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The Real Reason for America’s War on Syria | Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

What lies behind this outburst of humanitarian concern by “the international community”. Is America coming to the rescue of the Syrian people? What is the real reason for America’s war on Syria? This question is addressed in a lead article by James P. Rubin, a Bloomberg executive editor and former State department official under the Clinton administration. The article appears ...

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Iran in Obama’s speeches at AIPAC: Advancing the policy of ‘aggressive diplomacy’ | payvand.com

The best way to understand Middle East policies of US officials is to study their speeches at the annual policy conferences of American Israel Public Affairs Committee AIPAC, where nearly every political figure must pay homage to Israel and its most powerful lobby. True, some of the speeches are exaggerated because, when it comes to Eretz Yisrael, the more blood ...

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Israel vs. Iran: The Truth Slips Out | Common Dreams

Just days after the New York Times Magazine’s lurid cover story, “Israel Vs. Iran,” the Washington Post struck back with a two-fisted effort to win the “most dire prediction” contest. The Post’s foreign policy pundit David Ignatius wrote a widely-circulated column claiming inside information: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta “believes there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran ...

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Why American ‘democracy promotion’ rings hollow in the Middle East | Mark Weisbrot, guardian.co.uk

I have to laugh when I see the International Republican Institute (IRI) described by the international media as an “organization that promotes democracy” (in this case, on NPR). The IRI is in the news lately because Egypt’s military government has put some of its members on a “no-fly” list and thereby trapped them in the country, facing investigation and possible ...

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Why American ‘democracy promotion’ rings hollow in the Middle East | Mark Weisbrot, guardian.co.uk

I have to laugh when I see the International Republican Institute IRI described by the international media as an “organization that promotes democracy” in this case, on NPR. The IRI is in the news lately because Egypt’s military government has put some of its members on a “no-fly” list and thereby trapped them in the country, facing investigation and possible ...

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How Obama became vulnerable on Iran | Salon.com

The Republican primary debates have revealed what was long suspected: The foreign policy issue that will dominate the general elections will be Iran. This is not surprising. Iran is the one issue the Republicans (except Ron Paul) can unite on, that enables them to portray President Barack Obama as insensitive to Israeli concerns, and that gives them an opportunity to ...

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You’ve been Romney-ed! Obama must beware GOP foreign policy vortex | Simon Tisdall, guardian.co.uk

American election years are always potentially dangerous and this one looks particularly fraught as Mitt Romney, the likely Republican presidential candidate, adopts increasingly confrontational, nationalistic and – arguably – irresponsible positions on delicate international issues in a bid to outflank Barack Obama.The challenge facing Obama is to stop himself being pressured to go further, act tougher, or behave more forcefully ...

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The ‘Liberal’ Media and American Foreign Policy | Counterpunch

… The New York Times could probably be fairly described as liberal. The term has lost much relevance and meaning in recent years, along with its counterpart designation “conservative.” But if we apply the label generally to mean mildly progressive and roughly approximating the political center, one could reasonably assert that the Times falls within range of the liberal framework. ...

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