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‘President’ Lieberman: A Cautionary Tale

What would have happened if, by some twist of political fate, Sen. Joe Lieberman had assumed the U.S.‘s highest office instead of George W. Bush?  Judging by his hawkish leanings of late, particularly vis-à-vis Iran, the man who ran alongside Al Gore in 2000 proves the point that not every (once) Democratic candidate would have been better than Bush.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


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Democratic Debate Fireworks

In case you missed it, or just want to relive the rhetorical pyrotechnics, check out this collection of debate highlights (including the Edwards-Obama-Clinton throwdown) assembled by PoliticsTV.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Fightin’ Words from Putin, Ahmadinejad

Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured) isn’t showing any sign of softening up in his response to the U.S. government’s plans to install an anti-missile shield in Europe.  Meanwhile, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dramatically announced that Israel’s days are numbered.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Breaks Neocon Taboo

For a brief moment on Memorial Day, the U.S. and Iran set aside decades of hostility to meet and talk. That short rendezvous, although upsetting to neoconservative warmongers and their nefarious plans, holds real promise for American security and prosperity.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Iran Expanding Its Nuke Program

A report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency reveals that Iran is moving forward with its nuclear program, in defiance of sanctions imposed in March by the United Nations.  The watchdog agency says Tehran is obstructing the IAEA’s investigative efforts to monitor suspicious nuclear activities, according to the BBC.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Iran Calls Bush’s Bluff

Relations between the U.S. and Iran are shifting as U.N. inspectors discover that Iran’s uranium enrichment program appears to be further along than previously believed.  These new developments only underscore the increasing volatility in the very region the American invasion of Iraq was supposed to secure, and they put the Bush administration in a codependent relationship with Iran’s ruling regime.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. and Iran Agree to Iraq Meeting

Washington and Tehran have agreed to temporarily set aside their differences and meet in Baghdad for limited talks on the security of Iraq. The surprise move comes amid rising tensions between the two nations, which have been publicly taunting each other in recent days.

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Cheney’s Fightin’ Words For Iran

Vice President Dick Cheney made the symbolic move of delivering a warning to Iran while aboard a nearby U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.  Cheney said the U.S. would use military force if necessary to prevent Iran from interfering with oil trade or “gaining nuclear weapons and dominating this region.”

Posted on May 12, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. and Iran Vie for Gulf Allies

The Gulf nations of the Mideast have long been allies of the U.S. and Vice President Dick Cheney has been dispatched to make sure that doesn’t change, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also visiting the region in an attempt to win over disgruntled governments. Mustafa Alani, a regional analyst, sums up how the Gulf is handling all the attention: “We have a deep mistrust of both sides.”

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


Rice Meets With Syrian Counterpart

A senior State Department official has confirmed that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with her Syrian counterpart at an ongoing conference in Egypt. The two were expected to discuss Iraq’s security. Iran, too, has expressed interest in such a meeting, but when asked about that possibility earlier this week President Bush said simply that his top diplomat would not be rude to Iran’s foreign minister.

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart on Bush’s Henchmen

Jon Stewart offers his take on Condoleezza Rice’s impending awkwardness with Iran and Paul Wolfowitz’s World Bank shenanigans.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Kucinich:  Impeach Cheney

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich has filed articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney, citing the “very real” possibility that the U.S. would wage war with Iran and accusing Cheney of “fabricat[ing] intelligence on weapons of mass destruction to justify the Iraq war,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Apr 25, 2007 READ MORE


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The Oliver Stone of Iran

The veteran journalist and Mideast traveler profiles Jafar Panahi (above), whose socially conscious films have earned him critical acclaim, box-office success and the unwelcome scrutiny of his government.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


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McCain’s Creepy Karaoke

Doing both the Iranian people and the Beach Boys a grave dishonor in one extraordinary gaffe, John McCain made the ill-conceived move of covering that classic good-time hit “Barbara Ann,” with a slight, hawkish adaptation:  he changed the lyrics to “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.”

