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Iraqi Army Takes Control of MEK Camp Ashraf

Irancove @ August 29, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Via Press TV: Iraq’s army has finally gained control of a camp holding anti-Iran terrorists after five years, says an Iraqi military official. Major General Mohammed al-Askari, spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, told Iraqi al-Forat TV that a battalion of military forces has surrounded Camp Ashraf of the Mujahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO) since […]

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Nueroscience and Newsreporting

Irancove @ August 27, 2008 # 2 Comments

Via Neiman’s Watchdog:  How unscrupulous campaign strategists are taking advantage of a quirk in our brains – and what reporters can do to stop helping them Because of the way humans process information, political journalists who think they are dispelling false beliefs may actually be spreading them. Two brain experts offer ground rules for reporters […]

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Biden Welcomes Talks With Iran, Strong Supporter of Israel

Irancove @ August 25, 2008 # 4 Comments

Biden’s interview with Iran’s Press TV: …in an exclusive interview with Iran’s English language satellite channel, Press TV, Democratic Senator Joe Biden called on the Bush administration to engage in direct contact with Iran after the upcoming nuclear talks. “The administration is now proceeding in the right course and I think we should have direct […]

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Where were you on Aug 19, 1953?

Irancove @ August 24, 2008 # 2 Comments

Recollections of writers on the 1953 CIA coup: Personally and on behalf of the CIA, I wish to commend you most highly and thank you for your outstanding contribution to Operation AJAX…Your expert knowledge of the country and your personal knowledge of many of the leading actors in the operation were invaluable assets during all […]

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Another Anniversary of Bernard Lewis’ Iranian Nuclear Armageddon Prediction Has Passed

Irancove @ August 23, 2008 # 4 Comments

In August of 2006, Bernard Lewis wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal warning that Iran may have “something in store” on August 22. Lewis’ racist and intellectually shoddy piece denigrated Muslims and Iranians for their “apocalyptic world view.” Lewis argued that August 22, 2006 could be the day that Iran destroys Israel (and […]

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Rethinking Israel’s Approach to Iran

Irancove @ August 22, 2008 # 8 Comments

There are better options by Daniel Levy Israel’s response to the Iranian challenge has been out of synch with developing realities for some time. Recently though, it has become dangerously counter-productive, anchored as it is in denial. As Israel intensifies its role as threatener-in-chief, and clings to a “more sticks, bigger sticks” line, events all […]

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The Iran and al Qaeda meme

Irancove @ August 21, 2008 # 3 Comments

FOX’s Mort Kondracke doing his job. Click here to see Lindsey Graham do his part.

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Rep Elliot Engel: “Iran reminds me of Adolf Hitler”

Irancove @ August 19, 2008 # 7 Comments

Dedrick Muhammad and Farrah Hassen on the Christians United for Israel conference headed by John Hagee. Even worse, according to the Congressman, “We find Iranians making inroads in South America with Bolivia and Venezuela. Iranians have no business in the Western Hemisphere.” The paranoia around Iran is so great that relatively small trade deals between […]

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AP’s Perception Management Exclusive II

Irancove @ August 19, 2008 # 5 Comments

Gareth Porter on Pamela Hess’ “propaganda blast in the guise of an intelligence briefing” derived exclusively from a “senior intelligence offer” about Iranian hit-squad training: Hess’ hit-squad training story should be assigned to journalism classes for the next generation to open a discussion about what went wrong with American journalism before and during America’s overtly […]

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Lindsey Graham Equates Iran and al Qaeda

Irancove @ August 18, 2008 # 11 Comments

Speaking to FOX’s Chris Wallace about why McCain is a better choice for president, Senator Lindsey Graham equated Iran and al Qaeda. GRAHAM: If you’d lost an Iraq, the biggest winner would’ve been Iran, the topic we’re talking about. They were ready to fill the vacuum of a failed state in Iraq, al Qaeda would’ve […]

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Iran 360º: Exploring Politics, Economics and Society in a Global Hot Spot

Irancove @ August 17, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Report  by the International Center for Journalists: Iran is complex by anyone’s standards. Even journalists who have spent decades reporting on it struggle to understand it fully. Yet many Westerners think they know a lot about Iran because it shows up in the headlines so often. The words and names people see—Ahmadinejad, nuclear, oil, veil, mullah—have […]

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Big nations bullying small ones…

Irancove @ August 16, 2008 # One Comment

With no sense of irony, Swoop reports on the comments of a US administration official regarding Russia’s incursion into Georgia: So long as Moscow now moderates its ambitions, our contacts suggest that Washington wants an early resolution of this episode. This will include forcefully persuading Georgia to accept a residual Russian presence in Georgia. Should […]

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Dear Colin: Out Damn Blot

Irancove @ August 16, 2008 # 4 Comments

Letter to Colin Powell from Ray McGovern.

