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Apr 26 10:12

Iranian Won £32,000 In Compensation For Account Closure From UK Bank

A UK law firm has announced that one of its Iranian clients has managed to obtain nearly £32,000 in compensation for mistaken closure of his bank account form the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) last year.

Apr 26 08:00

U.S. Threatens Nuclear Deal it Admits Iran Respects - How Will Tehran Respond?

Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former senior Iranian diplomat, analyzes the Trump administration's "review" of the Iran nuclear agreement despite acknowledging that Tehran is fulfilling its obligations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, if the US renegs on the deal with Iran, other nations will realize any deal with the US is pointless. Including North Korea!

Apr 26 07:11

‘Safe Zone’ In Syria: A Ploy to Ignite a New Battle Front

It hardly comes as a surprise anymore that the US and its allies in the Middle East are seeking to partition Syria in whichever means possible. However, the anti-American alliance of Syria, Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah dubbed the “Axis of Resistance” stands to oppose that division.

‘With Syria in pieces, it’s time to recognize Israel’s Annexation of the Golan’ read a headline at the Jerusalem Post on April 20 citing Israeli Deputy Minister for diplomacy Michael Oren who claimed that it is time for the world to recognize the Golan Heights as part of the Israeli entity. Even the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his country’s claim over the Golan Heights during summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month on March 10, 2017. Netanyahu blatantly claimed that the occupied “Golan is part of Israel and we will stay there for the world to acknowledge it as so”.

Apr 25 09:44

Alasdair Macleod Reveals America’s Financial War Strategy

America’s renewed desire to escalate military tensions is a front for America’s continual financial war, this time directed at North Korea, Syria and possibly Iran. This is likely to be the opinion of China’s strategic advisors. We analyse the geopolitics and economics behind America’s war strategy from China’s perspective, concluding that it is entering its final phase. China’s exit plan appears to be to tie the pricing of energy and then other major commodities to gold, returning to the pre-1971 status quo, when the dollar was just a settlement link between commodity prices and gold. Except this time, the dollar itself will be side-lined, so far as China is concerned, which will use the yuan instead for its empire, which will be far larger than that of the US in time, measured by GDP.

Apr 25 07:24

FLASHBACK - WHY IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IRAN OR NORTH KOREA (OR ANYONE ELSE) HAS A NUCLEAR BOMB

Those that insist that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were a threat that justified invasion, or that Iran's or North Korea's weapons of mass destruction are a threat that justifies new invasions, are in essence admitting that the US Government took $5 trillion of your money (over $17,000 from each of you alive today) in a gigantic swindle, because the $5 trillion nuclear deterrent isn't a deterrent after all, that it doesn't work, that nobody is really afraid of it, because they all know it was just a hoax to soak the American taxpayer for another several thousand dollars.

Was it all a hoax, Mr. Trump? Did the American people foot a $5 trillion bill in 1950s dollars for a deterrent system that isn't really a deterrent?

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Apr 24 09:35

U.S. SIGNALS GREATER INVOLVEMENT IN SAUDI-LED WAR IN YEMEN

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said last week that the U.S. would increase its involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a war that has claimed the lives of 4,000 civilians in two years and drawn international criticism for war crimes committed by the Saudis.

As the Trump administration’s foreign policy continues to push the U.S. closer to a new war, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced last week that the U.S. is set to increase support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, a war that has drawn international condemnation for the Saudis’ frequent bombings of civilian infrastructure like schools and hospitals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a word, please.

The level of Iranian assistance to the Houthi rebels has been a very hard bit to pin down.

And if you really want to identify the most destabilising culprit in the Middle East, who is the trouble maker par excellence, you have to look no further than the country of Israel, which was cheerleading for the war against Iraq, and is currently campaigning to ratchet up the war against Al-Assad in Syria, and to regime change Iran (and for Tel Aviv, these actions always should be purchased with American blood and money; never their own.)

In the meanwhile, there is a question I must ask you, even if others fear asking it: how morally comfortable are you, please, in the US government's being complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen?!?

The Saudis are killing and maiming innocent children with their bombing runs.
The US military is providing "guidance" for these strikes.

images: Yemeni children killed and maimed through Saudi bombing strikes

Yemeni children are being starved to death through malnutrition, because of US-Enabled, Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports:

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, due to Saudi port blockades in Yemen

The Saudi military is using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen:

Saudi coalition using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

The result of this use of DU is causing massive rises in cancer rates; stillbirths, and horrific deformities of Yemeni children:

Images: Yemeni children born with horrific birth defects due to exposure to depleted uranium weapons

And yet, apparently, the Royal House of Saud; the Saudi government; and the US government, and you, sir, are perfectly comfortable with poisoning Yemeni children in the womb, and destroying not only their lives, but their families' lives as well. If there is a more cruel form of child abuse, I cannot imagine what that is.

I am profoundly reminded, in this obscenely callous disregard for human life as reflected in these Saudi military tactics, of the comment made by the Papal Legate at the siege of Montsegur against the Cathars, when he was informed that not only men were in the besieged castle, but women and children were also with them. He said, "Kill them all; God will find his own."

I just have to wonder when the massive air strikes, coupled with US boots on the ground, will accomplish this Saudi genocide in Yemen. And my sense of it is, relatively soon.

And by the way, Sec-Def Mattis: are you going to be informing our military who will comprise the "boots on the ground" element of the US military's plan to obliterate the Yemeni people in full, that if they are deployed to Yemen, they and their families also risk exposure to DU, and that their kids may well be born with precisely the same birth defects we are seeing in Yemeni children, and we did with the Iraqi children of Fallujah?!?

Thought not.

Apr 24 07:19

Iran ready for Shanghai Pact full membership – Russian FM Lavrov

Russia strongly backs Iranian membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), now that UN Security Council sanctions have been lifted from the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

Iran is ready to become a full-fledged member of the organization, Lavrov said Friday during an SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Astana. Tehran has “settled the problem of the UN Security Council sanctions and hence fully meets the SCO membership criteria,” according to Lavrov.

Apr 22 09:37

Netanyahu Meets Mattis, Lauds 'Change in U.S. Leadership, Policy' in Mideast

Meeting took place after U.S. defense chief Mattis sat down with Israeli counterpart in Tel Aviv, said Iran continues to threaten Israel with ballistic missiles.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem on Friday.

Prior to the meeting Netanyahu said that he sees a "great change" in the direction of U.S. policy in the Middle East, lauding Mattis and President Donald Trump's recent statements on Iran as well as U.S. action against Syria's use of chemical weapons. "It's appreciated around the world and in our region," Netanyahu said, according to a press release. 

"I think this is a welcome change, a strategic change in U.S. leadership and policy," the prime minister said, according to the press release.
Netanyahu also said that Israel and the U.S. both face the "double threat" of "radical Islam," referring to Iran and ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I've just done a double-palmed faceplant, at warp speed, upon reading this.

IF Tehran has ballistic missiles pointed at Israel, don't tell me for one second that Israel doesn't have ballistic missiles pointed at Iran!!

And to conflate the Wahhabi-flavored radicalised Islam of ISIS with the moderate Shia Islam of Iran?!?

Does Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu begin to comprehend how completely idiotic this comparison sounds, for anyone with two brain cells to rub together?!?

And as I mentioned in a previous post yesterday, from the Israeli government's perspective, it is the US government which must, with its blood and money, achieve Israel's regional geopolitical objectives, and that includes "neutralising" Iran for it.

But between Iran's robust self-defense posture and capabilities, and the reality that if attacked militarily, Russia will come to its aid, this Israeli demand to the US may be too great a chasm to cross, at least for the moment.

Apr 22 07:38

Netanyahu issues stern warning on Iran in exclusive interview with Fox News

Netanyahu theorized to Sean Hannity about what the outcome would be in a confrontation where an “Islamist terror state” has nuclear weapons. He warned of irreparable damage and said “we cannot allow that to happen."

“If we are resolute in our policies, we can make sure that doesn’t happen,” he said on “Hannity.”

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Translation: Israel wants American kids to die in Iran.

Apr 21 12:19

Pentagon chief in Israel to discuss Iran, Syria

US Defense Secretary General James Mattis has arrived in Israel for talks expected to focus on Iran and Syria as well the strategic relations between Tel Aviv and Washington.

Mattis arrived in Tel Aviv Thursday afternoon from Cairo on the third leg of a week-long tour of the US allies in the Middle East.

Marking the first time he has visited Israel as the Pentagon chief, Mattis was greeted by an official honor guard at army headquarters in Tel Aviv on Friday morning.

He then met the Israeli minister for military affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, and is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

Mattis hopes to hear directly from Israeli leaders their concerns about regional issues, with Iran’s influence topping the list.

'No doubt Syria has chemical weapons'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the corporate presstitutes demonising Iran this last week (for what specifically, I cannot tell you, because the IAEA has stated that they are still in compliance with the P5+1 deal), I'm not surprised by Sec-Def Mattis' trip to Israel.

What I know, just as certainly as I'm sitting here typing this, is that the Israeli government will make every effort to urge Mattis to "regime change" both Iran and Syria, and just as soon as humanly possible, and with the minimal Israeli military involvement.

Because from the Israeli government's perspective, it should always be American blood and money spent to achieve Israel's geopolitical objectives in the region.

But, as I mentioned in a previous article, there's a 6,000 lb gorilla, resting comfortably on the Bosendorfer; and that 6,000 lb gorilla is... Russia.

American meddling on the ground in Syria may well push al-Assad to invite Russian ground troops into the fray; and Russian political and military leaders have consistently stressed that should Iran be attacked, that Russia would come to its aid militarily.

Sec-Def Mattis, you know what kinds of arms and training the Russians have; would you bet the future existence of the United States against this?!?

Sir, I am hoping - and praying - that the short answer here is...no.

Apr 21 09:41

U.S. Threatens Iran: Plans To “Review Policy” And Deal With Them Before New Administration Comes To Power

After launching the disastrous missile strikes against Syrian military forces that resulted in the killing of Syrian soldiers, civilians, and children as well as sending ships toward North Korea in a flagrant act of aggression and dropping the largest known non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan, the Trump administration is now taking aim at Iran.

Sounding much like it did after its bizarre and unprovoked “putting Iran on notice” speech made by former Trump administration official Michael Flynn, the United States is now “reviewing its policy” on Iran and warning the world of the dangers of a nuclear Iran.

The Path to Persia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that, ahead of another Iranian election cycle, the Israeli government is well and truly cheerleading for "regime change" in Iran, generated primarily by US military action.

However, there is one 6,000 lb gorilla, spread across, and snoozing, on the Bosendorfer in the living room which the US and Israeli government are ignoring at their peril; that is Russia.

