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  • The Battle of Bethlehem: 100 rival priests clash at church built to mark birth of Jesus

    12/29/2011 5:22:14 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 29, 2011 | Lucy Buckland
    An extraordinary brawl between clergymen broke out yesterday at the very site where Jesus is said to have been born. The annual cleaning of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem descended into a battle between the rival Christian denominations that share it. Brooms, fists and vicious insults flew in all directions between 100 priests and monks dressed in their traditional robes. The fight ended only after Palestinian police, bending their heads to squeeze through the church’s low ‘door of humility’, rushed in with batons to restore order. The row is believed to have begun after a clergyman of one...
  • What did Politico know and when did they know it?

    11/04/2011 10:58:38 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 13 replies
    What did Politico know and when did they know it? Last evening I sent a series of questions via Twitter to the 4 authors bylined on the Herman Cain “sexual harassment story.” And I did so because it occurred to me that one component of this story that no one seems to be asking about is what, exactly, did the Politico reporters know of any confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements by which either/both Herman Cain and the two women cited anonymously in the Politico story were bound. So far, I haven’t received a single response. Perhaps there’s a reason for that....
  • Rep. Lynn Westmoreland Eyes Government Shutdown

    09/14/2010 10:24:40 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | September 10, 2010 | James S. Hohmann
    A prominent Republican congressman raised the specter Friday of a government shutdown if the GOP wins control of the House. Speaking to hundreds of activists gathered at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington for the Faith and Freedom Conference, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) urged the audience to stand with House Republicans when they go toe-to-toe with President Barack Obama. Westmoreland said his caucus — presuming it takes control of the House come November — aims to pass spending bills that Obama is likely to veto. He predicted Republicans would not be able to override such a veto, creating a standoff that...
  • Somali Man Pleads Guilty in Virginia to Attack on US Vessel

    08/27/2010 9:43:03 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | August 28, 2010 | Terry Frieden
    A Somali man Friday became the second person convicted in the United States of acts related to high-seas piracy in more than a century, although he wasn't convicted of piracy itself. Jama Idle Ibrahim pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom in Norfolk, Virginia, admitting he had intended to seize a U.S. merchant vessel on April 10 and hold it for ransom. Ibrahim and five other would-be pirates learned too late that they had instead pulled alongside a U.S. Navy dock landing ship, the USS Ashland, and they were captured. "Today marks the first conviction in Norfolk for acts of piracy...
  • White House, Critics Reach Stalemate in Dispute Over Oil Budget in Gulf

    08/23/2010 11:39:36 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 4 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 23, 2010 | Katie Howell of Greenwire
    Neither the White House nor critics of an Obama administration report is crying uncle in a dispute over a government report suggesting that three-fourths of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico is "gone." After being blasted by lawmakers, scientists and environmentalists in recent weeks, the administration is standing behind its claims that all but 26 percent of the oil is accounted for, despite widespread criticism that such a claim paints too rosy a picture of the situation in the Gulf. At issue is the Aug. 4 interagency report that accounts for the spilled oil, indicating the amounts that have...
  • Obama’s Overdue AIDS Bill

    07/22/2010 9:53:31 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 9 replies
    NYTimes ^ | July 20, 2010 | Desmond Tutu
    Cape Town HAVING met President Obama, I’m confident that he’s a man of conscience who shares my commitment to bringing hope and care to the world’s poor. But I am saddened by his decision to spend less than he promised to treat AIDS patients in Africa. George W. Bush made an impressive commitment to the international fight against AIDS when he formed the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program. Since 2004, Pepfar has spent $19 billion to help distribute anti-viral treatments to about 2.5 million Africans infected with H.I.V.
  • My Answer to Michelle

