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Jul 19 09:42

Netanyahu Goes NUTS Over The Iran Deal

It wouldn’t be the first time he’s gone nuts either.

Earlier in the year, we picked out the top 10 points from Netanyahu’s speech to congress proving he had gone completely mad. He’s apparently out to go one better now the Iran Deal has passed, claiming that we can’t allow Iran to ‘have their yellow cake and eat it too’. Hilarious…

Despite the sane among us seeing the deal as a world historic moment that could mark the beginning of an incredibly prosperous relationship with Iran, Netanyahu has a lot of problems with the deal. Hillary Clinton has put on a facade of contentment, underlined with a promise to essentially go to war with Iran if things go sour.

In the following video, Trends Forecaster Gerald Celente explains exactly why Netanyahu has gone NUTS over the Iran deal…

Jul 18 22:19

The Nuclear Agreement; Fantasies vs Facts

Iranians are celebrating the prospects of a long awaited relief from the economic pain that the sanctions had imposed upon the nation. While they blame the United States government for what they believe to have been an unjustified and unfair treatment, they are divided as to what the true motivating factors could have been behind America’s animosity toward Iran.

The majority opinion points to America’s insatiable appetite for a hegemonic control over the region and its energy resources. A much smaller segment of the population comprising of the more educated elites, believe that Israel and its Zionist supporters in the United States have been at the helm and steering America’s foreign policy in the Middle East toward Israel’s preferences, even at the expense of America’s own strategic interests.

Jul 18 11:31

Netanyahu mobilizes his "fifth column" in America

Even before the P5+1 countries announced in Vienna their milestone Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was mobilizing his "fifth column" of Israeli operatives in the U.S. Congress, the media, Washington area "think tanks", and religious leaders to lambaste the agreement and vow to overturn it at the earliest opportunity. Netanyahu was already counting votes in the U.S. Senate for a presidential veto-proof majority that would dump the agreement.

Jul 18 11:30

Iran Deal: Ploy for Future Sabotage?

All in all, it is incontestable that the US and Israel are the foremost belligerents, aggressors and destabilizers throughout the world. These imperial forces relentlessly target countries like Iran that simply seeks to exercise its right to self-determination. This self-evident truth is plainly discernable and hidden in open view if one took the care to read through the hubristic musings of imperial-oriented think tanks that have set the West on an endless warpath towards Armageddon.

Jul 18 09:55

Poll: Israelis Back Attack Against Iran, 47%-35%, in Wake of Bad Deal

A new poll published by the Israeli newspaper Maariv and cited by the Times of Israel reports that a plurality of Israelis support a military strike against Iran in the wake of the lopsided agreement negotiated by President Barack Obama’s team with Iran in Vienna this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The part left unsaid; that Israelis expect it will be American kids to do the fighting and dying!

Jul 18 09:28

Saudi Foreign Minister Threatens Iran with Confrontation after Nuclear Talks Breakthrough

Ostensibly angered by the successful conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers, the Al Saud regime has threatened to “resolutely” confront the Islamic Republic over any alleged “mischief” in the region.

Following a Thursday meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Riyadh is “committed to confront” the Islamic Republic should Iran “try to cause mischief in the region.”

He made the comments only two days after Iran and the P5+1 states reached a conclusion on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

The success of Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks is viewed by political experts as a major blow to Israel and Saudi Arabia, who have been the two major critical voices seeking to throw a monkey wrench in the diplomatic process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Saudi foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir: Sir, kindly cool your jets, as we say in our colloquial American English!

As those who read this blog know very well; there are many issues where President Obama and I do not agree. But on this P5+1 breakthrough, I think there is room for cautious optimism.

I hope time and history will prove this to have been a sound move, on the part of the US and Europe.

Unfortunately, there are many in the region who see war against Iran as preferable to this deal, including the Israeli government.

But this time, should Israel just haul off and attack Iran, let it be with their own soldiers and hardware exclusively.

And we in the US will just sit back, eat our popcorn, and watch the fireworks.

Jul 18 09:15

AIPAC employees told to ax summer vacation plans and gear up to fight Iran deal

Cancel your summer vacations.

That was the order AIPAC’s executive director, Howard Kohr, gave his employees in a staff meeting convened this week at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee after the United States announced the Iran nuclear deal.

With the influential pro-Israel lobby group pushing for Congress to reject the deal negotiated by the Obama administration, it’s all hands on deck. Lay leaders, too, are canceling their summer plans, and AIPAC activists already are calling lawmakers and hitting synagogue listservs with appeals to can the plan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Congress; if you work to destroy this deal, you will be seen henceforward as never again representing your alleged constituents, but only representing a foreign government, that of Israel.

The American people are waking up, and do not want a foreign power dictating this country's foreign policy, period, end of discussion.

Jul 18 09:00

Israel seeks stronger U.S. aid package with F-35 squadron inclusion

Israel will seek to increase the aid it receives from the United States, used mostly on defense, as U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is set to visit the country next week.

Israeli defense officials believe certain aspects of the U.S. aid package may be strengthened, such as additional funding for the development of defense systems and the restocking of ammunition after last year's Israel-Gaza 50-day war, according to The Jerusalem Post.

An additional squadron of F-35 fighter jets may also be included in a future U.S. aid package. Israel will also want to improve its Iron Dome rocket defense system and its cyberdefense systems.

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Jul 18 08:59

Former Obama Adviser: Give Israel B-52 Bombers to Deter Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been one of most vocal opponents of the Iran nuclear deal. To allay his concerns, a former top advisor to President Obama has recommended providing Israel with B-52 bunker-busting bombers.

Jul 18 08:28

DM: Israel Expects Significant US ‘Compensation’ After Iran Pact

The latest in a long line of Israeli officials railing about the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon talked up the idea that it posed a major threat to Israel, and meant the nation has to prepare a military option against Iran, as though Israel hasn’t been doing that for decades.

More importantly, Ya’alon become the first Israeli official to publicly talk about the actual end-game in all of this for Israel, a massive “compensation” package by the US government to Israel to placate them after the Iran deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Defense Minister Ya'alon: the American people have gotten extraordinarily tired of the demands, bullying, and blackmail the American government has received from the fully nuclear armed, viciously apartheid, theocracy which is what Israel has become in the 21st century.

And we have one word for you: enough!!

We will provide you no more American military to get slaughtered or maimed for life in the process of "neutralizing" all your alleged existential threats in the Middle East. And of course, as we both know, that includes all of your neighbors in the region.

And on top of that, sir, we would appreciate it greatly if the US government immediately pull all financial and military aid from your country immediately, as all this aid is completely illegal under the Symington Amendment.

We the people would like to see this accomplished and immediately, sir. The days of the host/parasite relationship between the Us government and that of Israel may well be coming to a very abrupt halt, and it is damn well about time, sir!!!

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Jul 18 08:09

Why President Hillary Clinton WOULD Go To War With Iran

Clinton started out innocently enough, saying: ‘Based on the briefings I received and a review of the documents, I support the agreement because it can help us prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon’. Continuing, she said that the ‘agreement can make the United States, Israel and our Arab partners safer’.

She then went on to say that ‘the message to Iran should be loud and clear: we will never allow you to acquire a nuclear weapon; not just during the term of this agreement – never’. Why exactly does she believe the United States should be directing the internal affairs of a sovereign country?

Then, she really went off the deep end:

‘Signing is just the beginning. As president I would use every tool in our arsenal to compel rigorous Iranian compliance.’

