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Jun 19 17:53

Robert Fisk: Is N. Korea Summit A ‘Sideshow’ As Israelis & U S Plan To Attack Iran?

Could Trump/Kim Jong-Un summit be a sideshow to divert attention from Israeli/U.S. plans to attack Iran?

Jun 19 11:08

How will Russia and Iran respond to the US challenge in the Caspian Sea?

On May 5 2018 Kazakhstan ratified an agreement with the US for the transit of US military cargo and possibly even troops (under the euphemism of ‘advisors’ or ‘engineers’) to Afghanistan via the Caspian Sea route.

The ostensible reason is that the US’s long established supply lines to Afghanistan via Pakistan are now ‘under threat’. However, as is often the case nowadays, the reality is rather more complicated.

Just five months before the agreement was reached, in December 2017, purportedly at the instigation of the businessman Anatolie Stati who is involved in a longstanding legal dispute with the Kazakh authorities, the Bank of New York Mellon froze $22.6 billion of funds belonging to Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund.

Jun 19 10:37

Whose Wars?

The US has surrendered its sovereignty to a tiny client state, and now our foreign policy is not even remotely connected to actual U.S. interests. This refleects Jewish power in the US and powerful Israel-centric lobbies and media outlets. Israel is not just getting the US to do its bidding in Syria, but also using Syria as a stepping stone to Iran itself. Whatever is best for Israel.

Jun 19 09:45

Unprecedented Israeli Strikes Target Iraqi Shia Militias In Syria

A day after a mysterious airstrike close to the Iraq-Syria border reportedly killed over 30 Syrian government soldiers and Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran, a US official has told CNN the attack was carried out by Israel and not by the US coalition.

Syrian state media blamed the strike on the US-led coalition — though in the immediate aftermath any level of confirmation or evidence was hard to come by. The claims prompted the US coalition spokesman to issue a formal denial, calling Syria's accusation "misinformation" as US-backed SDF forces are only operating east of the Euphrates, and not near Abu Kamal, which lies west, according to the statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Israel is, once again, playing picador with Al Assad and Putin, in essence, daring them to go after an Israeli strike plane, to "justify" a massive attack against Syrian, Iraqi, and Iranian forces there, as their way of accomplishing regime change in Damascus.

Fortunately, Al Assad and Putin have had the horse-sense not to respond to these attacks.

Jun 19 09:39

News FeedWashington committed to Syrian southwest ceasefire arrangement, Pompeo tells LavrovMore:http://tass.com/world/1010062

The United States is committed to maintaining a de-escalation zone in southeast Syria, warning Moscow and Damascus against unilateral activity in the area, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the phone on Monday.

According to US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, Lavrov and Pompeo had discussed "issues and concerns related to Syria and the bilateral relationship." "Secretary Pompeo reemphasized the US commitment to the (Syrian) southwest ceasefire arrangement that was approved by President (Donald) Trump and President (Vladimir) Putin one year ago," Nauert said.

US Secretary of State noted that "it was critical for Russia and the Syrian regime to adhere to these arrangements and ensure no unilateral activity in this area," she added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, let me get my head around these statements.

Syria is, allegedly a sovereign nation, the leadership of which the US government wants to regime change in Damascus.

The Russian military is there at the behest of the Syrian government, to throw out the US backed, trained, and funded Jihadists.

And now, neither Russia, nor the Syrian government are "being allowed" by the US government, to operate within the sovereign state of Syria, but the US government and military is supposed to be moving with utterly no restrictions here?!?

Do Pompeo and Nauart understand just how utterly stupid these statements must have sounded to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday?!?

The US military is digging in, militarily, in Syria, and has established a "beachhead" at Deir Ezzor. As reported at themilliniumreport.com by South Front in April of this year:

Why did the Trump Admnistration put a military base near the largest oil field in Syria?!?

The article goes on to state:

"The US is building a large military base in the vicinity of Syria’s largest oil field – the Omar oil field, Mehdi Kobani, a press secretary of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Deir Ezzor confirmed to Sputnik Turkiye.

The Omar oil field was captured by the US-backed SDF during its anti-ISIS campaign in eastern Syria. According to Syrian sources, the military installation in the area is aimed to allow the US to consolidate control of the oil resources in the eastern part of the country setting ground for further occupation of the area. These oil resources will also be used to strengthen the influence of the US proxies – the SDF – in the area."

Jun 19 08:35

UAE collaboration with Israel dates back to 1990s

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and officials from the United Arab Emirates secretly met in Cyprus to discuss the Iran nuclear agreement right before Donald Trump took office as US president, according to a report in The New Yorker.

The Barack Obama administration was not aware of the meeting. US intelligence agencies learned of it as well as of phone calls between senior UAE and Israeli leaders toward the end of Obama’s second term.

This meeting marked a strengthening of the covert relationship between Israel and some Gulf Arab states that is likely to come at the expense of Palestinians. Netanyahu hopes these Arab states will help press Palestinians to accept a peace deal tailor-made to Israel’s demands.

Jun 19 07:20

Israel Openly Promotes Islamic State Ideology

The Israel military’s horrific record of atrocities has long been established. From using civilians as human shields to blanketing civilian areas with cluster bombs and killing journalists, there is no defensible moral code governing the actions of the Israeli military.

But things took an even more grotesque turn last week, when the Israeli military’s spokesperson for Arab audiences, Avichay Adraee, published a two–part Arabic video on Twitter, employing blatant anti-Shia rhetoric and citing some of the scholars the so-called Islamic State (ISIS or IS) relies on, as a means of mobilizing Sunni Arab hostility towards Iran. Take a moment to get your head around this: At a time when the U.S. is committed to eradicating IS and its offshoots in the Middle East, Israel is working in the other direction, promoting the very ideology animating these groups.

Jun 18 09:13

BEX ALERT - Leaked Video: IDF General Warns Iran Is Preparing to Attack Israel from Syria

Leaked video from a meeting between Israel’s head of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Tamir Hyman, and a number of foreign security ministers shows him warning them that Iran’s presence in Syria isn’t meant to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s battle against terrorists, but instead to threaten Israel.

Hyman showed the crowd of foreign security officials a map of suspected Iranian bases in Syria. The leaked video wasn't of a high-enough quality to pick it up, but it "showed them spread throughout the country," according to the Times of Israel. The video was shot apparently in secret at a homeland security conference held in Jerusalem by Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan during the week of June 11.

Jun 17 21:14

Trump to Europoodles: “Roll Over. Bark. Beg…Crawl.: With a Korean Preface

I don’t get it. I know, I know, I’m just some mutt in Mexico with a computer, and easily puzzled. But…huh? Trump, we are told, pulled off a master stroke in Singapore. All the world reels at this astonishment. We see Talleyrand and Metternich rolled into one gorgeous taco. But…but….

Who did the doing, and who got done?

Jun 17 09:09

BEX ALERT - Leaked Video: IDF General Warns Iran Is Preparing to Attack Israel from Syria

Leaked video from a meeting between Israel’s head of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Tamir Hyman, and a number of foreign security ministers shows him warning them that Iran’s presence in Syria isn’t meant to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s battle against terrorists, but instead to threaten Israel.

Hyman showed the crowd of foreign security officials a map of suspected Iranian bases in Syria. The leaked video wasn't of a high-enough quality to pick it up, but it "showed them spread throughout the country," according to the Times of Israel. The video was shot apparently in secret at a homeland security conference held in Jerusalem by Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan during the week of June 11.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why would Iran do something that foolish?

