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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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 2:45pm
The Real Story Behind the Republicans’ Iran Letter
The “open letter” from Senator Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican Senators to the leadership of Iran, which even Republicans themselves admit was aimed at encouraging Iranian opponents of the nuclear negotiations to argue that the United States cannot be counted on to keep the bargain, has created...
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Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 3:00pm
The Long History of Israel Gaming the 'Iranian Threat'
Western news media has feasted on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s talk and the reactions to it as a rare political spectacle rich in personalities in conflict. But the real story of Netanyahu’s speech is that he is continuing a long tradition in Israeli politics of demonising Iran to advance domestic...
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Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 12:30pm
How US Diplomatic Strategy Gave Netanyahu Leverage
The latest public spat between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government centres on Israeli leaks of details of the US negotiating position in the Iran nuclear talks and the US consequently reducing its consultation with Israel on the talks. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius...
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Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 8:45am
The Real Problem of 'Getting to Yes' with Iran
Talking to reporters Monday, President Obama asked rhetorically , “[D]oes Iran have the political will and desire to get a deal done?” Iran “should be able to get to yes,” Obama said. “But we don’t know if that is going to happen. They have their hard-liners, they have their politics….” The idea...
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 6:30am
Netanyahu’s Speech and the Politics of Iran Policy
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of an invitation to speak to the US Congress on 3 March, two weeks before the Israeli election and without any consultation with the White House, is aimed at advancing both Netanyahu’s re-election and the proposed new set of sanctions against...
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Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 8:15am
Local Syria Ceasefires: The Way Out of a US Policy Dead End?
US contradictions between the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and realities on the ground have become so acute that US officials began last November discussing a proposal calling for support of local ceasefires between opposition forces and the Assad regime in dozens of locations across...
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Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 8:15am
Four Ways the West Got the Iran Nuclear Issue Wrong
For more than three decades, the United States and its European allies have committed one fundamental error after another in the process of creating a commonly held narrative that Iran was secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons program. The story of how suspicions of the Iranian program hardened into...
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Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 8:45am
New Pressure to Stop Iran Nuke Accord
Everyone following the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program and the lifting of economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic agrees that the Obama administration would like to have an agreement with Iran. It would be in line with the real interests of the United States to be able to cooperate...
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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 8:45am
Why the CIA Tortured
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s 500-page “executive summary” of the 6,700-page full report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” programme has completely shattered the official myth that the torture of al-Qaeda detainees - which the CIA calls “enhanced interrogation techniques” - somehow helped...
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 1:30pm
'Coercive Diplomacy' and the Failure of the Nuclear Negotiations
After more than a year of negotiations between the United States and Iran, the two sides have failed to reach an agreement by the agreed deadline in July. They have agreed to continue negotiating, but the failure to meet the deadline was clearly not caused by the lack of time. To understand why the...
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