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Israel implicitly admits having nukes: Iran's UN envoy

(source: Press TV) May 20, 2015

A recent suggestion by the Israeli minister of military affairs that Tel Aviv might drop a nuclear bomb on Iran exposes the regime’s possession of nuclear weapons, says the Iranian ambassador to the UN. ››read more

Obama’s GCC “Summit” and the Deepening Incoherence of America’s Middle East Strategy

by Flynt and Hillary Leverett (source: The Wire) May 17, 2015

Defying escalating rhetoric that Iran is “gobbling up the Middle East,” President Obama told the New York Times recently that “the biggest threat” to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states may not come from Iran, but “from dissatisfaction inside their own countries.” Yet, displaying how deeply mired in Washington hype his administration remains, Obama has called on GCC leaders to parade with him at Camp David this week as if Iran is their biggest threat.

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Israel willing to accept Iran deal for US compensation

by Ronen Bergman (source: Ynet News) May 15, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could either continue to fight the deal or he could swallow the deal, asking in return far-reaching benefits from the US, the sources said.

A high-ranking government official told Ynet's sister publication Yedioth Ahronoth that "The White House is willing to pay a hefty price to get some quiet from the Israelis at this point. We are surprised the demand has not been made. ››read more

Nuclear Deal Will Brighten Middle East Prospects

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi (source: Iran Review) May 11, 2015

As the intense nuclear negotiations enter the crucial phase of drafting the final agreement ahead of the July deadline, speculations abound regarding the implications of this historic development for the broader Middle East, which is currently engulfed in multiple crises.
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Saudi Arabia’s “Great Game” in Yemen and America’s Deluded Response

by Hillary Mann Leverett (source: May 6, 2015

Hillary underscored the witlessly reflexive character of U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen this week on CCTV’s The Heat. Critiquing the ongoing Saudi military campaign in Yemen, Hillary points out that “no one in Washington is sure what the goal is, what the Saudis are trying to achieve. It is certainly destabilizing, empowering of al-Qa’ida, and further inflaming the tensions throughout the region.” ››read more

The Media Misses the Point on ‘Proxy War’

by Gareth Porter (source: May 6, 2015

The Saudi regime appears to reflect the sentiment that Prince Bandar bin Sultan expressed to Richard Dearlove, then head MI6, before 9/11. “The time is not far off in the Middle East, Richard,” said Bandar, “when it will be literally ‘God help the Shia’. More than a billion Sunnis have simply had enough of them.” ››read more

Why Iran must remain a US enemy

by Gareth Porter (source: Aljazeera) May 4, 2015

The most important factor in shaping US policy towards Iran is domestic politics - not Obama's own geopolitical vision. ››read more

As Israel Lobby Pushes Full-Access Inspections, US Makes False Claims on Iran Nuclear Deal

by Gareth Porter (source: TruthOut) May 2, 2015

Senior US officials have been claiming that Iranian negotiators had agreed in Lausanne to accept a demand that Iran allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect any site it considered suspicious anywhere in the country, including military bases. Such a provision would have given Israel license to make an endless series of bogus intelligence claims such as the ones that had been labeled "possible military dimensions" aimed at preventing the lifting of sanctions against Iran. ››read more

American Voters Back Iran Deal By Wide Margin

(source: Quinnipiac University) April 28, 2015

American voters support 58 - 33 percent the preliminary agreement with Iran to restrict that country's nuclear program, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today. ››read more

Syria’s Nightmarish Narrative

by Robert Parry (source: Consortiumnews) April 28, 2015

With military and political help from Saudi Arabia and Israel, the nightmare scenario of an Al-Qaeda and/or Islamic State victory in Syria may be coming true, as the army of the more secular Syrian government retreats and as President Obama seems frozen by indecision. ››read more

Embracing the Saudi War on Yemen

by Robert Parry (source: Consortiumnews) April 27, 2015

Fearful of further offending the powerful Saudi-Israeli alliance, President Obama is deploying the U.S. Navy to seal off poverty-stricken Yemen so the Saudi air force has free rein to pummel its regional rivals from the air while the population faces a humanitarian crisis on the ground, reports Robert Parry. ››read more

Saudi “Disorientation,” the Yemen War, and America’s (Self-Imposed) Decline in the Middle East

by Hillary Mann Leverett (source: Going to Tehran) April 25, 2015

On CNN, Hillary recounted how “Saudi Arabia has been militarily involved and trying to manipulate political outcomes in Yemen for decades.  The last time they did this in 2009, they lost militarily to the Houthis.”

