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 [...]
Posts Tagged ‘ Persian Gulf ’
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 [...]
Saudi Arabia Dancing to Israel’s Tunes By Kourosh Ziabari April 14, 2012 “Information Clearing House” -— It is no longer a secret that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has joined forces with the United States, Israel and Britain to destabilize Iran. Saudi officials have openly stated their opposition to [...]
China: WikiLeaks: China looks elsewhere for energy China should tread lightly in South America in its search to fulfill energy needs and avoid the pitfalls of the Gulf.
China gets most of its Gulf oil from Saudi Arabia – 1 million barrels per day to be exact [EPA] New York, NY - Though the so-called “cable gate” scandal has largely vanished from public view, revelations from classified US State Department correspondence continue to illuminate present day geopolitical dilemmas. Take, for example, mounting tensions in [...]
An abhorrent sponsorship system in the Gulf 04 April 2012 At the same time Western nations send troops and fleets to invade countries and change regimes under the banner of democracy, freedom and human rights, they remain deathly silent in front of regimes that embody slavery in the ugliest forms. This [...]
Welcome to the New Third World of Energy, the United States How Big Energy Companies Plan to Turn the United States into a Third-World Petro-State By Michael T. Klare
Iran Leader: Israel, US Attacks Will Bring ‘Same Level’ Retaliation US Wargame Reveals Perils of Israeli Attack on Iran – Common Dreams staff
Iran Leader: Israel, US Attacks Will Bring ‘Same Level’ Retaliation US Wargame Reveals Perils of Israeli Attack on Iran – Common Dreams staff Iran rang in the Persian new year Tuesday with a speech broadcast on live television by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Thousands jammed the Imam Reza mosque complex in the [...]
Israel’s Willing Executioners: AIPAC Invades Washington By James Petras and Robin Eastman Abaya A Week of National Humiliation March 16, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — From March 4th to March 9th, 2012, 13,000 militant Israel Firsters, took over “political Washington” and imposed a foreign regime’s (Israel) political agenda to the rousing applause and appreciation of [...]
Gunboats, Super-Torpedoes, Sea-Bots: U.S. Navy Launches Huge Iran Surge By Spencer Ackerman March 16, 2012 “Wired” – Sending more aircraft carriers to the waters near Iran, it turns out, was just the start. Yes, the U.S. currently has more seapower aimed at Iran in the Persian Gulf than in the fleets of most countries [...]
Michael Klare, Why High Gas Prices Are Here to Stay Posted by Michael Klare at 8:43am, March 13, 2012.
Michael Klare, Why High Gas Prices Are Here to Stay Posted by Michael Klare at 8:43am, March 13, 2012. [Note for TomDispatch Readers: TD has an offer today that shouldn’t be missed. The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources, the new book of one of this site’s [...]
There is clear and overwhelming evidence that the uprising to overthrow President Assad of Syriais a violent, power grab led by foreign-supported fighters who have killed and wounded thousands of Syrian soldiers, police and civilians, partisans of the government and its peaceful opposition.The outrage expressed by politicians in the West [...]
Michael Klare, No Exit in the Persian Gulf? Posted by Michael Klare at 9:32am, January 31, 2012. When it comes to U.S. policy toward Iran, irony is the name of the game. Where to begin? The increasingly fierce sanctions that the Obama administration is seeking to impose on that country’s oil business will [...]
THE ROVING EYE Real cowards go to Tehran By Pepe Escobar Imagine the classic United States neo-conservative wet dream; staring at Iran on a map and salivating about the crossroads between Europe and Asia, between the Arab world and the Indian subcontinent, between the Arabian Sea and Central Asia, with 10% of the world’s proven [...]
Scott Horton Interviews Pepe Escobar Scott Horton, January 24, 2012 Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum Globetrotting journalist Pepe Escobar discusses his article “Sinking the Petrodollar in the Persian Gulf;” the increasingly divergent US and Israeli “red lines” on Iran’s nuclear program; proposed pipelines [...]
Sinking the petrodollar in the oil-laden Gulf With a history of coups, interventions and weapon sales, what new action could possibly go wrong?
The highlights of US-Iran relations for the past century have usually revolved around one thing: oil [EPA] link to article http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/01/201211812120940853.html New York, NY - These days, with a crisis atmosphere growing in the Persian Gulf, a little history lesson about the US and Iran might be just what the doctor ordered. Here, then, are a few high- [...]
