May 23 11:00

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

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

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

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

May 22 13:22

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

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

May 22 12:19


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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

May 22 09:36

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

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

May 22 09:29

Israel’s Descent into Barbarism — Norman Finkelstein

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

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

May 22 08:39

US, Israel duplicity over the Iran nuclear deal

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

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

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

May 22 08:29

Hope – versus Neoliberalism – an Ode to Solidarity

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

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

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

May 22 07:28

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

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

May 22 06:59

Israeli Defense Minister Threatens to Nuke Iran

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

May 21 12:34

Iran Agrees to UN Inspection of Yemen Aid Ship

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

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

May 21 12:33

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 21 10:39

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

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

May 21 08:23

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

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

May 21 08:08

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

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

May 21 07:55

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

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

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

May 20 12:50

Israel agenda wider war in Mideast: Analyst

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

May 20 09:16

Deception, Thy Middle Name is Divert

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

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

That is the big news out of the Vatican.

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

May 20 09:11

Time for FIFA to show Israel the red card

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

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

May 20 09:07

Song for Yemen

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

Song for Yemen (Lyrics)

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

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

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

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

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

May 20 08:47

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

May 20 08:18

IRNA: Israel ordered to pay Iran $1.1 billion

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Guess who Israel will get the money from!

May 20 07:15

Washington, Jerusalem discussing massive compensation for Iranian nuclear deal

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 19 14:54

Is Israel in cahoots with Saudi Arabia?

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

May 19 11:25

Losing the American Republic

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

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

May 19 09:13

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

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

May 19 08:35

Report: Saudi Arabia in talks to purchase Pakistani nuclear weapons

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

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

May 19 08:22

Israel says Iran violated sanctions by purchasing aircraft

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Israel.

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

Just shut up. SHUT THE HELL UP!

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

Minor, yet important distinction.

May 19 08:01

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

May 18 11:52

US Blinks in Face-Off with Russia

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

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

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

May 18 09:20

Saudi Arabia to buy nuclear bombs from Pakistan: report

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 18 07:18

Iran urges halt to attacks on Yemen as precondition for talks

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

May 18 07:07

Germany eyes lifting of sanctions on Iran

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

May 17 11:49

UN Official Breaks Down Over Shelled Gaza School

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

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

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

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

May 17 11:42

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses? — Paul Craig Roberts

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

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

May 17 09:19

With plane delivery, Iran sanctions collapsing already

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

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

May 17 08:53

Iran: Yesterday and Today

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

May 16 20:47

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

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

May 16 13:30

How Israel wants to restart the war in the Levant

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

May 16 10:56

$8.8 billion Iran money blocked in India

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

May 16 08:49

How to fight western propaganda

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

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

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

May 16 08:33

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

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

May 15 14:23

Yemeni president recalls ambassador from Iran

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

May 15 13:57

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

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

May 15 12:32

Iranians say Obama deceiving Americans and Arabs about nuclear inspections

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

May 15 11:09

House adopts bill to give Congress Iran nuclear agreement review

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 15 09:15

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

May 15 09:01


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

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

May 15 07:08

Nevermind: Jeb Bush walks back comment about authorizing Iraq invasion

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

May 14 08:51

UK General Election: the Dust Hasn’t Settled Yet

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

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

May 14 08:23

US/Iranian Relations: Back to Square One?

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

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

May 14 07:39

Germany eyes lucrative Iranian aviation market

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another nation breaks ranks with the US sanctions agenda!

May 14 07:13

US/Iranian Relations: Back to Square One?

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

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

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

May 13 17:33

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

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

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

May 13 15:23

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

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

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

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

May 13 12:31

Iran Warns of War if Aid Ship to Yemen Attacked

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 12 20:35

The Anti-Arab Zionized Ruling Al Saud

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

May 12 12:36


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

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

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

May 12 12:28

Media obfuscation and the Khadr controversy

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

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

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

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

May 12 08:51

Senate Passes 90-0 Resolution Demanding Iran Release Americans

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

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

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

May 12 08:29

Iran hung billionaire over $2.6b bank fraud

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need more of that sort of thing here!

May 12 07:51

Iran MPs present bill seeking end to US threats

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is exactly what the warhawks want!

May 11 10:54

NATO Puppets Plan to Invade Syria … Soon

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

May 11 08:21

Iranian naval forces warned American and French forces

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

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

May 09 13:21

More Neocon-Zionist Theater in Texas

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

May 09 13:18

Some advice for Pamela Geller

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

May 08 22:40

V-DAY: Russia’s Perpetual Fight Against Fascism

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

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

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

May 08 10:00

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

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

May 08 09:29

Who's Playing "Hide and Cheat"?

