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Apr 13 08:08

IAEA, Iran To Hold Technical Meeting In Terhan On Wednesday

The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said it and Iran would hold a technical meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

Iran and six world powers struck a framework agreement this month to curb Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for easing Western sanctions.

The U.N.‘s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said it expected progress this month in its own investigation into Iran’s current and past nuclear activities.

Diplomats have voiced concern there could be little progress on the IAEA investigation until a final political deal with world powers is reached.

Apr 13 08:03

Tom Cotton: Obama's Iran Deal May Lead to Nuclear War

he hawkish junior senator from Arkansas discusses the president's motivations—and his own.

(*Talk about your wringing out all you can from your Andy Warhol 15 minuets of 'fame' .)

Apr 13 04:25

Iran Deal’s June 30 Deadline Might Slip Amid Framework Disputes

The nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran may need to be extended for a third time because the chances of reaching a final agreement by the June 30 deadline seem increasingly remote.

(* http://image.almanar.com.lb/english/edimg/2011/MiddleEast/Zionist/neta... )

Apr 13 00:15

Poets’ Talk: “Why Is This World So Sad?” And, “The Armor of God”

GC: Why is this world so sad? Do you have a religious answer? A faith-based answer?

CO: Life is suffering, and the ancient story of John the Baptist and Herod belongs to modern history…. Our “Herod” (POTUS) stands militarily above all other nations, and only Russia seems to stop the U.S. from cutting off (bombing) any head(s) our Controllers desire.

They intimidate the Vatican, and instead of “putting on the armor of God,” (St. Paul), the Roman Catholic Church often acquiesces, and by the “sin of omission,” helps hasten the making of a Rich Man & Lazarus world, an inevitable War of Civilizations.

At any rate, how will that “Ole Time Religion” square with this basically unimaginable world towards which we are racing?

Apr 12 23:02

How to Deal With the Iranian Genii?

The deal reached in Lausanne, Switzerland by Iran and five powers, led by the US, appears to be about nuclear capability.

In fact, the real issue was not nuclear weapons, which Iran does not now possess, but Iran’s potential geopolitical power.

Apr 12 10:05

Ahoy! Oil Tankers Form Four-Mile Line In Persian Gulf As Iran Talks Stoke Supply Glut Fears

With the US set to run out of on-land storage in the space of just three months and with the Iran nuclear deal still stuck in “tentative,” “maybe/maybe not,” purgatory (i.e. “we agree on the outline of a plan which will pave the way for an agreement but aren't sure how much of the plan or hypothetical agreement we want to share”), interesting times lay ahead for crude which, in a likely preview of what’s to come, traded in “deal or no deal” mode throughout Thursday’s session. With Tehran sitting on 9% of the world’s proven reserves, the lifting of sanctions and opening of the country’s oil fields to foreign investment could trigger a dramatic decline in crude prices as an extra million bpd gets set to be unleashed on an already saturated market.

Apr 12 09:54

Iranians Are Much Talked About on Sunday Morning TV, but Never Heard From

But as these shows “cover” the Iran deal, one thing is glaringly missing: Iranian voices. There has not been a single Iranian official recently interviewed by any of these Sunday morning shows. When I raised this issue on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, a Meet the Press Senior Editor, Shawna Thomas, said the show had “put in a request” with Iran for an interview, while MSNBC’s Chris Hayes also suggested that it can be difficult to secure interviews with Iranian government officials.

Apr 12 07:57

Obama: Netanyahu has not offered alternative to Iran deal

US president criticizes prime minister for opposing deal without providing an alternative that 'makes it less likely for Iran to get a nuclear weapon'.

"The Prime Minister of Israel is deeply opposed to it, I think he’s made that very clear. I have repeatedly asked - what is the alternative that you present that you think makes it less likely for Iran to get a nuclear weapon? And I have yet to obtain a good answer on that that."
Barack Obama

Apr 12 07:47

Saudi Foreign Minister Says His Country ‘Not at War with Iran’

Yemen intervention aimed at protecting ‘the legitimacy of the state’

Apr 12 04:18

Netanyahu told cabinet: Our biggest fear is that Iran will honor nuclear deal

Netanyahu expressed concern that Iranian compliance with the agreement will lull the world into complacency over the bomb threat, according to officials.

Apr 12 04:18

American bunker busters ready for use on Iran

American bunker busting bombs that can penetrate and destroy underground Iranian nuclear facilities are ready for use, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Friday, reinforcing the threat of US military action should Iran shirk away from a final nuclear agreement with world powers.

Apr 11 08:51

Americans don’t want Congress to sabotage Iran deal – new poll

Although some lawmakers, including Democrats, believe Congress should have a say in any potential removal of Iranian sanctions, most Americans say Congress should not keep a possible a nuclear deal from being implemented.

Roughly 61 percent of Americans support the framework agreement struck between Iran and the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) earlier this month, according to a new poll conducted by Hart Research. Thirty-four percent of voters said they were against the deal.

Apr 11 07:10

Pentagon: US bunker busting bombs 'ready' for war against Iran

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has threatened Tehran with war, saying his country’s bunker-busting bombs are ready to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities if necessary.

Apr 10 23:57

Partner or Pariah? Kerry Calls Lavrov for Help

Naming and shaming over the Iranian nuclear debacle will call out who just is the real pariah and who is the real partner to world peace.

