Mohammad Khatami, a former Iranian president, announced that the political situation in the country has not improved to a degree where reformists should be participating in the parliamentary elections.
Khatami said in a short interview on Monday that â€œAll indicators show that we should refrain from participating in the elections and, therefore, participation in them would be meaningless.” He added later “My statement is the same as that of the Coordination Council of the Reformist Front, which announced that the reformists cannot and should not have a candidate list in the elections.”
Ali Mohammad Gharibani, the head of the Iranâ€™s reformist coordination council, issued a statement to the press saying that the completive nature of political interests are continuing to squeeze reformists out of the elections. He also stated that since “reformists have no possibility to advertise and inform the public while the competition is in control of all advertising venues.â€ Because of this, the council has not and will not endorse any candidates in the election. To take a step further, the council has even refused to compile a list.
Khatami was sited in the saying that the decision of the council does not mean that they are promoting a boycott of the elections. Khatami added that reformists will be able to participate in the parliamentary elections if all political prisoners are released and if all of the political parties are given equal chance to engage in a free political activity. His last request was for all of the elections to be open and transparent.
Since the presidential elections of 2009 when there were allegations of voter fraud, the establishment has accused reformists of playing a part with Iranâ€™s foreign enemies. Because of this accusation, man y of the senior reformists have been sentenced to jail and other more long-term prison terms. MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, former reformist candidates have been under house arrest since early February.
The AP has reported that Iran might be moving their uranium enrichment facilities, as safety becomes an issue. Iran is reportedly concerned against a Western strike on their facilities. Neither Israel nor the US have ruled out a possible military strike again the nuclear program, citing that they believe Iran could be developing atomic weapons. However Iran is adamant that their facilities are creating electricity and radioisotopes for treating cancer patients.
Gholam Reza Jalali, commander of the Revolutionary Guardâ€™s anti-sabotage unit has said that an attack is not probable, but that the move may still occur for protection of the facilities. The Natanz enrichment site is the most central to Iran and most of the site is built underground. The Fordo facility is built into a mountain to protect against aerial attacks. Jalali also said that he believes the West would have already attacked if they intended to do so.
Most of the countryâ€™s centrifuges are located at the Natanz site. This is a main concern of Iran because this technology is used for the uranium enrichment procedure. Uranium can be used as a fuel for power plants or it can be used as a fissile material in nuclear warheads.
In 2009 A sophisticated computer worm called Stuxnet targeted the Natanz computers. This specific computer worm is designed to make centrifuges uncontrollable. Iran has since acknowledged that Stuxnet did affect a number of their centrifuges, but that it was neutralized before major damage was inflicted.
Iran has not elaborated on where they might move the enrichment sites. This could be a very large process in moving the equipment and there are not very many sites that could house the equipment safely. In August, Iran moved some of their centrifuges to the Fordo site. This is located just north of Qom. Fordo is known to offer better protection from airstrikes. It is not known if the units cam from Natanz.
According to the AP, Iran will not be returning a US drone that was captured by their armed forces, says a commander of the Revolutionary Guard. General Hossein Salami made remarks in a broadcast to state television that the US had violated Iranâ€™s airspace by sending a US drone. He called this a â€œhostile actâ€ and then warned the nation of a â€œbiggerâ€ response. He didnâ€™t elaborate on what this biggest response could be.
Salami was quoted by saying â€œ”No one returns the symbol of aggression to the party that sought secret and vital intelligence related to the national security of a country.â€
In a broadcast on Thursday, Iranian military officials were caught inspecting what seemed to be an RQ-170 sentinel drone. Iran has said that they detected the drone over Kashmar, a town in the eastern part of the country. This is about 140 miles from the border of Afghanistan. The US has made a statement that it is their drone.
Salami went on to call the capturing of the drone a victory for Iranian people and a loss for the United States. The two countries are known to be in a technological and intelligence based battle. “Iran is among the few countries that possesses the most modern technology in the field of pilotless drones. The technology gap between Iran and the U.S. is not much,” Salami also commented.
The Revolutionary Guard has claimed that it is responsible for bringing the drone down with an electric ambush. This caused the drone to come down without major damage tot eh unit. However, the US is claiming that Iran did not shoot the drone out of the sky or use a technology-based attack to bring it down.
