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  • Cleric: Iranian President Should Punch Obama in the Mouth

    05/02/2014 12:27:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 5/2/2014, 6:15 AM | Elad Benari
    During a recent sermon in Tehran, an Iranian cleric criticized the United States and said that the Iranian president should “punch the American president in the mouth” if he “talks nonsense.” […] “When our top negotiators enter the room, they should know that when they face the Americans, they face a hostile enemy that cannot be trusted at all. Thank God, our top negotiators have acknowledged this a few times in the past. Just as you confront them during the negotiations, you must confront them on the level of political declarations… If the American president talks nonsense, our president should...
  • Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York

    09/24/2007 5:49:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 319+ views
    FrontpageMag ^ | September 24, 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York September 24, 2007 FrontPageMagazine.com Kenneth R. Timmerman What was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinking? Apparently the former Democrat believed that escorting Iran’s Hitler-wannabe president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the site of the September 11 memorial at Ground Zero would generate a terrific photo op. “Here I am with world leaders,” that type of thing. After all, Bloomberg has already made his appearance at the “World Leaders Forum” at Columbia University, so he was in the zone. And last year, U.S. News & World Report crowned him as one of America’s “best leaders.” But...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood's Long-Standing War On The West (US Politicians)

    02/02/2011 10:18:40 PM PST · by bronxville · 148 replies
    US Politicians Duped By The Brotherhood In the United States, one individual maintained a pretense of "moderation" which would later embarrass the left and the right. According to the testimony of Dr. Michael Waller to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Abdurahman Alamoudi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. A man born in Eritrea in 1951, he arrived in the US in 1979 and became a naturalized US citizen on May 23, 1996. From 1985 onwards he became involved in many Muslim groups. In 1990 he founded the Washington DC-based American Muslim Council (AMC), which Waller states "has...
  • Blair, Bush as Gulty as Saddam

    11/07/2006 9:47:44 AM PST · by Toddsterpatriot · 30 replies · 814+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | November 3, 2006 | Paul Craig Roberts
    Compared to current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's former President Muhammad Khatami is regarded in Western foreign affairs circles as a moderate. When Khatami visited the United States in September, he called on the America and Iran to stop verbally assaulting each other in the interest of dialogue that could build trust and eliminate the frictions between the two countries. Khatami said that the precondition for dialogue was "to eliminate the language of threat." In an attempt to "resolve conflicts by talking, rather than by aggression," the venerable Scottish University of St. Andrews invited Khatami to the United Kingdom for...
  • New U.N. Scheme: Alliance of Civilizations (Rosett)

    11/22/2005 8:18:40 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies · 785+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2005 | Claudia Rosett and George Russell
    NEW YORK — After the epic disaster of , one might imagine the United Nations would tread carefully before launching any new and controversial efforts. Hardly.Still reeling from scandals on many fronts, the U.N. has launched another questionable initiative, called the , which is due to hold its first meeting this weekend in Spain. The program has been widely touted by U.N. Secretary-General as a bridge across cultural and religious divides, but it involves a daisy-chain of dubious associations that casts serious doubt both on the project itself and on the U.N.’s ability to cut loose from the scandals of the past...
  • Iran Militia Halts Former President’s Speech

    12/27/2009 4:43:04 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 671+ views
    On Saturday night in Tehran, members of a pro-government militia broke into a mosque where former President Mohammad Khatami, a reformist leader, was speaking, forcing him to break off before concluding his remarks. As my colleague Nazila Fathi reports, “about 50 vigilantes armed with chains, batons and pepper spray disrupted a speech by Mr. Khatami at Jamaran Mosque in Tehran, the home mosque of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the spiritual leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.”
  • POwer Play Leadership Negotiations Behind Closed Doors in Iran

    10/17/2009 2:46:49 AM PDT · by FARS · 10 replies · 558+ views
    AntiMullah & Sources Inside Iran ^ | 10/17/09 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources
    EXCLUSIVE News Following previously posted news about the state of health (lack of it) of Supreme Ruler Ali Khamenei, a meeting took place at the Presidential Palace of Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad the Turd, on Pasteur Street, last night between 9 -11 p.m. and was attended by:
  • Iran Opposition Finds New Ways to Protest

