“One of the most pervasive trends in 21st century western culture has become somewhat of an obsession in America. It’s called “Hollywood history”, where the corporate studio machines in Los Angeles spend hundreds of millions of dollars in order to craft and precisely tailor historical events to suit the prevailing political paradigm.” (Patrick Henningsen, Hollywood History: CIA Sponsored “Zero Dark Thirty”, Oscar for “Best Propaganda Picture”)
by Julie Lévesque
Published: Fe. 28, 2013 – Global Research
Black Hawk Dawn, Zero Dark Thirty and Argo, those are only a few major recent productions showing how today’s movie industry promotes US foreign policy. But the motion picture has been used for propaganda since the beginning of the 20th century and Hollywood’s cooperation with the Department of Defense, the CIA and other government agencies is no modern trend.
With Michelle Obama awarding Ben Affleck’s Argo the Oscar for best movie, the industry showed how close it is to Washington. According to Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, Argo is a propaganda film concealing the ugly truth about the Iranian hostage crisis and designed to prepare the American public for an upcoming confrontation with Iran:
by Leonid Ivashov
Published: Oct. 17, 2011 – Strategic Culture Foundation
Having coped with Libya, the West is ready to hunt down new victims, Syria and Iran being next on the hit list. The campaign against Syria runs into major roadblocks as the country’s leader Bashar al-Assad offered the society a package of reforms which are indeed long overdue, while Russia and Iran prevented the UN Security Council from passing a resolution that could expose Syria to an intervention modeled on the one recently faced by Libya. As a result, the West’s plans for Syria are being adjusted to current circumstances, and at the moment the West’s bet is on destabilizing the country from within by combined efforts of the Western intelligence community, foreign mercenaries, and the local fifth column. A revolution was similarly attempted in Iran but met with well-organized resistance, and the international sanctions imposed on Iran may create certain problems but are not lethal to its economy. Moreover, the enforcement of “democracy” in Iraq and Libya had a sobering effect even on Iran’s pro-western political forces. Yet, the impression is that at the moment the Western leaders simply cannot wait for new revolution opportunities to arise.
by Linh Dinh
Published: Sep. 11, 2010 – Dissident Voice
All governments lie, kill and misuse public funds, but these calculated habits are amplified manifold during wars. We’re in two now, aiming for a third. Japan, whose land we’re still occupying 65 years after Hiroshima, has just announced sanctions against Iran beyond what the U.N. mandated. South Korea swiftly followed suit. It’s surprising to see these two countries so in sync, until one remembers that they have become American cheerleaders for decades. Rah, rah, bomb Tehran! A murderous chorus is rising, yet again. Countries that aren’t our client states can be counted with two hands, even those missing fingers from an exploding grenade.
by Finian Cunningham
Published: Mar. 18, 2010 – Global Research
The scheduled start of drilling this month by China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) in Iran’s South Pars gas field could be both a harbinger and explanation of much wider geopolitical developments.
First of all, the $5 billion project – signed last year after years of foot dragging by western energy giants Total and Shell under the shadow of US-led sanctions – reveals the main arterial system for future world energy supply and demand.
Critics have long suspected that the real reason for US and other western military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan is to control the Central Asian energy corridor. So far, the focus seems to be mainly on oil. For example, there have been claims that a planned oil pipeline from the Caspian Sea via Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Arabian Sea is the main prize behind the US’s seemingly futile military campaign in those countries.
by Eric Sommer
Published: Feb. 15, 2010 – Pravda.ru
The U.S.-sponsored drive to impose new economic sanctions on Iran has nothing to do with the noble cause of limiting proliferation of nuclear weapons on the planet. It is directly linked to the U.S. military doctrine of establishing ‘full spectrum dominance’ – i.e., military dominance on land, sea, air, and outer space over all other countries in the world. The logical extension of this doctrine is that only countries firmly allied to the U.S. government should be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons or to even develop the capacity to do so.
Israel , for example, is widely-believed to hold secret Nuclear weapons. Yet there is no call for sanctions or investigations of them. The reason is simple: They are a U.S. ally. India and Pakistan have declined to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and have developed nuclear weapons. Yet there is no call for sanctions or investigations of them. The reason is simple: They are U.S. allies.