Reading the Western news media is like swimming in a goldfish bowl. News one day gives way to some other transient story the next, and so on and on. With the result that if one were to rely on the Western media for understanding on any particular issue, there is faint chance of proper assimilation. This is because there is typically negligible context, perspective or continuity – as well as, of course, misleading spin and outright disinformation.

To illustrate: one of the most bizarre – unwittingly bizarre – recent news reports was how US Secretary of State John Kerry made an urgent call to Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Kerry reportedly needed Lavrov for help in clinching a breakthrough in the deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Apr 10 23:53

Poets’ Talk: “Why Is This World So Sad?” And, “The Armor of God”

At any rate, how will that “Ole Time Religion” square with this basically unimaginable world towards which we are racing?

Why is this world so sad? Do you have a religious answer? A faith-based answer?

CO: Life is suffering, and the ancient story of John the Baptist and Herod belongs to modern history…. Our “Herod” (POTUS) stands militarily above all other nations, and only Russia seems to stop the U.S. from cutting off (bombing) any head(s) our Controllers desire.

They intimidate the Vatican, and instead of “putting on the armor of God,” (St. Paul), the Roman Catholic Church often acquiesces, and by the “sin of omission,” helps hasten the making of a Rich Man & Lazarus world, an inevitable War of Civilizations.

GC: I agree. And I’m thinking these are threads we can address in a future “Poets Talk.” I don’t think we’ve dealt with religion at all (?!). Tough subject, but very necessary. Given your qualms, I wonder: how do you remain in the Church?

Apr 10 16:37

“Peacenik” former Israeli Prime Minister says “Bomb Iran Now”

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak went on CNBC on Wednesday and said that the U.S. should deliver Iran an ultimatum it could never accept and then unleash a bombing blitzkreig. The ultimatum, that Iran should dismantle its entire nuclear program, would simply be a formality to provide cover for naked aggression.

Apr 10 14:26

Israel Lobby conference too hot for C-SPAN. So watch it online!

Watch the Israel Lobby conference live from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! Spread the word!
The “Israel Lobby” conference is too hot for C-SPAN! So watch it from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! – Begins at 9AM EST – April 10, live from the National Press Club! Tweet in your questions for speakers to @IsraelLobbyUS or email conference@IsraelLobbyUS.org. Be a part of this important event!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1IIrHsO4fw#t=12344

The Israel Lobby conference is unprecedented, with the finest speakers on the subject gathered for a day of panels, Q&A and disscusions.

Israel lobby watchdogs like the ADL were outraged at last year’s National Summit. Today C-SPAN refused to broadcast it, choosing instead to show re-runs of innocuous content.

So forget C-SPAN! Watch the entire conference from your favorite YouTube device! No cable subscription, no gatekeepers! Then watch the archived video and share it with your friends!

Apr 10 12:53

Iran Holocaust cartoon contest receives hundreds of submissions from all over the world

“Over 300 artists from Iran and countries such as France, China sent in entries for controversial competition

Hundreds of people from Iran and around the globe submitted entries for the Islamic Republic’s Second International Holocaust Cartoon Contest, a competition official announced Monday.

Apr 10 12:43

Iran's Richest Man Executed for White Collar Crime

Apr 10 09:50

Six Things You Didn’t Know the U.S. and its Allies Did to Iran

It’s hard for some Americans to understand why the Obama administration is so determined to come to an agreement with Iran on its nuclear capability, given that huge Iranian rallies are constantly chanting “Death to America!” I know the chanting makes me unhappy, since I’m part of America, and I strongly oppose me dying.

But if you know our actual history with Iran, you can kind of see where they’re coming from. They have understandable reasons to be angry at and frightened of us — things we’ve done that if, say, Norway had done them to us, would have us out in the streets shouting “Death to Norway!” Unfortunately, not only have the U.S. and our allies done horrendous things to Iran, we’re not even polite enough to remember it.

Apr 10 09:15

US: Iran sanctions to be removed in 'phased manner'

The United States says sanctions imposed on Iran would be lifted in “a phased manner” as part of a final nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.

"Sanctions will be suspended in a phased manner upon verification that Iran has met specific commitments under a finalized joint comprehensive plan of action," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That was the same thing the US said when the preliminary P5+1 deal was signed, and the US never reduced the existing sanctions. Indeed they increased them, always under the excuse that the US wasn't "sure" Iran was complying with the deal. This is why Iran is demanding all sanctions to be lifted on signing of the final deal, because Iran knows the US cannot be trusted. This announcement is intended to derail any chance of a final deal being made, to open the door for a war to eliminate Iran as a regional economic rival to Israel, to impose a private central bank on Iran, to control which currency Iran's oil is traded for, and with US kids doing the fighting and dying.

Apr 10 08:57

Seven Things You Didn’t Know the U.S. and Its Allies Did to Iran

It’s hard for some Americans to understand why the Obama administration is so determined to come to an agreement with Iran on its nuclear capability, given that huge Iranian rallies are constantly chanting “Death to America!” I know the chanting makes me unhappy, since I’m part of America, and I strongly oppose me dying.

But if you know our actual history with Iran, you can kind of see where they’re coming from. They have understandable reasons to be angry at and frightened of us — things we’ve done that if, say, Norway had done them to us, would have us out in the streets shouting “Death to Norway!” Unfortunately, not only have the U.S. and our allies done horrendous things to Iran, we’re not even polite enough to remember it.

