"Am I therefore become your enemy,because I TELL YOU THE TRUTH...?"
(Galatians 4:16)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

First year of ministry already has big hopes

Ethiopia (MNN)CURE International is glad to open a brand new teaching hospital in Ethiopia-- the first of its kind.The CURE Ethiopia Children's Hospital will specialize in two areas: first, in pediatric orthopedics, and secondly, in pediatric plastic reconstruction.The surgeries and treatments they perform will address the complications of clubfoot, cleft lip and palate, burn contractures, and other physical disabilities.As a teaching hospital, they will constantly be building up a new generation of surgeons capable of growing the work.Diagnostic methods such as ultrasound, enhanced X-ray, and laboratory services will be taught which are currently not available in Ethiopia.There are 60 beds and plenty of state-of-the-art equipment: ECG machines, pulse oximetry, anesthetic gas monitoring, and C-arm mobile X-ray units. On top of the surgical training, other Ethiopians will be trained in maintenance and operation of the equipment.CURE's mission to reach children and their families with both physical and spiritual healing will be accomplished at CECH. They hope to do 1,000 surgeries and treat 5,000 outpatients in their first year. 700,000 children have already experienced the healing touch of CURE's medical staff worldwide.
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Living Water team brings clean water and the Gospel to community in West Africa

Sierra Leone (MNN)-A Living Water International team replaced a well and shared the hope of the Gospel with the community of Jui.At the Evangelical College of Theology in Jui, located on a peninsula 12 miles east of Freetown, a pump supplying water to the school had been broken for two months.Living Water International sent a team to replace the old well, but after installing the new pump, no water appeared.Puzzled by this, the team pulled out the entire length of pipe and discovered that the pipe was too short, and part of the pump had actually broken off when placed down the hole.After 6 hours of repair and many prayers, the pump gushed clean water.At the dedication ceremony for the new well, the team dedicated it to the glory of God and sang "Tell Papa God Tenke" ("thank you" in Krio). They talked about how faithfully God directed the repair and shared the story of Advent Conspiracy with the community. In 2006, pastors at five churches encouraged their congregations to change their spending habits and spend time with their families instead. The money saved was then given to help others, and some of that money was donated so that the people of Sierra Leone could receive a cup of clean water in Jesus' name.The team shared John 4:10-14, a passage about Jesus being the Living Water, and members of the community prayed. Reverend Abu Conteh, principal of the college, asked the team to extend the college's gratitude to Living Water International and Advent Conspiracy.
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Thousands in Cairo Still Live in Fear at a Cliff’s Edge

CAIRO-People still live at the cliff’s edge. Hundreds of children play at the cliff’s edge. And the cliff is crumbling, right under their feet, huge mustard-colored boulders, tumbling away from the mountain wall. The children play. Their parents worry.“If they just gave us tents, we would go live in those tents,” said Samah Abdel Qader, 45, a nurse who has two children and lives at the cliff’s edge, literally.The police have cordoned off the neighborhood; they don’t want any prying reporters, foreign observers or charity groups to get in. “It’s a crisis,” barked one state security agent, when asked why the area was sealed. A crisis for the government seems to be what he meant.On Sept. 6 a huge piece of this cliff broke off and crushed the lives below, poor people living on the edge of the city. So far, 101 bodies have been recovered, but the true scope of what happened remains hidden beneath massive rocks that rest where they fell. Now the government faces a reckoning: What to do with all the people still buried; what to do with all the people, the many thousands, still living beneath the fragile cliff; what to do with the many people living on top of the cliff; what to do about its own reputation, having failed repeatedly to manage any recent crisis in a way that did not leave survivors angry and alienated.“There is fear of another rockslide every moment,” said a general in the Interior Ministry, the state’s internal security agency, which has taken the lead in this crisis — as it has in all the others. The general is not authorized to release his name but did offer a surprising degree of candor, expressing frustration with the system, top to bottom, that has let so many people down.“There is negligence,” the general said. “The whole country is responsible and every person sitting in his chair is responsible.”It was late morning, and the neighbors were frustrated by their police-imposed isolation. So they led a tour, passing messages by cellphones to avoid the police and informants, taking visitors onto the cliff, with its frightening view of the pit.Down below was Douaiqa, a poor corner of Manshayet Nasser, a sprawling neighborhood of more than one million residents.Three large excavators were parked and silent. A large awning was set up to shade the plastic chairs for the officers, stars on their shoulders. No work was going on, and neighbors said that as the days had passed the pace of recovery had slowed.“There used to be more people here, but every day it is less and less,” said Said Yousef, who lives on top of the cliff, a safe distance from the edge.“There,” he said, excitedly, pointing to a pile of boulders that had fallen a day earlier. “And there, too,” he said, pointing out a pile of sand way below that he said was also part of the cliff wall just 24 hours earlier.Some of the homes at the cliff’s edge seemed to have crumbled when the ledge broke away. The area feels like a war zone, like Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, after Russia invaded. People here came out of the ruins, many barefoot, all asking to be listened to. They had ghostly, frightened expressions.“Look at this,” Ms. Qader, the nurse, said, as she pressed her foot on the ground. It seemed to warp under her weight, and then pop back up. She kept her foot pumping at the ground. “Look,” she said again, in a kind of disbelief.She pointed to the buckled wall of her neighbor Hamdi Hussain’s home. He lives in a small brick and concrete room just big enough for his king-size bed. Like the others here, he wanted help from the government. “We went to the municipality, and they just chased us away,” he said. So he went back to his bed, which is a few feet from the cliff’s edge.The government’s initial response was to tell the people here that it was their fault for living in such a dangerous place, that this was a shantytown of illegal dwellings. But that misses a much broader reality: about 70 percent of Cairo lives in informal communities, which like this one were built without government planning or permission.
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Barack Obama uses Google to combat vicious rumors

Barack Obama is waging an quiet battle in the Googlesphere to combat damaging rumors, as well as his opponent, John McCain.Specifically, Obama's campaign has waded into online auctions for Google search terms to snap up not only obvious phrases like "Barack Obama" but also potentially negative ones like "Barack Obama birth certificate" or "Barack Obama as a Muslim," according to Hitwise, an Internet audience monitoring firm.This means that, as of Wednesday morning, Google searches for Obama being a Muslim (a false but pervasive Web rumor) often turn up a prominent "sponsored" link at the top of the results page that connects to a page on Obama's campaign website that debunks the myth and details his Christian faith.Searches for Obama's birth certificate produce a link to a page showing the official document...
PS:I wonder WHY Obama is still so PARANOID with the MUSLIM thing...?IF he IS a MUSLIM and is trying to cover it up--he is a DISGRACE as A MUSLIM and IF HE IS NOT REALLY an AMERICAN....????Well...wouldn't surprise me....HE'S GOT A PROBLEM WITH THE TRUTH.....!!!!!!!!
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OBAMA WATCH:That Whole “I Won’t Take Money From Lobbyists” Promise Isn’t Really Working Out For Obama

