IRAN HUMILIATES THE U.S. WITH DRONE FLYOVER OF US CARRIER…….

Obama, not so much……..

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Iran humiliates US, again, with a drone flyover

Iran continues to flex its muscles and display its military might in the Gulf, while US forces are constantly on the defensive.

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By: AP

Iran flew a surveillance drone over a US aircraft carrier and published video of the encounter Friday, the latest in a series of edgy naval incidents between the two countries in the Persian Gulf after the recent nuclear deal.

While the US Navy stressed it knew the drone was unarmed and the flyover didn’t interrupt US operations in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS) group, the incident underlined the continued tension over control of waterways crucial to global oil supplies. It follows a rocket test last month by the Islamic Republic near coalition warships and commercial traffic, as well as Iran’s brief capture of American sailors who strayed into its territorial waters.

Iranian state television and the semi-official Fars news agency, which has close ties to the Revolutionary Guard, published identical images Friday both said came from the drone. The footage, which The Associated Press could not independently verify, purported to show the drone being launched and then hovering over an unidentified aircraft carrier, a targeting bracket briefly passing over a jet parked on the deck below.

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IRAN JAILS 24 B’HAIS FOR THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS…….

Obama couldn’t care less, nor the EU money grubbing crony welfare (phony) business community.

Iran Sentences 24 Baha’is To As Many As 11 Years in Jail

Simin Fahandezh, a Geneva-based spokeswoman for the international Baha’i community. (file photo)
By RFE/RL’s Radio Farda

Arevolutionary court in Iran’s Golestan Province has sentenced 24 believers in the Baha’i faith to as many as 11 years in prison each.

A Geneva-based spokeswoman for the International Baha’i community, Simin Fahandezh, said the 24 individuals are being imprisoned strictly because of their religious faith, which is not officially recognized by Iran.

“They’re innocent,” Fahandezh said. “They haven’t committed any crime as the only charge against them is their membership in the Baha’i community.”

She said the prison sentences, ranging from six to 11 years, demonstrate that “human rights have no value for Iranian authorities.”

She said those who’ve been sentenced were detained in 2012 in Golestan during a crackdown against the Baha’i community.

The sentences can be appealed.

Baha’i routinely face persecution in Iran.

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ROME HIDES ITS NAKED STATUES FROM IRANIAN ISLAMONAZI’S EYES……..

The question remains, why in the world would you show respect to, let alone invite, someone who advocates the genocide of the Jewish people?

The feckless dhimmis.

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Rome spares Iranian president’s blushes by covering nude statues

Sculptures in Capitoline Museum obscured by large white panels for Hassan Rouhani’s meeting with Italian PM

Italian officials keen to spare the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, any possible offence on his visit to Rome covered up nude statues at the city’s Capitoline Museum, where Rouhani met Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister.

Photographs of Monday’s visit show both men standing near a grand equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor. Nude statues in the vicinity were covered by large white panels.

A spokesman for Renzi did not immediately return a request for comment. A spokesman for the city of Rome, which manages the museum, said any decision regarding the ceremony with Rouhani and display of artwork had been made by the prime minister’s office.

The decision to cover the artwork was seen as a sign of respect for the Iranian president, according to the Italian news agency Ansa.

In another placatory gesture by Italian officials, alcohol was not served at an official dinner held in Rouhani’s honour, abiding by a standard diplomatic gesture for visiting Muslim dignitaries.

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LIFE BEFORE ISLAM 101 RECONQUERED THE PERSIAN STATE OF IRAN……

The Shah was not a Jeffersonian democrat, however, he didn’t rule Arizona, but Iran.

Life before the Taliban: Fascinating photos show short skirts, flash cars and no burkas before Afghanistan plunged into hell

Life before the Taliban: Photos show Afghanistan before it plunged into hell

The pictures were taken in 1967 by university professor Dr Bill Podlich, from Arizona, during his two-year stint working with Unesco. The amateur photographer set out to document the serene life he found and enjoyed in Afghanistan. Using Kodachrome film, his images show a peaceful country making strides towards a more liberal and westernised lifestyle – a stark contrast to harrowing life under the Taliban.

Dr Podlich’s daughter Peg (seen right in main picture with her sister Jan) said that she remembered a place of fierce and proud people who have been beaten down by ‘terrible forces’. Her husband Clayton now administers the collection and has shared the pictures to show what Afghanistan was like before 33 years of war.

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IRAN SAYS BOAT SEIZURE WAS LESSON TO ‘TROUBLEMAKERS’ IN CONGRESS…….

