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  • Iran leader calls Israel ‘rabid dog’, urges arms for Palestinians

    08/01/2014 2:25:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:12am EDT | Mehrdad Balali
    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a “rabid dog” for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide. […] In a speech marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Khamenei criticized the United States and European countries for what he said were their efforts to limit the military capacity of Palestinian fighters in the enclave. Of Israel, he said: “This rabid dog, this rapacious wolf, has attacked innocent people and humanity must show a reaction. This is genocide, a catastrophe of historical...
  • Iraqi Election Fear: ‘No One Is Safe Anymore’ (Allawi interview)

    04/29/2014 9:18:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 28, 2014 – 05:50 PM | Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer
    (Ayad) Allawi, the son of a Shiite businessman, joined the nationalist Baath party when he was a medical student, but in the 1970s, became an opponent of Saddam, who had already begun using brutal methods to steer the country. Today, 11 years after Saddam’s fall, violence, corruption and abuses of power still dominate daily life in Baghdad. Allawi blames Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for this chaos. […] “I have nothing against the Iranian leadership. In fact, I accommodated it often enough during my time as premier. But I am no proponent of a theocracy. I am a secularist. I wanted...
  • Ayatollah’s Comments on Women at Odds With Abuses at Home

    11/28/2013 11:24:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 26, 2013 - 4:40 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with a series of Twitter messages extolling women, but U.N. rights experts paint a bleak picture of Iran’s treatment of women, especially those in prison. Several other Islamic countries also have a poor record when it comes to treatment of women, with abuses including female genital mutilation, stoning for adultery, and “honor” killings—the murder of women accused of bringing family honor into disrepute by their behavior. … A September 2012 report by the U.N. “special rapporteur” on human rights in Iran noted that...
  • Exclusive: Reuters investigates business empire of Iran's supreme leader ($95 billion)

    11/11/2013 8:11:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/11/2013 | STEVE STECKLOW, BABAK DEHGHANPISHEH AND YEGANEH TORBATI
    (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around $95 billion - a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation's current annual petroleum exports - a six-month Reuters investigation shows. The little-known organization, called Setad, is one of the keys to the Iranian leader's enduring power and now holds stakes in nearly every sector of Iranian industry, including finance, oil, telecommunications, the production of birth-control pills and even ostrich farming. Setad has built its empire on the systematic seizure of thousands of properties belonging to ordinary Iranians - members of religious minorities, Shi'ite Muslims,...
  • Women Who Wear Revealing Dresses Cause Earthquakes: Cleric (Tehran)

    05/05/2013 1:12:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies
    One India News ^ | Saturday, May 4, 2013 | Shubham Ghosh
    Women who wear revealing dresses cause earthquakes: Cleric Tehran, May 4: Women who wear revealing clothing and behave immorally are responsible for earthquakes, this is what a senior Iranian cleric has to say. The cleric's unusual explanation for quakes follows the prediction made by the country's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that a quake is certain to rock Tehran and many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate to save their lives. Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi told the country's media that women who do not dress in dignified manner "lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society". According to...
  • Khamenei: West talks of nuclear Iran to hide own problems

    06/03/2012 11:29:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 3, 2012 4:17pm EDT | Marcus George
    Iran's supreme leader accused the West on Sunday of lying about his country's nuclear plans in order to cover up their own problems, in a fiery speech that gave no indication he was ready to compromise in talks with world powers. In an address marking the 23rd anniversary of the death of his predecessor Ruhollah Khomeini, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Israel that any attack on Iran would be answered with a "thunderous blow". Khamenei—who has total command over Iran's nuclear policy—has publicly forbidden the development of nuclear weapons, but western nations suspect that Tehran is developing in isolation each of...
  • Iran distributing hardline Islamic material in Zimbabwe (Irangate scandal)