Apr 10 08:15

Ex-Israeli PM to US: Give Iran 'or else' ultimatum

Barak said he would rather see a peacefully negotiated end to Iran's nuclear threat.

But since the announcement last week of a framework of a deal between Iran and the U.S. and its negotiating partners—Russia, China, France, the U.K. and Germany—there have been conflicting accounts of the extent of the agreement and what it means for the chances of reaching a final accord by the end of June.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are getting into a real Kafka situation here. Iran doesn't have a nuclear weapons program. Nobody has found any evidence to suggest that they do (although with the US and Israel attacking anyone who doesn't have a nuclear deterrent one could hardly fault Iran for wanting one).

Israel has been screaming that Iran is within weeks of having a nuclear weapon since the 1980s and it hasn't happened yet.

Meanwhile a recently declassified US document confirms that the US Government has known that Israel has had nuclear weapons since the 1970s, numbering in the hundreds, including Hydrogen bombs the US helped Israel develop. Israel (which has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and does not allow IAEA inspections) has so many nuclear weapons that they offered to sell one to the former government of South Africa; the very activity the NNPT is intended to prevent.

Maybe Israel is simply projecting their own guilt onto others, sort of a "It's okay for us to do it because everyone is doing it" attitude. Maybe after forty years they believe their own propaganda. Or maybe, as Netanyahu recently revealed, Israel knows Iran doesn't have a nuclear weapons program, but the goal is to destroy Iran as a regional political and economic rival to Israel, with US kids in uniform doing the dirty work (as happened in Iraq).

But as nuclear-armed Israel hysterically shrieks about how much danger they face from non-nuclear Iran, keep one thing in mind. Iran has not invaded another nation in a war of aggression in over 200 years; a track record of peace standing in stark contrast to Israel and the US, which these days cannot seem to go six months without invading, drone-striking, or overthrowing other nations.

Apr 10 08:02

'Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran' McCain Has The Nerve To Call Obama's Foreign Policy 'Immoral'

I have a lot of disagreements with the Obama administration's policies, like the fact that they've basically continued President Bush's so-called "war on terror" and have bought into the idea that if you just drop enough bombs on people's heads from unmanned drones that you're somehow going to get rid of threats to the United States instead of just making them worse. The Patriot Act is still in place. We've done nothing to roll back the surveillance state that was put in place after 9-11 and I could go on and on, but I won't.

That said, one of the very last people I want to hear a lecture from on how the Obama administration has supposedly failed completely at foreign policy is Sen. McCrashy, John McCain, who still needs some anger management counseling over the fact that the uppity Kenyan usurper Barack Obama derailed his plans for being President of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, McCain destroyed himself when he chose Caribou Barbie as his running mate.

Apr 10 01:55

Israel Lobby conference too hot for C-SPAN. So watch it online!

Watch the Israel Lobby conference live from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! Spread the word!

The “Israel Lobby” conference is too hot for C-SPAN! So watch it from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! – Begins at 9AM EST – April 10, live from the National Press Club! Tweet in your questions for speakers to @IsraelLobbyUS or email conference@IsraelLobbyUS.org. Be a part of this important event!

The Israel Lobby conference is unprecedented, with the finest speakers on the subject gathered for a day of panels, Q&A and discussions.

Israel lobby watchdogs like the ADL were outraged at last year’s National Summit. Today C-SPAN refused to broadcast it, choosing instead to show re-runs of innocuous content.

So forget C-SPAN! Watch the entire conference from your favorite YouTube device! No cable subscription, no gatekeepers! Then watch the archived video and share it with your friends!

Apr 09 23:05

Bait-and-Switch Sanctioning of Iran

The idea of Iran as a regional marauder that is gobbling up other countries in the Middle East and against which pressure must therefore be unrelenting has become one of the favorite themes of those determined to kill the nuclear agreement with Tehran. As an argument for rejecting the nuclear deal, this approach has always suffered from major factual and logical flaws.

Apr 09 16:39

Iran – The Story behind the Story

Allowing a country like Iran destroying the US hegemon’s power base by taking a sovereign decision to abandon the dollar for oil and gas trading – no way.

It would have meant the end of the dollar as the world’s chief reserve currency, and giving up the instrument of coercing the world into accepting Washington’s dictate, the tool that serves to dish out sanctions left and right – no way!

Washington’s seemingly blind and preposterous arrogance drives the closest allies into the ‘adversary’s camp. The FED (Federal Reserve Bank) announced on 2 April 2015 that it fined the German Commerz bank with 1.7 billion US dollars for dealing with Cuba, Sudan and Iran – Washington sanctioned countries.

When even the staunchest stooges of empire seek alliances in the East, the writing is on the wall, that the economic winds are shifting, that a tectonic sea-change is in the offing and that the Iran nuclear deal, one way or another, doesn’t really matter in the foreseeable future.

Apr 09 16:30

Israel attacked America on 9-11-01! – Shout it from the rooftops (Part II)

It’s time for those Americans who assisted the Israelis with 9-11-01 and who covered it up to be indicted, arrested, tried and convicted for their various roles in the attack on America on 9-11-01 by Israel and its coverup.

This of course means that both of the massive American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were based on the big lies, false-narratives and propaganda dispensed to the American masses by the Controlled Major Mass Media (CMMM) and were completely illegal under international law and thereby constitute abject war crimes for which those.

