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  • Air Force strikes in Gaza; 2 injured

    03/18/2010 11:46:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 225 replies · 2,589+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET NEWS.com (Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story) ^ | First Published: 03.19.10, 01:30;Latest Update: 03.19.10, 01:47 / Israel News | n/a
    "Air Force strikes in Gaza" SNIPPET: "IDF retaliates for deadly Qassam attack: Air Force hits several Gaza targets, including metal foundry, smuggling tunnel; Vice PM Shalom says Israel to offer strong response to rocket attack that killed Thai worker Thursday" SNIPPET: "IDF aircraft struck at least four targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, a day after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave killed a Thai worker in Israel, Hamas security officials and witnesses said." SNIPPET: "Israel also sent a letter of complaint to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is due to visit Israel at the weekend,...
  • A Perfect Storm Brewing In Iran

    02/09/2010 8:09:50 AM PST · by CaroleL · 38 replies · 906+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 02/09/10 | CaroleL
    Yesterday Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said "The Iranian nation, with its unity and God's grace, will punch the arrogance [Western powers] on the 22nd of Bahman [Feb. 11] in a way that will leave them stunned," Today, despite the objections of the US and its allies, Iran began enriching uranium to a higher level bringing the Islamic republic closer to having nuclear weapons. Meanwhile in the country Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says should be "wiped off the face of the earth", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for immediate and crippling sanctions against Iran
  • What is Iran Planning for Thursday?

    02/09/2010 5:28:02 AM PST · by nuconvert · 46 replies · 1,921+ views
    Pajamas Media/Michael Ledeen/Faster Please ^ | February 8th, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    Khamenei, whose public statements should be taken seriously, is promising some sort of devastating “punch” against the West on Thursday the 11th, the same day as the Green Movement is calling for a monster protest against his regime. What might he have in mind? I don’t know; they say a lot of things just for effect, but threats/promises from the supreme leader have a certain standing. If I were an Israeli official, I’d recheck my information on Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad. Some think he’s preparing some kind of attack against Israel. Surely there has been no shortage in...
  • Iran anniversary 'punch' will stun West: Khamenei

    02/08/2010 1:20:18 PM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 52 replies · 2,541+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/8/2010
    Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran is set to deliver a "punch" that will stun world powers during this week's 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. "The Iranian nation, with its unity and God's grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned," Khamenei, who is also Iran's commander-in-chief, told a gathering of air force personnel. The country's top cleric was marking the occasion when Iran's air force gave its support to revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a key event which led to...
  • Iran Anniversary Punch Will Stun West

    02/08/2010 12:15:43 PM PST · by RedMominBlueState · 88 replies · 3,369+ views
    Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran is set to deliver a "punch" that will stun world powers during this week's 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. "The Iranian nation, with its unity and God's grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned," Khamenei, who is also Iran's commander-in-chief, told a gathering of air force personnel. The country's top cleric was marking the occasion when Iran's air force gave its support to revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a key event which led to...
  • Iran anniversary will be 'punch' to West: Khamenei

    02/08/2010 3:50:50 AM PST · by maquiladora · 43 replies · 1,987+ views
    (AFP) – 29 minutes ago TEHRAN — Iran's all powerful supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution would be a "punch" to the world's "arrogant" powers that would stun them. "The Iranian nation, with its unity and God's grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned," Khamenei, who is also Iran's commander-in-chief, told a gathering of air force personnel.
  • Iran Leader Predicts Destruction Of Israel

    01/27/2010 2:29:15 AM PST · by Strategy · 19 replies · 1,078+ views
    AFP ^ | January 27, 2010
    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is confident Islamic nations will one day watch the destruction of arch-foe Israel, his website Wednesday quoted him as saying.
  • Iraqi MP: Iraq Should Use Mujahideen-e Khalq and Iranian Opposition Groups against Iran

    01/24/2010 4:35:39 PM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies · 396+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 1-24-10
    Iraqi MP Sayyed Ayad Jamal Al-Din: Iraq Should Use Mujahideen-e Khalq and Iranian Opposition Groups against Iran The following are excerpts from an interview with Iraqi MP Sayyed Ayad Jamal Al-Din, which aired on Al-Aan TV (UAE) on January 9, 2010. According to his website Ayad Jamal Al-Din was elected to Iraqi parliament in 2005 on the Iraqi National List, but grew disenchanted with the Iraqi government and founded the Al-Ahrar party, which he heads, and is running as a candidate in the 2010 Iraq elections. ·         To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2347.htm.·         For more on...
  • 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,...
  • Is Iran's Spiritual Leader Awash in Earthly Wealth?

