Oct 08 07:47

Trump To Declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps A Terrorist Organization

Trump will also apparently decertify the Iranian nuclear deal this same week, though he won’t announce the resumption of broad, major sanctions against the country. Instead, Trump will seek more targeted sanctions against the IRGC and other Iranian-backed groups in Syria and other nearby countries.

“It’s an integrated Iran strategy focused on neutralizing and rolling back Iran’s malign activities regionally and globally,” the senior administration official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pot, Kettle, Black....

Oct 08 07:45

All-Around Villain? Trump Calls Iran 'Bad Player', Says Tehran 'Funding N Korea'

United States President Donald Trump has accused Iran of financially supporting North Korea and "causing trouble" in the Middle East. He said that measures will be taken towards Iran "in the not too distant future."

Oct 08 07:38

Iran says will not allow any intrusion into defensive affairs, vows to boost capabilities

“We will continue our country’s defensive capabilities and policies in full strength and will never allow others’ intrusion into this sector,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in an interview with IRIB on Saturday.

He added that Iran would not accept to hold talks about its “non-negotiable” defensive and missile programs, stressing the importance of maintaining the country’s military prowess considering the ongoing complicated situation in the region.

Oct 07 11:09

US Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal May Lead to Tehran ‘Outbreaks’

Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Chairman Leonid Slutsky told Sputnik on Thursday that a possible US withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran may lead to possible “outbreaks” from Tehran.

Earlier on Thursday, the Washington Post newspaper reported that US President Donald Trump intended to “de-certify” the nuclear deal with Iran next week.

Oct 07 09:01

Trump Threatens as Iran Says Missile Program Not Up for Negotiation

Following up on yesterday’s report that President Trump is going to decertify the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran on the grounds it is “not in America’s interests,” he is stepping up threats against Iran, promising a “broad strategy” to punish Iran for all of its bad behavior.

Decertification would lead to a vote in Congress, which Trump appears to believe will lead to the US withdrawing from the P5+1. This isn’t going to take place until next week, however,which has fueled speculation Iran might be coerced into making new concessions to placate him.

Iran, however, says that this is not the case. Noting that they’re complying with the nuclear deal as it is, Iran has denied reports they’d be willing to negotiate on their conventional missile program, saying they believe demands for more concessions are a violation of the UN Security Council resolution on the nuclear deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I mentioned yesterday, a US decertification of the P5+1 deal, would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid decision the Trump administration could make, at this point.

Of course, with President Whisperer, Israel's Benyamin Netanyahu constantly cheerleading for "regime change" in Tehran, the purpose of the decertification is to leave the US open to attempt a regime change by force.

I would like to strongly caution President Trump that Israel fully expects the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika to do this for him, but primarily at the costs of American blood and American money.

And Mr. President, I would like to politely remind you that Russian diplomats and chief military officers have consistently stated, that if Iran is attacked, Russia will come to its aid miilitarily.

Do you, sir, really want a war with Russia over regime change in Tehran?!?

I would suggest, sir, that if Mattis, McMaster and Kelly are being painfully honest with you, they will urge extreme caution, and tell you to your face that this is one hell of a lousy option, no matter how much Netanyahu screams at you on the phone that you MUST do it, to destroy its existential enemy, Iran.

I would also like to politely remind you, that Iran has not initiated a war in over 200 years.

Oct 07 08:16

U.S. approves possible $15 billion sale of THAAD missiles to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defense system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday, citing Iran among regional threats.

The approval opens the way for Saudi Arabia to purchase 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles, as well as fire control stations and radars.

“This sale furthers U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, and supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other regional threats,” the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation agency said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, the Pentagon is keen to close this deal, and quickly, as Saudi Arabia's King just inked a deal with Russia for their fighter-killer s-400.

Saudi Arabia agrees deal for Russian S400 missile defense systems

The Pentagon clearly understands that it may well be the last US big weapons deal with Saudi Arabia for quite some time, due to the mediocracy, and extravagant costs, of US weapons systems, as opposed to huge strides in both Russian and Chinese weapons systems which come at significantly less expense than do their US competitors.

And as to the alleged "Iranian threat"; Sec Def Mattis, a short, pop quiz, please; when, in the last 200 years, has Iran initiated a war?!?

Sir, I hate to burst your bubble on this, but the short answer is, NEVER!!

Oct 07 07:35

Russia, EU signal parting ways with US on Iran deal

Russia and the European Union rally behind a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran after reports that US President Donald Trump is set to decertify the international accord soon.

Oct 07 07:20

Sen. Cotton on Iran: ‘When Your Opponent is on His Knees, You Drive Him to The Ground’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) sparred with an audience member at the Council on Foreign Relations on Tuesday evening, after he took issue with the senator’s comment that an enemy on its knees should be choked out, not given a hand up – in reference to the Obama administration’s approach towards Iran in 2013.

During a discussion on the Iran nuclear deal, Cotton recalled the role that congressionally-imposed sanctions had in pushing Iran to a point where it agreed to negotiate over its nuclear programs.

“These were the toughest sanctions Iran had ever faced and they helped drive the regime to its knees,” he said. “One thing I learned in the army,” added Cotton, a U.S. Army veteran with combat service in both Iraq and Afghanistan, “is that when your opponent is on his knees, you drive him to the ground, and you choke him out.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why is Iran, a nation that has not initiated a war of conquest in 200 years, an opponent? Because they want to sell their oil in currencies other than the dollar? Because they refuse private central banking? Iran is not my opponent.

If you think otherwise, Tom. here's your rifle, here's your parachute, watch your head climbing into that transport, and we'll call Tehran and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

Oct 06 12:45

Iran, Iraq, And Turkey Unite To Block Kurdish Oil Exports

Iraq, Iran, and Turkey are taking a unified stance against Kurdistan’s oil sector after the region elected to seek independence from Baghdad in a referendum in September, according to a new report by Rudaw.

“In the case of northern Iraq; Iran, Iraq and Turkey will form a tripartite mechanism and will decide on shutting down the oil,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after a meeting with leaders from the other two nations on Thursday.

A day before the vote, the Iraqi central government issued a statement calling on “neighboring countries and countries of the world” to stop buying crude oil directly from Kurdistan and only deal with Baghdad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How, practically, are Iran, Turkey, and Iraq going to do this, without literally blowing up the oil rigs?!?

And please remember: Russia has just signed off on an independent deal with Kurdistan regarding its oil; these countries have better tread very softly on any Russian resolved to see an independent Kurdistan happen.

Oct 06 11:20

Trump Will Declare Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Not in the National Interest’

Officials familiar with the situation say that President Trump is intending to “decertify” the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the October 15 deadline. With no evidence Iran is violating the deal in any way, he is going to instead claim it is just “not in the national interest of the United States” to honor the deal’s terms.

This has much the same effect as falsely claiming Iran to be in violation, as it would put the nuclear deal up for a vote in Congress. Though Congress has long expressed opposition to the deal, it’s likely to be controversial to cancel it years after its implementation for literally no reason.

