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The Country That Actually Started the Middle East Nuclear Arms Race (Hint: Not Iran)

As the Iran deal is debated, it’s important to keep in mind who’s responsible for the nuclear arms race in the Middle East; turns out a “useless liberal arts degree” has become a hot commodity in the tech world; meanwhile, a writer explores Donald Trump’s mob ties. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE



U.S.-Iranian Relations Emerge From a 30-Year Cold War

Don’t sweat the details of the July nuclear accord between the United States and Iran. What matters is that the calculus of power in the Middle East just changed in significant ways.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



Has Iran Cut Off Hamas? Is Hamas Turning to Saudi Arabia? (Video)

Newsweek is reporting that Iran has cut off funding to Hamas in Gaza, citing Israeli journalism and Hamas sources.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on Why Israel and the U.S. Created the Myth of the Iranian Nuclear Threat

“The real question is: Why is the [Iran] deal being pursued?” the renowned linguist and political commentator asks in a discussion with Antonio Mora on Al-Jazeera America. “What exactly is the threat of Iran?”

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 READ MORE



Scott Walker Looks to Torpedo Iran Deal and Obamacare If He Wins

Remember Scott Walker? He’s the Wisconsin governor who launched his career as top banana by sharply curtailing the collective bargaining powers of the state’s public workers, effectively hobbling the labor movement there. Now he’s setting his sights on the White House.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE



Are Arab Oil Monarchies Divided Over the Iran Deal? (Video)

There is reason to think that the fabulously wealthy Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprised of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, is deeply divided over the U.N. Security Council deal with Iran.

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Iran’s Khamenei Praises Nuclear Deal but Slams U.S. Foreign Policy (Video)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s clerical Leader, appeared to be attempting to mollify hard-liners in his Friday prayers addresses.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE


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LISTEN: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Iran, America’s Work Ethic and Fetal Tissue for Sale

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief tells the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists that President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is a good step. Also, Jeb Bush tells Americans they need to work longer hours to improve the economy, and Planned Parenthood comes under fire for an undercover video showing a physician talking about the sale of aborted fetal tissue for research.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



Winners and Losers of the Iran Deal in the Greater Middle East (Video)

The end of most U.N. and European sanctions on Iran and the likely end of U.S. third-party sanctions are shaping how regional states see the Vienna agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

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Why Don’t U.S. Media Interview Real Allies on American Policy Regarding the Iran Deal? (Video)

If the Iran deal fails in Congress in part because of how television news covered it, then we must blame the networks for fostering yet another major war and draining the U.S. economy.

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Iran Deal: Why Should We Heed the Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

What everyone should remember about the agreement’s most prominent foes is something they will never mention: their own shameful record in promoting our very worst foreign policy mistake since Vietnam.

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The Iran Deal May Not Be Perfect, but It’s Better Than the Alternative

To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Documents Reveal Saudi Effort to Undermine Iran

Thousands of Saudi documents recently released by WikiLeaks detail an extensive government apparatus dedicated in recent years to undermining Shiite Iran while spreading Saudi Arabia’s strict version of Sunni Islam.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE



Obama: A Reaganite on Iran

President Obama was a long way from being ebullient about Iran at his news conference Wednesday. But like Ronald Reagan, he’s willing to take a chance on the idea that reaching our goals through negotiation can be wiser than the alternatives.

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VIDEO: Republicans in Congress Vow to Fight Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran

Republican leaders vowed Tuesday to kill President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, a deal set to become the president’s signature diplomatic achievement.

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The Real Consequence of the Iran Deal: Imported Pistachios

The momentous deal Iran reached with P5+1 nations Tuesday could have some delicious consequences; another revelation made thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden makes the agency’s mass data collection truly indefensible; meanwhile, the Senate hinders the advance of LGBT rights by voting down an important measure about discrimination in schools. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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VIDEO: Did the Rise of Islamic State Ensure the Iran Nuclear Deal?

In Iraq on Tuesday, Iraq militias and the Iraqi military launched a counterattack on Falluja with the ultimate aim of driving Islamic State (Daesh) out of al-Anbar Province.

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Obama Calls for Overhaul of Criminal Justice System

On Tuesday, fresh off the news of a successful nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama turned his attention to another fraught issue, this one on the domestic front.

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Iran Reaches Historic Deal With World Powers After 20 Months of Negotiation (Updated)

Iranian leaders came to a long-awaited agreement with the P5+1 nations Tuesday in which the Middle Eastern country’s nuclear enrichment program was limited in exchange for the easing of international sanctions.

