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  • Iranian Alert - September 27, 2006 - Pentagon report critical of US broadcasts into Iran

    10/02/2006 11:58:53 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 888+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.27.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Pentagon report critical of US broadcasts into Iran.   Mercury News reported that a Pentagon unit has drafted a report charging that U.S. international broadcasts into Iran aren't tough enough on the Islamic regime.   The US military on the Islamic Republic's military.   Middle East Newsline reported that the US military officials have assessed that Iran's military was the second most powerful in the Middle East.   Russia finally sets a startup date for Iran's nuclear power plant.   Bloomberg reported that Iran's first nuclear power plant, a Russian-built project, will begin operating by September...
  • Iranian Alert - September 26, 2006 - "Islam is not compatible with democracy." Next Supreme Leader?

    09/27/2006 8:58:52 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,313+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.27.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story "Islam is not compatible with democracy.” - The next Supreme Leader? The New York Times reported concern that Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, is trying to expand his already growing power by packing the "assembly of experts" (which has the power to elect the Supreme Leader) with his loyalists. He said: “Democracy means if the people want something that is against God’s will, then they should forget about God and religion.”   BBC radio's pro-Islamic Republic campaign of misinformation. Ardeshir Dolat reported that the BBC radio 4 in Britain has started a campaign of misinformation on Iran. Its...
  • Iranian Alert - September 25, 2006 - Is Iran about to launch a war in northern Iraq?

    09/25/2006 10:21:52 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 14 replies · 1,451+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.25.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Is Iran about to launch a war in northern Iraq? DEBKAfile reported that a new Middle East war is in the offing with Turkish and Iranian air units are poised for an imminent coordinated invasion of the northern Iraqi Kurdistan. The report claimed Iranian and Turkish assault troops are already deployed 7-8 km deep inside Iraqi territory. The EU/Iran have weeks to agree on an agenda for more talks. Reuters reported that France said that EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran had weeks rather than months to agree an agenda for talks about...
  • Iranian Alert - September 24, 2006 - EU3 cave into Iran

    09/25/2006 9:21:54 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 2 replies · 772+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.24.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story EU3 cave into Iran. Reuters reported that France, Britain and Germany would be willing to begin talks with Iran even if it has not suspended its nuclear enrichment program first, but Washington would not take part.   Islamic Republic tries to crush new Azeri dissent. Regnum reported the arrest of five Azeri after troops were deployed by the authorities in order to prevent massive rallies by Azeri’s against opening new schools in Farsi.   Pakistan surrenders region to Taliban and Al Qaeda? Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & Bill Roggio, The Weekly Standard reported that the government of Pakistan...
  • Iranian Alert - September 23, 2006 - Ahmadinejad: Rabbis more critical of 'Zionists' than Iran

    09/23/2006 11:23:10 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 16 replies · 1,179+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9/23/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Iranmania LONDON, September 23 (IranMania) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said rabbis are criticising the 'Zionist' regime more than the Islamic Republic of Iran, IRNA reported. Speaking to reporters after his 10-day visit to Senegal, Cuba, Venezuela and the UN General Assembly in New York, the president said he held a lengthy meeting with Jewish clerics in the US. "They expressed their concerns to us over the behaviour of the Zionists," he added. The president also said that during the visit, he explained Iran's principled stand on a host of issues during meetings with various groups...
  • Iranian Alert - September 22, 2006 - Ahmadinejad crushes CFR hopes for a "grand bargain."

