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Mar 11 15:40

Creating Frankenstein: The Saudi export of Wahhabism

James M. Dorsey argues that Wahhabism may be the undoing of the Saudi state as it promotes domestic and regional strife and is increasingly acknowledged worldwide as the foundation of Islamic State and other Islamist terror groups.

Mar 11 12:15

Washington Steps Up Threats over Iran Missile Tests

Washington has stepped up threats of new sanctions and retaliation against Iran after its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps carried out a second day of missile tests Wednesday.

The Obama administration has indicated that it will raise the missile tests before the United Nations Security Council, while Vice President Joe Biden, on a state visit to Israel, declared that Washington and Tel Aviv were “united in the belief that a nuclear-armed Iran is an absolutely unacceptable threat to Israel,” adding that the US would “act,” not only if Iran broke the nuclear deal, but in response to “their conventional activity outside of the deal … wherever we can find it.”

Mar 11 07:17

Did Israel, under the shah, help start Iran’s nuclear program?

A new documentary recalls the ‘paradise in a bubble’ of Israelis in Iran before 1979. It also suggests they played an initial role in setting Iran on the nuclear path

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Mar 11 04:14

Video: All of America’s Wars Begin with False Flags (and WWIII Will Too)

They sure don’t teach you this in school, kids.

This D.C. think tank jerk off blatantly admitted all of America’s wars have traditionally begun with false flag events, and they know they will need another one to get the war with Iran started that they’ve been working on for so long. This video is a few years old now, but it’s more relevant today with what’s going on in the Middle East than ever.

Whatever happens over there, just know how absolutely manufactured all of it is.

Mar 10 20:37

BEX Alert!!! - "Iran ordered to pay $10.5 billion for 9/11 by US judge"

A US judge ordered Iran to pay over $10 billion in damages to families of victims who died on September 11, 2001 – even though there is no evidence of Tehran’s direct connection to the attack. The same judge earlier cleared Saudi Arabia from culpability.

The default judgement was issued by US District Judge George Daniels in New York on Wednesday. Under the ruling, Tehran was ordered to pay $7.5 billion to 9/11 victims’ families, including $2 million to each victim’s estate for pain and suffering, and another $6.88 million in punitive damages. Insurers who paid for property damage and claimed their businesses were interrupted were awarded an additional $3 billion in the ruling.

Mar 10 15:06

Some of the ridiculous lawsuits the 9/11 & Iran judge George B Daniels presided over

Mar 10 14:32

Iran Tests Two Missiles ‘Capable Of Reaching Israel’

Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday morning that it said were designed to be able to hit Israel, Reuters reported.

Mar 10 01:24

Iran-Made Missiles Belong to Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Iran's missiles belong to the oppressed nations of the Muslim world, and those who try to threaten them will come under threat by these missiles. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in the Central province of Qom where the main stage of the IRGC missile drills are being held, Hajizadeh said the missiles fired during the wargames are "Iran-made and belong to the Palestinian, Lebanese, Syrian and Iraqi nations, as well as all the oppressed people of the world." "We are not after expansionism and certainly these missiles are not being used against terrorist groups. However, that could be a possibility too," he added. He further noted, "Iran has built missiles that can hit targets at 2,000km. They are designed to hit Israel at such a distance. Israel has been surrounded by Islamic countries and its life is short.

Mar 10 01:21

Iran Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles at Targets 1400km in Distance

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday fired 2 home-made 'Qadr H' ballistic missiles from the Eastern Alborz Mountains at a target in Iran's Southeastern Makran seashore some 1400km away. The missiles were fired on the sidelines of the main stage of the ongoing IRGC drills in Central Iran and various parts of the country. One missile had a message written on it that said in Hebrew: "Israel should be wiped off the Earth". Qadr is a 2000km-range, liquid-fuel and ballistic missile which can reach territories as far as Israel. The missile can carry different types of ‘Blast’ and ‘MRV’ (Multiple Reentry Vehicle) payloads to destroy a range of targets. The new version of Qadr H can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in different positions and can escape missile defense shields due to their radar-evading capability...

Mar 09 16:23

Iran: Oil exports hit 1.8 million bpd

Iran’s oil exports have risen to 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) for the first time since 2012, Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Rokneddin Javadi says.

“The rising trend of crude oil exports will continue” in the next Iranian year which begins on March 20, during which total production will rise to 4 million bpd, the Shana news agency quoted him as saying in Tehran Wednesday.

“To materialize future objectives of the National Iranian Oil Company in the oil sector, 2 billion barrels of oil must be produced a year,” he said.

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(*We need a reason to put sanctions back on
whitehorse souce )

Mar 09 16:19

Clinton: Iran Should Face Sanctions For Reported Missile Tests

US Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday she was "deeply concerned" by reports that Iran had tested multiple ballistic missiles and said the country should face sanctions for its actions.

"This demonstrates once again why we need to address Iran's destabilizing activities across the region, while vigorously enforcing the nuclear deal," Clinton said in a statement.

"Iran should face sanctions for these activities and the international community must demonstrate that Iran's threats toward Israel will not be tolerated,"

Mar 09 16:18

Clinton calls for sanctions on Tehran over test-firing missiles

US Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton has called for sanctions against Iran over the country’s test-firing of ballistic missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ignoring the fact that Iran was testing their missiles in response to the US test firing two nuclear-capable ballistic missiles in recent weeks!

Mar 09 14:33

Notice -- Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Iran

...Despite the historic deal to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program, certain actions and policies of the Government of Iran continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared on March 15, 1995, must continue in effect beyond March 15, 2016. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to Iran declared in Executive Order 12957. The emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 constitutes an emergency separate from that declared on November 14, 1979, by Executive Order 12170. This renewal, therefore, is distinct from the emergency renewal of November 2015.
This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress. BARACK OBAMA THE WHITE HOUSE, March 9, 2016.

Mar 09 14:30

Iran Missile Test Doesn’t Violate Nuclear Agreement: US

The United States says Iran’s recent missile launch does not violate its nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group.

US State Department Spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday night the missile launch would not constitute a breach of the deal.

Mar 09 07:20

US generals to lawmakers: Libya a failed state, Iran a long-term threat

Three top US military commanders told the Senate that the struggle against terrorists in the Middle East and Africa is going well, while explaining their strategic priorities. However, the sea of Pentagon jargon contained some interesting insights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We need to turn Iran into a failed state like we did to Libya. Then they will do what we tell them to do!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 08 15:08

The Envoy: Delusions about Iran and Iraq Invasion

Zalmay Khalilzad, a former US ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan and the United Nations, has a lot of nerves to write in his book “The Envoy” that Washington and Tehran held confidential talks before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He claims the Americans and the Iranians had major differences over how to form a new Iraqi government; that in May 2003 Iran also suffered from regime-change delusions; and that the Bush administration halted the dialogue after it accused Tehran of harbouring leaders of Al-Qaeda. Obviously, Khalilzad is desperate to change history. He claims Tehran somehow encouraged the War Party to invade Iraq and turn it into a failed state it is now. This is what they call “self-delusion”. What the war history shows is that Iran has always been against foreign interference in the internal affairs of any regional state - even its rivals. It supported the territorial integrity of Iraq back then. It still supports the territorial integrity of Iraq now.

Mar 08 13:25

Iran test-fires missiles in defiance of US sanctions

Iran has test-fired several ballistic missiles from silos across the country, the Revolutionary Guard reported. The US has previously imposed missile-related sanctions against Tehran over the testing of the new intermediate-range Emad ballistic missile.

The test on Tuesday was intended "to show Iran's deterrent power and also the Islamic Republic's ability to confront any threat against the Revolution, the state and the sovereignty of the country," the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps statement published on its website said.

Mar 08 11:05

Netanyahu Rejects Obama Meeting, Cancels AIPAC Trip

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today that he will not be making a visit to Washington DC later this month to attend the AIPAC annual conference, and by extension is also refusing a proposed White House visit with President Obama.

White House officials expressed outrage at the news that Netanyahu was not only declining their invitation, but hadn’t declined to them personally, saying they first heard about it in the Israeli press, along with false claims from Israeli officials that there was no possible time to schedule the meeting with Obama.

