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Iranians shout #ShutUpNetanyahu during Bibi speech

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress mentioned Iran 107 times (none of them positive). Predictably, Iranian Twitter lit up, with thousands of mentions of the hashtag #ShutUpNetanyahu and accomanying bile. Users from Tehran, and Iranian Americans, published memes and cartoons portraying Netanyahu as a leader of terror organization, distributing images from the last war in Gaza, and worse. Most just expressed their distaste at ... Read More »

Tikrit: Iran key in fight to wrest city from IS

Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters sit on a tank in the Salahuddin province 2 March, 2015
Iraqi forces and Shia fighters launched an attack on Tikrit in the mainly Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin

As Iraqi and Shia militias try to recapture the city of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS), the key role of Iran in the campaign is becoming clearer. Shia militia sources in Iraq have confirmed that Gen Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force is personally taking part in leading the operation. Tikrit, 150km ... Read More »

Fact check: Did Netanyahu go too far in US speech?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 3, 2015.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overstated Iran’s domination of the Middle East and understated the timespan of the nuclear deal taking shape with Tehran, while neglecting the role of Congress in lifting Iranian sanctions, in his speech to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday. On the whole, Netanyahu largely adhered to what is known about the nuclear negotiations between world ... Read More »

Oil up as Netanyahu blasts Iran, Libya forces strike terminals

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves prior to his address to a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 3, 2015. 
CREDIT: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST

(Reuters) – Oil rebounded on Tuesday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Obama administration against accepting a weak nuclear deal with Iran, while rival Libyan forces targeted oil terminals in the African nation. Higher prices imposed by Saudi Arabia on its crude buyers in Asia, the United States and northwest Europe was another positive development, traders said, although some had expected ... Read More »

Israel’s Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress

Anti-Zionist Orthodox Rabbis protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington March 3, 2015. 
CREDIT: REUTERS/YURI GRIPAS

(Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a “nuclear nightmare,” drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing a deepening U.S.-Israeli rift. They delivered dueling messages within hours of each other. Netanyahu made his case against Obama’s Iran diplomacy in a speech to Congress that aligned himself ... Read More »

Netanyahu speech raises burden for Obama on Iran nuclear talks

President Obama with Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s task of selling a potential nuclear agreement with Iran to a skeptical Congress became far harder on Tuesday after an impassioned speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ofIsrael to lawmakers already nervous about the deal. “The president has a very heavy burden of persuasion here,” said former Representative Lee H. Hamilton, a Democrat and the onetime chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who ... Read More »

Netanyahu’s nuclear deceptions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks about Iran during a joint meeting of the US Congress in the House chamber at the US Capitol on March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

UNITED NATIONS — In the address on Tuesday to the United States Congress by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, we witnessed a new peak in the long-running hype over Iran’s nuclear energy program. Yet all his predictions about how close Iran was to acquiring a nuclear bomb have proved baseless. Despite that, alarmist rhetoric on the theme has been ... Read More »

Rouhani’s budget plan takes step toward austerity

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) submits the draft budget for the next Iranian fiscal year to Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on December 7, 2014.

Tehran, March 3, The Iran Project – “Iran’s 1394 budget would be under pressure,” this is what President Rouhani acknowledged when he elaborated the details of the budget bill for the next Iranian fiscal year (beginning March 21) before the country’s parliament (Majlis) three months ago, adding that “the government had been cautious in its forecasts.”  Rouhani remarks in Majlis ... Read More »