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November 5, 2010

Hamas leader calls for unity against Israel

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Tens of thousands of supporters of the militant Islamic Jihad movement rallied in the streets of Gaza on Friday, chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

Young men and boys wearing white T-shirts with a slogan in the shape of a rifle carried portraits of militants killed in combat, under the black flags of Islamic Jihad.

A Palestinian militant of the Islamic Jihad stands guard during a rally in Gaza City, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.

Photo by: AP Photo / Hatem Moussa

Ramadan Shallah, the group’s exiled chief, currently residing in Damascus, sent a recorded message marking the anniversary of the assassination of the group’s leader Fathi Shiqaqi in Malta in 1995, by presumed Israeli secret agents.

“Israel will not bring peace to the region, it will only bring war and destruction and therefore, the slogan of all should be that Israel must be wiped out of existence,” said
Shallah, who is on a United States wanted list.

Senior leaders of the ruling Islamist group, Hamas, joined the open-air gathering, the largest for years in honor of Islamic Jihad with up to 100,000 attending according to its organizers.

Hamas allowed the group to use city terrain it usually reserves exclusively for its own rallies, and Hamas forces provided security for the parade by its smaller rival.

A Palestinian woman holds a gun as she attends the Islamic Jihad rally in Gaza City, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. AP1/11’Referendum against peace talks’

Islamic Jihad carried out a series of stabbing attacks in the 1980s against Israeli citizens who used to visit the Gaza Strip to purchase cheap goods and later turned to suicide bombings inside Israel.

Its militants continue to harass southern Israel with sporadic rocket and mortar fire from inside Gaza, frequently paying with their lives in swift retaliatory strikes by the Israeli air force.

Islamic Jihad officials said Friday’s turnout was a “referendum by the Palestinian people rejecting peace-making with Israel.”

Negotiations between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have faltered after Israel’s 10-month freeze of settlemement construction expired on September 26.

“The choice of negotiation has reached deadlock, and we are wondering why is there such an insistence by the Palestinian Authority on negotiation with the enemy,” said Shallah.

He urged an end to peace talks and fresh efforts to heal the rift between Abbas’s Fatah movement and the Islamist militants.

Raising hopes that the three-year-old split may be coming to an end, Hamas leader Khalil Al-Hayya said it was time for unity in the face of Israel.

“There is only the choice of Jihad and nothing else … There is no more room to make bets, on the Americans or anyone else,” said Hayya.

President Abbas, however, rules out any return to violence against Israelis in pursuit of Palestinian statehood. He has said he will pursue diplomatic alternatives should the peace talks with Netanyahu collapse definitively.

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May 3, 2010

Khamenei ally says Iran not to accept fuel swap abroad

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// // ImageTEHRAN, April 30 (Reuters) – Iran will never accept swapping its low-enriched uranium with nuclear fuel abroad, a senior adviser to the country’s top authority said on Friday, making clear Tehran’s continued defiance in a row with global powers.

Some countries, such as Turkey, have offered to mediate with the West to defuse mounting tension with Iran over the Islamic state’s disputed nuclear activities, which the United States and its European allies fear is a cover for building bombs.

“We must be very naive to trust the West … Why do they insist on swapping nuclear fuel abroad? It shows they have satanic intentions,” Ali Akbar Velayati, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s top adviser on international affairs, told Iran’s state news agency IRNA.

“Iran will never trust the West to send its Low-Enriched Uranium (LEU) abroad,” he said.

Turkey has suggested itself as a third country where the uranium could be exchanged.

Asked whether such a swap could happen in Turkey — a NATO member which borders Iran and is also a temporary member of the U.N. Security Council — Velayati said: “The West can break its promises easily … and Turkey cannot force them to fulfil their promises (to deliver nuclear fuel to Iran).”

Iran agreed to a Western offer last October to ship 1,200 kg (2,646 lb) of its LEU — enough for a single bomb if purified to a high enough level — to Russia and France to make into fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor.

Iran later said it would only swap its LEU for higher grade material and only inside its soil, conditions other parties in the deal said were unacceptable.

The United States is pushing U.N. Security Council members, to back a fourth round of international sanctions on Iran in the coming weeks, to pressure it to curb its nuclear activities. Iran says its nuclear programme is aimed solely at generating electricity.

