February 11, 2014
Iranian warships 'ordered to advance on US maritime borders'

This happened three days ago, in case you missed it:

An Iranian naval officer said a number of warships had been ordered to approach US maritime borders as a response to the stationing of US vessels in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

Iran's military fleet is approaching the United States' maritime borders, and this move has a message,” the agency quoted Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad as saying.

Haddad, described as commander of the Iranian navy’s northern fleet, said the vessels had started their voyage towards the Atlantic Ocean via “waters near South Africa”, Fars reported.

Fars said the plan was part of “Iran’s response to Washington’s beefed up naval presence in the Persian Gulf”.

The Fars report, which carried no details of the vessels, could not be confirmed independently.

In Washington, a US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, cast doubt on any claims that the Iranian ships were approaching US maritime borders. But the official added that “ships are free to operate in international waters”.

The US and its allies regularly stage naval exercises in the Gulf, saying they want to ensure freedom of navigation in the waterway through which 40% of the world’s seaborne oil exports pass.

US military facilities in the region include a base for its Fifth Fleet inBahrain.

Iran sees the Gulf as its own backyard and believes it has a legitimate interest in expanding its influence there.

Iranian officials have often said Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Gulf, if it came under military attack over its disputed nuclear programme, and the western war games are seen in the region as an attempt to deter any such move.

Fars said the Iranian navy had been developing its presence in international waters since 2010, regularly launching vessels in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirates operating in the area.

November 30, 2013
"When he took his seat, he slid the bag across the conference table. He said the United States wanted to give the griffin to Rouhani. The Iranian diplomat looked inside. His eyes grew wide."

The chalice that helped make possible the Iran nuclear deal [LA Times]

It’s a beautiful chalice but why did the government hold on to this for as long as they did? It makes me question wonder about what other important cultural items may be stored away.

(via genericlatino)

LTMC: American diplomacy: give back something that you wrongfully kept from another country as a sign of “good faith.”  

"To show you we’re serious, we’ll now trade you your own property back in return for satisfying our demands!"

Kafka would be proud.

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August 13, 2013
shortformblog:

halftheskymovement:

Iran’s new President Hassan Rohani has appointed a woman, Elham Aminzadeh, as his vice president for legal affairs. Aminzadeh is a former member of parliament who teaches at the Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran. During his campaign, Rohani pledged to create more jobs for women and criticized his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s use of force to ensure women’s hair and figures were covered. Shahla Ezazi, a sociologist and the director of the women’s studies group at Iran’s Sociology Association, called the appointment a “good step” in battling the discrimination felt by Iranian women in the workplace.
Read more via Bloomberg News.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani praised Aminzadeh, who holds a PhD in international law from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, for her ”scientific competence and judicial qualifications as well as legislative experience and moral merits” in his letter of appointment, posted on the presidency’s website today.

LTMC: We better bomb Iran fast before they get too progressive!  At this rate, U.S. policy makers won’t be able to demonize the Iranian government to scare voters and justify bloated defense budgets anymore!  Then how will we justify spending 44.32 percent of every dollar spent on national defense in the world?  Won’t someone think of the terror babies?

shortformblog:

halftheskymovement:

Iran’s new President Hassan Rohani has appointed a woman, Elham Aminzadeh, as his vice president for legal affairs. Aminzadeh is a former member of parliament who teaches at the Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran. During his campaign, Rohani pledged to create more jobs for women and criticized his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s use of force to ensure women’s hair and figures were covered. Shahla Ezazi, a sociologist and the director of the women’s studies group at Iran’s Sociology Association, called the appointment a “good step” in battling the discrimination felt by Iranian women in the workplace.

Read more via Bloomberg News.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani praised Aminzadeh, who holds a PhD in international law from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, for her ”scientific competence and judicial qualifications as well as legislative experience and moral merits” in his letter of appointment, posted on the presidency’s website today.

LTMC: We better bomb Iran fast before they get too progressive!  At this rate, U.S. policy makers won’t be able to demonize the Iranian government to scare voters and justify bloated defense budgets anymore!  Then how will we justify spending 44.32 percent of every dollar spent on national defense in the world?  Won’t someone think of the terror babies?

