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  • Former Iranian Official, Pro-Tehran Lobbyist Hosted at Obama White House Dozens of Times

    01/23/2017 2:49:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/23/17 | Adam Kredo
    Two high-level Iranian government backers, including a former Islamic Republic official and another accused of lobbying on Tehran’s behalf, were hosted at the Obama White House for more than 30 meetings with top officials at key junctures in the former administration’s contested diplomacy with Iran, according to White House visitor logs that provide a window into the former administration’s outreach to leading pro-Iran advocates. Seyed Mousavian, a former Iranian diplomat and head of its national security council, was hosted at the White House at least three times, while Trita Parsi, a pro-Iran advocate long accused of hiding his ties to...
  • Glad To See Obama Go, Gulf Arabs Expect Trump To Counter Iran

    01/23/2017 7:07:34 AM PST · by mandaladon · 8 replies
    OAN ^ | 23 Jan 2017 | William Maclean
    DUBAI (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran, even if they suspect Donald Trump’s short temper and abrasive Tweets may at times heighten tensions in the combustible Middle East. While many countries around the world listened with concern to his protectionist inaugural address, Gulf Arab officials appear optimistic. They see in Trump a strong president who will shore up Washington’s role as their main strategic partner in a region central to U.S. security and energy interests. In Gulf Arab eyes, that involves above all...
  • Iran promises to 'surprise' Trump if he cancels nuclear deal

    01/19/2017 10:58:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    INN ^ | 01/20/17 05:35 | Elad Benari
    U.S. president-elect Donald Trump will be “surprised” by Iran if he annuls the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday, according to the Trend news agency. “As I said earlier, Trump will be surprised if he tries to renegotiate the deal,” Zarif was quoted as having told the Iranian IRNA news agency. “We believe that nuclear deal is an international one and we are not worried about it at all,” he continued. “We are not going to be wary of what Trump does and we will have our options,” Zarif added, noting...
  • 'Obama's Favorite General' Stripped Of Security Clearance Amid Leak Investigation

    09/25/2013 10:36:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9/24/13 | Paul Szoldra
    Retired Marine Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright has reportedly lost his security clearance as an investigation into his involvement in national security leaks continues, Foreign Policy reports. Cartwright, a retired four-star general who served for 40 years and last served on the Joint Chiefs, has been the subject of an ongoing investigation into an alleged leak of classified information of the "Stuxnet" virus that targeted and temporarily disabled Iran's nuclear facilities in 2010. The general's legal team has called that assertion "preposterous." Gordon Lubold of FP reports that multiple current and former administration sources said Cartwright lost his clearance earlier this...
  • Sec Gates Tries To Whitewash Reasons Gen. Hoss Cartwright Passed Over To Be Chairman of JCS

    06/08/2011 10:03:14 PM PDT · by Tea Party Reveler · 9 replies
    Military Corruption Dot Com ^ | 06-05-2011 | Major Glenn MacDonald US Army (ret.)
    GATES TRIES TO WHITEWASH TRUTH AS TO WHY "HOSS" CARTWRIGHT PASSED OVER FOR CHAIRMAN OF JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF JOB "OBAMA'S FAVORITE GENERAL" NO MORE - ALL THAT "SUCKING UP" TO HUSSEIN AND BIDEN DID NO GOOD - ARMY'S GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY GETS KEY POSITION - SECRETARY OF DEFENSE REFUSES TO DISCUSS CARTWRIGHT'S ALLEGED "WOMANIZING" - IG PROBE - ALCOHOLIC FEMALE AIDE SEEN DRUNK AND PASSED OUT ON HOSS'S BED DURING OFFICIAL VISIT OVERSEAS © 2011 MilitaryCorruption.com Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Nazi wartime propaganda chief, once said: "Tell a lie often enough, and people will believe it." Well, we are not...
  • Saudi says Trump stance on Iran and IS cause for optimism

    01/17/2017 10:11:15 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2017 | By John Irish
    PARIS--Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday he was positive about the way the incoming U.S. administration wanted to restore American influence in the world, contain Iran and fight Islamic State. "We are optimistic about the incoming administration and look forward to working with it in all areas that are a concern for both of us," Jubeir told reporters in Paris. "We will look at the Trump administration's view as articulated. Wanting to restore America's role in the world, we welcome this. Wanting to defeat ISIS (Islamic State), absolutely. Wanting to contain Iran ... absolutely." Jubeir said the interests...
  • Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence

