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Halliburton Secretly Doing Business With Key Member of Iran’s Nuclear Team

Irancove @ May 29, 2008 # 2 Comments

Excerpt: (Source: Project Censored) During a trip to the Middle East in March 1996, Vice President Dick Cheney told a group of mostly U.S. businessmen that Congress should ease sanctions in Iran and Libya to foster better relationships, a statement that, in hindsight, is completely hypocritical considering the Bush administration’s foreign policy. “Let me make […]

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The Wall Street Journal Features Op-Ed from Known Fabricator

Irancove @ May 28, 2008 # 3 Comments

Amir Taheri’s op-ed titled The Problem With Talking to Iran appears in today’s Wall Street Journal. Considering Taheri’s dubious record of past fabrications and dishonest rhetoric regarding Iran, this latest op-ed is an accurate indicator of the WSJ’s substandard and heavily slanted view on the subject of Iran. Update: Read Jim Lobe’s Murdoch Goes After […]

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Pentagon “Message Force Multiplier” Back on CNN

Irancove @ May 27, 2008 # One Comment

TPM reports on retired Brig. General David L. Grange making an appearance on CNN discussing Iran.  General Grange was listed as one of the Pentagon’s “message force multipliers” in a report released last month, when it was found that the Department of Defense used retired military “analysts” to push their talking points on the Iraq […]

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Informed Sources: Bush “plans Iran air strike by August”

Irancove @ May 27, 2008 # 4 Comments

Muhammand Cohen from the Asia Times reports: NEW YORK – The George W Bush administration plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months, an informed source tells Asia Times Online, echoing other reports that have surfaced in the media in the United States recently. Two key US senators briefed on […]

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WINEP Building a Case for Attacking Iran

Irancove @ May 22, 2008 # One Comment

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy—founded by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—just previewed a paper published by Haaretz arguing that stated fears about an Iranian retaliation following an attack are exaggerated. Helena Cobban from Just World News observes: Here comes another propaganda campaign designed to lull western publics into thinking that a military […]

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How (Not) to Win the Hearts and Minds of Iranians

Irancove @ May 22, 2008 # 5 Comments

Via NIAC by Professor Babak Rahimi One of the oddest consequences of U.S. sanctions toward Iran is how it has compelled ordinary Iranians, particularly pro-democracy elements, to help strengthen the Islamic Republic’s claim to rule. The sanctions have has given the autocrats in Tehran undue legitimacy by providing them a nationalistic cause. While much of […]

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Syria, Israel Holding Peace Talks

Irancove @ May 21, 2008 # 6 Comments

This McClatchy article covers the Israel-Syrian peace talks and touches on the possible implications for Iran: ANKARA, Turkey — After eight years of stalemate and periodic tension, Israel and Syria announced Wednesday that they have launched “serious and continuous” indirect peace talks aimed at ending one of the region’s longest-running disputes. In identical statements issued […]

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McCain’s Dishonest Iran Rhetoric

Irancove @ May 20, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Greg Sargent from Talking Points Memo points to the demagoguery of John McCain concerning Iran’s leadership. It should be noted that McCain “quotes” Ahmadinejad on “wiping Israel off the map,” but this has been repeatedly proven to be a mistranslation. Does McCain not know this? If not, is he fit to run for president? Or […]

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McCain and Obama on Iran

Irancove @ May 20, 2008 # 9 Comments

via TPM:

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McCain Medley

Irancove @ May 19, 2008 # 2 Comments

Robert Greenwald compiled the following video on John McCain through the years:

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Energy Politics: Oil on Troubled Waters

Irancove @ May 19, 2008 # 4 Comments

A brief summary on energy politics from Swoop: Amid growing public discomfort with the direction of US trade policy and economic slow down, high gasoline prices have emerged as a key domestic touchstone. Although the Energy Information Agency is forecasting a moderating of prices in 2009, political leaders from both parties have grasped at the […]

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World’s Deadliest Weapon

Irancove @ May 19, 2008 # 5 Comments

Gordon Prather at Antiwar on nuclear proliferation: On the 60th anniversary of the establishment, within the Mandate for Palestine, of Israel as a sovereign Jewish state, President Bush told Israel’s legislature, that “Permitting the world’s leading sponsor of terror to possess the world’s deadliest weapon would be an unforgivable betrayal of future generations.” Obviously, Bush […]

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Will Bush Start a War With Iran?

Irancove @ May 18, 2008 # 4 Comments

Jim Lobe on the possibility of an attack on Iran by the Bush administration: Those of you who have read my articles for IPS and/or this blog know that I have been more skeptical over the last couple of years (and particularly since last December’s NIE) than many of my colleagues about the possibility of […]

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Bush’s Sermon on Mount Masada

Irancove @ May 18, 2008 # 5 Comments

MJ Rosenberg—the Director of Israel Policy Forum’s Washington Policy Center—has an excellent article on Bush’s absurd comparison of Iran to Nazi Germany: What was President Bush thinking? Bush went to Israel to celebrate its 60th anniversary, a nice gesture and one in keeping with a President whose personal proclivities are strongly pro-Israel even if his […]

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Iraqi President: Iran Sends No Weapons to Iraq

Irancove @ May 18, 2008 # 5 Comments

Press TV reports on Jalal Talabani’s interview on Al-Arabiya: Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has dismissed claims that Iran is sending weapons into his country and called for strong Iran ties. “Those who make such claims against Iran only express their personal views which don’t reflect those of the Iraqi government,” he said in interview with […]

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Obama Responds to Bush/McCain Appeasement Charges