‘Just the beginning’?!

Jul 18 08:08

Pro-Israel Aipac Creates Group to Lobby Against the Iran Deal

The pro-Israel group Aipac has formed a tax-exempt lobbying group to oppose the nuclear deal reached this week with Iran.

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I note the IRS didn't give AIPAC the same grief it gave to the Tea Party!

Jul 18 03:27

Greece’s Lesson For Russia

Greece’s lesson for Russia, and for China and Iran, is to avoid all financial relationships with the West. The West simply cannot be trusted. Washington is committed to economic and political hegemony over every other country and uses the Western financial system for asset freezes, confiscations, and sanctions. Countries that have independent foreign policies and also have assets in the West cannot expect Washington to respect their property rights or their ownership. Washington freezes or steals countries’ assets, or in the case of France imposes multi-billion dollar fines, in order to force compliance with Washington’s policies. Iran, for example, lost the use of $100 billion, approximately one-fourth of the Iranian GDP, for years simply because Iran insisted on its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Jul 17 18:39

Pepe Escobar:- Historic Iran nuke deal resets Eurasia’s ‘Great Game'

A good summary of the Iran deal from Pepe the people's roving reporter.
I liked this dig from Lavrov.

"Lavrov added that Moscow expects the cancellation of Washington’s missile defense plans, after the Iran deal proves that Tehran is not, and won’t be, a nuclear “threat.”

There’s the rub. The Pentagon simply won’t cancel an essential part of its Full Spectrum Dominance military doctrine simply because of mere “diplomacy.”

It's handy that Putin morphed into an evil dictator when he did. Full Spectrum Dominance in now back on track.

Jul 17 14:20

Israel signals may ask for more US military aid over Iran deal

Israel signaled on Friday that it would ask the United States for increased military aid to counter any threats that may arise as result of the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

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Imagine my shock. Israel asking for more money!

Jul 17 14:18

AIPAC backing group that plans to press Democrats on Iran deal through TV ads

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is backing an action committee that plans to run TV ads across the country pressing Democrats to oppose the Iran nuclear deal.

Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran is a 501 (c) (4), a tax designation that includes groups that advance political causes, and it launched its website on Friday.

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Funny how the IRS didn't stall their tax-exempt status!

Jul 17 09:43

The BBC Film That Exposed Israel's Secret Illegal Nuclear Weapons (FULL Documentary)

Jul 17 09:01

AIPAC to fight White House head-to-head in Congress over Iran deal

Jul 17 08:49

Senators fear Obama may bypass congress to work with U.N. on Iranian deal

Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has circulated the draft for a U.N. resolution that would end international sanctions on Iran once the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies its compliance with a deal curbing its nuclear program. But a bi-partisan letter was sent from a Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a ranking Democrat on that committee to President Barack Obama on Thursday saying their committee must review the Iranian deal before it's brought to the U.N.

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Jul 17 08:17

David Rubin - Five Reasons to Attack Iran

As details of the agreement with Iran continue to emerge, it becomes more and more evident that the deal is an existential danger to the survival of the State of Israel. While it is seems clear that US President Barack Obama will be preparing a compensation package to placate Israel and other concerned nations in the Middle East, this will only increase the arms race in the region, thereby making nuclear conflict more likely, as the Persian Gulf nations will now feel compelled to achieve nuclear capability to counter the Iranian threat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, David, 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 Tehran and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

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

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons, echoed by Netanyahu, that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

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

We The People 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.

We The People remember how Israel lied about the Lavon affair and the attack on the USS Liberty

We The People remember how Israel has been screaming that Iran is just six months away from a nuclear weapon ... since the 1980s.



Israeli newspaper from 1984, "Iranian nuclear bomb enters final manufacturing phase"

We The People remember that Iran has not launched a war of aggression against another nation in over 200 years, and we remember that the US and Israel cannot seem to go six months without bombing or invading someone!

In short, We The People 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 and for Israel. I think it is time that we have a new rule; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

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Jul 16 14:51

US ‘to boost’ military aid to Israel after Iran nuclear deal

The US has offered to increase military aid to Israel by another $1.5 billion per year to ease tensions over the nuclear deal with Iran, media has reported. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to make the offer during next week’s visit to Tel Aviv.

Jul 16 14:35

Iran’s Long-Game Diplomatic Strategy

Iran has sought negotiations with the U.S. for two decades, but both Democratic and Republican administrations favored hostility demanded by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Now that Iran nuclear deal is completed, the attention of Western news media and political commentators is predictably focused overwhelmingly on the opposition to the agreement within the U.S. Congress and from Israel and the Saudi-led Sunni Arab coalition.

That media lens misses the real significance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is that Iran succeeded in negotiating an agreement with the United States that upheld its national right to a nuclear program despite the obvious vast disparity in power between the two states. That power disparity between the global hegemon and a militarily weak but politically influential regional “middle power” has shaped not just the negotiating strategies of the two sides during the negotiations but, more importantly, how they came about in the first place.

Jul 16 14:31

Who’s Next for Berlin’s Financial Blitzkrieg?

The financial terms dictated to Athens over the latest so-called bailout is nothing less than the subjugation of a sovereign country to the dictate of German banks. The troubling question for several European states is: who’s next?

Jul 16 14:13

Israel Intends Blitzkrieg Against Iran Nuclear Deal

It's got media scoundrel editors concerned. New York Times ones support the deal with reservations, saying:

"(N)o one should have any illusions about Iran, which considers Israel a sworn enemy; often condemns the United States; supports Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations; and aspires to greater influence in the region." and fiscal policies.

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Jul 16 11:12

WHY THE US FED GOV JUST CAN NOT SAY NO TO WAR

I urge anyone who reads this to watch the video above called All Wars Are Bankers Wars that will reinforce my stance and opinion into a more digestible understanding of the how and why and greed and inhumanity, as there is far more going on here than I can put into this already over lengthy op-ed and I will now explain why and how we keep the wars going and in doing so make a small cartel of banksters richer… for here is the crux of it all and HERE is an example of exactly how I understand what happens…

Jul 16 11:09

Iran’s First Post-Shah President Says Iran’s Theocracy Is ‘Despotic’

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, the Sorbonne-educated economist who was the first post-Shah President of Iran — from 4 February 1980 until he was impeached by parliament on 21 June 1981 for his performance as Commander-in-Chief during the Iran-Iraq War — was interviewed July 15th by Nathan Gardels of Huffington Post, and referred to Iran’s theocracy as “despotic.” He said that the deal the Obama Administration has worked out with Iran “is a capitulation to outside powers by the regime of the ayatollahs that has brought this fate upon the Iranian people.”

Jul 16 10:49

Israel Intends BlitzkriegAgainst Iran Nuclear Deal

It's got most House and Senate members convinced. It's working on others directly and through its Lobby - applying their usual heavy-handed pressure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All Israel can do is take the US out of the agreement with Iran, thereby proving once again to the rest of the world that Washington DC is a puppet ruler ruling this nation for Tel Aviv. What will then happen is that the other members of the P5 will make their own deals with Iran, and it will be the US caught on the outside, cut off from Iranian oil and markets.

