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Iran Nobel Winner Says UN Sanctions Over Nuclear Program Will Inflame Iran, Set Back Democracy - Is there a better way for the West to neutralize a potential nuclear threat from Iran? Here is an insight from Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian human rights activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and a scientific colleague, Muhammaed Sahimi -HuffingtonPost.com
Fire This Time? I Certainly Hope Not - In 2004, many experts had predicted an attack on Iran by the US and/or Israel by the summer of 2005. It didn’t happen. A year later, the same experts are even more certain of a pending Israeli and/or American preemptive strike against Iran as early as late March, 2006. I personally doubt it very much; let’s hope I am right. -Kam Zarrabi
How to Stop the Planned Nuking of Iran - Multiple pieces of independent evidence suggest that America is embarked in a premeditated path that will lead inexorably to the use of nuclear weapons against Iran in the very near future. Whether you are liberal or conservative, antiwar or pro-war, if you believe this would be catastrophic for America and the world, the time to act to derail it is now! -Antiwar
US and Iran: Is Washington Planning a Military Strike? - Recent reports in the German media suggest that the United States may be preparing its allies for an imminent military strike against facilities that are part of Iran's suspected clandestine nuclear weapons program. -Der Spiegel
Nuclear Crisis Calls for US-Iran Dialogue within a Collective 6+1 Framework - At the heart of the dispute over Iran's nuclear program is a deep lack of trust that prevails between Iran and the US. Iran's "deceptions" aside, its "misbehavior" over the years has completely eroded American trust in Tehran. It is no wonder that the US, even if it has no sufficient fact, still insists that Iran "intends" to build nuclear weapons. -Hooshang Amirahmadi
CASMII Resolution against Attacks on Iran and Syria Unanimously Adopted by London International Peace Conference - A resolution calling on “the anti-war movement in all countries to oppose any attack on Iran or Syria” was unanimously adopted by the International Peace Conference held in London on Saturday 10th December 2005
Who's afraid of big, bad Iran? - By exaggerating the importance of Iran's nuclear developments, the West is showing up the waning of its power in that region, despite the presence of some 200,000 allied troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, while the influence of China and India rises. -IHT
After Babylon, Persia - What evidence is available to us today if we seek to support the hypothesis that neoconservatives are following a similar script against Iran, a probability that Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Dilip Hiro, Seymour Hersh, Scott Ritter, and others have repeatedly alluded to? -Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Antiwar
Nuking Iran With the UN's Blessing: Only the American people can stop it - In the "global war on terror," Iran is the next target, having been designated by the U.S. State Department as "the most active state sponsor of terrorism" in the world. The United Nations has given its blessing, and the U.S. will fill in the blanks. -Antiwar
The approaching war with Iran - In March 2006, Iran will take Iraq’s switch to the petroeuro to new heights by launching a third oil exchange. The Iranians have developed a petroeuro system for oil trade, which when enacted, will once again threaten U.S. dollar supremacy far greater than Iraq’s euro conversion. -Common Voice


Iran's Nuclear Program 101
Iran's Nuclear Program. Part I: Its History - On February 9, 2003, Iran's program and efforts for building sophisticated facilities at Natanz and and several other cities that would eventually produce enriched uranium were revealed. -Muhammad Sahimi
Iran's Nuclear Program. Part II: Are Nuclear Reactors Necessary? - In the present article, the need for building nuclear reactors in Iran is analyzed. As was pointed out in Part I, in the opinion of this author, the questions that we Iranians must ask and debate, are: Does Iran need nuclear energy, and is acquiring it in her national interests? -Muhammad Sahimi
Iran's Nuclear Program. Part III: The Emerging Crisis - In this Part, the dispute - many consider it a crisis - between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is described. -Muhammad Sahimi
Iran's Nuclear Energy Program. Part IV: Economic Analysis of the Program - Another goal of the present article is to debunk - hopefully for the last time - the "argument" that the US neo-conservatives have been making, namely, that given Iran's vast oil and gas reserves, it does not need nuclear energy. -Muhammad Sahimi
Iran's Nuclear Energy Program. Part V: From the United States Offering Iran Uranium Enrichment Technology to Suggestions for Creating Catastrophic Industrial Failure - (a) We describe in detail the key role that the US played in the 1970s in starting Iran's nuclear program. We show that not only did the US push the Shah to buy nuclear power plants (NPPs) from the US, but was also willing to offer Iran the technology for uranium enrichment if Iran agrees to buy eight US-manufactured NPPs. (b) We then compare what we describe in (a) with the present positions of the US neoconservatives and their sympathizers, which reveal the extent to which they are willing to inflict CIVILIAN casualties and economic damage on Iran to stop it from starting the Bushehr reactor. -Muhammad Sahimi
