Turkey, a Sunni country, has historically been at odds with Shi’ite Iran in their competition for regional power.
- Muslim Terrorism
Free Beacon – An Iranian foreign ministry official on Tuesday rejected the White House’s version of the deal reached on Saturday as “invalid” and accused Washington of releasing a factually inaccurate primer that misleads the American public.
“What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action, and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told the Iranian press on Tuesday.
The Obama administration is trumpeting a weekend deal with Iran and five other nations that will freeze certain parts of the Iranian nuclear program and open facilities for greater inspection in exchange for the relaxing of some crippling financial sanctions. But a Mideast expert tells WND it’s a grave mistake to trust Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is incensed at the deal, calling it an “historic mistake.” Congressional Republicans, as well as many Democrats, are worried that the deal results in the U.S. giving up key diplomatic leverage while Iran technically gives up nothing.
The group responsible for exposing Iran’s clandestine nuclear program is also unimpressed. Officials with the National Council of Resistance of Iran, or NCRI, say the West wasted a golden opportunity to demand major Iranian concessions.
“The very fact that this regime agreed to whatever it agreed to shows their weakness, their vulnerability,” said Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director in the office of the U.S. representative of the NCRI. “This is something that should have been exploited. If the international community, and particularly the United States, were decisive enough, this was a regime that you could have actually forced them to abandon their entire program.”
Jafarzadeh told WND the Iranians came to the table for three main reasons, including the economic toll of sanctions, major protests against Ayatollah Khamenei and additional NCRI revelations of additional nuclear facilities.
“This was a regime that was in trouble. This was the time that you needed to increase the pressure and force them to make the serious concessions that they were supposed to do,” he said. “They didn’t press them hard enough. The agreement could have been much much stronger that would have in effect really abandoned and dismantled the nuclear weapons program of Iran. It didn’t.”
While President Obama said the deal removes the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, Netanyahu and others believe it greatly increases the likelihood the Iranians will get the bomb because the deal provides legitimacy for the program and the easing of sanctions allows Iran to be more bold in pursuing its goals.
“Those are very valid allegations to take into consideration because you don’t want to provide financial assistance to this regime because that money is definitely going to be used, at least partially, in funding the very same program that you want to stop,” Jafarzadeh said.
Critics of the deal also point out Iran has repeatedly flouted United Nations Security Council sanctions, leading many to conclude Iran simply cannot be trusted to honor any agreement.
Is there any reason to think this time will be different?
“Absolutely not. They have never honored any agreement at all on any issues but particularly on the nuclear weapons program of Iran,” said Jafarzadeh, who also rips the agreement for completely ignoring Iran’s weaponization programs that are being developed simultaneously with the nuclear weapons.
“It’s not all about enrichment. It’s also about the nuclear weaponization program of Iran, the kind of research and development they have been doing along with their enrichment program,” said Jafarzadeh, who added that it’s not too late for the U.S. and its allies to demand access to those sites as well if Iran truly has nothing to hide.
The agreement struck over the weekend is designed to last six months and give the seven nations time to forge a permanent treaty concerning Iranian nukes. Jafarzadeh said where we stand six months from now depends mostly on the United States.
“It all depends on how seriously and how strongly this administration will pursue it,” he said. “If Iran detects that the White House is pretty much happy with what they got, they can play games with the White House and the State Department about this. Then you’re either going to be back to square one or in a worse situation six months from now.”
He added, “On the other hand, if this administration would stress on some of the points in this agreement and really really press it hard, we could actually be several steps ahead of where we are.
“The ball is in the court of the United States. How they’re going to pursue this and where we’re going to stand six months from now, it’s all in the hands of the U.S. period.”
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Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The current sanctions strategy in Iran is exactly what took place in North Korea. Just when the effect of sanctions was beginning to take hold, the regime announced an agreement, only to be broken at a later time. In the case of North Korea, this usually happened right before their brutal winter.
Repeating the same mistakes Clinton made with North Korea will not change the outcome with Iran. Six months from now, it will be springtime in Tehran.
