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Video: Trump Foreign Policy Team will Target Iran

In a wide ranging discussion, historian Gerald Horne and Paul Jay discuss why Trump won and what will likely come next Visit http://therealnews.com for...

Senate Extends Idiotic Iran Sanctions by 99-0 Vote!

Forget that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) agreed between Iran and the so-called P5+1 consisting of the United States, Russia, China, France,...

Iran holding woman as ‘bargaining chip’ in 40yo arms deal debt row with UK,...

Iran is holding a British-Iranian mother on charges of plotting a coup d’état because the...

Iran Deal Tests Trump’s Independence

An early test of whether President Trump will bow to Israel’s political clout may come over the Iran nuclear agreement...

US House halts commercial airline deals with Iran approved by Obama administration

House Republicans, joined by a handful of Democrats, blocked a sale of Boeing and Airbus airliners to Iran, which was previously approved by the...

Will Trump Resist War Hawks on Iran?

Though President-elect Trump seems ready to reduce tensions with Russia, his consideration of neocon John Bolton as Secretary of State...

Video: ‘Crisis initiation’ plan by Israel lobbyist to invade Iran. We Need a False...

Lobbyist Says Israel Should Create A 'False Flag' To Start A War With Iran Geoffrey Ingersoll and Michael B Kelley Sep. 26, 2012, 9:43...

Video: 1,000s of Iranians mark anniversary of US embassy siege

Thousands of Iranians gathered in Tehran to mark the anniversary of the US embassy hostage crisis of 1979. The demonstrations were dominated by ... Via...

Iran hostage crisis 37 years on: The US embassy siege in pictures

Today marks the 37th anniversary of the beginning of Iran’s US embassy siege. It was an...

Video: EU’s Mogherini meets Iran’s Rouhani: SAS training terrorists, Canadian intelligence recruit for ISIS

Turkey detains 'spy' who 'helped British teens cross into Syria to join Islamic State' Turkey has detained a 'spy' working for a country within...

Iran Sending Elite Fighters Into U.S., Europe

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country’s elite military force, is sending assets to infiltrate the United States and Europe at the...

Video: ‘Girls are already used to it’: Russian futsal team sparks furor after donning...

The hijab has often split opinion in the sporting world, but the Russian women's mini-football (futsal) team have fully embraced the traditional Muslim garment...

Video: Wikileaks: Hillary Clinton ’21st Century Josef Goebbels’ staff rejoice as Iranian TV is...

US officials "Satisfied" with ban on Iran broadcaster PressTV News Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wrE6lxEK6w Published on 11 Oct 2016 ... Via Youtube

Video: Iranian warships deployed off Yemen coast after US bombs Houthi targets

Iran has deployed a fleet of warships to the Gulf of Aden, the republic's naval commander has confirmed. The deployment follows US cruise missile...

How Trump Got the Iran Deal Wrong

Election 2016 will be remembered for its slurs, lies and weirdness polluting the public debate, but one of the worst...

More Media B.S. – OMG, Trump Company Legally Rented Office Space to Iranian Bank!

Once again a story that Trump did nothing illegal is somehow front page news. His crime this time? Continuing to...

Trump Did Business With Sanctioned Iran Bank Way Before Sanctions

While most of the focus on the presidential campaign remains on the weight of a former Miss Universe and unsubstantiated...

Video: Iran unveils combat UAV based on captured US spy drone design

Iranian engineers have weaponized the drone they built after reverse-engineering the American RQ-170 Sentinel, which the Islamic Republic captured in 2011, ... Via Youtube

Jailed British-Iranian woman discussed at UN meeting between nations’ leaders

Theresa May raised the case of a jailed British-Iranian aid worker with Iran’s leader, Hassan...

How US Hardliners Help Iran’s Hardliners

U.S. neocons keep pounding the propaganda drum about Iran in line with Israel’s regional desires but not helpful to American interests or even to...

Ron Paul Speaks With Benjamin Ahdoot About Iran: The Inside Story

In a very special Ron Paul Liberty Report, we speak with Benjamin Ahdoot, an Iranian-American of Jewish heritage who just spent three months in...

US made entire $1.7 bn payment to Iran in foreign cash – Treasury

Not only the $400 million debt, but also the $1.3 billion interest on it was paid...

Video: Britain, Iran exchange first ambassadors in five years – put diplomacy above espionage

Iran's new ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad is a former nuclear negotiator who also served as the Head of Foreign Ministry's Political and International...

Britain & Iran appoint ambassadors for first time since 2011

London has appointed an ambassador to Iran for the first time since 2011, when the...

British Airways to resume flights to Iran after years of sanctions

The UK’s flagship airline, British Airways (BA), is set to resume direct flights to Iran...

Video: Iran deploys S-300 missiles at Fordow nuclear facility

Iran has deployed a Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system at its Fordow uranium enrichment facility, the country's state media have ... Via Youtube

Russia’s Misplayed Hand with Iran

Iran’s annoyance that Russia over-played its hand in going public about its use of an Iranian airbase shows the risk...

US paid $1.3bn in interest on debt to Iran left over from Shah’s time,...

Two days after delivering $400 million in cash to Tehran to pay off a decades-old debt,...

Russia Teams Up With Iran To Continue To Bomb Syria

Ho, ho, ho, here’s a scenario no one could have possibly anticipated: some complex thing in the Middle East as a temporary patch to...

Iran claims to have arrested spy working for British intelligence

Iran claims it has arrested and detained an unidentified but UK-linked dual national who had...

Video: Former Iran Hostage Shane Bauer: Claim That $400M U.S. Paid to Iran was...

http://democracynow.org - We get reaction to the State Department's statement that a plane filled with $400 million in cash for Iran was "leverage" to...

Video: Russia uses Iran airbase, is ‘De Facto UN’ in Syria. Al-Nusra becomes ‘Sham...

Russia uses Iran as base to bomb Syrian militants for first time Russian use of Iranian bases unfortunate, not surprising: U.S.01:15 By Andrew Osborn...

Jennifer Rubin: Hillary Must Stop Peace With Iran at All Costs!

After anxiously and incessantly angling for a hardcore neoconservative to take the Republican presidential nomination, the Washington Post’s online blogger ...

Turkey and Iran Reach Agreement on Conditions for Syria Peace

In a stunning diplomatic surprise, Turkey and Iran have announced a preliminary agreement on fundamental principles for a settlement of the...

Video: Russian bombers target ISIS positions in Deir ez-Zor from Iran’s Hamadan Airbase –...

Russian Su-34 tactical bombers have delivered airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday for a second day in a row, taking off from Hamadan Airbase in...

Video: ‘Unfortunate’: US State Dept on Russian use of Iran base to fly anti-ISIS...

There are increased hopes for greater international cooperation over Syria. It follows Iran allowing Russia to use one of its airbases to conduct anti-ISIS...

Video: West asks whether Russia legally uses Iranian base

Moscow did not violate UN resolutions by deploying Tu-22M3 strategic bombers to an Iranian airbase, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, urging the West...

Video: Russian long-range bombers target ISIS from Iran’s Hamadan airfield – MoD

Russia's long-range Tu-22M3 bombers have delivered their first airstrikes on terrorist targets in Syria operating from Iranian airbase. Moscow and Tehran signed ... Via Youtube

The Irony of Hamilton Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advocacy for Puerto Rico

As the economic and humanitarian crisis has worsened in Puerto Rico in recent months, playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, has given voice in interviews and...

Video: ‘Russians and Iranians should be killed to pay a price in Syria’ –...

Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell, who supports Hillary Clinton and insists that Donald Trump is being manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin ... Via...

Video: Iranian man arrested after threatening to blow himself up at Danish asylum center

A man has been arrested after threatening to blow himself up at an asylum center on the Danish island of Funen, according to police....

Iran Executes Scientist/Spy – What’s Hillary’s Role?

Hillary’s private server is in the news again. This time the question is whether extremely sensitive discussions about a US...

Video: Huge gas pipeline explosion sparks enormous fire in Iran

Three people were injured when a gas pipeline exploded at a pressure boosting station in Bandar Genaveh, Bushehr province on Saturday. According to eye...

Did the US Make ‘Ransom Payments’ to Iran? No, Of Course Not.

Just in time for Throwback Thursday, there is a fresh new Iran scandal dominating the news. And like most Iran scandals, the latest is...

US ‘secretly shipped’ $400mn to Iran for release of 4 hostages – report

A cargo plane with $400 million in foreign currencies was secretly sent to Iran on the same day four Americans were released from Tehran,...

British porn star ‘charms’ & outrages Iranians on Tehran nose job visit

British porn star Candy Charms has caused a stir in the Islamic Republic of Iran...

Munich gunman commits suicide, identified as German-Iranian

Munich police have announced a ‘cautious all-clear’ after an hours-long manhunt which culminated in the discovery of the body of a suspected...

‘AP Exclusive’ on ‘Secret’ Iran Deal Neither Exclusive Nor Secret

AP reporter George Jahn, who has been scaremongering about Iran’s civilian nuclear program for untold years, once again has an article breaking, claiming “Secret...

Still Sabotaging the Iran-Nuke Agreement

Iran has lived up to the terms of the nuclear agreement, now one year old, but that has not stopped...

Video: Greed motivates US seizure of $2bn Iran assets ‘for 1983 Beirut barracks bombing’

Published on 7 Jul 2016 Iran's ambassador to the UN has slammed the seizure of Iran's assets by the US as a political decision....

Iranian vessels mounted with machine guns approach US warship in Strait of Hormuz

In the latest escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran, five Iranian military vessels maneuvered extremely...

‘Sure as heck’ no one can deal with Iran, Boeing says after Hill blocks...

American aeronautics giant Boeing has voiced concern over a US legislative move passed earlier in the week that would block its $25 billion deal...

Rockets Strike Iranian Dissident Camp; 135 Killed in Iraq

Camp Liberty, a former United States installation, came under a heavy rocket barrage on Sunday. It is unclear if the camp or nearby Baghdad International Airport was...

‘Failed leadership at multiple levels’: US sailors were unprepared for capture by Iran –...

Nine US Navy sailors are facing discipline after a report concluded that multiple mistakes were made...

Iran Artillery Fire Wounds Civilians; 93 Killed in Iraq

Iran Artillery Fire Wounds Civilians; 93 Killed in Iraq Over a week after Baghdad declared Fallujah liberated, the city is finally under...

Miranda, Obama, and Hamilton: an Orwellian Ménage à Trois for the Neoliberal Age

LEE SNIDER PHOTO IMAGES | Shutterstock.com   History is written by the winners – George Orwell, February 4, 1944 “The Few” v. “The Many” Alexander Hamilton was no people’s champion....

US sacks another Navy commander for embarrassing detainment in Iranian waters

The commanding officer of a US Navy task force has been sacked following the investigation into...

Lost History of Iran’s 1981 Coup

The U.S. mainstream media avoids the word “coup” when a disfavored leader is ousted, but the silence around Iran’s 1981...

Video: Iran to file lawsuit in Hague to reclaim assets frozen in US

Iran says it intends to take America to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, over billions of dollars in assets belonging to...

Hillary Clinton Threatens War with Iran if Trump Wins

Hillary Clinton defined her hawkish foreign policy in a speech Thursday in San Diego in which she tore into Republican candidate Donald Trump. Clinton threatened...

State Dept says it ‘deliberately’ cut part on Iran secret talks from its 2013...

The State Department deliberately censored a reporter’s question regarding secret talks with Iran from a video...

Video: U.S. and Iran: Vying to Defeat ISIS in Iraq

As the two major international forces in Iraq work with the Iraqi army to push back the Islamic State from Fallujah, neither want the...

Video: ‘A lot of surprises’: New secret Snowden files leak coming – activist Miranda

David Miranda says the public has the right to see documents leaked by Edward Snowden, which he plans to release soon. However, Miranda told...

Ron Paul: Improved Relations with Cuba and Iran Are ‘Best Things that Obama Ever...

Ron Paul: Improved Relations with Cuba and Iran Are ‘Best Things that Obama Ever Did’ Adam Dick, May 20, 2016 Speaking...

Political Pressure Stymies US-Iran Ties

A former Obama administration official has asserted that the Iranian nuclear deal marks a radical break with past U.S....

Iranian immigrant fined for pelting UK Home Office with 90 eggs after failed asylum...

A London court has ordered an Iranian immigrant to pay a fine for throwing 90...

Video: Iran Moves to Sue U.S. Over $2 Billion in Frozen Assets

Tyler Cullis, Legal Fellow at the National Iranian American Council, says US-Iran feuds should be dealt with in bilateral negotiations; the objective priority should...

‘Dangerous White House propaganda’: Obama team & GOP battle over Iran media spin

Mainstream media outlets in the US had a tough week after being accused of being puppets...

‘Loss of confidence’: Navy commander stripped of duties after sailors breached Iranian waters

The US Navy commander overseeing 10 sailors who breached Iranian waters, leading to their arrest, has...

Iran’s Hard-line Supreme Leader Was Actually a Protege of the Moderates

Ayatollah Khameini was never as moderate as those who put him in power. (Photo: Wikipedia) The battle between the left and right is just as...

‘Poison pill’: Senator’s anti-Iran deal amendment prevents passage of bill keeping government funded

The first of 12 appropriations bills the US Senate must pass to keep the government funded...

Stiffing Iran on the Nuke Deal

Secretary of State Kerry boasts about how little Iran has gotten from the nuclear deal – accessing only $3 billion...

Convenient truths? UK govt lambasts Egypt, Iran over death penalty but virtually silent on...

Britain’s Foreign Office (FCO) has lambasted Bahrain, China, Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia over their...

Video: RAW: First time Iran shows Russian S-300 missile defense systems

NOTE: S-300 complex parts can be seen at 00:22 - 00:26 The Iranian Armed Forces paraded parts of their newly acquired Russian S-300 missile...

US Maintains Banking Sanctions Against Iran

Paul-Martin Foss Despite the lifting of international sanctions against Iran earlier this year, the United States government intends to continue denying Iranian companies access to...

How an Iran War Was Averted

Exclusive: A decade ago, the Bush administration was eager to bomb Iran but U.S. intelligence analysts challenged the casus belli by finding...

The Danger of More Iran Sanctions

The “bomb-bomb-bomb Iran” caucus is back at it demanding continued sanctions on Iran despite the tight constraints on its nuclear program,...

Putin intelligent strategist, Russia played constructive role in Syria, Iran – Kerry on Charlie...

Just as the Pentagon ranked Russia as its No.1 threat, Secretary of State John Kerry lauded...

Pro-Israel lobby tells Prince Charles not to visit Iran

Israel lobby group We Believe in Israel (WBII) is calling on Prince Charles to reconsider an upcoming visit to Iran, which it accuses of...

Prince of Persia? Charles planning official Iran visit amid uneasy relations

Prince Charles is reportedly keen to pay British royalty’s first official visit to Iran in...

Hacks and codes: DOJ to indict Iranian hackers

In an effort to confront foreign cyber-attacks, the Obama administration is expected to hold Iranian hackers...

Another Brazen Lie From Hillary Clinton: Iran poses threat to Israel

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a speech to an influential Zionist lobby group in Washington that Iran still posed a threat...

U.S. Government Blames 9/11 on Iran, Fines Iran $10.5B; Iran Refuses to Pay

Eric Zuesse On March 14th, Iran announced that it will never pay the $10.5B that a U.S. court demanded it pay for the 9/11 attacks. The...

Racism? Iranian man charged for calling traffic warden ‘English’

Iranian Mohammed Akhlaghi was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and fined by Hull...

Iran ordered to pay $10.5 billion for 9/11 by US judge

(RT) - A US judge ordered Iran to pay over $10 billion in damages to families...

Video: ‘Ability of the State’: Final stage of missile drills conducted in Iran

Iran has test-fired several ballistic missiles from silos across the country, the Revolutionary Guard reported. The US has previously imposed missile-related ... Via Youtube

Video: Iran tests two missiles ‘capable of reaching Israel’

Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday morning that it said were designed to be able to hit Israel, Reuters reported. Two Qadr missiles...

US generals to lawmakers: Libya a failed state, Iran a long-term threat

(RT) - Three top US military commanders told the Senate that the struggle against terrorists in...

Iran Deal Undermines Rationale for Missile Defense

Missile defense is as much of a boondoggle as it was during the days of Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars.” Pictured: the Phased Array Ballistic...

Iran Accuses U.S. Of Breaching Nuke Deal

Senior Iranian officials this week accused the Obama administration of failing to uphold its end of the nuclear agreement, saying that the Islamic Republic...

Video: Iranian Elections: A Blow to Hardliners As New Fault Lines in Iranian Politics...

National Iranian American Council president Trita Parsi says it's s no longer reformists versus conservatives as much as it is moderates with President Rouhani,...

Video: Iranian Elections: A Blow to Hardliners As New Fault Lines in Iranian Politics...

National Iranian American Council president Trita Parsi says it's s no longer reformists versus conservatives as much as it is moderates with President Rouhani,...

Gallup Poll Shows Americans Prefer Terrorist Nations Over Iran. Why?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A February 17th Gallup Poll showed that Americans prefer the chief nation that sponsors international terrorism, when given a choice...

Video: Euro over Dollar: Brazil waivers US currency in trade with Iran

The US dollar is losing ground as the leading currency used for international trade with Brazil now saying it's planning to use the Euro...

Still Sabotaging the Iran-Nuke Deal

Since Israel and the influential U.S. neocons never wanted the Iranian nuclear deal, many U.S. politicians – including presidential candidates – are lining up...

