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Egypt

Clinton In Israel For Tough Talks, After Hostile Sendoff From Egyptian Protesters

AL-MASRY AL-YOUM (Egypt), HAARETZ (Israel), THEJERUSALEM POST (Israel)

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JERUSALEM - On the tail end of a tricky Asian and Middle East tour, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Israel for a 24-hour visit that will include talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a thorny array of issues: the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Iran and the new leadership in Egypt,

Clinton flew to Israel from Egypt, where she held talks over the weekend with new President Mohamed Morsi, a former Muslim Brotherhood member, who told her Egypt would respect its international treaties –including a peace treaty with Israel, Cairo daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reports.

Clinton's visit to Egypt was not without troubles: upon her departure on Sunday, protesters hurled tomatoes and shoes at her motorcade – although neither Clinton nor her vehicle were hit by the projectiles.

Arriving in Israel, Clinton told President Shimon Peres that the transformations that the Middle East were undergoing required "friends like us to think together and act together," Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post reports.

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is also due to arrive in Jerusalem next week to conduct talks on Iran's nuclear program, and the deteriorating situation in Syria, according to Israel's oldest daily newspaper Haaretz.

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Why The Latin American Far Left Can't Stop Cozying Up To Iran's Regime

Among the Islamic Republic of Iran's very few diplomatic friends are too many from Latin America's left, who are always happy to milk their cash-rich allies for all they are worth.

Image of Bolivia's ambassador in Tehran, Romina Pérez Ramos.

Bolivia's ambassador in Tehran, Romina Pérez Ramos.

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Bahram Farrokhi

-OpEd-

The Latin American Left has an incurable anti-Yankee fever. It is a sickness seen in the baffling support given by the socialist regimes of Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela or Bolivia to the Islamic Republic of Iran, which to many exemplifies clerical fascism. And all for a single, crass reason: together they hate the United States.

The Islamic Republic has so many of the traits the Left used to hate and fight in the 20th century: a religious (Islamic) vocation, medieval obscurantism, misogyny... Its kleptocratic economy has turned bog-standard class divisions into chasmic inequalities reminiscent of colonial times.

This support is, of course, cynical and in line with the mandates of realpolitik. The regional master in this regard is communist Cuba, which has peddled its anti-imperialist discourse for 60 years, even as it awaits another chance at détente with its ever wealthy neighbor.

I reflected on this on the back of recent remarks by Bolivia's ambassador in Tehran, the 64-year-old Romina Pérez Ramos. She must be the busiest diplomat in Tehran right now, and not a day goes by without her going, appearing or speaking somewhere, with all the publicity she can expect from the regime's media.

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