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Signs of the Times for Fri, 26 May 2006

The Podcast will be back next week with Part 2 of "From the Pentagon Strike to the Da Vinci Code".

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May 24
By Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON - Iran offered in 2003 to accept peace with Israel and to cut off material assistance to Palestinian armed groups and pressure them to halt terrorist attacks within Israel's 1967 borders, according to the secret Iranian proposal to the United States.

The two-page proposal for a broad Iran-U.S. agreement covering all the issues separating the two countries, a copy of which was obtained by IPS, was conveyed to the United States in late April or early May 2003. Trita Parsi, a specialist on Iranian foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies who provided the document to IPS, says he got it from an Iranian official earlier this year but is not at liberty to reveal the source.

The two-page document contradicts the official line of the George W. Bush administration that Iran is committed to the destruction of Israel and the sponsorship of terrorism in the region.

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Joe Quinn
Signs of the Times
We recently received an email from a reader who challenged certain aspects of the Stranger Than Fiction Article that we have posted on our site. After an opening paragraph, the reader appears to quote an article by Steven Plaut, a professor at the Graduate School of the Business Administration at the University of Haifa, Israel and columnist for the Jewish Press. Having responded to the reader, (and indirectly to Plaut's analysis), we thought it was worth sharing with our readers as it provides an idea of our stance on "Zionism" the state of Israel, Jewish people and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...

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by Stephen Lendman
I've said before it's easy to know what the empire is thinking (especially its powerful movers and shakers sitting in corporate boardrooms) by reading the Wall Street Journal daily as I do. Despite its heavy pro-empire bias, readers can also get some real news and information - something nearly impossible elsewhere in the corporate media especially from the venerable New York Times I've before labeled the closest thing we have in the US to an official ministry of information and propaganda.

I'll return to that subject another time, but for now I want to highlight the May 25 front page feature article in the Journal titled "New President Has Bolivia Marching to Chavez's Beat." The sub-title is even worse - "Venezuelan Populist Pushes Anti-US Latin Alliance; Has He Gone Too Far?" And below that and still headlined - "Cuban Doctors in the House."

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Murderous Intent

reptile_eye.png A Note On Palestine And Iran

red_flag.png Palestinian delegation attacked by congressman

red_flag.png U.S. House Calls Palestinian Authority a 'Terrorist Sanctuary'

u-s-flag.png House Vote Harms Palestine, Israel, US

reptile_eye.png Right-Wing Israel Lobby Seizes on Olmert Visit

reptile_eye.png 'How can people live, I wonder?'

reptile_eye.png Erekat slams Israeli decision to allow Jews to enter al-Aqsa mosque

reptile_eye.png Israeli military says it is expanding four (ILLEGAL) settlements in Qalqilia area

reptile_eye.png 18,000 Palestinians in W. Bethlehem villages about to be enclosed into a 'ghetto'

reptile_eye.png Hamas withdraws security force

Target: Iran

smiley-tongue-out.png Russia to sell air defense systems to Iran

nuclear.png Russia, Germany for diplomatic solutions to Iranian nuclear problem

nuclear.png Rafsanjani warns U.S., U.K. not to repeat Iraq mistakes in Iran

deathstar.png Bolton to resume work on UN resolution targeting Iran

nuclear.png Iran Proposal to U.S. Offered Peace with Israel

nuclear.png Sources: 'Iran believes Israel to strike within year'

nuclear.png Be wise, Iran cleric tells Bush and Blair

nuclear.png Mottaki threatens retaliation in event of US strike

nuclear.png Iraq respects Iran's right to nuclear program

reptile_eye.png Iran has the right to self-defence

Living On The Edge

u-s-flag.png Bush says "bring 'em on" was big mistake

cowboy_boot.png Bush and Blair make their Iraq war mea culpas

cowboy_boot.png US support for war is down because war is "an ugly thing": Rumsfeld

money.png Enron's Lay and Skilling guilty

u-s-flag.png Lay Convicted, Bush Walks (and Ahnold Gets Lay'd)

u-s-flag.png Smoking Gun Proof: G.W. Bush Is An Accessory To Ken Lay's Crimes

spying.png Intelligence Czar Can Waive SEC Rules

red_flag.png US Congress office building on alert after shots reported

spying.png Senate confirms Hayden to lead embattled CIA

u-s-flag.png Is The Capitol Building Next, Or Do The Tunnels Go Deeper?

War = Peace

vader.png Blair outlines his world vision

stormtrooper.png Bush, Blair won't give timetable for troop reductions in Iraq

stormtrooper.png Afghan civilian deaths in U.S. attack double official toll: rights group

u-s-flag.png Afghanistan in Turmoil: 330+ Killed in One Week, U.S. Bombing Raids Continue, Taliban Seizing Control in Southern Region

handgun.png MPs refuse to cut life sentence for deserters

stormtrooper.png Witness: Dogs' use urged at Abu Ghraib

stormtrooper.png "Victory"? Forget it

vader.png Bush Targets Chavez and Morales

grenade.png Tense calm in East Timor as Australia takes control of security

America Out Of Control

attention_sign.png The safety of Tasers is questioned again

attention_sign.png Officer cleared after Tasering student

powertool.png Unveiling the invisible cloak

earth.png Mysterious glowing clouds targeted by NASA

spying.png NYC Mayor Advocates U.S. Worker Database

save_energy.png Bush hails House bill opening Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling

save_energy.png Belarus to ban Canadian, U.S. flights from its airspace

money.png US, France back to squabbling over WTO terms

Human "Progress"

hal9000.png Robot hand controlled by thought alone

earth.png Deserts Expanding With Jet Stream Shift

ducky.png Human-to-human infection of bird flu taking place in Indonesia, expert

syringe.png Boston reports first measles outbreak in 7 years

asteroid.png Diagnosis: Mysterious rock really just asphalt

academy_award.png Pope offends Poland's Jews

syringe.png Russia Faces Problems with Europe Unless it Abolishes Death Penalty - Senior MP

film_strip.png Facts should be taskmasters, and there is no exemption for fiction

The Real World

smiley-tongue-out.png A glimpse of freedom

blue_questionmark.png Galloway says murder of Blair would be 'justified'

smoking.png No Cancer Link For Pot Smokers

Woopee! We're All Gonna Die!

earth.png Swedes in Streets After 2.0 Earthquake

lightning.png La Nina threatens Thailand with more rains

ducky.png Ark's Quantum Quirks

As The World Burns

money.png 37 million expected to travel this weekend despite gas prices

money.png Core prices mostly tame but consumers worry

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