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Aug 06 10:07

US’ ‘Declining Influence’ Under Trump Precludes Anti-Iran Naval Coalition in Persian Gulf

Germany’s refusal to join the US-led naval coalition to escort ships through the Strait of Hormuz underscores how the Land of the Free is losing its influence on foreign nations, Mohammad Marandi, an expert on American studies and postcolonial literature who teaches at the University of Tehran, told Sputnik.

“I think it’s a sign of the declining influence of the US,” Marandi told Sputnik Radio’s Loud & Clear on Monday. “Britain, of course, is not an important naval power. It doesn’t have anything that the Iranians would be concerned about, but I think that under [US President Donald] Trump, the US has lost a huge amount of influence.”

Aug 06 10:07

The Royal Navy has been decimated, but Iran's insolence shows why Britain must still rule the waves

Our best-known patriotic song is based on the idea that “Britannia rules the waves”. Not the world; the waves. Until quite recently, it was axiomatic that Britain’s greatness was sea-borne. The Army mattered greatly, but only sometimes. The Royal Navy mattered all the time.

Since the 1990s, attitudes have changed, and now we are paying for it. Then, we had 45 destroyers and frigates; today we have 19. As seven former First Sea Lords pointed out in a letter in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph, Iran has been able to capture and detain the British-flagged Stena Impero because there simply wasn’t a British frigate available to prevent it.

Aug 06 10:04

UK Foreign Secretary Raab Vows to ‘Build a Stronger Alliance’ Against Russia, Iran After Brexit

Earlier, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who entered office last month after Cabinet reshuffle initiated by incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson, confirmed that the UK will be ready to leave the EU with or without a deal on 31 October.

The UK’s new Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced London’s plans to “fire up economic relationships with non-European partners” and create a new alliance to confront Iran and Russia after his country’s withdrawal from the EU.

“That means working with them now to ensure a smooth transition of our trading arrangements after Brexit and means quickly moving to wide-ranging trade deals that boost business, lower prices for consumers and respect our high standards,” Raab told a London news conference on Monday ahead of his working visit to North America.

Aug 06 09:07

Iran’s Rouhani says if US wants talks, ‘it must lift sanctions’

President Hassan Rouhani has reiterated that if Washington wants to open negotiations with Tehran, it must lift all sanctions against Iran “before everything else.”

Rouhani made the statement during a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Tuesday, according to state TV.

The president also reiterated that America’s sanctions on Iran are an act of “economic terrorism.”

Aug 05 11:52

Iranian Media Releases Video Allegedly Showing IRGC Capturing Foreign Oil Tanker

According to IRGC, the foreign vessel was seized in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf island of Farsi on 31 July, which makes it the third tanker seizure by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards over past July.

The Iranian media outlet Press-TV released footage that allegedly shows the IRGC forces halt and take into custody the foreign oil tanker smuggling fuel.

Aug 05 11:40

MYSTERY AIRSTRIKES ON IRAQI CAMP WERE ISRAELI STEALTH JETS IN "ANTI-IRAN" ESCALATION

But now Israeli and regional media, citing western diplomats, have confirmed it was a nearly unprecedented Israeli operation on Iraqi soil — representing a major escalation and expansion of Israel's anti-Iran operations.

Israel reportedly launched a total of two separate air strike operations on the camp using its US-supplied F-35 stealth fighter jets.

Aug 05 11:13

Iranian Researchers 3-D Print Artificial Bone

Researchers at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran unveiled on Saturday their recent achievements in producing artificial bones and 3D printing for repairing damaged organs of human body.

Aug 05 10:58

Freshman Representatives Heading to Israel on AIPAC Sponsored Trip

n Monday, House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) will be bringing a large delegation of freshman Democratic members of Congress to Israel. The Trip is sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). A Republican group is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Friday.

These trips to Israel are organized in August of every off-election year for new members of Congress. Hoyer will be joined by chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). The presence of these party leaders shows the importance the trip has to party leadership. It is part of the effort to squash some of the questioning of the US-Israel relationship that has been growing within the party.

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"...the questioning of the US-Israel relationship that has been growing within the party." must continue, and continue in earnest.

And the questions which must be asked of these Freshman Congressional Members are the following:

Why does the US continue to supply money and arms to Israel, even though that is illegal, courtesy of the Symington Amendment and the Glenn Act?!?

And if these freshman demos have never read this, now might be an instructive time to share this legislation with it.

Symington Amendment, Glenn Act

Lawsuit Claims Aid to Nuclear Israel Illegal Under Symington Glenn Amendments

Unlike Iran, why has Israel not become a signatory to the NNPT (nuclear non-proliferation Treaty),and agreed to allow its nuclear facilities, which Iran has done?!?

Why is there no conversation about the horrific way Israel treats Palestinians?

No let up for Palestinians getting arrested and tortured by Israel

95% of detained Palestinian Children were tortured.

Palestinian man dies after 30 days in solitary confinement

Torture in Israeli Prisons: 200 Methods Used against Palestinian Prisoners

And to add injury to insult, last November, the Israeli High Court has ruled the following last November:

Israeli High Court Rules to Allow, and Expand the Use of Torture against Palestinians Held in Israeli Custody

And THIS government of Israel, is touted by Israeli and US politicians, as "the only democracy in the Middle East?!?

When in the name of Heaven, did Israeli "Democracy" get conflated with "Torture"?!?

Can someone out there please explain this to me?!? I must be more than a little thick in my brain, not to be able to put those two activities together.

And the ultimate question must be asked here; do true democracies actually torture confessions out of people?!?

And the short, civilised answer has to be, HELL, NO!!

So, Israel, sorry to have to explain this to you, but true democracies do not torture.

you are going to have to choose one of the other, but cannot, in a 24/7 satellite/cable world, define yourself as both; the optics on this are utterly... schizophrenic.

Aug 05 10:26

Iran seizes Iraqi oil tanker in the Gulf for smuggling fuel

Iran said Sunday it has seized an Iraqi oil tanker in the Persian Gulf for allegedly smuggling fuel, according to the official IRNA news agency.

In a statement, the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said the vessel was captured near the Farsi Island. The tanker was carrying 700,000 liters of “smuggled fuel” and was taken to the Bushehr port, the IRGC statement said.

It remains unclear the nationality of the seized vessel. Seven crewmen of different nationalities were detained.

“The seizure of the oil tanker was in coordination with Iran’s judiciary authorities and based on their order,” Fars quoted the Guards commander Ramezan Zirahi as he as saying.

Aug 05 10:07

Defense Chief Sees ‘Rising’ Support for US Fleet in Strait of Hormuz

Speaking to reporters over the weekend, Defense Secretary Mark Esper claimed that he believes there is “rising support” for the US-led naval fleet in the Strait of Hormuz

The US has been pushing that plan for over a month, on the idea that the US would get access to a large fleet to confront Iran, and would only have to contribute about 10-20% of the fleet themselves. So far they’ve gotten no commitments to join the fleet.

Despite Esper’s optimism, the US still has no commitments to join the fleet, though he suggested that some countries might sign up soon, citing 30 nations attending a meeting last week in Florida to talk about it.

