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Post by Addie » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:27 pm

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[link]The Global Dispatch,http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/lindse ... end-82742/[/link]





Lindsey Graham Says He Plans To Introduce An Authorization For The Use Of Military Force In Iran By Summers End





Just days after saying the same thing in an interview at the Capital last Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham R-SC) again said in front of a friendly audience at a conference put on by the Christians United for Israel that he introduce a resolution to authorize war with Iran.





“If nothing changes in Iran, come September, October, I will present a resolution that will authorize the use of military force to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb,” Graham told the conference audience.





“The only way to convince Iran to halt their nuclear program is to make it clear that we will take it out,” he continues.





The National Iranian American Council came out today condemning Graham’s call to war.


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Post by SueDB » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:39 pm

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[link]The Global Dispatch,http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/lindse ... end-82742/[/link]





Lindsey Graham Says He Plans To Introduce An Authorization For The Use Of Military Force In Iran By Summers End





Just days after saying the same thing in an interview at the Capital last Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham R-SC) again said in front of a friendly audience at a conference put on by the Christians United for Israel that he introduce a resolution to authorize war with Iran.





“If nothing changes in Iran, come September, October, I will present a resolution that will authorize the use of military force to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb,” Graham told the conference audience.





“The only way to convince Iran to halt their nuclear program is to make it clear that we will take it out,” he continues.





The National Iranian American Council came out today condemning Graham’s call to war.For a moment I thought it was another ludicrous article from the Onion... :( :(


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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:00 pm

For a moment I thought it was another ludicrous article from the Onion... :( :(An article from the Onion would have Iran replaced with "fill in the blank".
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Post by Dolly » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:06 pm

Iran's new president calls Israel an 'old wound'Ahead of his inauguration, Iran's new president on Friday called Israel an "old wound" that should be removed, while tens of thousands of Iranians marched in support of Muslim claims to the holy city of Jerusalem.Hasan Rouhani's remarks about Israel — which Iran considers to be its archenemy — echoed longstanding views of other Iranian leaders and could tarnish his image in the West as a voice of moderation in Iranian affairs.But no Iranian leader is likely to diverge from Iran's longstanding denunciations of Israel and the remarks are not necessary evidence that Rouhani would roll back his support for calmer relations with the West, including possible one-on-one dialogue with Washington."The Zionist regime has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world for years and the wound should be removed," Rouhani was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency.The president-elect also expressed doubts about the possibility of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal even as the two sides resumed negotiations in Washington this week, ending a five-year freeze in Mideast talks."Israelis show a compromising face to the world but continue their expansionism in practice," Rouhani said according to Fars, another semi-official news agency.However, Rouhani's official website later Friday published somewhat different comments, citing him only as saying that "the occupation of Palestine and Jerusalem ... is a wound on the body of the Islamic world," without any direct reference to Israel or saying that this wound should be removed.The two versions of his comments could not immediately be reconciled[/break1]yahoo.com/irans-president-calls-israel-old-wound-083633283.html]http://news.yahoo.com/irans-president-c ... 33283.html


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Post by Addie » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:40 am

[link]New York Times,http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/world ... -iran.html[/link]





Through Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in Iran ...





At the core of Iran’s recent diplomatic charm offensive — a process that has included the release of 11 prominent political prisoners and a series of conciliatory statements by top Iranian officials — is an exchange of letters, confirmed by both sides, between Mr. Obama and President Hassan Rouhani.





The election of Mr. Rouhani, a moderate, in June kindled hopes that diplomacy might end the chronic impasse with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. But the letters, and the cautious hope they have generated, suggest there is a genuine opportunity for change. ...





If direct negotiations were to begin, Mr. Obama’s letter-writing skills might again be called into play. “Presidential correspondence,” said Dennis B. Ross, who advised Mr. Obama on Iran at the White House, “is used often in negotiations as a form of assurance or clarification.”





Mr. Ross said the president’s reliance on letters to Iranian leaders made sense because in the absence of a formal relationship, “There are few other fully authoritative ways to convey a message we completely control.” The letters, his advisers say, also reflect the value that Mr. Obama attaches to direct diplomacy.





Mr. Obama and Mr. Rouhani both plan to speak to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Will they try an even more direct form of diplomacy: greeting each other in person? The White House says nothing is planned.


