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  • Violence on the streets of Tehran as police beat back protesters

    06/20/2009 10:40:10 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 28 replies · 1,157+ views
    Guardian, UK ^ | June 20, 2009
    Iranian riot police beat protesters and fired tear gas as violence erupted in Tehran today when thousands of members of the opposition movement took to the streets in open defiance of the country's supreme leader.... The crackdown on supporters of the reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi confirmed fears that authorities would carry out their threat to suppress protests in the aftermath of the disputed presidential election... Eyewitnesses in Revolution Square reported around 20,000 riot police, made up of Basiji militiamen and soldiers, and armed with rifles, tear gas and water cannons, far outnumbering the hardcore of around 3,000 opposition...
  • Are the Hardline Mullahs of Iran "Conservatives" or "Liberals"?

    06/20/2009 8:20:51 AM PDT · by pinochet · 33 replies · 1,328+ views
    There is nothing the MSM loves more, than describing hardline Islamic fundamentalists as "conservatives". Ayatollah Khamenei and Ahamadinejad are often referred to as "conservatives" or "ultra-conservatives". Clay Waters shows the bias in the New York Times in this regard: Simply because the Mullahs are religious, oppose gay rights, and believe in spending more on defence (nukes), does not make them "conservative" in the Western sense. The Iranian regime is a religious socialist regime, that believes in a big government theocratic system. It has no regard for individual rights and free speech, major pillars of Western-style conservatism.
  • The Mullahs will win: Deal with it.

    06/20/2009 6:03:17 AM PDT · by kellynla · 52 replies · 1,528+ views
    THE WEEK ^ | 6/20/2009 | Daniel Larison
    The Iranian government has suffered a serious blow to its legitimacy, but that blow is not fatal. Barring dramatic and unlikely changes in the ensuing weeks, the regime will remain intact, by force if necessary. As much as we might like it to be otherwise, that is the reality Washington faces. Critics, including many advocates of engagement with Iran, who argue that Obama's policy of negotiating with Iran has to be delayed or scrapped entirely misread the situation-as do those calling for rhetorical grand gestures from the White House. Lost in the clamor is sober reflection on how best to...

    06/19/2009 6:36:58 PM PDT · by Psion · 9 replies · 797+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | June 19, 2009 | Dr. Paul L. Williams
    From Worst President to Worst Ex-President MEET THE TRUE FATHER OF THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION:JIMMY CARTERbyPaul L. Williams, A man can have sex with animals such as sheep, cows, camels, and so on. However, he should kill the animal after orgasm. He should not sell the meat to the people in the village; however, the selling of meat to people in a neighboring village is permissible. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Jimmy Carter has devolved from being America’s worst president to being America’s worst ex-president. Earlier this week, Carter met with the Hamas government that gained control of Gaza two years ago,...
  • Iran Has Had Enough of the Mullahs

    06/18/2009 2:29:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 933+ views
    WSJ ^ | June 18, 2009 | AFSHIN ELLIAN
    A Truth and Reconciliation Commission could smooth the transition. Thirty years ago, millions of Iranians took to the streets to demonstrate for their fundamental rights. They demanded the basic freedoms of Azadi-e Baian, Azadi-e Qalam, Azadi-e Andish-e: freedom of speech, freedom to write, and freedom of thought. They called for independence. And they demanded the end of the monarchy and the establishment of an Islamic republic. But the revolution of 1979, which began with the hope of freedom, has ended in the rule of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mr. Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust and boasts that he would wipe Israel, a...
  • David Ignatius: This Is for Real

    06/18/2009 3:47:44 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 33 replies · 1,057+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, June 19, 2009
    What's happening on the streets of Tehran is a lesson in what makes history: It isn't guns or secret police, in the end, but the willingness of hundreds of thousands of people to risk their lives to protest injustice. That is what overthrew the shah of Iran in 1979, and it is now shaking the mullahs. This is politics in the raw -- unarmed people defying soldiers with guns -- and it is the stuff of which revolutions are made. Whether it will succeed in Iran is impossible to predict, but already this movement has put an overconfident regime on...
  • Obama, Siding With the Regime (0bambi Likes Mullahs more than Democracy)

