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Aug 22 15:41

Iraqi politics: A circle from Iran to Iran

The new Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi needs to bring independent Sunnis to power and have them shoulder responsibility for security and nation-building – this is the only way to prevent them from one day tilting towards the ISIS

Aug 22 12:52

West poised to join forces with Assad in face of Islamic State

Islamist forces are fighting their way into western Syria from bases further east, bringing forward the prospect of US military intervention to stop their advance. If Isis, which styles itself Islamic State, threatens to take all or part of Aleppo, establishing complete dominance over the anti-government rebels, the US may be compelled to act publicly or secretly in concert with President Bashar al-Assad, whom it has been trying to displace.

The US has already covertly assisted the Assad government by passing on intelligence about the exact location of jihadi leaders through the BND, the German intelligence service, a source has told The Independent. This may explain why Syrian aircraft and artillery have been able on occasion to target accurately rebel commanders and headquarters.

Aug 22 12:09

US Begins Selling "Syria Intervention" Using ISIS Pretext

In a previous report titled, "Growing Mayhem - US Operating on Both Sides of Syrian-Iraqi Border," it was reported that (emphasis added):

Clearly, the answer, left for readers to arrive at on their own, is that these "successful" US airstrikes in Iraq must be carried over into Syria - where mission creep can do the rest, finally dislodging the Syrian government from power after an ongoing proxy war has failed to do so since 2011. After arming and aiding the Kurds in fighting ISIS in Iraq, the US will attempt to make a similar argument regarding the arming of terrorists in Syria and providing them direct US air support to defeat ISIS - and of course - Damascus.

In less than 24 hours, the New York Times would report in its article, "U.S. General Says Raiding Syria Is Key to Halting ISIS," that:

Aug 22 11:09

Fmr. Homeland Security Adviser: ‘Very, Very True’ ISIS May Have Crossed Border

Joshua Katz, an Army veteran and former CIA operations officer who served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said it is “very, very, true” that ISIS may have crossed the southern border.

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Obviously this will not go over very well with the pro-illegal immigration agenda, but what is being done here is the creation of a plausible means for the terrorists (nudge nudge wink wink) to have brought the bomb into the US. Personally, I think the weapon is already inside the US and has been for quite some time, either a bomb crafted from some of the Uranium Israel stole during the NUMEC scandal or the missing nuke from the Minot incident.

Aug 22 11:03

FLASHBACK - U.S. Suspected Israeli Involvement in 1960s Missing Uranium

Declassified documents from the 1970s provide new evidence that federal officials believed bomb-grade uranium that disappeared from a Pennsylvania nuclear facility in the 1960s was likely taken for use in a clandestine Israeli atomic-weapons program.

The documents, obtained earlier this year through public-records requests by a Washington-based nonprofit group, also indicate that senior officials wanted to keep the matter under wraps for fear it could undermine U.S. Middle East peace efforts.

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It is estimated that Israel acquired at least 118 kilograms of weapons-grade uranium. 16 kilograms of uranium is enough to make a working nuclear weapon. So Israel acquired enough uranium to make seven bombs. Now the trick of getting a "terrorist" nuclear weapon into the United States is getting it INTO the United States, but Israel started out with enough uranium inside the United States to make 7 bombs, then smuggled all or part of it back to Israel. It would have been trivial for Israel to leave enough weapons-grade uranium inside the US to build a bomb, and there is still the unexplained radiation surrounding Israel's New York Embassy. Getting that weapons-grade uranium is the hard part of building a bomb. Once you have that, the rest is easy. All a uranium bomb does is take two sub-critical pieces of uranium and slap them together. Such a bomb makes for a great means of blackmailing the US government, or staging the ultimate terror false-flag to trigger WW3. Just something to keep in mind while ABCNNBBCBSFOXDRUDGE scream at you that ISIS is going to nuke a US city!

Aug 22 09:20

NATO Using Foley and ISIS As A Pretext For Bombing Syria - Ultimate Target Is Russia

The Islamic State and the war in Syria is back on the front pages of the news once again on the heels of the alleged killing of James Mark Foley, an American journalist working in Syria. The outrage surrounding the alleged beheading of Foley, while justifiable if it is real, is already being used for propaganda purposes, namely in order to build up American support for an aerial bombing campaign against the Syrian government.

Aug 22 09:19

THE ISIS CONSPIRACY EXPLAINED!

The ISIS "uprising" is a US-Israel engineered plot using provocateurs, mercenaries, "jihadist" fanatics, and NGO's. The Axis of Evil and its various puppets seek to smash any independent Middle Eastern state that refuses to bow down to Greater Israel.

Aug 22 07:42

Ed Gein in a Skin Suit with Louboutins

Now we see an ominous glimpse of the agenda of the 1%. Those who are directly responsible for world conditions at this time. ISIS was created by western and Israeli intelligence services to act as a foil and a stimulus for reckless adventurism, manifesting as a whole lot of murder and mayhem against people without the weaponry to defend themselves. They are the new boogeyman to replace Al Qaeda, who is getting long in the tooth and they are the ones who are going to be blamed for the next major league false flag event soon to take place in the US or some similarly strategic location.

Aug 22 07:26

48 suspicious banking deaths

With the global financial system heading towards a major crash in the near future are these people buckling under the pressure of what they see coming or are they being silenced because of what they know?

We can only assume it’s a little of both.

Our advice is if JP Morgan offers you a job: politley decline. The list of top level bankers dying under suspicious circumstances has been growing rapidly in recent months.

Whether these are genuine deaths or something more sinister one thing is for certain, banking is becoming one of the most dangerous industries to be involved in right now with an extremely high death per employee ratio.

Aug 21 14:20

Hagel: Islamic State 'beyond anything we've seen'

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the Islamic State is more than a traditional "terrorist group" and better armed, trained and funded than any recent threat.

Aug 21 08:00

Jewish Iranian MP: Israeli War Crimes Must Be Denounced by the World

The representative of the Jewish minority in the Iranian Parliament Siamak Marreh Sedq strongly condemned Israel’s recent attacks on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and said that the time is now ripe for the international community to break its silence on Tel Aviv’s criminal acts.

“Attacks on hospitals, schools and other public places are regarded as war crimes and the world should break the silence and confront these savage attempts,” Marreh Sedq told reporters on Thursday.

He noted that Israel should have its membership at the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRS) annulled.

Aug 21 05:58

Dr. Rania Masri’s Powerful Speech at “Crisis in Gaza and West Bank: Context and Action”

Listen to a stunning speech by Palestinian rights activist Rania Masri. It’s about time more than one diaspora Palestinian spoke equally fearlessly, forcefully, loud and clear, unapologetically, powerfully and correctly and with pride in support of the Palestinian Resistance group Hamas besieged in Gaza. It’s long, long overdue.

Those who march behind genocide should be ashamed of themselves, not those who fight for what is right.

Aug 20 22:40

Energy ballet: Iran, Russia and 'Pipelineistan'

A fascinating nuclear/energy ballet involving Iran, Russia, the US and the EU is bound to determine much of what happens next in the new great game in Eurasia.

Aug 20 06:07

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

Mainstream media wants us to believe ISIS sprung up out of a hole in the ground and became powerful enough to take over large cities without any assistance from the big powers. The ineptitude of that narrative is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. These are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

It is traditional US diplomacy to play a double game — on the one hand training, arming and financing terrorists to overthrow or destabilize non-compliant governments, while at the same time condemning those same malcontents when it is convenient to do so.

Aug 20 06:00

Paul Craig Roberts: Putin should meet privately with European Leaders

Putin could tell Europeans that by disassociating from Washington’s foreign policy and adopting foreign policies that serve their own interests instead of Washington’s, Europeans have nothing to lose but their chains of vassalage.

Putin could explain to Europeans that Russia is prepared to guarantee Europe’s security and, therefore, that Europe does not need Washington’s guarantee against a nonexistent Russian threat.

If this very reasonable and diplomatic approach to Europe fails, then Russia and China know that they must prepare for war.

Aug 19 14:25

Iran to provide Europe with alternative to Russian gas

As the Ukraine crisis puts Russia and Europe at odds, leaving Europe with no choice but to search for alternative natural gas resources, Iran looks likely to fulfill Europe's demand.

Aug 19 08:35

A Tale of Two Alleged Iran Nuke Leakers

Last week focused a lot of attention on New York Times reporter James Risen, who is facing the threat of jail time for refusing to testify in a leak case against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. The Supreme Court refused to hear Risen’s appeal of a subpoena to testify in June.

Aug 19 07:44

Did Iran Just Knife Putin in the Back?

On Thursday, Ukraine’s parliament passed a law that will allow foreign investors to lease up to 49 percent of Ukraine’s transit pipelines and underground gas storage facilities. The bill, which had failed to pass just weeks earlier, was approved by the slimmest of margins, 2 votes, suggesting that there might have been some arm twisting or bribery behind the scenes. The new law is a victory for the Obama administration and western elites who want to control the flow of gas from Russia to the EU, set prices, and make sure that transactions continue to be denominated in dollars. Here’s a little more background from an article in Reuters:

Aug 18 22:26

Did Iran Just Knife Putin in the Back?

You can see that the bloody, fratricidal conflict in Ukraine has nothing to do with democracy, sovereignty or even “evil” Putin. It’s all about gas and pipelines. It’s all part of Washington’s grand plan to put a wedge between Russia and the EU, control the flow of vital resources, and establish NATO bases on Russia’s western flank.

Aug 18 07:27

Iran Has Begun Nuclear Transparency Steps

Aug 18 05:29

One Word Would Change the World

With that one word, Obama could earn his Nobel Peace Prize and glory in an achievement too long delayed, revel in the dissolution of the power of AIPAC over America, find solace in the reality that under his administration the world found the United States that acted on its true beliefs of inclusiveness of all and for all, both in the United States and in the community of nations.

“How long a time lies in one little word!” (Shakespeare, Richard II )

Aug 16 11:10

Iran says 'little chance' of reaching nuclear deal with West by November

Iran's foreign minister said on Saturday that he believed it was unlikely a final-status agreement would be reached with the West over the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program within the time frame that has been allotted in the negotiations.

"The chances that we will come to final understandings within the four months remaining are low," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is quoted as saying.

Zarif added that even if the parties come to a deal by the November deadline, they would still need more time to flesh out the fine print. The foreign minister said that the talks could lead to "quick results" if the P5+1 powers – the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany – display the necessary will. He said that in recent months, the discussions have proceeded carefully, although there has been progress.

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This is precisely the outcome Israel has pressured the US delegation to achieve here, so that they can be looking at a US/Israeli invasion of Iran shortly after the negotiations are over.

Look for more US media demonization of Iran in the short term, after the talks collapse, blaming Iran for preventing these negotiations from moving forward.

