Iranian Ship, in Plain View but Shrouded in Mystery, Looks Very Familiar to U.S.

NYT – Iran is building a nonworking mock-up of an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that United States officials say may be intended to be blown up for propaganda value.

Intelligence analysts studying satellite photos of Iranian military installations first noticed the vessel rising from the Gachin shipyard, near Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf, last [...]

Population Wars

What country has a lower birthrate than London or Paris? Answer after the break.

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The Roots of the Saudi-Israeli Entente

Wallerstein is a world systems historian so he usually has holes in his analysis, but this one? Nope. I can go all the way with it. I just wish he’d addressed the de-facto entente between Israel and the Saudis.

In the 90s we had a full blown de jure and de facto entente between Israel [...]

Let’s make a deal! Iran runs the table

UPDATE 2-Iran names 7 Western oil companies it wants to return

Dec 4 (Reuters) – Iran on Wednesday named seven Western oil companies it wants back in its vast oil and gas fields if international sanctions are lifted and said it would outline investment terms in April next year.

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh named [...]

Exclusive: Burns led secret US back channel to Iran – the man who made the deal

Very fine work! An excellent use of our tax dollars. This is first rate reporting, exclusive, by the Middle East – Asia news site, Al Monitor and reporter Laura Rozen. The key diplomacy in the Iran deal was conducted by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns. “Deputy” appointments for the various cabinet [...]

Iran Deal Marks Historic Shift in Hostilities with U.S.

Official announcement from Iranian media – Obama makes a deal with Iran and makes history at the same time VIDEO

President Barack Obama made history this weekend by turning around the relationship between the United States and Iran. The deal on Iranian nuclear production reverses a decades-long period of mutual hostility. The apogee of [...]

From China – FM says talks at critical stage

From the Agonist World Press link:

BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) — Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said Saturday the Geneva international talks on the Iranian nuclear issue have reached the final moment.

Hong said in a press release that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi left Beijing for Geneva early Saturday [...]

Iran Nukes – Does this mean there’s a deal?

U.S. Secretary of State and Russian Foreign Minister head for Geneva

Let’s make a deal: U.S Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Larov head to Geneva negotiations Friday night

Earlier today, reports said that Secretary of state John Kerry would not be joining the Geneva talks on the Iran-United States, [...]

Iraqi group claims mortar attack on Saudi Arabia

Shias protest mistreatment in Bahrain by Saudi ally.

The conflict in Syria is spreading, without any doubt. Al-Akahbar reports that an Iraqi group fired six mortar rounds into a ” remote area of northeastern Saudi Arabia” as a warning to Saudis about their treatment of Shias. That would include the Shias in this [...]

Syria – The Unraveling for Turkey’s PM Erdogan

Prime Minister Erdogan, Turkey DonkeyHotey

One of the first initiatives of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was a foreign policy based on “zero problems with neighbors.” From his selection as Prime Minister in 2003, Erdogan led efforts to resolve Iran’s conflicts with the West over the Iranian nuclear program. The regime also formed a tight [...]

Barbaric alliance – Report Saudis align with Israel to attack Iran

“Israel is working on coordinating plans for a possible military strike with Saudi Arabia, with Riyadh prepared to provide tactical support to Jerusalem, a British newspaper [The Times] reported early Sunday.

“The two countries have both united in worry that the West may come to terms with Iran, easing sanctions and [...]

Why low key US response to Hezbollah and Iran Guards in big battle for Aleppo, Syria?

U.S. Department of State, Daily Press Briefing, Nov 12, Jen Psaki, Wash,, DC.

The low key reaction by the United States Department of State to recent events in the battle for Syria’s second largest city, Aleppo, reveals a shift in U.S. policy on the Syrian conflict. It looks like the Syrian rebel [...]

Two views why France obstructs the US-Iran rapprochement – for now

The United States and Iran were poised to turn around decades of useless conflict at Geneva negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. The Geneva meetings began with European Union foreign ministers at the table with Iran. Things moved so quickly, Secretary of State Kerry was called away from meetings in Israel to finalize the deal.

The [...]

Obama pivots on his axis – once evil Iran is now in rehab

The Obama administration appears to be making tentative gestures that acknowledge value of the diplomatic overture by Iran’s new President Mohammed Rouhani. (Image)

Former President George W. Bush and the hacks that wrote his speeches gave us the dreaded axis of evil, three nations devoted to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Iran, North Korea, [...]

Cracks in the wall – Israel lobby goes after Netanyahu

Any signs of openness to peace rather than war is welcomed. This is a pretty gutsy approach for a U.S. lobbying group in behalf of Israel. But, whatever it takes to eliminate the war mongers, war economy, and mechanisms of ultimate destruction. Three cheers for J Street!!!

From the Jerusalem Post: J Street, [...]