Jul 16 10:16

Netanyahu rebukes UK’s Hammond for ‘failure of diplomacy’ on Iran

PM hits back at visiting British foreign secretary, who on Wednesday claimed there was no deal that would have been ‘welcomed in Tel Aviv’

Jul 16 09:52

Iran Deal Heads Toward Showdown With Adelson’s GOP

The Iran nuclear deal announced in Vienna yesterday means that the tough international negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran are finally over. But now attention shifts to the 60-day period during which Congress has the option of voting to approve or disapprove the agreement or doing nothing at all. A resolution of disapproval, as Obama most recently warned yesterday, will provoke a presidential veto. At that point, the question will be whether the opponents can muster the necessary two-thirds of members in both chambers of Congress to override, effectively killing by far the most promising development in U.S.-Iranian relations since the 1979 revolution.

Jul 16 09:39

AIPAC Vs THE WORLD

AIPAC called on Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, saying it does not meet critical markers that the influential pro-Israel lobby outlined in recent weeks. But the liberal Jewish Middle East lobby J Street announced a multimillion-dollar campaign to support the agreement.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee made its case against in a statement Wednesday delivered after President Barack Obama conducted a news conference of more than an hour defending the deal achieved a day earlier.

Jul 16 09:12

Global carmakers prepare to return to Iran

Jul 16 09:01

Iraqi PM hails Iran nuclear deal as 'common will to defeat Daesh'

Iraq's prime minister welcomed the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries on Wednesday. Haider Al-Abadi said that the agreement "is a sign of a common will to end conflict in the region and defeat the Daesh group," using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

"Daesh seeks to drag our region into perpetual conflict," said Al-Abadi on social media. "The Iran deal expresses a common will to bring peace and security to our region."

Jul 16 08:42

‘If I was Iran, I would build the bomb’: Media mogul Kim Dotcom speaks out on nukes

Megaupload founder, media mogul Kim Dotcom has posted on Twitter about the latest events in the US-Iran nuclear deal. He wrote: “If I was Iran, I would build the bomb. It's the best insurance available to keep the US and Israel from invading.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I agree. Look how many nations the US and Israel have invaded, drone struck, bombed, or overthrow who did NOT have a nuclear deterrent!

Jul 16 08:03

Benjamin Netanyahu to Lester Holt: Iran Nuclear Deal Poses Threat to U.S., Israel

The landmark Iran nuclear deal poses a threat to both Israel and the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told NBC News' Lester Holt on Wednesday.

"We think this is not only a threat to us. We think this is a threat to you as well," Netanyahu said, a day after Iran and six world powers, including the U.S., reached the historic agreement. "Iran has killed more Americans than anyone other than al Qaeda."

"They're going to get hundreds of billions of dollars to fuel their terror and military machine," he added.

Jul 16 08:03

Michael Rivero: "Israel, Not Iran Is The Only Nuclear Threat In The Middle East."

Jul 16 07:17

Obama buries Gaza under Iran nuclear deal

The deal between the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program lifts an ominous shadow from a region already ravaged by bloodshed and conflict.

The specter of another ideological, US-led war on the pretext, once again, of eliminating phantom weapons of mass destruction recedes with this agreement. For that, the Iranian people and all humanity should breathe a sigh of relief.

Today US President Barack Obama held a press conference in Washington to promote the deal in the face of outright rejectionism from many members of Congress and Israel.

Jul 16 04:39

The World Rebukes Netanyahu

In a rare rebuke to his bullying, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to stop the United States and five other world powers from reaching an agreement to constrain but not eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Netanyahu still is dominating how the U.S. public and congressional debate is being framed, with Iran accused of regional “aggression” in four countries.

There is little truth and much exaggeration to Netanyahu’s depiction of what is going on in the Middle East. Yet, the U.S. mainstream media mindlessly reprises Netanyahu’s falsehoods...

Netanyahu’s reference to “Iran’s aggression,” which is now becoming a conventional-wisdom talking point in Official Washington, was curious since Iran has not invaded another country for centuries. In 1980, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq – at the urging of Saudi Arabia – invaded Iran. But Iran has not invaded any of the four countries that Netanyahu cited.

Jul 16 04:34

US/Israeli/Saudi ‘Behavior’ Problems

There is a madness in how the mainstream U.S. media presents the world to the American people, a delusional perspective that arguably creates an existential threat to humanity’s survival. We have seen this pattern in the biased depiction of the Ukraine crisis and now in how Official Washington is framing the debate over the Iranian nuclear agreement.

In this American land of make-believe, Iran is assailed as the chief instigator of instability in the Middle East. Yet, any sane and informed person would dispute that assessment, noting the far greater contributions made by Israel, Saudi Arabia and, indeed, the United States.

The larger issue for the American people is what to do with this insane political-media system that dominates Official Washington. Either these powers-that-be are detached from reality or they are deceitful propagandists who think they can manipulate us with lies and distortions.

Jul 16 04:27

A Review of GAZA WRITES BACK — Gary Corseri

I have sometimes thought that if wars could be shown in slow-motion, we could put an end to this barbarism that gives the lie to all claims of “civilization” and “humanity.”

GAZA WRITES BACK is one of those very rare books that depicts war in slow motion.

The 23 stories here, written by 15 young authors (from late teens to early 30s, all but three female) were compiled to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of “Operation Cast Lead”—the name Israel gave to its 2008-2009 campaign to once more (but not finally) “mow the lawn” in Occupied Palestine—mostly, in this case, in Gaza.

It is a book that vivifies and personalizes the horrors, but also adumbrates the gnawing losses, the indelible memories.

Jul 15 21:44

US/Israeli/Saudi ‘Behavior’ Problems

In Official Washington’s latest detour from the real world, top pundits are depicting Iran as the chief troublemaker in the Mideast and saying the nuclear deal should hinge on Iranian “behavior.” But the real “behavior” problems come from Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

Jul 15 18:25

AIPAC: Anti-Iranian Propaganda at Congress

There is no evidence re the leading state sponsor slur, but let's not get distracted by it. How do tougher inspections than ever faced by any country FACILITATE anything other than Iran's ability to refute slander and libel? The inspections worked in Iraq. Inspections work very well. The only reason anything is missing from these inspections is past US resistance to universal standards that would have required the US to face surprise inspections itself, and U.S. abuse of inspections in Iraq to spy on and seek to overthrow the Iraqi government.

Jul 15 15:39

Nuclear Agreement With Iran — Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s issue with Iran has never been Iran’s nuclear energy program. The notion pushed by the neoconservatives that Iran only had a nuclear energy program (5% uranium enrichment) in order to hide a nuclear weapons program (95+% enrichment) was always a cover for Washington’s real opposition to Iran and Washington’s real agenda.

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Jul 15 12:36

BEX ALERT - Iran linked to deaths of 500 U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan

The startling number emerged last week as Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican and Army veteran who served as an infantry officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, pressed the issue at a confirmation hearing for Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is Obama's nominee to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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So, the Army didn't know who made the IEDs that killed all these soldiers when it happened, but NOW, just in time to try to derail the P5+1 agreement, a report magically appears to blame those deaths on Iran.

Jul 15 12:03

Republicans hate the Iran nuclear deal because it means we won't bomb Iran

As soon as President Obama announced the historic nuclear agreement between the US and Iran on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidates raced to see who could get out the most hyperbolic, foaming-at-the-mouth condemnation of the potential for peace.

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Okay, Jed and Lindsey, if you really feel that way about it... Here are your rifles. Here are your parachutes. We ran out of the desert camo but here are two bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call Tehran and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

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

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago the government tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People 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 The People 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!

Jul 15 11:50

After Iran deal, Obama offers Netanyahu talks on upgrading Israeli military

In a phone conversation between the two leaders Tuesday, Netanyahu did not respond to the offer, said the official, who requested anonymity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu wants to turn this into a dick-measuring contest. Let him. He only makes himself look worse with this childishness.

