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  • Admin Wants to Lift Ban on Airline, Nuke Training in U.S. for Libyans

    04/15/2014 7:14:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 11, 2014 - 6:15 pm | Bridget Johnson
    Republicans are protesting the Obama administration’s plan to lift a 1983 ban on nuclear and aviation training for Libyan nationals in the U.S., noting that the Department of Homeland Security’s reasoning didn’t mention the Benghazi attack or the responsible terrorist affiliates at work in the country. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and National Security Subcommittee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent a letter in November to DHS about the proposed change, with a March follow-up to Secretary Jeh Johnson after they...
  • Obama Administration Shows Optimism on Iran Nuclear Talks

    04/07/2014 4:01:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 7, 2014 | By Jay Solomon, Laurence Norman
    VIENNA - With nuclear talks set to resume here on Tuesday, the Obama administration says it is convinced it can conclude an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program by the July 20 target date despite significant political hurdles. “I’m absolutely convinced that we can [meet the deadline], though the real issue is…about the choices that Iran has to make, and some of them are very difficult,” said a senior U.S. official involved in the talks. “We are on pace with that work plan, looking toward beginning drafting in May.”
  • Obama and Kerry Say Iran Issued Fatwa Against Nukes, But It’s Not Listed With the Others

    04/05/2014 1:48:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 4, 2014 - 4:27 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    A State Department spokeswoman expressed surprise Thursday to hear that a purported “fatwa” by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prohibiting nuclear weapons, which President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry periodically cite, does not appear on a list of fatwas on Khamenei’s official website. “Oh, really?” Marie Harf said during a press briefing after a reporter brought this to her attention. “I will say, just in general, I’m not an expert on the fatwa process certainly, or on the supreme leader’s website,” she said. “But what I will say, and I think what people have said, is we...
  • A Dishonest "Cosmos"

    03/11/2014 3:23:21 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 47 replies
    God and the Machine ^ | 03/11/2014 | Thomas L. McDonald
    ...We're shown Bruno sneaking around and are told that "He dared to read the books banned by the Church." The book in question was On the Nature of Things by Lucretius, which he keeps hidden under his floorboards....Tyson tells us that this (meaning reading Lucretius) "was his undoing." That's very interesting, since papal legate and cardinal Nicholas of Cusa had read and commented on Lucretius in the 15th century, formulating ideas that would later be picked up by Bruno, and was widely read and respected. As the poor Giordano secretly reads his precious book, THE CHURCH! bursts into his room...
  • "Freedom" Ukraine in response to Russia's actions in the Crimea resume nuclear status

    03/10/2014 7:02:19 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 11 replies ^ | February 28 | Mikhail Ryabov)
    "Freedom" Ukraine in response to Russia's actions in the Crimea resume nuclear status Kyiv, February 28 (Navigator, Mikhail Ryabov) - Ukraine in response to Russia's actions in the Crimea resume nuclear status if Moscow does not stop action rejection Peninsula.
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Questions Western Commitment to Nuclear Deal

    03/09/2014 6:10:28 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 1 replies
    WSJ ONline ^ | 3/9/2014 | Lawence Norman
    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran and the six major powers it is negotiating with can still reach a full nuclear deal by July's target date, but only if Western countries show a "desire" to pursue a deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Sunday. Speaking alongside European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who chairs the group, Mr. Zarif said Iran remains "determined" to seek a deal. However, he signaled doubts about Western commitment to complete an accord. "It is up to the other side" to "come to the negotiating table with a desire, decision and commitment to reach a mutually acceptable agreement,"...
  • Report: In Recent Meeting, Putin Surprised Netanyahu With Expression of Support

    03/04/2014 3:48:04 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies ^ | 12.20.13 | Gidon Ben-zvi
    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was surprised by a forthright expression of support for the Jewish state from Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting last month in Moscow, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported on Friday. Netanyahu had flown to meet the Russian leader in a last minute effort to prevent an interim nuclear deal between Iran and world powers from being signed. During the meeting, Netanyahu asked Putin to withhold support for the convening of a Nuclear Non Proliferation Conference the stated purpose of which would be to rid the entire Middle East of nuclear weapons, according to the report....
  • Iran says nuclear program to stay 'intact'