Netanyahu had been due to arrive on March 18, and President Obama is scheduled to visit Cuba the same day, though the White House later confirmed that they’d offered to have Obama meet with Netanyahu before leaving for Cuba.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is Netanyahu's attempt at "payback" on Obama's having supported the P5 +1 deal with Iran.

However, Netanyahu's hubristic petulance will be seen for what it truly is, and be completely ignored by the White House.

Mar 07 08:03

Iran Billionaire to Appeal Death Sentence in Oil Fraud Case

“The sentence is not final and there is room to dispute it,” Rasoul Kouhpayezadeh told the Iranian Students News Agency on Sunday. “We will for sure appeal.”

Zanjani, who has denied all wrongdoing, was accused of embezzling $2.7 billion from the state-run National Iranian Oil Co. during transactions intended to circumvent international sanctions on crude exports, according to state-run media. Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in 2014 that Zanjani used the Tajikistan branch of his own bank, First Islamic Investment Bank, to funnel the money out of Iran.

“My only aim was to serve the political establishment and I did”

(* Put him in a suit , and get him to a podeum , because it sounds like Zanjani Meets GOP Criteria . )

Mar 06 16:28

U.S. Investors Miss Iran Deals Worth Billions

U.S. investors are at risk of getting shut out of deals in Iran while their European competitors get a head start on billions of dollars in opportunities unlocked by the lifting of international sanctions, according to Greylock Capital Management.

“It seems like the U.S. might miss this opportunity because the Europeans are going to move regardless,” Hans Humes, Greylock’s chief executive officer and chairman who traveled to Iran in June, said in an interview in Mexico City. “It almost doesn’t matter what the U.S. does because once it starts opening up to Europe I think the economy in Iran will start to move.”

(*"Bah ! Why INVEST when you can PILLAGE ?"
whitehorse souce)

Mar 06 16:15

Billionaire Sentenced to Death in Oil Fund Fraud Case (*no not 'Here' !)


Iran Billionaire Sentenced to Death in Oil Fund Fraud Case

*** Zanjani guilty of funneling money out of Iran during sanctions
Analyst says Iran wants to show that it is tackling corruption

Iranian businessman Babak Zanjani was sentenced to death after being found guilty in a fraud case involving an oil fund, the state-run Iranian Students’ News Agency reported on Sunday, citing a judicial official.

The court found enough evidence to convict Zanjani and two other people, who were also sentenced to death, said Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, a spokesman for Iran’s judiciary. They were also ordered to repay a quarter of the money they laundered, according to the report. Zanjani can appeal the verdict.

Zanjani, who has denied all wrongdoing, was accused of embezzling $2.7 billion from the state-run National Iranian Oil Co.>>>

Mar 06 09:14

Iran Accuses U.S. Of Breaching Nuke Deal

Senior Iranian officials this week accused the Obama administration of failing to uphold its end of the nuclear agreement, saying that the Islamic Republic has not been given full access to international banking tools.

Mar 04 10:34

ISRAEL BRIBED GOP SENATOR WITH $1M TO SHUT DOWN IRAN DEAL

Representative Tom Cotton accepted $1M from Israel to shut down Iran Nuclear Deal.

Apparently it only costs $1 million to bribe Republican Tom Cotton to sabotage the globally-important Iran Nuclear Deal, and it can even be a nation fraught with tension with America that’s offering the money. In a shady maneuver, Cotton accepted nearly $1M from the Emergency Committee for Israel and agreed to be the face of the opposition against the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This incident makes it painfully clear that US politicians are for sale to the highest bidder; this is what nearly every member of the US Congress has become, folks.

They are absolute geopolitical prostitutes, with no honor, and no sense of obligation for acting in behalf of the good of this country.

They don't give a damn about you, your needs and concerns, but can be bought by Israel, in this case, to pursue a narrative and an agenda which would have been great for Israel, but was completely out of sync with the need of this country to not pursue war against Iran.

There are many things about which I have not been happy coming from the the Obama Administration; the P5+1, however, is not one of them.

This, for the moment, avoids a US-led war against Iran, which would have almost inevitably brought Russia in, on Iran's side.

This is absolutely no different than when Clinton, as Secretary of State, had $10 million dollars from Saudi Arabia funneled to the Clinton Foundation, and suddenly, the Saudi government, with a human rights record just to the right of that of Attila the Hun, "magically", found themselves able to buy $29 billion dollars' worth of advanced fighter jets.

Nearly every politician running for this coming election cycle should be wearing a huge, neon "For Sale to the Highest Bidder, No Foreign Bidders Rejected" sign, blazing on the front of their outfits; it's just that simple.

Mar 04 07:47

Will World War III begin in the Levant if the U.S. faces off against Russia, Iran and China?

Does the United States risk facing off against a tri-partite alliance between Russia, Iran and China?

Mar 03 15:18

BEX Alert!!! - "US House panel wants to try Assad, Russia, Iran for ‘war crimes’ in Syria"

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee has passed a resolution accusing the Syrian government, Russia and Iran of war crimes and calling for an international tribunal on Syria. The move comes amid a breakthrough US-Russia deal on a Syrian ceasefire.

The document passed on Wednesday claims that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is guilty of “widespread torture and rape,” and its forces “massacred civilians, including through the use of chemical weapons, cluster munitions, and barrel bombs.”

Moscow is accused of “violations of international law by leading deliberate bombing campaigns on civilian targets including bakeries, hospitals, markets and schools."

Mar 03 10:05

Deputy FM: Declaring Hezbollah A ‘Terror Group’ Undermines Lebanon’s Security

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and International Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said those who have declared the Hezbollah resistance group as a 'terrorist organization' are in fact targeting Lebanon’s security and unity.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari on Thursday lashed out at the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council for designating Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement a “terrorist group.” http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941213000593

Mar 03 10:01

EC Secretary Reveals Ex-CIA Director's Visit to Iran

Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee revealed that a former director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) visited Iran last spring to study the possible grounds for Washington's influence and penetration into the country. "A former CIA director who is entrusted with the influence (project) in Iran, and we will reveal issues pertaining to his case in future, came to Iran in the month of Khordad (May 22-June 21) and visited all universities of the country and identified them," Rezayee said, addressing a forum at Imam Hossein (AS) University in Tehran on Tuesday. "This person was the first to have traveled to the Soviet Union after the political opening (in the country), and has visited Cuba in the past 2 or 3 years after the developments between Cuba and the US and he is the first one who has traveled to Iran after the nuclear deal," he added.

Mar 02 10:32

'Supreme Leader’ Trump and the Wall Street Mullahs

If reality-TV supremo Donald Trump ever makes into the White House, he says that torture of terror suspects and shoot-to-kill of their family members will be turbo-charged under this command. The capriciousness demagoguery of this guy is truly sinister. And all the other gung-ho contenders are hardly any different.

Mar 01 19:42

The U.S. oil slick is getting wider: Oil boom going bust

Only about a week ago, one reader scoffed at me because oil prices had stabilized (or so the market theory d’jour went). The big stock market crash I had predicted had run its course, he thought. The Saudis and Russia had entered a deal on oil, and Iran was coming on board; the stock market was back up as a result. Everything was normalizing again. Whew! He could write off the doom-and-gloomers.

Mar 01 08:47

Iranian Elections: A Blow To Hardliners As New Fault Lines In Iranian Politics Emerge

National Iranian American Council president Trita Parsi says it’s s no longer reformists versus conservatives as much as it is moderates with President Rouhani.

Mar 01 08:20

A weakened Turkey seeks Israel's help to break growing isolation

Turkey finds itself in conflict with Russia and Iran, at odds with Egypt's Sisi and has lost its standing with NATO and the US.

Turkey finds itself in a conflict with Russia and Iran over Syria, where Erdogan hoped to see President Bashar Assad ousted. Erdogan supported the Muslim Brothers in Egypt and now he finds himself at odds with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. Because of Turkey's uncompromising fight against its Kurdish population, as well as in Syria and Iraq, Ankara is also losing its influence with NATO and with the US. Turkey is now more isolated than ever and is therefore interested in renewing ties with Israel, in the hope that the Jewish state can help Ankara improve its standing in Washington. Turkey also needs natural gas from Israel in order to diversify its sources of energy and to reduce its dependency on Russian gas.