Matthew Cooper takes a close look at Obama’s promise to not take money from PAC’s or lobbyists and finds out something we here at SAB knew months ago.Obama might not take money directly from lobbyists, but he’ll sure take money from the spouses of lobbyists. And the children of lobbyists.And the law/business partners of lobbyists.And the clients of lobbyists.But not one darn cent from the lobbyists themselves!
Barack Obama was on a roll. Before a cheering crowd in Springfield, Missouri, this summer, the Democratic presidential nominee let loose with a barrage on Washington lobbyists: “So one of the things that we’ve got to do is not just change the health-care system, but we’ve also got to change our political system. And that’s why I don’t take PAC money. I don’t take money from federal registered lobbyists, because I want to answer to you when I’m in the White House. I don’t want to answer to all these fat-cat lobbyists!”
The strategy stretches back to the beginning of the primary campaign, when Hillary Clinton’s lead and party connections seemed insurmountable. Early on, the Illinois senator and his top aides decided that a full ban on lobbyists would allow Obama to help paint Clinton as a Washington insider. “It was smart politics,” a senior Obama campaign official told me.
It was also a new concept for the candidate. He’d had no problem accepting contributions from registered Washington lobbyists in his previous races for the Illinois statehouse, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. So now that he’s scoring political points for the ban, what impact has it actually had?
Virtually none.
The campaign has no problem accepting money from the spouses of Washington lobbyists. A database search conducted for this column by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign-finance issues, found that more than 20 spouses of prominent Washington lobbyists have donated to the Obama campaign, including the wives of Dan Glickman, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America; Norman Brownstein, a prominent Denver-based lawyer who has lobbied for Oracle, Toshiba, and Comcast; and Stuart Pape of Patton Boggs, Washington’s foremost lobbying firm, who has lobbied for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, and the Smokeless Tobacco Council.
The campaign accepts money from lobbyists registered in state capitals. It accepts money from partners at law firms that engage in lobbying. It accepts money from the C.E.O.’s, chairs, and officers of corporations, but not their lobbyists. Obama has received more than $627,000 in contributions from employees of Goldman Sachs, including, for example, $2,300 (the maximum contribution allowed) from the likes of managing director George Butcher. But Michael Berman, a registered lobbyist (and a former adviser to Walter Mondale), cannot give money to Obama because his firm, the Duberstein Group, has lobbied on behalf of Goldman Sachs on energy and tax issues. Aren’t such policies a little inconsistent with the ban? “Maybe,” said the senior Obama official. “But it’s important symbolism.”
Oh. Well then. I’m sure we’re all reassured by Obama’s perhaps inconsistent “important symbolism.”
But I think inconsistent symbolism pretty much sums up Obama’s entire campaign. He likes to appear to be a moderate politician with a broad base of ideological appeal, but really he’s a one-term Senator with strong ties to extremists (Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers) and corrupt Washington insiders (Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson) and the most liberal voting record in the US Senate.
by Rob

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‘Blacks Against Obama’ Interrupt Campaign Rally

Friday, September 19, 2008

Web site of influential Shiite cleric hacked

The Web site of Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric was hacked on Friday, with the attackers' messages saying they are Sunnis upset over fatwas, or edicts, issued on the site.A entity called Group XP placed a video of comedian Bill Maher making fun of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and his advice to the Shiite faithful, as well as posting messages on the site.The hackers said they are upset at the sexual nature of the advice given to faithful allegedly by al-Sistani through a spokesperson. Those who have studied the attack believe that the Maher video is meant to illustrate how such advice promotes mockery of Islam.The communications said it was hacking this and other sites giving a "bad name" to Sunnis. The messages said Christian sites that insult Islam and sexually oriented sites run by Arab Christians out of Israel were also hacked."We have hacked this site, the head of strife and division that many lost souls," the message said. "Farsis and their likes, depend on for guidance."News reports link the hackers to Wahhabis, fundamentalist Sunnis who prevail in Saudi Arabia.
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New al Qaeda Tape Surfaces Despite US Efforts To Block It

Schoolboy terrorist locked up: The 16-year-old who joined Islamic fanatics targeting the Royal Family

A schoolboy who became Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist has been locked up for two years.Hammaad Munshi was 15 when he joined a cell of Islamic fanatics targetingthe Royal Family.Munshi, the grandson of a British sharia judge, was recruited by Aabid Hussain Khan, a leading ‘cyber terrorist’ who radicalised impressionable Muslims, grooming them and encouraging them to attend military camps in Pakistan.While studying for his GCSEs, Munshi downloaded detailed information on deadly chemical weapons and sent instructions on how to make napalm to Khan, a former Bradford burger bar worker.Together with postal worker SultanMuhammad, 23, Khan assembled a dossier on the most senior members of the Royal Family.They had plans of the London Underground and Buckingham Palace, bomb-making guides and personal details of 15 royals.Last month Khan, 23, was jailed for 12 years and Muhammad was jailed for ten years.Munshi, now 18, was sentenced to two years in a young offenders’ institution byJudge Timothy Pontius at the Old Bailey yesterday.The judge told him: ‘It is regrettable and tragic that you find yourself in court on such a serious charge. You have brought very great shame upon yourself, your family and your religion.‘However in the light of the evidence I have no doubt that you, amongst others of similar immaturity and vulnerability, fell under the spell of fanatical extremists who took advantage of your youthful naivety.'Were it not for Aabid Khan’s malign influence, I doubt whether this offence would ever have been committed.‘Yet there is no doubt that you knew what you were doing and were well aware of the nature of the record of information that you sent to Aabid Khan who took it to Pakistan.‘In those circumstances a custodial sentence is inevitable and unavoidable.’Munshi’s family is of the Muslim population in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and his grandfather Yakub Munshi runs the town’s sharia court.
The schoolboy, who was studying for his GCSEs at Westborough High School in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, was traced through his online conversations with Khan.In one MSN chat, they argued how best to sneak a metal sword through airport security.Munshi had painstakingly scoured the internet for details on how to make napalm and grenades.He claimed he had only done the research out of curiosity but handwritten notes hidden under his bed revealed his burning desire to travel abroad to become a martyr.Munshi also had a library of videos, documents and audio clips showing acts of jihad, mujaheddin fighters and Al Qaeda preachings.He was arrested as he walked home from school after an exam..In mitigation his barrister Harendra de Silva QC told the Old Bailey that shame had been brought on a well-respected family and added: ‘This was a vulnerable youth who was manipulated by others.’Khan, who acted as an administrator on an extremist website called Activion Publications, downloaded information on the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, The Duke of York andthe Princess Royal.Munshi was convicted last month of making a record of information likely to be useful in terrorism. He has spent 128 days in custody.Khan was found guilty of three offences of possessing articles for a purpose connected with terrorism. Muhammad was convicted of three similar offences.