Iran’s foreign minister and the U.N. atomic watchdog chief met on Sunday to discuss the stalled fuel deal. Sources in Vienna told Reuters that during the meeting Iran made another counter-offer to the deal.

The sources said Iran proposed an exchange on Iranian soil using a lower amount of LEU than in the International Atomic Energy Agency offer. Under Iran’s new plan, this amount could be swapped simultaneously for half of the equivalent reactor fuel, with the rest of the fuel coming later.

Iran started enriching uranium to a higher level itself in February to create fuel for the research reactor. The move brings Iran’s enrichment closer to levels needed for making weapons-grade material — uranium refined to 90 percent purity.

March 18, 2009

Syria says relations with Iran will remain strong

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Syria‘s foreign minister on Monday said his country’s relations with Iran will remain strong.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem’s comments appear to be directed at moderate Sunni Arab countries hoping to peal Syria away from its Shi’ite Persian ally.

Al-Moallem described Syria’s relationship with Iran as “excellent” during a joint press conference in Damascus with Arab League Chief Amr Moussa.

His comments came a week after Saudi Arabia hosted the leaders of Syria, Egypt and Kuwait in a move aimed at persuading Damascus to distance itself from Tehran. Syria has been Iran’s closest ally in the Arab world for three decades.

Riyadh had hoped the one-day mini-Arab summit would help improve the frayed relations with Syria ahead of a larger Arab summit in Qatar later this month.

The leaders discussed a number of issues in the Arab arena in addition to “clearing the air” and achieving reconciliation to unite Arab ranks, according to Saudi sources quoted in Arab press reports on Wednesday.

The leader of another US ally, Kuwait, also attended the Saudi gathering, Kuwait’s news agency reported.

Syria has been bitterly feuding with Egypt and Saudi Arabia over several political issues – especially its close alliance with Iran and with Palestinian and Lebanese terrorist groups.

March 17, 2009

EU: Ties with Israel depend on its commitment to peace process

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Ties between the European Union and Israel depend on the Israeli government’s commitment to a two-state solution in the peace process with Palestinians, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Monday.

Asked to comment on Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu’s preliminary coalition pact with the ultra-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, Solana told reporters.

“We will be ready to do business as usual, normally with a government in Israel that is prepared to continue talking and working for a two-state solution. If that is not the case, the situation would be different.”

 

 

 

European Union officials have raised concerns over Netanyahu’s commitment to pursuing genuine peace talks with Palestinians.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said last month he was worried Netanyahu’s talks with other right-wing parties to form a coalition could halt peace talks with Palestinians.

Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra said he expects a rough start once a new Israeli government takes office, warning a two-state peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians was narrowing now that Netanyahu is likely to form a government

March 11, 2009

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Putin says Nabucco not feasible without Iran PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
ImageMOSCOW, March 10 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday a project to supply Europe with new gas via the Nabucco pipeline is not feasible without Iran joining it.

Putin made the comment at a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany in Moscow, at which the two countries agreed to work toward building Russia’s new pipeline to southern and central Europe, South Stream.

Putin said South Stream would cost 10 billion euros ($12.7 billion) or less, given that contruction materials were getting cheaper around the world.

He also said South Stream’s capacity could be higher than the projected 31 billion cubic metres a year.

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Iran says OPEC could accept Russia as member -report PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
ImageTEHRAN, March 11 (Reuters) – Iran’s oil minister suggested OPEC would accept Russia as a member if Moscow wanted to join the 12-member oil producers’ group, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

Gholamhossein Nozari, speaking a few days before the cartel is due to meet in Vienna on March 15, also reiterated a call for more cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC countries. Iran is the world’s fourth-largest oil producer.

Oil prices have plunged about $100 a barrel since a peak of $147 in July as a global economic downturn hit fuel demand, despite a series of production cuts by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in the last six months.

Russia is the world’s second-largest oil exporter.

“The ground is ready in OPEC to accept Russia as a new member, but, of course, countries request membership by evaluating and considering their own interests,” Fars quoted Nozari as saying late on Tuesday. He did not elaborate.

In December, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said his country may choose to decide to become an OPEC member in the future as it seeks to broaden cooperation with the group.

“Our message is that non-OPEC (countries) should join OPEC (in helping the market) and we emphasise that a price lower than the current one does not have a justification at all and it stops development,” Nozari said, according to Fars.

