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  • Man charged in high-profile murder held without bond on fraud charges (2012 murdered critic of Iran)

    05/29/2014 6:18:24 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 5 replies
    KPRC Houston ^ | Published On: May 27 2014 12:44:09 PM CDT Updated On: May 28 2014 07:30:10 AM CDT | Joel Eisenbaum, Jace Larson
    HOUSTON - A Jordanian-born man facing state charges for the shooting death of an Iranian student and women's rights activist has been ordered held without bond on federal fraud charges for what authorities say was his involvement in a benefits scheme. ...Nadia Irsan, her father, Ali Irsan, and his wife were arrested last week at their home in Conroe on charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S., theft of public money and benefits fraud. ...Ali Irsan, 56, also has been indicted in Houston for the slaying of Gelareh Bagherzadeh. Investigators say Ali Irsan shot and killed Bagherzadeh outside her Galleria-area...
  • Iraqi Election Fear: No One Is Safe Anymore (Allawi interview)

    04/29/2014 9:18:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 28, 2014 05:50 PM | Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbumer
    (Ayad) Allawi, the son of a Shiite businessman, joined the nationalist Baath party when he was a medical student, but in the 1970s, became an opponent of Saddam, who had already begun using brutal methods to steer the country. Today, 11 years after Saddams fall, violence, corruption and abuses of power still dominate daily life in Baghdad. Allawi blames Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for this chaos. [] I have nothing against the Iranian leadership. In fact, I accommodated it often enough during my time as premier. But I am no proponent of a theocracy. I am a secularist. I wanted...
  • Stolen European passports on missing plane

    03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST · by bryan999 · 47 replies
    <p>MILAN (AP) Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.</p> <p>Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.</p>
  • Iran Intends to Invite Abbas to Tehran

    01/30/2014 11:58:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 1/31/2014, 6:46 AM | Elad Benari
    Israels peace partner will be invited to visit the country whose leaders refer to Israel as the rabid dog of the region, the Chinese Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday, citing an Arabic language newspaper in London. According to the report, Iran intends to invite Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to visit Tehran soon. The Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported that Abbass visit to Tehran aims at rehabilitating the Iranian-PA official ties that have been frigid for years due to Irans support to Hamas, longtime rival to Abbass Fatah movement.
  • Report: Obama Arranging Tehran Visit for Next Year

    12/02/2013 8:05:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 87 replies
    Report: Obama Arranging Tehran Visit for Next Year Daniel Halper December 2, 2013 10:46 AM The Kuwaiti news outlet Al-Jarida reports that President Obama is seeking to arrange a trip to Tehran, Iran next year. The headline of the article reads, "Obama would like to visit Tehran, official invitation after details resolved." "Al-Jarida has learned from a U.S. diplomat that President Barack Obama is seeking to visit Tehran in the middle of next year," the report reads, based on a translation using Google Translate. "The source said that the desire to visit is shared, and that Tehran and Washington are...
  • So America IS Trading with Iran ... US Sent Nearly $2M Worth of Bull Semen to Muslim State Last Year

    12/01/2013 1:52:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 29 November 2013 | Ashley Collman
    So America IS trading with Iran ... US sent nearly $2m worth of bull semen to Muslim state last year Strict trade sanctions have been in place between the U.S. and Iran since the Carter administration Bovine sperm side-steps the usual sanctions since it qualifies as humanitarian aid Iran has made it a goal to become self-sufficient in meat production by the year 2016 Altogether the U.S. sent $45.7million in humanitarian aid to Iran last April. While the number seems like a lot, it's nothing compared to the $26.2billion sent to our biggest trading partner - Canada. Bovine sperm side-steps...
  • Reading Weakness in Tehran: Obama values an agreement with Iran over real security guarantees