Jun 16 11:37

War of Aggression: The Saudi & UAE Slaughter in Yemen isn’t a Proxy Conflict with Iran

Alongside their throttlehold over which reporters can visit what parts of Yemen, and thus what story they can tell, Saudi and Emirati investments in public relations, lobbying, think-tanks, and political consultants are shaping the narrative about their war there. Headline writers, pundits, Wikipedia, news correspondents, and even some so-called experts frame the asymmetric conflict as a “proxy war.” Sunnis nations led by Saudi Arabia are battling Shi`a Iran and its regional proxies, the story goes; the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster thus appears as un-named collateral damage.

Jun 16 08:44

Are Iran and Israel heading toward open warfare?

The air strikes of early May – widely judged to have been the most significant Israeli air assault on Syrian territory since the early 1980s – came on the heels of escalating tit-for-tat strikes involving Israel and the Iran-led alliance in Syria.

In April Israel struck the T4 air base in Homs province, home to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) aerospace division in Syria. Seven members of the IRGC were reportedly killed in the strike on T4, amongst them allegedly the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ drone force in Syria.

The assault on T4 was interpreted in Tehran as a deliberate and highly calculated attack on the heart of the IRGC’s operations in Syria, a provocation which necessitated a meaningful Iranian response. This came in the form of a rocket barrage aimed at the Israeli military in the occupied Golan Heights, which in turn led to the Israeli air strike on the IRGC establishment in Syria.

Jun 16 08:44

America’s military presence in Syria and its priorities

America’s military presence in Syria has a number of goals, the most important of which are to surround Iran and limit its influence in the region; to ensure a bigger share for Washington and its allies — the Kurdish movement — in any final deal over Syria, as expressed frankly by Mattis; and to curb Turkey’s activity in northern Syria, which always comes at the expense of the Kurds, especially its presence east of the River Euphrates.

Jun 13 12:23

TURKEY IN CONTACT WITH IRAN OVER QANDIL OPERATION, MINISTER SAYS

Turkey is in contact with Iran about conducting a possible military operation against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the northern Iraq region of Qandil, close to the Iranian border, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

"We are in contact with Iran," Cavusoglu told broadcaster Haberturk. "PKK is a threat to them as well. Qandil is very close to the Iran border...We will improve cooperation with Iran."

Jun 13 12:22

Iran warns Iraq’s Kurdistan after border terror attempts

Tehran has officially protested to the Iraqi Kurdistan’s authorities following a number of unsuccessful attempts by terror groups based in the semi-autonomous region to break into neighboring Iran.

The Iranian Consulate General in the northern Iraqi region’s capital, Erbil, handed over the protest note to the Kurdistan Region Government (KRG)’s Department of Foreign Relations to denounce the recent activities of terror groups in some border areas, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

The note of protest emphasized the Iranian Armed Forces’ right to legitimate defense and confronting the epicenter of terror.

Siham Jabali Mamand from the KRG’s foreign affairs arm expressed disappointment over the recent border developments in a meeting with a delegation of Iranian diplomats led by Deputy Consul General Siamak Borhani.

She further said the region would certainly not allow such incidents to overshadow the “constructive and positive” relations between Tehran and Erbil.

Jun 13 12:19

Iran to start constructing re-designed Arak heavy reactor soon: AEOI

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the country will soon start re-building the Arak heavy water reactor once China finishes examining the last phase of the re-designing process.

China and Iran “have had several contracts that are now operational and various steps of conceptual, basic and detailed designing are completed and after that the construction phase will begin,” Behrouz Kamalvandi said in an interview with the Young Journalists’ Club (YJC) published on Wednesday.

“According to the timetable, we have fortunately made good progress, and the detailed stage has been completed on our part and delivered to the Chinese side, which, after their approval, will enter the next stage within 2 to 3 months, that is, we'll start the next phase of building and [installing the reactor’s] equipment,” he added.

Jun 13 10:25

Iran vows to reopen Fordow uranium enrichment plant if nuclear deal collapses

Collapse of the 2015 nuclear deal will prompt Iran to reopen its second uranium enrichment facility in Fordow, the country’s nuclear agency said. Last week, Tehran announced plans to resume enrichment within the scope of the deal.

Jun 13 09:48

Syrian Army Bolsters Air Defense Along Israel Frontier

Commanders along the border between Syrian territory and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights say that the Syrian army has been deploying substantial reinforcements to the area to bolster air defenses.

Israel has been repeatedly attacking Syria in recent months with airstrikes from both Israeli airspace and Lebanon. Syria is said to want to get its reinforcements into the region for a deterrent factor.

This appears to be timed for an upcoming Syrian offensive against rebels in the southwest. Nominally, Israel made a deal with Russia promising not to interfere so long as Iranian forces didn’t take part. Clearly, Syria isn’t entirely sure that’s going to remain the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned about any Syrian military action anywhere close to the Golan Heights; but it appears that Assad, his Generals, and Putin are looking, if possible, to avoid any strike which could be seen as against Israel.

OF course, in this highly volatile situation, there is no guarantee that Israel won't lob some kind of missile on its own territory, then lie about
where it came from as the "excuse" to start a sustained military campaign against Syria, working in concert with the US military in the process, and giving US-backed troops in Syria more territory.

I would really like to see Russia's President Putin throw cold water on such a notion, and very quickly.

Jun 13 09:29

Iraq’s Sadr and Amiri Announce Surprise Political Alliance

In a surprise move, influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and militia leader Hadi Amiri have announced on Tuesday that their political blocs will ally. As the top two seat-getters in the May 12 election, this would go a long way toward forming a government.

This is a surprising move as Sadr had campaigned heavily on the idea of Iraq being more independent, and less aligned with either the US or Iran. Amiri, by contrast, is the head of the Badr Brigade, and is very close with the Iranian government.

The announcement of the deal said that the blocs would be carving out a “nationalist” alliance. This is more what Sadr has long advocated. It is not clear what positions within a coalition government are being offered to Amiri’s bloc

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this coalition is successful, it will be a game changer for both Iraqi politics... and a true nightmare for American foreign policy in the region.

Jun 13 07:09

The Pompeo Plan: Present Iran With Hurdles It Won't Jump

Washington's fixation on Iran, exhibited by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's Monday speech, has prevented U.S. policymakers from developing a less toxic relationship with Tehran. The current Iranian regime will never be a friend of America, but neither nation benefits from a state of permanent hostility. And contrary to administration claims, Tehran poses little threat to the United States ... The administration's objective, it seems, remains the same as in 1953 ... Since then the United States has often been the aggressor, backing Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran, shooting down an Iranian airliner, seeking to overthrow Iran's Syrian ally, threatening Tehran with war, and arming aggressive, totalitarian Saudi Arabia. Overall, America has had a much more destabilizing impact on the Middle East than has Tehran.

Jun 13 04:02

Israeli Minister Says European Union 'Can Go to a Thousand Hells,' After Body Criticizes Israel

"The European Union can go to a thousand hells," said Israel's National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz in response to a statement criticizing Israel for an incident involving a human rights activist. In a statement, European Union spokesperson Maja Kocijancic called on Israel to investigate the incident in which Jafar Farah, director of the NGO Mossawa, the Advocacy Centre for Arab Citizens in Israel, claimed he had his leg broken by police during a demonstration against the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in events on the Gaza border on May 14. The spokesperson called on Israel to investigate the incident that is expected to add fuel to the fire of the growing tension between the European Union and Israel.

Jun 13 03:58

I just visited Iran. Here’s what I heard about the U.S.