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US Wants Dismantling and Not Temporary Suspension of Enrichment Facilities

Irancove @ August 16, 2008 # One Comment

By Nader Bagherzadeh at Information Clearing House 16/08/08 “ICH” — — It is clear from recent articles in the Christian Science Monitor and the Los Angeles Times [1, 2] that the heated discussion during the five hours of the July 19th Geneva conference between Iran and P5+1 may have had a lot to do with […]

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Neoconservative Michael Ledeen Leaves American Enterprise Institute

Irancove @ August 16, 2008 # One Comment

Mother Jones has the story: And yet, while AEI’s in house team of foreign policy hands (Frederick Kagan, Danielle Pletka, etc.) has noticeably restrained itself from as aggressively publicly promoting a military option on Iran as might be expected, still it is home to those such as former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton […]

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Media Catching up to Jerome Corsi’s Smears and Falsehoods

Irancove @ August 16, 2008 # 9 Comments

Media Matters on Jerome Corsi: While the recent anti-Obama book by Jerome Corsi, The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality (Threshold Editions), will debut atop the New York Times bestseller list, many in the media are challenging the book, noting its numerous falsehoods as well as its author’s track record, which includes […]

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Bacevich: Was it worth it?

Irancove @ August 16, 2008 # 2 Comments

Retired Army Colonel and International Relations expert, Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich talking to Bill Moyers on the imperial presidency and national security state.

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AP Perception Management Exclusive

Irancove @ August 16, 2008 # 4 Comments

What is the value of an article full of ominous (but routine) charges thrown at Iran by a “senior US military intelligence officer” speaking on “condition of anonymity?”  As a news item, can there be any substance or veracity to something so vague that it is impossible to prove, but ideologically consistent with the talking […]

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Apologize to the World Mr. Wallace and Return that Emmy

Irancove @ August 15, 2008 # 6 Comments

Mike Wallace wallows in self-congratulatory praise after receiving an Emmy for an interview he did with Ahmadinejad. The video was significantly cut to fit the ridiculously shallow and tired “crazy Iran” frame, which has now become so ubiquitous. Watch:

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What Qualifies “Them” for the Death Sentence: Joking about killing Iranians with bombs and cigarettes

Irancove @ August 15, 2008 # 4 Comments

Comments by Fatemeh Keshavarz from Counter Punch: Discussing the rising U.S. exports of cigarettes to Iran recently, Senator McCain joked, “Maybe that’s a way of killing them.” We have seen the unfortunate impact that Iran has on the Senator’s sense of humor before (the famous “Bomb, bomb, bomb” song). But this essay is not about […]

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Andrew Bacevich: Learning the wrong lessons from the Bush era

Irancove @ August 15, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Andrew Bacevich asks “is perpetual war our future?” at Tom Dispatch. Bacevich will also be on PBS tonight to speak with Bill Moyers on American empire, militarism and its challenge to American democracy. Andrew Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University, retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel.

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Consequences of a McCain White House

Irancove @ August 15, 2008 # 7 Comments

Josh Marshall says: John McCain says: “My friends, we have reached a crisis, the first probably serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War. This is an act of aggression.” Let’s run-down the list. Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, followed by the US expulsion of Iraq from Kuwait. Collapse of Yugoslavia and subsequent wars […]

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What Helen Thomas would be asking if she could

Irancove @ August 15, 2008 # 6 Comments

by Dan Froomkin via Nieman Watchdog The legendary newswoman is recovering from illness. But if she were in the White House briefing room, these are the questions she says she would be putting to spokeswoman Dana Perino. The White House briefing room just isn’t the same without Helen Thomas, the ailing 88-year-old Hearst Newspapers columnist […]

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McCain: “In the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.”

