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May 22 11:56

‘Unreasonable and Brutal’: Analyst on Pompeo's Iran Speech

On Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a hard-line speech on Iran, demanding that the Middle Eastern country follow 12 conditions set by the US unless it wants to be “crushed.”

According to Pompeo's speech, which was delivered at the Heritage Foundation think tank based in Washington, DC, Iran must release American hostages, halt its ballistic missile program, remove its troops from Syria, and end its support for the Houthis in Yemen as well as for Hezbollah, the Islamist political party and militant group based in Lebanon, if the US is to renegotiate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The US recently announced its intention to pull out of the historic accord, under which, in general, Iran agreed to cap nuclear enrichment at a low level and allow international inspectors into its nuclear facilities in exchange for sanctions relief.

May 22 11:54

‘We will confront Iran’ US threatens Iran in nuclear deal row

THE United States has stepped up the pressure on Iran today demanding Tehran makes sweeping changes, including stopping its nuclear program, declaring Donald Trump is prepared to impose "the strongest sanctions in history” and are ready to take "all necessary steps to confront" the Iranian regime.

May 22 11:30

Syrian Army Has Full Control of Metro Damascus After ISIS Ouster

The Syrian Army has issued a statement today declaring victory in the fight over metro Damascus, saying that effective Monday Damascus and all of its surroundings are “completely secure” and under military and government control.

Expelling rebels and jihadists from suburbs of Damascus has been a priority for awhile. The defeat of rebels in Eastern Ghouta was a major step in that direction, but it was only this weekend, with the evacuation of the last few ISIS fighters, that the whole area was secure.

ISIS forces managed to infiltrate the Yarmouk refugee camp and surrounding area, south of Damascus. The refugee camp, which once housed a large number of Palestinians, has been contested repeatedly since the Syrian War began.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats to the Russian, Syrian, and Iranian forces which have contributed to making this happen.

But this vile, US/NATO backed war against Al Assad has left the country in utter ruins, and the question of how Syria can get help in rebuilding must be asked, and answered quickly.

May 22 11:18

Pentagon Threatens More Aggressive Stance Toward Iran

Following up on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s bellicose threats toward Iran, Pentagon officials suggested that moving against Iran would require a “whole government solution.” They pointed toward the Pentagon being more aggressive toward Iran in the future.

While officials were not specific about what the Pentagon would or even might do, they condemned Iran’s “malign influence” in the region. Some talked up freedom of navigation operations, which has long been a favored way for the US Navy to pick fights or escalate tensions with rivals.

Purely theoretically, the freedom of navigation exercise is just meant to prove that ships can safely transit certain waters. Though Iran has never impeded anyone’s ships passing around their sphere of influence, the US Navy has favored parking ships along Iran’s maritime borders, and occasionally hugging that border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What alleged "malign influence" is the Pentagon talking about here, regarding Iran, please?!?

Just because Iranian advisors were not going to allow Syria to go down in flames, courtesy of a US/NATO cabal, supporting rebels in taking control of Damascus' government, and throwing Al Assad out, is this the reason for the Pentagon's ire against it?!?

Someone... has some 'spaining to do, as to the actual, and specific, activities Iran has really done, then honestly document them, if they think for one moment that they can lead the American people to a mindset of wanting war against the Iranians, who have done nothing negative, or wrong, to the people of the US. The people of this country are both war-weary, and war-skeptical, and more wars will be a lose for any candidate who supports more wars, before mid-term elections here in the US.

May 22 10:12

AN ISRAEL-IRAN WAR IS UNLIKELY TO HAPPEN ANY TIME SOON

Writing in the Asia Times earlier this month, David P. Goldman lamented that an Israel-Iran war is unlikely to take place any time soon. His observation appears surprising considering the mainstream media has been hyping up the idea of such a war over the past few months.

Nevertheless, he is correct. Short of something catastrophic that completely upsets the current status quo, there are many signs that Israel and Iran are not headed for a direct confrontation in the immediate future. Though the mainstream media dishonestly advertises such a war, the truth is that Israel’s next war will not take place in Iran — or even Syria for that matter. It is far more likely to take place in Lebanon.

As Goldman explained:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First, why in the name of heaven, is this man "lamenting" that it doesn't look like there will be war between Israel and Iran in the near term, but a war against Hezbullah in Lebanon is close to a dead moral certainty?!?

For intelligent people, any war is to be avoided if there is any other way to resolve geopolitical differences.

Apparently, when it comes to David Goldman's thinking, all wars bringing Israel closer to acheiving the "Erez Israel" model, should be pursued, and immediately.


Map: Greater Israel

May 22 09:47

DUMA PASSES BILL ON COUNTER-SANCTIONS, GIVES RUSSIAN GOVT POWER TO IMPOSE RESTRICTIONS

The Russian State Duma has passed a bill aimed at defending "economic interests and security" in response to the latest sanctions introduced by the United States and its allies.
The motion was drafted by State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin and the heads of all four parliamentary caucuses in mid-April, days after the US Treasury Department released a list of 24 Russian citizens and 14 Russian corporations that fall under new sanctions imposed over Russia’s foreign policy.

“The main objective of this federal law is to defend the economic interests and security of the Russian Federation, its territorial integrity and the rights and freedoms of its citizens, from unfriendly actions of the USA and other foreign states that impose political or economic sanctions against the Russian Federation, its citizens and companies or any other activities aimed at destabilizing Russia’s politics or economy,” reads the freshly approved bill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And so, the escalation continues, essentially due to the US government punishing Russia for things it has not done, like allegedly annexing Crimea, which never actually happened.

I hate the way trade wars can escalate into shooting wars, which the Presidents of both countries claim that they do not want, but right now, it looks like a question of when, rather than if, we are looking at a military confrontation between the two.

I cannot tell you if we are looking at that confrontation in Syria; Iran; Dombass/Ukraine, or elsewhere; but I can feel it coming, and with a certain, particular dark aura of ...inevitability.

May 22 07:21

Pompeo Presents Iran With Massive List Of Demands They Won't Follow, Puts U.S. On War Footing

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled a massive list of demands for Iran -- which there is zero chance they will comply with -- and threatened to impose the "strongest sanctions in history" if they refuse to follow along.

May 22 03:09

US Hostility Good Opportunity For Europe, Iran To Abandon USD

The re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran and Washington’s threat to punish European companies for doing business there provides a good opportunity for ditching the dollar, according to RT’s Keiser Report host, Max Keiser

The US uses the dollar as a weapon to promote US dollar hegemony and the US Empire. The world now sees clearly that the US dollar is a Ponzi scheme in the hands of the Central Bank, backed by the extraordinarily violent Pentagon whose multi-trillion- dollar budget can only be justified via wars of convenience, torture, and election meddling around the world,” Keiser wrote.

Unfortunately, European corporations are defying the EU and EC by threatening to abide by the preposterous US sanctions and financially censor Iran in ways that will boost the fortunes of these CEOs, but endanger millions of Europeans and people around the world,” he added.

