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  • Donald Trump's top Russia expert on National Security Council is 'escorted off the White House grounds amid a security investigation'

    01/19/2020 11:46:50 AM PST · by bkopto · 48 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 1/19/2020 | Keith Griffith
    President Donald Trump's top Russia expert on the National Security Counsel is reportedly on leave pending a security investigation. Andrew Peek, the NSC’s senior director for European and Russian affairs, was escorted from the White House grounds on Friday, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Peek had been in the NSC role for just two months, after most recently working as a deputy assistant secretary of state with responsibility for Iran and Iraq. Peek had been expected to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next week with Trump and other top aides. However, he is currently...
  • Our Man In The Middle East: Andrew Peek '99

    01/19/2020 10:47:24 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Politico [PDF] ^ | prior to 2020 | Daniel Lippman '08
    Peek went on to major in international politics at Princeton, study Persian, and pursue a master's in international relations at Harvard before heading to D.C. as a foreign policy researcher for the conservative Heritage Foundation. He then became a foreign policy adviser to Oregon Senator Gordon Smith, a Republican. When Smith lost his next election, Peek went on to work for another Republican senator, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, on Syria and Lebanon policy, helping to draft a bill expanding sanctions on Hezbollah. In 2008, he enlisted as a reserve officer in the Army and spent a year in Afghanistan at...
  • Trump tweet in Farsi 'the most liked Persian tweet' in history of Twitter

    01/13/2020 4:31:37 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/11/2020 | Carlin Becker
    President Trump's tweet in Farsi expressing his support for Iranians protesting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has already earned over 200,000 likes, making it the "most liked Persian tweet" in the social media giant's history, according to a leading think tank adviser. On Saturday, protesters in the country called upon Khamenei to step down after Iran admitted to shooting down a commercial airliner on which dozens of Iranian citizens were traveling. That evening, the president sent out a tweet in Farsi, saying that he stands with their efforts. “To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you...
  • President Trump Issues Statement of Support in Persian to Protesting Iranians

    01/11/2020 2:56:07 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 93 replies
    GP ^ | January 11, 2020 | Kristinn Taylor
    “To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring.”
  • Britain Backs Trump On Iran, Deploys Royal Navy To Persian Gulf

    01/05/2020 2:02:09 PM PST · by blam · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-5-2020 | Kurt Zindulka
    The United Kingdom defended the actions of the Trump administration in Iran, saying the United States is “entitled to defend itself” against Iranian aggression and deploying the Royal Navy to the Persian Gulf to protect shipping vessels flying the British flag. The Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace, expressed support for America’s decision to take out Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Qasem Soleimani, citing the violence committed in Iraq by Iran-backed militias. “During the last few months U.S. forces in Iraq, who are based in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government, have been repeatedly attacked by Iranian-backed...
  • Myths of dominance - China did not ever enjoy military or cultural supremacy in Asia

    09/03/2017 2:01:57 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 39 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | August 30, 2017 | Kanwal Sibal
    Caption -- Borobudur: hardly Chinese The author is former foreign secretary of India The West has built a lot of myths about China which others, including in India, have accepted without challenge. That China was for centuries the dominant power in Asia and is now on the way to recovering that lost status is one such myth. This historical distortion is serving to legitimize China's hegemonic ambitions, as if China has the right to recover its natural position in Asia and any resistance amounts to denying the Chinese their due. This explains why even when China is aggressive...
  • Christmas in Tehran

    12/24/2015 3:00:00 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    Daily Mail Australia ^ | 23 Dec 2015 | By Caroline Mcguire
    ... There are about 150,000 Christians living in Iran, most of them Armenians, who celebrate Christmas in churches and at home. As children are attracted by the tradition, many Muslim families have adopted some of the customs and buy presents for the kids as well as Christmas trees...
  • Jihad ravaged Christian Byzantium for 800 years: how valiantly the Byzantine Christians

