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  • IRAN Will Announce Nuke

    02/09/2010 1:25:23 PM PST · by doria253 · 133 replies · 4,054+ views
    BBC Ex-USSR: Iran aiming to provoke regional military conflict - Russian exper 91) ☆ By enriching uranium to a higher grade, Iran is embarking on a deliberate course of provoking a military conflict in the Middle East due to its unstable domestic situation, Aleksey Arbatov, head of the International Security Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of World Economy and International Relations, said in a live interview to Russian Defence Ministry-controlled Zvezda TV on 9 February. He also said that Tehran will suddenly announce it has developed a nuclear weapon, and noted that 20 per cent-grade uranium was...
  • Iran Begins Enriching Uranium as Supreme Leader Vows to Stun West with 'Punch' on Thursday

    02/09/2010 1:27:23 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies · 765+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 9, 2010
    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran began enriching uranium to a higher level on Tuesday over the vociferous objections of the U.S. and its allies who fear the process could eventually be used to give the Islamic republic nuclear weapons. Even before the announcement U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he believed the U.N. should slap new sanctions on Iran in "weeks, not months," according to his spokesman Tuesday. France and the U.S. said Monday Iran's action left no choice but to push harder for a fourth set of U.N. Security Council sanctions to punish Iran's nuclear defiance. Russia, which has close...
  • Nuke fears rise as Iran ramps up uranium enrichment

    02/09/2010 1:35:22 PM PST · by Abathar · 8 replies · 414+ views ^ | 02/09/2010 | unknown
    Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- Iran began enriching uranium Tuesday to the threshold at which it could set off a nuclear reaction, following through on a warning it had issued a day before, state media said. The enrichment was taking place at its Natanz facility under the surveillance of U.N. nuclear watchdog inspectors, Tehran said. An official with the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that a team of inspectors was on site. The United States and its allies fear Iran intends to build a nuclear bomb, while Tehran says its nuclear program is for civilian energy and medical use. On Monday,...
  • Seized North Korea arms were bound for Iran

    02/02/2010 12:31:24 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 293+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/30/2010 | Reuters
    shipment of weapons from North Korea seized by Thai authorities last month were headed for Iran, according to a confidential report the Thai government sent to a U.N. Security Council committee. Thai authorities seized more than 35 tons of arms from a cargo plane they said had come from North Korea, and arrested its five crew members after the aircraft made an emergency landing at a Bangkok airport in December. The report to the Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee, seen by Reuters on Saturday, said the shipment included rockets, fuses, rocket launchers and rocket-propelled grenades. The cargo plane departed...
  • Another blow to the ‘axis of evil’

    02/01/2010 12:48:37 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 458+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/31/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    The question of whether the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai earlier this month was carried out by Israel or not is insignificant with regards to the impact his demise will likely have on Hamas and its ability to continue smuggling long-range rockets into the Gaza Strip. Mabhouh, 50, was found dead in his Dubai hotel on January 20. On Friday, Hamas announced the murder, which the group said was carried out by the Mossad, either by electrocution, suffocation or poison. The timing of the assassination comes almost exactly two years after Hizbullah’s military commander Imad Mughniyeh was assassinated in...
  • US 'believes Iran working on design of nuclear weapon'

    01/03/2010 9:11:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies · 487+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | January 3, 2010 | Julian Borger
    Reports say Washington distancing itself from earlier intelligence assessment suggesting Tehran had suspended work on weapons designs. The key sources of new intelligence are likely to include two recent Iranian defectors – Ali Reza Asgari, a Revolutionary Guards general who vanished in Istanbul in 2007, and Shahram Amiri, a leading Iranian nuclear scientist, who disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Mecca last summer. The Iranian government has blamed the US for their disappearance. However, the Obama administration believes there is still time to try sanctions as a means of stemming Iran's nuclear ambitions.
  • Iran: Oil field is ours, not Iraq's

