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  • Exiled Iran opposition figures urge unity to 'overthrow' regime

    02/11/2023 5:54:31 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    AFP/MSN ^ | 2-10-23
    A group of prominent exiled Iranian opposition figures pleaded Friday for unity and an end to infighting to help the nationwide protests of recent months to replace Iran's Islamic theocracy with a secular democracy. The eight figures, who included Reza Pahlavi, the son of the last shah, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, said they were working on a charter for a transition to a new pluralistic system that would be followed by free elections. -excerpt- ...the participants shared a common goal to "overthrow and transition from the Islamic republic", starting with a transitional council and then elections.
  • Top Iranian Sunni cleric says torture of protesters un-Islamic

    01/07/2023 8:41:14 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    MSN/Reuters ^ | Jan.6,2023
    (excerpt) "If someone does not accept the accusation, they torture him to accept it. Confessions under coercion and the beating of the accused have no place in sharia (Islamic law) and our country's Constitution," Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi said in a Friday prayers sermon, according to his website. Ismaeelzahi is based in Zahedan, capital of the impoverished Sistan-Baluchistan province, home to Iran's Baluch minority. Authorities have reportedly pressured him by banning him from traveling abroad and restricting his travels and contacts within Iran.
  • Joe Biden Inches Toward War with Iran, Makes Israel Full Military Partner

    12/22/2022 12:05:54 AM PST · by blueplum · 58 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 21 Dec 2022 | BY WILLIAM M. ARKIN
    Preparing for any potential war against Iran, the Biden administration has formally elevated Israel in military planning.... ...For the Pentagon, Israel is the most prized military and intelligence partner in the Middle East, with its vast combat experience and advanced technologies. With the end of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, and with the brokering of the Abraham Accords by the Trump administration, Washington sees an opportunity to incorporate Israel into a new regional alliance. ... ..."CENTCOM will now work to implement the U.S. Government commitment to a holistic approach to regional security and cooperation with our partners," the Tampa-based command...
  • Eight Years a Slave of ISIS – A Yazidi Girl’s Break for Freedom

    12/21/2022 7:32:47 AM PST · by EnderWiggin1970 · 16 replies
    Free Burma Rangers ^ | 12/20/22 | Dave Eubank
    Sousan, a young Yazidi girl of 16, had one of the happiest days of her life when she was married to Fouzi, a Yazidi man, in the town of Sinjar, northern Kurdistan, Iraq. What she didn’t know was that five months after the wedding, in August 2014, ISIS would attack and take her town. This was after ISIS had already attacked and taken a large part of Iraq as well as Syria. The ISIS fighers swooped in with machine guns, tanks, and mortars, destroying all in front of them and targeting the Yazidi especially for brutal treatment. The Yazidis practice...
  • Exclusive - The Netanyahu Doctrine: An in-depth regional policy interview

    12/17/2022 12:35:32 AM PST · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Al Arabiya English ^ | 16 December ,2022: 09:22 PM GST
    Al Arabiya English Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to become the Prime Minister of Israel for the third time. He has until December 21 to form a government before taking office. In a wide-ranging interview with a group of print and television journalists at Al Arabiya, Mr. Netanyahu discussed Israel’s relations with Arab states, the US alliance structure in the Middle East, unrest in Iran, Israel’s new hard-right government, the future of the US-brokered maritime border agreement with Lebanon, and the Russia-Ukraine war. Mr. Netanyahu reiterated the paramount importance of normalization with Saudi Arabia, which would be a “quantum leap” toward...
  • Iran Arrests Famous Actress Who Called Execution ‘Disgrace To Humanity’

    12/17/2022 1:22:58 PM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    Forbes/MSN ^ | 12-17-22
    Iranian authorities have arrested actress Taraneh Alidoosti, the star of the 2016 Oscar-Award-winning film “The Salesman,” on charges of spreading falsehoods after she posted on Instagram that the country’s recent execution of Mohsen Shekari was a “disgrace to humanity.” Iranian state media IRNA said Alidoosti was detained because she failed to provide “documentation in line with her claims,” one week after she expressed solidarity in an Instagram post with a man executed in recent anti-government protests, multiple outlets reported Saturday.
  • America’s Lebanese fantasy hits a road-bump Lebanon

