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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The pictures of an Iranian fleet approaching the U.S. shores sadly serve as a reminder of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis with old Cold War concepts of balance of power, psychological warfare and testing of U.S. administration combativeness.
As the world focuses on the passing of Hugo Chavez and the impact of his socialist policies on oil-rich Venezuela, halfway around the globe a different kind of leader has been quietly transforming his country into a prosperous and reliable partner of the West.
Had France not balked, the P5+1 group of world powers might have allowed Iran to get its foot in the door of the nuclear-armed clubhouse.
An Iranian court has sentenced an actress known for her reformist political activism to 18 months in prison on security charges, newspapers reported Tuesday, in another sign of the underlying tensions between Iran's hard-liners and calls for greater openness by new President Hassan Rouhani.
The leader of Hamas is taking a select few of his followers to Tehran this week in what’s being billed as a reach-out to Iran for stronger support and for permission to relocate exiled ranks to the country.
The threat of annihilation adds an edge to his warnings about Iran
The president doesn't recognize the aroma of snake oil
Sweet talk sometimes works with coeds, never with tyrants
U.S. must not forget Iran's unrelenting war on terror
The circus comes to town Tuesday, and the music from the Big Top, adorned with pretty flags and colorful banners, wafts across Manhattan's Turtle Bay neighborhood. The main attraction is the prospect of a meeting between President Obama and Hasan Rouhani, the new president of Iran. The credulous world pants in anticipation of a deal over Iran's rogue nuclear program, but expectations always crash in disappointment at the United Nations.
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani says his people should be free to think, speak and seek information on the Internet, subject to "the protection of our national identity."
A semiofficial news agency in Iran says hackers gained access to the Facebook page of the country's foreign minister and made comments about the country's 2009 election.
The debate over whether Congress approves the Obama administration's plan to strike Syria for its use of chemical weapons is being watched nowhere more closely than in Iran, where the notoriously opaque political leaders are wrestling over whether — and how — to retaliate.
Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during Sunday's farewell ceremony that one of his biggest accomplishments while president was advancing the perception that the Holocaust never happened.
Iranians closed the page on the tumultuous eight-year tenure of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when they went to the polls on June 14 to pick a new president.
He has said however that its principles - including maintaining a peaceful nuclear program - will not change.
"There are some talks under way to have an exchange, if it is possible," he said. "Recently they (the U.S.) have sent messages, we answered to bring them (the Iranians), to bring these people (the hikers). We are hopeful that all prisoners to be released."