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To offer an in-depth presentation of the key drivers underlying Going to Tehran, we appeared in New York at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs this week. A transcript and edited video and audio recordings will be available on the Carnegie Council Web site soon. ››read more
The "scientist" Albright has teamed up with Dubowitz, Michael Yaffe (of National Defense University, and a former State Department Official), Leonard Spector (of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a former official at the Department of Energy), and Orde Kittrie (of Arizona State University and FDD, and a State Department official in the Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations) to issue a 155-page report, which is a political manifesto – better yet, the wish list of the War Party and the Israel lobby – rather than a rational, objective, and scientific report, entitled "U.S. Nonproliferation Strategy for the Changing Middle East," in which they supposedly prescribe nuclear nonproliferation strategies, given Iran’s nuclear program, the civil in Syria, and the Arab Spring. ››read more
An eye-opening argument for a new approach to Iran, from two of America's most informed and influential Middle East experts: Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett ››read more
A few days ago a friend sent me a link to a recent interview with Iran’s Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi. The interview was published in the World Policy Journal, Volume 29, Number 4.
One of Salehi’s answers in the interview was particularly interesting from a legal perspective. It regards Iran’s willingness to “secularize” the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s fatwa prohibiting the government of Iran from possession or use of nuclear weapons ››read more
Dear President Obama, Would you also shed a tear for Iranian children with cancer? ››read more
'The most valuable commodity that we have—and we cherish it and hold it very strongly—is independence. And this is the price we have been paying for the past 33 years. It is the price we are paying as a nation, which has stood up on its feet, saying, “Look, I decide for myself. I am no more a lackey of any superpower.” But there is a price that has to be paid. It’s like a slave who frees himself without having the master freeing him, and the master is running after him. But the slave is saying, “I am a free man, and I am ready to give up everything to hold on to my independence.” ' ››read more
The Iranians have good reason to be suspicious of ultimate U.S. and Western motivations, and threats of military force figure into that in an unhelpful way too. The Iranians do not have to look far to see ample evidence in favor of the proposition that the primary U.S. goal regarding Iran is regime change. And they do not have to look far into the past to see a recent U.S. use of military force—participation in the intervention in Libya—that overthrew a Middle Eastern regime after it had reached an agreement with the United States to give up all its nuclear and other unconventional weapons programs. What reason would Iranian leaders have to make any concessions if they believe the same thing is likely to happen to them? This is already a problem; rattling the saber only makes it worse. ››read more
Sieges now extend to entire countries, they have become the torture before the destruction. And they are not counted in long days, but in long years. Iran thirty three years, Iraq thirteen-plus years. Ironically the disparity in the deaths in Iraq resultant from that siege, mirror near exactly what was considered a “genocide” in Leningrad. ››read more
The Guardian features an article today titled "Iran unable to get life-saving drugs due to international sanctions" by
Julian Borger and Saeed Kamali Dehghan, which exposes the criminal nature of Western sanctions on Iran. ››read more
Comparing Not Without My Daughter with Argo through critical lenses simply alerts us to a frozen time, as if in the twenty year separating the two movies, commonly focusing on Americans' escape from Iran, Hollywood has learned nothing new, still immersed in its ideological wheel of self-aggrandizement of American hero-worship ››read more
Multilateral and unilateral economic sanctions imposed on Iran are contrary to the following principle of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration begins with the preamble that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world”. As we see in the following, economic sanctions seriously undermine freedom, democracy, justice and peace both inside a society and at international level. ››read more
True or not, Tehran's politicians and pundits are increasingly convinced that both senators Kerry and Hagel are genuinely interested in expanding the net of diplomacy with Iran and explore new venues for resolving the outstanding issues between US and Iran ››read more
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the people in Syria must be allowed to determine their own fate, rejecting any foreign interference in the Arab country’s affairs.
“The Syrians should determine their destiny on their own, and a prescription should not be offered from outside this country,” Salehi told reporters upon arrival at Cairo International Airport on Wednesday night. ››read more
Chuck Hagel, the nominee for the next US defence secretary, will seek to rein in Israel over any attempt to carry out a unilateral strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, Israeli observers believe.
Hagel's nomination by US President Barack Obama must still be confirmed by the US Senate, but the prospect of the former senator assuming the top Pentagon post has already stirred concern in Israel.
Analysts and commentators note that Hagel is known for a non-interventionist approach to foreign policy, and is believed to be strongly opposed to the use of military force to tackle Iran's nuclear programme.
A vociferous flock of Republicans in Congress, along with some of America’s most zealous right-wingers, have been hammering former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel, who President Obama nominated on Monday for secretary of defense. ››read more
A resolution to the Iranian nuclear dispute is within reach, with Iran ready to accept limits on its program and many in the West willing to ease sanctions. But the real question remains whether chest-thumping politicians and pundits will let a deal go through, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. ››read more
Reporting on the final U.S. presidential campaign debate, on foreign policy, The Wall Street Journal observed that "the only country mentioned more (than Israel) was Iran, which is seen by most nations in the Middle East as the gravest security threat to the region." ››read more
WASHINGTON, Jan 5 2013 (IPS) - With President Barack Obama reportedly primed to nominate former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon early next week, the powerful Israel lobby, led by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), faces a major dilemma. ››read more
President Obama’s selection of John Kerry as the next secretary of state sends the wrong signal to America’s allies and adversaries alike. Kerry’s record in the United States Senate, where he currently chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, has included spurious attacks on the International Court of Justice, unqualified defense of Israeli occupation policies and human rights violations, and support for the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, thereby raising serious questions about his commitment to international law and treaty obligations. Furthermore, his false claims about Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction” and his repeated denials of well-documented human rights abuses by allied governments raise serious questions about his credibility. ››read more
IF there are any two words in Persian that President Obama should learn, they are “maslahat” and “aberu.” Maslahat is often translated as expediency, or self-interest. Aberu means face — as in, saving face. In the nearly 34 years since the Islamic revolution in Iran, expediency has been a pillar of decision making, but within a framework that has allowed Iranian leaders to save face. If there is to be any resolution of the nuclear standoff, Western leaders must grasp these concepts. ››read more