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  • Youcef Nadarkhani Executed: Pastor Hanged in Iran for Being Christian (Unconfirmed)

    03/03/2012 1:31:16 PM PST · by soozla · 72 replies · 1+ views
    The "Religion of Peace" strikes again...........
  • Ahmadi-Nejad critics lead in Iran poll results

    03/03/2012 10:50:59 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Financial Times ^ | March 3, 2012 2:46 pm | Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Monavar Khalaj in Tehran
    Iran’s fundamentalists, who are harshly critical of president Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, have led the early results of Friday’s parliamentary elections.Analysts, however, are cautious in calling Iran’s president a big loser and stress his political weight in the next 290-seat parliament remains unclear and complicated.
  • U.S. Approves Wheat Sale to Iran Before Elections (also "not clear how Iran will pay for it")

    03/03/2012 9:41:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 3, 2012 | Shawn Humphrey
    The U.S. Agriculture Department sale of 120,000 tons of red winter wheat to Iran will be delivered by May 31. It is not clear how the country will pay for the wheat given monetary sanctions and it is not certain the Treasury Department approved the deal in advance, as required.
  • Bunker-busting: Smart concrete (Iran)

    03/03/2012 7:17:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Economist, UK ^ | Mar 3rd 2012
    Bunker-busting Smart concrete Iran makes some of the world’s toughest concrete. It can cope with earthquakes and, perhaps, bunker-busting bombs A DUAL-USE technology is one that has both civilian and military applications. Enriching uranium is a good example. A country may legitimately do so to fuel power stations. Or it may do so illegitimately to arm undeclared nuclear weapons. Few, however, would think of concrete as a dual-use technology. But it can be. And one country—as it happens, one that is very interested in enriching uranium—is also good at making what is known as “ultra-high performance concrete” (UHPC). Iran is...
  • China:We Love Iran

    03/02/2012 10:31:44 PM PST · by U-238 · 3 replies
    Strategy page ^ | 3/2/2010 | Strategy Page
    In Tibet, Internet and mobile phone controls have been increased. This is in anticipation of more separatist demonstrations. Such unrest has been growing over the last year. In that time, at least 22 Buddhist monks have set themselves on fire, which usually triggers anti-government riots and demonstrations. The ethnic Tibetans behind this unrest use the Internet and mobile phones to organize events and avoid arrest. Perhaps as a result of the increasing internal unrest, China has been less aggressive against its neighbors this year. Nevertheless, the government has allowed news stories of special training, to take or defend disputed islands...
  • Iran parliament vote seen bolstering Supreme Leader

    03/02/2012 8:54:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 2, 2012 7:05pm EST | Parisa Hafezi and Zahra Hosseinian
    Iranians wrapped up a parliamentary election likely to reinforce Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's power over rival hardliners led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iranian leaders were looking for a high turnout at Friday's poll to ease a crisis of legitimacy caused by Ahmadinejad's re-election in 2009, when widespread accusations of fraud plunged the Islamic Republic into the worst unrest of its 33-year history. Iran also faces economic turmoil compounded by Western sanctions over a nuclear program that has prompted threats of military action by Israel, whose leader meets U.S. President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday. The vote...
  • Photo: The Bravest, Craziest, Most Ironic Voter in Iran's Election Today

    03/02/2012 5:28:27 PM PST · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Mar 2, 2012 | Max Fisher
    In the mass theater piece that is today's parliamentary election in Iran, one of the players showed up with an unwelcome prop. A young man voted in Tehran this morning, as shown in the above photo, while wearing a t-shirt that would be considered ironic in the U.S. but seems downright rebellious in Iran. In case you can't make it out, the shirt reads, "God Bless America / Toby Keith / Pre-Concert Party / October 8, 2004." There's an American flag on the shirt, which is a bold fashion choice any day in Iran, but especially on a day when...
  • Why No Coverage of This Odd Obama Remark about Religion? ("Islam demonstrates religious tolerance")

    03/02/2012 6:22:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 03/02/2012 | Fred J. Eckert
    As the media were blanketing airwaves and newspapers with nonstop coverage of old controversial religion-related remarks by Rick Santorum, something happened that compelled the media to also raise questions about a far more controversial remark that President Obama had made regarding religion. Did you miss the widespread news coverage these past days in which that really odd comment that Obama made about religion came back to embarrass him and embroil him in great controversy? Yes, you missed it -- such coverage never occurred. It should have -- and the fact that it didn't tells yet another distressing story about the...
  • Friday Political Grab Bag: Obama To Israel, Iran - 'I Don't Bluff'