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LET THEM EAT YELLOWCAKE:Iran 'loses' significant quantities of enriched uranium, U.S. spies trouble

Experts responsible for monitoring Iran's nuclear program have discovered enough enriched uranium to make six atom bombs is missing from the country's main production facility at Isfahan, according to the Telegraph in London.U.S. spy satellites have identified a number of "suspicious sites" Iranians have not declared to nuclear inspectors. Intelligence officials believe the sites are being used for covert nuclear research.Meanwhile, reports coming from Israel continue to suggest it may be preparing for a military strike on Iran.The U.S. has refused to give Israel a security aid package for the past few months out of concern that Israel would use U.S.-provided military assistance to attack nuclear facilities in Iran. It included a large number of "bunker-buster" bombs, permission to use an air corridor to Iran, an advanced technology system and refueling airplanes, according to Haaretz.Bunker-buster GBU-28 bombs, weighing 2.2 tons each, can penetrate six meters of reinforced concrete.In 2005, the U.S. agreed to supply bunker-buster bombs to Israel, and some are believed to have been delivered by August 2006.
According to Haaretz, Israel appears to have asked the U.S. for a relatively large number of bunker-buster bombs. The U.S. turned it down.The additional requests were apparently discussed during President Bush's visit to Israel in May, as well as during Defense Minister Ehud Barak's visit to Washington in July.In a series of senior-level meetings that followed, the U.S. has make clear to Israel that, for now, Washington is determined to stick with the diplomatic option to stop Iran's nuclear project. Jerusalem does not have the green light from Washington to launch an Israeli attack against Iran's nuclear sites.The Isfahan facility enriches raw "yellowcake" uranium into material that can be used for either nuclear power or atomic weapons.Tehran has announced in the last few weeks that 6,000 advanced P-2 centrifuges have been successfully installed and are operating at Isfahan.Isfahan is subject to supervision by inspectors from the U.N.'s Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA.So far, Iran has limited IAEA inspector access only to the final stage of the production process, where uranium is stored as uranium hexafluoride, or UF6, gas.The Telegraph reported nuclear experts believe 50 to 60 tons of uranium are now missing from the Isfahan plant. If enriched to weapons grade, it is enough uranium to produce five or six atom bombs.
For more on how Iranian officials allegedly removed significant quantities of uranium without inspectors' knowledge, read Jerome Corsi's Red Alert, the premium, online intelligence news source by the WND staff writer, columnist and author of the New York Times No. 1 best-seller, "The Obama Nation."
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Russians moving into Syria:Strategic alliance include fleet, missiles

Just as Russia has reasserted its power in the Black Sea, it now plans to make waves in the Mediterranean Sea by establishing a major base in Syria, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.This decision not only will allow a permanent presence of Russia's nuclear-armed Black Sea fleet in the Mediterranean, but it also offers the potential for future confrontations between Russia and Israel, as well as with the United States.The Russian navy has begun to upgrade facilities in Tartus, Syria, and already has backed this up by moving to Syria a flotilla of its powerful warships led by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. The flotilla includes the Russian navy's biggest missile cruiser Moskva and some four nuclear missile submarines.From 1971 to 1992, the former Soviet Union operated a naval maintenance facility at Tartus. It then fell into disrepair. Only one of its three floating piers remained operational.But the facilities now are being restored."It is much more advantageous to have such a facility than to return ships that patrol the Mediterranean to their home bases," said former Black Sea Fleet commander Admiral Eduard Baltin.The establishment of the permanent base also is viewed as Moscow's response to the upcoming installation of U.S. missile interceptors along Poland's Baltic coast at Redzikowo. Such an agreement was signed last month between the U.S. and Poland.Syria, meantime, also is considering a request from Moscow to base missiles in the country due to tensions between Russia and the West over its invasion of Georgia in the Caucasus.Russia would send in the surface-to-surface Iskander missile which Moscow says is capable of penetrating any missile defense system.With a NATO code name of the SS-26 Stone, the Iskander is a road-mobile system. It has a range of 300 kilometers, or 186 miles, giving Damascus the capability of striking Tel Aviv in Israel.
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Venezuela expels U.S. rights group

Venezuela expels U.S. rights group for criticism

CARACAS-Venezuela brusquely expelled two activists from U.S.-based Human Rights Watch on Friday who had accused President Hugo Chavez of political intolerance and eroding democracy during nearly 10 years in power.State television played a video of officials reading an expulsion order to activists Jose Miguel Vivanco and Daniel Wilkinson, who were filmed packing their bags and being escorted on to a plane that took off just after midnight.The move highlighted the leftist leader's intolerance of international criticism and may further strain ties with the United States, Venezuela's main oil customer, a week after Chavez also ejected the U.S. ambassador.U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called Venezuela an autocracy on Thursday.Human Rights Watch is an independent group, but Chavez says it collaborates with the Bush administration in a campaign to unseat him and ignores his government's advances in reducing poverty."These groups, dressed up as human rights defenders, are financed by the United States," said Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro. "They are aligned with a policy of attacking countries that are building new economic models."Human Rights Watch is also fiercely critical of the rights record of Venezuela's neighbor Colombia, whose right-wing government is a close Washington ally.Politically motivated murder is common in Colombia.
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Medvedev: Russia won't be pushed into isolation

MOSCOW, Russia-President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that Russia would not yield to Western pressure or be pushed into isolation over the war in Georgia.Dmitry Medvedev's remarks reflected a growing strain in Russia's relations with the United States.Medvedev's comments appeared to be a response to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who warned Russia on Thursday that its policies have put it on a path to isolation and irrelevance.Medvedev dismissed a claim that Russia was sliding back to authoritarianism."They are, in fact, pushing us onto the development track that is based not on normal and civilized cooperation with other countries, but on autonomous development behind thick walls and an 'iron curtain,"' Medvedev said at a meeting with non-governmental organizations. "This is not our track, and it makes no sense to return to the past."In addition, he vowed that Russia would set its own course."No new outside factors, let alone outside pressure on Russia, will change our strategic course," Medvedev said."We will continuously strengthen our national security, modernize the military and increase our defense capability to a sufficient level," he said. "And we will determine what level is sufficient proceeding from the current situation; it can't be measured once and for all."Medvedev reaffirmed his push for a new pan-European security pact, saying NATO alone can't ensure security on the continent."It only has provoked the conflict," he said, in a reference to the war in Georgia.Medvedev and other Russian officials have previously claimed that the United States and some other NATO nations, by helping modernize the Georgian military, encouraged Georgia to launch military action to regain control over the breakaway province of South Ossetia.Russia responded by sending in troops who quickly repelled the August 7 Georgian attack on South Ossetia and pushed deep into Georgian territory.As Medvedev spoke, the Russian Parliament gave tentative approval to next year's budget, including a 25-percent increase in defense spending.Without mentioning Rice, Medvedev derided her pledge Thursday to continue sponsoring Russian students, teachers, judges, journalists and others who want to visit America."I opened the Web this morning and saw our American friends saying they will keep providing assistance to Russian teachers, doctors, scientists, labor leaders and judges," he said. "The last point was really outstanding. What does it mean? Are they going to feed our judges? Will they support corruption? If it goes on like that, they will start selecting presidents here."Medvedev's remarks reflected a growing strain in Russia's relations with the United States which dipped to the lowest point since the Cold War after the war in Georgia.On a more conciliatory note, Medvedev added that Russia wants a "full-fledged dialogue" with the West. "We aren't trying to teach anyone, we want our views to be heard," he said.

