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Apr 07 07:55

Israel: Military action against Iran always on the table

A senior official of the Israeli regime has threatened to take military action against Iran in the wake of the recent understanding reached between Tehran and six global powers.

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Here's your rifle...

Apr 07 07:46

Israel Plans Two-Pronged Attack To Thwart Iran Deal

Israel will adopt two lines of attack as it tries to thwart – or at least modify – the international nuclear agreement with Iran in the coming weeks, a senior official said.

Firstly, it will lobby the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would make it difficult, or even impossible, to approve a comprehensive deal with Iran if one is reached by the June 30 deadline.

At the same time, it will continue pressing the White House for the “improvements” Israel says must be made in the terms of the agreement, the official said.

Apr 07 07:36

Rick Perry's Plan to Kill Obama's Iran Deal

Texas Governor Rick Perry hasn't yet said whether he's running for president, yet he will announce Monday that if he wins the White House he intends to trash President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran as one of his first official acts.

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Here's your rifle, Rick...

Apr 07 07:35

GOP Hawks Set to Ruin Rand Paul's Big Day

In the first salvo of the 2016 Republican ad wars, a conservative group is about to unleash a seven-figure ad campaign targeting Senator Rand Paul for being out of step with the party on Iran, just as he launches his presidential campaign.

Apr 07 02:00

Israel, U.S. Lawmakers Press Case Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Israeli officials and congressional Republicans on Monday set high bars with exacting conditions for a nuclear accord with Iran, signaling fresh domestic and international pressure on negotiations leading up to a summer deadline.

Apr 06 21:59

The Iran deal and the big game in Eurasia

Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, which overthrew the dictatorship of US-backed Shah in 1979, a constant in US foreign policy has been an unrelenting hostility to Iran. Washington supported Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein´s war against Iran (1980-1988). In 2003, the Bush administration prepared plans for war with Iran. Since 2011, the US and its European Union allies have subjected Iran to the toughest economic sanctions regime in history.

Apr 06 14:06

OBAMA CAVES TO ISRAELI PRESSURE ~~ WE ALL LOSE WHEN AIPAC WINS

President says rift with Israel pained him on a personal level, maintains Iran will not get a nuclear weapon while he is in power.

Apr 06 13:30

Devil is in Western Interpretation of Iran Nuclear Deal

A closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

Apr 06 11:30

How Can Obama Claim the Alternative to a Nuclear Deal with Iran is War?

A kudo to President Obama. But just one.

If he manages to pull off an agreement with Iran on limiting that country's nuclear fuel enrichment program in the fact of determined resistance from Republicans, Neocons, the Israel Lobby and the warmongers in both the GOP and his own Democratic Party, he will have finally earned at least some small portion of the gold in his Nobel Peace medallion.

Apr 06 11:24

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich: Iran Nuclear Deal Differences

U.S and Tehran disagree over Sanctions lift.

Tehran accuses the U.S. of spinning the nuclear deal.

Iran was never in violation of the NPT.

Most importantly, we must think about (upholding) the International treaties.

International treaties are being held hostage by the west.

There has been a lot of interference inside Iran by Washington. The nuclear issue is just an excuse to undermine the Islamic Republic and has very little to do with anything else.

Russia is opposed to snap back inspections and phased out sanctions.

Russia is a UN Security Council member and is present in the negotiations.

Apr 06 11:21

Devil is in Western Interpretation of Iran Nuclear Deal

A closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

After investing so much political capital in achieving a nuclear deal, it is understandable that all sides of the stand-off would claim the Lausanne accord arrived at this week to be an “achievement”.

However, a closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

Apr 06 10:54

Netanyahu Reiterates: I’m Trying to Kill Iran Deal

Taking to the major American networks today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued railing against the Iran nuclear framework deal, and reiterated his determination to try to kill it.

Netanyahu has repeatedly talked up sabotaging the nuclear negotiations on Israeli media, but this was the first time he was so overt about leading the anti-diplomacy push on US media.

He tried to prevent the push against the current deal as a push for a “better deal,” though that hypothetical deal that Netanyahu might accept is so far-fetched US officials say it wasn’t even worth bringing up at the talks to the other Western nations, let alone Iran.

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A memo to Bibi Netanyahu: sir, as the Prime Minister of a nation which has had nuclear weapons for 40 years, as we now understand from the US government's declassification of documents proving the US assisted you in developing those weapons, how do you have the hubristic effrontery to rail against a country which is working with the world to create a framework through which to manage their nuclear energy program?

Iran is a signatory to the NNPT: and Israel, which has developed nuclear weapons, refuses to sign it, or allow its weapons sites to be inspected. Additionally, Israel is not a party to the P 5+1 deal at all.

Right now, the one country which needs to re-assess its position on this deal is Israel, period, end of discussion.

And I would like to suggest that Rivero's Rangers quietly and calmly, and politely contact their Congressional Representatives to say that any attempt to veto this agreements) will demonstrate that they are a representative of a foreign power, and are not addressing the needs and concerns of We the People.

Let them know that you know this is precisely what AIPAC expects, and if that is what they intend to do, their next political campaign will be a complete exercise in futility.

Apr 06 09:11

G.O.P.’s Israel Support Deepens as Political Contributions Shift

As the proposed agreement over Iran’s nuclear program is debated in coming weeks, President Obama will make his case to a Congress controlled by Republicans who are more fervently pro-Israel than ever, partly a result of ideology, but also a product of a surge in donations and campaign spending on their behalf by a small group of wealthy donors.

Apr 06 08:44

Israel Prepares Lobbying Strategy Against Iran Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appearances on multiple American TV news programs on Sunday signaled the launch of what is expected to be a furious lobbying effort to scuttle or reshape a deal that he has criticized as "bad" and a threat to Israel's very existence. A document drawn up by experts in Netanyahu's office, obtained by The Associated Press, gives a glimpse of the arguments the Israeli leader is going to raise, targeting vague language in the system of inspections and its failure to address issues beyond the nuclear program.

Apr 06 08:04

Benjamin Netanyahu vows to continue quest to derail Iran nuclear deal

Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue his campaign to derail the nuclear deal with Iran even as several leading Republicans suggested they were prepared to give the White House some breathing room to reach a final agreement.

While debate continued in the US, Mohammad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, said his country “will be able to return” to its nuclear activities if the West does not honour its agreement to lift sanctions.

The Israeli prime minister has been a vociferous opponent of the talks with Tehran and urged the US Congress to step in and prevent President Barack Obama from making a deal that “endangers our survival”.

Apr 06 07:56

Who’s Playing “Hide and Cheat”?

Not surprisingly, the painfully negotiated pact was denounced by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has repeatedly, and illegally, threatened Iran over its alleged desire to build an atomic bomb. But Obama’s rebuff of Netanyahu’s position was well deserved, given Israel’s record of stealing American military secrets and spying on private American talks with its allies.

If Iran had been guilty of such crimes, the American public would now be deaf from the outcry of the Republicans in Congress. Americans need to remember that Jonathan Jay Pollard, an American civilian naval intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty in 1987 to selling classified information to Israel. At least 800 documents were snitched. Pollard, who became an Israeli citizen, sits in a U.S. prison today in Butner, N.C., serving a life sentence. Former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger said his espionage “would cause the greatest harm to our national security.”

Apr 06 07:55

Sen. Mark Kirk: Iranian Deal Puts Israel on 'Path to War'

The framework for the nuclear deal struck between the U.S. and other western countries "commits Israel on a path to war" with Tehran, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk told Politico Thursday following the announcement that a deal had been reached.

"There's nothing for Iranians to do but go at breakneck speed to a nuclear weapon," Kirk said.

"We're moving straight to forcing Israel to clean up this mess … when the West does nothing, Israel over and over has done something."

The U.S., Kirk added, "shouldn't force our best ally in the region to clean up the mess."

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Here's your rifle, Mark...

Apr 06 07:54

U.S. Senator: Iran Nuclear Deal Does Not Threaten Israel

A nuclear framework agreement reached between world powers and Iran does not threaten the survival of Israel, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday.

