Iran sanctions vote signals a global rift

The passage this week by the United Nations Security Council of a third set of sanctions against Iran places a spotlight on two trends in the international community’s dispute with Tehran’s nuclear program.

Perhaps most striking is the relative retreat by the United States from leading status among Iran’s accusers, with European powers taking over the helm.

But there is also an emerging rift between some of the world’s developing countries and the big developed powers at the forefront of the effort to impose punitive measures against Tehran. For countries like Indonesia, South Africa, and Libya, which questioned the timing of the new resolution, Iran’s claim of victimhood at the hands of arrogant world powers seeking to control access to vital and lucrative technologies may be starting to resonate.

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War pimp alert: 4th Russian fuel shipment reaches Iran

A fourth Russian shipment of nuclear fuel arrived in Iran on Sunday, destined for a power plant being constructed in the southern Iranian port of Bushehr, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The nuclear power station in Bushehr.
Photo: AP

The report said 11 tons of fuel arrived at the Bushehr power plant, just two days after Iran received its third Russian shipment on Friday.

Russia has reportedly pledged to give Iran a total of 85 tons of fuel for the plant.

The remainder of the fuel, about 40 tons, was scheduled to arrive in four separate shipments in the coming months, the report said.

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More Sibel Edmunds

It is incredible, Sibel Edmunds the most gagged person in the history of the US, finally comes out with what she has been ordered to keep secret, and not a single American newspaper covers this story.
Sibel Edmunds who volunteered for the FBI after the attacks of 9/11 and whose job existed out of translating and listening to tapes and who speaks and writes fluent Turkish and Farsi, discovered corruption and cover ups in the highest echelons of American society. You would think that Americans have the right to know, but while numerous newspapers around the world print this story the Big corporate media stay silent.
(Thank you project Falcon for pointing the list out to me.)

Here they are:

Over at Sibel’s website, she has published “Sibel Edmonds’ State Secrets Privilege Gallery” – twenty one photos of people.

Sibel doesn’t say anything about the photos – or the people in the photos – but we can reasonably presume that they are the 21 guilty people in her case.

Sibel has broken the photos into three different groups.

The first group contains current and former Pentagon and State Department officials.

Richard Perle

Douglas Feith

Eric Edelman

Marc Grossman

Brent Scowcroft

Larry Franklin

The second group is current and former congressmen

Dennis Hastert – Ex-House Speaker (R-Il)


Roy Blount – ( R, Mo)

Dan Burton – (R – IN)


Tom Lantos – (D- CA)


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Bob Livingston – ex-Speaker of the House (R-LA)

Stephen Solarz (D-Ny)

The 3rd group includes people who all appear to work at think tanks – primarily WINEP, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Graham E. Fuller – RAND

David Makovsky – WINEP

Alan Makovsky – WINEP


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Yusuf Turani (President-in-exile, Turkistan)

Professor Sabri Sayari (Georgetown, WINEP)

Mehmet Eymur (Former head Turkish counter-terrorism, MIT)

       

As you can see, there are a couple of ‘Question Marks’ instead of photos. I’m not sure why that is the case.

‘Great discovery’ led to Iran nuke change – Bush

US President George W. Bush says a “great discovery” as recently as August prompted the US intelligence community’s stunning reversal of its long-held view that Iran had an active nuclear weapons program.

Mr Bush today provided no details on the nature of the new intelligence, which set off an in-depth intelligence review of the evidence and assumptions that underpinned a 2005 assessment, which had held with “high confidence” that Iran was determined to acquire nuclear weapons.

Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, went to Mr Bush in August and said: “We have some new information.”

“He didn’t tell me what the information was. He did tell me it was going to take a while to analyse,” Mr Bush said today.

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U.S. Says Iran Ended Atomic Arms Work

Abedin Taherkenareh/European Pressphoto Agency

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran delivering a speech in April at the nuclear plant in Natanz in observance of National Nuclear Day.

By MARK MAZZETTI

Published: December 3, 2007

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 — A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb.

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Ankara inks power pact with Tehran over US objections

ANKARA: Turkey on Tuesday signed an agreement with neighboring Iran for joint power-production projects despite US pressure against investment in the Islamic Republic.

Energy Minister Hilmi Guler played down US discontent with flourishing energy cooperation between its NATO ally Turkey and Iran, saying more agreements would be concluded in the coming days.

“The signing [of agreements] will continue. Our efforts are continuing,” Guler told a joint news conference with his Iranian counterpart Parviz Fattah after the two signed the power-production deal.

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