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The Bush administrations's hardline rhetoric, backed by more military hardware in the Persian Gulf, brings a devastating confrontation nearer. ››read more
LEGAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS ISSUE OPEN LETTER WARNING OF ILLEGALITY OF ANY OFFENSIVE MILITARY ACTION BY U.S. AGAINST IRAN(source: National Lawyers Guild) February 2, 2007
February 1, 2007 – Today European, international and United States legal and human rights groups issued an open letter warning of the illegality of any offensive military action by the United States against Iran. Signatories include the American Association of Jurists, Center for Constitutional Rights (U.S.), Droite Solidarite (France), European Association of Lawyers for Human Rights and Democracy, Italian Association of Democratic Lawyers, Haldane Society (United Kingdom), International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Indian Association of Lawyers, (India), Japanese Association of Lawyers for International Solidarity, (Japan), Lawyers Against War (Canada), National Lawyers Guild (U.S.), Progress Lawyers Network (Belgium). ››read more
WASHINGTON - Increasingly concerned about the escalating rhetoric against Iran by senior US officials, including President George W Bush, members of Congress are trying to put limits on his ability to attack the Islamic Republic.
Their efforts so far have primarily taken the form of what one lobbyist refers to as "resoliferation" - that is, the proliferation of a number of mostly non-binding resolutions - in both the House of Representatives and Senate - asserting that Bush must seek Congress' approval before any attack on Iran or any of Iraq's other neighbors.
Calling Iran a danger to the U.S. and one of Israel's greatest threats, U.S. senator and presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said "no option can be taken off the table" when dealing with that nation.
"U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal: We cannot, we should not, we must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons," the Democrat told a crowd of Israel supporters. "In dealing with this threat ... no option can be taken off the table."
The shadowy outlines of a new US strategy towards Iran are exercising diplomats and experts around the Middle East and in the west. The US says Iranian personnel are training and arming anti-US forces inside Iraq, and it will not hesitate to kill them. It is sending a second aircraft carrier to the Gulf, doubling its force projection there. It is calling on Europeans to tighten sanctions on Iran until Tehran suspends its uranium enrichment programme ››read more
The march symbolized the people's global war against terrorism which began with the Vietnam War demonstrations and meant as a strong repudiation of the policies of the present administration led by a president who does not find himself bound by the very laws written following the fall of the last oppressive regime ruling this nation prior to the1776 American Revolution. ››read more
Editor's note: Daniel Pourkesali is a board member of CASMII US.
While congressional Democrats test how far they should go in challenging George W. Bush’s war powers, the time may be running out to stop Bush from ordering a major escalation of the Middle East conflict by attacking Iran. ››read more
Two former U.S. secretaries of state say the United States should step up diplomacy in the Middle East as a way to bring stability to Iraq. But in testimony before Congress, they disagreed on whether President Bush should move ahead with his decision to send more troops to Iraq. VOA's Deborah Tate reports from Capitol Hill. ››read more
These women’s memoirs—perhaps best represented by Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran (2003), and Roya Hakakian’s Journey to the Land of No (2005), with their mutual roots in Betty Mahmoody’s Not Without My Daughter (1988)—have assumed center-stage in appropriating the legitimate cause of women’s rights and placing it squarely in the service of Empire building projects, disguised under the rhetoric of the “war on terror.” ››read more
Editor's note: Niki Akhavan is a CASMII US board member. An earlier version of this article was published on ZNet.
At a Congressional Progressive Caucus hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) joined by several members of Congress, including Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-CA), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), who presided over the hearing, sought to examine diplomacy with Iran as an alternative to a preemptive military confrontation.
A relentless and unmistakable American buildup for war against Iran is currently underway. Military preparations are being accompanied by a daily barrage of propaganda against Tehran issuing from US sources and relayed uncritically via a compliant media. The chief accusation currently being levelled against the Iranian regime is that its agents are supporting and arming Shiite militias inside Iraq to attack US troops—a charge that has yet to be substantiated with concrete evidence. ››read more
Rejecting the notion that the United States was planning to attack Iran and Syria, White House Spokesman Tony Snow called it a myth or an “urban legend.” “I want to address [a] kind of a rumor, an urban legend that's going around,” Snow told reporters at a White House briefing two days after President George W. Bush vowed to go after Iranian terrorist networks involved in Iraq violence. “What the president talked about in his speech on Iraq strategy is defending American forces within Iraq,” Snow insisted. ››read more
In case you hadn't noticed, we're being manipulated toward another war. The run-up to an attack on Iran is in full swing, and the justification for it is shifting as fast as the justification for invading Iraq did. And it appears that the media is being as compliant in echoing the Bush administration's message on Iran as it was in supporting their Iraq propaganda. ››read more
A case in point is the U.S.’s current standoff with Iran. The Bush Administration, with the almost-complete complicity of the U.S. press, is now spinning a tale of how Iran — a country with no nuclear weapons and a very limited conventional force – represents a dire threat to the U.S. and Israel — two countries with substantial nucelar arsenals and superior conventional military might. And, the Bush Administration, as so many administrations before it (e.g., vis a vis Vietnam, Nicaragua, Iraq), is using this story to justify the use of overwhelming force and violence, possibly in the form of tactical nuclear weapons, to stem this alleged threat. ››read more
The Bush regime lied and fabricated "evidence" that was used to deceive Congress, the American people, and the United Nations. The vice president of the United States and the national security adviser created public images of mushroom clouds going up over American cities unless Iraq was invaded and Saddam Hussein's terrible weapons of mass destruction were destroyed. ››read more
Senior European policy-makers are increasingly worried that the US administration will resort to air strikes against Iran to try to destroy its suspect nuclear programme.
As transatlantic friction over how to deal with the Iranian impasse intensifies, there are fears in European capitals that the nuclear crisis could come to a head this year because of US frustration with Russian stalling tactics at the UN security council. "The clock is ticking," said one European official. "Military action has come back on to the table more seriously than before. The language in the US has changed." ››read more
Republican and Democratic senators warned Tuesday against a drift toward war with an emboldened Iran and suggested the Bush administration was missing a chance to engage its longtime adversary in potentially helpful talks over next-door Iraq. ››read more
US officials in Baghdad and Washington are expected to unveil a secret intelligence "dossier" this week detailing evidence of Iran's alleged complicity in attacks on American troops in Iraq. The move, uncomfortably echoing Downing Street's dossier debacle in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, is one more sign that the Bush administration is building a case for war. ››read more
Shell has signed an important deal to help Iran develop a major gas field, ignoring growing pressure from George Bush to isolate the country for being part of what he alleges is an "axis of evil". ››read more
PRESIDENT BUSH is preparing to attackIran'snuclearfacilities before the end of April and the US Air Force's new bases in Bulgaria and Romania would be used as back-up in the onslaught, according to an official report from Sofia. ››read more