Both Russian politicians and military officials have consistently gone on public record in saying that should Iran be attacked - by anyone - Russia will come to its aid militarily.

The US military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to go head to head with the Russian military in even a conventional military conflict.

And that is why this "magical thinking/siren song", urging the US government to go to war with a country which has never attacked it, but just had the temerity to throw out its US-backed puppet ruler, the Shaw in 1979, is so horrifically dangerous. As reported in this article by Juan Cole of 2013:

As Israelis Press Obama on Iran, Let’s Remember they Urged Iraq War, Too

And we all understand.... just how brilliantly the war in Iraq has worked out, right?!?

Apr 21 09:07

Trump: Iran Violating ‘Spirit’ of Nuclear Deal

With the rest of the administration continuing to play up US hostility toward Iran in the wake of the admission that Iran is fully complying with the P5+1 nuclear deal, President Trump today accused Iran of “violating the spirit of the deal.”

President Trump offered no details on exactly what he was referring to, though the allegation is patently false at any rate, with Iran having no nuclear weapons program in the first place, and agreeing to drastically limit its civilian program in return for sanctions relief.

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President Trump, what does this accusation this even mean, in light of the fact that the IAEA has consistently reported that Iran is in complete compliance with the terms and conditions of the P5 +1 Agreement?!?

Apr 21 08:44

'Specifically Designed to Provoke'? Trump's 'Outrageous' Iran Move May Backfire

US President Donald Trump appears to be setting the stage for new sanctions on Iran, despite Secretary of State Rex Tillerson telling Congress earlier this week that Iran is in compliance with the 2015 nuclear arms deal negotiated by Barack Obama.

Massoud Shadjareh, executive director of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, pointed out on Radio Sputnik that, while the deal has ensured safety and security and it has been confirmed by all regulators that Iran has complied with the commitments, the sanctions haven't in fact been lifted fully.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Iran kept their promises and Trump is looking for a way to justify the US not keeping theirs!

Apr 21 08:37

RUSSIA WANTS TO MAKE IRAN A MEMBER OF ASIAN POWER BLOC, THE SHANGHAI FIVE

Russia would support Iran joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, an emerging economic and political alliance led by China, often considered a counterweight to Western alliance organizations. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Iran fully fits the criteria for membership of the so-called Shanghai Five and said that discussions on its bid to join will happen this summer.

Apr 21 08:36

Conway: Trump is ‘evaluating’ Iran nuclear deal

Kellyanne Conway said Friday that President Trump is “evaluating all such options” when it comes to possibly pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.

“The president made clear it was a terrible agreement from the beginning,” Ms. Conway said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

The senior counselor to the president argued that the Mr. Trump was not breaking from his campaign promise of pulling out of the Iran deal, but rather said he “will continue to negotiate agreements.”

Apr 21 08:15

Russian experts believe US unlikely to deliver new strikes on Syria

The United States will unlikely deliver new strikes on Syria due to restricted capabilities, Russian experts said following a scientific conference on the Middle East organized by the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS).

"Experts have assessed technical and tactical nuances of the US strike on Shayrat air base on April 7, 2017, underlining that further capabilities are rather limited for US military operation in Syria. At present, new strikes are highly improbable," the experts said in the document available by TASS.

The conference pointed out that "the US activity in Syria pursues a goal to weaken Iran’s regional positions."

Apr 21 07:44

Video: Trump Builds NSC Of Yes-Men

Donald Trump is filling his Nation Security Council with those who want to target Iran as the main military priority.

Apr 20 19:47

Iran disqualifies Ahmadinejad from bid to regain presidency

Iran’s former hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been disqualified from running in Iran’s presidential elections next month, according to the final list of approved candidates announced on Thursday.

Iran’s interior ministry said that the guardian council – the group of influential jurists and clerics that vets all candidates – had approved six politicians to run, including the moderate incumbent, Hassan Rouhani.

Also on the list are Ebrahim Raisi, a close ally of the country’s supreme leader; the mayor of Tehran, Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf; Rouhani’s first deputy, Eshaq Jahangiri; and relatively low-profile politicians Mostafa Agha Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi-Taba.

But the list excluded more than 1,600 other nominees who had applied to run for president, including all 137 female candidates – and Ahmadinejad.

Apr 20 17:12

U.S. Threatens Iran: Plans To “Review Policy” And Deal With Them Before New Administration Comes To Power

By Brandon Turbeville

After launching the disastrous missile strikes against Syrian military forces that resulted in the killing of Syrian soldiers, civilians, and children as well as sending ships toward North Korea in a flagrant act of aggression and dropping the largest known non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan, the Trump administration is now taking aim at Iran.

Sounding much like it did after its bizarre and unprovoked “putting Iran on notice” speech made by former Trump administration official Michael Flynn, the United States is now “reviewing its policy” on Iran and warning the world of the dangers of a nuclear Iran...

Apr 20 14:59

Trump: Iran 'not living up to the spirit' of nuclear deal, despite compliance

President Donald Trump said today that Iran is "not living up to the spirit" of the nuclear deal signed in 2015 under President Obama, just two days after Trump's administration reported that Iran was complying with the requirements laid out in the landmark agreement.

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Apr 20 13:21

Russia To Help Build 2 Nuclear Power Plants In Iran

Russian experts will help the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran build two 1,000-MW nuclear power plants, Iran’s Energy Minister told media. Construction will start soon, Hamid Chitchian also said, adding that a third joint power plant construction project with Russia, which will have a capacity of 1,400 MW, has already begun.

Apr 20 10:00

State Dept Tries to Torpedo Nuclear Deal, Admits Iran Complying

While the US State Department was obliged to admit that Iran remains in full compliance with the P5+1 nuclear deal in a report to Congress, they are clearly not happy about that fact, and with President Trump openly looking to “renegotiate” the deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attacked the pact in general.

Indeed, Tillerson’s comments gave the appearance he didn’t know about the compliance, even though he was the one who signed the letter in the first place, as he attacked the P5+1 deal as a failure and accused Iran of “unchecked” nuclear ambitions posing a grave risk to the world.

Iran was never particularly close to nuclear weapons, and its leadership has repeatedly ruled out developing them. The P5+1 deal allows Iran an extremely limited civilian nuclear program, and since its implementation both the US and IAEA have repeatedly affirmed Iranian compliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary of State Tillerson, a word, please.

You are developing an international reputation for making accusations against foreign countries, yet not providing a shred of evidence to back up your claims.

It is not only countries like Russia and China which are skeptical about the US government's geopolitical intentions; it is also the American people who are beginning to wonder what the ultimate agendas are here, which in the case of Iran, appears to be (as it is with Syria and North Korea), regime change, and by any means necessary.

And yes, we all know Israel and Saudi Arabia would just love that; but at what cost in blood and money to the American people?!?

We have, thank you very much, been lied to quite enough; whatever international steps you take henceforward, should be in the defense of We the People; not in the defense of foreign governments who do not care about what wars against these countries will cost us here at home.

Apr 20 09:08

Is Trump Heading for War on Iran?

Neocons infesting Washington and Israel, along with AIPAC, want pro-Western puppet governance replacing the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Will hawkish Trump administration generals given warmaking authority attack the country?

Apr 20 08:27

China says will sign Iran's Arak reactor deal Sunday

Beijing says Iranian and Chinese companies will sign the first commercial contracts to redesign the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor in central Iran in the weekend.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, told a daily news briefing on Thursday that the accords would be inked in Vienna on Sunday, with initial agreements having already been reached in Beijing.

He further described the contracts as an important part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Apr 19 15:58

‘Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal But Sponsors Terrorism’ – Tillerson On Trump’s Review Order

President Donald Trump has ordered a review of the Iran nuclear deal, Rex Tillerson says. While Tillerson wrote in a letter that Tehran was complying with its part of the deal, he questioned the lifting of sanctions, calling Iran “a state sponsor of terror.”

Apr 19 13:29

Iran Complying With Commitments Under Nuclear Deal: Tillerson

The Donald Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran has been compliant with its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement, and it is reviewing whether the continued suspension of sanctions is in the United States’ national interests.

Apr 19 12:06

Trump tells Congress that Iran is complying with nuclear deal

Is this another US President Trump flip flop, or is he finally getting some good foreign policy advice?

The AP is reporting that the Trump has notified Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by Barack Obama.

Apr 19 09:45

‘Iran complies with nuclear deal but sponsors terrorism’ – Tillerson on Trump’s review order

President Trump has ordered a review of the Iranian nuclear deal, Rex Tillerson says. Writing in a letter that while Tehran was complying with its part of the deal, Tillerson questioned the lifting of sanctions, calling Iran “a state sponsor of terror.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government breaks another agreement.

Apr 19 09:18

Zakharova: US leading the world into Catastrophe

Apr 19 09:17

BEX ALERT - Yemen launches Iranian-made missiles into Saudi Arabia. Mattis flies to Saudi Arabia

The Pentagon announced Houthi bombardment of Saudi Arabia with Iranian missiles

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There appears to be an effort to justify attacking Iran on the basis of their involvement in Yemen. But if you look closely, the photo of the Iranian missiles in this article is clearly photo-shopped!

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Apr 18 08:52

Sen. John McCain meets with Iranian dissidents relocated to Albania

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., met with a group representing Iranian dissidents in Albania on Friday.

Speaking to members of the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, the largest of five organizations in the National Council of Resistance of Iran, at their headquarters in Tirana, McCain spoke about his opposition to the Iranian regime. "Someday, Iran will be free. Someday, we will all gather in that square," McCain said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

McCain wants to see a repeat of Ukraine's Maidan square and Syria's foreign supported war, inside Iran, allying himself with terrorist groups like MEK who killed many innocent people inside Iran and Iraq over the years.

A reminder: McCain's actual job is supposed to be Arizona!

Apr 17 08:24

Russia & Iran Order U.S. To Leave Syria As False Flag Evidence Emerges

Russia, Syria and Iran have warned President Trump to end military intervention in Syria, following revelations that the chemical attack was false flag orchestrated by the West.

Following a meeting between foreign ministers in Moscow on Friday, all three countries have accused Trump of undermining Syria’s sovereignty .

“We have reiterated our position and were united in stating that the attack was an act of aggression, which blatantly violated the principles of international law and the UN Charter,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

“We call on the US and its allies to respect Syria’s sovereignty and refrain from actions similar to what happened on April 7, and which have serious ramification not only for regional, but also global security,” he added.

Apr 16 09:31

A Government of Morons

Led by a man who can barely read.
Paul Craig Roberts

It has become embarrassing to be an American. Our country has had four war criminal presidents in succession.

