January 23, 2022 · by Seth Frantzman

In the US there has been a tendency over the years for the two large political parties to collaborate to create non-competitive districts for Congressional elections.

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH:Only ‘brief window’ to revive Iran nuclear deal remains, Blinken tells Lavrov

Antony Blinken urges Russian FM Sergey Lavrov to press Moscow to convey a “sense of urgency” to Tehran. Meanwhile, NBC reports that Russia has offered to broker a temporary nuclear deal. Erez Linn , Reuters , i24NEWS and ILH Staff   01-23-2022

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MESOP MIDEST WATCH: Stopping Iranian Entrenchment in Syria: Time to Lower Expectations – INSS Insight No. 1550, January 23, 2022

Israeli intelligence figures have presented optimistic assessments about stopping Iranian entrenchment in Syria and the ability to drive a wedge between President Bashar al-Assad and Tehran. However, Israel is still far from achieving its strategic objective of driving Iranian forces and proxies out of Syria

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH:Dozens of human rights violations in Iran’s Kurdish areas in 2021

21-1-2022 RUDAW -ERBIL- At least 160 cases of Kolbar deaths and injuries were reported in Iran’s Kurdish populated areas in 2021, according to a report from a human rights group.

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Irans Präsident macht ersten Besuch in Russland

Irans Präsident Ebrahim Raisi ist heute nach Russland gereist, um sich mit Präsident Wladimir Putin zu treffen, um unter anderem über den Ausbau der Wirtschaftsbeziehungen zu sprechen.


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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Beijing latest key player in nuclear negotiations, edging closer towards Tehran

China, which is taking part in negotiations in Vienna as a member of the P5+1, appears keen on expanding ties in the Middle East, which could undercut U.S. sanctions on Iran.

BY SEAN SAVAGE(Jan 17, 2022 / JNS) JEWISH NEWS SYNDICATE  As nuclear talks between Iran and world powers continue in Vienna, Iran appears to be already eying its next moves.

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: In threat to Europe, Iran increases ballistic missile range

Announcing the successful test of an engine for a solid-fuel satellite carrier rocket, head of Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace unit insists, “We won’t let sanctions, assassinations, or threats stop us.”

By  Neta Bar , AP and ILH Staff – 17-1-2021 – ISRAEL HAYOM

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Blinken says ‘a few weeks’ left for Iran to resume nuclear compliance

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there were “other options” if world powers are unable to resurrect the deal.

Al-Monitor StaffJanuary 14, 2022

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Sadr’s Push to Sideline Iran-Backed Iraqi Factions Risks Clash

14 Jan, 2022 – Asharq Al-Awsat – Iraq might for the first time in years get a government that excludes Iran-backed parties if Shiite populist cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, who dominated a recent election keeps his word, Iraqi politicians, government officials and independent analysts say according to Reuters.

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Will the Ukraine Standoff Affect the Iran Nuclear Talks?

by Anna BorshchevskayaJan 11, 2022Anna Borshchevskaya is a senior fellow at The Washington Institute, focusing on Russia’s policy toward the Middle East. –

Some Western policymakers seem to believe that Russia can be helpful on Iran even as it threatens to attack Ukraine, but they’re missing the bigger picture.

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