Settlements-Iran Linkage Reflects Mideast Shifts

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Reuters continues its in-depth look at Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s $95 billion business empire, Setad. In part 2, Reuters looks at how Setad grew so fast with holdings in so many different areas of the Iranian economy.

The business empire controlled by Iran’s supreme leader had grown so large that it now owned companies whose products Khamenei opposes. That expansion was the direct result of a legal strategy that came from the very top.

In case you missed it, here’s part 1.

For commentary/analysis on the Iranian nuclear talks, see YNet, Jeffrey Goldberg, Con Coughlin, Alex Rowell, Gwynne Dyer, plus staff-eds in the National Post and NY Daily News.

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The UN Human Rights Council disgraced itself, with human rights luminaries China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Cuba winning seats. See AP coverage and this Wall St. Journal video on how it happened.

Amos Harel assesses what Hezbollah has learned from Syria and how it can threaten Israel in the future. The Party of God now has some 70,000 missiles and experience in ground offensives and urban warfare.

The Jerusalem Post updates Israeli relief efforts in the Philippines. AP rounds up how the international community is responding.

For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.

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