Most of the disagreements between Israel and Turkey stemming from the Marmara incident have already been rectified. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for the incident>>>

Feb 29 10:53

With Tehran Synagogue Doubling as Polling Station, Jews Vote in Iran Elections

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good, hard look at these folks, casting their ballots in a synagogue in Tehran.

Do they look harassed, or fearful, or upset in any way?!?

Folks, the short answer is, "Heck no!!"

And please, take the time to find the video "Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran". And the reason I ask you to do this is because it records a Jewish community in Iran which is not only alive, but thriving.

Feb 29 10:45

Reformists Clobber Hardliners in Early Iran Vote Results

The full results of Iran’s election for its 290-seat parliament still aren’t in, but the results from the capital city of Tehran show a dominant performance by the reformist candidates, who won all 30 seats in the capital, in an embarrassing loss for the hardliners.

The reformists were expected to do well, with the reformist Rouhani government campaigning heavily on its success in securing sanction relief with a nuclear deal, something the hardliners opposed every step of the way.

Despite the early results showing the reformists dominating, analysts still say they don’t expect anyone to secure a 146 seat majority in parliament. There is also a vote on the 88-seat Assembly of Experts, which would be in charge of appointing a successor to the Supreme Leader, important as Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is in poor health.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even though Iran is a theocracy, its young people yearn for a more progressive government, and more opportunities to engage with the West.

Well done, Iran.

Feb 29 09:46

Iranian moderates win majority in parliament, clerical body

Iranian moderates have won a majority in parliament and a top clerical body charged with selecting the next supreme leader, dealing a major blow to hard-liners in the first elections held since last summer's landmark nuclear agreement with world powers.

Feb 28 08:37

US-backed Proxies Use Ceasefire in Syria to 'Regroup, Rearm and Prepare'

The Syrian ceasefire deal, brokered between the US and Russia, almost certainly will not last long and definitely does not mean the end of the war on the ground, Alastair Crooke, former MI6 agent, who was Middle East advisor to Javier Solana, High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union (CFSP) from 1997 to 2003, said in a lengthy interview with the RT news channel.

Feb 26 14:21

Hannity Questions Trump on Israel vs. Iran, Palestine

Sean Hannity begins by asking Trump about Iran. "[If] You suspect they are trying to build nuclear weapons, they're hiding them from the world- what actions would you take?" Trump replies, "Well for one thing you have to rely on Israel a little bit because they know better what's going on over there than we do."
Hannity tells Trump that he was concerned when he heard Trump say that he would be neutral in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. "You do see Israel is the victim in this?" Hannity asks. "Yes," replies Trump, who begins to list a litany of his Jew credo.

Feb 26 11:06

The Debate – Iran Elections 2016 (Feb 25th)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WRH gets a plug at 18:05

Feb 26 07:47

The ancient ‘Silk Road’ is back in business as new train connects China to Tehran

The first train connecting Iran and China loaded with Chinese goods arrived in Tehran Monday, reviving the ancient Silk Road trade route and highlighting the economic possibilities for Iran since the lifting of international sanctions, AFP reports. The 5,900-mile trip from eastern Zhejiang province took 14 days, or 30 days less than a typical sea voyage between Shanghai and the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, according to the head of the Iranian railway company, Mohsen Pourseyed Aqayi.

Feb 25 14:30

Presidential Elections 2016: The Revolt of the Masses

Commentators grossly oversimplify when they reduce the revolt to incoherent expressions of ‘anger’.

The presidential elections of 2016 have several unique characteristics that defy common wisdom about political practices in 21st century America.

Clearly the established political machinery – party elites and their corporate backers -have (in part) lost control of the nomination process and confront ‘unwanted’ candidates who are campaigning with programs and pronouncements that polarize the electorate.

But there are other more specific factors, which have energized the electorate and speak to recent US history. These portend and reflect a realignment of US politics.

In this essay, we will outline these changes and their larger consequences for the future of American politics.

We will examine how these factors affect each of the two major parties.

Feb 25 09:16

Israel accuses Iran of building up international terror cells

Israel's defence minister has accused Iran of building an international terror network that includes "sleeper cells" that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives in order to strike on command in places including Europe and the US.

“The Iranian regime through the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives and are ready to act on order including in Europe and America,” Moshe Yaalon said on Wednesday following talks with his Cypriot counterpart in Nicosia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me,Israeli Defense Minister Yaalon, but have you gone absolutely, completely barking mad, to make these accusations?!?

After the passage of the P5+1 agreement, countries are lining up around the block in Tehran to do deals; any violence done by Iran operatives would be like the country's government shooting itself in the foot right now, because with sanctions lifted, countries want to trade with Iran!!

Feb 25 06:22

THE REAL GOAL OF AMERICA AND ISRAEL: SHATTER SYRIA AND IRAQ INTO MANY SMALL PIECES

As I put it years ago:

“[T]he actual purpose was to blow the country to smithereens: to atomize it, and crush it, so that it would never rise again.

“When we invaded and occupied Iraq, we didn’t just militarily defeat Iraq’s armed forces – we dismantled their army, and their police force, along with all the other institutions that held the country together. The educational system was destroyed, and not reconstituted. The infrastructure was pulverized, and never restored. Even the physical hallmarks of a civilized society – roads, bridges, electrical plants, water facilities, museums, schools – were bombed out of existence or else left to fall into disrepair. Along with that, the spiritual and psychological infrastructure that enables a society to function – the bonds of trust, allegiance, and custom – was dissolved, leaving Iraqis to fend for themselves in a war of all against all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; Secretary Kerry's "Plan B" for Syria, if the cease-fire does not hold, is balkanization. And the so-called "cease fire" appears to have been engineered to fail.

However, there is one 6,000 lb gorilla regarding this scenario, draped over the Bosendorfer piano, and that...is Russia.

My sense of the current state of affairs is that Russia will do everything in its power (and that military power, right now, is pretty darned formidable)to keep Syria from balkanizing. It has long been a friend to the Syrian regime, and wants to make sure it doesn't lose its warm water port in Tartus. It will say "no" to any more US balkanization, and the follow through will be very ...muscular, militarily.

This article clarifies, very clearly, why the next President of the United States has to put the needs and concerns of Americans first, second, third, and not allow the US to continue in the role of a vassal state, constantly taking care of the needs and geopolitical ambitions of a foreign nation; that of Israel.

Feb 24 13:26

Supreme Leader: Iranians Want Brave, Strong Parliament against US Plots

"The Americans had a plot for Iran and a plot for the region after the (attainment) nuclear agreement and they are still pursuing these plans since they are well aware which country has strongly stood against their ominous goals in the region." He called on all Iranian people, specially officials and politicians, to keep vigilant against enemies' plots to influence the country, and said when the enemy supports one group or person to start gaps and divisions among the people, a strong stance should be adopted against it. Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined importance of the Friday parliamentary elections in Iran, and said the Iranian people favor legislators who bravely and vigilantly stand against the US plots.

Feb 24 05:45

Russians Ride Fast – Israel Shamir

If the rebels grasp the chance and enter serious negotiations for a coalition government, peace is possible.

The Russians accepted the US proposal to cease fire in Syria (or rather to end hostilities). They had made a similar proposal a few weeks ago, so this is in line with their thinking. Russians have made huge successes in Syria; they achieved an astonishing and unexpected victory with very few losses.

It was a reputational victory it was as well as a military one. Russia entered the Syrian war at a low point internationally.

Feb 22 21:24

Paul Craig Roberts: The Neo-Cons Are Being Defeated

"America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests"
— Henry Kissinger

but the banksters and neocons interests do not coincide with ours

Feb 22 09:28

White House slashed NYC terror funding to punish Schumer, former top cop says

New York City's former top cop said Sunday that the Obama administration cut funding to fight terrorism in the city to retaliate against Sen. Chuck Schumer for opposing a nuclear deal with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tell Israel to make up the shortfall.

Feb 22 08:57

The 1980 coup that put Reagan/Bush in power

Ronald Reagan was put into the White House with a crime.