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

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

May 08 07:40

IRGC: Military option against Iran a mockery

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

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

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

May 08 07:39

Boeing eyeing 'strong demand' in Iran market

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 08 06:50

More Neocon-Zionist Theater in Texas

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

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

May 07 15:52

Senate votes overwhelmingly to pass Iran nuclear bill

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

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

May 07 15:05

US frowns at India-Iran port deal

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

May 07 14:22

Senate passes Iran review legislation

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

May 07 13:15

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

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

May 07 12:40

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

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

May 07 12:17

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 07 08:28

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

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

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

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

May 07 07:30

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

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

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

May 06 11:05

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

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

May 06 10:43

Senate Sets Test Vote on Iran Sanctions Bill

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

May 06 08:52

Chaos – not Victory – is Empire’s Name of the Game

“Once again a country “liberated” by the West is sinking deeper and deeper into chaos.”

This could be anyone of the countries in conflict, where Washington and its Western and Middle Eastern stooges sow war – eternal chaos, misery, death – and submission.

This is precisely the point: The Washington / NATO strategy is not to ‘win’ a war or conflict, but to create ongoing – endless chaos. That’s the way (i) to control people, nations and their resources; (ii) to assure the west is in continuous need for military – troops and equipment – remember more than 50% of the US GDP depends on the military industrial complex, related industries and services; and (iii) finally, a country in disarray or chaos, is broke and needs money – money with hardship conditions, ‘austerity’ money from the notorious IMF, World Bank and other associated nefarious ‘development institutions’ and money lenders; money that equals enslavement, especially with corrupt leaders that do not care for their people.

May 06 08:27

Khamenei says US military threats against Iran endanger nuclear talks

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday US military threats made in the last few days may scupper nuclear talks as Tehran and six major world powers try to meet a June 30 deadline for a final deal.

Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, said two US officials have threatened Iran with military action if the talks fail. He gave no further details on the threats.

"Holding nuclear talks (with major powers) under shadow of threat is unacceptable for Iran ... Our nation will not accept it ... Military threats will not help the talks," he said in a speech to a gathering of teachers broadcast live on state TV.

May 05 14:10

Why Iran Must Remain a US Enemy

The most important factor in shaping US policy towards Iran is domestic politics - not Obama's own geopolitical vision.

May 05 11:44

As Israel Lobby Pushes Full-Access Inspections, US Makes False Claims on Iran Nuclear Deal

Senior US officials have been claiming that Iranian negotiators had agreed in Lausanne to accept a demand that Iran allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect any site it considered suspicious anywhere in the country, including military bases. Such a provision would have given Israel license to make an endless series of bogus intelligence claims such as the ones that had been labeled "possible military dimensions" aimed at preventing the lifting of sanctions against Iran.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei repudiated the claims that Iran had agreed in Lausanne to such inspections on demand. He declared in a speech on April 9 that the IAEA would not be allowed to inspect the country's military sites "under the excuse of nuclear supervision." Khamenei's speech came the day after the Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan had made it clear that no international inspections of Iranian military sites would be allowed under the nuclear agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel wants a war to be fought between the US and Iran, and their purchased representatives in the US Congress are leaving no stone unturned to insure that this will happen.

There is only one teensy, tiny problem, however, and is the 6,000 lb bear, draped over the Bluthner piano: that problem is Russia.

Russian officials, both political and military, have gone on record that they will come to Iran's aid militarily if it is attacked; perhaps, at first, with logistics and weapons.

If things look dicey for Iran, we may next see Russian troops aiding the Iranians.

Russia and Iran have already signed a military pact this year, and will be doing joint military exercises to increase their interoperational capabilities.

I would strongly caution President Obama not to let this scenario unfold; the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And if China joins the fray on Iran's side, all bets are off.

May 05 06:26

US unaware about Iran visit by oil team

The US State Department says it cannot confirm a report that an American oil delegation plans to visit Tehran within the next few days to discuss business.

May 05 05:35

France, Saudi Arabia: Iran nuclear deal must be verifiable, no threat to region

* Hollande first Western leader to address Gulf summit

* France aims to reassure leaders over Iran nuclear deal

* Saudi FM says historical ally, has common vision (Adds Hollande speech, Saudi FM, context)

France and Saudi Arabia believe that any future nuclear accord between Iran and six major powers must be robust, verifiable and no threat to Tehran's neighbours, the two countries said ahead of a summit in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia invited French President Francois Hollande, whose country is deemed to have the toughest stance among the six world powers negotiating with Iran, to Riyadh to discuss regional issues with Gulf Arab leaders who fear a rapprochement with Tehran could further inflame the region.

