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“If you want to free a society, just give them internet access. Because people, the young guys, you know, are all going to go out and see biased media, see the truth about other nations and their own nation and they’re going to be able to contribute and collaborate together.”
November 24, 2013, 12:31am   2 notes
“Trying to get a reservation at fully booked restaurants to take his girlfriend for a “romantic” Valentine’s Day dinner, 27-year-old university student Mehran said he is upset about limitations imposed by Iranian authorities on young people.

“Love knows no boundaries,” he said, adding that despite his own financial hardship, he is willing to splash out on this particular day of the year.”

Iran Valentine’s Day: Ban Can’t Hold Back Love

Reuter’s piece on Valentine’s Day in Tehran - 2013. Ban on certain Valentine items are in place but vendors etc are ignoring and going ahead.  

February 15, 2013, 12:30am  1 note

“"Egypt is reliant on the Gulf now for much-needed financial and economic assistance," says Hanna, of the Century Foundation. "And I think their views, which are obviously quite hostile to Iran, will be an important factor for Egypt’s new rulers in terms of thinking about how they’re going to reestablish ties with Iran."

Despite the criticism, senior members of Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood said that forging a relationship with Iran is in the interests of Egypt and the region, even if the countries have their differences.”

February 06, 2013, 5:55pm  2 notes

“North Korea “could sell this technology to others, including Iran and Pakistan, who have been regular customers of North Korea’s other missiles,” warns Victor Cha, who analyzes the region for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“They still have other technological thresholds to cross (miniaturized warheads, reentry vehicle), but this was undeniably a major one.””

December 13, 2012, 6:29am  1 note

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November 19, 2012, 6:02pm   0 notes
“An Israeli ground invasion would be very much in Iran’s interest because first of all it would cause fantastic damage to Israel’s international standing, particularly with Egypt," said Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian expert who teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya. "An Israeli ground invasion would be very much in Iran’s interest because first of all it would cause fantastic damage to Israel’s international standing, particularly with Egypt," said Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian expert who teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya.

“The place where Israel has to win the war against Iran and Hamas is in the soft power arena, not the hard power arena.”

November 19, 2012, 4:55pm  4 notes

▸ [Gaza] ‘Surprise’ rocket fire at Jerusalem shows Hamas flailing but still seeking to escalate the conflict, Mitch Ginsburg TimesOfIsrael

The M-75s (or Fajr-5 missiles, depending on the report) that landed in an open space south of Jerusalem on Friday, in Kfar Etzion, were labeled by Hamas as “surprises.”

This is Hezbollah terminology. In Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah’s hands, the psychological potency of his threats have often been enormous.

During the first days of the 2006 Second Lebanon War he, too, promised surprises, and shortly thereafter on July 14 Hezbollah fired a C-802 surface-to-sea missile, striking and nearly sinking an Israeli Navy missile ship.

Hamas, however, stripped of most of its long-range weapons and of its supreme commander, appears to be flailing (though not cowed, by any means). The “surprises” landed in open space approximately 8 miles shy of Jerusalem, the very extreme limit of Hamas’s rocket range.

The rockets proved that Hamas is willing to fire at a city holy to Islam and at an area where many Muslims live but, as opposed to Hezbollah, it was unable to inflict damage.

More encouragingly, it is increasingly fabricating achievements.  Three hours before the rockets were fired, the organization claimed to have hit the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Thursday witnessed a flurry of false claims, including the killing of several soldiers on a jeep.

“This is a positive sign,” said Lt. Col Avital Leibovich of the IDF Spokesperson’s Office, noting that it spoke to a sense of desperation and a dearth of true achievements.

That said, Friday’s fire is also a show of defiance and an escalation.

Terror organizations, when facing the IDF, have a comparatively infinitesimal weapons supply. Their strategic goal, therefore, in terms of their ability to deter the IDF, is to use those weapons wisely, ratcheting up the pressure with each increase in range.

This is why Nasrallah promised to hit targets “ba’ad, ba’ad Haifa”(beyond, beyond Haifa) toward the end of the Second Lebanon War. This enabled him to respond to each massive Israeli increase in pressure by snaking his fire ever-further south, toward Tel Aviv.

Hamas seeks a similar achievement — to be able to continue firing rockets throughout the conflict — and in that way to deny Israel a tangible success, and to remain armed with at least one more escalation at all times.

Thus - foremost focus issues - 

  1. Eradicating those new mid-long range rockets
  2. Then how to bring Hamas and militants to ceasefire/negotiation (deterrence) terms - via attacks (causing enough pains), threats and diplomatic moves
  3. Avoiding ground invasion (though the scale and exit’s swiftness is the issue) - because it simply brings in too much uncertainty/unpredictability (esp in terms of MENA/Muslim popular/public opinion, global/international opinion.) 

