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Jan 13 11:58

Footage shows US sailors detained by Iran’s naval forces

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps says it has held two US naval boats after they entered the country’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.The IRGC says the American vessels were stopped near Iran’s Farsi island in the Persian Gulf and were transferred to the island. It says the sailors are in good health and are being kept at a suitable place.
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How Iran treats prisoners.

How the US treats prisoners.

Jan 13 11:11

Iran Has US Navy GPS Equipment, Will Prove 'American Ships Were Snooping'

Iran's semiofficial Fars new agency reported the two US Navy boats detained in the Persian Gulf had illegally traveled more than a mile into Iran's territorial waters, and that GPS equipment confiscated by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Navy forces would "prove that the American ships were 'snooping' around in Iranian waters."

Jan 13 10:54

Marco Rubio on Iran: 'Provocative, Absolutely'

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Tuesday that Iran's capture of 10 American sailors in the Persian Gulf was "provocative, absolutely."

"We'll find out soon enough if they are not immediately released, we'll know that something else is at play," the Florida senator, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Bret Baier on Fox News. "Iran is testing the administration's boundaries."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rubio ( who by the way does not meet the Constitutional eligibility requirements to be President) seems to have forgotten that it was the US that provoked yesterday's incident by sailing TWO patrol boats deep into Iranian territorial waters, claiming that it was a "mistake."

Jan 13 10:24

Breaking: Obama Admin Just Had SICK Response To Iran After 10 US Sailors Captured

On Wednesday, Iranian authorities said they let the sailors go “after they extended an apology,” according to a statement from the IRGC. The statement went on to say, “The Americans have undertaken not to repeat such mistakes.”

A State Department spokesman phrased things differently.

“There is no truth in reporting that Secretary (of State John) Kerry apologized to the Iranians,” Kerry spokesman John Kirby told reporters Wednesday, later tweeting that the claim had “zero” validity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Kerry is full of bovine excrement. No news there.

But I have another question. There were two boats, costing about $1.5 million each, in theory with military grade navigation. So what "mechanical fault" leads TWO such boats deep into Iranian waters?

To me it is obvious that the US hoped Iran would fire on the boats, giving Obama one hell of a headline for last night's speech and opening the door for war with Iran. The Iranians did not take the bait.

Jan 13 09:23

WH Response to Iran’s Arrest of 10 U.S. Sailors in Persian Gulf: “Absolute Hooey”

Obama bragged of his ‘legacy’ nuclear deal with Iran in his final State of the Union speech last night yet said nothing about Iran seizing 10 crew members and two U.S. Navy riverine patrol boats. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested the 10 crew members, nine men and one woman in the Persian Gulf earlier yesterday...

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Jan 13 09:23

The "Iran Attack," Jan. 12, 2016: Whose False Flag, if any?

On January 12, 2016, it was reported that Iran had detained two small U.S. vessels which, they claimed, were picked up in Iranian territory, one or both having reported mechanical difficulties. It was also reported that the Iranian government said that the vessels (apparently too small to have been called "ships") would be returned to U.S. hands "shortly." An "innocent mistake?" Surely it could have been. But given that it just happened to have occurred on the day of President Barack Obama's last State of the Union Address, and given that there are a number of forces around the world which would like nothing better, post hoc, than to undermine his historic Iran Nuclear Deal, it surely could have been something else. "Surely you're not thinking of aa false flag attack, are you?" an interlocutor might ask. Well yes, that's exactly what I'm thinking about.

Jan 13 09:22

Democrats Who Backed Iran Deal Meet With Bibi

A delegation of eight Democratic U.S. senators who backed the Iran nuclear deal met with Israeli leaders and discussed oversight of the deal.

The trip last week included Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Chris Coons of Delaware; Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota; Tim Kaine of Virginia; Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin; Mazie Hirono of Hawaii; Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Gary Peters of Michigan.

In statements Tuesday, the senators echoed pledges last year by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to overcome the acrimony between the two countries created by the debate over the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal and to work together to enforce it.

Jan 13 08:33

US entered Iranian waters unintentionally


Those boats are 2.3 million each and they don't have basic navigation??

Jan 13 07:59

Iran frees trespassing US sailors after Americans apologized

The ten US Marines who had trespassed on Iran’s territorial waters and had been taken into Iranian custody have been released after Americans apologized for the incident.

Jan 13 04:18

Iran Releases Detained US Sailors After Violation of Territorial Waters

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced that ten US Navy sailors had been released after an alleged violation of Iranian territorial waters...

Iran Has US Navy GPS Equipment, Will Prove 'American Ships Were Snooping' http://sputniknews.com/world/20160113/1033028625/Iran-US-navy-ships-de...

Iran Demands Apology From US for Alleged Territorial Water Violation http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160113/1033038953/iran-us-warship-...

Jan 13 02:59

10 US Sailors in Custody After Entering Iranian Waters. Why Did Iran Put Its Water So Close to Our Navy?

The incident comes at a time when Iran is literally just days away from fullfilling its obligations under the recently-signed nuclear deal. So if you can read between the lines, what we're trying to say is "Iran is not interested in starting beef with the US, even when US sailors enter its waters."
But then again, why did Iran put its water so close to our navy?

Jan 12 14:57

FLASHBACK - To Provoke War, Cheney Considered Proposal To Dress Up Navy Seals As Iranians And Shoot At Them

There was a dozen ideas proffered about how to trigger a war. The one that interested me the most was why don’t we build — we in our shipyard — build four or five boats that look like Iranian PT boats. Put Navy seals on them with a lot of arms. And next time one of our boats goes to the Straits of Hormuz, start a shoot-up.

Jan 12 14:43

Two US Navy boats in Iranian custody - Pentagon

US officials are saying it is unclear how the crew members ended up in Iranian waters, though Secretary of State John Kerry has kept phone contact with Iranian officials in Tehran, urging for a release. A senior official told NBC News the Iranians understand a mistake was made and have agreed to a release to come in hours.

Jan 12 14:41

Pentagon: 2 Navy boats in Iranian custody; Iran assures crew will be returned promptly

The crew of two small Navy craft are being held by Iran, but American officials have received assurances from Tehran that the crew and vessels will be returned safely and promptly.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told The Associated Press that the boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. lost contact with them.

"We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly," Cook said.

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Jan 12 14:02

Core of Arak Heavy Water Reactor Taken Out by Iran

Iran has taken out the heart of its Heavy Water Reactor in Arak in full compliance with its nuclear deal with the world powers that will now require the sextet to initiate action to remove all sanctions against Tehran, an informed source told FNA on Monday. "The heart (calandria) of Arak Heavy Water Reactor was taken out today," the source told FNA in the evening. "The operation was accomplished today and the core has been filled with cement," he added. According to the source, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is to confirm the operation in the next few days in a final report on Iran's full compliance with its undertakings under its Vienna nuclear deal with the Group 5+1...

Jan 12 07:54

Iran days from disabling Arak reactor core, paving way for lifting of sanctions

Conflicting reports come from Iran, as it moves to fulfil its obligation to disable the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor - the last major condition for the lifting of sanctions under a controversial international deal signed last year.

The fate of the Arak reactor, which could be used to produce plutonium, was one of the largest stumbling blocks for the agreement signed in July. Tehran agreed to retrofit the facility so that it could be used for advanced nuclear research and production of radioactive isotopes, while leading foreign powers pledged to provide technical help for the endeavor.

Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told the Etemad newspaper that Arak would be disabled and the nuclear deal fully implemented in no more than seven days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for a last-ditch attempt by Israel to kill the deal and keep the sanctions in place.

Jan 11 16:05

Iran to take measures against export of Turkish products disguised as Iranian to Russia

Iran will undertake all the possible measures to prevent export of banned Turkish products disguised as Iranian one to the Russian market, Russian veterinary and phytosanitary regulator Rosselkhoznadzor said on Monday.

Jan 11 13:54

BEX ALERT - Hamas, ISIS terrorists arrested for attempted Netanyahu slaying were backed by Iran

As the Obama administration pushes full-tilt to complete the nuclear ‘deal’ with Iran that will allow the Islamic Republic to acquire nuclear weapons a few years down the road, Israel has found out what Iran will do with the billions it stands to receive under the internationally negotiated agreement. Multiple Hamas terrorists, along with one that supported ISIS, were indicted in Israel this week for attempting to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by placing an explosion under a stage where he was scheduled to speak in Tel Aviv. Iran supports Hamas in the Gaza strip and analysts believe is supporting ISIS in the Sinai against the Egyptian government as well. Hamas has been sheltering ISIS leaders in Gaza from Egyptian security forces. The terrorists also had plans to use suicide bombings to kill innocent Israelis.

Jan 10 08:57

UAE Calls on Arab States to Coordinate Positions on Iran

The United Arab Emirates condemn Iran's alleged meddling in the affairs of Arab countries and call on all Arab states to coordinate positions in regard to the Islamic Republic, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said Sunday. Earlier this week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sent an open letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, urging him to take action against "certain people" in Riyadh trying to plunge the Middle East region into a crisis with their "provocations". "We firmly condemn attacks on Saudi Arabian diplomatic missions and reject Iran's policy on meddling in the affairs of Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries. This includes responses to court decisions. We call on Arab states to assume a united and decisive position in regard to Iran," Al Nahyan said at an Arab League meeting.

Jan 10 03:22

Navy: Video shows Iranian rockets launched near Truman, other warships

The U.S. military released a video Saturday showing what it says is an Iranian military vessel firing several unguided rockets near the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman and other Western warships and commercial craft. The incident occurred Dec. 26 in the Strait of Hormuz. Navy officials released the video to Military Times in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The images show what appears to be an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel firing rockets from a distance of about 1,370 meters. Officials with U.S. Central Command first disclosed details about the incident last month. Approximately 20 minutes before the incident occurred, the Iranians had announced over maritime radio that they would be carrying out a live-fire exercise, officials said.

Jan 09 13:44

Somalia Cuts Diplomaic Relations With Iran

Iranian diplomats were given 72 hours to leave the country. On Thursday, January 7, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somalia announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Iran. The Ministry blamed the fact that Tehran is allegedly interfering in their internal affairs.

Jan 09 09:54

Saudi-Iranian Spat: Another Skirmish in the Oil War

Saudi Arabia is a beheading paradise. But this PR nightmare is the least of all problems in an oil crisis. Once again, the heart of the matter is – what else – black gold.

So far, the House of Saud’s whole energy strategy has boiled down to shaving off its oil production no matter what it takes, even issuing bonds to cover its massive deficits.

Now the strategy has been moved one step ahead via a flagrant provocation: the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

The House of Saud believes that by stoking the flames of a Riyadh-Tehran confrontation it may raise the fear factor in the oil supply sphere, leading to higher oil prices (which it needs), while maintaining the Holy Wahhabi Grail of keeping imminent Iranian oil off the market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That window of 6 months is very telling in this article; but because of the steps Putin has taken to revitalize the Russian economy, I frankly don't think that the US government can actually destroy the Russian economy in that time frame.

Unfortunately, should this strategy be seen as failing by the US government, it appears that war against Russia may well be inevitable.

Jan 09 08:36

Saudi Arabia Executed a Nonviolent Shiite Cleric – It’s Going To Cost Them Big

Unfortunately, sectarian temperatures inside Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries have reached a boiling point. Low oil prices, inflated budgets, an expensive war in Yemen (which is costing the kingdom $6 billion per month), and Riyadh’s commitment to propping up the Egyptian military regime in Cairo are causing the kingdom’s coffers to rapidly drain. By executing al-Nimr, the Saudis have knowingly made a decision that will escalate these costly proxy wars, which Riyadh won’t be able to finance indefinitely.

Over time, the people of Saudi Arabia may come to realize that their biggest enemies aren’t nonviolent Shiite clerics or political activists advocating democratic reform and gender equality. The real threat to their long-term security stems from an autocratic and reactionary monarchy that’s increasingly angering and offending a growing number of Muslims, regional governments, and human rights activists all over the globe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping that the growing enmity between Saudi Arabia and Iran will not lead to a military confrontation.

This would see the US government falling in behind Saudi Arabia, and the Russian government falling in behind Iran; and how long that war would remain a "proxy war" is anyone's guess.

Unfortunately, just because a move would be the the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

And war with Russia right now does definitely fall under this category of activities.

Jan 09 08:09

IRANIANS HOLD FRESH PROTESTS OVER SHEIKH NIMR’S EXECUTION

Iranians have held fresh rallies across the country, including the capital Tehran, to condemn Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Thousands of people marched through Tehran following the Friday Prayers amid tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia over the past week.

The demonstrators chanted slogans against the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia and condemned the Al Saudi regime’s crimes, including the killing of Sheikh Nimr.

Some of the protesters carried placards with the picture of the prominent cleric who was executed in Saudi Arabia along with 46 others on January 2 for terrorism-related charges.

Nimr’s execution was widely censured by Muslims and human rights activists around the globe as well as different governments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the Iranian government: certain elements in the US government, the Saudi government, and the Israeli government would LOVE to see you attempt to respond militarily to this assassination; please have the common sense to not do this.

Jan 08 16:43

Don't Tell My Mother I'm In Iran Aabic Subtitle

Jan 08 16:12

Not Taking Sides in Saudi-Iran Fights

The recent intensification of Saudi-Iranian tension also has intensified the all-too-habitual urge, in debate about U.S. foreign policy, to take sides in other nations’ conflicts even in the absence of any treaty obligations to do so or good U.S.-centered reasons to do so. That urge has multiple sources.

Jan 08 14:56

Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of bombing its embassy in Yemen

Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of using warplanes to attack the Iranian embassy in the Yemeni capital Sana'a. Some guards were reportedly wounded in the attack, according to state news channel IRIB.

Jan 08 14:02

Saudi Arabia Set to Try 4 Iranians on Terrorism, Spying Charges

The Riyadh government intends to try three Iranians on alleged terrorism charges and another individual for cooperation with Iran's intelligence ministry, the Saudi media reported.

The news comes as Saudi Arabia has sentenced another Iranian national to 13 years in jail on charges of trying to conduct terrorist attacks in the kingdom during the Hajj rituals. He will be deported after serving his term.

The Saudi media, however, did not elaborate on the venue and date of trial of the four Iranian nationals, or their identity.

The trial of Iranian nationals by Saudi Arabia comes after the kingdom cut its diplomatic ties with Iran in protest at an attack by a group of angry Iranian protesters at its embassy in Tehran.

