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Jul 21 08:49

Netanyahu’s self-serving scare tactics: Why his Iran fear-mongering is riddled with contradictions

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s scare tactics aren’t a revelation of Iran’s power but of his own weakness in terms of the deal’s ratification. He expects the American people to believe impossible things about the Iranians. It’s not that there’s a single dictator like North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, who could be imagined perhaps to break with reality and commit suicide via nuclear. No, Netanyahu wants us to believe that a vast network of actors—the ayatollahs and the president and their advisors and staffs, the negotiators for the recent deal, their own staffs, et al—are all waiting for the day when they can end the comfort and power and wealth they’ve worked so hard to gain. To say that it strains credulity is an understatement. How much of what Netanyahu says is similarly overblown? Israel does face threats from groups at its borders. How do we evaluate those threats as Netanyahu describes them now that his capacity for insane hyperbole is fully known? Is Hamas the threat he says it is?

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Jul 21 07:21

Iran calls nuclear deal great defeat for Israel: 'Never has the Zionist regime been so isolated'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a speech to parliament on Tuesday that the country's nuclear deal with the West was a great defeat for Israel.

"Never before was the Zionist regime so isolated, even among her own allies," he said.

Jul 20 17:08

The Real Reasons For the Iran Agreement — Paul Craig Roberts

Obama is being praised as a man of peace for the nuclear agreement with Iran. Some are asking if Obama will take the next step and repair US-Russian relations and bring the Ukrainian imbroglio to an end?

If so he hasn’t told Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland or his nominee as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Paul Selva, or his nominee as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, or his Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James.

Jul 20 15:06

Iran military, security secrets off-limits: Defense minister

The Iranian defense minister has ruled out any access to the country’s military sites and information by foreign parties.

“We will by no means allow any [foreign] authority access to our military and security secret," said Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, noting that the resolution of outstanding past and present issues "have been agreed on with the [International Atomic Energy] Agency and we will act accordingly.”

Jul 20 15:05

Iran missiles outside scope of UNSC resolution, Foreign Ministry says

Iran’s Foreign Ministry says UN Security Council Resolution 2231 does not cover the Islamic Republic’s military capabilities including its ballistic missiles.

Iran will continue to enhance its defense capabilities to safeguard its sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity against any potential acts of aggression as well as the threat of terrorism in the region, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Monday after the Security Council adopted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Jul 20 14:05

Iran Parliament Wants to Revise Nuclear Deal

While the UN Security Council passed the Iran deal in a unanimous 15-0 vote on Monday, Iran’s parliament, the Islamic Constituent Assembly, or Majlis, holds the power to revise or delay key parts of the nuclear deal with Iran–even as President Barack Obama and world powers seek a UN Security Council resolution before the U.S. Congress can review the deal.

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"I'm gonna get my war! I'm gonna get my war! I'm gonna get my war! " -- Nodding Yahoo

Jul 20 13:20

Spoiler alert: How US politics could wreck the Iran deal

The US and world powers have struck a landmark deal with Iran over its controversial nuclear program, but the agreement faces tough obstacles ahead – particularly with Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates vowing to unravel it.

Jul 20 13:11

Walker And Bush Clash Over When To Go After Iran -- Day One Or Two

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said over the weekend that the next president of the United States needed to be prepared to take aggressive military action on their very first day in office, including against Iran.

Jul 20 13:08

Pentagon Chief Again Threatens to Attack Iran

Heading to Israel today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter once again talked up the idea of the US, having reached a nuclear deal with Iran, just up and attacking Iran out of nowhere, saying that’s one of the best things about the nuclear deal.

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Here's your rifle, Ash-hole!

Jul 20 11:54

FLASHBACK 2014 - US investigates illegal military equipment shipments from Israel to Iran

Israeli arms dealers twice tried to send spare parts for fighter planes to Iran, The Telegraph has established, flouting an international arms embargo and openly contradicting the bitter enmity between the Jewish state and the Islamic regime.

The illegal shipments are now being investigated by the US Homeland Security Department after they were intercepted by authorities in Greece.

The potentially explosive revelation came as six world powers resumed negotiations with Iran in Vienna aimed at reaching a long-term agreement over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Jul 20 11:52

Iran Agreement Boosts Peace, Defeats Neocons

The agreement has reduced the chance of a US attack on Iran, which is a great development. But the interventionists will not give up so easily. Already they are organizing media and lobbying efforts to defeat the agreement in Congress. Will they have enough votes to over-ride a presidential veto of their rejection of the deal? It is unlikely, but at this point if the neocons can force the US out of the deal it may not make much difference. Which of our allies, who are now facing the prospect of mutually-beneficial trade with Iran, will be enthusiastic about going back to the days of a trade embargo? Which will support an attack on an Iran that has proven to be an important trading partner and has also proven reasonable in allowing intrusive inspections of its nuclear energy program?

Jul 20 11:23

AIPAC and Its “Better” Iran Deal

Say Congress rejects this deal. Then Obama vetoes it. Then, in no small part because of AIPAC’s balls-to-the-wall lobbying against the deal, Republican hawks manage to peel off enough Democrats to override the veto. Then Obama is blocked by law from waiving Iran sanctions, and the nuclear deal collapses before implementation even begins. The big question: Then what?

