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  • Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defense firms, FBI warns

    1 week ago

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document.

    The operation is the...

  • Israel not pushing for tougher Iran sanctions as talks go on

    1 week ago

    Israel will not press Washington to tighten sanctions on Iran while nuclear negotiations continue for the next six months, but will push for tough action if the talks' June deadline is not met, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Intelligence Ministry Director-General...

  • In Search of a Better Life.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    He was only twelve years old.  All he had was a bike and a kiss from his parents.  He left his village in Iran to travel to the capital in search of a better life.  He died surrounded by his children and a loving community at 86.

    If you showed up late to his memorial and missed...

  • Proposed nation-state law crosses American Jewish red lines

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    I wish I could draw.

    A few years back, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before the United Nations General Assembly with a cartoonish drawing of a bomb meant to illustrate Iran’s march toward achieving a nuclear weapon. He pointed to a red line across the top of the...

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  • Iran seeks post on key U.N. committee, Israel deems it ‘absurd’

    2 weeks ago

    Iran is seeking a senior post on a United Nations committee that decides accreditation of non-governmental organizations, a move that Israel on Tuesday compared to gangster Al Capone running the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Iran was elected to the 19-member committee in...

  • Netanyahu sees positive side to missing Iran nuclear deadline

    November 24, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the likelihood that Iran and six world powers would fail to meet a deadline on Monday for a nuclear agreement.

    "No deal is better than a bad deal. The deal that Iran was pushing for was terrible. A deal would have left Iran with...

  • Kerry: Progress in Iran talks, tough road ahead

    November 24, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress toward a final deal over its nuclear program, but the talks would remain difficult in coming months despite new ideas being presented.

    "If we can do it (get a deal) sooner, we...

  • Obama: Helping terror go nuclear

    November 21, 2014 | 10:54 am

    Last Tuesday’s terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue killed five people: four rabbis (including three born in the USA) and a Druze police officer. Two Palestinians entered during morning prayers and attacked worshipers with knives, meat cleavers, and a handgun. Congress showed...

  • Sunday Reads: Accepting America’s decline, Iran’s peacemaking efforts, Power on anti-Semitism

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 16, 2014 | 4:21 am

    US

    Rosa Brooks argues that admitting American power is in decline is essential for the formation of a coherent foreign policy:

    Unfortunately, American political leaders share a bipartisan inclination to deny these realities. Mostly, they succumb to the Lake Wobegon effect:...

  • ‘Rosewater’ reveals journalist’s ordeal in an Iranian prison

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 12, 2014 | 12:19 pm

    Iranian-born journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari’s life was compelling long before he became the plotline for the movie “Rosewater.” 

    Bahari had traveled to nearly 70 countries to report on the issues of the day, some of them conflict zones, and nearly lost his life once, when...

  • At D.C. confabs, U.S. and Israel present a united front

    November 11, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    Joe and Bibi? Still buddies. U.S. and Israel? Still allies. Agreement on Iran and the Palestinians?

    Well.

    The governments of President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were back on joshing terms this week, but the deep differences that led to recent...

  • Netanyahu: Iran is U.S. enemy, not partner

    November 11, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    The United States should treat Iran as an enemy and not as a partner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jewish leaders.

    “Iran is not part of the solution, it’s a huge part of the problem,” Netanyahu said Tuesday, referring to reports that the United States may be...

  • Russia, Iran sign nuclear construction deal

    November 11, 2014 | 9:38 am

    Russia will build two new nuclear power plant units in Iran under an agreement signed in Moscow on Tuesday between subsidiaries of the two countries' state atomic agencies.

    The agreement precedes a Nov. 24 deadline for a deal at talks between Iran and world powers that would curb...

  • Will the new Senate really ‘kill’ an agreement with Iran?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 10, 2014 | 4:31 am

    As negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program reach their peak this week – with the November 24 deadline getting closer – the political situation in the US is much different from that of a week and a half ago. This raises the obvious question: does a new, Republican and more...

