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Non-aligned Nations Back Iran’s Nuclear Energy Cause

Irancove @ July 31, 2008 # 2 Comments

Via: NDTV More than 100 non-aligned nations on Wednesday backed Iran’s right to peaceful uses of nuclear power – an endorsement that is key to Tehran in its standoff with the United Nations Security Council over its refusal to freeze uranium enrichment. Support was expressed in a three-page declaration that drew heavily in phrasing on […]

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Western Media Mislead Public on Iran Nuclear Energy Case

Irancove @ July 31, 2008 # 2 Comments

Source: CASMII/PressTV The following is Press TV’s exclusive interview with Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh. Mr. Soltaniyeh believes Western media mislead the international community over the issues surrounding Iran’s nuclear activities. Press TV: Following a meeting on Thursday between the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization and the IAEA […]

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Acts of War

Irancove @ July 31, 2008 # No Comment Yet

by Scott Ritter Scott Ritter is a former U.N. weapons inspector and Marine intelligence officer who has written extensively about Iran. The war between the United States and Iran is on. American taxpayer dollars are being used, with the permission of Congress, to fund activities that result in Iranians being killed and wounded, and Iranian […]

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“New Hitler of the Middle East!”—Christian Zionists Target Iran

Irancove @ July 31, 2008 # 8 Comments

Courtesy of The Real News: Video of the annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) meeting in Washington. “Brother Joseph” attends:

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Nuclear Duplicity

Irancove @ July 30, 2008 # 2 Comments

Exceprt from George Monbiot at the Guardian: Those who maintain that Iran’s purposes are peaceful clutch at the National Intelligence Estimate published by the US government in November. While it judged that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons programme in 2003, it saw the country’s civilian uranium programme as a means of developing “technical capabilities […]

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Timmerman Cites Missile Defense Lobbyist’s Alarmist Claims Regarding an Iranian Nuclear Attack on US

Irancove @ July 30, 2008 # 10 Comments

Kenneth Timmerman, the Executive Director of the deceitfully named “Foundation for Democracy in Iran” published an article in the unreliable Newsmax, citing the remarks of William Graham (a key missile defense lobbyist) on the threat of a nuclear strike on the US by Iran. The article starts: Iran has carried out missile tests for what […]

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When Extremists Attack

Irancove @ July 29, 2008 # 4 Comments

Ezra Klein reflects on the Neoconservatives who started the Iraq war and are now trying to start an Iran war: I have now been called antisemitic and intellectually unstable and a whole bunch of other silly things by the folks over at the Commentary blog. They want Time Magazine to fire or silence me. This […]

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Call on AP to Retract False Reporting on Iran by George Jahn

Irancove @ July 28, 2008 # 8 Comments

Source: CASMII On July 25, the Associated Press published a report by journalist George Jahn titled “Iran ends cooperation with UN nuclear arms probe”. [1] The story claimed to be based on comments by Gholamreza Aghazadeh, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation in a press conference after meeting with the Director General of the […]

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Drawing a Red Line With Iran

Irancove @ July 28, 2008 # 2 Comments

Anatol Lieven and Trita Parsi in the IHT: Monday, July 28, 2008 The Bush administration’s decision to open direct contacts with Iran is to be welcomed, but precisely because it marks such a break with previous U.S. policy, it also carries a great danger. This is that hard-liners in the American and Israeli governments will […]

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Iran and the Media

Irancove @ July 28, 2008 # 2 Comments

Eteraz has the videos.