AIPAC insists that the “alternative to this bad deal is a better deal,” but how does one get there? One way would be to say to the Iranians, Uh, hey guys. That was tough for you, but you gotta give us more, because of the Israel Lobby. But that’s not going to work: the 20 months of talks since the signing of the interim accord in Geneva—which AIPAC did not publicly object to—were a painstaking affair marked by compromises and concessions.

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AIPAC and Israel do not want a deal at all. They want Iran smashed into little pieces, crushed as was the case with Iraq, so long as American kids have to do the dirty work!

Jul 20 11:20

U.N. endorses Iran nuclear deal with 6 world powers

As the United Nations Security Council endorsed a deal Monday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions, Republicans blasted President Obama for seeking international approval before Congress can review the agreement.

Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, said Mr. Obama’s decision to go to the U.N. before Congress “is an affront to the American people.”

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No, it isn't. Congress trying to derail the Iran deal at Israel's bidding is the affront to the American people!

Jul 20 10:27

Israelis, Saudis Considering Attack on Iran in Wake of Nuke Deal

By Brandon Turbeville

I have argued from the very beginning of the US-Iran nuclear talks that the diplomacy taking place was nothing more than theatre to be used later in the rush to war as evidence that the US did “everything in its power” to avoid confrontation. Considering the years of propaganda surrounding Iran and its nuclear program, it should be clear that the recent US-Iran nuclear deal was nothing more than a show...

Jul 19 20:03

British Royal Nazi Salute – a Sign of the Times

The British royal family is up in arms – excuse the pun – over old video footage that shows the young Queen Elizabeth giving a Heil Hitler salute. A photograph published on its front page by British tabloid newspaper The Sun has caused a storm of controversy, with the British monarchy denouncing it as an invasion of privacy. But the real significance is that the image shows how Western so-called democracies were – and still are – so close to embracing fascism.

There was a consensus among Britain’s ruling class during the 1930s that quietly but enthusiastically endorsed Hitler and fascism as a bulwark against democracy and socialism in particular.

Jul 19 12:16

Hillary’s secret war

Does she really think the American voters will overlook her criminal behavior and put her in the White House where she can pardon herself?

Recently, in conjunction with my colleagues Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne, I read the transcripts of an interview Ms. Browne did with a man named Marc Turi, and Ms. Herridge asked me to review emails to and from State Department and congressional officials during the years when Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state.

What I saw has persuaded me beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Mrs. Clinton provided material assistance to terrorists and lied to Congress in a venue where the law required her to be truthful. Here is the backstory.

Mr. Turi is a lawfully licensed American arms dealer.

Jul 19 11:15

Israel wants US 'compensation' for Iran nuclear deal

Israel is preparing to deliver a list of aircraft and weapons it wants from the USA as a “compensation package” for the recent agreement with Iran that limited Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

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Sun comes up, Israel demands money. Sun goes down, Israel demands money. Moon waxes, Israel demands money. Moon wanes, Israel demands money. Weather is sunny, Israel demands money. Weather is rainy, Israel demands money.

I sense a pattern here!

Jul 19 10:42

Netanyahu Goes NUTS Over The Iran Deal

It wouldn’t be the first time he’s gone nuts either.

Earlier in the year, we picked out the top 10 points from Netanyahu’s speech to congress proving he had gone completely mad. He’s apparently out to go one better now the Iran Deal has passed, claiming that we can’t allow Iran to ‘have their yellow cake and eat it too’. Hilarious…

Despite the sane among us seeing the deal as a world historic moment that could mark the beginning of an incredibly prosperous relationship with Iran, Netanyahu has a lot of problems with the deal. Hillary Clinton has put on a facade of contentment, underlined with a promise to essentially go to war with Iran if things go sour.

In the following video, Trends Forecaster Gerald Celente explains exactly why Netanyahu has gone NUTS over the Iran deal…

Jul 18 23:19

The Nuclear Agreement; Fantasies vs Facts

Iranians are celebrating the prospects of a long awaited relief from the economic pain that the sanctions had imposed upon the nation. While they blame the United States government for what they believe to have been an unjustified and unfair treatment, they are divided as to what the true motivating factors could have been behind America’s animosity toward Iran.

The majority opinion points to America’s insatiable appetite for a hegemonic control over the region and its energy resources. A much smaller segment of the population comprising of the more educated elites, believe that Israel and its Zionist supporters in the United States have been at the helm and steering America’s foreign policy in the Middle East toward Israel’s preferences, even at the expense of America’s own strategic interests.

Jul 18 12:31

Netanyahu mobilizes his "fifth column" in America

Even before the P5+1 countries announced in Vienna their milestone Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was mobilizing his "fifth column" of Israeli operatives in the U.S. Congress, the media, Washington area "think tanks", and religious leaders to lambaste the agreement and vow to overturn it at the earliest opportunity. Netanyahu was already counting votes in the U.S. Senate for a presidential veto-proof majority that would dump the agreement.

