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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...