Iran's Nuclear Energy Program, Part VI: The European Union's Proposal, Iran's Defiance, and the Emerging Crisis - Since February 2003 Iran's program for constructing the complete cycle for producing enriched uranium - the fuel for nuclear reactors and nuclear power plants (NPPs) - has been the subject of intense international debates. -Muhammad Sahimi
The Persian Puzzle: Iran and the invention of a nuclear crisis - The world has forgotten everything and learned nothing from the charade over weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. -Siddharth Varadarajan
ATOMIC IRAN: Simply Crazy, or Crazy Like a Fox? - Mere words cannot fully describe the character of Jerome R. Corsi, the author of the new book, ATOMIC IRAN, published by Cumberland House Publishing, Nashville Tennessee. -Kam Zarrabi
Taking the Wind Out of the Perfect Geopolitical Storm: Iran and the Crisis over Non-proliferation - Ever since the USAF let the nuclear genie out of its bottle over Hiroshima on those fateful days in August 1945, the importance of slowing and reversing nuclear proliferation has been at the top of the international disarmament agenda. -Foreign Policy in Focus
The Dogs Of War Are Barking Again: The Iran "Threat" - For any casual observer in the United States, America’s approach to the “problem” of Iran is not a complicated geopolitical issue requiring exhaustive diplomatic maneuverings. The casual observer simply “knows” that Iran, as the President has stated, is a member of the international Axis of Evil, and the Number One State Sponsor of International Terrorism. -Kam Zarrabi
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The Folly of "Imposed" Democracy - In an ideal world, peace and justice prevail, there are no conflicts of interests, and all human beings enjoy health and happiness, that very special kind of happiness that never infringes on or is at the expense of someone else’s happiness. -Kam Zarrabi
How Bush's War on Terror Has Helped to Silence Reformers Across the Middle East - One of the first victims of this war was the Iranian reformist president Mohammad Khatami. President Bush's declaration of Iran as an axis of evil in his State of the Union address in 2002 was delivered at a moment when Islamic Republic had supported the American rout of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Iran had thrown its full support behind the transitional government of Hamid Karzai. But a reform movement in Iran cannot survive when the Administration continually waves the flag of regime change. -Behrooz Ghamari, CounterPunch
Three “Stupid” Questions - In the march toward the democratization of the Middle East, Iraq is in flames, Afghanistan is in a state of near chaos, the Israelis and the Palestinians remain on each other’s backs, and Iran is holding its presidential elections next week. -Kam Zarrabi
US Warns Iran on Resuming Nuclear Research - The United States is warning Iran against pursuing new nuclear fuel research, suggesting that such action could lead to international sanctions. Iran told the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency Tuesday it was resuming the research after a pause of more than two years. -VOA
US Headed for Confrontation With Iran - A total war with Iran, the world's second-largest oil producer, in 2006 could also lead to a huge hike in petrol prices in the United States that would make it less likely that the American SUV owner would reelect a Republican Congress in the November midterm elections. -Antiwar.com
What's wrong with this picture? - John Bolton, the former Undersecretary of State in charge of arms control and international security issues, and one of the loudest neoconservative pro-Israel, anti Iran, voices within the administration, will now represent the United States at the Unites Nations. -Kam Zarrabi
Iran's private sector should get our support - Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) should be reminded that the resurgence of radicalism of the Iranian regime is the direct effect of the ineptitude of the eight years of former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's administration, to which U.S. foreign policy based on sanctions and isolation contributed handsomely. -Najmedin Meshkati
The Crimes of U.S. ‘Democracy’ - “How many Iraqi citizens have died in this war? I would say; 30,000, more or less, have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis. We’ve lost about 2,140 of our own troops” – George W. Bush, 12 December 2005. -Center for Research on Globalization
Who Was Behind the Prolongment of the Iran/Iraq War? Whose Justice Does Saddam's Trial Serve? - In a quiet neighborhood of the Tajrish district of Tehran, on the foothills of the Alborz Mountains, a green thirty-thousand-square-feet sanatorium hosts hundreds of veterans of the Iran-Iraq war who still suffer from their war wounds. -Behrooz Ghamari, CounterPunch
U.S. sanctions on Iran seen as putting airline passengers at risk - Six months before a U.S.-made Iranian military transport plane crashed last week and killed 108 people, a report prepared for the International Civil Aviation Organization warned that U.S. sanctions against Iran were placing civilian lives in danger by denying Iranian aviation necessary spare parts and aircraft repair. -IHT
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CND peace campaigner says West tactics on Iran 'counter-prod uctive' - Veteran peace campaigner Bruce Kent says that the nuclear power states should first put their own houses in order regarding their obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) rather than driving Iran 'into a corner'.
