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  • Iraqi Kurd Editor of Pro-Israel Magazine Missing - Abdel Hamid (Iranian dirty hands suspected)

    06/22/2012 4:53:04 AM PDT · by Milagros · 2 replies
    AFP ^ | June 21, 2012
    Iraqi Kurd Editor of Pro-Israel Magazine Missing - Abdel Hamid Zebari (AFP)   Mawlud Afand, the editor-in-chief of the Israel-Kurd Institute's magazine, has been missing since June 8, said Diyari Mohammed, a correspondent for the magazine in Sulaimaniyah, in the autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. Afand's colleagues have raised the possibility he was kidnapped by Iranian intelligence.
  • Iran’s long reach into Canada

    06/22/2012 5:57:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    MacLeans ^ | June 20, 2012
    The Iranian government, through its embassy in Ottawa and various friendly or affiliated organizations, is aggressively reaching out to the Iranian diaspora in Canada, as well as to other potentially sympathetic Muslims in the country. This July it is funding an “Iranian Students Convention” at the large and well-appointed NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ontario. According to the conference website, guests must be students and members of a “cultural community” or they will not be permitted to attend. Attendees will have their accommodation and meals paid for, as well as a portion of transportation costs. -excerpt- According to the Department of...
  • What if Iran gets the bomb?("Realist" Scholar Not Worried)

    06/22/2012 2:16:32 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 22, 2012 | Bernd Debusmann
    The West worries too much about the prospect of Iran going nuclear. If it did get the bomb, the Middle East would probably become a more stable region. So says Kenneth Waltz, a veteran scholar, in an essay in one of America's most influential magazines. "Why Iran Should get the Bomb," says the headline in Foreign Affairs, the house organ of the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York think tank. "Nuclear Balancing Would Mean Stability." The author is a senior research scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. His contrarian essay coincides with yet another unsuccessful...
  • Syria faces Arab sanctions deadline over monitors

    11/24/2011 10:56:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 24, 2011 | Dominic Evans
    Syria faces a Friday deadline to sign an Arab deal allowing monitors into the country or incur sanctions over its crackdown on protests including halting flights, curbing trade and stopping deals with the central bank. Arab foreign ministers warned in Cairo that unless Syria agreed to let the monitors in to assess progress of an Arab League plan to end eight months of bloodshed, officials would consider imposing sanctions on Saturday. Under a November 2 Arab League initiative, Syria agreed to withdraw troops from urban centers, release political prisoners, start a dialogue with the opposition and allow monitors and international...
  • Conventional War Against Iran Is Not Feasible

    11/13/2011 1:17:21 PM PST · by yup2394871293 · 51 replies
    Big Peace (Breitbart) ^ | 11/13/11 | Kerry Patton
    The International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to release a report about Iran’s nuclear program this week. Many nuclear experts and diplomats expect the worst. Israel is getting sketchy, and rumored plans of military operations against the Shiite state are increasing—operations vehemently opposed by Russia. Iran’s recent foiled plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador on U.S. soil exemplifies Iranian defiance against the United States and our ally Saudi Arabia. Their continued influence in Iraq sparks grave concerns among many Iraqi citizens. The Arab Spring uprisings induced by Iranian proxies haunts many Middle Eastern nations. The list of reasons to engage...
  • Iran: Dead Guard Commander Was Missile Expert

    11/13/2011 12:49:27 PM PST · by drewh · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1 hour ago | y ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    <p>TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Revolutionary Guard commander killed in an explosion at an ammunition depot west of Tehran was a key figure in Iran's missile program, the elite military force said in a statement Sunday.</p> <p>Gen. Hasan Moghaddam was killed together with 16 other Guard members Saturday at a military site outside Bidganeh village, 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Tehran. The Guard said the accidental explosion occurred while military personnel were transporting munitions.</p>
  • Lawmaker: Iran's Revolutionary Guard Practicing for An EMP Attack on the United States