    12/19/2009 3:45:05 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 50 replies · 1,841+ views
    Y-Net News ^ | Dec. 19, 2009 | Dudi Cohen
    Iran confirmed Saturday that its forces had taken over East Maysan oil field, located on the Iran-Iraq border. The move caused a 2.4% spike in oil prices. "The Iranian forces are on Iranian soil, as defined by known international borders. This oil field is Iran's" said an Iranian armed forces statement quoted by the Islamic Republic Arab-language television station, al-Alam. Proprietary of the East Maysan oil field had been the center of a dispute between Tehran and Bagdad for a lengthy period of time. Iraq's Deputy Interior Minister Ahmed Ali al-Khafaji said the move was the latest in a series...
  • Thai authorities hold crew of plane after arms find [North Korea to Pakistan]

    12/12/2009 7:40:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies · 775+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | December 12, 2009 | by Panarat Thepgumpanat
    Thai security forces seized more than 35 tonnes of arms from a cargo plane and arrested five crew members after the aircraft made an emergency landing to refuel at a Bangkok airport, officials said on Saturday. Monthon Sutchukorn, a deputy spokesman for the Thai air force, said the plane had departed from North Korea but had no further details. An air force official involved in the inspection, who declined to be named, said the Thai authorities had been asked by the United States to investigate the plane and its cargo. "We were approached by the United States, seeking our cooperation...
  • Iran Positions Israel In Its Cross Hairs

    11/06/2009 5:10:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1,159+ views ^ | November 6, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Mideast: Iran tests an advanced warhead design as it gets caught shipping weapons to Hezbollah. Syria is reported to give the group operational control over Scud missiles. It's five minutes to midnight. Tyranny abhors a vacuum. While the U.S. and the West dither in Hamlet-like fashion over whatever we shall do in places such as Afghanistan and Iran, the Axis of Evil is in full swing in its plans to destroy Israel and threaten Europe and America. Israel last week seized what it said was the largest arms cache ever intercepted in the region. Israeli navy commandos boarded the Francop,...
  • Iran tested advanced nuclear warhead design – secret report

    11/05/2009 6:49:57 PM PST · by VRWCTexan · 15 replies · 813+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | Nov 5, 2009 | Julian Borger, diplomatic editor
    The UN's nuclear watchdog has asked Iran to explain evidence suggesting that Iranian scientists have experimented with an advanced nuclear warhead design, the Guardian has learned. The very existence of the technology, known as a "two-point implosion" device, is officially secret in both the US and Britain, but according to previously unpublished documentation in a dossier compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iranian scientists may have tested high-explosive components of the design. The development was today described by nuclear experts as "breathtaking" and has added urgency ...
  • Russia may go ahead with Iran missile deal

    10/25/2009 6:05:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 1,076+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/23/2009 | Staff Writers
    As the United States and its allies haggle with Iran over its nuclear program, Moscow has fueled Western unease about its military links to Tehran by pledging to continue selling arms to the Islamic republic. This has raised speculation that it may brush aside the strident objections of the United States and Israel and supply Iran with advanced S-300PMU surface-to-air missiles that would greatly enhance its defenses against airstrikes. The Russians, who have rejected the proposed imposition of economic sanctions on Iran as "counterproductive," are keeping the waters muddied with contradictory and ambiguous statements regarding the S-300s. On Wednesday, Russia's...
  • Iraq set to buy Russian weaponry

    10/17/2009 2:09:23 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1,338+ views
    RIANovosti ^ | 10/17/2009 | RIANovosti
    A military delegation from Iraq will visit Moscow in the near future to discuss the purchase of Russian weaponry, an Iraqi parliament member has said. "A large delegation from the Iraqi Defense Ministry will travel soon to Moscow for talks on arms purchases [from Russia]," Abbas al-Bayati said in an interview with the Al Iraqiya television. According to the Iraqi MP, Baghdad is seeking to sign arms contracts with Russia, Germany, France, Serbia and the United States by the end of 2011 "to complete the creation of Iraqi Armed Forces and security forces." Al-Bayati said the Iraqi leadership is interested...
  • Russia bewildered by N.Korea missile launch-Tass