Feinstein, a leading Democratic voice on foreign affairs as vice chairman of the Senate select committee on intelligence, was responding to comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticizing the deal.

Apr 06 07:46

Netanyahu in US media blitz against Iran deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a frontal propaganda attack on US President Barack Obama yesterday on the major US television networks, in an effort to counter the White House's aggressive sales campaign on behalf of the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program reached last week, aimed at legislators on Capitol Hill and at the US public at large.

Obama and his aides have been using the Easter weekend to speak to senators and representatives from both the Democratic and Republican parties in an attempt to persuade them that the proposed agreement with Iran is the most effective way of blocking Iran's path to a nuclear weapon. For Netanyahu, the most important target audience is Democratic legislators torn between their loyalty to Obama and their traditional support for Israel. In the end, it is the Democratic legislators who will decide whether the Senate will be able to override a presidential veto on legislation designed to overturn the deal with Iran.

Apr 05 14:17

Yemen – the Big Picture

As usual, western media are deliberately confusing in communicating on the latest Mid-East conflict which eventually led to the recent atrocious bombing of Yemen by the US-directed Saudi alliance, including Qatar and other Gulf monarchies. They are proxies, to be sure, for their Washington masters. My heart is bleeding for Yemen, a country of warm and generous people I got to know well, working with them in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Yemen, like Ukraine, is just another square on the geopolitical chess board which the exceptional nation aims to dominate.

It is certainly true, where ever the US and its NATO cronies put their heavy boots, they create lasting misery and chaos

Apr 05 12:23

Raimondo: The Iran Deal

It’s a good one – but can it survive the US Congress?

Israel has been threatening to attack Iran unilaterally for years, including during these negotiations, and they are not above launching a provocation – one that will ignite a conflict that would envelope the entire Middle East and much of the world.

As I said in my last column, the US Congress is the catch, the fly in the ointment that could nix this deal and lead us down the path to another war in the Middle East. Nothing has been signed. What we have is a framework, one that will lead to a fuller agreement in June – if Congress doesn’t step in and stop it.

Apr 05 08:31

Pentagon upgrades biggest ‘bunker buster’ bomb in case Iran talks fail - report

According to senior officials, the results show the improved bomb—when dropped one on top of the other—is now more capable of penetrating fortified nuclear facilities in Iran or in North Korea, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Pentagon also designed the bunker buster to challenge Iran’s Fordow facility, which is built into a mountain to protect it from potential airstrikes.

Apr 05 08:27

Netanyahu Insists Iran Deal Includes His Demands

He elevates chutzpah to a higher level. He and likeminded Israeli lunatics reject framework agreed on terms.

They want their own imposed - or no deal at all. They want Iran denied the right to develop and use peaceful, legitimate nuclear power like dozens of other nations not criticized.

They want final say over any future agreement. Ideally, they want none at all.

They want Iran isolated and weakened. They want its government ousted.

They want Israel's main regional rival eliminated. They're willing to wage war to achieve their objectives.

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And they want Americans kids to have to fight that war!

Apr 05 08:12

Republicans have no interest in peace. The Iran talks proved that

A small part of the Middle East may soon be off limits to US bombing and killing, so naturally Republicans and their neocon allies are furious.

Apr 05 08:10

Report: Opponents of Iran deal received millions from pro-Israel donors

Republican opponents of a framework agreement with Iran received millions in campaign donations in 2014 from pro-Israel billionaires and other influential American donors, according to a report.

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Those of us in favor of peace got, as usual, nothing.

Apr 05 06:55

Obama Committed To Cuba And Iran His Legacy In Foreign Policy

United States President Barack Obama.

The United States President, Barack Obama, just take a big step towards achieving an historic agreement with Iran, a country that is linking his legacy in foreign policy as it has done with the approach to Cuba, which will give a new boost next week at the Summit of the Americas.

http://whatisusa.info/obama-committed-to-cuba-and-iran-his-legacy-in-f...

Apr 05 02:47

Good News and Bad News


For Israel, there's good news and bad news after Iran deal

Although Iran's nuclear project will be monitored for at least a decade, the deal also grants it recognition as a power to be reckoned with.

HAARETZ: The framework agreement crafted Thursday in Lausanne between Iran and the world powers is a historic step. After nearly 13 years of on-and-off negotiations, a deal aims to stop the progress of Iran’s nuclear program for an extended period.
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From an Israeli perspective, the relatively good news is that Iran’s nuclear project will be monitored for at least a decade. For now, it seems that during this time Iran’s chances of developing a nuclear weapon will decline significantly.
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The bad news is not only that Iran’s economy, which has taken a double-barreled blow from both sanctions and declining oil prices, is expected to recover quickly, but that Iran has also achieved recognition from the world powers for two elements it greatly needs. The powers now acknowledge, indirectly, that Iran is a nuclear threshold state, and no less importantly, they accept Iran as a force to be reckoned with throughout the Middle East.

Apr 04 13:29

University wimps buckle under Zionist pressure to kill ground-breaking conference

Southampton University, after giving permission to hold a ground-breaking academic conference on International Law and the State of Israel, has been bullied into cancelling.

“The University claims that it does not have enough resources to mitigate the risks despite a clear statement from the Police confirming that they are able to deal with the protest and ensure the security of the event...."

The university must fulfill its legal obligation to protect free speech and academic discussion...

Apr 04 13:24

The Global siege on Israel: a report from the World Social Forum

The closing of this multi-billion-dollar company can be one of the greatest BDS victories yet.

In June, 2010, when Israeli forces attacked unarmed aid ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, killing ten passengers (including one who died this year from injuries), dockworkers around the world refused to unload or load Israeli ships or cargo.

Based on the results in the US, we believe that if ten ports worldwide are closed to Zim, the company’s losses may cause it to close its doors. If Zim and the state of Israel are worried that this movement may become infectious, we can all be proud to spread the virus.

Apr 04 13:19

Menendez is Israel lobby’s asset in US Senate

The Senate panel is scheduled to vote on April 14 on the legislation he co-authored with Corker demanding congressional review of an Iran agreement.

Israel lobby influences “the United States’ foreign policy by intervention with certain of their assets within the Senate,”

Harris said if you look at the people who are opposed to normalizing relationships with Iran and lifting the sanctions against the Islamic Republic, “you’ll find that among the biggest campaign contributors are usually AIPAC and other assets that Israel lobby dictates and controls.”

Apr 04 13:15

Shattered — Nothing is Right in the Middle East

The West worked very hard to turn the Middle East into what it is now. It took centuries to transfigure this culturally deep and great part of the world into the horror show. But it is done!

There is nothing, absolutely nothing right in the Middle East these days. There seems to be no hope left, and no fervor. All that was pure was dragged through filth. All that was great here was stolen or smashed by the outsiders. Enthusiasm had been ridiculed, then drowned, or burned to ashes, or shattered by tanks and missiles.

Apr 04 11:53

The Wars of Iran

The modern nation of Iran is also known throughout much of history as the ancient nation of Persia. This is the same Persia which overran the Spartans at Thermopylae; the same Persia which fell to the conquering Macedonian, Alexander the Great; the same Persia which fought the Romans and their successors the Byzantines for centuries for dominance in the Near East. This is also the same Persia which fell rather easily to the expanding Arab Muslim Empire led by the successors to Islam's founder, the Prophet Muhammad.

Apr 04 08:51

US Navy deploys laser weapon to Persian Gulf for first-ever combat mission

The US Navy has deployed its first ever combat laser. The futuristic weapon has boosted the arsenal of the Fifth Fleet’s command vessel in the Persian Gulf. The laser is said to be effective against numerous small targets, such as Iran’s gunboats.

A 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System has been equipped on the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship since late August, Navy officials told Bloomberg.

The device is capable of focusing beams from six solid-state commercial welding lasers into a single strong beam, which can be used both as a blinding warning shot and as a weapon capable of setting fire to a drone or small boat.

