Will Israeli Dissent Halt the March Towards War?

Excerpted from IPS Special Project Right Web. The threat of a military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities this year appears to have substantially subsided over the past several weeks as a result of several developments, including the biting criticisms of...

Iran Errata: Israel “Tunes up” Iran for U.S.

If you watch crime shows on television or read crime fiction, you’re no doubt familiar with the term “tune him up.” It’s defined at Urban Dictionary as: “A beat down especially when administered by the cops.” Perhaps I’m...

Lies, Damn Lies, and Sanctions

After months of conflating punitive sanctions with diplomatic engagement, President Barack Obama apparently believes he has nearly exhausted his diplomatic options for dealing with Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. “I believe there is a window of...

Can Spam Solve the Iran-Israel-U.S. Faceoff?

“ON THE DECAY OF THE ART OF LYING,” tweets the Russian spam aggregator horse_ebooks, which publishes snippets of junk mail advertising such Pythonesque (but apparently real) offers for topics as varied as addressing the problem of “catfish...
Can LOL Cats Help Avert World War III?

Can LOL Cats Help Avert World War III?

The cat pictures are the newest permutations of a social media campaign started over the weekend by two Israeli graphics designers that is called “We Love Iranians,” aimed at raising public awareness against the steady march to war the Likud government has...
“Please Do Not Pet the Islamists”

“Please Do Not Pet the Islamists”

Cross-posted from Mondoweiss. Part of me very much wishes to believe this is all a viral marketing effort leading to a forthcoming episode of Portlandia where they go to Israel. It is almost that surreal, but in a somewhat entertaining manner. Shurat HaDin — an...

Israel Has Its Own Doomsday Clock

“An attack on Iran could take place within a matter of months, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a series of television interviews on Thursday,” reported Haaretz on Friday (March 9). “We’re not standing with a stopwatch in hand,”...

Why Does the U.S. Think Iran Would Attack It if Israel Attacked Iran?

“American officials who have assessed the likely Iranian responses to any attack by Israel on its nuclear program believe that Iran would retaliate by” not only firing missiles at Israel, but, write Thom Shanker, Helene Cooper, and Ethan Bronner in a New...

Israel v. Iran: “U.S. Assets” Might Not Be American

At IPS News, Gareth Porter wrote that when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Washington Post columnist David Ignatius last week that he believed an attack on Iran by Israel was forthcoming in the spring, he was seeking to “put pressure on Iran to make...
Israel and U.S. Militaries Increasingly Joined at the Hip

Israel and U.S. Militaries Increasingly Joined at the Hip

The United States and Israel have been quietly building up their military cooperation. During a visit to Israel last December, General Frank Gorenc announced that thousands of U.S. troops would be deployed to Israel for an exercise that has been code named...

How Does Netanyahu Think He Can Get Away With Bombing Iran?

Leaders of states are less often voted out of office for initiating a war gone wrong than for exhibiting good sense and drawing the brakes on the war-fever express when called for. Or that’s the assumption on which Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin...