You are currently browsing the weblog archives for the day Friday, July 18th, 2008.

Breaking News

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 […]

More on page 573

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 […]

More on page 572

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 […]

More on page 571

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 […]

More on page 570

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 […]

More on page 569

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, […]

More on page 568

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

More on page 567

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 […]

More on page 566

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 […]

More on page 565