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Iran’s Bizarro “Green Movement”
By Jack Ross
During the recent upheavals across the Greater Middle East, the various iterations of the neoconservative line—the optimistic pro-democracy, the paranoid Islamophobic, or the brazen combination of both—have all tended to share a single major fallacy: That the opposition movement in Iran, the so-called Green movement, is a movement that seeks the same goals as the neoconservatives and their allies. However, this embrace of a fantastical Iranian opposition reveals more about its promoters’ pathological fears than it does about realities in Iran. Read story.
Neoconservative Redux on Libya
By Jim Lobe
In a distinct echo of the tactics they pursued to encourage U.S. intervention in the Balkans and Iraq, a familiar clutch of neoconservatives appealed last Friday for the United States and NATO to "immediately" prepare military action to help bring down the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Read story.
A research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Lindberg has supported a number of advocacy campaigns spearheaded by neoconservative groups, including the Project for the New American Century and the Foreign Policy Initiative.
The former AIPAC spokesperson now based at the Progressive Policy Institute, Block equates support for hardline “pro-Israel” policies with progressive politics.
Stern is the founder and president Endowment for Middle East Truthand an adviser to the Clarion Fund.
Lopez is a former CIA operations officer and long-standing conservative activist who helps lead a number of attack-Iran initiatives and claims that a shadowy “Iran Lobby” is working to shape Obama administration policy.
Before there was Palin there was Quayle. The former vice president and long-standing supporter of various neoconservative groups is now an investment banker.
Meleagrou-Hitchens, a terrorism scholar based at London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, thinks that even “soft” Islamism can lead to terrorism.
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The ability of the United States to broker a successful Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement will hinge on the future of Israeli-Egyptian relations, according to a panel of experts convened by the Palestinian Centre.
Republican Party-aligned hawks and some administration allies have applied increasing pressure on the President Obama to push for regime change in Libya.
The United States once again blocked a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli expansion into the Occupied Territories, despite growing global opposition to the settlements.
Events in Egypt have spurred the U.S. to step up its rhetoric on Iran, calling the Iranian government "hypocritical" for praising the Arab revolts while crushing its own.
The Obama administration now must add Bahrain to its political balancing act as it copes with unprecedented turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East.
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