    07/17/2010 5:29:32 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 34 replies
    The Kitchen | July 17, 2010 | Pan_Yans Wife
    On Monday, July 12th Michelle Obama addressed the NAACP and she spoke at length about her "Let's Move" program, which targets childhood obesity. "To address this challenge, we need to be honest about how we got here. The way we live today is very different from the way we grew up. Fewer children are walking or biking to school, more families are eating on the run, and children are watching more TV than playing outside." Here's my answer to Michelle:
  • Health law risks turning away sick

    07/02/2010 3:09:32 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 1, 2010 | Julian Pecquet
    The Obama administration has not ruled out turning sick people away from an insurance program created by the new healthcare law to provide coverage for the uninsured. Critics of the $5 billion high-risk pool program insist it will run out of money before Jan. 1, 2014. That’s when the program sunsets and health plans can no longer discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. Administration officials insist they can make changes to the program to ensure it lasts until 2014, and that it may not have to turn away sick people. Officials said the administration could also consider reducing benefits under...
  • Obama's Teacher...And The Rest Of The World

    04/23/2010 6:06:49 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 6 replies · 404+ views
    ABC News ^ | November 03, 2008 7:54 PM | World News' Daily Blog
    One of the better stories we've seen about the world watching the U.S. election. There are complicated -- and conflicting -- feelings out there: JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- When Sri Murtiningsi asked her third graders what they wanted to be when they grew up, the answers ranged from doctors to a pilot. One boy in the class raised his hand: Barack Obama said his dream was to be president of the United States. Forty years later Murtiningsi -- like the rest of the world -- is watching closely as Americans prepare to head to the polls Tuesday. "Barry was the...
  • Pelosi Breaks Pledge to Put Final Health Care Bill Online for 72 Hours Before Vote

    11/06/2009 6:20:48 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 35 replies · 1,372+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 5, 2009 | weeklystandard.com
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the speaker will not allow the final language of the health care to be posted online for 72 hours before bringing the bill to a vote on the House floor, despite her September 24 statement that she was "absolutely" committed to doing so. House members are still negotiating important issues in the bill--whether it will provide taxpayer-funding for abortions, for example. Pelosi is pushing for a Saturday House vote, and a number of big changes will be introduced, likely less than 24 hours before the vote takes place (if in fact...
  • Elderly Bank Bandit: I Robbed to Pay Off My Mortgage

    09/19/2009 6:48:13 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 13 replies · 618+ views
    NBC ^ | September 19, 2009
    ... Wilson, 69, is accused of walking into the Bank of America branch in the 4100 block of El Cajon Boulevard in City Heights and handing a bank manager a demand note, saying he had a bomb. Prosecutors said he made off with $107,000 before he was caught lying on a front porch near the bank.
  • Child Welfare Investigators Interviewing Kids at Polygamist Sect Leader's Compound

    04/04/2008 10:14:39 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 15 replies · 56+ views
    FoxNews ^ | April 4, 2008
    State troopers have sealed off a secretive West Texas religious outpost built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs so child welfare investigators can interview children to see if they're safe, officials said Friday. Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner said the Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement helped investigators gain access to the complex near Eldorado. She said CPS is "investigating whether any children are in danger" but said no decisions had been made on whether to remove any children. DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said CPS was responding to a complaint but could not say whether the complaint...
  • A Strong Woman Taking Orders

    02/29/2008 10:54:50 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 67 replies · 350+ views
    The NY Times ^ | February 28, 2008 | Kathrine Q. Seelyn
    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton looked right at home behind a restaurant counter on Thursday, chatting with several waitresses and writing up an order with a flourish. And now we know why. “I’ve waited tables before,” she said. Mrs. Clinton stopped at the restaurant, a Bob Evans in the southern Ohio town of Rio Grande, on a campaign swing in the Appalachians. Mobbed by diners and news personnel, she slipped behind the counter, where she talked with the waitresses about grits, stuffed pancakes and more.
  • For Clinton, Ohio and Texas Emerge as Key States to Win

    02/11/2008 6:46:58 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 22 replies · 83+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 12, 2008 | Patrick Healy
    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her advisers increasingly believe that, after a series of losses, she has been boxed into a must-win position in the Ohio and Texas primaries on March 4, and she has begun reassuring anxious donors and superdelegates that the nomination is not slipping away from her, aides said on Monday.
  • Can Mitt Still Win?

