Posts Tagged ‘ Iran ’

Talks intensify on Iran’s nuclear future as deadline looms

March 30, 2015
posted by

CNN CNN    

"Nuclear talks intensified Sunday between world powers and Iran, but key sticking points remained unresolved as the countries tried to reach a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program ahead of a Tuesday deadline. ... U.S. officials and Western diplomats described the negotiations as tough and intense, which was expected as the talks reached the endgame. They said the contours of a deal are becoming clearer, but they were unsure it could be reached. Two core issues are still unresolved: 1) Limits on Iranian research and development on advanced nuclear technology in the end years of the deal; and 2) The pace of lifting United Nations sanctions." (03/30/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/29/world/iran-nuclear-talks/  

No Comments »

By what right?

March 23, 2015
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"What gives the government of the United States, which possesses thousands of nuclear weapons of its own and is the only government on Earth ever to have actually used two of them on anybody, the legal or moral authority to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons of its own? By what right do we prohibit to the Iranians weapons that we own, ourselves? Don't bring up the pallid ghost of non-proliferation. It died with the Rosenbergs." (03/22/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle814-20150322-02.html  

No Comments »

Report: Iran limited to 6,000 centrifuges in draft accord

March 19, 2015
posted by

Detroit News    

"A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut the amount of hardware it could use to make an atomic bomb by about 40 percent for at least a decade, while offering immediate relief from sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. As an added enticement, elements of a U.N. arms embargo against Iran could be rolled back. The very existence of the draft provided perhaps the clearest indication that the sides were nearing a written agreement as they raced to meet a March 31 deadline for a framework pact. The deadline for a full agreement is the end of June." (03/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nyhp938  

No Comments »

Rand Paul, revisited

March 18, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Remember, Sen. Paul has voted for sanctions against Iran: he believes they're a valuable tool. How do we know he wouldn't vote the same way he has in the past? The answer is: we don't know. And that is precisely the problem: one never knows, from one day to the next, what Rand Paul will say or do. Again, Antle contrasts Rand with Ron, pointing out the latter's role as an educator and the former's role as a working politician out to win, as if these are irreconcilable opposites. But is this really the case? A successful politician is a leader, that is, someone who takes a position, sticks to it, and persuades people of the rightness of his stance: in short, he leads rather than follows. So a winning candidate is indeed partly a teacher: aside from which, voters respect a candidate with firm convictions, and tend to despise panderers." (03/18/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/03/17/rand-paul-revisited/  

No Comments »

Conservative blindness on Iran

March 18, 2015
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Suppose that in 1963, Iran's secret intelligence agency, the Savak, covertly removed President Kennedy from office and then installed a brutal unelected American dictator who ruled over the United States for the next 26 years. To enforce his vicious tyranny, the dictator used the U.S. military, the CIA, and the NSA, all of which were trained by the Savak. Finally in 1989, the American people violently revolted and ousted the dictator from power, but unfortunately ended up with another tyrannical regime, one that was just as powerful as that of the American dictator. If that actually happened, would Americans have forgotten about it and moved on? I don't think so. I think that Americans living today would continue to be angry over what Iran had done to President Kennedy and to our democratic system. I think that Jonah Goldberg especially would be screaming like a banshee about the event. Well, that's what the U.S. national-security state did to Iran in 1953." (03/17/15)

http://fff.org/2015/03/17/conservative-blindness-iran/  

No Comments »

No, Mr. Muravchik, war is not the “best option”

March 16, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"'What if force is the only way to block Iran from gaining nuclear weapons?' asks Joshua Muravchik in the Washington Post ('War with Iran is probably our best option,' March 13). It's a serious question that deserves some critical parsing before following Muravchik to his conclusion that '[t]hat, in fact, is probably the reality.' What, precisely, does Muravchik mean by 'reality?' He seems to go with the definition offered by an unnamed George W. Bush aide to writer Ron Suskind in 2004: 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out.'" (03/15/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/527  

No Comments »