    10/12/2009 10:09:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 911+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/12/09 | Oleg Shchedrov
    Russia bewildered by N.Korea missile launch-Tass Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:24am EDT MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Russia is bewildered by the latest North Korean missile launch, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry source as saying on Monday. "The launch of short-range missiles by the Korean People's Democratic Republic causes bewilderment," the source said. "It was not the most suitable time to do this now, when all efforts are made to restart six-way talks on Korea's nuclear problem."
  • Whodunit?: Sneak attack on U.S. dollar

    10/08/2009 11:22:40 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 45 replies · 2,669+ views
    Politico ^ | 8 October 2009 | Eamon Javers
    <p>It began with a thinly sourced but highly explosive report Monday in a British newspaper: Arab oil sheikhs are conspiring with the Russians and Chinese to quit using the dollar to set the value of oil trades – a direct threat to the global supremacy of the greenback.</p>
  • North Korea may not be serious about giving up nukes [Capt. Obvious alert]

    10/07/2009 6:13:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 878+ views
    Space War ^ | 09/06/2009 | AFP
    North Korea wants to placate key benefactor China by offering to return to disarmament talks and it is unclear whether it really intends to give up its cherished nuclear deterrent, analysts said Tuesday. Leader Kim Jong-Il told visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao late Monday the North is willing to return to six-nation nuclear disarmament negotiations -- on condition it first holds talks with the United States to improve "hostile relations". Some analysts expressed scepticism about the North's conditional offer to return to six-party dialogue, almost six months after it quit the forum and announced it would restart its bomb-making programme....
  • Israel names Russians helping Iran build nuclear bomb

    10/03/2009 2:20:07 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 91 replies · 7,463+ views
    UK Times Online ^ | Oct 4, 2009 | Staff
    Netanyahu, has handed the Kremlin a list of Russian scientists believed by the Israelis to be helping Iran to develop a nuclear warhead. He is said to have delivered the list during a mysterious visit to Moscow.
  • Axis Of Evil: Bush Right, Obama Wrong

    09/27/2009 5:57:46 AM PDT · by no-llmd · 11 replies · 672+ views
    Strata-Sphere ^ | 9-26-2009 | AJStrata
    Iran did something fairly important this week, in the grand scheme of things. Iran proved that President Bush and his “Axis of Evil” comment was accurate, and that President/Senator Obama (and all his liberal allies with blinders on) with his Pollyannish “Iran is not a threat” was wrong. Deadly wrong.(snip) Who is that naive and stupid? (Read Barry Buffoon)Combine this news with their known missile program (and their mad leader’s claims to wipe Israel off the map) and it becomes clear that Iran is taking this world into the abyss of hell.
  • 3 Wrongs Don’t Make a Right (Russia-Iran-Venezuela: corrupt mob nexus)

    09/26/2009 7:48:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 1,022+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | 09/17/09 | Robert R. Amsterdam
    3 Wrongs Don’t Make a Right 17 September 2009 By Robert R. Amsterdam The recent visits to Moscow and Tehran by Hugo Chavez raise a number of concerns about the deepening relations between Russia, Iran and Venezuela. The motivation behind the Russia-Iran-Venezuela alliance is often misunderstood. On the one hand, there is the narrative that these governments are pursuing national interests, seeking to deepen their security against ever-present external threats and accrue regional power. Others argue that the alliance is driven by an attempt to build an “alternative architecture” of global relations, one that is conveniently unconcerned with democracy and...
  • Axis Of Opportunism

    09/16/2009 10:26:56 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies · 394+ views
    Forbes ^ | 09.17.09 | Claudia Rosett
    The bad old Axis of Evil is back in the news. That's not because President Barack Obama has resurrected the label, but because he's now planning to hold direct talks with its two surviving charter members, Iran and North Korea. It's one of many signs of change (if not hope) that the phrase itself, "axis of evil," has become less welcome in Washington's diplomatic calculus than envoys of that axis itself. Even before Obama scrapped the entire concept, President George W. Bush during his second term had abandoned the formulation. ... If the term "evil" has now been written out...
  • Iran Gains U.S. Military Technology Through Malaysia Middlemen