    02/28/2014 7:07:30 AM PST · by LSUfan · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 27 Feb 14 | Unattributed
    Iran is willing to address international concerns about its atomic activities but will keep its nuclear program "intact", not close it down, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. His remarks signaled that Tehran will not agree to dismantle any of its atomic facilities in talks with six world powers on a final settlement of the decade-old dispute over its nuclear activity.
  • U.N. nuclear agency opted against sensitive Iran report

    02/28/2014 7:02:53 AM PST · by LSUfan
    Reuters ^ | 27 Feb 14 | Fredrik Dahl and Louis Charbonneau
    The U.N. nuclear watchdog planned a major report on Iran that might have revealed more of its suspected atomic bomb research, but held off as Tehran's relations with the outside world thawed, sources familiar with the matter said. Such a report - to have been prepared last year - would almost certainly have angered Iran and complicated efforts to settle a decade-old dispute over its atomic aspirations, moves which accelerated after pragmatic President Hassan Rouhani took office in August.
  • Zarif: Iran will address atomic activities, but nuclear program to stay 'intact'

    02/27/2014 2:05:14 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | February 27, 2014 | Reuters
    Remarks made by Iranian foreign minister signal Tehran won't agree to dismantle atomic facilities in talks with world powers on final settlement of decade-old dispute over its nuclear activity.By ReutersNEW DELHI - Iran is willing to address international concerns about its atomic activities but will keep its nuclear program "intact", not close it down, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. His remarks signaled that Tehran will not agree to dismantle any of its atomic facilities in talks with six world powers on a final settlement of the decade-old dispute over its nuclear activity. Related: Those negotiations got under...
  • Nun, 84, Gets 3 Years for Breaking Into Uranium Locker

    02/20/2014 8:37:57 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Newser ^ | 2/18/14
    An 84-year-old nun has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for breaking into and defacing a storage bunker holding bomb-grade uranium in a peace demonstration at a Tennessee weapons plant. Megan Rice was sentenced Tuesday along with activists Greg Boertje-Obed, 58, and Michael Walli, 65. The men were sentenced to more than five years in prison. All sentences were less than the recommended minimum guidelines, the Knoxville Sentinel reports. Rice asked Judge Amul Thapar to put her in prison for life, but he declined. "I just can’t accommodate you on that," he said. The three activists cut through...
  • President Obama will issue an executive decree telling Iran what to do [Spoof]

    02/12/2014 8:09:14 AM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 12, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The P5+1 deal with Iran, like ObamaCare and other laws of the land, means whatever He said (or may have meant to say)it meansAs noted here and elsewhere, the P5+1 deal with Iran may not appear facially to provide for the inspection of, and limitations on activities at, Iran's military, missile and warhead development sites. Iran, due to her unsophisticated and therefore simplistic approach to matters far beyond her ken, relies on her fatally flawed facial approach to matters related to the deal to argue that the English language version is wrong and that she has given up nothing in exchange...
  • The P5+1 "No Nukes for Iran" Scam is becoming even clearer: an update

    02/10/2014 11:30:27 AM PST · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 10, 2014 | Dan Miller
    It's domestic politics, ideology and rejection of reality all the way down.As I attempted to demonstrate in January, the English language text of the P5+1 "deal" with Iran has a comforting preface expressing a general intention to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons. However, neither the preface nor the rest of the text even mentions Iran's continuing efforts to improve her ballistic missile capabilities, nuclear warhead development or her "undisclosed" military sites such as Parchin, where work on those projects evidently continues. No significant reductions in either Iran's nuke development or ability to produce nukes can reasonably be expected. Nor are we likely to...
  • When elite US forces strapped nukes to their backs

