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  • Further sanctions on Iran could be counterproductive, White House says (next phase of appeasement)

    11/24/2014 1:13:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:08pm EST
    WASHINGTON - The White House said on Monday Iran should be given more time to answer concerns about its nuclear program and that imposing fresh sanctions on the Iranians could be counterproductive. White House spokesman Josh Earnest made the comments after Iran and six powers including the United States gave themselves seven more months to overcome a deadlock over the Iranian program.
  • Obama to Bypass Congress on Easing of Iran Sanctions(Overrides a 99-0 vote in Senate)

    10/20/2014 6:07:13 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    newsmax ^ | 10/20/14 | m clyne
    President Barack Obama is doing everything in his power to bypass Congress and suspend most of the sanctions placed on Iran over its nuclear program, The New York Times reports. The president’s efforts to undercut Congress in the negotiations have riled many members, including New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “If a potential deal does not substantially and effectively dismantle Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program, I expect Congress will respond,” said Menendez, who has sponsored legislation to “tighten” sanctions if no deal is struck by Nov. 24. “An agreement cannot allow Iran to...
  • Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress [Obama to Boehner: "Get Lost!"]

    10/19/2014 8:08:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    NYTimes ^ | October 19, 2014 | DAVID E. SANGER
    Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress By DAVID E. SANGER OCT. 19, 2014 WASHINGTON — No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. But the White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it. Even while negotiators argue over the number of...
  • Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress

    10/19/2014 6:29:42 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 43 replies
    No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. But the White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it.
  • iran Sanction Revised?

    08/16/2014 2:11:32 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    US Treasury ^ | 7-19-2016 | Valerie Jarret?
    On July 19, 2014, the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, coordinated by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton) and Iran affirmed that they will continue to implement the commitments described in the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) and the U.S. government has extended through November 24, 2014, the sanctions relief provided for in the JPOA. This extended relief comes into effect on July 21, 2014. The following documents are key components of the implementation of the JPOA as extended. Guidance Relating to the Provision Of Certain Temporary Sanctions Relief in Order to Implement the Joint...
  • U.S. Releases Another $1 Billion to Iran ($2.55 billion since February)

    04/22/2014 8:23:11 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Adam Kredo
    The United States has released $1 billion in cash assets to Iran in April alone under the interim nuclear deal aimed at ratcheting back Iran’s nuclear program, according to the White House. The Obama administration unfroze Iranian assets totaling $550 million on April 10 and another $450 million on April 15. The United States has now released $2.55 billion to Iran since February, when the scheduled cash infusions first began. The cash releases were contingent upon Iran halting some aspects of its nuclear program and scaling back its stockpiles of highly enriched uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon....
  • What the hell is this American plane owned by the Bank of Utah doing in IRAN?

    04/18/2014 10:10:47 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Eric Owens
    On Tuesday morning, a plane owned in trust by the Bank of Utah showed up in a very visible area of the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran. What was it doing there exactly? Nobody knows, reports The New York Times. Under President Barack Obama, the United States has eased some of the long-standing punitive economic sanctions against Iran. Still, very little American — or European — economic activity is allowed inside the religious theocracy. The Bank of Utah is certainly no Wells Fargo. The Ogden-based community bank has all of 13 branches including...
  • US releases $450 million in frozen Iran funds

    04/18/2014 5:58:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Move comes after UN watchdog finds that Islamic Republic complied with terms of international nuclear deal
  • Iranian TV Mocks Obama Over Sanctions Threat

    02/13/2014 8:37:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 2/14/2014, 6:13 AM | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama declared this week that he would come down “like a ton of bricks” on firms that violate the sanctions that have been placed on Iran, but the Iranians do not appear to be threatened by the comments. In fact, a host on an Iranian television program mocked Obama’s threat on Thursday, and suggested that the American president take “one brick and knock it against his head.” […] Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali, Khamenei recently threatened the United States, suggesting that the Americans “exercise self-restraint,” after Secretary of State John Kerry said the military option was still...
  • White House Seeks to Bypass Congress on Iran Deal, Aims to unilaterally unwind sanctions laws

    01/21/2014 10:20:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/21/14 | Adam Kredo
    The White House has been exploring ways to circumvent Congress and unilaterally lift sanctions on Iran once a final nuclear agreement is reached, according to sources with knowledge of White House conversations and congressional insiders familiar with its strategy. The issue of sanctions relief has become one of the key sticking points in the Iran debate, with lawmakers pushing for increased economic penalties and the White House fighting to roll back regulations. While many in Congress insist that only the legislative branch can legally repeal sanctions, senior White House officials have been examining strategies to skirt Congress, according to those...
  • Two Senators Preparing New Iran Sanctions

