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  • Khamenei: 'West Bank' Should Hound Israel Like Gaza

    10/20/2014 1:46:21 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Mark Langfan
    Fars, the semi-official press agency of Iran, has reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told the visiting Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, in Tehran on Thursday, "The enemy [Israel] should feel the same worries in the West Bank as it does in Gaza." The comments came at the same meeting in which Shalah praised Iran's own role in the conflict. “The Islamic Republic and the Iranian people are proud of your [Islamic Jihad’s] ‘victory’ and resistance [in Gaza], and hope that the back-to-back ‘triumphs’ of resistance groups will continue until final victory,” Iran's Supreme...
  • Iran’s supreme leader undergoes prostate surgery

    09/08/2014 2:32:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2014 4:43 AM EDT
    Iran’s supreme leader underwent prostate surgery on Monday and was recovering at a government hospital in Tehran, state media said in a rare report on the state of health of the country’s top cleric. The 75-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters and has been Iran’s top leader since 1989, was reported to be in “good condition” and his doctors said he was resting after the surgery. According to a Twitter account that routinely posts on Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani visited the supreme leader in hospital after the procedure. …
  • ‘Moderate’ Rouhani Says Hamas ‘Victory’ is Thanks to Iran

    09/07/2014 8:14:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 9/7/2014, 2:54 PM | Ari Yashar
    “Moderate” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has bragged of his regime’s role in aiding Hamas’s terror war against Israel, even as Iran is locked in a final round of negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program. Speaking to the Arabic-language news source Al Meyadeen, Rouhani claimed the “victory” of Gaza in Operation Protective Edge was only possible thanks to Iranian aid, reports Channel 10. Rouhani has been presented to the world as a “moderate” following his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but many have warned that his “charm offensive” has been even more dangerous given the cover it provides for Iran’s ongoing...
  • Iran leader calls Israel ‘rabid dog’, urges arms for Palestinians

    08/01/2014 2:25:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:12am EDT | Mehrdad Balali
    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a “rabid dog” for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide. […] In a speech marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Khamenei criticized the United States and European countries for what he said were their efforts to limit the military capacity of Palestinian fighters in the enclave. Of Israel, he said: “This rabid dog, this rapacious wolf, has attacked innocent people and humanity must show a reaction. This is genocide, a catastrophe of historical...
  • Khamenei to Palestinian Arabs: Keep Fighting Israel

    07/23/2014 5:53:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 7/24/2014, 3:42 AM | Elad Benari and AFP
    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged Palestinian Arabs on Wednesday to keep fighting Israel, according to AFP. “The only way to deal with this savage regime is to continue resistance and armed struggle and extend it to the West Bank (Judea and Samaria -ed.),” the official IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei as saying. Iran, which does not recognize Israel, is a supporter of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups that have been at the forefront of the fighting in Gaza. …
  • Iran's Top Leader Opposes US Intervention In Iraq

    06/22/2014 7:02:54 AM PDT · by Strategy · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 22, 2014
    Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday he is against US intervention in neighboring Iraq, where Islamic extremists and Sunni militants opposed to Tehran have seized a number of towns and cities, the official IRNA news agency reported. "We strongly oppose the intervention of the U.S. and others in the domestic affairs of Iraq," Khamenei was quoted as saying, in his first reaction to the crisis. "The main dispute in Iraq is between those who want Iraq to join the U.S. camp and those who seek an independent Iraq," said Khamenei, who has the final say over government policies....
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, says “military attack not priority for Americans now”

    06/05/2014 9:31:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, June 5, 2014, 4:31 AM | Bill Hutchinson
    Standing on a podium amid banners boasting “America Cannot Do a Damn Thing,” Iran’s supreme leader said Wednesday that President Obama no longer has the guts for battle. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei proclaimed in a Tehran taunting speech that “military attack is not a priority for Americans now.” “They realize that military attacks are as dangerous or even more dangerous for the assaulting country as they are for the country attacked,” the ayatollah said. The 74-year-old Shiite Muslim cleric was responding to Obama’s West Point commencement speech last week in which the president said every global threat does not justify a...
  • Nobel winner: Iran should stop public executions if it wants better EU ties