What amazes me is how all these people bashing the Iran deal and bashing Obama cannot see the large picture. Obama is not "caving in" to Iran or anyone else. Obama's goal with Iran (as it was with normalizing relations with Cuba) is to prevent more nations from pivoting to Russia and China, as they are pivoting faster than the US can invade and conquer them! I am not a huge fan of Obama, but let us recognize that he is finally starting to think like a statesman!

Jul 15 11:12

Israel prefers permanent standoff to any Iran deal, says U.K.'s foreign secretary

Philip Hammond slams Netanyahu's criticism of nuclear agreement hours before he heads to Israel, where he will discuss agreement with the prime minister.

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Israel needs an "enemy" Iran to scare its own people into obedience, to extort more money from the US taxpayer, and to distract the world from Israel's own war crimes and nuclear arsenal.

Jul 15 10:54

So You Think Military Intervention is a Good Idea?

And just in case you are one of those poor government or media people who are not as well educated in history as the average American citizen, here is a comprehensive but by no means complete list of just how many times We The People have been made total fools of by the US Government and the corporate media.

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Jul 15 10:52

Lindsey Graham Whines To Fox And Friends Over The Iran Deal

Ed Henry filled in for Brian Kilmeade this morning, and as predicted, the right wing warmongers are collectively losing their marbles over the Iran Deal. Fox had on two Republican candidates, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) both expressed displeasure at any deal with Iran that didn't guarantee war, but Lindsey was especially flabbergasted. Christie was busy ranting about the suddenly massive border security issue.

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Here's your rifle, Lindsey...

Jul 15 10:35

Pacifying Israel, Pentagon says will utilize military option against Iran if needed

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the US might utilize the “military option” against Iran in a bid to pacify Israel after Tehran, Washington and five other world powers concluded nuclear talks in Vienna.

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So, even though a deal has been reached, both the US and Israel (well, Israel; the US is just going along) will launch a war with Iran in which young Americans are going to be killed and crippled! If I were Obama I would fire Carter for this insubordination!

Jul 15 10:20

TIMELY TOON ~~ NETANYAHU’S REACTION TO IRAN DEAL

Jul 15 09:55

Aoun, Berri: Iran deal a promising step to presidential vote

Presidential candidate Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri expressed hope that the historic nuclear deal struck between Iran and six world powers could have a positive impact on Lebanon’s stalled presidential election.

Jul 15 09:49

Japanese FM welcomes Iran nuclear deal

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida welcomed a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers on Tuesday, expressing strong hopes that the agreement will be steadily implemented.

Jul 15 09:38

After nuclear fallout, Obama will be waiting for Netanyahu, checkbook in hand

Jul 15 09:36

Dick Cheney torches Iran deal: 'What the hell is the president thinking?'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney passionately denounced the Iran nuclear deal in a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.

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Well, Dick, if you really feel that way, here's your rifle...

Jul 15 09:35

Israel lobby, Jewish billionaires immediately trash Iran deal

I thought there was no such thing as an "Israel lobby"? Isn't that a "bigoted, anti-Semitic canard"? The Jewish Daily Forward reports:

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement it was “deeply concerned” that the deal “would fail to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon and further entrench and empower the leading state sponsor of terror.”

Jul 15 09:23

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Responds To Iran Nuke Deal, Black Eye Gone Like Magic

Jul 15 09:17

Should Congress approve the Iran deal?

YES
89% (538 votes)
NO
11% (65 votes)
Total votes: 603
Jul 15 08:51

FLASHBACK - Senator Sanders Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

“More than a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost us thousands of lives and trillions in treasure and made a difficult situation even worse. Those experiences should reinforce our resolve to make every diplomatic effort to avoid another rush to war,” Sanders said.

“It goes without saying that Iran must not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. It goes without saying that the United States will stand by our long-standing friendship and support for the nation of Israel. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Netanyahu did not offer any serious alternatives to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Jul 15 08:45

Israel and Saudi Arabia present united front over Iran deal

Iran's enemies unsettled by its deal with the West, but Bashar al-Assad of Syria says it is 'a great victory'

Jul 15 08:02

Zarif: Netanyahu is upset that Iran deal ended a ‘manufactured crisis’

A deal with world powers ended a “manufactured crisis” over Iran’s nuclear program, its foreign minister said Wednesday as he arrived home from negotiating the agreement which angered US lawmakers.

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Zarif is correct. The entire claim that Iran is a danger to the world rests on Israel's propaganda, bolstered by Israel's whores in the US government and corporate media. There never has been any real evidence that Iran is interested in building nuclear weapons (although one could hardly blame them if they wanted to, what with the US invading nations that do not have a nuclear deterrent, picking them off one by one). Iran has not invaded another country in a war of aggression in over 200 years. The entire hysteria about Iran's nuclear weapons is as manufactured and phony as the hysteria over Iraq's nuclear weapons. Netanyahu is furious, because he did not get the war against Iran he wants. More than that, Netanyahu is scared, because with the manufactured phony crisis about Iran coming to an end, he has nothing left with which to distract from discussions about Israel's endless crimes against their neighbors, in particular the Gazans, or from Israel's very real nuclear arsenal.

Jul 15 07:52

It Was the First Time the CIA Overthrew a Government…

62 years later, the aftermath is still troubling global politics.

Operation Ajax was a pivotal moment in US and world history. It was the first time the CIA overthrew a government.

Yet even today the US government would rather not talk about it. That’s why it remains an unknown story for many Americans.

The year was 1953. The objective was to oust Mohammad Mossadegh, the elected leader of the Majlis, Iran’s parliament.

Mossadegh was not a communist or a radical Islamist. He didn’t follow any objectionable ideology. Instead, he was a secular nationalist. But he was inconvenient.

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The CIA then installed a puppet dictator who sold Iran's oil to American and British corporations at below market prices, while keeping the Iranian people terrorized by the Savak. This led to the Iranian revolution of 1979, and the US efforts to return Iran to vassal state status ever since. However this article is in error stating that this was the first time the CIA ousted an elected government. Only the year before, the CIA had masterminded the overthrow of Cuba's elected government of Carlos Prío Socarrás and the cancellation of the pending Cuban elections in which the US puppet, Fulgencio Batista had been trailing. Batista was then installed as the new ruler of Cuba, selling Cuban agricultural produce to American companies like United Fruit and Pepsico at below market prices, making those corporations rich while plunging the Cuban people into poverty, until the Cuban people kicked out their US puppet in 1959 and replaced him with Fidel Castro. The US responded to this refusal to live under US puppet rule as it always does, inflicting economic hardships on the entire population, only lifted this year to prevent Russia from gaining a foothold in Cuba in advance of the coming US war against Russia.

Jul 14 17:50

Rand Paul Opposes Iran Deal

In a brief statement posted on his Facebook page, “libertarian-ish” GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has come out against the recently signed accord between the P5+1 and Iran, which would restrict Iran’s nuclear program to peaceful uses of nuclear power. Here is his statement in full:

“The proposed agreement with Iran is unacceptable for the following reasons:

“1) Sanctions relief precedes evidence of compliance, 2) Iran is left with significant nuclear capacity, 3) it lifts the ban on selling advanced weapons to Iran

“I will, therefore, vote against the agreement.

“While I continue to believe that negotiations are preferable to war, I would prefer to keep the interim agreement in place instead of accepting a bad deal.”

