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Putin Says a Peaceful Israel is in Russia's Interest
"Russia's president warns Israel off Iran attack, says it shouldn't act without thinking hard on the matter.."
Iran Ready to Battle 'Dastardly' EU Sanctions (and vid)
"...Tehran insists it can 'easily' go on selling its oil thanks to waivers granted to its major customers in Asia.."
Strait Answer: Iran Prepares to Close Hormuz (and vid)
"Investigative journalist and historian Gareth Porter believes the bill's introduction is a step in a series of actions that Iran can take to hamper oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, causing oil prices to skyrocket.."
Oil Rises to $99 Per Barrel
Iran sanctions backfire..
US Ships in Persian Gulf in Reach of Iran Missiles: Analyst (and vid)
"What the Americans have been doing is that they have been bullying independent countries to prevent them from purchasing Iranian crude oil as well as Iran investing in the Iranian oil and trade sector...The objective is not the Iranian nuclear sector but to hurt ordinary Iranians..."
TD Bank Closing Some Customer Accounts to Comply with Sanctions Against Iran
"A major Canadian bank has begun to close the accounts of some of its customers to comply with new federal regulations that govern economic sanctions against Iran. Canadian financial institutions are forbidden from providing financial services to anyone in Iran or for the benefit of Iran. That appears to include any use of an account to receive money via wire transfer to or from friends and family in Iran..."
Mossad Evinces Nature of Zionist Regime (and vid)
"A new article has revealed there is an assassination unit inside the Israeli spy agency tasked with killing Iranian scientists. The article, published on the CBS News website on Saturday, is adapted frm a book entitled 'Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars' by CBS national correspondent Dan Ravid and Israeli journalist Yossi Melman. Press TV has conducted an interview with Ralph Schoenman, author of The Hidden History of Zionism, from Berkely to further discuss the issue.."
Envoy's Call to Iranians in Canada Raises Fear of Terror Recruitment - by Steven Edwards
"The prospect of Iran using its embassy in Canada to mobilize Islamic Republic loyalists to attack the US is raising alarms among terrorism experts after an official issued a call to arms for expatriates to infiltrate the Canadian government and be ready to advance the interests of their homeland..."
well, not really but it makes for good faux-noose anti-Iran incitement and Islamophobic paranoia. We remember the National Post's Steven Edwards right? Doing a little free lancing at Fox I see..
'Don't Interfere': Ottawa Warns Iranian Embassy over Alleged Recruitment of Expats in Canada
"...On Tuesday, Iran's top diplomat to Canada said his embassy is following Canadian and international laws, outright dismissing Tuesday's Ottawa Citizen report that Iranian Canadians are being enlisted to serve Tehran. 'We strongly dismiss baseless allegations by some media that the Iranian Embassy has been recruiting ethnic Iranians in Canada to be of some service to Iran,' Kambiz Sheikh-Hassan, the Iranian charge d'affaires, said in a statement.
'The embassy is in and of itself a menace to public safety and our national interests, it should have been closed down yesterday,' said former CSIS Intelligence operative David Harris.."
more ridiculous anti-Iranian incitement/hype
Living Under Siege
"...Since Iran came under scrutiny over its nuclear energy programme in 2002, it has come under several sets of UN Security Council sanctions, and life has become progressively more difficult for all but the wealthy. The latest US and EU sanctions are set to inflict serious hardship on the people...
The West lost four hearts and minds in Tehran that day in June when Hassan couldn't get hold of the cancer drugs he needed Whatever political victory the US and the EU might imagine as a result of their sanctions, just as in Iraq, their punitive measures are only leading to the loss of the hearts and minds from which they may wish to solicit trust tomorrow.."
Attacking Iran Through Sanctions - by Conn Hallinan
"Now that the talks with Iran on its nuclear program appear to be on the ropes, are we on the road to war? The Israelis threaten it almost weekly, the Obama administration has reportedly drawn up an attack plan. But in a sense, we are already at war with Iran.."
US Navy Ship Opens Fire in Gulf Killing One
"Rising tensions in the Gulf has claimed a victim as a civilian boat came under fire from a US Navy ship after getting too close to an American tanker. One person was killed and three others wounded in the incident, say US officials. The incident which took place near Dubai's Jebel Ali port is still under investigation by the United Arab Emirates authorities. Few details are currently available. The deceased was an Indian national, as were the three others who were injured reports the UAE state news agency WAM"
shot up some Indian fishermen with 50 cal...thought they might be EyeRaineeyans..can't tell the difference .
