Podcast Show #85: US-Israel War on Iran & the Myth of Limited Warfare

The Boiling Frogs Presents Dr James Petras

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Professor James Petras returns to our show to discuss the mounting threat of a US-Israeli military attack against Iran and the two-track US war propaganda- one directed at Iran, the other targeting the ‘liberal public’ to confuse and undermine the majority public opinion. He provides us with several factors pointing toward the likelihood of war against Iran, including the recent and on-going attacks on prominent allies of Iran- Lebanon and Syria, armed attacks and assassinations of Iranian scientists and security officials by proxy and/or terrorist groups under US and or Mossad control, provocative military ‘exercises’ on Iran’s borders and war games designed for intimidation and a dress rehearsal for a preemptive attack, powerful pro-war pressure groups in both Washington and Tel Aviv , and Obama’s 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.

PetrasProfessor James Petras is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. Dr. Petras received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. You can visit his website here.

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Podcast Show #83

The Boiling Frogs Presents William Engdahl

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William Engdahl returns to our show to discuss the continuing tension with Iran driven by Israel and US propaganda, the effect of the war rhetoric in creating the ideal backdrop for a massive speculative spike in oil, and the role of key banks such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan along with oil majors such as BP in manipulating this new oil price bubble since last Autumn. He talks about MEK and its high-level guardian angels in Washington, the recent Kony 2012 hysteria as a major AFRICOM & US State Department manipulative propaganda campaign to undermine Chinese influence in Central Africa, and more!

William EngdahlF. William Engdahl is an American-German freelance journalist, historian, and economic researcher. He has a degree in engineering and jurisprudence from Princeton University and graduate study in comparative economics at the University of Stockholm, and has been working as an economist and free-lance journalist in New York and in Europe. Mr. Engdahl is the author of several books including A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics in the New World Order, and may be contacted through his website at www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net

 

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Dear Department of Justice: Please Investigate Your Old Boss for Material Support of Terrorism!

Former AG Mukasey on Terrorist Organization MEK Payroll

By Coleen Rowley

MEK1Dear Department of Justice and Department of Treasury Officials:

We might have just helped you bag another material supporter of terrorism this week! And you'll never believe who the culprit is! We were even able to tape record some of his own damning admissions! (That's the reason for my calls last week to your duty attorneys and media offices.)

MEK2As you know, Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control has an ongoing investigation into several high profile former political figures, trying to discover their financial transactions with the terrorists in the Mujaheddin e Khalq aka "MEK". One of the former political officials apparently being investigated for his financial transactions and paid advocacy on behalf of MEK is former Attorney General Michael Mukasey. Well Mukasey happened to get tapped on March 15 to give an "ethical leadership" speech at the University of St. Thomas Law School and some of us went to hear what he had to say. As an aside, the overall thrust of his speech was anything but ethical. Instead he mostly defended the Bush Administration and its lawyers for having used their talents "to push the legal limits" of what the Executive Branch could do in its "war on terror." (Of course there are many legal scholars who think those Bush attorneys pushed over the legal limits.) He especially defended John Yoo and Robert Delahunty (now a St. Thomas law professor) who working in Bush's Office of Legal Counsel, co-wrote memos in early 2002 claiming the U.S. did not have to follow the Geneva Conventions. Researchers have since gained evidence through multiple interviews of returned soldiers that the major factor in U.S. troops' having committed atrocities and abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as terrible torture of detainees was their being told they no longer had to follow the Geneva Conventions. But Mukasey didn't seem to care much about any abuses or torture. In fact, although he refused to answer during his Senate Confirmation hearing whether waterboarding was torture, he explicitly declared that waterboarding is not torture and therefore was/is not illegal as practiced by CIA contractors. [Read more...]

The EyeOpener- Meet the MEK: Washington’s Favorite Terror Cult

BFP VideoThe Mujahedin-e-Khalq–sometimes referred to as the MEK, the MKO, the PMOI, the NCRI or, perhaps more fittingly, “The Cult of Rajavi”–is a strange terrorist group by anyone’s reckoning. But this is not your average terror group. These are not like the blue jeans-wearing, cash-paying, constitution-loving, third-party-candidate-supporting, picture-taking terrorists that the Department of Fatherland Security have been warning the American public about for years now. These are not the three-year-old boys in wheelchairs that the upstanding men and women of the TSA have been patting down as potential bomb-wearing suicide jihadis since 9/11.