The US Navy’s USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier (Reuters / Siu Chiu) The next travesty of war is getting so close you can almost smell the exploding munitions and hear the screams of the dying. Once again the warmongering arms dealer Obama heads up the charge to destiny and greatness for the US. [...]
Hotspots of potential conflict in the geo-energy era Tensions are rising at potential flashpoints, as new bottlenecks for the flow of energy are identified.
Around 20 per cent of the world’s daily oil supply passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which Iran has threatened to close after the latest wave of sanctions [EPA] Amherst, Massachusetts - Welcome to an edgy world – where a single incident at an energy “chokepoint” could set a region aflame, provoking bloody encounters, boosting [...]
The Middle East Agenda: Oil, Dollar Hegemony & Islam Transcript – Public Lecture – Perdana Global Peace Forum 2006 By Prof. Francis A Boyle 06/22/06 “Information Clearing House“ – — Kuala Lumpur – Little has changed in the imperialist tendencies of American foreign policy since the founding of the United States of America [...]
Iran Sends Letter in Response to Attacks on Nuclear Scientists Tehran is claiming to have evidence that the assassinations are the work of the CIA by John Glaser
Iran Sends Letter in Response to Attacks on Nuclear Scientists Tehran is claiming to have evidence that the assassinations are the work of the CIA by John Glaser, January 14, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Iran said on Saturday it has evidence that the latest assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist was orchestrated, at least in part, [...]
The News of Empire Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 “Mr. Obama and his senior national security advisers have sought to reassure allies and answer critics, including many Republicans, that the United States will not abandon its commitments in the Persian Gulf even as it winds down the war in Iraq and looks [...]
China and India: Rival Middle East strategies The Asian giants are making calculated geopolitical decisions when it comes to their strategy in the Middle East.
Nearly six million Indians are employed in the GCC states [GALLO/GETTY] London, United Kingdom - Claiming that a great deal of uncertainty hangs over the contemporary security/strategic environment in the Middle East is neither a novel statement nor an exaggeration. Although it is commonly acknowledged that the regional politics will have a stronger Islamic flavour in [...]
British Deploy Navy Warship Into Persian Gulf The military posturing off Iran’s coast is very dangerous
US Vows to Keep Warships in Persian Gulf Insists Iran’s Desire Not to Have US Warships Off Their Coast a Sign of Weakness
Iranian submarines participate in a naval parade on the last day of the Velayat-90 war game in the Sea of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz in south Iran on Jan. 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Jamejamonline/Ebrahim Norouzi) TEHRAN (Reuters) — Iran threatened on Tuesday to take action if the US Navy moves an aircraft carrier into the [...]
Romney & Obama Agree on Iran: Keep Up Aggression, Impede Peace John Glaser, December 20, 2011 Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum Eli Clifton at ThinkProgress directs us to a recent interview with Mitt Romney on Bill O’Reilly’s show in which Romney’s war rhetoric gets “challenged by an unlikely source”: Interesting. Romney doesn’t really [...]
Arne Weychardt / DER SPIEGEL http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,802317,00.html German companies play an important role in the market for surveillance technology used by Arab despots to spy on their people. In this industry worth billions, the companies also earn their money using methods that have been outlawed in their home country. He lives in Bahrain, the small island [...]
Is Iran Preparing to Strike Back By Michael Collins - Posted on 06 December 2011 By Brian M. Downing These attacks are almost certainly directed by Israeli, Saudi, and US intelligence services. They may also be acts of war. “This business will get out of control.” – The Hunt for Red October In the last few years [...]
Legitimacy of Saudi Regime Challenged, National Press Club Membership Suspended More blog posts from Sam Husseini On Monday I went to a news conference at the National Press Club, where I am a member, titled “His Royal Highness Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Sa’ud of Saudi Arabia.” I asked a tough question [...]
If you lived in Iran, wouldn’t you want the nuclear bomb? The best way for the US to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons is to dial down the rhetoric and adopt some diplomacy
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visiting the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility. Photograph: Ho New/Reuters If you lived in Iran, wouldn’t you want the nuclear bomb? The best way for the US to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons is to dial down the rhetoric and adopt some diplomacy reddit this Comments (323) Mehdi Hasan guardian.co.uk, Thursday 17 November [...]
Arms Sales to Asia and the Gulf Vital to US Corporations Amid talk of budget cuts in America and Europe, US military contractors look to exports, with the Pentagon’s help by John Glaser, November 15, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum The Pentagon’s plan to sell 5,000 bunker-buster [...]
