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Jun 08 20:38

Saudi Ambassador Warns West On Iran Deal: "All Options On Table..." Including Nukes

We previously warned of the risks of escalation in The Middle East to something much more dangerous, but, as the Saudi ambassador to UK confirmed today, the risk of Wahhabis going nuclear is even higher than many expected, "...if [Iran will not offer assurances it will not pursue nuclear weapons], then all options will be on the table for Saudi Arabia... Iran’s nuclear program poses a direct threat to the entire region and constitutes a major source and incentive for nuclear proliferation across the Middle East, including Israel."

Jun 08 13:49

Zionists want US to attack Iran, not to reach nuclear deal: Writer

Zionists want the United States to stop negotiating with Iran over its nuclear energy program and launch a deadly war against Iran, an American political activist and writer says.

Jun 08 12:28

Spokesman: Iran Not to Accept Additional Protocol with Overall Access

Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi stressed the country's opposition to the endorsement of the Additional Protocol if it is to provide easy and open access to all nuclear and non-nuclear sites in Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's the end of the P5+1 deal!

Jun 08 08:01

Netanyahu won’t prevail over Iran nuclear deal: Ex-US senator

Former US senator Mike Gravel says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be able to hinder a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers.

Jun 07 11:18

Russia and Iran ready to launch ‘oil-for-goods’ deal next week – Iranian oil minister

Iran hopes to start implementing an ‘oil-for-goods’ barter deal with Russia after June 7, said Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh. It will supply Iranian crude oil to Russia in exchange for grain, equipment and construction materials.

Jun 06 09:29

Survey Says: Saudis Consider Iran a Greater Threat Than Israel, ISIL

Just as details of a secret alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel against Iran begin to emerge, a new survey reveals that it isn’t just the Saudi government that’s changing its tone on the Jewish state: it’s also the Saudi public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That will change when the Saudis realize Israel is trying to frame them for 9-11.

Jun 05 14:14

Iran sends 15,000 fighters to Syria

Iran has sent 15,000 fighters to Syria to reverse recent battlefield setbacks for Syrian government troops and wants to achieve results by the end of the month, a Lebanese political source has told The Daily Star.

The militia force, made up of Iranians, Iraqis and Afghanis, the source said, have arrived in the Damascus region and in the coastal province of Latakia.

The source said the fighters are expected to spearhead an effort to seize areas of Idlib province, where the regime has suffered a string of defeats at the hands of a rebel-jihadi coalition.

Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds force, was in Latakia this week to shore up preparations for the campaign, the source said.

Soleimani promised a “surprise” from Tehran and Damascus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, this is going to further inflame the region, and create a proxy US/Iranian conflict in Syria.

This may be the opening salvo for a US/Israeli attack against Iran, if the P5 + 1 talks fail (and right now, I wouldn't bet against this).

Jun 05 14:04

Demands in US-Iran Nuclear Talks as Political Kabuki Theater

In the final phase of the negotiations with Iran, the US-led international coalition is still seeking Iran’s agreement to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit any military facilities it deems suspicious and to interview a selected list of Iranian nuclear scientists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was NEVER agreed upon as part of the original inspection protocol, and has been added to move these talks into an utter train wreck, where Iran cannot, and will not, agree to these specifications.

What the US is doing here is attempt to make the US appear ""sweetly reasonable", while making the Iranian government to appear to be the bad guys for not agreeing to something which they never agreed to in the first place.

These talks are engineered to fail, and when 30 June comes around, I would almost be willing to bet that they will not succeed.

Jun 05 13:15

Iran hopes for help from Russia and China at talks with the six powers — Foreign Minister

Iran and the six powers need a political decision for concluding a comprehensive agreement. It is the main problem, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zariff said in an interview aired by the Rossiya 24 television news channel.
"As for negotiations with the group of six powers, we discussed the latest agreements (on the sidelines of a meeting of the SCO foreign ministers in Moscow)", Zariff stressed.
"Russia and China are the two friendly states. We hope to successfully end the talks with their help," the Iranian diplomat added.
"There are some technical matters that need to be solved but a political decision is the main problem," Iran’s foreign minister stressed.

Jun 05 07:06

Israelis and Saudis Reveal Secret Talks to Thwart Iran

Among those who follow the Middle East closely, it's been an open secret that Israel and Saudi Arabia have a common interest in thwarting Iran. But until Thursday, actual diplomacy between the two was never officially acknowledged. Saudi Arabia still doesn't recognize Israel's right to exist. Israel has yet to accept a Saudi-initiated peace offer to create a Palestinian state.

It was not a typical Washington think-tank event. No questions were taken from the audience. After an introduction, there was a speech in Arabic from Anwar Majed Eshki, a retired Saudi general and ex-adviser to Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Then Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations who is slotted to be the next director general of Israel's foreign ministry, gave a speech in English.

While these men represent countries that have been historic enemies, their message was identical: Iran is trying to take over the Middle East and it must be stopped.

Jun 04 16:42

The era of Iran is over; the age of Boycott,Divestment and Sanctions begins

How the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is changing organized American Jewish life.

The news that Sheldon Adelson will this weekend host a secret conference for Jewish groups aimed at countering the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is yet more evidence that “pro-Israel” activism in the United States is entering a new phase. The Iran era is ending. We are entering the age of BDS...READ MORE

Jun 04 13:59

Destabilization, Inc. - Regime change by any means necessary

When the official history of the realm is one day written, it may contain several chapters that establish President Barack Obama as a great flag-bearer of liberty, free trade, and economic recovery. Those chapters will be drenched in distortion, tinged with the blood of true freedom fighters, darkened by the vanished jobs and sickly pall of an economy in permanent decline. But though parlor tricks like fiddling with unemployment numbers and disguising offshoring as free trade are notable for their sheer chutzpa, few deceits are more striking than those that occur in the sordid arena of regime change.

Jun 03 21:22

Iran sends 15,000 fighters to Syria

The Daily Star

BEIRUT: Iran has sent 15,000 fighters to Syria to reverse recent battlefield setbacks for Syrian government troops and wants to achieve results by the end of the month, a Lebanese political source has told The Daily Star.

Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds force, was in Latakia this week to shore up preparations for the campaign, the source said.

Soleimani promised a “surprise” from Tehran and Damascus.

“The world will be surprised by what we and the Syrian military leadership are preparing for the coming days,” Iran’s official IRNA state news agency quoted the general as saying Tuesday.

Jun 03 12:09

Never Mind FIFA, How about a Crackdown on the Banksters?

The belated focus of American and British authorities on the alleged wrongdoings at FIFA can be readily seen as both ludicrous and laughable when we compare that with the absolute dearth of interest by these same authorities in applying law enforcement where it ought to be applied – on the Wall Street and City of London banksters.

Both the timing of the US-launched corruption probe – in the week of FIFA’s annual conference and leadership election – plus the way that senior American and British officials, not to mention the publicity of Western news media, have weighed-in to rebuke FIFA suggests that it is all part of a coordinated political campaign authored at the highest level of government. That, in turn, suggests that there is an ulterior political agenda behind the supposed criminal crackdown on FIFA, and that the ulterior agenda is the Western objective to undermine Russia.

Jun 03 10:58

Bill Clinton’s foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on sanctions

Bill Clinton’s foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened its thriving business with Iran, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times.

Jun 03 10:44

US neoconservatives want war against Iran: Grossman

International lawyer Barry Grossman says US neoconservatives are seeking a military attack against Iran over the country’s nuclear program because it is “profitable” for them.