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


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The Final Act of Submission

The former weapons inspector who foretold the Iraq disaster argues that the newly empowered Democrats have allowed the Israel lobby to subvert America’s foreign policy by tacitly endorsing war with Iran.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


Abducted Iranian’s Injuries Confirmed

Did the CIA torture an Iranian diplomat?  The Red Cross head in Tehran says he saw wounds on Jalal Sharafi’s body—and after the Bush administration’s defense of torture, anything is possible.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 READ MORE


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Shiite Crowds Protest Occupation

A massive procession made up of tens of thousands of Shiites marched to the holy city of Najaf on Monday to protest the U.S. occupation on the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. One might recall that these are the very Iraqis who, having been oppressed by Saddam Hussein, were supposed to greet us as liberators.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


Iranian’s Torture Tale Denied by U.S.

American officials have rejected claims made by Iranian diplomat Jalal Sharafi that he was tortured “day and night” by members of the CIA after being captured in February while stationed in Baghdad.

Posted on Apr 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Iran’s Trump Card

Evidence of Iran’s influence over the global economy appeared Wednesday as the oil-rich nation agreed to release 15 British captives and petroleum prices consequently fell. If a relatively minor diplomatic dispute can perturb investors, imagine how invading or bombing Iran would affect global markets.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


Blair: ‘Door Is Open’ for Deal to Free Sailors

British Prime Minister Tony Blair believes there is a window of opportunity over the next two days to negotiate the release of the 15 captive British sailors accused of trespassing in Iranian waters.  Blair indicated that British and Iranian government officials have been in talks to work out a way to bring the Britons home without putting them on trial in Iran.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


British Sailor Standoff Sparks Protest in Tehran

Two of the 15 captured British sailors are reportedly scheduled to appear on Iranian TV Sunday to offer their “confessions” for trespassing in Iranian waters on March 23.  The incident has provoked unrest in Tehran, where Sunday some 200 angry students hurled firecrackers and rocks at the British Embassy, according to the BBC.

Posted on Apr 1, 2007 READ MORE


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British Captive Says She Was ‘Sacrificed’

British officials are condemning the Iranian government’s use of 15 captured British marines and sailors as “propaganda,” insisting that they did not stray into Iranian waters—even as another sailor has appeared in a video clip claiming, “We trespassed without permission.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Iran Demands Mea Culpa in Exchange for Captives

The Iranian foreign minister has said if Britain admits it made a mistake and violated Iran’s territorial waters, it would “facilitate” an end to the standoff over 15 captured British sailors and marines. Both countries say they have evidence to back up their conflicting claims. Update: A former British ambassador has challenged Britain’s data.

Posted on Mar 28, 2007 READ MORE


Iran May Prosecute Sailors

The Iranian foreign minister has said 15 Royal Navy sailors and marines detained on Friday could be charged with violating Iran’s territory, although Britain insists the personnel were in Iraqi waters. Iran has also accused the sailors of spying. News of their capture came as the U.N. Security Council toughened sanctions against Iran.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Scott Ritter: Calling Out Idiot America

The former weapons inspector and military intelligence officer plumbs the depths of American ignorance and offers this history of Iraq, the Mideast and Islam. When so few of our politicians, and even fewer of the citizens who elect them,  understand the forces at work in Baghdad and beyond, is it any wonder the occupation has been a disaster?

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Two Who Got It Right: Scott Ritter in Conversation With Robert Scheer

The former U.N. weapons inspector, who was scorned for saying there were no WMD in Iraq, speaks with Robert Scheer about American ignorance, the lies that led us to war, Iran’s nuclear program and more. Update: Transcript now available.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Creates Department of Faulty Intelligence

The satirist envisions a Cabinet-level agency to better handle the abundance of misinformation pumped out by the administration.

Posted on Mar 18, 2007 READ MORE


Fabricated Evidence, Round Two?

The writers explain why a pre-emptive attack on Iran would backfire, and they challenge the Bush administration’s claims that Iran is supplying explosives to Iraqi insurgent groups.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Dems Back Down on Iran

House Democrats have agreed to drop a provision from an upcoming war spending bill that would have required congressional approval before the president could declare war on Iran. The legislation, if it survives a veto, would still demand the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by Sept. 1, 2008.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Poll: Israel and Iran Have Mostly Negative Influence

Most people believe Israel and Iran have a substantially negative impact on the world, according to a BBC poll of 28,000 people in 27 countries. Canada and Japan rated highest among nations that were seen to have a largely positive influence.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Oxford Think Tank: A Strike on Iran Could Backfire

Nuclear experts from the Oxford Research Group have some words of advice for world leaders about their future dealings with Iran.  Scientist Frank Barnaby,  who co-authored the think tank’s report, warned that pre-emptive military action “could speed Iran’s progress to a nuclear bomb.” 

