Iran Newslinks 19-20 December 2011

19 December 2011 —

19 December 2011
US: Iran a year away from nukes, strike ‘not off the table’ Today at 17:36
Washington is not ruling out a military operation against Tehran if it gets wind of an Iranian nuke program, declared US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The US believes Iran could develop a nuclear bomb in under a year.

Culture and the Right Hand of the State
Dissident Voice Today at 16:00
Between 24-27 November 2011, the Government of Israel held ‘Israeli Film Days’ at Filmbase in Temple Bar, Dublin’s ‘cultural quarter’.In advance of this event, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) requested Filmbase to reconsider its decision to host the festival:

Pentagon Chief: U.S. Can Launch “Preemptive” Strike In Iran Today at 14:44
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

‘Iran cannot be scared out of having nukes’ Today at 11:32
Nothing can stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but the country does not have them yet, and has probably stopped trying to make them, Hans Blix, former Head of International Atomic Energy Agency (1981 – 1997),…

German Arms Go East
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 11:06
The 2010 German government’s annual Defense Exports Report reaffirmed the trend to extention that had already been confirmed by Stockholm International Peace Institute (SIPRI)… It’s the geography of German arms exports that catches an eye. The two directions are becoming more and more distinct: first – the Persian Gulf, second – South, South-East Asia. Those who in theory could join anti-Iran or anti-China coalition…

Tragedy feared over camp closure
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
The United States and the United Nations are trying to convince the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian opposition group, to relocate from its camp in Iraq to another location in the country. There are concerns that MEK members will clash with Iraqi security forces or commit mass suicide if they don’t move out by the end-December deadline. – Barbara Slavin (Dec 20, ’11)

US urges Iran to free alleged spy
BBC News Today at 03:48
Washington asks Tehran to free ‘without delay’ a US man of Iranian descent who confessed on state TV to working a CIA spy.

UN nuke officials invited to Iran Today at 00:21
UN nuclear officials have been invited to Iran according to some sources quoted by AP. However, it is not yet clear if they will be able to get down to the key issue of Tehran’s alleged development of nuclear weapons.

19 December 2011
Obama voices Venezuela concerns

BBC News Yesterday at 19:50
US President Barack Obama accuses Venezuela of threatening democratic values ahead of elections next year and criticises its ties to Cuba and Iran.

Freedom for Journalists Platform of Turkey, “The Committee to Protect Journalists Is Mistaken About Turkey” Yesterday at 18:07
An effort by an international media organization to manipulate numbers and thereby belittle the gravity of the situation in Turkey would cast a dark shadow on the universal struggle for freedom of the press. We, as the Freedom for Journalists Platform of Turkey, condemn your report claiming that only eight journalists are in jail because of their professional activities. Accepting your figure as the truth would mean agreeing with those who have charged the remaining 56 (in jail for long periods of time, even though the trials of many are yet to start) with terroristic activities. This would harm those journalists and influence the judicial process. . . . There is one more thing we have failed to understand. Why has the CPJ refused to use for Turkish journalists the criteria it used in declaring that 42 journalists are in jail in Iran?

Cyber war leads to capture of CIA spy in Iran Yesterday at 17:39
The budding cyber war between America and Iran could be quickly transcending off of computer networks and into the real world, with the US allegedly putting boots on the ground. Iranian state television is reporting…

America’s Future: Russia and China Use Copyright Laws to Crush Government Criticism
Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert Yesterday at 17:36
America Mimics Russia, China, Iran and Malaysia

Mass Tragedy Feared as Closure of MEK Camp Looms
Iraq: Beyond the Green Zone – INTER PRESS SERVICE Yesterday at 16:38
The Barack Obama administration and the United Nations are struggling to convince the leadership of the Mujaheddin-e Khalq (MEK), an Iranian opposition group with cult-like characteristics, to vacate a camp in Iraq and allow residents to move to another location in the country or risk the lives of as many as 3,200 people.

Empires Don’t Apologize
Dissident Voice Yesterday at 16:00
After first denying that the Iranian military had captured the CIA’s RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone, and then reluctantly acknowledging the fact only after PressTV aired footage of the killer bot, the Associated Press reported that ‘the Obama administration said Monday it has delivered a formal request to Iran’ that they return it.

U.S. Policies Motivate Iran to Obtain a Nuclear Weapon
Dissident Voice Yesterday at 16:00
When the United States sent the B-29 Superfortress bomber, Elona Gay, to drop ‘Little Boy’ on an unwary Hiroshima and ushered in the nuclear age, its administration neglected to plan for a major concern; how to prevent nuclear proliferation. America could not effectively deter the Soviet Union and China from developing a nuclear capability and maybe it did not want its British and French allies from feeling deprived.

Russian investors’ expertise in Iranian oilfield Yesterday at 14:04
Russian and Iranian companies have signed a $1bn deal to develop the Zagheh oil field in Southern Iran. The deal between Taftneft and a division of the National Iranian Oil Company will provide expertise to expand…

Kuwaiti amir to visit Iran at Ahmadinejad’s invitation
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 12:19

How Iran outsmarted the US on Iraq
Asia Times Online Yesterday at 11:00
United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s suggestion that the withdrawal of troops from Iraq deserves to go down in the annals as a US military success story ignores the fact that a semi-permanent military presence was the preferred outcome. The real story behind the departure is how the US was beaten by deception and diplomacy. – Gareth Porter (Dec 19, ’11)

Iran airs CIA spy’s confession
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 03:19

Prisoners` claims of torture shed new light on IDF interrogation methods
occupation magazine – articles 18/12/2011 at 23:59
Tomer Zarchin–New revelations have come to light on the methods of Unit 504, the Intelligence Corps unit in charge of interrogating prisoners. The methods became public following claims of torture by Iraqi refugees questioned in Israel and by Mustafa Dirani – a captor of Israeli airman Ron Arad. dn

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Posted 20th December 2011 by InI in category Iran

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