    06/17/2009 3:40:39 PM PDT · by mojito · 18 replies · 971+ views
    WaPo ^ | 6/17/2009 | Robert Kagan
    The turmoil in Iran since last week's election has confused the foreign policy debate here in the United States in interesting ways. Supporters of President Obama, who until very recently had railed against the Bush administration's "freedom agenda" and who insisted on a new "realism," have suddenly found themselves rooting for freedom and democracy in Iran. And in their desire to attribute all good things to the work of President Obama, they have even suggested that the ferment in Iran is due to Obama's public appeals to Iranians and Muslims. If so, this will be one of those great ironies...
  • Iranian Clerical Opposition Forming

    06/16/2009 2:35:41 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 94 replies · 5,475+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2009 | Jim Robbins
    The uprising in Iran can only succeed if there are fundamental shifts within the clerical power structure that runs the country. There are now signs that an opposition group is crystallizing within the religious leadership.
  • Iran's Clarifying Election (Is Nutjob Victory a Coup in Disguise?)

    06/15/2009 9:53:18 AM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies · 1,309+ views
    WSJ ^ | 6/15/2009 | Amir Taheri
    ...Mr. Ahmadinejad was credited with more votes than anyone in Iran's history. If the results are to be believed, he won in all 30 provinces, and among all social and age categories. His three rivals, all dignitaries of the regime, were humiliated by losing even in their own hometowns. This was an unprecedented result even for the Islamic Republic, where elections have always been carefully scripted charades. Many in Tehran, including leading clerics, see the exercise as a putsch by the military-security organs that back Mr. Ahmadinejad. Several events make these allegations appear credible. The state-owned Fars News Agency declared...

    06/15/2009 6:37:42 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 312 replies · 14,091+ views
    various | 15 June 2009
    Time for a live thread to keep track of all the news in Iran- it's getting tough to keep up!
  • Iran's election result proves President Obama's formula in the Middle East is not working

    06/14/2009 6:52:58 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 12 replies · 1,039+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | June 14, 2009 | Michael Rubin
    On June 4, President Barack Obama declared, "I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world." Awed by Obama's rhetoric, many commentators - blogger Juan Cole and MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, for example - suggested that an "Obama Effect" could usher in a new era of hope and change in the Middle East, and a pro-American outcome in Lebanese elections earlier this month seemed to cooperate with the theory. After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection in Iran, we can now say with confidence: There is an Obama Effect, but it has less...
  • Senior U.S. official: Yes, the Iranian election was rigged

    06/13/2009 12:53:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 61 replies · 2,661+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 13, 2009 3:47 pm | Allahpundit
    The White House is playing it cool lest U.S. support for Mousavi discredit his supporters but U.S. analysts have little doubt. The fix is indeed in: U.S. analysts find it “not credible” that challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi would have lost the balloting in his hometown or that a third candidate, Mehdi Karoubi, would have received less than 1 percent of the total vote, a senior U.S. officials told FOX News.Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini apparently has released a statement calling the results “final” and hailing the election as a legitimization of the regime and its elections…The dominant view among Obama administration...
  • 85 percent of Iranians boycott religious dictatorship's election

    06/13/2009 10:15:17 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies · 993+ views
    NCRI | Saturday, 13 June 2009
    NCRI - The social headquarters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside the country announced that according to eyewitness reports from 25,000 polling stations across Iran, the real voter turnout was 7.5 million, and more than 85 percent of the 51.2 million eligible voters boycotted the mullahs’ sham presidential election. The theocratic dictatorship, which has never allowed international observers to monitor elections in Iran, usually inflates voter turnout by 4 to 5 times. The Iranian Resistance has exposed this level of vote-rigging in previous election shams. The real level of support for the regime is no more than...
  • Iranian Election could be Test for Women's Rights

