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Iran said on Sunday that active cooperation between Tehran and Moscow on regional issues within a defined framework could effectively hold back the U.S. unilateralism, the local Fars news agency reported Monday. ››read more
The US has rejected a call from the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog for a "timeout" in the showdown with Iran over its nuclear programme.
The US ambassador to the UN said the sanctions already being applied against Iran were not open to reinterpretation. ››read more
Hegemony and Appeasement: Setting Up the Next U.S.-Israeli Target (Iran) For Another "Supreme International Crime"by Edward Herman and David Peterson (source: ZNet) January 28, 2007
Still digesting their recent and ongoing aggressions in the Middle East, the Bush and Israeli regimes now threaten to attack Iran. As these warrior states cast their long shadow across the region, they find themselves aided and abetted by the Security Council, the other major powers, parties of the opposition, and the media. ››read more
Hundreds of Iranian-Americans joined an estimated two hundred thousand people from across the country in DC and San Francisco on Saturday in a spirited rally that was hailed as the largest antiwar protest since the US invasion in 2003 demanding that the new Congress take strong action against the past and present policies of the Bush administration. ››read more
The sense of imminent crisis has been driven by statements from Israel, not least from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has insisted that 2007 is make-or-break time over Iran's nuclear programme.
Recent months have seen leaks and background briefings reminiscent of the softening up of public opinion for the war against Iraq which have presented a series of allegations regarding Iran's meddling in Iraq and Lebanon, the 'genocidal' intentions of its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and its 'connections' with North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
It also emerged last week in the Israeli media that the country's private diplomatic efforts to convince the world of the need for tough action on Iran were being co-ordinated by Meir Dagan, the head of Israel's foreign intelligence service, Mossad.
Tens of thousands of people marched against the US war in Iraq on Saturday 27th January in DC. Hundreds of Iranians and Americans including CASMII activists and supporters held placrads to oppose any attack on Iran. ››read more
Bush says U.S. troops are authorized to "kill or capture" suspected Iranian intelligence agents operating in Iraq. Thousands of Iranians go in and out of Iraq as pilgrims to the Shia holy sites, so personally I'm skeptical you can know which ones are spies. And, like, it wouldn't be good to kill the pilgrims. Might cast the U.S. in a bad light with the Shias and all that. I'd say this man is looking for a pretext for
another war. ››read more
The escalation of US military planning on Iran is only the latest chess move in a six-year push within the Bush Administration to attack Iran, a RAW STORY investigation has found. ››read more
Half the military and political establishment believes that an attack on Iran is likely. Even the Iranians are beginning to show signs of nerves, feeling (quite rightly) that President Ahmadinejad has overreached himself and put too many international backs up for the country's good. So what is the truth? You won't get much of it from either the White House or Whitehall, where a sort of embarrassed evasion prevails. Part of this is because, whether it actually wants to assault Iran or not, it suits Washington to keep up the appearance that it might, the more to frighten the regime into co-operation and restraint. But part of this may be because it doesn't really have a clear plan at all.
Iranian news agency IRNA quoted Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki suggesting today that his country would welcome a "comprehensive formula" to overcome international objections to Iran's nuclear activities. Mottaki said that Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov was expected to arrive in Tehran tonight for talks aimed at "finding a comprehensive formula" to help "preserve Iran's rights as well as remove certain concerns" over its nuclear program.
The Bush Regime has made it clear that it is convinced that Bush already has the authority to attack Iran. The Regime argues that the authority is part of Bush's commander-in-chief powers. Congress has authorized the war in Iraq, and Bush's recent public statements have shifted the responsibility for the Iraqi insurgency from al-Qaeda to Iran. Iran, Bush has declared, is killing US troops in Iraq. Thus, Iran is covered under the authorization for the war in Iraq. ››read more
Editor's note: Roberts quotes and links to an important article by General Leonid Ivashov, vice president of the Academy on Geopolitical Affairs and former Joint Chief of Staff of the Russian Armies. The site that Roberts links to is blocked in Iran. Use www.foodstampcollection.com for access.
"In a bid to mislead public opinion, some Western media recently spread the rumor that the DPRK is cooperating with Iran in nuclear development," the North's KCNA news agency quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying. "As solemnly declared more than once by the DPRK, it will continue to sincerely honor its duty it had assumed before the international community in the field of nuclear non-proliferation as a responsible nuclear weapons state," the spokesman said. ››read more
Perle had said at a conference in Israel that President George W. Bush "will order an attack on Iran if it becomes clear to him that Iran is set to acquire nuclear weapons capabilities while he is still in office." "Perle is close to the Bush administration, particularly to Vice President Richard Cheney," Ha'aretz adds. Cheney's office has been the most vocal inside the Administration pushing for armed confrontation with Iran.
The policy is based on the theory that Tehran will back down from its nuclear ambitions if the United States hits it hard in Iraq and elsewhere, creating a sense of vulnerability among Iranian leaders. But the policy has attracted some influential skeptics inside the Bush administration and the intelligence community who are concerned that Iran could respond with escalation. The director of the CIA, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, counseled the president to consider that Iran could undertake its own program to kill or kidnap U.S. personnel in Iraq or neighboring Afghanistan. ››read more
The fact is that the nightmare scenario Mr. Bush is describing has already occurred thanks to the deceptive and misguided act of invading a sovereign country which did not pose a threat to United States. Unfortunately this time around, he appears to be poking his stick in a hornet's nest far larger than Iraq.
That, Mr. Bush, is ignoring the lessons of a tragedy. ››read more
Editor's note: Daniel M Pourkesali is a CASMII US board member.
"The more the United States engages in openly provocative challenges to Iran - belligerent rhetoric, fleet movements to the [Persian] Gulf, arrests of Iranian representatives in Iraq, quasi-covert support to anti-Iranian surrogates in Lebanon and Palestine, etc, the more deeply invested Bush and [Israeli Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert become on a political level and therefore the more likely it is that this strategy will develop its own momentum and become a self-generated reality," said Ray Close, a former CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia.
Editor's note: Iason Athanasiadis is an Iran-based correspondent.
The Bush administration has authorized the U.S. military to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq as part of an aggressive new strategy to weaken Tehran's influence across the Middle East and compel it to give up its nuclear program, according to government and counterterrorism officials with direct knowledge of the effort. ››read more
Editor's note: At the very end of this article you will find: "In interviews, two senior administration officials separately compared the Tehran government to the Nazis and the Guard to the "SS." The question is which senior administration officials have made these statements.
Today, a report will be delivered to Number 10 Downing Street and to the news editors of all major media networks in Britain and the world, countering the misconceptions that surround alleged threat posed by Iran.
The report, ‘Answering the Charges”, drafted by Campaign Iran, sets out 21 of the most popular charges that have been levelled at Iran and answers each of them in turn. Relying on the facts as they are currently known, the report challenges the accuracy of many of the key claims commonly made against Iran. ››read more
Across the world, a dangerous rumor has spread that could have catastrophic implications. According to legend, Iran's President has threatened to destroy Israel, or, to quote the misquote, "Israel must be wiped off the map". Contrary to popular belief, this statement was never made, as this article will prove.
So what did Ahmadinejad actually say? To quote his exact words in farsi: "Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad."
That passage will mean nothing to most people, but one word might ring a bell: rezhim-e. It is the word "Regime", pronounced just like the English word with an extra "eh" sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the land mass, but the Israeli regime. This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase "rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods" (regime occupying Jerusalem). ››read more