President Trump is to give a speech surrounding the matter, expected next Thursday, and will lay out a broad strategy of confronting Iran, trying to blame them for all Middle East instability and terrorism. This would both be aimed at justifying the decertification, and setting the stage for another flurry of sanctions and threats to attack Iran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: walking away from the P5+1 deal will probably go down as the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid decision ever to be made by your administration so far.

To blame Iran for the instability in the Middle East, when it is the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of America which are generally responsible for creating the arc of instability (not to mention insanity) in the Middle East,moving Westward toward Russia, and Eastward toward China and Asia, appears, to most sane observers, to typify the behaviour here as that of the head of an empire which is on the desperate, utter brink of collapse.

Iran, as you should know, has not started a war in over 200 year; the same can hardly be said for either Israel, or the US, unfortunately.

IF you force the US to walk away from this deal, do you think that any leader of any country on the planet will believe that the US government can ever negotiate in good faith again?!? Mr. President, the short answer is, HELL, no!!

Walking away from this deal will probably translate into Iran getting back into their nuclear weapons program, because, like North Korea's Kim Jung Un, President Rouhani will realize that the only way to avoid an outright invasion from the US is to have a credible deterrent against it.

The P5+1 program is working; and the guys and gals at the IAEA have continued to certify, since the deal went into effect, that Iran is complying.

And Mr. President, I need to ask: what country's "national interests" are "injured" by the US complying with the deal?!?

You need to take a good, careful look at your key advisors, that unholy triumverate of "president whisperers" consisting of Kelly, Mattis, and Mc Master, who seem to believe that the only solutions to US geopolitical problem are more wars, and wars only; but there is a fourth, and we both know that is one Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu.

I feel compelled to strongly caution you that although Netanyahu and Tel Aviv have cheerled for regime change in Tehran for decades, they fully expect that outcome to be purchased primarily at the costs of American blood, and America money.

Also, sir, there is that "6000 lb gorilla in the living room" snoozing on the Bosendorfer on the issue of an attack against Iran; the name of the 6000 lb Gorilla is Russia. Russian military and civilian politicians have sworn, consistently, that should Iran be attacked militarily, Russia will come to its aid.

Mr. President, this country is broke; its military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to successfully engage militarily with the Russians in Iran.

I therefore respectfully, and sincerely, ask you to reconsider this decertification; this decision will, unfortunately, most likely, lead this country into a world war.

Oct 05 11:56

Trump plans to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest

President Trump plans to announce next week that he will “decertify” the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is not in the national interest of the United States and kicking the issue to a reluctant Congress, people briefed on an emerging White House strategy for Iran said Thursday.

The move would mark the first step in a process that could eventually result in the resumption of U.S. sanctions against Iran, which would blow up a deal limiting Iran’s nuclear activities that the country reached in 2015 with the U.S. and five other nations.

Oct 05 07:08

Iran ready to help with Syria’s reconstruction

Senior MP Boroujerdi in a Thu. meeting with President Bashar Assad voiced Iran’s readiness to help Syria’s reconstruction after the defeat of ISIL terrorists in the war-ravaged country.

Head of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi held a meeting with Syria’s President Bashar Assad on Thursday in Damascus, during which he underscored Iran’s industrial and economic capabilities, and voiced the Islamic Republic’s readiness to employ such capacities to help Syria with reconstruction after the war.

Oct 05 07:08

Khamenei: Iran and Turkey Must Prevent Iraqi Kurds’ Secession

In his first major comments on the matter since Iraqi Kurdistan’s late September vote to secede from Iraq, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke on state TV after meeting with Turkey’s President Erdogan. He said the two nations have to take steps to prevent the Iraqi Kurds from declaring independence.

Over 92% of Iraqi Kurds voted in favor of secession, with a high voter turnout. The Iraqi government has rejected the idea of accepting it, and has been working with Turkey and Iran to claim all border crossings between Kurdistan and the outside world.

It’s not surprising Iraq’s major neighbors are working with them on this. Both Turkey and Iran have substantial Kurdish minorities with their own ambitions for self-determination, and neither wants to set up the precedent of Kurds getting to be a state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question here is, what, precisely, will Turkey, Iran, and Iraq be willing to do to prevent Kurdish independence?!?

Go in with guns blazing?!?

And I would like to politely mention to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that, in the words of my late Grandmother, "the horse is already out of the barn."

The Iraqi Kurds want independence, something which has been denied to them for hundreds of years.

It would be reasonable to suggest that those countries with a substantial Kurdish minority, open up dialogue with Kurdish leaders for more independence and more rights for their Kurdish populations, rather than persecutions of these minorities, as we have seen in Turkey.

But, of course, that...would be logical.

Oct 05 07:04

Trump Soon to Announce His Decision on Iran Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, Oct. 2, 2017. Officials say that he will announce his decision on the United States' continued participation in the Iran nuclear deal in a speech tentatively scheduled for October 12.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Building suspense? That is NOT a good sign!

Oct 05 03:39

Trump to Receive Multiple Options on Iran Nuclear Deal: Tillerson

Trump will be presented with multiple options regarding the future of the Iran nuclear deal ahead of an Oct. 15 deadline to certify whether Tehran is complying with the pact, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday.

Tillerson did not disclose details about the kinds of options he will present to Trump. He also declined to directly answer a question about whether he shared Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ assessment to Congress on Tuesday that Iran was “fundamentally” in compliance with the accord.


Oct 04 16:09

US Must Stay In Iran’s Nuclear Deal, Defense Secretary Mattis Tells Senators

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the administration of President Donald Trump must consider remaining a party to Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers, as the international accord serves US national interest.

Mattis’ remarks at a Tuesday Senate hearing comes in sharp contrast with Trump’s assessment that the nuclear agreement is an “embarrassment” to the US.

Oct 03 10:35

Palestinians React to Opening of First US Military Base in Israel

Despite the long-term military cooperation between the United States and Israel, the establishment of the first US military base inside Israeli territory takes military cooperation with Israel to a whole new level, with US troops present in anticipation of any possible future offensive against Israel.

Mohammed Abu Allan, a West Bank-based journalist who covers Israeli affairs, believes the US-Israeli military base is an additional indicator of the importance of the strategic military cooperation between the Americans and the Israelis, which has been materialized with the completion on Aug. 27 of a deal signed in November 2016 to purchase 17 F-35 fighters.

He told Al-Monitor,

“According to the Israeli media, this military base is established in light of attempts by Hamas and Hezbollah to obtain high-precision rockets. The objective of this step is to allow Israel to intercept long-range missiles in its next potential war with Hezbollah and Hamas and their main ally Iran.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The establishment of this US base in Israel is most likely about a coming war against Iran.

