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Bolton: US would support preemptive Israeli strike on Iran

by John Byrne President Bush’s former United Nations ambassador John Bolton said the United States would stand behind a pre-emptive strike by Israel against countries developing “WMD facilities.” In his remark, printed in Tuesday’s edition of the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot, Bolton directly referenced Iran. “The greatest concern is to prevent Iran and other countries in the region from acquiring nuclear weapons,” Bolton said, according to, a Jewish news

Cockroach Cartoon Crossed the Line, Iranians Say

by Omid Memarian As the war of words between Western nations led by United States and Iran’s hardliner government over its nuclear programme has escalated in the last few weeks, a cartoon published on the editorial page of the Columbus Dispatch on Sep. 4 has created a furor amongst Iranians worldwide. The cartoon by staff member Michael Ramirez portrayed Iran as a sewer with the word “extremism” on its lid.

Iran Plans Retaliatory Air Strikes on Israel

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- A senior Iranian air force commander said his troops have prepared operational plans to retaliate against Israel’s possible air strikes on the Islamic Republic. “Israel’s rhetoric about air strike (on Iran) is just psychological warfare, because this regime does not have the power to launch air strikes on Iran. Israel is not capable of posing a serious threat to Iran because it does not have the

IRGC Warns West against Invasion of Iran

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) warned West against any invasion of Iran, and stressed that the Iranian nation would stand up to any possible aggression by hegemonic powers, alluding to the US and its allies. In a statement issued on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988), the IRGC underlined full preparedness of the Iranian nation to defend the country.

Bin Laden threatens Iraq’s Shiites in new video

(AFP) – Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden branded Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki a “traitorous apostate” in new video that threatens the Shiite Muslim majority in the violence-ravaged country. The 81-minute documentary-style video was made public on Thursday by the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors Islamist websites.In it, bin Laden talks of a succession of US-backed government in Iraq since Saddam Hussein was overthrown in 2003 and taunts

US troops detain Iranian official

Press TV reports that Iraqi officials have said that a member of an Iranian delegation has been kidnapped by US forces in the city of Sulaimaniya, northern Iraqi. The Iranian official was detained at around 4.00 am after US troops raided the Sulaimaniyah Palace hotel, said Jamal Abdullah an Iraqi official, adding that the detainee was a member of an Iranian commercial delegation visiting the northern city. US forces in

Bush, Iran and Israel’s hidden hand

By Kathleen and Bill Christison* Former CIA analysts Kathleen and Bill Christison argue that a US and/or Israeli attack on Iran to bring about regime change and strengthen US and Israeli dominion over the Middle East is likely to take place before the Bush administration leaves office unless a concerted effort is made to impeach Bush and Cheney. The internet is loaded these days with reports of the inevitability of

“We will not let Israel do a damn thing as easily as it does its propaganda”

TEHRAN — A senior Air Force commander said if the Zionist regime of Israel dares to launch an air attack, Iran will strongly retaliate.Speaking to Fars News Agency on Wednesday, Brigadier General Mohammad Alavi, Army’s deputy Air Force commander for operations, rejected allegations by Zionists that Iran cannot do anything if Israel hits Iran with cruise missiles.“Our armed forces are well-prepared to give a crushing response to Israel if it

Israel’s Agenda For Ethnic Cleansing and Transfer

by Victoria Buch The prime ethnic cleansing tool is, forever, land grab of Palestinian property in conjunction with expansion of settlements. The stage for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians has been set in the Occupied Territories, and ethnic cleansing is in progress. At present, this is the major project of the state of Israel. For an impartial person of medium intelligence, a tour of the Occupied Territories may be sufficient to

Pakistan’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman condemns French war threat to Iran

ISLAMABAD: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed on Wednesday condemned the French government’s threat of a new war with Iran over its nuclear programme. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had said that the world should brace for a possible war over Iran’s nuclear programme. “We’ve to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war,” he had said in a television interview. Mushahid, in a statement, said it

Interview with Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini

By Franak Amidi, Press TV, Tehran Q: It seems that the United States has found a new European ally and that the Anglo-American and Franco-German alliances don’t exist any longer. France has adopted a hostile stance against Iran, especially toward its role in the Middle East. What is Iran’s reaction to the shift in French foreign policy? A: Perhaps it is the Western media, which issues statements, suggesting that France

Bolton: U.S. backs Israeli pre-emption

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that John Bolton said America would back Israeli strikes against neighboring nuclear aspirants. The United States would stand behind any pre-emptive attack by Israel on neighboring countries believed to have nuclear weapons programs, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said in an interview published Tuesday in the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot. Bolton’s remarks following Israel’s alleged air raid Sept. 6 in Syria

Adm. Fallon Presses Case Against Iran

Bahrain (AP) — The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East is pressing Arab allies to form a more united front against Iran, seen by Washington as the region’s long-term threat. At military compounds and royal reception halls across the Persian Gulf, Adm. William Fallon is delivering personal appeals to Arab leaders to counter Iran’s ambitions to expand its regional influence and move ahead with its nuclear program. Fallon

Lavrov warns Kouchner over Iran comments

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Acting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday told visiting French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner that neither military force nor unilateral sanctions were acceptable in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program. Kouchner, a prominent member of the European left and the co-founder of Doctors Without Borders, was received warmly by human rights groups, which praised his strong interest in the situation in the North Caucasus and Chechnya in

America Is No More

By Paul Craig Roberts 09/18/07 “ICH” — — Naive Americans who think they live in a free society should watch this video filmed by students at a John Kerry speech September 17, Constitution Day, at the University of Florida in Gainesville. At the conclusion of Kerry’s speech, Andrew Meyer, a 21-year old journalism student was selected by Senator Kerry to ask a question. Meyer held up a copy of BBC

Banks recruited to wage financial war on Teheran

David Blair America is waging a financial war on Iran designed to isolate its economy from the world banking system and compel Teheran to abandon its nuclear programme. Step by step, the US Treasury is tightening the noose by persuading European and Japanese banks to join their American counterparts and stop conducting any transactions for Iranian clients. Deutsche Bank was the latest to begin closing all accounts held by any

How the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps plans to fight

The following is a partial transcript of an interview with former IRGC Commander (now advisor for military affairs to the Supreme Leader of Iran) which which aired on Channel 2, Iranian TV on November 12, 2006: General Yahya Rahim Safavi: The Shahab 3 missiles, which were fired with a cluster warhead, deviated a few meters [from the target]. Considering the extent of the explosion, a few meters is… Interviewer: Is

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Warns West Over Iran

MOSCOW — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday warned against the use of force in Iran and against unilateral sanctions to pressure Tehran for its peaceful nuclear program. “We are convinced that no modern problem has a military solution, and that applies to the Iranian nuclear program as well,” Lavrov said after talks with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. “We are seriously concerned about increasingly frequent reports that military

U.S. Banks Brace for Storm Surge as Dollar and Credit System Reel

By MIKE WHITNEY By now, you’ve probably seen the photos of the angry customers queued up outside of Northern Rock Bank waiting to withdraw their money. This is the first big run on a British bank in over a century. It’s lost an eighth of its deposits in three days. The pictures are headline news in the U.K. but have been stuck on the back pages of U.S. newspapers. The