The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, September 30, 2005

News for 09-29-05

09-29-05 - Iran committed to NPT for time being: top negotiator

09-29-05 - Judge Orders Release of Abu Ghraib Photos

09-29-05 - Japan fed up with UN costs but no Security Council seat: FM Japan is fed up with making hefty payments to the United Nations but forever failing to gain a permanent seat on its Security Council, the country's foreign minister told a British newspaper.

09-29-05 - Hezbollah criticizes US role in Beirut bomb probe "We have reservations on the American security interference because we don't trust them, given the partial US policies towards Lebanon and the Arab world,"..."We prefer Lebanon to turn to countries like Switzerland, Holland, Sweden and Norway, which have no political ambitions in the region and are impartial,"

09-29-05 - Iran to play cards carefully in nuclear dispute

09-29-05 - Iranians mob UK embassy over IAEA nuclear vote

09-29-05 - Pentagon Analyst to Plead Guilty to Leak

09-29-05 - Too Late the Heroes ?The quarter of a million dollars that each Israeli settler received from their government to leave the land they illegally occupied came from you and could have been given to New Orleans!?

09-29-05 - Ex-Aipac Aide To Seek Dismissal of Case if the case goes to trial, it could cast an embarrassing spotlight on the ways in which Aipac collects information and wields power in Washington

09-29-05 - Fold Palestinian Relief Agency Into U.N.'s Refugee Body By Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Guess who? - acting once again as an agent of Israel. This is one part of the pro-Israeli 'reform agenda' pushed for by neocon Bolton at the UN.

09-29-05 - US: EU slow to freeze terrorist assets

09-29-05 - Lebanese army tightens grip on pro-Syrian Palestinian militia

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

News for 09-28-05

09-28-05 - FBI team probes attack on Lebanese journalist

09-28-05 - Reuters Says U.S. Troops Obstruct Reporting of Iraq Schlesinger said Reuters and other reputable international news organizations were concerned by the "sizeable and rapidly increasing number of journalists detained by U.S. forces".

09-28-05 - War against Iran is not on anyone's agenda: Britain

09-28-05 - Depleted uranium tests for US troops returning from Iraq

09-28-05 - Halpern to chair public broadcasting A former chairwoman of the Republican Jewish Coalition was chosen to lead the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Cheryl Halpern was elected by the corporation?s board Monday to replace Kenneth Tomlinson, whose term as chair expired.
Goodbye to any sense of fairness of PBS.

09-28-05 - Torah dedicated in Pentagon Pentagon=neocon country.

09-28-05 - The Joy of Schadenfreude

09-28-05 - Israel Urges Nations Against Declaration

09-28-05 - In Turkey, Hughes Gets an Earful on Iraq

09-28-05 - Iran's tough stance a hit at home

09-28-05 - Why Iran isn't a global threat

09-28-05 - DeLay Indicted in Campaign Finance Probe Delay is a Christian Zionist.

09-28-05 - DeLay gets pro-Israel plaudits DeLay has been a staunch backer of Israel, especially pro-settler groups and has expressed skepticism of Israel?s recent decision to pull out of the Gaza Strip

09-28-05 - UN envoy meets with Palestinian, Egyptian leaders on Lebanon

09-28-05 - Public-broadcasting peril

09-28-05 - Israel rejects Arab charges it is nuclear threat to peace Egypt proposed the creation of a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East and blasted Israel for standing in the way.

09-28-05 - French ambassador dismisses Hizbullah ban

09-28-05 - Jewish institutions get security funds Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) helped the institutions get the money, which came from federal and state homeland security funds.

09-28-05 - Israel seeks Security Council seat

09-28-05 - Assad boosting Palestinian terror? IsraelĀ“s Army Radio said Wednesday that Assad convened representatives of Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Damascus earlier this month

09-28-05 - Congressman presses Egypt on Sukkot exports He wants a minimum of 25,000 lulavs so that every U.S. synagogue gets one. How is this an issue for a US politician in a country where there is supposed to be a separation of church and state?

News for 09-27-05

09-27-05 - Iran threatens to cut trade with nuclear critics Iranian officials said they were shocked by India's backing on Saturday for a resolution passed by the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog body, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

09-27-05 - Iran threatens retaliation as UN showdown nears Iran on Monday threatened to restart uranium enrichment and to stop allowing U.N. snap inspections of its atomic facilities, if moves to send it to the U.N. Security Council were not reversed

09-27-05 - Russia urges Iran not to enrich uranium Russia called on Iran not to carry out a threat to enrich uranium in retaliation for a UN resolution against its nuclear fuel work, but acknowledged that Tehran had a right to do so

09-27-05 - Lebanese Official: Syria Threatened Me Lebanon's defense minister said Syrian intelligence officials in Lebanon threatened him months before an attempt on his life in a July car bombing, an accusation Syria denied

09-27-05 - Mobile phone firm staff quizzed in Hariri murder probe

09-27-05 - ?Pakistan opposes use of force against Iran?

09-27-05 - Saudi students rebuff US communications guru

09-27-05 - Iraq War Winners: Al-Qaeda, Iran and Military Contractors Compared to US budget and trade deficits, terrorists are a minor concern. The greatest danger that the US faces is the dollar's loss of reserve currency role. This would be an impoverishing event, one from which the US would not recover.