    01/06/2010 4:59:31 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies · 394+ views
    Sphere ^ | January 6, 2010 | Theunis Bates
    LONDON (Jan. 5) -- Iran's supreme leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, likes to portray himself as a simple man of faith, interested only in spiritual -- not material -- wealth. But an exiled Iranian filmmaker says that behind this frugal front, Khamenei luxuriates in an opulent lifestyle supported by an ill-gained fortune of about $30 billion. Celebrated director and Iranian opposition spokesman Mohsen Makhmalbaf laid out his exhaustive evidence of Khamenei's highlife on his personal Web site (a translated version can be read here), after interviewing ex-Intelligence Ministry officials and former Khamenei household employees who have fled abroad. His sources...
  • In the face of protests, Iran's leaders are at an impasse

    01/01/2010 9:12:31 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies · 649+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 31, 2009 | Ray Takeyh
    The mayhem that has swept over Iran in the past few days is once more calling into question the Islamic Republic's longevity. Recent events are eerily reminiscent of the revolution that displaced the monarchy in 1979... In the aftermath of recent disturbances, however, it is obvious that the lifespan of the Islamic Republic has been considerably shortened.
  • Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei loves caviar and vulgar jokes, defector claims

    12/31/2009 11:59:39 AM PST · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 758+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 31 2009 | Damien McElroy and Ahmad Vahdat
    A catalogue of the private opulence and eccentric tastes of 70-year-old Ayatollah Khamenei and his family has been compiled by Iran's opposition Green Movement from the accounts of the defector, who is said to be in hiding in France. Among his claims are that Ayatollah Khamenei has a voracious appetite for trout and caviar; is an avid hoarder of collectables from bejewelled pipes to fine horses; and that he suffers regular bouts of depression which are treated in part by audiences with a mid-ranking mullah who tells vulgar jokes.
  • Iranian Leader Ayatollah Khamenei's jet put on standby (for evacuation to Russia)

    12/30/2009 12:20:51 AM PST · by BP2 · 138 replies · 8,553+ views
    Radio Netherlands Worldwide ^ | 29 December 2009 - 7:46 pm | Radio Netherlands Worldwide
    photo: Ayatollah Khamenei (left) en Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (right) (EPA) Reports from Iran indicate that the Supreme National Security Council has ordered a complete check-up of the jet which is on standby to fly Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei and his family to Russia should the situation in Iran spiral out of control. The order, to the Pasdaran Revolutionary Guard Corps, was dated on Sunday, 27 December. A fax containing the order was sent to Dutch-based Shahrzad News.   In Iran, tens of thousands of pro-government supporters took to the streets on Tuesday, calling for leaders of the opposition to be...
  • Published Document States Khamenei Is Planning To Escape To Russia

    12/29/2009 1:40:14 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies · 1,268+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 4:53 AM | Jim Hoft
    A letter published on the Iranian websites claims that Ayatollah Khamenei is planning a possible escape to Russia.There were rumors floating around yesterday that Ayatollah Khamenei was preparing to flee Iran. Today Planet Iran posted a letter written on the official Islamic Regime letterhead that discusses Khamenei’s possible to escape to Russia. Iran Global website has exposed a document that discloses information on Khamenei and various authorities of the regime’s possible escape to Russia. The document is on the National Security Agency of the Islamic regime’s letterhead addressed from the office of the High Assembly of the Islamic Republic’s National...
  • (Vanity)KHAMENEI RAN FOR HIS PLANES! (Vanity)

    12/28/2009 11:43:43 AM PST · by DGHoodini · 20 replies · 1,649+ views
    Reports from inside Iran | DGHoodini
    Yesterday, in the heat of the protests, Mr "I am Gods agent on earth!" Khamemei, fled! He jumped in his helicopter, and flew to a nearby air base where he has 4 planes and air crews waiting on standby to fly him out of the country, on a moments notice! Leaving all of his supporters behind. He may not have left the country,...yet...But he's more than willing to leave the IRGC and his Secret Police to their fates, while he flys off to his billions stashed away in foriegn banks. He's ready to run like Robert!
  • Khamenei: Enemies Of The Regime Will Disappear Like Foam On The Water

