Iran Newslinks 5-8 December 2011

8 December 2011 —

8 December 2011

Iran displays captured US drone
BBC News Today at 16:09
Iranian TV shows the first video footage of an advanced unmanned US drone aircraft that Tehran says it shot down near the Afghan border.

The West Aims to Turn the Entire Global South into a Failed State
Dissident Voice Today at 16:01
The economic collapse that began in 2008, that was duly declared unpredictable and thoroughly unforeseen across the entire Western media, was, in fact, anything but. Indeed, the capitalist cycle of expansion and collapse has repeated itself so often, over hundreds of years, that its existence is openly accepted across the whole spectrum of economic thought, including in the mainstream – which refers to it, in deliberately understated terms, as the ‘business cycle’. Only those who profit from our ignorance of this dynamic – the billionaire profiteers and their paid stooges in media and government – try to deny it.

US secrets in Iran’s hands: Commando raid an option? Today at 11:11
After the CIA lost control of a surveillance drone over Iran, US officials decided against sending a team to retrieve or destroy its remains. However that was before Tehran announced its military was behind the downing…

War clouds gather in the Middle East
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
While Israel basks in the American generosity of sanctions that are wearing down Iran’s economy, civil unrest rocks its regional allies and sabotage blunts Tehran’s nuclear and weapons programs. Tel Aviv is also focused on closing gaps in its high-tech missile shields, which fits with predictions of a strike on Iran by the second half of next year, although a war in Gaza may be needed first. – Victor Kotsev (Dec 8, ’11)

THE ROVING EYE : The Dead Drone sketch
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
The Central Intelligence Agency’s drone that went down in Iran is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet its industrial-military complex maker! It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace in a Shi’ite paradise! Its metabolic processes are now history, it’s shuffled off its mortal coil … but don’t tell the CIA. – Pepe Escobar (Dec 8, ’11)

War on Iran has already begun By Seumas Milne
William Today at 10:20
They don’t give up. After a decade of blood-drenched failure in Afghanistan and Iraq, violent destabilisation of Pakistan and Yemen, the devastation of Lebanon and slaughter in Libya, you might hope the US and its friends had had their fill of invasion and intervention in the Muslim world.

U.S. Made Covert Plan to Retrieve Iran Drone
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 07:35

7 December 2011
Saudi Faults Israel/Iran for Arms Race Yesterday at 19:10
A prominent Saudi leader says his country might have to develop a nuclear bomb if Israel’s nuclear arsenal is not dismantled and if Iran is not dissuaded from obtaining nukes, an indication that oil-rich Saudi Arabia sees the WMD threat as coming from Israel as well as Iran, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry Prince Turki bin Faisal, a prominent member of the Saudi royal family, has cited Israel’s existing nuclear arsenal as well as Iran’s alleged pursuit of an A-bomb as justification for…

Iran Warns of Wider Response to US Spy Missions
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts) Yesterday at 16:01
Iran has shot down over a dozen US drones during the last few years.

WAR ON IRAN. HAS IT ALREADY STARTED? US, Israeli Covert Ops Targeting Iran Yesterday at 14:30
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

US spy drone downed in Iran
World Socialist Web Site Yesterday at 13:30
The incident is another piece of evidence pointing to a mounting campaign of aggressive covert operations by the US and Israel against Iran.

BREAKING NEWS: Downed CIA Stealth Drone Marks Another Step Towards America’s War On Iran Yesterday at 12:01
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Israel Brandishes Drones Amid Reports Of Impending Attack On Iran? Yesterday at 11:03
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Terrorists can also bestow favors
Asia Times Online Yesterday at 11:00
On the Afghan chessboard, it is impossible to accept Tuesday’s twin terror strikes on Shi’ite worshipers at face value. The ugly specter of sectarian killings is a sudden departure from even the darkest days of the past decade. The party that stands to lose most from escalating tensions is the Taliban, with Iran and Pakistan big losers too. United States interests are, paradoxically, very well served if Western troops become the only credible provider of security in Afghanistan. – M K Bhadrakumar (Dec 7, ’11)

Iran prepares to strike back
Asia Times Online Yesterday at 11:00
Increasingly aggressive responses to bombings and assassinations inside Iran that were almost certainly directed by foreign agents and which killed scores of people suggest the rising ire of the Iranian government, the political ascendancy of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, and most ominously, the likelihood of sharper hostilities in the region. These could include encouraging Shi’ite uprisings in the Gulf, attacking United States personnel, and a wave of bombings against Israel and its US and Saudi allies. – Brian M Downing (Dec 7, ’11)

Iran Cautions Oil Ban Sends World Prices to over $250
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts) Yesterday at 06:01
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast: ‘As soon as such an issue is raised seriously, the oil price would soar to above $250 a barrel.’

