By Peter Symonds, 19 April 2012
Defence Minister Ehud Barak made clear that an Israeli attack on Iran was possible, even as international talks proceeded.
By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2012
None of the substantive issues was discussed, let alone resolved, amid the threat of further sanctions and US and Israeli attacks on Iran.
By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2012
The provocative demands prior to international talks set to begin Friday are intended to make any deal to end the US confrontation with Iran highly unlikely.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 April 2012
President Obama has issued the green light for punishing US economic sanctions aimed at forcing the Iranian government to submit to Western pressure over its nuclear program by starving the country of oil revenues.
By David Walsh, 30 March 2012
The US government and military-intelligence apparatus is relentlessly and recklessly driving toward war against Iran. Asghar Farhadi’s film A Separation offers a rare glimpse into the reality of Iranian society.
By Peter Symonds, 29 March 2012
The slogan of “disarmament” is one means used by the ruling classes to dupe working people as war is prepared.
By Peter Symonds, 21 March 2012
The Pentagon exercise concluded that a strike on Iran would lead to a wider regional war involving the US.
By Peter Symonds, 17 March 2012
Washington reportedly asked Moscow to tell Iran that it had one “last chance” to reach a negotiated settlement and avoid US military action.
By Barry Grey, 7 March 2012
After a bellicose speech before a pro-Israel lobbying group and a White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Obama reiterated the US readiness to attack Iran.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2012
The New York Times tried Tuesday to maneuver between Israel’s threats of imminent strikes against Iran and the Obama administration’s strategy of allowing crippling economic sanctions to force Tehran into submission before launching a shooting war.
By Patrick Martin, 6 March 2012
The White House talks followed Obama’s speech to the principal Israeli lobby group in Washington, pledging support for Israel in any future military confrontation.
By Niall Green, 5 March 2012
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his clerical allies consolidated their hold over the government in Friday’s Iranian parliamentary elections.
By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2012
Citing the maxim “speak softly and carry a big stick,” Obama warned: “Rest assured that the Iranian government will know of our resolve.”
By Bill Van Auken, 28 February 2012
The military commands in both the US and Britain have sought increased funding and stepped up deployments of arms and personnel in preparation for an anticipated war against Iran.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2012
While India has attempted to place some distance between itself and the US, New Delhi has repeatedly succumbed to pressure to back US policy against Iran.
By Peter Symonds, 21 February 2012
If Iran fails to satisfy the inspectors, the way is open for a negative report, escalating sanctions and military threats by the US and its allies.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2012
Both Washington and Israel have seized upon a string of abortive bomb plots in India, Georgia and Thailand to escalate threats against Iran.
By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2012
The remarks of Admiral Fox contain a barely concealed warning that the US navy was “ready today” to attack Iran.
By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2012
While publicly calling for a “diplomatic solution,” the White House is coordinating closely with Israel as it prepares military strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2012
While the Obama administration has cautioned against Israeli military action, there is no indication that Washington has vetoed such an attack.
By Alex Lantier, 2 February 2012
Provocative testimony by US intelligence agencies has become the focus of a hysterical media campaign accusing Iran of posing a terrorist threat to the US.
By Barry Grey, 31 January 2012
The New York Times on Sunday published a lengthy article in its weekly magazine that sympathetically and clinically lays out the arguments of Israeli policy makers in favor of a military attack on Iran sometime this year.
By Peter Symonds, 31 January 2012
Iran has repeatedly denied plans to build a nuclear weapon, but that has not stopped the barrage of unsubstantiated allegations in the media.
By Peter Symonds, 27 January 2012
The Israeli political and military establishment is preparing to attack Iran, and pushing the US to advance its own plans for war.
By Peter Symonds, 24 January 2012
The EU sanctions are an act of economic war that heightens the danger of a slide into military hostilities.
By Peter Symonds, 20 January 2012
The visit by America’s top general to Israel takes place amid a growing debate in both countries over an attack on Iran.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 January 2012
The march towards sweeping economic sanctions against Iran together with continuing military threats against the country from both the US and Israel are ratcheting up global tensions to an increasingly dangerous level.
By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2012
Despite Washington’s denials, last week’s assassination of an Iranian scientist bears all the hallmarks of an Israeli operation, carried out in league with the US.