"France and Saudi Arabia confirmed the necessity to reach a robust, lasting, verifiable, undisputed and binding deal with Iran," Hollande and the new Saudi King Salman said in a statement after meeting on Monday.

"This agreement must not destabilise the security and stability of the region nor threaten the security and stability of Iran's neighbours," the statement said.

May 04 10:50

Sens. Cotton, Rubio Fail in Push for Anti-Iran Amendments

Starting Thursday, Sens. Tom Cotton (R – AK) and Marco Rubio (R – FL) stalled the compromise Iran nuclear talks bill, trying to force votes on a series of amendments to the bill that would impose a series of new demands on Iran, none of which were nuclear-related.

Some of the amendments, including a demand that Iran publicly endorse Israel as a “Jewish state,” were opposed even by many hawks, who saw the language as so divisive it might imperil the bill outright.

The Senate’s Republican leadership has announced they are going to “wrap up” consideration of amendments to the bill on Monday, spurning further pushes by Cotton and Rubio, and will try to have a vote on the bill itself this week. The bill aims to give the US Congress the power to veto a deal between the P5+1 and Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


There are many logical, and deep, disagreements I have with this Administration, but the potential for the P5+1 agreement with Iran is not one of them.

The wild card in all of this, of course, is Israel, which may simply decide to cork off militarily against Iran, while the ink is barely dry on the agreement.

And Secretary of State Kerry is naive in the extreme when he makes the following remarks, as noted in, yesterday:

Speaking today on Israel’s Channel 10, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel to tone down its hysteria over the possible P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, saying the US can guarantee to Israel that Iran will never acquire a nuclear weapon. At the same time, Kerry said he didn’t believe there was a serious risk of a “surprise” Israeli attack on Iran, saying he couldn’t imagine Israel would attack Iran without consulting the US government first.

Mr. Secretary, were I you, I would not bet against that possibility at all.

May 04 09:10

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

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

May 04 08:47

Italy's Giant Oil Firm Eni Eager to Return to Iran's Lucrative Market

A visiting Eni delegation made the announcement in a meeting with Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh in Tehran on Monday.

The delegation members said that the Italian group will be profoundly keen on returning to Iran once the western sanctions are lifted, adding that they are specially interested in production-sharing contracts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the rest of the world is already dropping the US sanctions against Iran.

May 04 07:50

Ohio Senator says obstacles to Iran oversight can be overcome

A bill that would enable Congress to oversee a prospective nuclear deal with Iran can be passed into law despite problems in the legislative process, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) told The Jerusalem Post in an interview Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congress cannot be bothered overseeing the rush to wars, but by golly they will wade in with a monkey wrench into the gears at any move towards peace!

May 03 11:16

Gaza Crisis “Unsustainable and Intolerable”

Carter and Brandtland are two of The Elders, “independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity”.

In her statement following the visit, Brundtland, who is currently the Deputy Chair of The Elders, said:

We came here to visit Gaza, the West Bank and Israel. "As you know, we were unable to go to Gaza...."

The two of them, a 90 year old former U.S. president, and his much younger colleague from Norway, have become a crusading international dynamic duo determined to end the immediate Gaza suffering that is both “unsustainable and intolerable”.

May 03 11:06

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

It is unclear that a nuclear deal between the U. S. and Iran will take place. However, if there is a deal, it is guaranteed that those who opposed it from the start will try to sabotage it. The Republicans and several Democrats in Washington, the Likud government of Benjamin Netanyahu and special interest groups such as American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) do not want any deal that will benefit Iran’s peaceful nuclear program because they say that Iran wants to build nuclear weapons. The main-stream media (MSM) will most certainly jump on board and launch a new propaganda campaign against Iran. In fact, it has already begun.