If 1 fails and actual Israeli casualties happen (depends on the scale) - then Israel might rush in, but it is not clear what ground invasion would really achieve - at all - at this point. Pursuing 1 and 2 with aerial strikes - should wait until that option is exhausted. 

Source: timesofisrael.com

Nov 16, 2012, 7:34pm  0 notes      

“Launching the long-range Fajr-5 rockets at Tel Aviv shows “maturity and wisdom,” Hassan Nasrallah, secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia said on Manar television yesterday.”

Israel Warns of ‘Price to Pay’ After Palestinians Target Tel Aviv - Bloomberg

Israeli - all knows that rockets reaching Tel Aviv area are made-in Iran, came from Iran and it’s been reported Hamas and Islamic Jihad (former cut ties with Iran but both have been backed by Iran) have stockpiles of them. 

And not only ‘rockets’ (means) but - the culture, or the mindset of ‘resistance’ is also - Iranian regime’s export to Gazans. 

November 15, 2012, 8:58pm  0 notes

Egypt doesn’t want this to happen - because once Egypt ‘normalize’ the relation with Gaza - then Israelis can cut off Gaza as much as they want.

Then Gazans’ well-being becomes Egypt’s responsibility.

November 15, 2012, 8:35pm   1 note
▸ [Iran, Sanctions] EU puts new sanctions on Iran [Natural gas and other sectors], AP

A statement by the EU foreign ministers said they had approved ‘‘additional restrictive measures in the financial, trade, energy and transport sectors’’ against Iran as well as imposing asset freezes and trade restrictions on more companies, notably those ‘‘active in the oil and gas industry.’’

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the ministers had banned the import of Iranian natural gas into EU nations.

The EU ministers also agreed to prohibit all transactions between EU and Iranian banks unless they were authorized in advance for humanitarian reasons and tightened restrictions on the Central Bank of Iran, according to the statement said.

They imposed more export restrictions ‘‘notably for graphite, metals, software for industrial purposes, as well as measures related to the shipbuilding industry.’’

Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the Iranian Resistance — a group that seeks the Iran’s regime’s ouster — welcomed the decision to expand sanctions as ‘‘an essential step to preclude this regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.’’ She asked the EU to sever all economic and commercial relations with the religious fascism ruling Iran.

Oct 15, 2012, 11:04am  0 notes      

▸ [Israel-Iran] Hezbollah takes responsibility for downed drone, confirms it was manufactured by Iran - Times of Israel

The leader of the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah on Thursday claimed responsibility for launching a drone aircraft that was shot down over Israel earlier this week, saying the UAV had been assembled by Hezbollah men using parts provided by Iran. The rare admission by Hassan Nasrallah raises regional tensions at a sensitive time when the group’s backers, Syria and Iran, are under pressure.

Nasrallah said the drone was named the Ayoub, honoring both an Islamic prophet (of patience) and a “martyr” by the name of Hussein Ayoub.

Several hours earlier, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed a finger at Hezbollah. ”We’re determined to defend our land, air, and maritime borders, just as when we foiled Hezbollah’s attempt to send a UAV into Israel,” Netanyahu said during a tour of the border with Egypt.

Source: timesofisrael.com

Oct 11, 2012, 3:11pm  0 notes      

“The polls in the Maariv and Haaretz dailies — the first conducted since Netanyahu this week ordered snap elections for early next year — showed his Likud Party in a solid position to lead the next government.”

October 11, 2012, 10:55am  1 note

▸ [Iranian Rial] Iran's currency market remains paralysed - AFP

Can’t guarantee this is the most recent-est update. I saw this probably last night or this morning so it’s not freshest but hope it’s still not so old - and hope not so out of accuracy. 

The open forex market in Tehran was still largely paralysed, four days after Iran’s national currency dropped more than 40 per cent prompting protests in the capital’s symbolic Grand Bazaar.

Most official exchange shops were open in downtown on Sunday but refused to conduct any business at a rate of about 28,000 rials per US dollar, set by the Central Bank on Saturday in a bid to curb the currency’s plunge.

The main specialised websites tracking transactions on the market did not post any rates.

The few transactions happening under the table, however, were in the range of 30,000 and 32,000 rials per US dollar, witnesses said.

The US dollar rate being imposed on Saturday sought to strengthen the rial by 25 per cent after it plunged 40 per cent in value this week to around 36,000 in trade on Wednesday. But money changers froze all transactions, arguing they would lose money.

Oct 07, 2012, 8:38pm  0 notes      

“Make no mistake: A nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained. It would threaten the elimination of Israel, the security of Gulf nations, and the stability of the global economy. It risks triggering a nuclear arms race in the region, and the unraveling of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.”

September 28, 2012, 9:54pm  1 note