By Peter Symonds, 14 January 2012
The provocative decision heightens the danger of war with Iran as the US moves aggressively to impose a de facto embargo on Iranian oil exports.
By Sahand Avedis, 13 January 2012
As the Western powers threaten to intervene in Syria, the Iranian “Green” opposition is denouncing the Iranian regime for refusing to back pro-Western Syrian protesters.
By Alex Lantier, 12 January 2012
Iranian nuclear scientist Professor Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, aged 32, was killed yesterday in a bomb blast in Tehran.
By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2012
The sharp rise in tensions in the Persian Gulf follows steps by the US and Europe to impose an embargo on Iranian oil exports that would ruin the country’s economy.
By Barry Grey, 7 January 2012
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed David N. Gibbs, professor of history at the University of Arizona and author of a 2009 book on the Kosovo War, about US war threats against Iran.
By Peter Symonds, 6 January 2012
The European move dovetails with President Obama’s signing on Saturday of US legislation designed cripple the Iranian banking system and cut the country’s oil exports.
By Peter Symonds, 4 January 2012
Once again an American administration is using unsubstantiated claims about nuclear weapons to create the political climate for a reckless military adventure.
By Peter Symonds, 31 December 2011
Having provoked Tehran with legislation for an oil embargo, the US is threatening Iran with military action if it retaliates by shutting down the Strait of Hormuz.
By Peter Symonds, 30 December 2011
The growing tensions in the Persian Gulf are the result of provocative steps by the US and its European allies towards blocking Iranian oil exports.
By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2011
The United States is waging a sustained covert campaign of destabilisation against Iran.
By Oliver Campbell, 7 December 2011
The incident is another piece of evidence pointing to a mounting campaign of aggressive covert operations by the US and Israel against Iran.
By Oliver Campbell, 1 December 2011
Tuesday’s protests reflect the escalation of tensions between the Iranian regime and the major powers, led by the US.
By Peter Symonds, 16 November 2011
While Tehran dismissed the blast as an accident, indications have emerged that it was an act of sabotage carried out by Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad.
By Peter Symonds, 10 November 2011
As in the war against Iraq, the latest allegations about Iranian weapons of mass destruction are nothing but a threadbare pretext for further aggression against Tehran, including further sanctions and ultimately military attack.
By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2011
The war plans are not being driven by concerns over Iran’s nuclear program but by deepening inter-imperialist rivalry, fuelled by the worsening global economic crisis.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2011
With the fabricated allegations of an Iranian “terror plot,” US imperialism is seeking to advance its global interests by means of provocations and threats of military aggression.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2011
The White House announced new sanctions against Iran, while Vice President Biden warned that “nothing has been taken off the table” in the US response to an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.
By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2011
The claims could provide the pretext for a dramatic escalation of punitive US measures against Iran over a range of issues.
By Peter Symonds, 20 September 2011
As the country’s economic and social crisis has deepened, a political struggle has opened up between Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Khamenei.
By Sahand Avedis, 8 March 2011
In the midst of an historic uprising of the working class in North Africa and the Middle East directed against the region’s authoritarian US-backed regimes, Iran’s rightwing Green opposition has failed to relaunch itself.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2011
The government of Iran, the right-wing Green Movement opposition and the Obama administration in Washington have all sought to invoke the developments in Egypt to further interests that have nothing to do with this revolutionary upsurge.
By Peter Symonds, 24 January 2011
The chief focus of US efforts to tighten sanctions is not so much Iran, but China, which has become the target of an aggressive campaign to undermine its influence internationally.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2011
US diplomatic cables quoted by the Norwegian daily Aftenposten expose discussions between US legislators and Israeli officials on preparations for the next Middle East war.
By Keith Jones, 24 December 2010
Iran’s government has imposed massive hikes in the prices of subsidized goods and services, including gasoline, diesel, natural gas, electricity, water and flour. The price hikes, which came into effect last Sunday, are the first stage in what is now expected to be a two-step elimination of the government’s more than $100 billion price-subsidy program.
By Richard Phillips, 23 December 2010
Iranian authorities have framed up acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi who now faces six years’ jail and is banned from making films, writing scripts, giving interviews or travelling abroad for the next 20 years.
By James Cogan, 16 December 2010
Diplomatic cables sent to Washington by the US embassy in Canberra reveal that Australian intelligence agencies were concerned that Israel would exploit Iran’s alleged nuclear program to start a war.
