Thursday, March 20, 2008

Persian Power Play: Archive

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Upgrading 6 weapons -

YahooNews: "Iran unveils new missile, other weapons"

Iran unveiled upgrades to six weapons on Tuesday, including a more accurate short-range missile and a more powerful naval engine, Iranian media reported, in what seemed to be its latest response to international pressure over its nuclear program. The hardware was presented at a ceremony marking Defence Industry Day and attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi. (...) >>>

Aug. 30, 2012
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Tension mounting in Syria proxy war -

IINS: "Large-scale military drill by Russia, China and Iran in Syria, website"

An Arabic language website claims that China, Russia and Iran are going to carry out a large-scale military maneuver in Syria, “the biggest of its kind in the Middle-East history,” the semiofficial Fars-news agency reported Monday.
The joint exercise will be at sea, air and land on Syrian soil, the website Al-Shakhoura is quoted by Fars. It added that 90 000 military personnel, 400 air planes and 900 tanks will take part in the drill.
The Russian news agency Interfax quoting a Russian naval official says that two Russian naval vessels with marines on board were ready to head for Syria to protect Russian citizens and a naval base there, in what would be the first known reinforcement of Moscow’s military presence since the start of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
The website also claims that also China has asked the Suez-canal authorities for passage of 12 naval ships in late June heading towards Tartus in Syria. The report did not disclose whether Iran would also send military personnel or war ships to the drill. >>>

June 18, 2012
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Iran's global tentacles

Daily Caller: "Leaked Documents Confirm Iran’s Intent To Attack America"

According to an analysis posted in February on a website linked to Iran’s government, the Islamic republic has plans to attack targets in both America and Israel, The Daily Caller has learned. The analysis, posted in Persian on the Iranian website psyop.ir, is titled “From Mediterranean Sea to the Waters of America.” It ominously warns of an impending attack on American soil. (...) >>>

Mar 1, 2012
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Did we just attack Iran? -

Mail Online: "US missiles 'hit Iranian village'"

Two American missiles struck a village in south-west Iran early today. The news was given in a report by the country's Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). IRNA had said yesterday that three people were injured when an earlier US missile struck an oil depot in Abadan. The state-run news agency also said British and American jets had entered Iranian airspace several times. The two rockets hit Manyuhi village near the border with Iraq's Al-Faw Peninsula, an Iranian military commander told IRNA. He gave no details of casualties or damage.(...) >>>

Dec. 22, 2011
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Spot of bother with the nukes -

Here's a report on an earlier accident -

JPost: "'Blast in Iran struck uranium enrichment facility'

Satellite imagery "clearly showing billowing smoke and destruction" has proven that an explosion Monday damaged a nuclear facility in the Iranian city of Ifsahan, according to a Wednesday Times of London report (...) >>>

Nov. 30, 2011
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Mullahs kidnap opposition leaders -

PJM / Faster, Please!: "The Regime Kidnaps Mousavi and Karroubi", by Michael Ledeen

Yes it is true, not exactly as any one source has been reporting, but the two top leaders of the Green Movement, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, were kidnapped on Thursday night — when the streets of Tehran were full of armed men. It was a typical Mafia-style snatch. The two men — already under house arrest — were beaten and bloodied, and then were led out of their homes in blindfolds and handcuffs, stuffed in the trunks of the cars of their captors from the Revolutionary Guards and, along with their wives, taken to a location in Tehran, then, on Friday, to another in Parchin, and finally to a third location, a heavily protected private residence. (...) >>>

Feb. 27, 2011
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Mischief in Nigeria too -

JP: "Iran behind secret weapons shipment, Nigeria says"

Iran's government was behind the secret shipment of weapons that was discovered in Nigeria last month, Nigerian officials concluded in internal documents seen Thursday by The Associated Press.

The cargo shipped from an Iranian port was listed as building materials but contained 107 mm rockets, ammunition and arms. Nigeria's security service believes the arms were imported by some local politicians to destabilize the country if they lose in coming elections. (...) >>>

Nov. 11, 2010
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Bolton: the window is closing -

NewsMax: "John Bolton: Russia's Loading of Nuke Fuel Into Iran Plant Means Aug. 21 Deadline for Israeli Attack", by David A. Patten

News that Russia will load nuclear fuel rods into an Iranian reactor has touched off a countdown to a point of no return, a deadline by which Israel would have to launch an attack on Iran's Bushehr reactor before it becomes effectively "immune" to any assault, says former Bush administration U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton.

Once the fuel rods are loaded, Bolton told Fox News on Friday afternoon, "it makes it essentially immune from attack by Israel. Because once the rods are in the reactor an attack on the reactor risks spreading radiation in the air, and perhaps into the water of the Persian Gulf."

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin declared in March that Russia would start the Bushehr reactor this summer. But the announcement from a spokesman for Russia's state atomic agency to Reuters Friday sent international diplomats scrambling to head off a crisis. (...) >>>

Aug 15, 2010
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How to neutralize Iran's 2nd republic? -

JP: "Cotler releases 18-point ‘road map’ against Iran", by Tovah Lazaroff

Iran should be brought before the International Court of Justice at The Hague for its state-sanctioned incitement to genocide, said former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler on Tuesday as he unveiled an 18-point road map designed to hold Teheran in check. At a Jerusalem press conference, Cotler called for stiffer action against Iran’s nuclear program, even as he warned that focusing solely on that threat had “sanitized” other significant threats, such as Teheran’s “genocidal incitement,” support of international terrorism and “domestic repression.”

Former High Court of Justice president Meir Shamgar, who was also at the press conference, said, “In Iran there is a massive assault on human rights and the rule of law, while dangerous state-sanctioned incitement to genocide continues unabated, the whole amidst a culture of impunity.” In hopes of changing the tenor and scope of international activity against Iran, Cotler, on behalf of the Canadian-based organization Responsibility to Prevent Coalition, released a 200-page international report called “The Danger of a Nuclear, Genocidal and Rights-Violating Iran: The Responsibility to Prevent Petition.” (...)

According to the report, there is a “critical mass of precursors to genocide in Ahmadinejad’s Iran, constituting thereby not only the prelude to a preventable tragedy, but a crime in and of itself under international law. Simply put, Iran has already committed a crime of incitement to genocide.” The report added that it was an “international legal obligation of the highest order” to prevent this genocide. (...) Separately at the press conference, Bassam Eid, founder and chairman of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring group, spoke of Iran’s link to terrorist activity in Gaza and areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Iran, he said, was a danger to the region and to the security of the Palestinian people.>>>

Jul 14, 2010
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Iran's 2nd Islamofascist Republic is military -

Fartashphoto's Blog: "The Military Dictatorship"

Iran is becoming a military dictatorship, with religious leaders being sidelined, claimed US Defense Secretary Robert Gates. I don’t think we’re prepared to even talk about containing a nuclear Iran. I think… our view still is we do not accept the idea of Iran having nuclear weapons,” Fox News quoted Gates, as saying. Suggesting that Tehran may bend because of the pressure of the UN sanctions, Gates said:”What we’ve seen is a change in the nature of the regime in Tehran over the past 18 months or so.” Fox News Sunday and the Washington Times quoted Gates as further saying: “You have a much narrower-based government in Tehran now. Many of the religious figures are being set aside.”

He claimed that Iran’s supreme leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, “is leaning on a smaller and smaller group of advisers.” “There’s no doubt that Iran’s military and security forces are playing an active role in running the regime,” added a U.S. official familiar with assessments on Iran. “Religious leaders like Khamenei continue to make key decisions and rely on the vast security apparatus to carry them out,” he said.

Since Iran’s 2005 presidential election, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has expanded its control over the national economy and nuclear program. Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) it will not allow two of its inspectors to enter the country, state media report. The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, said they had prematurely published a report he described as “untruthful”. Mr. Salehi did not say which parts of the report he considered inaccurate.

