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Ahmadinejad Pooh-Poohs Nukes and War

Before leaving for New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told “60 Minutes” that his nation was not going to war with the U.S. and that the nuclear bomb had outlived its usefulness: “If it was useful, it would have prevented the downfall of the Soviet Union; if it was useful, it would resolved the problem the Americans have in Iraq. ... The time of the bomb is passed.”

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE


Ted Turner
AP Photo / Ric Feld

Ted Turner’s Take on Iran, Pandas, Nudgy Publicists

Ever wonder what Ted Turner might be thinking about, say, Mideast politics, or how to squeak by on just “a couple billion” dollars?  How about bunnies?  If so, you’re in luck—this GQ interview with the ever-rowdy media mogul has it all, along with a rather startling spat with his publicist captured on the record.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Macleans.ca

Canadian Mag Calls Bush ‘The New Saddam’

Chances are pretty darn slim that this is President Bush’s favorite cover model moment: Canadian magazine Maclean’s whipped up quite a provocative picture for its latest cover story, which makes the claim that “a desperate Washington is reaching out to the late dictator’s henchmen.”

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


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thewe.cc

Ahmadinejad Denied 9/11 Tribute

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had hoped to lay a wreath at ground zero during his upcoming visit to New York “in order to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorists attack of Sept. 11, 2001,” but local authorities and America’s U.N. ambassador have both said no way to the request.

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


War at the End of the Tunnel

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Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


Iran Blasts France for Beating War Drums

Not surprisingly, Iranian officials are none too pleased with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner after he warned on Sunday that Iran’s developing nuclear program constitutes cause for alarm—and potentially for war. 

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


Caspian Rain
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‘Caspian Rain’

Truthdig is pleased to present these two excerpts from the novel “Caspian Rain” by Gina Nahai, best-selling author of “Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith.”  In “Rain,” her fourth novel, Nahai explores Iran’s complex culture through the eyes of a group of memorable characters living in various sectors of society during the years leading up to the Islamic Revolution.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


Bernard Kouchner
news.bbc.co.uk

France Puts On the War Paint

France’s foreign minister has issued an alarming warning over Iran’s nuclear program: “We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war,” Bernard Kouchner said. Those are troubling words coming from a recently elected conservative French government that has tried to buddy up to the White House. It makes us wonder what he knows that we don’t.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


Bush praying
whitehouse.gov

Bush’s Holy War

In this thought-provoking opinion piece from the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, writer Correlli Barnett points out how, in waging his own brand of holy war, Bush (and, by extension, former British PM Tony Blair) failed to comprehend crucial lessons about war that historical examples have repeatedly borne out. 

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 READ MORE


Khamenei
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

Iran’s Supreme Leader Blasts Bush

Providing a sharp retort to President Bush’s Iraq war update speech on Thursday, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei laid into Bush for his war policy and his administration’s aggressive stance toward Iran during Friday prayers, opining that Bush will be tried in an international court for his part in the Iraq debacle.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


The Illusion of Progress in Iraq

Following two days of carefully staged theatrics on Capitol Hill and cable television, the essential facts about Iraq remain unchanged. Despite the big charts and the blustering fanfare highlighted by Fox News, neither Gen. David H. Petraeus nor Ambassador Ryan Crocker could convincingly claim that the American military escalation in Iraq is achieving its original goals.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


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whitehouse.gov

Bush Pitches ‘Return on Success’ Plan

In a preview of Thursday’s speech, President Bush lays out his “return on success” plan for bringing troops home (though the meaning of “success” is unclear), discusses the Iraqi government’s progress (and lack thereof) in meeting its goals, and insists that “the success of a free Iraq is critical” to America’s security.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


Iran Cracks the Code

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McPhee knew that the United States was in grave danger now. If the Iranians were able to produce their own silly putty, they might soon acquire the means to develop other sixty-year-old technology like tupperware, slinkys and nuclear weaponry.
Posted on Sep 11, 2007 READ MORE    


Lost Nukes Headed to Iran?

Remember that B-52 that accidentally took some nukes on a joyride? The whole episode doesn’t make much sense to Larry Johnson, a former employee of the CIA and the State Department’s counterterrorism office, who wonders if it’s more than a coincidence that the plane landed at Barksdale Air Force Base, which a former B-52 pilot friend tells him is “a jumping off point for Middle East operations.”

Posted on Sep 7, 2007 READ MORE


Armed Iranian women
AP Photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

The Next Quagmire

By all indications, the United States is about to attack Iran. Expect a regional catastrophe to follow, propelled by impotent diplomacy and inane media.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


Kim Gye Gwan
AP Photo / Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi

Nuclear Proliferation at a Crossroads

If the Bush administration is now in peacenik mode with North Korea, why not more aggressively follow the diplomatic track with Iran?  As a result of a startling turnabout by an administration committed to wage war against “rogue nations,” it turns out offers of aid and diplomatic recognition might work wonders in stemming the spread of the nuclear threat.

