Posts Tagged ‘Iran’

Peres To The UN : Ahmadinejad Is A Disgrace To Islam

September 28, 2008

Is there anything new or newsworthy in the glorious paradise known as the Islamic Republic of Iran? A few links:
500 prisoners in holy city in Iran (Mashad) will be executed

Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, Mashhad’s prosecutor said that “500 prisoners are facing the gallows.” This is the second time in less than a month that shocking news of increasing number of death row inmates surface in Iran. The first was that of the 150 prisoners soon to face gallows in the southern city of Dashtistan in the coastal province of Bushehr.

More than 800 factory workers block highway in Iran

More than 800 workers employed by the Pars Paper mill factory gathered outside the governor’s office in the southwestern city of Ahwaz. When the officials paid no attention to their demands for overdue salaries in the past three months, they blocked the Ahwaz-Andimeshk highway which is the jugular vein of Iran’s oil rich province in the south.

Another juvenile (17) on death row in Iran

A young man identified as Mahyar Haghgoo was sentenced to death for a crime he allegedly committed when 17, the state-run daily Kargozaran reported on Tuesday. Mehyar was sentenced to death in the northern city of Rasht where the court did not take into consideration his mental status or age.

Sixty-one people in Iran arrested for eating in public

Colonel Mehdi Ahmadi, the State Security Forces (SSF) – mullahs’ suppressive police— spokesman said that 61 people were arrested for eating outdoors while 157 others were given warning citations for the same crime, reported the state-run website Tabnak on Friday. “Four restaurants were sealed for selling food in the morning hours,” Ahmadi said.

26.000 get warning for not fasting by the police in Iran

Brig. Gen. Hossein Zolfaqari, deputy chief of the State Security Forces (SSF) – mullahs’ suppressive police – said that 26,000 people were stopped on the streets to receive warring citations for not fasting only in the first week of holy month of Ramadan. “They ate in public during hours of fasting,” Zolfaqari said. In addition to that number, some 755 restaurants and 766 drivers were ticketed for breaking the fast.

Larry King Live!

September 23, 2008

Fiction:

The cartoon above.

Fact:

Ahmadinejad Exclusive

Tonight, a “Larry King Live” exclusive! His interview with Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Get his take on America’s political candidates in a revealing hour!
Tonight, 9pm ET
Email Your questions!

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Pirates and Plutonium?

September 23, 2008

The Islamic Republic of Iran, with a history of flouting international conventions and in the process of enriching uranium outside of international supervision, is currently involved in negotiations with Somalian pirates over the return of one of its merchant ships:

A tense standoff is underway in northeastern Somalia between pirates, Somali authorities, and Iran over a suspicious merchant vessel and its mysterious cargo. Hijacked late last month in the Gulf of Aden, the MV Iran Deyanat remains moored offshore in Somali waters and inaccessible for inspection. Its declared cargo consists of minerals and industrial products, however, Somali and regional officials directly involved in the negotiations over the ship and who spoke to The Long War Journal are convinced that it was heading to Eritrea to deliver small arms and chemical weapons to Somalia’s Islamist insurgents.

Pretty tame so far, until you skip to this paragraph:

The MV Iran Deyanat was brought to Eyl, a sleepy fishing village in northeastern Somalia, and was secured by a larger gang of pirates – 50 onboard and 50 onshore. Within days, pirates who had boarded the ship developed strange health complications, skin burns and loss of hair. Independent sources tell The Long War Journal that a number of pirates have also died. “Yes, some of them have died. I do not know exactly how many but the information that I am getting is that some of them have died,” Andrew Mwangura, Director of the East African Seafarers’ Assistance Program, said Friday when reached by phone in Mombasa.

Classic symptoms of radiation poisoning. Read it all…

Silenced

September 22, 2008

Alaska Governor and Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was scheduled to give a speech today at a rally in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza to protest the appearance of President Ahmadinejad of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Her appearance was canceled by rally organizers who felt her appearance would turn the protest into a political event.

