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  • Does Iran's President Want Israel Wiped Off The Map
    - Does He Deny The Holocaust?

    By Anneliese Fikentscher and Andreas Neumann : March 08, 2010
    "They say it is not possible to have a world without the United States and Zionism. But you know that this is a possible goal and slogan. Let's take a step back. [[[We had a hostile regime in this country which was undemocratic, armed to the teeth and, with SAVAK, its security apparatus of SAVAK [the intelligence bureau of the Shah of Iran's government] watched everyone. An environment of terror existed.]]] When our dear Imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Iranian revolution] said that the regime must be removed, many of those who claimed to be politically well-informed said it was not possible. All the corrupt governments were in support of the regime when Imam Khomeini started his movement. [[[All the Western and Eastern countries supported the regime even after the massacre of September 7 [1978] ]]] and said the removal of the regime was not possible. But our people resisted and it is 27 years now that we have survived without a regime dependent on the United States. The tyranny of the East and the West over the world should have to end, but weak people who can see only what lies in front of them cannot believe this. Who would believe that one day we could witness the collapse of the Eastern Empire? But we could watch its fall in our lifetime. And it collapsed in a way that we have to refer to libraries because no trace of it is left. Imam [Khomeini] said Saddam must go and he said he would grow weaker than anyone could imagine. Now you see the man who spoke with such arrogance ten years ago that one would have thought he was immortal, is being tried in his own country in handcuffs and shackles [[[by those who he believed supported him and with whose backing he committed his crimes]]]. Our dear Imam said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine. Is it possible to create a new front in the heart of an old front. This would be a defeat and whoever accepts the legitimacy of this regime [Israel] has in fact, signed the defeat of the Islamic world. Our dear Imam targeted the heart of the world oppressor in his struggle, meaning the occupying regime. I have no doubt that the new wave that has started in Palestine, and we witness it in the Islamic world too, will eliminate this disgraceful stain from the Islamic world."
    (Source:, based on a publication of 'Iranian Students News Agency' (ISNA) -- insertions by the New York Times in squared brackets -- passages in triple squared brackets will be left blank in the MEMRI version.)

  • Iran's acknowledged nuclear fuel plant and Israel's secret nuclear weapons plant
    By Stephen Gowans - : September 28, 2009
    Western press accounts of the existence of an unfinished Iranian nuclear fuel plant near Qum have subtly changed, drawing closer to a view more compatible with Washington’s aim of marshalling support for stepped up sanctions against Iran.

  • Iran's not so secret, 'secret' fuel plant
    By Stephen Gowans - : September 27, 2009
    The construction of a uranium enrichment facility by Iran outside of Qum, which Tehran notified the International Atomic Energy Agency of days ago, has been seized upon dishonestly by Washington "as a chance to...persuade other countries to support the case for stronger sanctions" against Iran.

  • Iran's New Nuclear Site: Much Ado About Nothing
    By Jeremy R. Hammond - : September 25, 2009
    The accusations that the site was a violation of Iran's legal obligation were likewise no great surprise. At least one analysis of the situation (James M. Acton at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) has pointed out that Iran is only required under its safeguards agreement with the IAEA to declare the site at least 6 months before uranium is introduced into it (the IAEA has announced that Iran has said this has not yet occurred, which is plausible enough, given that the site is still under construction).

  • As Required, Iran Informs IAEA About New Enrichment Site
    By Jason Ditz - : September 25, 2009
    Western Furore Over 'Secret' Facility Despite No Apparent Illegality
    Western leaders reacted with a combination of indignation and outrage today when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) revealed that Iran had informed them it was in the process of constructing a second uranium enrichment facility. Several officials used the revelation as a call to action against the Iranian government, just days before six-party talks with the nation about its civilian nuclear program. But despite a flurry of claims that the West had uncovered the "secret" facility it seems unclear that Iran actually did anything wrong.

  • Ahmadinejad: Iran Isn't Breaking Rules
    By Joe Lauria - : September 25, 2009
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Friday denied his government had violated International Atomic Energy Agency rules by failing to disclose a nuclear enrichment facility under construction in Iran and said the U.S. and its allies would "regret " confronting Tehran about it.

    He said IAEA regulations require a country declare the existence of new a nuclear enrichment facility only six months before enrichment begins. "If you want to build the building you can do that, if you want to lay the pipes you can do that [and only] six months before you start processing itself—not even when you are installing the enrichment equipment—you need to inform the IAEA so it is prepared to begin its inspection program." By informing the IAEA on Monday Iran beat this deadline by a year, the Iranian president said. "Now is this the right thing or the wrong thing to do?" he asked. "It is not a secret facility. If it was, why did we inform the IAEA a year ahead of time?" Mr. Ahmadinejad said he would allow IAEA inspectors to visit the site.