Jun 03 10:25

HERE’S WHY BDS HAS REPLACED IRAN AS ISRAEL’S BIGGEST ‘EXISTENTIAL THREAT’

But now that Obama has bought Netanyahu’s silence on Iran, the Israeli leader needs another bogeyman to replace the supposed existential threat from Tehran that proved so useful to whip up the Israeli public and distract world attention from Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.

Jun 02 14:45

Israel planning false flag attack in US to create war with Iran: Ex-US Senate candidate

Israel is preparing to carry out a false flag operation in the United States and will blame it on Iran as a strategy to entangle Washington in a war with Tehran, a former US Senate candidate says.

Jun 02 08:46

Syria at forefront of resistance against Israel: Larijani

Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani has reiterated the Islamic Republic’s support for Syria in fighting terrorism, also saying Damascus is at the forefront of resistance against the Israeli regime.

Jun 02 02:27

Israel refuses to pay oil debt to Iran

A Swiss court on Wednesday ordered the Israeli Eilat Ashkelon pipeline company to commit to its financial debt and compensation to Iran, which hit about $1.1 billion.

Jun 01 15:55

Full-scale construction work at Iran’s Bushehr-2 site will start in fall

Russian state-owned nuclear energy company Rosatom will initiate the full-scale construction work at Bushehr-2 site in Iran in fall 2015, Chief Executive Officer of Rosatom Sergey Kiriyenko said on Monday

Jun 01 14:18

Obama: No military solution to Iran's nuclear program

President Barack Obama tells Israeli TV there is no military solution to Iran's nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu probably disagrees!

Jun 01 07:49

Former US senator: Washington bribing Israel over Iran Deal

US and Israeli officials are discussing a new 10-year deal that could be worth up to $45 billion as the current $3 billion annual military aid package will expire in 2017, Press TV reported.

“The fact that there is a discussion now in the media over the potential of the United States increasing the amount of military aid to Israel is really nothing more than a bribe essentially to the Israeli community, but not particularly them because Netanyahu is still making mischief with his comments about the nuclear deal with Iran, what it is, it’s a buy-off of the American Jewish community; it’s appalling,” Gravel told Press TV on Saturday.

Jun 01 07:47

Ex-Ambassador Bolton Says Israel Must Strike Iran Soon

Faced with the threat of a nuclear armed Iran, Israel will have to choose whether to strike Iran's nuclear facilities based on estimations that within the next 20 months Iran will be able to produce a nuclear arsenal.

Israel must decide soon, he added, because once Iran has the bomb, "any attack would risk nuclear retaliation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of COURSE Israel must always have the right to attack other nations with impunity!

May 31 16:33

Israel Is A Discredit To America — Paul Craig Roberts

Jeffrey St. Clair, one of the few remaining Western journalists with a moral conscience, describes the latest Israeli horror to which we are all accomplices.

The Israel Lobby tries to prevent reports and criticism of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians by branding every critic of every policy of the extreme right-wing Israeli government an “anti-semite.” In other words, if you object to Israeli armed forces shooting down Palestinian children in the streets and then bombing the funerals of the kids the Israelis have already murdered, you hate Jews and are an anti-Semite.

The success that the Israel Lobby has enjoyed in imposing this twisted logic on Congress, the White House, the media, the universities and the insouciant American public is astonishing. As a consequence, Americans are no longer answerable to Christian morality but to the evil that the Israel Lobby represents.

May 31 15:04

Russia and China mock divide and rule

Divide et impera? It’s not working. And it’s bound to fail miserably.

As it stands, what we do know is that 2015 will be a hair-raising year in myriad aspects... we all still remain under the sign of a fearful, dangerous, rampantly irrational Empire of Chaos.

Russia could outmaneuver Western financial markets by cutting them off from its wealth of oil and natural gas. The markets would inevitably collapse – uncontrolled chaos for the Empire of Chaos (or “controlled chaos”, in Putin’s own words).

In a different vein of the “soft beds of the East” seducing Marcus Aurelius, the silky splendors of chic Beijing offer a glimpse of an extremely self-assured emerging power. After all, Europe is nothing but a catalogue of multiple sclerosis and Japan is under its sixth recession in 20 years.

May 31 14:59

US preparing for war with China and Russia to save the banks

“There’s a general recognition growing that the driving force for this war is the utter collapse of the entire Western banking system,” Billington said.

“And the view from London and Washington and New York is we have to go to war, we cannot allow this BRICS alliance between Russia, China, India, South Africa and most of Latin America creating new financial institutions to take away our ability to loot the resources in the developing sector,” Billington noted.

May 31 13:31

Decrepit US Resorts to the Viagra of Militarism

The increasing deployment of American navy, warplanes and missile systems – under the guise of «protecting its partners» – is fuelling militarization of the territorial disputes.

US deteriorating relations with China are the latest manifestation of America’s self-declared «manifest destiny» to behave like a global hegemon.

The increasing deployment of American navy, warplanes and missile systems – under the guise of «protecting its partners» – is fuelling militarization of the territorial disputes.

China, for its part, says that its own military presence in the region is to protect its voluminous trade routes. Beijing has pointedly refused to cease its maritime development projects, mainly land reclamation in shoals and reefs that it says are strictly within its territorial limits.

May 31 06:04

Countdown: Obama has 1 month to strike deal with Iran

In recent days, Republicans have highlighted the continuing imprisonment of three Americans in Iran, as The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian.

House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office issued a statement on Thursday urging the administration to tie the final nuclear deal with their release.

“Negotiations with Iran — and any good nuclear deal — should include the safe return of all of them,” the statement said.

But the Obama administration doesn’t just have to worry about Congress: it also faces pressure from within the “P5+1” — which consists of the U.S., the United Kingdom, China, France, and Russia plus Germany.

May 31 05:59

Iran nuclear talks very constructive: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the latest round of nuclear talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have been ‘very constructive’ while top Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi says some gaps still remain.

Kerry made the remarks following talks with his Iranian counterpart over Tehran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Geneva late on Saturday.

According to reports, US State Department officials also described the negotiations as most substantive and toughest since a mutual understanding between Tehran and the six world powers was reached in Switzerland back in April.

May 31 02:36

POETS’ TALK — Where do we fit in in ‘the march of Time’?

The gatekeepers have, I believe, crucified American poetry upon a cross erected by “language poets,” “identity poets,” “politically correct poets,” “apolitical poets” and general nincompoops -- Gary Corseri

The Arts have fallen into an era of petite academicism, crass commercialism and manipulated populism. So, our challenges are many; they are harsh; let us hope they will be invigorating!

Poets who do not see, who do not confront what is out there and around them-- are cowards! Which needn’t mean that that is ALL we must do! But… we must see and confront what surrounds us at some point! Not always…, but when it’s right to do so. To advocate that we always do it is asking us to be propagandists.José M. Tirado

May 30 09:21

Iran not to discuss military sites access with P5+1: Araqchi

A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has reaffirmed that inspections of Iran’s military sites and interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists will not be on the agenda of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear talks with the P5+1 states.

May 29 15:40

Palestine, Israel and Dissent

It seems that the United States just can’t prevent itself from protecting Apartheid Israel. Just when it seemed that even U.S. government opinion was turning, the U.S. decided to arrest several members of FIFA (The Fédération Internationale de Football Association; English: International Federation of Association Football or International Federation of Soccer) the day before FIFA was to vote on expelling Israel.

