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Archives by Tag 'Iran'
Immaturity and Denial About Iran
MICHAEL BRENNER
Immaturity, as the alienists tell us, expresses itself in various psychological strategies to cope with a reality that challenges self-image – e.g. a recalcitrant Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the ingrained belief of American leaders that they can coerce weake...
Bibi’s Big Bluff
GARETH PORTER
Tel Aviv. A striking feature of the Israeli political landscape in recent months has been the absence of a serious debate on the issue of the threat of war with Iran led by national security figures. It is well known that many prominent former milit...
Israel Shields Public from Risks of War with Iran
GARETH PORTER
Tel Aviv The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling Israelis that Israel can attack Iran with minimal civilian Israeli casualties as a result of retaliation, and that reassuring message appears to have headed off any widespread Is...
America’s Obsession With Israel and Iran
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The United States is obsessed with Iran and Israel.  It’s not just the Administration in Washington that enjoys this weird fixation, because many Americans, including all Republican presidential candidates, agree with Israel that Iran is an enemy and must be dealt wit...
On to the Next War!
SAUL LANDAU
Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) want war with Iran and refuse to learn lessons from the futile wars this country has perpetrated since US troops landed in Korea in 1950. They begin with “facts not in evidence,” as lawyers say. “The pro...
Preparing Israel for War
NEVE GORDON
Preparing Israel for war Recent raids on Gaza were not just about allocating more money to defense – they were also about war with Iran. In response to the recent assassination of Zuhair al-Qaisi, the Secretary General of the Popular R...
Iran and the IAEA
GARETH PORTER
Vienna. The first detailed account of negotiations between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran last month belies earlier statements by unnamed Western officials portraying Iran as refusing to cooperate with the IAEA in allaying concerns about a...
Dealing With Iran
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and brother of the well-known pollster John Zogby, recently published an article on “Dealing with Iran” in ...
Is Stephen Harper Undermining Obama on Iran?
MURRAY DOBBIN
It might be useful for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to read a U.S. state department cable from Israel released by Wikileaks. It reveals that talk of Iran’s imminent production of nuclear weapons goes back to the early 1990s: “The head of the MFA’s [Mini...
The Bureaucracy of War
RON JACOBS
Bureaucracies repeat patterns until they learn new ones. The bigger and more entrenched the bureaucracy the less likely it is to learn anything. The US military is a bureaucracy. It tortured humans in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. It used the excuse of WMD to destroy Ira...
Will Obama’s Wars Come Back to Bite Him?
ANDREW LEVINE
Can President Obama lose in November?   The consensus among those who claim to know is No, unless the economy tanks again; and this, the cognoscenti say, is unlikely to happen.  Therefore barring improbable contingencies, Obama will win a second term.   The rationale i...
Attacking Iran
URI AVNERY
Israel will not attack Iran. Period. The United States will not attack Iran. Period. The United States will not attack. Not this year, nor in years to come. For a reason far more important than electoral considerations or military limitations. The United Sta...
The Zero Percent Doctrine
TOM ENGELHARDT
When I was young, the Philadelphia Bulletin ran cartoon ads that usually featured a man in troubl...
The Media and Iran
DAVE LINDORFF
The sorry state of American journalism is on full display in the coverage by the corporate media of the ongoing crisis surrounding Iran’s nuclear fuel program. The leaders of both Israel and the U.S. have publicly threatened to attack Iran — Israel saying i...
Israel’s Huff and Puff Game
PATRICK COCKBURN
The air is full of dire warnings of an impending Israeli attack on Iran. Prophets of doom declare themselves full of forebodings and point fearfully to the meeting in the White House between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as crucial i...
Why Can’t Americans Have Democracy?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Syria has a secular government as did Iraq prior to the American invasion.  Secular governments are important in Arab lands in which there is division between Sunni and Shi’ite. Secular governments keep the divided population from murdering one another. When the...
War Tax at the Gas Pump
JEFF KLEIN
It’s hard to miss the higher cost of gas every time we fill up our cars these days, but the News Media doesn’t do a very good job of explaining why.  There isn’t any mystery, though, if you read the financial press and oil industry sources: We’re paying extra for...
