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Iran: Inside - Outside

The Latest Idiocy From Edward S Herman and David Peterson:

"The occasion for Herman and Peterson's latest is a full page ad in the New York Times sponsored by the Eli Wiesel Foundation - unfortunately recovered from the Madoff losses apparently - to call for a military attack on Iran signed by 44 Nobel laureates, a 'substantial fraction Jewish.'

Once they have made the case for opposing war with Iran, they address 'the important question of what the people of Iran really want'..."

George Victor

See your last posting in "Iran 2" NDPP?  Would you care to commit your posting here to the existing thread?  For continuity?


Yes GV let's do that..

closing here...

and reopening...


US Ponders Denying Israel Arms Needed For Iran War

"Plans for a military attack against Iran have gained momentum in Tel Aviv over the past few months. On Nov 17, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Donny Ayalon warned Iran that Tel Aviv's persistent threats of military action were not just a bluff.

It is absolutely essential for these items to reach Israel before a military flare up occurred in the region, Barack said, to such extent that if they could not be supplied to Israel at short notice, they should at least be held ready in emergency stores in US bases in the Negev desert in Israel.."


Final Destination Iran?

"Hundreds of powerful US 'bunker buster' bombs are being shipped from California to the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean for a possible attack on Iran.."

George Victor

This is about the U.S., not "Iran outside". It could have been titled "Countdown to Iran's Capitulation". What happened to the Iran thread, NDPP?


should have gone to 'Iran 2' thread GV - next time..


The IAEA: From UN Nuclear Watchdog to US Lapdog

"there are signs that Washington is now writing the IAEA's script.."

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Obama's Doublespeak on Iran

"On May 17, an agreement based on the American and IAEA proposals was signed by the foreign ministers of all 3 countries. A week later Iran submitted an official letter to the IAEA acknowledging the pact and stating its intention to transfer the LEU to Turkey within one month once the plan was accepted.

To the complete surprise of Brazil and Turkey, the White House and the State Department dismissed the deal out of hand within 24 hours, rejecting the same principles oulined in Obama's letter. Secretary of State Clinton even called it a 'ploy' before a hearing in the Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations on May 18, declaring that a sanctions resolution against Iran in the Security Council is imminent.

In an interview on June 3 in Jornal do Brasil, a major newspaper in Brazil, ELbaradei expressed his profound disappointment and surprise at the American reaction. He explained that the proposal signed in Iran was the same as his proposal, which was accepted by the West.."

Israel Makes Case to China for Iran Sanctions

"In February a high level Israeli delegation traveled to Beijing to present alleged evidence of Iran's atomic ambitions. Then they unveiled the ostensible purpose of their visit: to explain in sobering detail the economic impact to China from an Israeli strike on Iran - an attack Israel has suggested is all but inevitable should the international community fail to stop Iran from assembling a nuclear weapon.

'The Chinese didn't seem too surprised by the evidence we showed them, but they really sat up in their chairs when we described what a pre-emptive attack would do to the region and on oil supplies they have come to depend on,' said an Israeli official..'..The episode demonstrates how Israel - a small country with limited influence on China - has found ways to engage an emerging superpower whose geopolitical heft is increasingly vital to the Jewish state."

Sanctions Resolution is a Mistake: Lula

'Sadly, this time it was Iran who wanted to negotiate and those who didn't want to negotiate were those who think that force resolves everything. It is an episode that undermines the Security Council of the United Nations. He went on to say that the Security Council must be reformed.."

Has the United States kidnapped and tortured this man? Probably, but how would we know?

"Mystery of Iranian nuclear scientist and the duelling Youtube videos"


Israel Shakes Down China

"Has the US used Israel as an attack dog against those unwilling to support sanctions against Iran?"

At IAEA, Iran Slams Israeli Nukes

"While the US and the EU have refused to put Israel's nuclear program under the spotlight, Iran's ambassador to the IAEA says Israeli nukes pose a major threat to peace and stability across the world.."


Iran Sanctions Obama Coup de Grace

"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the punitive measures against Iran show the UN body has a tyrannical structure and does not belong to all nations.."

US  'Inciting Conflict to Trigger War'

"A former US Senator, Mike Gravel spoke to Press TV in an interview on Thursday calling the new round of sanctions 'a terrible mistake' and that the US is 'inciting conflict to push Iran to make some silly mistake that could trigger a response.."