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May 21 21:28

The Messiah Is Here

Excellent piece covering the last couple of weeks in the Mideast.
Pretty well sums it up! Trump and Putin in Netanyahu's pocket.

The arrival of Benjamin Netanyahu on that day was a heaven-sent gift for Putin. Here was the man who could call upon the US Senate, who can deal with the US President, and now he came in person, Mr World Jewry personified, supporting the Russian narrative of history

Netanyahu repaid his host by a missile strike upon Syria, almost right away. This is a standard Israeli procedure: upon any high-level meeting with the Russians, bomb their allies, so they would know who is more important. They bombed Syria while Russian Defence Minister Shoygu’s jet was still in flight from Moscow to Tel Aviv.
Putin swallowed it, and promised to refrain from supplying S-300 to Syria, despite his Chief of Staff’s words.

May 21 13:23

Commentary: I just visited Iran. Here’s what I heard about the U.S.

It was not hard to learn students’ opinions. “What does America want from us? To force us to negotiate? We did, we agreed, already, in 2015,” said one student in a reference to the year to nuclear agreement was signed. “Regime change – do Americans even know we vote for our government here?” said another. In answer to my query about Iranians having indeed overthrown one government 40 years ago, a grad student responded, “The Shah we overthrew, yes, but he was not selected by the Iranians, you installed him. Trump and Bolton [the names of the president and his national security adviser are almost always mentioned in one slur of mispronunciation] want us to change our government? And why do they think we will, because you make it harder for us to purchase Western goods?”

May 21 12:00

NYU Abu Dhabi Censors John Kerry Over Fear He Might Say Nice Things About Iran

It's one of those inevitable and awkward moments that so well exposes the hypocrisy of Western progressive academic institutions aligning themselves closely with autocratic gulf sheikhdoms.

While speaking to graduates at NYU Abu Dhabi on Sunday, former US Secretary of State John Kerry opined that "true civil discourse" is under threat around the world, yet in an irony that appeared lost on him the whole event was censored by NYU, possibly under orders from United Arab Emirates authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I LOVE the smell of rank hypocrisy in the morning!!

May 21 11:21

Did Putin Just Ask For Iran's Exit From Syria In Meeting With Assad?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad paid an unannounced visit to Vladimir Putin on Thursday evening at the Russian president's summer home in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi where the two leaders discussed the process for winding down the war in Syria, and notably the reduction of foreign troop presence in the country.

This marks the third such known meeting inside Russia between Assad and President Putin since 2015, and the first since two major instances of external airstrikes on the Syrian government dramatically escalated the prospect for broader war. The first was the April 13th US-led coalition attack involving over one hundred missiles on sites in and around Damascus; and the second was the May 10 Israeli attack on dozens of targets inside Syria in what was the biggest military escalation between the two countries in decades.

May 21 11:13

Trump the Schlump: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Bad; North Korean Nuclear Deal Is Good

After illegally abrogating the signature of the United States on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal with Iran, Donald Trump is not only prepared to offer a nuclear deal to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but had his Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, sweeten the prospect with a promise of billions of dollars of investments in North Korea’s infrastructure. Meanwhile, Trump is prepared to institute secondary sanctions against any country, including the remaining JCPOA signatories, that continue to do business with Iran.

May 21 10:55

EU, Russia, and China in Talks on New Iran Nuclear Deal

While previous reports have indicated that there was little interest in talking about a new nuclear deal with Iran, the withdrawal of the US from the existing deal appears to have changed things. Now, Russia, China, and the European Union are to hold talks on a major revision of the deal later this week.

This new deal would keep Iran’s requirements the same as the existing deal, but would increase the incentives guaranteed by the other powers. This is an attempt to keep Iran complying with the deal as the US ratchets up sanctions.

While the US was the one pushing for a “new” deal in the first place, the other nations have kept the US completely sidelined in these new talks. This is unsurprising, as many see the US trying to undermine any such deals.

May 21 10:34

Bernie Sanders rips John Bolton, Trump over Iran

May 21 10:18

EU could compensate firms hit by U.S. sanctions over Iran: French minister

France is looking to see if the European Union could compensate European companies that might face U.S. sanctions for doing business with Iran, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.

Le Maire referred to EU rules dating back to 1996 which he said could allow the EU to intervene to protect European firms against any sanctions imposed by the United States, adding that France wanted the EU to toughen its stance in this area.

In 1996, when the United States tried to penalize foreign companies trading with Cuba, the EU forced Washington to back down by threatening retaliatory sanctions.

May 21 10:08

Did Putin Just Ask For Iran's Exit From Syria In Meeting With Assad?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad paid an unannounced visit to Vladimir Putin on Thursday evening at the Russian president's summer home in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi where the two leaders discussed the process for winding down the war in Syria, and notably the reduction of foreign troop presence in the country.

This marks the third such known meeting inside Russia between Assad and President Putin since 2015, and the first since two major instances of external airstrikes on the Syrian government dramatically escalated the prospect for broader war. The first was the April 13th US-led coalition attack involving over one hundred missiles on sites in and around Damascus; and the second was the May 10 Israeli attack on dozens of targets inside Syria in what was the biggest military escalation between the two countries in decades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is imminently possible that Putin made this suggestion to Al Assad, as a way to attempt to prevent further Israeli bombing attacks against Syria; unfortunately, however, even if Iran withdraws its military advisors, or troops here, this will be no guarantee that Israel will not continue to bomb Syria, to insure that it remains the captor of Syria's Golan Heights, won militarily in 1967, and from which Israel is illegally selling oil contracts.

May 21 09:06

US LAYS OUT 12 DEMANDS FOR A NEW NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN

The Trump administration escalated its demands on Iran on Monday while giving Tehran a possible loophole if it wants the US to return to the nuclear deal which President Trump unilaterally cancelled last month, laying out a list of demands that Iran has to satisfy for the deal to be restored, including a stop to all uranium enrichment and halt to Iran's support for militant groups in the region.

The administration’s demands were outlined in a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which for the first time spelled out all of the administration’s requirements for a new agreement. Pompeo laid out an onerous list of 12 "basic requirements" on Iran which toughened the nuclear demands and called for a wholesale change to Iran’s military posture in the region, that he says should be included.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Pompeo has laid out, in these demands, are all the reasons Iran will absolutely not agree to them, setting the stage for an Israeli-desired, US-directed war against it, which is the basic premise for these demands being raised.

This has been the consummate wet dream of the Israeli government for some time now; legitimizing the US government's military attack against Iran, which may well mean war with Russia, as Russian military and civilian leadership have frequently promised Iranian leadership would happen, in the event of an attack against it.

But what people in this country have got to understand, is that Israel expects this war to be waged only at the costs of American blood and American money. Should such a war happen, look for the reinstitution of the draft in this country, and this time, it will be coming not only for our young men, but also our young women as well.

Right now, the Israeli government believes it can talk President Trump into anything that feeds his ego, and his ability to be flattered into making bone-headed decisions, like the one signing off on these 12 demands, or the moving to the US consulate from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, is huge.