Numerous former top USG Officials and Members of Congress will someday soon be made accountable for committing espionage against America related to 9-11-01, its coverup and for all their war crimes based on lying about it and falsely blaming Islamics in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apr 09 14:56

Foreign intervention wrong reaction to violence in Yemen — Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Foreign intervention is a wrong reaction to the situation in Yemen, Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday.
"A foreign intervention is a wrong reaction to internal violence and civil war, especially after catastrophes that happened in Afghanistan and Yemen," he said.
The Ayatollah stressed that Iran is against foreign military intervention in the Middle East, particularly in Yemen. "The only way out of the current humanitarian crisis in the country is immediately ceasing air strikes delivered by Saudi Arabia on the territory of Yemen," Ali Khamenei said.
He also called on Sunnis and Shias "to unite in these difficult times." The Ayatollah added that Iran supports national dialogue in Yemen.

Apr 09 14:31

Iran Joins China-Led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank accepted Iran's membership on Tuesday, the Iranian embassy in Beijing said.

Apr 09 10:16

Iran's Khamenei accuses Saudi Arabia of genocide over Yemen airstrikes

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has attacked the air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen, saying the operation which has caused civilian deaths amounts to genocide.

“The aggression by Saudi Arabia against Yemen and its innocent people was a mistake,” Khamenei said in a speech on Iranian TV. “This is a crime and genocide that can be prosecuted in the international courts.”

Apr 09 09:34

JUST WHAT IS ISRAEL ‘KVETCHING’ ABOUT?

Everything you want to know about the Iranian nuclear deal

Apr 09 08:07

Supreme Leader Warns of Hurdles to Nuclear Deal

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned that there is "no guarantee" of a final deal on the country’s nuclear program. Earlier in the day, President Hassan Rouhani also stated that Iran would not sign a final deal unless sanctions were lifted on the first day of implementation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is perfectly reasonable for Iran to ask for, given how the United States broke their commitment to easing sanctions on the Preliminary P5+1 deal, and clear indications that Israel's whores in the US Congress are planning to add even more sanctions.

Apr 09 08:03

Perpetual war is the only valid explanation

Daily Pickings previously referenced Israel's Yinon plan for creating division and conflict across the Middle East to ensure Israel's supremacy. Israeli citizens, holding dual (Israel/US) nationality, are driving policy in Washington and the Pentagon.

The Pentagon Plan to ‘Divide and Rule’ the Muslim World by Nafeez Ahmed
Yemen is the latest casualty of a neoconservative strategy commissioned by the US Army to ‘capitalise on Sunni-Shia conflict’ in the Middle East - the goal is nothing short of ‘Western dominance’

The war on Yemen appears to have been choreographed, by encouraging the Houthis to oust the former regime, with the express intention of creating conflict. It is a pattern which repeats time and time again, most recently with the creation and support of Islamic State (IS, ISIL, ISIS) by Israel, US and their allies including Saudi Arabia. The outcome will, yet again, be chaos and mayhem.

Apr 09 08:01

Israel to push Congress to pass bill to hamper Iran deal

“Israel will try to persuade congressmen and senators to introduce a clause stipulating that the deal with Iran should be seen as an international treaty requiring Senate ratification and not an agreement.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Attention America: Gaze on the Congress, which is supposed to represent the American people in the operation of the US Government, but which has allowed this nation to rot in their devotion to a foreign power and now openly violates the Logan Act as they carry out their true master's command to undermine the Office of the Presidency. All voters should remember this sordid spectacle next year during the elections. Senator Tom Cotton demands the President act to protect the United States. I concur. The President should arrest all of Israel's supporters who have subverted this nation to the will of Israel and toss them in prison, in accordance with the provisions of the Logan Act.

Apr 09 07:49

Tom Cotton: Bombing Iran Would Take “Several Days,” Be Nothing Like Iraq War

Sen. Tom Cotton says bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities would take several days and be nothing like Iraq War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Tom...

Apr 09 07:38

Iran calls for end to Saudi air campaign, as US warns Tehran over Yemen

Iran's president has called for an end to Saudi-led airstrikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen. This came after the United States warned Tehran against its alleged involvement in the conflict in Yemen.

Apr 09 07:35

EU reinstates sanctions on Iranian bank and 32 shipping companies

Iranian Bank Tejarat and 32 Iranian shipping companies will be subject to EU sanctions with immediate effect, after measures were thrown out by a European court, Reuters reports.

The EU's second-highest court annulled a EU asset freeze on Bank Tejarat and 40 Iranian shipping companies in January, finding fault with the legal grounds given by the EU. As with previous cases, the EU responded by re-listing the sanctioned Iranian companies, including Hamburg-based Ocean Capital Administration GmbH, on the basis of new legal grounds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With Iran insisting that sanctions be lifted when the final deal is signed, this adding of sanctions is designed to derail the deal and open a path to war.

Apr 08 23:04

Partner or Pariah? Kerry Calls Lavrov for Help

Reading the Western news media is like swimming in a goldfish bowl. News one day gives way to some other transient story the next, and so on and on. With the result that if one were to rely on the Western media for understanding on any particular issue, there is faint chance of proper assimilation. This is because there is typically negligible context, perspective or continuity – as well as, of course, misleading spin and outright disinformation.

Apr 08 14:42

Israel’s Unsavory New ‘Allies’

The American people, who still want to stop Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, are only dimly aware that longtime U.S. “allies” – Israel and Saudi Arabia – have shifted into an effective alliance with those Sunni jihadists as part of their regional war against Iran and Shiite Islam.