Irancove @ August 14, 2008 # 3 Comments

Via Eteraz…

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Clip of the Day

Irancove @ August 14, 2008 # 3 Comments

Fox and Friends on nuclear weapons, cocaine and proper apparel when addressing the UN:

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What Iran Looks Like on TV

Irancove @ August 13, 2008 # 4 Comments

Very common:

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US Naval Armada Heading Towards Iran

Irancove @ August 13, 2008 # 5 Comments

Stop War on Iran and Payvand: As we write, the arrival of new U.S. warships will mark the largest build-up of Naval forces in the Gulf since the 1991 Gulf War. The aircraft carriers USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Ronald Reagan, along with the USS Iwo Jima, an Amphibious Assault Ship are sailing toward […]

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Star Students of the Islamic Republic

Irancove @ August 13, 2008 # 5 Comments

More on Afshin Molavi’s “Star Students of the Islamic Republic” in Newsweek: Sharif’s reputation highlights how while Iran makes headlines for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s incendiary remarks and its nuclear showdown with the United States, Iranian students are developing an international reputation as science superstars. Stanford’s administrators aren’t the only ones to notice. Universities across Canada […]

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Georgia’s Israeli Arms Point Russia to Iran

Irancove @ August 13, 2008 # One Comment

Peter Hirschberg on the complications of Israeli arms sales to Georgia: Israel’s relations with Georgia have been close, partly because there is a large Georgian Jewish community in Israel. In recent years, ties have also taken on a military dimension, with military industries in Israel supplying Georgia with some US$200 million worth of equipment since […]

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Newsweek: Iran home to one of the world’s best universities

Irancove @ August 12, 2008 # One Comment

IRNA: One of the best universities of the world is in Iran, the Newsweek weekly said in its latest edition, referring to Iran’s Sharif University of Science and Technology. “Forget Harvard _ one of the world’s best undergraduate colleges is in Iran,” said the news weekly in an article appeared in its August 9 edition. […]

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The Green Lantern Theory on Geopolitics

Irancove @ August 12, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Matt Yglesias responds to Reuel Marc Gerecht’s argument for bombing Iran. Gerecht says: Although Iran’s growing democratic culture is unlikely to be stopped, and it’s pro-American disposition is unlikely to change unless Washington goes Scowcroftian and seeks to placate Tehran, a militant, dictatorial Islam remains strong among the country’s ruling elite. Unless the unexpected happens—some […]

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Rice, Israel and Iran

Irancove @ August 11, 2008 # 8 Comments

Condoleeza Rice according to the Jerusalem Post: We don’t say yes or no to Israeli military operations. Israel is a sovereign country,” she said in response to a question from The Politico Web site as to whether she was concerned that America would be blamed in the case of an IDF attack on the Islamic […]

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A Not-So-Diplomatic Turn

Irancove @ August 10, 2008 # 5 Comments

A great article by Sadegh Kabeer of Eteraz Online at Antiwar: The continuing frailty of US-Iran relations and the possibility of war  Last week Iran responded to the latest European proposal regarding its controversial nuclear program. The so-called Iran Six, however, were neither amused nor heartened by the proposal’s apparent “ambiguity” regarding the demand that […]

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NPR on Iran

Irancove @ August 9, 2008 # 7 Comments

Via NPR Watch: Yesterday on ATC, Eric Westervelt’s piece on Iran might have well have been written by Dick Cheney or the Israeli Defense Forces. Consider these statements that formed the substance of the report: Melissa Block: “….some Iranian leaders have called for Israel’s destruction….and Israel is within the reach of some Iranian missiles.” Deputy […]

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Will Next Israeli Leader Attack Iran?