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Russia approves hike in defence spending

The Kremlin ordered a sharp increase in defence spending today but insisted that Russia was not on a path to war with the United States.Alexander Yakovenko, the Deputy Foreign Minister, ruled out military conflict with Russia's former Cold War adversary. He also called on the European Union, rather than Nato, to act as guarantors of Georgia's security after last month's war.“Regarding the possibility of war between the United States and Russia, this possibility is ruled out,”Mr Yakovenko told reporters in Moscow.His remarks came as President Dmitri Medvedev called for a full-scale overhaul of the international security system, which he described as "bankrupt".Mr Medvedev proposed a new pan-European security treaty shortly after he became President in May, but it received only lukewarm support among Nato members. He taunted Nato over its failings and said that the Georgia crisis showed the importance of his idea."The likelihood that a major European treaty will be signed after the events in the Caucasus is increasingly growing. That is now clear even to those who were telling me that there was no need for that and Nato will secure everything," Mr Medvedev told leaders of non-governmental groups at a meeting in the Kremlin."What has Nato decided? What has it secured? It only provoked a conflict, nothing else."The President spoke as the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, passed a 25 per cent increase in defence spending next year from $40 billion to $50 billion. Russia's three-year budget forecast includes further increases to $54.5 billion in 2010 and to $58 billion by 2011.However, Russia's military budget remains barely a tenth of the $480 billion spent by the US Pentagon this year. Mr Medvedev told defence chiefs last week that the Georgian war showed that Russia had to modernise its military as "one of our top priorities".Booming oil revenues allowed his predecessor Vladimir Putin to quadruple defence spending, with $189 billion earmarked to upgrade army and navy equipment by 2015.Mr Medvedev insisted yesterday that Russia was not returning to an isolated, authoritarian past. He said that it sought "full-fledged dialogue" with the West, adding: "We aren't trying to teach anyone, we want our views to be heard".Mr Medvedev declared as recently as May that Russia objected to attempts to "interfere in other states' affairs, not to mention attempts to revise borders". His recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states after the Georgian conflict has rewritten the rule-book, however.Many in the West fear that a newly assertive Russia will seek to stir up separatism in Ukraine as a means of wrecking its Nato ambitions. Nato is due to consider membership applications from Ukraine and Georgia in December.Though Russia's invasion of Georgia was its first military incursion into another country since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the once feared Red Army is still a shadow of its former self.It has shrunk dramatically since the Soviet collapse, from 4 million men to Russia's 1.1 million now. Despite its crushing victory, military analysts said that Russia's army lacked modern precision weapons and satellite navigation.The Russian Navy announced that it will introduce a new long-range ballistic nuclear missile on submarines next year. The Bulava-M has been developed for a fleet of new strategic nuclear submarines, the Borey-class Project 955.The first of seven vessels, costing $890 million each, is currently undergoing sea trials and will be equipped with 16 Bulava missiles, each with up to 10 nuclear warheads and a range of 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles).
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Nato plan for rapid-reaction force to counter Russian agression

Nato defence ministers were today reported to be considering the creation of a rapid-response military force to respond to Russian aggression. The proposal, a compromise dreamed up by the Pentagon to reassure allies, was to under discussion at today’s Nato defence ministers meeting in London,the Los Angeles Times reported.Britain called that meeting in April to discuss how Nato could be transformed to better address post-Cold War needs. But the creation of such a force would take Nato back to its roots as a deterrent on its own eastern borders after years of expeditionary missions to Kosovo and Afghanistan.A senior US defence official told the newspaper that Washington would push for the creation of a small, light defensive force that could be deployed to a threatened member country.Nato’s only current standing deterrent is a paper one-Article Five of its charter, which deems an attack on one member as an attack on all and obliges all countries to come to its defence.But Article Five has been invoked only once in Nato’s history, after the September 11 attacks on the United States, and newer members in Eastern Europe have questioned whether the alliance still has the will and capability to carry through on its promise. Questions will be asked today about whether such a force could in effect replace Article Five or whether it may provoke rather than pacify a resurgent Russia. There also remains the question of who would staff and equip the force, not to mention where the authority to deploy it would lie and in what situations it could be used.Robert Gates, the US Secretary for Defence, hinted yesterday at the idea of a more concrete deterrent, calling for a revival of “the kind of actions Nato has been engaged in for 60 years that are not provocative and tend not to draw any firm lines”.“We need to proceed with some caution as there is a range of views within the alliance,” he said, a nod to the like of Germany, France and Italy who are more cautious on the wisdom of Nato’s eastward expansion.Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the Nato Secretary-General, is due to speak today on a roadmap for the alliance’s transformation to provide quicker response forces and more mobile capabilities both in Europe and elsewhere.
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Rice:Russia on Path to Isolation,Irrelevance

Russian minister says war with the United States not possible

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Yakovenko said on Friday there was no possibility of a war with the United States and Russia wants the European Union to guarantee security in Georgia."Regarding the possibility of war between the United States and Russia, this possibility is ruled out," Yakovenko told reporters in Moscow."We hope that the European Union will guarantee security" in Georgia, he said.
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No more iron curtain - Medvedev

Major powers end Iran talks with no firm plan

WASHINGTON-Major powers haggled on Friday over a fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Iran to curb its nuclear program, but ended with no firm commitments amid Russian and Chinese resistance to more punitive measures.State Department spokesman Robert Wood said the meeting of senior officials from the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council-Britain, France, the United States, Russia and China-and Germany concluded without agreement on either the timing or content of a new U.N. resolution on Iran.But he said all six expressed a commitment to the so-called two-track approach-using both carrots and sticks to get Iran to give up its sensitive nuclear work."They remain committed to exploring possible further measures on the second track," Wood said, referring to sanctions under consideration by the six.He said the six countries again urged Iran to accept an offer of trade and other incentives presented in June in exchange for giving up uranium enrichment. Tehran has not accepted the offer and has said it will not give up sensitive nuclear work.Iran says its nuclear program is intended to generate more power for the Islamic republic and not to build an atomic bomb as charged by the West.A European diplomat said after the talks that all sides agreed on the principle of more sanctions but there was no consensus on the substance and timing of those measures."The Russians are obviously not fully ready to move forward right now and the Chinese are not far from Russian thinking," said the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity. http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSN1944022020080919
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IRAN:'The Values Of America Are Sex, Violence, And Melancholy'.

Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi of the Iranian Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution: The Values of America are Sex, Violence, and Melancholy....(please give me a break..........)