    06/12/2009 11:52:12 PM PDT · by StilettoRaksha · 12 replies · 843+ views
    CNN ^ | June 11, 2009 | Reza Sayah and Christiane Amanpour
    There's no doubt that Iran's election will be a major test for incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But many Iranian women hope the results will also shake the current status of women in the Islamic republic. "Thirty-four million women demand to have female Cabinet ministers; 34 million women demand to be eligible to run for president," Zahra Rahnavard, wife of reformist candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. Whether her husband wins or loses Friday, Rahnavard has broken barriers for women just by appearing on the campaign trail with her husband, a rarity for political wives in Iran. "We look...
  • H.I.H. Reza Pahlavi Speaks Out on Obama and Mullahs

    05/08/2009 11:29:52 PM PDT · by FARS · 69 replies · 1,976+ views
    AntiMullah ^ | May 8th, 2009 | Reza Pahlavi
    ADDRESS GIVEN BY Reza Pahlavi of Iran "Iran-US Relations At a New Cross Road" University of California – Irvine Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 Members of the faculty, students, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: I am very happy to be back at UCI today. It is a special privilege for me to have the opportunityof addressing you at this important crossroad in the relationship between our two countries, and the significance it has for the future of peace and stability in the Middle East. Let me begin by saying that a good university where one can study in peace and freedom...
  • Iranian Roulette

    04/24/2009 2:47:35 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 452+ views
    FRONTPAGE ^ | Friday, April 24, 2009 | By David Solway
    SNIPPET: "Ahmadinejad has made clear his intention to prompt the advent of the Mahdi by initiating an act of apocalyptic violence. It’s not a bad plan from the Imamic perspective. Accelerate the Mahdi’s arrival by bringing about a nuclear cataclysm and reap the reward of either of two outcomes. Israel is destroyed and Iran survives since, as Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani has informed us, Iran can absorb “thirty or forty million martyrs” in its march toward a global Caliphate. Alternatively, Iran is also consumed and very possibly the world along with it, a global conquest to be savored from a position...
  • Persistence, Part II

    03/26/2009 4:48:40 PM PDT · by yoe · 250+ views
    Power Line ^ | March 26, 2009 | John Hinderaker
    As Scott noted (here) Barack Obama has vowed that a hallmark of his foreign policy will be persistence. Scott wrote: From the mullahs' perspective, Obama's philosophy of persistence perfectly complements the mullahs' own. It gives them all they need to succeed in meeting their objective. All they need is a little more time. Obama's declaration of his philosophy is deeply meaningful to them. It tells them that he will leave them undisturbed while they go about their business. Today Secretary of State Clinton (gave the mullahs more reassurance:) Clinton told reporters in Monterrey, Mexico, that the United States will continue...
  • US may soon make overture to Iran leader

    03/11/2009 12:11:31 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 75 replies · 3,324+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 11, 2009 | Farah Stockman
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is leaning toward making a major diplomatic overture to Iran before the country's presidential elections in June. This initiative could come in the form of a letter from President Obama to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to two senior European diplomats who have met in recent weeks with key State Department officials crafting a new US policy toward Iran. The letter would be aimed at initiating talks over the Iranian nuclear program and Iran's role in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the...
  • Obama's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Ten Days

    02/02/2009 10:36:28 AM PST · by yoe · 47 replies · 2,617+ views
    Power Line ^ | January 31, 2009 | John Hinderaker
    In the realm of foreign affairs, the first ten days of Barack Obama's administration were a disaster. It's hard to believe that even a foreign policy neophyte like Obama could blunder so badly, on so many fronts, in such a short time. We spent the better part of an hour of today's radio show talking about Obama's serial missteps, which I wrote about here, here and here. If I get time, I'll try to podcast that hour. Among other things, Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the mullahs are beating Obama like a drum. Obama's misguided criticisms of America's policies toward Muslim...
  • Obama and the Mullahs (Ledeen)

