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  • How the CIA Funds Anti-Bush Propaganda

    09/14/2004 12:10:20 PM PDT · by fuzzy122 · 30 replies · 1,293+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 14, 2004 | Bill Gertz
    How the CIA Funds Anti-Bush Propaganda By Bill Gertz The Washington Times | September 14, 2004 The CIA's Counterterrorist Center has spent more than $15 million in the past three years funding studies, reports and conferences produced by former Democratic administration officials and other critics of the Bush administration. The latest effort was a $300,000 grant by the CIA to the Atlantic Council for a study co-authored by Richard A. Clarke, the former counterterrorism official who wrote a best seller accusing the Bush administration of failing in the war on terrorism by invading Iraq.
  • New evidence Iran evaded sanctions, continued nuclear weapons development with Venezuela

    08/30/2016 1:17:46 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Foreign desk News ^ | Aug 26, 2016 | Lisa Daftari
    New evidence suggests Iran received help from Venezuela with its nuclear program despite a decade of U.N.-mandated sanctions aimed at curbing the rouge regime’s controversial nuclear and ballistic missile programs. A 2009 document obtained by Brazil’s leading weekly, Veja magazine, shows late dictator President Hugo Chavez signing off on the release of funds to help Iran with its nuclear ambitions. Specifically, the document states the funds were to be designated for the import of equipment for a gunpowder factory and the development of production plants for nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose, elements used in rocket propulsion for Iran’s government. There is also...
  • German hopes of export boom to Iran frustrated

    08/09/2016 11:17:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 Aug 2016 09:08 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    A hoped-for export bonanza has failed to materialize a year after a deal to lift international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, a German industry association told AFP Monday. “Despite increased foreign trade, there is a certain disillusionment,” Volker Treier, chief economist at the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), said. German exports to Iran had increased 11 percent in the first four months of 2016 to €890 million, and likely stood at over €1 billion in the first six months, Treier said. That leaves a lot of ground to make up if firms are to match DIHK...
  • John Kerry, the Islamic Republic’s New Lobbyist

    06/01/2016 10:13:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | June 2, 2016 | Ari Lieberman
    Iran, the nation that has built a well-deserved reputation as the world’s premier state-sponsor of terrorism has a new lobbyist and he is none other than U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Since the Obama administration inked the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in January, Kerry has been busying himself with ensuring that European banks start doing business with the Iranians. Yes, you read that correctly. Not only has the United States and its European allies agreed to lift sanctions against the Islamic Republic, the administration is now encouraging the private banking sector to do the same. It appears however,...
  • Obama Admin Will Not Commit to Barring Iranian Access to U.S. Dollar Treasury Department silent in

    05/19/2016 1:04:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/19/16 | Adam Kredoi
    The Obama administration will not commit to halting its effort to help Iran access the U.S. dollar, despite past commitments to do so, according to a new congressional inquiry obtained by the Washington Free Beacon into the Treasury Department’s refusal to uphold its promises. Leading senators are threatening to block all consideration of Treasury Department nominees until the administration ends its bid “to enable Iranian access to U.S. dollars” throughout the international financial system, according to a letter sent Thursday to the Treasury Department by Sens. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Mark Kirk (R., Ill.). Potential Iranian access to the...
  • Republicans accuse Obama administration of back door in Iran sanctions fight

    04/22/2016 4:34:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/22/16 | Karoun Demirjian
    House Republicans are doubling down against the White House in a campaign to prevent Iran from doing business in U.S. dollars, the latest political spat between them and the Obama administration over implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) introduced a measure this week to make denying Iran access to dollars a hard-and-fast law, while GOP leaders have issued near-daily condemnations of the administration for not promising more forcefully that Iran won’t find a backdoor to the U.S.-based financial system. “If President Obama won’t rule out new concessions to the Iranian regime, Congress...
  • Iranian Foreign Minister: Tehran Will Respond to US Measures by Bolstering Missile Capabilities

    03/29/2016 3:40:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Algemeiner Journal ^ | 3/29/16 | David Daoud
    Iran’s foreign minister said that Tehran would respond to American moves to curtail its missile program by bolstering it, semi-official news agency Mehr reported on Tuesday. Mohammad Javad Zarif said that instead of limiting them, “Iran’s missile capabilities will be further enforced,” in accordance with President Hassan Rouhani’s orders. Zarif also discounted promises by US presidential candidates to nullify the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, saying they were “following the orders of Zionists, but these are just words and should not be heeded.”
  • In Yet Another Secret Side Deal, Iran’s Nuclear Violations Won’t Be Publicly Disclosed

