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  • Iran appoints hardliner Ahmad Jannati to lead powerful assembly

    05/24/2016 6:08:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Euronews ^ | 24/05/2016 11:12 CET
    Ahmad Jannati has been chosen to lead Iran’s new assembly of experts, the body which oversees the work of the country’s supreme leader and will elect his successor. Jannati was voted chairman of the 88-member Assembly with 51 votes. The 90-year-old is said to be dismissive of President Hassan Rouhani and his attempts to end Iran’s global isolation by normalizing ties with the West. He is also the leader of the Guardian Council, a hardline vetting body that disqualified thousands of reformists from standing in February’s elections for the assembly and parliament. …
  • Italy hides ancient museum nudes from Iranian president (dhimmitude)

    01/26/2016 11:59:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2016 2:50 PM EST | Frances D’Emilio
    A decision by Italian officials to cover up ancient nude statues to not offend Iran's visiting president is drawing ridicule in Rome. Ahead of a news conference Monday with Premier Matteo Renzi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, wooden panels were erected around some Roman statues in Rome's Capitoline Museums. When images of the cover-up made the Italian media Tuesday, politicians from across the spectrum decried and derided the decision. The museum said Tuesday that the premier's office wanted the statues along Rouhani's path to the news conference covered up. Renzi's office declined to comment. ...
  • The Real Iranian Moderates

    01/26/2016 2:20:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | January 26, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    Everyone loves to deal with moderates, especially when they represent a rare shift toward moderation for a rogue state. The trouble is that the concept of a moderate is relative. In dealing with the former Soviet Union we heard the term "Politburo moderates" over and over. Reaching out to this fabricated species was an excuse for being nice to despicable governments. In the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran, reaching out to "moderates" among the ayatollahs' inner circles has been a constant dream of American officials for the past 30 years. These moderates are supposed to be the...
  • Rouhani: All happy about deal except Israel, US hard-liners

    01/16/2016 10:51:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2016 1:39 AM EST
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the official implementation Saturday of the landmark deal reached between Tehran and six world powers has satisfied all parties except radical extremists. Speaking in the parliament in comments broadcast live on state television, Rouhani said, "In (implementing) the deal, all are happy except Zionists, warmongers, sowers of discord among Islamic nations and extremists in the U.S. The rest are happy." ...
  • TIME Announces Shortlist for 2015 Person of the Year

    12/09/2015 2:48:12 AM PST · by Daffynition · 37 replies
    Time ^ | Dec. 7, 2015 | Sarah Begley
    A shortlist of candidates chosen by TIME magazine*s editors for the 2015 Person of the Year was revealed on NBC*s TODAY show Monday morning. The eight contenders are, in alphabetical order:
  • U.S. Official: 'Psychological Blow' in ISIS Killing of Iranian General in Syria

    10/10/2015 10:47:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat October 10, 2015 | Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd
    The death of a top Iranian military commander in Syria this week has dealt a "psychological blow" to elements backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a U.S. intelligence official. The killing of a commander in the Revolutionary Guards Corps at the hands of ISIS also highlights the extent of Iranian involvement in Syria and the dire straits in which Assad finds himself, Washington-based analysts say. Brig. Gen. Hossein Hamedani was killed outside Aleppo, Syria, where he was advising the Syrian army in its fight against extremists, Iranian state media reported Friday. Iranian media carried messages of condolence from Iranian...
  • KSA Rubbishes Iran Criticism of Stampede

    09/28/2015 12:06:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Arab News ^ | Monday 28 September 2015
    Saudi Arabia firmly rejected Iran’s criticism of its handling of the Haj pilgrimage Saturday after Tehran demanded an inquiry into the Mina stampede. “I believe the Iranians should know better than to play politics with a tragedy that has befallen people who were performing their most sacred religious duty,” Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said, according to AFP. Al-Jubeir, delivering remarks along US Secretary of State John Kerry, insisted that Saudi Arabia was on top of the situation. “The Kingdom has had a long history of spending tremendous resources to care for the pilgrimage to ensure that the pilgrims who come...
  • A Warm Welcome Expected at U.N. for Hassan Rouhani of Iran (NY Slimes Barf Alert)