Aug 16 09:15

Jewish Iranian MP: Israeli War Crimes Must Be Denounced by the World

The representative of the Jewish minority in the Iranian Parliament Siamak Marreh Sedq strongly condemned Israel’s recent attacks on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and said that the time is now ripe for the international community to break its silence on Tel Aviv’s criminal acts.

“Attacks on hospitals, schools and other public places are regarded as war crimes and the world should break the silence and confront these savage attempts,” Marreh Sedq told reporters on Thursday.

He noted that Israel should have its membership at the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRS) annulled.

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Good on this guy!

And if you want to see how the contemporary Iranian Jewish community is doing, please check out the video "Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran" for an eye-opening look at how the Jewish community lives here.

Trust me: you will be amazed.

Aug 16 05:43

MH370 and MH17 — Vanishing point…

Follow the engine wreckage. Follow the cockpit wreckage. Follow the motive. One cannot even imagine the tectonic geopolitical plates clashing were the Kiev regime to be deemed responsible. It would be the vanishing point for the whole – warped – notion of the Empire of Chaos’s “indispensable” exceptionalism.

First, passenger airliner MH370 vanished from Planet Earth. Then MH370 vanished from the news cycle. First, MH17 was shot down by “Putin’s missile” – as Planet Earth was told. Then MH17 vanished from the news cycle.

Where’s Baudrillard when we need him? Had he been alive, the dervish of simulacra would have already deconstructed these two Malaysian planes as mirror images; from absolute vanishing to maximum exposure, then vanished again. They might as well have been abducted – and shot – by aliens. Now you see them, now you don’t.

Aug 15 11:39

Some Reasons to Materialize Iran, Iraq, and Syria’s Gas Pipeline

Iran,Iraq and Syria are working together on a gas pipeline project that will transport gas from the South Pars Field in Assalouyeh, Iran to Damascus via Iraq. Fars Press Agency announced the 1,6000 kilometer pipeline’s transfer capacity would be 110 million cubic meters of natural gas a day, upon completion.

This tri-partite gas pipeline project has two different names. Iran and Iraq's governments have dubbed it the “friendship pipeline”, while some Western media sources call it the "Islamic pipeline”. This double naming belies two different interpretations of the project. From an Iranian perspective, this gas pipeline represents a first step towards a new energy road. From some Western perspectives, this project represents an enlargement in Iran’s sphere of influence.

Aug 15 06:46

Islamic State Is Covert US Intelligence Operation

WASHINGTON, August 13 (RIA Novosti), Lyudmila Chernova - The Islamic State (IS) is a covert intelligence operation by the United States which aims at setting a predicate for further escalation in Iraq, Francis Boyle, a constitutional scholar and law professor at University of Illinois, told RIA Novosti.

"All the implications so far in the public record are that ISIS [IS] is a covert US intelligence operation," Boyle told RIA Novosti Tuesday. "Head of ISIS Abu Bakr Baghdadi spent five years in an American detention facility, and also three of the four military commanders were also in detention by the US forces. So, my guess is that ISIS is indeed a covert US military intervention to set precedent for US escalation in Iraq."

Aug 15 05:16

Has Clinton Made Her Second Pro-War Mistake?

Cease fire talks between Israel and Hamas have been extended for an additional five days.

The extension in the talks was made possible because Hamas is standing firm in its humanitarian demand that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, while Israel is feeling the negative worldwide vibes over its massive military assault.

The vibes are negative everywhere, that is, except in the U.S., where in an Atlantic interview, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared to kick off her 2016 presidential campaign with a ringing endorsement of Israel’s massive assault on the Palestinians of Gaza.

For his part, as the man who holds the reins of responsibility, President Obama has called a halt to U.S. Hellfire missile shipments to Israel until arrangements are made to clear with the White House all future transfers of Hellfire missiles.

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Aug 15 05:09

Mourning Rubble for Gaza

I hoped that some might find value in this.

When darkness overcomes us

And Hope lies in the past

What in our hearts sustains us?

How do we make love last?

When our weakness overwhelms us,

And we watch as children die,

How can we breathe this still foul air?

What makes us even try?

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Aug 14 22:33

The Beginning of World Shift

Russian Strategy in the Face of Anglo-American Imperialism
by Thierry Meyssan
Voltaire Network | Damascus (Syria) | 13 August 2014

Anglo-Saxon agression against Russia is taking the form of financial and economic warfare. However, Moscow is preparing for armed hostilities by developing its agricultural self-sufficency and multiplying its alliances. For Thierry Meyssan, after the creation of the caliphate in the Levant, Washington would lay down a new card in September in St. Petersburg. The ability of Russia to maintain its internal stability will determine the course of events.......

Aug 14 14:09

Untold Truths About the Planned War on Iran

Press TV’s documentary program “Untold Truths” is a revealing documentary film about the life and experiences of former White House Middle East policy adviser, Gwenyth Todd, who has escaped to Australia to keep safe from FBI prosecution.

Aug 14 09:01

Timeline to WW3: Will Ukraine develop into a world war?

A timeline to WW3
It may be developing right before our eyes. It’s a scary prospect, but when you look at the horrible warfare that has happened in the Middle East in the last 3 years – from the bombing of Libya to the attempted overthrow of Syria to the continual drone attacks in Yemen and Pakistan to the demonization of Iran to the constant conflict in

Aug 14 07:18

NATO is desperate for war

All hail Ukraine as the new Somalia; a fitting Frankenstein created by the exceptionalist Empire of Chaos.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is desperate; it is itching for a war in battlefield Ukraine at any cost.

Let’s start with Pentagon supremo, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has waxed lyrical over the Russian Bear’s “threat”: “When you see the build-up of Russian troops and the sophistication of those troops, the training of those troops, the heavy military equipment that’s being put along that border, of course it’s a reality, it’s a threat, it’s a possibility – absolutely.”

Aug 14 05:15

Obama: Netanyahu “Too Strong” to Make Peace

In order for peace to ever occur between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to be weakened, United States President Barack Obama asserted.

In an interview with the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, the president said that Netanyahu was “too strong” and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] was “too weak.”

According to Obama, in order for Netanyhau to come to the negotiating table and make concessions, the prime minister needs to feel more pressure from his cabinet and Israelis.

The president pointed to the fact that Netanyahu’s “poll numbers are a lot higher than mine,” which “were greatly boosted by the war in Gaza.”

Obama argued that “if he [Netanyahu] doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises, including taking on the settler movement.”

Aug 13 15:53

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

Mainstream media wants us to believe ISIS sprung up out of a hole in the ground and became powerful enough to take over large cities without any assistance from the big powers. The ineptitude of that narrative is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. These are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

Aug 13 11:52

Iranian-American Woman Wins Top Mathematics Prize

For the first time, the International Mathematical Union’s Fields medal, also known as the ‘Nobel Prize of mathematics’, has been awarded to a woman.

This year, the honor has gone to Iranian-born Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor, for her work on the symmetry of curved surfaces.

Aug 13 09:37

ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op

by William Engdahl

For days now, since their dramatic June 10 taking of Mosul, Western mainstream media have been filled with horror stories of the military conquests in Iraq of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, with the curious acronym ISIS. ISIS, as in the ancient Egyptian cult of the goddess of fertility and magic. The media picture being presented adds up less and less.

Details leaking out suggest that ISIS and the major military ‘surge’ in Iraq – and less so in neighboring Syria – is being shaped and controlled out of Langley, Virginia, and other CIA and Pentagon outposts as the next stage in spreading chaos in the world’s second-largest oil state, Iraq, as well as weakening the recent Syrian stabilization efforts.
Strange facts

Aug 13 02:42

Boycott Israel: Now More Than Ever

It bears repeating. Committed ordinary people can make a difference. It’s the only way constructive change is possible. Bottom up alone works. Never top down. Israel’s day of reckoning awaits.

For many decades, Israel waged genocidal war against millions of defenseless Palestinians with impunity.

Accountability is long overdue. High crimes against peace were committed. Culpable Israeli officials must be punished to the full extent of the law.

The global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for freedom, justice and equality works. Applying them with stepped up teeth more than ever is vital.

Aug 13 02:22

Israel furious as UN unveils Gaza probe team

Israel lashed out on Tuesday after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive.

Canadian international lawyer William Schabas, who will head the commission, is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.

Aug 12 18:05

Iran: Yesterday and Today - A Must See Film to Overcome US Government "Axis of Evil" Propaganda

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.

Aug 12 06:48

Hillary Clinton’s Criminality in Benghazi

Last week, former Secretary of State and presumed Democratic 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton writes that her handling of the Benghazi crisis of September 11, 2012 actually provides more impetus for a White House run.

Rather than trotting around the book circuit claiming the mantle of White House frontrunner thanks to her inaction and malfeasance in Benghazi, she should be sitting in the defendant’s chair in a court of law.

The question for Hillary Clinton is not whether she should be president. The question is whether she should be in prison.

Aug 12 06:43

NYT Discovers Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis at War

Now, as the Ukrainian military tightens its noose around the remaining rebel strongholds, battering them with artillery fire and aerial bombardments, thousands of neo-Nazi militia members are again pressing to the front as fiercely motivated fighters determined to kill as many ethnic Russians as they can. It is a remarkable story but one that the mainstream U.S. news media would prefer not to notice.

The New York Times reported almost in passing on Sunday that the Ukrainian government’s offensive against ethnic Russian rebels in the east has unleashed far-right paramilitary militias that have even raised a neo-Nazi banner over the conquered town of Marinka, just west of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

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Aug 11 14:32

Washington Threatens The World — Paul Craig Roberts

The consequence of Washington’s reckless and irresponsible political and military interventions in Iraq, Libya, and Syria has been to unleash evil. The various sects that lived in peace under the rule of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad are butchering one another, and a new group, ISIS, is in the process of creating a new state out of parts of Iraq and Syria.

The turmoil brought into the Middle East by the Bush and Obama regimes has meant death and displacement for millions and untold future deaths. As I write 40,000 Iraqis are stranded on a mountain top without water awaiting death at the hands of ISIS, a creation of US meddling.

Aug 11 06:24

Obama: Netanyahu “Too Strong” to Make Peace

In order for peace to ever occur between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to be weakened, United States President Barack Obama asserted.

In an interview with the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, the president said that Netanyahu was “too strong” and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] was “too weak.”

According to Obama, in order for Netanyhau to come to the negotiating table and make concessions, the prime minister needs to feel more pressure from his cabinet and Israelis.

The president expressed his frustration over Abbas’s lack of popular support by the Palestinian people, unlike Netanyahu who, during this time of crisis and conflict, is strongly supported by most Israelis.

Aug 11 06:19

Modi Rewrites India’s Tryst with Destiny (II)

From the American viewpoint, India’s SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) membership literally caps the trajectory of US-Indian strategic partnership.The message is clear: India is unavailable as a ‘counterweight’ against China or as a silent partner to ‘isolate’ Russia.