Jul 14 15:47

iran unchained

with the uncertain "safe cunduct" given iran, and the sanction generated independence, vouchsafed iran, they are on the regional power road, read more...http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150714/1024627128.html

Jul 14 14:30

Netanyahu was wrong about Iraq having nuclear weapons

Jul 14 14:18

'Iran have been given a licence to kill': Netanyahu blasts 'historic mistake' of agreeing Tehran nuclear deal as Israeli ministers condemn the 'surrender by the West to the axis of evil'

Israel today launched a blistering attack on Western powers for agreeing a controversial atomic deal with Iran, warning that it gave Tehran 'a sure path to nuclear weapons'.

Under the accord, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be lifted in return for Iran agreeing long-term curbs on a nuclear programme that the West has suspected was aimed at creating an atomic bomb.

The European Union called it a 'sign of hope for the entire world', while President Barack Obama insisted the deal meant 'every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off'.

But this was angrily rejected by Israel, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branding the deal 'a bad mistake of historic proportions'.

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"We here in Israel should be the ONLY ones to have a license to kill. We have a right to that license! Because of Hitler. And the Nazis. And the holocaust." -- Nodding Yahoo

Jul 14 14:16

Netanyahu and AIPAC Vow to Undermine Iran Nuclear Agreement

AIPAC is an unregistered foreign agent. It operates illegally and destructively. It deplores peace. It supports wars of aggression and occupation harshness.

Netanyahu is an unindicted war criminal - a hate-mongering racist heading Israel's fascist regime.

In less than so many words, they declared war on today's important agreement - intending to go all out to subvert it.

Jul 14 13:17

MONSTERS LIVE AMONG US

And now Israel wants to bomb more nuclear facilities in Iran or infect it with a computer virus to cause a melt-down, so that what happened by accident at Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, will be done deliberately to the people of Iran, who have not invaded or threatened anyone.

There are indeed monsters living among us.

And we know them by their deeds.

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Jul 14 10:15

'Stunning historical mistake': Netanyahu says Israel is not bound by Iran nuclear deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is not bound by the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, adding that it will always defend itself against Tehran, which “continues to seek its destruction.”

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Netanyahu has a real problem. With the P5+1 deal completed, world attention is going to go back to Israel's reign of destruction on Gaza a year ago, and without the distraction of trying to ban Iran's imaginary nuclear weapons, world opinion will turn to banning Israel's very real nuclear weapons!

Jul 14 09:59

Iran nuclear deal: Israel fumes at 'West's surrender to the axis of evil'

Israeli officials have reacted with fury at the announcement of a historic nuclear deal between Iran and six major world powers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the breakthrough in negotiations, which will curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from crippling international sanctions, "a bad mistake of historic proportions".

"Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons. Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted," Netanyahu said on Tueesday (14 July). "Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world."

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"And that's MY job!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jul 14 09:44

‘Suck Iranian ****’ — Netanyahu’s Farsi twitter account earns negative reviews

In an attempt to speak directly to the Iranian public to muster sentiment against the P5+1 talks between world leaders and Iran set to expire tonight, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a Twitter account in Farsi. Yet the move to convince Iranians the potential deal is a bad one has backfired.

Farsi speakers responded in droves by cursing Netanyahu and the state of Israel!

“Suck Iranian ****”– expletive deleted by the Jerusalem Post– “death to Israel,” and “I hate Israel,” was just some of the backtalk Netanyahu’s received to his @IsraeliPM_Farsi handle

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"It is MY **** you are supposed to suck. Like the US Congress! They seem to like it." -- Nodding Yahoo

Jul 14 09:13

Iran deal: Bad news for ISIS & JSOP?

They’re calling it a “win-win.” But the Iran nuclear deal could be a “lose-lose” for two leading Middle Eastern terrorist organizations: Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jewish State in Occupied Palestine (JSOP).

Will terrorist leaders “Bibi” Netanyahu and “Caliph” al-Baghdadi call a joint press conference to denounce the deal?

The Iran nuclear deal represents an existential threat to these two terror organizations because it signals a possible change in Western policy away from the destabilization doctrine. Instead of pushing Balkanization and chaos, the West may now decide it can live with a reasonably stable Middle East. That would mean a long, slow recovery for the region from the wave of death and destruction that ensued from the Zionist genocide beginning in 1948, and the accelerated genocide provoked by the neocon coup d’état on September 11th, 2001.

Jul 14 07:30

Landmark deal reached on Iran nuclear program

After arduous talks that spanned 20 months, negotiators have reached a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear program.

The agreement, a focal point of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy, appears set to reshape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects likely to ripple across the volatile Middle East.

Representatives of Iran, the United States and the other nations involved in the marathon talks were holding a final meeting in Vienna on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congress will now try to block the bill with the oversight they voted themselves a month ago. Obama has already stated he will veto such a bill. If Israel cannot bribe enough congressmen to override the veto, then Netanyahu will likely attack Iran. Already Israel's whores are all over the media and the web screaming about non-existent Iranian nuclear weapons, how Iran should have been starved intso total surrender, and of course not a word about Israel's nuclear weapons coupled with an unending history of belligerence to the rest of the world!

In the long term, this campaign of sanctions as an attack on Iran to force their compliance with Israel's demands has reminded the world that the US has weaponized the global financial system and its reliance on the US dollar. This will accelerate the rest of the world's move away from the dollar and towards a multi-polar economy, where the nation with the global currency cannot use it as a club to dominate and dictate to other nations.

As a side note to the United States Secret Service; STAY AWAKE! Israel has a prior history of assassinating world leaders who refuse to do as they are told!

Jul 13 16:15

Iran Nuclear Talks: Washington's Real Objective

Washington's diplomatic history reflects longstanding double-dealing duplicity - an odious record of broken promises showing it can't be trusted.

US deals are made to be reinterpreted post facto and/or breached - blaming negotiating partners for its perfidy. Rogue states operate this way - by their own rules and standards, excluding all others, America most of all.

Jul 13 10:57

Iran FM: Nuclear talks won't end by midnight deadline

Zarif's announcement indicates that gaps still remain between the two sides and that talks will likely be extended; Netanyahu: World powers' concessions to Iran show they are willing to accept deal at any price.

Jul 13 10:55

Iran nuclear deal imminent, negotiators say; lawmakers worry Obama conceded too much

Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks plan to announce Monday that they have reached a deal to limit Tehran’s atomic program in return for sanctions relief, as U.S. lawmakers and other critics express concern that the Obama administration has conceded too much in the bid for a historic diplomatic agreement.

Jul 13 10:53

Iran nuke deal good for Lebanon, region: Berri

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri expressed his belief that an Iranian nuclear deal could help pave the way to ending major conflicts in the Middle East, and the presidential vacuum in Lebanon.

Jul 10 18:25

US-Israeli Imperialists Plot Downfall of Syria and Iran

Obama’s ascendance to the White House was merely a public relations facelift, serving to make the American-Zionist Empire’s bloodthirsty aims more palatable to a war-weary public.

Jul 10 12:41

Iran Accuses U.S. Of Shifting Nuclear Demands As Talks Drag On

The Iran nuclear talks turned Friday from talk of progress to a blame game, with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accusing the United States of shifting its demands. He dismissed a warning that the U.S. is ready to quit the negotiations as counterproductive.

Hours after his comments, Zarif met again U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for another try at resolving differences standing in the way of a landmark deal that offers Iran sanctions relief in exchange for long-term and verifiable curbs on nuclear programs which Tehran could turn to making weapons.