    11/13/2011 10:13:55 AM PST · by drewh · 72 replies
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | 12 hours ago | By David Pugliese
    The potential for war with Iran is being hotly debated, in light of the new report about that country’s alleged nuclear arsenal. “The regime in Iran poses a significant threat to regional and global peace,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told reporters, responding to the release of the International Atomic Energy Agency report. The report, released Wednesday, laid out the most details yet of Iran’s alleged effort to build a nuclear arsenal. But there has been some questioning the sources of that report. And now, some lawmakers in the U.S. are suggesting that Iran might have some ideas on what...
  • MI6 warned Werrity that he was jeopardising British policy in Iran

    10/22/2011 7:25:33 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    Mail Online ^ | Oct 22, 2011
    Liam Fox's unofficial adviser Adam Werritty was warned by MI6 that his interventions in Iranian politics risked jeopardising British diplomacy in the Middle East. Senior Whitehall officials told Mr Werritty to rein in his political activities which included visits to the Iranian capital Tehran and regular contact with dissident groups who wanted regime change. Dr Fox, who resigned as Defence Secretary ten days ago over his contacts with Mr Werritty, has been accused of using his best man and former flatmate to run a separate foreign policy. But it is understood that Mr Werritty's attempts to draw MI6 into his...
  • Kuwait confident of Iran's goodwill: Kuwaiti emir

    05/18/2011 6:54:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | Thursday, May 19, 2011 | Political Desk
    The Kuwaiti emir made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Kuwait City on Wednesday. "We are assured of the goodwill and brotherly goals of the Islamic Republic of Iran and attach high significance to relations with Iran," the Kuwaiti emir stated. Not only the Kuwaiti people but also the people in other member states of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council have always been seeking good relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Kuwaiti leader added. Elsewhere in his remarks, the Kuwaiti emir said that consultation is a good way to help find...
  • Horrific picture emerges of besieged Syrian town

    05/16/2011 7:50:17 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 41 replies
    WADI KHALED, Lebanon – Using horses and mules to carry their possessions, Syrians crossed a shallow river Monday to reach safety in Lebanon with tales of a "catastrophic" scene back home: sectarian killings, gunmen carrying out execution-style slayings and the stench of decomposing bodies in the streets.
  • Ahmadinejad sacks government ministers

    05/14/2011 10:55:31 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 5 replies
    AlJazeera ^ | May 14th 2011 | AFP
    Three Iranian ministers have been dismissed and their departments dismantled in a government restructuring that cuts the number of ministries from 21 to 17, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, has announced. Ahmadinejad announced the sackings of the country's ministers of oil, social welfare, and industry and mining, following a recent law passed by parliament which requires him to shrink the country's number of ministries, the ISNA news agency reported on Saturday. While a change was expected, the sudden dismissal comes as a surprise, as all three were considered staunch supporters of Ahmedinejad, and because Iran's parliament is still discussing an earlier...
  • How to Understand Our Policy in Syria

    04/27/2011 6:45:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Council on Foreign Relations ^ | Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | Elliott Abrams
    ...a push for aggressive action wasn’t necessarily the State Department's position at the end of the day. Multiple sources said that, when the Syria discussions reached the deputies or principals level, State was often viewed as taking a cautious line, not wanting to give U.S. critics ammunition to claim the protests were driven by the West." So, with hundreds being mowed down by the Assad regime, the U.S. had to act slowly lest "U.S. critics" attribute the demonstrations to us. What "critics" would those be? Officials of the murderous Assad regime? Iranian ayatollahs? The Administration's total misunderstanding of the situation...
  • Iran's Ahmadinejad demotes top advisor

    04/22/2011 3:43:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 09, 2011 | Ramin Mostaghim
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad replaces Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei as chief of staff. Hard-liners mistrusted Mashaei for his unorthodox views about religion... amid rising calls for political change throughout the Middle East. Ahmadinejad's chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, was not only his top advisor, but also an in-law and comrade during the 1980s Iran-Iraq war. He will retain his lesser posts. Mashaei's unorthodox views about religion, including the role of the clergy and the preeminence of ancient Iranian cultural values over Islam, earned him the mistrust of hard-liners in the Iranian establishment but also won Ahmadinejad no friends among a...
  • Syria: As protests get underway, activist says there's no going back