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Bennett Ramberg Advocates Reckless “vigilantism”

Irancove @ July 27, 2008 # One Comment

Writing on the NPT, Bennett Ramberg implicitly promotes an Israeli strike on Iran for it’s nuclear energy program (according to US intelligence estimates and the IAEA, Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program). While there is no proof of an Iranian nuclear weapons program, Israel has an estimated stockpile of around 200 nuclear weapons. […]

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Lawyer seeks to sue US over Iran threats

Irancove @ July 27, 2008 # 8 Comments

An American lawyer has offered to represent Iran in an international lawsuit against Israel and his own government in an effort to stop Washington and Tel Aviv from initiating further sanctions against Tehran. Francis A. Boyle says following Washington’s latest ultimatum to Tehran to freeze uranium enrichment within two weeks or face further isolation, Iran […]

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Ex Mossad Chief: Strike on Iran could Affect Israel for ‘100 Years’

Irancove @ July 27, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Via Haaretz:  Former Mossad Chief Ephraim Halevy told Time magazine in an interview published Thursday that an Israeli attack on Iran “could have an impact on us for the next 100 years” and should only be considered as a last resort.

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More Warmongering from John Bolton

Irancove @ July 27, 2008 # One Comment

Bolton’s rationale for helping Israel start a war with Iran: “We will be blamed for the strike anyway, and certainly feel whatever negative consequences result, so there is compelling logic to make it as successful as possible.”

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Obama meets with Iranian-American donors

Irancove @ July 27, 2008 # 7 Comments

Via Payvand:  Democratic candidate Barack Obama held a private session with Iranian-American donors before he started his Mideast tour, a report says. The Obama campaign has held a fundraising forum – which was not on the Democrat’s public schedule and was closed to the press, ABC News reported Friday. During his 15 minute speech on […]

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Persia: Ancient Soul of Iran

Irancove @ July 26, 2008 # One Comment

Marguerite Del Giudice has an excellent, comprehensive article on Iran at National Geographic. I have reprinted the entire article below, but I highly suggest visiting the National Geographic site to see the pictures and take the Iranian Culture Quiz. Persia: Ancient Soul of Iran A glorious past inspires a conflicted nation by Marguerite Del Giudice […]

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The Push and Pull Over Iran in Washington

Irancove @ July 26, 2008 # 5 Comments

According to Swoop: The Administration’s decision to send Assistant Secretary of State William Burns to participate in the July 19th P5+1 meeting with Iran’s nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Geneva signals Washington’s commitment to further diplomatic maneuvering. The decision is controversial inside the Administration. A National Security Council official told us: “Secretary Rice’s swift negative […]

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Democratic Senators Want US Mission in Iran

Irancove @ July 26, 2008 # 2 Comments

Source Payvand/Press TV: A group of influential Democratic senators led by John Kerry has called for a ‘limited diplomatic presence’ of the United States in Iran. In a letter to President George W. Bush, leading Democratic senators backed the idea of opening of a US interests section in Iran. “A limited diplomatic presence in Iran […]

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Morsels and Tidbits

Irancove @ July 26, 2008 # 5 Comments

Courtesy of Iran Times: Levey to twist arms again: Stuart Levey  is the under secretary of the Treasury who has spent much of the last two years trying to strong-arm foreign bankers into ceasing their business with Iran. Levey is off on another arm-twisting tour starting last Tuesday. Many analysts think Levey’s efforts, which started […]

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CNN Waters Down Mofaz’s Comments on Attacking Iran

Irancove @ July 25, 2008 # 7 Comments

On June 6, following comments made by Israel’s transportation minister Shaul Mofaz that “attacking” Iran was “unavoidable,” CNN’s Ali Velshi (and the background graphics) diluted Mofaz’s belligerent comments by misquoting him as saying “Conflict with Iran is unavoidable.”  Velshi repeated the misquote several times during the broadcast.

