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7.8 magnitude earthquake hits Iran-Pakistan border,worst in 40 yrs ( in #Iran ) hundreds feared dead #iranelections #freeiran

Huge 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits near Iran-Pakistan border http://m.guardiannews.com/world/2013/apr/16/earthquake-hits-iran-pakistan-border ……..”

US Geological Survey said it had measured the earthquake at magnitude 7.8 and gave its location as 50 miles east-south-east of the town of Khash, in Iran. Though the area is largely desert and mountains, there are several major cities, including Zahedan, only 125 miles away, which has more than half a million inhabitants. An Iranian official quoted by Reuters said hundreds of dead were expected as a result of the quake. “It was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years and we are expecting hundreds of dead,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity

.”…….. RRD: My thoughts are with the people of Iran & Pakistan who are victims or who have family or friends among the victims.

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2 Iranian Kurdish dissidents face imminent death after forced confession #iranelections #iranexecutions #humanrights

Iran: Execution of Kurdish Dissidents Imminent – Near East Observatory http://neobservatory.org/human-rights/iran-execution-of-kurdish-dissidents-imminent/ EXECUTION FEARS GROW FOR IRANIAN KURDS Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org/fr/library/asset/MDE13/010/2012/fr/ef544c1f-9aee-469e-8314-900a9e5623a4/mde130102012en.html …”

Zaniar (or Zanyar) Moradi and Loghman (or Loqman) Moradi were sentenced to public hanging on 22 December 2010 by Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court after a trial reportedly lasting 20 minutes. They were convicted of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) and “corruption on earth” for allegedly murdering the son of a senior cleric in Marivan,Kordestan province, north-eastern Iran, on 4 July 2009. They were also convicted of participating in armed activities with Komala, a Kurdish opposition group. Their sentences were upheld by the Supreme Court and have reportedly been sent to the enforcement office of the Judiciary. Zaniar Moradi and Loghman Moradi were arrested respectively on 1 August 2009 and 17 October 2009 in Marivan. They were held without charge by the Ministry of Intelligence for the first nine months of their detention during which they were moved several times between detention facilities. Around the beginning of December 2010 they were transferred to Raja’i Shahr Prison northwest of Tehran. The two men then wrote a letter stating that during their interrogation by the Ministry of Intelligence they were forced to “confess” to the allegations of murder after being tortured and threatened with rape. Amnesty International has so far been unable to confirm reports that Zaniar Moradi was 17 at the time of his arrest.

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Jailed #Iranian dissident Pastor Behnam Irani faces death from ill health & prison conditions #iranelections #jcot

BosNewsLife – Christian News Agency » Blog Archive » NEWS ALERT: Jailed Iran Pastor Facing Death In Prison, Christians Warn http://www.bosnewslife.com/25052-news-alert-jailed-iran-pastor-facing-death-in-prison-christians-warn ….”

Pastor Behnam Irani, 41, reportedly lost about five kilograms as he fights a blood infection.Iranian Christians have told BosNewsLife that he was previously beaten by fellow inmates and guards of the Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj city, one of the toughest jails in the country, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the nation’s capital Tehran. Rights activists with close knowledge about the pastor’s situation said he was in “Ward 2 of Salon 7” where each of the 15 square-meter cells hold up to 40 prisoners. “There are only six bathrooms for 600 inmates,” added advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

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Iranian Christian Reza Jebbari to be deported faces possible death for apostasy

Sweden to Deport Iranian Christian?

