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  • BUSH LINKS DEATHS OF AMERICANS TO IRAN

    02/15/2007 2:06:19 AM PST · by XR7 · 66 replies · 2,164+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 2/15/07 | RON HUTCHESON and MARGARET TALEV
    WASHINGTON | President Bush on Wednesday accused Iran of contributing to American deaths in Iraq and said, “I intend to do something about it.” But he insisted that he wasn’t looking for another war in the Middle East. Bush also acknowledged that he doesn’t know whether Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or other top Iranian officials have authorized the shipment of sophisticated roadside bombs to Iraq. The munitions, known as “explosively formed penetrators,” are one of the deadliest weapons used by Iraqi insurgents. Bush outlined the circumstantial evidence against Iran at a White House news conference dominated by questions on Iraq....
  • Anonymous Pulitzer Photographer Identified After 27 Years (Iranian photo of Kurd executions)

    12/03/2006 7:00:25 AM PST · by nuconvert · 40 replies · 4,890+ views
    WallSt.Journal ^ | Josh Prager
    Iranian photographer Jahangir Razmi, took 70 pictures of an execution in Kurdistan on Aug. 27, 1979. One picture (No. 20, below) won the Pulitzer Prize. It was, however, awarded to an unnamed photographer -- the only anonymous recipient in the 90-year history of the award. Mr. Razmi preserved 27 of the photos on a contact sheet and stowed it away in his home. Below are those photos -- made public for the first time. Photos: http://online.wsj.com/public/page/8_0004.html VIDEO - interview of WSJ reporter's story about identifying the photographer http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-iranpics0611-28.html
  • Iran: Parliament shortens Ahmadinejad's term

    12/03/2006 8:31:42 PM PST · by BigFinn · 120 replies · 5,974+ views
    YNET NEWS ^ | December 3, 2006 | Dudi Cohen
    Vast majority of Iranian lawmakers vote to move up presidential elections by 18 months, final say on matter up to Ahmadinejad's arch-rival. Will Ahmadinejad's term be cut short? The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to unite the presidential elections with the upcoming parliamentary ones, this according to the official Iranian news agency. The proposal, which passed with a surprising 80 percent majority, may cut the term of sitting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by 18 months. The bill must still be ratified by the Iranian constitutional committee, which is headed by former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ahmadinejad's arch-rival, a fact which many...
  • Ayatollah who backs suicide bombs aims to be Iran's next spiritual leader

    11/19/2006 4:01:44 AM PST · by MadIvan · 13 replies · 690+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | November 19, 2006 | Colin Freeman and Kay Biouki
    An ultra-conservative Iranian cleric who opposes all dialogue with the West is a frontrunner to become the country's next supreme spiritual leader.In a move that would push Iran even further into the diplomatic wilderness, Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, 71, who publicly backs the use of suicide bombers against Israel, is campaigning to succeed Grand Ayatollah Ali Khameini, 67, as the head of the Islamic state. Considered an extremist even by fellow mullahs, he was a fringe figure in Iran's theocracy until last year's election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a fellow fundamentalist who views him as his ideological mentor. He is...
  • Ayatollah Who Backs Suicide Bombs Aims To Be Iran's Spiritual Leader

    11/18/2006 7:46:45 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies · 822+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-19-2006 | Colin Freeman - Kay Biouki
    Ayatollah who backs suicide bombs aims to be Iran's next spiritual leader By Colin Freeman and Kay Biouki in Teheran, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:28am GMT 19/11/2006 An ultra-conservative Iranian cleric who opposes all dialogue with the West is a frontrunner to become the country's next supreme spiritual leader. Mohammad Mesbah-Yazdi In a move that would push Iran even further into the diplomatic wilderness, Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, 71, who publicly backs the use of suicide bombers against Israel, is campaigning to succeed Grand Ayatollah Ali Khameini, 67, as the head of the Islamic state. Considered an extremist even by...
  • Ahmadinejad: Israel’s destruction near

    11/13/2006 11:11:58 AM PST · by XR7 · 75 replies · 2,675+ views
    ynetNews ^ | 11/13/06
    According to the Iranian media Monday, Iranian President Mahoud Ahmadinejad declared that Israel was destined to ‘disappearance and destruction’ at a council meeting with Iranian ministers. “The western powers created the Zionist regime in order to expand their control of the area. This regime massacres Palestinians everyday, but since this regime is against nature, we will soon witness its disappearance and destruction,” Ahmadinejad said.
  • UPDATE on Ahyatollah Boroujerdi & Iran & North Korea