    05/21/2012 9:45:56 AM PDT · by Righting · 6 replies
    theZimbabweMail ^ | 03/04/2012
    Iran distributing hardline Islamic material in Zimbabwe By Staff Reporter 03/04/2012 12:09:00 (President Robert Mugabe and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) HARARE – In a move likely to cause panic in the region and ratchet up tensions between President Robert Mugabe and Western governments, Iran has started distributing hard-line Islamic materials in Zimbabwe with the blessing of Zanu-PF criminal cabal, an Iranian news agency said. Iranian cultural office in Zimbabwe is distributing hard-line Islamic material masked in cultural exchanges material distributed to unsuspecting members of the public and religious centres, a report coming from Iran has revealed. Zimbabwe is a...
  • (Liberal author:) Jimmy Carter - Mass Murderer

    05/20/2012 9:05:08 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 23 replies
    Pravda ^ | May16, 2012 | John Fleming
    Jimmy Carter - Mass Murderer Pravda 16.05.2012 Boni pastoris est tondere pecus, non deglubere. - Tiberius By John Fleming   ... Jimmy Carter affects a superficial appearance of amiability and since leaving the White House, besides his well-known work for Habitat for Humanity, he has espoused time and again humanitarian causes. He has been appointed a diplomatic plenipotentiary time and again, especially under Clinton, and he made a well-publicized trip to Cuba and met Fidel Castro recently, where he, without mentioning the repression under corporate monopoly capitalism, in Georgia and everywhere else in the U.S., chided Castro in a would-be...
  • Photo brings Iran's plans for Iraq into sharp focus

    04/28/2012 9:34:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Greater Dandenong Weekly ^ | 28 Apr, 2012 03:00 AM | PAUL MCGEOUGH
    A PUBLIC relations stumble between Tehran and Baghdad has intensified speculation that one of Iran’s most senior clerics is about to extend his power—and Iran’s theocratic system—into Iraq.On his return from a visit to Tehran, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office released statements on his meetings with several senior Iranian officials—but it was silent on Mr. Maliki’s encounter with 63-year-old Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi. Despite a Baghdad blackout on what is understood to have been their third meeting in recent months, Iran’s government-run news agency IRNA released a photograph of Mr. Maliki and Ayatollah Shahroudi—who is Iraqi by birth—greeting each...
  • Iran jams BBC's Persian TV service

    02/11/2011 9:49:57 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 9 replies
    Guardian.UK ^ | 02/11/2011 | Staff
    The BBC's Persian TV service is being jammed from within Iran due to its coverage of the unrest in Egypt. It appears that the trigger point was a joint broadcast on Wednesday by the corporation's Persian and Arabic services in which Iranian and Egyptian callers exchanged views. Many Iranian viewers said during the interactive programme that they were watching events unfold in Cairo extremely closely.
  • Ex-con American Muslim leader says Ayatollah Khamenei is best leader in world

    01/02/2011 4:12:36 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 15 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 2, 2011 | Marc Schenker
    Ex-con American Muslim leader says Ayatollah Khamenei is best leader in world. The prominent leader of a Washington, DC-based mosque is openly declaring his support for Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei. Sheyk Abdul alim Musa, a black American who converted to orthodox Islam while serving time in federal prison a few decades ago, is calling the Ayatollah the one leader in the world who can unify all Muslims on the planet. Khamenei is the extremist Islamist who is the Supreme Leader of Iran, who has presided over massive human rights abuses since assuming office in 1989. Alim Musa is also a member...
  • Leading cleric defies Tehran on confessions

    12/31/2010 5:56:27 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Financial Times ^ | Dec. 29, 2010 | Najmeh Bozorgmehr
    In a rare public challenge to the Iranian regime, the country’s highest-ranking cleric has warned that prisoners’ confessions are invalid, signalling a deepening gulf between the political establishment in Tehran and clerical establishment in the holy city of Qom. “Confessions of prisoners have no validity and if a judge uses confessions for issuing verdicts that judge is no longer qualified,” Grand Ayatollah Hossein Vahid Khorasani told students this week, according to domestic websites including Parlemannews, which is run by reformist parliamentarians. His statement is not only a religious decree that his followers must obey but a warning from the country’s...
  • Heroes and villains in Lebanon

