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UK-US trade deal under threat unless Iran stance changes, says Trump ally | The Guardian |

Boris Johnson risks jeopardising a free-trade deal with the US unless he pulls the UK out of the Iran nuclear deal, a leading Republican voice on Iran has said.

The warning by Richard Goldberg, until last week a member of the White House national security council (NSC), highlights the dilemmas UK foreign and defence policymakers will face as Britain tries to steer its own course between Washington and Brussels after Brexit.

Goldberg told the BBC: "The question for prime minister Johnson is: `As you are moving towards Brexit, as your supporters of Brexit really do not like the nuclear deal, want you to get out of the nuclear deal ... what are you going to do post-31 January as you come to Washington to negotiate a free-trade agreement with the United States?'"

Goldberg, who was in charge of countering Iranian weapons of mass destruction at the NSC, said: "It's absolutely in his interests and the people of Great Britain's interests to join with President Trump, with the United States, to realign your foreign policy away from Brussels, and to join the maximum pressure campaign to keep all of us safe."

'Regime instability' in Iran is aim of leading Israel advocate's memo to White House | Mondoweiss - Sept. 27, 2017 |

After meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today in New York, Donald Trump told the press, "You'll see very soon" what he will do with the Iran deal. Meantime, neoconservatives are lobbying the president to decertify Iran's compliance with the deal, and launch a new era of sanctions against Iran.

A leader of this effort is a young operative from the heart of the Israel lobby, Richard Goldberg, who has worked with Stand With Us  and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and is now pushing "regime instability" in an influential confidential document. [This is part of a long-standing Israeli strategy to fragment and destabilize countries in the region.]

A report at Foreign Policy by Jana Winter and Dan De Luce, which of course says little to nothing about the Israel lobby, says that opponents of the Iran nuclear deal in Congress and the Trump administration are relying on a Goldberg memo that calls on the president "to threaten an unprecedented economic embargo designed to rattle the regime."

The memo demands access to Iranian "military sites"- something that has nothing to do with nukes, and something Iran would never agree to.

Netanyahu hails Trump's 'courageous' UN speech blasting Iran | Times of Israel - Sept. 19, 2017 |

Who is the new member of the U.S. National Security Council? | Mher News - Jan. 9, 2019 |

Richard Goldberg | Militarist Monitor |

After Goldberg joined FDD in 2017, he quickly established himself as an outspoken advocate of military action against Iran. In February 2018, for instance, he urged the Trump administration to attack Iranian targets after Israel shot down an Iranian drone that had entered Israeli airspace. Although he had less of a spotlight than some of his more publicly vocal colleagues at FDD, he worked effectively behind the scenes to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal and promote a hostile policy toward the Islamic Republic. According to one writer, Goldberg urged Trump to wage war on Iran in Syria and to sanction U.S. allies complying with the Iran nuclear deal. He also worked behind the scenes to sabotage Trump administration officials who didn't want the president to kill the Iran deal.

After the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Turkey in late 2018, Goldberg defended the Trump administration's understated response to the incident. He tweeted that Trump's reaction was necessary because Saudi Arabia "is a critical part of Iran strategy: using its market leverage for sanctions compliance AND oil production to offset lost Iranian crude."

Related reading ...

EU Takes Measures to Protect Business with Iran (July 2018)
Iran slams 'genocidal taunts' by US, increases uranium production | Al Jazeera - May 2019 |

A Chamberlain moment as the European powers bow to a tyrant in Washington DC. The Iraq War started by Bush/Blair at the behest of Ariel Sharon and Israel. Marching towards war with Iran, another barrier has been taken. Rightwing politicians in the US are in lockstep with the Israel lobby and PM Netanyahu.

Israel To U.S.: Don't Delay Iraq Attack | CBS News - Aug. 2002 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 03:01:25 PM EST
Lady Marmalade
Why spend mine / When I can spend yours?
Quote Investigator
She: What kind of woman do you think I am?
He: We've already established that. Now we're just haggling over the price.

