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Reuters

The U.S. navy began war games on Iran's doorstep, navy officials said, a day after a large flotilla of U.S. ships entered the Gulf in a dramatic daytime show of military muscle. The group includes two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, whose pres

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Herald Sun(Australia)

The US is ready to protest directly to UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei over his comments that Iran should be allowed to keep some uranium enrichment, diplomats said today. "They have decided to do so. It will maybe be before the report

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Washington Post

Iran has imprisoned a consultant for philanthropist George Soro's Open Society Institute programs, according to sources who work with the Columbia University-educated social scientist. Kian Tajbakhsh becomes the fourth dual US-Iranian national

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AP

The US Navy staged its latest show of military force off the Iranian coastline on Wednesday, sending two aircraft carriers and landing ships packed with 17,000 Marines and sailors to carry out unannounced exercises in the Persian Gulf.

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Guardian

Iran is secretly forging ties with al-Qaida elements and Sunni Arab militias in Iraq in preparation for a summer showdown with coalition forces intended to tip a wavering US Congress into voting for full military withdrawal, US officials say.

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Christian Science Monitor

As tensions between Iran and the West approach a boiling point, Armenia is finding it increasingly difficult to negotiate the often conflicting alliances in its complicated neighborhood. Its precarious position illustrates the potentially destabilizi

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New York Times

Inspectors for the International Atomic Energy Agency have concluded that Iran appears to have solved most of its technological problems and is now beginning to enrich uranium on a far larger scale than before, according to agency's top officials

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Washington Post

Iran yesterday detained prominent American academic Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, according to center president Lee Hamilton

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Harpers(Ken Silverstein)

The administration's Iran policy was for years somewhat paralyzed by Iraq and an interanl arguement inside the adminstrationi between those who advocate "regime change" vs. those who advocate "behavior change." Led by Sec of

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Guardian

A grand coalition of anti-government forces is planning a second Iranian revolution via the ballot box to deny President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad another term in office and break the grip of what they call the "militia state" on public life and

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Jerusalem Post

Democratic presidential candidate and New York Senator Hillary Clinton said it might be necessary for America to confront Iran militarily, addressing that possibility more directly than any of the other presidential candidates who spoke this week to

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Reuters

Momentum is growing for a movement that encourages Americans to withdraw investments in companies doing business with the Islamic republic, as well as other states perceived by Washington as security problems -- Sudan, North Korea and Syria.

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AP

A former engineer at the nation's largest nuclear power plant has been charged with taking computer access codes and software to Iran and using it to download details of plant control rooms and reactors, authorities said.

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AFP

[This continues to be an absurd lie. Will you buy another one?] The US military charged publicly for the first time that Shiite Iranian intelligence agents were supporting Sunni extremists who fight against American-led forces in Iraq.

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Iran Mania

The US has expressed concern about and objection to Turkey's plans to establish a strategic alliance with Iran in the field of energy, according to Turkish Daily News. "We're watching the situation with concern," said a US diplomat

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Ap

American forces who captured five Iranians in the northern city of Irbil three months ago were really after commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guards who were visiting Kurdish officials, the Kurdish leader said in remarks broadcast.

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AntiWar blog

“A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News.”

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by Noam Chomsky and Tom Engelhardt

In crude and brutal societies, the Party Line is publicly proclaimed and must be obeyed – or else. What you actually believe is your own business and of far less concern. In societies where the state has lost the capacity to control by force, the Par

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by Justin Raimondo (AntiWar)

This entire incident has been extremely odd, alright, but it isn't the Iranians who made it so. The behavior of the captured Brits is what struck me as truly bizarre.

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by Terry Jones (The Guardian)

No hoods. No electric shocks. No beatings. These Iranians clearly are a very uncivilised bunch. We would never dream of treating captives like this - allowing them to smoke cigarettes, even though it has been proven that smoking kills.

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