Iran, US resume nuclear talks in Lausanne

March 16, 2015
posted by

Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"United States Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif resumed nuclear talks on Monday in the Swiss city of Lausanne to try to narrow gaps before a March 31 deadline for a political agreement. The meeting included US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi, who also met on Sunday to negotiate technical details on how to curb Iran's nuclear programme." (03/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lpspmja  

No Comments »

Iran love letter

March 12, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Steve Sack  

Cartoon. (03/11/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/03/iran-love-letter/  

No Comments »

Iran: Regime says GOP letters suggests US is “not trustworthy”

March 10, 2015
posted by

Boston Herald    

"Iran's foreign minister said Tuesday a letter from U.S. Republican lawmakers warning that any nuclear deal could be scrapped once President Barack Obama leaves office suggests the United States is 'not trustworthy.' 'This kind of communication is unprecedented and undiplomatic,' Mohammed Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by a state-run TV website. 'In fact it implies that the United States is not trustworthy,' he added. Zarif linked the letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress last week, in which the Israeli leader argued against the emerging agreement." [editor's note: I doubt that the Iranians are only just now noticing that the US is untrustworthy - TLK] (03/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oc4zvtw  

No Comments »

Iran: Iranian, IAEA officials meet in Tehran ahead of March nuclear deadline

March 9, 2015
posted by

Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog hold talks in Tehran Monday, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported, ahead of a March deadline for a framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program between Tehran and six major powers. The IAEA says Iran has still not addressed specific issues that could feed suspicions it may have researched an atomic bomb, including questions on alleged research activities into explosives testing and neutron calculations. Iran has rejected the accusations as baseless, but has promised to work with the IAEA as part of its efforts to end the country's decade-long nuclear standoff with the West." (03/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olhhhca  

No Comments »

Netanyahu’s impossible dream

March 6, 2015
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Benjamin Netanyahu came to the U.S. Capitol Tuesday and offered an idea so simple and brilliant that everyone in the White House must have felt dumb for not thinking of it. His alternative to the imperfect deal the U.S. may strike with Iran? A perfect deal. It was fitting that the Israeli prime minister made reference to the HBO series Game of Thrones, because fantasy pervaded his address. He thinks of negotiations as a process by which one side gets everything it wants and the other side gets nothing." (03/05/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/03/05/netanyahus-impossible-dream  

No Comments »

Yemen: Iranian troops free abducted diplomat

March 5, 2015
posted by

ABC News ABC News    

"Iran said Thursday that a team of special operatives has freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen, a rare acknowledgement by Tehran of an intel operation carried out on foreign soil. The official IRNA news agency quoted deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdolahian as saying that intelligence officers undertook a 'difficult and complicated operation" to secure Nour Ahmad Nikbakhat's freedom from the "hands of terrorists.'" (03/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l2a9e5p  

No Comments »

America must reject Netanyahu’s war cry on Iran

March 5, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington this week to prepare the American people for war against Iran. Backed by American neoconservatives, the Israel lobby, and assorted other war hawks, Netanyahu insists that Iran intends to build a nuclear weapon and thus is an 'existential threat' to Israel. He has no confidence that President Obama will negotiate an agreement that once and for all will end Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions. Thus the prime minister's objective is nothing less than to wreck the current negotiations and push America into a regime-changing war against Iran. Netanyahu's narrative is a fabric of lies and omissions." (03/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ptx9alo  

No Comments »

Bibi wants war

March 4, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Netanyahu said nothing new in his peroration: it's essentially the same act he's been performing for years, a parody of Winston Churchill. The self-dramatizing, the hyperbole, the whining, the thinly-veiled jabs at his American 'allies' -- we've heard it all before. What stands out, however, given the venue, is the threat to 'stand alone,' i.e. launch a war that would rope us in. Implicit in this threat is the possibility that Israel could unleash its unacknowledged nuclear arsenal on Iran -- a threat made explicit a few years ago in an op ed piece by an Israeli academic with close ties to the Israeli government. One would like to think this is a bluff. After all, the whole world would condemn Israel in the wake of such a horror, but there's little reason to think this would deter Netanyahu." (03/04/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/03/03/bibi-wants-war/  