    03/16/2014 11:49:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.03.14 @ 14:52 | Andrew Rettman
    Shirin Ebadi, a former Iranian judge who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 but who now lives in the UK, believes that if she returned to Tehran “Iranian people would welcome me, but the intelligence services would come to arrest me with handcuffs.” Asked by EUobserver if Iran would hang her, she said: “I don’t know.” Her statement, in Brussels last Thursday (13 March), shows how little she thinks Iran has changed despite the election of President Hassan Rohani, a moderate, and despite the warming up in EU-Iran ties. […] According to the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation, an Iranian NGO,...
  • Khamenei Says U.S. is Greatest Violator of Human Rights

    01/12/2014 8:34:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 1/13/2014, 6:15 AM | Elad Benari
    The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has translated and posted to the internet a video of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s speech from last week, during which he referred to the United States as “Satan.” During the speech, Khamenei claims that the United States is “the greatest violator of human rights in the world” and the crowd responds by chanting, “Death to America!” …
  • Khamenei Bans Chatting Between Unrelated Men and Women (Iran)

    01/06/2014 9:02:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 1/7/2014, 6:42 AM | Elad Benari
    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa (religious edict) banning online chatting between unrelated men and women, Iranian media reported on Monday, according to Al Arabiya. Ironically, Khamenei’s ruling came a day after Iran’s Foreign Minister touted his country as a “model for democracy” in the region. “Given the immorality that often applies to this, it is not permitted,” the Supreme Leader responded to a question posted to his website on the issue. The ruling came days after Iranian authorities blocked WeChat, a popular messaging application that enables smart phone users to access online social networks. …
  • Iran 'in Latin America Terror Plot' - Argentina Prosecutor

    05/30/2013 2:21:47 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    BBC.co.uk - News ^ | 29 May 2013 Last updated at 18:31 ET | n/a
    SNIPPET: "An Argentine prosecutor has accused Iran of trying to infiltrate countries in Latin America to sponsor and carry out "terrorist activities". Alberto Nisman said Iran was attempting to set up intelligence-gathering stations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and other countries in the region. Mr Nisman is investigating a bomb attack that killed 85 people in a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in 1994." SNIPPET: ""I legally accuse Iran of infiltrating several South American countries to install intelligence stations - in other words espionage bases - destined to commit, encourage and sponsor terror attacks like the one that took place against...
  • Khamenei Tops SWC List of 2013 Anti-Semites (Simon Wiesenthal Center)

    12/30/2013 9:13:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 12/31/2013, 5:45 AM | Elad Benari
    Iran’s Supreme Leader tops the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s (SWC) “Top Ten Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel List” for 2013. The Simon Wiesenthal Center said Monday that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was placed at the top of the list “because of his continuous calls for Israel’s annihilation even during the announcement of the interim nuclear agreement.” The annual list released by the center exposes Jew-hatred by government leaders, movements, and cultural elites who are influential, have impact, and wield real power. …
  • Supreme Leader: If Jesus Were Here He Would Fight America (Khamenei, Iran)

    12/26/2013 5:45:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 25, 2013 - 7:33 PM | Patrick Goodenough
    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei marked Christmas Day with social media messages tying Jesus into political rhetoric directed at the United States. “If Christ were among us today, he would not spare even a single moment to fight the leaders of despotism and global arrogance,” he said on Facebook, using the Islamic Republic’s favored term for America. […] Seldom does a key Christian holiday pass without some Muslim leader making such assertions. The Qur’an depicts Jesus as one of many biblical prophets, but rejects his divinity (teaching that those who believe otherwise are deluded and cursed by Allah) and...
  • America as the Protector of Putin, Assad, and Khamenei

    11/27/2013 8:12:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    American Thinker ^ | 11/27/2013 | Shoshana Bryen
    When protests broke out in Syria in late 2011, Russia hoped for a short, nasty war as a matter of Russian national interest -- just enough to put the Muslim Brotherhood and assorted Sunnis in their place. Violence from its own Sunni Muslim population has plagued Russia for decades. Saudi Arabia took over the defeated nationalist Chechen rebellion in the late 1990s, infusing it with money and Islamist overtones, prompting the second Chechen war. More recently, there has been open fighting and rioting in Moscow between Muslims and Slavs. Iran counted on a short war as well -- something to...
  • Khamenei says “Israeli regime is doomed to failure, annihilation” as nuclear negotiations resume.

