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Debunking Christopher Hitchens
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
In a sheer exercise of futility that makes a mockery of his penchant for (George) Orwellian critique of power and domination, Christopher Hitchens, a darling of mainstream American media, has penned a letter to President George W. Bush in the Wall Street Journal on the subject of Iran that purports to provide a novel solution to the puzzling question of how the US should deal with Iran.
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Iran Can't Shake the Sanctions Shackle
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
As far as Iran is concerned, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog has completed its work with "outstanding questions" related to Tehran's nuclear program and it should stop placing the dossier in a special category requiring attention by the UN Security Council. All the same, the threat of more sanctions remains as strong as ever.
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Sanctions: A Colonial Tool
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sanctions are an alternative to military force. By punishing a nation economically, socially, and/or politically, it is hoped that change will be affected without the prohibitive cost of war. The current policies directed at isolating and undermining the government have in reality helped to weaken the social and economic institutions which the country requires if it is to become a viable democracy.
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A ‘Grand Bargain’ for Washington and Tehran
Saturday, February 23, 2008
There are welcome signs of a coming thaw in America’s hostile and ice-bound relations with Iran -- if not in the remaining months of George W. Bush’s presidency then under his successor. For the first time in many years, such a possibility is being actively debated and envisaged by American policy-makers and influential think-tanks.
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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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