Apr 08 13:23

Iran news report: Tehran will start using fastest centrifuges on day deal takes effect

Iran will begin using its latest generation IR-8 centrifuges as soon as its nuclear deal with the world powers goes into effect, Iran’s foreign minister and nuclear chief told members of parliament on Tuesday, according to Iran’s semi-official FARS news agency.

If accurate, the report appears to make a mockery of the world powers’ much-hailed framework agreement with Iran, since such a move clearly breaches the US-published terms of the deal, and would dramatically accelerate Iran’s potential progress to the bomb.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Except that, as Iran has already pointed out, the US version of the framework deal does not accurately reflect the actual agreement.

Apr 08 12:49

? News Israeli leader warns of Iran's short nuclear breakout time

"Israel shares the view the breakout time for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon will be zero."

(*Netanyahu)

Apr 08 10:14

An exhibition in Iran will mock the Holocaust

Its stated goal is to provoke Western sensibilities — particularly as a response to satirical cartoons of the pr0phet Muhammad published in numerous European outlets in recent years. The "contest and exhibition intends to display the West's double standard behavior towards freedom of expression as it allows sacrilege of Islamic sanctities," Fars reports.

Apr 08 09:33

AIPAC's "No One Wants War" in Iran Claim Debunked

The problem with saying “no one wants war” is of course that some people do want war. These include some congressional critics, some Israeli officials, some in the pro-Israel movement and some of Iran’s Sunni Arab neighbors. None acts as a monolith, but their beautiful diversity definitely includes some warmongers.

AIPAC, moreover, surely knows this. Sheldon Adelson, a sometime AIPAC funder and partner who remains a major force in the “pro-Israel movement” has for example called for nuking Iran. The group’s stable of regular speakers at fundraisers and events includes several figures who have, indeed, called for war with Iran. Just consider a January AIPAC fundraiser in New York, headlined by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I/D-CT)-both of whom have at some point called for military strikes. As Lieberman once boasted, there is a “broad bipartisan base of support” for such an attack.

Apr 08 08:32

Israel could send Iran ‘back to the stone age’ with electromagnetic bomb

Israel could destroy Iran’s electric network with a specially designed electromagnetic bomb in the event of a military conflict between the countries, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

An electromagnetic bomb of this sort would be detonated above the ground, creating an electromagnetic pulse that would “disrupt all the technological devices working on the ground,” an American expert was quoted as saying to the London paper.

The use of the new technology by Israel was brought up in discussions regarding a possible attack on Tehran’s nuclear facilities, the report claimed. Such a move would send Iran “back to the stone age,” the British paper said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think this story of an electromagnetic bomb is a cover for the use of nuclear weapons by Israel against Iran. Unlike any other bomb, which destroys itself as it destroys the target, a theoretical electromagnetic bomb has to maintain its physical integrity during use. Electricity in wire travels at .2 times the speed of light. Any break in the wiring of the coils producing the magnetic field will instantly collapse that field. This limits how much power that can go into such an electromagnetic bomb as it must be able to withstand the magnetic field it produces. In the case of an EMP produced by a nuclear weapon above the atmosphere, loss of the initiating device is not an issue as the EMP is produced not by the bomb itself but by a sudden displacement of the Earth's own magnetic field.

Apr 08 08:28

Top Democrat backs bill okaying Congress to sink Iran deal

Defying White House, Senator Chuck Schumer endorses legislation intended to enable lawmakers to kill nuclear accord with Tehran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is time to arrest Schumer and every other member of Congress acting on Israel's desire to kill the Iran deal for violating the Logan Act. The reason for foreign policy to be handled by the State Department and the White House is to provide a reliable single point of contact for foreign governments, in order to avoid the very situation we are in now, with foreign leaders unable to determ,ine what is or is not official US policy.

Apr 08 07:59

Yemen campaign a ‘great mistake’: Iran official in Beirut

The Saudi-led military campaign launched two weeks ago in Yemen is a “great strategic mistake,” an adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday during a visit to Beirut.

“We believe that a huge mistake has been committed recently in the issue of Yemen,” Morteza Sarmadi, who is also the country's deputy foreign minister, said after meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.

“The airstrikes in Yemen have resulted in numerous atrocities, and has shed the blood of innocent civilians... This should be ended.”

Apr 08 07:50

Iran officials in China to discuss oil supplies

Iranian oil officials are in Beijing this week to discuss oil sales and Chinese investments in Iran, just days after Tehran and world powers reached a framework nuclear deal, and with the OPEC nation’s oil minister due to arrive Thursday. Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh is set to make his first trip to Beijing since joining the then-new government two years ago, one Iranian oil official and a senior Chinese industry official told Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran is already planning contingencies as both Canada and the US signal no easing of sanctions despite the framework agreement.Net result; Iran will do fine and US/Canadian businesses will suffer.

Apr 08 07:09

IRAN DEPLOYS WARSHIPS OFF YEMEN'S COAST

(^Reuters) - Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, state media reported, establishing a military presence off the coast of Yemen where Saudi Arabia is leading a bombing campaign to oust the Iran-allied Houthi movement.

The Alborz destroyer and Bushehr support vessel sailed from Bandar Abbas on a mission to protect Iranian shipping from piracy

Apr 08 04:31

The real reason Netanyahu and the GOP hate this Iran deal

1) The nuclear architecture Iran gets to keep is way too big.
2) Sanctions relief will enable Iranian aggression.
3) The deal isn't strict enough in key areas.
4) Inspections won't be as strong as you think.

