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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.

Iran’s ‘Look East’ policy takes wings

Posted by seumasach on July 18, 2015


Indian Punchline

17th July, 2015

Most analysts blithely overlook that Iran also has a “Look East” dimension to its foreign policies and once it shakes off the shackles of the UN sanctions, it is that vector which is bound to become lively almost overnight, impacting the regional alignments in the South Asian region in a major way.

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Obama urges King Salman to seize Iran moment

Posted by seumasach on July 16, 2015


Indian Punchline

15th July, 2015

The world community has overwhelmingly, enthusiastically welcomed the Iran nuclear deal. Many western powers are scrambling to tap into the deal and take advantage of seamless business opportunities that could be opening up. The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius who has been in the forefront of those insisting on an iron-clad agreement is likely to be in a long line of top diplomats beating a path to Tehran.

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Middle East: The predictable defeat of France

Posted by seumasach on June 9, 2015

This analysis contains the following sensational revelation which I have no way of confirming but makes perfect sense in the context of the overall situation

“The signing of the agreement was threatened by the fall of Palmyra, which cut the « Silk Road », in other words the communications route between Iran on one side, and Syria and Hezbollah on the other [10]. In the event that Palmyra should remain in the hands of the jihadists (in other words the mercenaries who are fighting against the « Axis of Resistance » [11]), Teheran would be unable to transport its gas and export it to Europe, and would therefore have no interest in signing an agreement with Washington.

The Assistant Secretary of State thus informed the meeting that he had authorised the « Axis of Resistance » to bring fresh troops into Syria in order to defeat Daesh. By that he meant 10,000 Revolutionary Guards, who would reinforce the Syrian Arab Army before the 30th June. So far, the Syrians have been defending themselves alone, with help only from the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Turkish PKK, but without Russian or Iranian troops or Iraqi militia.”

Thierry Meyssan


8th June, 2015

While the signature of the agreement between Washington and Teheran draws ever closer, Thierry Meyssan retraces and analyses the policies of François Hollande in the Near East which uphold his support for the Gulf monarchies and Israeli apartheid. Indisputably, the author demonstrates the fact that this policy, which is contrary to the values of the Republic and the interests of the Nation, exclusively serves the personal ambitions of a few individuals and the social group they represent.

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Obama extracts GCC support for Iran deal

Posted by seumasach on May 20, 2015


Indian Punchline

The summing up of the meeting at Camp David on Thursday between President Barack Obama and “Heads of Delegations” of the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] member states couldn’t have been an easy job. To begin with, the planned summit didn’t quite happen in the absence of several key leaders from the GCC side. Except for the leaders of Kuwait and Qatar, the other 4 declined the US invitation. Funnily, the king of Bahrain, an important regional ally that houses the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, preferred to instead visit a horse show in Britain.

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U.S. wakes up to New (Silk) World Order

Posted by seumasach on May 15, 2015

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

15th May, 2015

The real Masters of the Universe in the U.S. are no weathermen, but arguably they’re starting to feel which way the wind is blowing.

History may signal it all started with this week’s trip to Sochi, led by their paperboy, Secretary of State John Kerry, who met with Foreign Minister Lavrov and then with President Putin.

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Yemen talks a defining moment for US-Iran ties

Posted by seumasach on April 22, 2015


Asia Times

22nd April, 2015

The first disclosure regarding Saudi Arabia’s impending announcement on the termination of its air strikes on Yemen didn’t come from Riyadh. It came from Tehran. The Saudi Ministry of Defence formally made its statement a few hours later. (FARS news agency). Clearly, intense consultations preceded the announcement and Iran was not only in the loop but had positioned itself in a key role.

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Iran: New frontier in energy politics

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2015


Indian Punchline

13th April, 2015

The integration of Iran into the international community is expected to be the last frontier in energy politics. No doubt, it will be a game changer and it would have an Asian vector and a European vector — and a Russian-American vector. The major players are gearing up for action to cope with the new great game in energy politics.

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Anti-Iran bill losing support among Senate Democrats

Posted by seumasach on April 10, 2015


9th April, 2015

A controversial measure requiring the White House to submit any nuclear deal with Iran to Congress is losing support among Senate Democrats.

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) urged Senate Foreign Relations Committee to postpone a vote on the legislation next week, minutes after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced her opposition to the bill.

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Rouhani: West despaired of sanctions policy

Posted by seumasach on April 6, 2015




Rouhani: Lausanne Understanding Shows West’s Despair in Sanctions Policy


6th April, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that the common understanding achieved by Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) showed that the western countries have come to realize inefficiency of their sanctions and pressures against Iran.

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Outline for Iran deal marks a new milestone

Posted by seumasach on April 5, 2015

Campaign Iran

5th April, 2015

Iran and the world powers have reached a new milestone by agreeing to a new framework for a final deal that would end the Iran nuclear crisis and put Iran on a new path in its relations with the international community.

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US removes Iran and Hezbollah from list of terror threats

Posted by seumasach on March 19, 2015

Middle East Monitor

18th March, 2015

An annual security report submitted recently to the US Senate by James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, removed both Iran and Hezbollah from the list of terrorism threats to the United States for the first time in years.

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