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


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What Would You Do if You Were Iran?

There’s a clear lesson to be learned from George W. Bush’s “axis of evil” approach to foreign policy: Get a bomb or get invaded. The administration’s thinking can produce nothing but unprecedented nuclear proliferation.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Women’s Rights Protesters Arrested in Iran

More than 32 Iranian women were arrested Sunday for picketing near a Tehran courthouse in which five female activists were on trial for planning a women’s rights demonstration last June.  The unfortunate irony of this situation became more pronounced when protesters suggested that police were using intimidation to discourage rallies on March 8, International Women’s Day.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


The Not So Silent Majority

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Ahmadinejad and King Abdullah Talk War and Peace

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got some face time for the first time with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Saturday.  The Mideast leaders discussed how to curb sectarian violence in the region, the Iraq war and Iran’s developing nuclear program, among other weighty topics.

Posted on Mar 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Pentagon Whistle-Blower on the Coming War With Iran

Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski (ret.), a veteran of the Pentagon with firsthand experience of the administration’s cherry-picking of intelligence, reveals why Bush thinks he can win a war with Iran, why few politicians are serious about withdrawal and why “when they call Iraq a success, they mean it.”
Update: Full transcript added

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


We’ll Lock Up Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

If Lady Liberty wasn’t bolted down, she would get up and walk away, having witnessed the abusive imprisonment that America’s broken immigration system imposes on the asylum seekers, torture victims and innocent families who had the criminal impulse to search for a better life.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Greg Baker

Going Back to North Korea, Hat in Hand

There is nothing wrong with negotiating with our enemies rather than weakly blustering at cartoon images of them—I wish we would do the same in our dealings with Iran—but it would be nice if we would stop shooting ourselves in the foot first.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Will Attend Meeting With Iran and Syria

Despite ramping up its verbal attacks on Iran and Syria, the U.S. will participate in a conference in Iraq next month that will include the two regional powers. A State Department spokesman said he would not “exclude any particular interaction” with the diplomatic foes.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Bush Turns to a Trusted Source

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Israel Plans Attack Drill

Israel will shore up its defenses by staging simulated chemical and nuclear attacks around the country in March.  The large-scale rehearsal probably reflects increased security concerns in light of Iran’s nuclear developments and recent clashes with Hezbollah forces.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


More Iran Saber Rattling From Cheney

Vice President Cheney, speaking in Australia, indicated yet again that the use of force would be likely if Iran continued its uranium enrichment program. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday, “The Iranian people are vigilant and will defend all their rights to the end.” According to Cheney, “all options are on the table.” However, for the Bush administration, this seems to translate as only one option: military intervention.

Posted on Feb 24, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Welcome to the Club

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Iran Info From Top to Bottom

The Project on Defense Alternatives has collected more than 120 articles on Iran that offer “critical perspectives on the current crisis, its origins, and implications.” For information about U.S. foreign policy, oil geopolitics, war plans for Iran and much more, check it out.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Hillary’s Calculations Add Up to War

In light of her hawkish posturing and consistent support of the war for all the wrong reasons, the best advice on Hillary’s campaign comes from the candidate herself: If you’re against the war, vote for someone else.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad Demands ‘Equal Conditions’ for Talks

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that his nation is willing to shut down its nuclear enrichment program in order to hold talks, but first the West must do likewise: “We say how is it that your [nuclear fuel] production facilities work 24 hours a day, but you feel threatened by our newly established complex and we need to shut it down for talks?”

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


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A Horrific Plan for Attacking Iran

U.S. Central Command has developed a plan for airstrikes against Iran that includes hitting not just nuclear facilities but most military targets throughout the country. According to the BBC, either confirmation that Iran is building a nuclear weapon or evidence linking Tehran to a high-casualty attack inside Iraq could set the plan in motion.

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE


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A Conversation With Patrick Cockburn

One of the UK’s most seasoned reporters (The Independent, Financial Times) discusses the dangers of working as an “unembedded” journalist in Iraq and looks at the prospects of war with Iran. (A Counterpunch magazine video interview) Part 1, Part 2

Posted on Feb 17, 2007 READ MORE


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