Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Eye on Iran: Iran Needs Two Weeks to Load Nuclear Plant Fuel

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AFP: "Iran will need another two weeks
to complete the process of loading fuel into its Russian-built first nuclear
power plant, atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi has said. The process of loading 163
fuel rods, also supplied by Russia, into the
nuclear power plant located in the southern port city of Bushehr began on August 21 and was to be
completed by September 5. Thereafter the rods were to be transferred to the

Reuters: "Iran said it would produce in
a year the nuclear fuel needed for a medical reactor in Tehran, a news agency
reported on Monday, days after the Islamic state began loading fuel into its
first atomic power plant. Iran's nuclear
chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Tehran so far had produced 25 kg (55 lb) of uranium
to a level of 20 percent purity for the Tehran reactor, the official Irna news
agency quoted Salehi as saying in an interview with the country's
Arabic-language TV station, Al-Alam." http://bit.ly/bhquho

AFP: "Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has backed the
Iranian government's plan to scrap subsidies in the coming weeks, despite
concerns from some conservatives of its inflationary impact. Khamenei has asked
the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to 'seriously apply... the plan
for removing subsidies' state news agency IRNA reported late Monday quoting the
all-powerful leader as telling members of the government, including Ahmadinejad."

Iran Disclosure Project

Nuclear Program

says it has set a 2020 target date to build its first experimental nuclear
fusion reactor, a feat that has yet to be achieved by any nation. Iran
said in July that its nuclear agency began research on the experimental reactor.
Nuclear fusion, the process powering the sun and stars, has so far only been
mastered as a weapon, producing the thermonuclear explosions of hydrogen bombs."

Human Rights

CNN: "The mother of the
26-year-old woman whose videotaped shooting last year in Tehran sparked
anti-government demonstrations throughout Iran appealed Monday to international
human rights organizations and to the international court in The Hague for help
in prosecuting her daughter's killer. 'I have kept my silence all this time,'
Hajar Rostami told the New York-based International Campaign for Human Rights
in Iran.
'Now I want the world to help me find Neda's murderer.'" http://bit.ly/9w8KjB

Radio Farda: "Iran's science minister has said
universities that are against the values of the regime and its Basij militia
should be razed to the ground, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Kamran Daneshjou
was quoted by Iranian media as saying on August 29 that universities should
follow the path of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei." http://bit.ly/bIFmyh

Domestic Politics

FT: "Iran's radical and conservative
fundamentalists have ignored the orders of the regime's supreme leader and
begun exchanging recriminations once again. Barely one week after Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, who holds ultimate power, publicly urged President Mahmoud
Ahmadi-Nejad and his critics to unite and keep any disagreements private,
another round of acrimony between the factions has taken place." http://bit.ly/aBICSk

LAT: "A rare victory was won by
Iranian moderates Monday. The legislature opted to shelve a controversial set
of proposals that activists said would have further restricted women's
rights. According to a report by the Iranian Labor News Agency, Iran's
parliament has decided to send three articles of the family law bill back into committee
for additional study. 'According to the notification of the lawmakers and in
consultation with the judiciary branch, seemingly the articles 22, 23 and 24
contain some Islamic shortcomings,' said parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani,
according to the news agency." http://bit.ly/cHMVSG

Foreign Affairs

AP: "Iran on Tuesday sought to distance itself from
harsh remarks by a hard-line newspaper, which called France's first lady a 'prostitute'
for condemning the stoning sentence against an Iranian woman convicted of
adultery. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said insulting foreign
dignitaries like Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is incorrect and not sanctioned by the
government." http://yhoo.it/9yNkon


Gerald Seib in WSJ: "When
President Barack Obama speaks to the nation Tuesday night about Iraq,
he'll be marking the removal of American combat troops from that nation, an
important milestone. But his address will signify something much broader as
well. This week's Iraq moment
means that Mr. Obama now has, to steal a term he used last year to refer to
Russian relations, hit the reset button on all four important areas of American
policy in the region: Iraq, Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
and Iran...
Whatever the odds of success, though, a common thread runs through Mr. Obama's
moves in Iraq, Afghanistan and
the Palestinian territories. In each case, one important goal is to clear the
decks in order to concentrate more intensely on the paramount challenge posed
by Iran
and its Islamic extremist friends." http://bit.ly/a0i8tA

George Friedman in STRATFOR: "Public
discussion of potential attacks on Iran's nuclear development sites is surging
again. This has happened before. On several occasions, leaks about potential
airstrikes have created an atmosphere of impending war. These leaks normally
coincided with diplomatic initiatives and were designed to intimidate the
Iranians and facilitate a settlement favorable to the United States and Israel. These initiatives have
failed in the past. It is therefore reasonable to associate the current
avalanche of reports with the imposition of sanctions and view it as an attempt
to increase the pressure on Iran and either force a policy shift or take
advantage of divisions within the regime." http://bit.ly/9OxVL6