Australia seems like a likely candidate, though why Australia would join the US fleet and not the British alternative is unclear. Even then, most nations have flat out rejected the scheme, and Australia’s willingness to consider it at all is still something.

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Forgive me for having to ask the obvious, but has Defense Secretary Mark Esper gone completely barking-dog mad, to make a statement like this?!?

France, Germany, and Spain have given a resounding "NO" against this, as reported as follows:

European nations give a resounding "NO", to Esper's suggestion of joining a US coalition

"U.S. Lobbies Oil Buyers and Producers to Secure Gulf Against Iranian Threat
India, U.K. boost ship escorts while France and Spain refuse to join U.S. coalition".

Australian parliament is "thinking about it", but so far, that is the best Esper has been able to conjure.

Aug 03 12:11

How Can Russia Undermine US Plans for Iran?

Russia hasn’t ruled out the possibility of joining Instex, while participants are considering including oil in this European mechanism for trade with Iran. Sputnik has discussed the future of Instex with Nazanin Armanian, an Iranian political scientist and author based in Spain.

Aug 03 11:32

World opposes US sanctions against Iranian Foreign Minister

World countries and the United Nations have censured the administration of US President Donald Trump over imposing sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying slammed Washington's decision at a press briefing in Beijing on Thursday.

“We have taken note of the statement of the US side and the reaction of Mr. Zarif himself. The position of the Chinese side on this issue is very clear. China opposes unilateral US actions ... We think it is not facilitating the solution of the problem,” Hua said.

Aug 03 11:31

Israel drives US foreign policy on Iran: American writer

"Israel drives US foreign policy" on Iran, says American writer and sociopolitical analyst Walt Peretto in response to the imposition of sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif by the administration of President Donald Trump.

The US Departments of State and Treasury announced the imposition of sanctions on Wednesday against Zarif stating he “acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

In June, Trump announced new sanctions against Iran targeting Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and top commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Aug 02 12:08

Houthi Attacks in South Yemen Kill at Least 51, Saudis Blame Iran

Attacks by the Shi’ite Houthi movement against pro-Saudi and pro-UAE targets in southern Yemen have killed at least 51 people, most of them military forces loyal to the UAE, and a high-ranking UAE official.

The largest incident was a missile fired by the Houthis, which hit a military parade in the southern capital of Aden. The casualties included a number of military commanders, and parading fighters.

Despite drone and missile attacks being launched by the Houthis, and the Houthis being very clear about that fact, Saudi Arabia wasn’t going to miss a chance to use anything bad happening to blame Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What are the Saudis going to do, blame their own Butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the US government and military for these deaths?!?

The Saudi government may well feel that they are getting very close to some actionable traction on their mantra, "Something needs to be done to Iran to teach it a Lesson!!"

That being said, however, I would very much like the "Adults in the Room", in Riyadh, Tel Aviv, and DC, to consider the following statement, made late June of this year by a top Russian official:

Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The article goes on to state:

"“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow."

I would gently, and politely, suggest that the rest of the world take Russia at its word; Russian government officials hardly fart, without Putin's permission, so when a policy commitment like this is stated, Putin means it.

And who, please, was the ignoble, brainless miscreant of a leader, who thought that a military parade in a country that has been occupied, but not completely controlled, was a "swell idea"?!?

Since I don't believe in capital punishment (largely, because of how badly the chain of evidence is handled in the US, leading to unjust convictions), were I high up in the Saudi and/or UAE governments, I would have this guy shoveling camel excrement, for the rest of his miserable life!!

Aug 01 13:15

Britain tells Iran: there will be no tanker swap

Britain on Thursday ruled out exchanging an Iranian tanker detained by Gibraltar for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf.

“We are not going to barter: if people or nations have detained UK-flagged illegally then the rule of law and rule of international law must be upheld,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said while on a trip to Bangkok.

“We are not going to barter a ship that was detained legally with a ship that was detained illegally: that’s not the way that Iran will come in from the cold,” he said. “So I am afraid some kind of barter or haggle or linkage is not on the table.”

Aug 01 11:25

US poised to renew anti-Iran nuclear sanctions waivers in blow to hawks: Report

Israeli police have summoned a Palestinian resident of the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds neighborhood of al-Isawiyah on allegations that his young son had thrown stones at Israeli military forces – marking the second such incident in recent days.

Firas Obaid received a warrant on Tuesday asked him to come to an Israeli police station for interrogation, after his six-year-old son Qais was accused of throwing stones at Israeli officers patrolling Isawiyah.

The Palestinian father showed up at the police station on Wednesday morning, and was allowed to leave after questioning.

Aug 01 09:43

Tensions Just Went Through The Roof With Iran After Sanctioning Their Foreign Minister - Russia Predicts War

Iran accused the United States on Thursday of “childish behavior” driven by fear after Washington imposed sanctions on its foreign minister, escalating tensions between two foes at loggerheads over Gulf shipping and Iran’s nuclear program.

Fears of a Middle East war with global repercussions have risen since the United States ditched world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran last year and revived sanctions on Tehran.

The Islamic Republic has retaliated by resuming uranium enrichment seen in the West seen as a potential conduit to developing atomic bombs. Iran denies any such intent.

Aug 01 09:30

As Tensions Flare Between US & Iran, More Oil Tankers Are 'Going Dark' In The Strait Of Hormuz

Given the rising tension in the Strait of Hormuz, and the mysterious spate of seemingly random attacks on tankers that some have blamed on Iran, it's no surprise that more captains transporting shipments of crude and LNG through one of the busiest corridors for the global energy trade feel the need to keep a low profile, according to Bloomberg.

Which is apparently why more ships are turning off their transponders - "going dark", in industry jargon - a technique that is typically used by smugglers and those hoping to avoid American sanctions.

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It will only be a matter of time before the US interdicts one of these ships, and claims that it was carrying Iranian oil, and that they went dark to evade the sanctions.

I would like those preciously few "adults in the bowels of DC", to be very careful about what the US does, in such a circumstance, given that Russia has promised that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid.
Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The article went on to state: "“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

When asked if Russia was ready to provide material support to Iran if the U.S. attacks it, Kabulov said that “specific actions are a question for the Russian president.”

Folks, the US government is playing with fire, if they have swallowed their own moonshine Koolade, about the superiority of US weapons over those of Russia or China; the capabilities of US weapons is still, unfortunately, very much lagging behind those of their Russian and Chinese counterparts.

The more President Trump presses his sanctions, the more unpredictable the responses from Iran may become.

There are two "toys" not currently in this President's toy arsenal, and those "toys" are "caution" and "restraint."

I would like to hope that someone in this administration is willing mention them to the President.

Jul 31 11:23

In Major Shift, Israel Twice Struck Iranian Targets in Iraq 'Using F-35'

Citing Western diplomats, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reports two strikes this month northeast of Baghdad mark an expansion of Israeli attacks against Iranian targets

Jul 31 10:32

Germany won't take part in US Strait of Hormuz initiative - FM

Germany will refuse to take part in a US-led maritime mission in the Strait of Hormuz, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced. Maas said that there “cannot be a military solution” to the current crisis in the Persian Gulf.

Speaking in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, Maas said that Germany will turn down Washington’s request, which was revealed by the US Embassy in Berlin on Tuesday. The joint US, British, and French operation is aimed at protecting sea traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, and combatting so-called “Iranian aggression.”

