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Jan 30 12:15

Obama has agreed to 80 percent of Iran's demands in nuclear talks, Israeli officials tell Ch. 10

Israeli officials told Channel 10 on Friday that they are convinced the Obama administration has already agreed to most of Iran’s demands in the P5+1 negotiations over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

According to unnamed officials, Washington “has given the Iranians 80 percent of what they want” out of the negotiations, Channel 10 is reporting.

Jerusalem officials appear alarmed at the prospect that the United States will soon strike a deal with the Iranian regime that will leave it with a “breakout point” of months before it can gallop toward the bomb.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has been claiming that Iran is within "months" of having a bomb since the 1980s!

Jan 30 10:13

Pelosi threatens Netanyahu with 'consequences' if he gives speech

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, created a huge controversy when he extended an invitation to Netanyahu to directly address lawmakers in both houses of the U.S. Congress and both political parties. Netanyahu accepted his invitation to address a rare joint session of Congress early this year. During an appearance on Israeli television on Sunday, Netanyahu had stated that it's his duty to do everything he can to stop the Iranians getting their hands on a "nuclear weapon."

Jan 30 09:54

CIA Tried to Give Iraq Nuclear Plans, Just Like Iran

If you've followed the trials of James Risen and Jeffrey Sterling, or read Risen's book State of War, you are aware that the CIA gave Iran blueprints and a diagram and a parts list for the key component of a nuclear bomb.

The CIA then proposed to do exactly the same for Iraq, using the same former Russian scientist to make the delivery. How do I know this? Well, Marcy Wheeler has kindly put all the evidence from the Sterling trial online, including this cable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Simple! Give a targeted nation blueprints for a bomb, declare they have a weapons program, and invade! And now they are doing the same thing with this claim that a US scientist has given nuclear weapons plans to Venezuela.

Jan 30 08:19

Netanyahu speech scandal blows up, and ‘soiled’ Dermer looks like the fall guy

With even AIPAC washing its hands of the speech, it sure looks as if Israel supporters want an exit from this fiasco. Jettisoning Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer or cancelling the speech would seem like a small price to pay in the news cycle next to a spectacle in which leading Democrats are forced to line up against Netanyahu in Washington, even as they file in and out of the AIPAC policy conference and praise Israel to the skies.

Here are the developments. First, the New York Times’ Julie Hirschfeld Davis has a report of unleashed White House fury over the invitation. The story contains the signal that Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador, will be the fall guy for the scandal:

Jan 29 18:34

Benjamin Netanyahu: the Anti-American Obstructionist

Over the past several years, Netanyahu has gone out of his way to embarrass virtually every U.S. official, including President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. There are Israeli officials who believe that Netanyahu has gone too far this time.

Jan 29 12:40

US Senate panel approves controversial Iran sanctions bill

The US Senate Banking Committee has approved a controversial bill that would trigger additional sanctions against Iran if the ongoing nuclear negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries collapse.

Jan 29 12:17

BEX ALERT - Iran Targets Netanyahu Children for Assassination

Iran is encouraging its terror allies to pursue the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s children by publishing personal information about them, including photographs of the kids lined up in crosshairs, and declaring, “We must await the hunt of Hezbollah.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is really ratcheting up the propaganda about Iran right now. First, Netanyahu claimed Iran was behind the strike on the convoy Hezbollah claimed credit for, then yesterday Netanyahu raised the ante with the tired canard about Iran wanting to commit genocide against the Jews in Israel (without asking why Iran iosn't harming the Jews in Iran) and now this story about Iran going after his kids.

I would not at all be surprised if Israel attacked Iran's nuclear facilities while Americans are distracted with the Superbowl.

Jan 29 11:13

Benjamin Netanyahu Stuns Israel Backers by Embracing Republicans on Iran

Within one week, the fundamentals of the mainstream pro-Israel community have been shaken like never before.

Its centerpiece legislative effort — the drive to impose new sanctions on Iran — has been frozen in place and, more importantly, the notion that support for Israel is a bipartisan issue in American politics has suffered a serious blow.

The source of the setbacks suffered by the organized Jewish community could be tracked down to one event: House Speaker John Boehner’s January 21 invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak on Iran in front of a joint meeting of Congress — and Netanyahu’s acceptance of the invitation, by prearrangement — without consulting Boehner’s Democratic counterparts and without telling President Obama about his outreach to a head of state to visit. From that moment, events spiraled downward quickly, leaving the community with more questions than answers and with blame being assigned in all directions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Representative Yarmuth: there are many times when the goals and needs of the Israeli state are not the goals and needs of the American state, or its people; during those times, We the People, including those who elected you, demand your full attention, and support to, the goals and needs of the American people, particularly when they do not coincide with those of the Israeli government.

The passage of these new sanctions by Congress against Iran will be a prelude to war: you, as a logical person, have to understand that.

If Iran is attacked, one of the oldest practicing Jewish communities in the world, from the times of ancient Babylon, may well be obliterated. As an American Jew, sir, how do you feel about that?!? Are these brother and sister Jews merely "collateral damage"?!?

IF the P5+1 is unable to come to agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program, this coming war, most likely to be instigated by Israel, will draw the US in, and probably Russia and China, on the side of Iran.

I would like to politely remind you that at this point in its history, the US military does not have the troop strength; the manufacturing; or money necessary to insure a positive outcome with either Russia or China in a conventional war; and that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

Representative Yarmuth, I would very strongly caution all those who may be thinking about advocating for the passage of these sanctions on the following; please be very, very careful about what you wish for as an outcome here. The unintended consequences of such a war could be both horrific... and irreversible.

Jan 29 10:33

Pelosi: Netanyahu speech to Congress could wreck Iran talks on nuclear weapons

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration’s attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday.

“Such a presentation could send the wrong message in terms of giving diplomacy a chance,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi during a news conference on the sidelines of an annual retreat for Democratic lawmakers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a native San Franciscan myself, Congresswoman Pelosi, I am simultaneously cringing, and wondering if you believe you should be congratulated for your magnificent grasp of the obvious.

Congresswoman Pelosi, of COURSE, that is precisely what Netanyahu will attempt to do with his joint address to Congress, then figure AIPAC will take care of the rest of the damage to American diplomacy with their usual basket of tricks. And if he and AIPAC are allowed to get away with sabotaging the P5+1 talks (to which, BTW, Israel is NOT a signatory), here is the probable outcome.

1. It will become painfully transparent, to both Americans and the world, that Israel has a stranglehold on American foreign policy; therefore, the US can no longer be perceived as an "independent, honest broker" in ANY dispute in the world, and will be shunned as a pariah.

2. The Iranian delegation will leave the peace talks permanently, understanding that it is futile to try to broker any deal with the US continuing to be held in Israel's Svengali-like grip.

3. Israel will most probably attack Iran, bringing the US military in on their side. In fact, were I a betting person, I would not bet against the possibility that Israel might attack Iran's nuclear facilities before the P5+1 talks have concluded; Superbowl Saturday, when most Americans are focused on football and food, might be

4. Hezbollah will attack Israel from the North.

5. The casualties on Israeli soil will be far higher than predicted.

6. Russia may well join Iran in their fight against the US and Israel; Russia and Iran have just signed a military "memorandum of understanding" this month.

So, in summation, unfortunately, just because leveraging more sanctions against Iran would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly counterproductive thing Congress could do at this time, is absolutely no guarantee they won't do it.

I am sure that those of you in Congress who are heavily invested in stocks in the military industrial complex will be very happy to see more sanctions go down, because, most generally, sanctions are a prelude to war.

Jan 29 09:53

Genocide, Iran, and the brat who cried wolf

Everyone has heard the parable of the boy who cried wolf. Yet, that hasn’t stopped Bibi and others like him from routinely making charges of anti-semitism where none exists. Now, Bibi the brat has taken it a step further with the outrageous claim that Iran is planning a genocide against “the one and only Jewish state.” Nevermind that Iran is home to 25,000 Jews who have lived there in peace for 3000 years and are determined to stay no matter what Bibi et al say.

Jan 29 08:51

Don't Tell My Mother i'm in Iran - it was banned on youtube (but another copy has appeared)


A Documentary that Shows Hidden Facts On One of the Most Mysterious Countries in the World. If this copy gets yanked from YouTube, watch it HERE.

Jan 29 07:37

Netanyahu: Iran "planning new genocide" against Jews

Is there anyone in the world today that is more irrational, unhinged, and delusional than Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu is trying to shift the current conflict with Syria and Lebanon to include Iran. I wonder if Israel will strike Iran while Americans are distracted with the Superbowl?

Jan 29 07:17

Lebanon-Israel border quiet after Hezbollah attack

U.N. peacekeepers and Lebanese soldiers were patrolling the border with Israel Thursday, a day after Hezbollah launched a revenge attack on Israel for the recent killing of six party members and an Iranian general in Syria's Golan Heights.

The patrols came after Israel responded to the Hezbollah attack with artillery shelling on several areas of south Lebanon.

Jan 29 07:14

The Next War In The Middle East Has Begun And Israel Vows ‘To Act Powerfully On All Fronts’

Israel and Hezbollah are at war. On top of everything else that is going on in the world, now we have a new war in the Middle East, and nobody is quite certain what is going to happen next. Israel has been preparing for this moment for more than 8 years. So has Hezbollah. According to some reports, Hezbollah has amassed an arsenal of 50,000 rockets since the end of the Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006. If all-out warfare does erupt, we could potentially see tens of thousands of missiles rain down into an area not too much larger than the state of New Jersey. And of course the Israeli military is also much more sophisticated and much more powerful than it was back in 2006. If cooler heads do not prevail, we could be on the verge of witnessing a very bloody war. But right now nobody seems to be in the mood to back down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would not be surprised to see Israel bomb Iran's nuclear facilities the way they did Iraq's.

Jan 28 21:57

How President Obama could take on and defeat the Zionist lobby

At the time of writing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress (I think they are best described as traitors) are on a collision course with the Obama administration.

Jan 28 12:02

Scramble to conclude suspicious EU-US trade deal

UK industry is in intensive care. Should we throw open the door and allow America’s big business battalions to muscle in under cover of a trade treaty?

Critics claim that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being cooked up between the EU and the United States could:

Weaken workers’ rights and put millions of jobs at risk;
Reduce environmental protection and food safety regulation;
Lead to more privatization of public services like education and our prized National Health Service (NHS); Give new powers for corporations to sue European governments, including the UK, in secret courts.

They complain that world leaders are working alongside major corporations at breakneck speed to get this deal sewn up, and refuse to give details.

An especially prickly issue is the imposition of investor-to-state dispute settlement rules (ISDS) enabling foreign investors to sue the host government.

Jan 28 11:55

American Sniper: Hollywood war porn propaganda

The film, which portrays the deadliest sniper in United States history, is a hit among the sect of Americans that tends to demonize Hollywood for being too liberal and anti-American.

But is that claim actually true? Hollywood churns out war films and pro-government propaganda at a rate Josef Goebbels would applaud.

The propaganda is so effective that anyone who criticizes the most recent glorification of the war machine is labeled an American-hating, Muslim-loving pussy.But this is not a new trend.

Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Homeland are just a few of the relatively recent films and television shows intent on building up America’s interventionist, militaristic foreign policy. Other shows and movies glorify the FBI and police.

Jan 28 11:52

American Sniper and US doom

The film American Sniper has sent the US public into raptures over the “heroic life” of its autobiographical subject Chris Kyle – who has been described as America’s “greatest warrior” soldier.

Last week, the movie premiered in cinemas to rave reviews, earning its director Clint Eastwood a box office smash-hit. Multiple Oscar awards are nominated.

Critics have quibbled about this or that aspect of the cinematography and storyline. But the prevailing impression is that Kyle – a US Marine marksman – was a tragic hero, a guy who honorably served his country during the American war in Iraq.

Lost in the discussion is the central issue, which is the criminal nature of American militarism and its destructive impact on millions of innocent people. American Sniper may express certain misgivings about US foreign wars, owing to the psychological consequences on its military personnel.

Jan 28 11:09

Senate Dems Won’t Back Iran Sanctions for At Least Two Months

Several key Democratic Senators, including Sen. Robert Menendez (D – NJ), have announced they will withhold support for any new Iran sanctions until at least March 24, giving negotiations a chance to continue at least until then.

The March 24 date was picked as the informal deadline for a framework agreement by the P5+1 on negotiations with Iran. The lack of Democratic support essentially makes it impossible that the Senate can override a threatened presidential veto until then.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This delay has absolutely NOTHING to do with the P5+1 negotiations, and EVERYTHING to do with Netanyahu's address to a joint Congressional session in March, right before he addresses AIPAC, where he will do everything in his power to prevent the P5+1 negotiations from succeeding, as will AIPAC

Netanyahu and AIPAC want negotiations to fail; and for the US to attack and "neutralize" its alleged "existential threat" in the region, Iran, just as it did with Iraq; and we can all see, looking through the lens of hindsight, JUST HOW BRILLIANTLY THAT worked out for the US.

The delay is engineered for both Israel and AIPAC to put maximum pressure on Congress to move forward with more sanctions, and cause Iran to walk away from the negotiating table.

Please remember: your alleged Congressional representatives believe that they are infinitely more beholden to Netanyahu and AIPAC than he or she is to the people who actually elected them.

And sometimes, AIPAC can make, or break, a congressional representative; AIPAC and Netanyahu are counting on this, as they apply "leverage" toward more sanctions, and away from negotiations, in the form of a poisonous cocktail of threats, innuendo, and bribes.

In fact, right now, voters who are more than a little upset at this Israeli-sponsored agency's power over Congress (and remember; they do not have to register as a "Foreign Government Agency"), should begin a little social media blitz of their own, something like #Congress, don't drink Israel's Koolade on more Iran Sanctions!!!

Sanctions are almost, invariably, a prelude to war; and Russia and Iran have just inked a mutual military accord. War with Iran will most likely mean war with Russia, and possibly, China.

Jan 28 10:54

Democrats agree to allow more time for talks on Iran nuclear deal

Top Senate Democrat says he'll back off Iran sanctions bill for two months

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until AFTER Israel's elections!