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AP Falsely Claimed Iran Admitted Having a Nuclear Weapons Program

Irancove @ July 25, 2008 # 7 Comments

Don’t Bomb Iran has the details. Excerpt: Iran “admitted in 2002 that it had run a secret atomic weapons program for nearly two decades” Associated Press misinformed the world in a major story titled “Iran ends nuclear cooperation with UN nuclear arms probe”. There was no such admission nor evidence for such a claim. So […]

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Obama Adopts the “No Options Off the Table” Line on Iran

Irancove @ July 25, 2008 # 2 Comments

Helena Cobban at Just World News comments on Obama’s recent speech where he declared: “A nuclear Iran would be a game-changing situation not just in the Middle East but around the world.” .. [H]e was left to defend a proposal he made a year ago to negotiate with Iran. He said he would “take no […]

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Anti-War Movement Successfully Pushes Back Against Military Confrontation with Iran

Irancove @ July 24, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Via Alternet:  Who says there’s no anti-war movement in the United States? In the past two months, the anti-war movement has taken on one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States in an important fight. And so far, the anti-war movement is winning. Here’s the story: On May 22, a bill was […]

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More Lawmakers Turn Their Back on the Iran Blockade Resolution

Irancove @ July 24, 2008 # 2 Comments

Following Rep. Robert Wexler’s withdrawal of his support for the Iran blockade resolution, more lawmakers have followed suit.  According to NIAC: Washington DC – Yesterday, two members of the House of Representatives withdrew their co-sponsorship of H.Con.Res 362, the controversial bill that many experts interpret as recommending a blockade of Iran.  Rep. Tom Allen (D-ME) […]

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Realists urge Bush to drop Iran precondition

Irancove @ July 23, 2008 # One Comment

Jim Lobe at Antiwar: Two of Washington’s most prominent foreign policy graybeards praised Saturday’s direct participation in multinational talks with Iran by a senior U.S. diplomat but called on the administration of President George W. Bush to drop his demands that Tehran freeze its uranium enrichment program as a precondition for broader negotiations. Retired Gen. […]

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Perception Management: US Rep. Seeks to Ban PressTV

Irancove @ July 23, 2008 # 3 Comments

Gus Bilirakis (R) sponsored House Resolution 1308 to ban Iran’s PressTV and al-Alam as terrorist organizations.  PressTV has the story: US Rep. seeks to blacklist Press TV Tue, 22 Jul 2008 20:50:22 A US lawmaker is seeking to extend a previously-proposed resolution which labels several TV channels as terrorist and include Press TV. The US […]

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Ahmadinejad Says Undersecretary Burns Showed “Respect” Toward Iran

Irancove @ July 23, 2008 # 4 Comments

Ahmadinejad according to Radio Free Europe: “Their representative in the meeting spoke politely and in a dignified way and he kept respect for the Iranian nation and this was a positive step.” Addressing Washington, he added, “You have taken a positive step toward recognizing the right of the Iranian nation, toward justice, toward repairing [America’s] […]

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Were the negotiations a serious attempt at diplomacy?

Irancove @ July 23, 2008 # 2 Comments

The Real News interviews Babak Yektafar of Washington Prism, who thinks the Iranians are viewing the negotiations in a more optimistic light with regards to future diplomacy. While acknowledging that talks are a step in the right direction, Yektafar thinks that the efforts made by Washington (appearance of Undersecretary Burns in Geneva) were mostly insincere. […]

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Why is Bill Kristol Meeting with General Odierno II

Irancove @ July 22, 2008 # 8 Comments

Jim Lobe asks some good questions on Bill Kristol’s peculiar meeting with General Odierno: I can’t imagine what Kristol, who reportedly speaks with Sen. John McCain on a pretty regularly and has long been close to some of McCain’s top foreign-policy advisers (Randy Scheunemann, Bob and Fred Kagan, etc.), would tell Odierno about Iraq or […]

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Saeed Jalili’s Dilemma

Irancove @ July 22, 2008 # 6 Comments

Farideh Farhi has an excellent post on Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili’s statements on the nuclear talks in Geneva.  She tries to make sense of Jalili’s “verbal acrobatics” to understand why he is dancing around the issue of a possible short-term freeze in exchange for a short-term freeze on sanctions while further talks take […]

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Ahmadinejad’s Deputy: Iran is a friend of Israel

Irancove @ July 20, 2008 # 3 Comments

Iranian Vice President Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei via Haaretz: Iran wants no war with any country, and today Iran is friend of the United States and even Israel…. Our achievements belong to the whole world and should be used for expanding love and peace… Will these comments be covered by MEMRI? (thanks to Eteraz for link)

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Why is Bill Kristol Meeting With General Odierno?

