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Choked Up

George W. Bush labeled Iran part of the access of evil. Barack H. Obama wants to leave them with hundreds of centrifuges spinning like mad to purify uranium.

Ask yourself: who’s right?

SHE wrote it knowing she would soon be hanged for a crime she had always denied committing, but Reyhaneh Jabbari, a young Iranian accused of killing a man trying to rape her, expressed no bitterness in her last will and testament.

“I don’t want to rot in the soil,” she wrote, adding her last wish was for her organs to be donated, anonymously, to “someone who needs them”. She told Sholeh Pakravan, her mother, not to wear black: “I wish I could have hugged you until I died.”

A university-educated interior designer, Ms Jabbari, 26, was executed at dawn on Saturday, in spite of an international campaign for clemency by human rights groups as well as the UN and the US Department of State.

At least she was spared the indignity of being strung from a crane in the street under the horrified gaze of sobbing relatives, the usual method of execution in Iran, which dispatches more of its citizens each year than any country except China.

With his smiling visage and Twitter use, Iranian President Hasan Rowhani may suggest a softer touch — it was reported over the weekend that he had “tried” to get Ms Jabbari’s sentence commuted — but executions have risen since he took office last year.

According to official figures, the death sentence was carried out on 369 prisoners last year. Amnesty International estimates the figure is closer to 700; and according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, 400 were executed in the first half of this year alone.

Two gay men were publicly hanged in August for consensual sodomy. Farzaneh Moradi, a young bride convicted of killing her husband, was hanged in March; and the country seems less tolerant than ever of even the mildest sins against orthodoxy.

Unveiled Iranians seen dancing in a YouTube video were subjected to a lashing. A British-Iranian woman was charged with “propaganda against the Iranian regime” for attending a male volleyball match.

Ms Pakravan, Jabbari’s mother, said she had been told on Tuesday that the execution was imminent and she would have to collect her daughter’s body from the prison.

“I cannot believe that these bitter and difficult hours are real,” she wrote on Facebook. “After seven years of pain and suffering, is this how my dear child comes to her end?”

Her daughter told her mother in her will that she did not want a grave “for you to come and mourn me there and suffer”. She added: “Please don’t cry. I love you.”

Yeah, I know it hurts. It’s supposed to. You should know this sort of evil exists in the world not only because you just should, but because such evil is well along the road to building an arsenal of nuclear weapons. They hang gays, they hang raped women, they hang women for the crime of being women.

The Iranian Revolution took place 35 years ago. Khomeini, Ahmadinejad, Rouhani—crimes committed across the globe, directly and by proxy, and we still haven’t figured out the Islamic Republic?

PS: I wondered what the feminists thought about this case, but NOW hasn’t addressed it. They haven’t mentioned Iran in three and a half years; only twice in the last five. Have a burka and a smile seems to be their motto.

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Shit Happens

Explosion in Iranian nuclear facility

Tough luck.

Two people died in an explosion that ripped through an explosive material production unit at a nuclear facility near Tehran, according to Iranian press reports on Monday.

The incident occurred at the Parchin military compound, not far from the Iranian capital, according to the Iranian Students News Agency.

The BBC said on Monday that a pro-opposition website was also reporting an explosion at the site.

The BBC cited the pro-reform website Sahamnews as saying that the explosion on Sunday evening was “so intense that windows of buildings 15 km (nine miles) away were shattered.”

“The glare from the blast could also be seen from a great distance,” the report said.

ISNA quoted Iran’s defense industries organization as saying that “[u]nfortunately, due to the incident, two workers of this production unit lost their lives.”

Israel in the past has alleged that Iran has used its Parchin military base as the site for secret tests of technology that could be used only for detonating a nuclear weapon.

Work place accident, I guess.

– Aggie

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Happy

I’ll show you happy:

An Iranian court has sentenced six young Iranians to prison plus 91 lashes for producing a viral video of Pharrell William’s hit single “Happy”.

