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The attack on a bus outside the airport at Burgas Bulgaria on Wednesday, July 18th is still under investigation and so far there are few clues regarding the perpetrator(s). The Bulgarian government has published the photo of the bomber’s blown-up face, describing him as “blue-eyed Caucasian.” While we await the final result of the on-going investigation, the sum of the available information raises several troubling questions that cast doubt on the official story – that a “bus load of Israeli passengers” was exploded by a bomb. Rather, the information suggests that the targeted bus was empty and only the passengers in the bus next to it were injured. These questions raise the distinct possibility of an Israeli “false-flag” operation aimed at smearing Iran and Lebanese group, Hizbollah. The purpose of raising these questions is less to prove a theory, and more to disprove the official story that has settled on the notion of a full bus as a self-evident fact, in light of the images of fire and smoke engulfing the said bus, reports of multiple fatalities as well as more than three dozen injured. As a result, any suggestion that the bus in question was empty may seem far-fetched and highly questionable, until one begins to address the following ten questions: ››read more
Germany’s militarised foreign policy - Global stability and world peace will not come from the barrel of a gunby Arshin Adib-Moghaddam (source: Veterans News Now) July 27, 2012
Imagine Iran would be the target of an Israeli nuclear attack launched from submarines designed, built and delivered by Germany. This dystopia may seem unlikely, but it is now entirely possible. The German magazine Der Spiegel, not known for its critical stance towards Israeli policies, recently revealed how German officials facilitated the delivery of the so called dolphin submarines which were built in a shipyard in the northern German town of Kiel and which are capable of carrying nuclear warheads. ››read more
Editor's note: Parts of this article were excerpted from Iran in World Politics: the Question of the Islamic Republic (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008).
Since the collapse of the European effort to persuade Iran to renounce uranium enrichment, it has become a trope in British statements that if left unchecked, Iran’s nuclear programme will trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Even the Chief of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) reportedly believes this. ››read more
Editor's note: Peter Jenkins was Britain’s permanent representative to the IAEA, 2001–06
Fresh US sanctions against Iran, targeting not only the country’s oil industry but also foreign banks have sparked a furore. China warned Washington of a worsening in Sino-American relations, while Iran said the penalties amounted to "military war." ››read more