Wrestling with Iran

Robert “Robbie” Smith interacting with the Iranian audience at the World Cup, courtesy of the Koshti-Wrestling Facebook Page. In Iran, wrestling commands the same level...

Video: Iranian drone buzzes ‘US aircraft carrier’ – State TV

The Iranian TV footage shows the drone flight above what appears to be an aircraft carrier underway in a body of water. It also...

Video: CrossTalk on Iran: Neocon revenge?

With the end of the original sanctions now in play, Washington's neocons and allies are down, but certainly not on the run. What is...

How New Sanctions Will Be Perceived in Iran

The moment the United States removed their nuclear sanctions on Iran, they slapped new sanctions on Iran, claiming that two Iranian tests of ballistic missiles that...

Why Won’t Iran Act Like Our Enemy?

What a bad week for the war party. Darn you, Iran! The country that the armchair warriors most love to hate refuses to play the...

Iran and the Diplomatic Jackpot

(Photo: David Stanley / Flickr Commons) In 1748, as part of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, France regained Cape Breton from Great Britain. The island, off...

Institutionalizing the US-Iran Detente

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif have built a personal trust that has enabled diplomacy to begin overcoming...

Video: Importance of Lifting the Nuclear Based Sanctions on Iran

Phyllis Bennis says, lifting of sanctions will be significant for the Iranian people, they have suffered and it will mean a reintegration of Iran...

Video: Former U.S. Captive in Iran Hails Prisoner Exchange Just as Nuclear Deal Eases...

http://democracynow.org - The United States and Iran have conducted a prisoner exchange just as the historic nuclear deal took effect this weekend. The U.S....

The New York Times‘s Double Standard on Iran’s Nuclear Program

As the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified over the weekend that Iran has completed the measures necessary to comply with the nuclear deal reached last July with...

Video: Storm Clouds Gathering In Iran and Saudi Arabia

In this video Luke Rudkowsi interviews Aaron Hawkins of Storm Clouds Gathering in a remote area south of the border where Aaron is building...

Video: Shane Bauer, Former US Prisoner in Iran, Spars with Hillary Clinton over Her...

http://democracynow.org - On Sunday, CNN's Jake Tapper questioned Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on her calls for fresh sanctions against ... Via Youtube

Snowden leaks: Law used in David Miranda detention incompatible with human rights, court rules

Legal loopholes used to detain David Miranda at Heathrow Airport while he was carrying leaked intelligence files for journalistic use are incompatible with human...

Iran Changes the Regional Dynamic

Israel and – to a lesser extent – Saudi Arabia continue to dictate much of U.S. foreign policy in the Mideast, especially animosity toward Iran. But...

Iran Frees Americans as Sanctions Are Lifted, Frustrating Warmongers Around the World

Iran has freed four dual-nationality prisoners, including an American/Iranian pastor and an American/Iranian Washington Post reporter who had been accused of working for the U.S. to foment regime...

Video: US slaps new sanctions on Iran – hours after ‘historic thaw’

USA has slapped Iran with new sanctions - over a recent ballistic missile test. It comes just a few hours after the so called...

When Peace Breaks Out With Iran…

This has been the most dramatic week in US/Iranian relations since 1979. Last weekend ten US Navy personnel were caught in Iranian waters, as the...

Video: ‘Kept nuclear promises’ – UN watchdog final report paves way for Iran sanctions...

Western sanctions against Tehran have been officially lifted after the UN nuclear watchdog — the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) — released a ... Via...

No, Iran Didn’t Commit an Act of Aggression

On Tuesday, a group of ten American service members on a training mission in the Persian Gulf were detained by Iran. Upon receiving the...

US, Iran Step Back From the Brink

To awaken Thursday to front-page photos of U.S. sailors kneeling on the deck of their patrol boat, hands on their heads in postures of surrender,...

Will Reckless Saudis Seek War with Iran?

Exclusive: Under growing economic and political pressure, the new Saudi leadership is showing a dangerous impulse toward military interventions, raising prospects for a direct...

Video: First Footage: Moment of US sailors detained by Iran

A video released by Iran shows the moment 10 US sailors were taken into custody as their boats crossed into the country's waters on...

Video: A Bad Week for Warmongers: U.S.-Iran Quickly Resolve Sailors’ Breach Just Before Nuke...

http://democracynow.org - This week is not looking kind to opponents of the Obama administration's diplomacy with Iran. On Wednesday, Iran freed 10 U.S. ... Via...

Saudi Arabia v. Iran as Much of a Schism as Arabs v. Israel

King Salman seems bent on returning Saudi Arabia to the past. (Photo: the Guardian) On January 3, Saudi Arabia announced that it had executed 47...

Video: ‘Breach of sovereignty’: US apologizes for intrusion into Iran waters

Tehran has reportedly released 10 US sailors seized after straying into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf. RT's Paula Slier has more. For more...

Diplomatic Sanity Prevails with Iran

Before President Obama’s State of the Union Address, U.S. cable news blasted out bulletins about Iran seizing American sailors, as Obama’s critics blasted him. But...

US Navy vessels impounded in Iranian waters

By Keith Jones Iran has impounded two US Navy high-speed boats and their crews–ten sailors in all–that were found yesterday a mile or more inside the...

Video: RAW: Iranian vessels fire rockets in Strait of Hormuz — US Navy

The US Navy has released a video showing Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels fire rockets in the Strait of Hormuz in response to a Freedom...

Not Taking Sides in Saudi-Iran Fights

Many U.S. pols and pundits fret that Saudi Arabia’s feelings are hurt by the Obama administration’s opening to Iran, but they conveniently forget Saudi support for terrorism and other acts...

Video: Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of bombing its embassy in Yemen

Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of using warplanes to attack the Iranian embassy in the Yemeni capital Sana'a. Some guards were reportedly wounded in...

Video: The Iran Model: Could Nuke Deal with Tehran Help Create Way to Address...

Nine months ago, the United States and other world powers reached a landmark nuclear deal with Iran. Could a similar deal be reached with...

Video: Kuwait recalls ambassador to Iran over Saudi mission attack

Kuwait has become the latest Muslim nation to renounce ties with Iran after it recalled its ambassador to Tehran, following the Islamic Republic's rift...

Video: S. Arabia cuts all commercial ties & air traffic w/ Iran, more countries...

Riyadh is planning to cut off all flights between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and will ban its citizens from traveling to the Islamic Republic,...

US threatens new sanctions on Iran

By Peter Symonds The Iranian regime has reacted angrily to threats by the Obama administration last week to impose new sanctions targeting individuals and companies connected...

Hyping More Fears about Iran

Official Washington’s neocon/liberal-hawk establishment is working itself into another lather over Iran, this time by hyping fears about a ballistic missile program as another backdoor...

Video: Iran blacklash: Saudi embassy stormed over execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr

The Saudi Embassy in Tehran has been pelted with Molotov cocktails in response to Saudi Arabia's beheading of a prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Al-Nimr,...

Video: US pursuing regime change in Iraq, Syria, aiming for Iran – Pres. Candidate...

The US presidential elections are just around the corner, the great fight for the seat of power. However, while Democrats and Republicans are all...

Congress’ Off-Point Iran-Bashing

The U.S. Congress, still in thrall to Israeli leaders and the neocons, cited Islamic State terrorism as an excuse to clamp down on travel to...

WaPo Gets Iran Missile Story Exactly Backwards

The Washington Post editorial on Iranian missile tests turns their purpose on its head. (photo: Iranian Defense Ministry) In an editorial about Iran testing a...

Video: No food & DVDs: Iran to impose sanctions on US-made goods import

Five months since the historic deal was reached on Iran's nuclear program, Tehran says sanction relief is a matter of weeks away. Despite that...

Twisting the Facts on Iran Nukes

Part of the credibility crisis afflicting the world’s officialdom is the tendency to issue reports that start with the politically desired conclusion and then twist words...

Video: IAEA Report Finds Many Allegations on Iran’s Nuclear History Are Baseless

Robert Kelley says the IAEA had failed to adequately investigate charges that were made in the past by U.S. and Israel against Iran in...

Israel’s ‘Successful’ Defeat on Iran

Israel’s defeat in its bid to get Congress to block President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran may have represented a loss of face, but...

Little hope of thaw during Bibi’s first post-Iran deal visit to Washington

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet US President Barack Obama on Monday for the first time in 13 months. Relations between the two...

Video: Iran Agrees to Political Transition Where Assad is Not the Main Focus

Trinity College's Vijay Prashad discusses how no Syrian voices were represented at the Vienna peace talks, but geopolitical interests were front and center. Via Youtube

At Least 118 Killed in Iraq as Rockets Terrorize Troops and Iranian Dissidents

At Least 118 Killed in Iraq as Rockets Terrorize Troops and Iranian Dissidents At least 16 rockets, but possibly many more, struck Camp Liberty/Hurriya, which is...

Video: What’s at Stake for Iran in Syria?

Prof. Cyrus Bina says during the Iran-Iraq war, Assad's Syria was the only Arab state that supported Iran. Via Youtube

Video: Iran Invited for talks on Syria

Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies says the invitation to Iran is late but an essential move for a diplomatic regional solution,...

Video: What’s at Stake for Iran in Syria? Part 1

Prof. Cyrus Bina says during the Iran-Iraq war, Assad's Syria was the only Arab state that supported Iran. Via Youtube

Ron Paul: Israeli Nuclear Panel Supports Iran Deal

Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission has endorsed the Iran nuclear agreement, concluding that it would prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The Commission joins...

Video: WikiLeaks exposes CIA Chief’s emails on torture tactics, Iran, Afghanstan

WikiLeaks has come into possession of the contents of CIA chief John Brennan's email account. Among the documents, from the period when Brennan worked...

US has no choice but to coexist with Iran, CIA chief said in 2007:...

The United States has "no choice but to find a way to coexist" with Iran, said CIA Director John Brennan in 2007, according to a...

Another complete lie – US claims Iran violated UN resolution

Just a day after Iran’s Guardian Council approved the P5+1 nuclear deal, the US is already showing extremely bad faith, with Ambassador Samantha Power...

Video: ‘Only the tip of the iceberg’: Secret Iran underground base shown to media...

THE VIDEO IS MUTED The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has revealed a video of a secret military base consisting of numerous underground tunnels. Via Youtube

Obama Closes Opening to Iran

Despite prevailing on the Iran nuclear deal, President Obama isn’t following up that victory with a more realistic policy to incorporate Iran into resolving Mideast conflicts....

Why Iran Is Aiding Syria

In spinning another propaganda theme, Official Washington is putting out the storyline that Iran is supporting Syria only to appease hardliners in Tehran, but the...

Video: ‘Iran will not forget imposed war & sanctions’: Iranian President Rouhani UNGA FULL...

70th session of UN General Assembly: LIVE UPDATES https://www.rt.com/trends/unga70/ RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Video: Paperwork Limbo: Iranian immigrant denied deportation, unable to leave UK

10 years in Manchester in the north west of England is enough for one Iranian immigrant. Arash Aria wants to leave the country and...

Video: ‘Enough of Manchester!’: Iranian immigrant begs police to deport him back from UK

Iranian immigrant in the UK wants to be deported to his homeland after spending 10 years in Manchester in the north west of England....

PolitiFact Is Right That Ted Cruz Is Wrong, But Still Botches Iran Deal Facts

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and the Tampa Bay Times‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning factchecking website PolitiFact were at each others’ throats this month over comments...

Video: Homesick Iranian migrant in UK: ‘No job, stuck in limbo, better life NOT...

An Iranian migrant in the UK has gone to the police, begging to be sent back home after spending the last 10 years in...

Video: Noam Chomsky: The United States, Not Iran, Poses Greatest Threat to World Peace

Democracynow.org - In a speech Saturday at The New School in New York, Noam Chomsky explained why he believes the U.S. poses the greatest...

A Prized Iran-Nuke Myth Unraveling

Once an Official Washington “group think” gets going it’s very hard to stop because the mainstream U.S. media will adjust the narrative so as...

NSA to snoop on Iranian president at UN meeting: NBC News report

The US National Security Agency (NSA) is most likely to spy on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his delegation during the UN General Assembly...

Video: Iran holds military parade as ‘biggest regional power’ fighting terrorism

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country's military is the "biggest regional power against terrorism". His comments came during a speech at an...

Video: What’s Really Happening In The Middle East? Iran Deal, Refugees and War

In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews Wayne Madsen, an American investigative journalist, author and columnist specializing in intelligence and international ... source

Video: Senate Republicans Fail to Stop Iran Deal for the Second Time (2/2)

Mehdi Sarram, author of Nuclear Lies, Deceptions and Hypocrisies, says it is scientifically impossible for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon if the deal...

Video: Senate Republicans Fail to Stop Iran Deal for the Second Time

Mehdi Sarram, Author of Nuclear Lies, Deceptions and Hypocrisies say, that Republicans have mastered the art of deception when it comes to the Iran...

Video: Siri accidentally answers question on Iran at White House briefing

The iPhone personal assistant Siri has interrupted a White House briefing while a reporter was asking the question if President Obama was “upset” he...

Video: Siri accidentally answers question on Iran at White House briefing

The iPhone personal assistant Siri has interrupted a White House briefing while a reporter was asking the question if President Obama was “upset” he...

‘This Deal Affirms the Peaceful Nature of the Iranian Nuclear Program’ – CounterSpin interview...

Janine Jackson interviewed Nima Shirazi on recent coverage of the Iran deal for the September 4 CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Janine Jackson:...

Video: Iran Deal Vote: Victory for Obama, “Stinging Defeat” for Israel Lobby

In a major foreign policy victory for President Obama, Republicans in the Senate failed to secure enough votes Thursday to derail the Iran nuclear...

Clinton says she would not hesitate to attack Iran if it breaks nuclear deal

US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says she would not hesitate to launch a war against Iran should the Islamic Republic violate the nuclear...

Israel Lobby Stops Iran’s Help on Syria

By Gareth Porter By the logic of geopolitics, the United States and Iran ought to be cooperating to contain and weaken the Islamic State (also...

Iran’s ‘Nuclear Ambitions’ Go Unquestioned in Coverage of Iran Deal Momentum

As Democratic senators declared their support for the deal struck between Iran and six world powers–an agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...

Opponents of Iran nuclear agreement in US vote for war: Analyst

The opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement, under the Israel lobby in Congress, are actually voting to start another war in the Middle East,...

Obama to speak with Jewish groups on Iran deal

Obama to speak with Jewish groups on Iran deal 2015-08-31 22:16 From: cbsnews.com President Barack Obama is using a Friday webcast to try to allay...

Colin Powell has no credibility to judge Iran accord: Analyst

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has no credibility to judge Iran’s nuclear program since he supported the decision to invade Iraq under...

Did Saudi King ‘Snub’ Obama on Iran?

Exclusive: Besides following dangerous “group thinks” on big questions, like the Iraq War, the mainstream U.S. media runs as a mindless pack on smaller...

Israel’s Bitter Anti-Iran Fight

Israeli leaders put on a full-court press to coerce U.S. lawmakers to line up behind Prime Minister Netanyahu instead of President Obama on the...

Nima Shirazi on Iran Deal, Mark Trahant on Native Americans

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Iran Commander: We’re Getting Prepared to Overthrow Israel

As the White House secured their last needed vote to block a veto override in the Senate on the nuclear deal, Iran unleashed a...

Video: Obama Secures Iran Nuclear Deal in Senate

Phyllis Bennis, the author of Understanding the US-Iran Crisis examines, the opposition to the Iran nuclear deal by the Senate Republicans. Via Youtube

Attacking Zionists that back Iran accord ‘offends’ Obama

US President Barack Obama says he is offended by attacks against American Jews who have voiced support for a nuclear agreement between Iran and...

UK’s biggest oil, gas engineering company eyes Iran’s market

Britain's largest oil and gas engineering company, Amec Foster Wheeler, has indicated its readiness to return to Iranian market as the outlook for the...

Cheney, his cohorts seek war scenario for Iran: Analyst

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney and other neoconservatives in America have been trying to prepare a scenario for an attack on Iran similar...

Israel will lose Iran accord vote in Congress: Ex-Senate candidate

Israel and its powerful lobby in the United States will lose the upcoming vote in Congress on the Iran nuclear agreement, says a former...

34th US senator hands President Obama victory on Iran nuclear agreement

Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski has become the 34th member of the Senate, who came in favor of the Iran nuclear agreement, surviving President Barack...

Phase Two of Iran-Deal Sabotage

Neocons and Republican opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement have so worked themselves into a frenzy that their efforts to sabotage the deal are likely...

Senior Iranian officials visit reporter injured in Syria

A number of high-ranking Iranian officials, including the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), have checked on an Iranian television reporter who was critically...

US can’t deny Iran nuclear energy: Peace activist

The majority of foreign policy officials in the United States are supporting the Iran nuclear accord and have acknowledged that Washington cannot deny Iran's nuclear...

Video: Cheney Blasts Iran Deal, Forgets That As VP Iran Got Closer to Getting...

Under Dick Cheney's watch, Iran's centrifuges multiplied while the current nuclear deal will cut Iran's enriched uranium by 97 percent, says former Chief of...

Zionist leader threatens the west will ‘pay heavy price for appeasing Iran’

A Jewish community leader in the UK has warned that western governments will ‘pay a heavy price for appeasing Iran’ a month after six...

How Close Was Israel to Bombing Iran?

Israel’s former Defense Minister Ehud Barak claims Israel was poised to bomb Iran several times in recent years but kept encountering internal government resistance....

