Category Archives: Israel

Iran Won Upfront Sanctions Relief, But With Potential Snags by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington, D.C.
April 4, 2015

DON'T ATTACK IRAN

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Iranian research and development on advanced centrifuges research & development (R&D) remains unresolved

The framework agreement reached on Thursday night clearly gives the P5+1 a combination of constraints on Iran’s nuclear programme that should reassure all but the most bellicose opponents of diplomacy. It also provides the basis for at least a minimum of sanctions relief in the early phase of its implementation that Iran required, but some of the conditions on that relief are likely create new issue between Iran and the Western powers over the process. The agreement’s dependence on decisions by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the penchant of Israeli intelligence for discovering new evidence of illicit Iranian activities will encourage moves to delay or obstruct relief of sanctions.

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The Real Story Behind the Republicans’ Iran Letter by Gareth Porter + Larry Wilkerson: Open Letter to Ayatollah From the Republicans

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
March 13, 2015

Tom "Benedict Arnold" Cotton

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The real story is how enforcers of Likudist policy on Iran used a young Republican politician to try to provoke a breakdown in nuclear talks

The “open letter” from Senator Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican Senators to the leadership of Iran, which even Republicans themselves admit was aimed at encouraging Iranian opponents of the nuclear negotiations to argue that the United States cannot be counted on to keep the bargain, has created a new political firestorm. It has been harshly denounced by Democratic loyalists as “stunning” and “appalling”, and critics have accused the signers of the letter of being “treasonous” for allegedly violating a law forbidding citizens from negotiating with a foreign power.

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The Long History of Israel Gaming the ‘Iranian Threat’ by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
March 5, 2015

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Years before his recent grandstanding in Congress, Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders conjured a threat where one previously didn’t exist

Western news media has feasted on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s talk and the reactions to it as a rare political spectacle rich in personalities in conflict. But the real story of Netanyahu’s speech is that he is continuing a long tradition in Israeli politics of demonising Iran to advance domestic and foreign policy interests.

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The Making of Norman Finkelstein

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Norman Finkelstein giving a talk at Suffolk University in Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is Israel Unfairly Held to a Higher Standard? Norman Finkelstein on Reality Asserts Itself (1/8)

TheRealNews on Dec 24, 2014

Norman Finkelstein and Paul Jay discuss a full page ad in the NYT that says Israel is condemned by liberals for human rights violations while it defends gay rights, and less is said about the persecution of gays by Iran, Hamas and ISIS

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History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery by Gareth Porter + Iran’s Non-Existent Nuke Program

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP, Oct. 17 2014
Washington
October 23, 2014

Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is investigating. Continue reading

Noam Chomsky’s Speech at UN General Assembly October 14, 2014 + Q&A + Gaza and the Prospects for Palestine

Noam Chomsky for PIFAL

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Updated Oct 19, 2014

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Realenlighten on Oct 15, 2014

365th Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

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Chris Hedges, Gaza Rally in NYC: God’s Covenant in the Promised Land + #GazaDayofRage Protests

Palestine Solidarity Rally

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with Chris Hedges

LeighaCohen on Aug 9, 2014

[…] Prior to the rally starting, I was approached by Chris Hedges who mentioned that he had written an 8 minute speech that he wanted to deliver to the thousands of people attending the rally. However, he was told that all of the speakers where being limited to 2 minutes speaking time at the rally.

This is that special speech that Chris Hedges wanted to deliver that day that talked about the historical and religious background to what is the re-occurring violence in the area that the Israelis and Palestinians presently live in. […]

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Chris Hedges Supports BDS + Aftermath of Assault on Gaza Worse Than Operation Cast Lead

Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 35

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Updated: Aug. 9, 2014

with Chris Hedges

Caleb Maupin on Aug 7, 2014

In St. Peters Church on the upper east side of Manhattan, a group of nearly a hundred leading organizers and activists gathered to discuss the upcoming protests in support of Palestine. Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: Hideous. Sadistic. Vicious. Murderous. + Transcript

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Updated: Aug. 8, 2014 and Aug. 11, 2014; added Part 2

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“A Hideous Atrocity”: Noam Chomsky on Israel’s Assault on Gaza & U.S. Support for the Occupation

Scenes from Gaza Crisis 2014

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democracynow on Aug 7, 2014

democracynow – Hideous. Sadistic. Vicious. Murderous. That is how Noam Chomsky describes Israel’s 29-day offensive in Gaza that killed nearly 1,900 people and left almost 10,000 people injured. Chomsky has written extensively about the Israel/Palestine conflict for decades. After Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009, Chomsky co-authored the book, “Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians” with Israeli scholar Ilan Pappé. His other books on the Israel/Palestine conflict include “Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood” and “The Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians.” Chomsky is world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for more than 50 years. Continue reading

Chris Hedges and Linda Sarsour: Examining the “Israel Has A Right to Defend Itself” Narrative + Israel relies on NSA intel for assaults on Palestinians + Rania Masri: Mr. Obama, What is Barbaric? + Greenwald: US Intelligence Supports Israeli Attacks

Rally and March for Gaza 8/2/14

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Aug 5, 2014

Pultizer-Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges and Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour deconstruct the narrative around Israel’s right to defend itself and the media’s depiction of the Gaza assault

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Noam Chomsky: Israel Committing Major War Crimes In Gaza

Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 2

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These videos may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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PressTV News Videos on Aug 2, 2014

Israel has been pressing ahead with heavy offensive on the Gaza Strip amid international condemnation to stop the bloody onslaught. Renowned Jewish American thinker  tells Press TV that Israel has committed major war crimes in Gaza.

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John Pilger: Western media has ‘worthy victims and unworthy victims’ + Israeli Truce to ‘Improve’ Killing Op by Finian Cunningham

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Destroyed buildings in Gaza

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with John Pilger

RT on Aug 2, 2014

Afshin Rattansi goes underground with filmmaker and author John Pilger as he challenges Western mainstream media spin. He warns that ‘to be informed by it is not an option’ because of censorship, omission and distortion of the facts. Whilst other stories overtake it, we find out the death toll in Libya is still rising. We discover why illegal immigrants were prevented from smuggling themselves OUT of Britain. We look at whether Cameron is privatising the NHS by selling it to doctors and nurses. And as the IDF offensive on Gaza continues, are media attitudes softening whilst those of the government harden?

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Alison Weir: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel (must-see)

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Destruction in Gaza, 27 July

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talkingsticktv on Aug 1, 2014

Talk by Alison Weir, Executive Director of If Americans Knew and author of the book Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel recorded July 30, 2014 at the Common Good Cafe at University Temple United Methodist Church in Seattle, WA.

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A War Crime In Progress by Jason Farbma

End the siege

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by Jason Farbma
socialistworker.org
July 14, 2014

ISRAEL’S RELENTLESS pounding of a trapped civilian population in Gaza entered a frightening new phase as its bombing campaign continued into its seventh day. On July 13, the Israeli military dropped leaflets warning the residents of northern Gaza that whoever stayed behind risked being caught in an intensifying barrage of air strikes, prompting a panicked exodus of tens of thousands from the area. Continue reading

Chris Hedges: Israel’s War on American Universities

The Seperation Wall.

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Apr 5, 2014

Excerpts from Chris Hedges’ talk at Northeastern University in support of its now banned Students for Justice in Palestine chapter.

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