    10/15/2010 12:33:10 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 2 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | Robert Tait
    Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad arrived in Lebanon on Wednesday to a hero's welcome and blaze of fanfare that belied the country's rising intercommunal tensions and Western misgivings about his visit. Shouts of "khosh amadi" ("welcome" in Persian) and showers of rice, sweets and petals greeted the Iranian leader as he waved to crowds from an open-topped car after arriving in Beirut at the beginning of a two-day trip. It's Ahmadinejad's first visit to Lebanon, where Iran has cultivated close relationship with Hezbollah, the Shi'ite Islamist group that fought a bitter five-week conflict with Israel in 2006. He was expected to...
  • Ayatollah Speaks of Plot to Abuse Koran (Amidst Chants of "U.S. Pastor Must be Killed")

    09/14/2010 7:17:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/14/2010 | Robert F. Worth
    DAMASCUS, Syria — Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered a fiery address on Monday accusing the United States government of orchestrating desecrations of the Koran by right-wing American Christian groups last weekend, Iranian state news agencies reported. The speech appeared to be part of an effort by Iran’s hard-line leaders to amplify Muslim outrage over scattered gestures to burn or tear pages of the Koran, in the wake of the threat — later withdrawn — by Terry Jones, a Florida pastor, to burn the Koran on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In Tehran, about 1,000 protesters...
  • Iranian clerics; anyone desecrating the Koran must be killed...

    09/13/2010 9:58:06 PM PDT · by Rabin · 30 replies
    HeraldSun ^ | September 14, 2010 | NewsCore
    Two Iranian "grand" ayatollahs issu fatwa, calling for the killing of those who insult the Koran, including anyone who burns the Islamic book… "The blood of a person who burns the Koran can undoubtedly be shed. No action should be taken without permission of a Shira judge...", Makarem Shirazi. Protesters outside the Swiss Embassy in Tehran today set fire to the U.S. flag ...
  • Pink Floyd anthem retooled as Iranian rallying cry (Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone)

    08/04/2010 12:20:16 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 32 replies · 1+ views
    A new take on the old Pink Floyd anti-authoritarian anthem "Another Brick in the Wall" blends the power of social media with political activism to raise awareness about human rights in Iran. A pair of Iranian exile brothers have produced a distinctly contemporary remake of the 1979 Pink Floyd anti-authoritarian anthem “Another Brick in the Wall.” With the official blessing of Pink Floyd, the Canadian-based band “Blurred Vision” have released the updated version of the track that is rapidly becoming a social media phenomenon. “Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone” intersperses news footage from the June 2009 “Green Revolution” with the...
  • Ayatollahs left all alone

    07/03/2010 9:09:22 AM PDT · by HospiceNurse · 4 replies
    YNET News ^ | 07.02.10 | Guy Bechor
    The stunned Iran cannot believe it’s happening: The worst nightmare for the Ayatollah regime is taking shape right before its eyes, in the form of a complete chokehold on Iran’s economy within a few months. Iran’s soft underbelly is in the sights – oil and gas. The arrogant Ahmadinejad thought this day shall never come, yet the “higher power” that guides him, in his view, apparently no longer works. The US and Europe have decided to suffocate Iran’s economy, no less. This is no longer about playing games here and there or about lukewarm sanctions against Iranian companies here and...
  • Iran cleric says dogs "unclean" and not to be kept as pets

    06/19/2010 4:01:12 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 88 replies · 1,499+ views
    reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2010 | Robin Pomeroy
    A senior Iranian cleric has decreed dogs are "unclean" and should not be kept as pets -- a move aimed at discouraging Western-style dog ownership in the Islamic state, a newspaper reported on Saturday. Dogs are considered "unclean" under Islamic tradition but, while relatively rare in Iran, some people do keep them as pets. By issuing a fatwa -- a religious ruling -- Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi has sent a clear message that this trend must stop. "Friendship with dogs is a blind imitation of the West,"
  • Iranian ayatollah wants new UN