May 29 14:11

US set to boost military aid to Israel amid fears over Iran diplomacy

The United States is poised to increase its annual military assistance to Israel amid Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran, according to reports.

May 29 14:05

US Cries FIFA Foul to Penalize Russia

The melodrama had the air of a politically driven media campaign for maximum publicity.

?But the real goal of the full-frontal assault on FIFA, which involved dawn raids at a five-star hotel in Swiss city Zurich, seems more to do with American political purpose to damage Russia’s World Cup plans. That objective has to be seen in the context of Washington’s aim to isolate and destabilize Moscow in an ongoing geopolitical battle that is currently centred on Ukraine.

Russia’s World Cup plans appear to be now similarly targeted for an ulterior political agenda. Within hours of the US-launched arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich, the football federation was obliged to state that the forthcoming World Cup in Russia was not in jeopardy of cancellation over related claims of wrongdoing in the selection of that venue.

May 29 14:01

A Critique of US “Grand Strategy toward China”

If one were to propose a realistic and reasonable ‘US Grand Strategy toward China’ one would have to start by shedding all the false assumptions and bellicose proposals that have been put forth by the CFR and the authors of the Report under review.

The US should not attempt to block China’s growth and expansion; it should assist and share in its ascendancy, especially in the face of great global climate and energy challenges. Washington is much more likely to strengthen its Asian – Pacific partnership and succeed in its diplomacy if it replaced its military posturing with robust economic growth.

May 29 10:17

Turning Lebanon into Gaza — Israel’s hole card against Iran deal?

Many observers have expressed concern that Israel could sabotage the Iran deal: fomenting a war with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and soon, so that the Israel lobby flips out in the U.S. and Iran and the United States are suddenly at dagger points rather than at the table.

May 29 09:07

Iran UN envoy demands UNSC denounce Israeli nuke threat

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has called on the Security Council to condemn Israel's top military official's suggestion of a nuclear attack on Iran.

Gholam Ali Khoshrou said the recent comments by Moshe Ya’lon were crude threats that show the aggressive nature of Israel.

May 29 07:25

Assad Strikes Back

The Syrian regime is gearing up for a counteroffensive that relies on Iran’s money and Shiite foreign fighters from as far away as Central Asia to push back against the Islamic State.

May 28 11:41

Wendy Sherman to leave post as chief US negotiator with Iran

The chief US negotiator in nuclear talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran will depart her post shortly after the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1.

May 28 10:00

The Iran Talks Game Changer: An Israeli-Hezbollah War?

In spite of AIPAC, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Saudis and some of its GCC allies having done everything they could to kill the pending nuclear deal with Iran, they have failed. The negotiations are on track. Many opinion polls show that a comfortable majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's diplomacy with Iran.

May 28 09:59

France says will oppose Iran nuclear deal without military site inspections

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Wednesday that France would oppose a nuclear deal with Iran if it did not allow inspections of military sites.

An agreement "will not be accepted by France if it is not clear that verifications can be made at all Iranian facilities, including military sites," Fabius told parliament.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That's the deal-breaker! Can we invade now? Can we? Huh? Can we? Please!" -- Nodding Yahoo

May 28 08:55

To beat ISIS, kick out US-led coalition

It is time to cut these losses and bring some heavyweights into this battle against extremism.

Baghdad and Washington are pointing fingers, each accusing the other of being asleep on the job.

An objective look at US interests in the region paint an entirely different picture. The Americans seek to maintain absolute hegemony in the Mideast, even as they exit costly military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Their primary interests are 1) access to low cost oil and gas, 2) propping up Israel, and more recently, 3) undermining Russian (and Chinese) influence in the region.

May 28 08:28

The ‘war’ word is being increasingly heard as Europe, Russia, China and the United States adopt provocative postures

IS the world going mad? Military posturing is quietly reaching new extremes in Europe, the Mediterranean and the South China Sea. And the provocative bluster has just reached new heights.

The source was anonymous. But the mouthpiece has a measure of credibility. High profile military analyst and former US Naval War College lecturer John Schindler tweeted last week: “Said a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO to me today: ‘We’ll probably be at war this summer. If we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear.’ Let that sink in.”

May 28 07:57

Netanyahu demands ‘up to $45 bn’ in US military aid to deter Iran, Gulf States

Israel is hoping to receive $4.2-$4.5 billion a year in military aid from the United States for ten years, to counter the threat from Iran and oil-rich Middle East states that have been re-arming rapidly, a senior Israeli source has told Defense News

Under a 10-year deal signed in 2007, Israel receives just over $3 billion a year in American aid, with stipulations that over 70 percent of that aid has to be spent buying US military hardware. An extension of that agreement, running to 2028, was principally agreed on by Barack Obama during a visit to Israel in 2013, but according to Haaretz, talks on its terms have been “preliminary and unofficial.”

May 28 07:37

Fresh from Israel visit, Walker bashes Iran deal

Scott Walker has written up some “Reflections on My Recent Trip to Israel” and seized the opportunity to again bash President Obama over his proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

May 27 11:25

Iran lawmakers consider bill to protect transgender people

A bill that would provide better protection for transsexuals in Iran has been sent to researchers in parliament, the ISNA news agency quoted an official as saying on Tuesday.

Under a fatwa or religious decree by the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran recognises transsexuality.

May 26 10:43

US Shoots Itself in the Foot Escalating Tensions With Russia, China, Iran

The Obama administration has repeatedly sent wrong signals to Russia, China and Iran, slamming the countries for non-existent expansionism and so far showing the disheartening dysfunction in America’s foreign policy, former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer Philip Giraldi underscored, according to Sputnik.

US President is shooting himself in the foot, but he should wake up and realize what is going on "before Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush arrives on the scene to make everything worse"the former CIA officer Philip Giraldi concluded.

May 26 09:25

White House candies sweeten Netanyahu

President Barack Obama is a smooth salesman but it’s been tough going to persuade the Israeli premier to go along with the P5+1 nuclear deal that has severely strained US-Israeli relations. Bullying didn’t work, so now he appears to have resorted to sweetening the pill in other areas.

May 26 08:35

Why is the US Trying to Replace the Assad Government With al-Qaeda in Syria?

Be careful what you wish for

Regime change is full of unintended consequences.

In the case of Syria, our opposition to the Assad government is so obstinate that we are apparently promoting the defeat of a government that is not our enemy in order to replace it with one that is.

May 25 15:51

"Subterfuge of all kinds" going on to sabotage nuclear deal with Iran

As attempts are underway to “sabotage” a nuclear deal between Iran and the global powers by “subterfuge of all kinds”, former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is “the rational player in the room” thanks to his anti-war stance towards Tehran, a geopolitical commentator says.

Gates said earlier on Monday that war on Iran would not be an alternative if the ongoing nuclear negotiations fail for any reason.

“Gates is being more rational than a lot of folks” in the US political system, said Dean Henderson, the author of Big Oil & Their Bankers In The Persian Gulf, in a Monday phone interview with Press TV.

He added that those behind the US banking system would benefit form a “neo-colonial setup” in the Middle East with Israel and the Arab countries in power, that is why they would make attempts to hamper a deal between Tehran and the P5+1 – the US, Britain, Russia, France, China, and Germany.

May 25 11:11

A Poem On War

Beyond the count of years I walked the world,

and my children built their shrines to me.