09-27-05 - Lebanon Struggles to Find Bombers A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said a magnetic fragment was found on the scene. That indicated the bomb ? estimated at less than two pounds ? was attached to the bottom of the vehicle before being triggered by remote control.

09-27-05 - Mofaz: "Golan Heights will remain under Israeli control"

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

News for 09-26-05

09-26-05 - Iran threatens to resume uranium enrichment

09-26-05 - Tehran warns against UN referral Moves to report Iran to the UN Security Council over its nuclear programme would escalate tensions in the Middle East, its vice-president has warned.

09-26-05 - Syria not doing its part to fight terrorism: US official

09-26-05 - Lebanon seeks help on security Lebanon will ask the United States and France to help train its security forces following a string of bombings and assassinations that have fuelled fears the country is sliding back into chaos.

09-26-05 - ElBaradei gets third IAEA term The US had resisted a new mandate for Mr ElBaradei, saying two terms was enough for running an international agency, but received no backing from other members of the board.

09-26-05 - Student kicked off newspaper Who would've guessed?

09-26-05 - Israeli legislators meet U.S. counterparts Members of the Knesset?s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee will discuss the Iranian nuclear threat with their U.S. counterparts.

09-26-05 - Thousands protest war in Iraq any people carried Palestinian flags

09-26-05 - U.S. envoy Hughes' message to Muslims: We care They see what we do, not just what we say. And when our money is being used to fund Israel's colonial war machine, and our veto at the UN Security Council then shields Israel's violations of international and humanitarian law, nobody is fooled.

09-26-05 - Egyptians tell US to change its policies to improve image An Egyptian government newspaper also said that Hughes?s mission to improve Washington?s image abroad was bound to fail unless she could promise changes in US policy

Monday, September 26, 2005

News for 09-25-05

Sunday, September 25, 2005

News for 09-24-05

09-24-05 - Jewish Groups Press for Iran Sanctions Pro-Israel activists in Washington are pressing Congress to tighten American sanctions on Iran...Meanwhile, pro-Israel lobbyists on Capitol Hill are cajoling members of Congress to support the Iran Freedom Support Act, which would expand the existing American sanctions on companies that invest more than $20 annually in Iran's oil and gas sectors And UP goes the price of oil. Look who's sponsoring the legislation (on behalf of Israel again) - Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

09-24-05 - UN condemns Iran amid nuclear bomb fears The U.N. nuclear watchdog passed a resolution on Saturday requiring that Iran be reported to the Security Council for failing to convince the international community that its nuclear program was entirely peaceful.

09-24-05 - Huge rally against Iraq war

09-24-05 - Bush: U.N. Must Review Iran Nuke Record Ahead of the IAEA meeting, the United States prepared a 44-page power-point presentation for diplomats that includes maps of suspected nuclear sites and detailed satellite images of what the U.S. claims are dummy buildings erected to disguise covert activity below ground Sound familiar? I hope so.

09-24-05 - Syria's speech before UN

09-24-05 - WHO IS THE BIGGER THREAT? A panel reporting to the US State Department has warned that President George W Bush is seen in some Arab nations as a greater threat than Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden

09-24-05 - Tens of thousands set to march against Iraq war

09-24-05 - Iran accuses Britain of 'colonialism' in nuclear row

09-24-05 - Key signatories urged to ratify Nuclear test ban treaty The United States, the world's leading nuclear power, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, China, Iran, Israel and Vietnam are among the remaining 11 countries that have not ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

09-24-05 - AIPAC Givers Sought To Fund Job For Fired Top Official "I?m sure there's a concern Steve would reveal everything he knows about AIPAC" in a trial, said the former official. "The concern is not just violations of law but also from a political angle; they don't want the inner workings of the lobby laid out." .....Paul McNulty, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has publicly exonerated AIPAC of suspicion in the case. In fact, at a press conference last month announcing the indictments, McNulty publicly praised the lobby. Something very wrong with that picture

09-24-05 - Israeli hostage's family offers $10 million for his freedom He was shot down over Lebanon. Not Iran.

09-24-05 - The costs of a hasty U.S. withdrawal A failed American withdrawal in Iraq would increase the threats to the Jewish state.The succesful push to get us to take out Saddam was not enough. Now, we must stay there.

09-24-05 - Arab states at UN urge censure of Israel's nuclear program

09-24-05 - Steinitz leads delegation to US The Iranian nuclear threat, and Israel-US defense relations will be on the agenda when members of Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee travel to Washington, DC this week to meet with US defense officials.

09-24-05 - USA TODAY misplaces 98,000 antiwar protestors

09-24-05 - US forced to import bullets from Israel as troops use 250,000 for every rebel killed Iraqis will love to hear that. A sure way to win over the insurgents, I'm guessing.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

News for 09-23-05

09-23-05 - Saudis warn region is on brink of war Prince Saud said he was so concerned that he was taking this message "to everyone who will listen" in the Bush Administration

09-23-05 - Iran says sanctions could push oil to 100 usd/barrel

09-23-05 - EU reports Iran to Security Council

09-23-05 - EU urges UN Iran nuclear debate The EU draft resolution submitted by Britain, France and Germany calls on the 35-member IAEA board to consider reporting Iran - at an unspecified date - to the UN Security Council

09-23-05 - The 'myth' of Iraq's foreign fighters Report by US think tank says only '4 to 10' percent of insurgents are foreigners.

