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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

21 October - Channeling CounterPunch

English: Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran ...
English: Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran (Edited version) Français : Place Naghsh-e Jahan. À gauche, la Mosquée du Sheikh Lutfallah (Masjid-i Sadr), au fond la Mosquée du Shah, à droite, le Palais d'Ali Qapu (la Haute Porte). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mount Damavand, Iran.
Mount Damavand, Iran. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Shah-i-Zinda (Photo credit: eatswords)
Nuclear program of Iran
Nuclear program of Iran (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Iranian newspaper clip from 1968 reads: "...
Iranian newspaper clip from 1968 reads: "A quarter of Iran's Nuclear Energy scientists are women." The picture shows some female Iranian PhDs posing in front of Tehran's research reactor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Atoms for Peace U.S. postage stamp, from 1955.
Atoms for Peace U.S. postage stamp, from 1955. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Seen here in this ISNA footage is Gholam Reza ...
Seen here in this ISNA footage is Gholam Reza Aghazadeh and AEOI officials with a sample of Yellowcake during a public announcement on 11 April 2006, in Mashad that Iran had managed to successfully complete the fuel cycle by itself. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A billet of highly enriched uranium that was r...
A billet of highly enriched uranium that was recovered from scrap processed at the Y-12 National Security Complex Plant. Original and unrotated. Source: http://web.em.doe.gov/takstock/phochp3a.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Advertisement from the 1970s by American nucle...
Advertisement from the 1970s by American nuclear-energy companies, using Iran's nuclear program as a marketing ploy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Exposéing My Breasts on the Internet

In which non availability of recourse against sexual harassment  in the public workplace is intimately viewed ...and the professor makes another anthropological commentary herself

.....my baby woke up with a fever. It was the first day of my intro “Sex, Gender Culture” class with 40 students and a new TA. Cancelling did not seem like an option. A friend who was visiting from Chile said to me over breakfast, “Just take her to class. You’re a working parent. Your students won’t care. It’ll be a teachable moment.”

.....“Delicate”? “Uncomfortable”? What did the Eagle, AU’s official student newspaper, think I was? A rice paper painting? A hymen? If I considered feeding my child to be a “delicate” or sensitive act, I would not have done it in front of my students. Nor would I have spent the previous year doing it on buses, trains and airplanes; on busy sidewalks and nice restaurants; in television studios and while giving plenary lectures to large conferences. 


Bringing the People of Iran to Their Knees 

The European Union agreed to new sanctions against Iran on Monday, October 15 to force Tehran to comply with international demands that it scale back its nuclear program. 

Disruption in drug imports is just a piece of the grave consequences of the international sanctions on Iran. Iranian media report that the country is facing shortages of medicine needed for the treatment of a number of illnesses — including life-threatening conditions like cancer and heart disease, pulmonary problems, hemophilia, and multiple sclerosis.

The deadlock of Iran’s regime could depict a horrific familiar story of domination in the Middle East. It seems the process of “The Greater Middle East” of Newcons is fulfilled by another puppet of AIPAC and its EU allies, tragically with a Nobel peace prize in hand. It seems liberalization in the Middle East is likely to lead to privatization. Recent upheavals in Iran show us, at all costs, even bringing down the desperate people to their knees, the plan must keep going.
Furthermore, it seems part of the ruling system will have the upper hand beyond all this current hue and cry over the political exercise of Iran’s nuclear program. It seems the shoo-in is a bunch of military people that monopolise capital and power and keep it in their hands, which is little surprise for those cognizant observers who realize the nature of this regime and also the so-called international community and its insatiable interests.

 ...militarised capitalism has its own needs and necessities, one of them is the elimination of subsidies. The ultimate goal of neo-liberal and neo-conservative capitalism (which eventually is the economic model of the Ahmadinejad government) is to eliminate the subsidies, because it wants to convert labour to a commodity and release it in the market, and not taking any responsibility to protect wages and the standard living of people. These responsibilities are considered barriers for the foreign investments which the government is seeking with a staggering hunger.