Decades and centuries and millennia pass,

and still the shrines are built.

Temples insubstantial to men,

clear to my eyes.

No foundations or walls or roofs,

but shrines nonetheless.

Holy ground, consecrated

Today, every day, somewhere in the world,

the earth is prepared for my coming.

My hallowed grounds are everywhere.

In valleys and on mountains,

on broad plains and deep in hidden passes,

in deserts, on city streets.

Nameless, unremembered places.

May 23 11:00

Jeb Bush, James Baker, and the Pro-Israel Mega-Donors

What is the issue, that gets little attention in the mainstream, is that the presidential candidates find it necessary to pay obeisance to ultra-powerful individuals who represent the interests of Israel, not the United States.

What exists now is a “passionate attachment” to a foreign country on steroids that undercuts American security.

For while the mainstream media is analyzing in microscopic detail Jeb’s stumbling over his Iraq war response, it naturally ignores that third rail in contemporary American politics, the power of the Israel lobby.

May 22 13:22

Iran’s top leaders to take part in SCO summit in Russia — ambassador

Iran’s top leaders will take part in a Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) summit in Ufa on July 9-10, Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei said on Friday.
"Iran will take part at a top level," he said. "However, it is not yet known who will take part."
Russia’s and Iran’s leaders, according to the Iranian diplomat, "have very good communication." They have had a number of meetings and telephone conversations, he noted.
"Relations between our regions have been given a serious impetus in the recent years," Sanaei said. "In 2014, eight Russian governors visited Iran, our governors visited Russia. The program for 2015 includes a visit by top officials of Russia’s Chelyabinsk region, the cities of St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. In general, relations between our countries are expanding," he said.

May 22 12:19

OBAMA’S STRATEGIC SHIFT

President Obama has belatedly detected the looming catastrophe in Syria and Iraq as Sunni terrorists gain ground. He also grasps the need for Russian and Iranian help. But his administration remains infested with neocons and liberal war hawks who could sabotage the needed deals, reports Robert Parry.

t’s finally dawning on President Barack Obama the grave dangers that have been created for the American Republic by decades of neoconservative dominance of U.S. foreign policy, but his moves in response to this dire threat remain hesitant and indecisive.

The only game-saving play open to Obama now – in response to recent Saudi-backed escalation of Sunni extremism in Syria and Iraq as well the new right-wing racist government in Israel – may be to forge an alliance with Iran and Russia as a counterforce in the Middle East that could save Syria’s relatively secular regime and reverse gains by the Islamic State inside Iraq.

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I would like to believe that the above is possible. But unfortunately, this President is way too hubristic and narcissistic to make the necessary changes to bring about a possible lasting peace.

I frankly think Obama is trying, by deploying ISIS, to get Americans to go along with a 3rd invasion of Iraq; an overthrow of Al-Assad in Damascus; and a re-invasion of Libya.

A short memo, based on a statement of the character Tony Soprano, to President Obama: FURGETTABOUTIT!!! There will be no support for US troops on the ground, and the equipment you are sending to Iraq is absolutely no good without skilled operators to make them do what they are supposed to do.

May 22 09:36

How the Uncertain Outcome of Nuclear Talks With Iran Has Taken Its Economy Hostage

I recently returned from a six-week trip to Iran. While the primary purpose of my trip was to visit family and friends, I also made some general enquiries into the state of the country’s stagnant economy. These included informal discussions with various strata of economic agents or market players: manufacturers, bankers, shopkeepers, miners, farmers, livestock breeders, workers, teachers, and more.

May 22 09:29

Israel’s Descent into Barbarism — Norman Finkelstein

“Israeli troops go on a rampage in the West Bank, kill Palestinians, demolish Palestinian homes”

Paul Jay of the Real news Network interviews Norman Finkelstein about his new book: Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza.

May 22 08:39

US, Israel duplicity over the Iran nuclear deal

As the US intensifies its efforts to conclude a nuclear deal with Iran, it is also seeking to appease Israel by promising further military assistance to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government in return for a retreat from the vociferous opposition to the framework.

According to the Times of Israel, Israel and the US are holding preliminary discussions for a "compensation package" that would include an increase in the number of F-35 fighter jets supplied by the US to Israel, as well as additional batteries for the Iron Dome, assistance for the Arrow 3 missile system and the purchasing of technology for intelligence gathering.

Last Sunday, Netanyahu declared: "It is both necessary and possible to achieve a better deal because extremists cannot be allowed to achieve their aims, not in Iran, not in Yemen and not in Jerusalem."

May 22 08:29

Hope – versus Neoliberalism – an Ode to Solidarity

The new apparent Hope – is it what my friend Finian Cunningham says – the first ‘eye blinking’ by Washington facing Russia?

We are so thirsty for hope, hope for another, more just, more equitable world, we see hope in the first ‘blinking of an eye’. Hope is good. Hope is the basis for action. And action must be the consequence of hope – hope that not all is lost. Action to break that impasse of neoliberal all-engulfing greed must be simple. We have become strangers to ourselves. We must return to our roots, recognizing where and why we failed to diagnose the beast. Our awakened, re-kindled sense of consciousness may lead us to what we have lost – our inherent sense of solidarity.

Let’s hope together for that to happen – to happen soon, for the suffering is too great to endure much longer. We, the 99.99 % have it in our power to stop this misery and save our planet.

May 22 07:28

Obama gives $1.9 billion in weapons as welcome gift to Israel’s racist government

The Obama administration approved a $1.9 billion arms sale to Israel in recent days as “compensation” for the US nuclear deal with Iran, which the Israeli regime staunchly opposes.

May 22 06:59

Israeli Defense Minister Threatens to Nuke Iran

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon is a holdover from Netanyahu's previous extremist coalition regime. He's part of Israel's lunatic fringe running things.

May 21 12:34

Iran Agrees to UN Inspection of Yemen Aid Ship

Aiming to stave off a threatened attack by either US or Saudi warships, the Iranian cargo ship full of humanitarian aid for Yemen will stop off at a UN center in Djibouti for inspection by UN personnel.

US and Saudi officials have repeatedly claimed that ships trying to deliver aid to Yemen, currently under Saudi siege, were actually carrying Iranian weapons, though repeated searches of such ships have turned up nothing.

May 21 12:33

Report: US to Give Israel Massive Increase in Military Aid for Iran Deal

Israeli media are quoting officials familiar with the situation as saying there are quiet talks going on between the Obama Administration and Israel’s new far-right government on a “massive compensation” boost in military aid for Israel’s acquiescence on the civilian nuclear deal with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Please, Mr. Netanyahu, can I make peace with Iran? Pretty please? Pretty please with a cherry on top?" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 21 10:39

Ex-Senate Candidate: Iran must be ready for US-Israeli attack

Iran should prepare for every possible contingency and strengthen its alliance with Russia and China against an American-Israeli attack, says a former US Senate candidate.

May 21 08:23

Norwegian FM warns Israel: Pressure over Palestinians to resume after Iran deal

International pressure on Israel over the Palestinian issue will resume once Iran and the six powers sign their expected nuclear deal at the end of June, Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday.

May 21 08:08

US threatens not to sign nuclear deal with Iran due to inspection of military sites

Washington has threatened not to sign a final nuclear agreement with Tehran unless the Iranian government gives full access to its military sites and nuclear scientists.

May 21 07:55

IRGC Quds Force Official: US, Zionists' Attack against Iran Equal to Razing Israel

The remarks by the Iranian Supreme Leader's representative at the IRGC Quds Force, Ali Shirazi, came after Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon threatened to nuke Iran.