    12/16/2009 12:33:28 AM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 493+ views
    Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Quote http://www.thememriblog.org/iran/blog_personal/en/22853.htm Blog Details Khamenei: Enemies Of The Regime Will Disappear Like Foam On The Water Referring to an incident in which a Student Day (December 7) demonstrators tore up a picture of founder of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that the enemies of the regime are "like foam on the water" and would disappear in the same way. Tehran prosecutor-general Jafari Dolatabadi announced that the regime had arrested students who tore up banners of Khomeini and Khamenei. Source: Irib.ir, Iran, December 14, 2009; Leader.ir,...
  • Iran clerics rally to support supreme leader

    12/12/2009 7:17:19 PM PST · by DGHoodini · 7 replies · 364+ views
    AP ^ | 12/12/09 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran - Tens of thousands of hardline clerics took part in state-sponsored rallies across Iran on Saturday in support of the country's supreme leader, after opposition students earlier burned photos of him. Hardliners were angered after pictures of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were burned in last week's protests and students denounced him as an "oppressor" - taboo-shattering actions rarely seen in Iran. Khamenei's supporters consider him to be above the law and answerable only to God and any criticism of him is interpreted by authorities as insulting Islam and punishable by long jail terms. "Long live Khamenei, our leader," clerics...
  • Iran's Khamenei named 'dictator of the year'

    12/10/2009 12:52:26 PM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 771+ views
    Oslo University 'honors' Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for his achievements in 'inspiring hostility among nations, increasing human suffering.' University professor says prize's aim to remind world of ongoing genocide, tortureA day before US President Barack Obama receives the Nobel Peace Prize, Norway presents an original initiative of its own. Oslo University decided to award Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with the "dictator of the year prize" Wednesday. Khamenei was chosen out of 11 candidates - selected by human rights experts - including North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, and Myanmar's General Than Schwe. Out of 4145...
  • Has Iran's Supreme Leader Disappeared?

    12/08/2009 6:01:36 AM PST · by alj770 · 36 replies · 2,152+ views
    Israel National News ^ | December 8, 2009 | Hana Levi Julian and Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
    An underground Iranian activist has told Israel National News that the country's highest official -- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei -- was spirited to a "secret place" for his own safety and that the nation's religious leaders are "scared." The source - an activist in the global Iranian pro-democracy movement who is involved in assisting a group of some 30,000 students located in Tehran and several other major cities - said Khamenei has disappeared. It is the Supreme Leader who controls Iran's foreign policy, and specifically its decisions regarding its nuclear development activities.
  • Iranian Jihadist Visits Terror Trends Bulletin

    12/03/2009 11:34:34 AM PST · by LSUfan · 1 replies · 386+ views
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 3 Dec 09 | Terrortrends
    This morning while we were going through our email we came across a notification of a comment on one of our old blog postings here on TTB. The posting that prompted the comment was our commentary on Barack Obama’s speech directed toward the leaders and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran back in March: The commenter dubbed himself “Mahdi,” which we think highly presumptuous on his part, but we suppose every man is entitled to his own delusions.
  • IRANIAN OFFICIAL: THE U.S. IS NO LONGER IMMUNE TO ATTACK

    11/22/2009 8:06:35 PM PST · by Cindy · 12 replies · 735+ views
    Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Iranian Official: The U.S. Is No Longer Immune to Attack At a November 21, 2009 conference in Qom, Ali Saeedi, Khamenei's representative in the IRGC, aimed a veiled threat at the US, saying that this country is no longer immune to attack. Assaults like 9/11 have proved that its stability can be compromised, he explained. Source: Fars (Iran), November 22, 2009 Posted at: 2009-11-22
  • Iran's Supreme Leader Cannot Be Removed

