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  • If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?

    04/14/2014 6:13:21 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 209 replies
    The Week ^ | April 14, 2014
    Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists' improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of...
  • World War Two bomb kills seven in Bangkok

    04/02/2014 7:16:14 PM PDT · by fso301 · 56 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/2/14 | Sunaina Gulati
    A suspected World War Two bomb has exploded in a Bangkok scrap yard, killing at least seven people and injuring 19. Workers were using a blow-torch to take the bomb apart and detonated it in the process, officials say.
  • Film Review: In ‘Noah,’ a hard rain

    03/27/2014 8:04:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 03/27/2014 | Ty Burr
    Most religious movies feel as if they’re made by a church committee, but every now and then a wild-eyed prophet wanders in and rattles the theater with brimstone. Regardless of your feelings about either movie, Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” qualifies and so does Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ.” Now director Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “The Wrestler”) has ascended to the mountaintop and returned with the strangest, most visionary cinematic parable yet. “Noah” is equal parts ridiculous and magnificent, a showman’s folly and a madman’s epic. It elaborates on the Book of Genesis’s slender story of...
  • World War I Claims Two More Casualties ... in 2014

    03/20/2014 7:23:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 19 March 2014 | Luke Garratt
    First World War bomb kills two construction site workers 100 years after it was fired at Belgian battlefield • Armament was disturbed and exploded evacuation works at the site • Killed two and injured two, all construction workers working in the area • This area of Belgium is rife with unexploded bombs from the Great War • It is the former Flanders battleground where many shells were fired A First World War bomb killed two construction site workers when it exploded 100 years after being fired at a Belgian battlefield. The bomb had laid dormant for a century at an...
  • Construction of Arak plant makes 87% progress: AEOI

    03/11/2014 10:21:03 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Press TV ^ | Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:19AM GMT
    The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the construction of Arak heavy water production plant in the country’s Markazi (Central) Province has made a nearly 90-percent progress. In an interview with Iran’s Arabic-language Al-Alam News Network, Behrouz Kamalvandi said Arak heavy water complex has been “built [using] indigenous knowledge and technology and [its construction] has made an 87-percent progress.” “Given the concerns that they have about reprocessing (at the Arak plant), the possibility exists for the reprocessing not to take place for a certain period of time; however, in the long run, when the concerns are...
  • IRGC Commander: Iran’s Finger on Trigger to Destroy Zionist Regime

    03/11/2014 10:16:52 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Fars News Agency ^ | Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:59
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami underlined that Iranian military commanders are prepared to attack and destroy the Zionist regime of Israel as soon as they receive such an order. “Today, we can destroy every spot which is under the Zionist regime's control with any volume of fire power (that we want) right from here,” Salami said, addressing a conference in Tehran on Tuesday dubbed ‘the Islamic World's Role in the Geometry of the World Power’. “Islam has given us this wish, capacity and power to destroy the Zionist regime so...
  • Netanyahu: “Iran will next hide nuclear suitcases.” DEBKAfile: Bought 10 years ago from Ukraine

    03/10/2014 12:22:45 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Debkafile ^ | March 10, 2014, 8:00 PM (IST)
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Monday, March 10, that because the world chooses to slide over Iran’s concealed nuclear program, the next Klos C ship may not carry missiles but “nuclear suitcases.” They would not only reach an Israeli port, he said, but any port in the world. He spoke at Israel’s naval base in Eilat at the presentation of the 60 missiles, 181 mortar shells and hundreds of bullets unloaded from the Klos C that was apprehended by Israeli commandos on the Red Sea opposite Sudan last week. Present too were defense minister Moshe Ya’alan, chief of staff Lt....
  • Al-Qaeda Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Burgas Terror (Not Iran?)

    07/23/2012 1:33:42 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | :7/21/2012 | Maayana Miskin
    The Muslim terrorist group Qa’adat el-Jihad claimed responsibility Saturday for a terrorist bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria. The bombing in Bulgaria last week killed five Israelis, one a pregnant woman. The Lebanese paper El-Nashra reported that the group, which has ties to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility in an email to the Arab press.
  • Iranian general: Obama’s threats are ‘the joke of the year’ (also calls Obama "Low-IQ")