09-23-05 - Bizarro Basra Two special-ops Brits in wigs, 'traditional Arab dress' ? and a car full of explosives?

09-23-05 - Israel aid unscathed in GOP proposal Funding for Egypt, Africa, the AIDS initiative and the Peace Corps would take hits

09-23-05 - UN investigator of Hariri murder wraps up Syria visit

09-23-05 - Report: U.S. Image in Bad Shape The report warned that televised images of U.S. policy choices -- such as in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the invasion of Iraq -- reverberate across the Arab media and will "long haunt the image of the United States." The committee recommended a series of steps, including increased funding and staffing, to rebuild efforts to promote U.S. culture and ideas Why not just take the logical step of bringing a just peace to the Middle East? Frankly, it would instantly boost our image in the world. Nah, too easy.

09-23-05 - Analysis: Syrians wary of Hariri probe "The economic situation in the country cannot sustain any kind of economic sanctions, and at the end the sanctions will only affect the poor and classes with limited income," Israel-supporters don't care. THey allowed it to go on in Saddam's Iraq resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, as long as it achieved their goals.

09-23-05 - Syria Said Aims to Thwart Iraq Democracy Iraq's foreign minister says

09-23-05 - Annan declines to prejudge results of UN probe into assassination

09-23-05 - Hizbollah seeks to calm fears over its weapons

09-23-05 - Syria blames US for Iraq 'infiltrators' "In return, those who ceaselessly hurl accusations against Syria have failed to shoulder their responsibility to ensure effective control on the borders from the other side,"

09-23-05 - Saudi Foreign Minister Chides U.S. Policy

09-23-05 - Dichter: U.S. embargoed Israel parts The embargo ended after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,

09-23-05 - Connecting the dots: IRAQ & PALESTINE The Israeli lobby and the Iraq War

Friday, September 23, 2005

News for 09-22-05

09-22-05 - EU drops hardline stance on Iran

09-22-05 - Iraq accuses Syria of not cooperating against terrorism

09-22-05 - Iran warns aggressors of 'fire and destruction'

09-22-05 - Iran invites UN nuclear watchdog to visit

09-22-05 - Russia, EU in deadlock over Iran atomic ambitions

09-22-05 - Plamegate: The John Bolton Connection A neocon that would commit treason? Why, who ever heard of such a thing! ....

09-22-05 - Hurricanes sap support for Iraq policy

09-22-05 - Iranian President Backs Iraqi Democracy

09-22-05 - 'US stopped parts sales during intifada' The Pentagon and the State Department rejected those claims and did not put new limits on the sales to Israel.

09-22-05 - America's Syria problem Israel made Syria our problem

09-22-05 - Britain calls for arbitration over Shebaa Farms Britain's minister of state for the Middle East has called for "international arbitration" over the disputed Shebaa Farms, a border area occupied by Israel and claimed by Lebanon

09-22-05 - Jewish Defense League Member Sentenced A Jewish Defense League member was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for his role in a plot to bomb a mosque and a Lebanese-American congressman's office If he were Arab, he would've been tried as on terrorism charges, and it would've made headlines for quite some time, unlike this story which has been veritably buried.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

News for 09-21-05

09-21-05 - Russia, China may force EU retreat on Iran: diplomats The EU's three biggest powers are considering backing down from a demand that the U.N. nuclear watchdog report Iran to the U.N. Security Council due to fierce opposition from Russia and China, diplomats said on Wednesday.

09-21-05 - Pentagon blocking September 11 inquiry: senator one official, Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, has also said publicly that Able Danger members tried to pass the information along to the FBI three times in September 2000 but were forced by Pentagon lawyers to cancel the meetings Pentagon = neocon country.

09-21-05 - Iran Gets Reprieve in Nuclear Standoff

09-21-05 - US claims growing support against Iran; Iran rallies its side

09-21-05 - Senate introduces Iran restrictions

09-21-05 - Hezbollah won't comply with disarmament, commander says

09-21-05 - Saudi: Conflict divides Muslims, U.S. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the main factor dividing the Muslim and Arab world and the United States, Saudi Arabia?s foreign minister said.

09-21-05 - Israel seeks seat on Security Council The highest profile foreign figure to back the bid is the controversial US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton. What a shocker.

09-21-05 - Year was political thriller for U.S. Jews ''You have to screen out the background noise and see whether the basics have changed," he said. ''Jewish Americans have a pretty good position. When Democrats are in charge, they automatically have a lot of influence. And when Republicans are in charge, they have a lot of influence because Republicans have to be responsive to their fundamentalist Christian constituency. In that ideology, Israel is very important. Abe Foxman calls this kind of talk by anyone else about the purported overwhelming influence of Jewish groups as propagating 'anti-Semitic canards'

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

News for 09-20-05

09-20-05 - US uses 'Libya model' to boost pressure on Syria "They are going to grab Syria by the throat and squeeze and shake, and see what kind of change falls out of the Syrian pockets.... It's going to be the harshest isolation they can manufacture,"

09-20-05 - Diplomats: Russia Resisting Iran Referral

09-20-05 - Iran warns it could quit nuclear treaty, issues oil threat

09-20-05 - West threatens action on Iran; Iran threatens reprisals

09-20-05 - Saudi Says U.S. Policy Handing Iraq Over to Iran

09-20-05 - Hariri inquiry moves to Damascus

09-20-05 - Will Neocon Fanaticism Destroy America? U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad predicted that US troops will soon enter Syria. Simultaneously, the Bush administration is desperately trying to orchestrate a case that it can use to attack Iran.

