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The United States of Israel

  • March 04, 2015
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There is no polite way to say this, but Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the most repellent and dangerous politicians in the world today.     He is a man who trades on fear and war, a cynical and amoral manipulator without a trace of honesty in his entire body,   who lies as easily as he breathes.   In 2012 he warned the United Nations that Iran was a year away from manufacturing a bomb, even though his own security services had told him something entirely different,

Last year he deliberately used the...

Syria: The Strategy of Blood

  • June 28, 2014
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If the twists and turns of US foreign policy in the Middle East were ever presented to a Hollywood producer as a script for a movie or a tv drama, it would very likely be sent back for serious revision because of  its plot  contradictions and sheer implausibility.

Imagine your wannabe scriptwriter explaining that the US...

Iran and the US: Friends at Last?

Iran and the US: Friends at Last?

  • November 25, 2013
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In a period of unrelenting gloom in the Middle East, the deal reached between Iran and the 5+1 countries is a positive development for various reasons.

Firstly, it lays the basis for the diplomatic resolution of a festering and extremely dangerous confrontation that has threatened for more than a decade to turn into an all-out regional...

Sanctions: War that Doesn’t Speak its Name

Sanctions: War that Doesn’t Speak its Name

  • January 14, 2013
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In today’s Guardian, Julian Borger and Saeed Kamali Deghan report on the impact on ordinary Iranians of sanctions imposed by the ‘international community’ to pressure the regime into abandoning its nuclear program.    The article describes how

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians with serious illnesses have been put at imminent risk by the unintended consequences of...

Barack Obama gives the world a hug

  • September 26, 2012
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You have to hand it to Barack Obama – the guy can talk.     When George W. Bush appeared on the world stage,   the spoilt frat-boy was always embarrassingly visible beneath the presidential veneer, and his attempts to sound statesmanlike were often undermined by the disturbing smirk that tended to accompany even his...

Netanyahu’s Folly

  • September 17, 2012
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There’s a good article by David Remnick in the New Yorker on the horrendous Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempt to manipulate the US election campaign and drag the US and the West into an all-out war with Iran.

As few people can be unaware, Netanyahu has been pressing the US and the West to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities...

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