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Hezbollah Rules West Beirut in Iran’s Proxy War With America

Another American humiliation. The Shia gunmen who drove past my apartment in west Beirut yesterday afternoon were hooting their horns, making V-signs, leaning out of the windows of SUVs with their rifles in the air, proving to the Muslims of the capital that the elected government of Lebanon has lost.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


Map of Iran
opendemocracy.net

Pentagon Eyeing Military Option Aganst Iran

On Friday, a day after an American cargo ship fired warning shots at two small boats off the coast of Iran, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen said the Pentagon is considering various options, including military action, to deal with what he characterized as the Iranian government’s “increasingly lethal and malign influence” in Iraq.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


Pickering
bbc.co.uk

Iran, U.S. in ‘Secret’ Nuke Talks

Diplomatic relations could be better between Iran and America, and judging by the tough-guy posturing of both nations’ presidents, neither side is likely to back down, especially when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program.  But the secret “back channel” discussions going on between the U.S. and Iran for some five years present a slightly different story.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Shiraz mosque bombing
AP photo

Mosque Blast Kills 9, Injures Scores in Iran

A homemade bomb was reportedly the cause of a deadly explosion Saturday at a mosque in Shiraz, about 560 miles south of Iran’s capital city, Tehran.  According to Iran’s Fars news agency, nine people were killed and 105 wounded by the blast.

Posted on Apr 12, 2008 READ MORE


Iranian Parliamentary Elections
AP photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Iran’s Parliamentary Election Turnout Lags

Political observers in Iran are estimating that turnout for Friday’s parliamentary elections may break the country’s 2004 record low of 51 percent. The government’s ruling religious conservative faction is accused of barring many opposition reformist candidates and depressing electoral participation.

Posted on Mar 14, 2008 READ MORE


Pentagon video
breitbart.tv

Iranian Report: Pentagon Video Was ‘Fabricated’

Last Sunday’s alleged confrontation between five Iranian boats and a U.S. Navy vessel, the Hopper, in the Strait of Hormuz was not the dangerous confrontation American officials claimed it was, as evidenced by the somewhat confusing footage the Pentagon released Tuesday. In fact, according to a source in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the video itself was “fabricated.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Iran nuclear program
payvand.com

U.S. Report:  Iran Halted Nuclear Weapons Program in  ‘03

A new report released by American intelligence officials profoundly contradicts President Bush’s claims on the Iran nuclear threat and casts his “World War III” fear-mongering in a dubious light.  The National Intelligence Estimate’s declassified assessment, compiled from 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, says Iran actually halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 “in response to international pressure.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Iranian Newspaper Blasts Ahmadinejad

In what may be a sign of turning tides within Iran, a powerful paper in Tehran, The Islamic Republic, published an editorial Wednesday slamming President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s treatment of his political opponents—an auspicious critique, considering the paper’s close ties with Ayatollah Khamenei.

Posted on Nov 21, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad and Chavez
AP photo / Vahid Salemi

Chavez and Ahmadinejad Huddle in Iran

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stopped off in Tehran to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday after the weekend’s OPEC summit in Saudi Arabia, marking Chavez’s fourth trip to Iran in two years.  During their tête-à-tête, the two least likely leaders to drop in for dinner at the White House discussed, among other things, the dollar’s recent and precipitous decline.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Iran negotiator
AP photo / Vahid Salemi

U.N. Gives Mixed Reviews to Iran’s Nuclear Program

The good news, according to the U.N.‘s nuclear agency, is that Iran earlier was forthcoming with information about its nuclear program.  The bad news is that Iran is not now offering the same level of transparency, is reportedly still enriching uranium in defiance of the Security Council and may be, according to the BBC, cooperating just enough to avoid additional sanctions. Above, Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Gen. Casey
AP photo / Brennan Linsley

In the Hands of the Military

The last, best hope for averting a war with Iran lies with the United States military. We will be saved or doomed by our generals.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE


Iran uranium plant
AP photo / Vahid Salemi

Iran Reaches Nuke Landmark

Iran is another step closer to reaching its long-term nuclear goals, now that 3,000 centrifuges are up and running as part of its uranium enrichment program.  Some experts in the West say 3,000 centrifuges technically could be sufficient to produce a nuclear weapon within a year.

Posted on Nov 7, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney
AP photo / Caleb Jones

Cheney:  ‘We Will Not Allow Iran’ to Get Nukes

Adding fuel to the fire from President Bush’s “World War III” comment about the threat a nuclear-equipped Iran would pose to the world, Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday that the U.S. and like-minded nations “will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”  However, Cheney was less than clear about exactly how this nuke-thwarting process might take place.

Posted on Oct 22, 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


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


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


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


gas riot
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


irannuke
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


iran
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


Ahmadinejad
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


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


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


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


Dick Cheney
jabtv.com

Cheney Rejected Iran Concessions

Four years ago, Iran offered to end its support of Hezbollah and Hamas, help to stabilize Iraq and make its nuclear program more transparent, according to a top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell. But Vice President Dick Cheney nixed the deal, because of his “We don’t talk to evil” mentality, the aide said.