09-20-05 - Rabbis push Congress on torture This is interesting because many of the torture techniques used at Abu Ghraib so closely resembled those that Israeli has used on Palestinians and other Arabs, and given that Israeli forces trained our men in 'urban warfare' in the runup to the Iraq war, I'd say it is safe to assume that this is where our men learned this torture in the first place.

09-20-05 - Israel, Iran clash over their nuclear programs

09-20-05 - Israel Seeks Seat on U.N. Security Council They don't need one. For years we have done their bidding at the UN Security Council - including (ab)using our veto to block resolutions that uphold international and humanitarian law.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

News for 09-19-05

09-19-05 - EU drafts Iranian Security Council summons

09-19-05 - Opposition hardens to UN action on Iran nuclear plans Russia, China, Brazil and IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei oppose an immediate referral to the U.N. Council, along with many developing countries on the board.

09-19-05 - Islam forbids nuclear weapons: Iran

09-19-05 - US having a hard time finding allies for UN reform

09-19-05 - Iran has no fear of UN Security Council: Ahmadinejad

09-19-05 - US to convene multilateral meeting on Lebanon US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will convene a multilateral meeting on Lebanon here in a bid to broaden Syria's international isolation

09-19-05 - UN Hariri killing probe chief heads to Syria

09-19-05 - Covering the Tracks of the Anthrax Attacks

09-19-05 - Recycled liberal cliche at the United Nations? by Patrick J. Buchanan

09-19-05 - Rice Wants Syria Out of Lebanese Politics Rice reiterated that Syria must stop allowing terrorists to cross its border and kill innocent Iraqis. She also demanded that it stop supporting "Palestinian rejectionists" who oppose peace with Israel.

09-19-05 - Israel: Iran may be 6 months from bomb know-how Same story about Iraq's alleged WMDs came from the same crowd thru their neocon cohorts at the Pentagon's Office of Special Planls - The spies who pushed for war

Monday, September 19, 2005

News for 09-18-05

09-18-05 - Iran warning on sanctions threat

09-18-05 - What has happened to Iraq's missing $1bn?

09-18-05 - Rice urges UN to stand up to Iran nuclear bid "When diplomacy has been exhausted, the Security Council must become involved," Rice said.

09-18-05 - No military answer to Iran nuclear stand-off: British FM "This (stand-off) will not be resolved by military means, let's be clear about that," Straw told BBC radio on Sunday.

09-18-05 - U.S. Keeping Pressure on Syria at U.N.

09-18-05 - Iran calls on UN to probe how Israel acquired nuclear weapons

09-18-05 - Columnist Who Condoned Arab Profiling Fired for Misleading Sources Not to worry, hon. I'm sure some neocon rag will pick up any future columns you have.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

News for 09-17-05

09-17-05 - India-US nuclear bonding may hit snag over Iran US Congressmen have clearly warned India that a sweeping new nuclear agreement with the United States, which Singh signed earlier this year, could be at risk if New Delhi does not side with Washington on Iran.

09-17-05 - Iran throws down gauntlet in nuclear row

09-17-05 - Iran offers to bring foreign firms into nuclear program

09-17-05 - Defiant Iran tells UN: mind your own nuclear business

09-17-05 - American support for Iraq war at all-time low- poll Nearly 60 percent now disapprove of the president's handling of the Iraqi conflict and nearly half of all Americans are not proud of what the United States is doing in the war, the poll found

09-17-05 - Iran insists on nuclear 'rights' In an interview with CNN he did not rule out triggering an oil price rise if the UN imposed sanctions, saying that Iran "has the means to defend and obtain its rights."

09-17-05 - US Ambassador To Iraq Predicts US Will Go Into Syria Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Ambassador to Iraq, made the off the record prediction that the US will go into Syria to combat insurgents that have been using the country as a staging ground for terrorist activity in Iraq.

09-17-05 - Nuke 'em if ya got 'em

09-17-05 - Syria could do more to secure Iraq border: Kimmitt

09-17-05 - Iran Said Reassured Turkey on Nuke Plans

09-17-05 - UK forced to scrap Iraq withdrawal plans -- paper Britain has had to abandon plans for a sharp reduction in its troop numbers in Iraq next year because of fears the country is sliding toward civil war

09-17-05 - Sharon asks S. Africa to act against Iran Say I wonder, whose war is this?

09-17-05 - Iranian president attacks West, Israel "Saddam's regime used chemical weapons against Iran. Who armed him with these weapons?"

09-17-05 - SYRIA: Training refugees to gain useful skills

09-17-05 - Rectifying UN wrongs Our UN 'reform': Israeli wishlist, facilitated and made possible by the US Congress. How are our interests being represented here? Who are our officials representing?

