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  • Maryam Rajavi: Iran Nuclear Negotiations a Serious Threat

    11/25/2014 6:05:35 PM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Scoop ^ | Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:31 pm | Maryam Rajavi
    Failure of the year-long negotiations, seven months extension of endless negotiations, ignoring Security Council resolutions, leave the way open for mullahs to acquire nuclear bomb, entailing serious threat to world peace and security Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described the failure of negotiations by the United States and the five powers with the religious fascism ruling Iran due to unjustified concessions to the regime and flexibilities exercised in dealing with the regime and said: Ignoring Security Council resolutions and extending endless negotiations with the Iranian regime leave the way open to acquire nuclear bomb which is considered...
  • 69% of Americans oppose deal leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities

    11/25/2014 3:43:58 PM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 25, 2014, 6:44 pm | David Horovitz
    Survey shows ‘Netanyahu closer to the American people than Obama’ on Iran, says pollster Frank Luntz More than two-thirds of Americans oppose a deal with Iran that would allow it to maintain nuclear weapons capabilities, according to a new survey by American political strategist Frank Luntz. Americans are also overwhelmingly mistrustful of Iran, and consider it to be the country that poses the greatest threat to the United States. The survey, shown to The Times of Israel on Tuesday, the day after US-led talks with Iran were extended till next July, also found an overwhelming majority of Americans believe the...
  • Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials

    11/24/2014 1:29:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 50 replies
    Washingotn Free Beacon ^ | November 23, 2014 12:30 pm | Adam Kredo
    Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials VIENNA—Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks is known to frequently scream and shout at Western diplomats, including Secretary of State John Kerry, a practice that has caused alarm among bodyguards stationed outside the negotiating room, according to a member of the Iranian diplomatic team who spoke to the Farsi-language press. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif—who is scheduled to hold one-on-one talks with Kerry this evening in Vienna—”frequently shouts at Western diplomats” in such a forceful manner that bodyguards have hurriedly entered the negotiation room on occasion worried...
  • Further sanctions on Iran could be counterproductive, White House says (next phase of appeasement)

    11/24/2014 1:13:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:08pm EST
    WASHINGTON - The White House said on Monday Iran should be given more time to answer concerns about its nuclear program and that imposing fresh sanctions on the Iranians could be counterproductive. White House spokesman Josh Earnest made the comments after Iran and six powers including the United States gave themselves seven more months to overcome a deadlock over the Iranian program.
  • Suicide bomber strikes Afghan volleyball tournament, at least 45 dead

    11/23/2014 9:49:02 AM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2014 | Hafiz Ahmadi, Shashank Bengali
    A suicide bomber blew himself up Sunday amid a crowd at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, killing 45 people and injuring dozens more in the deadliest attack since a new government took power, officials said. The evening explosion in Paktika province was a chilling reminder of the violence that insurgents continue to inflict on Afghanistan despite the inauguration of a national unity government two months ago and the impending withdrawal of most U.S.-led international troops. Mokhles Afghan, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the bomber was mingling with spectators at a local volleyball tournament when he detonated a vest...
  • Iran says final nuclear deal with major powers 'impossible' by deadline

    11/23/2014 12:12:40 AM PST · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/23/2014
    VIENNA - Iran says it will be impossible by a November 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive deal with world powers aimed at resolving the stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported on Sunday. "Considering the short time left until the deadline and number of issues that needed to be discussed and resolved, it is impossible to reach a final and comprehensive deal by Nov. 24," ISNA quoted an unnamed member of Iran's negotiating team in Vienna as saying. "The issue of extension of the talks is an option on the table and we will...
  • Iran said to give Hezbollah missiles that ‘can reach Dimona’

    11/22/2014 4:20:07 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 22, 2014, 6:07 pm
    Revolutionary Guard general says nuclear reactor ‘an easy target’ for Lebanese terror group Iran has supplied Lebanese terror group and Iranian proxy Hezbollah with missiles “that can reach Dimona,” according to a new report in the semi-official Fars news agency. The report said the Iranian Revolutionary Guards delivered a new class of missiles, “Fateh,” with ranges of 250-350 kilometers and which can fit a 500kg warhead. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Brigadier-General Sayed Majid Moussavi told the news agency that the new missiles will allow Hezbollah to hit any place in Israel, “including targets in the south on the occupied terriroty.” “Dimona...
  • John Kerry arrives for Iran nuclear talks in Vienna (4 days to deadline)