Oct 03 09:18

Iran Deploys Tanks, Artillery to Iraqi Kurdish Border, Kurdish Officials Say

Talk of Iraq, Iran, and Turkey responded to Kurdistan’s secession vote with military action seems to be growing more serious. Kurdish officials now say that Iran has deployed a dozen tanks and accompanying artillery to their border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Kurdish officials say the tanks can be seen from their side of the border, dubbing the deployment a “dangerous escalation.” The Iranian government presented it as part of a joint military drill with Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get very ugly, very quickly.

Oct 03 08:12

How I Got Fired – Philip Giraldi

Exposing Jewish power in America has real consequences.

Two weeks ago, I wrote for an article entitled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” It sought to make several points concerning the consequences of Jewish political power vis-à-vis some aspects of U.S. foreign policy. It noted that some individual American Jews and organizations with close ties to Israel, whom I named and identified, are greatly disproportionately represented in the government, media, foundations, think tanks and lobbying that is part and parcel of the deliberations that lead to formulation of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Inevitably, those policies are skewed to represent Israeli interests and do serious damage to genuine American equities in the region.

Oct 03 07:25


Yossi Cohen, the head of Israel's national intelligence agency, divulges on some of the organization's main priorities.

Oct 01 11:16

Unraveling the riddle of the Kurds’ Iraqi pipedream

Masoud Barzani has overplayed his hand – no regional powers are going to assent to partition of Iraq. Expect major turbulence ahead.

Question is will Erdogan sacrifice business interests to put political pressure ?

"Erdogan will get what he wants; the oil, and no independence. Barzani’s hand is not exactly brilliant" avers, Asia Times Roving Eye correspondent Pepe Escobar.

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), has announced that “Yes” won Monday’s non-binding independence referendum. Now that index fingers in indelible indigo ink are out of the way, the real battle between the KRG and Baghdad begins. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Iraqi Supreme Court have denounced the referendum as “unconstitutional.”

Oct 01 11:11

Washington’s Iron Curtain on the Euphrates

Washington has delayed its project to throw up an iron curtain along the eastern banks of the Euphrates River in order to deploy its Kurdish shock troops deep into Deir Ezzor province. The Syrian Defense Forces or SDF have been blitzing southward for nearly a week to head off the steady advance of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their elite Tiger Forces. The SAA’s stunning triumph in Deir Ezzor has knocked Washington for a loop triggering all manner of erratic behavior including rocket and mortar attacks on SAA troop positions, a US-coordinated stealth attack in Idlib province, and numerous other provocations meant to divert attention from the main strategic objective, the lucrative Euphrates Valley oil fields.

Oct 01 08:18


I wish that the US and the Western governments take care of their people in need. Instead of legislating to help Puerto Rico, the Israeli occupied US Congress is trying to be an even more obedient "house slave" for the Zionist masters by imposing more penalties on Hizballah (Lebanon) and Iran and pushing for yet another devastating war (just like they did in Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Libya). Bernard Levy, the Jewish Zionist instigator of the mayhem in Libya was in Northern Iraq building Zionist relationships with the Kurdish region and instigating for dividing Iraq like the Zionists did in Sudan. Other Zionists pour illegally acquired money in illegal Jewish settlements and the largest terrorist organization in the world - the Israeli army. Dividing the world and creating hatred and wars has been a key pillar of global Zionist machinery for decades*. It is the old colonial strategy of divide and conquer. As always many reject divisions while some fall into this trap.

Sep 30 09:50

Iraq plans to take control of Kurdistan region's border 'in coordination' with Iran, Turkey

Iraq plans to take control of the borders of its autonomous Kurdistan region “in coordination” with Iran and Turkey, the Iraqi Defence Ministry said on Friday.

The statement did not give more detail or indicate specifically whether Iraqi forces were planning to move toward the external border posts controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from the Iranian and Turkish side.

The move to seize the border posts is a response to a Kurdish referendum on Monday that produced a vote in favor of secession from Iraq.

Following the vote, Iraq, Iran and Turkey demanded that the KRG relinquish control over its external border crossings with Turkey, Iran and Syria.

Backed by Ankara and Tehran, the Iraqi government has demanded that the Kurdish leadership cancel the result of the referendum or face the prospect of sanctions, international isolation and possibly a military intervention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that this Kurdish independence referendum has brought Iraq closer into the orbit of Turkey and Iran, rather than the orbit of the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of America; one has to wonder, regionally, how this is going to play out over time.

Sep 30 07:57

Russia rejects US claim on Iran, IAEA

Back in August, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley attempted to convince the IAEA to request access to Iranian military sites, in what was generally viewed as an attempt to undermine a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

That push failed when the IAEA said Iran was in full compliance with the deal and the agency had no reason to request access to Iranian military sites.

Then, the US began invoking Section T of an annex to the JCPOA to justify a push for access to Iranian military sites. Section T bans any development activity on nuclear weapons technology and restricts dual-use items that could be used to research warhead design but gives no jurisdiction to the IAEA on the matter.

Russia, which is a party to the deal, has thus been referring to the text of Section T to remind the US that the IAEA has no authority for inspections under that particular provision.

Sep 30 07:52

Iran, Iraq to hold joint military drill

A joint military drill will be held by Iran's armed forces and military units from Iraqi army on the border regions of the two countreis, an Iranian senior military official said on Saturday.

Sep 29 09:04


Iranian-Turkish relations improve with Russia's blessing, this is why Israel should be worried.

Sep 29 09:03

Official: Austrian Firms Eyeing Iran's Projects

A senior Austrian financial official underlined that his country's medium- and small-sized companies are ready to invest in Iran's development projects.

Sep 29 08:38

Zarif: If US leaves nuclear deal, Iran may quit or take other options

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday that if the US withdraws the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran will also opt for quitting the deal or taking other options.

Sep 29 00:55

Patriotism Is A Two-Edged Sword — Paul Craig Roberts

On the Russian and Chinese side what can be done is a tri-party mutual defense pact between Russia, Iran, and China that is made public. This would tell the psychopaths in Washington and Israel that an attack on Iran means World War III. If this is not a deterrent, then Washington and Israel are lost to evil, and life on earth is ended.

Sep 28 09:31

Fox News Poll: Voters say Trump talk not helpful on Iran, North Korea

By more than two-to-one, voters think the best way to stop North Korea from continuing work on nuclear weapons is through diplomacy rather than threats of military action, and most say the way President Trump talks about North Korea isn’t helpful.

Trump vows to "totally destroy" North Korea if the United States is forced to defend itself in a September 19 speech to the United Nations, and nicknames North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "Rocket Man."

A new Fox News poll finds voters don’t think this helps the situation: 70 percent say the way Trump talks about North Korea is not helpful. Just 23 percent think it helps.

Sep 28 09:13

Leading Senate Democrat urges Trump not to scotch Iran deal

Ben Cardin, who opposed accord when it first came before Congress, says president should heed allies instead of walking away

Sep 28 09:08

Switzerland, Iran to Fortify Bilateral Ties

A head of a trip by a private sector delegation to Switzerland, the head of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture met with the newly-appointed ambassador of the Central European nation to Iran to discuss ways of strengthening bilateral ties, mainly by resolving banking issues inside and outside Iran.

