New Israeli Deputy PM Undercuts Strategy of Pressure on Obama

Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz

Gareth Porter: Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz has undercut the Benjamin Netanyahu government’s carefully planned strategy to get U.S. President Barack Obama to threaten war against Iran if it doesn’t give up its nuclear programme.

U.S. Treasury Claim of Iran-Al-Qaeda “Secret Deal” Is Discredited

Paul Pillar

Gareth Porter: Treasury Department claims of a “secret deal” between Iran and Al-Qaeda, which had become a key argument by right-wing activists who support war against Iran, have been discredited by former intelligence officials

Israeli Experts Mum on Iran Attack to Support Bibi’s Bluff

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Gareth Porter: A striking feature of the Israeli political landscape in recent months has been the absence of a serious debate on the issue of the threat of war with Iran led by national security figures.

Congress, Courts Move to Curtail Leaks

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Marian Wang: The move, backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is just the latest in a series of setbacks for those who favor strengthening whistleblower rules to encourage reporting of wrongdoing within government and businesses.

Not Another Year-End List!

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Michael Sigman: So, to test the theory that my sense of self needn’t include the political shenanigans of the moment, my New Year’s resolutions are: a) To cut, by at least half, the time I spend following political news, polls, etc; and b) To actually do something — like organizing, phone banking or writing more for websites and newsletters.

An Aggressive and Hypocritical U.S. Policy Toward Iran

Iran

by Ivan Eland – The chauvinistic American news media have focused on evil Iran’s missile tests and the indignant Bush administration reaction, while missing some key causes of the event.

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