    12/10/2013 12:43:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/13 | Elad Benari
    Lawmakers in the United States continue to show determination in passing new sanctions on Iran, despite the nuclear deal that was reached with it several weeks ago. Reuters reported on Monday that two senators are preparing legislation to impose new sanctions on the Islamic Republic in six months if the interim deal on its nuclear program goes nowhere. The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, and Republican Senator Mark Kirk are close to agreeing on legislation that would target Iran's remaining oil exports, foreign exchange reserves and strategic industries, their aides said on Monday, according to...
  • EU’s top diplomat agrees to landmark Iran visit

    01/14/2014 10:10:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 14.01.14 @ 09:07 | Andrew Rettman
    EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton has agreed to visit Iran amid wider efforts to improve relations between the Islamic republic and the West. She told press while visiting Kuwait on Monday (13 January) that: "I read with interest the invitation to visit Tehran, and it is my intention to do so in the course of the next weeks.” Her decision comes after Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi on Saturday told media she has “an open invitation” to visit any time. It also comes after Iran and the UN Security Council veto countries plus Germany in Geneva on Sunday...
  • No More Sanctions, No More War (Pat Buchanan on Iran Bill)

    01/15/2014 9:08:18 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 50 replies
    The American Consrvative ^ | January 14, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    As we approach the centennial of World War I, we will read much of the blunders that produced that tragedy of Western civilization. Among them will be the “blank check” Kaiser Wilhelm II gave to Vienna after the assassination by a Serb terrorist of the Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand. If you decide to punish the Serbs, said the Kaiser, we are with you. After dithering for weeks, Austria shelled Belgrade. Within a week, Germany and Austria were at war with Russia, France and Great Britain. Today the Senate is about to vote Israel a virtual blank check—for war on Iran....
  • Obama: 'Give Peace a Chance'

    01/14/2014 4:42:14 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 14, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama talked briefly about the Iran nuclear deal and said "give peace a chance." Via the pool report: Pres. Obama said the implementation agreement finalized over the weekend gives the parties "the time and space" to reach a comprehensive accord.
  • Prez can’t be trusted on Iran - Wages war of words on sanctions proponents

    01/15/2014 8:26:00 AM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | Jeff Robbins
    In the spring of 2006, a veteran Democratic senator visiting Boston was asked at a small gathering what the Democratic Party’s strategy was to address the advancing specter of Iranian nuclear capability. “I don’t know,” he confessed. “With any luck Israel will do something about it and the rest of us will publicly blame Israel.” The senator was not being snide. He was being candid: For many Democrats, the Iranian nuclear issue is suffused with, if not dominated by, wishful thinking. For the Democratic left, economic sanctions on Iran have been regarded with ambivalence. In late 2007, as the Democratic...
  • President Obama's policies are a disaster in Iran

    01/12/2014 6:47:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 11, 2014 | John Bolton
    Barack Obama's inexplicable and increasingly dangerous tilt toward Iran is getting harder to hide. Whether his administration is consciously shifting policy or simply making ad hoc, unrelated (even incoherent) decisions is unclear. But the cumulative effect is indisputable — a declining America in the Middle East inevitably means a stronger Iran, portending grave risks for Washington and its appalled friends and allies. The first (and still the most significant and most damaging) shift toward Iran was last November's Geneva agreement regarding Tehran's nuclear weapons program. This deal, technically still not yet operational (and with specific provisions still being hammered out),...
  • Reports: Senate’s Iranian sanctions bill approaching a veto-proof majority?

    01/10/2014 12:25:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/10/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    As of Thursday, the tally of senators officially throwing their support behind the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act was up to 56 — news with which the White House was most put out. “If certain members of Congress want the United States to take military action, they should be up front with the American public and say so,” Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Otherwise, it’s not clear why any member of Congress would support a bill that possibly closes the door on diplomacy and makes it more likely that the United States will have to...
  • 26 Senators defy Obama, back Iran sanctions bill

    12/19/2013 11:25:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2013 2:19 PM EST | Bradley Klapper
    More than a quarter of the Senate defied President Barack Obama on Thursday by introducing legislation that could raise sanctions on Iran, and compel the United States to support Israel if it launches a pre-emptive attack on the Iranian nuclear program. The bill, sponsored by 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans, sets sanctions that would go into effect if Tehran violates the nuclear deal it reached with world powers last month or lets it expire without a long-term accord. The measures include a global boycott on Iranian oil exports within one year and the blacklisting of Iran’s mining, engineering and construction...
  • Iran: ‘Deal is dead’ if sanctions are passed - "Do not like to negotiate under duress"

