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  • 'If Khamenei could, he would inflict great harm on Israel,' Obama says

    08/13/2015 5:08:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/07/2015
    Nonetheless, the president told 'The New Yorker' that the Iranian government's behavior was not as extreme as its rhetoric suggests. In his latest attempt to sell the public on the merits of the Iran nuclear agreement, US President Barack Obama told an American news magazine earlier this week that he was not naive about the threats against Israel made by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Islamic Republic's supreme leader. “His ideology is steeped with anti-Semitism, and if he could, without catastrophic costs, inflict great harm on Israel, I’m confident that he would,” Obama told journalist Robin Wright of The New Yorker....
  • Iran publishes book on how to outwit US and destroy Israel

    08/05/2015 9:08:05 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | Aug 1, 2015 | Amir Taheri
    While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a new book called “Palestine,” a 416-page screed against the Jewish state. A blurb on the back cover credits Khamenei as “The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.” Khamenei makes his position clear from the start: Israel has no right to exist as a state. He uses three words. One is “nabudi,” which means “annihilation.”...
  • John Kerry: It’s ‘Very Disturbing’ How Ayatollah Keeps Saying He Wants to Destroy Us

    07/21/2015 8:52:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/21/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Secretary of State John Kerry admitted to Al-Arabiya that it’s “very disturbing” how Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continues talking about destroying the U.S. and Israel after signing the P5+1 nuclear agreement.Kerry said he would be pitching Gulf partners on “all of the ways in which this agreement, in fact, makes the Gulf states and the region safer.” “I will also discuss with them at great length the things that the United States of America is going to do, working with them, in order to push back against the terror and counterterrorism efforts and other activities in the region that are very...
  • Rudy Giuliani: “The ayatollah must go” (16 minute video)

    06/14/2015 11:52:13 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jun 13, 2015 | Iranncr
    FRANCE, Paris: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a Republican candidate in the 2008 US presidential elections, spoke at a major Iran Freedom rally in Villepinte on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The event was held at Parc des Expositions exhibition center. Giuliani said: "The ayatollah must go. He and Rouhani and Ahmadinejad and all of the rest of them should be put on trial for crimes against humanity for the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people they have killed, and it is about time we stop ignoring it. Where is our decency and morality? We have...
  • Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei: BFF

    06/06/2015 12:05:40 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 1 replies
    Israel National News ^ | June 2015 | Staff
    "Stick with me my son, and I will show you what must be done to put an end to Israel..."
  • Ayatollah Speaks to Teachers; They Chant: ‘Death to America! Death to England!…Death to Israel!’

    05/14/2015 7:33:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 14, 2015 | 10:10 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, addressed a gathering of Iranian teachers on May 6 who repeatedly responded to his address by chanting in unison: “Allah is great! Khamene’i is the leader! Death to the enemies of the leadership! Death to America! Death to England! Death to the hypocrites! Death to Israel!” According to an English-language transcript of the speech published by the BBC, the Iranian teachers interrupted the ayatollah with chants calling for death to America, England and Israel at three points in his speech. “We say that teachers carry out the task of the prophets; this is the...
  • Dem Rep. Schiff: Ayatollah's "Death to America" Chants "Could Be Read In A Couple Of Ways" (video)

    04/19/2015 10:57:44 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 18 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 19, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    On MSNBC's Sunday afternoon programming hosted by network anchor Alex Witt, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said "death to America" chants in Iran could be read "in a couple of ways," not necessarily in the literal sense. Schiff argued Ayatollah Khamenei's chants "really plays to the conservative crowd" in Iran. "Or, it could be of course that he really means it," Schiff also argued.
  • Iran's Holocaust Cartoon Contest Receives 839 Submissions (RoP Promotes Holocaust Denial)