    03/10/2016 3:05:34 PM PST · by detective · 15 replies
    AIM ^ | March 10, 2016 | Fred Fleitz
    On Monday, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Yukiya Amano explained what had up to this point been a mystery: namely, why its recent reports on Iran’s nuclear program have been so vague and contain such little data. As it turns out, under the Iran nuclear deal or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), there are now limitations on what the IAEA is allowed to report. According to Amano, due to new U.N. Security Council and IAEA resolutions, the agency will only monitor and verify Iran’s compliance with its JCPOA commitments and will no longer provide broad reporting on...
  • First ‘Silk Road’ Train Arrives in Tehran From China

    02/23/2016 9:55:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | February 15, 2016 2:07 PM
    The first train to connect China and Iran arrived in Tehran on Monday loaded with Chinese goods, reviving the ancient Silk Road, the Iranian railway company said. The train, carrying 32 containers of commercial products from eastern Zhejiang province, took 14 days to make the 9,500-kilometer (5,900-mile) journey through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. [...] According to Iranian media, more than a third of Iran's foreign trade is with China, which is Tehran's top customer for oil exports. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed last month to build economic ties worth up to $600 billion within the next...
  • U.S. Ability to Re-impose Sanctions on Iran Fading Quickly

    01/22/2016 1:56:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2016 | David Grantham,
    resident Obama called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the so-called nuclear deal with Iran a "victory" for U.S. and international security.  Indeed, the actual text says that "full implementation…will positively contribute to regional and international peace."  Iran has since deployed its military assets to Syria, built up forces along Israel's border, twice test-fired a ballistic missile, and even unilaterally amended the agreement to loosen its own compliance requirements. The United States can expect more of this provocative behavior because a hesitant, Iran-friendly executive branch has shown little interest in exercising its self-declared authority to reinstitute sanctions.  Walk light...
  • ANALYSIS: Iran Hardliners Generated Crisis with ‘Willing Dupe’ Obama to Solidify Domestic Power

    01/13/2016 8:34:20 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    Less than one week before the international community is set to unlock a decade of sanctions imposed on Iran, the country’s Islamic hardliners deliberately generated a crisis with the US for pure domestic consumption with the aim of ensuring the ayatollahs’s continued grip on power. Once the International Atomic Energy Agency announces on Friday as expected that Iran has fulfilled its obligations under the US-brokered nuclear accord, the billions of dollars in unfrozen accounts and the massive flow of oil exports will usher in historic changes to Iran’s long-isolated economy.
  • Iran pours concrete into nuclear reactor, expects sanctions relief

    01/15/2016 12:52:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/15/2016 | By Carol Morello
    <p>Iran removed the core of its plutonium reactor and filled it with concrete Monday, paving the way for economic and financial sanctions to be lifted soon.</p> <p>The work that effectively rendered the reactor at Arak harmless was the last major hurdle for Iran to fulfill its commitments under a landmark deal reached just shy of six months ago in Vienna. The International Atomic Energy Agency must verify that everything was done satisfactorily before U.S. and international sanctions can be lifted. But that is expected to take days, not weeks.</p>
  • Iran says international sanctions to be lifted on Saturday

    01/16/2016 4:49:59 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/16/2016 | Shadia Nasralla
    International sanctions on Iran will be lifted on Saturday when the United Nations nuclear agency declares Tehran has complied with an agreement to scale back its nuclear program, Iran‘s foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived in Vienna, headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. body expected to issue a report triggering the lifting of sanctions imposed by the United Nations, United States and European Union. The sanctions have cut off a nation of nearly 80 million from the global financial system, drastically reduced the exports of a major oil producer and imposed severe economic hardship on...
  • Impending lifting of Iran sanctions worries Israel (State Department says sanctions lifted Friday!)

