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  • The Holocaust denier, the radical socialist, and their axis of unity

    07/26/2007 5:15:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 211+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | July 25, 2007 | Rory Carroll in Ciudad Bolivar and Sibylla Brodzinsky in Chimore
    Of all Mr Chávez's alliances the one with Iran is the most striking. Some of the estimated 180 economic and political accords signed with the mullahs over recent years are now bearing fruit - and prompting some disquiet among the small Jewish community. The first "anti-imperialist cars" from a joint venture reached Venezuela's roads this month, with the first batch earmarked for army officers. There is now a weekly flight between Caracas and Tehran, with a stopover in Damascus, operated by the Venezuelan state-controlled airline Conviasa and Iran's national carrier, Iran Air. New mosques are popping up across Venezuela and...
  • Losing My Jihadism

    07/21/2007 11:32:14 AM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 792+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 22, 2007 | Mansour al-Nogaidan
    BURAIDAH, Saudi Arabia Islam needs a Reformation. It needs someone with the courage of Martin Luther. This is the belief I've arrived at after a long and painful spiritual journey. It's not a popular conviction -- it has attracted angry criticism, including death threats, from many sides. But it was reinforced by Sept. 11, 2001, and in the years since, I've only become more convinced that it is critical to Islam's future. Muslims are too rigid in our adherence to old, literal interpretations of the Koran. It's time for many verses -- especially those having to do with relations between...
  • Caracastan

    07/18/2007 1:12:12 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies · 474+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | July 18, 2007 | Jaime Daremblum
    In Tehran, the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, recently completed his tour of visits to three of his role models: Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Belarus's Alexander Lukashenko, and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mr. Chavez used his tour to voice his well-known anti-American rancor. He also invited the state oil companies of Russia and Iran to take over the business of American corporations in Venezuela, which refuse to accept a 60% government take. In addition, he struck a deal with Mr. Ahmadinejad for Iran to buy Venezuelan gasoline. Most importantly, however, Mr. Chavez used his tour to shop for modern weapons. In Moscow...
  • Venezuela to sell gasoline to Iran

    07/03/2007 3:24:25 AM PDT · by Flavius · 37 replies · 787+ views
    ap ^ | 7/3/07 | ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - Venezuela has agreed to sell gasoline to Iran, the South American county's energy minister said in comments published Tuesday, a week after the Islamic country imposed a fuel rationing program that has sparked violence. "Yes, Iranians have asked to buy gasoline from us and we have accepted this demand," Rafael Ramirez told the Iranian daily newspaper Shargh. The reformist daily said Ramirez declined to elaborate on the deal. During a visit to Iran this week, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called the two nations "strategic partners." Ramirez accompanied Chavez on the visit
  • Axis Of (New) Evil

    07/03/2007 7:14:59 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 4 replies · 366+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 3 July 2007 | Staff
    War On Terror: We have a new "axis" to worry about — the "Axis of Unity" just formed by Iran and Venezuela. Time to pay attention: Iran is openly fighting us in the Mideast. Now it's getting ready to fight us here, too. We've talked a great deal about Iran's threat. Simply put, we think Iran is at war with us, and has been since its revolution in 1979. We just haven't noticed. Recent events only bolster our conviction. Most alarmingly, Iran's mullahs have become so emboldened by our inaction they're going from making mere threats to actively killing our...
  • Caption Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    07/02/2007 1:09:53 PM PDT · by redstates4ever · 40 replies · 515+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 7/2/07 | staff
  • Ahmadinejad turns down chance to star in Oliver Stone film

    07/02/2007 10:16:13 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 11 replies · 453+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 7/2/07 | Robert Tait
    His thirst for the limelight has driven him to launch a multilingual blog and issue a string of headline-grabbing statements. But Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was surprisingly camera-shy when his extrovert persona drew the attention of Hollywood, turning down a request by Oliver Stone, the director of JFK, Nixon and Platoon, to make a documentary film about him. He dismissed the American film-maker as "part of the Great Satan", the Iranian regime's standard term of abuse for the US. Mr Ahmadinejad's aides said Stone had requested special access to the president after contacting his office through intermediaries in the Iranian...
  • Venezuela's Chavez holds talks with 'brother' Ahmadinejad