"In case of the smallest wrong action by the US and the Zionists against Iran, we will raze Israel to the ground easily," Shirazi warned, addressing a ceremony in the Southeastern city of Kerman on Wednesday evening.

May 20 12:50

Israel agenda wider war in Mideast: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with James Morris, editor of america-hijacked.com in Los Angeles, to discuss a recent remarks by the Israeli minister of military affairs, Moshe Ya’alon.

May 20 09:16

Deception, Thy Middle Name is Divert

The New York Times’ Jerusalem bureau slavishly responds to unfolding Israeli stories as though the computers there are set on robotic control to: “Divert, Divert”.

Pope Francis has presented President Abbas with “a bronze medal that represents an angel of peace”, canonized two Palestinian nuns, and recognized Palestine as a state.

That is the big news out of the Vatican.

Not so for the NYTimes. After its initial report on canonization and recognition, the Times turns quickly to the “importance ” of the difference between “may you be” and “you are an angel of peace”...

May 20 09:11

Time for FIFA to show Israel the red card

The truth must be told from the outset: I hope Israel is suspended from FIFA.

A soccer ban doesn’t kill anyone. A boycott spills no blood. It is a legitimate weapon to establish justice and apply international law. Israel supported and supports boycotts, and encourages them: against Hamas, against Gaza, and, of course, against Iran. It even joined the boycott against South Africa, albeit in spite of itself. Now its turn has come.

May 20 09:07

Song for Yemen

A short video and song by Finian Cunningham - Inspiration by Bente Petersen, dedicated to the children of Yemen.

Song for Yemen (Lyrics)

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When they’re killing children every day
And the whole world looks away

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When kings and presidents say they’re right
To bomb the poor day and night

And the whole damn world just stays quiet
And the whole damn world bows to might is right

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When they’re killing children every day
And the whole world looks away

And the whole world looks away
And the whole world looks away

May 20 08:47

US Threatens ‘Military Option’ as Iran Aid Ship Nears Yemen

Though Iran’s Shahed cargo ship was much to slow to actually get its cargo of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni port of Hodeida during the five-day ceasefire, the ship is still heading in that general direction, riling the Pentagon.

US officials are now openly talking about the possibility of “military options” against the ship, and expressing surprise and alarm that the cargo ship has a naval escort.

This is in spite of Iran being very open, when the ship departed last week, about the fact that it was going to have a naval escort. Since the ship left in the wake of Saudi Arabia destroying the Sanaa airport to prevent aid delivery by cargo plane, it’s unsurprising they didn’t want to leave the aid ship vulnerable. Two Iranian warships are escorting it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to President Obama: please do NOT go "Netanyahu" on this aid convoy. And do NOT for one second, allow the Saudis to think we support a military intervention on their part.

It is a short step from seizing this ship to a full-on, military confrontation with Russia. Interdiction here is neither warranted nor strategically useful.

Double plus ungood, Mr. President: double plus ungood.

May 20 08:18

IRNA: Israel ordered to pay Iran $1.1 billion

Citing an “informed source” at Iran’s Presidential Center for Legal Affairs, IRNA said the ruling relates to the Israeli company’s sale of Iranian oil and withholding the money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Guess who Israel will get the money from!

May 20 07:15

Washington, Jerusalem discussing massive compensation for Iranian nuclear deal

The United States and Israel have begun preliminary, unofficial contacts regarding special American military aid for Israel due to developments in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More proof that the US Government is a puppet regime for Israel! The US and Iran are working on a deal and the US must buy Israel's permission (with YOUR money) to proceed!

May 19 14:54

Is Israel in cahoots with Saudi Arabia?

As of today, upper echelon diplomatic sources think that Israel is in cahoots with Saudi Arabia, which announced this week that King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud will boycott the summit that President Barack Obama has planned for May 14. The United States had invited all of its Middle East Gulf allies to Camp David for a summit also intended to deal with the ramifications of the negotiations with Iran and the emerging nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

May 19 11:25

Losing the American Republic

Decades of letting neocons dictate a hawkish foreign policy have put the American Republic in profound danger, just as presidents from George Washington to Dwight Eisenhower predicted, warnings that Americans must finally take to heart...

We may lament our poverty of leadership, but there are ways to make it function. “Princes,” since long before Machiavelli have always used advisers; some even listened to them. Surely the capable people among us — like the “wise men” who whispered in the ears of those earlier leaders — can guide today’s leaders toward more viable policies and away from the chaos that engulfs us.

May 19 09:13

Gates acting ‘rationally’ amid ‘pressure’ coming up to Iran nuclear deadline

As attempts are underway to “sabotage” a nuclear deal between Iran and the global powers by “subterfuge of all kinds”, former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is “the rational player in the room” thanks to his anti-war stance towards Tehran, a geopolitical commentator says.

May 19 08:35

Report: Saudi Arabia in talks to purchase Pakistani nuclear weapons

Saudi Arabia has reportedly held talks with Pakistan for the purchase of nuclear weapons amid the ongoing nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran, according to a US senior official who spoke with The Sunday Times.

Tensions in the region have escalated in light of the framework agreement the United States and the other world powers have made with the Islamic Republic, with Saudi Arabia increasingly concerned with the repercussions of a deal that may see the easing of sanctions leaving Iran more legroom to continue developing weapons of mass destruction.

May 19 08:22

Israel says Iran violated sanctions by purchasing aircraft

A senior Israeli official took a swipe at Washington on Tuesday over Iran's purchase of second-hand civilian aircraft, saying the acquisition violated U.S. sanctions and went ahead despite a tip-off from Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Israel.

Stop with all the whining already! Go polish your nuclear weapons or something and stop abusing our ears!

Just shut up. SHUT THE HELL UP!

Reader comment: Excuse me, but it wasn't Iran who violated the sanctions, it was the people who SOLD those aircraft to Iran who violated sanctions..

Minor, yet important distinction.

May 19 08:01

BEX ALERT - It’s time to give Israel the means to take out Iranian nukes

The negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have engendered furious debate in Washington and in capitals across the world. But there are steps outside of the nuclear talks that President Obama can take to help ensure that the United States and its allies are stronger and more secure the day after a deal than they were the day before. One such step would be to provide Israel with GBU-57 30,000-pound bunker-buster bombs (known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrators, or MOPs) and the means to carry them, in a quantity sufficient to destroy Iran’s most deeply buried nuclear sites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no guarantee that Israel will not go ahead and use those weapons against Iran's civilian infrastructure, even in the absence of actual nuclear weapons. Iran has not initiated a war of conquest against another country in over 200 years. These days Israel cannot seem to go 3 months without attacking someone else. Neither can the US.

It should be remembered that Israel was at the forefront of claims that Iraq had nuclear weapons, and bombed Iraq's nuclear power plant at Osirak in 1981, then cheered the US on for the invasion of 2003. Today even the staunchest warhawk has had to admit that Iraq did not have nuclear weapons nor were they building any, and post-invasion inspections of the ruins at Osirak found nothing but a power station.

So now you want to give Israel the ability to repeat the Osirak mistake at Bushehr and shower yet another innocent civilian population with radioactivity?

May 18 11:52

US Blinks in Face-Off with Russia

After staring Russia in the face for the best part of a year, the poker-faced Americans finally realized they are holding a bunch of worthless cards. And the Americans blinked.