    01/27/2009 1:01:15 PM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 351+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please ^ | January 25th, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    Iran’s always tyrannical and sometimes apocalyptic mullahs have certainly been busy of late. They’ve been spinning faster than a champion dervish, trying to convince the gullible, at home and abroad, that their Hamas proxies in Gaza won a signal victory against Israel, and that Iran was the reason for their success. Meanwhile, they’ve called for the assassination of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, and Israeli Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni, and organized mass rallies against President Obama, complete with ritual burning of his photo. Some of it shows the regime’s comedic skills at their highest pitch, such as...
  • 'Thousands' join anti-Ahmadinejad rally in Tehran

    12/07/2008 3:32:31 PM PST · by nuconvert · 22 replies · 1,399+ views
    Daily Star/AFP ^ | December 08, 2008
    TEHRAN: Iranian students held a protest Sunday at Tehran University calling for freedom and denouncing the policies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a pro-reform student group said. The protest amid heavy security was organized by the radical pro-reform Office to Consolidate Unity (OCU) student group to mark National Student Day. "There was tough control, they [authorities] would not let anyone in but students broke the gate and came in," OCU member Mehdi Arabshahi told AFP. "A lot of protests were directed at Ahmadinejad over oppression in universities and the bad economy," he added. "The protesters also demanded academic freedom and respect...
  • Iranain students stage protest

    12/07/2008 1:17:44 PM PST · by skully · 12 replies · 476+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | December 7, 2008 | The Associated Press
    TEHRAN,Iran: Iran's official news agency reports that students at Tehran University damaged public property during a protest. The report, a rare admission by the agency of anti-government activities by students, referred to them as a "militia."
  • Iran minister admits fake degree [hilarious!]

    09/30/2008 11:39:04 PM PDT · by Enchante · 6 replies · 498+ views ^ | September 30, 2008 | From correspondents in Tehran
    IRAN'S Interior Minister Ali Kordan has admitted to holding a fake Oxford University degree which he thought was valid, coming clean after weeks of controversy, a newspaper reported today. "In a letter to the president on Saturday, Ali Kordan said he had pressed charges against the person who claimed to represent Oxford University in Tehran as soon as he realised his degree was fake," the government daily Iran said.
  • The Islamic World Looks at Obama

    09/10/2008 8:09:33 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 7 replies · 223+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 9-10-08 | Robert Spencer
    Barack Obama caused another stir over his ties to Islam on Sunday when he noted that “John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith” in an interview with George Stephanopoulos. Stephanopoulos immediately corrected him, and Obama backtracked to say, “my Christian faith…What I’m saying is that he hasn’t suggested that I’m a Muslim.” A few pundits tried to make something of this, attempting to revive the “Obama is a Secret Muslim” rumors, but there really wasn’t anything more to it than a verbal stumble. Obama is not a Muslim, and there is enough to question about training, experience, ideology,...

    08/13/2008 12:00:50 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 9 replies · 162+ views
    Jimmy Carter the Criminal Liar! Carter & the Arab (oil) lobby - (Impeach) Lowlife Jimmy Carter's grudge against the Shah for not paying him money... - Carter's responsibility in the tortue of Americans in 1979 by the Mullahs of Iran - Carter FOR Islamofascism - How Carter brought us 9/11 Islamic massacre - Carter's crimes on Millions of Iranians - The Islamic apartheid that created a myth about (against) democratic Israel - His own admission on Israel's great equality, multi racial, multi culture free for all society - Jimmy Carter the Criminal - Carter's Crimes Against Humanity - 'Palestine'...
  • Former CIA Agent in Iran Comes In from the Heat

    08/08/2008 5:32:45 AM PDT · by Renfield · 7 replies · 318+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 8-8-08 | Reza Khalili (Pseudonymn)
    The men who ordered the destruction of the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie and the bombings of the Marine Corps barracks in Lebanon, the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, and the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia are pursuing the nuclear program in Iran and with one goal in mind: to obtain The Bomb. And they want to destroy you. After the Iranian Revolution, I was an officer in the Revolutionary Guards. I was also a spy working for the CIA, code name Wally. My position in the Guards gave me access to the Khomeini regime’s deep secrets and a...
  • Former Iranian Officer Explains the Games Mullahs Play

