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May

… the narrative of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons programme is the net result of a combination of strong political predisposition in US administrations and the intelligence community to believe it and a falsified intelligence dossier that has been foisted on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - and on world opinion… The Obama administration, blissfully ignorant of the real history of the Iranian nuclear programme, has accepted the false narrative of Iran’s supposed determination to obtain nuclear weapons. Its negotiating position in the nuclear talks is based on the thesis that Iran must be prevented from having anything less than a six-month “breakout” period, on the spurious notion that Iran is poised to race for a bomb and must be shorn of the bulk of its enrichment capability. Perhaps US diplomats will find a way to avoid letting the false logic that governs its posture sink the negotiations. If the talks fail, however, it will be the result of the toxic combination of wilful US self-deception and deliberate falsification of intelligence by the Israelis
Dr. Gareth Porter, an investigative journalist and historian on U.S. national security policy, says a false narrative concerning the development of the Iranian nuclear program has shaped global policy for decades.

13

May

Iran captured a U.S. stealth surveillance drone in 2011. On Sunday it unveiled what it claims is a replica with added bombing capabilities. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei viewed the captured American drone, front, and the Iranian-made replica, back, during a visit to an aerospace exhibition in Tehran on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (via)

Iran captured a U.S. stealth surveillance drone in 2011. On Sunday it unveiled what it claims is a replica with added bombing capabilities. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei viewed the captured American drone, front, and the Iranian-made replica, back, during a visit to an aerospace exhibition in Tehran on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (via)

28

Feb

This Photo Is Not From The ‘Game Of Thrones.’ It’s From Syria.
The hundreds, or thousands, in the back of this neverending line look like they could be CGI’d. The rubble to the left hangs precipitously, like an apple in a Cezanne still-life. There is a tree in the middle of the road. But this photo was posted Wednesday by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency—it is very real. It shows a street in Damascus, Syria, on January 31, as Palestinian refugees queue for their ever-diminishing daily food ration. They’re residents of Yarmouk Refugee Camp, an unofficial camp that before Syria’s civil war was home to 150,000 Palestinian refugees, a figure that since the war has dwindled to just 20,000. They are currently besieged by Assad forces, and of late UNWRA has not even been allowed in to distribute humanitarian aid—which, on Wednesday, prompted an official to speak out and, doubtlessly, prompted UNWRA to release this photograph.
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This Photo Is Not From The ‘Game Of Thrones.’ It’s From Syria.

The hundreds, or thousands, in the back of this neverending line look like they could be CGI’d. The rubble to the left hangs precipitously, like an apple in a Cezanne still-life. There is a tree in the middle of the road. But this photo was posted Wednesday by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency—it is very real. It shows a street in Damascus, Syria, on January 31, as Palestinian refugees queue for their ever-diminishing daily food ration. They’re residents of Yarmouk Refugee Camp, an unofficial camp that before Syria’s civil war was home to 150,000 Palestinian refugees, a figure that since the war has dwindled to just 20,000. They are currently besieged by Assad forces, and of late UNWRA has not even been allowed in to distribute humanitarian aid—which, on Wednesday, prompted an official to speak out and, doubtlessly, prompted UNWRA to release this photograph.

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22

Jan

No animosity lasts eternally, no friendship either lasts eternally. So we have to transform animosities into friendship.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaking in a Swiss television interview on Wednesday said there is opportunity for relations between his country and the U.S. to improve if both sides make the effort.

08

Jan

Three days in March: New details on how U.S. and Iran opened direct talks

12

Dec

White House Announces New Sanctions to Block Iran'€™s Trading Activities

"There is no way Iran is open for business,” a senior administration official told reporters in a conference call Thursday morning, announcing the new targets of sanctions. He added that when it came to the core sanctions, “we haven’t let up, and we aren’t letting up."

09

Nov

"We want the world to know that our nuclear activities are solely for peaceful purposes, & that we’re ready to address any rational concerns. The negotiating sides should recognize that the current unique atmosphere was brought about by our people in our recent election. One of the slogans the Iranian nation has embraced is that of "constructive interaction with the world." As argued before, global politics no longer zero-sum game. Counterintuitive to pursue one’s interests without considering interests of others. Constructive approach to diplomacy means engaging with one’s counterparts, on the basis of equal footing and mutual respect to address shared concerns and achieve shared objectives. In other words, win-win outcomes are not just favorable but also achievable."
— Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

"We want the world to know that our nuclear activities are solely for peaceful purposes, & that we’re ready to address any rational concerns. The negotiating sides should recognize that the current unique atmosphere was brought about by our people in our recent election. One of the slogans the Iranian nation has embraced is that of "constructive interaction with the world." As argued before, global politics no longer zero-sum game. Counterintuitive to pursue one’s interests without considering interests of others. Constructive approach to diplomacy means engaging with one’s counterparts, on the basis of equal footing and mutual respect to address shared concerns and achieve shared objectives. In other words, win-win outcomes are not just favorable but also achievable."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

06

Nov

Put simply, what we’re looking for now is a first phase, a first step, an initial understanding that stops Iran’s nuclear program from moving forward for the first time in decades and that potentially rolls part of it back… In response to a first step agreed to by Iran that halts their program from advancing further, we are prepared to offer limited, targeted and reversible sanctions relief.

09

Oct

From Iran’s side, I can say that we are ready. If the Americans and other countries say that Iran should not develop a nuclear bomb or should not move towards that then we can clearly show and prove that we have no such intention. So it can be resolved in a very short period of time. If they want to bargain with us or if they have ulterior motives… or maybe they want to somehow convince Iran to abandon its nuclear program, then it is going to take a long time.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani

(Source: CNN)

27

Sep

Progress.

Progress.