    03/04/2014 12:32:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 48 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 4, 2014, 9:34 pm | Marissa Newman
    Masoud Jazayeri says the ‘low-IQ’ president’s ‘all options are on the table’ remarks are a farce; warns against US strike President Barack Obama is a “low-IQ US president,” whose threat to launch a military offensive should nuclear talks fail is an oft-cited punchline in the Islamic Republic, particularly among children, an Iranian general said on Tuesday. “The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General...
  • Senior Russian Official: ‘We Expect All Sanctions on Iran to be Lifted’

    03/03/2014 1:07:20 PM PST · by Dave346 · 43 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | March 3, 2014 1:27 pm | Gidon Ben-zvi
    The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Russia’s parliament, Mikhail Margelov, said on Monday that his country expects all economic sanctions against Iran to be removed immediately, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported. “There have been important developments. President Hassan Rouhani has openly declared that Iran has no intention to develop an atomic bomb,” Margelov said. ”Furthermore, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has issued a decree that prohibits the building of a bomb, calling it ‘a sin.’ ” As a result of these public statements, Marglov concluded, “The conditions have now been met to justify the full lifting of sanctions on...
  • Tenn. package bomb explosion: Son-in-law charged in case that killed 2

    02/13/2014 5:15:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 13, 2014
    The son-in-law of the elderly couple killed this week in a package bomb explosion at their Tennessee home has been charged in the case, authorities said Thursday evening. A grand jury returned indictments of felony first-degree murder and felony first-degree premeditated murder against Richard Parker, 49, police said at a press conference. Authorities would not elaborate on how they came to identify him as the suspect, and said he was arrested at his home on Thursday.
  • Wife Dies After Mail Bomb That Killed Lawyer Husband (note found - Lebanon, Tennessee)

    02/13/2014 9:48:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Newser ^ | 2/13/14 | Arden Dier
    (Newser) – The wife of a retired lawyer who was killed by a mail bomb this week has also died, reports the Tennessean. Marion Setzer, 72, had been listed as seriously injured in Monday's explosion. Meanwhile, police trying to get to the bottom of the bombing may have found a vital clue. Among the debris from the blast—which occurred near the front of Jon and Marion Setzer's rural Tennessee home after he picked up the package from his mailbox 200 yards away—was a note police believe was attached to the bomb. Though they aren't telling what it says, a bomb...
  • Russian man faces weapon of mass destruction charges in Pennsylvania

    01/26/2014 6:33:56 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 14 replies
    cnn ^ | 1-26-14 | Steve Almasy
    <p>Police officers were investigating a reported marijuana-growing operation when they discovered a homemade bomb and bomb-making materials in a suitcase, the news release said.</p> <p>Vladislav Miftakhov, a Russian citizen, was arrested and charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe and drug-related offenses. He was arraigned Friday and bail was set at $500,000, Blair County corrections officer James McMahon said Sunday.</p>
  • Netanyahu: Iran has spent $160 billion on nuclear weapons drive

    01/24/2014 12:27:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 24, 2014, 5:47 pm
    Israeli PM states Rouhani engaged in ‘campaign of fraud’; also says Israel won’t dismantle Jordan Valley settlements Israel estimates that Iran has spent at least $160 billion on its drive to nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday At a press conference in Davos, where he is attending the World Economic Forum, Netanyahu dismissed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s claim that Iran is not seeking the bomb, and said Iran was engaged in a “campaign of fraud” to mislead the world about its nuclear weapons aspirations. Referring to Rouhani’s speech in Davos on Thursday, Netanyahu was witheringly critical: “He said...
  • Netanyahu: Nuke Deal Won't Stop Iran Bomb

    01/21/2014 5:25:21 PM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    CBN News ^ | Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shrugged off Iran's purported agreement to stop enriching uranium above 5 percent. Speaking before Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the Knesset, Netanyahu told parliamentarians the Islamic Republic will resume uranium enrichment at a time of its choosing. "The agreement in Geneva did away with the 20 percent stop, but left the train on its track and enables Iran to upgrade the locomotive by developing new centrifuges so when the day comes, it can leap in a very short time to the final stop on an express track, without stopping at an...
  • Prez can’t be trusted on Iran - Wages war of words on sanctions proponents

    01/15/2014 8:26:00 AM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | Jeff Robbins
    In the spring of 2006, a veteran Democratic senator visiting Boston was asked at a small gathering what the Democratic Party’s strategy was to address the advancing specter of Iranian nuclear capability. “I don’t know,” he confessed. “With any luck Israel will do something about it and the rest of us will publicly blame Israel.” The senator was not being snide. He was being candid: For many Democrats, the Iranian nuclear issue is suffused with, if not dominated by, wishful thinking. For the Democratic left, economic sanctions on Iran have been regarded with ambivalence. In late 2007, as the Democratic...
  • 'Give diplomacy a chance,' Obama says to Senate on Iran deal ["MY preference is....."]