Video: National Day of Action Pushes Democratic Senators to Support Iran Deal

Supporters of Iran nuclear deal attempt to counter AIPAC spending by targeting key Democratic Senators who remain on the fence. Via Youtube

Video: Why is Saudi Arabia Now Supporting the Iran Deal?

Over the past few weeks, the Saudi royal family seems to have warmed up to an agreement it used to strongly oppose. Via Youtube

UK police: No apology needed to owners of ‘Iran Is Great’ van after attack

The London police says it owes no apology to a European family whose van, which had had “Iran Is Great” written on its sides, was recently attacked...

Video: Why is Saudi Arabia Now Supporting the Iran Deal?

Over the past few weeks, the Saudi royal family seems to have warmed up to an agreement it used to strongly oppose. Via Youtube

Zionists Latest Anti-Semitic Inducing Provocation: Trying to Destroy a Highly Worthy and Sane Nuclear...

The same Neo-Con-Artists, and the same lying and blackmail game players AIPAC Lobby, and the same mainstream news media newspapers and televisions stations are...

Media and Nuclear Deal Opponents Continue to Spread Debunked Myth Iran Will Monitor Itself

There is no dearth of rumors about the Iran nuclear deal. In the latest scare, two allegations have filled the media: the first, that...

American ‘Can’t Tell the Difference’ Between Iran and ISIS

A flurry of reports are coming out hyping former US soldier Ryan O’Leary, who participated in the US occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and,...

Propaganda and the Iran-Nuke Deal

For years, the anti-Iranian propaganda in the U.S. media has been unrelenting, at times aided by the idiocy of certain Iranian officials. That one-sided presentation...

Video: “Opening the Box”: After Being Jailed in Iran, Sarah Shourd Examines Solitary Confinement...

Democracy Now.org - Since her 2010 release from an Iranian prison, Sarah Shourd's work has focused largely on exposing and condemning the cruelty and...

Video: Sarah Shourd, Hiker Jailed in Iran, Hails Nuclear Deal While Urging Release of...

DemocracyNow.org - As members of Congress continue to debate the historic Iran nuclear deal ahead of next month's vote, more attention is being paid...

Video: AIPAC Spending Millions to Defeat Iran Deal, But Efforts Are Falling Flat

Right-wing Israel lobby groups are in the second half of a fierce campaign to convince Congress and the American public that the Iran deal...

Video: Former IAEA Inspector: Iranian “Self-Inspection” Won’t Undermine Deal

Robert Kelley says the entire process will remain under IAEA supervision. Via Youtube

NYT Says ‘Pro-Israel Community’ Opposes Iran Deal—Ignoring Actual Opinions

In a news article about Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D.-N.Y.) endorsing the Iran nuclear deal, the New York Times‘ Alexander Burns (8/21/15) wrote of “the challenge...

Video: “The Danger of a Failed Iran Deal”: Could GOP Rejection of Nuke Pact...

http://democracynow.org - The Iran nuclear deal is coming under fresh scrutiny from Republican lawmakers following a new report by the Associated Press ... Via Youtube

The Flimsy Case Against Iran-Nuke Deal

Between Republican partisanship and Israeli pressure, the ranks of U.S. politicians and pundits opposed to the Iran nuclear deal are growing. But their arguments, including...

Video: NATO/Israel forcing independent nations like Iran to ally with Russia/China or face obliteration

Iran's defense minister says Russia is set to supply the country with four batteries of the advanced S-300 air defense missile system. Brigadier Hossein...

Video: Agreement of the century? Iran deal still needs green light from US lawmakers

The September vote on Iran nuclear deal is heading towards a bitter standoff between US President Obama and Congress. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air ... Via Youtube

‘British police should have apologized over Iran van incident’

A family dedicated to promote Iran’s peaceful image around the world has slammed the British police over a recent attack on their campaign van...

US sanctions on Iran violate Geneva conventions: American Scholar

US and European sanctions imposed against Iran over its nuclear energy program violate the Geneva conventions and constitute a war crime, because they are...

Obama’s Stupid Blame-Iran Game

By Gareth Porter If and when the Iran nuclear agreement gets through Congress, many people in Washington hope that President Barack Obama will articulate a...

Pro-Israeli group urges Congress to vote ‘no’ on Iran agreement

A pro-Israeli organization in the United States has urged Congress to reject the nuclear agreement reached with Iran last month. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), one...

Escalating the Anti-Iran Propaganda

Exclusive: The Israel Lobby canceled summer vacations for its operatives in a desperate bid to stop the Iran nuclear deal, and U.S. neoconservatives are...

Video: Damascus suffers heavy shelling ahead of Iranian FM visit to Syria

Five civilians were killed and 55 others injured after militants targeted Damascus on Wednesday with mortars and rockets that landed in various neighborhoods, ... Via...

Video: What’s Up Chuck? Why Does Senator Schumer Oppose the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Author and analyst Phyllis Bennis discusses president Obama's Iranian nuclear deal and the opposition to that deal. Via Youtube

Obama on Iran: The specter of World War III

In an extraordinary speech delivered Wednesday, US President Barack Obama went public with a warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus...

Video: The Forces Behind Schumer’s Rejection of Iran Deal

While AIPAC and other anti-deal groups spent up to $40 million in TV ads, liberal groups have already come out rejecting NY Senator Schumer...

Video: ‘US will be left isolated if Congress votes NO on Iran deal’

The much-trumpeted nuclear deal with Iran is in danger of coming undone with an increasing number of US lawmakers vowing to vote against it....

Video: The Winners & Losers in Iran Sanctions Relief

TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux explores who's racing to deal with Tehran as it prepares to open for business in the global marketplace. Via Youtube

Video: Obama foresees ‘another war in Middle East’ without Iran deal

President Barack Obama has warned that without the Iran nuclear deal, there will be another war in the Middle East. He said that those...

Obama’s Pragmatic Appeal for Iran Peace

Exclusive: President Obama defended the Iran nuclear deal and urged Americans to support this initiative for peace, but his choice of American University for...

Bolton’s Creative Attack on Iran-Nuke Deal

The neocon foes of the Iranian nuclear accord are reaching for any argument imaginable but few have been as creative as John Bolton, a...

US Politicians’ Racist Anti-Iranian Remarks Don’t Make Headlines

Imagine a US senator publicly calling the Chinese “evil people.” Imagine a governor saying African leaders are “animals.” Imagine a presidential candidate claiming Latinos...

US preparing for unconventional warfare against Iran: Analyst

An agreement by the United States to increase weapons sales to Arab allies in the Persian Gulf signifies that Washington is preparing for unconventional...

Video: Michael Rivero: “Israel, Not Iran Is The Only Nuclear Threat In The Middle...

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Israel, supporters spending $100 million to sink Iran agreement: American journalist

Israel and its supporters in the United States are spending about $100 million to sink the Iran nuclear agreement in the US Congress, an...

Video: Placating Israel Over Iran Nuclear Deal By Releasing Convicted Spy Pollard?

Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah says those arguing for Pollard's release after serving 30 years of a life sentence should also demand the release of...

AIPAC targeting vulnerable Democrats over Iran agreement: Analyst

The main Israeli lobbying group in Washington, AIPAC, has started targeting vulnerable Democrats in order to change their mind on the Iran nuclear agreement,...

Video: Will Congress Unravel the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell Larry Wilkerson says despite its flaws, real national security experts are all in favor of the deal. Via...

Video: Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern on Who Shot Down Flight MH17 And Iran...

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When Israel/Neocons Favored Iran

Exclusive: The modern history of U.S.-Israeli-Iranian relations dates back 35 years to a time of political intrigue when Israel’s Likud leaders and the Reagan...

Majority of Americans oppose compensating Israel over Iran accord

A great majority of Americans oppose the provision of any special compensation to Israel for its concern over the nuclear agreement with Iran, a...

Iran Wants Business, Not Bombs

There are two Irans. One wants bombs. One wants business. Business Iran, for the moment, is on top. The big bomb goes on ice,...

‘Swiftboating’ J Street to Smear Iran Deal as ‘Anti-Israel’

Opponents of the Iran deal hope to do to the Jewish peace group J Street… On July 23, the New York Times published an op-ed...

Poll: Most Americans Oppose Compensating Israel for Iran Nuclear Deal

An overwhelming majority of Americans oppose providing any special compensation to the state of Israel in order to assuage its concerns about the Iran...

German economics minister rushes to exploit business opportunities in Iran

By Johannes Stern Rarely in recent years have the foreign travels of a leading German politician caused such a stir as the visit earlier this month...

Obama’s Line on the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Second False Narrative

Buying into the narrative that Iran is a rogue nuclear state could harm the thawing of relations between the country and the US I’m glad that...

Obama Buys False Iran Narrative

President Obama has fallen into the habit of accepting whatever “group think” is prevalent in Official Washington, which often falsely accuses some “enemy” of...

The Unreality of the Iran-Nuke Fight

Israel is throwing the full weight of its U.S. lobby to crush the Iran nuclear agreement, but there are other factors adding momentum to...

Outrageous Lies About Iran To Derail the Nuclear Agreement

Now that Iran and P5+1 — the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany — have reached a comprehensive long...

Chomsky: ‘The Real Question is…What Exactly Is The Threat of Iran?’

Scholar and activist questions the need for a nuclear agreement when Iran has not violated the nonproliferation treaty by Nadia Prupis As U.S. Congress considers signing the...

Israel Clears the Bench in Iran Fight

Exclusive: Israel — in its desperation to kill the Iran nuclear deal — is exposing its often-denied influence over the U.S. political/media process. Israeli...

Side-By-Side Coverage of Cuba and Iran Highlights Shift in US Media Villain-Making

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conclude the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015. This was a particularly...

Hillary Clinton’s Hawkish Response to the Iranian Nuclear Deal

Going back at least as early as the 1989 Presidential election of Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran has been attempting to end its international isolation by improving relations...

Pro-Israel groups in US expand campaign against Iran nuclear accord

The most influential pro-Israel lobbying group in the United States is expanding its campaign to pressure Congress into rejecting the recent accord over Iran’s...

Video: Tough Pill: Iran deal heads to congress for approval

Congress is about to hold its first hearing on the Iran deal issue. Diplomats in Vienna took a long time to agree on a...

‘Media Have Been Applying a False Narrative to the Entire Issue’ – CounterSpin interview...

Janine Jackson interviewed journalist Gareth Porter about the Iran deal for the July 17 CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Janine Jackson: Last fall,...

Israeli envoy calls on US Congress to reject Iran agreement

Israel’s ambassador to the United States has called on the Republicans in the US Congress reject the successful conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran...

Iran Deal Dooms ‘Full-Spectrum Dominance’

The international agreement to ensure that Iran’s nuclear energy program stays peaceful is not just a victory for non-proliferation but part of a more realistic...

UN Security Council approves pact on Iranian nuclear programs

Peter Symonds The UN Security Council yesterday voted 15-0 to approve a resolution putting in place key elements of the nuclear agreement reached last week...

US, Israel can’t tolerate Iran’s independence: Analyst

Israel and the Zionist lobby in the United States are working with Congress to attack Iran’s nuclear program as a pretext to undermine Tehran...

Most Americans support conclusion of Iran nuclear talks: Poll

A majority of people in the United States are supporting the conclusion of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six global powers, a new...

The Iran nuclear pact and US imperialism’s drive for global hegemony

After 20 months of negotiations, the Obama administration last week reached agreement with Iran, China, France, Russia, the UK and Germany on a 15-year...

Video: Victory of Diplomacy Over War in Iran Deal?

Author and analyst Phyllis Bennis says it's largely a win for those opposed to militarization. Via Youtube

Video: CrossTalk: Iran – Game Changer?

Iran and the global powers have a deal, but what is next? Can Israel's allies on Capitol Hill derail the agreement? Can we expect...

Video: UN endorses Iran nuclear deal unanimously, paving way for sanctions relief

The UN Security Council has approved a resolution on implementing last week's nuclear deal with Iran. All 15 members voted in favour, with no...

It’s Simple, Face the Nation: Iran Doesn’t Trust US Inspectors—and Shouldn’t

Face the Nation‘s John Dickerson grilling cabinet members Ernest Moniz and John Kerry about a nonexistent promise to get Iran to agree to inspections...

The Real Reasons For the Iran Agreement

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - Obama is being praised as a man of peace for...

Pentagon chief: Iran agreement doesn’t ‘prevent military option’

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries does not prevent Washington from using military...

Iran war threats by Pentagon chief aim to ‘placate Israel’

Former CIA contractor Steven Kelley says the United States wants to placate Israel after Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter stated that the recent Iran’s...

Iran nuclear conclusion ‘bad for Israel,’ US presidential candidate says

Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker says the conclusion of Iran’s nuclear talks is bad for Israel and he would call the agreement off should...

Spoiler alert: How US politics could wreck the Iran deal

The US and world powers have struck a landmark deal with Iran over its controversial nuclear program, but the agreement faces tough obstacles ahead...

The Risks of Rejecting Iran-Nuke Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has told the U.S. Congress to reject the Iranian nuclear deal and the Israeli propaganda machine is fully in gear...

Video: ‘The plan gives hope, Iran can be cooperative’: State Rep on Iran deal

US congressmen have 60 days to revise final documents on the deal with Iran; their reaction is mixed. Paul Heroux, Massachusetts State Representative, shares...

Video: ‘Iran nuclear deal will survive; it’s a stunning, historic success’ — ex-IAEA

Iran and six world powers reach an historic nuclear agreement, but Israel and some U.S. lawmakers threaten to kill-off the deal before it's implemented. Via...

Who Benefits from Iranian Business?

Exclusive: European and U.S. businesses are hoping for a bonanza once Iran is freed from economic sanctions, but the West must overcome decades of...

Gareth Porter on Iran Deal, Mohamed Shehk on Prison Reform

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US ‘to boost’ military aid to Israel after Iran nuclear deal

The US has offered to increase military aid to Israel by another $1.5 billion per year to ease tensions over the nuclear deal with...

Israel Intends Blitzkrieg Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Stephen Lendman (RINF) - It's got most House and Senate members convinced. It's working on others directly and through its Lobby - applying their usual...

Video: Former Iran Ambassador: Nuclear Deal is Model for Closing Path to Militarization and...

http://democracynow.org - President Obama is defending the global agreement to curtail Iran's nuclear program as critics of the deal are accusing the White ... Via...

Video: Iran & IAEA still to resolve ‘outstanding issues’ despite deal

It was reserved handshakes and then relaxed smiles as the top diplomats in Vienna were announcing an historic agreement on Iran's nuclear programme. Via Youtube

Iran’s First Post-Shah President Says Iran’s Theocracy Is ‘Despotic’

Eric Zuesse – Bani-Sadr says Iran was trying for a nuclear bomb until 2003 – He says “mismanagement and corruption” plague the country – He calls current...

Nuclear Agreement With Iran

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - Washington’s issue with Iran has never been Iran’s nuclear energy...

Clinton: Military options against Iran ‘not off the table’ if necessary

US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says all options, including military options, are not off the table should Iran violate the terms of a nuclear...

Obama, Saudi King Salman speak on Yemen war, Iran nuclear conclusion

US President Barack Obama and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have held talks over Riyadh’s war on Yemen as well as the...

Iran’s Long-Game Diplomatic Strategy

Iran has sought negotiations with the U.S. for two decades, but both Democratic and Republican administrations favored hostility demanded by Israel and Saudi Arabia....

Video: Key points of historic Iran nuclear deal

Iran and six leading world powers signed a comprehensive plan for ending international sanctions against Iran in exchange for putting restrictions on its ... Via...

Video: ‘Sleepy & overworked’ Tough Iran deal talks

RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us on Facebook ... Via Youtube

Video: ‘Iran deal was fight for every preposition, victory for diplomacy’ – Escobar

During nuclear talks Iran was strongly opposed to a Western proposal of installing security cameras at nuclear facilities, which would allow foreign inspectors to...

Video: Netanyahu, Republicans call Iran deal ‘mistake & weakness’

However, the deal may prove to be a hard sell for the Republican congress. With senators promising a rough ride for the agreement, accusing...

Video: Oil Dip: Prices tumble to 3 month low on Iran deal news

Oil prices have tumbled to a three-month low on news of the agreement with Iran. For more RT is joined by Gerald Celente -...

The Iran-Nuclear Choice

Many Republicans will oppose the Iran-nuclear deal to discredit President Obama and some Democrats will succumb to pressure from Israel, but the ultimate choice...

Video: Wilkerson: Iran Deal Creates World’s Most Intrusive Inspection Regime

Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, says the nuclear accord will led to greater U.S.-Iranian cooperation over Mideast policy. Via Youtube

Video: Former IAEA Inspector: Agreement Effectively Ends Iranian Breakout Capacity

Robert Kelly says the Iranians compromised on everything, in fact they went further than a country that had not been defeated in war, would...

Netanyahu and AIPAC Vow to Undermine Iran Nuclear Agreement

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - AIPAC is an unregistered foreign agent. It operates illegally and destructively. It deplores peace. It supports wars of aggression and...

Video: Could Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Transform the Middle East?

http://democracynow.org - Iran has reached a nuclear deal with the United States and five major world powers, capping more than a decade of negotiations. Via...

Video: DEAL! ‘Good’ nuclear deal with Iran reached

Iran and the six world powers prepare to confirm a much anticipated nuclear agreement, following marathon talks and several missed deadlines. RT LIVE ... Via...

Video: Nuclear deal reached – Iranian FM Zarif & EU foreign policy chief Mogherini...