Via back channels, elements of the Bush crime organization promised Iran weapons if it promised to keep the US embassy hostages in captivity until Reagan was elected and in office.

Just like clockwork, at the very moment Jimmy Carter was leaving the White House, he hostages were released.

"Mission accomplished" for the bad guys.

Barbara Honegger, one of the greatest researchers of our era, tells the story.

Feb 21 05:20

The Empire Doesn’t Retreat or Compromise

Reading mainstream media news, analyses, and opinion pieces about this war is completely useless, as everything is either uninformed and clueless gibberish or propaganda and deception.

I wrote this text over several days and every time I sat down again to continue there came another headline to my mind. The first headline was “Nobody said, that it will be easy,” the second “Waiting for the Turkey-Russia showdown,” the third “Playing the terrorism game,” the fourth “Everything is better than war.”

In the end I settled for the header “The empire doesn’t retreat or compromise.”

This statement stands the test of time, it has been proven throughout human history, and there is only one single exemption, only one short period where retreat and compromise are a possibility. This short period is the time when the empire is in terminal decline and in the process of collapsing.

Feb 20 14:15

Moscow calls on US to be responsible in choosing targets for air strikesMore:http://tass.ru/en/politics/858230

Moscow calls on the United States and other NATO countries to show responsibility in choosing targets for their air strikes to avoid casualties among civilians, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a comment posted on the ministry’s website on Saturday.
"We call on the United States and other NATO countries to be responsible and discriminate in choosing targets, like the Russian aerospace forces are doing in Syria. There have been numerous reports about innocent civilians killed in NATO air strikes. The United States and its allies obviously must be guided by international law in conducting such operation. They should not act unilaterally but instead they must coordinate their steps with all members of the international community concerned," the document says.

Feb 20 14:00

Russia sends fighter jets to Armenia base near Turkey

The Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday that Moscow has deployed several fighter jets and a transport helicopter to Russia’s airbase in Armenia near the border with Turkey.

Four fourth-generation Mikoyan MiG-29 aircraft and a number of modernized MiG-29S bombers and a Mil Mi-8MT helicopter have been sent to the base.

Located at Erebuni airport outside the capital, Yerevan, the Russian base already has nine fourth-generation MiG-29 planes capable of carrying a payload of up to 4,000 kilograms of weapons. The aircraft also have larger fuel tanks.

The Armenian capital is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Armenia's border with Turkey.

The announcement came a day after a Russian draft resolution that called for an immediate end to Turkey's shelling and military actions against Syria was turned down at the United Nations Security Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Turkey is crazy enough to taunt Russia further in Syria, Russia is prepared: that is the message of this deployment.

Feb 18 11:36

Kurds warn Turkey of ‘big war’ with Russia if invades Syria

Russia has promised to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria in case of a ground offensive by Turkey, a move that would lead to a "big war," the Syrian group's envoy to Moscow said in an interview on Wednesday.

"We take this threat very seriously because the ruling party in Turkey is a party of war," Rodi Osman, head of the Syrian Kurds' newly-opened representative office said in Kurdish via a Russian interpreter. "Russia will respond if there is an invasion. This isn't only about the Kurds, they will defend the territorial sovereignty of Syria."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact this information is true, we may be looking at an intense escalation of this war, happening in a heartbeat.

As reported in consortiumnews.com today:

When President Barack Obama took questions from reporters on Tuesday, the one that needed to be asked – but wasn’t – was whether he had forbidden Turkey and Saudi Arabia to invade Syria, because on that question could hinge whether the ugly Syrian civil war could spin off into World War III and possibly a nuclear showdown. If Turkey (with hundreds of thousands of troops massed near the Syrian border) and Saudi Arabia (with its sophisticated air force) follow through on threats and intervene militarily to save their rebel clients, who include Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, from a powerful Russian-backed Syrian government offensive, then Russia will have to decide what to do to protect its 20,000 or so military personnel inside Syria. A source close to Russian President Vladimir Putin told me that the Russians have warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Moscow is prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons if necessary to save their troops in the face of a Turkish-Saudi onslaught. Since Turkey is a member of NATO, any such conflict could quickly escalate into a full-scale nuclear confrontation. Given Erdogan’s megalomania or mental instability and the aggressiveness and inexperience of Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman (defense minister and son of King Salman), the only person who probably can stop a Turkish-Saudi invasion is President Obama. But I’m told that he has been unwilling to flatly prohibit such an intervention, though he has sought to calm Erdogan down and made clear that the U.S. military would not join the invasion..

However, Obama may not have the luxury of not participating; because Turkey is a NATO member, if it does, in fact, get attacked, the US government would have no choice but to defend it through NATO.

Let us pray that saner, cooler heads will prevail here.

Feb 18 10:58

False Flag Terror in Ankara: Turkish PM Accuses Syria “Of Being Directly Responsible”, Accuses Russia of Supporting Kurdish YPG against Turkey

On Thursday, Press TV reported Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accusing Syria “of being directly responsible for” Wednesday’s Ankara blast.

“The premier also accused Russia of using (Kurdish) YPG (fighters) against Turkey,” Press TV added.

Erdogan intends using Wednesday’s incident as justification for continued cross-border shelling – perhaps a ground invasion to follow, a reckless act if launched, risking war with Russia.

Heavy shelling continues for the sixth day, targeting northern Syrian YPG positions, reports indicating government strongholds attacked, trying to slow down steady anti-terrorism advances.

On Thursday, Syrian and YPG forces seized control of Kensaba, the last terrorist stronghold north of Latakia province, along with the Shellef fortress, used by their forces

Retired Lebanese General Amin Hoteit calls Russia’s anti-terrorism campaign a major turning point after nearly five years of war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These accusations, after this obvious false flag attack, represent desperation on the cusp of madness, on the part of Edrogan.

What worries me is what is the next step, after this shelling, that Edrogan will actually take.

Feb 18 09:19

How Far Will The U.S. Go If Turkey Invades Syria?

The Government of Turkey has now put itself in a position whereby it must act rapidly and precipitously to avoid moving to an ultimately losing strategic position in the war against Syria, which could result in being forced back to fight a full-scale civil war to prevent the break-up of the State into at least two components, one being a new Kurdish state.

Turkey’s leadership, in insisting - in 2011-12 - on sponsoring a proxy war to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has already led to a refugee crisis of irreversible strategic damage to Europe, but Turkish Presisdent Reçep Tayyip Erdogan, the Saudi Arabian military-political leadership, the U.S. Barack Obama administration, and the Qatari Emir now find themselves with nowhere to go except to escalate further in the hope that the Syrian revival, backed by Russia and Iran, will collapse.

Feb 17 14:34

Covertly, Israel prepares to fight boycott activists online

Israel says the movement is rooted in anti-Semitism and seeks not to change Israeli policies, but ultimately to put an end to the Jewish state.
Note: We should have know anti-Semitism again, and again, and again!

Feb 17 13:49

Russian S-300 to arrive in Iran tomorrow starts shipping

"Tomorrow Russia will send the first shipment of S-300 systems to Iran," said Assistant Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran Mustafa Ajzada.

According to him, Iran is hoping to further development of relations with Russia in the field of military-technical cooperation.

Earlier, the source said, "Sputnik" that the Defense Minister of Iran Hossein Dehgan, who is visiting Russia to participate in a closed ceremony of sending the first contingent of S-300 systems to Iran.

It is assumed that the burden of the Russian PVO systems go in Iran Caspian Sea Port in Astrakhan.

Feb 17 09:25

The Middle East's Nightmare: Iran is Buying Russia's Lethal Su-30

Iran looks set to sign a deal to purchase Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 Flanker fighters as it upgrades its military forces following the nuclear deal, which cleared the way for sanctions to be lifted on Tehran. Iranian defense minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan is set to visit Moscow on February 16 to discuss the potential fighter buy, as well as to discuss deliveries of the Almaz-Antey S-300 air and missile defense system.

Feb 17 08:12

U.S. PLANNED MAJOR CYBER ATTACK ON IRAN IF NUCLEAR TALKS FAILED

The U.S. was planning to carry out a major cyber attack against Iran in the event that negotiations over a landmark deal to pull back Tehran’s nuclear program failed, The New York Times reported late Tuesday.