“It is not logical that OPEC cuts its exports and non-OPEC (countries) pursue their interests,” he was quoted as saying during a visit to southwestern Iran.

This month Nozari said he did not expect a further OPEC reduction decision in Vienna after Iran had previously suggested OPEC could impose more curbs. He did, however, call for a mechanism to underpin prices.

The group has already agreed to cut production by 4.2 million barrels per day since September, and a Reuters survey found that members have met 81 percent of their output reductions as of last month. (Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian; Writing by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

February 22, 2009

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Iran hails military ties with Russia

 

 

 

 

MOSCOW (AP) – Iran’s defense minister said Friday he hopes to obtain new weapons from Russia to upgrade the nation’s arsenals.

Iran has relied on Russian military assistance in the past and hopes to continue doing so, Mostafa Mohammed Najjar said.

“Russia has advanced military technologies, we have used them and plan to keep using them,” he said at a news conference.

Najjar wouldn’t elaborate on what specific weapons Iran was seeking. He met with his Russian counterpart and toured some Russians weapons plants during his five-day visit that began Monday.

Moscow has developed close ties with Tehran and is building its first nuclear power plant.

Russia also has supplied weapons to Iran, including Tor-M1 air-defense missiles, despite U.S. and Israeli complaints. However, Russian officials have rejected claims that they have provided Iran with more powerful, long-range S-300 air defense missile systems.

Supplying the S-300s to Iran would markedly change the military balance in the Middle East and the issue has been the subject of intense speculation and diplomatic wrangling for months.

Israel and the U.S. fear that, were Iran to possess S-300 missiles, it would use them to protect its nuclear facilities, including the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz or the country’s first atomic power plant now under construction at Bushehr by Russian contractors.

That would make any potential military strike on the Iranian facilities much more difficult.

Anatoly Isaikin, head of the Russian Rosoboronexport state arms-selling monopoly, was quoted in an interview published earlier this month as saying that it had not supplied S-300s to Iran yet but was ready to do so if ordered by the government.

Russia‘s daily Kommersant has said earlier this week that Moscow had frozen the sale of S-300s, pending the first meeting between President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

Russia hopes that Obama could reverse course on the previous administration’s plan to deploy missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic, and NATO’s eastward expansion.

But Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned this week that Russia has no intention to toughen its policy toward Iran regarding its nuclear program. The statement sounded like a signal that Russia had no intention to offer any immediate trade-offs on Iran.

Israel, the U.S. and much of the international community believe Iran is secretly developing nuclear weapons. Tehran insists its uranium enrichment program is intended solely for civilian energy needs.

Russia has sizable economic ties with Iran, including the $1 billion contract to build the nuclear power plant at Bushehr which is expected to go online this year. Moscow has supported limited U.N. sanctions on Iran, but worked to blunt efforts by the U.S. and others to impose tougher measures

January 26, 2009

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Amero to become USA’s new currency when dollar collapses

 

 

 

Pictures of the new currency that will supposedly replace the US dollar have appeared on the Russian Internet. The United States is reportedly working on the new currency, the amero, which will be common for the USA, Mexico and Canada. The unstable financial situation in the world, the collapsing oil prices and the growing foreign debt of the United States may eventually crush the US dollar as the world’s major currency. Needless to say that the US authorities reject the rumors and promise to keep the dollar afloat.

Amero to become USA’s new currency when dollar collapses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amero notes have no portraits of US presidents on them and resemble the Belarussian rubles. For example, there is an image of a deer depicted on a 50-amero note, whereas a picture of a pyramid of Mexican Indians can be seen on a 100-amero note.

The amero follows the model of the European Union and its euro. It brings up the idea that the new currency can be adopted by the USA, Canada and Mexico within the scope of the North American Union, which the Bush administration established in 2005 under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP).

On April 6, 2005, the US Treasury announced the formation of the Financial Services Working Group to assist in the SPP’s ‘prosperity’ plans. According to its own press release, the US Treasury’s Financial Services Working Group said it “will play a critical role in the SPP.”

Conspiracy theorists contend that the governments of the United States, Canada, and Mexico are already taking steps to implement such a currency, as part of a “North American Union (NAU)” No current members of any country’s government have officially stated a desire to create such a body, nor introduce a common currency.

