News Alert no. 140: Top adviser to Khamenei says U.S. is to be confronted and rolled back by Tehran-led “resistance axis”

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According to official Iranian media, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to the Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that a “resistance axis” led by Iran, and including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and the [pro-Iranian forces in] Palestinian territories is “not only to fight against the dominance of foreigners in their countries”, but also […]

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Policy Brief No.58: Butchery in Jerusalem – two Palestinians killed four rabbis in a synagogue

Butchery in Jerusalem

Two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers “killed five people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday [November 18] before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city”, Reuters reports. Eight other Israelis were wounded, Al Jazeera reports. Four of the dead were rabbis (three holding […]

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News Alert No.86: The U.S., ready to renew diplomatic ties with Iran

“Iran has held secret talks with American officials to discuss opening a US trade office in Tehran if a deal is reached over its nuclear ambitions and sanctions are lifted”, The Times reports on November 10, 2014. The same notoriously serious and credible British newspaper says such a move “would mean the countries renewing diplomatic […]

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Policy Brief No.55: Islamic State propaganda – risks and implications

According to an article published in The Wall Street Journal on October 24, by former Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joseph Lieberman and Christian Beckner, the deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University, the Obama administration has no strategy in place to counter the sophisticated online propaganda ISIS is directing […]

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News Alert No.50: Reactions to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech at the UN indicate that Israeli and U.S. opinions on globally important geo-strategic issues are openly colliding

USA Today reported on September 30 that “President Obama renews his sometimes-tense relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday [October 1], meeting with the Israeli leader at the White House”, and that “while Obama and Netanyahu have sometimes been at odds over peace talks with the Palestinians, a main topic of this session will be Obama’s […]

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