    01/17/2017 1:31:47 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 275 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 01/17/2016
    President Obama has commuted the 35-year sentence of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning for leaking classified information in 2010 to WikiLeaks.
  • Obama: Iran deal makes the world safer

    01/17/2017 12:33:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 01/17/17 06:04 | Elad Benari
    Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday praised the nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers, a year after it went into effect, claiming it “made the world safer”. In a statement, Obama claimed the challenges the U.S. faces today would be much worse without the nuclear agreement. He said the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “has achieved significant, concrete results in making the United States and the world a safer place”, according to The Hill. Obama stressed that Iran’s nuclear program “faces strict limitations and is subject to the most intrusive inspection and verification program ever negotiated to...
  • UN: Iran removes sensitive nuclear equipment from site

    01/16/2017 10:42:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2017 8:26 AM EST
    The chief of the U.N. atomic agency says Iran has complied with a key commitment of its nuclear deal with six world powers by removing sensitive equipment from a strategic underground site. Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday that Tehran has met a deadline and taken “excess centrifuges and infrastructure” from what used to be the Fordo uranium enrichment facility. …
  • 2017 01 15 John Haller's Prophecy Update "The Gathering..." (video)

    01/15/2017 3:25:11 PM PST · by Lera · 3 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 1/15/17 | John Haller
    January 15, 2017. 70 Nations are gathering in France to discuss a "Final Solution" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict. And we can promise you, it is not favorable to the Israeli people. Remember, Hitler also proposed a "Final Solution." 'Nuff said. John looks at this issue, along with an analysis of an Iranian-Israeli nuclear conflict, plus another tortorous glimpse into the continuing absurdity of our nation's leaders who are dead set on inflicting as much damage as possible on God's chosen nation. January 20th cannot come soon enough for those who love Israel and her people.
  • Staring Into Syria’s Diplomatic Fog

    01/15/2017 7:18:19 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The Century Foundation ^ | January 06, 2017 | Aron Lund
    Syria enters 2017 in a state of diplomatic confusion. On December 30, a truce agreement brokered by Russia, Turkey, and Iran came into effect. It was endorsed by the UN Security Council on the following day and has been blessed by the United States, but war still rages in many areas of the country. Meanwhile, the gaze of the international community has turned to an unlikely location: Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, where Russia is trying to organize Syrian political negotiations backed by Turkey and Iran. The Astana meeting has been scheduled for January 23, before the resumption of the...
  • Iraqi palace of mirrors: Kurds block aid to Christian militia

    01/10/2017 3:59:55 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 56 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 01/01/2017 | William Murray
    The Christian town of Qaraqosh, Iraq, located on the Nineveh Plain, is in ruins. It is far worse than its appearance, which is bad enough. Other than a handful of volunteers to clean up the streets, and the 300 or so members of the Nineveh Protection Unit, or NPU, the town is deserted. The Christian town has enemies other than the ruthless Islamic State, or ISIS, which left it in ruins. Currently the Kurdish militia, the Peshmerga, is blocking aid to the NPU that guards the town, because the NPU is the Assyrian Christian militia. It is the only armed...
  • Mattis Wanted To Strike Iran In Retaliation For Killing US Troops, Obama Denied Him

    01/11/2017 1:59:17 PM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/11/17 | Russ Read
    Iranian-supplied rockets killed as many as 15 U.S. troops per month in Iraq in the summer of 2011, and Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis had a plan to retaliate. The Obama administration denied his request. Six U.S. soldiers were killed in a single such attack in early June of 2011, with another three killed just weeks later. Mattis, then the commander of U.S. Central Command, had had enough and decided the U.S. must strike back before the Iranian rockets caused further bloodshed. In conjunction with then Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey, Mattis proposed a strike inside Iranian territory, according to...
  • {Zoroastrian} Is Real Change Coming to Iran? Get Ready for March 15, 2017

    01/10/2017 12:36:25 PM PST · by Cronos · 42 replies
    Breaking news Israel ^ | 27 Dec 2016 | Mordechai Kedar
    The social makeup of Iran’s population is very complex, because there is actually no such thing as an Iranian people. There are, instead, Iranian citizens divided into many ethnic groups: Persians make up about 60% of the population, while the rest are Azars, Kurds, Blouchis, Arabs, Turkmen and tens of smaller ethnic groups. The main religion in Iran is Shia Islam, adhered to by 90% of the country’s people, while Sunnis – mainly Kurds and Blouchis – make up about 10%. The country recognizes Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism and reserves a parliamentary seat for each religion. Zoroastrianism is based on...
  • Obama administration has given Iran $700 million each month since nuke deal signed(tr)

