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OSC: Ahmadinejad to Obama: To Fight Terrorism, Partner with Iran; Put Israeli Leadership on Trial

Irancove @ February 12, 2009 # 4 Comments

The USG Open Source Center translates Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech offering talks with the United States. ‘Ahmadinezhad Tells US If You Truly Want To Fight Terrorism, Cooperate With Iran A speech by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad to a rally of thousands at Tehran’s Freedom Square, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Revolution — […]

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Israel Moves to the Right

Irancove @ February 11, 2009 # 3 Comments

“This means that pressure for military action against Iran will be severe.”

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Iran’s Fist Is Clenched for a Reason

Irancove @ February 11, 2009 # 2 Comments

By Muhammad Sahimi at Antiwar Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised during his campaign that his administration will take a new approach to the crises in the Middle East and, in particular, to the long-standing confrontation with Iran. He promised that his administration would negotiate with Iran without any preconditions. Most recently, President Obama told the […]

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Warmongers who sold you the Iraq war are pushing for a war with Iran.

Irancove @ February 9, 2009 # 6 Comments

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Iran and America

Irancove @ February 9, 2009 # 3 Comments

by Col. Pat Lang — reat the rest of the panel respnoses at National Journal Online. The structure of the question implies a situation in which the United States has more or less complete freedom of action in which to pick and choose among options. That is not the case. As Paul Krugman has pointed […]

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Israeli Ambassador Considers Gaza “Preintroduction” to Iran

Irancove @ February 3, 2009 # 5 Comments

  ISRAEL’S ambassador to Australia has described his country’s military offensives in Gaza as a “preintroduction” to tackling the military threat posed by a nuclear-equipped Iran.

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Israel, Gaza and Iran: Trapping Obama in Imagined Fault Lines

Irancove @ January 14, 2009 # 3 Comments

by Trita Parsi at the Huffington Post In talking about the assault on Gaza, neo-conservative pundits and Israeli hardliners have relied on a familiar frame. The fighting in Gaza, they say, is a struggle between Israel and so-called “moderate” Arab states (namely, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia) on the one hand, and Iran, Syria, Hezbollah […]

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Disagreements on Makkinejad’s Reading of Khamenei

Irancove @ January 12, 2009 # 7 Comments

Sadegh disagrees with Makkinejad.

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Khamenei’s Comments on Gaza

Irancove @ January 11, 2009 # 7 Comments

See Khamenei’s comments here.  Babak Makkinejad explains at Pat Lang’s blog: Even though there is no central authority that speaks for Islam, there are times and places when  an authoritative Doctor of Religious Sciences (of Islam) speaks for Islam; i.e. his legal opinion becomes the de facto position of Muslims everywhere. Ayatollah Khamenei’s statement of […]

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Happy Yalda

Irancove @ December 20, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Iranians celebrate Yalda tonight.

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Freedom’s Watch Goes Out of Business

Irancove @ December 16, 2008 # 4 Comments

Sheldon Adelson’s “deep pocketed” Freedom’s Watch goes out of business.

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Obama, Iran and control of the Middle East

Irancove @ December 16, 2008 # 2 Comments

In part three of our series of interviews with Gareth Porter, Gareth describes the general unwillingness in the US to accept the level of clout that Iran has in the Middle East and how this is viewed in Tehran. Gareth, who returned days earlier from a trip to Iran, points to Iran’s influence over major […]

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Why diplomacy and sanctions don’t mix

Irancove @ December 4, 2008 # 7 Comments

By Trita Parsi Change often occurs at a faster pace than people can comprehend. That is certainly the case with the quickly shifting political realities in Washington on Iran. In less than 50 days, America will be led by a president who made dialogue with Tehran a campaign promise–and yet he won. Perhaps even more […]

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Is Iran Policy Still Up for Grabs

Irancove @ December 4, 2008 # 3 Comments

The return of the Bomb-Iran neocons under Obama?  Robert Dreyfus analyzes the very real possibility at