    02/10/2014 5:20:26 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 37 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 9, 2014 | Adam Rawnsley and David Brown
    As Capt. Tom Davis stands at the tailgate of the military cargo plane, the night air sweeps through the hold. His eyes search the black terrain 1,200 feet below. He grips the canvas of his reserve parachute and takes a deep breath. Davis and the men who make up his Special Forces A-team are among the most highly trained soldiers in the U.S. Army. It's 1972, and Davis isn't far removed from a tour in Vietnam, where he operated along the Cambodian border. His communications sergeant served in Command and Control North, which was responsible for some of the most...
  • From Warheads to Cheap Energy: Why this MIT Professor Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

    02/02/2014 1:55:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/27/2014 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    As the Cold War ended in the late 1980s and early ’90s, a new fear arose amid the rejoicing and relief: that atomic security might fail in the disintegrating Soviet Union, allowing its huge stockpile of nuclear warheads to fall into unfriendly hands. The jitters intensified in late 1991, as Moscow announced plans to store thousands of weapons from missiles and bombers in what experts viewed as decrepit bunkers, policed by impoverished guards of dubious reliability. Many officials and scientists worried. Few knew what to do. That is when Thomas L. Neff, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,...
  • A Friendlier Iran? Or Have They Just Moved Their Nukes to North Korea?

    02/01/2014 11:18:43 AM PST · by FDNYRHEROES · 3 replies ^ | 31 January 2014 | Ilana Freedman
    A Friendlier Iran? Or Have They Just Moved Their Nukes to North Korea? Posted on January 31, 2014 by By Ilana Freedman, Editor After years of intransigence and unwillingness to even consider abandoning its nuclear program, Iran has suddenly become amenable to what appears to be real negotiations and an apparent readiness to compromise. The change was dramatic. Although still firing off occasional tirades against the West in general and Israel in particular, Iran is now allowing daily inspections of some of its nuclear facilities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. The sudden shift in Iranian policy has...
  • The Iran Scam Continues, Part II

    01/26/2014 9:15:58 AM PST · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 26, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Through his "charm offensive," Iranian President Rouhani got a "deal" with the P5+1 negotiators to diminish and then eliminate sanctions without significantly reducing Iran's ability to develop nukes. Today, Press TV posted an article titled Zionists seek wars of aggression. Charmin Works!Press TV is a 24-hour English language news organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). Its headquarters are located in Tehran, Iran. . . . Press TV is state-funded[11] and is a division of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). The Press TV article purports to be an "approximate transcript" of an interview with "Kevin Barrett, editor with Veterans Today, Madison," Wisconsin, about Western threats...
  • Pentagon: U.S. Not Capable of Detecting Foreign Nuke Threats (US unclassified report)

    01/25/2014 11:56:28 AM PST · by Innovative · 21 replies
    American intelligence and security agencies are not currently capable of detecting when foreign nations are building nuclear weapons or ramping up their existing programs, according to a newly released Pentagon report that faults a range of U.S. agencies. “The nation is not yet organized or fully equipped” to detect clandestine nuclear activities across the globe, and in most cases “current solutions are either inadequate, or more often, do not exist,” according to the report, which was compiled over three years by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board.
  • The Iran Scam Continues

    01/24/2014 9:06:19 AM PST · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 24, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Neither the November 24th P5+1 "deal" nor the White House summary of the subsequent agreement to continue the process deals effectively with Iran's efforts to have nuclear weapons. NOTE: I tried to address much of what follows when writing earlier about the Iran Scam and have difficulty understanding why there is very little public or even official interest in the problems the deal raises. Please let me to elaborate here a bit more on why the P5+1 "deal" is a scam, why it matters and to offer some hypotheses about the lack of interest.The text of the English language version of...
  • Kerry: Military Option Still On if Iran Doesn’t Keep Agreement