CASMII Resolution against Attacks on Iran and Syria Unanimously Adopted by London International Peace Conference - A resolution calling on “the anti-war movement in all countries to oppose any attack on Iran or Syria” was unanimously adopted by the International Peace Conference held in London on Saturday 10th December 2005
The west has picked a fight with Iran that it cannot win - Iran is a serious country, not another two-bit post-imperial rogue waiting to be slapped about the head by a white man. It is the fourth largest oil producer in the world. Its population is heading towards 80 million by 2010. Its capital, Tehran, is a mighty metropolis half as big again as London. Its culture is ancient and its political life is, to put it mildly, fluid. -Guardian
Let's Stop a US/Israeli War on Iran - The peace movements of the entire world should be in crisis mode right now, working non-stop to prevent the U.S. and Israel from starting a war against Iran. -CounterPunch
Thinking Outside The Box - There is an old Iranian expression that goes something like this: The pebble that a fool drops into a well will require a hundred wise men to retrieve. -Kam Zarrabi
After Babylon, Persia - What evidence is available to us today if we seek to support the hypothesis that neoconservatives are following a similar script against Iran, a probability that Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Dilip Hiro, Seymour Hersh, Scott Ritter, and others have repeatedly alluded to? -Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Antiwar
Global Women Launch Campaign to End Iraq War - On Thursday, January 5, women from around the world—from the US to Iraq to Britain to Japan—launched a campaign aimed at ending the Iraq war and all attacks on Iraqi civilians in 2006.
Iran Approaching The Flashpoint - Seymour Hersh’s article, The Coming Wars, in the New Yorker magazine should not have surprised anyone. Iran has been in the crosshairs, and remains at the crossroads, ever since it was crowned as the biggest threat to international peace and security by the Bush administration soon after September, 11, 2001. -Kam Zarrabi
Primal Smirk: The War God Has His Eyes on Iran — Can We Stop Him? - I ache with fresh hope and foreboding at this time of year. The time is ripe for an overarching vision of a world without war — a tough, smart vision that can claim headlines and hold its own with the spin machines of government. Without it, we’re doomed to . . . war with Iran? -Common Wonders
Time to Talk to Tehran - Does President Bush intend a preventive war, early this year, to effect the nuclear castration of Iran? Or are we rattling sabers? -Patrick J. Buchanan
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The Tale Of The Fox And The Elephant - Clearly, a regime change in Iraq was the primary objective, which needed a more acceptable rationale in the eyes of the public, as well as some of the potential coalition formers, before the mission could get off the ground. But, why embark on a regime change in Iraq or, as the Administration hawks and conservative media opinion-molders maintain, Iran and Syria? -Kam Zarrabi
The Fox and the Elephant, Part II - On May 17th, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, AIPAC, held its annual meeting in Washington D.C. AIPAC, as the umbrella Israeli lobbying organization, has served the interests of Israel and the Jewish people diligently and effectively for some fifty years. A more appropriate acronym for this organization would have been IPAC, Israeli Political Action Committee. -Kam Zarrabi
Let's Stop a US/Israeli War on Iran - The peace movements of the entire world should be in crisis mode right now, working non-stop to prevent the U.S. and Israel from starting a war against Iran. -CounterPunch
Israel: Iran Could Enrich Uranium in March - Israel's army says Iran is making swift progress toward developing a nuclear weapon. An Israeli expert believes military action may be required to stop the Iranian nuclear program. -VOA
Pro-Israel Group Criticizes White House Policy on Iran - After years of unwavering support for the Bush administration, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC has begun to sharply criticize the White House over its handling of Iran's nuclear program. -Washington Post
Axis of Fanatics – Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad - With Ariel Sharon out of the picture, Benjamin Netanyahu has a better chance to become prime minister of Israel. He's media savvy. He knows how to spin on American television. And he's very dangerous. -Norman Solomon, Antiwar
How an Israeli attack would further Iran's development of Nuclear Weapons - An attack by the Israeli's, or by US forces, will likely result in the death of hundreds of thousands if not millions of Iranians. And while I recognize the significance of Iran's nuclear progress coupled with its president's horrific statements, one cannot view Iranian politics or foreign policy from a superficial perspective. -Nema Milaninia