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Documents linking Iran to nuclear weapons push may have been fabricated

Irancove @ November 11, 2008 # 6 Comments

Like the Niger forgeries that lead to the Iraq war, evidence is surfacing that the Iran documents provided to IAEA by the US were also forgeries.  Gareth Porter explains, The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has obtained evidence suggesting that documents which have been described as technical studies for a secret Iranian nuclear weapons-related research […]

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The way it is…

Irancove @ November 9, 2008 # 4 Comments

according to Swoop: Significant uncertainty surrounds the President-elect’s approach towards Iran. While Obama indicated on the campaign trail a commitment to pursuing sanctions and “tough, direct diplomacy” in dissuading Tehran from its atomic ambitions, any increase in tension would have implications for stability in Iraq. As we have previously indicated, some analysts in Washington believe […]

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Irancove @ November 8, 2008 # 2 Comments

Bush ’06: The regime in that country [Iran] sponsors terrorists in the Palestinian territories and in Lebanon — and that must come to an end.  The Iranian government is defying the world with its nuclear ambitions, and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons. Obama ’08: Iran’s […]

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Iran Hawk Billionaire Neocon Facing Financial Problems

Irancove @ November 7, 2008 # 8 Comments

A casino owned by Sheldon Adelson, the man behind several ultra right-wing initiatives aimed to start war and place sanctions on Iran, may default on debt and face bankruptcy.

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Why US-Iran Talks Are Good for Israel

Irancove @ November 5, 2008 # 6 Comments

By Mark Katz via NIAC The recent Russian intervention in Georgia has made an American rapprochement with Iran highly desirable for the United States. Israel has long opposed such a rapprochement, but this would also serve its interests too. Here’s why. Europe has become increasingly dependent on Russia for natural gas supplies, and this dependence […]

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Former Mayor of Tehran Votes (for the first time ever) for Obama

Irancove @ November 4, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Iranian of the day:

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Norm Coleman targets Iran

Irancove @ November 3, 2008 # 14 Comments

Minnesotans against terrorism…

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Obama, McCain Advisers Part of Neocon Bipartisan Push Against Iran on the Behalf of Israel

Irancove @ November 3, 2008 # 4 Comments

New report by Republicans Robert Dole, Howard Baker and Democrats Tom Daschle and George Mitchell warns the next administration that it “might have little time and fewer options to deal with this threat.”  Both Obama’s top Middle East adviser Dennis Ross and McCain’s Dan Coats are authors of the report. Col. Pat Lang on Dennis […]

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The Iranians Are Coming! Anniversary of Michael Ledeen Warnings Coming Up

Irancove @ November 1, 2008 # 4 Comments

Dire warnings from Michael Ledeen’s 2003 article.  Ledeen still appears on cable TV and gives conferences as an “Iran expert” even though he doesn’t speak the language, has never been to Iran, and can’t ever seem to get anything right. Ledeen in 2003:  As reported here some weeks ago, the Iranians believe they now have […]

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Rubin: McCain’s Racism Trifecta

Irancove @ November 1, 2008 # 8 Comments

Barnett Rubin: I can’t stop stewing over this attack on Rashid Khalidi. Even the Washington Post editorial board called out the Republicans on this one, quoting Rashid as saying he would just wait till the “idiot wind” blows over. That’s the editorial’s title: Idiot Wind.” I have been wondering why among all the awful things […]

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More on McCain’s Khalidi McCarthyism

Irancove @ October 30, 2008 # 5 Comments

Josh Marshall: The McCain campaign has been throwing around so much mud and smears in recent weeks that it’s easy to miss just how ugly and shameful their character assassination of Rashid Khalidi is. This is an entirely respectable, highly respected scholar. To go further into making a case for him would only be to […]

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Rubin: My Friend, the “Neo-Nazi”

Irancove @ October 30, 2008 # 4 Comments

by Barnett Rubin It is really strange to turn on the television and see actual presidential and vice-presidential candidates charging that someone who had dinner at my apartment two weeks ago — Professor Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University — is a “neo-Nazi.” Yet John McCain actually said this yesterday. Sarah Palin also attacked him, as […]