    06/11/2010 1:14:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 214+ views
    news24 ^ | 6/11/10 | staff
    Hamburg - A senior Iranian ayatollah called Friday for the formation of a new United Nations after the UN Security Council passed new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programmes. "This UN is not the UN of independent world states but the UN of imperialistic and hegemonic powers," Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said in the Friday prayer ceremony carried live by Iranian radio.
  • Extramarital Sex Leads to Earthquakes: Iran Cleric

    04/17/2010 7:03:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies · 1,251+ views
    OneIndia News ^ | Saturday, April 17, 2010 | OneIndia News
    Extramarital sex leads to earthquakes: Iran cleric Saturday, April 17, 2010 Tehran, Apr 17: An Iranian cleric has proclaimed that inappropriately dress women leading to extramarital affairs are the resons behind the devastating earthquakes that frequently rattle the country. Speaking to worshipped at the Friday prayers here on Apr 16, senior cleric Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi said, "Many women who dress inappropriately ... cause youths to go astray, taint their chastity and incite extramarital sex in society, which increases earthquakes." "Calamities are the result of people's deeds...We have no way but conform to Islam to ward off dangers," the teligious leader...
  • U.S. EU fear fresh government crackdown in Iran

    02/09/2010 12:25:39 AM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 1 replies · 205+ views
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union said on Monday they feared the Iranian government may crack down on opponents during this week's anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution. Washington and the EU issued a rare joint statement on Iran, warning the country's leaders to live up to their international human rights obligations. "We are particularly concerned by the potential for further violence and repression during the coming days, especially around the anniversary of the Islamic Republic's founding on 11 February," they said. The Iranian opposition is expected to revive anti-government protests around the anniversary, raising the...
  • Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei loves caviar and vulgar jokes, defector claims

    12/31/2009 11:59:39 AM PST · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 758+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 31 2009 | Damien McElroy and Ahmad Vahdat
    A catalogue of the private opulence and eccentric tastes of 70-year-old Ayatollah Khamenei and his family has been compiled by Iran's opposition Green Movement from the accounts of the defector, who is said to be in hiding in France. Among his claims are that Ayatollah Khamenei has a voracious appetite for trout and caviar; is an avid hoarder of collectables from bejewelled pipes to fine horses; and that he suffers regular bouts of depression which are treated in part by audiences with a mid-ranking mullah who tells vulgar jokes.
  • Grand Ayatollah Montazeri Dies - Possibly killing Regime

    12/20/2009 9:30:01 PM PST · by FARS · 23 replies · 1,813+ views
    AntiMullah & Sources Inside Iran ^ | December 20th, 2009 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources
    One of Iran's most prominent dissident clerics, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, has died aged 87. Hossein Ali Montazeri was a moving spirit in the 1979 revolution which created Iran's Islamic state, and was at one stage set to become its leader. His fierce criticism of the slaughter by Khomeini in his prisons - ended in his being "banned" and theoretically "demoted". Announcing his death, the Mullah regime refused to even give him an Ayatollah title let alone his true Grand Ayatollah one, mentioning him only by his name. One of Shia Islam's most respected figures, he was also a...
  • Iran's dissident cleric dies

    12/20/2009 12:03:05 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 29 replies · 1,022+ views
    Iran's senior dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, has died aged 87, official media reported. Montazeri was an architect of the 1979 Islamic revolution who fell out with the present leadership and was under house arrest for some years. "Hossein Ali Montazeri passed away in his home last night," the official IRNA news agency said in a report that did not mention his title. He lived in the holy Shiite Muslim city of Qom, south of Tehran. In August, he described the clerical establishment as a "dictatorship", saying the authorities' handling of street unrest following a disputed presidential election...
  • Iranian Jihadist Visits Terror Trends Bulletin

    12/03/2009 11:34:34 AM PST · by LSUfan · 1 replies · 386+ views
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 3 Dec 09 | Terrortrends
    This morning while we were going through our email we came across a notification of a comment on one of our old blog postings here on TTB. The posting that prompted the comment was our commentary on Barack Obama’s speech directed toward the leaders and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran back in March: The commenter dubbed himself “Mahdi,” which we think highly presumptuous on his part, but we suppose every man is entitled to his own delusions.
  • Carter Rehashed