The mission was conceived following Iran’s seizure of the British-flagged Stena Impero oil tanker earlier this month, itself widely considered a tit-for-tat response to Britain’s seizure of an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar several weeks earlier.

Jul 30 20:13

Will Shake Up at IAEA Impact Iran?

By Tony Cartalucci

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano’s passing has stirred up suspicion and further tensions amid US-Iranian tensions.

Amano was 72 years old and as of mid-July 2019 had already begun preparing to step down due to poor health.

However, in the wake of his death and because of his perceived opposition to US efforts to undermine the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or “Iran Deal” – suspicions began circulating that the US or Israel – or both – may have played a role in his death...

Jul 30 10:32

Iran, Russia Planning Joint Naval Drill In Contested Gulf Waters

Russia and Iran are planning a joint naval exercise scheduled within the next year, commander of Iran's Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced Monday, according to state media. Semi-official Fars has reported it will take place by March 2020 in the Indian Ocean, and will be staged as far north as the strategic and increasingly tense Strait of Hormuz.

“A coordination meeting will be held between the two sides in this regard,” he said while on a three day visit to Russia. “When we speak of the Indian Ocean, perhaps the most important part of which is the northern region where it’s linked to the Sea of Oman, the Strait of Hormuz and also the Persian Gulf,” Khanzadi said from Saint Petersburg.

Jul 30 10:30

Bitcoin Mania Reaches Iran As US Sanctions Tighten Noose On Economy

The Iranian Parliament Commission on Economy has recently approved cryptocurrency mining in the country amid US sanctions.

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), Abdolnaser Hemmati said that "a mechanism to mine digital coins were approved by the government's economic commission and will later be put to the discussion at a Cabinet meeting."

The Bitcoin craze has circulated around Iranian media, landing on front pages of newspapers and has been featured on television news shows across the country. Even some of the country's top ayatollahs have been publicly discussing cryptocurrencies, according to the Associated Press.

Jul 30 10:24

Zarif: We will not compromise on territorial integrity with anybody

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the foreign ministry will not compromise on the country’s territorial integrity with anybody, including with regard to Iran's territorial waters.

Zarif made the remarks while addressing an open session of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) on Monday with regard to the Caspian Sea legal regime and Iran's share of the seabed and its resources.

“When it comes to Iran's territorial integrity and waters, we will stand on ceremony with nobody and will not negotiate with any party about honors Iran has gained during the past 40 years …. The administration is committed to this issue and the Majlis has the final say on it,” Iran's top diplomat told lawmakers.

Jul 30 09:32

Pompeo has ‘ulterior motives’ in expressing desire to travel to Iran: Analyst

It is clear that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has “ulterior motives” in expressing his desire to travel to Iran and be interviewed by Iranian news media, according to American political analyst Keith Preston.

Jul 30 09:31

Pompeo’s malign intent toward Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is an Iranophobic war-mongering extremist, a serial liar “diplomat” in name only, a notion he abhors — demanding the world community subservience to US interests, preemptive wars his favored strategy.

Virtually all his remarks about Iran are bald-faced Big Lies. So was saying the Trump regime’s Middle East mission is “creat(ing) stability” — ignoring endless US regional wars of aggression, falsely blaming Iran for things it had nothing to do with.

Longstanding bipartisan US policy calls for transforming the Islamic Republic into a vassal state, along with gaining control over its vast oil and gas reserves.

Jul 30 09:30

Don't believe American lies about Iran

The United States under President Donald Trump has been waging an all-out economic and diplomatic war against Iran. In a recent video posted by the US State Department on social media, White House special envoy on Iran Brian Hook talked about US sanctions, trying to dismiss the fact that the unilateral measures have targeted ordinary Iranians. We did some fact checking on those remarks.

Jul 30 09:01

US Formally Asks Germany, France, UK to Take Part in Strait of Hormuz Mission to Counter Iran

Earlier, both German and British officials said they did not support the US's "maximum pressure" strategy against Tehran, instead welcoming an operation proposed by London for a European-led security effort to "protect" commercial vessels operating in the Persian Gulf and near the Strait of Hormuz.

The United States has officially requested Germany, France and the UK to join its military mission in the Gulf to 'combat Iranian aggression,' the US Embassy in Berlin has indicated.

"We have formally asked Germany to help with securing the Strait of Hormuz and fighting Iranian aggression, along with France and the UK," a spokeswoman from the Embassy told the German Press Agency on Tuesday.

Jul 29 11:17

Iran Tensions Just Went Through The Roof As British Make Final Push Over Captured Ship, Crew Featured

Britain told Iran on Monday that if it wants to “come out of the dark” it must follow international rules and release a British-flagged oil tanker seized by its forces in the Gulf.

Jul 29 11:01

Netanyahu's Iran Dilemma: Getting Trump to Act Without Putting Israel on the Front Line

Amid intensive efforts to form a new government and maneuvers meant to extricate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the indictments piling up against him, the existing government in Israel is dealing with another important issue – developments in the Gulf.

Jul 29 11:00

Netanyahu boasts ‘100s of anti-Iran ops’ in Syria as Russia reminds to love thy neighbor’s security

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has bragged that the Jewish state has conducted hundreds of operations in Syria in the name of national security, prompting Russia urge him to respect other nations’ sovereignty as well.

Netanyahu made it clear that Israel will stop at nothing to protect itself against any perceived threats, as he boasted about Tel Aviv’s successful raids against alleged Iranian targets in the neighboring Syria.

“Israel has acted hundreds of times to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria,” he said, speaking ahead of a trilateral meeting between the Russian, American and Israeli national security advisers, who met in Jerusalem on Tuesday to discuss rising tensions in the Middle East and other urgent matters.

Jul 28 22:22

Iran military strength REVEALED as tensions with the UK soar - shock chart

Global Fire Power (GFP) reviewed both Tehran and London’s military strength this year and ranked them eighth and 14th respectively out of the 137 nations analysed so far.

The website assesses the military strength of countries using a thorough in-house generated formula, called PowerIndex score (PwrIndx).

A comparison of the UK and Iran’s military strength shows Britain falling behind when it comes to manpower, land and naval strength and petroleum resources.

Jul 28 19:45

Rouhani hopes BoJo’s ‘familiarity’ with Iran will help alleviate tensions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming the new British prime minister and expressed hope for improving relations amid an ongoing spike in tensions between London and Tehran.

The president hailed Johnson’s “familiarity with relations between Iran and the United Kingdom,” apparently referring to his tenure as foreign secretary. Rouhani also said in a statement released by the presidential office that he hopes this knowledge would help the new prime minister to “greatly contribute to removing the existing obstacles on the path of development of relations between the two countries” and “further deepen bilateral and multilateral relations.”

Jul 26 16:42

Iran crisis: Boris Johnson’s father offers PM tanker solution ‘Easy peasy!’

STANLEY Johnson, father of new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has claimed his son will solve the crisis over Iran’s seizure of UK-flagged oil tanker the Stena Impero “easy peasy” - by swapping it with an Iranian vessel boarded by Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar earlier this month.

