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  • Glenn Beck: I apologize for calling Sarah Palin a clown but stand by everything else I said

    09/11/2015 12:24:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2015 | AllahPundit
    An obligatory follow-up to last night’s post. Sounds like my theory was largely correct: It’s not just his personal falling-out with Palin, which he elaborates on in his new Facebook post, or her embrace of the progressive Trump that’s bothering him, it’s the whole damned discombobulating phenomenon of Trumpmania among the tea party and its sympathizers.Especially its sympathizers in conservative talk radio. I do not understand her position and love of Trump. He is clearly a progressive, not a small government constitutionalist…But he is also a bully, sexist, cruel, an ego manic and narcissist in ways that makes Barack...
  • Dying Lake Gives New Life To Iran's Antigovernment Protests

    09/01/2011 5:27:36 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Golnaz Esfandiari
    Iran's largest lake is dying, but it's giving new life to antigovernment protests along its receding shores. Lake Orumieh, one of the world's largest saltwater lakes, has shrunk by some 60 percent in recent years due to drought and misguided development policies. Environmentalists warn that unless something is done, the lake will disappear forever. This dire prospect has put locals who depend on the lake on edge. And seeing as the lake straddles the border of Iran's East and West Azerbaijan provinces, centers of the country's ethnic Azeri population that have a rich and volatile history of protest against Tehran,...
  • Iran opposition: Over 200 'arrested' in Tuesday protest

    03/02/2011 6:35:27 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Opposition websites said security services rounded up protesters in several locations in the capital and were helped by police in plain clothes. Another 40 people were said to have been detained in the city of Isfahan. Opposition groups had called for rallies over the reported imprisonment of their leaders - Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. The two men had been placed under house arrest several weeks ago as authorities cracked down on protests staged in solidarity with the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere. Their families say that on Monday they were taken to prison, although the government denies...
  • Iran's Forces Battle Protests Nationwide

    02/22/2011 5:51:35 PM PST · by FromLori · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/21/2011 | FARNAZ FASSIHI
    For a second time in a week, Iran's opposition drew tens of thousands of supporters to the streets across the nation on Sunday calling for the end to the Islamic Republic's rule. In response, the government unleashed what witnesses said was an extraordinary number of security forces to violently battle the crowds. Witnesses said mobs of anti-riot police and plainclothes Basij militia lined the streets and on several occasions fired directly into the crowd and beat protesters with steel batons. In one neighborhood, the Basij took over a commercial building and dropped tear gas canisters from the roof onto the...
  • Iran Live Blog: 25 Bahman / 14 February

    02/14/2011 1:31:52 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 207 replies · 1+ views
    Tehrean Bureau ^ | 14 Feb 2011 | several
    What will happen Monday, history will record in less than 24 hours. The atmosphere is filled by suspense over the call for demonstration. Certainly the city is not calm. There were chants of "Allah-o akbar" across Tehran. People expect something to happen. Publicly, Mr. Karroubi and Mr. Mousavi have called for a demonstration in solidarity with the people of Egypt. Nobody thinks or believes this is about Egypt or will remain focused on Egypt. No wonder that their request has been rejected as illegal. Their advisers have announced that according to Article 27 of Iran's Constitution there is no need...
  • Iranian army officers defied Islamic officials, document says

    04/27/2010 4:35:57 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 333+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 14, 2010
    Top Iranian military officials vowed to defy the nation's Islamic rulers if ordered to use force against protesters in the wake of last year's disputed election, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner. The Iranian military officials signed a document protesting force that was used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard during the June re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The petition, written in December, was titled, "Declaration of Support of the Iranian Army Leadership and Personnel in Support of the People." The document suggests deep internal divisions in Tehran over the sometimes brutal suppression of Iranians who claimed that...
  • Opposition in call for protest on Iran anniversary

    02/01/2010 7:45:58 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 186+ views
    TEHRAN Opposition heads on Saturday implicitly called for demonstrations on the February 11 anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution, as the elite Revolutionary Guards warned that any such protest will be crushed. Iran, meanwhile, put on trial 16 anti-government protesters, two of them women, who were arrested in late December on the Shiite mourning day of Ashura, the official IRNA news agency reported. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who have spearheaded protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, met and invited supporters to demonstrate on the anniversary day, Karroubi's website said. The two opposition leaders said Thursday's hangings of two...
  • Iran hangs alleged dissidents to warn opposition