Apr 04 08:29

Iranian inventor builds lighter aircraft wings

An Iranian inventor has developed simpler, lighter aircraft wings that still maintain the mechanical and dynamic properties of their original version

Kaveh Kolahgar-Azari told Mehr News correspondent that currently the wings of aircrafts are made of steel which weighs a lot, but his composite hybrid wing is much lighter and less costly.

Apr 04 08:22

Russia Ready to Sell S-300 Missiles to Iran if Sanctions Fall

Russia may resume a deal to deliver S-300 surface-to-air defense systems to Iran if only the UN decides to lift its ban on arms sales to Tehran, a leading Russian defense expert said on Friday.

Apr 04 08:20

US rejects Netanyahu’s demand for Iranian recognition of Israel

State Department says agreement with Tehran is ‘only about nuclear issue’. White House bids to prevent congressional interference

Apr 04 07:59

Stephen Lendman: "After Decades Of Hostility Towards Iran, The US Won't Honour Any Nuclear Deal."

Apr 04 07:07

US-Israel Wage War on Iran in Syria

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

The ongoing conflict in Syria has always been a proxy conflict aimed at Iran, as well as nearby Russia, and more distant China. As far back as 2007, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh warned in his 9-page New Yorker report “The Redirection Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” that a region-wide sectarian war was being engineered by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel – all of whom were working in concert even in 2007, to build the foundation of a sectarian militant army.

The report would cite various serving and former US officials who warned that the extremists the West was backing were “preparing for cataclysmic conflict.”

In retrospect, considering the emergence of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS), Hersh’s warning has turned out to be prophetic...

Apr 03 14:33

Israel Says Military Action against Iran Is an Option

Israel has firmly opposed any nuclear agreement with Iran fearing it will reduce its influence in the region and on Friday Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu convened his security cabinet to discuss the issue, while his Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said that all options including military action were on the table in the face of what Tel Aviv claims to be a threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

Apr 03 13:45

Iran Deal: A Game-Changer for the Middle East

In Lausanne we saw a crucial victory of diplomacy over war. Now we’ve got to protect it.

Apr 03 13:42

The Balance of Terror - Who’s Afraid of Iran’s Big Bad Bomb?

According to foreign experts, Israel has several hundred nuclear bombs (assessments vary between 80-400. If Iran sends its bombs and obliterates most of Israel (myself included), Israeli submarines will obliterate Iran. Whatever I might think about Binyamin Netanyahu, I rely on him and our security chiefs to keep our “second strike” capability intact. Just last week we were informed that Germany had delivered another state-of-the-art submarine to our navy for this purpose.

Israeli idiots – and there are some around – respond: “Yes, but the Iranian leaders are not normal people. They are madmen. Religious fanatics. They will risk the total destruction of Iran just to destroy the Zionist state. Like exchanging queens in chess.”

Such convictions are the outcome of decades of demonizing. Iranians – or at least their leaders – are seen as subhuman miscreants.

Apr 03 13:08

Israeli Officials ‘Furious’ Over Iran Nuclear Deal

It’s unsurprising given the decades of hostility they’ve shown toward diplomacy in general, but Israeli officials are reacting with outrage at the announcement of a framework deal between Iran and the international community.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has promised to do everything in his power to prevent an agreement, says that the framework “threatens Israel’s survival” by allowing Iran to keep portions of its civilian nuclear program.

Netanyahu and other officials are insisting the deal guarantees Iran will acquire nuclear weapons within the next year, though of course they have been predicting Iran would do so virtually non-stop since the Iranian revolution.

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The question is not what Israeli officials are "feeling", but what they are actually prepared to do to keep this deal from having a chance to survive.

We have about 90 days until the final form of the agreement is supposed to take its final shape; I have to wonder if Netanyahu is actually prepared to mount a military campaign to destroy Iran's reactors; he is just hubristic enough to believe that there will be no consequences, should he make that decision.

Or, will he try something covert, as Israel did with the USS Liberty?!? Will he order some kind of attack on an American ship, and claim it was Iran who was the culprit?!? (But seriously, folks, why in tarnation would the Iranian government and military DO something like that right now, in light of the fact that a preliminary framework for their nuclear energy program has been reached?!?

But should he do this, it would rope the US military into having to support a war against Iran.

Should that happen, Hezbollah will attack Israel from the North; Iran will counter attack, and well.... the big question at that point will be, what will Russia do?!?

I would like to remind Netanyahu that Iran and and Russia have signed a mutual military accord earlier this year; so a war against Iran will most probably be construed as a war against Russia.

I would also like to remind Netanyahu that Iran contains a population of one of the oldest-practicing Jewish communities in the world; any attack on Iran would mean that many of his Jewish brothers and sisters may well get killed in such an attack.

Apr 03 10:36

So You Think War With Iran is a Good Idea?

Well, if you really feel that strongly about it..

Here's your rifle..

Here's your parachute..

We ran out of the desert camo, but here is a bright day-glo orange jumpsuit left over from Gitmo..

Watch your head climbing into that transport plane..

And we'll call whoever it is you are telling us needs to be invaded this week and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But given the very long history of the United States government and the corporate media lying and tricking us into wars, you will forgive We The People if we sit this one out and keep our children safe at home.

And just in case you are one of those poor government or media people who are not as well educated in history as the average American citizen, here is a comprehensive but by no means complete list of just how many times We The People have been made total fools of by the US Government and the corporate media.

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Apr 03 09:13

USA and Israel Hypocrisy Behind the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Following the nuclear deal reached in Switzerland, The New York Times editorial board said the “preliminary agreement between Iran and the major powers is a significant achievement that makes it more likely Iran will never be a nuclear threat.”

Apr 03 09:07

Explained: 10 short answers to 5 key points on Iran nuclear deal

After 18 months of negotiating, Iran has come to a preliminary agreement with China, Russia, France, UK, US and Germany (P5+1) on Tehran’s nuclear program. But what is Iran giving up to seal the deal and how can it benefit in the long run?

Apr 03 08:51

Better a War than an Agreement?

Phyllis Bennis says forces aligned in opposition to the Iran Framework Agreement in the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia would rather see war than a deal that brings Iran out of sanctions and back into play as a regional power

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Here's your rifle...

Apr 03 08:49

Netanyahu: Any final Iran deal must include recognition of Israel’s right to exist

PM says Israel would not accept agreement that gives country that vows to annihilate Israel a nuclear bomb.

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Netanyahu's arrogance is showing. First, Iran (and the other nations in the region) have made it abundantly clear they will recognize Israel's right to exist ... one second after Israel recognizes Palestine's right to exist. But as long as Israel maintains a policy of "We have a right to exist but you do not", the situation will deteriorate. Second, Israel is not a party to the P5+1 negotiations, so what Israel rejects has no real meaning, especially since Netanyahu's grandstanding speech to Congress has lost Israel the presumed US veto in all thing United Nations.

Apr 03 08:34

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel Cabinet strongly opposes Iran nuclear deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he and his Cabinet are united in “strongly opposing” an emerging framework agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear program and demanded that any final deal contain Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist.

Iran and six world powers announced a series of understandings Thursday, with a final agreement to be reached by June 30. A final deal is meant to cut significantly into Iran’s bomb-capable technology while giving Tehran quick access to assets and markets blocked by international sanctions.

Netanyahu has harshly criticized the negotiations, demanding instead that the Iranian program be dismantled. He claims Iran cannot be trusted, and that leaving certain facilities intact would allow the Iranians to eventually build a bomb. Iran denies it has nuclear weapons ambitions and says its program is intended for peaceful purposes.

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Iran cannot be trusted? This from the leader of the nation which has for forty years kept its nuclear arsenal hidden?

Apr 03 08:23

Iranian president: World powers accept Tehran's right to enrich uranium

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said Iran will keep its promises if the other side does, referring to Thursday’s preliminary nuclear agreement.

“The world has acknowledged Iran is pursuing its peaceful objectives,” he said during a press conference on Friday.