Mohamad Bazzi in Global Post: "In February 2003, as he marshaled the United
States for war, President George W. Bush declared: 'A new
regime in Iraq
would serve as a dramatic and inspiring example of freedom for other nations in
the region.' Now, as the U.S.
military concludes its combat role - which President Barack Obama will formally
announce from the Oval Office on Tuesday - Iraq
is indeed a dramatic example for the Middle East,
but not in the ways that Bush and his administration envisioned. Iraq
did not become a beacon of democracy, nor did it create a domino effect that
toppled other dictatorial regimes in the Arab world. Instead, the Iraq war has
unleashed a new wave of sectarian hatred and upset the Persian Gulf's strategic
balance, helping Iran consolidate its role as the dominant regional power." http://bit.ly/9LuH3c

Joshua Kucera in The Diplomat: "The
Caspian Sea, an oil-rich body of water on the border of Iran and the former
Soviet Union, has seen an unprecedented amount of naval activity this year:
Iran has launched its largest ship yet into the Caspian, Kazakhstan has declared
plans to start construction of six new ships by the end of the year and
Turkmenistan announced the creation of its first navy. This military build-up,
though so far still modest in scope, has observers wondering if the stage is
being set for an arms race on this heretofore quiet sea."

Michael Theodoulou in The National: "Within
the space of a few weeks, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, an Iranian vice president,
opined that the British were 'inhuman' idiots saddled with a dunce of a prime
minister, and the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, scoffed that the
Americans should 'pour water where it burns,' a vulgar Iranian expression that
refers to people who are so angry that their buttocks catch fire. A hardline
Iranian newspaper joined the fray by branding Carla Bruni, France's first
lady, a 'prostitute.' It is nothing new for the Iranian regime to lambast the
West in robust terms. But these various diatribes raised eyebrows at home and
abroad because crudity rarely features in Iran's political discourse." http://bit.ly/aKsxmK

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08-31-10: BREAKING NEWS: Two Men on United Flight from Chicago Arrested on 'Preparation of a Terrorist Attack'

BREAKING NEWS: Two Men on United Flight from Chicago Arrested on 'Preparation of a Terrorist Attack'

Two men taken off a Chicago-to-Amsterdam United Airlines flight in the Netherlands have been charged by Dutch police with "preparation of a terrorist attack," U.S. law enforcement officials tell ABC News. U.S. officials said the two appeared to be travelling with what were termed "mock bombs" in their luggage. "This was almost certainly a dry run, a test," said one senior law enforcement official.The two were allowed to board the flight at O'Hare airport last night despite security concerns surrounding one of them, the officials said.
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Quote of the Day - August 31, 2010

So... do suicide bombers go to Heaven?

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What About the Good Verses in the Quran?

Posted: 31 Aug 2010 12:14 AM PDT

YOU'VE probably heard someone quote "good" verses from the Quran. Bill Warner wanted to know exactly how many verses in the Quran are positive for non-Muslims, so he counted them. The answer is 245. That's pretty good. That adds up to 4,018 words in the Quran, and comprises 2.6 percent of the total Quranic text.

But, says Warner, "in every case, the verse is followed by another verse that contradicts the 'good' verses." Furthermore, except for seven verses, every "good verse" is abrogated later in the same chapter (known as a "sura"). Those seven exceptions are abrogated in later chapters.

In other words, every single one of the verses in the Quran with a positive message for non-Muslims is abrogated, leaving nothing positive for non-Muslims. Not one verse.

There's more. Warner says, "The media emphasizes Islam's positive verses about the People of the Book, the Jews and Christians. Even this turns out to be illusory. Christians and Jews receive the goodness of Islam only if they agree that their sacred texts are corrupt, the Koran is true, and that Mohammad is a prophet of the Christian and Jewish religion." If they do that, they will get the blessings of Islam. Of course, if they do that, they are no longer Christians or Jews; they're Muslims.

So there is nothing positive in the Quran for non-Muslims. Period. And there are 527 verses in the Quran that are intolerant to non-Muslims, 109 verses calling on Muslims to make war on non-Muslims.

When non-Muslims
read the Quran and don't like it, sometimes they're accused of "having an unfavorable view of Islam" or being an Islamophobe. Or they may be simply accused of "hatred."

But, really, what is there to
like about any of this if you're a non-Muslim?

Tax dollars for Muslim Brotherhood organizations?!?

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Tax Dollars for

Muslim Brotherhood Organizations?!?

First there was the Ground Zero Mosque Imam Rauf’s tax-funded trip to the Mideast.

Now this.

Coming August 31: ‘Direct Access’ Stimulus Grants for the Muslim Brotherhood

Posted by Christine Brim Aug 29th 2010 at 4:55 am

Think of it as ACORN reborn, with a slice of Jihad on the side.

