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Iran, Russia hold talks on expanding military cooperation

NICOSIA — Iran and Russia have been examining defense and military projects. Iran and Russia have reviewed air force relations, including exercises, training and defense cooperation. Officials said Russian Air Force commander Gen. Viktor Bondarev arrived in Teheran and met senior officers. SUBSCRIBE l LOGIN

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Iran, Oman sign defense agreement to monitor maritime traffic

ABU DHABI — Iran and Oman have signed a defense cooperation accord. The two Gulf neighbors signed an agreement for cooperation meant to monitor maritime traffic in the Sea of Oman. Officials said Muscat and Teheran would work together to stop drug and human trafficking in their territorial waters. SUBSCRIBE l LOGIN

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Iran, Russia in talks to construct additional nuclear reactors

MOSCOW — Russia has been examining a plan to build a second nuclear energy facility in Iran. Officials said Moscow and Teheran were conducting negotiations to construct a nuclear energy reactor in Iran. They said a round of what was termed “preliminary talks” was concluded in Moscow. SUBSCRIBE  l  LOGIN

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New war cabinet: Hagel and Kerry will give Obama clout with the generals

New war cabinet: Hagel and Kerry will give Obama clout with the generals

By Brian M Downing President Obama has nominated a pair of new cabinet secretaries in his foreign policy team, John Kerry for the State Department and Chuck Hagel for the Defense Department. They are both reasonably well respected in congress, where both served, and they are both decorated veterans of the Vietnam War. They have […]

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Saudi Arabia’s dangerous alliance with Salafi forces against the Arab Spring

Saudi Arabia’s dangerous alliance with Salafi forces against the Arab Spring

By Brian M Downing The uprisings of the Arab Spring have been supported in the West and many other countries as well.  The tide is seen as welcome, inevitable, and essential to placing the region on a proper political and economic track. That view, however, is not shared in Saudi Arabia. The view from Riyadh […]

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Named but not shamed: UN Rights Committee cites abuses in Syria, Iran and N. Korea

Named but not shamed: UN Rights Committee cites abuses in Syria, Iran and N. Korea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Tis’ the season in the General Assembly for  some serious if generally overlooked work and reports.  An Assembly committee has soundly condemned the continuing human and political rights abuses in three global transgressors; Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, […]

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South Korea moves up in Security Council balance-of-power competition

South Korea moves up in Security Council balance-of-power competition

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s the annual diplomatic ritual when the 193 member UN General Assembly elects five of its members to serve for two-year stints on the powerful Security Council. As would be imagined the competition is intense to gain real political power and the global limelight on the fifteen member […]

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A closer look at Netanyahu's UN speech

A closer look at Netanyahu's UN speech

By Ed Koch On Sept. 27, 2012, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Israel delivered a speech to the United Nations. That speech is well worth reading, if someone is interested in world events and, in particular, a discussion of why it is a matter of life and death whether Iran is able to develop nuclear […]

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How China is boosting Egypt in the Mideast, amid fading U.S. influence

How China is boosting Egypt in the Mideast, amid fading U.S. influence

By Fariborz Saremi The Middle East with its vast energy resources and vital geopolitical position is of crucial importance for all the major powers, both east and west. It is also the site of strong anti-American sentiment and therefore might prove to be an excellent location for China to challenge America’s pre-eminent global role. The […]

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Iran and its neighbors: Caught in a strategic trap of their own making

Iran and its neighbors: Caught in a strategic trap of their own making

By Dr. Assad Homayoun and Gregory Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense &  Foreign Affairs. Iran, no less than the European Union or the United States of America, faces a series of problems which place it at a critical strategic junction. It now faces urgent challenges, the response to which will determine its viability — even its survival […]

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