Irancove @ July 20, 2008 # 3 Comments

Col. Pat Lang asks why Bill Kristol, publisher of the Weekly Standard is meeting with General Odierno: In my opinion, Kristol is not shy in pushing for an attack on Iran. He thinks that diplomacy is another word for weakness and merely a preparation of public opinion for military action to come. This was much […]

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Washington’s Iran Pivot

Irancove @ July 20, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Laura Rozen at Mother Jones: Even as some Washington observers were still marveling at the Bush administration’s decision to send a diplomatic envoy to international nuclear talks with Iran to be held in Geneva this weekend, some analysts and close administration associates cautioned that the Bush administration really had not changed its underlying demand that […]

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Centcom releases Ali al-Dabbagh’s “misunderstood and mistranslated” memo

Irancove @ July 20, 2008 # 12 Comments

After Nuri al-Maliki’s interview with Der Spiegel, where he gives support to Obama’s 16-month withdrawal, Ali al-Dabbagh released a statement claiming that the Maliki’s remarks were “misunderstood and mistranslated” and “not conveyed accurately regarding the vision of Senator Barack Obama, U.S. presidential candidate, on the timeframe for U.S. forces withrdrawal from Iraq.” Interestingly, al-Dabbagh’s statement […]

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Hagee’s Radical and Ignorant Views on Jews

Irancove @ July 19, 2008 # 4 Comments

Pastor John Hagee’s group Christian’s United for Israel (CUFI) is holding their annual summit July 21-24. The summit will feature many anti-Iranian speakers such as Patrick Clawson, Daniel Pipes, William Kristol and Frank Gaffney—the summit’s keynote speaker will be senator Joseph Lieberman. The Jewish group jewsonfirst.org who is opposed to the “growing strength of the […]

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Are Oil Prices a Motivating Factor for Negotiations?

Irancove @ July 18, 2008 # 6 Comments

On Laura Rozen’s War and Piece site, there is speculation: “Everyone seems to have missed the obvious: The State Department’s third man is going to [talk with] Iran to send oil prices down. I’m sure Paulson told Bush this was the only way to stop a panic.” Almost certainly part of it. (And is it […]

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Former US Ambassador on New Negotiating Track

Irancove @ July 18, 2008 # 3 Comments

Gerald B. Helman, Former US Ambassador to the UN, writes a guest op-ed in the Informed Comment website. Excerpt below: That is not to say that decisions have been made regarding substantive concessions. It is to say, instead, that all of the participants are experienced diplomats. Burns’ participation certainly was notified and “cleared” in advance […]

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Allegations of Iran in Iraq on the Decline

Irancove @ July 18, 2008 # One Comment

This article in USA Today claims that attacks against US soldiers in Iraq using armor piercing roadside bombs supplied by Iran have dramatically decreased.  However, there was absolutely no proof offered by administration officials in the original charges against Iran; there is also no evidence in the USA Today article that the attacks were ever […]

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Message of peace and friendship to the people of US: Request for the Congress and President of US

Irancove @ July 18, 2008 # 5 Comments

Souce: CASMII We are a group of independent Iranian civil society representatives engaged in scientific and humanitarian work in our country. Some of us are also engaged in social service activities beyond our borders. While working for common causes, we often hold hands with civil society partners from other parts of the world, including members […]

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Israel and Iran: These Enemies Have Faces

Irancove @ July 18, 2008 # 4 Comments

Via Haaretz by Trita Parsi and Roi Ben-Yehuda The looming Iran-Israel confrontation has a seemingly deterministic quality to it. Listening to the politicians, one gets a sense that powers beyond our control are pulling us toward a 21st-century disaster. Yet a great deal of the force propelling us into confrontation is fueled by ignorance and […]