Violence is America. America is violence. The moronic liberals blame it on gun owners, but it is always the government that is the source of violence. That is the reason our Founding Fathers gave us the Second Amendment. It is not gun owners who have destroyed in whole or part eight countries. It is the armed-at-taxpayer-expense US government that commits the violence.

America’s lust for violence is now bringing the Washington morons up against people who can commit violence back: the Russians and Chinese, Iran and North Korea.

Apr 15 07:45

Iran needs no permission to manufacture missiles, jets: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic has never even considered launching military aggression against any other country, stressing, however, that Tehran will not seek permission from others to manufacture missiles and fighter jets.

“We have repeatedly declared that strengthening the defensive prowess of Iran’s Armed Forces is only aimed at defending the country and will never be used against another country,” Rouhani said in a ceremony in Tehran on Saturday to unveil new domestically-manufactured defense achievements.

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"But you're not ALLOWED to defend yourself against us!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 14 13:17

Steve Bannon told to bury the hatchet with Jared Kushner

The rift between Mr Bannon and Mr Kushner

Sources in the White House said that Mr Trump had told Mr Bannon: “We gotta work this out” and to “cut it out” over the rivalry against the president’s son-in-law, whose influence has grown.

Mr Bannon is said to doubt that the peace will last. Nevertheless his supporters say that he is prepared to fight what he recognised as an all but unwinnable battle against a member of Mr Trump’s family.

Apr 14 13:11

Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Cuck’ and ‘Globalist’

“There’s a big fight [going on]”

Bannon has lately complained about Kushner trying to “shiv him and push him out the door”

The fighting between Kushner and Bannon has been “nonstop” in recent weeks, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. It’s been an “open secret” that Bannon and Kushner often clash “face-to-face,” according to senior officials.

Apr 14 11:22

Iran held national nanotechnology Olympiad for students

Iran has held a national nanotechnology Olympiad for school students. As our correspondent Yusef Jalali reports from Tehran, the scientific examination is part of an initiative launched by the government to advance nanotechnology and apply it to the domestic industry.

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And where, pray tell, is a similar program going on at public schools in the United States?!?

The short answer is, nowhere, and that...is a real problem for the future of education and technology in this country?!?

Apr 14 09:28

Russia, Syria and Iran as united front against USA

Foreign ministers of Russia, Syria and Iran are going to meet in Moscow on April 14. The allies will gather in the Russian capital to discuss a number of important issues following the recent visit of US Secretary of State to Russia.

The foreign ministers of Syria and Iran will discuss the situation that has developed in Syria after the US missile strike on Shayrat airbase.

"Possible joint steps for international and regional peace and security will be considered to minimize negative consequences of this gross violation of international law," official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said earlier.

Rex Tillerson does not lose hope to persuade Russia to begin cooperation with the US and refuse from supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Apr 14 08:57

News Press Conference with Syria, Russia and Iran

Apr 13 07:32

WHY IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IRAN OR NORTH KOREA (OR ANYONE ELSE) HAS A NUCLEAR BOMB

Those that insist that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were a threat that justified invasion, or that Iran's or North Korea's weapons of mass destruction are a threat that justifies new invasions, are in essence admitting that the US Government took $5 trillion of your money (over $17,000 from each of you alive today) in a gigantic swindle, because the $5 trillion nuclear deterrent isn't a deterrent after all, that it doesn't work, that nobody is really afraid of it, because they all know it was just a hoax to soak the American taxpayer for another several thousand dollars.

Was it all a hoax, Mr. Trump? Did the American people foot a $5 trillion bill in 1950s dollars for a deterrent system that isn't really a deterrent?

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Apr 12 11:10

Just In Time For WW III, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Reappears To Make A Run For President Of Iran

IRAN’S FORMER PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD ON WEDNESDAY STUNNED THE COUNTRY BY UNEXPECTEDLY FILING TO RUN IN THE MAY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, CONTRADICTING A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE SUPREME LEADER TO STAY OUT OF THE RACE.

Apr 12 10:10

Why U.S. Troops May Fight Alongside al-Qaeda in Yemen

AQAP’s fighters will play a role in the coming battle for the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. The port, which is controlled by the Houthis, is the lifeline for northwest Yemen. Yemen imports in excess of 90 percent of its food. Before the war, as much as 70 percent of Yemen’s imports passed through Hodeidah. Recognizing this, Saudi Arabia bombed the port and destroyed its cranes. Despite the bombing of the port and Saudi Arabia’s naval blockade, desperately needed humanitarian supplies and food continue to trickle in through the port.

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The fact that President Trump appears to be doubling down, through US complicity, with Saudi war crimes does not make me at all happy right now.

Also, the US military has "liberated" two Yemeni Islands,Socotra and Masirah, on which they are building two huge naval facilities from which the US can project power into the Persian gulf. As reported by debka.com, then copied by abundandhope.net in 2012:

Sources estimate from the current pace of arrivals on the two island bases, that 50,000 US troops will have accumulated on Socotra and Masirah by mid-February. They will top up the 50,000 military already present in the Persian Gulf region, so that in less than a month, Washington will have some 100,000 military personnel on the spot and available for any contingency. While quietly casting lines to draw Tehran into talks on their nuclear dispute, President Barack Obama is reported exclusively by DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s military and Washington sources to have secretly ordered US air, naval and marine forces to build up heavy concentrations on two strategic islands – Socotra, which is part of a Yemeni archipelago in the Indian Ocean, and the Omani island of Masirah at the southern exit of the Strait of Hormuz. Socotra is situated 80 kilometers east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometers southeast of the Yemeni coastline. It lies athwart the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. A military base there is in a position to oversee the shipping moving in and out of those strategic naval waterways. Lushly verdant, Socotra is approximately 120 kilometers long by 40 kilometers wide. Its population of 55,000 has its own distinct language and culture. Since 2010, the US has been quietly building giant air force and naval bases on Socotra with facilities for submarines, intelligence command centers and take-off pads for flying stealth drones, as part of a linked chain of strategic US military facilities in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. The Socotra facilities are so secret that they are never mentioned in any catalogue listing US military facilities in this part of the world, which include Jebel Ali and Al Dahfra in the United Arab Emirates; Arifjan in Kuwait; and Al Udeid in Qatar – all within short flying distances from Iran. Additional US forces are also being poured into Camp Justice on the barren, 70-kilometer long Omani island of Masirah, just south of the Hormuz entry point to the Gulf of Oman from the Arabian Sea. US military facilities were established there after the signing of an access agreement with Oman in 1980. Up to 100,000 US troops present by early March For the new buildup on Socotra, Washington had to negotiate a new deal with Yemen's ousted ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh. Injured in an assassination attempt last year, Saleh demanded permission to travel to the United States for medical treatment. The Obama administration first refused, then relented when Saleh made it his condition for consenting to additional troops landing on the island. Western military sources familiar with the American buildup on the two strategic islands tell DEBKA-Net-Weekly that, although they cannot cite precise figures, they are witnessing the heaviest American concentration of might in the region since the US invaded Iraq in 2003. Then, 100,000 American troops were massed in Kuwait ahead of the invasion. Today, those sources estimate from the current pace of arrivals on the two island bases, that 50,000 US troops will have accumulated on Socotra and Masirah by mid-February. They will top up the 50,000 military already present in the Persian Gulf region, so that in less than a month, Washington will have some 100,000 military personnel on the spot and available for any contingency. US air transports are described as making almost daily landings on Socotra and Masirah. They fly in from the US naval base of Diego Garcia, one of America's biggest military facilities, just over 3,000 kilometers away. The US military presence in the region will further expand in the first week of March when three US aircraft carriers and their strike groups plus a French carrier arrive in the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea: They are the USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Carl Vinson, USS Enterprise and the Charles de Gaulle nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. A fourth US carrier will be standing by in the Pacific Ocean, a few days' sailing time from the water off Iran's coast.

That construction was started 5 years ago; I am quite sure it is completed by now, and quite operational.

Apr 12 09:46

Iran's Ahmadinejad Will Run For Presidency, Flouting Ayatollah's Advice

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has registered to run for his third term as Iran's president, putting a jolt into next month's elections. He's the latest hardline challenger to emerge against President Hassan Rouhani, declaring his candidacy in a move that caught many by surprise.

Apr 11 12:30

NEW IRAN AND SYRIA 2.DOC

UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05794498 Date: 11/30/2015

RELEASE IN FULL

The best way to help Israel deal with Iran's growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.

Apr 11 11:23

Jackson Browne - Lives in The Balance

Apr 11 09:32

Iranian, Syrian, Russian FMs to hold trilateral meeting in Moscow

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem are expected to visit the Russian capital, Moscow, soon to attend a trilateral meeting with their Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

Apr 11 08:17

FM's Advisor: Iran Will Not Allow US to Change Equations in Syria

"The (missile) attack is condemned from every perspective and we, as the mighty power on the ground in Syria, will not allow the equations to change in Syria after (victories in) Aleppo," Sheikholeslam said.

He said that the Americans' missile strike against Syria before scrutinizing and finding the culprits behind the recent chemical attack in Idlib was unacceptable, and said Washington may be able to fire missiles but the main role is played by those who have the power on the ground.

On Thursday night, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in al-Shayrat, located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city of Homs. US President Donald Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Syria's Idlib on Tuesday, which Washington blames on the Syrian government.

Apr 11 08:16

Iran calls for investigation into Syria ‘gas attack’

Via a number of contacts with world authorities, the Iranian Foreign Ministry has been promoting a proposal by President Hassan Rouhani for an international, impartial investigation into accusations of a chemical attack in northwestern Syria.

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"We would welcome a full investigation, but last night we bombed the place into dust. Sorry 'bout that!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 10 12:06

Not going to put up posts......

unless I can find the original link. Al Masdar reported the story about the communique in Arabic saying it was from joint command centers. It talked about the US trying to separate Northern Syria and Northern Iraq from their respective countries.We know the US is doing that. We know the Russians have cut off the air force hotline.We know the Russians are going to beef up Syria's air defense system to stop further US incursions. If they do and the US strikes Syria again and does it with piloted aircraft,some US pilots will die,be wounded and or captured. Usually you can find a link or source to track back to. This is highly unusual.
On Al Masdar the story is credited to their reporter, Paul Antonopoulos.
I think this maybe a plausable denial thinly veiled heads up to Trump from the anti-terror coalition,but who knows?

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/russia-iran-hezbollah-military-le...