Egypt allowed at least one Israeli and 11 American warships to pass through the Suez Canal. Egypt closed the canal to protect the ships with thousands of soldiers, according to the British-based Arabic language newspaper Al Quds al-Arabi. The warships may exercise the right to inspect the Iranian boat for the illegal transport or weapons. Newsweek reported that Egyptian authorities could stop the ship for weeks, using technicalities such as requiring that any official documents be translated from Farsi into Arabic. (...) >>>

Jun 22, 2010
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Iran's 2nd islamofascist republic - As the left is crying murder over the Gaza flotilla, silence prevails over Iran. The following two entries show how the best bet for peace was squandered -

The Australian: "Iran's deadly second republic is rising", by Fouad Ajami

Three decades ago, before his final flight to exile, the Shah of Iran had drawn a line: he would not fire on his people. He was a king, he said, and not a dictator. The army had not yet cracked; there were loyalists keen to make a stand against the revolutionary upheaval. But the man at the centre of the storm had boarded a plane, with his immediate family, in search of a country that would have him.

It's impossible to fathom such a principled retreat by today's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, and his vast apparatus of repression and terror. If anything, a year after the fraudulent election last June 12, the theocracy is entrenched and the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij, the regime's murderous paramilitaries, man a political order bereft of mercy and restraint. Iran was not fated to have its "velvet revolution". The Green movement that challenged the ruling apparatus has not been able to carry the day. (...) >>>

Jun 16, 2010
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Best bet for peace, regime change -

The Washington Times: "EDITORIAL: Taking down TehranAmerica should exploit the ayatollahs' growing vulnerability"

A counterrevolution in Iran may be the last, best chance for peace in the region, but it can only happen with American help. J. Michael Waller of the Institute of World Politics argues that the best way for the United States to promote change in Iran is not via sanctions or military action but by helping the Iranian people overthrow the Islamic regime. After the proper preparation, "revolution could happen in a matter of days," he said at a briefing yesterday at the institute's Washington headquarters.

Iran is poised for radical change. The ruling mullahs are widely viewed as illegitimate and corrupt. The people are disaffected and increasingly willing to stand up to the government. The student movement has shown a degree of fearlessness in confronting the regime. And, perhaps sensing change in the air, the Revolutionary Guard Corps has begun to show cracks in its once-fierce loyalty to the Islamic state. Mr. Waller says he thinks the United States could facilitate an uprising in Tehran with comparatively little effort. (...) >>>

Apr 19, 2010
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PJM: "Infernal Iran; The Death Spiral Accelerates", by Michael Ledeen

(...) A Tweet: “Bank Melli security guard fires at people, injures old man” - This bespeaks a far broader malaise, a slow descent of the Iranian state into the inferno. As Ahmad Alavi, a thoughtful economist, put it, the state now faces a crisis of legitimacy. The people are acting on the basis of their experience, and, lacking reliable information and confidence, the only way they have to conserve their assets is to take it from the bank. (...) >>>

Jan. 30, 2010
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Washington Times: "EDITORIAL: War with Iran nears"

The Obama administration's diplomatic outreach effort is dead, too. The mullahs met President Obama's outstretched hand with an extended middle finger. Iran announced in November that it planned to construct 10 new uranium enrichment facilities, a development former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Hans Blix called "puzzling" because "even big countries don't have ten enrichment plants." Last month, top-secret technical notes from Iran's nuclear program were leaked that detailed research on a neutron initiator, the triggering mechanism for an atomic bomb. (...) time is running out. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the Obama White House a year to make progress with Iran, and instead, the situation has grown worse. Israel repeatedly has stated that it will not tolerate a nuclear Iran, and the Jewish state is receiving significant behind-the-scenes encouragement from Sunni Arab states wary of the possibility of Iranian regional hegemony. Preparation for possible conflict is ongoing. (...) >>>

Jan. 17, 2010
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Politeia: "Terror is an Art Form in Iran"

A bomb blast on Tuesday in Tehran claimed the life of Iranian physicist, Masoud Ali Mohammadi (50), a professor at Tehran University and described as a "well known figure" in Tehran. He is said to be a nuclear scientist as well as the author of several articles on quantum and theoretical physics in scientific journals. He was a member of academic associations related to experimental science and received his doctorate in 1992. (...) No one has claimed responsibility for the blast and at this stage there could only be speculation as to possible motives for the attack, including state terrorism and agitation. The People's Mujahedeen have denied any involvement. (...) >>>

Jan. 14, 2010
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Che Guebaala por la revolucion!Image by MadebyJoca via Flickr
Well, it's about time and again it's the intrepid Liberal (right wing) Hans van Baalen standing up to tyrants - first Ortega, now the Iranian regime. Isn't it remarkable how fast standing up for freedom earns you a Nazi uniform?

NRC: "We must support the Iranian revolt", by Hans van Baalen

Since the elections of last June Iran has descended into chaos. Protestors out on the streets have not wavered in the face of unrelenting violence from government militia and riot police. In demonstrations last Sunday, fifteen were killed and hundreds injured when troops shot at protestors, aiming to kill.

This violence against innocent civilians is unacceptable. The Iranian regime has shown its most heinous of faces. The free West has not responded decisively and has been loath to express unconditional support for the opposition. Instead, the US and the EU have adopted a wait-and-see attitude. This is morally unacceptable and also runs counter to Western interests.

The EU has remained silent. The recently appointed High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, has yet to make a statement on the issue. She holds the most important office in the union, but has so far refused to take responsibility in this matter.

American president Barack Obama first only communicated on the issue through a White House spokesman. Only last week he personally asked the Iranian leadership to stop the violence against the demonstrators and respect their human rights. This is not enough. (...) >>>

Jan. 5, 2010
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The Obama Chamberlain moment drawing near: Afshin Ellian once again throws light on the situation in Iran and has some harsh words for Obama and his postmodern foreign policies towards Iran. What to think of the immoral initiatives of John Kerry's request for parley with the Iranian Parliament and his office blatantly lying about it? More by Ellian on "Ellian Blogs".

Wall Street Journal: "Iranians Want Regime Change - Khamenei is losing the support of the clergy and military", by Afshin Ellian

(...) During these past six months, the Iranian regime has undergone a dramatic change of character. It has eliminated all pragmatic forces within its ranks. For religious support, they rely on a small but extremely radical group of ayatollahs such as Mesbah Yazde and Ahmad Janati. These are apocalyptic worshippers of the twelfth Imam, or Mahdi. Understanding this group is of the utmost importance for Western policymakers. The Mahdi is viewed as a Messiah-like figure whose return will bring peace on Earth. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad frequently refers to him in his speeches, including those held before the United Nations. While most twelver imam Shiites believe that the Mahdi will appear by his own accord, this radical group believes that his appearance can be triggered by creating the apocalyptic conditions necessary for his emergence. Iran's nuclear weapons program must be seen in this context. Ahmadinejad and the radical fringe group to which he belongs see themselves as the army of the Mahdi in his final jihad.

The regime's theological nature gives it a very different perception of reality. Despite the popular unrest and growing rift between the regime and the military and clergy, Ahmadinejad has no reason to see himself as weak or illegitimate. In his world view, bolstered by people such as Ayatollah Yazde, his regime does not rely on the consent of the people or dissident ayatollahs. Instead, it gains its legitimacy by its obedience to Allah. The regime surely fears the people, but controlling the masses serves the greater cause of obedience to Allah and therefore the interests of the people are of no real importance to this regime. What's at stake here are not only the lives of the Iranian protesters and the future of the country, but global security.

If the apocalyptic ayatollahs manage to survive this crisis, then the U.S, Israel and the region—judging by Iran's theological doctrines, nuclear aspirations, and existing conventional arsenal—will face a mortal danger. The emergence of a democratic Iran is therefore not only a moral imperative but should be the foreign policy priority of every cold-hearted realist as well as multicultural engager.