    11/24/2009 1:56:50 PM PST · by jazminerose · 1 replies · 302+ views
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 11/24/2009 | Joy Tiz
    WSJ columnist, Bret Stephens harkens back to those happy, halcyon days of the Carter era: “An idealistic president takes office promising an era of American moral renewal at home and abroad. The effort includes a focus on diplomacy and peace-making, an aversion to the use of force, the selling out of old allies. The result is that within a couple of years the U.S. is more suspected, detested and enfeebled than ever. No, we’re not talking about Barack Obama. But since the current administration took office offering roughly the same prescriptions as Jimmy Carter did, it’s worth recalling how that...
  • UPDATE - KHAMENEI DEATH BEING CONCEALED? (Raised eye-brow alert)

    10/15/2009 6:11:30 PM PDT · by Danae · 14 replies · 876+ views
    Anti-Mullah ^ | 10-15-2009 | Alan Peters
    Over the past month, rumors circulated that he was in a coma and his ruthless son Mojtaba was ruling (with Ahmadi-Nejad's help) in his father's name. This son visits prisons just to watch and participate in torture sessions of arrested demonstrators and take pleasure in raping some of them himself! Denial of Khamenei Senior's death has to overcome some visible changes: 1. Government buildings are being draped in black cloth. (Reports on this come from multiple Twitters). 2. All Islamic Iranian TV announcers have suddenly turned to wearind all black clothing. 3. Bassiji Suppression forces have poured into the streets...
  • Khamenei Reportedly Dead

    10/14/2009 12:25:27 PM PDT · by FARS · 186 replies · 13,164+ views
    AntiMullah & Sources Inside Iran ^ | 10/14/09 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources
    Khamenei has died. The formal announcement is expected to be made tomorrow morning (Tehran time) . Relative to this, all regime organizations including the official regime news agency "Seda va Sima" are beig draped in black.
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to approve Ahmadinejad as election winner

    08/02/2009 6:15:39 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 458+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 3, 2009 | Martin Fletcher
    Iran’s Supreme Leader will officially endorse President Ahmadinejad’s re-election on Monday as the regime faces a fresh barrage of protests — this time over the “show trial” of more than 100 opposition figures detained in the crackdown that followed the hotly disputed ballot. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will approve Mr Ahmadinejad’s second term during a televised ceremony in Tehran attended by other regime leaders, and on Wednesday the President will take the oath of office before Iran’s parliament. Seven weeks after the election, however, the regime is still battling to crush the resistance of millions of Iranians who believe that the...
  • Iran Cleric Ratchets Up Rhetoric Against Leaders

    07/13/2009 9:17:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 806+ views
    CBS News ^ | July 13, 2009
    Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the senior dissident cleric in Iran's religious establishment, has issued his harshest condemnation of the Islamic Republic's leadership since the disputed June 12 election. Mondtazeri (at left) never names Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei directly in his remarks, but he has long been an outspoken opponent of both Khamenei and the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Montazeri says "those who have lost, religiously and reasonably, the credibility for serving the public, are automatically dismissed, and the continuation of their work has no legitimacy." The Grand Ayatollah also says Iranians have a religious right and duty to...
  • Beware the Christians! (Comparing Christian right with brutal ayatollahs is childish nonsense)

    06/25/2009 11:09:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 921+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 6/25/2009 | Frank J. Fleming
    As we watch the horrors in Iran, it makes us wonder if anything like that could happen in America. In Iran, the mullahs control everything and feel justified in any injustice they commit because of a belief in the rightness of their own actions. Is there anyone like that here? In an answer to that question, Frank Schaeffer wrote a column for the Huffington Post entitled “The Real Lesson of Iran — Beware America’s Republican Mullahs.” Reading it and the comments to it, I came to a realization: people who think the religious right are just like Iranian mullahs are...
  • Obama's Letter to the Ayatollah