    11/25/2013 7:59:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/25/2013 | The Editors
    The Obama administration says the agreement will degrade Irans nuclear capacity, halt its current progress, and lay the groundwork for a final deal, in exchange for discrete concessions on sanctions. But this freeze is incomplete and as reversible as the term suggests, and the effect of the loosening of the sanctions will be far-reaching. Reminiscent of his claim that a strike on Syria to deter future chemical-weapons use would be unbelievable small, Secretary Kerry said that the deals concessions translate into very little sanctions relief. This is an odd description for measures that take up a full page of the...
  • Kerry warns fresh Iran sanctions could scuttle nuclear talks

    11/13/2013 7:36:06 PM PST · by haffast · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 November 2013 Last updated at 20:05 ET | BBC
    Secretary of State John Kerry has told US lawmakers any new sanctions against Iran would risk ruining talks over Tehran's nuclear programme. He told a Senate banking committee that the US might lose negotiating partners if it imposed economic penalties. The panel has been considering a fresh package but legislators are divided on the measure. Mr Kerry has told the BBC that Iran and world powers had come "extremely close" to a deal at the weekend. Before Wednesday's closed-door meeting with senators, Washington's top diplomat told reporters: "What we're asking everybody to do is calm down, look hard at what...
  • 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,...
  • Man Caught with Bomb-Making Materials Trying to Board LAX-Bound Flight

    10/29/2013 6:23:10 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Marina del Rey Patch ^ | Oct 29, 2013 | Craign Clough
    Antony Piazza is stopped at Pierre Trudeau Airport during security screening early Sunday morning. Piazza was stopped at Pierre Trudeau Airport during security screening early Sunday morning when bomb components -- but no actual explosives -- were found in his carry-on luggage, and his duplex in the Montreal suburb of La Salle was searched, according to media reports from Montreal. Antony Piazza, who changed his name from Houshang Nazemi in 1986, ... A native of Tehran, Iran, Piazza moved to Canada in 1979. In 1985, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking, according to CBC News...
  • Iran, Russia advise Assad to transfer chemical stockpile to Tehran - to avert US attack

    09/02/2013 5:20:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    DEBKA ^ | 9/02/13
    The Iranian parliamentary delegation visiting Damascus Sunday, Sept. 1, advised Bashar Assad to move his chemical stockpile out of Syria and deposit it in Tehran under Iranian and Russian military supervision, to save himself from an American military strike, debkafiles exclusive military and Iranian sources reveal. Chairman of the Majlis Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ala-Eddin Borujerdi, who headed the delegation, explained that Presidents Hassan Rouhani and Vladimir Putin had discussed the stockpiles removal ad hoc, as the basis of a Iranian-Russian plan for presenting to US President Barack Obama at the G-20 summit meeting in St. Petersburg later this week....
  • Turkish protest: Think Tehran in 2009, not an Arab Spring

    06/04/2013 5:05:54 AM PDT · by joygrace · 7 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Jun. 3 2013 | Dirk Matten
    "In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, Turkey was often seen as the model for a democracy in the Muslim world. The economic policies of the current government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamic Fundamentalist party AKP have been praised widely in the West, just last week again by star-economist Jeffrey Sachs. So, where is the uprising coming from? To understand what is happening in Turkey, it makes sense to look at neighbouring Iran. In some ways, Iran could be seen as the prototype of the current regime in Turkey.".....
  • BBC reporter: Blasts heard near Tehran arms plant

    05/07/2013 6:39:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | May 7, 2013 | Staff
    A BBC Persian journalist wrote Tuesday on the Twitter social media website that three explosions had been heard in western Tehran, in an area where Iran carries out missile research and storage. It was not immediately clear if there were injuries or damage in the incident. In January, both Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency denied reports that a blast had hit the Fordow underground uranium enrichment center near Qom. A mysterious and massive explosion rocked a military arms depot near Tehran in November 2011, killing 17 Revolutionary Guards Corps officers and wounding 17 others. Iranian officials said the...
  • Women Who Wear Revealing Dresses Cause Earthquakes: Cleric (Tehran)

