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Mar 03 07:38

Israel's Netanyahu Lied About Iran With Infamous "Clear Red Line" Threat, Mossad Leak Reveals

It was only after the second US invasion of Iraq (not to be confused with Obama's third) that we learned that not only did Saddam not have WMDs, but that the whole invasion was merely a pretext for the US to gain control of yet another middle-eastern regime and one of the largest producers of crude oil at the time. What was also revealed as the NYT Examiner reported is "how easily truth becomes irrelevant in the process of going to war."

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Mar 03 07:16

Netanyahu’s Long History of Crying Wolf About Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to address the U.S. Congress tomorrow about the perils of striking a nuclear deal with Iran. Netanyahu, not generally known for his measured rhetoric, has been vociferous in his public statements about the dangers of such compromise, warning that it will allow Iran to “rush to the bomb” and that it amounts to giving the country “a license” to develop nuclear weapons.

It is worth remembering, however, that Netanyahu has said much of this before. Almost two decades ago, in 1996, Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress where he darkly warned, “If Iran were to acquire nuclear weapons, this could presage catastrophic consequences, not only for my country, and not only for the Middle East, but for all mankind,” adding that, “the deadline for attaining this goal is getting extremely close.”

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Mar 03 07:10

Menendez tells pro-Israel group he will oppose Iran deal that doesn't roll back nuclear program

"As long as I have an ounce of fight left in me, as long as I have a vote and a say and a chance to protect the interests of Israel, the region, and the national security interests of the United States, Iran will never have a pathway to a weapon," Menendez said, bringing the delegates to their feet. "It will never threaten Israel or its neighbors, and it will never be in a position to start a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Not on my watch."

Menendez is one of the most outspoken supporters of increasing sanctions if negotiations fail to curb Iran's nuclear program. The issue has pitted Menendez against President Obama, a fellow Democrat.

Mar 03 07:05

Netanyahu’s Takeover Bid

Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech, like so many of his speeches in recent years, centered on trying to compare Iran to Nazi Germany, and claiming that not a day goes by he doesn’t worry about Israel being wiped off the map in some way or other.

Top Obama aide Susan Rice, who addressed AIPAC, defended the diplomtic process, saying Netanyahu’s position of opposition to any deal is “not a viable position” from which to hold talks.

The Israel Lobby has been attacking Rice vociferously, with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach running an ad over the weekend in the New York Times accusing her of supporting genocide for criticizing Netanyahu.

Mar 03 07:04

FLASHBACK - Netanyahu 2002: Iraq has Centrifuges ‘the size of Washing Machines’ to Produce A-Bomb

Israeli PM Binyamin “Chicken Little” Netanyahu tried to scaremonger about Iraq in 2002, as his contribution to the Anglo-American war of aggression on that country. “there is no question whatsoever,” Netanyahu said, “that Saddam” was seeking nuclear weapons. He said that Israeli intelligence reported to him that Russian scientists and North Korea were on site and actively aiding this phantom nuclear weapons program.

There was no Iraqi nuclear weapons program in 2002; it was dismantled in the early 1990s by United Nations inspectors. There were none of the chemical or biological weapons Netanyahu spoke of. No Russians. No North Koreans. Bupkes.

Netanyahu also warned that Iraq would give nuclear warheads (which it did not have) to “terrorist groups.”

He also argued that no inspections could possibly find “mobile weapons sites” (which are impossible), implying that invasion and occupation was the only course open.

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Mar 03 06:49

Susan Rice Tells Israel Lobbyists Their Demands Are ‘Unachievable’

On Monday night, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice made the case for a diplomatic solution to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon — an argument that rankled many of the 16,000 activists who flooded Washington for the annual confab of the most powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization in the country.

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If those 16,000 pro-Israel activist want war with Iran, hand them each a rifle and a parachute and drop them into Tehran!

Mar 03 06:32

Netanyahu tells AIPAC that Iran and its international 'tentacles of terror' threaten the very existence of Israel

The United States and Israel made public protestations of enduring friendship on Monday even as acrimony simmered over plans by the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to voice his objections to US-led efforts to strike a diplomatic deal with Iran over its nuclear programme in a speech to Congress on Tuesday.

Mr Netanyahu told a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that he felt compelled to speak up about the efforts to reach a deal with Iran because the “existence” of Israel is at stake. But he simultaneously denied his intention was to show any disrespect to President Barack Obama.

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Mar 03 06:27

Netanyahu Goes to Washington: An Act of Desperation By a Political Dinosaur

Today Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu will address a Republican Congress in a brazen attempt to win votes back home by derailing the White House’s ongoing diplomatic negotiations with Iran. How else can you describe it?

There is little point in waiting until after Netanyahu had addresses Congress today, because Bibi will be delivering the exact same, tired old recycled Iran speech that he’s been giving for the better part of the last decade. God forbid, if he’s still in office in 10 years, it’s a sure bet that he’ll be making the same speech then too, claiming that Iran is about the develop a nuclear weapon and that they must be stopped “before it’s too late.” Oh no, not that old chestnut.

Mar 02 16:46

Iraqi Parliament Asks Iranian General to Coordinate Joint Assault on ISIL

In an unprecedented move, the Iraqi government and parliament officially requested General Soleimani to oversee the operation by supervising and advising Iraqi forces. Effectively, this means the Iranian general will be commanding the joint Iraqi-Iranian offensive on Tikrit.

Mar 02 16:30

Netanyahu to lay out elements of Iran deal

During his upcoming speech to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lay out the details of what he understands to be the nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran, hoping it will prompt lawmakers to question the administration and delay the March 24 deadline for a political agreement.

Mar 02 16:30

Exclusive: Obama says Iran must halt nuclear work for at least a decade

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but said the odds were still against sealing a final agreement.

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That is the deal breaker. Obama has caved into Netanyahu and the warhawks.

Mar 02 15:00

Lavrov notes progress in talks on Iran nuclear program

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday noted serious progress in talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

"At a meeting with [US Secretary of State John] Kerry and [Iranian Foreign Minister Javad] Zarif, we discussed a number of issues on the Iranian nuclear program," Lavrov said. "We noted serious progress reached at the talks of the P5+1 with Tehran."

"We discussed tasks we have to solve in order to achieve a result within the agreed time frames," he said.

Mar 02 14:18

US-Israel intel cooperation on Iran's nuclear program has been stopped, Ch. 10 reports

The United States and Israel have stopped intelligence cooperation on Iran's nuclear program, Channel 10 reported Monday.

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That is because Netanyahu was leaking some of the information to try and derail the P5+1 talks.

Mar 02 09:44

Netanyahu’s speech and the American Jewish condition

Netanyahu is coming here to tell the Congress to torpedo the efforts of the U.S. president to cut a deal with Iran. He does so because he seems to believe that Iran poses an existential threat to Israel. His actual and implicit messaging links the Iranians to the Holocaust and to Hitler. Whether or not he is working the matter to get another term, or to maintain Israel’s regional hegemony, there can be little question that many Jews share this belief. They say that Iran is determined to destroy Israel and so the charge “Never again” means, we must destroy Iran’s nuclear capability by any means and isolate the society generally. Just as Iraq which attacked Israel was also linked to Hitler by various Israel supporters 12 years ago.

That analogy proved absurd, and the Iranian/Holocaust analogy is also illogical.

Mar 02 08:35

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Iran Exaggerations Now Clear for All To See

Say what you will, the latest intelligence leak to hit the world headlines couldn’t have come at a worse time for Benjamin Netanyahu. Just a week before the Israeli prime minister’s congressional address on the Iranian nuclear threat, a document from his own spy agency turns up and shows that his dark warnings about Iran don’t always match the facts known to Israeli intelligence.

Mar 02 07:08

Binyamin Netanyahu, AIPAC’s Putative American President, Plans to Threaten the US Congress

Binyamin Netanyahu – AIPAC’s putative US President – will, next Tuesday, threaten both Houses of Congress that he is prepared to deploy his 400 nuclear warheads to ensure Israeli dominance of the Middle East unless Washington and the world accede to his demands against Iran (and Gaza and Lebanon and Turkey). A status quo that recalls the demands of the German National Socialists, in 1936, prior to their occupation and domination of Europe that instigated World War 2.

Mar 01 11:21

Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike

The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Following Obama's threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.

According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel's back.

The report claimed that an unnamed Israeli minister who has good ties with the US administration revealed the attack plan to Secretary of State John Kerry, and that Obama then threatened to shoot down the Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Mar 01 07:43

If Netanyahu's right, why is he so wrong?

Even if he is correct about Iran, Netanyahu's steps have minimized Israel's ability to exert influence, and his moves on Obama's turf have politicized U.S.-Israel relations so much that no one seriously addresses his points any more.

Feb 28 09:09

White House says Netanyahu offers no alternative but military action (and Liz Warren won’t say if she’s attending speech)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is offering no alternative but the “military option” against Iran, the White House press secretary said this afternoon. Josh Earnest said that Netanyahu has “not presented an alternative” to the negotiations that the U.S. is undertaking, and that military action won’t work. It will only “steel” Iran’s resolve to develop nuclear weapons and end an inspections regime that the Iranians have accepted as well as break up the international coalition that the U.S. has put together to talk to Iran.

Feb 28 09:00

Netanyahu Invites Arab Diplomats to His Big Speech—and Gets Rejected

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is refusing to meet with a group of ardently pro-Israel Democratic senators next week in Washington, but he very much wants to see the faces of Arab ambassadors in the audience during his controversial address to Congress.

Netanyahu's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, has tried, without success, to recruit Arab ambassadors to come to his boss’s speech, e-mailing them personally to plead for their attendance. Dermer, who is not a trained diplomat, is the man who helped engineer the invitation to Netanyahu to speak to Congress in opposition to President Obama’s (so far theoretical) Iran nuclear deal.

Feb 28 08:37

Netanyahu, his pants on fire, brings torch to Washington: Burman

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu takes wild-eyed warnings about Iran to U.S. Congress, damaging international negotiations and American relations.

Feb 28 08:29

Netanyahu's 'scaremongering' will not stop nuclear deal, says Iranian official

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said on Saturday that “scaremongering” by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t stop the Islamic Republic and world powers from reaching a final nuclear deal.

Feb 28 07:52

Report: Obama threatened to fire on Israeli jets attacking Iran

The decision came, according to al-Jarida, after Israel revealed that the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel's back.

According to the report, Netanyahu and his commanders agreed after four nights of deliberations to task the Israeli army's chief of staff Beni Gants to prepare a qualitative operation against Iran's nuclear program. In addition, Netanyahu and his ministers decided to do whatever they could do to thwart a possible agreement between Iran and the White House because such an agreement is, allegedly, a threat to Israel's security.

The sources added that Gants and his commanders prepared the requested plan and that Israeli fighter jets trained for several weeks in order to make sure the plans would work successfully. Israeli fighter jets even carried out experimental flights in Iran's airspace after they managed to break through radars.

Feb 28 07:51

Israel ‘needs US stealth fighters to attack Iran’

The US provision of stealth fighters to Israel does not serve any defensive purposes, but it enhances Tel Aviv’s abilities to strike countries like Iran, said political commentator Edward Corrigan.

Feb 27 12:28

Iran test-fires ‘new strategic weapon’ to battle ‘Great Satan’ US

Iran has concluded a massive naval and air defense war games by successfully test-firing a “new strategic weapon,” which the country says will play an important role in the future battle against the US.

The test was performed on the final day of the Great Prophet 9 exercises, which above other activities included a simulated attack on an American aircraft carrier.

Feb 27 10:04

John Boehner Defends Benjamin Netanyahu Speech

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday challenged an assertion by the Obama administration that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress about Iran's nuclear program would be destructive to U.S.-Israeli relations.

"The president's national security advisor says it's destructive for the prime minister of Israel to address the United States Congress. I couldn't disagree more," Boehner said at his weekly news conference.

"The American people and both parties in Congress have always stood with Israel and nothing, and no one, could get in the way," the Republican leader said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to House Speaker Boehner: please resign immediately from your position in the US House of Representatives.

It has become clear that you no longer represent the interests and concerns of the American people, or your "alleged" constituents, but those of a foreign power, Israel.

The interests, needs, and concerns of the American people are not always aligned with those of Tel Aviv, and the issue of a potentially peaceful resolution to the Iranian energy program, being (hopefully) sorted out at the P5+1 negotiations, are one of the most glaring examples of those interests not always being one in the same.

More sanctions against Iran will mark a prelude to war against it; a war in which Israel believes it doesn't have to dirty its hands, but let American military fight, die, and get maimed for life, in the process.

A war against Iran will have horrific consequences for Israel, including a potential invasion by Hezbollah from the North, and many more casualties than their MOD is ready to reveal.

Iran has just signed a military cooperation agreement with Russia; and as you should be well aware, the US military doesn't have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia. This is what makes the military option against Iran so scarily dangerous.

And BTW, sir, what makes Netanyahu's testimony to a joint session of Congress next week so dangerously inflammatory, that this will be done in a closed session of Congress, so that the American people do not have the right to hear what the man has to say, and judge for themselves?!?

Had you an actual conscience, you would be asking yourself that question right now; but of course, those in political power in this country have had their conscience surgically removed before running from office!!

Feb 27 07:47

Iran: 444 days of crisis and 36 years without USA

In February, Iran celebrated a national victory, the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The crisis lasted for 444 days. As a result, the West introduced "inhuman," as the Iranian president said, sanctions against Iran. The sanctions have been in effect for 36 years already.

