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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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news.bbc.co.uk

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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AFP

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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news.yahoo.com

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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Flags and Tanks

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


Scheer and Ritter

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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news.bbc.co.uk

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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bbc.co.uk

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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AP Photo / IRNA

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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chinadaily.com.cn

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


Karen Kwiatkowski
abc.net.au

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


Kim Kye Gwan
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


Hillary Clinton
AP Photo / Dennis Cook

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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starbulletin.com

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


Patrick Cockburn

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


CNN's Ed Henry
CNN

Truthdigger of the Week: Ed Henry

Truthdig tips its hat this week to the CNN White House correspondent who has doggedly exposed the contradictions between the Bush White House and the U.S. military on Iranian involvement in Iraq. 

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our selection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a preview of Fox’s answer to “The Daily Show”; The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines speaking about artistic courage to the ACLU; and Chris Hedges laying a smackdown to Colbert and the Christian right.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


CNN reporter Ed Henry

CNN’s Ed Henry Needles Bush on Iran

The cable network’s new White House correspondent is quickly becoming a favorite of Truthdig’s. First he pressed Tony Snow on dubious government claims about Iran-Iraq links. Now he’s calling the White House on its BS about those claims. Way to go, Ed.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


John Oliver and Iran

John Oliver Nails Iran’s Weapons Source

Amid a discussion of Bush’s dubious claims about Iranian influence in Iraq, “The Daily Show’s” “senior military speculator” hilariously divines the point of origin of Tehran’s armaments.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Time for Hillary to Admit Error—and Act

Sen. Clinton can best recover from her vacillation on Iraq by demanding that Bush use diplomacy with Iran.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Former Aide Accuses Condi of ‘Misleading’ Congress

Flynt Leverett, a former aide to Condoleezza Rice, has essentially accused the secretary of state of lying to Congress and the American people when she denied seeing a 2003 proposal from Iran. Tehran had offered a deal similar to what the U.S. wants now, but the Bush administration had no interest at the time. Leverett said former Secretary of State Colin Powell told him he “couldn’t sell it at the White House.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Tony Snow on Iran

Reporters Press Snow to Justify Iran Claims

Remember how the White House used weasel words and half-truths to link Iraq with al-Qaida? This clip shows more of the same, but this time it’s Tony Snow dubiously linking Iraq and Iran—and reporters are having none of it.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Bush on Iran

Bush Dodges Questions on Iran Intel

Watch Bush avoid a CNN reporter’s questions as to the credibility of White House claims about Iranian interference in Iraq.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


al-Sadr
msnbc.com

Where in the World Is Moqtada al-Sadr?

An anonymous U.S. official said on Tuesday that prominent Shiite cleric and Iraqi political figure Moqtada al-Sadr had fled to Iran in order to escape either an American crackdown or fringe elements of his own militia. But several Iraqi officials on Wednesday, also speaking anonymously, said al-Sadr was still in Iraq.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


North Korea Deal a ‘Template’ for Iran

The Bush administration hopes its deal with North Korea will serve as a “template” for Iran, but convincing Tehran to abandon its nuclear program won’t be a walk in the park. Unlike North Korea, Iran has no use for energy aid and has managed to outmaneuver the U.S. in several regional conflicts.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


Dog and Pony Show

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Sawyer and Ahmadinejad
ABC News

Ahmadinejad Says Iran is ‘Ready to Cooperate’

During a contentious interview with Diane Sawyer, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that his country is “ready to cooperate” with regard to its nuclear program “within the framework of regulations.” He also called the Holocaust an “excuse” for the occupation of Palestinian land.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


Bush on Iran

Bush Obfuscates on Iran

You won’t believe (or maybe you will) what the leader of the free world has to say about the public perception that he’s prepping an attack on Iran. (Hint: It’s both intellectually dishonest and grossly inarticulate.) Watch it

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Obama’s New Direction

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U.S. Accuses Iran of Supplying Militants

Two Defense Department officials and a mysterious analyst held an anonymous briefing for reporters Sunday to offer evidence of Iran’s involvement with hostile forces in Iraq. The three claimed Tehran is supplying militants with sophisticated weapons that they said had been used against U.S. forces for at least two years, but the analyst, whose exact job description was withheld, admitted the evidence was not a “smoking gun.”

Posted on Feb 11, 2007 READ MORE


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
chinadaily.com

Iran Warns U.S.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Thursday that Iran would respond to an attack by striking against U.S. interests around the world. Iran’s supreme leader noted that President Bush is seen as reckless, but suggested “it is possible to bring this kind of person to wisdom.” That’s easy for him to say; we’ve been trying for a long time without any luck.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Plan B

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