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Video - History of Iran-US Relationship Since 1953

Video - History of Iran-US Relationship Since 1953


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 Sixty years ago, the CIA and the British SIS orchestrated a coup d'etat that toppled the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mossadegh. The prime minister and his nationalist supporters in parliament roused Britain's ire when they nationalised the oil industry in 1951, which had previously been exclusively controlled by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Mossadegh argued that Iran should begin profiting from its vast oil reserves.

Muslim USAF veteran again barred from flight - Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times

Muslim USAF veteran again barred from flight - Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times
OKLAHOMA CITY — A Muslim U.S. Air Force veteran who had trouble entering the country last year to visit his terminally ill mother was barred again Saturday from trying to return home to Qatar, the second time this month that he’s been prohibited from boarding a flight in Oklahoma City because his name appears on a government no-fly list.

The Hidden History of Water Torture by Tom Engelhardt -- Antiwar.com

The Hidden History of Water Torture by Tom Engelhardt -- Antiwar.com
Sometimes, the world can be such a simple, black-and-white sort of place.  Let me give you an example.  Imagine for a moment that the Iranians kidnap an American citizen from a third country.  (If you prefer, feel free to substitute al-Qaeda or the North Koreans or the Chinese for the Iranians.)  They accuse him of being a terrorist.  They throw him in jail without charges or a trial or a sentence and claim they suspect he might have crucial information (perhaps even of the “ticking bomb” sort — and the Iranians have had some genuine experience with ticking bombs). Over the weeks that follow, they waterboard him time and again. They strip him, put a dog collar and leash on him.  They hoodhim, loose dogs on him. They subject him to freezing cold water and leave him naked on cold nights. They hang him by his arms from the ceiling of his cell in the “strappado” position. I’m sure I really don’t have to…

Major Protests, Hunger Strikes after Palestinian Detainee Dies of Torture -- News from Antiwar.com

Major Protests, Hunger Strikes after Palestinian Detainee Dies of Torture -- News from Antiwar.com
Major protests have broken out in the occupied West Bank and reports say every single one of Israel’s 4,500 Palestinian detainees took part in a hunger strike today to protest the death of detainee Arafat Jaradat in custody on Saturday.

The Moral Depravity of "Lincoln"

The Moral Depravity of "Lincoln"

The Moral Depravity of "Lincoln" By Sam Husseini February 24, 2013 "Information Clearing House" - There is not a substantial character in the movie "Lincoln" who argues -- on moral grounds -- that African Americans are equal to whites.  The movie opens with President Lincoln listening to a soliloquy of a young black man who argues for how he wants to get ahead; which is fine I suppose, but hardly the same as a moral case against slavery.  Abolitionists -- who should be regarded as heroes -- are viewed throughout the movie as near nut jobs on the few occasions when they are not ignored.  The radical Republican congressman Thaddeus Stevens is depicted going through contortions to notargue that blacks are inherently equal to whites.   A pivotal scene is between him and Lincoln in which he pleads for Lincoln for follow his moral compass. Lincoln responds that one cannot go straight north when there is a swamp there. .......

When “War is Peace”: “Peace Prizes” Awarded to War Criminals

When “War is Peace”: “Peace Prizes” Awarded to War Criminals
February 24, 2013 "Information Clearing House" - French President François Hollande was awarded UNESCO’s Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize for “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa” according to the United Nations website: www.un.org.  Former Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano, chaired the Jury of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize stated that“After analyzing the global situation, it is Africa that held the attention of the Jury with the various threats affecting the continent” with instability affecting Northern Mali by various Al-Qaeda elements created by the west, gave France an opportunity to invade the former colony. “Having assessed the dangers and the repercussions of the situation on Africa, and on Mali in particular, as well as on the rest of the world, the Jury appreciated the solidarity shown by France to the peoples of Africa.”  Does appreciating “the solidarity” shown by France…

Israel Instructs Obama: “Iranian And Syrian Sanctions Are Not Painful Enough!”

Israel Instructs Obama: “Iranian And Syrian Sanctions Are Not Painful Enough!”
February 24, 2013 "Information Clearing House" - Damascus: On 3/26/2013 Iran is expected to meet with other world powers in Astana, Kazakhstan to discuss its nuclear program. Discussions that the occupiers of Palestine fervently hope will not be successful. It is toward this end that their key demand this week to the US Congress, the White House and the European Union is “to cast responsibility on the Iranians by blaming them for the talks’ failure in the clearest terms possible.”

Incarceration Rate For African-Americans Now Six Times The National Average

Incarceration Rate For African-Americans Now Six Times The National Average

February 21, 2013 "Information Clearing House" -  The incarceration rate for American-Americans is so high that young black men without a high school diploma are more likely to go to jail than to find a job, thereby causing the breakup of families and instilling further poverty upon them. “Prison has become the new poverty trap,” Bruce Western, a Harvard sociologist, told the New York Times. “It has become a routine event for poor African-American men and their families, creating an enduring disadvantage at the very bottom of American society.”