Jul 18 12:30

Iran Deal: Ploy for Future Sabotage?

All in all, it is incontestable that the US and Israel are the foremost belligerents, aggressors and destabilizers throughout the world. These imperial forces relentlessly target countries like Iran that simply seeks to exercise its right to self-determination. This self-evident truth is plainly discernable and hidden in open view if one took the care to read through the hubristic musings of imperial-oriented think tanks that have set the West on an endless warpath towards Armageddon.

Jul 18 10:55

Poll: Israelis Back Attack Against Iran, 47%-35%, in Wake of Bad Deal

A new poll published by the Israeli newspaper Maariv and cited by the Times of Israel reports that a plurality of Israelis support a military strike against Iran in the wake of the lopsided agreement negotiated by President Barack Obama’s team with Iran in Vienna this week.

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The part left unsaid; that Israelis expect it will be American kids to do the fighting and dying!

Jul 18 10:28

Saudi Foreign Minister Threatens Iran with Confrontation after Nuclear Talks Breakthrough

Ostensibly angered by the successful conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers, the Al Saud regime has threatened to “resolutely” confront the Islamic Republic over any alleged “mischief” in the region.

Following a Thursday meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Riyadh is “committed to confront” the Islamic Republic should Iran “try to cause mischief in the region.”

He made the comments only two days after Iran and the P5+1 states reached a conclusion on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

The success of Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks is viewed by political experts as a major blow to Israel and Saudi Arabia, who have been the two major critical voices seeking to throw a monkey wrench in the diplomatic process.

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A short memo to Saudi foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir: Sir, kindly cool your jets, as we say in our colloquial American English!

As those who read this blog know very well; there are many issues where President Obama and I do not agree. But on this P5+1 breakthrough, I think there is room for cautious optimism.

I hope time and history will prove this to have been a sound move, on the part of the US and Europe.

Unfortunately, there are many in the region who see war against Iran as preferable to this deal, including the Israeli government.

But this time, should Israel just haul off and attack Iran, let it be with their own soldiers and hardware exclusively.

And we in the US will just sit back, eat our popcorn, and watch the fireworks.

Jul 18 10:15

AIPAC employees told to ax summer vacation plans and gear up to fight Iran deal

Cancel your summer vacations.

That was the order AIPAC’s executive director, Howard Kohr, gave his employees in a staff meeting convened this week at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee after the United States announced the Iran nuclear deal.

With the influential pro-Israel lobby group pushing for Congress to reject the deal negotiated by the Obama administration, it’s all hands on deck. Lay leaders, too, are canceling their summer plans, and AIPAC activists already are calling lawmakers and hitting synagogue listservs with appeals to can the plan.

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A memo to Congress; if you work to destroy this deal, you will be seen henceforward as never again representing your alleged constituents, but only representing a foreign government, that of Israel.

The American people are waking up, and do not want a foreign power dictating this country's foreign policy, period, end of discussion.

Jul 18 10:00

Israel seeks stronger U.S. aid package with F-35 squadron inclusion

Israel will seek to increase the aid it receives from the United States, used mostly on defense, as U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is set to visit the country next week.

Israeli defense officials believe certain aspects of the U.S. aid package may be strengthened, such as additional funding for the development of defense systems and the restocking of ammunition after last year's Israel-Gaza 50-day war, according to The Jerusalem Post.

An additional squadron of F-35 fighter jets may also be included in a future U.S. aid package. Israel will also want to improve its Iron Dome rocket defense system and its cyberdefense systems.

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Jul 18 09:59

Former Obama Adviser: Give Israel B-52 Bombers to Deter Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been one of most vocal opponents of the Iran nuclear deal. To allay his concerns, a former top advisor to President Obama has recommended providing Israel with B-52 bunker-busting bombers.

Jul 18 09:28

DM: Israel Expects Significant US ‘Compensation’ After Iran Pact

The latest in a long line of Israeli officials railing about the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon talked up the idea that it posed a major threat to Israel, and meant the nation has to prepare a military option against Iran, as though Israel hasn’t been doing that for decades.

More importantly, Ya’alon become the first Israeli official to publicly talk about the actual end-game in all of this for Israel, a massive “compensation” package by the US government to Israel to placate them after the Iran deal.

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Memo to Israeli Defense Minister Ya'alon: the American people have gotten extraordinarily tired of the demands, bullying, and blackmail the American government has received from the fully nuclear armed, viciously apartheid, theocracy which is what Israel has become in the 21st century.

And we have one word for you: enough!!

We will provide you no more American military to get slaughtered or maimed for life in the process of "neutralizing" all your alleged existential threats in the Middle East. And of course, as we both know, that includes all of your neighbors in the region.

And on top of that, sir, we would appreciate it greatly if the US government immediately pull all financial and military aid from your country immediately, as all this aid is completely illegal under the Symington Amendment.

We the people would like to see this accomplished and immediately, sir. The days of the host/parasite relationship between the Us government and that of Israel may well be coming to a very abrupt halt, and it is damn well about time, sir!!!

