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An attack on Iran remains a terrifying possibility, as a desperate flight forward by the Anglo-American coalition from an already hopeless situation in Iraq.

Russia’s countermove in Iran

Posted by seumasach on March 24, 2014

Consortium News

23rd March, 2014

Neocons hoped the Ukraine-Crimea crisis, which they encouraged, would drive a spike into the Obama-Putin collaboration and restore neocon dreams of a U.S. military attack on Iran. But the scheme could instead push Russia and Iran closer together, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.

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Iranian bank sues UK

Posted by seumasach on February 17, 2014

Iran’s Bank Mellat sues UK for $4bn in losses


16th February, 2014

Iran’s largest private bank, Bank Mellat, is suing the UK Treasury for some USD 4 billion in compensation for loss of business caused by the illegal sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear energy program, lawyers for the bank say, Press TV reported.

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French minister hits back at US on Iran business ties

Posted by seumasach on February 6, 2014

Follow the money! There is now an unstoppable momentum behind Iran’s reintegration into the “international community”. Amidst reports of an official Iranian presence at the next round of Geneva talks, Kerry is careful not to appear to eager to embrace America and Israel’s long term bogeyman and continues to talk with forked tongue.


5th February, 2014

AFP: A visit to Iran by a 116-strong delegation of French business figures is “a bet” on the future and not “business as usual”, France’s finance minister said Wednesday, brushing off US criticism of the trip.

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Defining moment aproaching in Iran talks

Posted by seumasach on February 2, 2014


Indian Punchline

2nd February, 2014

The year is 1979. The streets of Tehran heaved with the passions let loose by the revolutionary fervor. Imam Khomeini had just arrived from Paris a few days ago and the ten-day run-up began leading to the momentous turning point on February 11 when the armed forces switched loyalty from the Shah to the revolutionaries. By tradition, February 1 is the day Iran celebrates the return of Imam Khomeini from exile and this year is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the revolution. There is much symbolism that the first tranche of the frozen assets of Iran amounting to $4.2 billion was deposited in the Swiss banks on last Friday the eve of ‘Ten-Day Dawn’ ceremonies of the Iranian Revolution.

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Iran, France to cooperate on Syria crisis

Posted by seumasach on January 25, 2014

In order to save appearances France are negotiating with a “B” team, rather as the UK did when they sent a delegation led by Jack Straw


25th January, 2014

Iran and France are to work together in a fresh joint effort to help resolve the ongoing conflict in Syria, a senior Iranian official says.

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Iran’s Rouhani hogs Davos show

Posted by seumasach on January 24, 2014


24th January, 2014

No one can be at two places at the same time — not even Iranians. In retrospect, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon might have done Tehran a favor by inviting it to the Geneva II conference (January 22) on Syria and then retracting. That left Tehran to take to the Davos meet (January 22) with gusto and undivided attention.

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AIPAC loses over Iran

Posted by seumasach on January 23, 2014

Top Israel Lobby Group Loses Battle on Iran, But War Not Over

Jim Lobe


23rd January, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 2014 (IPS) - Eight years ago, Stephen Rosen, then a top official at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and well-known around Washington for his aggressiveness, hawkish views, and political smarts, was asked by Jeffrey Goldberg of the New Yorker magazine whether some recent negative publicity had harmed the lobby group’s legendary clout in Washington.

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Lavrov insists on Iranian presence at Geneva

Posted by seumasach on January 20, 2014

Geneva II without Iran unforgivable mistake: Lavrov


20th January, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the Geneva II talks over the Syrian crisis will be “an unforgivable mistake” if Iran doesn’t attend the confab.

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Un chief insists on Iran’s participation in Geneva II

Posted by seumasach on January 15, 2014

UN Chief Reiterates Iran’s Participation in Int’l Geneva II Talks on Syria


15th January, 2014

“I insisted on the necessity of Iran’s participation in (my) negotiations with all regional and international sides, who are involved in Syria’s issue, because in my opinion Iran is a major player,” Ban stressed in a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian on the sidelines of the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Kuwait on Tuesday.

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An Obama legacy sails into view

Posted by seumasach on January 13, 2014


13th January, 2014

The US president Barack Obama lost no time to greet the agreement reached yesterday between Iran and ‘P5+1′ opening the Iran nuclear program to “new and more frequent inspections”. Obama knows — and he knows we know — that, finally, slowly but surely, the historic legacy of this extraordinary statesman is taking shape in front of our eyes.

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US, Iran keep walking on bumpy road

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2013


Indian Punchline

15th December, 2013

Take a deep breath and stand back and recall what  Lysander told us in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the course of true love never did run smooth. True, momentarily it seemed that the nascent, highly fragile P5+1 and Iran interim pact on the nuclear issue met with a blight and a conspicuous wilting of the expert-level negotiations at Vienna becomes inevitable in the downstream of the the US’ unilateral decision to impose sanctions on select firms which traded with Iran that were acts violative of Washington’s sanctions regime.

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