    09/13/2009 12:00:56 PM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 841+ views
    bloombert ^ | 9/14/09 | bloombert
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  • Barack Obama Starts US Talks With 'Axis of Evil': North Korea and Iran

    09/12/2009 2:49:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 746+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | September 12, 2009
    Barack Obama Starts US Talks With 'Axis of Evil': North Korea and Iran President Barack Obama has approved plans for the US to start direct talks with both North Korea and Iran, in a significant shift in policy. By Philip Sherwell in New York and David Eimer in Beijing 12 Sep 2009 Barack Obama's new approach marks a significant change in American diplomacy The State Department said it would meet one-to-one with Pyongyang negotiators in an effort to persuade the reclusive Stalinist state to return to multilateral talks on dismantling its nuclear weapons programme. Washington has also accepted a vague...
  • U.S. says ready for direct talks with North Korea

    09/11/2009 4:33:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1,069+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/11/09 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Friday it was prepared to hold direct talks with North Korea to try to coax it back into multilateral negotiations on ending its nuclear programs. Previously, U.S. officials had sent mixed signals about direct meetings, at times saying Pyongyang must first commit to resume multilateral discussions and at others saying bilateral talks could only occur "in the context" of the multilateral discussions. The department denied changing its policy on direct talks, saying any bilateral meeting would be to bring Pyongyang back to multilateral talks. "We are prepared to enter into a...
  • US and Russia diverge over Iran

    09/10/2009 6:30:08 PM PDT · by autumnraine · 1 replies · 278+ views
    BBC News ^ | 09/10/2009
    The US and Russia have given differing responses to Iran's latest proposals on its nuclear programme. The proposals, aimed at ending the impasse over Iran's nuclear ambitions, were submitted to a group of six global powers on Wednesday. The US State Department said the proposals fell short of satisfying international demands. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said they contained something to work with. "Based on a brief review of the Iranian papers my impression is there is something there to use," Mr Lavrov said in Moscow. "The most important thing is (that) Iran is ready for a comprehensive discussion...
  • Kadhafi marks 40 years in power

    09/01/2009 10:57:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 363+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-09-01
    Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi marked the 40th anniversary of the bloodless coup that brought him to power, with celebrations attended by African, Arab and Latin American leaders but largely ignored by the West. At the end of a two-hour show late Tuesday retracing the 40 years since Kadhafi ousted King Idriss in 1969, a brief video clip showed the return to Libya last month of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, but the western delegations present did not react. Kadhafi's party kicked off around midnight on Monday at the former US military base of Matega near Tripoli with a two-hour...
  • Why Such Secrecy When North Korea’s Caught Shipping Weapons to Iran?

    08/31/2009 1:16:06 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 9 replies · 597+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 31 | Claudia Rosett
    It has the makings of the opening sequence in an apocalyptic thriller. A ship enters the Gulf, carrying a secret, illicit cargo of munitions, bound for Iran from North Korea. The ship is seized by the United Arab Emirates, where authorities discover that instead of the oil boring equipment listed on the manifest, the cargo includes some 10 containers filled with rocket launchers, ammunition, rocket-propelled grenades and detonators. The UAE seizes the cargo and notifies the United Nations Security Council. But for weeks, the public is told nothing about it – not by the UN, and not by Washington. The...
  • The "Axis of Evil" is Alive and Well and Threatening YOUR Future