The heart of the matter is that the SCO has disallowed a security vacuum appearing in Central Asia, which the NATO could have used as an alibi to step in. Put differently, so long as the SCO is around, NATO’s eastward expansion beyond the Caucasus runs into formidable obstacles.

That is to say, SCO challenges the US strategy to project the NATO as the global security organization that bypasses the United Nations as the provider of security. This is precisely why the US has opposed the SCO and did all it could to debunk the grouping.

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Aug 10 08:37

Washington’s Diabolical Agenda in Iraq: US Pledges “Humanitarian Airstrikes” against US Sponsored IS Terrorists

The US has pledged assistance for victims of and even possible “airstrikes” against terrorists who have surrounded and threaten to eradicate thousands of religious minorities in Iraq. However, the terrorists themselves are a product of US foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa, and instrumental in achieving Western objectives across the region. Punitive strikes and aid to the victims of what is essentially a Western mercenary army is part of maintaining plausible deniability.

Aug 10 08:10

Iranian General: Hamas Proved Superior to Israel

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' deputy commander, Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, said Saturday night that since the ceasefire plan proposed by Egypt is “biased,” the best possible option for the Palestinians at present is continued resistance and war against Israel. He added that Hamas enjoys hidden war equipment and capabilities which will be used in later stages of the war.

"The plan proposed by Egypt meets the Zionist regime's interests and is not acceptable as it seeks to disarm the resistance, but we know that the damage inflicted on the Palestinians by a ceasefire is more than the damage of war," Salami said in a live interview with Iran's state-run TV on Saturday night, reported Iran's Fars news agency.

Salami said Israel has been defeated in close-range and street fighting against Hamas and other Palestinian groups, and that “the Zionist army cannot move on the ground.”

Aug 09 19:33

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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I am reposting Claire's video as the US invades Iraq for the third time, and as a new flood of TV commercials hits the corporate media networks reminding all 18 year-olds that they MUST register for selective service, and because recent revelations from Edward Snowden include confirmation that the NSA "tinkers" with view counts on YouTube videos to keep videos contrary to the war agenda from going viral.

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Aug 09 17:36

Hey Israel STOP the Genocide in Gaza — Worldwide protests

In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Updated)
by Annie Robins

Comment: Annie Robbins:
Occupier, I fully support non violent resistance. however, in the face of the violent genocidal intent of the occupier and the actions taken to ignite this latest round of violence (WB pogroms, killings, destruction, arrests detainment no doubt leading to torture) i think Palestinians should be able and willing to defend themselves and be proud of their achievements, efforts to protect themselves under siege, oppression. that includes procuring weaponry.

Aug 08 10:00

Iran seeks alternative to Maliki to hold Iraq together

Iran believes Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is no longer able to hold his country together and is looking for an alternative leader to combat a Sunni Islamist insurgency, senior Iranian officials said Tuesday.

Political deadlock since an inconclusive general election in April has paralyzed efforts to fight back against ISIS rebels who have captured swaths of northern and western Iraq and Syria and have threatened to march on Baghdad.

One Iranian official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said Tehran was working with Iraqi factions to seek a replacement for Maliki, but there were few viable alternatives.

“We have reached the conclusion that Maliki cannot preserve the unity of Iraq anymore, but Ayatollah [Ali] Sistani still has hopes,” said the Iranian official, referring to Iraq’s top Shiite cleric. “Now, Ayatollah Sistani also backs our view on Maliki.”

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This is a true, geopolitical "mission impossible", unless someone is able to get Al-Maliki to step down, and he is assured of safe transit for himself and his family out of the country to a quiet, financially supported life elsewhere.

(US State Department, White Courtesy Telephone, please...US State Department, White Courtesy Telephone, please!!)

Aug 08 07:22

Iran to unveil new defense system similar to Iron Dome – military commander

A senior Iranian military commander has announced that Tehran is about to unveil new long-range and mid-range missile defense systems like Israel’s Iron Dome or the US Patriot, which can knock out incoming missiles in mid-air.

The commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base, Brigadier Farzad Esmayeeli, announced Wednesday that Iran is preparing to roll out a number of advanced defense systems on September 22, the country's semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

Esmayeeli did not elaborate on the technical details of the new equipment, but said it would be connected to Iran's larger military complex.

Aug 07 10:41

Russia Delivers Blow To Petrodollar In Historic $20 Billion Iran Oil Deal

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his Iranian counterpart Bijan Zanganeh signed a five-year memorandum of understanding in Moscow, which included cooperation in the oil sector.

“Based on Iran’s proposal, we will participate in arranging shipments of crude oil, including to the Russian market,” Novak was quoted as saying.

The five year accord will see Russia help Iran “organize oil sales” as well as “cooperate in the oil-gas industry, construction of power plants, grids, supply of machinery, consumer goods and agriculture products”, according to a statement by the Energy Ministry in Moscow.

The deal could see Russia buying 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil a day, the Moscow-based Kommersant newspaper has previously reported. Under the proposed deal Russia would buy up to 500,000 barrels a day or a third of Iranian oil exports in exchange for Russian equipment and goods.

Aug 06 09:53

Vladimir Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions

Vladimir Putin is eyeing a $20bn (£11.8bn) trade deal with Iran that would see Russia sidestep Western sanctions on its energy sector.

Under the terms of a five-year accord, Russia would help Iran organise oil sales as well as “cooperate in the oil-gas industry, construction of power plants, grids, supply of machinery, consumer goods and agriculture products”, according to a statement by the Energy Ministry in Moscow.

However, the Russian government mysteriously withdrew that statement last night, saying it would issue a new one on Wednesday.

Despite the U-turn, news of a possible agreement hit US markets. The Dow fell 139 points, or 0.8pc, led by energy companies such as Chevron, down 2.5pc, and ExxonMobil, down 1.9pc. Brent Crude fell 1.5pc before recovering to trade down 0.7pc at $104.61.

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IF this deal is, in fact, consummated, it will mean that any military attack against Iran will be construed as a military attack against Russia.

Aug 06 06:35

The War between Gaza and the Zionists

This war belongs to Obama as much as to anyone because it emerged in the vacuum created by Obama’s laziness and lack of courage in standing up to Netanyahu and the Zionist supporters in the US and in Congress.

Hamas’s fight, which is mainly a struggle to lift the siege of Gaza, is an honorable one. Hamas’s fight possess the dignity which the Israeli brutalizers cannot even imagine. In fact, the Zionists gave up any hope of dignity long before they ethnically cleansed Palestine of most of its indigenous population in 1948.

More thoughtful and better informed observer than Obama and Kerry have more correctly noted that the present waves of Hamas rockets was preceded by a sequence of events which left Hamas with little choice except to resist with their only available means, which is firing rockets into Israel.

Aug 06 05:09

What the hell is an Israeli-American?

Mr. Raimondo in a recent article at antiwar.com, in mentioning the Times of Israel article, conveniently now removed from public view, added this comment from the writer of the article when referring to Hamas…..

“Anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian.” This was written by an “Israeli-American”.

One is tempted to ask, what the hell is an Israeli-American, where is his allegiance, his loyalty, his respect? Surely such shared allegiances are half of the US problems.

Whereas what was said above may be seen on the surface as a reasonable comment in the Times of Israel, compare the situation in reverse, in or around the vicinity of a Palestinian’s home……………

Aug 05 14:31

Iran ready to give any help to Palestine: Basij commander

Basij Commander Mohammad Reza Naqdi said on Monday that Iran is ready to provide the Palestinian people with any kind of help, including medical equipment, foodstuff, and weapons.

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Except that Israel will keep it on the docks and airfields until it rots "for security reasons", then give it to the Palestinians. Because they have done this before.

Aug 05 10:11

Putin Orders Preparation Of Retaliatory Sanctions, Expands Trade With Iran

As we warned previously, it appears Russia is stepping up its sanctions-retaliation confirming its threat that "US will feel tangible losses."

*PUTIN ORDERS GOVT TO PREPARE RETALIATORY SANCTIONS: RIA
*PUTIN ORDERS GOVT TO READY STEPS IN RESPONSE TO SANCTIONS: IFX
*PUTIN: RETALIATORY MEASURES SHOULDN'T HURT RUSSIA CONSUMERS:IFX

Russian stocks and currency are sliding this morning, not helped by this announcement. Of course, Putin has already put pressure on major US companies such as MSFT, IBM, MCD, INTC, AMD, and car manufacturers. And as far as "isolation" - the signing of a 5-year trade agreement with Iran would suggest there are still plenty of nations willing to work with Putin.

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It seems Putin is coming through with his promise:

And Russia issued a statement that US will feel 'tangible losses' from 'destructive, myopic' sanctions.

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With regard to US governmental sanctions against Russia (which BTW have absolutely zero grounding in reality), the US government has cut its own nose off, both economically, and potentially, militarily, to spite its own face.

Aug 05 08:30

World Could Learn Much from Iran on Handling Financial Criminals

• Iranians don’t play games when it comes to protecting their people from corrupt bankers and kleptocrats . . . capital punishment awaits such high-level swindlers.

The world could learn a lot from Iran when it comes to dealing with corruption in the financial sector. Whereas bankers in the United States and Europe swindle people out of trillions of dollars and get off scot-free or are even rewarded with bailout money, in Iran they go straight to the gallows.

Aug 04 18:38

US Republican calls for bombing of Iran nuclear sites

A US Republican congressman has called for the bombing of Iran’s nuclear sites, saying in case of US hesitancy, Israel should be allowed to do that.

Speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, Republican Louie Gohmert said that Israel’s invasion of Gaza means that it is time to bomb Iran.

Aug 04 18:04

Paul Findley: The Tyranny of Collective Punishment

Because Israel is at war on largely-defenseless Gaza, America seems automatically at war with the 1.8 million Palestinians struggling for survival there. No U.S. declaration of war occurred, but almost every member of Congress provided full-throated support, it seemed, for Israel’s war role.

The death toll in Gaza topped 1,400 when astounding news appeared last week on the Internet screen: the Houses of Congress adopted a resolution expressing unqualified support and praise for Israel’s assault on Palestinians in Gaza. Not a word of sympathy for the families of the dead and the thousands of other Palestinians injured. The death toll has since risen to more than 1,800.

Aug 04 10:44

Zarif: 40,000 Houses Targeted, 23,000 Destroyed in Gaza in 1 Month

"A sum of 40,000 houses have been targeted in Gaza in the Israeli attacks in the last month, out of which over 23,000 have been nearly destroyed and 17,000 have been completely annihilated," Zarif said, addressing the closing ceremony of the ministerial emergency meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Palestine Committee here in Tehran on Monday evening.

The Iranian foreign minister pointed to his phone conversation with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on the dispatch of medicine and foodstuff to the people of Gaza, and said, "Other contacts at other levels have also been made and today Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian had some detailed talks with his Egyptian counterpart in the same regard."