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Odierno: Iraqis would allow us to occupy their country if it weren’t for Iran

Irancove @ October 29, 2008 # 6 Comments

Ray Odierno on why things are not going as planned: “Clearly, this is one they’re [the Iranians] having a full court press on to try to ensure there’s never any bilateral agreement between the United States and Iraq,” Odierno said. “We know that there are many relationships with people here for many years going back […]

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The U.S. and Iran in Afghanistan: Policy Gone Awry

Irancove @ October 27, 2008 # 2 Comments

Cambridge, Mass. (MIT Center for Int’l Studies) By Barnett Rubin with Sara Batmanglich AFGHANISTAN IS ONE of several contexts in which the long-term common interests of the U.S. and Iran have been overshadowed by the animus originating in the 1953 CIA-led coup in Iran and the Iranian revolution of 1979, to the detriment of the […]

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Final Text of Iraq Pact Reveals a U.S. Debacle

Irancove @ October 25, 2008 # 5 Comments

Analysis by Gareth Porter WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (IPS) –  on the U.S. military presence represents an even more crushing defeat for the policy of the George W. Bush administration than previously thought, the final text reveals. The final draft, dated Oct. 13, not only imposes unambiguous deadlines for withdrawal of U.S. combat troops by 2011 […]

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Top Obama Adviser Signs on to Roadmap to War with Iran

Irancove @ October 25, 2008 # No Comment Yet

by Jim Lobe: If you haven’t seen it already, check out the op-ed by former Sens. Daniel Coats and Charles Robb in the Washington Post today, entitled “Stopping a Nuclear Tehran.” It is the summary of a report issued last month by an organization called The Bipartisan Policy Center (at whose website you can find […]

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Vote McCain to Fight the Islamic-Jihadism-Apocalyptic-Nuclear-Generations-Long-Struggle

Irancove @ October 24, 2008 # 4 Comments

Krauthammer the “Contrarian,” is supporting John McCain: The case for McCain is straightforward. The financial crisis has made us forget, or just blindly deny, how dangerous the world out there is. We have a generations-long struggle with Islamic jihadism. An apocalyptic soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. A nuclear-armed Pakistan in danger of fragmentation. A rising Russia pushing the […]

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The crude propaganda video editing award of the day goes to…

Irancove @ October 24, 2008 # 2 Comments

…the slimy editors at Fox.  In this slow fading transition, Iranian nuclear scientists can be seen pouring hot, molten lava into the center of the Star of David: The Fox Fade: …from a slow zoom-in to the fire and brimstone chambers of Hell: …to a zoom-out of the pristine Israeli flag:

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U.S. supporting “opposition groups” against Iran

Irancove @ October 23, 2008 # 7 Comments

Report: U.S. approaches armed, Marxist organizations to “promote democracy” in Iran.  What would the reaction be to Iranian support for Mexican paramilitary groups opposing the U.S?

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Iran’s Presidential Election Kicks Off

Irancove @ October 23, 2008 # 4 Comments

By Farideh Farhi After enduring almost two years of incessant presidential politics in the United States, I must say that I am not really looking forward to yet another prolonged race, this time in Iran. But the reality is that the campaign for the presidency of Iran, to be decided on 12 June 2009 or […]

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Iran says U.S. security pact would undermine Iraq’s national interests

Irancove @ October 21, 2008 # 5 Comments

TEHRAN – In a meeting with former Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Al-Jafari on Monday, Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said that the U.S. security pact would run counter to “Iraq’s national interests”. “The acceptance of this pact will prevent Iraq from playing a suitable and mighty role in regional and international scenes.” The speaker warned […]

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Neocon Ken Adelman for Obama

Irancove @ October 20, 2008 # 4 Comments

Ken Adelman, a consummate Washington insider and member of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s Defense Policy Board, is endorsing Obama: Why so, since my views align a lot more with McCain’s than with Obama’s? And since I truly dread the notion of a Democratic president, Democratic House, and hugely Democratic Senate? Primarily for two […]

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Kafkaesque Accusations from Anonymous “Officials”

Irancove @ October 20, 2008 # 3 Comments

Elaine Sciolino From The NYT: PARIS — International nuclear inspectors are investigating whether a Russian scientist helped Iran conduct complex experiments on how to detonate a nuclear weapon, according to European and American officials. As part of the investigation, inspectors at the International Atomic Energy Agency are seeking information from the scientist, who they believe […]

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McGovern: Attack on Iran off the Table?