    09/22/2006 9:58:27 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 19 replies · 1,540+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.22.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ahmadinejad crushes CFR hopes for a "grand bargain." The New York Times reported that Ahmadinejad met with two dozen members of the Council on Foreign Relations, then ending the evening by asking whether they were simply shills for the Bush administration.Kenneth R. Timmerman, FrontPageMagazine.com reported that while the CFR has consistently promoted a "grand bargain" with the regime in Tehran and ex-CFR staffer Susan Maloney at the State Department has vetoed funding of the Iranian opposition radio and TV broadcasts, and training for opposition groups inside Iran, on the grounds that it might offend the Tehran...
  • Iranian Alert - September 21, 2006 - Ahmadinejad tells big lies largely unchallenged by the media

    09/21/2006 10:30:35 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,055+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.21.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ahmadinejad tells big lies but is largely unchallenged by the media. MSNBC and NBC News published an interview with Ahmadinejad in which he claimed that while the US “... speak of war so easily, as if it’s on their daily agenda. We never speak of war.”Los Angeles Times reported that Iran's president told the United Nations that the organization had become a tool used by the world's powerful to oppress the weak, and call.   Chavez calls Bush "the devil." Drudge Report published the full text of Venezuelan President Chavez remarks at the UN General Assembly....
  • Iranian Alert - September 20, 2006 - Ahmadinejad attempts to rally the world against the US

    09/20/2006 5:47:21 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 939+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.20.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ahmadinejad attempts to rally the world against the US. Vital Perspective published the full translated text of Ahmadinejad's UN speech. A few excerpts... On the nuclear issue: "All our nuclear activities are transparent, peaceful and under the watchful eyes of IAEA inspectors." On the US and Britain: "They consider themselves the masters and rulers of the entire world." On human rights: "Should respect for the rights of human beings become the predominant objective, then injustice, ill temperament, aggression and war will fade away." He ended with: "Oh, Almighty God... upon humanity that thirsts for justice, the...
  • Iranian Alert - September 19, 2006 - Ahmadinejad invited to speak to the CFR in NYC.

    09/19/2006 6:21:48 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 11 replies · 1,385+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.19.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ahmadinejad invited to speak to the CFR in NYC. One Jerusalem has confirmed that the President of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Left-leaning establishment organization in New York, is inviting major civic, business, and political leaders to meet Iran's tyrannical President Ahmadinejad this week, when he is in New York. They asked for your help.Eli Lake, New York Sun reported that Jewish leaders in New York are spurning a request from the Council on Foreign Relations to meet with the president of Iran when he arrives for the U.N. General Assembly.Ken Timmerman, Iran.org reported a...
  • Iranian Alert - September 18, 2006 - The Islamic Republic's media campaign in the US.

    09/18/2006 9:49:49 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 844+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.18.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The Islamic Republic's media campaign in the US. Daniel M. Zucker, Global Politician reported on the Islamic Republic's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (VEVAK) sophisticated campaign of disinformation, learned from the Soviet KGB, and its work in the United States. A must read. UNSC to act this week on Iran? CNN News reported that Condoleezza Rice said the United States expects to "make some movement forward" on a sanctions resolution when U.N. diplomats convene in New York next week.The New York Times reported that after intense talks about Iran's nuclear program, the United States and...
  • Iranian Alert - September 17, 2006 - A mini cold war is starting in the Middle East.

    09/18/2006 1:26:23 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 838+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.17.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story A mini cold war is starting in the Middle East. Amir Taheri, Asharq Alawsat argued that a mini cold war in the Middle East is likely to begin with a Western push for regime change in Syria.   Bush won't meet Ahmadinejad at the UN. He has other plans. Iran Focus reported that United States President George W. Bush ruled out meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York where world leaders will gather next week.   Another meaningless meeting of the major powers and...
  • Iranian Alert - September 16, 2006 - Pakistan releases 2500 Al Qaeda and Taliban

    09/17/2006 10:29:48 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 871+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.16.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Pakistan releases 2500 Al Qaeda and Taliban. The Telegrah reported that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's government had authorized the release from jail of 2,500 Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters caught fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan. Krauthammer: Bush preparing for war with Iran. Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post reported that President Bush said "It's very important for the American people to see the president try to solve problems diplomatically before resorting to military force." "Before" implies that the one follows the other. The signal is unmistakable.The Washington Post asked President Bush what he would say to...
  • Iranian Alert - September 15, 2006 - Iran denounces Pope, asks for apology