Ahmadinejad ready to debate US presidential hopefuls

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday he was ready to debate the men running for US president when he visits New York for the UN General Assembly, and dismissed Western threats of more sanctions over Tehran's nuclear drive.The outspoken president, who caused a storm of controversy during a visit last year, said: "I am ready for a debate with the US presidential candidates over global issues in the presence of the media at the UN headquarters. "I have no plans in my schedule to meet with US politicians," he told a press conference."Last year, I said I was ready to meet with (President George W.) Bush. But now he is at the end of his term and (a meeting) will not impact our relations and future."The campaign of Republican candidate John McCain has castigated Democrat rival Barack Obama for offering to negotiate with the leaders of US foes like Iran and Syria if he is elected, and has adopted a hawkish foreign policy.Obama has said UN sanctions and diplomacy over Tehran's nuclear programme must be made to bite.Turning to that key point of tension between the two countries, Ahmadinejad said Iran has no fear of threatened new international sanctions over its refusal to halt controversial nuclear work."Those who want to impose sanctions are demonstrating their helplessness," he said.His comments came ahead of a meeting on Friday of six world powers that have offered Iran incentives to freeze uranium enrichment, the process at the heart of Western fears it is seeking atomic weapons.The White House warned Iran on Monday that it faces possible new sanctions after a new report by the UN atomic watchdog that Tehran had not halted enrichment and was still stalling a UN investigation into its nuclear work."Let them impose sanctions against us...The more they impose sanctions, the more we thank God,"Ahmadinejad said."A country that owns nuclear energy, stem cells,aerospace industries...does not need these countries."Iran, which insists that its nuclear programme is geared solely towards energy generation, is already under three sets of UN sanctions over its refusal to freeze enrichment.The process makes nuclear fuel but in highly extended form can produce the fissile core of an atomic bomb.Ahmadinejad's visit to New York for last year's UN General Assembly meeting stirred controversy when the outspoken president dismissed talk of war against Iran as "propaganda" and combatively took on US critics who accuse him of denying the Holocaust and of backing terrorism.He insisted that the Islamic republic had every right to pursue a civilian nuclear programme and said "we are a peace-loving nation."In a tense exchange at New York's Columbia University, he drew jeers from students for stating that his country had no homosexuals.
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Iran: Hard-line president thanks Allah for new sanctions

Tehran-Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said his country should "thank Allah" for any further sanctions the United Nations Security Council may approve against it."The more sanctions imposed on us the more we should thank Allah. The sanctions show the weakness of those who approve them," Ahmadinejad told journalists in Tehran. He was speaking ahead of a meeting of the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany on Friday in the US city of Washington D.C. on Friday to debate a planned fourth round of UN sanctions against Iran over its uranium enrichment programme. Iran has continued to enrich uranium, claiming it has a sovereign right to civilian nuclear power under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The US and other western powers suspect that Iran may be covertly developing atomic weapons. The UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei in a damning report on Monday stated that Iran has repeatedly blocked an investigation into its uranium enrichment programme and is continuing to enrich uranium. Ahmadinejad once again attacked the UN Security Council, whose permanent members are Britain, the United States, Russia, France and China."It only represents the interests of a few countries - not those of the international community," Ahmadinejad said."The idea of a 'greater Israel' is dead but also that of a country called Israel," he stated."All those who have occupied Palestine should return to where they came from and give back the Palestinians their land."
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Iran’s Chief Cleric Says Country Is Not a Friend to Israelis

TEHRAN-Iran’s supreme religious leader on Friday rejected the notion that his country was a friend to the Israeli people, but he also called on critics of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stop using the issue to undermine him.“We have to put an end to such small and petty issues,” said the leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, referring to the public anger that boiled over after one of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s senior officials said that Iran had no hostility toward the Israeli people.“The enemy is trying to increase tension, and unfortunately some people inside the country are unknowingly helping,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, according to the ISNA news agency. Ayatollah Khamenei’s comments appeared to be a fresh sign of support for Mr. Ahmadinejad, who has come under increasing pressure for remarks by his vice president for tourism, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, who said last month for a second time that Iran was a friend of the Israeli people.Mr. Ahmadinejad backed up Mr. Mashai on Thursday, saying that his remarks were the position of the government, and that “We have no problem with people and nations” despite Iran’s opposition to the state of Israel.Ayatollah Khamenei has publicly backed Mr. Ahmadinejad several times in recent months, and his comments Friday were expected to ease the pressure on Mr. Ahmadinejad to fire Mr. Mashai.Several senior clerics and some 200 members of Parliament had urged the president to dismiss Mr. Mashai for making the remarks, arguing in a statement that the Israeli people “have occupied the homes of millions of innocent and oppressed Palestinians and have created the army of the Zionist regime.”But after Ayatollah Khamenei’s comments on Friday, Ali Mottahari, one of the members of Parliament who urged the president to fire Mr. Mashai, told the Fars news agency that Parliament would no longer pursue the issue.Animosity toward Israel was one of the principles of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and Mr. Mashai’s remarks have set off more protests from legislators than the scandal over a fake degree involving another one of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s senior officials, Ali Kordan.Mr. Kordan, the interior minister, had claimed to hold an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford. But there were no public calls for the president to dismiss him, even after it became clear this month that he had lied about his credentials and that his real education amounted to a degree from a midlevel college.Without referring to Mr. Mashai by name, Ayatollah Khamenei also lashed out against Israel on Friday, saying that “it is wrong to say that we are friends with Israeli people like people in other parts of the world.”“They are partners to occupying the land and possessions of Palestinian people and are the instruments of the Zionist authorities,” he said, according to ISNA.“They are the occupiers of Israel, and this is the Islamic republic’s firm and official position,” he said.Mr. Mashai responded by writing to Ayatollah Khamenei, saying “I declare that I am a follower of your notion regarding the occupied land and consider myself a soldier to implement the policies of the country,” the Fars news agency reported.Ayatollah Khamenei’s comments came before Mr. Ahmadinejad’s trip to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly. Jewish groups have said that they will hold a rally against him.
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INDIA:Terrorist's Mother Says Hang Him If Guilty

Indian police kill 'top Islamic militant' in Delhi shoot-out

Indian police shot dead two alleged Islamic militants during a fierce gun battle in a Muslim area of New Delhi Friday, including a leader of a shadowy group behind a spate of deadly bombings. The fighting erupted around a house in Jamia Nagar, in the south of the capital, when police acting on a tip-off discovered a group of around five armed men holed up in a building in a maze of narrow streets.The ensuing hour-long battle came less than a week after the city was hit by coordinated bomb attacks claimed by the group of one of the slain men."In this operation, Atif alias Bashir, who was one of main leaders of the Indian Mujahideen, was killed. He is linked with the blasts all over the country," New Delhi police commissioner Y.S.Dadhwal told reporters.Over the past five months, serial bombings claimed by the Indian Mujahideen have hit the cities of Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and New Delhi-leaving at least 130 dead and many more wounded.The police official said the operation ended with two militants dead and one in custody. Two others managed to flee.New Delhi was rocked by blasts in busy shopping areas last Saturday that left 22 dead and around 100 wounded.The wave of nationwide attacks have forced the government to confront the emergence of an indigenous Muslim militancy.The dramatic shoot-out in India's capital came a day after the government unveiled new security measures designed to tackle what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said were "vast gaps" in intelligence gathering on militants.The cabinet approved proposals to hire 7,000 additional policemen in New Delhi, install surveillance cameras in busy areas and create a research wing in its intelligence agency.Singh said India had to face up to the growing involvement of home-grown militants in attacks.In the past, India has focused its limited counter-terrorist and intelligence resources on neighbouring Pakistan, which it accuses of orchestrating militant attacks.Hindu-majority India has around 140 million Muslims. While tensions have always existed, India's Muslims have in the past largely resisted organised militancy.Indian Muslim leaders, however, have complained their community was being victimised by security forces.Earlier this month, a top Indian Islamic cleric appealed to the central government to halt what he said were a wave of indiscriminate arrests and killings of Muslims in counter-terror operations.After the gun battle Friday,the mood in the neighbourhood near the capital's Islamic university was tense with local young men watching suspiciously as hundreds of police poured in."We Muslims are always the terrorists," muttered one upset teenager as he walked away.Local leaders tried to get the crowd to disperse by calling them for afternoon prayers."Our people fear that the police are not impartial. Our people fear that our children are being targeted," said Faiyaz Ahmad Khan, an engineering professor at the city's Jamia Millia university, who was at the scene."The Muslim people here are saying the incident has been faked. To catch one man they kill 100 innocents."
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Battles rock Mogadishu, Islamists show strength