The video drew ire from the country’s Islamic authorities for portraying women and men dancing together to western music. The women also appeared without their hijabs (Muslim headscarves), which are mandatory in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The court found them guilty of “participation in the making of a vulgar clip” and “illegitimate relations between members of the group,” according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

But the mullahs are not without mercy:

Five of the accused were given six-month prison sentences on top of the lashes, while the video’s producer – Sassan Soleimani – was apparently given a year.

The sentences will however be suspended for three years, meaning that they will not be carried out if those convicted refrain from similar “offenses” during that period. After three years the sentences will then be voided.

And they’ll have an A-bomb within the year. That make you happy?

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Meanwhile…

You know who loves ISIS? You know who sends amorous epistles to Putin? You know who thinks Hamass is just the dreamiest? You know who I bet is behind all the chaos, conflict, and cacophony in the world today, including ebola?

Iran:

Iran has failed to address concerns about suspected atomic bomb research by an agreed deadline, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday, a setback to hopes for an end to an international stand-off over Tehran’s atomic activity.

The Islamic Republic has implemented just three of five nuclear transparency steps that it was supposed to by Aug. 25 under a confidence-building deal it reached with the IAEA in November, according to the quarterly report.

Crucially, it has not provided information on the two issues that are part of the IAEA’s investigation: alleged experiments on explosives that could be used for an atomic device, and studies related to calculating nuclear explosive yields.

And Iran wonders why nobody believes them. But as a rational actor, Iran is John Gielgud. Who or what is going to stop them? The UN? Not worth discussing. NATO? What NATO country is threatened? Obama? Any worries Iran might have harbored about Obama have been swept away like a morning fog. In the clear light of day, they see the field is theirs. Now they’re just having fun:

The report said Iran, where a president seen as pragmatic took office in 2013 and revived diplomacy with the West, told the IAEA last week that most suspicions over its program were “mere allegations and do not merit consideration”.

A Vienna-based diplomat called that statement “worrying”.

The way a captured mouse is “worried” by the cat who has him at her mercy.

As Henry Kissinger just put it:

There has come into being a kind of a Shia belt from Tehran through Baghdad to Beirut. And this gives Iran the opportunity to reconstruct the ancient Persian Empire — this time under the Shia label.

From a geo-strategic point of view, I consider Iran a bigger problem than ISIS. ISIS is a group of adventurers with a very aggressive ideology. But they have to conquer more and more territory before they can became a geo-strategic, permanent reality. I think a conflict with ISIS — important as it is — is more manageable than a confrontation with Iran.

Not sure I’d have used that word “manageable”—didn’t do Obama any good—but of course he’s right. Iran has decades of crimes to its rap sheet. The only difference between the mad mullahs of Tehran and the criminally insane sh*ts of ISIS is that the former leave the heads on when they execute innocents. Can’t hang a person by the neck until dead if they’ve got no neck. Otherwise, Iran is ISIS with nukes, or soon will be.

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Americans Fleeing Iraq

The problem with the US is that we cannot learn.

Officials say three planeloads of Americans are being evacuated from a major Iraqi air base in Sunni territory north of Baghdad to escape potential threats from a fast-moving insurgency.

A current U.S. official and a former senior Obama administration official say that means the American training mission at the air field in Balad has been grounded indefinitely.

Twelve U.S. personnel who were stationed at Balad were the first to be evacuated. Several hundred American contractors are still waiting to leave.

They have been training Iraqi forces to use fighter jets and surveillance drones.

Other U.S. contractors at a tank training ground in the city of Taji is still ongoing for now.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they refused to be named in discussing the sensitive situation.

Sensitive indeed. This is a massive fail, brought to us by the moon bats. Because we went to war, but didn’t stay to complete it, there will be a massive bloodbath of Iraqi civilians. And I’ve read elsewhere that Iran is getting involved, so we may have reignited the Iran/Iraq war. We are simply too incompetent to be going to war. I’m not even sure we deserve a military at this point.

– Aggie

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You Have the Right to Remain Miserable [UPDATED]


Chuckles the Ayatollah

In the West it would be considered an innocuous albeit amateur tribute video to singer Pharrell Williams’ massively popular song “Happy.” But in Iran, a video of six men and unveiled women dancing in Tehran to hit song was enough to be arrested over.

