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Iran monkey space launch fake?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:28pm 2/1/2013 at 5:28pm

Those are the reports.

Via Ynet:

Just four days after Iran proudly announced it had successfully launched a monkey into space – a move seen as proof of a technological breakthrough which may help the Islamic Republic advance its nuclear program, London’s Times newspaper is questioning the Iranian claims.

The British paper said Friday...

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A kiss and an embrace

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 9:16pm 1/23/2013 at 9:16pm

A kiss, via Ynet News:

Two Iranian officials could be facing trouble after being caught on camera as they shared a kiss in an elevator.

Footage captured by a security camera and broadcast by Sky News Arabia showed Iranian Higher Education Minister Kamran Daneshjoo and Azadeh Ardakani, the director...

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Why won’t State Dept demand U.S. pastor’s release from Iran?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3:00pm 1/12/2013 at 3:00pm

Yesterday the U.S. State Department for the first time mentioned American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran since September 2012 for speaking out about his Christian views and developing a network of underground churches. While family and friends of the pastor, who had converted to Christianity twelve years...

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Back to the future on Iran negotiations without preconditions

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 10:16am 10/21/2012 at 10:16am

I don’t have a lot of time today because I’m working on something, but I did want to take note of the latest “non-leak leak maybe who knows” regarding supposed direct negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program.

The NY Times reports:

The United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the...

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Netanyahu’s address to the United Nations

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 3:44pm 9/27/2012 at 3:44pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York today, using a drawing of a bomb as a visual aid to express the Iranian nuclear program. He drew a red line where he believes the UN should intervene.

Netanyahu:

I brought a diagram for you. Here’s the diagram....

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First Rahm then Ahmadinejad, now you can ask Farrakhan questions tonight

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 6:30pm 9/26/2012 at 6:30pm

Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in town to follow President Obama’s address to the United Nations General Assembly, met with Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan along with peace activists and other members of “Abrahamic religions” on Tuesday evening. While both the U.S. and Israel delegations, among others, boycotted the Iranian dictator’s speech today, Farrakhan’s...

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If I told you I’d have to …

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 4:31pm 7/24/2012 at 4:31pm

From reader Jon:

I’ve observed you’ve been playing a few AC/DC videos in the right margin… I don’t know if that was in relation to this, but if not, figured you’d want to see it….

Awesome: Latest Cyber Attack Against Iran Nukes Plays AC/DC All Night

Possibly the greatest virus ever?  Here’s an email...

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Ahmadinejad comes close to claiming credit for Bulgaria bombing as victims buried (Update)

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6:35pm 7/20/2012 at 6:35pm

Israel has accused Iran through Hezbollah of being behind the bombing of a tourist bus in Bulgaria.

Iran’s President came pretty close yesterday to claiming responsibility even as Iran formally denies involvement, via Times of Israel:

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gloated publicly on Thursday over the deaths of Israelis in a terror bombing in...

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Israeli tourist bus blown up in Bulgaria (Updates)

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 11:36am 7/18/2012 at 11:36am

News just breaking, details to follow:

According to initial reports, an Israeli tour bus was attacked at the Sarafovo International Airport in the Bulgarian vacation city of Bourgas.

A Bulgarian website reported that there were multiple casualties in a bomb explosion. Army Radio reported that at least three of the passengers were...

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Rats and ships

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:30pm 7/5/2012 at 2:30pm

Some flee the sinking ship.  Via Times of Israel:

Manaf Tlas, one of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s closest friends and most trusted military colleagues, who is also the son of the Assad regime’s former long-serving defense minister, has defected from the Assad regime and fled to Turkey, in what one analyst described...

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Something seems to have changed in Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 1:30pm 6/27/2012 at 1:30pm

There seems to be a change in Syria, a worsening of the situation for Assad. I can’t tell if this is the turning point, a turning point, or just a bump in Assad’s road to staying in power with the military help of Iran, Hezbollah and Russia.

But there seems to be...

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Syrian rebels gaining upper hand?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 3:56pm 6/20/2012 at 3:56pm

With so much going on in the domestic political arena, it’s easy for attention to get distracted from the Iranian-Hezollah-Russian attempt to keep Bashar Assad in power.

Other than when there is a heavy one-day body count, Syria is not in the U.S. news media radar.

This analysis at The Jerusalem Post suggests...

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Obama spikes the Stuxnet

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11:00am 6/1/2012 at 11:00am

Have you noticed?  The NY Times seems to be getting an awful lot of inside information lately on how tough Obama has been in the war on terror and Iran.

First it was the expansive story about drone warfare, and now about Stuxnet:

From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered...

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Stuxnet-on-steroids Flame virus hits Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 28, 2012 at 4:31pm 5/28/2012 at 4:31pm

This is a little scary, particularly if it were put in the wrong hands. Via The Times of Israel:

A new, unprecedented computer virus called “Flame” (or “sKyWIper”) has hit Iran, the West Bank, and other Middle Eastern locations. It is already considered one of the most sophisticated cyber weapons ever unleashed....

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Obama on verge of his grand Iranian bargain

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 9:45am 5/20/2012 at 9:45am

It looks like Obama is going to get the “grand bargain” which has been the point of U.S. policy towards Iran since the Obama administration stood silently as Iranians took to the streets in June 2009.

The grand bargain theory assures the Iranian theocracy’s continued control over not just Iran but an extended terrorist...

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Dick Lugar’s Iran Problem, Part 3: June 2009 – abandoning the students for the negotiation without precondition folly

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 1:49pm 5/2/2012 at 1:49pm

This is the third and last in a series examining Dick Lugar’s failure on policy towards Iran, which consistently exhibited wishful thinking about appeasing the regime in the hope the Iranians would negotiate in good faith over their missile and nuclear programs, and their export of terrorism:

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Dick Lugar’s Iran problem, Part 2: 2001 – one of only two Senators to oppose Iran-Libya Sanctions Act

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 10:19am 4/29/2012 at 10:19am

Dick Lugar’s record on Iran (and Middle East policy in general) has not received as much attention as other Lugar failures, such as his vouching for Obama’s foreign policy credentials just three weeks before the 2008 election.

Lugar consistently has shown what generously could be characterized as wishful thinking about negotiations with the Iranian regime.  Lugar’s Iran history deserves the...

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