Irancove @ August 9, 2008 # 3 Comments

The decision by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down amid corruption allegations has left many questions in Israel and in the region. There are two main contenders to replace Olmert as leader of the Kadima party. The front-runner Tzipi Livni, is a former Mossad operative and current foreign minister. She was a protégé […]

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Regime Change, Preemptive War…Neocons Still Pushing Iran War

Irancove @ August 9, 2008 # 7 Comments

Bolton thinks that Israel can drop bombs on Iran’s nuclear facilities in Isfahan (population of about 2 million people), but Iran should think “very hard” about retaliating because that risks an Israeli “escalation.” American News Project attends a panel attended by neoconservative, Israeli linked warmongers like Bill Kristol asking about the potential catastrophic consequences of […]

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Success of Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program Doubtful

Irancove @ August 9, 2008 # One Comment

Jim Lobe: A military attack on Iran’s major nuclear facilities by the United States or Israel would likely result only in a delay – and not a particularly significant one at that – in Tehran’s ability to produce the fuel necessary to build a nuclear weapon, according to a report [.pdf] released Friday by an […]

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Study: Military Strike Against Iran’s Nuclear Energy Facilities Would Only Slightly Delay Program

Irancove @ August 9, 2008 # 8 Comments

WaPo: A military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities would probably only delay the country’s progress toward nuclear-weapons capability, according to a study that concludes that such an attack could backfire by strengthening Tehran’s resolve to acquire the bomb. The analysis by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security found that Iran’s uranium facilities are […]

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Irancove @ August 8, 2008 # 2 Comments

Read John Pilger’s comments published in the Guardian below.  Helen Cobban has more at Just World News. The lies of Hiroshima live on, props in the war crimes of the 20th century  When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of […]

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Sadeq Hedayat’s Heritage

Irancove @ August 7, 2008 # No Comment Yet

A short documentary on the fate of Sadeq Hedayat’s personal belongings after his suicide is available here. Preserving the Heritage of Sadeq Hedayat: Sadeq Hedayat is considered to be one of the most original and creative Iranian writers of the twentieth century. His unusual imagination and penetrating criticism of society endeared him to many in […]

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H.Con.Res 362 or Iran War Resolution is Inherently Provocative

Irancove @ August 7, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Policy analyst Sarah Ong responds to a letter by Rep. Schakowsky and her continued support for the much criticized Resolution 362: Representative Schakowsky’s position on H.Con.Res. 362 highlights an important point that is really missing from the discourse on this resolution. While many have focused their critique of the resolution on Clause 3, demanding that […]

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Link TV Documentary: Talk to Iran

Irancove @ August 7, 2008 # 6 Comments

Available here. Near the steps of the Capitol building in Washington, American citizens and U.S. Congressional representatives took part in a special event using a row of 60’s-era red “hotline” telephones to talk directly to ordinary Iranians in Tehran, including a 60-year-old petroleum engineer, a software designer, a French literature professor and a high school […]

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Israelis sign declaration against Iran attack

Irancove @ August 6, 2008 # 6 Comments

Via Scoop: Wednesday, 6 August 2008, 11:46 am Press Release: Ad Hoc Group Against Israeli Attack on Iran Press Release Ad Hoc Group Against Israeli Attack on Iran More than 100 hundred Israeli academicians and peace activists have signed the following declaration: There is no military, political or moral justification to initiate war with Iran […]

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“There will be other wars”

Irancove @ August 6, 2008 # 5 Comments

McCain’s bad council on Iraq and policy of war advocacy via The Real News:

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Why Iran Won’t Budge on Nuclear Energy Issue

Irancove @ August 5, 2008 # 12 Comments

Nahid Siamdoust writes in Time: When U.S. officials appeal to the Iranian people over the heads of its regime, they like to assume that Tehran’s defiance on the nuclear issue reflects only the extremist position of an unrepresentative revolutionary leadership. Plainly, they haven’t met Dr. Akbar Etemad, who ran the nuclear program of the Shah’s […]

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Iran’s Majles Confirms All Three of Ahmadinejad’s Ministerial Candidates

Irancove @ August 5, 2008 # 2 Comments

By Farideh Farhi at the ICGA site: What a strange pandemonium the confirmation hearings for Ahmadinejad’s three proposed candidates for the ministries of interior, economy and finance, and transportation turned out to be. Despite vociferous opposition to two of the candidates, all three were finally confirmed in a session publicly described by one deputy as […]

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US Rewards Nuclear Power and Non-NPT Signatory India with Nuclear Deal

Irancove @ August 5, 2008 # 12 Comments

Via Asia Times: Iran heartened by India’s nuclear vote By Kaveh L Afrasiabi The United States-India civilian nuclear cooperation agreement has now been officially endorsed by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which paves the way for its approval by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) – a collection of nations […]

