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Archive for August, 2007

IAEA: Iran Cooperating In Nuclear Investigation

Posted by alanmirs on August 31, 2007


IAEA: Iran Cooperating In Nuclear Investigation 
 

Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, August 31, 2007; Page A10

 
PARIS, Aug. 30 — The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency gave an upbeat assessment of Iranian cooperation with international inspectors in a new report Thursday that could make it more difficult for the United States to win tougher U.N. sanctions against Iran
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Iran warns over security

Posted by alanmirs on August 31, 2007


 "The Americans should proceed with their next acts thoughtfully and realistically, because otherwise Iraq’s security situation will worsen and cause Iran not to co-operate with them in this regard,"
 
foreign ministry spokesman said. He was referring to the brief detention by US forces of a group of Iranians, including two diplomats, who were seized in blindfolds and handcuffs from their Baghdad hotel on Tuesday.
 

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New steps in the war dance over Iran

Posted by alanmirs on August 30, 2007


New steps in the war dance over Iran
A day after French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner apologized to Iraq for his inappropriate call for a leadership change in that country, President Nicolas Sarkozy added his own blunder by tacitly endorsing the military option on Iran. Clearly, the new US-friendly leader in Paris has much to learn about international diplomacy and Middle East politics, or he risks taking France down a path where only the dogs of war and clashing civilizations prowl
That is rather strange, seeing how cooperation is growing between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to a point where the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has virtually normalized Iran’s nuclear dossier. A just-released note of understanding between the two sides reaffirms, among other things, the following:

The agency has been able to verify the non-diversion of the declared nuclear materials at the enrichment facilities in Iran and has therefore concluded that it remains in peaceful use. [1]

  

 

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British general hints at Iraq pull-out

Posted by alanmirs on August 30, 2007


Last Updated: Monday, 20 August 2007, 14:32 GMT 15:32 UK

British general hints at Iraq pull-out

By Paul Reynolds
World affairs correspondent, BBC News website

British General Sir Richard Dannatt in Afghanistan

General Dannatt says he wants to protect soldiers’ wellbeing

Comments by the head of the British army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, that his forces are stretched in Afghanistan and cannot deploy any more soldiers will only increase pressure on the British government to hasten its withdrawal from Iraq.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6954802.stm

 

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US admits Iranian arrests mistake

Posted by alanmirs on August 30, 2007


Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007, 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK

US admits Iranian arrests mistake

Detail from AP TV footage showing US troops detaining a group of people
Video images showed people being led from a hotel in blindfolds

The US military has admitted to what it called a "regrettable incident" after it arrested a group of eight Iranians in Baghdad

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6968186.stm

 

 

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Ahmadinejad: Nuclear case is closed, US can’t attack Iran

Posted by alanmirs on August 29, 2007


Ahmadinejad: Nuclear case is closed, US can’t attack Iran
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that from Tehran’s point of view Iran’s nuclear case is closed.

 

 

Ahmadinejad: Nuclear case is closed, US can’t attack Iran

Posted: 28-08-2007 , 19:17 GMT

AhmadinejadIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that from Tehran’s point of view Iran’s nuclear case is closed. "I announce officially that from our point of view Iran’s nuclear case has been closed," said President Ahmadinejad in a press conference.

 

.President Ahmadinejad said that all those, who used their influence in the world decision making centers to force the Iranian nation to retreat, have now realized their mistake. "Those thinking that by diplomatic and discriminatory gestures and by abusing their power in the world decision making bodies, they could force the Iranian nation to withdraw from its position, have today come to the conclusion that their path has been wrong," announced the Iranian leader

 

http://www.albawaba.com/en/news/216378

 

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Israel aiding terrorists against Iran

Posted by alanmirs on August 29, 2007


Israel aiding terrorists against Iran
Tue, 28 Aug 2007 22:28:06

Israeli Strategic Threats Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Israeli Strategic Threats Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that Tel Aviv is extending aid to Iran’s opposition organization

He is therefore the first member of the Israeli regime to expose a clandestine war between the Zionist regime and Iran in recent weeks

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=20995

 

 

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Too energetic a friendship

Posted by alanmirs on August 23, 2007


Turkey and Iran

Too energetic a friendship

Aug 23rd 2007 | ANKARA
From The Economist print edition

An attempt to bypass Russia annoys the United States

COCKING a snook at America seems an odd way to launch a second term in office for a government eager to prove its pro-Western credentials. Yet that is what Turkey’s mildly Islamist Justice and Development party (AK) appears to be doing, just weeks after its landslide victory in the July 22nd parliamentary election

http://tinyurl.com/yvrz54 

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Are Bush & Co. Gearing Up to Attack Iran?

Posted by alanmirs on August 23, 2007


Are Bush & Co. Gearing Up to Attack Iran?

By Ray McGovern, AlterNet. Posted August 23, 2007.A former CIA analyst estimates the chances of an attack on Iran and shows that the mainstream media is already cheering it on. 

In short, it seems possible that Rove, who is no one’s dummy and would not want to be required to "spin" an unnecessary war on Iran, may have lost the battle with Cheney over the merits of a military strike on Iran, and only then decided — or was urged — to spend more time with his family. As for administration spokesperson Tony Snow, it seems equally possible that, before deciding he had to leave the White House to make more money, he concluded that his stomach could not withstand the challenge of conjuring up yet another Snow job to explain why Bush/Cheney needed to attack Iran. There is recent precedent for this kind of thing.

We are left with a president who cannot actually govern, because he is incapable of reasoned thought in coping with events outside his control, like those in the Middle East.

This makes it a monumental challenge — as urgent as it is difficult — not only to get him to stop the carnage in the Middle East, but also to prevent him from undertaking a new, perhaps even more disastrous adventure — like going to war with Iran in order to embellish the image he so proudly created for himself after 9/11 as the commander in chief of ‘the first war of the 21st century.’

Scary.

http://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/60493/?page=3

 

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The Report the CIA Didn’t Want You to See

Posted by alanmirs on August 23, 2007


The Report the CIA Didn’t Want You to See 

Buried in the files for more than two years, a withering internal assessment of pre 9/11 intelligence failures is finally made public.

WEB EXCLUSIVE
By Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
Newsweek
Updated: 7:44 p.m. ET Aug. 21, 2007

Aug. 21, 2007 – A long-suppressed internal CIA report on pre-9/11 failures includes important new information about intelligence community squabbling and government fumbling in the months before the terror attacks

http://tinyurl.com/2tvqr3

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