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Signs of the Times for Wed, 24 May 2006

by Jim Lobe
May 23, 2006

A story authored by a prominent U.S. neoconservative regarding new legislation in Iran allegedly requiring Jews and other religious minorities to wear distinctive color badges circulated around the world this weekend before it was exposed as false.

The article by a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Iranian-American Amir Taheri, was initially published in Friday's edition of Canada's National Post, which ran alongside the story a 1935 photograph of a Jewish businessman in Berlin with a yellow, six-pointed star sewn on his overcoat, as required by Nazi legislation at the time. The Post subsequently issued a retraction.

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Kurt Nimmo
Another Day in the Empire
Tuesday May 23rd 2006

Juan Cole, president of the U.S. Middle East Studies Association and thorn in the side of neocons far and wide, has nailed it-the fake news story circulated last week accusing Iran of forcing Jews and other religious minorities to wear identifying badges, thus kindling imagery of Nazis and the Holocaust, was "typical of black psychological operations campaigns." A former U.S. intelligence official, cited by journalist Jim Lobe, "described the article's relatively obscure provenance as a 'real sign of [a] disinformation operation,'" in fact a fairly transparent and crude "disinformation operation," as I noted on the day the article appeared with disgusting fanfare in the corporate media. Naturally, the neocon press, most notably the New York Sun, refused to publish a retraction after it was demonstrated, without much effort, the story was gibberish (although it did mention the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa denied the report). As Lobe reminds us, the New York Sun "has consistently taken positions consistent with the right-wing Likud Party in Israel on Middle East issues."

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May 23, 2006
Why did the Bush regime create a crisis over Iran?

The answer is that the Bush regime is desperate to widen the war in the Middle East.

What has Iran done? Unlike Israel, Pakistan and India, countries that developed nuclear weapons on the sly, Iran signed the non-proliferation treaty. Countries that sign this treaty have the right to develop nuclear energy. The International Atomic Energy Agency monitors their energy programs to guard against the programs being used to cloak a weapons program. Until the Bush regime provoked a crisis, Iran was cooperating with the inspection safeguards. The weapons inspectors have found no Iranian weapons programs.

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Economic Armageddon

money.png OECD warns rebalancing of US deficit may drive dollar down sharply

money.png Report: Fannie Mae Manipulated Accounting

smiley-tongue-out.png For telecoms, a storm of lawsuits awaits

stock_ticker.png Behind global stock setback

money.png China's GDP grows 10.3% in 1st quarter

Same Old BS

vader.png US Senate committee confirms Hayden as CIA chief

blue_questionmark.png Bin Laden denies Moussaoui's role in 9/11 attacks

skullbones.png Muhammad planned to train children in terrorism at Canadian camp: Malvo

stormtrooper.png Al-Zarqawi's top aide arrested in Jordan

War of Terror

vampire.png Police launch major anti-terror operation

vader.png US embassy in Japan warns of possible threat

lady_liberty.png Cavuto teaser: "Are Democratic leaders who criticize the war in Iraq actually aiding the terrorists?"

alarmclock.png Amnesty slams world powers on rights abuses

alarmclock.png Amnesty International slams 'racism' of French police

Spaced Out

asteroid.png UFO 'probably a small meteorite or something'

asteroid.png Couple seeks to crack Brigantine ice fall mystery: A type of Meteor?

telescope.png Fatal rendezvous: Pentagon loses Satellite

telescope.png Voyager 2 Detects Odd Shape of Solar System's Edge

Big Blue Marble

lightning.png Monsoon gloom strikes South Asia

skullbones.png Himalayan forests are quietly vanishing: Indian Government Oblivious

earth.png Eye in sky monitors ice cap changes

For Your Health

ducky.png Thousands quarantined in Bucharest

ducky.png WHO expresses concern about large human bird flu cluster in Indonesia

ducky.png Never use police, army, US pandemic expert says

syringe.png The reality of chronic fatigue syndrome


nuclear.png Iran accuses U.S. of provoking tension

nuclear.png European nations draw up Iran compromise

nuclear.png Kuwait, Russia seek peaceful means to solve Iran's nuclear issue

smiley-tongue-out.png Chavez, Ahmadinejad offer mutual support

road_cone.png Demonstrations rock Tehran universities


stormtrooper.png US to make new assessment of Iraq's need

deathstar.png Boeing unveils new light-weight bomb fit for urban combat

stormtrooper.png Which is the Real Iraq?

deathstar.png Easily Dispensable: Iraq's Children

stormtrooper.png Tariq Aziz testifies as defence witness in Saddam Hussein trial


35mm_film.png President Bush no hero in US films at Cannes

vader.png France joins joint nuclear proliferation training

stormtrooper.png Poland to send 50 troops to Afghanistan

red_x_sign.png EU constitution needs 'second chance': Giscard

vampire.png Estonia, Luxembourg urge EU consititution ratification

tnt.png Armaments Found in Batches of Potatoes

Around the World

smiley-tongue-out.png Bolivia rebuts Bush's accusations of undermining democracy

stormtrooper.png Karzai orders probe of Afghan village bombardment

vampire.png Violence worsening in Darfur: reports

black_cat.png 'Stargazer' Says He Fell Down Chimney

alarmclock.png 5 Run Over at Ga. McDonald's; 3 Are Tots

Zionism in Action

reptile_eye.png Sharon's Legacy in Action

reptile_eye.png Israel gives Hamas until end of year to recognize Israel, renounce violence

Back to the Future

atom.png Head'em Off At the Past: At last, a way to test time travel

giftbox.png Ark's Quantum Quirks

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