    11/20/2014 10:48:07 AM PST · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 20 November 2014 11.32 EST | Julian Borger
    The US secretary of state, John Kerry, arrived at nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Thursday, insisting negotiators were focused on reaching agreement by the Monday deadline. Kerry was responding to remarks on Wednesday by his British counterpart, Philip Hammond, who suggested that the deadline would have to be extended. “We are not discussing an extension. We are negotiating to have an agreement. It’s that simple,” Kerry said in Paris before boarding the flight to Vienna. “I know that secretary Hammond is concerned about the gaps. We all are. Both sides are taking this process seriously and both sides...
  • Iran nuclear talks deadline may be extended to March: officials

    11/20/2014 7:22:27 AM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:09am EST | Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi
    VIENNA - A deadline for resolving a 12-year-old dispute over Iran's nuclear program may be extended from Monday until March because of sharp disagreements between Tehran and Western powers, officials close to the talks said on Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Vienna later for what Washington and its allies had hoped would be the culmination of months of difficult diplomacy between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. The aim is to remove sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its atomic program, but the talks have long been deadlocked:...
  • Army Commander: Supreme Leader's Remarks Present Roadmap for Confronting Enemies

    11/18/2014 10:07:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Fars News ^ | Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:28
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi said the statements made by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei before the last stage of the nuclear talks with the world powers provided Iranian officials with a roadmap for defending the country. "The remarks of the Commander in Chief (Ayatollah Khamenei) before the last stage of the nuclear negotiations are the roadmap of the Islamic Republic of Iran in area of defending the country and fighting the enemies," Salehi said, addressing the Iranian cadets in Tehran on Sunday. Elsewhere, he underlined the Iranian Armed Forces' preparedness...
  • U.S. 'disappointed' with Iran's IAEA cooperation ahead of nuclear talks (6 days to deadline)

    11/18/2014 9:24:38 AM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:56am EST
    Vienna - The United States is disappointed with Iran's failure to engage with a U.N. nuclear agency investigation into suspected atomic bomb research, a U.S. envoy said on Monday. "We've been disappointed in their failure thus far to constructively engage on this issue," Ambassador Laura Kennedy, the U.S. envoy to the Vienna-based IAEA, told reporters. Kennedy said she would convey "our concerns with Iran's failure to engage substantively with the agency on the possible military dimensions issue" in a statement to the IAEA's 35-nation Board of Governors, which convenes on Thursday.
  • Israel in ‘Huge’ Lobbying Effort Ahead of Deadline for Iranian Nuke Deal (VIDEO)

    11/17/2014 1:34:00 PM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | November 16, 2014 4:09 pm | Dave Bender
    Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister, Yuval Steinitz on Sunday told Israel Radio that the Jewish state is engaged in what he termed a “huge” lobbying effort ahead of a Nov. 24th deadline for a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, suspected by Israel and western powers as being a covert weaponization project. The head of Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) Nuclear Committee said Sunday that the United States has sent Tehran an eight-page document, summing up the American position towards the Nov. 24th target date for formulating a nuclear deal, Israel’s Walla News site said. “Excessive demands by the United States are leading to...
  • Iran’s Revolutionary Guard showcases ballistic capabilities to “attack and destroy” Israel

    11/16/2014 1:16:41 PM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Ashraq al-Awsat ^ | 9 hours ago | Ali M. Pedram
    London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iranian websites close to the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have run special feature reports and interviews relating to Iran’s capability to “attack and destroy” Israel using ballistic missiles, the semi-state-run Fars and Tasnim news agencies reported on Saturday. A special feature report published by Fars on three missiles—named Israel-hitter—stated the missiles could be launched quickly from Iranian territory to reach targets in Israel, and explained the extensive infrastructure that has been built underground to house them. A Tehran-based analyst, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Asharq Al-Awsat that publishing such “provocative” reports just two weeks before...
  • Israeli PM Netanyahu: Iran is your enemy

    11/16/2014 8:28:39 AM PST · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 16, 2014, 10:38 AM | Rebecca Kaplan
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered one of his sternest warnings to date about Iran, suggesting the U.S. is failing to see the country's intentions in either the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Iran. "Iran is not your ally. Iran is not your friend. Iran is your enemy. It's not your partner. Iran is committed to the destruction of Israel," Netanyahu said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked whether the U.S. should try to work with Iran in the fight against ISIS. Both countries want to see the jihadist group...
  • Iran's Letter to Obama: Thanks for the Nukes!