Feb 26 09:54

Kerry warns Congress about Netanyahu’s Iran speech, says Bibi pushed US to attack Iraq

Netanyahu is set to use his next week’s address to a joint session of Congress to condemn a potential nuclear agreement with Iran.

During a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on Wednesday, Kerry warned Congress about the controversial speech.

“The prime minister, as you will recall, was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush, and we all know what happened with that decision,” Kerry said.

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Feb 26 09:49

Kerry Reminds Congress Netanyahu Lobbied for Iraq War

Speaking to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded Congress that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was an advocate of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Feb 26 09:18

John Kerry says Israel’s Netanyahu Lied About Iran nuclear weapons

US Secretary of State John Kerry has questioned the judgement of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu over his stance on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Mr Netanyahu has criticised the US and others for “giving up” on trying to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.

The Israeli PM “may not be correct”, Mr Kerry said after attending the latest Iran nuclear talks in Geneva.

Feb 26 09:05

US-Israel row deepens as Kerry questions Netanyahu

The row between the White House and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has intensified with US officials saying his outspoken condemnation of efforts to secure an Iranian nuclear deal had injected destructive partisanship into US-Israeli relations.

In an escalation of hostile exchanges between the allies six days before Mr Netanyahu gives a speech to Congress on the threat from Iran, the Israeli leader accused world powers of abandoning a pledge to prevent Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb.

Feb 26 08:13

Netanyahu goes nuclear… now wait for the fallout

The contents of a secret report by Israel’s Mossad spy agency on Iran’s nuclear programme leaked to the media this week are shocking and predictable in equal measure.

Shocking because the report reveals that the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has spent years trying to convince the international community and Israelis that Tehran is racing towards building a nuclear bomb, when evidence presented by his own spies suggests the opposite.

Feb 25 08:44

Israelis Report Saudis Willing to Help Them Attack Iran

Israel’s Channel 2 is claiming Saudi Arabia is close to agreeing to let Israel use their airspace to attack Iran, something Israel has been reported to be seeking for many years.

The latest report says that Saudi Arabia would be willing to let them use their air space, but only if Israel makes some progress on a peace deal with the Palestinians.

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The Saudis cannot be that stupid. Israel will make concessions to Palestine, use Saudi Arabia to attack Iran (possibly escalating WW3) then Israel will simply take back the concessions made to Palestine when it is all over!

Feb 24 11:23

BEX ALERT - Group: Iran Operating Top Secret ‘Parallel Nuclear Program’

An Iranian dissident group known for exposing key aspects of Iran’s secret nuclear work claims it now has evidence of “an active and secret parallel nuclear program” operated by Tehran.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), also known as the MEK, said in a report released Tuesday it has found concrete evidence of an “underground top-secret site currently used by the Iranian regime for research and development with advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment,” according to a copy of the findings.

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MEK was the group that produced the "Laptop of death", which was claimed to be proof that Iran was building a nuclear weapon. But, the laptop turned out to be an Israeli propaganda hoax full of major technical errors. Looks like MEK has been called up to counter the revelation that Israel's Mossad did not think Iran was pursuing a nuclear weapons.

Feb 24 09:25

Netanyahu Lied to UN about Iranian Nuclear Program, Mossad Files Show

n Sept. 2012, Netanyahu stood before the UN General Assembly with a cartoonish diagram of a bomb and warned that Iran was about a year away from completing its “plans of building a nuclear weapon,” calling for action to halt the process and justifying Israel’s rights to act militarily if necessary.

“By next spring, at most by next summer, at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move[d] on to the final stage,” Netanyahu told the UN. “From there, it’s only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.”

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And a memo to those members of Congress who have been "arm-twisted" by AIPAC to attend the Joint Session of Congress Netanyahu will address next week; I would bet even money that he will lie to you again about the state of Iran's nuclear program.

He will do anything within his power to prevent the P5+1 from reaching a viable agreement with Iran, including a unilateral attack against it.

And as an American who cares deeply about the direction of this country's foreign policy, I am angry that this will be a closed session of Congress he will be addressing.

And I have to ask: what is he afraid of the American people hearing that he is going to say in this speech?!?!?

Feb 24 08:38

Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad

Brandishing a cartoon of a bomb with a red line to illustrate his point, the Israeli prime minister warned the UN in New York that Iran would be able to build nuclear weapons the following year and called for action to halt the process.

But in a secret report shared with South Africa a few weeks later, Israel’s intelligence agency concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”.

Feb 24 07:53

Historic US-Iran nuclear deal could be taking shape

Edging toward a historic compromise, the U.S. and Iran reported progress Monday on a deal that would clamp down on Tehran's nuclear activities for at least 10 years but then slowly ease restrictions on programs that could be used to make atomic arms.

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Has Kerry been informed that Israel's own Mossad does not think Iran is trying to build a bomb?

Feb 24 07:23

Despite US/Israel Demands, 'Isolated' Russia Offers Iran Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missiles

With proxy wars mounting and "isolated" Russia ratifying The BRICS Bank this week, we are sure Washington is preparing to double-down on 'costs' (to Europeans) as Reuters reports, Russia has offered Iran its latest Antey-2500 missiles (ironically after a deal to supply less powerful S-300 missiles was dropped under Western pressure in 2010). While the United States and Israel lobbied Russia to block the missile sale, the head of Russian state defense conglomerate, Sergei Chemezov, says, "as far as Iran is concerned, we offered Antey-2500 instead of S-300. They are thinking. No decision has been made yet."

Feb 23 10:55

Report: Leaked intelligence document shows Mossad didn't think Iran sought nuclear weapon

Al Jazeera says one of hundreds of intelligence documents it has obtained shows that Mossad assessment of Iranian nuclear threat differed with Netanyahu's statements on the issue.

Feb 23 10:37

U.S. helped Israel develop hydrogen bomb: Obama releases documents

Officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran claim they have documents that prove the United States assisted Israel in its development of a hydrogen bomb, which they claim is a crime according to international laws, according to the Iranian news media. And there is suspicion that President Barack Obama declassified the documents and released them to a left-wing think-tank to hurt Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Feb 23 09:01

Kerry says deal not imminent as Iran, US energy chiefs join talks

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz joined Iran nuclear negotiations here for the first time Feb. 21, raising expectations that talks had reached a critical point. US Secretary of State John Kerry, however, sought to tamp down expectations that Iran and six world powers were close to finalizing a preliminiary political agreement, telling reporters that there were still significant gaps.

Feb 21 10:14

Iranian VP: CIA Behind Islamic State

Masoumeh Ebtekar, the first female vice president of Iran, has singled out the United States and the CIA as the progenitor of ISIS or IS, the Islamic State.

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Remember all that propaganda about how Iran oppresses women, and here they have a female Vice President, something the US has yet to achieve (primarily thanks to Sarah Palin).

Feb 20 14:18

Iran, US, Europe end 2.5-hour of talks in Geneva

Iran, the United States and a number of European countries ended the second round of trilateral talks in Geneva on Friday, IRNA reported.

The negotiations took about two hours and a half.

This round of talks were held in the deputy foreign ministerial level between Iran and the US with Helga Schmid, a deputy to the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherin also attending.

The three are to continue their talks on Saturday as well.

Feb 19 07:35

White House: Israel leaks inaccurate info about Iran talks

According to reports, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday, “There's no question that some of the things that the Israelis have said in characterizing our negotiating position have not been accurate. There's no question about that.”

Earnest accused Tel Aviv of "cherry-picking" intelligence information that distorts the US position.

Feb 19 06:33

White House Accuses Israel Of 'Distorting' Truth Of U.S.-Iran Nuclear Negotiations

The Barack Obama-led administration on Wednesday accused the Israeli government of misleading the public on negotiations between the U.S. and Iran over the latter's nuclear program. U.S. Officials reportedly said that Israel is engaged in “cherry-picking.”

“I think it is safe to say not everything you are hearing from the Israeli government is an accurate reflection of the details of the talks,” U.S. state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Wednesday. She also confirmed that the U.S. government is withholding some details related to the talks from the Israelis.

Feb 16 11:26

State of the Nation: Historic US–Israel Rift: Obama Leaks Israeli Nuke Violation Doc Before Bibi Visit

The Obama Administration has radically departed from the traditional U.S. relationship with Israel during this second term. Such a sea change in attitude by the American government augurs great changes on the horizon, both for the Middle East and the world.

It appears that this may be one of the ‘higher purposes’ of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He has so polarized the Israelis, the American people, and various camps throughout the Mideast that many now understand the status quo can no longer be maintained. Netanyahu has forced the Palestinian plight onto the entire community of nations.

Feb 16 11:22

Netanyahu may have leaked US secrets to hurt Iran negotiations

US officials believe that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has authorized his government to release secret details of the US nuclear negotiations with Iran to the Israeli press, according to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.

The alleged leaks would appear designed to undermine the negotiations, which Israel opposes.

In response, according to Ignatius, the US has decided to "reduce the exchange of sensitive information about the Iran talks" with Israel.

Feb 16 10:44

NETANYAHU’S ARROGANCE FINALLY BACKFIRES IN HIS FACE

Uncle Sam is finally fed up with the bullying he has been subjected to by the zionists, especially polices regarding Iran

Feb 16 07:11

US to stop updating Israel on Iran nuclear talks

The US has stopped updating Israel on progress in talks with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program, Channel 2 reported Sunday. The report was quickly denied in Israel and the US.

According to the TV report, US National Security Adviser Susan Rice has cut off contact with Israeli National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen on the talks. It also quoted chief US negotiator Wendy Sherman as saying that she will no longer keep Israel informed of the attack.

The channel characterized the move as revenge for Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress next month, which has raised the ire of the Obama administration.

Feb 15 08:35

In Israel, Huckabee supports Netanyahu visit, opposes Iran talks

On a visit to Israel, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee voiced support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending address to Congress.

Huckabee, a likely 2016 Reublican candidate for president, also dismissed the prospects of ongoing American negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. To prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, he said, America should place heavy sanctions on Iran while maintaining the threat of a military strike.

Feb 14 11:11

HUMOROUS PHOTO OF THE DAY

Ya’think if I tell Congress that I won’t accept their 30 Billion Dollar$ next year they will bomb Iran?

Feb 14 09:36

Israel Slams Diplomacy, Threatens to Attack Iran

The Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs is a position initially created in 2006 to give hawkish Avigdor Lieberman a position of nominal foreign policy. The portfolio’s role is simply to threaten Iran on a regular basis. Current Minister Yuval Steinitz takes that job very seriously.

On Thursday, Steinitz warned Israel could unilaterally attack Iran at any time, with no warning at all, and would consider it “self defense” because they consider the ongoing nuclear negotiations a failure.

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Memo to Avigdor Lieberman: there is something called a "cost/benefit" ratio to any military offensive.

And I would like to assure you that, geopolitically, militarily, and economically, the cost of such an attack for Israel will far outweigh the benefits. The massive international sanctions which would result from such an unprovoked attack would put the Israeli economic into a complete downward spiral from which the country might never recover.

Remember, sir: Iran has not started a war in over 200 years; the same certainly could not be said with a straight face about Israel!

As ticked off as Obama is about Netanyahu coming to lecture both Houses of Congress on 3 March about Iran, he may well decide that if Israel attacks Iran, the US military will sit this one out; and then, where are you?!?

And it appears that you didn't get the memo about Russia and Iran signing a mutual defense accord, earlier this year. War with Russia, sir?!?!? I would not imagine that this is the outcome you would want for such an attack.

Please tell us, sir: would you attack Iran, knowing that one of the oldest, continually practicing Jewish communities lives here?!? Are you really ready to commit genocide against your own Jewish brothers and sisters?!?

I would therefore strongly caution you, the Knesset, and the IDF to be very careful about what you wish for as an outcome from such an attack; the unexpected consequences may be both horrific...and irreversible.

Feb 13 08:21

Steinitz Hints Israel Could Strike Iran as Nuclear Talks Drag On

Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz warned Thursday that Israel could act unilaterally against Iran over its nuclear drive, saying Tehran has failed to make concessions in talks with world powers.

"I won't be too specific but all options are still on the table," Steinitz told reporters.

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It should be recalled that Israel bombed the civilian power station in Osirak, Iraq, claiming it was a nuclear weapons factory. International experts examined the ruins of the power station after the 2003 invasion and found no evidence at all of a clandestine nuclear weapons factory such as the one Israel has under Dimona. So, if Israel bombs Iran's power station, Iran would be well advised to allow international observers (with the necessary radiation protection) to fully inspect the facility and confirm that Israel is batting zero with respect to correctly identifying nuclear facilities and needlessly exposed the Iranian people to a nuclear disaster. See MONSTERS LIVE AMONG US

Feb 13 07:04

Syrian rebels call on Israel to bomb Hezbollah-Iran-Syria positions

Israeli Druse in touch with Rebels tells ‘Post’: The Syrian opposition asked for me to relay a message to the Israeli Prime Minister that Israel should give Hezbollah and Iran another hard hit.

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"Ooooh; now THERE is something I had not thought of!!!!!!!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Feb 10 10:44

Gen Allen: Iraq’s Anti-ISIS Ground Offensive to Begin Within Weeks

After several months of sort of spinning its wheels in the war against ISIS, retired Gen. John Allen, who’s become sort of the global ambassador to the war, says the Iraqi “ground offensive” will begin in a matter of weeks.