That's why it is so incomprehensible that the Obama Administration still prefers dialogue with the apocalyptic ayatollahs over uncompromising support for the people crying out for freedom.

If the protesters shake off the yoke of theocracy and savagery, their success could herald the failure of political Islam way beyond Iran. At this turning point in history the West has no logical alternative but to unequivocally support the Green Revolution. The fate of this movement far outweighs the useless nuclear talks that will only buy the regime time and undeserved international legitimacy. The demonstrators in Iran on Dec. 7 rightfully exclaimed: "Obama, are you with them [the regime] or with us?" History will not judge him lightly if he chooses the wrong side. >>>

Dec. 30, 2009
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Krauthammer is trying to explain that Obama's respectful bow to tyrants amounts to legitimizing them at the expense of those seeking moral justice ... pearls before swine ... looking back on almost a year of pomo foreign policy:

Townhall: "2009: The Year of Living Fecklessly", by Charles Krauthammer

On Tuesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not just reject President Obama's latest feckless floating nuclear deadline. He spat on it, declaring that Iran "will continue resisting" until the U.S. has gotten rid of its 8,000 nuclear warheads. So ends 2009, the year of "engagement," of the extended hand, of the gratuitous apology -- and of spinning centrifuges, two-stage rockets and a secret enrichment facility that brought Iran materially closer to becoming a nuclear power. We lost a year. But it was not just any year. It was a year of spectacularly squandered opportunity. (...) >>>

Dec. 25, 2009
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Picking a fight for the 12th imam - Michael Ledeen views it as follows: "The Extended Finger From the Mullahs’ Clenched Fist" ...

The Washington Post: "Iraqi official: Iranians seized Iraqi oil well"

Iranian soldiers briefly took control of an oil field Friday near the border in southern Iraq in an incident that Iraqi officials called a "provocation." The Iranian troops took down an Iraqi flag that flew at the Fakka oil field and replaced it with an Iranian one, according to Gen. Habib al-Hussaini, who commands the Iraqi army division responsible for the area. "They stayed for a few hours, and then they left," Hussaini said in a telephone interview. Cross-border raids along the poorly delineated southern border between Iran and Iraq happen sporadically, but Friday's drew a rare emergency national security meeting, Iraqi officials said. (...) >>>

Dec. 18, 2009
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The Ahmadinejad narrative: today, Student Day in Iran, Michael Ledeen goes into the depth of the regime's subjectivism. It is no coincidence that every tyranny has the need to devize it's own version of reality:

PJM/Faster, Please: "The Ironies of History: From Pearl Harbor to Iran"

(...) And the regime is lashing out in all directions: arresting dissidents (including even the “mourning mothers” of the victims of regime savagery); shutting down the social networks (as of late Saturday, internet access was very slow in Iran, and SMS, Twitter and Facebook were being blocked); accusing the West of the ultimate evil: “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced today that he has concrete evidence that the US was trying to prevent the Hidden Imam from descending on earth. (The Hidden Imam is the 12th and final Imam of Shi’ites who is said to return to earth during the final days and usher in the apocalypse).”

Trying to stop the world outside (and Iranians inside) from seeing what is really going on; foreign correspondents have had their licenses suspended for 72 hours, (courtesy of the Orwellian Culture Ministry). So we are perhaps going to be able to answer the contemporary version of that old question “if a tree falls and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?” Our question is “if there is a revolution, and nobody reports it, does the regime fall?” The mullahs are hoping that the answer is “no.” In any case, people WILL report it. Planet Iran, for one. I’ll follow it there. And also at Enduring America. (...) >>>

Dec. 7, 2009
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This is how this story was headlined on the Yahoo!News syndication:

Why Iran's Opposition Movement Complicates Nuclear Talks (Time.com)

So, not content to shove the Iranian opposition under the bus, they're now accused of standing in the way of parley with the evil regime. There's only one way to describe this: the adoption of anti ethics, a betrayal of liberty.

Oh, and while Iranian students are tortured, murdered and condemned to death, this morally bankrupt reporter has the perfidy to claim that it is instead "Washington" that is "struggling"! Here's the story:

Time: "Iran's Green Movement Reaches Out to U.S.", by Robin Wright

After more than five months of going it alone, Iran's opposition Green Movement is reaching out to the United States for help. Via public and private channels, the Obama Administration has received several appeals in recent weeks to take a stronger stand against human-rights abuses in Iran, avoid military action and impose more aggressive and rapid-fire sanctions against the Revolutionary Guards and its vast business interests. The opposition's outreach comes as the Administration weighs the next move in its diplomatic effort to resolve the nuclear standoff with Iran. Tehran has effectively rebuffed a confidence-building deal that would ship out the bulk of Iran's enriched-uranium stockpile to be converted into fuel rods for a medical-research reactor — which would also have added about a year to the time frame within which Iran could weaponize nuclear material. The deal would have offered more time for longer-term diplomatic negotiations. As a result, President Obama has begun trying to rally international support for a new round of sanctions. Washington has struggled since the disputed June 12 presidential election to figure out how to engage the regime without undermining the opposition. Now it has begun to hear answers from the Green Movement itself. (...) >>>

Nov. 23, 2009
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WSJ: "Iran's Big Victory in Geneva - We are now even further from eliminating Tehran's threat", by John Bolton

The most widely touted outcome of last week's Geneva talks with Iran was the "agreement in principle" to send approximately one nuclear-weapon's worth of Iran's low enriched uranium (LEU) to Russia for enrichment to 19.75% and fabrication into fuel rods for Tehran's research reactor. President Barack Obama says the deal represents progress, a significant confidence-building measure.

In fact, the agreement constitutes another in the long string of Iranian negotiating victories over the West. Any momentum toward stricter sanctions has been dissipated, and Iran's fraudulent, repressive regime again hobnobs with the U.N. Security Council's permanent members. Consider the following problems: (...) >>>

Nov. 1,2009
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Iran Revolution: "Revolution Martyrs"

This is a list of the martyrs of the green Iranian revolution. I strive to confirm all data and link to the original source. I update this list continuously to make it the most accurate source for information about the martyrs of the green Iranian revolution. We shall not forget! Last update 7:30 Tehran Time, Sep 28, 2009 (...) >>>

Oct 20, 2009
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There's more on Demotix ...

Atlas Shrugs: "DAY 88 IRAN REVOLUTION: DESPITE BEATINGS, TORTURE, PRISON, THOUSANDS MARCH AGAINST ISLAMIC REGIME"

No Death to Israel chants, no Death to America chants ...Death to the Islamic regime. (...) As Obama appeases the Russians by giving them Poland, ostensibly to get help on Iran (so Russia might vote for sanctions someday) Iranians chant Death to Russia. This is squandering the trust between America and Iran's people.

Obama's contempt for the oppressed by America's enemies is beyond the pale. Eastern Europeans who fear Russia and Turkey as well as Western Europeans who fear Islamization. He lectures them and praises those they fear. Scolds the French for not wanting Turkey in the EU. Scolds the Czechs and Poles for fearing Russia and ignores the Iranians who are dying and tortured to not be Americas emeny.(...) >>>

Sept. 18, 2009
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WSJ: "Iran, Islam and the Rule of Law - Islamic political movements have been one form of revolt against arbitrary government", by Francis Fukuyama

(...) So what kind of future should we wish for Iran, in light of the massive demonstrations? My own preference would be for Iran to some day adopt a new, Western-style constitution guaranteeing religious freedom, a secular state, and sovereignty vested firmly in the people, rather than God.

