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Iran launches rocket into space as nuclear talks to resume
"Iranian state television says Tehran has launched a solid fueled rocket into space The announcement has triggered a rebuke for Washington ahead of the expected resumption of stalled talks over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers It's unclear when exactly the rocket was launched but the news has come after satellite photos had shown preparations at a desert launch pad Iran has acknowledged it plan tests for the satellite carrying rocket now state run media claims the rocket launch was successful just recently the EU's foreign policy chief Joseph Burrell traveled to Tehran in a push to resuscitate nuclear deal negotiations I'm Charles De
Suspected terror-linked shooting in Oslo kills 2, wounds 10
"A gunman has opened fire in Oslo's nightlife district killing two people and leaving ten seriously wounded in what police are investigating as a possible terrorist attack during the Norwegian capital's annual pride festival Investigators say the suspect identified as a 42 year old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran was arrested after opening fire at three locations Police attorney Christian hartle says the suspect is being held on suspicion of murder attempted murder and terrorism He adds our overall assessment is that their grounds to believe he wanted to cause grave fear in the population and the suspect's mental health is also being investigated organizers of Oslo pride have canceled a parade that was set for Saturday as the highlight of a weeklong festival I'm Charles De
Colorado Gubernatorial Candidate Heidi Ganahl on Hispanic Voters
"Believe there is a political realignment happening where Hispanics are starting to come in the Republican direction and record numbers. Now, Colorado, I believe, is 18, 19% Hispanic, which is more than what people would guess so if you just think of Colorado, talk about how Hispanics are starting to defect from the Democrat party, and I believe that's making polis rather nervous, that kind of reliable Hispanic base is all of a sudden probably being put into question, isn't it? It is. It is. The Hispanic voters in Colorado care a lot about family values and faith and community and education is really important to them that their kids get a good education. 5%, only 5% of Hispanic kids endeavor public schools can read a grade level right now. That report just came out a few weeks ago. Parents are really ticked off. We also have one of the highest inflation rates in the country right here, even compared to the national average, people can't afford to live in our state anymore. And Jared pullis thought it was a good idea to bring the new green deal to Colorado. And he's decimated our oil and gas industry here. And we produce some of the cleanest energy on the planet, but he'd rather us be not energy independent and go to Iran, Russia, and Venezuela to buy gas and oil, which is ridiculous. And it's also unpopular from that mistake and every time tracking bands get to the people of Colorado, they vote them down, don't they? They do. They do. And they actually voted it down and then Jared polis and the legislature, a couple of years later, put it through, regardless that the people. They do that all the time. And now we have one of the most obnoxious disgusting abortion laws in the country right here, abortion until birth. That is not how the people of Colorado are telling me they feel about that issue. So that's something we've got to go full on and turn back here.
Venezuelan leader, Iranian president sign 20-year agreement
"On a visit to Iran's capital Tehran Venezuela's leader has signed a 20 year cooperation agreement with Iran's hardline president Standing side by side the two leaders stood to attention as a band played the two countries national anthems Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro and his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim raisi then signed a document for a 20 year road map for mutual cooperation Madura's first visit to Iran comes amid tensions across the Middle East over the collapse of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers On signing the documents raisi praised Venezuela's government for standing up to western powers The Islamic Republic of Iran's foreign policy has always been to maintain ties with independent nations and Venezuela has showed exemplary resistance in the face of threats and sanctions by enemies and imperialism U.S. sanctions and rising global food prices are choking Iran's ailing economy putting further pressure on its government and its people I'm Karen Chammas
The Criminalization of Policy Differences With Paul Kengor
"Paul, as somebody born here, did you ever expect to see a political adversary of an administration who hasn't killed anybody, is not a drug lord, be handcuffed at Reagan airport and put in leg irons to be physically transported by the federal agents to hinckley's cell in the bowels of the FBI. Did you did you think that was ever possible? Yeah, it's really shocking, isn't it? And Hank Lee sell right about the time that hinckley has been released recently released. It was unconditional release. Here we are 41 years after he shot Ronald Reagan. And what bothers me too is, in fact, taking this back to, well, again, the Reagan years, it was with the Iran contra hearings, trying to think who used this term at the time. It might have been Ed meese, who talked about the criminalization of policy differences. Yes. And this is something that the liberals have been doing. And in fact, here, it grows city college just this past week. We had one of our fellows in the institute for faith and freedom, Jay cost. And I know you've read Jake costs, he writes for RealClearPolitics, Washington examiner, national review. He's an expert on James Madison. And he was talking about Madison and the art of compromise. And how politics people make fun of politics being all about compromise, but really that's kind of a virtue of politics in a democracy is that you do have compromise. So parties learn how to compromise and their differences. In fact, Ronald Reagan in 1981, August 13th, 1981, got his enormous federal income tax passed with tip O'Neill and the Democrats overwhelmingly controlling the House of Representatives. The Washington Post called it the most remarkable example of bipartisan cooperation in politics in generations.
Iran removing 27 U.N. cameras monitoring nuclear activity in possible 'fatal blow' to reviving deal, U.N. says
"The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency has said that Iran is removing 27 surveillance cameras from nuclear sites in the country the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano grossi called the move of fatal blow to nuclear deal negotiations with world powers grocery explained that the cameras were essential to IAEA monitoring of the nuclear program Of course poses a serious challenge to our ability to continue working their crossy also warned that in three to four weeks the IAEA would be unable to maintain a continuity of knowledge about Iran's program I am Karen Chammas
Our Foreign Enemies Must Love What's Happening in the US Right Now
"I'm just going to ask a question. What is America's greatest foreign enemy? You might say Iran, you might say China. You might say Putin and Russia, I would disagree. It's Russia, no fan of Putin. He's a scumbag, but I don't think it's a mayor's great America's greatest enemy. But let's just pick one, pick anyone. Pick a enemy of the United States and let's isolate that. The Ayatollah Khamenei, or Xi Jinping, or how about Kim Jong-un? ISIS. Pick any one of them. If you've sat them down in a private meeting and you said, what would you like to see happen in America when it comes to the inner cities and criminal justice? They would say, I think it would be great. If America stopped enforcing their laws, opened up their prisons and created anarchy on the streets. Now, I'm not saying Soros has the same level of malevolence as maybe the Ayatollah Khamenei, but it's certainly close.
Train derailment in east Iran kills at least 21, injures 47
"Iran's state run IRNA news agency says a passenger train has derailed in eastern Iran killing at least 21 people and injuring 47 others The train operated by the state run Islamic Republic railway carried some three 50 people as it traveled from tabas some 340 miles from Tehran to the city of yazd based on images after the crash it appeared the train's locomotive had passed an excavator and the later cars somehow
Georgetown Professor Resigns After Being Attacked for Free Speech
"So a professor a Shapiro. Let me begin with having people understand the context of your resignation, it began with your being attacked for a tweet you had sent out, and do you have the entire tweet in front of you or memorized? I do, I do. Here's what I here's what I wrote. Late at night, while doom scrolling, bad practice, don't do that in a hotel room if I've been at home rather than on a business trip, this wouldn't have happened. I'd be in bed with my wife, but this was the day that news of justice Breyer's retirement broke and I was doing media all day putting out statements and whatnot because I was at Cato almost 15 years and head of their con law shop. Commenting on the Supreme Court about it, which I've written a book, you can see it behind my head, supreme disorder, judicial nominations, and the politics of America's highest court coming out in paperback, July 5th, updated. For the last two years. And so I was getting more and more upset about President Biden's decision to limit his pool of potential candidates nominees for the Supreme Court by race and gender. So I tweeted objectively best pick for Biden is for navasana who is solid Prague and V smart. You have to shorten things on Twitter. There's a character limit which contributed to what I admitted was poor phrasing overall. So I said solid progressive very smart. Even has identity politics benefit of being first Asian, Iran's Indian American. He's an Indian immigrant. As it happens, the chief judge of the D.C. circuit. But alas doesn't fit into the latest intersectionality hierarchy. So we'll get lesser black woman. And it's those three words that got me into trouble. They were maliciously misinterpreted as saying that suggesting that no black woman could ever be qualified for the Supreme Court or that all black women were lesser as humans, I guess, than all other people. And as I've written before, as I've explained, that's you have to be acting in extreme bad faith wanting to get me fired and otherwise, to interpret that in something other than the standard critique that 76% of Americans agree that Biden should have considered all possible candidates, not just restricting them by race and sex, but anyway, I tweeted that, I went to bed, January 26th, I woke up in a firestorm had erupted online very soon moving offline to Georgetown, those were a few days of hell.