Saudi Arabia has been pursuing a crisis-escalation policy against Iran during the last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Saudi Arabian leadership has been given its marching orders to escalate against Iran until Iran pushes back militarily.

War with Russia, which will come to Iran's aid, anyone?!?!?

Jan 08 13:49

‘Saudis Provoking Iran Into Overreaction’ to Hamper Nuclear Deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that there’s been significant progress towards full implementation of the Iranian deal. Speaking to journalists after a phone call with his Iranian counterpart - Mohammad Javad Zarif - Kerry praised Tehran’s efforts to implement the agreement.

Kerry’s recent statement comes after the Republican-led House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a bill that could undermine the Iranian deal.

According to Reuters, the legislation would require the White House to uphold its commitment not to ease pressure on Iran’s support for terrorism of its ballistic missile program.

Thus it would increase lawmakers’ oversight of the agreement, but critics say that the Republicans are simply trying to hamper the deal by violating its terms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Israel's derriere-kissers in Congress have been vigilant in attempting to destroy the P5+1 deal, just as hard as they can.

I am very certain that the US-enabled Saudi action of mass executions of political prisoners, including the Shiite Imam, Nimr al-Nimr, was an attempt to create a provocation to which the US government hoped the Iranian government would respond militarily.

Bravo, Iran, for the reality that so far, you haven't

Because that point, the US "would have had no choice" but to militarily enable our "great friend" in the Middle East, with a human rights record just to the right of that of Attila the Hun, Saudi Arabia, against Iran.

But there is one teensy, tiny, minor problem with this scenario.

If the US militarily enables Saudi Arabia against Iran, just what country will, undoubtedly, come to Iran's aid?!?

Russia.

I don't know who in the bowels of power in the US government believes that war against Russia would be a a great idea right now; but it is a definite confirmation of the American comedian Ron White's mantra: "You can't fix stupid!!"

And unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government can do, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government will not do it!!

Also, as reported at sputniknews.com today:

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr's beheading has shaken the Shiite population of the region, severing remaining ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran; to complicate matters further the execution took place amid the ongoing Syrian crisis, Germany-based American political analyst Phil Butler underscores. Washington signals that it is unable to heal an "old sectarian wound," trying to convince the readers that the situation in the Middle East is "out of the control" of Obama and Washington. Still, according to Butler, the reverse is absolutely true. "The story goes on to plant the seed of military support for Saudi Arabia should the situation escalate, which it is certain to with the help of the lame duck Obama," he points out. Riyadh's actions are a part of the West's Middle Eastern strategy aimed at partitioning of Syria and re-drawing the map of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is not upsetting Washington's applecart, as the mainstream media is reporting; instead it is playing directly into the hands of those who instigated the Syrian civil war.

Jan 08 04:22

The logic behind escalating tensions in the Middle East

The escalating tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the story of a declining state desperately seeking to reverse the balance of power shifting in favor of its rising rival.

Jan 07 15:33

Riding a c90 through Iran

Jan 07 10:46

One Map That Explains the Dangerous Saudi-Iranian Conflict

But to the degree that the current crisis has anything to do with religion, it’s much less about whether Abu Bakr or Ali was Muhammad’s rightful successor and much more about who’s going to control something more concrete right now: oil.

In fact, much of the conflict can be explained by a fascinating map created by M.R. Izady, a cartographer and adjunct master professor at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School/Joint Special Operations University in Florida.

What the map shows is that, due to a peculiar correlation of religious history and anaerobic decomposition of plankton, almost all the Persian Gulf’s fossil fuels are located underneath Shiites. This is true even in Sunni Saudi Arabia, where the major oil fields are in the Eastern Province, which has a majority Shiite population.

As a result, one of the Saudi royal family’s deepest fears is that one day Saudi Shiites will secede, with their oil, and ally with Shiite Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, should there be a direct military confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, look for the US to be teaming up with "that great bastion of human rights" (just kidding), Saudi Arabia, and for Russia to align with Iran.

This could get very nasty very quickly, and set up a direct military confrontation between Russia and the US.

Jan 07 09:18

Just the Beginning: Iran, India Dump Petrodollar, Settle Oil Payments in Rupees

Iran and India have announced that they intend to settle all oustanding crude oil payments in rupees, as part of a joint strategy to dump the dollar and trade instead in national currencies.

Jan 07 08:48

Iran accuses Saudis of hitting Yemen embassy

Iran has accused Saudi-led coalition warplanes of damaging its embassy and injuring staff in an air strike on Yemen's capital, Sanaa.

State media quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying planes had deliberately targeted the site.

But some later reports in Iran said missiles struck only in the vicinity of the embassy.

Residents and witnesses in Sanaa reported there was no damage to the main embassy building.

Jan 07 07:47

Iran censures 'deliberate' Saudi raid on mission in Sana’a

Iran has roundly condemned a “deliberate” air raid by Saudi warplanes on its embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, which injured a number of security forces guarding the diplomatic mission.

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Jan 06 16:09

Saudis Seek Chaos to Cover Terror Tracks

Russia's incisive military intervention in Syria has succeeded in not only stabilizing the Arab state and salvaging it from a terrorist takeover. Russia's maneuver also exposed the foreign-fueled nature of the conflict - as a criminal covert war of aggression for regime change

Jan 06 14:34

March to WWIII: Saudis Call Emergency Meeting on Iran Over Embassy Attack

Gee. Reading through this timeline, it's almost as if someone consulted the blueprints for World War III, because the whole thing seems perfectly scripted for it.

Jan 06 12:49

Kuwait recalls ambassador to Iran over Saudi mission attack

Kuwait has become the latest Muslim nation to renounce ties with Iran after it recalled its ambassador to Tehran, following the Islamic Republic's rift with Saudi Arabia.

Jan 06 12:44

US Politicians On Saudi Beheadings: It's All Iran's Fault!

Is House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce purposely deceiving the American public, or is he just that badly informed? As the Saudis beheaded 47 prisoners, including a prominent Shiite cleric, Royce went on CNN to blame the whole thing on the Iranians! The problems started when the Iranian military invaded Yemen, he said. But that is demonstrably untrue. It was the Saudis who invaded Yemen.

Jan 06 11:43

Saudi nuclear weapons 'on order' from Pakistan

Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.
While the kingdom's quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran's atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy such devices more quickly than the Islamic republic.

Jan 06 11:15

Are Saudi Arabia and Iran Edging Toward War?

The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran could spark a conflict considerably more damaging and horrific than the Iran-Iraq War, but would they actually do it?

Jan 05 22:35

US Congress Reacts with Horror to NSA Surveillance of Israel

NSA has been at the forefront of identifying, based on their telephone conversations, faxes, and emails, Israel’s agents buried within the US executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.

Jan 05 21:44

US Politicians On Saudi Beheadings: It’s All Iran’s Fault!

which governments did Iran overthrow? Stupid attempts to blame Iran for Saudi beheadings

Jan 05 16:49

Trump's Chilling "Solution" to Saudi-Iran Problem

One of the things that supporters of billionaire real estate magnate Donald Trump, and his bid for the presidency in 2016, is that he is so rich that he can’t be bought by the big money and corporate cash that runs like a river through Washington D.C.

But apparently, under a Trump presidency, the lives and safety of your sons and daughters in uniform would be for sale to the highest bidder.

