Posts Tagged ‘ Iran ’

Fake US aircraft carrier the target in latest Iranian drills

February 25, 2015
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Connecticut Post    

"With rockets roaring and guns blazing, more than a dozen swarming Iranian speedboats assaulted a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier Wednesday during large-scale naval drills near the strategically vital entrance of the Persian Gulf. The nationally televised show of force by the country's elite Revolutionary Guard comes just weeks ahead of a deadline for Iran and world powers to forge a historic deal on the fate of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Iranian live-fire war games are not uncommon. But by simulating for the first time an attack on the ultimate symbol of American naval power, hard-liners hoped to send a message that Iran has no intention of backing down to the U.S. -- whichever way talks over its contested nuclear program go." (02/25/15)

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Setting the stage for another proxy war in Yemen

February 18, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Michael Horton  

"With the recent Houthi takeover of much of northern Yemen, there are echoes of the 1960s. There seems little likelihood of Yemen not becoming a battleground for a protracted proxy war between two regional powers: Saudi Arabia and Iran which, in contrast to the 1960s, are now on opposite sides. The Saudis are vehemently opposed to the Houthis because they are Shi'a, adherents to the Zaidi sect of Shi'a Islam. The Saudis are fearful that the Houthis' 'revolution' could spread across their southern border and embolden their own restive Shi'a minority. In April 2000, the Saudis put down a Shi'a led rebellion in the province of Najran, which borders areas that are now controlled by the Houthis. On the other side of the emerging proxy war is Iran whose material support for the Houthis is limited." (02/18/15)

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Iran: Contest has cartoonists denying Holocaust

February 2, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"A twisted 'art' contest sponsored by an Iranian museum (with the apparent blessing of the Islamic Republic's regime) has cartoonists competing for prizes and prestige by making fun of the Holocaust. The Second International Holocaust Cartoons Contest (the first was held in 2006) will pay the winning artist $12,000, and the image will go on public display at the Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran. Organizers claim the contest's revival was brought on as a protest of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine that was attacked by Islamist killers last month because it published cartoons of Muhammad." [editor's note: This cannot end well - SAT] (02/02/15)

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Boehner invites Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran

January 21, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Rebuffing President Barack Obama on Iran, House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he had invited Israel's prime minister to address a joint meeting of Congress next month about the threats from Tehran and radical Islam. The Republican leader released a letter extending the invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu for Feb. 11. Boehner also told a private meeting of GOP lawmakers that Congress would move ahead on new penalties against Ira[n] despite Obama's warning that any legislation would scuttle diplomatic negotiations over the country's nuclear program." [editor's note: Apparently Obama doesn't get it. The goal of US and Israeli policy vis a vis Iran is to keep the mullahs in power for as long as humanly possible. See "hobgoblins, Mencken's" - TLK] (01/21/15)

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Iran: Regime court orders three communication apps blocked

January 8, 2015
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Charlotte Observer    

"Iran's official IRNA news agency says the judiciary has ordered three personal communication apps blocked, a decision President Hassan Rouhani's administration has long opposed. The Wednesday report says the judiciary has ordered that LINE, WhatsApp and Tango, three popular apps providing free phone and messaging services, be shut down. Rouhani and fellow moderates are opposed to blocking websites or social networking applications, saying authorities should only target illegal content." (01/07/15)

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US calls for release of Americans in Iran, denies swap offer

December 31, 2014
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Firstpost [India]    

"The United States called on Tuesday for the release of U.S. citizens held in Iran, but denied a report that Washington had proposed a prisoner exchange for a former U.S. Marine. A lawyer for Amir Hekmati, an Iranian-American former Marine jailed in Tehran, was quoted in a report on Tuesday on Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency as saying that the United States had sought his release through a prisoner swap. 'Those reports are not accurate,' U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told a news briefing." (12/30/14)

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Yemen: Bomb attack targets Iranian ambassador’s residence

December 4, 2014
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A massive vehicle bomb exploded Wednesday outside the residence of the Iranian ambassador in Yemen’s increasingly chaotic capital. The newly appointed diplomat was not in the building at the time, but at least one person was killed and several others injured, the Interior Ministry said. Some news reports, citing unidentified Yemeni officials, said as many as three people had died. The attack came amid a broad offensive by Iran-allied Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels, who have taken over the capital and set off intensified sectarian fighting across much of the country." (12/03/14)

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Iran denies airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State targets

December 3, 2014
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Sky News [UK]    