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That Time Ronald Reagan Opened Iran and Illegally Sold Weapons to Khomeini (Video)

Reagan, prevented by law from selling U.S. weaponry to Iran, arranged the shipment using a notorious Israeli arms dealer as an intermediary. Meanwhile, he was militarily supporting Iraq—Iran’s enemy. In return, Iran agreed to pressure the Lebanese Shiites to let American hostages go. Then, with the money from Khomeini, Reagan financed right-wing death squads in Nicaragua.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE



No, Mr. Netanyahu, Iran Isn’t Trying to Take Over the World and It Isn’t ISIS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged last week that Iran was the major sponsor of terrorism in the world and that it wants to take over the whole world. Here are some replies to Netanyahu’s silliness.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



Iran Nuclear Deal May Be About to Happen

After more than a fortnight of intense negotiations in Vienna, representatives from the P5+1 multinational coalition who have been meeting with officials from Tehran to try to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program seemed close to reaching a conclusion Sunday.

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Iran Readies for a Possible Game Change After the Nuclear Talks

Iran’s approach to negotiating with the United States and five other international parties currently displaying a keen interest in how Tehran conducts its nuclear program isn’t informed only by concerns about the future of that program in and of itself.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: The Myth of Democrats as the Lesser Evil (Part 7 of 10)

In part seven of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that America’s ruling parties are composed not of ideologues committed to particular values but of careerists fortunately susceptible to public pressure.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



Tehran Press on Talks: From ‘Iran Will Be U.S. Strategic Ally’ to ‘U.S. Sanctions Are Here to Stay’

The Iranian press has reacted in a whole range of ways to the current round of negotiations between Iran, Germany and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE



What Have We Learned From WikiLeaks’ Saudi Arabia Documents?

So far, a massive WikiLeaks release of tens of thousands of confidential and top secret Saudi Arabian government documents has shown the country’s royalty racking up huge unpaid bills, government officials discussing how to undermine Iran and a strong dislike of Israel.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE



Calling Out Sen. Blumenthal on Iran

Stanley Heller of the Middle East Crisis Committee responds to a legislative critic of the Obama-backed deal on Iran’s nuclear development.

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Iran Remains a U.S. Enemy Because Military Contractors Want It That Way

“The US national security state, which has the power to block any attempt” by President Obama to forge a new, friendlier relationship with Iran, “has fundamental long-term interests in the continuation of the policy of treating Iran as an enemy,” writes Gareth Porter at Al-Jazeera.

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Congress Intercepts Iran Deal Gyrocopter

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Airstrikes Continue After Saudi Arabia Ends Bombing in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s decision to end its bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen was called into doubt when a new airstrike hit the southern city of Aden just hours after the announcement. Another airstrike occurred in Taiz.

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Iran’s Khamenei: U.S. Invented the Nuclear Myth; Iran Will Never Invade Another Country (Video)

The clerical leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, gave a speech on Sunday in which he urged that Iran maintain its military readiness in order to fend off any hostile invasion or attack. But, he said, “Iran has never invaded a country and never will.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE


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Putin During Public Conference: U.S. ‘Doesn’t Need Allies, Only Vassals’

In his annual “direct line” press conference Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spent four hours taking questions from the public on subjects ranging from the Ukraine conflict and relations with the West to rural transport and the sale of milk to primary schools.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE



Putin Explains to Netanyahu: Iran’s Air Defense System Is, Like, Defensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday with regard to the Russian Federation’s decision to go ahead with the sale to Iran of S-300 anti-aircraft batteries.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



Mind-Boggling Conundrums in the Middle East

As we look to the future of the Afghanistan-Pakistan area, it’s important to understand the historic role of American geostrategic shenanigans. A shifting global economic balance and the fortunes of American arms manufacturers are further complicating matters.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. History of Coup-Making Overshadows Obama’s Outreach to the Latin American Left and Iran

President Obama met with Cuban President Raúl Castro for an hour on Saturday, and the two made progress on plans to restore diplomatic relations.

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What Did Iran’s Supreme Leader Really Say About the Lausanne Agreement, and Why?

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke out on Thursday about the framework agreement for Iran’s negotiations over its nuclear enrichment program with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE



The Iranian Ascendancy

In a classic tale of unintended consequences, just about every time Washington has committed another blunder in the Middle East, Iran has stepped in to take advantage.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE


Art of the Deal

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Fear Monger

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Iran Deal

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Iran Deal Could Lead to an Isolated, Disempowered U.S.

The framework agreement reached last week between the UN “5 plus 1” group and Iran has won general approval internationally, except in Israel and among Benjamin Netanyahu’s Republican Party claque in Washington, where such was never expected.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



Middle East Policy Under Rand Paul

Although Rand Paul has a reputation as a Libertarian non-interventionist, he isn’t actually either one.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE


Dealing With Iran

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Netanyahu Slips and Reveals the Real Reason He Opposes the Iran Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed his hand in a recent interview with CNN.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE



In Morocco, the Dawn of a Green Energy Revolution

In the Arab world, Morocco is the most serious about renewable energy, which is now powering its transformation from a poverty-stricken agricultural country to a modern industrial nation.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE


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