He expressed the hope that the Egyptian government would help the people of Gaza find access to medicine and the Palestinian patients and injured Gazans, who are mostly children and exposed to serious risks, be transferred to Iran for treatment.

Aug 04 07:49

Iran ready to fully support Palestinian resistance: IRGC

A senior Iranian military commander says Iran is ready to fully support the "growing" Palestinian resistance movement.

“We are prepared to support the Palestinian resistance in various aspects. In defending Muslims, we recognize no distinction between Shias and Sunnis,” commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Monday.

He added that the Gaza conflict indicated that the power of Palestinian resistance is “endless and growing.”

The IRGC commander further emphasized that the number of rockets launched into Israel and the Palestinian fighters' ability in confronting the Israeli ground invasion is proof to the Palestinian resistance’s growing power.

He added that the events in the Gaza Strip and Iraq are the result of the joint US-Israeli policies.

Aug 04 05:02

Tens of thousands march on the White House for Palestine

In one of the largest mobilizations in solidarity with Palestine in the United States ever, tens of thousands of people from all across the country converged in Washington, D.C., for a rally and march to protest the ongoing massacre in Gaza and the U.S. government’s support for Israeli war crimes.

The Washington Post reported that “A demonstration drew thousands to the White House and the streets of downtown Washington on Saturday afternoon.” ABC News said the demonstration turned “Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Square, the park opposite the White House, into a sea of demonstrators.”

Aug 03 08:36

Latin America comes out in force against Israel

Latin America’s leaders are among the most vehement in condemning Israel’s Gaza offensive — labelling the Jewish state “terrorist”, recalling ambassadors, and offering near-unanimous, unwavering support to Palestinians.

More than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed and 8,000 injured, two-thirds of them civilians, in Gaza in 24 days...

- Diplomatic recalls -

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff this week called the Israeli military operation a “massacre.”

Aug 03 06:55

Anthony Lawson: The Blood of Palestine is on the Hands of the Bribe-Takers

The blood of the thousands of Palestinians who have been killed by the so-called Israel Defence Forces since the beginning of the siege of Gaza, stains the hands of each and every politician who has done nothing to censure Israel for this cruel and illegal acts against a defenseless population under Occupation.

Aug 03 06:13

Western plutocracy goes bear hunting

The post-Cold War status quo in Eastern Europe, not to mention in Western Europe, is now dead.

In the US, and a great deal of the EU, a monstrous grotesquerie has developed, packaging Putin as the new Stalinist Osama bin Laden. So far, his strategy on Ukraine was to be patient – what I called Vlad Lao Tzu – watching the Kiev gang hang themselves while trying to sit down with the EU in a civilized manner working for a political solution.

Now we may be facing a game changer, because the mounting evidence, which Glazyev and Russian intel relayed to Putin, points to Ukraine as a battlefield; a concerted drive for regime change in Moscow; a concerted drive aiming for a destabilized Russia; and even the possibility of a definitive provocation.

Aug 03 01:47

Is Fox News More Dangerous Than Isis? Russell Brand

Today's Trews is a Fox News analysis special.

Aug 02 20:04

Iranian movie artists to donate blood to Gaza children

A group of artists, cinema directors and short film-makers will donate blood to the innocent children of Gaza on Saturday, IRNA reported.

Iran?s Youth Cinema Association sponsors the move, which movie-makers, photographers and artists by attending in Blood Transfusion Centers will donate blood on Saturday August 2, 2014.

Aug 02 15:58

A Tale of Three Aircraft Tragedies - Russia Bashing: Hatred, Hysteria and Humbug

“A civilian jet airliner shot down by US Navy surface to air missiles on 3 July 1988 as it flew over the Strait of Hormuz at the end of the Iran–Iraq War. The aircraft, an Airbus A300B2-203 operated by Iran Air, was flying from Bandar Abbas, Iran, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. While flying in Iranian airspace over Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf on its usual flight path, it was destroyed by the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes. All 290 on board, including 66 children and 16 crew, perished.”

The captain of the ship that killed 290 innocent people was given a high military decoration by the United States of America “for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service” during his period in command.

Aug 02 08:14

Israeli truce to ‘improve’ killing op

It is simply a matter of recognizing and understanding that the Zionist regime is an artificial and illegitimate state that has been unjustly imposed on the people of Palestine for the past 66 years. That historical crime, and its ongoing criminal, genocidal occupation, must be stopped.

The Israeli regime is cynically using “humanitarian ceasefires” as a way of luring Palestinian civilians into further killing zones with the diabolical aim of “improving” its genocidal operation, which has been dubbed with the Orwellian name “Protective Edge.”

Jul 28 08:41

Photos: Iranians hold 'Quds Day' protest rally to condemn Israel's Gaza aggression

The protesters are chanting slogans, including 'Down with Israel', 'God Is Great' and 'Silence of Any Muslim Is Betrayal to Quran' in solidarity with the Palestinian people, voicing their anger at the policies of the Israeli regime for the unprecedented offense on the Gaza Strip over last 19 days resulting in over 800 dead and over 4700 injured.

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How DARE Iran protest us! ATTACK!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jul 25 07:27

VIRTUAL 9-11: Will the US & Israel Hack The US Banking System Computers and Falsely Blame It On Iran (or Syria or Russia or China)?

So what it looks like is being planned, and pre-sold to the American people with all these stories about celebrities' personal information being hacked and made public (an activity that produces no profit for the hackers other than news headlines), and the "Syrian" (nudge nudge wink wink) hack of the AP Twitter feed that shocked the US stock market, is that the US Government will itself take down the US financial computers, and blame it on Iran /Russia/ China/Al Qaeda/Syria/Arabs and others to be named as convenient. This gets Wall Street and Washington DC off the hook, because now the financial melt-down is an act of war, rather than the result of decades of Wall Street crime and corruption and the predations of Private Central Banks. US banks have already been hit with cyber attacks, to set the stage.

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Reposted in light of yesterday's Drudge Report story that "Al Qaeda" is about to launch a cyber-terror attack on the US.

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Jul 24 09:13

Gohmert: A Friend Will Not Put Another Friend in this Kind of Jeopardy

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Look at all the things going wrong with the US today and still the Congress obsesses about Israel, Israel, Israel! At 45 seconds, Gohmert calls for the bombing of Iran's nuclear facilities to please his masters in Tel Aviv, apparently unconcerned that both Iran and the US have signed and ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which means the US Government recognizes Iran's right to have those peaceful nuclear facilities Gohmert wants to bomb to please Israel. That such a blatant violation of a treaty agreement would severely damage what remains of the US Government's credibility is not a problem for Gohmert. In his bought-and-paid-for opinion, whatever Israel wants, Israel gets, no matter what it costs the American people!

Jul 21 08:36

Kyrie Eleison - Anti-War Music Video - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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I am reposting Claire's video for two reasons. First, this is a message that needs to get out to the world about how war is cilling innocent children.

Second, the latest revelations from Edward Snowden include confirmation that the NSA "tinkers" with view counts on YouTube videos to keep videos contrary to the war agenda from going viral.

Fuckers!

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Jul 21 08:35

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

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This video is now over a half million views! The original article the video was made from is HERE.

As a side note, I tried to post the YouTube URL for this video to Facebook in reply to a question, only to find out that Facebook is blocking this URL for "objectionable content."

If anyone you know is wondering why the US Government seems hell-bent on creating more wars in Syria, Iraq, Iran, etc. send them this video.

Jul 21 07:05

Iran has diluted its enriched uranium: UN

Iran has turned all of its enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the United Nations' nuclear agency said Sunday.

The move was expected. Tehran had committed to convert or dilute its 20 per cent-enriched stockpile under an agreement with six powers last November that froze its atomic programs pending negotiations on a comprehensive deal. Those talks were extended Saturday to Nov. 24.

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20% sounds like a lot, but remember that to actually make a nuclear weapon requires 95% enrichment or above. 20% enrichment is used for medical isotopes and other industrial applications like anti-static systems or irradiation of food as a preservative. And while we applaud Iran taking this initiative, in the end it is futile as the US and Israel do not want an agreement; they want a war to force Iran to accept private central banking, and sell their oil only for the US dollar. One way or the other, the US will derail the negotiations.

Jul 19 14:07

Deadline for Iran nuke deal extended by 4 months

Tehran agrees to additional concessions and will receive in return some $2.8 billion in frozen assets, but gaps remain

Jul 19 06:00

Putin Poised to Retaliate Against Obama by Trashing Iran Deal

Earlier this week, Putin promised to retaliate against the United States for new sanctions targeting his friends and business associates, as well as large Russian defense, energy, and financial firms. On Thursday, Putin called President Obama to alert him a civilian jetliner had crashed over Eastern Ukraine, a tragedy the U.S. says was caused by a missile shot from a Russian-made SA-11 mobile surface to air missile system located in a separatist-held area.

Putin’s next call was to none other than the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

“Mr. Putin and Mr. Rouhani exchanged views on the state of talks on Iran’s nuclear program,” stated the Kremlin readout of the call. “The two leaders also examined bilateral cooperation matters of mutual interest, including joint projects in the oil and gas sector and in peaceful nuclear energy.”

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The US makes war. Russia makes deals!

Jul 17 07:17

BRICS Nations Recognize Iran’s Inalienable Right To A Peaceful Nuclear Program

With Iran’s nuclear talks at a decisive crossroads, the BRICS group of emerging powers says Tehran has an inalienable right to a peaceful nuclear program.

The BRICS countries also say there’s no alternative to a negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. The countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, made the statement in a declaration adopted at their summit meeting in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza.

The support came as Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are negotiating for a final solution to their dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program. The BRICS countries welcomed what they called the positive momentum generated by the talks which they encouraged to continue in order to achieve a comprehensive and long-lasting solution.

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What is important to remember is that by signing the Nuclear-Non Proliferation Treaty, the United States also recognized Iran's right to a peaceful nuclear program. By using the threat of military action to coerce Iran to surrender their rights under that treaty, it is the United States that is in violation of international law.

Jul 15 06:12

Islamic State Terrorism, Iran And Syria Are Now Prepped For The Next False Flag Event

Jul 14 11:30

US gives weapons to Israel to attack Gaza: Iran

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Israeli regime is using the US weapons to attack innocent Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

“We know that all the weapons that are used by Israel in order to attack civilians in Gaza have been provided by the United States,” Zarif said in an interview with NBC’S Meet that Press.

However, the United Nations has not taken any action to condemn the US move and to use the Security Council in order to put an end to it, he added.

He called for an “immediate end” to the Israeli regime’s airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

Jul 14 09:25

Sec. of State John Kerry: ‘Significant gaps’ remain in Iranian nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday major differences remain between Iran and six world powers in talks over the country’s controversial nuclear programme, an opinion shared by Tehran just a week before a July 20 deadline to reach a deal.