    01/13/2014 2:09:43 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 13, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama urged Congress on Monday to "give diplomacy a chance," imploring lawmakers to hold off on additional sanctions against Iran as negotiators seek to take advantage of a six-month interim deal. "It's going to be difficult, it's going to be challenging, but ultimately this is how diplomacy should work," Obama said, adding that the negotiating window formalized over the weekend should give world powers "the time and space" they need to formalize a permanent deal with Tehran. "My preference is for peace and diplomacy, and this is one of the reasons why I've sent the message to Congress that...
  • Khamenei takes to Twitter for final criticism of Sharon (called former PM 'vampire', vulture')

    01/11/2014 5:17:55 PM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 11, 2014, 11:06 pm | Ilan Ben Zion
    Hours after the announcement of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s death, a Twitter feed associated with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday tweeted quotes from the Shiite leader critical of the general-turned-statesman. Sharon had been in a coma for almost exactly eight years since suffering a massive stroke, and died Saturday afternoon at age 85. Quoting from previous speeches by the supreme leader, @Khamenei_ir variously called Sharon a “vampire” and a “vulture” and Israel’s “last hope.” While world leaders voiced sorrow at the loss of one of Israel’s greats, Iran stood out in its criticism of the...
  • Israeli injured after Palestinian hurls explosive at Bethlehem holy site

    01/06/2014 2:24:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/1/14 | Yaakov Lappin
    Palestinians hurled two improvised grenades at Israelis in Bethlehem on Monday evening in two attacks, injuring one civilian. An explosive was thrown at Rachel's Tomb, causing injuries to one man, who was evacuated to hospital by paramedics. Earlier, an explosive was thrown at an IDF base in the area. No injuries were reported in that attack. Monday's events are the latest indication that Palestinian violence is on the rise, though Israeli policymakers and defense experts remain doubtful that we are on the cusp of a third intifada. Last week, news outlets learned of a secret report by one of the...
  • Hmmm... Bat Yam bus bomb just like Boston Marathon bomb

    01/06/2014 10:01:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/6/14 | Carl In Jerusalem
    The bomb that was used to blow up a Dan bus in Bat Yam last month was remarkably similar to the bomb that was used in the Boston Marathon terror attack in April of last year. The bomb that exploded last month on an evacuated public bus in central Israel closely resembled the type used in the Boston Marathon attack. The explosive in Bat Yam was enclosed in a pressure cooker and was activated by a cell phone, according to the Shin Bet security service.  ... The bomb, which was placed in a black backpack with wires sticking out,...
  • Commander: Enemies Unable to Wage War on Iran (says capable of targeting US and Israeli interests)

    12/31/2013 3:58:01 PM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Tasnim News Agency ^ | December 31, 2013 - 13:51
    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian military commander reiterated that the country's military might has prevented enemies from launching military attack against Iran, and stressed that the country is fully capable of targeting US and Israeli interests in the region. “The enemy is aware that the Islamic Republic has the power to destroy the US and Israeli illegitimate interests in the region and can deliver them serious and crippling blows,” Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said on Monday. He dismissed the US war rhetoric against Iran, and said due to Iran's high...
  • Iran and world powers resume expert level nuclear talks (6th round since mid-October)

    12/30/2013 9:10:47 AM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:09am EST
    DUBAI - Iran resumed technical talks with world powers in Geneva on Monday, a vital step in implementing a nuclear deal signed last month which suspends key elements of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The talks between expert teams from Iran and six world powers are meant to translate the political deal into a detailed implementation plan by the end of January, Iran's state news agency, IRNA, quoted an unnamed source as saying. A key sticking point appears to be how much advance information Western governments will get so they can verify that Iran is meeting...
  • Man with Arabic flashcards can’t sue agents over airport detention

    12/25/2013 6:51:58 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 9 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | DECEMBER 24, 2013 | JONATHAN STEMPEL
    Federal agents who detained a college student after an airport screener found him carrying Arabic-English flashcards with such words as “bomb” and “terrorist” cannot be sued for their actions, a U.S. appeals court said Tuesday. Reversing a lower court ruling, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said three Transportation Security Administration agents and two FBI agents were entitled to qualified immunity over Nicholas George’s five-hour detention at Philadelphia International Airport on Aug. 29, 2009.
  • Iranian MPs push urgent bill to increase uranium enrichment to 60% (to fuel submarine engines)

