The British Prime Minister has accused Iran of ‘aggressive actions’ in the Middle East including stirring up trouble in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.
Theresa May says she is “clear-eyed” about the “threat” posed by the country and has pledged to work with Gulf States to counteract its influence.
Addressing the Gulf Cooperation Council, the conservative leader said that Britain wanted to “make a more permanent and more enduring commitment to the long-term security of the Gulf” and would invest more than 3 billion pounds in defence spending in the region over the next decade. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Delhi & Shanghai have similar geographical status to Tehran where susceptibility to wind clearance is concerned.
Perhaps not a good choice to raise a family.”
A thick layer of smog engulfed Tehran, Iran over the last week. The unprecedented pollution levels have set new records while more than 400 people were reported dead.
The PM2.5 levels have reached values exceeding 150 micrograms per cubic meter, thus setting a new record for the area. The particles of 2.5 micrometers in diameters are regarded as extremely dangerous, as they are capable of penetrating human lungs and enter the bloodstream. According to media reports, they are connected to the rising rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, and heart disease.
This week, however, the blanket of smog smothering the Iranian capital has been blamed for a string of deaths and prompted unprecedented emergency measures by the city’s authorities.
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According to Habib Kashani, a member of the local municipal council, 412 people have died as a result of air pollution over the last 23 days. All the local schools have been closed down, as of November 17, 2016.
This article was written by Kurt Nimmo and originally published at his Another Day in the Empire site.
Editor’s Comment: At this point, Americans should be getting awfully tired of the false promises and empty dreams that are continually sold, and which so regularly ring hollow. Despite a campaign based around opposing the establishment, normalizing relations with Russia and pulling back from the failing empire, Donald Trump’s rumored pick for Secretary of State – John Bolton, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. under George W. Bush – is advocating for a neocon platform of expanding war, and taking on the major powers.
If put into action, this disastrous policy would lead to only one thing: world war. Trump must be persuaded to cut ties with this crowd and fulfill the promise of draining the swamp, but it remains to be seen if this will possible.
John Bolton: Trump Needs to Confront Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and Embrace Forever War
by Kurt Nimmo
Because Donald Trump has zero foreign policy chops, he will delegate that job to his new secretary of state. With every passing day, it appears the person to fill that job will be John Bolton, a diehard neocon.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) November 10, 2016
On Saturday Bolton spelled out what he considers to be the foreign policy priorities of the new administration. Continue reading »
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Hypocrisy finds new levels.”
Boeing has received a license to sell jets to Iran, the company announced.WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US multinational aircraft corporation Boeing has received a license to sell jets to Iran, the company announced in a statement on Wednesday.“We have received that license and remain in talks with Iran Air based on the MOA [Memorandum of Agreement],” Boeing said. “Any final sales agreement would have to adhere to the license we’ve been issued.”
In March, the US Department of the Treasury announced that the United States has issued a general license authorizing US persons to enter into contacts to sell commercial passenger aircrafts, parts and services to Iran. Continue reading »
… and lots of German built Dolphin class submarines.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Don’t do as we do, do as we tell you…..”
Former US secretary of state and four-star general Colin Powell says Israel possesses 200 nuclear weapons, in an email apparently leaked by Russian hackers.
According to Judah Ari Gross of The Times of Israel, “Discussing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 2015 speech to Congress about the dangers posed by the Iranian nuclear deal, in an email he sent to US Democratic party donor Jeffrey Leeds, Powell wrote that he doubted the Iranian regime would use an atomic bomb even if it could get one, since “the boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands.” The email was published by theLobeLog foreign policy website.
Israel maintains a policy of so-called nuclear ambiguity, they will not publicly confirm or deny the existence of an atomic arsenal. Continue reading »
Could gaining control of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran (CBI) be one of the main reasons that Iran is being targeted by Western and Israeli powers? As tensions are building up for an unthinkable war with Iran, it is worth exploring Iran’s banking system compared to its U.S., British and Israeli counterparts.
Some researchers are pointing out that Iran is one of only three countries left in the world whose central bank is not under Rothschild control. Before 9-11 there were reportedly seven: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Cuba, North Korea and Iran. By 2003, however, Afghanistan and Iraq were swallowed up by the Rothschild octopus, and by 2011 Sudan and Libya were also gone. In Libya, a Rothschild bank was established in Benghazi while the country was still at war. Continue reading »
One month ago, a scandal erupted when it emerged that the US had made a $400 million cash delivery to Iraq (in foreign currencies) to facilitate the release of 4 US hostages held by the regime; many promptly called it a ransom payment. At the time we noted that this was just a portion of the full amount that the US had paid Tehran, and overnight the WSJ confirmed as much when it reported that the Obama administration followed up a planeload of $400 million in cash sent to Iran in January with two more such shipments in the next 19 days, totaling another $1.3 billion.