TCCIM chief, Masoud Khansari, said that in addition to furthering its own diplomatic affairs with Iran, the Swiss Embassy is tasked with preserving other nations' interests and therefore plays a significant role in this area.

Sep 28 09:03

The case for a 'clean withdrawal' from the Iran Nuclear Deal

As the 45 experts said in their letter to President Trump, “It is time to move beyond President Obama’s appeasement of Iran and to begin work on a comprehensive new approach that fully addresses the menace that the Iranian regime increasingly poses to American and international security.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What menace?!? Iran has not initiated a war of conquest in over 200 years. Certainly if one catalogs all the nations that have been attacked and bombed into ruin these last 16 years, Iran appears nowhere in the "attacker" column. That space is reserved for the US and its proxies.

Sep 28 08:59

Commander: Russian ballistic missile lights up sky of Iranian cities

Deputy Commander of Khatam Al-Anbia Air defense base General Alireza Elhami said on Wednesday that the light which had been seen in different Iranian border districts and some cities belonged to a Russian ballistic missile test fire.

Sep 28 08:56

How to Get Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal - John Bolton

Defining a compelling rationale to exit Obama’s failed nuclear deal and elaborating a game plan to do so are quite easy. In fact, Steve Bannon asked me in late July to draw up just such a game plan for the president — the option he didn’t have — which I did.

Here it is. It is only five pages long, but like instant coffee, it can be readily expanded to a comprehensive, hundred-page playbook if the administration were to decide to leave the Iran agreement. There is no need to wait for the next certification deadline in October. Trump can and should free America from this execrable deal at the earliest opportunity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, John...

Sep 28 08:50

A plea to Israel: Don’t start the third Lebanon War

Yet Israel’s leaders don’t sound like they fear the consequences of such a war. They sound like they’re mainly afraid of letting Hezbollah keep its 150,000 missiles, and of letting the cease-fire agreement in Syria go through, which Netanyahu says would bring Iranian weaponry and Iranian-aligned militias near the Israeli Golan Heights. More than being afraid of the prospect of hundreds or thousands of Israeli deaths, they sound afraid of letting Iran establish a “band of control” from its territory through Iraq and Syria and into Lebanon for the transfer of weapons and fighters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Israel steals the Golan from Syria, and now act indignant that Syria might want it back, especially with all the oil and gas underneath (which Israel is already selling).

Sep 28 08:48

Iran ready to cooperate with Iraq army in shared borders

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Bagheri said Iran only accepts the unified and integrated Iraq legally governed by the constitution and the vote of Iraqi people, and doesn’t recognize separation of a part of the country.

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri made the remarks following the meeting with Iraq’s chief of army, expressing his felicitations on the victories of Iraq’s army in the fight against terrorists.

Sep 28 08:37


The new phase of Israel aggression against Syria revolves around the targeting of a comparatively small group of Iranian military advisors who are in the country. In the Israeli lexicon, targeting ‘Iran’ is also a code word for targeting the Lebanese Arab party Hezbollah whose volunteers are cooperating with the government of the Syrian Arab Republic against jihadist terrorists. Thus far, Israel has struck Syrian and Hezbollah targets in Syria, but the Israeli regime has not killed any actual Iranians in Syria.

Now, a prominent minister in the Likud regime, Ze’ev Elkin, has given an interview with the ultra-liberal Russian radio station Echo of Moscow and has said the following,

“I do not think we should interfere in this issue. Usually, our attempts to interfere in our neighbours”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please do not, for one moment, make any mistake about how Israel wants "regime change" to be achieved in both Tehran and Damascus; predominantly, at the costs of American blood and American money.

Sep 28 08:23


Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu today warned that every option is on the table for dealing with Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence bid, and that they are considering a joint military operation with the Iraqi central government against the Kurds.

Iran chimed in shortly thereafter, saying they’re eager to stand with both Iraq and Turkey to rule out any possible secession of the Kurds. Top Khamenei adviser Ali Akbar Velayati termed the big “an abhorrent deviation,” adding that the region would “not allow the creation of a second Israel.”

Iraqi officials haven’t directly addressed the possibility of military action against the Kurds, though the Iraqi parliament has approved the deployment of the military into areas contested by the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the sense I get here, is that we are looking at ethnic cleansing of Iraqi Kurds, and happening quickly.

Turkey, historically, is very comfortable with the concept of genocide:

The first genocide of the 20th Century occurred when two million Armenians living in Turkey were eliminated from their historic homeland through forced deportations and massacres.

As the Turkish government considers much of its own Kurdish population to be "terrorists", belonging to, or adhering to the principals of the PKK (even though many are completely innocent of any violence, and just requesting more rights and freedoms as an ethnic minority in Turkey), They will not hesitate to ethnically cleanse Iraq of its Kurdish population in a heartbeat, given the opportunity.

Sep 28 02:55

How to Bring Down the Elephant in the Room

First, a painful, but needed, clarification:

Basement crazies. Neocons. Zionists. Israel Lobbyists. Judaics. Jews. Somewhere along this list we bump into the proverbial “elephant in the room”. For some this bumping will happen earlier in the list, for others a little later down the list, but the list will be more or less the same for everybody. Proper etiquette, atleast in the West, would want to make us run away from this topic. I won’t. Why? Well, for one thing I am constantly accused of not discussing this elephant. Furthermore, I am afraid that the role this elephant is playing is particularly toxic right now. So let me try to deal with this beast, but first I have to begin with some caveats.

Sep 28 02:51

Very Dangerous Escalation in Syria

By now many of you must have heard the news: a Russian Lieutenant-General, Valery Asapov, and two Colonels have been killed in what appears to be a very precisely targeted mortar attack. Just as in the case of the Russian military police unit recently attacked near Deir ez-Zor, the Russians are accusing the Americans of being behind this attack. To make things even worse, the Russians are now also officially accusing the Americans of actively collaborating with ISIS:

Sep 27 08:59

US Joint Chiefs Chairman: Iran Honoring Nuclear Deal

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford offered an unusually stern rebuke of the push to withdraw from the P5+1 deal with Iran. Testifying to the Senate Armed Services Committee, he noted Iran was complying with the terms of the deal.

More importantly, Gen. Dunford warned that a US move to unilaterally withdraw from the deal would have huge ramifications internationally, raising global questions about America’s treaty obligations, and reliability as a partner in future negotiations.

Sep 27 08:25

Official: Israel Benefiting From Referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan

Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee blasted the referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan region, and said that Tel Aviv will gain a lot from the instability and chaotic situation in the region.
"This is in the interest of Israel and those who want to expand insecurity in the region," Rezayee told reporters on Tuesday.

The EC secretary underlined that Kurdistan needs security, development and progress; any kind of conflict would make them to lag behind peace and progress.

Rezayee reiterated that the region will face insecurity which would lead to Israel's ill-treatment.