Jan 28 08:30

Iran warns US of 'consequences' for Israeli attack

Iran has told the United States that Israel should expect consequences for an attack on the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights that killed an Iranian general, a senior official said Tuesday.

Revolutionary Guards General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi died alongside six fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah group in the Jan. 18 attack on forces supporting President Bashar Assad in Syria's civil war.

Israel has not officially acknowledged carrying out the attack, but was already warned last week of an eventual response.

Jan 28 08:03

Iran, Russia to create ‘joint bank’ for trade in national currencies – ambassador

Iran and Russia are planning to switch their bilateral trade to national currencies for which the states will create a joint bank or a mutual account, Iran's ambassador to Russia, Mehdi Sanaei, has announced.

Jan 28 08:02

Israel launches airstrikes on Syria following rocket attack, ‘red line’ warning from Iran

Israeli jets struck several targets in Syria in response to Hezbollah rocket fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the IDF said. The exchange came as Iran warned Tel Aviv of crossing a “red line” with the murder of an Iranian general in Syria.

Jan 27 16:11

Merkel as Soft Cop in False Flag Offensive on Russia

At the World Economic Forum last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel let the cat out of the bag with her sly offer, or rather bribe, to Russia. The German leader told delegates in Davos that European Union sanctions on Russia would be lifted in exchange for a «peace deal» in Ukraine. She promised a «free trade pact from Lisbon to Vladivostok».

That’s a bit rich coming from the bankrupt EU, but nevertheless let’s accept the assumption that Frau Merkel is offering something very juicy. Why would she do that, and right at this time when civilians are being massacred in eastern Ukraine?

In other words, Merkel is saying if Moscow capitulates to Western objectives of ceding Ukraine to its full political, economic and military control, then Russia will be «paid off» with respite from Western sanctions and can look forward to a tantalizing free trade «happy ending» with the EU. How generous of Frau Merkel!

Jan 27 16:04

Scramble to conclude suspicious EU-US trade deal

Critics claim that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being cooked up between the EU and the United States could:

Weaken workers’ rights and put millions of jobs at risk;
Reduce environmental protection and food safety regulation;
Lead to more privatization of public services like education and our prized National Health Service (NHS);

Give new powers for corporations to sue European governments, including the UK, in secret courts.

They complain that world leaders are working alongside major corporations at breakneck speed to get this deal sewn up, and refuse to give details.
An especially prickly issue is the imposition of investor-to-state dispute settlement rules (ISDS) enabling foreign investors to sue the host government.

Jan 27 16:01

Russia In The Cross Hairs. Washington’s Threats have moved Into the Realm of Insanity

Washington’s attack on Russia has moved beyond the boundary of the absurd into the realm of insanity.

The New Chief of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors, Andrew Lack, has declared the Russian news service, RT, which broadcasts in multiple languages, to be a terrorist organization equivalent to Boko Haram and the Islamic State, and Standard and Poor’s just downgraded Russia’s credit rating to junk status.

Today RT International interviewed me about these insane developments.

In prior days when America was still a sane country, Lack’s charge would have led to him being laughed out of office. He would have had to resign and disappear from public life. Today in the make-believe world that Western propaganda has created, Lack’s statement is taken seriously. Yet another terrorist threat has been identified–RT.

Jan 27 13:37

Tell Congress not to attend Netanyahu’s speech

Join us in raising our voices to protest Netanyahu’s speech, not because it’s a partisan snub, nor because the date is close to the Israeli elections, but because Netanyahu is going to Washington to undermine the U.S. strategy of diplomacy with Iran.

Instead of letting diplomacy work, Netanyahu wants the U.S. to impose harsher sanctions on Iran, all but ensuring that talks collapse and increasing the risk of war.

Raise your voice now and tell Congress to boycott Netanyahu’s speech:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sadly, a futile gesture. AIPAC owns the Congress, and any who dare not show up and give Netanyahu dozens of standing ovations will feel AIPAC's wrath in 2016!

Jan 27 13:03

Iran's central bank stops US dollar transactions, adopts RMB

Iran's central bank has announced that it will stop mutual settlements in the US dollar with other countries, with the Chinese yuan or renminbi being named as one of the alternatives.

Jan 27 13:00

Israel’s US envoy: PM’s planned Congress speech ‘a sacred duty’

Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer defended on Sunday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech before the US Congress on March 3, just two weeks before Israeli national elections, saying it was the prime minister’s “sacred duty” to present his stance on Iran — a stance sharply at odds with the Obama administration.

Read more: Israel's US envoy: PM's planned Congress speech 'a sacred duty' | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-us-envoy-pms-planned-congress-spe...
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Webmaster's Commentary: 

Go 'sacred' in your own country, Bibi!

Jan 27 12:20

It Is Time For Iran To Tell The West ‘Goodbye’

From all appearances, the Obama regime’s negotiations with Iran, overseen by Russia, were on the verge of ending the contrived nuclear issue. An end to the confrontation is unacceptable to the Zionist Israeli government and to their neocon agents in America. The Republicans, a political party owned lock, stock, and barrel by the Israel Lobby, hastily invited Netanyahu, the crazed ruler of both Israel and America, to quickly come to tell the Republican Congress, which the insouciant American voters put in place, how to prohibit any accommodation with Iran.

Jan 27 08:01

SCO: RUSSIA, IRAN TO CREATE JOINT BANK FOR TRANSACTIONS IN NATIONAL CURRENCIES

Russia and Iran plan to create a joint account for national currency trade, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei told RIA Novosti in an interview Tuesday. “Both sides plan to create a joint bank, or joint account, so that payments may be made in rubles and rials and there is an agreement to create a working group [for this],” Sanaei said. The Iranian ambassador added that relations between Moscow and Tehran “are actively developing” and that 2014 was “a very fruitful year” for both countries.

Jan 26 23:06

Speaker John Boehner may be guilty of treason

It has been recently confirmed that John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before congress about Iran, in the spring. The move is a complete slap in the face to President Obama; it is also very possibly an act of treason.

Just when one believes Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner couldn't possibly go any lower he proves all of his critics wrong by stooping so low his actions may bring charges of treason.

Jan 26 11:12

Iran nuclear deal unlikely by March as significant gaps remain, official says

The gaps between Iran and the six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program are significant and an agreement is unlikely to be sealed before March, an Israeli official with knowledge of the negotiations told reporters Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is suspect because Israel is not actually part of the P5+1 negotiations!

Jan 26 11:00

Defiant Netanyahu to Obama: I will go anywhere to warn about nuclear Iran

Israel's Prime Minister on Sunday said openly and loudly that he will go anywhere in the world that he is invited to speak about the clear and present danger posed by Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and the threat to Israel, the United States and European nations posed by radical Islam, according to the Middle Eastern news agencies. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a former officer with the Israeli special forces, while not mentioning names left the impression he was referring to his controversial upcoming visit to the United States.

Jan 26 09:33

Neocons Dig in to Bomb-Bomb Iran

It has not been a smooth month for those who want to keep Iran in pariahdom forever and thus seek to kill any international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. The sanctions bill that is the deal-killers’ principal vehicle at the moment and is in the Senate Banking Committee has not been attracting the hoped-for Democratic co-sponsors.

Jan 25 13:49

Barack to Bibi: Stop “Meddling” In Our Politics

An unidentified senior American official said that Obama warned Netanyahu “not to meddle in the battle” Obama was “waging against Congress over the sanctions legislation”

Ha’aretz, reported the firmness with which Obama addressed Netanyahu: “Obama stressed to Netanyahu that he is seeking to reach an agreement with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and assure the international community in a verifiable fashion that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only,

One week later, after secret meetings with Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner invited Israel’s Prime Minister to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress February 11.

It is unprecedented for a House speaker to invite a foreign leader to speak to the Congress without prior consultation and agreement with the President of the United States.

Jan 25 10:27

Netanyahu claims speech to US Congress is ‘anti-Iran strategy,’ not presidential snub

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to take every opportunity to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to his country.

His visit to Washington in March has opened up a political rift in the United States and has drawn accusations in Israel that Netanyahu is undermining a strategic alliance to win an election due two weeks after the trip.

Briefing his cabinet on the speech to be made on March 3 to a joint meeting of Congress, Netanyahu said his priority was to urge the United States and other powers not to negotiate an Iranian nuclear deal that might endanger Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Prime Minister, this statement is grade-A, select-quality bovine excrement and you know it.

Iran hasn't begone a war in over 200 years; one certainly cannot say that with a straight face about Israel.

You goals are very simple, but amazingly transparent; to neuter the President's foreign policy goals in Iran; to cause Congress to cave to a foreign country in its actions regarding Iran; and to convince the Israeli voters that you still have the US government firmly by the "short and curlies".

And I hope you fail, miserably, because, as you are well aware, additional sanctions against Iran will cause them to leave the P5+1 negotiations. This, may well, cause Iranian legislators to believe that their only course of action is to develop an atomic bomb, and quickly, as a defense against an attack by Israel.

And sir, I will tell you: the American people have no stomach for yet another war in the Middle East to "neutralize" yet another of Israel's alleged "existential enemies", fought and paid for by American taxpayers, because they can see, very clearly, how US military action in Iraq,(not to mention Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen) have failed catastrophically.

If Israel begins a war with Iran, and pulls the US along with it, you will see an outpouring of pro-peace, anti-Israeli rhetoric in this country the likes of which you have never seen in the history of Israel.

Sir,criticizing the government of Israel when it is doing something absolutely morally wrong is not anti-Semitic, but the absolutely correct action to take, as it would be with any other country with a bloodthirst for starting wars, and expanding territory to which they legally and morally hold no legitimate claim.

Jan 25 10:16

IRAN DITCHES US DOLLAR IN FOREIGN TRADE TRANSACTIONS

It took Iran quite some time to take this step… Now how long will it take the US and her master to react? And how will they react? Will the MEK be unleashed all over the US? Will Bibi, at long last, get his war against the Islamic Republic of Iran?

Jan 24 14:44

Western fawning to shore up Saudi House of Cards

The fawning by the American and British governments toward Saudi Arabia over the death of King Abdullah is for good – albeit unspoken – reasons. The oil-rich feudal kingdom is a lynchpin of Western hegemony in the strategically vital Middle East region. At a time when the region is gripped by instability more than ever, the House of Saud now enters a dangerous period of transition, which presents deep alarm to the Western patrons.

Jan 24 14:38

ECB to launch €1.1 trillion of quantitative easing

By buying eurozone governments’ bonds using electronically created money – so-called quantitative easing– the ECB hopes to shore up confidence, boost inflation, and drive down the value of the euro on foreign exchanges, helping to boost exports and kickstart growth.

The €60bn a month figure includes the purchases of private sector assets that the ECB had already begun to try to unlock credit markets.

Jan 24 14:35

Congress Seeks Netanyahu’s Direction

Showing who some in Congress believe is the real master of U.S. foreign policy, House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session and offer a rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s comments on world affairs in his State of the Union speech.

Boehner made clear that Netanyahu’s third speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress – scheduled for Feb. 11 – was meant to counter Obama’s assessments.

“There is a serious threat in the world, and the President last night kind of papered over it,” Boehner said on Wednesday. “And the fact is that there needs to be a more serious conversation in America about how serious the threat is from radical Islamic jihadists and the threat posed by Iran.”

Jan 24 12:43

Congress seeks Netanyahu’s Direction - The real master of U.S. Foreign Policy?

Conservative Pat Buchanan once got in trouble by calling Capitol Hill “Israeli occupied territory,” but even he might not imagine what’s happening now – with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu invited to address a joint session of Congress to decry President Obama’s foreign policy.

Jan 24 11:53

Netanyahu and ‘the Big Lie’

With the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) acceptance of Palestine as a member, and its agreement to investigate possible Israeli war crimes during last summer’s brutal bombardment of the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu seems to be having fits of rage. His puppet, the United States government, has also denounced the Court’s decisions, and Mr. Netanyahu has made the following bizarre statements:

* “It’s absurd for the ICC to go after Israel, which upholds the highest standards of international law. Our actions are subject to the constant and careful review of Israel’s world-renowned and utterly independent legal system.”

* “But this decision is even more preposterous given that Israel is legitimately defending itself against Palestinian terrorists who routinely commit multiple war crimes. They deliberately fire thousands of rockets at our civilians, while hiding behind Palestinian civilians whom they use a human shield.”

Jan 24 11:39

Greater Israel: Netanyahu Seeks to Turn US Congress Against Elected American President

The current Congress follows the agenda of AIPAC – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (a pretentious title for a political lobby group). AIPAC, in turn, is controlled and financed by pro-Israel supporters and they take their lead from the Likud policy agenda of Israel’s Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.

If this is difficult to believe, then watch Binyamin Netanyahu, in March, as he ‘struts and frets his hour upon the stage’ in an attempt to orchestrate world affairs to suit his own agenda whilst humiliating the elected President of the United States before an AIPAC-controlled Congress to which he (Netanyahu) has been invited to address without prior White House knowledge or approval.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the author of this article conveniently forgets is that many of Congress' most powerful Democratic leaders are also strong supporters of AIPAC.

And I have an open note to President Obama.

Sir, we disagree on many issues. My arguments, as a Christian pacifist are, generally, logical, and noted with some reasonable degree of precision and documentation.

I abhor ad hominem attacks, as I think they are both "dirty pool", as well as being non-productive.

But there is one thing upon which you and I do agree, mightily, and that is a need for a positive relationship with Iran regarding its nuclear energy program, which the P5+1 group are desperately working to finalize.

It is not accidental that Netanyahu is coming here in March. This is the time of the annual AIPAC conference, and shortly before the Israeli elections.

And THAT, sir, is the point of his addressing both houses of Congress, particularly on the issue of Iran's nuclear program.

IF Israeli voters see that he is able to deter Congress from allowing these negotiations to move forward by placing more sanctions against Iran, causing it to walk away from the negotiating table, it will make him more attractive to them as a political leader.

This is highly dangerous, not only for the people of Israel, but also for the world in general.

But IF Netanyahu is successful in accomplishing this, it will be a complete, and painfully public, geopolitical "neutering" of you and your agenda for the rest of your term in office.

