OK how did our crack media outlets miss out on this story I found on BBC news?

Like usual our media is obsessed with the sensational stories, faux outrage, and politically motivated opinions instead of real news. It seems it’s much more important that the president reminded Nevadans that they allow gambling in their state than to worry about global security. So obviously it’s just not important enough to our failed forth estate that Israel may not bomb Iran after all.

Iran’s president has said it is ready to send its enriched uranium abroad for further enrichment under a deal to ease concerns about its nuclear programme.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told state TV that Iran would have “no problem” if most of its stock was held for several months before being returned as fuel rods.

Correspondents say that such a decision would be a major shift in Tehran’s position.

The US said that if this was a new offer, it was “prepared to listen”.

Last month, diplomats said Iran had informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it did not accept the terms of the deal and had instead demanded a simultaneous exchange on its territory.

The US and its allies fear Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.

‘Definitive answer’

The deal agreed in October between Iran, the IAEA and the so-called P5+1 – the US, Russia, China, UK, France plus Germany – envisaged Iran sending about 70% of its low-enriched uranium to Russia and France, where it would be processed into fuel for a research reactor.

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Kalima
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I suppose many countries have had their fill of Iran’s broken list of promises, so I’m not surprised to hear that Europe is skeptical about this latest news out of the country, once bitten, twice shy as the saying goes.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/03/iran-uranium-offer-dismissed-europe

Khirad
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That echoed to some extent what I was about to post.

http://www.payvand.com/news/10/feb/1027.html

Interesting tidbit:

I think it’s also in part because the Tehran research reactor is actually going to be running out of fuel in 2010, approximately, so the reactor ought to shut down and that’s the only facility in Iran that makes medical isotopes.

However; the response from Europe as reported by The Guardian is not what mine would have been. The West still hasn’t learned to “speak Persian”. Toy with him back, string him along and put the pressure on him to deliver in the face of fractious politics among his own countrymen. What’s to lose? This is the kind of reaction he counts on. And sadly, they know how to play us like a fiddle (or tar, to fit my point).

Kalima
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Snap Khirad! 🙂

escribacat
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I’m curious about what prompted this change of heart. I thought Ahmedinejad’s popularity was based on his defiance of the west, so it would behoove him to defy and deny, no matter what (gee, that sounds familiar).

Not that he is still very popular there, considering what’s going on in the streets.

Khirad
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The game he plays is much more sophisticated. And, Ahmadinejad has some interesting maverick quirks to him – I can appreciate his appeal originally and to his continued followers. He’s not two-dimensional; he’s an outsider (well, sort of). A reactionary, to be sure; but paradoxically, a deal with the West could also be seen as a prize for his pr

SueInCa
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That may be part of the reason. I think with all the unrest there his reputation has been seriously damaged. He knows the unrest has been televised so he knows he is postulating to the rest of the world. It is a good deal to take. He can show by releasing the low-enriched uranium to another state/country that he is truly developing on a energy based platform after all. Or……………..it could be a ruse to take the spotlight off his country while they go about their business. The pendulum swings both ways in my suspicious mind.

Pepe Lepew
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I really would like to hear Khirad’s take.

Khirad
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I’m waiting to hear from Jalili, Mehmanparast, an aide/mouthpiece close to Khamene’i, or a corroborating signal from a rival political faction – especially Ali Larijani (who held the post of Jalili) echoing this.

I remember when the original deal had an air of inevitability and champagne bottles were ready to be uncorked. It was too good to be true. Then a week or two ago, Turkey was floated. The details on this ‘new’ deal were more sketchy and abstract.

This looks to still be subject to infighting (which is what killed the last deal – the reformists using it to attack Ahmadinejad, in fact). With Iran I never say never and do hope. I can only imagine what the State Department is considering now. Ahmadinejad also threw in what could be a poison pill – an offer to exchange Iranian prisoners and ‘defectors’ they claim were kidnapped for our three hikers.