    06/24/2009 9:50:48 PM PDT · by POWinCA · 11 replies · 450+ views
    Dearest Ali: I hope you don't mind me taking the liberty to address you by your first name. I just thought it would be a good idea for us to get off on the right foot - as good friends instead of just Supreme Leaders of our respective countries. First, I want to apologize for the shabby treatment you and your people have received from my predecessors, our intelligence agencies, our military, and our media. I respect the fact that you have an ancient and proud culture and strong faith in God who guides you in your moral judgment and...
  • Analysis: Most Arabs won't miss Iran's ayatollahs if they fall

    06/21/2009 7:17:21 PM PDT · by libh8er · 18 replies · 700+ views
    JPost ^ | 6.22.09 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Many Arab governments, including the Palestinian Authority, are quietly hoping that the latest crisis in Iran will mark the beginning of the end of the radical regime of the ayatollahs and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Frustrated with Teheran's long-standing policy of meddling in their internal affairs, representatives of the relatively moderate, pro-Western governments in Ramallah, Cairo, Beirut, Riyadh and other Arab capitals are hoping that regime change in Iran would undermine radical Islamic groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hizbullah. These proxy groups, together with Syria - Iran's strategic ally and facilitator in the Arab world - have long been...
  • WILLIE BROWN: From one ayatollah to another

    06/21/2009 2:10:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 792+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/21/9 | Willie Brown
    When I was speaker, they called me the Ayatollah of the Assembly. Well, I have some pointers for my counterpart in Iran.One, never call an election until at least 90 percent of the vote is counted. At the very least, you should wait until people stop voting before declaring someone the winner.Two, when you do issue the final count, try your best not to report more ballots cast than voters. The first results I saw out of Iran had over 100 percent of the folks voting.And three, if you're going to try something funny, at least make it close so...
  • Ayatollah: 'UK Is Our Most Treacherous Enemy'

    06/19/2009 6:25:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies · 735+ views
    Anger after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected led to the biggest street demonstrations in the Islamic Republic's history. "Today the Iranian nation needs calm," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in his first address to the nation since the upheaval began. But the Ayatollah offered no concession to opposition supporters who are demanding the elections be cancelled and held again, sternly warning against further protests. He blamed Great Britain and Iran's external enemies for the unrest, vigorously defending the ruling system. "The enemies (of Iran) are targeting the Islamic establishment's legitimacy by questioning the election and its authenticity before and after (the...
  • Grand Ayatollah Threatens Mousavi-Show Unity OR ELSE

    06/18/2009 10:33:10 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 657+ views
    Its D-Day in Tehran. Friday the Muslim day of prayer is the day that everything will come to a head. According to reports the Grand Ayatollah has threatened Mousavi either stand beside him in a show of unity as he leads Friday's Prayers or be "cast out." To emphasize his point an the Ayatollah is busing an army of Basiji — Islamic volunteer militiamen. The demand was made at a meeting this week with representatives of all three candidates who claim that the poll was rigged, and it puts Mr Mousavi on the spot. He has become the figurehead of...
  • Khamenei Tells Mousavi To Toe The Line Over Election Or Be Cast Out

    06/18/2009 5:14:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 557+ views
    London Times ^ | June 18, 2009
    Khamenei tells Mousavi to toe the line over election or be cast out Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi (centre right) addresses supporters in Tehran Ella Flaye in Tehran, Catherine Philp and Martin Fletcher The moderate Iranian leader who says that he was robbed of victory in last week’s presidential election faces a fateful choice today: support the regime or be cast out. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, has told Mir Hossein Mousavi to stand beside him as he uses Friday prayers at Tehran University to call for national unity. An army of Basiji — Islamic volunteer militiamen —...
  • The Ayatollah Gets the Memo