( And any illusions you may have had about Ahmadinejad 'saving' Iran should have just evaporated - the IMF requiring accelerated disaster )

 Key Reasons against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran

The Nuclear Vault: The Iranian Nuclear Program, 1974-1978

13 Jan 2009 – U.S.-Iran Nuclear Negotiations in 1970s Featured Shah's ... when they approved negotiating positions for a deal to sell nuclear reactors to Iran.
The foundations for Iran's nuclear program were laid on 5 March 1957, when a "proposed agreement for cooperation in research in the peaceful uses of atomic energy" was announced under the auspices of Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace program.[47]
In 1967, the Tehran Nuclear Research Center (TNRC) was established, run by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI). The TNRC was equipped with a U.S.-supplied, 5-megawatt nuclear research reactor, which was fueled by highly enriched uranium.[48][49]
Iran signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968 and ratified it in 1970, making Iran's nuclear program subject to IAEA verification.


The Shah approved plans to construct, with U.S. help, up to 23 nuclear power stations by 2000.[50] In March 1974, the Shah envisioned a time when the world's oil supply would run out, and declared, "Petroleum is a noble material, much too valuable to burn ... We envision producing, as soon as possible, 23,000 megawatts of electricity using nuclear plants."[

In 1983, IAEA officials were keen to assist Iran in chemical aspects of reactor fuel fabrication, chemical engineering and design aspects of pilot plants for uranium conversion, corrosion of nuclear materials, LWR fuel fabrication, and pilot plant development for production of nuclear grade UO2.[63] However, the U.S. government "directly intervened" to discourage IAEA assistance in Iranian production of UO2 and UF6.[64] A former U.S. official said "we stopped that in its tracks." Iran later set up a bilateral cooperation on fuel cycle related issues with China, but China also agreed to drop most outstanding nuclear commerce with Iran, including the construction of the UF6 plant, due to U.S. pressure.[63]

The nuclear program of Iran was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program.[1] The participation of the United States and Western European governments in Iran's nuclear program continued until the 1979 Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah of Iran.[2]
After the 1979 revolution, the clandestine research program was disbanded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who had serious religious reservations about nuclear weapons, which he considered evil in terms of Muslim jurisprudence.[3] Small scale research restarted during the Iran-Iraq War* and underwent significant expansion after the Ayatollah's death in 1989.[4] Iran's nuclear program has included several research sites, two uranium mines, a research reactor, and uranium processing facilities that include three known uranium enrichment plants. [5]
* In which the United States supplied arms to the puppet tyrant Saddam Hussein - who was trained by the CIA 

In November 2011, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors rebuked Iran following an IAEA report detailing how Iran had undertaken research and experiments geared to developing a nuclear weapons capability.[8] For the first time, the IAEA report outlines, in depth, the country’s detonator development, the multiple-point initiation of high explosives, and experiments involving nuclear payload integration into a missile delivery vehicle.[9][10] Iran rejected the details of the report and accused the IAEA of pro-Western bias[11] and threatened to reduce its cooperation with the IAEA.[12][13]
Iran also claims that it was forced to resort to secrecy after US pressure caused several of its nuclear contracts with foreign governments to fall through.[18
 US nonprofit 'names and shames' businesses to put bite into Iran sanctions
NBCNews.com (blog)‎ - 3 days ago
Editor's note: This story contains a graphic image that some readers may find disturbing. Perched high above midtown Manhattan, behind ...
After the IAEA Board of Governors reported Iran's noncompliance with its safeguards agreement to the UN Security Council, the Council demanded that Iran suspend its nuclear enrichment activities[19] while Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has argued that the sanctions are "illegal," imposed by "arrogant powers," and that Iran has decided to pursue the monitoring of its self-described peaceful nuclear program through "its appropriate legal path," the International Atomic Energy Agency.[20]
In 1996, the U.S. convinced the People's Republic of China to pull out of a contract to construct a uranium conversion plant. However, the Chinese provided blueprints for the facility to the Iranians, who advised the IAEA that they would continue work on the program, and IAEA Director Mohamed ElBaradei even visited the construction site.[77]
According to a report by the Argentine justice in 2006, during the late 1980s and early 1990s the US pressured Argentina to terminate its nuclear cooperation with Iran, and from early 1992 to 1994 negotiations between Argentina and Iran took place with the aim of re-establishing the three agreements made in 1987–88.[78]

