Meddling in Iran by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
June 19, 2009

So the Republican Scream Machine, this time both in Congress and on the airwaves, are screaming that President Obama should “do something about Iran.” He should be going hammer and tongs on the issue of the obviously stolen election there. Of course if President Obama had done the foolish thing and proclaimed long and loud about what is happening inside Iran, the Republicans would be yelling at him for doing that. But that reality just reflects what the GOP is all about: Just Saying “No” to everything the President says “Yes” to. After all, you can’t blame them, can you? After all, they have nothing positive to offer.

So let’s analyze what previous U.S. meddlings in Iranian affairs have produced, all but one of them the product of Republicans and, in all cases, the product of Republican policies. Before we do that, let’s ask the question why the current GOP crop, the Georgites, and their political residue are so upset with the present Iranian government. After all, I said in BuzzFlash commentary some time ago, George Bush and Mahmoud Ahmedinejad have a lot in common.

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Iranian Elections: The ‘Stolen Elections’ Hoax by Prof. James Petras

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by Prof. James Petras
Global Research, June 18, 2009

“Change for the poor means food and jobs, not a relaxed dress code or mixed recreation… Politics in Iran is a lot more about class war than religion.”
Financial Times Editorial, June 15 2009

Introduction

There is hardly any election, in which the White House has a significant stake, where the electoral defeat of the pro-US candidate is not denounced as illegitimate by the entire political and mass media elite. In the most recent period, the White House and its camp followers cried foul following the free (and monitored) elections in Venezuela and Gaza, while joyously fabricating an ‘electoral success’ in Lebanon despite the fact that the Hezbollah-led coalition received over 53% of the vote.

The recently concluded, June 12, 2009 elections in Iran are a classic case: The incumbent nationalist-populist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (MA) received 63.3% of the vote (or 24.5 million votes), while the leading Western-backed liberal opposition candidate Hossein Mousavi (HM) received 34.2% or (13.2 million votes).

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Kucinich on Iran

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June 19, 2009

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A Different Perspective on the Iranian Elections by Gary Sudborough

Iran Faces Greater Risks Than It Knows By Paul Craig Roberts

For workers’ power and a socialist Iran by Peter Symonds

CIA, Iran and the Election Riots

Some observations on the Iranian presidential election and its aftermath by Phil Wilayto

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UK Foreign Minister Miliband: The long thesis of the conspiracy by foreign powers against Iran is peddled vociferously by the regime

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Propaganda Alert

compiled by Cem Ertür
Featured Writer
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19 June 2009

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“Obviously the long thesis of the conspiracy by foreign powers against Iran is one that is deeply ingrained in the popular imagination and peddled vociferously by the regime. The demonisation of the West, the United States, the UK to some extent, has been a feature of the last 30 years.”


[UK Foreign Minister David Miliband, BBC Radio 4 interview, 16 June 2009] [1]
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CIA Declassifies Report on Israel’s Nukes

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By Walter Pincus
ICH
June 17, 2009 “Washington Post

The 1960 report defends Israel’s nuclear ambitions, offers guidance on handling today’s nuclear-hopefuls.

“We do not believe that Israel will embark on the development of nuclear weapons with the aim of actually starting a nuclear war,” reads the declassified 48-year-old CIA Special National Intelligence Estimate.

The estimate, publicly released June 5 by George Washington University’s National Security Archives, continues, “Possession of a nuclear weapon capability, or even the prospect of achieving it, would clearly give Israel a greater sense of security, self-confidence and assertiveness.”

“In any public announcement concerning their nuclear reactor program, the Israelis would almost certainly stress the peaceful nature of their efforts, but they would also, as time goes on, make plain that henceforth Israel is a power to be accorded more respect than either its friends or its enemies have hitherto given it,” reads the estimate.

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via CIA Declassifies Report on Israel’s Nukes    : Information Clearing House – ICH

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Dr. Michael Hudson: Is this the end financially of the American empire?