Ideas are sifted and opinions stereotyped in the neighborhood bridge club. Leaders assert their authority through community drives and amateur theatricals.
Thousands of women may unconsciously belong to a sorority which follows the fashion set by a single society leader.
"Life" satirically expresses this idea in the reply which it represents an American as giving to the Britisher who praises this country for having no upper and lower classes or castes:
"Yeah, all we have is the Four Hundred, the White-Collar Men, Bootleggers, Wall Stree Barons, Criminals, the D.A.R., the K.K.K., the Colonial Dames, the Masons, Kiwanis and Rotarians, the K. of C., the Elks, the Censors, the Cogniscenti, the Morons, Heroes like Lindy, the W.C.T.U., Politicians, Menckenites, the Booboisie, Immigrants, Broadcasters, and--the Rich and Poor."

Yet it must be remembered that these thousands of groups interlace. John Jones, besides being a Rotarian, is member of a church, of a fraternal order, of a political party, of a charitable organization, of a professional association, of a local chamber of commerce, of a league for or against prohibition or of a society for  or against lowering the tariff, of a golf club. The opinions which he receives as a Rotarian, he will tend to disseminate in the other groups in which he may have influence.
This practice of creating circumstances and of creating pictures in the minds of millions of persons is very common. Virtually no important undertaking is now carried on without it, whether that enterpise be building a cathedral, endowing a university, marketing a moving picture, floating a large bond issue, or electing a president. Sometimes the effect on the public is created by a professional propagandist, sometimes by an amateur deputed for the job.
[Bernays: 17-25]

by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 06:59:11 PM EST
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"Knowledge management"
Life was an American magazine published weekly until 1972, as an intermittent "special" until 1978, and as a monthly from 1978 until 2000. During its golden age from 1936 to 1972, Life was a wide-ranging weekly general interest magazine known for the quality of its photography. ...
LIFE 1883-1936
Few people know that the true FIRST "Life Magazine" was a weekly humor publication created by the Life Publishing Company of Manhattan, New York City. It was known for its cartoons, art, amusement, news, personalities, sport, theater reviews, and more. The magazine seems like a predecessor of The New Yorker, with similar use of cartoons, poetry, jokes, cover art, and insights into culture, politics, and high society. ....
Knowledge management
Knowledge management (KM) is the process of creating, sharing, using and managing the knowledge and information of an organisation.[1] It refers to a multidisciplinary approach to achieving ["]organisational objectives["] by making the best use of knowledge. ...

archived "professional propaganda"
Fri Sep 28th, 2007 at 10:11:03 AM EST
by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 10:25:37 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 03:26:58 PM EST
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Grayzone | Under US pressure
In 2018, when Facebook removed the pages of alternative media outlets that challenged Washington's narratives, Jamie Fly, a US government-backed neoconservative operative, promised that it was "just the beginning." (Fly soon after became the president and CEO of the US government's propaganda arm Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, or RFE/RL.)

Fly's vow came true in the early weeks of 2020, as the US military-intelligence apparatus pushed social media giants to suppress the viewpoints of millions of people across the globe, especially those living in designated enemy states.

This is government censorship by proxy, demolishing civil rights in order to conceal inconvenient facts from the public.

by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 10:07:29 PM EST
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Channeel 4 News | Britain bans Iran's Press TV (A/V), 2012

Google deletes Press TV UK's YouTube account, 14 Jan 2020
Keeping with its Crackdown on Alternative Voices, Google Deletes Press TV from YouTube, 15 Jan
"British-Sudanese journalist Ahmed Kaballo accused Google of acting like the "judge jury and executioner" for his employer's channel, expressing his great disappointment..."

A Trip to the Woodshed
31 October 2017, the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee ...

by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 02:16:12 AM EST
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["]Huawei critics["] must come up with an alternative, says Boris Johnson - video
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
Buy Polish, my dude.
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 12:17:07 AM EST
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