Month: December 2011


What Your Support Meant in 2011

As you know, relies almost exclusively on the support of our readers. So, as 2011 ends, we wanted to express our thanks and present a selection of the important articles from the past year that your donations helped make possible.

Keeping Iran from Saying Yes

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

The current U.S.-Iran confrontation has the look of inevitably leading to war, much like the one-way ratcheting of pressure on Iraq a decade ago. Whatever concessions Iran is likely to make are almost certain not to satisfy the West, as…

Cables Hold Clues to U.S.-Iran Mysteries

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From the Archive: As the West’s confrontation with Iran grows more dangerous and major U.S. news outlets blame Iran it may be worth recalling the documents that revealed how the U.S. and its allies showed bad faith in talks with Iran about its…

Urging Obama to Stop Rush to Iran War

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in 2009

Exclusive: A torrent of war propaganda against Iran is flooding the American political scene as U.S. neocons and Israeli hardliners see an opening for another war in the Middle East, a momentum that ex-CIA analysts Ray McGovern and Elizabeth Murray…

Muslim Haters Tie Iran to 9/11

Kenneth Timmerman

Another element of the “go-to-war-with-Iran hysteria” is a “default judgment” by a U.S. court linking Iran to 9/11. However, Iran had no legal representation in the case, allowing dubious and bogus allegations to go unchallenged, as Gareth Porter noted in this article…

The Bad-Tasting Medicine of Retreat

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announcing final U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq

America’s still-influential neocons are pounding President Obama for failing to negotiate a longer U.S. military occupation of Iraq, blaming him for the country’s latest political crisis. But the Independent Institute’s Ivan Eland says the U.S. pullback was part of a…

Slip-Sliding to War with Iran

President Barack Obama as drawn by Robbie Conal (

Exclusive: Having apparently learned nothing from the Iraq disaster, many of the same political/media players are reprising their tough-guy roles in a new drama regarding Iran. These retread performances may make another war, with Iran, hard to avoid, writes Robert Parry

On Occupying the New Year

The year 2011 wasn't so happy for many.

For many people around the world, 2011 was a very tough year, as millions lost jobs, suffered foreclosures and faced austerity, while the rich did fine and corporations hoarded trillions of dollars in cash. But there were glimmers of hope…

A Brief Narrative of Consortiumnews

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern

From Editor Robert Parry: As we struggle to raise the money to keep alive in the New Year, ex-CIA analyst (and peace activist) Ray McGovern suggested I write a brief narrative to explain our history and our goals. (If…