Wikileaks: Iranian President Ahmadinejad Slapped By Revolutionary Chief of Staff

Wow. Last thing I expected to hear about Ahmadinejad was him getting slapped.

via Huff Post

According to the cable, Ahmadinejad surprised the Supreme National Security Council by taking a liberal posture on opposition protests. The president allegedly argued that people felt “suffocated,” and that allowing more social and personal freedoms, as well as more freedom of the press, would help to defuse the situation.

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[video] Iran President Ahmadinejad blames US Government for 9/11

Say what you want but this is felt by alot more people that just Ahmadinejad, he just has the heart to speak on it on a world stage. Listen to this video and you will hear him lay out why he thinks the US government is guilty of knowing alot more about the terrible act of 9/11 then what we have been told.


via Huff Post

(AP) UNITED NATIONS — The U.S. delegation walked out of the U.N. speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday after he said some in the world have speculated that Americans were actually behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks, staged in an attempt to assure Israel’s survival.

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In Iran, 2 get death sentences for postelection uprising

Source: Los Angeles Times by Jeffery Flieshman & Ramin Mostaghim

The sentences are the latest sign that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hard-line camp is intensifying efforts to block another round of anti-government rallies.

Reporting from Cairo and Tehran - Iran announced Saturday that two people have been sentenced to death for joining the nationwide uprising after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection in June, when hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters clashed for weeks with police and paramilitary forces.


The death sentences are the latest indication that Ahmadinejad’s hard-line camp is intensifying efforts to suppress another possible round of anti-government rallies. Security forces, including the Revolutionary Guard, have backed the president and in recent weeks have imposed a tight grip on Tehran and other major cities.

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[Op-Ed] Could Obama be the Peacemaker the world has been waiting for?

via HipHopDemocrat

From the first incursion into the Spanish territory of Mexico in 1806 to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, America has employed the the use of military force, hundreds of times-deposing hostile regimes, instigating coups and protecting its national interests by any means necessary.  Why has American Foreign Policy been consistently aggressive?  Will Iran be next to suffer its wrath?

Here’s a tantalizing question as the word gets into the United States of Planet Earth, could America’s 200 year run of bloody realpolitick be coming to an end?  And is Barack Obama the man who can pull off this momentous transition?  Could he become a genuine peacemaker, daring to do only what a handful of leaders have done-apologize and make amends for his country’s past transgressions?  Can you picture the montage?  Obama embracing Fidel on his Havana deathbed apologizing for the Bay of Pigs…Obama jetting off to Tehran to talk about grievances that date back to the 1953 CIA sponsored overthrow of the Mossadeq government.

Obama crossing border into Gaza mingling with the people announcing the end of the U.S. military support for Israel until all settlements in the West Bank are dismantled.  Can you picture Obama settling into motion a process by which global nuclear disarment will be achieved?  Then rising up amid the increasingly mad scramble for whats left of the world’s natural resources and announcing that the American way of life is negotiable, and that he is ready to negotiate a fair and equitable arrangement for all? Continue reading

Israel stands ready to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites

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via Times Online

The Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government. bushehr-nuclear-pow_492929a

Among the steps taken to ready Israeli forces for what would be a risky raid requiring pinpoint aerial strikes are the acquisition of three Airborne Warning and Control (AWAC) aircraft and regional missions to simulate the attack.

Two nationwide civil defence drills will help to prepare the public for the retaliation that Israel could face.

“Israel wants to know that if its forces were given the green light they could strike at Iran in a matter of days, even hours. They are making preparations on every level for this eventuality. The message to Iran is that the threat is not just words,” one senior defence official told The Times.

Officials believe that Israel could be required to hit more than a dozen targets, including moving convoys. The sites include Natanz, where thousands of centrifuges produce enriched uranium; Esfahan, where 250 tonnes of gas is stored in tunnels; and Arak, where a heavy water reactor produces plutonium.

The distance from Israel to at least one of the sites is more than 870 miles, a distance that the Israeli force practised covering in a training exercise last year that involved F15 and F16 jets, helicopters and refuelling tankers. Continue reading