    09/16/2006 1:03:17 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 33 replies · 1,736+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9/16/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Xinhua TEHRAN, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Iran denounced Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday for his recent comments on Islam and requested a apology, the official IRNA news agency reported The pope's remarks were "contradictory to his status as the leader of one of the world's divine faiths," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini was quoted as saying. The remarks made by the pope, "emanate from political interpretations and are contrary to the divine notions, we consider it's a big mistake... and we condemn them," he added "In order to prevent the indignation of the Muslim's world,...
  • Iranian Alert - September 14, 2006 - The lies Khatami spoke in the US

    09/16/2006 12:08:31 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 977+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.14.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The lies Khatami spoke in the US. Amir Taheri, New York Post reported that in his recent speeches in the US, Khatami used a vocabulary carefully designed to hoodwink the Americans. The trick was reinforced by the fact that he often said one thing in Persian, while the interpreter said something else in English for the benefit of the Harvard audience. A must read.   The West is still divided on what to do next with Iran. New Press reported that key European nations called on Iran to negotiate its nuclear dispute with the international community,...
  • Iranian Alert - September 13, 2006 - Sharansky: A troubling story from Putin.

    09/14/2006 8:57:07 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 1,059+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.13.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Sharansky: A troubling story from Putin. Natan Sharansky, Los Angeles Times reported that in 2000, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin told me a story that he has been unable to get out of his mind. The story involves a nephew, a suitcase, a train to Manhattan and a nuclear bomb.   France's Sarkozy: Iran is an outlaw nation. NDTV reported that French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said that Iran had "made itself into an outlaw nation" and must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.   Did Bush promise a pre-emptive attack on Iran? Mario Loyola,...
  • Khatami's Conversion: As covered in the Iranian press

    09/14/2006 5:55:27 PM PDT · by Zender500 · 6 replies · 662+ views
  • Khatami's Disdain for Zahra Kazemi: Dialogue as Brutality

    09/14/2006 9:36:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 653+ views
    TelosPress ^ | Sept. 11, 2006 | Russell Berman
    Khatami's Disdain for Zahra Kazemi: Dialogue as Brutality by Russell Berman Former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami advocates a dialogue between civilizations, and Harvard defended its controversial decision to give him the prominent forum of the Kennedy School invitation because of the importance of the free exchange of ideas. Yet Khatami evidently cannot tolerate dialogue within a civilization, i.e., free and open discourse within Iran; and Harvard has given a forum of freedom to freedom's enemy. This became painfully evident in a detail of the exchange following his speech. An Iranian in the audience questioned him about an egregious case of...
  • Khatamis Discourse of Deception--A mullahs lies at Harvard

    09/14/2006 7:22:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies · 401+ views
    Frontpagemagazine/NY Post ^ | 9-14-06 | Amir Taheri
    40-odd years ago, Iranian filmmaker Shin Nazerian produced a movie about a tough guy from a rough Tehran neighborhood who ends up in New York. A comedy of the clash of cultures, it was an instant hit. One of the first things our tough guy did on arriving in the Big Apple was to "edit" his name to Mr. Small, to reassure the natives. This week, another visitor from Tehran came to New York as part of a U.S. tour that included a session at Harvard University - and took a cue from Mr. Small. The visitor was the former...
  • Lies They Loved at Harvard

    09/14/2006 2:27:51 AM PDT · by drellberg · 18 replies · 1,078+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 13, 2006 | Amir Taheri
    "He used a vocabulary carefully designed to hoodwink the Americans without angering his fellow Khomeinists back home. The trick was reinforced by the fact that he often said one thing in Persian, while the interpreter said something else in English for the benefit of the Harvard audience."
  • Iranian Alert - September 12, 2006 - Khatami questioned at Harvard and slips.

