Iran

Spotlight on Iran (Week of October 7-14, 2010)

Issued on 14/10/2010 Type Article
President Ahmadinejad makes historic visit to Lebanon
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Spotlight on Iran (Week of September 30-October 7, 2010)

Issued on 07/10/2010 Type Article
Another challenge to the Supreme Leader: top reformist cleric accuses Khamenei of overstepping his authorities
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Spotlight on Iran (Week of September 23-29, 2010)

Issued on 03/10/2010 Type Article
Broad-based support for President Ahmadinejad’s speech to UN General Assembly
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Spotlight on Iran (Week of September 16-23, 2010)

Issued on 26/09/2010 Type Article
Ahmadinejad continues to praise Cyrus the Great, drawing strong criticism from conservatives
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The Iranian media publicized an interview with an Iranian expert on Palestine who visited Turkey and met with IHH operatives.

Issued on 17/09/2010 Type Article
He described the circumstances surrounding the establishment of IHH as an Islamist, jihadist organization whose operatives fought in Bosnia, and stressed the influence of Khomeini's ideology on the organization's activity.
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Spotlight on Iran (Week of September 9-16, 2010)

Issued on 16/09/2010 Type Article
Iran’s behavior with regard to release of American woman: Iranian political fickleness or reflection of domestic power struggles?
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Exporting the Islamic Revolution was one of the Iranian revolution's original, basic objectives. Iran seeks regional hegemony and dominance of the Muslim world, and to that end has developed a network of underground organizations and terrorist groups within Islamic (especially Shi'ite) communities in the Middle East and around the world, including Africa, Latin America, Asia and beyond.
As one of Iran's main tools for exporting the revolution, Iran supports countries and organizations using terrorism to attack Israeli, American and Western interests; Iran seeks to destabilize and subvert pro-Western regimes to promote its own interests.
Israeli-Iranian relations had their ups and downs. During the reign of the Shah of Iran the two countries were allied politically. After the revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic, Iran revoked its recognition of Israel and ended all official relations with it. Khomeini often publicly expressed his extremist anti-Israeli, anti-Zionist positions even while living in exile. Relations between Iran and Israel became even more strained when Ahmadinejad rose to power in 2005. The regime in Iran repeatedly states its intention of destroying Israel and its policies, which include Holocaust denial, are both anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic.
To implement its anti-Israeli policies Iran has broadened its ties to the terrorist organizations operating against Israel. Iran encourages the terrorist organizations, especially the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah, to attack Israel, and finances and arms both organizations. In recent years large shipments of weapons from Iran have been intercepted as they were en route to the Palestinian terrorist organizations.
To promote its regional and global interests and aspirations, Iran is developing military nuclear capabilities and developing long-range missiles and war heads which can reach Israel, the rest of the Middle East and Europe.