Last week started with US Secretary of State John Kerry coming to Russia to lay a wreath for the millions of Soviet soldiers who gave their lives in the historic defeat of Nazi Germany. Then the week ended with Kerry’s deputy at the State Department, Victoria Nuland, flying to Moscow to meet Russian officials to discuss implementation of the Minsk ceasefire in Ukraine.

That’s what you might call «America blinking first» in its high-stakes and reckless face-off with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

May 18 09:20

Saudi Arabia to buy nuclear bombs from Pakistan: report

Saudi Arabia will join the nuclear club by buying “off the shelf” atomic weapons from Pakistan, US officials told a London newspaper.

The Saudis — who financed much of Pakistan’s nuke program — are fearful of international efforts to keep its enemy Iran from acquiring a bomb, the Sunday Times of London reports. The Saudis think the deal, backed by President Obama, will actually accelerate Iran’s nuke push.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"What? You couldn't buy form us? We can get you the nukes wholesale!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

May 18 07:18

Iran urges halt to attacks on Yemen as precondition for talks

A senior adviser to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, says ending Saudi Arabia's extremely “savage bombardments” should be a precondition for any talks on Yemen's situation.

May 18 07:07

Germany eyes lifting of sanctions on Iran

The federal government expects a strong increase in German exports to Iran if sanctions against Tehran are removed after an anticipated completion of nuclear negotiations at the end of June, Der Spiegel says.

May 17 11:49

UN Official Breaks Down Over Shelled Gaza School

UN official Chris Gunness could not contain his grief while on camera with Al Jazeera Arabic.

The interviewer appears to thank him for appearing, upon which Gunness breaks down and weeps.

Joe Scarborough had harsh words for Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying the country was engaging in “indiscriminate” killing.

“This is asinine,” said the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine.”

May 17 11:42

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses? — Paul Craig Roberts

There is much speculation about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s rush visit to Russia in the wake of Russia’s successful Victory Day celebration on May 9. On May 11, Kerry, who was snubbing Russia on the 9th, was on his way to Russia, and Putin consented to see him on May 12.

As time passes we will find out why Kerry was snubbing Putin on May 9 and 3 days later was criticizing Washington’s puppet regime in Ukraine. For what is known at this time, a possible explanation is that Washington is coming to its senses.

May 17 09:19

With plane delivery, Iran sanctions collapsing already

With a deadline to end nuclear negotiations less than two months away, the sanctions against Iran are already beginning to collapse. The latest evidence came over the weekend when nine used commercial airliners arrived in Iran to bolster the fleet of Mahan Air.

The US has threatened to sanction Western companies that sell planes to Iran, although a prohibition against Iran acquiring airplane spare parts was lifted in an interim agreement signed with Iran at the end of 2013.

May 17 08:53

Iran: Yesterday and Today

Join Rick Steves as he explores the most surprising and fascinating land he’s ever visited: Iran. In this one-hour, ground-breaking travel special, you’ll discover the splendid monuments of Iran’s rich and glorious past, learn more about the 20th-century story of this perplexing nation, and experience Iranian life today in its historic capital and in a countryside village. Most importantly, you’ll meet the people of a nation whose government has so exasperated our own.

May 16 20:47

EXCLUSIVE: Yemenis Gather in Hudayda to Welcome Iran's Aid Ship

A large number of Yemeni people are waiting on the coasts of the port city of al-Hudayda in Southern Yemen to welcome the Iranian cargo ship carrying humanitarian aid to the Arab country, FNA dispatches said Saturday.

May 16 13:30

How Israel wants to restart the war in the Levant

Far from admitting defeat, Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to sabotage the agreement between Washington and Teheran which is to be signed the 30th June 2015. In order to do so, he could restart the war in Syria. His idea is to continue the work already accomplished by the Islamic Emirate in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, by applying the Wright plan and creating an independent pseudo-Kurdistan straddling Iraq and Syria.

May 16 10:56

$8.8 billion Iran money blocked in India

India owes Iran $8.8 billion which is blocked in a bank account under the US-led sanctions regime, Governor spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht has said.

May 16 08:49

How to fight western propaganda

First they manufacture monstrous lies, and then they tell us that we should be objective!

I truly believe that there is not much time for “objectivity” in any battle, including those ideological ones, especially when these are battles for the survival of humanity!

I strongly believe no! We are obliged to fight those who are burning our dwellings, to hit with full force those who are attempting to rape our women, and to confront fire with fire when innocent beings are slaughtered.

May 16 08:33

Tanker engaged by Iranian vessels liable for $300mn in damages to oil rig – Tehran

A Singapore-flagged tanker which, owner claims, came under Iranian navy fire in the international waters off the UAE this week, is wanted over the unsettled $300mn debt in damages it caused to an oil rig in late March, according to Iranian official.

May 15 14:23

Yemeni president recalls ambassador from Iran

Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has recalled his country's ambassador from Tehran "expeditiously", a local source has revealed. In an exclusive statement to Anadolu, the anonymous source said that the order came from the president himself, who is in exile in Riyadh.

May 15 13:57

A Congress of War or Peace? Diplomacy at Risk with Passage of 'Dangerous' Iran Bill

After the House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that gives Congress more power to obstruct a final nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, advocates of diplomacy are saying now is a critical time for people in the U.S. to pressure lawmakers to choose peace—not military escalation and potentially war.

May 15 12:32

Iranians say Obama deceiving Americans and Arabs about nuclear inspections

While President Barack Obama on Thursday hosted a summit of Arab nations at the presidential retreat, it was considered by many to be an exercise in futility due to the highly visible absence of several leaders including those from the Saudi Arabian Kingdom. In the Middle East, the Obama word-fest was overshadowed by a steady stream of messages depicting the U.S. Commander in Chief as basically an empty-suit and someone lacking in strength. The gist of the Iranian message was that Obama is attempting to deceive his own people about a nuclear treaty that contains none of what is claimed by the White House.

May 15 11:09

House adopts bill to give Congress Iran nuclear agreement review

The House of Representatives has passed a compromise bill that will give Congress review powers over the Iran nuclear deal, within limits agreed to by the White House, despite the objections from some conservative lawmakers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so here's the deal. Congress isn't interested in oversight when the President starts wars, as evidenced by all these pre-authorizations for the use of force. Congress isn't interested in oversight regarding trade deals such as TPP and TTIP which are being put on fast track. But when the White House is trying to find a way to make peace with Iran, Israel's butt-boys in the Congress sure want to get involved then, don't they?

May 15 09:15

Obama vows to 'stand by' Gulf allies amid concern over Iran threat

President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to back Gulf allies against any "external attack," seeking to reassure them of Washington's iron-clad commitment to their security amid Arab anxiety over U.S.-led efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is starting to look like Obama settling down the confrontation over the P5+1 deal by agreeing to arm Iran's neighbors against Iran's imaginary nuclear weapons. It is a fraud, but publicly the Middle Eastern nations, Israel included, cannot refuse the offer without admitting that they know Iran's nukes were a fabrication!

I am going to have to take back some of the bad things I said about Obama. It does appear my prognostication about his being his own man in his second term might actually be happening! Obama has to know the US cannot complete the PNAC war plan, and appears to be seeking exit strategies with Russia and Iran, possibly even China.

If Wall Street can be made to accept a multi-currancy global economy, then the prime motive for WW3 evaporates! I don't want to be prematurely optimistic, and the economy is still in dire trouble, but I think we can back that Doomsday Clock down by a couple minutes!