Salami himself did not go into how the drone was brought down. He said that an intelligence agency cannot reveal their methods.
The ransacked offices of the UK embassy in Tehran are said to be the work of militant students in the area. The embassyâ€™s smashed windows and a burning British flag have become the picture of todayâ€™s newspapers. This move has come directly after the UK has vowed to endorse further sanctions to Iran.
In a press release, the UKâ€™s Foreign Offices have said to be â€œoutragedâ€ by the backlash. Iranian offices have also released a statement of regret. The UK Foreign office has also advised all Britons in Iran to stay indoors and to keep a very low profile while in the country.
Onlookers have said that they heard â€œdeath To Englandâ€ being chanted as the students rioted against police. One protester has been reported as waving a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II while turning over desktops and rummaging through the files of the embassy.
Pictures of the event showed embassy paperwork set aflame while a car inside the compound was also on fire. Embassy staff is said to have escaped through the backdoor of the facility. Tear gas was fired as the security forces tried to get a handle on the situation.
The US has condemned the attack and support the UK as it tries to pick up the pieces of their embassy. France and Russia have also expressed their concern and stand by the UK.
This has all been sparked by the theory of Iranâ€™s nuclear development program as the UK has imposed monetary sanctions on the banks of Iran. They have accused the banks of funding the nuclear program. Iran has denied these claims and insists that their nuclear program is solely for energy purposes for their people.
On Sunday, the Iranian parliament voted by a vast majority to reduce their relations with the UK.
The US and Canada have announced that new measures will be taken to target Iranâ€™s nuclear program. A senior Iranian political official has said that the sanctions imposed on the Iranian nuclear program would be â€œin vainâ€ despite Western authority claiming the sanctions would unite the Iranian people. Russia has come to Iranâ€™s defense calling the sanctions â€œagainst international law.â€
Ramin Mehmanparast of the Iranian Foreign Ministry has told reporters in Tehran that the attempts of the west will simply unite the Iranian people to support their nuclear program. Although Iran has firmly denied the claims that they are trying to develop nuclear weapons, a UN report published just two weeks ago has the strongest evidence leading against the claims.
Although Tehran is insisting that the nuclear program is a civilian endeavor, a UN nuclear watchdog group has said that the tests Iran is performing are congruent with that of the development of a nuclear weapon. With China and Russia opposed to the sanctions, Iran was not referred to the UN Security Council. Abdolhossein Bayat, Iranâ€™s deputy oil minister, has said that if the sactions are implemented, Iran will not stop exporting their petrochemical to the European Unions.
The UK announced on Monday that they were cutting all ties with Iranâ€™s banks. Canada has said that they are banning the export of petrochemical, gas and oil. Hilary Clinton, US Secretary Of State, has said that they will be monitoring Iran with greater authority in the coming weeks. The US has also accused Iran as a â€œprimary money laundering concern.â€
US President Barack Obama has said through a written statement that the United States has identified Iranian banking sector as a threat to financial institutions and governments that have business with Iranâ€™s banks. The UK has since ceased all trade with Iranâ€™s banks.
In 2005, Human Rights Watch reported that two Iranian teenagers were executed for homosexual conduct. In 2007, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed there were no gay people in his country. In 2011 he secured this as a fact once again.
According to the Associated Foreign Press, three men were executed by hanging for “forbidden acts against religion” in Iran. The forbidden act? You guessed it!
Iran Human Rights reported via the state-run Iranian news agency ISNA that these men were put to death for acts against Sharia, “based on the articles 108 and 110 of the Iranian Islamic penal code.”
Articles 108 and 110 of the penal code are a section of the chapter covering the punishment of sodomy, according to Iran Human Rights.
Murder, armed robbery, rape, drug trafficking and adultery are other crimes that are actually punishable by death in Iran.