And although there is no timetable at this moment, for Iran's acquiesence to these demands, it is only a question of time before there is an "or else" deadline tacked on to them.

What this ultimatum will accomplish, will be to push Iran closer to Russia, China, and Europe; and the fact that neither Trump nor Pompeo understands this, does not bode well for peace in the region at all.

May 20 09:14

George Galloway tears into Donald Trump over Iran nuclear deal decision in opening rant

May 19 12:37

Letter from Iran: Mr. Trump, you have been served

In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump, with copies to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the UN Security Council, four top former officials at the highest level of the US government have given him legal notice about his duty to advise the US Congress, the ICC and the UNSC, among others, about Israel’s actions coinciding with the “70th anniversary of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes.”

The letter is signed, among others, by former CIA operations officer Phil Giraldi; former Pentagon official Michael Maloof; former US Army officer and State Department coordinator for counterterrorism contractor Scott Bennett; and former diplomat and author of Visas For al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked The World, Michael Springmann.

May 19 12:10

Putin Vows to Stand Up to US Govt’s Attempts to Block German Pipeline

EU nations, particularly Germany, were already interested in getting closer to Russia in their joint efforts to save the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. Another issue driving them together is the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline, connecting Russian natural gas supplies to Germany.

Europe in general, and Germany in particular, need that Russian natural gas. The US opposes the pipeline, however, for deliberately circumventing Ukrainian territory. Russian President Vladimir Putin, visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said that Russia will stand up to US attempts to block the project.

He’s not alone. German Economic Minister Peter Altmaier represented US opposition to the pipeline as “America first” policy attempting to secure US exports. He warned Europe would defend its own interests in the matter, even if they conflict with America’s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What happens when all of Europe is using cryptocurrencies to circumvent US santions, in order to be able to access Russian and Iranian oil?!?

Because, were I a betting person, that is what I would bet this is where Europe will be going, and very, very soon.

US government's "thuggocracy" tactics will not work here, unless President Trump is willing to wage physical war on all countries refusing to honor US sanctions against Russia and Iran.

I would very politely like to suggest to him that perhaps, such a world war is not an answer to his personal frustrations at getting snubbed by Europe over Russian and Iranian sanctions,which have no logical reasons to exist in the first place.

May 19 11:15

Iran calls on Muslims to revise trade ties with US after Jerusalem move

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday called on Muslim countries to revise their economic ties with the United States in response to its relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem.

"I call on countries to totally cut their relations with the Zionist regime (Israel) and also to revise their trade and economic ties with America," Rouhani said in a speech at a summit of Muslim nations in Istanbul, broadcast live on Iranian state TV.

May 19 10:56

Iran Signs Provisional Pact To Enter Russia-led free-trade zone

May 19 10:55

EU Gives Trump The Middle Finger, Will Stay In Iran Deal And Protect EU Companies From US Sanctions

May 19 10:31

Iran And Russia Discuss Transacting In Crypto To Avoid International Sanctions

Iran and Russia could start using cryptocurrencies to avoid Western sanctions, Russian news portal RBC reported yesterday, May 17.

Mohammad Reza Pourebrahimi, the head of the Iranian Parliamentary Commission for Economic Affairs, referred to cryptocurrencies as a promising way for both countries to avoid US dollar transactions, as well as a possible replacement of the SWIFT interbank payment system.

At a meeting with Dmitry Mezentsev, the Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy, Pourebrahimi said that they have “engaged the Central Bank of Iran to start developing proposals for the use of cryptocurrency.”

Pourebrahimi added that he discussed this topic in the State Duma's Committee on Economic Policy the day before and that Iran had established cooperation with Russia on this issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I almost have to laugh at the futility of President Trump's sanctions, now that Russia and Iran have found a way around them, as will other European, and Asian nations, dropping the US dollar and using cryptocurrency.

So how is President Trump going to respond to the world's not paying any attention to his sanctioning of Iran and withdrawing from the P5+1, declare war on the rest of the world?!?

May 19 07:39

Essential history to understand the present: Lie-started and illegal wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, rhetoric for war on Iran

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

The following is my first white paper on the US so-called War on Terror, prompted by the Bush-regime's lies becoming so numerous that I needed to document them because I could no longer remember all of them while teaching high school government and history classes. I began this paper in 2005, updated until 2009, and offer more recent but less extensive versions here and here.

May 18 13:00

Republicans’ Apocalyptic Fantasies Are Now Playing Out in the Middle East

ore than 20 people in Gaza were dead on Monday before anyone in Washington had had their breakfast. This was pitched to the awakening nation as a series of “deadly clashes,” even though the deadly part only applied to one side. It was a great start to a day in which the president*, who doesn’t know anything about anything, prepared to toss a lighted match into a lagoon of gasoline in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This genocidal behaviour on the part of the IDF toward the Palestinians, encouraged and abetted by President Trump's acquiescence to the movement of the American embassy to Tel Aviv, coupled with the end-times insanities of Jeffress and Hagee (which are very dubious, in terms of both Biblical origins and interpretations), and the rabidly wretched racisim of Israeli Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, paints a very ugly picture of 21st century Israel.

The author of this article's likening of what Trump has done here, geopolitically, as being akin to tossing a lighted match into a lagoon of gasoline in the Middle East, is a very adept analysis.

People in the Middle East do not dislike us "For our freedoms", as the war criminal President Bush famously used to love to say; they dislike us because US foreign policy in the region has been completely oursourced to Israel, and Americans have been forced to live with those negative consequences of that Israeli-outsourced foreign policy for far too many years.

That foreign policy led to war with Iraq; it may well lead to a war against Hezbullah in Lebanon; a continuing war against Syria; and a war against Iran. And trust me on this; Tel Aviv wants those wars outsourced to the US military to fight,, but only at the costs borne in American blood, and American money.

The only political leader I am seeing as the adult in the room on these issues of stopping further wars in the region, will be Russia's President Putin; but even he may not be able to stop what I am seeing as the American rush to war in the Middle East, again, to control their pipelines, and in what currencies their oil will be sold.

May 18 12:13

EU Will Block US Sanctions Against Iran Starting Friday

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has confirmed that beginning Friday, a 1996 “blocking statute” aimed at preventing the enforcement of the US sanctions against Iran will be brought back into effect. The law was initially passed to prevent the US blocking EU companies from trading with Cuba.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister Theresa May
EU officials have been negotiating the matter all week, as an attempt to try to save the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran after the US withdrew, and started re implementing sanctions. EU leaders have agreed that the entire union will work together in protecting the deal.

The blocking statute explicitly forbids European companies from complying with any nuclear-related US sanctions against Iran. It also mandates that the EU states will not recognize any foreign court rulings trying to enforce the sanctions against those companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what is President Trump going to do now, declare war on the EU?!?

That he and his team got so utterly caught like a deer in the headlights on this, and had no idea that his decision to pull the US out of the P5+1 deal was going to have these kinds of ramifcations, is not precisely a stellar endorsement of their understanding of the EU relationship with Iran, nor the fallout this decision would have.