    07/01/2007 4:33:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 394+ views
    AFP ^ | 07/01/2007
    Venezuela's fiercely anti-US President Hugo Chavez held talks with his Iranian opposite number Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday, on the last leg of a tour of nations at loggerheads with Washington. Chavez arrived in Tehran on Saturday for a two-day stay and was meeting his "ideological brother" Ahmadinejad in Tehran, following visits to Russia and Belarus. Aside from their anti-US stance, the two countries enjoy warm ties and cooperation in the energy sector, with Iran OPEC's second largest crude producer and Venezuela also a major player in the cartel. Chavez, who is accompanied by his foreign, communication, energy, industry and economy...
  • Iran, Venezuela bash US, seek stronger ties

    07/01/2007 3:15:29 PM PDT · by Flavius · 5 replies · 349+ views
    afp ^ | 7/1/07 | by Hiedeh Farmani
    "America's greatness has deteriorated and it faces many problems, independent countries should consider this and expand their cooperation."
  • Ahmadinejad and JFK

    06/05/2007 4:42:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 699+ views
    New York Sun ^ | June 5, 2007 | Staff Editorial
    The thing that caught our eye in the plot to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport and its oil lines concerns a detail in respect of the arrest of one of the key Guyanese suspects. It was the fact that the former member of the Guyanese legislature who was fingered in the plot, Abdul Kadir, was arrested in Trinidad on his way to Caracas, Venezuela. According to Mr. Kadir's wife, who was quoted in the Guyanese press, he was there to pick up an Iranian visa that would enable him to attend an Islamic conference in Tehran. No doubt...
  • Iran Grants Belarus Oil Reserve Access ["strategic partnership"]

    05/22/2007 3:15:11 AM PDT · by familyop · 3 replies · 506+ views
    Associated Press by way of Forbes ^ | 21MAY07 | YURAS KARMANAU
    Iran granted Belarus greater access to oil reserves as the leaders of the countries, both at odds with the United States, met Monday to cement what the Belarusian president called a "strategic partnership." Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at the start of a two-day visit to this former Soviet republic, hailed the "huge potential" for cooperation between the two nations. "The strengthening of relations between Belarus and Iran fosters support for regional and global security," Ahmadinejad said in televised comments. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said his country is "ready for cooperation in all directions." "Relations between Belarus and Iran have reached...
  • Jihadi Chic - “Bridge-Building Between the Left and Islam"

    05/14/2007 7:44:04 PM PDT · by XR7 · 14 replies · 743+ views
    NationalReview ^ | 5/14/07 | Jonah Goldberg
    At the annual Cairo antiwar conference in Egypt, the hot panel discussion this year was “Bridge-Building Between the Left and Islam.” John Rees, a British Trotskyite, observed: “Where else can you sit down in a single evening and listen to senior people from Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, people from the revolutionary left and the antiwar movement from around the globe?” Gosh, it sounds great. I’m just sorry I missed the rollicking game of Pictionary between the Castroites and the jihadis afterwards. Steven Stalinsky, executive director of the Middle East Media Research Institute, recently reported in the New York Sun...
  • Venezuela Spares no Efforts to Widen Iran's Presence in Latin America

    04/21/2007 9:12:50 PM PDT · by Flavius · 7 replies · 360+ views
    fars ^ | 4/21/07 | Fars News Agency
    Venezuela Spares no Efforts to Widen Iran's Presence in Latin America TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stressed in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in Caracas on Friday that his country would spare no efforts to help boost Iran's presence in Latin America. A report released by the Foreign Ministry's Information and Press Bureau said that also during the meeting, Mottaki extended his congratulations to Chavez on Venezuela's National Day, and mentioned that appearance of the new generation of Latino leaders promises a new world, the most important characteristic of which is solidarity of the...
  • Islamosocialism - The European left makes common cause with the Muslim right.