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Post by Dolly » Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:21 pm

[thumbnail]http://msnbcmedia1.msn.com/j/streams/20 ... _large.jpg[/thumbnail]Archaeo-diplomacy: US gives million-dollar cup back to IranHere's one more sign of a thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations: A 2,700-year-old silver drinking cup, looted from a cave in Iran and seized by U.S. Customs officials a decade ago, was returned to Iran this week. Its value is estimated at a million dollars or more.The ceremonial drinking vessel from the 7th century B.C., cast in the shape of a winged griffin, has been sitting in a warehouse in New York for years. And for years, U.S. officials have been saying they couldn't return it to Iran until relations between Washington and Tehran were normalized. "This piece can't go back," the New York Post quoted James McAndrew, senior special agent in charge of cultural property for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as saying in 2010.On Wednesday, the piece went back."It is considered the premier griffin of antiquity, a gift of the Iranian people to the world, and the United States is pleased to return it to the people of Iran," the U.S. State Department said.The ancient vessel, known in art circles as a rhyton, has a history that's worthy of an Indiana Jones sequel: It's thought to be part of the Western Cave Treasure, a hoard of ancient silver that was found in a cave near the Iran-Iraq border in the late 1980s. Soon afterward, looters plundered the site — and some of those treasures found their way to the international antiquities market. [/break1]nbcnews.com/science/archaeo-diplomacy-us-gives-million-dollar-cup-back-iran-8C11281668]http://www.nbcnews.com/science/archaeo- ... 8C11281668also at Free Republic: [/break1]freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3072391/posts]http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-new ... 1/postsand BREITBART [/break1]breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/09/28/Rouhani-home-with-US--gift--of-silver-griffin--reports]http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013 ... n--reports


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Post by Kriselda Gray » Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:28 pm

I suspect that from a diplomatic standpoint, that may work much better then sending them cakes with Bibles.


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Post by Foggy » Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:40 am

The ancient vessel, known in art circles as a rhyton ...Ooo, good Scrabble word.



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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:24 pm

[link]Reuters,http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/ ... 6320131002[/link]





Iran parliament endorses Rouhani's diplomatic gambit





(Reuters) - Iran's parliament strongly endorsed President Hassan Rouhani's diplomatic bid to dispel mistrust at the United Nations last week during a visit which ended with an historic phone call with President Barack Obama, Iranian media said.





The backing from the assembly, controlled by political factions deeply loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is a further sign that Rouhani has the support of the Iranian establishment, though there are some rumblings from hardliners.





Khamenei, the most powerful figure in Iran, has yet to comment publicly on Rouhani's trip.





Rouhani briefed parliamentarians on his trip, including discussions on Iran's nuclear dispute with the West and regional relations, the student news agency ISNA said.





A group of 230 parliamentarians, out of the total of 290, signed a statement expressing their support of Rouhani for presenting the image of a "powerful and peace-seeking Iran which seeks talks and interaction for the settlement of regional and international issues", Fars news agency said.


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Post by kate520 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:59 pm

Wow. :-bd I guess diplomacy doesn't work, after all? A sign of weakness in the President, fer shure. :sarcasm:


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Post by mimi » Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:41 pm

Iranian cyber warfare commander shot dead in suspected assassination


The head of Iran’s cyber warfare programme has been shot dead, triggering further accusations that outside powers are carrying out targeted assassinations of key figures in the country’s security apparatus.





Mojtaba Ahmadi, who served as commander of the Cyber War Headquarters, was found dead in a wooded area near the town of Karaj, north-west of the capital, Tehran. Five Iranian nuclear scientists and the head of the country’s ballistic missile programme have been killed since 2007. The regime has accused Israel’s external intelligence agency, the Mossad, of carrying out these assassinations.





Ahmadi was last seen leaving his home for work on Saturday. He was later found with two bullets in the heart, according to Alborz, a website linked to the Revolutionary Guard Corps. “I could see two bullet wounds on his body and the extent of his injuries indicated that he had been assassinated from a close range with a pistol,” an eyewitness told the website.more:


[/break1]telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/10350285/Iranian-cyber-warfare-commander-shot-dead-in-suspected-assassination.html]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... ation.html



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Post by Whatever4 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:26 pm

THAT'S what Zeva's been up to.


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Post by SueDB » Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:42 am

On a more positive note, the Irani Government is looking into resuming commercial airline service between Iran and the US.[/break1]theolympian.com/2013/10/03/2756621/iran-authorities-studying-us-direct.html]US Iran Direct Flights???TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian newspaper says the country's civil aviation authority is examining ways to resume direct flights to and from the United States.The Thursday report by pro-reform Shargh daily quotes authority head Capt. Hamid Reza Pahlavani as saying his agency is ready to resume the flights if there is agreement with the U.S.He said such flights require agreement and coordination from both countries.On Monday, President Hassan Rouhani asked aviation authorities to study the possibility of such flights.Read more here: [/break1]theolympian.com/2013/10/03/2756621/iran-authorities-studying-us-direct.html#storylink=cpy]http://www.theolympian.com/2013/10/03/2 ... rylink=cpy


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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:45 pm

[link]BBC News,http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24410422[/link]





Iran's Khamenei backs Rouhani's New York talks





The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has endorsed overtures to the US made last month by President Hassan Rouhani in New York.