09-17-05 - Israeli reporters harass Iranian president

09-17-05 - Republican Jewish Coalition Applauds Senator Santorum for Urging UN Response to Anti-Semitism Because anti-Semitism is the first thing on the minds of
Americans these days, and as such, we should be passing legislation about it. Forget the natural disaster of a century. We need the legislation about anti-Semitism - because this country is majorically Semitic.

09-17-05 - Iraqi president extends hand to opponents In a question and answer session, he said Iraq adheres to collective Arab decision regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict, namely the Arab peace plan of 2002.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

News for 09-16-05

09-16-05 - 1982: Refugees massacred in Beirut camps The Christian Phalangist group are reported to have murdered entire families in cold blood in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila.

09-16-05 - Explosion hits Lebanese capital The explosion happened in the Ashrafiya area, a part of the city that has a large Christian population.

09-16-05 - U.S. Assails Syria As Area Troublemaker "Syria, more and more, is being recognized as a destabilizing element in the region," Adam Ereli said Friday. "It's not just about Iraq; it's about Iraq, it's about Lebanon, it's about the Palestinian Authority. Because there's a connection between Syria and terrorism and murder and mayhem in each of these three different areas." Neocons can't decide who to attack first - Iran or Syria- looks like it will be both at the same time.

09-16-05 - Iran May Offer Nukes for Supervision

09-16-05 - Exiled Dissident: Iran Hiding Nukes

09-16-05 - Bush gives Iran-EU nuclear talks new life: Iran

09-16-05 - EU, US to press Iran referral barring surprise The European Union and the United States will press next week for Iran's nuclear program to be reported to the U.N. Security Council barring an unexpected change of heart by its president, EU diplomats said on Friday

09-16-05 - Putin meets Iranian counterpart amid tension over Tehran's nuclear program "We have many common interests in the Caspian region," Putin said, and spoke of "a large volume of cooperation between the two countries."

09-16-05 - The Imperial Delusion Neoconservatism and the cult of empire

09-16-05 - Two held on Israel-Lebanon border United Nations peacekeepers said the two were shepherds, who had strayed across the UN-demarcated border line.

09-16-05 - Bush and Putin stand firm on Iran

09-16-05 - US claims broad support on Iran

09-16-05 - America Has Fallen to a Jacobin Coup the neoconservatives are neo-Jacobins. There is nothing conservative about them

09-16-05 - London, Jerusalem police chiefs meet London?s police chief was briefed on counter-terrorist measures by Israel?s top cop.

09-16-05 - Out of Gaza, Israel courts its neighbors "Israel is (viewed as) the ultimate friend of the US, so if you're a friend of Israel, you're a friend of the US," says Mr. Pedhatzur, a professor of strategic studies at Tel Aviv University.

Friday, September 16, 2005

News for 09-15-05

09-15-05 - Iranian leader meets EU ministers

09-15-05 - Weldon: Atta Papers Destroyed on Orders A Pentagon employee was ordered to destroy documents that identified Mohamed Atta as a terrorist two years before the 2001 attacks,

09-15-05 - Effort to Refer Iran for Sanctions Opposed

09-15-05 - Iran offers nuclear know-how to Islamic states

09-15-05 - Europeans plead with Iran to reconsider proposals

09-15-05 - Syria denounces Iraq attacks, seeks cooperation with US Syria strongly condemned bomb attacks which have killed scores of people in Baghdad this week and said it was ready to do "whatever it takes" to cooperate with US and Iraqi authorities in bringing security and stability to its neighbor.

09-15-05 - Iran may avoid UN action against nuclear program: diplomats

09-15-05 - UN tightens net in Hariri murder probe

09-15-05 - London's top cop learns counterterrorism from Israeli police

09-15-05 - MP insists Hizbullah has right to 'defend and protect' Shebaa Farms

09-15-05 - Israel Calls for Wider Meetings With Arabs Arabs have proposed a peace plan calling for a full Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and east Jerusalem, which would all be part of a Palestinian a state. They also demand Israel give up the Golan Heights captured from Syria. In return, they say they will offer Israel normal relations and peace with the Arab world.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

News for 09-14-05

09-14-05 - Bush says Iran has right to civilian nuclear program

09-14-05 - Atomic watchdog urges US to give Iran one last chance, US says no

09-14-05 - Iran links UN cooperation to atomic fuel rights

09-14-05 - Iran president blasts US

09-14-05 - The Iran trap By Scott Ritter the EU-3 has allowed their seemingly unified European foreign-policy position regarding Iran to be hijacked by a neoconservative cabal in Washington, DC, as a stepping stone to war. Don't forget to read the first paragraph on this page. And don't forget just who is pushing for another war.

09-14-05 - Next Stop: Syria The neocons aren't through with us ? not by a long-shot?

09-14-05 - U.S. Deploys Slide Show to Press Case Against Iran With an hour-long slide show that blends satellite imagery with disquieting assumptions about Iran's nuclear energy program, Bush administration officials have been trying to convince allies that Tehran is on a fast track toward nuclear weapons.Slide show courtesy of AIPAC, no doubt.

09-14-05 - Syria Rejects Charges on Lax Iraq Border

09-14-05 - Lebanese party: Kill all Palestinians

09-14-05 - U.S.: Let Israel join Security Council Our country is truly an arm of Israel. Rarely are our interests put first.