    03/18/2007 8:02:24 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 650+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2007 | BRET STEPHENS
    "It is a profound truth," declared the British Socialist Party in a 1911 manifesto, "that Socialism is the natural enemy of religion." Not the least of the oddities in the subsequent history of progressive politics is that today it has become the principal vehicle in the West for Islamist goals and policies. Caroline Lucas, a member of the Green Party faction in the European Parliament, is a longtime activist in anti-nuclear, animal-rights and environmentalist causes, and not someone likely to describe herself as an anti-feminist. Yet in June 2004, she joined British MPs Fiona Mactaggart of Labor and Sarah Teather...
  • Venezuela invites Hamas to Caracas

    03/08/2007 7:05:44 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 15 replies · 495+ views
    TEHRAN, (PIC)— The Hamas Movement on Wednesday received an official invitation to visit Caracas during a meeting in Tehran between visiting Venezuelan foreign minister Nicolas Maduro and a Hamas delegation. Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, the deputy political bureau chairman of Hamas, told PIC that the Hamas delegation led by its political bureau chairman Khaled Mishaal conferred with the Venezuelan foreign minister on overall Palestinian conditions in the light of the Israeli aggressions and the western siege.
  • Ortega seeks closer ties to Iran

    02/15/2007 8:07:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies · 715+ views
    DPA ^ | Feb 13, 2007
    Managua - Nicaragua's leftist president Daniel Ortega hailed Iran's Islamic revolution as comparable to Nicaragua's own in the same year, according to a letter released Monday and sent to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the 28th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Republic. Ortega, who was inaugurated on January 10, first led the country from 1979-90 in a period marked by a civil war between his Marxist- leaning Sandinista regime and US-sponsored Contra insurgents, in which more than 50,000 people died. 'Our revolutions ... are united because we triumphed in the same glorious year of 1979, and because after decades of intense struggle...
  • Dr. Jack Wheeler - Islamocommunism

    01/26/2007 8:58:25 PM PST · by shield · 15 replies · 1,216+ views
    To The Point News ^ | January 19th, 2007 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    This past week, the chief proponent of Jihadi Islam and the use of terror to force people to believe in his religion, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, traveled to Latin America to create an alliance with three atheistic Communists: Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, and Rafael Correa of Ecuador. This emerging "Marxist-Islamist entente," as it has been described, has caught a lot of folks by surprise. How in the world, they ask, could Chavez toast Ahmadinutjob by hailing him as the leader of "a revolution kindred to the Venezuelan revolution: the Islamic revolution." What could the imposition of...
  • N Korea helping Iran with nuclear testing

    01/23/2007 6:06:43 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies · 514+ views
    TELEGRAPH UK ^ | 23/01/2007 | Con Coughlin
    N Korea helping Iran with nuclear testing North Korea is helping Iran to prepare an underground nuclear test similar to the one Pyongyang carried out last year. Under the terms of a new understanding between the two countries, the North Koreans have agreed to share all the data and information they received from their successful test last October with Teheran's nuclear scientists. North Korea provoked an international outcry when it successfully fired a bomb at a secret underground location and Western intelligence officials are convinced that Iran is working on its own weapons programme. A senior European defence official told...
  • Nations hope to make Nicaragua an ally [Iran and Venezuela]

    01/20/2007 10:18:11 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 342+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Jan. 20, 2007 | TRACI CARL
    SAN JOSE, Nicaragua — The U.S. is again battling leftists in Daniel Ortega's Nicaragua. This time, the fight is being waged not with guns and guerrilla warfare, but with free tractors, health clinics and donated electrical plants. The U.S. government is up against Venezuela and Iran as it tries to make an ally out of the poor, energy-starved Central American nation. While the U.S. has a head start as one of Nicaragua's main investment partners, Iran and Venezuela are rapidly winning over the country's poor with promises of low-interest loans and energy aid. Sandwiched between Costa Rica and Honduras, Nicaragua...
  • Iranian leader meets with Nicaragua's Ortega as he offers aid to Latin America allies

    01/14/2007 5:33:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 392+ views
    AP ^ | January 14, 2007
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua: Iran's hard-line president on Sunday pledged to form an anti-U.S. alliance with "revolutionary countries" in Latin America, as he made the second of three stops on a tour aimed at courting new supporters in his standoff with Washington over nuclear weapons and Iraq. ...During a visit to a poor, trash-strewn neighborhood in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, he remarked, "The imperialists don't like us to help you progress and develop. They don't like us to get rid of poverty and unite people. But the whole world knows that Nicaragua and Iran are together." The president added that "Iran,...
  • President Ahmadinejad in Latin America