The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China want Iran to reduce its nuclear fuel-making capacity to deny it any means of quickly producing atom bombs. In exchange, international sanctions that have crippled the large OPEC member’s oil-dependent economy would gradually be lifted.

Iran, however, has said it is enriching uranium for peaceful energy purposes only, and wants the sanctions removed swiftly. But a history of hiding sensitive nuclear work from UN inspectors has raised international suspicions, as well as fears of a new Middle East war if diplomacy fails to yield a long-term agreement.

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Congratulations, Secretary (Epic Fail) Kerry, for having delivered precisely what your Israeli handlers wanted as the outcome; no viable, win/win agreement between the West and Iran over their nuclear program, and the absence of such agreement as a pretext for a potential coming war against it.

But there is one 9,000 lb gorilla, sleeping on the Steinway, for the moment, that it appears you and the rest of the US government have not considered a key component in this scenario, and that is Russia. As reported at Washington's blog, January 2012:

Russia and China Would Consider An Attack On Iran – Or Syria – As An Attack On Their National Security RT notes: The escalating conflict around Iran should be contained by common effort, otherwise the promising Arab Spring will grow into a “scorching Arab Summer,” says Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s deputy prime minister and former envoy to NATO. ­“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.

I would like to politely point out to the precious few adults in the bowels of 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 with Russia; and that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous here.

IF continuing these negotiations past the 20th of this month could acheive a breakthrough, then, by all means, this should be pursued to the last moment as the most rational path.

Unfortunately, however, those who love the profit and spoils of war hate logical, rational thought with a passion.

Jul 14 07:11

Israel military says it has shot down drone along southern coastline

Israel's military said Monday it downed a drone along its southern coastline, and fired two deadly airstrikes into the Gaza Strip, in its week-long campaign against Islamic militants.

The drone came from Gaza and was shot down by a Patriot surface-to-air missile near the southern city of Ashdod, the military said. It did not say what the drone was carrying and there was no immediate confirmation from Gaza on the use of unmanned aircraft.

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FOX News is claiming the drone is Iranian, part of Israel's plan to turn the attack on Gaza into a wider regional war including Lebanon, Syria, and Iran.

Jul 13 07:41

Iran warns it is ready to walk away from nuclear talks

Iran's chief negotiator in nuclear talks in Vienna warned Saturday that Tehran is ready to walk away if "excessive" Western demands cause a failure, a day before foreign ministers try to inject momentum. Eight days before a deadline for a deal, Abbas Araqchi said however that he hoped that the attendance from Sunday of foreign ministers including US Secretary of State John Kerry would help overcome "deep differences" that remain.

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This is, of course, what the US and Israel have wanted all along, and they have been playing this cute game called "Just one more thing." It goes like this. As soon as an agreement is about to be reached, the US says, "Just one more thing." Then a new agreement is put together and just as it is ready, the US again says, "Just one more thing." Then "Just one more thing." Then "Just one more thing." Then "Just one more thing."

Finally the other party, in this case Iran, realizes that the US is not bargaining in good faith and quits, allowing the US to claim the other side is being unreasonable and walked away from negotiations! Because the US and Israel do not want peace with Iran (any more than Israel wants peace with the Palestinians). They want war and to make it look like the other side is to blame for it.

Jul 11 08:58

FLASHBACK - EU Court Strikes Down Iran Asset Freeze Sanctions

In September 2013, the EU General Court annulled a series of asset freeze sanctions imposed by the Council of the European Union on a number of Iranian entities and one person. The General Court requires the EU regulators to adduce stronger evidence to justify the imposition of sanctions. Failure to do so risks undermining the European Union’s efforts to constrain Iran’s alleged efforts to develop its nuclear and missile programme.

Jul 06 08:25

U.S. threat to break nuclear talks is psychological warfare: MP

Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi has said that a threat by the United States to break the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers is just a psychological warfare.

“I think raising this issue is psychological warfare. The Americans are aware that if they disturb the game, Iran will quickly resume its previous (nuclear) activities and will continue them,” Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said in an interview with the Fars news agency on Saturday.

He said Iran will resume uranium enrichment to a purity level of 20 percent and will pursue its nuclear research program more seriously if the Western countries torpedo the nuclear talks.

The MP also said that the Islamic Republic will never abandon its uranium enrichment program, adding that the program is one of Iran’s red lines.

Jul 04 06:37

Iran remembers US downing of passenger plane

On July 3, 1988, a US Navy ship shot down an Iranian passenger plane in the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people on board. Among the dead were citizens of Iran, the United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan, Yugoslavia and Italy, including 66 children.

The downing of Flight 655 by the USS Vincennes with two surface-to-air missiles has been mostly forgotten in the United States. However, partly due to its timing, it has played a major role in shaping Iranian officials' view of US policy toward Iran.

On his English-language Twitter account, Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei shared pictures and messages commemorating the anniversary of Flight 655. “If the commander of the warship made a mistake, why did you not bring him to trial? Why did you give him a medal of honor?” one tweet read. The ship's crew were awarded medals for their service. Another tweet contained the hashtags #NeverForget and #NeverForgive.

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The Iranian airbus was short down by a computer error in the software that controlled the USS Vincennes' AEGIS defense system. The same target ID number was accidentally assigned to two different targets. The first was the airbus, flying a normal commercial path, and the second was an Iranian F-14 in the distance on a training mission. The AEGIS system merged the two into a single target that appeared to be an F-14 in an attack profile near the ship, which then launched the two missiles, killing the passenger jet. A similar software error is thought to have been behind the US Navy's shoot down of TWA 800, and possibly that of Maylasian Flight 870 as well.

Jul 02 10:41

How to Understand the ISIS Threat

I suspect that a paucity of reliable intelligence is being shoehorned into an acceptable narrative for policymakers to regurgitate. The promotion of the alleged threat includes a conflation of several quite separate issues. It is based on the indisputable fact that a number of young Muslims ostensibly citizens of European countries and the United States, some of whom are indigenous converts to Islam, have gone to perform jihad in the Middle East and South Asia. As the punditry would have it, they must be planning to return home some day and raise hell, a line of reasoning that has spawned several Congressional hearings hosted by the Rep. Peter King of New York on the so-called home-grown terrorism threat.

Jun 30 06:45

Fear and loathing at Hotel Babylon

It’s payback time: The Obama administration’s “strategy” (remember “Don’t Do Stupid Shit”, the Ukraine strategy?) is to impose regime change on al-Maliki; after all, he had the bad taste of refusing to let US troops keep occupying Iraq past the 2012 deadline, and on top of it his government is close to Tehran.

Jun 28 07:14

Court Ruling: Israeli And US Terrorism Victims Now 'Own' Iran's Internet

The United States District Court ruled today that the .ir domain name, along with Iran’s IP addresses
are assets that can be seized to satisfy judgments totaling over a billion dollars, owed by Iran to Israeli and US victims of terrorism perpetrated by Iranian-supported proxies like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah organizations, among others.

The verdict was won by attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Shurat Hadin Law Center and what it means is absolutely delicious. The fees paid by Iran to keep its Internet going could be levied and given to the victims, or their lawyers now have to legal right to force an auction of Iran’s Internet assets to help satisfy the judgment.

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Disconnect Iran from the internet ... just in time for that terrible Iranian terror attack (nudge nudge wink wink say no more). This is a repeat of 9-11, where the FBI in the week before 9-11 happened, shut down the websites of Muslim charities in the United States, so they could not defend Muslims from the official 9-11 cover story.

Obviously we all need to be concerned with the weaponization of the internet and the turning of cyberspace into a war zone. I suspect that this move by ICANN to shut down Iran's internet over this false accusation that they had anything to do with 9-11 will trigger a global move towards parallel name-management systems outside US control, just as the NSA scandal has provoked a global move away from US IT companies and services, and just as the federal Reserve has provoked a global move away from the US dollar.

Jun 26 06:17

Iran, Britain Start Measures for Reopening Embassies

Speaking to reporters here in Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham reminded that measures to mend the Tehran-London relations started with the step-by-step moves made by the two sides since last September when the two foreign ministers met each other on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, which eventually led to the appointment of non-resident charge d'affaires.

The spokeswoman expressed the hope that the two states would "promote their non-resident to resident charge d'affaires in a bid to facilitate affairs and start a new phase in mending their ties".

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Israel is not going to like this at all. Get ready for an Iranian "terror" attack (nudge nudge wink wink say no more).

Jun 24 07:39

Iran transfers 88 Russian Sukhoi fighter planes to Iraq

88 Russian Sukhoi fighter planes arrived at the Imam Ali military base in Nasiriyah, Dhi Qar. Today a security source said that the base of the Imam Ali (AS) received 88 Russian Sukhoi multi-brands, which were held by the Republic of Iran for more than 20 years.

The source, who preferred not to be named, indicated that “these aircraft will be equipped with sophisticated weapons; they will take part in the fighting against the terrorist elements of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant.”

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Looking at the age of the aircraft, one has to wonder just how sophisticated a weapons upgrade they can reasonably be expected to handle.

Jun 24 06:39

Envoy: Venezuela Ready to Become Iran's Exports Hub in Latin America

"Venezuela is ready to turn into a center for Iran's technological exports to other Latin American states," Zambrano told FNA on Tuesday.

He referred to the attempts made by the western countries, specially the US, to prevent Iran from increasing its exports to other states, and said, "Yet, the United States' extensive sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran haven’t been able to prevent exports of Iran-made technology and products to the other world states."

Zambrano underscored that Washington has exerted sanctions and pressures against Tehran because the US officials are fearful of Iran's growing technology and export of its home-made technological products to the other world regions.

Iran has in recent years expanded friendly ties with Latin America, specially in economic, trade and industrial fields.

Jun 23 08:30

BACK TO BAGHDAD!

One would think the neoconservatives who engineered the Iraq War – the worst disaster for the United States since Vietnam – would never emerge from hiding.

Not so. With dazzling chutzpah, former Vice President Dick Cheney, the real power in the Bush administration, just claimed President Barack Obama was responsible for the growing mess in Iraq.

Obama is a wimp allowing America’s foes to run rampant across the Mideast and Eastern Europe, growled Cheney. He wants US troops to reoccupy Iraq, and maybe Syria. Cheney’s blustering was applauded by another over-the-hill dotard, Republican party leader Sen. John McCain.

Out from the Washington woodwork crept a swarm of neoconservatives. They joined Cheney in blasting Obama over Iraq and calling for more wars against the Muslim world.

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If they think war on the Middle East is so great, give them all rifles and parachutes, load them on a plane, and drop them in. BUT LEAVE OUR KIDS AT HOME!

Jun 23 08:08

Pirates with Nukes

Entirely dispelled are any lingering doubts about the disdain Israel has for international law. Before going any further, just reflect upon all the apologist responses to the global condemnation of the Mediterranean Massacre. All the toadies that carry the water for the Zionist despotism are predictable and deceitful. Based on a foundation of sand their mantra ignores the facts and rests on false axioms.