    12/25/2013 12:12:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 25, 2013 19:22
    Hardline Iranian lawmakers are seeking to increase the nation's uranium enrichment to 60 percent to “provide fuel for submarine engines.” The bill is expected to give Tehran an upper hand if the Geneva deal, which limits enrichment to 20 percent, fails. Some 100 lawmakers have introduced the bill under a “double urgency status,” which means it may be debated in the Iranian parliament within a week, the official IRNA news agency reported. If the bill is approved, it will oblige the government “to enrich uranium to 60 percent in order to provide fuel for submarine engines if the sanctions are...
  • MK, Police Chief Link Bus Bomb to 'Peace Talks'

    12/22/2013 1:04:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/13 | Gil Ronen
    MK Orit Struk of the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) party called on the Israeli government to stop releasing Arab terrorist murderers from jail, following the terror attack Sunday on a bus in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv. The release of the murderers has been presented to the public as a “gesture” accompanying “peace talks” with the Palestinian Authority (PA). "The release of terrorists is the fuel on the fire of the terrorism that is returning to our streets,” MK Struk said. “I call on the government to stop the release of terrorists and bring back sanity, responsibility and security...
  • Iran, Sextet to continue expert talks after Christmas (Will Israel wait that long?)

    12/22/2013 9:17:39 AM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Press TV ^ | Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:50PM GMT
    Iran and the six major world powers have agreed to resume a fresh round of expert-level talks on Iran's nuclear energy program following the Christmas holidays. The agreement came in a telephone conversation between Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the six powers in nuclear talks with Tehran, on Sunday. Zarif and Ashton also discussed the latest outcome of recent expert-level talks between Iran and the six countries over the past four days in the Swiss city of Geneva. The Iranian minister and EU foreign policy chief agreed that both sides...
  • Obama Fiddles while the World Burns

    12/19/2013 7:11:24 AM PST · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 19, 2013 | John Bolton
    Nero “fiddled,” so they say, while Rome burned. Today, this epigram all too accurately describes President Obama’s approach to U.S. national security. For five years, he has resolutely consigned foreign and defense issues to the bottom of his policy agenda, resulting in increasing disarray both domestically and abroad. The United States needs strategic thinking internationally, and we are getting the opposite. Mr. Obama’s personal Rome, the Affordable Care Act, is indeed self-immolating, and he responds by giving speeches (his version of playing Nero’s cithara) rather than taking command to save his eponymous program before the administration itself is consumed. Domestic...
  • Most Americans don’t buy interim nuclear deal with Iran

    12/09/2013 1:04:46 PM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Debka ^ | December 9, 2013, 9:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
    A USA Today/Pew Poll found that 32 percent of Americans approve of the agreement and 43 percent disapprove, while four refused to answer or didn’t know. A majority of those who have heard about the accord said Iranian leaders aren’t seriously addressing international concerns about their nuclear program, i.e. 62 percent versus 29 percent who said they are.
  • The Medicaid time bomb

    12/08/2013 5:07:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 56 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/07/13 | Michael D. Tanner
    The good news, if you want to call it that, is that roughly 1.6 million Americans have enrolled in ObamaCare so far. The not-so-good news is that 1.46 million of them actually signed up for Medicaid. If that trend continues, it could bankrupt both federal and state governments. Medicaid is already America’s third-largest government program, trailing only Social Security and Medicare, as a proportion of the federal budget. Almost 8 cents out of every dollar that the federal government spends goes to Medicaid. That’s more than $265 billion per year.
  • Slaying Hizballah commander ratchets up Saudi covert war on Iran and Lebanese proxy (Very big kill!)