"I've never seen a president - I don't care who he is - stand up to them [the Israelis]. It just boggles your mind. They always get what they want....If the American people understood what grip those people have on our government, they would rise up in arms. Our citizens don't have any idea what goes on."

- the late Admiral Thomas Moorer of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

09-14-05 - Mossad chief reshuffles Israeli spymasters - TV Israel also wants to keep abreast of arch-foe Iran's nuclear plans.
Mossad and Israeli military intelligence were both rapped by parliament for overestimating Iraq's capabilities before the U.S. decision to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003.

09-14-05 - Rice: Iran, Syria still back terrorists Support for Palestinian terrorism remains an element in the U.S.-led isolation of Iran and Syria, Condoleezza Rice said.

09-14-05 - Annan: Hezbollah disarmament discussed Israel and the United States believe it?s critical that Hezbollah disarm before the resolution is affirmed.

09-14-05 - Bush blasts U.N. Human Rights Commission Bush said the commission ? which criticizes Israel more than any other nation, while including tyrannical regimes among its members ? symbolizes what?s wrong with the institution.

09-14-05 - Behind the Scenes at UN, One Focus for Sharon: Iranian Nukes Israel long has had the Bush administration as a powerful ally in pressing the international community to force sanctions on the lobbyists -- who have made Iran their No. 1 priority in recent years -- say the timeline is less important than containing a rejectionist, anti-Western regime.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

News for 09-13-05

09-13-05 - New Iranian leader heads for US

09-13-05 - Russia warns U.S. against new nuclear doctrine "Such plans do not limit, but in fact promote efforts by others to develop (nuclear weapons),"

09-13-05 - Syria facing isolation over Iraq, Lebanon: Bush "The (Syrian) government is going to become more and more isolated as a result of two things; one, not being cooperative with the Iraqi government in terms of securing Iraq and, two, not being fully transparent about what they did in Lebanon,"

09-13-05 - Iran warns of escalation in nuclear crisis

09-13-05 - UN-bound Bush vows action on Iran US President George W. Bush, bound for the United Nations, said that he would try to rally China and Russia this week behind possible UN action to ensure Iran does not get nuclear weapons

09-13-05 - Syria agrees on UN interviews in Hariri probe

09-13-05 - Syria dismisses Bush Iraq complaints Syria recalled that it had signed an agreement with the Iraqi and US governments for joint patrols along the border and taken other steps to prevent infiltrations

09-13-05 - AJC Television Ad Demands UN Treat Israel Equally In a new campaign to end the isolation of Israel at the United Nations, the American Jewish Committee is running a television ad that will begin appearing on CNN in New York, and in other major cities, on Thursday.

09-13-05 - Jewish lawyers start blog The blog, entitled ?Judge and Jewry: Above the Din,? was launched last week by Jeff Ballabon of the Center for Jewish Values, a politically conservative think tank

09-13-05 - Romney postpones Israel trip The Republican governor was expected to travel with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee?s educational foundation later this month

09-13-05 - Israel impatient to join UN Security Council: ambassador

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

News for 09-12-05

09-12-05 - Iran says full cooperation with inspectors if allowed to make nuclear fuel In a clear reference to the United States the Iranian document says the IAEA has "to prevent a certain state" from escalating the conflict "under the false pretext of the existence of WMD (weapons of mass destruction)."

09-12-05 - Iran to Proceed With Uranium Enrichment Gholamreza Aghazadeh also said the new Iranian government wants to increase its cooperation with Russia

09-12-05 - U.S. Envoy: Syria a Terrorist Hub for Iraq The Bush administration's top envoy in Iraq warned Monday that U.S. "patience is running out" with Syrian interference across the border, and refused to rule out either a military strike or punishment through the United Nations

09-12-05 - Katrina, Iraq, and the End of 'National Greatness'

09-12-05 - Iran and Russia in nuclear talks

09-12-05 - Syria agrees to Hariri interviews

09-12-05 - Major compromises may salvage UN summit

09-12-05 - Bush 'squandered' post 9/11 goodwill: Gulf press

Sunday, September 11, 2005

News for 09-11-05

09-11-05 - Pentagon Revises Nuclear Strike Plan

09-11-05 - EU, US face uphill battle on Iran at IAEA: diplomats More than half a dozen countries on the IAEA's 35-nation governing board, which meets on September 19, believe there is no justification for a referral

09-11-05 - Iran to build more nuclear plants, won't return to freeze

09-11-05 - Iran Warns of 'Certain Consequences' Iran warned Sunday that there will be "certain consequences" if it is referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions over its nuclear activities.