I went to Iran this month to attend a conference on the Palestinians, Jerusalem, and the greater Middle East sponsored by an Iran-based non-government organization. On the sidelines of the meeting, I met with students at Mashhad University, Ferdowsi University, and at a woman's educational institute, as well as with visiting scholars from Tehran ... It was not hard to learn students' opinions. "What does America want from us? To force us to negotiate? We did, we agreed, already, in 2015," said one student in a reference to the year to nuclear agreement was signed. "Regime change - do Americans even know we vote for our government here?" said another ... The students expressed an ongoing concern the United States wants to destroy them.

Jun 12 14:23

With eyes on Iran, Netanyahu praises Trump over North Korea summit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday hailed US President Donald Trump’s summit in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “historic” and an “important step” in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, while linking the meeting to the US leader’s “tough stance” on Iran.

“I congratulate US President Donald Trump for the historic summit in Singapore,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “It is an important step in the effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.”

Jun 12 11:57

The “Manbij Model”, Turkey-US Deal for Northeastern Syria

So far, so good, but the problem is that the SDF militia that would prospectively continue to administer “Rojava’s” “layered decentralization” is nothing more than a thinly “diverse” front of Arab collaborators barely concealing the reality of a Kurdish-run “deep state” (or permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracy) protected by over 20 American bases and an undisclosed number of French ones. Ironically, the Kurds took up arms against the democratically elected and legitimate Syrian government on the supposed basis that the minority Alawites had hijacked the country’s “deep state” and were exploiting it for their own self-interested ends at everyone else’s expense, though the fact of the matter is that it’s now the Kurds – and never was the Alawites – who are actually doing this via the “federalization” of “Rojava” as enforced by the US-created SDF.

Jun 12 11:39

Report: Netanyahu, White House Working to Drive Wedge Between Palestinians and Gulf States

The Trump administration is working with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to create a rift between the Gulf states and the Palestinians, according to a wide-ranging report on Trump's Middle East policy that was published on Monday in The New Yorker.

The report says that the Trump administration's peace plan, which will likely be much closer to the Israeli government's positions than previous U.S. peace plans, could be used by Netanyahu to divide the Gulf monarchies and the Palestinians.

Netanyahu, according to the report, expects the Palestinians to reject Trump's plan, thus creating an opening for the Gulf states to support it and distance themselves from the Palestinian leadership while inching closer towards Israel, with whom they share a common view of Iran as the main threat in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran is absolutely not the problem in the region; it is Israel's belligerent, hubristic foreign and domestic policies which are the problem here.

Jun 12 10:05

Israel Turns Artillery Rocket Into Supersonic 'Rampage' Air-Launched Stand-Off Weapon

Israeli Military Industries Systems, or IMI Systems, in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries, abbreviated IAI, is close to finishing development of a new air-launched, precision-guided, high-speed weapon called Rampage that can hit targets more than 90 miles away. The announcement comes as Israel steps up its cross-border campaign against Iran and its interests in neighboring Syria, which has seen an increasing emphasis on stand-off capabilities given the complex air defense environment in that country, but the weapon could also be especially attractive to a number of foreign military forces.

Jun 12 08:51

A Message from Iran

Jun 11 14:06

Scapegoating Iran

Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves. We have lost the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is resurgent and has a presence in over 70 percent of the country. Libya is a failed state.

Jun 11 13:02

War On Iran Is US Policy Now According To US Secretary Of State

On May 21, in his first formal public address, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (sworn in May 2) effectively declared war on the sovereign nation of Iran. Pompeo has no constitutional authority to declare war on anyone, as he well knows, so his declaration of war is just short of overt, though it included a not-so-veiled threat of a nuclear attack on Iran.

Jun 11 11:53

Iran Says Time Running Out for Europe to Preserve JCPOA

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says time is running out for European countries who want to save the nuclear deal, and Tehran is not going to wait for Europe’s promises, which have no timeframe.

Jun 11 10:55

NETANYAHU: IF YOU STAND WITH TRUMP ON NORTH KOREA, OPPOSE A NUCLEAR IRAN

Those who support US President Donald Trump’s effort to denuclearize North Korea should stand behind his quest to halt a nuclear Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

"Dangerous regimes should denuclearize,” Netanyahu told the AJC Global Forum, whose members gathered in Jerusalem before Tuesday's meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dangerous regimes? You mean like the US and Israel, which cannot go 6 months without attacking someone?

Jun 11 10:49

N. Korean FM: Netanyahu a ‘stinking Zionist’ who ‘kills Gaza’

While the North Korean leadership prepares for Kim Jong-un’s historic meeting with US President Trump, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho finds the time to lash out at the Israeli prime minister on Twitter following his offer to help Iran with water tech; Also on Twitter, Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei refers to Netanyahu as ‘the children-killer PM of the Zionist regime.’

Jun 11 10:18

Xi Jinping: China Ready to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation With Iran

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Sunday Beijing was ready to advance the development of bilateral relations with Iran, as well as to strengthen cooperation with Tehran within the framework of multilateral mechanisms.

"China-Iran relations have the potential to further and deeper development. China is ready to jointly advance China-Iran relations of comprehensive strategic partnership," Xi Jinping was quoted as saying during the meeting by Chinese Foreign Ministry.

He stressed that the parties need to constantly improve the level of strategic mutual trust, strengthen contacts at all levels, continue to provide mutual support in matters of each other's fundamental interest.

Jun 11 09:52

ISRAELI PROPAGANDA: F-35I STEALTH FIGHTERS FLY OVER IRAN UNDETECTED

Can't find anything on Iran's AF Chief being fired yet. But if he was fired it wasn't over an Israeli delusion.
Al-Jarida’s claims have been widely spreaded by the Israeli media, but have been questioned by independent experts and even media outlets.
There are few reasons:

Al-Jarida is a media outlet widely associated wirth Israel and involved into Israeli media and propaganda campaign;
The F-35I’s range of 2,000 km [without external fuel tanks] does not allow the warplane to fly over Iran and went back without stopover or aerial refueling;
The claim about the alleged F-35I operation over Iran came a day after Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Gadi Eizenkot claimed that the Israeli military had resumed striking targets in Syria [without providing any details or evidence];

Jun 11 09:15

Khamenei Fires Air Force Chief over Israeli F-35 Deep Penetration of Iran’s Sky

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei fired Iranian air force commander Brigadier General Farzad Ismaili, who had been in office since 2010, because the latter had hid from him the fact that Israeli F-35 planes had penetrated Iran’s sky, the Kuwaiti daily Al Jarida reported on Saturday.

The newspaper emphasized that it was the original media source that exposed the Israeli raids, which had taken place last March. Al Jarida cited senior Iranian military who said that only following its March report did the intelligence services of the Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian intelligence ministry begin to investigate the case, under direct orders from Khamenei.

Jun 10 09:04

Iran Warns That 'Occupying, Aggressive' Israel Can Never Feel 'Safe'

The president of Iran reportedly declared that the Israeli government won’t be able to feel safe while it continues to maintain its hold on Jerusalem.

As people in Iran and several other countries took part in the Quds Day rallies, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared that Israeli leadership can no longer feel safe, according to Press TV.

"The occupying and aggressive Israeli regime can never feel that it is in a safe place," Rouhani said.

Jun 09 10:00

BEX ALERT - Iran Admits To Facilitating 9/11 Terror Attacks

Iranian officials, in a first, have admitted to facilitating the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. by secretly aiding the free travel of al Qaeda operatives who eventually went on to fly commercial airliners into the Twin Towers in New York City, according to new remarks from a senior Iranian official.

Mohammad-Javad Larijani, an international affairs assistant in the Iran's judiciary, disclosed in Farsi-language remarks broadcast on Iran's state-controlled television that Iranian intelligence officials secretly helped provide the al Qaeda attackers with passage and gave them refuge in the Islamic Republic, according to an English translation published by Al Arabiya.