Sir, there have been rumors of your being "furious" at Netanyahu's acceptance of Boehner's invitation to address Congress, and that there "will be costs" to the US/Israeli relationship.

But Sir, precisely what are those "costs" going to be? You need to think about this very carefully, because the only thing Netanyahu understands is hard-ball.

Should Netanyahu's meddling in US foreign policy bring about his desired outcome, the following should happen, and immediately after it happens.

1. All financial and military aid to Israel should stop, and immediately.
2. All US military should be removed from Israel.
3. All US military equipment should be removed from Israel
4. Sanctions should be immediately be placed against Israeli banks and corporations.

But the big issue here, Mr. President, is preventing Netanyahu from trying to influence US foreign policy before that over-ride vote on your veto is taken. Making him know that the above will happen, and that there is no mistake that it will happen, if your veto is overturned.

Because you know what will happen if this veto is not allowed to stand: Israel will go to war against Iran, and drag the US, kicking and screaming, right along with them. Of course, Russia has just signed a military agreement with Iran, meaning that if there is an attack against Iran, Russia might well join the fray on Iran's side.

And in closing this, Mr. President, I would very strongly like to caution you that capitulating to Bibi Netanyahu on this will cause history to judge you harshly as the 21st century's Neville Chamberlain, embracing a "Pax Israelica" which will translate into infinitely more bloodshed in the Middle East, and beyond.

The very stark choice, sir, is yours.

Jan 24 07:58

Iran moves away from US dollar in foreign trade

Iran is stopping mutual settlements in dollars with foreign countries and agreements on bilateral swap in new currencies will be signed in the near future, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has said.

“In trade exchanges with foreign countries, Iran uses other currencies, including Chinese yuan, euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble and South Korean won,” Gholamali Kamyab, CBI deputy head, told the Tasnim state news agency.

He added that Iran is considering the possibility of signing bilateral monetary agreements with several countries on the use of other currencies.

Jan 23 09:37

Obama won’t meet Netanyahu during ‘bizarre,’ ‘historic,’ ‘unprecedented’ visit

White House and State Department won’t meet with Netanyahu on his March visit to address both houses of Congress. Emergency Committee for Israel calls this a snub.

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I agree with Obama on this one. Netanyahu and Boehner are trying to hijack the AMERICAN Congress to serve Israel's agenda. Obama knows that war with Iran means war with Russia and while a degree of conflict is desired to forestall the rise of the Ruble, all-out war will cost millions of lives and there is the real possibility the US will lose.

Israel, like the bankers, doesn't care who wins or loses so long as their personal wealth and power are elevated in the process. Obama, in his final two years in office and no longer dependent on Israeli support for future elections, seems to be looking at the situation from the point of view of the US, and that is a good thing!

Jan 22 23:16

The strategy behind Israel’s attack on Iran and Hizballah

Israel has good reason to fear that the Lebanese militia Hizballah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard will seek dramatic revenge for the killing of 12 senior figures from the two organisations in an air strike in Syria on Sunday.

Jan 22 17:54

Congress invites Netanyahu to rebut Obama on Iran, and White House slams ‘breach of protocol’

And on MSNBC today, Noga Tarnopolsky in Jerusalem says that Boehner and Netanyahu were “negotiating behind President Obama’s back” to bring off the invitation.

Boehner’s actual invitation sent out this morning says Netanyahu is being invited by the “bipartisan leadership” of the Senate and House. Says Scott McConnell of Netanyahu’s visit to Congress: “The only question will be how many standing ovations will he receive? I think he had 29 last time around. Should we set up a betting pool on it?”

Jan 22 16:07

Russia signs military cooperation deal with Iran

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday signed a military cooperation deal with Iran that his Iranian counterpart touted as a joint response to US "interference".

Jan 22 14:56

The ISIS comedy continues…

Much of the Western world has reluctantly signed up with America’s counterfeit crusade against the radical group. And now Japan has been suckered into the madness...

One can’t help but laugh at the way in which our loathsome leaders try to pull the wool over our eyes time and again.

These cowards in high places have resorted to fantastical lies and clownish frauds to keep us complacent and ignorant.

This latest chicanery should make you grin.

Just hours after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an “anti-terrorism” pact with Israel and pledged $200 million towards the anti-ISIS coalition led by the United States, ISIS released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages.

The infamous British-accented Islamic State fighter, who allegedly beheaded a string of hostages over recent months including American photojournalist James Foley, appears in a new video demanding a ransom of $200 million in exchange for the release of the two Japanese captives.

Jan 22 14:53

The ‘hasbara’ tweeps who brought down Jim Clancy, and their ties to Israel and the Israel lobby

As the hardly left-leaning Thomas Friedman has explained, even espousing the U.S. State Department’s official policy that settlements are illegal and East Jerusalem is an occupied city can stop a career before it starts.

Veteran CNN journalist Jim Clancy’s resignation this week is one of the odder media fallouts from the Charlie Hebdo Paris attack. On January 7, Clancy got into a late night Twitter spat regarding the French satirical magazine with online adversaries. When he told them they were ganging up on him and practicing “hasbara,” the Hebrew word for “explaining” that describes pro-Israel advocacy often at the behest of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they lashed back as if the term were libelous.

Jan 22 14:49

“Civilization” of the Neocons

The power of the msm – in combination with the brainless masses works wonders.

Imagine – a bunch of French, CIA and Mossad special forces, one of them or a combination of the three, attack a racist, Moslem-insulting publisher in Paris and a kosher supermarket at another end of town – killing altogether 17 people, notwithstanding the ‘suicide’ of the French police chief in charge of investigating the atrocity.

A million and a half people in Paris take to the streets – about 6 million throughout Europe – all screaming or carrying posters with a maddening, inexplicable “Je Suis Charlie” – depicting an utterly brainwashed mindset, brainwashed for decades with Washington directed mind control.

Jan 22 11:26

Iran leader message to the youth in Europe and North America

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has addressed the youth in Europe and North America.

In the name of God, the Beneficent the Merciful

To the Youth in Europe and North America,

The recent events in France and similar ones in some other Western countries have convinced me to directly talk to you about them. I am addressing you, [the youth], not because I overlook your parents, rather it is because the future of your nations and countries will be in your hands; and also I find that the sense of quest for truth is more vigorous and attentive in your hearts.

I don’t address your politicians and statesmen either in this writing because I believe that they have consciously separated the route of politics from the path of righteousness and truth.

Jan 22 08:38

Israel’s Netanyahu Was Imported by GOP to Ensure a War with Iran

Republican House Majority leader John Boehner secretly invited Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Washington to address Congress and then once it was set up he let Barack Obama know about it.

The reason for bringing Netanyahu is that Boehner wants to craft a super-majority in Congress that can over-ride Obama’s veto of new sanctions on Iran. He doesn’t have enough Republican votes to do so, but if he can get Democrats beholden to the Israel lobbies of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to join the veto over-ride effort, he might succeed.

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Jan 22 08:32

Death of Iranian general in Syria strike likely no accident

It can be assumed that the officials who ordered the strike weighed the possibility of killing the general against the risks of a Hezbollah terror plot targeting Israel.

Jan 22 00:02

The ‘hasbara’ tweeps who brought down Jim Clancy, and their ties to Israel and the Israel lobby

As the hardly left-leaning Thomas Friedman has explained, even espousing the U.S. State Department’s official policy that settlements are illegal and East Jerusalem is an occupied city can stop a career before it starts.

Veteran CNN journalist Jim Clancy’s resignation this week is one of the odder media fallouts from the Charlie Hebdo Paris attack. On January 7, Clancy got into a late night Twitter spat regarding the French satirical magazine with online adversaries. When he told them they were ganging up on him and practicing “hasbara,” the Hebrew word for “explaining” that describes pro-Israel advocacy often at the behest of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they lashed back as if the term were libelous.

Jan 21 13:43

Russia Could Supply Iran With S-300 Air Defense System

Russia might deliver a long-overdue S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, honoring a contract that was canceled in 2010 following strong pressure from the West, Iranian and Russian media said on Tuesday.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is visiting Tehran and signed an agreement with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan to boost cooperation, Iran's Fars semi-official news agency said.

Jan 21 12:48

Russian Foreign Minister: Efforts to Isolate Russia Will Not Succeed

Russian FM kicks off annual press conference by reiterating President Putin's statement: "Isolationism policies will not work"

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held his annual end-of-year press conference in Moscow. Fielding questions from reporters for over two hours, the country’s top diplomat spoke about the situations in Ukraine, Syria and Russia’s relations with the West.

More than 370 journalists, including three journalists from Ukraine, were accredited, and the conference was broadcasted online in Russian, English and French on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

Jan 21 11:54

Importance of being Syria’s Assad

President Bashar al-Assad whom the US regarded all through to be “ a huge part of the problem, may also now be part of the solution”

On the other hand, the latest reports from Saudi Arabia show Crown Prince huddled with a delegation of American senators led by John McCain to discuss the Pentagon plan to arm and train the Syrian rebels. It seems for a moment that the ‘regime change’ agenda in Syria is back on the front burner of the Obama administration’s Middle East policies.

However, that will be overlooking the remarks by US secretary of state John Kerry on Wednesday voicing support for the Russian efforts to kick start negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition figures in Moscow as well as de Mistura’s efforts for an Aleppo ceasefire.

Jan 21 11:26

Israel Bombs Syria, Kills Top Iranian General and Top Hezbollah Commander

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

In yet another brazen attack on national sovereignty and human rights, Israel has once again launched a bombing mission onto Syrian soil in defense of death squads and terrorists that it has been supporting – along with the United States, France, and the UK (NATO) – since the beginning of the Syrian crisis.

Some reports attribute the attack to missiles fired from helicopters while others suggest that the attack took place using Israeli drones...

Jan 21 10:50

The Danger of an MH-17 ‘Cold Case’

The Obama administration continues to drag its feet on releasing U.S. intelligence evidence on who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 six months ago, a failure that has given the guilty parties time to scatter and has created a new breeding ground for conspiracy theories.

Now more than six months after the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, the refusal of the Obama administration to make public what intelligence evidence it has about who was responsible has created fertile ground for conspiracy theories to take root while reducing hopes for holding the guilty parties accountable.

Given the U.S. government’s surveillance capabilities – from satellite and aerial photographs to telephonic and electronic intercepts to human sources – American intelligence surely has a good idea what happened on July 17, 2014, when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine killing all 298 people onboard.

Jan 21 10:45

America Is Open for Business in Iraq (Psst… Wanna Buy an M1 Tank?)

Are Tanks Good for Anything Other Than Profits?

Washington’s rallying cry now seems to be: “Wait for the spring offensive!” In translation that means: wait for the Iraqi army to get enough newly American-trained and -armed troops into action to make a move on Mosul. That city is, of course, the country’s second largest and still ruled by the new “caliphate” proclaimed by Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. All in all, not exactly inspiring stuff.

You can’t have victory if you have no idea where the finish line is. But there is one bright side to the situation. If you can’t create Victory in Iraq for future VI Day parades, you can at least make a profit from the disintegrating situation there.

Jan 21 10:20

Obama will bypass Congress on Iran sanctions if nuclear deal is reached

In another example of the White House bypassing Congress to avoid a vote it would lose, the Obama administration will not to seek congressional approval to suspend sanctions against Iran if a deal on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program can be reached, The New York Times reported Sunday night.

Jan 21 09:21

John Boehner invites Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to address a joint meeting of Congress on Feb. 11.

“In this time of challenge, I am asking the prime minister to address Congress on the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life,” Boehner said in a statement.

The invitation came a day after U.S. President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address he would veto legislation that toughens sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to John Boehner: forgive me, sir, but how in the name of Heaven does Iran pose a grave threat to the lives of Americans, or Israelis, for that matter?!?!?

Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years, and their negotiators at the P5+1 meetings are working, to the best of the IAEA's understanding, to achieve a meaningful, workable pact with the West on their nuclear energy program.

I would also like to mention that Iran has one of the oldest continuing Jewish populations in the Middle East, and many of them are so contented in Iran, that they have no desire to move to Israel.

I would strongly suggest that you view the video "Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran", filmed by a charming young videographer, who meets with Jewish members of the Iranian community in Tehran, including a merchant who is himself a member of Iran's Parliament.

Sir, Prime Minister Netanyahu has not been shy on demanding that the US invade Iran and "neutralize" the country for Israel's benefit, without the IDF lifting a finger.

I would, very strongly suggest that if Netanyahu wishes Iran to be "neutralized", that the Israeli military is strong enough to take care of that on their own.

And JUST IN CASE you did not get the memo (as I did, this morning, websurfing the news), Russia has just signed a military pact with Iran. This means that a US invasion against Iran will mean war with Russia.

So sir, do you have the gall to state, bluntly and publicly to the American people, that we have the troop strength, the money, and the manufacturing, to insure a positive outcome to such a conventional war against Russia?!?

Were you telling the truth, I don't think you would be so brazen as to answer the above questions with an uniquivocal, difinitive "yes".

Jan 21 08:17

Russia signs military cooperation deal with Iran

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday signed a military cooperation deal with Iran that his Iranian counterpart touted as a joint response to US "interference".

Shoigu is the most senior Russian military official to visit Tehran since 2002, according to Iranian media, and the agreement comes with both countries facing western sanctions.

The deal provides for joint exercises and military training, as well as "cooperation in peacekeeping, maintaining regional and international security and stability, and fighting against separatism and extremism," the Iranian defence ministry website said.

Defence minister Hossein Dehqan told state television that Iran and Russia had a "shared analysis of US global strategy, its interference in regional and international affairs and the need to cooperate in the struggle against the interference of foreign forces in the region."

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OK, Russia has just made it official; any military invasion of Iran will generate Russian military assistance for it.

Jan 21 08:15

John Baird, Iranian minister invited to 'make or break' Syria talks in Davos

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been invited to a high-level meeting this week about the future of Syria — one that could include his Iranian counterpart.

Jan 20 08:55

Israeli security source: We didn't know Iranian general was at site of Syria strike

An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior Israeli security source told Reuters on Tuesday.