Spy Ring and Warships Encircle Iran
"The Pentagon is quickly tightening its ring of forces around Iran. As a recent report reveals a radar belt around the Persian country is almost complete, the biggest ever naval drills involving up to 20 nations, are to take place in the Gulf waters.."
US Assures Israel of 'Contingency Plans' to Attack Iran if Talks Fail
"US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon has informed Israel of Washington's 'contingency plans' for a possible attack on Iran, should the negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 fail, an Israeli paper says. Last week, the Secretary of the US Air Force Michael Donley said the force's new bunker buster bombs, each weighing 15 tons, were ready to be used in an attack..."
'Romney Will Support Israel's Unilateral Strike on Iran'
"If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing [nuclear] capability, the governor would respect that decision,' Romney's senior national security aide Dan Senor told reporters on Sunday.."
Israel Ex Minister of Military Affairs Says Iran Strike 'Catastrophic'
"Israel's former minister of military affairs Shaul Mofaz has warned of the 'catastrophic' consequences of a possible strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.."
Sanctions: Diplomacy's Weapon of Mass Murder
"...America, a morally bankrupt nation and the self-appointed global morality police, obeying the wishes of the pro-Israel lobby groups, has for years now pointed its deadly weapon of mass murder at Iran -- sanctions disguised as diplomacy.."
Ordinary Citizens: The Silent Victims of Anti-Iranian Sanctions
"While the US [Canada] and EU are vehemently competing with one another in the seemingly endless race of imposing sanctions on Iran, the ordinary Iranian citizens are experiencing the most breathtaking, agonizing impacts of the crippling embargoes...and the international community is calmly and silently witnessing."
especially in Canada where our 'opposition' calls for government to impose more...and this is referred to as the Canadian 'Left'. Left indeed. Vanished.
Global Oil Prices Soar over Iran Tensions
"Iranian sanctions helped build on recent increases in oil prices,' noted Inenco specialist Tom Pering. He added that 'oil has returned to bullish territory and can be expected to trade in a range between USD 105-109 per barrel over the next week.."
Iran Summons Swiss Envoy Over Kidnapping of Pilgrims in Syria
"Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned the Swiss Charge D'Affaires to protest the abduction of 48 Iranian pilgrams by the insurgents in Syria (FSA)..."
Bomb Iran Fever - by Pepe Escobar
"The whole convoluted premise for an Israeli attack on Iran turns out to be bogus. In terms of the Big Picture - the New Great Game in Eurasia - the Iranian nuclear program is just an excuse..."
New US Report on Iran Nukes 'Makes Issue Urgent'
"Time is running out to contain the Iranian threat, Israel's defense minister has warned. Israel is raising the alarm following a new US National Intelligence Estimate which says Tehran has made significant strides towards joining the nuclear club..."
Netanyahu Decision to Attack Iran 'Almost Final' - Israel PM, DM Looking at Attack Just Before US Vote - by Jason Ditz
"Israel's top television media outlet, Channel 2 News has announced today that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barack are extremely close to finalizing a decision to attack Iran, saying that the decision could be made any day now..."
Killing Iran's Children - by Dave Lindorff
"Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright should be a happy camper. Another campaign of sanctions and embargoes by the US is about to start killing children. This time in Iran..."
Will Canada help kill kids with sanctions again like we did in Iraq, I wonder?
"The sanctions are beginning to work. They are producing results. And that would be by far the preferred method to continue..."
Thomas Mulcair on Iran sanctions, Georgia Straight, May 2012
US Eyes Iran Proxy War Through Israel: Analyst
"A prominent analyst says the United States is desperately seeking to launch a proxy war against Iran, goading the Israeli regime into initiating the aggression..."
WTI Crude Hits 3.5 Month High on ME Tension
"Global oil prices have hit a new high amid speculation of a possible Israeli attack on Iran..."
Israel's Secret Iran Meeting Between Security Officials and Rabbi Who Wants to 'Annihilate' Arabs
"Senior defense officials have recently been visiting the ultra-Orthodox Shas party spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, to discuss a possible Israeli attack on Iran. In 2001 Yosef said of Arabs, 'It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable.."
What about a little 'Pussy Riot' in this evil wacko's church?
Netanyahu's Secret War Plan Leaked - by Richard Silverstein
"...The reason they leaked it is to expose the arguments and plans advanced by the Bibi-Barak two-headed warrior. Neither the IDF leaker, my source, nor virtually any senior military or intelligence officer wants this war.."
people better start paying attention to this..