    08/31/2009 6:07:08 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 1 replies · 201+ views
    CNEWS/The Lid ^ | 8/31/09 | The Lid
    The Term "Axis of Evil" has been a source of liberal derision ever since President Bush coined the phrase in his 2002 State of the Union address... Seven years later Iraq is a fledgling democracy, but North Korea and Iran are still at it, in fact they are working together: The United Arab Emirates has seized a cargo ship earlier this month bound for Iran with a cache of banned arms from North Korea, the first such seizure since sanctions against North Korea were ramped up, diplomats and officials told The Associated Press Friday. The seizure was carried out in...
  • UAE seizes ship with weapons from North Korea bound for Iran, diplomats say

    08/28/2009 2:55:55 PM PDT · by Saint Reagan · 62 replies · 4,374+ views
    CNN ^ | August 28, 2009 | Richard Roth
    NEW YORK (CNN) — The United Arab Emirates seized a ship carrying banned arms from North Korea to Iran, diplomats told CNN Friday. The incident occurred in early August and was reported to the U.N. Security Council’s North Korea Sanctions committee, Western diplomats at the United Nations said. The diplomats did not disclose which country owned the vessel. It also was not immediately clear whether this was the first time such an incident had happened, or only the first time such a case had been revealed. A U.N. resolution passed in July imposes an embargo on the shipment of arms...
  • Arrested Democratic Fundraiser’s Pro-Taliban, Pro-Iran Agenda

    08/27/2009 1:07:23 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 5 replies · 418+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 27, 2009 | Claude Cartaginese
    Amy Goodman of the Marxist Democracy Now! network reported yesterday on the arrest of a “leading Democratic donor” named Hassan Nemazee. Here is the story, in its entirety: Back in the United States, a leading Democratic donor has been arrested and charged with seeking to defraud the financial giant Citibank. Hassan Nemazee is accused of submitting forged documents to secure a $74 million loan. Nemazee has given at least $150,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee since 2006 and supported several other leading Democratic politicians. Not much to sink your teeth into there. Could it be that Goodman is downplaying...
  • Gaddafi: Terrorism Is Justified By Western Arrogance

    08/25/2009 3:12:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 720+ views
    Gaddafi: Terrorism Is Justified By Western Arrogance Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi sure was quiet during the Bush years. But, that's all changed. Yesterday, Gaddafi said terrorism was justified by Western arrogance. ANSAmed reported, via RIP: The scheduled visit by Italy's prime minister to Libya on August 30 is "most opportune" and will go ahead. Any rumours of second thoughts on the part of Silvio Berlusconi were thoroughly quashed yesterday by Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, and his visit to Tripoli, scheduled for the end of this month to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Cooperation and Friendship Treaty...
  • Maliki blames Syria for last week's attacks

    08/25/2009 2:25:44 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 2 replies · 380+ views
    Iraq the Model ^ | 25 August 2009 | Mohammad
    Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki hinted today that Syria was responsible for last week’s bombings in Baghdad. In an unusually belligerent tone Maliki added that Iraq could respond in kind but refrains from doing so because of “our values and keen interest to reach an agreement with this country to get rid of those elements they host”. This is the first time the Prime Minister points at a particular state for involvement in violence in Iraq. Previous statements usually used the loose “neighboring countrie(s)” term. Although he only spoke about Syria, he also hinted that Syria might have a partner in...
  • Report: Botched North Korean missile test killed 20 in Syria town

    08/20/2009 6:43:36 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 12 replies · 735+ views
    WorldTribune.Com ^ | August 17, 2009
    LONDON — Iran and Syria reportedly participated in a failed missile launch by North Korea. ShareThis Western diplomatic sources said Iran, North Korea and Syria joined in the firing of two new ballistic missiles in 2009. The sources said the North Korean missiles veered off-course and killed or injured scores of people. None of the three countries has acknowledged a joint missile test. In May, Syria was said to have reported a natural gas explosion in the area of Manbij. "The test took place in Syria in May and was a complete failure," a diplomatic source said. On Aug. 14,...
  • 20 Killed in Failed Syrian Scud Missile Test (Joint venture by N. Korea, Syria & Iran)