The idea for a North American currency union was first proposed in 1999 by Canadian economist Herbert G. Grubel. A senior fellow of the conservative Fraser Institute think-tank, he published a book titled The Case for the Amero in September 1999, the year that the euro became a virtual currency. Another Canadian think-tank, the C.D. Howe Institute, advocates the creation of a shared currency between Canada and the United States .

After the report came out, center-left nationalist groups in Canada expressed their opposition to any currency union because they view it as an attempt by American businesses to gain access to Canada ‘s extensive natural resources while dismantling the nation’s social services. The 100,000 member strong Council of Canadians, a progressive advocacy group, has declared one of its central issues to be the threat of “deep integration”.

Dr. Robert Pastor, in a 2001 book, suggested a common currency should be a foundation of “macro economic cooperation” among the three NAFTA countries. However, the 2005 Independent Task Force on North America, which he chaired, did not recommend a common currency, nor does Pastor in the section for additional and dissenting views suggest a common currency should be a goal.

January 17, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steven @ 7:33 am
 
WHAT HAS CHANGED
THAT ENABLES US
TO OFFER THE
KORBAN PESACH NOW?

Recently, the Jewish people have begun to reassert their rights to the Temple Mount. They have been aided by technical progress and archaeological discoveries in solving the once insurmountable problem of determining the areas that can be visited by Jews even in a state of impurity, and which areas remained off limits. Modern technology such as laser cutting tools can solve the problem of constructing an altar without metallic tools.

However, the most important development has not been technological, but spiritual. The emergence of a Jewish religious leadership in the form of a renascent Sanhedrin Initiative has provided the breakthrough. A group of rabbinic leaders has summoned the courage to revive Jewish legal thought and authority in the framework of a renewed Jewish sovereignty. The new Sanhedrin Initiative is in the forefront of the drive to renew the Korban Pesach. It assumes responsibility for ensuring that the commandments is performed in conformity with Jewish religious law, and will also coordinate the practical details with the appropriate Israeli governmental authorities.

This year in Jerusalem, the Sanhedrin Initiative is calling upon the Jewish people in Israel and throughout the world to participate in the Korban Pesach. The Sanhedrin Initiative will choose sheep to be offered in the Korban Pesach, and all preparations will be made in the expectation that we can renew this ancient, traditional offering. In the event that political or other obstacles intervene, the Sanhedrin Initiative has taken halakhic precautions to ensure that the monies for purchasing the sheep can still be used for charitable donations.

Any person wishing to participate in the Korban Pesach can enroll himself and members of his family for the price of seven shekels per person –the estimated cost of a Kezayit of meat, the minimum portion necessary for fulfilling the commandment. The process will be supervised by licensed accountants, whether the monies will be used for the original purpose or will be donated to charity.

We realize that this approach is as controversial as it is courageous; passivity always appears the safer course, even if appearances are deceiving. The controversy is part of a fundamental debate whether the Jewish people must passively await their redemption which will be a one-shot deal or they are enjoined to make preparations and sacrifices in both senses of the word to prepare the stage for their redemption. If you subscribe to the second approach, then one can hardly find a cause more worthy than restoring the Korban Pesach to its pride of place as a symbol of Jewish unity.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steven @ 7:28 am

Erdogan: Bar Israel from the UN

Turkey‘s prime minister on Friday said Israel should be barred from the United Nations while it ignores the body’s calls to stop fighting in Gaza.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan

“How is such a country, which does not implement resolutions of the UN Security Council, allowed to enter through the gates of the UN (headquarters)?” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

Erdogan spoke before UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was set to arrive in Ankara to discuss the conflict.

Erdogan accused Israel of attacking civilians under the pretext of targeting Hamas.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Friday renewed calls for an immediate cease-fire and also urged US President-elect Barack Obama to focus on a comprehensive, long-lasting and fair solution once in office.

Meanwhile, Ban urged Israel to immediately stop the Gaza operation.

“I strongly urge Israeli leadership and government to declare a ceasefire unilaterally,” Ban said in Ramallah. “It’s time to think about a unilateral cease-fire from the Israeli government.”

Government spokesman Mark Regev dismissed the notion.

“I don’t believe that there’s a logical expectation in the international community that Israel unilaterally cease fire while Hamas would continue to target cities, trying to kill our people,” Regev said.

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