Posts Tagged ‘ Iran ’

The ayatollah’s overlooked WMD fatwas

April 16, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"The visa denial seems strange considering that the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran about its nuclear-power program. Progress is being made, despite the vigorous lobbying of those in America who apparently will stop at nothing to scuttle the talks. But even with the hopeful negotiations, the Obama administration refuses to talk straight about Iran’s nuclear intentions. For example, in 2007 and 2011, America’s 16 intelligence agencies issued national-security estimates finding that any research the Iranians had been doing on nuclear weapons was terminated in 2003 -- perhaps not coincidentally, the same year the U.S. military overthrew Iran’s archenemy, Saddam Hussein of Iraq." (04/16/14)

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The Iranian nuclear weapons program that wasn’t

April 13, 2014
posted by

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter  

"When U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz unsealed the indictment of a Chinese citizen in the UK for violating the embargo against Iran, she made what appeared to be a new US accusation of an Iran nuclear weapons program. ... Reuters, Bloomberg, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune and The Independent all reported that claim as fact. But the US intelligence community, since its well-known November 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, has continued to be very clear on the pubic record about its conclusion that Iran has not had a nuclear weapons program since 2003. Something was clearly amiss with the Justice Department’s claim." (04/12/14)

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The roots of Iran’s nuclear secrecy

April 3, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"What possible reason could Iran have had for working in secrecy? Simply put, from the 1980s onward the U.S. government was determined to thwart Iran’s efforts to build even modest a civilian nuclear program. Why? Iran was regarded as an enemy of America because its 1979 Islamic revolution had overthrown a loyal U.S. client, the repressive shah of Iran, whom the CIA had undemocratically restored to power a quarter century earlier. In violation of the NPT, U.S. diplomats stopped other countries from supplying Iran. With no open channels from which to obtain what it needed for its nuclear program, Iran turned to covert channels." (04/02/14)

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Iran, six powers look at easier issues at nuke talks

March 19, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Iran and six world powers appear to be tackling less sensitive issues first at nuclear talks meant to curb Tehran’s atomic activities in exchange for full sanctions relief. Iran’s official IRNA news agency says Wednesday’s talks are focusing on a heavy water reactor. The six want the nearly finished reactor shut down, or converted to a type that produces less plutonium, a material that could be used to make nuclear weapons." (03/19/14)

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Iran agrees to uranium limits in deal with world powers

January 13, 2014
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New York Post    

"ran and six world powers have agreed on how to implement a nuclear deal struck in November, with its terms starting from Jan. 20, officials announced Sunday. The announcement, made first by Iranian officials and later confirmed elsewhere, starts a six-month clock for a final deal to be struck over the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program. It also signals an easing of the financial sanctions crippling Iran’s economy, though some U.S. lawmakers have called for tough measures against the country." (01/12/14)

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US regime moves to restrain trade with Iran

January 7, 2014
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Austin American-Statesman    

"The United States Commerce Department has issued an emergency order using U.S. anti-terrorism export control laws against a Turkish company in an attempt to stop it from exporting two Boeing airplane engines to Iran. Commerce Department officials say that such orders are used rarely to prevent the imminent export of restricted U.S. items to certain countries, including Iran." (01/06/14)

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Iran: Lawmakers introduce bill seeking 60 per cent uranium enrichment

December 25, 2013
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The Globe and Mail [Canada]    

"Some 100 Iranian lawmakers introduced a bill in parliament that would force the government to increase uranium enrichment to 60 per cent if new sanctions are imposed on the Islamic Republic, state television reported Wednesday. ... The bill is likely a response to a legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate last week that would authorize new economic sanctions on Iran if it breaches the interim nuclear deal reached in Geneva last month or fails to strike a final agreement." (12/25/13)

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Iran: Regime says arrested man was MI6 spy

December 16, 2013
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Sunday Herald [Scotland]    