    07/07/2009 6:18:16 PM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies · 500+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 8, 2009 | FARNAZ FASSIHI
    BEIRUT -- The three top leaders of Iran's opposition joined forces on Tuesday and their supporters began a three-day national strike, signaling a resurrection of protests even as Iran's president announced to the nation that the postelection turmoil was over. Opposition candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, joined by former President Mohamad Khatami, met to plot strategy and issued their first-ever joint statement, calling for an end to the government's arrests and what they called "savage, shocking attacks" on their advisers and supporters. Meanwhile, hundreds of opposition supporters quietly flocked to mosques or retreated to their homes to begin...
  • Call to execute 'rioters' in Iran

    06/27/2009 3:59:33 AM PDT · by don-o · 123 replies · 5,971+ views
    Aljazeera.net ^ | June 26, 2009
    A leading Iranian religious leader has called for the execution of "rioters" who have led a series of anti-government protests following the country's disputed June 12 presidential election. Ahmad Khatami, a member of Iran's Assembly of Experts, told worshippers during a sermon at Friday prayers that Iran's judiciary should charge such rioters as "mohareb", or one who wages war against God. "Anybody who fights against the Islamic system or the leader of Islamic society, fight him until complete destruction," Khatami said in the nationally broadcast sermon at Tehran University. "We ask that the judiciary confront the leaders of the protests,...
  • Iran election: protesters 'worthy of execution' says cleric

    06/26/2009 11:11:01 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 13 replies · 475+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | June 26, 2009 | Damien McElroy
    Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a member of the clerical leadership, used the platform of Friday prayers at Tehran University to level charges that the regimes opponents were "rioting" in defiance of God's will. Those arrested should be punished harshly, he said, while their leaders could face the death penalty as enemies of the Islamic Republic. Iran's regime strengthened its stance in the absence of mass demonstrations, which have come to an end after a brutal police and militia response led to the deaths of dozens of people. Tehran's defiance was challenged by President Barack Obama on Friday and by G8 foreign...
  • Iranian Cleric Cays "rioters" Should be Executed

    06/26/2009 8:30:33 AM PDT · by Islaminaction · 35 replies · 826+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | June 26Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    Hardcore Islamic cleric Ahmad Khatami is calling for the Iranian protesters to be executed. Unfortunately under Islamic law what he wants is legal. As Koran verse 5 32 allows for the death of anyone who is "spreading mischief in the land". Mischief can obviously be anything that they say it is.
  • Iran protests 'to go ahead'

    06/20/2009 2:30:08 AM PDT · by james500 · 23 replies · 1,659+ views
    BBC ^ | 6/20/2009
    A key rally against Iran's presidential elections will go ahead on Saturday - in defiance of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei - opposition sources say. The wife of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, and an aide to another rival candidate Mehdi Karroubi, said the rally would go ahead. Mr Mousavi later announced he would be giving a statement imminently. Police have warned they will deal "firmly" with any protest rally, which they said would be illegal. The warning follows an order from Ayatollah Khamenei on Friday that street protests should cease. On her page of the social networking website Facebook, Mr...
  • The mood as Iran votes: feverish, rowdy, tense

    06/12/2009 3:51:06 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 1 replies · 321+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | June 12, 2009 | George McLeod
    polls Friday to choose their president. The country is bitterly divided between the backers of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and those who support his biggest rival, Mir-Hossein Mousavi. A week of feverish campaigning has left both sides worried the other will somehow steal the victory. When reform-minded Mohammed Khatami stormed to power unexpectedly in 1997, it was said the streets were full of excited youth. But this week in Tehran, the enthusiastic crowds, numbering in the hundreds of thousands, were said to be greater. It was dawn Thursday, and the early morning call to prayer had already sounded before the...
  • IRAN: Will Obama meet Khatami at Turkey confab?

