U.S. Hard Line in Failed Iran Talks Driven by Israel By Gareth Porter link http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31425.htm May 25, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — Negotiations between Iran and the United States and other members of the P5+1 group in Baghdad ended in fundamental disagreement Thursday over the position of the P5+1 offering no [...]
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By Pepe Escobar Iran And Europe, ’Till Death Do Us Part So the grand Barack Obama administration foreign policy strategy of trying to square the circle between an Iranian nuclear deal and getting the eurozone economy back on the road slouches towards … what exactly? (See War and cheeseburgers Asia Times Online, May 22) Not even Zeus [...]
Laying the Foundations for Preemptive Nuclear War Against Iran By Nile Bowie As prospects for a preemptive strike on Iran remain ever present, the recent round of talks between the P5+1 and Iran in Baghdad on May 23rd, 2012 have resulted in a familiar stalemate. As a precondition for any deal to [...]
War With Iran Has Already Begun Bipartisan support for sanctions spells bloodshed to come by Nathan Fuller
War With Iran Has Already Begun Bipartisan support for sanctions spells bloodshed to come by Nathan Fuller, May 24, 2012 Print This | Share This On Friday, 93% of the U.S. House of Representatives affirmed a resolution escalating America’s already aggressive position on Iran from “crippling” sanctions to a zero-tolerance policy on nuclear weapons. The Congressional Research [...]
U.S. Foreign Policy and its “Roll Over and Die” Diplomacy: Surrender now or we’ll bomb you later by Pepe Escobar, Brazilian Investigative Journalist, Senior Analyst and Author
U.S. Foreign Policy and its “Roll Over and Die” Diplomacy: Surrender now or we’ll bomb you later by Pepe Escobar, Brazilian Investigative Journalist, Senior Analyst and Author May 14, 2012 (TSR) - Former United States president George W Bush issued an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein before bombing and invading Iraq. Nine years later, US [...]
Bin Laden Files Debunk Neocon Hysteria Over Iran The claim of a deal between Iran and Al-Qaeda has been discredited by former officials in the wake of publication of documents from Osama bin Laden’s files.
Bin Laden Files Debunk Neocon Hysteria Over Iran The claim of a deal between Iran and Al-Qaeda has been discredited by former officials in the wake of publication of documents from Osama bin Laden’s files. May 10, 2012 | The U.S. Treasury Department‘s claim of a “secret deal” between Iran and Al-Qaeda, which had become a [...]
US Concerned Israel May Attack Iran “at Any Moment” – Common Dreams staff The Obama administration is worried that Israel’s new coalition government in could signal an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities at “any given moment,” one of Israel’s leading TV stations reported Thursday night. Netanyahu and MofazShaul Mofaz and his Kadima party’s joining a [...]
US Officials Worried Israel’s Unity Deal Raises Prospect of Iran Strike The Likud-Kadima unity government might neutralize opposition to Israeli strike by John Glaser,
US Officials Worried Israel’s Unity Deal Raises Prospect of Iran Strike The Likud-Kadima unity government might neutralize opposition to Israeli strike by John Glaser, May 10, 2012 Print This | Share This Top officials in the Obama administration are worried that Israel’s recent deal to form a national unity government between the Likud and Kadima parties raises the [...]
at 7:42am, May 10, 2012. There has been much discussion recently about the Obama administration’s “pivot” from the Greater Middle East to Asia: the 250 Marines sent to Darwin, Australia, the littoral combat ships for Singapore, the support for Burmese “democracy,” war games in the Philippines (and a drone strikethere as well), and so on. The U.S. is definitely [...]
U.S. Treasury Claim of Iran-Al-Qaeda “Secret Deal” Is Discredited By Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 (IPS) – The U.S. Treasury Department‘s claim of a “secret deal” between Iran and Al-Qaeda, which had become a key argument by right-wing activists who support war against Iran, has been discredited by former intelligence [...]