    01/13/2007 4:46:14 AM PST · by Flavius · 8 replies · 610+ views
    isna ^ | 01-13-2007 | Service: Foreign Policy
    TEHRAN, Jan.13 (ISNA)-A little before leaving Tehran for the three Latin American countries, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Ecuador, the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad explained his goals in these trips in a meeting with domestic reporters. Ahmadinejad first of all noted the friendly Iran-Venezuela relationships and commented that both countries had many chances of enhancing their ties in various fields. "About 120 Iran-Venezuela memorandums of understanding have been issued, out of which a 100 has already been signed since last year," he said. "Presently both countries have important joint projects to follow in the fields of industry and oil and we hope...
  • Iran sanctions negotiations delayed because of Russian anger with U.S. over Belarus issue

    12/12/2006 8:32:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 493+ views
    AP ^ | December 12, 2006 | Edith M. Lederer
    UNITED NATIONS – Negotiations on an Iran sanctions resolution were unexpectedly postponed Tuesday because of Russia's anger at the United States for raising the plight of an opposition leader in Belarus in the U.N. Security Council. Belarus, an authoritarian former communist state that has close ties to Russia, is not on the agenda of the U.N.'s most powerful body. Russia's Ambassador Vitaly Churkin strongly objected when senior U.S. diplomat William Brencick brought up the 54-day hunger strike of jailed former Belarusian opposition presidential candidate, Alexander Kozulin, council diplomats said. The five veto-wielding council members – the U.S., Russia, China, Britain...
  • Coming to a Neighborhood Near You: The Axis of Evil

    12/08/2006 4:56:34 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 17 replies · 673+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 08 December 2006 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The unsurprising victory of Venezuelan song and dance artist Hugo Chavez in his re-election bid on Sunday was warmly welcomed around the world. Chavez friends in Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua were pleased. Castro and Daniel Ortega must think someone flipped a switch and they’re back in the early 1980s – only this time, there’s no President Reagan and no Contras. The Iranian Foreign ministry welcomed the Chavez victory, and didn’t even threaten to raise oil prices to $200 per barrel. That’s for next week. Al Jazeera knew the results even before the votes were cast, and showed Chavez with Mahmoud...
  • Hezbollah in Latin America

    12/01/2006 10:41:34 AM PST · by Parmenio · 7 replies · 602+ views
    American Spectator ^ | November 30, 2006 | Clinton W. Taylor
    It's pretty rare that I have an occasion to congratulate Hugo Chavez's government on anything, especially anything related to the War on Terror. But two cheers are in order for Venezuela's capture of the leader of an international terror organization which looks to be responsible for an attack on a U.S. embassy last month. Teodoro Darnott, aka "Sheidy Daniel," thought he was immune from Hugo's attentions. Darnott, in the remote Zulia section of Venezuela, near the Colombian border, had begun preaching a weird fusion of militant Islam, Marxist theory, and even a sprinkling of Catholic "Liberation Theology" to a group...
  • Franchising Jihad

    12/03/2006 2:55:27 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 2 replies · 269+ views
    http://www.techcentralstation.com/ ^ | J. Peter Pham & Michael I. Krauss
    In a forthcoming study for the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at Israel's Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, senior researcher Ely Karmon raises the alarming prospect of Hezbollah affiliated groups bringing the Lebanese terrorists' brand of violence to the Americas. While acknowledging that it is too soon to draw clear conclusions about the nature and objectives of these Hezbollah "franchisees," Karmon nonetheless notes that "successful campaigns of proselytism in the heart of poor indigene Indian tribes and populations by both Shi'a and Sunni preachers and activists" have contributed to the growing attraction of Islamist terrorist groups in Latin America. Karmon also observes that...
  • The Grand Chess Masters—The Bear and the Dragon

    11/28/2006 6:22:40 PM PST · by Salem · 11 replies · 765+ views
    SalemTheSoldier.us ^ | 18 November, 2006 | David J. Jonsson
    The Grand Chess Masters—The Bear and the Dragon David J. Jonsson November 18, 2006 While the Iraq crisis continues, the strategy of the Grand Chess Masters—Russia the bear and China the dragon, along with their pawns the Leftists, Marxists and Islamists, continue to develop and put in place their strategy for the ultimate goal of world domination. General John Abizaid, the top US commander in the Middle East and John McCain argue about troop strengths. Many Democrats, including Carl Levin, who will become chairman of the Senate armed services committee in January, argue that the US needs to pressure the...
  • Mugabe, Ahmadinejad thumb nose at US, Britain (“We will co-operate to put an end to domination”)