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Jul 18 09:09

Why President Hillary Clinton WOULD Go To War With Iran

Clinton started out innocently enough, saying: ‘Based on the briefings I received and a review of the documents, I support the agreement because it can help us prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon’. Continuing, she said that the ‘agreement can make the United States, Israel and our Arab partners safer’.

She then went on to say that ‘the message to Iran should be loud and clear: we will never allow you to acquire a nuclear weapon; not just during the term of this agreement – never’. Why exactly does she believe the United States should be directing the internal affairs of a sovereign country?

Then, she really went off the deep end:

‘Signing is just the beginning. As president I would use every tool in our arsenal to compel rigorous Iranian compliance.’

‘Just the beginning’?!

Jul 18 09:08

Pro-Israel Aipac Creates Group to Lobby Against the Iran Deal

The pro-Israel group Aipac has formed a tax-exempt lobbying group to oppose the nuclear deal reached this week with Iran.

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I note the IRS didn't give AIPAC the same grief it gave to the Tea Party!

Jul 18 04:27

Greece’s Lesson For Russia

Greece’s lesson for Russia, and for China and Iran, is to avoid all financial relationships with the West. The West simply cannot be trusted. Washington is committed to economic and political hegemony over every other country and uses the Western financial system for asset freezes, confiscations, and sanctions. Countries that have independent foreign policies and also have assets in the West cannot expect Washington to respect their property rights or their ownership. Washington freezes or steals countries’ assets, or in the case of France imposes multi-billion dollar fines, in order to force compliance with Washington’s policies. Iran, for example, lost the use of $100 billion, approximately one-fourth of the Iranian GDP, for years simply because Iran insisted on its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Jul 17 19:39

Pepe Escobar:- Historic Iran nuke deal resets Eurasia’s ‘Great Game'

A good summary of the Iran deal from Pepe the people's roving reporter.
I liked this dig from Lavrov.

"Lavrov added that Moscow expects the cancellation of Washington’s missile defense plans, after the Iran deal proves that Tehran is not, and won’t be, a nuclear “threat.”

There’s the rub. The Pentagon simply won’t cancel an essential part of its Full Spectrum Dominance military doctrine simply because of mere “diplomacy.”

It's handy that Putin morphed into an evil dictator when he did. Full Spectrum Dominance in now back on track.

Jul 17 15:20

Israel signals may ask for more US military aid over Iran deal

Israel signaled on Friday that it would ask the United States for increased military aid to counter any threats that may arise as result of the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

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Imagine my shock. Israel asking for more money!

Jul 17 15:18

AIPAC backing group that plans to press Democrats on Iran deal through TV ads

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is backing an action committee that plans to run TV ads across the country pressing Democrats to oppose the Iran nuclear deal.

Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran is a 501 (c) (4), a tax designation that includes groups that advance political causes, and it launched its website on Friday.

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Funny how the IRS didn't stall their tax-exempt status!

Jul 17 10:43

The BBC Film That Exposed Israel's Secret Illegal Nuclear Weapons (FULL Documentary)

Jul 17 10:01

AIPAC to fight White House head-to-head in Congress over Iran deal

Jul 17 09:49

Senators fear Obama may bypass congress to work with U.N. on Iranian deal

Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has circulated the draft for a U.N. resolution that would end international sanctions on Iran once the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies its compliance with a deal curbing its nuclear program. But a bi-partisan letter was sent from a Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a ranking Democrat on that committee to President Barack Obama on Thursday saying their committee must review the Iranian deal before it's brought to the U.N.

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Jul 17 09:17

David Rubin - Five Reasons to Attack Iran

As details of the agreement with Iran continue to emerge, it becomes more and more evident that the deal is an existential danger to the survival of the State of Israel. While it is seems clear that US President Barack Obama will be preparing a compensation package to placate Israel and other concerned nations in the Middle East, this will only increase the arms race in the region, thereby making nuclear conflict more likely, as the Persian Gulf nations will now feel compelled to achieve nuclear capability to counter the Iranian threat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, David, if you really feel that way about it... Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here's a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call Tehran and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons, echoed by Netanyahu, that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago Obama and Kerry tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

We The People remember how Israel lied about the Lavon affair and the attack on the USS Liberty

We The People remember how Israel has been screaming that Iran is just six months away from a nuclear weapon ... since the 1980s.



Israeli newspaper from 1984, "Iranian nuclear bomb enters final manufacturing phase"

We The People remember that Iran has not launched a war of aggression against another nation in over 200 years, and we remember that the US and Israel cannot seem to go six months without bombing or invading someone!

In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies and for Israel. I think it is time that we have a new rule; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

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Jul 16 15:51

US ‘to boost’ military aid to Israel after Iran nuclear deal

The US has offered to increase military aid to Israel by another $1.5 billion per year to ease tensions over the nuclear deal with Iran, media has reported. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to make the offer during next week’s visit to Tel Aviv.