May 03 09:54

Planning Chaos in the Middle East: Destruction of Societies for Foreign Money Control

If one wonders how a desert-crawling line of Japanese open-back trucks gifted by the US filled with countless irregular fighters in plain view could ever have ever made it overnight to the point where Western military and political leaders are saying “the war against ISIL may be interminable”, one begins to see through the game. ISIL is a construction financed and trained by covert US and oil-king allies that ruins every place it enters, like Syria once the regime began to win the civil war. Al-Nusra/Al Qaeda was not enough. ISIL is a step up in the US-led control of the Middle East by terror, chaos and social devastation. “The Salvador option” was the first name for the post-war death squads in Iraq, but “Islamic State” stirs much more apocalyptic passions pro and con. Best of all, the ruling foreign war machines of the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and NATO are now far better justified to “fight the barbaric terrorists”. Saudi Arabia with US support is now even projecting the “terrorist” and sectarian “Shiite” labels on the popular uprising of the poor in Yemen against a corrupt US-Saudi puppet government. One object alone is achieved. Peoples and resources of the region can be predated without sovereign social defences or unity of collective life purpose, the ultimate target of every US-led aggression. As long as all evils can be blamed on an ever-shifting Enemy, there is no overcoming recognition.

May 02 16:49

Suicide Mission: Why a War With Iran Will End in Another Defeat for the U.S. Military Machine

On Hardball with Chris Matthews, a U.S. mainstream media program interviewed President Barack Obama and was asked about Russia’s decision on lifting a ban on the sale of S-300 air-defense missile systems to Iran. According to the Jerusalem Post, Obama said “Our defense budget is somewhere just a little under $600 billion. Theirs is a little over $17 billion. Even if they’ve got some air defense systems, if we had to, we could penetrate them.” Obama declares that the U.S. military would penetrate Iran’s defenses while ignoring the fact that the Iranian forces would respond decisively to such an attack. The U.S. military would not be alone in its crusade against Iran. Israel and Saudi Arabia would also join their suicide mission. Let’s talk about facts concerning Iran and how it would defend its territory from an invading force.

May 02 10:54

As Israel Lobby Pushes Full-Access Inspections, US Makes False Claims on Iran Nuclear Deal

Senior US officials have been claiming that Iranian negotiators had agreed in Lausanne to accept a demand that Iran allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect any site it considered suspicious anywhere in the country, including military bases. Such a provision would have given Israel license to make an endless series of bogus intelligence claims such as the ones that had been labeled "possible military dimensions" aimed at preventing the lifting of sanctions against Iran.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei repudiated the claims that Iran had agreed in Lausanne to such inspections on demand. He declared in a speech on April 9 that the IAEA would not be allowed to inspect the country's military sites "under the excuse of nuclear supervision." Khamenei's speech came the day after the Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan had made it clear that no international inspections of Iranian military sites would be allowed under the nuclear agreement.

May 02 08:41

Rubio: Nuclear Deal Will Result in Iran Bombing US Cities

Claim follows Sen. Tom Cotton’s suggestion US should bomb Iran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Senators, if you really feel that way about it...

Here are your rifles. Here are your parachutes. We ran out of the desert camo but here are two bright da-glo orange jumpsuits from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call Tehran and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that we have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are both splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

And just to keep you honest, please recall that Iran has not initiated a war of conquest against another nation in over 200 years; a sharp contrast to the US and Israel, which these days cannot seem to go two months without invading, drone-striking, or overthrowing someone else's nation!

May 02 08:28

US armed the Houthis, not Iran

Like most popular myths the dominant narrative of the Houthi movement as Iranian proxy in Yemen is based on a kernel of truth: the Houthis share the Iranians’ dim views of American intentions in the Middle East and have sought to take advantage of the Hezbollah model to enhance their political-military effectiveness.

May 02 08:22

Sayed Ali Khamenei about police brutality against Blacks in the USA

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Khamenei's comments are accurate and indeed not too far removed from the ones I have been making about the police brutality issue and its corrosive effect on society. For the public to trust the system, punishment must be seen to be inflicted on the guilty and only on the guilty. When the public sees punishment inflicted at random in the innocent while politically connected guilty go free, the public soon understands that the police are not about justice or law enforcement but merely a tool of oppression by the haves against the have-nots.

Israel's whores in the US Congress are seizing on this video as an excuse to simply cancel the P5+1 talks and open the door to war with Iran.

May 02 08:05

Bahrain seizes Iranian bank, insurer

The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) says it has placed two Iranian financial institutions into administration.

Bahrain’s media say this came into effect as of April 30, 2015. However, no explanation has been provided for the decision.

May 02 08:04

US wants control of Iran’s natural resources: American writer

The longstanding American and Western aggression against Iran is aimed at taking control of Tehran’s wealth and natural resources, a writer and researcher in Florida says.

Some Republican lawmakers in Congress are aggressively trying to forestall a nuclear agreement that can potentially bring peace instead of bloodshed between Iran and the West, said Walt Peretto.