The thing about some of these arguments is that they are basically objections to any feasible deal with Iran. Many critics, particularly Netanyahu, have taken pains to deny that they oppose any deal altogether — but it seems quite clearly that they do.

Apr 07 23:03

Netanyahu slips, Reveals reason for Opposition to Iran Deal

Netanyahu wants to keep Iran poor and undeveloped. He wants to make sure that “crippling” sanctions aren’t lifted. He wants to keep Iranians in grinding poverty.

Apr 07 23:00

Yemen – the Big Picture. US Sponsored Civil Wars

As usual, western media are deliberately confusing in communicating on the latest Mid-East conflict which eventually led to the recent atrocious bombing of Yemen by the US-directed Saudi alliance, including Qatar and other Gulf monarchies. They are proxies, to be sure, for their Washington masters. My heart is bleeding for Yemen, a country of warm and generous people I got to know well, working with them in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Apr 07 17:00

The Iran Nuclear Energy Agreement: Force Again Prevails Over Law — Paul Craig Roberts

The real question, however, is on what basis can Iran possibly trust Washington?

Iran should ask former Soviet president Gorbachev what Washington’s word is worth. In exchange for Gorbachev’s agreement to the reunification of Germany, Washington promised Gorbachev that NATO would not move one inch to the East and promptly took NATO to Russia’s border and is now working to incorporate former parts of the Russian empire into NATO.

Iran should ask current Russian president Putin what Washington’s word is worth. Sensing Russian strategic weakness, the George W. Bush regime broke the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that Washington had signed with Moscow. Pulling out of the treaty, Washington quickly put anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia’s borders, hoping to degrade Russia’s strategic missile forces that serve as a guardian against Washington’s first nuclear strike, a policy now permissible under Washington’s revised war doctrine.

Apr 07 15:08

The US and Israel: Diverging interests

Lawrence Davidson says the US’s interests in the Middle East have diverged from Israel’s, with Washington prioritising the jihadist threat while Israel and Saudi Arabia see the jihadists as allies against Iran.

Apr 07 13:48

Authentic Journalism that Challenges Empire and Its Centers of Power

Exposing Lies of the Empire is a monumental work.

Some years back, I was approached to come up with a story that I’d really like to cover. There were many, but right away I was drawn to a story whose angle was completely marginalized in any media I had checked. I was interested to go to Zimbabwe and get a genuine impression from Zimbabweans of how they view the direction of their country under the government of Robert Mugabe. How they viewed the redistribution of land within the country.

In the case of theft, when the stolen property is recovered, the usually accepted, and rightful, custom is that the property be returned to its rightful owner(s).

Apr 07 13:43

Top Donor to Clinton Foundation (jewish) Oligarch in Ukraine

Follow the Money

Between 2009 and 2013, including when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, based in Kiev, Ukraine.

In 2008, Mr. Pinchuk made a five-year, $29 million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, a wing of the foundation that coordinates charitable projects and funding for them but doesn’t handle the money. The pledge was to fund a program to train future Ukrainian leaders and professionals “to modernize Ukraine,” according to the Clinton Foundation.

It said that if Mr. Pinchuk was lobbying the State Department about Ukraine, “this cannot be seen as anything but a good thing.”

Oh certainly, all you have to do is take a brief look at Ukraine to see what a wonderful thing it has been.

Apr 07 13:37

RAP NEWS 24: ISRAEL & PALESTINE

“America’s last taboo” Edward Said.

Decades of failed peace talks have led nowhere; but do not lose hope just yet. Join Robert Foster as he attempts to host the first ever Middle East Peace Raps, using rhyme and reason to bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and a representative of Hamas. The picture would not be complete however, without a discussion of “America’s last taboo” (as Edward Said once referred to it): the USA’s role as Israel’s best – and only – buddy in the world (Ok, together with Australia). Featuring special cameos from prominent American Jewish scholar, Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and Palestinian rap legends, DAM, this is an episode for the ages. Join us as we bravely (or perhaps stupidly) take on one of the most bitter, divisive and controversial conflicts of our times: Israel & Palestine.

Apr 07 12:32

Corker Says Support Growing to Give Congress Vote on Iran Deal

The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday he’s within a few votes of being able to override a threatened presidential veto of his bill giving Congress a say in any nuclear deal with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congress can declare or refuse to declare a war. Short of that, the Constitution states that foreign policy is exclusively the jurisdiction of the White House and the US Department of State. Every member of Congress championing Israel's agenda against Iran is in violation of the Logan Act.

I hope all Americans are watching the Congress as they undermine the office of the Presidency to whore themselves to a foreign leader!

Apr 07 12:15

'Skeptical' Canada Won't Lift its Iran Sanctions

The Canadian government has not shared US President Barack Obama's enthusiasm over the deal reached with Iran over its nuclear program last Thursday, by which the Islamic regime continues enriching uranium at reduced levels in exchange for the removal of sanctions.

Canadian Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson responded to the deal, warning that the Islamic regime may still be able to obtain a nuclear weapon even with the agreement.

Apr 07 12:15

Mitch McConnell: Congress to 'respond legislatively' to Iran nuclear bill

Fresh off a trip to the Middle East, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is insisting that Congress get a chance to review and approve a nuclear deal with Iran.

