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U.S. Sent CIA Director as Ambassador to Tehran After CIA Overthrew Iran’s Democratic Government

The decision of the Obama administration and the resolution passed by Congress barring entry to Iran’s designated ambassador to the United Nations has angered Tehran and provoked demonstrations in Iran.

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE



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On Iranian New Year, Russia Hints It May Swing Support to Tehran Over Crimea Sanctions

Iran may have gotten a New Year’s gift via the Crimea crisis, as Russia threatens to play the Iran card over proposed U.S. sanctions.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Iran Sets Date to Start Shrinking Uranium Stockpile

The White House announced Sunday that Iran will start whittling down its stockpile of enriched uranium by Jan. 20, giving a sense of momentum to the agreement announced in November between Washington and Tehran.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Shane Bauer

Prisoners are among the “least of us” in America. After spending two years learning what they go through, investigative reporter Shane Bauer is raising his voice in their defense.

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Nuclear Terror in the Middle East

Iranian cities are particularly vulnerable to nuclear attack, according to a new study, “Nuclear War Between Israel and Iran: Lethality Beyond the Pale,” published in the journal Conflict & Health by researchers from the University of Georgia and Harvard University.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Tightens Sanctions on Iran

The West escalated the economic war against Tehran on Wednesday, imposing a new set of restrictions intended to deter the country’s nuclear ambitions by forcing it into what amounts to a form of barter trade for oil, The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Mr. President, Tear Down This Wall

In election 2012’s “foreign policy” debate, Iran came up no less than 47 times. Americans got virtually nothing substantial about Iran, while its (nonexistent) WMDs were hawked as the top U.S. national security issue. Now, with the campaign Sturm und Drang behind us but the threats still around, the question is: Can Obama 2.0 bridge the gap between current U.S. policy and Persian optics?

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Canada Cuts Iran Loose

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird (right) cited Iran’s support for the Assad regime in Syria, its disputed nuclear energy program and persistent human rights violations as reasons for Canada’s ejection of Iranian diplomats from Ottawa and the closing of the Canadian Embassy in Tehran.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 READ MORE


Netanyahu Takes a Joke at His Own Expense

Employing the time-honored strategy of reappropriation, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a spoof video, based on his speech at Tuesday’s AIPAC session, in which his words about Iran’s alleged plans for its nuclear program are intercut with footage of a cartoon classic and mixed to a lively techno beat.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Iran Talk With Netanyahu and Obama

After reaffirming his support of Israel at an AIPAC conference on Sunday, President Obama met on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, where one particular issue loomed large: Iran.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE



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The Myth of ‘Isolated’ Iran

Once upon a time, the “red line” for Washington on Iran was the “enrichment” of uranium. Now, it’s an actual nuclear weapon that could be brandished. But what if the red line is really the petrodollar line?

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Iranian Students News Agency, Mehdi Ghasemi

Iran, the U.S. and Israel: Blind Man’s Bluff

A lot of people with important-sounding titles pontificate on what lies ahead, but whom are they kidding? It’s like we’re watching kids playing around with vials of highly volatile chemicals.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



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White House Denies Involvement in Iranian Nuke Scientist’s Death

President Obama’s team of top diplomats didn’t wait long to respond to the report that an Iranian nuclear scientist died in a car explosion Wednesday. Later that day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared the U.S. was in no way involved in the death by detonation of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed in Car Blast

Iran is evidently not the safest of places to be a nuclear scientist, as another from among their ranks, 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, was killed Wednesday in Tehran by what the city’s deputy governor characterized as both a magnetic car bomb and the work of Zionist operatives.

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AP / IRIB TV

Iran Condemns American to Death in Spying Case

Another story has emerged to further make the headline-ready case that tensions are ratcheting up between Tehran and Washington, this time from the espionage department. On Monday, news hit the wires that an Iranian court had sentenced 28-year-old Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death for allegedly spying for the CIA.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Iran Refuses to Return U.S. Spy Drone

After an American drone was downed last week in Iran, the U.S. made the unrealistic request that Iranian authorities return the spy machine, and on Tuesday, that appeal was unsurprisingly rejected.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Iran Claims It Captured U.S. Drone

Well, this is awkward. Iran’s state-run Press TV reported Thursday that a special Revolutionary Guard “electronic warfare unit” had gained remote control of a U.S. drone and landed it after it had flown more than 100 miles into Iranian airspace. 