Iran faces almost the same dilemma as 1953
by Ardeshir Ommani
First Published: Feb. 01, 2010 – Iranian
There is a stark similarity between some aspects of the political atmosphere dominant over Iran today and those under Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh right before the U.S.-led coup of 1953 that resulted in the overthrow of the legitimate government of Iran and the establishment of a U.S.-puppet government of the Shah. In the period between 1951-53, the U.S. in a close collaboration with the British colonial power through their channels within Iran’s military and political apparatus, particularly the Shah’s court, was able to contrive division within the ruling circle and as a result the society at large.
The U.S.-U.K. sanctions of Iran’s oil export at the time pursued a multitude of purposes: political instability, economic hardship, and international isolation. In the final year of Mossadegh’s rule, the government was unable to pay the salaries of the civil servants in full, which had resulted in resentment towards the Prime Minister’s policy of oil nationalism and his capability to rule. Secondly, Iran could not import consumer and industrial goods necessary for maintaining the normal course of economic and social reproduction. Thirdly, a layer of the ruling class whose interests were the extension of the U.S.-U.K. domination over Iran’s natural resources and political system, made every effort to turn the wheels back or make the political system unmanageable. As a result, during the first eight months of 1953, Iran was in constant political turmoil and the ground was being prepared for a coup d’etat by the forces hostile to Iran’s nationalization plan, as well as to its independent direction in its domestic and foreign policies.
by Wayne Madsen
Published: Jan. 18, 2010 – Online Journal
WMR’s intelligence sources in Asia and Europe are reporting that the CIA contractor firm XE Services, formerly Blackwater, has been carrying out “false flag” terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia, the Sinkiang region of China, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq, in some cases with the assistance of Israeli Mossad and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) personnel.
Jan. 10, 2010 – Times Online
A general who was once in charge of Israel’s nuclear weapons has claimed that Iran is a “very, very, very long way from building a nuclear capability”.
Brigadier-General Uzi Eilam, 75, a war hero and pillar of the defence establishment, believes it will probably take Iran seven years to make nuclear weapons.
by Finian Cunningham
First Published: Dec. 23, 2009 – Gulf Daily News
A missile test-fired by Iran last week was reported on the BBC World Service as being “capable of striking Israel”.
The choice of words was not unusual. On previous occasions when Iran has test-fired a long-range rocket, the BBC and other western news media dutifully inform us that the said device is “capable of striking Israel”. The well-worn phrase is so reliably heard in these news bulletins that its use betrays a coded script. The not-too subliminal implications are that Iran is: a) a hostile state; b) doing something illegal in test-firing a long-range missile; and c) gearing up to deliver on its alleged threat to wipe out the state of Israel.
Within hours of these reports last week, the US government weighed in with the pious accusation that the test-firing “undermines Iran’s claims of peaceful intentions”.
Jan. 08, 2010 – JPost
The US does not want to see confrontation with Iran but is still preparing its military for that possibility, America’s top uniformed officer said Thursday.
We’ve looked to do all we can to ensure that conflict doesn’t break out there, while at the same time preparing forces, as we do for many contingencies that we understand might occur,” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an appearance at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Jan. 05, 2010 – Press TV
The US is helping the Pakistan-based Jundallah militants to enter Iran through the Persian Gulf and carry out terrorist acts in the country, a report said Wednesday.
The United States has given a vessel to members of the Jundallah terrorist group to travel in the southern Iranian waters, an informed source told Basirat website, with close ties to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
Jundallah, led by Abdolmalek Rigi, has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks in southeastern Iran, killing civilians as well as government officials.
The Origins of World War III: Part 3
This article is Part 3 in the Series, “The Origins of World War III.”
by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Published: Dec. 17, 2009 – Global Research
In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I have analyzed US and NATO geopolitical strategy since the fall of the Soviet Union, in expanding the American empire and preventing the rise of new powers, containing Russia and China. This Part examines the implications of this strategy in recent years; following the emergence of a New Cold War, as well as analyzing the war in Georgia, the attempts and methods of regime change in Iran, the coup in Honduras, the expansion of the Afghan-Pakistan war theatre, and spread of conflict in Central Africa. These processes of a New Cold War and major regional wars and conflicts take the world closer to a New World War. Peace can only be possible if the tools and engines of empires are dismantled.