    08/16/2009 5:13:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies · 6,530+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 08/16/09 | Hana Levi Julian
    20 Killed in Failed Syrian Scud Missile Test by Hana Levi Julian ( At least 20 Syrian civilians were killed and 60 were wounded in a failed missile test in May, Japan's Kyodo News reported Friday. The test involved two updated Scud missiles developed together by Syria, North Korea and Iran. Both exhibited defective guidance systems, according to a Middle Eastern military source quoted in the report. One of the short-range ballistic missiles hit a market near the Syrian-Turkish border, causing dozens of civilian casualties. Syrian forces attributed the blast to a gas explosion and blocked off the site to...
  • Syria: 20 die in 'failed missile test' (working w/ North Korea)

    08/15/2009 2:27:47 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 23 replies · 1,391+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug 15, 2008 | staff
    Twenty Syrians were killed and over 60 injured in a failed Scud missile test carried out by Syria, Iran and North Korea in May One of two missiles had apparently strayed off its course due to a technical malfunction, landing in a civilian populated area.
  • Is There A Rogue Regime Obama Hasn't Tried to Make Friends With Yet ?

    08/10/2009 9:27:27 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 10 replies · 332+ views
    Weekly Standard/The Lid ^ | 8/11/09 | The Lid
    Remember all those polls during the Presidential Campaign, how Europe desperately wanted Barack Obama to win. How the European leadership fawned over Obama when he made his summer tour tour around the world? One of the President's campaign promises was that he was going to "repair" our relationship with Europe (as if they needed to be repaired). Ever since he was inaugurated, President Obama has done his best to diss our allies in Europe. There was that famous "non joint press conference" when Gordon Brown came to visit, refusing Nicolas Sarkozy offer to share a meal when Obama was a...
  • Obama's Syria Track: Rapidly Accelerating Appeasement

    07/29/2009 2:06:47 AM PDT · by Amerisrael · 6 replies · 369+ views
    The Obama team has lifted a ban on the sale of some high-tech equipment to Syria. A recognized state sponsor of terrorism. WSJ reports: "The Obama administration has told Syria that it will work to ease U.S. sanctions against Damascus, as Washington intensifies its pursuit of détente with a longtime Middle East rival." [As Obama intensifies his efforts to legitimize a dictatorial state sponsor of terrorism, having just recently decided to return a U.S. ambassador] "The U.S. decision targets spare aircraft parts, information-technology products and telecommunications equipment, sales of which have been restricted by U.S. sanctions on Syria enacted in...
  • 'US lifts ban on Syrian air industry'

    07/27/2009 11:18:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 1,777+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/27/2009 | staff
    Imad Mustafa, the Syrian envoy to the US, said Monday that the Obama administration had lifted the ban imposed on exporting goods to the Syrian Aviation Industry, the Kuwait News Agency reported. Speaking on Syrian national television, Mustafa revealed that the US had also lifted the ban on exporting IT products, whether they were hardware or software, adding that US President Barack Obama was considering lifting more such restrictions.
  • Obama to End US Embargo Against Syria

    07/27/2009 8:50:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 921+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 7/27/09 | Malkah Fleisher
    ( The United States has alerted Syrian diplomats that America has decided to lift various embargos against Syria, with more suspensions of embargos on the way. Dr. Imad Mustafa, Syria's ambassador to Washington, told Syrian television Sunday that U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama has suspended several articles of the U.S. sanction against Syria, with more suspensions to come, according to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
  • Iranian vice-president 'sacked'

    07/24/2009 2:20:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 571+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 24, 2009
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed his most senior vice-president, it has been reported. The decision, reported by state news agency Irna, came after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered Mr Ahmadinejad to do so. First Vice-President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie had caused anger by saying Iranians and Israelis were friends. An aide to the president was quoted by Irna as saying Mr Mashaie did not now consider himself first vice-president. The decision came after a week-long stand-off between Ayatollah Khamenei and Mr Ahmadinejad, who had defended Mr Mashaie. Ayatollah Khamenei wrote to the president, telling him that appointing Mr Mashaie...
  • Clinton likens North Korea to unruly children

