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Dear Americans
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Will America stop consuming a large share of the savings and capital formation of other nations? The trust of Europeans in American leadership is shaken today. We want to love America again. But we are skeptical because Washington only focuses on troops and finances.
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IAEA'S LATEST REPORT ON IRAN: Time to Move On
Saturday, February 23, 2008
It is an important report that finally brings an end to almost all the technical issues that in the past five years have concerned the IAEA regarding Iran’s declared civilian nuclear program.
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Disinformation Flies as US Raises Iran Bar
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
US efforts are in overdrive to ward off a clean bill of health for Iran's nuclear program when the International Atomic Energy Agency issues a new report later this week. The American diplomats as usual have the help of compliant media, which are making much of supposed US intelligence newly "shared" with the atomic agency. Just don't believe everything you read; the IAEA does not.
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Slouching towards Petroeurostan
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The Iranian International Petroleum Exchange started business this week. It was a low-key affair, yet it could mark a key point in the decline of the US dollar as a world currency while offering oil producers a vital option to using existing middlemen and exchanges that at present control the global oil market.
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Can the US Brace Its Fall?
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The last time that policy circles buzzed about Washington's "decline" came during the waning years of the Cold War, when Yale Professor Paul Kennedy published The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. The study argued that the U.S. was falling into a familiar historical pattern where the combination of huge military budgets and ever larger deficits led inevitably to the kind of "imperial overstretch" that transformed once-mighty empires into shadows of their former selves.
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In spite of U.S., Cairo Welcomes Iranian Overtures
Sunday, February 17, 2008
In recent months, Washington has tried hard to convince Arab leaders of the threat to the Middle East posed by Iranian regional ambitions. Nevertheless, several recent visits to Egypt by top-level Iranian officials suggest that Cairo, despite U.S. objections, may be close to restoring diplomatic ties -- severed for almost 30 years -- with Tehran.
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Israel and Iran, After the NIE
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Soon after the release of the NIE, the Telegraph (London) reported that, “British spy chiefs have grave doubts that Iran has mothballed its nuclear weapons program … and believe the CIA has been hoodwinked by Teheran.”3 An unnamed senior British official told the Telegraph that the country’s intelligence personnel “are skeptical” about the report’s conclusions and methodology. “We want to know what the basis of it is, where did it come from? Was it on the basis of the defector? Was it on the basis of the intercept material? … It's not as if the American intelligence agencies are regarded as brilliant performers in that region. They got badly burned over Iraq.”
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Neo-cons on the Run
Sunday, February 17, 2008
As we all know there are only 10 months left to George W. Bush's tenancy in the White House and a great majority of Americans, with the exception of a delusional minority symbolized by such militants as John McCain and Joseph Lieberman, are convinced that there is very little chance for the U.S. to win the war in Iraq.  "On North Korea, and Iran, with no real options at hand," writes Charles Krauthammer, an old neo-conservative, "the Bush administration heads to the finish line doing what Senator George Aiken once suggested for Vietnam: Declare victory and go home.  With no good options available, those decisions are entirely understandable." 
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Teachers and the War
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Many Americans would be surprised to learn that among the most important constituencies backing the Bush administration’s disastrous agenda in the Middle East and promoting anti-Arab policies has been the one million-strong American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The AFT leadership has gone so far as to make a series of public statements and push through resolutions with demonstrably inaccurate assertions in its defense of administration policy. A key constituent union of the AFL-CIO, the AFT – which also represents a significant number of health care and other public service workers – gives over $5 million in contributions to congressional candidates each election cycle.
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The Illegitimacy of Striking Iran
Sunday, February 17, 2008
During President Bush's recent visit to the Middle East, including to Egypt, questions were raised as to whether there is a hidden American agenda of striking Iran over its nuclear programme in the upcoming months. Bush's famous dance with Arab kings and princes while holding an Arab sword did little to assuage those fears. But while some seem focussed only on the "if" and "when", it must be remembered that there is also a question of legitimacy, despite the cover allegedly provided by the "war on terror".
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