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As the year draws to a close, the US government risks repeating the costly mistakes of the recent past by ratcheting up tensions with Iran, emphasizing risky sanctions over diplomatic negotiations and making fact-challenged claims about Iran's nuclear program Good thing Rep Dennis Kucinich is on Capitol Hill to call Congress on its deadly war addiction Good thing Rep .

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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.

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Last week, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency expressed "serious concerns" over Iran's nuclear program in a strongly worded report that claimed that there is evidence that Iran might be developing an atomic weapon. This is the stuff of "fantasyland," according to The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh.

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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.

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The Iranian government is apparently of the opinion that sanctions are not "an effective tool," particularly when those sanctions are imposed against Iran from elsewhere in the world, such as the more stringent ones that the European Union just adopted, for example.

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