Irancove @ May 16, 2008 # 11 Comments

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Philospher Slavoj Zizek on the Iraq War, Bush White House and More

Irancove @ May 15, 2008 # 4 Comments

Via: Democracy Now! Slavoj Zizek, Slovenian philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist. He is author of more than fifty books, including the forthcoming In Defense of Lost Causes. AMY GOODMAN: Today, we spend a half of the broadcast with renowned philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek. He has been called “the Elvis of cultural theory,” widely […]

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Google and the Renaming of the Persian Gulf

Irancove @ May 15, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Trita Parsi has a great article on Google changing the name of the historically and internationally recognized Persian Gulf to the “Arabian Gulf” on Google Earth. What Do Google and Saddam Have in Common? By Trita Parsi Google has a funny way of doing business — one that involves muddying politics in the Middle East. […]

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NIAC Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Hassan Daioleslam

Irancove @ May 15, 2008 # 3 Comments

Source: NIAC Washington, DC – On April 30, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) filed a lawsuit against Hassan Daioleslam in response to his defamatory articles about NIAC. Daioleslam, who has been identified by former members of the terrorist-listed Mujahedin organization as a member of the group’s executive committee, has since early 2007 mischaracterized NIAC’s […]

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How Much Did US Officials Know About British Sailors Seized in Disputed Waters?

Irancove @ May 13, 2008 # 6 Comments

A reader points to a Times Online article reporting on new official documents released by the British parliament revealing that the British sailors who were captured by the Iranians were in fact in disputed waters, and not in Iraqi waters as initially claimed by US and British officials. Some of the findings include: Fifteen British […]

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America’s Third Richest Man Funds Pro-Likud, Anti-Iranian Initiatives

Irancove @ May 12, 2008 # 4 Comments

The National Journal Magazine has a profile on “the sugar daddy of Freedom’s Watch” Sheldon Adelson. Adelson is a Las Vegas casino mogul with a net worth of $26 billion, who is a behind the scenes funder for neoconservative group Freedom’s Watch, the U.S Chamber of Commerce, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and Newt […]

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Iran: Can P5+1 Offer Break the Nuclear Stalemate?

Irancove @ May 11, 2008 # 3 Comments

Trita Parsi’s article in the IPS News: WASHINGTON, May 9 (IPS) – The P5+1 — the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany — will present Tehran with a secret incentive package in the next few days to convince Iran to suspend its enrichment programme and enter negotiations. There is little doubt that […]

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Elusive Iranian Weapons in Iraq

Irancove @ May 10, 2008 # 2 Comments

Tina Susman from Baghdad writes in the LA Times on the lack of evidence regarding Iranian weapons in Iraq: A plan to show some alleged Iranian-supplied explosives to journalists last week in Karbala and then destroy them was canceled after the United States realized none of them was from Iran. A U.S. military spokesman attributed […]

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Robert Fisk on US/Iran Proxy War

Irancove @ May 10, 2008 # 4 Comments

Robert Fisk writes from Beirut on the Hizbollah takeover: Another American humiliation. The Shia gunmen who drove past my apartment in west Beirut yesterday afternoon were hooting their horns, making V-signs, leaning out of the windows of SUVs with their rifles in the air, proving to the Muslims of the capital that the elected government […]

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British Court Issues Verdict to Remove MKO from List of Terrorist Organiztions Amid Protests from Iranian Embassy

Irancove @ May 10, 2008 # 2 Comments

Source: Press TV/Payvand: Press TV – Iran’s embassy in London has slammed a British court’s verdict to remove the Mojahedin Khalq Organization from the terrorists blacklist. In a statement issued Wednesday, the embassy said that the London Appeal Court’s decree is a defined sign of the British government’s double standards on terrorism and the fight […]

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Iran: An Obsession of American Politics

Irancove @ May 8, 2008 # 8 Comments

The “Swoop“ on Iran: While Iraq remains the primary point of tension between the US and Iran, the consequences are increasingly regional in scope. The State Department has issued a new report charging Iran with supporting global terrorism. The Pentagon has announced an upcoming report specifying evidence of Tehran’s support for Shi’a militias in Iraq. […]

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Al Zawahiri Sees Iran as Common Enemy of Al-Qaeda and US

Irancove @ May 8, 2008 # One Comment

Contrary to McCain’s gaffe about Shiite Iran helping Sunni al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri expressed his desire to see the destruction of Iran in new online Q&A session. See Juan Cole’s post for more on McCain’s spiritual advisers. “We hope that war ‘saps’ both Washington and Tehran,” [Zawahiri] said according to a press tv report. “The […]

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Gary Sick Critiques Clinton’s Iran Policy

Irancove @ May 8, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Professor Gary Sick who served on the National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter and Regard offers his take on the policy of “Dual Containment” started by Bill Clinton—continued by the Bush administration—and now promoted by Hilary Clinton. (Link via Jim Lobe) Hillary Clinton’s warning that the United States could “obliterate” Iran if that country […]

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“Evidence” Against Iran Questioned by Iraqi Government

Irancove @ May 7, 2008 # 2 Comments

Going into the sixth year of the Iraq War, many U.S. officials continue to blame Iraq’s neighbor of interference and with no real evidence to support their allegations. Mark Kukis and Abigail Hauslohner cover the Iraqi Prime Mininster’s plan for a special panel to investigate the allegations: We want to find really good evidence and […]

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The Follies of Attacking Iran

Irancove @ May 7, 2008 # 7 Comments

Author Stephen Kinzer and others discuss the history of the 1953 coup and the repercussions of attacking Iran today:

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