May 15 09:01

ISRAEL READY TO ACCEPT IRAN DEAL — FOR A FEE

Sources in Jerusalem have now realized that instead of continuing to fight a lost cause, Israel has another route that could help secure its interests – namely, asking the US for compensation in the form of expensive weapons or other favors.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could either continue to fight the deal or he could swallow the deal, asking in return far-reaching benefits from the US, the sources said.

May 15 07:08

Nevermind: Jeb Bush walks back comment about authorizing Iraq invasion

A few days after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq even if he knew there were no weapons of mass destruction, the potential 2016 presidential candidate reversed his position.

May 14 08:51

UK General Election: the Dust Hasn’t Settled Yet

The UK's dysfunctional democracy has enabled a mere 37% of voters to give Cameron a clear majority of seats.

It is uncertain whether Ed is actually a Zionist. He has been quite critical of Israel’s policies and doesn’t get a high approval rating from Jewish communities. There is no doubt about his brother David, however. I could well imagine the Zionist handlers coaxing Miliband D to return from the US and embed himself once again in the Labour Party.Sure enough, he butted in yesterday to criticize Ed and his team of losers.

May 14 08:23

US/Iranian Relations: Back to Square One?

US concerns about Iran’s well-known peaceful nuclear program were always red herring cover for its real aim – regime change, replacing Iranian sovereignty with stooge governance Washington controls.

However P5+1 one talks conclude by around end of June, US business as usual remains unchanged.

May 14 07:39

Germany eyes lucrative Iranian aviation market

Germany set its sights on the profitable Iranian aviation market as the Islamic Republic seeks to refurbish its aging fleet, said German Deputy Economic Minister Brigitte Zypries in Berlin on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another nation breaks ranks with the US sanctions agenda!

May 14 07:13

US/Iranian Relations: Back to Square One?

US concerns about Iran's well-known peaceful nuclear program were always red herring cover for its real aim - regime change, replacing Iranian sovereignty with stooge governance Washington controls.

However P5+1 one talks conclude by around end of June, US business as usual remains unchanged.

Washington wants Iranian independence destroyed. Israel wants its main regional rival eliminated, ideally balkanized into impotent mini-states under Western control.

May 13 17:33

GOP presidential candidate to lash out at Russia, China, Iran

US Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is set to lash out at, Russia, China and Iran in the first major foreign policy address of his White House campaign.

The 43-year-old Florida senator is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

May 13 15:23

Iran, US Navies Exchange Threats Over Iranian Cargo Ship Bearing Aid To Huthis

An Iranian ship purportedly carrying aid to Yemen should change course and head to Djibouti where the United Nations is overseeing humanitarian deliveries, US officials demanded Tuesday.

The US military is tracking the ship after Tehran reportedly said it would send warships to escort the vessel to Yemen, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.

The ship, the Iran Shahed, had moved through the Strait of Hormuz and was now in the Gulf of Oman, according to the marinetraffic.com site. But the vessel was not under any naval escort at the moment, Warren said.

May 13 12:31

Iran Warns of War if Aid Ship to Yemen Attacked

The deputy chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces warned on Tuesday that Iran would retaliate in force against any country, which attacks an Iranian ship heading to Yemen with humanitarian aid cargo on board.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That pretty much guarantees the aid ship will be attacked, most likely by Israel, that has a long history of attacking humanitarian aid ships in international waters!

May 12 20:35

The Anti-Arab Zionized Ruling Al Saud

The Saudi ruling family follows an anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, pro-Zionist, terror-sponsored, tyrannical, suppressive, ruthless, authoritarian, and treacherous absolute monarchy. The Saudi monarchy was established on betrayal, chauvinism, elitism, and discrimination

May 12 12:36

PSYCHOPATHS, 9/11 AND EVERLASTING WAR

The lie of 9/11 has provided the pretext for the most terrible wars on the Muslim peoples in defiance of the Nuremberg Protocols and the UN Charter.

Unless that lie is laid bare by truth, 9/11 will be seen as the crucible from which World War Three erupted. There will be no way back from the smoking ruins for those unfortunate enough who survive. The images from Hiroshima and Nagasaki are there to warn us.

I cannot recall when I became certain that 19 Muslims with box cutters were NOT responsible for these events.

May 12 12:28

Media obfuscation and the Khadr controversy

The story of Omar Khadr unveils the sickening depravity of the Western/Zionist/Neocon warmongers and their bought-and-paid-for presstitutes.

For just shy of a decade, the Americans tortured the Canadian-born Khadr in the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp before relinquishing him to Canada where he has been held in Canadian jails since 2012.

Upon his release on bail on May 7, Canadian neocons began screeching from the hilltops about the ‘travesty’ of temporarily freeing a ‘convicted terrorist.’ Meanwhile, the neo-liberal crypto-militarists who occupy Canada’s mainstream media engaged in stereotypical faux debates consisting of highly constrained babble about the ‘rights and wrongs’ of the treatment of Khadr by the Canadian and American governments.

The issue is never framed properly and is in fact intentionally obfuscated.

May 12 08:51

Senate Passes 90-0 Resolution Demanding Iran Release Americans

The Senate lent strong support today to a simply worded resolution calling on Iran to let four Americans come home.

Washington Post bureau chief Rezaian, a California native who reported from Tehran since 2008, was seized on July 22, 2014, in a raid on his home. His wife, Yeganeh Salehi, a reporter for UAE English-language newspaper The National, was also detained and released in October. Word came last month that Rezaian will go on trial for espionage charges.

Marine vet Hekmati was seized while visiting extended family for the first time in August 2011, Abedini was convicted in January 2013 for establishing Christian house churches, and Levinson went missing off the coast of Iran eight years ago while working as a private investigator. Levinson’s family later received images of him in captivity, though the Iranian government has maintained they don’t know who is holding the former FBI agent.

May 12 08:29

Iran hung billionaire over $2.6b bank fraud

A billionaire businessman at the heart of a $2.6 billion state bank scam, the largest fraud case since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, was executed Saturday, state television reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need more of that sort of thing here!

May 12 07:51

Iran MPs present bill seeking end to US threats

Iranian lawmakers presented a bill to the Majlis(parliament) presiding board on Tuesday morning which calls for halt of nuclear talks with Washington until US end its threatening rhetoric.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is exactly what the warhawks want!

May 11 10:54

NATO Puppets Plan to Invade Syria … Soon

Reports are now filtering in that preparations for a direct military assault on Syria are being made by Turkey in concert with the Saudis and Qataris. These reports are suggesting that the military offensive will take place within the next few days. Some reports speculate that such action could take place further down the road in late June.

At this moment, Turkish forces are reportedly gathering at the nation’s southern border and Syria’s northern border in a fashion that can signify little except the posturing for military action.

While this article is in no way attempting to make predictions regarding possible military action, to provide dates, or even the hint that these possible attacks will definitively take place, the stage has clearly been set for some time for us to contemplate the possibility of such an attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My best guess on the timing of such an invasion is that it will be engineered to happen sooner rather than later, in order to "persuade" Iran to go for the current P5+1 agreement, in light of the fact that the current Syrian government will most likely have been dissolved by that point. As happened in Libyan, we may well see Al-Assad assassinated outright, or cooling his heels in jail, waiting for a kangaroo court to convict and sentence him.