The speech she would have given:

I am honored to be with you and with leaders from across this great country — leaders from different faiths and political parties united in a single voice of outrage.

Tomorrow, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will come to New York — to the heart of what he calls the Great Satan — and speak freely in this, a country whose demise he has called for.

Ahmadinejad may choose his words carefully, but underneath all of the rhetoric is an agenda that threatens all who seek a safer and freer world. We gather here today to highlight the Iranian dictator’s intentions and to call for action to thwart him.

He must be stopped. (more…)

Abomber 08

July 18, 2008

The clock is still ticking on this religious zealot.

♪ If Dogs Run Free ♪

November 20, 2007

From the Islamic Republic of Iran:

Ahmadinejad in dog house over security sweep

Dog is supposed to be man’s best friend but it may not be the right mode of protection if you are a pious leader of an Islamic state with a reputation for forgoing luxuries.

So perhaps, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, should have known better than to allow his security team to deploy four highly trained sniffer dogs in a search for explosives before his appearance at the national press exhibition.

It hardly helped that journalists attending the event at Tehran’s youth artistic and cultural centre were ordered outside for more than two hours to enable the animals to scour the venue unhindered, before it was declared safe for the president.

The incident has put Ahmadinejad in the dog house with his critics, who point out the contradiction between the canine deployment and classic Islamic teaching that dogs are unclean. Grumbles have also been heard about the cost of the animals, which were bought for a total of £314,000.

Some complained that the dogs contradicted the president’s carefully crafted “simple-life, justice-seeking, anti-luxury” image, the conservative website Tabnak reported.

A contrast has also been drawn between Ahmadinejad’s decision, on taking office, to remove costly Persian rugs from his presidential quarters, in keeping with his ascetic persona.

Iran quietly broke its religious taboo on dogs several years ago when officials decided to use them at airports and border crossings for detecting drug traffickers. However, their deployment in the protection of the head of state may be unprecedented, at least since the 1979 Islamic revolution. source

“Gays Should Be Hanged”

November 14, 2007

From the country where homosexuals do not exist:

Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured and possibly both, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference, The Times has learnt.

Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit that Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality after a spate of reports that gay youths were being hanged.

President Ahmadinejad, questioned by students in New York two months ago about the executions, dodged the issue by suggesting that there were no gays in his country. source

Crackdown Continues in Iran

November 12, 2007

Leading the way back to the 7th century…

Iranian police have unveiled a list of “vices” — including makeup, un-Islamic dress and decadent movies — being targeted in an ongoing moral crackdown, a conservative newspaper reported on Monday.The list was published in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper as part of a police drive launched in April which has seen the arrest of “thugs”, raids on underground parties, seizures of satellite dishes, and street checks of improperly dressed individuals.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last week urged police to keep up its crackdown on social vices, saying they must “fulfill their duties regardless of some opposition and propaganda.”

Some moderates have questioned the need for the moral crackdown but conservatives have applauded police for a drive they say is popular with the public and necessary to improve security in society.

“The list of illegal behaviour against the security and morality of society which will be pursued by police… has been announced,” the Jomhuri Eslami said.

The list, which does not make any reference to gender, highlights the fight against extortionists and drug dealers as well as what it terms “inappropriate” clothing which is short, tight or seethrough.

Thousands of women have been warned for wearing tight, short coats and skimpy headscarves and for flouting the Islamic dress code, which requires every post-pubescent woman to cover their hair and body contours.

“Wearing boots with short pants, wearing hats or scarves which do not fully cover hair and neck instead of the proper head veil and putting on unusual make-up that contradicts public chastity (is forbidden),” the list said.

“Wearing Western-style clothes and insignias of deviant groups (usually a reference to referring to Satanists or rappers),” was on the list alongside “production and distribution of decadent movies as well as private home-made videos.”

Iran has in recent months stepped up executions of criminals rounded up in the drive, in a clear warning to those deemed a menace to society. source

Not to mention that horror of horrors; alcohol!