    11/21/2013 6:58:24 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 13 replies
    Joel C Rosenberg's Blog ^ | 11/20/2013 | Joel C Rosenberg
    (Jerusalem, Israel) — “Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country would not step back from its nuclear rights and his negotiating team had set limits for talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program to resume in Geneva later on Wednesday,” reported the Jerusalem Post. ” Khamenei took swipes at Israel and France during his speech to tens of thousands of volunteer Basij militiamen in Tehran, broadcast live on Iran’s Press TV.” “Zionist officials cannot be called humans, they are like animals, some of them,” said Khamenei. “The Israeli regime is doomed to failure and annihilation,” he added. “The ‘Zionist...
  • Iranian Supreme Leader: Israel ‘Doomed to Collapse’

    11/20/2013 10:19:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 11/20/2013, 12:17 PM | Ari Yashar
    Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that Israel is a “regime doomed to collapse.” His threats come as the latest round of talks over Iran’s nuclear weapons program is being held in Geneva. AFP reports that Khamenei told commanders of the Islamist Basij militia force in Tehran: “the Zionist regime (Israel) is a regime whose pillars are extremely shaky and is doomed to collapse.” … In early November, the supreme leader of Iran called Israel an “illegitimate and bastard regime,” and further called the US a “smiling enemy” that is not to be trusted. …
  • Exclusive: Reuters investigates business empire of Iran's supreme leader ($95 billion)

    11/11/2013 8:11:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/11/2013 | STEVE STECKLOW, BABAK DEHGHANPISHEH AND YEGANEH TORBATI
    (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around $95 billion - a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation's current annual petroleum exports - a six-month Reuters investigation shows. The little-known organization, called Setad, is one of the keys to the Iranian leader's enduring power and now holds stakes in nearly every sector of Iranian industry, including finance, oil, telecommunications, the production of birth-control pills and even ostrich farming. Setad has built its empire on the systematic seizure of thousands of properties belonging to ordinary Iranians - members of religious minorities, Shi'ite Muslims,...
  • Dear Ayatollah Khamenei, Jesus Christ loves you. But judgment is coming

    11/02/2013 7:52:00 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Joel C Rosenberg's Blog ^ | 11/1/2013 | Joel C Rosenberg
    Dear Ayatollah Khamenei – We are hearing reports that you may be in poor health. I hope this is not true, but either way I want you to know that I am praying for the God of the Bible to heal and comfort you. I am also praying that God will open your eyes and grant you repentance that you may receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord and have eternal life. In addition, I am asking Christians around the world to pray for you, as well. Allow me to take a moment to share with you two very...
  • Destruction of Israel guaranteed, ayatollah says: Iran's supreme leader promises Jewish land

    10/10/2013 4:52:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    wnd ^ | 10/10/13 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran’s supreme leader promises in a newly released audiotape the destruction of Israel and Palestinians’ return to that land. Fars News Agency, an outlet run by the Revolutionary Guards, last week posted an audiotape of excerpts of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s speeches to Palestinian officials and others with a title “Palestine will surely become free.” In the audiotape, which is partly in Arabic, Khamenei gives blessings to those who fight against Israel and says, “Peace be upon the children of our nation, peace be upon the brave jihadists in Palestinian and Lebanese resistance. Today the Islamic world and the whole world...
  • 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 khamenei.ir, 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.
  • Netanyahu: Iran’s Khamenei “heads a cult”

    10/02/2013 11:00:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 10.03.13, 08:16 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    “(The Iranian people) are governed not by (President Hassan) Rohani. They’re governed by Ayatollah Khamenei. He heads a cult. That cult is wild in its ambitions and its aggression,” Benjamin Netanyahu told NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday. The Israeli prime minister, who drew criticism over his speech before the UN General Assembly, was interviewed by five television channels the day after the address. In the interviews, he reiterated his claim that Iran’s conciliatory rhetoric was part of a ploy aimed at lifting Western sanctions while continuing to advance its nuclear program. Netanyahu criticized Rohani’s tone as duplicitous. “He calls...
  • Netanyahu: Khamenei Rules Iran, Not Rouhani