    08/08/2008 5:09:42 AM PDT · by Renfield · 12 replies · 272+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 8-8-08 | Reza Khalili (Pseudonym)
    One must never forget that the Islamic government of Iran is being run by hard-line clerics. The games they play with new faces and voices, or good cop/bad cop, are an ongoing show designed to keep the West confused and falsely hopeful enough that one day there will be a diplomatic breakthrough. It is with this mindset that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, continually works to create a wedge between the American people and their politicians by giving out mixed signals, creating a false hope for a negotiated settlement over the enrichment process and U.S.-Iranian relations. I know. Using...
  • Kuwaiti Daily Reveals: Iran Building Secret Nuclear Reactor

    07/31/2008 6:29:58 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 13 replies · 162+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 29 JULY 2008 | MEMRI
    Special Dispatch Series - No. 2006 July 29, 2008 No. 2006 Kuwaiti Daily Reveals: Iran Building Secret Nuclear Reactor On July 29, 2008, the Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa reported that, according to "highly reliable sources," Iranian authorities had begun construction of a secret nuclear reactor in the Al-Zarqan region close to the city of Ahwaz in southwest Iran, on the Iran-Iraq border. The paper said that according to sources, Iran was working to distance its nuclear installations from international oversight. The English version of the report, published in the Kuwaiti Arab Times, said, "Disclosing [that] Tehran directed international A-bomb inspectors...
  • Russia to give Iran new anti-aircraft defenses

    07/24/2008 6:31:26 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 6 replies · 130+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | 23 JULY 2008 | Jihad Watch
    Russia to give Iran new anti-aircraft defenses John VI Cantacuzenes Alert: "Iran to get new Russian air defences by '09 -Israel," by Dan Williams for Reuters, July 23 (thanks to Mackie):TEL AVIV, July 23 (Reuters) - Iran is set to receive an advanced Russian-made anti-aircraft system by year-end that could help fend off any preemptive strikes against its nuclear facilities, senior Israeli defence sources said on Wednesday. First delivery of the S-300 missile batteries was expected as soon as early September, one source said, though it could take six to 12 months for them to be deployed and operable --...
  • Gordon Brown to condemn Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    07/20/2008 3:43:13 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 6 replies · 296+ views
    Gordon Brown to condemn Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Gordon Brown will pledge "unbreakable" support to Israel while launching his strongest attack yet on Iran. The Prime Minister will send a tough message to the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday, warning of imminent sanctions on oil and gas if he does not abandon his nuclear ambitions. In a landmark speech to the Israeli parliament, Mr Brown will say that Mr Ahmadinejad's denial of Israel's right to exist is "totally abhorrent". The European Union has already said it stands ready to push for a block on foreign investment in new Iranian...
  • Former CIA Agent in Iran Comes In from the Heat

    07/08/2008 8:57:16 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 17 replies · 141+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 8, 2008 | Reza Khalili
    Going public for the first time in an article and interview on Pajamas Media, an Iranian who infiltrated Iran's Revolutionary Guard for the CIA accuses the mullahs of orchestrating — among other things — the 1988 explosion of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
  • Iran has resumed A-bomb project, says West

    07/06/2008 4:46:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 34 replies · 817+ views ^ | Last Updated: 11:35PM BST 06/07/2008 | By Con Coughlin
    Iran has resumed work on constructing highly sophisticated equipment that nuclear experts say is primarily used for building atomic weapons, according to the latest intelligence reports received by Western diplomats.
  • The Long Life of the Frontier Mullah

    06/15/2008 2:01:42 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 58+ views
    The Nation ^ | June 11, 2008 | Basharat Peer
    Late one evening in March, I sat in Haandi, a Pakistani restaurant on Lexington Avenue, and watched the swearing in of the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Gillani. Gillani is a loyalist of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which since its founding in 1967 has been led by the Bhutto clan. The general election in February was held seven weeks after the PPP's chair, Benazir Bhutto, was killed by a bomb blast and a bullet to the head at an election rally in Rawalpindi, and in an acrid climate of grief, anger and bewilderment, the PPP ended up...
  • Iran says its right to enrichment is non-negotiable