Sep 27 08:19

France to make car parts in Iran

Head of France's Union of Rubber and Plastics showed interest in training Iranian industrialist to make car parts.

Sep 27 08:18

Iran to receive 2 ATR72 passenger planes on Thursday

Two Franco-Italian ATR72 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to Iran on Thursday, spokesman of the Civil Aviation Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like more and more nations are ignoring US sanctions.

Sep 27 08:17

US Joint Chiefs Chairman: Iran Honoring Nuclear Deal

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford offered an unusually stern rebuke of the push to withdraw from the P5+1 deal with Iran. Testifying to the Senate Armed Services Committee, he noted Iran was complying with the terms of the deal.

Sep 26 11:19

Russia rejects revision of Iran nuclear deal

A Russian Foreign Ministry official on Tuesday rejected possible revision of Iranian nuclear deal, saying that it could aggravate sharply the situation in the region.

Sep 26 10:09

"Fake Nukes": Iran Faked Ballistic Missile Launch

On Saturday, when a defiant Iran allegedly confirmed the existence a brand new ballistic missile it has unveiled just hours earlier at a military parade in Tehran, we reported that Iranian state television released video footage Friday claiming to show the launch of a new type of medium-range ballistic missile.

But it turns out this was "fake news", or rather "fake nukes", as Iran never actually fired a ballistic missile, according to Fox News government sources, and instead the video released by the Iranians was more than seven months old – dating back to a failed launch in late January, which resulted in the missile exploding shortly after liftoff, according to two U.S. officials.

Sep 26 09:42

Reactions to Iraqi Kurdistan referendum continue

Reactions continue to pour in over the independence referendum in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, which was held in defiance of widespread calls for its cancellation.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani that pushing for independence risked sparking an “ethnic war" in the region.

“If Barzani and the Kurdish Regional Government do not go back on this mistake as soon as possible, they will go down in history with the shame of having dragged the region into an ethnic and sectarian war,” Erdogan said in a televised speech.

He also emphasized that all options, from economic to air and land military measures, were on the table in response to the Kurdish vote.

Sep 26 09:42

DM: Closing Iran's Airspace Message to Officials in Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami underlined that sealing his country's airspace to the Iraqi Kurdistan region was just a message to the Kurdish officials for their insistence on holding the independence referendum.

Sep 26 09:33

Commander Blames Israel for Referendum "Plot" in Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri blasted the referendum for independence in the Iraqi Kurdistan region as a "plot" hatched by Israel and its allies.

Sep 26 04:12

Trump Is Playing With Fire

This week’s headlines have been dominated by reaction to US President Donald Trump’s bluster against North Korea during his address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. This has overshadowed the equally threatening and ominous references he made in the same speech to Iran.

Anyone listening to will have been left with two impressions: Trump’s speech faithfully echoed the utterances Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and it brazenly beat the drums of war against Iran.


Sep 26 03:38

Trump Is Trying to Hoodwink Us Into War With Iran

The president claimed that “the Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” ominously concluding, “I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it. Believe me.” Such bombastic statements fly in the face of hard evidence that the 2015 accord has been successful at preventing a nuclear-armed Iran and yet another U.S. war in the Middle East.


Sep 25 09:10

Global arrogance aims to change world’s geopolitical map: IRGC cmdr.

“The global arrogance and its allies are making efforts to change the world’s geopolitical map,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the IRGC’s second-in-command, said on Sunday.

Security is very important in Iran’s defense system, particularly at a time when centers of insecurity and crisis have been formed in the Islamic Republic’s neighboring countries and the strategy of hegemonic countries, such as the United States, Britain and some of their allies in the region, is to make geopolitical changes in the world, he added.

The senior IRGC commander emphasized that Iran monitored all moves by its enemies while at the same time displaying its defensive preparedness to establish full security, particularly in border areas.

Sep 25 09:00

Netanyahu convenes security cabinet to discuss Iran missile threat

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called a special meeting of his security cabinet following Iran’s testing of a ballistic missile that can reach Israel over the weekend.

The missile test, along with efforts to get world powers to cancel or fix the Iran nuclear deal, were the top priorities at the meeting, Israel Radio reported.

Sep 25 08:58

What the Kurdish Referendum Means for the Future of Iraq

The referendum on independence for the Kurdish controlled territory, due to take place on 25 September, is the latest event billed as threatening the stability of Iraq and a good chunk of the Middle East. Seldom has a democratic poll in such a small place been so universally denounced by so many international powers, including the US, UK, Germany and France.

A White House statement emphasises “to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat Isis and stabilise the liberated areas. Holding the referendum in disputed areas is particularly provocative and destabilising.”

Regional powers like Turkey and Iran have likewise demanded that the referendum be cancelled and threatened retaliation if it is not. In Baghdad, the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has denounced it and the Supreme Court ruled that it was “unconstitutional”. But for all the sound and fury, it looks as if the vote is going ahead.

Sep 25 08:37

Trump Accuses Iran of Cooperation with North Korea After Missile Test Launch

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that Iran was cooperating with Pyongyang following the latest Tehran's ballistic missile test.

"Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!" Trump posted on Twitter.

On Saturday, Iranian media reported that the country had successfully carried out the test launch of a new ballistic missile, dubbed Khorramshahr, with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles).

The new Iranian long range missile Khoramshahr (front) is displayed during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, on September 22,2017 in

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, please think for a moment; if you were Iran's President Rouhani, and listening to American, Israeli, and Saudi authorities all screaming in unison about regime change in Tehran, would you not be wanting to be creating, and manufacturing, the best, and longest-range missiles your scientists could create?!?

Of course you would!!

And sir, where is your proof that North Korea is assisting Iran in its missile program?!? Wouldn't the situation actually be the converse, with Iran assisting North Korea, because North Korea's guidance and staging of their missiles needs much to be desired before they can actually target something successfully?!?

And please remember: As of October 17th, 2014, carried the following comment:

Iran argues that it has rejected nuclear weapons as incompatible with Islam and cites a fatwa of Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei as proof. American and European officials remain skeptical, however, that the issue is really governed by Shia Islamic principles. They have relied instead on murky intelligence that has never been confirmed about an alleged covert Iranian nuclear weapons program.

But the key to understanding Iran's policy toward nuclear weapons lies in a historical episode during its eight-year war with Iraq. The story, told in full for the first time here, explains why Iran never retaliated against Iraq's chemical weapons attacks on Iranian troops and civilians, which killed 20,000 Iranians and severely injured 100,000 more. And it strongly suggests that the Iranian leadership's aversion to developing chemical and nuclear weapons is deep-rooted and sincere.