    09/13/2006 8:45:30 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 1,811+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.12.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Khatami questioned at Harvard and slips. Russell Berman, Telos reported on a Khatami's response at Harvard to a question from an Iranian in the audience who questioned him about the case of the suppression of free speech: the arrest, rape and murder of Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi. Khatami's answer was very revealing.Yahoo News reported Khatami was met by protesters when he arrived at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Many angrily called on him to stand up for human rights where Harvard College Democrats teamed with their Republican peers for the protest.   Blair warns the West...
  • Politically correct perfidy-Harvard has advanced anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-liberal agenda

    09/12/2006 7:28:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies · 500+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9-12-06 | CAROLINE GLICK
    Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, left, arrives at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government on Sunday. Last Friday, Harvard University's student newspaper The Crimson had a noteworthy front page. The top headline read, "Students plan to protest Khatami's visit." The second headline read, "Cheney visits Harvard Club through backdoor." The first story referred to plans by student groups to protest Harvard's Kennedy School of Government's decision to invite former Iranian president Muhammad Khatami to speak at the school on Sept. 10. The second story reported how Vice President Richard Cheney was forced to enter the Harvard Club in...
  • Iranian Alert - September 11, 2006 - Islamic Republic's sub missile launch a fake

    09/12/2006 9:15:47 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,237+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.11.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Islamic Republic's sub missile launch a fake. Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. military intelligence has determined that a video released by the Iranian government purporting to show a test of a new submarine missile is bogus. it matched a video of an earlier Chinese test. "It's the identical launch," a Pentagon official said. "The plume, everything, is the same."   Ahmadinejad visits Venezuela and Cuba. IranMania reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to hold talks next week in Venezuela to meet with Chavez who recently told cheering students that "we should unite and save...
  • Khatamis good will hunt: Harvard speech draws protest

    09/12/2006 5:11:38 AM PDT · by billorites · 8 replies · 605+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | September 11, 2006 | Jessica Fargen
    Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami rolled through Harvard on his feel-good tour of the United States yesterday extolling democracy and peace, principles at odds with the regime he led for eight years. One should not and ought not engage in violence in the name of any religion, Khatami said in his speech yesterday at Harvards Kennedy School of Government, which drew about 200 protesters outside, and periodic approving applause along with critical questions inside. The speech, entitled The Ethics of Tolerance in the Age of Violence, was followed by a Q & A session in which some audience members drilled...
  • Iranian Alert - September 10, 2006 - Khatami served with a court summons at CAIR reception

    09/11/2006 9:25:07 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 1,286+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.10.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Khatami served with a court summons at CAIR reception. PRNewswire reported that seven Jewish-Iranian families have filed suit in an American federal court against former President Mohammad Khatami over charges that he is responsible for the kidnapping and torture of their missing family members. The summons was served on Khatami at a reception hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Bush personally signed off on Khatami's visit. Paul Gigot, The Wall Street Journal interviewed President Bush on Iran who said he personally signed off on the U.S. visit this week by former Iranian President Mohammad...
  • Former Iranian President Condemns Bin Laden (defends hezbollah)

    09/11/2006 5:27:17 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 333+ views
    AP ^ | Sept 11, 2006
    Former Iranian President Condemns Bin Laden - Khatami Also Defends Groups Such As Hezbollah CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, former Iranian president Mohammed Khatami condemned Osama bin Laden and suicide bombings but also defended groups such as Hezbollah for what he characterized as resistance against Israeli colonialism. In a 30-minute speech given under tight security at Harvard University, Khatami repeatedly praised the concept of democracy but said American politicians, since World War II, have been infatuated with "world domination." Khatami, who spoke in Farsi and had his speech relayed through...
  • Murder in the Cathedral (Washington Cathedral Khatami Video)

    09/10/2006 9:37:47 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 240+ views
    pajamasmedia ^ | Sept 9, 2006
    Murder in the Cathedral Sept 9, 2006 An Exclusive Pajamas Media video presentation on Iranian President Khatamis visit to the Washington National Cathedral. Produced by Andrew Marcus with Richard Miniter. Among those interviewed are journalist Eli Lake and Amir Abbas Fakhravar, an Iranian dissident jailed during the Khatami regime. See original link for video link
  • Khatami condemns bin Laden, praises Hizbullah for 'resistance' against Israel