Saudi Arabia gives permission for Israel to use its airspace to attack Iranian nuclear facilities


The US hasn't yet given the necessary permission to allow the use of Iraq's airspace, wanting to see what results from the new sanctions.


Gohardasht Prison An Ongoing Human Catastrophe

"Two of the political prisoners held there, communicating with the Student Committee in Defense of Political Prisoners, have provided a report of the conditions in that prison that explore an ongoing human catastrophe.."


UN 'Green Light' For A Pre-Emptive US-Israel Attack on Iran: Security Council Resolution Transforms Iran into a 'Sitting Duck'

"What this latest resolution suggests is that Washington and NATO allies not only control the UN Security Council, they ulitmately also call the shots on foreign policy in Moscow and Beijing. This Security Council Resolution should dispel the myth of competing super powers..."


Hypocrisy and History: What Does Iran Have to Do?

"Last week the Supreme National Security Council of Iran complained that the latest UN sanctions are the product of a double standard. Double standard? Which one? Specifically, the Iranian Security body was complaining about the double standard that the US and the UN punish Iran over nuclear weapons that she does not have while not punshing Israel over the nuclear weapons that she does.."


Israel's Planned Attack on Iran from Caucasus Base

"A week ago, Israel leaked to the press that they had permission from Saudi Arabia to use their air space to attack Iran. The Saudis quickly denied this. The effort on Israel's part was  a ruse to cover their real plan; to attack from the Republic of Georgia, close to Iran's northern border.."


Canada has moved to impose sanctions on Iran that are designed to restrict that country's nuclear program and "send a clear message to the Iranian regime that international standards cannot be flouted without consequence," says Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon.

The move aligns with a UN Security Council resolution that was passed earlier in June, and similar sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States against Iran, Cannon told a press conference in Ottawa Tuesday.

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Report: US Warships Stationed off Iranian Coast

"As unconfirmed reports of an imminent Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities pick up steam in the Middle Eastern media, a US-based strategic intelligence company has released a chart showing US naval carriers massing near Iranian waters.."


The Source of Wars - by Fidel Castro Ruz

"Today, everything hangs by a thread...An incident could set in motion an all out nuclear war.."


Chomsky: Is the US Gearing Up for the Destruction of Iran?


NoDifferencePartyPooper wrote:

The Source of Wars - by Fidel Castro Ruz

In one of the best articles ran by the Global Research website, signed by Rick Rozoff, the author offers plenty of indisputable arguments, which every well-informed person should be aware of, about the intentions of the United States. From my viewpoint, the United States and its NATO allies have said their last word. Two powerful states with authority and prestige failed to exercise their right of vetoing the perfidious UN Resolution.

It was the only possibility to gain time in order to find a formula to save peace, an objective that would have given them more authority to continue struggling for it.

"Today, everything hangs by a thread...An incident could set in motion an all out nuclear war.."

Apparently Fidel is referring to Russia and China as the two UNSC member nations that have failed to veto the perfidious UN resolution. It doesn't look good for Iran at this point.


Iran Slams Canada on Human Rights

"Iran condemns violating human rights by Canadian riot police during a recent G20 summit in Toronto, saying Canada should be held accountable for such brutal acts. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, ' Canadian officials should provide a response to all questions and ambiguities regarding human rights violations in their country. Such instances of brutal and deadly approach by the Canadian police, the interference of security forces in the private lives of citizens and violations of rights of the native people have recurrently happened during this Canadian administration,' Mehmanparast noted.'"



'Shameful Defeat Awaits US in 3rd War'

"They (Iran's enemies) have decided to attack two of the regional Arab states, which are our allies, with the help of the Zionist regime to create a fear of decision making in Iran."

Attack on Iran Likely: Ex CIA Chief

"A former CIA director says military action against Iran now seems more likely...he tells CNN's 'State of the Union' that 'such actions now seem inexorable'..."


Neocon Nutballs Ramp Up Campaign to Bomb Iran

"the aim of the right wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu is to support an attack by Israel so that the United States can be drawn in to a direct full-scale war with Iran; that has long been the Israeli strategy for Iran, because Israel cannot fight a war with Iran without full US involvement. Israel needs to know the US will finish the war that Israel wants to start.."

Who's Afraid of Iran's Civilian Nuclear Program?

