2011 has been a tumultuous year for tensions between Iran and the west. In January, the talk of Iran’s nuclear weapons program was stalled. Britain, China, Russia, France and the US were forced to walk away after the Iranian delegation implemented preconditions that the UN drop sanctions concerning the Tehran nuclear program. In February, protests broke out across the Mid East and in Northern Africa as “Arab Spring” hit very close to it’s home. Thousands of protesters rallied in Tehran in support of the Tunisia and Egypt uprisings.
In June, the protesters used a different tactic on the second anniversary of the 2009 reelection of Mahmud Ahmadinejad. Special forces were deployed to block the streets, but this didn’t stop the protesters. They took to the streets and chanted protest mantras anyway. In October, the US Department of Justice uncovered a plot to assassinate a Saudi diplomat. The two men were working for the Iranian government. Iran called the allegations “laughable”, however, a UN resolution that condemned the action was supported by over one hundred countries. President Barack Obama did not rule out any options in making Iran pay for their mistakes and said, “this is part of a pattern of dangerous and reckless behavior by the Iranian government.”
November was the month of nuclear activities when the International Atomic Energy Agency announced their assessment of Tehran’s nuclear program. Director Yukiya Amano was quoted as saying “The information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device,” Amano said. “It also indicates that, prior to the end of 2003, these activities took place under a structured program and that some activities may still be ongoing.” Iran still maintains that all of their nuclear activity is to support their country by a means of providing energy to their citizens.
The west did not take these allegations so lightly. Later in the month, Central Bank and was sanctioned. Britain was the first to take most of the blame from Iran and their Tehran embassy was stormed by protesters on November 29th. In December, Iran claimed to have shot down an American drone. On December 12th, Iran announced that they were running a drill to practice closing the Straigh Of Hormuz, a region where about 40 percent of the world’s oil passes through. Parliament deputy Parviz Sorouri gave a warning of”If the world wants to make the region insecure we will make the world insecure.”
September 16, 2011 was a Friday. At 7:30 AM Lee Zeitouni a lively, beautiful young women was on her way to work in Tel Aviv. At the same time French citizens on vacation were speeding wildly through Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan streets in a black BMW X6 SUV.
Behind the wheel was Cluade Isaac Khayat (40) and next to him was Eric Rubic (38) owner of the vehicle. As the car sped into a main street in Tel Aviv it hit Lee throwing her into the opposite side of the street. She was left dying on the street, emergency crews that arrived at the scene tried to save her but she passed away on route to the hospital. The two never stopped or even slowed down.
Instead, Cluade Isaac Khayat and Eric Rubic, the coward slime bags that they are, hurried to their luxury rental, packed up their belongings, families and hurried to the airport. They bordered the first flight to Geneva and from their to Paris.
From their hiding place they expressed their “remorse” and said they were French citizens and would be happy to stand trial in France. That has not happened yet. Now the murdering bastards called a press conference announcing that they have no intention of returning to Israel. Apparently they are afraid for their life.
Please take a good look at these guys and if you can do anything to help – we would appreciate it.
This is what shit looks like. These guys are WANTED KILLERS and at this point, Dead or Alive would do!
December 21 is known as Yalda Night for Iran, the longest night of the Iranian solar year. Yalda Night is a night with very special ceremonies. Families gather together on Yalda Night with elders until well after midnight. During Yalda Night dried fruits and winter fruits such as watermelon and pomegranate is feasted on to symbolize the sky’s red color. Iranians recite their favorite poems by Hafez, a highly respected Iranian poet.
The Night Of Yalda literally means The Night Of Birth. This gives Iranians a good time to spend with friends, family, and other loved ones. Yalda is deeply rooted in Iranian history and is known to demonstrate the eagerness of Iran’s strong family ties. The tradition of Yalda Night dates back to ancient Persia thousands of years ago and is still celebrated. Yalda is primarily celebrated in the Northern hemisphere of the country on the eve of the Winter Solstice. Depending on the calendar year, Yalda Night can either be celebrated on Decement 20th or 21st every year. In 2008, Yalda Night was added to Iran’s List Of National Treasures.
According to the Iranian mythology, Yalda night is the bringing of light and triump over darkness for the days to come. This celebration takes place on the darkest and longest night each year. Yalda Night’s traditions are intended to help protect people from any misfortune in the coming year. Iranian television and radio will offer special programming for Yalda Night.