“There is an underlying agenda here of aggression by the United States and other Western nations in the name of those interests who wish to take de facto control over Iran's money supply and natural resources,” Peretto told Press TV on Friday.

US Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio are attempting to toughen a bill with amendments including adding a requirement that Iran recognize Israel as an independent state as part of any potential nuclear agreement.

May 02 07:45

Netanyahu signs coalition deals

Netanyahu signs coalition deals with Kulanu, UTJ; Kahlon promises reforms

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a significant step toward forming his next government Wednesday when he signed coalition deals in the Likud faction’s office at the Knesset with the heads of Kulanu and United Torah Judaism.

The deals gave Netanyahu the support of 46 MKs from Kulanu, UTJ and his Likud.

He has until next Wednesday to complete a 67-MK coalition with Bayit Yehudi, Shas and Yisrael Beytenu

May 01 20:29

The Day After Damascus Falls

The Saudi-Israeli alliance has gone on the offensive, ramping up a “regime change” war in Syria and, in effect, promoting a military victory for Al-Qaeda or its spinoff, the Islamic State. But the consequences of that victory could toll the final bell for the American Republic, writes Robert Parry.

If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets the same fate as Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi or Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, much of Official Washington would rush out to some chic watering hole to celebrate – one more “bad guy” down, one more “regime change” notch on the belt. But the day after Damascus falls could mark the beginning of the end for the American Republic.

May 01 15:13

Is Merkel a CIA Asset ?

Is Merkel an asset for American intelligence, serving the geopolitical interests of Washington rather than the good of her own nation, or the wider good of Europe?

The claims that Merkel’s government knew about German state intelligence spying on behalf of the Americans against the country’s own industrial interests raise disturbing questions about the integrity of German government leaders.

The apparent betrayal of German national interests by Chancellor Angela Merkel is not only evident over the recent industrial spying scandal on behalf of America, the slavish pursuit by Merkel of Washington’s anti-Russian policy over Ukraine — in contradistinction to her country’s national interests — also cogently suggests that the chancellor is serving a foreign master.

May 01 12:22

Exclusive: Saudi warplanes trying to intercept Iranian aid aircraft en route to Yemen

May 01 12:02

Iran Bill in Peril as Hawks Push Deal-Killing Amendments

The bill to give the US Congress “veto power” over the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran was already a recipe for killing the negotiations. A flurry of amendments aimed at making the bill even more hostile toward diplomacy, however, is setting off a fight and threatens to derail the entire bill.

Senate hawks Tom Cotton (R – AK) and Marco Rubio (R – FL) are driving a series of efforts to force immediate votes on some of those most contentious amendments, including Rubio’s demand that Iran endorse Israel as a Jewish state, and Cotton’s demand that Iran agree to give inspectors unrestricted access to the entire country, and not just its nuclear program, as conditions for the deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There have been many criticisms I have had about President Obama's policies , as well as those of his predecessor; having said that, the potential for a lasting P5+1 agreement on Iran is an area of agreement between us. It MAY well be the only area on which we agree during his 2nd term of office (BUT - I digress).

But I sincerely wish Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio would retire from their Senate legislative careers, and more to Israel to run for the Knesset.

The fabrication and construction of this bill was, if any legislation ever was, made in Israel, plain and simple.

The Israeli government doesn't want the US and the UN to enter into a peace treaty with Iran regarding its nuclear energy program: the Israeli government wants war, but not a war THEY are willing to have their kids fight. They would highly prefer it to be our kids, American kids, doing the fighting, getting maimed for life, and dying. That is what the Israeli government wants to have happen.

And with this legislation, Senators Cotton and Rubio are putting the needs and concerns of a foreign power over and above the needs and concerns of the Americans they ALLEGEDLY represent.

And to those in Cotton's and Rubio's Senatorial districts; next time, how about finding candidates who will put YOUR needs first, second, and third, and NOT THOSE OF A FOREIGN POWER? With AIPAC money supporting those candidates pledging unwavering fealty to Israel, no matter what the cost to THIS country, I know that will be hard; but it is high time that when American and Israeli geopolitical objectives do NOT converge, that the US government has the right, and the responsibility to "just say no", and go its own way.