    01/12/2016 5:15:34 AM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 01.12.16, 12:21 | Alex Fishman
    Analysis: Friday will see the removal of the sanctions regime imposed on Iran since 2007, and Russia is already deep in talks with Tehran on the sale of advanced weapons. Most of the economic sanctions imposed on Iran will be removed on Friday, US State Department officials said, while Russia readies the sale of advanced weapons to the Islamic Republic. January 15 will mark the end of the international sanctions regime, which has been in place since 2007 through a series of decisions by American Presidents George W. Bush and Barak Obama, legislation passed by the US Congress and in...
  • Earnest: White House Delaying Iran Missile Sanctions Until They'd Have 'Maximum Impact'

    01/05/2016 8:15:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 5, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    The White House said it pulled back on levying sanctions against Iran for ballistic missile violations because they're just trying to determine when they'd have "maximum impact."A couple dozen Senate Democrats have been heaping pressure on the Obama administration to do something in response to the October and November launches, which run afoul of UN Security Council Resolution 1929.Last week, Iran President Hassan Rouhani ordered his defense department to step up the Islamic Republic's ballistic missile program in response to a report that the Treasury Department was preparing sanctions in response to two illegal missile tests.The Wall Street Journal reported...
  • U.S. Firms Prepare For End To Iran Sanctions [Helping The Enemy?]

    12/23/2015 9:08:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Wall S. J ^ | December 23, 2015 | BENOÃŽT FAUCON
    U.S. Firms Prepare For End To Iran Sanctions Apple, GE, HP gear up for potential opening of markets in Islamic Republic By BENOÎT FAUCON Dec. 23, 2015 Ahead of an expected lifting of sanctions, several U.S. corporate giants including personal-computer seller HP Inc. and General Electric Inc.’s oil-services unit are actively exploring a market entry into Iran. U.S. companies other than food, aircraft-parts and medicine suppliers are still banned from conducting direct transactions with Iran. But last week Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said at a hearing that sanctions relief on Tehran...
  • Iran’s Oil Revival Springs a Leak

    12/03/2015 4:48:40 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 2, 2015 | BENOÃŽT FAUCON
    Iran's energy industry is plagued by a host of challenges--from leaking pipelines to skeptical western oil investors--as it attempts to throttle up crude output next year when western sanctions are expected to be lifted. Iran's aging infrastructure is in disrepair after several years without the expertise of the world's largest oil companies, western and Iranian officials say. The country is likely to be selling as much as 500,000 new barrels of oil into an already saturated market for crude exports, setting up logistical hurdles. And the Islamic Republic is more divided politically over the return of western companies than expected,...
  • Opening Soon: Germans Race to Capture the Iranian Market

    11/05/2015 7:33:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | October 30, 2015 – 05:08 PM | Alexander Smoltczyk
    Ahead of the planned lifting of Western sanctions against Iran, businessmen from around the world are visiting the country, and as one group from Germany discovered, there is no shortage of opportunities. [...] To help people establish relationships with representatives of the "Evil Empire," the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce set up a "B2B" contact exchange. It's a form of speed dating, in which Iranian businesspeople walk from one table to the next, together with an interpreter and a handful of brochures of the Lower Saxony companies. The business owners from Hanover are quickly surrounded by Iranians, who treat them like...
  • Iran bans US consumer goods: minister

    11/05/2015 11:33:59 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/11/15 | yahoo
    Tehran (AFP) - Iran is banning the entry of US consumer goods, the commerce and industry minister said Thursday, as the country prepares for a lifting of economic sanctions. "In order to boost national production, it is necessary... to stop entry of American consumer goods and to prohibit products that symbolise the presence of the United States in the country," Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh wrote on his ministry's
  • Senior Iranian Neg: On October 19 President Obama Will Announce Lifting Of American Sanctions

    10/18/2015 5:18:10 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 8 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 10/15/15 | MEMRI
    Senior Iranian Negotiators Salehi, Kamalvandi: On October 19 President Obama Will Announce Lifting Of American Sanctions According to senior Iranian negotiators, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and an architect of the nuclear agreement (JCPOA), and Beherouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, on October 19, 2015 President Obama will announce that sanctions will be lifted and not merely suspended, contrary to the July 14, 2015 text of the agreement to which Iran is obligated.[1] If this report proves accurate, it means that President Obama surrendered to the threats and...
  • Iran Nuclear Deal Formally Adopted

    10/19/2015 8:30:09 AM PDT · by ETL · 44 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct 19, 2015 | Felicia Schwartz and Jay Solomon
    The Obama administration began implementing its landmark nuclear agreement with Iran with an eye toward lifting expansive sanctions imposed on Tehran in the past decade. Concerns from opponents of the deal continued to grow, however, as senior administration officials during the weekend played down the importance of a United Nations probe into whether Tehran has attempted to secretly develop the technologies needed to build atomic weapons.The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, is committed under the deal to release a report by year-end about the status of Iran’s alleged weaponization work. U.S. officials over the weekend said the...
  • BREAKING: Obama Admin PANICKING After Shocking Video Of Secret Iranian Missile Base Surfaces