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, yet perfectly predictable from this Administration.

May 18 12:07

Energy giant Total pulls out of gas development project in Iran

In a massive blow to Iran’s economy, French oil giant Total confirmed that it has not accepted any gas exploration commitments in the southern Pars field.

Total issued a statement on Wednesday on the future of its oil projects in Iran stating that the decision came after President Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the JCPOA.

Total, together with the other partner Petrochina, executed the contract related to the South Pars 11 (SP11) project, in full compliance with UN resolutions and US, EU and French legislation applicable at the time,” the statement said.

“SP11 is a gas development project dedicated to the supply of domestic gas to the domestic Iranian market and for which Total has voluntarily implemented an IRGC-free policy for all contractors participating in the project, thereby contributing to the international policy to restrain the field of influence of the IRGC.”

May 18 08:35

EU Breaks With Trump Over Iran: Good 'Blowback'

EU President Donald Tusk has openly broken with Washington over Trump's pullout from the Iran deal, Gaza, and looming tariffs, Tweeting recently that "with friends like these who needs enemies?" Will this expanding US/EU rift be the good kind of "blowback" from Trump's "capricious assertiveness" in foreign policy?

May 18 08:08

EU Will Block US Sanctions Against Iran Starting Friday

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has confirmed that beginning Friday, a 1996 “blocking statute” aimed at preventing the enforcement of the US sanctions against Iran will be brought back into effect. The law was initially passed to prevent the US blocking EU companies from trading with Cuba.

May 17 14:15

Will Trump’s Pyrrhic Victory End with America’s Role As Global Bully?

I am in Iran speaking at a conference on the future of the Middle East. The timing for the meeting is particularly appropriate due to the recent American withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which limited the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for suspension of sanctions. Initial discussions with Iranians revealed that they are less pessimistic about the development than are the Americans and Europeans present, believing as they do that the situation can somehow be reversed either by Congressional refusal to endorse the Trump decision or by rejection of the demands being made by the White House that all parties who were also signatories to the agreement (Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) should also withdraw or themselves face secondary sanctions.

May 17 13:37

“Jerusalem al-Quds: Eternal Capital of Palestine” conference in Mashhad, Iran

Dr. Kevin Barrett writes, "Greetings from Mashhad! I’m heading back to the USA and will resume doing radio shows and False Flag Weekly News ASAP. Meanwhile here is an article on the conference.
Best, Kevin."

May 17 10:37

Commissioner: EU Willing to Block US Sanctions on Iran

EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulus has conformed on Wednesday that the EU is fully prepared to pass legislation to block US sanctions targeting Iran. The US has threatened to punish EU-based companies for doing business with Iran, despite the P5+1 nuclear deal, which European nations are a party to, obliging sanctions relief.

Iran has warned that staying in the deal hinges on the remaining signatories ensuring that Iran’s sanctions relief still happens despite the US withdrawing from the pact. Already, two major companies, France’s Total S.A. and Germany’s Siemens, have suggested that barring EU legislation, they’re going to stop deals with Iran out of fear of US retaliation.

Avramopoulos indicated that the legislation being considered by the EU would be straight-forward, outright making it illegal for EU companies to comply with US sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program. Other EU officials have hinted at other measures to support Iran economically.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like one of President Trump's unintended consequences from walking away from the P5+1 deal, will be an economic war with Europe over Iran.

I am quite sure Russia's Putin saw this coming, and is just laughing himself silly, at how ridiculous a move this was for President Trump, at a time when the last thing he needs is a trade war with Europe over Iran.

And here's the kicker confirmation, from zerohedge.com this morning:

EU Launches Rebellion against Trump's Iran Sanctions, Bans European Countries from Complying

May 17 10:26

Netanyahu: “Let’s You and Him Fight”: Brandishing the American Military

Why did the Cockatoo-in-Chief renege on the Iran deal deeply prized by Russia, China, France, Germany, England, and the European Union? Why did he deliberately damage relations with Europe and cost American workers many thousands of jobs at Boeing among others? Why do all of this to hurt a country that poses no danger to the United States?

Israel.

Israel, Israel. Israel. Israel.

Always Israel.

If Iran were a threat to the existence of Israel, things would be different. If Muslims conquered the Jews, they would presumably treat them as badly as Israelis ,and very likely worse. It would be ugly in the extreme. To prevent this, use of the American military would be justified.

But Iran does not threaten the existence of Israel. It does threaten Israel’s dominance in the Mid-East.

May 17 09:21

ATLANTICISM CRACKS!: EU TO DUMP US DOLLAR For IRAN DEALINGS

An anonymous diplomatic source in Brussels has revealed to RIA Novosti that the European Union intends to discontinue paying for Iranian oil in US dollars. This is a major development which confirms a series of articles in global media which reveal the growing positive developments indicating that Atlanticism is in a serious crisis. It has cracked. Analyses by CSS and FRN’s own experts going back a number of years have forecasted that these events would eventuate.

This comes on the heels of the “Euro-troika” of France, Germany, and the UK agreeing with Iran to develop a support program and strengthen economic ties in response to the US’ withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal proclaimed by Trump on May 8th.

May 17 09:17

'If Israel bombs Iran, Arab states will support Tehran'

May 17 07:30

US, Israel can aid coup in Iran & if it fails, let Iranians fight each other – ex-Mossad official

The US, Israel and Saudi Arabia – can change regime in Iran, and Trump’s policy provides an opening for it, a former top Mossad official speculated, adding that if a coup fails, Iranians will still be fighting each other.

Haim Tomer, a former Mossad official said to lead Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and International Divisions, explicitly talked about possible options for regime change in Tehran during an interview with the Jerus

May 17 07:26

Europe will defend its companies in Iran despite threat of US sanctions – Macron

Leaders of European states will maintain the nuclear deal with Iran and protect their corporations against potential US sanctions for doing business in the Islamic Republic, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.

“We’ve had a vibrant discussion on Iran. The 2015 nuclear agreement is a crucial element of peace and security in the region. We have opted to support it whatever the US decides to do,” said the French president on arrival at the Sofia summit. “We have pledged to take necessary political steps for our companies to stay in Iran.”

May 16 16:39

Russia, China and Iran Counter Donald Trump’s Removal Of The U.S. From Iran Deal

By Aaron Kesel

China has opened a railway link with Iran as a response to the sanctions set on the Middle Eastern country by President Donald Trump’s administration after Trump recently ended the Iran deal.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and Israel are working to spin the narrative about the protest in Gaza after Israel massacred 58 Palestinians and injured scores of others by blaming Hamas...

May 16 15:53

Europe to ditch US dollar in payments for Iranian oil – source

The European Union is planning to switch payments to the euro for its oil purchases from Iran, eliminating US dollar transactions, a diplomatic source told RIA Novosti.

