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Archives by Tag 'nuclear weapons'
Obama Seeks to Distance U.S. from Israeli Attack on Iran
GARETH PORTER
Washington DC President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are engaged in intense maneuvering over Netanyahu’s aim of entangling the United States in an Israeli war against Iran. Netanyahu is exploiting the extraordinar...
Pounding the War Drums Against Iran
JAMES ABOUREZK
I watched another news program today—this one on MSNBC—with Dylan Ratigan shouting into the camera that if Iran shuts down the Strait of Hormuz through which 40 per cent of the world’s oil flows, it is an act of war. That’s true. However, like most e...
The Politics of Doomsday
CONN HALLINAN
In a recent New York Times article...
Iran, the Islamic Revolution and the Language of War
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
No revolution, as far as I know, has achieved all that it promised. A revolution is a response, rather than a solution, to the problems that triggered it. In Iran’s case, there had been years of repression under an absolute monarch who was installed by external p...
Why the US & Israel May Agree to Bombing Iran
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
The arguments for attacking Iran are crazy, like those for attacking Iraq in response to 9-11.  But that does not mean such an attack by the American and/or the Israelis will not occur. Indeed, I think the political pressure for such an attack is increasing.  My ...
Washington Post Boosts Obama’s Declaration of War on China
JOHN V. WALSH
“Mr. President, we must not allow a mineshaft gap”! –General “Buck” Turgidson  – Dr Strangelove  “China is a vast country—‘When i...
Iran and the West
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Perils of brinkmanship with Iran are now on open display. As Libyans struggle after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, and the rebellion against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria continues, the campaign of sanctions against Iran has triggered events which echo the 1980s ...
Return to MAD?
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
While nuclear weapons exist, there remains a danger that they will be used.  After all, for centuries national conflicts have led to wars, with nations employing their deadliest weapons.  The current deterioration of U.S. relations with China might end up providing us w...
Is Britain Plotting With Israel to Attack Iran?
JONATHAN COOK
Last February Britain’s then defense minister Liam Fox attended a dinner in Tel Aviv with a group described as senior Israelis. Alongside him sat Adam Werritty, a lobbyist whose “improper relations” with the minister would lead eight months later to Fox’s hurried ...
Droning On
JOHN FEFFER
Someday soon, you’ll be checking your new Clear Skies app as a routine part of your preparations to go out for the evening. First, you’ll look at your smart gizmo to read your latest email to make sure there hasn’t been any change in plans. A quick glanc...
Ex-Inspector Rejects IAEA Iran Bomb Test Chamber Claim
GARETH PORTER
A former inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repudiated its major new claim that Iran built an explosives chamber to test components of a nuclear weapon and carry out a simulated nuclear explosion. The IAEA claim that a foreign scientist...
Is Israel Preparing to Attack Iran?
NEVE GORDON
Skimming the newspapers as I rushed to get my children ready for school, I suddenly understood that Israel might actually be preparing for a military attack against Iran. “[United States Secretary of Defence Leon] Panetta Demanded Commitment to Coordinate Action in ...
Stopping an Attack on Iran
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The global Occupy Movement has come to life just in time. War is the health of the corporate state. The 1% needs its endless cash flow to stay in power. As the slaughters in Iraq and Afghanistan transform into something less visible, the 1% war machine must ...
Mr. Amano and Regime Change
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
In an interview with Spiegel Online on April 19, 2011, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei...
The Holes in the Iran Nuke Report
V. NOAH GIMBEL
Much of the U.S. media, with instigation from hawkish voices in Israel, ...
Iran’s “Soviet Nuclear Scientist” Never Worked on Weapons
GARETH PORTER
The report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published by a Washington think tank Tuesday repeated the sensational claim previously reported by news media all over the world that a former Soviet nuclear weapons scientist had helped Iran construct a detonati...
Playing With Fire in Korea
CONN HALLINAN
Why is the Obama Administration creating obstacles and throwing cold water on talks with North Korea, and why is it binding itself to right-wing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, whose politics just took a shellacking in the recent race for ...
Why Israel Will Not Attack Iran
URI AVNERY
EVERYBODY KNOWS the scene from school: a small boy quarrels with a bigger boy. “Hold me back!” he shouts to his comrades, “Before I break his bones!” Our government seems to be behaving in this way. Every day, via all channels, it shouts that it is going, a...
The High Costs of Nuclear Arsenals
DAVID KRIEGER
Nuclear weapons are costly in many ways.  They change our relationship to other nations, to the earth, to the future and to ourselves. In the mid-1990s a group of researchers at the Brookings Institution did a study of US expenditures on nuclear weapons.  They fo...
The Myth of Bernie Sanders
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has recently been elevated to near godlike status by the political Left in the United States.  Some of his fans have even suggested that he should challenge Barack Obama in the Democratic Presidential Primary.  The more often he is accused...
The Hollywood Big Shot and Israel’s Nuclear Triggers
AFSHIN RATTANSI
Israel has a good friend in Rupert Murdoch. Here in the UK, I’m still not sure which is worse – to see a mob of MPs suddenly united against the police, press and seemingly themselves or a mob cowering before Rupert Murdoch and his empire. But aside from the cessp...
The Latest Nuclear Weapons Plant
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
Should the U.S. government be building more nuclear weapons?  Residents of Kansas City, Missouri don’t appear to think so, for they are engaged in a bitter fight against the construction of a new nuclear weapons plant in their community. The massive plant, 1.5 m...
Purpose, Ethics and Nuclear Weapons
DAVID KRIEGER
Recently, a friend sent me a copy of Admiral Hyman Rickover’s 1982 Morgenthau Memorial Lecture.  The lecture, given under the auspices of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, was entitled, “Thoughts on Man’s Purpose in Life.”  In the lecture...
How to Save a Quarter Trillion Dollars
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
In the midst of the current stampede to slash federal spending, Congress might want to take a look at two unnecessary (and dangerous) “national security” programs that, if cut, would save the United States over a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next dec...
The Decision to Bomb Hiroshima
GAR ALPEROVITZ
Today is the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Though most Americans are unaware of the fact, increasing numbers of historians now recognize the United States did not need to use the atomic bomb to end the war against Japan in 1945. Moreover, this essential ju...