    10/02/2013 6:43:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    inn ^ | 10/2/13 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urged the world to insist on tough negotiations that ensure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. Speaking to NBC News a day after his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Netanyahu cautioned against Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's charm offensive, which he described as a strategy carried out to woo the West at the behest of the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. "[The Iranian people] are governed not by Rouhani. They're governed by Ayatollah Khamenei. He heads a cult. That cult is wild in its ambitions and its aggression," Netanyahu said. The prime...
  • Phony fatwa? Group claims Iranian anti-nuke edict cited by Obama a hoax

    09/30/2013 7:27:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Sept 30, 2012 | FoxNews
    On Friday, Obama cited a “fatwa,” or religious edict, from Iran’s all-powerful Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, banning the pursuit of nuclear weapons. "I do believe that there is a basis for a resolution [because] Iran’s Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons,” Obama told reporters. “There is no such fatwa. It is a lie from the Iranians, a deception, and it is tragic that President Obama has endorsed it,” MEMRI Founder and President Yigal Carmon told FoxNews.com.
  • #3844 - Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: The European Races Are Barbaric Races

    06/08/2013 3:21:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 43 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 10/5/13
    http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3844.htm
  • Iran: Impossible Talks with the "Great Satan"

    02/16/2013 6:48:02 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 11 replies
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | February 15,2013 | Amir Taheri
    Some commentators inside and outside Iran have interpreted Khamenei’s stance as further proof that he has lost touch with reality. A closer look at the context, however, might show that Khamenei’s stance is very much based on reality: his reality. Khamenei does not see Iran as a nation-state but as a vehicle for a revolution with global ambitions. “I am not a diplomat,” he said amid cheers from a crowd of supporters. “I am a revolutionary.” The regime that Khamenei heads is not meant to act in the interests of Iran as a nation-state, but in the interests of the...
  • NEXT 9/11: IRAN’S DEATH SQUAD IS HERE

    01/02/2013 3:44:16 PM PST · by lowbridge · 42 replies
    Iran has infiltrated a team of Quds Force terrorist leaders into the United States to attack from within in 2013, according to a source. The source within the office of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Islamic regime, said the team is to create instability in America through terrorism should the U.S. fail to accept the regime’s illicit nuclear program, increase sanctions, confront Iran militarily or intervene in the Syrian civil war. Members of the team, no more than 10 Quds Force officers, each lead cells totaling about 50 terrorists already in the U.S. The source is risking...
  • Next 9/11: Iran's death squad is here

    12/12/2012 6:38:11 AM PST · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    WND ^ | December 11, 2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran has infiltrated a team of Quds Force terrorist leaders into the United States to attack from within in 2013, according to a source. The source within the office of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Islamic regime, said the team is to create instability in America through terrorism should the U.S. fail to accept the regime’s illicit nuclear program, increase sanctions, confront Iran militarily or intervene in the Syrian civil war. Members of the team, no more than 10 Quds Force officers, each lead cells totaling about 50 terrorists already in the U.S. The source is risking...
  • Khamenei: We Shall Overcome

    10/03/2012 2:50:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/10/12 | Gil Ronen
    Iran's "Supreme Leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that sanctions and pressure cannot force Tehran to surrender since Iranians are strong and always overcome problems, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported, crediting semi-official Iranian news agency Fars. "During the last 33 years, Iran has been faced with a wide range of political, security, military and economic pressure and sanctions," Fars quoted Khamenei as saying. "But the Iranian nation has defused these pressure and grown more powerful through its resistance," he added. The growing pressure is mainly aimed at making the Iranian nation surrender, he explained, "but Iran has not bowed and...
  • Iran ayatollah is poster boy for influence in Iraq

    09/26/2012 10:45:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 25 Sep. 2012 7:36 AM ET | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and LARA JAKES
    After years of growing influence, a new sign of Iran's presence in Iraq has hit the streets. Thousands of signs, that is, depicting Iran's supreme leader gently smiling to a population once mobilized against the Islamic Republic in eight years of war. … The posters of Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei first appeared in at least six Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad and across Iraq's Shiite-dominated south in August, as part of an annual pro-Palestinian observance started years ago by Iran. They have conspicuously remained up since then. "When I see these pictures, I feel I am in Tehran, not Baghdad," said...
  • Iran-Hezb'allah: 'They Already Hit the Homeland 10½ Years Ago'