    01/10/2017 12:43:34 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 28 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 01/10/2017 | Robert Spencer
    Full title. Obama administration has given Iran $700 million each month since nuke deal signed, totaling over $10 billion “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.” There ought to be an investigation into whether Obama’s actions regarding Iran, where the mullahs...
  • Top White House Official Under Fire Over Denial of Security Clearance

    01/10/2017 6:41:40 AM PST · by Cheerio · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 10, 2017 | Adam Kredo
    Lawmakers and congressional insiders continue to raise questions about a senior Obama administration official and proponent of its Iran diplomacy following revelations he was denied interim security clearance before being given a senior role in the White House, according to conversations with multiple sources. The Washington Free Beacon first disclosed last week that Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser who handled the administration’s efforts to mislead the public about the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, is being probed by Congress following disclosures the FBI may have denied him top-level security clearances. Lawmakers told the Free Beacon...
  • U.S. Navy destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats

    01/09/2017 2:23:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/09/2017 | John Sexton
    A U.S. Navy destroyer fired warning shots Sunday after a group of Revolutionary Guard boats approached it in the Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian boats refused to change course despite radio calls, flares and smoke bombs. Reuters reports: The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the USS Mahan established radio communication with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats but they did not respond to requests to slow down and continued asking the Mahan questions.The Navy destroyer fired warning flares and a U.S. Navy helicopter also dropped a smoke float before the warning shots were fired. The Iranian...
  • Iran: U.S. Surrendered More Than $10 Billion in Gold, Cash, Assets

    01/09/2017 2:07:57 PM PST · by ColdOne · 63 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/9/17 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration has paid Iran more than $10 billion in gold, cash, and other assets since 2013, according to Iranian officials, who disclosed that the White House has been intentionally deflating the total amount paid to the Islamic Republic. Senior Iranian officials late last week confirmed reports that the total amount of money paid to Iran over the past four years is in excess of $10 billion, a figure that runs counter to official estimates provided by the White House. The latest disclosure by Iran, which comports with previous claims about the Obama administration obfuscating details about its cash...
  • Obama "Gifts" Iran With Massive Uranium Shipment From Russia Sufficient (Enough for 10 Nukes" (TR)

    01/09/2017 11:00:11 AM PST · by Perseverando · 45 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 9, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    In what amounts to an 11th hour "gift" by the outgoing Obama administration to Tehran's leadership to keep the country, which on Sunday was involved in yet another shooting incident with a US destroyer, content and compliant with Obama's landmark "Nuclear deal", the AP reported that Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant. The move was approved by the outgoing U.S. administration and other governments "seeking to keep Tehran committed to a landmark nuclear pact." AP cites two senior diplomats who said that the transfer which...
  • obama is as flexible for Iran as he was for Putin

    01/09/2017 10:20:56 AM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-09-17 | DrJohn
    This is why the world thinks obama is a bloody joke. In what has to be the worst agreement in the history of the country, barack obama has given Iran just about everything but Hawaii. If he did agree to hand it over it would not be surprising. Currently, he is in the process of emptying Fort Knox for Iran: The Obama administration has paid Iran more than $10 billion in gold, cash, and other assets since 2013, according to Iranian officials, who disclosed that the White House has been intentionally deflating the total amount paid to the Islamic Republic.Senior...
  • Former Iran president Rafsanjani dies of heart attack-state media

    01/08/2017 9:32:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 8, 2017 | 12:12pm EST | (Dubai newsroom)
    Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died in hospital in Tehran where he was taken after suffering a heart attack on Sunday, state media reported. State-run Press TV said Rafsanjani, 82, died despite efforts by doctors to save him. Residents said a crowd gathered outside the hospital where Rafsanjani was taken in the Tajrish neighbourhood in northern Tehran. …
  • Thanks to our mistakes with Iran, the North Korean threat to the US is at record levels