"Iranian intelligence authorities have arrested a man on charges of spying for Britain's MI6, the semi-official Fars news agency has reported. The head of the Kerman region's revolutionary court, Dadkhoda Salari, told the agency the suspect made contact with British agents 11 times in recent months, inside and outside the country. According to Salari, the suspect has admitted his guilt and has been put on trial. It has not been suggested the alleged spy is a Briton, and Tehran has a history of announcing the arrest of people it claims are spying without releasing further details." (12/15/13)

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Obama regime “cracks down” on foreigners doing business with each other

December 13, 2013
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Washington Post    

"The Obama administration cracked down Thursday on oil and shipping companies accused of helping Iran evade economic sanctions, even as top officials continued pressing Congress to delay enacting additional restrictions while nuclear talks with Iran are underway. The enforcement actions against Asian, European and Iranian firms were announced moments before two of the administration’s top experts on Iran appeared before a Senate panel to warn again that the imposition of additional sanctions on Iran could doom any chance of a diplomatic agreement halting the country’s nuclear advances." [editor's note: How on Earth could who does business with who, outside the US, possibly be any of the US government's business? - TLK](12/12/13)

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Iran: Rouhani takes oath of office, asks West to abandon “language of sanctions”

August 4, 2013
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Washington Post    

"Iran’s new president on Sunday called on the West to abandon the 'language of sanctions' in dealing with the Islamic Republic over its contentious nuclear program, hoping to ease the economic pressures now grinding its people. President Hasan Rouhani spoke after being sworn in as president in an open session of parliament, capping a weekend that saw him endorsed by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader." (08/04/13)

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Iran: Hardline candidate withdraws from election to boost conservative chances

June 10, 2013
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Fox News    

"A hardline Iranian presidential candidate withdrew Monday from the race to boost the chances of fellow conservatives, the media reported. Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said on comments broadcast on state TV that he was getting out of the race because he wanted to 'avoid the defeat' of his political allies. But Adel runs last among the eight candidates in most polls and his withdrawal is not expected to change the election equation." (06/10/13)

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Iran: Two women announce plans to run for presidency

May 9, 2013
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Seattle Times    

"Two Iranian women on Wednesday announced their candidacies for the presidency in elections on June 14. The hopefuls are 45-year-old housewife Razieh Omidvar, a trained economist, and university professor Soraya Malekzadeh, also 45. Both told journalists in Tehran that their priority would be to combat astronomical inflation." (05/08/13)

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Tell Congress you know they’re lying about Iran

March 28, 2013
posted by

Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Congress lies about Iran. We demonstrate this in the sample letter below. These political lies promote policies that harm you and innocent Iranians too. They may even lead to war. Please consider telling Congress ... * you know they’re lying * you deny consent to another war ..." (03/27/13)

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Iran: Regime cuts off “illegal” VPN workaround to Internet filters

March 11, 2013
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CNet News    

"Iran has stepped up its efforts to deny its citizens unfettered access to the Internet, blocking a popular tool used to get around government blocks. Quite aware of the censorship they face, many Iranians use proxy servers over virtual private networks to circumvent government restrictions and mask their activities. However, officials now say they have blocked use of the 'illegal' tool." (03/10/13)

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Iran denies hacking US banks

September 23, 2012
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Reuters    

"Iran denied its hackers attacked American banks, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday, following a Reuters report that three of the largest American lenders were repeatedly targeted over the past year. ... Reuters reported the hackers targeted the three banks in retaliation for their enforcement of Western economic sanctions against Iran's disputed nuclear program." (09/23/12)

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Israel: Ayon asks regimes to say Iran talks have failed

August 12, 2012
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New York Times    

"Amid intensifying Israeli news reports saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is close to ordering a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, his deputy foreign minister called Sunday for an international declaration that the diplomatic effort to halt Tehran’s enrichment of uranium is dead. Referring to the Iran negotiations led by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, the minister, Danny Ayalon, told Israel Radio that those nations should 'declare today that the talks have failed.'" (08/12/12)