Ahmadi may be going rogue on this, or he may be floating something. And it may be another calculated move to discredit us as we’ve geared up sanctions, had a spat with China, and deployed missile systems into the Gulf – thus catching us on our heels.

BTW, my own little exercise in Rashomon. Compare Iranian semi-state media report of this with HP’s tone:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=117773&sectionid=3510303

In short, it is not up to Ahmadinejad to accept a deal. The question is: at whose behest and for what purpose is he saying this? I can’t help but feel this is all conspicuously timed as Bahman 22 (Victory of the Revolution Day) is gearing up. Coincidence?

SueInCa
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Did you read some of the comments on that article? Is that an international news site? I had never seen it before is why I am asking. They have some pretty good coverage globally.

Khirad
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If you’re talking about Press TV here’s more:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=116834&sectionid=351020104

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=117773&sectionid=3510303

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-JgvpyL3co&feature=player_embedded&skipcontrinter=1

This is who they are owned by

They’re not all bad, just be aware of spin. I often consult it to see the mood, and compare with spin in Western, primarily American media.

SueInCa
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Very interesting Khirad. I definitely bookmarked the site. It will be interesting to see their take on things that happen here. And it is owned by Iran State TV? Amazing. I might need you as a translator for some stories though, as far as bias might go. Thanks. I am always looking for different news outlets. I like the BBC the best. The Brits are no nonsense people it would seem. I must admit I like different foreign accents too. Might seem to be a strange thing to like, but I do.

Khirad
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It’s like China’s Xinhua. It’s their answer to BBC Persian. They broadcast in the UK, and came under fire after the protests. Yes, they are owned by Iran’s main propaganda organ, and ultimately answer to the Supreme Leader.

Read it with care. And they have funny stories on decadent and depraved immoral American culture from time to time, as well. One made me laugh castigating us for our problem with prostitution – even though certain streets of Tehran are every bit notorious as the West Hollywood strip. During their coverage of World Cup qualifying they cropped out all the green wristbands, etc. It can be quite hilarious. Still you may get perspectives that are valuable as long as you keep in mind at all times it’s Iranian state media, though not as directly controlled as others – and to read it like you read our media, i.e., between the lines.

escribacat
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Me too. Khirad…where are you? {{secret signal}}

Khirad
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I didn’t think you saw that. 😉

Pepe Lepew
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Cabalists!

Kalima
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Khirad
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Of course, they have another failed rocket test (on a grand scale – with turtles and a rabbit), and we get in a tizzy.

Edit: I totally forgot about the worms. Truth be told, that would be something for a funny story – not a crap my pants story.

Kalima
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Of course, that’s the name of their game, “Nouvelle News” with a pinch of sarcasm and a cup of tabloid sprinkled at intervals.

bito
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I listen to the BEEB on the radio at night and watch it in the morning. This was one of their top stories. US MSM ? Nada! Good post!

Kalima
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K, I read about this last night before I went to sleep, so your lazy and dishonest media had more than enough time to pick up this story. Amazing really after all the negatives news about Iran for the last few years. Your media are living in the same bubble they peddle for your citizens and if they think it doesn’t directly affect America and therefore not newsworthy, they are bonkers. Out of sight, out of mind!

nellie
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Excellent, K. This is good news, so of course, it didn’t happen.

Any success of this administration is buried.

Anything that would make Americans feel SAFER is buried.

Anything that would give Americans HOPE is buried.

We have a toxic, toxic media. I would call it un-American.

escribacat
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Thank Gawd for the internet — for those of us curious enough to dig beyond the pablum that TV news serves up every day.

AdLib
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Thanks for this article, KQ.

It does seem that the MSM marches more to the beat of the RW nowadays.

If it fits in with the RW’s attacks and allegations about Obama, it’s news. If not, not so much.

Considering how a nuclear Iran was such a huge issue in the campaign, it is interesting how little it seems to matter that Obama may again have addressed a big “threat” through diplomacy.