But a considerable amount of anecdotal evidence (we don’t have anything better) suggests this is not necessarily the agenda of the protesters. Many of them, including opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, say they want Iran to remain an Islamic Republic. They look at the radical regime change that occurred in next door Iraq and don’t want that for themselves. What they seem to wish for is that the democratic features of the constitution be better respected, and that the executive authorities, including the Guardian Council, and the military and paramilitary organizations, stop manipulating elections and respect the law. (...)

Eliminating religion altogether from the Iranian Constitution is more problematic. The rule of law prevails not because of its formal and procedural qualities, but because it reflects broadly held social norms. If future Iranian rulers are ever to respect the rule of law as traditional Muslim rulers once did, it will have to be a law that comes from the hearts of the Iranian people. Perhaps that will one day be a completely secular law. That is unlikely to be the case today.

Unfortunately, Iranians may never get to make the choice for themselves. The clerical-military clique currently exercising power is likely to drag Iran into conflict with other countries in the region. This could easily consolidate its legitimacy and power. Let us hope that the country’s internal forces push for an evolution of the political system towards genuine rule of law and democracy first. >>>

July 28, 2009
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NY Post: "A'JAD HOPING FOR A LIFELINE FROM O"

WILL President Obama help the Khomeinist re gime regain some of the legitimacy it lost in last month's rigged presidential election? Former President Muhammad Khatami raised that question Sunday while meeting with families of some of the 5,000 activists arrested during anti-regime protests. Khatami, a mid-ranking mullah, was echoing remarks by another former president, Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who has indicated he won't recognize President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election to a second four-year term. (...)

Last week, Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said the government was "putting finishing touches to a package of initiatives" for submission to the 5+1 Group (which consists of the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) as soon as Ahmadinejad is sworn in for a second term. Mottaki's statement came hours after French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner disclosed that the European Union might withhold recognition of a second Ahmadinejad presidency until an "internal compromise" occurs in Tehran. Kouchner, however, had to tone down his remarks when the Obama administration reiterated its determination to "engage Iran" regardless of who emerges on top in Tehran.

Meanwhile, Iran's state-run media have orders to highlight even the slightest sign of support from abroad. >>>

July 24, 2009
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The Washington Times: "EDITORIAL: Enabling Tehran's nukes"

The Obama administration is coming to terms with the inevitability of a nuclear Iran. Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to reassure Middle Eastern countries in case Iran does develop nuclear weapons. In that event, the United States would "extend a defense umbrella" over the region to counter it, she said. Mrs. Clinton said that Iran will not advance its security or achieve its "goals of advancing its power both regionally and globally" by developing nuclear weapons. Stating that America will extend a security umbrella is more likely to encourage Iran's leaders than dissuade them.

The umbrella is the ultimate symbol of passivity and defensive posture. It tells Tehran that the regime will be safe, which is the regime's primary objective. Meanwhile, rain will fall under the umbrella as Iran pursues its interests more aggressively at the conventional and unconventional levels of conflict through proxies such as Hezbollah and Hamas. The secretary of state threatened "crippling action" against Iran if the regime continues on its current course, but that is more slogan than policy. (...) >>>

July 23, 2009
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More on the Ayatollah split in "Ahmadinejad's vice president choice rejected".

Enduring America: "Iran: Your Easy-to-Use Ayatollah Scorecard"

Amidst much discussion, including on Enduring America, about the position of clerics in the post-election conflict, the excellent Tehran Bureau has compiled a list of the positions of ayatollahs who have made their views known publicly. Six Grand Ayatollahs have made statements supporting demonstrations, two have been neutral, and one opposed. Amongst Ayatollahs, eight (including Hashemi Rafsanjan) have been supportive of at least some opposition demands, two neutral, and seven opposed. (Note: Ayatollah Ali Mohammad Dastghaib, who wrote an open letter to Hashemi Rafsanjani today, can be added to the list of supporters of the protest movement):

Since protests erupted in Iran after its disputed Presidential election, a growing number of influential Shia clerics have made statements in favor of the protesters. Grand Ayatollahs in Support of Protesters (in alphabetical order) (...) >>>

July 22, 2009
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The problem with France may be twofold: it's system preference is for the centralized state - and mild form of Rousseauian collectivism, and it serves its own interests first. Moreover, the current government is pragmatist, so do not expect any actions based on principle (the above excepted):

Arutz Sheva: "France Surrenders to Ahmadinejad", by Amil Imani
"I don't know why people are surprised that France won't help us get Saddam out of Iraq. After all, France wouldn't help us get the Germans out of France!" -- Jay Leno
(...) France has never been a reliable partner, the sort of Western country you can count on in time of need. Even though France has been part of NATO, she has deviated from the pact on numerous occasions. France habitually has been unpredictable, unreliable and, at times, very unethical. In World War I, 1914-1918, the German army pounded the French. Without the rescue mission of Uncle Sam, French people would be speaking German (...)

The Iranian people strongly condemn France's position on surrendering to Islamofascists who are holding peaceful Iranians hostage. This is clearly against all norms of human dignity. With this recognition, there comes a price. It would perhaps make France an accessory to the crimes committed by the murderous mullahs in Iran. They will be facing a severe boycott of all French products by Iranians inside and outside Iran, and hopefully by all decent human beings; those whose hearts were broken by the assassination of Neda by the instruments of the supreme Islamic leader, Ali Khamenei. >>>

July 20, 20009
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Bloomberg: "Iran’s Rafsanjani Challenges Post-Election Crackdown"

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani challenged the government’s crackdown on protests over the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, urging respect for the opposition and the release of detainees. (...) Tens of thousands of opposition supporters massed at the event in an attempt to show their strength at one of the country’s most symbolic political platforms and staged a demonstration after the sermon, the Associated Press reported. Police fired tear gas at others as they headed to the prayers.

“This appears to be a measured and nuanced address,” said Alastair Newton, a senior political analyst at Nomura International Plc. It keeps “the pressure on the principlists, while being careful not to inflame a potentially volatile situation still further" (...) “The real struggle is therefore likely to continue to be behind the scenes, within the ranks of what is clearly a deeply divided elite,” Newton added.

Videos posted on Facebook showed crowds gathered around Tehran University, chanting “Coup d’etat government: Resign!” “Political prisoners should be freed,” and “Death to a people-deceiving government.” At least 15 Mousavi supporters were arrested, Istanbul-based NTV news channel reported. Mehdi Karrubi, a former Parliamentary Speaker and a defeated candidate in the June 12 ballot, was attacked by plain- clothed forces on his way to Friday prayers, his party said on its Web site. Karrubi didn’t require hospital treatment after the incident and later returned home. (...)

Rafsanjani (...) warned that the crackdown on the opposition and a failure to resolve doubts about the legitimacy of the vote may undermine the state. As many as 20 people were killed in protests that followed the election, according to state-run media. France’s Le Figaro newspaper on July 7 cited hospital staff as saying at least 92 died. Hundreds have been arrested. (...) Shadi Sadr, a leading Iranian women’s rights activist and a lawyer, was walking with associates along a busy road toward Friday prayers when unidentified plain-clothed men pulled her into a car, the British Broadcasting Corp.’s Persian service cited her family as saying in a telephone interview. (...) >>>

July 17, 2009
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... someone please inform Osama ...

The Washington Times: "EDITORIAL: Iran's fatwa for freedom"

The spirit of Thomas Jefferson is alive and well and living in Iran. Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, one of the most senior Iranian clerics, published a fatwa on July 11 that reads as though he had been perusing the works of America's Founding Fathers. The document is a revolutionary call for action against a government in Tehran that has forfeited its right to rule.

The grand ayatollah believes that government is instituted by man as a social contract, with rights and responsibilities on both the part of the people and the government. "The state belongs to the people," he said. "It is neither my property or yours." Compare this to our Declaration of Independence, which states that "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed." (...) >>>
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Upcoming events - and breaking news that "Iranian nuclear chief steps down" ... "stepped down", that is (it happened three weeks ago): "It was not immediately clear what triggered the resignation."
July 16, 2009
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Harry's Place announces a new movement launched from Britain's House of Lords, "Iran Solidarity".Link to the Declaration.