    02/07/2008 8:49:26 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 63 replies · 695+ views
    Townhall ^ | February 7, 2008 | Michael Medved
    Can Mitt still win? Frankly, no – the arithmetic makes it all but impossible The Republicans have already chosen most of their delegates, and Romney has won only 256 of the 1,417 chosen so far—some 18%. To get the delegates he needs to lock up the nomination, Romney would not only have to improve his performance, he’d have to become virtually perfect – winning 934 of the 963 delegates who haven’t yet been chosen. Unless all other candidates dropped out of the race, there’s no way anyone will scoop up more than 97% of the delegates remaining. Even if Mitt...
  • My mother, a lurker, passed away (vanity)

    01/17/2008 9:37:03 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 52 replies · 569+ views
    1-18-08 | Pan_Yans Wife
    Hello, I've been mulling over writing this thread for months, but feel that the time is right. My mother passed away in October, after a long battle with lung cancer. She was a lovely woman, a good mother and a wonderful friend to all. My life changed forever on the night that she died. She died surrounded by her loved ones. And only God can understand how much I miss her. First, I would like to say that my mother was an avid lurker. She kept up on the political news with the assistance of Freerepublic. She was addicted to...
  • As Huckabee Pulls Ad, Rollins, For Once, Must Pull a Punch

    01/02/2008 7:32:24 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 11 replies · 93+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2008 | Sridhar Pappu
    "The negatives feel good," says Ed Rollins, the onetime wunderkind of the Reagan White House and now, at 64, the national campaign chairman for upstart Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
  • Battle Hymns of the Madmen in Tehran

    07/13/2006 6:14:32 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 3 replies · 305+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 13, 2006 | Slater Bakhtavar
    After the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, a little-known clandestine Islamist group remerged from the ashes. Formed in 1953 with a radically anti-Bahai and anti-Sunni ideology, the Hojjatiehs flourished during the Revolution that ousted the Shah. The fiery, respected Sheik Hamud Halabi urged the Hojjatiehs to vote in favor of the Velayat-e-Faqih form of government in the referendum mainly due to fear of a communist takeover. Velayat-e-Faqih, the “guardianship of the jurisconsult” is the modern political doctrine set out by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In his book of Jurist governmental rule, he addressed the role of the clergy in the government....
  • Congress Targets Cell Phone Cameras

    05/11/2004 10:15:48 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 21 replies · 238+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 11, 2004 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    Cell phone cameras are useful for the unusual moment that demands a picture, like when a congressional aide pulled one out of a pocket to get a snapshot of Michael Jackson strolling the halls of Congress. Some people, however, are using them for nefarious purposes, such as taking pictures beneath women's skirts and posting them on the Internet. Lawmakers want to make taking such surreptitious photos and other illicit uses of video technology a federal crime punishable by up to a year in jail. "No one should have to go through the embarrassment of being secretly taped by an electronic...
  • Big monorail fan might backtrack

    05/09/2004 11:41:02 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 7 replies · 184+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | May 8, 2004 | Mike Lindblom
    When officials from the Seattle Monorail Project pay homage to the monorail movement's grass-roots heritage, they're talking about citizens like Bobby Inshetski. "I simply love the monorail," he says. Driving under the city's old one-mile monorail on Fifth Avenue, he would cheer when a train passed above the sunroof. He voted yes on the 2002 initiative to build a new 14-mile monorail from West Seattle to Ballard. Then he volunteered for the project, answering questions at Bumbershoot and neighborhood festivals. Inshetski bought a second-floor condominium along the route on California Avenue Southwest in West Seattle last June — at a...
  • Chatrooms separate the men from the boys