    09/27/2015 3:34:44 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | SEPT. 27, 2015 | Thomas Erdbrink
    President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly on Monday. Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times, looks at what message Mr. Rouhani has for international leaders and how it might be received. What’s different from the last time President Rouhani spoke to the General Assembly? Mr. Rouhani, Iran’s leader since 2013, now has something to show for his presidency at the assembly: He concluded a nuclear deal with six world powers, including Iran’s nemesis, the United States. And, for the first time in years, Iran can look forward to...
  • GOP opponents of nuclear deal couldn't find Iran on a map, says Rouhani (CNN barf alert)

    09/27/2015 3:06:30 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 3:07 PM ET, Sun September 27, 2015
    The Republican candidates for U.S. president who are attacking the nuclear deal with Iran could hardly find the country on a map, or know that Tehran is the capital, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Sunday. "Sometimes when I would have time, some of it was broadcast live and I would watch it -- some of it was quite laughable. It was very strange, the things that they spoke of," he said through an interpreter. "Some of them wouldn't even know where Tehran was in relation to Iran. Some of them didn't know where Iran was geographically,...
  • Iran's president uses UN speech to call for investigation into hajj stampede

    09/26/2015 10:12:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 26 September 2015
    Iran's president uses UN speech to call for investigation into hajj stampede Hassan Rouhani demands review of what caused the crush that killed more than 700 after Saudi Arabia’s top cleric reportedly absolves officials of blame Staff and agencies at the United Nations Saturday 26 September 2015 17.40 BST Iranian president Hassan Rouhani used a major United Nations speech on Saturday to demand an investigation into a crush that killed more than 700 people at the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. His remarks came after Saudi Arabia’s most senior cleric, the grand mufti, appeared to absolve the authorities of blame...
  • President Hassan Rouhani to Iranian parliament: Don’t make deal legally binding

    08/31/2015 7:45:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/31/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Over the weekend, the undecideds in Congress got another confidence-builder from Iran on the nuclear deal that Barack Obama and John Kerry insist they support. If Congress approves the deal, it carries legal weight in the US, at least for the next 16 months or so until the next President takes office. The Iranian parliament must be rushing to provide the same level of legal commitment, right? Right? Er … no, not really: President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday he opposes a parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn...
  • GOP turns to Hillary Clinton in bid to sink Iran deal

    07/10/2015 1:29:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/09/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans concede they are not likely to have enough votes to overturn President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran unless they can swing a key Democratic voice against the accord. They’re setting their sights on Hillary Clinton, vowing to tie her to the deal in hopes of pressuring her to oppose it. GOP leaders need 67 votes to override Obama’s expected veto and keep sanctions on Iran in place. The administration has not yet announced an accord but lawmakers expect it to come soon. “It could be a good policy strategy. It’s not going to be hard to come up...
  • Top Iranian Official: Obama is ‘The Weakest of U.S. Presidents’

    10/23/2014 1:35:51 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 23 OCTOBER 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Top Iranian Official: Obama is ‘The Weakest of U.S. Presidents’ Adviser to Iranian president mocks Obama’s ‘humiliating’ presidency Share Tweet Email AP BY: Adam KredoOctober 23, 2014 4:10 pmThe Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon.The comments by Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, come as Iran continues to buck U.S. attempts to woo it into the international coalition currently battling the Islamic State (IS, ISIL,...
  • Iran’s president: Nuclear talks a matter of heart

    01/04/2015 5:42:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2015 7:53 AM EST
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers are a matter of “heart”—not just centrifuges. […] He asked if “we are ready to stop some types of enrichment which we do not need at this time, does it mean we have compromised our principles and cause?” He responded by saying: “Our cause is not linked to a centrifuge. It is connected to our heart and to our willpower.” He later added that the discussion also involves “foreign policy interests, not principles and ideals.” …
  • Iran: Fall in oil prices is 'treachery'