Gen. Allen, whose comments were made to Jordan’s state media, said the coalition intends to provide “major firepower” for the offensive, and that the goal is to “take back Iraq.”

The comments don’t go on to say exactly what this offensive will include, but they certainly give the impression of this being the “big one” which Iraq has been hoping for to try to retake Mosul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please take a look at the map on the right hand side of this article.

Mosul, once retaken, would be a perfect staging area for a ground invasion of Syria, under the pretext of "fighting Isis" there.

And General Allen, sir, I have a bone to pick with you: this story should have been in all American outlets, rather than Jordanian outlets, and the coming actions confirmed first.

Feb 10 10:35

Netanyahu rejects criticism: I am determined to address Congress

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he is determined to address the U.S. Congress on Iran's nuclear program. Netanyahu rejected the criticism in the United States and Israel, saying that "while some are busy with protocol or politics, a bad deal with Iran is taking shape."

Speaking at a Likud election event, Netanyahu added that, as prime minister, it is his duty to do everything in his power to prevent a dangerous deal with Iran. "From the day Israel was established to this day, there have been essential differences between Israel and the U.S., and relations remained sound – this will be the case this time as well," he said.

"This is not a political issue or a party issue, neither here nor there. This is an existential issue, and I approach it with the fullest responsibility."

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Translation from Netanyahu-ese into English:

"I will do my best to destroy any possibility of the P5+1 talks reaching a successful conclusion, and hijack US foreign policy on Iran...because I can!!"

And sir, forgive me, but talking about Iran as an alleged "existential threat" is morally disingenuous in the extreme.

Iran has not started a fight in over 200 years.

One certainly cannot say the same for the State of Israel, however.

And let just say, for the sake of argument, that Iran did develop a nuclear bomb. What would that mean for the State of Israel, which already has nuclear bombs?!?

It would mean, sir, that Israel could no longer attack Iran because it had a nuclear deterrent.THAT is what you are trying desperately to prevent.

The Iranian leadership is many things, but stupid is not one of them. They understand that should they attempt to attack Israel, the US and Israel would reduce Iran to smoldering green glass. So, the bottom line here is, they would not.

And just as do the Israelis, the Iranians love their children as well.

And am I not correct that Iran is home to one of the oldest continuing Jewish communities on the planet, who are so content with their lives in Iran that they are not too eager to "make aliyah" (immigrate to Israel)?!?

IF there were racial intolerance against the Jews of Iran, they would be moving as fast as they can from Iran, to find a new home in Israel, or somewhere else. But as you know, in the 1979 Iranian Constitution, Jews, Christians and Bahais were given the status of respected minority religions, and have a seat at the table in the Iranian Parliament.

Uh, sir, how many Palestinians are allowed to stand for election in the Knesset?!?!?
It is both a fair, and reasonable question, don't you think?!?

Feb 09 10:13

PM Considering Changing Format of Congress Address: Netanyahu's team reacts to criticism over planned address to Congress; may pull live TV plan.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's team is considering changing the format of his planned address to Congress, Reuters reports Monday, due to the waves of criticism directed at Jerusalem over the invitation.

Netanyahu's address to Congress on Iran was initially planned to be televised live, as important addresses have been in the past.

However, following the constant criticism leveled at Netanyahu for the invitation - which was extended to him by House Speaker John Boehner, but not directly by US President Barack Obama - the team is reportedly considering scheduling his address for a closed-door session of Congress instead.

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A short question for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: what do you want to say to Congress that the American people are not supposed to hear?!?

That, sir, is what every thinking American will want to know.

And a short memo to the American Congress: if you allow Netanyahu to do this, every single American will understand that US foreign policy, particularly as it effects the P5+1 negotiations with Iran, is dictated by Israel, and Congress has been completely co opted by a foreign government.

Feb 09 10:01

Pro-Israel lobby threteans Democrats who plan to skip Netanyahu speech

Several pro-Israel lobby groups in the United States have threatened to “publicly condemn” Democrats who plan to skip the Israeli prime minister’s speech about Iran before Congress next month.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s well-funded Jewish conservative backers say they may use their funds to draw attention in the districts and states of any Democratic lawmaker who is not at the US Capitol to listen to Netanyahu on March 3.

Netanyahu has been invited by House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress to speak about the “threat” of Iran’s nuclear energy program.

“This is, I think, a critical visit by the prime minister. If these Democrats would rather put partisan politics ahead of principle and walk out on the prime minister of Israel, then we have an obligation to make that known,” said Matt Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, a political lobbying group which promotes Jewish Republicans.

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A memo to Messrs Kline and Brooks: what is in the best interests of Tel Aviv, many times is NOT in the best interests of the American people, the American military, and the American economy; waging war against Iran happens to be one of those things NOT in the best interests of this country.

And the utter, unabashed hubris, Mr. Klein, of demanding that Democrats who don't show PROVE that they were ill and could not attend Netanyahu's speach by way of presenting a Doctor's note to you?!?

But Mr. Klein, I cannot possibly thank you enough for having given me a marvelous idea for a slogan campaign, that the American people - and all of Rivero's Rangers - should be up to, regarding Netanyahu's blatant attempt to sway US public policy against Iran.

It should be Teeshirts, Bumperstickers, and logos, faxed into every congressional office thickly, and that is:

Regarding Netanyahu's address to Congress:

"Hell, no, don't you go
Hell no, don't you go
Did you not get the word
To put YOUR country
first,
second and third?
Hell, no, don't you go,
hell, no, don't you go
We don't need Bibi
To dictate our foreign policy,
Hell no, don't you go
Hell no, don't you go,
IF you don't treat your fellow citizens right,
you'll be treated like Kryptonite.

Thanks again, Mr. Klein! You are too kind. :-)

Feb 09 07:58

Netanyahu Vows to Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among the first to recognize that a deal might happen, and saw this as a potentially huge threat to his would-be war. He’s now promising to do everything and anything in his power to sabotage the deal.

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Memo to Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu; sir, I would like to politely point out to you that you, and the country of Israel, are completely irrelevant to this process, where no members of the Israeli government were invited to join these negotiations, due to your transparent desire to be the warmonger-in-Chief against Iran.

I know, sir, that you have had an extensive university education, and speak brilliant English, so there is a word about which I wish to strongly caution you, particularly in light of your addressing a joint session of the US Congress on 3 March, to bully them into rejecting the treaty.

That concept, sir, is hubris: an unbounded pride which dictates that the person demonstrating this quality believes that there will be utterly no consequences to their actions, even if those actions are completely morally reprehensible.

Iran has chosen to sign the NNPT; Israel, which has a nuclear weapons program, refuses to become a signatory, and allow their nuclear sites to be inspected. We have known this from the late 80s, through the exposure of this program through Mordecai Vanunu.

It is an open secret in the West that there is no "nuclear ambiguity" for Israel.

As well you know, every bit of American aid, both military and monetary, is ILLEGAL, under the Symington Act.

Therefore, it is not the business of any foreign government, including that of Israel, to attempt to form or mold US foreign policy; but your address to Congress regarding Iran, is just such a blatant attempt to do this.

Thinking Americans resent this, because they understand that what may be considered by Tel Aviv to be in Israel's best interests, are many times NOT in the interest of the American people; and a war against Iran, which now means most likely means a war with Russia, on Iran's side, is not good for the American people, our military, or our economy.

You are expecting AIPAC to deliver the appropriate hammer blows to Congress in terms of threats to withhold money and support, after your address, and after their meeting in early March.

However, I would suggest that the results of reactions against your speech will include a backlash against more Iranian sanctions here at home, and a deeper distrust of you in Israel, ahead of a crucial election for you.

Sir, I would strongly urge you to be careful about what you wish for as the outcome of this speech.

Feb 09 07:49

Netanyahu: I will not let US do deal on Iran’s uranium

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed yesterday to do everything possible to prevent world powers from reaching a “bad and dangerous deal” with Iran over its nuclear programme.

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I wonder if that includes bombing Iran.s power station the way Israel bombed Iraq's power station at Osirak. As a postscript, when inspectors examined the ruins of Osirak, they found no evidence that it was anything other than a power station.

Feb 08 10:52

Netanyahu vows to scuttle world powers’ Iran deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday he would continue to try to defeat an expected agreement between the US and Iran over the latter’s nuclear development program as Washington predicted a handshake on the matter in the coming weeks.

Feb 05 10:09

Bibi’s speech to Congress boomerangs

In the past week Dermer, Netanyahu and Boehner have overcooked this dish until it’s ruined. Instead of enlisting Democratic senators to support new sanctions on Iran, the Israeli-American scandal had the opposite result. Netanyahu managed to do the impossible: He helped Obama rehabilitate his relations with his party members in the House and Senate.

The 10 Democratic senators who were considering supporting the sanctions are now toeing the White House’s line. The new legislation was put in the freezer until after the Israeli elections. Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the House of Representatives, called Netanyahu and suggested reconsidering delivering the speech, and a group of congressmen started petitioning members for a letter calling on Boehner to put off his invitation to Netanyahu until April, when the prime minister may no longer be politically relevant.

Feb 05 10:08

Iran – if at first you don’t succeed – try, try again.

I’ve watched for over a decade as Israelis and their minions in the West have tried everything in their power to bring down Iran. Time and again they’ve failed. But their repeated failures haven’t deterred them one bit. I have to hand it to them. They are determined. If at first they don’t succeed, they try and try again. This time, through a young man and his passion for dance.

Other Hollywood films that portray Iranians as violent or intolerant: 300, which depicts King Leonidas and a force of 300 men fighting the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 BC, Brian Gilbert’s 1991 film Not Without My Daughter; and The Wrestler.

Feb 05 08:00

Consuls in U.S. warn: Israel's friends fear Netanyahu's speech to Congress will harm ties

Israeli consuls general in the United States have warned the Foreign Ministry to expect fierce negative reactions to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March 3 speech to Congress, including from U.S. Jewish communities and Israel allies.

Feb 04 08:16

Pressure Grows to Delay or Drop Bibi’s Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been “reaching out”, as the New York Times delicately puts it, to Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress who were blindsided by Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu to address Congress March 3.

Netanyahu’s office confirmed Thursday, according to the Times, that the Prime Minister had called Democrats and “other friends” in Congress in recent days, and that he “reiterated that the survival of Israel is not a partisan issue.”

Feb 04 07:32

Iran: Missile Capability “Non-Negotiable”

A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator rejected US claims that Tehran’s defense capabilities would be part of future nuclear talks with the P5+1 countries, saying the country's missile capability is non-negotiable.

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The US (goaded by Israel) is trying to expand the nuclear technology talks to insist Iran reduce its missile capability as well, which is their way of trying to scuttle the P5+1 and open the door to war.

Feb 04 07:14

Iran rejects US anti-terror call of help

According to Press TV, without mentioning the time of the request, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Tuesday said “The US asked Iran for help in the fight against terrorism. However, we believe the US lacks sincerity in its anti-terror bid as some of these terrorist groups are simultaneously supported by the US.”

Feb 03 09:57

Addicted to War: Netanyahu boasting, ‘No one is immune to Israeli attacks’

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is facing the prospect of a close contest in the upcoming Israeli elections. To compensate for his failing approach to politics – increased defense spending, austerity, constant war and conflict, with absolutely no prospects for peace – the Israel leader is trying to start tertiary problems around him.

Feb 03 09:55

Iranian charity distributes food among Gazans

An Iranian charity distributes food among poor and homeless Palestinians in the war-torn Gaza Strip, Press TV reports.

The Iranian charity organization, Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation, distributed thousands of packages of foodstuff among impoverished and homeless Palestinian families in the besieged Gaza Strip.

“Imam Khomeini Relief foundation has provided generous support for the people of Gaza, especially those who lost their homes” in the latest Israeli onslaught on the blockaded territory, Wasim Wadeya from the charity organization said.

“This is a very important project when we provide warm meals for displaced families who have been living on canned or dried foods,” he added.

Feb 03 07:25

Rudy Giuliani: Netanyahu has right to speak on Iran

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a right to speak out about the Iranian nuclear threat in front of the US Congress.

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Then I, an American citizen (which Netanyahu is not) have an equal right to speak before Congress about non-existent Iraqi and Iranian threats, non-existent Spanish mines in Havana harbor, non-existent torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, existent weapons on board the Lusitania, and every other lie used to trick the American people into wars.

Feb 02 16:31

US Denies Israeli Claims About Iran Nuclear Negotiations

An unnamed “senior” US official is being quoted in the Jerusalem Post tonight rejecting claims made earlier today by a similarly unnamed Israeli official about the ongoing P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran.

The Israeli official claimed that President Obama has conceded to “80 percent of Iran’s demands” on the nuclear talks, though it was unclear what those demands actually were.

The US official insisted the claim was “complete nonsense,” though he similarly provided no insight into where the talks actually stand, in keeping with the administration’s desire to keep such details secret.

Feb 02 09:37

Netanyahu: The World Has Yet to Blame Iran for Lebanon Attack

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on Sunday evening with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and noted that to this point, there has been no condemnation of Iran for last week’s attacks near the Israel-Lebanon border.

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Maybe because the world knows you are full of crap, Bibi!

Feb 02 09:09

Iran successfully places domestically-made Fajr satellite into orbit

Iran has successfully placed into orbit the domestically-made Fajr (Dawn) satellite with President Hassan Rouhani issuing the order for its launch.

According to Press TV, the satellite is capable of staying in the space for 1.5 years and can taking and transmitting high-quality and accurate pictures to stations on earth.

