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Archives by Tag 'Iran'
Stumbling Towards Nuclear War?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The morons who rule the American sheeple are not only dumb and blind, they are deaf as well. The ears of the american “superpower” only work when the Israeli prime minister, the crazed Netanyahu, speaks. Then Washington hears everything and rushes to comply. Is...
The Drums of War Pump Up the Volume
RON JACOBS
Rumors of war and echoes of 2003 are once again proliferating in the press.  From left organs like CounterPunch to the Jerusalem Post and the New York Times, stories about Israeli intentions against Tehran and US/Europe plans for Syria continue...
The Logic of Israel’s War Talk
GARETH PORTER
Two recent interviews apparently given by Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak provide evidence that the new wave of reports in the Israeli press about a possible Israeli attack on Iran is a means by which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Barak hope to leverage a U.S....
Oligarchs at the Gate
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The election of the next puppet president of the “world’s only superpower” is about two and one-half months off, and what are the campaign issues?   There aren’t any worthy of the name. Romney won’t release his tax returns, despite the fact that release ...
Killing Iran’s Children
DAVE LINDORFF
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright should be a happy camper: Another campaign of sanctions and embargoes by the US is about to start killing children, this time in Iran. Albright, as President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State, when interviewed on CBS...
Will Israel Strike Iran Before the Election?
RAY McGOVERN
More Washington insiders are coming to the conclusion that Israel’s leaders are planning to attack Iran before the U.S. election in November in the expectation that American forces will be drawn in. There is widespread recognition that, without U.S. military involvemen...
Oh, Horrors, It’s Syria!
SAUL LANDAU
I first visited Syria in 2002, returned in 2003 to make a film there and followed with subsequent visits in 2004 and 2006. Since the conflict started there last year I followed the situation in the US media, but could not recognize the reality I had witnessed. Much of the...
The Clash of Civilizations Revisited
MOHAMMED AYOOB
In what was probably the most influential essay published in the 1990s Samuel Huntington argued in Foreign Affairs that henceforth “The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation states will remain the most po...
Stoking the Syrian Inferno
BEN SCHREINER
The bloody U.S.-led proxy war in Syria, laying unimaginable waste to its cities and people, escalates daily.  For Washington, “all options” are now clearly in play in the quest for “regime change” in Damascus. Capitalizing on the resignation of joint Arab ...
Romney on the World Stage
MICHAEL BRENNER
Mitt Romney’s provocative remarks in Jerusalem this week on Palestine and Iran have focused attention on how he thinks about American foreign policy generally. Beyond the immediate controversy, there is fresh reason to puzzle as to who exactly the Republican presidentia...
Carville’s Push to Tighten Sanctions on Iran
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut ‪According to the Obama Presidential campaign issues staff, temporarily operating out of the Democratic National Committee HQ at 430 South Capitol Street, SE in Washington DC, Team Obama scored an electoral coup again rival Mitt Romney th...
The Netanyahu Lunacy on Iran
HAIM BARAM
Jerusalem. In rare moments of lucidity, even the mythological “average Israeli” feels that our less than splendid isolation is intolerable. We are constantly brainwashed by our establishment, and the endless bombardments combining biblical rhetoric, al...
The Pandering Game
RAOUF J. HALABY
The season of Pandering is upon us, and by now the routine is all too familiar. While negative ads, fund raising efforts in all their forms, email and robo phone calls, misinformation, and pandering have become the norm, to be elected, aspiring candidates have to...
Israel Rewarded … For What?
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israel has barely put a foot right with the international community since its attack on Gaza more than three years ago provoked global revulsion. The right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu has serially defied and insulted foreign lead...
All Eyes on Syria
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
In 1995, I had a rare opportunity to spend some time in Syria, where the Damascus Trade Fair was taking place. A normally secretive Arab country had opened its doors to a select group of Western journalists, businessmen and officials. The event was aimed at showing glimps...
Romney’s Iran Campaign
JEFF KLEIN
As Mitt Romney completes his electoral swing through Jerusalem, it is tempting to view this as just a cynical campaign maneuver.  No doubt the candidate – in an effort coordinated the Republican Jewish Coalition and Bill Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel R...
