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Iran rightfully increases uranium stockpiles and enrichment levels beyond JCPOA limits — The Rabbit Hole

July 9, 2019

Published by Inforos on July 9th, 2019 written by Sarah Abed Iran recently increased its enriched uranium stockpiles and uranium enrichment levels beyond JCPOA limits in response to Washington’s unilateral withdrawal and increased sanctions Fourteen months ago, Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the United States out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement […]

via Iran rightfully increases uranium stockpiles and enrichment levels beyond JCPOA limits — The Rabbit Hole

Note: If you’re not reading Sarah Abed’s commentaries, you’re missing one of the most knowledgeable, perceptive commentators available in English on “Things Middle East”… and so……. I’m reposing this from her blog “The Rabbit Hole”

Turning Reality on its head from the NY Times to Fox News…Once Again: Iran Nuclear Deal – Trump Junks It and Iran Is Violating It? – with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues. July 09, 2019 @ 6 pm Mountain Time

July 8, 2019

Gaza – one of many peaceful protesters shot by Israeli sniper last year….

“Turning Reality on its head from the NY Times to Fox News…Once Again: Iran Nuclear Deal – Trump Junks It and Iran Is Violating It?” – with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues. July 09, 2019 @ 6 pm Mountain Time.

For this program, as a part of KGNU’s semi-annual fund drive, we’re going to probe two elements of U.S. Middle East policy.

First – the so-called “Deal of the Century” – the Trump Administration – Israeli – Saudi attempt to impose a solution on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, a proposal we will argue was still born from the moment it was announced and is already, essentially dead in the water.

Secondly – We continue analyzing the aftermath of the Trump Administration pulling out – “junking” – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the impact of the Trump Administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, U.S. efforts (or U.S. led efforts) to provoke the Iranians into a military confrontation, the latest incident being one of international piracy, nothing less, in the British seizure of an Iranian oil tanker passing through the Strait of Gibraltar

Call-ins welcome.

All that and more!!

The 4th – Random Thoughts of an American Marxist

July 4, 2019

Sir, No Sir – a documentary of American patriots in the military opposed to the Vietnam War they were supposed to be fighting. Available on YouTube

July 4th…

However well it began, even at the outset, 1776, there were sizable “shortcomings” I suppose we call them, although the term hardly describes the reality – slavery, the ongoing genocide against Native Americans, the seizure not long after of the northern half of Mexico – to name some of the more obvious ones. It never did become “a more perfect union” and now, by the day, the country becomes “a more imperfect one”, one whose negative influences are felt worldwide. To mark the occasion of this country’s declaration of independence from Great Britain, our president, “the one and only” is organizing a right-wing militarist orgy in Washington DC, with moneys transferred from the Parks Service – public space that he is helping undermine if not destroy. I might watch the spectacle just to remind myself of what I am fighting against… with the time I have left to do so.

I had no intention of writing about July 4 when I woke up this morning.

But then on a hike – well more of an extended walk – with my daughters Abbie and Molly, five-week old grandson, Teddy, Molly and I somehow (but how?) got into a discussion about trauma. Mostly we were talking about people we know, family and friends, trying to deal with it with varying degrees of success and failure. The conversation somehow shifted to “collective trauma” – the kind that people who have experienced war know. Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria were touched up. Whole nations, millions of people living in trauma.

I kept thinking about it afterwards. And my thoughts went further back in time, to previous traumas, those within my lifetime, but especially to the Vietnam War, the time when I had to make a personal decision about war and “patriotism.” Then on social media, I read the comments of Claire Ryder, who wrote about “false patriotism” and her powerful distaste for war. I found her remarks quite moving (as usual). Read more…

Transcript – “U.S-Iran -Where Do We Go From Here?” – War or Negotiation? with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues. June 25, 2019 @ 6 pm Mountain Time – Part Three

July 3, 2019

Iranian youth flashing the peace sign

Transcript – “U.S-Iran -Where Do We Go From Here?” – War or Negotiation? with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues. June 25, 2019 @ 6 pm Mountain Time – Part Three

Part One, Two

Rob Prince: So Ibrahim, … Where do we go from here so that we can extract ourselves from this crisis? Do you have any ideas?

Ibrahim Kazerooni: Number one – both parties have to accept that in this matter the confrontation can be resolved by negotiation and nothing else. Otherwise, if Trump actually attacks Iran, we’re heading for Armageddon. That is what is going to happen.

Secondly, the concept of negotiations requires bold steps by both sides…Having said, that, once it is understood that U.S.-Iranian tensions cannot be resolved, but by negotiations, both parties have to give in on some points so that both of them can take something concretely out of the negotiations

Jim Nelson: Here’s some spin on this. The United States and Iran did come to an agreement – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) but Trump “ripped it up” against the advice of many diplomats that understood it to be a sound agreement.

Rob Prince: Point well taken, Jim, but let me put this in something of a perspective.

There is this element of Trump’s thinking that goes like this: any Obama-era accomplishment has to be destroyed. He tried completely undo Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) for that reason. Look however what Trump has done with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that the Obama Administration shaped.