Not that this would be anything new. But it is just something to think about.

Jan 05 11:39

Trump: Iran Violated The Nuclear Deal, Iran Created ISIS; Iran is holding American hostages, We Need Sanctions on Iran

During a campaign rally at Biloxi Mississippi on Saturday, Donald Trump sharply criticized the Iran nuclear deal and called for sanctions on the country. He said the Iran Nuclear Deal was "The Worst Deal Ever" and called for 'double and triple sanctions" on the nation. He also said "Iran wants to take over Saudi Arabia" and "They created ISIS," before adding "Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama." Trump alleged that Iranians are "burning our flags" and Iran is holding American hostages. "There are hostages actually, they will be out before I take office. You double and triple up your sanctions," Trump said, continuing "Now we have Iran taking over Iraq. They made this great deal, they get 150 billion dollars they're gonna take over iraq. We gave them Iraq, we handed it to them. We are weak and we are soft and we are pathetic... They have a right to self inspect'?! 'we aren't making nuclear weapons'?! We've given them so much money they can buy the damn things!" Trump said.

Jan 05 09:30

‘A Wahhabi Muslim Brotherhood’: More escalation ahead in Saudi-Iran crisis

What we are seeing now are Saudi efforts to build a regional bloc, a Wahhabi Muslim Brotherhood bloc, says Ali Rizk, a MidEast affairs expert. Given Saudi Arabia’s irrational policies, it’s likely that Riyadh’s current row with Iran will only escalate, he adds.

Bahrain and Sudan have followed the lead of Saudi Arabia, in cutting diplomatic relations with Iran. On top of that, the United Arab Emirates has downgraded ties with Tehran. It's the latest escalation of a sectarian row over the Saudi execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Jan 05 09:29

Saudi-Iran Confrontation to Impede Syria Peace Process - Former US Diplomat

Escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran will hinder the Syrian reconciliation process, but are unlikely to affect the implementation of the P5+1 countries’ nuclear deal with Tehran, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan told Sputnik.

Jan 05 09:28

The Saudis' Anti-Shiite Provocation Has Clear Geopolitical Goals

Riyadh's execution of Shiite Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was timed to coincide with the expected lifting of anti-Iranian sanctions and the rejuvenation of the Syrian peace process.

Jan 05 09:28

Oil Investors Should Look Ahead in Saudi-Iran Row, Expert Warns

Oil prices have been volatile since turmoil erupted over the weekend between Saudi Arabia and Iran. But investors should also consider the potential long-term impact to oil prices, according to one market expert.

Jan 05 09:22

Will Iran Saudi Dispute Become War? Michael Rivero

Jan 05 08:40

Iran president criticises Saudi Arabia over severing ties

Saudi Arabia "cannot cover its crime" in executing a Shiite cleric by severing ties with the Islamic Republic, Iran's president has said.

Jan 05 08:25

Saudi Riyal Falls Sharply after Cutting Ties with Iran

The Saudi riyal fell sharply against the US dollar in the forward foreign exchange market after relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran deteriorated, raising concern that dollar funding for the kingdom could become more expensive.

Jan 04 16:08

S. Arabia cuts all commercial ties & air traffic w/ Iran, more countries join diplomatic standoff

Riyadh is planning to cut off all flights between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and will ban its citizens from traveling to the Islamic Republic, the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters.

Jan 04 13:48

Oil prices on the rise with rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran

The cost of crude oil now stands at 38.1 dollars per barrel. This is 2.9% higher than the previous. Brent soared to 38.46 dollars per barrel. The cost of raw materials rose on the background of the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia. On January 3 it was reported that the Saudi authorities executed 47 people, including well-known Shiite preacher Nimrah al-Nimrah, igniting a wave of protests across the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter has officially announced the severance of relations with Iran. Riyadh has accused Iran of excessive interference in the internal affairs of Saudi Arabia. Tehran has said that the execution of al-Nimrah will not go unpunished.

Jan 04 12:43

Sudan expels Iran ambassador, UAE downgrades links with Islamic Republic

Sudan on Monday announced plans to sever diplomatic relations with Iran and expel the Iranian ambassador while the United Arab Emirates decided to downgrade the level of its diplomatic representation in the Islamic Republic. The office of Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir said all Iranian diplomats had to leave the country and accused Iran of "inciting religious hatred." Sudan also will recall its ambassador from Tehran, the presidential office said. Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates "has decided to downgrade the level of its diplomatic representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran to that of a charge d' affaires and to require a reduction in the number of Iranian diplomats stationed in the UAE," WAM news agency reported on Monday. Saudi Arabia was the first to sever diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday after a mob of protesters angry with the kingdom's execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr attacked its embassy in Tehran.

Jan 04 11:52

Netanyahu Bribes Republican Congressmen to Change Their Iran Votes

In an explosive revelation, wiretaps uncovered by the Wall Street Journal reveal that Benjamin Netanyahu reached out to republican congressmen who had been considering voting in favor of the Iran peace deal, asking what they wanted in return for voting against the deal. In the end, not a single republican voted for the deal, meaning that Netanyahu’s bribes succeeded in swaying the ones who had been on the fence. That means that not only is Netanyahu actively working to undermine the sanctity of the United States government, the republican congressmen involved may have committed treason under the Espionage Act.

Jan 04 09:34

US threatens new sanctions on Iran

The Iranian regime has reacted angrily to threats by the Obama administration last week to impose new sanctions targeting individuals and companies connected to its ballistic missile program. The US is accusing Iran of carrying out two ballistic missile tests—in October and November—in breach of a UN Security Council resolution banning Iran’s development of such weapons systems.

Jan 04 09:23

Iran's Intelligence Minister: Saudi Collapse Imminent

Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi in a message on Monday condemned the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr by the Riyadh government, and reiterated that the Saudi regime will be toppled soon.

Jan 04 09:08

'Saudi Arabia is in serious trouble, and they know it'

Saudi Arabia's growing international isolation and Iran's rising regional influence have led the kingdom to "double down" on protecting its interests, according to a new analysis of the world's top 2016 risks by Eurasia Group, the world's largest political-risk consultancy.

That at least partly explains the kingdom's decision to sever diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday, after Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran over Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Saudi Arabia is acting as a US proxy against Iran, just as they are in Yemen, and the real goal is to get a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia going into which the US can jump in on Saudi Arabia's side, and get the war with Iran the Israel-firsters have been after for years!

Jan 04 08:15

Hyping More Fears about Iran

There are several important things to understand about ballistic missiles and Iran, beyond the fact that this topic has become one of the latest on which those who want Iran to be an ostracized and feared pariah forever, and who still want to kill the agreement to restrict Iran’s nuclear program, have seized.

Jan 03 18:34

FROM BAGHDAD TO BAHRAIN…FROM BERUIT TO TEHRAN – TENSIONS ARE EXPLODING ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST

Either the rebel prince succeeds in convincing enough people who matter to remove the King, or the King counters and drives the prince out. The former situation is far and away the best option for stability in the Middle East, and would likely allow the Saudi royal lineage to hold on to power for longer. If the second scenario unfolds, current leadership will crack down even harder on dissent and run the state further into the ground. This behavior will ultimately lead to an unpredictable and likely violent revolution, and if you think the Middle East is volatile now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Jan 03 18:07

Iran blacklash: Saudi embassy stormed over execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr

The Saudi Embassy in Tehran has been pelted with Molotov cocktails in response to Saudi Arabia's beheading of a prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Al-Nimr, on terror charges Saturday. He was one of the 47 people who were put to death.