August 4, 2013
"[T]he top reason we should be happy to see the [departure] of Ahmadinejad [lit. scion of the Ahmadi clan] is that his name is unpronounceable for American politicians and pundits, who embarrass themselves tripping over it, creating a shame-rage cycle that turns into war fever. Just changing the president to a Rouhani (literally, “spiritual”) may forestall a ruinous war all by itself."

—  Juan Cole

November 8, 2012
BREAKING: Iranian jets fired at (and missed) a U.S. drone last week.

U.S. military intelligence analysts are still not sure if the Iranian pilots simply were unable to hit the drone due to lack of combat skill, or whether they deliberately were missing and had no intention of bringing down the drone. But as one of the officials said, “it doesn’t matter, they fired on us.”

(Source: hipsterlibertarian)

September 13, 2012
"I don’t think I’ve ever, in the 40 years I’ve been doing this, have heard of another … American ally trying to push us into war as blatantly—and trying to influence an American election as blatantly—as Bibi Netanyahu and the Likud party in Israel is doing right now. I think it’s absolutely outrageous and disgusting. It’s not a way that friends treat each other. And it is cynical and it is brazen. And by the way, a little bit of history here: In December of 2006, George W. Bush went over to the Pentagon, met with the joint chiefs of staff and asked them, “What do you think about military action in Iran?” They were unanimously opposed to it. And as far as I know, the United States military, the leaders of the United States military, are unanimously opposed to it to this day. This is a fool’s errand. It would be a ridiculous war with absolutely no good coming of it."

Joe Klein

h/t Sullivan

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March 31, 2012
"You know how you win people over? Set up American Hospitals that offer free healthcare in poverty stricken areas. Provide free food and water to the suffering. You take care of someones ailing children. Setup schools to educate them too. Probably still wouldn’t cost what these wars are costing."

— My Brother’s alternative strategy for winning the War on Terror.

March 11, 2012
Former Head of Mossad: Iranian Response To Israeli Attack Would Lead To Regional War

Former head of the Mossad, Meir Dagan says that an Israeli attack on Iran would lead to a missile attack on Israel that would have a “devastating impact” on the ability of Israeli’s to continue its daily life, in an interview that aired on Sunday on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

According to Dagan, an attack will start a regional war. Adding: “And wars, you know how they start. You never know how you are ending it.”

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March 8, 2012
"Israel has even less control over its own destiny than Portugal or Britain do. The main reason is that, unlike those countries, Israel refuses to give up its empire. Israel is unable to sustain its imperial ambitions in the West Bank, or even to articulate them coherently. Having allowed its founding ideology to carry it relentlessly and unthinkingly into what Gershom Gorenburg calls an “Accidental Empire” of radical religious-nationalist settlements that openly defy its own courts, Israel is politically incapable of extricating itself. The partisan battles engendered by its occupation of Palestinian territory render it less and less able to pull itself free. It is immobilised, pinned down, in a conflict that is gradually killing it. Countries facing imperial twilight, like Britain in the late 1940s, are often seized by a sense of desperate paralysis. For over a decade, the tone of Israeli politics has been a mix of panic, despair, hysteria and resignation."

Matt Steinglass

March 7, 2012
Military at odds with GOP on Iran policy

mohandasgandhi:

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

The rift between the uniformed leadership and the Republican senators is unusual. Military commanders often team with Republican lawmakers to seek more resources and a more hawkish approach in Iraq and Afghanistan, sometimes over the objections of the Obama administration. On Iran, however, the generals seem wary of the GOP’s hawkishness and more in agreement with the White House’s measured approach. […]

You know your party is full of maniacs and has lost it when the neocon military commanders who were talking big months ago are now trying to dial the war-mongering back.

LTMC: Made a post about this recently pivoting off of the disparity in political donations by military members to GOP candidates: Ron Paul and Obama together completely demolish all the other candidates.

People in the military aren’t stupid.  And they’re tired of fighting.  They’ll go if they have to.  But that doesn’t mean they want to.

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