This president through his purposeful bumbling, has given the enemy a powerful impetus to hinder, humiliate and humble the United States. That is the foreign policy legacy of the Obama years.

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Iran says seizure of U.S. boats a lesson to ‘troublemakers’ in Congress

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s army chief said on Wednesday the seizure of two U.S. navy boats and their 10 sailors should be a lesson to members the U.S. Congress trying to impose new sanctions on Tehran.

“This incident in the Persian Gulf, which probably will not be the American forces’ last mistake in the region, should be a lesson to troublemakers in the U.S. Congress,” Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, head of Iran’s armed forces, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

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(UPDATE: VIDEO): IRAN POSTS HUMILIATING PICS OF US SAILORS IN BOAT CAPTURES……

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SPAIN: CLAIM OF RADICAL LEFT-WING PARTY PODEMOS RECEIVING 5 MILLION EUROS FROM IRANIAN REGIME UNDER INVESTIGATION……

The Iranian regime’s tentacles are everywhere.

Another example of the Islamo/Leftist nexus.

Probe: Spain’s ‘Podemos’ Party may have been given €5 million Euros by Iran regime

Podemos (We Can) party leader Pablo Iglesias (2nd R) reacts with party members after results were announced in Spain's general election in Madrid, Spain, December 20, 2015.   REUTERS/Andrea Comas  -
Spanish authorities are actively investigating rumors that Iran’s regime heavily financed the activities of the country’s Podemos political party, according to Spanish media sources.

The Union of Economic and Fiscal Delinquency, La Unidad de Delincuencia Económica y Fiscal (UDEF), an investigative arm of the country’s National Police has launched a detailed probe in determining whether the party accepted €5m Euros from Iran in exchange for influence in the country’s political and economic arenas, El Confidencial, a Spanish newspaper said.

Podemos’ secretary general  Pablo Iglesias continues to defend his party’s transparency.

“We are glad that the UDEF is investigating this matter and are at their disposal,” Iglesias, whose party surprised all in a 21 percent win of the total Election vote in December, said.

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OBAMA ADDRESSES CONGRESS FAILING TO MENTION IRANIAN SEIZURE OF US BOATS…….

If a real American president was in office, he would have used the State Of The Union address to give an ultimatum to the Iranian regime:

“Hand over our sailors and boats in 24 hrs, or face the highest of consequences. The clock is now ticking.”

Iran Seizes Two U.S. Navy Vessels, 10 American Sailors 

The Islamic Republic of Iran seized two U.S. Navy vessels while they were navigating the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, detaining the ships and ten American sailors near Iran’s Farsi Island, the Pentagon said.

Farsi Island is home to an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) military base.

It has been confirmed that the boats were captured by the IRGC, whose leaders are aligned with the regime’s hardliners and have expressed staunch opposition to the now-historic nuclear deal.

Iran’s state-controlled Fars New Agency reported that one of the 10 sailors who have been detained is a woman. They also noted in their article that each of the boats is equipped with three 50 caliber machine guns. The IRGC has also confiscated GPS equipment from the vessels.

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J.E.DYER: VIDEO OF IRANIAN ROCKET LAUNCH NEAR TANKER IN PERSIAN GULF, EXPLOITING INTERNATIONAL LAW AND LEADERSHIP……

The lack thereof……

Iran’s rockets at sea: Exploiting the seam between international ‘law’ and ‘leadership


By J.E. Dyer on January 11, 2016 at 11:22 pm

If you were wondering if those rockets fired by the Iranian fast boat in the Strait of Hormuz in December were as much of a provocation as the U.S. Navy said they were, wonder no more.

Um, yeah. That’s an Iranian fast boat launching a rocket, dangerously close to a tanker ship. (Image: U.S. Navy video via AP)

They were – and then some.

In response to a FOIA request by Military Times, the Navy this weekend released infrared video of the rocket launches. The video was obtained by a Seahawk helicopter (probably from USS Bulkeley, DDG-84, the Aegis destroyer serving as escort for the carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75)).

We catch a glimpse of Bulkeley between the :04 and :06 mark in the video, making a turn a couple of thousand yards astern of an oil tanker, which the Seahawk’s IR sensor then zooms in on. The tanker lurks in the foreground (although not always visible) for most of the rest of the video.

If the tanker’s crew got through this event without any heart attacks, more power to them. Many of the news media have primly stated that “the Navy said” one of the Iranian small boats, which are assembled a couple hundred yards off the tanker’s starboard bow, launched rockets – seeming to suggest that the media outlets are having to take the Navy’s word for that. But looking at the video (below), there’s nothing dubious about it.