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Iranians Take Out Anger on British Embassy

The Union Jack burned outside the British Embassy in Tehran on Tuesday as angry Iranian protesters charged the compound, smashed windows and demonstrated their displeasure with the British government’s newly imposed sanctions in reaction to Iran’s purported plans to develop nuclear weapons.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Big CIA Bust Reported in Iran

This information, we should note, comes from Iran’s state-sponsored news agency, but officials in Tehran said Wednesday they had arrested as many as 12 CIA agents who had been working undercover to gather intelligence about the Iranian nuclear program and what the government planned to do with it.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

U.N. Zeroes In on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Despite the Iranian government’s insistence to the contrary, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog group, the IAEA, remains suspicious about Tehran’s intentions for the country’s nuclear program, passing a resolution Friday registering its “deep and increasing concern” that Iran is working on a nuclear weapon.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Clinton Denies Designs on Biden’s Throne

What’s a secretary of state to do in the face of international terrorism and domestic unrest? Why, she should set the record straight on the “Today” show, which is just what Hillary Clinton did Thursday to tackle cloak-and-dagger rumors that she might replace Vice President Joe Biden in 2012 ... (more)

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE


Alleged Murder Plot Fans U.S.-Iran Tensions

Figuring in among the lineup of top stories on Wednesday’s broadcast of “Democracy Now!” is the alleged assassination plot against Saudi Arabia Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, for which the U.S. has charged two Iranian agents. Meanwhile, government officials in Tehran are accusing the Obama administration of ... (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Names Iranians in Alleged Assassination Plot

As if relations between Tehran and Washington weren’t troubled enough, Tuesday brought news of a purported plan by Iranian government operatives to kill one Adel al-Jubeir (above), Saudi ambassador to the United States. The alleged bomb plot was shut down by American authorities after two agents apparently recruited the wrong … (more)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Iran Trial Begins for Hikers

Trial has begun in Tehran for two of three American hikers accused of espionage after blundering across the border into Iran. The third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was freed on bail last September and is back in the United States.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Iran Casts Suspicions After Bomb Attacks

On Monday, after two Iranian nuclear scientists were targeted in apparently coordinated bombings, killing one scientist and wounding another, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pointed to the West and to Israel to place blame for the attacks.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE


Amiri
bbc.co.uk

Missing Iranian Scientist Case Causes Diplomatic Discomfort

Well, this is awkward: After months of conflicting reports as to his whereabouts, missing Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri has apparently turned up in the Iranian section of Pakistan’s embassy in Washington, D.C. But was he kidnapped?

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


Salehi
AP / Vahid Salemi

Iran to Shut Out U.N. Nuke Inspectors

Iran made another defiant gesture with regard to its relations with the United Nations on Monday by officially declaring that two U.N. nuclear inspectors will not be granted entry to survey the country’s nuclear plants. Over to you, IAEA.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Six Nations Hold U.N. Huddle About Iran

On Thursday, President Barack Obama made his case for a fourth round of sanctions
against Iran to send a strong message to Tehran about its nuclear program, but some other global powers aren’t on board with that plan just yet—namely, China and Russia.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


mesbah-yazdi with ahmadinejad
AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

The Silent Cleric Who Holds the Key to Iran’s Future

We like to believe—and newspapers and television like us to believe—that the battle for Iran is being fought on the streets of Tehran, of Isfahan, of Najafabad. Untrue. The future of the nation is being decided in Qom, among the clerical leaders of Iranian Shia Islam; and one of the most influential of them—perhaps the closest of all the ayatollahs to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—is silent.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE



AP

Nine Protesters Dead in Tehran

At least nine protesters, including the nephew of Iran’s opposition leader Mir Houssein Mousavi, were killed as demonstrators in Tehran continued the civil unrest that began a week ago in honor of the death of dissident Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri.

Posted on Dec 27, 2009 READ MORE


IAEA
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IAEA Not Worried About Second Iran Nuclear Site

U.N. inspectors have found “nothing to be worried about” in their first report after visiting a previously clandestine uranium-enrichment site south of Tehran. The clean assessment, which described the site as a “hole in a mountain,” may cause critics to now look for more diplomatic solutions to Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


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U.S. to Huddle With Iran on Its Nuclear Plans

American diplomats are gearing up to carefully broach the topic of Tehran’s nuclear program with their Iranian counterparts during a summit on the subject in Geneva on Thursday, thus potentially going further than President Obama had been able to venture in earlier negotiation efforts.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Flickr / Shahram Sharif

6 Iranians on Trial for Postelection Protests

Six people are on trial in Iran for allegedly stirring up trouble and “undermining the Islamic government system” after the country’s controversial presidential elections in June. Some critics are calling the legal actions “show trials,” according to the BBC.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


Khamenei and Ahmadinejad
bbc.co.uk

Iranian Politicians Skip Ahmadinejad Ceremony

Members of the Iranian public aren’t the only ones registering their displeasure about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s impending second term. On Monday, as Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei formally gave his endorsement to Ahmadinejad, some key members of Iran’s political elite were conspicuously absent from the ceremony.

