Iran's Growing Sway in Iraq Defies Neocons' Logic - by Jim Lobe: "In a recent colloquium for The Nation magazine, Shibley Telhami, a Middle East specialist at the Brookings Institution, noted that, 'No one in Washington would have imagined that with all the human and financial costs of the war, the United States would find... Continue Reading →

Radioactive Wounds of War -- In These Times: "Gerard Matthew thought he was lucky. He returned from his Iraq tour a year and a half ago alive and in one piece. But after the New York State National Guardsman got home, he learned that a bunkmate, Sgt. Ray Ramos, and a group of N.Y. Guard... Continue Reading →

U.S., insurgents locked in stalemate in Anbar: "_ Military officials in Ramadi said insurgents there had learned the times of their patrol shift changes. When one group of vehicles comes to relieve another, civilian traffic is pushed to the side of the road to allow the military to pass. Insurgents plan and use this opportunity,... Continue Reading →

<a href="After completing the evacuation of settlers from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank, the government rushed to implement the second half of Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan: strengthening Israel's hold on the West Bank settlement blocs. Almost simultaneously with the evacuation of Gush Katif, the army began issuing expropriation orders for Palestinian lands... Continue Reading →

<a href="The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world?s major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation. It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power ? and duty ? to bring a... Continue Reading →

No proof found of Iran nuclear arms program - washingtonpost.com Highlights - MSNBC.com: "The biggest smoking gun that everyone was waving is now eliminated with these conclusions,' said a senior official who discussed the still-confidential findings on the condition of anonymity. Scientists from the United States, France, Japan, Britain and Russia met in secret during... Continue Reading →

<a href="US concern over possible nuclear weapons development by Iran does not mean it opposes atomic power plants for developing nations, US Senator said. "Our concern is the development of weapons from nuclear power and proliferation," Domenici, a Republican who is chairman of the Senate's committee on energy and natural resources, told AFP in Vienna.... Continue Reading →

Coping with Iran's nuclear ambitions - Los Angeles Times: "In 1975, Iran purchased 10% of France's Eurodif uranium enrichment plant for $1 billion ? yet despite its shareholder stake in the plant, Iran has received no uranium from it to date. A German company ? possibly due to pressure from the United States ? backed... Continue Reading →

Tests appear to back Iran on nuke traces - diplomat - Yahoo! News: "An analysis of Pakistani components for enrichment centrifuges identical to ones Iran bought on the black market appear to back Tehran's assertion that traces of bomb-grade uranium were the result of contamination, a Western diplomat familiar with the IAEA said. 'There's still... Continue Reading →

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