May 01 10:08


Sabre-rattling much? For the first time in history, Chinese and Russian navies will begin a significant joint naval exercise in The Mediterranean Sea in mid-May. As RT reports, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng, "The aim is to deepen both countries' friendly and practical cooperation, and increase our navies' ability to jointly deal with maritime security threats," but diplomatically added "these exercises are not aimed at any third party and have nothing to do with the regional situation." Against a background of this week's "upgraded Japan-American military relationship" following Abe's visit to Obama, as one analyst notes, "the geopolitical significance of its exercising alongside Russia will not be lost on the U.S. and NATO."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US dysfunctional foreign policy on both Iran and Russia has pushed Russia and China into an infinitely more cooperative spirit than ever before.

Sometimes, I look at the outcomes of US foreign and domestic policies and wonder: is a prerequisite for working for the US government the absolute, consistent, and nearly pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion?!?!?

Because it sure as heck appears to be!!

May 01 08:18


THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! follows a band of Muslim-American comedians as they visit big cities, small towns, rural villages, and everything in between to combat Islamophobia! These Muzzies not only perform standup at each tour stop but create ridiculous interventions in unsuspecting town squares, like the ol' classic, "Ask a Muslim Booth." - See more at:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A very humorous reply to Pamela Geller's hate campaign!

May 01 08:00

German official: Iran to open trade office in Berlin

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Deputy Chairperson of the German Near and Middle East Association (NUMOV) Helene Rang said Iran has recently purchased an office in the German capital to further boost trade ties with the European country, IRNA reported.

May 01 07:58

Cult Leader Will Tell Congress: Fight ISIS by Regime Change in Iran

Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade announced that a controversial Iranian exile opposition figure would be testifying via video uplink at a hearing on the Islamic State, known as ISIS. What does the witness, Maryam Rajavi, a co-leader of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), have to say about the subject at hand?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MEK has a history of cooperation with Mossad. When Mossad cooked up the "Laptop of death", a since-discredited attempt to show that Iran was working on nuclear weapons, it was "data laundered" through MEK, which presented it to the west with the cover story that it had been stolen from an Iranian scientist.

May 01 07:40

US ready to take risk of war with Iran for Israeli regime's sake: Biden

As the White House tries to mend fences with the Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is upset about nuclear talks with Iran, Vice President Joe Biden says the US is ready to risk a military confrontation in support of the Israeli regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Joe, if you really feel that way about it... Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here's a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call Tehran and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that we have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

And just to keep you honest, please recall that Iran has not initiated a war of conquest against another nation in over 200 years; a sharp contrast to the US and Israel, which these days cannot seem to go two months without invading, drone-striking, or overthrowing someone else's nation!

May 01 07:14

U.S. Navy escorting American ships in Strait of Hormuz amid Iran tension

A Senior Defense Department official confirms to CBS News that U.S. Naval forces have begun accompanying American-flagged maritime traffic in the Strait of Hormuz.

The move is in response to what Washington views as provocative Iranian behavior in the Persian Gulf. Earlier this week Iranian naval vessels reportedly fired warning shots near Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship, and detained it and its crew. Iranian officials say the Maersk shipping line owes it money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So all Israel needs to do is sneak one of their submarines into Iranian waters and fire a shot at one of the US ships (the way Israel attacked USS Liberty) and blame Iran for it (the way Israel initially blamed Egypt for the USS Liberty attack).

Apr 30 17:37

Changing Alliances and the National Interest in the Middle East - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

By aiding groups like ISIS,the Israelis have forfeited any claim on American sympathy (unless, of course, your a U.S. politician who has been captured by the Zionist lobby).

Apr 30 14:12

Inching Toward Conflict: US Navy To Escort Cargo Ships In Persian Gulf; Iran Refuses To Back Down

Moments ago there was yet another step up in the Persian Gulf naval escalation when CNN reported that the U.S. Navy will escort U.S.-flagged cargo ships through Strait of Hormuz in wake of Iran seizure this week, a US official says. Specifically, the Navy will henceforth accompany ships on concern that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard may seize them, CNN’s Jim Sciutto says in Twitter post, citing CNN’s Barbara Starr. It is unclear what happens if either the accompanied cargo ship, or the US Navy warship leaves international waters, and enters Iran territory, which as the Bab el-Mandeb Strait is virtually assured: a strait which as the following US Naval update map has become as busy for US traffic as the 405 Freeway during rush hour.

Apr 30 12:40

Poison pill: Rubio floats amendment to Corker’s Iran bill requiring Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist

Is there any strategy behind this apart from generating a nice pro-Israel credential for Rubio’s resume that he can show off to GOP primary voters this summer? What I mean is, is there any chance that this somehow improves — or kills — the final deal between the U.S. and Iran or at least puts Obama and the Democrats in a verrrry tough spot in defending it?