Fajr satellite is technically characterized by an orbit which could promote from 250 to 450 km through a thruster or an engine.

It is the new generation of Omid (Hope) satellite, which was designed and manufactured by Iranian experts in 2009.

Feb 02 08:21

Israel claims Iran sanctions a result of Israeli pressure

Israeli Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday that the sanctions imposed on Iran were a result of Israeli efforts in this direction, Anadolu agency reported.

The minister also said that these sanctions have nothing to do with the interim agreement with Iran and governments of world powers known as the P5+1.

"Israel is seeking the full end of Iran's nuclear programme, not part of it," Steinitz told Israeli radio.

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Dimona; Israel's not-so-secret nuclear weapons factory.

Feb 02 07:23

The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours

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Netanyahu may be about to set that petard off!

Jan 31 12:09

Islamic State operative confesses to receiving funding through US - report

A man believed to be a Pakistani commander of Islamic State or Daish, Yousaf al Salafi, has confessed to law enforcement agencies in Pakistan to getting funds via the United States, according to a leading Pakistani newspaper siting its sources.

Al Salafi and two companions were arrested in Lahore, Pakistan on January 22, according to AFP.

“During investigations, Yousaf al Salafi revealed that he was getting funding – routed through America – to run the organization in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria,” a source close to the investigations revealed toUrdu-language Daily Express on condition of anonymity, according to its sister English newspaper The Express Tribune. The newspaper also claimed that Al Salafi was in fact arrested last year sometime in December.

Jan 31 10:19

The Forbidden Truth: Islamic State (ISIS) Recruiter Admits Getting Funds from America

Call it one of many US dirty secrets. Washington covertly recruits, funds, arms, trains, and directs extremist Islamic State and other Takfiri terrorists.

The same ones it lies about waging war on. Uses them as proxies against its adversaries.

Notably during Obama’s tenure against Libya’s Gaddafi. Currently against Assad in Syria. Ahead against future enemies to be named later.

Iran very much in Washington’s cross hairs. Longstanding US regime change plans remain firm.

Jan 30 12:15

Obama has agreed to 80 percent of Iran's demands in nuclear talks, Israeli officials tell Ch. 10

Israeli officials told Channel 10 on Friday that they are convinced the Obama administration has already agreed to most of Iran’s demands in the P5+1 negotiations over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

According to unnamed officials, Washington “has given the Iranians 80 percent of what they want” out of the negotiations, Channel 10 is reporting.

Jerusalem officials appear alarmed at the prospect that the United States will soon strike a deal with the Iranian regime that will leave it with a “breakout point” of months before it can gallop toward the bomb.

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Israel has been claiming that Iran is within "months" of having a bomb since the 1980s!

Jan 30 10:13

Pelosi threatens Netanyahu with 'consequences' if he gives speech

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, created a huge controversy when he extended an invitation to Netanyahu to directly address lawmakers in both houses of the U.S. Congress and both political parties. Netanyahu accepted his invitation to address a rare joint session of Congress early this year. During an appearance on Israeli television on Sunday, Netanyahu had stated that it's his duty to do everything he can to stop the Iranians getting their hands on a "nuclear weapon."

Jan 30 09:54

CIA Tried to Give Iraq Nuclear Plans, Just Like Iran

If you've followed the trials of James Risen and Jeffrey Sterling, or read Risen's book State of War, you are aware that the CIA gave Iran blueprints and a diagram and a parts list for the key component of a nuclear bomb.

The CIA then proposed to do exactly the same for Iraq, using the same former Russian scientist to make the delivery. How do I know this? Well, Marcy Wheeler has kindly put all the evidence from the Sterling trial online, including this cable.

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Simple! Give a targeted nation blueprints for a bomb, declare they have a weapons program, and invade! And now they are doing the same thing with this claim that a US scientist has given nuclear weapons plans to Venezuela.

Jan 30 08:19

Netanyahu speech scandal blows up, and ‘soiled’ Dermer looks like the fall guy

With even AIPAC washing its hands of the speech, it sure looks as if Israel supporters want an exit from this fiasco. Jettisoning Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer or cancelling the speech would seem like a small price to pay in the news cycle next to a spectacle in which leading Democrats are forced to line up against Netanyahu in Washington, even as they file in and out of the AIPAC policy conference and praise Israel to the skies.

Here are the developments. First, the New York Times’ Julie Hirschfeld Davis has a report of unleashed White House fury over the invitation. The story contains the signal that Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador, will be the fall guy for the scandal:

Jan 29 12:40

US Senate panel approves controversial Iran sanctions bill

The US Senate Banking Committee has approved a controversial bill that would trigger additional sanctions against Iran if the ongoing nuclear negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries collapse.

Jan 29 12:17

BEX ALERT - Iran Targets Netanyahu Children for Assassination

Iran is encouraging its terror allies to pursue the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s children by publishing personal information about them, including photographs of the kids lined up in crosshairs, and declaring, “We must await the hunt of Hezbollah.”

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Israel is really ratcheting up the propaganda about Iran right now. First, Netanyahu claimed Iran was behind the strike on the convoy Hezbollah claimed credit for, then yesterday Netanyahu raised the ante with the tired canard about Iran wanting to commit genocide against the Jews in Israel (without asking why Iran iosn't harming the Jews in Iran) and now this story about Iran going after his kids.

I would not at all be surprised if Israel attacked Iran's nuclear facilities while Americans are distracted with the Superbowl.

Jan 29 11:13

Benjamin Netanyahu Stuns Israel Backers by Embracing Republicans on Iran

Within one week, the fundamentals of the mainstream pro-Israel community have been shaken like never before.

Its centerpiece legislative effort — the drive to impose new sanctions on Iran — has been frozen in place and, more importantly, the notion that support for Israel is a bipartisan issue in American politics has suffered a serious blow.

The source of the setbacks suffered by the organized Jewish community could be tracked down to one event: House Speaker John Boehner’s January 21 invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak on Iran in front of a joint meeting of Congress — and Netanyahu’s acceptance of the invitation, by prearrangement — without consulting Boehner’s Democratic counterparts and without telling President Obama about his outreach to a head of state to visit. From that moment, events spiraled downward quickly, leaving the community with more questions than answers and with blame being assigned in all directions.

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A memo to Representative Yarmuth: there are many times when the goals and needs of the Israeli state are not the goals and needs of the American state, or its people; during those times, We the People, including those who elected you, demand your full attention, and support to, the goals and needs of the American people, particularly when they do not coincide with those of the Israeli government.

The passage of these new sanctions by Congress against Iran will be a prelude to war: you, as a logical person, have to understand that.

If Iran is attacked, one of the oldest practicing Jewish communities in the world, from the times of ancient Babylon, may well be obliterated. As an American Jew, sir, how do you feel about that?!? Are these brother and sister Jews merely "collateral damage"?!?

IF the P5+1 is unable to come to agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program, this coming war, most likely to be instigated by Israel, will draw the US in, and probably Russia and China, on the side of Iran.

I would like to politely remind you that at this point in its history, the US military does not have the troop strength; the manufacturing; or money necessary to insure a positive outcome with either Russia or China in a conventional war; and that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

Representative Yarmuth, I would very strongly caution all those who may be thinking about advocating for the passage of these sanctions on the following; please be very, very careful about what you wish for as an outcome here. The unintended consequences of such a war could be both horrific... and irreversible.

Jan 29 10:33

Pelosi: Netanyahu speech to Congress could wreck Iran talks on nuclear weapons

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration’s attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday.

“Such a presentation could send the wrong message in terms of giving diplomacy a chance,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi during a news conference on the sidelines of an annual retreat for Democratic lawmakers.

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As a native San Franciscan myself, Congresswoman Pelosi, I am simultaneously cringing, and wondering if you believe you should be congratulated for your magnificent grasp of the obvious.

Congresswoman Pelosi, of COURSE, that is precisely what Netanyahu will attempt to do with his joint address to Congress, then figure AIPAC will take care of the rest of the damage to American diplomacy with their usual basket of tricks. And if he and AIPAC are allowed to get away with sabotaging the P5+1 talks (to which, BTW, Israel is NOT a signatory), here is the probable outcome.

1. It will become painfully transparent, to both Americans and the world, that Israel has a stranglehold on American foreign policy; therefore, the US can no longer be perceived as an "independent, honest broker" in ANY dispute in the world, and will be shunned as a pariah.

2. The Iranian delegation will leave the peace talks permanently, understanding that it is futile to try to broker any deal with the US continuing to be held in Israel's Svengali-like grip.

3. Israel will most probably attack Iran, bringing the US military in on their side. In fact, were I a betting person, I would not bet against the possibility that Israel might attack Iran's nuclear facilities before the P5+1 talks have concluded; Superbowl Saturday, when most Americans are focused on football and food, might be

4. Hezbollah will attack Israel from the North.

5. The casualties on Israeli soil will be far higher than predicted.

6. Russia may well join Iran in their fight against the US and Israel; Russia and Iran have just signed a military "memorandum of understanding" this month.

So, in summation, unfortunately, just because leveraging more sanctions against Iran would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly counterproductive thing Congress could do at this time, is absolutely no guarantee they won't do it.

I am sure that those of you in Congress who are heavily invested in stocks in the military industrial complex will be very happy to see more sanctions go down, because, most generally, sanctions are a prelude to war.

Jan 29 09:53

Genocide, Iran, and the brat who cried wolf

Everyone has heard the parable of the boy who cried wolf. Yet, that hasn’t stopped Bibi and others like him from routinely making charges of anti-semitism where none exists. Now, Bibi the brat has taken it a step further with the outrageous claim that Iran is planning a genocide against “the one and only Jewish state.” Nevermind that Iran is home to 25,000 Jews who have lived there in peace for 3000 years and are determined to stay no matter what Bibi et al say.

Jan 29 07:37

Netanyahu: Iran "planning new genocide" against Jews

Is there anyone in the world today that is more irrational, unhinged, and delusional than Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu?

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Netanyahu is trying to shift the current conflict with Syria and Lebanon to include Iran. I wonder if Israel will strike Iran while Americans are distracted with the Superbowl?

Jan 29 07:17

Lebanon-Israel border quiet after Hezbollah attack

U.N. peacekeepers and Lebanese soldiers were patrolling the border with Israel Thursday, a day after Hezbollah launched a revenge attack on Israel for the recent killing of six party members and an Iranian general in Syria's Golan Heights.

The patrols came after Israel responded to the Hezbollah attack with artillery shelling on several areas of south Lebanon.

Jan 29 07:14

The Next War In The Middle East Has Begun And Israel Vows ‘To Act Powerfully On All Fronts’

Israel and Hezbollah are at war. On top of everything else that is going on in the world, now we have a new war in the Middle East, and nobody is quite certain what is going to happen next. Israel has been preparing for this moment for more than 8 years. So has Hezbollah. According to some reports, Hezbollah has amassed an arsenal of 50,000 rockets since the end of the Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006. If all-out warfare does erupt, we could potentially see tens of thousands of missiles rain down into an area not too much larger than the state of New Jersey. And of course the Israeli military is also much more sophisticated and much more powerful than it was back in 2006. If cooler heads do not prevail, we could be on the verge of witnessing a very bloody war. But right now nobody seems to be in the mood to back down.

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I would not be surprised to see Israel bomb Iran's nuclear facilities the way they did Iraq's.

Jan 28 11:09

Senate Dems Won’t Back Iran Sanctions for At Least Two Months

Several key Democratic Senators, including Sen. Robert Menendez (D – NJ), have announced they will withhold support for any new Iran sanctions until at least March 24, giving negotiations a chance to continue at least until then.

The March 24 date was picked as the informal deadline for a framework agreement by the P5+1 on negotiations with Iran. The lack of Democratic support essentially makes it impossible that the Senate can override a threatened presidential veto until then.

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This delay has absolutely NOTHING to do with the P5+1 negotiations, and EVERYTHING to do with Netanyahu's address to a joint Congressional session in March, right before he addresses AIPAC, where he will do everything in his power to prevent the P5+1 negotiations from succeeding, as will AIPAC

Netanyahu and AIPAC want negotiations to fail; and for the US to attack and "neutralize" its alleged "existential threat" in the region, Iran, just as it did with Iraq; and we can all see, looking through the lens of hindsight, JUST HOW BRILLIANTLY THAT worked out for the US.

The delay is engineered for both Israel and AIPAC to put maximum pressure on Congress to move forward with more sanctions, and cause Iran to walk away from the negotiating table.

Please remember: your alleged Congressional representatives believe that they are infinitely more beholden to Netanyahu and AIPAC than he or she is to the people who actually elected them.

And sometimes, AIPAC can make, or break, a congressional representative; AIPAC and Netanyahu are counting on this, as they apply "leverage" toward more sanctions, and away from negotiations, in the form of a poisonous cocktail of threats, innuendo, and bribes.

In fact, right now, voters who are more than a little upset at this Israeli-sponsored agency's power over Congress (and remember; they do not have to register as a "Foreign Government Agency"), should begin a little social media blitz of their own, something like #Congress, don't drink Israel's Koolade on more Iran Sanctions!!!

Sanctions are almost, invariably, a prelude to war; and Russia and Iran have just inked a mutual military accord. War with Iran will most likely mean war with Russia, and possibly, China.

Jan 28 10:54

Democrats agree to allow more time for talks on Iran nuclear deal

Top Senate Democrat says he'll back off Iran sanctions bill for two months

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Until AFTER Israel's elections!