    10/09/2006 10:42:21 PM PDT · by FARS · 24 replies · 1,179+ views
    Sorry for the delay in this but I have been preoccupied with a few matters that have been developing. You have all heard by now that at 4 a.m. on Sunday, the Islamic Regime sent in various law and security enforcement agencies backed by armored vehicles, water cannon trucks spouting boiling water and even firing live rounds on the demonstrators to finally arrest Ayatollah Boroujerdi. Publicly treating him in a shameful and degrading manner after they had their hands on him. Several aspects and questions came to light: 1. To what extent were outside forces involved in this quite significant...
  • Iranian Alert - October 4, 2006 - Western military buildup underway in the Middle East

    10/09/2006 12:45:53 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,700+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.4.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Western military buildup underway in the Middle East. Global Research published a major report on the military build-up of conventional, ground, air, naval, and nuclear forces in and around the Middle East and Central Asia. The probability of another war in the Middle East is high. Caroline Glick, The Jerusalem Post reported that the clouds of the coming war are converging upon Israel. But our political and military leaders refuse to look up at the darkening sky.   US confident Russia and China will join in sanctions on Iran. The Washington Times reported that the United...
  • Iranian Alert - October 3, 2006 - Ahmadinejad's trouble at home and trouble making abroad

    10/09/2006 12:36:48 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 1,097+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.3.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ahmadinejad to shake up his cabinet. Iran Press News reported that a source close to Ahmadinejad's cabinet said that in the coming days vast changes will be taking place within the administration. The first to leave will be the oil minister; Vaziri Hamaneh is expected to be dismissed from the cabinet.   Ahmadinejad fails to deliver his economic miracle. Inter Press Service reported that Iranian citizens are wondering if Ahmadinejad will ever make good on an election promise to crack down on the corrupt and distribute Iran's vast oil revenues more equitably.BBC News reported that Iran's...
  • Iranian Alert - October 2, 2006 - Ahmadinejad plans huge increase in uranium enrichment

    10/09/2006 12:25:36 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 2 replies · 908+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.2.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ahmadinejad plans huge increase in uranium enrichment. ABC News reported that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said they want to install up to 100,000 centrifuges to process uranium gas for enrichment in order to produce nuclear fuel. Bush pleased with the Iran Freedom and Support Act The White House, Office of the Press Secretary reported that President Bush said "I applaud Congress for demonstrating its bipartisan commitment to confronting the Iranian regime's repressive and destabilizing activities by passing the Iran Freedom Support Act." Here are a few other news items you may have missed. The International Herald Tribune reported...
  • Iranian Alert - October 1, 2006 - Bush signs Iran Freedom and Support Act!

    10/09/2006 12:19:10 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 2 replies · 858+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.1.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Bush signs Iran Freedom and Support Act! The Washington Post reported that President Bush on Saturday signed legislation that would impose mandatory sanctions on entities that provide goods or services for Iran's weapons programs.The Associated Press reported that the US Senate finally passed the Iran Freedom and Support Act.The Library of Congress published the full text of the Iran Freedom and Support Act.   But does Condi support a change of regime in Iran? The Wall Street Journal reexamined their recent interview with Condi Rice in which he concludes: Her primary method for dealing with the...
  • Iranian Alert - September 29, 2006 - Photo evidence of Iran's coordinating Iraq's insurgency.

    10/09/2006 12:00:53 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,321+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.29.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Photo evidence of the Islamic Republic's coordinating Iraq's insurgency. Roads to Iraq and Iraqi blog reported that after a fierce battle in “Khan Bani Sa’ad” Diyala governorate north of Baghdad with “Mahdi Army”, Iraqi resistance succeeded to capture one of the “Mahdi Army”. They found a complete modern communications system manufacturing in the Ministry of Defense of Iran believed to be used as a direct contact with the Iranians. Photos.CNN News reported that a Shiite Muslim militia involved in the warfare between Sunni and Shiites in Iraq has received "millions of dollars" and an assortment of...
  • Iran: At least 40 followers of Ayatollah Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi arrested

    10/07/2006 6:42:49 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 1,201+ views
    Iran: At least 40 followers of Ayatollah Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi arrested Source: Amnesty International At least 41 followers of Shia cleric Ayatollah Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi were reportedly arrested in the courtyard of his house in Tehran during the morning of 28 September. They are thought to have been taken to Section 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran, which is run by the Ministry of Intelligence. One was reportedly later released. There are fears that the Ayatollah may be at risk of imminent arrest. On 30 June 2006 the Ayatollah conducted a large religious ceremony at the Shahid Keshvari...
  • An Ayatollah Under Siege … in Tehran

