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(Reuters) - In the years-long campaign to tie a web of sanctions around Iran and stall its nuclear program, the European Union may just have met its biggest obstacle: its own law courts. ››read more
Attempts to brand Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation are not only futile, but fly in the face of the facts of this movement and its history. Like all genuine resistance movements, the Lebanese resistance, led by Hezbollah, was born as a reaction to occupation. And like all successful resistance movements, it draws its strength from the backing of the overwhelming majority of the occupied people. Indeed Hezbollah is the product of not one but two occupations: those of Palestine and Lebanon. Today it is seen by most people in Lebanon not only as the force that ended Israeli occupation of most of the invaded Lebanese territories, but as the shield that defends Lebanon from future Israeli invasion and occupation. ››read more
In her first appearance before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Samantha Power, Obama's pick for next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, made clear that she will spend her time in the role much as her predecessor Susan Rice did: acting as Israel's consummate defender, fear-mongering about Iran, and opposing any move to champion Palestinian human rights or self-determination. ››read more
I just read Robert Einhorn’s new article over at Foreign Policy entitled “Getting to ‘Yes’ with Iran.” Most of you will know that for the past four years, until May, Einhorn was a key member of the Obama administration’s diplomatic team working on the Iran nuclear issue, and was involved in the P5+1 negotiations with Iran. Because of this, I think its fair to take his opinions as fairly representative of the US perspective on the ongoing diplomatic process with Iran. ››read more
The Iranian electorate did about the most cruel thing possible to uber-hawk Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. It replaced former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with an eminently reasonable and personable successor, Hasan Rouhani. ››read more
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2013 — Contrary to dominant thinking in Washington, Iran poses no immediate threat to the U.S. In fact, our Middle Eastern allies, eager to have America do their fighting for them, wildly inflate the supposed threat from Iran. ››read more
In this interview, Abdullah al-Arian—an exceptional young historian of the modern Middle East who is, among other things, a trenchant student of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood also offers sharp comments about the impact of the coup on Egypt’s posture vis-à-vis Gaza—and sobering observations about the likely characters and trajectory of Egyptian politics in the near-to-medium term.
All in all, it’s sad validation for a point that some of our Iranian colleagues have been making with regard to post-Mubarak Egypt and the Brotherhood’s less-than-astute approach to consolidating their political gains over the past couple of years: if you’re going to have a revolution, then you really need to have one. ››read more
The military coup that removed Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, on Wednesday July 3, 2013, after serving only a single year in office, will have far reaching implications in the months, years, and decades to come.
Following the announcement that Morsi had been removed from power and the nation’s Constitution had been suspended, the Egyptian military arrested dozens of prominent Muslim Brotherhood leaders and shut down Islamist-run media outlets. The next day, supporters of the deposed president were attacked during a pro-Morsi protest. ››read more
Press TV News Director Hamid Reza Emadi says a wave of attacks launched by international satellite companies against Iranian channels violates human rights and freedom of speech. ››read more
Why the United States Can’t Have an Effective Iran Policy Without Accepting a Truly Independent Islamic Republicby Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett (source: Going to Tehran) June 30, 2013
Earlier this month, Real News Network broadcast a two-part interview that Gareth Porter, the wonderful journalist and historian, did with us. The interview focuses on our book, Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran, but also delves into our personal experiences as (former) “insiders in the U.S. national security state.” ››read more
A retired US general, James Cartwright, is the target of a Justice Department investigation into the leaking of secret information about the Stuxnet virus attack on Iranian nuclear facilities in 2010, NBC News reported on Thursday, citing unidentified legal sources. ››read more
An attack on Iran remains the ultimate goal for the US. Intervention in Syria is a stepping stone toward that goal. ››read more
A few days ago, it was widely reported that an Argentinian prosecutor had claimed that Iran's president-elect Rowhani was involved in the secret plans to bomb the AMIA Jewish cultural center in Argentina in 1994. There are now more recent reports that say the opposite: that the prosecutor has claimed that Rowhani was *not* involved in the bombing, thus contradicting earlier reports. ››read more
In the wake of Hassan Rohani’s election as the Islamic Republic’s next president, some Western commentators have argued that Rohani’s election is a manifestation of popular antipathy toward various aspects of Iranian foreign policy, including Tehran’s strategy toward Syria. This reading reflects both an inaccurate interpretation of the results in the Islamic Republic’s June 14 presidential election and a deep misunderstanding of its Syria policy. ››read more
Back in April, The Guardian newspaper published an article in its Business section on the supposed sanctions-evading trade relationship between Iran's Atomic Energy Organization and the massive British commodities broker Glencore. The article, written by Rupert Neale, was riddled with erroneous statements and speculative presumptions posing as facts.
Most egregious of these was the article's original headline, which read: "Glencore traded with Iranian supplier to nuclear weapons programme." ››read more
LONDON (Reuters) - The UK's highest court has ruled that the British government was wrong to have imposed sanctions on an Iranian bank in 2009 over alleged links to Iran's nuclear program.
According to Reuters, Iranian companies which have been blacklisted due to EU sanctions are winning in their legal fight against the sanctions in European courts. This is indeed a vindication for the rule of law -- and how ironic is it that in this nuclear dispute. the "rogue" and "pariah" Iran is the one insisting on observing the law whilst the US and EU states, self-designated as "the international community" are the ones violating the law. ››read more
In a wide-ranging interview with GRITtv host Laura Flanders, MIT professor and author Noam Chomsky plainly stated that President Barack Obama’s administration is “dedicated to increasing terrorism” all around the world. ››read more
Friday's presidential and local council elections in Iran show that the Islamic Republic is far more stable and politically dynamic than Western conventional wisdom commonly acknowledges. Moreover, the election of Hassan Rohani -- who headed the Islamic Republic's Supreme National Security Council for sixteen years and was Tehran's chief nuclear negotiator with the West for much of that period -- presents Washington with an opportunity, for Rohani understands the U.S.-Iranian diplomatic agenda in an existential, granular way. If, though, the Obama administration wants to engage a new Rohani administration effectively, and to put U.S.-Iranian relations on a more positive trajectory, it will need to overhaul U.S. policy in four fundamental ways ››read more
Boris Johnson warns that arming the Syrian rebels would be disastrous, adding to tough warnings from Vladimir Putin, the Archbishop of York and an ex-Army leader. “This is the moment for a total ceasefire, an end to the madness,” Mr Johnson writes. “It is time for the US, Russia, the EU, Turkey, Iran, Saudi and all the players to convene an intergovernmental conference to try to halt the carnage. We can’t use Syria as an arena for geopolitical point-scoring or muscle-flexing, and we won’t get a ceasefire by pressing weapons into the hands of maniacs.” ››read more