    01/23/2014 10:43:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 1/24/2014, 12:12 AM | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended on Thursday the nuclear deal that was reached between Iran and six world powers, but said that the military option was still on the table if Iran fails to live up to its part of the agreement. “I am absolutely certain without a reasonable doubt that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, all countries in the region are safer today from the threat of the Iranian nuclear weapon than they were before the agreement that we made,” Kerry told Al Arabiya in an exclusive interview from Geneva. If Iran does not execute the commitments it...
  • White House summary of Iranian nuke "deal" Implementation

    01/18/2014 11:30:31 AM PST · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 18, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Released on January 16th, the White House Summary fails -- again -- to deal with Iran's continuing development of nuclear weaponry.  Iran has blasted the summary as "one sided;" what does that mean? According to the White House Summary, What Iran Has Committed To DoOn January 20th, the IAEA will report on the current status of Iran's nuclear program, and particularly on its uranium enrichment program and the Arak reactor.  The IAEA will also report on several specific steps that Iran has committed to take by or on the first day of implementation, including: Halting production of near-20% enriched uranium and disabling the...
  • Video – Obama on Iran: “Give Peace A Chance” … Seriously. He Said That Actual Thing.

    01/13/2014 6:47:59 PM PST · by absentee · 18 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/13/2014 | Caleb Howe
    [VIDEO AT LINK] After his remark, the President suggested we imagine all the people living for today. It’s funny, people joke about hippie Democrats, and then they go and give you something like this on a silver platter. With a platitude like give peace a chance, one cannot help but think of the recent revelations from Robert Gates’ explosive new memoir. Now that we know how unseriously Obama dealt with Iraq and Afghanistan, hearing him state his philosophy on Iran’s nukes as something so trite and so contrary to everything we know about the Iranian regime takes on a meaning...
  • November 24th Nuke "deal" with Iran to start to begin to become effective on January 20th

    01/12/2014 10:53:02 AM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 12, 2014 | Dan Miller
    What does it mean? Who knows? When might we learn? Who knows? Acording to a Fox "breaking news" report, Under the deal, Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment to 5 percent -- the grade commonly used to power reactors. The deal also commits Iran to stop producing 20 percent enriched uranium -- which is only a technical step away from weapons-grade material -- and to neutralize its 20 percent stockpile. In exchange, economic sanctions Iran faces would be eased for a period of six months. During that time, the world powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the...
  • 2 on nuke missile crew implicated in drug probe

    01/09/2014 6:15:32 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Jan 9, 2014 | By Chris Carroll
    WASHINGTON — In the latest headache for the Air Force’s nuclear mission, two missile combat crew members in the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, have been implicated in a narcotics investigation, a defense official speaking on the condition of anonymity said Thursday. The two officers, who operate Minutemen 3 missiles, have lost access to classified information while the Air Force investigates, the official said. Just two months ago, the unit was awarded an overall “excellent” rating after a weeklong inspection conducted by Air Force Global Strike Command, the Air Force reported. However, In August, officials relieved...
  • Iranian Lawmakers Threaten to Increase Uranium Enrichment Level

    12/25/2013 11:56:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 12/26/2013, 6:13 AM | Elad Benari
    In response to planned legislation by United States Senators to increase sanctions on Iran, lawmakers in the Islamic Republic have drafted a bill of their own to increase the country’s level of uranium enrichment. Press TV reported on Wednesday that the bill would oblige the government to produce 60-percent enriched uranium. …
  • Report: U.S. nuclear general drank too much, misbehaved in Russia

    12/20/2013 1:12:35 PM PST · by kronos77 · 40 replies
    (CNN) -- A U.S. general who oversaw nuclear weapons boozed, fraternized with "hot women" and disrespected his hosts during an official visit to Russia this year, an investigative report shows. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey led the 20th Air Force responsible for three nuclear wings. He was relieved of duty in October because of loss of confidence in his leadership, the Air Force said at the time without providing specific details. But an Air Force Inspector General report released Thursday sheds more light into the case. It details the events of a July trip to Moscow in which witnesses recalled Carey...
  • vanity: question on nuclear testing