"Iran has denied Pentagon claims that it has carried out airstrikes in neighbouring Iraq against Islamic State militants. A senior official also insisted that cooperation with the US in such attacks was out of the question. The denial comes after a Pentagon spokesman said Iran had carried out raids in eastern Iraq, but said the US had not coordinated with Tehran over the strikes." (12/03/14)

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“Bone-chilling” research suggests Iran gearing up to avenge Stuxnet hacks

December 3, 2014
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Forbes    

"A vast number of western organisations have been breached by hackers operating out of Iran, according to researchers at Cylance, a security startup. The victims include military, energy firms, airlines and airports, hospitals, governments and their contractors in the US, the UK and beyond, the Operation Cleaver report read. And the level of access at some of the compromised critical organisations was described as 'bone-chilling.' ... US researchers have repeatedly claimed the Middle Eastern nation has expanded its cyber divisions at a startling pace since the uncloaking of Stuxnet, malware thought to have been forged in the labs of US and Israeli computer labs that sought to cause disruption to Iranian nuclear development. Now, Iran’s hackers are seeking to establish a 'beachhead for cyber sabotage' in response, the study suggested." (12/02/14)

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Russia to build more nuclear reactors in Iran

November 12, 2014
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Boston Herald    

"Russia signed a contract Friday to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly followed by another six, a move intended to cement closer ties between the two nations. The deal comes less than two weeks ahead of the Nov. 24 deadline for Tehran to sign an agreement on its nuclear program with six world powers. Tuesday's contract has no immediate relation to the talks that involve Russia and the United States, but it reflects Moscow's intention to deepen its cooperation with Tehran ahead of possible softening of Western sanctions against Iran." (11/11/14)

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Iran: Blast kills two at suspected nuclear site

October 7, 2014
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USA Today    

"Iranian media report a massive blast at the military site near Tehran where nuclear detonators are suspected of having been tested years ago. State news agency IRNA reported that a fire broke out at an 'explosive materials production unit' Sunday night and killed two employees, citing Iran's Defense Industries Organization." (10/06/14)

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Iran says it downed Israeli drone over nuclear site

August 25, 2014
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the centre of the country. ... Natanz is Iran's main uranium enrichment site, housing more than 16,000 centrifuges. Around 3,000 more are at the Fordo plant, buried inside a mountain and hard to destroy. Israel has often threatened to attack Iranian nuclear installations." (08/24/14)

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Iran: Regime dismisses direct talks with US

August 14, 2014
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said nuclear talks with world powers would continue, though there was no point in holding talks with the United States on other issues. The country's most senior religious leader said there was no benefit in negotiating with the US except in certain cases, a statement published on his website said on Wednesday. ... Khamenei, who has final say over all state matters in Iran and was addressing foreign ministry officials when the comments were made, criticised the US, saying direct talks with its diplomats did not help reduce sanctions or decrease its animosity towards Tehran, the AP news agency reported." (08/13/14)

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Strange bedfellows

June 22, 2014
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Cagle Post
by Steve Breen  

Cartoon. (06/21/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/06/strange-bedfellows/  

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America can’t force Iran’s surrender

June 18, 2014
posted by

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett  

"For years, we've been calling on the United States to sit down and discuss its mutual interests with Iran like adults, instead of shouting across the Atlantic. ... Now there's an opportunity to work together to face down a common threat, and even Republican leaders like Lindsey Graham, the unfailingly hawkish South Carolina senator, are starting to see things our way. The United States should engage Iran not just as an unavoidably influential player, however, but as an actor with its own concerns about terrorism -- including by jihadis involved in the U.S.-supported campaign against Bashar Assad's government in Syria. If the United States tries -- as in past episodes of cooperation with Tehran -- to elicit Iranian help in Iraq without recognizing Iran’s wider interests -- dialogue will fail." (06/18/14)

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Enemies of enemies

June 17, 2014
posted by

Anthony Gregory Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  

"The Obama administration is considering working with the Iranian government to deal with the full-blown horrors currently plaguing Iraq. As a non-interventionist, I'm committed to opposing such an approach. If I were a pragmatic realist or a utilitarian I'd be tempted to agree that such an alliance would be the lesser of evils, although as clear as that might seem today, I'd still have my reservations. The terror in Iraq itself could be partly traced to a number of interventions where the U.S. government sought to ally with the lesser evil." (06/16/14)

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Iraq: Iran “open to shared role with US” as Sunni forces advance