"The feigned suspicions of western countries are merely a ploy to isolate a state which calls into question the military and energy dominance of the nuclear powers and their veto rights at the Security Council. Facts and logic matter little: 'might is right'..."

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Iran Warns Israel Against Waging War

"...certain unnamed threats by the Zionist regime against Lebanon and Syria indicate Tel Aviv intends to launch a war in the region.."

Assad: Chances of War 'Increasing'

"The spectre of real peace in the region is disappearing, and the possibility of war is increasing,' Al Assad said in a statement marking Syrian Army Day on Sunday.."


Two Resolutions, One World War

"We have our target and we now have our army. We are now witnessing the legalization and industrialization of another war, one which will set the entire region ablaze.."

Targeting Iran

"War preparations to attack Iran are in 'an advanced state of readiness.'.."


George W Bush now finally has a competitor as the most pointlessly, catastrophically stupid leader of the 21st century:


What's next, outlawing pictures of dripping-wet kitties with imploring eyes?


Tehran Decries Aggression on Lebanon

"The statement also calls on the world community to condemn such acts of aggression, and immediately adopt measures to halt further incursions in order to safeguard Lebanon's territorial integrity and sovereignty.."


The US is Preparing to Launch Aggression Against Iran and Venezuela

"Washington's waging a permanent campaign against Venezuela. Reports are circulated that Chavez hosts ETA terrorists or guerrillas from Iran, Palestine and Lebanon and helps them to penetrate the US. The disinformation, easily disproved by Venezuela will certainly reemerge when the US and Israeli forces hit Iran's 'nuclear infrastructures,' airports and army bases.."

US and Colombian Plan to Attack Venezuela

"There is an agreement between Columbia and the US with two objectives: one is 'Mauricio' and the other is the overthrow of the government. The military operation is going to happen and those from the north will do it, but not directly in Caracas...These latest revelations evidence that a serious and unjustified conflict is brewing against Venezuela, a country with a vibrant democracy and the largest oil reserves in the world.."

Iran, Venezuela to Form Joint Oil Firm

Upcoming Tehran-Caracas talks will focus on the establishment of a joint oil shipping company as agreed in a memorandum of understanding the two countries signed last year...The Venezuela National Oil Company and Iran's Petropas are in talks at the moment discussing development of oil fields.."


Fotheringay-Phipps wrote:
What's next, outlawing pictures of dripping-wet kitties with imploring eyes?

Hoodeet (JW)

More silly mocking of the Iranian leadership at this critical juncture serves no purpose except to weaken the unity against those raving maniacs planning a cataclysmic attack on the whole Iranian nation.  

 Damn the mullahs and their political army and their politicians for their ferocious repression of minorities and dissidents.  But let's  keep the issues separate:  raining fire and radioactivity on Iran and levelling its infrastructure won't liberate anyone -- on the contrary: minorities and progressives will be left even more exposed and vulnerable and deprived of what little aid will be available in a disaster.    

At this point, anything that adds the slightest justification to an attack on Iran or that in any way divides or weakens opposition to that attack will be  aiding the crazies who are raring to drag the whole planet into hell.

Once again, it's about the oil and gas.  Don't be fooled.  Remember that "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."  Well, some so-called progressives were fooled over Yugoslavia, many over  Afghanistan, some over Iraq, many over Rwanda and Somalia -- but there's no excuse for getting tricked into supporting this impending mad dog attack.




Re. No. 30  - NoDifference:

The situation in Venezuela seems to be critical. 

Chávez has cancelled two major trips abroad --the July 26 ceremony in Santa Clara, Cuba, where he was expected to give a speech, and the South American summit this week-- the first because of the crisis with Uribe's accusations about a FARC-ELN presence in Venezuela, the  latter  officially because he had come down with the flu. 

Does anyone have any more reliable information  about this?

The massing of US forces in Costa Rica, the militarization by Colombia of its border region last week supposedly to secure it from drug traffickers and guerrillas (with a promise NOT to attack Venezuela), the nasty noises from Hilary and Gates (the US foreign policy bosses)., the arrest of Chávez Abarca last month as he arrived to plot with the opposition inside Venezuela... can't simply add up to nothing.  Just wondering when the attack will come and how the US will justify it. 



This military analyst has a good track record.