    12/04/2013 11:22:30 AM PST · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Debka ^ | December 4, 2013, 12:40 PM (IDT)
    The gunning down of Hajj Hassan Hollo al-Laqqis, a high-ranking Hizballah commander and close crony of Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, raised the stakes of the clandestine war running between Saudi Arabia and Iran, two weeks after two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut. The Hizballah officer was killed by five shots to the head and throat in the underground parking lot of his home in the Hadath neighborhood southwest of Beirut, when he returned home from work after midnight Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Hizballah statement, which said: “Israel is automatically held responsible for the crime,” described...
  • Israeli officials denounce Obama for giving Iran right to enrich, destroying sanctions

    11/29/2013 2:31:34 PM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 29, 2013, 10:00 pm
    Entire sanctions regime ‘will collapse within months,’ unnamed sources tell Israeli TV; US has shown it has ‘no red lines’ on Tehran Unnamed Israeli officials denounced US President Barack Obama on Friday night for presiding over failed negotiations with Iran under which they said the sanctions pressure on Tehran is collapsing and the Islamic Republic has been granted the right to enrich uranium. The entire wall of sanctions, painstakingly constructed over years, is already crumbling and “will collapse within months,” the officials were quoted as saying. In comments reported by Israel’s Channel 2 news and attributed to unnamed senior Israeli...
  • Bachmann: Iran Nuclear Facilities 'Must Be Bombed', Geneva Deal to Prevent Israel Self-Defense

    11/29/2013 7:11:39 AM PST · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | November 28, 2013 2:43 pm
    House Intelligence Committee member Michelle Bachmann said that Iran’s nuclear facilities “must be bombed.” In a speech at a Zionist Organization of America gala on Sunday night, Bachmann said that the Geneva deal reached between Iran and world powers at the weekend will severely limit Israel’s ability to operate freely in the interests of its self defense. Bachmann said, “It may be incumbent upon the Prime Minister to make a decision he has no desire to make, and that would be to bomb facilities, that must be bombed, in Iran.” The former presidential candidate framed the deal as a deliberate...
  • Netanyahu vows to banish ‘darkness’ of Iran nuclear program

    11/29/2013 6:55:16 AM PST · by Dave346 · 37 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 28, 2013, 9:15 pm | Joshua Davidovich
    Riffing on Hanukkah holiday, prime minister says Israel will be a ‘light unto the nations’ in dealing with Tehran should diplomacy fail Melding the Hanukkah holiday and foreign affairs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu solemnly vowed to serve as a “light unto the nations” and act against Iran’s nuclear program should diplomacy fail Thursday night. Speaking at the Western Wall for a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony, Netanyahu compared Iran’s nuclear program to a darkness that would be forced out by Israel, referencing a popular children’s song for the holiday. “We came to drive out the darkness, and the largest darkness that threatens...
  • A Most Dangerous Deal - The Iran Agreement Does Not Address the Nuclear Threat

    11/28/2013 7:11:32 AM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 27, 2013 | YAAKOV AMIDROR
    JERUSALEM — Just after the signing ceremony in Geneva on Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran declared that the world had recognized his country’s “nuclear rights.” He was right. The agreement Iran reached with the so-called P5+1 — the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia, plus Germany — does not significantly roll back Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Iran made only cosmetic concessions to preserve its primary goal, which is to continue enriching uranium. The agreement represents a failure, not a triumph, of diplomacy. With North Korea, too, there were talks and ceremonies and agreements — but then there was the...
  • Metro bomb squad detonates possible pipe bomb near SE Portland church (Oregon)

    11/27/2013 11:48:20 AM PST · by aimhigh · 5 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 11/26/2013 | Stuart Tomlinson
    The metro bomb squad was dispatched to the Montavilla United Methodist Church in Southeast Portland Tuesday on a report of a suspicious device. A witness said bomb technicians used a remote-controlled robot to detonate what appeared to be a pipe bomb. A witness, Benjamin Kerensa, said an officer told him the device was a pipe bomb.
  • Iran says to continue building at Arak nuclear site despite deal (in open violation of agreement)

    11/27/2013 8:51:32 AM PST · by Dave346 · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:48am EST
    Iran will pursue construction at the Arak heavy-water reactor, Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif was quoted as saying on Wednesday, despite a deal with world powers to shelve a project they fear could yield plutonium for atomic bombs. France, one of the six powers that negotiated Sunday's interim pact with Iran to curb its disputed nuclear program, said in response to Zarif's statement that Tehran had to keep to what was agreed in the Geneva talks. The uncompleted research reactor emerged as one of several big stumbling blocks in the marathon negotiations, in which Iran agreed to restrain its atomic...
  • Israel’s security cabinet discusses nuclear accord with Iran (will they authorize war?)

    11/26/2013 2:42:26 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Debka ^ | DEBKAfile November 26, 2013, 3:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
    The security cabinet held a special meeting Tuesday to consider the implications of the new nuclear accord with Iran, the Syrian war, Hizballah and other current threats to national security. The session was unusually long and is expected to be carried over to Wednesday. IDF and intelligence chiefs gave the ministers special briefings.
  • Setting the record straight: DEBKA exposed secret Obama-Tehran track in January 2012!