    06/16/2009 6:36:46 PM PDT · by jazminerose · 1 replies · 425+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/15/2009 | Joy Tiz
    For many years, Iran has defined itself in part by its opposition to my country, and there is in fact a tumultuous history between us. In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government. “ Of all the opprobrious anti- American twaddle spewed by Barack Obama in his much exalted Cairo speech, this statement may be one of the most malignant. Obama essentially apologized for what was a colossal CIA success: the removal of Mohammad Mossadegh from power in Iran.
  • Iraq: Radical cleric becomes 'ayatollah'

    05/05/2009 3:52:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 661+ views
    AKI ^ | May 5, 2009
    Baghdad, 5 May (AKI) - Radical Iraqi Shia cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, is reported to have assumed the title of Grand Ayatollah after concluding his studies in the holy city of Qom in Iran. Sources close to the cleric's faction released the news to the Arab daily, al-Sharq al-Awsat. Around 70 supporters of al-Sadr on Sunday concluded a conference in the Turkish city of Istanbul where they elected new leaders and mapped out their future. Al-Sadr, who leads the Mahdi Army militia, also met both Recep Tayyip Erodgan, the Turkish prime minister, and president Abdullah Gul in Ankara on Friday during...
  • Iran Leader Says World Can't Stop Nuclear Progress

    03/20/2009 8:34:00 AM PDT · by Fennie · 9 replies · 782+ views
    Javno ^ | March 20, 2009
    Iran has shown world powers they cannot block its nuclear progress, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday, but he made no mention of a new message by U.S. President Barack Obama to his country. In a separate recorded speech to mark the Iranian New Year, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said global powers had reached a "dead end". But he too made no mention of Obama's videotaped offer of a "new beginning" of diplomatic engagement.
  • Hollywood film The Wrestler 'insults Iran'

    12/14/2008 7:12:14 PM PST · by melt · 15 replies · 1,052+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12/13/08 | telegraph.co.uk
    The country's media has reportedly condemned the film in part because of a fight sequence in which Rourke's character, Randy 'the Ram' Robinson, battles an opponent dubbed the Ayatollah. During the fight, the Ayatollah, played by actor and former professional wrestler Ernest "the Cat" Miller, waves an Iranian flag before ramming the pole under his opponent's neck. Rourke's character then grabs the flag and snaps the pole over his knee before tossing it into the crowd. Newspapers and websites in Iran say the Darren Aronofsky-directed film is just the latest manifestation of Western prejudice towards Iran in Hollywood films. Last...
  • Jailed ayatollah asks Pope to help free him

    09/26/2008 1:40:09 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 382+ views
    AKI ^ | 26 Sept. 2008 | Staff
    Iran's jailed Ayatollah Sayyid Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi has written a letter to Pope Benedict XVI and other religious leaders asking them to help secure his release. The ayatollah asked the pontiff to "...defend the divine credibility and spiritual sacredness" by asking the Iranian authorities to respect human rights. The letter was reportedly smuggled out of jail and distributed by the ayatollah's representative in Europe. It was also addressed to Israel's chief rabbi, the grand mufti of al-Azhar and the Saudi ulema of Dar al-Fatwa. Addressing the Muslim leaders, Kazemeini says that "Political Islam is erasing the word of God and...
  • OBAMA'S MONEY CZAR OWNS HOTEL HOSTING AHMADINEJAD

    09/19/2008 6:10:41 PM PDT · by MaryAnne · 6 replies · 210+ views
    OBAMA'S MONEY CZAR OWNS HOTEL HOSTING AHMADINEJAD Penny Pritzker, national finance chair of Barack Obama's presidential campaign, is the owner of the Hyatt, the hotel hosting the genocidal Hitler wannabee, Ahmadinejad. This is the latest in an assault on Israel and Jewish Americans. Obama and co. strong armed and bullied the craven organizers of the Anti-Ahmadinejad rally to disinvite Pro-Israel supporter Sarah Palin. Clearly Obama's chief fundraiser could refuse to host the Ahmadinejad at her hotel. Instead, she has rolled out the red carpet. It was bad enough that Obama would not send someone to represent him at the anti-Ahmadinejad...
  • Ayatollah: Iran won't stop nuke program