    12/19/2013 8:14:59 PM PST · by Kolath · 31 replies
    Kolath | 12/19/2013 | Kolath
    Was trying to find out if there any USAF units solely dedicated to dropping nuclear test bombs in the Pacific and Nevada.
  • Iranians Pull Out of Nuke Talks

    12/13/2013 9:26:14 AM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies ^ | 12/13/13 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian negotiators abruptly ended nuclear talks with Western powers in Vienna on Friday just a day after the Obama administration announced tighter sanctions on Tehran. Iran had threatened that new or tighter sanctions would nullify the recently reached Geneva interim deal, which is not yet in effect. The Iranians abruptly “halted” the talks and left Vienna so that they could consult with higher-level officials about how to proceed with talks following the tighter sanctions, which were announced Thursday morning by the U.S. Treasury Department.
  • North Korean and Iranian Nuclear Weapons programs coming to Special Economic Zones?

    12/13/2013 10:34:06 AM PST · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 13, 2013 | Dan Miller
    In addition to her own nuclear weapons development and assistance to Iran, North Korea is trying to establish new Special Economic Zones to accommodate foreign investors and businesses. Iran could benefit. Nukes bring us peace, prosperity and happiness. Let's have co-prosperity spheres with Iran. North Korea's Special Economic Zones According to an article at 38 North, an organization that focuses on North Korea, In recent weeks North Korea has actively publicized in domestic and foreign news media its determination to pursue an aggressive strategy to develop special enterprise zones (SEZs) throughout the country. This follows and complements the agreement reached...
  • As ties warm, EU Parliament delegation visits Iran

    12/12/2013 11:14:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2013 1:25 AM EST
    A European Parliament delegation has arrived in Iran, the first visit to Tehran by the EU’s legislative institution in more than six years. […] The visit is a sign of warming ties in the wake of an interim deal reached in November in Geneva between the Islamic Republic and six world powers to ease some sanctions on Iran for a series of nuclear concessions. …
  • Short Video: Time Lapse Map Of Every Nuclear Explosion Ever On Earth

    12/09/2013 3:42:32 PM PST · by bigbob · 16 replies
    Daily Paul ^ | 11-18-13 | Ed Thinking
    Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998. Beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear). Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the...
  • Having banished fears of Iranian nukes, President Obama turns to Crime [SNARK attempt]

    12/04/2013 11:14:45 AM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 4, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Fresh from His historic success in banishing fear of Iranian nuclear weapons, President Obama today announced a similar approach to banishing our concerns about crime in the United States.The Obama-Kerry plan to banish the threat of Iran's development of nuclear weaponry by not mentioning it -- thereby shielding her devoutly sensitive leaders from any embarassment that might result from learning that even they suspect it -- is working as intended. It harmonises beautifully with His new plan to banish our concerns about crime. Although multifaceted and multicultural, the plan can be summarized as follows: Those who commit crimes are sadly undermedicated and otherwise...
  • Why is Iran Developing ICBMs?

    12/03/2013 6:52:44 AM PST · by LSUfan · 80 replies
    Iran Bulletin ^ | 3 Dec 13 | TerrorTrends
    Why is Iran working on Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles? There is no possible peaceful purpose for ballistic missiles. Iran may claim that their nuclear program is peaceful, but they cannot possibly make that claim when it comes to ballistic missiles. The only reason to have ballistic missiles is to target enemies with high explosives and WMD. Iran’s Shehab-3 Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles have sufficient range to hit Israel, Saudi Arabia and US bases in Afghanistan, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait and Turkey. Why are the Iranians working with the North Koreans on multi-stage Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs)? Who might the Iranians be...
  • Israel's New Strategic Position