Jan 28 08:30

Iran warns US of 'consequences' for Israeli attack

Iran has told the United States that Israel should expect consequences for an attack on the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights that killed an Iranian general, a senior official said Tuesday.

Revolutionary Guards General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi died alongside six fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah group in the Jan. 18 attack on forces supporting President Bashar Assad in Syria's civil war.

Israel has not officially acknowledged carrying out the attack, but was already warned last week of an eventual response.

Jan 28 08:03

Iran, Russia to create ‘joint bank’ for trade in national currencies – ambassador

Iran and Russia are planning to switch their bilateral trade to national currencies for which the states will create a joint bank or a mutual account, Iran's ambassador to Russia, Mehdi Sanaei, has announced.

Jan 28 08:02

Israel launches airstrikes on Syria following rocket attack, ‘red line’ warning from Iran

Israeli jets struck several targets in Syria in response to Hezbollah rocket fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the IDF said. The exchange came as Iran warned Tel Aviv of crossing a “red line” with the murder of an Iranian general in Syria.

Jan 27 13:37

Tell Congress not to attend Netanyahu’s speech

Join us in raising our voices to protest Netanyahu’s speech, not because it’s a partisan snub, nor because the date is close to the Israeli elections, but because Netanyahu is going to Washington to undermine the U.S. strategy of diplomacy with Iran.

Instead of letting diplomacy work, Netanyahu wants the U.S. to impose harsher sanctions on Iran, all but ensuring that talks collapse and increasing the risk of war.

Raise your voice now and tell Congress to boycott Netanyahu’s speech:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sadly, a futile gesture. AIPAC owns the Congress, and any who dare not show up and give Netanyahu dozens of standing ovations will feel AIPAC's wrath in 2016!

Jan 27 13:03

Iran's central bank stops US dollar transactions, adopts RMB

Iran's central bank has announced that it will stop mutual settlements in the US dollar with other countries, with the Chinese yuan or renminbi being named as one of the alternatives.

Jan 27 13:00

Israel’s US envoy: PM’s planned Congress speech ‘a sacred duty’

Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer defended on Sunday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech before the US Congress on March 3, just two weeks before Israeli national elections, saying it was the prime minister’s “sacred duty” to present his stance on Iran — a stance sharply at odds with the Obama administration.

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Go 'sacred' in your own country, Bibi!

Jan 27 12:20

It Is Time For Iran To Tell The West ‘Goodbye’

From all appearances, the Obama regime’s negotiations with Iran, overseen by Russia, were on the verge of ending the contrived nuclear issue. An end to the confrontation is unacceptable to the Zionist Israeli government and to their neocon agents in America. The Republicans, a political party owned lock, stock, and barrel by the Israel Lobby, hastily invited Netanyahu, the crazed ruler of both Israel and America, to quickly come to tell the Republican Congress, which the insouciant American voters put in place, how to prohibit any accommodation with Iran.

Jan 26 11:12

Iran nuclear deal unlikely by March as significant gaps remain, official says

The gaps between Iran and the six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program are significant and an agreement is unlikely to be sealed before March, an Israeli official with knowledge of the negotiations told reporters Monday.

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Which is suspect because Israel is not actually part of the P5+1 negotiations!

Jan 26 11:00

Defiant Netanyahu to Obama: I will go anywhere to warn about nuclear Iran

Israel's Prime Minister on Sunday said openly and loudly that he will go anywhere in the world that he is invited to speak about the clear and present danger posed by Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and the threat to Israel, the United States and European nations posed by radical Islam, according to the Middle Eastern news agencies. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a former officer with the Israeli special forces, while not mentioning names left the impression he was referring to his controversial upcoming visit to the United States.

Jan 25 10:27

Netanyahu claims speech to US Congress is ‘anti-Iran strategy,’ not presidential snub

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to take every opportunity to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to his country.

His visit to Washington in March has opened up a political rift in the United States and has drawn accusations in Israel that Netanyahu is undermining a strategic alliance to win an election due two weeks after the trip.

Briefing his cabinet on the speech to be made on March 3 to a joint meeting of Congress, Netanyahu said his priority was to urge the United States and other powers not to negotiate an Iranian nuclear deal that might endanger Israel.

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Mr. Prime Minister, this statement is grade-A, select-quality bovine excrement and you know it.

Iran hasn't begone a war in over 200 years; one certainly cannot say that with a straight face about Israel.

You goals are very simple, but amazingly transparent; to neuter the President's foreign policy goals in Iran; to cause Congress to cave to a foreign country in its actions regarding Iran; and to convince the Israeli voters that you still have the US government firmly by the "short and curlies".

And I hope you fail, miserably, because, as you are well aware, additional sanctions against Iran will cause them to leave the P5+1 negotiations. This, may well, cause Iranian legislators to believe that their only course of action is to develop an atomic bomb, and quickly, as a defense against an attack by Israel.

And sir, I will tell you: the American people have no stomach for yet another war in the Middle East to "neutralize" yet another of Israel's alleged "existential enemies", fought and paid for by American taxpayers, because they can see, very clearly, how US military action in Iraq,(not to mention Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen) have failed catastrophically.

If Israel begins a war with Iran, and pulls the US along with it, you will see an outpouring of pro-peace, anti-Israeli rhetoric in this country the likes of which you have never seen in the history of Israel.

Sir,criticizing the government of Israel when it is doing something absolutely morally wrong is not anti-Semitic, but the absolutely correct action to take, as it would be with any other country with a bloodthirst for starting wars, and expanding territory to which they legally and morally hold no legitimate claim.

Jan 25 10:16

IRAN DITCHES US DOLLAR IN FOREIGN TRADE TRANSACTIONS

It took Iran quite some time to take this step… Now how long will it take the US and her master to react? And how will they react? Will the MEK be unleashed all over the US? Will Bibi, at long last, get his war against the Islamic Republic of Iran?

Jan 24 11:53

Netanyahu and ‘the Big Lie’

With the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) acceptance of Palestine as a member, and its agreement to investigate possible Israeli war crimes during last summer’s brutal bombardment of the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu seems to be having fits of rage. His puppet, the United States government, has also denounced the Court’s decisions, and Mr. Netanyahu has made the following bizarre statements:

* “It’s absurd for the ICC to go after Israel, which upholds the highest standards of international law. Our actions are subject to the constant and careful review of Israel’s world-renowned and utterly independent legal system.”

* “But this decision is even more preposterous given that Israel is legitimately defending itself against Palestinian terrorists who routinely commit multiple war crimes. They deliberately fire thousands of rockets at our civilians, while hiding behind Palestinian civilians whom they use a human shield.”

Jan 24 11:39

Greater Israel: Netanyahu Seeks to Turn US Congress Against Elected American President

The current Congress follows the agenda of AIPAC – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (a pretentious title for a political lobby group). AIPAC, in turn, is controlled and financed by pro-Israel supporters and they take their lead from the Likud policy agenda of Israel’s Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.

If this is difficult to believe, then watch Binyamin Netanyahu, in March, as he ‘struts and frets his hour upon the stage’ in an attempt to orchestrate world affairs to suit his own agenda whilst humiliating the elected President of the United States before an AIPAC-controlled Congress to which he (Netanyahu) has been invited to address without prior White House knowledge or approval.

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What the author of this article conveniently forgets is that many of Congress' most powerful Democratic leaders are also strong supporters of AIPAC.

And I have an open note to President Obama.

Sir, we disagree on many issues. My arguments, as a Christian pacifist are, generally, logical, and noted with some reasonable degree of precision and documentation.

I abhor ad hominem attacks, as I think they are both "dirty pool", as well as being non-productive.

But there is one thing upon which you and I do agree, mightily, and that is a need for a positive relationship with Iran regarding its nuclear energy program, which the P5+1 group are desperately working to finalize.

It is not accidental that Netanyahu is coming here in March. This is the time of the annual AIPAC conference, and shortly before the Israeli elections.

And THAT, sir, is the point of his addressing both houses of Congress, particularly on the issue of Iran's nuclear program.

IF Israeli voters see that he is able to deter Congress from allowing these negotiations to move forward by placing more sanctions against Iran, causing it to walk away from the negotiating table, it will make him more attractive to them as a political leader.

This is highly dangerous, not only for the people of Israel, but also for the world in general.

But IF Netanyahu is successful in accomplishing this, it will be a complete, and painfully public, geopolitical "neutering" of you and your agenda for the rest of your term in office.

Sir, there have been rumors of your being "furious" at Netanyahu's acceptance of Boehner's invitation to address Congress, and that there "will be costs" to the US/Israeli relationship.

But Sir, precisely what are those "costs" going to be? You need to think about this very carefully, because the only thing Netanyahu understands is hard-ball.

Should Netanyahu's meddling in US foreign policy bring about his desired outcome, the following should happen, and immediately after it happens.

1. All financial and military aid to Israel should stop, and immediately.
2. All US military should be removed from Israel.
3. All US military equipment should be removed from Israel
4. Sanctions should be immediately be placed against Israeli banks and corporations.

But the big issue here, Mr. President, is preventing Netanyahu from trying to influence US foreign policy before that over-ride vote on your veto is taken. Making him know that the above will happen, and that there is no mistake that it will happen, if your veto is overturned.

Because you know what will happen if this veto is not allowed to stand: Israel will go to war against Iran, and drag the US, kicking and screaming, right along with them. Of course, Russia has just signed a military agreement with Iran, meaning that if there is an attack against Iran, Russia might well join the fray on Iran's side.

And in closing this, Mr. President, I would very strongly like to caution you that capitulating to Bibi Netanyahu on this will cause history to judge you harshly as the 21st century's Neville Chamberlain, embracing a "Pax Israelica" which will translate into infinitely more bloodshed in the Middle East, and beyond.

The very stark choice, sir, is yours.

Jan 23 09:37

Obama won’t meet Netanyahu during ‘bizarre,’ ‘historic,’ ‘unprecedented’ visit

White House and State Department won’t meet with Netanyahu on his March visit to address both houses of Congress. Emergency Committee for Israel calls this a snub.

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I agree with Obama on this one. Netanyahu and Boehner are trying to hijack the AMERICAN Congress to serve Israel's agenda. Obama knows that war with Iran means war with Russia and while a degree of conflict is desired to forestall the rise of the Ruble, all-out war will cost millions of lives and there is the real possibility the US will lose.

Israel, like the bankers, doesn't care who wins or loses so long as their personal wealth and power are elevated in the process. Obama, in his final two years in office and no longer dependent on Israeli support for future elections, seems to be looking at the situation from the point of view of the US, and that is a good thing!

Jan 22 08:38

Israel’s Netanyahu Was Imported by GOP to Ensure a War with Iran

Republican House Majority leader John Boehner secretly invited Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Washington to address Congress and then once it was set up he let Barack Obama know about it.

The reason for bringing Netanyahu is that Boehner wants to craft a super-majority in Congress that can over-ride Obama’s veto of new sanctions on Iran. He doesn’t have enough Republican votes to do so, but if he can get Democrats beholden to the Israel lobbies of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to join the veto over-ride effort, he might succeed.

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Jan 22 08:32

Death of Iranian general in Syria strike likely no accident

It can be assumed that the officials who ordered the strike weighed the possibility of killing the general against the risks of a Hezbollah terror plot targeting Israel.

Jan 21 13:43

Russia Could Supply Iran With S-300 Air Defense System

Russia might deliver a long-overdue S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, honoring a contract that was canceled in 2010 following strong pressure from the West, Iranian and Russian media said on Tuesday.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is visiting Tehran and signed an agreement with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan to boost cooperation, Iran's Fars semi-official news agency said.

Jan 21 10:20

Obama will bypass Congress on Iran sanctions if nuclear deal is reached

In another example of the White House bypassing Congress to avoid a vote it would lose, the Obama administration will not to seek congressional approval to suspend sanctions against Iran if a deal on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program can be reached, The New York Times reported Sunday night.

Jan 21 09:21

John Boehner invites Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to address a joint meeting of Congress on Feb. 11.

“In this time of challenge, I am asking the prime minister to address Congress on the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life,” Boehner said in a statement.

The invitation came a day after U.S. President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address he would veto legislation that toughens sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

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Memo to John Boehner: forgive me, sir, but how in the name of Heaven does Iran pose a grave threat to the lives of Americans, or Israelis, for that matter?!?!?

Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years, and their negotiators at the P5+1 meetings are working, to the best of the IAEA's understanding, to achieve a meaningful, workable pact with the West on their nuclear energy program.

I would also like to mention that Iran has one of the oldest continuing Jewish populations in the Middle East, and many of them are so contented in Iran, that they have no desire to move to Israel.

I would strongly suggest that you view the video "Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran", filmed by a charming young videographer, who meets with Jewish members of the Iranian community in Tehran, including a merchant who is himself a member of Iran's Parliament.

Sir, Prime Minister Netanyahu has not been shy on demanding that the US invade Iran and "neutralize" the country for Israel's benefit, without the IDF lifting a finger.

I would, very strongly suggest that if Netanyahu wishes Iran to be "neutralized", that the Israeli military is strong enough to take care of that on their own.

And JUST IN CASE you did not get the memo (as I did, this morning, websurfing the news), Russia has just signed a military pact with Iran. This means that a US invasion against Iran will mean war with Russia.

So sir, do you have the gall to state, bluntly and publicly to the American people, that we have the troop strength, the money, and the manufacturing, to insure a positive outcome to such a conventional war against Russia?!?

Were you telling the truth, I don't think you would be so brazen as to answer the above questions with an uniquivocal, difinitive "yes".