  • Iranian-American Jews in L.A. look to the future

    By Avishay Artsy

    November 3, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    Foreign conflict and human rights abuses were front and center in the minds of Los Angeles’ Iranian-Jewish community leaders who attended the 30 Years After 4th Biennial Civic Action Conference on Nov. 2. Panel discussions touched on tensions between Israel and Hamas, the threat of...

  • Why Jews Should Celebrate Halloween!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 30, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Growing up in Iran, I did not have any of the electronic gadgets my children enjoy today.  Instead, what I loved was my neighborhood.

    On weekends, and during long summer days after school, we would run in the streets, unsupervised.  We would randomly join a local soccer match...

  • Immortality through Defiance:  Reyhaneh Jabbari and Lot’s Wife.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 28, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    The world shivered and cried this week at the unjust  execution of 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari, hanged in Tehran on Saturday, convicted of killing a man allegedly trying to rape her.

    Lost in the reactive and temporary shame of being Iranian, a human, a man, that day, I read the...

  • Iran claims to arrest spies near nuclear plant

    October 22, 2014 | 8:58 am

    Iran arrested what it claimed were several suspected foreign spies in the southern province of Bushehr, home to the country’s first nuclear power plant.

    Fars News Service, the country’s semi-official news agency, reported Tuesday on the arrests but did not provide further...

  • Why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

    October 21, 2014 | 2:09 pm

    At first sight, it seems that Israel is just as preoccupied with the rise of Islamic State as anyone else. Israeli media report diligently on the extremist group's assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani and run at least a story every few days on its atrocities. Prime Minister...

  • L.A.’s Iranian Jews must launch new Iran advocacy campaign

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 14, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to speak to a Southern California Christian group about the significant human rights violations that the Iranian regime has waged against the Christians, Jews and other religious minorities living in Iran today. While this congregation was...

  • Khamenei blames United States, ‘wicked’ Britain, for creating Islamic State

    October 13, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday blamed the United States and the "wicked" British government for creating the Islamic State in his first speech since undergoing prostate surgery last month.

    The sharp remarks were a reminder of Iranian suspicions about the...

  • Report: Iran ordered Hezbollah to carry out attack on Israel over nuclear facility bombing

    October 10, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Iran instructed Hezbollah to attack Israeli forces on the border with Lebanon in retaliation for the “bombing” of Iran’s Parchin nuclear facility, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported.

    The report Friday in the al-Rai newspaper cites high-level Washington-based European diplomats, who...

  • Iran: nuclear talks might be extended if November deadline missed

    October 10, 2014 | 9:48 am

    Talks over Iran's nuclear program might be extended if disagreement over remaining issues cannot be resolved by a November deadline, Iran's top negotiator was quoted as saying on Friday, in the first hint an extension was being contemplated.

    "Iran and the P5+1 (major world...

  • White House rejects Netanyahu’s criticism with withering response

    October 6, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    The White House rejected criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a withering response on Monday, accusing him of refusing to acknowledge how much help the United States has been to Israel over the years.

    A long-time split between President Barack Obama and...

  • Explosion viewed in vicinity of Tehran site linked to nukes

    October 6, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    An explosion at or near an Iranian military complex believed to be a site for nuclear testing created a large orange flash over Tehran.

    The New York Times reported that the explosion on Sunday night came from the direction of the Parchin complex, where Iran has been accused of...

  • Fire at Iranian defense industry plant kills two people: IRNA

    October 6, 2014 | 11:47 am

    An Iranian defense industry body said two workers were killed in a fire at an explosives factory in an eastern district of Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

    An Iranian opposition website, Saham, described the incident as a strong explosion and said it took...

  • Netanyahu to Obama: Iran must not get nuclear arms

    October 1, 2014 | 10:30 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he hopes the U.S. leader will make sure that any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers does not allow Tehran to stand at the "threshhold" of being able to develop nuclear weapons.

    ...
  • Netanyahu’s speech: Should Israel put itself at the forefront of the battle against radical Islam?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 30, 2014 | 4:01 am

    AP called this "a blistering speech". That is a fair description of Benjamin Netanyahu's UN performance yesterday. All the elements were blended into it: terror and radicalism, world domination and Nazism, nuclear Iran and propaganda. Netanyahu did not talk about Israel – not just...

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