Alleged photo of the original $400 million cash payment to Iran
The cash payments were once again made in foreign currencies, mostly Swiss francs, euros, and settled a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal dating back to 1979. U.S. officials have acknowledged the payment of the first $400 million coincided with Iran’s release of American prisoners and was used as leverage to ensure they were flown out of Tehran’s Mehrabad on the morning of Jan. 17. The White Hous has yet to comment if the incremental $1.3 billion was also part of a ransom payment prearranged with Iran. Continue reading »
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the religion of Iran and most of the Muslim world is nothing like that of Saudi Arabian Wahhabis.
“Indeed; no resemblance between Islam of Iranians & most Muslims & bigoted extremism that Wahhabi top cleric & Saudi terror masters preach,” Zarif posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday.
H/t reader squodgy.
‘Iran Hasn’t Invaded Another Country In More Than 300 Years.’
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Head of a right-wing think tank says the existence of ISIS serves a “strategic purpose” in the West’s interests
According to a think tank that does contract work for NATO and the Israeli government, the West should not destroy ISIS, the fascist Islamist extremist group that is committing genocide and ethnically cleansing minority groups in Syria and Iraq.
Why? The so-called Islamic State “can be a useful tool in undermining” Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and Russia, argues the think tank’s director. Continue reading »
Oops, forgot the leaked NATO email about their plot to get Russia involved… then again, this video could be ten hours long, too.
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For the self-described “most transparent administration ever” it appears keeping the lies straight is becoming harder and harder. Having slammed the press, Donald Trump, and anyone who dare mention the “lack of logic” in paying a $400 million ransom for 4 Iran hostages, WSJ reports that Treasury officials have confirmed that Obama lied and in fact, the tightly scripted exchange of cash was specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran.
The implementation of projects for the exploration and development of oil and gas deposits, primarily in the Caspian region, is a priority for the Russian energy sector, President Vladimir Putin said at the opening of the tripartite summit in Baku (Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan).
Here is the key exchange:
Morell: We need to make the Iranians pay the price in Syria; we need to make the Russians pay the price.
Rose: We make them pay the price by killing Russians and killing Iranians?
Morell: Yes. Covertly. You don’t tell the world about it. You don’t stand at the Pentagon and say we did this. But you make sure they know it in Moscow and Tehran.I want to go after those things that Assad sees as his personal power base. I want to scare Assad. I want to go after his presidential car. I want to bomb his offices in the middle of the night. I want to destroy his presidential aircraft. I want to destroy his presidential helicopters. I want to make him think we are coming after him.
And what could possibly go wrong? Oh, wait …
Last Friday, former deputy and acting director of the CIA, Mike Morell became the latest neocon to join the Hillary bandwagon with a NYT Op-Ed titled “I Ran the C.I.A. Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton” in which he not only praised Hillary but slammed Donald Trump, as follows: “Mrs. Clinton is highly qualified to be commander in chief. I trust she will deliver on the most important duty of a president — keeping our nation safe. Second, Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security…. In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.” Continue reading »
This dumb controversy is everything wrong with our Iran debate.
On the morning of January 17, several wooden pallets arrived at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport. The unassuming pallets were stuffed with foreign cash — $400 million worth, to be exact. Their origin point? The United States.
That same day, four US citizens detained by Iran were released from Iranian custody.
These facts, uncovered in a recent Wall Street Journal piece, have set off a major firestorm inside the United States. Republicans and conservatives, including Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, have alleged that the payment was part of secret ransom deal the Obama administration made with Iran to free the prisoners. Continue reading »
Even as the Obama administration is embroiled in a scandal involving the paradropping of a crate of cash with $400 million in it in non-USD denominated bills to Iran, the same Iran continues to heap scorn upon the US president, culminating yesterday with Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khemenei, accusing the U.S. of creating and supporting ISIS as a means of creating conflict among Muslims and promoting a false form of Islam in the world.
In an English language Twitter account affiliated with Iranian Supreme Leader, the country’s highest authority, tweeted:
US aim of making & backing DAESH is to sow discord in Islamic Ummah, defame true Islam & promote Wahabbi Islam which is far from true Islam.
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) August 3, 2016
He alleged that the US aim of making and backing ISIS is to sow discord in Islamic Ummah, defame true Islam & promote Wahabbi Islam which is far from true Islam, in fact it is the religion of Saudi Arabia, some of the most ardent supporters of the Clintons. The claim is not the first time Khamenei has accused the U.S. and the West of creating the current conflict in Syria and Iraq. Continue reading »
Having been exposed for giving $1.7 billion of US taxpayer money to Iran – coincidental (we are told to believe) with the release of 4 Americans and the signing of the US-Iran nuclear accord – The White House is coming out swinging.
Trump didn’t waste any time:
“Our incompetent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the one who started talks to give 400 million, in cash, to Iran. Scandal!” he tweeted.