    04/22/2011 3:10:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times Babylon & Beyond 'blog ^ | Friday, April 22, 2011 | Alexandra Sandels
    "We went down in solidarity with them... I saw the invitation on the Internet. Security forces were beating the girls because they were holding up photos and they were refusing to take them down ... so I came to help them out of the hands of the security, and they took me with them." Badawie, arrested along with 33 others, was hauled into a bus and driven to a detention facility, where she shared a cell with 10 other demonstrators... "We tried to reach a conclusion from the statements carried on state television," she said. "We took the news and...
  • Libya fallout: Why Iran, North Korea now less likely to drop nuclear ambitions

    04/02/2011 11:00:17 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 1, 2011 | Howard LaFranchi
    It's a pretty good bet that, as he sits in his fortified compound, Western airstrikes targeting his military, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi rues the day he heeded US pressures and gave up his nuclear weapons program. And, more than a bet, it's now a matter of record that Iranian leaders interpret Colonel Qaddafi's plight as a lesson in why not to compromise with the US and other international powers on nuclear development. Their assumption is that, were Qaddafi still in possession of his nuclear and other WMD programs, the West would have thought twice before it attacked. What that lesson...
  • Anxiety and hope ahead of Iraq 'Day of Rage' protest

    02/24/2011 7:24:27 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, February 24, 2011 | Stephanie McCrummen
    BAGHDAD - The Iraqi capital was virtually locked down Thursday night as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki issued an indefinite curfew for cars and even bicycles and warned citizens to stay away from Friday's planned "Day of Rage" protests. Organizers had hoped the nationwide event would inject a fresh concept into the exercise of Iraq's fledgling democracy: peaceful expression of discontent. Instead, the lead-up to the big day - when protesters plan to demand a better government, not a new one - has been defined by anxiety and the increasingly familiar features of Maliki's bare-knuckle governing style. On Tuesday night, security...
  • Iran opens airspace to China warplanes

    10/03/2010 9:46:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Press TV, Iran ^ | Oct 3, 2010
    Iran opens airspace to China warplanes Chinese fighter jets, file photo The Islamic Republic of Iran has reportedly opened its airspace to Chinese warplanes taking part in joint military maneuvers with Turkey. Ankara and Beijing conducted the drills in Turkey's Central Anatolia region last month. The war games, codenamed the Anatolian Eagle, were the first involving Turkey and China. Turkey had previously carried out Anatolian Eagle maneuvers with the US and other NATO members as well as Israel. Turkish F-16, Chinese Su-27 and Mig-29 fighter jets took part in mock dogfights during the drills. The maneuvers come ahead of a...
  • Iran 'worst threat to Jews since Hitler'

    04/24/2006 1:07:34 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 31 replies · 1,227+ views
    Telegraph ^ | April 24, 2006
    Iran's nuclear programme is the most serious threat faced by Jews since the Nazi holocaust, Israel's defence minister has said. Shaul Mofaz said: "Of all the threats we face, Iran is the biggest. The world must not wait. It must do everything necessary on a diplomatic level in order to stop its nuclear activity." He added: "Since Hitler we have not faced such a threat." Iran insists that its nuclear programme is aimed solely at producing energy, and that it has no ambitions to acquire an atomic arsenal. But calls by Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for Israel to be "wiped...
  • Bush won't rule out nuclear strike on Iran

    04/18/2006 9:05:08 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 50 replies · 1,638+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 18, 2006 | Edmund Blair
    President Bush refused on Tuesday to rule out nuclear strikes against Iran if diplomacy fails to curb the Islamic Republic's atomic ambitions. Iran, which says its nuclear programme is purely peaceful, told world powers it would pursue atomic technology, whatever they decide at a meeting in Moscow later in the day. Bush said in Washington he would discuss Iran's nuclear activities with China's President Hu Jintao this week and avoided ruling out nuclear retaliation if diplomatic efforts fail. Asked if options included planning for a nuclear strike, Bush replied: "All options are on the table. We want to solve this...
  • Israel Warns of New 'Axis of Terror'

