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EuropeNews 30 Sept 2009 By Farshad Kholghi I love my freedom, which was granted me through the courage of my parents to defy grafity and flee from Iran of the fundamentalists. We fled to Denmark, because my parents belong to the Bahai' faith, a new Iranian religion favouring equality, democratic thinking and enlightenment for all.
Late last week, I spoke with Representative Dennis Kucinich, D-OH, about the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act, specifically the provisions on Iran, and more broadly about the politics that repeatedly allow the country to seek war even after recent exercises proved to be disastrous. This conversation is edited slightly for length and clarity. GZ: I’d like to talk a little bit about the NDAA, which passed recently. You said on the House floor that it made a war with Iran basically a US policy. DK: The language of the NDAA is a prescription for war. Now, John Conyers was able to get an amendment accepted that says “this is not an authorization of war.”
In his first conversation of three hours with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Day One, March 20, of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel, the two leaders finally put to rest their long dispute over a unilateral Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear sites. In their news conference that night, both reiterated the principle that Israel has the right to independently defend itself against a perceived palpable threat from Iran - even if Washington does not share that perception. The practical application of this principle was rather different: Obama and Netanyahu spoke highly and repeatedly of the close military and intelligence cooperation their governments had developed and which they would hate above all to jeopardize. Obama: “There’s not much daylight between us on where Iran is at.
خبرگزاری هرانا - وضعیت جسمی حسین رونقی ملکی در پی ممانعت مسئولین قضایی و زندان از مرخصی استعلاجی این زندانی وخیم گزارش شده است. بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، ارگان خبری مجموعه فعالان حقوق بشر در ایران، پزشکان ارولوژ میگویند براساس سیتی اسکن جدیدی که از کلیههای حسین رونقی ملکی در اختیار دارند کلیه چپ این زندانی سیاسی کاملا از کار افتاده است و باید تخلیه شود. بنا به اظهار نظر پزشکانی که موفق به رویت این عکس سیتی اسکن شدهاند وضعیت کلیه راست حسین رونقی ملکی اصلا رضایت بخش نیست و در صورتی که بزودی تحت عمل جراحی قرار نگیرد از کار خواهد افتاد. پیشتر جراح رونقی اعلام کرده بود وی به علت عمل جراحی پلیوپلاستی faild نیازمند عمل جراحی مجدد است.
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By John T. Bennett - 12/05/11 02:46 PM ET Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) on Monday said the fallout from a U.S. spy aircraft that crashed in Iran shows the American-led mission in Afghanistan is destabilizing the entire region.
The Iranian army shot down an unmanned US reconnaissance plane over the east of Iran , a local military source was quoted as saying Sunday. According to the unnamed senior official cited by government-owned Press TV , an American-built RQ-170 Sentinel drone crossed into Iranian airspace from Afghanistan. More from GlobalPost: Top 10 ways US tries to subvert Iran
We have repeatedly noted the Iranian regime's love of protest --- well, protest that is 1) in America or 2) by Basij militia "students", say, in front of a foreign embassy. But what if the two could be combined? And what if it could be done through music?
The China-Iran-Russia axis has been dubbed "that other axis" by Asia Times ' Jephraim P. Gundzik, who wrote June 9, 2005, that "Beijing's increasingly close ties with Moscow and Tehran will thwart Washington's foreign policy goal of expanding US security footholds in the Middle East, Central Asia and Asia. However, the primacy of economic stability will most likely prevent a proxy-style military confrontation, in Iran or North Korea , between China and the US." 
On Thursday, Europe's foreign ministers are planning to meet in Brussels, where they will discuss whether to implement an Iranian oil import embargo as a way to pressure Iran to halt its nuclear program. France, in particular, has been advocating such a measure after an international report earlier this month revealed that Iran is moving closer to building its own nuclear weapon. While the international community seems to agree that something should be done to prevent Iran from increasing its nuclear capabilities, some worry that imposing an oil embargo or other sanctions affecting the country's oil industry could do more harm to the countries imposing the measures than to the Iranian regime itself. As they face precarious economic situations, countries like Greece and Italy have expressed reluctance to cut off oil imports from Iran, fearing that an embargo could drive up costs of fuel.
Iranian police officers scuffle with protesters trying to storm British Embassy in Tehran Tuesday. (Vahid Sale … Hundreds of Iranian protesters stormed the British embassy in Tehran on Tuesday , throwing firebombs and ransacking offices, in the latest stark example of escalating tensions between the West and Iran ostensibly over its nuclear program. Elements of the Iranian government appeared to at least tacitly condone the violent demonstration, which was observed by Iranian news reporters and television cameras. The protest came two days after Iran's parliament voted to expel Britain's envoy to Iran in retaliation for the United Kingdom's decision to join the United States and Canada in a new round of economic sanctions targeting Iran's petrochemical sector. Calling the situation an outrage, the British foreign office vigorously protested the incursion, and said it holds the Iranian government responsible.
Last February Britain’s then defense minister Liam Fox attended a dinner in Tel Aviv with a group described as senior Israelis. Alongside him sat Adam Werritty, a lobbyist whose “improper relations” with the minister would lead eight months later to Fox’s hurried resignation. According to several reports in the British media the Israelis in attendance at the dinner were representatives of the Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, while Fox and Werritty were accompanied by Matthew Gould, Britain’s ambassador to Israel. A former British diplomat has now claimed that the topic of discussion that evening was a secret plot to attack Iran.
IRAN says its defence computer systems have been infected with a ''supervirus'' similar to the one believed to have been created by Israel that severely damaged Tehran's nuclear program last year. Anti-virus experts have identified a virus called Duqu that they say shares properties with the Stuxnet worm apparently created by Mossad, the Israeli security service. It was thought to have targeted the nuclear program's centrifuges, the devices that enrich uranium to create nuclear fuel.
Speaking with Fars news agency, Isfahan’s deputy mayor confirmed the reports and said the authorities are investigating the matter. However, after the incident was reported in Israel, the report was taken off the Fars website. It seems that city authorities and the Iranian government were embarrassed by the reports of a blasts, releasing contradictory versions of the alleged events.
Panelists talked about the planned closure of Camp Ashraf and Iran’s nuclear threat. Camp Ashraf, located in Iraq, is scheduled to be shut down as U.S. troops leave Iraq by the end of 2011. The compound is home to .. Read More