Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of five books, the latest book, “Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare,” was published in February 2014. He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 11:15am
Obama’s Line on the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Second False Narrative
I’m glad that the United States and Iran reached an agreement in Vienna after nearly two years of negotiations and 35 years of enmity. A failure to do so under present political conditions would certainly have left a festering conflict with unpredictably bad consequences. And the successful...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 8:45am
How a Weaker Iran Got the Hegemon to Lift Sanctions
Now that Iran nuclear deal is completed, the attention of western news media and political commentators is predictably focused overwhelmingly on the opposition to the agreement within the US Congress and from Israel and the Saudi-led Sunni Arab coalition. That media lens misses the real...
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Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 12:15pm
US Slowdown on Iran Talks has Dark Side
President Barack Obama decided last week against achieving a final agreement with Iran before the expiration of the 10 July deadline so as to limit the period of Congressional consideration of the agreement and so neutralize criticism that he and Secretary of State John Kerry were too eager to...
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Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 10:15am
US Spin on Access to Iranian Sites has Distorted the Issue
Vienna -- A public diplomacy campaign by the Obama administration to convince world opinion that Iran was reneging on the Lausanne framework agreement in April has seriously misrepresented the actual diplomacy of the Iran nuclear talks, as my interviews with Iranian officials here make clear...
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Friday, June 5, 2015 - 7:15am
Demands in US-Iran Nuclear Talks as Political Kabuki Theater
In the final phase of the negotiations with Iran, the US-led international coalition is still seeking Iran’s agreement to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit any military facilities it deems suspicious and to interview a selected list of Iranian nuclear scientists. Such...
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 2:30pm
The Media Misses the Point on ‘Proxy War’
The term “proxy war” has experienced a new popularity in stories on the Middle East. Various news sources began using the term to describe the conflict in Yemen immediately, as if on cue, after Saudi Arabia launched its bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen on 25 March. “The Yemen...
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Monday, May 4, 2015 - 7:15am
Why Iran Must Remain a US Enemy
Since the start of the US nuclear negotiations with Iran, both Israeli and Saudi officials have indulged in highly publicized handwringing over their belief that such a nuclear deal would represent a fundamental strategic shift in US policy towards the region at the expense of its traditional...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:45pm
Houthi Arms Bonanza Came from US-Backed Ex-President, Not Iran
As the Saudi bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen continues, notwithstanding a temporary pause, the corporate media narrative about the conflict in Yemen is organised decisively around the idea that it is a proxy war between Iran on one side and the Saudis and United States on the other...
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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 8:30am
Iran Won Upfront Sanctions Relief, But With Potential Snags
The framework agreement reached on Thursday night clearly gives the P5+1 a combination of constraints on Iran’s nuclear programme that should reassure all but the most bellicose opponents of diplomacy. It also provides the basis for at least a minimum of sanctions relief in the early phase of its...
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 7:15am
Iran Demands Lifting of Sanctions for 'Irreversible' Moves, Says Insider
As the P5+1 and Iran agree to continue talks on a possible joint statement past a midnight deadline into Wednesday, the most contentious issue in Lausanne still appears to be how and when sanctions on Iran will be lifted. Virtually all the details of the negotiating positions of the two sides...
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