    01/06/2017 2:34:28 PM PST · by detective · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 06, 2017 | Van Hipp
    Well you know it’s the New Year when North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is threatening a new ballistic missile or nuclear test.  This time, though, Kim Jong-un is saying the “Hermit Kingdom” is in the final stages of preparing to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).  This would be Pyongyang’s first test of an ICBM. For years, right after Iran made news, we could always count on the North Korean dictator’s late father, Kim Jong-il, to try and grab headlines with the latest test of the Taepodong Missile, which usually failed on the launch pad or broke apart in pieces...
  • ISG (Iraq Study Group - remember them?) moves from consensus to conflict

    04/23/2008 7:36:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 200+ views
    Politico.com ^ | 4/22/08 | DANIEL LIBIT
    ISG moves from consensus to conflictBy DANIEL LIBIT 4/22/08 4:32 AM EST In December 2006, in an effort to build a national consensus on a “new way forward in Iraq,” the Iraq Study Group painted itself as a portrait of bipartisan chumminess, with all political hackery checked at the door. Sixteen months later, seven of the 10 ISG members are backing presidential candidates with radically different views about how to proceed in Iraq. Republicans James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger and Ed Meese are supporting Sen. John McCain, who argues that the United States should be sending more troops to Iraq. Democrats...
  • Congress Probes FBI Over Top Obama National Security Advisor’s Security Clearance

    01/05/2017 6:03:55 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/5/17 | Adam Kredo
    A top White House national security adviser and key proponent of the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran is the focus of a congressional inquiry following disclosures the FBI may have denied him top-level security clearances, according to communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser who led the administration’s efforts to mislead Congress about the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, is under scrutiny in the wake of disclosures he was declined interim clearance status by the FBI in 2008, when the administration was moving into the White House. Since that...
  • Obama: ‘Almost Every Country on Earth Sees America as Stronger and More Respected…Than 8 Years Ago’

    01/05/2017 8:19:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 5, 2017 | 9:19 AM EST | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a letter to the American people explaining the progress he believes the nation has made under his leadership, President Barack Obama said today that “almost” the entire planet believes this nation has become stronger and more respected during his time in office. […] In making his case for this, Obama cited among other things what he believes to be the nation’s progress in Iraq and Afghanistan and in “breaking the back” of the Islamic State, and also the Iran nuclear deal, the opening of relations with the Communist government in Cuba and a global “climate agreement” that he believes...
  • Iran's Unreformable System

    01/04/2017 5:05:43 PM PST · by freedom44 · 2 replies
    FSM ^ | 1/4/17 | Slater Bakhtavar
    Under Rouhani's term, religious and ethnic minorities have been especially persecuted in Iran. And perhaps the worst abuse of all hasn't even been a domestic one. Iran has grown increasingly militant in its support for Bashar Assad, the tyrant ruling Syria in its current civil war. This support has extended to bombings in the contested Syrian city of Aleppo, where scores of women and children have been massacred in the bloody conflict. And no wonder. For all their wishy washy, middle of the road uncertainty, the moderates are ultimately the same religious zealots that have stolen Iran from its people....
  • Satellite Pics Suggest Iran, North Korea Cooperating on Nuclear Research

    12/30/2016 7:18:11 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    The Tower ^ | Dec. 29, 2016
    Satellite Pics Suggest Iran, North Korea Cooperating on Nuclear Research by TheTower.org Staff | 12.29.16 4:28 pm The discovery of a working North Korean missile site that was previously thought to be inactive may suggest that the country is cooperating with Iran on ballistic missile and nuclear technology, Voice of America reported Wednesday. PRESS RELEASE: Strategic Sentinel Finds Previously Unknown North Korean Site Read more here: https://t.co/NJk9a9LBgd#NorthKorea #VOA @W7VOA pic.twitter.com/f3S24izQOn — Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) December 28, 2016 Satellite images taken and analyzed by the intelligence firm Strategic Sentinel discovered a missile silo in Geumchang-ri, a mountainous area in North Pyongan...
  • 'Stances have shifted': Russia, Turkey, Iran are discussing chopping Syria into zones of influence

    12/29/2016 9:52:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 28, 2016 | Staff
    Syria would be divided into informal zones of regional power influence and Bashar al-Assad would remain president for at least a few years under an outline deal between Russia, Turkey and Iran, sources say. Such a deal, which would allow regional autonomy within a federal structure controlled by Assad's Alawite sect, is in its infancy, subject to change and would need the buy-in of Assad and the rebels and, eventually, the Gulf states and the United States, sources familiar with Russia's thinking say.
  • John Kerry, tireless in his diplomatic efforts, often came up empty-handed