    11/15/2009 6:14:05 AM PST · by nuconvert · 17 replies · 1,059+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 13, 2009
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cannot be removed from his post because his legitimacy comes from God, an official close to Iran's most powerful figure was reported Friday as saying. Khamenei, whose public persona is usually above politics, stoked controversy in Iran when he endorsed the disputed victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June's presidential elections, which plunged Iran into its deepest internal crisis since the Islamic revolution of 1979. Supporters of defeated candidates staged protests that were crushed by police, saying the vote was rigged. Mojtaba Zolnour, a Khamenei representative in the elite Revolutionary Guards,...
  • Khamenei And The Student

    10/31/2009 8:13:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 854+ views
    SperoNews ^ | October 30, 2009
    Several Iranian websites, including the official site of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have published details of an unusual encounter between Khamenei and a student who publicly criticized the Iranian establishment. The encounter took place in an October 28 meeting between Khamenei and students in Tehran, during which the supreme leader said that questioning the disputed June 12 vote was the "biggest crime." According to the reports, a student from Sharif University, named by some websites as Mahmud Vahidnia, criticized the Iranian leader, state broadcast media, the postelection crackdown, and the closure of the reformist press -- for a...
  • The Turks, the Supreme Leader, and the Iranian people

    10/28/2009 3:00:28 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 405+ views
    Turkish prime minister Erdogan has flown back home after a 2-day visit to Tehran. It was a big deal in all senses of the term. He went to Iran with a large delegation, including three ministers, many businessmen, leaders of Parliament, scads of reporters, and television crews. He met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki, “President” Ahmadinejad, and other ministers. According to Iranians who were involved in the meetings, the two countries reached agreement on many issues, the upshot of which is a considerable tightening of the working alliance between them: –The creation of a joint airline; –The creation of a...
  • Latest on Khamenei Watch (not the latest, but interesting)

    10/23/2009 7:18:38 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 590+ views
    PajamasMedia/FasterPlease/Ledeen ^ | Oct. 18, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    Perhaps it will help put things in context by looking at the supreme leader’s recent movements. On October 5th he went from Tehran to Now Shar, where he visited a naval base and academy. Later that day he went to the city of Chaloos, preached a sermon, delivered a speech and returned to Now Shar. On the 6th he traveled by automobile to Ramsar, a very beautiful resort city, and which is graced by a palace of the late shah. Khamenei was supposed to spend three days there, but he wasn’t feeling well, and complained of difficulty in breathing. He...
  • Khamenei photo disproves death rumors

    10/17/2009 6:36:10 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 11 replies · 847+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 17 Oct 2009 | Dudi Cohen
    Picture from meeting between Iran's supreme leader, Senegal president puts to rest rumors of Khamenei's death Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's office released a picture of the leader from an official meeting he held Saturday with Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade. The picture is the first to be published since rumors about the Ayatollah sinking into a coma surfaced. Earlier this week, a website with close ties to the Iranian government claimed the rumors stemmed from western propaganda aimed at confusing the Iranian public and destabilizing the country According to earlier reports, the 70-year-old Khamenei collapsed Monday and was rushed...
  • Iranian website: No truth to rumors that Khamenei is in a coma

    10/16/2009 3:13:01 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies · 729+ views
    Ynet.com ^ | Published: 10.15.09, 19:14 / Israel News | Dudi Cohen
    An Iranian website on Thursday denied recent rumors regarding Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's health. Tabnak, which is affiliated with the regime in Tehran, called a report saying Khamenei had fallen into a coma or died a "shameless lie."
  • Iran Leader Dead, Opposition Says

    10/15/2009 11:06:05 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 88 replies · 4,750+ views
    Pravda ^ | 10/15/09
    Sources at the Iranian opposition said that the spiritual leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has died. The Iranian police have increased their activities in the streets of Teheran recently. For the time being, it is known that Khamenei lost consciousness on Monday afternoon and was hospitalized. Only his son and personal therapist have the right to visit Ayatollah at hospital. Khamenei reportedly lapsed into coma, although spokespeople for the Iranian opposition say that the spiritual leader has passed away. The Iranian administration has not commented the situation yet. Several western publications said that the information...
  • UPDATE - KHAMENEI DEATH BEING CONCEALED? (Raised eye-brow alert)