"We support the diplomatic initiative of the government and attach importance to its activities in this trip," he said on his website. ...





In his comments on Saturday, Ayatollah Khamenei said that "some of what happened on the New York trip was not appropriate", without being specific.





"We are pessimistic towards the Americans and do not put any trust in them," he said.





"The American government is untrustworthy, supercilious and unreasonable, and breaks its promises."


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Post by SueDB » Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:22 pm

Hot Hot - Rumors of Iran Nukie Deal..Film at 11 :roll:


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Post by SueDB » Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:37 pm

[/break1]nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/23/21578569-western-powers-reach-deal-with-iran-over-its-nuclear-program?lite]IT'S A DEALGENEVA -- Secretary of State John Kerry and leaders from five other world powers early Sunday reached a nuclear deal with Iran, following intense negotiations that took place over several days in Geneva.NBC News confirmed through multiple sources that a deal was reached, a historic breakthrough in the world's decade-long nuclear standoff with Iran, and in the 35-year-long diplomatic freeze between Iran and the United States.The deal, which has yet to be signed, was struck with astonishing speed given the history of failed negotiations, coming in just the third round of talks over less than two months. The breakthrough also comes less than three months after Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani promised, in an interview with NBC News, to dramatically alter Iran’s relationship with the world.Iran and six of the world's powers – the United States, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia -- agreed on a "first step deal” that is meant to limit advancements in Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing some of the economic sanctions that have deeply hurt Iran's economy.


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Post by Dolly » Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:59 am

November 23, 2013The White HouseOffice of the Press SecretaryFact Sheet: First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program[/break1]whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/23/fact-sheet-first-step-understandings-regarding-islamic-republic-iran-s-n]http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-off ... c-iran-s-n
Edit: addPresident Obama Delivers Remarks on Iran's Nuclear Program (Video)[/break1]whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/23/president-obama-delivers-remarks-iran]http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/ ... marks-iranread the President's full statement:[/break1]whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/23/statement-president-first-step-agreement-irans-nuclear-program]http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-off ... ar-program


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Post by Kriselda Gray » Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:46 pm

Those wacky Republicans at it again. Apparently some are suggesting that now is not the time to reduce sanctions on Iran – no matter what our agreement with them says – and instead we should raise them because, gee, the sanctions to work so well it getting them to the bargaining table in the first place…[/break1]facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Faattp.org%2Fgoptea-party-determined-to-cause-apocalypse-and-derail-iran-nuke-deal%2F&h=-AQF9EeqoAQHB897Hd9pV7CSW3KQYzV0wBUm922HGbFkRlw&enc=AZMe5chHolLzJmVTtcpWNEt5jXN0Nk5K3gxjGsXP7VJ0Qe1nvV0H57-VSaoPMhNY4vcZ4P73nbxM-zWgkjW6Vk_9&s=1]http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A ... W6Vk_9&s=1


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Post by Addie » Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:27 pm

[link]Reuters,http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/ ... 1420131127[/link]





Americans back Iran deal by 2-to-1 margin: Reuters/Ipsos poll





(Reuters) - Americans back last weekend's nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort falls through, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.





The findings were rare good news in the polls for President Barack Obama, whose approval ratings have dropped in recent weeks because of the botched rollout of his signature healthcare reform law.





According to the Reuters/Ipsos survey, 44 percent of Americans support the interim deal reached between Iran and six world powers in Geneva, and 22 percent oppose it.





While indicating little trust among Americans toward Iranian intentions, the survey also underscored a strong desire to avoid new U.S. military entanglements after long, costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Post by Roboe » Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:50 am

Some Dems aren't much better (ok, just the one for now)... [/break1]com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-eastnorth-africa/191532-dem-to-obama-dont-fix-irans-planes]http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs ... ans-planes



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Post by Dolly » Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:19 pm

Iran dismisses Peres offer to meet RouhaniIran on Tuesday dismissed an offer from Israel's president to meet his Iranian counterpart as a propaganda ploy to ease Israeli isolation over a nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers."This propaganda to help the regime out of isolation will prove fruitless," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told reporters.She said President Shimon Peres's offer was aimed at helping Iran's arch-foe Israel out of its isolation after its outspoken opposition to the nuclear deal clinched last month in Geneva.Asked on Sunday about a possible meeting with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, Peres said: "Why not? I don't have enemies. It's not a question of personalities but of policies.""The aim is to transform enemies into friends," said the president, whose role in Israel is symbolic and ceremonial.But the foreign ministry spokeswoman said her country would never recognise the Jewish state or change its stand. [/break1]yahoo.com/iran-dismisses-peres-offer-meet-rouhani-154807509.html]http://news.yahoo.com/iran-dismisses-pe ... 07509.html