    03/26/2004 4:32:43 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 33 replies · 184+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | March 26, 2004 | Polly Curtis
    Internet chatroom users can be so aggressive that a sociologist studying them has labelled some online communities "electronic fight clubs". According to the new research, even the most laid-back people can erupt into furious rants when debating online, and it's all part of an effort to distinguish themselves from the next user. Some even take on multiple personalities in a bid to outsmart their online acquaintances, while others adopt menacing usernames. Gordon Fletcher, an information systems lecturer at Salford University, revealed his findings to the British Sociological Association meeting this week. His paper, entitled "Fight Club: culture, conflict and everyday...
  • Top Iraq Cleric Survives Assassination, Aide Says

    02/05/2004 10:15:47 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 17 replies · 201+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 5, 2004
    Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, survived an assassination attempt on Thursday when gunmen opened fire on his entourage, a security official in his office said. "At 10 o'clock this morning, gunmen opened fire on Ayatollah Sistani as he greeted people in Najaf, but he was not hurt," the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
  • Regime that kills babies of foreign blood (North Korea)

    01/17/2004 12:40:50 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 9 replies · 628+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | January 17, 2004 | Richard Spencer
    North Korean refugees repatriated by China tell of prison where new-born children are left to die. Richard Spencer reports from Seoul There is a cell in Nongpo prison where they take the women whose babies are to be killed. As in the other cells, the women are packed so tightly they can only crouch, squeezing together, for sleep. There is no room to lie down, so when one of the women goes into labour, the others stand up to make space. They watch, but are not allowed to help, as the baby is born. One woman designated by the guards...
  • Last-minute witness likely in Swedish FM murder trial: reports

    01/17/2004 10:39:28 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 3 replies · 188+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 18, 2004
    A taxi driver who drove the self-confessed killer of Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh out of town after the attack could be called as a last-minute witness on the final day of the trial, news reports said. The taxi driver, whose name was not disclosed, could on Monday provide the court with crucial information about 25-year-old Mijailo Mijailovic's state of mind after the murder, prosecutor Krister Petersson told Swedish news agency TT. The driver contacted police with his story this week, saying he had only just realized that he had driven Mijailovic home on September 10 after the attack on...
  • TEHRAN POWER GRAB

    01/16/2004 9:30:15 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 4 replies · 145+ views
    The NY Post ^ | January 15, 2004 | Amir Taheri
    <p>TOGETHER they form the largest bloc in the parliament, where, with their allies, they command a two-thirds majority. So why are 80 members of the 290-member Islamic Consultative Assembly, the Iranian parliament, behaving like an opposition and holding a sit-in amid threats of mass resignation?</p>
  • Iran: A "Sort" of Democracy

    01/13/2004 8:27:57 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 1 replies · 178+ views
    National Post ^ | January 13, 2004 | Amir Taheri
    Together they form the largest bloc in the parliament where, with their allies, they command a two-third majority. So, why are 80 members of the 290-member Islamic Consultative Assembly -- the Iranian parliament -- behaving like an opposition and holding a sit-in amid threats of mass resignation? The reason is that the next general election, to be held on Feb. 20, could end the parliamentary career of many of them, not because of rejection by voters but because they won't even be allowed to stand. A couple of months ago Richard Armitage, the No. 2 at the U.S. State Department,...
  • Iran's key role in capturing Saddam

    01/09/2004 5:28:19 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 13 replies · 1,459+ views
    Interest Alert! ^ | January 9, 2004 | UPI
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Iran played a key role in capturing deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit last month, a Lebanese newspaper reported. Daily al-Mustaqbal, owned by Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri, quoted a well-informed Paris-based Arab source as saying the Kurds only had a secondary role in capturing Saddam while the essential credit should go to the Iranians who succeeded in trapping him. The source said Saddam was moving among four hideouts located in the so-called Sunni triangle northwest of Baghdad and relied on a small number of assistants who relayed his messages and...
  • Forbidden Iran FRONTLINE/PBS

