Ignore The Tough Talk — Trump’s Iran Policy Will Be Much Like Obama’s by Gareth Porter

don't attack iran

Image by tristam sparks via Flickr

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
February 14, 2017

For all its grandstanding, Trump’s administration is just following an American tradition of coercing Iran and its ‘malign influence’

The first public pronouncements by President Donald Trump’s administration on Iran have created the widespread impression that the US will adopt a much more aggressive posture towards the Islamic Republic than under Barack Obama’s presidency.

Continue reading

Animals to Humans—Listen, Learn and Respect! by Ralph Nader + Nader: Elections, Eruptions and Animal Fables

Hello Fox Squirrel

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
November 23, 2016

I have long wondered what the animal kingdom – mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects – would want to tell us humans if we and the animals had a common language?

Continue reading

The Bolton Threat to Trump’s Middle East Policy by Gareth Porter + Glenn Greenwald: Genuinely Terrifying Prospect

peace in persia

Image by Shreyans Bhansali via Flickr

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
November 14, 2016

Disastrous consequences could ensue if President-elect Donald Trump picks John Bolton for Secretary of State

Post-election comments on Middle East policy last week by President-elect Donald Trump and one his campaign advisers have provoked speculation about whether Trump will upend two main foreign policy lines of the Obama administration in the Middle East.

Continue reading

Noam Chomsky On Power and Ideology + Q&A + Transcript

State of the Union

Image by Josh Bartok via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with

The New School on Sept 21, 2015

Presented by Haymarket Books and the Schools of Public Engagement at The New School, Noam Chomsky discusses the persistent and largely invariant features of U.S. foreign policy — in the words of U.S. planners, “the overall framework of order” — and its intimate relationship with U.S. domestic policy.

Continue reading

Is Doomed Dollar Really Behind Obama’s Iran Warning? by Finian Cunningham

Don't Attack Iran

Image by Kathryn via Flickr

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from RT
August 16, 2015

US President Barack Obama has given an extraordinary ultimatum to the Republican-controlled Congress, arguing that they must not block the nuclear accord with Iran. It’s either “deal or war,” he says.

Continue reading

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

Iran Talks

Image by Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äusseres via Flickr

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.

Continue reading

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

Image by Scott Campbell via Flickr

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.

Continue reading

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

Image by DonkeyHotey via Flickr

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.

Continue reading

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

#ShutDownAIPAC! DC Rally 27

Image by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr

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.

Continue reading

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

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.

Continue reading

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

DON'T ATTACK IRAN

Image by ultrascott via Flickr

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

Don't attack Iran

Image by Max Warren via Flickr

MyCatbirdSeat on Mar 16, 2014

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.

Continue reading

Gaza Missile Seizure, Netanyhu’s Latest Anti-Iran Joke by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
March 11, 2014

Comedians say that the art of telling jokes relies on “timing.” Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the world’s top comic politician, seemed to be proving the point with his “timely” claims about seizing Iranian rockets aboard a cargo ship in the Red Sea.

Continue reading

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

TheRealNews on Feb 27, 2014

Gareth Porter: Very contentious issues remain in Iran nuclear negotiations.  Continue reading