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  • Russia announced Thursday it will hold huge naval drills involving more than 140 warships and supporting vessels this month and in February, at a time of heightened tensions with Western nations.

    01/20/2022 7:55:24 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 22 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 20 Jan 2022 | AFP
    Russia announced Thursday it will hold huge naval drills involving more than 140 warships and supporting vessels this month and in February, at a time of heightened tensions with Western nations. The war games to be held in the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Mediterranean will involve "more than 140 warships and support vessels, more than 60 aircraft, 1,000 pieces of military equipment, and about 10,000 servicemen," the defence ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.
  • Trilateral naval drills between China, Russia and Iran start on Friday

    01/20/2022 9:05:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 20
    "The purpose of this drill is to strengthen security and its foundations in the region, and to expand multilateral cooperation between the three countries to jointly support world peace, maritime security and create a maritime community with a common future," the Iranian official told ISNA. Both navies from Iran's armed forces and Revolutionary Guards will take part in the drills, which include various tactical exercises such as rescuing a burning vessel, releasing a hijacked vessel, and shooting at air targets at night.
  • Emma Watson is Right, Sort Of-Who, exactly, is keeping the Palestinians unfree?

    01/20/2022 6:11:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | Jan 20, 2022 | Hugh Fitzgerald
    Emma Watson, the actress who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, made news recently when she declared on Instagram “Free Palestine” and declared her “solidarity” with the oppressed Palestinians. Why her opinion should matter tells us something about the mental state of our giddy globe. What’s next? Should we consult Mick Jagger for his views on the expansion of NATO? Or ask Randy Quaid for his thoughts on the IMF? Watson’s sentiment isn’t wrong, writes Stephen Flatow: the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank do indeed need to be free, but she’s sending her message to...
  • Anne Frank Diary Offends Lebanon's Hezbollah

    11/06/2009 12:26:19 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 13 replies · 499+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/6/2009 | Natacha Yazbeck
    BEIRUT — Anne Frank's diary has been censored out of a school textbook in Lebanon following a campaign by the militant group Hezbollah claiming the classic work promotes Zionism. The row erupted after Hezbollah learned excerpts of "The Diary of Anne Frank" were included in the textbook used by a private English-language school in western Beirut. Frank wrote the diary while her family hid from Nazi police and sympathizers in an Amsterdam attic from 1942 to 1944. She later died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the age of 15, and the diary was published posthumously.
  • Flash Points 2022: Israel

    01/17/2022 2:56:19 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 2 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 1/16/22 | Matt Ward
    In the last article, I discussed the impacts Covid-19 may potentially have on all our lives in 2022. In this article, I want to look at one of the main potential geopolitical flashpoints of 2022: Israel and Iran. The Israel–Iran issue has been largely out of our news feeds during the past twelve months, yet the drumbeat of war between Israel and Iran has not calmed in 2021; it is just that the rest of us have been very much distracted by Covid-19. With each passing month, Israel’s growing need to defend itself against what it perceives to be an...
  • UAE ADVISER ILLEGALLY FUNNELED FOREIGN CASH INTO HILLARY CLINTON’S 2016 CAMPAIGN

    01/17/2022 2:16:41 PM PST · by thegagline · 15 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 01/17/2022 | Matthew Cole
    GEORGE NADER, an American adviser to the government of the United Arab Emirates, convicted sex offender, and frequent visitor to the White House during President Donald Trump’s first year in office, has pleaded guilty for his role in helping the UAE pump millions of dollars in illegal campaign contributions into the U.S. political system during the 2016 presidential election, according to documents submitted in federal court last month. Federal prosecutors disclosed in a December sentencing memo that Nader had agreed months earlier to plead guilty to a single count of felony conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government by funneling millions...
  • Israeli environment minister says UAE oil deal is blocked

    12/31/2021 6:12:56 PM PST · by blueplum · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 30 December 2021 | TIA GOLDENBERG
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s Environment Minister said Thursday a clandestine oil deal that would have turned a scuba divers’ paradise into a waypoint for Emirati oil headed for Western markets has effectively been blocked.... ...The secret deal would have significantly increased the number of oil tankers docking and unloading in the Israeli resort city of Eilat. It was struck last year between the Europe-Asia Pipeline Company, the Israeli government-owned corporation, and MED-RED Land Bridge, a joint Israeli-Emirati venture, following the historic agreement establishing formal diplomatic ties... ...Senior officials in former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government — including his...
  • In Iran, a Burning Statue Reveals Opposition's Rapid Rise