Ahmadinejad recently gave a statement saying:
“In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your countryâ€¦ We donâ€™t have that in our country. In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon. I donâ€™t know whoâ€™s told you we have it.â€
“The Obama administration thus far has been willing to overlook the rapid development of Iranian nuclear weaponry, the brutal repression of the Iranian people, Iranian sponsorship of terror groups, Iranian provision of IED’s to Iraqi and Afghan military groups meant to kill American soldiers, and Iranian support for Hamas, the PLO and any other group willing to inflict harm upon the nation of Israel.
One suspects this latest affront to a legitimate Democrat constituency may finally engage the B.O. Administration to take action against Ahmadenijad and his not-so-merry pranksters. Obama will go to almost any lengths to maintain his pose as the agent of Muslim outreach for the West, but this vile breach of politically correct etiquette may prove to finally be a bridge too far.”
If Ahmadinejad is allowed to continue then his statement just might end up to be correct…
No Homosexuals will be left in Iran.
40 Israeli passengers on board a Turkish Airlines flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul were held for several hours by local Turkish police on Monday after their passports were taken confiscated. Authorities in Jerusalem estimate that the detention of the Israeli passengers came in response to a recent incident during which Turkish citizens were detained for questioning by border police at Ben Gurion Airport. Turkish Foreign Ministry officials said there is no news regarding any change in the policy concerning the reception of Israelis. Israeli businessmen who were on the flight said the attitude of the police officers was extremely rude, holding Israelis without any explanation, and causing passengers to miss their flights without caring.
The Turkish news agency, Anatolya reported that Turkish tourists encountered similar treatment at Ben-Gurion Airport.
Turkey on Monday informed Israel’s top diplomat in Ankara that nearly all senior Israeli embassy personnel must leave the country by Wednesday.
On Monday, Opposition Leader Tzippi Livni attacked the Likud government for its handling of the crisis with Turkey, saying that the Jewish Country should have acted earlier to avoid the current situation that she described as the “worst of all possible situations.” Livni said that with appropriate diplomacy, an arrangement could have been reached which did not have the significance of “an apology with a gun pointed at our head.”
“I was there when relations with Turkey were not simple and they invited Hamas after Palestinian Authority elections. After my meeting with [Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, they took back [the invitation]. I have been in the negotiating room and I know what can be obtained and what cannot be obtained, so enough with the slogans.”
The French government has also expressed concern over diplomatic deterioration between Turkey and Israel. A statement from the French government said:
“France regrets that the parties have not arrived at an agreement to overcome their differences, despite the efforts of the United Nations Secretary-General…with reservations, [France] is concerned by the deterioration of Israeli-Turkish relations and calls these two countries to recover, without delay, the path of dialogue and calm…We have taken note of the conclusions of the Palmer Commission report. We have equally noted that the authors of the report stress that the document reflects the view of the panel on the events and does not constitute a juridical analysis on the legality of the actions undertakenâ€¦France had condemned the military operation carried out in international waters off Gaza… and the disproportionate use of force by Israelâ€¦”
Meanwhile, Turkey (the second largest army of NATO) has more on their plate. A new NATO early-warning radar system is to be deployed in Turkey to help spot missiles coming from outside Europe and namely Iran. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Ghashghavi was quoted as saying:
â€œIran and Turkey are neighbors and friends and fully capable of maintaining their security by themselves and without any interference by foreignersâ€¦The presence of non-regional countries would not only fail to improve the security level in our region but rather make it worseâ€¦”
But the Turkish foreign ministry defends itself:
â€œTurkey’s hosting of early warning radar will constitute our country’s contribution to the defense system being developed in the framework of NATO’s new strategic conceptâ€¦It will strengthen NATO’s defense capacity and our national defense systemâ€¦”
In recent years, according to the Turkish publication, Zaman:
“Turkey has sought stronger ties with fellow Muslim states in the Middle East, including Iran, to rebalance a foreign policy that previously gravitated heavily toward the West. But it has split with Iran recently over Syria’s violent crackdown on pro-democracy protestsâ€¦ Turkey, seen as a bridge between the Middle East and the West, has become increasingly critical of Iranian ally Syria, with Turkish President Abdullah GÃ¼l saying he has lost confidence in the countryâ€¦”
Meanwhile, Turkey has been involved for some time in a war with Kurdish rebels on the Iraq border. CNN reports:
A pick-up game of soccer for policemen in the eastern Turkish town of Tunceli turned deadly Sunday night when suspected Kurdish militants opened fire on players and spectators.