"Our government agreed not to stamp the passports of some of them because they were on transit flights for two hours, and they were resuming their flights without having their passports stamped. However their movements were under the complete supervision of the Iranian intelligence," Larijani was quoted as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This one ranks right up there with Saddam's nukes and Assad's Sarin. Knowing that the US is itching for any excuse to invade, why would a real Iranian official make such a statement?

Jun 09 09:17

US, Russian military leaders meet in Finland for talks

The top U.S. military chief met Friday in Finland with his Russian counterpart to exchange views on U.S.-Russia military relations, Syria and the international security situation.

The meeting between Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russia’s chief of the military’s General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, took place in Konigstedt Manor, a Finnish state-owned venue north of the capital, Helsinki.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Gerasimov and Dunford discussed European security issues and the situation in Syria.

A brief statement on the Joint Chiefs of Staff website stressed, without elaborating, that U.S. and Russian militaries “have undertaken efforts to improve operational safety and strategic stability.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only a matter of when, not if, there will be military conflict between US forces and those of Russia; it is primarily a case of where, which could potentially be in Ukraine, Syria, or Iran.

Jun 09 08:37

MATTIS: WITHDRAWING US TROOPS FROM SYRIA WOULD BE A "STRATEGIC BLUNDER"

Speaking at NATO headquarters on Friday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis reiterated his opposition to the idea of withdrawing US troops from Syria. He said any withdrawal before progress was made would be a “strategic blunder.”

Mattis’ position reflects those of a lot of top US cabinet officials, who have resisted President Trump’s talk of a quick withdrawal. He argues that the UN peace plan necessitates an ongoing US military presence.

On the one hand, Mattis suggests leaving too soon could give “the terrorists the opportunity to recover.” On the other hand, he also says that leaving would be exploited by the Assad government and its supporters.

This again sets out the US position that the UN plan necessitates regime change in Syria, something other supporters say is not the case. It also suggests a more or less permanent US presence in Syria, since there is virtually no chance the US will impose a favorable outcome.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute, killer, irony here, is that according to Russian Major-General Igor Konashenkov, in a conversation with reporters today, made the following statement:

All remaining resistence zones in Syria, are US-controlled areas.

Let's wrap our heads for a moment around these two statements, and compare what Sec Def Mattis has stated with what Major-General Konashenkov has stated.

It is obvious that they cannot both be correct. I think, knowing what I know about US geopolitics, that Mattis is trying to find some logic-defying way of defending the military US presence in Syria, which he absolutely understands, in his heart of hearts, is not based on any potential good for the Syrian people; remember, the US has been the sponsor of the rebels in Syria, and has trained and funded and equipped jihadist rebels here.

Pentagon wasted $500 million on training rebels in Syria.

The US and Israeli foreign policy goals have been, and will continue to be, both the balkanization of Syria, to make it easier to control, and effect regime change in Damascus, however that can be made to happen.

Jun 08 08:49

IAEA Confirms Iran Fulfills Nuke-Related Commitments Despite US Exit From Deal

Iran has slammed the move, with President Hassan Rouhani, however, saying that the Islamic Republic is not going to withdraw from the agreement, which remains in force between Tehran and the five remaining P5+1 member-states.

The foreign ministers of Germany, the United Kingdom and France, the members of the P5+1 group that brokered the historic 2015 deal, have issued a joint statement saying their countries will stay in the JCPOA even if the United States pulls out of it.

Jun 08 08:47

US officials on roadshow to cut Iran investment, trade

Americans officials touring the globe to pressure countries to shun trade with Tehran 'are dogmatic,' says senior European diplomat, 'We told them: if you are coming to tell to us how to apply American laws here then you're not welcome.'

Jun 08 08:46

I know which country the US will invade next

Who will be next on the list of US illegal invasions cloaked in bullshit justifications? Well, last week, Iran finally did it: It switched from the dollar to the euro. And sure enough, this week, the US military-industrial complex, the corporate media and Israel all got together to claim that Iran is lying about its nuclear weapons development. What are the odds that this news would break within days of Iran dropping the dollar? What. Are. The. Odds?

Jun 08 08:01

Is Putin Really Ditching Iran and Siding With Netanyahu in Syria?

The undeniable truth is that Putin foiled the initial Israel plan for Syria.

In fact, Hezbollah and Iran had already intervened in Syria and were desperately “plugging holes” in a collapsing Syrian front. So, if anything, Putin has to be the one to be credited for forcing the Israelis to give up on their “plan A” and go to plan “B” which I described here and which can be summarized as follows:

Jun 08 06:56

Iran makes hard turn East as fate of nuclear deal dimsOn Friday: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani heads to China for an economic and security summit in the city of Qingdao.

As the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal hangs in a balance, and with Europe wavering in doing business with Iran due to the return of US sanctions, Tehran is making a hard turn East to boost its economy, and counter mounting pressure from Western powers.

On Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani heads to China for an economic and security summit in the coastal city of Qingdao, where he is expected to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on bilateral relations, and the future of the nuclear deal.

Amid rising anti-Iran sentiments from the West, analysts said, the meeting between Rouhani and Xi presents an opportunity for Tehran to further cement its economic and political ties with Beijing, and for China to reinforce its growing geopolitical influence in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OF COURSE, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is looking to deepen his relationship with China, for both trade and defense, because that is precisely into whose arms the US and Israeli governments have pushed him, and his country!!

One did not have to be a rocket scientist to see this coming from miles away.

Jun 08 06:32

Israel taunts Iran with Mean Girls gif after supreme leader calls country a 'malignant cancerous tumour'

Israel trolled Iran’s supreme leader with a Mean Girls gif after he threatened to “eradicate” the country.

The Israeli embassy in the US poked fun at Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in response to a series of bombastic tweets in which he described the fellow Middle Eastern nation as a “malignant cancerous tumour”.

The supreme leader tweeted that Israel “has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Understanding that the Israeli propaganda machine is at full tilt boogie mode right now, ahead of the coming Israeli/US/Iran war, I have to seriously question if the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei actually said what he is accused of saying.

And in fact, courtesy of sputniknews.com, I can tell you what Khamenei actually said:

The president of Iran reportedly declared that the Israeli government won’t be able to feel safe while it continues to maintain its hold on Jerusalem.

As people in Iran and several other countries took part in the Quds Day rallies, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared that Israeli leadership can no longer feel safe, according to Press TV.

"The occupying and aggressive Israeli regime can never feel that it is in a safe place," Rouhani said.

Delegates wait for the start of the board of governors meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec, 15, 2015.
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Iran Calls Israel's Nuclear Capabilities a Global "Threat," Urges IAEA to Put Tel Aviv on Notice
Rouhani also spoke against "US unilateralism", declaring that he intends to discuss this matter during the upcoming summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and branded the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal "illegal."

"That the United States is quitting an international treaty unilaterally and without any particular reason is an insult to the nations of the world and a violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231," Rouhani said, adding that "the whole world has to feel that the approach that the US is adopting is a dangerous approach in international relations which undermines international treaties, and countries should not remain silent on this illegal move."

Rouhani’s statements came shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel is willing to engage and destroy Syrian forces if the latter decide to attack.

But of course, that means nothing to the propagandists, who live, night and day, to regurgitate this stuff, and make Israel look like the "aggrieved party" in this war of words, which is usually a prelude to a war of bombs and bullets.