Posted on Aug 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Iran Says 140 Protesters Have Been Freed

Iranian officials announced that 140 detainees have been released from prison in Tehran, while some 200 are still being held. But the numbers announced by authorities and those given by protest leaders differ significantly. According to the latter, thousands are still being held and about 100 people have been killed during the election protests.

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 READ MORE


Iran protest
AP photo

Protesters Venture Out in Tehran

The crowds that emerged in Tehran on Thursday to once again contest the recent national election numbered only in the low thousands, but the first mass protest in 11 days demonstrated that the postelection unrest has yet to be resolved in Iran.

Posted on Jul 9, 2009 READ MORE


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White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama Comes Closer to Meddling

The president reiterated Tuesday that he has no intention of “interfering with Iran’s affairs,” but he also dialed up his criticism of the regime’s crackdown from “it is of concern to me” to “I strongly condemn these unjust actions.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 READ MORE



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Iran Election Watchdog Stands by Results

Iran’s Guardian Council has found “no major fraud or breach in the election” and will not annul the vote, a spokesman announced Tuesday. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, jumped into the fray, calling on the Iranian government to “respect fundamental civil and political rights.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / STR

Symbols Are Not Enough to Win This Battle

You don’t overthrow Islamic revolutions with car headlights. And definitely not with candles. Peaceful protest might have served Gandhi well, but the supreme leader’s Iran is not going to worry about a few thousand demonstrators on the streets, even if they do cry “Allahu Akbar” from their rooftops every night.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 READ MORE



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Iran Arrests Hundreds, Admits Vote Errors

Iranian election officials announced over the weekend that in 50 districts, there were more votes cast than voters. It’s a glimmer of hope for protesters, who stayed home Sunday as the government flooded the streets of Tehran with security personnel. State media reported the arrest of 457 people following Saturday’s violence.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 READ MORE


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American Journalist Gets 8-Year Jail Sentence in Iran

In a move that strains the already delicate ties between Tehran and Washington, Iran has sentenced Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi to eight years in jail for allegedly spying for the U.S. government.

Posted on Apr 18, 2009 READ MORE



AP pool photo / Aleksey Nikolskyi

Barack Obama, Meet Team B

The president must be getting bad advice. Why else would he offer not to build a missile defense system he doesn’t want in exchange for Russia’s help with an Iranian nuclear weapons program that doesn’t exist?

Posted on Mar 12, 2009 READ MORE


U.S. Tehran Embassy
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U.S. to Maybe Consider Thinking About Talking to Iran

Plans for a bastardized version of a U.S. embassy—an “interests section”—are reportedly in motion in Iran as the Bush administration tries to supplement its bellicose rhetoric with what it calls “people-to-people exchanges” between Iranians and U.S. citizens.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE


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OPEC: War With Iran Would Cause ‘Unlimited’ Oil Price Hike

The price of oil is bad now, but it could get much worse, according to OPEC Secretary-General Abdalla Salem el-Badri, if Iran became embroiled in a military conflict with the U.S. or Israel. If a war occurs, Badri says, there’s no telling how high oil prices might climb.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Tehran Shoots, Obama Scorns

Taking a move from the McCain playbook and latching on to the bogeyman that is Iran, Barack Obama responded to Tehran’s long-range weapons tests Wednesday with calls for tougher economic sanctions against the country, whose missiles are now deemed capable of hitting American bases in the region.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE


Maliki and Ahmadinejad
AP photo / ISNA, Amir Kholusi

Military Action Against Iran ‘Would Destabilize Iraq’

Iraq will be plunged into a new war if Israel or the U.S. launches an attack on Iran, Iraqi leaders have warned. Iranian retaliation would take place in Iraq, said Dr. Mahmoud Othman, the influential Iraqi MP.

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Cheney’s Goal Portrayed as Regime Change Across Mideast

In this clip from The Real News, featuring an interview with Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, Larry Wilkerson, we learn that Iranian officials made an offer back in 2003 to negotiate with the Bush administration about all the important issues causing friction between Tehran and Washington. But we also learn that Dick Cheney was opposed to “talking to evil, period”— and had certain other reasons for refusing Iran’s overture.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


U.N. Agency: Iran ‘Stonewalling’ Nuclear Inspectors

Iran’s nuclear program is once again raising concerns among members of the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who claim in a new report that, despite earlier signs of cooperation this year, Tehran is leaving key questions unanswered about possible plans to ramp up its uranium enrichment capabilities by the end of this summer.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
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Kerry: U.S., Iran Have Plenty to Talk About

Sen. John Kerry (remember him?) has penned an Op-Ed for The Washington Post, taking issue with President Bush’s—and by extension, John McCain’s—argument that engaging in talks with Iran would constitute a dangerous gesture of “appeasement.” The No. 1 reason Kerry thinks the GOP leaders’ stance is wrong? Well, “In short, not talking to Iran has failed. Miserably.” Above, Iranian President Ahmadinejad.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


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