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Iran readies ballistic missile drill

July 2, 2012
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Gulf News [United Arab Emirates]    

"Iran on Monday said it was readying ballistic missile war games simulating a counter-attack against US or Israeli targets in the region in the event of air strikes on its nuclear facilities. The three-day drill in Iran’s central desert region was starting days after the European Union and the United States imposed severe new sanctions." (07/02/12)

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Iran: “Massive cyber attack” detected on nuclear facilities

June 21, 2012
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MSNBC    

"Iran has detected a planned 'massive cyber attack' against its nuclear facilities, state television said on Thursday, after talks with major powers this week failed to resolve a row over Tehran's disputed nuclear activities. Iran's Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said the country's arch enemies the United States and Israel, along with Britain, had planned the attack." (06/21/12)

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UN nuclear watchdog expects deal with Iran

May 22, 2012
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CNN    

"The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says he will sign an agreement soon with Iran over its nuclear program, a sign that Iran may have agreed to broader inspections. 'I can say it will be signed quite soon,' said IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano, speaking to reporters in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday after returning from a meeting with Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, on Monday." (05/22/12)

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US envoy to Israel: US ready to strike Iran

May 17, 2012
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Wyoming Tribune Eagle    

"The U.S. has plans in place to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, Washington's envoy to Israel said, days ahead of a crucial round of nuclear talks with Tehran. Dan Shapiro's message resonated Thursday far beyond the closed forum in which it was made: Iran should not test Washington's resolve to act on its promise to strike if diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure Tehran to abandon its disputed nuclear program." (05/17/12)

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Iran: Parliament condemns Saudi-Bahrain “union” proposal

May 14, 2012
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Tehran Times [Iran]    

"One hundred and ninety Iranian MPs issued a statement on Sunday strongly condemning the decision made by Persian Gulf Arab states to discuss a proposal for a closer political union among them that could begin with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain weighed closer political union at a summit of Persian Gulf Arab leaders on Monday in Riyadh aimed at pooling efforts to neutralize popular uprisings against despotic monarchial systems." (05/14/12)

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Clinton hectors India to join US sanctions on Iran

May 6, 2012
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Chicago Tribune    

"Hoping to wean India from Iranian oil imports, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging Indian leaders to explore alternative suppliers as she opens a three-day visit .... India could face U.S. sanctions by the end of June if the Obama administration determines it has not made significant cuts in imports under a law aimed at squeezing Iran's petroleum industry to press the country to comply with international demands over its nuclear program." (05/06/12)

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Iran: Oil sector hit by cyber attack

April 23, 2012
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Agence France-Presse    

"A voracious virus attack has hit computers running key parts of Iran's oil sector, forcing authorities to unplug its main oil export terminal from the Internet and to set up a cyber crisis team, according to reports on Monday. The Mehr news agency reported that Iran's principal oil terminal on Kharg island in the Gulf has been disconnected from the Internet since Sunday along with facilities in other parts of the country." (04/23/12)

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Costs and consequences of action against Iran

April 23, 2012
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Michelle Newby  

"Wars cost money. So do airstrikes. Just how much can be difficult to calculate, because it depends on unknown factors like the length of the conflict, the resources needed to prosecute it, and the skill of our opponent. Recent history demonstrates the folly of assuming a war will be quick and cheap. The 2003 U.S. war against Iraq was originally projected to cost $50 to $60 billion. Yet, in 2008, before the war was even over, the Pentagon had already spent $600 billion." (04/19/12)

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Iraq: Nouri travels to Iran for talks

April 22, 2012
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USA Today    

"Iraq's prime minister traveled to Tehran Sunday for top level talks, underlining the close ties between governments of the two countries. Nouri al-Maliki met Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the beginning of his two-day official visit." (04/22/12)

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