Selling Arms to Iran
BINOY KAMPMARK
“You guys found me, so I couldn’t have gone too far.” –David Levick, Australian national, to the US authorities, Mar 2, 2012. What ...
Brazil Takes the Lead in Trying to Stop Another Senseless War
MARK WEISBROT
Brazil’s foreign minister, Antonio Patriota, made a courageous and ...
How The Media Got The Parchin Access Story Wrong
GARETH PORTER
Washington D.C. News media reported last week that Iran had flatly refused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to its Parchin military test facility, based on a statement to reporters by IAEA Deputy Director General, Herman Nackaerts, that...
Our Gang of War Criminals
DAVE LINDORFF
If a bunch of street toughs decided to gang up and beat the crap out of some guy in the neighborhood because they feared he might be planning to buy a gun to protect his family, I think we’d all agree that the police would be right to bust that crew and charge them with...
Middle East: Stupid is the Order of the Day
PETER LEE
The stupid Attack Iran obsession seems to have infected virtually all discussion of the Middle East. Marc Lynch  of G.W. University said something stupid…then Amnesty International said something stupid…and how about those stupid Islamic terrorist plots? ...
The Economic Crisis and Iran
BEN SCHREINER
On February 21, to great media fanfare, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surpassed the 13,000 mark for the first time since the 2008 collapse.  Appearing on NBC’s Today Show the following morning, Jim “Bear Sterns is not in trouble” Cramer jubilantly pro...
The Slide to War
CONN HALLINAN
Wars are fought because some people decide it is in their interests to fight them. World War I was not started over the Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination, nor was it triggered by the alliance system. An “incident” may set the stage for war, but no one keeps shootin...
Gateway to Global War
JUDITH BELLO
I’ve long thought that the red line that would indicate an intolerable assault on Asia and her assets runs through Iran.   However, at the moment I’m not so sure.  What I mean is, that a war with Iran, once initiated, would eventually draw in all of the Middle East...
Iran, the IAEA and the Parchin Site
GARETH PORTER
The failure of a mission by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to get Iranian permission to visit a military testing site mentioned in its latest report has been interpreted in media coverage as a stall to avoid the discovery of confirming evidence of past work...
Silencing the Critics
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In 2010 the FBI invaded the homes of peace activists in several states and seized personal possessions in what the FBI–the lead orchestrator of fake “terrorist plots”–called an investigation of “activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”...
Lessons From Iran, 1977-78
HENRY PELFIAN
During my time in Iran from 1977 to 1978 there were between forty and fifty thousand Americans, many of them working in the military-industrial complex. The Shah of Iran with the approval of the U.S. government had signed a contract with a U.S. manufacturer of helicopters...
Netanyahu Crosses the Line
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The bombing of an Israeli embassy car in Delhi threatens India’s diplomatic maneuvers between Israel and Iran, and has put India’s discreetly nurtured ties with Israel since 1992 through a severe test. Those who are attracted to Israel’s depiction of Iran as a terro...
Assassinating Iranian Scientists
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
To avoid restating the obvious, or repeating what others have already established, I take these facts as givens: that the main perpetrator of the assassination of Iranian scientists has been the Israeli spy agency Mossad, assisted by various covert operations agencies of ...
Those Attacks on Israeli Diplomats
ARSHIN ADIB-MOGHADDAM
Let’s assume that sections of the military and security apparatus in Iran are responsible for the ...
Not Another Rabbit Hole!
IAN HARRIS
When Alice went down the rabbit hole in Lewis Carol’s novel, Alice and Wonderland, she experienced all kinds of unpleasant surprises. What kind of surprises will we Americans face if our government bombs Iran? The last time the United States went down th...
What Iran Can Do for Lebanon’s Palestinians
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. Around noon on Tuesday September 14, 1982, the day before Israel gave the green light for the launch of the three day Sabra-Shatila Massacre, two white vans pulled into Rue Sabra, diagonal from Akka Palestinian Hospital (PCRS), the main Shatila cam...
Will Israel Attack Iran?
MARK WEISBROT
Last week the New York Times ...