    12/10/2014 7:55:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    AP ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of "treachery," in an apparent reference to regional rival Saudi Arabia, which opposed production cuts. Oil prices have plunged by more than 40 percent since June to around $65 a barrel, placing severe strain on Iran's economy, which is already hobbled by international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program. An OPEC meeting last month failed to reach agreement on production curbs, mainly because of Saudi opposition.
  • Iran set to execute woman accused of killing attempted rapist

    09/29/2014 10:57:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 29, 2014 | Lisa Daftari
    An Iranian woman sentenced to death for killing a man who tried to rape her told her mother goodbye and prepared to die, even as the Islamic republic’s president was meeting with world leaders at the United Nations. Rayhaneh Jabbari, 26, is set to be executed Tuesday, according to reports from Iran. On Monday, her mother, Shole Paravan, recounted on her Facebook page an emotional farewell call her daughter made when a sympathetic guard loaned her a cellphone before she was taken to Rajaiy Shahr Prison to be hanged. […] In April, a court postponed Jabbari’s execution in the face...
  • Senate votes to bar proposed Iran U.N. ambassador from country

    04/07/2014 5:46:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7 Apr 2014
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Monday seeking to bar Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador, Hamid Abutalebi, from entering the United States. The legislation, introduced by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, would prevent "known terrorists" from entering the United States to serve as U.N. ambassadors. The Democratic-controlled Senate passed the measure by a voice vote. The possibility that Abutalebi may have played a role in the 1979-1981 hostage crisis has outraged some of the U.S. Embassy workers held by the Iranians for 444 days. Several lawmakers had said they were infuriated that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would make such...
  • How to Secure a Proper Iranian Agreement

    12/08/2013 11:54:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | December 8, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    By now you have probably read and heard a flood of analysis on the interim deal the Obama Administration made with the Iranian government in coordination with five other governments. Except for two people who write for the New York Times, the reviews we have read are quite damning. The purpose of this column is neither to analyze the position of any parties nor to project whether this agreement will do harm to our allies in the region. They have certainly strongly expressed they were sold down the river by the agreement, but the only thing that they are hearing...
  • Ahmadinejad Challenges Rouhani to Public Debate

    12/03/2013 8:04:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 12/4/2013, 5:45 AM | Elad Benari
    Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has challenged his successor, Hassan Rouhani, to a debate intended to defend his eight-year record in office, reports the British Telegraph. In his first political intervention since stepping down last August, the former president expressed outrage at a recent televised speech in which Rouhani took aim at Ahmadinejad’s stewardship of Iran’s economy. Rouhani said that his predecessor had presided over “unprecedented stagflation” in an address made to mark his own administration's first 100 days at the helm. During Ahmadinejad’s presidency, Iran’s currency plummeted to an all-time low as the country faced a growing shortage of...
  • Khamenei hints he is not happy with Obama call

    10/05/2013 4:21:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10/06/13
    TEHRAN: Iran's top leader said on Saturday that some aspects of Hassan Rouhani's trip to New York last month were "not appropriate," but reiterated his crucial support for the president's policy of outreach to the West. The comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, summarized on Saturday on his website, came after hardliners criticized a 15-minute phone conversation between Rouhani and US President Barack Obama, a gesture aimed at ending three decades of estrangement between the two countries.

    10/05/2013 4:08:07 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 17 replies ^ | 4 Oct 2013 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    The Obama administration asked Congress on Thursday to delay a new round of sanctions against Iran, citing new negotiations and the progress made in recent overtures between President Barack Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Until now, the administration has claimed to pursue a "dual track" policy, in which it applied pressure through sanctions while at the same time remaining open to diplomatic progress. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that delaying sanctions could help create a window in which new talks could work. "We do believe it would be helpful...
  • State Dept. official urges Congress to delay new Iran sanctions

    10/05/2013 4:25:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | Oct 3, 2013 | Paul Richter
    A senior U.S. diplomat urged Congress to delay tough new Iran sanctions legislation until after upcoming negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program for fear of undermining the talks. President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke on the phone Friday about the new diplomatic effort after years of stalemate. The administration has been wary about Congress’ desire to keep hitting Iran’s economy with new sanctions, fearing too much pressure could threaten the international coalition that is now cooperating with sanctions.
  • A sad statesman || At UN, Netanyahu spoke to a world that refused to listen