6 December 2011
The common cause of Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad

occupation magazine – articles 06/12/2011 at 23:59
Khaled Diab – Haaretz – Both Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad have, ironically, found common cause in mutual confrontation to manufacture domestic consent. That is not to say that the concerns and worries of the Iranian and Israeli peoples are entirely unjustified, but their two governments are going about resolving the issues in the wrong way, only furthering their peoples` international isolation.

Wars for Profits: A No-Nonsense Guide to Why the United States Seeks to Make Iran an International Pariah
The Greanville Post 06/12/2011 at 20:34
By Stephen Gowans, What’s Left
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his unfortunate utterances on Israel have given the imperial vultures grist for their propaganda mills. 
Flipping idly through my morning newspaper, my eyes fell upon a headline, which, given its significance, should have appeared on the front page, but instead was tucked away at the back, on page A9.

Russia Bashing
The Greanville Post 06/12/2011 at 18:34
By Stephen Lendman
On December 4, parliamentary elections were held to fill 450 State Duma seats, Russia’s Federal Assembly lower house.  With nearly all votes counted, RIA Novosti said Medvedev/Putin’s United Russia party won 238 seats, falling slightly below a majority with 49.67% of the vote.

Iran recovers secret CIA spy drone 06/12/2011 at 18:02
Officials in the US are now scrambling over the intel that could fall into the hands of Iran and its allies after a surveillance aircraft originally reported downed over Iran is being revealed as a top-secret stealth…

SINOGRAPH : East and West at a crossroads
Asia Times Online 06/12/2011 at 11:00
As Europe shifts towards political unification and the United States hints at recovery, China has cut its interest rates. But the fate of those sweeping changes rests on how each power deals with rising Middle East tensions. The US needs to balance reining in Iran with backing of the Arab Spring and Israel, while Beijing should gaze beyond domestic stability. For Brussels, the challenge rests on intervention. – Francesco Sisci (Dec 6, ’11)

Bonn 0 + Iran
Asia Times Online 06/12/2011 at 11:00
From transition to transfiguration is an apt description of where fragile Afghanistan is heading, with intense regional rivalries, exhausted foreign donors, internal corruption and a sustained insurgency plaguing the country with violence and fear. In this complex situation, the United States and Iran – both in attendance at the Bonn summit on Afghanistan – have every reason to put aside their differences and open a new dialogue on regional security. – Kaveh L Afrasiabi (Dec 6, ’11)

US ‘concerned’ about drone loss
BBC News 06/12/2011 at 03:19
The US says it is concerned at the the loss of a Sentinel unmanned drone near the border with Iran, which Tehran says it shot down.

Michel Chossudovsky: My recommendation is regime change in the United States of America (2005)
Dandelion Salad 06/12/2011 at 01:27
Dandelion Salad Chossudovsky: The Dangers of Nuclear War and Threats Against Iran GlobalResearchTV on Dec 5, 2011 Professor Michel Chossudovsky gives a speech at the Perdana Global Peace Forum in 2005. Chossudovsky states that ‘Osama bin Laden and the Taliban were identified as the prime suspects of the 9/11 attacks, without a shred of evidence’ […]

5 December 2011
VIDEO: The Dangers of Nuclear War and Threats Against Iran 05/12/2011 at 20:17
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Oil price back up on Iran fears
BBC News 05/12/2011 at 16:34
Improvements in the global economy and tensions in Iran, the world’s fourth-largest oil producer, push up the price of oil.

Bipartisanship Strikes Again
Dissident Voice 05/12/2011 at 16:00
It’s a common theme whenever pundits discuss our dysfunctional political system and the ‘gridlock’ in Washington. Oh, how horrible it is that the two parties are at each others’ throats all the time. Shame on all of them for not being able to work together on behalf of the voters who put them in office and fix the problems they were elected to fix. If only we could elect more ‘centrists’ who care more about getting things done than they do about pandering to their respective bases—THEN we could start making progress and get the country rolling again.

War With Iran: A Provocation Away?
Dissident Voice 05/12/2011 at 16:00
Amid conflicting reports that a huge explosion at Iran’s uranium conversion facility in Isfahan occurred last week, speculation was rife that Israel and the United States were stepping-up covert attacks against defense and nuclear installations.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING: “Shadow War” Heating Up. War With Iran: A Provocation Away? 05/12/2011 at 15:53
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Law of dimishing returns catches up to Israel
Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert 05/12/2011 at 14:20
‘Iran strike to paralyze life in Israel’ Former director of the Mossad spy agency Meir Dagan has warned that an Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities would lead to a regional war.

Iran delivers major blow to the CIA
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts) 05/12/2011 at 14:18
Iran delivers major blow to the CIA
The recent success is reinforced by the unraveling of a CIA spy ring in Lebanon operating within the Hezbollah organization.

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