    05/05/2013 1:12:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies
    One India News ^ | Saturday, May 4, 2013 | Shubham Ghosh
    Women who wear revealing dresses cause earthquakes: Cleric Tehran, May 4: Women who wear revealing clothing and behave immorally are responsible for earthquakes, this is what a senior Iranian cleric has to say. The cleric's unusual explanation for quakes follows the prediction made by the country's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that a quake is certain to rock Tehran and many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate to save their lives. Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi told the country's media that women who do not dress in dignified manner "lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society". According to...
  • Soheil Assad & the ALBA ambassadors, in Qom

    04/18/2013 4:45:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies ^ | 18 April 2013, 15:53 | A. Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET: "ALBA is the Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra Amrica, an alliance of Latin American countries started by Cuba and Venezuela, who share a combination of hostility towards the United States and willingness to do business with Iran." SNIPPET: "Soheil Assad is not with the IRI Foreign Ministry - he's an IRGC operative. And there he is, accompanying ALBA ambassadors & their staff on a visit to Qom."
  • (Iran) Scientist Claims to Invent 'Time Machine' To See Into The Future With 98% Accuracy

    04/13/2013 1:27:07 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    The Mirror (U.K.) ^ | April 11, 2013 | Tom Parry
    Scientist claims to invent 'time machine' to see into the future with 98 per cent accuracy He says his device can detail any individuals life between five and eight years in advance after taking readings from the user's touch An Iranian scientist claims he has invented a time machine that allows you to predict the future with 98 per cent accuracy. Ali Razeghi says his device can produce a print-out detailing any individuals life between five and eight years in advance after taking readings from the user's touch. He claims the Iranian government, whose nuclear programme has caused concern...
  • Tehran Battles Plague of 'Mutant' Giant Rats with Army Snipers

    03/03/2013 2:47:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 51 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 20, 2013 | Umberto Bacchi:
    Tehran Battles Plague of 'Mutant' Giant Rats with Army Snipers Tehran, the capital of Iran, is battling an invasion of "genetically mutated" giant rats. Iran has sent in sniper teams to clear Tehran's streets from the massive rodents weighting up to five kilos plaguing 26 district of the Iranian capital, the city's environmental agency said. "They seem to have had a genetic mutation, probably as a result of radiations and the chemical used on them," Ismail Kahram, Teheran city council environment adviser and university professor Ismail Kahram told "They are now bigger and look different. These are changes that...
  • The Man Who Killed Leon Trotsky

    01/15/2009 11:58:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 1,869+ views ^ | Dec 28, 2008
    Ramn Mercader from Barcelona killed Trotsky with an ice axe in Mexico City. On 20th August 1940, the exiled Leon Trotsky was fatally wounded at his home in a suburb of Mexico City when an ice axe was driven into his skull. He cried out to his guards as they burst into his study, Dont kill him! He must talk. Despite struggling fiercely, and even managing to bite the hand of his assassin, Trotsky died the next day, and the man who wielded the murder weapon was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He insisted throughout his trial and his...
  • Iran May Consider American's Request

    08/05/2007 6:27:12 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 456+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 05, 2007
    Iran May Consider American's Request August 05, 2007 Associated Press Nasser Karimi TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's Foreign Ministry said Sunday it would consider allowing the wife of an American man who vanished in Iran earlier this year to visit the Islamic country to search for him. "The request has not officially been relayed to us yet. If it is conveyed, we will review it," ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters. On Thursday, Christine Levinson, the wife of missing former FBI agent Robert Levinson said she was planning to travel to Iran in search of her husband even though she...
  • Ryan says under Obama, Middle East looks like '1979 Tehran'

    09/24/2012 2:50:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/24/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Paul Ryan delivered a blistering speech against President Obama on foreign policy Monday, saying because of the president's policies, the Middle East looks like Tehran during the mob protests on the U.S. embassy in 1979. Ryan, speaking in Lima, Ohio, was referencing Nov. 4, 1979, when Islamic revolutionaries in Iran attacked the U.S. embassy and took more than 50 Americans hostage. Ryan said that Obama has failed to fulfill promises to bring peace to the Middle East. "I mean, turn on the TV and it reminds you of 1979 Tehran but they're burning our flags in capitals all around the...
  • Ties with Iran cut because it was added to terrorism list: John Baird