    11/21/2006 7:20:56 AM PST · by dead · 25 replies · 616+ views
    NewZimbabwe.com ^ | 11/20/2006 20:40:27
    ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe and Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday revelled in their dubious title of "outposts of tyranny" and vowed more defiance against the United States and Britain. The two leaders stood side by side in Tehran, the Iranian capital, and denounced British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush as "evil". US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last year described Iran and Zimbabwe -- alongside Belarus, Cuba, Myanmar, North Korea -- as "outposts of tyranny". "We do not accept US and British dominance in the world. We will co-operate to put an end to...
  • Iran's speaker praises N Korea

    11/16/2006 5:36:31 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies · 285+ views
    ndtv.com ^ | November 17, 2006 | (AP)
    Iran's parliament speaker has admired North Korea for its anti-US stance. He has also said that Washington's pressure on Pyongyang over its testing of nuclear weapons would not affect the communist country. The comments by speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel came in talks on Thursday with his North Korean counterpart, Che Tai Buk, who is in Tehran for a gathering of the Association of Asian Parliaments for Peace. "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea enjoys special respect by the Iranian people because of its resistance against the arrogant policies of the United States," Adel said. "As long as a government...
  • Tehran, Minsk call for abolition of unipolar world system

    10/24/2006 6:10:17 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 324+ views
    tehrantimes.com ^ | October 23, 2006
    TEHRAN -- President Mahmud Ahmadinejad told visiting Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov on Sunday that most countries, especially independent countries, have come under pressure in the current unipolar world system. The president said, “Cooperation among friendly countries to break this unjust system is a necessity.” The Islamic Republic of Iran is firmly committed to boosting relations with independent countries like Belarus, he added. Iran and Belarus are in consensus on many economic and political issues, he said, adding that mutual cooperation, especially in the energy and defense industries, should be strengthened. Belarusian President Alekasandr Lukashenko is to visit Iran in...
  • Report: N. Korea gave Iran missile technology

    10/15/2006 2:47:21 AM PDT · by familyop · 3 replies · 429+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 14OCT06 | Jerusalem Post
    Foreign Ministry sources said Saturday that North Korea was transferring equipment and technology to Iran that can be used to produce missiles, Israel Radio reported. Israel welcomed the UN Security Council's decision Saturday to impose sanctions on North Korea. Senior officials in Jerusalem said that Israel saw the decision as a "step in the right direction" in the effort to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation.
  • Choke off Belarus's deadly arms trade

    10/10/2006 5:21:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 392+ views
    iht.com ^ | October 9, 2006 | Mark Douglas
    During 2001 alone, according to Jane's Defense International, Belarus secretly delivered weapons worth more than $500 million, including Katyusha rockets, 120mm mortars, antitank rockets and mines, to Palestinian militants and countries including Syria and Iran. Even after Sept. 11, 2001, Belarus not only continued to sell its impressive stockpile of weapons inherited from the breakup of the Soviet Union to almost all of the countries on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism - including North Korea, Sudan, Iran and Syria - but has defied Washington in doing so. Belarus's president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, has not even attempted to conceal...
  • Iran, Beijing's key to the Middle East

    10/07/2006 11:43:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 332+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Oct. 7, 2006
    Iran, Beijing's key to the Middle East By Dario Cristiani China's decision to send 1,000 soldiers to southern Lebanon with the United Nations peacekeeping mission is the latest example of Beijing's increased involvement in the Middle East. The overall importance of the broader Middle East for China's geostrategy is growing. China is searching for new regional allies because it wants to pursue strategic aims such as gaining privileged access to crude-oil reserves, finding new markets for its products and technology, and competing with the United States for supremacy in an area that is a fundamental part of the international system....
  • The Crack In Time Of 1979: The Bridge Between Communism And Islamism