The tougher rhetoric mirrored the frustrations by the sides as the current round of talks entered its 14th day. After blowing past two extensions, negotiators had hoped to wrap up the talks by Friday, but Zarif's comments cast doubts that agreement was near.

The sides had hoped to seal a deal before the end of Thursday in Washington in attempts to avoid delays in implementing their promises.

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These talks have been engineered to fail from the beginning.

Jul 10 09:21

The Empire’s Real Problem With Iran – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s issue with Iran has never been Iran’s nuclear energy program. The notion pushed by the neoconservatives that Iran only had a nuclear energy program (5% uranium enrichment) in order to hide a nuclear weapons program (95+% enrichment) was always a cover for Washington’s real opposition to Iran and Washington’s real agenda.

From the standpoint of Washington’s doctrine of US world hegemony, the problem with Iran is its independence. Like Iraq, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, North Korea, Russia and China, Iran is not Washington’s vassal.

Jul 10 08:49

Kerry threatens to quit Iran nuke talks after more delays

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened Thursday to walk away from nuclear talks as he signaled that diplomats won't conclude an agreement over the coming hours - another delay that this time could complicate American efforts to quickly implement any deal.

"This is not open-ended," Kerry told reporters outside the 19th-century Viennese palace hosting the negotiations. "We can't wait forever for the decision to be made. If the tough decisions don't get made, we are absolutely prepared to call an end to this process."

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"Look, we are trying to be reasonable. All that we ask is that Iran give up nuclear power and heat their homes with burning camel dung, sell their oil only for US dollars, accept private central banking, and totally disarm so that we can come in and break the place up into itty bitty tiny nationlettes we can bully around. Why is that such a problem?!?"

Jul 10 08:43

Deadline looms: Iran deal close, Obama ‘sceptical’

U.S. President Barack Obama has reportedly said the chances of a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme are less than 50 percent.

Jul 10 07:47

Thousands of Iranians march in annual pro-Palestine rallies

Tens of thousands of Iranians chanted "Down with America" and "Death to Israel" during annual pro-Palestinian rallies nationwide on July 10, as a top leader said the U.S. would be making a "strategic mistake" if it pulled out of ongoing negotiations on the country's nuclear program.

Jul 09 14:54

Why there is still no Iran nuke deal in Vienna

Deep into a warm Viennese night, with the legendary Café Sacher already closed, it was still a long way to go. In a hotel room, an Iranian diplomat mused; “The Americans created a structure of sanctions they don’t want to destroy. Emotionally, they want to keep it.” It’s no wonder that most of the unresolved brackets in the final text still relate to US and EU sanctions.

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Jul 09 14:22

Video: ‘Right-wing pro-Israeli groups mobilizing massive money to kill Iran deal’

The U.S. and Iran appear to be on the cusp of a historic deal which could end decades of animosities and ensure a nuclear weapons-free Iran. But with political forces mobilizing on Capitol Hill to torpedo the deal, and both sides pushing for last-minute concessions, the likelihood of a breakthrough remains unclear. Does President Obama have enough political capital to ensure the sustainability of an eventual deal, and what are the broader geopolitical implications of the agreement? Oksana is joined by Trita Parsi, the President of the National American Iranian Council, to analyse these issues.

Jul 09 12:53

Iran deal delay gives Israel lobby opportunity to pressure Congress: Analyst

Longer Congress review period of a possible nuclear deal with Iran will give the Israeli lobby more opportunity to put extensive pressure on every member of Congress, says former CIA contractor Steven Kelley.

Jul 09 08:30

Is Alexis Tsipras the Mosaddegh of Our Time?

Like Tsipras, Mosaddegh is famous for a controversial and historic referendum. Mosaddegh’s rule was in turmoil domestically and outside the country, and he knew that the parliament was about to remove him from power soon. That’s why he held a referendum about the dissolution of the parliament, and to give himself temporary power to pass the laws necessary. The referendum was successful with 99% of the votes.

This remains Mosaddegh’s most controversial move to this, which many people including some reformists call undemocratic and unconstitutional. But the truth is that the parliament was handpicked by the Shah, Iran’s dictator, and they were about to overthrow the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, and there is nothing undemocratic about turning to people’s votes, and getting a democratic mandate to push your agenda.

Jul 09 07:29

Keep It Quiet, Aide Tells Shouting Kerry and Iran Minister

As the negotiations grind on in the Austrian capital, frustrations have boiled over into decidedly undiplomatic confrontations. In one incident on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif could be heard shouting in nearby rooms.

A Kerry aide tip-toed into the room during the evening meeting at the Palais Coburg, a former aristocratic residence converted into a luxury hotel, to warn them that everyone outside could hear their row, according to Iranian state-run news agency IRNA.

Jul 09 06:31

Iran nuclear deal close; impasse over weapons, missiles persists

Iran and six world powers were close to an historic nuclear agreement on Thursday that could resolve a more than 12-year dispute over Teheran’s nuclear ambitions, but they remained deadlocked on the issue of Iranian arms and missile trade.

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FOX News is reporting that the House Panel is holding a meeting today to issue new demands for the P5+1 including open access to all Iranian non-nuclear sites, in what is clearly a last-ditch attempt to derail the possibility of a deal and open the door for a war with Iran.

Jul 08 17:16

The Iran Deal’s Strategic Payoff

The Iran nuclear talks may be getting close to some sort of conclusion in Vienna, but American political and policy elites remain, to an appallingly large extent, clueless as to what is really at stake in the negotiations. (This was a significant theme in Hillary’s appearance on CNN, see here, and in Flynt’s appearance on CNBC, see here, to discuss the Vienna talks.)

Jul 08 11:40

Deadlock in Vienna Nuclear Talks with Iran

Washington obstructionism leaves Iran nuclear talks deadlocked as another deadline approaches for resolving remaining issues. Years of standoff persist.

Obama wants a one-way deal on his terms – demanding unreasonable Iranian concessions, raising the bar continually for more, wanting Iran subjugated and isolated as part of a long term plan to replace its government with a US-controlled puppet regime letting Big Oil plunder its hydrocarbon resources.

Jul 08 09:17

Greece – The Triumph of Democracy – the first day of a New Beginning

Congratulations! – With a resounding “OXI” = “No” – with 61% the Greek rejected the troika imposed austerity. They joined a majority of economists worldwide, including from the IMF, who also know that austerity doesn’t help recovery – and certainly doesn’t wipe out debt, the noose around a country’s neck.

But – what does the decisive no-vote mean for the 39% yes-voters? – Do they want more of austerity? – Hardly. Or were they manipulated with fear-mongering by the mostly privately owned western media, which also dominate Greece?– Blackmailed by the threats of Brussels? – Were they afraid of what’s next? – Western presstitute media propaganda for a “yes” vote, spiked with fear, threats and purposeful confusion was horrendous.

Jul 08 09:14

Greece: The Pearl Cast Before Swine

The Greece referendum was a victory, and a victory can do wonders even to wet and wobbling leaders. It would be a shame to cast the pearl of Greece to the banker swine.

How to beat banksters at their own game?

Jul 08 08:36

Anti-Iran Lobby Steps Up Its Game Before Deadline for P5+1 Talks

The U.S. and Iranian nuclear negotiators have just announced a one week extension of their nuclear talks. If, as expected, there is an agreement next week, it will open a new stage of tension in the process leading to its final formal ratification by all parties. For then, the U.S. Congress will have 30 days to vote the agreement up or down. This vote, forced on an unwilling president by his own party’s Senate members several weeks ago, poses a new threat. For the Israel Lobby, it offers a new opportunity to sabotage the deal.