    10/04/2013 6:53:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 02.10.13 - Oct 2 2013 | Ari Shavit
    Whether credible or not, the Israeli military threat made a major comeback in New York on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the UN General Assembly Tuesday night very different from his previous ones: It lacked reproach, gimmicks and thrills. The arguments were factual and germane. Passion was kept at bay. It was clear that the Israeli statesman speaking to a thinly populated hall in New York, and to an anemic American public opinion, was a sad statesman. Once...
  • Report: Israel Eyes Anti-Iran Security Pact with Gulf States

    10/04/2013 11:03:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    SpaceWar ^ | October 3, 2013 | Staff Writers
    Israel, alarmed at the prospect of a U.S.-Iranian rapprochement, is reported to be discussing the possibility of an anti-Iran alliance with longtime Arab adversaries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a project that could have immense ramifications in the Middle East. If talks are under way, they're in large part the result of many secret meetings between Israeli and Arab intelligence chiefs and other senior officials that have been held over several years, often in the Jordanian capital Amman. Senior Israelis have held meetings with prominent figures from a number of Persian Gulf and other Arab states in...
  • Granholm: Leaders in Iran, Syria ‘Acting More Rationally Than the House Tea Party Republicans’

    09/30/2013 2:35:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 30, 2013 - 1:03 PM | Melanie Hunter
    During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” on Sunday, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Syrian and Iranian leaders are behaving “more rationally” than “House Tea Party Republicans.” “It, to me, it is mind blowing this week that we see leaders of our most, biggest global adversaries, Iran, Syria, to your point, acting more rationally than the House Tea Party Republicans,” said Granholm. …
  • Netanyahu urges Obama to keep sanctions in place on Iran

    09/30/2013 11:54:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    reuters ^ | 9/30/13 | Matt Spetalnick and Jeff Mason
    (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged President Barack Obama on Monday to keep sanctions in place against Iran and to even tighten them if Tehran continues its nuclear advances during a coming round of negotiations with the West. Seeking to ease Israeli concerns about U.S. diplomatic engagement with Iran, Obama said Tehran must prove its sincerity with actions, not just words, and vowed to keep all options on the table, including the possibility of a military response. Netanyahu was hosted at the White House just three days after Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone...
  • No showdown, but Obama and Netanyahu did not bridge gaps on Iran’s nuclear program

    09/30/2013 11:43:42 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Debka ^ | September 30, 2013, 9:14 PM (IDT)
    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s get-together at the White House Monday, Sept. 30 turned into an amicable joust over their differences on how to handle Iran’s nuclear program without bridging them. As a friendly gesture to Israel, Obama said that no options, including the military one, were off the table for preventing Iran attaining a nuclear weapon, on which he and Netanyahu were agreed. He also agreed that Iran must prove its sincerity in actions, not just words. But they were nowhere near the “same page” as US officials have claimed. The prime minister insisted that Iran...
  • The ‘Historic’ Phone Call Was a Hostage Negotiation

    09/30/2013 8:27:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-29-13 | Michael Ledeen
    As advertised, Hassan Rouhani was the star of the week at the Great UN Circus. He knew it, and he treated his American hosts with arrogance and contempt, and was duly hailed as a peace-seeker. He spent hours and hours with diplomats (just not American ones), journalists, academic apologists such as Gary Sick, and anti-American rabble rousers like Louis Farrakhan, but he didn’t have time for President Obama. No matter. When the Iranians told the White House that Rouhani could squeeze in a few words on the phone, Obama eagerly called him up, thereby giving the journalists and apologists the...
  • Israel's Netanyahu Heads For The US With A Warning To The White House: Don't Be Fooled By Iran

