Tag: Iran

Juan Cole at the University of Alabama Tonight on Liberty and Power and the Middle East »

Juan Cole, the great historian and the author of the “to go to” blog on the contemporary Middle East, Informed Comment, will speak tonight at the University of Alabama on the timely topic of “Liberty, Power, and Dictatorship: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East.” His speech, which is the most recent installment of...
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Hosni Mubarak and Saddam Hussein »

The pro-establishment, neocon line on the tremendous revolutionary events in Egypt has essentially been as follows: “Sure, Mubarak might be a brutal strongman, but he ensures stability. This is why the U.S. government has favored him—as a lesser of evils. Those trying to oust him from power have employed violence, and many in Egypt...
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ComeHomeAmerica.us Hits the Stands »

The much anticipated call to arms for a left/right antiwar coalition, ComeHomeAmerica.US, is now available. The book is edited by Paul Buhle, Bill Kauffman, George O’Neill Jr. and Kevin Zeese. It includes selections from both conservatives and liberals, including the editors as well as yours truly (on the American Anti-Imperialist League), Jesse Walker, Doug...
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Who’s Threatening Whom? »

Mosques, Book Burnings, Collectivism and War Worship »

The Cordoba House Islamic community center, scheduled for construction on private land within a few blocks of where the Twin Towers once stood, has drawn ire from many Americans, many of whom have provocatively called it the “Ground Zero Mosque” and have condemned it as offensive, and many of whom have called on the...
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This Week in The Lighthouse: WikiLeaks, Right to Bear Arms, Trillion Dollar Foreign Policy, Venezuela »

This week’s Lighthouse (available online here) touches on the WikiLeaks documents (Ivan Eland), the right to bear arms (Stephen Halbrook), the cost of U.S. foreign policy (Robert Higgs), and Hugo Chavez’s support of terrorists (Alvaro Vargas Llosa). Here are links to the individual items: Lessons from the WikiLeaks Docs Halbrook Lauded for Defense of...
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Iran Watch: 50,000 Buses and One Million No Shows »

Before the USSR collapsed, “smart” observers bet that the regime had broad support and the people only wanted reform. This was a theme of writers like Stephen Cohen and required reading during my graduate school education. Similarly, outside observers assumed that nominally democratic Iran maintained broad support for the Islamic Republic. Sure, sure, college...
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More on Iran’s Nuclear Non-threat »

In sharp contrast to the State Department’s bellicose rhetoric, the White House now says Iran is incapable of enriching uranium to 20 percent—well below the more than 90% needed for a weapon.

Threatening War with Iran »

Obama, having acted in his early presidency like he would depart from his predecessor’s Iran policy, and having actually provided gestures of actual change in his diplomatic tone, has reverted back to the standard establishment approach. His administration is promising a new round of crushing sanctions. Of course, so much of the propaganda in...
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The Audacity of Obama’s State of the Union »

Last night, I suffered through Obama’s speech. I noticed the overarching theme was: in 2010, the administration will finally getting around to all it promised for 2009, as well as a whole other year worth of miracles. He begins by taking credit for saving the economy from a second Great Depression. “[W]e acted, immediately...
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