Rouhani said Tehran’s nuclear enrichment issue “is not a threat” to any other nation, and if the other sides keep their promises under the deal Iran will too.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US broke its promises under the P5+1 Preliminary Agreement, and the US is in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which both Iran and the US (but not Israel) have signed and ratified. Under Article 4, the US is obligated to assist Iran in the building of peaceful nuclear facilities, and if the US was really worried about a secret nuclear bomb factory underneath Iran's power station (like the one under Israels reactor at Dimona, stepping in to help pour the foundations and run the wiring for Iran's nuclear power station is a great way to ensure that it is just a power station. In ignoring their obligations to Iran under the NNPT and using the threat of military force to coerce Iran into surrendering their rights to peaceful nuclear technology under the NNPT, it is the United States which is ignoring its obligations under international law!

Apr 03 08:21

Who’s afraid of Iran’s big bad bomb?

Uri Avnery debunks Israel’s fear-mongering regarding Iran’s supposed nuclear threat, and argues that the opportunity for peace with the Arab world and Iran is there if Israel wishes to take it.

Apr 03 08:03

BEX Alert - "Iran deal threatens ‘survival of Israel’, increases risk of ‘horrific war’ – Netanyahu"

A nuclear deal with Iran based on current framework will “threaten the survival of Israel”, said PM Benjamin Netanyahu, warning it would increase the risk of a “horrific war.”

In a phone conversation with the US President, the Israeli Prime Minister expressed his opposition to a framework agreement reached with Israel on Thursday.

Netanyahu has once again called for a “better deal” insisting that the only way to reach it would be “standing firm and increasing the pressure on Iran.”

Netanyahu warned that if the final deal due to be signed in June, fell in line with the current framework, it would “increase the risks of nuclear proliferation in the region and the risks of a horrific war.”

Apr 03 07:50

BEX Alert - "Gen. Hayden: Obama's Deal Would Give Iran a Nuke Within a Year"

Retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden was among many slamming the Obama administration's framework for a nuclear deal with Iran on Thursday, telling Newsmax that it turns Tehran into an "industrial-strength nuclear state" that could have its own weapon within a year.

"It took us 18 months to get to the outline of a framework and now we're going to get to the fine print in what, three months?" asked Hayden, who led both the CIA and the National Security Agency. "That shows you how difficult this is.

"We have just agreed that Iran will be an industrial-strength nuclear state and that it will never be any more than one year away from having a nuclear weapon," he said.

Apr 03 07:30

Germans deny signing GOP letter on Iran

Reps. Doug Lamborn, R-Col., and Randy Weber, R-Fla., circulated a letter to world leaders last month that they claimed had been signed by four European lawmakers. Since then, two of the alleged supporters, German parliamentarians Johann Wadephul and Roderich Kiesewetter, have informed Al-Monitor that they were not involved.

“This letter never came to the attention of Dr. Wadephul nor Mr. Kiesewetter and therefore has not been signed by them,” a Wadephul spokeswoman told Al-Monitor via email. The parliamentarian followed up with a formal letter stating he had “at no time signed nor agreed to support” the letter.

Apr 03 07:03

Ron Paul "Why shouldn't Iran have nukes?"

Apr 03 06:58

Why is the U.S. okay with Israel having nuclear weapons but not Iran?

Iranian officials sometimes respond to accusations that Tehran is seeking a nuclear weapons capability by replying that, not only do they not want a bomb, they'd actually like to see a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East. Yes, this is surely in part a deflection, meant to shift attention away from concerns about Iran's nuclear activities by not-so-subtly nodding to the one country in the region that does have nuclear weapons: Israel.

Apr 03 06:57

Why Iran Should Get the Bomb

Nuclear Balancing Would Mean Stability

Apr 03 06:50

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb?

I must start with a shocking confession: I am not afraid of the Iranian nuclear bomb.

I know that this makes me an abnormal person, almost a freak.

But what can I do? I am unable to work up fear, like a real Israeli. Try as I may, the Iranian bomb does not make me hysterical.

My father once taught me how to withstand blackmail: imagine that the awful threat of the blackmailer has already come about. Then you can tell him: Go to hell.

I have tried many times to follow this advice and found it sound. So now I apply it to the Iranian bomb: I imagine that the worst has already happened: the awful ayatollahs have got the bombs that can eradicate little Israel in a minute.

So what?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am totally in agreement. Iran should be allowed to have a nuclear bomb.

Let us start with the fact that Iran has not invaded another country in a war of aggression in over 200 years, standing in sharp contrast with Israel and the United States, which these days cannot seem to go three months without invading, bombing, drone striking, or overthrowing some other nation.

Then let us talk numbers. Let is suppose Iran has one or two nuclear weapons. Israel, now confirmed to have had nuclear weapons since the 1970s, has anywhere from 200 to 800 nuclear weapons, including hydrogen bombs that the US helped it develop, according to a recently declassified US document. Israel has so many nuclear weapons that they tried to sell one to the former government of South Africa, according to documents released by the new government of South Africa. The United States has thousands of nuclear weapons, enough to destroy the surface of planet Earth, and bounce the rubble for an encore. So if Iran had one or two nuclear weapons, they might put them in a museum or march them down the main street of Tehran in a military parade, but they are not going to attack either the US or Israel, because the end result would be Iran melted into a giant slab of green glass.

What an Iranian nuclear bomb does accomplish is to make it far more costly for either Israel or the United States to invade Iran. That the US and Israel want to attack Iran is no secret; both have been talking about such a plan for decades. Israel wants to smash a regional political rival (as they did in Iraq) while the US wants to restore Iran to US puppet rule in order to profit from Iran's oil. The push to prevent Iran from creating a nuclear weapon is not based on fears of an Iranian attack but fears of an Iran invulnerable to conquest. For the people of the world, already weary of war after 12 years, allowing Iran to have a nuclear deterrent seems like a good way to reduce the possibility of these wars expanding into an all out World War III in which nuclear weapons inevitably will be used by the US, Israel, and anyone else who has them.

And please keep in mind that despite all the talk about Iraq's non-existent nuclear weapons and Iran's non-existent nuclear weapons, only one nation has actually used nuclear weapons against the civilians of another country; the United States. If any nation should be barred from having nuclear weapons, we should start with the nation with a history of using them!

Apr 03 02:46

Iran deal threatens ‘survival of Israel’, increases risk of ‘horrific war’ – Netanyahu

A nuclear deal with Iran based on current framework will “threaten the survival of Israel”, said PM Benjamin Netanyahu, warning it would increase the risk of a “horrific war.”

Even though this deal is a win for the United States and their Israeli owners and positively a lose for Iran, the kvetching has already started from the increasingly delusional leader of the self-styled "Middle East's Only Democracy".

Apr 03 01:26

Oil falls nearly 4%

Oil falls nearly 4% after tentative nuclear deal for Iran

Brent oil fell nearly 4 per cent on Thursday after a preliminary pact between Iran and global powers on Tehran's nuclear program, even as officials set further talks in June and analysts questioned when the OPEC member will be allowed to export more crude.

(*as they keep pumping us with war is good / diplomacy is wicked evil . )

Apr 02 14:45

Why Iran Distrusts the US in Nuke Talks

The Iranians may be a bit paranoid but, as the saying goes, this does not mean some folks are not out to get them. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his knee-jerk followers in Washington clearly are out to get them – and they know it.

Nowhere is this clearer than in the surreal set of negotiations in Switzerland premised not on evidence, but rather on an assumption of Iran’s putative “ambition” to become a nuclear weapons state – like Israel, which maintains a secret and sophisticated nuclear weapons arsenal estimated at about 200 weapons. The supposed threat is that Iran might build one.

Apr 02 14:44

Yemen or Iran: Which One is in US Sights?

The situation in the Middle East has been deteriorating since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Whatever has happened in the region since then was the result of US intervention into the internal affairs of the Middle East countries, let it be Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria or Yemen. In an interview with Vice News, President Obama said the rise of Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) can be directly linked to America’s excursion into Iraq under Bush. «Two things: One is, ISIL is a direct outgrowth of Al-Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion,» Obama said in an interview with VICE News. «Which is an example of unintended consequences. Which is why we should generally aim before we shoot».