Posted on Sep 2, 2007 READ MORE


Oliver Stone
news.bbc.co.uk

Oliver Stone Preps My Lai Movie

Bruce Willis will star in an Oliver Stone film about the My Lai massacre, perhaps the most infamous atrocity to emerge from the Vietnam War. In other Stone news, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he has “no objection, generally speaking,” to the director’s rumored desire to make a biopic about him but that Stone would need to “let me know what are the frameworks.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


Axis of Evil ... Where Have We Heard This?

President Bush has once again accused Iran of supplying militants in Iraq, colorfully referring to “Tehran’s murderous activities” in a speech Tuesday. The heated rhetoric, including references to Iran’s supposed nuclear ambitions and mysterious evidence of unsavory behavior, bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the administration’s push for war with Iraq.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Fox News Sets Sights on Iran

Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald has put together an alarming new short film, “Fox Attacks:  Iran,” in which he compares footage featuring Fox News anchors and pundits talking about Iraq before and after the U.S. invasion with the network’s more recent coverage about Iran.  The similarities are striking.

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


Iranian Puzzle Missing Some Pieces

Bush administration members and other Capitol Hill denizens are puzzling over how to approach Iran—one currently circulating (so Cold War retro!) keyword is “containment,” says the BBC—and finding the situation to be increasingly perplexing in light of U.S. relationships with Iraq and other Mideast nations. 

Posted on Aug 18, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney Flips

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Posted on Aug 17, 2007 READ MORE


Making Room for Iran

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Sunni Leader Links Maliki to ‘Death Squads’

Just as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced a renewed effort to restore unity to his government, the leader of the largest Sunni political group, Adnan al-Dulaimi, accused him of working with Iran to support sectarian violence against Sunnis.

Posted on Aug 12, 2007 READ MORE


Iran to U.S.:  Get Out of Iraq

After extensive meetings with Iraqi officials in Tehran this week, Iranian Vice President Parviz Davoodi linked Iraq’s future security to U.S withdrawal from the country. Judging by the reported mood of the meetings, Iraq and Iran are forging strong ties that will make the Bush administration’s increasingly cagey attitude toward Iran hard to sell to Iraqi leaders.

Posted on Aug 9, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Karzai Nix Taliban’s Hostages Deal

Joining forces for a press conference at Camp David on Monday, President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai refused the Taliban’s proposal for a prisoner swap.  The Taliban says it will free the 21 surviving South Korean Christians kidnapped in Afghanistan on July 19 if captive Taliban members are released.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Sold Banned Jet Equipment

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Defense Department sold roughly 1,400 parts that could be used to repair Iran’s aging air force, despite a crackdown on such sales.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Condi Pitches $20-Billion Mideast Arms Deal

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday revealed details of an extensive arms package totaling $20 billion for Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other nearby countries—along with a $30-billion 10-year plan for Israel—with the purported aim of shoring up Middle Eastern states against the potential regional threat posed by Iran.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


U.N. Nuke Experts Bring Good Word From Tehran

Here’s some good news from Iran that President Bush and his flock of hawks may not be eager to hear:  United Nations officials have reported that Iran is slowing its nuclear program and inspectors are returning to Tehran.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Greenwald’s Latest: Impeach Cheney

The latest viral video from the folks at Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films is a joint effort with Democrats.com and AfterDowningStreet.com to try to build support for impeachment of the vice president.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


oliver stone
foxnews.com

To Iran, He’s Just Another Devil

Plans by director Oliver Stone (pictured) to make a film focusing on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have met with opposition from the Iranian government, which, according to a spokesperson, considers Stone’s movies to be “part of the ‘Great Satan.’ ”

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo

Gas Riots in Iran

You wouldn’t think one of the world’s biggest oil producers would have gasoline shortages, but Iran simply lacks the refining capacity to meet demand. A new rationing system meant to keep costs down has sparked riots. Under the new rules, prices have soared to 38 cents a gallon.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Death Toll for June Climbs to 78

Saturday was a particularly deadly day in and around Baghdad.  Eight U.S. soldiers were killed by explosions or gunfire in different parts of the capital, raising the fatality count to 30 in the last six days, according to The Washington Post.

Posted on Jun 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Guantanamo on (Iranian) TV

Sometimes the best way to tell what other nations think of the U.S. is to see how Americans are depicted in entertainment products.  Judging by this translated excerpt from the Iranian television drama “Guantanamo” (granted, subject matter must also weigh heavily in the equation), our international PR leaves a lot to be desired.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


lieberman
AP Photo / Karim Kadim, file

‘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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Posted on Jun 6, 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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AP Photo / ITAR-TASS

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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AP Photo / Vahid Salemi

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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AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian

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.

Posted on May 13, 2007 READ MORE


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.us

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


Panahi
AP Photo / Hermann J. Knippertz

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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AP Photo / Petros Karadjias

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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