Many Iranians will be seen in mahali, the traditional clothing. Food is placed on the Korsi, a traditional table used for Yalda, so friends and family can eat. Although this is a highly celebrated tradition, some families will choose to simply make phone calls to their friends and family instead of getting together. As a parting gift, many families offer bags of dried fruits to family and friends.
Mohammad Khatami, a former Iranian president, announced that the political situation in the country has not improved to a degree where reformists should be participating in the parliamentary elections.
Khatami said in a short interview on Monday that “All indicators show that we should refrain from participating in the elections and, therefore, participation in them would be meaningless.” He added later “My statement is the same as that of the Coordination Council of the Reformist Front, which announced that the reformists cannot and should not have a candidate list in the elections.”
Ali Mohammad Gharibani, the head of the Iran’s reformist coordination council, issued a statement to the press saying that the completive nature of political interests are continuing to squeeze reformists out of the elections. He also stated that since “reformists have no possibility to advertise and inform the public while the competition is in control of all advertising venues.” Because of this, the council has not and will not endorse any candidates in the election. To take a step further, the council has even refused to compile a list.
Khatami was sited in the saying that the decision of the council does not mean that they are promoting a boycott of the elections. Khatami added that reformists will be able to participate in the parliamentary elections if all political prisoners are released and if all of the political parties are given equal chance to engage in a free political activity. His last request was for all of the elections to be open and transparent.
Since the presidential elections of 2009 when there were allegations of voter fraud, the establishment has accused reformists of playing a part with Iran’s foreign enemies. Because of this accusation, man y of the senior reformists have been sentenced to jail and other more long-term prison terms. MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, former reformist candidates have been under house arrest since early February.
North Korea displayed the body of ruler Kim Jong Il in a glass coffin surrounded by red flowers Tuesday, and his young heir was one of the first to pay respects.
As the country mourned for a second day with high-level visits to Kim’s body at a memorial palace and public gatherings of weeping citizens, state media fed a budding personality cult around his youngest known son and anointed heir, Kim Jong Un, hailing him as a “lighthouse of hope.”
Kim’s body was wrapped in red cloth and surrounded by blossoms of his namesake flowers, red “kimjongilia.” As solemn music played, Kim Jong Un — believed to be in his late 20s — entered the hall to view his father’s bier, surrounded by military honor guards.
“We will change today’s sorrow into strength and courage and work harder for a powerful and prosperous nation, as our general wanted, under the leadership of the new General Kim Jong Un,” U Son Hui, a Pyongyang resident, told The Associated Press.
The announcement Monday of Kim’s death over the weekend raised acute concerns in the region over the possibility of a power struggle between the untested son and rivals, in a country pursuing nuclear weapons and known for its unpredictability and secrecy. But there have been no signs of unrest or discord in Pyongyang’s somber streets.
With the country in an 11-day period of official mourning, flags were flown at half-staff at all military units, factories, businesses, farms and public buildings.
Kim Jong Il, 69, died of a massive heart attack on Saturday caused by overwork and stress, according to the North’s media. The state funeral for Kim is set for Dec. 28 in Pyongyang, to be followed by a national memorial service the next day, according to the North’s state media. North Korean officials say they will not invite foreign delegations and will allow no entertainment during the mourning period.
It appears that that Apple will be opening its first development center outside the United States in Israel. The move reportedly is not related to the possible acquisition of the Israeli company Anobit, which develops flash storage solutions that provide Apple’s iPhone and iPad a competitive advantage over its competitors. Aharon Aharon, a veteran in the Israeli high-tech scene, has reportedly been chosen to head the Israeli center and is undergoing training in Apple’s headquarters in the United States. Aharon refused to comment on the issue, saying only that he is in the United States. But at least three managers in Israel’s high-tech industry confirmed that Ahraon will be a senior vice president of engineering at Apple, and head Apple’s development activities in Israel.
Meanwhile, Apple is reportedly planning to acquire the Israeli company Anobit for hundreds of millions of dollars. If a deal will be completed, it will mark the biggest deal Apple has made since 1996 when it acquired NeXT, a company founded by Steve Jobs, for $429 million. The decision to set up an Apple R&D center in Israel could explain why it might be pursuing a large player like Anobit. Apple usually confines itself to small-scale acquisitions to obtain intellectual property.