    07/20/2009 3:14:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 918+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/20/09 | Tabassum Zakaria
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said North Korea should not receive the attention it is seeking through behavior like missile launches and likened Pyongyang's behavior to that of unruly children. North Korea tested a nuclear device in May and fired seven ballistic missiles earlier this month in defiance of a U.N. resolution. "What we've seen is this constant demand for attention," Clinton, who is in India, said in an interview that aired on Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "And maybe it's the mother in me or the experience that I've had with small children and unruly...
  • Communism in Asia

    07/17/2009 6:35:27 PM PDT · by mnehring · 6 replies · 918+ views
    Apart from the Soviet Union, Asia was the major killing field of communism. Perhaps 75 million innocent men, women and children were killed for communism in Asia - mainly in China, North Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia. The western effort to stop this evil in Korea and Vietnam was a great and noble cause, and partially successful. The brave Americans who died in Korea and Vietnam did not die for nothing. They did not die for "a lie". They died for the freedom of South Korea and South Vietnam. In Korea, they were partially successful. North Korea fell to the darkness,...
  • N.Korea 'Earning $2 Billion a Year in Arms Deals with Iran'

    07/15/2009 5:02:28 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 12 replies · 1,225+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/16/09 | Chosun Ilbo
    North Korea earns over US$2 billion annually in arms deals with Iran, according to Larry Niksch, a specialist in Asian affairs with the U.S. Congressional Research Service. Niksch made the claim at a conference ["Engaging China to Solve the North Korea Problem"] Tuesday hosted by the Cato Institute in Washington on China's role in North Korean affairs. He called on China to block flights between Pyongyang and Tehran in addition to financial sanctions against the Stalinist country. Scientists and engineers as well as missiles, missile parts and technical drawings for missiles are being transferred by air between the North and...
  • Syrian First Lady Wants to Meet Obamas

    07/04/2009 2:46:02 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 26 replies · 1,029+ views
    CBS ^ | July 2, 2009 | Sean Alfano
    Syria's first lady has put out the welcome mat for the Obamas, a further sign that the once frosty relations between the two nations is thawing. In an interview with Britain's Sky News, Asma al Assad envisioned her husband, Bashar, and Barack Obama joining forces. "The fact is President Obama is young," al Assad said, "and President Assad is also very young as well, so maybe it is time for these young leaders to make a difference in the world." Asma was born in London and moved to Damascus after marrying Bashar al Assad nine years ago. Last week, the...
  • N. Korea: A post-launch examination of the Unha-2 [dependence on Russian tech]

    07/02/2009 7:54:04 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 1,470+ views
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ^ | 06/29/09 | David Wright and Theodore A. Postol
    A post-launch examination of the Unha-2 By David Wright and Theodore A. Postol | 29 June 2009 Article Highlights * The launch vehicle North Korea tested on April 5, the Unha-2, represents a significant advance over North Korea's previous launchers. * In particular, it would have the capability to reach the continental United States with a payload of 1 ton or more if Pyongyang modified it for use as a ballistic missile. * However, if key Unha-2's components were acquired from Russia and elsewhere, North Korea's domestic missile development program may be much more limited than commonly assumed. North Korea...
  • Hello Syria: Obamas Offered Road To Damascus

    07/02/2009 8:41:25 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 11 replies · 550+ views
    Sky News ^ | July 02, 2009 | Dominic Waghorn
    Syria's First Lady has exclusively told Sky News she would welcome the Obamas to Damascus. Asma al Assad's comments are the latest in a series of signs US Syrian relations are improving after years of tension. "The fact is President Obama is young," she said, "and President Assad is also very young as well, so maybe it is time for these young leaders to make a difference in the world". And she gladly envisioned welcoming Michelle Obama and her husband in a presidential palace in Damascus in the near future. "I can see myself hosting them in Damascus in the...
  • U.S. 'Ready' for N. Korean Missile [NK Wouldn't Have Dreamt Of A Missile Firing Under Reagan!]

