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The administration’s response to a report of an Iranian violation of the Joint Plan of Actions (JPOA) suggests that the White House believes “overlooking Iranian cheating is easier than confronting it,” an unsigned staff editorial in The Washington Post asserted Tuesday. The editorial raised questions about the emerging nuclear deal...

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Citing comments made by White House officials as well as actions taken by the United States, Tony Badran, a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, concluded that the administration has “recogniz[ed] Iranian zones in the Levant as legitimate spheres of influence” in an analysis published today in Lebanon’s...

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Israel

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Tomorrow, Amnesty International plans to officially release a graphical tool that has no purpose except to bash Israel. From the leaked press release: An investigative online tool mapping Israeli attacks in Gaza during the conflict of July and August 2014 has been unveiled by Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture today....

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In the wake of Tehran’s latest demands to have the United Nations Security Council lift its embargoes on Iran’s arms industry, nuclear negotiators missed their fifth deadline and agreed to extend talks until Friday, Bloomberg Business reported today. After almost two years, diplomats say they’re closer than ever to sealing an...

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Congress must perform a thorough review of any nuclear deal with Iran that is submitted by the administration, Jeffrey Robbins, who served as a staff attorney in the Senate and as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Council, wrote in an op-ed published today in The Boston...

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The sanctions relief that is slated to accompany the emerging nuclear deal with Iran will likely enrich and further entrench Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Reuters reported on Monday. The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), created by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, is more than just a...

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Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president of Iran and an ally of current President Hassan Rouhani, called for the destruction of Israel and described the country as “alien” and “temporary,” according to a report Monday in Iran’s official IRNA news agency. Rafsanjani, who heads the powerful Expediency Council, which...

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Iran is demanding that the United Nations Security Council lift its embargo on the country’s arms industry in the context of the emerging nuclear deal with the P5+1 nations, The Los Angeles Times reported today. “The treatment of Iran by the [United Nations] Security Council has been terrible, to put...

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Diplomacy

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Criticizing the emerging nuclear deal between the P5+1 nations and Iran, Andrew Bowen, a senior fellow at the Center for the National Interest, argued that the agreement will come at the “expense of both Washington’s allies and the U.S.’ long-term strategic interests in the Middle East” in an analysis published...

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Diplomacy

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The Iranian government has started to promote the emerging nuclear deal with the P5+1 nations as a victory stemming from American concessions, Ha’aretz reported Sunday. But a major revelation happened Saturday night when Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told Iranian TV the two sides were very close to agreeing...

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