Obama Doctrine: Making Virtue of Necessity By James Petras After nearly 3 years in deep pursuit of the colonial wars initiated by ex-President Bush, the Obama regime has finally recognized the catastrophic domestic and foreign consequences. As a result the “reality principle” has taken hold; the maintenance of the US Empire requires modification [...]
America’s troubling support for oil-rich Islamist regimes By BRAHMA CHELLANEY NEW DELHI — When Libya’s interim government announced the “liberation” of the country Oct. 23, it declared that a system based on the Islamic Sharia, including polygamy, will replace the secular dictatorship that Moammar Gadhafi ran for 42 years. “We, [...]
Iran Plot: A Pretext for War by Richard Javad Heydarian, November 07, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum For many Iran observers, Washington’s latest accusations against Iran — implicating members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States — come off as surreal, if [...]
Ann Jones, The Incredible Shrinking Woman in Post-9/11 Hell Posted by Ann Jones at 9:04am, November 3, 2011. The big war news on the front page of the New York Times last weekend was headlined: “U.S. Is Planning Buildup in Gulf After Iraq Exit.” Its first sentence: “The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military [...]
This page has always said war with Iran and use of nuclear force is inevitable. Bari Atwan article on prospects of war.
War with Iran in the Offing 13 October 2011 We know very well that Iran is not Switzerland but it is also certain the United States is not Mother Teresa. We are saying this on the occasion of the US Administration’s revelation yesterday of a presumed plot by the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi [...]
How America’s Decline Is Linked to Oil LIKE THIS ARTICLE ? Join our mailing list: America’s rise to supremacy was fueled by control over the world’s oil supply. Now, the decline of the U.S. coincides with the decline of oil as a major energy source. September 15, 2011 | To stay on top of important [...]
9/11 and the Cost of Empire by Tim Kelly, September 19, 2011 According to the American media and politicians commemorating the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were a diabolical surprise attack perpetrated by Islamist terrorists against a peaceful and unsuspecting country. While many of the victims [...]
Quick military ‘victories’ in Afghanistan and Iraq soon proved to be illusory [EPA] Ten years ago, critics of the United States’ mad rush to war were right, but it didn’t matter. Within hours after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it was clear that political leaders were going to use the attacks to justify war in Central [...]
September 16, 2011 America and Oil Declining Together? By Michael T. Klare America and Oil. It’s like bacon and eggs, Batman and Robin. As the old song lyric went, you can’t have one without the other. Once upon a time, it was also a surefire formula for national greatness and global preeminence. Now, it’s a [...]
JUAN GONZALEZ: Inspired by events in Tunisia and Egypt, a rolling rebellion continues to unfold across North [Africa] and the Middle East, often amid violent repression by state security forces. During an overnight raid in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, heavily armed riot police surrounded thousands of demonstrators who were sleeping in the central square [...]
A report on how/why the US backs Libya but not Bahrain. It always comes back to hegemony and the imperial project
The video is available at http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/faultlines/2011/07/201172683320461554.html Fault Lines’ Seb Walker travels to the Perisan Gulf to look at US policy in the region, and to explore why the US has taken an interventionist policy in Libya, but not in Bahrain, where there has been a brutal crackdown on protesters. Why does the White House [...]
TEHRAN—Iran’s elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has transferred lethal new munitions to its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months, according to senior U.S. officials, in a bid to accelerate the U.S. withdrawals from these countries. The Revolutionary Guard has smuggled rocket-assisted exploding projectiles to its militia allies in Iraq, weapons [...]
Israel and the US looking for a reason to invade or attack Iran. Don’t be fooled by the small talk about other options. There is only one agenda
Threat of Attack on Iran Recedes, but Tensions Remain High by Barbara Slavin, June 09, 2011 Email This | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum The likelihood of a U.S. or Israeli military attack on Iran’s nuclear installations seems miniscule during the remaining months of the Barack Obama administration’s first term. The U.S. is focused on domestic [...]
Wikleaks: US anger at Gordon Brown’s Iraq withdrawal ADVERTISEMENT Published Date: 05 June 2011 By Kenny Farquharson A DAMNING verdict on Gordon Brown’s handling of the war in Iraq is revealed in secret US diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks and seen by Scotland on Sunday. The cables accuse the former Prime Minister of pulling British [...]