Posts Tagged ‘ Iran ’

Israel looks for bribe from US over Iran deal

May 20, 2015
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Haaretz    

"The United States and Israel have begun preliminary, unofficial contacts regarding special American military aid for Israel due to developments in the Middle East. Although neither side has said so explicitly, the Obama administration plans to provide Israel substantial defense compensation if an agreement is signed between Tehran and the world powers to limit Iran’s nuclear program. ... The United States is likely to provide Israel with, among other things, more F-35 combat aircraft and another battery of a missile interception system." [editor's note: In other words, a bribe. Although it's difficult to say what for, since Netanyahu doesn't seem to be offering to stop his bellyaching or anything like that in return - TLK] (05/20/15)

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US House sends Iran nuclear deal bill to Obama

May 15, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"The House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday that allows Congress to review any deal on Iran's nuclear program negotiated by the Obama Administration. The measure passed with an overwhelming bipartisan vote 400-25. The bill, which was passed by the Senate last week 98-1, now goes to the President for his signature. Initially the White House resisted efforts to give Congress a role in weighing in on an agreement. But once it became apparent that both Republicans and Democrats had a veto-proof majority, the White House said it would support a compromise crafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tennessee and the top Democrat on the panel, Sen Ben Cardin, D-Maryland." (05/14/15)

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Iran: Regime releases Maersk Tigris

May 7, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Iran has released the MV Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship, whose seizure in the Strait of Hormuz last week had raised tensions with Iran. The ship's operator says the crew of 24 are 'in a good condition' and the ship is headed to Jebel Ali, a port in the United Arab Emirates. The ship's seizure on April 28 had raised tensions in the region after Iranian patrol boats fired across the ship's bow to order it into Iranian waters. Iranian officials later claimed that the ship was seized because the Maersk Line had not paid a settlement in a long-standing court ruling." (05/07/15)

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Can Congress blow up the Iran deal?

May 5, 2015
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W. James Antle III The American Conservative
by W James Antle III  

"The issue united an overwhelming majority of Senate Republicans with Charles Schumer, the man most likely to succeed Harry Reid as the leader of Senate Democrats. Now fractures are suddenly appearing in the coalition behind Corker-Cardin, with Iran hawks potentially the most split. That's because the latest unamended version of the bill is less ambitious in what it seeks to do. It would instead delay sanctions relief and give Congress time to review, and potentially vote, on the deal. But it doesn't actually require congressional approval of the nuclear pact for it to go into effect." (05/04/15)

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US Senate defeats GOP amendments to keep Iran bill on track

April 30, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"The Senate on Thursday is continuing to debate an Iran bill after the body rejected a Republican amendment a day earlier that would have jeopardized White House support for the legislation. The GOP addition would have required President Barack Obama to certify that Iran has not been involved in terrorism as a condition for signing a nuclear agreement with that country, a high bar that could have threatened the viability of the deal with Iran that's in the works. The amendment's defeat was a significant victory for proponents of the bipartisan bill, which would give Congress the ability to weigh in on that nuclear deal if it is reached." (04/30/15)

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Why Obama wants to lift sanctions on Iran

April 27, 2015
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"[K]eep in mind, that what Obama's doing is extremely unpopular with many powerful groups; the congress, the media, Israel and even high ranking officials in his own State Department. Could it be that the powerbrokers who pull Obama's strings and tell him what to do have suddenly seen the light and want to open a new era of reconciliation and friendship with Iran? Of course not. No one believes that. The only reason Obama would strike a deal with Iran is because the US wants something in return. And the US does want something in return. The US wants a substitute for Russian gas flowing to the Europe so it can destroy Russia economically and implement its strategic plan to spread US power across Asia so US mega-corporations can maintain their dominant position in the global economy. Obama is playing nice with Iran so he can pivot to Asia as easily as possible." (04/27/15)

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Iranian warships arrive at strategic strait off Yemen coast

April 23, 2015
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Middle East Eye [UK]    

"Two Iranian warships reached the Gulf of Aden just off the coast of Yemen on Wednesday, as Saudi Arabia said Iran had 'absolutely no role to play' in the impoverished country. Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency reported that two warships had arrived at the Gulf of Aden, a strategic waterway that connects the Persian Gulf with Egypt's Suez Canal and is thought to carry some 3.4 million barrels of oil daily. ... On Monday, days after the Iranian navy announced a deployment to the Gulf of Aden, the US Navy said that its aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, was on its way to the region, escorted by the USS Normandy, a guided missile destroyer." (04/22/15)

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America should say no to war against Iran: US has no right to kill at will

April 22, 2015
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"It's painful to admit, but the U.S. is the globe's most warlike nation. Since the end of the Cold War no other state has attacked as many countries or threatened as many countries as has America. That aggressive policy continues to this day. Backing Saudi Arabia against Yemeni rebels. Bombing Islamic State forces. Threatening to attack Syria. Overthrowing the Libyan government. Launching sustained drone campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen. Years of nation-building in Afghanistan. Overthrowing Iraq's Saddam Hussein. All this since 2001. It is an extraordinary record. The most persistent threat to use force has been against Iran." (04/21/15)