    12/03/2013 4:42:51 AM PST · by arthurus · 2 replies
    Stratfor ^ | December 3, 2013 | George Friedman
    Israel faces no existential threats, save one: the possibility that Iran will develop a nuclear weapon and a delivery system and use it to destroy Israel before it or the United States can prevent it from doing so. Clearly, a nuclear strike on Tel Aviv would be catastrophic for Israel. Its ability to tolerate that threat, regardless of how improbable it may be, is a pressing concern for Israel. In this context, Iran's nuclear program supersedes all of Israel's other security priorities. Israeli officials believe their allies, particularly those in the United States, should share this view. As a strategic...
  • Obama: You Didn't, We Didn't

    11/30/2013 8:55:50 PM PST · by absentee · 7 replies ^ | 11/30/13 | Caleb Howe
    Obama on biz: You didn't build that. On website: We didn't build that. On border fence: Don't build that. On Iran nukes: OK, build that.— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) November 30, 2013
  • Peace in our time awaits?

    11/29/2013 9:17:46 AM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 29, 2013 | Dan Miller
    It all depends on the meaning of sex and is "peace." My earlier attempts at analysis are here and here. [youtube=]Video linkPower Line provides an overview here. One part of it is reprinted below:   5. The Iranian regime never disclosed its uranium enrichment facilities or heavy water reactor. Each was revealed by outsiders. The agreement addresses Iran’s known nuclear facilities with at least one exception. It makes no mention of Parchin, the military facility where Iran is believed by the IAEA to have conducted weaponization research and sought to conceal the evidence. As David Albright and Robert Avagyan wrote earlier this year:...
  • Freep a Poll! (deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program good for the U.S.?)

    11/29/2013 6:30:34 AM PST · by dynachrome · 20 replies ^ | 11-28-13 | Washington Post
    Is the deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program good for the United States? Yes No
  • 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Near Iran Nuclear Plant Kills 7, Injures At Least 30

    11/28/2013 12:03:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/28/2013 | Pamela Engel
    A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has hit Borazjan, Iran, about 35 miles from the country's sole nuclear power plant, Agence France Presse reports. Seven people are dead and 30 injured, according to Iran's state news agency. AFP reports that neighboring countries have often expressed concern about Iran's Russian-built reactor and risk of radioactive leaks if an earthquake hits. In 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that scientists and nuclear watchdog organizations were concerned about the possibility of a Chernobyl-like accident at the plant. Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist for global security program the Union of Concerned Scientists, told the newspaper: "We...
  • Americans back Iran deal by 2-to-1 margin: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    11/27/2013 8:15:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/27/2013 | MATT SPETALNICK
    Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort falls through, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday. The findings were rare good news in the polls for President Barack Obama, whose approval ratings have dropped in recent weeks because of the botched rollout of his signature healthcare reform law. According to the Reuters/Ipsos survey, 44 percent of Americans support the interim deal reached between Iran and six world powers in Geneva last weekend, and 22 percent...
  • Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the United States

    11/26/2013 2:56:03 PM PST · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 26, 2013 | Dan Miller
    The Stratfor analysis reprinted below is interesting but has at least one glaring error as well as many dubious conclusions.According to the Stratfor analysis, The logic here suggests a process leading to the elimination of all sanctions in exchange for the supervision of Iran's nuclear activities to prevent it from developing a weapon. Unless this is an Iranian trick to somehow buy time to complete a weapon and test it, I would think that the deal could be done in six months. An Iranian ploy to create cover for building a weapon would also demand a reliable missile and a launch pad...
  • The Coming Bonanza for Jihad from the Obama/Kerry-Ayatollah Nuclear Bargain

    11/26/2013 10:12:59 AM PST · by LSUfan · 6 replies
    Iran Bulletin ^ | 26 November 2013 | Christopher Holton
    Lost in the discussion about the disastrous P5+1 agreement on nuclear technology forced on the world by Barack Obama, John Kerry and the Ayatollahs in Tehran are the profound implications for Jihadist terrorism. No where in the agreement is the issue of Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism even addressed. For all we know, John Kerry didn’t even raise it as an issue in his talks with the Iranians. It’s not like the Obama administration can deny Iran’s role in the sponsorship of terrorism. The State Department has for years called Iran the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism.
  • PRUDEN: Obama’s full grovel to Iran