By Keith Jones, 14 December 2010
The recent assassination of a scientist on the streets of Teheran is part of an escalating campaign of murder and sabotage mounted by the US and its allies against Iran’s nuclear program.
New WikiLeaks revelations confirm
By Patrick Martin, 30 November 2010
The Obama administration has devoted enormous attention and effort to a worldwide campaign to destabilize Iran and open the way to direct military aggression, the latest mass of documents released by WikiLeaks confirms.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2010
Leading Republican Senator Lindsey Graham signaled a turn following the midterm elections toward the escalation of US threats against Iran, calling for an all-out war that would “neuter” the country.
By Peter Symonds, 8 October 2010
The Obama administration is using the threat of US penalties to ramp up the pressure on banks, companies and governments internationally to cut economic ties with Iran.
By Alex Lantier, 6 August 2010
At a White House briefing Wednesday, President Obama personally joined the growing chorus of war threats against Iran coming from Washington and its allies.
By Peter Symonds, 30 July 2010
While promoted as means of pressuring Iran, the sanctions are a further escalation of a dangerous confrontation that is setting the stage for war.
By Peter Symonds, 5 July 2010
US President Obama has signed into law new measures against Iran that have the potential to heighten tensions, not only with Tehran, but America’s European and Asia rivals.
By Peter Symonds, 19 June 2010
The latest US-led unilateral penalties set the stage for an escalating confrontation with Iran, which has denounced them as “illegal”.
By Peter Symonds, 12 June 2010
Today marks one year since the presidential election in Iran triggered a bitter factional struggle in the Iranian ruling elite that erupted in the form of the Green movement.
By Patrick Martin, 10 June 2010
The UN Security Council’s fourth sanctions resolution against Iran, part of a US-led effort to isolate and weaken the Tehran regime, will be used to justify even more provocative actions against Iran.
By Peter Symonds, 4 June 2010
Amid overblown press reports that Iran is building a nuclear weapon, the US and its European allies are pushing for new sanctions against Tehran in the UN Security Council this month.
By Richard Phillips, 24 May 2010
Acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been jailed for more than two months in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.
By Peter Symonds, 20 May 2010
The Obama administration introduced a resolution into the UN Security Council on Tuesday to impose new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programs.
Green protests fall flat
By Sahand Avedis, 8 May 2010
Iranian workers and teachers spurned the call of Green movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi for massive demonstrations on May Day. The Green leaders had hoped to relaunch their antigovernment agitation by tapping into growing working class discontent.
By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2010
The Obama administration and the US media have exploited the Iranian president’s visit to New York to again threaten Iran over its nuclear programs and demonise the Iranian president.
By Keith Jones, 20 April 2010
US and Israeli threats point to the danger of a new military conflagration in the Middle East.
By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2010
President Barack Obama opened the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington Monday, a two-day event that, in the guise of promoting disarmament and opposing terrorism, seeks to line up international support for the US campaign to isolate, pressure and ultimately overthrow the governments of Iran and North Korea.
By Patrick Martin, 8 April 2010
The new Nuclear Posture Review issued by the Pentagon Tuesday is being hailed by the Obama administration’s apologists as a step towards global nuclear disarmament. It is nothing of the kind.
Slashing of subsidies to begin
By Keith Jones, 2 April 2010
Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has backed down from a confrontation with the country’s parliament over the implementation of a politically explosive plan to phase out $100 billion worth of price subsidies for gasoline, electricity, public transport, bread and other food staples.
By Barry Grey, 1 April 2010
At two forums this week, the United States and its main allies stepped up their threats against Iran, citing the country’s alleged nuclear weapons ambitions and pledging to impose a fourth round of sanctions against the regime in Tehran.
By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2010
In recent weeks there have been a series of press reports as well as statements by military experts that strongly indicate that either the Obama administration or the Israeli government, or both, may be moving toward an attack on Iran.
By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2010
The Obama administration is ratcheting up its war threats against Iran, in a calculated effort to provoke a crisis with Tehran which could produce a general war in the Middle East.
By Peter Symonds, 20 March 2010
An article in the Scottish-based Sunday Herald last weekend indicated that the Obama administration is keeping open the “military option” against Iran.
