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Congress’s rush to pass new sanctions against Iran ahead of the August recess comes amidst an intensified drive to pin the Iranian government to deadly acts of international terrorism and amplified moves by U.S. politicians to demonstrate their support for Mideast ally Israel ahead of the November presidential election. ››read more
A lengthy meeting in Turkey between Iran and the European Union on Tuesday failed to result in any tangible progress except an agreement to hold a follow-up meeting at experts level. ››read more
As you may know, the United Nations Security Council has demanded that Iran abandon the enrichment of Uranium. Does the UNSC have the legal authority to make this demand? There are people especially in the US who declare that the UNSC is now essentially a "global legislator" and as such it can legally demand anything it wants, unbound by any laws or rules since (according to the proponents of this view) the UNSC is supposedly the only judge of its own legal competence and authority. ››read more
The Guardian's headlines about Iran continue to deceive. As Mitt Romney talks to Israel about the idea of a military attack on Iran, the Guardian interpret this not as a threat, but rather quite positively, stating that he "woos Israel" by considering such an attack.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told an audience of Israelis and some wealthy pro-Israel Americans that he is prepared to employ “any and all measures” to stop Iran from gaining a nuclear weapons “capability,” a vague concept that arguably already exists. ››read more
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's strong pro-Israel statements over the weekend, including his endorsement of Jerusalem as Israel's capital (a reversal of long-standing U.S. policy), increases the pressure on President Barack Obama to prove that he is an equally strong backer of Israel. ››read more
Editor's note: Ray McGovern is a retired 27-year veteran of CIA's analysis division whose responsibilities included preparing and delivering the president's daily brief.