    05/05/2008 12:26:35 PM PDT · by freerepublic_or_die · 24 replies · 165+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | may 4,, 2008 | Staff
    Iran's top leader said his country would not bend to international pressure and give up its nuclear program, according to state television. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all state matters, said Iran would continue its nuclear program despite Western efforts to thwart it with sanctions. "No threat can hinder the Iranian nation from its path," he said. The UN Security Council has already imposed three sets of sanctions on Iran for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, an activity that has fueled suspicions Teheran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran claims its nuclear...
  • Iran ayatollah drops dead during election speech

    02/17/2008 1:58:56 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 101 replies · 360+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | Feb 17, 2008 | Staff
    TEHRAN, Feb 17, 2008 (AFP) — An Iranian ayatollah died suddenly of a heart attack during an impassioned speech lashing out at insults against the family of revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the run-up to elections, the press reported on Sunday. Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Tavassoli, a former head of Khomeini's office, died while delivering the speech to Iran's main arbitration body, the Expediency Council, of which he was a member, the Kargozaran daily reported. He had been responding to unprecedented ultra-conservative attacks against Hassan Khomeini, Ayatollah Khomeini's respected grandson, who had criticised mass disqualifications in the March election and...
  • Khamenei: God will punish Iranians who don't support nuclear program

    02/17/2008 1:54:31 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 147+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb 17, 2008 | AP
    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday that God would punish Iranians if they did not support the country's disputed nuclear program, state radio reported. "The Iranian people openly announce that they will defend their rights... God will reprimand them if they do not do so," state radio quoted Khamenei as saying. The 68-year-old ayatollah, who has the final say on all state matters, said Washington's claim that Iran was trying to build a nuclear weapon was false. The Iranian government has long insisted its nuclear activities are only for peaceful generation of fuel. "They know that Iran is...
  • Iran: AIDS rate doubles in the holy city of Qom

    01/14/2008 12:54:07 PM PST · by Squidpup · 28 replies · 241+ views
    Adnkronos International ^ | January 11, 2008 | AKI
    Tehran, 11 Jan. (AKI) - In the past year, the incidence of AIDS has doubled in the holy Shia city of Qom, second only to the Iraqi city of Najaf in religious significance. "The great share of the newly infected have contracted the HIV virus, not through using infected syringes, but through unprotected sexual relations," said Amir, Akbari, director of the city's health centre. In the past year the number of those affected by AIDS in Qom has risen from 177 to 324. Forty per cent of those infected are students from the theological colleges in Qom. In Iran, according...
  • Profile: Iran's Revolutionary Guards

    10/26/2007 11:59:58 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 12 replies · 209+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 10/26/2007 | news.bbc.co.uk
    Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) was set up shortly after the 1979 Iranian revolution to defend the country's Islamic system, and to provide a counterweight to the regular armed forces. It has since become a major military, political and economic force in Iran, with close ties to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a former member.
  • PUT BUSH ON TRIAL [Says "Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei."]

    09/15/2007 7:34:40 PM PDT · by familyop · 18 replies · 1,575+ views
    Gulf Daily News (Bahrain) ^ | 14SEP07 | Gulf Daily News
    TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday that US President George W Bush had been defeated in his Middle East plans and would one day stand trial for "atrocities" committed in Iraq. "Bush will one day be tried in court, just like deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, for his involvement in the Iraq tragedy. "A day will come that the current US president and officials will be tried in an international supreme court for the catastrophes they caused in Iraq," he added, as he spoke to thousands of worshippers during the first Friday prayer of Ramadan. Khamenei's remarks...
  • Ayatollah Khamenei Joins Forces With Democrats & MoveOn.org

    09/14/2007 11:30:27 AM PDT · by Stayfree · 7 replies · 550+ views
    We need some TV ads with cameo pictures of all the treasonous Dems (Clinton,Reid,Pelosi, etc.) huddled together around the Ayatollah as he rattles off their talking points in his speech or even a picture of him carrying a sign supporting MoveOn.org and the Demorats! Run it constantly...what a knockout punch to the heart of our enemies!!!