Tag Archives: Iran

Syria, what’s next for the U.S.?

assad-putinAfter its capture of Palmyra, the Islamic State now controls over half the Syrian landmass and large parts of Iraq.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)   The U.S. finds itself between a rock and a hard place in the Syrian civil war. Russia has deployed warplanes and tanks to a base near Latakia, Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government.  In the meantime, Iran ground troops have arrived in Syria.  These troops would be backed by Assad’s Lebanese Hezbollah allies and by Shi’ite militia fighters from Iraq.  Russia is providing air support for these ground troops.

U.S. wants more “usable” nuclear weapons in Europe

europenukesThe policy of placing U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe violates local laws.

David Swanson for Global News Centre

(SAN FRRANCISCO)  The United States keeps nuclear weapons in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Turkey, in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which bans the transfer of nuclear weapons from a nuclear weapon state to a non-nuclear weapon state. Now, the U.S. wants to upgrade its nukes in Europe, to make them “precision” and “guided,” and therefore more likely to be used, even as tensions build between the United States and Russia.

Iran political fulmination versus diplomatic deal

iran_nuclear (2)Fulmination, as in “to issue a thunderous verbal attack or denunciation”.

Dr. James Wall Global News Centre

(CHICAGO)  Blessings upon New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof for pointing out that “fulmination” is the right word to describe opposition to the diplomatic deal President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have just reached with Iran and the P5+1 major world powers. 

The Nuclear Agreement with Iran is good for the US

irannucleardealThe main opposition to the agreement with Iran comes from Israel. The Israelis fear Iran dominance in the region and want an Iran hobbled by sanctions.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  On July 14th, the U.S., China, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Russia reached an agreement with Iran to “to limit Tehran’s nuclear ability in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.”  In reality, the negotiations were less about curbing nuclear proliferation and more about international trade and U.S. prestige.  On balance, this Iran nuclear agreement is realistic, pragmatic and, on balance, good for the U.S.

Opponents of the agreement wanted an Iran unconditional surrender.  However, these were negotiations — a dialogue between Iran and six nations with a goal of reaching a mutually beneficial outcome.

Neonconservatives—who promoted war with Iraq—are now promoting war with Iran

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There has been much panic about Iran which seems in retrospect to have been mostly emotional hyperbole.

Allan Brownfeld Global News Centre

(WASHINGTON DC)   The  same neo-conservatives who successfully pushed the nation to war with Iraq, a country which never attacked us and which never possessed the “weapons of mass destruction” which the Bush administration promoted as a basis for war, are now back promoting war with Iran, a country more than three times the size of Iraq. The war in Iraq did not go well, defying the neoconservatives’ prediction that U.S. troops would be welcomed with open arms. This war had a series of unintended consequences, as wars always do.  One is the rise of ISIS.

Anthony Lawson, one of the world’s finest narrators, RIP

lawsonLawson delivered the goods when it came to suffering people, he was a force in the world, we will miss him greatly.

Tim King Global News Centre

(SALEM)  It is always hard to learn that a friend has passed, Anthony Lawson, who spent his life working in television and advertising in Australia and the UK, was a steadfast advocate for human rights.  His open criticism of Israeli apartheid and his illustration of the suffering of the Palestinian people, was unmatched.  He was a perfectionist, that is clear in everything he ever published.

Anthony turned over stones in his pursuit of knowledge that others passed without a thought.

US prepares to sell Saudi Arabia warships to help take down Iran

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Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. – Henry David Thoreau

Op-Ed by Bruce K. Gagnon for Global News Centre

(BRUNSWICK) The American revolution was supposed to have happened because of the revulsion our ‘founding fathers’ had with the institution of ‘divine right of kings’ or monarchy. Supposedly the new American nation went to war with England because a revolutionary ‘democracy’ was the preferred way of organizing our new nation. (Of course the truth was that the American ‘founding fathers’ had their own dreams of empire which is just what has sadly turned out for this country. But the mythology of America is all about our rejection of monarchy.)

Fast forward to today and we see the headlines on November 20 in the Portland Press Herald newspaper: Bath Iron Works may get Saudi ship contract worth billions.

The article reads in part:

Iran shoots down Israeli spy drone near Natanz nuclear facility

drone-israelIran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has shot down an Israeli spy drone over the Iranian sky before the unmanned aerial vehicle reached Natanz nuclear facility.

Press TV

The IRGC’s Aerospace Force has intercepted and shot down an Israeli spy drone, the IRGC announced in a statement on Sunday.

It added that the stealth and radar-evading spy drone intended to reach the nuclear facility in Natanz, but was targeted by a surface-to-air missile before it reached the area.

Iranian regular forces brace for a confrontation with ISIS

Iranian officers killed during June 19 clashes. Photo via Iranian social media

Iranian officers killed during June 19 clashes. Photo via Iranian social media

Tensions between Tehran and ISIS have been building in recent months.

Global News Centre

(TEHRAN) On June 19, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria attacked Iranian border guards near Iran’s border city of Qasre Shirin, according to Iranian social media.

A photograph showed the bodies of at least two Iranian officers apparently killed in the skirmish. Iran’s state-controlled media didn’t initially report the clash at Qasre Shirin, as Tehran routinely censors violent border incidents.

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