By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2010
The US-led push for tougher sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program intensified this week with the circulation of a draft UN Security Council resolution to Russia and China.
By Peter Symonds, 25 February 2010
With the Obama administration escalating its campaign for further sanctions against Iran, an IAEA report issued last week provided an apparent boost to US propaganda that Tehran is developing a nuclear weapons capacity.
By Keith Jones, 20 February 2010
Iran’s bourgeois opposition Green movement has been thrown into disarray by its failure to make good on its threat to stage mass protests on February 11—the 31st anniversary of the overthrow of the Shah’s US-sponsored dictatorship.
By Peter Symonds, 17 February 2010
As part of a drive for punitive new sanctions against Iran, the Obama administration has launched a major diplomatic offensive in the Middle East to enlist the support of its allies in the region.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 February 2010
US troops and their proxy Iraqi security forces killed at least five people on Friday during a raid on a village near the Iranian border.
By Keith Jones, 12 February 2010
To the palpable disappointment of the Western corporate media, Iran’s regime succeeded in marginalizing opposition protests on the anniversary of the popular revolution that toppled the US-backed Shah. It did so by mobilizing its supporters in large numbers and by mounting a massive security operation.
By Ulrich Rippert, 12 February 2010
The US delegation, and particularly Senator Joseph Lieberman and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, used the conference to make open war threats against Iran.
By Peter Symonds, 10 February 2010
Washington is pressing for the rapid imposition of new UN sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programs. As a pretext, the US has seized on Tehran’s announcement that it will produce more highly enriched uranium to fuel its research reactor.
By Keith Jones, 5 February 2010
The US and its European allies have given a decidedly chilly response to a very public attempt on the part of Iran to revive an International Atomic Energy Agency-brokered deal that would allow Teheran to keep the country’s only nuclear research reactor in operation.
By Keith Jones, 1 February 2010
All three of the principal leaders of Iran’s “Green Revolution” bourgeois opposition have made conciliatory public statements in recent weeks, backing off from their demand for the annulling of the June 2009 presidential election and reaffirming their support for the Islamic Republic.
By Keith Jones, 16 January 2010
The Guardian Council of Iran’s Islamic Republic has given constitutional sanction to legislation mandating the elimination of $100 billion annually in price subsidies for gasoline, heating oil, electricity, staple foods, and other products and services.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 January 2010
Massoud Ali Mohammadi, one of Iran’s leading nuclear scientists, was assassinated in Tehran Tuesday, just two days after the top US military commander in the region announced that the Pentagon has drawn up plans to bomb Iranian nuclear sites.
By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2010
The US administration is signalling aggressive new moves against Iran, following the expiry of President Obama’s December 31 deadline for a negotiated deal over Tehran’s nuclear programs.
By Keith Jones, 29 December 2009
The mounting crisis of the Islamic Republic raises crucial questions of perspective for the Iranian and international working class.
By Keith Jones, 22 December 2009
Web sites associated with Iran’s bourgeois opposition claim hundreds of thousands of people descended on the holy city of Qom Monday to participate in the funeral procession of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri.
By Peter Symonds, 18 December 2009
As President Obama’s December deadline for negotiations with Tehran runs out, the US is pressing for tough new sanctions against Iran.
By Keith Jones, 11 December 2009
In defiance of a government ban, tens of thousands of university students on Monday marked Iran’s annual National Student Day by joining anti-government protests.
By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2009
The IAEA resolution sets the stage for an intensifying confrontation between Iran and the US and its European allies over the coming month.
By Peter Symonds, 20 November 2009
The Obama administration is preparing for new sanctions against Iran after Tehran called for modifications to an agreement reached last month over its stockpile of low-enriched uranium.
By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2009
An international agreement on Iran’s low-enriched uranium is yet to be finalised. An initial Iranian response handed yesterday to the IAEA reportedly contains caveats that are not likely to be accepted by the US and its European allies.
By Peter Symonds, 22 October 2009
A draft agreement was finalised yesterday to ship Iran’s low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for processing into fuel for its Tehran research reactor.
By Peter Symonds, 20 October 2009
Two bombings in the eastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan on Sunday near the border with Pakistan killed at least 42 people, including six high-ranking members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
By Peter Symonds, 14 October 2009
In the lead-up to international talks next Monday on Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium, the Obama administration has been intensifying pressure on Tehran.