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Lost Over Iran: How the press let the White House craft the narrative about nukes

Irancove @ July 18, 2008 # 4 Comments

With the emerging possibility of future talks between the US and Iran, it is worthwhile to review some of the recent history. Eric Umansky has a great summary in the Columbia Journalism Review, about the “selective amnesia regarding Iran in US coverage.” For example, as John Bolton now attempts to revise his statements on Iran, […]

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Tom Englehardt on the Media, Empire, Oil, Military Bases and More

Irancove @ July 18, 2008 # 3 Comments

The Real News interview (part 1 of 2) with Tom Englehardt of Tomdispatch.com:

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Gareth Porter on Iran Negotiations and Changing Tactics

Irancove @ July 18, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Very interesting interview with Gareth Porter compliments of The Real News: Gareth Porter is a historian and investigative journalist on US foreign and military policy analyst. He writes regularly for Inter Press Service on US policy towards Iraq and Iran. Author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power […]

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Hoenig Attacks Conservation, Advocates War

Irancove @ July 18, 2008 # 4 Comments

As a guest on Bill O’Reilly’s radio show, Jonathan Hoenig advocated attacking Iran while discussing the economy.  Media Matters has the transcript and video.  Summary excerpt: Summary: On Bill O’Reilly’s radio show, financial commentator Jonathan Hoenig said: “[I]f there’s bad guys out there, Bill, and you alluded to Iran and whatnot — let’s deal with […]

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US Diplomatic Interest Section to Open in Tehran?

Irancove @ July 17, 2008 # 7 Comments

Amid news of U.S. Under Secretary of State William Burns joining in negotiations with Iran, new reports signal that the US is considering opening a diplomatic interest section in Tehran.  Ahmadinejad’s comments indicate that the Iranians “[welcome] any move to expand ties.”

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Gary Sick on Iran Policy

Irancove @ July 17, 2008 # 6 Comments

Iran expert Gary Sick responds to an op-ed by John Bolton that appears in the war mongering WSJ. Bolton has been aggressively promoting some combination of regime change, sanctions or attack against Iran for a very long time. Read Jim Lobe’s comments here. Guest Column: Dr. Gary Sick of Columbia, a preeminent U.S. scholar on […]

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Policy Shift: Undersecretary Burns to Join in Negotiations with Iran

Irancove @ July 16, 2008 # 6 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With just six months left in office, the Bush administration has done an about-face in joining talks with Tehran over its nuclear program, a move analysts say is driven partly by a desire to avoid war with Iran. For years, the Bush administration said it would join nuclear talks with Iran only […]

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McCain Appoints Iranian-American for Outreach

Irancove @ July 16, 2008 # 3 Comments

Source: NIAC Washington DC – NIAC welcomes the State Department’s decision to have Undersecretary William Burns participate in nuclear negotiations with Iran this weekend in Geneva together with Washington’s European allies. While the State Department characterizes the meeting as a “one-time deal”, it signals a significant shift in U.S.’ long-standing policy and demonstrates a positive […]

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Bomb Iran to Encourage International Diplomacy?

Irancove @ July 16, 2008 # 6 Comments

In a new explanation for attacking Iran, Shmuel Rosner reports that some Israeli officials consider that an Israeli attack may not achieve its military objectives, but will ‘stir the pot’ enough to awaken the international community. According to this line of thinking, which has adherents among some high-ranking officials and former officials in the Israeli […]

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Saudis Offer to Buy Billions of Dollars in Russian Arms, if Russia Stops Supporting Iran

Irancove @ July 16, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Via Khaleej Times: MOSCOW – Saudi Arabia has offered to buy Russian arms worth 2.4 billion dollars (1.5 billion euros) if Moscow stops supporting Iran, a Russian newspaper reported Tuesday, citing diplomatic sources. “The kingdom’s government advised Moscow to cease its cooperation with Tehran, and in exchange it held out the prospect of profitable contracts […]