Jan 03 16:51

Oil Spike Risk: Iran Police Use Water Cannon On Angry Protesters Near Saudi Consulate

Despite official pleas for “calm” following the death of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, Iranians are in no mood to stand down.

Jan 03 07:43

Furious Iranians petrol bomb Saudi embassy in Tehran as global protests and fears of sectarian violence escalate over kingdom's mass execution of 47 prisoners including top Shiite cleric 

A furious mob of Iranian protesters petrol bombed Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran late last night after the kingdom executed 47 prisoners, including a top Shiite cleric, prompting fears of sectarian violence and further instability in the Middle East.

Jan 02 22:44

Syria is the Middle Eastern Stalingrad

Day and night, for years, an overwhelming force has been battering this quiet nation, one of the cradles of human civilization.
Hundreds of thousands have died, and millions have been forced to flee abroad or have been internally displaced. In many cities and villages, not one house is left intact.

But Syria is, against all odds, still standing.

Jan 01 23:54

Israel And Its Lobby Lose The Iran Deal All Over Again, In News Of Damning Wiretaps

The wiretaps reveal that Israeli officials were up to their necks in the US political process; they “coordinated talking points with Jewish-American groups against the deal; and asked undecided lawmakers what it would take to win their votes.

Jan 01 11:44

Iranian MPs Call for Gov't's Firm Stance against US Violation of JCPOA

A group of Iranian lawmakers in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani underlined that the US has violated the ear deal through its recent declaration of new sanctions against Iran, and urged the government to show an urgent official stance in response. The lawmakers' letter came in reaction to the US officials' remarks about imminent sanctions against firms and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates over alleged links to Iran’s ballistic missile program. "We call for the Iranian government's official stance against the recent anti-Iran measures of the US," the Iranian MPs said in their letter. "As the representative of the Iranian people, we feel duty-bound to thank you for your orders to order the development of the country's missile program in reaction to the US hostile policies against Iran," the lawmakers added.

Jan 01 11:35

Iran to Speed Up Development of Missile Program despite US Threats

"Today the Americans speak about Iran's missile development program and they want to impose new sanctions on Iran; we tell the Americans that we will further expedite enhancement of our missile capabilities as long as they massacre the Palestinian children, as long as they bury Yemen's oppressed children in their houses, as long as they displace the Muslim nation of Syria, as long as they attack the houses of the Pakistanis, as long as they occupy the Islamic lands and as long as they support the Zionist regime to bomb Lebanon, Palestine and Syria," General Salami said, addressing the pre-sermon speech of Tehran's Friday prayers.

Jan 01 09:58

US plans to introduce sanctions over Iran’s ballistic missile program — media

Washington will soon impose sanctions against certain companies and individuals for their alleged role in developing Tehran’s ballistic missile program, The Wall Street Journal has reported. The first financial sanctions on Iran since the landmark Vienna nuclear deal in July will target at least a dozen of companies and individuals in Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong suspected of ties with Iran’s entities involved in missile development. The planned action will envisage a ban on the US companies to have ties with the blacklisted firms. "US banks are also ordered to freeze any assets the companies or individuals hold inside the American financial system," the report says.

Dec 31 10:34

RUBIO OUTRAGED BY SPYING ON ISRAEL’S GOVERNMENT, OK WITH MASS SURVEILLANCE OF AMERICANS

On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal revealed that the Obama administration had spied on the Israeli government and, in the process, roped in communications the Netanyahu administration had with members of the U.S. Congress.

This news sparked a denunciation by Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. “Obviously people read this report, they have a right to be concerned this morning about it,” said Rubio on Fox News Wednesday morning. “They have a right to be concerned about the fact that while some leaders around the world are no longer being targeted, one of our strongest allies in the Middle East – Israel – is. I actually think it might be worse than what some people might think, but this is an issue that we’ll keep a close eye on, and the role that I have in the intelligence committee.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of roasted irony in the morning!!

For this man, it's OK for the US government to surveille its citizens, and even it's congressional representatives, but NOT ISRAEL!!

And that statement that US surveillance programs "..have not been systematically abused." is such a window on this person's thought process, that I barely know where to begin!!

Dec 31 10:02

Iran denies it fired rockets near US aircraft carrier in Gulf, brands claim 'psychological warfare'

Tehran has officially denied that its Revolutionary Guards’ patrol vessel launched rockets in imminent proximity to the USS Harry S. Truman and its convoy entering the Persian Gulf, calling the allegation an act of “psychological warfare.”

On Tuesday, reports emerged that last Saturday the US aircraft carrier was intimidated after missiles were launched by an Iranian patrol vessel on a parallel course with the American naval convoy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the carrier Harry S Truman is intimidated by an Iranian patrol boat, the problem is with the USS Harry S Truman!

Dec 31 10:00

Iranian president wants to expand missile program in response to US sanctions

Iran is set to expand its missile program in response to the US threat to introduce new sanctions, President Hassan Rouhani said, according to Iranian news agency IRNA.

Iran needs to step up its missile capabilities in response to aggressive actions by the US, which threatens to impose more sanctions over a missile test that Iran held in October, Rouhani wrote in a letter addressed to Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan. The president says Iran has a right to continue developing its missiles since they are not capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Dec 31 09:53

Iran warns US against sanctions over missile program

Iran has warned the US against imposing any fresh sanctions on international companies and individuals over the Islamic Republic's ballistic missile program, saying Tehran will respond to such meddlesome measures.

Dec 31 09:37

US Said to Be Preparing New Sanctions Against Iran

In July, negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 nations, including France, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and Germany, led to a historic deal. Under the terms of the deal, after providing assurances that it was not enriching uranium to pursue a nuclear weapon, international sanctions against Iran would be gradually lifted.

Iran Makes ‘Significant Progress’ in Completing Nuclear Deal Commitments
But on Wednesday, US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed that the US Treasury Department is prepared to roll out new sanctions against companies and individuals not only in Iran, but also in Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The world learns two lessons from this. First, that the US government cannot be trusted to keep their word about anything. Two, whatever Israel wants in DC, Israel gets!

Dec 30 16:18

U.S. preparing sanctions on Iran over ballistic missile programme

President Barack Obama's administration is preparing new sanctions on international companies and individuals over Iran's ballistic missile programme, sources familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the potential sanctions would target about 12 companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates for their suspected role in developing Iran's ballistic-missile programme.

Dec 30 13:18

Commander: Iran's New Ballistic Missile, Emad, Delivered to IRGC Operational Units

"This missile (Emad) which has been fully designed and made by Iranian Defense Ministry's scientists and experts is the country' first long-range missile with navigation and strike controlling capability; it is capable of hitting and destroying the targets with high-precision," Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan told reporters after the successful test of Emad missile. He reiterated that the manufacture and successful testing of Emad missile is a technological and operational jump in a strategic field, and said, "We don’t ask for anyone's permission for boosting our defense and missile power; we resolutely continue our defense programs, specially in the missile field, and Emad missile is a conspicuous example."