The history of the terrorism conducted by the CIA, since the end of the World War II when countries in Asia and Latin America, were trying to make changes to improve their economical and political situation, the Unite States of North America realized that it was not good for their status as new super power; and began a new campaign, with only one rule, Anything Goes. This is the story of the terrorism of the CIA.
IRAN (is not the problem) is a feature length film responding to the failure of the American mass media to provide the public with relevant and accurate information about the standoff between the US and Iran, as happened before with the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.
We have heard that Iran is a nuclear menace in defiance of the international community, bent on “wiping Israel off the map”, supporting terrorism, and unwilling to negotiate. This documentary disputes these claims as they are presented to us and puts them in the context of present and historical US imperialism and hypocrisy with respect to Iran.
Hundreds of nuclear warheads under the control of Israel’s defense establishment.
by Michael Carmichael
Published: Jan. 15, 2007 – Global Research
In 1986, an Israeli civil servant who worked in the state-owned nuclear industry flew to London where he was invited to meet with reporters working for The Sunday Times. In these press briefings, Mordechai Vanunu revealed Israel’s top secret – the Israelis had gained control of a growing stockpile of nuclear warheads.
In the weeks immediately following these explosive revelations, Mr Vanunu visited Rome where Israeli espionage agents abducted him and forced his return to Israel. Back in Tel Aviv, Mr Vanunu was placed on trial for treason. Tried before a secret tribunal, Mr. Vanunu’s conviction was a foregone conclusion, and he served an eighteen-year prison sentence with eleven of those years in solitary confinement.
Obama’s Wars (Last Updated: Thu. Oct. 29)
Kabul shootout over, 12 killed
Thu. Oct. 29 – A deadly attack on a guesthouse in central Kabul has ended with the deaths of three gunmen and six foreign UN employees staying at the hostel, an Afghan official has said.
Six dead, dozens wounded as violence rages in Iraq
Thu. Oct. 29 – At least six people have been killed and dozens of others have been wounded in the latest in a series of bomb attacks in Iraq.
Peshawar blast death toll reaches 105
Thu. Oct. 29 – The death toll from a car bomb in Pakistan’s Peshawar has reached 105, a day after the blast struck a market in the country’s most populous northwestern city.
Seven militants dead in NW Pakistan clashes
Thu. Oct. 29 – Pakistani troops have launched fresh attacks on hideouts of pro-Taliban militants in the northwest as insurgency and violence continues to plague the country.
200,000 displaced in South Waziristan
Tue. Oct. 27 – The Pakistan’s army says around 200,000 people have fled their homes in South Waziristan since the military launched a major offensive against militants in the area.
First US official resigns in protest at Afghan war
Tue. Oct. 27 – The US-led war in Afghanistan has forced the first American official to resign his post, questioning the reason behind Washington’s military presence in the country.
3 more NATO troops killed in Afghanistan
Mon. Oct. 26 – Roadside bombs and ambushes have left three more NATO soldiers dead in southern Afghanistan as casualties rise among the foreign forces occupying the country.
‘US using Jundallah in plot to destabilize Iran’
Mon. Oct. 26 – The US is trying to destabilize Iran’s borders by making use of the terrorist group Jundallah, a retired Pakistani general says.
Death toll rises to 147, Baghdad to mourn 3 days
Mon. Oct. 26 – The death toll in the double bombing that hit Baghdad on Sunday has risen to 147 and Iraq has declared a three-day national mourning period.
Anti-West protest in Kabul turns bloody
Mon. Oct. 26 – The second day of protests in Afghanistan over the report of burning of the Muslims holy book has turned bloody after at least three demonstrators were wounded.
14 Americans killed in Afghanistan crashes
Mon. Oct. 26 – The US military says a helicopter crash has killed 10 Americans in western Afghanistan after an earlier crash claimed lives of four US soldiers.
Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Tue. Oct. 27)
Prisoner Society: more than 2,000 cases of torture in Israeli prison during past year
Tue. Oct. 27 – Ramallah / PNN – President of the Palestinian Prisoner Society, Qaddura Fares, reported today that during the past year there have been more than 2,000 cases of torture in Israeli prison.
Israel denying Palestinians access to clean water
Tue. Oct. 27 – As a result of Israel’s ‘discriminatory’ policies, Palestinians’ access to water supply is far below the minimum recommended by the World Health Organization.
Netanyahu insists Israel is only for Jews
Mon. Oct. 26 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has openly voiced the Israeli government’s plans to expel indigenous Palestinian Arabs from their occupied lands.
OIC warns Israel over Al-Aqsa abuses
Mon. Oct. 26 – The Organization of the Islamic Conference has warned Israel of ‘dangerous consequences’ for acts of sacrilege in the holy Al-Aqsa mosque compound In Jerusalem.
Israel to drop ‘ethnic cleansing’ from schoolbooks
Mon. Oct. 26 – The Israeli Education Ministry plans to omit a passage in their history books that tells the story of the expulsion of Palestinians in 1948, describing it as ‘ethnic cleansing.’
Totalitarian Tiptoe to the New World Order (Last Updated: Tue. Oct. 27)
Brussels ‘Home Office’ plot to snoop on all of Europe
Tue. Oct. 27 – Brussels bureaucrats are plotting a massive expansion in the use of surveillance and controversial extradition powers, a report warned last night.
UK: Police in £9m scheme to log ‘domestic extremists’
Mon. Oct. 26 – Police are gathering the personal details of thousands of activists who attend political meetings and protests, and storing their data on a network of nationwide intelligence databases.
Atlanta seeks to add 500 surveillance cameras
Mon. Oct. 26 – What you might call Real Pedestrians of Atlanta is a rather modest video surveillance: a few dozen cameras monitoring select locations in the city every second. But the city has applied for millions in federal stimulus funds so it can train about 500 more cameras on city streets.
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Colombia, US to sign a military pact this week
Thu. Oct. 29 – Bogota is on the verge of signing a military pact with Washington, granting the US access to Colombia’s bases, in what the two allies describe as an enhanced war on “narcoterrorism.”
Fidel Castro’s sister Juanita was a CIA agent
Tue. Oct. 27 – Today, Donna was revealed to the rest of the world as Juanita Castro – the sister of Fidel and Raúl, rulers of Cuba and legendary conquerors of US espionage efforts – when she blew the whistle on her career as a CIA agent.
Bishop fined €12,000 for denying Holocaust
Tue Oct. 27 – British Bishop and Holocaust-denier Richard Williamson has been fined over remarks on Swedish television that fewer than 300,000 Jews died in Nazi death camps.
Zelaya confident about return to power
Mon. Oct. 26 – Ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya says he is confident that he will eventually be reinstated, despite the collapse of negotiations with de facto leader Roberto Micheletti.
Bankrolling and arming Al-Qaeda offshoot part of 2007 White House directive to destabilize Iranian government
by Paul Joseph Watson
Published: Oct. 19, 2009 – Prison Planet
The U.S. government effectively attacked Iran yesterday after its proxy terror group Jundullah launched a suicide bomb attack against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard at their headquarters in Pishin, near the border with Pakistan.
Leaders of the Al-Qaeda affiliated Sunni terrorist group Jundullah have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Iran that killed over 40 people yesterday. The group is funded and trained by the CIA and is being used to destabilize the government of Iran, according to reports out of the London Telegraph and ABC News.
by John Pilger
Published: Oct. 15, 2009 – JohnPilger.com
Barack Obama, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, is planning another war to add to his impressive record. In Afghanistan, his agents routinely extinguish wedding parties, farmers and construction workers with weapons such as the innovative Hellfire missile, which sucks the air out of your lungs. According to the UN, 338,000 Afghan infants are dying under the Obama-led alliance, which permits only $29 per head annually to be spent on medical care.