    03/02/2012 6:45:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies ^ | 3/2/2012 | Frank James
    President Obama tells both Israel and Iran through an interview with The Atlantic that "as president of the United States, I don't bluff," when he leaves open the possibility of a U.S. military strike against Iran's nuclear program. Obama made the comments shortly before a scheduled meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, during which he will stress there's no need for an Israeli attack on Iran, and an appearance before AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby. It also occurs during an election year when the votes of Jewish Americans could be crucial in Florida and elsewhere.
  • Obama heckled on Iran at NYC fundraiser [NO mention of this by network buttkissers?]

    03/02/2012 6:24:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/1/2012 | Donovan Slack
    As President Obama spoke to hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings packed into a steamy home furnishings showroom in New York Thursday, a woman in the crowd apparently felt it important to air her views. "Use your leadership!" she yelled out, according to a pool report. "No war in Iran!" The president, smiling, responded, "Nobody's announced a war, young lady. But we appreciate your sentiment. You're jumping the gun a little bit." The exchange occurred at a star-studded campaign fundraiser at ABC Carpet & Home, where the hosts included Deepak Chopra and Russell Simmons, among others, and the program included performances...
  • Obama to Iran and Israel: 'As President of the United States, I Don't Bluff'

    03/02/2012 5:44:05 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 44 replies · 188+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 2 March 2012 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    Dismissing a strategy of "containment" as unworkable, the president tells me it's "unacceptable" for the Islamic Republic of Iran to have a nuclear weapon. At the White House on Monday, President Obama will seek to persuade the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to postpone whatever plans he may have to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities in the coming months. Obama will argue that under his leadership, the United States "has Israel's back," and that he will order the U.S. military to destroy Iran's nuclear program if economic sanctions fail to compel Tehran to shelve its nuclear ambitions. In the most extensive...
  • Reza Kahlili’s Opinion on How to Combat Iran Part Three

    04/16/2010 9:39:31 AM PDT · by nhungerford · 153+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | 4/16/10 | Elise Cooper
    Do military servicemen and women have a First Amendment right to speak out on matters of public policy? That issue has been raised in a recent incident involving Marine Corps Sergeant Gary Stein. It’s an increasingly important question because new social media networking tools have empowered each and every individual with the tools of mass communication. As such, Sergeant Stein’s case is hardly unique. Nor will it be the last. Indeed, empowered with new 21st century communication technologies, more and more military members are speaking out and writing about contentious issues. They are doing so, moreover, in ways that conflict...
  • On Israel And Iran

    03/01/2012 7:36:18 AM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 3+ views
    My Take On Financial Events ^ | 3-1-2012 | Bruce Krastering
    On Israel And IranMarch 1, 2012Bruce Krastering A very big question mark hanging over the global table is what the hell is going to happen between Iran and Israel. I spoke with a fellow in Europe I know who has an informed opinion. There were no secrets discussed, but his thoughts on some of the variables including Syria, bunker bombs and timing were interesting. Will Israel allow Iran to develop a nuke? Not a chance in hell. What is the “over - under on timing”? Certainly less than two years. Does Israel have the capacity to take out concrete hardened...
  • Fear grow of Israel-Iran missile shootout

    02/29/2012 10:45:25 PM PST · by U-238 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/29/2012 | Robert Windrem
    With tensions between Israel and Iran running sky high over the latter's nuclear program, U.S. officials and military analysts are growing increasingly concerned that Israel will launch a multi-phase air and missile attack that could trigger waves of retaliatory missile strikes from Tehran. Such a shootout could quickly spiral into a regional conflict that would potentially force the U.S. to intervene to protect its interests. The emerging consensus among current and former U.S. officials and other experts interviewed by NBC News is that that an Israeli attack would be a multi-faceted assault on key Iranian nuclear installations, involving strikes by...
  • Key General: White House Briefed on Iran Target Options

    02/29/2012 6:38:38 PM PST · by U-238 · 26 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | 2/29/2012 | John T. Bennett
    The Air Force has provided the White House with options for a strike against Iran's nuclear weapons sites, but a former top Pentagon official is warning America and Israel lack the weaponry to halt Tehran's atomic arms program. Iran's defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons "has the attention of the [Joint] Chiefs and other national security officials," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz told reporters Wednesday. "Our obligation is to provide options" to the defense secretary and the president, Schwartz said, "and we have done that." President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have said for months they will...
  • Iran warns Azerbaijan over Israeli 'arms buy': reports