    04/06/2009 8:52:43 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 263+ views
    Babylon & Beyond ^ | Apr 5 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
    Iranian and Turkish media are all abuzz about the possibility that President Obama and former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami might meet at a U.N.-sponsored conference in Turkey this week. Hurriyet, the big Turkish daily, is reporting that since both men are expected to attend the Alliance of Civilizations conference in Istanbul on Monday and Tuesday, the odds of a chance encounter are high, although noting that "it was not clear as of yesterday if the two would be at the summit at the same time." Iran's conservative Mehr News Agency cited a close aide to Khatami as saying that "most...
  • Khatami 'to abandon' Iranian race

    03/16/2009 1:38:09 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 611+ views
    BBC ^ | 16 March 2009 | Staff
    Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami is to withdraw his candidacy from the country's June presidential election, the BBC understands. Mr Khatami was president of Iran from 1997-2005 and was succeeded by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a conservative. Mr Ahmadinejad is expected to stand for re-election. Mr Khatami's apparent decision to withdraw leaves Mr Ahmadinejad in a stronger position, says the BBC's Jon Leyne in Tehran. Despite heavy criticism of his management of the economy, among other things, Mr Ahmadinejad could well win another four years in power, our correspondent says. Mr Khatami was the most liberal president since the revolution. But he...
  • Iran elections: Newspaper warns Khatami faces assassination risk

    02/18/2009 9:52:20 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies · 425+ views
    Guardian ^ | 17 February 2009 | http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/roberttait
    Pro-Ahmadinejad comments seen as veiled threat Iran's most influential pro-regime newspaper has warned the country's reformist former president, Mohammad Khatami, that he risks being assassinated like the late Pakistani political leader, Benazir Bhutto, if he stands in the forthcoming presidential election. The warning from Keyhan ‑ a supporter of the radical president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ‑ is being seen as a thinly-veiled threat by hardliners that they will resort to violence to prevent Khatami winning June's poll. Khatami, who held the presidency between 1997 and 2005, announced his candidacy last week, prompting expectations of a bitterly-fought contest with Ahmadinejad. Analysts have...
  • Iranian mob attacks moderate ex-president Mohammed Khatami on anniversary

    02/10/2009 9:07:53 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 3 replies · 352+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | February 10, 2009 | Catherine Philp
    Iran’s former president was set upon by an angry stick-wielding mob today amid celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on the streets of Tehran. The attack on Mohammed Khatami came just two days after the reformist cleric announced he would be running against the hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June's presidential elections. Mr Khatami, then a little known cleric, came to global attention when he was elected to the presidency in 1997, capturing almost 70 per cent of the vote. Succeeded in 2005 by Mr Ahmadinejad, he blamed hardline elements in the clerical establishment for obstructing his...
  • Iran ex-leader welcomes US dialogue [ Rafsanjani ]

    02/09/2009 4:22:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 659+ views
    al-Jazeera ^ | Monday, February 9, 2009 | Al Jazeera and agencies
    A proposal by the United States to begin dialogue with Iran has been cautiously welcomed by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former Iranian president. Iran is also prepared to help Washington in its military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rafsanjani told Al Jazeera on Monday... Rafsanjani's comments came after Joe Biden, the US vice-president, said that Washington is open to negotiations with Tehran if it abandons its nuclear programme... The US and other Western powers say that Tehran's uranium enrichment programme is focused towards the manufacture of a nuclear weapon. Iran, for its part, says that it is not trying to...
  • Mohammad Khatami, Iran's former president, to stand in elections against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    02/08/2009 5:19:53 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies · 619+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/8/2009
    Mohammad Khatami, who served as Iran's first reformist president between 1997 and 2005 and oversaw a thaw in ties with the West, said on Sunday that he would run for the presidency again in the June election. The race will pit Mr Khatami against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has presided over a deterioration of ties with the West amid tensions over Iran's nuclear ambitions. "Here I am announcing that I will seriously take part as a candidate for the election," Mr Khatami, 65, said after he held talks with an association of moderate clerics. "I never had doubt. Is it...
  • Top Iranian reformer to challenge Ahmadinejad, reports say (Khatami)