Jun 07 18:13

"We Cannot Defy The US": European Refiners Fold To Trump, Will Stop Buying Iran Crude

For all of Europe's bluster, and increasingly vocal "resistance" to Trump unique approach to international politics, especially when it comes to Iran when Brussels swore it would defy the US president and continue business as usual with Tehran, it took Europe about a month to fold, and as Reuters reports European refiners are now unofficially winding down oil purchases from Iran, closing the door on a fifth of the OPEC member’s crude exports.

Jun 07 11:50

"We Cannot Defy The US": European Refiners Fold To Trump, Will Stop Buying Iran Crude

For all of Europe's bluster, and increasingly vocal "resistance" to Trump unique approach to international politics, especially when it comes to Iran when Brussels swore it would defy the US president and continue business as usual with Tehran, it took Europe about a month to fold, and as Reuters reports European refiners are now unofficially winding down oil purchases from Iran, closing the door on a fifth of the OPEC member’s crude exports.

And since the only true leverage that Iran had vis-a-vis Europe was its deeply discounted crude oil, the shuttering of crude purchases from the Islamic republic will suddenly make European governments especially ambivalent whether to continue fighting Trump in hopes of salvaging the Iranian nuclear, when there is only downside left.

Jun 07 11:42

Arab report: Mossad killed Iranian military advisors in Libya

Al Arabiya network says Israel's intelligence and special operations agency is responsible for liquidation of two Revolutionary Guards members who arrived in Libya from Tunisia; Iran is trying to promote its interest of obtaining uranium by sending military advisors to chaotic Libya and distancing its conflict with Israel from its border.

Jun 07 11:00

SYRIA NOT ‘IMMUNE’, ISRAEL WILL DESTROY ASSAD’S FORCES IF ATTACKED, SAYS NETANYAHU

Israel will “destroy” any Syrian forces that attempt an attack against Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned. He also cautioned President Assad against inviting Iranian troops into Syria.

“Now the war is nearly over he invites Iran in? He is no longer immune. If he fires, we'll destroy his forces,” Netanyahu said in London on Thursday.

In May, Israel launched several missiles at what it claimed were Iranian military targets inside Syria. Tel Aviv is believed to be responsible for numerous airstrikes on Syrian territory, but the Israeli military rarely comments on such cases.

Last month Netanyahu warned that Israel considers all Iranian forces inside Syria – not just troops near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – as targets.

“We will continue to act against [Iran’s] intention to establish a military presence in Syria opposite us, not just opposite the Golan Heights but anywhere in Syria,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Netanyahu is getting ready to create a false flag operation, to be blamed against both Syria, and Iran, as the "justification" for an attack against both countries, with the US military steppng in closely thereafter/

But I think, if this is what he is planning, he and his cabinet need think, to very seriously, about just what Russia will do, if he does this.

Russia's military prowess has already been very much proven in the Syrian theatre of war, and has historically sworn to defend Iran, should it get attacked militarily.

Jun 06 12:10

Obama administration secretly tried to help Iran's mullahs get access to $5.7 BILLION by ignoring nuclear deal's rules - and lied to Congress about it

The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access - albeit briefly - to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so.

An investigation by Senate Republicans released Wednesday sheds light on the delicate balance the Obama administration sought to strike after the deal, as it worked to ensure Iran received its promised benefits without playing into the hands of the deal's opponents.

Amid a tense political climate, Iran hawks in the U.S., Israel and elsewhere argued that the United States was giving far too much to Tehran and that the windfall would be used to fund extremism and other troubling Iranian activity.

Jun 06 11:30

US Treasury Dept Warns Allies Against Accidentally Trading With Iran

The US Treasury Department on Tuesday issued a statement directed at allied governments, and private companies operating out of allied countries, warning them against any trade with Iran, warning they “face substantial risks” if they are caught.

Undersecretary of the Treasury Sigal Mandelker says that the world must “harden your financial networks,” and make sure they have “airtight” procedures in place to prevent even accidental business ties to Iran. He added that nations must make sure “Iran and its proxies are not exploiting your companies to support their nefarious activities.”

Jun 06 09:52

Today it’s the Golan Heights, tomorrow it will be Medina

If the Europeans thought this was as bad as it could get they were mistaken. This week they would have to pretend it’s business as usual and welcome the Israeli prime minister. He is on a charm offensive to convince European leaders why they should also withdraw from the JCPA.

But this is not all, there will be other demands. In recent days, Israeli politicians have been stepping up pressure on the Trump administration to recognise Israel’s “sovereignty” over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

As the saying goes, there is no smoke without fire. The flurry of diplomatic activity in Tehran, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Damascus and Amman all suggest that something is amiss. Although the details still remain secret, the reality is that Israel wants firm guarantees that there will be no Iranian presence in south Syria. So Russia’s Vladimir Putin has provided the assurance that only Syrian troops will be stationed there and more importantly, there will be no Syrian belligerency or irredentism.

Jun 06 09:15

JCPOA is 'Zero-Sum Game' for Israel, While EU Looking for a 'Formula' - Scholar

Radio Sputnik discussed Benjamin Netanyahu's European tour and current tensions in the Middle East with Dr. Gil Murciano, Middle East expert at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs think tank in Berlin.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main goal at the upcoming negotiations with European leaders is to present Iran as a threat to regional stability, political analyst Gil Murciano told Radio Sputnik.

"According to Netanyahu, he is going to speak about two topics: the first one is Iran and the second one is Iran. And while it seems that this repetition is made for emphasis, we actually speak about different issues," Murciano said.

"First of all, the future of the JCPOA, the nuclear deal with Iran following the withdrawal of the US. And the second one is the Iranian build-up in Syria and the Israeli-Iranian conflict in Syria," the scholar explained.

Jun 06 08:45

'It'll Be Problematic for Israel, US if Europe Adheres to Iran Accord' - Analyst

Israel's intelligence minister has called for a military coalition against Iran if the Islamic Republic were to defy world powers by enriching military-grade uranium. Yisrael Katz's remarks came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began visiting European leaders to discuss Tehran’s regional involvement and nuclear program.

Iran earlier said it plans to increase its capacity for uranium enrichment but it would remain within the rules of the deal.

Jun 06 07:06

May vows she WON'T ditch Iran nuclear deal as she meets Netanyahu in Downing Street after Israeli PM claimed Tehran tried to build a bomb

Israel has been ramping up the pressure for the agreement - which eased sanctions in return for Iran dropping its bid to develop nuclear weapons - to be ditched altogether after Donald Trump pulled out.

But as she sat down with Mr Netanyahu in No10 this afternoon, Mrs May said: 'Along with France and Germany the UK continues to believe that is the best route to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

'We will remain committed to it as long as Iran meets its obligations.

Jun 05 13:03

Netanyahu is in Europe as Trump's lobbyist-in-chief

Before taking off for Berlin on Monday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was very clear what was on the agenda of his meetings with Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May. And no, it’s not the cultural festival marking 70 years of Israel-France relations.

Netanyahu is on his umpteenth round of talks with the European leaders to try to convince them to ditch the nuclear deal with Iran. But he knows there’s no chance of them doing so. He basically admitted that before taking off when he said, “It may not have a consensus right now, but over time I think such an understanding will be formed.”

Both Israeli and Western diplomats who have been involved in behind-the-scenes discussions over the future of the Iran deal concur with that assessment.

Jun 05 11:51

Damascus says Iranians are in Syria in purely advise-and-assist capacity

Syria says Iran has no military presence or bases in the country, and that the Iranian military advisors are there to help Damascus fight terrorist groups. Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said the presence of the Iranian advisors in Syria was legitimate and based on an invitation by the Syrian government. Muallem thanked Iran for helping his country in the ongoing war against the foreign-backed militant groups.

