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Lo, the Mideast Moves

Posted by alanmirs on March 30, 2010


 

Lo, the Mideast Moves

By ROGER COHEN
Published: March 29, 2010

Israeli leader toyed with Obama’s unequivocal call in Cairo last June for a “stop” to Israeli settlements. He allowed the ill-timed announcement that 1,600 apartments for Jews will be built in East Jerusalem. Then, rather than scrap that, Netanyahu chose cheap cheers from the American Israel Public Affairs CommittTheee with “Jerusalem is not a settlement.”

So it is with the East Jerusalem housing fiasco. Nothing will happen in the Middle East unless the United States is seen as an honest broker able to criticize both sides when needed. Obama’s anger sped a needed clarification and freed debate

Already, there are shifts in Israeli attitudes as a result of the new American clarity. Last year, Netanyahu described Iran’s leaders as “a messianic apocalyptic cult,” which was silly. Of late we’ve had Ehud Barak, the Israeli defense minister, setting things right: “I don’t think the Iranians, even if they got the bomb, are going to drop it in the neighborhood. They fully understand what might follow. They are radical butnot total ‘meshuganas.’ They have a quite sophisticated decision-making process.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/opinion/30iht-edcohen.html

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Iran issues stamp celebrating Int’l Day of Nowruz

Posted by alanmirs on March 28, 2010


Iran issues stamp celebrating Int’l Day of Nowruz

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 05:53:40 GMT

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Haft-Sin denoting ‘seven items beginning with the letter sin (S)’, is one of the components of the rituals of the New Year’s Day festival observed by Iranians.

Iran has unveiled a postage stamp exclusively published to commemorate the UN-recognized International Day of Nowruz.

The stamp was made public in the presence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the first International Nowruz Celebrations in Tehran on Saturday.

Nowruz, meaning “a new day,” is an ancient Iranian tradition that has been celebrated around the globe for nearly three millenniums.

It honors the first day of spring as a new year and a brand new beginning on a merry, peaceful note. It is celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox, which normally lands on March 21
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=121836&sectionid=351020105

Happy Nowruz the only new year festival which gets celebrated at the same moment of time all over the world and has no connection to religion, nationality race, sex, or any other factor dividing humans, wish you the best,

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Imagining an Israeli Strike on Iran, Scenarios: Global impact if Israel strikes Iran

Posted by alanmirs on March 28, 2010


Imagining an Israeli Strike on Iran

Alicia Cheng and Sarah Gephart, Mgmt. Design

By DAVID E. SANGER
Published: March 26, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/weekinreview/28sangerintro.html

In the real world Iran will close the Strait

of Hormuz, attack and eventually escort American forces out of Persian Gulf

no out side Gulf support 

for American forces

mean while the Palestinians

And
allies

are dealing with Israel,
 earth becomes

"Free of tyrant"

And

"A
better place to live"

 

 

 http://irangardi.spaces.live.com/

 

Scenarios: Global impact if Israel strikes Iran

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE62S1E320100329

 

 

 


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Imagining an Israeli Strike on Iran

Posted by alanmirs on March 28, 2010


Imagining an Israeli Strike on Iran

Imagining an Israeli Strike on Iran


Alicia Cheng and Sarah Gephart, Mgmt. Design
By DAVID E. SANGER
Published: March 26, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/weekinreview/28sangerintro.html


 In the real world Iran will close the Strait

of Hormuz, attack and eventually escort American forces out of Persian Gulf

no out side Gulf support 

for American forces

mean while the Palestinians

And
allies

are dealing with Israel,
 earth becomes

"Free of tyrant"

And

"A
better place to live"

 

 

 http://irangardi.spaces.live.com/

 

Scenarios: Global impact if Israel strikes Iran

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE62S1E320100329

 

 

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Iran, the NPT and American hegemony

Posted by alanmirs on March 26, 2010


 

Iran, the NPT and American hegemony

What’s really behind Iran’s nuclear ambitions

Ian Hunter | Mar 24
Tagged with: international, Iran, nuclear

 

In light of the abundant accusations from Western nations of Iran’s ambitions to build nuclear weapons, a closer analysis of this mounting conflict is necessary. With vast advancements in weapons technology, nuclear weapons now pose the single greatest threat to human existence ever recorded on Earth

Soon after, the IAEA passed a resolution calling on Israel to join the
NPT and to open its facilities to inspection — again, something Iran did
long ago.
The U.S. and several European countries tried blocking the resolution,
but it passed anyway, without any notice from Western media.
Instead, the media chose to write about the nuclear “threat”
of Iran, a country that seems to be following the rules for nuclear
energy more than most countries and whose right to develop nuclear
energy peacefully is enshrined in international law


 

                                            http://www.themanitoban.com/articles/29453

 

 

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Tehran’s long and winding road

Posted by alanmirs on March 24, 2010


Tehran’s long and winding road


By Kaveh L Afrasiabi




Greeting the Persian new year, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad looked
confidently at the route ahead, promising that the nation "more powerful than
ever will continue in the path of its high objectives". Looming sanctions and
other efforts to isolate the economy over Tehran’s nuclear program over the
coming months make it highly challenging to stay on track.