Jul 16 15:35

Iran’s Long-Game Diplomatic Strategy

Iran has sought negotiations with the U.S. for two decades, but both Democratic and Republican administrations favored hostility demanded by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Now that Iran nuclear deal is completed, the attention of Western news media and political commentators is predictably focused overwhelmingly on the opposition to the agreement within the U.S. Congress and from Israel and the Saudi-led Sunni Arab coalition.

That media lens misses the real significance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is that Iran succeeded in negotiating an agreement with the United States that upheld its national right to a nuclear program despite the obvious vast disparity in power between the two states. That power disparity between the global hegemon and a militarily weak but politically influential regional “middle power” has shaped not just the negotiating strategies of the two sides during the negotiations but, more importantly, how they came about in the first place.

Jul 16 15:31

Who’s Next for Berlin’s Financial Blitzkrieg?

The financial terms dictated to Athens over the latest so-called bailout is nothing less than the subjugation of a sovereign country to the dictate of German banks. The troubling question for several European states is: who’s next?

Jul 16 15:13

Israel Intends Blitzkrieg Against Iran Nuclear Deal

It's got media scoundrel editors concerned. New York Times ones support the deal with reservations, saying:

"(N)o one should have any illusions about Iran, which considers Israel a sworn enemy; often condemns the United States; supports Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations; and aspires to greater influence in the region." and fiscal policies.

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Jul 16 12:12

WHY THE US FED GOV JUST CAN NOT SAY NO TO WAR

I urge anyone who reads this to watch the video above called All Wars Are Bankers Wars that will reinforce my stance and opinion into a more digestible understanding of the how and why and greed and inhumanity, as there is far more going on here than I can put into this already over lengthy op-ed and I will now explain why and how we keep the wars going and in doing so make a small cartel of banksters richer… for here is the crux of it all and HERE is an example of exactly how I understand what happens…

Jul 16 12:09

Iran’s First Post-Shah President Says Iran’s Theocracy Is ‘Despotic’

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, the Sorbonne-educated economist who was the first post-Shah President of Iran — from 4 February 1980 until he was impeached by parliament on 21 June 1981 for his performance as Commander-in-Chief during the Iran-Iraq War — was interviewed July 15th by Nathan Gardels of Huffington Post, and referred to Iran’s theocracy as “despotic.” He said that the deal the Obama Administration has worked out with Iran “is a capitulation to outside powers by the regime of the ayatollahs that has brought this fate upon the Iranian people.”

Jul 16 11:49

Israel Intends BlitzkriegAgainst Iran Nuclear Deal

It's got most House and Senate members convinced. It's working on others directly and through its Lobby - applying their usual heavy-handed pressure.

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All Israel can do is take the US out of the agreement with Iran, thereby proving once again to the rest of the world that Washington DC is a puppet ruler ruling this nation for Tel Aviv. What will then happen is that the other members of the P5 will make their own deals with Iran, and it will be the US caught on the outside, cut off from Iranian oil and markets.

Jul 16 11:16

Netanyahu rebukes UK’s Hammond for ‘failure of diplomacy’ on Iran

PM hits back at visiting British foreign secretary, who on Wednesday claimed there was no deal that would have been ‘welcomed in Tel Aviv’

Jul 16 10:52

Iran Deal Heads Toward Showdown With Adelson’s GOP

The Iran nuclear deal announced in Vienna yesterday means that the tough international negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran are finally over. But now attention shifts to the 60-day period during which Congress has the option of voting to approve or disapprove the agreement or doing nothing at all. A resolution of disapproval, as Obama most recently warned yesterday, will provoke a presidential veto. At that point, the question will be whether the opponents can muster the necessary two-thirds of members in both chambers of Congress to override, effectively killing by far the most promising development in U.S.-Iranian relations since the 1979 revolution.

Jul 16 10:39

AIPAC Vs THE WORLD

AIPAC called on Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, saying it does not meet critical markers that the influential pro-Israel lobby outlined in recent weeks. But the liberal Jewish Middle East lobby J Street announced a multimillion-dollar campaign to support the agreement.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee made its case against in a statement Wednesday delivered after President Barack Obama conducted a news conference of more than an hour defending the deal achieved a day earlier.

Jul 16 10:12

Global carmakers prepare to return to Iran

Jul 16 10:01

Iraqi PM hails Iran nuclear deal as 'common will to defeat Daesh'

Iraq's prime minister welcomed the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries on Wednesday. Haider Al-Abadi said that the agreement "is a sign of a common will to end conflict in the region and defeat the Daesh group," using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

"Daesh seeks to drag our region into perpetual conflict," said Al-Abadi on social media. "The Iran deal expresses a common will to bring peace and security to our region."

Jul 16 09:42

‘If I was Iran, I would build the bomb’: Media mogul Kim Dotcom speaks out on nukes

Megaupload founder, media mogul Kim Dotcom has posted on Twitter about the latest events in the US-Iran nuclear deal. He wrote: “If I was Iran, I would build the bomb. It's the best insurance available to keep the US and Israel from invading.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I agree. Look how many nations the US and Israel have invaded, drone struck, bombed, or overthrow who did NOT have a nuclear deterrent!