    11/15/2014 9:57:43 AM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Israel Today ^ | Friday, November 14, 2014 | Noah Beck
    Dear President Obama, You’ve been a great friend for the last six years and, to express our appreciation, we’d like to acknowledge some of your many helpful actions: 1) In 2009, our presidential election results were so dubious that millions of brave, pro-democracy protesters risked their lives to demonstrate throughout our country. When our Basij paramilitary force brutalized them, you kept your response irrelevantly mild for the sake of “engaging” us. That surely helped Iranians understand the risks of protesting our “free” election of 2012 (involving our eight handpicked candidates). It was indeed a very orderly rubberstamp. 2) After eight...
  • Iran’s nukes: Too desperate for a deal

    11/14/2014 2:59:11 PM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 13, 2014 | 7:32pm | John Bolton
    The levels of diplomatic activity, fear and even desperation regarding Iran’s steadily advancing nuclear-weapons program are rising rapidly in the White House. The same is true for Israel and America’s Arab allies in the region, but for very different reasons. Israel and friendly Arab states worry that the religious fanatics and militarists ruling Tehran will achieve their long-sought goal of possessing deliverable nuclear weapons. President Obama worries that his endless concessions to and compromises with these same fanatics and militarists will fail to produce a piece of paper he can call a diplomatic success. With the Nov. 9-10 talks in...
  • Why does President Obama treat his friends as enemies, and his enemies as friends?

    11/12/2014 8:59:47 AM PST · by Dave346 · 32 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/12/2014 14:45 | ERIC R. MANDEL
    With his misguided and naïve outreach, the president has spawned a new Iranian assertiveness, bolstered by an economic resurgence directly related to our unilateral concessions on sanctions. Less than a day after the Republican midterm election landslide, President Barack Obama lashed out against the Republican Party as if it were America’s primary adversary in the world. On the very next day, we learned the president was secretly negotiating with one of America’s most implacable enemies, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. After six years of trying to placate America’s enemies, you would think that Obama would have learned that, in the Middle East,...
  • Excerpts from PM Netanyahu's speech to the GA about Iran (Note tone of voice in this clip!)

    11/11/2014 3:30:59 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Nov 11, 2014 | IsraeliPM
    Excerpts from Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America about Iran. Brief video at link!
  • Obama’s Secret Appeasement of Iran Is Disgraceful and Dangerous

    11/11/2014 1:45:05 PM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    New York Observor ^ | 11/10/14 12:41pm | Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
    MELBOURNE – Here I was feeling bad for the President over his drubbing at the hands of the Republicans and his humiliation before the electorate in last week’s midterm elections when I suddenly read, all the way in Australia, that last month Obama sent a secret letter to Ayatollah Ali Khameini of Iran. There went any hint of sympathy. The most important area in which President Obama has lost the American people is in foreign policy. Americans are not used to being weak. They’re certainly not used to being supplicants. They have watched for years as President Obama has degraded...
  • Iranian Supreme Leader calls for Israel’s ‘annihilation’ (Will Zero write another letter?)

    11/08/2014 11:49:21 PM PST · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 9, 2014, 8:52 am | Marissa Newman
    On Twitter, Ayatollah Khamenei says ‘barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime’ must be destroyed, West Bank Palestinians armed Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for the destruction of Israel over the weekend, stating that the “barbaric” Jewish state “has no cure but to be annihilated.” In a tirade posted on Twitter Saturday night, using the hashtag #handsoffalaqsa, in reference to the recent tensions on the Temple Mount, the Iranian religious leader also reiterated his appeal to arm the Palestinians in the West Bank. “This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to...
  • Top aide to Iran Supreme Leader may join Oman talks with John Kerry (16 days left until deadline)

    11/08/2014 2:03:56 PM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | 2 hours ago
    A top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may join talks in Oman between the United States and Iran in the coming days, in a sign that a breakthrough may be imminent in reaching a nuclear deal, Al-Monitor has learned. Ali Akbar Velayati, longtime foreign policy adviser to Khamenei and a former Iranian foreign minister, may join the talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union negotiator Catherine Ashton, in a signal that the Supreme Leader may be preparing to sign off on a deal, sources told Al-Monitor on...
  • Source says reported letter from Obama to Ayatollah ‘f***s up everything'