Jul 26 09:36

Iran releases 9 Indian sailors captured in tanker holdup

Iran has released nine of the 12 Indian crew members captured from a Panama-flagged tanker. Earlier, Indian officials were given consular access to Indian nationals from another Iran-held tanker, which has a British flag.

There was a total of 30 Indians among the crew members of the two tankers seized by Iranian authorities on two separate occasions this month, 12 on the MT Riah and 18 on the Stena Impero. The release of the nine sailors from the MT Riah, which was announced by the Indian government on Friday, drops the number to 21.

Earlier in the day, Tehran said Indian diplomats had been granted access to Indian nationals from the Stena Impero crew.

Jul 25 18:28

World War 3 fears as Iran fires missile with 1,000km range amid tensions with the West

IRAN has fired a missile that travelled 1,000km (620miles) in a test late on Wednesday according to reports.

The launch is not believed to have posed a threat to shipping or US bases. A Shabaab-3 missile is believed to have been the type of missile used according to CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr. Ms Starr tweeted that according to a US official: “The intelligence assessment is its part of Iran’s efforts to improve the range and accuracy.”

Jul 25 10:30

U.S. And China Face Off In Iranian Conflict

Jul 25 07:36

Iran will secure Strait of Hormuz, won’t allow any shipping disturbance: Official

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi says the Islamic Republic will strive to ensure security of the Strait of Hormuz, and will not allow any disturbance in shipping in the strategic sea passage between the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

During a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris on Tuesday, the Iranian diplomat reiterated his country’s resolve concerning the issue.

Le Drian, for his part, said Iran has to take the necessary steps to ensure a de-escalation process in the Persian Gulf.

Araqchi’s remarks came a day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined Iran’s historical role as a preserver of maritime security in the region, saying the country has no interest in initiating tensions either here or beyond.

Jul 24 20:35

Iran's Military Vows Attack On All Regional US Bases If War Starts

Ayatollah's office says no new negotiations with the White House "under any circumstances"

Jul 24 12:34

Iran Announces Military Will "Secure" Contested Strait Of Hormuz

Hopefully it doesn't lead to a let's roll! moment at the White House, where super-hawk national security adviser John Bolton has no doubt been itching for escalation: moments ago Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister announced military forces will "secure" the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran will "not allow disturbance in shipping in this sensitive area" Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi was quoted as saying in state media, while leading a delegation to Paris, Reuters reports. However, it's unclear at this point how far Iran is willing to go in this escalating game of chicken with the US and UK - both of which have warships and other military assets in the gulf region.

Jul 24 11:45

Israel-born Treasury official is at the center of U.S. policies on Iran

At the Center of U.S. Iran policies is an Israel-born Treasury official named Sigal Mandelker. The Atlantic writes that her ‘hand is on the lever’ of crippling economic sanctions meant to force Iran’s ‘capitulation or demise’… meanwhile the Treasury Department refuses to divulge whether Mandelker is still an Israeli citizen

Jul 24 11:15

Iran poised to legalize cryptocurrency mining as potential path out of US sanctions trap

Iran has moved to legalize the mining of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, recognizing the energy-consuming digital coin mining as a legitimate industry – and potentially a way around the US sanctions crippling its economy.

“A mechanism to mine digital coins was approved by the government’s economic commission and will later be put to discussion at a cabinet meeting,” said Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati on Sunday.

Jul 24 11:14

How John Bolton Bamboozled the Brits Into Conflict With Iran

Simon Tisdall at The Guardian explains the difference between Socialist Spain and the disorganized Conservatives in control of UK on foreign policy.

US national security adviser John Bolton tried to hoodwink both of them about the Grace I, a Panamanian-flagged oil tanker carrying Iranian petroleum through the Straits of Gibraltar. Spain monitored the tanker but declined to intervene because it remained in international waters. The EU position has been that unless ships headed for Syria came within 12 nautical miles of the European coast, they were helpless to take action because you can’t interfere with shipping through international waters.

Britain, in contrast, used its naval position in Gibraltar to seize the tanker in international waters on the grounds that it was headed to Syria, against which the European Union had declared an oil embargo.

Jul 24 11:03

MAJOR: Iran, Syria And Iraq Continue Cooperation, Tehran To Connect With Damascus After Reopening Of Eastern Syria CrossingBy Drago Bosnic

Albukamal, Syria/Husaybah, Iraq – Syria and Iraq are stepping up their cross-border cooperation. On Monday, an Iraqi official revealed to the Sputnik News Agency that Baghdad is preparing to reopen the Al-Qa’im border crossing with Syria.

This agreement between Baghdad and Damascus will reestablish the first official border crossing that links the Syrian Arab Republic and Iraq since the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) defeat.

Jul 23 12:11

London defends the shreds of its Empire against Iran

For Thierry Meyssan, the rise of tension in the Gulf has nothing to do with an alleged Iranian threat. In fact, it is the second round of Mossadegh’s anti-imperialist policy, before the mollahs. Just as in 1952, London is ready to go to war to defend its undeserved economic advantages. But if the British were to win this round, a few years later they would lose in Suez to the United States.

Jul 23 12:10

Trump: ‘OK’ With a War Against Iran Now

While President Trump’s position on Iran tends to change with little notice, he backed away from his insistence that he doesn’t want war with Iran on Monday, saying now of the war “it could go either way, and I’m OK either way it goes.”

Trump added that it’s “getting harder for me to want to make a deal with Iran” in the first place, because he views them as “behaving very badly,” and are “the number one state of terror in the world.”

Trump followed this up by announcing new sanctions against China, saying they were intended to punish them for “accepting crude oil.” This is likely to be a bigger problem for US-China ties than Iran, as Iran is already heavily sanctioned.

Jul 23 12:07

UK calls for EU-led armada in Persian Gulf over tanker tensions with Iran

The once-mighty sea power Britain has called for an “European-led maritime protection” mission in the Persian Gulf, after London and Tehran escalated tensions by seizing each other’s oil tankers.

Speaking before the Parliament on Monday, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called for a multinational fleet to “support safe passage of crew and cargo” in and out of the Gulf. He offered no details on how many ships and which countries would be involved, or how the mission would relate to Operation Sentinel, announced by US Central Command last week with the exact same objective.

Hunt’s announcement followed Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz citing violation of maritime traffic rules, two weeks after UK forces confiscated a tanker carrying Iranian oil off Gibraltar.

Jul 23 11:33

Official Says US Navy May Have Destroyed More Than One Iranian Drone in Hormuz Strait - Report

Late last week, the Pentagon claimed that a US warship in the Strait of Hormuz had destroyed an Iranian drone after it came within "threatening range." Iran denied the claims, calling US statements "quite a big lie" and saying the US might have downed one of their own drones by mistake.

The US Navy ship operating in the Strait of Hormuz which reported destroying an Iranian-operated drone last week may have actually destroyed two, an anonymous US official told Reuters.

Jul 23 11:12

Scott Adams: Water Thrown at Police, Iran Peace Talks, Predictions, MyPillow Persuasion

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Jul 23 08:00

video - Obama officials caught advising Iran how to defeat U.S. foreign policy

| New reports are shedding light on the role the Obama administration is currently playing in regards to the conflict between the U.S. and Iran. One America's Jack Posobiec has the details.