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Senate may face contentious debate on Iran nuclear bill

April 22, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The U.S. Senate could plunge into a heated debate on legislation giving Congress the power to review a nuclear deal with Iran as soon as Wednesday, as some Republicans sought to change the bill to take a harder line on any agreement. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 19-0 last week for a compromise version of the bill, in a rare display of bipartisan unity in the deeply divided Congress. Lawmakers said on Tuesday the full Senate could begin debate on Wednesday or Thursday, after Senate leaders reached an agreement ending an impasse over a human trafficking bill and President Barack Obama's nominee to be attorney general." (04/21/15)

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Iran: Washington Post reporter faces four charges including espionage

April 20, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Iranian authorities are charging The Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, with espionage and three other serious crimes, including 'collaborating with hostile governments' and 'propaganda against the establishment,' according to his lawyer in Tehran. Providing the first description of the precise charges against Rezaian since his arrest nine months ago, the lawyer said that an indictment alleges Rezaian gathered information 'about internal and foreign policy' and provided it to 'individuals with hostile intent.' ... Martin Baron, The Post's executive editor, called the charges against Rezaian 'absurd and scurrilous.'" (04/20/15)

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Another idiotic plan to hurt Russia

April 20, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"The Laussanne negotiations between Iran and the so called P5+1 group (the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) have nothing to do with nuclear proliferation. They are, in fact, another attempt to weaken and isolate Russia by easing sanctions, thus allowing Iranian gas to replace Russian gas in Europe. Laussanne shows that Washington still thinks that the greatest threat to its dominance is the further economic integration of Russia and Europe, a massive two-continent free trade zone from Lisbon to Vladivostok that would eventually dwarf dwindling US GDP while decisively shifting the balance of global power to Asia. To counter that threat, the Obama administration toppled the elected government of Ukraine in a violent coup, launched a speculative attack on the ruble, forced down global oil prices, and is presently arming and training neo-Nazi extremists in the Ukrainian army." (04/20/15)

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Hubris unlimited: Tom Cotton versus reality

April 17, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Freshman Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) wants the United States to pick a fight with Iran. Not an all-out brawl, he says; just an itty-bitty bout along the lines of 1998's Operation Desert Fox, in which US aircraft carried out four days of airstrikes on Iraq. Setting aside the fact that there's just no reason for such an exercise -- P5+1 negotiation theater aside, Iran doesn't seem to have an active nuclear weapons development program for airstrikes to target -- the whole concept of 'limited war' is bogus and dangerous." (04/16/15)

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Iraq 2.0: The REAL reason hawks oppose the Iran deal

April 16, 2015
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Justin Logan Cato Institute
by Justin Logan  

"The reason we're having this peculiar debate instead of the one I've described above is that doves and hawks have trapped each other in the mass politics of the issue. There is a very good chance that blowing up the talks would buy the United States a non-refundable one-way ticket to another major war in the Middle East, something that no American politician with any sense wants to own. Similarly, hawks have a good line to use on doves. Any diplomatic agreement will leave opportunities for Iran -- a regime rightly seen as wily and creative in its diplomacy -- to cheat. Americans do not trust Iran, and do fear cheating." (04/16/15)

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Iran nuclear talks to resume in Vienna on April 22-23

April 16, 2015
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Epoch Times    

"Major world powers and Iran will resume talks next week on Tehran's nuclear program, aiming to come up with a comprehensive deal by the end of June. The European Union said in a statement Thursday that senior negotiator Helga Schmid will meet with Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, on April 22 in the Austrian capital, Vienna. Technical experts from the five world nuclear powers plus Germany and Iran will also meet during the two days of talks." (04/16/15)

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A really bad idea: A “limited” war with Iran

April 16, 2015
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Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"The main fallacy in the professed hawkish case for limited war is that the United States would be in complete control of the escalation process. The reality is that Iran could greatly escalate the military confrontation. And one cannot imagine people in Congress like Tom Cotton, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham (or the warhawk contingent in the news media) keeping their cool and adhering to a limited war agenda if Tehran or its clients retaliated by attacking a U.S. ally in the Middle East -- much less if such an attack killed Americans. The instant that such an incident occurred, the current proponents of a limited war would demand a full-scale U.S. military campaign to overthrow the Iranian government. And at that point, we would be in a new Middle East war that would make the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts look like minor skirmishes." (04/15/15)

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Rouhani: We are in talks with “the major powers,” not the US Congress

April 15, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Tehran was negotiating a comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers, not the U.S. Congress, and called a Senate committee's vote to give Congress the power to review any potential deal a domestic U.S. matter. The Iranian leader, speaking in a televised speech in the northern Iranian city of Rasht, also repeated earlier statements that his country will not accept any comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers unless all sanctions imposed against it are lifted." (04/15/15)

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US military should stay home: America, not Iran, is biggest threat to Mideast stability