    11/06/2014 7:38:35 PM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 06, 2014
    <p>President Obama reportedly penned a secret letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month discussing their shared interest in fighting the Islamic State -- a development one congressional source told Fox News "f***s up everything."</p> <p>The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that, according to people briefed on the letter, Obama wrote to Khamenei in the middle of last month and stressed that any cooperation on dealing with the Islamic State, or ISIS, was tied to Iran striking a deal over its nuclear program. The U.S., Iran and other negotiators are facing a Nov. 24 deadline for such a deal.</p>
  • Obama Wrote Secret Letter to Iran’s Khamenei About Fighting Islamic State

    11/06/2014 10:51:17 AM PST · by Dave346 · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 6, 2014 12:34 p.m. ET | Jay Solomon And Carol E. Lee
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama secretly wrote Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the middle of last month and described a shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, according to people briefed on the correspondence. Mr. Obama stressed to Mr. Khamenei that any cooperation on Islamic State was largely contingent on Iran reaching a comprehensive agreement with global powers on the future of Tehran’s nuclear program by a Nov. 24 diplomatic deadline, the same people say. The October letter marked at least the fourth time Mr. Obama has written Iran’s most powerful political and religious leader since...
  • Kerry says he’s ‘driving toward finish’ on Iran nuke deal (Says election changes nothing)

    11/06/2014 9:33:03 AM PST · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 5, 2014, 10:56 pm
    US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed Wednesday he was “driving toward the finish” to secure what would be a historic deal with Iran over its nuclear program as a November 24 deadline looms. “We are not contemplating an extension,” stressed Kerry, ahead of what are likely to be crunch talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Muscat on November 9-10. “We are driving towards the finish with the view we are to trying to get it done,” he said. Kerry dismissed questions about whether the GOP’s command of Congress...
  • Boston Marathon suspect's sister pleads guilty

    11/05/2014 7:55:33 AM PST · by bgill · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 4, 2014 | Denise Lavoie
    A sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Tuesday to misleading a police detective during a counterfeiting investigation, avoiding jail time in an agreement with prosecutors. Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, entered the plea in South Boston Municipal Court... prosecutors also considered separate charges pending against Tsarnaeva in New York, where she is accused of threatening to "put a bomb" on a perceived romantic rival.
  • Iran Appeasement at Stake in Midterms

    11/04/2014 3:45:36 PM PST · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 11.04.2014 - 5:20 PM | Jonathan S. Tobin
    American elections are always closely watched by foreign nations. But there may no more interested observers of tonight’s midterm results than the leaders of Iran. The ability of the Obama administration to pursue détente with Iran and to cut a new weak deal that will enable the Islamist regime to become a nuclear threshold state may rest on the ability of President Obama’s party to hold onto control of the Senate. The administration’s zeal for a deal with the Iranians appears undiminished by Tehran’s decision to continue to impede the efforts of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to...
  • Republican-Controlled Senate Will Likely Challenge Obama Over Iran

    11/04/2014 11:37:00 AM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | November 3, 2014 5:29 pm
    The Obama Administration will face a serious political battle over a potential nuclear deal with Iran should Republicans win control of the Senate in tomorrow’s midterm elections, a leading pro-Israel advocate in Washington, DC told The Algemeiner. Noah Pollak, Executive Director of the Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI,) an advocacy group focused on strengthening the bond between American elected officials and Israel, said that in the event of a deal with Iran by the November 24 deadline, “the sanctions regime against Iran will be falling apart as the administration bypasses Congress to grant loopholes and waivers.” Although Congress would not...
  • Thousands Chant ‘Down With America’ As Iran Celebrates 35th Anniversary Of US Embassy Hostage Crisis

    11/04/2014 7:50:38 AM PST · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    CBS DC ^ | November 4, 2014 9:14 AM
    Thousands of Iranians chanted “Down with America” at a major anti-U.S. rally on Tuesday marking the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, just days ahead of a key meeting between the two nations’ top diplomats over Iran’s controversial nuclear program. The gathering outside the former embassy compound in Tehran, which has become the annual venue for rallies commemorating the embassy attack and other American-bashing protests, was smaller compared to last year’s event, which drew tens of thousands – a sign of improved Iran-U.S. relations since moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office last year. But...
  • Cotton Calls on Obama to Renounce 'Vulgar' Bibi Attack