    04/17/2006 8:48:27 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 22 replies · 1,035+ views
    AP ^ | April 18, 2006 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    Israel warned Monday that a new "axis of terror" — Iran, Syria and the Hamas-run Palestinian government — is sowing the seeds of the first world war of the 21st century. The Palestinians accused Israel of an escalating military campaign using indiscriminate force to kill civilians and entrench its occupation. The Israeli and Palestinian envoys traded charges at an open Security Council meeting held in response to the recent upsurge in Israeli attacks in Gaza. It took place on a day that a Palestinian suicide bomber struck a packed fast-food restaurant in Tel Aviv, killing nine people in the deadliest...
  • UK 'blocked bomb plotter' arrest

    07/28/2005 1:07:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies · 1,081+ views
    CNN ^ | Thursday, July 28, 2005
    (CNN) -- A month before the London bombings, British authorities denied a request by their counterparts in the United States to apprehend a man now believed to have ties to the July 7 bombers, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Haroon Rashid Aswat, 30, of Indian heritage, is currently in custody in Zambia, U.S. and Zambian officials told CNN. U.S. authorities wanted to capture Aswat, who was then in South Africa, and question him about a 1999 plot to establish a "jihad training camp" in Bly, Oregon. According to the sources, U.S. officials had Aswat under surveillance in South...
  • Is Iran next?

    11/05/2004 11:41:03 AM PST · by IAF ThunderPilot · 80 replies · 1,311+ views
    Now after America gave it's vote, what will be the next step against the global terrorism? As it can't be ignored that the Iranian nuclear threat is not urgent- who do you think WILL act- Israel or USA? And the main question here- are you FOR stopping Iranian nuclear plans or AGAINST it?
  • EU offers Iran incentives to halt nuclear program (This Really Worked With North Korea!)

    11/06/2004 4:53:02 AM PST · by notkerry · 19 replies · 498+ views ^ | 11/6/04 | By Elaine Sciolino
    In an effort to stop Iran from producing a nuclear bomb, the 25 leaders of the European Union on Friday offered the country possible economic and political incentives if it suspends its production of enriched uranium. As negotiations got under way, the Iranians were willing to consider a temporary suspension of perhaps six months in order to buy time for a broader agreement and avoid the threat of sanctions, what one European official calls "suspension minus." The goal of the Europeans, by contrast, has been to push Iran to agree to indefinitely suspend its uranium enrichment in exchange for the...
  • Eyeing Iran Reactors, Israel Seeks U.S. Bunker Bombs

    09/21/2004 3:17:51 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 51 replies · 3,038+ views
    Reuters ^ | 21 sep 04 | Dan Williams
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States plans to sell Israel $139 million worth of air-launched bombs, including 500 "bunker busters" able to penetrate Iran's underground nuclear facilities, Israeli security sources said on Tuesday. The Haaretz newspaper quoted a Pentagon report as saying the planned procurement sought "to maintain Israel's qualitative advantage and advance U.S. strategic and tactical interests." The U.S. embassy in Israel had no comment, referring queries to Washington. Israel's Defense Ministry also declined comment. But a senior Israeli security source who confirmed the Haaretz story told Reuters: "This is not the sort of ordnance needed for the Palestinian...
  • President Speaks to the United Nations General Assembly (Text)

    09/21/2004 9:13:20 AM PDT · by michigander · 13 replies · 871+ views ^ | September 21, 2004
    For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary September 21, 2004 President Speaks to the United Nations General Assembly United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 11:00 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen: Thank you for the honor of addressing this General Assembly. The American people respect the idealism that gave life to this organization. And we respect the men and women of the U.N., who stand for peace and human rights in every part of the world. Welcome to New York City, and welcome to the United States of America....