    01/28/2010 8:29:06 PM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 469+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 29, 2010
    Iran said yesterday that it had executed two men for plotting to overthrow the regime. They are the first to be put to death after more than 100 dissidents went on trial following President Ahmadinejads disputed re-election last June. The hangings of Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour marked an escalation in the regimes attempts to crush the opposition movement through Irans clerical courts. The two men were hanged before dawn, hours before prosecutors announced death sentences for five more opposition members arrested in connection with the protests on the Shia holy day of Ashura last month in which...
  • Senior Iranian envoy quits in disgust over regimes brutal ways

    01/16/2010 5:26:24 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 658+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | January 16, 2010
    A veteran Iranian diplomat based in Norway has resigned his post, denounced his government and urged colleagues around the world to do the same after the regimes brutal suppression of huge opposition demonstrations last month. Mohammed-Reza Heydari, Irans consul in Oslo, is the first Iranian diplomat to publicly quit and condemn the regime. He revealed that it sought to lure him back to Tehran after rumours of his defection surfaced last week. At the time, the Iranian Foreign Ministry insisted that the rumours were baseless. In an interview with the Norwegian television channel NRK, Mr Heydari said that he decided...
  • The Greening of Islam

    01/14/2010 5:43:38 PM PST · by nuconvert · 171+ views
    The Green Movement is a revolt against theocracy. Most of its adherents are young Iranians with little or no religious motivation. Yet, an iconic figure of the revolt was the nations highest-ranking cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri; and, last month, Ashura, a holy day celebrating martyrdom, occasioned some of the movements most massive protests. Perhaps the fact that the movement has acquired a Shia veneer shouldnt be terribly surprising. During the past century, no social movement in Iran has succeeded without draping itself in religion or without a strong Shia contingent in its leadership. But to limit the discussion...
  • Ayatollahs desert Iran's besieged regime

    01/13/2010 9:06:36 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 915+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 14, 2010
    -excerpt- The rift between the clerical establishment and the regime has significantly widened during the past six months. Slowly but surely, even some of the most conservative ayatollahs began to distance themselves from both. Last month, grand ayatollah Javadi Amoli, who performs Friday prayers in Qom, announced his resignation. In his departure statement, he expressed his frustration with the lack of listening on the part of the Supreme Leader: "When the Friday imam articulates the problems that people face and those problems are resolved, it is evidence that he has expressed them well. But if the problems are not resolved,...
  • Iran's opposition spreads to heartland

    01/12/2010 2:03:21 PM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 459+ views
    LA Times ^ | Jan. 10, 2010
    Though organizing opposition to the government is more difficult in smaller cities that don't afford the anonymity of Tehran, activists in the provinces say they're making progress. Reporting from Beirut - Mohammad knew he had to be careful in approaching his old classmate Hamed, the one from the conservative Iranian family. They come from a small city, after all, and word gets around. When they ran into each other last summer in their eastern Iranian hometown of Birjand, the pair hadn't seen each other for nine years. As they caught up on old times, the conversation turned to the country's...
  • Panel Ties Deaths to Iran Leader Ally (Mortazavi)

    01/10/2010 7:20:29 PM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 580+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 10, 2010 | Nazila Fathi
    An Iranian parliamentary panel said Sunday that Tehrans prosecutor, an ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was responsible for the beating deaths of three imprisoned protesters last summer, state news agencies reported. The panels investigative report said the prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, who has since been promoted, was responsible for the violence against protesters in the notorious Kahrizak detention center, where at least three young men, including the son of a former Revolutionary Guards commander, were killed. The allegation was a rare criticism of a senior official involved in the governments crackdown on the protest movement that erupted in June over disputed...
  • TV star Shahin Mahinfar defiant over sons death

