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Iranian NGOs express opposition to sanctions, military intervention and foreign interference in Iran(source: CASMII) June 29, 2007
On the 20th anniversary of the chemical bombing of the Kurdish city of Sardasht in western Iran, a crime committed by the puppet Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussain and with full provision, support and acquiescence of Western governments, the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII), commemorates the forgotten victims of this crime who are still suffering the consequences of the effects of mustard gas, by launching a joint statement with Iranian NGOs: "The Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support" (SCWVS) and "The Organisation for Defence of Victims of Violence" (ODVV), to express their opposition to sanctions, military intervention and foreign interference in Iran. ››read more
CASMII 13 June 07 - Unfair and unbalanced US media is on a mission to magnify Iranian nuclear dossier’s flaws as much as possible, when an IAEA report is released, and completely ignore it when outstanding issues are resolved. The purpose of this article is to examine those issues closely to validate this point. ››read more
The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) is greatly alarmed by the publication in the Observer 10.06.07 of an article by Mark Townsend, which propagates unfounded allegations and distortions against Iran, similar to the reports in 2003 that paved the way to the bloodbath in Iraq; nearly all of which now discredited. ››read more
Speaking on the BBC programme, Inside the IAEA: A year with the nuclear detectives broadcast today, Dr. ElBaradei gives a candid assessment of the current standoff between the UN Security Council and Iran. He stresses the fact that "having an enrichment capability and developing a weapon are two different things." He also makes it clear that Iran has a fundamental right to uranium enrichment and acknowledges Iran's belief that "the Security Council is exceeding its authority" in imposing sanctions. ››read more
The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) condemns in the strongest possible terms the declared policies of four US Republican presidential hopefuls who have refused to rule out a pre-emptive military attack against Iran including the use of nuclear weapons against that country. ››read more
The Guardian was today strongly criticised by CASMII for republishing unsubstantiated Bush Administration propaganda on its May 22 edition.
It is feared that the front page article which lacked basic journalistic professionalism, will be used to provide justification for an escalation of the US military surge in Iraq and possible military action against Iran. ››read more
Campaigners have today demanded that the Agence France Presse (AFP) retract an incorrect and misleading news item regarding Iran's nuclear programme. Despite the immediate rebuttal of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) against AFP's false report last week alleging Iran's non-cooperation with the IAEA inspectors, the AFP has continued to publish the item on its website and refuses to issue an apology or a correction. The IAEA has confirmed that Iran has never denied access to its nuclear facilities by the inspectors. ››read more
Five years into the US-UK illegal invasion of Iraq and its consequent catastrophe for Iraqi people, peace loving people throughout the world are appalled by the current Iran-US standoff and its resemblance to the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. The hawks, headed by Dick Cheney in Washington, are now shamelessly calling for a military attack on Iran. The same Israeli lobby which pushed for the invasion of Iraq is now pushing for a military attack on Iran. The same distortions which were attempted to dupe the western public opinion for the invasion of Iraq, are now used to pave the way for another illegal pre-emptive war of aggression against Iran. As in the case of Iraq, the UN Security Council Resolutions against Iran, extricated through massive US pressure, are meant to provide a veneer of legitimacy for such an attack.
Here, we debunk the main unfounded accusations, lies and distortions by the US and Israel and their allies while highlighting the main reasons to oppose sanctions and military intervention against Iran. ››read more
The BBC internal complaints department today apologised for describing Iran as having “abducted” the 15 British sailors and marines in a news report on the 25th March. It also apologised for repeatedly referring to the British service personnel as “hostages” in news reports.
The Press Complaints Commission was today criticised for a lack lustre response to serious complaints about the use of unnamed sources in articles by the Daily Telegraph. The complaints, in particular the one launched by Professor Abbas Edalat of the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) in December last year, centred on the fact that extraordinary claims made in a number of headline articles about the threat posed by Iran were all based on unnamed and untraceable sources. ››read more
Investigation into US coercion of IAEA members during votes on Iran puts State Department under pressure(source: CASMII) March 29, 2007
...The investigation into allegations that India's votes at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2005 and 2006 were coerced by America has been intensified with pressure building on the man at the centre of the scandal to break his silence.
..."If the US coerced India into voting against Iran, it brings into question the entire legitimacy of the decision by the Governors' Board of the IAEA to refer Iran to the Security Council and the consequent passing of Resolutions 1696, 1737 and most recently 1747." ››read more
... We believe that an activity declared legal by Article IV of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty does not constitute a danger to the world "peace and security" and there is no justification for the United Nations Security Council, an international body charged with securing and maintaining international peace, to impose such unwarranted sanctions on Iran ... ››read more
Campaigners claimed today that South Africa’s backing for a 90-day time out before any further sanctions against Iran are considered, has the support of over 100 nations. The idea for a time out, first proposed by Mohammed ElBaradei, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, would be supported by all the 56 signatory nations of the Baku Declaration as well as a majority of the 118 nations of the Non-Aligned movement, according to academics in London and Washington.
The recognition by the chair of UN Security Council of Iran's right to uranium enrichment was commended today by campaigners in London and Washington who are urging the non-permanent members of the Security Council not to be bullied into voting for further sanctions against Iran this week. ››read more
In committing these breaches, the Western bloc is not supported by the majority of the world's public opinion, which believes relations among sovereign states should be governed by international law and treaties. The US through its covert operations and support for the MEK, actually listed as a terrorist organization by the US and EU governments, has been fomenting ethnic conflict in Iran and under the cover of its "democratization program" carries out a destabilization program in Iran, clearly illegal in international law and under the UN Charter. ››read more
Dr Mohamed El-Baradei, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) has been challenged for not speaking the whole truth about
Iran’s nuclear programme. The challenge comes in the wake of Dr El-Baradei’s
statement that Iran’s concealment of its nuclear programme for some 18 years
sets it apart from all other nations. ››read more
Letters were sent today to the Permanent Representative of India at the United
Nations and to the Indian High Commissioner in London, asking them to confirm
or deny fresh claims that India was coerced by the US to vote against Iran at
the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The letters comes in the wake of
revelations by a former ranking official of the Bush administration that India's
votes at the IAEA in 2005 and 2006 had been "coerced." ››read more
Demands for an investigation into coercion of nations by the US during the vote against Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), have been growing following the revelations by a former ranking official of the Bush administration acknowledging that India's votes at the IAEA in 2005 and 2006 had been "coerced." ››read more
Timed to coincide with the expiry of the UN’s Resolution 1737 and coming in the wake of the BBC’s revelations of America’s plans to attack Iran, the
initiative, organised by Campaign Iran, aims to make it clear to Tony Blair that any support for a pre-emptive strike on Iran would not have the support of the House or the country. ››read more