A police officer and his wife were both killed in the attack, a local police officer said Monday, on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to give interviews to the media.
The officer said nine other police officers were wounded, while one of the attackers was killed in the ensuing gunbattle.
CNN reports that:
The government of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tried to improve relations by launching a state Kurdish language TV station in 2009. But tensions have escalated between Erdogan’s government and the main Kurdish nationalist political party in recent months. After winning a larger number of seats in June parliamentary elections, the main Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) boycotted the swearing-in ceremony for new lawmakers. Kurdish lawmakers are protesting a decision by Turkey’s electoral board, which disqualified a prominent Kurdish candidate from participating in the June election.
Riots have erupted periodically in Istanbul and other Western Turkish cities over the last six months.
More on Turkey today 8/9/2011
At a Tel Aviv conference, Israeli vice premier Moshe Ya’alon confronted the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayip Erdoganon, Wednesday, “How can you trust a government that consorts with Iran and Hamasâ€¦ Since his government rose to power, Turkey has decided to turn East instead of West. Turkey turned into an Islamic republic from a secular republic.”
In reference to the issue of apologizing to Ankara for the Mavi Marmara mishap Ya’alon said:
“We are talking about a phenomenon that goes beyond this specific incident. The goal is to defeat the State of Israel. If anyone thinks that one word can settle the matter, they fail to understandâ€¦what happened during the flotilla was without a doubt a Turkish provocationâ€¦ We had no intention of ending the incident with fatalities but the soldiers had no other choice but to defend themselves.
The result was not good and we tried to resolve the crisis later onâ€¦ Israel is not at fault for the situation with Turkey. I regret hearing the Opposition chairwoman say that the absence of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks led to the situation with Turkey. Whoever says that in an interview is asking for outside pressure. Perhaps he fails to understand or perhaps he is driven by political interests.”
On Sunday Iran told NATO not to get any big ideas about invading Syria. The hypothetical situation, warned Iran, would be akin to NATO’s “quagmire” situation in Afghanistan and Iraq.
According to the United Nations, 2,200 people have been killed since Assad sent in tanks and troops to crush demonstrations which erupted in March after the presidents of Egypt and Tunisia were toppled by popular protests.
Israel is concerned that the Syrian military could transfer chemical weapons to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah or Hamas because of instability within Syria.
American intelligence agencies believe that Syria has large caches of chemical weapons. The United States considers Syria among largest distributors of weapons of mass destruction, along with North Korea and Iran, and accuses Syria of smuggling such weapons to the likes of Hezbollah and Hamas.
Meanwhile, three Scud missiles flying between Iraq and Kuwait last Friday were launched by the Iran-backed Ketaeb Hezbollah of Iraq. These are the first such attacks since the US invaded Iraq in 2003. It also marks the first time that any Middle East terrorist group has used Scud missiles.
The round was a warning for Kuwait to cease construction of the Grand Mubarak Port opposite the Iraqi shore.
Earlier in August, Kuwait massed troops on Boubiyan Island opposite from Iraq to defend the $1.1b Grand Mubarak Port that is under construction there â€“ an odd reaction to Iraq’s demand that Kuwait freeze construction of the Persian Gulf port until guarantees are provided the new facility will not be a hindrance to the operations of Iraq’s own planned harbor in the southern region of Basra. A government spokesman in Baghdad demanded reassurance that safe and free navigation will not be affected by the Kuwait port scheduled for completion in 2016.
This dispute did not account for Kuwait’s heavy military deployment on its largest island. This came after Tehran discovered that Mubarak Port is also projected to house a large naval base to serve the fleets of Kuwait, the US and Saudi Arabia in the
Persian Gulf. Until last Friday, there was no confirmation of the group’s claim to have recovered the majority of the 250 Scuds held by Saddam Hussein before the US invasion in 2003.
Last week, Iraqi Hezbollah activities staged a demonstration against the port on the Iraqi-Kuwait border. Kuwait said it would show no tolerance for any border incursions whatsoever.