    10/15/2009 6:11:30 PM PDT · by Danae · 14 replies · 876+ views
    Anti-Mullah ^ | 10-15-2009 | Alan Peters
    Over the past month, rumors circulated that he was in a coma and his ruthless son Mojtaba was ruling (with Ahmadi-Nejad's help) in his father's name. This son visits prisons just to watch and participate in torture sessions of arrested demonstrators and take pleasure in raping some of them himself! Denial of Khamenei Senior's death has to overcome some visible changes: 1. Government buildings are being draped in black cloth. (Reports on this come from multiple Twitters). 2. All Islamic Iranian TV announcers have suddenly turned to wearind all black clothing. 3. Bassiji Suppression forces have poured into the streets...
  • Khamenei Reportedly Dead

    10/14/2009 12:25:27 PM PDT · by FARS · 186 replies · 13,164+ views
    AntiMullah & Sources Inside Iran ^ | 10/14/09 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources
    Khamenei has died. The formal announcement is expected to be made tomorrow morning (Tehran time) . Relative to this, all regime organizations including the official regime news agency "Seda va Sima" are beig draped in black.
  • Khamenei Said to be in Coma

    10/13/2009 4:57:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 1,482+ views
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | Oct. 13, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    This story has been floating around the net for the past day or so, but this report comes from a person who is in a position to know such things. As I know very well (having been gulled into wrongly announcing Khamenei’s death a while back), it is easy to be misled, and Khamenei has had previous medical emergencies in the past, and recovered, but the source is excellent. Nonetheless, it’s always smart to apply the Reagan Caution: Trust, but verify. I’m doing my best. Here is what he/she says: Yesterday afternoon at 2.15PM local time, Khamenei collapsed and was...
  • DFU SONG: Kiss Him Goodbye (na na na na...na na na na -- for Mullah Khamenei)

    10/12/2009 9:18:59 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 6 replies · 645+ views
    DFU news of the day in song ^ | 10-12-09 | Lyrics, DFU
    Khamenei on Deathbed? AntiMullah & Sources Inside Iran ^ | 10/12/09 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources Posted on Monday, October 12, 2009 4:11:02 PM by FARS "The health of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Beggar and Murderer has turned critical as was reported to our Central location at 11:30 last night (near midnight) by one of our influential supporters. It stated that the over all health of the Supreme Ruler Seyed Ali (Khamenei), Thief in Chief, the Plunderer and Killer has become critical". (Excerpt) Read more at antimullah.com ... MIDI - KISS HIM GOODBYE (intro) Na na na na...na...
  • Khamenei on Deathbed?

    10/12/2009 4:11:02 PM PDT · by FARS · 40 replies · 2,233+ views
    AntiMullah & Sources Inside Iran ^ | 10/12/09 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources
    "The health of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Beggar and Murderer has turned critical as was reported to our Central location at 11:30 last night (near midnight) by one of our influential supporters. It stated that the over all health of the Supreme Ruler Seyed Ali (Khamenei), Thief in Chief, the Plunderer and Killer has become critical".
  • The Iranian Revolution Will Not Be Televised (in the U.S.)

    09/21/2009 12:44:04 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 31 replies · 1,253+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Sept. 21 | Michael Ledeen
    When a tyrannical regime dies, you can see the symptoms in the little things. Late Friday afternoon, after millions (yes, millions–this according to Le Monde, France 2, and L’Express, with the BBC saying that the demonstrations were bigger than those at the time of the Revolution) of Greens mobbed the streets and squares of more than thirty towns and cities to call for the end of the regime, there was a soccer game in Azadi Stadium in Tehran. It holds about a hundred thousand fans, and it was full of men wearing green and carrying green balloons. When state-run tv...
  • Iran leader issues stern warning to opposition

    09/11/2009 7:18:32 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 3 replies · 295+ views
    Iran: Green Movement ^ | 9/11/09 | Iran: Green Movement
    TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran's supreme leader told the opposition on Friday they would face a harsh response if they drew their "swords" against the ruling establishment. The warning from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered at Friday prayers three months after a disputed poll that led to widespread unrest, was a clear message he would not tolerate any threat to Iran's clerical system of government. "Resisting the system and taking out the sword against the system will be followed by a harsh response," he told worshippers in a sermon broadcast live on state television.
  • The Death Spiral of the Islamic Republic II