    07/01/2009 8:58:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 1,043+ views
    U.S. 'ready' for N. Korean missile Pyongyang expected to test ICBM By Bill Gertz July 2, 2009 COLORADO SPRINGS | U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock down the last stage of a Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea is expected soon to launch if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S. territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command told The Washington Times. "The nation has a very, very credible ballistic-missile defense capability. Our ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, I'm very comfortable, give me a capability that if we really are threatened by a long-range ICBM that I've...
  • Who is the greater threat Iran or North Korea

    06/30/2009 8:30:28 PM PDT · by miltfried0600 · 38 replies · 956+ views
    AP ^ | 6/30/09 | PAULINE JELINEK
    I was reading the above linked article about our "UN sanctions" that allow us to track but not board north korean vessels without permission and thought I would pose the question... who is the greater threat N Korea or Iran here is an excerpt from the article Suspected NKorean ship changes course By PAULINE JELINEK – 6 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Tuesday that a North Korean ship has turned around and is headed back toward the north where it came from, after being tracked for more than a week by American Navy vessels on suspicion of...
  • Top US commander: Iran still supports Iraq attacks

    06/30/2009 3:05:25 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 317+ views
    ap ^ | 6/30/09 | KIM GAMEL
    BAGHDAD – The top U.S. military commander in Iraq on Tuesday accused Iran of continuing to support and train militants who are carrying out attacks, including most of the ones in Baghdad. Gen. Ray Odierno said the attacks have fallen in number but are still a problem. He made the comments just after the U.S. relinquished security for Baghdad and other urban areas to Iraqi forces, part of a security agreement that will see all American soldiers out of the country by the end of 2011. "Iran is still supporting, funding and training surrogates who operate inside of Iraq. They...
  • Top US commander(Odierno): Iran still supports Iraq attacks (Accuses Iran of Attacks in Baghdad!)

    06/30/2009 8:51:39 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies · 1,681+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tue, Jun 30, 2009 (5:51 a.m.)
    The top U.S. military commander in Iraq says that Iran still supports and trains militants who carry out attacks _ mostly with mortars and sophisticated roadside bombs _ inside Iraq. Gen. Ray Odierno says the attacks have been reduced but are still a problem. He spoke on Tuesday at his base outside of Baghdad, as Iraqi forces took control of security in the Iraqi capital and other urban areas. June 30 was the deadline for American troops to pull out of Iraqi cities under a U.S.-Iraqi security pact. The pullout was completed on Monday. Odiero says Tehran is "still supporting,...
  • Bush was right after all

    06/27/2009 12:02:58 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 15 replies · 1,164+ views
    The Pioneer, India ^ | Saturday, June 27, 2009 | Ashok Malick
    In diplomacy, messages are often not direct or straightforward. Sometimes lessons from one theatre have relevance for another. The belligerence of North Korean dictator Kim Jong II over the past few weeks is a sobering reminder of how things can go wrong if a paramount power decides to speak softly without waving a big stick. On May 25, Pyongyang tested a nuclear device. A North Korean ship is currently on the high seas, apparently carrying an illegal cargo of missiles and other weaponry to Burma. On July 4, Independence Day in the United States, Mr Kim has promised to fire...
  • NKorea vows nuke attack if provoked by US

    06/25/2009 10:56:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,051+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/25/09 | Kwang-Tae Kim - ap
    SEOUL, South Korea — Punching their fists into the air and shouting "Let's crush them!" some 100,000 North Koreans packed Pyongyang's main square Thursday for an anti-U.S. rally as the communist regime promised a "fire shower of nuclear retaliation" for any American-led attack. Several demonstrators held up a placard depicting a pair of hands smashing a missile with "U.S." written on it, according to footage taken by APTN in Pyongyang on the anniversary of the day North Korean troops charged southward, sparking the three-year Korean War in 1950. North Korean troops will respond to any sanctions or U.S. provocations with...