And then, as RealClearPolitics reports, White House spokesman Josh Earnest today accused critics of the Iran nuclear deal of “lying to the American public” for questioning whether a $400 million cash payment to Iran could have been used to fund terrorism.
Read that again! But Earnest then went on to say that while admitting the cash was handed over, it was also possible it was used for nefarious activities… Continue reading »
What Donald Trump has proclaimed the worst deal ever made, may just have become worst-er. The shocking truth behind the US-Iran nuclear deal, as WSJ reports, is that John Kerry and the Obama Administration airlifted $1.7bn of cash in ‘compromise’ payments (read – bribe) to Tehran to ensure the release of 4 captured sailors coincidentally the same weekend as the signing of the nuclear deal.
With all the chatter of helicopter money as solution to the western world’s economic ills,The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon and Carol Lee expose, it appears The Obama Administration is already busily dropping cash where ever it needs things done in a hurry… Continue reading »
Projectiles indicate Russia is selling a more advanced model to Tehran, Iranian reports say
ed note–keep in mind something as we are all subjected to the obligatory screeching and wailing that will emanate from Mundus Judaicus relative to the arrival of the S-300–
The S-300 is a DEFENSIVE weapon. It is used by nations to shoot down OFFENSIVE weapons such as missiles or attack aircraft that have been arrayed against those nations. It is not used to carry nuclear weapons, biological weapons, chemical weapons, etc. The only reason that another country–such as I$rael–could/would object to Iran (or anyone else) possessing the S-300 is because it makes the business of risk-free aggression on the part of the Jewish state somewhere between difficult and impossible. Iran possessing the S-300 therefore prevents Israel from engaging in the kind of systematic, ritualistic state-sponsored human sacrifice that she perpetually and periodically perpetrates against the defenseless people of Gaza and the West Bank, and it is for this reason that Israel is incensed about Iran’s defensive capabilities.
Furthermore, remember that part of the black magic Israel uses in seducing the West (and others) into supporting the continued existence of the parasitic Zionist entity is the notion that GAAAAAWD wants Israel to exist and that GAAAAAAWD watches over her with a protective eye, ready to strike in an instant anyone who dares look upon his Chosen people with anything other than worshipful, fawning adulation, and therefore, when Israel gets her hind quarters kicked back across the border into her little Judaic shithole by resistance groups such as Hezbollah, it lays wide open the lie that GAAAAAAWD is looking over the well-being of his most favored creation and that she is therefore undefeatable.
– Iran gets first missile shipment for S-300 system (Times of Israel)
Iran has received the first batch of missiles for the S-300 missile defense system, the Iranian Tasnim news agency reported on Monday.
The news agency said the missiles indicate that Moscow is supplying Tehran with the advanced S-300 PMU2 system rather than the PMU1, information it said has been kept under wraps.
Russia began delivery of the S-300 missile defense system to Iran in April, according to the Iranian foreign ministry.
The sale of the S-300 system has been reported by both Russia and Iran as imminent since the signing of the nuclear deal last year.
In April, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jaberi Ansari told local media that the delivery of the system had already begun.
“We had already announced that despite several changes in time of delivery, the deal is on its path of implementation. Today I should announce that the first part of these equipment has arrived in Iran and delivery of other parts will continue,” Ansari said, according to the Mehr news agency.
The Russian-made missile defense system is one of the most advanced of its kind in the world, offering long-range protection against both airplanes and missiles.
In 2010 Russia froze a deal to supply the system to Iran, linking the decision to UN sanctions instituted because of Tehran’s nuclear program. Putin lifted the suspension in July 2015, following Iran’s deal with six world powers that curbed its nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions.
Israel has long sought to block the sale to Iran of the S-300 system, which analysts say could impede a potential Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. Other officials have expressed concern that the systems could reach Syria and Hezbollah, diluting Israel’s regional air supremacy.
The Israeli Air Force has trained for a scenario in which it would have to carry out strikes in Syria or Iran on facilities defended by the Russian-made S-300 air defense system.
In an interview late last year, IAF commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel said the S-300 was a “significant but not insurmountable challenge” for the IAF.
Throughout the US occupation of Iraq from 2003-2011, the US regularly blamed Iran every time the war was going poorly, even though both they and Iran were backing the same Shi’ite-dominated government. In the early going of the ISIS war in Iraq, the US has often complained about Iran’s involvement, even though again, they are on the same side.
So while he may be stating the fairly obvious, Secretary of State John Kerry made some very controversial statements today when he said that Iran was “helpful” in the war against ISIS, and acknowledged that they and the US have “a common interest” in ISIS’ defeat. Continue reading »
A newly-released Hilary Clinton email confirmed that the Obama administration has deliberately provoked the civil war in Syria as the “best way to help Israel.”
In an indication of her murderous and psychopathic nature, Clinton also wrote that it was the “right thing” to personally threaten Bashar Assad’s family with death. Continue reading »