    12/09/2013 12:28:22 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 9, 2013 | Jeremy Herb
    Iran is threatening to walk away from nuclear talks if Congress approves new sanctions against Tehran. In an interview with Time, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that “the entire deal is dead” if Congress passes new sanctions, regardless of whether they would only be triggered by the failure of the talks. “We do not like to negotiate under duress,” Zarif said. “And if Congress adopts sanctions, it shows lack of seriousness and lack of a desire to achieve a resolution on the part of the United States.” Lawmakers angry about the six-month deal struck with Iran have said...
  • Is Obama violating the law: Iran Sanctions Act passed by Congress and signed by him in 2010?

    11/24/2013 12:59:25 PM PST · by Innovative · 15 replies
    H.R. 2194 (111th): Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress makes the following findings: (1) The illicit nuclear activities of the Government of Iran, combined with its development of unconventional weapons and ballistic missiles and its support for international terrorism, represent a threat to the security of the United States, its strong ally Israel, and other allies of the United States around the world. (2) The United States and other responsible countries have a vital interest in working together to prevent the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. (3) The International...
  • New Iran sanctions will lead to war, White House warns

    11/13/2013 7:26:47 AM PST · by Dave346 · 37 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 13, 2013, 4:33 am | Rebecca Shimoni Stoil
    Administration ups efforts to prevent Congress from passing new penalties against Tehran that could put kibosh on nuclear deal The Obama administration Tuesday stepped up lobbying against congressional action for new sanctions on Iran, with the White House warning such a move would lead to war. “The American people justifiably and understandably prefer a peaceful solution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and this agreement, if it’s achieved, has the potential to do that,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. “The alternative is military action.” Earlier in the day State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said John Kerry...
  • Obama Pressures Jewish Groups Not to Lobby for New Iran Sanctions

    10/31/2013 11:42:07 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 6 replies ^ | 10/30/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama is pressuring Jewish and pro-Israel organizations not to lobby for new sanctions against Iran, which Congress is considering this month. The Obama administration wants to give Iran time prove its good faith in new diplomatic efforts to resolve concerns about its nuclear program. Last month, the Obama administration enlisted Jewish and pro-Israel groups to lobby for military action in Syria. The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday that "national security advisor Susan Rice, her deputies Ben Rhodes and Tony Blinken and Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman" met with "four major American Jewish organizations" and that there was a...
  • White House 'considering unfreezing Iranian funds'

    10/18/2013 12:05:35 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    White House 'considering unfreezing Iranian funds' Barack Obama is considering ways to keep up the diplomatic momentum with Iran. By Raf Sanchez, Washington 6:52PM BST 18 Oct 2013 The White House is reportedly considering a plan to unfreeze billions of dollars in Iranian assets if Tehran is prepared to show it is taking credible steps to dismantle its nuclear programme. The plan would not scale back the international sanctions regime designed to strangle Iran's oil industry but would allow for money to be returned to ease the sanctions' economic damage. A senior White House official briefed the New York Times...
  • Debka Exclusive: Obama forewarns Netanyahu that sanctions against Iran will soon be partially lifted

    10/09/2013 5:46:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Debkafile ^ | Oct 10, 2013 | Debkafile
    President Barack Obama has notified Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that his administration will soon start the partial and gradual easing of economic sanctions against Iran, debkafile reports exclusively from its Washington and Jerusalem sources. The reduction would apply to “non-significant” yet “substantial” sanctions, the message said.
  • State Dept. official urges Congress to delay new Iran sanctions

    10/05/2013 4:25:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | Oct 3, 2013 | Paul Richter
    A senior U.S. diplomat urged Congress to delay tough new Iran sanctions legislation until after upcoming negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program for fear of undermining the talks. President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke on the phone Friday about the new diplomatic effort after years of stalemate. The administration has been wary about Congress’ desire to keep hitting Iran’s economy with new sanctions, fearing too much pressure could threaten the international coalition that is now cooperating with sanctions.
  • Netanyahu urges Obama to keep sanctions in place on Iran

    09/30/2013 11:54:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    reuters ^ | 9/30/13 | Matt Spetalnick and Jeff Mason
    (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged President Barack Obama on Monday to keep sanctions in place against Iran and to even tighten them if Tehran continues its nuclear advances during a coming round of negotiations with the West. Seeking to ease Israeli concerns about U.S. diplomatic engagement with Iran, Obama said Tehran must prove its sincerity with actions, not just words, and vowed to keep all options on the table, including the possibility of a military response. Netanyahu was hosted at the White House just three days after Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone...
  • New Sanctions Imposed on Iran to Halt Gold Trading