    04/07/2015 8:03:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    i24 News ^ | April 07th 2015 | I24NEWS
    Iran Holocaust cartoon contest receives hundreds of submissions • Over 300 artists from Iran and countries such as France, China sent in entries for controversial competition Hundreds of people from Iran and around the globe submitted entries for the Islamic Republic's Second International Holocaust Cartoon Contest, a competition official announced Monday. "839 artworks have also been sent to the secretariat, 686 of them have been sent to the cartoon section and 153 more are related to caricature section," Secretary Masud Shojaei-Tabatabaii told the semi-official Fars News Agency, marking the second time since 2006 that the country has held the controversial...
  • Obama, Netanyahu and the Ayatollah

    04/03/2015 9:09:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/03/15 | Isaac Yetiv, Ph.D.
    The nuclear "deal" with Iran and The Israeli-Palestinian "peace process" The tempest that has recently blown over the US-Israel relations has one unique source, the personality and far-leftist ideology of one man, President Obama: his narcissistic belief and arrogant unilateral acts that are anathema to the American political system; his intolerance to dissenting views that brook no dissent from the other co-equal branch of government, the US Congress or from a foreign Prime Minister such as Netanyahu; his disdain of the US Constitution and his violation of its most cherished tenets; and his vindictive and punishing reactions against those who...
  • Tom Cotton did not send a letter to Iran or anyone else!

    03/19/2015 8:37:13 AM PDT · by richardtavor · 11 replies
    BillMoyers.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Gareth Porter
    The “open letter” from Senator Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican senators to the leadership of Iran, which even Republicans themselves admit was aimed at encouraging Iranian opponents of the nuclear negotiations to argue that the United States cannot be counted on to keep the bargain, has created a new political firestorm. It has been harshly denounced by Democratic loyalists as “stunning” and “appalling”, and critics have accused the signers of the letter of being “treasonous” for allegedly violating a law forbidding citizens from negotiating with a foreign power. But the response to the letter has primarily distracted public attention...
  • Iran selects new head of body in charge of 'Supreme Leader' position

    03/10/2015 2:45:16 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/10/2015 10:37
    Iran has selected a new figure to head its national Assembly of Experts, a body that governs the tenure of the Supreme leader, state news agency FARS reported on Tuesday. Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, a cleric who had served as the head of Iran's Judiciary branch between 1989 and 1999, was among other candidates considered for the position, both of whom are senior clerics in the Islamic Republic's regime and hold the title of Ayatollah. Yazdi's selection to this new position comes in light of reports that the current Supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, who suffers from stage four prostate cancer, was...
  • Iran's Khamenei: 'Increasing global hatred of Israel is a sign of divine help' [Zechariah 12]

    03/03/2015 3:47:26 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/3/2015 | Staff
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has claimed that heightened anti-Israel sentiments across the globe serve as a sign of "divine help" in the Islamic Republic's fight against its arch enemy. "Increasing global hatred of #Israel is a sign of divine help," he wrote late Monday on Twitter.Iran's leading cleric came out against the pro-Israel lobby, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the group's annual confab on Monday. The premier warned of the existential threat a nuclear Iran would pose to Israel during his speech at the AIPAC conference, which came ahead of his...
  • Report: Iran’s Supreme Leader Hospitalized in Critical Condition

    03/04/2015 10:48:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 82 replies
    INN ^ | 3/5/2015, 7:27 AM | Ari Yashar
    Just in time for Purim, the Jewish holiday celebrating the redemption of the Jewish people from plots of genocide in ancient Persia, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was reportedly hospitalized in critical condition on Wednesday. According to Arab media reports cited by Israel Hayom, Khamenei was urgently brought to a hospital in Tehran after several of his bodily systems had already failed. The reports add that the 76-year-old supreme leader of the Islamic regime has undergone surgery and remains in critical condition. Recently it has been reported that he was suffering from prostate cancer which had spread to additional...
  • Ayatollah: No Muslim Offenses Against Non-Muslims in Iran Since Islamic Revolution

    02/18/2015 7:34:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 18, 2015 - 4:30 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    Iran’s supreme leader seized on Islamic terrorists’ murder of Christians by asserting this week that since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Muslims in Iran have never committed offenses against non-Muslims. Religious freedom activists consider the Iranian regime to be among the world’s worst persecutors of Christians, Baha’i and other non-Shi’ite Muslim minorities. “In Iran after Islamic Revolution, there is no record of an offense being done by Muslims ag[ai]nst non-Muslims,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted to his one hundred thousand Twitter followers. …
  • Ayatollah 'Sent Secret Letter to Obama'