Iran nuclear threat hyped: IAEA's ElBaradei | Reuters

2 Sep 2009 – VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran is not going to produce a nuclear weapon any time soon and the threat posed by its atomic program has been ...

Two Years After ElBaradei's Departure, IAEA Joins Anti-Iran ...

7 Nov 2011 – For one thing, there was a change at the top of the IAEA. The Director General of the IAEA from 1997 to 2009 was Mohamed ElBaradei.

Nuclear threat is 'hyped', says IAEA's ElBaradei - FRANCE 24

www.france24.com/.../20090902-nuclear-threat-hype...16 Apr 2010
The threat from a nuclear Iran is "hyped", according to the outgoing head of the International Atomic Energy ...

IAEA, ElBaradei win peace prize - CNN

7 Oct 2005 – The U.N. nuclear watchdog and its head, Mohamed ElBaradei, won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their efforts to limit the spread of ...

Director General ElBaradei´s Biography - IAEA

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei served as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an intergovernmental organization that is part of the ...

IAEA Chief ElBaradei on Iran - YouTube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=29T8cxLbLIQ7 Sep 2009 - 2 min - Uploaded by IAEAvideo
IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei, today reported on nuclear safeguards in Syria and Iran, as well ...

Cablegate And Mohamed ElBaradei : The IAEA Days

#EgyConstitution : Let’s read the Draft-1

We are making the president as Pharaoh

ElBaradei says nuclear Israel number one threat to Mideast ...

4 Oct 2009 – TEHRAN, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said Sunday that "Israel is ...

The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times

 over the twelve years when ElBaradei ran the UN agency, the IAEA’s investigations were met with outright defiance, and its central mission with repeated failure.
Throughout the 1990s, Iraq misled IAEA inspectors who attempted to verify the dismantlement of the country’s nuclear program, withholding documents and restricting their access. In 2002, North Korea expelled inspectors who had been monitoring the country’s shaky compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the international agreement under which non-nuclear-weapons states forswear nuclear weapons in exchange for access to peaceful nuclear technology. Pyongyang withdrew from the treaty the next year, and detonated its first nuclear weapon in 2006. Pakistan never even bothered to join the treaty, and in 1998 it conducted its first nuclear test. Iran, meanwhile, was enriching more uranium than ever before and, even as it insisted its program was peaceful, played a cat-and-mouse game with IAEA inspectors.
The most positive development in nonproliferation during this time was Libya’s announcement that it was abandoning its nuclear program, and it had nothing to do with the IAEA: the program “was news” to ElBaradei, and its termination was brought about by American diplomatic efforts he also knew nothing about. Syria, too, proceeded down the path toward nuclear weapons; it built a secret research reactor with North Korea’s help that was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in 2007. Even little Myanmar, it seems, was trying to go nuclear. It was a tough time to be the world’s non-proliferator-in-chief.
IAEA’s limited legal authority, its reliance on voluntarily supplied intelligence, and its tight budget (a quarter of which, as American diplomats remind ElBaradei, is funded by the United States*). 
* This tends to happen when you destroy economies with sanctions and essentially steal their bank deposits : otherwise autonomy would tend to be more balanced by relative independence from U.S. ploys
.....he cartoonishly* suggests that the Iraq war was the product of a post-9/11 “neoconservative obsession … to penalize a Muslim, and preferably an Arab, country.”
* And apparently astutely as well
...he dismisses the Proliferation Security Initiative, a U.S.-led arrangement to interdict nuclear smuggling at sea, for lacking the legitimacy of the United Nations
 ElBaradei’s worldview is distinctly Viennese: multilateral, anti-hegemonic, legalistic. He believes global problems like nuclear proliferation are best solved collectively, and that unilateral measures are anachronistic. His sympathies lie with the nuclear have-nots, whose resentment of the nuclear haves he understands. They seek to deny to others what they themselves want. Condoleezza Rice once complained that he was “picking on us more than picking on the Iranians,” and his ire still seems directed more at the over-reacting* nuclear states than at the deceptive proliferators.
* The heart of the lie. They are not making 'Much Ado About Nothing'...but making shit up. Mud slinging by the corporate press international.