Anti-Iran Rhetoric Reflects US-Israel Implosive Crises: Analyst (and vid)
"A senior political analyst has censured Washington and Tel Aviv's military threats against Tehran as psychological projection of the exacerbating internal crises across the US and Israel, calling the adventurism violation of international law. Sara Flounders and other activists discuss
Hate speech laws in the UK See selected cases. Harry Taylor charged "because he left anti-religious cartoons in the prayer-room of Liverpool's John Lennon Airport on three occasions in 2008." Imagine Vagina Riot trying it on at Westminster Abbey.
In Sweden they have Hets mot folkgrupp or "agitation against a people" law.
And in the USA you might be arrested and thrown in one of many U.S. prisons for merely wearing a t-shirt decorated with a peace slogan or Buck Fush message. It's different in the USA where peacemongering is highly discouraged by the military regime.
NAM Role Important in Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: Iran FM
"We believe that meeting the deadline proposed by the NAM for the final elimination of nuclear arms by 2025 will be possible only if we NAM members follow it with decisiveness,' Iran FM Saleh referred to the Zionist regime's refusal to join the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty as the main obstacle in the way of making the treaty universal..."
The Centre for Israeli and Jewish Affairs Urges UN Secretary General to Withdraw from Summit in Iran
"CIJA joined with numerous others including the World Jewish Congress, in expressing its profound disappointment that the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon will attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Iran next week and urges him to withdraw. CIJA is especially gratified to note that Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird - conveyed a similar message to the UN Security Council in a formal letter earlier this week..."
CIJA, Baird and the rest should get a grip. Clearly Ban ki is 'aligned' and well Zionized, but NAM is 100 nations plus after all...
Iran Hosts NAM Summit at Critical Juncture: Mehmanparast (and vid)
"Iran's FM Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has stressed the importance of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran, saying the Islamic Republic is holding the meeting at a 'critical juncture in international relations.'..."
Israeli Rabbi Calls For Prayers For Iran's Destruction
"The Chief Rabbi of the ultra Orthodox Shas party, Ovadia Yosef, asked God to 'wipe out and destroy' Iran and Lebanon's resistance movement Hezbollah during his weekly sermon on Saturday night. 'Do good God, wipe them out, kill them,' he entreated, to which the assembled crowd answered 'amen'. Destroy them God, obliterate them from the face of the earth, he added.
The 91 year old rabbi made the remarks after he had a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror. The move is widely seen as an effort by Netanyahu to show that a possible military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities has the support of the religious figure..."
NAM Can Put Brakes on Wars in Middle East: Analyst (and vid)
"The 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held in Iran's capital Tehran is close to being wrapped up. The final document will mainly focus on the Palestinian issue and the Syrian unrest as well as Iran's nuclear energy program. Interview with Bill Jones, Executive Intelligence Review and others.."
'We represent the vast majority of humanity': Fidel Castro (NAM)
Top US Military Commander: 'I Don't Want To Be Complicit' If Israel Attacks Iran
"The highest ranking officer in the US military has announced that he is against American participation in any Israeli attack on Iran, even as pressure to destroy the Islamic Republic's rumoured nuclear program remains unrelieved. 'I don't want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it,' General Martin Dempsey told reporters..."
Chomsky: Why America and Israel are the Greatest Threats to Peace
"The wardrums are beating ever more loudly over Iran. Imagine the situation to be reversed..."
Iran's Strategic Diplomatic Victory Over the Washington-Israel Axis - by James Petras
"...the NAM meeting was a strategic diplomatic victory for Iran and a major defeat for the US, Israel, [Canada], and the European Union. The entire US-Israeli-EU diplomatic and propaganda effort to isolate and stigmatize Iran, especially over the past decade was shredded.."
so much for Canada's stupid and self-defeating USRAELI satrap foreign policy of severing diplomatic relations...
Iran Accused of Being Behind the 911 Attacks
"The Havlish v Iran lawsuit accuses Iran of having supported the 9/11 hijackers. At this historical juncture, with Iran being the object of numerous threats by Tel Aviv and Washington, [and Ottawa!], the Havlish v Iran judgment could be used as a justification for waging a preemptive attack on Iran..."
... Yeah, whatever. Pass the bong will ya.
Hey Amurrikkka makes war based on nonsense all the time - and furthermore Amurrikans lap it up like there's no tomorrow either. A US judge found merit in the argument, and without benefit of bong either...
Iran and Saudi Arabia in bed together, yeah sure.
That is like saying the Pope and Ian Paisley were best mates because they were both reactionaries. I guess absolute ignorance of the history of Islam and Muslim peoples are some kind of requisite for such warmongers. And he is from Iraq! Wilful ignorance.
