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Support Gareth Porter's book on the history of Iran's nuclear program
Helena Cobban of Just World News and Just World Books has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish a book by Gareth Porter entitled "Manufactured Crisis: A history of the Iranian nuclear program". I sugges that all my readers contribute whatever they can to finance this project since the few books that exist already on the subject are mostly garbage, and Gareth Porter has shown himself to be quite independent and willing to do some real news reporting and analysis when it comes to Iran, instead of merely acting like a mouthpiece of the US by parrotting conventional wisdom and half-baked claims as do the Judith Miller, Michael Gordon, David Ignatius, Joby Warrick, David Sanger or Con Coughlins of the world.
I should point out that this Kickstarter campaign was brought to my attention by "b" at MoonofAlabama -- who has himself (herself?) done some excellent analysis on the Iranian nuclear program which debunked many of the claims made about the program in the mainstream media, and was usually the first to do so - including debunking the claims about the role of a "Soviet nuclear weapons scientist" in Iran and by pointing out that according to the last IAEA report, Iran had started to convert its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium into reactor fuel plates, precluding the use of the material for bomb-making and thus actually reducing the alleged "threat" posed by the program -- a fact that the IAEA report itself did not explicitly acknowledge, and that the mainstream media attempted to ignore and has only recently been forced to grudgingly acknowledge (probably due to Gareth Porter's continued reporting on the subject.)
It makes me happy to see that informed people are following the news carefully and exercising critical judgment in analyzing the reports, especially since they're taking the time and making the effort to "talk back to power". Maybe there's hope in this Internet thing after all,and we should all use this chance to support journalists like Porter to state his case. If enough people join together and cooperate, we can break through the (dis)information monopoly created by the same mainstream press that brought you "WMDs in Iraq".