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Archives by Tag 'Iran'
How the Clinton Administration Nixed an Iran Nuke Deal
GARETH PORTER
In 1998, the Defence Department vetoed a delegation of prominent U.S. nuclear specialists to go to Iran to investigate its nuclear programme at the invitation of the government of newly-elected Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, according to the nuclear scientist who was...
War is Too Serious to be Left to (These) Politicians
URI AVNERY
Everybody in Israel knows this story. When Levy Eshkol was Prime Minister, his assistants rushed up to him in panic: “Levy, there is a drought!” “In Texas?” Eshkol asked anxiously. “No, in Israel!” they said. “Then it doesn’t matter,...
Are the Saudis Bankrolling Israel’s Mossad?
BARRY LANDO
Paris. A friend, with good sources in the Israeli government, claims that the head of Israel’s Mossad has made several trips to deal with his counterparts in Saudi Arabia—one of the results: an agreement that the Saudis would bankroll the series of ass...
Mitt Romney: a True Political Cynic
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
Mitt Romney’s three debate performances in October 2012 have exposed his political cynicism, with the Republican candidate abandoning long-term positions in order to adopt more moderate ideas for the run-up to next month’s election.  Prior to the debates, Rom...
A US / Israeli Defense Treaty?
BARRY LANDO
Paris. Several questions asked in the third presidential debate were never clearly answered. One of the most vital concerns Israel: What exactly is the U.S. commitment to that country?  It’s a question that an American president may suddenly be ...
A Faux Debate on Foreign Policy
MICHAEL BRENNER
What did we learn from the Presidential foreign policy debate? Not much specific or of substance. China did not make an appearance in the first hour. This is not surprising – for three reasons. These debates are more about self- presentation than candid statements of ...
The US Elections and the Middle East
RAMZY BAROUD
US elections are manifestly linked to the Middle East, at least rhetorically. In practical terms, however, US foreign policies in the region are compelled by the Middle East’s own dynamics and the US’ own political climate, economic woes, or ambitions. There is little...
Bringing the People of Iran to Their Knees
SOHEIL ASEFI
Berlin. The European Union agreed to new sanctions against Iran on Monday, October 15 to force Tehran to comply with international demands that it scale back its nuclear program. At the same time, violence and protest in Iran as currency drops in value was...
United States Imperialism Unleashed
BEN SCHREINER
With signs of a global economic downturn mounting, US aggression across the Middle East and North Africa ratchets up.  And once again, US imperialism stands poised to swing open the gates of Hell. The choice presently confronting humanity, then, is one between imp...
Turks, Cease Fire!
ISRAEL SHAMIR
In the Middle Eastern corrida, the moment of truth is approaching fast. Assad’s Syria is running around the arena like a wounded bull, fraught and worn down by a year of cruel strife. Banderillas of mujaheeds stick out of his broken hide. The public, the Europeans, the ...
The Forces Behind Iran’s Currency Crisis
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
In September and early October of 2012 the Iranian currency, rial, was in a state of free fall relative to the value of major world currencies and gold.  The government of Iran, as well as the Central of Bank of Iran (Bank Markazi), appeared to be helpless in stopping th...
The Glaring Contradictions in Anti-Iran Policy
SHELDON RICHMAN
President Barack Obama, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have at least one thing in common when it comes to Iran. All are guilty of flagrant self-contradiction. Each says that a nuclear-armed Iran could no...
Whatever Happened to that Iranian Bomb Plot Case?
MICHAEL KAUFMAN
“…it reads like the pages of a Hollywood script.” – FBI director Robert S. Mueller III You’ve probably forgotten the plot: Mansour Arbabsiar, an  Iranian-American used car salesman living in Texas, is arrested and char...
A Dangerous Lack of Rigor
BRIAN J. FOLEY
Two recent events reveal the lack of rigor that has come to pervade our public sphere: the failure of the UN (or anybody else) to question seriously the case for war against Iran, and the first presidential “debate.” At its annual meeting, the UN General Assemb...
Iran, Syria and the Balance of Power in the Middle East
PATRICK COCKBURN
Turkish artillery is firing across the border into Syria. Explosions have torn apart buildings in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, making their floors collapse on top of each other so they look like giant concrete sandwiches. The country resembles Lebanon during its ci...
Of Bombs and Comics
URI AVNERY
My first reaction to Binyamin Netanyahu’s exhibition of comics at the UN General Assembly was shame. Shame that the supreme elected representative of my country would stoop to such a primitive rhetorical device, bordering on the childish. (One Israeli comm...
The Make-Believe Crisis in Iran
PATRICK FOY
What if the White House were deliberately misleading America and the world about a major foreign policy issue involving war and peace, would it not be something worth investigating? What if, on top of that, the US Congress and Senate were going along with the subterfuge, ...
Reigniting the Antiwar Movement
DAVID ABELES, ET AL.
Rumors of war become more frequent.  Tel Aviv pushes harder and harder for an attack on Iran while Iranian defense officials seem resigned to the fact of an eventual war on their nation.  Sanctions against the Iranian people are tightening.  Many regular citizens of th...
The Future of Iran
G. REZA GHORASHI
The UN’s General Assembly’s 67th annual meeting provided an occasion for the US, Israel, and Iran to present their official positions on a number of issues, including Iran’s uranium enrichment policy. The consequences of this conflict are of interest to t...
Breaking News: Julian Assange Mossad Agent!
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Iran is a great country for kebab; their pretty if well-covered girls are fine; but sense of humour is just not their forte. Their state media repeatedly broadcasted items lifted from the Onion, a satirical magazine taking them for literal truth. The Onion...
What is the Difference Between Benjamin Netanyahu & Colin Powell?
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Who is the more sophisticated bullshitter when it comes to convincing the world of the pressing need to bomb a Muslim country before it attacks anyone — Colin Powell or Benjamin Netanyahu.  The attached visual aid combined with the entymology ...
The Waning of American Power in the Middle East
PATRICK COCKBURN
Are the days of American predominance in the Middle East coming to an end or is US influence simply taking a new shape? How far is Washington, after refusing to try to keep Hosni Mubarak in power in Egypt, facing the same situation as the Soviet Union in 1989, when ...
Professor Obama Lectures the Muslim World
ESAM AL-AMIN
On Sept. 25, Professor-turned President Barack Obama lectured the Muslim World and world leaders during his annual address before the United Nations. The beautifully crafted speech of the Nobel peace laureate would have been believed – and better received—had i...
Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran
VIJAY PRASHAD
Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu seemed inspired by the Road Runner cartoons, Glenn Beck and Reverend Gene Scott. The bizarre, almost hand drawn, “bomb” in one of his hands was complemented by the red marker in another: man enough, Bibi suggested, to draw his own red lin...
The Grand Default
URI AVNERY
I am sitting here writing this article 39 years to the minute from that moment when the sirens started screaming, announcing the beginning of the war. A minute before, total quiet reigned, as it does now. No traffic, no activity in the street, except a few children...