    05/31/2008 4:08:23 AM PDT · by Flavius · 13 replies · 130+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 5/30/08 | reuteurs
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will not give up its right to enrich uranium, a senior Iranian official said on Saturday, days before major powers submit an upgraded package of incentives to try to coax Tehran into halting the work. "Suspending enrichment is not negotiable ... Depriving Iran of its right cannot be on offer," Gholamhossein Elham, the government spokesman, told a weekly news conference.
  • Marines accused of proselytizing in Fallujah; gospel verse on coins

    05/29/2008 11:11:57 AM PDT · by XR7 · 115 replies · 383+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 5/29/08 | Jamal Naji and Leila Fadel
    FALLUJAH, Iraq — At the western entrance to the Iraqi city of Fallujah on Tuesday, Muamar Anad handed his residence badge to the U.S. Marines guarding the city. They checked to be sure he was a city resident, and when they were done, Anad said, a Marine slipped a coin out of his pocket and put it in his hand. Out of fear, he accepted it, Anad said. When he was inside the city, the college student said, he looked at one side of the coin. "Where will you spend eternity?" it asked. He flipped it over, and on the...
  • First documentary evidence Iran is into nuclear explosives, missile warhead design

    05/27/2008 7:18:28 AM PDT · by pissant · 21 replies · 116+ views
    Debka ^ | 5/27/08 | Staff
    The International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna based its new and damning findings partly on 18 intelligence documents submitted by the United States, and now accuse Tehran of willful lack of cooperation. Iran dismissed the documents as forged or fabricated. DEBKAfile reports that the documents came from materials contained in a laptop stolen from one of the heads of Iran’s nuclear program in Tehran in late 2006 by Iranian dissidents. It was passed to the CIA. Despite this evidence of an ongoing nuclear weapons program, sixteen US intelligence agencies, including the CIA, combined last year to announce this program was...
  • Covert Radio: The Iranian Threat and How To Deal With Them

    05/16/2008 2:37:33 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 55+ views
    CovertRadioShow.Com ^ | 05/16/2008 | Brett Winterble
    Today on Covert Radio our guest is Iranian Ex Pat and Analyst Banafsheh Zand Bonazzi she shares with us her amazing insight into Iran. In this episode find out about the Gangster nature of the Mullahs, The Ayotollah Khomeni’s beliefs on nuclear weapons, the ongoing plight of the Iranian people, the Apocalyptic worldview of Ahmedinejad and the struggle by one of Iran’s ethnic minorities, who have been persecuted in a brutal fashion- the Baluchis. All of this plus, Ban’s take on President Bush’s speech in Israel and the damage being wrought by Hezbollah in Lebanon.
  • Britons kidnapped in Iraq are ‘held by Iran’

    04/27/2008 10:44:14 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies · 197+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | 4/27/2008 | Uzi Mahnaimi and Michael Smith
    Five British hostages who were kidnapped in Iraq almost a year ago are being held inside Iran by Revolutionary Guards, according to two separate sources in the Middle East and London. The hostages were handed over to the Revolutionary Guards by their Iraqi kidnappers last November, the sources believe. One of the sources said they were being held in the western Iranian city of Hamadan. If confirmed, the involvement of Revolutionary Guards would be seen as evidence that senior figures in the Iranian government had backed the decision to hold them in the country. However, British officials said that while...
  • After A Nuclear 9/11

    03/26/2008 12:17:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,311+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 25, 2008 | Jay Davis
    The appearance of nuclear weapons materials on the black market is a growing global concern, and it is crucial that the United States reinforce its team of nuclear forensics experts and modernize its forensics tools to prepare for or respond to a possible nuclear terrorist attack. Large quantities of nuclear materials are inadequately secured in several countries, including Russia and Pakistan. Since 1993, there have been more than 1,300 incidents of illicit trafficking of nuclear materials, including plutonium and highly enriched uranium, both of which can be used to develop an atomic bomb. And these are only the incidents we...
  • (CENTCOM's Admiral)Fallon didn't get it