    03/27/2012 12:16:26 PM PDT · by WPaCon · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/27/2012 | Clare M. Lopez
    At the mid-March 2012 congressional hearings on the "Iran-Hezb'allah Threat to the Homeland," chaired by Representative Peter King, top officials from the DEA, the FBI, and the New York City Police Department, as well as senior scholars addressed the alarming capability and motivation of this Axis of Jihad to strike inside the U.S. Critical and timely, this was the latest in a series of hearings that Rep. King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has held to focus attention on the deadly threat to America's national security from the forces of Islamic jihad and sharia. There was an unmentioned...
  • Iran's supreme leader orders fresh terror attacks on West

    08/21/2012 11:24:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:00AM BST 22 Aug 2012 | Con Coughlin
    Iran's Supreme Leader has ordered the country's Revolutionary Guards to intensify its campaign of terror attacks against the West and its allies in retaliation for supporting the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. According to Western intelligence officials, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the order to the elite Quds Force unit following a recent emergency meeting of Iran's National Security Council in Tehran held to discuss a specially-commissioned report into the implications for Iran of the Assad regime's overthrow. Damascus is Iran's most important regional ally, and the survival of the Assad regime is regarded as vital to sustaining the...
  • Jihadis Online: A Few Thoughts

    07/24/2012 3:24:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies
    Society For Internet Research ^ | JULY 5, 2011 | S.O.F.I.R.
    SNIPPET: "I. When considering the matter of jihadis online, remember that most of what we think we know is based on analyses of the comments made by an handful of vocal activists. The vast majority of jihadis online, be they on forums or social networking sites[i], say nothing. Skillful translations and insightful analyses by definition tell us little about this potentially lethal yet silent majority."
  • Iran leader: We must prep for 'end of times'

    07/08/2012 10:13:13 PM PDT · by Errant · 27 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | July 8, 2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran’s supreme leader, for the first time, is telling his nation that it must prepare for war and “the end of times” as it continues to develop nuclear weapons. Until now, the Iranian media would mostly quote clerics from seminaries on the issue of the last Islamic messiah to avoid the regime being labeled messianic. However, the wide publication of Khamenei’s statements on a need to prepare for the end of times as it confronts the West over its illicit nuclear program is alarming to Western leaders.
  • Ex-Spanish PM: Khamenei Told Me 'Israel Must Burn'

    05/17/2012 9:51:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/17/12 | Gil Ronen
    Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar said Thursday that Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei personally told him in 2000 that Israel must be physically annihilated. "In a private discussion we held in Tehran in October of 2000, Ali Khamenei told me that Israel must be burned to the ground and made to disappear from the face of the Earth," Aznar told the audience, according to a report in Israel Hayom. Aznar spoke at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). Former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Dore Gold, the head of JCPA, asked Aznar if Khamenei...
  • Russia and Israel: The unexpected alliance

    05/16/2012 1:13:52 PM PDT · by ravager · 11 replies
    Haartez ^ | May.16, 2012 | 4:34 AM | By Adar Primor
    He has completed two terms as president and a third as prime minister. Theoretically, he could be leading his country until 2024, which would make him the longest-serving Russian or Soviet leader since Stalin. Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin last week generated a wave of commentary, which generally concluded that what was, is, and will be. Putin 4.0, like the previous versions, believes that Russia still hasn't recovered from its crash in the 1990s, so it's not yet ripe for pluralistic democracy. Putin 4.0 believes the world is dangerous, chaotic and hostile. He will therefore roll back the political...
  • Putin: 'Israel will take care of Iran,' Khameni: Clash between Iran, US and Israel 'inevitable'

    05/16/2012 10:05:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 5/16/12 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar told the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin told him that Israel will 'take care of' Iran. Aznar also repeated a conversation with Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni in which Khameni said that it was 'inevitable' that Iran would confront the United States and Israel. Don’t worry about Iran, Israel will take care of it, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin as telling him years ago. Aznar, speaking Wednesday at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on a meeting he...
  • 'Obama signaled Khamenei that U.S. could accept civilian nuclear program in Iran'