    02/08/2009 11:32:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 1,102+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/8/09
    Ending weeks of speculation, former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami announced Sunday that he will run against the hardline incumbent, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to Iranian media reports. "I declare that I will stand for the next elections," Khatami told reporters on Sunday, according to Iran's state-run news agency, IRNA. Khatami, a leading reformist, had indicated for weeks that he intended to run in the June elections. Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency also reported that Khatami formally declared his candidacy on Sunday.
  • Openings for US-Iran Deal? (LoL - pathetically naive)

    10/13/2008 6:26:20 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 483+ views
    yahoo/The Nation ^ | Oct 13, 2008
    Oct 13,2008 The Nation -- The elections in Iran are nearly a year away, but it's encouraging to see the emerging possibility of a new bid for the presidency by former President Mohammad Khatami. Last week, he hinted that he's considering running against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the nutball whose support lies mainly in the paramilitary Basij force and elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Can Khatami ju-jitsu the all-powerful Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei and his election-rigging Guardian Council? Can Khatami loom so large that even Khamenei might choose to support him over Ahmadinejad? Might Khamenei decide to back Khatami as...
  • Khatami slams Ahmadinejad foreign policy

    09/22/2008 6:07:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 112+ views
    “Aggressive and sharp slogans play into the enemy’s hands to hurt the country and the system”, Kargozaran newspaper quoted the reformist Khatami as saying in a speech. “Fighting ‘global arrogance’ [the United States] should not mean increasing the costs of governing the country”. Khatami was alluding to the defiant position taken by his successor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the standoff with the West over Iran’s nuclear program, which has prompted three sets of UN sanctions. Since taking office in 2005, Ahmadinejad has also drawn international condemnation for his vitriolic verbal attacks on Israel, which he said was doomed to disappear. Khatami...
  • Khatami may challenge Ahmadinejad

    06/18/2008 6:40:23 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 126+ views
    The Peninsula ^ | June 18, 2008
    Khatami may challenge Ahmadinejad Tehran • Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami is considering opposing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in next year's presidential elections, Fars news agency reported yesterday. Khatami has sent a letter to renowned political personalities in Iran asking them to make an assessment whether he should run in next June's elections, Fars reported. There has been no reaction yet by Khatami himself to the report. The 64-year-old Khatami was president from 1997 to 2005 and initiated the reform wave in the country under the motto "dialogue among civilizations." His vision of an Islamic democracy however failed due to resistance by...
  • Iran ex-president rebuked over insurgent remarks

    05/06/2008 1:16:46 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 159+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | May 05 2008 | AFP
    TEHRAN (AFP) — Former Iranian president Mohamad Khatami was under fire from hardliners on Monday after comments interpreted as accusing the country's clerical leaders of supporting insurgents in the Middle East. The hardline Kayhan newspaper accused the reformist Khatami of tarnishing the Islamic republic's reputation by implying it was carrying out "sabotage" work in other countries through insurgent groups. In his speech, Khatami referred to the ambition of Iran's revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to export the 1979 Islamic revolution around the world, but expressed fear this wish was being distorted. "What did the imam (Khomeini) mean by exporting the...
  • Khomeini Granddaughter Slams Hard-Liners

    03/12/2008 1:16:33 PM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies · 484+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 12, 2008 | LEE KEATH and ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran - She is a granddaughter of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the 1979 Islamic revolution, but Zahra Eshraghi has long been a leader of reformers seeking to liberalize Iran. She sees dark days for the country, at least in the short run, given the hard-liners' lock on power. To break that hold, she says, former reformist President Mohammad Khatami must run against hard-line leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next year. "The only way to save the country is for Khatami to run next year in presidential elections. He is the only one who will defeat Ahmadinejad," Eshraghi told The Associated...
  • Khamenei Warns of 'Enemy Plots' Ahead of Iran Vote (Parliamentary elections)

    12/30/2007 6:59:09 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 200+ views
    YahooNews/AFP ^ | December 29, 2007
    Warns of 'Enemy Plots' Ahead of Iran Vote December 29, 2007 AFP/ Yahoo News! TEHRAN -- Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday urged Iranians to be alert against enemy plots ahead of legislative elections next March, in statements broadcast on state television. "The Iranian nation has to be alert" ahead of the polls, Khamenei told visitors in remarks made on the occasion of the Eid al-Qadir feast which commemorates the Prophet Mohammed's last sermon. Khamenei described the March elections as a major test of wills for the Iranian people. "The enemy may benefit from any negligence and hurt...
  • Why Iran’s Mullahs Must Have the Bomb?