According to an upcoming documentary and to military and intelligence officials, the plan, code-named Nitro Zeus, would have targeted the Islamic Republic’s air defenses, electrical power grid and communications systems if the failure of the talks sparked a conflict.

The plan was shelved after the talks between Tehran and six world powers ended in success in July 2015, the Times reported.

Feb 17 06:19

Iran In New Phase Of Ties With Europe

TEHRAN, Feb. 17 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran and Europe has entered a new phase of relations and will speed up cooperation following the implementation of JCPOA.

Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz on Tuesday, in Brussels

Feb 16 08:54

Saudis and Russia agree oil output freeze, Iran still an obstacle

OPEC member Iran, Saudi Arabia's regional arch rival, has pledged to steeply increase output in the coming months as it looks to regain market share lost after years of international sanctions, which were lifted in January following a deal with world powers over its nuclear program.

"Our situation is totally different to those countries that have been producing at high levels for the past few years," a senior source familiar with Iran's thinking told Reuters.

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh also indicated Tehran would not agree to freezing its output at January levels, saying the country would not give up its appropriate share of the global oil market.

Feb 16 08:50

Iran military advisers in Syria on Damscus demand: Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iranian military advisers are in Syria at the request of the Damascus government.

Addressing the European Union lawmakers in Brussels on Tuesday, Zarif also dismissed media allegations that Iran has sent troops to Syria to fight for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying Tehran has no “boots on the ground” but only "military advisers" at the request of the Syrian government.

Feb 15 11:07

First 'Silk Road' train in Tehran after 14-day journey from China

The first train connecting China to Iran through the ancient Silk Road has arrived in the Iranian capital after traveling over 10,000 kilometers, head of the Iranian railway company said.

According to Iranian media, the train, which has been launched in an effort to revive the ancient road, is carrying 32 containers of commercial products originating from China’s eastern province of Zhejiang.

The trip from China to Iran has taken 14 days over 10,399 (about 6,500 miles), taking the cargo train through Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, Fars news agency reported.

"The arrival of this train in less than 14 days is unprecedented," said head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways, Mohsen Pourseyyed Aqai.

He added, "This is an important step for the revival of the Silk Road and the train has traveled 700 km per day, saving 30 days compared to normal time that takes to go this distance.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! Talk about opening up nearly unlimited trade possibilities between China, Iran, and the Middle East!

And of course, this achievement and collaboration between China and Iran gets absolutely zero coverage in the Western media.

Feb 15 10:52

Why the Syria ceasefire is a long shot

Washington and its allies are not interested in peace. They want regime change – by hook or by crook.

An end to the Syrian conflict is desperately needed. But the latest plan for a cessation of violence is unlikely to take hold, as the deal struck by international powers is based on fundamentally opposing premises.

In short, Washington and its allies want regime change, while Russia and Iran insist that President Bashar Al-Assad and his government are the legitimate ruling authorities in Syria. All sides are mandated by UN resolutions to respect the sovereign will of the Syrian people – to determine the political future of their country.

Feb 15 10:52

Turkey Vows "Harshest Reaction" To Kurdish Advance In Syria As Missiles Hit Hospitals, School

Over the weekend, the biggest story in the geopolitical world was Turkey’s escalation in Syria.

With the Sunni-backed opposition on its last legs in Aleppo and under near constant bombardment by Russia from the air and Hezbollah on the ground, Ankara and Riyadh have a decision to make: intervene or allow the rebellion to be crushed.

Well that problem hasn’t been solved, but Turkey doesn’t seem to care. Ankara began shelling YPG positions over the weekend at Menagh air base, which the Kurds seized from Turkey-backed rebels just days ago.

In any event, more than a dozen civilians were killed in Azaz on Monday when missiles hit a children's hospital. "At least 14 civilians were killed when missiles hit a children's hospital, a school and other locations in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz near the Turkish border," Reuters reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The deliberate bombing and assassinations of women and children in hospitals and schools, is a war crime.

Someone should, just possibly, mention this to Presidents Obama and Erdogan.

Of course, for these viciously corrupt, venal leaders, no war crime is too extreme to achieve their goals in Syria, which is regime change of the Syrian government.

But if there is a US-government enabled ground invasion of Syria, from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Russian military retaliation will be both swift and brutal. And no matter how much the US government will want to spin this payback as "unprovoked Russian aggression", the world will know better.

Feb 15 10:49

A Syrian Breakthrough – Israel Shamir

Now the deed is done, the corridor is blocked.

If and when Aleppo and the whole Aleppo district will be taken by the Syrian army, we would be able to congratulate Putin and Assad – and Syrian people – with a great victory.

The Russians raise alarms that a Turkish invasion into Syria is imminent. Russian media is foaming at the mouth about the perfidious Turks; a veritable Two Minutes Hate ritual (vide Orwell) on the state-managed TV channels being repeated a few times a day. The idea is to scare Turks stiff so they will not move while the operation in the North lasts. On the other side, the Russian opposition draws frightful scenarios of Janissaries slaughtering the Russian boys on the Syrian terrain. The Turkish media also tries to instil fear in the Russkies by saying what they can do.

Feb 15 10:45

Presidential Debates and Iran

The presidential candidates’ irresponsible remarks about Iran - as though it is a politically convenient football to be kicked around...

After watching both the Republican and Democratic debates on TV, I intend to exclude two main categories from my principle concerns in the upcoming presidential elections that will determine who will replace President Obama next year: one is the entire roster of the Republican Party, and the other, anything other than the foreign policy issues; the main area of my personal interest.

I am disregarding the entire Republican roster because I don’t think any Republican has a chance to beat Ms. Clinton in the general elections, at least this time around.

Feb 15 10:43

Iran's De-Dollarization of Oil Is About Business, Not Politics

There is more to Iran's announcement that it intends to sell oil in euros or yuan than meets the eye, Iran's Deputy Petroleum Minister Masoud Hashemian Esfahani and oil expert Mohsen Maghsoudi told Sputnik.

Feb 15 09:09

Gulf states seek nukes against Iran, had secret contacts with Tel Aviv – Israeli defense chief

Turkey is handling tens of thousands of refugees trying to cross its border from Syria, but isn't sure how it will deal with the accompanying militants, their families and IS-affiliated fighters.

Some 60,000 people trying to escape Syrian and Russian attacks in the province of Aleppo are amassed at Turkey's border, and concerns are rising that there are militants among them.

Feb 15 08:23

Saudi Arabia to host ‘largest’ military exercises in region, 20 states invited

Soldiers from 20 countries are to gather in Saudi Arabia for massive military exercises lasting 18 days, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. It comes as Riyadh has openly warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that he will be toppled.

The Saudi state agency made the announcement on Sunday, adding that participating troops will begin arriving in “the next few hours.”

The oil-rich nation described the exercises as “the largest and most important” military drills in the region’s history.

The so-called “Northern Thunder” exercise will take place in the north of the country and will include air, sea and land forces. SPA said that it will show that Riyadh and its allies “stand united in confronting all challenges and preserving peace and stability in the region.”

Among the participants will be Arab and African countries. The US and other Western powers have not been invited.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military has not been invited because the US government has been coordinating these exercises from the get-go. The fact that the announcement was made Sunday, and the statement included the phrase "participating troops will begin arriving in “the next few hours", gives me the impression that this exercise has been planned for quite some time.

The Saudi government and military, collectively, will not sneeze without explicit permission of the US government, which is using this firepower (as they are doing in Yemen) as a proxy army against both Al-Assad...and Russia.

The only open issue here is how long it will take for the Russian government and military to strike back.

The West, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia have been warned, very concretely, what kind of blowback such an action will create; apparently, they have chosen not to listen.

This is extreme geopolitical recklessness, writ large.

Feb 14 18:42

Iran Won’t Allow Turkey, Saudi Arabia to Exacerbate Syria Situation: Deputy Commander

In an interview with Al-Alam TV, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri underlined the country’s opposition to the deployment of foreign forces in Syria, and said Tehran will not allow outside actors to foment more insecurity in the war-torn country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran is walking into a US trap!