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http://blogs.cbn.com/globallane/archive/2012/11/12/sweden-to-deport-iranian-chirstian.aspx ” Iranian Christian Reza Jebbari faces imminent deportation from Sweden, despite the possibility that his return to Iran could lead to his imprisonment or death. Jebbari is a former Muslim who converted to Christianity during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2010. He applied for assylum [sic] when he arrived in Sweden two years ago, but the Swedish Immigration Service and the Migration Court rejected the request. The assylum denial came despite evidence that Jebbari actively participates in church activities, including street evangelism on a regular basis. He’s appeared in church plays and sings in the choir at Tensta Church. Apparently the court questioned the sincerity of Jebbari’s conversion and said he failed to convince them that his life would be in danger if he were sent back to Iran. This, despite assurances from Jebbari’s pastor that, “He has a deep Christian identity, as much as I have.” RRD: We have just had a very public,high profile case of a Christian–Pastor Nadarkhani–who narrowly avoided death & now we are told that this man would not be in danger if returned??!

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Should we launch a military strike to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon as a last resort?

RRD: I wish to preface this post by noting that I believe that if Tehran’s nuclear program is not stopped that we face a potential nuclear holocaust . That said,how that threat is neutralized, whether through sabotage,or through a overthrow of the Islamic Republic of Iran by it’s people,or through a military strike,is another question. I do not believe that the matter is as simple as immediate war on the one hand, or ”containment” on the other. Containment & deterrence are not terribly effective when you are dealing with apocalyptic medievalists. But Tehran’s nuclear program was delayed for months to years by sabotage. Whether we have reached a point where we must face a stark choice between bombing Tehran’s nuclear facilities or “learning to live with” nuclear armed maniacs is unclear to me. Certainly the leaks on Israel’s cyberwarfare program by this administration have moved us closer to that point. War is not a lark or a game,& it should only be undertaken as a last resort,but if it does in fact come down to a war initiated by the U.S. against a non-nuclear armed Tehran ,or a war initiated by nuclear armed religious fanatics it would be suicide ( for the U.S. & Iran & Israel) for us to choose the latter. The Iranian people are held hostage by the maniacs who rule their country,but their situation will not be improved if their dictators unleash a nuclear holocaust in the middle east. My purpose in posting this is not to call for war,but to make the case that if we exhaust all other options,we must preserve the option of a military strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. More arguments: The argument against Military action (even as a last resort) : No Rush to War – NYTimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/15/opinion/no-rush-to-war.html?_r=0 The argument for Military action as a last resort: The Price of Inaction An Analysis of Energy and Economic Effects of a Nuclear Iran Bipartisan Policy Center http://bipartisanpolicy.org/library/report/price-of-inaction HT to for the source: The Costs of Inaction on Iran « Commentary Magazine http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/10/19/the-costs-of-inaction-on-iran-study-nuclear-oil-gas-prices/ Background: List of links on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Threat and Mahdism (the doctrine of the Twelfth Imam) | Glory to man in the highest https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/list-of-links-on-the-islamic-republic-of-irans-nuclear-threat-and-mahdism-the-doctrine-of-the-twelfth-imam/

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Obama’s response to prospective Genocide in Iraq,the butchery of Iranian dissidents,& Libya.

Obama “Don’t stay in Iraq even if it necessary to protect the Shiia & Kurds from a genocide: Obama: Don’t Stay In Iraq Over Genocide – CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-250_162-3080286.html

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124578001429942845.html

….”Well, look, if that’s the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have 300,000 troops in the Congo right now — where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife — which we haven’t done,” “We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven’t done. Those of us who care about Darfur don’t think it would be a good idea,” …. Obama’s reaction to the secular,Green Movement Protesters of Iran? Protesters against a regime that threatens both us & our allies? Empty words about “bearing witness”…bearing witness to the Iranians being cut down.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/us/politics/23text-obama.html

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124578001429942845.html

…”We must . . . bear witness to the courage and the dignity of the Iranian people and to a remarkable opening within Iranian society. And we deplore the violence against innocent civilians anywhere that it takes place. . . . In 2009, no iron fist is strong enough to shut off the world from bearing witness to peaceful protests of justice. Despite the Iranian government’s efforts to expel journalists and isolate itself, powerful images and poignant words have made their way to us through cell phones and computers. And so we’ve watched what the Iranian people are doing. This is what we’ve witnessed. We’ve seen the timeless dignity of tens of thousands of Iranians marching in silence. We’ve seen people of all ages risk everything to insist that their votes are counted and that their voices are heard. Above all, we’ve seen courageous women stand up to the brutality and threats, and we’ve experienced the searing image of a woman bleeding to death on the streets.”….