09-11-05 - At UN, Bolton softens his tone

09-11-05 - Hariri death probe moves to Syria

09-11-05 - Dulaimi accuses Syria of 'exporting destruction'

09-11-05 - Japan will propose cutting UN contributions Tokyo had stepped up a decades-old drive for a permanent seat in recent months, but met with lukewarm support from the United States and hostility from China

News for 09-10-05

09-10-05 - Cut in US dues to UN still alive in Congress The House has passed legislation, despite objections from the State Department, to cut U.S. payments to the United Nations by 50 percent unless a series of reforms are adopted, mainly by the 191-member General Assembly

09-10-05 - U.S. "war on terror" saves few lives, expert says

09-10-05 - Iraq hurt Katrina response, general says

09-10-05 - Iraq closes Syrian border point

09-10-05 - Guard Stretched Between Katrina, Wars

09-10-05 - Iran takes over Pipelineistan

09-10-05 - Al-Assad meets Palestinian groups Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has met leaders of 10 Palestinian resistance movements based in Syria, defying US pressure to crack down on these groups

Saturday, September 10, 2005

News for 09-09-05

09-09-05 - Iraqi, US forces step up offensive on rebels near border

09-09-05 - US seeks Chinese, Indian, Russian support on Iran Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued an open appeal to China, Russia and India to back referral of Iran to the UN Security Council for its suspected nuclear weapons program

09-09-05 - Iran readies for UN nuclear battle with EU, US

09-09-05 - Rice sees referral of Iran to UN Security Council

09-09-05 - Berger fined $50,000 for taking documents Berger, one of the top Jewish officials in Clinton?s administration, admitted to sneaking out National Archive documents in 2003 as he researched how prepared the country had been for terrorism ahead of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

09-09-05 - A Time for Action one that has the power to defeat, once and for all, the neoconservative gang that has hijacked American foreign policy and recklessly steered it in an increasingly dangerous direction

09-09-05 - Talabani: Statehood requisite for ties Iraq is a member of the Arab League and is committed to the league's decisions, and therefore it cannot hold diplomatic relations with Israel so long as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has not been resolved.

09-09-05 - Gingrich: Improve Israel?s U.N. lot The United States should "shame" other democracies into demanding better treatment of Israel at the United Nations, Newt Gingrich told a Jewish group.

09-09-05 - Iraqi: No recognition for now Iraq?s president said his country would not recognize Israel for now.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

News for 09-08-05

09-08-05 - Keeping a secure Israel on Congress's agenda Keeping Israel and its security on Congress's agenda is the message of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, especially now as legislators focus most of their attention on the victims of Hurricane Katrina ....AIPAC emphasizes that the U.S. and Israel face the same battles: terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and the existential threat posed by an Iran working to acquire nuclear bombs, says Wuliger. "The U.S. and Israel are partners in the struggle with people intent on destroying us both." It's essential that AIPAC continues to make this argument to legislators, Kohr adds AIPAC seeks to ensure Israel comes first - Katrina victims be damned.

09-08-05 - Powell regrets UN speech on Iraq WMDs Mr Powell has also said that he had "never seen evidence to suggest" a connection between the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States and the Saddam regime

09-08-05 - UN investigator to quiz Syria over Hariri murder

09-08-05 - No stability for Lebanon without truth on Hariri death: PM

09-08-05 - Slovak intelligence probing explosives in Hariri attack Slovak intelligence services are investigating a claim that explosives used to murder former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri came from Slovakia

09-08-05 - Syrian troops 'battle Islamists'

09-08-05 - US still has questions for Iran leader: White House

09-08-05 - IRAQ: U.S. Influence 'Too Much' "This involvement was highly inappropriate for a country with 140,000 soldiers in country."

09-08-05 - Katrina and the End of Illusions

09-08-05 - Israel returns body of Hizbullah fighter killed last year in clash

09-08-05 - Rice to boycott Assad

News for 09-07-05

09-07-05 - Radiological materials not secured for months after Iraq invasion: report The US Defense Department failed to secure sources of radiological material in Iraq for six months after the US invasion in 2003, during which period some were looted or scattered, a congressional watchdog said

09-07-05 - EU wants UN to take up Iran nuclear issue: Germany Russia, which is helping build a nuclear plant in Iran, said on Monday it opposed reporting Tehran to the council. It has a veto on the council and could block any move to sanctions.

09-07-05 - US gives visa for Iranian president to attend UN assembly

09-07-05 - Syria's Assad will not attend UN summit the same newspapers later said Assad, whose country is under unilateral US sanctions, had changed his mind following US unhappiness over his coming to New York

09-07-05 - U.S. Rejects Iranian Offer to Send Oil

09-07-05 - Jerusalem Hoping To See Wish List In U.N. Reforms the Bush administration and Congress have endorsed many of the changes advocated by Israel, chief among them the elimination of several U.N. entities dedicated to advancing the Palestinian cause, the reduction of many anti-Israel resolutions adopted by the G.A., the removal of any barriers blocking Israel's ability to join U.N. bodies, the adoption of a new definition of terrorism and the overhaul of the U.N.'s Human Rights Commission.
It's exactly as I had said on these pages, Bolton and his reform initiative are for ISRAEL.

09-07-05 - Summer is over for America by Patrick J. Buchanan

09-07-05 - Costello fears US hurricane may cause Iraq fallout

09-07-05 - The Bolton backfire: Weaken UN, imperil Americans

09-07-05 - Gulf bloc wants Israel out of West Bank The statement was adopted by the foreign ministers of the six GCC members -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

09-07-05 - Survey: Europeans Upset With U.S. Policy President Bush continues to be deeply unpopular: 72 percent of Europeans disapprove of his foreign policies and almost 60 percent see U.S. leadership in his hands as a bad thing

09-07-05 - For Israel Supporters, U.N. Reform Carries Risks, Potential Reward "From Israel's perspective, it needs urgent, dramatic and very serious overhaul," You don't say?...