Brussels has been at odds with Washington over the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, which was reached during the administration of Barack Obama. President Donald Trump has pledged to re-impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

“I’m privy to the information that the EU is going to shift from dollar to euro to pay for crude from Iran,” the source told the agency.

May 16 12:05

Trump ‘misjudged’ Iran by expecting it to leave nuclear deal – President Rouhani

President Donald Trump expected Tehran to leave the nuclear deal after the US withdrawal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday. Tehran had refused to follow that plan by trying to save the deal with its remaining signatories, ISNA quoted the Iranian president as saying. “Trump played his first card, but miscalculated the second move… as Iran did not follow that plan,” Rouhani said.

May 16 12:05

Merkel says transatlantic ties ‘must endure’ dispute about Iran’s nuclear program

The relationship between Europe and the United States should endure differences such as the diplomatic dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. “Despite all the difficulties that we have these days, the transatlantic relationship is and remains paramount,” Merkel told MPs.

May 16 12:04

France’s Total to quit Iran gas project if no US sanctions waiver

Total will pull out of a multibillion-dollar gas project in Iran if it cannot secure a waiver from US sanctions, the French energy company said on Wednesday. The announcement shows how European companies are starting to take matters into their own hands as their leaders struggle to save the nuclear deal with Iran, Reuters said.

May 16 10:40

Putin’s stock rises as 'go-to' mediator between Israel, Iran

Russian diplomacy shifts into high gear

Following the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Russian President Vladimir Putin may be the best bet, or last man standing, to offer a diplomatic off-ramp for Israel and Iran to avoid war.

Two weeks ago, this column observed that Russia might be well-placed as a potential mediator between Iran and Israel, a trend Al-Monitor has followed for over four years. That role places Putin on a tightrope balancing Russia’s all-in support for the Syrian government, while facing the limits of Moscow’s uneasy but vital relationships with both Iran and Israel and reckoning with a continued slide in US-Russia relations. The regional picture is additionally complicated by the US decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, the Palestinian demonstrations in the Gaza Strip, the absence of an Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic track and Hezbollah’s win in Lebanon’s elections.

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As could have been predicted, President Putin is a zillion chess moves ahead of both President Trump and the West on this issue, and is doing everything in his power to prevent a regional war, which could, potentially, go nuclear.

May 16 10:02

State Department Says Hosts 200 Foreign Diplomats to Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal

200 diplomats and representatives from countries gathered at the Department of State on Monday to discuss the way forward in the wake of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters.

"We had 200 ambassadors here [State Department] yesterday… speaking about the next steps forward on the Iran deal," Nauert said on Tuesday.

Nauert explained the diplomats met with several senior State Department officials with respect to the issue, while several Treasury Department officials also participated in the meetings.

May 16 10:02

US Navy on Alert as US' Iran Deal Exit Leaves Gulf in ‘Period of Uncertainty’

US President Donald Trump’s decision to go back on the 2015 Iran nuclear arms deal and withdraw has opened a “period of uncertainty” in the oil and natural gas rich-Persian Gulf, a top US Navy leader said Monday.

Washington anticipates the "period of uncertainty" to hang over the gulf indefinitely, Admiral John Richardson, the service's chief of naval operations, told Reuters aboard a military aircraft.

"It is a period of uncertainty that we are entering into, right — how the whole world will respond to this latest development," Richardson told reporters.

May 16 10:02

Trump's Iran gamble won't topple regime, but could start ‘war’ with EU

Trump’s plans are not about starting a war with Iran but trying to bring about regime change by draining it financially. It’s a plan which is doomed to fail, and could also create a costly trade war with the EU.

You have to go back quite some time in contemporary history to find a policy decision taken by a superpower so spectacularly wrong, that it compares to the decision by Donald Trump to pull out of the so-called Iran deal. One tends to think more recently of the decision by George W. Bush to not only invade Iraq with no real plan, but to also cancel all pay to the Iraqi army – a move which perhaps our grandchildren will still feel the impact of, in decades to come. Another one, perhaps, could be the decision in 1956 for Britain to plough ahead with the military campaign in Suez, an all-time low in British history which still produces red faces from bewildered politicos and historians today.

May 16 09:56

The US pulled out of Iran Nuclear Deal because it’s too broke

Here’s a perspective on Trump’s decision to pull out of JCPOA, a.k.a. the Iran Nuclear Deal, that definitely doesn’t get enough airtime. It’s all about money. Following the Iranian revolution of 1978-79, Jimmy Carter froze Iran’s assets in the US. Ever since then, the US has been holding on to between $100 and $120 billion in Iranian assets, which have been accruing rent and interest. After the JCPOA, which stipulated the lifting of sanctions on Iran, Washington has been doing its best to drag its feet on releasing these assets, but they would have had to be returned to Iran sooner or later… unless the US pulled out of the deal, which it just did.

May 16 09:46

History of Iran in 5 minutes (3200 BCE - 2013 CE)

May 16 07:40

Europe to ditch US dollar in payments for Iranian oil – source

Donald has sold what little soul he has to Israel and the chickens are coming home to roost!

The European Union is planning to switch payments to the euro for its oil purchases from Iran, eliminating US dollar transactions, a diplomatic source told RIA Novosti.
Brussels has been at odds with Washington over the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, which was reached during the administration of Barack Obama. President Donald Trump has pledged to re-impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

May 15 13:07

US starts turning the heat up on EU over Iran deal — Lavrov

"However, our European counterparts tell us they are getting ready to become independent from the US in relation to their trade and economic ties with Iran," the Russian top diplomat went on to say. "We are interested in discussing the issue with all countries remaining within the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program," he noted. "We will see how resilient the Europeans will be this time, for in the past there were times when they eventually gave in to Washington, damaging their own legitimate interests," Lavrov added. The US forfeited all its rights under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program by exiting from this agreement, Lavrov explained. "By withdrawing from the JCPOA, the United States lost all its rights under this document, as there are a number of provisions in it that confers its participants with certain rights. The US - and it seems not to be denying this fact - already forfeited all these rights," he said.

May 15 12:46

China launches railway communication with Iran

The Chinese authorities opened railway communication with Iran, despite the position of the United States. Beijing opened a new railway line to Iran, while the US calls on its companies to wrap up their interaction with Tehran. As long as US President Donald Trump tightens his confrontational attitude toward Tehran by terminating the 2015 nuclear deal and calling for a new sanctions regime, China is more than willing to take advantage of an opportunity for trade by opening a new international railway linking Tehran and Bayannur, a city in China's Inner Mongolia region. The route of the railway has not been revealed yet, as there are several large railway projects underway. Given the fact that Bayannur is located near the Chinese border and the existence of the international railway to Kazakhstan there, one may presume that the new trade route passes through the territories of the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

May 15 10:57

Was There Ever an Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program?

A review of the evidence points to Israeli and MEK disinformation, not an open-and-shut case.

May 15 10:52

Reasons Trump Breaks Nuclear-Sanction Agreement with Iran, Declares Trade War with China and Meets with North Korea

We will examine the reason why Trump has embraced three strategic decisions which have world-historic consequences, namely: Trump’s reneging the nuclear accord with Iran; Trump’s declaration of a trade war with China; and Trump’s meeting with North Korea.