Apr 02 14:36

Iran and P5+1 Announce Consensus on Nuclear Framework

After days of marathon negotiations in Switzerland, foreign ministers from the U.S., the U.K., Russia, China, France, plus Germany (known as the P5 + 1 nations) and Iran emerged from closed-door talks on Thursday to announce they have reached an 'historic' framework agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program and the lifting of international sanctions.

Apr 02 11:27

THE ENDURING REALITY OF GOVERNMENT BY WEALTH AND SOME OF ITS CONSEQUENCES

f you really want to understand the world in which we live – its endless wars, coups, interventions, and brutality towards great masses of people – you need to start with a correct understanding of the political machinery at work.

Apr 02 11:20

FLASHBACK - Israel and the South African Nuclear Bomb Documents

Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state's possession of nuclear weapons. The "top secret" minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa's defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel's defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them "in three sizes". The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that "the very existence of this agreement" was to remain secret. [Guardian]

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The time has come to ask why Iran should not be allowed to have nuclear weapons. The US justified its costly nuclear arsenal on the claim that it would deter aggression against our nation. Is not Iran entitled to deterrence as well? They face a nuclear-armed Israel, which has a long history of belligerence against its neighbors. Why do they not have a right to deterrence?

Of course, this is a rhetorical question. Both Israel and the US want an Iran that is easy to invade!

Apr 02 11:03

Basis for Iran nuclear agreement reached, EU official says

The basis for an agreement for a peaceful Iranian nuclear program and a lifting of sanctions against that nation has been reached, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced in Switzerland. "We have reached solutions on key parameters of a joint comprehensive plan of action," she said.

• Iran's enrichment capacity and stockpile will be limited, and Iran's sole enrichment facility will be at the Natanz nuclear facility, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said. Other nuclear facilities will be converted for other uses, she said.

• Before Mogherini's statement, a Western diplomat told CNN that a "broad political agreement with some specifics" would be announced in a joint statement from the parties involved in Iran's nuclear program talks. The agreement puts significant curbs on Iran's nuclear program, but leaves much of it intact, the diplomat said.

Apr 02 10:26

E.U. and Iran Expected to Issue Joint Statement on Nuclear Talks

Officials of the European Union and Iran were expected to read a joint statement about progress toward a nuclear agreement around 1 p.m. E.D.T., officials in Lausanne said Thursday, though it was unclear if tangible details would be released.

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FOX News announced a deal has been reached, but some details remain. The EU will lift sanctions, but the US (especially the Israeli-centric congress) may have other ideas.

Apr 02 09:46

McCain Urges Preemptive Israeli Aggression on Iran

Stephen Lendman
RINF Alternative News

McCain is one of many neocon lunatics infesting Washington. He's viciously racist, militantly anti-Iranian, hawkishly over-the-top and dangerous.

He chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. He has considerable influence over US defense policy.

He wants war on Iran. He opposes resolving issues over its well-known peaceful nuclear program responsibly. More on this below.

Apr 02 08:53

U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY: WE MIGHT BOMB IRAN EVEN IF A PEACE AGREEMENT IS SIGNED

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said that a deal with Iran wouldn’t necessarily prevent war.

Military.com reports:

The U.S. will reserve the right to use military force to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon even if a deal is reached Iran’s nuclear program, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday.

“The military option certainly will remain on the table,” Carter said as negotiators in Lausanne, Switzerland, struggled to reach an agreement ahead of a March 31 deadline.

“One of my jobs is to make sure all options are on the table,’ Carter said in remarks at Syracuse University and earlier on NBC’s “Today” program.
We thought that Iran getting nuclear weapons was the main reason we were thinking of bombing them. So if a peace deal is signed with the U.S., why are we still talking about bombing them?

What’s going on?

In reality, top American and Israeli military and intelligence officials say that Iran poses no danger.

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I am having an industrial-strength, palm to forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this.

Does Secretary Carter understand the absolute, complete illogic of making such a statement, at a point when a deal may, possibly, be struck, in good faith, regarding Iran's nuclear energy program?!?

Or, by making such a statement, has he been "instructed" to attempt to get the Iranians to walk away from the negotiating table?!?, so that the failure of these negotiations to come to fruition "wasn't the US government's fault"?!?

I am appalled by the apparent, complete lack of reason coming out of DC right now.

A war against Iran will, of course, be great for the warmongering military-industrial complex, but pretty lousy for We the People.

Should this war happen, we may well be looking at the imposition of martial law, to prevent any dissent against it, coupled with a reintroduction of the draft.

Oh, and let's not forget the proverbial 600 lb gorilla, draped across the Bechstein: that is Russia.

Should the US attack Iran, Russia, which has a military accord with Iran, signed earlier this year, may well come into the fray on Iran's side.

And right now, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia; that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

Apr 02 08:30

Israel resigned to possibility of Iran strikes

A senior Israeli official said this week that the immediate implication of a completed deal will be increased Israeli surveillance of Iran's nuclear installations and the threat of a military attack if there is proof that it is in breach of the agreement.

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And Israel will always claim to have proof when they attack. They claimed they had proof that Iraq was building a nuclear weapons when they destroyed the power station at Osirak. Israel claimed to have proof that Egypt attacked the USS Liberty. Israel claimed to have proof Syria was building a bomb when they attacked that country. Of course, we never see the proof; only an anti-Semite would doubt Israel's word on anything, after all!

Apr 02 08:21

Sen. Cotton: Israel Able to Take Out Iran's Nuke Facilities

Israel is capable of taking out Iran's nuclear facilities through airstrikes if necessary, Sen. Tom Cotton told CNN.

On "The Situation Room" on Wednesday, host Wolf Blitzer asked Cotton whether Israel's air force has the ability to destroy Iran's underground facility in Fordo.

Cotton replied, "I will simply quote something that a former Israeli Defense Forces general said to me when I asked him this question many months ago: It can be done."

Apr 02 08:21

Israel tests U.S.-backed missile shield as Iran nuclear talks churn

A new Israeli air defense system being developed in partnership with the United States met all its objectives in a series of recent live interception tests, U.S. and Israeli officials said Wednesday, putting it on course for deployment by next year.

The system, David's Sling, shot down targets simulating longer-range missiles like Scuds that could be fired at Israel from Syria and by Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas.

Apr 02 07:18

US hegemonial policies hindering Iran nuclear talks: American journalist

The “hegemonial” policies of the United States, and the influence of the Israel lobby, are hindering the nuclear talks with Iran, preventing a comprehensive agreement, American historian and investigative journalist Gareth Porter says.

Apr 02 07:12

Clueless In The Middle East

"The Iran that we're currently crippling with sanctions and periodically threatening to bomb is now our...I don't wanna say ally," Stewart said. "Battle buddy?"

At the same time, America supported a coalition led by Saudi Arabia striking Iranian-backed fighters in another Middle Eastern nation, Yemen.

"Holy shit!" Stewart said. "It took decades of destablizing conflict, but we finally figured out how to wage a proxy war against ourselves."

Apr 02 06:48

Iran talks stretch into another day; deal seen close but elusive

Negotiators talked until 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Thursday in the Swiss city of Lausanne, breaking off for three hours to rest. There were differing accounts of the extent of progress, with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif calling it 'significant' but a Western official describing it as 'limited'.

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Keep in mind that the actual final deadline is July 1.

Apr 01 21:27

Yemen Echoes of 1930s Aggression and Descent into Barbarism

The latest Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, overseen by Washington, has been condemned by Iran, Russia and China.

Both the Arab League and the United Nations have fully transformed themselves into the ill-fated League of Nations that more than 70 years ago disgraced itself into oblivion when it failed to condemn foreign aggressions that eventually led to the cataclysm of World War Two.

As delegates gathered in Egypt’s resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh for the Arab League last weekend, nearly half of its member states were at the same time openly engaged in an aerial blitz on one of the League’s weakest countries – Yemen.

Apr 01 21:24

In Yemen, and Middle East, U.S. Needs to Learn When to Quit

Author’s note: The New York Times’ Room For Debate poses the question “Is Yemen America’s fight?” and asks whether the United States should be involved in regional efforts to fight the Houthis in Yemen.

