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Keith Jones, wsws.org

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On January 20, a six-month agreement rolling back Iran’s civilian nuclear program will come into force. US President Barack Obama claims that Washington has joined with its European allies, Russia and China to negotiate this interim agreement because the US, having repeatedly threatened Iran with military force, now wants to “give peace a chance.” Continue reading »

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John McCain on Iran: “They have cheated and lied for 20 years”
Thank you for nothing, CBS. 

An old habitué of this channel, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks to the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts about the recent nuclear agreement with Iran, and the reasons why —in his warmongering view—it stinks. No real, articulate antiwar critic is presented, although Norah O’Donnell attempts without luck to stem the torrent of chauvinist nonsense discharged by motormouth McCain. Continue reading »

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Dec 122013
 
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By Stephen Gowans, what’s left

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David Cohen, a US Treasury Department undersecretary, took pains in The Wall Street Journal (December 10) to point out that despite the sanctions relief provided for in the November interim nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 [1], that the US-led economic war on Iran continues largely unabated. Cohen’s message is that the relief package “is economically insignificant to Iran,” while US-led oil sanctions, trade disruptions, and efforts to isolate Iran from the US banking system—which remain in place despite the deal—continue to hobble Iran’s economy. Continue reading »

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Dec 112013
 
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Rick Staggenborg, Links for the Wildly Left

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HUGE news on Syria!

The fracturing of the “Free Syrian Army” over official leadership indicating its willingness to drop the demand that Assad be brought down before it will participate in peace negotiations has led to a large part of the FSA coalition dropping out.  The renegade faction just seized the headquarters of the Syrian Military Council, along with its weapons. This led the US and UK governments to immediately suspend the “non-lethal” aid that allowed funds from other sources to be devoted exclusively to weaponry. Continue reading »

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Dec 082013
 
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Reflections on the Iranian Nuclear Deal
by ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani speaks to the media following a visit to the Khomeini mausoleum in Tehran

The (interim) nuclear agreement that was signed on 24 November 2013 by Iran and the so-called P5+1 group in Geneva is questionable on a number of grounds.

The Irony and Absurdity of the Negotiations: When the Guilty Tries the Innocent

The underlying logic for the Iran nuclear negotiations was (and continues to be) altogether preposterous: on one side of the negotiating table sat major nuclear powers who are all in violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which requires them to have either dismantled or drastically reduced their nuclear arsenal; on the other side, an NPT–compliant country (Iran) that neither possesses nor pursues nuclear weapons—a fact that is testified to both by the U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies. Yet, in an ironically perverse way, the culprits have assumed the role of the police, the prosecutor and the judge, shamelessly persecuting and prosecuting the innocent for no other reason than trying to exercise its NPT-granted right to peaceful nuclear technology. Continue reading »

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