Sep 25 08:04


The diplomatic and economic noose is tightening around Iraqi Kurdistan one day ahead of its historic independence referendum. On Sunday, the Iranian government announced closure of its airspace to northern Iraq's Sulaimani and Erbil Airports, at the request of Iraqi authorities. The Baghdad government has repeatedly threatened military intervention in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region should the vote proceed on Monday, which Baghdad warns could provoke invasion by neighboring states. The United States too has warned that the non-binding referendum will be “particularly provocative and destabilizing” - this as Turkey musters tanks along its border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this referendum gets overwhelmingly passed by Iraqi Kurds, which may well happen, look for a massive war in this part of Iraq, with Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, fighting Iraqi Kurds for territory, potentially completely destabilising Iraq.

Sep 25 07:34

Trump's Iran decision could shake up North Korea stand-off

Opponents of the Iranian nuclear deal argue that Iran is watching North Korea’s belligerence to see what they might be able to get away with. Supporters of the deal, meanwhile, say scrapping it would send a signal to Pyongyang that the United States cannot be trusted in any potential future negotiations.

Sep 25 07:33

General Wesley Clark: "We'll Need All of the U.S. Armed Forces" to "Deal with Iran and North Korea"

On Saturday evening, Iran announced it successfully tested a new-medium range missile. This test comes after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday Iran would increase its military power "as a deterrent” against hostile nations.

Iran’s Defense Minister, General Amir Hatami said that the purpose of this missile was to have "the ability to evade the enemy's air defense line and to be guided from the moment of launch until the target is hit turns Khoramshahr into a tactical missile.”

He also noted that Iran does "not seek permission from any country for producing various kinds of missile.”

Sep 25 07:13

US withdrawal from JCPOA would put Europe-US relations in crisis

Despite the fact that the JCPOA has nothing to do with regional issues, Trump administration tries to tie many ongoing issues in the Middle East to the Nuclear Deal with Iran. Why?

Sep 25 07:03

Iran, Russia support Iraq's territorial integrity, regional security

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that Iran-Russia relations will continue to be strengthened by furthering the ongoing plans.

Sep 25 07:03

Iran blocks Iraqi-Kurdistan flights on eve of controversial referendum

Iran said on Sunday that it has blocked all flights to and from Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region at the request of Baghdad, just a day before a controversial referendum on Kurdish independence.

The referendum has been staunchly opposed by Iraq, Iran and several other key players in the region.

Sep 25 07:02

Iran Closes Border With Iraq's Kurdish Region

Iran closed its border with northern Iraq's Kurdish region on Monday, Anadolu Agency reported the country's Foreign Ministry, as saying.

A day earlier, Tehran ended flights between the territories as the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) prepared to hold a referendum on independence from Baghdad.

"At the request of Iraq, we have closed the airspace and ground borders with the Kurdish Regional Government," ministry spokesman Behram Qasimi said at a news conference in Tehran.

Sep 24 08:13

Trump Accuses Iran of Cooperation with North Korea After Missile Test Launch

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that Iran was cooperating with Pyongyang following the latest Tehran's ballistic missile test.

"Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!" Trump posted on Twitter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Mr. President. Is there any provision in the P5+1 deal that says Iran cannot test missiles? Is there any provision in the P5+1 deal that says Iran cannot work with any nation they choose to? Is not the United States constantly working for Israel sowing death and destruction across the middle east?

Sep 23 12:58

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate

If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia, notes Robert Parry.

The core absurdity of the Russia-gate frenzy is its complete lack of proportionality.

Sep 23 07:55

Conspiracy against Syria & Iran initiated in 2007

Here are excerpts from a 2007 report from award winning journalist Seymour Hersh. His report, published in the New Yorker under the heading “The Redirection,” outlines in clear language that the conspiracy to topple the governments of Syria and Iran, specifically by sponsoring terrorist groups as mercenaries against them, was conceived and initiated during the Bush years, and began to take shape in earnest in 2007.

Sep 23 05:39

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate

If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia, notes Robert Parry.

The core absurdity of the Russia-gate frenzy is its complete lack of proportionality.

Sep 22 17:19

The Bombast of Nikki Haley

She’s a lightweight, and a warmongering globalist.

As Governor of South Carolina, and a member of that state’s House of Representatives, Haley’s foreign policy experience is absolutely nil. Nor does her degree in accounting from Clemson University inspire confidence. Her record thus far has consisted of giving voice to the neoconservative tendency in the GOP – the very people Trump defeated in the GOP primaries. The conventional Republican foreign policy clichés we’ve heard for years pour forth from her mouth like vomit from a drunk. Her recent speech before the American Enterprise Institute on the nuclear deal with Iran is a perfect case in point.

Sep 22 17:15

America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars

We don’t need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we don’t need it.

They have been very successful at faking the Iranian threat, so much so that nearly all Republican and most Democratic congressmen as well as much of the media seem to be convinced that Iran needs to be dealt with firmly, most definitely by using the U.S. military, and the sooner the better.

And while they are doing it, the issue that nearly all the Iran haters are Jewish has somehow fallen out of sight, as if it does not matter. But it should matter.

Sep 22 12:19

"We Will Not Seek Permission": Defiant Iran Unveils New Ballistic Missile

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered another snub to the Trump administration on Friday when he said that Iran would continue its missile program in defiance of US sanctions, and to underscore the determination, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard unveiled its newest long-range ballistic missile during a military parade in Tehran.

The new missile that was introduced at the parade is capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, with a range of 1,200 miles. It's also capable of carrying several warheads. The parade in Tehran commemorated the 1980s Iraq-Iran war. Though Iran has long boasted of having missiles in the same range in its arsenal, it was the first time that the new Khoramshahr missile was displayed in public, the AP reported adding that in February, Iran test-fired the same medium-range type of missile, prompting Trump to say that the United States is "putting Iran on notice."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look, with the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia collectively breathing down Iran's neck, in terms of screaming "regime change" at Tehran, if you were Rouhani, wouldn't you be looking at producing the best weapons possible, as a deterrent to that regime change?!?

Of course you would!!

Sep 22 11:33

The White House Is Secretly Planning for Confrontation with Iran: Report

As Donald Trump takes to the U.N. General Assembly to demonize Iran yet again, the Trump administration is also considering a more aggressive strategy towards Iran behind closed doors, sources have told Reuters.

According to six current and former U.S. officials, the U.S. will be looking at more hostile responses to Iran’s forces, its proxy armies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups.

According to the sources, the current proposal was drafted by Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security advisor General H.R. McMaster, and several other top officials before it was presented to President Trump at a National Security Council meeting on September 9.

The proposal will ultimately be made public before the end of September, two of the sources said. The sources requested anonymity because the draft proposal had not yet been finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will lead, ultimately, to war against both Russia and Iran, as Russian politicians and military professionals have vowed that should Iran be attacked militarily, they will respond.

It is only a matter of time; and my sense, listening to the intense demonisation of Iran by President Trump at the UN earlier this week in his maiden speech there, it will be a question of sooner, rather than later.

And President Trump may find a way for the Iranians to be perceived as having struck first, perhaps tricking them into attacking a nearby US outpost in the Middle East as did FDR, with the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, to whip up collective American animosity and desire for revenge against them.
Pearl Harbor attack; Hawaii was surprised, but FDR was not.