I was banned from the site today because I was arguing against Zionism and Israel, on a political factual basis. Your tag line is “A free press for a free people” – but this is what you do?
Read the comments. There is nothing anti-Semitic in them because I’m not anti-Semitic. I’m anti-Zionist and anti-Islamic.
Some brutish people in your commenting section were getting as good as they were giving. So what? I was responding and trying to make my points and then, blam, I’m banned.
Are you folks really that warped that you can’t see how messed up that is? I hope this can be corrected and that you understand that dissent is as important as agreement in our political system.
Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Western powers, led by the United States, have agreed to suspend billions of dollars worth of sanctions on Iran’s energy and other sectors for the next six months in exchange for a reduction in Teheran’s enriched uranium stockpile. Under an agreement reached on Nov. 24, the so-called P5+1 pledged to [...]
Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Al Qaida has claimed responsibility for a major attack on Iranian interests in Lebanon. Al Qaida’s Abdullah Azzam Brigades reported detonating two bombs outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut. The suicide attacks on Nov. 19 killed at least 23 people, including the embassy’s cultural attache, Ibrahim Ansari. “It was a [...]
Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Islamist insurgents have assassinated a senior official responsible for the Egyptian crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptian sources said a senior Interior Ministry official responsible for counter-insurgency policy has been assassinated. The sources identified the official as Col. Mohammed Mabrouk, shot outside his home in Cairo’s Nasser City on Nov. [...]
(WASHINGTON TIMES) A growing number of terrorist groups in Africa are turning to the illegal trade of elephant tusks to finance their operations, cashing in on a massive demand for ivory spurred by a burgeoning, wealthier middle class in Asia.
Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab in Somalia, Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa and Boko Haram in Nigeria are among the militants making money from trafficking ivory tusks from slaughtered elephants to pay their fighters and buy arms and ammunition.
“For al-Shabab, ivory, like charcoal, is just a fast and relatively easy way to make some cash, which is needed first of all to pay a salary to its militants, estimated at around 5,000 people,” said Andrea Crosta, executive director of Elephant Action League, who along with Nir Kalron, chief executive officer of the private security firm Maisha Consulting, has recently investigated al-Shabab’s links to ivory trafficking.
Arab Americans comprise more than 40 percent of Dearborn’s population, which according to a 2010 U.S. Census report was 98,153.
Two Arabs from Dearborn said in parts of Beirut, Lebanon it can be less difficult for an Arab to be openly gay than it’s here. Lebanon is one of the few Arab countries on the forefront of organizing for LBGT rights.
Ramazzotti says a lot of people living in Dearborn follow conservative customs and beliefs they brought with them when emigrating from Arab countries to the United States, making it more difficult for second generation Arab Americans to come out.
He says Dearborn’s religious Arab community has got in the way of progressive attitudes about the LBGT community moving forward.
Ryan, a 23-year-old gay Arab from Dearborn who was kicked out of his house after coming out to his family, says there haven’t been any real conversations among community leaders about gay Arabs.
Ryan says people who support gay Arabs often fear speaking in support of them publicly because conservative Arabs and Muslims will commit hate crimes, or incite riots against them.
Faisal Alam, a nationally known Muslim gay rights activist spoke at the University of Michigan Dearborn last month where he presented the program, Hidden Voices: The Lives of LBGT Muslims.
The lecture was interrupted by a false alarm, and Alam along with other activists were escorted to their cars by security after their views were challenged.
Interesting how there has been so little news coverage of that. If a Muslim speaker had been forced out, there would have been a lot of coverage.
Ramazzotti has been threatened because of his sexual orientation. He says one gay Arab woman from Dearborn had to move out of her house after her brother went through text messages and emails and learned she had a girlfriend. He threatened to kill her. She’s in college, and now on her own struggling to make ends meet.
How real are threats like that? All too real. Honor killings happen in America and any other place that Muslim settle in.
Police say 20-yr-old Ahmed Tuma was angry with his sister because she is in a relationship with a woman. Police say Tuma said it is shameful to their family and against Muslim beliefs.