The Iranian boat unquestionably launches several rockets – in extremely close proximity to the tanker, and on such a trajectory that the rockets can be presumed to have landed close to Bulkeley, and to the carrier (probably astern of Bulkeley’s and the tanker’s positions in the traffic lane), just as the Navy said in its earlier briefing. The Navy’s original statement was that the rockets landed as close as 1,500 yards from Truman.

(Truman is never visible in the video, but given the tactical circumstances, can be assumed to have been astern of the tanker and Bulkeley. Bulkeley, which would precede the carrier through the strait, has a good wake on in the video, and looks to be maneuvering urgently to get between the Iranian boats and the carrier. The French frigate, Aquitaine, is probably in formation with the carrier, positioning to Truman’s starboard: the side of the ship exposed to the Iranian coastline during an inbound transit.)

If you’re not clear on this, sending fast patrol boats out into the traffic lanes in the Strait of Hormuz and having them launch rockets within a few hundred yards of the passing ships is just like sending a mobile artillery vehicle out, right next to the Capital Beltway on the edge of Chevy Chase or McLean, and having it launch rockets within a few dozen yards of all the commuters and soccer moms. It’s exactly that dangerous, stupid, and slap-upside-the-head, sock-in-the-gut-with-a-tire-iron irresponsible.

What is there to be done about it? Glad you asked. Because that question isn’t about law. It’s about leadership.

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SAUDIS BOMB IRANIAN EMBASSY IN YEMEN…….

More ramping up of violence between the caretakers of Sushi Islam.

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Saudi jets ‘bomb Iranian embassy in Yemen’ as tensions mount following Riyadh’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric

Saudi jets have 'deliberately' hit the Iranian embassy in Yemen in an air raid that wounded staff, Tehran has claimed today. Pictured: bomb damage in the capital Sanaa on December 30

Saudi jets have ‘deliberately’ hit the Iranian embassy in Yemen in an air raid that wounded staff, Tehran has claimed today. Pictured: bomb damage in the capital Sanaa on December 30

  • Warplanes struck embassy during air raid on Wednesday, Iran has claimed
  • Tehran’s foreign ministry spokesman described it as a ‘deliberate action’
  • The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen is to launch an investigation
  • Comes as car bomb kills 65 at police training centre in Libyan town, Zliten
  • See full news coverage on Saudi Arabia and tensions with Iran 

Saudi jets have ‘deliberately’ bombed the Iranian embassy in Yemen in an air raid that wounded staff, Tehran has claimed today.

Warplanes struck the building as they pounded Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Wednesday night, Iran claimed, as tensions with Saudi Arabia continued to mount.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman described the strike as a ‘deliberate action’ and a ‘violation of all international conventions that protect diplomatic missions’.

Hossein Jaber Ansari said: ‘The Saudi government is responsible for the damage caused and for the situation of members of staff who were injured.’

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen will investigate the accusation, according to the group’sn spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said.

Coalition jets carried out heavy strikes in Sanaa on Wednesday night to target missile launchers used by the Houthi militia to fire at Saudi Arabia, he said, adding that the group has used civilian facilities including abandoned embassies.

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J.E.DYER: IRANIAN MISSILE LAUNCH NEAR US CARRIER MORE THAN JUST A PROVOCATION……?

Not just a provocation, but an actual drill for future scenario…..

Iranian rocket launches near U.S. carrier: More than just a provocation?

By J.E. Dyer on January 1, 2016 at 12:07 am

On Saturday, 27 December, an Iranian fast attack craft reportedly conducted a short-notice rocket launching exercise in the vicinity of USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) as the carrier transited the Strait of Hormuz, heading inbound to the Persian Gulf.

An Iranian attack craft swarm from a recent naval exercise. (Image via aviationintel.com)

Iran’s attack craft are small boats equipped with machine guns, rocket launchers, and in some cases anti-ship cruise missiles and/or torpedoes (see here for a summary from 2013). They are operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN), and patrol the Persian Gulf constantly. They also appear in most of Iran’s naval exercises.

At least one rocket hit the water some 1,500 yards from the carrier. Also in company with Truman were USS Bulkeley (DDG-84), an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer, and a French frigate (probably the Aquitaine, which left its homeport of Brest on 17 December headed for the Persian Gulf). Bulkeley would have been serving as the carrier’s main escort, defending the air space around the Truman during the critical strait-transit period.