Jul 23 07:40

Iran to meet with nuclear deal parties amid tanker crisis

Tehran said on Tuesday it will attend an urgent meeting with countries still party to the 2015 nuclear deal, as it declared itself the “guardian of security” in the Gulf amid a tanker crisis.

The July 28 meeting is aimed at salvaging the deal after the United States withdrew from it last year and re-imposed sanctions against Iran, AFP reported.

The nuclear deal meeting was requested by the European parties to discuss the “new situation,” Iran said, referring to its reduced nuclear commitments under the deal in response to the US withdrawal.

Jul 22 12:16

Iran sentences “CIA spy ring” to death; publishes video & photos of Americans

Iran has handed down the death penalty to alleged members of a CIA-spy ring inside Iran’s military, which authorities said they uncovered earlier this year. And now for the first time, state media is circulating photos purporting to show some among the alleged CIA-linked operatives.

“The identified spies were employed in sensitive and vital private sector centers in the economic, nuclear, infrastructure, military and cyber areas… where they collected classified information,” Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence said on state television. They had been working “contractors or consultants,” the statement said.

Jul 22 11:28

Strait of Hormuz: UK Ministers Catch Heat for Seizing Iranian Tanker as Tehran Hits Back

Friday’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker off Iran's coast came two weeks after the Royal Navy detained an Iranian vessel near its Mediterranean peninsular exclave Gibraltar, further deteriorating already-poor relations between London and Tehran.

The UK government is expected to come under scrutiny for their decision to seize an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar two weeks ago, without ensuring that it could protect British-operated vessels sailing through the Strait of Hormuz, according to the Guardian.

Lord West, the former commander of the Royal Navy, said that the UK should not "pretend we're surprised" by the seizure of a British-flagged tanker by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

"What I find extraordinary is that we knew that the Iranians would try something like this a few days ago,” he told Sky News.

Jul 22 11:25

The Royal Navy: From Piracy to Impotence

The British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has been busy in the past 24 hours trying to deflect blame, or criticism, from the British government for inflaming tensions in the Persian Gulf.

As part of his diplomatic offensive, Hunt has accused Iran of “illegal” and “destabilizing” behaviour, all the while apparently impervious to the irony of his position.

The Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has hit back by reminding Hunt that: “Unlike the piracy in the Strait of Gibraltar, our action in the Persian Gulf is to uphold international maritime rules”.

Diplomatic spats aside, any objective review of the facts will not fail to recognise that in recent events in the Persian Gulf and the Gibraltar Strait, the UK has engaged in illegal, and destabilising, activities on at least three occasions.

Jul 22 11:24

Forces in UK seek to escalate tensions ‘well beyond issue of ships’ – Iran’s envoy in London

As Tehran and London trade accusations over the seized tankers, Iran’s ambassador in London warns that certain forces in the UK aim to use the crisis to boost tensions even further.

Ramping up pressure would be dangerous and “unwise,” Hamid Hamid Baeidinejad warned in a tweet on his personal account on Sunday.

That’s why it’s key now for the UK government to “contain those domestic political forces who want to escalate existing tension between Iran and the UK well beyond the issue of ships.”

That said, Tehran is “firm and ready for different scenarios,” Baeidinejad said.

Jul 22 11:23

SAUDI MINISTER SAYS IRAN'S ACTIONS ARE UNACCEPTABLE

Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs on Sunday condemned Iran's seizure of a British flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and urged the international community to take action to deter such "unacceptable" behavior.

"Any attack on the freedom of navigation is a violation of international law," Adel Aljubeir said in a Twitter post.

Jul 22 11:03

Iranian Documentary Reveals How CIA Recruited Agents, Sent Equipment to Assets in Iran (Video)

Earlier Monday, Iranian media confirmed that a major cyber-espionage ring run by US intelligence had been uncovered and dismantled, with some 17 CIA-trained spies said to have been identified, some receiving long prison sentences while military personnel got the death penalty for treason.

Iranian television has aired a Farsi language documentary detailing CIA operations in Iran, including a clip showing one alleged CIA officer in the United Arab Emirates trying to recruit an unidentified Iranian.

“There are many [Iranian] intelligence officers here in Dubai. It is very dangerous,” a woman, speaking Farsi with an accent and appearing to be an American, was shown telling the would-be agent.

Jul 22 10:36

Israel minister: We are ‘the only country in the world killing Iranians’

Israeli Minister for Regional Cooperation, Tzachi Hanegbi, boasted yesterday that Israel is the only country in the world that is “killing Iranians”.

Speaking during a radio interview Hanegbi, who is also a member of the State Security Cabinet (SSC), said: “For two years now, Israel has been the only country in the world killing Iranians.”

He added: “We have hit the Iranians hundreds of times in Syria. Sometimes they admit it, sometimes foreign publications expose the matter, sometimes a minister, sometimes the chief of staff. But everything is a coordinated policy.”

Jul 22 10:35

Iran uncovers ‘CIA spy ring’ and sentences some members to death

Iran has announced that it has uncovered a “CIA spy ring” and sentenced to death some of the seventeen alleged spies who have been arrested over the past few months. The exact number of those given a death sentence has not yet been specified. The move adds another twist to the tensions between the Islamic Republic and the United States.

In a statement read on behalf of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry on state television, it was claimed that the alleged spies were “employed in sensitive and vital private sector centres in the economic, nuclear, infrastructure, military and cyber areas… where they collected classified information.”

Jul 22 10:33

What makes Iran strong enough to stand against a superpower like the USA?

Today, despite the existential battle between Iran and the US, the “Islamic Republic” no longer uses religious slogans, but is instead rallying support on a national basis. Even Iranians who disagree with the present regime are supporting their country in the face of the aggressive posture of the US. Iranian pragmatists were disappointed by the US’s unlawful revocation of the JCPOA nuclear deal. Severe sanctions are being imposed on the Iranian people because Trump ditched the deal to please Netanyahu and to spite his predecessor Obama. In the face of these sanctions, the Islamic Republic refuses to bow to US dictates. Unlike other Middle Eastern countries who willingly submit to Trump’s blackmail and bullying, Iran says “NO” to the superpower. Why? How can Iran do what Saudi Arabia and other regional powers could do but will not?

Jul 22 10:30

‘Sheer lie’: Iran elite military show VIDEO ‘proving’ no drone downed by US in Strait of Hormuz

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps released footage which it says disproves the US claim of shooting down an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz, showing the video was transmitted after the alleged time it was destroyed.

The elite military unit published the footage on Friday and it was aired and commented on live on the state TV channel Press TV. The video appears to depict American warship USS Boxer sailing through the strait in the early hours of July 19, according to the timestamp shown.

Jul 21 13:55

Iran Urges UK To Rein In 'Deep State'; Germany Warns Of "Uncontrollable" Escalation

Iran’s ambassador in London warned on Sunday that the UK government must get its "domestic political forces" pushing for regime change under control or else the two countries will face dangerous escalation. The public statement came two days after the British-flagged Stena Impero was boarded and captured by IRGC commandos, and over two weeks after the tanker Grace 1 was seized by UK Royal Marines off Gibraltar.