    01/08/2004 4:35:29 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 10 replies · 103+ views
    PBS.org ^ | January 8, 2004 | Jane Kokan
    In July 2003, Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi was tortured and murdered by Iranian security agents after she attempted to report on the growing opposition movement in Iran. FRONTLINE/World correspondent Jane Kokan risks her personal safety to follow in Kazemi's footsteps, traveling undercover to Iran to investigate the clerical regime's latest crackdown on students, journalists and dissidents. "I want to find out what happened to [Kazemi]," says Kokan, "and the story she died trying to tell." Iran is a theocratic republic ruled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and a council of mullahs, who control the prisons, courts and security forces. Students...
  • 97-year-old woman likely survived nine days in Iran earthquake in bed

    01/04/2004 10:32:50 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 7 replies · 202+ views
    CJAD.com ^ | January 4, 2004 | AP
    The 97-year-old woman rescued after nine days in the rubble of an earthquake appeared wrinkled and dry, but showed a big appetite Sunday. Officials said she likely survived because she was wrapped up in bed and had just gotten breakfast when the deadly quake shook Bam. "Please I'm hungry, I need food," Sharbanou Mazandarani was heard saying when an Associated Press photographer visited the field hospital where she is being treated. "For the Imam's sake, please give me some food." The death toll from the 6.6-magnitude quake rose to about 35,000, Brig. Gen. Hoseyn Fat'ahi of the Islamic Revolution Guards...
  • Iran Quake Survivors Tell of Close Call

    01/01/2004 6:55:46 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 4 replies · 153+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | January 1, 2004 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    Mehrdad Vakili remembers his father screaming, "Get out of the house!" as Iran's devastating earthquake began shaking the walls of the family's home. The 12-year-old boy ran but was immediately pinned by rubble. Mehrdad was rescued. His father and younger brother were not. "I don't want to live without them," Mehrdad said Thursday as a female relative dabbed his tears with a handkerchief at his bedside in a Kerman hospital, where he was recovering from a broken leg and severe stomach wounds. Survivors brought to the provincial capital recounted narrow brushes with death during the Dec. 26 earthquake that struck...
  • Saddam's in-laws fight for justice from their mansions

    01/01/2004 6:34:12 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 17 replies · 194+ views
    Telegraph ^ | January 2, 2004 | Harry de Quetteville
    From the marble mansions of Baghdad, Saddam Hussein's in-laws are leading the world's least likely human rights organisation, as families of the coalition's 55 most wanted men band together to appeal for fair treatment for them. Many of the coalition's top targets were either captured or negotiated their surrender in April and May, immediately after the war. Since then they have not been allowed to see their families or their lawyers and no charges have been brought. Deatined: Fadil Mahmud Gharib For families whose very word once meant life and death for ordinary Iraqis, this new impotence has come as...
  • Musharraf given supreme power

    01/01/2004 5:01:01 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 16 replies · 105+ views
    Telegraph ^ | January 2, 2003 | Ahmed Rashid
    President Pervaiz Musharraf of Pakistan won a vote of confidence yesterday which will leave him in place until 2007 and give him sweeping powers, including the right to sack the government. The decision followed a deal with an alliance of fundamentalist Islamic parties, under which Gen Musharraf promised to resign as army chief in 12 months. "Parliament has consolidated his position," Zafrullah Khan Jamali, the prime minister, said after the vote. Secular opposition parties staged noisy protests in both houses of parliament, chanting "Go, Musharraf, go", before walking out to boycott the vote. "It is most unfortunate that the new...
  • Security forces mobilized for regime's leaders visit