    02/14/2015 12:04:08 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 18 replies
    The Guardian (Reuters) ^ | February 14, 2015 09:17 GMT | Not Listed
    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has responded to overtures from Barack Obama amid nuclear talks by sending the US president a secret letter, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Citing an Iranian diplomat, the paper said the cleric had written to Obama in recent weeks in response to a presidential letter sent in October. Obama’s letter suggested the possibility of US-Iranian co-operation in fighting Islamic State if a nuclear deal was secured, the paper said, quoting the diplomat. Khamenei’s letter was “respectful” but noncommittal, it quoted the diplomat as saying.
  • Dem think tank secret email: ‘All hands on deck’ to sell Iran deal to public

    11/12/2014 6:56:39 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov 12, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Dem think tank secret email: ‘All hands on deck’ to sell Iran deal to public By Adam Kredo Published November 12, 2014 Washington Free Beacon A leading liberal think tank in Washington, D.C., has begun enlisting its associates in an “all-hands-on-deck effort to support” the Obama administration as it seeks to ink a nuclear deal with Iran by the end of the month, according to emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The Truman National Security Project, a nonprofit think tank with ties to the administration, is assembling a “crack team of writers” to flood national and local media outlets...
  • Top aide to Iran Supreme Leader may join Oman talks with John Kerry (16 days left until deadline)

    11/08/2014 2:03:56 PM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | 2 hours ago
    A top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may join talks in Oman between the United States and Iran in the coming days, in a sign that a breakthrough may be imminent in reaching a nuclear deal, Al-Monitor has learned. Ali Akbar Velayati, longtime foreign policy adviser to Khamenei and a former Iranian foreign minister, may join the talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union negotiator Catherine Ashton, in a signal that the Supreme Leader may be preparing to sign off on a deal, sources told Al-Monitor on...
  • Obama Wrote Secret Letter to Iran’s Khamenei About Fighting Islamic State

    11/06/2014 10:51:17 AM PST · by Dave346 · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 6, 2014 12:34 p.m. ET | Jay Solomon And Carol E. Lee
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama secretly wrote Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the middle of last month and described a shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, according to people briefed on the correspondence. Mr. Obama stressed to Mr. Khamenei that any cooperation on Islamic State was largely contingent on Iran reaching a comprehensive agreement with global powers on the future of Tehran’s nuclear program by a Nov. 24 diplomatic deadline, the same people say. The October letter marked at least the fourth time Mr. Obama has written Iran’s most powerful political and religious leader since...
  • Obama’s ‘Dear Ayatollah’ Letter: White House Won’t Talk on ‘Secret Conversations’

    11/07/2014 8:25:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/7/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama’s reported outreach to Iran to beseech the Islamic Republic to think about shared interests in fighting ISIS is raising eyebrows in Congress, where criticism of the administration is mounting over Obama’s reluctance to bring a nuclear deal before lawmakers.The Wall Street Journal reported [1] that Obama secretly wrote to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month, with the dual purpose of getting help on fighting ISIS and paving the way toward the Nov. 24 P5+1 nuclear-deal deadline.Khamenei has declared that Iran will never give up its nuclear program.The report emerged a few days before Secretary of State...
  • Obama writes private letter to Iranian leader

    11/07/2014 4:47:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 6, 2014 | Major Garrett
    By/Major Garrett/CBS News/November 6, 2014, 9:23 PM Obama writes private letter to Iranian leader WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials confirm President Obama sent a letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in mid-October, as first reported in the Wall Street Journal. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest would neither confirm nor deny the letter's existence. "I'm not in a position to discuss private correspondence between the president and any world leader," Earnest said Thursday. When asked about secret negotiations with Khamenei, Iran's top political and religious leader, Earnest said the White House "also" conducts private briefings with key members of Congress...
  • 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...