Here’s my short essay on why the US has no business being there – and why Washington needs to rein in the Saudis before they embroil us all in an even bigger mess.

At the rate the Saudis are escalating, any full-on war in Yemen will cripple the entire Arabian Peninsula, and that would be a disaster for all key U.S. policy interests in the region.

Apr 01 14:17

Iran Wants Removal of Crude, Banking Sanctions in First Step

Iran's deputy lead negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi underlined Tehran's irreversible demand for the termination of all sanctions under any possible deal with the six world powers, reiterating that his country insists on the removal of all economic, financial and crude embargoes in the first step.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is perfectly reasonable.

Apr 01 12:55

Defense Secretary: Nuclear Deal Won’t Preclude US Attack on Iran

In a highly controversial open letter earlier this month, a number of Senate Republicans warned Iran against signing a nuclear deal with President Obama, arguing the US couldn’t be trusted to keep the deal. They didn’t know how right they were.

Today, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter sought to downplay the Iran talks, during remarks at Syracuse University, saying the deal wouldn’t have any impact on a potential US military strike on Iran.

Apr 01 12:25

Kerry to Negotiate with Iran Until Thursday - US State Department

US State Secretary John Kerry is trying to reach a political agreement on Iran's nuclear program and will stay in Lausanne, Switzerland until at least Thursday morning to continue negotiations.

Apr 01 12:24

McCain's Obstructing US Policy in Iran Talks is 'Treason' - Alan Hart

Alan Hart, a former ITN and BBC Panorama correspondent spoke to Sputnik regarding the suggestion made by Republican US Senator, John McCain about the nuclear deal with Iran.

Alan Hart, a former ITN and BBC Panorama correspondent and now an author covering Middle Eastern issues, spoke to Sputnik regarding the suggestion made by Republican US Senator, John McCain, that Israel should “go rogue” regarding the nearing nuclear deal with Iran.

“Does he really believe the propaganda nonsense that he speaks?” said Hart regarding McCain’s suggestion.

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At the very least. McCain is in violation of the Logan Act!

Apr 01 10:13

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended to Wednesday, Negotiators Say

The United States and its negotiating partners on Tuesday extended their deadline for reaching a preliminary accord with Iran on its nuclear program until Wednesday.

But that one-day extension came with a White House warning that the Obama administration was prepared to step back from its diplomatic efforts if it concluded that the initial accord could not be reached.

Apr 01 10:01

Propaganda on Steroids: Iran Might have “Secret Nuclear Weapons in North Korea”?

It is unclear that a nuclear deal between the U. S. and Iran will take place. However, if there is a deal, it is guaranteed that those who opposed it from the start will try to sabotage it. The Republicans and several Democrats in Washington, the Likud government of Benjamin Netanyahu and special interest groups such as American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) do not want any deal that will benefit Iran’s peaceful nuclear program because they say that Iran wants to build nuclear weapons.

Apr 01 08:39

Dick Cheney: No Good Can Come From Iran Nuclear Talks

Former Vice President Dick Cheney attacked the Obama administration over its effort to seek an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, and said that the next president needs to repair the U.S.’s relationships with Europe and the Middle East.

At a Republican Party dinner in this New Jersey suburb Tuesday night, Mr. Cheney said he was worried about the state of the affairs in the U.S. under President Barack Obama’s tenure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"He refuses to do what Netanyahu TELLS him to do!!!"

Apr 01 07:59

US Rabbi Calls on Jews to Rally Against Obama's Israel Policies

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think there is a word for when the people of a nation are more loyal to a foreign government than to their own. Gimme a minute; it will come to me! :)

Apr 01 06:56

How Israel’s military stopped Netanyahu attacking Iran

A release of top-secret documents indicates that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has exaggerated – and possibly lied – with his repeated claims that Iran is on the brink of a nuclear bomb.

In September 2012, Netanyahu, armed with a cartoon, put it very bluntly at the UN General Assembly:

By next spring, at most by next summer at current enrichment rates, [Iran] will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage. From there, it’s only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.

However, as Netanyahu spoke, his military and intelligence services were assessing that Tehran was not enriching uranium to a level beyond that needed for a civil programme. They conclude: “Iran at this stage is not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons.”

Apr 01 06:55

Netanyahu: Now is time for international community to stand ground for better deal with Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that now was the time for the international community to stand its ground for a better deal with Iran, in a special press statement in Jerusalem shortly after negotiations resumed in Lausanne over Tehran's nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This from the leader of a nation that has nuclear weapons, refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation agreement, refuses IAEA inspections, was caught trying to sell a clandestine nuclear weapon to the former government of South Africa, and a history of constant belligerence to neighboring nations. Netanyahu demands the world get a better deal from Iran, which HAS signed the nuclear non-proliferation agreement, DOES allow IAEA inspections, and has not initiated a war of conquest against another nation in over 200 years!

Mar 31 22:00

Saudi Arabia prepares for possible ground offensive in Yemen, Iran calls for ‘dialogue’

Yemen’s ousted officials have requested a ground intervention to bolster a Saudi-led air offensive against the country’s Houthi rebels. Meanwhile, neighboring Iran has made calls for diplomacy, saying the military campaign is a “strategic mistake”.

Mar 31 18:15

John Bolton’s Love of Bombs - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

And indeed, given John Bolton’s influence on the right, his public advocacy of a nuclear attack on Iran in 2009, and his having become a foreign policy advisor for presidential candidate Ted Cruz, he might be judged the most dangerous man in the U.S.

Mar 31 14:31

Mideast powers trade blame as Yemen teeters

Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran traded accusations Tuesday over the escalating conflict in Yemen, which the UN rights chief warned was on the brink of "total collapse".

Mar 31 14:19

Oil, gas, banking sanctions issues resolved, minor issues remain - Iranian negotiator

A senior member of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team says Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries have reached an agreement on the removal of anti-Tehran sanctions, but minor issues still remain.

Mar 31 14:07

War With Iran, by the Numbers

Sen. John McCain and others on the American Right are in favor of dropping those pesky negotiations with Iran and just bombing their nuclear enrichment sites. Doing so, however, would only set them back a year or so, and would certainly put Iran on a war footing with the USA. Those who think such bombing runs would be the end of the story, however, are fooling themselves. Bombing Iraq in 1991 and the no-fly zone had a lot to do with taking the USA down the path to a ground war in 2003. Bombing now will almost certainly lead to a similar ground war.

Mar 31 13:35

Who Spies for Israel in Washington’s Nuclear Negotiations?

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) (3/25/15) headlined: “Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks with the US.” The article goes on to detail the way in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the confidential information to sabotage the talks, including ‘playing them back to US legislators to undermine US diplomacy’.

Mar 31 13:27

Stephen Lendman: Iran Nuke Talks Head for Overtime

Stephen Lendman
RINF Alternative News

Negotiators on both sides in Lausanne indicated talks may continue past midnight into April 1.

Senior Iranian negotiator Hamid Baidinejad said "Iran does not want a nuclear deal just for the sake of having a deal, and a final deal should guarantee the Iranian nation's nuclear rights."

Mar 31 13:04

John Bolton’s love of bombs

Lawrence Davidson analyses US neo-conservative warmonger John Bolton's long track record, going back at least 47 years, of advocating war, mass murder and violations of international law, most recently against Iran.

Mar 31 12:34

Iran nuclear talks get one-day extension, U.S. confirms

U.S. official says 'enough progress' has been made to merit an extra day of talks.

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"Dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit, DAMMIT!!!" -- Insane McCain

Mar 31 10:17

Who Spies for Israel in Washington’s Nuclear Negotiations?

All those Zionist ‘wise-guys’ of both genders, who think they have been so clever using their high office to serve Israel, are fooling themselves. More and more citizens are becoming aware that Israel’s espionage, its dictates to the US Congress and its manipulation of Executive powers are harming America. At the present, highly placed Zionist officials hold sway over the Obama Cabinet, but in the future they may find themselves facing charges of being agents of a foreign power, and a threat to US national security. They may find themselves sharing a cell block with Jonathan Pollard!