Opposition to Iran war gaining momentum By Kourosh Ziabari link http://www.presstv.ir/detail/240364.html Several prominent academicians, peace activists, artists, journalists and even Nobel Prize laureates have stood shoulder by shoulder with the international organizations to voice their dismay and alarm at the renewed war rhetoric of Israel against Iran and its possible plans for launching a military [...]
The bomb, civilisation, and the human race The possession and potential use of nuclear weapons by others is what currently justifies nuclear arsenals.
Mahatma Gandhi counselled non-violent resistance to nuclear bombardment [AFP] New York, NY - Not so many decades ago, many around the world hoped that the great civilisations and traditions of the non-European world would do better than the West when it came to nuclear weapons. This was part of a larger idea that the formally colonised [...]
Palestinian hunger strikes: Media missing in action Is the mass Palestinian prisoner hunger strike the beginning of the Palestinian Spring?
Settlement expansion and targeted killings have increased as Palestinians move towards political restraint and away from violence [GALLO/GETTY] Santa Barbara, CA - Can anyone doubt that if there were more than 1,500 prisoners engaged in a hunger strikein any country in the world other than Palestine, the media in the West would be obsessed with the story? [...]
President Barack Obama arriving in Afghanistan on his May 1 trip to sign a new strategic accord with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. (White House photo by Pete Souza)The optics surrounding the Barack Obama administration’s “Enduring Strategic Partnership” agreement with Afghanistan and the Memorandums of Understanding accompanying it emphasize transition to Afghan responsibility and an end [...]
Map: US bases encircle Iran Dozens of US and allied forces’ military installations dot the region, from Oman, UAE and Kuwait to Turkey and Israel.
link to interactive map- a must to look at to see the real position http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2012/04/2012417131242767298.html Doha, Qatar - US military bases continue to form a strategic envelope around Iran, although the American withdrawal from Iraq at the end of 2011 may have changed the regional balance somewhat towards Iran’s favour. While US forces [...]
Israel and the Power Struggle over Iran By Ludwig Watzal Should Israel attack Iran’s nuclear installations? Over this question, a fierce dispute flared up among Israel’s security establishment. In the beginning of the year, the former chief of the Israeli Mossad, Meir Dagan, was a lone voice in the wilderness. [...]
Retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern said the war with Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Rather, it was about misinformation and fossil fuels.
April 30, 2012 Retired analyst: Fiction fueled war By Joel PruettThe Norman Transcript NORMAN — Retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern said the war with Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Rather, it was about misinformation and fossil fuels. The analyst, who has appeared on CNN, NewsHour and other news [...]
Hans Blix: The Iranian threat The former UN weapons inspector discusses Iran’s nuclear programme and how to prevent another war in the region.
Few men have spent more time at the intersection of nuclear weapons and international politics than Swedish diplomat Hans Blix. As the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and then chief United Nations weapons inspector, Blix was at the centre of events when he publicly contradicted claims from the administration of former US [...]
Ex-Israeli spy boss attacks Netanyahu and Barak over Iran PM and defence chief not fit to lead Israel and are misleading the public over Iran, warns former Shin Bet boss
Ex-Israeli spy boss attacks Netanyahu and Barak over Iran PM and defence chief not fit to lead Israel and are misleading the public over Iran, warns former Shin Bet boss Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem guardian.co.uk, Saturday 28 April 2012 12.58 BST Article history Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin criticises Netanyahu and Barak [...]
Former head of Shin Bet says ‘messianic feelings’ driving Iran rhetoric. By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A former Israeli spymaster has branded the country’s leaders unfit to tackle the Iranian nuclear program because of what he called the “messianic feelings” behind their threats to launch a pre-emptive war on Iran. Other veterans have come [...]
Understanding Iran’s diplomatic strategy Iran has been developing nuclear capacities in order to obtain leverage in diplomatic talks with the United States.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has often been perceived as unwilling to negotiate with the US [REUTERS] Washington, DC - In January 2009, just before Gary Samore left his position as Vice-President for Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, he summed up his rather cynical view of how Iran would conduct negotiations. “The logical position [...]