April 14, 2015
posted by

Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"After the Shah's fall in 1979 the U.S. backed Saddam Hussein's savage invasion of Iran. Over the years Washington imposed regime change or dismembered territories in countries posing no threat to America, such as Haiti, Grenada, Panama, Serbia, Iraq, and Libya. The Arab world is dominated by Sunni regimes hostile to Tehran, whose Shia majority is a decided minority within Islam. The U.S., Turkey, and the Gulf States are attempting to oust Iran's ally in next-door Syria. Over the last decade successive American presidents have regularly threatened military action against Tehran. So has Israel. As Henry Kissinger once observed, even paranoids have enemies." (04/14/15)

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Russia lifts ban on delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran

April 14, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"President Vladimir Putin on Monday lifted the ban on Russia's delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran, the Kremlin said. Russia signed the $800 million contract to sell Iran the S-300 missile system in 2007, but later suspended their delivery because of strong objections from the United States and Israel. Iran filed a lawsuit with a court in Geneva seeking $4 billion in damages for breach of contract, but the court has not issued a ruling." (04/13/15)

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Iran halts Saudi pilgrimages over sexual assault allegation

April 13, 2015
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The Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"Iran has suspended pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia in protest at an alleged sexual assault attempt against two teenage Iranian boys, the culture minister said on Monday. According to Iranian media reports, two Saudi police are alleged to have attempted to assault the youngsters at Jeddah airport as they prepared to fly home from a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina two weeks ago. ... The outcry over the allegations comes with relations between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia already tense over the Saudi-led air war against Shia rebels in Yemen." (04/13/15)

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Iran: No final nuke deal if sanctions not lifted immediately

April 9, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Iran's president on Thursday said Tehran will not sign a final nuclear deal unless world powers lift economic sanctions imposed on the country immediately. The United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany -- the so-called P5 +1 group -- reached an understanding with Iran last week on limits to its nuclear program in return for lifting crippling economic sanctions, after extended talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. The U.S. has previously said the sanctions would be lifted in phases, but the details have not yet been negotiated. However, in a televised speech on Thursday, President Hassan Rouhani appeared to rule out a gradual removal of the successive round of sanctions that have hit hard its energy and financial sectors -- and crippled its economy." (04/09/15)

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The real nuclear threat in the Middle East

April 9, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"To get a sense of how badly the regime in Iran wants sanctions relief for the Iranian people, you have to do more than contemplate the major concessions it has made in negotiations with the United States and the rest of the P5+1. Not only is Iran willing to dismantle a major part of its peaceful civilian nuclear program, to submit to the most intrusive inspects, to redesign a reactor, to eliminate two-thirds of its centrifuges, to get rid of much of its enriched uranium, and to limit nuclear research -- it must do all this while being harangued by the nuclear monopolist of the Middle East -- Israel -- which remains, unlike Iran, a nonsigner of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and faces no inspections or limits on its production of nuclear weapons. This is something out of Alice in Wonderland." (04/08/15)

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Six things you didn’t know the US and its allies did to Iran

April 7, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by John Schwarz  

"It's hard for some Americans to understand why the Obama administration is so determined to come to an agreement with Iran on its nuclear capability, given that huge Iranian rallies are constantly chanting 'Death to America!' I know the chanting makes me unhappy, since I'm part of America, and I strongly oppose me dying. But if you know our actual history with Iran, you can kind of see where they’re coming from. They have understandable reasons to be angry at and frightened of us -- things we've done that if, say, Norway had done them to us, would have us out in the streets shouting 'Death to Norway!' Unfortunately, not only have the U.S. and our allies done horrendous things to Iran, we're not even polite enough to remember it." (04/07/15)

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Understanding Iran’s nuclear ambitions

April 7, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Musa al-Gharbi  

"Critics of Iran often wonder why the Islamic Republic is pursuing nuclear technology so doggedly, if their intentions are strictly peaceful -- given the country's extensive fossil-fuel resources, nuclear power seems superfluous in their estimation. There are a number of reasons ..." (04/07/15)

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The real achievement of the Iran nuclear deal

April 5, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart  

"Right now, a thousand pundits and politicians are debating the details of Thursday's framework nuclear deal with Iran. That's fine. I think the details are far, far better than the alternative -- which was a collapse of the diplomatic process, a collapse of international sanctions as Russia and China went back to business as usual with Tehran, and a collapse of the world's ability to send inspectors into Iran. But ultimately, the details aren't what matters. What matters is the potential end of America's 36-year-long cold war with Iran." (04/03/15)

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Who’s afraid of Iran’s big bad bomb?

April 4, 2015
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Uri Avnery  

"My father once taught me how to withstand blackmail: imagine that the awful threat of the blackmailer has already come about. Then you can tell him: Go to hell. I have tried many times to follow this advice and found it sound. So now I apply it to the Iranian bomb: I imagine that the worst has already happened: the awful ayatollahs have got the bombs that can eradicate little Israel in a minute. So what?" (04/03/15)

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