Dec 30 10:31

Heavy Water, US New Excuse: Iran Nuclear Chief Says

The Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Akbar Salehi in an exclusive interview with Alalam News Network has announced that the sale of heavy water was not included in the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) implementation and could be done in another time but the other side is insisting to perform it before of the JOCPA implementation.

Dec 30 09:55

Photos: Keeping the Jewish faith in Iran

Members of Iran's Jewish community hold a ceremony in a different synagogue around the country every week. Latest was Abrishami Synagogue on Palestine Street in Tehran. News agency Reuters visits them, taking photos below.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's constant screed that Iran hates the Jews and wishes to start another holocaust is undermined by the presence of a large and prosperous Jewish population in Iran. In fact when Israel tried to lure the Iranian Jews to migrate to Israel the Iranian Jews refused.

Dec 30 09:06

NSA Spied on Netanyahu’s Office - Reports

The US National Security Agency (NSA) tapped into conversations between Israeli and American officials in order to figure out how to counter the campaign of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against a deal with Iran on its nuclear program, The Wall Street Journal reports.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The NSA eavesdropped on conversations between Netanyahu and his aides, US and Israeli officials, as well as American-Jewish groups, the newspaper said on Tuesday citing former and current US intelligence and administration officials.

One tool used by the NSA was a "cyber implant in Israeli networks" that enabled the US security agency to access communications within Netanyahu’s office, The Wall Street Journal said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You can safely bet that Israeli security experts are scrambling to remove whatever the US intelligence services got into their communications equipment, and right the heck now.

You can also bet that Netanyahu isn't going to be very happy about these revelations at all, and is most probably contemplating a rather serious and spectacular revenge against President Obama to punish him for having done this, if he thinks he can "get away" with it.

Dec 29 19:28

US hawks give Iran hardliners ammunition against Rouhani

A proposed US law will complicate Rouhani’s job by forcing him to quash criticism at home instead of considering rapprochement abroad

Dec 29 13:04

About 200 tons of yellowcake delivered to Iran from Russia — official

"The operation to exchange 197 tons of so called yellowcake [uranium concentrate used as fuel for reactor] from Russia for almost 11 tons of enriched uranium has been completed," the IRNA news agency quoted Ali Akbar Salehi as saying. The key provision of the agreement negotiated by Iran with P5+1 (the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany is Tehran's commitment to reduce its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to below 300 kg. Iran will be selling any excess amounts of its enriched uranium to keep its stockpile under 300 kilograms. In exchange, Iran has the right to buy uranium ore or its concentrate on the market.

Dec 29 09:07

US pursuing regime change in Iraq, Syria, aiming for Iran – Pres. Candidate Jill Stein

The US presidential elections are just around the corner, the great fight for the seat of power.

Dec 28 13:33

Will Iran, China, Russia Push US Dollar to the Brink of Extinction?

Iran is moving forward to get rid of the US dollar as a means of payment, independent researcher Timothy Alexander Guzman points out, adding that Washington has obviously shot itself in the foot by imposing sanctions on Moscow and Tehran.

The supremacy of the US dollar is in danger: more and more countries around the world are seeking to replace the American currency, independent researcher and writer Timothy Alexander Guzman notes, pointing to a series of Russo-Iranian agreements aimed at stopping mutual settlements in US dollars with foreign countries.

Both Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi openly declared their commitment to replace the dollar with the euro and a 'single African currency' backed by gold, respectively, for oil transactions and foreign trade. As a result, both had been toppled and killed.

Predictably, Washington is panicking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Karl Marx got a lot of things wrong, but when he said that all wars are economic, he was bang spot-on.

Dec 28 10:14

Hillary Clinton Touts Overthrow of Gadhafi, but Doesn’t Mention That Clinton Foundation Donors Did Big Business in Tyrant’s Libya

On Saturday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton again justified the 2011 U.S. policy of regime change in Libya, citing, at least in part, the fact that dictator Moammar Gadhafi had killed Americans.

“We have to continue to do what is necessary when someone like Gadhafi, a despot with American blood on his hands, is overturned,” Clinton said during the weekend’s Democratic presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. “But I’ll tell you what would have happened if we had not joined with our European partners and our Arab partners to assist the people in Libya, you would be looking at Syria.”

But early in the administration, Clinton had championed an allegiance with the Libyan regime under Gadhafi, during a time when some of the major U.S. corporations doing business in Libya were also donating heavy sums to the Clinton Foundation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do not for a moment imagine that this "pay to play" mentality will suddenly leave her consciousness, if she is able to win (or steal) the election; it will simply continue, unabated. For her and Bill Clinton, inhabiting the White House is simply another way to make millions of dollars through her foundation, and the public be damned.

And this is why we have to bring her past behaviour to the unblinking gaze of documented fact, because, if in fact, past is prologue to the future, we can expect massive international interventionism from a second Clinton presidency.

And has anyone out there had the "male attributes" to ask her if the current post-Ghadaffi situation in Libya, which has been rife with civil war since 2011; whose leadership has been badly factionalised and has just this month created a basis for a national unity government, was the outcome she desired when she green-lit Ghadaffi's assassination?!?

And what about the reality that Libya has become a
second home to ISIS?!?

Because if all I have stated here were not the outcomes Clinton desired as Secretary of State, and were simply "unintended consequences" of her policies here, please consider Libya a thoroughly terrifying, but very real, "prequel" to what a Clinton presidency will look like.

Dec 27 09:23

American Jailed In Iran Allowed To Spend Christmas With His Family

Dec 27 09:02

Congress’ Off-Point Iran-Bashing

The U.S. Congress, still in thrall to Israeli leaders and the neocons, cited Islamic State terrorism as an excuse to clamp down on travel to Iran even though Iran has nothing to with ISIS or other Sunni jihadists, unlike Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf states that were left off the list, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Dec 27 07:28

Russia to Launch Construction on Nuclear Reactors in Iran Next Week

Russia will start constructing two nuclear reactors in Iran next week, as Tehran seeks to reduce its reliance on oil and gas with 20 facilities over the coming years, an official said Tuesday.

Dec 26 09:16

Exclusive: "And It's Gone... It's All Gone" - The One Gold Scandal That Goes To The Very Top

So three years ago, Turkey was purchasing Iran oil and paying in gold. Now it is purchasing ISIS oil and paying in dollars, for the simple reason that there is no banking embargo against the Islamic State like there was against Iran in 2012. One almost wonders why the international community was far stricter with Iran than it is with ISIS now.

Dec 25 07:11

Americans Held Hostage in Iran Win Compensation 36 Years Later

Buried in the huge spending bill signed into law last Friday are provisions that would give each of the 53 hostages or their estates up to $4.4 million. Victims of other state-sponsored terrorist attacks such as the 1998 American Embassy bombings in East Africa would also be eligible for benefits under the law. “I had to pull over to the side of the road, and I basically cried,” said Rodney V. Sickmann, who was a Marine sergeant working as a guard at the embassy in Tehran when he was seized along with the other Americans by a mob that overran the compound on Nov. 4, 1979. “It has been 36 years, one month, 14 days, obviously, until President Obama signed the actual bill, until Iran was held accountable,” he said.

Dec 24 10:13

Conference of the Herds by MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

snip: These dogs of war may open the door to carnage, but it will be your sons and daughters who suffer and die on the bloodied altar of political ambition.

