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the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16

12.17.2009

israel wants it's war one way or another

1. Yemen: Pentagon's war on the Arabian peninsula by Rick Rozoff

Yemen will become a battleground for a proxy war between the United States and Saudi Arabia - whose state-to-state relations are among the strongest and most durable of the entire post-World War II era - on one hand and Iran on the other.

It is perhaps impossible to determine the exact moment at which a U.S.- supported self-professed holy warrior - trained to perpetrate acts of urban terrorism and to shoot down civilian airliners - ceases to be a freedom fighter and becomes a terrorist. But a safe assumption is that it occurs when he is no longer of use to Washington. A terrorist who serves American interests is a freedom fighter; a freedom fighter who doesn't is a terrorist.

Yemenis are the latest to learn the Pentagon's and the White House's law of the jungle. Along with Iraq and Afghanistan which counterinsurgency specialist Stanley McChrystal used to perfect his techniques, Yemen is joining the ranks of other nations where the Pentagon is engaged in that variety of warfare, fraught with civilian massacres and other forms of so-called collateral damage: Colombia, Mali, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia and Uganda.

read more @ global research



2. Obama told China he can't hold off israel forever. China: yes you can.


U.S. President Barack Obama has warned his Chinese counterpart that the United States would not be able to keep Israel from attacking Iranian nuclear installations for much longer, senior officials in Tel Avivi told Haaretz.

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The Israeli officials say the Americans now understand that the Chinese agreed to join the condemnation announcement only because Obama made a personal request to Hu, not as part of a policy change.

The Chinese have even refused a Saudi-American initiative designed to end Chinese dependence on Iranian oil, which would allow China to agree to the sanctions, said the Israeli officials.

Saudi Arabia, which is also very worried about the Iranian nuclear program and keen to advance international steps against Iran, offered to supply the Chinese the same quantity of oil the Iranians now provide, and at much cheaper prices. But China rejected the deal.

Since Obama's visit, the Chinese have refused to join any measures to impose sanctions. The Israeli officials say the Chinese have been giving unclear answers and have not been responding to the claims by Western nations. Beijing has been making do with statements such as "the time has not yet arrived for sanctions."

China's actions are particularly problematic because China will take over the presidency of the UN Security Council in January. Western diplomats say China would have no choice but to join in sanctions if Russia agrees to support them, but China could delay discussions and postpone any decision until February, when France becomes council president.


read more @ al manar tv


3. Lebanon: MP Raad calls a spade a spade


MP Mohammed Raad said Thursday accused U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman of promoting "American tyranny which implicates the United States in further crises and creates problems across the world." "This policy has proved to be fruitless," Raad said in an interview with al-Nour radio station.

On remarks made by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, Raad said: "We will not look negatively at the statement despite some disappointment." He said Hizbullah agrees with him that the state must take the responsibility for defending its people. "But when the state is incapable, it is the duty of every Lebanese to help build a strong and just state that can equip its army to face up to Israeli violations," Raad added. Regarding a visit to Washington by President Michel Suleiman, Raad stressed that "everything the President said in Washington should have been said."

source: naharnet


4. FARS: Iran in talks with Uruguay, opposes foreign troops in Caucasus


TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran is ready to expand bilateral ties with Uruguay in areas of economy and trade, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani stressed that the deployment of foreign forces in the Caucasus will make existing problems in the region more complicated.

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