July 15, 2009
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Anonymous Iran: "Green Brief #27 (July 13)"

I'm NiteOwl AKA Josh Shahryar - twitter.com/iran_translator on twitter - and I've been immersed in tweets from Iran for the past several hours. I have tried to be extremely careful in choosing my tweet sources. What I have compiled below is what I can confirm through my reliable twitter sources. Remember, this is all from tweets. (My work is released under Creative Commons (CC). So use it freely and post it wherever you wish to.)

These are the important happenings that I can positively confirm from Monday, July 13.

In Danish: http://tinyurl.com/lreh4m

In French: http://ledossiervert.wordpress.com/

In German: http://tinyurl.com/mlxtyw

In Hebrew: http://bit.ly/OQCCc

In Italian: http://tinyurl.com/np9bpc

Protests/Unrest
1. Faculty members, doctors and dentists of the Tehran Medical University staged a gathering in Shariati Hospital in protest of the arrests of politicians and political activists.  (...) >>>

July 14, 2009
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Also watch the latest news on PJTV.

Politeia: "Tehran Senenade ..."

MightierThan.com: "Iran: The Rooftop Project"

One of the most compelling elements of the continued uprising in Iran has been when each night under the cover of darkness Iranians chant themselves hoarse from the rooftops, balconies, and windows of their homes. This is done to express resolve, hope, frustration, and probably more than anything else, to provide a way that people can be together in spirit and in their cause. As long as the sound of voices echoes through the night, Iran is not yet free. It is the soundtrack of revolution. (...) >>>
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Time: "On Tehran's Streets: Defiance and a Crushing Response"

Nearly two weeks of silence on the streets of Tehran were broken in the evening of July 9 when thousands marchBolded through the central districts of the Iranian capital to protest the June 12 presidential election. Another anniversary helped precipitate the show of apparent defiance: the 10th anniversary of a bloody student uprising that was brutally put down by the government. Despite threats earlier in the day of a "crushing" response, men, women and even some children went onto the streets with chants of "Death to the dictator" and "Mousavi, Mousavi!" But the response was indeed crushing. Members of the élite Republican Guard and the dreaded paramilitary group the Basij rushed the initial crowd gathered at Enqelab (Revolution) Square with batons at around 5 p.m. One woman who was fleeing the scene had bloodstains on her white skirt splattered from demonstrators nearby. But pockets of protesters numbering in the hundreds soon resurfaced along many of the main streets north and east of Enqelab Square and in the city's main squares. (...) >>>

July 10, 2009
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Politeia: "Today in Iran: updating throughout"

Over 1,000 demonstrators gather in Tehran, continuing to protest the June 12 presidential election. Security forces fire tear gas and beat protesters. Many people wear masks to hide their identities.

Reporting from Tehran and Beirut -- Violent clashes erupted today in downtown Tehran between more than a thousand determined young men and women chanting, "Death to the dictator" and "God is great" and security forces wielding truncheons.

The screams of a woman being beaten could be heard (...) >>>
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Faster Please: "The 9th of July, the 18th of Tir", by Michael Ledeen

(...) Meanwhile, in an appalling act of appeasement, we released five Revolutionary Guards officers in Iraq, so that they could go to Tehran (and I doubt they will join the nocturnal chanters).  I got it from Washingtontv, which somehow accepted the official Iranian misidentification of these guys:
Washington, 9 July (WashingtonTV)—The US military on Thursday handed over five Iranian diplomats (NOT!  ML.  The mullahs claimed they were dips, but they were IRGC officers) it has held for over two years to Iraqi authorities, Iraqi and Iranian officials said.

Iran’s ambassador to Baghdad, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, said that the five men were handed over to Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and that they would be handed over to the Iranian embassy in Baghdad after meeting al-Maliki, reports the official IRNA news agency. The five diplomats, accused by the U.S. of funding and arming Shiite militants in Iraq, were arrested in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil on 11 January 2007.
The timing could hardly have been worse, and I’m sure the White House is roundly annoyed that this happened just on a day when the regime’s claws and fangs were so publicly exposed.  (...) When I asked some folks in the government, about a week ago, if we were preparing to release these people, they acted as if I’d asked if the Vice President were about to convert to Islam.  But the releases have started. (...) >>>
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What kind of moronic reasoning is this in the O admin and its minions: does anyone in his right mind believe that the regime will NOT accuse the West of meddling, only because it will not be able to proof of funding? It's official: Leftism leads to serious cerebral impairment.

niacINsight: "U.S. Congress avoids $75 million landmine"

Last night, the U.S. Congress shelved a controversial motion to restore $75 million in funding for regime change in Iran. We reported on this yesterday before it came up for a vote:

Under the Bush administration, Congress appropriated up to $75 million–under the guise of “democracy assistance”–for regime change. The money, some of which went to legitimate democracy organizations, played right into the hands of the hardliners in Iran who used it as justification for clamping down on all types of activism. Even worse, the existence of the program tainted any and all civil society activists in Iran as “agents of the West” and effectively painted a target on their backs. Ultimately, the overwhelming message that civil society activists in Iran sent to the US was: if you want to help us, stop sending us money.

With Iranian state media trying desperately to portray the demonstrators as foreign agents, Congress made the right decision not to give the claim any credence. (...) >>>

July 9, 2009
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NewsMax: "Opposition Leader Returns to Lead Protests in Iran", by Kenneth R. Timmerman

A key leader of the 1999 student uprising that shook the Islamist regime in Iran returned to Iran clandestinely this week, and plans to lead a nationwide protest on Thursday. Roozbeh Farahanipour, 37, was jailed for several months in 1999 for his role in the protests and was tortured extensively. But that hasn’t deterred him from going to back to his homeland. “These are momentous times,” he told Newsmax shortly before leaving the U.S. for his secret journey to Iran. (...) The postelection protests of the past several weeks “have already succeeded in crippling half of the regime,” he said. “They can no longer work together, no longer trust each other. Our job is to help cripple the other half as well.” If Farahanipour can successfully elude Iran’s secret police, Thursday’s protests will be the first time that a political figure who has gone into exile has ever returned to lead a demonstration against the Islamic regime.

Farahanipour, who founded the Marze Por Gohar (Glorious Frontiers Party) in 1998, wants to see a secular, democratic government emerge from the current turmoil in Iran. “This Thursday is my demonstration,” he said. “It is not Mousavi’s event. It is the 10th anniversary of the 1999 student uprising.”< (...) Mousavi is calling on his supporters to hold protests on Thursday, but has been careful to insist that they show support for the Islamic regime and to limit their protests to calls for a new election. Farahanipour says the time for any pretense of reforming the regime is over. (...) Now is not the time to reassure the regime, but to confront it, he believes. (...) Earlier this year, MPG released an explosive report with damning excerpts from classified Iranian government documents showing that the supreme leader had ordered death squads to murder political dissidents more than a decade ago.  See “Iran's Supreme Leader Personally Ordered Death Squads” for more. >>>

July 8, 2009
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Slate: "Did the Toppling of Saddam Hussein Lead to Recent Events in Iran? - Given the connections between Iraq and Iran, it's not as unlikely as it sounds", by Christopher Hitchens

The most exciting and underreported news of the past few weeks in Iran has been that the emerging challenger to the increasingly frantic and isolated "Supreme Leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. And Rafsanjani has recently made a visit to the city of Najaf in Iraq to confer withAyatollah Ali Husaini Sistani, a long-standing opponent of the Khamenei doctrines, as well as meeting in the city of Qum with Jawad al-Shahristani, who is Sistani's representative in Iran. It is this dialectic between Iraqi and Iranian Shiites that underlies the flabbergasting statement issued from Qum last weekend to the effect that the Ahmadinejad government has no claim to be the representative of the Iranian people. (...) >>>
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Faster Please: "The storm Ahead", by Michael Ledeen

The Iranian tyrant, Ali Khamenei, told his cluster of top advisers two days ago that it was time to totally shut down the protests, and he ordered that any and all demonstrators, regardless of their status, be arrested (although there is no longer room for new prisoners in Tehran’s jails;  they are now using sports arenas as holding areas).  (...) By Sunday night, hundreds of new arrests had been made (...) His deadline:  July 11th.  He told his minions that if that were accomplished, the rest of the world would come crawling to him. (...) he is certainly not right about his own people, who have sabotaged a major petroleum pipeline in Lurestan, and who are planning to go on strike in the next few days.  I don’t know the provenance of the people who hit the pipeline (perhaps the fact that the political desk of the Tehran Times reported it is significant), but calls for strikes, building towards a big demonstration on July 9th, come from Mousavi, Karroubi and Khatami.