The source declined to be identified because Israel will not confirm or deny whether it carried out the strike.

Jan 20 06:16

Russia signs military cooperation deal with Iran

TEHRAN: Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu today signed a military cooperation deal with Iran that his Iranian counterpart touted as a joint response to US "interference".

Shoigu is the most senior Russian military official to visit Tehran since 2002, according to Iranian media, and the agreement comes with both countries facing Western sanctions.

Jan 20 02:51

Charlie Hebdo, Zionism & Media Deception

Mustapha pondered whether the attack was stage-managed by the intelligence services, considering the two deceased suspects were being closely surveyed and watched by French intelligence and police for years, their names even showing up on ‘terror watch’ and ‘no fly’ lists.

Mustapha noted in the interview that in Western countries “the full force of the law” is brought down upon critics of Zionism, whereas anti-Islamic neocon zealots are given a platform on mainstream media to spout lies and deceptions intended to demonize Muslims and Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq, Iran, Syria and Libya.

Jan 19 23:22

Challenge for Pope: Seize Chance for Religious Renewal

The world now needs a fearless champion with clout, another overturner of money tables, scatterer of vested interests, exposer of hypocrisy and scourge of the unjust... a genuinely heroic figure that ordinary folk around the world can look up to.

In any month nearly 200 Palestinian children are held in Israeli military detention and the numbers remain fairly constant.

His Holiness, on reflection, must know that the situation in Palestine is wretchedly deplorable and an ugly stain on civilization generally and Christendom in particular for allowing it to happen. Praying with villains like Peres and accepting their refusal to allow access to Gaza’s communities doesn’t cut the mustard. Extraordinary evil requires extraordinary measures.

Save you prayers, Holiness, for someone and something more deserving.
Are we just people who use fine and pious words?

Jan 19 22:08

Trolling Russia

The edifice of world post-1991 order is collapsing right now before our eyes. President Putin’s decision to give a miss to the Auschwitz pilgrimage, right after his absence in Paris at the Charlie festival, gave it the last shove. It was good clean fun to troll Russia, as long as it stayed the course. Not anymore. Russia broke the rules.

Neither willingly nor easily did Russia break ranks. Putin tried to take Western baiting in his stride: be it Olympic games, Syria confrontation, gender politics, Georgian border, even Crimea-related sanctions. The open economic warfare was a game-changer. Russia felt attacked by falling oil prices, by rouble trouble, by credit downgrading. These developments are considered an act of hostility, rather than the result of “the hidden hand of the market”.

If the initiators expected Russians to be mad at Putin, they miscalculated. The Russian public is angry with the American organizers of the economical warfare, not with its own government.

Jan 19 17:00

SOTU address: Obama to bash the wealthy as Iranians and Russians sign deal

As President Barack Obama prepares to give his highly-anticipated State of the Union address in which he's expected to target the people he believes are America's real enemy -- the American people who possess wealth -- the nations of Iran and Russia plan to sign what is a significant memorandum of understanding (MOU) on increasing the two nations' military cooperation.

Jan 19 14:29

Challenge for Pope: Seize Chance for Religious Renewal

The world now needs a fearless champion with clout, another overturner of money tables, scatterer of vested interests, exposer of hypocrisy and scourge of the unjust... a genuinely heroic figure that ordinary folk around the world can look up to.

Not many weeks after that bizarre presidential pray-in with the Pope, Israel launched its most recent murder spree, Operation Protective Edge, slaughtering nearly 2,200 including more than 500 children, seriously injuring thousands more, making countless families homeless, wreaking massive destruction on vital infrastructure and causing lethal public health problems.

His Holiness, on reflection, must know that the situation in Palestine is wretchedly deplorable and an ugly stain on civilization generally and Christendom in particular for allowing it to happen. Praying with villains like Peres and accepting their refusal to allow access to Gaza’s communities doesn’t cut the mustard. Extraordinary evil requires extraordinary measures.

Jan 19 14:17

The Syrian Ambassador’s Complaint

This is why they want to privatize the United Nations, so that the influential donors can control the decision-making mechanisms, without giving a damn about the provisions of the Charter.

Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, sat down with Al-Akhbar for an interview.
The veteran diplomat, who has held his position at the UN since 2006, and lives restricted to a 25-mile radius of New York City, has much more to say than the half hour allowed. Defiant as always, he discussed the challenges he faces at the UN, explained why he thinks the organization has lost its way, and censured Western states and media for their hostility toward the Syrian government.

Jan 19 10:28

Senators unveil more toned down Iran sanctions bill

Supporters of Iran sanctions in the US Senate have unveiled a toned-down bill aimed at gaining enough votes to override a presidential veto.

President Barack Obama has argued forcefully against any new measures against the Islamic Republic, saying Iran was already chafing under existing sanctions and imposing new ones could torpedo ongoing talks on an agreement to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb, a goal it denies having.

On Thursday, the Senate banking committee will discuss and vote on the re-jigged bill proposed by Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Robert Menedez, two senators who have sponsored previous sanctions bills.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Leave it to massively AIPAC SUPPORTED Senators to lead the charge on this. And just for the record, to be clear, from maplight.org:

Top Senate Recipients Funded, in a time period from 7/2008 through 6/2014

Recipient Amount
Mark Kirk $643,598
Top Senate Recipients Funded

Recipient Amount

Mark Kirk $643,598
Mitch McConnell $400,022
Robert Menendez $341,170

Such sanctions are engineered to completely destroy the progress made at the P5+1 meetings with Iran to date, and cause Iran to walk away from the negotiating table, which is Israel's desire.

And why?!? To have the US declare war on Iran, so that its alleged "mortal enemy" in the middle east would be "neutralized" without Israel lifting a finger; to have America's kids fighting, dying, and getting maimed for life rather than their own.

There is, however, one infinitesimal, teensy, tinsy fly in the ointment with this scenario, however; and that is Russia.

Russian leadership, both civilian and military, has been very blunt on this issue. As quoted at washingtonsblog.com,from Dimitri Rogozin, in January, 2012:

" “Should Anything Happen to Iran … This Will Be a Direct Threat to Our National Security”. “Iran is our close neighbor, just south of the Caucasus. Should anything happen to Iran, should Iran get drawn into any political or military hardships, this will be a direct threat to our national security,” stressed Rogozin.

So I would like to suggest to Senators Kirk and Menendez that going to war against Iran may well mean going to war against Russia; and there is no guarantee that such a military confrontation would have a positive outcome for the US, because US military doesn't have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure such an outcome; that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

But there is one bet about these gentlemen I would almost be willing to make; they have no close family currently serving in the US military.

Were I able to introduce a Constitutional Amendment, it would be this; all running for Senate, Congress,President, or Vice-President should have one close family member joining the military right before they announce their run, in units which see combat on a regular basis.

Folks, THAT would greatly change the way the US government handles international kerfluffles; I would almost guarantee it!!

Because when you have family in the military, it's personal how this country resolves its international differences.

Jan 19 08:28

Iran considers Iraq’s security as own: Interior minister

Iran’s interior minister has emphasized the necessity for countering terrorism in the Middle East region, saying the Islamic Republic considers Iraq’s security as that of its own.

Jan 19 08:11

Iranian general killed in reported Israeli strike on Hezbollah in Syria

Iran has confirmed that a senior Iranian general was killed Sunday in an alleged Israeli strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, local media reported.

According to the report, Iran's Revolutionary Guard said General Mohammad Allahdadi was serving in Iran as an adviser to the Syrian Army. A Hezbollah official told AFP that five other Iranian military men were also killed in the strike.

Jan 19 08:05

Republican senators brush off Obama warnings, vow more Iran sanctions

Republican senators vowed Sunday to pursue additional sanctions against Iran, brushing off unusually blunt and dire warnings from President Obama that any more penalties for Tehran would threaten to scuttle nuclear talks and possibly lead to war.

Jan 19 05:10

Iranian General Among Dead in IAF Golan Strike

An Israeli strike on Syria that killed six members of the Iran-proxy Hezbollah terrorist organization also killed six Iranian solders and commanders, including an Iranian general.

"The Israeli strike killed six Iranian soldiers, including commanders, as well as the six members of Hezbollah. They were all in a convoy of three cars," a source close to the Shia Islamist group told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Iranian officials confirmed the claim shortly after, adding that one of those killed was a general in the elite Revolutionary Guard force.

"General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi and a number of fighters and Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) forces were attacked by the Zionist regime's helicopters," said a statement on the Guards' website. "This brave general and some members of Hezbollah were martyred."

Jan 19 00:32

Charlie Hebdo, Zionism & Media Deception

On the program I asked Mustapha if Zionism and the octopus of lobby groups that work on its behalf is as big a driving force behind US and broader Western foreign policy as some contend. “France, the US [and other Western countries] are under the domination of Israel,” Mustapha told me. Mustapha contends that Israel’s agents have supplanted all independent leaders in the West, replacing them with grovelling lapdogs who do the bidding of Israel at all costs, even to the detriment to their own people and nations.

We touched on the recent events in Paris, wherein “Islamist” gun-men are said to have carried out a massacre at the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a kosher market. Mustapha pondered whether the attack was stage-managed by the intelligence services, considering the two deceased suspects were being closely surveyed and watched by French intelligence and police for years, their names even showing up on ‘terror watch’ and ‘no fly’ lists.

Jan 18 13:53

The Revenge of the CIA by NORMAN SOLOMON

snip: Top officials in the U.S. government leak classified information all the time, without punishment. But Jeffrey Sterling was not a top official. He’s a former CIA officer, charged with giving classified information to journalist James Risen about a CIA operation that provided Iran with flawed nuclear weapon blueprints — information that appeared in Risen’s 2006 book State of War.

Hearing the testimony from CIA operatives, it’s clear that the agency is extremely eager to make an example of Sterling. Despite all the legalisms, the overarching reality is that the case against Sterling is scarcely legal — it is cravenly political.

Jan 18 13:37

Western politics of high-octane emotion

Western governments and their pliable news media are audaciously playing politics with public emotions.

The trouble with this “high-octane emotional politics” is that it stupefies the public from asking some very necessary hard questions of the authorities. By buying into weeping and self-indulgence, the public are at risk of being manipulated like never before.

Just as John Kerry was offering a big hug “to all of France”, the US government this week announced a significant step-up in its military involvement in Syria. The Pentagon unveiled plans to send 500 military personnel to train “moderate rebels” to fight against the elected government forces of President Bashar al Assad.

Jan 18 13:27

Paris Charlie – the Shock Doctrine par Excellence

False flag – converted immediately into public shock, the perfect condition for ramming any police, military and surveillance legislation down the people’s throat.

On 12 January the French Parliament approved with almost unanimity – with one abstention only – the budget for France’s continuous and enlarged involvement in the new war on Iraq, a new war engagement led by Washington and supported by its vassals, UK, Canada, Australia and France. Aircraft carriers and troops were immediately mobilized, not even losing a day.

Jan 18 09:40

Can Obama Untangle from Syria’s Civil War?

Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar would all reject a policy that would allow a regime they regard as an Iranian ally to persist in Syria.

Contradictions between the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and realities on the ground have become so acute that U.S. officials began last November discussing a proposal calling for support of local ceasefires between opposition forces and the Assad regime in dozens of locations across Syria.

The proposal surfaced in two articles in Foreign Policy magazine and in a column by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius. Those indicated that it was under serious consideration by administration officials. In fact, the proposal may even have played a role in a series of four White House meetings during the week of Nov. 6-13, to discuss Syria policy, one of which Obama himself presided over.

Jan 18 09:37

Neocons: The ‘Anti-Realists’

This neocon madness – this “anti-realism” – has been playing out in the real world on a grand scale, destroying real lives and endangering the real future of the planet.

The primary distinction between the neocons and the liberal interventionists has been the centrality of Israel in the neocons’ thinking while their liberal sidekicks put “humanitarianism” at the core of their world view. But these differences are insignificant, in practice, since the liberal hawks are politically savvy enough not to hold Israel accountable for its human rights crimes and clever enough to join with the neocons in easy-to-sell “regime change” strategies toward targeted countries with weak lobbies in Washington.

Jan 18 09:31

Obama to Senators: Choose U.S. Over Donors

The president urged the lawmakers to “take the long view rather than make a move for short-term political gain”.

On Thursday of last week, President Barack Obama spoke to a group of Democratic senators in a private meeting during a Baltimore hotel political retreat.

He asked the senators not to support a bill, drafted by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) (left) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), which would add further sanctions on Iran during this time of delicate nuclear negotiations between the U.S., its allies and Iran.

One unnamed senator in the room told the New York Times that Obama said that “as a former senator himself, he understood how outside forces — like special interests and donors — can influence senators to act”.

Jan 17 11:15

China and Russia launching new credit rating agency in 2015

The new Universal Credit Rating Group (UCRG) is being set up to rival the existing agencies Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, and its first rating will be issued this year.

The setting up of UCRG is in its final stages, ready to challenge the ‘Big Three’ that currently dominate the industry, the Managing Director of RusRating Aleksandr Ovchinnikov told Sputnik News Agency on Tuesday.

“In our opinion, the first ratings [will] appear … during the current year,” Ovchinnikov said, adding that accreditation with the local regulator is already underway.

The news comes on the heels of Fitch’s decision to follow S&P in downgrading Russia’s sovereign credit rating to BBB-, a step above junk level and on par with India and Turkey.

Jan 17 11:10

Can Obama Untangle from Syria’s Civil War?

Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar would all reject a policy that would allow a regime they regard as an Iranian ally to persist in Syria.

Contradictions between the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and realities on the ground have become so acute that U.S. officials began last November discussing a proposal calling for support of local ceasefires between opposition forces and the Assad regime in dozens of locations across Syria.

The proposal surfaced in two articles in Foreign Policy magazine and in a column by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius. Those indicated that it was under serious consideration by administration officials. In fact, the proposal may even have played a role in a series of four White House meetings during the week of Nov. 6-13, to discuss Syria policy, one of which Obama himself presided over.

