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Last Chance for Peace in Syria? | The Nation

In Syria, our worst fears are becoming a reality. Over the past few months, the conflict has descended into an ever more violent civil war, fueled increasingly by foreign-supported Sunni Islamists on the one hand, and by ruthless pro-regime militia groups on the other. The Assad government is still able to deploy a large military force, but other state structures ...

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Patrick Pexton: What about Israel’s nuclear weapons? | The Washington Post

By Patrick B. Pexton Readers periodically ask me some variation on this question: “Why does the press follow every jot and tittle of Iran’s nuclear program, but we never see any stories about Israel’s nuclear weapons capability?” It’s a fair question. Going back 10 years into Post archives, I could not find any in-depth reporting on Israeli nuclear capabilities, although ...

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IAEA Report Shows Iran Reduced Its Breakout Capacity by Gareth Porter | Antiwar.com

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report made public Thursday reveals that Iran has actually reduced the amount of 20-percent enriched uranium available for any possible “breakout” to weapons grade enrichment over the last three months rather than increasing it. Contrary to the impression conveyed by most news media coverage, the report provides new evidence that Iran’s enrichment strategy is ...

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‘Iran must steer clear of US interests in Gulf’ | Ynetnews

The United States has indirectly informed Iran, via two European nations, that it would not back an Israeli strike against the country’s nuclear facilities, as long as Tehran refrains from attacking American interests in the Persian Gulf, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday. According to the report, Washington used covert back-channels in Europe to clarify that the US does not intend to ...

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Stephen Sizer: Some Facts About Iran’s Nuclear Activities | stephensizer.blogspot.com

The Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) in Ireland have published a 24 page booklet by Dr David Morrison about Iran’s nuclear activities. In summary, he writes: Iran has no nuclear weapons Iran has no nuclear weapons programme Iran is not in breach of any obligations under the NPT Uranium enrichment is Iran’s “inalienable right” under the NPT The US and ...

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Syria: We Can Learn a Lot From the ‘Small Stuff’ | WhoWhatWhy

By Russ Baker Every now and then, Syria jumps into the headlines, and our consciousness. Even then, it’s easy to forget the big picture: that the United States government and its allies are waging, through surrogates, a war designed to overthrow an existing government. One of the reasons we forget is that the news media does such a terrible job ...

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UN investigator condemns Corrie court ruling | JPost

A UN investigator condemned an Israeli court on Thursday for clearing the military of blame for the death of American activist crushed by an army bulldozer, calling it a “victory for impunity”. The ruling handed down on Tuesday on the civil suit brought by the family of Rachel Corrie was part of a pattern of decisions exonerating Israeli military actions ...

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Former ambassador Indyk says US sees Israeli saber rattling as ‘crying wolf’ | The Times of Israel

Former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk said Thursday that Israel’s talk of attacking Iran was “a classic case of crying wolf” and that Washington was learning “to live with it.” Indyk, who currently heads the foreign policy division of the Brookings Institution think tank, told Army Radio that US officials feel there is nothing more they can do to ...

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