Mousavi got a big boost over the weekend from an important group of senior clerics in the holy city of Qom.  They branded the “elections” and the new government that will shortly be sworn in, as illegitimate.  This is a serious matter (...) So Khamenei is under pressure, and he is not well equipped to deal with it.  He has a serious cancer, and takes opiates to mitigate the pain.  (...) At the moment, there is evidence of some panic, as  Iranian leaders are exporting their wealth.

Meanwhile, the American Government was sending conflicting signals to Tehran.  On the one hand, it seems that Obama will be going to the upcoming G8 conference with a request that there be no new sanctions on Iran (...) it effectively demolishes the myth that this administration intends to do anything to support the Iranian people in their life and death struggle for freedom (...) At the same time, Vice President Joe Biden three times said the United States would do nothing to prevent an Israeli attack against Iranian nuclear targets. So apparently we’re prepared to let the Israelis do our dirty work.  A real standup sort of policy. >>>
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Reporters WithBoldout Borders: These are the Jailed Iranian Journalists and Bloggers
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CNN: "Mousavi said to be planning new party after Iran vote"

Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi plans to form a new political party aimed at reining in the power of the Islamic Republic's leadership, a leading reformist newspaper reported Sunday.  Moussavi told supporters the party will be focused on upholding "the remaining principles of the constitution," according to Etemad-e Melli, a newspaper aligned with fellow opposition candidate Mehdi Karrubi. He is expected to file papers with Iran's Interior Ministry to establish the party before hard-line incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is sworn in for a new term, the newspaper reported. (...) >>>

July 6, 2009
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NYT: "Leading Clerics Defy Ayatollah on Disputed Iran Election"

The most important group of religious leaders in Iran called the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate on Saturday, an act of defiance against the country’s supreme leader and the most public sign of a major split in the country’s clerical establishment. (...) The government has tried to paint the opposition and its top presidential candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, as criminals and traitors, a strategy that now becomes more difficult — if not impossible. This crack in the clerical establishment, and the fact they are siding with the people and Moussavi, in my viewBold is the most historic crack in the 30 years of the Islamic republic (...)>>>
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Keeping up to date with the Iran Body Count
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Haaretz: "Saudis to let IDF use airspace to attack Iran"

Saudi Arabia has indicated to Israel that it would not protest use of its airspace by Israeli fighter jets in the event the government resolves to launch a military assault against Iran, according to a report which appeared in the British newspaper The Sunday Times. (...)

July 5, 2009
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BBC: "'Iran trial' for UK embassy staff"

Some UK embassy staff detained in Tehran and accused of inciting protests after disputed elections will face trial, a top Iranian cleric says. Guardians Council chief Ahmad Jannati said: "Naturally they will be put on trial, they have made confessions." Nine embassy staff were held in Tehran last weekend. Britain says all but two have now been freed. EU governments are to summon Iranian ambassadors to protest against the detention of the embassy staff. An EU official told the BBC that, in addition, visas for Iranians holding Iranian diplomatic passports would be suspended. The officials said other measures, including the withdrawal of EU ambassadors from Iran, would be considered if the remaining two British embassy staff were not released. (...) marks a significant deterioration in the already bad relationship between London and Tehran. Tehran has repeatedly accused foreign powers - especially Britain and the US - of stoking unrest after the election. Britain has protested strongly against the arrests and rejected the Iranian allegations as baseless. (...) >>>

July 3, 2009
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Demotix: "Mourning the Dead in Tehran"

... and here's the sad list of young people who paid the price for Liberty

July 1, 2009
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Politeia: "Iran: The Fall Out"
After the indignation and outrage, the rejections and the errors, there are emotions, opinions and peoples hedging their bets. A few wise men have written op-eds in support, among them former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton - a keen observer as ever - and former Spanish PM, Jose Maria AznarRejectionists talk of the geopolitical need for a stable Iran, as if an oppressive regime isn't inherently always instable.Present blog has - reluctantly at first - endorsed the popular participation in the revolt. The de facto leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, is after all a man steeped in the history of the bloody Islamofascist Republic.

On the other hand, thanks to the theocratic system, he's all they've got! If Iranians have entrusted him with their destiny, then so be it!

The alternative is the status quo. Only the most deluded libtard can believe nuclear war is still avoidable by parley with the regime.

June 29, 2009
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Politeia: "The Axis of Pomo"


The New York Times for once conformed to reality in palpably painting the atmosphere of melancholy that has descended on the city of Tehran like a suffocating blanket. Reuters relays Human Rights Watch reporting that "paramilitary Basij forces stage nightly raids in Tehran, invading private homes and beating residents in an attempt to stop protests against Iran's disputed election."
"Witnesses are telling us that the Basijis are trashing entire streets and even neighborhoods as well as individual homes trying to stop the nightly rooftop protest chants," Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said in a June 26 report by the New York-based group.
State terrorism has been part of Marxist revolutionary theory from the outset.  (...) >>>
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28, 2009
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Just pomo, or plain stupid? A local correspondent commented as follows: "The Mujahideen started off during the power grab as the Marxist partner in the theofascist gang, but they broke away when it became apparent that the clerics didn't meet their expectations. Most of people in Iran do not agree with them, as they resort to violence and military means in their struggle with the regime. They may try to attach themselves to the democratic movement, as they are desperate and have no choice this time."

The Guardian: "The curious case of Iran's Mujahideen - A group of senior British politicians claims the Iranian Mujahideen are Iran's best hope of reform. Are they right?"

They've been described by British politicians as "brave patriots" and "the main democratic Iranian opposition group". Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Christopher Booker said the organisation they set up, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, was "real opposition to the dictatorship" and "the best hope of transforming Iran into a secular, democratic, non-terrorist country". On Wednesday, another Telegraph group journalist, Con Couglin, called them "the leading Iranian dissident group".  (...) >>>

June 27, 2009
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Middle East Forum: "Protests aren't enough to topple the Islamic Republic", by Michael Rubin

Street protests in Iran are important but are themselves not enough to force change. The supreme leader will not be swayed because he considers himself accountable to God, not to the people. Indeed, even the Islamic Republic's clerical establishment is irrelevant in this calculus. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's invocation of folk religion -- his appeals to the messianic Hidden Imam, for example -- is a way to bypass senior religious figures who, according to Shiite theology, will be among the greatest obstacles to the Hidden Imam's return. (...) >>>

June 22, 2009
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Politeia: "A Prague Spring for Iran?"

The following is a free translation of a post writen by Dutch-Iranian refugee and Leiden University lecturer, Afshin Ellianpublished earlier today in Elsevier Magazine.