Police say Tuma’s sister and her fiancee arrived at home near 27th & M when he and a friend, 20-year-old Nathan Marks ran up to them. Police say Tuma tried to hit her with a crow bar. The couple escaped into their car, but police say Tuma repeatedly hit the car with the crowbar.
Where did this happen? Lincoln, Nebraska.
Too bad fear of Islamophobia keeps liberals from covering Islamic Homophobia.
But the gay and transgender leaders in the US condemned my work to highlight the Muslim oppression of gays under the sharia. The San Francisco City council issued a resolution condemning our AFDI ad campaign focusing on the vicious oppression and subjugation of gays under Islam.
Theresa Sparks, call your office.
Lincoln Police arrested two men they say were involved in a
hate crime Thursday evening. It happened around 5 p.m. near 27th & M
Streets in Lincoln.
Police say 20-yr-old Ahmed Tuma was angry with his sister because she
is in a relationship with a woman. Police say Tuma said it is shameful
to their family and against Muslim beliefs.
Police say Tuma's sister and her fiancee arrived at home near 27th
& M when he and a friend, 20-year-old Nathan Marks ran up to them.
Police say Tuma tried to hit her with a crow bar. The couple escaped
into their car, but police say Tuma repeatedly hit the car with the
"They were in fear for their lives, he had made some verbal threats
to kill the sister," Officer Katie Flood with the Lincoln Police Dept.
Police say the couple drove off, but Marks and Tuma got into Marks'
pickup and followed, ramming them from behind nearly into oncoming
traffic on S. 27th Street. The couple were able to get away and call
Tuma was arrested for attempted 2nd degree assault, criminal
mischief, two counts of terroristic threats and use of a weapon to
commit a felony. All of the charges except use of a weapon carry a hate
Marks was arrested for aiding and abetting terroristic threats and aiding and abetting use of a weapon to commit a felony….
Welcome to Our World Conan: "F***ing gross and racist" — Conan O’Brien gets heat for joke about Muslim girl superhero
Conan and the holy grail. Or should I say the third rail? Doesn't he know that you cannot joke about Islam, sharia, misogyny, gender apartheid, creed apartheid, misogyny or polygamy under the sharia? It's blasphemy. Off with his head. Islamic supremacists and their leftist tools are going after it all right, after he tweeted this innocuous joke about Marvel's new Muslim superheroine:
"She has so many more
special powers than her husband’s other wives."
First off, Islam is not a race. Secondly, multiple wives are encouraged in Islam. 70% of American Muslims say polygamy should be legalized in the US, with over 100,000 Muslims engaging in polygamy here in America.
And also worth noting is the fact that Muhammad's favorite wife was six years old when he married her — this Muslima superhero is 16 — practically an old lady. He didn't joke about that.
And lastly, where is Marvel's Christian superheroine, Jewish superheroine, Hindu superheroine, et al?
"F***ing gross and racist": Conan O'Brien gets heat for joke about Muslim girl superhero (thanks to Robert Spencer)
It was just a joke, but as the Ayatollah Khomeini said,
"There is no humor in Islam." O'Brien tweeted: "She has so many more
special powers than her husband’s other wives." This is "racist," as
well as "gross" — but what race is Muslim polygamy again? I keep
O'Brien's joke has a factual basis. The Qur'an says: "And if you fear
that you will not deal justly with the orphan girls, then marry those
that please you of [other] women, two or three or four. But if you fear
that you will not be just, then [marry only] one or those your right
hand possesses. That is more suitable that you may not incline [to
But as O'Brien is discovering now, calling attention to uncomfortable
truths about Islam is "racist" and wrong, even if they're
undeniably…truths. I am sure that Conan O'Brien will not make this
mistake again. After all, he wants to stay on television; bringing
uncomfortable aspects of Islam to light is quickest way to be read out
of polite and decent society. Just ask Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins,
formerly darlings of the Leftist intelligentsia — until they touched
that third rail of American public discourse.