In brief we will explore the political reasons for his decisions; what he expects to gain; and what is his game plan if he fails to secure his expected outcome and his adversaries take reprisals.

May 15 09:42

Tehran ready to take nuclear program ‘to level stronger’ than before intl deal – official

Iran’s nuclear chief said on Tuesday that the European Union should make up for the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal or Tehran would ramp up its nuclear program to a level more advanced than before the accord, Reuters said.

May 15 08:42

Is Putin’s Strategy Finally Beginning to Work?

Washington’s three main European vassal states, Britain, France, and Germany have objected to Trump’s unilateral action. Trump is of the opinion that the multi-nation agreement depends only on Washington. If Washington renounces the agreement, that is the end of the agreement. It doesn’t matter what the other parties to the agreement want. Consequently, Trump intends to reimpose the previous sanctions against doing business with Iran and to impose additional new sanctions. If Britain, France, and Germany continue with the business contracts that have been made with Iran, Washington will sanction its vassal states as well and prohibit activities of British, French, and German countries in the US. Clearly, Washington thinks that Europe’s profits in the US exceed what can be made in Iran and will fall in line with Washington’s decision, as the vassal states have done in the past.

And they might. But this time there is a backlash.

May 14 16:18

Ron Paul Explains Trump's Plan For Iran: Put Terrorists In Charge

"Does anyone really think Iran will be better off if Trump puts a bunch of “former” terrorists in charge of the country? How did that work in Libya?"

May 14 14:40

Europe Steps Up Bid to Salvage Iran Nuclear Deal

With Chancellor Angela Merkel warning that faith in the international order is at stake, Germany, France and the U.K. are embarking on a diplomatic mission to salvage what they can of the accord, both to keep Iran on side and to shield European companies from U.S. sanctions that threaten billions of dollars of investment.

Foreign ministers from the U.K., France and Germany are due to sit down with their Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss how to move forward. European Union leaders will then take up Iran at an informal dinner in Sofia the following day. Merkel winds up the week with a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in the Russian resort of Sochi.

May 14 11:49

Trump's Ten Lies: A Response To The Iran Nuclear Agreement Speech

So, what were the lies Trump told?

May 14 08:45

Between Tehran and Gaza: From the dangerous threat to the explosive threat

Analysis: Iran’s ayatollahs and media fell for Qassem Suleimani’s ‘fake news’ about the deaths and serious damage his forces inflicted on Israel, but the Quds Force commander knows the truth—and that’s what counts. Meanwhile, the IDF is working to prevent new conflict in the strip by wearing out the ‘human tsunami’ before it reaches the fence area.

May 14 08:17

Iran foreign minister sets off on tour to save nuclear deal

Iran’s foreign minister embarks on a tour of world powers on Saturday, state media reported, in what is seen as a last-ditch effort to save Tehran’s nuclear deal after Washington’s withdrawal from the accord.

May 14 08:16

Israel Has No Real Desire for War with Iran, But US Might Lead Battle

Israel has launched its biggest attack ever on Iranian forces in Syria. This is a serious development, but reports of the entire Middle East being on the verge of all out war fail to fully appreciate the motives and intentions of the various players.

Looked at from the Israeli point of view, it is an excellent moment to act against Iran in Syria because it is unlikely that the Iranians will respond in a serious way.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Iran nuclear deal, the Iranians want to show the rest of the world, and particularly the Europeans, that they are the reliable and pacific upholders of the 2015 treaty.

This phase may not last long and does not mean that the Iranians have any faith in the EU states keeping the accord alive. But they do want to ensure that the EU and others will only grudgingly cooperate with the reimposition of draconian sanctions by the US.

May 14 07:54

U.S. Goes Rogue

In reaching this decision, Trump ignored the advice – make that, pleas – of traditional U.S. allies such as France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Instead, the president chose to heed the counsel of his new friends Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Viewed from this perspective, May 8, 2018 marks the inauguration of a Saudi-American-Israeli axis and a major realignment of U.S. strategic relationships.

May 14 07:52

Trump’s Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal Gives Europe a Choice: Become Vassals or be Independent

Donald Trump’s trashing of the Iran nuclear deal this week was not just an attack on Iranian sovereign interests. The US president was also poking European allies in the eye.

In abruptly withdrawing the US from the international nuclear treaty, Trump warned that his administration was preparing to re-impose harsh sanctions on Tehran, and that those sanctions would also hit European commercial interests in Iran.

The American president’s high-handed manner was to be expected towards Iran. He has constantly denigrated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed in July 2015 by his predecessor Barack Obama, along with other members of the UN Security Council, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany. Trump’s contempt for Iran as an alleged state terrorism sponsor has also been relentless.

But what stood out more in his dismissal of the nuclear deal this week was Trump’s brazen disregard for European allies.

May 14 07:34

The REAL Middle East Nuclear Threat

May 14 07:26

US may sanction EU companies who trade with Iran - Bolton

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has said the US could sanction European companies that continue to trade with Iran following the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal.

Bolton made the remarks during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union Sunday. Asked if Trump would hit the EU with sanctions for continuing to deal with Iran, Bolton said: ”It's possible. It depends on the conduct of other governments.”

May 14 07:19

Trump's Pyrrhic Victory: The US Opts For A Path That Can Only Lead To War

Nearly everyone loses by President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) relating to Iran’s nuclear energy program and to reinstate the “highest level” of sanctions while also threatening secondary sanctions on any country that “helps” the Iranians.

May 14 07:19

Will Trump Torch the Global Economy on the Bonfire of his Vanity?

At least it is confirmed for us. Donald Trump wants regime change in Iran. His cancellation of the JCPOA was a decision born his myopia. He has surrounded himself with people who reinforce his view and manipulate him via his vanity.

And the price of implementing his current plan will be a global debt crisis which no one will escape. The problem will be very few will see the links.

May 14 07:18

When Europe was Great: 5 historical figures who could have stood up to Trump

Donald Trump’s unilateral pullout from the Iran deal has set the US on a collision course with Europe. With its economy vulnerable and leaders beleaguered, could the EU perhaps learn from those who stood up to America in the past?

May 14 07:17

'Goodbye Europe!' Der Spiegel depicts Trump as middle finger flipping off EU amid Iran deal tensions

German magazine Der Spiegel has released its new issue, with a cover featuring Donald Trump on a middle finger, flipping the bird. It comes just days after the US angered Europe by walking away from the Iran nuclear deal.

Reaction from EU officials is still pouring in since Trump announced his decision earlier this week, so it didn’t take long before the cover was retweeted by French Ambassador to the US Gerard Araud.

May 14 06:30

China’s petro-yuan ‘thundering into action’ as Iran ditches US dollar in oil trade

We have a moron in the White House and a zionist to boot.

Washington’s renewed sanctions on Tehran supports China’s newly established oil futures, analysts say. The sanctions can make the yuan a more preferable currency than the dollar on the oil market.