    11/26/2013 6:27:41 AM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Debka ^ | November 25, 2013, 2:53 PM (IDT)
    Certain US media suddenly this week claimed to have broken the news of a secret track used by President Barack Obama for secret negotiations with Tehran through Oman’s Sultan Qaboos. debkafile and DEBKA Weekly were in fact way ahead of the field. We uncovered the Qaboos track on Aug. 26, 2013 and were on the trail of back-channel communications between Washington and Tehran on Jan.26, more than a year earlier, when he exposed the first secret rendezvous between US and Iranian emissaries in Baghdad. For a while, they continued intermittently at venues in Ankara and Vienna (next door to the...
  • A Foreign-Policy Disaster

    11/24/2013 8:55:54 AM PST · by Dave346 · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | November 23, 2013 11:59 PM | Daniel Pipes
    “For the first time in nearly a decade we have halted parts of Iran’s nuclear program” announced a jubilant Barack Obama after the news of the just-signed Geneva six-month interim agreement with Iran. But the American goal for the accord was that the Iranians not “advance their program” of building a uranium nuclear bomb (and perhaps a plutonium bomb too); the apparent deal exactly permits such advancement, plus sanctions relief to Tehran worth about $9 billion. This wretched deal offers one of those rare occasions when comparison with Neville Chamberlain in Munich in 1938 is valid. An overeager Western government,...
  • Seven loopholes favoring a nuclear Iran in deal signed by the world powers

    11/24/2013 8:37:03 AM PST · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    Debka ^ | November 24, 2013, 4:51 PM (IDT)
    The first preliminary nuclear deal the six world powers (US, Russia, China, UK, France and German) signed with Iran before dawn Sunday, Nov. 24, at the end of a four-day marathon, failed to address the most questionable aspects of Iran’s nuclear program, i.e. its clandestine military dimensions. The accord confined itself to aspects of uranium enrichment and stockpiles. UN inspections were expanded – but not applied, for instance, to Iran’s concealed nuclear sites - or even the Parchin military base where Iran is suspected of having tested nuclear-related explosions. Israel, the Gulf States and others are therefore highly dubious of...
  • Bennett: ‘Bad’ Iran deal increases need for military action (will Israel strike?)

    11/23/2013 9:03:36 PM PST · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 23, 2013, 9:07 pm
    Economics minister and Jewish Home leader says Israel cannot ‘sit idly by’ while world allows Iran to be 6 weeks from the bomb Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) said Saturday that a “bad deal” with Iran on curbing its nuclear program would “increase the need for Israeli [military] action.” “If there will be a deal which would allow Iran to have the ability to ‘break out’ and build a bomb within six weeks, we cannot sit idly by in this situation and we will examine all the options,” Bennett told Channel 2 Saturday evening.
  • As deadlines fell Saturday night, nuclear talks dragged on in Geneva

    11/23/2013 1:19:23 PM PST · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    Debka ^ | November 23, 2013, 11:14 PM (IDT)
    Bilateral talks were still dragging on up to midnight Saturday, Nov. 23 in Geneva, well after the deadline the US and European negotiators gave Iran for an interim accord on its nuclear program. This indicated that four of the six powers had reached the limit of their concessions. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif retorted that his government would not bow to threats, but stayed. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said the same difficulties encountered two weeks ago still remained. US Secretary John Kerry arranged to be in London Sunday.
  • The US and Europeans give Iran a deadline of Saturday night for concluding a nuclear deal

    11/23/2013 7:31:49 AM PST · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    Debka ^ | November 23, 2013, 2:44 PM (IDT)
    American and European negotiators have given Iran until Saturday night, Nov. 23, the fourth day of negotiations in Geneva, to reach agreement on an interim nuclear deal, debkafile’s sources report. After that deadline, those delegations plan to cut the talks short and leave. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif retorted that his government would not bow to threats. The US-EU deadline indicated that Washington, Paris, London and Berlin had reached the limit of their concessions to Iran. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said when he arrived in Geneva that the two difficulties encountered two weeks ago still remained. The Russian and...
  • Oklahoma City bomb squad says suspicious item was a burrito

    11/22/2013 9:58:43 AM PST · by norcal joe · 35 replies
    <p>OKLAHOMA CITY -- A burrito caused a minor scare at an Oklahoma City police briefing station after a man brought the foil-wrapped object in for analysis.</p> <p>Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson says a man discovered a Thermos-type container in his lawn Thursday afternoon and brought it to a police briefing station.</p>
  • Kerry travels to Geneva to join Lavrov’s effort to end standoff (Will France hold the line again?)