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John Bolton Backtracks: Says He “Always Said” Striking Iran is “Deeply Unattractive”

Irancove @ July 15, 2008 # 10 Comments

Think Progress has the story. John Bolton now: COLMES: Well, you’ve said — statements over the last few months that either you believe the Bush administration is going to strike or that you would like if there were a first strike against Iran. Would that be an accurate reflection of your view? BOLTON: No, it […]

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Israeli General Amos Gilad Issues More Threats

Irancove @ July 15, 2008 # 2 Comments

Via CASMII: Israel threatens to wage illegal, pre-emptive military attack on Iran On Monday July 14th Israel’s senior defence official, General Amos Gilad during an interview with BBC Radio four’s Today programme said that Israel is preparing itself to take military action against Iran and that it would do so if diplomacy fails. The statement […]

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Historical Amnesia: The Shooting Down of Iran Air Flight 655

Irancove @ July 15, 2008 # No Comment Yet

By Sasan Fayazmanesh at Counterpunch: In a daily press briefing on July 2, 2008, the following set of questions and answers took place between an unidentified reporter and Department of State Spokesman Sean McCormack [1]: QUESTION: Tomorrow marks the 20 years since the U.S. Navy warship Vincennes gunned down the IR655 civilian airliner, killing all 300 […]

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Ahmadinejad’s Visit to UN General Assembly to Complicate US Presidential Race

Irancove @ July 15, 2008 # 7 Comments

Ahmadinejad is planning a September visit to NYC to attend the UN General Assembly.   According to TPM, his visit will likely set of a “furious skirmish” between the presidential candidates over Iran policy when the “presidential race is at its hottest.” McCain’s campaign internet manager makes the snide comment: Perhaps [Ahmadinejad] and Senator Obama […]

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Ahmadinejad Says Talks With US Possible Soon

Irancove @ July 15, 2008 # 3 Comments

Fars News: Iran Ready for Talks with US under Fair, Equal Conditions TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday he would welcome direct talks with the US if both parties are on equal footing, adding such talks could happen at any time in future. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not say whether any definite plans […]

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Are Sanctions Against Iran Legal?

Irancove @ July 14, 2008 # 4 Comments

The Real News on Resolution 362 and Iran’s nuclear rights: July 14, 2008: The US Congress is considering a resolution calling for the President to enact stricter economic sanctions against Iran, including an embargo against any imports of refined Petroleum. The most strongly worded section of the legislation is article three, which states: “Resolved by […]

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J Street on Iran

Irancove @ July 14, 2008 # 6 Comments

According to their website, J Street is “the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement…founded to promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israel conflicts peacefully and diplomatically.” The side also mentions supporting a “new direction for American policy in the Middle East and a broad public and policy debate about the U.S. […]

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On Humiliation: The Making of a Neocon

Irancove @ July 14, 2008 # 3 Comments

Jim Lobe has a very interesting and insightful essay on the oppressed becoming the oppressors at his site.

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McCain Camp Accuses Iran of “Unilateral Cowboy Summitry” on Iran

Irancove @ July 12, 2008 # One Comment

In a bizarre twist of logic, McCain’s chief Policy adviser Randy Scheunemann (a former director of now defunct PNAC) accused Obama of “unilateral cowboy summitry” for his willingness to talk to the Iranian leadership. Read the details at Daniel Levy’s site. Excerpt: First of all, summitry, especially with another country (and not just with other […]

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Hagee’s “Christians for Israel” Meet in DC, Seeking Conflict with iran

Irancove @ July 12, 2008 # 5 Comments

According to Robert Naiman of Common Dreams, Christians United for Israel (CUI), led in part by Pastor John Hagee, is holding its third annual Washington-Israel summit in Washington DC. Hagee is a firm supporter of AIPAC and John McCain—however, McCain rejected his endorsement when it was revealed that Hagee claimed that Adolf Hitler was fulfilling […]

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Israeli Jets using Iraq’s Airspace?