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Mind you, this is the same Congress that pore-approves wars and fast-tracks trade deals because they can't be bothered doing their actual job, but when Israel says jump, they all shout "Ouch, my KNEES!!!"

Jul 08 07:51

Inching Toward an Iran-Nuke Deal

As the U.S. and Iranian negotiators move toward completion of a historic deal in Vienna, the lifting of sanctions against Iran – which is the most difficult outstanding issue in the talks – is on its way to being resolved, Western and Iranian sources close to the nuclear negotiations told the Middle East Eye.

Jul 08 07:32

Advisor: Inspection of Military Sites Forbidden

An advisor to Iran's parliament speaker on international affairs highlighted the dominance of the country’s enemies over the UN nuclear watchdog and said the Islamic Republic has the right to prevent access to its military sites under the pretext of inspection, Al-Alam News Network repots.

"That we do not allow our military and sensitive sites to be inspected or that we refuse to send our (nuclear) scientists under the knife of interrogation is part of Iran's obvious and inalienable rights.”

Jul 07 09:35

Netanyahu prepares to fight world over Iran deal

With communications between Washington and Jerusalem all but severed, Netanyahu is hedging his bets and preparing to fight Obama on Capitol Hill once a nuclear deal is announced.

Jul 07 09:27

U.S. official: Iran will face arms, missile restrictions under nuclear deal

Iran will continue to face restrictions on its missile program as well as its trade in conventional arms under an emerging nuclear agreement, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, hours after diplomats said that the talks between Tehran and world powers would continue past deadline until July 10.

The six major powers and Iran are still not where they need to be to achieve an agreement under which Iran would restrict its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions, the official added on condition of anonymity.

"There will be an ongoing restriction on arms (if there is a deal), just like there will be ongoing restrictions regarding missiles," the official said. "It will be part of the (United Nations) Security Council resolution."

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The world understands that the US has "weaponized" the world's dependence on the US dollar to strip Iran (a nation which has not initiated a war of conquest against another nation in over 200 years) of their ability to defend themselves against a future attack by the US or Israel. This is a major reason so many other nations are breaking free of the US-dominated western financial system.

Jul 07 08:05

Latest Netanyahu cartoon says west is allowing ISIS to build ‘atomic bombs’ aimed at US and Christianity

As the P5+1 push ahead to make a deal with the Iranian government over its nuclear program, the Israeli prime minister has published his latest cartoon to try and stop the deal. This cartoon equates ISIS, the Islamic state, with the “Islamic State of Iran” and suggests that the west is going to allow ISIS to get nukes.

Imagine Islamic State building atomic bombs. Well, maybe it’s not that hard to imagine.

The Islamic State of Iran – like ISIS. Just much bigger.

The cartoon ends with an ISIS fighter who has morphed into an Iranian ayatollah hugging nuclear warheads that are labeled with the US, Israel, Christianity and gay rights.

Jul 06 11:47

Nuclear Talks: US Spin on Access to Iranian Sites Has Distorted the Issue

Access to Iranian sites continues to be a thorny issue and the Americans may be playing a dirty game in the media

A public diplomacy campaign by the Obama administration to convince world opinion that Iran was reneging on the Lausanne framework agreement in April has seriously misrepresented the actual diplomacy of the Iran nuclear talks, as my interviews with Iranian officials here make clear.

President Barack Obama’s threat on Tuesday to walk out of the nuclear talks if Iranian negotiators didn’t return to the Lausanne framework – especially on the issue of IAEA access to Iranian sites — was the climax of that campaign.

Jul 06 10:15

Breakthrough Reported in Iran Talks, But Differences Remain

The P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran continue apace this weekend, with officials describing Saturday’s talks in Vienna as a “breakthrough,” and one which now has the two sides sitting on an unofficial draft agreement which could end up serving as the basis for a final pact.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif conceding that despite the progress, the final deal still isn’t necessarily clear, and that some difference remain and will require significant effort to move past. Exactly what remains to resolve is unclear.

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IF these reports are true, fingers crossed that an agreement can be reached.

Not reaching an agreement may well mean war with Russia, something for which the US military is woefully unprepared.

And I say this NOT to fault the US military per se, but right now, it does not have the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

Secondly, the weapons which have been bought for the US military are enormously expensive, don't work as advertised, and sometimes do not work at all.

Russia spends less on weapons that does the US government, but the weapons they buy are fully vetted and when they have to be counted on by Russian military in the field, they work.

Jul 06 09:50

US Senate trying to sabotage Iran nuclear talks: Analyst

“I just don’t see it likely that the US Senate is going to allow any kind of a nuclear deal to go through, and all they would have to do is… invoke another round of sanctions on Iran and the deal is off,” said James Morris, editor of America-hijacked.com

In a phone interview with Press TV on Monday, he said, “The demands that have been put on Iran are unreasonable.”

Morris made the remarks when asked to comment on a message tweeted by US foreign policy scholar Zbigniew Brzezinski, encouraging Washington to broker a deal with Iran.

“As the Mideast grows increasingly chaotic, it’s smarter to increase stability, not reduce it. A deal with Iran is better than no deal,” Brzezinski wrote.

Jul 06 09:38

Israel gears up to battle Iran deal in Congress

Israel is preparing for the next phase of its fierce opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, by lobbying US Congressmen and women to block the emerging comprehensive agreement once it is finalized and goes to lawmakers for approval. But some in Jerusalem fear it is a lost cause given the belief that the potential economic benefits from resuming business with Iran could significantly outweigh political considerations.

Jul 06 07:53

Information Warfare in the Iran-Nuke Talks

A public diplomacy campaign by the Obama administration to convince world opinion that Iran was reneging on the Lausanne framework agreement in April has seriously misrepresented the actual diplomacy of the Iran nuclear talks, as my interviews with Iranian officials in Vienna make clear.

Jul 05 10:30

ZION DONATES MILLIONS TO HILLARY’S CAMPAIGN

Billionaires George Soros and Haim Saban donated a total of $3 million to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, the news site Politico reported.

Saban, an Israeli Hollywood mogul, gave Priorities USA Action, Clinton’s super PAC, $2 million, while Soros, a Jewish, Hungary-born business magnate, donated $1 million, according to Politico’s article published Thursday.

Clinton’s super PAC, which is dedicated to airing ads supporting her presidential bid and attacking her opponents, revealed Thursday that it had raised a total of $15.6 million during the first half of the year.

Other heavy donors included DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and director J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath, as well as California investor Herb Sandler and Boston philanthropist Barbara Lee.

Jul 05 08:30

US Senate hawks move to scuttle Iran deal by extending sanctions: Analyst

A recent legislative move by US Senate hawks to extend sanctions against Iran for 10 additional years is nothing but an attempt to “scuttle” an emerging nuclear deal, says an antiwar activist.

“This is an effort to scuttle the negotiated deal between Iran and the P5+1 over Iran’s nuclear program,” Joe Iosbaker, a leader of the United National Antiwar Coalition, told Press TV on Friday.

Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) have filed an amendment to the national defense budget that would extend congressional sanctions against Iran.

If passed, the amendment would extend the Sanctions Act of 1996 until the end of 2026. The current act is set to expire at the end of 2016.