    12/15/2007 6:12:16 PM PST · by Son of Dis · 8 replies · 387+ views
    Faith Freedom International ^ | December 15, 2007 | Amil Imani
    Why Iran’s Mullahs must have the bomb? Because their very survival depends on it; because they know how vastly unpopular they are at home; and because they have absolutely no legitimacy to exist, and the bomb would give them a greater freedom to obliterate the freedom-loving Iranian people with impunity and export their brand of Islam outside Iran’s boundary with carte blanche. Perhaps the most salient element of wanting to acquire the bomb is what the Ayatollah Khomeini was worried about: the existence of Islam in Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran is consciously aware that once its Islamic Empire...
  • Former Iranian president publicly assails Ahmadinejad (Don't be Fooled)

    12/12/2007 5:58:55 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 570+ views
    Former Iranian president publicly assails Ahmadinejad By Nazila Fathi Wednesday, December 12, 2007 TEHRAN: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policies were attacked Tuesday at Tehran's major university in an unusual speech by his predecessor, who warned that political suppression, questionable economic policies and defiance on the nuclear issue were leading Iranians in the wrong direction. The speech, by Mohammad Khatami, attracted more than 1,000 students at Tehran University, which has been a center of vocal protest against Ahmadinejad, who was elected in 2005. Khatami's criticism of Ahmadinejad has long been known. But his public denunciation of Ahmadinejad's policies was unusual because of...
  • Iran-Mexico deepens ties to Islam Calderon/Khatami in effort to bypass confrontational West

    12/08/2007 1:40:33 PM PST · by Tigen · 7 replies · 245+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | December 7, 2007 | Jerome R. Corsi
    In a little notice meeting reflecting growing ties between South America and the Islamic world, Mexican President Felipe Calderon welcomed former Iranian President Mohamed Khatami to Mexico City. The two leaders met Wednesday at Los Pinos, Mexico's official presidential residence, to discuss deepening cultural bonds with the Islamic world in the face of Western notions of a "clash of civilizations. The visit drew virtually no mention in the press outside of Mexico, even in Iran.
  • Iran's nuke news shows danger of trusting this regime

    12/05/2007 1:41:55 PM PST · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 101+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | December 05 2007 | MICHAEL RUBIN
    Congressional Democrats have seized upon the latest National Intelligence Estimate - which says Iran stopped pursuing nuclear weapons in 2003 - with great relish. They suggest it proves that not only did the Bush administration exaggerate the threat of a nuclear Iran, but that the White House, in its drive for hard-line sanctions backed by military force, has been far too skeptical of diplomacy. In a statement yesterday, Sen.Joseph Biden (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chastised President Bush, saying his "actions are doubly dangerous because they undercut the cooperation we need from other countries for dealing with...
  • Iran: Use of the word 'women' banned from state TV

    11/29/2007 5:21:56 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 38 replies · 150+ views
    AKI ^ | Nov 29 2007
    Tehran, 29 Nov. (AKI) - The word 'women' must now be replaced on Iranian state television by 'family', reformist Norouz news agency reports. In programmes broadcast throughout the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women last Sunday, Iranian state TV used the world family instead. In recent weeks, Iran's Centre for the Participation of Women changed its name to the Centre for Family Matters. At the time of former reformist president, Mohammad Khatami, the centre was set up within the president's office. Khatami was president of Iran from 1997 to 2005.
  • Khatami to Lead Iranian Opposition in Elections, Says Brother

    10/06/2007 6:55:53 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 463+ views
    Deutsche Presse-Agentur ^ | October 06, 2007
    Khatami to Lead Iranian Opposition in Elections, Says Brother October 06, 2007 Deutsche Presse-Agentur monstersandcritics.com Tehran -- Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami will lead the opposition coalition in next the country's March parliamentary elections, the cleric's brother told the Fars news agency on Saturday. 'As far as I know, he will not directly nominate himself but lead the (opposition) coalition,' Mohammad-Reza Khatami of the reformist Islamic Participation Front said. After the two defeats of the 2004 parliamentary and 2005 presidential elections, the reformist and moderate factions formed a coalition and hope to regain power in 2008. The Iranian parliament is...
  • Fooled by Winds of Reform