May 13 09:18

The Summer of War and Chaos: US-Israel Plan to Balkanize the Middle East

Tensions are at an all-time high in the Middle East as Israel launched more than sixty missiles at Syria because Israel claimed that Iranian forces fired rockets into the Golan Heights, an Israel-occupied territory since the 1967 Six-Day War.

ran responded to the Israeli claims in a Zero Hedge report:

In the aftermath of one of the most severe Israeli attacks on Syria “in decades,” Iranian lawmakers said Thursday that Iran had no role in the attack, and that Shia nation doesn’t operate any bases in Syria.

Mohammad Javad Jamali Nobandegani, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee, said Israel’s claim that Iran had provoked Israel by firing first was “a lie,” adding that

“Israel’s history of carrying out unprovoked attacks in Syria has been well-documented.” “Iran does not have military base in Syria,” Nobandegani added

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Trust me, Israel, enabled by the US government will continue to provoke and provide provocations against Iran, until Iran has no recourse but to fight back; at least, that is what Israeli government officials are hoping to attack.

So, one has to wonder; what will Russia do, if there are more attacks against Syria, with the ultimate goal of getting Iran to act militarily?!? I certainly hope that Russia's Vlad Putin has his chess moves in order here, because I think at the moment, he is the only world leader capable of preventing the Middle East from devolving into the chaos Netanyahu and Trump seem to so desperately want to see happen.

May 13 09:02

Israel Baits the Hook. Will Syria Bite?

At face value, for Iran to inexplicably launch missiles at Israel, unprovoked and achieving no conceivable tactical, strategic, or political gain strains the credibility of Israel’s narrative even further.

But it is perhaps published US policy designating Israel as a hostile provocateur tasked with expanding Washington’s proxy war against Damascus that fully reveals the deadly and deceptive game Israel and the Western media are now playing.

For years, US policymakers admitted in their papers that the US desired regime change in Iran and sought to provoke a war to achieve it.

Israel Baits the Hook

The corporate-funded Brookings Institution – whose sponsors include weapon manufacturers, oil corporations, banks, and defense contractors – published a 2009 paper titled, “Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran,” and would not only spell out the US desire for regime change in Iran but devise a number of options to achieve it.

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This is most likely why we will see a "false flag" in either Syria or Iran, to be blamed on Iran, to give the US/Israeli governments the "justifications" for a war, which Russia's Vlad Putiin is keen to see NOT go forward, as that will diminish Russia's expanding influence in the region, both geopolitically and economically.

I am, for one, rather astonished that no large false flag has yet been concocted to bring such a war about, although God knows, with its attacks on Iranian bases in Syria, the IDF has truly tried to make this happen.

Expect to see more aggression by Israel and/or the United States, until such a war is accomplished.

May 13 08:59

Iran did NOT attack Israel. Syria retaliated against Israel!

May 13 08:48

Inside the Cutthroat World of Billion-Dollar Military Supply Contracts

he U.S. Government Accountability Office is expected to rule soon on a disputed contract worth more than a billion dollars to supply food to American forces in the Middle East.

The big-dollar decision will mark the most recent twist in a battle over giant U.S. military logistics deals dating back nearly a decade, and includes allegations of sanctions busting, corruption, and fraud. The ruling could also prove troublesome for the Defense Department, which for years has faced criticism over its contracts with Gulf-owned logistics companies the military has used to feed deployed troops.

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Apparently, these ghost corporations believe that they can bend the rules with impunity; if there are really any rules to the game, which I doubt, enormously, with this much money on the table.

May 13 08:42

Israel Nudges Trump Towards War With Iran

So what does all this add up to? In pulling the United States out of the international nuclear deal, Trump has heightened tensions with Iran on a number of issues unrelated to whatever nuclear ambitions that country may have. Netanyahu, who hated the nuclear deal from the start because it eased tensions and diminished pressure on Iran, now sees his opportunity to goad the Islamic Republic with pinprick airstrikes against Iranian positions in Syria. With Israel killing Iranians, a retaliatory response is inevitable, which is what Netanyahu wants. In this dangerous escalation of tensions, Trump has positioned his country on the side of Israel and against Iran; this will encourage further provocations by Netanyahu.

You don’t have to be Count Metternich to perceive where this is leading. It’s difficult to see how, under these circumstances, war can be avoided, while it’s easy to see how events could flip out of control and lead to war.

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This is why Netanyahu is hoping to goad the US government into its own war against Iran and Syria, the costs of which would only be borne by American blood, and American money, which will galvanize Moscow to fight against the US in both Syria and Iran.

Such a war, at this time, would be catastrophic to the regime in DC, because at this time in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strenth; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to any conventional war against Russia. Once those in the bowels of power in DC understand this, such a war could go both nuclear, and global.

So what would the current Netanyahu government have to gain from such a war?!?

Control over all the oil fields in the Middle East; that, and with which currency the oil is sold for, are the primary motivating factors here.

May 13 08:30

Merkel to visit Russia on May 18 to discuss Iran nuclear deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi on May 18 to discuss a wide range of international issues, including the Iran nuclear deal, with Russian President Vladimir Putin, acting presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said on Friday.

May 13 08:19

Marine Le Pen Slams Macron for 'Illusions' He Could've Changed Trump's Mind

President Trump’s decision to walk out of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran has prompted condemnation by other P5+1 members, including the EU, Russia and China.

France’s National Front head Marine Le Pen believes that President Emmanuel Macron bears his share of responsibility” for the “illusions” he had about his ability to talk President Trump out of withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Tehran.

“I resolutely condemn the position of Donald Trump and also that of the French diplomacy which, in its attempts to be even more neo-Conservative than (US national security adviser] John Bolton, has found itself without US patronage and no alternative way to go,” Le Pen said in a statement released on Friday.

May 13 08:18

German FM Vows Tougher Policy Toward Washington Amid Iran 'Disappointment'

The unilateral US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has poisoned the transatlantic relationship between Berlin and Washington, according to the top diplomat.

The US has demonstrated "very little willingness to take the arguments of its allies seriously," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the German magazine Spiegel.

Donald Trump's decision to leave the Iran nuclear agreement has caused serious damage to relations between the United States and Germany in the long-run, the top diplomat stated.

"The transformation which the US is undergoing has already taken hold of transatlantic ties," Maas said, adding that Berlin was aware of the ongoing change "before Tuesday night's disappointment."

May 13 08:16

US Public Support For Iran Deal Reaches All-Time High

As Iran rejected any renegotiations, the president soon favored to nix the agreement and reimpose sanctions, and this week President Trump officially withdrew from the Iran agreement. As Statista's Patrick Wagner notes, through the so-called snapback mechanism, a whole battery of sanctions will immediately come into effect again.

However, as this graphic shows, President Trump does not have a lot of public support for his decision...