Ponce in the Gulf
VIJAY PRASHAD
In early July, the United States Navy moved a converted transport ship, USS Ponce, into the Persian Gulf to its temporary home off Bahrain’s waters. The Ponce is a floating forward base for military operations in the region. This ship, originally built in 1966 but now r...
False Indicators From Buenos Aires Bombing
GARETH PORTER
Immediately after the terror bombing of a busload of Israeli youth in Burgas, Bulgaria, both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...
Persian Gulf Incident
DAVE LINDORFF
Things are getting out of hand in the Persian Gulf. The murderous cannon firing by nervous and trigger-happy Navy personnel on the supply ship USS Rappahannock off the coast of Dubai earlier this week, which killed an Indian fisherman and wounded three of his compa...
Netanyahu and Iran
GARETH PORTER
The perception that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is threatening to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities unless sanctions and diplomacy succeed in shutting them down has been the driving force in the Iran crisis. But although Netanyahu and Defence Ministe...
At the Precipice of War
BEN SCHREINER
The familiar menace of U.S. war drums have resumed at a fevered pitch, as Iran finds itself once again firmly within the Pentagon’s cross hairs. According to multiple reports, the U.S. is currently in the midst of a massive military build-up in the Persian Gulf o...
Attacking Iran Through Sanctions
CONN HALLINAN
Now that the talks with Iran on its nuclear program appear to be on the ropes, are we on the road to war? The Israelis threaten it almost weekly, and the Obama administration has reportedly drawn up an attack plan. But in a sense, we are already at war with Iran. C...
News Digested
LINH DINH
7/1/12—Citing Iran’s nuclear ambition, America and her hushed puppies impose oil embargo on Islamic republic. Going on four years now, the global economic depression has kept oil price in check, so this embargo is meant to stop it from dropping furthe...
The Menacing Plots of the MKO
KOUROSH ZIABARI
The ill-omened, inauspicious plots of the terrorist gang Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization against Iran seem to have no end. The recent letter signed by 44 U.S. Senators addressed to President Obama in which it was implied that time for diplomacy with Iran is over and other ...
Why Apple Should “Think Different” on Iran Sanctions
BITTA MOSTOFI
The continued nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5 +1 in Moscow ended yesterday with no sign of sanctions relief for ordinary Iranians. A spokesperson for Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief and lead negotiator for the six powers, was quo...
History’s Revenge
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The “global war on terror” started by President George W. Bush more than a decade ago has taken a new and more sinister turn. Now we know that Barack Obama, the current president, goes through the profiles of people he wants eliminated (...
Obama’s Robotic Assassins
VIJAY PRASHAD
“It’s drones, baby, drones.” - (former) United States Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, March 2011. Unmanned U.S. aircraft now routinely fly over Afghanistan, Pakis...
Stuxnet Unbound
BILL BLUNDEN
After its initial discovery in 2010 by a little-known antivirus vendor from Belarus, the culprit behind the Stuxnet computer worm has been revealed. Last week, based on information leaked by inside sources [1], an article in the New York Times reported that the United Sta...
The Obama Syndrome
COLLIN HARRIS
I have no animosity towards people who supported and voted for President Obama. Well maybe a little, but only because I know your energy could have been put to better use. But if you vote, then given the options available, which is insanity or maybe slightly less insanity...
The Syrian Uprising
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut Three or four gentlemen regularly sit outside a small grocery store, opposite this observer’s flat, drinking coffee and smoking argileh water pipes, in the Hezbollah neighborhood of Haret Hreik in south Beirut. I rely on them and value their insig...
Hard Line Failure in Nuke Talks
GARETH PORTER
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 relief from sanctions against Iran. The two sides agreed to meet again in Moscow Jun....
War With Iran Has Already Begun
NATHAN FULLER
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 Service summarized the bill (emph...
Dropping Planes, Not Bombs
DAVE LINDORFF
The Iranian military must be enjoying the latest spectacle of Pentagon waste and bungling. Only a few weeks ago, the US attempted to ramp up the pressure on Iran by deploying to the Persian Gulf at the Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, just across the...
Neocons Plotting New Preemptive Strike on History
RAY McGOVERN
With the 45th anniversary of the Six-Day War of June 1967 coming early next month, With the 45th anniversary of the Six-Day War of June 1967 coming early next month, pro-Israel pundits like syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer are again promoti...