Karol Markowicz on the Success of Governor Ron DeSantis
"With us right now, Carol markowitz, welcome back to the program. Hi, thanks so much for having me. So you moved to Florida because Iran desantis largely, right? Largely because Iran desantis leadership, yeah. So I want to talk about desantis. I was kind of talking about this with Libby from the post millennial. How much of desantis success do you think is the policies versus his ability to present them? I think it's both. I think it's the fact that he comes up with really innovative policies and stands behind them in a way that I don't think we see very often from Republican politicians. He doesn't fold at the first sign of criticism or when he gets any pushback. And so I think that we're just not used to seeing that, especially from a governor. I think that we saw some of that with Trump, but what desantis is doing is very different because just governing in that way is a different animal than just talking like
1945: Could Israel Destroy Iran’s Nuclear Facilities in a Strike?
"I'm looking here At a piece by 1945 dot com Military site And I'm thinking well we're not going to destroy We're not going to be able to destroy these sites or this site because Biden won't do it Millie won't do it Austin won't do it So could Israel do it on its own Maya Carlin in this publication over the years Israeli military officials have hinted At the countries of and by the way you put noids in the media and the different parties I would think you would support this right Right Over the years it's really military officials have hinted at the countries ability to strike Iran's nuclear facilities if necessary The Jewish state has led successful operations in the past Striking nuclear facilities in Iraq in 1981 and searing 2007 While Iraq and Syria closely positioned to Israel Iran is 1000 miles away The distance between Israel and Iran remains the most challenging obstacle for this type of operation But Israel's arsenal of long-range fighters And its potentially nuclear capability intermediate range ballistic missile Would lead to an effective operation In February the Israeli government estimated that the Islamic Republic of Iran was merely four to 6 months away from achieving a nuclear breakout
In Two Terms, Tom Cotton Has Upended Our Foreign Policy
"Cotton was once the youngest member of the Senate Barely two months into his tenure he upended global foreign policy with a letter to Iran's leaders informing them any nuclear agreement would then president Barack Maya's bonito Obama could later be voided by the next commander in chief Wow That's unbelievable He served two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan And he beat Mark Pryor Remember that jerk I mean remember that guy Democrat Arkansas by 17 points in 2014 His favorite food is birthday cake You know what mine is too Minus two Cotton said he's committed to continuing to provide Ukraine with the money from Congress even if Republicans take back the Senate majority Good for you I agree Questions about Biden's Ukraine policies which have been praised by some Republicans elicit lengthly diatribe about the president He's been terrible in Ukraine The Ukrainian war is a massive failure of deterrence It's primarily Joe Biden who failed to lead the western response in the lead up to Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine That's all factually accurate
Jerusalem Post: Iran Could Have 4 ‘Crude’ Nukes in 3 Months
"This from today's Jerusalem post Iran could have four crude nukes in three months Says a think tank I told you they're about to break out And everything's going oh my God Array could have four crude nuclear bombs within three months if it decides to cross the nuclear threshold said the institute for science and international security This would not be the same as having full fledged nuclear weapons Oh okay it must be okay then Which could be delivered on a ballistic missile That might only take 6 months But it is a more serious threat than the enriched uranium that Israel and others have faced from the Islamic Republic So who was right When he was in the Senate for two months Tom cotton was right Who was wrong Obama and Biden
A Few Thoughts on the Horrific Tragedy in Uvalde, Texas
"Touch on this more to later date tragedy in Texas this week at a school in which a deranged young man killed kids in an elementary school, killed a teacher in elementary school, my heart is broken for those families, those who have lost lives. But again, this politicalization has already started even from Joe Biden who comes out in an Iran basically says, you know, we got to pass my political agenda on gun control to stop these things, realizing good and well that what they will pass does not affect and would not affect a legal gun owner in this country is sad and using those events to do so are not going to help anybody and they're definitely not going to help those who've lost their loved ones. We've got to do better at protecting our schools, protecting these targets in which these tragedies happen. And that is something I'll
Axios: Republicans Plot Foreign Intervention Pullback
"Because there's a piece now and another left wing site Well actually same left wing site axios while vox and axios are different but same in terms of ideology And the headline is from ten hours ago Republicans plot foreign intervention pullback by Loughlin marche Republican lawmakers following former president Trump's leader working with a wide range of conservative groups to pull back American support for Ukraine the Middle East and Europe officials to the Middle East means probably Israel and moderate Arab countries that are taking on Iran why it matters they write with the GOP poised to retake control of the House and perhaps the Senate next year this contingent could grow substantially Trump is back in candidates excuse me who explicitly broken with Republican foreign policy orthodoxy 11 Senate GOP no votes on a $40 billion Ukraine aid package last week was the clearest sign of the new coalition's influence is expanding Well look about 10 billion of that 40 billion should never have been in there
Dispatch: Iran Is in Position for a Surprise Nuclear Breakout
"Very very important piece in the dispatch By Andrea stricker There could be striker Iran is in a position for a surprise nuclear breakout Now what does this mean This is Iran's replacement theory They want to replace Muslims with whom they disagree and Jews of course with their own ideology That is this sort of islamo Nazi ideology that's being imposed by that regime Our nuclear program is advancing as planned and time is on our side an unnamed Iranian official bluntly told Reuters on May 5th Oil cells have doubled noted Iranian president Ibrahim racy last Monday in short since the election of Joe Biden Tehran has not only made impressive strides towards a nuclear weapon But repaired much of the financial damage done by U.S. sanctions Under president Trump his plane to see the clerical regime is in no rush to negotiate a revised nuclear deal What's the Harry When both oil exports and enriched uranium stockpiles are surging But the risk here is not just that Tehran keeps stalling It is that protracted negotiations may provide cover For a nuclear breakout that is The production of enough weapons grade uranium for one or more bombs
Putin warns Finland NATO membership would harm relations
"Russia's Russia's Russia's Russia's president president president president has has has has warned warned warned warned Finland Finland Finland Finland that that that that joining joining joining joining NATO NATO NATO NATO will will will will sour sour sour sour relations relations relations relations between between between between the the the the two two two two neighbors neighbors neighbors neighbors in in in in a a a a phone phone phone phone conversation conversation conversation conversation with with with with Russian Russian Russian Russian president president president president Vladimir Vladimir Vladimir Vladimir Putin Putin Putin Putin apparently apparently apparently apparently told told told told his his his his Finnish Finnish Finnish Finnish counterparts counterparts counterparts counterparts the the the the defendant defendant defendant defendant were were were were to to to to abandon abandon abandon abandon its its its its ministry ministry ministry ministry neutrality neutrality neutrality neutrality by by by by joining joining joining joining NATO NATO NATO NATO it it it it would would would would be be be be an an an an era era era era since since since since there there there there are are are are no no no no threats threats threats threats to to to to finance finance finance finance acuity acuity acuity acuity Finland's Finland's Finland's Finland's president president president president had had had had called called called called the the the the Russian Russian Russian Russian needed needed needed needed to to to to warn warn warn warn him him him him of of of of financing financing financing financing pending pending pending pending application application application application to to to to join join join join NATO NATO NATO NATO Finland's Finland's Finland's Finland's foreign foreign foreign foreign minister minister minister minister Pekka Pekka Pekka Pekka Haavisto Haavisto Haavisto Haavisto said said said said the the the the call call call call was was was was to to to to keep keep keep keep honest honest honest honest relations relations relations relations between between between between the the the the two two two two nations nations nations nations we we we we have have have have one one one one thousand thousand thousand thousand three three three three hundred hundred hundred hundred kilometers kilometers kilometers kilometers from from from from the the the the border border border border with with with with the the the the brush brush brush brush of of of of the the the the the the the the border border border border it's it's it's it's peaceful peaceful peaceful peaceful and and and and we we we we want want want want to to to to maintain maintain maintain maintain that that that that border border border border peacefully peacefully peacefully peacefully in in in in his his his his prime prime prime prime minister's minister's minister's minister's son son son son I'm I'm I'm I'm Iran Iran Iran Iran also also also also said said said said she she she she hoped hoped hoped hoped that that that that neighboring neighboring neighboring neighboring Sweden Sweden Sweden Sweden would would would would join join join join Finland Finland Finland Finland in in in in its its its its quest quest quest quest to to to to become become become become a a a a NATO NATO NATO NATO member member member member it's it's it's it's very very very very important important important important that that that that we we we we are are are are making making making making the the the the decisions decisions decisions decisions together together together together and and and and acting acting acting acting US US US one one one and and and also also also making making making the the the decisions decisions decisions in in in the the the same same same time time time table table table I'm I'm I'm Karen Karen Karen Thomas Thomas Thomas