Former IAEA chief ElBaradei drops Egyptian presidency bid | World ...

15 Jan 2012 – Ex-IAEA chief and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei pulled out of the race for the Egyptian presidency due to dissatisfaction ...

Operation Opera - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In 1976, Iraq purchased an "Osiris"-class nuclear reactor from France. ... The purchase also included a smaller accompanying Isis-type reactor, the sale of 72 kilograms of .... Iran attacked and lightly damaged the site on 30 September 1980, with two F-4 ... An analysis by Warren Donnelly of the United States Congressional ...


Regarding tahrir square and #Mubarak regime remnants

Today thousands of Non Islamist opposition supporters protested in Tahrir square against the constituent assembly and its proposed draft constitution. About 29 revolutionary party , movement and group took part in the protest which was called “Egypt is for all Egyptians , Egypt is not estate”.
Already a number of Mubarak /Shafik/ Omar Suleiman’s supporters including notorious Tawfik Okasha and Ahmed Zpider insisted to join this protest claiming that the square , the symbol of the revolution which they fought and attacked for the past year and half is for all Egyptians !!
Despite the revolutionary forces declared their complete refusal to have these supporters in the square in a statement issued on Thursday and despite the revolutionary protesters kicked them from the square today , there has been a huge debate about this topic in the past 48 hours.

In Iraq, the Baathist regime - which included all experienced bureaucrats who knew how to make a government function - were excluded from the new government. In Afghanistan, the Taleban - which included all experienced bureaucrats who knew how to make a government function - were excluded from government. Also in Iraq, Bremer's 100 Orders included a constitution which mandated changes with effects partly outlined in The Real Winner in Iraq

Coalition Provisional Authority - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

By this order, critics assert that the CPA drastically altered Iraq's economy, .... cash had been delivered by C-130 planes, on shrinkwrapped pallets of $100 bills.

The National Memo » Iraq Syndrome

www.nationalmemo.com/iraq-syndrome/ - United States
14 Dec 2011 – Bremner's 100 Orders are hard to find unless you know where to look…as well as the planned path of destruction of which Iraq is the keystone.

Alternative News

22 Jun 2006 – Over the period of the first two months of the Iraq invasion in 2003, then ... During the summer of 2003, Bremner, taking his orders from ... Added to this were orders that allowed U.S. corporations to own 100% of any Iraqi land ...

The Invisible Epidemic: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Memory

Dr. Bremner is a faculty member of the Departments of Diagnostic Radiology and Psychiatry, Yale .... MY HUSBAND IS 100% DISABLED VIET NAM VET WITH PDST HE HAS BEEN ACCUSED .... So I used the skill on myself in order to understand myself. ...... This is some heavy stuff especially when your are a vet from Iraq.

The DOSSIER | Video | Iraq War

The US justice department has imposed gagging orders which prevent the ... In the last 100 years, oil has changed almost every part of human life in .... Rory Bremner brings us up to date and tells the tale of life between Iraq and a hard place ...

Off His Onion

Breaking News: Julian Assange Mossad Agent!

Protesting far too much that an editor is not posting recycled bilgewater

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