    08/24/2007 6:19:46 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 392+ views
    N.Y. Times ^ | August 24, 2007
    Fooled by Winds of Reform Camelia Entekhabifard On many early mornings in Tehran, my uncle Ali would bang on our door to deliver large heaps of mammoth mushrooms from the mountain of Shemiran. Every summer and early autumn when I saw thunderstorms gathering in the sky, I knew we would have giant bunches of wild, tasty mushrooms the following day. My uncle believed that the storms pushed the mushrooms up from beneath the mountain’s numerous stones. Mushroom hunters like Ali would wake up early the next morning to go after those fresh, juicy mushrooms and cut off their heads. As...
  • Iranian Ex-President Khatami Denounced for “Sex Scandal”

    07/03/2007 8:38:39 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies · 500+ views
    azconservative ^ | 28 June 2007 | John Semmens
    Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami's hardline foes have expressed outrage over video footage circulating on the Internet which seems to show the former president shaking hands with several women on a recent trip to Italy. According to Islam's Sharia law, it is forbidden for a man to have any physical contact with a woman to whom he is not related. Whether at home or on trips abroad, Iran's officials studiously avoid handshakes with females. Khatami denied that he had shaken hands with any woman on his trip, asserting that the person in the video who appears to be wearing a...
  • IRAN: KHATAMI'S CLERIC STATUS AT RISK OVER HANDSHAKE WITH ITALIAN WOMEN (Islamic Karma)

    06/15/2007 6:47:18 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies · 1,033+ views
    adnkronosinternational ^ | Jun-15-07 17:09 | AKI
    IRAN: KHATAMI'S CLERIC STATUS AT RISK OVER HANDSHAKE WITH ITALIAN WOMEN Tehran, 15 June (AKI) - Former Iranian president Mohamed Khatami could be tried by a religious tribunal and banned from preaching over a handshake, Iranian conservative papers report. Websites close to the ultraconservative government of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad such as Rajanews and Ansarnews said on Friday that an increasing number of clerics in the holy Shiite city of Qom believe the moderate cleric who was president of Iran from 1997 to 2005 should be convicted for his behaviour as recently demanded by Ahmadinejad's official biographer, Fatemeh Rajabi. Rajabi is...
  • Iran's Khatami: Pope Comments Still Hurt

    05/05/2007 2:05:42 PM PDT · by humint · 26 replies · 576+ views
    Global Chinese Christian News Service ^ | Saturday, May. 5, 2007 | The Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami met Friday with Pope Benedict XVI for talks the Vatican hoped would help heal tensions left from the pontiff's remarks on Islam and violence, but the Iranian said the wounds were still very deep. Khatami, a reformist in power from 1997 to 2005, had been scheduled to meet with Benedict in October but the meeting was canceled. No reason was given, but it was just weeks after Benedict's speech in Germany about Islam touched off protests across the Muslim world. On Friday, the two men spoke about the importance of "a...
  • Benedict XVI and Iran's former President Khatami Hold Meeting at Vatican

    05/04/2007 6:37:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 551+ views
    Asia News ^ | May 4, 2007 | Bernardo Cervellera
    Today's meeting at the Vatican between Mohammad Khatami and Benedict XVI was held under the banner of the "dialogue between civilizations." Iran's former president has for years been working for such dialogue which involves the clear expression of identity, profound respect for the religious element, and a critique of mathematical and materialistic reason. From this point of view, today's encounter is very much in line with the speech that the Pope made at Regensburg University last September.   Pope Benedict XVI's masterly lecture tended in fact to highlight a widening of reason that, by going beyond anti-religion Enlightenment thinking ("irrational"), allows for...
  • Pope to Receive Former Iranian President