    02/29/2012 5:58:56 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Iran challenged Azerbaijan on Tuesday over $1.5 billion in arms it said were purchased from arch-foe Israel, state media reported, in a sign of further strains between the neighbouring countries. Azebaijan's ambassador to Tehran was called in to the foreign ministry to explain the weapons and to receive a warning that Israel must not be permitted to use Azerbaijan to stage "terrorist acts" against Iran. -excerpt- The reports came a week after police in Azerbaijan said they arrested an unspecified number of people linked to Iran and to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on suspicion of planning attacks in the...
  • Iraq Violence Kills Eight

    02/29/2012 9:10:42 AM PST · by combat_boots · 4 replies · 1+ views
    AFP via Al Manar ^ | 2/29/2012 | Local Editor
    Eight people were killed on Wednesday, including four security forces, in different attacks across Iraq. In Baghdad, a car bomb in the eastern Ameen neighbourhood killed three people and wounded at least nine, security and medical officials said. Another car bomb in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, 175 kilometers north of Baghdad, struck as an army-police patrol was passing. Four security force members -- an army lieutenant colonel, another soldier and two policemen -- were killed, and two soldiers, a policeman and a civilian were wounded, according to Lieutenant Colonel Jassim al-Bayati of Tuz police and Dr Hidayet Mustafa at...
  • Taking Out Dictators

    02/29/2012 9:02:02 AM PST · by combat_boots · 8 replies
    NRO ^ | 2/29/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Our interventions follow certain patterns. Do Syria and Iran fit them? In the past 40 years, the United States has intervened to go after autocrats in Afghanistan, Grenada, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Panama, Somalia, and Serbia. We have attacked by air, by land, and by a combination of both. In the post-Vietnam, post–Cold War era, are there any rules to guide us about any action envisioned against Syria or Iran — patterns known equally to our enemies? 1. The target cannot have nuclear weapons. Strongmen in Pakistan and North Korea by virtue of their nukes are exempt from American reaction (unlike...
  • Report documents Iran's efforts to quell opposition heading up to elections

    02/29/2012 8:04:35 AM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Feb. 27, 2012
    Iran has arrested filmmakers, bloggers, minorities and lawyers and imposed limits on the public's use of the Web to try to squelch dissent and contact with the outside world ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections on Thursday, the human rights group Amnesty International reported Monday. Iranian authorities have detained more than 10 journalists, writers and bloggers, as well as members of religious and ethnic minorities since campaigning began, apparently to dissuade people from criticizing the government or participating in protests to mark the anniversary of "Arab Spring" uprisings around the Mideast, Amnesty said in a 71-page report. The authorities also...
  • 'Singapore assassination plot against (Israeli Defense Minister) Barak foiled' (Hezbollah-Iran)

    02/29/2012 7:17:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | February 29, 2012 | Yaakov Katz
    A plot to assassinate Defense Minister Ehud Barak was foiled by Singaporean authorities in cooperation with the Mossad, during his visit to the island country earlier this week, according to a Kuwaiti newspaper report. The report in Al Jarida, claimed that three members of a Hezbollah-Iranian terror cell were arrested by Singapore’s security agencies.
  • The Dual Prophecies of Iran

    02/29/2012 6:55:53 AM PST · by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed · 11 replies
    Prophecy Depot ^ | February 21, 2012 | Bill Salus
    Welcome to part two of this study regarding Iran in Bible prophecy. Part one, called “Why Iran’s Absent from Psalm 83,” lodged logical explanations as to why Iran is not part of the Psalm 83 Arab – Israeli war. Part two provides logistical reasons by demonstrating that Iran seemingly faces a double jeopardy in the days to come. This entire study is taken from the commentary of Revelation Road, Hope Beyond the Horizon. Even though Iran appears to be absent from the climactic, concluding Arab-Israeli War, they are not excluded from two other significant end-time’s events. The one most widely...
  • Israeli ultra-Orthodox say they won’t be drafted (political crisis for Netanyahu?)