Irancove @ October 20, 2008 # 6 Comments

By Ray McGovern October 20, 2008 “Information Clearinghouse“– –On Sept. 23, the neoconservative chiefs of the Washington Post‘s editorial page mourned, in a tone much like what one hears on the death of a close friend, that “a military strike by the United States or Israel [on Iran is not] likely in the coming months.” […]

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1912 Newspaper Clip: “Nation is Turned to Anarchy and Chaos”

Irancove @ October 20, 2008 # 3 Comments

This is effect of British and Russian action in Persia. 

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Chomsky on the Candidates

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Maliki Criticizes Odierno’s Comments

Irancove @ October 18, 2008 # 2 Comments

(Via LA Times) BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki warned in comments broadcast Friday that the top U.S. commander in Iraq “had risked his position” by suggesting that Iran tried to bribe Iraqi lawmakers to oppose a security agreement with the United States. Maliki’s remarks were aired on state television as he convened the […]

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GOP will stare evil down

Irancove @ October 17, 2008 # 6 Comments

GOP mailer promises John McCain and Sarah Palin will keep you safe from the Legion of Doom: Update: How come Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri didn’t make the cut?

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Hamid Dabashi on Iran

Irancove @ October 16, 2008 # 7 Comments

Compliments of Eteraz: Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

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Wanna invade Iran? Prepare for possible encounters with the natives using the military’s handy field guide.

Irancove @ October 16, 2008 # 4 Comments

Will there be a book on The Iranian Mind also? (via War and Piece and The Center for Public Integrity): PaperTrail has obtained an exclusive copy of the military’s field guide for cultural intelligence for possible military operations in Iran, which is designed to help the U.S. military understand foreign cultures. Though nowhere near as […]

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Jackson Denies Taheri’s NYPost on “Zionist”

Irancove @ October 16, 2008 # 6 Comments

Amir Taheri, a notorious fabricator, is accused of lying again.  Considering his dubious record, it’s a testament to the shoddy, tabloid nature of papers like the New York Post who continue to publish his tales.

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Can Knight Rider Save the World from Iranian Nuclear Weapons?!

Irancove @ October 16, 2008 # 12 Comments

It’s a sad day when the declarations of our politicians and pundits have all the intellectual depth and honesty of an episode of Knight Rider. As a good friend told me, I sincerely hope that Michael Knight is able to track down the missing Iranian nuclear physicist with intimate knowledge of their nuclear weapons program […]

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Fox and Bin Laden’s Shadow

Irancove @ October 16, 2008 # 11 Comments

Fox uses Usama Bin Laden’s silhouette to denote “Muslim terrorist” when pictures of some of their subjects aren’t available.  For example, on October 16, 2007, Fox reported on Samir Khan—a twenty-one year old American of Saudi decent—who operated a website that relayed messages from various “jihadi” groups.  Anchor Bill Hemmer commented, “we can not show […]

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Phyllis Bennis: Understanding the U.S.-Iran Crisis

Irancove @ October 16, 2008 # 8 Comments

By Phyllis Bennis (Via Information Clearing House) Is Iran a threat to the United States? 15/10/08 “Foreign Policy In Focus” — The Bush administration has claimed, almost since coming into office, that Iran is a “threat” to the US. Even US intelligence agencies agree that Iran doesn’t possess nuclear weapons or a nuclear weapons program, […]

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Israel Gets Real on Iran

Irancove @ October 15, 2008 # 4 Comments

(Via Guest Post: Trita Parsi The distinction between the apocalyptic rhetoric Israeli leaders use publicly in relation to Iran, and the more pragmatic view they hold among themselves on how to deal with Tehran and its nuclear program, has long been clear to anyone paying very close attention. In short, it’s clear that many […]

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Down the memory hole—Where are the assasination teams?

