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Obama Election Sparks Discussion of Race, Leaders Other Lands

November 12, 2008
A Tehran news weekly was shut down by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week after featuring President-elect Barack Obama on its front cover and asking the question, “Why doesn’t Iran have an Obama?”
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The news magazine Shahrvand-e Emrouz [Today’s Citizen] went too far for the hardline president, who quickly had Iran’s Press Supervisory Board ban the publication, the Times of London reported.

The closure of the propular reformist weekly suggests that Ahmadinejad is determined to silence his critics as he prepares for elections next June that could hand him a second-four year term.

The Iranian media has blamed numerous problems in recent weeks on Ahmadinejad. His expansionary budget is blamed for rampant inflation, oil prices have plummeted, aides have admitted that he suffers from strain and exhaustion, and an embarrassing forgery scandal claimed the scalp of his interior minister last week, the Times reported.

This week, however, Ahmadinejad collected support from some newspapers for his message of congratulations to Obama, which several newspaper commentaries on Tuesday presented an important opportunity.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends an official ...

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi
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 Could Britain Have a Black PM?

From the BBC

Now the US has elected its first black president, how long until the UK has a black or Asian prime minister?


When Barack Obama claimed that his story could only have happened in America, he might have been looking across the Atlantic for evidence.

The odds of a black or Asian person taking the keys to 10 Downing Street any time soon are slim.

Tony Blair acknowledged as much in 2001, when he suggested the US was ahead of the UK in having people from ethnic minorities occupying some of the top political posts.

Mr Blair was mindful of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice at the heart of the White House, but probably hadn’t even heard of Obama.

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Incentives package prepared for Iran

March 18, 2008

By Nicholas Kralev
The Washington Times
March 18, 2008

The United States and four other veto-wielding states on the U.N. Security Council are preparing a package of incentives aimed at Iran’s newly elected parliament in hopes of ending the country’s uranium-enrichment program — the main impediment to improved ties between Iran and the West.

A cleric casts his ballot in Iran's parliamentary election at ...
cleric casts his ballot in Iran’s parliamentary election at a polling station in the city of Qom, 120 km (75 miles) south of Tehran March 14, 2008.(Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)

The proposal includes economic, technological and security benefits, spare parts for Iran’s aging fleet of Boeing aircraft and help developing a civilian nuclear energy program, U.S. and European officials said yesterday.

The effort resembles a 2006 offer that Tehran rejected, prompting a series of U.N. sanctions.
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Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) attends a ceremony to mark the Iranian New Year holiday, called Norouz, in Tehran March 17, 2008. Iran’s New Year starts on March 20 this year.
REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (IRAN)

This time, officials said, they will be more specific about the timing of the incentives. They also expressed hope it will persuade new members of parliament after elections Friday.

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Resigned to Reality

March 16, 2008

By Oliver North
The Washington Times
March 16, 2008

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer stands next to his wife Silda ...
Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York resigned this week, which
took a lot of newspaper ink and air time on TV and radio.
Admiral “Fox” Fallon also resigned.  Why? 
(Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

….potentates of the press didn’t even notice the sex scandal that claimed the career of another powerful hypocrite: Tehran’s brutal police chief, Gen. Reza Zarei. The general, a favorite of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been responsible for “moral enforcement” of Shariah law, including “dress codes” that require women to be covered from head to toe. The chief “stepped down” after he was caught nude in a Tehran brothel accompanied by six naked prostitutes. It’s a shame our press corps missed this one.

Mr. Spitzer’s sexual shenanigans also pushed another unexpected departure into the background noise — that of U.S. Navy Adm. William “Fox” Fallon, who was commander in chief of U.S. Central Command (CentCom). Though devoid of the titillating details oozing out of Albany and Tehran, the March 11 resignation of the senior U.S. military commander in the world’s most troubled and dangerous region is rife with hypocrisy….
Commander of the U.S. Central Command Navy Adm. William Fallon ... 
Commander of the U.S. Central Command Navy Adm. William Fallon testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in this March 4, 2008 file photo.REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

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U.S. foes target Latin America

February 8, 2008

By Sara A. Carter
The Washington Times
February 8, 2008

Iran, Cuba and Venezuela are working together against the U.S. by undermining democracy in Latin America, allowing trafficking of illegal drugs and creating safe havens for extremist groups, intelligence officials said.
Testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday, National Intelligence Director Michael McConnell said that influence from the three countries — led respectively by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez — has spilled into Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador, which “are pursuing agendas that undercut checks and balances” of democratic governments.

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 Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez salutes during a military parade to celebrate the 16th anniversary of a failed coup d’etat led by him in 1992, in Valencia, 160 km (99 miles) from Caracas, February 4, 2008.(Ho-Miraflores Palace/Reuters)

“Moreover, each of these governments, to varying degrees, has engaged in sharply anti-U.S. rhetoric, aligned with Venezuela and Cuba — and increasingly Iran — on international issues, and advocated measures that directly clash with U.S. initiatives,” said Mr. McConnell, whose department oversees all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, surrounded by officials, stands under a research rocket, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Feb. 4, 2008. Iran launched a research rocket Monday and unveiled its first major space center that will be used to launch research satellites, state-run television reported.(AP Photo/ISNA, Mehdi Ghasemi)

Iran’s Chief Nuclear Negotiator Resigns

October 20, 2007

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Iranian government announced Saturday that its top nuclear negotiator had resigned, a move seen as a victory for hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that could bring about an even tougher stance in ongoing talks.