    09/14/2012 5:12:14 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | September 14, 2012 | Stewart Bell
    TORONTO As violence and extremism threatened to undo the gains of the Arab Spring, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday Canada would focus on helping countries emerging from dictatorship by promoting the full participation of women. --- Baird made no mention in his speech about his surprise decision to suspend diplomatic relations with Tehran. The NDP has criticized the move. But later, Mr. Baird told reporters the government was required by legislation passed in March to produce a list of state sponsors of terrorism by Friday. He said since Iran was to be placed on the list, he...
  • Muslim says Quran justified attack in N.C

    03/25/2006 10:21:23 PM PST · by Lorianne · 86 replies · 1,979+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 22, 2006
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- The man who hit nine people with a sport utility vehicle on the University of North Carolina's Chapel Hill campus wrote a letter to a television reporter saying he read the Quran's 114 chapters 15 times and found that the Muslim holy book justified the attack. ''I did not act out of hatred for Americans, but out of love for Allah instead,'' Mohammed Taheri-azar, 22, wrote in a letter to Amber Rupinta dated March 10 posted on WTVD's Web site. Police say that just before lunchtime March 3, Taheri-azar drove a rented 2006 Jeep Cherokee through the...
  • The Region: Egypt kicks sand in Obamas face (and Islamist Morsy says his son could be POTUS!)

    09/03/2012 9:43:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 2, 2012 | BARRY RUBIN
    Indeed, at the precise moment Panetta was meeting Morsy, the new president was releasing Islamist terrorists from Egyptian prisons. These include terrorists from Islamic Jihad, which is part of the al-Qaida coalition! How do you square that one, secretary Panetta? And finally, Morsy pointed out to Panetta that his own son was born in California, when the future Egyptian president was studying there. His son, Morsy pointed out, could be the president of the United States one day. This is all you need to know: The US government asked its good buddy Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy to inspect an Iranian...
  • Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Heaps Praise On Occupy Wall Street ...

    08/30/2012 9:30:18 AM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 7 replies ^ | August 30, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    ( The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei the supreme leader of Iran praised Americas Occupy Wall Street movement on Thursday, calling it a reflection of people around the world who are losing their patience with the dominance of the United States and Israel in the international community. Everybody has become tired of this faulty international structure, Khamenei said in his inaugural address to the Non-Aligned Summit, a gathering of 120 nations now taking place in Tehran. The 99-percent movement of the American people against the centers of wealth and power in America and the widespread protests of the people...
  • Fighting the terror finance hydra

    08/08/2012 12:26:55 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
    With last weeks passage of the Iran Sanctions Bill, Congress took a bold step against Irans nuclear weapons program, closing loopholes in existing sanctions law and adding tough new restrictions on transactions benefiting the countrys financial, energy, and shipping industries. Implicit in these new sanctions is the recognition that money particularly corporate money is a key buttress of terrorist networks, providing terrorists with the resources they need to carry out their radical and destructive ideology. In many cases, the individuals and companies engaging in terror finance are unaware of their role providing funding to terrorist groups. The global...
  • Good Luck With That, Stoopid

    08/03/2012 4:33:39 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 3 , 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Ahmadinejad: 'World forces must destroy Israel' Uh, except all the 'world forces' the Iranians will be able to muster-up for the would-be Jew-crushing Jihad would be themselves, Hezbollah, Hamas... maybe what's left of Syria -not one sovereigncountry- and Israel will wipe-the-floor with all of them, anyway. Alas, the only hope for ME peace this decade was a strong, timely, and principled stand against Iran's rogue atomic weapons program- with Obama, obviously that didn't happen. Rather, feckless appeasement efforts and thinly-veiled contempt for the Jewish state has Tehran smelling weakness- like a red cape to the bull.In the worst-case scenario -Obama...
  • Israeli diplomat's car hit by blast in Delhi; 1 injured