"To the detriment of international security […] the Obama administration has always approached the goal of these negotiations as reaching the best deal that is acceptable to Iran, rather than what should be our national goal: ending Iran's nuclear program," the Kentucky Republican said in a statement Monday.

McConnell visited Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Afghanistan last week with a Senate delegation. On Thursday, a framework for a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers was announced — much to the dismay of many Republican lawmakers.

Apr 07 12:14

Chuck Schumer Defies White House On Iran

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, one of Capitol Hill’s most influential voices in the Iran nuclear debate, is strongly endorsing passage of a law opposed by President Barack Obama that would give Congress an avenue to reject the White House-brokered framework unveiled last week.

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Apr 07 11:58

Israel to push Congress to pass bill to hamper Iran deal

Israel will try to persuade congressmen and senators to introduce a clause stipulating that the deal with Iran should be seen as an international treaty requiring Senate ratification and not an agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All Americans need to watch this display of a US Congress working with a foreign government to undermine the office of the Presidency!

Apr 07 11:31

U.S. – Iran Deal — A Battle Between Radical Zionist Crazies & More Cunning Radical Zionists!

The nuclear deal reached with Iran has been cause for celebration in the streets of Tehran, while Netanyahu was offered the platforms of three major U.S. news networks to decry the agreement. One would think that Iran was offered major concessions, special privileges, even exemptions from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that forms the basis of international law regarding nuclear weapons.

Apr 07 10:26

Israel recognition not part of Iran deal: Obama

US President Barack Obama says recognition of Israel cannot be a part of the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Obama said in a Monday interview with NPR that requiring Tehran to recognize Israel is a "fundamental misjudgment".

The Israeli regime has outspokenly voiced opposition since talks began between Tehran and the P5+1 –the US, Britain, Russia, China, France, and Germany -- in an effort to reach a comprehensive accord on Iran’s nuclear program.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier that recognition of the regime by Iran must a part of the deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran (and the rest of the Arab nations) have said they will recognize Israel's right to exist as soon as Israel recognizes Palestine's right to exist!

Apr 07 10:16

Republicans and Some Democrats are Seeking a Veto-Proof Bill on the Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says some Republicans are acting on their prerogative, while others are maliciously trying to destroy the president and his legacy

Apr 07 09:47

Israel details requirements for final nuclear deal with Iran

Israel has created a list of modifications it says are needed in a final deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

The list was presented Monday by Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s minister of intelligence and strategic affairs, to reporters at a hotel in Jerusalem, The New York Times reported.

Steinitz said the modifications to the agreement, which is scheduled to be finalized by the end of June, will make it more acceptable to Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Bob and Tom are working out an agreement between them and Steve barges in, uninvited, and starts telling Bob and Tom what they should agree to. Steve is Israel, not part of the negotiations, barging in, uninvited, and telling everyone else what they should do.

Apr 07 09:39

Netanyahu Slips, Reveals Reason for Opposition to Iran Deal

US television news isn’t very good and it has clearly gotten worse over the past 20 years. In the aftermath of the Kerry-Zarif initial framework deal on nuclear energy in Iran, it seems obvious that an interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would be newsworthy. But to my knowledge none of the networks or major cable news shows had him on.

Apr 07 09:26

PNAC Project for a New American Century War Plan Map

Remember: when confused, when all other analysis seems to fail to make sense, come back to The Map, the PNAC Project for a New "American" Century. The duplicitous and misleading title of the project establishing Israel's (City of London's) empire that used American post 9/11 (inside job) concocted anti-Muslim enmity, its resources, its military, economic, and political might that will become the dominant political power of the planet long after the United States has been destroyed and left held responsible for the horrors visited on the world via the so-called "war on terror".

Apr 07 08:55

Israel: Military action against Iran always on the table

A senior official of the Israeli regime has threatened to take military action against Iran in the wake of the recent understanding reached between Tehran and six global powers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Apr 07 08:46

Israel Plans Two-Pronged Attack To Thwart Iran Deal

Israel will adopt two lines of attack as it tries to thwart – or at least modify – the international nuclear agreement with Iran in the coming weeks, a senior official said.

Firstly, it will lobby the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would make it difficult, or even impossible, to approve a comprehensive deal with Iran if one is reached by the June 30 deadline.

At the same time, it will continue pressing the White House for the “improvements” Israel says must be made in the terms of the agreement, the official said.

Apr 07 08:36

Rick Perry's Plan to Kill Obama's Iran Deal

Texas Governor Rick Perry hasn't yet said whether he's running for president, yet he will announce Monday that if he wins the White House he intends to trash President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran as one of his first official acts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Rick...

Apr 07 08:35

GOP Hawks Set to Ruin Rand Paul's Big Day

In the first salvo of the 2016 Republican ad wars, a conservative group is about to unleash a seven-figure ad campaign targeting Senator Rand Paul for being out of step with the party on Iran, just as he launches his presidential campaign.

Apr 07 03:00

Israel, U.S. Lawmakers Press Case Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Israeli officials and congressional Republicans on Monday set high bars with exacting conditions for a nuclear accord with Iran, signaling fresh domestic and international pressure on negotiations leading up to a summer deadline.

Apr 06 22:59

The Iran deal and the big game in Eurasia

Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, which overthrew the dictatorship of US-backed Shah in 1979, a constant in US foreign policy has been an unrelenting hostility to Iran. Washington supported Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein´s war against Iran (1980-1988). In 2003, the Bush administration prepared plans for war with Iran. Since 2011, the US and its European Union allies have subjected Iran to the toughest economic sanctions regime in history.