Apr 10 11:52

Trump, Saudi Arabia and the War on Yemen

On April 2nd, The Yemen News Agency (SABA) reported that US-Saudi war planes struck several targets including private and public properties across several provinces in Yemen:

The US-Saudi aggression war planes continued heinous strikes against citizens, causing heavy damage to private and public properties in several provinces over the past hours, a military official told Saba on Sunday. The warplanes waged 12 strikes on Haradh district of Hajja province and three other strikes on Serwah district of Mareb province, as well waged six raids on Kamaran island in Hodeida province

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What the heck has Iran done, in light of the reality it has not started a war in over 200 years?!?

Iran is not the threat in the Middle East; Israel and Saudi Arabia are the threats to the region, period, end of discussion.

That the US government is still complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, after the "regime change" which brought us President Trump, confounds and disappoints me more than I can articulate.

The Saudis are slaughtering civilians; starving children to death through malnutrition, because of the blockade of Yemeni ports; and using depleted uranium weapons on the Yemeni population, which is leading to massive spikes in cancers, still births, and horrific deformities in newborn children.

But apparently, in the mind of President Trump, some war crimes (like the chemical attack in Syria) are more equal than others, like those I have mentioned above.

Apr 09 16:46

Prepare for 'real war': Russian army chiefs threaten to retaliate against Trump if he crosses their 'red line' again as Putin's diplomats in London sound an ominous warning of escalating conflict

Russian and Iranian forces last night warned Donald Trump they would retaliate with military action if he launched more airstrikes on Syria.

In an ominous threat raising the prospect of war, they said the US President had crossed a ‘red line’ with his surprise missile bombardment on Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

‘From now on we will respond with force to any breach of red lines and America knows our ability to respond well,’ the military chiefs said in a joint statement with Hezbollah.

The Russian Embassy in London last night suggested there could be ‘real war’ if Moscow is presented with an ultimatum over Syria.

Apr 09 10:43

Chiefs of staff of Russia and Iran agreed to boost the fight against terrorism in Syria

• The Iranian news agency Fars announced that Valery Gerasimov and Mohamad Hosein Crawler estimated that the goal of US aggression on Syria to "slow down the offensive Syrian army and raise the morale of the terrorists and their patrons'
The chiefs of staff of the armed forces of Russia and Iran - General Valery Gerasimov and Mohamad Hosein Excavators - agreed in a telephone conversation that needs to continue the fight against terrorist forces in Syria.
The American missile attack on Syrian air base "Šajrat" condemned as "undoubtedly pre-planned act of aggression against a sovereign state."
The Iranian news agency Fars announced that Gerasimov and Waste assessed that the goal of US aggression to "slow down the offensive Syrian army and raise the morale of the terrorists and their patrons."
Fars emphasizes that the chiefs of staff agreed not only to fight against international terrorism in Syria continue, but be strengthened.

Apr 09 09:10

Russia, Iran Warn U.S. They Will "Respond With Force" If Syria "Red Lines" Crossed Again

A statement issued on Sunday by a joint command centre consisting of forces of Russian, Iran and allied militia alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad said that Friday's US strike on the Syrian air base crossed “red lines” and it would "respond with force" to any new aggression while increasing their level of support to their ally.

In the statement published by the group on media outlet Ilam al Harbi, the pro-Assad alliances says that “what America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well."

Earlier on Sunday the UK's Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, demanded Russia rein in Mr Assad (by which he really meant be willing to accept a new Syrian regime with a pro-western puppet leader, and one who is willing to allow the Qatar gas pipeline to cross the country on its way to Europe.

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It appears that in the UK, being delusional and fact-free are prerequisites for becoming that country's Sec-Def.

Folks, this is about as serious as is a heart attack.

We are looking at war with Russia and Iran, unless cooler heads prevail here, and I do not see many adults in the bowels of power either here in the US, or in the UK.

Apr 09 09:05

Trump considering sanctions against Russia & Iran over Syria – US envoy to UN

US President Donald Trump is considering implementing new sanctions against Russia and Iran, the US ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley has said in an interview with CNN.

Speaking to Jake Tapper, the host of the State of the Union show, on Sunday, the US official said that the issue of the new sanctions is already being discussed.

“I think that’s conversations that he [Trump] will be having and have started to have, going forward. But I think he will have to look at the situation,” Haley told the CNN host when asked whether Trump “wants tougher sanctions on Russia and Iran.”

Nothing “is off the table at this point,” she added.

The discussions are linked to the situation in Syria, she said.

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The existing sanctions against Russia and Iran have only proven to make them more self reliant, and their economies more resilient; so is President Trump going to double down on a policy which is not working?!?

Russian economy seen recovering in 2017

Iranian financial overview

Apr 09 08:38

ISRAEL SEEKS BUFFER ZONE ON BORDERS WITH SYRIA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking a buffer zone against Syria, Iran and Hezbollah on the borders with Syria to be part of any future deal to end the Syrian crisis, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Friday.

According to the Israeli newspaper, Netanyahu proposed this issue during meetings with American and other coalition countries.

Netanyahu wants to prevent Iran and Hezbollah from establishing a foothold and he intends to undermine future attacks against Israel, noting that he had suggested international forces to supervise his proposed buffer zone.

Last Friday, the Israeli Maariv revealed that Netanyahu sent messages to the international parties involved in the talks about Syria’s future.

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Translation: Israel wants the Golan all to itself, and the reason is pretty straightforward, from the Israeli government's perspective:

Israel stakes claim to Golan after oil find

Apr 07 15:44

Saudi-Iranian rivalry fuels potential nuclear race

James Dorsey views the incremental steps taken by Saudi Arabia – accelerated through major agreements with China, as well as France, the US, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea and Argentina – to acquire a potential nuclear weapons capability.

Apr 07 08:10

PENTAGON – and DAESH – TARGET IRAN

CENTCOM commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel channeled his full Dr. Strangelove in front of the US House Armed Services Committee this past Wednesday.

“We need to look at opportunities where we can disrupt [Iran] through military means or other means.”

As Orwellian as our times may be, this still ranks as a declaration of war. With the inbuilt consequence of smashing to bits the UN nuclear deal struck with Iran in the summer of 2015.

Joseph Strangelove did not bother to chainsaw his words.

Apr 06 13:23

Iran Deal Working, Trump Administration Concedes

President Trump has repeatedly attacked the Iranian nuclear deal, and last month promised to approach enforcement of the agreement with “great strictness.” But according to one administration official, the agreement is doing precisely what it set out to accomplish.

Apr 06 09:35

Russia, Iran bear 'moral responsibility' for Syria chemical attack – US State Dept.

Condemning the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused the Syrian government of “barbarism” and said Russia and Iran also bear moral responsibility for the deaths.

In a statement of Tuesday afternoon, Tillerson pointed the finger at Damascus, saying that “it is clear that this is how Bashar Assad operates: with brutal, unabashed barbarism.”

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Apr 06 08:50

DONALD TRUMP HAS JUST COMMITTED THE UNITED STATES TO A DISASTROUS WAR IN SYRIA

Rumors of war are percolating in Washington D.C., and if the Trump administration is not extremely careful it may find itself fighting several disastrous wars simultaneously. Just one day after threatening North Korea with war, Donald Trump has committed to taking military action against the Assad regime in Syria. Trump is blaming the chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province on Tuesday on the Syrian government, and he is pledging that the United States will not just sit by and do nothing in response. Unfortunately for all of us, military contingents from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are mixed in among the Syrian forces, and so any strike on the Syrian military could potentially spark World War 3.

Apr 04 18:39

Flashback: US Supported Iraq’s Use of Chemical Weapons, Even As It Inches to War With Syria on Lesser Allegations

Indeed, it isn’t enough to say that we supported Hussein while he was deploying chemical weapons; we supplied him with intelligence about what Iranian targets to hit with the expectation that he would attack with chemical weapons. We then proceeded to block Iranian attempts to bring a case against Iraq to the United Nations.

Apr 04 18:34

Flashback: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America’s military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen, Foreign Policy has learned.

In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq’s war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defenses. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein’s military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent.

The intelligence included imagery and maps about Iranian troop movements, as well as the locations of Iranian logistics facilities and details about Iranian air defenses. The Iraqis used mustard gas and sarin prior to four major offensives in early 1988...

Apr 04 14:04

Attackers Of Iranian Teenager Appear In UK Court

Five British youths have appeared in a court over a brutal assault that left an Iranian teenager with a broken skull and a blood clot on his brain.

Daryl Davis, 20, Danyelle Davis, 24, Barry Potts, 20, George Walder, 20, and Jack Walder, 24, appeared in Croydon magistrate court on Monday after being charged with violent disorder.

Apr 04 11:26

Pentagon - and Daesh - Target Iran

CENTCOM commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel channeled his full Dr. Strangelove in front of the US House Armed Services Committee this past Wednesday.

Iran 'Precedent' for Middle East Countries 'Imposing Sanctions Against US'
"We need to look at opportunities where we can disrupt [Iran] through military means or other means."

As Orwellian as our times may be, this still ranks as a declaration of war. With the inbuilt consequence of smashing to bits the UN nuclear deal struck with Iran in the summer of 2015.

The easy way out would be to characterize this juvenile mobster-style outburst as brought to you by the House of Saud petrodollar fund.

Or to be reminded that Joseph Strangelove was addressing the very same crowd who despite acronym-laden 17 multibillion dollar intel agencies telling them over and over, via National Intelligence assessments, that Iran did not have, and was not planning to have, nuclear weapons, still mightily denounced Iran's "nuclear threat."

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!

According to the IAEA, which has been inspecting Iran's nuclear facilities, as of March of this year, they have been abiding by the terms of the P5+1 deal.

Iran abiding by the P5 +1 deal, one year on.

And in terms of Putin meeting Rouhani, Putin chose the venue for his meeting with Rouhani very carefully; the place of this meeting, one of the most beautiful palaces in Moscow, was to send a very public message.

Images: Grand Kremlin Palace

Any attack against Iran will be construed as an attack against Russia.

And any jihadis attempting to destabilize Iran will meet the same fate as did those in Syria, who got killed and clobbered by a combination of Syrian/Russian military might.

Apr 04 08:41

Rick Steves documentaries on Iran

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Not quite the image the corporate media portrays!

Apr 04 07:42

Israel fears 'Iranian crescent' in Middle East

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel fears an "Iranian crescent" may be forming in the Middle East because of Tehran's influence in Syria and its connections with regional Shiite groups, an intelligence official said Monday.

Apr 03 08:56

Iran Nuclear Deal, 2 Years In: US Senators Seeking to Sabotage It

Only two years ago seven world powers, including Washington and Moscow, ratified a historic treaty guaranteeing that Iran would not develop or deploy nuclear weapons. Now, promises made by the US as part of the deal stand in danger of being circumvented by the administration of President Donald Trump.

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This is the vital part! Iran kept all its promises under the P5+1 deal. The US has not. This sends a message to other nations that the United States cannot be trusted to honor their agreements with other nations!