    10/29/2014 1:37:33 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1:15 PM, Oct 29, 2014 | Daniel Harper
    Tom Cotton, the Republican candidate for Senate from Arkansas, is calling on President Obama to renounce the "vulgar" attack on Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu which was expressed by an anonymous administration official in a recent Atlantic article. "I’m appalled at recent media reports suggesting the Obama administration is seeking ‘détente’ with Iran, while unnamed administration officials disparage Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with vulgar ad hominem attacks. I call upon President Obama to renounce these reports and disclose the names of these officials and fire them. Iran remains our worst enemy and Israel our closest ally. The Obama administration’s...
  • Congress vs. the White House on Iran and Israel

    10/27/2014 2:39:29 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Monday October 27, 2014 | Richard Baehr
    The Obama administration is facing long odds for the president's party to ‎retain control of the U.S. Senate in the elections this Nov. 4. If the Republicans win control of the Senate to ‎add to their House majority, foreign policy issues may become far more ‎contentious in the next two years.‎ Two of the issues on which the two sides may bang heads concern Israel. The ‎more pressing item concerns the negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. ‎The current talks between the P5+1 and Iran have already been extended once, ‎and if no deal is reached by Nov. 24,...
  • Wentzville Man Injured In Bomb Explosion Near St. Louis

    10/26/2014 9:45:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/26/14 | Jim Hoft
    One man was injured today when a Drano bomb blew up after he picked it up. Six bombs were planted in Wentzville, Missouri including one at the Wentzville police station.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported: The Wentzville Police Department has put out an alert warning residents about liquid bombs being placed around the community.Wentzville Police Maj. Paul West said at least six of the makeshift soda bottle bombs with Drano and tin foil inside exploded between 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday in various spots, including the Bear creek subdivision and in front of the police department.He said one resident...
  • Iran says it needs more nuclear plants (20 more like Bushehr)

    10/21/2014 11:59:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Azernews ^ | October 2014, 11:29 (GMT+05:00)
    Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the country needs 20 new nuclear power plants like the Bushehr plant. "Bushehr power plant currently produces 7 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year," Salehi said, ISNA News Agency reported."Some countries have declared their readiness to construct new nuclear power plants in Iran." Earlier, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said they have been informed that Iran plans to construct 20 new nuclear power plants. Iran announced in June that it has reached an agreement with Russia to construct two more nuclear power plants. The two sides are negotiating...
  • Senator Mark Kirk: Congress Will Not Support ‘Obama-Khamenei’ Nuclear Deal

    10/21/2014 10:50:39 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 32 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | October 20, 2014 5:10 pm
    A leading United States senator has warned that the Obama Administration is heading for confrontation with Congress over its refusal, as reported by the New York Times, to allow congressional approval of a final nuclear deal with Iran. In a statement to The Algemeiner, Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) declared: “By threatening to cut out Congress from the Iran nuclear deal, the Administration is actually uniting Congress. We will not support an Obama-Khamenei deal that condemns our children to a future where the Middle East is full of nuclear weapons.” After the signing of the Geneva Accord with Iran in November 2013,...
  • Iran draws hard line on nukes (year of sanctions relief leads to dead end)

    10/17/2014 1:30:11 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 10/17/14 - 1:27 PM | Alireza Jafarzadeh
    The latest round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program took place this week, pitting the United States and its European partners against the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. It seems safe to say that if Iran and the United States can’t come to a workable compromise this week, and it certainly appears that way based on what has already transpired, there will be no basis for a final deal on Nov. 24. But there are serious outstanding questions about what a viable compromise would look like. This was made clear last week, when Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s...
  • Iran Amused as John Kerry's Jet Breaks Down in Vienna

    10/16/2014 6:41:18 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/16/2014, 9:42 PM
    Iranian Foreign Minister chuckles at 'irony' as fuel-tank problems forced top diplomat to fly home on commercial airliner. Fuel-tank problems on his US Air Force plane forced Secretary of State John Kerry to fly home from Vienna on a commercial airliner. The grounding left Iranian negotiators in Vienna chuckling at what they said was the irony of the situation, reports Washington Wire. “So it is not just our planes,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told a reporter from the Al Monitor news site.
  • Kerry: Iran deal isn't 'out of reach' (the delusions continue)