    09/30/2013 9:00:19 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 30 Sept 2013 | Joseph Federman
    JERUSALEM — Mortified that the world may be warming up to Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking an unpopular message to the White House and the United Nations this week: Don't be fooled by Tehran's new leadership. Netanyahu contends Iran is using conciliatory gestures as a smoke screen to conceal an unabated march toward a nuclear bomb.
  • To the World, Netanyahu is an Extremist and Rouhani Moderate

    09/30/2013 7:36:20 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | September 25, 2013 10:08 am | Ronn Torossian
    There is a “moderate” world leader who married his cousin when she was only 14, in a country where some in the media do not even know her name. This man’s wife doesn’t participate in open society. His country arrests and abuses people of different religions than the country’s majority. He describes a nearby democracy as “an occupier and usurper government” that “does injustice to the people of the region, and has brought instability to the region, with its warmongering policies.” Under the rule of this new “moderate” leader, his country continues to enrich uranium, and continues to pursue nuclear...
  • Rouhani home with US ?gift? of silver griffin: reports

    09/29/2013 2:48:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | 9-28-13
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as ?a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said. ?The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said 'we have a gift for you',? Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported. ?They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation.? Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion....
  • Iran, Yes. Congress, No. Obama Won’t Budge for Hardliners at Home

    09/29/2013 1:19:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast's Politics Beast ^ | September 28, 2013 | Eleanor Clift
    After a remarkable day for diplomacy, it was time to deal with the hardliners at home. Eleanor Clift on the president’s dangerous standoff with his domestic ideologues. The contrast could not have been greater between a pair of diplomatic breakthroughs and the intransigence of Congress. Appearing in the White House briefing room Friday afternoon, President Obama said he had just spoken with Iranian President Rouhani, everything was on track for the nuclear issue, and the U.N. Security Council had reached a resolution that would ban Syria’s chemical weapons. Who could have imagined that negotiating with the Iranians and the Russians...
  • Susan Rice: Rouhani asked Obama to call him

    09/29/2013 12:29:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 27, 2013 | CNN Political Unit
    Rice told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that the Iranian delegation approached the Obama administration about a phone call between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The request came after indicating earlier in the week that a direct meeting at the UN General Assembly would not be possible due to Iran’s internal political reality.
  • President Obama: The Tale of Two Calls

    09/29/2013 9:05:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | September 29, 2013 | Kevin McCullough
    President Obama made news with two phone calls this week. On one of the calls he pledged fervent cooperation--even though he foresees difficult negotiations ahead. On the other, Obama warned the person on the other end the line that he could expect nothing but the back of his hand. On the first call, he admitted that "while there will surely be important obstacles to moving forward... [he] believe[d] the two parties could reach a comprehensive solution." (Comprehensive, mind you. Not partial, not segmented, but over-arching, all encompassing, and addressing the most important items to both sides. Hence, comprehensive.) On...
  • Obama Urges Iranian President to Release Pastor Saeed

    09/29/2013 7:32:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/28/2013 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR,
    In the first communication between the leaders of the United States and Iran since 1979, President Barack Obama on Friday spoke to President Hassan Rouhani by phone and called for the release of American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is in an Iranian prison because of his Christian faith and has been tortured. Obama, the first American leader to speak with an Iranian president since the Islamic revolution, noted the nation's concern about three American citizens who have been held within Iran in his 15-minute conversation with the Iranian president. The three include the missing U.S. citizen Robert Levinson, Pastor Saeed...
  • Netanyahu to Tell UN: Iran Has Enough Uranium for Nukes

    09/28/2013 11:13:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 9/29/2013, 5:00 AM | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to tell the United Nations General Assembly that Iran has enough uranium to produce nuclear weapons, according to the Sunday Times. An unnamed senior Israeli official was quoted as having told the newspaper that Netanyahu will say in his speech on Tuesday that Iran currently has 219 kilograms (482 pounds) of enriched uranium, which is enough to produce a nuclear weapon. … The Sunday Times also reported that during Netanyahu’s meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday, the Israeli prime minister will present Obama with an intelligence dossier containing evidence that Iran is...
  • How Rouhani Is Playing Obama [Clown Fails Again]

