Urgent Alert

This from the American Conservative:

War With Iran Might Be Closer Than You Think

Posted on May 9th, 2008 by Philip Giraldi

There is considerable speculation and buzz in Washington today suggesting that the National Security Council has agreed in principle to proceed with plans to attack an Iranian al-Qods-run camp that is believed to be training Iraqi militants.  The camp that will be targeted is one of several located near Tehran.  Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was the only senior official urging delay in taking any offensive action.   read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Sat, 05/10/2008 - 9:41am.

Portlander Stephen Kafoury travels back to Iran after 40 years.

"You're going where?" "Aren't you scared?" These were the first utterances from everyone's mouth when I told them I was off to Iran. I needed to explain that I was not afraid. I wanted to go because I had been there once, 40-some years ago, and that I had wanted to return ever since.  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 11:04pm.

Secret Bush "Finding" Widens War on Iran

May 2, 2008

A CounterPunch Exclusive:

Democrats Okay Funds for Covert Ops

By ANDREW COCKBURN

Six weeks ago, President Bush signed a secret finding authorizing a covert offensive against the Iranian regime that, according to those familiar with its contents, "unprecedented in its scope."

Bush's secret directive covers actions across a huge geographic area - from Lebanon to Afghanistan - but is also far more sweeping in the type of actions permitted under its guidelines - up to and including the assassination of targeted officials.  This widened scope clears the way, for example, for full support for the military arm of Mujahedin-e Khalq, the cultish Iranian opposition group, despite its enduring position on the State Department's list of terrorist groups.  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Sun, 05/04/2008 - 10:18pm.

Iran in the Crosshairs: How to prevent Washington's next war?

By New Internationalism

Author(s): Phyllis Bennis
Contributor(s): John Cavanagh, Farrah Hassen, Erik Leaver, Saif Rahman

As George W. Bush's administration enters its last year in office, the danger of a U.S. military attack on Iran looms. Widening opposition to the illegal Iraq War, growing recognition that the war in Afghanistan has failed to bring stability or democracy to that beleaguered country, new tensions rising in Pakistan, escalating violence and humanitarian crisis in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, all have brought new fears but also heightened interest in the wider Middle East region, especially interest in Iran. It is to address this new and renewed interest in Iran, to answer questions, and propose some ideas to prevent another looming disaster, that this pamphlet is designed.  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 9:44am.

Global Exchange tour to Iran 2008

Global Exchange Tours Iran Several Times Each Year
Is the threat of war really the best response to Iran's nuclear program? Is the US media's portrayal of Iran accurate or influenced by US interests? How do Iranians feel about the US government, people and the current crisis?

Contrary to popular Western perception, the vast majority of Iranians are eager to rebuild relations with the United States and are extremely hospitable to Americans. In this time of increased political tension between the US and Iran, American travel to this misunderstood country helps establish the people-to-people ties that facilitate understanding and peace between the countries. Global Exchange invites you to visit Iran as a citizen diplomat to do what our governments cannot do, create people-to-people ties.  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Fri, 04/25/2008 - 8:58am.