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Attacking Iran for Israel?
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
To gauge someone's reliability, one depends largely on prior experience. Sadly, Rice's credibility suffers in comparison with that of the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohammed ElBaradei, who insists there is no evidence of an active nuclear weapons program in Iran.
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It's Not Only the Israel Lobby, Other Interests Benefit from the Chaos
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
The first major ally is the military-industrial complex, now funded by the new system of hidden congressional earmarks. Arnaud de Borchgrave first wrote about there being 15,000 defense budget earmarks. These allow a congressman to slip contracts into the budget for favored constituents, who then donate money to the congressman's reelection committee and may also provide well-paid jobs in their districts. These encourage warmaking, or at least threats of war, as never before. It's hard to hide money in the budget for "a bridge to nowhere," but a missile to nowhere will never be questioned, as its sponsors cloak their profits in "national defense."
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NPT According to US
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Current warmongering rhetoric coming out of the Bush administration has only one message for Iran: Article 4 of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that guarantees an inalienable right to enrich uranium does not apply to Iran.
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Responding to Islamophobia: A Pro-Active Strategy
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Right-wing and neo-conservative political forces are calling for campus mobilizations 22 - 26 October 2007 for "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" events. They deliberately use the provocative term "Islamo-Fascism," linking Islam (and blurring the religion, the countries where it is a majority, and its adherents) with the most despised political movement in history--fascism.
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Reviewing Noam Chomsky's New Book 'Interventions'
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Despite the heated Western rhetoric targeting Iran's nuclear program and its claimed interference in Iraq, only one country poses a real threat to what Chomsky calls "the end of biology's only experiment with higher intelligence" and most everything else. He means the US, especially in the age of George Bush. So Washington is in the lead pointing fingers at phony nuclear threats from other countries while never admitting it's the greatest one of all. It's the only country with a publicly stated policy to freely use these first strike weapons under its doctrine of "anticipatory self-defense" meaning preventive illegal aggression international law bans.
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Structures of Power and National Security
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
An Interview with Gareth Porter
"I want to focus on your book, Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam, with its exposition of policy-making during the Vietnam War—and we’ll consider how that process applies today"
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The Cost of American Bellicosity toward Iran
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
The Bush administration last week proceeded with its controversial decision to brand a branch of Iran's armed forces – the Quds unit of the Revolutionary Guards – as a terrorist organization and impose new sanctions on Iran. Israeli officials have welcomed this American escalation of pressures on Iran, apparently considering it a foreign-policy achievement for Israel, as well as for the formidable array of pro-Israel US pundits who push for a combative policy against Iran.
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Turning Truth on Its Head
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
As a justification for the new sanctions against Iranian banks, companies and individuals, Rice accused the Revolutionary Guards of being "proliferators of WMD". This accusation has been repeatedly contradicted by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Dr ElBaradei's unambiguous assertions that there is absolutely no evidence of a nuclear weaponisation programme in Iran. In August, the IAEA cleared Iran of its plutonium experiments and confirmed the peaceful nature of all of Iran's declared enrichment activities.
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Why Did We Invade Iraq Anyway?
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Why then did the U.S. invade Iraq? Why is occupying Iraq so "vital" to those "national security interests" of ours? None of this makes sense if you don't have the patience to drill a little beneath the surface – and into the past; if you don't take into account that, as former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz once put it, Iraq "floats on a sea of oil"; and if you don't consider the decades-long U.S. campaign to control, in some fashion, Middle East energy reservoirs. If not, then you can't understand the incredible tenaciousness with which George W. Bush and his top officials have pursued their Iraqi dreams or why -- now that those dreams are clearly so many nightmares -- even the Democrats can't give up the ghost.
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Seven Questions: A Conversation with Zbigniew Brzezinski
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Vladimir Putin’s Russia is growing more authoritarian at home and increasingly aggressive abroad. China’s global clout seems to expand by the day. And in the Middle East, a possible conflict with Iran looms on the horizon. For insights on this dangerous new world, FP turned to Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. national security advisor, author, and all-around foreign-policy guru.
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