Join on December 19 for POISON DUST. Plowshares activist Susan Crane will lead the discussion after the film is shown, and a recovering Chuck Michaels will be there as well.
The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The next film, POISON DUST [
Filmmaker Sue Harris tells the story of young soldiers who came home from
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Thursday 18 December 2008
by: Gilles Anquetil, Le Nouvel Observateur
The former CIA chief for the Middle East has published a provocative essay in which - in order to avoid war - he exhorts the
From 1976 to 1997, Robert Baer was an agent for the CIA, including a stint as regional head for the
Le Nouvel Observateur: In the 19th century, the "Great Game" designated the rivalry between the British and Russian Empires, notably for control of
Robert Baer: Not yet, but it inevitably will. Oil is crucial: we Americans are much more dependent on cheap oil than the French. Now
It's a hybrid empire, based simultaneously on ultramodern weaponry and a strategy of guerilla and asymmetrical warfare. Consequently, the Iranians avoided direct intervention in
How do you explain the
It's a deliberate blindness, just like the one that led to the sub-prime crisis. It comes from an unfounded optimism such as presided over the invasion of
But Iran has serious problems: galloping inflation, an economy 80 percent dependent on oil, a lack of industrial infrastructure, growing youth hostility towards the mullahs, a social crisis, endemic corruption, divisions within the conservative camp ... How can such a fragile country develop an imperial strategy?
In spite of its weak points, it's a country able to mobilize a million men: soldiers in the regular army (a remarkably effective one), Guardians of the Revolution, and that doesn't count the outside Shiite militias that allow it to intervene by proxy. And many Iranians, including students hostile to the regime, approve their government's foreign policy. Even though they desire a Western-style liberalization, Iranians share an ancient and powerful nationalism. Moreover, they support a foreign policy based on protection of Shiites, whether they be in
You think the most dangerous country in the region at this time is
With his new team, will Obama be up to playing the Iranian card?
Five secretaries of state have already let the opportunity go by. I believe Obama represents the best hope for change in this domain. But that will require a new awareness in
Translation: Truthout French language editor Leslie Thatcher.
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