Jan 21 08:17

Russia signs military cooperation deal with Iran

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday signed a military cooperation deal with Iran that his Iranian counterpart touted as a joint response to US "interference".

Shoigu is the most senior Russian military official to visit Tehran since 2002, according to Iranian media, and the agreement comes with both countries facing western sanctions.

The deal provides for joint exercises and military training, as well as "cooperation in peacekeeping, maintaining regional and international security and stability, and fighting against separatism and extremism," the Iranian defence ministry website said.

Defence minister Hossein Dehqan told state television that Iran and Russia had a "shared analysis of US global strategy, its interference in regional and international affairs and the need to cooperate in the struggle against the interference of foreign forces in the region."

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OK, Russia has just made it official; any military invasion of Iran will generate Russian military assistance for it.

Jan 21 08:15

John Baird, Iranian minister invited to 'make or break' Syria talks in Davos

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been invited to a high-level meeting this week about the future of Syria — one that could include his Iranian counterpart.

Jan 20 08:55

Israeli security source: We didn't know Iranian general was at site of Syria strike

An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior Israeli security source told Reuters on Tuesday.

The source declined to be identified because Israel will not confirm or deny whether it carried out the strike.

Jan 19 17:00

SOTU address: Obama to bash the wealthy as Iranians and Russians sign deal

As President Barack Obama prepares to give his highly-anticipated State of the Union address in which he's expected to target the people he believes are America's real enemy -- the American people who possess wealth -- the nations of Iran and Russia plan to sign what is a significant memorandum of understanding (MOU) on increasing the two nations' military cooperation.

Jan 19 10:28

Senators unveil more toned down Iran sanctions bill

Supporters of Iran sanctions in the US Senate have unveiled a toned-down bill aimed at gaining enough votes to override a presidential veto.

President Barack Obama has argued forcefully against any new measures against the Islamic Republic, saying Iran was already chafing under existing sanctions and imposing new ones could torpedo ongoing talks on an agreement to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb, a goal it denies having.

On Thursday, the Senate banking committee will discuss and vote on the re-jigged bill proposed by Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Robert Menedez, two senators who have sponsored previous sanctions bills.

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Leave it to massively AIPAC SUPPORTED Senators to lead the charge on this. And just for the record, to be clear, from maplight.org:

Top Senate Recipients Funded, in a time period from 7/2008 through 6/2014

Recipient Amount
Mark Kirk $643,598
Top Senate Recipients Funded

Recipient Amount

Mark Kirk $643,598
Mitch McConnell $400,022
Robert Menendez $341,170

Such sanctions are engineered to completely destroy the progress made at the P5+1 meetings with Iran to date, and cause Iran to walk away from the negotiating table, which is Israel's desire.

And why?!? To have the US declare war on Iran, so that its alleged "mortal enemy" in the middle east would be "neutralized" without Israel lifting a finger; to have America's kids fighting, dying, and getting maimed for life rather than their own.

There is, however, one infinitesimal, teensy, tinsy fly in the ointment with this scenario, however; and that is Russia.

Russian leadership, both civilian and military, has been very blunt on this issue. As quoted at washingtonsblog.com,from Dimitri Rogozin, in January, 2012:

" “Should Anything Happen to Iran … This Will Be a Direct Threat to Our National Security”. “Iran is our close neighbor, just south of the Caucasus. Should anything happen to Iran, should Iran get drawn into any political or military hardships, this will be a direct threat to our national security,” stressed Rogozin.

So I would like to suggest to Senators Kirk and Menendez that going to war against Iran may well mean going to war against Russia; and there is no guarantee that such a military confrontation would have a positive outcome for the US, because US military doesn't have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure such an outcome; that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

But there is one bet about these gentlemen I would almost be willing to make; they have no close family currently serving in the US military.

Were I able to introduce a Constitutional Amendment, it would be this; all running for Senate, Congress,President, or Vice-President should have one close family member joining the military right before they announce their run, in units which see combat on a regular basis.

Folks, THAT would greatly change the way the US government handles international kerfluffles; I would almost guarantee it!!

Because when you have family in the military, it's personal how this country resolves its international differences.

Jan 19 08:28

Iran considers Iraq’s security as own: Interior minister

Iran’s interior minister has emphasized the necessity for countering terrorism in the Middle East region, saying the Islamic Republic considers Iraq’s security as that of its own.

Jan 19 08:11

Iranian general killed in reported Israeli strike on Hezbollah in Syria

Iran has confirmed that a senior Iranian general was killed Sunday in an alleged Israeli strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, local media reported.

According to the report, Iran's Revolutionary Guard said General Mohammad Allahdadi was serving in Iran as an adviser to the Syrian Army. A Hezbollah official told AFP that five other Iranian military men were also killed in the strike.

Jan 19 08:05

Republican senators brush off Obama warnings, vow more Iran sanctions

Republican senators vowed Sunday to pursue additional sanctions against Iran, brushing off unusually blunt and dire warnings from President Obama that any more penalties for Tehran would threaten to scuttle nuclear talks and possibly lead to war.

Jan 16 12:22

Parliament Speaker: Iran to Expedite Nuclear Program If US Fails to Remove Sanctions

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined that Tehran would revive and speed up its nuclear activities, including its enrichment program, in case the US refrains from removing all the sanctions against Iran under a final deal.

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The western media is already screaming that Iran is being "provocative", but under the P5+1 preliminary deal, Iran would reduce enrichment and the US would ease sanctions. Iran kept their word and reduced enrichment and the US, goaded by Israel-firster members of Congress, not only did not ease sanctions; they increased them! So, from Iran's point of view, the US broke the deal. This is nothing new as both Iran and the US signed and ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Deal. The IAEA grudgingly admits Iran has been playing by the rules of that treat. The United States has not.

Jan 16 11:55

Obama’s grim warning to Congress: New Iran sanctions could lead to war

President Obama warned Congress Friday that new economic sanctions against Iran could lead directly to war, and British Prime Minister David Cameron said he’s personally appealing to top lawmakers to hold off and allow diplomatic negotiations with Iran to play out.

Jan 14 13:09

CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran

The story is this. The CIA drew up plans for a key part of a nuclear bomb (what a CIA officer on Wednesday described in his testimony as "the crown jewels" of a nuclear weapons program), inserted flaws in the plans, and then had a Russian give those flawed plans to Iran.

During the trial on Wednesday morning, the prosecution's witnesses made clear both that aiding Iran in developing a part of a bomb would be illegal under U.S. export control laws, and that they were aware at the time that there was the possibility of what they were doing constituting just such aid.

So, why do it?

Jan 11 19:12

Iran FM rejects Der Spiegel claims as ‘ridiculous’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected as “ridiculous” a report by Germany’s Der Spiegel weekly claiming that Tehran is helping Syria build nuclear weapons.

Jan 09 11:24

Russia and China: The Dawning of a New Monetary System?

China, leading member of the BRICS, is lining up the bloc of the BRICS and that of the SCO – and their currencies – to support Russia in need. Currency swaps between Russia (ruble) and China (yuan) for an initial US$ 25 billion equivalent have already been implemented, to allow direct transactions between the two countries. Similar swaps are under way between China and Russia with other countries, primarily the BRICS and the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) members – including the soon to become new members – Iran, Pakistan, India (also a BRICS member) and Mongolia – and possibly in some not too distant future also strategically located NATO member Turkey.

Jan 09 10:10

Iran-Backed Militias Are Getting U.S. Weapons

U.S. weapons intended for Iraq’s beleaguered military are winding up in the possession of the country’s Shiite militias, according to U.S. lawmakers and senior officials in the Barack Obama administration. These sources say that the Baghdad government, which was granted $1.2 billion in training and equipment aid in the omnibus spending bill passed last month, is turning hardware over to Shiite militias that are heavily influenced by Iran and have been guilty of gross human-rights violations.

Jan 07 10:13

The greatest trick Obama ever pulled was convincing the world America isn’t still at war

The holiday headlines blared without a hint of distrust: “End of War” and “Mission Ends” and “U.S. formally ends the war in Afghanistan,” as the U.S. government and Nato celebrated the alleged end of the longest war in American history. Great news! Except, that is, when you read past the first paragraph: “the fighting is as intense as it has ever been since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001,” according to the Wall Street Journal . And about 10,000 troops will remain there for the foreseeable future (more than we had a year after the Afghan war started ). Oh, and they’ll continue to engage in combat regularly . But other than that, yeah, the war is definitely over.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I can nearly guarantee you; the current wars are prologue for future wars, potentially against China and Russia to prevent the end of dominance by the US dollar.

The US government is financially on the ropes, and the only way the members of this government have known, historically, to get off those ropes, is to wage war.

This country experienced two massive depressions, followed, inevitably by war. Although the presstitutes dare not mention it, we are in another massive recession right now, because all the decently paying jobs, which used to support this country's middle class, have been offshored/outsourced to places with nearly slave labor wages.

And please, if you don't believe me, take a look at this; last year, Charlie Rangel, the senior Congressional Representative from New York, introduced a bill to reinstate the draft; but this time, should this be passed, it will be coming for both our sons and our daughters. When last I checked this month, it is still in Committee, waiting for the "right emotional moment" to be passed.

Jan 06 07:51

Iran successfully fired the country's home-made cruise missiles

The Iranian Navy vessels successfully fired the country's home-made Nour and Nasr cruise missiles on the sixth day of the massive Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) drills in the Southern and Southeastern parts of the country.

In March, the Iranian defense ministry started the mass-delivery of different ballistic missiles, including Qadr, Qiam, Fateh 110 and Khalij-e Fars missiles, as well as Mersad air defense system to the IRGC and Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base.

Jan 03 10:29

US Slaps Iran With New Sanctions Unrelated to Nuclear Program: US Treasury

“Although we do not support the imposition of any new nuclear-related sanctions while negotiations are ongoing, throughout the JPOA [Joint Plan of Action] period we have made clear, by word and deed, that we will continue to enforce our existing sanctions,” Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at US Treasury David Cohen said.

Five individuals and one entity have been subjected to new sanctions for assisting the Iranian government in purchasing or acquiring US banknotes. Two Iranian companies, Abyssec and Douran Software Technologies, were targeted for allegedly helping Tehran dodge US sanctions and supporting human rights-related abusers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last statement is really rich: "...and supporting human rights abusers."

Undersecretary Cohen might well have swallowed those words, before uttering them in public, in light of the highly redacted summary of the US government's report on torture against prisoners of war, which has been recently revealed to not only US citizens, but also to the world.

Between this, and the Senate's talking about laying down more sanctions against Iran with an alleged "veto proof" majority, it appears that this country is doing everything in its power to insure that Iran walks away from negotiations, then claim it's Iran's fault for leaving.

That clears the way for a US/Israeli attack against it, which is precisely the outcome Israel wants.

Or better yet, from Tel Aviv's perspective, make it a completely an American campaign, so that no members of the IDF get killed, or maimed for life.

Russian leadership, both diplomatic and military, have very bluntly stated that they will consider any attack against Iran to be an attack on the interests of Russia.

I would like to politely point out to those precious few adults in the room in the bowels of power in DC, that the US military does not have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia; and that is what makes a military scenario here so scarily dangerous.

And to those in Tel Aviv advocating for such a scenario, I would strongly caution you to rethink. Should Iran be attacked, Hezbullah may very well attack Israel from the north,, and the casualty figures may be catastrophically higher than what your military planners have told you.

The P5+1 talks are the world's best bet for stabilizing the region. The Iranian leadership may be many things, but stupid is not one of them.Even dealing with the hardline reactionaries, the current government, I believe, truly wants to see these negotiations succeed.

Sabotaging these talks would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do right now; and yet, it appears that this is precisely what these actions are engineered to do.

Jan 03 07:41

Iran denies ‘tentative uranium agreement’ with US

Washington and Tehran came a step closer to agreeing on shipping part of Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile to Russia, AP reported on Friday, citing diplomatic sources. However, Iran denied that any such agreement took place.

According to two diplomatic sources who spoke to the Associated Press, the December round of nuclear talks produced a “catalogue of areas of potential accord”, while outlining differing approaches to remaining stick points.

One of the breakthroughs, sources say, comes as Iran allegedly “tentatively agreed” to transport a large portion of its uranium stockpile to Russia for conversion into reactor fuel.

However, Iran’s Foreign Ministry has denied reports that it has agreed with the US on the list of nuclear materials to be delivered to Russia. On Friday, Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said "no agreement on any nuclear topic" had taken place.

Jan 02 08:37

Obama cannot use ‘veto pen’ on Iran sanctions: Sen. Rubio

Rubio, a Republican from Florida and potential contender for 2016 presidential election, says it is within Obama’s powers to obstruct the movement of legislation in Congress but not when it comes to Iran.

“There are some bills where I think he won't be able to do that on — for example, sanctions on Iran. I think we'll have a supermajority, a veto-proof majority to impose additional sanctions on Iran and to require the administration to come before Congress for approval of any deal that he has with Iran,” the senator said in an interview with NPR News.

Asked whether he would impose additional sanctions on Tehran in the midst of nuclear talks even if the move would destroy the prospect of a deal, Rubio said, “yes, because I don't believe there is a prospect for a deal with Iran.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It remains to be seen if Rubio can actually achieve a veto-proof majority on these additional sanctions against Iran.

But should this law be passed, it will force Iran away from the P5+1 talks completely, which is why these sanctions have been engineered to cause the talks to fail.

