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Archives by Tag 'Iran'
The P5+1 Meeting with Iran
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
On March 1, 2010, an essay in Haaretz titled “Who will blink first in Iran’s nuclear poker game?” stated that “Israel is on the verge of a preemptive war to try to foil Iran’s nuclear program.” So, the question was who would blink first? Would it be Ira...
The Iranian Dilemma
MICHAEL BRENNER
Iran looms on the horizon.  Resumption of technical talks with Iranian officials does not alter the gloomy outlook for resolution of the dispute’s underlying issues.  Sanctions clearly are not forcing Tehran leaders to yield to American demands. While there is no evid...
John Kerry the Interventionist
BEN SCHREINER
Though President Obama last year ...
Argo Apostasy
GARY CORSERI
A friend sends me a PressTV posting by Dr. Kevin Barrett  As is usually the case at...
Former Insiders Criticize Iran Policy as U.S. Hegemony
GARETH PORTER
“Going to Tehran” arguably represents the most important work on the subject of U.S.-Ir...
Putting the Iran “Threat” in Perspective
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
In early February, new U.S. Sanctions against Iran went into effect despite the growing sentiment that Washington is discreetly moving towards a more nuanced policy with respect to Iran. To wit, the nomination of Chuck Hagel for the post of Secretary of Defense, whose vie...
Iran’s Familiar Destiny
JASON HIRTHLER
In the waning stages of his career, Gore Vidal nicknamed America the “United States of Amnesia.” Although he was much derided for speculating on U.S. involvement in 9/11, and in interviews was prone to exchange factual analysis for comic mimicry of George W. Bush, his...
The Iranians and Unconditional Friendship
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tehran Truth be told, this American observer has attended his share of international  conferences and has traveled in more than 70 countries. But never has he  visited such a complex, evolving, striving and energized society, populated by idealistic peop...
Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden Come Clean on Iran?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tehran Azadeh, a graduate law student from Tehran University, on the sidelines of Iran’s Third Annual Hollywood is...
Israel Enters Syria
BEN SCHREINER
With its air strikes against targets inside Syria last week, Israel announced its formal entry into the Syrian crisis.  The Israeli targeting of Iran has thus entered the Syrian theater. According to ...
When Will We Realize That It Is Murder?
TOM MCNAMARA
Saint-Cyr, Coëtquidan, France. In his essay “A Hanging,” George Orwell recounts, in great de...
The Iran Nuke “Threat”
BEN SCHREINER
They say you can’t kill that which has never lived.  It’s useful advice when analyzing the persistence of the so-called “Iranian nuclear threat.” According to a report in ...
The Impossible Discourse of the ‘Arab Spring’
RAMZY BAROUD
A reductionist discourse is one that selectively tailors its reading of subject matters in such a way as to only yield desired outcomes, leaving little or no room for other inquiries, no matter how appropriate or relevant. The so-called Arab Spring, although now far remov...
The US / Qatar Alliance
NICOLA NASSER
In his inaugural address on January 21, U.S. President Barak Obama made the historic announcement that “a decade of war is ending” and declared his country’s determination to “show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully,” bu...
When did India Become Part of Israel’s Stable?
DR. PAUL LARUDEE
Amazing stuff, India ink.  A few drops spread vigorously with a roller for several minutes on an iron plate are enough for eight sets of fingerprints and two sets of handprints on four ancient double-sided and folded Indian police fingerprint forms.  By contrast, the mu...
Sanctioning Iran
BEN SCHREINER
Washington’s quest to bring Tehran to its knees continues to accelerate.  And in turn, ordinary Iranians increasingly find themselves caught in the crosshairs. As the Washington Post ...
Mostafa in Kafkaland
MATHEW NASHED
Last year I had the providence to meet Mostafa, a nineteen year old Afghani who suffers from a rupture in the state/citizen relationship. This breakdown, a consequence inherent in the Westphalia modal, problematizes rather than supports refugees like him. Born in I...
The Imagined, ‘Sinister’ Iranian Threat in Latin America
RAMZY BAROUD
Reading the text of a bill that was recently signed into law by US President Barack Obama would instill fear in the hearts of ordinary Americans. Apparently, barbarians coming from distant lands are at work. They are gathering at the US-Mexico border, cutting fences...
Looking at Anti-Iran Propaganda
JEFF NYGAARD
USA Today cautioned recently that “War with Iran won’t be a quick affair.”  A Pittsburgh newspaper plaintively wonders whether “War with Iran” is a  “Necessity or Folly.”  Talk of war is in the air.  What many in this country don’t realize is that ...
Iran, Israel and International Law
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The trite old phrase ‘What’s Sauce for the Goose is also Sauce for the Gander’ means quite simply that if a person does something that is approved by society, then another person should not be criticized or penalized for doing exactly the same thing.  That seems f...
Media Distortions on Iran’s Enrichment Program
GARETH PORTER
News stories on the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report suggested new reasons to fear that Iran is closer to a “breakout” capability than ever before, citing a nearly 50-percent increase in its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium and the insta...
Goodbye to a War?
URI AVNERY
BINYAMIN NETANYAHU and his patron, Sheldon Adelson, betted on Mitt Romney, with the State of Israel as their chip. They lost. For Adelson, the betting tycoon, that doesn’t amount to much. Some you win, some you lose. For Netanyahu, it’s a differen...
Bibi’s Big Bluff
GARETH PORTER
A new twist was added to the longrunning media theme of a threat by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to go to war with Iran when news stories seemed to suggest Monday that Netanyahu had ordered the Israeli military to prepare for an imminent attack on Iranian nuc...
Cuban Missile Crisis: Lessons for Iran?
SAUL LANDAU
Fifty years ago millions of people around the world expressed their fear – well merited — that nuclear war would erupt between the US and USSR over Soviet missiles placed in Cuba. Many Americans have the idea that a crazy Fidel Castro wanted to launch them at US t...
Iran vs. the Empire
ERIC WALBERG
The West’s attempts to destroy the Iranian economy through heightened sanctions—including most imports, oil exports and use of banks for trade operations—is having its affect. According to Johns Hopkins University Professor Steve Hanke, Iran is facing hyperinfla...