    09/05/2006 11:16:40 AM PDT · by Miami Vice · 4 replies · 1,040+ views
    The Evening Bulletin ( Philadelphia) ^ | 09/05/2006 | MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE
    (Michael P. Tremoglie is the author of the novel A Sense of Duty, available at http://www.geocities.com/nattybumpo1981/) The year 1979 was a catalytic year for the people of the United States of America. The events of that year set the table for what would culminate in World War IV, the war against Islamism ( or Islamo-Fascism as some call it), the first global war of the 21st century. The year began with the formation of an Islamic theocracy. On February 11, 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini seized power in Iran. This was the first time an Islamist government took control of a sovereign...
  • Hezbollah Adopts Chavez As Hero

    09/21/2006 11:06:54 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 21 replies · 1,125+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | 9/21/06
    BEIRUT - Venezuela’s outspoken President Hugo Chavez, who lashed out at his US counterpart George W. Bush from the podium of the UN General Assembly, has scored a big hit with Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah. “Gracias Chavez,” proclaimed large posters hurriedly put up on Thursday by Hezbollah activists in their Shia stronghold of Beirut’s southern suburbs on the eve of a “victory” rally following the group’s war with Israel. The portrait, showing Chavez in a red shirt and punching the air with a fist, also calls for Israel “to be taken to court for its crimes” during the 34-day war which...
  • Centuries-old partnership binds China, Iran together Beijing helped nuclear program

    09/18/2006 6:20:13 AM PDT · by Flavius · 2 replies · 222+ views
    sfgate ^ | September 18, 2006 | Kathleen E. McLaughlin, Chronicle Foreign Service
    09-18) 04:00 PDT Beijing -- With Iran's nuclear enrichment program at the center of high-stakes multinational negotiations, China is in the awkward position of passing judgment in the U.N. Security Council on the very technology it helped the Islamic republic accumulate. For more than a decade, starting in 1984, China aided Iran with its fledgling nuclear program. Although Beijing no longer is providing such assistance, Tehran's weapons program would be far less sophisticated had it not received significant Chinese help. That assistance included training Iranian scientists, helping to build facilities, and direct military aid and hardware sales, according to the...
  • Iran president cements anti-U.S. front with Venezuela

    09/17/2006 5:30:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 638+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/17/06 | Saul Hudson
    CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shored up opposition to a U.S. drive to curb Iran's nuclear program on a visit to Venezuela on Sunday that cemented an anti-American front with President Hugo Chavez. Ahmadinejad's first trip to Venezuela highlighted Iran's backing for the fellow OPEC country's bid for a U.N. Security Council seat that Chavez would use to challenge Washington's campaign for international sanctions against Tehran. Chavez, who Washington calls a destabilizing, anti-democratic force, cast the visit as two countries jointly defying what he says is the imperialist aggression of the world's only superpower. "Iran is one of...
  • Iran, Venezuela to strengthen ties

    09/15/2006 10:51:04 PM PDT · by jdm · 20 replies · 374+ views
    AP & Hindu News Update ^ | Sept 16, 2006
    Caracas, Sept. 16 (AP): Iran's president makes his first visit to Venezuela on Sunday, seeking to strengthen ties with a government that has become a leading defender of his nation's nuclear ambitions. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that he and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez are like ``brothers'' in a great global struggle, and Chavez promises to advocate for Iran's nuclear program if he wins a rotating seat on the U.N. Security Council in a vote next month. Chavez has said Venezuela ``will stand together with Iran at all times and under any conditions,'' accusing the U.S. of planning to invade...
  • Chavez Vows Aid for Iran Against Attack

    09/14/2006 4:48:39 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 18 replies · 400+ views
    AP ^ | September 14 2006
    "Iran is under threat; there are plans to invade Iran, hopefully it won't happen, but we are with you," Chavez told Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a meeting of the Group of 15 developing nations. The U.N. has demanded that Iran suspend uranium enrichment amid concerns by some nations that it could be used for nuclear weapons. Iran insists that its enrichment efforts are peaceful, aimed solely at producing electrical energy. Chavez said Venezuela stands with Iran in this time of crisis, just as it has with Cuba, where Fidel Castro handed over power to Raul while recovering from intestinal...
  • CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY: The impact of the Sino-Iranian strategic partnership

    09/14/2006 12:06:29 PM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 5 replies · 309+ views
    American Foreign Policy Counsil ^ | September 14, 2006 | Ilan Berman
    THE IMPACT OF THE SINO-IRANIAN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP Testimony before theU.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission Hearing on "China's Proliferation to North Korea andIran, and Its Role in Addressing the Nuclear and Missile Situations in Both Nations" Ilan BermanVice President for PolicyAmerican Foreign Policy Council September 14, 2006 Chairman Wortzel, distinguished members of the Commission: It is a privilege to appear before you today. Thank you for inviting me to discuss the strategic partnership between the People's Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is a topic of utmost importance. Today, Iran's nuclear ambitions have emerged as a...
  • China Looks to the Middle East--Beijing's evolving bid to become a superpower.

