Category Iran

Empire of Destruction:  Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh 

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble   

Wm. O. Beeman | Trump Administration Risks War with Iran Over Nothing

Once again, the United States is singling out and targeting Iran on highly questionable grounds without any real authority.

Nazila Fathi: Until We Are Free

The 1979 Islamic Revolution stripped Ebadi of her judgeship after it banned women from holding the position, forcing her to stay home and raise her two daughters. A decade later, she opened a law firm and became vocal against the country’s laws that discriminate against women and others.

VIDEO: CrossTalk | Syrian fault lines

In the wake of Turkey’s intentional downing of a Russian jet over Syrian airspace it appears the wrong lessons are being learned. Instead of greater cooperation to fight terrorism, we see the US doubling down on its failed policy. Events are spinning out of control as Syria turns into a battleground for military forces locked […]

Dave Lindorff: The US Media and Propaganda

Lindorff: 10: If the US provides funds to organizations inside another country, which then
organize protests, marches and bloody assaults, and ultimately drive the elected
government out of office, as the US did in Ukraine, is that subversion?
Objective answer: Yes
US media answer: No

Evergreene Digest: Should the US trust Iran? That query should probably be turned on its head.

Our conduct since orchestrating a coup to install the shah hasn’t exactly given Iranians good reason to trust our pleas for partnership. Glenn Greenwald | NYT Claims US Abides by Cluster Bomb Treaty: The Exact Opposite of Reality Trevor Timm, Guardian Tuesday 8 September 2015 | Americans have spent a lot of time over the […]

Noam Chomsky: “The Iranian Threat” Who Is the Gravest Danger to World Peace?

Chomsky: In considering this matter, it is instructive to examine both the unspoken assumptions in the situation and the questions that are rarely asked. Let us consider a few of these assumptions, beginning with the most serious: that Iran is the gravest threat to world peace.

Tomgram | David Bromwich, The Neoconservative Empire Returns

Bromwich: Those people [neo-cons] have never recognized that they were wrong. Some put the blame on President Bush or his viceroy in Baghdad, the administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, L. Paul Bremer, for mismanaging the occupation that followed the invasion; others continue to nurse the fantastic theory that Saddam Hussein really was in possession of nuclear weapons

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on Why Israel and the U.S. Created the Myth of the Iranian Nuclear Threat

Chomsky: “What exactly is the threat of Iran?”

FAIR: Leading Papers Incite ‘Supreme International Crime’

From the article: The spirit of Kellogg-Briand was embodied in the formation of the United Nations, whose charter commits its signers to renouncing war and the threat of war: All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.

Evergreene Digest: |Uri Avnery, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb? and Gareth Porter, The Good Adversary

Let’s assume that (Iran) did develop nuclear weapons, (Avnery) says, so what? It’s an important thought experiment. –Rabbi Michael Lerner America’s 30-year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing A Good Adversary Uri Avnery, Network of Spiritual Progressives April 4, 2015 | I must start with a shocking confession: I am not afraid of the Iranian nuclear […]

Gareth Porter: Four ways the West got the Iran nuclear issue wrong

 Too many of these basic errors have been committed along the way to cover them all in a single article. But four major failures of policymaking and intelligence represent the broad outlines of this systematic problem. By Gareth Porter (about the author)   OpEdNews.com  Reprinted from Middle East Eye  January 11, 2015 Hassan Rouhani (image by […]

Gareth Porter: When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes

In an exclusive interview, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran’s WMD program. BY GARETH PORTER   ForeignPolicy.com   OCTOBER 16, 2014 The nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran, which are now nearing their November deadline, remain deadlocked over U.S. demands that Iran dismantle the bulk of its capacity to […]

Margaret Sarfehjooy: Bad Chemistry, Toxic Horror, and Haunting Consequences

 The U.S. (and other countries) played a key role in Saddam’s chemical weapons program. As The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward reported in 1982, the CIA began giving Iraq intelligence which it used to “calibrate” its mustard gas attacks against Iranian troops. …my guide described the workshops and conferences the [Tehran] Peace Museum hosts on the […]

Gareth Porter: Iran Offers Scaled-Back Nuke Program

To seal a deal with world powers, Iran has agreed to structure its nuclear enrichment in ways only useful for generating electricity, but that still might not satisfy U.S. negotiators, writes Gareth Porter from Tehran for Inter Press Service. By Gareth Porter  ConsortiumNews.com  June 13, 2014 Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has revealed for the first time […]

▶ Amy Goodman: “The Most Important Journalist You’ve Never Heard Of”: Remembering William Worthy

By Amy Goodman Video Interview  May 20, 2014   truthout.org Originally appeared in Democracy Now! We spend the hour remembering the pioneering journalist William Worthy, who died earlier this month at the age of 92. During the height of the Cold War, Worthy defied the U.S. government by reporting from the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, Iran, North Vietnam and […]

▶ Manufacturing a Narrative for War with Iran – Gareth Porter on Reality Asserts Itself

Mr. Porter tells Paul Jay about his new book “Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare” Published on Mar 16, 2014 Gareth Porter is a historian and investigative journalist on US foreign and military policy analyst. He writes regularly for Inter Press Service on US policy towards Iraq and Iran. Author of five books, […]

Gareth Porter: Trying to Scuttle Iran Nuke Talks, Again

Official Washington’s hardliners are back at it, pushing unrealistic demands about Iran’s nuclear program to ensure that a comprehensive agreement is scuttled and the military option is put back on the table, as Gareth Porter explains at Inter Press Service. By Gareth Porter  ConsortiumNews.com  May 15, 2014 As diplomats began drafting a comprehensive agreement on […]

WAMM Action Alert & Evergreene Digest: In Blow to Diplomacy, Nearly Half of Senate Backing Iran Sanctions

“Sanctions which result in the suffering of ordinary Iranians are a morally bankrupt response to human rights violations,” said organizers with Havaar—a group of Iranians, Iranian-Americans, and allies who oppose sanctions, war, and state repression—in a statement emailed to Common Dreams. Tell your senators: Give diplomacy a chance in Iran ‘The Country You Destroyed’: A […]