"We owe allegiance not to Gaza (Hamas) nor to Lebanon (Hezbollah), only to Iran", Iranians were shouting the last few days. After thirty years of Islamism, Islamic terrorism no longer has the support of the people. The expenditure in support of terrorist groups is a secret of state. According to the opposition it involves billions of dollars. This money belongs to the Iranian people. Many live under the poverty line. (...) The next few days will not be easy for the Iranian people. Things will get tense. But they have expressed their wishes. (...) >>>

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ne 20, 2009
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Updates of the day:

Politeia: "Are They Mental?!"

June 20, 2009
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Updates of the day:

Politeia: "Twitter's Finest Hour, the SMS's Worst"

June 19, 2009

Includes updates of June 18, 2009:

Politeia: "Lifting the Veil in Tehran"

In the last couple of days three reasons have been on offer by the MSM for the lack of action on the part of the Obama Team:

1. That Mousavi and his party are not the liberal heroes many make them out to be.
2. The risks involving the support of one Islamofascist party over another.
3. To be vilified, like his predecessor Bu$Hitler, for meddling in 'Islamic' affairs.

While it is very hard for sure to test the political waters in the country, an agnostic stance suspending support of freedom may well soon prove an ever greater risk. How many oppressed can one afford to deposit "under the bus" without being perceived as losing moral highground? (...) >>>

June 18, 2009
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Politeia: "The Twitter Guide to Joining the Revolution"

Here's your reliable info guide to join the Iranian Revolution (...) The spirit of liberty finally arrived at Tehran's Freedom Square.  (...) The mass protests followed a weekend of street demonstrations, rioting and other expressions of discontent. These events were brought to the world in real time through social-media networks and online video. Tehran's authoritarian leaders clearly were caught off-guard. (...) >>>

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une 17, 2009
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Politeia: "The Tehran Putch"

(...) I want to inform you about what has happened in Tehran over the last couple of days. I got my information from open sources and discussions I had with the people of Tehran. (...) Modjtaba Khamenei, son of the Iranian leader is in all probability the coordinator of the coup. The Revolutionary Guard, the Basidj militia, Tehran police force and the intelligences services are assisting him. The armed forces are not involved.  (...) The European Union must act before it is too late. Europa must take the side of the Iranian people. Democratic change in Iran will be good for Europe, America and Israel. World peace is at stake. >>>

June 15, 2009
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It'll be some time before developments have played out and the final analysis can be made, but till then here's an interesting source live-blogging from Tehran. Check out the blog and follow him on Twitter:

Revolutionary Road: "Iran: Riot in Tehran streets after election day - "Death to the dictator!"

June 13, 2009
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Haaretz: "ANALYSIS / All Iran candidates will bolster Hamas, Hezbollah ties"

(...) Although the presidential race is based mostly on the individual skills of the candidates, their agendas and public record are no less important. The candidates have almost insignificant differences on issues of core interest to the West and Israel. All of the candidates have said they are willing to hold a dialogue with the U.S., but say it would be gradual and depend on U.S. policy. Even Ahmadinejad has expressed his willingness to talk to the U.S.  This does not mean the Islamic Republic would be willing to talk with Israel (...) >>>

June 12, 2009
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Front Page Mag: "Iran’s Election Façade"

FrontPage Interview’s guest today is Roozbeh Farahanipour, an Iranian journalist, democracy activist, former political prisoner in Iran and head of Marze Por Gohar Party (MPG), an Iranian opposition party seeking the establishment of an secular republic in Iran. He was a student leader in the 1999 uprising, just one year after creating the MPG. (...) >>>

June 9, 2009
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PJM: "Obama’s Grand Delusion about Iran", by 'Reza Kahlili'

President Barack Obama’s recent video message to Iranians and their ruling mullahs for the Persian new year was both kind and heartfelt. (...) But the ruling mullahs in Iran are trying to usurp our Persian heritage and replace it with Arab/Islamic events. (...) These beliefs shape the mullahs’ jihadist policies. And therein lies the reason that U.S. presidents have not managed to succeed in negotiations with Tehran — either through secret or open channels — since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. President Jimmy Carter failed to negotiate the release of American hostages in Iran after the U.S Embassy in Tehran takeover. President Reagan failed to improve relations and failed to release American hostages held in Lebanon in exchange for arms. President George H. W. Bush failed in his secret negotiations with Hashemi Rafsanjani, going as far as recognizing him as the new leader of Iran. President Bill Clinton failed to improve relations when he met Iranian demands, removed sanctions, and apologized to the Iranian government for past U.S. behavior toward Iran. And President George W. Bush failed with his constant threats, which saw no follow-through. The lesson of America’s failed carrot-and-stick foreign policy toward Iran is clear: Carrots don’t work; sticks work only if there is a follow-through. The mullahs have backed down only once. Reagan had just about had it with the mullahs after his failed negotiations with them (...) >>>

May 1, 2009
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NewsMax: "Iran's Supreme Leader Personally Ordered Death Squads", by Kenneth R. Timmerman
An explosive Iranian government dossier reveals that Iran’s most senior official, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, personally ordered the murders of hundreds of opposition activists and intellectuals. In addition, then-President Mohammad Khatami, whom the West considered a moderate, helped cover up the regime’s deadly deeds, according to the documents, which were leaked to a domestic opposition group.
The revelations come as the Obama administration has repeated its calls for “negotiations without preconditions” with the Islamic Republic of Iran leadership, and amid reports that former Defense Secretary William Perry has been discussing security-related issues with senior Iranian officials on Obama’s behalf. They also come after Khatami stated that he is contemplating another run for president this spring against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (...) >>>

Feb 5, 2009
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Chavez yesterday threw out the Israeli ambassador ... see Fausta's Blog for the latest ...

Arrakis: "Turkey holds suspicious Iranian shipment to Venezuela

Turkey has been investigating a suspicious shipment from Iran to Venezuela. The shipment was labeled tractor parts but Turkish authorities say the shipment contains lab equipment to make explosives. An Iranian official claims the containers hold nothing of importance. Of course not, just an explosives lab kit for Hizbollah agents operating in Venezuela. (...) >>>

Jan 7, 2009
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Memri: "Khamenei Decrees: Israel is Kafer-e-Harbi; Iranian Martyrdom Seekers Await Khameini's Orders; Iranian Student Organizations Threaten to Take Over Egyptian, Jordanian Diplomatic Representations"

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has issued a decree to act against Israel, which he calls "an infidel that should be warred against" (Kafer-e-Harbi ) because of the "slaughter of the Palestinian Muslims" and the "plunder of Islamic lands". (...) On December 30, 2008, a senior Student Basij movement official, Mohammad Hassan Alaghemand, announced the establishment in Iran of an organization of martyrdom-seekers (...) applicants can fill out a registration form, with first name, last name, mailing address, state ID number, gender, age (must be over 18), email address, education, area of study, university attended, and student number. (...) >>>

Dec 31, 2008
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Politeia: "The Endless Queue of Useful Idiots: the Latest Crop"

Reporting on anti Iran rallies in NYC on 22nd and 25th September. >>>

22nd Sep 2008
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AP: "Ahmadinejad says Israel won't survive"

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at Israel on Thursday, saying the Jewish state would not survive, even if it gave up land for a Palestinian state. He also dismissed allegations that his country is trying to make nuclear arms. Speaking to reporters in Tehran, the hard-line leader smirked at the former mantra of the Israeli right of a "Greater" Israel that would include land Palestinians want for a future state. The idea has since been abandoned, with the Israeli political consensus now being that there would be a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, on either side of Israel. "I have heard some say the idea of Greater Israel has expired," Ahmadinejad said. "I say that the idea of lesser Israel has expired, too." Ahmadinejad used the news conference to speak at length before traveling to New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly that opened Tuesday. (...) >>>
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... the subjectivist world order ...