    09/10/2006 8:19:07 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 9 replies · 424+ views
    Ynet ^ | 09.11.06, 02:20
    Khatami condemns bin Laden, praises Hizbullah for 'resistance' against Israel Published: 09.11.06, 02:20 On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, former Iranian president Mohammed Khatami condemned Osama bin Laden and suicide bombing but also defended groups such as Hizbullah for what he characterized as resistance against Israeli colonialism. In a 30-minute speech given under tight security at Harvard University, Khatami repeatedly praised the concept of democracy but said American politicians since World War II have been infatuated with "world domination." Khatami said he was one of the first world leaders to condemn "the barbarous acts"...
  • Shame on Harvard (Photos from the anti-Khatami protest)

    09/10/2006 7:10:45 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 23 replies · 2,578+ views
    Publius Pundit ^ | 10 Sept. 2006 | Robert Mayer
    When I heard about the protests planned against Khatamis speech at Harvard, I knew just the guy to contact. I emailed Jesse Sage over at HAMSA and he filled me in on all the information. Khatami was to speak at 4:00 p.m. so the protests would start around three. We arrived in Harvard Square outside of the Kennedy School of Government just before then, and people were already gathering by the dozens. It wasnt just the people I knew from HAMSA and the Iran Freedom Concert Coalition, either. There were many, from pro-Israel Jews to Americans concerned about our security...
  • Families Of Kidnapped Persian Jews Sue Khatami In US Court (Good for them!)

    09/10/2006 1:20:50 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies · 852+ views
    prnewswire ^ | Sept. 9, 2006
    Families Of Kidnapped Persian Jews Sue Khatami In US Court Law suit alleges visiting Iranian implemented anti-Semitic policy of torture and imprisonment NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven Jewish-Iranian families have filed suit in an American federal court against former President Mohammad Khatami over charges that he is responsible for the kidnapping and torture of their missing family members. The families, currently residing in Los Angeles and Israel, contend that Khatami instituted the policy of imprisoning their relatives without trials and refusing to provide them any information concerning their whereabouts. The Jews were arrested on different occasions during the...
  • Khatami In Harvard: Mullahs and Liberals Not That Different

    09/09/2006 4:30:02 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 13 replies · 1,113+ views
    The People's Cube ^ | 9/8/2006 | Red Square
    While former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's visit to the land of The Great Satan is welcomed by all progressive sleeper cells inside this country, his message of tolerance and moderation has become an object of vicious attacks from such hate groups as the Episcopal Church, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's office. The controversy is largely fueled by Mullah Khatami's planned visits to Harvard, Georgetown University, Columbia University, and the University of Virginia for a round of introspective talks and consultations aimed at helping the progressive academic community better to understand their role in the Global...
  • Families Of Kidnapped Persian Jews Sue Khatami In US Court

    09/09/2006 5:47:52 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 22 replies · 531+ views
    PR NewsWire/Yahoo ^ | September 9, 2006 | Press Release
    NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven Jewish-Iranian families have filed suit in an American federal court against former President Mohammad Khatami over charges that he is responsible for the kidnapping and torture of their missing family members. The families, currently residing in Los Angeles and Israel, contend that Khatami instituted the policy of imprisoning their relatives without trials and refusing to provide them any information concerning their whereabouts. The Jews were arrested on different occasions during the years 1994 through 1997, as they sought to leave Iran across its border with Pakistan. On Friday evening copies of the complaint...
  • Bush personally signed off on Khatami visit: WSJ