Apr 01 08:25

WHY IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IRAN OR NORTH KOREA (OR ANYONE ELSE) HAS A NUCLEAR BOMB

Simply having a nuclear weapon does not mean the nation that owns it will use it. Many nations possess nuclear weapons, and contrary to all the dire warnings about nuclear weapons held by other countries, the historical truth is that one and only one nation has ever actually used nuclear weapons against the citizens of another country, and that nation is the United States of America. For all the talk about the threat from Iraq and now the threat from Iran and North Korea, it is the United States of America which remains the only nation to have actually used a nuclear weapon against the citizens of another country. It is the United States of America which is the proven nuclear threat to the world.

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Mar 31 11:47

Dangerous Crossroads: Russia Fears a US Preemptive Nuclear Attack

According to Russia’s General Staff deputy head of operations Gen. Viktor Poznikhir,

“(t)he presence of American ABM sites in Europe and ABM-capable ships in the seas and oceans close to Russia’s territory creates a powerful clandestine potential for delivering a surprise nuclear missile strike against Russia.”

“The presence of the global ABM system lowers the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons, because it gives the US the illusion of impunity for using strategic offensive weapons from under the protection of the ABM ‘umbrella.’”

“The ABM shield is a symbol of the build-up of rocket forces in the world and a trigger for a new arms race.”

Since the onset of Western-instigated Cold War in the late 1940s, “analysts” in Washington and at the Pentagon believed nuclear war on Russia was winnable.

Madness persists, undermining global security, threatening humanity more than ever with neocons in charge of US militarism and war-making.

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I find myself becoming rapidly disenchanted with the Trump Administration.

There is a phase from the French language, and that phrase is "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.", translated into English, meaning "The more things change, the more they remain the same."

OF the two candidates last November, I really thought that President Trump would be the one to keep us out of these endless, bloody, and costly wars; unfortunately, what I see coming is a potential headlong war against Russia; North Korea; and Iran, with side notes of regime change in places like Venezuela and Syria.

Unfortunately, President Trump appears to have become a blunt instrument of the American Deep State, signing off on more wars, more misery, and a continuation of more wealth inequality here at home.

My disappointment is visceral.

Mar 31 08:09

Bitcoin Payment System Can Help Revitalize Iran’s Economy: US Analyst

An American political analyst said the Bitcoin payment network can help the Islamic Republic of Iran develop both its domestic and foreign economy, adding that the system could “create many jobs” across the country...

Mar 30 14:53

CBI Governor: Iran, Russia to Use Nat'l Currencies in Trade Transactions

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif underlined that Tehran and Moscow will use their currencies in trade exchanges between the two countries.

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"NO!!!!!" -- Das FED

Mar 30 09:58

Top U.S. Commander: Iran’s Heightened Threat Since Nuclear Deal May Require Military Action

YUP! Trump is a big idiot!

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. needs to consider military action to disrupt Iran’s malign activities in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, which have intensified since the Islamic Republic signed a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, a top American commander warned American lawmakers.

Mar 29 08:59

Vladimir Putin welcomes Iran to the Grand Kremlin Palace

Iran’s President Rouhani is currently in Moscow at the head of a big Iranian delegation for comprehensive talks with Russian President Putin and with other members of the Russian leadership.

The importance the Russians attach to the talks is shown by the fact that photographs show that President Putin received President Rouhani not in the Senate building in the Kremlin where he has his office and where he normally receives foreign visitors, but in the much larger and more magnificent Grand Kremlin Palace. Though this may seem a small point, the intensely protocol conscious Russians will not have made it lightly, and the choice of venue for the meeting shows the importance the Russians attach to Rouhani’s visit.

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Russian – Iranian alliance forming

Mar 29 08:31

Iran Allows Russia to use its Military Bases

From now on, Russia will be able to use Iranian military bases for the purposes of fighting against terrorism.

According to the statement, issued by Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran on Tuesday, Russia will now be allowed to use the Iranian military bases when fighting against terrorists in Syria.

Mar 29 08:31

Perfect Timing: Islamic State Vows to Destroy Iran For ‘Protecting’ Jews

In a new video, Islamic State cites Tehran's "tolerance" for Jews as the reason for all-out war on Iran. What?

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I think they are making up these lies using a dart board!

Mar 28 08:14

Russia can use Iranian military bases ‘on case by case basis,’ Tehran confirms

Russia can use Iranian military bases for airstrikes targeting terrorists in Syria on a “case by case basis,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters.

Mar 27 12:33

Despite Campaign Promises, Trump Set To Outdo Obama On Military Adventurism

When asked about Trump attitudes toward war, MIT professor and renowned linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky told MintPress News that the idea that he was an anti-war candidate “was based on his criticisms of the Iraq and Libya attacks (which, contrary to his lies, he supported) and his ambiguous statements about reducing tensions with Russia – a good thing, if he meant it. But his actual policies are extremely dangerous.”

“[This includes] the sharp increase in the military budget, the weakening of restrictions on drone strikes, and the wild charges about Iran,” Chomsky said, adding that what really worries those who pay attention to these issues “is his megalomania and unpredictability…we know how someone who goes berserk over minor slights might react in a moment of crisis.”

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

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Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 26 08:27

Iran to sanction 15 US companies for Israel ties

Iran said Sunday it will impose sanctions on 15 US companies for supporting Israel's "terrorist actions" as part of reprisals for the increasing pressure being announced by Washington lawmakers.

The decision, which is largely symbolic since the firms do not do business with Iran, come two days after the US announced new sanctions against groups and individuals that it accuses of collaborating with Iran's weapons programme.

The sanctions target firms that provide arms and equipment to Israel "for use against the Palestinians", IRNA said.

"All transactions with these firms are forbidden, their assets will be seized and their officials will not be able to obtain a visa," it added.

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"What?!? Just because we can sanction YOU doesn't mean you have any right to sanction US!!!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 24 11:29

US senators introduce bill to tighten sanctions on Iran

A bipartisan group of US senators in Congress have introduced a bill that would impose tighter sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile tests and other non-nuclear activities.

Mar 22 15:17

US Will Honor Iran Nuclear Deal: Trump’s Advisor

US President Donald Trump’s nuclear advisor says Washington will honor the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six major world powers, including the United States.

Christopher Ford, the White House National Security Council’s senior director for weapons of mass destruction and counter-proliferation, made the remarks during a conference in Washington, DC on Tuesday.

Mar 21 09:12

First U.S. Carrier Returns To Gulf Since Trump Inauguration

A U.S. aircraft carrier passed through a strategic waterway separating Iran from U.S.-backed Arab states on Tuesday for the first time since President Donald Trump took office two months ago.

Nearly 20 smaller Iranian boats looked on as the USS George H.W. Bush approached the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz. About one-fifth of the world’s oil passes through the Strait and there are occasional incidents in the area involving U.S. and Iranian military vessels.

Years of mutual animosity eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran last year after a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear goals. But serious differences remain over Iran’s ballistic missiles as well as conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

While still a presidential candidate in September, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harassed the U.S. Navy in the Gulf would be “shot out of the water

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I firmly believe that, given half a chance, Iran could be a tolerable partner to the US; of course, that's not going to happen, because Saudi Arabia and Israel don't want to see it happen.

And BTW, Tehran is on my bucket list, for the incredible, consistent history, art, and culture. Their national orchestra is wonderful

And if you ever get the chance, please see the following video, done by a charming Israeli videographer, when he went to Iran to see how its Jewish community was faring, and the answer is, quite well!.

Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

A war against Iran, to mollify Saudi and Israel would be one big, fat, hairy mistake, because most likely the Russians will enter such a war on the side of Iran.

And the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to guarantee a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

Mar 19 07:44

The West’s sights are now clearly set on Iran

The British-US plan to weaken Iran via the proxy war on Syria has spectacularly backfired. Now they are more desperate than ever to bring Iran to its knees.

Mar 19 07:19

The Five Blinding Myths About Iran

President Trump lines up with the Washington Establishment on at least one point: that Iran is the chief source of terrorism. The only problem is it’s not true, just one of the “Iran myths,” Ted Snider explains.

Mar 18 10:05

Saudi General: Trump Promises Increased Support Against Iran

Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Asiri today told a group of US reporters that the Trump Administration has made promises to “significantly” increase US intelligence and military support for the kingdom against Iran, with a particular eye of fighting against the “Iran-backed” Shi’ites in Yemen.

Asiri presented the move as a necessary US commitment to “restore” US-Saudi ties after Saudi resentment that built up during President Obama’s time in office. Though he did not elaborate, Saudi Arabia’s main source of anger at Obama was going along with the nuclear deal with Iran.

Saudi Arabia has long presented its invasion of Yemen as being about the Shi’ites there being an “Iranian proxy,” though evidence suggests no real Iranian support for the Houthi movement before the invasion, and very limited support, mostly to spite the Saudis, afterwards.

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President Trump, a word here please.

Iran has not started a war of aggression in over 300 years.

The IAEA says that Iran has been complying will all facets of the P5+1 Agreement.

If the US and Saudi Arabia start a war against Iran, Russia will definitely come to its defense militarily.

And right now, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And finally, Mr. President, I would like to politely point out to you that it is not Iran which is slaughtering children, women, and non-combatants in Yemen, or starving them to death; it is your good pal, Saudi Arabia, in whose war crimes in Yemen you have decided that the US government will continue to be complicit.

Mar 17 11:45

Iran's 'exemplary' refugee resettlement efforts praised by UN

Iran has sheltered approximately three million Afghans for almost four decades, a success story international officials say is ‘not told enough’

Mar 14 08:42

More Mideast Madness as Trump Prepares to March

We are now moving rapidly into stage II of Levantine Madness as the US boosts its intervention in the war-torn Mideast.

Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s puppet regime that is propped up by American bayonets. New Iraqi military formations have been formed, totally equipped with modern US M1 Abrams tanks, Humvees, and fleets of trucks. More US forces are on the way.

As if this witch’s brew was not sufficiently toxic, US and Russian aircraft and Special Forces are brushing up against one another in Syria. At the same time, the US Navy in the nearby Persian Gulf is provoking the Iranians to please President Donald Trump who seems determined to have war with Iran.

The US Navy is now threatening to impose a naval blockade on war-torn Yemen, another joint US-Saudi warfare enterprise that has gone terribly wrong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned about the lousy quality of counsel, and information, President Trump is getting regarding the US military presence in the Middle East, and Afghanistan, and how things in the countries in which we are fighting are getting worse, and not better at all.

IF the leadership of both NATO and and the US government had a shred of sense regarding Afghanistan, they would have their troops exit this country as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government remained standing in Kabul for the pipeline routes, and the rights to the amazing level of mineral deposits Afghanistan possesses.

