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Nuclear Orientalism

The North Korean bomb may be an uncomfortable fact of life, but so too is the US bomb, notes Barakawi.

Once again, the Crazy Emperor of the Hermit Kingdom – North Korea – is threatening nuclear war. Or so the media would have us believe.

The BBC and other news outlets have taken to


Hundreds of Deaths Expected in Iran Earthquake

An Iranian government official said today he expected hundreds of deaths from a major earthquake that struck Iran near the border with Pakistan.

“It was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years and we are expecting hundreds of dead,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Relatives of victims of last


Iranian Inventor Claims he Invented Time Machine That Predicts Future

Serial inventor Ali Razeghi registered “The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine” with Iran’s state-run Center for Strategic Inventions

Time Machine from the H.G. Wells Movie “The Time Machine”

An Iranian scientist has claimed to have invented a ‘time machine’ that can predict the future of any individual with a 98 per cent accuracy.

Serial inventor


Kerry Warns Iran: Time for Talking is Limited

How Long Have we been hearing this….

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Iran that talks on its nuclear program cannot last forever, after a new round failed to make progress.

John Kerry (right, foreground) is seen here facing Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (opposite) at talks in Istanbul

“This is


IAEA Chief: Iran Probably Developing Nuke

The UN’s top nuclear official is expressing concern that Iran may be secretly continuing work on nuclear weapons.

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano told The Associated Press that his agency has indications of such activities both “in the past and now.”

Iran denies secret weapons work and even the United States —


Iran: American Empire Will Fall in 2013

The “American empire” will fall this year, the head of Iran’s Basij forces claimed Sunday, a message that was approved by the Islamic regime’s supreme leader.

“America should not think that with some diplomatic dialogue it can solve its dossier (problem) with the nation of Iran,” Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naghdi said. “The path


NATO Researchers: Stuxnet Attack on Iran Was Illegal ‘Act of Force’

A cyber-attack that sabotaged Iran’s uranium enrichment program was an “act of force” and was likely illegal, according to research commissioned by NATO’s cyber-warfare center.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touring the Natanz enrichment facility in April 2008.

“Acts that kill or injure persons or destroy or damage objects are unambiguously uses of force” and


Israel Becomes More Anxious, Coming Discussion Over Iranian Military Strike

The leaders of the United States and Israel are about to have some serious face time — five-and-a-half hours culminating in a late-night dinner on Wednesday. Three key issues will dominate the agenda: Iran, Syria and the Palestinians. In the first part of our “On the Brink” series, NBC News correspondent Martin Fletcher — who


Iran Fighter Confronts Another U.S. Drone over Arabian Gulf

predator over kandahar

An Iranian fighter jet again played chicken Tuesday with a U.S. drone flying over international waters in the Arabian Gulf near Iran.

This time an Iranian F-4 flew within 16 miles of an unarmed MQ-1 Predator before two U.S. military aircraft escorted the Predator and the F-4 darted away. The


Iran to Sue Over Movie “Argo”

Last month’s Oscars saw historical films do particularly well, including Lincoln, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, which are all based on true stories.

Directors will argue there always has to be some poetic licence to sell their films but many disagree.

This week, Best Picture winner Argo has been criticised by the Iranian authorities over


Iran Blocks off Web, Creates Internal Internet

Iran cut off access to most virtual private networks (VPNs) in what appears to be a final step toward implementing its “halal” intranet, an entirely domestic version of the internet controlled by the government.

VPNs are used by many Iranians to route around censorship of websites like Facebook, YouTube, and many international


Iranian Ship Busted Transporting Missiles


An Iranian dhow seized off the Yemeni coast was carrying sophisticated Chinese antiaircraft missiles, a development that could signal an escalation of Iran’s support to its Middle Eastern proxies, alarming other countries in the region and renewing a diplomatic challenge to the United States.


Among the items aboard the dhow, according


Legislation: U.S. Must Back Israel in Iranian Conflict

senator graham

A bipartisan group of US senators are pushing for a legislation to force the government to prop up any military action that the Israeli government adopts against Iran in “self-defense.”

The non-binding measure, introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), is actually aimed at pushing President Barack Obama to intensify sanctions against


The Iranian Rat Snipers

iranian mutant rat

Iranian sniper teams are now hunting “genetically mutated” rats in Tehran’s streets, according to Umberto Bacchi of The International Business Times.

The capital’s residents kill about one million rats annually, but the rats continue to become larger and more prevalent.

“They seem to have had a genetic mutation, probably as


How Close is Iran to a Nuke…..Really


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed last week that new second-generation centrifuges, which Iran plans to start up at its Natanz uranium enrichment facility, could cut by a third the time needed to create a nuclear bomb – underlining his deadline of this summer to take military action against Iran.

Netanyahu’s prediction, however, appears


Iran Rejects Gold Sanctions Offer

gold bars

Iran criticized on Monday a reported plan by major powers to demand the closure of a uranium enrichment plant in return for an easing of sanctions on Tehran’s trade in gold and other precious metals, Iranian media reported.

The Islamic Republic, which says its nuclear program is peaceful, started building the Fordow plant inside


Iran Doctors Photo to Show “New Fighter Jet” in Flight

qaher 313 in flight

Iran’s freshly unveiled fighter jet has already been derided by aviation experts who likened the plane to a mock-up model and expressed serious doubts over whether it could actually fly.

And a new picture of the domestically produced Qaher-313 apparently soaring over Iranian mountains has done little to curb scepticism, amid claims the plane


Iran Upset Over Officials Kissing in Elevator

Iranian higher education minister, national museum director caught on camera as they lock lips in elevator

Two Iranian officials could be facing trouble after being caught on camera as they shared a kiss in an elevator.

Footage captured by a security camera and broadcast by Sky News Arabia showed Iranian Higher Education Minister Kamran


Experts: New Iranian Stealth Jet “Pathetic Hoax”

From the loony regime that just figured how to shoot a monkey into space: Iran now claims it has its own homemade, radar-beating stealth fighter jet.

But aviation and defense experts say the tiny one-seater looks like a toy and might not even be able to fly — calling it a “laughable fake.”

Iranian President


Iranian News: 3500 People Killed in Pakistan by U.S. Drones Since 2004

drone strike

The United States has carried out more than 360 assassination drone attacks in Pakistan since 2004, killing nearly 3,500 people, a report says.

According to the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, an independent organization, the US administration has used 363 of its assassination drones to hit targets in Pakistan since 2004, with 311 of


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