    12/28/2003 3:56:39 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 1 replies · 195+ views
    Thousands of the regime forces have been mobilized in the Kerman Province and especially in the cities of Bam and Jiroft in order to prepare the "conditions" for the "future" visit of the Islamic republic leaders. Orders have been issued to arrest or shoot on any protester in the devastated areas under the label of "fighting looters". The Islamic regime knowing the degree of the popular hatered and the existing explosive situation has preferred to postpone these official visits and its leaders, such as Mohamad Khatami, haven't showed up on the scenes of the unprecedented devastation which stroke the region...
  • Fears Replace Hopes in Iran Quake City, U.S. Sends Aid

    12/28/2003 11:08:23 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 11 replies · 186+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 28, 2003 | Reuters
    The stench of death filled Iran's earthquake-devastated city of Bam on Sunday and fears of epidemics and looting grew as hopes dwindled for those still buried by a disaster that killed 22,000 people. Aid poured in from around the world, including Iran's arch-foe the United States, to help deal with what appeared to be the world's most lethal earthquake in at least 10 years. "The toll has risen to 22,000 dead," an official from the government of the Kerman province where Bam is located told Reuters on Sunday evening. Cemeteries overflowed with corpses. Mullahs in shirt-sleeves rather than their usual...
  • U.S., Iran Hold High Level Talks on Quake Relief

    12/28/2003 10:06:07 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 7 replies · 183+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 28, 2003 | Reuters
    High level U.S. and Iranian officials put aside diplomatic differences to directly discuss humanitarian aid after the earthquake that killed tens of thousands of Iranians, a State Department official said on Saturday. Spokesman Lou Fintor told reporters the discussion took place in a phone call between Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations, Mohammad Javad Zarif. "Given the urgency of the situation we deemed direct contact to be the most appropriate channel," Fintor said. The White House said earlier the United States would send government and civilian emergency workers and 150,000 pounds of...
  • European tourists freed by Iran kidappers

    12/28/2003 10:03:13 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 3 replies · 146+ views
    Iran Mania News ^ | December 28, 2003 | AFP
    One Irish and two German tourists kidnapped in southeastern Iran earlier this month have been released and are in good health, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said Sunday. "The three hostages have been freed and are safe and sound," Kharazi told state television. "All three are in good health," the minister said, without elaborating on the circumstances of their release. Earlier Sunday, deputy interior minister Ali Afghar Ahmadi had announced that he expected the tourists to be freed "very soon." The trio were kidnapped by bandits while cycling near Nosrat Abad, on the road between the ancient city of Bam, which...
  • UN finds European states helped Iran nuclear program

    12/28/2003 9:58:56 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 7 replies · 117+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | December 28, 2003 | The Associated Press
    Pakistani scientists may have played a major role in advancing Iran's nuclear program, but more than a half-dozen other countries are now being drawn into the UN investigation, diplomats and arms experts say. A month-long probe by the International Atomic Energy Agency has traced the origins of Iran's program to the late 1980s, when Iran was supplied with the first drawings on centrifuge technology, its main way of enriching uranium - leading to suspicions it was developing nuclear weapons. The investigations have widened "well beyond" Pakistan, Russia and China to include companies in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and other West European...
  • Long Live Israel, Long Live America

    12/28/2003 9:54:58 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 23 replies · 1,104+ views
    The regime's plainclothes men and security agents have arrested in several cities, such as in Tehran and Esfahan, Iranians who angered by the situation had shouted publicly unprecedented slogans considered almost as a blasphemy by the ruling theocracy. These unprecedented slogans were nothing else than "Long Live Israel!" and "Long Live America!" shouted during tens of popular Blood collect gatherings by Iranians welcoming the Israeli and American support of the quake's victims. The popular anger has been boosted as the Islamic regime has banned any Israeli support of the quake's victims by rejecting this country's offer of aid. Many Iranians...
  • U.S., Iran Hold Direct Talks on Quake Relief