Mark Esper Says He Prevented 'Dangerous Things' During the Trump Years
"I mean, I would just talking about Venezuela. Check this out from axios. Former defense secretary Mark Esper, told 60 minutes in an interview airing that he had to S.W.A.T. down some quote dangerous ideas like military action against Venezuela and Iran during his time in the Trump administration. I mean, this I sent this to you because I knew you would be hopping mad. Well, you know, I don't know if you recall this, but a general, an exiled general from Venezuela reached out to me. And wanted to find out if there was any way that they could get a group of exiled military from Venezuela because they're spread out all over the world. They had to flee Venezuela. So they were, you know, he said thousands of these exiled military people that were all over the world that wanted wanted to come together and have some kind of a plan to go into Venezuela and essentially demolish the regime. And this is important because what Debbie's getting at it, we're not talking about the deployment of America. Our military. No. The Venezuelans said, we'll do it. And what they were looking for is just organization and some logistical support. I mean, this is nothing more than the Reagan doctrine. The Reagan doctrine is the people fight for their own freedom. We don't fight, but we help. And that's what they were kind of asking for. And you were exploring. I was trying to get him connected with people. But I kept getting resistance from and some people in the Trump administration said that it was coming from the State Department. And so now we know who it was coming
"iran." Discussed on Today in Focus
"Goal of eliminating israel that is a factor within the nuclear discussions as well the. Us sunday joe biden is to dissuade around from doing so by by freeing up billions of dollars which is being frozen or or people that are put under sanctions and giving them incentive not to continue with a nuclear enrichment program or an iranian enrichment program and to instead focus on building tenants of the economy. It's it's a very big gamble. According to the israelis and it's a fundamental point of difference between both allies. Who do see tackling this in very different ways. So if you look at these incidents on the sea mysterious sabotage of vessels at tanka going up in flames and sinking hijackings drone attacks. Do you think they're partly a kind of sabre-rattling by both iran and israel to try and affect the talks. I think very much that there's some saber rattling going on in this negotiating strategy that both sides do have and the iranians are holding out for a as good a deal as they can possibly get But the fact remains they came for this deal. They do want it to happen. At the very highest levels of the administration through their senior officials and through their proxies in the region it is known as fact that iranians do want to conclude something with the americans and they think they can probably get that done. Well the consequences now in a brit has died. What does it mean for those huge tankers now trying to sat around the gulf with these targets on them. What is a very dangerous time for or freighters on the waters of the region. There is no question that tensions are as high as i have been in the last two and a half years and the huskies drama doesn't look like dying down at any point soon they will likely be some sort of retaliation from the israelis in coming days or weeks and i can't see it stopping there. It would be very much iranians. Take ned turn to ensure that. I don't look weak until humiliated and end to strike back. So what you're saying is that the shadow will will continue to heat up and we can expect a lot more of this. The shutter war is by no means. Either it will continue on the waters of the red sea. The mediterranean the indian ocean and the arabian gulf many months. If not years to come as ever in brinkmanship such as this there is the danger of miscalculation in it does appear that we are not too far away from such a miscalculation taking place and a more broader conflict of description. Not necessarily war breaking out. Martin thank you very much. you're welcome..
"iran." Discussed on Altamar - Navigating the High Seas of Global Politics
"So what is the view from the youth in iran. That's here from town. How tech savvy. Young iranians are shaping the political conversation and influencing the outcome of the deal and of the upcoming election this task steak and i'm ted ivanovich. Iran's youth opposition has been really well known for a long time. When he and iran's us have been politically active since nineteen fifty-three three ouster of prime minister. Most the death of three students in those protests against vice president nixon's nineteen fifty-three visit. It's still a national holiday today. And the young were also key players in the nineteen seventy nine revolution and today their strength is also a numbers. It's important to note that a baby boom after the nineteen seventy nine revolution almost double the population and iran is right now. One of the youngest societies in the world and that's skewing politics economy and social pressures. Iran's demographics are probably the biggest threat to the religious establishment status quo with over half of iran's eighty two million people under the age of thirty young people are the de facto opposition to the islamist regime. And today's youth may be willing to sacrifice moore to bring about change or continue the tradition of leaving iran for better economic opportunities and personal freedom and despite basically electric curtain on the internet..
"iran." Discussed on PRI's The World
"Coats standing beside a set of centrifuges. Some of them held photos of colleagues who were assassinated in recent years by sunday though. This celebration was over and this breaking new. Cnn learning more about an incident which caused a blackout iranian nuclear facility. According to iran's atomic energy organisation the incident was a quote terrorist action a mysterious explosion and caused a massive power failure at the natanz facility which is considered the centerpiece of iran's enrichment program. Looks as there is no possibility now we need to enrich revenue. Sima shine is a former head of research at the mossad. Israel's national intelligence agency. she now leads. That iran program at the institute for national security studies in tel aviv is correct. It's a huge huge damage. Israel is suspected of carrying out the attack. Which will neither confirm nor deny the country wants to roll back. Advancements iran made since the us abandoned the twenty-fifty nuclear deal. This is just the latest incident that further heighten tensions between the two countries in recent years. They've been engaged in shadow conflict across the middle east. Iran's responses to israeli strikes though have been limited so far but those attacks are becoming more frequent from every few months. Now there every few days and with targets getting more strategic and developed secrecy. Pretty much gone. Things could quickly change. I think israeli iran our in the last week's or relationship collision.
"iran." Discussed on American Scandal
"It's february ninth. Nineteen eighty seven. Eleven pm robert bud mcfarlane the former national security advisor to president. Reagan was locked in his home office in bethesda maryland. A suburban community on the edge of washington. Dc furiously typing away. Bud's wife john to has already gone upstairs to bed but bud can't sleep. He has a lot on his mind for weeks he's been mired in political scandal. That's rocked the reagan administration to its core. A scandal threatens to take down the president and everyone around it involves backroom deals shady arms dealers offshore bank accounts in the cayman islands and illegal covert operations. They're calling it. The iran contra affair bodies known for being tightly controlled even intense would all day long. He's been feeling unhinged as he hears voices of newscasters swirling through his head. Evening some officials here are calling it the worst scandal of the reagan presidency and costing him a top adviser. The president was still maintaining today. That is iranian arms. Deal was not a mistake. The attorney general said later former national security adviser mcfarlane had also been aware of the escape. A major turning point was a few weeks. Back during reagan's state of the union address but hasn't been able to get out of his mind. I took a risk with regard to our action in iran. It did not work. And for that i assume full responsibility the goals were worthy. We did not achieve what we wished and serious mistakes were made in trying to do some serious mistakes with buds. Name all over them his misdeeds her public knowledge now and people in congress want to exact their pound of flesh in just a few hours but is scheduled to appear before the tower commission and investigative body appointed by congress to look into the iran. Contra scandal he'll be forced to answer difficult questions about his activities potentially illegal activities during his time in the white house but is a marine marines are trained to fight not navigate a swamp of scrutiny partisan politics his entire life. All he wanted to do was serve his country now he feels like he's failed and if he does go down all his ideas for international relations will never be heard so he types and types deep into the morning essays covering everything from arms control with russia to diplomatic relations in the middle east recommendations for his former boss. President reagan who didn't to listen even when bud had his ear. Maybe he'll listen now but something else. To handwritten notes was wife john. The woman with whom he spent the last thirty three years of his life asking for her understanding and forgiveness. He gets up from his desk walks to the kitchen and puts a stack of papers on the counter with the letter to his wife on todd then he pours himself. A glass of red wine reaches in his pocket. Pulls out a bottle of pills valium he puts one in his mouth and uses the wind to wash it down and then another and another methodically until every pill in the bottle is gone in all bud. Swallows thirty tablets. you bows. His head says a quick prayer before heading upstairs when he climbs into bed. Jonah is still awake. She can send something. That's different but what's wrong. Nothing but reaches over and takes her by the hand. I just wanna hold you for the good night. good night. John kisses him on the cheek. It's all part of their nightly routine but denied but knows in might be the last turns off the light plus is is weights.