Jan 17 10:44

Gas Theft and Auschwitz Snub… Russia’s Every Right to End the Insults

How many insults does the European Union expect Russia to bear without consequences? Ethnic cleansing of Russian people by the Brussels-backed Kiev regime, a refugee crisis on Russia’s borders, economic sanctions based on groundless accusations hurting Russian society – and now this – the neo-Nazi cabal that seized power in Ukraine with CIA backing last year has repeatedly been found guilty of siphoning off Russia’s natural gas exports to the EU.

Russia’s objective is simply this: to put an end to the Kiev regime’s de facto theft of Russian gas exports to Europe. How much more reasonable can that be?

No doubt the dutiful Western corporate media will crank up the «Putin as arch villain» narrative. Families freezing across Europe will be attributed to the «evil genius» of the «Soviet mastermind».

Jan 17 06:52

CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran

Since Tuesday and continuing for the coming three weeks, an amazing trial is happening in U.S. District Court at 401 Courthouse Square in Alexandria, Va. The trial is open to the public, and among the upcoming witnesses is Condoleezza Rice, but -- unlike the Chelsea Manning trial -- most of the seats at this somewhat similar event are empty.

Jan 16 14:48

China and Russia launching new credit rating agency in 2015

The new Universal Credit Rating Group (UCRG) is being set up to rival the existing agencies Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, and its first rating will be issued this year.

The setting up of UCRG is in its final stages, ready to challenge the ‘Big Three’ that currently dominate the industry, the Managing Director of RusRating Aleksandr Ovchinnikov told Sputnik News Agency on Tuesday.

“In our opinion, the first ratings [will] appear … during the current year,” Ovchinnikov said, adding that accreditation with the local regulator is already underway.

The news comes on the heels of Fitch’s decision to follow S&P in downgrading Russia’s sovereign credit rating to BBB-, a step above junk level and on par with India and Turkey.

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Jan 16 12:22

Parliament Speaker: Iran to Expedite Nuclear Program If US Fails to Remove Sanctions

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined that Tehran would revive and speed up its nuclear activities, including its enrichment program, in case the US refrains from removing all the sanctions against Iran under a final deal.

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The western media is already screaming that Iran is being "provocative", but under the P5+1 preliminary deal, Iran would reduce enrichment and the US would ease sanctions. Iran kept their word and reduced enrichment and the US, goaded by Israel-firster members of Congress, not only did not ease sanctions; they increased them! So, from Iran's point of view, the US broke the deal. This is nothing new as both Iran and the US signed and ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Deal. The IAEA grudgingly admits Iran has been playing by the rules of that treat. The United States has not.

Jan 16 11:55

Obama’s grim warning to Congress: New Iran sanctions could lead to war

President Obama warned Congress Friday that new economic sanctions against Iran could lead directly to war, and British Prime Minister David Cameron said he’s personally appealing to top lawmakers to hold off and allow diplomatic negotiations with Iran to play out.

Jan 15 10:24

Iran Announces Construction of Two New Nuclear Plants

Jan 15 09:51

Dying ‘good career move’ for French hate-mag

As ever, the Muslim world is responding with restraint and dignity to the latest vile conduct by Western so-called free-speech secularism.

The French so-called satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo – more accurately a hate-inciting, racist rag – has published its first post-massacre edition this week, with print sales going through the roof.

The magazine has abused the principle of free speech as a cynical cover to promote hate speech and in particular to foment prejudice against the Muslim population of France and Europe more generally.

Muslims have become the most vulnerable community in Europe and around the world for persecution by Western state and non-state bigots. Over the past week, Muslim communities and places of worship have been attacked by mobs in Germany and France amid the climate of hatred that the likes of Charlie Hebdo and its state benefactors have been responsible for.

Jan 15 09:42

Bob Carr: Australia’s UN vote on Palestine does a disservice to all sides

A true friend of Israel should be able to send a message about what Australians think.

More Australians winced than applauded when they learned of their country’s very last vote at the end of its two year term on the security council.

It was a lousy way to wrap up a two year term on the security council, given the intense competition to win the seat.

Jan 15 09:29

CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran

But when "Bob S." is asked who authorized this madness he doesn't say. He clearly suggests that it initiated within the CIA, but avoids specifics. When Jeffrey Sterling told Congress, Congress didn't tell the public. And when somebody told James Risen, the U.S. government -- so outraged over assaults on freedom of the press in Paris -- started hauling people into court.

And the public doesn't even show up to watch the trial.

Attend this trial, people. Report on it. Report the truth. You'll have no competition. The big media are not in the room.

Jan 14 13:46

Watch your language! (even when speaking the undeniable truth)

Willcox: “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

Poor Tim Willcox, now terrorized for doing a professional job at the Paris anti-terror march.

In a live TV report the BBC’s Willcox was interviewing people in the crowd and talking to a Jewish woman about her fears of persecution.

She said: “The situation is going back to the days of the 1930s in Europe.”

Willcox replied: “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

She countered: “We can’t do an amalgam.”

Willcox said: “You understand everything is seen from different perspectives.”

The reporter’s remarks were widely criticized by viewers, with some calling for his resignation.

Jan 14 13:09

CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran

The story is this. The CIA drew up plans for a key part of a nuclear bomb (what a CIA officer on Wednesday described in his testimony as "the crown jewels" of a nuclear weapons program), inserted flaws in the plans, and then had a Russian give those flawed plans to Iran.

During the trial on Wednesday morning, the prosecution's witnesses made clear both that aiding Iran in developing a part of a bomb would be illegal under U.S. export control laws, and that they were aware at the time that there was the possibility of what they were doing constituting just such aid.

So, why do it?

Jan 14 08:45

Catholic Bishops Voice Support for Dialogue Over Iran's Nuclear Program, Urge U.S. Congress To Have Patience

"Our Committee urges Congress not to take any actions that could undermine the negotiation process or make a responsible multi-party agreement more difficult to achieve. Given the long history of acrimonious and tense relations, it is vital to continue to foster an environment in which all parties can build mutual confidence and trust in order to work towards a final accord that enhances genuine peace."

Jan 14 07:23

Netanyahu gatecrashes Paris rally

Gatecrashing Netanyahu's latest offense. Showing up where not wanted.

French President Francois Hollande’s national security advisor, Jacques Audibert, asked him not to come, through his Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen. Saying Sunday’s event wanted to demonstrate solidarity with France. Avoid divisive issues. Like Israeli/Palestinian relations.

“(S)everal hours after (he said) he would not be traveling to Paris, his office issued a statement stating that he would in fact be at the march.”

“Hollande’s anger at Netanyahu was evident during (Sunday evening’s) ceremony,” said Haaretz. Held at Paris’ Grand Synagogue. “(A)ttended by hundreds of members of the local Jewish community. Hollande sat through most of the ceremony, but when Netanyahu’s turn at the podium arrived,” he walked out. A snub easily noticed.

Jan 13 12:01

Four Ways the West Got the Iran Nuclear Issue Wrong by GARETH PORTER

conclusion snip: Major contradictions between information in the papers and the independently verifiable timelines of Iran’s missile and nuclear programmes indicated that the authors were not Iranian specialists. The re-entry vehicle depicted in the studies, for example, was not the one that Iran was redesigning at the time and that was revealed to the world only after the documents were handed over.

El Baradei also revealed that a subsequent series of intelligence documents, which included the claim that Iran had installed a large cylinder at Parchin to test atomic weapons designs, had been passed on to the IAEA directly by Israel. That intelligence proved to be equally problematic: former IAEA nuclear weapons expert Robert Kelley found the Parchin cylinder claim technically implausible.

Jan 13 09:06

“Je suis Ali Abbas”: The Forgotten Victims of State Terrorism

Dr. Halpin’s summary in this case, encapsulates the terror of state origin – the US and the UK in particular.The UK almost always manages to present a beatific face – at first glance.

Massive terrorist attacks were hatched soon after the pretext of cinematographic ‘terrorist’ attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on September 9th 2001.

A splinter of this terror came to Ali Abbas, then 12 years of age and formerly of the village of Zafaraniya, near Baghdad about 10 days after the shocking and ‘aweing’ started.

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Jan 13 06:40

In The Year 2000 There Were 7 Countries Without A Rothschild-Owned Central Bank: They were Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Cuba, North Korea and Iran.

Russia Tells United States Citizens Not To Give Up Your Guns: We Learned From Experience Fighting Rothschild’s Banking Schemes!

Jan 12 12:55

Taking the mickey: war crimes suspects led Paris anti-terror march

They should have been arrested as soon as they landed in Paris, clapped in irons and dragged to The Hague

I sat down to watch the Paris march commemorating Charlie with curiosity, for this important outpouring of ordinary people’s fears and resolve had been hi-jacked by the French government in a nauseating attempt to de-odorise some of its terror-dealing friends by hosting and parading them at the head of the march.

Jan 11 19:12

Iran FM rejects Der Spiegel claims as ‘ridiculous’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected as “ridiculous” a report by Germany’s Der Spiegel weekly claiming that Tehran is helping Syria build nuclear weapons.

Jan 11 14:45

Charlie Hebdo Massacre: Another Staged Event to Incite War and Destroy Freedom?

Many analysts are questioning the dubious timing and nature of all of these incidents, which come at just the right moment to lend credence to the US-led coalition against ISIS.It is nothing short of miraculous that just as various Western countries gear up for military strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, ‘terror incidents’ hit their respective homelands right on cue to give the politicians their belated ‘casus belli’ for joining the campaign to be rid of ISIS.

French politicians and other Western leaders have been pontificating about Western ‘values’ and have selectively invoked ‘freedom of speech.’ “We live in a free and open democracy which has freedom of speech,” the West’s dishonest leaders say.

“Radical Muslims don’t believe in ‘our values,’ hence the necessity to fight them overseas” is the standard establishment talking point, trotted out time and again by the professional script readers fronting as presidents and prime ministers.

Jan 11 08:50

‘Anyone but Bibi’: Israeli PM popularity slumps before elections

More than 230,000 dollars has come in from various donors in the United States. It makes up almost 90% of Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election funds, most of it coming from just three American families.

But even all that money can’t buy popularity – Bibi’s ratings are languishing, as voters look to alternatives, Paula Slier reports.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Yet another reason for Israel to stage a flood of false-flag terror attacks!

Jan 11 08:44

Israel Big Winners at ICC: Palestinians and US Taxpayers Too!

Turn on Your Smart Phone! Justice Calling! See You in Court!

This past week the International Criminal Court at the Hague accepted the application of Palestine to join the court. This so-called risky move by Palestinian President Abbas was both applauded by the world and sadly panned by the USA and Israel as being provocative and an obstacle to the “peace process”.Strange the USA and Israeli governments attempt to argue against a day in civil court right? Talk about being on the wrong side of humanity! Ouch!

I mean there is NO better way to behave in a civil society with our fellow man than going to court.

Going to court is the most excellent non-violent way to seek justice when injustice exists unchecked. It exposes our bad behavior to objective peers for a judgment that help us all better live together under commonly held values. Yet here we are watching the lost USA and Israel stand-alone against justice! Sad really!

Jan 11 08:40

The farce of Western free speech

Western free speech is nothing but a cynical charade by those in power to maintain their unlawful positions of power.

Speaking outside Elysée Palace in the aftermath of this week’s terror killings in France, former President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned the violence as “an attack on civilization.” Coiffured, sun-tanned and nattily dressed, Sarkozy’s solemn words made him appear like the embodiment of civility.

That’s a quaint turn in etiquette by a politician who is mired in allegations of sleaze and corruption, as well as war crimes.

Sarkozy wasn’t too concerned about “civilization” when he and his British allies launched the NATO bombing campaign of Libya in March 2011 in stark violation of a UN mandate. That seven-month onslaught led to the murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi – from whom Sarkozy had gladly received hush-hush political donations in the past, before stabbing him in the back.

Jan 10 14:10

The farce of Western free speech

Western free speech is nothing but a cynical charade by those in power to maintain their unlawful positions of power.

A satirical magazine championed by Western war criminals for its “free speech” to dehumanize Muslims is hailed as “heroic?” While an informative, serious news channel like Press TV is banned. Now that is farcical cartoon.

Evidently, it’s acceptable to insult Islam, according to Western select use of free speech because it suits political agendas of demonizing Muslim countries so that they can be attacked with Western warplanes or covert terrorist proxies. But it is not acceptable to satirize Zionism or Western ruling classes.

Jan 10 07:40

There Are None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See

President Obama fancies himself the leader of the “free world” yet he heads a nation that until recently organized black site prisons for torturing suspects and which continues to use armed drones to kill innocent and guilty alike.

Jan 10 06:41

Paris attack becomes Political Football in Israel and Palestine

France has recently supported the Palestinian people and their cause at the UN Security Council, causing panic among Israeli officials in Tel Aviv who have said on several occasions that they fear they have lost the entire European continent as a result. They have also expressed worries that the European position, led by France, is turning against the Israeli occupation and in favor of the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, independence, and statehood.

Many Israeli analysts have urged authorities in their country to work to regain European support, fearing that losing France would mean losing Europe as a whole. The response to these fears has been an unprecedented campaign of Israeli incitement against Muslim immigrants in Europe.

Europe is still capable of differentiating between a bunch of crazy terrorists, a crazy occupation, and an innocent citizen living under occupation seeking help.

Jan 10 06:35

NATO Trips on Own Lies with U-Turn on ‘Russian Aggressor’

With the flip of a coin, it seems, all this grave anti-Russian bombast is suddenly redundant, with the US-led NATO alliance, through its European civilian cypher Stoltenberg, apparently stretching out the hand of co-operation to Russia.

NATO’s civilian figurehead Jens Stoltenberg this week urged Russia to be a partner against terrorism. He was speaking the day after the deadly gun attack on a magazine in Paris where 12 people, including three police officers, were killed by assailants purporting to be affiliated with radical Islamists.

During a visit to Germany, the NATO general secretary called upon Moscow to be “an ally in the fight against terrorism” – adding: “We think it is important that Russia, which is our biggest neighbor in Europe, and NATO are working together on important issues like fighting terror.”

Jan 09 11:24

Russia and China: The Dawning of a New Monetary System?