Apr 06 15:06

OBAMA CAVES TO ISRAELI PRESSURE ~~ WE ALL LOSE WHEN AIPAC WINS

President says rift with Israel pained him on a personal level, maintains Iran will not get a nuclear weapon while he is in power.

Apr 06 14:30

Devil is in Western Interpretation of Iran Nuclear Deal

A closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

Apr 06 12:30

How Can Obama Claim the Alternative to a Nuclear Deal with Iran is War?

A kudo to President Obama. But just one.

If he manages to pull off an agreement with Iran on limiting that country's nuclear fuel enrichment program in the fact of determined resistance from Republicans, Neocons, the Israel Lobby and the warmongers in both the GOP and his own Democratic Party, he will have finally earned at least some small portion of the gold in his Nobel Peace medallion.

Apr 06 12:24

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich: Iran Nuclear Deal Differences

U.S and Tehran disagree over Sanctions lift.

Tehran accuses the U.S. of spinning the nuclear deal.

Iran was never in violation of the NPT.

Most importantly, we must think about (upholding) the International treaties.

International treaties are being held hostage by the west.

There has been a lot of interference inside Iran by Washington. The nuclear issue is just an excuse to undermine the Islamic Republic and has very little to do with anything else.

Russia is opposed to snap back inspections and phased out sanctions.

Russia is a UN Security Council member and is present in the negotiations.

Apr 06 12:21

Devil is in Western Interpretation of Iran Nuclear Deal

A closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

After investing so much political capital in achieving a nuclear deal, it is understandable that all sides of the stand-off would claim the Lausanne accord arrived at this week to be an “achievement”.

However, a closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

Apr 06 11:54

Netanyahu Reiterates: I’m Trying to Kill Iran Deal

Taking to the major American networks today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued railing against the Iran nuclear framework deal, and reiterated his determination to try to kill it.

Netanyahu has repeatedly talked up sabotaging the nuclear negotiations on Israeli media, but this was the first time he was so overt about leading the anti-diplomacy push on US media.

He tried to prevent the push against the current deal as a push for a “better deal,” though that hypothetical deal that Netanyahu might accept is so far-fetched US officials say it wasn’t even worth bringing up at the talks to the other Western nations, let alone Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Bibi Netanyahu: sir, as the Prime Minister of a nation which has had nuclear weapons for 40 years, as we now understand from the US government's declassification of documents proving the US assisted you in developing those weapons, how do you have the hubristic effrontery to rail against a country which is working with the world to create a framework through which to manage their nuclear energy program?

Iran is a signatory to the NNPT: and Israel, which has developed nuclear weapons, refuses to sign it, or allow its weapons sites to be inspected. Additionally, Israel is not a party to the P 5+1 deal at all.

Right now, the one country which needs to re-assess its position on this deal is Israel, period, end of discussion.

And I would like to suggest that Rivero's Rangers quietly and calmly, and politely contact their Congressional Representatives to say that any attempt to veto this agreements) will demonstrate that they are a representative of a foreign power, and are not addressing the needs and concerns of We the People.

Let them know that you know this is precisely what AIPAC expects, and if that is what they intend to do, their next political campaign will be a complete exercise in futility.

Apr 06 10:11

G.O.P.’s Israel Support Deepens as Political Contributions Shift

As the proposed agreement over Iran’s nuclear program is debated in coming weeks, President Obama will make his case to a Congress controlled by Republicans who are more fervently pro-Israel than ever, partly a result of ideology, but also a product of a surge in donations and campaign spending on their behalf by a small group of wealthy donors.

Apr 06 09:44

Israel Prepares Lobbying Strategy Against Iran Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appearances on multiple American TV news programs on Sunday signaled the launch of what is expected to be a furious lobbying effort to scuttle or reshape a deal that he has criticized as "bad" and a threat to Israel's very existence. A document drawn up by experts in Netanyahu's office, obtained by The Associated Press, gives a glimpse of the arguments the Israeli leader is going to raise, targeting vague language in the system of inspections and its failure to address issues beyond the nuclear program.

Apr 06 09:04

Benjamin Netanyahu vows to continue quest to derail Iran nuclear deal

Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue his campaign to derail the nuclear deal with Iran even as several leading Republicans suggested they were prepared to give the White House some breathing room to reach a final agreement.

While debate continued in the US, Mohammad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, said his country “will be able to return” to its nuclear activities if the West does not honour its agreement to lift sanctions.

The Israeli prime minister has been a vociferous opponent of the talks with Tehran and urged the US Congress to step in and prevent President Barack Obama from making a deal that “endangers our survival”.

Apr 06 08:56

Who’s Playing “Hide and Cheat”?

Not surprisingly, the painfully negotiated pact was denounced by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has repeatedly, and illegally, threatened Iran over its alleged desire to build an atomic bomb. But Obama’s rebuff of Netanyahu’s position was well deserved, given Israel’s record of stealing American military secrets and spying on private American talks with its allies.

If Iran had been guilty of such crimes, the American public would now be deaf from the outcry of the Republicans in Congress. Americans need to remember that Jonathan Jay Pollard, an American civilian naval intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty in 1987 to selling classified information to Israel. At least 800 documents were snitched. Pollard, who became an Israeli citizen, sits in a U.S. prison today in Butner, N.C., serving a life sentence. Former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger said his espionage “would cause the greatest harm to our national security.”

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