Dec 24 08:22

Israel Now Iran's Uninvited Partner In Syria - A No-Win Situation Needs Brinkmanship

While Iranian and Hezbollah Fighters are taking losses - Russia is swapping intel with Israel - That is a no-win formula - Brinkmanship is required.

Dec 23 11:39

Iran Is Hacking the Power Grid: The Ultimate Terrorist Attack

Natural disasters. Nuclear attacks. Long-term grid collapse. Water shortages. An economic crash.

Those are the normal topics of conversation when preppers think about end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it events. But it's entirely possible the event that we never really thought about has been quietly gearing up, right under our noses. Maybe the real SHTF event is the ultimate terror attack - a cyber attack on the grid.

Earlier this week, the AP released a chilling investigative report about the vulnerability of our power grid to foreign hacks. In fact, according to this report, the grid isn't just vulnerable - it's already been under attack.

Dec 22 18:26

WaPo Gets Iran Missile Story Exactly Backwards

snip: Israel, the only Mideast country that does have nuclear weapons, has repeatedly threatened to bomb Iran. Given that Israel has already bombed Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Tunisia, there’s no need for the Post to attribute “nuclear ambitions” to Iran to explain why it would be interested in developing a credible deterrent to the prospect of an Israeli attack.

Dec 22 00:02

Is Iran's Ahmadinejad seeking a comeback?

Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is still being harshly criticised in public, especially by the pro-reform, outspoken officials of President Hassan Rouhani’s administration. Rouhani, a centrist cleric, has himself opted to keep a restrained, inconspicuous stance in regard to the policies of the previous administration.

Dec 21 13:33

Iran Warns Turkey to Avoid Warming up Relations with Israel

Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Monday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari referred to the May 2010 killing of 10 Turkish activists on board the Mavi Marmara ship by an Israeli raid on the six-ship flotilla and the darkening of bilateral ties between Ankara and Tel Aviv at the time, and said despite the incident, ties between the two sides still continued. He warned Turkey about attempts to resume relations with Israel, and said, "The Muslim governments should adopt policies which meet their and the Islamic Ummah's interests as well as the rights of the Palestinian nation." "The Turkish government shouldn’t pursue a different path (in relations) with the Quds Occupying regime under such conditions that its relations with the neighboring governments have gone under certain developments," Jaber Ansari said.

Dec 21 10:46

Four Russian Fighter Jets to Escort President Assad's Plane in Visit to Tehran

"Four strategic Russian fighter jets will accompany the plane carrying the Syrian president during the visit to and from Iran," the Lebanese al-Diyar daily reported on Sunday.

The newspaper also added that the Syrian president is due to travel to Tehran via the Iraqi airspace.

"The US-led international coalition's air command has been warned not to approach Bashar Assad's plane to avoid engagement," it said.

Informed sources said on Friday that President Assad is slated to visit Iran in late December or early January.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping to heck that no one in the US government is even THINKING about a decapitation (assassination) strike against Al-Assad's plane.

Should this happen, it will be the official start, for real, of World War III against Russia.

Dec 21 09:10

Iranian Hackers Infiltrated Computers That Control New York Dam

Iranian hackers breached the control system of a dam near New York City in 2013, an infiltration that raised concerns about the security of the country's infrastructure, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing former and current U.S. officials.
Two people familiar with the breach told the newspaper it occurred at the Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye, New York. The small structure about 20 miles from New York City is used for flood control.
The hackers gained access to the dam through a cellular modem, the Journal said, citing an unclassified Department of Homeland Security summary of the incident that did not specify the type of infrastructure.
The dam is a 20-foot-tall concrete slab across Blind Brook, about five miles from Long Island Sound.
"It's very, very small," Rye City Manager Marcus Serrano told the newspaper. He said FBI agents visited in 2013 to ask the city's information-technology manager about a hacking incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the absolute, incontrovertible proof that this was actually the fault of the Iranian government exists.....where?!?

And if this incident actually happened in 2013, why is it being reported now?!? To vilify the Iranian government and the Iranian people?!?

If something this completely sloppy passes for alleged "news" at Reuters, the executive leadership should resign, en masse.

And since the P5 +1 agreement has been approved, why the push to demonize Iran right now?!?

One simply has to wonder...............

Dec 21 08:34

Four Russian Fighter Jets to Escort President Assad's Plane in Visit to Tehran

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's plane will be escorted by four Russian fighter jets during his upcoming visit to Iran, reports said, adding that the US coalition has been alerted to stand down as the Russian jets will have the permission to fire at will at any incoming aircraft.

Dec 21 08:13

Iran sees Israeli lobby behind U.S. visa waiver changes

Iran's foreign ministry said on Monday that Israeli lobbying was behind a new measure passed by the U.S. Congress that will prevent visa-free travel to the United States for people who have visited Iran or hold Iranian nationality.

The measure, which President Barack Obama signed into law on Friday, also applies to Iraq, Syria and Sudan, and was introduced as a security measure following the Islamic State attacks in Paris and similar attacks in San Bernardino.

Iran, a Shi'ite Muslim theocracy staunchly opposed to Sunni radicalism, says its inclusion on the list is intended to undermine a nuclear deal that Tehran reached with world powers, including the United States, in July, known as the JCPOA.

Dec 20 10:01

Iranian Foreign Ministry Confirms US Kerry's Letter to Zarif on Visa Waiver Program

Iran's foreign ministry confirmed that US Secretary of State John Kerry has sent a letter to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on changes in the US Visa Waiver Program to promise Washington's efforts to nullify the Israeli-sponsored senate approval...

Dec 20 09:50

Iranian President Wants Probe into Financial Supporters of Terrorist Groups

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned of the growing danger of terrorism against all the world states, and called for international investigations into the origin of the terrorist groups' financial sources and their financiers. "Unfortunately, today, certain states support the terrorist groups through supplying facilities and weapons and of course, identification of the terrorist groups' supporters is not difficult," Rouhani added.
It took more than four years for the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution to clog up ISIL’s revenue stream. Now the pressing question is why not also impose sanctions on the terrorist group’s financiers and enablers? http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940928001081

Dec 20 07:30

US pushing envelope on Russia

“And of course, what the United States has been doing in conjunction with Israel and Saudi Arabia and Turkey and the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council states in supporting ISIL and supporting al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria in an attempt, among other things, to marginalize the Russian position in that part of the world, we have really been pushing the envelope,” he said. The analyst said that “these policies are wrong, they’re evil, and they’re immoral. But beyond that, they are simply insane.” “Because Russia is a proud nation, Russia is a legitimate military power. Russia is a nuclear power,” he added.

Dec 19 10:31

Iran to ship 9k tons of enriched uranium to Russia in coming days

Tehran will export 9,000 tons of enriched uranium stockpile to Russia within days, according to the head of Iran’s nuclear agency. The move is part of what Iran agreed to in the nuclear deal struck in July.

Dec 18 23:04

John Kerry's Moscow Lovefest

This has got to be the biggest foreign policy somersault in the last two decades and Kerry carried it off without a trace of shame, in fact, he never veered from his cheery script the entire trip.

Okay, but were the Russians taken in by Kerry’s performance?

Heck no, in fact, they acted exactly as one would expect them to act. They treated Kerry with the utmost respect, listened politely to everything he had to say, nodded, smiled and shook hands at all the appropriate times, and then got back to the business of bombing the holy crap out of the US-backed terrorists operating in Syria.