China, leading member of the BRICS, is lining up the bloc of the BRICS and that of the SCO – and their currencies – to support Russia in need. Currency swaps between Russia (ruble) and China (yuan) for an initial US$ 25 billion equivalent have already been implemented, to allow direct transactions between the two countries. Similar swaps are under way between China and Russia with other countries, primarily the BRICS and the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) members – including the soon to become new members – Iran, Pakistan, India (also a BRICS member) and Mongolia – and possibly in some not too distant future also strategically located NATO member Turkey.

Jan 09 10:10

Iran-Backed Militias Are Getting U.S. Weapons

U.S. weapons intended for Iraq’s beleaguered military are winding up in the possession of the country’s Shiite militias, according to U.S. lawmakers and senior officials in the Barack Obama administration. These sources say that the Baghdad government, which was granted $1.2 billion in training and equipment aid in the omnibus spending bill passed last month, is turning hardware over to Shiite militias that are heavily influenced by Iran and have been guilty of gross human-rights violations.

Jan 07 10:13

The greatest trick Obama ever pulled was convincing the world America isn’t still at war

The holiday headlines blared without a hint of distrust: “End of War” and “Mission Ends” and “U.S. formally ends the war in Afghanistan,” as the U.S. government and Nato celebrated the alleged end of the longest war in American history. Great news! Except, that is, when you read past the first paragraph: “the fighting is as intense as it has ever been since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001,” according to the Wall Street Journal . And about 10,000 troops will remain there for the foreseeable future (more than we had a year after the Afghan war started ). Oh, and they’ll continue to engage in combat regularly . But other than that, yeah, the war is definitely over.

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And I can nearly guarantee you; the current wars are prologue for future wars, potentially against China and Russia to prevent the end of dominance by the US dollar.

The US government is financially on the ropes, and the only way the members of this government have known, historically, to get off those ropes, is to wage war.

This country experienced two massive depressions, followed, inevitably by war. Although the presstitutes dare not mention it, we are in another massive recession right now, because all the decently paying jobs, which used to support this country's middle class, have been offshored/outsourced to places with nearly slave labor wages.

And please, if you don't believe me, take a look at this; last year, Charlie Rangel, the senior Congressional Representative from New York, introduced a bill to reinstate the draft; but this time, should this be passed, it will be coming for both our sons and our daughters. When last I checked this month, it is still in Committee, waiting for the "right emotional moment" to be passed.

Jan 06 07:51

Iran successfully fired the country's home-made cruise missiles

The Iranian Navy vessels successfully fired the country's home-made Nour and Nasr cruise missiles on the sixth day of the massive Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) drills in the Southern and Southeastern parts of the country.

In March, the Iranian defense ministry started the mass-delivery of different ballistic missiles, including Qadr, Qiam, Fateh 110 and Khalij-e Fars missiles, as well as Mersad air defense system to the IRGC and Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base.

Jan 03 10:29

US Slaps Iran With New Sanctions Unrelated to Nuclear Program: US Treasury

“Although we do not support the imposition of any new nuclear-related sanctions while negotiations are ongoing, throughout the JPOA [Joint Plan of Action] period we have made clear, by word and deed, that we will continue to enforce our existing sanctions,” Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at US Treasury David Cohen said.

Five individuals and one entity have been subjected to new sanctions for assisting the Iranian government in purchasing or acquiring US banknotes. Two Iranian companies, Abyssec and Douran Software Technologies, were targeted for allegedly helping Tehran dodge US sanctions and supporting human rights-related abusers.

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That last statement is really rich: "...and supporting human rights abusers."

Undersecretary Cohen might well have swallowed those words, before uttering them in public, in light of the highly redacted summary of the US government's report on torture against prisoners of war, which has been recently revealed to not only US citizens, but also to the world.

Between this, and the Senate's talking about laying down more sanctions against Iran with an alleged "veto proof" majority, it appears that this country is doing everything in its power to insure that Iran walks away from negotiations, then claim it's Iran's fault for leaving.

That clears the way for a US/Israeli attack against it, which is precisely the outcome Israel wants.

Or better yet, from Tel Aviv's perspective, make it a completely an American campaign, so that no members of the IDF get killed, or maimed for life.

Russian leadership, both diplomatic and military, have very bluntly stated that they will consider any attack against Iran to be an attack on the interests of Russia.

I would like to politely point out to those precious few adults in the room in the bowels of power in DC, that the US military does not have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia; and that is what makes a military scenario here so scarily dangerous.

And to those in Tel Aviv advocating for such a scenario, I would strongly caution you to rethink. Should Iran be attacked, Hezbullah may very well attack Israel from the north,, and the casualty figures may be catastrophically higher than what your military planners have told you.

The P5+1 talks are the world's best bet for stabilizing the region. The Iranian leadership may be many things, but stupid is not one of them.Even dealing with the hardline reactionaries, the current government, I believe, truly wants to see these negotiations succeed.

Sabotaging these talks would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do right now; and yet, it appears that this is precisely what these actions are engineered to do.

Jan 03 07:41

Iran denies ‘tentative uranium agreement’ with US

Washington and Tehran came a step closer to agreeing on shipping part of Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile to Russia, AP reported on Friday, citing diplomatic sources. However, Iran denied that any such agreement took place.

According to two diplomatic sources who spoke to the Associated Press, the December round of nuclear talks produced a “catalogue of areas of potential accord”, while outlining differing approaches to remaining stick points.

One of the breakthroughs, sources say, comes as Iran allegedly “tentatively agreed” to transport a large portion of its uranium stockpile to Russia for conversion into reactor fuel.

However, Iran’s Foreign Ministry has denied reports that it has agreed with the US on the list of nuclear materials to be delivered to Russia. On Friday, Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said "no agreement on any nuclear topic" had taken place.

Jan 02 08:37

Obama cannot use ‘veto pen’ on Iran sanctions: Sen. Rubio

Rubio, a Republican from Florida and potential contender for 2016 presidential election, says it is within Obama’s powers to obstruct the movement of legislation in Congress but not when it comes to Iran.

“There are some bills where I think he won't be able to do that on — for example, sanctions on Iran. I think we'll have a supermajority, a veto-proof majority to impose additional sanctions on Iran and to require the administration to come before Congress for approval of any deal that he has with Iran,” the senator said in an interview with NPR News.

Asked whether he would impose additional sanctions on Tehran in the midst of nuclear talks even if the move would destroy the prospect of a deal, Rubio said, “yes, because I don't believe there is a prospect for a deal with Iran.”

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It remains to be seen if Rubio can actually achieve a veto-proof majority on these additional sanctions against Iran.

But should this law be passed, it will force Iran away from the P5+1 talks completely, which is why these sanctions have been engineered to cause the talks to fail.

Iranian leadership is many things, but irrational is not one of them.

Additionally, Iran has not started any wars in the last 200 years; neither the US nor Israeli officials can say that with a straight face.

Dec 30 13:04

Iran Ranks First among Islamic Nations in Invention Registration

Iran stands first among Islamic states in terms of registering inventions, a report dubbed Science-Innovation Atlas of Islamic States and sponsored by Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), showed.

Dec 30 09:47

Israel, Iran, and ISIS - U.S. Policy Towards Syria is Wrong says Wilkerson

Larry Wilkerson: There will no solution in Syria without cooperation of Iran but U.S. policy is blocked by Israel's agenda

Dec 30 09:41

WHO IS THE THREAT TO WORLD PEACE? CHRISTIANS, JEWS, OR MUSLIMS (The US, Israel, or Iran)!

Since the 1979 Iranian revolution and the downfall of the US Puppet Ruler the Shah, Iran has been an Islamic state. In that interval of time, 1979 to the present, Iran has not invaded anyone. Not once. In fact Iran has not launched a war of aggression against another nation in 200 years. War is not their nature. People of all religions live in peace in Iran, even Jews, who find life so comfortable in Iran they refused an offer by the government of Israel to emigrate!

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I am reposting this article because as word comes down that Obama may reopen the US embassy in Tehran, the promoters of war are already screaming again that Iran is just two months away from a nuclear bomb, a claim they have been making since the 1980s, even though the IAEA acknowledges that Iran has complied with the preliminary P5+1 agreement regarding their nuclear technology.

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Dec 30 07:41

President Obama Defends Iran Nuclear Deal to Israeli Policy Forum

President Obama said today “We don’t know yet” whether the agreement reached with Iran last month will succeed in keeping the country from producing nuclear weapons, but he asserted that there are “unprecedented” fail-safe mechanisms to keep the agreement from failing, as others have in the past.

The president defended the deal today at a Mideast policy conference, where he was asked what made the sweeping, if tentative pact — which Israel opposed — “different” from the failed nuclear agreements pursued by Presidents Reagan with Pakistan and Clinton with North Korea.

“Well, we don’t know yet. We don’t know yet.” Obama said at the Brookings Institute’s Saban Forum. “I think it’s important for everybody to understand: This is hard, because the technology of the nuclear cycle you can get off the Internet. The knowledge of creating a nuclear weapon is already out there.”

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This is getting interesting. It looks like Israel's push for a US invasion of Iran is starting to falter!

UPDATE: FOX News is pushing the claim that Iran could build a nuclear bomb in as little as two months. The US media and Israel have been making that claim since the 1980s.

Dec 30 07:40

IAEA: Iran honoring nuclear deal with P5+1

Iran is honoring the interim nuclear agreement reached last year with the P5+1 world powers, according to a confidential International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report.

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The document, obtained by Reuters Friday, showed that Tehran was not enriching uranium above a five percent concentration, and that it has not made “any further advances” at two enrichment facilities and a heavy water reactor which was under construction.

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The US committed to reducing sanctions against Iran, but has failed to do so, and pro-Israel congressmen are preparing to pass more sanctions against Iran next month, even though the P5+1 talks are continuing, and as IAEA points out, Iran is keeping their promises.

Dec 30 07:38

Obama Won't Rule Out Re-Opening US Embassy In Iran

President Barack Obama is open to the idea of opening an embassy in Tehran within the final two years of his term.

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You don't suppose Obama, no longer able to run and not needing Israel's support any more, has gotten fed up with Netanyahu?

Dec 29 09:04

Republican Senate Eyes Veto-Proof New Iran Sanctions

Despite President Obama’s promise to veto any bill that threatens the ongoing P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran, the incoming Republican Senate continues to talk up imposing new sanctions on Iran, putting the US in violation of the interim agreement and likely blowing up the talks.

Sen. Mark Kirk (R – IL) says he has assurances from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) that the second vote of the new Senate will be a round of sanctions against Iran.

Obama’s pledge to veto such a sanctions bill does not seem to be stopping Sen. Kirk and others, who say they believe they can must enough Democratic votes to get a veto-proof majority through.

The interim nuclear deal has the US and other P5+1 members offering minor sanctions relief in return for Iran limiting uranium enrichment. The talks have been extended, and the IAEA has repeatedly confirmed Iran is in compliance with the deal.

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I am having an industrial-strength, palm to forehead moment upon reading this, and my first thought, after having digested it, is a phrase frequently used by the American comedian Ron White: "you can't fix stupid!"

A reasonable, hard-fought negotiation, leading to a nuclear energy treaty with Iran, will help stabilize both the region, and the world.

And I am sorry: if Senator Kirk insists on consistently putting the needs and concerns of a foreign government (that of Israel) over and above the needs and concerns of his own constituents (who most likely would want to see a reasonable, working treaty with Iran), to the point of risking war with Russia over Iran, perhaps he should retire from the Senate, move to Israel, and run for the Knesset.

I understand that there are snap elections on the way in Israel very soon!! :-)

Dec 28 09:16

Iran’s New “Suicidal” Bomb

I would like to grasp what the Israeli media means when it tags a bomb ‘suicidal’? Does it leave a note before it plunges into an IDF’s headquarter? Are IDF’s guided missiles targeting Palestinian family homes also suicidal bombs? Do the Israelis expect the new Iranian drone to “knock on the roof” just before it goes off? Or does a bomb becoming suicidal only when it is set to hit a Jewish strategic target?

Dec 28 08:29

US Senate will vote on Iran sanctions bill in January

Hawkish Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has announced that the US Senate will vote on Iran sanctions legislation next month despite ongoing nuclear negotiations.

"In January of next year, there will be a vote on the Kirk-Menendez bill, bipartisan sanction legislation,” he said in a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday.

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"Look, here's the deal. All this peace talk nonsense is just to look good. Israel and the private central banks say we have to make war on Iran, and we have to make war on Iran, and your sons and daughters have to die in it, and you might as well get used to the idea now and stop all this complaining!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 27 08:27

The Iran's ongoing maneuvers in southern country focus on electronic warfare

A high ranking Iranian military commander says the ongoing maneuvers in southern country focus, among other things, on electronic warfare.

Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari said that the drills will also focus on countering enemy’s electronic warfare in which Iranian armed forces will use their electronic warfare potentials against the attacks by hypothetical enemy.

Dec 25 09:52

Iran Dismisses Khomeini Link to Pope Shooting

Iran has rejected claims by Mehmet Ali Agca that late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered him to assassinate Pope John Paul II.

The Turkish gunman earlier this week reiterated in a Serbian TV interview the claims he made in his book "They Promised Me Paradise." Agca says he told John Paul of the Iranian connection when he visited him in prison.

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Very telling that ABC (the Food Lion network) is running this on Christmas day! Essentially because the entire story is based on a sensational claim used to sell a lot of books.

Dec 20 08:02

The Unstated Script

Apparently Elie Wiesel has taken it upon himself to direct the governments of the world in his quest for domination of the mid-east, especially the “cruel and oppressive, irresponsible and senseless, the shameless” regime that dictates the affairs of the Iranian State.

Dec 20 07:37

MEGA BEX ALERT - FOX News: Evidence in Sony hack attack suggests possible involvement by Iran, China or Russia, intel source says

The U.S. investigation into the recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment has turned up evidence that does not point to North Korea as the "sole entity" in the case, but rather, raises the possibility that Iran, China or Russia may have been involved, an intelligence source told Fox News on Thursday.

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Dec 19 15:19

Blaming Iran for the Sony Hack

Dec 18 08:12

6 Insanely Stupid Right-Wing Moments this Week: Michele Bachmann Drops a Bombshell

Michele Bachmann has just one big wish for Christmas this year: Mr. President, please bomb Iran. That’s what the outgoing Minnesota Rep. told President Obama at the White House holiday party on Monday.