    07/01/2013 11:17:51 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies ^ | July 1, 2013 | RICK GLADSTONE
    The first American sanctions on Iran since a moderate cleric won the presidential election there on June 14 went into effect on Monday, expanding the number of penalized industries and imposing rules that theoretically could halt all gold and currency trade by the country. Proponents of the latest round of sanctions said they could deprive the Iranians of billions of dollars of income that had evaded earlier rounds — particularly with the new prohibition on gold trade. Bullion dealers in other countries who flout the prohibition risk severe American penalties, including expulsion from the United States precious metals market.
  • Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions

    12/21/2012 10:50:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions Daniel Halper December 21, 2012 12:59 PM John Kerry, who will be nominated later today to be the next secretary of state, is the richest member of the U.S. Senate. His estimated net worth is, at minimum, $198.65 million, according to disclosure forms. Kerry's disclosure forms also reveal that he has invested in companies accused of doing business with Iran. One of the companies Kerry is invested in is called Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (Petrobras), it's a Brazilian-based oil and gas corporation. Disclosure forms reveal that Kerry has between $150,000...
  • THERE IS NO HYPERINFLATION IN IRAN – The Real Story Is Much More Interesting

    10/06/2012 3:28:35 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 6, 2012 | Matthew Boesler
    Contrary to reports, there is no hyperinflation in Iran right now at all. In fact, the Western sanctions imposed on Iran's oil trade are failing miserably to meet their objectives. And a regime collapse – or even, coming short of that, another popular uprising reminiscent of June 2009 – seems further away from Iran than ever. Meanwhile, the Iranian regime is using the current sanctions imposed against it by the West as a weapon to weaken its own fiercest domestic threat – the educated, relatively pro-Western Iranian constituency that comprises the middle class.
  • Shurat HaDin: Inmarsat admits providing services to Iranian oil tankers despite sanctions

    08/02/2012 12:49:24 PM PDT · by ilcenter
    In letter to Shurat HaDin, the telecommunications giant confirms dealings with Tehran TEL AVIV, August 2, 2012 – "Inmarsat's official response to Shurat HaDin, as well as its previous statements to the media, confirms the telecommunications giant has dealings with banned Iranian oil tankers and other vessels," this according to Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center. On July 30, the London-headquartered Inmarsat officially responded to Shurat HaDin's warning via a letter authored by Rich Harris, Senior Vice President, mailed to its Tel Aviv offices. On July 25, Shurat HaDin warned Inmarsat against providing prohibited satellite communications services to Iranian...
  • China rejects Obama's Iran oil import sanctions (REJECTED!)

    03/31/2012 3:57:23 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    google ^ | 3/31/2012 | AP
    China rejected President Barack Obama's decision to move forward with plans for sanctions on countries buying oil from Iran, saying Saturday that Washington had no right to unilaterally punish other nations. South Korean officials said they will continue working with the U.S. to reduce oil imports from Iran, as other U.S. allies who depend on Iranian oil worked to find alternative energy supplies. Obama announced Friday that he is plowing ahead with the potential sanctions, which could affect U.S. allies in Asia and Europe, as part of a deepening campaign to starve Iran of money for its disputed nuclear program....
  • How Will Increased Iranian Sanctions Affect South Africa

    02/16/2012 10:56:57 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies ^ | 02/15/2012 | John Daly
    The U.S. new sanctions initiative, strongly supported by Israel, to impose new sanctions against Iran, is designed to punish it for its purported covert nuclear weapons program by imposing new restrictions on Tehran. As a result, many of Iran’s oil customers are scrambling to avoid collateral damage to their economies. The sanctions’ potential fallout is now hitting South Africa, Africa's biggest economy, which receives nearly 25 percent of its needs from Iran, roughly 98,000 barrels per day (bpd), or about 4 percent of Iran’s total exports. South Africa's economy, which has been hit by fuel shortages in the past because...
  • Obama signs new Iran sanctions into law

    12/31/2011 3:19:41 PM PST · by bkopto · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec 31, 2011 | Stephen Collinson
    US President Barack Obama Saturday signed into law tough new sanctions targeting Iran's central bank and financial sector, in a move that could intensify a brewing Gulf showdown. The measures, meant to punish Iran for its nuclear program, were contained in a mammoth $662 billion defense bill, which Obama signed despite having reservations that it ties his hands on setting foreign policy. The sanctions are meant to hit Iran's crucial oil sector and require foreign firms to make a choice between doing business with Tehran's financial sector and central bank or the mighty US economy and financial sector. Foreign central...
  • Exemptions Granted by U.S. Prove Iran Sanctions Won’t Work