Feb 13 18:17

Notes from Tehran: Trump, the Iranian Elections and the End of Sanctions

"Look guys, we Americans owe $19 trillion in debt. We're a country that has no money. We can't give you the $150 billion dollars."

Feb 13 10:48

Iran F-14 fighter jets to be equipped with Nasr missiles: Cmdr.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) plans to equip the country’s F-14 Tomcat fighter jets with the domestically manufactured Nasr (Victory) cruise missiles.

Feb 12 18:38

9/11: A Wilderness of Mirrors and the Prince of Darkness

On September 11, 2001 we Americans witnessed the calculated use of terror to traumatize our nation in order to impose a neoconservative political agenda that has been a disaster for the whole world, especially the Mideast. In 2016, all of this is clear, or should be with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. But any Americans who read the neoconservative policy papers in the 1990s, understood the extreme ideas that were being expressed, saw the future, and tried to warn the rest of us about what was coming, were no doubt either dismissed as kooks or smeared as anti-semitic.

Feb 12 11:56

RUSSIAN PM WARNS US, SAUDIS AGAINST STARTING ‘PERMANENT WAR’ WITH GROUND INTERVENTION IN SYRIA

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev told German media that sending foreign troops into Syria could unleash “yet another war on Earth.” The warning follows increasingly aggressive statements made by Saudi Arabia and Turkey amid Bashar Assad’s gains in Aleppo.

“All sides must be compelled to sit at the negotiating table, instead of unleashing yet another war on Earth,” Medvedev told Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper. “Any kinds of land operations, as a rule, lead to a permanent war. Look at what’s happened in Afghanistan and a number of other countries. I am not even going to bring up poor Libya.”

The PM was commenting on recent statements from Saudi Arabia claiming that it was ready to send ground troops to Syria, should Washington lead the way.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cease-fire which has been announced is both fragile, and tenuous enough to be broken at any second, particularly by those with a vested interest in regime change in Syria.

Russia has played this perfectly, and appears definitely to be the adult at the table in these negotiations.

The "wild cards" right now are Turkey, various rebel groups, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. I hope the leadership in these countries will cool their jets, let the cease-fire take place, and let a political settlement in Syria play out, if this is at all humanly possible right now.

Because a war with Russia over the future of Syria is a really, really bad idea; and particularly so for the US government and military, because they do not have the troop strength, the manufacturing, the weaponry, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Feb 12 09:30

Iran Completes Eurasian Golden Triangle

Sometimes profound tectonic shifts in the global politics arise from least noticed events. Such is the situation with Iran and the recent visit to Teheran of China’s President Xi Jinping. What emerged from the talks confirms that the vital third leg of what will become a genuine Eurasian Golden Triangle, of nations committed to peaceful economic development, is now in place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Ah HA! I block your golden triangle with my Pentagon of DEATH!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 10 12:10

Washington Again Underestimated the Iranian Mind

Washington foreign policies these days are dominated by a bizarre kind of political sado-masochism, not unlike the argument given by the CIA that torture such as waterboarding is a successful, legitimate way to extract invaluable intelligence from an enemy combatant. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo come to mind. The war-makers like CIA head honcho John Brennan or Victoria Nuland at the State Department, or neocon Ash (as in ashes of war) Carter at the Pentagon seem to be convinced that to be a great nation, first you must be “hard cop,” beat the daylights out of your target person or nation. You sanction them to the point of breaking economically. Then you flip sides and go “soft cop.” Their silly CIA and military torture handbooks tell them this works every time. Only problem, it doesn’t. This is definitely true with several nations today who resist the bully hard cop-soft cop games of Washington. What Iran is doing in terms of pricing its oil export sales is an example.

Feb 10 07:28

Congress throwing kitchen sink at Iran less than one month after nuclear deal takes effect

And later this month, senators are expected to roll out a series of bills to bring the greater weight of more non-nuclear sanctions down on Tehran, seeking to punish the Iranian regime for everything from recent ballistic missile tests to pervasive human rights abuses.
Note: Meanwhile Israel has nuclear weapons in violation of many laws but our congress does not care. In fact Israel gets 27 standing ovations when they come to congress.

Feb 09 10:27

Iran: Saudi Willingness to Invade Syria Reflects US Failure

Washington’s support for Riyadh’s decision to put boots on the ground in Syria indicates a failure of US policies in the West Asian region, “beyond any doubt,” a top Iranian military commander stated.

Feb 09 08:38

JCPOA 'new window to Tehran-Berlin ties'

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier hailed JCPOA as a new window to Tehran-Berlin ties, saying that Iran and Germany are deeply interested in expansion of closer bilateral relations.

Feb 09 08:26

Europe lacks independent will in face of US: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says European countries have no independent will in the face of the United States.

“This criticism applies to Europe that contrary to the past, it has no independent will vis-à-vis the US,” the Leader said in a meeting with visiting Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Tehran on Monday.

He added that the European countries should address this "weak point."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Feb 08 15:17

Iran no longer accepting dollars for oil: Demanding Euros instead

Even with a number of U.S. sanctions against Iran coming to an end, the Iranian government has recently made a very important decision in regards to its oil payment system and it could spell bad news for the United States.

Feb 08 09:44

AN EXASPERATED JOHN KERRY THROWS IN TOWEL ON SYRIA: “WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO, GO TO WAR WITH THE RUSSIANS?!”

“Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city – Syria’s largest before the war – could soon fall.”
Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “…could soon be liberated.”

While we’ll be the first to admit that Bashar al-Assad isn’t exactly the most benevolent leader in the history of statecraft, you can bet most Syrians wish this war had never started and if you were to ask those stranded in Aleppo what their quality of life is like now, versus what it was like in 2009, we’re fairly certain you’ll discover that residents aren’t particularly enamored with life under the mishmash of rebels that now control the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Turkey decides to invade Syria in the short term, and Russia responds militarily, Turkey could invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter (which states that if one NATO member is attacked, it is as though all are attacked, and all must unite against the attacker). That would definitely force the US's hand, militarily.

I would like to hope and pray that the leadership in Riyadh, Ankara, and Doha understands that when Russian government officials say, if you invade Syria, this will will be an act of war against Russia as well, that they completely understand that in this circumstance, Russia is not bluffing.

Feb 08 09:34

'It Would Be Suicide': Iran Mocks Saudi Offer to Invade Syria

The Saudis are having a hard enough time with barefoot Houthi farmers. Do they really think they can take on Syria, Iran and Russia?

Feb 08 09:25

Proxy wars? Will it be Saudi (U.S.) versus Russia , Assad & Nasrallah (Iran)? Daesh who?

A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government's consent amounts to a declaration of war.
Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.”

Feb 08 09:23

China, Russia and Iran planning gold backed currency

The latest Sino-Iranian rapprochement has prompted a lively debate regarding the new Eurasian “world order.” “Sometimes profound tectonic shifts in the global politics arise from the least noticed events. Such is the situation with Iran and the recent visit to Tehran of China’s President Xi Jinping. What emerged from the talks confirms that the vital third leg of what will become a genuine Eurasian Golden Triangle, of nations committed to peaceful economic development, is now in place,” American-German researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl writes in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

Feb 08 08:35

Iran No Longer Accepting Dollars for Oil; Demanding Euros Instead

By Brandon Turbeville

Even with a number of U.S. sanctions against Iran coming to an end, the Iranian government has recently made a very important decision in regards to its oil payment system and it could spell bad news for the United States. This is because Iran has apparently decided to no longer accept U.S. dollars for payment on both its new and outstanding oil sales. Instead it will receive its payment in euros...

Feb 08 08:27

Iran, Greece sign economic MoUs to further bilateral ties

Tehran and Athens signed three political and economical MoUs on Monday.
Iran’s first Vice President Es’hagh Jahangiri officially welcomed Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at S'adabad Palace on Monday and discussed bilateral issues and cooperation between the two countries.

The two sides inked three momernda of understaning for political cooperation, memorandum of development to cancel visa regime and bilateral cooperation roadmap.

Feb 07 14:19

Still Sabotaging the Iran-Nuke Deal

The agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program — one of the most significant achievements in recent years on behalf of nuclear nonproliferation — deserves ample attention and effort to preserve it. Preserving the accord will require much attention and effort, given that many of those who strove to prevent the agreement from ever being completed or implemented are still trying to kill it.