    12/29/2016 6:29:29 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 52 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/27/2016 | Tracy Wilkinson
    John F. Kerry was late to his own party. Staffers, journalists and other officials were gathered in the ornate Benjamin Franklin salon at the State Department on Dec. 14 for early Christmas festivities. But the secretary of State was nowhere to be seen. Kerry was on the telephone to various world leaders, trying to find out about a major diplomatic meeting — from which the United States had been excluded. The gathering, which sought to broker a resolution to the devastating Syrian conflict, took place six days later in Moscow and involved the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey.
  • [ August 3, 2015 ] Nuclear Nepotism: The Hushed Up Truth of Kerry’s Personal Iran Connection

    12/28/2016 12:41:15 PM PST · by Fedora · 20 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | August 3, 2015 | Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz
    SNIPA hushed up fact concerning Kerry’s personal life, involves his younger daughter from his deceased first wife, Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry. Kerry’s daughter married Dr. Brian (Behrooz) Vala Nahid, an Iranian-American physician and the son of Nooshin and Reza Vala Nahid of Los Angeles, in October 2009.SNIPKerry’s family connection to Iran is no secret, and in the melting pot that is the United States, it is not entirely surprising. What is significant is that as part of the wedding preparations, Kerry went to a dinner party hosted by George Soros at his Manhattan penthouse. He undoubtedly met the best man...
  • Trump: ‘Stay strong Israel,’ my inauguration is approaching

    12/28/2016 8:26:33 AM PST · by ColdOne · 76 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/28/16 | Elliot Smilowitz
    President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday morning ripped the Obama administration’s treatment of Israel and pledged to end the "disdain and disrespect" for the country. “We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!” Trump wrote in a series of tweets. We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great...
  • Clash of Clans mobile game 'blocked' in Iran

    12/28/2016 7:59:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/28/2016
    The decision to limit access to Clash of Clans across Iran was taken on 27 December. Fan sites in Iran reported that many players began having problems accessing the title - which requires an online connection - afterwards. Some Iran-based players said local reports had suggested that an age limit would be imposed, but for now all gamers were affected. They did, however, suggest there were ways to get round the restrictions. In a statement, Iran's deputy attorney general Dr Abdolsamad Khoramabadi said the "vast majority" of the committee backed the call to limit who could play the app. Iran...
  • Here are 36 reasons why I would not be surprised if Obama wanted Iran to destroy Israel

    12/27/2016 2:20:23 PM PST · by grundle · 20 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 17, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Here are 36 reasons why I would not be surprised if Obama wanted Iran to destroy Israel I have a crazy conspiracy, for which I have no proof, and for which I could be completely wrong: Obama’s #1, long term, biggest goal as President, which supersedes anything else, is that he wants to help Iran get enough uranium to build enough nuclear bombs to destroy Israel. Here are 36 reasons why I would not be surprised if it turned out that Obama really did want Iran to use nuclear bombs to destroy Israel:1) When Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, Obama...
  • Iran's currency hits record low as Trump worries deter fund inflows

    12/26/2016 10:36:16 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 26, 2016 | By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin
    Iran's rial hit a record low against the U.S. dollar on Monday in a sign of concern about the country's ability to attract foreign money after U.S. president-elect Donald Trump takes office. The rial was quoted in the free market at 41,500 to the dollar, weakening from around 41,250 on Sunday and 35,570 in mid-September. Before this month, the record low was about 40,000, hit in late 2012, traders said. Economists said there were several reasons for the slide, including the dollar's strength against many currencies in the last few weeks, and uncertainty before next year's presidential elections in Iran....
  • Is real change coming to Iran? Get ready for March 15, 2017

    12/25/2016 7:05:28 PM PST · by freedom44 · 12 replies
    Artuz Sheva ^ | 12/25/16 | Mordechai Kedar
    The social makeup of Iran's population is very complex, because there is actually no such thing as the Iranian people. There are, instead, Iranian citizens divided into many ethnic groups: Persians make up about 60% of the population, while the rest are Azars, Kurds, Blouchis, Arabs, Turkmen and tens of smaller ethnic groups. The main religion in Iran is Shia Islam, adhered to by 90% of the country's people, while Sunnis - mainly Kurds and Blouchis - make up about 10%. The country recognizes Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism and reserves a parliamentary seat for each religion. Zoroastrianism is based on...
  • Iranian nationalists’ open letter to Donald Trump