A military spokesman noted that the Iranians’ action on Saturday was provocative and unsafe:

“The IRGCN’s actions were highly provocative,” Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet, said Wednesday in a statement.
“Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional, and inconsistent with international maritime law.”

Military Times’ report indicates that the Iranians gave only 23 minutes’ notice of their launch exercise, which apparently was announced by voice on the international bridge-to-bridge radio channel. For a live fire exercise, this short notice is extraordinary, and out of keeping with sound, conventional practice. That’s especially the case in a restricted area like the Strait of Hormuz, where even the shortest-range weapons pose a potential danger to innocent shipping.

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This graphic shows the maritime traffic separation scheme for the Strait of Hormuz. On 27 Dec, Truman and her escorts would have been in or near one of the westbound transit lanes depicted here. (Graphic: Sean P. Henseler, JAGC, USN (Ret.), U.S. Naval War College, in an article in MOC Warfighter in April 2013)

Map 1. This map graphic shows the maritime traffic separation scheme for the Strait of Hormuz. On 27 Dec, Truman and her escorts would have been in or near one of the westbound transit lanes depicted here. (Graphic: Sean P. Henseler, JAGC, USN (Ret.), U.S. Naval War College, in an article in MOC Warfighter in April 2013)

The intent to provoke is clear. But beyond marveling over that, and observing that the Iranians think Obama’s a patsy, we need to reflect on the nature of the action itself: that is, launching rockets from an attack craft near the carrier, in the Strait of Hormuz.

 

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IRANIAN SABER RATTLING: FIRES ROCKET 1500 YDS FROM US CARRIER IN PERSIAN GULF…….

What says the street-organizer-in-chief?

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Close encounter between U.S. warship and Iranian rocket

Washington (CNN)A U.S. aircraft carrier came within about 1,500 yards of an Iranian rocket while operating in the Strait of Hormuz, a Pentagon official told CNN.

While transiting the strait that sits at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the USS Harry S. Truman had the encounter while the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were conducting a live-fire exercise in the area on Saturday, according to Cmdr. Kyle Raines, a U.S. Central Command spokesman.

The incident was first reported by NBC News.

The USS Harry S. Truman was accompanied by two other coalition ships, one American, and one from another country in the coalition, who were escorting the Truman through the Strait.

Raines said this incident was “uncharacteristic of most interactions” between the U.S. and Iranian navies.

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IRAN NEVER SIGNED OBAMA’S NUCLEAR DEAL, OBAMA STILL WANTS TO UNLEASH BILLIONS TO IT……..

Brilliant…..!

Iranian president-elect Hassan Rowhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on June 17, 2013. Rowhani expressed hope that Iran can reach a new agreement with major powers over its disputed nuclear programme, saying a deal should be reached through more transparency and mutual trust. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Which reminds me of the dead stinky Arafat’s non-recognition of Israel trumpeted as an amazing success by serial rapist (then president) BJ Clinton.

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State Department says Iran NEVER SIGNED nuclear deal and it’s not ‘legally binding’ as it tells Congress to butt out of Obama’s ‘political commitments’

  • Obama administration makes acknowledgments in letter to Kansas congressman
  • Administration did not make a signature on the nuclear agreement necessary
  • Controversial deal was not passed by Congress, but approval wasn’t necessary
  • Deal is expected to start taking effect in January 
  • See more of the latest news updates on the Iran nuclear deal 

The Obama administration has disclosed to Congress that this summer’s controversial nuclear arms agreement with Iran was never signed and is not legally binding, according to a new report this week.

The State Department made the disclosures in a letter to Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo, a Republican, who had written the department to inquire why the agreement as submitted to Congress in July did not bear the signature of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

‘The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,’ Julia Frifield, an assistant secretary for legislative affairs wrote Pompeo last Thursday.

Secretary of State John Kerry took a leading role in negotiating this summer's controversial nuclear arms deal with Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry took a leading role in negotiating this summer’s controversial nuclear arms deal with Iran

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IRAN SENTENCES WASH-POST JOURNALIST TO PRISON…….

No comment from the man-child yet……

Iranian president-elect Hassan Rowhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on June 17, 2013. Rowhani expressed hope that Iran can reach a new agreement with major powers over its disputed nuclear programme, saying a deal should be reached through more transparency and mutual trust. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI        (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Sentences US Journalist to Prison

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RUSSIA-IRAN CARVING UP MIDDLE EAST USING ISLAMIC STATE AS PRETEXT……..

Obama couldn’t care less, as long as it undermines U.S. self interests.