I would, however, like to strongly caution President Trump about such a war against Iran in one specific area; both Israel and Saudi Arabia have been cheerleading for regime change in Tehran for a long time; but they fully expect the costs borne from such a war to be primarily in American blood and American money.

Mr. President, if there EVER was a time for not obliging your twin BFFs in the Middle East, Bibi Netanyahu and Prince Salman, by starting this potentially catastrophic war in the Middle East, it is now.

The interests of the American people are absolutely not alligned with those of these two tyrannical leaders on this issue.

Let them join forces and fight Iran, if they are pathologically incapable of engaging in intelligent, moral, hard-won negotiations with which to resolve their differences with Iran; but let's leave the American military out of this, please.

Sep 22 10:03

Tillerson: Iran ‘Technically’ Complying With Nuclear Deal

In comments that may provide some insight into the Trump Administration position on Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conceded that “no one” disagreed with Iran being in compliance with the P5+1 nuclear deal. He insisted, however, that this compliance was only “technically” compliance.

This led to talk of Iran violating the “spirit” of the deal, even though they are complying with all the actual written terms of the deal. Tillerson suggested that the expectation was that the deal would “remove” Iran as a threat in the eyes of the US.

Which of course is something that Iran has literally no control over. US policy is to be hostile toward Iran, and the fact that this didn’t evaporate overnight is neither surprising, nor something that anyone could’ve thought might happen as the result of the P5+1 deal, which covered only Iran’s civilian nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a professional basket ball player might observe, The Trump administration has "no game" against Iran, which is why it is attempting to demonize the Iranian government over things which were never a part of the P5+1 agreement in the first place.

And Mr. President, a word here, please: both Saudi Arabia and Israel would love to see regime change in Damascus; but generally, only at the cost of American blood and American money.

Here at home, you're dealing with a war-weary and war-cynical citizenry, who are looking at the epic fails of US foreign policy represented by the "usual suspects" of real, or attempted, regime change: Iraq; Afghanistan; Syria; Somalia; and Libya, and seriously doubt that this is really the right time to get into another military misadventure in the Middle East, Africa, or North Korea, or anywhere else, thank you very much.

And as a Christian pacifist activist, constantly exhorting both you, and every one else at the Federal level, to attempt to resolve this country's geopolitical differences with meaningful negotiations, rather than through wars, I am politely and sincerely asking you to allow the US government to stay the course with the P5+1 treaty.

This continues to work for peace, and the Iranian government has been declared in full compliance of the deal by the IAEA, and these people are smart enough to understand if there is the slightest deviation from what they expect to see.

Let's let the experts continue to do their jobs.

We have problems enough here in the US, where half the country is burning with uncontrolled wildfires, and the other half is flooded by tropical storms and torrential rains, not to mention an economy which is just about on the tipping point.

Sep 22 09:49

Sanders warns Trump against abandoning Iran nuclear deal

US Senator Bernie Sanders has denounced President Donald Trump’s handling of the Iran nuclear accord, warning that backing away from the agreement could hurt America's ability to strike deals in the future.

Sep 22 09:49

Commander: Trump Unable to Coax Iran into More Concessions through Decertification Propaganda

Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri underlined that the US president's threat to decertify the nuclear deal with Iran would not force Tehran to give more concessions to keep the agreement alive.

Sep 22 09:26

Austria signs landmark funding deal with Iran

Austria’s Oberbank on Thursday signed a major finance deal with over a dozen Iranian banks thus becoming one of the first European financial institutions to break the ice in providing loans for Iranian projects after the removal of sanctions against the country in early 2016.

Sep 22 09:11

BEX ALERT - Tillerson: Russia Seeks to Weaken IAEA in Probing Secret Nuclear Programs

Russia has frequently acted in ways that have effectively weakened global norms, including by weakening the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) independence in its efforts to probe secret nuclear programs, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated at the UN Security Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trying to build a case that Iran "could have" a nuclear weapon program (same crap that Netanyahu was pushing earlier in the week).

Sep 22 08:42

Donald Trump Apparently Snubbed Theresa May When She Asked Him About The Iran Nuclear Deal

Donald Trump refused to tell Theresa May whether he intends to stick to a nuclear deal with Iran – despite her asking him outright, the US secretary of state has said.

The US president told journalists on Wednesday he had made a decision on the future of the historic agreement, but would not reveal his thinking to fellow world leaders at the United Nations.

In his speech to the UN, Trump said the deal – forged in 2015 between Iran and the US, the UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany in a landmark bid to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons – was "an embarrassment to the United States".

Sep 22 08:39

Iran FM rejects re-negotiation of nuclear deal terms

In an interview with The New York Times on Thursday, Mohammad Javad Zarif said US wants to change the deal at Iran’s expense alone, while Washington itself is not willing to make any concessions.

The top Iranian diplomat further said that kind of position contradicted the premise of any negotiated deal. If the nuclear accord is supposed to change, then every concession Iran has made to help make the deal happen has to be reconsidered, he noted.

“Why should we discuss an addendum?,” he asked. “If you want to have an addendum, there has to be an addendum on everything.”

“Are you prepared to return to us 10 tons of enriched uranium?,” Zarif also asked, referring to the stockpile, which was shipped to Russia as part of the deal.

Sep 22 08:38

Iran in 'technical compliance' with nuclear deal: US secretary of state

The head of the US Strategic Command agrees.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has admitted that Tehran is in "technical compliance" with the 2015 nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six other countries, including the United States.

Tillerson made the remarks on Wednesday after he and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met as parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) at an EU-organized event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York where EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that all parties to the nuclear deal agree that Iran is in compliance with the plan.

Sep 22 07:29

Trump Alone Threatened War in His UN Address

The UN is a venue for promoting world peace and stability. Trump used his General Assembly address for hostile chest-thumping, threatening North Korea, Iran, Venezuela and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad – a disgraceful jingoistic display.

The only language he understands is belligerence, escalating wars he inherited from Bush/Cheney and Obama, plotting new ones, threatening possible nuclear confrontation on the Korean peninsula.

He’s a national disgrace and a world menace, a rogue leader. Addresses by his counterparts and other officials representing their countries shamed him.

Sep 21 14:30

Listening to the Donald at the UN – The Saker

No matter how bad things look now, Hillary President would have been infinitely worse!

In conclusion, what I take away from Trump's UN speech is a sense of relief for the rest of the planet and a sense of real worry for the US. Ever since the Neocons overthrew Trump and made him what is colloquially referred to as their “bitch” the US foreign policy has come to a virtual standstill.

Sure, the Americans talk a lot, but at least they are doing nothing. That paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the internal infighting, is a blessing for the rest of the planet

Sep 21 13:22

Collapse of Iran deal would send a 'terrible signal': Germany

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned that any US move to scrap Iran's nuclear deal would discourage other countries from going to the negotiating table to discuss their nuclear activities.