Mar 31 09:44

BIBI’S LATEST BEX ALERT ~~ WORLD IS DEAF TO ISRAEL’S WHINES ABOUT IRAN

Prime Minister says looming nuclear deal amounts to rewarding Iran for its aggression in the region

The moderate and responsible countries in the region, especially Israel and also many other countries, will be the first to be hurt by this agreement.”

Israel is moderate and responsible?

Mar 31 08:55

McCain Suggests Israel "Go Rogue," Blow Up Iran Negotiations By Starting War

As Iran talks appear to be coming to a close with a successful agreement that would both lead to the lifting of international sanctions and restrictions that would prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons, most in the international community are relieved.

Yet Republicans have teamed up with their counterparts in the Israeli political system to do everything they can to obstruct a deal – with tactics such as drafting new sanctions legislation and warning the Iranian leadership that the nuclear agreement will not outlast President Obama.

But this past week Senator John McCain (R-AZ) ratcheted up this sabotage to a new level. During a floor speech he gave on March 24th, the senator suggested that Israel “go rogue” and that if they don't they may not survive the next 22 months of the Obama presidency:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Senator McCain: sir, forgive me, but have you gone absolutely barking mad, to suggest this?

And let me take care of this up front: I am a Christian Pacifist, who believes that good faith, honorable negotiations trump war every time. I would never advocate violence as a way to resolve geopolitical differences.

That having been said, I am certain that you have known for quite some time that Israel is a nuclear power, with nuclear weapons.

Your enabling this country, by making this suggestion, may encourage them to drop a nuke on Tehran.

Since the Israeli government is indifferent to any other human suffering other than that of its Jewish citizens, you may be supporting a genocide of the Iranian people, including some of the oldest practicing Jewish communities in the world.

Now, let us try to think this through, logically, and I promise I will use....small words.

Should Iran be attacked by Israel, there is no way that the US military will not be dragged in, considering the amount of ties the US and Israel have, both politically and militarily. And then, Russia may well come into the fray, on Iran's side.

Because the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive response to a conventional war against Russia, that means that the US will most probably go nuclear, and quickly.

So, in short, sir, what you are most irresponsibly suggesting is a perfect recipe for the beginning of Armageddon, and a pretty total annihilation of life on earth as we know it.

I would very strongly caution you to please be very, very careful about what you wish for; the unintended consequences could be both catastrophic...and irreversible.

Remember when Israel bombed Iraq's nuclear power station, claiming there was a hidden nuclear weapons laboratory in the basement?

Following the 2003 invasion, international experts examined the ruins of the power station, and found no evidence of a weapons facility.

So why are you listening to Israel's claims about Iran?!?

Mar 31 08:28

Congress Expected to Push Iran Sanctions if Deadline Passes

The tentative agreement among negotiators to have the framework for Iran’s final nuclear deal was never meant to be carved in stone. The “end of March” deadline is rapidly approaching, however, and is feeling increasingly firm.

That’s because the US Congress, packed with hawks eager to sabotage the deal, and egged on by Israeli officials to do so, are looking to act quick and try to impose some negotiation-killing sanctions the instant the deadline passes.

While the State Department is trying to use the threat of looming sanctions as leverage in the last minute talks, the practical matter is that the Congress is probably going to oblige the US to make a deal too, for fear of looking like they’re the ones sabotaging the talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to those "alleged" Congressional representatives pushing for sanctions: whatever your masters in Tel Aviv are paying you, it cannot possibly be enough. In your coming rush toward sanctions, you will be thoroughly unmasked, and the American people will see you for what you truly are; tools of a foreign government, putting the needs and concerns of Israel above those of your "alleged" constituents.

There are times when the interests of Israel and those of the United States converge; however, this is absolutely not one of those times.

Economic sanctions, most generally, are preludes to war. And unfortunately, just because a US war against Iran (cheered on by Tel Aviv, which will offer no Israeli troops of any kind ) is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do right now, is no guarantee that it won't do it.

And, oh, there is that tiny, minuscule little "complication" that should Iran be attacked, Russia will most probably come to its aid militarily.

We do not have the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to guarantee a positive outcome to a war with Russia; and that is what makes this scenario so scarily dangerous.

Mar 31 07:39

FLASHBACK - Iran nuclear deal deadline extended to July 1

Iran and world powers have given themselves seven more months to clinch a landmark nuclear agreement, and defuse a 12-year standoff.

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The US corporate media are blaring that 6PM Eastern time is the deadline for a deal, after which Boehner will start upping the sanctions, the war drums will double their tempo, and Israel might just go ahead and attack Iran's power station (the way they did Iraq's) over the Passover holiday. BUT, the reality is that today is NOT the final deadline at all. There are three more month's to go!

Mar 31 07:25

Poll: Clear majority supports nuclear deal with Iran

By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I want a war with Iran. Who cares what the people who have to fight and pay for that war want!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Mar 31 07:17

Israeli Espionage Network in Washington: The Prime Suspects

The activities of US Zionists as spies and shock troops for Israel’s effort to destroy Iran and undermine US diplomacy, pose a long-term threat to all Jews in America. Sooner or later, Israel’s deep penetration of US power centers and its manipulation of elected American officials, will lead to a prolonged, bloody, destructive war.

Mar 31 07:15

BEX ALERT - NYT ad calls on Obama to act like Churchill, not Chamberlain

Popular New Jersey Orthodox Rabbi Shmuley Boteach took to The New York Times on Friday to criticize President Barack Obama's emerging nuclear deal with Iran, saying it could spell disaster for the Middle East region and the world. Boteach's World Values Network ran a full-page ad in the paper warning that the agreement -- which might be finalized by Tuesday -- could backfire like the ill-fated 1938 Munich Agreement and result in a war.

"Mr. President: Fighting al-Qaida made you like Churchill. Appeasing Iran will make you like Chamberlain," the ad read. It warned that Obama was rushing to a deal that would ignore the brutality of the Iranian regime and allow it to maintain "the potentially catastrophic one-year-weapons-breakout period, which endangers Israel, the Middle East, America and the world."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Rabbi, if you really feel that way, here's your rifle.

But We The People are fed up with Israel constantly trying to start wars for Americans kids to be killed and crippled in!

Mar 31 06:12

Lavrov: Chances to reach Iran nuclear deal ‘pretty good’

The chances of a breakthrough in the talks are high, but success is not guaranteed

Mar 30 14:04

Obama invokes JFK as Iran nuclear talks enter sensitive stage

US President Barack Obama has invoked former President John F. Kennedy’s words about negotiations as talks over Iran’s civilian nuclear program nears a self-imposed end-March deadline for reaching a mutual understanding approaches.

Mar 30 13:54

“Whose Side Are We on Again?” Jon Stewart Mocks US Teaming up with Iran While Fighting Iran

“We did it. It took decades of destabilizing conflict, but we did it. We finally figured out how to fight a proxy war against ourselves.”

American foreign policy is nothing more than a sick, sad joke.

Mar 30 13:15

Letting a Warmonger Rant

Just as the New York Times promoted fake facts to rationalize invading Iraq, it has just published a deceptive op-ed to justify bombing Iran, the ranting of one of America’s most notorious warmongers, John Bolton.

Mar 30 11:56

Boehner to Obama: If Iran talks fail, sanctions will come

US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has vowed to impose more sanctions on Iran should President Barack Obama fails to reach an agreement over Tehran's nuclear energy program.

I an interview with CNN on Sunday, Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, said, "The sanctions are going to come, and they're going to come quick.”

Officials from Iran and the P5+1 – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – are engaged in intense negotiations to reach a comprehensive deal on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program as a self-imposed end-March deadline for reaching a mutual understanding over the outstanding issues approaches. The two sides have set July 1 as the deadline for a final agreement.

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Here's your rifle, John!

Mar 30 09:25

Jon Stewart Mocks US Joining Up With Iran: We're 'Punching Ourselves In The D*ck'

Mar 30 08:44

US dodges accusation of killing Iranian advisers in Iraq

The US has indicated no involvement after accusations from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which said an American drone strike killed two of its military advisers helping the Iraqi forces fight against the radical Islamist organization Islamic State.

