Posts Tagged ‘ Iran ’

US Senate panel tries to drag world banking system into anti-Iran crusade

February 2, 2012
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New York Times    

"The Senate Banking Committee unanimously approved a new regimen of anti-Iran sanctions on Thursday that would for the first time threaten to punish the global financial telecommunications network that nearly all banks rely on to conduct their daily business. ... Expulsion from the network -- the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, known as Swift -- would deny to Iran many billions of dollars in revenue from abroad that is routinely routed into its domestic banking system." (02/02/12)

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Another war on the cheap

February 2, 2012
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Philip Giraldi Antiwar.com
by Philip Giraldi  

"Israeli self-reliance is a wonderful thing, if only it were true. The United States has been tied hand and foot to Israeli policies and would be drawn inexorably into anything that Tel Aviv starts. The confident assertion that Iran would be unable to retaliate effectively might prove as reliable as the claims made in 2002 that there would be a 'cakewalk' in Iraq." (02/02/12)

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Iran: Ahmadinejad seeks to cut budget by 5.6%

February 1, 2012
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Business Week    

"Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposed cutting the government’s budget by 5.6 percent for the coming Iranian year while more than doubling military spending, state media reported. Ahmadinejad presented a draft budget of 5,100 trillion rials ($450 billion) to parliament today for review, the state-run Mehr news agency reported." (02/01/12)

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India defies sanctions, won’t cut Iran oil imports

January 30, 2012
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Northwest Indiana Times    

"India has joined China in saying it will not cut back on oil imports from Iran, despite stiff new U.S. and European sanctions designed to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program. 'It is not possible for India to take any decision to reduce the import from Iran drastically because, after all, the countries which can provide the requirement of the emerging economy, Iran is an important country amongst them,' India's finance minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters Sunday in Chicago." (01/30/12)

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Iran is ready to return to nuclear talks

January 26, 2012
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Southern California Press-Enterprise    

"Iran is ready to revive talks with the U.S. and other world powers, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday, but suggested that Tehran's foes will have to make compromises to prevent negotiations from again collapsing in stalemate. Iran's insistence that it will never give up uranium enrichment — the process that makes material for reactors as well as weapons — scuttled negotiations a year ago and still looms as a potential deal breaker even as tougher Western sanctions target Iran's critical oil exports." (01/26/12)

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Pakistan: Regime accuses Iran of killing six at border

January 26, 2012
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Kansas City Star    

"Iranian security forces on Thursday killed six Pakistani traders taking goats into Iran, a Pakistani official said. Iranian authorities were not immediately available for comment. The incident happened Thursday on the Iranian side of the border near the Pakistani town of Gwadar, said its deputy commissioner Abdur Rehman." (01/26/12)

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US/Israel: Iran NOT building nukes

January 26, 2012
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Ray McGovern Freedom's Phoenix
by Ray McGovern  

"Has Iran decided to build a nuclear bomb? That would seem to be the central question in the current bellicose debate over whether the world should simply cripple Iran’s economy and inflict severe pain on its civilian population or launch a preemptive war to destroy its nuclear capability while possibly achieving 'regime change.' And if you’ve been reading the New York Times or following the rest of the Fawning Corporate Media, you’d likely assume that everyone who matters agrees that the answer to the question is yes ..." (01/26/12)

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India won’t seek US waiver on Iran sanctions

January 17, 2012
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Wall Street Journal    

"India won't seek a waiver of U.S. sanctions on Iran and continues to buy crude oil from the country, Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said Tuesday. 'We have accepted sanctions which are made by the United Nations. Other sanctions do not apply to individual countries. We don't accept that position,' Mr. Mathai told a news conference. ... U.S. President Barack Obama on Dec. 31 signed a law imposing sanctions against banks that trade with the Iran's central bank, through which much of Iranian oil sales are cleared." (01/17/12)

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Iran: Arrests in assassination of nuclear scientist

January 16, 2012
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ABC News    

"An Iranian news website is reporting several suspects have been arrested over last week's killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. ... Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, an official in Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, was killed in an explosion Wednesday after attackers attached a bomb to his car in Tehran. Iran accused the U.S., Britain and Israel of involvement." (01/16/12)

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Iran and the terrorism game

January 12, 2012
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Salon
by Glenn Greenwald  

"In the few venues which yesterday denounced as 'Terrorism' the ongoing assassinations of Iranian scientists, there was intense backlash against the invocation of that term. That always happens whenever 'Terrorism' is applied to acts likely undertaken by Israel, the U.S. or its allies -- rather than its traditional use: violence by Muslims against the U.S. and its allies -- because accusing Israel and/or the U.S. of Terrorism remains one of the greatest political taboos ..." (01/12/12)

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Iran: Nuclear scientist killed in bombing

January 11, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed Wednesday morning when a bomb ripped through his car in a northern Tehran neighborhood, Iranian media reports said. It was the fifth attack targeting an Iranian nuclear scientist in two years and will likely add to the tension between Iran and the West over the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear enrichment program." (01/11/12)

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US naval strike group arrives in Arabian Sea as tensions rise with Iran

January 11, 2012
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Fox News    

"A new aircraft carrier strike group has entered the Arabian Sea and another is on its way, a Pentagon official said in a news briefing Wednesday -- a shuffling of the U.S. fleet amid rising tensions with Iran. Officials said there is no connection between the fleet movements and threats from Iran, however, the arrival of the USS Carl Vinson comes on the heals of Iranian military exercises in the Persian Gulf and threats to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil transit route." (01/11/12)

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Iran: American has 20 days to appeal death sentence