No, these are the kind of terrorists that the Afghan mujahedin were back when they were the “freedom fighters” fighting the Ruskies in the 80s- before they became the Taliban of today. These are the kinds of terrorists like Saddam Hussein was when he was our man in the Middle East, gassing his Kurdish population with US-supplied weapons-before he refused to disarm his non-existent stockpile for Bush and Blair. These are our kind of terrorists.

This is our EyeOpener Report by James Corbett, presenting the MEK as another tool in the West’s arsenal to wield against the villain of the month- a pawn to be used in bombing, attacking and otherwise causing carnage in Iran, to be given a full-court press, and made to be known as the “good guys.”

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BFP Select Nightly News & Editorials-August 10, 2011

The Mullahs' Mouthpiece in the US, Despite Obama Opposition Torture Suit against Rumsfeld OK'd, Loophole Lets Big Political Donors Wear Multiple Fundraising Hats, Repression & Resistance in Kashmir, The Totalitarianism of the Progressive Mindset, TSA: Cannot Guarantee Accuracy of 900K Security Badges, Uzbekistan: Government Sites Hacked, Mossad's Miracle Weapon: Stuxnet, Wisconsin Republicans Stave Off Recall Challenge & More!

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The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference"- Bess Myerson 

International Newsworthy

US Drone Strike Kills 18 in Pakistan

The Mullahs' Mouthpiece in the US (Iranian Opposition Terrorist Group-MEK)

Syrian-Saudi Ties Spiral Downward

Bahrain Hires DC PR Firm to Repair Post-Crackdown Image

Despite Amnesty Offer Fighting Continues in Somalia 

UN Warns of Growing Al Qaeda Threat in Yemen (as US lobbys for more war!)

Repression & Resistance in Kashmir

Mossad's Miracle Weapon: Stuxnet

Uzbekistan: Government Sites Hacked

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BFP Select Nightly News & Editorials-August 9, 2011

Pepe Escobar: 'US Shocked & Awed by Taliban', Top US Officials Paid to Endorse Iranian Terror Group, Military Coup in Sverdlovsk, Obama Increased Warrantless "Emergency" Spying 400%, The Cybersecurity-Industrial Complex, Hollywood to Glorify Obama in Movie (Operation Kill Bin Laden!), The Refusal to Think, A "Humanitarian War" on Syria? & More!

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"Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac." - George Orwell 

International Newsworthy

Did Russian Secret Service Avert Military Coup in Sverdlovsk?

Pepe Escobar: 'US Shocked & Awed by Taliban'

Iraq Haunts Plans for Post-Gaddafi Libya

US Stalls on Russia's Iran Plan

Arab Spring & the Question of Spontaneity

Uyghur Militants Threaten Sino-Pak Ties

International Press Reaction to UK Riots

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BFP Select Nightly News & Editorials-August 5, 2011

Kharotabad Killings & the Cover Up, No One Safe Under the Espionage Act of 1917,  Disposable Army in Iraq, Pentagon Purchases $23 Billion worth of Drones, Permanent US Base in Iraq, Obama Debt Crisis: A successful Con Game, the End of the Presidential Public Financing, Azerbaijan: Lobbying for U.S. Weapons Sales, Video: Destabilization of Syria Based on Libya Model & More!

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"Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war." - John Andrew Holmes 

International Newsworthy

Balochistan: Kharotabad Killings & the Cover Up

Disposable Army: Private Security in Iraq

Iranian Terrorist Group (MEK) has Intimate US Ties

US Steps Up Pressure on Syria

Is Azerbaijan Lobbying for U.S. Weapons Sales?

Strippers, Georgia on Russian-US Minds

NATO Considers More Kosovo Reserves

Death Squads Threaten Journalists in El Salvador

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