    09/09/2006 5:36:56 PM PDT · by wjersey · 29 replies · 931+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/9/2006 | Staff
    President Bush personally signed off on a visa allowing former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami to visit the United States because he wanted hear his views, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. Khatami, who was Iran's president from 1997 to 2005, is the most prominent Iranian in decades to visit the United States, outside of the United Nations' New York headquarters. His five-city speaking tour is controversial given U.S. accusations Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, sponsors terrorism and arms Hizbollah guerillas in Lebanon. "I was interested to hear what he had to say," Bush told the Wall Street Journal in...
  • Iranian Alert - September 9, 2006 - Harvard Students Plan Khatami Protest

    09/09/2006 2:55:22 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 11 replies · 1,043+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9/9/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Harvard Crimson Student protestors seeking amends for human rights abuses in Iran will greet former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami when he makes a highly scrutinized appearance at the Kennedy School of Government on Sunday. Khatami, an Islamic cleric who led Iran from 1997 to 2005, is set to speak at 4 p.m. tomorrow on the Ethics of Tolerance in the Age of Violence at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. The Iran Freedom Concert Coalition, a student group that staged concerts to support Iranian dissidents last spring, is organizing the protest, which takes place when many...
  • Iran's Khatami: Suicide bombers hurt Islam (and WON'T go to Heaven)

    09/09/2006 11:47:40 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 34 replies · 743+ views
    Ynet ^ | 17:53 , 09.09.06
    Iran's Khatami: Suicide bombers hurt Islam Former Iranian president calls September 11 attacks 'atrocity,' says terrorists lack morality and will not go to heaven Former Iranian President Muhammad Khatami on Friday condemned the September 11 attacks against the United States as an atrocity and said suicide bombers did Islam an injustice and would not go to heaven. Three days before the fifth anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, the Shiite cleric urged Muslims to work against "Islamaphobia," which he said had grown since Islamic terrorists flew hijacked aircraft into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a...
  • Iranian Alert - September 8, 2006 - The under-reported Iranian opposition press conference

    09/09/2006 11:24:39 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 2 replies · 662+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.8.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The under-reported Iranian opposition press conference in Washington DC on Khatami's visit. Kenneth R. Timmerman, NewsMax.com reported on the press conference of former Iranian political prisoners and their relatives gave grisly testimony of torture under the regime of former president Mohammad Khatami, who is currently visiting the United States.Senator Sam Brownback, who attended the press conference, introduced the Iran Human Rights Act, which would establish a State Department special envoy for human rights and democracy in Iran, support Iranian pro-democracy and human rights groups, and reform U.S.-funded broadcasts to the Iranian people.U.S. Senator Rick Santorum said...
  • Torture Victims Blast Khatami Visit

    09/09/2006 6:22:39 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 5,948+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Sept. 8, 2006 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Torture Victims Blast Khatami Visit Kenneth R. Timmerman Friday, Sept. 8, 2006 WASHINGTON - Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., introduced legislation Thursday that would refocus U.S. government-funded broadcasting into Iran to "stand with the people of Iran." The Iranian regime's record of "repression, oppression, beatings and abuse ... was "a story that has been told too little," Brownback told reporters and Iranian-American activists. His "Iran Human Rights Act" would also appoint a "special envoy" to pro-democracy groups in Iran and in exile. "While we are focusing on [Iran's] nuclear weapons development, as we should, we cannot deny the human suffering of...
  • Khatami blasts wave of 'Islamophobia'

    09/08/2006 9:55:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 125 replies · 1,768+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/8/06 | William C. Mann - ap
    ARLINGTON, Va. - Iran's former president decried a wave of "Islamophobia" that he said is being spread in the United States by fear and hatred of Islam in response to terror perpetrated by Muslims. "In the crime of 9/11, two crimes were committed," Mohammad Khatami said. "One was killing innocent people. The second crime was masking this crime in the name of Islam." Under smothering security, with dozens of uniformed police and plainclothes American security personnel provided by the State Department, Khatami spoke Friday night at an event sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations called "The Dialogue of Civilizations:...
  • Khatami Comes to National Cathedral