  • Keeping Iran honest
    By Scott Riter - : September 25, 2009
    It was very much a moment of high drama. Barack Obama, fresh from his history-making stint hosting the UN security council, took a break from his duties at the G20 economic summit in Pittsburgh to announce the existence of a secret, undeclared nuclear facility in Iran which was inconsistent with a peaceful nuclear programme, underscoring the president's conclusion that "Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow".

  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Speaks:
    An Interview With Katie Couric

    By CBS - : September 25, 2009

  • Iran rebel says US ordered attacks
    By : August 25, 2009
    A top Sunni rebel who is awaiting execution in Iran said on Tuesday that his militant group received orders from the United States to launch terror attacks in the Islamic republic. Abdolhamid Rigi, brother of shadowy Jundallah (Soldiers of God) group leader Abdolmalek Rigi, told reporters his brother was an Al-Qaeda point man in Iran six years ago but that later the group broke off ties with him. "The United States created and supported Jundallah and we received orders from them," Rigi said in Iran's restive southeastern city of Zahedan, the capital of Sistan-Baluchestan province bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan. "They (US officials) told us whom to shoot and whom not to. All orders came from them. They told us that they would provide us with everything we need like money and equipment."

  • ElBaradei Foes Leak Stories to Force His Hand on Iran
    By Gareth Porter - : August 25, 2009
    Western officials leaked stories to the Associated Press and Reuters last week aimed at pressuring the outgoing chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, to include a summary of intelligence alleging that Iran has been actively pursuing work on nuclear weapons in the IAEA report due out this week.

  • Americans' entry into Iran linked to vote unrest: MP
    By Reuters - : August 10, 2009
    A leading Iranian lawmaker said on Monday the illegal entry of three detained U.S. citizens into the country may have been related to unrest that erupted after Iran's June presidential election.

  • Iranian court says 'confessions' prove Western plot
    By Martin Fletcher - : August 10, 2009
    Referring to Hossein Rassam, an Iranian whom the British Embassy employed as its chief political analyst, the Javan newspaper proclaimed: "The accused in the 'Velvet Revolution' confesses".

  • 'US showed support for protesters in Iran'
    By : August 09, 2009
    The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington was trying 'behind the scenes' to empower protesters disputing Iran's presidential election.

  • Clinton: US Supported Iran Protesters 'Behind the Scenes'
    By Jason Ditz - : August 09, 2009
    In an interview today on CNN's GPS with Fareed Zakaria, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that while the US didn't want to come out too publicly in favor of the protesters in the wake of Iran's disputed June elections, the State Department was "doing a lot" behind the scenes to support the opposition.

  • Iran calls EU trial statement 'capitulation'
    By : August 09, 2009
    Tehran has called 'surprising' an EU statement over the trial of British and French embassy staff allegedly involved in Iran's post-vote riots.

  • Everything You Know About Iran Is A Myth
    By Lawrence of Cyberia - : July 07, 2009
    There are some terms that people in Islamic and Western countries should never say to each other, because they confuse and inflame more than they clarify. The most obvious ones would be "jihad", "crusade" and "great satan". All of them are used in somewhat innocuous ways by the people who utter them, but mean something completely different – and much more inflammatory – to foreign ears.

  • The U.S. Regime-Change Recipe for Iran
    By Paul Craig Roberts - - : June 22, 2009
    On May 16, 2007, the London Telegraph reported that Bush regime official John Bolton told the Telegraph that a US military attack on Iran would "be a 'last option' after economic sanctions and attempts to foment a popular revolution had failed."

  • I knew it! The truth behind the Tehran tweets
    By David Seaton - : June 17, 2009
    Have you noticed that you can read all these Iranian "tweets"? Are you aware that the language of Iran is Farsi, not English? Does this piece of information suggest anything to you? Perhaps, the world is like in Hollywood movies where all the exotic character speak English, albeit with charming foreign accents? Or maybe, the dial on a person's bullshit meter might tremble a bit?

  • Obama "disappointed" by Iranian spying verdict
    By : April 19, 2009
    US President Barack Obama is said to be "deeply disappointed" by Iran's decision to jail American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi for eight years on spying charges.

  • The Secret War Against Iran
    By ABC News : April 03, 2009
    A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News.

  • Iran and the West: A History of Violence
    By Eric Margolis - : April 03, 2009
    Iran is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its historic Islamic revolution after three decades of siege warfare by the western powers. To understand why relations between Tehran and the West are so bitter, we must understand their historical context.

  • Iran charges three U.S.-Iranian citizens with spying
    By Hossein Jaseb - : May 29, 2007
    Iran has charged three U.S.-Iranian citizens with spying, officials said on Tuesday, a day after Washington and Tehran held their most high-profile talks in nearly 30 years.

  • Bush sanctions 'black ops' against Iran
    By Tim Shipman - : May 27, 2007
    US President Barack Obama is said to be "deeply disappointed" by Iran's decision to jail American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi for eight years on spying charges.

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