Jun 05 11:14

IRAN BEGINS TO BUILD ADVANCED CENTRIFUGES

Iran has begun working on infrastructure for building advanced centrifuges at its Natanz facility, Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation said today.

Iran’s nuclear activities would remain within the framework of the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, Salehi said.

Salehi also said Iran had developed infrastructure to produce electricity at Natanz.

Last month, the US pulled out of what it referred to as the “defective” nuclear deal signed between the P5+1 states in 2015. The move has put the future of the deal at risk and left European leaders scrambling to ensure Iran complies with its terms and companies wondering if they should do business with Tehran as the US threatens to apply unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the IAEA, which is still inspecting Iran's facilities, and is comprised of a bunch of very bright people, tells the world that this work complies with the P5+1 deal framework, I would tend to believe them.

Of course, the US, Saudia Arabia and Israel will scream that Iran is getting ready to produce nuclear weapons, even if this move is simply for developing additional energy resources,and use it as their "justification" for an attack against Iran.

Were I the heads of these countries, however, I would seriously want to explore what the Russian response would be, before beginning any such attack; historically, Russia has promised to support Iran militarily against any foreign attacker, and as we have seen in Syria, Russia's military capabilies are very formidable, at this point in its history.

Jun 05 11:01

ISRAEL IS NOW HELPING SAUDI ARABIA DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS

The Israeli government has begun selling the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia information on how to develop nuclear weapons, according to a senior official at the Israeli military organization iHLS (Israel’s Homeland Security). Ami Dor-on, a senior nuclear commentator at the organization — which is partially funded by U.S. weapons-giant Raytheon – came forward because of his concern over the emerging nuclear arms race in the region. The cooperation between the two countries in helping the Saudis to develop a nuclear weapons program is just the latest sign of their warming relationship, with Israel recently calling the Saudi crown prince “a partner of Israel.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great, just what the world needs; another nuclear power in the Middle East, with a twitchy trigger finger, particularly as it continues to confront Iran, both economically, and ultimately militarily.

Jun 04 11:48

AMID RISING TENSION WITH IRAN, ISRAEL TO JOIN LARGEST INT'L NAVY EXERCISE

Taking place off of the coast of Hawaii, 26 nations will participate in the US-led Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) from June 27 to August 2nd.

Jun 03 09:36

Israel Planned to Attack Iran and Start a War, Former Spy Chief Says

Israel planned to bomb Iran and initiate an all-out conflict in the Middle East, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's former head of intelligence, who said he believed the move may have been illegal.

Tamir Pardo, who served as head of Israeli spy agency Mossad from 2011 to 2016, told local investigative program Uvda in an interview set to air Thursday that Netanyahu instructed his military command in 2011 to prepare for a strike against longtime foe Iran, which Israel has accused of developing nuclear weapons and supporting militant groups abroad. Pardo said then-Israeli chief of staff Benny Gantz informed the prime minister that the armed forces would be ready within 15 days.

Jun 03 09:27

U.S. GAVE JERUSALEM TO ISRAEL, WILL SYRIA'S GOLAN HEIGHTS BE NEXT?

Israel has been pressuring the U.S. to recognize its self-proclaimed ownership of the Golan Heights, a southwestern Syrian territory seized by Israel during a 1967 conflict and later annexed without international recognition.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz made the revelation in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, saying such a follow-up to Washington's recognition of the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would likely come within the upcoming months. Katz said accepting Israeli control of the Golan Heights would target not only longtime foe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but also an even more powerful enemy: Iran.

Israel has targeted Iranian and pro-Iran positions in Syria for years and Katz said President Donald Trump's recent decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and exit from the 2015 nuclear agreement meant it was "the perfect time" to escalate the administration's anti-Iran campaign.

Jun 03 09:14

NATO ‘security guarantees’ do not apply to partner Israel – Stoltenberg

NATO is not obliged to come to the rescue should a hypothetical war break out between Iran and Israel, Jens Stoltenberg has told Germany’s Der Spiegel, amid increased tensions between the bitter Middle East rivals.

“Israel is our partner, but not a member of NATO. The security guarantee of Article 5 does not apply to Israel,” Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg told the magazine. Article 5 of NATO’s treaty stipulates that an attack against one ally is considered as an attack against all allies, but it does not apply to those designated only as “partners” of the alliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds good, but once the US steps in, then NATO is obligated to enter the war.

Jun 02 14:34

Deranged War Criminal Netanyahu Instructed Military To Strike Iran With 2 Week Notice, In 2011

Back in 2011, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the military to get ready to strike Iran with only a two-week preparation period, former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo revealed. Such a strike would have resulted in open war.

Jun 02 09:33

Why Globalists Want to Contain Iran

By Chris Kanthan

Forget the hullabaloo about Iran’s nuclear program—Netanyahu and the Neocons have been screaming about the imminent demise of the globe by Iran’s non-existent nukes for more than twenty years. The truth is that Iran is in the crosshairs of globalists for four main geopolitical reasons...

Jun 01 14:52

The Syria connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China

Iranian academic spells out Iran’s position in the Middle East and questions US policy toward the region; amid reports that the Qods force is unlikely to disband, and that Daesh (ISIS) is being moved the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Jun 01 07:07

An Oil Storm Is Coming, and Russia, the Saudis and Iran Hold All the Cards

Russia and the Saudis are now in a position to decide whether oil price comes down or continues its rise, meanwhile Iran if attacked by the US-Saudi-Israeli axis can plunge the world's oil supply into chaos and its financial markets with it

May 30 21:13

Will Putin’s Policy of Concession Succeed?

Paul Craig Roberts

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Conference last weekend shows the Russian government’s ensnarement by neoliberal economic policy. Putin defended globalism and free trade, and he warned that crisis will result from the breakup of the global system.

In fact, crisis is the result of globalism and neoliberal economics. For Russia neoliberal economics means both economic and political crisis. https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/05/25/americas-fifth-column-will...

May 30 18:31

Iran To Bring International Lawsuit Against "ISIS Founder" America Based On Trump Statements

Iran says the US is responsible for the rise of ISIS, and is therefore indirectly to blame for twin terror attacks that rocked the Iranian parliament building and a popular religious shrine in June 2017, which left 17 civilians dead and 43 wounded, according to Iranian media figures.

“During the presidential campaign, Trump clearly spoke about the performance of his rival, Mrs. Clinton, saying that the US has created the ISIL,” Abolfazl Aboutorabi, a member of parliament’s judicial commission, announced on Tuesday in comments carried by Iranian state media. “The public prosecutor has also filed a lawsuit in this regard,” Aboutorabi added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hang on to your popcorn, folks, THIS.... could get interesting!!

May 30 09:34

Iran builds legal case against ‘ISIS-founder’ US, based on Trump campaign claims

Tehran wants to sue Washington for its indirect involvement in dual terrorist attacks in Iran last year, claiming that the president himself repeatedly admitted the US is responsible for the rise of the terrorist group.

During his election campaign, US President Donald Trump repeatedly accused his predecessor’s administration – in particular, Democratic Party rival and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton – of creating Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

“Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama,” Trump told his supporters in January 2016. In a CBS 60 Minutes interview that aired July 17, 2016, he reiterated: “Hillary Clinton invented ISIS with her stupid policies.”

Now Tehran is turning Trump’s rhetoric into a case against the US, blaming Washington for its alleged role in orchestrating terrorist attacks against the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine in Tehran in June 2017, for which IS claimed responsibility.

May 29 15:23

Iran says US 9/11 court verdict 'mockery of international law'

Iran has severely slammed a New York court ruling which calls on Tehran to pay a large amount of money to the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

"The issue of such illegal rulings are in stark violation of the international commitments, law and accepted procedures which call for judicial immunity of the governments,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Monday.