Meanwhile, reports out of Washington indicate that the rebels of Libya’s National Transitional Council will recognize Israel diplomatically, and Israeli businessmen are already arriving in Libya to establish future business relations.
This will represent a major shift in Libya’s foreign policy toward Israel and will provide the Jewish state with a much needed strategic ally among the Arab countries, since ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Israeli experts have nearly completed the restoration of the five-century-old, 2.5 mile wide walls of Jerusalem. The $5 million undertaking â€“ the first restoration in a century â€“ which commenced in 2007 is set to be completed by the end of 2011. But this is not the only wall being built in Israel.
Israel is also increasing its presence along the Egyptian border and building a brand new fence after terror attacks last week injured dozens of Israelis and killed eight. The government is building a new, NIS 1.4 billion fence along the border, but construction is expected to take some two years. Consequently, the NSC recommended increasing the IDFâ€™s deployment along the border in the meantime.
Many in Egypt are worried that the increased Israeli military presence along the border could be permanent and will keep tensions between the two countries high. This is among the reasons for protests in Cairo outside the Israeli embassy, where Israeli flags are being burnt.
Reportedly, both the Egyptian and Israeli militaries are in constant discussion over how to tackle the militant issue in the Sinai Peninsula. One anonymous official said, â€œRight now, we are looking at ways of reducing the tension and working together, logistically, on how to battle violent militants in Egyptâ€¦”
Meanwhile, Ynet reported that an “Army inquiry shows at least three of the terrorists that perpetrated attack were Egyptians; clips, radio communication show IDF did everything in its power to prevent Egyptian troops from getting hurt.”
And in other news, Iranian dictator, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, released a statement saying:
“Iran believes that whoever is for humanity should also be for eradicating the Zionist regime (Israel) as symbol of suppression and discrimination…Iran follows this issue (the eradication of Israel) with determination and decisiveness and will never ever withdraw from this standpoint and policyâ€¦”
The remarks came only one day before the annual anti-Israeli rallies named Qods (Jerusalem) Day, which are held nationwide in Iran on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan. On Monday, Ahmadinejad said that Iranians and Muslim nations worldwide should hold Qods rallies and show their willingness to dispose of this “infectious tumor and this regime full of rascality.”
Will Iran be stumbling back on to world stage soon? According to a popular American news network, Israel has created a military cyber command to launch a computer war against Iran as the thought of a conventional attack on Tehranâ€™s nuclear sites could end in failure.
The new cyber command will directly report to the Israeli Prime Minister who has placed the program at the heart of Israelâ€™s defense capability.
The center already has conducted some 8200 â€œsoftâ€ espionage missions, including hacking into Iranâ€™s version of Facebook as well as other social networking sites.
While the Stuxnet malware virus, which severely affected Iranâ€™s nuclear program in 2009 by sabotaging the delicate centrifuges needed for enriching uranium, is widely held to have been developed by Israeli technicians in concert with American technicians, the true source of the malware offense is unknown. The Stuxnet virus did not only infect Iran. Actually, in Indonesia 18.22% of the virus was spread, in India 8.31%, 2.57% in Azerbaijan. In the United States 1.56%, Pakistan 1.28% and Iran 58.85%.
Last April, Iranian government offices came under attack from another malware virus to which Tehran officials gave the name Stars.
They said the damage had been contained but admitted it was the second mysterious virus found since the Stuxnet attack.
Last week, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned Syria’s Assad that he faced a “sad fate” if he failed to introduce reforms.
Moscow’s envoy to Dmitry Rogozin accused the organization of planning a military campaign against Syria to help overthrow the Assad regime “with the long-reaching goal of preparing a beachhead for an attack on Iran.”
In an in Izvestia article on Friday, Aug. 5, Rogozin said:
“This statement means that the planning [of the military campaign] is well underway. It could be a logical conclusion of those military and propaganda operations, which have been carried out by certain Western countries against North Africa.”
Rogozin says he thinks Syria and later Yemen will be NATO’s last steps on the way to launching an attack on Iran:
“The noose around Iran is tighteningâ€¦Military planning against Iran is underway. And we are certainly concerned about an escalation of a large-scale war in this huge region.”