Obama returns a fleeing Chinese defector to appease the Chicoms. Reports Asylum Denied to Wang Lijun on Biden’s instructions to avoid embarrassing Chinese gov #humanrights #tcot – The Neointellectual

http://theneointellectual.typepad.com/blog/2012/05/reports-asylum-denied-to-wang-lijun-on-bidens-instructions-to-avoid-embarrassing-chinese-gov-humanrights-tcot.html

Biden refuses to condemn China’s forced abortion’s policy. Biden “not second guessing”,& “fully understands” China ‘s forced abortion policy #tcot #teaparty – fightingstatism

http://fightingstatism.posterous.com/biden-not-second-guessing-fully-understands-c

Obama chose Chas Freeman as chair of the National Intelligence Council,a psychopath whose only criticism of the Chinese dictators was that they acted with too much “restraint” in dealing with the Tiananmen Square protesters. ….

“From: CWFHome@cs.com [mailto:CWFHome@cs.com] Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 9:29 PM

I will leave it to others to address the main thrust of your reflection on Eric’s remarks. But I want to take issue with what I assume, perhaps incorrectly, to be yoiur [sic] citation of the conventional wisdom about the 6/4 [or Tiananmen] incident. I find the dominant view in China about this very plausible, i.e. that the truly unforgivable mistake of the Chinese authorities was the failure to intervene on a timely basis to nip the demonstrations in the bud, rather than — as would have been both wise and efficacious — to intervene with force when all other measures had failed to restore domestic tranquility to Beijing and other major urban centers in China. In this optic, the Politburo’s response to the mob scene at “Tian’anmen” stands as a monument to overly cautious behavior on the part of the leadership, not as an example of rash action. For myself, I side on this — if not on numerous other issues — with Gen. Douglas MacArthur. I do not believe it is acceptable for any country to allow the heart of its national capital to be occupied by dissidents intent on disrupting the normal functions of government, however appealing to foreigners their propaganda may be. Such folk, whether they represent a veterans’ “Bonus Army” or a “student uprising” on behalf of “the goddess of democracy” should expect to be displaced with despatch from the ground they occupy. I cannot conceive of any American government behaving with the ill-conceived restraint that the Zhao Ziyang administration did in China, allowing students to occupy zones that are the equivalent of the Washington National Mall and Times Square, combined. while shutting down much of the Chinese government’s normal operations. I thus share the hope of the majority in China that no Chinese government will repeat the mistakes of Zhao Ziyang’s dilatory tactics of appeasement in dealing with domestic protesters in China. I await the brickbats of those who insist on a politically correct — i.e. non Burkean conservative — view.

Chas

And Obama’s response to Libya? Obama: “I Refused to Wait for Images of Slaughter and Mass Graves Before Taking Action” | The Gateway Pundit

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/03/obama-i-refuse-to-wait-for-images-of-mass-slaughter-before-taking-action/

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Iranian Mullahs incite mobs against U.S. & Israel over “Innocence of Muslims”