The Revolutionary Guards said its people were killed in March 23, just after the US-led coalition started delivering airstrikes near Tikrit, where Iraqi forces are trying to take the city from the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS.

The advisors were identified as Ali Yazdani and Hadi Jafari, according to a report published by the Guards’ website, sepahnews.ir. Both were buried on Sunday, it added.

Mar 30 08:43

Rafsanjani: Iran interference in Yemen baseless

The Chairman of the Expediency Council, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has termed the accusations leveled against Iran in regard to interference in Yemen as totally baseless and unjust, while naming the military attacks on Yemen as a major woe for the region.

Mar 30 08:23

US Military Gloats Over ISIS Victories In Iraq, Rushes In To Save It From Iran

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

After Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias backed by Iran were unable to liberate the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Western-backed ISIS forces in a swift manner, the US military establishment is now gloating in a rather obvious and even childish fashion that the Iraqi military has been forced to return like a battered wife to the arms of the abuser yet again.

According to the Military Times, nearly 20,000 Shiite militias withdrew from the Tikrit battleground after the Iraqi government agreed to pause its cooperation and coordination with the Iranian government. The Iraqi government agreed to take control of all the military operations from here on...

Mar 30 08:12

Israel’s Netanyahu Quickly Losing All Credibility

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, no longer allowed to sit at the adult table because of his past food fights, has been reduced, as Haaretz observed, to whining from the sidelines. Now he is complaining about an “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen” axis.

Mar 30 07:44

Netanyahu: P5+1 rewarding Iran for aggression, Israel first to be harmed

Netanyahu: P5+1 rewarding Iran for aggression, Israel first to be harmed
Prime minister also criticizes world powers at Lausanne for ignoring ongoing events in Yemen, where Iran-backed forces are gaining territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Bibi...

Mar 29 16:37

An American neo-Orientalist in Tehran

The scholar who seemed so politically naïve, never expressed a political word and persistently presented himself as an agreeably smiling man with intellectual resources suddenly proved to a be a covert pro-Zionist who may even garner a medal of honor from Mr. Netanyahu, Dr. Ismail Salami writes of Harvard scholar Stephen Greenblatt

Mar 29 09:56

The Enemy of My Enemy - Pat Buchanan Talks Common Sense on Iran/ISIS

The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive.

Among them are the Israelis and their powerful lobby AIPAC, the Saudis and their Sunni allies on the Persian Gulf, a near unanimity of Republicans and a plurality of Democrats in Congress.

Mar 29 09:44

ONCE AGAIN BOTEACH DOESN’T SPEAK FOR ME

It must be nice to have extra money lying around that can be used to take out a full page ad in the New York Times. When a narcissist does not have an audience, he must create one …. that’s the game Shmuley Boteach plays.

Last month he and his weasel (Eli) buddy took out an ad condemning Susan Rice, an array of Jewish organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Federations of North America, condemned the ad. This week President Obama is the target. It will be interesting to see who joins me in condemning this ad as well. Earlier today I posted that the Jewish Voice For Peace is gaining influence by leaps and bounds, see the post HERE. Boteach, on the other hand gets his foot caught in his mouth with every word he utters.

Mar 29 09:43

THE JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE IS BEING HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR

JVP’s full embrace of BDS includes endorsing a right of return for Arabs and for descendants of Arabs who fled or who were expelled by Israel’s army in the 1948 war that established the state. That population, most of whom remain stateless refugees, now numbers more than 5.2 million. Israel and its supporters, including even dovish Zionist parties such as Meretz, argue that full implementation of the United Nations resolution calling for their return would render Jews a minority in their own state. It would mean, they say, the end of Zionism.

Mar 29 09:36

French could try to stall Iran deal: Former US congressional staffer

The French who are being influenced by Israel could try to stall nuclear talks underway between the P5+1 and Iran in Switzerland, an activist and radio host in California says.

“It’s clear that there is going to be an agreement worked out. [But] I think all eyes should be on the French at this point. I think the French are being heavily influenced by the Zionist Jews out of Tel Aviv. They’re making some statements that are incredibly problematic,” said Rodney Martin, a former US congressional staffer.

“And I think the French are the only one that could stall the talks or stall a potential agreement,” said Martin, the chairman of the All Nationalist Association, and a host on the All Nationalist Network, the Association’s internet radio station.

Mar 29 08:51

Nuclear Armed and Dangerous Israel Blasts Iran's Peaceful Program

Netanyahu and other Israeli officials suppress information on its longstanding nuclear weapons program - an arsenal with thermonuclear ones and long-range delivery capability able to incinerate entire cities.

On Sunday, Netanyahu railed against Iran's known peaceful nuclear program as a March 31 deadline approaches to reach a preliminary framework deal ahead of a June 30 final one.

Mar 29 08:27

BEX Alert - "‘Iran wants to conquer MidEast’: Israeli PM slams prospect of nuclear deal"

The possible signing of a deal on Iran’s controversial nuclear program is “dangerous” as it may be the only thing Tehran lacks to establish control over the whole of the Middle East, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says.

Iran’s nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, which entered the final stage before the March 31 deadline, have confirmed “our concerns and even worse," Netanyahu told Israeli public radio.

According to the recently re-elected right-wing prime minister, the "’Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis" poses a threat to all of humanity and must be stopped.”

The nuclear deal, combined with the control Tehran already has over governments in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, could allow Iran to “conquer” the Middle East, Netanyahu declared.

Mar 28 18:07

The battle for the Middle East's future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss

Half the Saudi army are Yemeni descent! No wonder they are surrendering in droves.

Saudi Arabia has jumped into the abyss.
Its air attacks on Yemen are a historic and potentially fatal blow to the Kingdom and to the Middle East.

The real “story” is more important. Perhaps half of the Saudi army is of Yemeni tribal origin. Saudi soldiers are intimately – through their own families – involved in Yemen, and the Yemen revolution is a stab in the guts of the Saudi royal family.

Mar 28 17:20

New York Times Propaganda Calls For Bombing Of Iran

If two major newspapers in, say, Russia published major articles openly advocating the unprovoked bombing of a country, say, Israel, the U.S. government and news media would be aflame with denunciations about “aggression,” “criminality,” “madness,” and “behavior not fitting the Twenty-first Century.”

Mar 28 16:19

New York Times Propaganda Calls For Bombing Of Iran

If two major newspapers in, say, Russia published major articles openly advocating the unprovoked bombing of a country, say, Israel, the U.S. government and news media would be aflame with denunciations about "aggression," "criminality," "madness," and "behavior not fitting the Twenty-first Century."

Mar 28 09:47

Yemen Exploding: Is the Stage Set for the Big War?

This new expansion of the war in Yemen is a bad sign. The situation could easily worsen, involve many countries, and last for a long time to come. The stage for the “Big War” may well be set and we will be hearing a lot more about Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula in the coming months. If this war gets out of hand, I would expect that the benefits of $45 per barrel of oil will soon end. There is no doubt in my mind that the American people – financially and for security reasons – would be better served if we just came home and avoided these nonsensical military interventions that are carried out in behalf of various special interests that control our foreign policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, it does appear that Dr. Paul is absolutely correct in his assessment of where things are going here.

But the real confirmation will be the voting through of the Charlie Rangel's legislation for reinstatement of the draft in this country. Currently, the legislation is still sitting in committee, and it appears that rather than kill it outright, the House Armed Services Committee is waiting for the "right moment" to pass it.

Mar 28 08:40

John Kerry And Iranian Foreign Minister In Switzerland Negotiations “Very Difficult”

Country “five plus one” and representatives of Tehran are negotiating on the Iranian nuclear program.

Senior diplomats representing countries in the format of “five plus one” in the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue, arrive in Lausanne, Switzerland, where US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif negotiate to reach a framework agreement in anticipation of the deadline on 31 March.

http://whatisusa.info/john-kerry-and-iranian-foreign-minister-in-switz...

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