On August 31, this coming Tuesday, the Muslim Brotherhood-associated “Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations” (CCMO) will bring 25-30 Muslim leaders of 20 national Muslim groups to attend a special workshop presented by the White House and U.S. Government agencies (Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services etc.) to provide the groups “funding, government assistance and resources.” The workshop will apparently provide special access for these Muslim Brotherhood organizations: the organizers pledge to provide “direct access” and “cut through red tape.” Government and Muslim groups will hold an Iftar dinner (breaking the fast of Ramadan) after the workshop.

The event was announced in an email newsletter sent August 27 by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism finance trial, long associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, the global Islamist network (great backgrounder here from Hudson Institute). Here are three key paragraphs from the email (the entire article on the August 31 event from the ISNA email is pasted below this post as reference):

This year, a phenomenal next step has been made where government iftars become coupled with workshops to provide resources and benefit the Muslim community. The US Department of Agriculture (DOA) and the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations (CCMO) have paired the first of such events, scheduled for August 31, 2010.

…Leaders from Muslim organizations around the nation, particularly social service organizations, are invited to a workshop with representatives from the DOA, Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Health and Human Services, the White House, Department of Education, the Department of Homeland Security, and more. Twenty five to thirty Muslim leaders representing 20 Muslim organizations are expected to attend the workshop.

According to a representative of CCMO, this workshop is designed to clarify how Muslim nonprofits, mosques, Islamic centers, and social service organizations can strengthen their communities through more direct access to opportunities provided to social service agencies at the Federal level. “It will hopefully help cut through some of the red tape and shine light on the many opportunities for funding, government assistance, and resources that we just don’t know about at the local level,” said Elsanousi.

The Problem: Your Money, redistributed to the Muslim Brotherhood

This workshop constitutes an abdication of their professional responsibility by all government participants – and a taxpayer-funded government stimulus program for the attending Muslim Brotherhood-associated groups. The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928, is a global Islamist political movement dedicated to imposing Shariah law on all nations and institutions. Their credo is “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

Why do we think some of these groups attending, possibly all, may be associated with the Muslim Brotherhood?

Because the sponsoring organization – the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations (CCMO), co-sponsoring with the Department of Agriculture – has a long history of associations with the Muslim Brotherhood. They also signed a 2009 American Muslim Task Force statement threatening to “suspend” relations with the FBI, because the FBI was investigating possible links to homegrown terrorism in mosques and other Muslim organizations.

Not so evident on the current website, of course. This happens all the time with groups associated with the Muslim Brotherhood – the current CCMO website has a LOT less information than the older ones preserved at archive.org (aka “The Wayback Machine”). Here are the previous websites for the CCMO from 2004-2008. The pre-whitewashed CCMO websites are highly revealing. They expose the degree to which this Administration intends to direct taxpayer money (and “reduced red tape”) to Muslim Brotherhood-associated organizations in the U.S.

The Administration has not revealed which 20 groups and 25-30 leaders will attend the special workshop, but if they include the 41 CCMO members listed in 2007, the attendees could include the following groups , which I’ve linked to descriptions published by The Investigative Project (please support their work):

The Islamic Society of North America, an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Terrorism Finance trial, and the source of Friday’s email promoting this CCMO/Department of Agriculture Event;

The Council on American Islamic Relations, shunned by the FBI, several of its leaders indicted or convicted for terrorism, a possible violator of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, sued for fraud by Muslim, Hispanic and African-American families, named as an unindicted co-conspirator (CAIR fundraiser advertised at the CCMO site);

The International Institute of Islamic Thought , the “think tank” of the Muslim Brotherhood, described at that link by The Grand Jihad author and former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy. One of the current and longest serving officers of CCMO is Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, founder of the educational arm of IIIT, the Fairfax Institute and the Director of Outreach Program for Dar-ul Hijrah “Terror” Mosque – more on him below.

The Muslim Public Affairs Committee , exposed in that linked 88-page IPT report particularly for their defense of terrorists and terrorist financers. MPAC advertised here at the CCMO site for an event co-sponsored by Islamic Free Market Institute, the latter described in Paul Sperry’s pathbreaking book Infiltration)

The Dar al Hijrah Mosque (known as the “Terror Mosque” in Northern Virginia for its links to imprisoned, indicted or wanted terrorists as vividly described by Frank Gaffney), advertised here at the CCMO site.

The Muslim American Society “Freedom Foundation” run by three-time felon Mahdi Bray (MASFF Fundraiser advertised at the CCMO site). The Muslim American Society was originally founded as the U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. MAS leader Mahdi Bray was elected on September 7, 2003 to the Executive Committee by over 40 CCMO member organizations.

I suggest that the Administration knows these groups are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. They think that’s a good thing.

This isn’t incompetence; it’s intentional.

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