Feb 07 10:31

Looking past the politics: Breathtaking photographs reveal the hidden treasures and beauty of Iran in all its glory

With improved relations, Iran's mesmerising beaches, breathtaking Islamic architecture and incredible food could see the country top the 'must-visit' destinations list for 2016.

Among its many jewels, Iran is home to 19 Unesco-registered sites, including the ancient city of Bisotun.

The large country is rich in historical and cultural treasures and an investment package of 1,300 projects was announced in October in a bid to attract foreign investment and boost the badly-hit tourism industry.

Despite the Foreign Office saying the application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable, these spectacular photographs demonstrate why the beautiful country is worth the extra effort.

Feb 07 09:57

US Must Act More Aggressively Against Daesh in Libya - Jeb Bush

The United States must act in a more aggressive manner in the fight against the Islamic State, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Jeb, if you really feel that way about it... Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here's a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call whoever it is you want to invade and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But we remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We remember your older brother's whopper about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We remember how only a year ago Obama and Kerry tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, we remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that we have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

Feb 06 14:18

EU calls on Israel to halt demolition of Palestinian housing

The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of Palestinian housing, some of which was EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to expanding Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Note: But we were holocau$$$ted!

Feb 06 13:01

Saudi gambit for all-out US war in Syria

Seriously, Saudi troops going into Syria to fight Daesh? The Saudis, Turks and American CIA have weaponized Daesh. Furthermore, the Saudi army is elsewhere getting pummeled by insurgents in Yemen. The notion that the Saudis or their Persian Gulf allies are readying to send ground forces into Syria is laughable.

Feb 06 11:03

Iran wants to dump dollar in crude trade – report

Iran wants post-sanctions’ oil contracts denominated in dollars and have buyers pay in euros, Reuters reported. Tehran is also keen to receive money owed to it since the pre-sanctions days in the European currency.

Feb 06 11:02

Iran Restarts Relationships With European Oil Clients

Iran will start sending 300,000 barrels a day of crude to Europe, 54 percent of the total it shipped before authorities on the continent put an embargo in place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That will put more downward pressure on oil prices. Worse (for the US) Iran wants Europe to pay for the oil in Euros!

Feb 06 10:50

Iran Favors Euro for Oil Payments: Official

Deputy director of International Affairs for Marketing and Crude Oil Operation in the National Iranian Oil Co said that Iran gives the priority to the European single currency euro as payment means of its oil export contracts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"OHMYGAWD! INVADE! INVADE NOW! NOW, NOW, NOW!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 06 01:05

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Feb 05 23:55

Week Sixteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a US Invasion of Syria Next?

This week was marked by major successes for the Syria military the Sheikh Miskeen region of the Daraa Province in the south of the country. In the meantime in the north, the Syrian Army continues its offensive north of the strategic Kuweires air base. But these military successes were eclipsed by rumors that the US was setting up and air base in northern Syria, possibly near Rmeilan, a town in the al-Hasakah Governorate in the northeast of Syria, and that this might be the preparation for a US ground intervention

Feb 05 18:36

Strange Times: Pentagon Talks up Conflicts with Iran, Russia, China, North Korea

It could happen today or tomorrow. Maybe in the years to come. But potential conflicts with Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are inevitable. That’s what the Pentagon says in its new budget request from the US Congress!

Feb 04 22:26

US Regime Change Talks on Syria hit blind alley

The real danger, however, is that Washington and its allies might now attempt a direct military intervention in Syria out of desperation.

Feb 04 15:50

FAIL: State Dept's Marie Harf Blames $50 Billion Iran "Bonus" in Nuclear Deal on Treasury Dept Calculation Error

Someone has obviously been studying their common core math.

After Jay Solomon over at the Wall Street Journal pointed out that there was a whopping $50 billion difference in the funds Iran was supposed to get after the sanctions release in the administration’s nuclear deal and what Iran is claiming to have, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf took to Twitter to "clarify" to him publicly that it was the Treasury Department's fault... as if that somehow makes the government look less ridiculously inept.

Feb 04 09:21

General Says Israel ‘Effectively’ Part of Anti-ISIS Coalition

Israeli Major General Nitzan Alon today told reporters that Israel considers ISIS “an enemy” and that it shares so much intelligence with the members of the US anti-ISIS coalition that it is “effectively” a part of that coalition itself.

This seems to be a significant shift from what other Israeli officials have said, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon only weeks ago insisting that Israel “prefers ISIS” to take over Syria rather than the Assad government, an ally of Iran, remaining in power.

Feb 03 08:56

House Again Votes to Try to Derail Iran Nuclear Deal

Groundhog Day saw Congressional leaders push a flurry of bills aiming to override presidential vetoes on various issues, and among them was another vote aimed at derailing the international nuclear deal with Iran, trying to forbid the Obama Administration from lifting sanctions on Iran unless the nation is certified as unaffiliated with any terror group, and abandons its conventional ballistic missile program.

Feb 01 01:37

Iranian Supreme Leader’s top adviser off to Moscow for consultations

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s top adviser on international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, has started his four-day visit to Moscow today. "Several meetings with representatives of Russian leadership are planned," the Iranian Embassy said adding that "bilateral and regional problems will dominate the agenda." Russia and Iran earlier confirmed their plans to deepen cooperation, including on extending the package of agricultural products deliveries. Moscow also hopes to significantly expand military-technical cooperation with Iran.

Jan 30 07:12

Iran cancels conference on oil contracts over visa

“The London conference has been cancelled because the British embassy in Tehran could not issue visas for representatives of Iranian companies as its visa section has yet to become active,” Ali Kardor, a deputy head of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), was quoted as saying by Seda weekly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A bit of nose-thumbing from Number 10.

Jan 30 06:49

WORLD WAR III - THE NEW AXIS OF EVIL

The alliances and proxies of the Syrian Front explained.
The concept that humanity is teetering on the edge of third world war is no longer the domain of the lunatic fringe.

Those of you who have been paying attention know that in reality, the war is already underway. In this video we're going examine the profiles of the key players and the alliances they've formed, expose their motives, and present evidence of crimes that they've already committed. All of our sources will be linked below.

Clearly it is not in the interest of the anti-Assad axis to eliminate ISIS. The United States and France are keen to make a show of airstrikes and special forces, but what they really want is the ability to operate in Syria militarily. This is the only way they'll have any chance of influencing the outcome.

Jan 29 14:31

Iran Says It Flew Drone Over U.S. Carrier - Raw Video

Jan 29 12:40

US Hawks Ignore Top Israeli Official on Iran

Last week, Israel’s top military official made some staggering comments during the course of a security conference in Tel Aviv. Here’s how The Forward‘s JJ Goldberg reported the comments of Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot, Israel’s chief of staff, which seem as of yet to be unavailable in a full English translation from the original Hebrew:

Eisenkot said there were two “existential threats” to Israel, and both are currently “declining.” One was the threat of nonconventional weaponry, including both Iran’s nuclear program and Syrian chemical weapons…
First, he said Israel faces no existential threats right now, because Obama’s Iran nuclear deal has removed the greatest threat to Israel’s existence…
As for the Iranian nuclear agreement, he said it is “a strategic turning point” that includes “many risks but also opportunities.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a serious, sober, and reasonably sane assessment, which is why DC will make every effort to ignore it completely.

Jan 29 11:53

Rouhani: US, Iran Must Work Together to Calm Middle East

With the lifting of sanctions, Iran is poised to play a more active role in international diplomacy. During his visit to Italy, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed that if the United States has any hope of solving conflicts in the Middle East, it needs Tehran’s help.

President Rouhani is conducting a four-day visit to Rome and Paris to shore up international business contracts, now that Iran is no longer isolated by sanctions.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gestures at the conclusion of his press conference, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. The implementation of a historic nuclear deal with world powers is expected to pave the way for a new economic reality in Iran, now freed from harsh international sanctions

Iran to Push Long-Awaited Trade with Europe After Lifting Sanctions
Speaking in Rome, the president stated his hope that Tehran and Washington can work together to solve regional problems in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Rouhani is absolutely correct in his assessment; however, with Israeli pressure consistently working against this kind of rapprochement, unfortunately, it may only happen when pigs fly.