    04/16/2007 8:25:59 PM PDT · by humint · 1 replies · 242+ views
    zenit ^ | APRIL 16, 2007 | zenit
    VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will receive in audience the former president of Iran, Mohammad Khatami. The director of the Vatican press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, confirmed Saturday that the former president will visit the Vatican on May 4. The politician from Tehran will be in Rome to participate in the meeting "Intercultural Dialogue: A Challenge for Peace." The event is organized by the Anastasis Association, an international association for Christian art and intercultural dialogue, and in collaboration with the Pontifical Gregorian University and Iran's Embassy to the Holy See. Khatami, a strong promoter of Benedict XVI's visit to...
  • Iran Former Pres. Khatami Continues Deceptive Presentation

    03/25/2007 2:48:09 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies · 474+ views
    newsblaze.com ^ | 03/25/07 | Willard Payne
    DELHI - The head of Iran's Association of Combatant Clerics, Mohammad Khatami, continued Tehran's campaign of deception by visiting Delhi to attend the conference given by the Institute of India. Khatami is the real leader of Iran's foreign policy. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, though he is President, is not a cleric. Clerics have been leading Iran's foreign policy since the Islamic revolution in Iran, 1979, led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. The Council of Guardians, the power behind Iran's government, has permitted a non-cleric to be head of state because they know that before Ahmadinejad's terms end in 2009 the Jihad would have...
  • Office Of Mohammad Khatami Raided

    02/14/2007 4:24:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 935+ views
    IranPressService ^ | February 13, 2007
    Office Of Mohammad Khatami Raided By Safa Haeri February 13, 2007 Tehran, 12 Feb. (IPS) The office of former reformist president of Iran Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Khatami has been “raided” overnight by unidentified people who have taken away all the computers, documents, fax machines and other equipments at the “Baran” and the International Centre for Dialogue among Cultures and Civilisations, it was reported on Monday 12 February 2007. “When employees at Baran (Foundation for Freedom, Development and Progress of Iran and the International Institute for Dialogue Between Cultures and Civilizations entered their offices on Monday morning, they found out that the...
  • Kerry at the Anti-American Forum;Iran and the Karbala attack

    01/28/2007 9:24:52 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies · 2,130+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | January 28, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    The World Economic Forum in Davos is a sanctuary for America-bashers. John Kerry was the star there yesterday. In case you missed it, Allah's got video and the lowdown. All I can say is: Thank God for the Swift Boat Veterans. Davos is getting feedback. LGF'ers are leading the charge. Matt at Blackfive notes that while Kerry schmoozed former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, evidence of Iranian special ops orchestration of the horrific attack on US troops in Kerbala is building.
  • These pics of Kerry and Khatami are from Iranian regime site.

    01/27/2007 9:30:58 PM PST · by nuconvert · 89 replies · 2,710+ views
    ISNA ^ | Jan. 27, 2007
    These pics of Kerry and Khatami are from Iranian regime site. Article talks about how Khatami was successful in changing the world opinion about Iran and how Kerry speaks against Pres. Bush. Regime loves it. Feel free to caption
  • Iran's Khatami calls for calm heads in nuclear row

    01/26/2007 4:05:03 AM PST · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 227+ views
    al-Reuters ^ | Jan. 25, 2007 | Stella Dawson
    DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Thursday called for calm heads to reduce building tensions between the United States and his country over its nuclear program. "I hope that they would be good enough in managing the situation. We deeply need patience and understanding and not to get too emotional," Khatami said at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Tehran and Washington have collided head-on over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision last February to resume the country's uranium enrichment program, reversing a more than two-year pause under Khatami's government. Iran says it needs nuclear power...
  • Iran's Khatami attacks U.S. policy

    11/02/2006 10:18:36 PM PST · by familyop · 5 replies · 284+ views
    United Press International ^ | 02NOV06 | United Press International
    LONDON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Iran's former President Mohammad Khatami says the U.S.-led campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq have only led more Muslims to support the militant al-Qaida. Speaking to the BBC while visiting London, Khatamai, regarded as a reformist when he was the Iranian president, also urged the United States and Britain to leave Iraq to reduce violence in that country. On U.S. efforts to bring Western-style democracy to the Middle East, Khatami said, "It's a great joke -- the greatest joke that (U.S. President) Bush said, that he would like to export democracy to the Middle East. Democracy...
  • Iranian Alert - October 4, 2006 - Western military buildup underway in the Middle East