He added that his country reserves all its legal rights to battle the verdict and its probable damages.

Qassemi stressed that Tehran rejects the extra-territorial and unlawful verdict issued in absentia against the Islamic Republic.

He further noted that the US court had no evidence of Iran’s involvement in the 2001 incident.

May 29 11:19

CHINESE FIRM TO INVEST $2B IN OIL REFINERY IN IRAN

A Chinese investment firm will spend US$2 billion on building an oil refinery in the Iranian northern province of Mazandaran, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Monday, quoting the deputy head of the province’s center for attracting foreign investment, Mousa Qasem-Pisheh.

The Chinese company has already been issued the license to build the oil refinery, Iranian media report, without specifying the name of the Chinese firm involved in the project.

Chinese and Russian firms are expected to continue to invest in Iran, and to actually benefit from the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, especially after European companies are very cautious regarding projects and investments in Iran, for fear of inadvertently breaking some sanction policy as U.S. sanctions on Tehran return.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Way to go, Mr. President, in withdrawing the US from the P5+1 Iran Deal!!

Now, you have both enraged our European allies with reimposition of the sanctions, and brought China, Russia, and Iran, into an even closer relationship; now, what if that relationship extends, which it logically should, to enhanced defense cooperation between all three countries?!?

Did you imagine, when you decided to withdraw from the treaty, that Russia and China would actually benefit, financially from the withdrawal of the US, and this economic boon might lead to better multilateral defense ties between all three countries?!?

Oh, and what else do these countries have in common?!? Let's see: they either have ditched, or will shortly ditch, all use of the US dollar in their international transactions.

A triple play here, Mr. President, and congratulations .... on your outstanding, pathalogical inability to understand what the ultimate ramifications of your decision here would be!!!

May 29 11:09

US “Does Not Approve” Of Russia Arming Iran, Wants UNSC Case

According to US Secretary of State Thomas Shannon, Washington does not agree with Russia’s sale of Su-30 fighters and S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems to Iran and believes that such transactions can only be made upon approval by the UN Security Council.

“We will not give our approval”, Shannon stressed in reply to the question whether the US will use its veto power if this issue is taken to the UN Security Council.

In addition, he noted that possible deliveries of S-300 systems also worry Washington.

“It is obvious that we are not interested in Iran having advanced fighters and ground systems. We will use all available means to oppose any systems that Iran may use for offensive purposes,” Shannon said.

May 29 10:58

Russia wants Iran out of Syria. Iranians aren't so happy about that

First, Moscow said all foreign forces should leave Syria. Now only Syrian soldiers should be on Israel's border. Iranians ask: Can Putin be trusted?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is trying to yank the rug out from under Israel's aggression against Syria.

May 29 10:53

India says it only follows U.N. sanctions, not U.S. sanctions on Iran

India said on Monday it abided by sanctions imposed by the United Nations but not those imposed by any other country, such as those announced by the United States against Iran.

May 29 09:01

Israel, Russia said to reach secret deal on pushing Iran away from Syria border

Reported agreement will see Israel consent to return of Assad's army to Syrian Golan Heights, in exchange for Russia ensuring no Iranian or Hezbollah troops there

May 28 10:08

REPORT: ISRAEL, IRAN ENGAGE IN INDIRECT NEGOTIATIONS OVER SYRIA FIGHTING

Israel and Iran engaged over the weekend in indirect negotiations in Jordan regarding fighting in southwestern Syria, according to Elaph, a Saudi-owned website.

Elaph reported that the Iranians pledged not to participate in expected battles in southwestern Syria between President Bashar Assad’s forces and rebel groups, and Israel has made it clear that it will not intervene in the battles in the tri-border area, as long as Hezbollah and the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias are not involved.

May 28 10:07

Report: Israel, Iran in ‘Indirect Negotiations’ Over Syria Fighting

The Syrian government’s planned offensive against rebels in their nation’s southwest is a potentially volatile matter, particularly with Israel on the warpath. Yet reports suggest virtually unprecedented indirect talks between Israel and Iran aim to avoid any accidental escalations.

The reports, emerging from the Saudi media, say that Jordan is facilitating the talks at an Amman hotel. Iranian officials are in one room, and Israeli officials are in an adjacent one, with Jordanian mediators carrying messages back and forth.

May 28 09:36

Russia: Only Syrian army should be on country’s southern border

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that only Syrian government troops should have a presence on Syria’s southern border, which is close to Jordan and Israel.

Rebels hold stretches of that area and intensive Israeli airstrikes in Syria this month were prompted by what Israel said was Iranian rocket fire from the area into the Golan Heights.

Russia and Iran are close allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

May 28 09:33

Netanyahu: The campaign we are conducting against Iran is still at its peak

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country is still continuing its efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. According to him, Israel is also carrying out a campaign against the Iranian military positioning in Syria which is directed against Israel.

Netanyahu has made these statements on Sunday during the weekly cabinet session, in which he revealed the intensification of Israeli efforts against Iran, whether to prevent its possession of nuclear weapons or acting against the Iranian military presence in Syria.

As part of Israel’s efforts to continue its campaign against Iran, Netanyahu talked at the weekend with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and praised the entire US administration’s firm position against the nuclear deal that had been signed with Iran against what he described as the Iranian “aggression” in the Middle East.

May 27 15:10

Who is the vassal: the US or Israel?

Uri Avnery examines whether the US or Israel is pushing the other to war with Iran by scuppering the Iran nuclear deal and attacking Iranian forces in Syria, amid Israeli public indifference and infatuation with Netanyahu and his showmanship.>>

May 27 10:23

The U.S. and Israel Are Marching towards War with Iran

On Monday, May 21, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a rant against Iran before the right-wing Heritage Foundation in Washington. It was a bullying speech to push the Iranian leadership to surrender unconditionally to US demands. If the Iranian people are unable to contrive “regime change” the US will do it by military means, perhaps together with Israel, which Pompeo didn’t say. But everybody knows that Israel is hell-bent to crush Iran.

May 27 04:38

Iran Tells U.S.: We Were Invited to Iraq and Syria, What About You?

"Iran has been present in Iraq and Syria at the invitation of the legitimate governments of these countries, and sided with the regional nations based on the common interests of the countries,"
"If anyone should leave the region, it would be the meddlesome U.S., which has done nothing but damaging the region during these years,"

May 26 09:45

Saudis Halt Orders From German Companies; Crown Prince "Deeply Offended"

Well this is going to hurt: Der Spiegel reports that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered that all government contracts cease being awarded to German companies in what's being interpreted as an aggressive punitive measure after a year of already deteriorating Saudi-German relations and as Germany has expressed its plan to stick by the Iran nuclear deal.

May 26 09:27

GAME ON: THE NEW STRATEGY OF THE U.S. AND ITS ALLIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Bad management, corruption and a failure of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to generate expected levels of foreign investment compound the problem.

May 26 09:15

Report: Evidence points to secret ICBM test site in Iran

Five years since a long-range missile testing facility in a desert in the Iranian city of Shahrud was destroyed in an explosion, Western intelligence officials believed that Tehran had abandoned the site.

However, a New York Times report published on Wednesday claims that a group of American weapons experts have been looking closely at new satellite images from the site and are now warning that Iran is surreptitiously developing intercontinental missiles there which will be capable of reaching Israel, Europe and the US itself.

Senior officials at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in California suggest that they have found a trove of evidence of advanced technological development for missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! It's like those Iranians are building a deterrent because they are afraid they are about to be invaded!

Now where would they get a silly idea like that?!?