    09/12/2006 7:02:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies · 495+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | September 12, 2006 | Frederick W. Stakelbeck Jr.
    In late July, Qiushi, a state-controlled publication and recognized mouthpiece of the ruling Chinese communist party, released an essay stating that China should strengthen its military to safeguard against “instability and threats to national security.” More important for China’s neighbors, the essay said, “At present, the political and military environment on China’s periphery is quite complex, and unpredictable factors are clearly rising.” The Pentagon’s most recent Quadrennial Defense Review, a military forecast delivered to Congress, confirmed Beijing’s change in thinking, saying, “China’s military modernization has taken on an “extra-regional” capability, which will allow Beijing to project military power far beyond...
  • Iran: Ahmadinejad To Travel To Venezuela In Two Weeks

    09/08/2006 5:08:01 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 40 replies · 707+ views
    ADNKronosInternational ^ | 8 Sept. 2006 | Staff
    Tehran, 8 Sept. (AKI) - Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will travel to Caracas, Venezuela, on an official visit after taking part in a United Nations General Assembly in New York on 19 September, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez announced friday. The Islamic Republic and Venezuela have together with Cuba, Bolivia and Syria led international criticism of US foreign policy. Late July, Chavez travelled to Tehran where Ahmadinejad gave him the highest honor of the Islamic Republic.
  • Hezbollah Welcomed to Venezuela

    09/05/2006 11:28:05 AM PDT · by Wrangler22 · 6 replies · 571+ views
    Conservative Thoughts ^ | September 5, 2006 | John Kuethe
    The antiquated American view that terrorism is a problem originating in the Middle East needs to be updated. South America, a long time haven for drug cartels has seen Hezbollah arrive and be welcomed with open arms by Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. That is right; Hezbollah is setting up shop in Venezuela. Perhaps this will bring the global scope of the war against islamo-fascist terror into perspective for those who still believe the United States is can simply isolate itself and expect terrorists to leave us alone. They are dead set on striking at the United States, and are establishing...
  • Chávez joins the terrorists:his path to martyrdom

    09/02/2006 9:06:46 PM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 392+ views
    venezuela today ^ | 9/2/06 | By Gustavo Coronel and Venezuelatoday.net
    On the Venezuelan side of the Guajira Peninsula, a territory shared with Colombia, the members of the tribe of the Wayuu walk across political boundaries without restrain. They were there before Venezuela and Colombia existed and they think of themselves as a nation. Recently a disturbing group has appeared, as alien visitors, in their desert landscape: Hezbollah. The Islamic fanatics of Hezbollah are rapidly infiltrating the tribe of the Wayuu. They are indoctrinating the members of this tribe, to convert them into Islamic fanatics in charge of disseminating the terrorist message that has already created chaos, death and misery in...
  • Hezbollah in Venezuala

    09/02/2006 8:50:59 AM PDT · by EBH · 10 replies · 779+ views
    Venezuela today ^ | 09/01/2006 | By Gustavo Coronel
    On the Venezuelan side of the Guajira Peninsula, a territory shared with Colombia, the members of the tribe of the Wayuu walk across political boundaries without restrain. They were there before Venezuela and Colombia existed and they think of themselves as a nation. Recently a disturbing group has appeared, as alien visitors, in their desert landscape: Hezbollah. The Islamic fanatics of Hezbollah are rapidly infiltrating the tribe of the Wayuu. They are indoctrinating the members of this tribe, to convert them into Islamic fanatics in charge of disseminating the terrorist message that has already created chaos, death and misery in...
  • Strange Bedfellows (liberals and islamic fascists)