    10/07/2006 6:37:29 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 1,731+ views
    Iran va Jahan ^ | October 04, 2006 | Nazenin Ansari
    An Ayatollah Under Siege ... in Tehran October 04, 2006 OpenDemocracy Nazenin Ansari   The Tehran regime's persecution of a dissident Shi'a cleric and his supporters reveals not just its own ruthlessness but the depth of opposition to its rule, says Nazenin Ansari. 28 September 2006, 8am, Avesta Street, Tehran: seven women and thirty-four men, aged between 23 and 60, leave the modest house after having spent another cold night in its courtyard guarding Ayatollah Sayyid Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi - a cleric who has become a thorn in the side of the ruling ayatollahs in Iran. Unbeknownst to them, they...
  • Iranian Alert - September 28, 2006 - The Islamic Republic unveils an advanced cannon.

    10/04/2006 12:15:12 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 1,335+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.28.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran wins another round in the nuclear crisis with the West. ISN Security Watch reported that while a temporary suspension of uranium enrichment would boost diplomatic efforts with Iran, the UN and EU seem to have thrown in the towel, offering talks without suspension and betraying their weak position.Reuters reported that president of the Islamic Republic, Ahmadinejad, said on that Tehran would not suspend nuclear enrichment despite pressure from the West. He said: "Today, Western countries want us to suspend our nuclear technology, but we say to them that we will never give it up."Bill Gertz,...
  • Iranian Alert - September 27, 2006 - Pentagon report critical of US broadcasts into Iran

    10/02/2006 11:58:53 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 888+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.27.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Pentagon report critical of US broadcasts into Iran.   Mercury News reported that a Pentagon unit has drafted a report charging that U.S. international broadcasts into Iran aren't tough enough on the Islamic regime.   The US military on the Islamic Republic's military.   Middle East Newsline reported that the US military officials have assessed that Iran's military was the second most powerful in the Middle East.   Russia finally sets a startup date for Iran's nuclear power plant.   Bloomberg reported that Iran's first nuclear power plant, a Russian-built project, will begin operating by September...
  • Iranian Alert - September 26, 2006 - "Islam is not compatible with democracy." Next Supreme Leader?

    09/27/2006 8:58:52 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,313+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.27.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story "Islam is not compatible with democracy.” - The next Supreme Leader? The New York Times reported concern that Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, is trying to expand his already growing power by packing the "assembly of experts" (which has the power to elect the Supreme Leader) with his loyalists. He said: “Democracy means if the people want something that is against God’s will, then they should forget about God and religion.”   BBC radio's pro-Islamic Republic campaign of misinformation. Ardeshir Dolat reported that the BBC radio 4 in Britain has started a campaign of misinformation on Iran. Its...
  • Iranian Alert - September 25, 2006 - Is Iran about to launch a war in northern Iraq?

    09/25/2006 10:21:52 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 14 replies · 1,451+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.25.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Is Iran about to launch a war in northern Iraq? DEBKAfile reported that a new Middle East war is in the offing with Turkish and Iranian air units are poised for an imminent coordinated invasion of the northern Iraqi Kurdistan. The report claimed Iranian and Turkish assault troops are already deployed 7-8 km deep inside Iraqi territory.   The EU/Iran have weeks to agree on an agenda for more talks. Reuters reported that France said that EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran had weeks rather than months to agree an agenda for talks about...
  • Iranian Alert - September 24, 2006 - EU3 cave into Iran

    09/25/2006 9:21:54 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 2 replies · 772+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.24.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story EU3 cave into Iran. Reuters reported that France, Britain and Germany would be willing to begin talks with Iran even if it has not suspended its nuclear enrichment program first, but Washington would not take part.   Islamic Republic tries to crush new Azeri dissent. Regnum reported the arrest of five Azeri after troops were deployed by the authorities in order to prevent massive rallies by Azeri’s against opening new schools in Farsi.   Pakistan surrenders region to Taliban and Al Qaeda? Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & Bill Roggio, The Weekly Standard reported that the government of Pakistan...
  • Iranian Alert - September 23, 2006 - Ahmadinejad: Rabbis more critical of 'Zionists' than Iran

    09/23/2006 11:23:10 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 16 replies · 1,179+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9/23/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Iranmania LONDON, September 23 (IranMania) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said rabbis are criticising the 'Zionist' regime more than the Islamic Republic of Iran, IRNA reported. Speaking to reporters after his 10-day visit to Senegal, Cuba, Venezuela and the UN General Assembly in New York, the president said he held a lengthy meeting with Jewish clerics in the US. "They expressed their concerns to us over the behaviour of the Zionists," he added. The president also said that during the visit, he explained Iran's principled stand on a host of issues during meetings with various groups...