    12/14/2022 8:16:54 AM PST · by robowombat · 6 replies
    AlAribiya ^ | Dec 13, 2022 | Tony Badran
    America’s Lebanese fantasy hits a road-bump Lebanon Follow Tony Badran Published: 13 December ,2022: 12:39 PM GST Updated: 13 December ,2022: 01:25 PM GST For the past two years, the Biden administration has been hell-bent on getting Saudi Arabia to underwrite the US project of administering Lebanon. And for two years running, the Kingdom has refused, having no desire to bankroll an Iranian equity run by Hezbollah. The administration, however, is demanding US allies suspend disbelief and pretend that Lebanon is in fact a real, normal state. In the latest iteration of its Lebanese project, the Biden team is trying...
  • Sanders withdraws Yemen War Powers Resolution after pressure from Biden ("Worst president since Truman")

    12/13/2022 11:10:20 PM PST · by RandFan · 7 replies
    Twitter ^ | Dec 13 | Scott Horton
    @scotthortonshow Worst president since Truman Quote @ryangrim The White House is whipping against Bernie Sanders Yemen war powers resolution, urging a no vote this evening, sources involved tell me @SenSanders Today, I withdrew from consideration by the U.S. Senate my War Powers Resolution after the Biden administration agreed to continue working with my office on ending the war in Yemen.
  • Calling all anti-war conservatives: Call your senators! URGENT!

    12/12/2022 1:17:51 PM PST · by RandFan · 51 replies
    twitter ^ | Dec 12 | Scott Horton
    @scotthortonshow YEMEN YEMEN YEMEN. I know I'm trying yall's patience with this, BUT The Senate is supposed to vote on the War Powers Act resolution SJ Res 56 TOMORROW TUESDAY. Sanders says he has the votes. We have to make sure. Please please please call your senators today. (202) 224-3121 We have a chance -- you and me, regular people -- have a chance to end a war. A terrible, disgusting, no-good, very-bad war. Genocide and Treason. And that's not hyperbole.* Please do what you can to drum up support today and tomorrow. Get you partner and co-workers to call....
  • America First Republicans, Vote for the Yemen War Powers Resolution!

    12/12/2022 1:31:55 PM PST · by RandFan · 13 replies
    Libertarian Institute ^ | Dec 12 | Scott Horton
    The U.S. Senate is set to vote on the Yemen War Powers Resolution Tuesday, December 13! Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and demand your Senators support it today!Right now there is a huge opportunity for the Congress to force President Joe Biden to force the Saudis and United Arab Emirates to end their war against Yemen. This intervention has been totally unauthorized by Congress and does not serve American interests. The only enemies of the American people in Yemen are the members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). They are real bin Ladenite, anti-American terrorists. They...
  • NATO working ‘every day’ to avoid war with Russia, Jens Stoltenberg says

    12/09/2022 9:56:37 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 42 replies ^ | December 9, 2022 | By Jamey Keaten The Associated Press
    The head of NATO expressed worry that the fighting in Ukraine could spin out of control and become a war between Russia and NATO, according to an interview released Friday. “If things go wrong, they can go horribly wrong,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in remarks to Norwegian broadcaster NRK. “It is a terrible war in Ukraine. It is also a war that can become a full-fledged war that spreads into a major war between NATO and Russia,” he said. “We are working on that every day to avoid that.”
  • Female protesters in Iran shot in faces, breasts and genitals, medics say

    12/09/2022 4:23:41 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 8, 2022 | Snejana Farberov
    Medics treating protesters in Iran said they were seeing a difference in the type of injuries inflicted on men and women by the security forces — with the female activists often being shot in their faces, breasts and genitals.. multiple doctors and nurses who have been surreptitiously caring for wounded demonstrators during months of unrest said it appeared that officers tasked with stopping the protests have been targeting specific body parts in women. One doctor from Isfahan province speaking to the outlet on condition of anonymity said he believed the authorities “wanted to destroy the beauty of these women.” Iran...
  • Iran hit with new sanctions over first protester execution