    03/12/2008 5:08:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1,146+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 12, 2008 | Max Boot
    To see why Tuesday's "retirement" of Navy Adm. William "Fox" Fallon as head of U.S. Central Command is good news, all you have to do is look at the Esquire profile that brought about his downfall. Its author, Thomas P.M. Barnett, a former professor at the Naval War College, presents a fawning portrait of the admiral -- a service he previously performed for Donald Rumsfeld. But evidence of Fallon's supposed "strategic brilliance" is notably lacking. For example, Barnett notes Fallon's attempt to banish the phrase "the Long War" (created by his predecessor) because it "signaled a long haul that Fallon...
  • Iranian Clerics Face A Backlash Over Good Life

    02/23/2008 6:44:55 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 236+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-24-2008 | Kay Biouki - Gethin Chamberlain
    Iranian clerics face a backlash over good life By Kay Biouki in Teheran and Gethin Chamberlain Last Updated: 2:05am GMT 24/02/2008 The Ayatollah Khomenei brought millions on to the streets of Iran to overthrow the decadence of the Shah. Now the late leader's grandsons and other Iranian clerics face a backlash over their families' fondness for fast cars, big houses and hot tubs. A website linked to radical elements of Iran's regime last week attacked the lifestyle of Ayatollah Khomenei's grandson, Hassan. " Driving a $100,000 BMW and relaxing in his uptown villa in north Teheran, is Hassan Khomenei actually...
  • Anger in Iran after law student dies in custody

    01/27/2008 2:40:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies · 140+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 26/01/2008
    Anger in Iran after law student dies in custody By Kay Biouki in Teheran and Gethin Chamberlain 26/01/2008 The death of a student in the custody of Iranian intelligence officers has provoked outrage among opponents of the regime, who claim it is part of a concerted crackdown on dissent in the run-up to parliamentary elections. Ebrahim Lotf-Allahi, a fourth year law student, was buried before his family could see his body. They later discovered that the grave had been filled with cement, apparently to prevent his body being exhumed for medical examination. Student leaders say 150 students have been arrested...
  • 'Iran accelerating missile development'

    01/16/2008 9:30:28 AM PST · by mojito · 10 replies · 110+ views
    Jerusalem Post/AP ^ | 1/16/2008 | Unattributed
    The head of the United States' missile defense program sought Wednesday to bolster Washington's argument for anti-missile sites in Europe by warning that Iran has sped up development of long-range missiles. Facing tough opposition from Russia and increasing skepticism from Poland, where the US wants to place part of the system, the American officials are trying to convince Europeans that program is crucial to guarding against an emerging threat from Iran. "They are developing missiles today in an accelerated pace," Lt. Gen. Henry Obering said in remarks at the Foreign Ministry in the Czech Republic, where Washington wants to install...
  • The mysterious Afghan warlord trusted to spread peace in a divided province

    01/12/2008 9:07:02 PM PST · by Wallaby · 6 replies · 153+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | January 12, 2008 | Anthony Lloyd
    Britain's last chance of securing this treacherous corner of Afghanistan lies in the hands of a piratical, black- turbaned figure with long beard, white cloak and silver-sequinned slippers with curled toes. Mullah Abdul Salaam may not look much like a white knight. He served as a commander in the Taleban and even today his true loyalties remain suspect. The 45-year-old former Mujahidin guerrilla could, however, decide the fate of the British mission to stabilise the lawless province of Helmand, where this week he was put in charge of the key district of Musa Qala. "He's not just the best show...
  • A New Disgrace at HuffPo (Accuses US Navy of faking Iran incident)