    02/13/2012 4:28:12 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Express India ^ | Feb 13, 2012 at 1715 hrs IST
    New Delhi An Israeli official said an explosion was hit an Israeli diplomat's car in New Delhi on Monday. He said one person was hurt in the blast, but did not identify the victim. Israeli Embassy spokesman David Goldfarb said the car was near the embassy when the blast went off. Indian police said only that a car was on fire on the street outside the embassy.
  • Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok

    02/14/2012 6:47:29 AM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-14-2012 | Robert Johnson
    Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok Robert JohnsonFeburary 14, 2012 One day after bombs targeting Israeli embassy staff went off in India and Georgia, another botched attack played out this morning in Bangkok. Through several reports, the incident appears to have played out something like this: Saeib Morabi, a suspected Iranian, was fleeing an explosion that rocked through his rented home in central Bangkok. While he was on the road looking for transportation, another explosion went off "on a nearby road." When Morabi finally managed to flag down a cab, the driver...
  • Senate Hs Committee Report Finds Online Jihadist 'Activity' Leads To Violent Islamist Extremism

    03/04/2012 6:40:42 PM PST · by Cindy · 33 replies
    HSTODAY.US - HOMELAND SECURITY TODAY ^ | 02/28/2012 ( 9:12am) | by Anthony Kimery
    "Senate Hs Committee Report Finds Online Jihadist 'Activity' Leads To Violent Islamist Extremism" by Anthony Kimery 02/28/2012 ( 9:12am) SNIPPET: "Violent Islamist extremists use the Internet to recruit, radicalize and mobilize individuals -- including Americans -- and the threat of violent Islamist extremism has become increasingly decentralized and its messaging has followed that same trajectory, according to a report issued Monday by both the majority and minority staff of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs." SNIPPET: "The report concluded that the United States currently has a haphazard approach to dealing with global Internet radicalization and propaganda, and...
  • UK expels all Iranian diplomats over embassy attack and closes Tehran embassy.

    11/30/2011 6:05:41 AM PST · by sunmars · 49 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | BBC
    The UK is to expel all Iranian diplomats following the storming of its embassy in Tehran, Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced. He said he had ordered the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London. Tuesday's attack by hundreds of protesters followed Britain's decision to impose further sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme. Iran's parliament had previously voted to reduce diplomatic ties with the UK. Mr Hague said there had been "some degree of regime consent" in the attacks. He said all UK diplomatic staff in Tehran had been evacuated and the embassy closed.
  • Tehran Embassy: like 1979 all over again

    11/29/2011 4:52:39 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Nov. 29, 2011 | James Delingpole
    One of the news stories I remember most vividly as a teenager was President Carter's botched rescue attempt of the hostages taken by Iran's Revolutionary Guard from the Tehran embassy. What stuck in my mind were the photographs of the charred corpses of the rescue crews in their burned-out helicopters. These photographs had, of course, been eagerly sanctioned by the Iranian regime as part of its gloating propaganda message to the US and its allies: "Suck on this, Great Satan!" Those were not happy times for those us who believed, in proper Andrew Roberts fashion, that the world has never...
  • Iran attack: UK embassy stormed in Tehran (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

    11/29/2011 7:20:12 AM PST · by Pikachu_Dad · 46 replies · 1+ views
    RT ^ | 11/29/2011 | not stated
    Dozens of Iranian students have stormed the UK embassy in Tehran, chanting death to England. Before police intervened, protesters pelted the embassy with stones and petrol bombs, brought down the flag, and destroyed a pile of classified documents. Reports by the Mehr news agency that six UK staff had been taken hostage when students raided a north Tehran diplomatic compound were withdrawn shortly after they were posted. No explanation was given for the report, nor its removal.