Dec 18 15:00

Bernie Campaign Under Attack After Accusing Hillary of “Encouraging Islamic Extremism”

Perhaps now we know what was behind the timing of the most recent scandal for Bernie Sanders – concerning improper access to a Democratic database by members of staff.

Bernie Sanders has accused Hillary Clinton of encouraging Islamic extremism in Libya, in a prelude to a Democratic debate on Saturday during which he is expected to go on the attack for the first time over the unintended consequences of the former secretary of state’s more interventionist foreign policy.

Preemption and the destruction of all enemies is a recipe straight from the Clinton cookbook.

Read more

Dec 18 09:32

Iranian Speaker: US Visa Waiver Program Clear Violation of N. Deal

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined that the possible changes in the US Visa Waiver Program proposed by the Congress blatantly violate the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers clinched in July. "Although it is not an important issue, it is aimed at harassment and is against the paragraphs 28 and 29 of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)," Larijani said, addressing a gathering in the Central city of Qom on Thursday. "If the Americans pursue the plan, they will destroy an achievement with their own hands since it is against the JCPOA and it will trouble them," he added.

Dec 18 09:29

Iran calls for concerted international effort to beat Isis and end Syrian war

"How dare they!" - Official White Horse Souce

Dec 17 15:12

IAEA Report Finds Many Allegations on Iran’s Nuclear History Are Baseless

Robert Kelley says the IAEA had failed to adequately investigate charges that were made in the past by U.S. and Israel against Iran.

Dec 17 13:24

Military operations in preparation in and around Syria

The Western Press doesn’t have much to say about the military operations in Syria, except to affirm, without the slightest proof, that the Coalition is successfully bombing Daesh jihadists while the Russians continue to kill innocent civilians. It is in fact difficult to form a reasonable idea of the current situation, particularly since each side is readying its weapons in preparation for a wider conflict. Thierry Meyssan describes what is going on.

Dec 17 10:35

Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet

This isn’t a game, it’s a fight for survival; Russia’s survival as a sovereign country. That’s what the stakes are. That’s not something Putin takes lightly.

Would you be willing to defend your country against a foreign invasion?

That’s all Putin is doing in Syria. He’s just preempting the tidal wave of jihadis that’ll be coming his way once the current fracas is over. He figures it’s better to exterminate these US-backed maniacs in Syria now than face them in Chechnya, St Petersburg and Moscow sometime in the future. Can you blame him? After all, if Washington’s strategy works in Syria, then you can bet they’ll try the same thing in Beirut, Tehran and Moscow.

So what choice does Putin have?

Dec 17 10:29

No food & DVDs: Iran to impose sanctions on US-made goods import

Five months since the historic deal was reached on Iran's nuclear program, Tehran says sanction relief is a matter of weeks away. Despite that invitation, one country is not welcome. Tehran has decided to block the import of more than 200 American consumer goods

Dec 17 10:23

You Want War? Russia is Ready for War

Nobody needs to read Zbigniew Brzezinski’s “Grand Chessboard” 1997 opus to know US foreign policy revolves around one single overarching theme: prevent – by all means necessary – the emergence of a power, or powers, capable of constraining Washington’s unilateral swagger, not only in Eurasia but across the world.

The Pentagon carries the same message embedded in newspeak: the Full Spectrum Dominance doctrine.

Russian intel has certainly played all possible scenarios involving a NATO Turkish army on the Turkish-Syrian border as well as the possibility of Ankara closing the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles for the Russian “Syria Express”. Erdogan may not be foolish enough to offer Russia yet another casus belli. But Moscow is taking no chances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The event to which Mr. Escobar alludes is the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Princess Sophie of Hohenberg, which triggered World War 1.

It certainly appears to me that the US government is slouching toward initiating World War III, because war was the saviour of the US economy in World War 1 and World War 11.

However, those in Sodom on the Potomac seem to have forgotten, utterly, that because the US military doesn't have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome in a conventional military confrontation with Russia, that the conflict will most likely go nuclear in a heartbeat; and that is why the military option against Russia is so scarily dangerous.

Dec 15 11:57

IAEA Closes Iran's PMD Case

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) closed the case with probe into Iran's past nuclear activities, known as the PMD (possible military dimensions), after a consensus vote by its Board of Governors on Tuesday.

Dec 14 09:46

Iran's Deputy Top Commander: US Not Qualified to Comment on Human Rights

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri blasted US Secretary of State John Kerry for raising human rights allegations against Iran, and said Washington is not a justified party to comment on the human rights situation in Iran. "The US administration which is known as 'the Great Satan' and its military forces and other affiliated elements are shedding blood, destroying infrastructures and plundering the nations in different parts of the world, is not qualified to comment on human rights and it should rather stand trial as a war criminal," Jazzayeri said on Sunday.
Judiciary Chief: US Human Rights Allegations against Iran "Ridiculous" http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940923001291

Dec 14 08:39

Iran Condemns Terrorist Attack in Pakistan

The Iranian foreign ministry deplored the Sunday terrorist attack at a market which killed 22 Shiite Muslims and wounded 55 others in Pakistan’s Kurram tribal region near the Afghan border.

Iran Voices Deep Regret over Massacre of Shiite Muslims in Nigeria http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940923000209

Dec 14 07:12

With all eyes on ISIS, Democrats worry the U.S. could lose focus on Iran

Washington is all but singularly focused on how to combat and protect the country from the Islamic State.

But some Democrats say that President Obama and his administration should be paying more attention to Iran, which reportedly launched new ballistic missile tests in November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran has not invaded another country in a war of conquest in over 200 years. But they see the US and Israel attacking country after country in the Middle East and they hear the constant rhetoric coming from Washington DC and Tel Aviv about an eventual invasion of Iran, and so prudence demands they prepare to defend themselves if necessary.

Dec 14 06:54

MI6, S. Arabia Meet in Copenhagen to Launch Terrorist Attacks in Iran

Individuals who have played a major role in the recent unrests in the region, including George Sabra, the former leader of the opposition Syrian National Council, Abdulkarim al-Shamri, a member of the Bahraini parliament, Shirzad Kamangar, a member of the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), Mashour Saeedi, the former Commander of Kuwait's National Guards and Salahuddin Farouqi, the Jeish al-Adl terrorist group's leader, were among the participants in the conference.

The meeting was covered by a number of anti-Iran media, including al-Mostaqbal (affiliated to Saad Hariri, a Lebanese-Saudi billionaire who served as the Prime Minister of Lebanon from 2009 until 2011), al-Arabiya, the Saudi al-Akhbariya and the London-based al-Hayat.

Dec 10 10:55

IAEA Report Finds Many Allegations on Iran's Nuclear History Are Baseless

Robert Kelley says the IAEA had failed to adequately investigate charges that were made in the past by U.S. and Israel against Iran in order to derail negotiations.

Dec 09 20:45

Iran-Backed Shia Forces Threaten Turkey Over 'Incursion' Into Iraq

Shia militias with ties to Iran on Wednesday threatened to attack Turkish forces deployed to Iraqi territory unless Ankara withdraws its troops from the region.

Dec 09 17:56

You're Selling Us War (But We're Not Buying) - Claire K. Rivero

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