Irancove @ October 14, 2008 # No Comment Yet

In mid August Fox reported extensively on a story (first issued by the AP’s Pamela Hess), based entirely on anonymous sources, about hordes of “Iraqi Shiite assassination teams” being trained by Iran to commit mass assassinations of Iraqi officials and American troops.  For example of August 15, Fox’s Bret Baier:  A senior U.S. military official […]

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Battle of the Gods at McCain Rally

Irancove @ October 13, 2008 # 5 Comments

A minister who gave the invocation at a McCain rally prayed for God to ‘guard’ his reputation, which of course, rests with a McCain victory.  Pastor Arnold Conrad said: “There are millions of people around this world praying to their god—whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah—that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons. And Lord, […]

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Newt Gingrich and Religion

Irancove @ October 13, 2008 # 3 Comments

Newt Gingrich on Iran in a speech delivered to the National Press Club: I believe we are on the edge of a precipice. The Iranians are desperately trying to build nuclear weapons, and they will use them. This is a state — look — read what Ahmadinejad says. He writes poems about the joy of […]

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William Polk on U.S. Hostility Toward Iran

Irancove @ October 13, 2008 # 6 Comments

Ali Fathollah-Nejad interviews veteran Middle East Expert William R.Polk on United States foreign policy toward Iran: Iran falling into the “net” of a “worldwide policy”: On the U.S. Foreign Policy Doctrine and Its Dangers William R. Polk* interviewed by Ali Fathollah-Nejad** A former high-ranking member in the foreign and security policy staff of U.S. President […]

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More on United Against Nuclear Iran

Irancove @ October 8, 2008 # 5 Comments

Daniel Levy on UANI (UANI was also discussed at IC): While not explicitly rejecting diplomacy, the newly-launched organization—United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI)—looks like a cover for the anti-engagement camp.  It’s mission seems to be all about educating Americans on the dangers of Iran, while having nothing intelligent to say on what to do about […]

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FLynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett Propose U.S.-Iran “Grand Bargain”

Irancove @ October 8, 2008 # One Comment

Read the whole piece here.  Daniel Levy’s comments here.  Watch the video presentation below:

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McCain: Why “we” are in the Middle East

Irancove @ October 7, 2008 # No Comment Yet

McCain on Larry King Live in 1992 (via Juan Cole): [Larry] KING: Quickly – El Paso. We’re running out of time. Go ahead. 10th CALLER: [El Paso, Texas] Yes, Jim Hagan [?], and my question is, why should we start with the assumption that the United States should send any force into Iraq or Yugoslavia, […]

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What to do with the MEK

Irancove @ October 6, 2008 # One Comment

Deciding the fate of the Mujahedin By Trita Parsi Sunday, October 5, 2008 The Bush administration inherited many of Iraq’s problems when it invaded that country, including an Iranian terrorist organization funded and armed by Saddam Hussein, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MKO). Though in the midst of a war on terror, the Bush administration chose in […]

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From Clarion: A Protocols of the Elders of Islam?

Irancove @ October 6, 2008 # 6 Comments

Via LobeLog by Eli Clifton: The past month has brought great scrutiny upon the elusive Clarion Fund–the funders of a nationwide distribution of Obesssion: Radical Islam’s War Against the West. Despite the increased attention, Clarion may be pushing for their own “October Surprise” in a brand new documentary released Sunday. Clarion, on which we have […]

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Tricks and Lies

Irancove @ October 2, 2008 # 5 Comments

The website United Against Iran is loaded with disinformation about Iran.  Below is a  representative example.  Looking through their FAQ, one frequently asked question is: “WHEN WILL IRAN HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON?” Part of the response: In a June, 2008 interview with Al Arabiya, IAEA DG Mohamed ElBaradei Stated Iran Could Have a Nuclear Weapon […]