The Russian envoy made a point of citing NATO and not mentioning the United States once during the interview.
According to DebkaFile: The Libyan campaign taught NATO that without US military strength, alliance members were incapable of defeating even a small army on the scale of Muammar Qaddafi’s six brigades, much less muster the ground, air and sea forces for striking Syria and Iran. The only power with the requisite military strength is the United States, which was therefore the unspoken address of Rogozin’s warningâ€¦Russian diplomats have repeatedly cautioned Tehran that it incurs the danger of American attack on its nuclear facilities. Now Syria has been included. Rogozin remarked that having “learned the Libyan lesson, Russia will continue to oppose a forcible resolution of the situation in Syria.”
The combined military spending of all NATO members comes to over 70% of the world’s defence spending. The United States on its own accounts for 43% of the total military spending of the world with France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy making up 15%.
According to the Irna News Agency, Iran hanged Ali Akbar Siadat, an Iranian citizen, inside Tehran’s Evin prison, after finding him guilty of spying for Mossad.
Siadat was first arrested in 2008, while trying to leave Iran with his wife.
Siadat “confessed that he had transferred information to Mossad about Iran’s military activities” reported Irna, adding that he had “received $60,000 to give classified information to the Zionist regime.”
According to the accusations he was providing information about missiles, air crashes, fighter jets, training flights and military bases.
Allegedly, he met his contacts from Mossad during trips he took to Thailand, Turkey and the Netherlands.
In 2008, Ali Ashtari, an Iranian telecoms engineer, was hanged after being convicted of spying for Mossad. According to Irna, a second man, Ali Saremi, was also hanged on Tuesday. Saremi, 63, was alleged to be a member of the opposition group, People’s Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI), considered by Tehran to be a terrorist organization. Saremi had been arrested several times since 1983. He spent a total of 24 years in prison on various offenses of the shah and clerical rule.
Authorities say that when he was arrested in 2007, for the final time, they found CDs, photos and hand-written documents in his house, concerning the PMOI.
In related news, the Iran regime has been subjected to four rounds of sanctions by United Nations Security Council in relation to its resolute nuclear program.
Iran’s nuclear program began in 1974, before the Islamic Revolution of 1979, with plans to build a nuclear power station at Bushehr with the help of Germany. The plan was abandoned during the revolution, but renewed in the 1990, when Tehran signed an agreement with Russia.
In December of 2007, Moscow began delivering canisters of enriched uranium.
Ok, Ok, the WikiLeaks documents have been released.
Israel should hardly feel incriminated. Discriminated against, perhaps; but not incriminated. Not unless you subscribe to the dangerous Iranian world-view, which much of the world agrees, should have been secured and unplugged, years ago.
The Jewish Country is not guilty of selling the organs of Lebanese killed in the 2006 war. Nor are we using the blood of Palestinian children to bake matzah. Nor are we using the blood of Swedish children to bake matzah. Nor is the Israeli government guilty of selling crack to inner-city Americans. Nor is the IDF guilty of murdering Sudanese refugees at the Egyptian border. No, the Mossad was not behind 9/11.
Among the WikiLeaks disclosures was an Israeli plan to coordinate its 2008 invasion of Gaza with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; as well as details of Israel’s covert ties with governments in the United Arab Emirates.
What elseâ€¦.what else?
While Lebanonâ€™s prime minister, Saad Hariri was concluding his first diplomatic visit in Iran, and supporting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, the New York Times published contents of a cable quoting Hariri’s 2006 conversation with a U.S. diplomat, in Beirut. The attack on â€œIraq was unnecessary,â€ said Hariri, but an attack on â€œIran is necessary.â€ The U.S., he said, â€œmust be willing to go all the wayâ€ to stop Iran.
Hardly a week after Syriaâ€™s president, Basher Assad, had promised to stop supplying Hezbollah in Lebanon with weapons, a cable from WikiLeaks reports that Damascus actually increased its regular shipments of sophisticated missiles. The kicker is that America had this information, but did not warn Israel, doubtless the would-be victim of any usage of these arms.
Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Wikileaks release a â€œSatanic conspiracy.â€
In a meeting with the commander of the U.S. Central Command, General John Abizaid, military leaders from the United Arab Emirates assessed the Iranian as â€œcrazy.â€ Stir crazy.
Abu Dhabiâ€™s Crown Prince, Muhammad Bin Zayed, urged the U.S. to â€œtake actionâ€ against Iran within a year.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah repeatedly urged Washington to attack Iran, to â€œcut off the head of the snake.â€ as he phrased it. â€œMay God prevent us from falling victim to their evilâ€¦We have had correct relations over the years, but the bottom line is that they cannot be trusted.â€
And a senior Jordanian official warned the Americans to, “bomb Iran or you will have to learn to live with its bomb.”
If The World Is Blaming Iran, Why Is Obama Blaming Israel?
The Knesset will not hold a debate on WikiLeaks, as there are more pressing matters at hand. Israel should, however, be wary of any breach of confidentiality, exposed by WikiLeaks. But as long as the world is in agreement that the source of the conflict is indeed, Tehran, Israel should also be wary of any information, the U.S. may harbor, for instance Syria’s insistent supplying of arms to Hezbollah. This leaves America’s adamant attitude about freezing Jewish construction in the region very much in question.
In the video below, Speaker of the Knesset, Danny Danon explains to Fox News’ Mike Huckabee, his frustration with Obama’s attitude toward the Jewish State; namely his pressure to freeze settlement building, in lieu of an attack on Iran, say; while the American President continues to fumble his own homeland security â€“ not learning a valuable, how-to, from his snubbed Israeli friends.
“Gaza, Gaza, Gaza, we understand it is too much to ask for you to recognize the State of Israel, or to cease acts of terrorism and violence. But when you fire rockets at Israel, can you please not use white phosphorous.”
The Jewish State of Israel.
Last week, Israel fielded a protest at the United Nations because Palestinians were firing mortar shells and rockets across the Gaza border, using white phosphorous; the chemical frequently used in weapons since World War II, which causes severe burns. Three were fired in September, and on November 19th (and last August) the Salah al-Din Brigade fired four mortar shells containing white phosphorus into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.
White phosphorous, a.k.a. WP, “Willie” or “Peter” is a material made from an allotrope of the chemical element phosphorus used in smoke, tracer, illumination and incendiary munitions. The use of phosphorous on civilians is banned under international law. Israel admits to using white phosphorous during Operation Cast Lead, two years ago, in Gaza, but in risking UN sanctions, have since stopped. At that time, NATO forces also used white phosphorous, but have also since reportedly stopped.
The United States has accused Taliban militants of using white phosphorus weapons illegally on at least 44 separate occasions and likewise, in May 2009, Colonel Gregory Julian, spokesman for General David McKiernan, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, confirmed that Western military forces in Afghanistan use white phosphorus in order to illuminate targets or as an incendiary for destroying bunkers and the equipment of enemies. In November 2009, Houthi fighters in Yemen claimed Saudi warplanes dropped phosphorus bombs on villages in north Yemen. The Saudi government denied this.
A coalition of militant Palestinian groups (including the al-Qaeda linked, Ansar al-Sunna) known as the Popular Resistance Committees claimed responsibility for the latest attacks on Israel. They claim it was retaliation for Israel’s targeted killing of two leaders of the al-Qaida-linked Army of Islam in recent air strike on Gaza last Wednesday. Israel claimed the group was planning to kidnap nationals in Sinai Peninsula to use them as bargaining chips for the release of Palestinian prisoners.
Meanwhile some polling by the Jerusalem Post does show some improvement. 56% of Gazans and 53% of West Bank Palestinians are sick of Hamas. The Islamo-Fascists in green are getting the Palestinian cause nowhere! These numbers are down from the 35% and 44% who had favorable views of Hamas in July 2009. Fatah got high approval ratings, also in Gaza, which is a positive sign. While most Palestinians (like Israelis) favor a two-state solution, they see it as a step towards having a one-state solution someday, Insha’Allah.
Palestinians in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip hold animosity toward Iran.
Altogether, 54% of Palestinians think peace with Israel is a possibility and only 43% are despondent. The majority are ready for renewed Peace Talks with the Jews.
Sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, World Philosophy Day has been held on every third November since 2002. The event is:
“An opportunity to make philosophical reflection accessible to all (professors and students, scholars and the general public, the young and the less young), thereby enlarging the opportunities and spaces for the stimulation of critical thinking and debate.”
According to UNESCO.org.
In 2008, UNESCO accepted Iranâ€™s bid to host this yearâ€™s World Philosophy Day; but a group of academics, the U.S. and the European Union, demanded a boycott due to Iran’s culture of hatred toward the ayatolla’s domestic opposition, the West and the Jewish State of Israel. The New York Times wrote that UNESCO, by holding the celebration in Tehran risked “turning its ‘school of freedom’ into a propaganda exercise for a brutal regime.”
On November 9th, UNESCOs Secretary General, Irina Bokova made the decision to not hold the proceedings in Tehran, final. She said:
â€œThe conditions necessary to guarantee the effective organization of a UN international conference have not been met.”
Iran, who blames the Jews, refuses to comply with UNESCOs decision and may be holding a little philosophy celebration of their own:
â€œDespite all attempted sabotage by the Zionists, the World Philosophy Day will be held in a more impressive manner this year than in past years.â€
Said Ambassador Mohammadreza Majidi to the Persian service, IRNA last Thursday.
UNESCOs decision is expressed in a letter available here.
After he made tetchy rhetoric on a radio program, CNN has put the axe in one veteran news anchor Rick Sanchez.
According to Mr. Sanchez, Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” is a bigot.
The former CNN news anchor was born in Cuba and worked at CNN since 2004. He was host of the two-hour “Rick’s List” on CNN’s afternoon lineup. The prime-time version of that show ended when the time slot was filled by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker.
Sanchez often found himself the butt of Stewart’s jokes — other than frequent features on the show’s “Moment of Zen” segment, the most recent example of Stewart’s bigotry directed at Sanchez was when he said on the air that his show had received a tweet from House Republican leader John Boehner. Stewart said it was a case of “send a twit a tweet.”
In rebuttal, Sanchez told Pete Dominick in a satellite radio interview that:
“He’s upset that someone of my ilk is almost at his level,” he is bigoted toward “everybody else that’s not like him.” Jon Stewart “can’t relate to what I grew up with”.
alluding to his family’s needy fiscal findings and prejudice directed at his dad.
Dominick pointed out that Stewart, Jewish, is a minority too.
The response came,
“I’m telling you that everyone who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority?”
Sanchez added a sarcastic “yeah.”
“I can’t see someone not getting a job these days because they’re Jewish.”
Stewart was labeled by Sanchez as a member of â€œelite, Northeast establishment liberals â€œwho â€deep down, when they look at a guy like me, they see a guy automatically who belongs in the second tier, and not the top tier.â€
Sanchez even talked about Jewish influence in the media:
“Very powerless peopleâ€¦ [snickers] Heâ€™s such a minorityâ€¦”
Meanwhile, in a recent interview with The Atlanticâ€™s Jeffrey Goldberg, former Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro lambasted Iranian Holocaust denial, supported the Jewish Country’s right to exist and had amicable wishes for Binyamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.
â€œI donâ€™t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jewsâ€¦I would say much more than the Muslims. They have been slandered much more than the Muslims because they are blamed and slandered for everything. No one blames the Muslims for anything.â€
â€œNow, letâ€™s imagine that I were Netanyahuâ€¦that I were there and I sat down to reason through [the issues facing Israel], I would remember that six million Jewish men and women, of all ages were exterminated in the concentration camps.â€
Castro also expressed an admiration for Netanyahuâ€™s father, Ben-Zion, who is the foremost historian of the Spanish Inquisition in the world.
Strange, even for the former Communist dictator who was once a vehement supporter of the ultra-left movement to delegitimize the Jewish Country.
In a separate public announcement, Castro also recently pitted Israel and the US against Iran by cautioning about the could-be catastrophic effects on global climate change that could come as a result of a ‘nuclear winter’.
Meanwhile, this year according to Haaretz, 5,000 Israelis traveled to Cuba on vacation. A number that is sure to increase.