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini are holding a news conference following the landmark Iran ... Via Youtube

Iran Nuclear Talks: Washington’s Real Objective

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - Washington's diplomatic history reflects longstanding double-dealing duplicity - an odious record of broken promises showing it can't be trusted. US deals...

Video: With Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Expected, Can President Obama Sell It to Congress...

http://democracynow.org - We go to Vienna for an update on what could be the final stages of a historic deal between Iran and six...

McConnell says Iran deal will be ‘hard sell’ for Obama

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that President Barack Obama will have a hard time convincing Congress over a possible nuclear agreement with...

Obama’s Posturing Risks Iran-Nuke Deal

The Obama administration is risking the success of the Iran nuclear negotiations by playing some political theater to appear tough to its Republican and...

Iran Talks: what you need to know

Negotiations between Iran and world powers are coming to a head. Here's what you need to know. https://youtu.be/mo5T8zig6jA

Video: BRICS & SCO sum-up: From Iran deal & Greek crisis to Putin’s ‘spiritual...

As the BRICS/SCO summits wrap up in Russia, RT looks back at the issues dominating three days of meetings with a launch of $100bn...

Video: Deadline looms: Iran deal close, Obama ‘sceptical’

U.S. President Barack Obama has reportedly said the chances of a deal on Iran's nuclear programme are less than 50 percent. That's despite the...

Video: ‘Right-wing pro-Israeli groups mobilizing massive money to kill Iran deal’

WATCH FULL INTERVIEW https://youtu.be/NY198_Ta9bk The U.S. and Iran appear to be on the cusp of a historic deal which could end decades of animosities...

Iran deal delay gives Israel lobby opportunity to pressure Congress: Analyst

Longer Congress review period of a possible nuclear deal with Iran will give the Israeli lobby more opportunity to put extensive pressure on every...

The Iran Deal’s Strategic Payoff

A successful nuclear deal with Iran could mean an expanded Iranian role in blocking Islamic State advances in Iraq and Syria, but the potential...

Inching Toward an Iran-Nuke Deal

Brushing aside political obstacles and applying creative diplomacy, Iran and six world powers appear to be closing in on a historic agreement constraining Iran’s nuclear...

Video: Iran Deal Could Include Lifting of Arms Embargo

Reporting from Vienna, Austria, journalist Gareth Porter says we could see a final agreement on Thursday. Via Youtube

Video: ‘Arms emgargo main stumbling block to Iran nuke deal’

The deadline for Iran nuclear deal has been extended again. Monday's talks stretched into the night, with negotiators reportedly agreeing 4 out of 5...

Video: ‘Iran nuclear program worse than ISIS threat’ – Netanyahu

Throughout Iran nuclear talks in recent years, one thing has remained unchanged - and that's the position of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,...

Info-War in the Iran-Nuke Talks

Information warfare – or “info-war” – is all the rage inside the Obama administration, which delights in distorting or misrepresenting facts as a “soft...

Offending Iran’s Dignity

America’s neocons are back at work demeaning an agreement to constrain Iran’s nuclear program — to keep alive the neocon dream of bomb-bomb-bombing Iran....

Talks extension good sign; Israel afraid of Iran’s influence: Fetzer

An American scholar says an extension of nuclear talks between Iran and the global powers is a “good sign”. As it had been voiced...

Nuke Deal Inches Ahead as US-Iran Play Information War

Vienna So today is not D-Day. No landing in post-Wall of Mistrust territory. A nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 won’t be clinched today...

Video: Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Hangs in the Balance as Talks Enter Final Round

http://democracynow.org - Today marks the deadline for Iran and six world powers to reach a comprehensive agreement on curbing Iran's nuclear program. Via Youtube

Video: ‘Iranians looking for solutions to be met simultaneously’

The deadline set for the Iran nuclear deal expires today, Tuesday, but there are no signs that the sides are anywhere near to an...

Game of Chicken with Iran

In lock-step with Israeli hardliners, U.S. neocons continue their campaign to block a nuclear deal with Iran even if the tight restrictions would serve...

Video: Iran Deal Still Possible Despite Passing of Deadline (2/2)

Technicalities are slowing it down but the bulk of the deal is most likely already complete, say National Iranian American Council's Jamal Abdi and...

Video: Iran Deal Deadline Passes, Yet Deal Still Possible

Technicalities are slowing down the deal but the bulk of the deal is most likely already complete, say National Iranian American Council's Jamal Abdi...

Video: New Iran deal demands are stumbling blocks but won’t kill deal – Political...

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has flown from Vienna to Tehran for consultations after holding tough negotiations with his Western ... Via Youtube

Ex-CIA chief criticism over Iran nuclear talks doing ’disservice’ to Obama

A recent criticism by former CIA head Michael Hayden over nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries is doing “disservice” to...

Finessing the Iran-Sanction Issue

Despite discouraging headlines about last-minute troubles facing the nuclear deal with Iran, negotiators have devised a clever way of sidestepping the touchy issue of...

Video: High stakes in Armenia electricity protest: sandwiched between Turkey, Russia & Iran

Armenia's 'Electric Yerevan' Protesters Return to Streets Despite Arrests and Water Blasts JUNE 23, 2015 - By ROBERT MACKEY Thousands of protesters ... Via Youtube

Video: Ehud Barak: US lost negotiation leverage with Iran by committing publicly to reach...

As the deadline approaches for a deal on Iran's nuclear program, many in the US and the Middle East remain skeptical that it will...

Israel lobby pushing US to thwart nuclear deal with Iran: Anlayst

The powerful Israel lobby in the United States is seeking to forestall a nuclear agreement with Iran and ignite another war in the Middle...

How the Bush Administration Created the Iran "Nuclear Confession" Scam

Secretary of State John Kerry gave further legitimacy to a long-running official scam over the demand for a confession from Iran last week, even...

Irresponsible US Iran Bashing

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - Continuing P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran don't suggest Washington wants normalized relations after 36 years of hostility. The State Department's just...

Israel Spied on Hotels Used for Iran Nuclear Talks

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - It's not the first time Israeli spying on Iran nuclear talks was discovered. An earlier article discussed the following: On March...

The Demonization of Iran

Ever since Iran made it on to the neocon “regime change” list, its actions have been put through the special prism of demonization that...

The Saudi Finger-pointing at Iran

Parroting Israel and Saudi Arabia, much of Official Washington blames Iran for the current instability across the Mideast, but that may rank as one...

The Bomb Iran Lobby Gears Up for 2016

In a recent TV ad, a van snakes its way through an American city. As the driver fiddles with the radio dial, dire warnings about...

Is the “War on ISIS” Actually Iran-Iraq War Redux?

WASHINGTON - ABC News is now reporting: “President Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the G7 Summit in Germany today to...

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

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

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

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

US neoconservatives want war against Iran: Grossman

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

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

Israel is preparing to carry out a false flag operation in the United States and will blame it on Iran as a strategy to...

Iran Nuclear Talks: Raising the Bar

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - On April 1, P5+1 countries and Iran agreed "in principle on all key aspects of a deal." An article discussing the announcement...

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

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

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...

Israeli Defense Minister Threatens to Nuke Iran

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) — 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...

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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

The German Federal Ministry of Economics estimates that Iran needs $100 billion of investment each year, the weekly news magazine said.

“Iran must not only renew its infrastructure, it also needs modern cars, machinery and pharmaceuticals,” it said.

Before the tightening of sanctions four years ago, German exports to Iran amounted to four billion euros a year. The Federal Ministry of Economics estimates trade volume to grow significantly higher if sanctions are lifted, Spiegel said.  

The paper touched on a visit by Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh to Berlin on May 7 to promote investment attractions in his country.

“He had breakfast with representatives of VW Group and Linde, held talks with small and medium-sized enterprises and energy experts and reckoned with German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel what huge opportunities lie ahead in the construction of Iran's energy sector,” it said.

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, left, receives Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh in Berlin on May 7.

He reportedly told Spiegel that his country could open up markets in the region, including in Iraq, Turkmenistan, the Central Asia and Azerbaijan to foreign companies.     

Several German delegations, including industry owners and investors, have visited Iran in recent weeks.  

Germany has long been Iran’s key trade partner in Europe but relations have nosedived in recent days. In 2013, bilateral transactions plunged below $2 euros.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, of which Germany is a member, are working on a nuclear agreement under which sanctions on the Islamic Republic would be lifted.

According to the German Deutsche Welle radio website, citing members of the German chamber of commerce, trade volume between Iran and Germany could rise to 12 billion euros if sanctions are removed.


$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. 

The money has piled up as India has kept purchasing oil from Iran under a nuclear agreement which allows the Islamic Republic to sell around one million barrels per day of crude.

Much of Iran’s oil money is trapped in bank accounts abroad and Nobakht says their release is tied to the removal of economic sanctions.

Iran’s negotiators are currently engaged in rigorous talks with the West to get rid of the sanctions which the country deems “unjust” and “tyrannical”.

“The world arrogance and superpowers seek to humiliate and sanction Iran and divide the nation, but this plot will be neutralized with people’s vigilance,” IRNA quoted Nobakht as saying in the Iranian city of Shahr-e Kord.

On Thursday, media reported that the Indian ambassador to Tehran had gone to the Ministry of Petroleum to discuss possible repatriations of the Iranian money.

India is a major trade partner of Iran but New Delhi should struggle for getting favorable reviews from Tehran if the situation normalized.

Many Iranian analysts believe the Indians are playing both ends in trade with Iran.

Under US pressures, India backed off from a major gas pipeline project which aimed to transfer Iran’s gas to the country via Pakistan.

Earlier this month, New Delhi and Tehran signed an agreement for development of Iran’s Chabahar port which will give India sea-land access to international markets.

An aerial view from Chahabar in southeast Iran. 

But few observers are euphoric. Most of India’s ventures in Iran have been characterized by long delays and foot-dragging.

Deputy Minister of Petroleum Abbas Sheri-Moqaddam says the Indians are now demanding gas for 2 cents per cubic meter from Iran.

New Delhi has reportedly proposed to build a petrochemical unit on the Iranian soil provided that Tehran gave it feedstock at preferential prices.

“We have told them that we have no gas at two cents,” said Sheri-Moqaddam, who is also CEO of Iran’s National Petrochemical Company.


US/Iranian Relations: Back to Square One?

US/Iranian Relations: Back to Square One?

by Stephen Lendman

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.

In an interview with Saudi Arabian owned and operated Al Arabiya News, Obama declared Iran a "state sponsor of terrorism" - months after National Intelligence director James Clapper said this designation no longer applied to Tehran.

In his annual report to the US Senate, he highlighted Iran's "intentions to dampen sectarianism, build responsive partners, and deescalate tensions with Saudi Arabia."

Obama reversed policy by outrageously claiming "Iran clearly engages in dangerous and destabilizing behavior in different countries across the region. Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism."

It "supports Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. It aids the Houthi rebels in Yemen." 

"So countries in the region are right to be deeply concerned about Iran’s activities, especially its support for violent proxies inside the borders of other nations."

"When it comes to Iran’s future, I cannot predict Iran’s internal dynamics. Within Iran, there are leaders and groups that for decades have defined themselves in opposition to both the United States and our regional partners."

"I'm not counting on any nuclear deal to change that."

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blasted Obama's remarks saying "(t)he US has resorted to projecting blame on others in order to appease its regional allies."

Obama's "statements are merely a repetition of his previous unfounded accusations to appease his allies" - Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states.

"Our policies in the region are based on consolidating friendship and cooperation as well as conducting responsible acts to reinforce stability and guarantee regional security."

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham responded to John Kerry claiming Iran seeks regional destabilization, saying:

"The allegations of certain US officials about what they call 'Iran's destabilizing acts in the region' are completely rejected."

"Instability in the region is rooted in the foreign interference in the region's affairs and this (foreign meddling) threatens security and stability and prevents deep cooperation and strong and constructive interaction based on mutual interests among the regional states."

Afkham blasted Washington hypocrisy - its double standard approach to terrorist groups, supporting the region's most extremist exponents.

On Wednesday, John Kerry lied saying "Iran needs to recognize that the United States is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized or while people engage in over warfare across lines - international boundaries - in other countries."

Iran is the region's leading proponent of peace, stability and mutual cooperation among all nations.

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.  

According to excerpts provided by his campaign, Rubio will unveil an uncompromising doctrine for wielding US military power across the world.

"To restore American strength, my first priority will be to adequately fund our military," Rubio will say.

"This would be a priority even in times of peace and stability, though the world today is neither."

Rubio is among the favorites to win the Republican nomination as recent polls have put him ahead of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin's conservative Governor Scott Walker.

"As president, I will use American power to oppose any violations of international waters, airspace, cyberspace or outer space," he will say, according to the draft remarks.

"This includes the economic disruption caused when one country invades another, as well as the chaos caused by disruptions in chokepoints such as the South China Sea or the Strait of Hormuz.

"Russia, China, Iran or any other nation that attempts to block global commerce will know to expect a response from my administration."

Last month, the Cuban American politician, known as an ultimate opportunist within the party, called on Washington to bomb Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

“We may have to decide at some point what is worse: a military strike against Iran or a nuclear-armed Iran,” he said on April 17.

Rubio said the world, particularly the Middle East, is in chaos because of President Barack Obama’s policies.

He warned of a coming terrorist attack on US soil and even raised the specter of Iranian missiles striking the United States.

In an interview with Press TV on April 11, American investigative journalist Wayne Madsen said Rubio is playing off Iran nuclear issue in order to please a large Jewish population in Florida.

Madsen said that “Rubio is obviously catering to a large Jewish population in his home state of Florida which is centered around the three most populous condominium communities.”

“He feels he can win the presidency of the United States with those Jewish votes, I suppose, along with his rightwing Cuban friends down in Miami Bay,” he observed.

“But I think people are going to see through Rubio. He is not ready for prime time. He never has been,” the veteran journalist noted.


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.

The legislation approved on a 98-to-1 vote on Thursday will allow for a 30-day review of any final agreement with Iran.

During the reviewing period, President Barack Obama would be able to waive those Iran sanctions, which were imposed by the executive branch. However, the president would have to leave in place sanctions that Congress had previously drafted.

The measure would also force the Obama administration to certify, on a regular basis, that Iran is abiding by the terms of any nuclear deal.

According to the White House, President Obama would sign the legislation into law if it also passes the House, which is likely to approve it next week.

Shortly after the Senate passed the legislation, House Speaker John Boehner issued a statement supporting the bill.

"This important, bipartisan legislation will ensure that Congress has a role in reviewing any potential agreement regarding Iran's nuclear weapons program," Boehner said in a statement.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said “we’re worked hard to create a great bipartisan balance. And we have an opportunity to do something that is a landmark piece of legislation.”

“No bill, no review. No bill, no oversight. The American people want [Congress] on their behalf to ensure that Iran is accountable,” Corker added.

Also, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill "offers the best chance for our constituents through the Congress they elect to weigh in on the White House negotiations with Iran."

The only Senator who voted against the bill was Republican Tom Cotton who is an ardent opponent of talks with Tehran. Cotton wrote a letter to Iran's leaders in March warning any nuclear deal would be unlikely to last beyond Obama's second term in office.

On April 3, Republican Senator Tom Cotton said he will leave no stone unturned in order to sabotage a final nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries -- the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany -- reached a landmark framework agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program on April 2 in Switzerland.

The two sides are set to start drafting a final accord, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is expected to come until the end of June.


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Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes Regional Peace and Cooperation

Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes Regional Peace and Cooperation

by Stephen Lendman

Times editors are so consistently hostile to Iran in their one-sided support for Israel's worst crimes it's surprising they gave Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif op-ed space.

He sent a responsible message from Iran everyone needs to read. He indicated important progress in Lausanne in trying to resolve issues over Tehran's well-known peaceful nuclear program.

Suggesting otherwise is red herring cover for Washington's real objectives: 

  • toppling Iran's government;

  • replacing it pro-Western stooges subservient to US and Israeli interests;

  • giving America another client state;

  • eliminating Israel's main regional rival;

  • controlling Iran's vast oil and gas resources;

  • exploiting its people; and

  • marginalizing and weakening Iran - defying it the right to self-defense.

Iranians aren't about to surrender their sovereign rights. Nor should they. Nor should any nation for any reason.

It's high time the world community no longer tolerates fabricated claims about Tehran's nuclear and other activities. 

It's time to normalize relations responsibly. It's time to break free from hostile US/Israeli policies. 

It's time to realize mutual cooperation matters more than confrontation and destabilizing maliciousness.

Iran is the region's leading proponent of peace, stability and mutual cooperation among all nations.

America, rogue NATO partners, Israel, Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states, and allied despots threaten world peace and security.

Zarif said Iran and P5+1 countries "agreed on parameters to remove any doubt about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and to lift international sanctions against Iran."

"But to seal the anticipated nuclear deal, more political will is required. The Iranian people have shown their resolve by choosing to engage with dignity." 

"It is time for the United States and its Western allies to make the choice between cooperation and confrontation, between negotiations and grandstanding, and between agreement and coercion."

Vital issues affecting all regional nations need addressing responsibly. Iran is a key Middle East player.

It needs to be part of resolving ongoing wars, chaos and turmoil. "(E)ntire countries are being torn to shreds," Zarif stressed.

"…Iran has weathered the storms of instability caused by this mayhem. But we cannot be indifferent to the unfathomable destruction around us, because chaos does not recognize borders."

Iranian interests and concerns go way beyond nuclear issues, Zarif explained. Good relations with all its neighbors is its top priority, he stressed.

He calls Iranian foreign policy "holistic." Destructive "globalization has rendered all alternatives obsolete," he said.

One nation's interests can't be pursued at the expense of others. 
We're all part of the same human race. Ongoing events affect everyone - for better or worse.

"Nowhere are these dynamics more evident that in the wider Persian Gulf region," Zarif explained.

World leaders need to address them responsibly - most of all waging peace, not war.

Iran needs to be included as part "of a collective forum" established to help resolve vexing regional issues.

Ending Yemen's conflict "would be a good place to start," Zarif said. Iran offered a responsible peace plan. It can work if implemented.

It calls for "an immediate cease-fire, humanitarian assistance and facilitation of intra-Yemeni dialogue, leading to the formation of an inclusive, broad-based national unity government," Zarif explained.

More broadly, regional dialogue and engagement "should be based on recognized principles for shared objectives; notably respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of all states; inviolability of international boundaries; noninterference in internal affairs; peaceful settlement of disputes; impermissibility of threat or use of force; and promotion of peace, stability, progress and prosperity in the region."

Mutual cooperation can benefit all regional nations hugely - far more then endless conflicts against one nation after another without end.

"The world cannot afford to continue to avoid addressing the roots of the turmoil in the wider Persian Gulf region," Zarif stressed. 

"This unique opportunity for engagement must not be squandered."

Imagine if US officials, EU ones  and Israelis felt the same way. Imagine peace instead of endless wars.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


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Last November, Iran and P5+1 countries agreed on interim Joint Plan of Action (JPA) terms. Obama twice breached them. He did so unilaterally.

In mid-February, talks resumed. Focus is on agreeing on a comprehensive "permanent resolution" by July 20. Previous articles raised doubts.

Longstanding US policy calls for regime change. Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. No evidence suggests otherwise.

It doesn't matter. "My goal is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon," said Obama. "All options are on the table."

Iranians have just cause for concern. US agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on. 

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On May 14, talks resumed in Vienna. Efforts began on drafting permanent agreement terms.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for legal and international affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi said Tehran aims to conclude talks before the agreed on July 20 deadline.

Three more rounds will follow current ones. Two in June. A third if needed for as long as it takes to achieve permanent agreement terms.

Heavy lifting remains. An unnamed senior US official warned about unrealistic expectations. "(V)ery, very difficult" gaps remain unresolved, he said.

"I would caution people that just because we will be drafting it certainly does not mean an agreement is imminent or that we are certain to eventually get to a resolution," he added.

"There are a range of complicated issues to address and we do not know if Iran will be able to make the tough decisions they must to assure the world that they will not obtain a nuclear weapon and that their program is for entirely peaceful purposes."

Michael Mann is EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's spokesman. He struck a similar note of caution, He said both sides aim for permanent resolution agreement terms by July 20.

It "does not mean they will (achieve it) by a certain date just for the sake reaching an agreement by a certain date," he stressed.

During his mid-May Middle East tour, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said talks "will under no circumstances trade away regional security for concessions on Iran's nuclear program."

"While we noted that Iran's diplomatic engagement has been a positive development, we continue to share deep concerns about Iran's destabilizing activities throughout the region."

Since 1984, annual State Department Country Reports on Terrorism wrongfully designated Iran a "State Sponsor of Terrorism."

They did so without evidence. They ignored contrary facts otherwise. False accusations persist. 

Making them bodes ill for resolving decades of US hostility. According to ambassador-at-large and counterterrorism coordinator Tina Kaidanow:

"We will continue to counter Iranian support for terrorism, in coordination with our partners and our allies, and make clear to Iran’s leaders that its government sponsorship of illicit actions are unacceptable to the international community."

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said "(w)e have come here with a decisive will" for compromise. At the same time, he vowed to defend Iran's legitimate nuclear rights.

They're entirely peaceful. No evidence whatever suggests a military component. Claiming otherwise is red herring cover for Washington's longstanding regime change plans. 

Nothing suggests they changed. They call for eliminating all independent governments. Replacing them with US-friendly stooge ones in prioritized.

Iran is the region's crown jewel. Washington want its huge oil and gas reserves plundered. It wants Big Oil involved. 

It wants what Tehran won't tolerate. Its sovereign independence matters most. So are its fundamental rights.

David Albright heads the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS). He impersonates a nuclear expert. 

He's a former pseudo-UN weapons inspector. Former Iraq chief weapons inspector Scott Ritter called him a "nuclear expert who never was."

His "track record (reveals) half-baked analyses derived from questionable sources," said Ritter.

"He breathes false legitimacy into these factually challenged stories by" claiming fake credentials.

Albright founded ISIS. It's self-serving. It shuns truth. He fronts for power, privilege, and war profiteers. 

He's part of Washington's anti-Iranian agenda. In Iraq, he played the same role. He's a pro-imperial opportunist. 

He fronts for power. His role is political. He says what Washington wants to hear. 

Credibility isn't his long suit. He has no scientific expertise whatever. He fakes it.

Bruno Tertrais is a prominent French neocon. He's militantly anti-Iranian. He's a Paris-based Foundation for Strategic Research senior fellow. Earlier he was a Rand Corporation visiting fellow.

He's a former NATO civilian affairs committee to assembly director. His 2007 book titled "Iran: La Prochaine Guerre (Iran: The Next War)" predicted Washington waging it.

He supports it. His hardline views haven't softened. He's committed to regime change. 

On May 14, Wall Street Journal editors featured him and Albright. They gave them prominent op-ed space. They headlined "Making Iran Come Clean About Its Nukes."

They lied about a non-existing program. No evidence whatever suggests one. It doesn't matter.

"Alarm bells should be going off in the West," they claimed. P5+1 countries "have been trying to negotiate a deal to end sanctions against Iran in return for drastic reductions in its nuclear program."

"If Iran is able to successfully evade questions about a weapons program now, when biting sanctions on oil exports and financial transactions are in place, why would it address them later when these sanctions are lifted?" 

"What use will an agreement be if Iran can hide a capacity to secretly build nuclear bombs?"

"(T)he 'world' wouldn't be so concerned if Tehran had never conducted activities aimed at building a nuclear weapon."

"(A) final agreement must ensure that any effort by Tehran to construct a bomb would be sufficiently time-consuming and detectable that the international community could act decisively to prevent Iran from succeeding." 

"It is critical to know whether the Islamic Republic had a nuclear-weapons program in the past, how far the work on warheads advanced and whether it continues." 

"Without clear answers to these questions, outsiders will be unable to determine how fast the Iranian regime could construct either a crude nuclear-test device or a deliverable weapon if it chose to renege on an agreement."

"After nearly a decade of talks…Iran has resisted answering…primary questions about a weapons program."

"Now a July 20 deadline looms…Tehran may be betting that if it stalls long enough, its negotiating partners will significantly soften their demand for information about militarized nuclear activities in order to keep the negotiating process on track."

"To ensure that the Iranian regime doesn't benefit from running down the clock, (P5+1 countries) should make clear that no agreement is possible" without full disclosure - of what's non-existent.

Otherwise, "more crippling sanctions" will be imposed. "Much more than diplomacy is at stake."

Iran justfiably claims no "nuclear weapons aspirations." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei fundamentally opposes them. He wants a militarized nuclear free Middle East.

Albright and Tertrais claim "his denials are not credible."

"Unless Iran…address(es) concerns about past military-nuclear efforts, (it'll) have established a powerful precedent of no-go zones…to conduct clandestine, prohibited activities, such as uranium enrichment and weaponization," they said.

"If the West fails to demand that Iran verifiably fess up to the military dimensions of its nuclear program, the odds are good that Ayatollah Khamenei would be able to build the bomb without fear of discovery."

Fact: Washington has at least 16 known intelligence agencies.

Fact: They're unanimous about Iran annually.

Fact: They affirm no evidence whatever about an Iranian militarized nuclear program.

Fact: In late January, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper discussed Iran's so-called "WMD capabilities."

Fact: He presented no evidence suggesting a nuclear weapons program.

Fact: "We continue to assess...Iran's overarching strategic goals," he said.

Fact: It pursues "civilian goals," he stressed.

Fact: He claimed Tehran has "the ability to build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons, if it chooses to do so."

Fact: It bears repeating. Nothing suggests it, he stressed. 

Fact: "We do not know if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons," he said.

Fact: No programs exist to do so. 

Fact: Clapper claimed Tehran progressed technologically in "uranium enrichment, nuclear reactors, and ballistic missiles."

Fact: Its "advancements strengthen our assessment that Iran has the scientific, technical, and industrial capacity to eventually produce nuclear weapons," said Clapper.

Fact: So do Germany, Japan and numerous other countries. 

Fact: Clapper ignored Israel's threatening nuclear, chemical and biological arsenals. 

Fact: US ones weren't mentioned. 

Fact: Nor US and Israeli long-range delivery systems. 

Fact: They threaten humanity. 

Fact: Clapper ignored what matters most.

Fact: Despite Iran's technological capabilities, he said, it won't "be able to divert safeguarded material and produce enough weapons-grade uranium (WGU) before such activity would be discovered."

Fact: If Iran "fully implements" interim Joint Plan of Action terms,  its transparency will "provide earlier warning of" any violations, he added.

Fact: Netanyahu lied saying the "whole world knows Tehran is after nukes."

Fact: The "whole world" world knows otherwise.

Fact: The "whole world" includes America.

Fact: It includes Europe.

Fact: It includes virtually all countries except Israel and some other rogue states.

Fact: So-called "alarm bells going off" aren't ringing.

Fact: Throughout multiple nuclear talk rounds for years, Iran negotiated responsibly.

Fact: Claims otherwise are false.

Fact: No secret Iranian weaponized nuclear program exists.

Fact: No evidence suggests one.

Fact: Nothing indicates Iran wants one.

Fact: Plenty shows it believes nuclear weapons are abhorrent.

Fact: It wants a militarized nuclear free Middle East.

Fact: It wants all nuclear weapons eliminated.

Fact: It's the world's most heavily inspected country.

Fact: It's nuclear facilities are monitored round-the-clock.

Fact: Washington and Israel prohibit monitoring theirs.

Fact: They're off-limits.

Fact: Pressure enough to matter isn't brought to bear to demand openness. 

Fact: Israel never signed NPT.

Fact: Iran was one of its first signatories.

Fact: No evidence suggests Tehran provision violations.

Fact: Plenty shows Washington systematically breaches treaties, conventions and other agreements.

Fact: So does Israel. 

Fact: It's a nuclear outlaw.

Fact: It's been so for decades.

Fact: If all nations were governed like Iran, nuclear weapons wouldn't exist.

Fact: Wars wouldn't be waged.

Fact: Peace would be prioritized.

Fact: So would rapprochement among all countries.

Fact: Imperial adventurism wouldn't be tolerated.

Fact: Rule of law principles would be respected.

Fact: So would national sovereignty.

Planet earth would be safer to live on. Humanity could exhale.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

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Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News - “We (Israelis) have to look out for ourselves” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was quoted as saying at an event at Tel Aviv University. According to Haaretz, Ya’alon is not convinced that the Obama administration will stop Iran’s nuclear program. Israel would have to take military action against Iran in the future according to Ya’alon. He said that the Iranians were dominating the negotiations, getting what they want as a result. “The one who should lead the campaign against Iran is the US,” but instead, “the US at a certain stage began negotiating with them, and unfortunately in the Persian bazaar the Iranians were better.” The Times of Israel said Haaretz confirmed what Ya’alon said at the event:

Therefore, Ya’alon’s office confirmed his remarks about Iran, but refused to comment as to whether the defense minister was advocating an Israeli strike on Iran. Ya’alon was widely reported to have opposed an Israeli resort to force against Iran in the past, but the Haaretz report said his comments Sunday indicated that he had changed his stance, and was now inclined to support Israeli military intervention in Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would welcome Ya’alon’s support for a military strike that would target Iran’s nuclear facilities. But Israel is at a crossroads, since their main ally, the United States is entangled in the Ukrainian crisis and an ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. The Obama administration is in preparation to restart a new effort to topple Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and at the same time attempting a coup d’état with its support of the opposition forces in Venezuela against President Nicolas Maduro. Ya’alon is now suggesting that a confrontation with Iran militarily is an option Israel needs to take although he was once reportedly opposed to it. He said that “Iran is fooling the world” about its nuclear program,” but said the West preferred to put off any confrontation — “to next year, or the next term; but it will blow up in the end.” He originally supported the sanctions imposed on Iran by the West but the new deal at least according to Ya’alon was an opportunity for Iran to advance their nuclear weapons capability. The new deal “is very comfortable for the Iranians,” he said, enabling them to establish themselves as a threshold state “and break out to the bomb when they choose to do so.” New talks have resumed in Vienna. Iran has limited its uranium enrichment after the six-month interim deal negotiated back on November when the West agreed to ease sanctions. The US mainstream media is on board with Ya’lon’s assessment as neoconservative and columnist Jennifer Rubin who writes for the Right Turn, a blog for the Washington Post seems to be on the same page as Ya’alon as she agrees that Washington’s negotiation strategy is not sufficient in dealing with Iranian nuclear program:

In addition, there is the problem of Iran’s ongoing behavior outside the conference room in Geneva. As is always the problem with such talks, the United States becomes so invested in the talks that it refrains from challenging the rogue state’s behavior in other venues. The administration remains essentially mute about Iran’s domestic executions and other human rights abuses. It refuses to enact additional sanctions based purely on Iran’s ongoing support for Hamas terrorists, which the Israelis recently helped illustrate by displaying intercepted Iranian weaponry. And when Iran even goes so far as to try to rustle nuclear weapons contraband, the administration marches forward. Nothing to see here, continue the talks. Only by pretending that the world outside the conference room is nonexistent could the administration believe that a meaningful deal is possible

Ya’alon did stress that the US was projecting “weakness” in every region worldwide. He said that “The moderate Sunni camp in the area expected the United States to support it, and to be firm, like Russia’s support for the Shi’ite axis,” Ya’alon said. “I heard voices of disappointment in the region. I was in Singapore and heard disappointment about China getting stronger and the U.S. getting weaker. Look what’s happening in Ukraine, where the United States is demonstrating weakness, unfortunately” according to the Haaretz report. I suppose Ya’alon supports the Fascists powers who violently overthrew the democratically elected government of Viktor Yanukovych which now has reportedly targeted the Jewish population in the Ukraine. Ya’alon was quoted as saying “If your image is feebleness, it doesn’t pay in the world. Nobody will replace the United States as global policeman” he said “I hope the United States comes to its senses. If it doesn’t, it will challenge the world order, and the United States is the one that will suffer.” The US and its allies are challenged worldwide. Iran is their target, so is Russia and China among several others nations who are resisting the ‘World Order.’ Israel is capable of taking military action against Iran if the US does not. Then again, once Israel does strike Iran, the US would be dragged into another conflict in the Middle East. So who is Ya’alon fooling? The world knows that the US and its Western partners would back Israel no matter what happens. The Israeli government would “look out for themselves” if they decide to attack Iran, but the question is who would look out for Israel once the war begins?

Israel Seeks Regional Anti-Iranian Alliance

Israel Seeks Regional Anti-Iranian Alliance

by Stephen Lendman

Israel is a global menace. It threatens world peace. It wants regional hegemony. 

It wants all rivals eliminated. It wants powerless, balkanized mini-states replacing them. Longstanding policy reflects it.

In 1982, Israeli Foreign Affairs senior advisor Oded Yinon urged it. He published a document titled "A Strategy for Israel in the NIneteen Eighties."

The late Israel Shahak (1933 - 2001) obtained it. He translated it. He retitled it "The Zionist Plan for the Middle East."

The Association of Arab-American University Graduates called it "the most explicit, detailed and unambiguous statement to date of the Zionist strategy in the Middle East."

"Its importance...lies not in its historical value but in the nightmare which it represents." It continues unfolding. Divide and conquer explain it.

Balkanizing Iraq into Sunni, Shia and Kurdish areas reflects it. Israel wants all regional states treated the same way.

Especially Iran. Israel wants the Islamic Republic eliminated altogether. Nonexistent threats are invented. War is threatened.

An earlier article discussed an unholy Israel/Saudi Arabia alliance. Both represent the worst of rogue state ruthlessness.

Crimes of war and against humanity are standard practice. Last October, Saudi Prince Bandar arrived secretly in Israel.

Doing so broke a longstanding taboo. Bandar was the first Saudi official to visit Israel. He came to discuss mutual interests.

They included toppling Syria's Assad. They want Iran confronted belligerently. They're strange bedfellows. 

They formed a dark anti-Tehran alliance. It's hard imagining a darker regional one. 

It's an axis of evil writ large. It combines Saudi wealth with Israeli might. It's nuclear armed and dangerous. 

Its other weapons are formidable. It useds them lawlessly. It does so ruthlessly.

Riyadh wants a Sunni awakening. Israel wants a key regional rival eliminated. On April 15, Press TV headlined "Israel, seeking anti-Iran alliance."

Former Israeli secret service Shin Bet head Ami Ayalon urges it. According to Press TV:

"He said Israel should consider Iran as a 'threat to all pragmatic players in the region.' 

It "should work (toward) the goal of establishing a coalition against Tehran."

Ayalon "mocked a US intelligence assessment…" Iran isn't pursuing nuclear weapons, he said. Claiming otherwise is false.

His comments followed Israeli intelligence admitting no "smoking gun" exists suggesting an Iranian nuclear program military component.

"The Israeli minister without portfolio expounded that the Zionist who insists Iran is a danger to (Israel's) existence should not rule out any option against Tehran," said Press TV.

