The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Thursday, March 23, 2006

News for 03-22-06

03-22-06 - U.S. Ambassador Bolton indicates 'targeted sanctions' on Iran U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton has indicated the possibility of Washington imposing "targeted sanctions" on Iran if it continues to pursue uranium enrichment activities even after the U.N. Security Council adopts a statement by its president.

03-22-06 - Nations Seek to Break Deadlock Over Iran The lack of progress, which followed a decision to scrap full council discussions Tuesday, reflected just how much the United States and its European allies had failed to get Russia and China on board during a meeting of high-level diplomats in New York the night before.

03-22-06 - Russia says NPT must be kept intact in Iran crisis Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Tuesday China supported a Russian compromise proposal that would allow Iran to use nuclear fuel enriched in an internationally monitored plant on Russian soil, easing fears that Tehran could divert atomic material to develop weapons.

03-22-06 - Deadlocked Security Council puts off formal Iran meeting Diplomats in Vienna said that if the council fails to agree on the non-binding Franco-British text, the US delegation might push for a tough UN resolution invoking possible sanctions under Chapter 7 of the UN charter. The aim would be to force Russia and China either to veto the resolution or to abstain and thus allow it go through if it can get the required nine votes.

03-22-06 - US turns attention to al-Qaeda in Iran "Iran is becoming more and more radicalised and more willing to turn a blind eye to the al-Qaeda presence there," one US counterterrorism official said. Ding ding ding, we've got a winner.

03-22-06 - Iraqi civilian deaths shrouded in secrecy Hundreds of civilians have been killed during major offensives by US-led forces against insurgents in cities such as Falluja, and many others have died after lethal force was used at military checkpoints.

03-22-06 - FAA Reportedly Dismissed Moussaoui Concern During testimony Tuesday, a terrorism supervisor in FBI headquarters dismissed as "hunches and suppositions" a field agent's concerns about Moussaoui in the weeks before Sept. 11.

03-22-06 - Documents Show Saddam's WMD Frustrations Exasperated, besieged by global pressure, Saddam Hussein and top aides searched for ways in the 1990s to prove to the world they'd given up banned weapons.

03-22-06 - Harvard's Paper on Israel Called 'Trash' By Solon The NY Sun - the only other mainstream news medium in the US (besides pro-Israeli rags, and besides the Christian Science Monitor) - has offered up three or four articles since the study was put out days ago attempting to smear the authors, link them with David Duke, and otherwise try to 'discredit' this very damning report.

03-22-06 - 'AIPAC study is ignorant propaganda' Dershowitz, one of Israel's strongest defenders in the American public and academic arena, was mentioned personally in the study as an "apologist" for Israel, ....CAMERA concludes that "Harvard should remove the report from its website - and therefore remove from the report the Harvard imprimatur - until the authors fix its manifold deficiencies". Imagine, the Israeli lobby and its apologists come out AGAINST the study? Who would've guessed? The more shrill their cries, the more you know that that study hit a little too close to home for their tastes.

03-22-06 - The War Party in Disarray Another good sign is the wellspring of hysteria that has arisen in the wake of the study's publication. Already Alan Dershowitz has smeared the distinguished authors as anti-Semites, and the Usual Suspects have launched a deafening chorus of caterwauling. Among the "arguments" raised by the study's detractors: David Duke has praised it, the Washington office of Fatah is handing out copies, and the Muslim Brotherhood likes it, too. None of which proves anything

03-22-06 - RAF doctor to face Iraq court martial At a pre-trial hearing last week, Flt-Lt Kendall-Smith's defence counsel Philip Sapsford QC said the officer believed that, because Iraq had not attacked the UK or one of its allies, there was no lawful reason to enter Iraq.

03-22-06 - Press Conference of the President Q I'd like to ask you, Mr. President, your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is, why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet -- your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth -- what was your real reason? You have said it wasn't oil -- quest for oil, it hasn't been Israel, or anything else. What was it?

03-22-06 - Caterpillar chief warns of US recession if trade row deepens The head of Caterpillar on Wednesday warned that deteriorating trade relations between the US and China could plunge the global economy into recession and called on Congress to back away from protectionist measures.

03-22-06 - From Dec. 2005: Bush Says Iraq War Is Good for Israel "If you're a supporter of Israel, I would strongly urge you to help other countries become democracies," President Bush declared Monday, in a major address defending American policy in Iraq and his wider vision for the region. "Israel's long-term survival depends upon the spread of democracy in the Middle East." No s%#t?

03-22-06 - Iran poses threat to dominance of the US dollar This week in the world of economics began with the opening of the international oil exchange in Iran. The intrigue of the situation is accentuated by the fact that trading will take place in the European currency. This in itself is setting a precedent: in modern history oil has been quoted exclusively in dollars.

03-22-06 - Pro-Israeli media : Harvard removes its seal from study on Israeli Lobby This 'watchdog' - CAMERA - is PART of the Israeli lobby as mentioned in the study by the two professors. It's not a surprise to see that this lobby flexed their collective muscle and put the lean on Harvard to have their seal removed from the report.

03-22-06 - N.Korean defector says disabled newborns are killed Our mad quest for 'democracy' doesn't include North Korea - which HAS nukes, and has one, if not the most atrocious human rights records in the history of the world. All countries targeted for neocon 'democracy' coincidentally are enemies of Israel. Hypocrisy.

03-22-06 - Memorial service for terror victims in Buenos Aires focuses on Iran link Israel's ambassador to Argentina, Rafael Eldad, demanded that Argentina and the international community consider the Islamic government of Iran a "global threat."

03-22-06 - Neo-Nazis threaten to massacre Muslims at World Cup

03-22-06 - A warning from America The professors' article does not deserve condemnation; rather, it should serve as a warning sign.

03-22-06 - U.S. Sets Its Sights on Iran, the world's largest online sportsbook and casino, is now offering odds on whether the US will attack strategic targets in Iran on or before April 16th, Easter Sunday this year. Odds of a strike currently sit at 10-1.

03-22-06 - Pre-emptive strike against Iran might be needed: panel Emerson, executive director of The Investigative Project, a U.S.-based centre that gathers information about Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups, was part of the panel organized by the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR) in conjunction with Congregation Chevra Kadisha B?nai Jacob.

03-22-06 - Legal fund launched for ex-AIPAC staffer Lawyers representing an indicted former employee of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee established a legal defense fund.

03-22-06 - That's Some Hard-Hitting Speculative Reporting When I see this kind of nonsense coverage, I smell the wheels of a PR machine grinding. The only intent of this story is to link Al-Qaida and the Palestinians with some vague association.

03-22-06 - Jihad denies receiving money for waging attacks in Israel Mofaz told the Israeli Yediot Aharonot daily's website on Tuesday that Iran transferred 1.8 million dollars last month to the Islamic Jihad organization in order to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel.

03-22-06 - Remarks by President Bush Mr. President, I was wondering actually how you felt about America's double standard on nuclear energy, as far as countries like Iran, India, and Israel go? Bush then ignores the Israel part of the question in his response.


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