Tag Archives: Iran


IAEA Needs Money to Inspect Iranian Sites

IAEA Needs Money to Inspect Iranian Sites

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency says it needs more money to inspect Iran sites. 2. Lebanon’s garbage crisis continues. The Jerusalem Post reports fears that Hezbollah is trying to hijack the You Stink protest movement. And AFP’s Sara Hussein reports how dismal the situation is: 3. A Hamas military court


Spanish Music Festival Re-invites Matisyahu

Today’s Top Stories 1. In the face of condemnation from the Spanish government, the US embassy in Madrid, and the Spanish media, organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash music festival re-invited Matisyahu, the American Jewish reggae star dropped due to BDS pressure. Sunsplash officials wrote on the festival’s Facebook page: Rototom Sunplash admits that it made a


Islamic State in Sinai Reportedly Beheads Hostage

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nice to see the wire services pick up on PA corruption. AP reports Palestinians are furious over the latest revelations of graft and misuse of public money: Outrage over the documents quickly spread on social media, where Palestinians challenged everything from their leadership’s finances to its political legitimacy in the face


Abbas, Iran to Campaign Against Israel’s Nuclear Program

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas will visit Iran sometime in the next two months. Although the visit needs to be seen in the context of frosty Hamas-Tehran ties, the Jerusalem Post reports that one item on the PA-Iran agenda is a campaign against Israel’s nuclear program. Majdalani said on Monday his visit to Iran


Dr. Jonathan Spyer Makes Sense of the Middle East

With the rise of the so-called Islamic State, multiple groups fighting each other in the disintegrating states of Syria and Iraq, the bitter Sunni-Shia conflict and the competing interests of state actors and their proxies, the Middle East has never been more confusing for the casual observer. Not to mention the recent Iranian nuclear deal


Walls, Politics, Mosques, and the Impact of Media Bias

On this week’s show, HonestReporting’s Yarden Frankl reports on a Washington Post article about presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s call for the United States to build a southern border fence to deter Mexican migrants. The piece mentioned border fences across the world, calling Israel’s security barrier an anti-Palestinian, repressive “apartheid wall.” The New York Times ascribes political motivations to the Israeli Prime Minister’s opposition to the Iran deal. Also — did anti-Israel media coverage of the Gaza conflict feed into the massacre in Tennessee?


The Iranian Deal and Doublethink

Cherryl Smith, PhD, is professor emerita in rhetoric and composition at California State University, Sacramento. She writes at Framing Israel. The substance of what’s wrong with the Iran deal (see here and here) can also be found in the uses and abuses of language surrounding the deal. It is hard to reconcile that the leaders of


Hamas Sending Fighters to Yemen?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas is rebuilding its tunnel infrastructure and rocket stockpiles with material smuggled into Gaza from Israel. Israel? According to the Times of Israel, Hamas is taking advantage of dual-use materials brought by trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing and a network of West Bank and Gaza merchants. Tunnel excavators find refrigerator motors