    10/16/2015 7:23:45 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 155 replies
    JewsNews ^ | Oct 16, 2015 | N/A
    Breaking: Just a few hours ago, Iranian state media released a video from Iranian Revolutionary Guard showing a secret underground missile base. The previously unreleased footage features dozens of long range missiles, capable of striking Israel, locked and loaded onto mobile launch vehicles. In the video, Iranian military leaders are seen walking over replicas of the American and Israeli flags placed on the floor at the entrance of the compound. This bold demonstration of Iranian Military power comes less than 24 hours after the Obama administration was forced to admit
  • Obama Orders Steps Towards Lifting Iran Sanctions

    10/18/2015 12:58:16 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 23 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/17/15
    President Barack Obama ordered the US government on Sunday to take steps towards lifting sanctions on Iran, in line with the nuclear deal struck between world powers and Tehran in July. Obama's directive comes 90 days after the UN Security Council endorsed the Iran accord -- formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- a milestone referred to as "Adoption Day." "I hereby direct you to take all appropriate additional measures to ensure the prompt and effective implementation of the US commitments set forth in the JCPOA, in accordance with US law," Obama said in a memorandum.
  • The Iranian Majlis Has Not Approved The JCPOA But Iran's Amended Version Of It

    10/13/2015 10:55:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    MEMRI ^ | October 13, 2015 | A. Savyon and Y. Carmon
    On October 13, 2015 the Iranian Majlis approved, by a majority of 161-59 with 13 abstentions, not the JCPOA but rather an Iranian amended version it. Paragraph 3 of the Majlis decision states that "the government will monitor any non-performance by the other party [to the agreement] in the matter of failing to lift the sanctions, or restoring the canceled sanctions, or imposing sanctions for any another reason, and will take steps to actualize the rights of the Iranian nation and to terminate the voluntary cooperation [this apparently refers to the Additional Protocol, which, according to the JCPOA, Iran will...
  • U.S. starts carrying out Iran nuke deal as time expires on GOP

    09/17/2015 10:08:58 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 21 replies
    AP ^ | Sept 17 2015 | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration began carrying out the Iran nuclear deal Thursday as time expired on Republican efforts to derail it, appointing a senior diplomat to ensure that Tehran moves further away from bomb-making capability and outlining a months-long process before Western nations will start easing economic sanctions. Senators failed to reach the 60-vote threshold for a measure to keep all sanctions in place on Iran until it recognizes Israel and releases all imprisoned Americans, and then on a resolution expressing disapproval of the nuclear agreement. Two previous votes in recent days against the Iran deal also failed, and Congress’ 60-day...
  • Exclusive: U.S. warns governments, bankers Iran sanctions still in place

    10/10/2015 6:36:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/10/2015 | BY RON BOUSSO AND TIMOTHY GARDNER
    The Obama administration has privately reminded foreign governments and U.S. bankers that sanctions against Iran remain in effect, cautioning against a rush by Western companies to invest in Iran's oil industry and other businesses until the country fully complies with the July nuclear agreement. The U.S. State Department recently cabled a message, known as a demarche, to embassies around the world to reiterate that sanctions on Iran are still in place, diplomatic and government sources told Reuters on Friday. The demarche stressed that sanctions on Iran would not be lifted until the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies that Tehran has...
  • BP wins two Iranian oilfield development projects: source

    10/08/2015 8:31:40 PM PDT · by jonatron · 16 replies
    The Tehran Times ^ | 10/8/2015 | Tehran Times Economic Desk
    TEHRAN - Iran has left the development of two oilfields to the energy giant British Petroleum (BP), an informed source told the Tasnim News Agency on the condition of anonymity. The announcement is a follow-up to the September meeting between Iranian Oil Ministry officials and BP top managers, where the Iranian side headed by Amir Hossein Zamani Nia, the deputy oil minister for international affairs and trade, agreed to transfer the development of two oilfields to BP based on the new model of Iranian oil contracts, known as Integrated Petroleum Contract (IPC), which is due to be unveiled soon. ---snip---...
  • EXCLUSIVE: U.S. officials conclude Iran deal violates federal law