    11/20/2011 5:16:22 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 55 replies · 1+ views
    IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting), Japanese Language Service ^ | 20 November 2011 | Islamic Republic of IRAN News Japan (Japanese)
    Iran-inspired Shiite Muslim men beating themselves to pulp in a sick religious display. Coming soon to a shopping mall parking lot close to you in the USA. OUR HERO Translation to English Synposis Provided by Freeper "AmericanInTokyo":(Original Iranian Article: "時期米大統領候補、イスラム教徒に侮辱的な発言" (Next Presidential Candidate, Makes (Insulting Comments to Islamists")(MY SYNOPSIS): "Herman Cain is the Republican candidate for the next U.S. presidential election, and much was made by him of the so-called Muslim extremist presence in the United States. According to Mefuru press reports on communications coming from Candidate Cain, he claimed "(and) what with special attention to trends regarding extremist...
  • Huge blast kills 27 at Iran military base near Tehran

    11/12/2011 2:18:50 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 27 replies
    Times of India ^ | Nov 12, 2011 | Reuters
    TEHRAN: A massive explosion at a military arms depot near the Iranian capital Tehran killed 27 elite Revolutionary Guards on Saturday and wounded 16 others, state broadcaster IRIB said. Officials said it was an accident which happened as troops were moving ammunition at a base in Bidganeh, near the town of Shahriar, some 45 km (28 miles) west of Tehran. While there was no indication of any attack, the explosion shook homes and rattled windows for miles around at a time of mounting tensions with Israel over Iran's nuclear programme. "So far, 27 personnel of Revolutionary Guards have been martyred...
  • Moscow Welcomes Hizbullah

    10/19/2011 5:16:00 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/10/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    A Hizbullah delegation was welcomed by officials in Moscow on Wednesday for the terror groups first official visit to the Kremlin. The three-man delegation, headed by Hizbollah MP Mohammad Raad, is scheduled to meet Russian officials for talks on developments in Lebanon and the region, a Hizbollah source told Lebanon's The Daily Star. The source said discussions will also touch on bilateral ties and issues of common interest. Russia has opposed Western intervention in Syria as the uprising there enters its seventh month, as has Hizbullah, which has close ties to the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus....
  • Sean Penn helped secure release of U.S. hikers in Iran - after bringing plight to Hugo Chavez

    09/24/2011 3:16:24 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:40 AM on 24th September 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    U.S. actor Sean Penn engaged in attempts to secure the release of two Americans freed by Iran this week, flying to Venezuela to ask President Hugo Chavez to intervene with Iran's leader, a source close to the release process said on Friday. Since Tehran freed Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer on Wednesday details have emerged about the efforts to win their freedom, which involved the United Nations, Iraq and Oman - as well as Chavez, who is a fiery critic of the United States. Venezuela's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday that Chavez brought up the case with his Iranian...
  • IraqA Province of Iran? Once America Leaves, Tehran Will Take Control.

    05/10/2011 6:58:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/10/2011 | Daniel Pipes
    After American forces leave Iraq at the end of 2011, Tehran will try to turn its neighbor into a satrapy (i.e., a province, a satellite state), to the great detriment of Western, moderate-Arab, and Israeli interests. Intense Iranian efforts are already underway, with Tehran sponsoring militias in Iraq and sending its own forces into Iraqi border areas. Baghdad responds with weakness with its chief of staff proposing a regional pact with Iran and top politicians ordering attacks on the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian dissident organization with 3,400 members resident in Camp Ashraf, 60 miles northeast of Baghdad. The MEK...
  • Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship

    04/28/2011 8:44:58 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 28 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-28-11 | The Rat
    Holy crap Batman, whats up with Superman? It sounds like truth, justice, and the American way just dont get it for your Kryptonian pal anymore. What happened? Yes citizens of Metropolis, its a dark day indeed. As unthinkable as it sounds, your super- hero is fed up with America and has renounced his U.S. citizenship. How can this be, you ask? It seems that Superman dropped in on a Tehran demonstration to stand with non-violent protestors against the Iranian regime. This not only ticked off the Presidents national security advisor; the mullahs werent too happy either. Following a dress-down from...
  • Years after vanishing in Iran, US man proven alive