Iranian Mullahs incite mobs against U.S. & Israel over “Innocence of Muslims” ….”Some senior ayatollahs welcomed the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and warned that the U.S. should expect further harsh reactions from the Muslims.[5] The Global Ahl-e Al-Bayt Foundation, which is directly subordinate to the office of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, urged Muslims worldwide, and especially the Shi’ites, “to demonstrate and protest against this offensive move [of making the film], and do everything they can to ban it, in order to prevent the continuation of these satanic actions.” [6] On September 13, senior ayatollah Mohammad Ali Alavi Gorgani exhorted the Shi’ites worldwide to “express their outrage to the people of the world” and that Muslims should “react to this satanic move… behind which stands global Zionism.”[7] Student Basij representative Ali Hassan Zadeh called on Muslims to remove the cancerous growth – Israel – from the Middle East.[8] Kazem Tabatabai, a Friday prayer leader from the city of Zabol, said: “The Muslims must no longer keep silent. They must launch all-out jihad to eliminate the arrogance [the West headed by the U.S.].”[9] Assembly of Experts member Ayatollah Abbas Ka’abi said: “The entire Muslim nation must join forces with the zealous Libyan people against the film that insults Islam and the Prophet.” [10] Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani said: “The U.S. must expect [even] harsher measures.”[11] Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi said that the Iranian government would search for the producer of the anti-Muhammad YouTube film and would place him under surveillance.[12] Two prominent regime mouthpieces, Kayhan and Fars, stressed that the targeting of U.S. diplomats in the Middle East would now become a trend.[13] A September 15, 2012 Fars analysis said that the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya will be “the opening shot for the killing of U.S. ambassadors in the region.” It also warned Arab leaders not to suppress the masses’ rage against the U.S., because doing so could bring down their regimes: “The Arab leaders… of the post -Mubarak, post -Qadhafi and post -Ali ‘Abdallah Saleh [era]… must realize that the revolutions do not depend on them, but that they depend on the revolutions. If they stray from the path [of the revolutions], they will undoubtedly be deposed. This time, the insults to Islam came up against the dam of the Islamic awakening. The offending country [i.e. the U.S.] can no longer insult [Islam] and expect that its ambassadors in the Islamic countries will remain safe. The Islamic awakening has significantly increased the cost of insulting the sanctity of Islam. It is not only [the YouTube film’s purported director] Sam Bacile who should go into hiding; now the offending country’s ambassadors in the Islamic countries will [also] feel unsafe, even though the Egyptian and Yemeni police fired on the protestors… [The killing of the U.S. ambassador] is a phenomenon that possibly could continue – and even if it does not continue with the same determination, it may make the U.S. diplomats feel constantly unsafe.” Fars also warned the leaders of Arab countries where revolutions have recently taken place that “if they want to grow close to the West and sacrifice Islam in favor of liberal democracy, they will face their peoples’ demands, and they should not expect that to end well.” It added that Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi’s September 12 speech condemning the film but banning attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo pleased both Islamist and Western ears, and reflected his understanding that “anti-Western sentiment now prevails in his country.”….

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Maureen Dowd’s ”war for the jews” smear

Maureen Dowd’s ”war for the jews” smear http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/09/16/liberal-smear-romneys-war-for-the-jews/ ….” Unlike the rest of the Obama cheerleading squad that occupies the Times opinion pages, she is not content to just bash him for attacking Obama’s apologies, weak leadership and disdain for Israel. Dowd sees him and running mate Paul Ryan as the cat’s-paws of a shadowy group of “powerful” Jewish “neocons” who are out to seize the country in his name and enforce, “a duty to invade and bomb Israel’s neighbors,” on Americans. In a perfect illustration of how hate for Israel shows where the left and right meet, Dowd channeled Pat Buchanan in arguing that Romney/Ryan are the “puppets” of neoconservative conspirators who want Americans to die for Israel. Dowd doubled down on Eric Lewis’ point that it is “outrageous” for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to demand that the president state some red lines about Iran. But all Netanyahu is doing is asking the president to show us that he has some intention of doing something about Iran other than talking about the threat. The pushback from the pro -Obama camp against the suggestion that the administration stop pretending that failed diplomacy and unenforced sanctions will persuade Tehran to give up its nuclear ambition reinforces the suspicion that once he is re -elected, the president will have the “flexibility” to choose to “contain” rather than stop Iran. That is a position that would endanger both the U.S. and Israel. Dowd’s biggest target is Dan Senor, an author and former Bush administration staffer who is one of Romney and Ryan’s top advisors. But neither Senor nor Romney nor any American supporter of Israel needs to apologize to the likes of Dowd for their belief that the U.S. should keep its word to stop Iran. Though those who write about “neocons slithering” are clearly intending to stoke prejudice, even Obama has paid lip service to the fact that a nuclear Iran is a deadly threat to the entire Middle East as well as to the interests of the United States. Though Romney is not always the most consistent or coherent of thinkers about foreign policy, he does seem to understand this dilemma a lot better than Obama and his hateful press hit squad.”