Government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham, said Saeed Jalili, a little-known deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs, was to succeed Ali Larijani as lead negotiator effective immediately.

Larijani in many cases held a hardline view on the nuclear standoff between Iran and the West ….

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Russia’s Putin Warns U.S. From Iran

October 16, 2007

By Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press Writer 

TEHRAN, Iran – Russian leader Vladimir Putin met his Iranian counterpart Tuesday and implicitly warned the U.S. not to use a former Soviet republic to stage an attack on Iran. He also said nations shouldn’t pursue oil pipeline projects in the area if they weren’t backed by regional powers.

At a summit of the five nations that border the inland Caspian Sea, Putin said none of the nations’ territory should be used by any outside countries for use of military force against any nation in the region. It was a clear reference to long-standing rumors that the U.S. was planning to use Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic, as a staging ground for any possible military action against Iran.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
محمود احمدی‌نژاد
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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Iran leader says nuclear issue closed

September 25, 2007

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Tuesday that “the nuclear issue of Iran is now closed,” and indicated that Tehran will disregard U.N. Security Council resolutions imposed by “arrogant powers” and demanding suspension of its uranium enrichment.


Instead, he said, Iran has decided to pursue the monitoring of its nuclear program “through its appropriate legal path,” the International Atomic Energy Agency which is the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog.

When Ahmadinejad was ushered to the podium of the U.N. General Assembly to speak, the U.S. delegation walked out…

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Big Disappointment

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Let Him Rant

September 25, 2007

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 25, 2007

Set aside the emotions, the threats and twisting of truths that pulse through this week’s visit to New York by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. His presence, as unpleasant as it is to so many, is more likely to be helpful than hideous.

Ahmadinejad’s U.S. speaking tour featured a controversial, televised speech yesterday at Columbia University. Today, he is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly.

The Iranian leader won’t say anything new. He didn’t yesterday: Knowledge is crucial, free speech essential, piousness supreme, Israel is the world’s biggest irritant, and Iran wants peace, not nuclear weapons.

Behind his lines were damnable lies – he shamefully denies the Holocaust occurred. Falsehood, not fact, about the pogrom fit his hatred of Israel. Ideologues won’t let truth clear their myopia.

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Ahmadinejad: Vilest Form of Inhuman Scum

Ahmadinejad seeks to soothe critics

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Big Disappointment

Ahmadinejad: Vilest Form of Inhuman Scum

September 25, 2007

By John E. Carey
September 25, 2007

Using the “Freedom of Speech” protections we in the United States take for granted, the vilest form of inhuman scum can come to New York City, speak at a major University and address the U.N. He can defend a way of life, shrouded in a religion, that has suicide bombing at its core. He can deny facts looming as large as the Holocaust and his own nuclear weapon intention.

But he can’t go to “Ground Zero.”

American remain the land of the free and the home of the politically correct.

Still, although Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got attention on the U.S. national and the world stage Monday, it was all the wrong kind if you are a thinking human being.

Mr. Ahmadinejad praised the “hundreds of years, we’ve lived in friendship and brotherhood with the people of Iraq.”

He seemed to forget about a decade long carnage that killed one million people between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s. That war featured weapons of mass destruction – chemical weapons.

Mr. Ahmadinejad also didn’t seem aware of 500 years of fighting during the Ottoman Empire.

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post wrote, “‘Our people are the freest people in the world,’ said the man whose government executes dissidents, jails academics and stones people to death.”

Mr. Ahmadinejad is the vilest form of inhuman scum. What he and his government in Iran want is a radical Islamic state.

We had some taste of what such an Islamic state might look like earlier this year in Pakistan.

At the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) in Islamabad, militant Islamic insurgents kidnapped policemen, set off bombs and conducted a six month stad-off with Pakistani police and Army officials. In one instance, Chinese women were kidnapped and accused of being prostitutes. The militants said they wanted to purify Pakistan and return it to a hard-core fundamentalist Islamic nation.

Islamabad’s most radical clerics used the Red Mosque’s thousands of students in an aggressive campaign to impose Taliban-style Islamic law in the capital.

The siege at the Red Mosque was grinding toward its conclusion on July 4, 2007.

We say to the Red Mosque rebels and Mr. Ahmadinejad: no thank you. The militants in Pakistan want a safe haven for waging the terror war against the non-Islamic world and Mr. Ahmadinejad is in that same club.Mr.

Ahmadinejad is not kidding and he is no joke. He brutalizes his own people, has no concept of human rights and smirks as he tells lies about his nation, his intentions and the United States and its allies.

Bravo to President Bollinger from Columbia for further exposing Mr. Ahmadinejad as the vilest form of inhuman scum he really is.

Iran: Retaliation for any Israeli attack

September 19, 2007

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran has drawn up plans to bomb Israel if the Jewish state should attack, the deputy air force commander said Wednesday, adding to tensions already heated up by an Israeli airstrike on Syria and Western calls for more U.N. sanctions against Tehran.

Other Iranian officials also underlined their country’s readiness to fight if the U.S. or Israel attacks, a reflection of concerns in Tehran that demands by the U.S. and its allies for Iran to curtail its nuclear program could escalate into military action.

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