"‘F***in Gross & Racist’: Controversy Brews Over Conan O’Brien’s ‘Muslim Female Superhero’ Joke," by Oliver Darcy for The Blaze, November 9:
Editor’s note: Some strong language is used in the tweets embedded in this post.
Late night comedian Conan O’Brien
turned to Twitter Friday night to make a joke about the new Muslim
superhero unveiled by Marvel — but some fans did not take it well.
“Marvel Comics is introducing a new
Muslim Female superhero,” O’Brien tweeted to his over nine-million
followers. “She has so many more special powers than her husband’s other
However, soon after sending the tweet,
others hit the comedian back online, with some individuals even branding
the joke as racist.
Here are the tweets:
UPDATE: Big Fur Hat here: "Perpetual Victims and Victim’s Advocates Attack Conan O’Brien For Making a Joke About Marvel’s New Muslim Character."
joke was about as edgy as a bowling ball, but it cut like a scimitar
for the usual suspects who are on perpetual high-alert for any comment
at all, even if said with with mirth, about Muslims.
Islam is, apparently, a thin-skinned, joyless and deadly serious religion – emphasis on deadly.
(REUTERS) — A Kuwaiti woman was arrested in Saudi Arabia for trying to drive her father to hospital, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Sunday, a week after Saudi women protested against a ban on female drivers.
Kuwaiti women are free to drive in their country and enjoy far more rights than those in Saudi Arabia, who are not allowed to travel abroad, open a bank account or work without permission from a male relative.
The English language Kuwait Times said the woman was driving in an area just over the border, with her father in the passenger seat, when she was stopped by police. Kuwaitis and Saudi locals regularly cross the border and communities living along the frontier are often a mix of people from both countries.
(Reuters) The leader of an armed Iranian Kurdish group says new President Hassan Rouhani is taking advantage of the West’s wary optimism towards him to step up pressure on citizens at home, particularly Kurds, and has markedly increased executions.
The election in June of Rouhani, a relative moderate and a former chief nuclear negotiator, has created a diplomatic opening between Iran and a group of six world powers which are trying to persuade it to curb its nuclear program.
Rouhani even spoke by phone to U.S. President Barack Obama in late September, in the highest-level contact between the two countries in three decades.
President Barack Obama meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office in 2009. Photo: White House.
JNS.org - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held a celebration in Ramallah in honor of the second set of 26 Palestinian terrorists released by Israel as part of Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations, calling the prisoners “heroes” despite their violent history.
According to the list published by the Israeli government, many of the prisoners have an extremely violent history. With several of them involved in murder of civilians, often at close range, including Palestinian Kassem Hzem Shabir, who murdered Holocaust survivor Yitzhak Rotenberg with an axe; Issa Abed Rabo, who murdered Israeli students Revital Seri and Ron Levy near a monastery south of Jerusalem in 1984; and Rahman Abdel Hajj, who stabbed to death Genia Friedman as she was walking with her father and friends in 1992, Haaretz reported.
At the Ramallah celebration, Abbas told the crowd, “We welcome our brothers the heroes coming from behind the bars to a world of freedom and liberty.”
“No permanent peace agreement would be signed as long as there is one single prisoner in Israeli jails,” Abbas said.
Every released prisoner will receive a special grant and monthly stipend from the PA, between $710-$1,280, Israel Hayom reported. Despite the celebration held by Abbas, Palestinians seemed largely apathetic about the prisoner release.
“Anyone walking in Ramallah wouldn’t feel that it’s a special day, that prisoners are being released and there are celebrations,” Ramallah resident Yusuf Jaber told Maariv.
Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — An Al Qaida-aligned militia has captured key areas of Syria, including the transit point to its largest city, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy asserted that Islamic State of Iraq and Levant captured the city of Al Bab in the northern province of Aleppo in September. [...]
Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Iran’s Palestinian proxy has renewed operations in the West Bank. Israeli military sources said Islamic Jihad has established operational cells in several cities in the West Bank. The sources said the latest cells were believed to have been launched around Ramallah near Jerusalem. “Islamic Jihad has more money for recruitment [...]