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Post by Suranis » Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:42 pm

[/break1]theblaze.com/the-wire/23804098/iran-tries-to-reverse-a-slumping-birth-rate/]http://www.theblaze.com/the-wire/238040 ... irth-rate/Iran tries to reverse a slumping birth rateJan. 6, 2014 2:29pmHaving successfully curbed birth rates for two decades, Iran now is promoting a baby boom to help make up for its graying population. But experts say it is difficult to encourage Iranians to have more children in a mismanaged economy hit by Western sanctions and 36 percent inflation."A gold coin won't change couples' calculations," said Mohammad Jalal Abbasi, head of Demographics Department at Tehran University. "Many young Iranians prefer to continue their studies, not marry. Lack of financial ability to buy a house and meet expenses are among other reasons why the youth postpone marriage or have no interest in raising many children."Iran's birthrate reached a peak of 3.6 children per couple after its 1979 Islamic Revolution, among the world's highest at the time. By 1990, experts estimated Iran could be home to 140 million people if the rate was left unchecked. To combat the rise, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorsed birth control, while then-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani made controlling the birth rate a part of his development plans.Mass-produced condoms reached Iranians, as a month's supply of birth control cost the equivalent of 10 cents in 1992. The birth rate dropped precipitously, now reportedly standing at 1.8 children per couple with a population of some 77 million people. Experts now say that drive might have been too successful, estimating that Iran's population growth could reach zero in the next 20 years if the trend is not reversedMore at the link. Interesting.


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Post by Addie » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:00 pm

[link]The Hill,http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/ ... eak-softly[/link]





Speak softly





By U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) and Joe Reeder





As former military leaders, we see removing the threat of an Iran armed with nuclear weapons to be an imperative.





But seriously ill-timed would be any demand that “all instruments of power and influence of the United States should remain on the table to prevent [Iran] from developing nuclear weapon capabilities.” Negotiations often entail posturing and saber rattling, and sometimes even overt threats. But for sake of our troops, overt threats before concluding what appears to be earnest, ongoing negotiations is unwise. Wholly apart from the aggressive tone, America’s adversaries know that the U.S. never goes to war without “all instruments of [our nation’s] power on the table.” For the soldiers who will bear those arms, we would expect no less. ...





After thirty-five years without diplomatic, business, or cultural relations, our nation’s leaders are pursuing the only viable alternative to war. We urge each member of the House and Senate to lend strong support for a negotiated solution and to permit the ongoing negotiations to proceed in an environment conducive to success. No decision a soldier makes is more basic than when to squeeze a trigger. The Iranian leadership is more than acutely aware that we are fully capable of pulling the trigger on more sanctions, when and as we consider it necessary. The question here is one of timing.





The Constitution provides a distinct role for Congress in the making of foreign policy. The Senate is empowered to advise the president during treaty negotiations, and to consent or reject proposed treaties. Congress as a whole is empowered to lift or maintain existing sanctions, and to impose new ones. Until the negotiations are over, it is vitally important that we stand united in support of administration’s efforts to negotiate an agreement acceptable to Iran, its neighbors, and Israel. ...





Until they fail, however, we prefer Theodore Roosevelt’s approach: Let us “speak softly.” Everyone knows we have the big stick. Let us make sure we don’t swing it prematurely.


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Post by Dolly » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:43 pm

Senate votes to bar proposed Iran U.N. ambassador from countryThe U.S. Senate passed legislation on Monday seeking to bar Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador, Hamid Abutalebi, from entering the United States.The legislation, introduced by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, would prevent "known terrorists" from entering the United States to serve as U.N. ambassadors.The Democratic-controlled Senate passed the measure by a voice vote.The possibility that Abutalebi may have played a role in the 1979-1981 hostage crisis has outraged some of the U.S. Embassy workers held by the Iranians for 444 days.....The United States, which severed diplomatic ties with Iran in 1980 during the hostage crisis, is generally required to allow U.N. diplomats to come to New York under its host country agreement with the United Nations. But under limited circumstances, it can refuse to grant visas to such diplomats.New York's Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said he was pleased about the vote and that he and Cruz, normally on opposite sides of policy decisions, had discussed the legislation. [/break1]reuters.com/article/2014/04/08/us-iran-un-envoy-senate-idUSBREA3621720140408]http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/ ... 1720140408


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