    10/08/2015 5:08:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/15 | James Rosen
    Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision – a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars in U.S.-backed commerce with the Islamic regime – conflicts with existing federal statutes and cannot be implemented without violating those laws, Fox News has learned. At issue is a passage tucked away in ancillary paperwork attached to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known. Specifically, Section 5.1.2 of Annex II provides that in...
  • Boosted by nuke deal, Iran ups funding to Hezbollah, Hamas

    09/21/2015 6:46:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9-21-15 | AVI ISSACHAROFF
    On Sunday, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, arrived in Iran for talks on the nuclear agreement, as part of what appears to be an attempt by the UN nuclear watchdog to evaluate whether Iran ran a military nuclear program in the past. Amano is expected to meet with various Iranian nuclear scientists for answers on this very subject. On December 15, ahead of the lifting of crippling economic sanctions on Tehran, he is slated to present the world with definitive answers that will determine whether Iran complied with the terms of a nuclear deal signed...
  • Carly Fiorina & H.P. Thwarted U.S. Sanctions, Sold $120 Million In Product To Iran

    09/20/2015 7:49:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    HNGN ^ | 9/16/15 | Taylor Tyler
    Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has been an outspoken opponent of Iran on the campaign trail, but during her time as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, it appears as if she was singing an entirely different tune. Fiorina often calls for keeping the crippling economic sanctions on Tehran and routinely criticizes President Obama's Iran deal, however, under her leadership at Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, the company sold hundreds of millions of dollars of printers and other computer products to Iran through a foreign subsidiary, despite U.S. export sanctions prohibiting such deals, according to a Bloomberg report. She was able to thwart...
  • Why GOP Congressional Leaders Support the Iran Deal in Fact — Follow the Money(ALWAYS)

    09/19/2015 9:37:03 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    nat review ^ | 9/18/15 | A McCarthy
    ‘Why on earth would Republicans do that?” That is a question I’ve been asked at least a dozen times since illustrating that the GOP has played a cynical game in connection with President Obama’s Iran deal. “Follow the money” is a common answer to questions about political motivation. It may not explain everything in this case, but it is certainly relevant. This spring, Republican leadership colluded with the White House and congressional Democrats to enact a law — the Corker-Cardin Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act — that guaranteed Obama would be authorized to lift sanctions against Iran (the main objective...
  • Why GOP Congressional Leaders Support the Iran Deal in Fact — Follow the Money

    09/19/2015 9:28:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/19/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Why on earth would Republicans do that?” That is a question I’ve been asked at least a dozen times since illustrating that the GOP has played a cynical game in connection with President Obama’s Iran deal. “Follow the money” is a common answer to questions about political motivation. It may not explain everything in this case, but it is certainly relevant. This spring, Republican leadership colluded with the White House and congressional Democrats to enact a law — the Corker-Cardin Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act — that guaranteed Obama would be authorized to lift sanctions against Iran (the main objective...
  • VIDEO: Donald Trump Speaks At DC Rally Against Iran Nuclear Deal

    09/09/2015 11:15:24 AM PDT · by JoeSeales · 56 replies
    Donald Trump ^ | 9-9-15 | Donald Trump
    September 9, 2015: 2016 GOP front-runner Donald Trump spoke in Washington, DC today at a rally hosted by the Tea Party Patriots to protest the United States' nuclear deal with Iran.
  • Watch Ted Cruz’s FULL SPEECH at Stop Iran Deal Rally

    09/09/2015 11:57:38 AM PDT · by Isara · 15 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | Sep 9, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    Ted Cruz gave a great speech today that’s gotten quite a bit of news coverage as he called on both Boehner and McConnell to stop this deal from happening. You can watch it below: Video
  • How the GOP Pretends Not to Authorize Obama’s Agenda

    09/09/2015 10:31:46 AM PDT · by ryan71 · 8 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 09/08/2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    In my weekend column I offered a concrete plan to undermine President Obama’s atrocious Iran deal. It is an easy one, because all that the Republican-controlled Congress has to do, if it really wants to derail this thing, is follow the law that they wrote and Obama signed, the Corker law — the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, sometimes also known as “Corker-Cardin,” after Senate sponsors Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D., Md.). Sadly, in another iteration of the anger that is the wind beneath Donald Trump’s wings, many readers insist that GOP leadership has no...
  • Colin Powell: Iran pact a 'pretty good deal'