"iran." Discussed on Today in Focus
"This is an inflamed situation with tensions on the streets of Iran as suggestions by people at Boris Johnson. The new Iran nuclear deal should be negotiated. President trump is a great deal by any content and and many others. Let's let's work together to replace the JCP get the trump deal instead can. How is this playing out for Donald Trump? Well you know other than the fact that one hundred seventy six innocent people killed which is something. That is incredibly terrific On a cold strategic level. You'd have to say that this is not going to badly for Donald Trump. You know Iran has lost a significant military military leader. Someone responsible for many American deaths. He was touted as a possible future president of Iran. She was the king of the roadside bombs. Great percentages of people don't have legs and arms because of this of the Iranian government has been exposed as having lied to its population. It's less credibility and now a wedge is being and driven between Iran and Europe which has so far opposed many American policies on Iran on the other hand the killing of Customs Slimani was a major event and the strikes that we store in Iraq. Last week will not be the end of Iran's revenge so what happens now what we don't expect to see any more military action in for example the missile strikes we saw last week. But you might remember that. Last year there was this wave of of suspicious attacks across the region said there were these drones and missile no strikes on Saudi oil facilities. I'm oil tankers in the Gulf suddenly started to Have Holes appear in their holes and found themselves mysteriously early disabled and they couldn't quite say with precision. Who had done it? This is the kind of proxy of quiet attacks that Iran specializes in. And for Ron. It's about making a point. It's about saying if we can't export oil The no one can and we're going to make difficult for the entire oil industry in the Middle East Nice to operate we can also expect another violent. He in in Iraq coming out of these Iran backed militias. Who who are in Iraq were loyal to custom awesome Sulejmani? He had helped to set them up. Help US supply and fund them. We don't expect that they will take his killing aligned down and so It's going to be another year of instability and danger in Iraq but also across the broader Middle East. What will this will mean for the Iranian Indian people.
"iran." Discussed on Today in Focus
"Much of that instability stems from very tough economic sanctions that the US has imposed on Iran since they withdrew from the nuclear agreement in two thousand eighteen seen him on his death. Destabilize the agreement t think while the agreement has already been in the in the process of collapsing for at least six months every sixty days have been taking an extra step away from it in as a way to pressure the rest of the people who are still in the agreement so primarily the European powers Germany Britain France to find a way to relieve. US sanctions on Iran. Because Iran is really suffering I mean the cost of for example may last year became a fifty seven percent more expensive that puts it out of reach of many poor families more than one point. Six million Iranians have fallen into poverty since the American sanctions will reimpose. I mean these sanctions are designed to make the Iranian people. Suffer as a way to put pressure on the Lakers and so in the aftermath of the Sulejmani killing killing Iran took. It's latest step away from the nuclear deal. It said that it would no longer abide by the restrictions of the agreement when it came to sort of what it can and Kant enrich essentially. The deal is now in in free fall. I mean feels incredibly worrying. How has the international community responded to this will this week? Britain France and Germany triggered a dispute resolution mechanism within the nuclear deal which means formally complained that Iran is no longer in in compliance with the agreement and they sought talks to try to find a way to bring it back in the end point of this process. That was started this week. Is that the deal. Dealers formerly scrapped. The very tough international sanctions not just the US sanctions but the UN sanctions on Iran before the deal would be reimposed if this process is followed through namely the dispute resolution mechanism is not rainbows sanction. I think it has to be clear. Objective is therefore to find solutions and return to full compliance. What's going going to happen now? Is that Iran and the parties to the nuclear deal will sit around a table. They'll mediate. They'll try and find some way to resolve this. But of course the elephant in the room he is the US which says that it will not sign a new agreement that relieves sanctions on Iran unless Iran agrees raised to a whole raft of new things. So curbs on its some sponsorship of proxies in the Middle East on missile development in Iran has not given any indication that it wants to do that. And what have we had from the Iranian president. Hassan Mahoney well look. It's been a tough week for Asandra honey and this strain appeared to show show in a cabinet meeting that he presided over a couple of days ago Joe Brown. He seemed angry and he made an unusually angry threat. He said was was that the American soldier is not secured today tomorrow. Maybe the European soldier will not be secure. Let us address this insecurity. Their European troops in Bahrain Madaba in Afghanistan and That's the first time he's made a direct threat against Europeans since the The nuclear deal began to collapse around eighteen months ago. He struck that same combative tone on Thursday when he said that Iran was now enriching more uranium than than it did before the nuclear deal and why that is is it all goes towards reducing. What's cold Iran's breakout time? which is the amount of time? It will take Iran to produce twenty five kilograms of weapons-grade uranium. And that's enough. Vote one nuclear bomb..
"iran." Discussed on Today in Focus
"Well people started to fill the streets of Iran within hours. If this announcement this was A kind of moment that symbolized a a lot of what Iranians do not like about the government which is the secrecy the incompetence the seeming lack of care the the lives of their citizens it was within these protests that the UK ambassador to Iran was arrested what happened. It's often said that some the last place that Britain is global superpower is in the minds of Iran's ruling class so many in Iran remains suspicious officious of the UK as a kind of petit amid la in Iranian affairs which dates back to the colonial era when the UK certainly was a middle Iranian affairs. The British Ambassador to Tehran found himself caught up in this wealth. Macaire was accused of attending an illegal gathering a charge. He denies the ambassador. Bassett was quickly released but summoned today to the foreign ministry. It's a propaganda opportunity for the for the government. Many within the regime hotlines have have called for him to be expelled. They've burned his effigy. The whole episode is much more likely to have just been a mistake then something something deliberate but the Iranians not missing the opportunity to play it up to two maximum impact and in the last few days Michael how have the Iranian authorities been responding to these protests will. They've been responding forcefully so in Tehran tear. Gas was fired rubber bullets fide. We've seen videos show sidewalk stained with blood. Thankfully we haven't seen the kind mind of mass killing that we know took place in November after the much larger protests in this case it appears that the Iranian government government has taken a more careful approach haven't been reports of any deaths the having shut down the Internet for example which is interesting to note that this it's time they feel under more pressure. They feel that they have less leverage to respond violently and indeed paps less need to respond violently because the protests we've seen so far have been relatively tiddly small they haven't been the mass broad-based demonstrations that we saw November. That probably would have worried the government a lot more and I spoke to you last year about those protests. Michael which was about a few rise you get a sense a tool that the anger away saying from people in Iran now has has is built partially on the anger. That was was present. Then I mean I think I think Iran over the past few years we've seen the scale and the intensity of protests protests gross there was significant protests in twenty seventeen in twenty eighteen of AC- last year and then we've seen these see begin in a way that is just I mean a horror start for the government they had a top general assassinated. They had an opportunity to kind of ride a wave of nationalism. After that and have totally bungled it it just contributes to a sense of instability to sense of insecurity inside the.
