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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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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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 4:15pm
Resolving Key Nuclear Issue Turns on Iran-Russia Deal
U.S. and Iranian negotiators are working on a compromise approach to the issue of Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, which the Barack Obama administration has said in the past Iran was refusing to make concessions on. The compromise now being seriously discussed would meet the Obama...
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Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 3:45pm
History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery
Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is investigating. But the document not...
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Friday, October 17, 2014 - 7:15am
When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes
The nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran, which are now nearing their November deadline, remain deadlocked over U.S. demands that Iran dismantle the bulk of its capacity to enrich uranium. The demand is based on the suspicion that Iran has worked secretly to develop nuclear...
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 7:15am
US Kept Mum for Weeks on Israel’s Civilian Targeting in Gaza
The administration’s public stance in daily briefings in the early days of the war suggested little or no concern about Israeli violations of the laws of war.
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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 8:30am
Iran Reveals Proposal for Ensuring Against 'Nuclear Breakout'
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has revealed for the first time that Iran has made a detailed proposal to the P5+1 group of states aimed at ensuring that no stockpile of low-enriched uranium would be available for “breakout” through enrichment to weapons grade levels. In an exclusive interview...
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