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"But Israel approves, and that makes it okay!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 13 08:13

Donald Trump’s Kosher Controllers And The Coming War For Oil & Israel

“Trump’s reckless, unwarranted, utterly irrational action will pull Washington ever deeper into an incendiary Middle Eastern vortex of political and religious conflict that has absolutely nothing to do with the safety and security of the American people”.
— David Stockman, Former Congressman and Ronald Reagan’s Budget Director on Trump pulling out of the Iran nuke deal

“Sheldon Adelson, for his part, has advocated launching a nuclear attack against Iran as a negotiating tactic and threatening to nuke Tehran, a city with a population of 8.8 million people if Iran does not completely abandon their nuclear program”.
— Eli Clifton, Writer

May 13 08:13

John Bolton snaps at Jake Tapper over Iran deal: ‘We’re not going it alone — we have the support of Israel’

National Security Adviser John Bolton on Sunday argued that President Donald Trump was not “going it alone” when he forced the U.S. to violate a nuclear agreement with Iran because Israel supports the move.

During an interview on CNN, host Jake Tapper noted that America’s European allies are not planning to abandon the deal that prevents Iran from building nuclear weapons — even though the U.S. has reneged on the agreement.

“The U.S. [is] essentially, at least as of now, going it alone,” Tapper said. “How will that force Iran back to the table?”

“We’re not going it alone,” Bolton snapped. “We have the support of Israel, we have the support of the Arab oil-producing monarchies and many others.”

May 13 07:51

NIMMO: DONALD TRUMP’S NEOCON CONVERSION WAS PREDICTABLE

During the election, I wrote a little ebook titled “Donald Trump’s War on Islam.” In addition to pointing out Trump’s pandering to Islamophobia, I wrote about his association with a number of neocons, including Frank Gaffney and John Bolton, who is now his national security adviser. “I think John Bolton’s a good man,” Trump told the Hugh Hewitt Show.
“I watched him yesterday, actually, and he was very good in defending me in some of my views, and very, very strong. And I’ve always liked John Bolton. Well, we are thinking about it, Hugh [nominating Bolton as secretary of state]. I will say that. We are thinking about it. I mean, the negative is what I told you. But we are seriously thinking about it.”

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Color me very nervous (read: freaked out about a potential false flag) about the opening of the US consulate in Jerusalem tomorrow.

May 12 22:45

Netanyahu: “Let’s You and Him Fight”: Brandishing the American Miitary

Fred On Everything is P.O.ed!

Why did the Cockatoo-in-Chief renege on the Iran deal deeply prized by Russia, China, France, Germany, England, and the European Union? Why did he deliberately damage relations with Europe and cost American workers many thousands of jobs at Boeing among others? Why do all of this to hurt a country that poses no danger to the United States?

Israel.Israel, Israel. Israel. Israel.
Always Israel.

But while “the Jews” didn’t sink the Iran deal, a comparatively small number of Israel-firsters did. These are the Neocons, warlike and heavily Jewish, plus the Jewish lobby AIPAC plus a few Jewish billionaires. Collectively they determine American foreign policy, and not for the benefit of America........

May 12 10:52

Israel Nudges Trump Towards War With Iran

Donald Trump has put America on a path to war in the Middle East. Future historians will look back on his decision to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal, and related actions, as a folly akin to George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq. The consequences could be equally catastrophic.

If you wish to understand what’s really going on, don’t just keep your eye on Trump, whose zigzag pronouncements on Mideast strategy have demonstrated a characteristic lack of intellectual coherence. Instead watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who thinks in straight lines. His aim is to get America to curtail Iranian power and influence in the region—a level of power and influence, it should be noted, that was greatly heightened by America’s 2003 Iraq invasion, supported avidly at the time by none other than Benjamin Netanyahu.

May 12 10:29

Open rebellion? Europe signals patience drying up as US re-imposes harmful Iran sanctions

Europeans are angry over the latest US-imposed set of sanctions harming EU interests in the wake of Donald Trump quitting the Iran nuclear deal. The EU needs to decide whether to finally stand up for itself, analysts told RT.

Aside from imperiling a landmark international accord and endangering regional and global security, the US pull-out from the 2015 agreement with Iran will have crushing economic consequences for Europe. French, German and UK firms stand to lose billions of euros in investments and trade if they are forced to comply with the sanctions that will be re-imposed and expanded now that the US is no longer a signatory of the nuclear deal.

Now, facing the ruinous economic and political fallout from Washington’s unwillingness to honor its agreements, Europe has signaled that it may choose to pursue its own interests – as opposed to obediently swallowing what the US dictates.

May 12 10:09

Iran Deal: China Has Good Experience of Circumventing US Sanctions - Academic

China is likely to maintain cooperation with Iran even after the resumption of the American sanctions regime, scholars told Sputnik, adding that Beijing could play the role of a broker by creating a common platform for talks on the future of the Iran nuclear deal following Washington's decision to exit the agreement.

Beijing has a very good experience of using workarounds while developing cooperation with countries subjected to American sanctions, Irina Fyodorova, a senior researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), told Sputnik China, commenting on Donald Trump's May 8 pullout of the Iran nuclear deal and his decision to resume anti-Tehran restrictions.

May 12 09:52

'America Has No idea About the World It Wants to Run' - Scholar

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran has dismayed just about everyone, with the United Nations, the EU, Russia, Turkey all criticizing his “hard exit” from the groundbreaking accord.

In an interview with Sputnik, Marco Lombardi, director of the Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues & Managing Emergencies center in Milan (ITSTIME), explained Trump’s move by his apparent desire to get off the track beaten by his predecessor and show the world that America has a new president now.

He added, however, that the decision to withdraw from the Iran deal shows once again that “America has no idea about the world it wants to run.”

May 12 09:24

Slowly but surely, it’s beginning to sink in: A clinical lunatic is at the helm of the Jewish state

Declaring that it was long past time for his people to live once again on their ancestral soil, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly began calling Thursday for the Israeli return to their ancient homeland of Iran.

“The land of Iran has long been part of our heritage, and we implore the international community to work with us to ensure its return to the independent Jewish state,” said Netanyahu, adding that Israel was willing to use military force if necessary to reoccupy all 636,400 square miles of present-day Iran that were historically included in the promised land bestowed upon the Jewish people by biblical mandate.

May 12 08:28

Russia Bows to US and Israel, No S-300s for Syria

It’s not forthcoming, not now at least. According to Putin’s military technical cooperation aide Vladimir Kozhin, Russia will not supply S-300s to Syria’s military – nor are talks about possible delivery being held.

Kozhin falsely claimed Syrian armed forces have “all” the air defense systems “they need” – a shameful remark, clearly untrue.

Failure to supply with what Syria vitally needs constitutes betrayal – yielding to US/Israeli interests at the expense of its own security.

If Russia fails to confront US-led aggression in Syria more forcefully, Assad could fall, his government replaced, isolating Iran ahead of similar action to replace the Islamic Republic with pro-Western puppet rule.

It’s no match against US/Israeli aggression if events unfold this way. If they achieve regional hegemony, Russia and China are next on Washington’s target list.

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