Iranian Ambassador Hamid Baeidinejad urged via his personal Twitter account that continued pressure on Iran would be "unwise" given that Tehran stands “firm and ready for different scenarios”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iranian Ambassador Baeidinejad, I hear you; and I think that the time has come for both the British and US governments to open up intensive lines of communication between themselves, and your government, and right the heck now.

I would like to hope that your voice of reason finds "listening ears", and resonates in the Consulates of the the UK and US. The place where it most probably won't, is with the Israeli government and Saudi Arabia's monarchy.

War against your country would be incredibly stupid, on the part of the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UK, in light of a Russian statement made by a high ranking diplomat at a symposium, indicating that if Iran were attacked, she would not be alone.

Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Zamir Kabulov, Says

Jul 21 12:49

UK tanker hit Iranian boat, ignored its distress call before capture: Iran

Iranian authorities say the British oil tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz was involved in an accident with an Iranian fishing boat and ignored its distress call before capture.

Allah-Morad Afifipoor, head of Ports and Maritime Organization in southern Hormozgan Province, said on Saturday that the 30,000-tonne UK-flagged Stena Impero tanker had "collided with a fishing boat on its route and, according to law, after an accident it is necessary that the causes are investigated."

Following the collision, those on board the fishing boat "contacted the British vessel but didn't receive any response," so they informed the Hormozgan maritime organization "according to the legal procedures," he added.

Afifipoor also noted that the tanker had been taken to Bandar Abbas port, where it and its crew will remain while a probe is carried out into the British vessel’s conduct.

Jul 21 12:48

Saudi Arabia releases Iranian oil tanker held in Jeddah port: Report

An Iranian oil tanker, held by Saudi Arabia two months ago, has reportedly been released and is returning home with the entire crew.

Reports said Saturday that the oil tanker, named Happiness I, had been released and was heading towards Iran’s waters.

There was no immediate confirmation from Saudi or Iranian authorities.

Jul 21 12:47

IRGC releases footage belying US claim of downing drone

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has released footage captured by an Iranian drone monitoring a United States Navy vessel in the Persian Gulf. The video belies a claim by Washington that the unmanned aircraft was shot down by the American forces.

Jul 21 12:44

UK said set to slap sanctions on Iran as tensions rise after tanker seized

London was reportedly getting set to impose new sanctions on Iran Saturday, as European powers urged Tehran to release a British-flagged tanker it seized in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it seized the Stena Impero Friday for breaking “international maritime rules” in the strait, a choke-point for around a third of the world’s sea-borne oil.

Jul 21 11:33

Iran Escalates: Warns UK Against 'Dangerous and Unwise' Moves After Tanker Seizure

Iran has been told it should prepare to be hit by a range of UK sanctions in the aftermath of its seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf, according to media reports.

Iran responded by warning the UK to refrain from any “dangerous and unwise” moves against the Islamic republic.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce on Sunday diplomatic and economic measures, including potential asset freezes, as a response to the incident, according to a report in the London Daily Telegraph.

Jul 21 11:29

Bolton Directs 'Venom' at UK in Hopes of Dragging London 'Into Quagmire' - Iran's Zarif

Relations between Tehran and Washington have soured significantly since the US withdrew unilaterally from the Iranian nuclear deal in 2018. US National Security Adviser John Bolton stated earlier this month that Iran will remain under pressure until Tehran abandons its nuclear weapons programme and 'violent activities' in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has taken to Twitter, accusing US Security Adviser John Bolton of being behind an attempt to drag London into a quagmire after failing to lure President Trump into 'the war of a century'. The official added that prudence and foresight were the only options available when countering such ploys.

Jul 21 11:26

Speedboats & helicopter assault: Iran shows footage of British tanker seizure

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) has released a video showing the moment its operatives captured the UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero. The IRGC claims that a British frigate tried to interfere, but failed.

The impressive, movie-like footage was released by the elite Iranian force on Saturday, a day after it seized the tanker. The video shows the moment of the operation, when IRGC speedboats surrounded the vessel, which was apparently steaming ahead at full speed. The naval force was backed by a military helicopter, which deployed an assault team on the tanker’s deck.

Jul 21 11:25

Twitter mutes 3 Iranian news agencies after British tanker seizure

The Farsi accounts of three Iranian news agencies have been suspended on Twitter since Friday, shortly after they reported the capture of a UK-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Twitter says the events are unrelated.

Jul 21 11:24

US TO LAUNCH PLAN FOR 'FREE PASSAGE' OF SHIPS IN IRAN'S WATERWAY

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM

Aspen, Colorado - The United States is concerned that a "miscalculation" by Iran could cause an "unintended conflict" in the Gulf, as it prepares to launch a new surveillance and intelligence initiative with its allies to ensure "free and open passage" for ships.

"We are starting a concept called Sentinel in which we will have a series of countries engaged to preserve the free and open passage of commerce in the Strait of Hormuz and in the Persian Gulf," US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood said at the Aspen Security Forum on Saturday.

The US has had discussions with NATO allies, some "partners in the Gulf" and others to join the effort to keep the "vital waterway" open, said Rood, adding that the new operation would "come into being over the coming days and weeks".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please excuse me, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood; but which of our "partners" have stepped forward to create "a coalition of the willing" here?!?

Back in May of this year, Europe told the US to "count them out" as tensions between the US and Iran started to simmer.

War With Iran? Count Us Out, Europe Says

Apparently, you "did not get the memo", from a story breaking just this last Friday, about the US's allies not wanting to create a naval force against Iran, because it might well worsen tensions: Allies resist US call for anti-Iran naval force, fearing it would worsen tensions.

And just one day ago, we had the following story break: A War with Iran Would Wreck the American Energy Market.

The Trump administration needs to do some serious soul-searching as it relates to how it thinks about energy as a whole.
by Connor Sutherland

What seems to be happening here, is that the US has become pathologically incapable, in large part due to Israel's continued (false) accusations of Iran being an existential threat, rather than an economic threat, of making credible, sensible long-term commitments to the energy sector of its economy.

And unless, and until that happens, President Trump is very contentedly putting the US on the keening edge of a war against Iran.

I mean, whatever Israel wants, Israel gets, right, Mr. President?!?

Even if this means a war with Russia, right, Mr. President?!?

And I do not know if any of your aides told you this, but back last month, toward the end of June, a top Russian diplomat made the following statement.
Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The guy's name, just in case no one happened to mention it, is Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, and he said this, at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

You're welcome, Mr. President.

And please, for the zillionth time: the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money, to create a positive outcome to a war against Iran.

You need some people around you, who do not say, "Yes, Mr. President" when you happen, or any of your advisors, like Bolton, or Pompeo, go off half-cocked, in declaring which countries we are going to fight next, or decide that a war against this or that entity, would be "a good thing", because you have been prevailed upon to not think of the costs of war, even if the US does prevail, which, in most cases, would be both difficult and financially costly, to a nation already drowning in $+/- 23 trillion in debt.

Mr. President, you really need some people around you who will tell you the dark, ugly truth about new potential wars in the Middle East and beyond; and I will guarantee you, that two of those people are NOT your "BFFs in the Middle East, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen or Israel's Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza, who desperately needs to distract Israel's voters from the corruption charges via a massive US/Saudi invasion of Iran,due to a snap election in September.