    12/27/2003 5:46:07 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 53 replies · 175+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 27, 2003 | Mark Felsenthal
    U.S. and Iranian officials put aside diplomatic differences to directly discuss humanitarian aid after the earthquake in Iran that claimed tens of thousands of lives, a State Department official said on Saturday. The United States will send government and civilian emergency workers and 75,000 tons of medical supplies to Iran, the White House said. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said in a statement that the United States was working with Iranian authorities, the United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent to quickly send aid to Iran after the devastating earthquake in the city of Bam, where officials...
  • US seeks bin Laden here, there and everywhere

    12/27/2003 3:23:06 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 5 replies · 147+ views
    Financial Times ^ | December 26, 2003 | Mark Huband and Mohsen Asgari
    US seeks bin Laden here, there and everywhere By Mark Huband and Mohsen Asgari Published: December 26 2003 18:43 | Last Updated: December 26 2003 18:43 Much of the story behind Saddam Hussein's eight months on the run has yet to be made public. But US military and intelligence officials say the Iraqi dictator never wandered far from the banks of the Tigris. Remaining within the Sunni heartland, he scrambled from one farmhouse to the next, sometimes by car or van, sometimes by boat. By contrast, Osama bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist group, appears to have become far...
  • U.N. Probe Into Iran's Nuclear Program Widens

    12/27/2003 12:54:05 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 2 replies · 142+ views
    SantaFeNewMexican.com ^ | December 27, 2003 | The Associated Press
    While Pakistani scientists are believed to have played a major role in advancing Iran's nuclear program, more than a half-dozen other countries are now being drawn into the U.N. investigation, diplomats and arms experts say. They say a monthslong probe by the International Atomic Energy Agency has traced the origins of Iran's program to the late 1980s, when Iran was supplied with the first drawings on centrifuge technology, its main way of enriching uranium. The investigations have widened "well beyond" Pakistan, Russia and China to include companies in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and other West European countries, said one diplomat. There...
  • U.S. sends medical supplies, searchers to Iran quake site

    12/27/2003 12:50:15 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 10 replies · 191+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | December 27, 2003 | SCOTT LINDLAW
    The Bush administration began sending 150,000 pounds of medical supplies in a military airlift to quake-ravaged Iran, White House officials said Saturday. The administration is also dispatching teams of about 200 search-and-rescue, disaster relief coordination and surgical experts from Fairfax County, Va., Los Angeles and Boston, said spokesman Scott McClellan. Disaster-response experts will also be drawn from three federal agencies. The government and civilian teams will work with the International Red Cross, the Iranian Red Crescent Society and the United Nations to determine needs and distribute the supplies. Among the medical supplies being shipped to Iran are blood, food and...
  • "This is the Apocalypse"

    12/27/2003 11:35:03 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 36 replies · 176+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | December 27, 2003 | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Overwhelmed rescue crews picked through entire city blocks of rubble in search for survivors and bodies a day after an earthquake ruined this southeast Iranian city. With the death toll in the thousands, Iran appealed for international help and promised to waive visas for foreign relief workers. The scope of the tragedy was so vast that a reliable death toll was impossible to pin down so soon after the magnitude 6.5 quake hit Bam early Friday. The Interior Ministry's early estimate on Saturday was 20,000 dead, while two leading rescue officials said the toll could eventually double. "As more bodies...
  • Shamkhani: We Will Strike Israel with all Weapons at our Disposal

    12/27/2003 10:29:25 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 17 replies · 135+ views
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | December 24, 2003 | The Associated Press
    Iran's defense minister said Wednesday that his country would strike back with its long-range Shahab-3 missile if Israel attacked its nuclear facilities. Ali Shamkhani was responding to comments made last month by Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, who said Israel wouldn't permit Iran to develop nuclear weapons - a hint it was prepared to take unilateral military action. "We will strike Israel with all weapons at our disposal if the Zionist regime ventures to do so," Shamkhani said in comments carried by the official Islamic Republic News Agency. He said the Shahab-3, able to reach Israel, would be used. The...
  • Pakistan admits to Iran nuclear role

