Right Wing Israeli Government to scream “Nooooooo…”.

Consequently AIPAC is putting pressure, successfully we’d assert, on the US congress to pass laws [...]

Behind Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Opposition to the Geneva Agreement, Part Two

Fragmentation Netanyahu might have a bolder ambition in mind than merely preventing Iran from advancing its nuclear program. The Middle East is changing more rapidly than at any time since the end of the First World War and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Countries in the region are vanishing from the maps of the [...]

Behind Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Opposition to the Geneva Agreement, Part One

The agreement between Iran and the P5+1 powers has been received with considerable optimism in much of the world, as has the beginning of its implementation this week. Iran will limit its enriched uranium program and halt further work on the Arak heavy-water reactor capable of producing plutonium. In exchange, Iran will get substantial though [...]

American missing in Iran since 2007 was working for the CIA

The Guardian/AP – In March 2007, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson flew to Kish Island, an Iranian resort awash with tourists, smugglers and organized crime figures. Days later, after an arranged meeting with an admitted killer, he checked out of his hotel, slipped into a taxi and vanished. For years, the US has publicly described [...]

Let’s make a deal! Iran runs the table

UPDATE 2-Iran names 7 Western oil companies it wants to return

Dec 4 (Reuters) – Iran on Wednesday named seven Western oil companies it wants back in its vast oil and gas fields if international sanctions are lifted and said it would outline investment terms in April next year.

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh named [...]

Friction between Iranian, Syrian soldiers surfaces

Interesting stuff.

The Daily Star, BEIRUT, Nov 26: A pro-Syrian opposition website has published footage on YouTube of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander in Syria criticizing the callous behavior of the Assad regime’s forces toward the Syrian people. One clip shows commander Esmail Heydari, who was killed in an ambush in Aleppo province in August [...]

Exclusive: Burns led secret US back channel to Iran – the man who made the deal

Very fine work! An excellent use of our tax dollars. This is first rate reporting, exclusive, by the Middle East – Asia news site, Al Monitor and reporter Laura Rozen. The key diplomacy in the Iran deal was conducted by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns. “Deputy” appointments for the various cabinet [...]

Iran Deal Marks Historic Shift in Hostilities with U.S.

Official announcement from Iranian media – Obama makes a deal with Iran and makes history at the same time VIDEO

President Barack Obama made history this weekend by turning around the relationship between the United States and Iran. The deal on Iranian nuclear production reverses a decades-long period of mutual hostility. The apogee of [...]