May 26 08:52

Trump Seeks Regime Change in Iran, Ripping up Nuclear Deal and Imposes ‘Strongest’ Sanctions

Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said the US president is very “committed to regime change” in Iran, in a speech for the Iranian opposition cult the MEK. Then Trump sabotaged the JCPOA and Mike Pompeo announced “the strongest sanctions in history.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shouldn't that be up to the people of Iran?

May 25 09:57

End Of Unipolar World Looms As 'New World Order' Responds To US Demands On Iran

If Mike Pompeo’s ultimatum to Iran, after US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal, was fulfilled it would inflict economic warfare on the country and set up Tehran for failure while reasserting a US-led unipolar world order.

However, it is doomed to failure. As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pointed out following the US Secretary of State’s declaration mirroring the views of President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, John Bolton, the era when the US will “decide for the world” is over.

May 25 09:46

Is US Bellicosity Backfiring?

U.S. threats to crush Iran and North Korea may yet work, but as of now neither Tehran nor Pyongyang appears to be intimidated.

Repeated references by NSC adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence to the "Libya model" for denuclearization of North Korea just helped sink the Singapore summit of President Trump and Kim Jong Un. To North Korea, the Libya model means the overthrow and murder of Libya strongman Col. Gadhafi, after he surrendered his WMD.

May 24 12:59

Pompeo’s ‘Plan B’ for Iran is ‘designed to put the US’ on a path to 'forcible regime change'

Two weeks ago, President Trump terminated the United States' participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo started his speech at the Heritage Foundation on Monday.

"President Trump withdrew from the deal for a simple reason," he continued. "It failed to guarantee the safety of the American people from the risks created by the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran."

Thus Pompeo began a talk grounded more in fantasy than strategy.

He spoke repeatedly of an Iranian "march across the Middle East," painting Tehran as the mastermind of regional instability which poses an active, existential threat to U.S. friends and allies.

The "path forward," as Pompeo described it, is for Iran to submit to onerous new U.S. sanctions and concede to a long list of demands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This stance gives the US government very little room to maneouver, and where the only moves left, ultimately, lead to a war against Iran.

And as I have pointed out in a previous post today, as a country which has historically pledged to protect Iran from military invasion, just what will Russia's President Putin be willing to do to prevent such an invasion from happening, or how intensely will he be willing to defend it?!?

I would like to hope that this potential Russian military involvement, against the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, is at least keeping someone in the bowels of power up at night in DC, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv right now.

May 24 12:46

Syria Rejects US Demand for Iranian Pullout

One of the 12 demands issued by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a complete pullout from Syria of all pro-Iranian forces. Iran hasn’t really had a chance to respond, but Syria has already chimed in, rejecting the idea.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said the matter isn’t even up for discussion, noting that the decision “concerns the sovereignty of Syria.” He added Syria’s government is grateful for the help of Iranian military advisers, as well as Russian troops.

Mikdad further faulted the US for its continued intervention in Syria, and its “support of terrorists in Syria and elsewhere.” The US has troops within Syria, but those troops were not invited by the Syrian government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Syrian Deputy Minister Mikdad is absolutely correct in his assessment; unfortunately, Pompeo and Bolton will use this as their excuse to escalate the US war in Syria, ultimately translating into wars against Russia and Iran.

May 24 12:35

IRAN LISTS 7 CONDITIONS TO REMAIN IN NUCLEAR DEAL

In his first statement since Pompeo's Wednesday speech, Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei set 7 conditions for the European nations if they want Tehran to remain in the agreement.

Khamenei laid out the full list on Twitter on Trump's favorite social media network, remainder of continued on twitter where in a brief tweetstorm, he unveiled the following demands of Europe:

Over the course of 2 years, US violated #JCPOA, several times, while the Europeans remained silent. These 3 European countries should prove that they won’t be as dishonest & untrustworthy as they were during nuclear talks in 2004-2005. Europe needs to compensate for it:
The US has violated Resolution 2231. Europe must issue a resolution against US’s violation [of it].
Europe must guarantee it will not raise the issue of the Islamic Republic's missiles and regional affairs.

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Translation; Europe will not be allowed to acceed to Iran's demands by the US government, meaning that the Iranians will shortly go back to uranium enrichment, which will then be used as the "justification" for a war against it by the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.

But this will not happen until Israel uncorks in Lebanon against Hezbullah, and accomplishes "regime change" there, to achieve a more "Israeli-centric" government in Beirut.

So we have, maybe, a couple of months or more, before that happens, and then, the major world war against Iran happens. Look at the attack against Lebanon to come either right before, or right after, the High Holy days in Israel, Rosh Hashana, and Yom Kippur, which are celebrated in September of this year.

June 1st is already upon us week; So watch for 3 months of intense demonisation of Lebanon; Iran, and Russia in the next three months, leading up to an Israeli first strike on Lebanon.

But the big issue in all of this, with Russia having historically claimed that it will defend Iran should it be attacked militarily, is, when Iran is attacked, what will Russia's Putin actually be willing to do to defend it?!?

And lastly, here is a link to Ynetnews.com, with an article which is more than a little unsettling:


Israeli Security Cabinet now authorized to declare war

What makes this chilling, is the reality that now, only a handful of Israeli politicians have the power to wage war, in which the Knesset has utterly no voice whatsoever.

May 24 11:18

US tries to bully the world into attacking Iran

America’s conduct towards Iran demonstrates just how much of a bully the US government is, that anything short of bending 100 percent to America’s agenda will eventually result in punishment and war.

Newly appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, known as an anti-Iran hawk, began the week by giving a frightening speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation, threatening Iran with the “strongest sanctions in history”' if it doesn’t capitulate to US demands. The 12 “basic requirements” Pompeo laid out, which verge on the absurd, went far beyond requiring Iran to refrain from developing nuclear weapons, which it was already doing. Among the conditions were that Iran withdraws its forces and support from groups across the Middle East that the US doesn’t like, including in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.

May 24 09:38

Mike Pompeo’s 12-Step Plan for Disaster With Iran

Trump made his decision to withdraw official on May 8, and since then the United States has been struggling to articulate a strategy to deal with the consequences of that action. Pompeo’s speech—titled “After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy”—was intended to provide America’s “Plan B.” Upon reflection, however, Pompeo’s speech failed to accomplish this. Worse, the unrealistic demands made upon Iran in Pompeo’s address, coupled by the absolute detachment from reality and historical fact and/or context these demands were made, made Pompeo’s speech far more dangerous than silly.

May 24 08:37

“7 Countries In 5 Years:” 2007 Wesley Clark Interview Reveals US Plan To Go To War With Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Somalia, And Sudan

After the scrapping of the Iran nuclear deal by the Trump administration, the re-imposition of sanctions against the Persian nation, and the threat to impose the “toughest sanctions in history,” the US gear-up to destabilize or perhaps even go to war with Iran is becoming more and more visible by the day. A war of words between Iran and the United States is now ensuing with actual military aggression against Iran by Israel in Syria promising to provide an even greater likelihood that the U.S. military and America’s busy intelligence community will soon be working even harder to ensure that Iran is no longer able to resist Atlanticist hegemony.

However, the plan to destroy Iran is nothing new as anyone who has been following the US war machine can easily attest to.

May 24 07:00

Israel Says Europe Can ‘Go to a Thousand, Thousand Hells’ for Criticizing Violence Against Protesters

"Let them go to a thousand thousand hells," Steinitz told a local radio station, calling the EU hypocritical, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. "The EU is now sucking up to Iran and will help [Tehran] against U.S. sanctions."
Note: That attitude explains a multitude of actions and attitudes. Does Israel have a right to exist? (on Palestinian land)

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