Freedom, Money & Control

By: Monday July 21, 2014 7:15 pm

Money is violence

Our system of money visits violence on people. Economic sanctions are an obvious example:

 

Sanctions Target Putin’s Political Allies As Crimea Annexation Bill Moves Forward

By: Friday March 21, 2014 7:40 am

Russia’s lower house of parliament voted to officially annex Crimea, a move the upper house is expected to follow up with today completing the process of annexation under Russian law. This formal annexation makes it increasingly less likely Crimea will ever be returned to Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have already started to withdraw from the region.

The US government’s response has been to place sanctions on Russians believed to be aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin:

Podcast: The Iran Nuclear Deal, AIPAC Losses & the Charade Around Iran Being ‘Looming Threat’

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 8:07 am

An intensive effort by Israel and its backers has been underway to scuttle an international deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Israel and its major lobby in the United States, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), has been suffering defeats as it tries to fight a deal, which it does not want because, if the issues over Iran’s nuclear program are resolved, focus will inevitably shift to the country’s treatment of Palestinians.

According to Nima Shirazi, an analyst of US foreign policy toward the Middle East who blogs at “Wide Asleep in America,” what the world has seen for the past thirty years of US and Israeli policy is what could be called a charade.

Obama Administration Denies Imminent Bilateral Talks With Iran

By: Sunday October 21, 2012 8:35 am

The White House is denying a report in the New York Times claiming that they will conduct one-on-one talks with Iran over their nuclear program. The bilateral negotiations, the fruit of a secret back-channel process according to the Times, would not occur until after the Presidential election, at the Iranian’s request, so they can have a sense of the identity of their negotiating partner.

But the White House fairly categorically denied it.

As Sanctions Take Effect, Iranian Economy Starts to Collapse, Fueling Unrest

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 1:40 pm

Reports indicate fresh clashes with riot police inside Tehran, Iran today, but they do not have necessarily the same rationale as the Arab uprising. These stem from the collapse of the Iranian currency, a direct result of international sanctions on the Islamic Republic over their nuclear program.

Panetta Downplays Imminent Israeli Strike on Iranian Nuclear Facilities

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 8:25 am

Rumors about a possible Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities forced US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to comment on the reports, but not in the most reassuring way, saying that Israel has not yet made their decision on an attack.

Iran Nuclear Negotiations End, With No Timetable for the Future

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 9:00 am

With significant factions on both sides rooting for failure in the Iranian nuclear talks, it should come as no surprise that they came up short after wrapping up last night. There isn’t much of a way forward at this point. Nuclear experts from the two sides will meet in Instanbul in early July to discuss the technical issues surrounding the negotiations. After that, some deputy-level talks may ensue, but the principals have no future timetable.

Iran Nuclear Talks Begin in Moscow With Little Hope for Progress

By: Monday June 18, 2012 10:30 am

A new round of talks on the Iranian nuclear program opened in Moscow today, and Iran has already made an opening bid. Western powers show no signs to agreeing to allow Iran to become a nuclear power.

Hardliners on Both Sides Push Iran Diplomacy Further Apart

By: Monday May 28, 2012 11:00 am

Hopes that last week’s diplomatic round between the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) and Iran would produce progress on the nuclear question have begun to wane, hampered by a media pushback from hardliners on both sides.

Iran-West Nuclear Negotiations Will Continue in June

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 2:25 pm

Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, wrapped up today in Baghdad and the best news from the meeting is that there will be another round of talks, in Moscow, next month. As long as the two sides keep talking, something good could transpire.

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