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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.