    03/03/2011 1:12:01 PM PST · by Danae · 49 replies
    AP - SFGate ^ | 3-3-2011 | MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN
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  • Tehran Seeks Sinai Terror Infrastructure

    02/28/2011 4:16:57 PM PST · by Suvroc10 · 2 replies
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | February 28, 2011 | IPT News
    Iran is taking advantage of chaos in post-Mubarak Egypt to bolster its weapons-smuggling capabilities in the Sinai Peninsula, Israeli defense officials say. Tehran's goal is to build a new infrastructure there to enable it to smuggle advanced weaponry into Gaza. "Iran wants to take advantage of the current anarchy in Egypt and establish a stronger foothold in Gaza," a senior Israeli defense official told the Jerusalem Post. "They are building new capabilities, upgrading smuggling mechanisms and studying the new military presence there to see how it will affect them."
  • Obama honors Sarah Palin's short & tweet advice on Iran [w/video]

    02/12/2011 6:20:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Examiner ^ | February 12, 2011 | Devonia Smith
    Today, President Obama's honored Sarah Palin's short and tweet advice following the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt. That's another a testament to her fans belief that Palin has a keen presidential mastery of common sense policy directives. In a mere 140 word Tweet, Sarah Palin challenged both the sitting American president, Barack Hussein Obama and the national media. Certainly, Palin has demonstrated the executive power of the value of just a very few words, well placed - from her tweet to the president's ear. A transcript of events follows. From Sarah, short and tweet to Obama: SarahPalinUSA Sarah Palin Media:...
  • Nervous In Tehran

    02/12/2011 6:57:08 PM PST · by Wpin · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 12, 2011 | Review and Outlook
    As it happens, yesterday was also the 32nd anniversary of the Shah's downfall in Iran. The hard men of Tehran are now seeking to tap into Egypt's revolutionary fervor, hailing Hosni Mubarak's downfall as "a great victory." Earlier on this Islamic Revolution's Victory Day, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on Arabs to "free" themselves from the "arrogant powers" (i.e., the U.S. and Israel) in the spirit of Ayatollah Khomeini. The regime's words were all about 1979, but its actions suggested their minds are far more focused on 2009. Recall the Cairo-like scenes from Tehran two summers ago, when hundreds of thousands...
  • Tehran will bar opposition rally

    02/12/2011 8:24:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/12/11 | Robin Pomeroy - Reuters
    TEHRAN (Reuters) Tehran will refuse permission for a reformist opposition rally in support of the uprising that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a government official was quoted as saying Saturday. "These people are fully aware of the illegality of their demand and they know they will not receive a permit for staging a riot," Mehdi Alikhani-Sadr, deputy director of the Interior Ministry's political bureau, was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency as saying. It had always been highly unlikely the government would permit the rally organized by groups it considers seditious. Mehdi Karoubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, who...
  • 2009 FLASHBACK: Obama cautious as violent protests sweep Tehran (Remove Iran's Ahmadinejad? No way!)

    02/10/2011 2:38:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 6/15/09 | Warren P. Strobel
    Obama cautious as violent protests sweep TehranBy Warren P. Strobel | McClatchy Newspapers Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 TEHRAN, Iran Violence flared across Iran on Monday with the first reported death from anti-government riots, as hundreds of thousands of defiant Tehranis took to the streets demanding "Where is my vote?" after Friday's disputed presidential election. The unrest, possibly Iran's worst political crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution, confounded predictions that the regime would be able to contain the fallout from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's unexpected claim of a landslide victory. President Barack Obama spoke cautiously in his first comments...
  • Obama, Code Pink and Egypt: 'There Are No Coincidences in Politics' (as seen on Glenn Beck)