There's no way for the U.S. to win a non-nuclear war with Iran

If the White House were to propose anything larger than minor military incursions along Iran's south coast, senior American generals would resign in protest. Without the option of a land war, the only lever the United States would have on Iranian policy is the threat of yet more bombs-but if they aren't nuclear, then they aren't very persuasive. Whereas Iran would have lots of options for bringing pressure on the United States.

Just stopping Iran's own oil exports would drive the oil price sky-high in a tight market: Iran accounts for around seven percent of internationally traded oil. But it could also block another 40 percent of global oil exports just by sinking tankers coming from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the other Arab Gulf states with its lethal Noor anti-ship missiles.

The Noor anti-ship missile is a locally built version of the Chinese YJ-82. It has a 200-km range, enough to cover all the major choke points in the Gulf. It flies at twice the speed of sound just metres above the sea's surface, and it has a tiny radar profile. Its single-shot kill probability has been put as high as 98 percent.

Iran's mountainous coastline extends along the whole northern side of the Gulf, and these missiles have easily concealed mobile launchers. They would sink tankers with ease, and in a few days insurance rates for tankers planning to enter the Gulf would become prohibitive, effectively shutting down the region's oil exports completely.

Meanwhile Iran would start supplying modern surface-to-air missiles to the Taliban in Afghanistan, and that would soon shut down the U.S. military effort there. (It was the arrival of U.S.-supplied Stinger missiles in Afghanistan in the late 1980s that drove Russian helicopters from the sky and ultimately doomed the whole Soviet intervention there.)

Iranian ballistic missiles would strike U.S. bases on the southern (Arab) side of the Gulf, and Iran's Hezbollah allies in Beirut would start dropping missiles on Israel. The United States would have no options for escalation other than the nuclear one, and pressure on it to stop the war would mount by the day as the world's industries and transport ground to a halt.

The end would be an embarrassing retreat by the United States, and the definitive establishment of Iran as the dominant power of the Gulf region. That was the outcome of every wargame the Pentagon played, and Mike Mullen knows it. So there is a plan for an attack on Iran, but he would probably rather resign than put it into action. It is all bluff. It always was.


Hoodeet wrote:

Re. No. 30  - NoDifference:

Does anyone have any more reliable information  about this?


It doesn't get much more reliable than Eva Golinger..


Obama Has Been Warned that Israel May Bomb Iran

"We write to alert you to the liklihood that Israel will attack Iran as early as this month. This would likely lead to a wider war. Israel's leaders wold calculate that once the battle is joined, it will be politically untenable for you to give anything less than unstinting support to Israel, no matter how the war started, and that US troops and weaponry would flow freely.."

Europe and Beyond: US Consolidates Global Missile Shield- by Rick Rozoff

"By absorbing most all of Eastern Europe into NATO, the US has also provided its Israeli ally access to our bases and training sites of strategic significance for future attacks on neighboring Arab nations. On July 29 Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i stated 'We fly in Romania so we can act deep inside neighboring Arab states.'

At the end of the day Washington and its military allies around the world are well on the way to encircling Russia, China and Iran with an insurmountable barrier of interceptor missile deployments in conjunction with the militarization of space and the Prompt GLobal Strike program.

Neither of those three nations nor any other outside the rapidly expanding US global military nexus will be permitted to retain effective deterrence or retaliation capabilities.."


Obama Threatens Iran

"At a White House briefing Wednesday, President Obama personally joined the growing chorus of war threats against Iran. Obama's purpose was to deliver a blunt warning to the Iranian government: it could either surrender to US demands that it abandon its nuclear program, or face US attack.."

Bombing Iran

"Think of the closing scene of 'Dr. Strangelove'. That's Israel sitting astride the speeding nuclear bomb.."

A Coup in Turkey Before Any Attack on Iran?

"Before any attack on Iran, there may be a military coup in Turkey? Turkey's government is friendly with Iran and has fallen out with Israel.."


Ahmadinejad: 9/11 Scenario Dubious

"What was the story behind September 11? In the space of five to six days and with the aid of the media, they staged public opinion to the point of 'considering an attack on Afghanistan and Iraq permissable and a right,' he said in televised speech.."

Iran Relocating Defense Industry

"Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says authorities are relocating all defense related industries out of the capital.."

Iran, India To Counter 'Taliban Threat'

"Top Iranian and Indian officials have agreed to 'counter the threat of Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan' and boost their economic and energy ties.."



Castro Warns of 'Nuclear Holocaust'

"Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has delivered a speech to the country's parliament to warn against US threats against Iran and the dangers of a global nuclear war.."