    12/26/2010 9:23:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Commentary ^ | 12.24.2010 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Those aware of the profound nature of the threat that an Iranian nuclear weapon would pose to the West and to Israel have long been assured by the Washington foreign policy establishment that if diplomacy fails to persuade Tehran to behave, international sanctions provide the leverage that can solve the problem. Well, after two years of an administration dedicated to 'engagement," even President Obama seems to know diplomacy won't work. So that leaves us with sanctions. Amassing an international coalition to back the sort of economic sanctions that could bring Iran to heel has proven beyond the capacity of the...
  • Two US-targeted Iranian officials mock new sanctions

    10/03/2010 7:01:50 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    France 24/AFP ^ | October 2, 2010
    AFP - Two of the eight Iranian officials targeted by Washington with sanctions for alleged human rights abuses on Saturday mocked the moves against them by US President Barack Obama as a "joke." Welfare Minister Sadeq Mahsouli and deputy police chief Ahmad Reza Radan said Obama's decision questioned the very perception of the United States as a superpower.
  • Containment won't work

    06/11/2010 4:37:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 301+ views
    Pundicity/ ^ | June 11, 2010 | Michael Rubin
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shrugged off Wednesday's U.N. Security Council resolutions, saying they "resemble used napkins that need to be thrown to the garbage can." Diplomacy has hit a dead end: President Obama bargained away everything just to win watered down sanctions. Spinning centrifuges run down the clock. When Obama asked Iran to unclench its fist, it lacked the uranium to build a bomb. Today, it has enough for two. If President Obama does not act quickly and unilaterally to paralyze Iran's banking sector and stop the gasoline imports the Islamic Republic needs to survive, he will be left with...
  • Clinton warns of likely Iranian 'stunt' ahead of UN sanctions vote (right she is)

    06/07/2010 6:45:27 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 27 replies · 88+ views
    AFP ^ | June 7, 2010
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday she expects Iran will "pull some stunt in the next couple of days" as a UN vote on tough sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program looms. Asked what she expects in the runup to a UN Security Council vote on sanctions on Tehran over its controversial nuclear program, Clinton said "I expect Iran to pull some stunt in the next couple of days." Iran has in the past taken steps to "avoid being held accountable," Clinton told reporters as she waited to depart on a Latin American trip....
  • Iran to Surge to a Hegemonic Position in the Middle East Without a Major War

    01/03/2010 4:25:10 PM PST · by staffjam · 13 replies · 830+ views ^ | 01/01/2010 | Yossef Bodansky
    Despite the lingering demonstrations and disorder in Tehran, Iran’s ruling mullahs are confident anew in their country’s ability to surge to a hegemonic position in the Middle East without a major war. The main reason for the mullahs’ confidence is their interpretation of the appeasement policies of the US Barack Obama Administration. Most significant is the undeclared – yet widely projected – profound change in US policy regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran and all other regional governments are convinced that the US now strives to “contain” a nuclear Iran rather than continue the declared objective to prevent the nuclearization of...
  • BBC: Anti-Iran nuclear move 'dropped' --(Russia and China opposed any sanctions)

    03/04/2008 1:59:02 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 90+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 16:35 GMT | BBC Staff
    Anti-Iran nuclear move 'dropped' The UN vote was delayed to allow extra lobbying by the resolution's sponsors UN votes against Iran Plans for a new resolution against Iran at the UN's nuclear watchdog have been dropped, reports quoting diplomats say.Diplomats speaking anonymously to news agencies said Western states had scrapped the plans in the face of opposition led by China and Russia. Some objectors reportedly felt the move unnecessary, after the UN Security Council approved new sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme on Monday. Some Western states believe Iran wants nuclear weapons. Tehran denies this. This resolution is illogical, illegal...
  • Iran Sanctions Could Drive Oil Past $100 a Barrel

    01/23/2006 6:19:46 AM PST · by ex-Texan · 85 replies · 1,490+ views
    AOL.News / ^ | 1/22/2006 | Brad Foss and George Jahn
    (Jan. 22) - A surge in oil prices last week to almost $70 a barrel on concerns about the restart of Iran's nuclear program only hints at what may lie ahead. Prices could soar past $100 a barrel, experts say, if the U.N. Security Council authorizes trade sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation, which the West accuses of trying to make nuclear bombs, and Iran curbs oil exports in retaliation. A sharp global economic slowdown could follow. That's the dilemma the United States and European nations face as they decide whether to act. But Iran would also pay a hefty...