    10/14/2014 4:32:40 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/14 04:17 PM EDT | Martin Matishak
    A final deal on Iran’s nuclear program is still possible despite the difficulty of the negotiations, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday. "I don't believe it's out of reach, but we have some tough issues to resolve," Kerry told reporters during a press conference in Paris. Representatives from the United States, Iran and five other world powers have set a deadline of Nov. 24 for reaching a deal. The countries extended the talks after missing a self-imposed July 20 deadline. "We need to continue to have some serious discussions, which we will, and we'll see where we are,” Kerry...
  • As Deadline Nears, Khamenei Lays Out Impossible Red Lines for Nuclear Talks (190,000 centrifuges)

    10/12/2014 6:52:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | October 12, 2014 1:42 pm
    Some six weeks before the conclusion of crucial nuclear talks between P5+1 world powers and Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a Twitter feed he is believed to operate, posted a graphic laying out 11 non-negotiable “red lines,” beyond which his country’s negotiators would, presumably, not budge. “During the past year, Ayatollah Khamenei, in line with his support for the Iranian negotiators, has also stressed on the Iranian nation’s rights and has called it necessary to observe the red lines in the course of the nuclear talks,” the infographic, which was posted on Sunday, said. The talks with the P5+1 include...
  • As deadline looms, Kerry to attend talks on Iran nuke deal (trying to stall past another election?)

    10/08/2014 11:49:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 8, 2014, 8:43 pm | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee
    With Washington pressure rising, secretary of state heads to Vienna next week as target date for agreement on curbing Tehran atomic program nears America’s top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks, keeping one eye on the longtime US adversary and the other on political developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic Republic cannot become a nuclear state. The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a tight leash with a late-November deadline approaching for an agreement. Kerry, European Union negotiator Catherine...
  • Khamenei Calls for Muslim Unity for Israel's 'Annihilation' (while closing in on nuclear bombs)

    10/03/2014 9:22:48 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/3/2014, 1:29 PM | Ari Yashar
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday used his annual message to Hajj pilgrims heading to Mecca to insult Israel and call for its "annihilation." The speech comes ahead of Eid al-Adha on Friday, the Muslim holiday celebrating Abraham's "sacrifice of Ishmael" in an appropriation of the original Torah story, and like his speech for Eid al-Fitr in July was replete with unfounded barbs hurled against the Jewish state. "The conspiring enemy is aiming to stoke the fire of a civil strife among Muslims, to misdirect the motivation for resistance and jihad and to secure the Zionist regime and...
  • Boston Marathon bombing suspect's sister appears in court for alleged bomb threat

    09/30/2014 10:37:20 AM PDT · by bgill · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Sept. 30, 2014 | Holly Bailey
    It was an altercation that likely would have been buried in the reams of other ugly domestic disputes in New York. Except the accused was Ailina Tsarnaeva, the 24-year-old sister of alleged Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And, according to police, she allegedly threatened the other woman by telling her, “I have people. I know people that can put a bomb where you live.”
  • US disagrees with Netanyahu on Iran, ISIS and Hamas (US ambassador yawns during speech)

    09/30/2014 4:38:16 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 32 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/30/2014 07:49 | Michelle Malka Grossman
    The US State Department said Monday in a press conference that it disagrees with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's assertion during his UN speech on Monday that "ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree." "Obviously, we’ve designated both as terrorist organizations, but ISIL poses a different threat to Western interests and to the United States," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. "And that’s just a fact." Later on in the speech, Netanyahu said that Iran is still a great threat to Israel's existence. He also warned that Iran is not actually willing to give up nuclear weapons but...
  • Deadly spin game - Iran’s nukes just keep on going

    09/29/2014 2:24:14 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:05 AM
    The Obama administration looks set to go weak in the knees in life-or-death negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. From the start, the United States and its allies have pressed the mullahs to disable all but about 1,500 of their centrifuges. The logic: With that many machines in operation, should Tehran flip the switch to begin enriching weapons-grade nuclear material, the process of amassing enough uranium for an atom bomb would take a year. Cold comfort, but better than nothing. All the while, Iran has insisted that it needs all 9,400 of its spinning centrifuges, which, of course, ha ha, it...
  • Netanyahu: To defeat ISIS and let Iran have nuclear arms is to win the battle and not the war