MOGADISHU-Somalia's warring parties pounded each other with artillery in Mogadishu on Friday after an African Union military aircraft defied a rebel ban on planes using the capital's international airport.Witnesses said at least 15 people were killed.The bombed-out city's airport had been abandoned since Tuesday after Islamist insurgents from the hardline al Shabaab group vowed to shoot down any aircraft trying to land there.In another demonstration of their increasing strength, the Islamists also chased away pro-government militia manning roadblocks in the south of the lawless Horn of Africa nation.On Friday, a plane carrying AU peacekeepers braved the rebel threats and touched down at the Mogadishu airstrip, provoking a barrage of mortar fire from the insurgents.Government forces and their Ethiopian allies responded with missiles, heavy machine guns and mortar rounds of their own.An AU spokesman in the city said the aircraft had been carrying troops from Burundi, but that none of them were hurt.As usual in Somalia, civilians bore the brunt of the fighting. At least four residents died and seven were injured when one shell detonated in the Kilometer 4 area of Mogadishu.
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Despite China, U.S. wants bigger U.N. role for Taiwan

TAIPEI-The United States said on Friday that China's political rival, Taiwan, should be given a role in the United Nations, which has refused to recognize the island on 16 separate occasions, the latest this week.The United States switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, recognizing "one China", but remains Taiwan's biggest ally and arms supplier.It opposed Taiwan membership in organizations that require statehood, but the island should be able to participate in U.N. activities that do not require official status as a nation, the U.S. government said in a statement."When membership is not possible, we are strongly in favor of arrangements that will allow the people of Taiwan to participate meaningfully in the activities of international organizations," the statement said.The statement came two days after the United Nations ruled out the latest request from Taiwan, despite a recent thaw in the island's own relations with Beijing.Taiwan had sought a discussion on whether it could participate in activities organized by U.N. agencies."This once again demonstrates U.N. members' determination to uphold the one-China principle," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said of the decision on Thursday.China has claimed sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. Beijing has vowed to bring the island back under mainland rule, by force if necessary.Taiwan also should get observer status in the World Health Organisation so the island stays up to date on medical information, the U.S. statement said. China has blocked successive Taiwan bids for a role in the WHO.
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North Korea dismisses reports of leader Kim's illness

PANMUNJOM, South Korea-A North Korean official on Friday dismissed as malicious gossip reports from last week that leader Kim Jong-il may have suffered a stroke and warned that the secretive state could restart its nuclear plant.U.S. and South Korean officials said Kim, 66, may have fallen seriously ill, which raised questions about succession in Asia's only communist dynasty and who controls its nuclear arsenal."It is sophism by bad people who wish ill for our country," North Korean Foreign Ministry official Hyon Hak-bong said as he wagged his finger at reporters ahead of talks with South Koreans at a border truce village, according to a pool report.Kim's suspected illness came as impoverished North Korea was moving away from a disarmament deal it struck with five regional powers to take apart its nuclear weapons program in exchange for massive aid and an end to its international ostracism.Hyon said his country was ready to restore its Soviet-era nuclear plant that makes arms-grade plutonium. Last month, North Korea said it planned to restart the plant because it was angry at Washington for not taking it off a terrorism blacklist.North Korea began to disable its Yongbyon nuclear plant last November as called for in the deal it struck with China, the United States, Japan, Russia and South Korea.Washington has said it will remove Pyongyang from the list once the state allows inspectors to verify claims it made about its nuclear arms production. Once removed, the North can better tap into international finance and expand its meager trade."The verification matter is a totally different matter from issues of U.S. political concessions," Hyon said, referring to removal from the terrorism list.South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan told reporters it was unclear whether the North was actually about to take the steps to restore its atomic-arms plant or if it was merely posturing for better negotiating leverage.
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N Korea to restart nuclear plant

North Korea Says It Seeks to Remain on Terror List

SEOUL, South Korea-North Korea said Friday that it no longer wished to be removed from the United States’ terrorism blacklist, signaling that it is hardening its stance amid reports that its leader, Kim Jong-il, may be seriously ill.The North Korean Foreign Ministry also confirmed what the United States and South Korea have said already: it has begun to reassemble a nuclear complex that can produce weapons-grade plutonium.“We neither wish nor expect to be delisted as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism,’"the North’s state-run news agency, KCNA, quoted a ministry spokesman as saying. “We can go our own way.”Bravado is North Korea’s common negotiating tactic. Still, the statement bodes ill for Washington’s efforts to keep the nuclear complex, Yongbyon, north of the capital, Pyongyang, disabled.In Washington, the White House expressed concern about North Korea’s recent statements, but emphasized that the United States and its negotiating partners remained committed to the nuclear agreement and expected the North Koreans to accept a verification system of their nuclear activities.“It’s hard to know whether their statements reflect a change in policy or simply the kind of negotiating that we’ve seen before,” Stephen J. Hadley, President Bush’s national security adviser, said in an interview with reporters.North Korea has said that Washington agreed to remove it from its list of state sponsors of terrorism once it started disabling the Yongbyon complex and submitted a declaration of its nuclear activities, as it did last June.But the United States says the North must first agree to a comprehensive inspection to check whether it did not leave out crucial data in its accounting.An angry North Korea has said it would never agree to a “gangster-like” inspection and stopped disabling the nuclear complex in mid-August. Then early this month, it hauled out disabled parts from sheds and began reassembling them at their original site.It remains a mystery whether Mr. Kim gave the instruction to restart the nuclear complex or the hard-line military was acting on his behalf, after reports surface that he had suffered a stroke.Analysts have said the North’s actions may be a negotiating tactic to win concessions from the Bush administration as it looks for diplomatic successes to bolster its legacy. It may also be stalling until after the American presidential election.Even though it has begun to reassemble Yongbyon, it could take the North a year to restart the nuclear complex.
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North Korea Will Restart Nuclear Reactor