How Obama Recycled a Lie about Iran By Elizabeth Murray April 26, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — In June 2007, Middle East expert and University of Michigan professor Juan Cole remarked that bad translations can sometimes start wars. Professor Cole, in this case, was referring to the misleading, yet widely circulated mistranslated [...]
Iran and Israel: Comparing military machines Assessing statistics for the two regional rivals at the heart of the Middle East dispute over nuclear arms. Ben Piven
Iran and Israel: Comparing military machines Assessing statistics for the two regional rivals at the heart of the Middle East dispute over nuclear arms. Ben Piven Israel, the US, and some European powers have alleged that Iran aims to build nuclear weapons to complement its conventional arms, but Tehran says its current programme is for peaceful, civilian purposes. Regardless, [...]
The New(er) World Order? Neoliberal Dragons, Eurasian Wet Dreams, and Robocop Fantasies A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC by Pepe Escobar
The New(er) World Order? Neoliberal Dragons, Eurasian Wet Dreams, and Robocop Fantasies A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC by Pepe Escobar Goldman Sachs — via economist Jim O’Neill — invented the concept of a rising new bloc on the planet: BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). Some cynics couldn’t help [...]
The Iranian threat: Military or political? Despite hyperbolic talk over Iran’s nuclear programme, it’s unlikely the country would deploy potential nuclear weapons.
It has been reported that Israel plans to attack Iran after US presidential elections in November [GALLO/GETTY] While Iran’s nuclear programme has been at the centre of foreign and economic policy debates for months, what seems unclear is the precise nature of the threat it might pose. Is Iran striving for nuclear latency (the ability [...]
Can Israel survive? The country’s main lobbyists in the US may end up hastening a one-state solution, much to their own dismay.
Tel Aviv is often described as ‘insulated’ from the Israeli/Palestinian conflict [EPA] Washington, DC - The occupation and the Iran nuclear issue have swallowed up Israel. Unless you live there, the only sense you get of that country is that it is obsessed with Iran, maintaining the occupation and exploiting the Holocaust to keep critics of [...]
by Dariush Gilani 21-Apr-2012 link http://www.iranian.com/main/2012/apr/all-quiet Checking out the US media recently I have noticed a dramatic downturn in anti-Iran rhetoric. Now that the Israeli leaders got what they wanted from the Obama administration, in terms of more weapons and money and a relief from forced negotiation with Palestinians, the scare tactic about nuclear Iran has [...]
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility in this April 8, 2008 file photo. (Reuters/Presidential official website/HO) By Rachelle Younglai and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Iran‘s trading partners are looking for ways to avoid being hit by US sanctions on Iranian oil transactions that take effect mid-year, with Turkey looking for [...]
Irainian Ship Photo by: Glenn Klasner Amid nuclear talks, Iran warns of cutting oil to more EU states Recent Iranian measures against Britain, France, Greece and Spain, meant as pre-emptive retaliation ahead of an EU oil embargo that is due to go into effect in July. By The Associated PressTags: Iran nuclear Iran threat link http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/amid-nuclear-talks-iran-warns-of-cutting-oil-to-more-eu-states-1.425548 Iran’s oil minister [...]
The US and Iran Are Talking. Why Is the New York Times Peddling Iran Islamophobia? Friday, 20 April 2012 11:00By Robert Naiman, Truthout | News Analysis
A mural in Tehran, Iran, depicts Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, and his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the revolution. (Photo: Shawn Baldwin / The New York Times) The US and Iran Are Talking. Why Is the New York Times Peddling Iran Islamophobia? Friday, 20 April 2012 11:00By Robert Naiman, Truthout | News Analysis Support Truthout’s [...]
Chomsky: U.S. security requires something approaching absolute global control By Gaius Publius on 4/19/2012 09:15:00 AM I’m approaching a short trip, so posting will be light. But I want to put this up before I head out. Not that this — the headline statement — is surprising, but that it’s said out loud. [...]