    09/08/2006 5:24:38 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 826+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 9/08/2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    One of the most unsavory of the Iranian theocracy's numerous human rights abuses is its persecution of non-Muslims, including Christians. Not overly concerned with religious liberty, or even the plight of fellow Christians, Washington's National Cathedral is throwing open its doors today (Thursday) for former Iranian President and Islamic cleric Mohammad Khatami. Without any sense of irony, by him or the cathedral's Episcopalian masters, Khatami will talk about how the three "Abrahamic faiths" can build peace in the world. According to the National Cathedral's website, Khatami was the "first reformist president" of Iran following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Indeed, the...
  • Iranian Alert - September 7, 2006 - Bush ramps up the rhetoric on Iran

    09/08/2006 11:12:11 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 988+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.7.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Bush ramps up the rhetoric on Iran. John Pohoretz, The New York Post reported that President Bush just delivered what may be the most important speech of his presidency. The time has come, the president all but said yesterday, to take the gloves off with Iran.The Wall Street Journal reported that in a major speech President Bush quoted extensively from recent threats by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad such as his call for "a world without the United States and Zionism."   Ahmadinejad threatens Bush and the American people. Khaleej Times Online reported on a veiled threat...
  • Ideas for Signs to Bring to Khatami's speech at Harvard!

    Governor Mitt Romney declared yesterday he would not allow any state resources to be used to protect a former Iranian president during his visit to the Boston area this weekend, and he sharply criticized Harvard University for inviting Mohammed Khatami to speak on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. ``There are people in this state who have suffered from terrorism, and taking even a dollar of their money to support a terrorist is unacceptable," Romney, a potential candidate for the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nomination, said in a telephone interview yesterday. Romney said that...
  • U.S.-Iran Relations Khatami at national Cathedral today

    09/07/2006 5:15:06 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 5 replies · 426+ views
    cspan.org ^ | September 7, 2006 | Khatami
    Khatami, U.S.-Iran Relations National Cathedral Washington, District of Columbia (United States) ID: 194190 - 09/07/2006 - Former Iranian President Khatami spoke to reporters in the National Cathedral. Later in the day he made an address in the cathedral.
  • Former Iran president urges U.S. to stay in Iraq

    09/07/2006 12:58:35 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 23 replies · 804+ views
    Daily Progress ^ | September 7, 2006
    Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami told a University of Virginia audience today that American military forces should not leave Iraq immediately because violence would most likely break out. "We have reached a paradoxical stage," Khatami told an invitation-only group at the Rotunda. "On one hand the occupation must come to an end so that there will be peace in the region. At the same time, you can't leave Iraq in the hands of insurgents and terrorists. "If you asked me if America should leave Iraq tomorrow, I'd say no, don't do it." Khatami's trip to U.Va. was somewhat controversial, but...
  • Harvard dean stands by Khatami invitation: Dialogue with foes called valuable [BARF!]

    09/07/2006 9:17:16 AM PDT · by Alouette · 50 replies · 3,911+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Sept. 7, 2006 | Marcella Bombardieri and Maria Sacchetti
    CAMBRIDGE -- The dean of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government yesterday defended the decision to invite Mohammad Khatami to speak on the eve of Sept. 11, saying the United States needs dialogue with its enemies. ``Do we listen to those that we disagree with, and vigorously challenge them, or do we close our ears completely?" said David Ellwood, the Kennedy School's dean, in an interview with the Globe. Ellwood said he was disappointed in Governor Mitt Romney's refusal to give state protection to the former Iranian president during his visit. The dean said he approved the invitation,...
  • Security tight for Khatami (Iran's former leader to speak in Rotunda)

    09/07/2006 6:41:07 AM PDT · by DoctorMichael · 24 replies · 655+ views
    Daily Progress ^ | 9/7/06 | Aaron Kessler
    Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami speaks today at the University of Virginia, presenting his views on religion, democracy and current foreign affairs. Khatami, head of Iran until 2005, will address an invitation-only audience in the Rotundas Dome Room at noon. The building will be sealed off prior to the speech, with only pre-screened attendees allowed in. Khatami will not take direct questions, although written questions may be submitted in advance by the invited guests and a selected few will be posed to the former president after the speech. [snip]
  • Khatami's Propaganda Tour

