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Europe wearies of Netanyahu’s diversions

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Netanyahu at the UN General Assembly

Anyone say regime change? Israel is losing its friends round the world, Financial Times and Americans for Peace Now agree, because of Netanyahu’s cynical settlement policy

It’s ‘bomb or bombing’ in Iran inside of a year, Israeli leader tells US pol

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The leader of the Democratic congressional campaign committee, Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island, has published a journal of his visit to Israel August 3-9. You’d think the congressman has more important things to do than write up his breathless meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu amid “a cauldron of pressure,” but the congressman is a major

Hamas is ISIS for dummies

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As you are surely aware, the gruesome murders of American journalists by the Islamic state group in Iraq and Syria have been seized on by demagogues to argue that the US must go to war in the Middle East. Chris Matthews has championed a “nationalistic response” to the killings and faulted Barack Obama for not

Former Israeli general: failed peace talks won’t lead to doom

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A former Israeli general predicted that peace talks with the Palestinian Authority would fail. Amos Yadlin, the head of Israel’s leading strategic think tank, lauded Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to broker a peace deal, but said that “the chance of Kerry succeeding is like my chance to win the lottery if I didn’t buy a

Unravelling the false history of the Iranian nuclear program: An excerpt from ‘Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare’

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On Friday Just World Books published Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare by Gareth Porter. The following exclusive excerpt is the introduction to the book. You can buy the book here.  In November 2013, the United States and five other states concluded a preliminary agreement with Iran on its nuclear program that

Jon Stewart plays ‘Let’s break a deal’ with AIPAC

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Jon Stewart knocks it totally out of the ballpark in this recent episode of the Daily Show. He skewers AIPAC, congress and Israel over AIPAC’s proposed Iran sanctions legislation, and then some. He kills! Bonus a Lindsey Graham imitation to die for– and then a photo of all the senators threatening to vote for more Iran sanctions appears

Simon Wiesenthal Center calls Falk, Walker, Waters, Blumenthal and ASA anti-Semites

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You’d think it’s a parody but it isn’t. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which says it’s devoted to fighting anti-Semitism worldwide because of the Holocaust, has made a year-end list of the “Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs” for 2013 and (no surprise) the victors are a combination of actual anti-Semites and critics of Israeli policy. The American

The Cult in the Shadow War: An Interview with a former member of Mojahedin-e-Khalq

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Masoud Banisadr was an active member of the controversial Iranian opposition group Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK, PMOI) for twenty years, serving as the organizations representative to the United Nations and to the United States during his tenure. The group is largely obscured from public discourse, or more recently veiled in headlines describing them as political dissidents or refugees.

(Updated) Senator Chuck Schumer promises more Iran sanctions, vows to ‘defeat’ Arab world and Palestinians

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer was his usual hawkish self on Sunday evening.  In an address to the OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services gala, Schumer railed against the deal the Obama administration struck with Iran and vowed that Democrats and Republicans would work to pile on more economic pressure on the country. “Democrats and Republicans

The story behind the deal: Israel kept out of the loop as secret US/Iran meetings took place in Oman

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It’s a brand new day. As shares in Gulf markets climb, people are celebrating the historic deal around the world with a collective sigh of relief. U.S. mainstream media reports a “3-decade gridlock broken” and “game-changing rapprochement” it’s lots of doom and gloom over in Israel, they’re not taking any part in “the international celebration“. Details have emerged the U.S.

Neocon attack group uses health care debacle to say Obama can’t be trusted on Iran

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The Emergency Committee for Israel is warning that President Barack Obama can’t keep promises–whether it’s on health care or Iran.  The neoconservative group’s latest video warns that the American people can’t trust the president, and that he’s the one marching towards a war with Iran. It’s the latest salvo from right-wingers seeking to scuttle a

‘The goal is to isolate Iran’–Jamal Abdi breaks down Israel’s opposition to the Geneva talks

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The collapse of diplomacy in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program has strengthened the resolve of those who want to continue to inflict economic pressure on the country. The Anti-Defamation League said yesterday that additional economic pressure should be inflicted on the Islamic Republic. Israel’s Economy Minister, Naftali Bennett, is due to arrive in Washington, D.C.

Iran’s nuclear rights vs. the West’s ‘bombastic diplomacy’

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Reports following the end of the most recent round of talks between six world powers and Iran in Geneva early Sunday morning revealed that, while a preliminary deal was close at hand, the failure to produce a workable agreement was due to unnecessary, last minute intransigence by the French delegation, led by Laurent Fabius, France’s foreign minister. Fabius, much to the ire of the other

Hagel tells Goldberg: Netanyahu threats brought Iran to the table

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Wanting to see if any US official would have the nuts to back up a widely-publicized statement by John Kerry in favor of negotiations with Iran, which has been widely perceived as criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bloomberg reporter and frequent Israel apologist, Jeffrey Goldberg got an interview with Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel.

The lobby grants Obama a grace period on Iran

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Four U.S. Jewish organizations are said to be giving the Obama administration a 60-day interval to get Iran to comply with western demands before the four groups turn the screws on Congress to tighten sanctions against Iran. Is that really how things work in Washington? The US media has been silent on this question even

It’s time to put an end to Israel’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ nuclear policy

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The negotiations this week in Geneva between Iran and the “P5+1” (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — plus Germany) offer a promising vehicle for avoiding another destructive war. The talks came on the heels of a virtual uprising by the American people

Western diplomat: Netanyahu ‘out of step’ with the mood of detente toward Iran

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Reuters reports on Netanyahu’s failure to churn up momentum towards war with Iran. If anything he is losing ground as hopes for a diplomatic detente has taken over. Reuters: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week that Iran’s new president was a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, but he himself looked increasingly like a lone

Netanyahu’s tale of Iranian deception debunked by British diplomat

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When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sauntered up to the world stage yesterday, he asserted that his views about Iranian President Hassan Rouhani were “facts,” which are “stubborn things.” But a British diplomat writing in LobeLog casts considerable doubt on one of Netanyahu’s central claims: that Rouhani himself wrote that he duped the West while

Israel’s painful concessions are like Iran’s nuclear weapon — a fantasy

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. An original take on Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the United Nations yesterday is hard to find.  It isn’t easy to creatively analyze United Nations’ kitsch. Kitsch can be sentimental.  Netanyahu’s speech had