Festive, no?

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Drop Bachmann on Tehran!

Dec 18 07:48

Israel's Arrow 3 missile shield fails trial

Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield failed its first live interception test on Tuesday, security sources said, a fresh setback for the US-supported system billed as a bulwark against Iran.

Dec 17 10:30

Iran to Australia: We warned you about the gunman

Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran said.

Man Haron Monis, the Iranian-born self-styled cleric who died along with two of the people he had taken hostage, was being investigated over fraud charges when he fled in 1996, police said.

But Iran's deputy foreign minister for Asia and Oceania affairs, Ebrahim Rahimpour, said Australia ignored the guidance sent.

Dec 16 08:19

Iran Missile Capability Non-Negotiable

A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has ruled out any negotiations whatsoever over the Islamic Republic's defensive missile capabilities.

“Iran’s missile issue is not up for any type of negotiation,” Ali Akbar Velayati told reporters on Monday.

The senior Iranian official added that the issue of the country’s missile program would not be part of the upcoming nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of countries in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Some Western officials, particularly in the US, have called for Iran's missile program to be included in the country's nuclear talks with the P5+1 - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany.

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Although this article does not mention it, it is Israel that is behind the push to add in Iran's missile's to the negotiations, even though that was never a part of the original interim deal.

Dec 16 07:33

Israel Framed CIA in Backing Jundallah Terrorists

The 2007 revelation by ABC News that the Bush Administration was covertly backing the Jundallah terrorist organization in an effort to convince them to launch attacks on Iran was no small embarrassment for the administration, and a considerable source of tension with the Shi’ite world as the militants attacked mosques and killed large numbers of civilians.

The only problem is, it apparently didn’t happen. At least not the way ABC News claims. Instead of being direct US backing, by way of the CIA, for a State Department listed terrorist organization (a big no-no), Foreign Policy is reporting today that the whole thing was actually a Mossad plot designed to frame the CIA and the administration.

Dec 15 07:27

Sydney siege live: Police identify Lindt cafe gunman as Iranian cleric Man Haron Monis

Police have identified the man behind the siege at Lindt cafe in Sydney as Iranian cleric Man Haron Monis.

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"See? See? We HAVE to invade Iran now! Right? Right? Of course right!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 12 12:57

Obama laughs at Bachmann over request to bomb Iran

US Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she told President Barack Obama this week that he must bomb Iran, but the president laughed at her.

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Okay, so Obama gets a nice cookie in his Christmas stocking this year for being a good little boy (this once)!

Dec 12 08:36

Iran: U.S. Military Option Is Off the Table

A credible U.S. military option against Iran is off the table and something the Obama administration can “no longer even think about,” according to one of Iran’s top military leaders, who claimed in a wide-ranging interview that Iran has deployed advanced missiles and satellites capable of tracking foreign militaries.

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"It is especially easy to find and track the so-called stealthy F-35. We merely follow the trail of parts that keep falling off of it!"

Dec 10 10:17

CIBC closes Concordia student's bank account because he's Iranian

Arash Khodadadi, a Montreal university student, has been forced by CIBC to close his chequing and savings accounts because he is from Iran.

The Canadian government has extensive economic sanctions against Iran, which are meant to pressure the country to halt its suspected nuclear weapons program.

However, some banks are applying those sanctions to ordinary people who come to Canada to work or study.

Dec 08 11:24

John Kerry misleading Americans on Iranian nuclear negotiations: News agency

Upon leaving Iran and returning to the United States, Kerry had announced that nuclear talks between Iran and six world leaders produced real and substantial progress, despite extending talks with Iran for a further seven months. John Kerry said that the talks' goal is to end the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program. "The conditions for extending the nuclear negotiations to July 1, 2015 were like the conditions reining the extension of the previous deadlines and no new undertaking has been added to it," Kamalvandi told the state-run news agency on Saturday.

Dec 08 08:34

Should Israel Take Military Action Against Iran?

Iran is "stalling the time until they get the bomb," Dr. Joseph Frager, Chairman of the World Committee for the Land of Israel, told Arutz Sheva at the Jaffa Institute Gala Dinner honoring Rabbi Yaakov Nasirov last week. "It's going to happen while under President [Barack] Obama's watch, and it will make his presidency one of the all-time worst in American history."

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Go ahead, Israel; attack Iran. And We The People promise that everyone in Congress who supports you will be put on a plane and parachuted into Tel Aviv to help. Other than that we will sit this one out and keep our money and children here at home. And that means that once you get into a war with Iran (and whoever comes to Iran's aid) you will have to report to those nuclear weapons you have been claiming you do not possess to get out of it, thereby proving to the world that you have been liars all along!

So, go ahead and have fun. We will watch from this wide of the Atlantic.

Dec 06 08:28

Iran confirms air strikes in Iraq against ISIL - Guardian

A senior Iranian official has confirmed his country carried out air strikes in neighbouring Iraq against ISIL fighters at the request of Iraqi authorities, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported.

It quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour as saying the strikes were not coordinated with the United States, which is also waging an air campaign against the militants who control large parts of north and west Iraq.

Dec 05 11:49

House Approves Expansion of Military Operations Against ISIS

In a 300-119 vote, the House has approved the newest annual military spending bill, pumping another $585 billion into the Pentagon for assorted wars, including the newest war against ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia and China are making deals around the globe to get what they want. What is the US government doing?!? Creating wars and more wars.

And BTW: any military professional worth their salt will tell you, and in no uncertain terms that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air. And this will, ultimately, translate, into more boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

I don't know precisely when this level of escalation will take place; but trust me, it will.

Dec 05 07:12

Pentagon front-runner Carter, quietly supportive of Israel, loud on stopping Iran

The leading candidate to success Hagel as US defense chief is a vocal proponent of stronger action to stymie nuclear proliferation

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Except Israel's nuclear proliferation, of course!

Dec 04 07:29

Iran seeks post on key U.N. committee, Israel deems it "absurd"

Iran is seeking a senior post on a United Nations committee that decides accreditation of non-governmental organizations, a move that Israel on Tuesday compared to gangster Al Capone running the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Iran was elected to the 19-member committee in April for a four-year term from 2015. The United States and Israel are also members of the committee, which acts as a kind of gatekeeper for rights groups and other NGOs seeking access to U.N. headquarters to lobby and participate in meetings and other events.

Dec 03 09:23

Iran: Nuclear Documents Forgeries Full of Mistakes

Still under pressure from the US to explain “secret documents” provided to the IAEA about their putative nuclear weapons activities, Iran is insisting they are obvious forgeries that don’t warrant extensive response.

Iran’s statement notes that the documents contain a number of basic errors, as well as a large number of fake names, which they say point toward a certain, unnamed IAEA member as the likely forger.

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Aided by a certain NON-IAEA nation!

Dec 03 09:13

Iran Uranium Partner Could Get Gift From Lame-Duck Congress

Congress may use must-pass legislation in the next two weeks to slip through a controversial land deal that would help a company that jointly owns a uranium mine with Iran, sources told HuffPost.

Dec 02 09:39

Iran nuclear talks extended till July 2015

Negotiators have extended talks on Iran's nuclear programme for a comprehensive agreement until July 2015 after failing to meet a Monday deadline, diplomats said.

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"Dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit, DAMMIT!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Dec 01 10:58

Saudi Arabia Declares Oil War on US Fracking, hits Railroads, Tank-Car Makers, Canada, Russia; Sinks Venezuela

When OPEC announced on Thanksgiving Day that it would maintain oil production at 30 million barrels per day, chaos broke out in the oil market, and the price of oil around the globe spiraled into a terrific plunge. The unity of OPEC, if there ever was such a thing, was in tatters with Saudi oil minister smiling victoriously, and with a steaming Venezuelan oil minister thinking of the turmoil his country is facing [OPEC Refuses to Cut Production, Oil Plunges off the Chart].

During the closed-door meetings in Vienna, Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi told OPEC members that OPEC had to combat the US fracking boom. If OPEC cut output to raise the price of oil, it would lose market share, he argued. The way to win would be to allow overproduction to depress prices to the point where they would destroy the profitability of North American producers. And they’d have to cut production, rather than OPEC.

Dec 01 09:20

Nuclear Deal With Iran Should Not Be 'Sealed at Any Price': Hammond

A comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran should not come at any price, but it should clearly state that Tehran would not be able to develop a nuclear weapons capability, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Tuesday.

"We cannot and will not succumb to the temptation of sealing a deal at any price, but we will remain steadfast in pursuit of a comprehensive agreement which respects the clear principle that Iran must not be able to develop a nuclear weapons capability," Hammond said at the House of Commons.

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"Because only Israel can have (and sell) nuclear weapons!!!" -- Number 9 3/4

Nov 25 06:40

AIPAC urges Congress to pass new Iran sanctions in wake of nuclear talk extensions

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said it was “essential” for Congress to pass new Iran sanctions now that a deadline for nuclear talks has been extended.

“Congress delayed enacting additional sanctions over the past year to give negotiations a chance,” AIPAC said in a statement Monday after the world powers and Iran announced in Vienna that talks would be extended until June 30.

Nov 24 08:15

Netanyahu behind Congress's anti-Iran moves: Jeff Steinberg

An American political commentator believes that anti-Iran measures taken by Congress over the country’s nuclear deal might have been taken on behalf of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Gee, ya think?

Nov 24 08:04

Israel Reconsiders Military Action Against Iran

Israeli official cites "sunset clause" in proposed comprehensive deal, which guarantees Iran a path into the nuclear club and may corner Israel into war.

Nov 20 06:42

Iran not to allow irregular nuclear inspections: AEOI

A top Iranian nuclear official says the Islamic Republic will not allow any out-of-the-ordinary inspections of the country's nuclear facilities.

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Iran is fully complying with the terms of the NNPT, but is not under any obligation to allow random wanderings of potential foreign spies around their country!

Nov 19 14:46

US Prepares to Sell Saudi Arabia Warships to Help Take Down Iran

Saudi Arabian officials say they are preparing to move forward with an upgrade to the country’s navy that could include a multibillion-dollar contract for Bath Iron Works, the Reuters news service reported Wednesday.

BIW’s DDG-51 destroyer is one of at least two ship designs being considered for the long-discussed Saudi Naval Expansion Program II, or SNEP, which has an estimated value of roughly $20 billion, Reuters said.

Patrick Dewar, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin, told the news service that Saudi officials were planning to release new information over the next several months about how the country plans to proceed with SNEP.

Dewar told Reuters that the Saudis are considering whether to buy up to a dozen of Lockheed’s steel monohull Littoral Combat Ship or the larger DDG-51 destroyer built by BIW, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp.

Nov 18 08:07

Are You Aged Between 18-34? Congratulations, You Are Probably Broke.

The current generation of young adults, known as the ‘millennials’ or sometimes the ‘echo boomers’, is the most educated generation in the United States. A huge percentage of them are also broke by every economic measure. So why can’t they find job security and financial stability? AJ+ labs compares the current crop of young citizens with that of their parents: the Baby Boomers.

Despite making up a similar share of the U.S. population, at 24% and 25% apiece, the levels of asset ownership and debt between the two generations are truly startling. While the boomers still have over $18 billion dollars in debts to settle, their children’s generation has over $1 trillion dollars in outstanding debts, mostly from predatory student loans which are used to finance tertiary education. That is, a college degree which for many will offer no return on investment in an economy marked by globalization, outsourcing, and technological upheaval.

Nov 18 08:07

Tourism In Iran: Western Visitors Thrilled With Persian Hospitality

What better way to learn more about the fascinating history and culture of Iran, and how the country and it’s people are anything BUT being part of an “axis of evil”, than to hear it from the tourists themselves? Tourism in Iran is growing steadily as the country has developed a reputation for being very safe and astoundingly affordable.

Perhaps best of all, the word is out that western tourists are being “killed” with kindness and hospitality by the Iranian people. Persians are by and large very thankful for foreign visitors because their mere presence proves they do not believe in the incessant negative stereotypes of their country, which westerners are regularly bombarded with by their corporate media outlets.

Nov 17 16:02

Obama "Would Order" US troops into Combat if ISIS Got Nuclear Weapons

Considering all the spin regarding ISIS goading the NATO nations into attacking them... this headline just screams -FALSE FLAG - to me.

Why on earth would Obama make such an absurd statement unless the masses are being set up for some sort of perception managed psychological operation, that has yet to be unleashed?
When one reads what Obama says.... he set the bar low. I mean quite low.
ISIS won't have to use a weapon.

It just has to be alleged that ISIS possesses some sort of nuclear weapon

Nov 17 15:06

Israel in ‘Huge’ Lobbying Effort Ahead of Deadline for Iranian Nuke Deal (VIDEO)

Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister, Yuval Steinitz on Sunday told Israel Radio that the Jewish state is engaged in what he termed a “huge” lobbying effort ahead of a Nov. 24th deadline for a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, suspected by Israel and western powers as being a covert weaponization project.

Nov 17 08:25

Netanyahu warns Obama: Both Islamic State and Iran must be defeated

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "BiBi" Netanyahu appearing on United States television on Sunday said he wholeheartedly supported President Barack Obama and the U.S.-led coalition's military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists, but he warned against Obama being soft on Iran.

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Here's your rifle, Benjamin...

Nov 17 07:59

Don't Tell My Mother I'm In Iran

Nov 16 09:30

Obama's Mercenary Attacks On Syria Are Breaking The Law

According to the Washington Post the U.S. administration is discussing to increase the numbers of CIA trained mercenaries in Syria:

The Obama administration has been weighing plans to escalate the CIA’s role in arming and training fighters in Syria, a move aimed at accelerating covert U.S. support to moderate rebel factions while the Pentagon is preparing to establish its own training bases, U.S. officials said.

The administration knows very well that the legal ground it is standing on is very, very weak. The people it trains are criminals and do not observe basic laws of war or human rights. The administration's solution to breaking the law is trying to change it:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Breaking - and or changing - the laws of this country in order to achieve their objectives, is nothing new to this Administration.

