Have you heard of the CIA’s Iran mission center? by Vijay Prashad

19 June 2019 — MROnline

Operation AJAX cartoon from the book, Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup that Remade the Middle East. Mike de Seve (Author), Daniel Burwen (Illustrator), Stephen Kinzer (Foreword)

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was adamant—just hours after it happened—that the explosions on two Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers were the responsibility of Iran. Iran did this, he said, and Iran would have to pay the price. The United States government offered no evidence for this claim, apart from a grainy video that showed little that seemed conclusive. Pompeo took no questions.

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How Trump’s “Maximum Pressure” Campaign Against Iran Now Works Against Him

16 June 2019 — Moon of Alabama

There is no evidence that Iran was behind Friday’s attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

There are many parties in the Middle East and in the United States who are interested in goading the U.S. into a military confrontation with Iran. Most of these parties have the capability to launch clandestine attacks on civilian vessels. That the U.S. government would blame Iran for any such attack is obvious. But even Israeli analysts doubt that Iran is responsible for the recent incidents. The German government doubts that video the U.S. presented shows anything of significance. Others point at the suspicious timing of the incident.

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Secret tripartite summit in Jerusalem by Thierry Meyssan

11 June 2019 — Voltaire Network

A summit of the national security advisors from the USA, Israël and Russia has been announced in Jerusalem. The aim of this conference is to untangle the imbroglio around the Axis of Resistance, guarantee the security of all the States in the Middle East, and establish a shared suzerainty of the United States and Russia over all the actors, including Israël.

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Nikolaï Patrouchev and John Bolton meet in Jerusalem, in the presence of Meir Ben-Shabbat.

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Iran calls recent tanker attacks in UAE nothing but ‘Israeli mischief’

14 May 2019 — RT

Iran calls recent tanker attacks in UAE nothing but ‘Israeli mischief’

Al Marzoqah tanker is seen off the Port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2019 © Reuters / Satish Kumar

The recent damage sustained to four commercial vessels off the UAE coast is nothing but Israeli meddling, an Iranian parliamentary spokesman said on Tuesday, as US-Iran tensions in the Persian Gulf continue to heat up.

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Yemeni Military Successes May Boost Secret Peace Negotiations with Saudis by Ahmed Abdulkareem

24 April 2019 — Mint Press

Ansar Allah leader Al-Houthi revealed secret negotiations between Ansar Allah and the Saudi regime to end the Saudi war against Yemen, but hinted that ending the war would require serious will from the Saudi regime to change its vision towards Yemen’s relationship with the kingdom after the war.

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Revealed: The Full Extent of US Arms Deals with Saudi Arabia and UAE Commercial deals tracked by arms monitor prove the US is far more involved in the Yemen war than suspected By Frank Andrews

8 April 2019 — Middle East Eye

Mohammad bin Salman

The United States has struck at least $68.2bn worth of deals for firearms, bombs, weapons systems, and military training with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates since the start of their war in Yemen – billions more than previously reported – according to data collected by an American think tank.

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American Political Circus is Rocked Again By Viktor Mikhin

3 April 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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The American political circus is trembling violently again, in a ring where vultures of every stripe have been caught in a chokehold. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is not thinking of finding a dignified solution anymore – he is simply trying to find a way out of a very difficult situation. Like the mythical Sisyphus, Mueller makes a tremendous effort but fails to move apart all the political vultures, who are equally weary of all the bickering which has made a circus out of the United States.

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US Sabotages UN Attempt at Yemen Ceasefire, as Opposition to War Grows in Congress

4 December 2018 — TRNN

The Trump administration claimed it would seek a ceasefire in Yemen in 30 days, but the US blocked a UN Security Council resolution submitted by Britain. Colonel Larry Wilkerson discusses Congress’ historic vote on a War Powers Resolution bill to force a military withdrawal (inc. transcript).

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