Is Peace Getting in the Way of Our War Plans? By David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/content/peace-getting-way-our-war-plans What a bizarre circumstance this is. The irrational Iranians are behaving too reasonably. The unmovable Iranians seem to be compromising too readily. This past weekend, the United States and other major nations finally spoke with Iran. In [...]
Former top MI6 officer attacks global war on drugs • Prohibition promotes insecurity and crime • Poor states pay the price for black market, says study published by respected thinktank)
Cocaine. Photograph: Corbis Former top MI6 officer attacks global war on drugs • Prohibition promotes insecurity and crime • Poor states pay the price for black market, says study published by respected thinktank) link to article http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/defence-and-security-blog/2012/apr/18/cocaine-heroin-opium Suggestions that the drug laws need changing, that the global war ondrugs has failed, are invariably put down to woolly, liberal, [...]
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Said Jalili gives a press conference on April 14, 2012 as Iran and six world powers open talks on Tehran‘s disputed nuclear program in Istanbul, Bulent Kilic / AFP / Getty Images Why Netanyahu’s Afraid of Diplomacy by Trita Parsi Apr 17, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Netanyahu and Obama [...]
For Official Washington, Terrorism Is a Laughing Matter By Scott Horton Just how serious is Washington about battling terrorism? The airwaves fill regularly with sanctimonious declamations about terrorist threats and with vows to pursue the war against them to its ultimate conclusion—a war without territorial limits, and with ill-defined opponents and no clear time horizon. A [...]
Report on Iran’s Nuclear Fatwa Distorts Its History by Gareth Porter, April 19, 2012 Print This | Share This The Barack Obama administration’s new interest in the 2004 religious verdict, or “fatwa,” by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banning the possession of nuclear weapons, long dismissed by national security officials, has prompted The [...]
An article about giving up hope and action. The Green Movement’s regret and OWS’ red ink problem The problem with Occupy Wall Street is that their adversaries face no real possibility of defeat.
That both conservatives and reformists have faced defeat characterises Iran‘s domestic politics [AFP] Cambridge, United Kingdom - One way of assessing what the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is capable of is to examine whether its adversaries have a chance of being defeated. OWS has generated a great deal of debate since its inception as a [...]
By Sherwood Ross (about the author) By Sherwood Ross The U.S. should end all aid to Israel if it attacks Iran, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk says. It should “tell Israel outright that both American money and American political and military support will end should it decide to drag America into another Middle [...]
Bibi’s Dilemma — and Barack’s By Patrick J. Buchanan April 17, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — “Bibi” Netanyahu was disgusted. “My initial reaction is that Iran has gotten a freebie. It has got five weeks to continue enrichment without any limitation.” The Israeli prime minister was referring to Saturday’s meeting in [...]
Scene from “Porgy and Bess” on Broadway Iran’s Phantom Menace April 16, 2012 Exclusive: For years, a propaganda drumbeat has been rising to justify a war to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb, though U.S. intelligence agencies say Iran isn’t building one and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has decried nukes as a “great sin.” But [...]
Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter Scott Horton, April 15, 2012 re Iran and is Bibi bluffing-for now?
Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter Scott Horton, April 15, 2012 Print This | Share This | Comment Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, discusses his article “Israeli Experts Mum on Iran Attack to Support Bibi’s Bluff;” Obama’s dangerous game, talking tough on Iran to appease Israel and [...]
For the sake of Europe, Sarkozy must stand down Sarkozy has repeatedly pushed an Iran policy that exacerbates a root cause of the continent’s economic malaise.
President Sarkozy is facing a tough re-election battle [EPA] Washington, DC - As nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 commence, both sides are talking tough in public to mask their private urgency. The US continues to reiterate that the “window for diplomacy” is fast closing, while the Iranians have made a play to have negotiations take [...]
If you go to http://truth-out.org/news/item/8523-after-constructive-talks-on-iran-nuclear-program-hopes-rise-for-diplomacy you can read a McClatchy article on the present position in the Iran diplomacy/war situation. It all sounds nice and neat. First there is the warhawk Obama and fellow European warmongers who would love nothing better than to bomb the living daylights out of Iran. As an aid to [...]