A collapse of the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would send a “terrible signal” for other diplomatic efforts, Gabriel said on the sidelines of a UN meeting in New York on Thursday.

“What should motivate countries like North Korea or others to enter into negotiations in the future when the one example of such a deal is being destroyed?” he asked.

Sep 21 13:22

Iran Signs €500 Million Finance Deal with Denmark

Denmark's Danske Bank signed a €500 million finance contract with 10 Iranian banks on Thursday, becoming the second European lender to ink such an agreement with Iran.

Saman Bank, Bank Mellat, Tejarat Bank, Bank Melli Iran, Bank of Industry and Mine, Bank Sepah, Bank Pasargad Iran, EN Bank, Bank Keshavarzi, and Parsian Bank will act as the agent banks, providing civil projects in Iran with the Danish fund, Central Bank of Iran website reported.

At the Iranian ambassador's residence in a in Vienna attended by Ahmad Araqchi, CBI's deputy for foreign exchange affairs and Mohammad Khazaei, deputy minister of economy.

Sep 21 13:21

Gabriel: Germany will strive to save Iran nuclear deal

Germany will do all it can to persuade the United States not to abandon the Iranian nuclear agreement, whatever the outcome of German elections on Sunday, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday.

Gabriel told reporters any US move to cancel the Iran deal and impose new sanctions on Tehran would discourage powers such as North Korea from negotiating an end to their own nuclear programmes.

Germany would work with the European Union, France, Britain and where possible China and Russia to press Washington to preserve the deal, under which Iran curbed its nuclear work in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, he said on the sidelines of a UN meeting in New York.

Sep 21 12:48

Anti-Iran Deal Billionaire Tom Kaplan Lashes Out at Iran

A couple hours before and a few blocks away from where President Donald Trump delivered a speech to the United Nations on Monday, a group of anti-Iran deal advocates held their annual conference at the midtown Manhattan Roosevelt Hotel. Perhaps newly emboldened by the current administration’s hostility to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—at the UN, Trump declared the Iran deal “an embarrassment to the United States”—a billionaire wearing a blue, three-piece suit took the stage and delivered a diatribe, invoking anti-Muslim falsehoods and a series of crude animal metaphors to explain Iran’s predatory nature.

Thomas Kaplan made his public debut as a supporter of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) in a surprise appearance that was not listed in the event’s program. Kaplan is one of the key funders of UANI, an anti-Iran deal advocacy group that targets companies doing business in Iran and even goes as far as pushing for a de facto blockade on food and medicine to Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Tom...

Sep 21 12:44

UK brushes off Trump on Iran with $720mn solar deal

The UK deepened its economic relationship with Iran in a solar deal worth $720mn less than a day after US President called the Arabian Gulf nation a “rogue state” and threat to global security.

Sep 21 10:03

Could Kurdish Independence Spark An Oil War?

As the date of the Kurdish independence referendum approaches, oil industry moguls should be concerned about an oil production war between Iran and headless Iraq.

Sep 21 09:57

Congress has no evidence showing Iran violated nuclear deal: Democrats

On Wednesday, seven senior Democratic senators wrote a letter to Trump’s cabinet officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, to ask them to provide any information they have to prove that Tehran has not been committed to the 2015 agreement, dubbed as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Since Trump took office, the US has launched an attack against the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and the world powers, including Washington, threatening to abandon the deal on multiple occasions.

Sep 21 09:57


In discussing President Trump, there is always the soft prejudice of low expectations – people praise him for reading from a Teleprompter even if his words make little sense – but there is no getting around the reality that his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly must rank as one of the most embarrassing moments in America’s relations with the global community.

Trump offered a crude patchwork of propaganda and bluster, partly delivered as a campaign speech praising his own leadership – boasting about the relatively strong U.S. economy that he mostly inherited from President Obama – and partly reflecting his continued subservience to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump did NOT inherit "...relatively strong U.S. economy" from President Obama; look at all the corporate bankruptcies which have happened in 2016, and 2017, to begin to comprehend the problems with the US economy, which have seen massive Federal and personal debt increase, coupled with the steady outsourcing/offshoring of jobs which used to be the mainstay of the American middle class.

But the rest of the article is absolutely correct, in pointing out President Trump's embracing everything that has failed, spectacularly, with US foreign policy under Bush's and Obama's regimes.

And it appears he is about to double down with North Korea, Iran, and perhaps even Venezuela.

IF, in fact, the US government goes to war against both North Korea and Iran, and choses to fire the first shot, we may well see China defending North Korea, and Russia defending Iran, militarily.

I wish someone who has the President's ear, other than the official triumverate of Mc Master, Kelly, and Mattis, would politely inform President Trump that the US military does not have the money; the manufacturing; the weaponry; or the troop strength to positively militarily engage either country at this point.

After a show of force in Syria, Russia has other countries clamoring for their weapons, because they work as advertised; most American weapons, unfortunately, do not.

Need I remind you of the utter fluster cluck and debacle which is the Lockheed Martin's F-35, which has cost taxpayers billions, but still cannot perform to speck, and may take billions more to ever fix?!?

I rest my case.

Sep 21 09:55

Rouhani censures Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at US President Donald Trump for his “ignorant and spiteful” comments against the Iranian nation.

Delivering a speech at the 72nd UN General Assembly session in New York on Wednesday, President Rouhani said the “ignorant, ugly, spiteful literature of the US president, which was full of false information and groundless allegations, against the Iranian nation” were beneath the dignity of the United Nations.

Sep 21 09:34

Is Trump About to Repeat George W. Bush's Worst Mistake?

In 2002, Bush used his UN speech to argue for action against Iraq. Let’s hope Trump’s first UN speech isn’t the opening salvo in a preventable war with Iran

Sep 21 08:43

E.U. to Trump: ‘We’re Not Renegotiating Iran Nuclear Deal’ – Israel Not Happy

Now Israel has a problem. What’s good for Washington is not necessarily good for Europe…

RT International reports today…

All parties to Iran’s nuclear agreement remain in full compliance with the deal, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after the Wednesday P5+1 powers’ meeting. She emphasized that the deal had potentially averted a military incursion into Iran.

“This is an agreement that prevented a nuclear program and potentially prevented a military intervention,” Mogherini said, following a meeting of ministers representing the six world powers and Iran on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Calling the negotiations a “frank” discussion, Mogherini said that it boiled down to all sides agreeing that no country has breached the terms of the deal. “We all agreed on the fact that there is no violation, that the nuclear program-related aspects, which is all the agreement, are being fulfilled,” she said.

Sep 21 08:30

China calls for support for Iran nuclear deal

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday called for support for the July 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Sep 21 08:30

Tillerson, Haley Clash Over Iran Nuclear Deal

In a sign of the ongoing internal dissent over ending the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, multiple sources told the Washington Free Beacon that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley have been at odds over the deal, with Trump's U.N. ambassador privately expressing dismay with Tillerson over his continued efforts to preserve the nuclear agreement.