"Analysts believe while the international community is analyzing the US National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, Israel and the United States are colluding against the Islamic Republic," it added.

Doing so may subvert P5+1 talks. Final resolution agreement may not follow. Longstanding US/Israeli anti-Iranian policy remains unchanged.

Obama violated interim agreement terms straightaway. Doing so revealed his real intentions. US deals aren't worth the paper they're written on.

Promises made are systematically broken. Iran bashing continues. Big Lies persist. Targeting Iran's peaceful nuclear program is red-herring cover for regime change.

Tehran deplores nuclear weapons. It has none. It's not developing any. It prioritizes a nuclear-free Middle East. 

Israel is the only regional state with them. It's so-called open secret is common knowledge. Its arsenal is longstanding. It's formidable. Israel threatens its use if needed.

It uses radiological, biological and chemical weapons against adversaries. Palestinians are regularly attacked. Iran prioritizes peace and stability. 

It hasn't attacked another nation in centuries. It's an enviable record. It's ignored. Tehran sought normalized Western relations for decades.

It offered major nuclear concessions. It did so in vain. Will this time be different? Not if Israeli priorities take precedence. Not if Obama goes along. Not if he continues longstanding anti-Iranian hostility.

Occasional conciliatory rhetoric masks his likely real intentions. Hypocrisy defines them. Earlier he asked Congress to hold off imposing new sanctions.

Unilaterally he imposed his own. Will ongoing P5+1 talks end up more subterfuge than real? Will hoped for conflict resolution fail?

Will longstanding anti-Iranian policies persist. Will its nuclear facilities be attacked? Will doing so ignite regional war? 

Will Obama risk more conflict than already? Will Syria be directly  targeted at the same time?

Washington deplores peace and stability. Longstanding policy prioritizes war. Multiple US ones remain ongoing. 

Will Iran follow Obama's Eastern Ukrainian strategy? Will endless conflicts persist? Nonexistent threats are invented to wage them.

Diplomatic mumbo jumbo justifies them. Millions of corpses attest to their barbarity. Obama has lots more death and destruction in mind.

So does Israel. Iran is their main regional target. Anything goes is official policy to eliminate its independent government. 

It's going all-out by all means possible. Rogue states operate this way. America and Israel the world's two worst. Axis of evil extremism defines them.

They threaten world peace and security. They risk global war. Out-of-control policies head inexorably toward igniting it.

Rogue leadership risks what responsible governance wouldn't dare. Advancing imperial priorities matters most. Doing so involves eliminating all rivals.

Waging war on humanity follows. Doing so risks destroying it altogether. Attacking Iran reflects madness. Targeting Russia is worse.

WW I was called the war to end all wars. WW II followed. WW III will end future wars. Mushroom cloud denouement assures it.

Imagine risking armageddon. Imagine destroying planet earth to save it. Imagine calling doing so humanitarian intervention. 

Imagine lunatics making policy. They infest Washington and Israel. They risk the unthinkable. They do it mindlessly.

Israel conspiring with Arab states against Iran may be pretext for greater conflict. Its ultranationalist defrocked/reinstated Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman admitted holding secret talks.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry lied claiming "no ties or talks with Israel at any level."

Ignored was Prince Bandar's October 2013 visit. Mutual strategizing against Iran followed. Despots run most regional Arab states.

Overtly they're hostile to Israel. Private diplomatic contacts are maintained. Mutual interests unite them. 

Lieberman lied claiming concern over Iran's nuclear program transcends anti-Israeli sentiment.

"For the first time, there is an understanding (regionally) that the real threat is not Israel," he said. Nor "Jews or Zionism."

"It is Iran, global jihad, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda. There are contacts. There are talks, but we are very close to the stage in which within a year or 18 months, (they'll) no longer be secret."

They'll "be conducted openly." He claims being in touch with "moderate" Arabs. Ones he means don't exist.

He's comfortable visiting rogue states like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and others.

"I have spent more than a few years (engaging in) meetings and talks with them," he said.

"As far as they are concerned," he claims, "there is only one red rag and that is Iran." Gulf states want Sunni-dominated regimes. They want Shia ones eliminated.

They're comfortable about belligerent confrontations. Lieberman expects future open diplomatic relations with them. He expects peace accords signed by 2019 or perhaps earlier.

"I'm certain by then we will have a situation in which we have full diplomatic relations with most of the moderate Arab states," he said. 

"And you can count on my word," he added. How while occupation harshness continues he didn't explain. 

While brutalizing Palestinians persists. While peace remains a convenient illusion. While achieving it is more distant than ever. 

While justifiable Palestinian anger may erupt like twice before. While Israeli crimes keep being exposed. While rogue leaders threaten humanity.

While Israel remains the only regional nuclear threat. While all Arab states know what they rarely acknowledge. 

While Israel and Washington bear full responsibility for incendiary Middle East conditions.

According to the Israeli think tank Institute for National Security Studies:

"To Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, the cost of open relations with Israel at this time may be higher than the benefit, given the position of the Arab street."

As long as institutionalized racism remains official Israeli policy, overt rapprochement may not follow.

Not according to Lieberman, saying:

"I think that they too are stewing in their own juice and reaching an awareness that there will be no choice but to move from the secret stage of the dialogue between us to the open stage of the talks."

Saudi Arabian ones Israel calls "historic," Riyadh denies holding them. So does Kuwait. It's state-run KUNA news agency said:

"There (are) no meetings or contacts, formal or informal, secret or declared, with Israel."

Anti-Iranian schemes persist. Resolving things responsibly look distant.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."


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US Anti-Iranian Arrogance

US Anti-Iranian Arrogance

by Stephen Lendman

Iranian President Hassan Rohani appointed Hamid Aboutalebi as permanent Tehran UN ambassador. It's effective July 25, 2014. More on him below.

Last week, Congress unanimously voted to deny him visa permission to enter America. Effectively he was declared persona non grata. 

Legislation passed "den(ies) admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has engaged in espionage activities against the United States, poses a threat to United States national security interests or has engaged in a terrorist activity against the United States."

Neocon Ted Cruz (R. TX) sponsored Senate legislation. He outrageously called Iran a "rogue nation."

Rep. Ed Royce (R. CA) was no better. He maliciously said appointing Aboutalebi "show(s) contempt for the United States."

"Congress has unanimously approved legislation that sends a message to Tehran: 'Application Denied.' "

On Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama opposes Aboutalebi's appointment. His position was "communicated to the Iranians that the selection they've put forward is not viable."

"We concur with the Congress and share the intent of (its) bill." Aboutalebi earlier was Tehran's ambassador to Australia, Italy, Belgium and the EU.

He served as Ministry of Foreign Affairs political director general. In the 1990s, he was part of Iran's New York UN delegation. 

He holds a Belgium-based Katholieke University of Leuven historical sociology doctorate. He's a Sorbonne master's degree graduate. His bachelor's degree is from Tehran University.

His publications include Basic Challenges of US Foreign Policy towards Iran, Rocky Mountains of Nuclear Extremism, Turkey: Modern Diplomacy and New Ottoman Caliphate, and New Challenges of Iran Foreign Policy towards US.

His anthropological book is titled Anthropology of Ethics: First Volume of Philosophy of Social Ethics in 2013.

Iran denounced his rejection. It called doing so "not acceptable." It's illegal. More on this below. 

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham called Aboutalebi one of Iran's most capable diplomats.

Washington earlier granted him visa permission to enter America. Iran insists its appointment stands. 

Iranian National Security and Foreign Policy Commission parliamentarian Mohammad Hassan Asafari called barring Aboutalebi "sheer interference in the internal affairs of the UN."

"The Americans are not entitled to the right to oppose the entry of the Islamic Republic of Iran's representative at the UN and the US Senate approval is illegal," he added.

All nations have sovereign rights to appoint their diplomatic representatives. Others have no right to interfere. 

Washington ignores international laws, standards and norms. Its rules alone apply. Rogue states operate this way. 

America is by far the worst in world history. None past or present match its ruthlessness. Numerous examples explain. 

Denying Aboutalebi is its latest deplorable act. It's illegal. It violates an "Agreement Between the United Nations and the United States Regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations, Signed June 26, 1947, and Approved by the General Assembly October 31, 1947."

At the time, General George Marshall was US Secretary of State. Trygve Lie was UN Secretary-General. 

The Agreement said "federal, state or local authorities of the United States shall not impose any impediments to transit to or from the headquarters district of representatives of Members or officials of the United Nations."

Hassan Rohani, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and other Iranian leaders freely attended New York UN sessions. So did Gaddafi, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, and Yasser Arafat.

Syria's permanent UN Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari attends Security Council and General Assembly sessions. So do Cuban and North Korean envoys. 

Representatives from all UN member states may attend. It bears repeating. Denying them is illegal.

Aboutalebi is a distinguished diplomat. Deny him US entry is unacceptable. At issue was his alleged involvement during 444 Iranian hostage crisis days.

It lasted from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1971. Carter called holding dozens of US diplomats "victims of terrorism and anarchy."

Media scoundrels regurgitated Washington's position. They called hostage taking "vengeance and mutual incomprehension."

Aboutalebi had no involvement in what happened. He wasn't a hostage taker. He didn't participate in taking over America's embassy. He explained saying he only served as translator during negotiations.

At the time, he was a student. He was a Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line (MSFIL) member. So were others involved in occupying Washington's Tehran embassy.

They did so justifiably. They believed it was a den of espionage. They acted nonviolently. Participants were young. 

They were orderly. They were well-behaved. They were calm, responsible men and women.

In February 2013, the film Argo took top honors. Hollywood's 85th Academy Awards chose it the year's top film. There's nothing best about it.

It should have been denounced. It was unconscionable anti-Iranian propaganda. It was malicious. It turned truth on its head. 

It related a little known hostage crisis episode. Fifty-three Americans were held captive. Six others escaped. 

Former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor sheltered them in his home. He's highly critical. He said script writer Chris Terrio misportrayed events.

Argo recounts their rescue. It downplays Canada's involvement. Terrio took creative liberties. Scenes were fabricated. 

People were mischaracterized. Iran's hospitable side was ignored. It's commonplace Hollywood practice. Truth is twisted to fit official US policy. It's systematically buried.

Argo is Iranophobic. It's trash. It's rubbish. It's fiction, not fact. It's unjust. It's one-sided. It's politically motivated. 

It reinvented history. It turned it on its head. It bears no relation to what happened. It ignored the 1981 Algiers Accords. Iran and Washington signed it. Most Iranian assets were unblocked.

A day later, US hostages were released. It was moments before Reagan's inauguration. Washington want US/Iranian conciliation at the time concealed. It was short-lived.

Argo ignored what should have been featured. It bashed Iran unjustifiably in the process. 

It's part of Washington's propaganda machine. It shouldn't surprise. Doing so is longstanding practice. Hollywood does it for profit. 

America prioritizes unchallenged dominance. It deplores sovereign independence. It wants vassal governance replacing it. Don't expect Hollywood to explain

Argo was some of its worst propaganda. It fomented anti-Iranian hatred. It stereotypically portrayed Iran. It did so according to Western misinformation.

US Anti-Iranian policies persist. Rogue states operate this way. Scoundrel media regurgitate official policy. They march in lockstep. Hollywood follows the same script.

The New York Times downplayed denying Aboutalebi visa permission to perform his UN duties. A Mark Landler/Rick Gladstone article stopped short of denouncing it. They called Washington's decision "unusual." 

A same day editorial was worse. It discussed ongoing Iranian/P5+1 nuclear talks. It's common knowledge in high places that Tehran's nuclear program has no military component.

Not according to Times editors. They lied saying it's "naive to understate how hard it will be to remove the threat of Iran's producing a nuclear weapon." 

They discussed denying Aboutalebi's visa rejection. They ignored reality. They called congressional legislation doing so "unclear legality."

At the same time, they said Obama will "set an unfortunate precedent…saying (he'll) deny Mr. Aboutalebi a visa anyway."

As UN host, America "is supposed to admit" member states' envoys, they said. False! It's legally bound to do so. Failure violates the 1947 agreement.

Times editors outrageously called appointing Aboutalebi "a real misstep." 

"It's hard to believe (Rohani) does not know how acutely the embassy takeover affected Americans and did not realize that he was handing hard-liners a new issue."

Times editors stopped short of explaining Aboutalebi's noninvolvement in what happened. 

Twisting truth to fit US policy is longstanding Times practice. Failure to denounce Washington lawlessness shows which side they're on. Doing the right thing is systematically avoided.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Irresponsible Iran/Syria Bashing

Irresponsible Iran/Syria Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

Washington and Israel are imperial partners in crime. Regime change is longstanding policy. Iran and Syria are prime targets. 

Campaigns against their governments continue. Media scoundrels hype Big Lies. So do pro-Israeli and right-wing think tanks. They proliferate them ad nauseam. They drown out truth.

Emily Landau is an unapologetic Iran basher. She's an Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) senior research associate. She's a paid propagandist. She lies for power.

INSS is Tel Aviv-based. It's an Israeli front group. Many of its professionals have government and/or IDF backgrounds. 

Israel helps fund it. Doing so assures its interests are promoted. It's point of view is featured. Opposing ones are suppressed.

Haaretz editors gave Landau feature op-ed space. Why they'll have to explain. She took full advantage. She headlined "Is the US determined enough to confront Iran?"

On Monday, interim Joint Plan of Action (JPA) talks resume. Iran's program is peaceful. It's legal. It fully complies with NPT provisions. No military component exists.

Landau suggests otherwise. Complying with P5+1 demands isn't enough. It's not "the whole story," she said. 

She wants her version alone explained. She claims "crucial facts" are left out.

She lied saying Iran's nuclear program is "progressing dangerously." She calls it a "roll-forward" on "even more advanced generations of Iranian centrifuges."

It bears repeating. All aspects of Iran's program are legal. Tehran relinquished important legitimate rights. 

It sacrificed much more than it received. It did so in the spirit of cooperation.

Joint Plan of Action terms don't restrict legitimate research and development. All NPT signatories are permitted to conduct them.

When low-enriched uranium is fed into "advanced centrifuges under development...Iran will very quickly be able to enrich to the higher levels needed for nuclear weapons," Landau alleged.

She claims "ambiguous" JPA language lets Tehran game the process. No evidence suggested it. She cites none.

Iran's nuclear program "thrives on ambiguity," she said. It "tries to avoid action that can easily be construed as an outright violation of an agreement (and achieves it) by exploiting ambiguity," she claims.

Throughout multiple rounds of talks, Iran negotiated responsibly. It's nuclear facilities are the world's most intensively monitored.

Nothing suggests anything resembling nuclear weapons development. Nothing indicates Iran wanting wanting it. 

Plenty shows Tehran abhors nuclear weapons. It wants a region free from all weapons of mass destruction.

Israel maintains formidable nuclear, chemical and biological weapons arsenals. It threatens to use them. 

Israeli apologists conveniently ignore what's most important. They irresponsibly bash Iran.

Landau lied claiming Tehran will "avoid (discussing) issues that will seriously undermine its ability to maintain a military nuclear option."

It won't shutter "Fordow and Arak, nor dismantle even one centrifuge." It won't address its "ballistic missile capabilities" and what Landau calls the "Probable Military Dimensions of its nuclear program."

She wants these issues included in a "final comprehensive deal."

She wants Iran relinquishing its legitimate rights. She wants issues unrelated to its nuclear program addressed.

She lied claiming Tehran continues "working hard in the coming months of negotiations…as it did regarding negotiations on the interim deal...to avoid including issues that will seriously undermine its ability to maintain a military nuclear option."

Iran bashing substitutes for verifiable proof. None whatever exists.

"Any comprehensive deal must reveal the military dimensions of (its) program," said Landau. None exist.

She wrongfully accused Tehran of "ly(ing) and "cheat(ing) for decades." Her diatribe concealed her real agenda.

She abhors rapprochement with Iran. She wants Tehran kept weak, isolated and vilified. She wants Israeli interests alone served.

She wants its major regional power eliminated. She wants regime change. Perhaps she wants war to achieve it.

It bears repeating what earlier articles stressed. Iran's nuclear program is red herring cover for replacing its independent government with a pro-Western stooge one.

Landau is part of a vilifying campaign to do so. Her diatribe is thinly veiled. It fools no one paying attention.

The Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) is the Project for the New American Century's (PNAC) current incarnation. 

It promotes war. It abhors peace. It's part of America's neocon lunatic fringe. It promotes Washington's imperial agenda. 

It does so irresponsibly. It does it dangerously. It risks what could become uncontrollable. It risks global war.

Christopher J. Griffin serves as FPI's executive director. Earlier he was former neocon Senator Joe Lieberman's legislative director. Like other FPI members, he's ideologically over-the-top.

So is Evan Moore. He's an FPI policy analyst. Earlier he was a State Department Office of WMD intern. He and Griffin headlined "Make a Clean Break From Failed Syria Policies."

Mass slaughter, destruction and what's called the gravest humanitarian crisis in decades aren't enough.

Over nine million Syrians were internally or externally displaced. An estimated 5.5 million children need shelter, food, healthcare, education and psychological help.

Syria is Obama's war. He bears full responsibility. Proxy death squads kill dozens daily. Over 60% of Syrians are impoverished. Half the population is unemployed.

Landmark cultural and archeological sites were destroyed. So were schools, hospitals, public buildings, private ones, vital infrastructure and much more.

Obama wants pro-Western puppet governance replacing Assad. He maintains overwhelming popularity. He's fighting to save his country.