"iran." Discussed on Today in Focus
"Michael it was last. It's Wednesday morning just hours after Iran had attacked US airbases in Iraq. That we I had a passenger plane had crashed in Iran. Jim Number but when you first heard about it remember. I saw it pop up on twitter. Michael Safi is an international correspondent for the Guardian based in the Middle East. And I mean you must remember. This came at a time when we were awaiting possible American reprisals trying to figure out if anyone had died in this attack and amongst all of this chaos I remember seeing a very brief snap at about seven. Am Iran time now. Those reports suggested was a Boeing seven. Thirty seven and early indications from Iran state TV say. It was likely brought down by mechanical issues but they didn't explain that point any further The Iranians very quick cooling at a technical issue. I think at the time we will willing to believe. Leave that because the idea that it wasn't was just far too complicated on an already very complicated morning. But then as I started to kind of do a bit of research I found for example. The plane had been serviced on a few days before that. This model of plane has a very good safety record so there was this kind of building sense throughout the day of like CODAN second. What are the chances? Do you think this may have been shut down deliberately or accidentally and the next day my colleague Peter Beaumont and I began to pour loyd these forums where pilots official pilots can discuss what is often very arcane and technical elements of flight. But they had to thread on this forum where they were discussing this particular crash and I started flipping through it and found myself thrown into this like rabbit hole guys looking at it in such intricate detail. They'll they will pointing to the fact that they will holes in the fuselage that appears to have been made by shrapnel. They talked about the fact that in a pilot would not turn right for safety because Tehran Iran is ringed by mountains on that side. In fact he would turn left where it was much clearer and then most suspiciously. There was these photos that were emerging of what looked like missile debris from a russian-made missile. That had been sold to Iran's revolutionary God's about a decade ago and then by evening on Thursday stay Iran time the government story appeared to crumble. We're following breaking news. The United States and key allies now seem convinced that Iran I shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane came out new video obtained by CNN. Purportedly shows the moment of impact showing what looked to be some kind of projectile flying towards the plane hitting it it appears to have been on fire and then the plane V is out of the camera's frame and you hear an explosion Asian some of that footage that has come out subsequently is actually very difficult to watch. It's such a tiny speck of light in the dark of the sky. But when you think that as over one hundred people on board it's it's it's very scary to watch. What do we know about? He was traveling on it. Yeah I mean we kind of get used to it after these sorts of tragedies saying these like composite pictures of dozens dozens of people who have been killed but of course behind every one of them is a family. That won't be the same again and people who are living through probably the west periods of their lives the planing planing -cluded huge numbers of Iranian. Joel nationals that people who are also part of the Iranian diaspora in Canada in Germany and Sweden. UK candidate in particular had citizens citizens aboard and some of these stories have emerged since the crash including a young couple pins gorge in Arash puts a Robbie who flew to Iran to be married on the first of January in front of their families they will returning to the to the University of Alberta in Canada. Where both of them were studying computer science and so they were newlyweds and mm tragically? They died together on that flight. You Know David all our close friends. It's so sad. I'm on peaceful the world. That's it. When did you finally get some clarity on? What actually they happened to the plane ole at once on Saturday the Iranian government came out with an admission saying actually this was us one of our members fired at a missile and they said it was an unforgivable error? This was a horrific tragedy and that a bicycle were to blame. Do we know anything about the person he shot the plane down. But we don't know a name or anything just yet. But the Revolutionary God's Aerospace Chafe man called Ali Hedges Ida made a very frank speech. Sean Saturday a crash had explained. You know what was going through this guy's head when he shot the plane down on angel unfortunately absolutely because of a hasty decision of one person. This great disaster happened was all. He said that they had been told that the airspace had been cleared. This man who was operating the defense system was under the impression that the Americans had fired cruise missile and he sees this object checked traveling from about a distance of nineteen kilometers away and he said that the ordinary procedure is that. When you lock onto a target you seek approval from some of your superiors to shoot it down? Then he says for some reason maybe it was jammed. Maybe the line was busy. This guy was unable to seek that approval. So he's sitting in there alone he knows cruise missiles are coming. He said he had about ten seconds to choose whether he shoots this or not. Now that's their side of the story. But that that's the best account that we have and the Iranian judiciary have said seven arrests have been made over the crash. That's right on Tuesday. Iran announced that they had made some arrests in connection with this missile attack and we heard the same day that one of those arrested may have been the person who actually filmed the video now. I've been in touch with the Iranian activist who actually leaked that video now. Hey maintains that person hasn't been arrested. He says that he's source. Who describes as a hero? I is safe but certainly it appears that this person is now a marksman. The revolutionary gods have shining unprecedented level of contrition about this. It was in the west of the country following completion of missile strikes against the US. Bases Yorker I heard the heart wrenching. News of the Ukrainian airline's flight crashed. Confirmed into what happened. I wished I could die myself. Delayed is have said that they wish they had died on the plane. I mean all of that is very rare for an organization. That's it's usually very aggressive. Very hotline operates largely in secrecy from the rainy in public. It's been interesting to see how it's played out. That response is very interesting. Why do you think it's played out like that? Is it because of international pressure. I think it's more likely to because of domestic pressure I think that it will show that even the revolutionary volition. God's understand what an awful mistake this was an admit that they had done it and Be Humble and seek forgiveness from people and hope that that will come public anger. I mean that didn't happen and this week we've heard about some extraordinary expressions of anger an upset towards the Iranian regime in some cases from very prominent figures. It's been very interesting. I mean Iran is a place where descent is not uncommon. People do voice their anger with the government but it often capes within very strict boundaries. What we've seen in the last week? Correct as one of Iran's most popular female actors Tornado do st come out with a scathing message. Instagram saying that Iranians are not citizens John's but captives. We've had several anchors of state. TV News programs quit one of them said that. I'm sorry for having lied to you all for thirteen years. I mean this is a major blow to the government's credibility to the credibility of the state media has been this like nationwide feeling of revulsion and in disgust that is sort of rare in its vehemence and Iranians have been protesting to.
"iran." Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"My now talk about the recklessness and I think like also hinted at this before this all started because of kind of trump's racists obsession with undoing everything that Obama did and withdrawing from the Iran deal which really was kind the offramp between the historic path confrontation between these two nations and You Know Biden for I agree. He's been he's been hawkish at various points on Iran but he played an an instrumental role in kind of ramming the Iran deal through Congress. But it was just kind of extraordinary to see to see even with the caveats about awesome. Some sort of money being a murderer and all this stuff that people like Bob Menendez who is as close to the Israel lobby as it gets in the Democratic Party. People like like Eliot Engel the head of the Foreign Relations Committee in the House to see these people come out and oppose trump's actions and say that he was reckless and vowed a kind of boost congress's war powers hours. It was actually a fairly remarkable show of unity on some of the you know not every detail and not the perfect statements but on on many of the kind of larger political points. Yeah I tend to agree. I don't have much to add to that. I mean I think you can. You can definitely criticize elements of the responses. But at this point I mean I I just sort of I just want something different from what we have coming out of the White House and the administration and so when I hear that even if it's from Mike Lee I'm pleased one point. Is that the Iran deal the historic off ramp is actually not totally dead. It's on on life support. But the Iranian said we're going to reduce compliance to the lowest level. It still leaving a window open for future administration to reenter the deal. Because they need the sanctions chains. Relief ultimately say every democratic candidate acids debate said they would re enter the deal and so also is very booker for cory booker. This is longer Canada. Yeah this is one of the few times I would say almost unequivocally that literally any of these guys would be a huge improvement over. We have right now. I would offer Tulsi Gabbard. We're really do not like think she's definitely better. Than Don Trump on this issue and people Menendez others. It's just it's shocking. Reader was at the beginning shocking talking development to assassinate a foreign government official and whether he's a bad guy or not is kind of the bad guys in governments including the US government government in. Everyone should recall from that because if we don't establish a new norm which will be extremely dangerous in the coming decades. You know the only the people who remember from tonight is that you said I'll vote together. Not What about Andrew Gang. Give a thousand dollars every Iranians thousand dollars to every Iranian every month. Solve the forty year old crisis. I'm going to descend a little bit from the desert Elliott. I think the Democrats response is better than I thought it be. But it's not enough to prevent a crisis coming down the track and I look at some of the budget came out on the Dan said as a former intelligence person. I want to know what intelligence was behind all this crap response to illegal. Assassination of a foreign government official. Based on lies Biden did come out and condemn it strongly but then I don't know if you saw the addy put out a couple of days ago it could have been a rudy. Giuliani or John Bolton add crowds in black shouting screaming death to America and standing on a flag. And they're like you need a man you got the movie Guy Saying he's the guy with the experience. Yeah the wrong experience of invading Iraq. So that hawkish is not helpful. Bernie was the only only guy who came out with a very comprehensive statement calling not just calling assassination but as but as Ali pointed out the key part of the statement was not even the assassination nation was. He didn't do the throat clearing of he's a murderer and took American lives and no one will weep for him which is all true and no one here. Let's be clear Hossam Tila money. You did kill lots of innocent people in his long career in the Middle East as a general in the Iranian special forces. And you don't have to defend his record but the point is when a president commits a reckless act. act like that illegal. Perhaps in defense of the Constitution and natural law maybe setting off a war. You have to come out strong and condemn it you and saying. Oh he was a bad guy. Does it help demand anyway this morning. Trump tweeted a picture of Nancy Pelosi and a head scarf Chuck Schumer in a turban. Accusing them of being supported of the Democrats saying any kind of threatening won't stop them. Being Accused of being pro terrorist wants being socialists. There's no point playing that game of trying to appease the Republicans or a piece Fox News or waving a flag before you do. That's why Bernie any state more so strong I need. I wish other Democrats would speak out so strongly. The problem you have right now is on the Iran debate. And we're GONNA do it just to make one last point to report what we said at the beginning. which which is you have this history of bad blood? You have these misunderstandings. You have grievances. On both sides. Democrats Democratic leaders need to be able to address that they need to go back. That can say you know what we need to start from scratch. It's not just enough to have a nuclear deal which Obama did which was good but we need to look at the whole thing again. Why are we in this Cold War? Why do we quote unquote in each other? Why for forty years wrecked out to countries in this point? What do we have against each other? There has to be a complete reassessment of the ratio between us and Iran. And I don't see any democratic figures apart from probably Bernie Sanders. WHO's willing to do that right now? And that's a problem if we're GONNA avoid a war down the light all right. Let's let's hear it for our panel. Final.