January 10, 2012
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CNN    

"Amir Mirzaie Hekmati, an American sentenced to death in Iran for espionage, has 20 days to appeal his case, according to Iranian law. 'If the sentence is appealed, then the Court of Appeals will hear the case. If not, then the sentence is final,' judiciary spokesman Mohseni Ejeie said, according to the semi-official Iranian Student News Agency. The statement was the first by a judiciary official, regarding the trail and the sentence." (01/10/12)

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Iran: Former US Marine sentenced to death as spy

January 9, 2012
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Athens Banner-Herald    

"A former U.S. Marine interpreter arrested while on a trip to visit his Iranian grandmothers has been sentenced to death as a CIA spy, state radio reported Monday, in a case likely to become a new flashpoint in the escalating tensions .... It was the first time an American citizen has been sentenced to death in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran." (01/09/12)

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EU moves closer to Iran oil ban

January 4, 2012
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Bloomberg News    

"European Union governments moved closer to halting oil purchases from Iran, stepping up the confrontation over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program. EU foreign ministers are aiming to announce harsher sanctions on Iran’s energy and banking industries at their next meeting on Jan. 30 after Greece lifted its objections to an oil embargo." (01/04/12)

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Iran warns US carrier not to return to Persian Gulf

January 3, 2012
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Washington Post    

"Iran’s army chief on Tuesday warned a nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf, as Iran’s navy ended 10 days of tense war games in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. Defense Department promptly rejected the warning. ... Following Western threats to impose an embargo on Iranian oil, Iran threatened to close off the Persian Gulf during the war games but refrained from doing so." (01/03/12)

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Iran: Regime says it has produced its first nuclear fuel rod

January 1, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"Iran said Sunday that its scientists had produced the country’s first nuclear fuel rod and its navy had test-fired a new medium-range surface-to-air missile, announcements that were likely to heighten concerns about the country’s disputed uranium-enrichment program. The Islamic Republic News Agency, or IRNA, reported that the nuclear fuel rod had 'passed all physical and dimensional tests' and had been inserted into the core of Tehran’s research reactor." (01/01/12)

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U.S. in $3.5 billion arms sale to UAE amid Iran tensions

January 1, 2012
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Reuters    

"The United States has signed a $3.5 billion sale of an advanced antimissile interception system to the United Arab Emirates, part of an accelerating military buildup of its friends and allies near Iran. The deal, signed on December 25 and announced on Friday night by the U.S. Defense Department, 'is an important step in improving the region's security through a regional missile defense architecture,' Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a statement." (01/01/12)

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Iran tracks US aircraft carrier amid Strait of Hormuz tension

December 29, 2011
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MSNBC    

"An Iranian surveillance plane has video recorded and photographed a U.S. aircraft carrier near a strategic waterway in the Persian Gulf, the country's IRNA news agency reported Thursday. The report did not provide details, and it was unclear what information the Iranian military could glean from such images. But the announcement is an indication that Iran is seeking to cast its navy as having a powerful role in the region's waters." (12/29/11)

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US to Iran: Don’t you dare act like us

December 28, 2011
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Guardian [UK]    

"Tensions between the United States and Iran have dangerously ratcheted up as naval officials with America's Fifth Fleet warned any attempt by Iran to close a strategically vital oil route through the Strait of Hormuz would 'not be tolerated.' The news heightens a sense of growing crisis in the Persian Gulf after two days of threats by senior Iranian figures that they might shut down the important trade route in response to any future international sanctions against the country's oil exports." (12/28/11)

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Iraq: Iranian exiles agree to move camp

December 28, 2011
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Washington Post    

"The head of an Iranian exile group holed up at a camp in Iraq said Wednesday that the first of the camp’s residents are ready to move to a new location picked by the Iraqi government, solving a potential crisis. The announcement Wednesday by Maryam Rajavi, the Paris-based leader of the group, averted what could have been a bloody showdown with Iraqi authorities if the residents had refused to move." (12/28/11)

 

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Iran seeks death for American accused of spying

December 27, 2011
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Seattle Times    

"An American man accused by Iran of working for the CIA could face the death penalty, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported Tuesday. In a closed court hearing, the prosecution applied for capital punishment, the report said, because the suspect, identified as Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, 'admitted that he received training in the United States and planned to imply that Iran was involved in terrorist activities in foreign countries' after returning to the U.S." (12/27/11)

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Iran rejects judge’s ruling on 9/11 attacks

December 25, 2011
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Miami Herald    

"Iran has rejected a New York judge's finding that Tehran is liable in the Sept. 11 attacks along with the Taliban and al-Qaida. According to state TV, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman referred to last week's judgment as 'clumsy scenario-making' by the U.S. The spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, repeated Iran's insistence that al-Qaida has no presence in the country." (12/25/11)

 

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UN, Iraq agree on Camp Ashraf resettlement plan

December 25, 2011
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"The United Nations and the Iraqi government have signed an agreement to relocate several thousand Iranian exiles living in a camp in northeastern Iraq, the U.N.'s office in Baghdad announced Sunday. But it's not clear yet whether the camp's residents have signed off on the deal. In a statement late Sunday, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said the agreement establishes a process to move the residents of Camp Ashraf to a temporary location." (12/25/11)

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UN denounces human rights violations in Iran

December 20, 2011
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New Orleans Times-Picayune    

"The U.N. General Assembly has approved a resolution denouncing serious human rights violations in Iran ranging from flogging and amputations to frequent use of the death penalty. Iran's U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee tried to prevent a vote on the nonbinding resolution Monday but the attempt was soundly defeated." (12/19/11)

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