Apple’s interest in Israel began in 2008, when an Israeli Technyon graduate joined the Company in Cupertino. The Israeli high tech employee joined Apple after fullfiling various positions at Intel and IBM. It was during that time that he met Aharon Aharon. Today he serves as Vice Preseident of Microchips in Apple. In the US Patent Registrar there are two patents registered on the Israeli high tech employee’s name, both registered in 2009, during the time he was already employed at Apple.
The AP has reported that Iran might be moving their uranium enrichment facilities, as safety becomes an issue. Iran is reportedly concerned against a Western strike on their facilities. Neither Israel nor the US have ruled out a possible military strike again the nuclear program, citing that they believe Iran could be developing atomic weapons. However Iran is adamant that their facilities are creating electricity and radioisotopes for treating cancer patients.
Gholam Reza Jalali, commander of the Revolutionary Guard’s anti-sabotage unit has said that an attack is not probable, but that the move may still occur for protection of the facilities. The Natanz enrichment site is the most central to Iran and most of the site is built underground. The Fordo facility is built into a mountain to protect against aerial attacks. Jalali also said that he believes the West would have already attacked if they intended to do so.
Most of the country’s centrifuges are located at the Natanz site. This is a main concern of Iran because this technology is used for the uranium enrichment procedure. Uranium can be used as a fuel for power plants or it can be used as a fissile material in nuclear warheads.
In 2009 A sophisticated computer worm called Stuxnet targeted the Natanz computers. This specific computer worm is designed to make centrifuges uncontrollable. Iran has since acknowledged that Stuxnet did affect a number of their centrifuges, but that it was neutralized before major damage was inflicted.
Iran has not elaborated on where they might move the enrichment sites. This could be a very large process in moving the equipment and there are not very many sites that could house the equipment safely. In August, Iran moved some of their centrifuges to the Fordo site. This is located just north of Qom. Fordo is known to offer better protection from airstrikes. It is not known if the units cam from Natanz.
According to the AP, Iran will not be returning a US drone that was captured by their armed forces, says a commander of the Revolutionary Guard. General Hossein Salami made remarks in a broadcast to state television that the US had violated Iran’s airspace by sending a US drone. He called this a “hostile act” and then warned the nation of a “bigger” response. He didn’t elaborate on what this biggest response could be.
Salami was quoted by saying “”No one returns the symbol of aggression to the party that sought secret and vital intelligence related to the national security of a country.”
In a broadcast on Thursday, Iranian military officials were caught inspecting what seemed to be an RQ-170 sentinel drone. Iran has said that they detected the drone over Kashmar, a town in the eastern part of the country. This is about 140 miles from the border of Afghanistan. The US has made a statement that it is their drone.
Salami went on to call the capturing of the drone a victory for Iranian people and a loss for the United States. The two countries are known to be in a technological and intelligence based battle. “Iran is among the few countries that possesses the most modern technology in the field of pilotless drones. The technology gap between Iran and the U.S. is not much,” Salami also commented.
The Revolutionary Guard has claimed that it is responsible for bringing the drone down with an electric ambush. This caused the drone to come down without major damage tot eh unit. However, the US is claiming that Iran did not shoot the drone out of the sky or use a technology-based attack to bring it down.
Salami himself did not go into how the drone was brought down. He said that an intelligence agency cannot reveal their methods.
The Obama administration is accusing the Lebanese Canadian Bank of laundering money for the terrorist group Hezbollah. It seems like the bank is doing business with an international Cocaine ring which is tied to the Shiite militant group. Acting as a central hub, the bank based in Beirut, Lebanon, is charged with laundering and transferring large sums of money globally helping the organization stay afloat in these hard financial times.
One agent involved in the investigation compared Hezbollah to the Mafia, saying, “They operate like the Gambinos on steroids.” On Tuesday, federal prosecutors in Virginia announced the indictment of the man at the center of the Lebanese Canadian Bank case, charging that he had trafficked drugs and laundered money not only for Colombian cartels, but also for the murderous Mexican gang Los Zetas.
Hezbollah has traditionally received over 200 Million Dollars annually from its bosom buddies, Iran and Syria. These days with Iran having its neck rung by financial sanctions and Syria’s delicate murderous, screwed up dictator – busy butchering his own people (Assad), times are hard. So what does a terror group in need of fast cash do? Say hello to my little friend – its time for the Colombian connection to kick in! The Hezbollah is now into the South American cocaine trade. Is that great or what?