Media: On Iran, SPLC’s ‘Extremist’ Is NPR’s ‘Expert’

8 February 2017 — FAIR

NPR: Did Iran's Ballistic Missile Test Violate A U.N. Resolution?NPR’s report on Iran turned for analysis to what the SPLC describes as “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.”

Last week, the Trump administration began ratcheting up hostilities with Iran, nominally in response to a ballistic missile test in late January. NPR (2/2/17) dutifully reported Trump’s announcement of new sanctions on Iran, framing the issue as the Trump White House responding to an Iranian “provocation” in regards to Iran’s agreement with the UN, rather than simply executing long-held plans. A follow-up explainer by international correspondent Peter Kenyon (2/3/17) would muddy the waters further and use an incredibly dodgy source to do so.

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Iran Is Falling To A Nuclear Agreement Trap By Akbar E. Torbat

5 May 2015 — Countercurrents.org

As it appears, using the strategy of coercive diplomacy, the US and EU have been successful to force the clerics in Tehran to dismantle the vital parts of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. Coercive diplomacy possesses three elements, a demand, a threat, and time pressure.1 To apply this strategy, the US and EU have imposed a set of economic sanctions along with threats of force while negotiating to dismantle Iran’s nuclear facilities by an urgent deadline. The primary contender, the United States, has taken advantage of its position of power to impose its will on a weak developing nation ruled by a clerical regime. It wants to block the progress of a nation in an important advanced technology by interfering in the country’s energy policy. Since coming to the office in February 17, 2015, the US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, has threatened to use bunker-busting bombs to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. 2 His predecessor Chuck Hagel had advocated direct negotiations with Iran and opposed military strikes, however under pressures by Israel Lobby, he resigned in mid-November 2014.

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Iran 1953: US Envoy to Baghdad Suggested to Fleeing Shah He Not Acknowledge Foreign Role in Coup

2 July 2014 — National Security Archive

Shah “Agreed,” Declassified Cable Says

Document Casts Doubt over Accuracy of US Reports from Tehran — and Adds to Debate over Responsibility for the Coup

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National Security Archive: “The Battle for Iran,” 1953: Re-Release of CIA Internal History Spotlights New Details about anti-Mosaddeq Coup

27 June 2014 — National Security Archive

U.S. Ambassador Loy Henderson and Some CIA Officials Initially Disagreed with Certain Premises of Coup Planners

Declassified History Implies British Ties to the Operation, Criticizes London’s Policies in Period Leading up to the Overthrow

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US moves inciting sectarian warfare throughout the Middle East By James Cogan

23 June 2014 — WSWS

The Obama administration is responding to the uprising in Iraq led by the Sunni extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with intrigues and provocations that can lead only to yet more death and destruction in both Iraq and Syria, and risk triggering open war with Iran.

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Washington escalates intervention in region-wide Middle East war By Bill Van Auken

21 June 2014 — WSWS

With nearly 600 Green Beret “advisors” and other US troops in or set to be sent to Iraq over the coming days, the Pentagon announced Friday that it is negotiating rules of engagement that the regime in Baghdad rejected two-and-a-half years ago, before the final pullout of the American military.

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Iran 1953: The Strange Odyssey of Kermit Roosevelt’s “Countercoup”

12 May 2014 — National Security Archive

CIA Approved Ex-Agent’s Memoir of “28 Mordad” Coup After Changes Rendered It “Essentially a Work of Fiction”

1979 Publication Delayed by Legal Threats from British Petroleum, Iran Hostage Crisis
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Former Israeli Nuke Chief: Iran Is 10 Years Away from Having the Bomb

10 May 2014 — Washington’sBlog

… And May Not Even Want to Build One

Ynet reports:

An insider in Israel’s nuclear program believes that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is employing needless fearmongering when it comes to Iran’s atomic aspirations, in order to further his own political aims. Continue reading this...

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An Attack on Iran is Still on the Pentagon’s Drawing Board. Israel Prepares to Launch “The First Strike” By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

21 March 2014 — Global Research

Under the title “Netanyahu orders IDF to prepare for possible strike on Iran during 2014?, Haaretz confirms that a war on Iran is still contemplated and that Israel is actively preparing to launch a first strike, despite talks between the West and Iran concerning Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

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What if NYT Factchecked Netanyahu’s Claims? By Peter Hart

12 March 2014 — FAIR Blog

Netanyahu weapons shipmentIsrael made headlines last week when it intercepted a ship that it claimed was carrying a shipment of Iranian weapons to Gaza. The supposed contents of the ship were put on display yesterday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an event that was dubbed “a public relations spectacle” by the New York Times‘ Isabel Kershner (3/11/14). (Kershner ought to recognize a public relations spectacle when she sees one, since her spouse’s job is creating PR strategies for Israel–FAIR Action Alert, 5/16/12.)

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Is Netanyahu Certifiable? By Alan Hart

27 January 2014 — Alan Hart

NetanyahuThe expanded and most explicit form of my headline question is this. Is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu of sound mind and knowingly talking propaganda nonsense about threats to Israel’s security in order to fool the world including most of its Jews, or, is he unbalanced, mentally disturbed, even clinically insane? I ask because his rubbishing in Davos of the most important speech any Iranian leader has made since the revolution which brought the mullahs to power 35 years ago sent me to bed recalling something my father said to me when I was a very young boy. “There are none so blind as those who don’t want to see.”

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White House tightens enforcement of Iran sanctions amid meetings with Israelis By Philip Weiss

16 December 2013 — Mondoweiss

What is the role of Israel in shaping US foreign policy? The White House has now tightened its enforcement of sanctions on Iran, potentially threatening the breakthrough deal with Iran, in the midst of high-level meetings between White House security officials and Israeli officials, at the White House.

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Reflections on the Iran nuclear deal By Ismael Hossein-zadeh

11 December 2013 — Asia Times Online

The interim nuclear agreement that was signed on November 24 by Iran and the so-called P5+1 group in Geneva is questionable on a number of grounds. 
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Israel Aims to Sabotage the Geneva Agreement with Iran By Dimitri Minin

6 December 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Israel is stepping up its efforts to sabotage the agreements reached in Geneva on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program. On December 1 the head of the Israeli military intelligence agency AMAN, Amos Yadlin, and former CIA director Michael Hayden simultaneously and in unison, although in different parts of the world, stated that Iran has already crossed the nuclear threshold and is ready to «build several nuclear bombs in a matter of weeks». In their opinion, requirements for the further denuclearization of Iran should be made significantly stricter.

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