Is Jeffrey Feltman Iran’s Best Friend in Lebanon?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut  Key Iranian and American officials arrived in Lebanon last week to assess the strength of their local allies in the fast approaching and crucial legislative elections, the escalating spillover effects of the Syrian uprising in North Leba...
The Parchin “Stand-Off”
GARETH PORTER
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano has signaled that there will be no IAEA agreement with Iran in the meetings in Vienna Monday and Tuesday on the terms for Iranian cooperation in clarifying issue of alleged nuclear weapons work. ...
Netanyahu’s Bluff of the Century
PATRICK COCKBURN
There has always been something stagey and contrived about Israel’s blood-curdling declarations that it is going to bomb Iran, but as a strategy it has worked astonishingly well, at home and abroad. Benjamin Netanyahu has been expert at manipulating Israelis’ ...
The Struggle Over Iran
RAMZY BAROUD
Israel is currently experiencing the kind of turmoil that may or may not affect its political hierarchy following the next general election. However, there is little reason to believe that any major transformations in the Israeli political landscape could be of benefit to...
Oil Wars on the Horizon
MICHAEL T. KLARE
Conflict and intrigue over valuable energy supplies have been features of the international landscape for a long time.  Major wars over oil have been fought every decade or so since World War I, and smaller engagements have erupted every few years; a flare-up or two in 2...
The Man With Messianic Tendencies
URI AVNERY
GENERALS AND secret police chiefs get together for an attack on the politicians. In some countries, they arrest the president, occupy government offices and TV stations and annul the constitution. They then publish Communique No. 1, explaining the dire need to save...
Negotiating With Iran
ABOLGHASEM BAYYENAT
The first round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany – concluded in Istanbul with a rare expression of optimism and satisfaction by both sides. The two sides agreed to resume t...
A Persian Gulf of Tonkin in the Making?
JOHN LaFORGE
The aircraft carrier Enterprise has moved into the Persian Gulf, although it’s an antique, slow-moving target and a potential lightening rod for war on Iran. As a retired Navy man told me last month, “A couple of torpedoes would stagger the thing, and then ...
The Obama / Netanyahu Rift
GARY LEUPP
There are some indications of a widening split between top officials over the way to engage Iran within the framework of the 5+1 talks. On the one hand, there are those, echoed by Obama himself, who argue that a deal over the Iranian nuclear program is possible. On the ot...
Will Iran War be Another October Surprise?
ANDREW LEVINE
Will Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu concoct a war with Iran?  Not if they have a tenth of the sense they were born with.  But that’s not much consolation when we’re dealing, on the one hand, with a vulture capitalist and one time Mormon bishop whose flip floppin...
Iran’s Nuclear Fatwa
GARETH PORTER
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 ...
Netanyahu’s Real Fear
AKIVA ELDAR
A recent skit on the sketch comedy “Eretz Nehederet” featured a “debate” about the Iranian nuclear program between U.S. and Israeli leaders. After some discussion, U.S. President Barack Obama accedes to the position of Prime Minister Benjami...
Leave Us Out of Another Middle East War
JAMES G. ABOUREZK
One of the most vivid memories I have of my service in the U.S. Senate was of an early Democratic caucus. It was in January of 1973, not long after President Richard Nixon and his secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, had ordered the carpet bombing of Hanoi in an effo...
U.S.-Israel Deal to Demand Qom Closure Threatens Nuclear Talks
GARETH PORTER
Washington DC The Barack Obama administration has adopted a demand in the negotiations with Iran beginning Saturday that its Fordow enrichment facility must be shut down and eventually dismantled based on an understanding with Israel that risks the collaps...
Holding Tightly
MISSY BEATTIE
One year ago, I was in Kentucky, at my mother’s bedside after she made a decision to stop eating.  Her death wasn’t unexpected.  She had lived a long, meaningful life with much more joy than sorrow. I remember a little poem she loved to quote, one I’ve Goog...
The Irrationality of the Case against Iran’s Nuclear Program
GARY LEUPP
President Obama has informed the Iranians they have one “last chance” to avoid attack. They must suspend higher uranium enrichment, close down the Fordow  enrichment facility, and “surrender” their stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 per cent purity. Iranian offi...