    12/09/2022 4:16:34 AM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | 12-9-22
    Iran was slapped with fresh sanctions Friday after carrying out its first execution over demonstrations that have shaken the regime for nearly three months, as activists called for fresh protests. Mohsen Shekari, 23, was hanged Thursday after being found guilty of "moharebeh", or "enmity against God", (except).. (excerpt)The judiciary said Shekari was arrested after blocking a Tehran street and striking a member of the Basij paramilitary force linked to the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps with a machete -- a wound that required 13 stitches
  • The Shia Crescent & War with the Kurds Pt2 w/ Matt Bracken

    12/07/2022 4:52:48 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 5 Dec, 2022 | George McMillan and Matt Bracken
    Part 2 of the discussion of current events in the middle east and how it fits with long-term goals of various countries, ethnic groups and religious factions. Too many topics covered to easily summarize. The video is 1 hour long and went by very quickly when I watched it last night.
  • The Shia Crescent & War with the Kurds w/ Matt Bracken

    11/26/2022 5:36:24 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | 23 Nov, 2023 | George McMillan and Matt Bracken
    This video analyzes some of the current conflicts in the middle east today, especially Syria and Iran attacking the Kurds in Iraq. Many people may be surprised because much of this is not being covered by the news media. The video is 43 minutes and I think it is worth the time to watch. For those interested, the link to the youtube channel for all of these geopolitical analysis videos is below. Youtube channel for George W McMillan III (GWM3) Analysis w/ Matt Bracken
  • U.S. Ambassador Under Fire for Wearing Hijab at Lebanon’s Request

    12/02/2022 9:09:07 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 1, 2022 | Adam Kredo •
    The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon is facing criticism within the State Department for wearing a hijab earlier this month during meetings with pro-Hezbollah officials at a time when Iranian protesters are rallying against such draconian religious displays. Dorothy Shea, who has served as the top U.S. diplomat in Lebanon since 2020, was recently pictured in regional media outlets meeting with Lebanon’s Higher Shiite Islamic Council, a religious body that experts view as allied with Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terror group that wages outsized political influence in Lebanon. One senior diplomatic source told the Washington Free Beacon the gesture undermines U.S. efforts...
  • Iran hiring mercenaries to kill regime opponents abroad

    12/01/2022 8:28:15 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/22
    The Iranian government is stepping up its efforts to eliminate the opponents of the regime who have fled the country. The Washington Post reports that the Iranians are offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to mercenaries...
  • Anyone else rooting for Iran today?

    11/29/2022 6:55:25 AM PST · by bigdaddy45 · 80 replies
    Okay, before you go nuts, hear me out. Soccer just isn't our sport. We suck at it. The USMNT is going nowhere, and they're just a bunch of virtue signalers anyway. The Iranian team almost literally is playing for their lives. They have been protesting their government by not singing for the anthem, and there are reports their families are being threatened if they don't "behave". If they lose, there is a decent chance a few of them will just be disappeared. So lets say they beat the US. They will be national heroes. It will be very very difficult...
  • US Coach Gregg Berhalter, Captain Tyler Adams Grilled by Iranian Journalists in Surreal Press Conference

    11/28/2022 3:13:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 28, 2022 | Jaclyn Hendricks
    In a surreal scene, USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter and team captain Tyler Adams were quizzed on government relations Monday by Iranian journalists ahead of the US’ must-win match against Iran in the World Cup on Tuesday. Berhalter was pressed as to “why he hasn’t asked US gov’t to remove a Naval ship from around Iran,” according to USA Today Sports’ Nancy Armour. Berhalter was also asked about U.S. immigration policies, to which the 49-year-old head coach responded, “I don’t know enough about politics, I’m a soccer coach.”
  • Tehran Jewish community says it sides with regime amid Iran protests

    11/27/2022 4:56:15 PM PST · by MNDude · 26 replies
    The small Jewish community in Tehran on Thursday condemned the ongoing anti-regime protests in Iran, which broke out over the death of a young woman held for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code. In a letter, the Tehran Central Jewish Committee said it was standing by the Iranian regime amid a deadly crackdown on protesters