Ahead of March Iran Talks, U.S. Urged to Back Possible Israeli Strike

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by Jasmin Ramsey via IPS News In the same week that talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) concluded in Kazakhstan with rare positive Iranian feedback, a joint resolution declaring… Continue Reading  

“Homeland Security”

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The Trillion-Dollar Concept That No One Can Define  by Mattea Kramer and Chris Hellman via Tom Dispatch Imagine a labyrinthine government department so bloated that few have any clear idea of just what its countless pieces do.  Imagine that tens of billions of… Continue Reading  

After Unprecedented Fight, Hagel Confirmed as Obama’s Pentagon Chief

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via IPS News Ending a long and controversial battle, the U.S. Senate Tuesday voted 58-41 to confirm former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of defence. The confirmation, which followed a more-lopsided 71-27 vote to end… Continue Reading  

Two Cautionary Tales

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by Henry Precht Rare is the Middle East scholar or diplomat who departs from his customary groove in analyzing events in that region. Alas, I am — or was — one of the latter. Now, however, there come two books… Continue Reading  

Former Insiders Criticise Iran Policy as U.S. Hegemony

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by Gareth Porter via IPS News A review of Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett’s “Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran” (Metropolitan Books, 2013) “Going to Tehran” arguably represents… Continue Reading