Ovidia Yosef has made several other equally evil statements in the past, (about how the Holocaust served those damned secularized European Asheznazis right, about Katrina as devine retribution etc). but this one could kill.
quote from Wiki article:
Some of Yosef's theodicy-related pronouncements have also been controversial. In 2000, he described the Holocaust as God's retribution against the reincarnated soul of Jewish sinners: "The six million Holocaust victims were reincarnations of the souls of sinners, people who transgressed and did all sorts of things that should not be done. They had been reincarnated in order to atone.". Shas chairman Eli Yishai said criticism of the rabbi is unjustified, explaining, "Rabbi Ovadia weeps for every Jew who is killed ... but nobody, not even a saint, has not sinned. Everyone dies in a state of sin. It's even stated that he declared that Hitler was a messenger sent to do God's work before the arrival of the Messiah."
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Yosef blamed the tragedy on the Godlessness of New Orleans, on U.S. support for the Gaza disengagement, and on a general lack of Torah study in the area:
There was a tsunami and there are terrible natural disasters, because there isn’t enough Torah study... Black people reside there [New Orleans]. Blacks will study the Torah? [God said], Let’s bring a tsunami and drown them... Hundreds of thousands remained homeless. Tens of thousands have been killed. All of this because they have no God... Bush was behind the [expulsion of] Gush Katif, he encouraged Sharon to expel Gush Katif... We had 15,000 people expelled here [in Israel], and there [in America] 150,000 [were expelled]. It was God’s retribution... God does not short-change anyone.
Part of the controversy surrounding Yosef's comments was his use of the Hebrew word "Kushim" to refer to the black people of New Orleans which in biblical Hebrew refers to an ancient African people and in contemporary Hebrew is considered derogatory."
End of quote. Racist bastard. And a real "safe-hating Jew", that one.
By the way, while I managed to glean these two quotes from the Wikipedia article on the old patriarchal arstle, it is overall an exercise in Ultra-Orthodox apologetics! We need a WikiSquad of scholars with a good knowledge of Jewish religious history to set matters straight!
And a punk crew of Israeli women to take him on, but fighting patriarchs of any confession in their lair is fraught and perilous.
I think the judge is on crack.
I lost my buzz trying to figure out what lagatta's post was all about.
Iran Strike Must Be Bigger Than Afghan/Iraqi, Ops Combined: Report
"Only a US operation bigger than the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan combined can stop Iran from its alleged pursuit of a nuclear bomb, a new military report said. Such action, however, risks igniting all out war in the Middle East..."
America's Next War. Next Stop Iran: Who Will Save Us? - by Colin Todhunter
"...The threat to global peace and stability does not lie with Iran, or with China for that matter or any of the other bogeymen the Pentagon cares to dream up. Historican William Blum last year wrote that, since 1945, the US has attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, most of them democratically elected. It has attempted to suppress a populist or national movement in 20 countries. It has grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries. It has dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries. And it has attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran is destabilising the world and its aggression must be stopped. No mention from Israel of the assassinations of nuclear scientists in Iran. No mention of cyber attacks on Iran, the funding of anti-government militias inside Iran or other destabilisation strategies waged against Tehran by the US, Mossad, the CIA or MI6.
As the West contemplates another dose of murder and mayhem, surely the lives in the build up to the invasion of Iraq are too fresh in the mind for the Western public to be fooled once again? By now they should have seen through the US-led deception of perpetual war for perpetual peace.."
'We Need Diplomacy Not Sabre-Rattling, Says Canada's Largets Peace Group'
"...This October 6th, Canadians will demonstrate their opposition to the possibility of war against Iran by joining anti-war events across Canada."
Armada of British Naval Power Massing in the Gulf as Israel Prepares an Iran Strike
"An armada of US and British naval power is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran's covert nuclear weapons programme. Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecidented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war..."
There is no covert nuclear weapons programme, nor is all this really about that but that's MSM for you...
Canadians Don't Support War with Iran: Poll
"Poll: If there is an attack on Iran, should Canada get involved?"
Vote no! (obviously)
Canadians Don't Support War with Iran: Poll
"Poll: If there is an attack on Iran, should Canada get involved?"
Vote no! (obviously)
The article doesn't give any numbers, here they are:
1992: Breaking News: Netanyahu Says Iran Close to Nuclear Weapon
"...What many of us may not recall is that this drumbeat about Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program began many years ago. Netanyahu is on record as early as 1992 claining that Iran was 'close' to having a nuke.."
Netanyahu: 'It's Not About Elections in America, But Centrifuges in Iran'
"...I am doing everything in my power to turn everyone against Iran. The entire world is besieging Iran, financially speaking and we should encourage that. A large part of the world has enlisted in the cause and answered our call. But it is important to remember this: You can protect from missiles in one way or another, but there is one thing there is no protection from: the atom bomb..."
sure hope Iran can be persuaded to reconsider their decision on an atomic weapons program...