Iranian leadership is many things, but irrational is not one of them.

Additionally, Iran has not started any wars in the last 200 years; neither the US nor Israeli officials can say that with a straight face.

Dec 30 13:04

Iran Ranks First among Islamic Nations in Invention Registration

Iran stands first among Islamic states in terms of registering inventions, a report dubbed Science-Innovation Atlas of Islamic States and sponsored by Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), showed.

Dec 30 09:47

Israel, Iran, and ISIS - U.S. Policy Towards Syria is Wrong says Wilkerson

Larry Wilkerson: There will no solution in Syria without cooperation of Iran but U.S. policy is blocked by Israel's agenda

Dec 30 09:41

WHO IS THE THREAT TO WORLD PEACE? CHRISTIANS, JEWS, OR MUSLIMS (The US, Israel, or Iran)!

Since the 1979 Iranian revolution and the downfall of the US Puppet Ruler the Shah, Iran has been an Islamic state. In that interval of time, 1979 to the present, Iran has not invaded anyone. Not once. In fact Iran has not launched a war of aggression against another nation in 200 years. War is not their nature. People of all religions live in peace in Iran, even Jews, who find life so comfortable in Iran they refused an offer by the government of Israel to emigrate!

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I am reposting this article because as word comes down that Obama may reopen the US embassy in Tehran, the promoters of war are already screaming again that Iran is just two months away from a nuclear bomb, a claim they have been making since the 1980s, even though the IAEA acknowledges that Iran has complied with the preliminary P5+1 agreement regarding their nuclear technology.

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Dec 30 07:41

President Obama Defends Iran Nuclear Deal to Israeli Policy Forum

President Obama said today “We don’t know yet” whether the agreement reached with Iran last month will succeed in keeping the country from producing nuclear weapons, but he asserted that there are “unprecedented” fail-safe mechanisms to keep the agreement from failing, as others have in the past.

The president defended the deal today at a Mideast policy conference, where he was asked what made the sweeping, if tentative pact — which Israel opposed — “different” from the failed nuclear agreements pursued by Presidents Reagan with Pakistan and Clinton with North Korea.

“Well, we don’t know yet. We don’t know yet.” Obama said at the Brookings Institute’s Saban Forum. “I think it’s important for everybody to understand: This is hard, because the technology of the nuclear cycle you can get off the Internet. The knowledge of creating a nuclear weapon is already out there.”

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This is getting interesting. It looks like Israel's push for a US invasion of Iran is starting to falter!

UPDATE: FOX News is pushing the claim that Iran could build a nuclear bomb in as little as two months. The US media and Israel have been making that claim since the 1980s.

Dec 30 07:40

IAEA: Iran honoring nuclear deal with P5+1

Iran is honoring the interim nuclear agreement reached last year with the P5+1 world powers, according to a confidential International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report.

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The document, obtained by Reuters Friday, showed that Tehran was not enriching uranium above a five percent concentration, and that it has not made “any further advances” at two enrichment facilities and a heavy water reactor which was under construction.

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The US committed to reducing sanctions against Iran, but has failed to do so, and pro-Israel congressmen are preparing to pass more sanctions against Iran next month, even though the P5+1 talks are continuing, and as IAEA points out, Iran is keeping their promises.

Dec 30 07:38

Obama Won't Rule Out Re-Opening US Embassy In Iran

President Barack Obama is open to the idea of opening an embassy in Tehran within the final two years of his term.

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You don't suppose Obama, no longer able to run and not needing Israel's support any more, has gotten fed up with Netanyahu?

Dec 29 09:04

Republican Senate Eyes Veto-Proof New Iran Sanctions

Despite President Obama’s promise to veto any bill that threatens the ongoing P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran, the incoming Republican Senate continues to talk up imposing new sanctions on Iran, putting the US in violation of the interim agreement and likely blowing up the talks.

Sen. Mark Kirk (R – IL) says he has assurances from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) that the second vote of the new Senate will be a round of sanctions against Iran.

Obama’s pledge to veto such a sanctions bill does not seem to be stopping Sen. Kirk and others, who say they believe they can must enough Democratic votes to get a veto-proof majority through.

The interim nuclear deal has the US and other P5+1 members offering minor sanctions relief in return for Iran limiting uranium enrichment. The talks have been extended, and the IAEA has repeatedly confirmed Iran is in compliance with the deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial-strength, palm to forehead moment upon reading this, and my first thought, after having digested it, is a phrase frequently used by the American comedian Ron White: "you can't fix stupid!"

A reasonable, hard-fought negotiation, leading to a nuclear energy treaty with Iran, will help stabilize both the region, and the world.

And I am sorry: if Senator Kirk insists on consistently putting the needs and concerns of a foreign government (that of Israel) over and above the needs and concerns of his own constituents (who most likely would want to see a reasonable, working treaty with Iran), to the point of risking war with Russia over Iran, perhaps he should retire from the Senate, move to Israel, and run for the Knesset.

I understand that there are snap elections on the way in Israel very soon!! :-)

Dec 28 09:16

Iran’s New “Suicidal” Bomb

I would like to grasp what the Israeli media means when it tags a bomb ‘suicidal’? Does it leave a note before it plunges into an IDF’s headquarter? Are IDF’s guided missiles targeting Palestinian family homes also suicidal bombs? Do the Israelis expect the new Iranian drone to “knock on the roof” just before it goes off? Or does a bomb becoming suicidal only when it is set to hit a Jewish strategic target?

Dec 28 08:29

US Senate will vote on Iran sanctions bill in January

Hawkish Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has announced that the US Senate will vote on Iran sanctions legislation next month despite ongoing nuclear negotiations.

"In January of next year, there will be a vote on the Kirk-Menendez bill, bipartisan sanction legislation,” he said in a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday.

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"Look, here's the deal. All this peace talk nonsense is just to look good. Israel and the private central banks say we have to make war on Iran, and we have to make war on Iran, and your sons and daughters have to die in it, and you might as well get used to the idea now and stop all this complaining!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 27 08:27

The Iran's ongoing maneuvers in southern country focus on electronic warfare

A high ranking Iranian military commander says the ongoing maneuvers in southern country focus, among other things, on electronic warfare.

Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari said that the drills will also focus on countering enemy’s electronic warfare in which Iranian armed forces will use their electronic warfare potentials against the attacks by hypothetical enemy.

Dec 25 09:52

Iran Dismisses Khomeini Link to Pope Shooting

Iran has rejected claims by Mehmet Ali Agca that late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered him to assassinate Pope John Paul II.

The Turkish gunman earlier this week reiterated in a Serbian TV interview the claims he made in his book "They Promised Me Paradise." Agca says he told John Paul of the Iranian connection when he visited him in prison.

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Very telling that ABC (the Food Lion network) is running this on Christmas day! Essentially because the entire story is based on a sensational claim used to sell a lot of books.

Dec 20 08:02

The Unstated Script

Apparently Elie Wiesel has taken it upon himself to direct the governments of the world in his quest for domination of the mid-east, especially the “cruel and oppressive, irresponsible and senseless, the shameless” regime that dictates the affairs of the Iranian State.

Dec 20 07:37

MEGA BEX ALERT - FOX News: Evidence in Sony hack attack suggests possible involvement by Iran, China or Russia, intel source says

The U.S. investigation into the recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment has turned up evidence that does not point to North Korea as the "sole entity" in the case, but rather, raises the possibility that Iran, China or Russia may have been involved, an intelligence source told Fox News on Thursday.

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Dec 19 15:19

Blaming Iran for the Sony Hack

Dec 18 08:12

6 Insanely Stupid Right-Wing Moments this Week: Michele Bachmann Drops a Bombshell

Michele Bachmann has just one big wish for Christmas this year: Mr. President, please bomb Iran. That’s what the outgoing Minnesota Rep. told President Obama at the White House holiday party on Monday.

Festive, no?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drop Bachmann on Tehran!

Dec 18 07:48

Israel's Arrow 3 missile shield fails trial

Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield failed its first live interception test on Tuesday, security sources said, a fresh setback for the US-supported system billed as a bulwark against Iran.

Dec 17 10:30

Iran to Australia: We warned you about the gunman

Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran said.

Man Haron Monis, the Iranian-born self-styled cleric who died along with two of the people he had taken hostage, was being investigated over fraud charges when he fled in 1996, police said.

But Iran's deputy foreign minister for Asia and Oceania affairs, Ebrahim Rahimpour, said Australia ignored the guidance sent.

Dec 16 08:19

Iran Missile Capability Non-Negotiable

A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has ruled out any negotiations whatsoever over the Islamic Republic's defensive missile capabilities.

“Iran’s missile issue is not up for any type of negotiation,” Ali Akbar Velayati told reporters on Monday.

The senior Iranian official added that the issue of the country’s missile program would not be part of the upcoming nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of countries in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Some Western officials, particularly in the US, have called for Iran's missile program to be included in the country's nuclear talks with the P5+1 - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although this article does not mention it, it is Israel that is behind the push to add in Iran's missile's to the negotiations, even though that was never a part of the original interim deal.

Dec 16 07:33

Israel Framed CIA in Backing Jundallah Terrorists

The 2007 revelation by ABC News that the Bush Administration was covertly backing the Jundallah terrorist organization in an effort to convince them to launch attacks on Iran was no small embarrassment for the administration, and a considerable source of tension with the Shi’ite world as the militants attacked mosques and killed large numbers of civilians.

The only problem is, it apparently didn’t happen. At least not the way ABC News claims. Instead of being direct US backing, by way of the CIA, for a State Department listed terrorist organization (a big no-no), Foreign Policy is reporting today that the whole thing was actually a Mossad plot designed to frame the CIA and the administration.

Dec 15 07:27

Sydney siege live: Police identify Lindt cafe gunman as Iranian cleric Man Haron Monis

Police have identified the man behind the siege at Lindt cafe in Sydney as Iranian cleric Man Haron Monis.

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"See? See? We HAVE to invade Iran now! Right? Right? Of course right!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 12 12:57

Obama laughs at Bachmann over request to bomb Iran

US Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she told President Barack Obama this week that he must bomb Iran, but the president laughed at her.

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Okay, so Obama gets a nice cookie in his Christmas stocking this year for being a good little boy (this once)!

Dec 12 08:36

Iran: U.S. Military Option Is Off the Table

A credible U.S. military option against Iran is off the table and something the Obama administration can “no longer even think about,” according to one of Iran’s top military leaders, who claimed in a wide-ranging interview that Iran has deployed advanced missiles and satellites capable of tracking foreign militaries.

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"It is especially easy to find and track the so-called stealthy F-35. We merely follow the trail of parts that keep falling off of it!"

Dec 10 10:17

CIBC closes Concordia student's bank account because he's Iranian

Arash Khodadadi, a Montreal university student, has been forced by CIBC to close his chequing and savings accounts because he is from Iran.

The Canadian government has extensive economic sanctions against Iran, which are meant to pressure the country to halt its suspected nuclear weapons program.

However, some banks are applying those sanctions to ordinary people who come to Canada to work or study.

Dec 08 11:24

John Kerry misleading Americans on Iranian nuclear negotiations: News agency

Upon leaving Iran and returning to the United States, Kerry had announced that nuclear talks between Iran and six world leaders produced real and substantial progress, despite extending talks with Iran for a further seven months. John Kerry said that the talks' goal is to end the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program. "The conditions for extending the nuclear negotiations to July 1, 2015 were like the conditions reining the extension of the previous deadlines and no new undertaking has been added to it," Kamalvandi told the state-run news agency on Saturday.

Dec 08 08:34

Should Israel Take Military Action Against Iran?

Iran is "stalling the time until they get the bomb," Dr. Joseph Frager, Chairman of the World Committee for the Land of Israel, told Arutz Sheva at the Jaffa Institute Gala Dinner honoring Rabbi Yaakov Nasirov last week. "It's going to happen while under President [Barack] Obama's watch, and it will make his presidency one of the all-time worst in American history."

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Go ahead, Israel; attack Iran. And We The People promise that everyone in Congress who supports you will be put on a plane and parachuted into Tel Aviv to help. Other than that we will sit this one out and keep our money and children here at home. And that means that once you get into a war with Iran (and whoever comes to Iran's aid) you will have to report to those nuclear weapons you have been claiming you do not possess to get out of it, thereby proving to the world that you have been liars all along!

So, go ahead and have fun. We will watch from this wide of the Atlantic.

Dec 06 08:28

Iran confirms air strikes in Iraq against ISIL - Guardian

A senior Iranian official has confirmed his country carried out air strikes in neighbouring Iraq against ISIL fighters at the request of Iraqi authorities, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported.

It quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour as saying the strikes were not coordinated with the United States, which is also waging an air campaign against the militants who control large parts of north and west Iraq.

Dec 05 11:49

House Approves Expansion of Military Operations Against ISIS

In a 300-119 vote, the House has approved the newest annual military spending bill, pumping another $585 billion into the Pentagon for assorted wars, including the newest war against ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia and China are making deals around the globe to get what they want. What is the US government doing?!? Creating wars and more wars.

And BTW: any military professional worth their salt will tell you, and in no uncertain terms that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air. And this will, ultimately, translate, into more boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

I don't know precisely when this level of escalation will take place; but trust me, it will.

Dec 05 07:12

Pentagon front-runner Carter, quietly supportive of Israel, loud on stopping Iran

The leading candidate to success Hagel as US defense chief is a vocal proponent of stronger action to stymie nuclear proliferation

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Except Israel's nuclear proliferation, of course!