PANMUNJOM,Korea-North Korea upped the ante in the standoff over its nuclear program, confirming Friday that it is restoring a key atomic reactor and saying it no longer cares to be removed from Washington's terrorism blacklist. A disarmament-for-aid pact offered removal from the U.S. list of nations sponsoring terrorism-along with energy aid-if North Korea dismantled its nuclear program.Friday's announcement was the first North Korean confirmation that the regime is undoing the disarmament process begun in November 2007 as part of a nuclear deal hashed out during talks with China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the U.S.Analysts said the North commonly uses such threats and hard-line tactics to negotiate more generous terms. Pyongyang blamed Washington, saying its refusal to remove North Korea from a U.S. list of states that sponsor terrorism is a violation of that deal.The U.S. says Pyongyang first must accept a plan to verify nuclear promises made in June-a demand the North rejected as an attempt to unilaterally disarm the country."Now that the United States' true colors have been brought to light, we neither wish nor expect to be delisted as a 'state sponsor of terrorism,"' the Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the country's official news agency, KCNA.North Korea "will go its own way," it warned.The threat-bound to set back already troubled negotiations to get the North to disarm in exchange for aid and political concessions-came amid reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il suffered a stroke, adding to fears of instability in the region.Eight of 11 key steps toward disabling Yongbyon have been completed so far. But now,"Work has been under way to restore its nuclear facilities in Yongbyon to their original state since some time ago," the North's statement said.State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in Washington that North Korea must make a choice about whether it wants to have a better relationship with the world-or "keep themselves isolated."McCormack said Friday that North Korea has been "getting closer and closer" to the point where it will restart the reactor but has not gotten there yet. He urged the country "not to get to that point."South Korean and U.S. officials say it would take at least a year for the North to restart the reactor if it is completely disabled.Earlier in the day, North Korean diplomat Hyun Hak Bong, telling reporters the country was well on its way to restoring the Yongbyon reactor, warned Washington not to press the verification issue. He said the U.S. demand was never part of the disarmament deal."The U.S. is insisting that we accept unilateral demands that had not been agreed upon.They want to go anywhere at any time to collect samples and carry out examinations with measuring equipment," he said. "That means they intend to force an inspection."Even after the announcement, officials from both Koreas met Friday to discuss sending energy aid to the North as part of the disarmament deal.During those talks, South Korea urged the North to resume disabling the nuclear facilities, but the North repeated its position on verification and the terror list, according to a South Korean official who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with department policy.Still, the official said he believes the North "is still interested in continuing the six-party process," noting that Friday's talks were held at Pyongyang's suggestion.South Korea's foreign minister, Yu Myung-whan, said North Korea's motivation for restoring Yongbyon remains unclear."It's still uncertain whether the North's measures are aimed at reversing the whole situation to the pre-disablement level"-or are using the threat as a negotiating tactic, he told reporters in Seoul.Such a tactic would not be unusual for the North, analysts said."This is aimed at pressuring the United States," said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at Seoul's University of North Korean Studies.But the North does not appear to want to completely scuttle the six-party negotiations, said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University."The North is sending a message that it wants to maintain the six-party talks," he said. "The North also wants to get the remaining energy aid with winter drawing closer."The nuclear announcement comes amid reports that the leader of the Stalinist nation is ill.South Korean and U.S. officials say Kim, 66, known to have diabetes and heart disease, has suffered a stroke.Speculation about Kim's health rose last week when he failed to appear at a key ceremony marking the communist country's birth 60 years ago. That followed weeks of absence from public view and reports that foreign doctors were flown to Pyongyang to treat him.Last week, the North's No. 2 leader, Kim Yong Nam, and a senior Foreign Ministry official told Japan's Kyodo News agency that there are "no problems" with the leader and denounced the alleged reports about his health a "conspiracy plot."
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Iran official says missiles can reach ships in Gulf

TEHRAN-A top adviser of Iran's supreme leader has warned that in the event of war all ships passing through the oil-rich Gulf region would be within the reach of Iran's missiles, a government newspaper reported on Thursday.Iran, embroiled in a standoff with the West over its nuclear ambitions, has said it could respond to any military attack by closing the strait at the southern end of the Gulf through which about 40 percent of the world's traded oil passes.The United States, whose naval Fifth Fleet is based in the Gulf state of Bahrain, has vowed to keep shipping lanes opened.The West accuses Tehran of seeking to build nuclear warheads but Iran, the world's fourth largest oil producer, says its aim is to master technology to make electricity. Washington has not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to end the row."At a time of war no ship can pass through the region of the Persian Gulf without being in the reach of the Revolutionary Guards' coast-to-sea missiles," Yahya Rahim-Safavi, a senior military adviser of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted by the Iran daily as saying.He said earlier this week that Khamenei had put the elite Guards in charge of defending the Gulf against any attacks and that they would not hesitate to "confront foreign forces".The comments came amid persistent speculation about a possible U.S. or Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.Iran has dismissed reports of such an attack, but says it would respond by hitting U.S. interests and Israel if attacked.Iran's air force and Revolutionary Guards this week held a "joint defensive exercise in preparation for a potential attack," the state Press TV station said on its web site, adding that dozens of fighter jets and other aircraft took part.

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Iran Outraged over Documentary of Woman Stoned for Alleged Sexual Infidelity

Rome, 16 Sept. (AKI) - An Iranian feature film that tells the story of a woman being stoned to death has made headlines at the Toronto Film Festival and provoked an angry response from Iranian authorities.The film, entitled 'The Stoning of Soraya M.' by Iranian-American director Sirous Norasteh, was shown at the festival which ended last Saturday. The film tells the real-life story of Soraya, an 18-year-old woman and mother stoned to death in 1984 for alleged sexual infidelity in western Iran. The film has been described by Iran's state news agency Irna as another "Hollywood operation to damage the image of the Islamic Republic." "It's a film that serves the warmongering strategy of George W. Bush,"(1) said Iran's semi-official news agency Fars.The story of the film says that Soraya’s husband Ali no longer wants to be with her after they had four children together, and that he wants to marry a 14-year-old girl.Ali cannot afford two wives, so he demands a divorce from Soraya, who refuses for economic reasons. Instead, Ali conspires with the local mullah to frame Soraya for infidelity.The story is told by her aunt, Zahra, played by Iranian expatriate and Oscar-nominated actress Shohre Aghadashlou.The film is based on a book published in Paris in 1994 by Franco-Iranian journalist Fereydoun Sahebjam.Fereydoun is played in the film by Jim Caveziel, who acted in Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ.

PS:(1) A "Hollywood operation to damage the image of the Islamic Republic"....that is the best these iranian authorities,can "comment on"....?
DO you want me to go on....FARS....?
THe list is long......as YOU WELL KNOW....