A Call to the President of the United States - by Fidel Castro Ruz

"Events of enormous significance are occurring with unusual frequency.."


Steinitz Demands Ultimatum for Iran,7340,L-3940260,00.html

"Raising the stakes: Finance minister [Israel] says America must warn Tehran of military strike within weeks; 'Time has come for whole world, under US leadership to present Iran with unequivocal ultimatum.."

Intl Law Forbids Attack on Nuclear Sites

"Iran's envoy to the IAEA says attacking nuclear facilities is in violation of the UN charter.."


IAEA Report Confirms Iran's Clean Slate

"Latest IAEA report on Iran's nuclear activities reaffirms Tehran's commitment to the agency's rules..."


[url=]Real Versus Fake Crises: Concealing The Risk of An All Out Nuclear War[/url] wrote:
We have reached a turning point in our history. The US and its allies are preparing to launch a nuclear war with devastating consequences.

During the Cold War, the concept of "mutual assured destruction" (MAD) was put forth. An understanding of the consequences of nuclear war largely contributed to avoiding the outbreak of war between the US and the Soviet Union.

Today, in the post-Cold war era, no such understanding prevails.[...]

Real versus Fake Crises

In an utterly twisted logic, World War III is presented as a means to preserving World Peace.

Iran is blamed for refusing to abide by the "reasonable demands" of "the international community".

Realities are twisted and turned upside down. Iran is being accused of wanting to start World War III. Inherent in US military doctrine, the victims of war are often heralded as the aggressor.

World War III is upheld as a bona fide humanitarian undertaking which contributes to global security. In a bitter irony, those who decide on the use of nuclear weapons believe their own propaganda. President and Commander in Chief Barack Obama believes his own lies.

Neither the War nor the worldwide economic depression are understood as part of an unprecedented crisis in World history. Ironically, the dangers to humanity of an all out nuclear war do not instil fear and public concern.

Instead, fake "crises" -- e.g. a global warming, a Worldwide flu pandemic, a "false flag" nuclear attack by "Islamic terrorists"--, are fabricated by the media, the governments, the intelligence apparatus and the Washington think tanks.

The world is being run by a small group of highly intelligent megalomaniacal psychopaths. God help us.


There would have to be a powerful broad based global intervention to shut down this war plan - and there will be nothing approaching any kind of effective, dissusasive response, especially from the west, most of whom haven't the foggiest notion of what may ensue...never mind having the will, means or organization to prevent such madness. As for 'god'helping us....not bloody likely. Welcome to the world of denial, wilful blindess and absolute full spectrum impotence. Besides you can't trust Global Research like you can the Glob right?


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The Saudi Arms Deal: US Stirs Persian Gulf Waters

"It would be the largest foreign arms deal in United States history...That the colossal arms package was made public enough to be reported on in Monday's Wall Street Journal indicates it comes without serious Israeli objections - giving credence to the longstanding notion that Saudi Arabia and Israel maintain increasingly close ties, joined by a mutual animus toward Iran.."



Canada Boycotts UN Speech by Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

"Canaidan diplomats at the United Nations, including Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon, boycotted a speech Tuesday by the president of Iran...The prime minister will address the General Assembly on Thursday in an appearance aimed at convincing the world body that Canada should get a spot on the Security Council..

Canada's passionate support of Israel, however, has not impressed the Arab bloc at the UN, nor has freezing all aid to Africa won him any friends in that impoverished continent.."

'US Led Forces Must Leave Afghanistan'

"Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparest has called for setting a timeline for withdrawal of US-led forces from Afghanistan. 'We hope that the control of affairs will be handed over to the Afghan people based on a timetable and without the presence of foreign forces.."


The Sakineh Scandal

"In the specific case of Sakineh, everything that was reported by Bernard - Henry Levy and endorsed by President Sarkozy is false.

This lady has not been tried for adultery but for murder. The death penalty is likely to be executed by hanging. Stoning - which still prevailed under the Shah's rule and was maintained for a number of years after his overthrow - has been abolished by the Islamic Revolution.."


NoDifferencePartyPooper wrote:

The Sakineh Scandal

"In the specific case of Sakineh, everything that was reported by Bernard - Henry Levy and endorsed by President Sarkozy is false.