    04/06/2012 11:16:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 4/6/12 | Barak Ravid
    U.S. President Barack Obama has recently passed a message to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Washington Post reported on Friday, which signaled that the United States would agree to an Iranian civilian nuclear program if they proved they were not developing a nuclear bomb. According to David Ignatius, the Washington Post's senior columnist specializing in intelligence matters, Obama passed Khamenei the message through Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who visited Tehran this week.
  • ‘Khamenei victory in elections signals Iranians’ readiness for potential war’

    03/13/2012 11:42:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | 11 March 2012 | Gödze Nur Donat
    The decision by the Iranian people to vote for deputies loyal to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei -- the staunchest anti-Western political camp in the country -- in last week’s parliamentary elections showed they are preparing for an assumed attack on their country as a result of Iran’s alleged nuclear enrichment program, political observers have argued. The Khamenei loyalists’ religious faction, which includes the Iranian elite Revolutionary Guards in its ranks, won a big victory in last week’s Iranian parliamentary elections over incumbent President Mahmud Ahmedinejad’s party, taking 75 percent of Iran’s 290 parliamentary seats. Speaking to Sunday’s Zaman last week, Hasan...
  • ...A Brief Assessment of Hizballah and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

    02/23/2012 4:00:36 PM PST · by Cindy · 1 replies
    GWUMC.edu - HSPI - HSPI Commentary Series ^ | February 23, 2012 | A. Aaron Weisburd
    HSPI Commentary Series "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE A-TEAM OF TERRORISM? A BRIEF ASSESSMENT OF HIZBALLAH AND IRAN’S ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS" HSPI Commentary 24 February 23, 2012 by A. Aaron Weisburd SNIPPET: "Since at least May 2011, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) - operating through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its affiliated organizations1 – seems to have been engaged in a high-risk, high-profile, and not entirely successful campaign to murder perceived enemies of the régime of Ayatollah Khamenei." SNIPPET: "Has the world become generally less hospitable to these kinds of operations? It is possible that the difficulties...
  • My experience with the IRGC [they get reckless]

    02/15/2012 3:58:25 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 1+ views
    http://forum.internet-haganah.com/showthread.php?585-My-experience-with-the-IRGC-they-get-reckless ^ | Last edited by Aaron; 15 February 2012 at 12:56. | Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET: "Reckless doesn't mean not dangerous. Quite the opposite. They may fail spectacularly, or be wildly successful. One thing I believe we can count on is that they will take risks, act swiftly, and burn as many assets as they have to along the way in order to do what Khamenei wants."
  • Netanyahu: Khamenei's Words Remind Us Where We Live

    02/05/2012 1:18:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    inn ^ | 2/5/12 | Gil Ronen and Yoni Kempinski
    PM: leaders in our region "have no moral compunctions about killing their neighbors and their own people alike." Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delieverd a terse retort Sunday to the threats issued Friday by Iran's "supreme leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and tied it to events in Syria.
  • Iran warns world of coming great event.

    02/03/2012 2:33:52 PM PST · by patriot08 · 225 replies
    WND ^ | 2/3/12 | WND
    Iran warns world of coming great event Says 'evil hegemony' soon will be defeated by power of Allah (snip) Khamenei then claimed the current century as the century of Islam and promised that human history is on the verge of a great event and that soon the world will realize the power of Allah. (snip) Mahdi will reappear at the time of Armageddon. Selected forces within the Revolutionary Guards and Basij reportedly have been trained under a task force called “Soldiers of Imam Mahdi” and they will bear the responsibility of security and protecting the regime against uprisings. Many in...
  • Jihadism in 2012: A Persistent, Low-Level Threat

    01/23/2012 2:13:04 PM PST · by Cindy · 40 replies
    STRATFOR.com - Analysis ^ | January 16, 2012, 1334 GMT | n/a
    SNIPPET: "While these various elements of the jihadist network are distinct, the Internet brings them together, especially at the grassroots level. Videos, websites and online magazines indoctrinate aspiring militants in the jihadist ideology and provide a forum for like-minded individuals and groups."
  • 'Rev. Guards detained in Khamenei murder plot'