    12/25/2016 8:30:28 PM PST · by freedom44 · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Online ^ | 12/25/16 | Shabnam Assadollahi
    During the 2009 Green Movement, the people of Iran took to the streets under the banner of “Where is my vote?” which then changed to “Regime Change” slogans. As you may recall, the terrorist mullahs did not hesitate to butcher our youth on the street such as “NEDA” and many more who were shot, ran over by guerrilla forces or imprisoned, tortured, maimed and hung at the hand of the Islamic Republic. President Obama totally ignored these cries for freedom and instead decided to engage with these same mullahs and release $150 billion to them to continue their terror efforts...
  • Iran: Why the Mullahs Will Not Reform from Within

    12/25/2016 7:09:38 PM PST · by freedom44 · 8 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 12/25/16 | Heshmat Alavi
    Iranian civil society is an illusion; all of the government and by extension most of the private sector are mere extensions of the Grand Ayatollah's personal will. Velayat-e Faqih is the only state ideology; the only differences of opinion are about how it should be implemented. Therefore, elections in this regime are not indicative of any form of "democracy". Instead, they are merely a process of choosing among individuals vetted by the Supreme Leader. There are no factions based upon ideological differences, there is mere jockeying for position and the personal favor of the Supreme Leader. Traditional "regime change" in...
  • Iran says it sealed Boeing plane deal at half price

    12/25/2016 11:38:54 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 25, 2016 | By Tim Hepher and Peter Graff
    Iran said on Sunday it had negotiated to pay only about half the announced price for 80 new Boeing (BA.N) airliners in an order that the American planemaker had said was worth $16.6 billion. Boeing and its European rival Airbus (AIR.PA) have both signed huge contracts this month to supply airliners to Iran, the first such deals since international sanctions were lifted under a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program. Replacing Iran's antiquated civil aviation fleet is one of the biggest economic opportunities of the 2015 accord to lift sanctions, which was negotiated by the outgoing administration of U.S. President...
  • Iran says will only pay half price for new Boeing planes

    12/25/2016 11:11:07 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2016 | Staff
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting the deputy transport minister as saying that his county will only pay half of the announced price for 80 new Boeing planes, given the reductions in its purchasing options. According to the Sunday report, Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan says that despite an initial $16.8 billion deal with Boeing to purchase 80 passenger planes, "Regarding the style of our order and its options, the purchase contract for 80 Boeing aircraft is worth about 50 percent of the amount." He did not elaborate. Boeing has made no immediate comment. Iran announced earlier...
  • Iranian dissidents seeking meeting with Trump

    12/24/2016 6:11:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    fox ^ | 12/23/16 | Ben Evansky
    President-elect Donald Trump infuriated the Chinese by breaking with years of protocol in accepting a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Now, members of the Iranian opposition are seeking a similar phone call – even a sit-down – with the incoming president, hoping he keeps to his campaign vows to renegotiate the Iran nuclear deal and get tough with Tehran. Fox News has exclusively obtained a letter being presented soon to Trump from a group of influential Iranian dissidents, asking him to follow through on reconsidering the deal, even as President Obama has cautioned against ripping it up.
  • New clarifications to nuke deal allow Iran to enrich more uranium

    12/23/2016 3:05:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 23, 2016, 7:36 pm | (Times of Israel Staff and Agencies)
    Iran and world powers have agreed on clarifications to the 2015 nuclear deal that will effectively allow Iran to enrich more uranium than previously thought, Reuters reported Friday. The technical documents released by the office of European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini state that some of the enriched material held by Iran is not counted under the limits set by the accord — for instance unrecoverable uranium left in pipes. “All current low-level solid waste contaminated with low-enriched uranium (LEU)…which is deemed unrecoverable, is not part of Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile as specified in the [accord] provided that Iran...
  • The nightmare of Aleppo is President Obama's doing

    12/23/2016 5:44:54 AM PST · by luke1825 · 31 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 12-23 | peter lucas
    It was moving to watch Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, passionately excoriate Russia, Syria and Iran over the atrocities in Aleppo. But it will take more than words to turn the situation around in Syria. It is too late. Thanks to President Barack Obama, that ship sailed long ago.
  • Pentagon: Iran Seeking New Missiles, War Equipment