"iran." Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"That trump authorized the assassination of Sulejmani in June. Twenty nine thousand. That is seven months ago so if you authorize the killing of someone on and they get killed seven months later that is not imminent right. I know he likes to invent words like Kaffee and and fostering but Imminent has its own meaning and these people have butchered the meaning of the word imminent. I will say in fairness though it was under the Obama Administration that got a Justice Department. White Paper was leaked showing that in fact the Obama White House had come up with this incredibly insane news of imminence to basically be anybody who's ever done anything bad in the past represents an ongoing imminent threat so I mean there's a lot we can pile on trump but I do think it's important particularly because it's an election year that we understand that there was an opportunity for eight years of Obama to who rain in some of these executive authorities to put rules in place before Obama left office he he trump utilized the one two punch that Obama Obama perfected for him which is used the drone do a so called targeted strike and then claim that imminence means whatever we want it to mean. He handed a This mango Mussolini a loaded gun and he has to take responsibility for that Murtaza. I think it's important because there is a lot of misinformation and and the remember sea monkeys as a kid you pour this powder into into the water and then you get these little sea creatures. That's kind of like the expert class. Now everybody he is an instant expert on everything and I think we've seen that certainly with the simple question of who is Qasim Sulamani where all of a sudden you have a million experts on it. You have gone through through secret. Iranian intelligence files detailing years of Iranian work inside of Iraq in the aftermath of the US invasion Asian and occupation that were published as part of the Iran cable series but just give us an overview of some of the important facts that we should know about who Qasim awesome. Sulejmani was extremely. Thanks over coming out for those. Who Don't know Qassem Suleimani was the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard? Records could force which is the name of its external operations force. He Ran Iranian backed militias throughout the Middle East and he played a major role in the proxy. Wars of the past. Sixteen seventeen years he was a nemesis to US officials like David portrayals and so forth now Mr Sulamani the why why to kill him for a very long time and in fairness he's a combatant he takes part in wars. He's not someone who's just an activist or something. Having said that the killing of costumes Mamani Johnny by an American drone attack which is claimed by the United States publicly indirectly was what I found to be absolutely chilling escalation of the nature of the drone program. We've been told for so many years. Drones and assassinations were target non-state actors. These are people who theoretically were outside of the state system and this violence was deemed legally illegitimate. I have lot contentions. Would that rationale but okay. That was the rationale used for X.. Number of years now all of a sudden one day extremely reckless president kills a major official in a foreign governments and not to covertly does not do through proxies proxies indirectly cousins a proxy warrior. And so he may die. In a proxy war he assassinated him brazenly claimed responsibility and said that it was justified underplay previous legal authorities which had never been used to kill foreign government officials. Now in theory this could be used to target. All sorts of people can use to be killed officers the P. L. A. The Chinese People's Liberation Army could be used to kill officers of the Pakistani. Isi Been Fighting a proxy war against the United States Johnston and it's not as people combatants. But you've essentially arrogated power to donald trump in any future president to carry out assassinations of foreign officials. That's within their legal purview. Mr Sumani in those documents you mentioned there's a lot of information about him and I think what our reporting contrbute with some black and white facts because there's so much conjecture I think a lot of people didn't know cousins on my was until last week and our commenting about him essentially gnaws big enough to be an angel. He's fighting fighting award the same way you generals for proxy war in Iraq the armed militias who in many cases carried out atrocities those documents show that those militias hang out trustees in Iraq. The Moya's which is the agency from which documents came with somewhat of a rival to the Revolutionary Guards. They're critical of Mr Soman Souleymane his role and yet you know to be killed directly an act of war by the United States which is deemed not to be war assassination has become something in closer to US government policies. Very chilling degradation of the laws of war such as still exists Boswell in the aftermath of silly my knees killing There there were some interesting competing narratives to what he was actually doing when he got to Iraq he was. He took a flight from Damascus to Baghdad and according to the versions versions put forward by. US officials it was something like he was going there. In pursuance of these imminent plots that he was going to be participating in but auto Abdul Mahdi. The Prime Minister of Iraq actually said that the reason that slowly money was in Baghdad. Aghdad's at that particular moment was because he was delivering a response to Saudi Arabia. That was using using Iraq as a mediator to go between Iran and Saudi Arabia in their own proxy wars. Who Do you believe in this? This is a very intense. Just just people are saying what what the Prime Minister of Iraq is saying. Essentially is that solely money was there as part of a peace process and the United States which which is occupying parts of Iraq and refuses to leave even though Iraq has told them to go assassinated him while he was on what was what they were characterized as a peace mission Chen or part of a negotiation. Right there's a very intense information war as you alluded to is made different narratives going on around what took place. I think it's become clear. Clean out the trump administration's narrative is completely spurious keeps changing day by day imminent attack plots against embassies retracting all that the next day. It's very possible. He was on this peace mission that the Iraqi prime minister said he was on. I think that it's very possible. Because he's also Iran's verse Roy to Iraq more or less and he was delegated roles far beyond just military commanding figure player politically in the region. I think thing then fortunately will never have any transparency at least in the immediate future about what the US rationales for killing him. But I will note that. It was reported Mike. POMPEO did not want to retire secretary of state until until he killed Qassams Lemani so this was his chance. But that's so when we say Vanessa was the main editor on the Iran cable series a lot of people throw around the phrase proxy war or proxy militias and talk about iranian-backed groups in in Iraq. And I think it's it's important to always keep in mind that this was A. US made reality when when the United States decided to invade and occupy Iraq and shatter any semblance of civilian society in in Iraq. But what are the facts about Iran's role role in actual fighting in Iraq and support for armed groups and is it is it just by default illegitimate because is the US says so or does Iran is Iran operating with a bigger strategy in its support for armed factions inside of Iraq. Thanks thanks everybody for being here. Yeah I mean I think it's a really interesting question you know. It's Iran Lives there in that neighborhood and has a long and complicated complicated relationship with Iraq and with those other countries in its neighbourhood and so the idea that it would be involved in backing certain groups to support genuine long-term foreign policy objectives in its immediate sphere of influence. Just not shocking at all. I mean one thing that we didn't talk about and what the documents that we wrote about focus on enlarge part is a period of time when Iraq and the US and and Iran were collaborating to fight Isis. And so one thing that that's not been talked about as much in the wake of Sulaymaniyah killing is that you know yes there. There's a lot of criticism in the documents of the way that Selma needs a Shiite militias Dealt with Sunnis in Iraq and the kind of sectarian damage. That was done there. But those shows actually weren't targeting Americans for the most part so when when Donald Trump and others talk about the hundreds words of Americans who were killed by Iranian proxies. What they're mostly talking about is deaths between two thousand three and two thousand eight during the height of the Iraq Iraq war That were caused by this particular kind of improvised explosive device. That Iran was helping certain militias to you mean is believed to have been helping certain militias to To make so you know in the period after the US withdrawal from Iraq in twenty eleven. It seems to me. There's a lot of suggests that Sulejmani and others who are running around Paulson. He was really sort of the lead person on around policy in Iraq. Really trying to not attack attack Americans and because they wanted the Americans to leave so the idea that planning more attacks. I think they're smart enough to know that that would draw the US in further and that was not their objective. You know it's interesting also that In all this discussion about militias and sectarian warfare and violence in Iraq Iraq. I don't recall hearing any time in the past week since this crisis started to intensify of the fact that the United States created created its own militias in Iraq that the United States particularly under General David portraying his tenure in Iraq began wh- what. US officials referred to as the Salvador option referring to the dirty wars in Central America or the US essentially localized. It's imperialism by trying to build up death squads