Jul 16 09:03

Benjamin Netanyahu to Lester Holt: Iran Nuclear Deal Poses Threat to U.S., Israel

The landmark Iran nuclear deal poses a threat to both Israel and the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told NBC News' Lester Holt on Wednesday.

"We think this is not only a threat to us. We think this is a threat to you as well," Netanyahu said, a day after Iran and six world powers, including the U.S., reached the historic agreement. "Iran has killed more Americans than anyone other than al Qaeda."

"They're going to get hundreds of billions of dollars to fuel their terror and military machine," he added.

Jul 16 09:03

Michael Rivero: "Israel, Not Iran Is The Only Nuclear Threat In The Middle East."

Jul 16 08:17

Obama buries Gaza under Iran nuclear deal

The deal between the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program lifts an ominous shadow from a region already ravaged by bloodshed and conflict.

The specter of another ideological, US-led war on the pretext, once again, of eliminating phantom weapons of mass destruction recedes with this agreement. For that, the Iranian people and all humanity should breathe a sigh of relief.

Today US President Barack Obama held a press conference in Washington to promote the deal in the face of outright rejectionism from many members of Congress and Israel.

Jul 16 05:39

The World Rebukes Netanyahu

In a rare rebuke to his bullying, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to stop the United States and five other world powers from reaching an agreement to constrain but not eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Netanyahu still is dominating how the U.S. public and congressional debate is being framed, with Iran accused of regional “aggression” in four countries.

There is little truth and much exaggeration to Netanyahu’s depiction of what is going on in the Middle East. Yet, the U.S. mainstream media mindlessly reprises Netanyahu’s falsehoods...

Netanyahu’s reference to “Iran’s aggression,” which is now becoming a conventional-wisdom talking point in Official Washington, was curious since Iran has not invaded another country for centuries. In 1980, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq – at the urging of Saudi Arabia – invaded Iran. But Iran has not invaded any of the four countries that Netanyahu cited.

Jul 16 05:34

US/Israeli/Saudi ‘Behavior’ Problems

There is a madness in how the mainstream U.S. media presents the world to the American people, a delusional perspective that arguably creates an existential threat to humanity’s survival. We have seen this pattern in the biased depiction of the Ukraine crisis and now in how Official Washington is framing the debate over the Iranian nuclear agreement.

In this American land of make-believe, Iran is assailed as the chief instigator of instability in the Middle East. Yet, any sane and informed person would dispute that assessment, noting the far greater contributions made by Israel, Saudi Arabia and, indeed, the United States.

The larger issue for the American people is what to do with this insane political-media system that dominates Official Washington. Either these powers-that-be are detached from reality or they are deceitful propagandists who think they can manipulate us with lies and distortions.

Jul 16 05:27

A Review of GAZA WRITES BACK — Gary Corseri

I have sometimes thought that if wars could be shown in slow-motion, we could put an end to this barbarism that gives the lie to all claims of “civilization” and “humanity.”

GAZA WRITES BACK is one of those very rare books that depicts war in slow motion.

The 23 stories here, written by 15 young authors (from late teens to early 30s, all but three female) were compiled to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of “Operation Cast Lead”—the name Israel gave to its 2008-2009 campaign to once more (but not finally) “mow the lawn” in Occupied Palestine—mostly, in this case, in Gaza.

It is a book that vivifies and personalizes the horrors, but also adumbrates the gnawing losses, the indelible memories.

Jul 15 22:44

US/Israeli/Saudi ‘Behavior’ Problems

In Official Washington’s latest detour from the real world, top pundits are depicting Iran as the chief troublemaker in the Mideast and saying the nuclear deal should hinge on Iranian “behavior.” But the real “behavior” problems come from Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

Jul 15 19:25

AIPAC: Anti-Iranian Propaganda at Congress

There is no evidence re the leading state sponsor slur, but let's not get distracted by it. How do tougher inspections than ever faced by any country FACILITATE anything other than Iran's ability to refute slander and libel? The inspections worked in Iraq. Inspections work very well. The only reason anything is missing from these inspections is past US resistance to universal standards that would have required the US to face surprise inspections itself, and U.S. abuse of inspections in Iraq to spy on and seek to overthrow the Iraqi government.

Jul 15 16:39

Nuclear Agreement With Iran — Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s issue with Iran has never been Iran’s nuclear energy program. The notion pushed by the neoconservatives that Iran only had a nuclear energy program (5% uranium enrichment) in order to hide a nuclear weapons program (95+% enrichment) was always a cover for Washington’s real opposition to Iran and Washington’s real agenda.

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Jul 15 13:36

BEX ALERT - Iran linked to deaths of 500 U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan

The startling number emerged last week as Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican and Army veteran who served as an infantry officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, pressed the issue at a confirmation hearing for Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is Obama's nominee to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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So, the Army didn't know who made the IEDs that killed all these soldiers when it happened, but NOW, just in time to try to derail the P5+1 agreement, a report magically appears to blame those deaths on Iran.