Obama’s Zig Zag Maneuvers with Israel and Iran
GARETH PORTER
Washington, DC President Barack Obama has finally begun in recent months to signal to Israel that the United States would not get involved in a war started by Binyamin Netanyahu without US approval. If it is pursued firmly and consistently through 2012, t...
Obama, the Human Rights Hypocrite
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Is Obama a hypocrite or merely insouciant?  Or is he an idiot? According to news reports Obama’s White House meeting on Valentine’s day with China’s Vice President, Xi Jinping, provided an opportunity for Obama to raise “a sensitive human rights issue with...
Empire and Its Discontents
NOAM CHOMSKY
Significant anniversaries are solemnly commemorated — Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, for example.  Others are ignored, and we can often learn valuable lessons from them about what is likely to lie ahead.  Right now, in fact. At the...
Israeli Embassies Attacked
FARZANA VERSEY
Monday. February 13. 3.54 pm. A bomb explodes in the car of an Israeli diplomat. Three people, including the defence attaché’s wife Tal Yehoshua, are grievously injured. 30 minutes later, embassy officials are examining the remains of the vehicle in an area that...
An Embarrassment to Canada
MURRAY DOBBIN
It is hard to credit the latest statements and actions by Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. On both Iran and Israel Baird seems to almost deliberately seek to humiliate both himself and the country he is supposed to represent on the international stage. Taki...
Why the Neo-Con Turn?
ANDREW LEVINE
Despite Rick Santorum’s successes this week in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, the Republican establishment should still be able to get its way, notwithstanding Sheldon Adelson’s money and spirited resistance from the party’s base.  The only contender for the Rep...
Will Iran Be Attacked?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Washington has made tremendous preparations for a military assault on Iran. There is speculation that Washington has called off its two longest running wars–Iraq and Afghanistan–in order to deploy forces against Iran. Two of Washington’s fleets have been ass...
Obama’s Blindspot Intact
BARRY LANDO
In the brief interview he gave ABC before the Superbowl, President Obama declared “I’ve been very clear that we’re going to do everything we can to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and creating an arms race, a nuclear arms race, in a volatile region.”...
Romney’s Man on Iran
MAX BLUMENTHAL
In 2005, a group of graduate students at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced and International Studies (SAIS) participated in the school’s annual diplomatic simulation. The high-pressure scenario required the students to negotiate a resolution to a standoff ...
Yet Another War for Israel?
WILLIAM A. COOK
“Men use thought only to justify their injustices, and speech only to conceal their thoughts.” (Voltaire: Dialogue XIV, Le Chapon et la Poularde) ...
The Iran Crisis and Israeli Nukes
BARRY LANDO
Yesterday upon the stair I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today Oh, how I wish he’d go away – William Hughes Mearns, 1899 One of the most uncommented on ironies today is that ...
Chairman of Joint Chiefs to Israelis: U.S. Won’t Join Your War on Iran
GARETH PORTER
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told Israeli leaders Jan. 20 that the United States would not participate in a war against Iran begun by Israel without prior agreement from Washington, according to accounts from well-placed senior military office...
Clapper-trap on Iranian Attacks Inside the US
DAVE LINDORFF
Let’s see now. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence who oversees both the FBI and the CIA, is warning that Iran’s leaders have “changed their calculus” and, as the Wall Street Journal puts it, “now appear willing to conduct an attack within the U...
Two Modest Proposals for the Middle East
MICHAEL TEITELMAN
In 1729 Jonathan Swift published “A Modest Proposal for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland from being a burden on their parents or country and for making them beneficial to the publick”.  Swift proposed that Irish parents fatten their infants and expor...
The Ongoing War on Iran
PATRICK COCKBURN
The way in which the growing confrontation with Iran is being sold by the US, Israel and West European leaders is deeply dishonest. The manipulation of the media and public opinion through systematic threat exaggeration is similar to the drum beat of propaganda and disinf...
No Exit in the Gulf
MICHAEL T. KLARE
Ever since December 27th, war clouds have been gathering over the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow body of water connecting the Persian Gulf with the Indian Ocean and the seas beyond.  On that day, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi warned that Tehran would block th...