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Obama has in fact restrained the use of U.S. force to an unnatural degree.  We’ve known for a while now that 75% of the strike sorties flown against ISIS by our aircraft return to base without bombing anything.  U.S. Central Command reported that in operational statistics months ago, and it was picked up by stateside media as early as May 2015.

Obama blocks U.S. pilots from bombing ISIS; Iranian fighters escort Russian bombers

By J.E. Dyer on November 21, 2015 at 3:35 am

It’s essential to have the big picture on this. The war in Syria is turning into something bigger, with substantially bigger implications than what happens to ISIS.

But ISIS remains the handy pretext for Russia’s and Iran’s growing intervention in both Syria and Iraq. That intervention is changing their posture, and the correlation of both military and political forces across the region, almost by the day. They are not there for ISIS, and they’re not there for Assad. They’re there – putting down stakes from the Caspian and the Caucasus to the Horn of Africa – because they intend to be in charge of carving up the rapidly fragmenting ruins of the post-World War I Middle East.

ISIS will get something of a vote in this conflict. But America won’t. The reason for these two realities is that Obama has limited the use of U.S. force – limited it to such an extent that ISIS is still a very viable entity. Obama’s “restraint” is also the reason Russia and Iran keep having ISIS as a handy, open-ended pretext for arranging to occupy Iraq and Syria. Which is what they’re actually doing.

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IRAN: THE U.S. WILL HELP FUND REBUILDING OUR NUCLEAR REACTOR……

Does anyone really doubt that the Iranians took the West to the cleaners, and ate their lunch while doing it?

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U.S. to Help Iran Rebuild Nuclear Reactor

Will provide ‘advanced equipment,’ Iran says

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The United States and other global powers are helping Iran to update and reconstruct a nuclear reactor that has been suspected of helping the Islamic Republic produce enough material for a potential nuclear weapon, according to regional reports and statements from the State Department.

The United States’ goal is to work with Iran to refit the reactor in such a way that it can no longer produce weapons grade material.

However, Iran maintains that the United States and other partner nations will soon provide “advanced equipment” for the reactor, which is located near the Iranian industrial city of Arak.

A spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, the Islamic Republic’s main nuclear regulator, said on Tuesday that the United States and several other nations would begin supplying Iran equipment so that it can modernize the nuclear reactor.

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IRANIAN STOOGE CHALABI DIES FROM HEART ATTACK, WAS PRINCIPAL VOICE STEERING U.S. TO WAR IN IRAQ…….

He died long after he lied, greatly, and repeatedly, with gusto and vigor.

H/T: Diana West:

Some names of note in the news.

DEATHS: Ahmad Chalabi, “the man who pushed America to war,” as the title of Aram Roston’s intriguing biography calls him, has died of a heart attack, age 71.

I read Roston’s book several years ago. It makes a strong case that Chalabi was all along conning toute Washington on behalf of masters or confederates or co-religionists in Iran.

Will any obituaries mention, as Andrew Bostom reminded me this morning, that it was Chalabi who accompanied Pied Piper of Nation-Building, Bernard “Bring Them Freedom or They Destroy Us” Lewis, to address the U.S. Defense Policy Board just eight days after…

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NOTE: Bernard Lewis’ meme: Bring them freedom or they’ll destroy us” sounds amazingly similar to the Queen of Jordan’s recent blurb of “IF EUROPE DOESN’T TAKE MUSLIM REFUGEES, THEY’LL TURN INTO TERRORISTS

Same old scare tactic to increase Islamo-hegemony

IRANIAN HUMAN RIGHTS WORSE NOW ROUHANI THAN UNDER AHMADINEJAD……..

We haven’t seen nothing yet.

As I keep pointing out, once the Iranian regime achieves nuclear capability, then the gloves really come off and real domestic oppression begins in earnest.

UN REPORT: IRAN’S HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD WORSE UNDER ROUHANI THAN AHMADINEJAD

A report released this month on “The Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran” reveals that Iranians are worse off under “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani than his more conservative predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and that, based on their current trajectory, they are expected to exceed well over 1,000 executions by year’s end.

“The human rights situation in the country remains dire,” Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s special rapporteur on Iran, said during a briefing at the United Nations last week.

Iran executes more individuals per capita than any other country in the world. In his 26-page report, Shaheed notes that between January 1 and September 15 of this year, Iran executed at least 694 people by hanging, which included at least 10 women and one juvenile. In 2014, Iran clocked in at a shocking 753 executions.

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