Jul 15 13:03

Republicans hate the Iran nuclear deal because it means we won't bomb Iran

As soon as President Obama announced the historic nuclear agreement between the US and Iran on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidates raced to see who could get out the most hyperbolic, foaming-at-the-mouth condemnation of the potential for peace.

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Okay, Jed and Lindsey, if you really feel that way about it... Here are your rifles. Here are your parachutes. We ran out of the desert camo but here are two bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call Tehran and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago the government tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that we have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

Jul 15 12:50

After Iran deal, Obama offers Netanyahu talks on upgrading Israeli military

In a phone conversation between the two leaders Tuesday, Netanyahu did not respond to the offer, said the official, who requested anonymity.

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Netanyahu wants to turn this into a dick-measuring contest. Let him. He only makes himself look worse with this childishness.

What amazes me is how all these people bashing the Iran deal and bashing Obama cannot see the large picture. Obama is not "caving in" to Iran or anyone else. Obama's goal with Iran (as it was with normalizing relations with Cuba) is to prevent more nations from pivoting to Russia and China, as they are pivoting faster than the US can invade and conquer them! I am not a huge fan of Obama, but let us recognize that he is finally starting to think like a statesman!

Jul 15 12:12

Israel prefers permanent standoff to any Iran deal, says U.K.'s foreign secretary

Philip Hammond slams Netanyahu's criticism of nuclear agreement hours before he heads to Israel, where he will discuss agreement with the prime minister.

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Israel needs an "enemy" Iran to scare its own people into obedience, to extort more money from the US taxpayer, and to distract the world from Israel's own war crimes and nuclear arsenal.

Jul 15 11:54

So You Think Military Intervention is a Good Idea?

And just in case you are one of those poor government or media people who are not as well educated in history as the average American citizen, here is a comprehensive but by no means complete list of just how many times We The People have been made total fools of by the US Government and the corporate media.

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Jul 15 11:52

Lindsey Graham Whines To Fox And Friends Over The Iran Deal

Ed Henry filled in for Brian Kilmeade this morning, and as predicted, the right wing warmongers are collectively losing their marbles over the Iran Deal. Fox had on two Republican candidates, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) both expressed displeasure at any deal with Iran that didn't guarantee war, but Lindsey was especially flabbergasted. Christie was busy ranting about the suddenly massive border security issue.

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Here's your rifle, Lindsey...

Jul 15 11:35

Pacifying Israel, Pentagon says will utilize military option against Iran if needed

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the US might utilize the “military option” against Iran in a bid to pacify Israel after Tehran, Washington and five other world powers concluded nuclear talks in Vienna.

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So, even though a deal has been reached, both the US and Israel (well, Israel; the US is just going along) will launch a war with Iran in which young Americans are going to be killed and crippled! If I were Obama I would fire Carter for this insubordination!

Jul 15 11:20

TIMELY TOON ~~ NETANYAHU’S REACTION TO IRAN DEAL

Jul 15 10:55

Aoun, Berri: Iran deal a promising step to presidential vote

Presidential candidate Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri expressed hope that the historic nuclear deal struck between Iran and six world powers could have a positive impact on Lebanon’s stalled presidential election.

Jul 15 10:49

Japanese FM welcomes Iran nuclear deal

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida welcomed a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers on Tuesday, expressing strong hopes that the agreement will be steadily implemented.

Jul 15 10:38

After nuclear fallout, Obama will be waiting for Netanyahu, checkbook in hand

Jul 15 10:36

Dick Cheney torches Iran deal: 'What the hell is the president thinking?'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney passionately denounced the Iran nuclear deal in a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.

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Well, Dick, if you really feel that way, here's your rifle...

Jul 15 10:35

Israel lobby, Jewish billionaires immediately trash Iran deal

I thought there was no such thing as an "Israel lobby"? Isn't that a "bigoted, anti-Semitic canard"? The Jewish Daily Forward reports:

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement it was “deeply concerned” that the deal “would fail to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon and further entrench and empower the leading state sponsor of terror.”

Jul 15 10:23

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Responds To Iran Nuke Deal, Black Eye Gone Like Magic

Jul 15 10:17

Should Congress approve the Iran deal?

YES
89% (538 votes)
NO
11% (65 votes)
Total votes: 603
Jul 15 09:51

FLASHBACK - Senator Sanders Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

“More than a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost us thousands of lives and trillions in treasure and made a difficult situation even worse. Those experiences should reinforce our resolve to make every diplomatic effort to avoid another rush to war,” Sanders said.

“It goes without saying that Iran must not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. It goes without saying that the United States will stand by our long-standing friendship and support for the nation of Israel. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Netanyahu did not offer any serious alternatives to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Jul 15 09:45

Israel and Saudi Arabia present united front over Iran deal

Iran's enemies unsettled by its deal with the West, but Bashar al-Assad of Syria says it is 'a great victory'

Jul 15 09:02

Zarif: Netanyahu is upset that Iran deal ended a ‘manufactured crisis’

A deal with world powers ended a “manufactured crisis” over Iran’s nuclear program, its foreign minister said Wednesday as he arrived home from negotiating the agreement which angered US lawmakers.

