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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.

US, Iran – so close, yet far apart

Posted by seumasach on July 14, 2014


Indian Punchline

13th July, 2014

The absence of the foreign ministers of Russia and China from the conclave of the P5+ 1 and Iran at Vienna today would suggest two things. One, they have better things to do elsewhere and, two, they don’t expect any big outcome at Vienna other than, perhaps, an extension of the stipulated deadline of July 20 for reaching a deal.

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Obama courting Iran for help in Iraq risks backlash

Posted by seumasach on June 17, 2014

Obama is certainly risking the ire of the Neo-Cons in engaging with Iran but he is doing so from what is regarded  as a strategic imperative: defeating Al-Qaida. It difficult for the Neo-Cons to argue with this and so they find themselves hoisted on their own petard


17th June, 2014

President Barack Obama’s outreach to Iran to help thwart Sunni militants in Iraq may upset regional allies and risk a domestic political backlash.

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UK set to reopen Iran embassy

Posted by seumasach on June 17, 2014


17th June, 2014

William Hague is expected to announce the reopening of the UK embassy in Iran as the West looks to improve relations to help tackle the crisis in Iraq.


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US prepares for talks with Iran to stop Iraq militants

Posted by seumasach on June 16, 2014


16th June, 2014

The United States is preparing to open a direct dialogue with Iran about how to deal with the Sunni insurgency in Iraq, a senior official said on Sunday.

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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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