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Legal Mist Stokes US-Iran Tensions in Strait
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The recent, and escalating, tension between Iran and the US in the narrow corridor of the Strait of Hormuz has once again drawn attention to the strait's international maritime status, and to the ramifications of this tension as a flashpoint in the Middle East.
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Official Version of U.S.-Iranian Naval Incident Starts to Unravel
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The United States has lodged a formal diplomatic protest against Iran for its “provocation” in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday morning. But new information reveals that the alleged Iranian threat to American naval vessels may have been blown out of proportion.
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Strait Facts
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Timing of this so called 'provocation' incident in the Persian Gulf just before Mr. Bush's trip to the region was also very convenient as he went on reminding the world and all the client Arab states in the region during a press conference in Israel yesterday that they must fear this menacing "threat to the world peace" and prepare for a joint U.S./Israeli action to deal with Iran.
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The End of the Road for George W. Bush
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Bush will have flown from Israel to Palestine to Kuwait to Bahrain to the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia to Egypt in search of a legacy, one that he hopes will lift up his name in history.  But, isolated and deluded, he has yet to grasp that he and the United States are reviled and detested for our violence, arrogance and greed.
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US War Plans and the "Strait of Hormuz Incident": Just Who Threatens Whom?
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The Pentagon's war plans continue to be based on the justification that Iran is in defiance of the "international community" and is actively involved in developing nuclear weapons. In a bitter irony, the first phase of these war plans under TIRANNT was formulated at a time when US intelligence confirmed that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program.
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Naval Encounter Highlights Tensions Stoked by Bush Trip to Middle East
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
An incident in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday involving US warships and small, high-speed Iranian craft has served to heighten tensions in the Gulf on the eve of President Bush’s departure for his first extended trip to the Middle East.
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Experts Agree: Iran Is Not Iraq
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Iraq is now a nation with a broken political and civil infrastructure, weakened by years of war, cruel sanctions, and rampant sectarian violence. Iran, while struggling with unemployment, fuel shortages, increasing international isolation, and other domestic problems, has a stable government, a formidable military, and a very strong influence in the region.
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Rice and Gates Divided over Iran's Role in Iraq
Saturday, January 5, 2008
A State Department official's assertion in late December that Iran had exerted a restraining influence on Iraqi Shiite militia violence signaled a major divergence of views between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defence Robert Gates over how to portray Iran's role in Iraq.
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Russia’s Policy in the Gulf and South Asia
Saturday, January 5, 2008
There is substantial debate in the United States over whether Russia is an adversary or an ally of US efforts to stabilize the Gulf and South Asia region. The United States and Russia would appear to be natural allies in the post-September 11 Gulf and South Asia region; terrorism and extremism emanating from that region threatens both mostly Christian powers.
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Time for a U-Turn in US's Iran Policy
Saturday, January 5, 2008
By all indication, the seams around the US Iran policy are foundering, turning a once coherent, albeit one-dimensional and even unrealistic, coercive policy of containment into a hodge-podge, with worrying signs of incoherence, ambivalence, wait and see attitude intermixed with half-hearted half steps dominating the scene, lacking any sound framework to work with. In a word, the US's Iran policy is on the verge of becoming a non-policy.
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