    01/16/2022 4:48:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2022 | Majid Rafizadeh
    On January 5, a giant statue of Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian regime's dead terrorist mastermind, was displayed in the city of Shahr-e Kord. The regime unveiled the statue with much noise and fanfare just ahead of the second anniversary of Soleimani's elimination in a US drone strike in 2020. Mere hours later, the statue was engulfed in flames by dissidents, dealing a major blow against state propaganda to bill the former commander of the terrorist Qods Force as a "hero." Just a couple of days prior, the regime’s President Ebrahim Raisi delivered a televised speech in which he promised revenge...
  • When It Comes to Confronting the Iranian Regime, South Africa Provides Precedent

    01/16/2022 4:39:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2022 | Bruce McColm
    When South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a eulogy for the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, he described the spiritual leader and activist as "a crusader in the struggle for freedom, for justice, for equality and peace, not just in South Africa, the country of his birth, but around the world as well." Over the years, Bishop Tutu's tireless efforts brought him in contact with countless other crusaders for the exact overarching cause. That friendship began when Bishop Tutu condemned the Iranian regime's crackdown on the mass anti-regime protests of 2009. The following year he sent a message of support to...
  • Saudi royal family are descendants of Jews who fought Muhammad - Iranian general

    01/15/2022 6:23:53 PM PST · by aimhigh · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/15/2022 | JERUSALEM POST STAFF
    The commander of Iran's navy said in a speech on January 7 that the modern-day Saudi Arabian royal family are descendants of Jews who fought early Muslim tribes. The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy said on January 7 that the ruling royal family of Saudi Arabia were actually Jewish, and that their conflict with Iran harkens back to 7th century battles between Muslim and Jewish tribes. The speech was aired on Iran's Bushehr TV and translated by MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute. “We cannot bear to see injustice in a Muslim country that is perpetrated...
  • Greenfield: While Biden Negotiates, Iran Keeps Trying to Kill Americans

    01/14/2022 3:36:32 AM PST · by hamburger hill · 9 replies
    PolitiChicks ^ | 1-14-2022 | Daniel Greenfield
    While American forces were able to shoot down the terror drones, these latest acts of Iranian diplomacy came complete with the words “Soleimani’s revenge” scrawled on the drones. The latest Iranian attacks on Americans forces use Soleimani’s death as a pretext, but the attacks began before the Iranian terror boss was killed, and have sharply escalated under Biden in response to his appeasement of the Islamic terror regime.
  • Developing: Eight rockets fired at US Embassy in Baghdad by 'outlawed group' sparks fears of unrest as anniversary of Iranian general Soleimani's killing draws near

    01/13/2022 10:01:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    ight rockets targeted the US Embassy in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone late Sunday, Iraq's military and Iraqi officials said, sparking fears of renewed unrest as next month's anniversary of the US slaying of an Iranian general draws near. An Iraqi military statement said an 'an outlawed group' launched eight rockets targeting the Green Zone, injuring one Iraqi security person manning a checkpoint and causing material damage to a residential complex and some cars. The residential complex is usually empty. The US Embassy's C-RAM defense system, which is used to destroy missiles in mid-air, was activated to deflect the attack,...
  • US Embassy in Baghdad “Attacked By Terrorist” in Rocket Barrage

    01/13/2022 6:56:13 PM PST · by bitt · 7 replies
    truthpress.news ^ | 1/13/2022 | truth press
    Forces at the US embassy in Baghdad are attempting to intercept what could be rockets or suicide drones with radar-controlled rapid-fire guns, according to the BBC’s Nafiseh Kohnavard. Multiple videos surfaced on Twitter around 1200 ET, one by Kohnavard of Counter rocket, artillery, and mortar (CRAM) weapons activated and firing large bursts into the night sky to combat incoming rockets and or suicide drones in the air before they hit the embassy. “US embassy’s anti-rocket system CRAM in Baghdad activated a few seconds ago. I heard explosions,” Kohnavard tweeted. Breaking US embassy’s anti rocket system C-RAM in Baghdad activated a...
  • Iraq: Drone attack on US base near Baghdad airport foiled The incident comes two years after a US drone strike killed Iran’s revered General Soleimani.

