August 03, 2008

Some Middle East news (NO WAR WITH IRAN, Plz)

Working for International Dialogue and Peace

U.S. sent envoy to Geneva talks to avoid pressure: Chomsky

by Noam Chomsky (source: Mehr News) August 3, 2008

"The Bush administration is under severe international and domestic pressure to rein in its radical extremism, which has led to catastrophes everywhere, and might bring about even worse ones" the American lecturer noted. "Sending a non-participant observer is a way to avoid negotiations and diplomacy while trying to fend off criticism," Chomsky commented. ››read more

Arabs don’t view Iran’s nuclear program as a threat

(source: Mehr News) August 3, 2008

Amr MoussaAmr MoussaTEHRAN, Aug. 3 (MNA) – Arab League chief Amr Moussa has called for a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement foreign ministers in Tehran on Wednesday, Moussa said the Arab league is opposed to any military attack against the Islamic Republic. ››read more

Americans protest war with Iran

by Jihan Hafiz (source: Press TV) August 3, 2008

On a US national day of protest against any military attack on Iran, tens of thousands marched on Saturday 2 August across America and Canada against the Bush Administration. View a video of the protestors in DC here. ››read more

The New York Times: Making Nuclear Extermination Respectable

by Prof. James Petras (source: Global Research) August 2, 2008

What does the publication by the New York Times of an article, which calls for the nuclear incineration of 70 million Iranians and the contamination of the better part of a billion people in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, tell us about US politics and culture? For it is the NYT, which informs the ‘educated classes’ in the US, its Sunday supplements, literary and editorial pages and which serves as the ‘moral conscience’ of important sectors of the cultural, economic and political elite. ››read more

Iran accuses U.S. of double standards

(source: Reuters) August 2, 2008

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has accused the United States of double standards following a nuclear deal with India, state television said on Saturday, just before a deadline set by the West in a dispute over Tehran's own atomic ambitions. ››read more

Stop War on IRAN: Mass March in NYC & across the U.S.

(source: Stop War on Iran) August 2, 2008

Across the U.S. - in more than 87 cities - Response to the Emergency Call to Action has been enormous and in addition to the regional action in New York City, there will be protests, rallies, and other events in more than 87 cities, from Hawaii to Boston. ››read more

Nukes and Holocausts

by Gordon Prather (source: AntiWar.Com) August 2, 2008

Everyone, most especially the Israelis, realize they can not "take out" all the IAEA Safeguarded facilities in Iran with conventional weapons. But they could make a start, and then come to us with this threat – "either you finish the job for us, or we will, with nukes". ››read more

Want Lower Gas Prices? Lift AIPAC's Sanctions on Iran

by Robert Naiman (source: Huffington Post) August 1, 2008

Here's a first step: don't let AIPAC drive up gas prices even more. Ask Congress to reject AIPAC's resolution seeking to ban Iran's gas imports. ››read more

Oil Rises $3 on Israeli Comments About Iranian Nuclear Program

by Margot Habiby (source: Bloomberg) August 1, 2008

Oil price riseOil price riseAug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Crude oil rallied more than $3 a barrel after Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz said that Iran is on a path toward a ``major breakthrough'' in its nuclear weapons program which he called ``unacceptable.'' ››read more

A Vote For Military Force Against Iran? AIPAC’s House Resolution, H. Con. Res. 362

by Ira Glunts (source: August 1, 2008

naval blockadenaval blockadeDespite the expectation of easy passage, AIPAC’s controversial resolution is stalled in committee. The efforts of antiwar groups who mobilized messages of protest proved fruitful, but the debate over the use of military force in Iran is just beginning. ››read more

Candidate who wants Olmert's job once 'sought deaths of 70 Palestinians a day'

by Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem (source: The Independent ) August 1, 2008

Shaul MofazShaul MofazA leading candidate [Shaul Mofaz] to be Israel's next premier called for a death toll of 70 Palestinians a day when he was head of the military during the second intifada, according to a best-selling book by two Israeli journalists. ››read more

Editor's note: Shaul Mofaz, Israel's deputy prime minister, told local daily Yedioth Ahronoth on June 6 that the sanctions against Iran were ineffective and therefore "there will be no choice but to attack Iran to halt the Iranian nuclear program." He reiterated this threat against Iran in July.

New view on Mideast needed

by Yousef Munayyer (source: Chicago Tribune) August 1, 2008

The U.S. insists on the prevention of a nuclear Iran, when the Arab public is well aware that the world's largest per capita nuclear arsenal is in Israel. Further, the American position has largely been to not negotiate with Iran before it suspends its nuclear program. Yet the U.S. pushes the Palestinian Authority to negotiate while Israel continues settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank. ››read more

Interview with Soltanieh: NAM moves in support of nuclear Iran

by Ali Asghar Soltanieh, interview with Saman Kojouri (source: Press TV) August 1, 2008

Ali Asghar SoltaniehAli Asghar SoltaniehA new parameter in the NAM statement is that the ministers have welcomed Iran's willingness to enter negotiation with all countries of the Non-Aligned Movement and also the countries in the region. This sends a strong and positive signal to those who are saying that Iran is isolated. Iran is not isolated. Almost all world countries have sent their ministers and representatives to this country to say that they support Iran's peaceful nuclear activities. ››read more

Deadline ultimatum eases for Iran in nuclear showdown

(source: AFP) August 1, 2008

Gary SickGary SickWASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States and its European allies have pulled back from setting Saturday as a firm deadline for Iran to reply to the latest international offer of incentives for a freeze in its nuclear drive. ››read more

Germany defends export of gas equipment to Iran

(source: M & C) August 1, 2008

Berlin - Germany rejected Thursday criticism from Israel over a deal to export gas-liquefaction equipment to Iran.
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US forces Statoil to hold back from Iran operations

by Ed Crooks in London (source: FT) August 1, 2008

StatoilHydro, the Norwegian national oil company, has become the latest big western energy group to commit against investment in Iran following pressure from the US. ››read more

Why Are Neocons Attacking Turkey?

by Avni Dogru (source: Just Foreign Policy) August 1, 2008

Some neoconservatives in Washington are obsessed with attacking Iran before President Bush leaves office at the end of this year. Hence, they have been pushing the Bush administration for increased economic and political isolation of Iran in order to weaken its current regime. Crucial to this plan is the support of Turkey, a traditional U.S. ally and an increasingly critical player in the region. ››read more

To Provoke War, Cheney Considered Proposal To Dress Up Navy Seals As Iranians And Shoot At Them

(source: Think Progress) August 1, 2008 Iranian Boat
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