But in either scenario, he will have been "neutralized" in terms of being able to help Iran militarily, should it not decide to go with the P%+1 deal (IF the US Congress doesn't outright scotch the deal themselves.)

May 11 08:21

Iranian naval forces warned American and French forces

Iranian naval forces warned American and French forces on Saturday to stay away from Iran’s 34th fleet of warships, which was sailing in international waters in the Gulf of Aden.

The 34th fleet, comprising Bushehr logistic warship and Alborz destroyer, is on a mission in the Gulf of Aden to ensure security for the traffic of Iranian shipping lines and protect the Islamic

May 09 13:21

More Neocon-Zionist Theater in Texas

The Zionist-influenced mass media has predictably seized on this latest terror stage-play to push the fear campaign of ‘homegrown terror’ harder than ever before, plunging the already credulous masses deeper into an artificially-induced slumber of willful ignorance about the fabricated nature of ‘terrorism’ in the West.

May 09 13:18

Some advice for Pamela Geller

So, Pam, please change your ways. They are more than just hateful, bitter, and despicable. They're simply not working. If you insist on persisting in your current methods, I don't see bright days ahead. If your stubbornness gets the best of you, you might end up unemployed. But don't worry. There are other ways to survive. I'm sure Terry will have a spot for you in Florida. He could always use help on the fryer.

May 08 22:40

V-DAY: Russia’s Perpetual Fight Against Fascism

70 years since the great Victory! 70 years since Soviet people saved the world by smashing Nazism.

All accords with Russia were broken, whenever it suited invaders. The Scandinavians wiped out countless Russian lives, and so did the Germans, French, Poles, Brits, North Americans and Czechs, to name just a few. Russians never really ‘punished’ anybody, in the Protestant, Anglo-Saxon way. Punishment is mainly puritan, Protestant rubbish; the Russian way of thinking is too quixotic for that.

The West lied to Lenin, to Stalin, to Khrushchev and finally to Gorbachev. The West has been lying to Putin and about Putin.

May 08 10:00

Putin’s Brilliant Diplomacy to Bring West, Iran to Negotiations Table

Le Huffington Post columnist Didier Chaudet analyzed Russia’s decision to sell Iran the S-300 missile defense system. The deal is not about mere economics, but a series of complex, chess-like moves successfully implemented by the Russian government to bring the West and Iran to the negotiation table.

May 08 09:29

Who's Playing "Hide and Cheat"?

The estimable McClatchy News Service says President Obama "scored a decisive win" by negotiating an agreement that "will prevent Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon" and termed it "a personal triumph for the President."

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

May 08 07:40

IRGC: Military option against Iran a mockery

“The military option, which the Westerners are constantly talking about, is no more than a mockery, as they know that if the military option against the Islamic Republic of Iran could be effective, they would use it time and again,” Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari added on Thursday, Press TV reported.

Jafari was reacting to US Secretary of State John Kerry and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, who said recently that military option is still on the table in dealing with Iran.

The high-profile Iranian commander said the Western powers resorted to "soft war" against Iran because of the futility of military threats.

May 08 07:39

Boeing eyeing 'strong demand' in Iran market

Boeing has set its sights on the Iranian aviation market and expects a 'very strong' demand, an official with the multinational aerospace manufacturer said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, no, no, no, NO! You cannot do business with Iran until they recognize Israel as a Jewish state and abandon their nuclear power program! If you are a patriotic American company you will do as you are told and go bankrupt along with the rest!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 08 06:50

More Neocon-Zionist Theater in Texas

Gellar’s ‘Draw the Prophet’ charade was the perfect bait for any would-be radical trying to make a name for himself, yet they allowed the provocation to proceed under the pretext of ‘upholding the first amendment.’

As the Garland police spokesman confessed, this had all been pre-planned months beforehand. Only the very naïve or hopelessly deluded will put any faith in the FBI’s lame-duck denials that they deliberately allow attacks of these sorts to take place, or organize them directly by way of informants, such as the one linked to Simpson.

May 07 15:52

Senate votes overwhelmingly to pass Iran nuclear bill

The US Senate on Thursday advanced legislation that would allow Congress to review a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, clearing a major hurdle after weeks of Republican infighting threatened the bill’s passage.

Senators overwhelmingly voted 98-1 in favor of the bill, with only Tom Cotton against its passage. Under the compromise, Congress would have 30 days to both review any nuclear accord with Iran and pass a resolution of disapproval. In the event that lawmakers passed such a resolution, Barack Obama would be unable to lift some of the congressional sanctions on Tehran.

May 07 15:05

US frowns at India-Iran port deal

As New Delhi aims to take advantage of a thaw in Tehran’s relations with world powers, India and Iran have reached a deal on Wednesday to develop a strategic port in southeast Iran.

May 07 14:22

Senate passes Iran review legislation

The US Senate has overwhelmingly passed legislation which would make it possible for Congress to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

May 07 13:15

Where Porter is On and Off in Explaining US Media Bias on Saudi Aggression against Yemen

In an important new article, award-winning journalist Gareth Porter notes that US and Western media are using the term “proxy war” as “a way of softening the harsh reality of Saudi aggression” against Yemen.

May 07 12:40

Iran: Protesters burn Hotel Tara in Mahabad after Kurdish female employee's suspicious death.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: The start of another covert US attempt at overthrow?

May 07 12:17

Senate passes bill giving Congress right to weigh in Iran nuke deal

With a 98-1 vote, the US Senate passed a bipartisan bill that would give Congress review rights over the White House’s Iran nuclear deal. The bill is expected to pass in the House, and has president Obama’s support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama is "supporting" the bill only because he doesn't want an overturned veto on his resume!

May 07 08:28

US Aims to Block Russia, China from Vetoing Renewal of Iranian

That so-called “snapback” is a major sticking point for US and European negotiators, who want to be able to automatically reverse the easing of any UN sanctions if Iran reneges on the deal, sources told Reuters.

At the same time, Washington does not want to risk vetoes from Russia and China, which oppose such a snapback.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said Washington wanted to block Russia and China from issuing such vetoes in an Iran nuclear agreement.

May 07 07:30

Israeli defense minister promises to kill more civilians and threatens to nuke Iran

Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon on Tuesday said Israel would attack entire civilian neighborhoods during any future assault on Gaza or Lebanon.

Speaking at a conference in Jerusalem, Yaalon threatened that “we are going to hurt Lebanese civilians to include kids of the family. We went through a very long deep discussion … we did it then, we did it in [the] Gaza Strip, we are going to do it in any round of hostilities in the future.”

May 06 11:05

India to sign port deal with Iran, ignoring U.S. warning against haste

India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off U.S. pressure not to rush into any deals with Iran.

May 06 10:43

Senate Sets Test Vote on Iran Sanctions Bill

As expected, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) has cut off debate on the compromise bill aimed at giving Congress the power to veto a P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran.

Sen. McConnell’s move cuts off debate on further amendments to the bill, which have predominantly aimed to add more onerous restrictions to a nuclear deal that would almost certainly kill the talks outright.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congress does not have any authority over the United Nations Security Council, which is the "P5" in "P5+1." Odd how a Congress totally uninterested in oversight when the White House wants to start a war suddenly demands they be heard when the White House wants to work towards peace! But I digress.

Congress, in inserting itself into a foreign policy issue, is in violation of the Logan Act. All they can do is order Obama not to agree to the P5+1 at which point the other nations will just move forward with their own agreement to end the sanctions, and the US will be the one who is economically isolated.

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