Jan 29 09:47

Iran president says Tehran ready to 'turn the page' as he renews French relations

As the two countries signs deals worth billions of euros, French president François Hollande outlines terrorism as the countries’ ‘sole enemy’

Jan 28 12:28

Trouble Brewing in Syria: Is US-Led Coalition Preparing for Advance?

US Vice President Joe Biden's recent visit to Turkey indicates that Washington is not inclined to pressure Ankara into halting its anti-Kurdish crackdown nor its military deployments near the rich Iraqi oilfields of Mosul, F. William Engdahl notes.

On January 24 US Vice President Joseph Biden held intensive meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

F. William Engdahl, American-German researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant, believes that the Obama administration manipulates both the ambitious Turkish President Erdogan and the impulsive Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, indulging their militarism and greed.

"The Washington game seems to be to give the Saudi-Turkish duo enough rope to hang themselves in a mad power grab of Syrian and Iraqi oil riches and perhaps, if they are really mad enough, of Iran's oilfields too," the researcher remarks in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report and analysis are true (and I have a great deal of respect for the work of Bill Engdahl), heaven help this planet.

There is going to be a point past which Russia cannot NOT respond militarily in Syria, and it almost appears that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been tasked with "playing picador" here in a proxy war against Russia.

Turkey, a NATO member, may well be goaded by the US and NATO into making some kind of military aggression against Russia, then will invoke Article 5 of the NATO AGREEMENT, which states:

Highlights Collective defence means that an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies. The principle of collective defence is enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. NATO invoked Article 5 for the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States. NATO has taken collective defence measures on several occasions, for instance in response to the situation in Syria and in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. NATO has standing forces on active duty that contribute to the Alliance’s collective defence efforts on a permanent basis. This principle is enshrined in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which states that an attack on one Ally shall be considered an attack on all Allies.

There is only two minor problems with declaring war against Russia, somewhat akin to twin 6,000 lb gorillas, snoozing on the Boesendorfer; neither the US, nor NATO, have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

The second problem is that of the difference in the ethics, and performance, of weapons manufacturers, between Russia, the US, and the West.

When weapons developers in Russia deliver, their products work as advertised, and then some, upon first deployment.

With Western (and particularly US) weapons manufacturers, products are delivered late, flawed, and hopelessly over budget. If you want a glaring example of this, just look at what has happened to the US's F-35.

Jan 28 11:19

Are the Dark Ages over?

Iran's Ayatollah Khomein makes video exposing Zionism and Holocaust lies

Jan 27 09:14

Iran: Lifting Sanctions and Coming Betrayal

By Tony Cartalucci

US policymakers have long conspired to broker what would be meant to appear as a historic deal with the political order in Tehran. It would be a deal almost unreasonably compromising for the United States, in order to enhance the illusion that the West sought every means to integrate Iran peacefully back into the “international community” before resorting to armed and direct military aggression.

Knowing that Iran will never exist within Washington, Wall Street, London, and Brussels’ “international order” as an obedient client state, a prescription for regime change in Tehran has long been formulated...

Jan 27 02:23

CBC, Peter Mansbridge: Cut the crap, tell the truth or shut up.

http://letterstothebeast.com/2016/01/22/cbc-peter-mansbridge-cut-the-c...

...And however mistaken you may believe regarding my interpretation of your reporting is, I would like to remind you of two very important facts: In 1990 and 1991, Mr. Mansbridge, you told me that Iraqi soldiers were removing babies from incubators in Kuwaiti hospitals, throwing them on the floor, stealing the incubators and taking them back to Iraq. And in 2003, you told me Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction.”

Jan 27 01:54

Mission Accomplished: Tehran and Washington Trigger a Diplomatic Coup

The “diplomatic coup” triggered by Iran and the US has given rise to a new era in Tehran’s relations with the international community.

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Jan 26 16:16

The Empire Files: Examining the Syria War Chessboard

The war in Syria is an unparalleled crisis. Having gone far beyond an internal political struggle, the war is marked by a complex array of forces that the U.S. Empire hopes to command: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kurdistan, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and more.

Jan 26 10:58

New Beijing-Tehran Axis in the Making

The strategic relationship that matters is Beijing-Tehran – from the energy sphere to Eurasia integration via One Belt, One Road. But Beijing also needs Saudi oil

Jan 26 10:56

Report: Americans Dodged Sanctions by Buying Iranian Machinery

American companies found a way around their own sanctions to purchase Iran-made machinery while the US administration was forcing other countries to implement them and punishing those who didn’t.
Commander: Iran Speedboats Outpace US Vessels http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941105000285

Jan 26 10:46

Iran plans to buy 114 Airbus planes

Iran plans to buy 114 aircraft from the European company Airbus by March, and is looking for other deals, senior Iranian officials said on Sunday as their country emerges from sanctions and international isolation.

The republic could need 500 new planes over the next three years, lawmaker Mahdi Hashemi, the chairman of the parliament’s development commission, said at Tehran’s first major post-sanctions gathering of global business people.

The transport minister, Abbas Akhoondi, told journalists Tehran would discuss details with Airbus next week and was also interested in negotiating with the US plane maker Boeing for aircraft.

Jan 26 09:19

Iran’s President Rouhani begins three-leg Europe tour

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Italy on the first leg of his trip to three European destinations following the implementation of a nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.

Jan 26 03:13

China Will Get Iranian Oil

China Will Get Iranian Oil After Obama Lifted Sanctions

China could reap the benefits of President Barack Obama’s lifting of sanctions on Iran after the two countries agreed Saturday to increase their oil trade over the next decade.

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Jan 25 07:51

Iranian President Heads to Italy for First Visit After Sanctions Relief

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to arrive in Italy on Monday as part of his first European tour after a nuclear deal saw sanctions against Tehran lifted, media reported.

Jan 25 07:44

Chinese President Xi in Tehran

China is Iran’s largest trading partner, including oil and gas, along with billions of dollars in other products and services.

On Friday, President Xi Jinping arrived in Tehran, officially welcomed by Iranian President Hassan Rohani.

The visit was the first by a Chinese head of state in 14 years, Jiang Zemin the last one in 2002, early in the post-9/11 era, featuring endless US imperial wars, along with hostile anti-Russian/anti-Chinese policies.

Presidents Xi and Rohani seek closer ties, Xi signalizing a new chapter in bilateral relations. Iran’s IRNA news agency quoted him saying:

Jan 24 13:04

Iran bans re-export of Turkish goods to Russia

Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPOI) has banned Iranian companies to re-export Turkish goods to Russia via the Iranian territory, TPOI Deputy Director Mohammad Reza Movadvadi said on Saturday. "According to a decree issued by the Iranian Trade Minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, re-export of Turkish products to Russia from Iran's soil is forbidden," the IRNA news agency quoted the official as saying. Re-export of Turkish goods runs counter to the country’s general export policies, Movadvadi said adding that taking into account political tensions between Russia and Turkey, these steps of Iranian merchants "can have a very negative impact on Tehran-Moscow ties."

Jan 24 10:40

Iran, Saudi Arabia "Clash" Over Syria At "Secret", Closed-Door Meeting In Davos

Through it all, Riyadh and Tehran haven’t yet squared off directly. That is, where Saudi Arabia has troops and planes Iran fights by proxy and where Iran has ground troops, the Saudis are fighting through their own proxies.

Saudi Arabia’s move to execute prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr has the potential to change all of that.

Jan 23 15:05

Israel needs more US military aid after Iran deal: Netanyahu

‘Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says Tel Aviv needs more US military aid following the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.

He told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday that Washington and Tel Aviv are finalizing details of a 10-year military aid package that will be larger than the $3.1 billion US package Israel received this year.

Jan 23 08:47

Here is our letter to the New York Times concerning the failure of the newspaper to report the Israeli Defense Minister’s preference for the ISIS terrorist organization

s there a reason why the Times has not reported the January 19 statement of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon that he prefers that ISIS take over Syria, if it is a choice between ISIS and Iranian forces?

As you know, if ISIS were to conquer Syria, the Christian and Alawaite populations in that country would be nearly exterminated.

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