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United States has refused ruling out military action which may include use of tactical nuclear weapons in order to stop Iran’s uranium enrichment program. Even if in a total lapse of all humanity and sound judgment people were to somehow accept Truman's absurd harebrained reasoning as proper justification to commit mass murder against the Japanese, how will we ever explain a similar act perpetrated against those innocent Iranians who have not threatened nor done us any harm?
Holding a joint press conference with the new British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, George W. Bush called Iraq a ‘new democracy’; The gift of democracy from Bush White House. It would seem appropriate that a statue of George W. Bush be erected where Saddam’s statue once stood – after all, he is the liberator. The momentous unveiling ought to be accompanied by the wailing of mothers rocking back and forth as they beat their chests holding corpses and shrieking in anguish. The ‘new democracy’ should have its orphaned children present, delivering their gratitude with growling stomachs and tears that are all they have to relieve their scorched throats. ››read more
The Bush Administration along with a majority of the mainstream media have been engaged in an escalating campaign to demonize Iran and its people in an eerily familiar campaign to prepare public opinion for yet another possible military intervention. In response, the Virginia Anti-War Network (VAWN) and the Richmond Defender newspaper organized a People's Peace Delegation to Iran in response to a suggestion by the Campaign Against Sanctions & Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII).
Delegation members consist of anti-war activists, war veterans, and environmentalists from Richmond VA, Norfolk VA, Washington DC, and Milwaukee WI representing various local, regional and national social justice and anti-war organizations. The trip was financed by the member's personal funds, sponsoring organizations, and through public fundraising events. ››read more
The increasingly fantastical nature of the Neo-Cons’ propaganda claims regarding the Iranian involvement with such irreconcilable forces from the Shiia militias to the Sunni extremists, to Al Qaeda, does not deter Simon Tisdall, nor does it prompt him to question the sheer implausibility of these accusations, a situation identical to his 22nd May article in the Guardian. This type of reporting can only serve to benefit those elements in the US who are doing all they can to sabotage the long awaited and extremely sensitive dialogue between the US and Iran which has the potential of securing peace in Iraq and averting a war with Iran with regional and global catastrophic consequences. ››read more
David Milliband, British foreign secretary, confirmed in an interview with the Financial times, 8th July, that there is no evidence of Iranian complicity in instability in Iraq or attacks on British troops:
Asked by the FT, “What do you think of Iran’s complicity in attacks on British soldiers in Basra”?, Miliband’s first response was, “Well, I think that any evidence of Iranian engagement there is to be deplored. I think that we need regional players to be supporting stability, not fomenting discord, never mind death. And as I said at the beginning, Iran has a complete right, and we support the idea that Iran should be a wealthy and respected part of the future. But it does not have the right to be a force of instability”. However, prompted more closely, “Just to be clear, there is evidence?”, he replied, “Well no, I chose my words carefully…”.
Last Wednesday, when Joe Lieberman  the Senator from Connecticut who earlier this month called for bombing strikes against Iran , introduced an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill  in support of the White House's uncorroborated accusations that "Iran is funding, training, and arming Iraqi militias who are contributing to the destabilization of Iraq and responsible for the murder of the members of the United States Armed Forces", not a single Senator rose to challenge those allegations, and the amendment passed unanimously on a 97-0 vote. It is now clear that most of the newly-elected members of Congress have abandoned the antiwar platforms on which they ran their election campaigns on and have willingly joined the bandwagon of lies, half-truths and disinformation which will prepare the ground for and inevitably lead to a new military adventure against yet another sovereign nation that has not posed a threat to the United States.
If there were any justice in the world, Murdoch, who did more than anyone in the news business to mislead the US/UK public into an unjustified, disastrous war and is now repeating his tactic to extend this war to Iran would be put on trial in the International Criminal Court. Unfortunately, instead he is expanding his empire. ››read more
Editor's note: Jubin Motamed is on the editorial board of CASMII.
As Tony Blair left Downing Street, leaving Britain's Prime Ministership to his long time rival and co-leader of the Labour Party, Gordon Brown, the protesters outside Blair's office were greeted with the news that Blair had just been appointed as the new "Middle East Envoy" for the Quartet. (US/EU/UN/Russia) ››read more
Editor's note: Mohammad Kamaali is a UK board member of CASMII.
On June 19th, the “findings” of the two official enquiries into the circumstances of the capture of the British Marines in the Persian Gulf was announced to the British Parliament, the full report itself is, however, protected by the Official Secrets Act from being scrutinised by the public.... Enquiries which leave erroneous foreign policies outside their remit and are operationally focussed are naturally incapable of addressing the contributing factors that led into a crisis that could have potentially escalated into a war. Or might we say, the intention of the enquiry was not so much addressing what led into the crisis but rather what went wrong with ‘our crisis’ ››read more
In recent weeks, Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has repeatedly condemned any plans for military action against Iran by the United States and Israel. However, not only has little attention been given to ElBaradei’s assessments by mainstream media sources, but traditionally well-reputed publications, including the Observer and Guardian, have reported distorted and unsubstantiated articles regarding Iran’s intentions. The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) urges recognition of the dangerous path of the new phase of U.S.–Iran confrontation by all those who oppose the insane and criminal foreign policy of the Bush administration, for the sequences currently unfolding bear an unsettling resemblance to the events leading up to the American-led coalition’s illegal and criminal invasion of Iraq. ››read more
"Miles for Peace" were here in London for a day and a half. I managed to meet with them in their hotel, near Paddington Station, In the early hours of the morning of Wednesday 13th June. This was a few hours before they left for New York on their journey around the world. For those of you not familiar with them, they are ordinary Iranians on a cycling tour around the world to spread the message of peace. They started their journey in Tehran just over a month ago and so far they have travelled through Italy , Germany , France and England. I spoke to them about their mission and why they felt it was necessary. ››read more
On May 3rd, The Persian Society at the University of Cambridge hosted a lecture by Professor Abbas Edalat, founder of CASMII and Professor of computer science and mathematics at Imperial College, titled “Mutual Respect: The Paradigm Shift Required to Resolve the U.S.—Iran Standoff”. This report outlines the main points of the discussion. You can also access the audio files of the main talk and the Q&A session. ››read more
It is only through close examination of such writing, which at first glance may appear innocuous, that we can stop the perpetuation of myths regarding gender, sovereignty, and religion which are entangled in modern Iranian encounters with imperialism. ››read more
Editor's note: Shirin Saeidi is a member of the Editorial Board of CASMII.
Regardless of the incredibly complicated geopolitical situation in the Middle East and in particular the mouth of Arvandroud (or Shat-Alarab), the way this story has been handled by the British government shows a lack of understanding of the ‘New Middle East’ they helped to form. The fact is that following the invasion of Iraq the balance of power in that region of the world has changed dramatically; too fast even for the British to keep up with it. ››read more