    11/25/2013 7:22:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2013 | Wesley Pruden
    There’s good news and bad news in Barack Obama’s sucker deal with Iran. The Iranians get all the good news, and the West gets all the bad news. The only good news for the good guys is that the deal, like Obamacare, is President Obama’s baby. Sometimes, the baby daddy has to pay up. The president and his administration, having done the full grovel in Geneva, is now into full defensive mode. Stung by the cries of disbelief in Washington from a growing number of his partisan allies in Congress, the president insists that his handiwork “halted the progress of...
  • The WORST part about putting liberals in charge of Iranian nuke diplomacy?

    11/25/2013 4:50:46 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-25-13 | The Looking Spoon
    This was inspired by this piece from Chicks on the Right. Their version was way too smart (low information voters Democrats can't say "centrifuge" much less know what it is), I had to dumb it down a bit :-)  
  • Why the Iran Nuclear Agreement is NOT Designed as a Distraction from the Obamacare Debacle

    11/25/2013 12:17:39 PM PST · by LSUfan · 14 replies
    Iran Bulletin ^ | 25 Nov 13 | Unattributed
    There is speculation in the blogosphere and on the airwaves this morning that the timing of the Obama/Kerry/Ayatollahs Agreement was designed to distract Americans from the Obamacare debacle. This speculation is wrong for two reasons.
  • TIP Infographic Highlights Dangers of Reported Iran Deal

    11/25/2013 10:58:45 AM PST · by LSUfan · 1 replies
    The Tower ^ | 22 Nov 13 | The Tower Staff
  • Obama is America's 007: Lames Bond

    11/25/2013 9:51:56 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 13 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-25-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • Reading Weakness in Tehran: Obama values an agreement with Iran over real security guarantees

    11/25/2013 7:59:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/25/2013 | The Editors
    The Obama administration says the agreement will degrade Iran’s nuclear capacity, halt its current progress, and lay the groundwork for a final deal, in exchange for discrete concessions on sanctions. But this “freeze” is incomplete and as reversible as the term suggests, and the effect of the loosening of the sanctions will be far-reaching. Reminiscent of his claim that a strike on Syria to deter future chemical-weapons use would be “unbelievable small,” Secretary Kerry said that the deal’s concessions translate into “very little sanctions relief.” This is an odd description for measures that take up a full page of the...
  • Move over Obamacare. Now there’s Obamabomb

    11/25/2013 5:58:28 AM PST · by LSUfan · 15 replies
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 25 Nov 13 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
    The president who promised us that his health care legislation would allow us to keep our insurance plans and doctors now insists that his agreement with Iran will not allow it to keep a nuclear weapons program. What the two pledges have in common is that they are both lies. No matter how many times such statements are repeated and seconded by President Obama’s partisans and the press, they amount to serial, intentional and potentially fatal fraud. Now, some Americans may still trust President Obama, or at least be inclined to give his deal a chance. But that means buying...
  • J Street Sees Iran Agreement as Positive First Step

    11/24/2013 5:50:12 PM PST · by Qbert · 15 replies
    J ^ | NOVEMBER 23RD, 2013 | J Street
    J Street welcomes the agreement reached today in Geneva by the P5+1 and Iran as a significant first step in efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The agreement will effectively freeze and begin to roll back the Iranian program in exchange for limited economic relief for six months. During this period, the P5+1 will continue to negotiate a permanent agreement, pressing the Rouhani regime to accept an enforceable comprehensive deal to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, while maintaining the essential sanctions architecture. The accord has several very important provisions that will effectively freeze Iran's program and...
  • Statement By The President On First Step Agreement On Iran's Nuclear Program

    11/23/2013 10:07:46 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 40 replies
    THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Today, the United States -- together with our close allies and partners -- took an important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses our concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program.