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The Iranian Chessboard

Five Ways to Think about Iran under the Gun By Pepe Escobar for Tom Dispatch More than two years ago, Seymour Hersh disclosed in the New Yorker how George W. Bush was considering strategic nuclear strikes against Iran. Ever since, a campaign to demonize that country has proceeded in a relentless, Terminator-like way, applying the same techniques and semantic contortions that were so familiar in the period before the Bush

Another Imperial disaster: 90,000 civilians flee Mogadishu

It is often forgotten that besides the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the USraelian Empire has also triggered a war by proxy in Somalia when it ordered its Ethiopian stooges to attack and invade Somalia under the pretext that 3 (three!) Al-Qaeda terrorists were hiding there. Soon thereafter the relative stability provided by the Islamic Courts Union was replaced with chaos and warfare. To paraphrase Madelene Albright’s words, “this was

Paradigm shift: how Hezbollah won the July 2006 war

By M. Shahid Alam for On January 31, 2008, when the Winograd Commission submitted its final report on the Second Lebanese War of July 2006, this was a first in Israeli history: a report on why the Israeli military had failed in a war. The Winograd Commission offers a quite honest appraisal of some aspects of the July 2006 War. It acknowledges that it was “a serious missed opportunity.”

Saker’s mailbox: Hillary will nuke for Israel

I often get very interesting emails from my readers and friends. This morning, I got this from ‘G’ (emphasis in red added): I just cannot believe how outrageous statements like these go unquestioned. Instead of being questioned regarding her sanity–she is after all committing America’s nuclear forces to the defense of a country with which we have no treaty obligations to and is of absolutely no strategic importance in

Sadr For “Open War if Gov’t Abandons Path of Peace”

Al-Manar reports: At least eight people have been killed and 22 others injured, including women and children, in renewed fighting between joint US-Iraqi forces and Mahdi Army fighters in Sadr City east of Baghdad. A security source said that the fighting that erupted Sunday predawn included US airstrikes on the City. Loudspeakers at mosques in Baghdad’s Sadr City blared out a call to arms soon after Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr warned

In Sadr City’s new wall, shadows of Gaza

Aijaz Ahmad: Wall meant to partition Sadr City’s residents is population control ahead of elections As violence continued in Baghdad’s Sadr City district on Friday, attention turned to the wall US forces are building through the neighborhood–a wall that is reminiscent of the one Israel built around the Palestinian territories, as well as US military tactics used during the Vietnam War. The Real News analyst Aijaz Ahmad says that the

IDF soldiers torture, choke, beat and murder Palestinians

source: Lenin’s Tomb (an excellent blog, check it out!) As Israel continues to build new colonies in the West Bank, Israeli soldiers stationed in the West Bank city of Hebron have confessed to numerous atrocities against Palestinian civilians. The full testimonies can be read here. Sometimes, what is striking is the pettiness of the causes that leads Israeli soldiers to behave like this. For example, one IDF soldier tried to

Pentagon institute calls Iraq war ‘a major debacle’ with outcome ‘in doubt’

By Jonathan S. Landay and John Walcott, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — The war in Iraq has become “a major debacle” and the outcome “is in doubt” despite improvements in security from the buildup in U.S. forces, according to a highly critical study published Thursday by the Pentagon’s premier military educational institute. The report released by the National Defense University raises fresh doubts about President Bush ‘s projections of a U.S.