    02/29/2012 6:36:30 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 21 replies ^ | 2-27-2012 | Amy Teibel, Associated Press
    Ultra-Orthodox parties inside Israel’s government say they will oppose any new law that would apply Israel’s compulsory military draft to ultra-Orthodox men — a stance that bodes ill for the stability of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition. Last week, Israel’s Supreme Court overturned a law that has helped tens of thousands of religious men avoid military service and pursue state-sponsored religious studies instead. The privilege has created widespread resentment among Israel’s secular majority and encouraged ultra-Orthodox men to become lifelong students, reducing their large families to living off state handouts.
  • Top Iran Official: Enemies Will Face 'Rainy Day' Weapons In Case Of Attack

    02/29/2012 5:23:56 AM PST · by edpc · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 28 Feb 2012 | Haaretz
    Iran is prepared with hidden "rainy day" military capabilities it is saving for when it is attacked, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Tuesday, warning potential enemies of a "new environment" created by Iran's developing arms industry. Earlier Tuesday, a U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions between top Israeli officials and Pentagon counterparts said that Israel indicated it would not warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.
  • Syria - The Golden Report

    02/29/2012 5:05:00 AM PST · by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed · 2 replies
    The Golden Report ^ | February 27, 2012 | Jerry Golden
    It's said that the Devil is in the details. In this case we have two devils fighting each other and it's not easy to decide which one you should be rooting for. The Assad Alawite Government controlled by the Baath Party is perceived by the Western Media as the Devil and should be taken down - that the poor helpless Syrian civilians are being killed by the thousands. There is some truth to that but it is truth with a lot of spin and the real question is why the real whole truth is not being told? Before I get...
  • WikiLeaks: Russia Gave Israel Iranian System's Codes

    02/29/2012 4:47:44 AM PST · by edpc · 12 replies · 1+ views
    YNet ^ | 29 Feb 2012 | YNet
    WikiLeaks has released an email exchange between employees of Stratfor, the US-based global intelligence company, which reveals Israel and Russia made a deal to swap access codes for defense and surveillance equipment. According to the leaked document, Israel gave Russia the "data link codes" for unmanned aerial vehicles that the Jewish state sold to Georgia, and in return, Russia gave Israel the codes for Tor-M1 missile defense systems that Russia sold Iran.
  • US Treasury Department cuts Iran's cash pipeline,sources say

    02/29/2012 4:23:17 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    The U.S. Treasury Department disrupted a Dubai-based banking operation that Washington believes had become Tehran's primary conduit for evading international sanctions and processing its oil sales, according to people briefed on the operation. The effort was particularly sensitive because the targeted institution in the United Arab Emirates is partly owned by the local government of Dubai, a close U.S. ally. The chairman of the bank, called the Noor Islamic Bank, is the son of Dubai's ruler.
  • Why Jews Are Fleeing Venezuela

    02/29/2012 2:17:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 28, 2012 | Jaime Daremblum
    Much like Fidel Castro, his ideological soulmate, Hugo Chávez is fond of denouncing his critics as “fascists” and “Nazis,” regardless of whether those critics are U.S. lawmakers on Capitol Hill, heads of state in Europe, or opposition presidential candidates in Venezuela. Yet in his militarization of society, his promulgation of chauvinistic nationalism, and (above all) his persistent use of anti-Semitic demagoguery, Chávez himself is much closer to 1930s-style fascism than any of his democratic opponents. Consider the ongoing efforts to smear Henrique Capriles, the man who will represent the Coalition for Democratic Unity (MUD) in Venezuela’s October 2012 presidential election....
  • Russia gave Israel Iranian system's codes

    02/29/2012 1:42:44 AM PST · by U-238 · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Ynet ^ | 2/28/2012 | Ynet
    WikiLeaks has released an email exchange between employees of Stratfor, the US-based global intelligence company, which reveals Israel and Russia made a deal to swap access codes for defense and surveillance equipment. According to the leaked document, Israel gave Russia the "data link codes" for unmanned aerial vehicles that the Jewish state sold to Georgia, and in return, Russia gave Israel the codes for Tor-M1 missile defense systems that Russia sold Iran. In a document by a Stratfor employee dated February 2009 she says that she had met with a "Mexican source/friend" who told her that Israel and Russia had...
  • Iran says making nuclear bombs a "great sin"