Apr 30 06:57

U.S. pressing France to postpone UN resolution on Palestine

Last week, the student senate at Earlham College, a Quaker liberal arts institution in Indiana, passed a resolution demanding divestment from US companies that profit from Israeli violations of Palestinians’ rights.

The resolution was passed by consensus — requiring the approval of all members of the student government — and targets the college’s investments in Motorola Solutions, Hewlett-Packard and Caterpillar.

Apr 30 06:34

Russia impinges on Israel's right to bomb Iran

American neocons are in a lather over Russia’s decision to go ahead with the sale of anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. The apparent outrage is that Iran thinks it has a right to protect its citizens from Israel’s right to launch airstrikes into Iran’s territory, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains.

Apr 29 09:06

Rubio Amendment Set to Kill Iran Nuclear Deal

While the Senate’s upcoming Iran bill, aiming to give Congress veto power over any pact negotiated by the P5+1, already put the deal in serious jeopardy, a new amendment to it proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R – FL) seems to be the silver bullet that will kill any chance of the deal.

The Rubio Amendment would require that any nuclear deal with Iran include an explicit public endorsement from Iran of Israel’s status as a “Jewish state.”

Apr 29 08:18

Iran breaks oil export record

Iran has for the first time in a decade been able to export seven million barrels of oil in one day from a southern terminal, said an official on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the sanctions aren't working. Indeed, like the Russian sanctions, they have causes far more damage to American businesses than to the Iranian ones!

Apr 29 07:44

Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen airport to prevent Iranian plane from landing

Jets of a Saudi Arabian-led coalition bombed Sanaa airport on Tuesday to prevent an Iranian plane from landing in the war-torn country, Yemeni officials and Iranian state media reported.

A runway, a civilian aircraft and part of a terminal building at Sanaa international airport were destroyed after being struck by missiles.

The attack forced two Iranian planes that had flown into Yemen over neighboring Oman to turn back, according to a Yemeni official.

"The planes were carrying medical aid and entered Yemeni airspace this morning," the official told Middle East Eye via Skype.

Apr 29 07:43

Splitting Iraq: US Military Bill Would Redefine Kurds, Sunni Militias as Separate Country

In an attempt to limit the prospects for overseas meddling, US law requires foreign military aid to be delivered direct to host countries, as opposed to just any old armed faction the US wants to throw weapons at.

That might seem like a straightforward rule, but House Republicans are seeing a pretty straightforward way to circumvent it, announcing their intention to declare Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as some Iraqi Sunni Arab militias, as “countries” of their own for the sake of aid shipments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This makes those smaller countries easier to "manage" which has been on both the US agenda for Iraq and Iran all along.

Apr 28 21:56

Inventing a Record of Iranian Aggression

Following the lead of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Official Washington’s neocons are hyping Iran’s record as an aggressor state, with some examples harkening back to the Sixteenth Century and other more recent cases simply not true.

Apr 28 14:05

Iran Releases Marshall Islands-Flagged Cargo Ship

The Iranian authorities have released a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship seized earlier on Tuesday, no crew members were detained, according to Al Arabiya television.

The Iranian navy detained a 34-men crew cargo ship after a local court issued an order for its confiscation, the Iranian FARS news agency reported, citing informed sources.

According to the report, the ship was seized at the request of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, which had financial disagreements with the owner of the vessel.

Apr 28 12:38

Embracing the Saudi War on Yemen

Saudis have been helped by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has relied on the powerful Israel Lobby and his own rhetoric to divert the U.S. Congress from a focus on Al-Qaeda and its hyper-brutal spinoff, the Islamic State, to Iran, which both Saudi Arabia and Israel have designated their primary regional enemy.

Fearful of further offending the powerful Saudi-Israeli alliance, President Obama is deploying the U.S. Navy to seal off poverty-stricken Yemen so the Saudi air force has free rein to pummel its regional rivals from the air while the population faces a humanitarian crisis on the ground, reports Robert Parry.

Apr 28 12:34

Argentina: A Case Study of Israel’s Zionist-Wall Street Destabilization Campaign

Israel’s widespread practice of recruiting Jewish citizens and officials of other countries to serve as vehicles of Israeli policies has the potential to foment a new and possibly violent backlash, once the greater population has been made aware of such treasonous activities.

Apr 28 11:22

Iran seizes ship traveling under U.S. guard

CNBC reported the Iranian navy seized the Tigris after being ordered to do so by the Iran Ports Authority, and under a court order. Reuters reported the United States is monitoring the situation from the sky, also, and has sent at least one plane to the area.