He's routing death squad gangs responsibly. Others come in to replace them. He's "strengthening his grip on Syria," said Griffin and Moore.

They lied saying he's "win(ning) (his) war against the Syrian people." They ignored Obama's responsibility. They turned a blind eye to Israel's involvement.

They're silent about Britain, France, other EU partners, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Turkey. They irresponsibly blame Assad for their crimes. They ludicrously blame Iran.

They blame Russia for supporting the interests of beleaguered Syrians. They called Syria "the world's largest safe haven for jihadists."

They point fingers the wrong way. They ignored who bears most responsibility for supporting them.

They lied claiming "Assad is not meeting deadlines to dismantle his chemical weapons."

He's disposing them responsibly. He's doing so to prevent terror gangs from stealing them. By mid-April, they may be  entirely removed.

Syria may accomplish its task ahead of the agreed on mid-2014 deadline.

According to Griffin and Moore:

Obama "faces the same choice today that he has attempted to defer or dodge at each critical juncture over the past three years..." 

He "can either lead an effort with our allies to defang Assad and bring about a post-Assad Syria that is free and inclusive for all Syrians - or watch as a bystander while the conflagration grows."

Syria enjoyed peace and stability until Obama unleashed his dogs. He bears full responsibility for over three years of conflict.

Griffin and Moore call his approach "hands-off." They ludicrously said his "good faith" peace efforts were "unrequited."

He went all-out to subvert peace. He wants war continued. He wants it escalated. He wants Syria entirely ravaged and destroyed.

He wants Assad blamed for his crimes. Don't expect Griffin and Moore to explain.

They claimed "Moscow and Tehran see an enfeebled United States as reasons to test new provocations."

They lied claiming Russia invaded Crimea. They lied saying "Tehran shipp(ed) missiles to Gaza militants."

They outrageously accused both countries of "betrayals." That "should free Obama...to pursue a clean break from his failed Syria policies."

They want increased weapons and munitions shipments to terror gangs. They want more death and destruction.

They want close coordination with allies. They want Obama "prepared to strike the Syrian regime and military targets if Assad misses" his deadline for eliminating his entire CW stockpile.

They want direct US intervention. They want bombs away. They want Libyan carnage replicated in Syria.

They lied claiming Syrians "want the Assad regime to fall." False! Polls show over 70% support. 

If an election was held today, he'd win overwhelming. Why Obama and complicit allies won't tolerate one.

They want him replaced. They want him ousted. They want pro-Western allies competing for president and parliamentary positions.

They want Washington choices elected. They want Syrians having no say. They want war continued against their interests. They want their own alone served.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."


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Israel Hypes Nonexistent Iranian Threat

Israel Hypes Nonexistent Iranian Threat

by Stephen Lendman

On Thursday, Israeli Lt. Col. Peter Lerner lied. He claimed Israeli naval forces intercepted an Iranian arms vessel. 

It was heading for Gaza via Sudan, he said. It carried medium-range missiles, he added. So-called Klos-C surface-to-surface M302 rockets were named.

The alleged incident happened in the Red Sea 1,500 kilometers from Israel's coastline, he claimed.

"We have conclusive evidence that there were rockets on board the ship, and we have proof and can say with certainty that Iran is behind this operation," he said.

He continued claiming rockets originated from Syria. They were placed on planes at Damascus airport. They were shipped to Iran. 

They were loaded aboard its cargo ship. It set sail days ago for Sudan. It diverted north to Iraq. Rockets were covered with cement bags to disguise them. The vessel continued en route to Sudan.

Who knows what happened, if anything. Nothing links Iran or Syria with shipping rockets to Gaza. Israel has no evidence whatever proving it. Claiming otherwise doesn't wash.

The report's timing raised obvious suspicions. Netanyahu was in Washington. He met with Obama. He hyperventilated. He lied. 

He said Iran is developing nuclear weapons. He repeats the Bog Lie often. He knows its nuclear program has no military component. He pretends otherwise. Iran bashing is longstanding Israeli policy.

He was silent about Israel's formidable arsenal.  He claimed Iran threatens to bring Israel "to the brink of destruction."

He'll "do whatever (he) must to defend the Jewish state," he said. Its only enemies are ones it invents.

He addressed AIPAC's annual conference. His comments sparked a furious Palestinian response.

"It's time for Palestinians to stop denying history," he said. "Just as Israel is prepared to recognize a Palestinian state, the Palestinians must be willing to recognize a Jewish one."

He told Abbas to recognize a Jewish state and "abandon the fantasy of flooding Israel with refugees."

Palestinian official Nabil Shaath called his demand "an official announcement of a unilateral end to negotiations."

PLO senior member Hanan Ashrawi said it's "like telling Palestinians they did not exist all these hundreds of thousands of years, that this historically has been (an exclusive) Jewish land."

Following the AIPAC conference, Netanyahu told reporters:

Discovering so-called weapons revealed "the true face of Iran. (It's) been exposed for what it is."

"It smiles in Geneva talks about its own nuclear ambitions, gives soothing words, and as they are doing that, they're shipping these deadly weapons to the world's worst terrorists."

It's hard matching his bluster. His hyperventilating wore thin long ago. Even current and former Israeli officials don't trust him.

He's way over-the-top. He's his own worst enemy. His bullying/bluster offends. He repeats one Big Lie after another. It's habitual.

He considers Arabs subhuman. He obsesses over Iran. He heads Israel's rogue state government. He's a regional existential threat.

On Thursday, he was in Los Angeles. He spoke at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance. His bluster continued.

He outrageously compared Iran's leaders to Hitler. He nonsensically claimed he called for Israel's destruction before it existed.

He lied claiming Iran calls for the same thing. "We shall not allow Iran to arm itself with the capability to destroy us," he said.

"We cannot be tolerant to the intolerant. We cannot be tolerant to the fanatics."

They infest Israel. They threaten regional peace and security. Netanyahu didn't explain.

"These people are out to destroy a section of people called the Jewish people," he bellowed. "We will not let them. We shall expose them and we will fight them."

"And I'll tell you another thing. We shall beat them."

Netanyahu met separately with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz and Mossad head Tamir Pardo. 

He's going all-out to subvert P5+1 talks. He hyped a nonexistent Iranian threat, saying:

"At a time when Iran is talking with world powers, is smiling and uttering pleasantries, it is also sending deadly weapons to terrorist organization - via an elaborate network of secret operations around that world that aim to funnel rockets, missiles and other deadly weapons to be used to harm innocent civilians." 

"This is the real Iran, and this country must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons." 

"We will continue to do everything we must to protect the citizens of Israel."

Washington and Israel jointly concocted the alleged Iranian rockets seizure story. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki claimed US military forces were ready to intervene.

They let Israel "take the lead." It bears repeating. Who knows what happened. Believing Israel and Washington requires a giant leap of faith. 

International law prohibits interdicting vessels in open waters. Doing so constitutes maritme piracy.

Under Article 101 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), it includes "any illegal acts of violence or detention, or any act of depredation...against a ship, aircraft, persons or property in a place outside the jurisdiction of any State (and) any act of inciting or of intentionally facilitating (such) an act."

Usually it refers to robbery or criminal violence committed by private parties. It applies to states committing lawless acts. 

UNCLOS permits interdiction at sea to prevent illegal arms and drug smuggling, the slave trade, or terrorist activities. 

Verifiable proof is required. Israel has none. Inventing it doesn't wash. 

Under maritime law, ships have "innocent passage" rights through international and coastal area waters. Certain restrictions apply. 

UNCLOS defines "innocent passage" as expeditious, continuous passage through waters in ways not "prejudicial to the peace, good order or the security" of a coastal state.

America's Defense Department defines it as:

"The right of all ships to engage in continuous and expeditious surface passage through the territorial sea and archipelagic water of foreign coastal states in a manner not prejudicial to its peace, good order, or security." 

"Passage includes stopping and anchoring, but only if incidental to ordinary navigation or necessary for force majeure (a natural or unavoidable catastrophe) or distress, or for the purpose of rendering assistance to persons, ships, or aircraft in danger of distress."

Legal interdictions may occur only within 12 nautical miles from shore. In international waters, they're prohibited.

Israel ignores international law. So does America. Both countries hype one Big Lie after another. 

On Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney repeated what US officials say often. It doesn't wash. He wrongfully accused Iran of being a "major state sponsor of terrorism."

"Even as we continue efforts to resolve our concerns over Iran's nuclear program through diplomacy, we will continue to stand up to Iran's support for destabilizing activities in the region, in coordination with our partners and allies, and made clear that these illicit actions are unacceptable to the international community and in gross violation of Iran’s UN Security Council obligations," he said. 

Iran responded to Tel Aviv's outrageous accusation. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed it as "failed lies." His Twitter comment said:

"Captured just in time for annual AIPAC anti-Iran campaign. Amazing coincidence! Or same failed lies."

During an official visit to Jakarta, he said:

"Netanyahu (was) in Washington...and all of a sudden as a godsend, they (allegedly) capture a ship from Iran with missiles."

"Just a coincidence? If Netanyahu is a saint and can produce miracles, I believe the Israelis themselves will be amused by that."

"So if you cannot believe in miracles by Netanyahu, the only thing that you can believe s that this is a lie. And it is a lie."

"For the arms to go through Sudan and from Sudan back to somewhere and from that somewhere to Gaza - this is more like delusional thinking rather than even serious propaganda."

Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdullahian denounced Israel's lie. He stressed how Zionist media circulate it. They do it to vilify Iran, he said.

Iran's military categorically rejected Israel's claim. It called allegations of Tehran shipping weapons to Gaza a "sheer lie."

A Hamas spokesman called it a "silly joke." Islamic Jihad denounced Israel's fabrication.

According to Gaza Ministry of Interior spokesman Islam Shahwan, Israeli lies reflect a "dangerous move" to justify its lawless seven year siege.

He urged journalists to avoid "being tricked by the Israeli narrative about capturing a ship carrying weapons to Gaza."

Israeli naval vessels blockade its coastline. Anything approaching gets interdicted. Border areas with Egypt are heavily monitored.

An unnamed Islamic Jihad official said he knows nothing about an alleged weapons shipment. 

If "the information is true," he added, "it is a medal of honor to the one who sent the shipment."

Israel's latest Big Lie came at the same time as its belligerent West Bank incursions. Air strikes against Hezbollah occurred days earlier. So did others targeting Gaza.

Since January, Israel killed eight Palestinian civilians. It did so in cold blood. Children were shot in the back and killed.

Rogue states operate this way. Washington and Israel partner in each other's crimes.

On Friday, US House of Representatives members voted to expand weapons and military related technologies to Israel as America's strategic partner.

They did so 410 to one. Expect Senate rubber-stamp approval. Discussions are ongoing to increase US aid. 

Israel already gets billions annually and much more. US taxpayers funds its lawlessness.

AIPAC gloated after House members voted. They "once again reaffirmed (their) commitment to an unbreakable US-Israeli relationship," it said.

Israel's killing machine got an added boost. For sure it'll take full advantage.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Obama Includes Iranian Missiles in Nuclear Talks

Obama Includes Iranian Missiles in Nuclear Talks

by Stephen Lendman

Netanyahu obsesses over a nonexistent Iranian nuclear threat. At his Sunday cabinet meeting, he railed again saying:

"Iran will practically realize its plan to become a nuclear threshold state, with enrichment (capability), and the ability to develop intercontinental missiles." 

"This combination of enrichment, weapons, and the ability to launch missiles creates a situation where Iran gets everything and gives nothing."

Reality is polar opposite his rant. Tehran's program is entirely peaceful. It has no military component.

Washington knows it. So do EU partners. Netanyahu manufactures threats. He claims an ballistic missile one. Doing so serves his agenda.

Tehran has missiles able "to target Europe and the US (with) a nuclear payload," he railed.

He replicates Obama. Both leaders are serial liars. Nothing they say has credibility. They know Iran poses no existential threat.

They know its nuclear program is entirely peaceful. It doesn't stop them from lying. 

Israel wants unchallenged regional dominance. Iran is its major rival. It's gaining influence at Israel's expense. 

Netanyahu wants things reversed. He got Obama to include Iranian missiles in nuclear talks.

Doing so violates agreed on Joint Plan of Action (JPA) terms. Obama already violated them twice. Demanding missiles be discussed is a third time.

It remains to be seen how Iran reacts. Its government has gone all-out to negotiate responsibly. It's put up with more US abuse than most others ever would.

It'll take so much and no more. It wants genuine rapprochement. It won't sacrifice its sovereign rights pursuing it.

Odds favor it rejecting this demand. Or others violating JPA agreed on terms. Obama has other ideas. 

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Iranians "have to deal with matters related to their ballistic missile program."

He claimed Security Council Resolution 1929 authority. On June 9, 2010, it imposed new sanctions. It prohibits nuclear weapons ballistic missile capability.

It forbids Iran from "undertak(Ing) any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology, and that States shall take all necessary measures to prevent the transfer of technology or technical assistance to Iran related to such activities."

Carney lied claiming Iran agreed in JPA terms. Not according to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Tehran's missile program is excluded from nuclear talks. Demanding it be included is provocative. It violates an Iranian red line.

"Nothing except Iran's nuclear activities will be discussed" in P5 + 1 talks, Zarif stressed. Both sides mutually agreed in Geneva.

Changing procedure in mid-negotiations won't be tolerated. Doing so shows Washington't real intentions.

Obama doesn't want longstanding Iranian hostility ended. He could have done so straightaway when entering office.

In May 2009, he promised "hope," "change," peace, and "a new era of openness" among other pledges.

His June 2009 Cairo speech promised a "new beginning" in US/Muslim global relations. He called it one "based on mutual interest and mutual respect..."

"(B)ased upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, or need be in competition."

"Indeed, they…share common principles...of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings." 

His comments were demagogic boilerplate. Straightaway in office, he declared war on Islam. He waged it ever since. He continues it today. He does so at home and abroad.

Muslims are public enemies number one. Obama exterminated millions in office. His comment about "support(ing) reform throughout the region" was code language for business as usual.

His "historic opportunity" for change belied waging war on humanity. It continues unabated.

His Cairo speech concealed his scheme to exploit this resource-rich part of the world. Iran ranks third in global oil reserves. 

It's second to Russia in gas resources. It's a prize Big Oil predators covet. Ongoing nuclear talks may be more subterfuge than real.

Demanding Iranian missiles be included may end up subverting them. JPA provisions refer only to "addressing the UN Security Council resolutions with a view toward bringing to a satisfactory conclusion (its) consideration of this matter."

They call for forming a "Joint Commission (to) work with the IAEA to facilitate resolution of past and present issues of concern."

They say nothing about Iran's missile program. Or any other weapons system. At issue only are "possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear program."

Its Panchin facility activities are mentioned with respect to any potential nuclear connection. No evidence suggests it. 

Israel demands Iran's missile program be included in nuclear talks. On February 20, Haaretz said:

"One of the main issues to be determined is the question of whether to include Iran's ballistic missile program in list of topics to be discussed during the final-status negotiations." 

"While the world powers demand the inclusion of the missile program, saying this falls under the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions, the Iranians insist on excluding the missile program as an area unrelated to the nuclear issue."

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman heads US negotiations with Iran.

On Friday, she briefed Israeli officials. She met with Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, Security Advisor Yossi Cohen and Foreign Ministry Deputy General in charge of arms control, Jeremy Issacharoff.

Before talks began, she spoke with French and British representatives. They coordinated their positions.

They stressed issues Israel calls most important. Steinitz said Iran's missile program must be part of final status (permanent agreement) talks.

He stressed Israel's opposition to any nuclear enrichment on Iranian soil. He demands what JPA provisions don't stipulate.

So do anti-Iranian congressional hardliners. Robert Corker (R. TN) is Senate Republican ranking Foreign Relations Committee member.

On February 4, he challenged Sherman, asking:

"Why did you not...address (Iran's) delivery mechanisms, the militarizing of nuclear arms?" 

"Why was that left off since (Tehran, he baselessly claims,) breached a threshold everyone acknowledges?"

Sherman accepted his lie saying final agreement discussions will include what he wishes. It "has to be addressed as part of a comprehensive agreement," she stressed.

At the same time, she admitted that preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon "makes delivery systems almost...irrelevant."

Is Washington trying to sabotage final agreement talks? Will EU partners go along.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov said Moscow "considers that a comprehensive agreement must concern only and exclusively with the restoration of trust in a purely peaceful intention of Iran's nuclear program."

In other words, he suggested Russia won't support efforts to include discussions on Iran's missile program. It's not part of JPA. It can't be included belatedly.

In the 1990s, General Uzi Rubin headed Israel's Missile Defense Organization. He remains active at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

He says claims about Iran's missile program are wrong. Conventional ones are prioritized. They aim to destroy specific targets.

Nothing indicates an Iranian missile program designed to deliver nuclear weapons. Claims otherwise are fabricated. 

Expect lots more from Israel and Washington. Expect Iran to defend its rights. Whether it's enough to agree on final status terms remains to be seen.

Expect Israel to go all-out to prevent it. Obama may have the same objective in mind. By around mid-year, we'll know one way or another.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.


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Iran: Poet, Activist Hanged

From Iran comes yet more proof of that tolerant regime - you know, the one that Kerry et al believe as they give false assurances on faux treaties designed to make our world safer.

From The Clarion Project:

Iran Hangs Well-Loved Human Rights Activist, Poet
Shabaani wrote, “I have tried to defend the legitimate right(s) that every people in this world should have ... full civil rights.” 

