Iran

US intensifies confrontation with Iran

By Peter Symonds, 14 May 2012

If the Baghdad talks next week collapse, the danger of military conflict initiated by Israel or the US will rise dramatically.

Berlin: Israelis and Iranians protest danger of war in the Middle East

By our correspondents, 7 May 2012

Several hundred Israelis, Iranians and German citizens demonstrated in Berlin on Saturday against US and Israeli preparations for war against Iran.

US deploys F-22 fighter jets in threat to Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2012

The Pentagon has dispatched F-22 Raptors, its most advanced warplanes, to the United Arab Emirates in a provocative escalation of US war threats against Iran.

Israel repeats military threat against Iran

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.

Despite talks, US-Iran confrontation continues

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.

US, Israel issue ultimatums to 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.

Obama gives green light for punishing sanctions on Iran

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.

The award-winning A Separation and the humanity of the Iranian people

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.

Obama’s nuclear disarmament hoax

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.

US war game foreshadows Israeli attack on Iran

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.

Obama menaces Iran with military threat

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.

Obama reiterates war threats as Iran, major powers agree to new talks

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.

The New York Times and “liberal” warmongering against 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.

Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran war options

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.

Khamenei supporters win in Iran legislative elections

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.

Obama hardens threat of war against Iran

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.”

US, Britain gear up for war on Iran

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.

US pressures India to back sanctions 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.

IAEA inspection team intensifies pressure on 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.

US, Israel invoke terror to ratchet up war threats against Iran

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.

US navy prepared for war 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.

US and Israel in “lockstep” against 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.

Israel threatens war against Iran within months

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.

American intelligence agencies, media stoke war drive against Iran

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.

The New York Times and the drive to war against Iran

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.

US military preparations for war on Iran

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.

Israel prepares for war against Iran

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.

European Union imposes oil embargo on Iran

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.

US, Israel coordinate strategy against Iran

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.

Economic, military pressures on Iran escalate global tensions

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.

Washington’s crimes against Iran

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.

US doubles aircraft carriers near the Persian Gulf

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.

Iran’s Green Opposition endorses imperialist intervention in Syria

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.

Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated in Tehran

By Alex Lantier, 12 January 2012

Iranian nuclear scientist Professor Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, aged 32, was killed yesterday in a bomb blast in Tehran.

US renews military threat against Iran

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.

David N. Gibbs, historian and author, discusses threat of US war against Iran

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.

EU oil embargo heightens tensions in the Gulf

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.

2012 opens with mounting war threat in Persian Gulf

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.

US threatens war in the Persian Gulf

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.

US menaces Iran over 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.

US covert operations threaten war with Iran

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2011

The United States is waging a sustained covert campaign of destabilisation against Iran.

US spy drone downed in 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.

Protesters storm British embassy in Tehran over new sanctions

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.

Huge explosion at Iranian missile base kills top general

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.

IAEA dossier heightens danger of war against Iran

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.

US/Britain prepare for war against Iran

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.

Washington and Iran: The reckless policy of provocation

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.

US steps up sanctions and threats against Iran over alleged terror plot

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.

Obama administration alleges Iranian terrorist plot

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.

Case of jailed Americans highlights infighting in Iranian regime

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.

Iran’s Green Protests: Elite power struggle intensifies as Supreme Leader nears death

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.

Iran and the Egyptian revolution

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.

International talks over Iran’s nuclear program collapse

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.

Cables expose US-Israeli war talks

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.

Iran imposes huge increases in fuel and food prices

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.

Iranian filmmaker sentenced to six years in jail

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.

Leaked cables show Australian intelligence discounted Iranian threat

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.

US and Israel use sabotage and assassinations to thwart Iran’s nuclear program

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

Obama administration targets Iran for aggression

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.

Mounting US war threats against Iran

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.

US tightens economic blockade of Iran

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.

Obama threatens 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.

EU, Australia and Canada impose tough sanctions on Iran

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.

Harsh new US penalties against Iran

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.

US and EU impose extra sanctions on Iran

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”.

One year after Iran’s presidential election

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.

UN Security Council tightens sanctions on Iran

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.

US turns up heat on 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.

Jailed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi on hunger strike

By Richard Phillips, 24 May 2010

Acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been jailed for more than two months in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

US presses ahead with UN sanctions against Iran

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

Lessons of Iran’s May Day

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.

Iran, the US and the UN nuclear conference

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.

Rumblings of new war in the Middle East

By Keith Jones, 20 April 2010

US and Israeli threats point to the danger of a new military conflagration in the Middle East.

Washington nuclear conference promotes US campaign against Iran, North Korea

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.

New US nuclear doctrine targets Iran, 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.

Ahmadinejad retreats in clash over Iran’s budget

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.

US escalates threats against Iran

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.

Is a US attack on Iran imminent?

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.

Washington ratchets up war threats against 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.

US prepares for military confrontation with Iran

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.

US presses for new UN sanctions 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.

The UN nuclear agency, the US and Iran

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.

Iran’s Green movement in disarray

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.

The US puts “regime change” in Iran on agenda

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.

Iraq: US military raid on “Iranian-backed terrorist organisation”

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.

Iranian regime mounts display of “national unity” on anniversary of anti-Shah revolution

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.

Munich Security Conference steps up threats against Iran

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.

US pushes for new sanctions 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.

US and EU powers greet Iranian offer with threats and bullying

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.

Iran’s Green Revolution leaders seek compromise with Supreme Leader

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.

Iran to eliminate price subsidies, threatening mass impoverishment

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.

Iranian scientist assassinated as US steps up war threats

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.

The US to turn up heat on Iran

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.

The crisis of the Islamic Republic and the tasks of the Iranian working class

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.

Iran: Mass opposition protest at funeral for dissident cleric

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.

US threatens Iran with harsh sanctions

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.

Signs of mounting crisis within Iranian regime

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.

US pushes through IAEA censure of Iran’s nuclear programs

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.

Obama warns of new sanctions against Iran

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.

Wrangling continues over Iranian nuclear deal

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.