So why is Saudi Arabia once again intervening militarily in Yemen.  As Hillary put it on RT’s CrossTalk:

“This can largely be explained in terms of Saudi Arabia reeling since the 2011 Arab Awakening, pursuing disastrous policy after disastrous policy:  helping to overthrow the government in Libya, trying to overthrow the government in Syria, trying to impose a military dictatorship in Egypt and now in Yemen.  I think what we’re seeing is a product of Saudi disorientation and terror at a region that could become more representative in terms of its governance, more independent in terms of its foreign policy.  The Saudis are trying to prevent that kind of independence in foreign policy from emerging in Yemen, and they have yet again gone down this road with the United States to a war that has no end.  And it’s a disaster both for the Saudis and certainly for the Americans.”

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Our Enemies, the Saudis: They’re invading Yemen to empower Al Qaeda

by Justin Raimondo (source: April 20, 2015

Let’s get this straight: Saudi Arabia is Al Qaeda. If there was any doubt about that, the Kingdom’s invasion of Yemen makes it plain as day.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

“A brazen territorial grab by Al Qaeda militants in Yemen – together with a $1-million bank heist, a prison break and capture of a military base – has given the terrorist group fundraising and recruitment tools that suggest it is following the brutal path blazed by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

“Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which was long forced into the shadows by US drone strikes and commando raids, has taken advantage of the growing chaos in Yemen’s multi-sided war to carve out a potential haven that counter-terrorism experts say could help it launch terrorist attacks.” ››read more

Iran Slams Senate Bill: Says Deal With Six Countries, Not Just US

by Jason Ditz (source: April 16, 2015

With a Senate compromise ensuring that the US Congress will be given effective veto power over any nuclear deal negotiated with Iran, Iranian officials are reminding the US that they are only one of six nations being negotiated with.

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A Shifting Narrative on Iran: Iran will always be the enemy

by Philip Giraldi (source: UNZ) April 16, 2015

For more than twenty years the world has been hearing from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his friends in the United States that Iran is a global threat because it is developing nuclear weapons. Netanyahu’s warning has been framed around his repeated prediction that if nothing were done to intercede in the process the Mullahs would have a weapon of mass destruction in their hands within six months or a year. Since that time numerous time spans of six months or a year have passed and no weapon has appeared, even though Israel did its best to provide forged intelligence to muddy the waters about what was actually occurring. In a notable scam, a lap top prepared by Mossad and delivered by an Iranian dissident group half convinced the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran was up to something. Israel has also been adept at floating false “intelligence based” allegations that the Iranians were carrying out uranium enrichment in hidden, secret facilities.

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U.S. Congress Torpedoes the Iran Deal

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi (source: Iran Review) April 16, 2015

The buzz word in Washington around the Iran Nuclear Review Bill that was approved unanimously by a Senate committee is "compromise," parroted even by the White House spokesperson who has let it known that President Obama will endorse it despite some reservations. But, in reality, "compromise" is a code word for "concession," i.e., appeasement of the anti-Iran hawks in U.S. Congress, as well as Israel. ››read more

Iran calls for global nuclear disarmament timetable

(source: Aljazeera) April 9, 2015

Non-Aligned MovementNon-Aligned MovementIran has accused the world's five largest nuclear powers of failing to take concrete action to eliminate their stockpiles and called for negotiations on a convention to achieve nuclear disarmament by a target date.

Iran's deputy UN ambassador Gholam Hossein Dehghani on Wednesday told the UN Disarmament Commission that "a comprehensive, binding, irreversible, verifiable" treaty was the most effective and practical way to eliminate nuclear weapons. ››read more

Obama’s Fateful Indecision

by Robert Parry (source: .Information clearing house) April 8, 2015

With Israel and Saudi Arabia siding with the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda versus Iran and its allies, President Obama faces a critical decision – whether to repudiate those old allies and cooperate with Iran or watch as Sunni terrorist groups possibly take control of a major country in the Mideast. ››read more

Regional Security Dimension Of Iran Nuclear Deal

by Kaveh Afrasiabi (source: Eurasia Review) April 8, 2015

Although the Iran nuclear talks are narrowly-focused on the nuclear issue, the non-nuclear issues such as regional security issues are bound to be impacted both directly and indirectly by the evolution of those talks — that has yielded a framework on the general principles together with some specific details in the form of Lusanne statement. ››read more

The Iran deal should be cautiously celebrated

by Matt Carr (source: Infernal Machine) April 8, 2015

Given the unfolding mayhem that is currently devouring the Middle East, yesterday’s framework agreement over Iran’s nuclear program is a positive development that should be cautiously celebrated. Ordinary Iranians have special reason to celebrate, because they are the ones, as always, who have borne the brunt of sanctions that should never have been imposed in the first place, to the point when Iran is not even able to repair its fleet of passenger planes. ››read more