Of course... THAT would be logical.

Mar 13 07:27

BEX ALERT - Iran Openly Harassing The U.S., U.K. And Others

It has become an alarming and dangerous pattern; a pattern of provocative actions initiated by Iran against many nations in the region, the U.K., the U.S. and its allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How DARE Iran put their country so close to our warplanes and warship!!!!

(Ahem)

Now, if Iran was sailing ships and flying planes along the coastal waters of the US, there might be reason for complaint. But from where I sit, it is those nations sending their war machines along Iran's coast that are being provocative!

Mar 13 07:06

Sorry Israel: Iran Gets Green Light For Naval Base in Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has approved the creation of an Iranian naval base close to the Hmeymim airbase used by Russia’s air force in Syria, according to reports.

Citing Syrian sources, Nezavisimaya Gazeta claims that the deal for an Iranian base in Syria has already been made:

Mar 12 08:53

FLASHBACK - Israel Bribed Republicans to Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal


Israel payed Republican Senator Tom Cotton $1 million to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal, according to leaked NSA documents. Earlier this year, Cotton sent a letter to Iranian leaders in an attempt to get them to abandon the negotiations. Did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bribe Republican Congressmen, and should Cotton be charged with treason?

Mar 12 08:15

Eurasia: The Strategic Triangle that Is Changing the World

Away from the current chaos in the United States, major developments are progressing, with Iran, Russia and China coordinating on a series of significant moves crucial for the future of the Eurasian continent. With a population of more than five billion people, constituting about two-thirds of the Earth’s population, the future of humanity passes through this immense area. Signaling a major change from a unipolar world order based on Europe and the United States to a multipolar world steered by China, Russia and Iran, these Eurasian states are carving out a leading role in the development of the vast continent. As part of the challenges faced by these leading multipolar countries, the disruptive events originating in the post-WWII Euro-Atlantic world order will need to be tackled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like "peace through commerce" to me!!

Mar 10 13:07

Are People Really That Stupid?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Long, but worth it.

Mar 10 11:36

Into the Syrian Quagmire – Trump meets complexity

In order to fulfill his pledge to “quickly” dispatch ISIS, Trump is ramping up the US presence – and we’re well on the way to getting sucked into the Syrian quagmire.

Donald Trump thinks he’s going to get rid of ISIS in Syria “quickly,” and then we’ll be on our way to making America great again – but already he’s finding that the terrain there is a bit crowded, and that he has a bit more than the fast-dissipating “Caliphate” to contend with.

According to reports, the Pentagon has come up with a plan to carry out Trump’s pledge, as ordered, but reality is racing ahead of the generals – and auguring a clash of civilizations in the midst of Syria’s blasted out cities.

Mar 10 11:08

Walking a tightrope: China manoeuvres between Saudi Arabia and Iran

James Dorsey explains why Saudi King Salman's attempt to lure China into his kingdom's sectarian and geopolitical struggles with Iran is likely to fail, given Iran's strategic, economic and cultural advantages over Saudi Arabia. >>

Mar 09 16:21

Al-Qaeda is accusing The Donald of working with Iran to kill off the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula [In Yemen].

Feel-Good-Post of the day ?

Al-Qaeda first arrived in Yemen after former President Hadi's term in office expired and the Yemeni people wanted nothing more to do with him. The Saudis sought to reimpose Puppet Hadi on the people of Yemen, and imported into Yemen some proxy-Army Al-Qaeda from Iraq and Syria in an effort to pressure the Yemenis into seeking protection from Hadi and the Saudis.

Mar 06 14:58

Spokesman: Riyadh Emptying State Currency Reserves to Buy Support against Iran

The Iranian foreign ministry advised the Saudi officials not to spend their state reserves to coax other countries into taking positions against Tehran.

Mar 06 13:45

US Navy Spy Ship Forced to Change Course After Iranian Attack Vessels Approach

The Navy attempted to contact the IRG via radio to discuss their position, but received no response, the US official said, adding that it was an "unsafe and unprofessional interaction."

Mar 06 10:55

Netanyahu to meet Putin, says Iran seeks permanent foothold in Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday to voice opposition to what the Israeli leader charged were Iran's attempts to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria.

"In the framework of a (future peace agreement) or without one, Iran is attempting to base itself permanently in Syria - either through a military presence on the ground or a naval presence - and also through a gradual attempt to open a front against us on the Golan Heights," Netanyahu told his cabinet in public remarks on Sunday.

"I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility," he said.

Iran, Israel's arch-enemy, has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's staunchest backer and has provided militia fighters to help him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, the head of Iran's naval command did say this last November.

Iran may seek naval bases in Yemen or Syria: chief of staff

But before Netanyahu complains to Putin on this visit about how horrible the threat these potential bases might pose to Israel, he needs to read it in context; this was stated by General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri to a bunch of Iranian naval officers.

And in that context, it comes across more as a brag, about ultimate Iranian naval capability, rather than a game plan per se.

And Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please: Russia's President is a very, very bright man, with intimate, and broad, knowledge of geopolitical realities.

He will not be pushed or bullied into taking a stand which is against the interests of the Russian people.

Mar 06 09:32

GRAPHIC: MCCAIN INSTITUTE TAX FILE FROM 2014 SHOWING $300,000 GIVEN BY ROTHSCHILD'S AND 1 MILLION BY THE SAUDI'S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

John Mc Cain's estimated net worth stands at around $21 million dollars.

John Mc Cain's estimated net worth

And of course, a financial empire like that requires constant care and feeding, hence the contribution from Saudi Arabia to the Mc Cain Institute. And the question which must now be asked is, how much of that $1,000,000.00 contribution from Saudi Arabia trickles back to Senator Mc Cain himself?!? And who are the other "contributors" to this institute, potentially from the US's military industrial complex?!?

Pay to play, anyone?!?

This must be the reason why Mc Cain is constantly advocating for war against Iran, and supports the Saudi's carnage in Yemen, where schools and hospitals are getting bombed; children get bombed from the air by Saudi attacks; and children are dying of malnutrition because Saudi military have blocked the ports, so no food can get in. And just to spell it out for you in the most graphic way I can, here is what Senator Mc Cain is supporting in the Saudi war against Yemen:

Images: Yemeni children killed or wounded by Saudi air strikes

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, due to Saudi military closing Yemeni ports to food aid.

It is painfully apparent that, as a Christian witness and Christian Pacifist activist, I need to remind Senator Mc Cain that collective punishment (as is being visited upon the Yemeni people by the Saudi military) is a war crime.

But hey, Senator, all that death and destruction going on in Yemen, courtesy of a foreign government with supports you financially, is just collateral damage, and nothing to be morally concerned about in any way, right sir?!?!?

Mar 04 09:05

RDT Action – Stop Chuck Schumer’s Sabotage Of Iran Diplomacy

Sign the Care2 petition below telling Chuck Schumer and the Senate conservatives to stop sabotaging diplomacy with Iran.

Mar 03 18:21

IAEA Chief Meets Tillerson To Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano has traveled to the United States to discuss Iran’s nuclear agreement with officials from the administration of President Donald Trump, who has denounced it as “the worst deal ever negotiated.”

Mar 03 12:07

TRUMP’S “MODERATE” DEFENSE SECRETARY HAS ALREADY BROUGHT US TO THE BRINK OF WAR

DID YOU KNOW that the Trump administration almost went to war with Iran at the start of February?

Perhaps you were distracted by Gen. Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser or by President Trump’s online jihad against Nordstrom. Or maybe you missed the story because the New York Times bizarrely buried it in the midst of a long piece on the turmoil and chaos inside the National Security Council. Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to the paper, had wanted the U.S. Navy to “intercept and board an Iranian ship to look for contraband weapons possibly headed to Houthi fighters in Yemen. … But the ship was in international waters in the Arabian Sea, according to two officials. Mr. Mattis ultimately decided to set the operation aside, at least for now. White House officials said that was because news of the impending operation leaked.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a word, please.

Can you please define, for me, the rest of the country, and the world, just what the heck Iran has actually done to tick you off so badly you would like to start a war against it?!?

Has it not, sir, come to your attention, that Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years?!?

Is Saudi Arabia, and/or Israel, and their perceptions of Iran, pushing you in this direction?!?

Would such an incident not been a "back door" to a war against Russia, which will almost inevitably come to Iran's aid militarily?!?

And sir, the timing for such a confrontation is thoroughly ill-advised right now, and for the following reasons; at this point, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia over Iran.

And I am not saying anything you shouldn't know by now, sir; facts are facts.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who constantly exhorts her government to achieve its geopolitical goals through hard-won, honest, ethical negotiations, I am appalled that this kind of action even crossed your mind, as the "right thing" to do to Iran's military on the suspicion that some of their ships may be running arms to the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

And the US-government enabled Saudi bloodbath in Yemen can only be stopped ultimately through negotiations.

Sir, the entire situation in Yemen needs to be re-thought; the Saudi campaign here, two years on, is primarily destroying infrastructure; slaughtering civilians; and starving innocent children.

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombing runs

Images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi blockades of Yemen's ports

By supporting the Saudi government in this genocide of the Yemeni people, the US government is complicit in war crimes, Sec-Def Mattis.

As a Christian witness, who never condones violence,I am, therefore, imploring you, as someone I believe to ultimately be an honorable person, to find another way to stop this madness in Yemen which doesn't involve more slaughter of the Yemeni people.

Mar 03 08:40

Backstage at the Trump vs. Deep State Cage Match

According to the insider, which I named "X", "Flynn was removed because he was agitating for a strike against Iran which would have had disastrous consequences. That would have led to Iranian strikes against Western oil supplies in the Middle East, raising Russia's economic power as the oil price would have soared to over $200 a barrel, and the EU would have had to join the Russian-Chinese block, or not be able to obtain sufficient energy to survive. The United States would have been completely isolated."

Mar 01 16:32

Former President of Iran Pens an Open Letter to President Trump

Signs are emerging that the deep state, the zionists, and the neocons who haunt the halls of power in the United States are preparing to wage all-out war against the sovereign nation of Iran. An escalation of this magnitude in the already occupied and devastated Middle East would certainly push the world over the brink and into all out World War III with the U.S. pitted against China and Russia. An unwinnable conflict that would forever scar human history and the planet.

Regardless of how many rationally-minded and sensible people speak out in favor of peace, the warfare state sets its own objectives, yet these voices must be heard.