and that was the US policy for years following the two thousand three invasion and occupation. I just think it's it's important always to remember this that if we were to refer to this country's X Y and Z we would have a different discussion but as soon as you say. Iran Iran is backing militias. There it's meant to sound dark devious devious but Iran is literally right next door to Iraq. Have they shared a million deaths during the Iran Iraq war and the US funded mm did an armed both sides during that war. There's context here that is so seldom discussed in the in the broader media context. And on that note I'll agree with the protests that are happening right now in Iran. I think that you see some media. Figures really salivating at the notion that this is is it. This is going to be the overthrow of the regime. there's highlighting of protesters who say they want Khomeini to resign and that they want the Iranian the government to be brought down. I know we can't say what to what to the Iranian people. Think but give us a sense of some of the political landscape right now in Iran in the aftermath of the downing of this flight the stampede took place at the funeral and the way that Iran responded in a apparently a coordinated way with the trump administration when it launched missiles at the US based on bar that killed no one. Oh yeah thanks Jeremy in thanks. I'm also also grateful to everybody for being here It's your your question about the thing that we can't say that what what are people in Iran thinking is is exactly right. I mean they're just no one is willing to look at this country and think about it in a way. That is not a monolith everybody kind of wants to make these sweeping generalizations about out whatever protest means. And you know we've seen over the past two and a half months two months a raft of different protests about different things. We had the protest in November that were Iranians in the streets against the cutting of of gasoline subsidies which are really important for a lot of people in a tight economy. That's being squeezed by sanctions. And these were massive protests that were kind of a cross class groups and people in the streets of cities and towns sounds that never come out and protested before weren't part of the green movement the kind of pro reformist protests of two thousand nine and it was a completely different demographic getting to the street and there's longer on Republic responded by shutting off the Internet and the most deadly crackdown to the with the toll of some hundreds of dead protesters uh since the Shah's regime and then you know this was followed pretty quickly by just last week with the by the strikes against Qassem Soleimani and that put a whole new group of people in the street that you could refer to his Persian..
"iran." Discussed on The Thinking Atheist
"To see that right here our conversation about iran ron continues if we're talking about an islamic theocracy is it a martyr culture i mean are they are the people making the decisions thinking all right all bets are off and we don't care if we die because we're going to meet allah or do you think they're literally scared of dying oh no they're definitely any sort of okay so if iranian government so here's the thing the way that theocracies work and other authoritarian government work is that they spread this idea idea that oh you did you guys go die for a good cause but the people at the top they don't they don't wanna die and they don't want to lose any of their power and if if you look at the iranian government they have if so they the groups that are suicidal like that they don't last lau right like if your entire ideology is like we're all gonna die like isis they're here for a while and they they they get wiped out right died geology is that it lasts as long as the islamic republic of iran had there are a lot more strategic and they have been they have been very good at you know did the tactics and maneuvering they have been doing their animals they have outmaneuvered united states in the middle east they have add maneuvered israel in the middle east and and they are they are definitely outmaneuvered saudi arabia and the middle east like these people are not just about survival there about increasing their power power and they have been with the limited resources that they have compared to the all the powers around him they have done a very good job unfortunately right so oh we can't underestimate them these people are not like you know let's just you know go go down in no like they pretend that that they're like that but they're all about increasing their power so they're powerful people will send the ponds off to die but they themselves do you think they're having an oh shit that moment do you think the idea that we took sulejmani out and we have a made that capability or that that tactic we put it on on the table do you think the higher ups in iran right now or you know looking up going hey i don't wanna be next to you think it's given them a moment of pause it might have benefitted benefits in a bizarre way and i didn't know but to tell you how it has benefited them i need to also give a little bit more background about the different end ideologies in iran okay do when school so when i when when i grew up at any when i was a kid our our understanding of iranian people was very binary binary right there was just you know we had this understanding that the iranian people are added ida group a or group b and group a group was the group that i grew up in are these people that are either non religious or hate islam salaam edited care about islam march or absolutely hate as lomb or even if they consider themselves muslim they hate us because they don't really do my my religious stuff they hate the islamic republic they think they're the worst thing that has happened to their country and and they're very nationalistic there they love the pre they keep romanticizing the persian empire depre- islamic lawmakers iran the glorious kings and zoroastrians they go to their home they have zoroastrian symbols necklaces nicklaus's and stuff like that and you know again to different degrees you know some of them more some of them less this you know if you go to parties reason stuff they drink alcohol and swear at the mola's and they make sure they make jokes about and that's one camp and the camp is the more religious day these they pray some of them pray all the time some of them only remember that they're muslim grandmaison and they've only amazon and forget again but they have some allegiance today stomach stomach republic those were against a simplistic view but that's the binary understanding yeah we had we had religious loyal to the government and the nationalist nationalist that think and the nationals were hated the arabization of the iran and all of that right so do but then as i think as time went by either we we realized that things look a little bit there's a little bit of gray area in between i don't know if it was always like this or the gray area m- that we're noticing the new thing or we were just too stupid not to see it when i was a kid right but what is what is dangerous thing that is happening is that and this government is also getting more mature sure in the past forty years to realize this is that there's something there's something between these two groups that unites them what is what are things the united states there's two things one is their hatred for arabs okay so iranians a lot of again a lot of iranians will hate me me saying thing this but this is fact iran is extremely racist and number one race that they hate the most and if you look at the religious she has in iran their narrative for their anti arab anti arabism especially golfer ups right maybe maybe not like syrian arabs or lebanon lebanese arab gulf arabs is that she has cursed him for being sony rather than shia like that's their that's s. their source of hatred and the nationalists the they they hate them for being arab they're just the race especially because they think it was their fault they bought this disease to iran which is called islam dave lend our glorious persian empire the arabs came and they attack you on and iran has never been the same percents right they they want to go back to the sauce innate empire back before data invasion right so that's something unites them so and another thing that unites in stem is that they both want glory and power and increasing the size of the persian the nationalist will say the persian empire and the religious people see the shia brotherhood or whatever and religious nonsense that they call it and the interesting thing is that if you look get all the places in the middle east that is mostly shia rather than sunny and if you look at the places that the senate empire was ruling over before the arab invasion they match perfectly right so to a lot of these nationalists that either hate islam or don't care about islam day a secret they some of them secretly a narrow more recently some of them were openly kind of enjoying these these there's lung republic public becoming more powerful or showing a little bit more of an influence and some of them are now openly saying we're willing to look past past the fact that these guys are muslim or religious because like we're kicking butts right this is great and they are willing to hitch their wagon to a religious ideology that may they may not like for the greater purpose of seeing a solidified more powerful iran on exactly exactly and they are they are more this this new group of people is growing faster than ever which is amazing because because these these are people that really hate islam- and yet they're supporting public well let me let me stop you i mean what's the attitude about the united states among the common i and every day person in iran do they hate us do they are i mean what inch lady that gives you an answer today the by the people they're talking out of their ass right because i know because because there is there's many different views on this right we can at at least start by saying it's not a unified hatred of the united states there are those sympathetic i've seen people are people are saying trump please