How a Weaker Iran Got the Hegemon to Lift Sanctions by Gareth Porter

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
July 15, 2015

Iranian counter-pressure on the US, through its nuclear programme, finally compelled the Obama administration to begin negotiations

Now that Iran nuclear deal is completed, the attention of western news media and political commentators is predictably focused overwhelmingly on the opposition to the agreement within the US Congress and from Israel and the Saudi-led Sunni Arab coalition.

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The Media Misses the Point on ‘Proxy War’ by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
May 6, 2015

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Map of the modern state of Yemen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The term “proxy war” has experienced a new popularity in stories on the Middle East. Various news sources began using the term to describe the conflict in Yemen immediately, as if on cue, after Saudi Arabia launched its bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen on 25 March.  “The Yemen Conflict Devolves into Proxy War,” The Wall Street Journal headlined the following day.  “Who’s fighting whom in Yemen’s proxy war?” a blogger for Reuters asked on 27 March.

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US-backed Criminal Slaughter in Yemen Revealed by Finian Cunningham + Houthi Arms Bonanza Came From Saleh, Not Iran by Gareth Porter

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Map of the modern state of Yemen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Updated: April 25, 2015

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
April 23, 2015

Former UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, has given an undiplomatic assessment of the crisis in that country, in which he rhetorically explodes Saudi myths “justifying” the US-backed aerial bombing campaign. The Moroccan diplomat told media at the weekend that the ongoing conflict was a direct result of Houthi rebels having been excluded from the political process last year.

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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

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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

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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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Local Syria ceasefires: The way out of a US policy dead end? by Gareth Porter + US to deploy over 400 troops to train Syria insurgents

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
January 17, 2015

US contradictions between the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and realities on the ground have become so acute that US officials began last November discussing a proposal calling for support of local ceasefires between opposition forces and the Assad regime in dozens of locations across Syria.

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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

The Iranian Nuclear Weapons Programme That Wasn’t by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
April 11, 2014

When U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz unsealed the indictment of a Chinese citizen in the UK for violating the embargo against Iran, she made what appeared to be a new U.S. accusation of an Iran nuclear weapons programme.

The press release on the indictment announced that between November 2005 and 2012, Sihai Cheng had supplied parts that have nuclear applications, including U.S.-made goods, to an Iranian company, Eyvaz Technic Manufacturing, which it described as “involved in the development and procurement of parts for Iran’s nuclear weapons program.” Continue reading

U.S. Rejected Israeli Demand for Iran Nuclear Confession by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
March 31, 2014

The Barack Obama administration appears to have rejected a deal-breaking demand by Israel for an Iranian confession to having had a covert nuclear weapons programme as a condition for completing the comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Pro-Israeli commentators have openly criticised the Obama administration for failing to explicitly demand that Iran confess to charges by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of a covert nuclear weapons programme.

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Gareth Porter: Why Didn’t Bush/Cheney Attack Iran and Can Obama Make and Sell a Deal?

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with Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 18, 2014

I Grew Up Believing in Time Magazine’s Version of America – Gareth Porter on RAI (1/3)

TheRealNews on Mar 15, 2014

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Porter tells Paul Jay that by the end of the Vietnam War, he understood the US government and military could do terrible things. Continue reading

Gareth Porter: The Obama Administration Is Setting Up A Demand Which Would Cause The Entire Nuclear Talks To Fail

with Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 17, 2014

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This first American National Summit was held at the National Press Club by The Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policies, the Council for the National Interest, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and If Americans Knew.

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Gareth Porter: US and Iran Send Positive Signals — Saudis and Israelis Not Pleased + Resolving Nuclear Arms Claims Hinges on Iran’s Demand for Documents

with Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 27, 2014

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U.S. Adopts Israeli Demand to Bring Iran’s Missiles into Nuclear Talks by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
February 21, 2014

The Barack Obama administration’s insistence that Iran discuss its ballistic missile programme in the negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement brings its position into line with that of Israel and senators who introduced legislation drafted by the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC aimed at torpedoing the negotiations.

But the history of the issue suggests that the Obama administration knows that Iran will not accept the demand and that it is not necessary to a final agreement guaranteeing that Iran’s nuclear programme is not used for a weapon.

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Misread Telexes Led Analysts to See Iran Nuclear Arms Programme by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
February 5, 2014

When Western intelligence agencies began in the early 1990s to intercept telexes from an Iranian university to foreign high technology firms, intelligence analysts believed they saw the first signs of military involvement in Iran’s nuclear programme. That suspicion led to U.S. intelligence assessments over the next decade that Iran was secretly pursuing nuclear weapons.

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