First of all he destroys it, throws it out completely. But what he has done essentially, is to put together, more or less, the same agreement, but now he gets the credit for it, rather than Obama. Read more…

Transcript – “U.S-Iran -Where Do We Go From Here?” – War or Negotiation? with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues. June 25, 2019 @ 6 pm Mountain Time – Part Two

July 2, 2019

Transcript – “U.S-Iran -Where Do We Go From Here?” – War or Negotiation? with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues. June 25, 2019 @ 6 pm Mountain Time – Part Two

(Part One)

Reminding the listeners about the Cuban Missile Crisis needs to be put into perspective. We’re not simply talking about a military confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, what was involved was nothing less than the fate of the earth which was at stake. The example should give a modicum of hope for the present situation. If, in 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union could find common ground enough to come to an agreement, why can’t the United States and Iran, in 2019, follow a similar path?

Rob Prince

Rob Prince: These kind of missions are also a way of testing the Iranian computer systems to see how they respond

Ibrahim Kazerooni: Well, if you remember Leon Panetta, the former C.I.A. director under Obama made it clear…

Looking at the last couple of years, from 2011 up until now, the United States has constantly sent various drones, either from Afghanistan, Iraq or from other sources. Eight or nine of them have already, in the past, been shot down.

Rob Prince: So this is not the first time that an American drone has been shot down violating Iranian air space?

Ibrahim Kazerooni: Yes. Two of them were brought down during the Obama Administration years. Immediately, through reverse engineering, the Iranians actually copied these drones. I remember Obama asking the Iranians to return American drones. Read more…

Transcript: “U.S-Iran -Where Do We Go From Here?” – War or Negotiation? with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues. June 25, 2019 @ 6 pm Mountain Time – Part One

June 28, 2019

Transcript – “U.S-Iran -Where Do We Go From Here?” – War or Negotiation? with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues. June 25, 2019 @ 6 pm Mountain Time – Part One

… I agree with the sentiment that Trump’s “stepping back” from responding to the drone downing with a U.S. military response had nothing to do with the President’s claim that he wanted to save 150 Iranian lives.

Instead, other factors were at play. The fact that the Iranians were able to shoot down such a sophisticated drone proved a couple of things to the United States.

1. Particularly, adding in a few other factors, it becomes clear that Iran is not prepared to play Washington’s game. Iran has repeatedly said in the past that its air space is “a red line” not to be crossed.

2. The Iranians are prepared to confront the U.S.,to respond to any further Washington provocation militarily and they have the sophistication to do and to challenge the United States in the region

– Ibrahim Kazerooni –

Jim Nelson: As many of our listeners are aware, the tensions between the United States and Iran have reached something close to the boiling point. A military confrontation remains highly possible. Much of the confrontation is a result of the Trump Administration pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – JCPOA- (Iran Nuclear Deal). The Trump Administration gave a number of reasons to leave the JCPOA, childish claims on the whole. Trump referred to it as “the worst deal ever,” “a terrible deal.” When Barack Obama first helped craft the agreement, in an effort to undercut his achievement, the Republicans immediately began to undermine its legitimacy by raising the issue of Iran’s long-range ballistic missiles – which are not in any way a part of the agreement. They also claimed – again falsely – that Iran was secretly enriching uranium; the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) denies that Iran was “cheating” on enrichment.

What we have here is a precarious situation, a dangerous situation that threatens to blow up into a regional conflict with global consequences – a deadly game of chicken, created and accelerated by National Security Adviser, John Bolton, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Donal Trump going along for the ride; he seems to be enjoying it. But Trump’s joy ride could end in a crash with reality.

Rob Prince, what do you think?

Rob Prince: Thanks for the introduction Jim, I think it’s quite apt. We’re facing what is actually a contrived crisis, contrived in Washington DC, but extremely dangerous all the same. The way we’re going to begin tonight is to put forth a way out of this situation.

The main argument we’re going to build towards over the course of tonight’s program is that to turn around the current situation – the danger of a U.S. attack on Iran, which would provoke an Iranian military response that could ignite a regional war – and could go beyond that, the question is how do we pull back from the brink – that is our main concern at this moment.

To do so both the Trump Administration and the Islamic Republic of Iran should enter into immediate negotiations without pre-conditions. We’re far from that this evening as the verbal war continues, and if anything it has these past days intensifies. Read more…

“U.S-Iran -Where Do We Go From Here?” – War or Negotiation? with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues. June 25, 2019 @ 6 pm Mountain Time

June 24, 2019

Long ago and far away….John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif named winners of the Chatham House Prize 2016 for the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran Nuclear Deal)

Hear Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince on KGNU Boulder (88.5 FM, 1390 AM, Streaming at http://www.kgnu.org) on Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues hosted by Jim Nelson, Tues, June 25, 2019 @ 6-7 pm Mountain States Time. The program is available for streaming or downloading tomorrow at KGNU’s archives

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The main argument we’re going to make tonight is that to turn around the current situation – the danger of a U.S. attack on Iran, which would provoke a military response that could ignite a regional war – both the Trump Administration and the Islamic Republic of Iran should enter into immediate negotiations without pre-conditions.

Both sides have to be ready and willing to make compromises of a substantial nature – in the US case, to end its sanctions against the Islamic Republic and return to the J.C.P.O.A…

On the Iranian side – in exchange for a U.S. commitment not to engage in engage in efforts to overthrow the current government of Iran – either through military means or through its “maximum pressure” policy – that the Iranian government would be willing to negotiate

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There is the possibility of pulling back from the abyss…but it will take a major effort on the part of both of these main parties.