No Comments »

Netanyahu needs some tough love

March 3, 2015
posted by

Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"Make no mistake, a nuclear Iran would not be a good thing. However, it is not the end of the world either. Israel already likely has 200 to 400 nuclear weapons to deter Iran from any nuclear attack. If Iran obtains a nuclear weapon, Saudi Arabia and some other Sunni Arab states may feel they need one for deterrence purposes. However, some academics actually argue that more nuclear weapons might make the Middle East region more stable, because the shadow of nuclear destruction would hang over most disputes between nations. At any rate, even an imperfect agreement between the United States and Iran to limit its nuclear program is pretty much the only game in town, and Netanyahu and his allies in the U.S. Congress need to get used to it. And while the United States is dispensing tough love to an ally, perhaps it should consider whether Israeli intransigence in settling the Israeli-Palestinian territorial dispute is not being encouraged by providing more than $3 billion dollars in annual aid to an already wealthy country." (03/02/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5340  

No Comments »

Benjamin Netanyahu’s long history of crying wolf about Iran’s nuclear weapons

March 3, 2015
posted by

The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain  

"[I]n 1992, then-parliamentarian Netanyahu advised the Israeli Knesset that Iran was 'three to five years' away from reaching nuclear weapons capability ... In his 1995 book, 'Fighting Terrorism,' Netanyahu once again asserted that Iran would have a nuclear weapon in 'three to five years,' apparently forgetting about the expiration of his old deadline. ... A 2009 U.S. State Department diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks described then-prime ministerial candidate Netanyahu informing a visiting Congressional delegation that Iran was 'probably one or two years away' from developing weapons capability. Another cable later the same year showed Netanyahu, now back in office as prime minister, telling a separate delegation of American politicians in Jerusalem that 'Iran has the capability now to make one bomb,' adding that alternatively, 'they could wait and make several bombs in a year or two.' ... In 2012 Netanyahu said in closed talks reported by Israeli media that Iran is just 'a few months away' from attaining nuclear capabilities. Later that same year, he gave a widely-mocked address at the United Nations in which he alleged that Iran would have the ability to construct a weapon within roughly one year ..." (03/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5w9rjy  

No Comments »

Obama would veto bill to give Congress say on Iran deal

March 1, 2015
posted by

The Guardian    

"Barack Obama would veto a bill recently introduced in the US Senate allowing Congress to weigh in on any deal the US and other negotiating countries reach with Iran on its nuclear capabilities, the White House said on Saturday. ... The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act would require the submission to Congress the text of any agreement within five days of concluding a final deal with Iran. The bill would also prohibit Obama from suspending or waiving sanctions on Iran passed by Congress for 60 days after a deal." (02/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ln2xgqu  

No Comments »

Fake US aircraft carrier the target in latest Iranian drills

February 25, 2015
posted by

Connecticut Post    

"With rockets roaring and guns blazing, more than a dozen swarming Iranian speedboats assaulted a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier Wednesday during large-scale naval drills near the strategically vital entrance of the Persian Gulf. The nationally televised show of force by the country's elite Revolutionary Guard comes just weeks ahead of a deadline for Iran and world powers to forge a historic deal on the fate of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Iranian live-fire war games are not uncommon. But by simulating for the first time an attack on the ultimate symbol of American naval power, hard-liners hoped to send a message that Iran has no intention of backing down to the U.S. -- whichever way talks over its contested nuclear program go." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9bdznz  

No Comments »

Setting the stage for another proxy war in Yemen

February 18, 2015
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Michael Horton  

