Iran Calls Nuclear Sanctions “Vain”

The US and Canada have announced that new measures will be taken to target ’s nuclear program. A senior Iranian political official has said that the imposed on the Iranian nuclear program would be “in vain” despite Western authority claiming the would unite the Iranian people. Russia has come to Iran’s defense calling the “against international law.”

of the Iranian Foreign Ministry has told reporters in Tehran that the attempts of the west will simply unite the Iranian people to support their nuclear program. Although Iran has firmly denied the claims that they are trying to develop nuclear weapons, a UN report published just two weeks ago has the strongest evidence leading against the claims.

Although Tehran is insisting that the nuclear program is a civilian endeavor, a UN nuclear watchdog group has said that the tests Iran is performing are congruent with that of the development of a nuclear weapon. With China and Russia opposed to the sanctions, Iran was not referred to the . Abdolhossein Bayat, Iran’s deputy oil minister, has said that if the sactions are implemented, Iran will not stop exporting their petrochemical to the European Unions.

The UK announced on Monday that they were cutting all ties with Iran’s banks. Canada has said that they are banning the export of petrochemical, gas and oil. Hilary Clinton, US Secretary Of State, has said that they will be monitoring Iran with greater authority in the coming weeks. The US has also accused Iran as a “primary money laundering concern.”

US President Barack Obama has said through a written statement that the United States has identified Iranian banking sector as a threat to financial institutions and governments that have business with Iran’s banks. The UK has since ceased all trade with Iran’s banks.


Saudi Shifts

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabias was recently named the kingdom’s new defense minister in a royal decree that follows the death of his older brother just last month who had been in the position for five decades.

Prince Salman has been the governor of for almost 50 years, and he now controls the top-spending ministry in . The kingdom boasts one of the best-equipped militaries in all of the Middle East and has used its arms purchases to reinforce ties with Western allies like the United States, Britain and France.

Prince Salman is seen as the third most senior member of the ruling after his older half brother King Abdullah and his older full brother the Crown Prince Nayef.
The recent decree also divided the defense ministry from the aviation ministry and appointed Prince Khaled bin Sultan as Deputy Defense Minister. Prince Khaled had served as Assistant Defense Minister to his father, Crown Prince Sultan, who died of cancer last month in New York.

Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz was named Riyadh Governor after serving as deputy governor under Prince Salman for many years. The post of Riyadh governor is considered to be among the most important in the country and was previously held by both Crown Prince Sultan and Crown Prince Nayef. Meanwhile, millions of Muslims from around the world arrived last week in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca to celebrate the first day of Hajj.


I ran for my life, a Syrias Situation and PA sings the blues

Journalist and talk radio host Aaron Klein wrote a piece for Arutz Sheva in which he posits rumors that Israel is about to attack Iran, not exactly correct. Klein wrote:

“The visible Israeli military preparations, including this week’s missile tests, most likely are related to the strong possibility of a U.S.--led campaign against Israel’s Syrian neighbor to the north. The regime of ’s – a key partner to Iran – has been accused of major human rights violations, including crimes against humanity…”

Meanwhile, United Press International reported:
“Speculation a recent air force exercise and rocket propulsion system test are linked to a debate on a strike against Iran is “nonsense,” an official said.

Israel Radio quoted an anonymous Israeli defense official as saying Thursday it is “absolute nonsense” to presume a recent air force exercise with the Italian air force and the testing of a rocket propulsion system are linked to reports Israel is preparing for a possible airstrike on Iran’s nuclear sites.

The official’s remarks come amid intensive public debate over reports Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are pushing for a strike. The army’s Home Front command conducted a drill Thursday simulating missile attacks in the center of the country. Sirens also were tested.

In other news, the Associated Press reports that Israel is threatening to suspend the transfer of tax payments to the totaling some $100 million in a protest of the PA’s recent admission to the ’ cultural agency…

was quoted saying, “I think it would be easier for Mr. to ask the Congress to change their laws…I don’t think Palestine’s admittance to any of these agencies will bring harm.”

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said: “We want to make sure that we will succeed there, and the moment we will succeed there, our membership in the remaining U.N. organizations becomes an automatic one…”


Some Stories from the World

At the headquarters in Langley, one of the most recently uncovered artifacts in the agency’s private museum is a message from a father to his toddler son. And, get this! The gold-embossed letterhead features a swastika and the name .

The letter reads:

“Dear Dennis… The man who might have written on this card once controlled Europe — three short years ago when you were born. Today he is dead, his memory despised, his country in ruins.”

Dennis is the 69-year-old Dennis Helms, intellectual-property barrister in New Jersey. The writer of the letter was his father, Richard Helms, the CIA director during the Vietnam War and Watergate eras, who died in 2002. Directly after Germany’s surrender, Lt. Helms, an intelligence operative, snuck into Hitler’s chancellery in Berlin and filched the Fuehrer’s stationery. He dated the letter “V-E day” for May 8, 1945.

The letter flabbergasted the CIA museum’s curatorial staff when it was first acquired in May. Mainly because it also conveyed a certain historical intuition about the evil which one man could do. The letter happened to arrive at Langley only one day after Osama bin Laden was discovered and shot to death in May.


In other news, the cardinal who helms relations with found himself in hot water during his very first United States visit in his new position. After a speech on theology and Jewish-Catholic dialogue at Seton Hall University, Swiss Cardinal, Kurt Koch, repeated a comment he made earlier this year in the newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.
Rabbi Alan Brill, a Seton Hall professor who assisted in organizing Koch’s talk.
Koch wrote that:

“Since the cross of Jesus erases any desire for vengeance and calls everyone to reconciliation, it rises above us as the permanent and universal Yom Kippur.”

Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni of Rome had erstwhile complained that Koch seemed to be indicating that Jews should consider Christian beliefs as definitive.


Palestinian Authority Telephone Network Hacked

According to reports from the Palestinian military, the main phone network in the West Bank and Gaza has suffered a sustained attack by computer

As a result, most of the Palestinian territory has lost internet service.

The PA claims that the crash has been caused by computer hackers sabotaging the telephone network.

In other news, Israeli troops rearrested , a senior official this week along with his son. Yusef was released from jail in August after serving a six-year term for “membership of a terrorist organization,” however he was rearrested in early September before being released a week later.

“The occupation raided Hassan Yusef’s house in Ramallah and arrested him with his son Owais…”

Hamas condemns the move and warns that there will be “consequences.” “We strongly condemn this arrest campaign against leaders of the movement, particularly Sheikh Hassan Yusef,” Hamas official Ismail Abu Radwan told Associated Press.

Yusef was freed on August 4 as part of a mass release of Israeli and Palestinian prisoners due to overcrowding. He had just six weeks left in his sentence.

Last March, Yusef disowned yet another son after he had admitted to spying on Hamas for Israel and playing a major role in the arrest of senior militants.

Mosab Hassan Yusef – 32 –was a top informer for Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency and was known by the codename “The Green Prince.” And he authored the bestselling book, Son of Hamas.

Reportedly, Yusef worked for the Shin Bet at the height of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, which began in 2000, when Hamas carried out dozens of suicide bombings and Israel waged a war on the group.

The senior Yusef was elected to the Palestinian parliament in 2006, while still in Israeli custody.


Mazal Tov to the Palestinian Authority!

On Monday, they became a full member of the U.N. cultural and educational agency. As a result, U.S. lawmakers have threatened to withhold roughly $80 million in annual funding to UNESCO if it approved Palestinian membership. Currently, the United States provides some 22 percent of UNESCO’s funding.

Huge cheers went up in the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization after delegates approved the membership in a vote of 107-14 with 52 abstentions. Eighty-one votes would have been required for approval in a hall with 173 UNESCO member delegations present.

The United States, Canada and Germany voted against Palestinian membership while, Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and France voted in favor. Britain abstained.

Meanwhile, the NGO, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions has presented the United Nations with a case that Israel targeted Palestinians by demolishing homes, revoking residency and spoiling the quality of life. Israel made no comment.

Since Saturday, Israel has been under a constant salvo of grad missiles. With upwards of ten Israeli civilians killed and dozens wounded.

As a result of Israel’s response, 12 Palestinians have been killed, all of them members of the terrorist organization, Al Ahrar and Islamic Jihad and among them one of the group’s chief bomb makers. Islamic Jihad has vowed revenge saying ‘Our response shall be in the depths of the Zionist entity.’


No-Fly in Syria

is considering a no-fly zone in after , warned that any western intervention would cause an “” which would “burn the whole region…” reported the guardian.

Some Syrian anti-government groups have called on the west to defend them as fighting between security forces and armed protesters continues to escalate – however a war like the one that will end in on Monday is doubtful.

The would have to approve any operation in Syria – a step which would be unlikely given Chinese and Russian opposition. “We would need a clear mandate from the international community, as well as support from the Arab League and Syria’s neighbours,” a NATO official said, adding that so far “no-one had asked” for NATO’s help.

NATO’s reluctance to get embroiled in Syria’s internal conflict came as Assad warned that outside intervention in his country’s affairs could lead to “another Afghanistan.”

On Sunday, a Syrian delegation met in Doha with an Arab League ministerial committee. On 16 October the league gave Damascus a 15-day deadline to put in place a ceasefire, that is over on Sunday. Since then 343 people have been killed, including 40 last Friday, one of the worst days of bloodshed since the uprising began.

have intensified amidst events in the Arab world: the brutal death of Muammar Gaddafi, and Tunisia’s successful democratic elections last week. In a show of support for Assad’s regime on Sunday thousands of Syrians carrying the national flag rallied in Sweida, a city 70 miles south of Damascus.

The situation in Syria is at the top of the international agenda. The UN secretary general, , said the latest civilian killings were alarming and called for Assad to carry out “far-reaching reforms, not repression and violence.”


Palestinian’s Do The UN

On Wednesday, the Palestinians received approval for a statehood bid for full membership in Unesco (the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as part of their broader campaign for recognition as a state by the Security Council. But full membership in Unesco could mean a legally mandated cutoff of all contributions from the United States, both dues and voluntary.

Currently, the peace-process is at an impasse, according to the PLO, as a result of expanded settlement construction by Bibi. Israel who has just returned murderous Palestinian terrorists in exchange for Shalit was pounded Sunday and Monday by rockets fired at civilian areas.

Existing United States legislation will cutoff of money to the United Nations or any of its agencies should they grant “full membership as a state to any organization or group that does not have the internationally recognized attributes of statehood.” Currently, the United States contributes 22 percent of Unesco’s budget.

The first approval came in a vote by Unesco’s executive board of 58 nations. Full membership would require approval by the 193-nation General Conference. Membership would permit Palestinian officials to seek the protection of Palestinian historical sites by the cultural organization.

Sponsored by several Arab states, the executive board approved a draft resolution for membership by a 40-to-4 vote. Fourteen delegations have abstained, including ones from France, Belgium, Italy and Spain, while , Latvia, Germany and Romania in opposing the measure; Russia joined African and Arab states to support the bid.


“Unfortunately there are those who, in their enthusiasm to recognize the aspirations of the Palestinian people, are skipping over the most important step, which is determining what the state will look like, what its borders are, how it will deal with the myriad issues that states must address…”

However, Palestinian officials have said that failure at the Security Council would push them to seek an upgrade in their United Nations status to that of a “non-member state.”