NeoCon Glenn Beck is a devoted cheerleader of Zionism. Making things worse, he is also a Dispensationalist. Departing from the solid research on condemning the failed philosophy of Progressivism, Beck demeans his audience with a false history of Palestine and the nature of the Israeli state. His religious doctrine regarding Israel makes him an apostate. Duping well intentions, but ill-informed viewers into accepting the crimes of Israel, as the will of God, is why he is a Trojan horse.

Jun 22 05:57

Iran strongly opposes US intervention in Iraq

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed strong opposition Sunday to intervention in Iraq by the United States or anyone else, saying Iraqis themselves could bring an end to violence there, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Khamenei, who has the last word on all matters of state, added in remarks to judiciary officials that Washington aimed to keep Iraq under its control and place its own stooges in power. The conflict there was not sectarian, but was really between those who wanted Iraq in the U.S. camp and those who sought Iraq's independence, IRNA reported.

"We are strongly opposed to U.S. and other (countries') intervention in Iraq," IRNA quoted Khamenei as saying.

Jun 20 10:39

Iran slams IAEA failure to abide by previous deal

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has censured the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for its failure to abide by its previous agreements with Tehran.

In a Thursday interview with Inter Press Service, Ali Akbar Salehi said pursuant to the February 2014 “Framework for Cooperation” agreement between Tehran and the IAEA, the UN nuclear supervisory body should have ended the investigation into Iran’s “exploding bridge-wire (EBW) experiments.”

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has so far refused to finalize the issues regarding the fast-functioning detonators, despite the fact that the EBW was the first issue that the two sides agreed to resolve under the agreement.

“We have agreed that once our explanations were enough to bring this to conclusion they would have to close that issue,” Salehi said, adding, “They should not keep the issue open.”

The IAEA is scheduled to release a new monthly report on Iran’s nuclear energy program on Friday.

Jun 19 08:11

Iran, P5+1 start drafting final nuclear deal

Iran and the Sextet of world powers have begun drafting a final deal on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the announcement on Wednesday as talks continued between the two sides in the Austrian capital Vienna.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"YOU CAN'T DO THAT!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jun 19 06:33

Iran hangs 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.

Authorities put Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, also known as Amir Mansour Aria, to death at Evin prison, just north of the capital, Tehran, the station reported. The report said the execution came after Iran's Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran knows how to deal with crooked money-junkies!

Jun 18 11:17

Isis insurgents attack Iraq's biggest oil refinery

Islamist militants launch assault in Baiji as Iran raises prospect of military intervention

Jun 18 08:55

THIS IS NOT GOING AS PLANNED: IRAQ PRIME MINISTER DEFIES US, ACCUSES SAUDI ARABIA OF “GENOCIDE

Shortly after the US revealed that, in addition to aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships it was also sending a few hundred “special forces” on the ground in Iraq, contrary to what Obama had stated previously, Washington made quite clear it wants Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to embrace Sunni politicians as a condition of U.S. support to fight a lightning advance by forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Then something unexpected happened: Iraq’s Shi’ite rulers defied Western calls on Tuesday to reach out to Sunnis to defuse the uprising in the north of the country, declaring a boycott of Iraq’s main Sunni political bloc and accusing Sunni power Saudi Arabia of promoting “genocide.”

In fact, as Reuters reported moments ago, the Shi’ite prime minister has moved in the opposite direction of Obama’s demands, announcing a crackdown on politicians and officers he considers “traitors” and lashing out at neighbouring Sunni countries for stoking militancy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter how many personnel and weapons we are going to throw at Iraq (and that number of 275 troops to guard the US embassy is only the proverbial camel's nose under the tent), there is no amount of external force which can resolve the internal Shiite/Sunni conflict, save the Iraqi people themselves.

There has to be an internal dialogue and reconciliation between both groups to get the violence to stop.

However, the hugely autocratic and tone-deaf national Shiite leadership of the Al-Maliki government (the US-sponsored puppet), will do everything in their power to stop that from happening, including calls for the US government to bomb their own citizens.

Before the invasion, occupation, and de-Baathification in Iraq, there was no problem between the Sunni and Shiite Muslims in this country, nor were their problems for the Christian members of that society.

The explosive popular revolution in Iraq can be laid squarely at the feet of the preceding, and current, administrations. In both administrations, US foreign policy regarding Iraq can only be characterized as an epic failure.

Jun 17 10:55

Pentagon Denies Plan to Coordinate Iraq Strikes With Iran

Despite the Obama Administration considering direct security talks with Iran on the worsening situation in Iraq, the Pentagon insists that there will be no coordinated military action with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When this government consistently lies to the American people, and the world, about what this government is going to do, the fact that the Pentagon is denying this possibility strongly suggests to me that it is already in the works.

The US government coordinating with the Iranian government about how to oust fighters in Iraq?!?!?

I love the smell of irony in the morning!!

Jun 17 07:56

Iraq, America and The Lobby

It is amusing to witness the energy and effort mainstream news outlets are investing in diverting attention from the fact that the current mess in Iraq is the direct outcome of Jewish political domination of the West for the last two decades.

When America and Britain launched the criminal second Gulf War, it was the Zionist Neocons, a bunch of politically influential Jews who urged the ‘liberation’ of the Iraqi people. Members of the same breed of tribal exponents have rallied for intervention in Iran, Libya and most recently in Syria.

Jun 17 05:56

Steve Bell on the US-Iran response to the Iraq crisis

Obama administration says it is willing to enter into discussions with Tehran as jihadists capture northern Iraq city of Tal Afar

Jun 17 05:56

British embassy in Iran to reopen as Iraqi crisis deepens

William Hague says diplomatic base in Tehran to be restored as west looks to Iran to help tackle Isis-led insurgency in Iraq

Jun 17 05:43

BEX ALERT - Iran’s ‘anti-Canada rhetoric’ has officials on guard for possible Ottawa area terror attacks

Noting Iran’s rising “anti-Canada rhetoric,” intelligence officials have been monitoring the Islamic republic as a potential terrorist threat to the Ottawa area, newly declassified documents show.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the US forced to ally with Iran over events in Iraq, Israel looks to find another nation full of young people to sic on their enemies!

Jun 16 08:25

John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict

The Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling out potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

Kerry also said in an interview with Yahoo! News that U.S. drone strikes "may well" be an option.

Kerry said Washington is "open to discussions" with Tehran if the Iranians can help end the violence and restore confidence in the Iraqi government. Asked about possible military cooperation with Iran, Kerry said he would "not rule out anything that would be constructive." However, he stressed that any contacts with Iran would move "step-by-step."

U.S. officials said earlier there is a possibility that Undersecretary of State William Burns may discuss Iraq with an Iranian delegation at nuclear talks in Vienna.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Secretary of State Kerry: sir, I am having an industrial strength, palm-to-forehead moment, upon reading your comments about drone strikes.

The current administration is definitely on the ropes on this one, and it appears the Iraqi people want their country back, and do not believe it will do well under its current, US-imposed leadership of Al-Maliki.

The drone strikes kill and maim a large number of innocent civilians, in this form of extrajudicial assassinations.

Congress, many of them facing a hostile voters, and critically vulnerable in upcoming elections, are most likely not to want to cooperate with the administration on further war efforts.

The scandals during this administration just keep on becoming more and more outrageous; Benghazigate, IRSgate, APgate, Obamacare; VAgate, APgate, Bergdolfgate, and NSAgate.

The state of the economy is in ruins in this country, except for the money junkies, and many people are in a very tough state financially.

The only option President Obama has right now is to invoke the War Powers act, and hope and pray that the drone strikes will murder enough Iraqis to calm down the local momentum away from Iraq's US-installed puppet.

But the President has only 30 days in which to act unilaterally, and only if there is a real, specific threat to the US itself, for which the current state of affairs in Iraq cannot possibly be said to qualify.

This is, I am pretty much convinced, the reason that Lindsey Graham was all over the talking head/presstitute "news" shows yesterday, and threatening the US with another "terrorist attack" (read: false flag) if we did not immediately re-invade Iraq.

Losing Iraq is losing the use of the US dollar as the medium of payment for Iraqi oil. Other nations, like China and Russia, have begun to freeze out the use of the US dollar completely, and China is dropping US treasuries like crazy.

(Sigh): This administration appears to be pathologically allergic to intelligent, long-term thinking and problem-prevention (not to mention problem solving).

The original invasion and occupation of Iraq was built on a pack of lies; the re-invasion of Iraq is an even more lousy idea, and one which will wind up leaving this country even more broke, morally and fiscally, than it is already.

So no, Secretary Kerry; extrajudicial assassinations will not "fix" the problems in Iraq; the religious/tribal ethnic strife, between Shiite and Sunni here have to be addressed internally, and in the context of peaceful, disciplined, and difficult dialogue so that all the people of the country feel as though they are respected, by both their government and their military.

Jun 16 07:43

Iraq conflict: U.S. open to talks with Iran over Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling out potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would that be the same Iran the US Government has been telling us ever since 1979 cannot be trusted to keep any agreement, such as the P5+1? And now the US and Iran are going to give each other a wet sloppy kiss and whup on the Iraqi people together?

The US must really be desperate in Iraq to so openly undermine their own anti-Iran propaganda this way.

"We've always been at war with Eastasia!"

Jun 16 07:15

US preparing for direct dialogue with Iran over ISIS threat in Iraq – report

The US is getting ready for an open dialogue with Iran to discuss Iraq’s security concerns and ways of responding to radical Sunni militia that have been gaining ground in western Iraq, The Wall Street Journal quoted senior US officials as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will bet lifting those sanctions is on the talking points list!

Jun 15 08:27

Moscow plans to sign deal to build two more reactors in Bushehr power plant, part of a broader deal; unclear how this will affect Iran nuclear talks.

Russia plans to sign a contract with Iran this year to build two more nuclear reactors at its Bushehr power plant as part of a broader deal for up to eight reactors in the Islamic state, a source close to the negotiations told Reuters on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear how this might affect the six global powers' talks with Iran addressing disputed aspects of its nuclear program. Iran has resisted demands for cuts in its uranium enrichment capacity, pointing to plans for a future network of nuclear power stations.

Western powers want any lasting agreement with Iran to put to rest suspicions that it could develop nuclear weapons-making ability through enrichment. Iran denies any such intent.

Jun 14 07:24

Iran reaches out to orphans in Ethiopia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another brilliant move by Iran, sending clothing to these orphans. Quite a contrast with the way Israelis are seen treating the Ethiopian Jews that migrated to Israel!

Jun 13 09:21

Report: Iran Deploys Military To Fight Sunni ISIL Insurgents in Iraq

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Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces helped Iraqi troops regain control over most of Tikrit, according to Iranian security sources.