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

News for 09-06-05

09-06-05 - Iran offers US Katrina oil relief Iran has offered to send 20m barrels of crude oil to the US to help with the consequences of Hurricane Katrina.

09-06-05 - 300 US airmen sent home over hurricane

09-06-05 - U.S. warns China on energy ties to Iran

09-06-05 - EU3 initiative with Iran at an end - EU diplomat U.S. and Israeli intelligence have estimated for the last decade that Iran was roughly five years away from getting a bomb I'm not sure where this reporter gets his information from but our intel said ten years, Israeli intel said three years..

09-06-05 - Long shadow of the Beirut massacre Elements in the US have been trying to "get" Syria for years - over its support for Palestinian factions and Hizbullah, over its now-abandoned military presence in Lebanon and more recently over cross-border activity in Iraq. One way or another, Syria has managed to fend off all these attacks with its regime relatively unscathed, but the Hariri case has presented a fresh opportunity.

09-06-05 - As China changes, so does its image of US

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

News for 09-05-05

09-05-05 - Iran nuclear weapons 'years away' It says a diplomatic showdown with the European Union and the United States could be inevitable.

09-05-05 - Mystery Unfolds Over Hunt for WMD in Iraq

09-05-05 - Iran changes tack in nuclear standoff High oil prices may give Tehran confidence that the council would not jeopardize the flow of Iran's petroleum into the market

09-05-05 - How New Orleans Was Lost

09-05-05 - Russia against referring Iran to UN Security Council

09-05-05 - A Death Threat

News for 09-04-05

Saturday, September 03, 2005

News for 09-02-05

09-02-05 - Halliburton hired for storm cleanup Halliburton subsidiary KBR will also perform damage assessments at other naval installations in New Orleans as soon as it is safe to do so.

09-02-05 - Three more assert Pentagon knew of 9/11 ringleader

09-02-05 - Iran says parts of IAEA report 'political'

09-02-05 - UN says Iran resumed atomic work, sets up EU clash

09-02-05 - Rice Will Try to Rally Allies Vs. Syria The Bush administration intends to step up pressure on Syria to steer clear of Lebanon in its drive for political independence and to crack down on Palestinian militants with headquarters in Damascus Both of which primarily benefit Israel. When did it become our job to make the world safer for Israel?

Friday, September 02, 2005

News for 09-01-05

09-01-05 - U.S. Won't Relocate Soldiers for Katrina

09-01-05 - Opposition claims Iranian regime smuggled material for nuclear bomb

09-01-05 - EU to push for Iran U.N. nuclear referral if needed

09-01-05 - Release of oil reserves has little effect

09-01-05 - Hariri killing suspects charged A Lebanese prosecutor has charged four pro-Syrian generals detained earlier this week in connection with the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri

09-01-05 - Iraq war 'costlier than Vietnam'

09-01-05 - Top defense official Amos Yaron resigns The announcement of his resignation is a direct result of the crisis in confidence between the ministry and the Pentagon over Israel's plan to sell unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to China.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

News for 08-31-05

08-31-05 - Europe to hold off on sanctions if Iran referred to UN over nuclear work Non-aligned states as well as Russia and China oppose a confrontation over Iran, preferring to try to resolve the crisis diplomatically, especially since the Iranians are doing only preliminary fuel work and not yet making the enriched uranium that can power civilian reactors or be the raw material for atom bombs.

08-31-05 - Iran's top nuclear negotiator says committed to international regulations

08-31-05 - Iran eyes Indian support as nuclear row escalates India has so far merely said that Iran should abide by its international obligations but has refused to join Western condemnation of its nuclear program.

08-31-05 - Hariri probe boosts Syria pressure The recent developments led some to predict Washington would use the information to increase pressure on Syria, which the United States claims is supporting Islamic militants battling U.S. forces in Iraq and Palestinian militants in their fight with Israel.

08-31-05 - Conservatism: A house divided by Patrick J. Buchanan The neoconservative position, to make promoting democracy the altarpiece of our foreign policy, to increase U.S. forces in Iraq, and to extend the war to Iran and Syria to win it, appears no longer to be Bush policy.

08-31-05 - Lebanon police raid 'Hariri bomb plot apartment'

08-31-05 - Israel and 9/11: New Report Connects the Dots "Why the Israeli government decided not to share with us all the critical information they had, and the extent of that information, is a subject for the public inquiry. " Must read.

08-31-05 - Bolton Voices Opposition to U.N. Proposals Bolton also pressed for changes in the U.N. document that would ensure that U.S. or Israeli forces would not be exposed to terrorism charges if they killed or injured civilians during military operations. Bolton wrote that the "scope" of the terrorism provision should be limited to "terrorist actions," not "military activities that are appropriately governed by international humanitarian law." Arab governments have insisted for years that the Israeli army has engaged in "state terrorism" against Palestinian civilians. I ask again, just who is Bolton representing?

08-31-05 - Ex-Iraqi Jews want compensation they hope the demand at least can serve as a bargaining chip in future peace talks over compensation for Palestinian refugees who fled during Israel?s 1948 War of Independence.

08-31-05 - Outside View: Women nurturing hope Had they been able, both Palestinian and Iraqi women would have joined Sheehan in her anti-war movement