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Gates
from asashop.org

Bush Administration Continues to Trash-Talk Iran

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who only two years ago supported renewing diplomatic relations with Tehran, has taken the administration’s recent Iran bashing to heart, saying the U.S. will beef up its presence in the Persian Gulf to make sure Ahmadinejad & Co. don’t get any ideas.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


mushroom cloud
nationalgeographic.com

Israel Considers Nuking Iran

The Sunday Times has learned that Israel is considering the use of tactical nuclear weapons in order to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. According to Israeli military sources, the plan would be implemented only if the United States refused to act militarily or analysts decided a conventional attack would be unsuccessful. (h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


Natanz
news.bbc.co.uk

Iran Unfazed by Sanctions

Iran responded defiantly Sunday to U.N. Security Council sanctions by announcing it would press ahead with nuclear enrichment. “Previously we said repeatedly that if the Westerners wanted to exploit the UN Security Council it will not only have no influence but make us more determined to pursue our nuclear goals even faster,” said Iran’s top nuclear negotiator.

Posted on Dec 24, 2006 READ MORE


students protest
nytimes.com

More Trouble for Ahmadinejad

The student movement that led to revolution in Iran may now be setting its sights on the country’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was protested last week during an appearance at the same university where the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy was planned.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


Tehran shoppers
Resse Erlich

Iranians Skeptical About U.S.-Tehran Dialogue

Award-winning journalist Reese Erlich discovers that everyday Iranians favor talks between America and Tehran, but most think the negotiations will amount to little more than window dressing.

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


Hersh: CIA Has No Firm Evidence of Iran Nuke Drive

The CIA has found no hard evidence of a secret drive by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, The New Yorker’s Sy Hersh reports.

  • Also, Hersh reports that Cheney has vowed to circumvent Congress and pursue military options against Tehran.

  • Posted on Nov 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran's nuclear missile
    AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

    Chris Hedges: Bush’s Nuclear Apocalypse

    The former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times and author of the bestseller “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” reports on Bush’s plan for Iran, and how a callous war, conceived by zealots, will lead to a disaster of biblical proportions.

    Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran Oil

    Robert Scheer: Bush’s Nutty Nuclear Braggadocio

    “A once swaggering president, who so convincingly wielded a bullhorn and modeled a flight suit, now has assumed the pretzel pose of a supplicant attempting to cajole our old enemy in Tehran into dropping its nuclear ambitions while simultaneously initiating talks with Iran aimed at bailing us out in Iraq.”

    Posted on Apr 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Rattles Nuclear Saber on Iran

    Bush tells reporters “all options are on the table” when asked if he is planning a nuclear strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. Meanwhile, Iran’s president vowed that his nation would “cut off the hand of any aggressor.”

    Posted on Apr 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Fool Me Once…

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told Bush that the UK will not offer any support to strike Iran, regardless of whether there is a U.N. mandate to do so, according to The Scotsman newspaper.

    Posted on Apr 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Andy Borowitz: U.S. to Send One Troop to Iran

    The political satirist reports on Rumsfeld’s plan to punish the government of Iran for its nuclear ambitions by sending the one troop to Tehran.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: Most Don’t Trust Bush on Iran

    Forty-eight percent support striking Iran if it continues down its nuclear course, but a majority do not trust the president to make the “right decision,” according to an L.A. Times-Bloomberg poll.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Analysts: Iran Is Years Away From Making Bomb

    Tehran lacks the skills, materials and equipment to make a nuclear weapon, experts tell the New York Times.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran Joins the Nuclear Club, Moves Toward Large-Scale Enrichment

    Tehran successfully enriched uranium for the first time on Tuesday, and signaled its intention to expand the program rapidly.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Ties Iran to Iraqi Bombs

    The president asserts that many of the roadside bombs in Iraq—which have proved so deadly to U.S. forces—originate in Iran.
    This is part and parcel of Bush & Co.‘s efforts to portray Tehran as the next big boogeyman.
    Check out Truthdig’s Juan Cole on Bush’s campaign to frame Iran. 

    Posted on Mar 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran Threatens U.S. With ‘Harm and Pain’

    Tehran ratchets up the war of words with the U.S. over American-led action to bring Iran before the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions against its nuclear program.
    We’re being threatened by the country Bush didn’t invade and whose surrogates we put in power in Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Official Iranian Paper to Run Holocaust Cartoons

    The Tehran city council-owned newspaper says it is testing the West’s arguments about freedom of expression. | story
    Meanwhile, Four Afghans are killed in cartoon-related protests near the U.S. base in Bagram—the first time violence has been directed against America in the controversy. | story

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran ‘Does Not Need Nuclear Arms’

    The Iranian president, while claiming that his nuclear research is peaceful, slammed the “double standards” of the West and those who seek to “make peace for themselves by creating war for others.” | story
    Perhaps he’s right, but this guy is also a Holocaust denier.
    Update: And now he wants to hold a debate on the scale and consequences of the Holocaust.

    Posted on Jan 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran To Resume Nuclear Fuel Tests

    U.N. warns that world is running out of patience with Tehran | more

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran’s Nuclear Team Cancels U.N. Meeting

    No excuse given, Iranian team leader reportedly heads back to Tehran. | more

    Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE


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