February 17, 2014 
Iran has executed human rights activist Hashem Shaabani, a 32- year-old Arab-Iranian, for “waging war on God.”
Other charges included sowing corruption on earth, propaganda against the Islamic Republic and acting against national security, according to a 2012 sentence handed down by the Ahvaz Islamic Revolutionary Court.
A well-known and loved poet in Iran, Shabaani was originally arrested in 2011 and “confessed” the crime of terrorism on Iranian state-controlled Press TV after being subjected to months of torture and interrogation.
However, in a letter that was published by Ahwaz News Agency in 2013, Shaabani said he had “never participated in any armed activity, whatever the motives.”
He said, “I started my journey wielding my pen against the tyranny that is trying to enslave and imprison minds and thoughts …”

[emphasis mine]

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Iran Nuclear Talks Resume in Vienna

Iran Nuclear Talks Resume in Vienna

by Stephen Lendman

On November 24, 2013, Iran and P5 + 1 countries agreed on Joint Plan of Action (JPA) terms. A previous article said hold the cheers. It asked if it matters.

Longstanding hardline US/Israeli policy won't change. Anti-Iranian AIPAC pressure is relentless.

Obama twice breached JPA terms. He did so unilaterally. On February 18, talks resumed. Focus is on agreeing on a comprehensive "permanent resolution." Prospects aren't encouraging.

Longstanding US policy calls for regime change. Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. No evidence suggests otherwise.

It doesn't matter. "My goal is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon," says Obama. "All options are on the table."

On February 17, an unnamed senior administration official said Obama calls achieving a final agreement "a 50-50 proposition" at best. "(H)igh expectations" don't exist. We're "cautious, very cautious."

Iranians have just cause for concern. US agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on. Washington doesn't negotiate in good faith.

Promises made are broken. Obama broke every major one made. Throughout his tenure, he targeted Iran for regime change. Believing policy shifted now requires a giant leap of faith.

On Monday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said:

"What our officials started will continue. We will not renege…But I will say again: there is no use. (Talks) will not lead anywhere."

"Don't try to dress up America and erase its past record of terror, violence and ugliness."

"The nuclear issue is just hype. American officials are already raising other issues like human rights and missile threat."

Even if a comprehensive deal is reached, "everyone must know that America's enmity is with the core of the Islamic Revolution and with Islam." 

"The enmity will not end with the negotiations" no matter what happens ahead.

Current talks are expected to last three days. They'll focus on how to proceed from here. According to an unnamed senior US official:

"This is the beginning of what will be a complicated, difficult and lengthy process." 

"When the stakes are this high, and the devil is truly in the details, one has to take the time to ensure the confidence of the international community in the result."

The problem with Iran's nuclear program is Washington. It's Israel. Netanyahu is unrelenting.

In January, he addressed the World Economic Forum. He lied saying Arab countries "understand that Iran remains aggressive, supports terror, that it participates in the slaughter in Syria, (and) that (it's) pursuing the development of ballistic missiles and plutonium for nuclear weapons."

He said Rohani's address had "no connection to what's going on on the ground. (He) continues Iran's deception show."

"The goal of the Iranian ayatollahs' regime, that hides behind Rohani's smile, is to ease sanctions without giving up their program to produce nuclear weapons."

He urged the international community "not to be duped."

On February 16, he held his weekly cabinet meeting. He lied saying:

Iran "received a major easing of sanctions...(It's) continuing its aggressive policy both" internally and externally.

It's "execution innocent people. (I)t supports the continued killings by the Syrian regime."

It "continu(es) to arm terrorist organizations with advanced, deadly weapons and, of course, it is continuing to call for the destruction of the State of Israel."

"At the same time, Iran is continuing with advanced research and development of centrifuges. Iran is not prepared to concede even one centrifuge." 

"Israel's policy is clear and is active on two tracks: First, to expose Iran's unchanging aggressive policy. Second, to demand the dismantling of Iran's enrichment capacity."

Fact check

Iran conceded plenty in Geneva. Much more than was warranted. It got little in return. 

Its one success was getting Washington to bend modestly for the first time. Whether it's smoke and mirrors deception remains to be seen. Smart money says so.

Netanyahu said nothing about Israel's formidable nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. It's the elephant in the room routinely ignored.

Iran threatens no one. Israel represents a global threat. It never signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). 

In 1993, it signed the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). It refused to ratify it. It did so for spurious reasons. It wrongfully claims it's surrounded by hostile neighbors. Israel's only enemies are ones it invents.

It never signed the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). Its policy is CBW ambiguity. It fools no one.

Netanyahu is unhinged. He's a world class bully. He shames the office he holds. He's an embarrassment to legitimate governance. He out-Sharon's Sharon.

He knows Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. He knows Tehran threatens no one. 

No Iranian leader ever threatened to annihilate Israel. Netanyahu's comments turn truth on its head. Last October, he said:

"Israel will never acquiesce to nuclear arms in the hands of a rogue regime that repeatedly promises to wipe us off the map." 

"Against such a threat, Israel will have no choice but to defend itself. I want there to be no confusion on this point. Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons."

On February 17, Netanyahu addressed the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (CPMJO) in Jerusalem.

He urged "more pressure on Iran, not less." He lied saying Joint Plan of Action terms set Iran's program back "four weeks. That's what Iran has given to the world, which means it's given practically nothing."

"But Iran received a great deal," he claimed. "It received the easing of sanctions. It received nations that are cuing up...to do more business with Iran."

Netanyahu wants talks demanding "zero centrifuges and zero enrichment." He wants Iran having no "capacity to produce a nuclear weapon."

He claimed Tehran is developing new centrifuges "50 times better than the ones they have now." They have missiles able to "target Europe and the US (with) a nuclear payload," he said.

He replicates Obama. Both leaders are serial liars. Nothing they say has credibility. They know Iran poses no existential threat.

They know its nuclear program has no military component. Israel wants unchallenged regional dominance. Iran is its major rival.

It's gaining influence at Israel's expense. Netanyahu wants things reversed. 

Malcolm Hoenlein is CPMJO executive vice chairman. His views are entirely one-sided. He calls "educating" the world about the "dangers of Iran" his top objective.

Former Senator Joe Lieberman heads a special CPMJO Iran task force. Its purpose is bashing Tehran. It's spreading malicious propaganda.

Hoenlein lied saying "(w)e do not believe that things have changed under Rohani. He continues with the same threats, the same rhetoric."

"There are more executions under him, human rights violations and support for terrorists, and it is outrageous that the world doesn't challenge this."

Fact check

Israel is by far the region's most egregious human rights violator. It threatens its neighbors. It's waging slow-motion genocide against Palestinians. 

It's done so for over 66 years. Its policies are ruthless. Edward Said once called Palestine an isolated prison. An entire population is being suffocated out of existence.

Israel impoverishes, starves and slaughters Palestinians. It does so unaccountably. State terrorism is official policy.

Artillery, tanks, F-16s, helicopter gunships, and banned terror weapons attack defenseless civilians.

Others are assaulted, arrested, imprisoned, tortured, humiliated, and otherwise abused.

For decades, they've endured every imaginable indignity, degradation, and crime against humanity.

Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners languish in Israel's gulag. It's one of the world's worst. Treatment Israel inflicts is horrific by any standard.

Palestinians wanting to live peacefully on their own land in their own country are called terrorists. Unrelenting Israeli viciousness targets them.

An unending cycle of violence persists. Netanyahu heads Israel's most extremist ever government. Fascists infest its Knesset.

Hoenlein supports what demands condemnation. So does Lieberman and likeminded scoundrels. They call legitimate Israeli critics anti-Semites.

They ignore longstanding Israeli high crimes doing so. They make overt threats to attack Iran. Imagine if nuclear weapons are used. Imagine the potential devastating toll.

Netanyahu wants punishing sanctions maintained. He wants new ones imposed. He wants Iran politically isolated. 

He wants its economy crushed. He wants its legitimate nuclear program eliminated. He wants the right to dictate its policy.

He wants millions of Iranians grievously harmed. He wants them treated like he treats Palestinians. 

He wants the Islamic Republic destroyed. Perhaps he has an Iranian holocaust in mind to do so. Don't bet against Obama not being likeminded.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Obama Violates Iran Geneva Agreement - Again

by Stephen Lendman

On November 24, Iran and P5+1 countries agreed on nuclear Joint Plan of Action provisions. Interim agreement terms run six months. 

On January 20, implementation began. Obama twice committed breaches. More on his latest one below. 

America's agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on. US history proves it. It's strewn with broken promises. Betrayal is longstanding US policy.

Its word isn't its bond. Duplicity defines America. One treaty obligation after another is breached. Hegemons operate this way. Washington is by far the worst.

Iranians aren't surprised. They endured 35 years of US hostility. The Big Lie about an Iranian nuclear threat persists. It's duplicitous red herring cover for longstanding regime change plans.

On the one hand, Obama wants Congress refraining from imposing new sanctions. On the other, he imposed his own. 

It did so unilaterally. He acted lawlessly. It doesn't matter. Hegemons make their own rules. They're unapologetic.

On December 12, an administration press release headlined "Additional Treasury and State Designations Targeting Networks Linked to Iran WMD Proliferation and Sanctions Evasion." In part it said:

"Today, the US Departments of the Treasury and State announced the designation of a number of companies and individuals for evading international sanctions against Iran and for providing support for Iran’s nuclear program."

"The Joint Plan of Action reached in Geneva does not, and will not, interfere with our continued efforts to expose and disrupt those supporting Iran’s nuclear program or seeking to evade our sanctions."

Asian, European and Iranian companies and officials were targeted. Authority cited was Obama's June 3, 2013 Executive Order 13645

It's titled "Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions Set Forth in the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 and Additional Sanctions With Respect To Iran."

It ordered the Treasury and State Departments to impose them. Doing so violated the letter and spirit of Geneva. 

Numerous previous articles explained what bears repeating. Throughout his tenure, Obama said one thing. He did another. 

He broke every major promise made. Double-dealing deception defines his agenda. All governments lie. Obama does and then some.

He made lying an art form. He exposed his doublespeak duplicity in the process. Business as usual persists. Don't expect this time to be different.

On February 6, Obama again imposed new sanctions unilaterally. Doing so shows his willful intention to prevent resolving disagreements over Iran's nuclear program responsibly. 

He targeted about three dozen companies in eight countries. The US Department of the Treasury headlined "Treasury Targets Networks Linked to Iran." In part it said:

"Today the US Department of the Treasury announced actions targeting a diverse set of entities and individuals located around the world for evading US sanctions against Iran, aiding Iranian nuclear and missile proliferation, and supporting terrorism."  

"These actions reflect the United States' sustained commitment to continue enforcing our existing sanctions as the P5+1 and Iran work toward a comprehensive solution to address the international community's concerns over Iran’s nuclear program."

"The global targets designated today play key roles in supporting Iran's nuclear program and active support for terrorism."

"Today's actions target entities and individuals...operating in Turkey, Spain, Germany, Georgia, Afghanistan, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, and Liechtenstein."

Fact check

Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. It's legal. It has no military component. No evidence suggests otherwise. 

All imposed US sanctions are illegitimate. They largely harm ordinary Iranians. International law prohibits doing so.

It bears repeating. Washington makes its own rules. It spurns international, constitutional and US statute laws. It does so with impunity. Rogue states operate this way. America is by far the worst.

In early February, John Kerry warned France. He spoke to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. 

He said French companies sending trade delegations to Iran will be punished if they violate US-imposed sanctions.

A senior Treasury Department official said new sanctions imposed "should leave no doubt that those who seek (ways around them) support Iran's nuclear program, or assist in Iran's promotion of international terrorism will continue to be called to account."

On February 3, Iran welcomed over 100 French executives. They represented some of France's largest companies. 

They included Airbus, Total, Alcatel, L'Oreal, and Renault, among others. They want sanctions lifted to do business. So do many other companies worldwide. Oil giants especially.

Washington wants no change in hardline policy. It wants Iranian isolation maintained. According to Kerry:

"While the French may send some business people over there, they're not (allowed) to contravene the sanctions. They will be sanctioned if they do and they know it. And we've put them on notice."

On February 4, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told congressional members:

"Tehran is not open for business because our sanctions relief is quite temporary, quite limited and quite targeted."

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded, saying:

"Such talk isn't helpful and could adversely impact (nuclear talks). US officials should stop such comments so that we can reach a solution."

At issue is whether Washington really wants one. Don't expect 35 years of anti-Iranian hostility to end easily, quickly, or perhaps under any conditions short of regime change.

America uses "political muscle and economic muscle," lawlessly, Zarif added. Bullying other countries, companies, organizations and individuals into complying is longstanding US practice.

Iran condemned new sanctions imposed. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said:

"The move by the US government is another instance of the country's ill intention in the run-up to the future nuclear negotiations and it is indicative of the fact that the United States seeks to impose a new negative atmosphere on the talks just ahead of the new round of negotiations." 

"Not only will the measure end in failure, it will be also followed by the Islamic Republic of Iran's reciprocal action."

Iran's Deputy Permanent UN representative, Gholam-Hossein Dehqani, said "(n)o government has the right to deprive other countries of their legal rights."

"Such attempts...leave negative impacts on international law and sovereignty."

"As it has been mentioned in the 'UN General Assembly's Declaration on the Rule of Law at National and International Level,' the right of development is an inalienable right of all nations that should not be restricted by others on any pretext."

Russia's Foreign Ministry said new sanctions imposed violate international law.

The General Assembly's 1974 Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States says no nation may use or encourage use of economic, political or other measures to coerce another country to to subordinate its sovereign rights in any way. 

Under Part IV, Section 1, Chapter III, Article 54 of the Protocol 1 Additional to the Geneva Conventions (1977):  

(1) Starving civilians during war is prohibited. 

(2) Attacking, destroying, removing, or compromising indispensable items is prohibited. 

They include foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies, irrigation works, and other essential products, services, and facilities relating to them. 

UN General Assembly Resolution 44/215 (1989) prohibits political and economic coercion against developing countries. 

It specifically covers trade and financial restrictions, blockades, embargoes, and other economic sanctions. It calls coercion incompatible with UN Charter provisions. 

It adversely affects the ability of nations to function politically, economically and socially. It harms civilians most.

The International Conference on Nutrition, World Declaration on Nutrition, Food and Agriculture Organization, and World Health Organization (1992) recognized the right to access nutritionally adequate and safe food as a fundamental right.

US imposed sanctions reflect crimes against humanity. Civilian populations must be protected at all times. Lawless sanctions violate their fundamental human rights.

Francis Boyle says US sanctions "punish and coerce the Iranian people." Their purpose is "try(ing) to turn them against their government." They fail to do so virtually always.

Earlier Boyle urged Iran to sue America, Britain, France, Germany and Israel in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Ordinary Iranians are being collectively punished. Doing so violates fundamental international law.

Hague Regulations, Third and Fourth Geneva, as well as Additional Protocols I and II prohibit collective punishment.

The post-WW I Report of the Commission on Responsibility considered them war crimes.

Numerous military manuals prohibit collective punishment. Many nations enacted laws against imposing it. 

The UN Human Rights Committee Comment No. 29 says parties may "in no circumstances" invoke emergency conditions "as justification for acting in violation of humanitarian law or peremptory norms of international law, for instance,...by imposing collective punishments."

Illegitimate sanctions harm fundamental human rights grievously. They're crimes too grave to ignore. 

Washington imposes them unaccountably. It's longstanding US practice. Rogue states operate this way. America is by far the worst. 

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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by Stephen Lendman

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett asked whether "Obama is trying to resolve or prolong the conflict with Syria?"

Given US preconditions, resolution is impossible. On January 22, talks are scheduled to begin. They'll do so in Montreux, Switzerland. They'll shift to Geneva.

It's unclear who's coming. Internal divisions leave Syrian National Coalition members undecided. They're supposed to say shortly if they'll come. Maybe some will. Maybe others won't.

Syria's National Coordination Body won't attend. Assad won't negotiate with Al Nusra, Al Qaeda or other terrorists. Nor should he. Nor should anyone. They want no part of peace talks anyway.

Iran wasn't invited. Kerry called its participation conditional. Tehran accepts no preconditions. Nor should any participant.

Kerry wants Washington rules enforced. What America says goes. Participants must approve regime change. 

Assad must go, says Kerry. Syrians have no right to decide..

The Leveretts asked:

"Is it not reasonable to conclude that the great power in question is (how to put this gently) lying about its purported support for peace?"

"That, in a nutshell, is the Obama administration's posture toward the ongoing conflict in Syria."

Kerry is Obama's front man. He deplores peace. He demands unconditional surrender. 

He lied claiming Geneva I excludes Assad's future political role. On January 16, he said Geneva II aims to establish "a process essential to the formation of a transition government body..."

It's "the only way to bring about an end to the civil war..." It bears repeating what numerous previous articles explained.

Syria is Obama's war. There's nothing "civil" about it. CIA and US Special Forces are involved. So are US-backed terrorists. They've been recruited from dozens of countries.

They enter Syria across porous borders. Washington supplies funding, weapons, training and direction. 

It's doing so now. It'll do so throughout peace talks. Washington wants war, not peace. It'll continue as long as Assad remains president.

Obama bears full responsibility for what's happening. Kerry shares blame. He calls Assad "unacceptable" to govern.

He "cannot be a part of (Syria's) future. The United Nations, the United States, Russia, and all the (participating) countries know what this conference is about."

They agree on "implementing Geneva I." It stipulates Assad must go, says Kerry.

It says no such thing. Russia supports Syrian sovereignty. Syrians alone must decide who'll lead them.