Iran should be “Set Up for an Attack”

The Agenda Behind The Anti-Sadr Agenda by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach for When Gen. David Petraeus along with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker gave their testimony to the Senate on April 9, they did nothing more than to confirm in spades what had been being mooted and duly leaked by the Washington-based press: that the Bush-Cheney Administration had officially endorsed the line that Iran should be set up for attack,

Source: U.S. Strike on Iran Nearing

by Jim Meyers for Newsmax Contrary to some claims that the Bush administration will allow diplomacy to handle Iran’s nuclear weapons program, a leading member of America’s Jewish community tells Newsmax that a military strike is not only on the table – but likely. (note: does anyone else wonder why this “leading member of America’s Jewish community” would have such advanced warning, or is it just me? VS) “Israel is

Sadr City is being “Gazatized”, turning it into yet another Imperial Gulag

We all now that Gaza was, until now, the biggest open air prison in the world, a Gulag for Palestinians, so to speak. Now the Empire is in the process of “Gazatizing” (as in “Gitmoize Abu Ghraib”) and creating an even bigger (3’000’000+ people!) Gulag for Iraqis. Check out Pepe Escobar’s report for Real News Network: One needs to remember that the Empire just suffered a rather humiliating defeat in

Petraeus’s Iran Gaffe

By Amir Arfa, Press TV, Tehran In a CNN interview after two days of Iran bashing before Congress and less than a month after “presumptive” Republican Presidential nominee, John McCain made himself butt of all media jokes by suggesting that [Shia] Iran was “taking [Sunni] al-Qaeda” into its soil “training them and sending them back.” US top commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus put his boot in it and suggested

Interview with the leader of the Islamic Army of Iraq

(many thanks to datta for this submission) Note: It turns out that this article comes from the blog of Layla Anwar. The original link is this: had not been made aware of this since I had received this text by email. I apologize to Layla for not linking to her piece. I am removing this article, but I will leave the comments. Anyone interested in reading the original article

Is the CIA behind the “Free Tibet” campaign?

The Dalai Lama has been on the CIA payroll since the late 1950s. He is an instrument of US intelligence. by Michael Backman (Mathaba News) An understanding of this longstanding relationship to the CIA is essential, particuarly in the light of recent events. In all likelihood US intelligence was behind the protest movement, organized to occur a few months prior to the Beijing Olympic games. Rarely do journalists challenge the

If you thought the Bodies Exhibit was bad…

(re-printed by kind permission from the Prisoner of Starvation’s excellent blog) A couple months ago, I looked at 20/20’s exposé of the Bodies exhibits that are popping up all over the country. I didn’t think that the sordid alliance of corrupt officials of a repressive government and the greedy corporations buying bodies of tortured/executed political prisoners and putting on display could be topped in terms of macabre, but I was

From One Dictator to the Next

Inter Press Service Analysis by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail* BAGHDAD, Apr 12 (IPS) – Many Iraqis have come to believe that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is just as much a dictator as Saddam Hussein was. “Al-Maliki is a dictator who must be removed by all means,” 35-year-old Abdul-Riza Hussein, a Mehdi Army member from Sadr City in Baghdad told IPS. “He is a worse dictator than Saddam; he

Petraeus Points to War With Iran

(thanks to Vahe for this contribution) The Neocons may yet get their war on Iran. by Pat Buchanan (from Human Events) Ever since President Nouri al-Maliki ordered the attacks in Basra on the Mahdi Army, Gen. David Petraeus has been laying the predicate for U.S. air strikes on Iran and a wider war in the Middle East. Iran, Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee, has “fueled the recent violence

Ex-CIA analyst on Petraeus and Cheney

Ray McGovern: Was Cheney behind Iraqi army’s failed Basra offensive? Raymond McGovern is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. McGovern was a Federal employee under seven U.S. presidents over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House for many of them. McGovern was born and raised in the Bronx, graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University, received an M.A. in Russian Studies from Fordham, a certificate

Absolutely brilliant questionning of Petraeus and Crocker by Rep. Ron Paul

As my readers have already noticed, I am rather angry at Rep. Ron Paul for throwing in the towel in the 2008 election instead of doing what this SOB Lieberman (successfully) did and run as an independent. Still, when I heard Ron Paul’s remarks to Petraeus and Crocker I found myself daydreaming about what a Paul Presidency could have meant to the rest of the world (I am not supportive