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Iran vows no nuclear retreat despite sanctions threat

TEHRAN-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday Iran would not halt sensitive nuclear work the West suspects is aimed at making bombs and brushed aside threats of more sanctions.Ahmadinejad, who is due to attend the U.N.'s general assembly debate next week, also said he was willing to meet with both U.S. presidential candidates while in New York."We are ready for talks that are completely free and in front of the media and at the site of the United Nations with America's presidential candidates," he told a news conference.Dealing with Iran has become an issue in the November U.S. presidential election campaign, with Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain sparring over Obama's stated readiness to talk to Ahmadinejad and other U.S. adversaries if elected.Ahmadinejad has previously expressed willingness to hold direct talks with U.S. President George W. Bush. But Washington says Tehran must first suspend uranium enrichment before the two sides can sit down and talk about nuclear and other issues.Major powers have offered a package of trade and other incentives if the Islamic Republic stops enriching uranium, a process the West believes Iran is seeking to master to build nuclear warheads. Tehran denies the charge.Ahmadinejad made clear Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil exporter, had no plans to back down in the dispute."Whatever they do, Iran will continue its activities. Sanctions are not important," he said. "The era of (uranium enrichment) suspension has ended."
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The Catastrophic Potential Of Nuclear Iran

Following reports claiming that Iran's Bushehr Nuclear power plant is in its final stages of construction, Israel's opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that it was a global imperative to stop Iran from achieving nuclear weapons. Atomstroyexport, the Russian state-owned company building the power plant, said on Monday that construction will soon enter its final stages, in which the company will initiate the nuclear reactor making the completion of the plant "irreversible". Russia has already delivered nuclear fuel to Iran under the $1 billion contract to build the Nuclear plant, which is located on the Gulf coast in southwestern Iran. The news comes amid profuse reports of both American and Israeli plans to strike Iran's nuclear facilities in order to prevent the country from obtaining nuclear capabilities. Despite Iran's claims that the plant is only to generate electricity, leaders from around the world remain wary of allowing nuclear technology to fall into the hands of one of the most fanatical and aggressive regimes on the planet.

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Iran says oil price moves won't deter economy plan

TEHRAN-Iran will suffer less from financial market turmoil than others and will press ahead with an economic reform plan despite a fall in oil prices since July, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday."The impact will be less than on other countries because our economy has become more independent after the revolution," Ahmadinejad said, referring to Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution which ousted the U.S.-backed shah.Other countries were suffering the consequences of their actions, he told a news conference and said the problems were the result of financial "mismanagement".Analysts say western and U.N. sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program have made western companies more wary of investing in the world's fourth-largest oil exporter.Iranian officials have brushed off the impact of such punitive measures and say the Islamic Republic will not back down in the dispute. Western powers accuse Iran of seeking to build bombs, a charge it denies.Ahmadinejad in June outlined plans to overhaul the country's generous subsidy system, a move that will involve introducing more direct subsidy payments to those who need them rather than blanket subsidies on goods.Asked whether lower oil prices would affect implementation of the plan, he said: "There is a relation but it does not have a determining impact. The government is determined to execute the economic plan."Oil price fluctuations always exist and will not have an impact on the execution of the plan," he said. "We should certainly make this reform and we will do it."Oil rose to $100 on Thursday, but is still sharply down from a mid-July peak above $147 per barrel.
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Ahmadinejad Rants Against Israel Again Before UN Speech


Incitement to genocide is doing well these days. On Monday, September 22, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be arriving to address the UN General Assembly for the third time. At least this time he won’t be an honored guest of Columbia University as well.
Since his last address to the world body, a year ago on September 24, Ahmadinejad has been adding to his genre—not only referring to Israel last May 8 as a “stinking corpse” that “should be wiped off the face of the earth” as Sarah Palin has noted. Six days later, for instance, on Israel’s 60th birthday, he said on Iranian state television that “The Zionist regime is dying. The criminals assume that by holding celebrations...they can save the sinister Zionist regime from death and annihilation…. Nations of the region hate this criminal fabricated regime and will uproot this fabricated regime if the smallest and briefest opportunity is given to them.” Another example occurred just last August 20 when Ahmadinejad called Israel a “germ of corruption” that will be “removed soon” on his presidential website. The “penalty” for these statements, which lawyers and diplomats have called illegal under the UN’s own Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide? Another invitation to the General Assembly; business as usual; treatment as a respected world statesman.Not everyone, though, is passively accepting the outrage. On September 23, the day after Ahmadinejad’s speech, several groups will be holding a protest conference in Washington. They include Genocide Watch, the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Yale University’s Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.Among the speakers will be U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, Canadian MP and former justice minister and attorney-general Irwin Cotler, and Israeli former UN ambassador Dore Gold, as well as officials who have dealt with the atrocities in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur. The conference will be called “State-Sanctioned Incitement to Genocide: What Can Be Done?” and will be viewable live at the Middle East Strategic Information website.From the standpoint of Israel, the target of Ahmadinejad’s threats, another piece of relatively good news is the Bush administration’s decision to sell Israel bunker-busting bombs—which seems to contradict earlier reports that the administration had turned cool to the idea of a possible Israeli strike on Iran and was working to prevent it. The 1,000 GBU-39 smart bombs can penetrate underground bunkers and are the sort of thing Israel would need to hit Iran’s nuclear facilities. Each bomb weighs 113 kg but has the force of a 900-kg bomb, and their small size means an aircraft can carry more of them and use more of them in a sortie.Meanwhile in a seminar on the global nuclear threat held Monday in Brussels, organized by the European Jewish Congress and the Interdisciplinary Center (Herzliya, Israel), a panel of experts on proliferation stated that “Only military action can stop Iran, or else Iran will acquire nuclear weapons to the great detriment of regional and even global stability.” They included Ian Anthony of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Alfred Pijpers of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, and Uzi Arad of the Interdisciplinary Center.
In its closing statement the panel said that “the Iranian crisis has worsened to the degree that it may now be irresolvable.” They also said the situation regarding nuclear terrorism has worsened in all regards, that there is a real danger of terrorists obtaining nuclear weapons, and that the instability in Pakistan and potential instability in North Korea are linked to the peril.“Hezbollah is an obvious worry,” they added, “especially with the recent news that Hezbollah groups have cells in North America and in the heart of Europe.”Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, “deplored the fact that some 10,000 companies in Europe are still collaborating with Iran on the development of its gas and oil industry” and “estimated this industry to have a turnover of approximately $100 billion dollars,” adding that “The collaboration continues and even big European Union countries cannot stop their business community from investing in Iran’s proliferation process.”One doesn’t have to be too subtle to see a connection between that and the fact that Ahmadinejad has so far got off scot-free and will once again be addressing a body established in the wake of World War II to promote international peace. In such a world, it’s a good thing Israel’s getting the bunker-busters.
P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Tel Aviv. He blogs at http://pdavidhornik.typepad.com/
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Iran says sanctions will not stop atomic work

TEHRAN-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday threats of more sanctions would not deter Iran from pursuing its peaceful nuclear plans, which the West says are aimed at producing atomic bombs."Whatever they do, Iran will continue its activities. Sanctions are not important," Ahmadinenejad told a news conference. "The era of such threats has ended."The United States, Britain and France vowed to seek harsher sanctions on Tehran over its defiance of U.N. demands for full disclosure and a suspension of uranium enrichment, a process that has both civilian and military uses.
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