Dec 04 07:29

Iran seeks post on key U.N. committee, Israel deems it "absurd"

Iran is seeking a senior post on a United Nations committee that decides accreditation of non-governmental organizations, a move that Israel on Tuesday compared to gangster Al Capone running the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Iran was elected to the 19-member committee in April for a four-year term from 2015. The United States and Israel are also members of the committee, which acts as a kind of gatekeeper for rights groups and other NGOs seeking access to U.N. headquarters to lobby and participate in meetings and other events.

Dec 03 09:23

Iran: Nuclear Documents Forgeries Full of Mistakes

Still under pressure from the US to explain “secret documents” provided to the IAEA about their putative nuclear weapons activities, Iran is insisting they are obvious forgeries that don’t warrant extensive response.

Iran’s statement notes that the documents contain a number of basic errors, as well as a large number of fake names, which they say point toward a certain, unnamed IAEA member as the likely forger.

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Aided by a certain NON-IAEA nation!

Dec 03 09:13

Iran Uranium Partner Could Get Gift From Lame-Duck Congress

Congress may use must-pass legislation in the next two weeks to slip through a controversial land deal that would help a company that jointly owns a uranium mine with Iran, sources told HuffPost.

Dec 02 09:39

Iran nuclear talks extended till July 2015

Negotiators have extended talks on Iran's nuclear programme for a comprehensive agreement until July 2015 after failing to meet a Monday deadline, diplomats said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit, DAMMIT!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Dec 01 10:58

Saudi Arabia Declares Oil War on US Fracking, hits Railroads, Tank-Car Makers, Canada, Russia; Sinks Venezuela

When OPEC announced on Thanksgiving Day that it would maintain oil production at 30 million barrels per day, chaos broke out in the oil market, and the price of oil around the globe spiraled into a terrific plunge. The unity of OPEC, if there ever was such a thing, was in tatters with Saudi oil minister smiling victoriously, and with a steaming Venezuelan oil minister thinking of the turmoil his country is facing [OPEC Refuses to Cut Production, Oil Plunges off the Chart].

During the closed-door meetings in Vienna, Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi told OPEC members that OPEC had to combat the US fracking boom. If OPEC cut output to raise the price of oil, it would lose market share, he argued. The way to win would be to allow overproduction to depress prices to the point where they would destroy the profitability of North American producers. And they’d have to cut production, rather than OPEC.

Dec 01 09:20

Nuclear Deal With Iran Should Not Be 'Sealed at Any Price': Hammond

A comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran should not come at any price, but it should clearly state that Tehran would not be able to develop a nuclear weapons capability, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Tuesday.

"We cannot and will not succumb to the temptation of sealing a deal at any price, but we will remain steadfast in pursuit of a comprehensive agreement which respects the clear principle that Iran must not be able to develop a nuclear weapons capability," Hammond said at the House of Commons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Because only Israel can have (and sell) nuclear weapons!!!" -- Number 9 3/4

Nov 25 06:40

AIPAC urges Congress to pass new Iran sanctions in wake of nuclear talk extensions

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said it was “essential” for Congress to pass new Iran sanctions now that a deadline for nuclear talks has been extended.

“Congress delayed enacting additional sanctions over the past year to give negotiations a chance,” AIPAC said in a statement Monday after the world powers and Iran announced in Vienna that talks would be extended until June 30.

Nov 24 08:15

Netanyahu behind Congress's anti-Iran moves: Jeff Steinberg

An American political commentator believes that anti-Iran measures taken by Congress over the country’s nuclear deal might have been taken on behalf of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Gee, ya think?

Nov 24 08:04

Israel Reconsiders Military Action Against Iran

Israeli official cites "sunset clause" in proposed comprehensive deal, which guarantees Iran a path into the nuclear club and may corner Israel into war.

Nov 20 06:42

Iran not to allow irregular nuclear inspections: AEOI

A top Iranian nuclear official says the Islamic Republic will not allow any out-of-the-ordinary inspections of the country's nuclear facilities.

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Iran is fully complying with the terms of the NNPT, but is not under any obligation to allow random wanderings of potential foreign spies around their country!

Nov 19 14:46

US Prepares to Sell Saudi Arabia Warships to Help Take Down Iran

Saudi Arabian officials say they are preparing to move forward with an upgrade to the country’s navy that could include a multibillion-dollar contract for Bath Iron Works, the Reuters news service reported Wednesday.

BIW’s DDG-51 destroyer is one of at least two ship designs being considered for the long-discussed Saudi Naval Expansion Program II, or SNEP, which has an estimated value of roughly $20 billion, Reuters said.

Patrick Dewar, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin, told the news service that Saudi officials were planning to release new information over the next several months about how the country plans to proceed with SNEP.

Dewar told Reuters that the Saudis are considering whether to buy up to a dozen of Lockheed’s steel monohull Littoral Combat Ship or the larger DDG-51 destroyer built by BIW, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp.

Nov 18 08:07

Are You Aged Between 18-34? Congratulations, You Are Probably Broke.

The current generation of young adults, known as the ‘millennials’ or sometimes the ‘echo boomers’, is the most educated generation in the United States. A huge percentage of them are also broke by every economic measure. So why can’t they find job security and financial stability? AJ+ labs compares the current crop of young citizens with that of their parents: the Baby Boomers.

Despite making up a similar share of the U.S. population, at 24% and 25% apiece, the levels of asset ownership and debt between the two generations are truly startling. While the boomers still have over $18 billion dollars in debts to settle, their children’s generation has over $1 trillion dollars in outstanding debts, mostly from predatory student loans which are used to finance tertiary education. That is, a college degree which for many will offer no return on investment in an economy marked by globalization, outsourcing, and technological upheaval.

Nov 18 08:07

Tourism In Iran: Western Visitors Thrilled With Persian Hospitality

What better way to learn more about the fascinating history and culture of Iran, and how the country and it’s people are anything BUT being part of an “axis of evil”, than to hear it from the tourists themselves? Tourism in Iran is growing steadily as the country has developed a reputation for being very safe and astoundingly affordable.

Perhaps best of all, the word is out that western tourists are being “killed” with kindness and hospitality by the Iranian people. Persians are by and large very thankful for foreign visitors because their mere presence proves they do not believe in the incessant negative stereotypes of their country, which westerners are regularly bombarded with by their corporate media outlets.

Nov 17 16:02

Obama "Would Order" US troops into Combat if ISIS Got Nuclear Weapons

Considering all the spin regarding ISIS goading the NATO nations into attacking them... this headline just screams -FALSE FLAG - to me.

Why on earth would Obama make such an absurd statement unless the masses are being set up for some sort of perception managed psychological operation, that has yet to be unleashed?
When one reads what Obama says.... he set the bar low. I mean quite low.
ISIS won't have to use a weapon.

It just has to be alleged that ISIS possesses some sort of nuclear weapon

Nov 17 15:06

Israel in ‘Huge’ Lobbying Effort Ahead of Deadline for Iranian Nuke Deal (VIDEO)

Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister, Yuval Steinitz on Sunday told Israel Radio that the Jewish state is engaged in what he termed a “huge” lobbying effort ahead of a Nov. 24th deadline for a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, suspected by Israel and western powers as being a covert weaponization project.

Nov 17 08:25

Netanyahu warns Obama: Both Islamic State and Iran must be defeated

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "BiBi" Netanyahu appearing on United States television on Sunday said he wholeheartedly supported President Barack Obama and the U.S.-led coalition's military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists, but he warned against Obama being soft on Iran.

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Here's your rifle, Benjamin...

Nov 17 07:59

Don't Tell My Mother I'm In Iran

Nov 16 09:30

Obama's Mercenary Attacks On Syria Are Breaking The Law

According to the Washington Post the U.S. administration is discussing to increase the numbers of CIA trained mercenaries in Syria:

The Obama administration has been weighing plans to escalate the CIA’s role in arming and training fighters in Syria, a move aimed at accelerating covert U.S. support to moderate rebel factions while the Pentagon is preparing to establish its own training bases, U.S. officials said.

The administration knows very well that the legal ground it is standing on is very, very weak. The people it trains are criminals and do not observe basic laws of war or human rights. The administration's solution to breaking the law is trying to change it:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Breaking - and or changing - the laws of this country in order to achieve their objectives, is nothing new to this Administration.

And those objectives here have to do with wars creating private personal profit of the large corporations, coupled with the continuation of the hegemony of the US dollar.

We know that regime change in Syria, according to this Administration, is the prelude to regime change in Iran: but at what cost to our troops, militarily, monetarily, or morally?!?

From an historical standpoint, sending in "advisers" has never augured well for this country. So far, any training of rebels against Al-Assad's military has been an exercise in complete futility.

And because it is understood in military circles that one cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air, when will we see the first US boots on the ground in Syria, if, in fact they are not already covertly there?!?

With this article stating "Around 2,000 Syrian fighters are slated to be given military training, which is set to begin at the end of December.", I would not be surprised to see US boots on the ground in Syria the very first part of next year, late winter, early spring.

BUT there is a teensy-weensy fly in the ointment here. As reported September 13th 2013 in examiner.com:

As noted on the official website of the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies (Jenkins, 17), the Russian Federation maintains mutual defense treaties with both Syria and Iran. Russia has stated on more than one occasion that “Iran is our close neighbor, just south of the Caucasus. Should anything happen to Iran, should Iran get drawn into any political or military hardships, this will be a direct threat to our national security.” An Attack On One Is An Attack On All... With the civil war ravaged Syrian nation bordering America's Turkish NATO partner to its south, if any of Assad's forces strike sovereign Turkish territory, the Ankara government could not only legitimately strike back, but every NATO member state would be treaty bound to militarily assist in any armed response. Subsequently, both the Russians and the Iranians would have no choice but to come to the defense of their mutual ally in Damascus.

So, any US military incursion into EITHER Syria or Iran will require Russia coming to either country's aid militarily.

And I have to wonder: is a full frontal US military attack against Syria their "back door" to a war against Russia?!?

And to our President, Congress, State Department and Pentagon: I would like to politely suggest that I am, surely, not the only American to have figured this out.

Nov 15 08:42

US Sanctions Relief Fails, Threatening the Nuclear Talks

erious negotiations on the issue of enrichment capacity have been going on ever since an agreement between Iran and Russia on sending a large part of Iran's stockpile of low enriched uranium (LEU) to Russia to be converted into fuel plates was concluded. That arrangement could reduce Iran's LEU stockpile to zero, thus having the same impact on Iran's capability for "breakout" as the dramatic reduction in Iran's operational centrifuges the Obama administration had been demanding all summer.

The US delegation is still seeking some reduction in Iran's total centrifuge force, but the semiofficial Iranian website irannuc.ir said US negotiators were now proposing a ceiling of 6,000, according to a Los Angeles Times report on Nov. 4. The US delegation, which had originally demanded as few as 1,500 centrifuges, had previously let it be known informally that it would settle for 4,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These talks have been engineered to fail, courtesy of the US, under pressure from Israel, which wants to see the US strike Iran militarily to bring about regime change.

There is only one slight, teensy, bit of a problem with that approach; and yes, I am talking about the 6,000 gorilla,sleeping on the Steinway in the living room: Russia.

Many Russian officials and military personnel have very blunt regarding Western and Israeli threats against Iran, stating, very publicly, that any attack on Iran would be construed as an attack against Russia itself.

At this time, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional military confrontation against Russia; and this is what makes the military scenario here so scarily dangerous.

Nov 15 07:53

Iran inaugurates new gold-processing plant to boost production

Iran has inaugurated a new gold-processing plant that will double the country's annual production to 6 tons, the country’s state television reported, according to the Associated Press.

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"BOMB THEM! BOMB THEM! GOLD IS BAD! THEY ARE USING THEIR GOLD TO BUILD NUCLEAR WEAPONS! HONEST!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 15 07:24

Amazing architecture, a kaleidoscope of colours and breathtaking symmetry: Stunning images show the beauty of Iranian mosques

Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji may have just found his true calling: capturing the little-seen breathtaking beauty of Iran's most dazzling mosques.

The 24-year-old physics student, who lives in Babol in Iran's Mazandaran province, pursues his passion for photography on the side.

Having no formal training whatsoever, Ganji has honed his eye by reading articles and watching Internet tutorial videos, and has a particular affinity for photographing historical architecture.

Nov 15 07:14

US Sanctions Relief Fails, Threatening the Nuclear Talks

Iranian officials view unilateral US economic sanctions, some of which long predate the accusation of nuclear weapons work, as both a challenge to Iran's status in international politics and an indication of US hostility. Amassing bargaining chips to obtain the lifting of sanctions has been one of the objectives driving Iran's ambitious uranium enrichment program from the beginning.

But the Obama administration, under pressure from Israel and the Congressional majority responsive to Israeli interests, has said publicly that it would agree to suspend sanctions only, rather than remove them, and that only those sanctions that are explicitly linked to the nuclear issue would be affected. Actual removal of sanctions would come at the end of the process only, rather than the beginning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The sanctions are suspended ... sanctions back on." -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 14 07:52

The endgame of the US ‘Islamic State’ strategy

The US, Israel and their regional allies have been on the record that the final target of their "regime change" campaign in the Middle East was to dismantle the Syria – Iran alliance.

Nov 13 15:44

AP sources: IS, al-Qaida reach accord in Syria

Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated Press.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, to phony front groups created and funded by the United States have "gone rogue" and teamed up to defeat the United States. Great foreign policy!

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