Carnage: 53 Killed In Syria Courtesy of US Allies

Carnage: 53 Killed In Syria Courtesy of US Allies


February 21, 2013 "Information Clearing House" - While the US and its Western partners pretend to be engaged in a global war against terrorism, their terrorist allies in Syria have set off another car bomb, tellingly very close to the ruling Baath party offices and the Russian embassy. Initial reports are that more than 50 have been killed by the terrorists, including many children attending a nearby school.

Bill Moyers: Democracy for Dollars

Bill Moyers: Democracy for Dollars




Transcript Bill Moyers: Welcome. At the State of the Union speech, there’s always more than meets the eye. Just out of sight is the reality of how we are governed. The House of Representatives, where Congress gathers to hear the President, used to be known as “The People’s House.” But money power owns the lease now and runs the joint from hidden back rooms. You're looking at the most expensive Congress money can buy. The House races last fall cost over one billion dollars. It took more than $700 million to elect just a third of the Senate. The two presidential candidates raised more than a billion a piece. The website Politico added it all up to find that the total number of dollars spent on the 2012 election exceeded the number of people on this planet -- some seven billion. Most of it didn’t come from the average Joe and Jane. …

US-Saudi Funded Terrorists Sowing Chaos in Pakistan

US-Saudi Funded Terrorists Sowing Chaos in Pakistan
February 18, 2013 "Information Clearing House" - Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's southwest Baluchistan province, bordering both US-occupied Afghanistan as well as Iran, was the site of a grisly market bombing that has killed over 80 people. According to reports, the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the attack. Billed as a "Sunni extremist group," it instead fits the pattern of global terrorism sponsored by the US, Israel, and their Arab partners Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The terrorist Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group was in fact created, according to the BBC, to counter Iran's Islamic Revolution in the 1980's, and is still active today. Considering the openly admitted US-Israeli-Saudi plot to use Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups across the Middle East to counter Iran&#…

Back in Benghazi: Ansar al-Sharia Returns, Establishes Checkpoints -- News from Antiwar.com

Back in Benghazi: Ansar al-Sharia Returns, Establishes Checkpoints -- News from Antiwar.com
Blamed for the 9/11 US Consulate attack and violently forced out of the city by pro-government attackers, the Ansar al-Sharia Benghazi (ASB) has returned in force, setting up checkpoints and promising to provide security for local hospitals and neighborhoods.

At Least 84 Killed in Quetta Bombing Targeting Pakistan’s Shi’ites -- News from Antiwar.com

At Least 84 Killed in Quetta Bombing Targeting Pakistan’s Shi’ites -- News from Antiwar.com
Yet another major suicide bombing hit Pakistan’s Shi’ite community over the weekend, when a suicide bombing targeted a busy marketplace in the Balochistan capital of Quetta, killing at least 84 people and wounding 173 others.

Israeli soldier posts disturbing Instagram photo of child in crosshairs of his rifle

Israeli soldier posts disturbing Instagram photo of child in crosshairs of his rifle

This disturbing image shows the back of the head of a child or young man as seen in the crosshairs of a rifle. The photo was posted on the personal Instagram account of Mor Ostrovski, a 20-year old Israeli soldier in a sniper unit.

Assassination Court: Senators Mull Pre-Execution Trials -- News from Antiwar.com

Assassination Court: Senators Mull Pre-Execution Trials -- News from Antiwar.com

With drones suddenly a part of the conversation during the Brennan confirmation hearings, senators are said to be considering an idea to create a secret “assassination court” on the model of the FISA courts that rubber-stamp wiretapping, only this court would be charged with deciding if “suspects” can be assassinated by US drone strikes.

Decade After Iraq WMD Speech at UN, Ex-Powell Aide Lawrence Wilkerson Debates Author Norman Solomon

Decade After Iraq WMD Speech at UN, Ex-Powell Aide Lawrence Wilkerson Debates Author Norman Solomon
Ten years ago this week, a defining moment occurred in the Bush administration’s push to invade Iraq. On Feb. 5, 2003, then-Secretary of State General Colin Powell addressed the United Nations Security Council. His message was clear: Iraq possessed extremely dangerous weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein was systematically trying to deceive U.N. inspectors by hiding prohibited weapons. A decade later, we host a debate between Powell’s former aide, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson — who prepared the U.N. speech, only to later renounce it — and media critic Norman Solomon, author of "War Made Easy." "I don’t believe the hype about that presentation having been the ultimate presentation ... that led us to war with Iraq," Wilkerson says of Powell’s speech. "George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and …

Why do Zionists falsely claim BDS movement opposes two-state solution?

Why do Zionists falsely claim BDS movement opposes two-state solution?
 As Brooklyn College faces intense bullying and threats over its hosting of an event this week with Omar Barghouti and Judith Butler, Zionists are renewing their false claims that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement opposes a two-state solution.

Child survivor of Gaza massacre denied medical treatment by Israel

Child survivor of Gaza massacre denied medical treatment by Israel
Twelve-year-old Amal Samouni still has shrapnel in her skull from the time Israel bombed her neighborhood in Gaza in early 2009. Amal lost 21 members of her extended family in that massacre, including her father Attieh and her brother Ahmad. As if she hasn’t suffered enough, Amal has been refused permission to travel through Israel for sorely-needed treatment.