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Hersh: “The Administration’s Plan for Iran”

Irancove @ September 30, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Seymour Hersh’s new article in the New Yorker examines the speculation over the Bush administration’s plans for Iran. This summer, the White House, pushed by the office of Vice-President Dick Cheney, requested that the Joint Chiefs of Staff redraw long-standing plans for a possible attack on Iran, according to former officials and government consultants. The […]

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“Deep-Pocketed” Conservative Group Takes Aim at Iran

Irancove @ September 30, 2007 # 2 Comments

This article profiles “Freedom’s Watch,” a wealthy conservative group who supports the war in Iraq and is strongly advocating attacking Iran. Founded this summer by a dozen wealthy conservatives, the nonprofit group is set apart from most advocacy groups by the immense wealth of its core group of benefactors, its intention to far outspend its […]

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FOX: Geraldo Calls Ahmadinejad “The Devil” and Much More

Irancove @ September 29, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Fox’s Geraldo Rivera interviewed a crowd gathered in front of Columbia University in anticipation of Ahmadinejad’s appearance at the University. Though most of the students interviewed—including a spokesperson for the college Republicans—seemed to support the school’s decision allow Ahmadinejad to speak, Geraldo gave tacit approval to some protesters holding signs which read “Ahmadi-Jihad” or another […]

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Gareth Porter: “Lieberman-Kyl Vs. the Evidence”

Irancove @ September 28, 2007 # One Comment

US historian Gareth Porter outlines six main points that contradict the basis of the Lieberman-Kyle amendment: 1. The administration has not come forward with a single piece of concrete evidence to support the claim that the Iranian government has been involved in the training, arming or advising of Iraqi Shiite militias. 2. The U.S. intelligence […]

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Marjorie Cohn: Pursue Diplomacy, Not War

Irancove @ September 28, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Marjorie Cohn, president of the National Lawyers Guild, argues the Bush administration has completed plans for attacking Iran and will continue to escalate tensions to provoke Iran, justifying the attack as “self-defense.” The Sunday Telegraph reported, “A strike will probably follow a gradual escalation. Over the next few weeks and months the U.S. will build […]

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Fox’s Trotta: “Who cares about the Iranians?”

Irancove @ September 28, 2007 # No Comment Yet

In the clip below, Fox’s Liz Trotta makes the statement, “Who cares about the Iranians?” in reference to a charge—discredited by the CIA—of Ahmadinejad’s involvement in the 1979 hostage scenario. Trotta’s remarks are hateful and irresponsible, communicating misinformation to viewers and promoting a dangerous atmosphere of hostility. They also alienate over 70 million Iranians—potential allies—who […]

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Kyl-Lieberman Amendment Passes

Irancove @ September 27, 2007 # No Comment Yet

The Kyl-Lieberman amendment passed in the Senate with a vote of 76-22. Senators Biden, Bingaman, Boxer, Brown, Byrd, Cantwell, Dodd, Feingold, Hagel, Harkin, Inouye, Kerry, Klobuchar, Lincoln, Lugar, Sanders, Tester, Webb and Wyden were among those who voted against the amendment, which critics say will push the US and Iran closer to confrontation. A coalition […]

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Bollinger on Musharraf: “…it is rare that we have a leader of his stature at campus”

Irancove @ September 26, 2007 # No Comment Yet

This press release reveals the praise and reverence offered to Pervez Musharraf—the de facto leader of Pakistan who seized power in a military coup in 1999—by Columbia University President Lee Bollinger. Pakistan has nuclear weapons and was one of the few countries (along with Saudi Arabia and UAE) to recognize the Taliban. However, Musharraf received […]

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Ten Questions from Iranian Academic Society to Lee Bollinger

Irancove @ September 26, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Full text available here:  1-Why did American media put you under pressure to call off Ahmadinejad’s speech at Columbia University? Why do they broadcast hours of programs and news against him and do not allow him to answer the accusations? Isn’t it against freedom of speech? 2-Why did the U.S. government oust the nation-based government […]

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Ahmadinejad’s Appearance at Columbia University

Irancove @ September 25, 2007 # No Comment Yet

The full text and video of Ahmadinejad’s recent appearance at Columbia University are available. The much-publicized event has generated a great deal of controversy. Lee Bollinger, Columbia’s president, introduced Ahmadinejad by accusing him of showing “all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator.”

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Kyl-Lieberman Amendment Pushes US and Iran Closer to War

Irancove @ September 25, 2007 # No Comment Yet

The Senate is preparing to vote on the Kyle-Lieberman Amendment, which would allow the US to use any means necessary—including military action—to stop Iran’s involvement in Iraq. According to NIAC: The amendment would also provide Congressional backing for the designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, a move the Bush administration is now […]

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Norman Podhoretz Lobbies Bush on Bombing Iran

Irancove @ September 25, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Norman Podhoretz, author of the recent book “World War IV” and advocate of bombing Iran, has been granted access to lobby President Bush on bombing Iran. In the clip below, Podhoretz appears on Israeli television revealing his intentions to discuss bombing Iran with President Bush.