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Ex- IRG general claims Iran’s nuclear program not peaceful #irannuclear #jcot

m.guardian.co.uk Ex-Revolutionary Guards general reveals dissent within elite Iranian force #

http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/12/khamenei-accused-blood-on-hands?cat=world&type=article

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Tehran’s Vice President: Zionists behind drug trade #iranelections #jcot

More UN Anti-Semitism From Iran « Commentary Magazine

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/06/27/more-united-nations-anti-semitism-from-iran-drug-conference/

….”The “Zionists” are in firm control of the illegal drug trade, Mr. Rahimi said,…..

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict,” Mr. Rahimi said. “They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.”

Mr. Rahimi … told stories of gynecologists’ killing black babies on the orders of the Zionists and claimed that the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 was started by Jews, adding that mysteriously no Jews died in that uprising.

He also said the Talmud teaches Jews to think they are a superior race. “They think God has created the world so that all other nations can serve them,” he said. Halfway through his speech, Mr. Rahimi said there was a difference between Jews who “honestly follow the prophet Moses” and the Zionists who are “the main elements of the international drug trade.”

RRD:Though I am secular,(& not a scholar)I wish to point out that this claim that the Jews regard themselves as being “racially superior” is false and a lie long promoted by anti-semites.

Judaism does not espouse the idea that ”the nations of the world” exist to serve Jews.The closest Jewish tradition comes to that belief,is the statement about such and such a pagan enemy being defeated and becoming God’s “footstool” that, plus the statement that ”your enemies shall serve you”.(Presumably through compensation & reparations,as the Egyptians gave the Jews riches as they made their exodus)

But it is clear that,that statement is in reference to the idolatrous oppressors of the Jews–who sought their destruction–and is not in reference to a idea that the ”nations of the world” exist to serve Jews.

As to the distortion of the term ”The Chosen People”,in truth, this term refers to the Covenant with Abraham,Isaac and Jacob.

The Covenant states that since Abraham alone worshipped the one true God,God will reward Abraham’s descendents,the Jews(and converts to Judaism) if they are virtuous( & ”keep his commandments”),and punish them if they are sinful (”and don’t keep his commandments”),but he will never permit Abraham’s “seed” (his descendents,& converts & their descendents) to perish from off the earth.He may permit some to die, due to their immorality,but not all.
But he does not let immorality go unpunished.

Further evidence that it is absurd to say that Judaism espouses the idea that Jews are innately superior by their blood,irrespective of their piety,can be found in the fact that anyone can convert to Judaism.

People who convert to Judaism:such as Ruth,and Moses’ adopted mother(the Pharaoh’s daughter)Bithiah,become Jews.

According to Jewish tradition (in the
Aggadah,the part of the Talmud dealing with narrative),Bithiah became a Jew,and married Caleb,and was one of the few people permitted to enter heaven while still alive.

Ruth for her part was the ancestor of King David,(and thereby according to Jewish tradition),the ancestor of the Messiah.

Given that two people who were not of Jewish ancestry became so highly regarded in Judaism how can Judaism be said to espouse racial supremacy.

It is true that a pious Jew is regarded as being morally superior to a non-Jew,or to a sinful Jew, but Christianity and Islam hold similiar views about pious Christians and pious Muslims respectively.

I say all this–again–not to advocate for Judaism,or any religion,but to debunk a slander against the Jewish people.

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