    09/30/2013 4:32:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/30/13 | John Bolton
    Monday ends the worst month of the Obama presidency. The Syrian diplomatic and political debacle was bad enough, but last week at the United Nations President Obama embarked on a campaign for “progress” with Iran that will prove much more dangerous for American interests. Just as Vladimir Putin had played him for a fool...
  • Obama’s Renewed Iranian Romance

    09/30/2013 5:28:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 30, 2013 | Joseph Klein
    Obama’s Renewed Iranian Romance Posted By Joseph Klein On September 30, 2013 @ 12:52 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Three days after being snubbed at the United Nations by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, President Obama made a hurriedly arranged telephone call to Rouhani last Friday as the Iranian president was heading to the airport to return to Tehran. This followed what Secretary of State John Kerry had described as his own “constructive” meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif the previous day. Obama couldn’t wait to tell reporters after his call with Rouhani how optimistic he was...
  • First Syria, now Iran; Obama being played for a fool

    09/30/2013 12:21:26 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 01, 2013 12:00AM | John Bolton
    <p>The Syrian diplomatic and political debacle was bad enough, but last week at the UN President Obama embarked on a campaign for "progress" with Iran that will prove much more dangerous for American interests.</p> <p>Just as Vladimir Putin had played him for a fool over Syria, Barack Obama was initially snubbed by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani despite frantic White House efforts to produce a handshake.</p>
  • Netanyahu and Obama From Oval Office Address Middle East Threats

    09/30/2013 12:58:54 PM PDT · by Zionista Feminista · 6 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | September 30, 2013 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    Just days after U.S. President Barack Obama became telephone buddies with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Israel’s Prime Minister urged Obama not to let up on the international sanctions imposed on Iran because even for diplomacy to work, “those pressures must be kept in place.” The two heads of country met in the Oval Office on Monday, September 30, and discussed several matters including the ongoing discussions between Israeli and Arab Palestinian negotiators, and the crises in Syria and Egypt. One of the primary topics of mutual concern was whether there has been a sea change in Iran’s dealing with...
  • Israel and Others in Mideast View Overtures of U.S. and Iran With Suspicion

    09/29/2013 6:21:28 AM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept 29, 2013 | Jodi Rudoren
    For Israel and Persian Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, President Obama’s telephone call with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Friday was the geopolitical equivalent of discovering your best friend flirting with your main rival. Though few nations have a greater interest in Mr. Obama’s promise to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, his overtures to Mr. Rouhani were greeted with alarm here and in other Middle East capitals allied with the United States. They worry about Iran’s sincerity, and fear that Mr. Obama’s desire for a diplomatic deal will only buy Iran time to continue a march toward...
  • Ted Cruz praises President Obama on Iran (misleading CNN title!)

    09/28/2013 3:55:20 PM PDT · by Innovative · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept 28, 2013 | BURGESS EVERETT
    As the Texas Republican senator works overtime to defund Obamacare in a government funding bill, Cruz also specifically commended Obama for raising the status of Pastor Saeed Abedini in his conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday. Obama noted U.S. “concern” with reuniting Abedini and two other American citizens believed to be held in Iran with their families, according to a White House official. “He did the right thing,” Cruz said of Obama. ... he (Cruz) urged passage of a congressional resolution that affirms the right for Israel to exist as a Jewish state and calls for the release...
  • Fate of top Iran nuclear negotiator in doubt (Resigned?)

    07/06/2005 9:45:02 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 1 replies · 178+ views ^ | Jul 6, 2005 | Paul Hughes and Parisa Hafezi
    Confusion Over Iran Negotiator TEHRAN (Reuters) - Confusion surrounded the future of Iran's top nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani on Wednesday with conflicting accounts over whether he had resigned. Rumors over Rohani's fate began circulating after the presidential election win on June 24 of hardline former Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who many diplomats and analysts expect to adopt a tougher nuclear policy stance. Citing an "informed source" the official IRNA news agency said on Wednesday Rohani had sent his resignation letter to outgoing President Mohammad Khatami. The report gave no reason for Rohani's decision to quit his post as secretary of...
  • New Iran Prez: Our Economic Problems All Israel's Fault