    09/04/2015 10:35:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    History of Jihad ^ | September 4, 2015 | Robin MacArthur
    How the Jihad ravaged Christian Byzantium for 800 years, and how valiantly the Byzantine Christians held back the Arab and Turkish hordes, saving Europe from Islam. [ Full title ]. While the Zoroastrian Persians were defeated and were being subjugated, the Muslim hordes turned on their other neighbor the Christian Byzantines. The two armies met at the battlefield of Heiromyak. Lessons from the Battle of Heiromyak (Al Yarmuk). At the Battle of the Yarmuk (river), between the Muslim Arabs and the Byzantines, the Muslim Arabs were losing the battle in the initial stages. When the victory seemed certain for the...
  • Middle school student accused of hate crime

    02/12/2014 2:35:33 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 12, 2014 | Amanda Marrazzo
    The student who said he was attacked, eighth-grader Omid Babakhani, 13, said he was walking with a friend to his locker when a familiar voice behind him said, “Hey, Persian,” then, “Do you want to fight a black man?" Crystal Lake School District 47 Superintendant Kathy Hinz said the incident happened in the school hallway as the boys were walking out of lunch. She said there is supervision at all times in the lunchroom and in the hallways.
  • Exclusive: Reuters investigates business empire of Iran's supreme leader ($95 billion)

    11/11/2013 8:11:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around $95 billion - a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation's current annual petroleum exports - a six-month Reuters investigation shows. The little-known organization, called Setad, is one of the keys to the Iranian leader's enduring power and now holds stakes in nearly every sector of Iranian industry, including finance, oil, telecommunications, the production of birth-control pills and even ostrich farming. Setad has built its empire on the systematic seizure of thousands of properties belonging to ordinary Iranians - members of religious minorities, Shi'ite Muslims,...
  • Babylonian artifact the Cyrus Cylinder shown in US for 1st time

    08/11/2013 12:32:06 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 25 replies
    Times Colonist ^ | 7 March 2013 | n/c
    WASHINGTON - A nearly 2,600-year-old clay cylinder described as the world's first human rights declaration is being shown for the first time in the United States. The Cyrus Cylinder from ancient Babylon ... The cylinder carries an account, written in cuneiform, of how Persian King Cyrus conquered Babylon in 539 B.C. and would allow freedom of worship and abolish forced labour. The account also confirms a story from the Bible's Old Testament, describing how Cyrus released people held captive to go back to their homes, including the Jews' return to Jerusalem to build the Temple.
  • Obama panders to Mullahs in Iran - releases 'Nowruz' message in Persian

    03/19/2013 8:20:44 PM PDT · by pacificpundit · 6 replies
    Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | 3/19/13 | FAM Blog
    Isn’t this cute. Obama is sucking up to the Mullahs in Iran with a special ‘Nowruz Message’ translated into Persian. I wonder how much tax payer money was wasted on this latest version of Obama pandering to radical Islamists? The Nowruz message to Iran was released shortly before Obama popped onto Air Force One and headed to the Middle East.
  • Iran bolsters retaliation capability in Persian Gulf, experts say

    07/27/2012 9:00:36 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 26 July 2012 | Joby Warrick
    Iran is rapidly gaining new capabilities to strike at U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, amassing an arsenal of sophisticated anti-ship missiles while expanding its fleet of fast-attack boats and submarines, U.S. and Middle Eastern analysts say. The new systems, many of them developed with foreign assistance, are giving Iran’s commanders new confidence that they could quickly damage or destroy U.S. ships if hostilities erupt, the officials say. Although U.S. Navy officials are convinced that they would prevail in a fight, Iran’s advances have fueled concerns about U.S. vulnerabilities during the opening hours of a conflict in the gulf. Increasingly...
  • Iran Threatens To Torpedo US Carriers In The Persian Gulf

    01/19/2012 10:28:22 AM PST · by Strategy · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 18, 2012
    Underscoring its desire to keep U.S. aircraft carriers from the Persian Gulf, a senior Iranian military commander today announced his possible plan to ambush the American fleet. Chalk this one up to more bluster, or part of a mounting back and forth rhetoric headed nowhere good, either way - Tehran plans to rely on its subs. Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army's Self-Sufficiency Jihad, Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri told Fars that Iran has the finest electic diesel submarines in the world, and that while the U.S. has focused on Tehran's "astonishing surface capabilities," it has forgotten about the underwater threat....
  • Political Problems Mounting For Iran's Ahmadinejad

