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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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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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 3:15pm
Sanctions and the Fate of the Nuclear Talks
With the agreed deadline for reaching a “political framework” for a final comprehensive nuclear agreement only a few days away, the fate of the negotiations now hang on closing the gap between the P5+1 and Iran on removing sanctions. The issues associated with Iran’s nuclear program have now been...
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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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