Jul 05 06:47

Hillary Clinton: “If I’m President, We Will Attack Iran”

On Friday, presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton addressed a hand-picked audience at a Dartmouth College campaign event. She lied calling Iran an “existential threat to Israel… I hope we are able to get a deal next week that puts a lid on (its) nuclear weapons program.”

Jul 04 09:50

BEX ALERT - Netanyahu: Israel now faces double threat from Iran and ISIS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that "Israel now faces two threats: that of ISIS – and that of Iran."

He added in a statement issued yesterday, a copy of which was obtained by Anadolu news agency, that "We need not strengthen one at the expense of the other. We need to weaken both and prevent the aggression and arming of both".

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Netanyahu's new propaganda strategy is to link ISIS and Iran in the public mind, so that the hate created by the US/Israel manufactured front group transfers onto Iran, which has not launched a war of aggression against another country in over 200 years.

Jul 01 15:12

Talks extension good sign; Israel afraid of Iran’s influence: Fetzer

As it had been voiced by negotiators earlier, the two sides missed the self-imposed June-end deadline with the US State Department saying on Tuesday that the two sides had decided to “extend the measures under (2013 interim deal) until July 7 to allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution”.

Jul 01 14:01

Nuke Deal Inches Ahead as US-Iran Play Information War

So today is not D-Day. No landing in post-Wall of Mistrust territory. A nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 won’t be clinched today – for a number of very complex reasons, way beyond the vicious media information war; not least finding the absolute, exact wording in every line of 85 pages of text.

Jul 01 12:35

US 'continuously' briefing Israel from Iran talks

American diplomats currently negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program in Austria have been in constant communication with their Israeli counterparts.

Jul 01 12:30

CNN Rattles Sabers as Iran Talks Move Into Key Stage

With a 7-day extension hinting at the possibility of a major breakthrough in nuclear negotiations with Iran, CNN turned the tables and instead released a story talking about US bunker-busting bombs being put on standby.

The focus on a “military option” against Iran, the idea that in the middle of key talks the US could just up and attack Iran out of the blue, wasn’t actually based on new anything US officials said. Indeed, the CNN piece relied solely on a single quote from Defense Secretary Ash Carter in an interview from way back in April.

US officials do occasionally make puzzling decisions to threaten to attack Iran, but this was not one of those times, and rather CNN invented this story as a whole cloth exercise in 19th century-style yellow journalism.

Jul 01 09:59

ANOTHER LOONEY TOON

The video, just 28 seconds long, was published on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s social media pages Tuesday and argued that allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons would be even worse than giving nukes to the jihadist IS group — also known as ISIS — that has rampaged across Iraq and Syria brutally murdering opponents in its path.

Jul 01 08:38

As Iran nuclear deadline passes, narrative battle heats up

The real issue holding things up is whether the Americans have the "political will" to make that leap, to agree in writing to its obligations (without 100 caveats) and the courage to face their sprawling bureaucracy whose bread-and-butter is the 'sanctions industry' and the 'Iranian enemy.' says Sharmine Narwani

It’s D-Day in Vienna, and the parties sitting across the negotiating table still haven’t ironed out terms to settle a 12-year standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. Expect this deadline to be missed. And prepare for a lot of hot air to fill its space.

The “hot air” is calculated narrative-spin from a range of players that seek to 1) scuttle a deal, 2) increase pressure/create leverage at the negotiating table, or 3) frame an upcoming agreement in language favorable to one side.

Jul 01 04:56

Iran and six world powers extend nuclear negotiations deadline by one week

"The P5+1 and Iran have decided to extend the measures under the Joint Plan of Action until July 7 to allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution," said Marie Harf, a senior adviser for strategic communications at the US State Department.
The major text of the final 80-page deal is still a subject of negotiations in Austria’s capital Vienna. Now the scrupulous work will continue at the level of experts and political directors. It is still unclear when the ministers will join it.
A diplomatic source told TASS has not ruled out that the ministers could arrive in Vienna by July 5. "We are discussing the issue on the possibility of the meeting on Sunday," he said.

Jun 30 21:41

Letter to God

Please forgive my cynicism and negative connotations in this letter but I find it is often necessary to infuse the negativity to emit action, anger and resolution.

Why do You allow the criminal, corporate media to continuously and incessantly lie to its citizens and not only misrepresent the facts but often fabricate stories in order to inflate the severity of the fiction?

Jun 30 21:36

Greece – A Moving Target

Mr. Tsipras lets it be known that if the Greek vote ‘yes’ – for the austerity program, he may resign – that might bring the hegemon’s desired ‘regime change’.

Greece is a moving target. A new bail-out package in the wings? Being negotiated as these lines are going to print? An act of desperation? – Confusing for sure – for the electorate, for observers – but especially for the suffering every-day Greek. Almost hour by hour things are changing.

A last-minute, last ditch negotiation with Brussels for a new bail-out program has apparently been initiated by Athens for two years. No amount has been mentioned – let alone the austerities that Greece would have to accept – or the troika.

Jun 30 12:04

‘New demands on Iran – deliberate stumbling blocks’

All sort of things in these negotiations are going on behind the scenes, not only between the P5+1 and Iran but between the Western allies as well.

Additional demands on Iran at the nuclear talks put forward by France are basically impossible to fulfill; it’s unlikely that they were made without the full knowledge and approval of the US, says political commentator Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich.

Jun 30 12:01

Russia: Tit for Tat – Israel Shamir.

Summing it up, President Putin speaks softly. If he carries a big stick, he does not flash it around.

Hail, fire and brimstone, new sanctions or the US tanks on its borders, Russia takes things in stride. President Putin could adopt the motto of William of Orange: saevis tranquillus in undis, calm amidst the tempest.

Jun 30 09:22

Greece’s Downfall and Redemption

What the Greek people can turn to is a realistic and altogether more democratic and humane option – of demanding their country slash its monstrous military spend.

Decades of exorbitant military spending account for Greece’s present downfall under an Olympian-sized debt. European governments and news media portray the problem of Greece’s financial woes as public spending profligacy.

Jun 30 08:58

France's Fabius says three conditions still not met for Iran deal

"For this there are three indispensable conditions: a lasting limitation of Iran's research and development capacity, a rigorous inspection of sites, including military if needed, and the third condition is the automatic return of sanctions in case it violates its commitments."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

France is now doing Israel's dirty work for them! Iran has never agreed to inspections of non-nuclear military sites (despite claims they did so in the original framework). And non-nuclear military sites are irrelevant in the context of this being a deal about nuclear weapons. The other automatic deal-breaker is the threat that sanctions can be returned in an instant if anyone (like Israel or even just a stockbroker selling Iranian stocks short) makes any unfounded accusation about Iran at all.

Jun 30 08:30

Iran, P5+1 extend interim nuclear deal until July 7 to win more time for talks

Six world powers and Iran have come to an agreement to extend the interim deal on Tehran’s nuclear program until July 7 to allow more time for talks to reach a final deal, the US State Department said Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 30, had previously been set as the deadline for reaching a final agreement on the nuclear deal.

Jun 29 11:41

Nuke talks set for several more days; signs of backtracking

World powers and Iran prepared to move past Tuesday's deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, with officials suggesting significant backtracking by Tehran's negotiators that may need several more days of discussions to resolve.

Jun 29 10:01

Parliamentary official Informs of Obama's Secret Message to Iran

Parliamentary officials disclosed on Monday that US President Barack Obama has sent a secret message to Iran in the last few days, adding that the letter focused on the nuclear standoff between the two sides.

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