    12/27/2003 10:25:01 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 5 replies · 109+ views
    The Age ^ | December 25, 2003 | Ian Traynor
    Pakistan has admitted for the first time that it may have been the source of sensitive nuclear know-how and equipment for Iran's uranium-enrichment program, a sophisticated and extensive project that has been kept secret for 18 years. The admission from the Government in Islamabad on Tuesday followed weeks of denial of any involvement in the Iranian projects. It followed Pakistan's disclosure that it was questioning Abdul Qadeer Khan - the man who masterminded Pakistan's acquisition of nuclear weapons - about possible links with Iran. Pakistan is under intense pressure from Western countries and from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the...
  • US Advises Rogue States to "Get Smart"

    12/27/2003 10:21:30 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 5 replies · 198+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 24, 2003 | AFP
    The United States has urged North Korea, Syria and Iran to "get smart" and follow Libya's example in pledging to abandon its weapons of mass destruction programs and join the rest of the world in productive cooperation. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tripoli's decision had put the United States and its allies "on a bit of a roll," and states still pursuing chemical, biological and nuclear weapons would be better off if they followed suit. "We hope that the North Koreans are watching all of this, and realizing that others are getting smart, and it's time for them to...
  • Iran Warns Israel Against any Attack on its Interests

    12/23/2003 9:05:16 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 5 replies · 123+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | December 23, 2003 | Yossi Melman
    Iranian officials have warned Israel that there will be painful consequences if it attacks Iran in any way. The head of the Iranian air force, General Seyed Reza Pardis, told the Mehr news agency on Monday that if Israel launches an attack on Iran, it will be "digging its own grave." President Mohammad Khatami has also warned that Israel would be making a mistake if it carried out its threat to destroy Tehran's nuclear capabilities. The warnings follow comments from Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz last week that an operation to destroy Iran's nuclear capabilities if necessary is under consideration. Speaking...
  • Gadhafi Urges Nations to OK Inspections

    12/23/2003 7:59:31 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 4 replies · 134+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | December 23, 2003 | The Associated Press
    Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is urging other nations to follow his lead and allow international inspections for weapons of mass destruction. ``In my opinion they should follow the steps, or take the example of Libya, so that they prevent any tragedy from being inflicted on their peoples,'' Gadhafi told CNN in an interview broadcast Monday. The interview came after Gadhafi's government agreed Friday to dispose of its weapons of mass destruction and open the door for inspections. Libya will tell the United Nations nuclear watchdog about current nuclear programs, adhere to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and sign an additional protocol...
  • Inquiry Suggests Pakistanis Sold Nuclear Secrets

    12/23/2003 7:51:25 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 3 replies · 95+ views
    The NY Times ^ | December 22, 2003 | William J. Broad, David Rohde and David E. Sanger
    A lengthy investigation of the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan, by American and European intelligence agencies and international nuclear inspectors has forced Pakistani officials to question his aides and openly confront evidence that the country was the source of crucial technology to enrich uranium for Iran, North Korea and possibly other nations. Until the past few weeks, Pakistani officials had denied evidence that the A. Q. Khan Research Laboratories, named for the man considered a national hero, had ever been a source of weapons technology to countries aspiring to acquire fissile material. Now they are backing away...
  • Good Nukes, Bad Nukes

    12/23/2003 7:48:50 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 1 replies · 132+ views
    The NY Times ^ | December 22, 2003 | Ashton Carter, Arnold Kanter, William Perry and Brent Scowcroft
    The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty is arguably the most popular treaty in history: except for five states, every nation in the world is part of it. For more than three decades, it has helped curb the spread of nuclear weapons. Since 9/11, however, and especially in the last several months, the viability of the treaty has been called into question. Some say it is obsolete. Others say it is merely ineffective. In support of its argument each side cites the situation in Iran, which has been able to advance a nuclear weapons program despite being a member of the treaty. The...