    09/06/2015 12:21:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/06/2015 | Scott Wong
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell came out in support of President Obama’s agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program, calling it a “pretty good deal.” Powell, a retired general who led the State Department under GOP President George W. Bush, said he had vigorously studied the deal and listened to arguments from both supporters and opponents. “My judgment after balancing those two sets of information is that it’s a pretty good deal,” Powell declared on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The great concern from the opposition is that we’re leaving open a lane for Iran to create a nuclear weapon in...
  • Colin Powell Backs Iran Deal as ‘Israel Lobby’ Crumbles

    09/06/2015 12:12:28 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/06/2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Former Secretary of State and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell backed the Iran deal on Sunday. The retired statesman, who played a key role in the push for war in Iraq, later supported Barack Obama for president. Powell made his announcements on NBC News’ Meet the Press on Sunday. “My judgment…is that it’s a pretty good deal.” Powell said that while Iran could continue working toward a nuclear weapon when the deal expires, the agreement would at least slow that down. “We have stopped this highway race that they were going down.” Powell added that “they get nothing”...
  • What Do John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and John Brennan Have in Common?

    01/22/2013 5:33:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | January 22, 2013 | Morton A. Klein and Daniel Mandel
    President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia; seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad; pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program; and putting “daylight” between his administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same – John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA. Kerry opposed Congress’ 2009 hold on appointing an ambassador to a regime...
  • With unfrozen assets, Iran could increase funding to its terror operations by 50%

    08/22/2015 8:33:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/22/2015 | Matt Vespa
    With the nuclear deal with Iran soon to be etched in stone, the country is projected to receive anywhere from $100-150 billion in unfrozen assets–American Action Forum says $140 billion– as part of sanctions relief in return for limiting its nuclear weapons program. Yes, a known state-sponsor of terrorism is receiving billions that won’t be spent on terrorist activities. Remember, Secretary of State John Kerry forcefully said, “They’re not allowed to do that,” whereas National Security Adviser Susan Rice admitted that some of that money could fund such nefarious operations. Given the numbers crunched by American Action Forum, this...
  • Russia, Iran Reach S-300 Missile Deal

    08/19/2015 5:29:47 AM PDT · by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/19/2015 | Tova Dvorin
    Russia and Iran have formally reached a deal for Moscow to deliver Tehran advanced S-300 missile systems, deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov told RIA Novosti on Wednesday afternoon. "As things stand now, this topic is closed," Bogdanov stated. "We have reached full understanding on the matter together with our Iranian partners." "The question has been fundamentally solved," he stressed. "The rest is just technical details."
  • Kerry: Iran Can Violate Parts of the Nuclear Deal Without Really Violating the Nuclear Deal

    08/18/2015 10:05:52 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/18/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    “Secretary of State John Kerry would like to assure Iran that even if it violates the terms of the gratuitous concessions ‘thrown in as add-ons’ to the nuclear deal, the regime won’t be in violation of the deal as a whole. Specifically, the arms embargo is not tied to the snapback; it is tied to a separate set of obligations. So they are not in material breach of the nuclear agreement for violating the arms piece of it. Not to worry, Kerry explains, because there are ‘other sanctions’ the US could impose — plus, we mustn’t forget about the ‘specific...
  • Obama can do Iran nuclear deal even if Congress disapproves

    08/16/2015 9:34:15 AM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 16, 2015 | DEB RIECHMANN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. Yet even if lawmakers reject the agreement, it's not game-over for the White House. A congressional vote of disapproval would not prevent Obama from acting on his own to start putting the accord in place. While he probably would take some heavy criticism, this course would let him add the foreign policy breakthrough to his second-term list of accomplishments.
  • Switzerland Lifts Sanctions Against Iran

    08/12/2015 2:51:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 8/13/2015, 12:12 AM | Elad Benari
    Switzerland will on Thursday officially lift sanctions against Iran that had been suspended since January 2014, the government announced on Wednesday, according to Reuters. “The Federal Council (government) wishes today’s steps to be seen as a sign of its support for the implementation of the nuclear agreement and its interest in deepening bilateral relations with Iran,” said a statement quoted by the news agency. […] Switzerland will also introduce a new exemption clause that lets Berne implement UN Security Council resolutions on Iran, according to Reuters. The government said Switzerland wished to “promote a broad political and economic exchange with...
  • Iran confirms trip by Quds Force Commander to Moscow to discuss arms shipments