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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani Protests the Arrest of Iranian National by US in Iraq

Irancove @ September 25, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Iraq’s prime minister, president and Kurdish leaders have strongly protested the detainment of Mahmoud Farhadi, an Iranian national who entered Iraq with the knowledge of the Iraqi government. Five other Iranian diplomats are still being held by US forces. In a letter addressed to the top US officials in Iraq, General David Petraeus and ambassador […]

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Juan Cole on Ahmadinejad Controversy

Irancove @ September 24, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Juan Cole’s recent article in Salon puts the recent frenzy over Ahmadinejad’s New York visit into perspective. The following are some key excerpts from Cole’s article: The media has focused on debating whether he should be allowed to speak at Columbia University on Monday, or whether his request to visit Ground Zero, the site of […]

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Redrawing the Middle East

Irancove @ September 24, 2007 # No Comment Yet

In this article, Dr. Abbas Bahktiar examines the consequences of forced regime change in Iran. We all have heard of the Neocons’ plan for a new Middle East but had never seen a map of it until it was published in the Armed Forces Journal in June 2006, which as can be expected was greeted […]

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Transcript of 60 Minutes Interview

Irancove @ September 23, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Part 1 and Part 2 of Scott Pelley’s interview with Ahmadinejad.

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Iraq, the US, Iran and the “Power Vacuum”

Irancove @ September 18, 2007 # No Comment Yet

The clip below examines the reception of Ahmadinejad’s recent quote about the “power vacuum” in Iraq. AHMADINEJAD: Soon, we will see a huge power vacuum in the region. Of course, we are prepared to fill the gap, with the help of neighbours and regional friends like Saudi Arabia, and with the help of the Iraqi […]

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Iran Reacts to US Accusations

Irancove @ September 17, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Farideh Farhi analyzes and compiles Iranian reactions to recent US accusations at the ICGA site. I have found it quite interesting that various leaders in Iran have not only publicly reacted to what is going on in Washington swiftly but also, despite clear disagreements on a variety of other issues, rather calmly and in unison. […]

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Iranian TV Series Sympathetic to Plight of Jews in WWII Holocaust

Irancove @ September 17, 2007 # No Comment Yet

“Zero Degree Turn,” a new popular Iranian television mini-series depicts the plight of the Jews during WWII. After Israel, Iran has the largest Jewish population in the region—estimated 35,000—and a Jewish member in the parliament. Read reactions to the show by the Wall Street Journal here. Episode one is available below.

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IAEA: Iran’s Nuclear Program Remains in “Peaceful Use”

Irancove @ September 11, 2007 # No Comment Yet

As some government representatives continue to insist Iran is pursing nuclear weapons, this article by Abbas Edalat and Mehrnaz Shahabi describes the latest rounds of meetings between  Iran and the IAEA clearing Iran of its plutonium experiments. Following the July visit of the IAEA to Tehran, agreement was reached on an action plan with defined […]

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Joe Lieberman Gives Fallacious Speech on Iran Amendment

Irancove @ September 10, 2007 # No Comment Yet

In the clip below, senator Joe Lieberman speaks in favor of an amendment backed by Lieberman and senator Sam Brownback. The controversial amendment provides $75 annually to actively support regime change in Iran. The amendment appears to be illegal under the Algiers Accords and is opposed by most credible Iranian dissidents and intellectuals—such as Shirin […]

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Fox News and the Framing of the Iran Debate

Irancove @ September 7, 2007 # No Comment Yet

In the clip below, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul responds to questions from moderators Chris Wallace and Brit Hume. Both hosts frame the discussion narrowly by depicting Iran as a belligerent threat. Wallace goes as far as accusing Paul of taking “marching orders from al Qaeda,” for suggesting the removal of US troops from the […]

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Glenn Greenwald on the “Bomb Iran Crazies”

Irancove @ September 6, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Glenn Greenwald‘s critical piece on agitators’ Fred Hiatt and Michael Ledeen is a great source of information in profiling the disreputable and disgraceful backgrounds of some demagogues advocating war on Iran. It is hard to overstate the bitterness and resentment which the Serious Pro-War Beltway Elite like Hiatt, who were wrong about everything, still harbor […]

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Rollout to War with Iran?

Irancove @ September 2, 2007 # No Comment Yet

There is currently considerable speculation among many analysts regarding a post-Labor Day rollout campaign for bombing Iran. The rollout of the strategy this week, they said, was planned long before President Bush’s vacation in Texas last month. It was not hastily concocted, they insisted, after some prominent Republicans began to raise doubts about moving against […]

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