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U.S. v. Iran: Winds of War or Psych...

By Haggai Carmon

Did Brigadier-General Mehdi Moini, who commands Iran’s Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC) in the Iranian West Azerbaijan province, fail to read events through, or was he conducting psychological counter-warfare? Moini was interviewed by the Iranian television channel Press TV, following media reports on the presence of American and Israeli forces in Azerbaijan …

Perhaps Gaza Should Send Humanitari...

By Haggai Carmon

Is there a humanitarian crisis in Gaza that needs Turkish or Iranian support? Not according to Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times, who wrote just last week, “Visiting Gaza persuaded me, to my surprise, that Israel is correct when it denies that there is any full-fledged humanitarian crisis in Gaza.” Based …

The Sick Man Upon the Bosphorus: D...

By Haggai Carmon

On May 14, 1876, the New York Times ridiculed the Ottoman Empire, reminding its readers that “It is now some twenty years since we began to hear about the ‘sick man upon the Bosphorus,’ yet the same sort of talk, under somewhat different conditions, is current today. The Ottoman Empire seems to have …

Tango with Tehran

By Haggai Carmon

Time has come for the world to recognize that a nuclear-armed Iran could bring the economy to their knees by hiking the price of Middle East oil, and that what is needed is more than rhetoric and mild sanctions against Iran.

“Let’s tango with the Americans,” said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to his …

Mossad agent denied official entry ...

The UK’s upset about the Mossad allegedly using British passports in an assassination operation earlier this year; in retaliation, the Mossad has been banned from placing an agent in Israel’s embassy in London. Although Israel has not...

CIA to Improve Intelligence Gatheri...

Just about everything about the CIA is classified – including its budget – but occasionally we get a little insight into how it’s spending its money: This week, the agency announced plans to pour millions of dollars over the next five years into improving intelligence gathering techniques, technologies and communications.

Number 1 on the agenda is …

Italy arrests Iranian spies smuggli...

Iran’s steadily progressing nuclear program is top of the terrorist/espionage pops and it comes as no surprise that the country’s got its spies on the hunt for weapons and nuclear materials to import into Iran illegally.

In a nutshell, Iran is under an international UN arms embargo, so they’re having a tough time getting their hands …

A Dangerous Tit-for-Tat

By Haggai Carmon

Iranian officials are accusing the United States of trying to encourage a “velvet revolution” in Iran. That term was first used in 1989 to describe the nonviolent revolution in Czechoslovakia that overthrew the communist government. And indeed, as part of its velvet war against Iran, the United States is broadcasting cultural programs in …

Bracing for the worst

By Haggai Carmon

While the world eyes Dubai’s failing economy with great concern, across the bay, Iran sees opportunity. Dubai is the only oil-free city-state of the United Arab Emirates. Until mid-November, it was best known for its spectacular economy and luxurious high-rises.

Intelligence services the world over, however, have long regarded Dubai as a rat’s …

Ahmadinejad indignant in Sawyer int...

ahmadinejad_angryDiane Sawyer, anchor for ABC’s “World News,” interviewed Iranian President Ahmadinejad in Copenhagen, Denmark, after he attended the UN’s climate change conference. From an espionage perspective, Iran’s been...

Proof that Iran’s nuclear program...

Nuclear BlastIran swears up and down that its ongoing uranium enrichment is strictly for the civilian benefits of attaining nuclear power, but the rest of the world doesn’t exactly believe this front. And with good reason – bogus...

Three hikers to face spy trial in I...

Front gates at Evin prisonFor those of you who’ve been following this now 4.5-month long story, a quick update: the three U.S. hikers who, according to the free world, accidentally crossed the border into Iran on July 31, will in fact be...

Iran to Charge 3 U.S. Hikers with E...

3 U.S. hikersIt’s official, the three U.S. citizen hikers who were apprehended just inside the Iranian border in July, are being accused of espionage and may face trial in Iran. Does anybody actually think backpackers Shane Bauer, Sarah...

Reiss guilty of nuclear espionage?

Clotilde Reiss in courtThe plot thickens in the case of Clotilde Reiss, whom the Iranian ambassador to Paris believes is guilty of nuclear espionage. Ambassador Seyyed Mehdi Mirabutalebi was interviewed by a French daily newspaper...

Egypt: Trial of Hezbollah spies in ...

Hezbollah flagThis Sunday, Egypt brought 26 alleged Hezbollah agents to the stand, where they were formally accused of passing information to a foreign organization, possession of explosive material and planning terrorist attacks on Egyptian...