    08/07/2015 11:17:40 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 8, 2015 | By Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    Iranian officials confirmed Friday that General Qassem Soleimani, the heavily sanctioned Revolutionary Guard Quds Force commander, traveled to Russia last month and was conducting weapons deals, including discussion of the S-300 missile system, according to Reuters. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said Friday the U.S. is very concerned about the development. “Qassem Soleimani is subject to a UN travel ban and this travel ban requires all states to prohibit Qassem Soleimani from traveling to their nation and the only exception to that is if the Iran sanctions committee grants an exemption,” she said at UN headquarters...
  • Senate support grows for Iran deal

    08/05/2015 7:06:57 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | Aug 5 2015 | BURGESS EVERETT
    President Barack Obama’s Iran deal looks increasingly likely to survive a challenge from congressional Republicans after several swing Democrats said they would back the deal just as the Senate sped toward recess on Wednesday. Minutes after Senate leaders locked in an agreement to begin debating the nuclear deal on Sept. 8, Independent Maine Sen. Angus King came to the floor to announce his support for the agreement. King’s decision will make it hard for GOP opponents to block the lifting of legislative sanctions when the Senate votes no later than Sept. 17. Story Continued Below “This is the most difficult...
  • [world's] Sanctions against Iran crumble as America wrangles over the nuclear deal

    08/05/2015 7:41:53 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 7 replies
    Guardian ^ | Aug 5 2015 | Simon Tisdall
    As debate rages among politicians and pundits in Washington over whether to endorse last month’s historic nuclear compromise with Iran, key European allies have already given their verdict: a resounding thumbs up. Government ministers and business leaders in France, Germany, Italy and elsewhere in the EU are racing to open up a new era of diplomatic, trade, investment and possible future military cooperation with Tehran, regardless of what American and Israeli sceptics say. While Americans argue over timescales, technicalities and Iranian trustworthiness, behind their backs the scramble for Persia, recalling Europe’s 19th-century scramble for Africa, has already begun. The cohesion...
  • Iran Threat of Genocide Against Israel Could Hinder Lifting of International Sanctions

    07/28/2015 4:39:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | JULY 27, 2015
    Iran’s threat of genocide by calling for the eradication of the Jewish state of Israel could complicate the removal of certain international sanctions against the Islamic Republic, an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on Monday revealed. The U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide obligates signatories to prevent all forms and threats of genocide, which recent calls by Iranian military and political officials for the destruction of Israel clearly seem to contradict. And since a nuclear payload delivered by intercontinental ballistic missiles are the Iranian regime’s most logical tool to execute its apparent...
  • Israeli government sources: Iranian windfall from nuke sellout is $700 billion

    07/22/2015 1:41:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 7/21/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    The windfall to Iran from the lifting of sanctions comes to $700 billion according to Israeli government sources cited by former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren. Instead of blocking Iran’s path to nuclear weaponry, the deal, in fact, provides two paths. Under its terms, Iran could develop advanced centrifuges capable of enriching uranium at 20 times the current rate. By repeatedly exploiting the 24-day head start that the deal affords Iran before it has to let international inspectors visit a suspected site, the ayatollahs could cheat and make a bomb well within the deal’s 10-year time...
  • Iran buys 100 Russian refueling aircraft for its air force to reach any point in the Mid East

    07/22/2015 9:00:06 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 45 replies
    Debka ^ | July 22, 2015
    In defiance of the international arms embargo, Iran last week placed an order with Moscow for a huge fleet of 100 Russian IL78 MKI tanker aircraft (NATO: Midas) for refueling its air force in mid-flight, thereby extending its range to 7,300 km. This is reported exclusively by DEBKAfile from its military and intelligence sources. The transaction runs contrary to the terms of the nuclear accord the six world powers and Iran signed in Vienna earlier this month. These tanker planes can simultaneously refuel six to eight warplanes. Their acquisition brings Israel, 1.200km away – as well the rest of the...
  • Iran Fines U.S. Administration $50 Billion

    07/13/2015 12:06:23 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 69 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 13, 2015 2:21 pm | Adam Kredo
    An Iranian court on Monday issued a ruling fining the United States $50 billion for purported damages against the Islamic Republic and its citizens, according to an announcement by Iran’s Judiciary. Iran claims that the United States is guilty of inflicting “heavy loss and damage” on the country, as well as “killing the Iranian nationals by assisting their enemies,” such as former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, according to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency. The ruling charges “the U.S. administration with the payment of a total 50-billion-dollar fine for the losses it has incurred on real and legal entities,” according to...