    06/17/2013 12:25:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/6/13 | David Levy
    Hassan Rohani, Iran's new President, is being termed a “moderate” in Western media, but it appears that his moderation stops when it comes to Israel. In his first speech as Iran's new leader, Rohani quickly launched into a diatribe against Israel, blaming the Jewish state for Iran's economic problems. Those problems largely have their roots in the sanctions imposed by the West on Iran, the result of the previous government's refusal to allow international inspectors into some of its nuclear facilities, and its insistence at enriching uranium at a level that would allow Tehran to build nuclear weapons. Western countries...
  • Rohani: Israel is an 'old wound' that should be removed

    08/02/2013 3:21:55 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 8/2/13
    Iran's new president says 'Zionist regime' is a 'wound that should be removed' as millions mark al-Quds Day. Netanyahu: Rohani's true face exposed sooner than expected Ahmadinajed: A devastating storm will uproot basis of Zionism Iran's new president has called Israel an "old wound" that should be removed in comments published just two days ahead of his inauguration and as millions of Iranians took to the streets to mark al-Quds Day. Hassan Rohani's remarks about Israel - his country's archenemy - echo those of other Iranian leaders. Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says Rohani spoke after taking part in an...
  • Obama to Rohani: May God be with you

    09/28/2013 2:13:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 83 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 09.28.13, 13:10
    “Have a nice day”—this is how Iranian President Hassan Rohani concluded his phone conversation with US President Barack Obama, the first direct contact between leaders of the two nations in over three decades. A message on Rohani’s Twitter page, which has since been deleted, stated that Obama answered in Farsi by saying “khodahafez” to indicate goodbye, whose literal meaning is “may God be with you.” The tweet was one of several Rohani posted after the historic phone conversation. He noted that Obama had phoned him and told him he was positive that relations between Iran and the US would have...
  • Reports: Rouhani Home with US 'Gift' of Silver Griffin

    09/28/2013 12:34:59 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 64 replies ^ | 9/28/13 | afp
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as "a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said. "The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said 'we have a gift for you'," Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported. "They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation." Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion....
  • Report: Shoe thrown at Iran's President Rouhani

    09/28/2013 9:21:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | September 28, 2013 | Shirzad Bozorghmehr
    * A protester throws a shoe toward Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, media report * The incident occurred at Tehran's airport as Rouhani returned from New York * Rouhani and U.S. President Barack Obama had groundbreaking conversation Friday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's arrival in Tehran Saturday was marked by an incident during which a shoe was thrown by a protester in his direction, Iran's semi-official Fararu news agency said. A group of Iranian protesters, opposed to dialog with the United States, were at Tehran's airport where Rouhani supporters had also gathered to welcome the president home, Fararu said. Rouhani left the...
  • Iran's 'Moderate' New President on Whether Holocaust a Myth: 'I'm Not a Historian'

    09/20/2013 7:57:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 19, 2013
    In an UNAIRED portion of an interview with NBC correspondent Ann Curry, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani did not refute his predecessor's claim that the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany was a "myth." "President [Mahmoud] Ahmadeinejad said that the Holocaust is a myth," said Curry, wearing a head scarf. "Do you agree?"
  • CNN Denies Mistranslating Rowhani Interview; Iranian state-run media said Rowhani

    09/25/2013 1:59:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/25/13 | : Alana Goodman
    CNN said it did not mistranslate Iranian President Hassan Rowhani’s comments about the Holocaust to make him sound more moderate during a Tuesday interview with Christiane Amanpour, contradicting a report that ran in Iran’s state-run news agency. According to the government-run Fars News service, CNN mistranslated Rowhani’s statements and downplayed his suggestion that the Holocaust was not an historical fact. CNN told the Washington Free Beacon that the translator who worked on the interview was actually hired by the Iranian government. According to the Fars News translation of Rowhani’s CNN interview, the Iranian president did not use the term “Holocaust,”...