"With the recent Houthi takeover of much of northern Yemen, there are echoes of the 1960s. There seems little likelihood of Yemen not becoming a battleground for a protracted proxy war between two regional powers: Saudi Arabia and Iran which, in contrast to the 1960s, are now on opposite sides. The Saudis are vehemently opposed to the Houthis because they are Shi'a, adherents to the Zaidi sect of Shi'a Islam. The Saudis are fearful that the Houthis' 'revolution' could spread across their southern border and embolden their own restive Shi'a minority. In April 2000, the Saudis put down a Shi'a led rebellion in the province of Najran, which borders areas that are now controlled by the Houthis. On the other side of the emerging proxy war is Iran whose material support for the Houthis is limited." (02/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n948dn6  

No Comments »

Iran: Contest has cartoonists denying Holocaust

February 2, 2015
posted by

Fox News Fox News    

"A twisted 'art' contest sponsored by an Iranian museum (with the apparent blessing of the Islamic Republic's regime) has cartoonists competing for prizes and prestige by making fun of the Holocaust. The Second International Holocaust Cartoons Contest (the first was held in 2006) will pay the winning artist $12,000, and the image will go on public display at the Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran. Organizers claim the contest's revival was brought on as a protest of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine that was attacked by Islamist killers last month because it published cartoons of Muhammad." [editor's note: This cannot end well - SAT] (02/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/koqbgc9  

No Comments »

Boehner invites Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran

January 21, 2015
posted by

Christian Science Monitor    

"Rebuffing President Barack Obama on Iran, House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he had invited Israel's prime minister to address a joint meeting of Congress next month about the threats from Tehran and radical Islam. The Republican leader released a letter extending the invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu for Feb. 11. Boehner also told a private meeting of GOP lawmakers that Congress would move ahead on new penalties against Ira[n] despite Obama's warning that any legislation would scuttle diplomatic negotiations over the country's nuclear program." [editor's note: Apparently Obama doesn't get it. The goal of US and Israeli policy vis a vis Iran is to keep the mullahs in power for as long as humanly possible. See "hobgoblins, Mencken's" - TLK] (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oy85bba  

No Comments »

Iran: Regime court orders three communication apps blocked

January 8, 2015
posted by

Charlotte Observer    

"Iran's official IRNA news agency says the judiciary has ordered three personal communication apps blocked, a decision President Hassan Rouhani's administration has long opposed. The Wednesday report says the judiciary has ordered that LINE, WhatsApp and Tango, three popular apps providing free phone and messaging services, be shut down. Rouhani and fellow moderates are opposed to blocking websites or social networking applications, saying authorities should only target illegal content." (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/okrrxoc  

No Comments »

US calls for release of Americans in Iran, denies swap offer

December 31, 2014
posted by

Firstpost [India]    

"The United States called on Tuesday for the release of U.S. citizens held in Iran, but denied a report that Washington had proposed a prisoner exchange for a former U.S. Marine. A lawyer for Amir Hekmati, an Iranian-American former Marine jailed in Tehran, was quoted in a report on Tuesday on Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency as saying that the United States had sought his release through a prisoner swap. 'Those reports are not accurate,' U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told a news briefing." (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n5ybd5c  

No Comments »

Yemen: Bomb attack targets Iranian ambassador’s residence

December 4, 2014
posted by

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A massive vehicle bomb exploded Wednesday outside the residence of the Iranian ambassador in Yemen’s increasingly chaotic capital. The newly appointed diplomat was not in the building at the time, but at least one person was killed and several others injured, the Interior Ministry said. Some news reports, citing unidentified Yemeni officials, said as many as three people had died. The attack came amid a broad offensive by Iran-allied Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels, who have taken over the capital and set off intensified sectarian fighting across much of the country." (12/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mekosm4  

No Comments »

Iran denies airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State targets

December 3, 2014
posted by

Sky News [UK]    

"Iran has denied Pentagon claims that it has carried out airstrikes in neighbouring Iraq against Islamic State militants. A senior official also insisted that cooperation with the US in such attacks was out of the question. The denial comes after a Pentagon spokesman said Iran had carried out raids in eastern Iraq, but said the US had not coordinated with Tehran over the strikes." (12/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l289tkd  

No Comments »

Our Sponsors





Making a living off your Drupal site?

Drupal Managed Hosting

Fed up with Maintenance and Hosting companies?