I would politely suggest, that you need to contact some Veterans, who have participated in the US wars against Afghanistan, and Iraq; And sir, what I am thinking, is that you will better be able to separate "the grain from the chaff", after these private, one-on- one conversations are held.

And again, you are welcome. Mr. President.

Jul 21 11:21

Why The United States Will Not Launch A Ground War Against Iran 

In recent weeks we have seen numerous probing attempts and provocations in and around the Strait of Hormuz — whether false flags or actual events — intended to raise the profile of the US’s unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, and renewed US sanctions versus Iran. Iran is pushing the issue with the United States, and is apparently offering a sacrificial pawn on the board (or perhaps knight!) by seizing two British oil tankers alleged to be operating illegally in the Strait of Hormuz.

While it is too soon to predict how the United States and its allies Israel and Saudi Arabia (both sworn enemies of Iran) will react, let’s explore the reasons why any US reactionary response will be largely symbolic, even if that involves a token strike versus Iran.

Jul 21 11:16

Trump Is Back Under Bolton’s Thumb

President Trump might be his own man, but not when it comes to John Bolton and Israel. Trump is their man and is again being manipulated into starting a fisticuffs with Iran.

Someone in Washington, most likely Ziocon warmonger Bolton, got the UK to commit an act of piracy on the high seas and seize an Iranian oil tanker, Grace 1, on the grounds that Iran intended to deliver the oil to Syria in violation of US sanctions.

Iran’s leader, Khamenei, denounced Washington’s British stooge for “maritime banditry” and said there would be consequences. Today there were. Iran detained two British tankers.

This is what Bolton and Netanyahu wanted. They used it to wind up Trump’s fulminations against Iran. The trouble that the idiot British started with Iran is no concern of ours, but Trump’s threats are nevertheless issuing at a rapid pace.

Jul 20 13:29

Scott Adams: Bill Pulte on St. Louis Blight, AC Giveaway, Veteran Gift

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Guest: Bill Pulte talks about helping veterans and philanthropy
Reversing how we think about the blight of abandoned buildings
#TwitterPhilanthropy @CodeOfVets @Pulte
Demonstration: College student opinions are easily manipulated
World renowned robot scientist…robots can’t understand concepts?
President Trump speaks to Kanye about helping A$AP in Sweden
Told PM of Sweden, he would personally vouch for his bail
Bubonic plague pending in LA, huge numbers of rats and homeless
Iran seizes UK oil tanker…does Iran want war?
Who is responsible for the health effects of Trump Presidency?
President Trump said Puerto Rico government is massively corrupt
MSM and Dems mocked him…2 years later, they agree?
President Trump said there’s a crisis at the border
MSM and Dems mocked him…1 year later, they agree?
Joe Biden needs to “find a spine” in next debate, per CNN Van Jones

Jul 20 10:06

US “Downs” Legitimacy After Claims of Downing Iranian Drone

By Tony Cartalucci

The US boasted of downing an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz, admittedly in international waters, just miles off Iran’s coast, and thousands of miles from Washington.

It claims the drone was “threatening” a US amphibious assault ship, the USS Boxer...

Jul 19 13:57

Iran forces say they seized British-flagged oil tanker in Gulf as tensions escalate

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Friday they had captured a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf after Britain seized an Iranian vessel earlier this month, further raising tensions along a vital international oil shipping route.

Britain said it was urgently seeking information about the Stena Impero after the tanker, which had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia, suddenly changed course after passing through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf.

The Revolutionary Guards said they seized the tanker at the request of Iranian maritime authorities for “not following international maritime regulations,” state television reported.

Jul 19 13:11

Exclusive: Conservative Vets Group Thanks Lawmakers for Standing Against Endless War

Concerned Veterans for America, a conservative veterans group, is planning to launch on Friday a new digital ad thanking select Republican lawmakers for their recent vote to require Congressional input before taking any military action against Iran.

Jul 19 13:10

How Corporate Media Are Fueling a New Iran Nuclear Crisis

The U.S. news media’s coverage of the Iran nuclear issue has been woefully off-kilter for many years. Now, however, those same outlets are contributing to the serious crisis building between Washington and Tehran.

Iran has responded to Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal by resuming the stockpiling of low enriched uranium, removing the cap on the level of uranium enrichment and resuming work at the Arak nuclear reactor, while making it very clear that those steps would be immediately reversed if the United States agreed to full compliance.

Jul 19 13:09

Scott Adams: Dr. Drew Talks About LA Apocalypse, Trump’s Tweet, Iran

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Resolution debate: Is Antifa a domestic terrorist organization?
“Send her back” chant and President Trump
Deeply offended role-playing, and the outrage awards
S.E. Cupp wins for her performance
Allegations of Omar getting into America illegally
Rand Paul MIGHT be the most trustworthy person in politics
He seems to be completely free from political wind
Negotiating tip for Iran: Become America’s ally
President Trump’s tweet take-down of NYT Thomas Friedman
Is it possible for people to SAY bad things…and NOT be bad people?
Offensive and racist are two different things

Jul 18 13:57

US strategic bomber & aircraft carrier drill ‘strike operations’ on Iran’s doorstep (PHOTOS)

Multiple US Air Force aircraft, including a B-52 strategic bomber, have joined the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea for a ‘simulated strike operations’ exercise to prepare to take on Iran “when called upon.”

The drills witnessed F/A-18 Super Hornets, MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters, and E-2D Growlers from the USS Abraham Lincoln mastering joint maneuvers to improve their “operational tactics in several warfare areas,” US Naval Forces Central Command said on Sunday. Among other “joint training evolutions,” the US Air Force participated in “strike coordination and reconnaissance exercises.”

Jul 18 13:56

US Navy shoots down Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz – Trump

Shortly after entering the Persian Gulf, a US warship shot down an Iranian drone that had approached to within less than a kilometer, US President Donald Trump said at a White House press event.

Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer took “defensive action” against an Iranian drone that approached to within 1,000 yards (900 meters), and ignored multiple calls to stand down, Trump said on Thursday.

Jul 18 12:46

US Preparing to Deploy Additional Troops to Saudi Arabia Amid Spat With Iran – Report

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated in the last few months as Iran withdraws from voluntary obligations under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal and the US builds up its military presence in the Middle East under the pretext of “the Iranian threat.”

The US president’s administration is reportedly prepared to send its military personnel to Saudi Arabia, according to CNN, citing two unnamed defence officials.

According to the report, five hundred troops are slated to be deployed to the Prince Sultan Air Base, located to the east of the country’s capital of Riyadh.

The US troops will reportedly become reinforcements to the US military and support personnel already on the site with beginning preparations for a Patriot surface-to-air missile system, a runway and other airfield improvements.

Jul 18 12:29

PAUL OF PERSIA: Rand Paul Emerges as President Trump’s New Peacekeeping Force in Iran

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently proposed to President Donald Trump that he should take a larger role in negotiating with Iran during a golf outing, a notion that Trump apparently supports, in order to prevent another endless war from starting in the Middle East.

Paul wants to sit down with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in order to ease tensions with the Islamic Republic, which has been confirmed by four U.S. officials according to Politico. This news has enraged the neocon war hawks in the Trump administration, who want a wedge to remain between the two nations preventing any talks.