    02/28/2012 7:52:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:45pm EST | Caroline Copley
    Iran, facing growing international pressure over its nuclear program, called for more talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Tuesday and condemned production of atomic weapons as a "great sin." Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful but negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have stalled and Western powers have grown increasingly concerned over the possible military dimensions of Tehran's atomic work. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, in a speech to the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, said he expected talks to continue and that he was optimistic they would proceed in the right direction. "I...
  • Obama To Iran Green Revolution Dissidents: Drop Dead

    02/28/2012 7:50:11 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    During their brutally suppressed protests in 2009, Iranian freedom fighters sent the White House an urgent memo calling for help. Under Obama, America ignored it. 'So now, at this pivotal point in time, it is up to the countries of the free world to make up their mind," Iranian opposition leaders told the Obama administration in an eight-page memo in 2009. "Will they continue on the track of wishful thinking and push every decision to the future until it is too late, or will they reward the brave people of Iran and simultaneously advance the Western interests and world peace."...
  • AP source: Israel won't warn US before Iran strike

    02/27/2012 6:46:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2/27/12 | KIMBERLY DOZIER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israeli officials say they won't warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill. Israeli officials said that if they eventually decide a strike is necessary, they would keep the Americans in the dark to decrease the likelihood that the U.S. would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel's potential attack. The...
  • Santorum: Strike Iran Before It Has Nuclear Weapons

    02/27/2012 5:36:10 PM PST · by writer33 · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 02/27/12 | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the United States must be prepared to use missile strikes and air strikes against the Iranians if they continue their nuclear weapons development program. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV on the eve of the Michigan and Arizona primaries, Santorum was asked what actions he would take today to address the Iranian nuclear threat. “I would work hand in glove with the Israelis trying to discern the state of the Iranian nuclear program and then I would take actions accordingly,” he says.
  • How Israel might strike at Iran

    02/27/2012 2:28:08 PM PST · by mandaladon · 9 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 27 Feb 2012 | Jonathan Marcus
    For all the myriad challenges facing Israel over the past decade it is the potential threat from a nuclear-armed Iran that has preoccupied the country's military planners. It is this that in large part has guided the development of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) over recent years. The IAF has purchased 125 advanced F-15I and F-16I warplanes, equipped with Israeli avionics and additional fuel tanks - tailor-made for long-range strike missions. In addition, Israel has bought specialised bunker-busting munitions; developed large, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft; and much of its training has focused on long-range missions. Israel has a track-record of pre-emptive...
  • Obama, Iran in secret nuclear deal

    02/27/2012 1:14:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/27/12 | Reza Kahlili
    My sources inside Iran tell me that President Obama, seeking to protect the recovering U.S. economy and bolster his chances of being re-elected in November, apparently has entered into an informal agreement with Iran that he believes will defuse the nuclear weapons crisis and keep Israel from attacking the Islamic regime. The agreement calls for the United States to acknowledge that Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons, and for Iran to hand over its highly enriched uranium, which is necessary for nuclear weaponization. Iran, for its part, though engaging Obama, has no intention of abiding by the agreement and is...
  • Here Comes Obama's 3 AM Phone Call

    02/27/2012 10:29:48 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 2-27-2012 | James Lewis
    Here Comes Obama's 3 AM Phone Call By James LewisFebuary 27,2012 In the next 60 days Obama's presidential career will finally meet that concrete wall of reality. He will either fail or survive. Trouble is, he might take many innocent people with him if he fails. So far, the most hyped-up and unqualified president in US history has shown no capacity at all to act, in the face of a do-or-die challenge. This is the ultimate test of character, the one that John F. Kennedy met well enough in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. This is the test that Jimmy...
  • It’s No ‘Potemkin’ Nuclear Enrichment Plant

    02/27/2012 7:55:50 AM PST · by nuconvert
    AEI/ IranTracker ^ | Feb. 22, 2012 | Maseh Zarif
    An unnamed senior U.S. official responded to a report that Iran is building out the Fordow enrichment plant by describing the facility “as a ‘Potemkin’ plant, a façade that could not operate and was under close watch by the International Atomic Energy Agency,” according to NBC News. That characterization is grossly misleading. Iran has accelerated its uranium enrichment activities at the Fordow facility, the once covert site buried into a small mountain outside of Qom, since the last IAEA report that detailed the regime’s weaponization work. It began producing uranium enriched to 20 percent there earlier this year, according to...
  • Israel, Kurdish fighters destroyed Iran nuclear facility, email released by WikiLeaks claims