    12/22/2016 8:58:28 AM PST · by LSUfan · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 21 Dec 16 | Adam Kredo
    Pentagon officials are downplaying declarations by Iran that it is spending some $1.7 billion provided by the United States on new advanced weapons systems, while also acknowledging that the Islamic Republic continues to build its military arsenal at an increasing rate...
  • Kerry Was So Bad At Negotiating In Syria, He Wasn’t Invited To The Latest Talks

    12/21/2016 9:57:29 AM PST · by ColdOne · 29 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/21/16 | Russ Read
    Ambassadors from Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Moscow Tuesday to engage in negotiations regarding the ongoing crisis in Syria, intentionally excluding Secretary of State John Kerry. No U.S. representative attended the talks, nor was the United Nations invited to attend. The lack of any Western representation is yet another sign that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his Russian and Iranian allies will have their way in Syria, solidifying another failed attempt on Kerry’s part to seek a diplomatic solution to the problem. The U.S. Department of State maintained a positive view of the negotiations, despite being left out of them.
  • YULE – Day of Winter Solstice 12/21/2016

    12/21/2016 11:12:36 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 21 replies
    Yule is observed on the day of the Winter Solstice. Also known as Jul, Yule predates the Christmas holiday by thousands of years. There is some debate as to the origin of the word Yule. Some linguists suggest the word is derived from “Iul”, the Anglo-Saxon word for wheel. This makes a connection to a Celtic calendar, the Wheel of the Year. In the Norse culture, “Jul” refers to the god, Odin. Odin was celebrated during Yule as well. Yule celebrations included bonfires, decorating with holly, mistletoe and the boughs of evergreen trees, ritual sacrifices, feasts and gift giving. Do...
  • Turkey and Iran’s Dangerous Collision Course

    12/19/2016 3:41:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    NYT ^ | DEC. 18, 2016 | ALI VAEZ
    Turkey and Iran’s Dangerous Collision Course By ALI VAEZ DEC. 18, 2016 Today’s competition between Turkey and Iran is the latest iteration of an old power game: a struggle their progenitors, the Byzantine and Persian empires, started over the control of Mesopotamia ? today’s Iraq and Syria. While the rivalry outlived their transformation from empires to nation-states, they have managed to keep the peace between themselves for nearly 200 years. Yet Turkey and Iran are now on a collision course, mostly because of their involvement as the region’s major Sunni and Shiite powers in the deepening sectarian conflicts in Iraq...
  • Head of UN nuclear watchdog visits Iran

    12/18/2016 5:46:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2016 12:45 PM EST
    The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog is visiting Iran for the second time since a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers went into effect at the start of this year. Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Sunday it is very important for Iran to fully implement the agreement. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would abide by the deal if other nations do as well, and said IAEA reports should be “technical and impartial.” …
  • TRUMP'S NEW WORLD ORDER

    12/18/2016 8:06:14 AM PST · by tedbel · 16 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Dec 18/16 | Ted Belman
    The first hint of Donald Trump’s vision of a New World Order came when he said in a speech during the primaries that NATO was “obsolete.” The UK Independent wrote about that speech, As currently constituted, he says, NATO is ill-suited to combating international terrorism, which is for him the world’s “single biggest threat”. He especially objects to the US footing so much of the bill, saying that other allies should “pay up or get out”, and refuses to see the US as the “world’s policeman”. As he told a town hall meeting in Wisconsin: “Maybe NATO will dissolve and...
  • Khamenei slams UK for describing Iran as regional threat

    12/17/2016 8:08:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2016 7:16 AM EST
    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has harshly criticized U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent comments about Iran posing a threat to the region. In remarks published on his website Saturday, Khamenei called the U.K. “a source of evil and misery for the peoples of the region” for the past two centuries. …
  • Norway's Statoil exits oil sands projects in Canada

    12/15/2016 9:53:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 15 December 2016 11:17 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Norwegian oil giant Statoil said Thursday it was exiting its oil sands projects in Canada, booking a loss, in a move hailed by environmental activists. The group said it had reached an agreement to sell its 100-percent stake in the Kai Kos Dehseh (KKD) oil sands projects in the province of Alberta, to the Athabasca Oil Corporation of Canada for CAD$832 million (5.4 billion kroner, $626 million, €597 million). Following the divestment, Statoil will not operate any oil sands projects, a business area the deepwater oil specialist had moved into to great dismay of analysts. Statoil will take a loss...