    10/09/2006 12:45:53 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,700+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.4.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Western military buildup underway in the Middle East. Global Research published a major report on the military build-up of conventional, ground, air, naval, and nuclear forces in and around the Middle East and Central Asia. The probability of another war in the Middle East is high. Caroline Glick, The Jerusalem Post reported that the clouds of the coming war are converging upon Israel. But our political and military leaders refuse to look up at the darkening sky.   US confident Russia and China will join in sanctions on Iran. The Washington Times reported that the United...
  • Iranian Alert - October 3, 2006 - Ahmadinejad's trouble at home and trouble making abroad

    10/09/2006 12:36:48 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 1,097+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.3.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ahmadinejad to shake up his cabinet. Iran Press News reported that a source close to Ahmadinejad's cabinet said that in the coming days vast changes will be taking place within the administration. The first to leave will be the oil minister; Vaziri Hamaneh is expected to be dismissed from the cabinet.   Ahmadinejad fails to deliver his economic miracle. Inter Press Service reported that Iranian citizens are wondering if Ahmadinejad will ever make good on an election promise to crack down on the corrupt and distribute Iran's vast oil revenues more equitably.BBC News reported that Iran's...
  • Iranian Alert - October 2, 2006 - Ahmadinejad plans huge increase in uranium enrichment

    10/09/2006 12:25:36 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 2 replies · 908+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.2.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ahmadinejad plans huge increase in uranium enrichment. ABC News reported that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said they want to install up to 100,000 centrifuges to process uranium gas for enrichment in order to produce nuclear fuel. Bush pleased with the Iran Freedom and Support Act The White House, Office of the Press Secretary reported that President Bush said "I applaud Congress for demonstrating its bipartisan commitment to confronting the Iranian regime's repressive and destabilizing activities by passing the Iran Freedom Support Act." Here are a few other news items you may have missed. The International Herald Tribune reported...
  • Iranian Alert - October 1, 2006 - Bush signs Iran Freedom and Support Act!

    10/09/2006 12:19:10 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 2 replies · 858+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.1.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Bush signs Iran Freedom and Support Act! The Washington Post reported that President Bush on Saturday signed legislation that would impose mandatory sanctions on entities that provide goods or services for Iran's weapons programs.The Associated Press reported that the US Senate finally passed the Iran Freedom and Support Act.The Library of Congress published the full text of the Iran Freedom and Support Act.   But does Condi support a change of regime in Iran? The Wall Street Journal reexamined their recent interview with Condi Rice in which he concludes: Her primary method for dealing with the...
  • Iranian Alert - September 29, 2006 - Photo evidence of Iran's coordinating Iraq's insurgency.

    10/09/2006 12:00:53 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,321+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.29.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Photo evidence of the Islamic Republic's coordinating Iraq's insurgency. Roads to Iraq and Iraqi blog reported that after a fierce battle in “Khan Bani Sa’ad” Diyala governorate north of Baghdad with “Mahdi Army”, Iraqi resistance succeeded to capture one of the “Mahdi Army”. They found a complete modern communications system manufacturing in the Ministry of Defense of Iran believed to be used as a direct contact with the Iranians. Photos.CNN News reported that a Shiite Muslim militia involved in the warfare between Sunni and Shiites in Iraq has received "millions of dollars" and an assortment of...
  • US secretly woos Khatami

    10/08/2006 12:56:46 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 14 replies · 806+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | October 8, 2006 | Toby Harnden
    The Bush administration made secret overtures to former Iran president Mohammed Khatami during his visit to the United States last month in an attempt to establish a back channel via the ex-leader.American officials made the approach as part of a strategy to isolate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mr Khatami's hard-line successor, by using the former president as a conduit to the Iranian people. They also hoped that Mr Khatami would report his conversations to senior members of Iran's theocratic regime who are wary of the current president. Diplomatic sources said that "third parties" were authorised by Nicholas Burns, the US under-secretary of...