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Ground the Airbus? by William John Cox

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by William John Cox
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www.thevoters.org
June 19, 2009

Since entering service in 1974 with many technological innovations, such as computerized fly-by-wire control systems, user-friendly cockpits, and extended use of composite materials, 5,717 aircraft have been manufactured by Airbus, an European aerospace company. More than 5,100 Airbuses remain in service.

Not including losses attributable to terrorism, rebellion or military action, Airbuses have been involved in 23 fatal crashes causing the deaths of 2,584 passengers, crew members and people on the ground. In addition, there have been five nonfatal accidents causing 21 serious injuries.

While the overall number of accidents and fatalities are not disproportionate to the crash experience of Boeing aircraft, three of the Airbus crashes involved a separation of the composite vertical stabilizer (tail fin) from the fuselage. Five hundred, or one in five of the Airbus deaths, including 228 from Air France Flight 447, resulted from these three crashes.

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Six Minutes with the Renegade Economist: Michael Hudson

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February 27, 2009

Weekly conversation and questions to The Renegade Economist. Send your questions to: contact(at)renegadeeconomist.com

via http://www.renegadeeconomist.com/blog/video/six-minutes-with-the-renegade-economist-michael-hudson-special.html

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Twelve Angry White People: Jury Nullification in a Pennsylvania Coal Town by Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
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www.walterbrasch.com
June 18, 2009

The Schuylkill County, Pa., justice system managed to do something that insurance actuaries do with mixed results—it has determined not only the penalty for threats to a human life, but also the value of a human life.

  • Norman E. Nickle, 54, who lived in Pottsville, the county seat, was convicted of killing two teenagers, and sentenced in April to two life terms, without possibility of parole. Nickle’s only defense was that he was high on drugs and alcohol at the time of the murders.
  • Jarrid Finneran, of Shenandoah, was sentenced to 2-1/2 to five years in prison after a jury convicted him in December 2007 of pushing his girlfriend in front of a car. Finneran said that the incident was the result of an accident, was not deliberate, and that he and the victim continued their relationship after the incident. The jury, however, convicted him of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and disorderly conduct.
  • Kyle J. Bluge, 23, of Frackville, admitted he shook a baby in April 2008 to try to stop the boy from crying. A pediatrician testified that the physical abuse resulted in significant brain injuries. Bluge, who will be sentenced Aug. 5, could face 10 to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault.
  • Mark P. Wilner, 40, of Mahanoy City, in June was found guilty of simple assault after a bar fight that led to injuries to the victim who, according to court testimony, had begun the fight by punching a woman. Wilner could be sentenced, June 29, to one to two years in state prison.

However, the life of Luis Eduardo Ramirez-Zavalo, 25, a Mexican who lived and worked in Shenandoah before dying, in June 2008 after a beating by a gang of about a half-dozen drunken Shenandoah High School football players, is worth no more than 23 months in a county jail.

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Kucinich: Fed Deserves Audit First, New Authority Second

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Washington, Jun 17, 2009

Congressman Dennis Kucinich D-OH today made the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of new financial regulations that includes increasing the oversight authority of the Federal Reserve the Fed:

“Before Congress gives the Fed any new authority, we must thoroughly examine the Fed’s response to our current economic crisis.

“Since August 2007 the Fed has intervened in the economy in an extraordinary way, as a result ballooning their balance sheet from $847 billion to more than $2 trillion. Yet, we still don’t know what the Fed has done or who got the money. That is why I introduced the bipartisan HR 2424, which would grant the GAO the authority to audit the Fed’s response to our nation’s economic crisis, a response that has dwarfed the $700 billion TARP program by more than 2 to 1.

“Before we grant the Fed any new authority, we must demand greater transparency from the Fed; an earnest and open audit of the Federal Reserve’s response to the economic crisis would be a significant step in the right direction. We can’t continue to let the Fed operate within a black box.”

Kucinich used the text of HR 2424 in an amendment to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Improvement Act of 2009 during its markup in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The amendment was adopted unanimously. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee is charged with overseeing government policy and often relies on the GAO.

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The Retreat Of The Shadow Lenders: Why Deflation, Not Inflation, Is The Order Of The Day by Dr. Ellen Brown

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