Within weeks of his inauguration, Obama started a new war in Pakistan, causing more than a million people to flee their homes. In threatening Iran – which his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said she was prepared to “obliterate” – Obama lied that the Iranians were covering up a “secret nuclear facility”, knowing that it had already been reported to the International Atomic Energy Authority. In colluding with the only nuclear-armed power in the Middle East, he bribed the Palestinian Authority to suppress a UN judgment that Israel had committed crimes against humanity in its assault on Gaza – crimes made possible with US weapons whose shipment Obama secretly approved before his inauguration.
Obama´s Wars (Last Updated: Mon. Oct. 19)
Bomb blasts kill 3 more US troops in Afghanistan
Mon. Oct. 19 – Amid a rising number of causalities for US forces in Afghanistan, two separate bomb attacks have claimed the lives of three more American troops in the volatile country.
NATO says US soldier killed in Afghanistan
Mon. Oct. 19 – The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has declared that one US soldier has been killed in an attack in southern Afghanistan.
Pakistan says 60 militants killed in operation
Mon. Oct. 19 – The Pakistani army says at least 60 pro-Taliban militants in South Waziristan have been killed as a military offensive in the volatile region enters its second day.
Report: US upgrading military bases in Afghanistan
Mon. Oct. 19 – While Washington is weighing its options on sending more troops to Afghanistan, the US army is spending billions of dollars on upgrading its bases in the war-torn country.
8 killed, 29 wounded in Baghdad bombings
Mon. Oct. 19 – At least eight people have been killed and 29 others wounded in two separate bombings in Baghdad’s mainly Sunni Adhamiya district, police say.
UK: Afghan war continues despite unpopularity
Mon. Oct. 19 – UK’s army chief says the Afghan mission will continue despite its unpopularity at home, following a dramatic rise in British troops’ death toll in recent months.
56 NATO troops killed in Afghanistan, Taliban claim
Fri. Oct. 16 – Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan say they have killed at least 56 NATO soldiers in separate incidents across the war-ravaged country over the past 24 hours.
In Pakistan, powerful blast rocks Peshawar
Fri. Oct. 16 – A bomb explodes near a police facility in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar, a day after a spate of violent attacks across the country left at least 40 people dead.
Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Fri. Oct. 16)
Report: 355 Palestinians held without charge in Israeli prisons
Fri. Oct. 16 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – There are currently 355 Palestinians including three women and a child in Israeli custody being held without charge, human rights groups said Wednesday.
Israel struggling to block Gaza report
Fri. Oct. 16 – The Israeli Prime Minister has demanded the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to drop support for a UN report which accuses Israel of war crimes during the 22-day onslaught on the Gaza Strip.
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Obama ‘controlled media during campaign’
Tue. Oct. 20 – President Barack Obama had absolute “control” over media coverage during his presidential campaign, according to the White House communications director.
Iran urges UNSC to strongly condemn deadly blast
Tue. Oct. 20 – After a bloody attack in a southeastern Iranian borderline region, the Islamic Republic calls on the UN Security Council and international bodies to strongly condemn the terrorist event.
EU home to 270,000 human-trafficking victims
Mon. Oct. 19 – The alarming rise in the number of human trafficking victims in the European Union has prompted the United Nations to issue a request for increased efforts in combating the illegal trade.
Bailed-out UK bank to hand out ‘£5m bonuses’
Mon. Oct. 19 – The state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which was bailed-out with billions of pounds of taxpayer’s money amid the global financial crisis, is likely to cause public anger by announcing a bid to hand out record bonuses.
Israel plans to devour the world: Hungarian MP
Mon. Oct. 19 – A Hungarian lawmaker has voiced worry over Israel’s expansionist policies, saying Israel is trying to take over the world.
Undeclared plutonium scandal haunts France
Fri. Oct. 16 – French authorities have discovered enough undeclared plutonium to make five nuclear bombs at a nuclear facility south of the country.
Iran proposes setting up ‘Asian Union’
Fri. Oct. 16 – The Iranian foreign minister has proposed setting up the ‘Asian Union’ to strengthen economic cooperation among Asian counties.