    05/24/2011 9:58:39 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    NPR, All Things Considered ^ | May 24, 2011 | Mike Shuster
    "He's been trying to play the Persian nationalist card, for instance, which is very, very popular in Iran, particularly among those who despise the Islamic Republic," Parsi says. "Whether he will be successful in that, of course, is a different matter. But it shows that he is himself aware that he needs to have a stronger platform and constituency in order to continue this effort of his."
  • Natural factors added to threats to Shush Castle

    12/27/2010 11:57:45 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | 28 Dec 2010 | Tehran Times Culture Desk
    TEHRAN -- Natural environmental factors have been added to the perils threatening the Shush Castle, a historical monument that is a storehouse of many ancient Iranian inscriptions and artifacts. Heavy rainfalls and strong winds have dealt devastating blows to the castle, the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency reported on Monday. The Shush Castle is located on a hill in Shush near the ancient sites of Susa in Khuzestan Province in southwestern Iran. The construction of the Shush Castle was started in 1897 by the French civil engineer, geologist, and archaeologist Jacques Jean-Marie de Morgan (1857-1924), who had come...
  • Rabbi OKs Spy Sex

    10/08/2010 12:15:25 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 59 replies · 4+ views
    Tablet Magazine ^ | Marc Tracy
    Today in Rabbis Say the Darndest Things, Ari Schvat ruled that female Mossad agents may engage in “honey-pot sex”—I had never heard the phrase before either—as part of their missions. Which is to say, they can sleep with men as part of their espionage. Among other things, Schvat cited Biblical precedent: Esther slept with the Persian king to save the Jews (though weren’t they married anyway?), and apparently Yael slept with the enemy of her husband in order to tire him out so that his head could be more easily chopped off (Book of Judges, yo).
  • Cyrus the Great's cylinder returns to Iran

    09/11/2010 3:31:21 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 12 replies
    A clay cylinder dating from the time of one of Persia's greatest rulers, Cyrus the Great, has been returned on loan to Iran following a prolonged dispute with the British Museum in London. In February Iran threatened to cut ties with the British Museum in protest to what it called politically motivated delays in returning the cylinder. However the museum says the delay occurred so that the cylinder could be compared with two stone tablets that were recently discovered. British Museum director Neil MacGregor says the cylinder has plenty of historical significance. "It's about Cyrus's respect for different peoples and...
  • Fundamentalist Calls To Ignore Norouz Go Unheard In Iran, Afghanistan

    03/22/2010 6:02:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 235+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | March 21, 2010 | Abbas Djavadi
    Maryam had invited her two daughters and their husbands and grandchildren for Norouz, the New Year's feast, to her home in western Tehran when I called her on Saturday. It was after 9:02 p.m. when "tahvil," the change from the old to the new year, 1389 after Iranian calendar, was celebrated at Maryam's apartment, as it was in hundreds of thousands of other households in Iran and other countries. She had prepared a beautiful Haft Seen, the Norouz table, and cooked delicious Iranian food. The television was on to follow the announcement of the "tahvil," after which everyone congratulated each...
  • Khamenei Blasts Obama's Nowruz Address

    03/22/2010 3:40:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 190+ views
    UPI ^ | March. 22, 2010
    Washington is in no place to deliver rhetoric intended to inflict harm on the Islamic Republic, the supreme leader of Iran said. U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a video message on the occasion of the Persian new year. In his message, Obama said that Washington was committed to "a more helpful future" for the Iranian people. The weekend statement comes as Washington lobbies for tighter economic sanctions for Iran as punishment for a controversial nuclear program. "Our offer of comprehensive diplomatic contacts and dialogue stands," Obama added. "Indeed, over the course of the last year, it is the Iranian government...