    08/30/2009 6:11:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 1,015+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please - Ledeen ^ | August 29th, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    In the middle of the night, at 1:30 in the morning of Friday, August 14th, there was a large explosion at the monster petrochemical facility of the Iranian Pars Petrochemical Company in Bandar Assaluyeh. It is the biggest such plant in Iran, and the second largest in the whole Middle East (second only to one in Saudi Arabia). The explosion, which took place in pipes carrying Liquid Petroleum Gas (which is mostly propane), caused fires throughout the facility. It took at least three hours before the fires were brought under control. At least two persons died (fortunately, at that hour...
  • Senior Iranian cleric calls system a dictatorship

    08/26/2009 7:43:20 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 692+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's most senior dissident cleric has criticized the ruling system under Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a dictatorship in the name of Islam. Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri's comments are significant because although criticism of ruling figures has increased following the disputed June presidential election, public attacks against Khamenei are rare.
  • New alliance emerging in the Middle East (Syria, Iran, Irag & Turkey quadripartite?)

    08/26/2009 8:53:53 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 45 replies · 1,552+ views
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | Aug 25, 2009 | Samuel Segev
    Syrian President Bashar Assad's..visit was officially described as a goodwill trip to congratulate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his re-election as Iran's president. But what came out following Assad's meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, was an idea for an unofficial quadripartite alliance between Syria and Iran, with Turkey and Iraq....Turkey has begun to accept the possibility that its European dreams are unlikely to materialize... Obama...appears determined to announce his Middle East peace plan next month in New York in the presence of both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the chairman of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas
  • Khamenei Praises Syria's Resistance, Stresses Cooperation

    08/20/2009 6:46:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 486+ views
    Note: Photo included. # Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Khamenei Praises Syria's Resistance, Stresses Cooperation Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei yesterday praised Iran's key ally Syria for its "resistance" in the face of world powers, in a meeting in Iran with visiting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. "Syria’s most important characteristic among Arab countries is its steadfastness and resistance," Khamenei said, stressing Syria's "excellent standing" in the region. Khamenei said "the resistance front" in the Middle East "should strengthen its cooperation and ties... "America’s blade has become blunter in the region," Khamenei added. He continued, "The unity between...
  • Ignore "We the People" at Your Own Risk

    08/15/2009 7:19:49 PM PDT · by FARS · 28 replies · 1,142+ views
    AntiMullah ^ | August 15th, 2009 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources
    Am I writing about Islamic Iran or about America? What do you think? Other than the Iranian Mullah control of dissent with bloodshed, similarities are deafeningly apparent - for those who have the experienced eyes to see them. If like most Americans you are born, live and die within about 25 miles of your birthplace, you may not have the life experience nor studies of the world, to recognize that what is happening in Iran is a precursor , though still in diluted, infant form, of what is happening to us here in the USA today.
  • Call for probe into ayatollah’s leadership (investigate Supreme Leader Khamenei)

    08/14/2009 6:55:02 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 763+ views
    A GROUP of former reformist lawmakers appealed to a powerful clerical body in Iran to investigate Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s qualification to rule in an unprecedented challenge to the country’s most powerful man over the post-election crackdown. The former lawmakers’ appeal was to the Assembly of Experts, a body of clerics that under Iranian law has the power to name the supreme leader and, in theory, to remove him — though such a move has never been attempted. There was no response from the assembly to the letter. But even if the call is ignored and is only symbolic,...
  • Reformers call for probe of Iran supreme leader

    08/14/2009 7:15:07 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies · 288+ views
    Google/Hosted News/AP ^ | August 14, 2009 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI (AP)
    TEHRAN, Iran — A group of former reformist lawmakers appealed to a powerful clerical body in Iran to investigate Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's qualification to rule in an unprecedented challenge to the country's most powerful man over the postelection crackdown. The call came as controversy heated up Friday over allegations that protesters detained the crackdown were tortured. Hard-line clerics across the country demanded that a senior reform leader be prosecuted for claiming that some detainees were raped by their jailers.
  • Iran president confirmed without symbolic kiss

    08/03/2009 7:47:13 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies · 1,559+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's supreme leader bestowed his formal endorsement on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's second term as president on Monday but withheld a powerful symbolic gesture — the kisses and close embrace that portrayed their bond four years ago. The awkward and halting moment came when Ahmadinejad leaned forward to kiss Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to approve Ahmadinejad as election winner

