Working for International Dialogue and Peace

Senate passes Iran sanctions bill without debate

by Jim Abrams (source: St. Petersburg Times) October 1, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate, with no debate Saturday, passed and sent to the president legislation that would impose mandatory sanctions on entities that provide goods or services for Iran's weapons programs. ››read more

Bush signs US sanctions bill targeting Iran's partners

(source: AFP) October 1, 2006

US President George W. Bush signed into law a new set of sanctions targeting foreign countries that continue nuclear cooperation with Iran and sell it advanced weaponry. ››read more

Iran farmers fear possible sanctions

by Ali Akbar Dareini (source: Associated Press) September 30, 2006

As the annual pistachio harvest begins, Ali Bajvand has more to worry about than backbreaking labor and changes in crop prices. There is growing unease that possible economic sanctions over the country's controversial nuclear program could stifle the world's largest pistachio exporter. ››read more

Senate votes to extend Iran sanctions

(source: Reuters) September 30, 2006

The U.S. Congress agreed on Saturday to extend sanctions on Iran set to expire this weekend that are aimed at choking off funds that could aid Iran in developing nuclear weapons. ››read more

A bodyguard of lies

by Ardeshir Ommani (source: September 30, 2006

Of course, this conjures up Winston Churchill's famous phrase when he said -- don't quote me on this, okay? I don't want to be quoted on this, so don't quote me. He said, 'sometimes the truth is so precious it must be accompanied by a bodyguard of lies.'
-- Donald Rumsfeld, US Department of Defense Briefing, September 25, 2001 ››read more

Consult America -- Before Iran War!

by Patrick J. Buchanan (source: The Post Chronicle) September 30, 2006

"To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war."

So Winston Churchill is widely quoted. Those words, however, were spoken in 1954, decades after Churchill's voice had been the most bellicose for war in 1914 and 1939, the wars that bled and broke his beloved empire. ››read more

Iran sees no "logic" in suspending atomic work: TV

(source: Reuters) September 30, 2006

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Friday there was no "reason or logic" to suspending Iran's nuclear work and talks were the only way to resolve a standoff with the West, according to state TV. ››read more

War Signals? What is the White House Planning in Relation to Iran?

by Dave Lindorff (source: The Nation) September 30, 2006

bushbushAs reports circulate of a sharp debate within the White House over possible US military action against Iran and its nuclear enrichment facilities, The Nation has learned that the Bush Administration and the Pentagon have issued orders for a major "strike group" of ships, including the nuclear aircraft carrier Eisenhower as well as a cruiser, destroyer, frigate, submarine escort and supply ship, to head for the Persian Gulf, just off Iran's western coast. This information follows a report in the current issue of Time magazine, both online and in print, that a group of ships capable of mining harbors has received orders to be ready to sail for the Persian Gulf by October 1. ››read more

Americans favor diplomacy on Iran: Reuters poll

(source: Reuters) September 28, 2006

A majority of Americans want the United States to increase diplomatic efforts over Iran's nuclear ambitions, while 70 percent oppose the use of U.S. troops to thwart Iran, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Thursday. ››read more

Disarmament Is a Two-Way Street

by Lawrence S. Wittner (source: September 27, 2006

antiwar protestantiwar protestThe Bush administration’s current confrontation with Iran over what it claims is that nation’s nuclear weapons development program raises the question:

Can the disarmament of one country occur in isolation from the disarmament of others?

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Iranian-Americans and a war on Iran

by David Rahni (source: Open Democracy) September 27, 2006

Iranian-Americans oppose any United States military attack on their motherland. Such action, writes David Rahni, would be catastrophic for both Iran and the US's global reputation. ››read more

Pro-Bush Pope Attacks Science & Islam

by Gideon Polya (source: MWC News) September 21, 2006

The Pope  ApologisesThe Pope ApologisesPOPE BENEDICT XVI (aka Joseph Ratzinger, former Nazi German soldier in World War 2 and the Head of the Vatican Inquisition for a quarter century under Pope John Paul II) made a carefully constructed address at the University of Regensburg that was about 2 things: (1) the importance of faith and Biblical literalism in the academic search for truth i.e. Science being mistaken and irrational by excluding Religion from its consideration; and (2) an attack on Islam as being violent and irrational. The Pope was WRONG on both counts. ››read more

Iran's gulf of misunderstanding with US

by Gordon Corera (source: BBC) September 26, 2006

The fiery rhetoric between Iran and the US of recent months has made it appear that the two countries are on a collision course. But did it have to be this way and could the two sides still sit down face to face? ››read more

Iranian leader 'not anti-Semite'

(source: BBC) September 25, 2006

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said he is not an anti-Semite.

"Jews are respected by everyone, by all human beings," he told a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York. ››read more

The Power of Public Opinion

by Patrick McElwee (source: Common Dreams) September 25, 2006

In the past few weeks, we've been reminded that public opinion can constrain the actions of government officials who seek to bring us into conflict with other nations. The Bush Administration's attempt to pressure Congress into granting it immunity to abuse and torture detainees – not only in the future but also for acts committed over the last five years – has been slowed and may be halted. ››read more

Action Iran and CASMII march together against war

by Nariman Massoumi (source: CASMII) September 24, 2006

On Saturday 23rd September Action Iran and CASMII (Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran) joined over 50,000 protesters outside the Labour Party Annual Conference in Manchester. The demonstration called for the resignation of Tony Blair and an end to the UK government unconditional support for the US military adventures in the Middle East. ››read more

Tony Blair's Unfinished Business

by Steve Vujacic (source: September 22, 2006

He finally did it. On Sept. 7, Tony Blair announced that he would step down as prime minister of Britain sometime within the next 12 months. ››read more

Bill Clinton: U.S. should talk to Iran

by time (source: AP) September 21, 2006

Former President Clinton said Thursday the U.S. should try talking to Iran about its nuclear weapons ambitions without imposing a lot of conditions. ››read more

Letter to Mr. Akbar Ganji

by Daniel M Pourkesali (source: CASMII) September 21, 2006

I read with interest your earnest appeal in "Letter to America" [1] posted in Washington Post today. ››read more

Statement by Javad Zarif, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran before the Security Council

by Javad Zarif (source: IRI) July 31, 2006

zarif: Javad Zarif at the UN.zarif: Javad Zarif at the UN.Mr. President,

In my letter of 28 July 2006, I had requested to be given an opportunity to speak before the Council takes action, so that the Council would be appraised -for the first time, of the views of the concerned party before it adopts a decision. ››read more