Mar 01 07:14

Backstage at the Trump vs. Deep State Cage Match

According to the insider, which I named "X", "Flynn was removed because he was agitating for a strike against Iran which would have had disastrous consequences. That would have led to Iranian strikes against Western oil supplies in the Middle East, raising Russia's economic power as the oil price would have soared to over $200 a barrel, and the EU would have had to join the Russian-Chinese block, or not be able to obtain sufficient energy to survive. The United States would have been completely isolated."

Feb 28 14:09

Iran Holds Naval War Games Amid Rising Tensions With U.S.

Iran launched naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean on Sunday, a naval commander said, as tensions with the United States escalated after U.S President Donald Trump put Tehran “on notice”.

Feb 28 08:31

Suspect in fatal Kansas shooting thought Indian victims were Iranian – 911 call

The chief suspect in a fatal shooting in Kansas thought his two Indian victims were Iranian, according to a 911 call from a bartender who reportedly witnessed the man’s confession. The crime has renewed concern over the treatment of immigrants in the US.

Adam Purinton, 51, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder after shooting at two 32-year-old Indian men at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, last week.

Feb 28 03:35

Iran and U.S. Tension Heats Up; Iranian Navy Holds Massive Drill

Last year, the Obama administration entered into a nuclear deal with Iran, ostensibly opening up a new era of US-Iran relationships. Well, with the latest Trump administration, it looks like things are heating up again and the nuclear deal may be in jeopardy. The Trump administration has stepped up its rhetoric against Iran with President Trump tweeting that “Iran is playing with fire” after the Republic’s ballistic missile test at the end of January.

In the following video, Right Wing News looks at the implications behind Iran’s large-scale military naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran seems hell bent on testing the ‘red line’ drawn up by the Trump administration and if they push too far, the consequences could be devastating.

Here’s the billion-dollar question: Is there something motivating the tension that the media isn’t telling people? You bet there is!

Feb 26 12:07

Iran Holds Massive Naval Drill Over 2 Million Sq. Kilometer Area

Iran launched a massive naval drill at the mouth of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean on Sunday. Navy ships, submarines and helicopters will take part in the drills across an area of about 2 million square kilometers (772,000 square miles) and marines will showcase their skills along Iran's southeastern coast.

Feb 23 14:03

American Champion Skips Chess Tournament Rather Than Wear Hijab

One American champion is voicing her opposition to “women’s oppression” by boycotting the women’s world chess championship in Iran rather than bow to Iranian demands that she wear a hijab, or headscarf.

“By participating, I would be forced to submit to forms of oppression designed specifically for women,” Nazí Paikidze insisted. “It sets the wrong example, particularly for young girls interested in chess.”

Paikidze, the current U.S. chess champion, could be competing for up to $100,000 in prize money. However, she has refused to attend the event.

Feb 21 14:18

US Keeps Stealing Iraq’s Oil Despite Mattis Comments: Analyst

Despite remarks by Defense Secretary James Mattis, US presence in Iraq is aimed at “stealing oil,” an analyst says.

Gordon Duff, senior editor at Veterans Today, made the statement while commenting on remarks by Mattis ahead of an unannounced visit to the war-ravaged country.

Feb 21 10:34

Democratic Ex-Dove Proposes War on Iran

Rep. Alcee Hastings has sponsored a bill to authorize President Trump to attack Iran. Hastings reintroduced H J Res 10, the “Authorization of Use of Force Against Iran Resolution” on Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress after President Trump’s election.

Hastings’s bill has come as a shock to constituents and people who have followed his career as a 13-term Democratic Member of Congress from South Florida. Miami Beach resident Michael Gruener called Hastings’s bill, “extraordinarily dangerous,” and asked, “Does Hastings even consider to whom he is giving this authorization?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how Rep. Hastings feels about having been "purchased" by Israel to do its bidding in Iran.

But I think that he will find that his transformation into a war hawk will not earn him more votes if he runs for re-election, even with massive AIPAC assistance.

Moreover, I am astonished that what he does not understand is that any war with Iran will almost inevitably lead to a war with Russia; perhaps with his future financial security having been "made" through his utter obeisance to Israel, he doesn't really give a damn about his constituents any more.

Because at this point in its history, the American military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Feb 20 15:08

President Trump: Diplomacy and Democracy in America

Win or lose, the Trump Administration has opened a debate on the possibilities of peace with a nuclear superpower, a re-examination of the huge trade deficit and the necessity to stand-up for democracy against authoritarian threats from the so-called ‘intelligence community’ against an elected President.

By the end of the first month of President Trump’s Administration we are in a better position to evaluate the policies and direction of the new President. An examination of foreign and domestic policy, particularly from a historical and comparative perspective will provide insights about whether America is heading for a catastrophe as the mass media claim or toward greater realism and rationality.

We will proceed by examining whether Trump pursues diplomacy over warfare.

Feb 20 15:04

Democratic Ex-Dove Proposes War On Iran

Rep. Alcee Hastings has sponsored a bill to authorize President Trump to attack Iran. Hastings reintroduced H J Res 10, the “Authorization of Use of Force Against Iran Resolution” on Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress after President Trump’s election.

Feb 20 14:56

McCain in Munich: The War Party Fights Back

The battle over US foreign policy is taking center stage. Sen. John McCain, the Senate’s leading warmonger, is at the forefront of the fight.

The Munich conference held over the weekend – an annual event that brings the leaders of the Atlantic alliance together to celebrate their hegemonic pretensions – was anything but celebratory this time around.

Despite the assurances of Vice President Pence that America’s commitment to NATO is “unwavering,” the Euro-crats in the audience were miffed that he failed to mention the European Union.

Feb 20 10:13

TRUMP GETS READY TO PICK JOHN BOLTON AS ADVISOR

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump will speak to former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, acting national security adviser Gen. Keith Kellogg, West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who directs the Army Capabilities Integration Center, and “potentially more” candidates. Those meetings will take place Sunday, Spicer said.

Two other candidates, former Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal and former CIA Director David Petraeus, are no longer in the mix, sources told CNN Friday night. The front-runner for the post, Vice Adm. Bob Harward, dropped out of consideration apparently over concerns that he could not bring his own staff to the National Security Council.
For my take on Kellogg, read this, and Bolton here.

The Bolton selection is being pushed by Ted Cruz.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Holy crud, President Trump, please tell me that it's NOT, please going to be Bolton!!

This man never met a war he didn't embrace whole-heartedly, and any attack against Iran will nearly automatically guarantee war with Russia.

And right now, and please, heaven someone tell President Trump this, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia.

Feb 20 08:23

Iran launches ‘smart & advanced’ rockets during military exercises

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have launched sophisticated rockets during military exercises, according to Tasnim news agency. It comes just weeks after the US put Iran "on notice" after it test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile.

The "smart and advanced" rockets were launched during three-day military drills which began on Monday in Iran's central desert, AP cited the semi-official Iranian news agency as saying.

Feb 19 15:37

FLASHBACK : The Roots of the Refugee Crisis Caused by the West

“The reason so many are fleeing places such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that U.S. and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery,”explainedformer congressman and three-time presidential contender Ron Paul, a leading voice for a constitutional, non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy. “This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing ‘democracy’ at the barrel of a gun.”

“Contrary to what one might expect, U.S. military aid doesn’t produce willing, cooperative, or effective security partners. Instead, it incentivizes bad behavior and drives the sources of terrorism: corruption, violence, and poor governance. Unwittingly, this policy is creating its own enemies,” writes Jeremy Ravinsky.

Feb 19 15:28

US Senators Consider New Sanctions Against Iran Over Its Missile Program

US Republican senators in Congress plan to introduce legislation to impose new sanctions against Iran over its missile program and for seeking to “destabilize” the Middle East.

Feb 18 10:39

Insanity of NATO 2.0 for MidEast

If this is to be the new NATO for the Middle East then the world is truly about to descend into barbarism on a scale not seen since the Second World War.

As US President Donald Trump hosts Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House this week on the agenda is the formation of a “NATO-style” alliance for the Middle East, according to reports.

As if one US-led warmongering alliance in Europe and the North Atlantic were not enough. Now the world will see a clone of NATO let loose on the already conflict-torn Middle East region, if the reported discussions materialize.

Feb 17 10:58

Trump Accuses Iran Of Supporting Terrorism

US President Donald Trump has once again accused Iran of “supporting terrorism” and described Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers as the “worst agreement.”

“We have imposed new sanctions on the nation of Iran who’s totally taken advantage of our previous administration,” Trump said Thursday during a press conference at the White House.

Feb 17 09:36

Israeli PM hails 'grand mission' with Donald Trump to CONFRONT Iran

The politician, who met with Donald Trump on Wednesday, told Fox News Iranian aggression towards Israel was to mask its anti-American intentions.

He told viewers Iran saw the United States as the “Great Satan” in world politics.

“They want to have [intercontinental ballistic missiles] that can reach your country. That’s what they’re working on right now. Remember, you’re the Great Satan [to them]," he said.

"They believe that they’re destined to govern the world. Anybody that doesn’t agree with them, they’ll be able to subjugate or kill, and they’re working on the means to achieve that."

Feb 17 07:49

Behind Israel’s Hostility toward Iran

Western news media has feasted on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s talk and the reactions to it as a rare political spectacle rich in personalities in conflict. But the real story of Netanyahu’s speech is that he is continuing a long tradition in Israeli politics of demonizing Iran to advance domestic and foreign policy interests.

The history of that practice, in which Netanyahu has played a central role going back nearly two decades, shows that it has been based on a conscious strategy of vastly exaggerating the threat from Iran.

Feb 15 21:33

Flashback: 2009 Brookings Institution Analysis Paper - WHICH PATH TO PERSIA? Options for a New American Strategy toward Iran [PDF]

The best way to minimize international opprobrium and maximize support (however, grudging or covert) is to strike only when there is a widespread conviction that the Iranians were given but then rejected a superb offer—one so good that only a regime determined to acquire nuclear weapons and acquire them for the wrong reasons would turn it down. Under those circumstances, the United States (or Israel) could portray its operations as taken in sorrow, not anger, and at least some in the international community would conclude that the Iranians “brought it on themselves” by refusing a very good deal.

Part 1 of this script was enacted by President Obama. Is part 2 going to be enacted by President Trump?

Feb 15 16:44

Saudi Arabia Named As ‘Number One’ Terrorist State – Not Iran

President Trump’s claim that Iran is the “number one terrorist state” has been proved false, as leaks originating from within the White House secretly acknowledge that Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism.

Feb 14 09:36

Monster oil & gas deposits discovered in Iran - local media reports

Iran has found a dozen new oil fields that could produce 30 billion barrels of crude and 128 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to Press TV quoting officials in Tehran.