    12/13/2011 11:44:04 AM PST · by jhpigott · 10 replies
    12/13/2011 20:04 Detained officials had invited Iran's supreme leader to visit weapons depot same day as explosion, Al Arabiya reports. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hoseyni Khamenei has ordered the arrest of a number of senior members of the Revolutionary Guards he suspects of planning to assassinate him, pan-Arab news Channel Al Arabiya reported Tuesday. Khamenei demanded an investigation of the detainees, "and others," about the alleged assassination plot, an "informed source in Iran" told the Emirati news station.
  • In Iran, a New Challenge to Hard-liners

    10/23/2011 8:04:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 20, 2011 | Thomas Erdbrink
    A rapid succession of challenges directed at Iran in recent days has reignited a debate in Tehran over how to deal with the rest of the world. Iran's rulers, led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, continue to refuse any negotiations in which they would have to compromise. But an influential faction is now pushing for back-channel talks with the United States as a step toward lowering the tensions raised by U.S. allegations about an Iranian assassination plot. In urging that Iran do more to address foreign criticism, members of the group have also pointed to the rising international pressure...
  • Khamenei Must Go (and Take Ahmadinejad too, Please)

    09/15/2011 5:39:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media/FasterPlease ^ | September 14, 2011 | Michael Ledeen
    According to several recent reports, the Obama administration is now considering more forceful action against Iran in Iraq. This is as understandable as it was inevitable; as I wrote many months before the invasion of Iraq, it is folly to expect to maintain decent security there so long as the current regime remains in power in Tehran. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his henchmen cannot tolerate the existence of a free, stable democratic society in its Shi’ite neighbor to the West, nor in Afghanistan to the East. The Iranian tyrant is threatened by an ongoing mass uprising by his own...
  • Iran: When a mullah imitates Louis XIV

    08/20/2011 1:33:15 AM PDT · by odds · 14 replies
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | Friday 19 August 2011 | Amir Taheri
    On 11 August, the Iranian daily Kayhan was forced to quote only two sources supporting the “Imam” title for Khamenei. One is the Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. He is quoted as saying “I kiss the hand of Imam Khamenei”. The other is an unnamed “leader of the Muslim Brotherhood” who told Kayhan “Imam Khamenei is a source of inspiration for our movement.” In any case, among Arabs, the title of Imam does not have the same meaning and resonance as in Iran. According to Iranian researcher Babak Zamani, more than 600 foreign-born militants occupy key positions at all levels...
  • Iran's President Ahmadinejad Could Face Impeachment

    06/25/2011 7:04:50 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Payvand/RFE/RL ^ | Golnaz Esfandiari
    In a single day earlier this week, the Iranian parliament dealt three blows to the presidency of Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who has become a political punching bag as the result of a continuing power struggle with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The battle has heated up over Ahmadinejad’s repeated attempts to make inroads into Khamenei’s spheres of influence. Ahmadinejad and his entourage, which counts among its ranks former Revolutionary Guard members who fought in the Iran-Iraq War, are under attack from Khamenei’s camp, comprising senior clerics, conservative politicians and rival Revolutionary Guard commanders. On June 21, the parliament launched impeachment proceedings against...
  • Iran: The fight at the top heats up

    06/19/2011 6:08:01 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    al Arabiya ^ | June 3, 2011 | Amir Taheri
    To jump or not to jump? For Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that has become the question. Not long ago, Mr. Ahmadinejad was regarded as the most powerful of the five presidents the Islamic Republic in its three decades of existence. With the opposition "green" movement almost silenced, his administration faced no serious challenge within the Khomeinist movement establishment. Ahmadinejad also marked some success selling his doctrine of "Iranian Islam" as a substitute for the hotchpotch concocted by Ayatollah Khomeini. Translated into 30 languages, his authorised biography, "Ahmadinejad: The Miracle of the Century", was supposed to have sold a million copies....
  • Syrische Revolution: Hassan Nasrallah und Khamenei (Schiiten) Bilder werden Verbrannt (video)

    06/15/2011 12:56:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jun 15, 2011
    Syrian protesters burn pictures of Hezbollah's Nasrallah & Iran's Khamenei.