Confronted by the threat of Sunni Muslim forces overtaking Shiite-dominated Iraq, Iran responded to aid its Arab ally and sent Revolutionary Guard fighters to Iraq, according to Iranian security sources.

At least three battalions of the Quds Forces, the elite overseas branch of the Guards, were deployed to support the fight against ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an offshoot of al Qaeda that is swiftly conquering territory across Iraq, they said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What an absolutely brilliant chess move, on the part of the Iranian government and military; I mean, how the heck can the US government even talk about invading or bombing Iran while it is in the process of helping a US-allied government in Iraq?!?

The short answer is, YOU CAN'T!!

Jun 13 07:31

Obama may find himself allied with Iran during Iraq's jihad battle

With President Barack Obama on Thursday announcing to the American people that the U.S. must assist the fragile Iraq government to defend itself against a tidal wave of jihadists in that nation's northern region, Obama now finds himself in the peculiar position of perhaps partnering with the terrorist-sponsoring, Sharia-imposing nation of Iran.

Iran, which has always opposed al-Qaida and other Sunni Muslim terrorist groups, is reportedly mobilizing its military to enter Iraq and assist in repelling the onslaught of the al-Qaida offshoot that calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). As described in past Examiner news stories, the ISIS is considered even more brutal and merciless than the original al-Qaida.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a brilliant move on Iran's part, making it far more difficult for the US to find an excuse to start war with Iran.

Jun 13 07:14

Iran signals intent to fight as two Iraqi towns fall

Militants who seized large swaths of Iraq's Sunni heartland with lightning advances this week have pushed into an ethnically mixed province and captured two towns northeast of Baghdad, officials said Friday as neighboring Shiite powerhouse Iran signaled its willingness to confront the growing threat.

The fresh gains by insurgents, spearheaded by fighters from the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, come as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led government struggles to form a coherent response after the militants blitzed and captured the country's second-largest city of Mosul, Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, smaller communities, as well as military and police bases - often after meeting little resistance from state security forces.

Jun 12 10:31

Iran Deploys Forces to Fight al Qaeda-Inspired Militants in Iraq

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Forces Helped Iraqi Troops Win Back Control of Most of Tikrit, the Sources Said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was a very smart move on Iran's part. Now Obama can't claim Iran is behind the uprising and use it to justify an attack on Iran.

Jun 11 09:26

Iran questions nuclear deal deadline as talks 'hit wall'

Iran, after talks with senior U.S. officials, questioned whether a July deadline for a nuclear deal with world powers will be met, fueling doubts on the outcome as France spoke out, saying talks on curbing Tehran's uranium enrichment had "hit a wall".

Iran's talks with six major powers on curbing its nuclear program in exchange for an end to Western sanctions could be extended for six months if no deal is reached by a July 20 deadline agreed by all parties, a senior Iranian official said.

While an extension is possible under the terms of the talks, experts believe both Iran and the international powers may face domestic political pressures to argue for better terms during this extra time period, further complicating negotiations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The wild card in all of this is Israel, and if Israel believes it can make a calculated military multiple-strike against Iran's nuclear facilities with little repercussions, it will do so, if these talks do not reach an agreement by 20 July.

I would, however, like to politely remind the adults in the room in the Israeli government, that Russian officials have stated very openly that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid militarily; just one of those pesky little realities which the Israeli government may want to take into account when contemplating such a strike!!

Jun 10 12:05

IDF Depth Corps Become Operative, Iran in the Crosshairs

A controversial promotion was announced by the IDF, on Friday, June 6, 2014. Roni Numa was promoted to major general and became the second commander of the Depth Corps in their new configuration. Announcing the unit becoming operational, this is bad news for Iran.

Jun 10 09:13

Ya’alon: Iran ‘number one threat’ to Israel

Despite the breakdown of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, Iran remains the number one threat to Israel, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday.

Ya’alon told the Herzliya Conference, a security and defense assembly, that Israel fears that without the internal pressure caused by economic sanctions and a credible threat of military action, Iran will use negotiations with world powers to buy time to become a nuclear threshold state able to produce a nuclear weapon at a moment’s notice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So, you Americans should go kill them for us!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jun 10 07:54

Surprise Iran nuclear talks: Why US sends in top US-Iran dealmaker

With Iran nuclear talks sputtering, both the Obama administration and Tehran worry that scant progress could spur the US Congress to impose damaging new sanctions on Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya going so badly right now, the more prudent might think it is time to pull the plug and cut US losses before we wind up in a nuclear war with Russia and China!

Jun 05 07:55

Khamenei: American invasion not likely because of Iraq and Afghanistan failures

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday at a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of Grand Ayatollah Khomeini’s death that an American attack is not likely because of the failures in Iraq and Afghanistan and instead seeks coups and colored revolutions.

Military action is not currently a priority for the US because of its losses in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Khamenei.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei; sir, were I a betting woman, I would not bet against this at this time.

IF what you are saying is absolutely true, why is the US trying so desperately to destabilize Syria, where President Al-Assad won very handily in what observers characterized as a free and fair election?

As you are well aware, the P5 +1 talks with Iran on its nuclear program have gotten bogged down on the issue of centrifuges, and the talks may well not reach a fruitful conclusion before the deadline of 20 July of this year.

In order to get approval to extend these talks, President Obama will have to go to Congress.

But sir, there I one thing I would bet you: every member of AIPAC is going to be all over Congressional Representatives, and pressuring them in every conceivable way NOT to let the talks continue.

And you understand just how intensely powerful this lobby is here in the US.

May 30 10:56

TRINITITE! Why Iran will not attack the US or Israel.

Even if Iraq had possessed weapons of mass destruction (which we now know they did not), and even if Iraq had the long range ICBMs to reach across the Atlantic with (which we know they did not), Iraq would still not have been a threat to the US because any attack with a weapon of mass destruction would be national suicide.

Apr 05 09:51

'US blames Iran for rising fuel prices'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Obama imposes sanctions on Iran, then when the resulting shortage drives oil prices up, it's all Iran's fault? Are these White House staffers on drugs or something?

Apr 05 09:26

US-Israel War on Iran : The Myth of Limited Warfare

Israeli military experts confidently expect to polish off their Iranian targets in a few days – some might think a mere weekend - and perhaps without the loss of even a single pilot. They expect the Jewish state will celebrate its brilliant victory in the streets of Tel Aviv and Washington. They are deluded by their own sense of superiority.

Just as any US-Israeli attack on Iran will involve multiple targets, the Iranian military will also have a plethora of easily accessible strategic targets. Though it is difficult to predict exactly where and how Iran will retaliate, one thing is clear: The initial US-Israeli strike will not go unanswered.

Apr 05 09:11

UK warns of possible Easter terrorist attack in Nigeria

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am glad someone brought this up. As you know, tomorrow is Good Friday (not very good for the Rabbi on the cross, of course) and then Sunday we celebrate the day Jesus comes out of the tomb, sees his shadow and we get winter for another 6 weeks. Or something. Maybe he starts eating brains as revenge for all the time people eat his body. I can't keep this stuff straight.

But obviously, for those who would start a war between the Christians and the Muslims, these two holidays represent opportunities for highly symbolic false-flag attacks to trigger the war Netanyahu clearly is desperate to start. So, in between asking what rabbits have to do with Ishtar, be aware that there are very evil people who would use your religion against you.


Apr 05 09:01

US Blames Iran for Post-Quran Burning Violence in Afghanistan

The massive anti-US protests in the wake of the organized book burning at Bagram Air Base were the result of “anti-American provocation” by the Iranian government, according to US officials familiar with the situation.

According to the officials, the Iranian Embassy in Kabul has a “very active” program of fomenting dissent against the US occupation forces, and they seem convinced that the violent protests were entirely Iran’s fault.

The new take is an interesting one, particularly since the officials don’t seem to interpret the organized burning of large numbers of Qurans as any sort of proximate cause for the protests, and assume that the only reason Afghans would be riled up was Iranian spies told them to be.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And, forgive me for being logical here, but where is the hard evidence that such influence ever took place?!?

Apparently,according to the "logic" of these folks, the US and NATO atrocities visited upon the Afghan people lately, should never be enough to get them infuriated by what the US and NATO forces did.

And IF this were true, why isn't it sourced, either in terms of the US officials making the charge, or Iranian individuals actually doing the mischief?

Short answer: they won't source this story, because they can't source it!!

This kind of "invention" is simply more desperation on the cusp of madness, a desperate casting about for some "causus belli" for going into Iran militarily.

But I can assure those in the bowels of power in both DC and Tel Aviv, that neither the American nor the Israeli public are buying off on this!!!

Apr 05 08:30

Iran proposes Iraq, China as alternate venues to Turkey for nuclear talks with world powers

With nine days to go, Iran still has not agreed on a location for talks with world powers over its nuclear program, Western officials said Wednesday but suggested Istanbul remained the most likely venue.

Iran’s suggestions of alternative sites raised the possibility of complications to get talks under way as expected on April 13 between Iran and envoys from the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany. It also could bring accusations of stall tactics by Iran’s leaders.

The possibility of other locations also was raised by Mohsen Rezaei, a former Revolutionary Guard commander and now spokesman of Iran’s Expediency Council. On Monday, he suggested Baghdad, Damascus, or Beirut, Lebanon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if the Iranian leadership has simply decided that these "talks" have been engineered to fail by the West, and that it is simply not worth their time to go, when a war against it appears to be the favored outcome already chosen by the US and Israel.

Apr 05 08:00

US Blames Iran for Post-Quran Burning Violence in Afghanistan

The massive anti-US protests in the wake of the organized book burning at Bagram Air Base were the result of “anti-American provocation” by the Iranian government, according to US officials familiar with the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yes, it's true we invaded their country, brought back the opium problem, bombed a lot of places, killed a great many people, tortured some of the rest, and insulted their religion, but really, the Afghani only hate us because Iran MADE them do it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 05 06:25

Guenter Grass, German Nobel Winner, Criticizes Israel Over Iran Tensions

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," Grass wrote in his poem titled:

"What must be said"

The 84-year-old Grass said he had been prompted to put pen to paper by Berlin's recent decision to sell Israel a submarine able to "send all-destroying warheads where the existence of a single nuclear bomb is unproven."

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," he wrote. His poem specifically criticized Israel's "claim to the right of a first strike" against Iran.

Apr 05 05:16

Why The West Created The Islamic Republic of Iran, And Why It Wants To Destroy It Now

Ayatollah Khomeini was a secret Western puppet and Illuminati agent.

According to conventional wisdom, Washington and Tehran have hated each other since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the Iranian-American hostage crisis that occurred shortly after. But when we look past the surface of events and official rhetoric we find very little evidence to support this claim.

