Tag "Iran"

Obama makes a strategic mistake in Syria and now its “GAME OVER” for the US stragegy for the Middle-East.

In a recent post I wrote the following: And so once the “shock and awe” phase has failed to produce any signs of shock or of awe – what happens next? (…) an Anglo invasion of Syria might well trigger an influx of Shia volunteers from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon; that would also offer Iran the perfect opportunity to “send in volunteers” (remember that the students who took over the

Has Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made an empty threat? (UPDATED)

If this is not yet another case of mistaken translation, as there have been many in the past, then it appears that the Iranian Supreme Leader,  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has made a completely empty threat towards Israel.  According to RT, Iran’s most powerful authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the Islamic Republic would raze the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa “to the ground” if Israel launched a military strike against

The new Iranian “stealth”(?) fighter: more questions than answers

Iran has unveiled its latest indigenously built fighter, the Qaher-313.  Check out the Press TV report:When I saw this video I was rather baffled as many things just looked *wrong* to me.  I then contacted one of my readers who knows a great deal about military aeronautics (thanks C.!) to compare notes, and it rapidly turned out that he also had many unanswered questions.  So let’s take them one by

Le grand chemin vers Jérusalem : le Hamas trahit l’Iran et la Syrie

De Fida Dakroub pour Global Research Généralités Lorsque l’émir du Qatar, Hamad, fut arrivé à Gaza, à la tête d’une importante délégation comprenant son épouse, Moza, et son premier ministre, Hamad – celui-ci un cheikh non pas un émir –, il fut accueilli par le chef du gouvernement du Hamas, Ismaïl Haniyeh, qui eut organisé une cérémonie officielle grandiose pour l’occasion. Les deux hommes se tinrent côte à côte pendant

Statement of the Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei

In the name of Allah the most Gracious, most Merciful Allah the Dear an the Wise said: “Fain would they extinguish Allah’s light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest.” O Iranian people, o Islamic Ummah The vicious hands of the enemies of Islam had once again uncovered it’s malice by offending the noble prophet (PBUH);

Strait History and Iran’s Options

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich George Santayana wisely said: “”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Oblivious to history and its lessons, America and its Western allies are repeating their actions of the 1950’s — that of imposing an oil embargo on Iran. The American-led alliance has forgotten the past. Iran remembers. When under the leadership of the nationalist Dr. Mossadegh, Iran opted to nationalize its oil industry,

Russian and Hezbollah in consultations

According to official website of the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon, Moqawama.org, A Hizbullah delegation visited on Monday Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin in the Embassy headquarters, and delivered greetings on behalf of Hizbullah’s leadership for the presidential victory of Vladimir Putin.  The Hizbullah delegation was led by Head of Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc member Mohammad Raad, and included MP Nawwar Saheli and Hizbullah International Relations Official Ammar Moussawi. 

Israel-US Relations: Blockhead and the Judge?

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. – Buddha America’s relations with Israel has always been explained by politicians on both sides as ‘friendship’. Today, more than any other time in the course of their ‘friendship’, this relationship brings to mind the story of “Blockhead

“2 x 64” – A great DOUBLE slap in the dirty and hateful face of the West

After Iran, now Russia.  According to exit polls and preliminary results, Putin wins in one tour with a crushing 64% of the vote.  Funny, since 64% was also the voter turnout in Iran yesterday. According to various media reports, the conservatives in Iran say that these results are a “great slap in the dirty and hateful face of the West” whose “Green” minions (Rafsanjani, Mousavi & Co.) had called for

The US-Iran economic war

By Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times Here’s a crash course on how to further wreck the global economy. A key amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act signed by United States President Barack Obama on the last day of 2011 – when no one was paying attention – imposes sanctions on any countries or companies that buy Iranian oil and pay for it through Iran’s central bank. Starting this

Iran raises stakes with claims it has netted 12 US spies

The Sydney Morning Herald: IRAN has claimed a blow against US spying efforts on its nuclear program and strategic industries with the capture of 12 CIA ”assets”. US officials acknowledged its spy network targeting Iran had suffered a setback and expressed fears its contacts would be executed by the regime. The Iranian Intelligence Minister, Heydar Moslehi, said on Thursday the alleged spies worked at the highest levels of ”major firms

Hezbollah dismantles two major CIA spy rings in Lebanon and Iran

Haaretz reports: Report: Dozens of U.S. spies captured in Lebanon and Iran Dozens of spies working for the CIA were captured recently in Lebanon and Iran, current and former U.S. officials told The Associated Press and ABC News on Monday. The CIA’s operations in Lebanon have been badly damaged after Hezbollah identified and captured a number of the U.S. spies, officials told The Associated Press. Hezbollah’s longtime leader, Sheik Hassan

Iran in major, strategic, miscalculation

This morning, when I read this, I could hardly believe my eyes: Iran Welcomes Libya’s Total LiberationIran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi sent a message to the new leaders of Libya hailing “the total liberation of the country,” the Mehr news agency reported Tuesday. Salehi said he hoped the Libyan people would exercise their sovereignty by “installing a regime based on religious democracy while preserving the independence and stability of

U.S. Officials Peddle False Intel to Support Terror Plot Claims

Analysis by Gareth Porter for IPS News Officials of the Barack Obama administration have aggressively leaked information supposedly based on classified intelligence in recent days to bolster its allegation that two higher- ranking officials from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were involved in a plot to assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in Washington, D.C. The media stories generated by the leaks helped divert press attention from the fact that there

Iran sues Russia over refusal to deliver S-300 defense systems

The Shanghai Daily reports: Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Seyyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said Iran has filed a lawsuit against Russia at the International Court of Justice over Moscow’s refusal to ship S-300 air defense systems to Tehran, the local satellite Press TV reported on Thursday. “Legally, we believe the shipment of S-300 system is not subject to the UN Security Council resolution so we filed our lawsuit, hoping the International

Death and Contradiction: The Case of Iran’s Nuclear Scientists

By Professor Lawrence Davidson for Information Clearing House Death On 23 July 2011 it was announced that Dariush Rezai-Nejad was shot to death in Tehran by two men on motorbikes. The shooters also chased after his wife and shot her too. According to Al Jazeera Rezai-Nejad was doing research in the field of electronics and had connections to the Iranian Department of Defense. It is not known if he was

Rafsanjani gets the boot (finally!)

The BBC reports: Iran’s former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has lost his position as head of the Assembly of Experts, which selects the supreme leader and supervises his activities. Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani was selected to replace him.

‘Iran, Bolivia in unison over revolutions’

Press TV reports: Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani and his Bolivian counterpart have voiced support for the popular revolutions in North Africa and the uprisings in the Middle East. “Talks and negotiations between Iranian and Bolivian officials are an indication of the two countries’ support for the popular revolutions in the region and the nations’ resolve to free themselves from under the yoke of the US imperialism,” said Larijani

Two-thirds of Iranians behind Ahmadinejad (MUST READ!)

Voltairenet reports: The International Peace Institute recently released the results of a telephone survey of Iranians. According to the poll, Iranians are clearly split in a one third/two thirds ratio. The majority came out in favour of continuing the Islamic Revolution under President Ahmadinejad. On its part, the minority wishes to suspend financial support to Hamas and Hezbollah, hopes for closer ties with the United States, and backs opposition leader