The State Department says the United States maintains authority over securing and defending the Marshall Islands.

Apr 28 10:43

Iranian General Accuses US of Organizing 9/11 Terror Attacks to Justify Middle East Invasion

Nooooo. They wouldn't do that... would they? Kill 3,000 of our own citizens just to create a freedom-less police state and theater of seemingly never ending multiple wars (on terror) for profit and empire?

Apr 28 09:46

BEX ALERT - Will Iran Attempt To Seize Control Of Saudi Oilfields?

Apr 28 09:23

Crude oil price already up after Straight of Homuz "crisis"

Apr 28 08:59

Iran seizes commercial ship, U.S. forces respond

The ship, a Marshall Islands flagged vessel, was transiting the Strait into the Persian Gulf on an internationally recognized maritime route when the the Iranian military contacted the vessel and directed the ship master to "divert further into Iranian Waters," according to Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This stinks of a deliberate provocation to derail the P5+1.

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The above is the tracking map for the vessel, M/V Maersk Tigris. The little squiggle is where it was intercepted by the Iranian patrol boat.

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This is the same tracking map, but with the shipping channels and Iranian territorial waters overlaid. From this it is obvious that the M/V Maersk Tigris was following the normal shipping route, but then did indeed alter course to starboard and into Iranian territorial waters. The only question is why? The tracking system indicates accurate GPS data was being received by the ship, so spoofing is out. There are no geographic features justifying a turn to starboard. Was the Captain of the M/V Maersk Tigris "persuaded" by the US Government to trigger a confrontation?

Apr 28 08:33

Reports claim Iran 'seized' US cargo ship, Pentagon says it's Marshall Islands-flagged

The Iranian Navy has reportedly seized a US ship with 34 crew members on board, for violating Iran's waters in the Persian Gulf. The Pentagon denies the vessel belongs to the US, claiming it is registered in the Marshall Islands.

A Pentagon spokesman has confirmed that Iranian forces boarded the Marshall Island-flagged Maersk Tigris vessel after patrol boats fired warning shots across its bow and ordered it deeper into Iranian waters, Reuters reports.

The vessel initially ignored the warning but complied after the shots were fired, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren said.

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Botched provocation?

Apr 28 08:31

BEX ALERT - Iran seizes U.S. ship, 34 sailors

Iran has fired at a U.S. cargo ship and has directed it to Bandar Abbas port on the southern coast of Iran, Al Arabiya News Channel has reported on Tuesday.

Up to 34 American sailors are believed to be onboard the ship, Al Arabiya reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The vessel in question is flagged to the Marshall Islands and no Americans are known to be aboard.

So, is someone trying to cause trouble with this "Iran seizes US ship" headline? Did Iran thwart a covert operation that the US now had to deny?

Apr 28 04:10

Argentina: A Case Study of Israel’s Zionist-Wall Street Destabilization Campaign

Israeli attempted to sidetrack the Argentine investigation, by involving some of its powerful Wall Street assets and influential pro-Israel lobbies (the Anti-Defamation League, AIPAC among others). Their purpose was to fabricate ‘evidence’ in order to implicate Iran in the crime and to manipulate their influential assets in Argentina, especially in this case, chief prosecutor Nisman and many of the leaders of DAIA, to accuse the Argentine government of complicity in an ‘Iranian cover-up’.

Apr 27 18:10

Iran Skoolz Israel: ‘If you really want a nuke-free Middle East, then turn yours in’

Already his year, we’ve seen how Israel, its lobby, and US Republicans on their payroll, have constantly obsessed over Iran’s supposed ‘nuclear program’. They’ve also actively undermined international P5+1 accords with Iran ever since negotiations began in 2014. But who is the real nuclear threat in the region?

Apr 27 12:44

Poll shows 58% of Americans back framework agreement with Iran

A clear majority of Americans support a framework agreement between the P5+1 group of countries and Iran over its nuclear energy program, according to a new poll.

Apr 27 09:19

Iranian researchers produce anti-cancer nano-drug

Iranian researchers have produced a nano-drug which has proven effective in battling treatment resistant cancers.

The Cancer Research Center of Tehran University of Medical Sciences produced the polymer-based nanocarrier for the targeted release of the anti-cancer drug curcumin, ISNA reported on Sunday.

“This nanocarrier was made without the use of poisonous catalysts and has proven successful in clinical trials on a number cancer patients,” said Dr Ali Mohammad Alizadeh from the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council.