Apr 04 23:23

Surprise Video Changes Syria “Timeline”

Al Jazeera’s Shaping of the Syrian Story

Of all the myths obstructing the honest portrayal of events in Syria this past year, none has been more fiercely guarded by regime-change advocates than this one stark falsehood:

Myth – the Syrian regime has only been shooting unarmed, peaceful protestors until very recently when opposition groups finally decided to arm themselves in self-defense.

Apr 04 19:36

Britain’s Mad-House Foreign Policy

The best and cheapest way of protecting our national security is simply to eject the madmen from the Foreign Office and stop pimping for the US and its mad-dog protegé.

Let’s see how quickly the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Mr Bellingham’s help, can get their skates on and straighten out the simple matter of Palestine’s status so that Israel’s strutting psychopaths can finally be brought to book.

Apr 04 19:11

In Defense of Helen Thomas: What’s Wrong With History?

Helen Thomas’s recent request to purchase a table at the upcoming White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) annual dinner has been rejected.

In a comment on that story I said, “It’s hard to imagine anything more wrong than this.”

I base my opinion on the fact that the 91-year-old Thomas, a former WHCA president, is unique among American journalists, having covered 10 different presidential administrations in a career stretching back to Dwight Eisenhower.

It is because of Thomas as much as anyone else that women were first included at the WHCA dinner since, as the WHCA’s website mentions:

Apr 04 14:51

Britain's mad-house foreign policy

Stuart Littlewood highlights Britain's double standards and contradictory policies in the Middle East: on the one hand irrational belligerence and warmongering towards Iran even though this is contrary to British national interests, and on the other cosying up to and taking its cue from Israel, a criminal, aggressive state whose behaviour contradicts British values and interests.

Apr 04 11:37

Barak reveals Israel's conditions for Iran-West talks

Defense minister says strike not within weeks but can also not wait years, demands Iran surrender 20 percent-enriched uranium, close underground Fordow facility.

Israel is demanding that its allies set Iran's complete surrender of its stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 percent as one of the goals for the nuclear talks set to begin with the Islamic Republic in mid April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is apparent that Israeli Defense Minister Barak, as well as US Secretary of State Clinton, is also doing his level best to insure the complete failure of these talks by issuing this ultimatum.

And by the way, Defense Minister Barak: the enrichment of uranium to 20% is to create medical isotopes with which to help people heal.

Apr 04 11:24

Barak: 2012 – year of the fight against Iran's nukes

Defense Minister Ehud Barak declared Wednesday that 2012 is "the year of the fight against the Iranian nuclear program."

In a meeting with military analysts and correspondents, Barak said that the economic and diplomatic sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic are working but that it has yet to be seen whether they will achieve a true compromise that will halt Tehran's nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Defense Minister Barak: the "big lie" technique kind of went out with the whoopee cushion and the dribble glass, sir.
Even your fellow and sister Israelis understand that you are not telling the truth about Iran's nuclear program.

So, here it goes for the zillionth time.

1. As a signatory to the NNPT, Iran is allowed to used nuclear technology for peaceful means, as it is doing now with its power station, with the help of Russian Technicians

2. To date, no IAEA inspection has proven that ANY nuclear materials have been diverted toward a weapons program. The Iranian scientists are enriching uranium to a 20% level to create medical isotopes; these are to help people heal, not blow people up.

3. The strictures and limitations US Secretary Clinton has put upon Iran's participation in upcoming talks have guaranteed that they have been engineered to fail: war against Iran is the outcome you want to see as a result of this failure.

4. Israel wants to see the US attack Iran, without Israeli involvement, if humanly possible. However, I would strongly caution the Israeli government that Americans are bloody sick, tired, and angry in the cost in American blood, and American money, Israel consistently demands this country place on the altar of ultimate Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.

5. There here will be absolutely no support of such an attack by the American people, for that very reason. And American military participation in such an attack may possibly not go at all well (particularly if such a war is prolonged) because the US government doesn't have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a successful outcome.

6. Israeli leadership has been playing fast and loose with the truth against their own people, assuring them that Israel will experience no more than 300 casualties as a result of such a military operation. But if the war gets prolonged, and is not a successful blitzkrieg, there could be massive risk to both Israeli lives, and Israeli assets.

7. Leaders from nuclear-armed Pakistan, China, and Russia, have gone public in stating that should Iran be attacked, they will come to its aid militarily.

7. So what we have here, should you and/or the Americans attack Iran, is the potential for a global, thermonuclear war over an alleged Iranian nuclear weapons program which, sir, to date, cannot be proven to exist.

Defense Minister Barak, I encourage you, and those in the bowels of DC and Tel Aviv, to please, be very, very careful about what you wish for here; you all may very well unleash catastrophic events by the pursuit of such a war which will result in unstoppable, catastrophically, unintended consequences.

Apr 04 11:01

Netanyahu: Iran Sanctions Aren't Working

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that sanctions aimed at halting Iran’s nuclear enrichment program have failed to yield results.

"The sanctions are painful, hard… but will this bring about a halt or a retreat in the Iranian nuclear program? Until now, it has not happened," Netanyahu told reporters in Jerusalem.

"Will these difficulties cause the Iranian regime to stop its nuclear program? Only time will tell. I can't tell you if it will happen. I know there is hardship but there still hasn't been a change."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: Iran's nuclear energy program is completely legal, under the terms and conditions of its being a signatory to the NNPT.

Also, as an NNPT signatory, Iran has its nuclear sites inspected by the IAEA on a consistent basis. To date, and I am talking about today, 4 April, 2012, no inspections have demonstrated that any nuclear material has been diverted to a nuclear weapons program.

On the other hand, Israel is a nuclear-armed country which refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT, and therefore refuses to allow inspections of its nuclear sites.

So could you possibly help me by reminding me, Mr. Prime Minister, just why the US is pouring billions of dollars into Israel in military and monetary aid annually, when it is illegal for this government to do so, under the Symington Amendment?!?

Iran has a nuclear energy program; it does not have any nuclear weapons, and is doing everything by the book to comply with their responsibilities as an NNPT signatory.

Israel, however, has nuclear weapons, but refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT, and US taxpayers still get bled dry for ILLEGAL military and monetary aid to Israel.

And to add insult to injury, Israel is goading the US toward an attack against Iran over an alleged nuclear weapons program which cannot, to date be proven to exist.

What's wrong with this picture?!? EVERYTHING.

Apr 04 09:46

Clinton Issues New Demands For ‘Commitments’ From Iran

Speaking today on ABC News, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton set the stage for the predicted failure of the mid-April P5+1 talks in Turkey. She issued a series of demands that were the condition for avoiding war with Iran.

Among those demands were a series of unspecified “concrete commitments from Iran,” including an explicit demand that they “come clean on its nuclear program.” This is in spite of the repeated reports from the US and Israeli intelligence communities that Iran has no nuclear weapons program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Secretary of State Clinton; as a signatory to the IAEA, giving the Iran the right to produce nuclear power for civilian uses, Iran has all of its nuclear facilities consistently inspected by the IAEA. And as of today's date, as of 4 April 2012, the IAEA has found utterly no evidence whatsoever that nuclear materials have been diverted toward a nuclear weapons program.

Iranian scientists have been enriching uranium to a 20% level, which is used in the creation of medical isotopes; this is about helping people heal, not blowing people up.

So, to date, neither the US, nor Israel, have a causus belli for a war against Iran. And yet that appears to be the apparent outcome toward which both countries are moving with all possible dispatch.

It is obvious, because the massive numbers of pre-conditions and strictures you have placed upon Iranian participation in the P5+1 talks next week, that you are quite set upon insuring that the talks will fail, utterly.

However, I would like to strongly caution regarding the following. The American people are sick, tired, and angry at the consistent Israeli demands for the sacrifice of American blood, and American money, upon the altar of ultimate Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.

And because of that reason, IF the US does support Israel in such an endeavor, there will be absolutely zero support on the part of the American people for it.

The Administration may well declare some sort of martial law to stifle dissent against it. But no imposition of law can change either people's minds, or their memories of the degree to which Israel was "cheerleading" for a US invasion and occupation of Iraq, their "existential enemy du jour" at the time.

Americans understand, without question, that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq was based on a pack of lies, and they can see just how well THAT little "military misadventure" went. Now, let's see; over one million Iraqis killed; thousands maimed and wounded for life, many experiencing aggressive cancers and birth defects from the use of depleted uranium weapons; thousands of American military personnel killed and maimed for life; and, oh yes, that little bit of "sticker shock", in the form of one trillion dollars added to the Federal deficit.

IF an attack against Iran is not a blitzkrieg, executed with deadly precision, such a war may be prolonged over time, putting both Israeli and American assets at substantial and sustained risk.

And there are several very compelling reasons as to why American participation in such a military endeavor here might not end well. To be brutally honest, the US government doesn't have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to pursue a successful conclusion to such an attack, should the war be prolonged.

Also, as you are well aware, leaders in nuclear-armed Pakistan, Russia, and China have gone public, stating that should Iran be attacked, they will come to its aid militarily. So what we have here is the potential for a global thermonuclear war, over an alleged Iranian nuclear weapons program which cannot, to date, be proven to exist!!

In summation, Secretary Clinton, and to all your colleagues here and Israel, I would encourage you to please, be very, very careful about what you wish to be the outcome of any US/Israeli attack against Iran; the horrific, unintended consequences from such an attack may begin as unimaginable, and wind up as utterly uncontrollable.

Apr 04 07:54

Nobel Laureate Grass Attacks Israel in New Poem

In a poem that has drawn angry reactions in Germany, Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass has published a new poem criticizing Israel's policies against Iran. Historically, Grass has been outspoken in his political views, but many believe the author has now broken a taboo.

Mar 16 12:25

What Closing The Straits Of Hormuz Will Mean In 3 Simple Charts

These 3 simple charts fully explain the shock waves that will be sent through the global economy if Iran decides to shut down in response to western military threats.

Mar 14 08:43

Israel's non-stop Iran spite puts ties with US in firing line


Meanwhile Tel Aviv isn't backing down from its threat to attack - but that's not striking a chord with Israeli public opinion. Paula Slier reports.

Mar 13 16:19

Two 'Israelis' arrested at Heathrow after making 'inappropriate comments about Iran' during flight from Las Vegas

Two men accused of being disruptive on a plane were arrested at Heathrow Airport, police said today.

The pair, who are believed to be Israeli, were passengers on a British Airways flight from Las Vegas to London, flying into Terminal 5.

The men, aged 28 and 33, were alleged to be making repeated comments about Iran.

Jan 15 16:09

Iran rial slides, 'dollar' text messages appear blocked

TEHRAN, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Iran's currency has slid 20 percent against the dollar in the last week despite central bank intervention, and Iranians concerned about the economy said on Tuesday attempts to send text messages using the word "dollar" appeared to be blocked.

The central bank reportedly pumped $200 million dollars into the market last Wednesday after new and much tougher U.S. sanctions prompted nervous Iranians to change rials into hard currency, accelerating a rise in the price of dollars on the open market.

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