Press TV of Iran: "Iran, Latin America construct new world system"

Revolutionary Bolivian President Evo Morales said his September visit to Tehran was "a symbol of the unity and solidarity between Iran and Bolivia." The visit cemented a close relationship between the two nations, which has been growing since 2006 when Morales was swept to power by popular vote as the first indigenous president of Bolivia. "The two revolutionary nations and the governments of Iran and Bolivia are natural allies and will remain supportive of one another under any circumstance," affirmed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (...) The natural friendship between the two countries has grown out of their shared stance against imperialism and their rejection of interference by foreign powers. (...) Morales also rejected the intervention of the United Nations Security Council in Iran's nuclear program, saying it "lacks any legal or technical justification". (...) Iran has established strong relations with Latin American countries, including Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador and Nicaragua. (...) >>>

Updated: 8th Sep 2008
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... with a little help from my friends ...

Times: "Russia ratchets up US tensions with arms sales to Iran and Venezuela"
Russia defied the United States yesterday by announcing plans to sell military hardware to Iran and Venezuela. The head of the state arms exporter said that he was negotiating to sell antiaircraft systems to Iran despite American objections. Russia has already delivered 29 Tor-M1 missile systems under a $700 million (£386 million) deal with Iran in 2005. (...) >>>

19th Sep 2008
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ISW: Newsletter dated 5th September 2008

Iran is still meddling violently in Iraqi affairs. This past week alone, Coalition Forces captured nine members of an Iranian-backed Shia terror group, "The League of the Righteous," during raids in Baghdad and Muthanna. One of the detainees was a senior member in charge of the group's logistics and financial operations. Last week, U.S. forces arrested Ali al-Lami, a senior official in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government, returning to Baghdad from Lebanon. Ali al-Lami is suspected of having ties to Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias and plotting a spectacular June bombing that killed 10 people, including four Americans. (...) >>>

5th Sep 2008
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Financial Times: "Iranian ‘cult’ of imam sparks controversy"
When President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad launched Iran’s first domestically built telecommunications satellite into space on Sunday, he did so in the name of the last true Shia imam, Mohammed al-Mahdi. The launch coincided with the end of festivities in Iran to mark the birthday of the imam, one of the holiest figures in Shia Islam, who is believed to have gone into hiding in the year 941 and will return to bring peace and justice to the world. (...)

Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said the current “fake” obsession with the imam had “misled millions of people”. Regime insiders say Mr Khamenei is unhappy with the religious fanaticism of the government, although he backs its economic, political and international policies. Mr Ahmadi-Nejad rarely starts a speech at home or abroad without first praying for God to hasten the imam’s second coming [which would be facilitated by the destruction of Israel, ed.].(...) “We are witnessing a new cult in Shiism whose leaders claim to be connected to the imam,” says one regime insider. (...) >>>

18th Aug. 2008
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Pajamas: "Why Obama Worries Iran," by Meir Javedanfar

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad surprised the world again by claiming that Iran now possesses 6,000 uranium enriching centrifuges. The surprising part of his message was that the previous report produced by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which was produced in November 2007, stated that Iran possesses somewhere between 3,000 to 3,500 centrifuges. So the question is: how did Iran manage to double its capacity in such a short time? (...) Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that Ahmadinejad seems to need to use the nuclear program more and more to boost his standing at home. One important factor behind this is Iran’s genuine worry about Barack Obama’s rising profile worldwide. (...) Things could get worse, not better for Iran if a popular President Obama does decide to negotiate directly with Ayatollah Khamenei’s administration. In such a scenario, it will be more difficult for Tehran not to compromise. (...) These are tough days for Iran’s conservatives. The West has called their bluff by offering to negotiate with them. This has not left them with much room to maneuver. What’s worse is that this is having a negative effect on oil price. What some Western politicians refuse to understand is that Iran’s clergy view strong economic sanctions as even more detrimental to their stability than war. Therefore, serious rethinking is required by Iran’s conservative strategists. Many people, including Iranians, believe that the conservatives are overstepping. (...) Washington is watching them closely, but their supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei is scrutinizing them even more closely. And he doesn’t take non-performance lightly. >>>

28th July 2008
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Middle East Forum: "What's at Stake for the West in Lebanon?"

(...) Iran is undergoing a transformation, not in the direction of reform as the West hopes, but from a pure theocracy toward a "theofascist state on the edge of an even more aggressive foreign policy." This transformation in Iranian politics, according to Mr. Wurmser, is being played out in Lebanon and in Gaza. (...) a new power structure is emerging in Iran that is closely aligmned with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. For example, Ahmadinejad fired many government officials and replaced them with a group of hard-core members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Mr. Wurmser singled out Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejehei, whom Ahmadinejad placed in control of Intelligence, who espouses an aggressive anti-Western foreign policy and supports terrorism; and Saeed Jalili, whom Ahmadinejad appointed as head nuclear negotiator for Iran, is a veteran of the IRGC who was mutilated in the Iran-Iraq war.

Mr. Wurmser traced several of Ahmadinejad's actions to Jalili's 1990 book, Foreign Policy of the Prophet, arguing that Jalili's writings, though they describe the time of Muhammad, are a blueprint for Iran today. "Jalili is the mind behind Ahmedinejad." (...) >>>

8th Apr 2008
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Atlas Shrugs: "Iran Breeds Islamic Supremacists and its Historical Mandate"

(...) Andrew Bostom points out that the important historical context to this phenomenon is lost entirely. " What we are witnessing today is not simply a "post-Revolutionary phenomenon" comforting as that may sound--this is a full-throated return to the Shi'ite theocracy that existed in Iran with the founding of the Safavid dynasty at the very outset of the 16th century, and lasted till 1925. i.e., for 4 centuries."

He has written about this extensively (in 4-parts "The Ayatollahs’ Final Solution?"), but here is a brief summary: The Safavid rulers, at the outset of the 16th century, formally established Shi’a Islam as the Persian state religion, while permitting a clerical hierarchy nearly unlimited control and influence over all aspects of public life. The profound influence of the Shi’ite clerical elite, continued for almost four centuries (...) >>>

20th Mar 2008
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Politeia: "Iranian Correspondence"
Iran's hardline spiritual leaders have issued an unprecedented new fatwa, or holy order, sanctioning the use of atomic weapons against its enemies. In yet another sign of Teheran's stiffening resolve on the nuclear issue, influential Muslim clerics have for the first time questioned the theocracy's traditional stance that Sharia law forbade the use of nuclear weapons. (...)

Rafsanjani thus spelled out the terms of a macabre cost-benefit analysis. (...) counting on a hundred thousand deaths might seem on first glance like a worst-case scenario. But it is not. (...) Ahmadinejad, however, is clearly predisposed toward apocalyptic thinking. The linchpin of his politics is (...) the return of the Twelfth Imam >>>

29th Dec. 2007
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American Thinker:"Iran bans the word 'women'"
Iran has banned the use of the word "women" from public television, insisting that it be replaced with "family". Gateway Pundit calls attention to this, and to another outrage against women in Iran: the case of a young female doctor >>>
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Phantis (AFP): "US asks Greece to take measures against Iranian bank"

The United States has asked Greece to take measures against the local subsidiary of Iran's Bank Saderat (...) >>>

8th Nov. 2007
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Politeia: "The Price of Defeating Evil: $ 88 Million"
As Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Republican frontrunner Rudy Giuliani urged that Iran's nuclear program modules be bombed (...)

29th Oct. 2007
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Melanie Phillips: "The Choice"
Norman Podhoretz, the grand-daddy of neoconservative foreign policy and now an adviser to (...)

28th Oct. 2007
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World Tribune: "Advanced missiles from Iran have already been fired at U.S. helicopters in Iraq"
The U.S. military has reported that Iran has smuggled advanced surface-to-air missiles into Iraq (...)

22nd Oct. 2007
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Alsharq Alawsat: "Washington and Tehran: Negotiating Over What?"
US Democratic candidates, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, have expressed their intention to engage (...)

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- "Apostating Islam"
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