And those objectives here have to do with wars creating private personal profit of the large corporations, coupled with the continuation of the hegemony of the US dollar.

We know that regime change in Syria, according to this Administration, is the prelude to regime change in Iran: but at what cost to our troops, militarily, monetarily, or morally?!?

From an historical standpoint, sending in "advisers" has never augured well for this country. So far, any training of rebels against Al-Assad's military has been an exercise in complete futility.

And because it is understood in military circles that one cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air, when will we see the first US boots on the ground in Syria, if, in fact they are not already covertly there?!?

With this article stating "Around 2,000 Syrian fighters are slated to be given military training, which is set to begin at the end of December.", I would not be surprised to see US boots on the ground in Syria the very first part of next year, late winter, early spring.

BUT there is a teensy-weensy fly in the ointment here. As reported September 13th 2013 in examiner.com:

As noted on the official website of the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies (Jenkins, 17), the Russian Federation maintains mutual defense treaties with both Syria and Iran. Russia has stated on more than one occasion that “Iran is our close neighbor, just south of the Caucasus. Should anything happen to Iran, should Iran get drawn into any political or military hardships, this will be a direct threat to our national security.” An Attack On One Is An Attack On All... With the civil war ravaged Syrian nation bordering America's Turkish NATO partner to its south, if any of Assad's forces strike sovereign Turkish territory, the Ankara government could not only legitimately strike back, but every NATO member state would be treaty bound to militarily assist in any armed response. Subsequently, both the Russians and the Iranians would have no choice but to come to the defense of their mutual ally in Damascus.

So, any US military incursion into EITHER Syria or Iran will require Russia coming to either country's aid militarily.

And I have to wonder: is a full frontal US military attack against Syria their "back door" to a war against Russia?!?

And to our President, Congress, State Department and Pentagon: I would like to politely suggest that I am, surely, not the only American to have figured this out.

Nov 15 08:42

US Sanctions Relief Fails, Threatening the Nuclear Talks

erious negotiations on the issue of enrichment capacity have been going on ever since an agreement between Iran and Russia on sending a large part of Iran's stockpile of low enriched uranium (LEU) to Russia to be converted into fuel plates was concluded. That arrangement could reduce Iran's LEU stockpile to zero, thus having the same impact on Iran's capability for "breakout" as the dramatic reduction in Iran's operational centrifuges the Obama administration had been demanding all summer.

The US delegation is still seeking some reduction in Iran's total centrifuge force, but the semiofficial Iranian website irannuc.ir said US negotiators were now proposing a ceiling of 6,000, according to a Los Angeles Times report on Nov. 4. The US delegation, which had originally demanded as few as 1,500 centrifuges, had previously let it be known informally that it would settle for 4,000.

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These talks have been engineered to fail, courtesy of the US, under pressure from Israel, which wants to see the US strike Iran militarily to bring about regime change.

There is only one slight, teensy, bit of a problem with that approach; and yes, I am talking about the 6,000 gorilla,sleeping on the Steinway in the living room: Russia.

Many Russian officials and military personnel have very blunt regarding Western and Israeli threats against Iran, stating, very publicly, that any attack on Iran would be construed as an attack against Russia itself.

At this time, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional military confrontation against Russia; and this is what makes the military scenario here so scarily dangerous.

Nov 15 07:53

Iran inaugurates new gold-processing plant to boost production

Iran has inaugurated a new gold-processing plant that will double the country's annual production to 6 tons, the country’s state television reported, according to the Associated Press.

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"BOMB THEM! BOMB THEM! GOLD IS BAD! THEY ARE USING THEIR GOLD TO BUILD NUCLEAR WEAPONS! HONEST!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 15 07:24

Amazing architecture, a kaleidoscope of colours and breathtaking symmetry: Stunning images show the beauty of Iranian mosques

Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji may have just found his true calling: capturing the little-seen breathtaking beauty of Iran's most dazzling mosques.

The 24-year-old physics student, who lives in Babol in Iran's Mazandaran province, pursues his passion for photography on the side.

Having no formal training whatsoever, Ganji has honed his eye by reading articles and watching Internet tutorial videos, and has a particular affinity for photographing historical architecture.

Nov 15 07:14

US Sanctions Relief Fails, Threatening the Nuclear Talks

Iranian officials view unilateral US economic sanctions, some of which long predate the accusation of nuclear weapons work, as both a challenge to Iran's status in international politics and an indication of US hostility. Amassing bargaining chips to obtain the lifting of sanctions has been one of the objectives driving Iran's ambitious uranium enrichment program from the beginning.

But the Obama administration, under pressure from Israel and the Congressional majority responsive to Israeli interests, has said publicly that it would agree to suspend sanctions only, rather than remove them, and that only those sanctions that are explicitly linked to the nuclear issue would be affected. Actual removal of sanctions would come at the end of the process only, rather than the beginning.

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"The sanctions are suspended ... sanctions back on." -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 14 07:52

The endgame of the US ‘Islamic State’ strategy

The US, Israel and their regional allies have been on the record that the final target of their "regime change" campaign in the Middle East was to dismantle the Syria – Iran alliance.

Nov 13 15:44

AP sources: IS, al-Qaida reach accord in Syria

Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated Press.

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So, to phony front groups created and funded by the United States have "gone rogue" and teamed up to defeat the United States. Great foreign policy!

Nov 13 08:08

Two pro-Israeli US Senators warn Iran with sanctions

Two hawkish US Senators have threatened Iran with more sanctions if they find a possible nuclear agreement with Tehran unacceptable.

Democrat Senator Bob Menendez, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Republican Senator Mark Kirk made the threats in a joint statement they released on Wednesday.

The statement claimed that the deal must “dismantle” rather than “just stall” Iran's nuclear program and prevent Tehran from becoming a “threshold nuclear weapons state.”

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Democrat Senator Bob Menendez and Republican Senator Mark Kirk will never agree on one thing that it's of US interest, but they for sure they always stand together when it comes to Israel's interest.

Nov 13 07:49

'Reports show US police embedded with terrorists'

Recent reports show that Port Authority Police officials knew that a 2007 terrorist attack, which killed 11 Iranian revolutionary guards, was coming and did nothing to stop it. A Port Authority police officer was actually embedded in the terrorist group, overseeing its operations against Iran.

Nov 12 12:08

Western media’s image of Iran serves only Neo-Con warmongers

Hyperbole and false representations, smearing and painting an unfair image of Iran, routinely surface every so often in the mainstream media.

It’s nothing new, but nonetheless such slurs are very damaging, and such false perceptions often remain with people. They linger especially, when the same lies are repeated again and again in the media. “Repeat a lie often enough and it eventually becomes the truth.”

Nov 12 10:55

Bibi tries the Iran bomb scare one more time

Netanyahu claimed on Monday that a hasty nuclear agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US — plus Germany would allow Tehran “to rush to the bomb”.

“There are reports that the P5+1 countries are close to a deal with Iran on Iran’s nuclear program,” Netanyahu said, adding, “I call on the P5+1 countries – don’t rush into a deal that would let Iran rush to the bomb…Iran must not be allowed to become a nuclear threshold power,” Bibi said.

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Nov 11 12:45

WHO IS THE THREAT TO WORLD PEACE? CHRISTIANS, JEWS, OR MUSLIMS!

Since the 1979 Iranian revolution and the downfall of the US Puppet Ruler the Shah, Iran has been an Islamic state. In that interval of time, 1979 to the present, Iran has not invaded anyone. Not once. In fact Iran has not launched a war of aggression against another nation in 200 years. War is not their nature. People of all religions live in peace in Iran, even Jews, who find life so comfortable in Iran they refused an offer by the government of Israel to emigrate!

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Nov 11 12:44

Iran vs Israel: What The Media Wants You To Forget

We all need to be Joe Wilson right now. We need to stand up and scream, "LIAR!" at every politician and every talking media moron that is pushing this war in Iran. And we need to keep dong it until they get the message that we will not be deceived any more.

Israel wants to send your kids off to die in Iran, and YOU are the only one that can stop them.

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Nov 11 11:15

How a War with Iran Would Diminish American Power

But the emphasis on the existential threat to Israel ignores a more basic issue for Americans to ponder: a nuclear-armed Iran represents a dagger at the heart of America and an existential threat to our status as a superpower and guarantor of the West’s security. As to the former, Iran is pressing ahead with its long-range ballistic missile program. First the Middle East and Eastern Europe, then all of Europe and, within a matter of years, the U.S. will be within range of Iranian missiles. If those are nuclear and not conventional, what then? We’re not talking about whether Iran is going to be “merely” a destabilizing factor in the Middle East or whether it will set off an arms race with its neighbors or imperil Israel’s existence. We’re talking about whether America will then be at risk (and lacking sufficient missile-defense capabilities if we continue to hack away at our defense budget).

Nov 11 10:38

BEX ALERT - Khamenei's Guide to Destroying Israel Threatens Iran Nuke Talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the disturbing plan proves Iran remains "unrepentant" and "unreformed" and that the West should be forewarned as it tries to come to a deal with Iran on its nuclear program by a Nov. 24 deadline, the Free Beacon reports.

"Don't rush into a deal that would let Iran rush to the bomb," he warned, Ynet News reports.

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How wonderful for Israel that just when it is trying to derail the P5+1 deal, "Khamenei" hands Israel the perfect propaganda weapon! The timing itself is very suspicious. Why would Khamenei choose this particular moment to tweet this?

Given that Ali Khamenei's English is very limited (he can speak and understand but not read or write it) I question the authenticity of a tweet purporting to be from him, especially given Israel's and the US' long history of "By way of deception." However, assuming that it did come from him, a careful reading shows that what he is calling for is not the destruction of the nation of Israel, but for regime change, something our own government supports in many nations around the world (56 attempts since the end of WW2, with about a 50% success rate).

Nov 10 10:26

Obama: Iran nuclear deal may not be reached by deadline

U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday that there is still "a big gap" in nuclear negotiations with Iran. In an interview he gave to CBS, Obama said a permanent agreement may not be achieved before November 24.

Nov 10 08:57

ISIS is America's Dream Rebel Army

US policy paper reveals desire for construction of full-scale extraterritorial army to invade Syria. Such an army is being built in Iraq and Turkey and it's called "ISIS."

The corporate-financier funded and directed policy think tank, the Brookings Institution, has served as one of several prominent forums documenting and disseminating US foreign policy. It would host in part the architects of the so-called "surge" during the nearly decade-spanning US occupation of Iraq, as well as battle plans for waging a covert war against Iran now well under way.

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We are seeing this unfolding now right in front of our faces, and we are certain to see more Americans die and get maimed for life in the interests of profits for private corporations.

Nov 10 08:15

Major Democratic Donor: Israel Should “Bomb The Daylights” Out Of Iran

Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson weigh in on the Iran talks, the peace process, and more. Saban says Israel should take military action if the West negotiates a nuclear deal with Iran that will be bad for Israel.

Nov 10 08:11

Iran as a Twentieth Century Victim: 1900 Through the Aftermath of World War II

Iran was once a great power, and though invaded by Greeks, Arabs, Turks, and Mongols and exploited by imperialist powers in the modern era, it has continued to assert its national identity and its people have developed a special sensitivity to interference with its sovereign rights. This concern on the part of Iran does not represent some overwrought sensitivity but is actually a realistic assessment of its history over the past century, as this article will delineate. While professing idealistic principles in international relations, European powers ignored these principles in their violations of Iran’s sovereign rights, which in at least one case led to human suffering on par with the most tragic events of the twentieth century

Nov 08 10:19

The dumbest move yet on Iran?

The news media broke (or were given) the story that President Obama penned a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader:

The letter appeared aimed both at buttressing the campaign against Islamic State and nudging Iran’s religious leader closer to a nuclear deal.

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Now that this stunt has cratered, FOX News is running a story that ISIS was created by Iran!

These sphincters never quit!

Nov 07 10:04

Going against Netanyahu, 84 percent of US Jews favor Iran nuclear deal

As President Obama presses to reach an accord with Iran on its nuclear program by the end of the month, he can count on strong support from what might seem like an unlikely segment of the population: American Jews.

Jewish backing of the administration’s efforts to strike a deal suggests that American Jews aren’t heeding the alarms being sounded in Israel by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He warns that any deal that leaves Iran with an enrichment program constitutes a mortal danger to Israel.

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Israel has been crying wolf (or Nuclear Duck) about an imminent Iranian nuclear bomb since the 1980s, and like the constant wagging of Hitler and the Nazis, we are all pretty much sick and tired of it all.

Nov 07 07:59

Lieberman criticizes Obama's secret letter to Iranian leader Khamenei

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Friday morning that Israel would oppose any deal between Iran and Western powers that links the stopping of Iran’s nuclear program with cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group.

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Nov 06 13:39

Obama sent letter to Iran's Khamenei; Israel kept in the dark

U.S. President Barack Obama sent a secret letter to Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month, in which he wrote that the two nations have shared interests in fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Obama sent the letter in mid-October, sources told the Wall Street Journal, and used it to stress that any cooperation between Iran and the U.S. would hinge upon reaching an agreement with Western powers over Iran's nuclear program by the November 24 deadline.

The White House did not update Israel or Gulf States such as Saudi Arabia or the Emirates about the letter, according to the report.

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Apparently Iran was not impressed.

Nov 06 09:50

(WAR) BUSINESS AS USUAL IN ISRAEL

Israel and the United States used the inauguration of a joint warplane project on Tuesday to stress it was business as usual in an alliance hit by acrimony over Israeli settlement building and strategy against Iran.

At a ceremony at the Israeli manufacturer of wings for Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 jet fighter, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon described his country’s participation in the project as evidence that bilateral ties were bulletproof.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama have often been at odds over how to respond to Palestinian statehood demands or balance diplomacy and the threat of force in curbing Iran’s disputed nuclear program.

Nov 05 15:05

US: Deal to implement Iran nuclear deal near

Nov 05 14:16

Powers ‘driving toward finish’ on Iran nuke deal, Kerry says

US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed Wednesday he was “driving toward the finish” to secure what would be a historic deal with Iran over its nuclear program as a November 24 deadline looms.

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