June 13, 2014
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CNBC    

"Shi'te Muslim Iran is so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it may be willing to cooperate with Washington in helping Baghdad fight back, a senior Iranian official told Reuters. ... Officials say Iran will send its neighbor advisers and weaponry, although probably not troops, to help its ally Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki check what Tehran sees as a profound threat to regional stability, officials and analysts say." [editor's note: Antiwar.com, citing the Wall Street Journal, reports that two battalions of Iran's Revolutionary Guards troops have already been deployed within Iraq to guard Shi'ite holy sites and defend Baghdad - TLK] (06/13/14)

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Turkey: Rohani visits for trade, relationship talks

June 10, 2014
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euronews [EU]    

"President Hassan Rohani has been welcomed by Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan making him the first Iranian leader to visit Turkey for 18 years. He is in the country for trade talks but also to improve bilateral ties which have become strained over the Syria conflict. Tehran is an ally of Syria’s president while Ankara is backing the rebels." (06/10/14)

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Iran: Regime hangs Rajavi cult supporter as spy over army photos

June 2, 2014
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Iranian authiorities have executed a prisoner associated with an exiled opposition group, the group's website has said. A statement from the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran, and a report from the semi-official state news agency Fars, said that Gholamreza Khossravi was hanged on Sunday. ... Khossravi was sentenced to death in 2010 for providing photographs of the country's military facilities and financial aid to the exiled opposition group." [editor's note: While it's true that this organization is "exiled" and in "opposition" to the existing regime, it appears to be a violent cult of personality that's at least as, if not more, authoritarian than the regime - TLK] (06/01/14)

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Iran: Regime thugs abduct six over “Happy” video

May 21, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"Police in Iran have arrested six young people for posting a video online of them dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song 'Happy,' showing them on state television as a public warning to youth in the Islamic Republic. The song has sparked similar videos all over the world, with people dancing down streets and smiling in choreographed crowds. But in Iran, some see the trend as promoting the spread of western culture, as laws in the Islamic Republic ban women from dancing in public or appearing outside without the hijab. The government also bans some internet websites." (05/22/14)

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The neoconservative obsession with Iran

May 14, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Americans could be enjoying cultural and commercial relations with Iranians were it not for U.S. 'leaders,' who are more aptly described as misleaders. Because of institutional, geopolitical, and economic reasons, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were not about to let that happen. They thought America needed an enemy, and Iran filled the bill." (05/14/14)

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Iran unveils duplicate of captured US drone

May 13, 2014
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Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"Iran has produced a duplicate of a U. S. drone it captured in 2011, Press TV reported on Monday. The RQ-170 Sentinel was reverse-engineered by IRGC experts in about two years, it said. An RQ-170 unmanned stealth aircraft, designed and developed by Lockheed Martin, was captured by Iran on Dec. 4, 2011 while flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar." (05/12/14)

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Why the US blew a chance to reconcile with Iran

May 2, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"In the late 1980s the U.S. government had an opportunity to change its relationship with Iran from hostile to nonadversarial. It had been hostile since 1979, when the Islamic revolution overthrew the brutal U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Iranians held 52 Americans hostage for more than a year. The relationship deteriorated further when the Reagan administration helped Iraq after it attacked Iran and as the Iraqi forces used chemical weapons on the Iranians. During the war, the U.S. Navy shot down an Iranian civilian airliner, killing the more than 200 people aboard." (05/01/14)

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The ayatollah’s overlooked WMD fatwas

April 16, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"The visa denial seems strange considering that the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran about its nuclear-power program. Progress is being made, despite the vigorous lobbying of those in America who apparently will stop at nothing to scuttle the talks. But even with the hopeful negotiations, the Obama administration refuses to talk straight about Iran’s nuclear intentions. For example, in 2007 and 2011, America’s 16 intelligence agencies issued national-security estimates finding that any research the Iranians had been doing on nuclear weapons was terminated in 2003 -- perhaps not coincidentally, the same year the U.S. military overthrew Iran’s archenemy, Saddam Hussein of Iraq." (04/16/14)

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The Iranian nuclear weapons program that wasn’t

April 13, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter  

"When U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz unsealed the indictment of a Chinese citizen in the UK for violating the embargo against Iran, she made what appeared to be a new US accusation of an Iran nuclear weapons program. ... Reuters, Bloomberg, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune and The Independent all reported that claim as fact. But the US intelligence community, since its well-known November 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, has continued to be very clear on the pubic record about its conclusion that Iran has not had a nuclear weapons program since 2003. Something was clearly amiss with the Justice Department’s claim." (04/12/14)

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