    08/02/2009 6:15:39 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 458+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 3, 2009 | Martin Fletcher
    Iran’s Supreme Leader will officially endorse President Ahmadinejad’s re-election on Monday as the regime faces a fresh barrage of protests — this time over the “show trial” of more than 100 opposition figures detained in the crackdown that followed the hotly disputed ballot. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will approve Mr Ahmadinejad’s second term during a televised ceremony in Tehran attended by other regime leaders, and on Wednesday the President will take the oath of office before Iran’s parliament. Seven weeks after the election, however, the regime is still battling to crush the resistance of millions of Iranians who believe that the...
  • Thousands of Inmates Freed in Iran after Amnesty by Leader (making room for political prisoners)

    07/31/2009 10:23:06 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies · 237+ views
    FARS News Agency ^ | 2009-07-31 | FNA
    "17,000 prisoners were freed after amnesty and commutation of punishment term of a number of prisoners by the Supreme Leader," State Prisons Organization's Deputy Director for Management and Resource Development Mohammad Ali Zanjirehi told FNA on Friday. "40 percent of the country's inmates, who account for around 68,000 people, were liable to the amnesty," Zanjirei said, adding that 17,000 out of the 68,000 inmates have been freed and the rest have enjoyed commutation of their terms or will be granted leaves in final months of their incarceration.
  • Why Iran's regime is at odds with itself

    07/31/2009 6:02:04 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 602+ views
    Three clocks are ticking for the rattled rulers of Iran. One clock, which they see in their favor, is a countdown to the day, perhaps a year or so away, when the country's scientists gain the capacity to produce a nuclear weapon. A second counts the time until a September deadline, set by President Obama, for Tehran to respond to an offer of talks on the nuclear issue or face a stern response. But it is the third clock, one that will influence the other two, that matters most to the regime of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President...
  • Reports of Prison Abuse and Deaths Anger Iranians

    07/28/2009 10:18:15 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies · 371+ views
    New York Times (Middle East) ^ | July 28, 2009 | ROBERT F. WORTH
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Some prisoners say they watched fellow detainees being beaten to death by guards in overcrowded, stinking holding pens. Others say they had their fingernails ripped off or were forced to lick filthy toilet bowls. The accounts of prison abuse in Iran’s postelection crackdown — relayed by relatives and on opposition Web sites — have set off growing outrage among Iranians, including some prominent conservatives.
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces hardline revolt in Iran

    07/28/2009 5:22:33 AM PDT · by Libertarian Jose · 16 replies · 1,975+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 Jul 2009 | Damien McElroy
    The Iranian leader found himself at the centre of bitter infighting within the Iranian establishment when he dismissed his intelligence minister after his choice for vice-president was overruled by the country's Supreme Leader. The backlash intensified when another minister offered his resignation in protest at Mr Ahmadinejad's move at the weekend. The tit-for-tat exchange between feuding elites threatened his already embattled grasp on power after his disputed election victory in the presidential election last month which provoked street protests and allegations of mass fraud at the ballot box.
  • Iran supreme leader closes prison over abuses

    07/28/2009 5:01:11 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 427+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's supreme leader ordered the closure of a prison where rights workers say protesters detained in the country's election turmoil have died, officials said Tuesday, as the head of the opposition sharply condemned the wave of arrests. The order by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was a nod to concerns over the treatment of the hundreds arrested after the disputed June 12 presidential election. Authorities appear to be paying greater attention to the complaints after the son of a prominent conservative figure died in prison — reportedly the same one closed by Khamenei.
  • McCotter on Khamenei in Iran--Your Referendum Has Been Held and You Have Failed Your Test

    07/25/2009 4:53:10 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 311+ views
    ConrgessmanThaddeus McCotter ^ | July 21, 2009 | Rep. Thaddeus McCotter
    Mr. McCOTTER. Madam Speaker, the Iranian people's peaceful struggle for freedom continues despite the tyrannical regime's barbarous crackdown. In fact, in his Friday's sermon, former President Rafsanjani called into question the legitimacy of the present government and rebuked the regime for its crackdown on peaceful protesters and its cavalier rejection of the cries that the election was stolen. Finally, former President Rafsanjani called upon the regime to free and fully account for all those peaceful freedom seekers who have been arrested in the repression. Then, on Sunday, former President Khatami called for a referendum on the legitimacy of the Iranian...