Irancove @ July 11, 2008 # 4 Comments

According to a few reports, the US has allowed Israeli jets to fly over Iraqi airspace and use US airbases for over a month in preparation for an attack on Iran. According to Helena Cobban at Just World News, Israel’s Y-net (where the story originally appeared) updated their article to add an IDF denial saying […]

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Faked Missile Photographs

Irancove @ July 11, 2008 # 3 Comments

Regarding the doctored images of the Iranian missile test, Col. Pat Lang asks: These are photographs of the Shehab 3 in the launch phase. I am not an expert in the field of missile technology, but the missiles in the faked photograph appear to be anti-aircraft ground to air missiles.  The slanted attitude of launch […]

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Basketball Diplomacy: US and Iran

Irancove @ July 11, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Iranian basketball team to play Utah Jazz and rookie Dallas Maverick team among others in a series of exhibition games in Salt Lake City: By Ali Kermalli and Robert Windrem, NBC News Despite rising tensions with Iran, the U.S. State Department today announced that it has invited Iranian athletes to compete in the United States […]

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Op/Ed: Bush’s War Betrays the Sage of Monticello’s Vision for Liberty

Irancove @ July 11, 2008 # 9 Comments

by Prof. R.K. Ramazani and W. Scott Harrop George W. Bush’s recent speech at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello home highlights contrasting presidential legacies for advancing liberty in the world. Ironically, President Bush sought to don the Jefferson mantle by claiming that, “We honor Jefferson’s legacy by aiding the rise of liberty in lands that do not […]

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McCain admits he doesn’t know the “nature of the threat” from Iran

Irancove @ July 10, 2008 # 10 Comments

John McCain responds to a question by ABC’s Charlie Gibson on whether Israel would be “justified” in carrying out an attack against Iran in light of its recent missile tests: GIBSON: Would a strike by Israel be justified and what would you say to the Israelis? MCCAIN: I can’t know whether a strike would be […]

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Chatter Regarding Iran in Congress

Irancove @ July 10, 2008 # 8 Comments

Source: Julia Murray/NIAC Washington DC – “[Iran] is not ten feet tall. It often substitutes assertiveness and self-aggrandizing pronouncements for enduring power, promoting the illusion of Iran as a real counterweight to the United States,” said Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, William Burns at today’s hearings on US foreign policy on Iran at the […]

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Rep. Wexler: Don’t Vote for My Iran Bill

Irancove @ July 10, 2008 # 4 Comments

Rep. Robert Wexler takes a few steps back on the Iran blockade resolution (Res. 362), which he cosponsored. The bill has recently received severe criticism for virtually serving as an act of war against Iran. In his article to the Huffington Post, Rep. Wexler is asking his colleagues not to vote for his own bill […]

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NIAC: Letter to McCain

Irancove @ July 9, 2008 # 5 Comments

Dear Senator McCain, The Iranian-American community is disappointed and disturbed by your comment yesterday about US exports of cigarettes to Iran as “a way of killing” Iranians. This statement was insensitive, callous, and counterproductive. We are proud Americans, and grateful for the blessings of liberty and democracy not available in our country of origin. Our […]

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Why Cheney Won’t Take Down Iran

Irancove @ July 9, 2008 # 5 Comments

According to Tom Engelhardt: Here’s the point: Yes, there is a powerful faction in this administration, headed by the Vice President, which has, it seems, saved its last rounds of ammunition for a strike against Iran. The question, of course, is: Are they still capable of creating “their own reality” and imposing it, however briefly, […]

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When Interests Collide — The US, Israel and Iran

Irancove @ July 9, 2008 # 13 Comments

In light of Admiral Michael Mullen and Anthony Cordesman’s recent public positions against an Israeli attack on Iran, Col Pat Lang has an interesting post on the diverging interests of Israel and the US.  Excerpt below: Now we have the case of Iran and its putative nuclear weapons program.  The US intelligence community judged in […]

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