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Zarif is correct. The entire claim that Iran is a danger to the world rests on Israel's propaganda, bolstered by Israel's whores in the US government and corporate media. There never has been any real evidence that Iran is interested in building nuclear weapons (although one could hardly blame them if they wanted to, what with the US invading nations that do not have a nuclear deterrent, picking them off one by one). Iran has not invaded another country in a war of aggression in over 200 years. The entire hysteria about Iran's nuclear weapons is as manufactured and phony as the hysteria over Iraq's nuclear weapons. Netanyahu is furious, because he did not get the war against Iran he wants. More than that, Netanyahu is scared, because with the manufactured phony crisis about Iran coming to an end, he has nothing left with which to distract from discussions about Israel's endless crimes against their neighbors, in particular the Gazans, or from Israel's very real nuclear arsenal.

Jul 15 08:52

It Was the First Time the CIA Overthrew a Government…

62 years later, the aftermath is still troubling global politics.

Operation Ajax was a pivotal moment in US and world history. It was the first time the CIA overthrew a government.

Yet even today the US government would rather not talk about it. That’s why it remains an unknown story for many Americans.

The year was 1953. The objective was to oust Mohammad Mossadegh, the elected leader of the Majlis, Iran’s parliament.

Mossadegh was not a communist or a radical Islamist. He didn’t follow any objectionable ideology. Instead, he was a secular nationalist. But he was inconvenient.

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The CIA then installed a puppet dictator who sold Iran's oil to American and British corporations at below market prices, while keeping the Iranian people terrorized by the Savak. This led to the Iranian revolution of 1979, and the US efforts to return Iran to vassal state status ever since. However this article is in error stating that this was the first time the CIA ousted an elected government. Only the year before, the CIA had masterminded the overthrow of Cuba's elected government of Carlos Prío Socarrás and the cancellation of the pending Cuban elections in which the US puppet, Fulgencio Batista had been trailing. Batista was then installed as the new ruler of Cuba, selling Cuban agricultural produce to American companies like United Fruit and Pepsico at below market prices, making those corporations rich while plunging the Cuban people into poverty, until the Cuban people kicked out their US puppet in 1959 and replaced him with Fidel Castro. The US responded to this refusal to live under US puppet rule as it always does, inflicting economic hardships on the entire population, only lifted this year to prevent Russia from gaining a foothold in Cuba in advance of the coming US war against Russia.

Jul 14 18:50

Rand Paul Opposes Iran Deal

In a brief statement posted on his Facebook page, “libertarian-ish” GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has come out against the recently signed accord between the P5+1 and Iran, which would restrict Iran’s nuclear program to peaceful uses of nuclear power. Here is his statement in full:

“The proposed agreement with Iran is unacceptable for the following reasons:

“1) Sanctions relief precedes evidence of compliance, 2) Iran is left with significant nuclear capacity, 3) it lifts the ban on selling advanced weapons to Iran

“I will, therefore, vote against the agreement.

“While I continue to believe that negotiations are preferable to war, I would prefer to keep the interim agreement in place instead of accepting a bad deal.”

Jul 14 16:47

iran unchained

with the uncertain "safe cunduct" given iran, and the sanction generated independence, vouchsafed iran, they are on the regional power road, read more...http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150714/1024627128.html

Jul 14 15:30

Netanyahu was wrong about Iraq having nuclear weapons

Jul 14 15:18

'Iran have been given a licence to kill': Netanyahu blasts 'historic mistake' of agreeing Tehran nuclear deal as Israeli ministers condemn the 'surrender by the West to the axis of evil'

Israel today launched a blistering attack on Western powers for agreeing a controversial atomic deal with Iran, warning that it gave Tehran 'a sure path to nuclear weapons'.

Under the accord, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be lifted in return for Iran agreeing long-term curbs on a nuclear programme that the West has suspected was aimed at creating an atomic bomb.

The European Union called it a 'sign of hope for the entire world', while President Barack Obama insisted the deal meant 'every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off'.

But this was angrily rejected by Israel, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branding the deal 'a bad mistake of historic proportions'.

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"We here in Israel should be the ONLY ones to have a license to kill. We have a right to that license! Because of Hitler. And the Nazis. And the holocaust." -- Nodding Yahoo

Jul 14 15:16

Netanyahu and AIPAC Vow to Undermine Iran Nuclear Agreement

AIPAC is an unregistered foreign agent. It operates illegally and destructively. It deplores peace. It supports wars of aggression and occupation harshness.

Netanyahu is an unindicted war criminal - a hate-mongering racist heading Israel's fascist regime.

In less than so many words, they declared war on today's important agreement - intending to go all out to subvert it.

Jul 14 14:17

MONSTERS LIVE AMONG US

And now Israel wants to bomb more nuclear facilities in Iran or infect it with a computer virus to cause a melt-down, so that what happened by accident at Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, will be done deliberately to the people of Iran, who have not invaded or threatened anyone.

There are indeed monsters living among us.

And we know them by their deeds.

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