    09/02/2006 7:41:01 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 26 replies · 874+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 9/2/2006 | Todd Witengier
    Liberals will sleep with anybody. No, this isn’t just another off-color reference to our esteemed former President Clinton. Instead, I’m referring to political alliances. More specifically, I’m talking about those on the left who would trade in common sense for political opportunism, even at their own peril. In their determined effort to decry the Bush administration and take the offensive against all things conservative, they have ignored the advertised threat to their own lifestyle and safety. How? Well, they work against the administration’s efforts against terrorism; they disavow the benefits of a strong American military presence in the Middle East...
  • Deadly Dealings: Missiles From China to Hezbollah

    08/29/2006 6:06:13 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 791+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Aug. 28, 2006 | Charles R. Smith
    The Israeli war against Hezbollah (round one) brought with it the realization at the highest levels that dangerous weapons were floating around in dangerous hands. The successful attacks against a cargo vessel by Hezbollah, using Chinese-made C-802 cruise missiles, raised alarm bells all over the globe. Immediately after the attack, the first alarm bell rang at CIA headquarters, where an intensified global intelligence operation to track weapons deliveries was started. The CIA began to track Iranian efforts to resupply Hezbollah with more Chinese-made C-802 missiles. According to reports, the CIA discovered that an Iranian Il-76 cargo plane, loaded with another...
  • How the Soviets Gave the Mullahs the Bomb

    08/23/2006 12:42:16 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 57 replies · 1,820+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 23 AUGUST 2006 | Jamie Glazov
    How the Soviets Gave the Mullahs the BombBy Jamie GlazovFrontPageMagazine.com | August 23, 2006 Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Regnar Rasmussen, a former military interpreter and interrogation specialist trained at the Danish Armed Forces' Specialist School. For more than ten years, he worked as a translator in the Danish Central Police Department (immigration department) as well as in several criminal investigations departments. He affirms that, through his experience, he learned of the many ways in which the Soviet system trained the Islamist enemy we now face in the terror war. More frightening yet, he claims that his sources informed him back in...
  • Code Pink formally aligns themselves with Jihad and Terrorism

    08/22/2006 7:21:30 AM PDT · by Beckwith · 88 replies · 2,799+ views
    Code Pink Email | 8/22/2006 | Allison, Anedra, Dana, Erin, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Katie, Laura, Medea, Meredith, Nancy, Rae, Samanth
    When CODEPINK launched our hunger strike, called Troops Home Fast on July 4, our goal was to push forward a peace process in Iraq that included the withdrawal of US troops. Our efforts were rewarded when Iraqi Parliamentarians, expressing sympathy for the hunger strikers, invited us to Amman, Jordan, to break our 30-day fast and discuss how we could work together to promote a comprehensive Reconciliation Plan. On Wednesday, August 2, a 14-person delegation, including "peace mom" Cindy Sheehan, former Colonel Ann Wright, Iraq war veteran Geoffrey Millard, writer/politician Tom Hayden, Iraqi analyst Raed Jarrar and CODEPINK co-founders Medea Benjamin,...
  • The swastika and the scimitar

    08/18/2006 6:42:10 AM PDT · by Panzerlied · 7 replies · 692+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 18, 2006 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Jews everywhere are "the Muslim's bitter enemies," said a prominent Islamic leader. Throughout history, the "irreconcilable enemy of Islam" has conspired and schemed and "oppressed and persecuted 40 million Muslims," he said. In Palestine, the Jews are establishing "a base from which to extend their power over neighboring Islamic countries." And, he proclaimed, "this war, which was unleashed by the world Jewry," provided "Muslims the best opportunity to free themselves from these instances of persecution and oppression." Sound like Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah? Or perhaps Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Nope. It was the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj...
  • China Deconstructed

    08/15/2006 9:06:55 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 482+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 11, 2006 | Elizabeth Young
    Although it may not get much attention in Asian Studies courses, China exported the cruise missile that Hezbollah used to attack an Israeli ship, one of the components that set off the Israel/Lebanon conflict, the U.S. China Commission found. “China is in a position of conventional warfare that we never dreamed in the early 90’s they would be, although we have always known about their nuclear capabilities,” said United States-China Commission Chairman Larry Wortzel at a recent hearing on Capitol Hill. The United States experiences similar trouble with China in regards to energy reliance. For example, when China offered foreign...