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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev during a telephone conversation on Thursday that Tehran backed Moscow's diplomatic efforts to settle the dispute over Iranian nuclear program, the Kremlin said.
“Dmitry Medvedev noted with satisfaction the Iranian president’s positive assessment of the Russian initiative − a plan of gradually restoring faith in the Iranian nuclear program. The two sides agreed to continue consolations on this question,” the Medvedev administration said in a statement. ››read more
Kein Krieg gegen Iran: Seit Monaten wird in israelischen Regierungskreisen über einen Militärschlag gegen Ziele im Iran diskutiert. Allein die Tatsache, dass eine solche Diskussion stattfindet, zeugt von der Missachtung des strikten Gewaltverbots, das die Charta der Vereinten Nationen allen Staaten der Welt auferlegt hat. ›››
JURIST Guest Columnist Daniel Joyner of the University of Alabama School of Law says the IAEA went outside of its legal mandate with its latest report on Iran, a move that has been viewed by some states as indicating the IAEA's shift from a technical body to a politicized one ››read more
Mr. Butler is keen to puncture what he believes is the false narrative that has sprouted around the group since the American invasion, which has helped it secure such prominent support. Contrary to widespread belief, he says, the group never provided any valuable intelligence to the Americans about Mr. Hussein’s government. Nor, he says, has it provided any useful information about the Iranian government or its nuclear program. He said that for six years the group provided unreliable information about Iran to the Defense Intelligence Agency, which he criticized as having taken years to discern that it was being fed what amounted to a slew of lies. ››read more
Bolton is no stranger to not letting reality getting in the way of whatever bellicose campaign he is waging, including ones involving presumed unconventional weapons programs in states he doesn't like. When he was an undersecretary of state in the Bush administration, he agitated about a presumed biological weapons program in Cuba. When public statements he tried to make on the subject went beyond any available information, and intelligence officers he wanted to concur in those statements refused to do so, Bolton responded by browbeating the officers and demanding to their superiors that they be fired. ››read more
"In all these situations, it should be clear that, whatever legitimate grievances the peoples of all these various countries may have, the criteria used by the West to decide whether or not to support particular opposition movements has been consistent: will Western interests be better served by defending the present governments or by actively their removal? It doesn't matter to Washington, London, Paris, Berlin or Rome if a government is democratic or repressive. The only question is this: does it open its country's natural resources, labor force and markets to Western exploitation?" Wilayto, a Virginia based activist, said during an interview with FNA.
The International Conference on Global Alliance against Terrorism for a Just Peace opened in Tehran on Saturday and closes tomorrow.
The conference opened at the Summit Conference Hall and the closing ceremony will be held at Vahdat Hall.
Over 100 scholars from about 60 countries are attending the conference. ››read more
The general threat has always been independence. In the Arab world, the United States and its allies have regularly supported radical Islamists, sometimes to prevent the threat of secular nationalism. ››read more
The international controversy over Iran’s nuclear program simply boils down to this unverified assumption that Iran is determined to produce nuclear bombs.
However, no one among Western politicians seems to want to consider this plausible argument that the fact that Iran has not yet developed nuclear weapons is not because of technical difficulties or covert Mossad and CIA operations but simply because Iran has no intention of building nuclear bombs. ››read more
Editor's note: Abolghasem Bayyenat is an independent political analyst and is currently completing his Ph.D studies in political science at Syracuse University. He covers Iran’s foreign policy developments regularly on his weblog Iran Diplomacy Watch. Read more articles by Abolghasem Bayyenat. http://www.irandiplomacywatch.com/
For the sake of regional security, Washington and its European allies should accept the Tehran Declaration as the basis of negotiations for a nuclear fuel swap. This landmark declaration was brokered by the leaders of Brazil and Turkey in May, 2010. The arrangement, originally approved by the Obama administration itself, allows nuclear fuel rods to be exchanged outside of Iran. Iran would have no reason to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity if the US and allies supported the swap deal. ››read more
Reading between the lines, it seems clear that London and Washington intended to get hold of Amano as soon as Elbaradei had departed, and twist his arm to be more alarmist in his reports on Iran. Surely from Washington’s hawkish point of view, any “success” of the IAEA would be in demonstrating an Iranian weapons program and giving evidence that could be used to ratchet up sanctions at the UN Security Council. ››read more
Certainly, the timing of the new sanctions could not be worse for the prospect of a settlement of Iran’s nuclear program, because they could very easily jeopardize any chance that the Iranians will actually attend the talks. Once again the Obama administration has taken an incredibly provocative measure against the Iranians at a time when a breakthrough could potentially occur. ››read more
Editor's note: Bryan Gibson is a PhD Candidate in international history at the London School of Economic. He recently published Covert Relationship: American Foreign Policy, Intelligence, and the Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988.
According to the cable, Dagan continued the meeting by enumerating Israel's "five pillar" strategy on Iran, which he urged that the US and Israel both implement:
1. Political Approach
2. Covert Measures
5. Force Regime Change ››read more
WASHINGTON, Nov 30, 2010 (IPS) - A diplomatic cable from last February released by Wikileaks provides a detailed account of how Russian specialists on the Iranian ballistic missile programme refuted the U.S. suggestion that Iran has missiles that could target European capitals or intends to develop such a capability. ››read more
WASHINGTON, Nov 19, 2010 (IPS) - The most important intelligence documents used to argue that Iran had a covert nuclear weapons research and development programme in 2003 - a set of technical drawings of efforts to fit what appears to be a nuclear payload into the reentry vehicle of Iran's medium-range ballistic missile, the Shahab-3 – turn out to have a fatal flaw: the drawings depict a reentry vehicle that had already been abandoned by the Iranian missile programme in favour of an improved model. ››read more
Since 2007, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – with the support of the United States, Israel and European allies UK, France and Germany – has been demanding that Iran explain a set of purported internal documents portraying a covert Iranian military program of research and development of nuclear weapons. The "laptop documents," supposedly obtained from a stolen Iranian computer by an unknown source and given to US intelligence in 2004, include a series of drawings of a missile re-entry vehicle that appears to be an effort to accommodate a nuclear weapon, as well as reports on high explosives testing for what appeared to be a detonator for a nuclear weapon.
Editor's note: Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specialising in US national security policy. The paperback edition of his latest book, "Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam," was published in 2006.
Sanctions, or any kind of external pressure or even threats of military action, will be, in the end, self-defeating. ››read more
A bully or a mafia godfather would never run out of excuses to punish an insubordinate soul in “his territory.” Accordingly, U.S. imperialism has been very creative in invoking all kinds of excuses to punish Iran for its aspirations to national self-determination.
Behind Iran’s nuclear program is a national will that supports Tehran’s defense of its nuclear activities—even in the face of sanctions, international pressure, and military threats. Historic confrontations between the West (EU-3, and then the P5 + 1) and Iran have achieved negligible results, at best. ››read more
The Stop the War Coalition (STWC), the premier anti-war activist organization based in the UK, passed CASMII's resolution in its annual conference in London on 30th October. ››read more