Jul 18 11:22

Iran seizes oil tanker for “smuggling” — but no one knows which ship?

With tensions already high around the Strait of Hormuz, the Iranians have upped the ante … or at least so they say.

Their state media reported that the IRGC had seized a tanker on a mission to smuggle oil through the Persian Gulf. The seizure reportedly took place in Iranian waters, and the ship was “foreign,” according to the Iranians:

The statement says the tanker was carrying 1 million liters of smuggled oil that it had picked up from small Iranian ships and was sailing towards foreign ships with it. The ship was seized south of Lark Island in the Strait of Hormuz, the IRGC statement quoted by Fars says.

“During the patrolling mission in the Persian Gulf aiming at the discovery and confrontation with organized smuggling on Sunday, 14th of July2019, the IRGC’s first region navy patrol made the seizure of a foreign vessel in surprise after it made sure the vessel was carrying one million liters smuggled fuel.

Jul 18 11:01

Iran Is Not Our Enemy

Despite what all the media are yammering at you, despite all the fear mongering about Iran's "nuclear threat" (Iran has been fully verified by the IAEA and ALL the U.S. intelligence community agree and are on record that Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons), despite talk that Iran is intolerant, despite the daily barrage of bad press and unpleasant innuendo, Iran is a great country, friendly, cultured, fun and spiritually-minded!

The "Powers That Were" are dead set on taking us to war against Iran, but "They lied about Vietnam... Iraq...Afghanistan..." and "Iran Is NOT Our Enemy ! " :-)

Jul 18 11:00

'Enemy is on Wall Street, not in Iran'

Jul 17 13:16

Iran Claims It Rescued "Missing" UAE Tanker After US Said IRGC "Forced" It Toward Iran

The saga of the UAE "mystery" tanker which seems to have disappeared after its transponder went dark late Saturday night, and which no one has heard from since it drifted toward Iranian waters in the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend, has deepened after Iran contradicted US media reports of IRGC involvement.

The semi-official news agency ISNA said hours after initial reports on Tuesday suggested Iran's military "forced" the vessel into Iranian waters that Iranian navy vessels actually came to the assistance of the disabled foreign oil tanker. The statement indicated the vessel was partially disabled and in desperate need of repairs.

"(Spokesman) Abbas Mousavi said... that an international oil tanker was in trouble due to a technical fault in the Persian Gulf... After receiving a request for assistance, Iranian forces approached it and used a tugboat to pull it toward Iranian waters for the necessary repairs to be carried out," ISNA said, as cited by Reuters.

Jul 17 13:15

Iran comes to assistance of disabled foreign oil tanker in Persian Gulf

The spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry says the country’s naval forces have assisted a foreign crude oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, after they received a request for help from the vessel.

Seyyed Abbas Mousavi told IRIB News late on Tuesday that the tanker suffered a technical glitch, and accordingly sent a distress call.

He added that Iranian forces rushed to the scene after receiving the call, and tug boats assisted the disabled vessel and towed it towards Iranian territorial waters to undergo required repair.

Jul 17 13:13

Iran opens first alumina plant in blow to US sanctions

Iran has brought online its first alumina refinery, marking a milestone in its production of the strategic metal and cushioning blows from unilateral US sanctions.

The first phase of the Jajarm refinery commenced operation with a capacity to produce 40,000 tonnes per year of alumina which is the key metallic input derived from bauxite used to smelt aluminum.

Jajarm in North Khorasan province holds Iran’s largest deposit of bauxite - the raw material used to make aluminum.

Jul 17 11:43

Europe Circumvents U.S. Sanctions On Iran

Europe has found a way of circumventing U.S. sanctions on Iran. The governments of France, Germany and the United Kingdom have developed a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to enable European businesses to maintain non-dollar trade with Iran without breaking U.S. sanctions. That SPV, known as INSTEX, is now up and running.

The three governments announced the successful implementation of INSTEX at a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on June 28, 2019. The meeting was chaired on behalf of the EU by the Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Helga Schmid, and was attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Iran.

Jul 17 10:25

Trump: US Not Seeking Regime Change in Iran

Speaking during a cabinet meeting, President Trump once again reiterated that the US is not in any way seeking regime change in Iran, but rather that his entire goal is “they can’t have a nuclear weapon.“

Trump further claimed a lot of progress, as well he might, since Iran wasn’t seeking a nuclear weapon int he first place, and has repeatedly said as much in recent days. If indeed that’s the only US goal, it effectively has already been achieved.

Of course, US officials are still pushing the need for talks with Iran, and Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged the US to get “back on the diplomatic channel” with Iran. That’s a recurring refrain from officials, even if it’s not clear what they’ll accept from Iran after the repeated assurances not to get a nuclear weapon didn’t placate US hawks.

Jul 17 09:54

US, Iran Send Conflicting Signals on Possible Missile Talks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that Iran has signaled a willingness to negotiate on the matter of ballistic missiles. Other US officials aren’t so sure, and Iranian officials are also telling conflicting stories on the matter.

“Iran’s missiles are absolutely and under no condition negotiable with anyone or any country,” insisted Alireza Miryousefi, the spokesman for Iran’s UN Mission. That is certainly the position Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has long taken.

Yet Pompeo’s belief that talks are possible didn’t come out of thin air. Rather, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif suggested in the US was willing to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Iran’s missiles might also be up for negotiation.

That’s probably a non-starter,with President Trump so obsessed with growing arms sales, but does point to a grand bargain potentially being on the table, if both sides want it. The problem is, neither side is being very clear if they want it or not.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any possibility of a real deal, will most likely be scotched by Pompeo and Bolton, who both would rather see the US at war with Iran for Israel, than any move toward accommodation and threat-reduction.

And there is is something both gentlemen are really good at not seeing; this is The "Russian Option", and made very clear through the announcement of one top Russian official a couple of weeks ago: Zamir Kabulov: the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, has said that Iran will not be alone, if the US attacks it.

Jul 17 09:28

Iran says US ending arms sales to Middle East would open ‘hypothetical’ path towards missile talks

Tehran has clarified a remark made by its foreign minister, stating that the US ending weapon sales to the Middle East would be a purely hypothetical scenario in which Iran might consider negotiations over its missile program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif suggested during an interview with NBC that if the US was interested in discussing the Islamic Republic’s missile program, “they need first to stop selling all these weapons, including missiles, to our region.”

Jul 17 07:36

HOW ISRAELI-DESIGNED DRONES BECAME RUSSIA’S EYES IN THE SKY FOR DEFENDING BASHAR AL-ASSAD

How Israeli-designed drones ended up supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a case study in the complicated relationship between Israel and Russia. Though Russia has been instrumental in protecting the Assad government, which appeared to be on the brink of collapse four years ago, it has also carefully cultivated a military relationship with Israel over the past decade.

After more than seven years of war, the skies over Syria are saturated with aircraft from multiple militaries and armed groups, each pursuing their own goals, including using the country as a weapons-testing ground. American airpower and Kurdish ground forces helped grind the Islamic State’s caliphate down to a tiny pocket before it dramatically collapsed this past spring. Meanwhile, Turkish occupation forces and their proxies are conducting a brutal campaign of repression in the Syrian-Kurdish canton of Afrin.

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