A challenge to Israel's strategic primacy - For more than 14 years, Israel has been the primary force countering Iran's nuclear advances. Though Israel presents the prospect of a nuclear Iran as a global rather than an Israeli problem, it has compelled Washington to adopt its own red lines and not those of the non-proliferation treaty (NPT). -Trita Parsi, Bitterlemons-international
Persian Fire: Israel’s special forces at the “highest stage of readiness” - So now we know: Next time the fire will come in Iran. The blow will be delivered by proxy, but that will not spare the true perpetrator from the firestorm of blowback and unintended consequences that will follow. Even now, the gruesome deaths of many innocent people in many lands are growing in futurity’s womb. -Moscow Times
Most Israelis Oppose Strike Against Iran: Poll - Most Israelis oppose a military strike against Iran's nuclear program for now, despite fears in the Jewish state that Iran is getting closer to building an atom bomb, a poll showed on Friday. -Reuters
WMD, Lies and Wars
War, Lies, and Videotape - They fabricated the case against Iraq – now they're moving on Iran -Justin Raimondo, Antiwar
Iranian nukes: When bullying is not enough, try disinformation - The serendipitous discovery of an Iranian laptop full of incriminating details about a nuclear warhead will eventually take its place in the same intel hall of BS as the yellowcake from Niger, -Siddharth Varadarajan
Diplomatic Rout - To the consternation of Bush, Cheney, and Rice, at the end of 2004, Iran concluded a $70 billion agreement with China, wherein state-owned Sinopec contracted to buy 250 million tons of LNG, help Iran develop its giant Yadavaran field and construct related oil, gas and petrochemical facilities... -Gordon Prather, Antiwar
Secret services say Iran is trying to assemble a nuclear missile - The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country's weapons programmes. -Guardian
The Big Bad Bullies message to Iran: Get the bomb now or submit to our will! - The Bully3 (aka EU3 - Britain, Germany and France) along with US continue to threaten Iran to forgo her rights to nuclear technology. For the last several years, the Bully3+US have continuously made blunt threats against Iran. Just some recent news pieces show where these bullies stand. -Ali Moayedian
US Media and the Road to War With Iran: Imbalance, Intimidation and No Spike Strips - As the U.S. mutates the rationale for its preemptive invasion of Iraq, the mainstream media continues to pander to xenophobic and partisan denominators vis-à-vis Iran. -Arash Norouzi, Dissident Voice
Neocons Considered Planting WMD Evidence in Iraq? - A recent Raw Story report by Larissa Alexandrovna suggests that the notorious Office of Special Plans didn’t just stovepipe cherry-picked “intelligence” to the White House and press. -Dissident Voice
More Blood, Less Oil - It has long been an article of faith among America's senior policymakers -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- that military force is an effective tool for ensuring control over foreign sources of oil. -TomDispatch.com
Planting Evidence - After almost three years of exhaustive go-anywhere see-anything interview-anyone inspections, IAEA inspectors have yet to find any indication that Iran has – or ever had – a nuclear weapons program. -Gordon Prather, Antiwar
Mossad: 1 nuclear bomb won’t suffice Iran - Mossad Chief Meir Dagan says during Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting, ‘Iranian strategic decision to reach nuclear independence exists; they won't stop when they reach the level which would supply one bomb, but will continue and create more fissionable material’ -Ynetnews, Israel
Other Articles
Iranian 'terror group' divides Washington - An Iranian dissident group that the U.S. State Department considers a "foreign terrorist organization" continues to enjoy support in Congress while being protected by the American military in Iraq. -UPI
Let's make sure we do better with Iran than we did with Iraq - The west's next step on Tehran's nuclear plans should be to understand the regime and society, not to start bombing -Guardian
Strong Leads and Dead Ends in Nuclear Case Against Iran - Iranian engineers have completed sophisticated drawings of a deep subterranean shaft, according to officials who have examined classified documents in the hands of U.S. intelligence for more than 20 months. -Washington Post
Is Iran the Cause of That Inverted Yield Curve? - First, Bush administration officials puzzled over Americans' pessimism in the face of strong economic performance. Now the financial markets, which limped into the New Year, seem to be giving the president the same treatment. -Bloomberg
A Dossier of Civilian Casualties in Iraq: 2003–2005 - The report, published by Iraq Body Count in association with Oxford Research Group, is based on comprehensive analysis of over 10,000 media reports published between March 2003 and March 2005.