    09/29/2014 10:42:26 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/29/2014 18:46 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the UN general assembly on Monday in New York and warned the crowd of the threat of radical militant Islam. He said that the Arab world, for the first time, was beginning to recognize the benefit in aligning themselves with Israel and seeing they have a common enemy. He also said that he is willing to make a "historic compromise" with the Palestinians. The prime minister spoke in his speech of the correlation between Hamas and ISIS, saying the two are "branches from the same poisonous tree." He warned that the escalation of the radical...
  • Obama mulls deal with devil as Iran proposes nuclear pact

    09/28/2014 9:45:34 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 28, 2014 | 1:18am | Michael Goodwin
    <p>The mullahs and their so-called moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, are playing a devilish game by trying to win a pass on their nukes in exchange for helping combat ­Islamic State.</p> <p>Rouhani said at the UN that a ­nuclear deal would result in a “greater focus on some very important ­regional issues — such as combating violence and extremism in the region.”</p>
  • Iran nuclear talks yield no progress, French FM says (while US keeps easing sanctions)

    09/26/2014 12:24:05 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 26, 2014, 4:26 pm
    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday that six-power talks with Iran being held at the United Nations had failed to yield progress on curbing Tehran’s nuclear program. “At this time as I speak, there is no significant progress,” Fabius told journalists on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “We were due to have a meeting this morning of the P5+1 on one side and the Iranians on the other but because of a lack of progress, this meeting (had) to be called off,” Reuters quoted him saying. Israel, meanwhile, voiced vociferous objections to a reported American proposal to...
  • Rouhani ties Iran cooperation on Mideast violence to nuke deal

    09/25/2014 1:07:20 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 25, 2014 (4 hours ago)
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday sought to leverage the crisis in the Middle East to ease sanctions on his country as part of nuclear talks, suggesting during a United Nations address that security cooperation between Iran and other nations could only occur if they struck a favorable nuclear deal. The Iranian president, meanwhile, sought to lay the blame for raging violence in the Middle East at the feet of western nations. He strongly condemned terrorism and described it as a serious threat, but also said the West’s “blunders” in the region have created a “haven for terrorists and extremists.”...
  • 2 Blackwater jurors raise pay issues (now in 4th week of jury deliberations)

    09/24/2014 10:09:02 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 09/24/2014 10:46 AM | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON - A federal judge has arranged for two jurors to get legal help to ensure they are paid by their employers during a lengthy criminal trial of Blackwater security guards. Four former Blackwater guards have been on trial since June 17 in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqi citizens seven years ago in Baghdad. Jury deliberations began Sept. 2 and are continuing. In a court proceeding with lawyers from both sides, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said he had learned that one juror hasn't been paid by her employer since the first two weeks of the trial. In...
  • In first talks since 1979, UK and Iran to discuss IS (Cameron to meet Rouhani)

    09/23/2014 11:37:14 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 23, 2014, 8:51 pm | Katherine Haddon
    LONDON (AFP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron will hold talks on Wednesday with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani over unrest in Iraq and Syria, officials said, announcing the first meeting between the countries’ leaders since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The talks will occur on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. They come as Western powers seek to build support for the fight against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, which holds swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and which has beheaded two US journalists and a British aid worker. Britain has had tense ties with...
  • Iran’s Rouhani leaves for New York to attend UN GA session

    09/22/2014 8:56:27 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Azernews ^ | 22 September 2014 (6 hours ago) | Sara Rajabova
    The Iranian president left Tehran for New York on September 22 to attend the 69th Annual Meeting of the UN General Assembly. Hassan Rouhani is expected to deliver his speech at the meeting on September 25, IRNA news agency reported. It will be Rouhani's second visit to New York since he took the office last year. Rouhani paid his first visit to New York to attend the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. Prior to his departure to New York, Rouhani met with the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on September 21. Iranian officials earlier said any possible meeting...
  • Tony Abbott raises Australia’s terror threat to high

    09/11/2014 9:15:24 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    News..com.au ^ | September 12, 2014 2:05PM
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has raised the public alert of a terror threat in Australia to high, “Our security agencies have raised the alert level based on an accummulation of indicators,” he said in a press conference today. The terror level has been set at medium on the National Terrorism Public Alert System since the system was introduced in 2003. The four levels include: • low — terrorist attack is not expected • medium — terrorist attack could occur • high — terrorist attack is likely • extreme — terrorist attack is imminent or has occurred. The move is expected...