Behind The Deepening Crisis With Iran: The Real Story Versus the Cover Story - by Mark H Giffins
"I believe the US will exploit the situation to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. But, even more importantly, the US will target IRan's conventional missiles. Indeed, I believe this is the real reson for US sanctions in the first place, and for the buildup of tensions.."
Attack On Iran During Gulf War Games Unlikely - by Christof Lehman
"The war of words between Israel, Canada, the USA and Iran has turned ferocious but it is unlikely that the US-led 30 nations naval exercise IMCMEX 12, held in the Persian Gulf between 16-27 September is part of a planned attack on Iran. Political and military brinksmanship during the exercise however, could lead to incidents and start a chain reaction with catastrophic consequences..."
Military Strike on Iran Would Trigger WWIII
"We see the United States and the Zionist regime alongside one another and can by no means imagine that the Zionist regime would initiate a war against Iran without US support. In the case of the eruption of such a war condition, the situation would spin out of control and management, this war is likely to degenerate into WWIII. It means that some countries might enter the war in favor of or against Iran,' Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), said on Al-Alam TV on Sunday. On Saturday, IRGC chief Major General Mohammed ALi Jafari said a war on Iran 'will eventually happen', warning that the attack will lead to the Israeli regime's obliteration..."
Iran Would Clobber Israel WIthin 24 Hours: Cmdr
"...A regime with a frontier that in some spots is only 24 kilometers wide could have its back broken by one of our infantry battalions in 24 hours, Brigadier General Hossein Salami told an Iranian TV station on Sunday. 'Our defense strategy assumption is that we would enter an all-out war with a US-led global coalition,' the general said, adding, 'We have already identified the vital interests of the enemies and established our invasive power structure to destroy their vital interests.
Our strategic doctrines are all defensive, but our tactics are invasive. It means we do not initiate any war, but if anyone wages a war against us, we will counterattack incessantly and will not stop,' he warned adding, 'the enemy could initiate a war but its ending would be up to us. Our missiles are capable of targeting enemy bases in the region, at any range, with high destructive capabilities..."
Diplomat: Iran Offered Deal To Halt 20 Percent Enrichment - by Gareth Porter
"We are prepared to suspend enrichment to 20 percent, provided we find a reciprocal step compatible with it. There shouldn't be sanctions.' The US refuses to negotiate with Iran."
So it's not about Iran's nuclear program but about the West's Middle East war-making intentions..
Five Lessons From the De-Listing of MEK As A Terrorist Group - by Glenn Greenwald
"...a large group of prominent former US government officials from both political parties has spent the last several years receiving substantial sums of cash to give speeches to the MEK, and have then become vocal, relentless advocates for the group, specifically for removing them from the terrorist list.
They include Democrats Howard Dean, Ed Randall, Wesley Clark, Bill Richardson and Lee Hamilton, and Republicans Rudy Giuliani, Fran Townsend, Tom Ridge, Michael Mukasey and Andrew Card. Other prominent voices outside government such as Alan Dershowitz and Elie Wiesel have been enlisted to the cause and are steadfast MEK advocates..."
one man's terrorist is another Zionist's freedom-fighter....
Iran's President Addresses UN General Assembly During A Meeting on the Rule of Law (and vid)
"..criticizes veto-power of permanent members..."
Iranian President Calls for Immediate Overhaul of UN Security Council
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for a total structural overhaul of the United Nations Security Council in order to facilitate the observance of the rule of law in international interactions..."
Neil Macdonald: Netanyahu's American Campaign
"Iran, he tells American viewers in a carefully scheduled series of TV interviews, 'is very different. They put their zealotry above their survival. They have suicide bombers all over the place. I wouldn't rely on their rationality..."
Iran unveils long-range surveillance drone; test fires missiles Quote:
Iranian military leaders gave details of a new long-range drone and test fired four anti-ship missiles Tuesday in a prelude to upcoming naval war games planned in an apparent response to U.S.-led warship drills in the Persian Gulf.
The show of Iranian military readiness and its latest tool — a domestically made drone capable of reaching Israel and most of the Middle East — also came as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepared to address the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday amid a deepening impasse with the West over Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
Hey NDPP didn't you post an article that said WW3 is starting tomorrow?
Yeah Bec, one of those some general told a guy who told a guy stories....hope it's not true obviously...caw. Lots of predictions floating around...
'US Will Strike Iran Early 2013' - Former American Ambassador to Israel
"The former US Ambassador to Israel predicts that war with Iran is likely to occur in early 2013.."