    02/27/2012 7:49:45 AM PST · by Heuristic Hiker · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz (via Drudge) ^ | Feb. 27, 2012 | By Anshel Pfeffer and Ron Ben-Tovim
    In one of the emails from November 2011, Startfor officials discuss the explosion at an Iranian missile base near Tehran and quote a source who "was asked what he thought of reports that the Israelis were preparing a military offensive against Iran. Response: I think this is a diversion. The Israelis already destroyed all the Iranian nuclear infrastructure on the ground weeks ago." One company analyst responded dismissively to the possibility of an Israeli attack having already taken place, asking: "How and when did the Israelis destroy the infra on the ground?"
  • The Iranian Nuclear Program: Timelines, Data, and Estimates

    02/27/2012 7:47:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 2+ views
    AEI / IranTracker ^ | Maseh Zarif
    Key Findings -excerpt- •We assess that Iran, continuing to operate PFEP and FFEP under the current conditions described by the International Atomic Energy Agency, will have 85 kilograms of uranium enriched up to 20% in April 2012. This amount will be enough for Iran to produce 15 kg of weapons-grade uranium for one bomb within 3 months using the more-efficient interconnected cascades installed at FFEP for the final enrichment step to 90%. A more immediate breakout scenario, in which Iran races to produce additional material enriched to 20% at FEP and then enriches to 90% there in its operational centrifuges,...
  • America's Iranian self-deception

    02/27/2012 7:34:07 AM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 4+ views
    AEI/WSJ ^ | February 27, 2012 | Frederick W. Kagan, Maseh Zarif
    Americans are being played for fools by Iran—and fooling themselves. There is no case to be made that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. There is no evidence that Iran's decision-makers are willing to stop the nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions or anything else. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Friday that it has made no progress in its negotiations with Iran and that Iran continues to accelerate its enrichment operations, which are in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and agreements with the IAEA. Yet the policy discussion in the U.S. is confused. Former...
  • Putin warns West over Syria, Iran

    02/27/2012 6:41:11 AM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/27/2012 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned against military intervention in Syria or an attack on Iran in scathing criticism of the West on Monday as he laid out his foreign policy priorities less than a week before Russia's presidential election.
  • Terry Jones threatens Koran burning if Iranian pastor is executed

    02/27/2012 3:40:54 AM PST · by tobyhill · 35 replies · 3+ views
    Christian Today ^ | 2/27/2012 | staff
    The organisation of firebrand pastor Dr Terry Jones has said it will burn Korans and images of the Prophet Muhammad if an Iranian pastor is executed for his faith. Stand Up America Now made the threat after it emerged last week that the Iranian courts may have upheld the execution order for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. The pastor has been in prison since October 2009. He was originally detained for protesting but the charge was later changed to apostasy. Dr Jones sparked an international panic in 2010 when he threatened to burn Korans on the anniversary of 9/11. After sparking riots...
  • U.S. Agencies See No Move by Iran to Build a Bomb (5th-Column/Useful-Idiot Journalism at Its Best)

    02/27/2012 3:24:05 AM PST · by drpix · 12 replies · 2+ views ^ | February 24, 201 | RISEN and MAZZETTI
    WASHINGTON — Even as the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said in a new report Friday that Iran had accelerated its uranium enrichment program, American intelligence analysts continue to believe that there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb.... In Senate testimony on Jan. 31, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, stated explicitly that American officials believe that Iran is preserving its options for a nuclear weapon, but said there was no evidence that it had made a decision on making a concerted push to build a weapon... “They are certainly moving...
  • Holocaust 2, the Sequel

    02/26/2012 8:35:50 PM PST · by stolinsky · 9 replies ^ | 02-27-12 | stolinsky
      Holocaust 2, the Sequel David C. Stolinsky Feb. 27, 2012 My wife and I just saw the film “In Darkness,” which tells the true story of a Polish man who saved a dozen Jewish men, women, and children from the Nazis by hiding them for 14 months in sewers. The heroism of the man is clear, but so is the depressing state of a world that forced human beings to hide in sewers. Hitler rearmed Germany, thus breaking the treaty that ended World War I. Then he reoccupied the Rhineland. Then he seized part of Czechoslovakia, and then...
  • Israel to sell $1.6 billion in arms to Iran's neighbor Azerbaijan

