Working for International Dialogue and Peace


War Signals? What is the White House Planning in Relation to Iran?

by Dave Lindorff (source: The Nation) September 30, 2006

bushbushAs reports circulate of a sharp debate within the White House over possible US military action against Iran and its nuclear enrichment facilities, The Nation has learned that the Bush Administration and the Pentagon have issued orders for a major "strike group" of ships, including the nuclear aircraft carrier Eisenhower as well as a cruiser, destroyer, frigate, submarine escort and supply ship, to head for the Persian Gulf, just off Iran's western coast. This information follows a report in the current issue of Time magazine, both online and in print, that a group of ships capable of mining harbors has received orders to be ready to sail for the Persian Gulf by October 1. ››read more


Americans favor diplomacy on Iran: Reuters poll

(source: Reuters) September 28, 2006

A majority of Americans want the United States to increase diplomatic efforts over Iran's nuclear ambitions, while 70 percent oppose the use of U.S. troops to thwart Iran, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Thursday. ››read more


Disarmament Is a Two-Way Street

by Lawrence S. Wittner (source: lewrockwell.com) September 27, 2006

antiwar protestantiwar protestThe Bush administration’s current confrontation with Iran over what it claims is that nation’s nuclear weapons development program raises the question:

Can the disarmament of one country occur in isolation from the disarmament of others?

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Iranian-Americans and a war on Iran

by David Rahni (source: Open Democracy) September 27, 2006

Iranian-Americans oppose any United States military attack on their motherland. Such action, writes David Rahni, would be catastrophic for both Iran and the US's global reputation. ››read more


Pro-Bush Pope Attacks Science & Islam

by Gideon Polya (source: MWC News) September 21, 2006

The Pope  ApologisesThe Pope ApologisesPOPE BENEDICT XVI (aka Joseph Ratzinger, former Nazi German soldier in World War 2 and the Head of the Vatican Inquisition for a quarter century under Pope John Paul II) made a carefully constructed address at the University of Regensburg that was about 2 things: (1) the importance of faith and Biblical literalism in the academic search for truth i.e. Science being mistaken and irrational by excluding Religion from its consideration; and (2) an attack on Islam as being violent and irrational. The Pope was WRONG on both counts. ››read more


Iran's gulf of misunderstanding with US

by Gordon Corera (source: BBC) September 26, 2006

The fiery rhetoric between Iran and the US of recent months has made it appear that the two countries are on a collision course. But did it have to be this way and could the two sides still sit down face to face? ››read more


Iranian leader 'not anti-Semite'

(source: BBC) September 25, 2006

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said he is not an anti-Semite.

"Jews are respected by everyone, by all human beings," he told a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York. ››read more


The Power of Public Opinion

by Patrick McElwee (source: Common Dreams) September 25, 2006

In the past few weeks, we've been reminded that public opinion can constrain the actions of government officials who seek to bring us into conflict with other nations. The Bush Administration's attempt to pressure Congress into granting it immunity to abuse and torture detainees – not only in the future but also for acts committed over the last five years – has been slowed and may be halted. ››read more


Action Iran and CASMII march together against war

by Nariman Massoumi (source: CASMII) September 24, 2006

On Saturday 23rd September Action Iran and CASMII (Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran) joined over 50,000 protesters outside the Labour Party Annual Conference in Manchester. The demonstration called for the resignation of Tony Blair and an end to the UK government unconditional support for the US military adventures in the Middle East. ››read more


Tony Blair's Unfinished Business

by Steve Vujacic (source: Antiwar.com) September 22, 2006

He finally did it. On Sept. 7, Tony Blair announced that he would step down as prime minister of Britain sometime within the next 12 months. ››read more


Bill Clinton: U.S. should talk to Iran

by time (source: AP) September 21, 2006

Former President Clinton said Thursday the U.S. should try talking to Iran about its nuclear weapons ambitions without imposing a lot of conditions. ››read more


Letter to Mr. Akbar Ganji

by Daniel M Pourkesali (source: CASMII) September 21, 2006

I read with interest your earnest appeal in "Letter to America" [1] posted in Washington Post today. ››read more


Statement by Javad Zarif, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran before the Security Council

by Javad Zarif (source: IRI) July 31, 2006

zarif: Javad Zarif at the UN.zarif: Javad Zarif at the UN.Mr. President,

In my letter of 28 July 2006, I had requested to be given an opportunity to speak before the Council takes action, so that the Council would be appraised -for the first time, of the views of the concerned party before it adopts a decision. ››read more


RE: Opinion - "We may have to bomb Iran" by Ron Liddle - The Sunday Times

by Soraya Ulrich (source: CASMII) April 30, 2006

Sir,

It is not clear which is more perilous to society, bigotry or ignorance, but when an 'opinion' piece is pleading with the public to go to war applying both, spiced with deliberate misinformation, we must question the motive. ››read more


Universities and tolerance

by Shahrm Mostarshed (source: CASMII) September 15, 2006

Dear Alan "Torture is OK" Dershowitz,

I read your column in the Boston Globe published on September 9th regarding former Iranian president Khatami's visit to Harvard. ››read more


Wake up call for Iranian Communities around the World

by Abbas Edalat, et.al. (source: CASMII) July 31, 2006

The horrific US and UK supported war waged by Israel against Lebanon under the pretext of self defense for the capture of two soldiers by Hezbollah is setting the stage for a US/Israeli military assault on Iran that would lead to a major conflagration in the Middle East and beyond. Only the global antiwar movement and urgent action by a united Iranian community can stop such an aggression. ››read more


Call for United Action to Prevent a Catastrophic US-Israel War against Iran

by CASMII (source: CASMII) August 20, 2006

The US and UK supported war waged by Israel against Lebanon has been the prelude to an imminent massive military attack against Iran. Urgent mass action by Iranian people in and outside the country and million strong protests by the antiwar movement around the world, in particular in the US and UK, are absolutely imperative to stop a US pre-emptive strike on Iran in the coming weeks and months. ››read more