    11/22/2013 12:43:41 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | November 22, 2013, 10:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
    Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Geneva Friday to join Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who arrived in Geneva Friday for an effort to end the standoff in the talks between the six major powers and Iran on an interim accord for Iran’s nuclear program. Both will try and narrow the differences between the parties and bring them closer to an agreement. While in the Swiss city, Lavrov also plans to meet the UN special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and US diplomats Monday to work on preparations for an international peace conference on Syria.
  • Iran stands fast on Arak heavy water reactor for plutonium-fired nuclear weapon

    11/21/2013 1:18:35 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Debka ^ | November 21, 2013, 11:40 AM (IDT)
    The Iranian negotiators face the delegations of six world powers in Geneva Thursday, Nov. 21, with strict orders not to give ground on the two major sticking points holding up a first-step deal on their nuclear program: The heavy water reactor under construction at Arak for producing plutonium and Iran’s “right” to uranium enrichment. If Iran gains those two points, whatever concessions its negotiators may come up with are worthless, because they will leave Tehran in possession of two optional nuclear weaponizing tracks instead of one - plutonium as well as enriched uranium. Debkafile’s sources report that Tehran is fighting...
  • France says Iran comments on Israel complicate nuke talks (Khamenei calls Israel ‘rabid dog,’)

    11/20/2013 6:49:07 AM PST · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 20, 2013, 2:24 pm
    Khamenei calls Israel ‘rabid dog,’ drawing harsh response from Paris as new round of negotiations begins PARIS — The French government spokeswoman says President Francois Hollande believes comments by Iran’s supreme leader about Israel are “unacceptable” and complicate talks between world powers and the Islamic regime over its nuclear program. French government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told reporters that Hollande’s cabinet discussed the Iran nuclear dossier just hours before negotiations between Iran and six world powers were set to resume in Geneva. She said, however, that France still hopes for a deal and its position has not changed in the talks....
  • Netanyahu, Putin set to meet in Kremlin (as Iran talks resume in Geneva)

    11/20/2013 6:39:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/20/2013 15:34 | Herb Keinon
    PM lands in Moscow in last ditch effort to persuade Russia to take a tough line in the Iranian talks taking place in Geneva. MOSCOW - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu landed in Moscow Wednesday afternoon and, just three hours later, was scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in a last ditch effort to persuade Russia to take a tough line in the Iranian talks taking place at the same time in Geneva. Uncharacteristically, Netanyahu did not speak to the press on the flight over, nor give any statements upon leaving Tel Aviv or arriving in Moscow....
  • Four new Iranian conditions block nuclear accord in Geneva.Putin calls Rouhani,Lavrov attacks Israel

    11/19/2013 7:08:07 AM PST · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Debka ^ | November 19, 2013, 9:57 AM (IDT)
    The US and Russian presidents after bringing all their weight to bear on Tehran have failed to gain an inch toward a possible deal at the resumed nuclear talks in Geneva Wednesday Nov. 20, after being blocked by hardliners at the Iranian end. Tuesday, Kayhan, the mouthpiece of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, ran an article telling Foreign Minister Javad Zarif he should not go to Geneva at all. Debkafile’s Iranian sources reveal the red lines with which the Iranian delegation to the talks has been armed for accepting an interim deal with the six powers...
  • In Israel, Hollande says France won’t waver on Iran

    11/17/2013 7:39:49 AM PST · by Dave346 · 50 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 17, 2013, 4:54 pm | Lazar Berman, Raphael Ahren, Adiv Sterman
    French president receives hero’s welcome for taking tough stance on Tehran’s nuclear program; Netanyahu: Paris is a ‘true friend’ France will uphold economic sanctions on Iran as long as the Islamic Republic does not prove it has taken serious steps toward curbing its nuclear program, French President Francois Hollande said Sunday at the opening of a state visit to Israel. “France will not make concessions on nuclear proliferation,” Hollande pledged during a ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport, upon his arrival. “France will maintain all its measures and sanctions until we are certain that Iran has renounced nuclear weapons.” The...