    02/26/2012 8:15:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 26, 2012 | AMY TEIBEL
    Israel to sell $1.6 billion in arms to Iran's neighbor Azerbaijan The sales come at a delicate time. Israel has been laboring hard to form diplomatic alliances in a region that seems to be growing increasingly hostile to the Jewish state. JERUSALEM — Israeli defense officials Sunday confirmed $1.6 billion in deals to sell drones as well as anti-aircraft and missile-defense systems to Azerbaijan, bringing sophisticated Israeli technology to the doorstep of archenemy Iran. The sales by state-run Israel Aerospace Industries come at a delicate time. Israel has been laboring hard to form diplomatic alliances in a region that seems...
  • Iran prepares for kamikaze attacks

    02/26/2012 7:18:11 PM PST · by U-238 · 44 replies
    WND ^ | 2/24/2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Even as it continued to talk with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Iran continued to prepare for war over its nuclear weapons program, training for kamikaze attacks in the Persian Gulf with both planes and speedboats, sources within the Iranian armed forces report. Ads by GooglePeople Search-Search Free 1) Enter Any Name & Search Free! 2) Get Phone, Address, Age & More. www.intelius.comA 9mm is False Protection Discover What Survivalist Masters & The Army Don't Want You To Know www.CloseCombatTraining.comTuesday the International Atomic Energy Agency called its recent talks with Iran a failure. And just days before, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah...
  • Israel is the key to Obama’s re-election

    02/26/2012 10:19:46 AM PST · by Starman417 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-26-12 | DrJohn
    It's no secret that Iran is working to develop nuclear weapons. IAEA inspectors were recently given the cold shoulder by Iran: In a crucial mission at a time of escalating tension over Iran, United Nations nuclear inspectors failed to make progress on finding out whether the Islamic republic seeks the bomb, and the International Atomic Energy Agency wasted no time in announcing this. A terse statement issued just as the IAEA inspectors’ plane was taking off from Iran reported that the mission was a bust. The team had been denied permission to see the suspect Parchin military testing site,...
  • Chris Hayes's Curious Advice To Conservatives: Call Bush's Iraq War 'Criminal'

    02/26/2012 6:52:26 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    This could go down as some of the worst political advice ever. Then again, consider the source. Chris Hayes isn't exactly in the business of helping conservatives lead . . . or win elections. On his MSNBC show this morning, Hayes advised conservatives to call the war that President Bush led against Iraq "criminal." Yeah, that's the ticket. View the video here.
  • To draw Iran into nuclear talks, Obama avoids ousting Assad

    02/26/2012 5:05:12 AM PST · by tired&retired · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Debka ^ | February 26, 2012 | Debka
    Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal did not hide his anger before marching out of the Friends of Syria conference attended by 70 nations in Tunis Friday, Feb. 24 after they fell in behind US plans for avoiding direct action against Syria’s Bashar Assad. Filmed sitting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Saudi minister told a reporter that arming the Free Syrian Army was an “excellent idea” because they needed to defend themselves. Clinton remained frostily aloof on this obvious bone of contention. Riyadh is no happier with Moscow than it is with Washington. Saudi King Abdullah is...
  • Lieberman to Iran: Negotiate or expect strike

    02/25/2012 6:57:31 PM PST · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    Greenwich Time ^ | February 25, 2012
    Sen. Joe Lieberman is leading a congressional move to push U.S. policy toward a more belligerent stance against Iran by urging President Obama to take action to "prevent the Iranian government from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability." The key policy change would shift the U.S. objective from preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons to that of preventing Iran from having the "capability" to make the weapons. The resolution is sponsored by Lieberman, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., and signed onto by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and 28 other senators.
  • Oliver Stone’s Son Converts to Islam, Defends Iranian Regime

    02/25/2012 10:46:43 AM PST · by sreastman · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Faith Issues ^ | 2/25/2012 | Mark Ellis
    Oliver Stone’s Son Converts to Islam, Defends Iranian Regime by Mark Ellis, Godreports The son of controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone converted to Islam in the Iranian city of Isfahan on Valentine’s Day, then met with Iran’s leaders and declared his solidarity with their nuclear ambitions. “I am a Jewish Christian Muslim,” Sean Stone told CNN’s Piers Morgan on February 23rd. “I want to be able to understand all three religions and have a dialog with people all across the board. We don’t need to fight each other because of the book.” Sean’s father won several Academy Awards for films such...