    02/03/2011 3:42:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 75 replies
    Big Peace ^ | Thursday, February 3, 2011 | Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King
    As the cliche goes, there are no coincidences in politics. Obama fundraiser group Code Pink just happened to have arrived in Cairo last week for the groups ninth visit there in two years as part of its campaign to undermine the Mubarak government and help Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza. Code Pink and the media are trying to portray the leftist group's 'sudden' appearance in Cairo Wednesday as an act of courageous support for a democratic revolution. Nothing could be further from the truth.Code Pink protests the Mubarak government in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. February 2, 2011. Code...
  • Iranian Missile Tech Appears in North Korea

    10/16/2010 1:49:12 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/14/2010 | David A. Fulghum and Robert Wall
    The North Korean military parade last weekend does more than give world exposure to the heir apparent to Pyongyangs leadership. It also revealed a new road-mobile ballistic missile a variant of the BM-25 Musudan with a projected range of 3,000-4,000 km. (1,900-2,500 mi.). Even more intriguing, North Koreas weaponry is showing design characteristics associated with the Shahab 3, Irans most advanced missile. Such evidence is leading some international analysts to the conclusion that the ballistic missile development ties between the two countries are active and producing improvements in the arsenals of both. While it would seem doubtful that complete...
  • Irans President Renews Pressure on Conservatives

    07/17/2010 11:11:57 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | WILLIAM YONG and ROBERT F. WORTH
    TEHRAN Having successfully suppressed the opposition uprising that followed last summers disputed presidential election, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his supporters are now renewing their efforts to marginalize another rival group Irans traditional conservatives. Conservative rivals of Mr. Ahmadinejad are fighting back, publicly accusing him of sidelining clerics and the Parliament, pursuing an extremist ideology, and scheming to consolidate control over all branches of Irans political system. Now that they think they have ejected the reformists, maybe they think it is time to remove their principalist opponents, said Morteza Nabavi, the editor of a mainstream conservative newspaper, in an...
  • The Voice of America has become Voice of Tehran (With the Obama Administration's Blessing)

    07/07/2010 8:00:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/07/2010 | Ed Lasky
    Fresh from declaring NASA's mission to be outreach towards and glorification of Islam, comes news that the Voice of America-long a beacon of hope to oppressed people around the world-has become a big mouthpiece for the mullahs via with the administration's "help." From the superb Investors Business Daily editorial page: Voice of America's mission is to promote U.S. interests abroad, which includes freedom in Iran. But VOA's Persian newscast has been hijacked by pro-Tehran broadcasters. The Obama administration's sole strategy for defanging the Ahmadinejad regime is talk and more talk. Only, the propaganda that VOA is piping into Iran is...
  • Turkey's alliance with Iran is a threat to world peace

    06/14/2010 12:07:08 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 275+ views
    The ^ | 6/10/2010 | Con Coughlin
    Turkeys decision to veto the latest U.N. Security Council resolution on Iran should be of concern for all those, like me, who desire a peaceful resolution of the international crisis over Irans nuclear programme. The Turks are apparently upset that the West has not responded positively to the nuclear deal it recently negotiated with Iran, with Brazils assistance, whereby Tehran would ship some of its stockpile of enriched uranium to Ankara in return for fuel rods for its so-called research reactor in Tehran. In fact this deal was nothing more than a watered-down version of the agreement Iran negotiated with...
  • Iranian Groupie 'Risks Life' For Book On Bedding Famous Rockers (Groupie 'Slut' Target Of Fatwa?)

    05/25/2010 6:12:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies · 1,353+ views ^ | 25/05/2010 |
    Iranian groupie 'risks life' for book on bedding famous rockers A self-proclaimed "slut" from Iran may become the target of Muslim extremists after she penned a book about having sex with the world's most famous rockers. Roxana Shirazi, who lived in Tehran until she was 10, claims to have had sexual encounters with members of Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Velvet Revolver, Papa Roach and Skid Row. Several editors and agents reportedly refused to work with her on the book, titled The Last Living Slut: Born in Iran, Bred Backstage, for fear of enraging the Muslim community. "I haven't attacked...