Feb 13 16:21

World Owes Iran Debt Of Gratitude For Sacrifices It Has Made In Struggle Against Terrorism: Writer

Scottish writer and journalist John Wight says it is time that the world, including the United States, acknowledges that it owes Iran a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices it has made in the struggle against terrorism.

Wight made the remarks in an article, titled Trump is Wrong – Saudi Arabia, Not Iran is the World’s ‘Number One Terrorist State’, published by Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and Russia Today (RT).

Feb 12 21:52

Different Names - Same Masters: The David Icke Dot-Connector Videocast

I hope he's wrong, but I fear he's right.

Feb 12 17:31

Eleven Ominous Signs That We Are Racing Towards War with Iran

Before we get to the all the signs indicating that war with Iran is on the books, it is important to remember why the US and its masters are targeting Iran. Firstly, Iran has become the arch-enemy of the Saudi-Israeli alliance because it is the one country militarily and economically strong enough to challenge their dominance of the Middle Eastern region. There is no love lost between Israel and Iran, who have traded insults and threats for decades; meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Iran are home to the 2 sides of the Sunni-Shia conflict within the Muslim world (Saudi Arabia – Sunni, Iran – Shia). Trump is a Zionist down to his very bone marrow and DNA, and evidently also afraid to take on the Saudis who were conspicuously omitted from EO immigration ban of 7 nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran hasn't been the problem, in terms of supporting terrorism in the Middle East; the main culprits here have been Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Feb 12 09:29

THE NEOCONS’ BACK-DOOR TO TRUMP

President Trump’s foreign policy is sliding toward neoconservative orthodoxy on the Middle East because White House insiders are aligning with Israeli-Saudi interests and vowing undying hostility toward Iran, which they falsely insist is the chief sponsor of terrorism.

I’m told that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, privately at least, recognizes that Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-led Gulf state allies are the prime backers of Al Qaeda and Islamic State – with Iran actually fighting these major terror groups – but close advisers to President Trump, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, appear wedded to Official Washington’s “group think” blaming Iran for pretty much everything that’s gone wrong in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It pains me to see just how quickly President Trump swallowed the koolaid, and has fallen into this trap, which may well lead to war with Iran, which will almost inevitably lead to war with Russia.

So a memo to President Trump.

Mr. President, it is not the Iranians who are killing women, children, and the medically infirm and elderly in Yemen with impunity: it is the Saudis, and you, sir, have just signed off on their war crimes and continued to made the US government complicit in them by approving the sale of more weapons to them.

Trump Approves Weapons Sales To Saudi Arabia And Bahrain

Additionally, you therefore have just followed in the footsteps of your predecessor, President Obama, in continuing to make the US government complicit in the starvation deaths of Yemeni children, because the Saudis are blocking the Yemeni ports, preventing food from coming in.

Images: wounded and Killed Yemeni children, from Saudi air strikes

Images: starving Yemeni children, courtesy of Saudi military blocking Yemen ports

And I must very candidly tell you that I never believed that just three weeks into your presidency, you would, again, continue to make the US government complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen; but, yet, here we are, sir, and I, and many of my brother and sister Americans, are singularly distressed at this turn of events.

Feb 11 10:09

The Trump Administration’s Iran Obsession and Yemen

Philip Giraldi does an excellent job of summarizing Flynn’s warped worldview and its role in encouraging the Trump administration’s Iran obsession:

But the situation is actually much more dangerous than the usual Washington groupthink: Flynn and Ledeen have constructed a narrative in which the world is at war with a great evil and Iran is the central player on the enemy side. It is a viewpoint that is, unfortunately, shared at least in part by the new secretaries of defense and state and endorsed by many in Congress. This has consequently developed into a new sensibility about U.S. national security that is apparently driving the Trump administration’s responses to Iranian behavior.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is very disturbing to me, in light of the reality that should the US government decide to go to war relatively soon against Iran, Russia will most likely aid Iran militarily.

And at the moment, as I have reiterated like a chipped CD, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

And Mr. President, as a Christian witness, I am calling you out on ANY further aid to Saudi Arabia, vis a vis Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is gleefully committing war crimes here, of an astronomical, and ghastly nature; women, children, and the medically fragile elderly are getting slaughtered, and the infrastructure is getting absolutely destroyed by Saudi forces. Additionally, Yemeni children are starving to death, because the Saudis have completely blockaded the ports, so food doesn't get in.

Do I need to remind you, Mr. President, that collective punishment is a war crime?!?

So you, and your staff, had better take a good hard look at the following images; this is what your "good buddy", Saudi Arabia, is doing right now in Yemen, and yes, the word "genocide" does come to mind:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of the Saudi Yemen ports blockade

Images: wounded and killed Yemeni children from Saudi air strikes

By choosing to participate in assisting the Saudi military with their war crimes, by selling them the weapons with which to do so, and providing targeting, you have made the US government complicit in these war crimes as well.

And whoever told you that this was a battle against Iran that the US military could "win" in Yemen, is thoroughly delusional, sir; there's no "there" there.

No, Yemen’s Houthis actually aren’t Iranian puppets

Feb 11 09:21

Trump: Iran’s Rouhani ‘Better Be Careful’ in Comments

Continuing his ratcheting up of tensions with Iran, President Trump today responded to quotes by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who had warned that people who approach Iran with “the language of threats” would come to regret doing so.

Trump responded to the report by declaring that Rouhani “better be careful” about what he says. Trump has previously announced Iran to be “on notice,” and insisted he would not rule out military action against Iran in the future.

The Trump Administration began picking up anti-Iran rhetoric two weeks ago, following an Iranian test of a medium-range ballistic missile. US officials initially suggested the test might have been a violation of a UN resolution, though this ultimately was not the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Trump; sir, was this statement an attempt to get get the Iranian government to back of dropping the use of the US dollar in trade on 21 March?!?

Because if not, the timing of your escalation in your rhetoric against Iran....is utterly, and amazingly, lousy.

And just in case Sec Def Mattis hasn't clued you in, the reason I am making this observation is that should there be a US military attack against Iran, Russia is most likely to assist them militarily.

And right now, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to ensure a successful outcome to a war against both Iran and Russia.

I would therefore like to politely suggest that you cool the rhetoric until such time as this situation can be remedied; otherwise, you may be signing a collective death sentence to our men and women in uniform by throwing them into military hostilities with which they may well be unable to cope immediately.

And if no one on your team has had the intestinal fortitude to mention this to you, I felt I compelled to do so.

The Russians and Chinese don't spend anywhere near as much on their weapons as does the US government, but they are getting far better "bang" for their weaponry bucks, quite literally.

The corporate heads of weapons manufacturing companies here in the US think it is perfectly fine to deliver their products so behind schedule as to be obsolete, upon field delivery; this equipment rarely functions as promised (just think the debacle which is the F-35); and cost overruns into the millions of dollars are simply normal.

This, sir, has to change, and quickly.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates violence, I would much rather my government achieve its geopolitical goals by hard-won, good-faith, ethical negotiations.

But if a decision is made by this government to wage war, our men and women in uniform deserve, and must have, the best possible weapons equipment, delivered on-time, completely functional, and done without massive cost over-runs, which US taxpayers have to pay.

Feb 10 14:23

Iran pledges missile retaliation to 'confront' US warning 'DARK DAYS' ahead for Trump

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sneered at Trump's threats over Iran's nuclear programme after the Middle Eastern power fired a missile last week.

Trump had warned Iran was "on notice" and "playing with fire" but Tehran is continuing its missile drills – firing another weapon on Sunday.

Tehran has now warned the US and Iran have "dark days ahead" as thousands flooded the streets with banners reading "Down with USA".

Earlier this week Khamenei struck back after a meeting with his military leaders and promised the nation is planning to respond to mark today's anniversary of the Iran's revolution in 1979.

Since then Trump's administration has threatened to blacklist Iran's elite military force the Revolutionary Guard as terrorists as tensions continue to brew.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President "The Art of the Deal" Trump: I hope to heck that you've got Vlad (the non-impaler) Putin's direct cell number on speed-dial right now.

And I say that because, if you ever needed a partner in de-escalating this situation with Iran, through quiet, back-channel negotiations, it is right the darned heck now!!

Any outright attack against Iran will almost inevitably get Russia involved, militarily, on Iran 's side, and the US military does not have the weaponry, the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia right now.

Feb 10 12:29

Iran Hawks Take the White House

The United States is adding new sanctions on Iran over that country’s alleged misdeeds, and nearly all of those allegations are either out-and-out lies or half-truths. It has a familiar ring to it, as demonizing Tehran has been rather more the norm than not since 1979, a phenomenon that has included fabricated claims that the Iranians killed American soldiers after the U.S.’s armed interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time around, the administration focused on the perfectly legal Iranian test of a non-nuclear-capable, medium-range ballistic missile and the reported attack on what was initially claimed to be a U.S. warship by allegedly Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi fighters. The ship was later revealed to be a Saudi frigate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality that such a move would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things this administration could do, unfortunately, is utterly no guarantee that they will not do it.

Because such a military action against Iran would almost certainly guarantee that Russia would come in on the side of Iran against the US.

And at this moment in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia.

And the weaponry issue is a big one. Both Russia and China spend far less on their weaponry, but within the last decade, have been coming up with amazing feats of weaponry engineering.

Unfortunately, here in the US, the collective weapons executive culture believes it is perfectly fine to create weapons which are obsolete upon field delivery; that do not operate as advertised; and cost wildly over original budget estimates.

That has to change, and quickly.

But I'm a bit lost on what Flynn is characterising as "...Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community."

What, precisely, has Iran done, please, to inflame the General's ire?!?

Is it that the standard of living has improved over 67% since the ousting of the US puppet, the Shah or Iran?

36 years after the revolution, where is Iran now?

Is it perchance that Iran's science and engineering students are overwhelmingly female?

How did Iran manage to get 70% of its engineering and science graduates to be women?

Is it that its health care is rated the 30th most efficient health care systems in the world?!?

Health Care in Iran

Is it that Iran has informed the US that it will drop the dollar in its oil trade as of the 21st of next month?!?

Iran will officially ditch the dollar as of 21 March, 2017

BINGO!!!

I don't know what odds the Vegas bookies are taking on their being some kind of an "incident/false flag" happening before that date, as the excuse for attacking Iran; but if I were a betting woman, I would not bet against it.

Feb 10 07:52

Trump Plays Cat and Mouse with Iran

Iran needs to shrug off the provocations, and keep up their end of the deal. That’s it; just hang tight and stay cool.

Why is the Trump administration threatening Iran?

On February 1, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announced that the administration was “putting Iran on notice” after it tested a ballistic missile which the US sees as a violation of Iran’s treaty obligations. Flynn’s frigid tone made it clear that the administration is considering the use of military force. But why?

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