    09/07/2006 4:25:15 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 12 replies · 488+ views
    Townhall ^ | 9/07/06 | Jeff Jacoby
    The Bush administration repeatedly warned that Iran would face serious consequences if it defied international demands to shut down its nuclear weapons program. So what did it do when Tehran blew off the Security Councils Aug. 31 deadline to stop enriching uranium? It promptly issued a visa authorizing one of Irans leading theocrats, former president Mohammad Khatami, to embark on a propaganda tour of the United States. It is the first such visa issued to an Iranian president since 1979, when Islamist radicals loyal to the Ayatollah Khomeini seized the US embassy in Tehran and held American diplomats hostage for...
  • Iranian Alert - September 6, 2006 - The opposition to Khatami's visit to the US heats up

    09/07/2006 12:23:08 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 1,067+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.6.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The opposition to Khatami's visit to the US heats up. Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner reported that Governor Mitt Romney today ordered all Massachusetts state government agencies to decline support, if asked, for former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami’s September 10 visit to the Boston area saying: “State taxpayers should not be providing special treatment to an individual who supports violent jihad and the destruction of Israel.”A Press briefing will take place in Washington D.C. September 7th on the visit of former President Khatami. Led by torture victims of the Islamic Regime, former political prisoners and opposition...
  • Khatami predicts US will back down

    09/06/2006 12:51:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies · 1,302+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 7, 2006
    On the eve of his first trip to the US capital, the former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami warned that US military action in the Middle East had backfired, producing greater terrorism and damaging America's long-term interests. But the danger of even greater instability in the region would ultimately prevent the US from staging military strikes against Iran over disputes about its nuclear intentions, he predicted during an interview in New York, where he was attending a United Nations conference. Although an attack on Iran would create "great damage", Hojatoleslam Khatami said, "prudence and wisdom" were likely to prevail because of...
  • Good Cop --- Bad Cop?

    09/06/2006 10:16:39 AM PDT · by happymom · 88+ views
    We've seen this act before. On the one hand, we have current Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatening to wipe Israel and the United States off the face of the map. He warns that those wanting good relations with Iran will have to "Bow down before the greatness of the Iranian nation and surrender. If you don't accept to do this, the Iranian nation will force you to surrender and bow down." But wait. We shouldn't take such whackjob rhetoric too seriously, according to former president Mohammed Khatami. "The practical policy of the Islamic republic has never been to eliminate or...
  • Bowing to Iran

    09/06/2006 5:58:32 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 448+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 06, 2006 | Jeff Jacoby
    Bowing to Iran September 06, 2006 The Boston Globe Jeff Jacoby Having warned repeatedly that Iran would face serious consequences if it defied international demands to shut down its nuclear weapons program, the Bush administration wasted no time when Tehran blew off the Security Council's Aug. 31 deadline to stop enriching uranium. It issued a visa authorizing one of Iran's leading theocrats, former president Mohammad Khatami, to embark on a propaganda tour of the United States. It is the first visa issued to an Iranian president since 1979, when Islamist radicals loyal to the Ayatollah Khomeini seized the US embassy...
  • War Backfiring on U.S., Khatami Says (Calls Strikes Against His Country Unlikely)

    09/06/2006 3:28:14 AM PDT · by John Carey · 35 replies · 750+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 6, 2006 | Robin Wright
    On the eve of his first trip to Washington, former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami warned that U.S. military action in the Middle East has backfired, producing greater terrorism, imperiling the future of Iraq and damaging America's long-term interests. But the danger of even greater instability in the region will ultimately prevent the United States from launching military strikes against Iran over disputes about its nuclear intentions, he predicted. Although an attack on Iran would create "great damage," Khatami said, "prudence and wisdom" are likely to prevail because of the incalculable "detriment and damage" it would cause to both the region...