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“Silent, Smoldering Rage”

Irancove @ October 2, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Courtesy of TPMtv, McCain talks to editorial board of the Des Moines Register:

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Pro McCain Group and Islamophobic “Obsession”

Irancove @ September 29, 2008 # 4 Comments

This week, 28 million copies of a right-wing, terror propaganda DVD are being mailed and bundled in newspaper deliveries to voters in swing states. The 60-minute DVDs, titled Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, are landing on doorsteps in a campaign coinciding with the 7th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Funding is coming […]

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Iran War Resolution Buried

Irancove @ September 26, 2008 # One Comment

by Nicholas Kralev The House Democratic leadership has effectively shelved a resolution calling for what critics say would amount to a naval blockade of Iran because of concerns that it could provoke another war, officials on Capitol Hill said.

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Israel asked US for green light to bomb nuclear sites in Iran

Irancove @ September 25, 2008 # 3 Comments

by Jonathan Steele at the Guardian Israel gave serious thought this spring to launching a military strike on Iran’s nuclear sites but was told by President George W Bush that he would not support it and did not expect to revise that view for the rest of his presidency, senior European diplomatic sources have told […]

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“Witchhunter” Prays Over Sarah Palin

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Witch hunter Thomas Muthee defeated a local witch named Mama Jane in a spiritual battle and liberated his town from sin.  Here he prays over Sarah Palin, imploring Jesus to protect Palin from the spirit of witchcraft.

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Obama goes over the top in bashing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Irancove @ September 25, 2008 # 9 Comments

Once again, U.S. politicians, including both Sarah Palin and Barack Obama, pile on the Iranian president. Why does Larry King (!) sound like the adult in the room? By Juan Cole Sep. 24, 2008 | Sen. Barack Obama responded with outrage to the remarks made Tuesday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad before the United Nations […]

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New IAEA Report on Iran

Irancove @ September 16, 2008 # 4 Comments

Dr. Farideh Farhi: With the exception of one potentially important nugget about the possibility of Iran drawing on “foreign expertise” in conducting experiments on a detonator suitable for an implosion-type nuclear weapon, the latest IAEA report offers little that is different from its previous report.  In many ways, it effectively confirms that there is little […]

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Cheney Scales New Heights of Hypocrisy

Irancove @ September 14, 2008 # 2 Comments

Cheney: “Recent occurrences in Georgia, beginning with the military invasion by Russia, have been flatly contrary to some of our most deeply held beliefs. Russian forces crossed an internationally recognized border into a sovereign state; fueled and fomented an internal conflict; conducted acts of war without regard for innocent life, killing civilians and causing the […]

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Tehran feels an Arab sting

Irancove @ September 13, 2008 # 3 Comments

By Sami Moubayed DAMASCUS – Never has the Arab press been filled with so many critical stories of Iran. The trend is striking, and proves just how influential the Saudi and American media have been at painting a very dark and “dangerous” picture of the Islamic Republic. Slowly but surely, Arab columnists have started filing […]

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US a step closer to Iran blockade

Irancove @ September 13, 2008 # 9 Comments

by Kaveh Afrasiabi The United States government has imposed new sanctions on Iran, this time targeting its shipping industry, by blacklisting the main shipping line and 18 subsidiaries, accusing the maritime carrier of being engaged in contraband nuclear material, a charge vehemently denied by Iran. While the economic impact of the measures against Islamic Republic […]

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Sarah Palin on Iran: Broken record of sophistry

Irancove @ September 12, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Palin’s insubstantial response on the Charlie Gibson interview regarding Iran reveals her simplistic worldview: GIBSON: Let me turn to Iran. Do you consider a nuclear Iran to be an existential threat to Israel? PALIN: I believe that under the leadership of Ahmadinejad, nuclear weapons in the hands of his government are extremely dangerous to everyone […]

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