    01/03/2022 8:39:17 PM PST · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 1-3-21 | Aljazeera
    Two armed drones were shot down as they approached an Iraqi military base hosting US forces near Baghdad’s international airport, Iraqi security sources said, adding that nobody was hurt in the incident. An official of the US-led international military coalition stationed there said the base’s defence system engaged “two fixed-wing suicide drones… they were shot down without incident”.
  • Iraq, Egypt and Jordan hold tripartite summit in Baghdad

    06/27/2021 2:49:32 PM PDT · by elpadre · 4 replies
    france24.com ^ | June 27, 2921
    Egypt, Jordan and Iraq agreed to bolster security and economic cooperation at a tripartite summit Sunday that saw an Egyptian head of state visit Iraq for the first time in three decades. The visits by Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah II came as Iraq seeks to move closer to Arab allies of the United States in the Middle East. FRANCE 24's Jack Hewson tells us more.
  • Iran: ‘Hard Revenge’ for Soleimani Killing Will Come From ‘Within’ the U.S.-The Islamic Republic finds its perfect moment

    01/13/2022 7:36:29 AM PST · by SJackson · 59 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | Jan 13, 2022 | Robert Spencer
    Last Thursday was the second anniversary of the killing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani; while the date passed virtually unnoticed in the United States, it was a major event in the Islamic Republic of Iran, featuring numerous threats of revenge from enraged Iranian leaders. One of these stood out from the others: Soleimani’s successor as Quds Force commander declared that the revenge would come from inside the United States. Iran’s state-controlled Tasnim News Agency reported that Brigadier General Esmaeil Qaani was “delivering a speech to a ceremony in Mashhad” for the anniversary...
  • A Confederation Between Jordan and West Bank Palestinians Offers an Organic Solution-The alternative to the two-state solution?

    01/13/2022 7:32:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | Jan 13, 2022 | Joseph Puder
    In an unprecedented meeting on December 28, 2021, at the private residence of Benny Gantz in Rosh Haayin (central Israel), Israel’s Defense Minister hosted Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmud Abbas. Gantz approved significant trust-building concessions to the Palestinians. Aiming at bolstering the failing fortunes of the PA and Abu Mazen’s in particular, against the increasing influence of Hamas in the West Bank. Gantz approved the addition of 600 entry permits to Israel for Palestinian businessmen, as well as Palestinian vehicles. Dozens of Palestinian officials will receive VIP permits. Moreover, Gantz agreed to provide the PA with advanced tax payments...
  • Iran may try to assassinate Trump officials

    01/11/2022 10:46:47 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 49 replies
    American Military News ^ | 1/10/22 | Ryan Morgan
    The Biden administration is taking seriously a string of recent threats and sanctions from Iran against Trump administration officials around the two-year anniversary of the Jan. 3, 2020 strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Iran’s actions may indicate Iran is plotting to assassinate the officials. On Saturday, Iran announced sanctions against 51 Americans, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley as well as several individuals who worked with the Trump administration, like former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and private military contractor Erik Prince. While sanctions typically yield economic punishment, current and former U.S. officials...
  • White House worried Iran is plotting assassination attempts against Trump administration officials.

    01/09/2022 8:20:56 PM PST · by jcon40 · 75 replies
    Washington Examiner. ^ | Jan 9, 2022 | Joel Gehrke
    Iran’s imposition of “sanctions” on dozens of Americans amounts to an assassination threat against members of former President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a senior U.S. official who threatened “severe consequences” for any harm done to them. “Make no mistake: the United States of America will protect and defend its citizens,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday. “This includes those serving the United States now and those who formerly served.” Iranian officials have made explicit their interest in killing one of the people involved in the U.S. strike that killed Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Gen. Qassem Soleimani....
  • Iran plans to buy Kazakh uranium ore, seek Russia help to make nuclear fuel

    01/05/2022 6:05:26 PM PST · by bitt · 19 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 1/5/2022 | staff
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran plans to buy 950 tonnes of uranium ore from Kazakhstan over three years and expects to get Russian help in producing nuclear fuel, its top nuclear official said in remarks published on Saturday. The acquisition would not violate Iran’s landmark 2015 deal with world powers over its disputed nuclear program as the deal did not set limits on the Islamic Republic’s supplies of uranium ore. The report by the Iranian Students’ News Agency ISNA comes a day after the U.N. atomic watchdog said Iran’s official stock of enriched uranium had fallen by half after large amounts...