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Iran: bolting the stable door | The Guardian

It really is time to drop the pretence that Iran can be deflected from its nuclear path How often before have we been at this weary crossroads? First comes a flurry of leaks about Iran’s nuclear programme, always tending to suggest, without being able to absolutely prove, that Tehran is working to acquire nuclear weapons capacity. Then come the warnings ...

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Arab League to meet Syrian opposition | Al Jazeera

The Arab League is to meet with members of the Syrian opposition, a day after the UN said at least 3,500 people have been killed since the country’s uprising began in March. The meeting is expected to take place in Cairo, Egypt’s capital, on Wednesday between leading members of the opposition, and Nabil el-Araby, secretary-general of the Arab League. Thabet ...

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In Video: The story of Tariq Aziz | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Just days before he was killed, Tariq travelled to Islamabad to attend a special meeting of elders, politicians and human rights activists to protest against the CIA campaign in the country’s tribal regions. Among the attendees were former cricketer and opposition politician Imran Khan and human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith. During the meeting a motion was passed to condemn ...

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Syria and Iran: the great game | Alastair Crooke, The Guardian

This summer a senior Saudi official told John Hannah, Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, that from the outset of the upheaval in Syria, the king has believed that regime change would be highly beneficial to Saudi interests: “The king knows that other than the collapse of the Islamic Republic itself, nothing would weaken Iran more than losing Syria.” This ...

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The Russell Tribunal can promote peace and reconciliation in Palestine | Desmond Tutu and Michael Mansfield, The Guardian

Opportunities to break seemingly intractable and deadlocked situations are rare – especially on a scale which has rapidly developed this year from the beleaguered cries of citizenry across North Africa and the Middle East. There is a palpable consensus that the provenance of this movement is lodged firmly in the fundamental prerequisite for meaningful democracy: self-determination. All conventions on human ...

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Journalists held as Israeli navy boards Gaza peace flotilla | guardian.co.uk

A Scottish TV reporter was among a group of journalists arrested earlier today when Israeli soldiers boarded two ships sailing toward Gaza. Hassan Ghani who works for Iran’s Press TV, was detained along with Lina Attallah, managing editor of the Egyptian independent daily Al-Masry al-Youm’s English edition and Jihan Hafiz, correspondent for the US-based broadcasting outlet Democracy Now! For more ...

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Freedom Waves Campaigners Abused and Imprisoned: Anonymous Hacker Strikes Back | Counterpunch

In the immediate aftermath of the illegal capture of the Freedom Waves flotillas, Israel’s public image has been tarnished, as reports of violence at sea surface to counteract its claims of a peaceful takeover, and as human rights cyber-resistance group Anonymous retaliates by shutting down Israeli government web sites. As Israeli naval soldiers boarded the Tahrir and Saoirse Friday afternoon, ...

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After Palestine’s Statehood Bid: Resolutions and ‘Solutions’ | Counterpunch

It’s odd that the Israel-Palestine conflict always calls up talk about solutions rather than resolutions, as if some moral puzzle bedeviled the future of the Palestinians and Israel. Perhaps this is because no state has come into existence amid such paroxysms of morality. Times change, and the moralizing about Israel is now obsolescent. The 20th Century agonies of genocide and ...

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