“Sol Production” posted the tribute video on Monday to YouTube, which has already garnered nearly 40,000 views. Iranian police wasted no time in tracking down the happy Iranians, arresting them on Tuesday according to Al Arabiya.

“we have made this video as Pharell William’s (sic) fans in 8hrs, with iPhone 5S. ‘Happy’ was an excuse to be happy. We enjoyed every second of making it. Hope it puts a smile on your face.”

Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedinia did not have a smile on his face as he said “after a vulgar clip which hurt public chastity was released in cyberspace, police decided to identify those involved in making that clip,” reports the official ISNA News Agency.

“Following a series of intelligence and police operations and after coordinating with the judiciary, all the suspects were identified and arrested,” Sajedinia added. ISNA said the three men and three women had “confessed to their criminal acts.”

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei…said “equality between women and men is a Western matter and completely wrong. [Gender] equality is not always the outcome of justice.”

What are we doing even talking to these people? They hang gays, stone women, and arrest happy people for violating “public chastity”.

And that’s nothing compared to what they want to do:

We get results:

A group of Iranians who were arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams’ song Happy have been released on bail, reports from Tehran suggest.

One of the fans, fashion photographer Reihane Taravati, posted a photo on Instagram, saying: “Hi, I’m back.”

Of course she’s back. What part of #bringbackourvulgarclips do you not get?

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Speaking Truth to Power

Some truth, but very little power:

Speaking to an audience at the Payame Noor University in Mashhad, Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi, a member of the Iranian Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution [said the following]:

What’s the name of the lady from that [EU] thing? Ashton… Sister Ashton… The hijab she is wearing doesn’t look good. It used to look better. In the past, what’s-his-name would mend her hijab. She used to pull it forward, but the last time I saw her, she had pulled it back, and her clothes didn’t look so great. I don’t look at her as a sister anymore. I look at her as a mother.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is a puppet. You know that, right? They inflate him in the morning, and remove the air in the evening. The Americans provide him with texts, and tell him what to say today and what to say tomorrow. Then he reads the texts out loud to them, to make sure he gets it right.

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Look, this is what the [Westerners] are like. If we give them an inch, tomorrow they will demand that we suspect our entire nuclear program, the next day, they will tell us how to practice our religion, and the day after that, they will tell us to respect the rights of homosexuals.

Obama said to the president of Angola in Africa: “You must declare that you legally accept homosexuals, or else we will impose sanctions upon you.” That’s what they are like. They stop at nothing.

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That’s what they are like. They are a bunch of animals. The Koran instructs us to preserve our honor and not to let them control us.

No, no, it’s Christian nations like Uganda we order to accept homosexuality. Your lot is free to stone them and hang them as you have been. Carry on.

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Bibi Cites Reality

But Western antisemitism is a stronger force than reality

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu blasted the world’s hypocrisy on Monday, saying there is a wave of condemnation of Israel when it “builds a balcony in Jerusalem,” but only a drizzle of censure when Iran tries to smuggle long-range missiles into Gaza.

Hmm, we should do a pool on the first city to host one of those exploding suitcases. My bet is Washington, DC. Why? Because the Iranians hate us and because the terror experienced by career politicians will bring America to her knees.

Of course, it could be NY or Paris or London, but I’m betting on DC. You know, that might be wrong… DC probably has better security than London. Perhaps they’ll begin there.

– Aggie

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Well, Looky Here

Is that a missile in your hold—or are you just glad to see me?

The IDF Spokesman said Sunday that operation “Full Exposure,” for intercepting Iranian arms ship Klos C, has ended. The containers aboard the ship, which was intercepted by IDF naval commandos off the coast of Sudan, have all been offloaded and their contents thoroughly examined.

Forces from the Navy, the Combat Engineering Corps and the Munitions Corps took part in offloading and inspecting the containers, following the ship’s arrival in Eilat yesterday.

