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Iraq Awards Iran Contracts, U.S. Sulks

Determined to show just how adolescent they can be, U.S. representatives in Baghdad have expressed dissatisfaction and suspicion over a pair of power plants that Iranian and Chinese companies plan to build in Iraq. One American military official described the contracts this way: “As you know, it’s not always as it appears.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE


Bush at podium
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bush Warns of “WW III” If Iran Gets Nukes

Let’s review these key ingredients from a White House news conference on Wednesday and see if they remind us of anything, shall we?  We had: President G. W. Bush—check! Fear-mongering about weapons that a Middle Eastern nation is allegedly developing—check! Accusations from the Bush administration about said Middle Eastern nation lying about said weapons to the U.N.—check! 

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Putin and Ahmadinejad
AP photo / RIA Novosti / Mikhail Klimentyev / Presidential Press Service

Putin and Ahmadinejad: Two Amigos

Continuing to broadcast a clear message of disapproval to the U.S. regarding its foreign policy and commercial interests abroad, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Tuesday to discuss Iran’s nuclear program and to present a unified front against Washington’s possible plans vis-à-vis Iran.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


Running on Yesterday’s Ideas

One of the few things the Republican and Democratic presidential contests have in common is the relentlessness with which candidates on both sides are wrapping themselves in orthodoxy. Heretics need not apply.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


Jimmy Carter

Sunday Saber Rattling

The hawks have taken to the Sunday morning air to beat the war drums over Iran, while those who oppose them, including former President Jimmy Carter, try to prevent a disaster worse than Iraq. TPM TV has this roundup.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


Do You Know the Truth About Lockerbie?

I’m not at all certain that the CIA did not have a scam drugs heist on board and I am not at all sure that the diminutive Libyan agent Megrahi—ultimately convicted on the evidence of the memory of a Maltese tailor—really arranged to plant the bomb on board Pan Am Flight 103 in December 1988.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


What Genocide?

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Hugo Chavez
AP Photo / Victor R. Caivano

Marc Cooper on Hugo Chavez

A former translator for Chile’s Salvador Allende reviews three books evaluating the remarkable rise of Venezuela’s irrepressible Hugo Chavez.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP Photo / Stephin Chernin

Ahmadinejad’s Camp Revisits, Revises Gay Comment

An aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is attempting to work some spin-control magic on what was probably (and unintentionally, according to the aide) Ahmadinejad’s biggest headline-grabber from his speech at Columbia University: his assertion that, “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


Jet fighter
AP photo / LM Otero

Inside the Military-Industrial Complex

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Philip Coyle knows a thing or two about the “staggering” amounts of money the U.S. funnels into the military-industrial complex, and why it is so difficult to stanch the profiteering.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Carter
cnn.com

Carter Has Had Enough

Jimmy Carter was en fuego during a chat with Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, blasting the Bush administration for torturing people, the GOP candidates for racing to the fringe and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for refusing to commit to a full withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Baby Cheney Makes a Proof

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Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE    


Our Little Monster

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Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad and Bush
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Hersh:  Next Stop, Iran

The New Yorker’s ever-tenacious Seymour Hersh is once again on the case of the Bush administration’s Mideast agenda, giving President Bush’s “Mission Evolving” speech from last month a more concrete evolutionary end point:  Iran. 

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


Begging for Peace

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Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


Iranian parliament
worldisround.com

Iran to U.S.: I’m Rubber, You’re Glue

The Iranian parliament has taken the I’m rubber, you’re glue approach to dealing with the U.S., labeling the United States Army and the CIA terrorist organizations, just days after Congress suggested the same designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

Posted on Sep 30, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad

Why Ahmadinejad Is Smiling

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad definitely got the villain treatment during his recent U.S. visit, but Mosaic asks whether it’s Americans he’s even talking to. After all, getting tough with Uncle Sam earns big points in the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 29, 2007 READ MORE


Free Speech Ain’t Free. Oh, Wait a Minute. Yeah, It Is.

After all the brouhaha in New York this week, this seems like a good time to have us a little chat about free speech. Not restricted free speech. Not partial free speech. Not pseudo-, semi-, counterfeit, limited free speech. Not free speech on Wednesdays between 2 and 3 p.m. EDT.

Posted on Sep 29, 2007 READ MORE


Empty Promises

Yes, you heard it right: At the Dartmouth College debate Wednesday evening, not one of the three leading Democratic candidates could pledge that all U.S. combat troops would be out of Iraq by the end of his or her first term as president.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


Know Your Audience

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Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney and fighter jet
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Iraq Will Have to Wait

If you think the Iraq war is a disaster, just wait until we start bombing Iran. The countdown to another war is both real and terrifying, Ritter argues, and, distasteful though it may seem, it won’t be stopped so long as Iraq holds on to the spotlight.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


How to Deal With Iran

The loud, angry and sterile debate over the Iranian president’s visit to Columbia University raises a more serious problem that has long confounded American policymakers: How to cope with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s real masters, the corrupt regime of mullahs who determine both foreign and domestic policy in Iran.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Video Roundup:  Ahmadinejad at Columbia University

The Largest Minority has put together a collection of video clips from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at Columbia University on Monday, complete with Columbia President Lee Bollinger’s controversial introductory remarks.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


Ellsberg Warns of Possible ‘Police State’ in U.S.

Just to put current world events in perspective, here’s a transcript of a recent speech by Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department analyst who released the Pentagon Papers to the press during the Vietnam War, about some potential developments that could severely harm our country in the not-so-distant future.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


Global Consensus, Not Global Conquest

As world leaders gather this week to address the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush’s refusal to negotiate on the two key issues of our day—war and global warming—has been stunning. And the media haven’t helped.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadenijad
AP Photo / Stephen Chernin

Ahmadenijad on Iranian Gays, Jews, Nuclear Program

Addressing harsh criticism from Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, as well as allegations about the treatment of homosexuals in Iran, the status of the Iranian Jewish population, his take on Israel and his country’s nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad raised as many questions as he answered during his controversial appearance at Columbia University on Monday.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadenijad’s N.Y. Visit Triggers Protests, Upsets

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad was branded a “madman” on the front page of the New York Daily News on Monday, the day he was set to speak at Columbia University amid widespread protests and not so subtle references to Adolf Hitler, whom Columbia’s Public Affairs Acting Dean John Coatsworth said would also have been allowed to speak on campus, at least in his pre-Holocaust era.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
cbsnews.com

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


Maclean's cover
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


Ahmadinejad
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
macadamcage.com

‘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


Bush in Oval Office
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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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


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