Foreign policy questions ring particularly loudly in Tehran. Multiple
unresolved issues include the ongoing nuclear standoff, tensions with the
United States and Israel, a downturn in Iran’s European relations, a hidden
cold war with Saudi Arabia, spill-over conflicts from neighboring nations and a
lack of progress in the "Look East" strategy


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UK expels Israeli diplomat over Dubai case

Posted by alanmirs on March 23, 2010


 
UK expels Israeli diplomat over Dubai case
Hamas militant, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, is shown arriving at his hotel in this CCTV handout from Dubai police Reuters – Hamas militant, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh (ringed), is shown arriving at his hotel in this CCTV handout from …
By DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press Writer David Stringer, Associated Press Writer 59 mins ago

LONDON – Britain took the extraordinary step Tuesday of expelling an Israeli diplomat for the first time in more than 20 years, after concluding there was compelling evidence that Israel was responsible for the use of forged British passports in the plot to slay a senior Hamas operative in Dubai.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said trust between the two countries had been badly dented, demanded formal assurances it never happen again and — in an unusual step — issued travel advice to U.K. citizens warning their identity details may be at risk if they visit Israel

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2010/0324/1224266936189.html

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1158386.html

 

 

http://tinyurl.com/yl4qlms

 

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Will Israel attack Iran?

Posted by alanmirs on March 22, 2010


Will Israel attack Iran?

When Benjamin Netanyahu humiliated U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden two
weeks ago with his settlements announcement it was just one more
calculated effort to both expose Barack Obama as a weak president and
to increase Netanyahu’s own geo-political power. Unfortunately for the
Middle East, Obama, and the world in general, the brinkmanship seemed
to work. The immediate U.S. response to this deliberate humiliation was
half-hearted, weak and confused. The balance of power within the
U.S.-Israeli alliance appeared to shift overnight. Obama is the classic
ditherer — faced with someone bold and daring, he simply can’t find
the moral outrage or courage to stand up for his principles.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/murray-dobbin/2010/03/will-israel-attack-iran

 


Murray Dobbin’s blog

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Murray
Dobbin is a guest senior contributing editor for rabble.ca. Murray has
been a journalist, broadcaster, author and social activist for 40
years. A board member and researcher with the Canadian Centre for
Policy Alternatives, he has written five studies for the centre
including examinations of charter schools, and "Ten Tax Myths." Murray
has been a columnist for the Financial Post and Winnipeg Free Press and
contributes guest editorials to the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star
and other Canadian dailies. He writes a regular "State of the Nation"
column for the on-line journal theTyee.ca which is published
simultaneously on rabble.ca. His blog is murraydobbin.ca.

 

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We are Iran’s enemy

Posted by alanmirs on March 22, 2010


We are Iran’s enemy


By George Haeseler
• March 22, 2010, 12:00 am

We
are being misled by all the hyperbole about Iran. Despite all its
bluster about Israel, Iran does not have a history of being militarily
aggressive. The last time it attacked another country was in 1856, when
it briefly occupied part of Afghanistan. But since the end of World War
I, our country has militarily intervened 77 times in foreign countries,
resulting directly or indirectly in the death of more than 6 million
people

We are an empire with more than 700 military installations in 130
countries. Iran has none. The U.S. has 10,000 nuclear warheads, half of
them deployed throughout the world. Iran has none. We have violated the
nuclear non-proliferation treaty for 40 years. Iran has kept its word.
We are currently at war with two countries we invaded, Iraq and
Afghanistan, and are killing people with drones in Pakistan and Yemen.
Iran has no troops outside its borders and has violated no country’s
airspace.
We are
continually warned by Congress and the Obama administration that Iran
poses a threat to our security because it may soon be able to make a
nuclear weapon. Big deal. We have nuclear-armed naval vessels in the
Persian Gulf patrolling their shore. Israel has 200 within easy firing
ra
nge. Who are we to deny Iran possession of what they are being
threatened with?

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Preparations for a Hit against Iran: Stopping Israel’s Next War

Posted by alanmirs on March 21, 2010


Preparations for a Hit against Iran:
Stopping Israel’s Next War

 

by Muriel
Mirak-Weissbach

“A
new war in the region is inevitable.” This is the pronouncement made by
Mohammad Seyyed Selim, political scientist and professor at the
universities of Cairo and Kuweit. Prof. Selim delivered his forecast on
February 13, in a program on Nile TV’s “Cairo Watch,” in which I also
participated. The moderator, Mohamed Abdel-Rahim, started off by asking
what crisis situations in the region were most acute; Iran and the
Arab-Israeli conflict were the obvious answers.

That
war is on the agenda, Selim noted, is beyond doubt. Israeli political
and military leaders have been broadcasting such bellicose intentions
loudly enough for the deaf to hear. Yossi Peled said he thought
conflict with Hezbollah was inevitable. Foreign Minister Avigdor
Lieberman warned the Syrian government that if it were to intervene in
an Israeli-Lebanese conflict, it would disintegrate. As if that were
not sufficient, the Israeli Mossad had staged a Hollywood-style
extravaganza to murder Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai on
January 20. Four days later, Netanyahu declared that Israel would
maintain control over parts of the West Bank for all eternity. He
followed up with the announcement that Israel would designate three
sites on the West Bank as part of Israel’s national heritage. These
were all deliberately crafted provocations, aimed solely at eliciting a
violent response from the other side: perhaps that Hezbollah would
kidnap an Israeli soldier, or that Hamas would lob a few rockets across
the border to Israel. Fortunately, to date, their response has been
measured

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=18235

 

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