    01/09/2008 11:43:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 298+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 9, 2008 | Michael Goldfarb
    They come so frequently, it's hard to get worked up, but there's a dead giveaway this time. The teaser for the piece reads, "At the risk of sounding like an apologist for the Islamic Republic..." The author is Hooman Majd, who accuses the Pentagon of manufacturing the incident with Iran in the Gulf this week. The Pentagon's version of the encounter in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday morning, involving U.S. Navy warships and Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol boats is, at the very least highly suspicious. On Tuesday, the Navy released video footage and an audiotape to back its claims...
  • Iran, Nuclear Weapons, and the new National Intelligence Estimate

    12/29/2007 9:30:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 458+ views
    PHX News ^ | December 29, 2007 | Senator Fred Thompson
    The new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities doesn’t change my view of that we need to restrain Iran. The NIE confirms that as recently as the fall of 2003, Iran was covertly working to develop nuclear weapons. Perhaps they have since halted their covert nuclear weapons work, but meanwhile they continue to aggressively pursue a uranium enrichment capability, despite the fact that it makes no economic sense as a civilian program. This program was begun secretly as part of their larger nuclear weapons program and could be converted to bomb-making in short order. The knowledge...
  • Huckabee crossed that line.[Attacking a Wartime President from the Left](Must Read!)

    12/16/2007 6:12:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies · 953+ views
    Red State ^ | December 16, 2007
    In the post-9/11 Republican Party, there is one line that us conservatives don't cross. We do not critique Bush's handling of foreign policy and national security issues from a leftist perspective. Those who do, like Lincoln Chafee, Chuck Hagel, and Walter Jones, get "primaried". After improvements in Iraq finally begin to take place and victory appears to be attainable, Mike Huckabee, in his latest Foreign Affairs piece, attacked President Bush's handling of the War on Terror from the left. Even Ron Paul has not crossed that line. At least when Ron Paul says everything about blowback, and leaving Iraq, it...
  • Jimmy Carter the Criminal

    12/16/2007 1:40:50 AM PST · by PRePublic · 7 replies · 537+ views
    JIMMY CARTER THE CRIMINAL   Jimmy Carter - infamous worst ex US president that is largely at fault for the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran (by putting extra pressure on the Shah), ultimately resulting in 1) Islamic Republic of Iran's oppression of millions of Persians, and 2) the planet in peril at the hands of that nation's mullahs' nukes.   Jimmy Carter has his hands blooded in every single violent action being perpetrated by that Islamic republic on a daily basis since 1979, including the crimes against humanity like the massacres in the 1980's, the terrible persecution on minorities such as:...
  • Iran Tested New Missile During Summit

    12/12/2007 5:15:21 PM PST · by america4vr · 25 replies · 430+ views
    Jerusalem Post via AP ^ | December 13, 2007 | JP Staff
    Iran tested a newly-developed ballistic missile on the day of the Annapolis conference, Channel 10 reported Wednesday. The Ashoura missile has a range of 2,000 kilometers and is capable of reaching Israel, US Army bases in the Middle East and eastern European cities, including Moscow, said the TV channel. According to the report, the new missile is an improvement on the existing Shihab-3 missile. The Ashoura uses solid fuel instead of the Shihab's liquid fuel, giving it a significantly faster launch sequence which is harder to detect. Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Mostafa Muhammad-Najjar had announced the development of the new...
  • The Mullahs’ “Vice List”--What does it mean?

    12/07/2007 7:02:04 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies · 60+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 12-7-07 | Jamie Glazov
        Symposium: The Mullahs’ “Vice List”   By Jamie | Friday, December 07, 2007 The Mullahs’ moral crackdown continues in Iran. The Iranian police have now unveiled a list of "vices," which include “decadent” movies, makeup and un-Islamic dress. The Mullahs have also illegalized rap music.What is this moral crackdown about? What impulses engender it? What does it say about the regime in particular and Islamo-fascism in general? To discuss this issue with us today, we have:Dr. Nancy Kobrin, a psycho-analyst, Arabist, and counter-terrorism expert.Steve Schippert, co-founder of the Center for Threat Awareness and managing editor for...