The list of weapons that the ship carried is as follows:

Forty M-302 rockets, with a range of 90 to 160 km.

181 mortar shells, 122 mm caliber.

About 400,000 bullets, 7.62 caliber.

Bullets of the 7.62 mm caliber are usually used in Kalashnikov-type assault rifles.

“These weapons are advanced arms that would have endangered millions of Israeli citizens,” said the IDF Spokesman.

Thusly:

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The bad news about the map is that nearly all of Israel would have been at risk. The good news is that it’s all Israel.

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More Wins For The Obama Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization

Saudi Arabia has come out in support of Bashar Assad.

Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, official Saudi television reported citing a statement by the Interior Ministry.

The kingdom has also designated Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, whose fighters are battling Syrian President Bashar Assad, as terrorist organizations.

Last year, the Egyptian government intensified its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and formally listed the group as a terrorist organization after accusing it of carrying out a suicide bomb attack on a police station that killed 16 people.

Interesting in so many ways. I thought that US policy was to support “the rebels” and take down Bashar Assad? And I thought the Saudis were our “allies”? Also that Syria was a satellite nation to Iran, an enemy of Saudi Arabia? Does this mean that Barack Obama and John Kerry have succeeded in uniting Saudi Arabia with Iran, under the rubric of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”?

It is also interesting that Egypt suffers one little bombing and they take a nutty. Show restraint, guys, show restraint.

PS – More and more I believe that House of Cards is a documentary.

– Aggie

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Ship of Fools

Reader Jeanette sent us this graphic from the IDF:

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I’m not sure why the lying ayatollahs took such a circuitous route. Doubtless to throw off the scent.

Nice try:

The world will see the Iranian leaders for the liars that they are when the captured ship Iran sent to the Gaza Strip with Syrian missiles arrives in Eilat in the coming days, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday.

“The government in Iran says that everything is lies,” Netanyahu said after visiting the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. “In another few days, the ship will arrive in Eilat, and we will see who is the liar. We will reveal before the whole world the true face of Iran.”

“Did you ever hear about Iran sending a humanitarian delegation overseas? No?” Netanyahu said during his speech. “You know why? You know why you haven’t heard anything about that? Because the only thing that Iran sends abroad are rockets, terrorists and missiles to murder, maim and menace the innocent.”

Netanyahu, wrapping up his five-day visit to the US at the Museum of Tolerance, said that while there, he had seen the letter Hitler wrote calling for the destruction of the Jews.

“Iran today is calling for the destruction of Israel,” he said. “Then there were also those who did not want to believe. We take them seriously. When someone says they want to destroy the Jews, take them seriously, prepare, and warn the world,” he said.

Good advice. We will.

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What Does The Iranian Military Think Of Obama?

Low IQ, a joke…

President Barack Obama is a “low-IQ US president,” whose threat to launch a military offensive should nuclear talks fail is an oft-cited punchline in the Islamic Republic, particularly among children, an Iranian general said on Tuesday.

“The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General Masoud Jazayeri said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.

Jazayeri was responding to the US president’s interview in Bloomberg on Sunday, in which Obama maintained that the Iranian leadership should take his “all options on the table” stance — including the warning of a potential military strike — seriously.

“We have a high degree of confidence that when they look at 35,000 US military personnel in the region that are engaged in constant training exercises under the direction of a president who already has shown himself willing to take military action in the past, that they should take my statements seriously,” the president told Bloomberg.

Jazayeri called Obama’s statements regarding the deployment of US troops “completely inexpert remarks far from the reality, and these statements can be used as the joke of the year.”

The Iranian news agency Tuesday published a political cartoon mocking the US president, calling it: “All Options on Table.” This Time for Russia.” In a jab at US non-intervention in Ukraine, the cartoon portrays Obama peering forlornly into an empty paint can with the label “Red Line” while Russian President Vladimir Putin walks away saying, “I think you used it all on Syria.”

Here’s the cartoon:

all options

This is from an English language (sort of) Farsi news site. Who knows what the government really thinks, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they laugh at Obama.

– Aggie

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