    01/09/2010 6:12:45 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 996+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | January 10, 2010
    One of Irans most respected television presenters is resisting official pressure to deny claims her son was deliberately run over by security forces during an opposition protest. Shahin Mahinfar, 61, who has been introducing programmes since the days of the Shah, was banned from state television premises after her 25-year-old son Amir Tajmir, a TV technician, was killed on December 27. Witnesses said he was run over twice by a police armoured personnel carrier in Tehrans Vali Asr square during anti-government demonstrations marking the Ashura holy festival. Mobile phone footage appeared to support the allegations. According to opposition websites, Mahinfar...
  • Mullahs on the Verge: Iran's People, Iran's Pulpits

    01/08/2010 8:48:40 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 416+ views
    Foreign Affairs ^ | Fall 2009 | Abbas Milani
    <p>The Iranian people are in a state of suspense as they watch an increasingly oppressive militarist junta and a more democratic regime both struggling to be born. History shows that such moments of turbulent stasis dont last long. A tipping point is on the way, and prudent policies on the part of the West, particularly the United States, can help determine which way it will fall.</p>
  • IRAN: Did Tehran's consul to Norway defect because of violence against protesters?

    01/06/2010 6:35:12 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 560+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 6, 2010
    Scandinavian media are reporting that a high-ranking Iranian diplomat in Norway has resigned over the recent clampdowns on anti-government protesters in Iran. "It was the Iranian authorities' treatment of demonstrators during the Christmas week that made me realize I couldn't continue," Mohammed Reza Heydari was quoted as saying in a report by Norwegian broadcaster NRK. Iranian officials have rejected the reports as rumor. A report by the semi-official Iranian news agency Mehr quoted a source in the Foreign Ministry as denying the report and describing it as part of a Western psychological war against Iran. "The report is baseless. A...
  • The beginning of the end?

    01/05/2010 7:05:41 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 627+ views
    The Economist ^ | Dec. 30, 2009
    A floundering regime may have weakened itself with its latest bloody crackdown. Lets hope so NO ONE knows whether the Iranian regimes latest bout of violent repression marks an ill-judged step towards its own much-merited demise or if it will cow the dissenters into sullen but long-lasting acquiescence. But the violence marks a change in the nature of the struggle that has been fought out since last Junes tainted presidential election. The regime may catch its breath before it embarks on another round of shooting and clubbing. But the prospect that it is losing its grip, perhaps even terminally, has...
  • Iran's Regime and Opposition Brace for the Next Round

    01/04/2010 8:41:03 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 386+ views
    Time ^ | Jan. 04, 2010 | Robin Wright
    Faced with escalating turmoil, Iran's newly militarized regime now appears to be turning to the Tiananmen model to ensure its survival. The theocracy has signaled over the past week that it will exercise extraordinary military and judicial powers against opposition leaders, dissidents, street protesters and even sympathizers to end the growing turmoil. The regime's most urgent goal is to prevent opposition activists from turning next month's 11-day celebration marking the Shah's ouster in 1979 into a counterrevolution against his successors. But the Chinese model of using all-out force against a budding opposition movement, as used in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in...
  • Iranians Want Regime Change

    01/04/2010 8:24:14 AM PST · by nuconvert · 18 replies · 736+ views
    WSJ ^ | Dec. 30, 2009 | AFSHIN ELLIAN
    Six months ago, Iranians went to the streets, chanting "Where is my vote?" This is how the Green Revolution started. The protesters now no longer merely seek democratic elections but want regime change. Their new slogans are: "Khamenei is a murderer and his rule is unjust," "Neither Gaza nor Lebanon, I only give my life for Iran," and "Independence, Freedom and an Iranian Republic." In other words, they demand a stop to Iran's support for terrorists in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq; the separation of state and religion; and consider Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as public enemy No. 1. By answering this...
  • Mousavis New Statement; Another Attempt at Peace

    01/03/2010 5:22:45 AM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 535+ views
    Daily Nite Owl ^ | Jan. 2, 2010
    -excerpt- Mir Hossein Mousavi today released a new statement denouncing the regimes brutal tactics against the Green Movement ... -excerpt- While the statement is quite similar to other statements he has released in the past, several points on closer inspection stand out. -excerpt- ... Mousavi for the first time actually discounts his own influence and that of Mehdi Karroubi. He admits that even though people asked him to call for protests or at least lend his support, he did not do so in the case of Ashura. He also acknowledges the fact that people came out without him calling them...