Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Resurrects My Uncle Napoleon

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by Farideh Farhi As most observers and students of Iranian politics know, paranoia about behind-the-scenes British machinations and interference has a special place in Iranian politics and the Iranian psyche. Dinner conversations about any world event, even in family settings,… Continue Reading  

Over $1 million Spent on Anti-Hagel Advertising

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by Eli Clifton While the Sunlight Foundation estimates the ad blitz by anti-Hagel astroturf at over $100,000, research by Lobe Log suggests that the actual total probably exceeds $1 million. Sunlight based its conclusions on FCC-required disclosures on ad buys by… Continue Reading  

Low Chance for Nuclear Deal Before Iran’s 2013 Presidential Election

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by Mohammad Ali Shabani After the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) in Moscow last June, dialogue at the senior political level was put on ice due to the American… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Journalist Arrests Bode ill for 2013 Presidential Election

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by Farideh Farhi Since Saturday, more than a dozen young journalists working for five reformist newspapers and journals, one news agency (Iranian Labor News Agency or ILNA), and one website (Baztab), have been arrested mostly at their place of work… Continue Reading  

Will Senators Succumb to ADD (Adelson Dollar Disorder) on Hagel?

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by Jim Lobe It was Eric Alterman who observed in The Nation a year ago: If a Jew-hater somewhere, inspired perhaps by The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, sought to invent an individual who symbolizes almost all the anti-Semitic… Continue Reading