This lady has not been tried for adultery but for murder. The death penalty is likely to be executed by hanging. "

What a load of bullshits by Thierry Meyssan.

First of all, the news about possible stoning of Sakineh Ashtiani did not come from Sarkozi or any western politician. It was her lawyer and her family who informed the public in this regard, and a copy of the original stoning sentence and her lawyer's appeal letter are still available on the net. Therefore, Meyssan's and Ahmadinejad's claim that there was no stoning sentence is pure fabrication (somehow similar to Ahmadinejad's claim that his opponents can freely criticize him in Iran!). The Iranian regime has backed off temporarily under international pressure, as it is its usual practice.

But Meyssan doesn't stop here and continues:

After overthrowing the dictatorship of Shah Reza Pahlevi, the Islamic Republic made it a priority to put an end to authoritarian abuses by establishing the rule of law in the most rigorous way possible. For those cases tried in a criminal court, an appeal mechanism has existed in the Iranian judicial system for a long time...Stoning - which still prevailed under the Shah's rule and was maintained for a number of years after his overthrow - has been abolished by the Islamic Revolution..

Yeah...Surrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeee! Perhaps someone who is so ignorant about the history of the justice system in Iran should first check the wiki before writing analytical pieces! The legal justice system in Iran (including formal courts, appeal mechanism and supreme court) were established in 1930s. Throughout Mohammad Reza Shah's reign, the civil court system was relatively independent to some extent and that was why the Shah used to send his political opponents to military courts instead.

After the 1979 revolution, the main change to justice system was to bring it under the control of clerics, by requiring religious training for judicial posts. Top level judicial posts are always filled by clerics now. Furthermore, additional changes in constitution in 1989 allowed the judiciary chief (appointed by the leader) to fire or move judges at will. The Islamic republic has a track record in punishing judges who dared to not rule according to orders from regime officials. So much for "rigorous rule of law"!

As for stoning, this sentence was added to Iranian criminal code after the revolution, not before it! and it remains on the books. Several people have been stoned in recent years, and it is interesting that while Meyssan is defending the Islamic regime by falsely claiming that this type of sentence has been abolished, the regime newspapers and media are urging the judiciary to strongly carry out "the ruling of God". Obviously they haven't received the memo that it was abolished.

(The regime officials can't formally abolish it because it is in Sharia books. They don't want to get beheaded for "invention in religion"! So all promises so far were to "suspend" it, which was not really applied in practice.)

And then Meyssan wraps up by claiming that:

Ms. Mohammadi-Ashtiani’s defense attorney, Mr. Javid Hustan Kian, is an impostor. He is linked with the son of the accused, but has never been appointed by Ms. Mohammadi-Astiani and has never been in touch with her. Javid Hustan Kian is member of the People’s Mujahidin, a terrorist organization that enjoys the protection of Israel and of the neo-conservatives.

First of all someone should tell Meyssan to learn how to spell! It is Hutan-Kian, not Hustan-Kian! Then, Ashtiani's first lawyer was Mohammad Mustafaei, a well known lawyer in Iran, who first brought the issue to the attention of the world. When the Iranian regime went after him in retaliation and arrested his family members, he fled to Norway. Hutan-Kian took over the case at his family's request, and the charge that he may not have formal representation agreement with the condemned in prison, is laughable. Then, it is hard to believe that Meyssan would not know that not just membership, but contacting members of MKO carries a charge of "Moharebeh" (Fighting against God) and a death penalty in Iran, as it happened to several people arrested after last year's upraising.

As for Meyssan's comment about "Free and democratic government in Iran", I guess the Islamic Republic's embassy in Paris must have been busy writing paychecks. I just hope it didn't cost the Iranian people too much oil money.


Ahmadinejad Meets With US Peace Activists

"On Sept. 21 - the annual UN declared International Day of Peace, he held a particularly interesting meeting at a midtown hotel with some 130 members of the US peace and social justice movements, including major figures in the Black activist community...

His argument was that for hundreds of years, the dominant system of capitalism has wreaked havoc on the earth resulting in the genocide of indigenous peoples, the enslavement and exploitation of millions of Africans and constant wars and oppression. At the same time the present system of what he called 'world management' in which a handful of countries hold veto power over global policies through their permanent positions on the UN Security Council has produced an unequal and undemocratic system in which poorer countries are at he mercy of the more affluent.."

At the UN, Canada walked out in solidarity with 'the handful...'


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