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The Plunder of Iran

Irancove @ August 5, 2008 # 6 Comments

New Book by Mohammad Gholi Majd: Great Britain and Reza Shah: The Plunder of Iran, 1921-1941 Using recently declassified U.S. State Department archives, Mohammad Gholi Majd describes the rampant tyranny and destruction of Iran in the decades between the two world wars in a sensational yet thoroughly scholarly study that will rewrite the political and […]

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Retired FBI Director on Anthrax: “They really wanted to blame somebody in the Middle East”

Irancove @ August 5, 2008 # One Comment

The Daily News has the story on how the Bush Administration pressed FBI officials to blame the anthrax attacks on Saddam Hussein or al Qaeda despite all the evidence to the contrary. After the Oct. 5, 2001, death from anthrax exposure of Sun photo editor Robert Stevens, Mueller was “beaten up” during President Bush‘s morning […]

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No KFC in Fallujah…

Irancove @ August 4, 2008 # 4 Comments

A testament to the shoddy standards of Fox News via TPM: Last week Fox News ran a story about how things were going so well in Fallujah that they’ve opened their first KFC franchise to keep the locals hooked up with quality Fried Chicken. They even got ret. Gen. Tommy Franks to comment on the […]

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More on Ignatius’ Column

Irancove @ August 4, 2008 # No Comment Yet

See Jim Lobe’s post. See Pat Lang’s Post. 

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To Provoke War, Cheney Considered Proposal to Dress Up Navy Seals As Iranians and Shoot at Them

Irancove @ August 4, 2008 # 7 Comments

Think Progress on manufacturing an incident to provoke Iran war: Speaking at the Campus Progress journalism conference earlier this month, Seymour Hersh — a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for The New Yorker — revealed that Bush administration officials held a meeting recently in the Vice President’s office to discuss ways to provoke a war with Iran. […]

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Ignatius: Bombing Iran Unlikely

Irancove @ August 4, 2008 # 6 Comments

Via WaPo:  Analysts speculate about the danger of a U.S. or Israeli military attack on Iran before the Bush administration departs office next January. But if you read the tea leaves carefully, the evidence is actually pointing in the opposite direction. One sign that the diplomatic track is dominant for now is that the administration […]

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AIPAC’s Iran War Resolution

Irancove @ August 3, 2008 # 3 Comments

Via Payvand:  Despite the expectation of easy passage, AIPAC’s controversial resolution is stalled in committee. The efforts of antiwar groups who mobilized messages of protest proved fruitful, but the debate over the use of military force in Iran is just beginning. Ordinarily, the American Israel Policy Action Committee (AIPAC) has an influence on U.S. foreign […]

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Irancove @ August 3, 2008 # 8 Comments

An interesting profile on Fox’s 24 and its conservative co-creator and executive producer Joel Surnow who considers the show “patriotic”—Excerpt: “24,” which last year won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, packs an improbable amount of intrigue into twenty-four hours, and its outlandishness marks it clearly as a fantasy, an heir to the baroque […]

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Chomsky: US Avoids Negotiations and Diplomacy

Irancove @ August 2, 2008 # 2 Comments

From Mehr News: TEHRAN, 29 July (MNA)–“The US avoids negotiations and diplomacy” Influential American philosopher and author Noam Chomsky in an interview with Mehr News Agency said. There are some speculations on prospects of Iran-U.S. relations. Washington sent its senior diplomat William Burns to Geneva talks on July 19 to join European Union foreign policy […]

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Bush Dissenter: “Don’t Start a War With Iran”

Irancove @ August 1, 2008 # One Comment

by Spencer Ackerman at The Washington Independent: In a roundtable Tuesday, Adm. William “Fox” Fallon, the former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East ousted for dissenting from the Bush administration’s bellicose posture toward Iran, gave a rare public elaboration of his view of multilateral cooperation for security in the region. In one of […]

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Joe Klein and the Neoconservative Quarrel

Irancove @ August 1, 2008 # One Comment

The recent squabble between notable neoconservatives publications and Time Magazine’s Joe Klein who recently spoke out against Jewish neoconservatives who helped promote the Iraq war and are now pushing an Iran agenda has been gathering momentum. Daniel Levy writes: The Klein thesis shared by a great many commentators and analysts (this writer included) goes something […]

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