Israel wiped out the face of the map? Ya; Sure! - Whatever Ahmadinejad’s motives, one thing is for sure: the likelihood of removing Israel from the face of the map to remedy Iran’s international dilemmas is as much as making the Alborz Range disappear in order to solve Tehran’s smog problems; like it or not, fair or unfair, they’re both there to stay. -Kam Zarrabi
Iran’s nuclear path is a challenge - The first thing that needs to be recognized is that it is indeed an assumption that Iran is necessarily on its way to fabricating nuclear bombs. -Progressive
On Another Planet - Getting rid of Jayson Blair and Judith Miller was a good beginning, but the "Grey Lady" still has "reporters" publishing as "facts" neo-crazy (and eco-wacko) propaganda. -Gordon Prather, Antiwar
Full text of IAEA Board Resolution on Iran - The IAEA Board of Governors passed a resolution requesting the IAEA Director General to report to the UN Security Council all IAEA reports and resolutions, as adopted, relating to the implementation of safeguards in Iran.
U.S. Instigated Iran's Nuclear Program 30 Years Ago - U.S. statements about Iran's nuclear program don't fit the facts, the writer says, and conveniently fail to mention past U.S. efforts to promote a nuclear Iran. William O. Beeman is professor of anthropology and Middle East studies at Brown University. He is author of "The 'Great Satan' vs. the 'Mad Mullahs': How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other" -Pacific News
Pistachios, Poets and Power - They're beating their war drums and chanting Iran. They cry tears of steel and wail about the noble need to invade and conquer... They know nothing of Iranian pistachios. -Joel Miller, Sweden
Intelligence Indications And Warnings Abound On Bush Iran Military Strike - Intelligence and military sources in the United States and abroad are reporting on various factors that indicate a U.S. military hit on Iranian nuclear and military installations, that may involve tactical nuclear weapons, is in the final stages of preparation. -Rense
Iranian-British academics condemn UN referral threat - Iranian-British academics Thursday joined anti-war campaigners in condemning plans led by the US and UK to report Iran's nuclear file to the UN Security Council. "This is a step towards an international crisis which can lead the US to embark on another doomed military `solution'," the academics from universities across the UK warned. -IRNA
Beyond the Ballot - There’s a good reason why the United States cannot tolerate a sovereign, more or less democratic Iraq. The issue can scarcely be raised because it conflicts with firmly established doctrine: We’re supposed to believe that the United States would have invaded Iraq if it was an island in the Indian Ocean and its main export was pickles, not petroleum. -Noam Chomsky
George Bush insists that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. So why, six years ago, did the CIA give the Iranians blueprints to build a bomb? - In an extract from his explosive new book, New York Times reporter James Risen reveals the bungles and miscalculations that led to a spectacular intelligence fiasco -Guardian
Book: Getting Ready for a Nuclear Iran - As Iran edges closer to acquiring a nuclear bomb and its missiles extend an ever darker diplomatic shadow over the Middle East and Europe, Iran is likely to pose three threats. -Mr. Henry D. Sokolski, Mr. Patrick Clawson
US recognizes India as nuclear weapon state: Narayanan - Indian National Security Adviser M K Narayanan said Saturday the US had implicitly recognized India as a nuclear weapon state and agreed to supply fuel for Tarapore reactors following a series of commitments by India, including that of separating civilian and military facilities. -IRNA
The unravelling of India's Persian puzzle - By voting against Iran in the IAEA, India has put its alliance with the United States above any concern of national interest, energy security or international law. -Siddharth Varadarajan
Anger as Britain admits it was wrong to blame Iran for deaths in Iraq - MPs and soldiers' families have demanded an explanation from the Government after a U-turn over claims that Iran was complicit in the killing of British soldiers in southern Iraq. -Independent
Bullying Iran is Not an Option - Before Western Leaders Seek Sanctions Against Iran, They Should Put Their Own Houses in Order on Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power -Guardian



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