come new tehran on because the rest of us were at least not we could live with that damola they say we prefer like like if there are people that are that are begging trump to come attack iran there are people that hate trump there are people that say like you know what we hate islamic republic and we want this to them to fall by it has to be done by the people without any foreign intervention so there's there's all kinds of attitues among uranium people write all kinds of us and every the interesting thinking is that all of these people claim that they're the majority right so but but there is no reliable polling there is no reliable polling so anybody that tells you that this is the majority view dad they're just making it up because nobody can tell what the majority of us right now and you can't go by twitter polls because like people keep putting two hundred because every time there's a twitter poll the the people that are following that twitter account count are going to be mostly in line with his or her ideology right so if you're an islamic like so again that's not a scientific way of polling and they hasn't in any scientific way of polling right but i can tell you that most people exaggerate the people on their side so the people that are they that they weren't to the islamic republic public public to fall they think like the muller's have this than one person support zero zero close zero like the ones that are supporting them they just need the money because they're poor everybody is against islamic republic and there's people that do support the republic they said like oh no these protesters yesterday against islamic republic they're just a bunch of hooligans they're presented most of the country so but how many is actual number nobody knows but you can take away from that that it's a splintered topic and opinions varied tell me how oppressed the iranian people are i mean i i've been reading about the uprising ryan right got hundreds dead we got thousands wounded we've got even more thousands imprisoned what's going on over there man and so again this is so drilling how prestige alert of two who rate so dear will they're a person of that they can't say openly states off against the government trade like published against the government they can't i can't go out in the street okay you may be if there's a lot of people out there then i have the safety of numbers but if i if i go out and publish a book say combination would be removed from the government i get a death sentence so like for example even give you an example there was this teacher schoolteacher in iran de eh he came out and told his class that prophet yunus unison english was the prophet prophet there was swallowed by a fish georgina unison arabic better let's tell the story with unicef from now on uh-huh i'm sorry go ahead go ahead the profit prophet yunus he's holding class that he doesn't think that this story is real that maybe a symbolic lake or whatever but he doesn't think he's israel so this is a man that didn't tell his class like fuck muhaamad or anything like that.
"iran." Discussed on The Current
"They said very clearly that if the United States takes any further action Iran will respond accordingly and we will respond in a very harsh the proportionately we did not start this process of escalation. The United States has to come to its senses they should stop listening to clowns a sound from video of onlookers to one of the Iranian missile attacks in Iraq and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif staking his position afterwards the US Iran tit for tat reached another level last night. Iran launched more than twenty missiles at two military bases in Iraq were. US troops are stationed response. It said to the US killing of Iranian General Israel Customs Sulejmani was ref- adding that his country was not escalating or looking for war. There are no reports of American or Iraqi casualties and the chief of the defence staff. Jonathan Vance has said that all Canadian troops are safe. pesha McGee is a freelance journalist based in Baghdad. Pesha good morning you're in Baghdad as these attacks were happening last night. What were you hearing in the capital? After the attacks took place we did hear a fair amount of helicopter and actively Baghdad coming from the Green Zone. What do we know about how much damage these missile strikes caused? It's very likely that caused damage to at the very least you know equipment on the basis particularly the Assad military base in western Iraq which is one of the biggest military bases Chirac why these bases the US has a presence throughout Iraq. But why were these basis targeted do you think the. US is hosted on Iraqi military bases but these two in particular have a fairly large USO troupe present in the u the Assad military base in western Iraq is known for having the largest amount on a US troops in Iraq. So you know. I think the goal was to aim at US personnel and he was interested in rocks. Is your sense that the Iraqi leadership knew that these attacks were coming well. They just said that they knew the acting. Prime Minister of the method just released a statement saying but Iran alerted him to the fact that they were going to launch missiles and he in turn Let the United States no to You Know Essentially Watch out. He also has not come outright and condemned the attacks. What does that tell you? I think it tells us that. The Iraqi government has a fairly close relationship with Iran Mathie with originally brought to power by a coalition that has Iranian backing And prior to all of this happening met the cell the the money several times You know it shows a clear difference in rhetoric at the same time you know we have to look at the damage caused by these strikes Eh She's like. Nobody was killed in missile strikes. The thrust of the statements coming from the Iraqi prime minister if you take them in its totality seemed to suggest that the Iraqi leadership wants the heat to be turned down. The prime minister has called on all sides to practice self restraint adhere to international agreements. Respect the Iraqi state And is concerned about a devastating all at war in Iraq the region and the world. What do you think the leadership wants from from the two uh-huh forces that that that have put Iraq in the middle of this conflict? I think of course. They don't want to be trapped in the middle of a proxy war Iraq. You know has just gotten out of several years of conflict And I think the you know the prospect effect of being plunged into another war between two states that you know are fighting battles that have nothing near truly to do with Iraq. It's something and that is terrifying too many Iraqis and I know that Iraqi leadership. It's very much against the possibility Iraq being plunged into violence into chaos again. Told me more about that. In terms of how Iraqi citizens feel you tweeted as you said that that in many ways they feel trapped between The United added states in Iran. Yeah I mean we also have to look at kind of the local context in Iraq.
"iran." Discussed on PRI's The World
"Are we at a point in this crisis that it could lead to war? I don't think the United States or Iran wants a prolonged every day. There are strikes by each side against the other side kind of war. I think instead, what we're likely to see is a series of tit for tat measures taken back and forth between Washington Dan on perhaps involving military assets in places like the Persian Gulf, or Iraq or Syria, or even Lebanon, which for the United States is problem itself as destabilising. So the real question is, how to open up a reliable channel of communication to ensure that any step, the Americans take in terms of the short sharp military strike, is accompanied by a message to Iran, which says we want to do this, but we don't want to do more here are steps you need to take an here steps. We are willing to take. You mentioned that a short strategic military, strike is probably one option that the Trump administration may be considering at least discussing a possibility if you were a betting man. How would you rate the odds of a US military retaliation at this point? Well, I'm not a betting man. So I don't want to give you odds. I think that the Iranians are absolutely testing the edge of the American envelope. There probably is going to be time when they do go over an American Redline, especially if they kill an American service member or frankly, I think even if they were to kill American civilians in some kind of terror attack somewhere, but they're testing our red lines in so sooner or later, I think they are trying to provoke Americans. It's, it's a difficult undertaking to clearly identified the other side's red lines. We too need to understand the Iranian Red lines. Why, why is their own trying to provoke the US? Two reasons. Number one, they believe that they have a certain place in the Middle East itself, for historic cultural reasons, etc. I think the Americans are trying to deny them back place and second, the American sanctions have caused real pain inside Iran. And what better way to rally support among a larger proportion of the population, then to be confronting a big nasty outside enemy enjoy the underdog. So they have a domestic political reason, and they have a historic geopolitical geostrategic reason. Robert Ford is a former US diplomat who served as Basseterre to Syria and JIRA. He's now a senior fellow at the Middle East institute and a professor of global fares at Yale. Thanks so much for speaking with us. It's my pleasure. As I mentioned earlier, the US accuses Iran of shooting down the American drone in international airspace Tehran claims the aircraft violated its airspace. Iranian officials are painting Washington as the aggressor here, and they argue that President Trump's aggressive stance only stiffens the resolve of the Iranian people would have done is that he is United, the Ryan population more than I've ever seen in the last three decades that side Mohammad Marandi in Iran's capital. He's a professor at the university of Tehran downing the drone Iran is protecting its sovereignty if it wasn't Iranian drone flying over US territory. I think that the United States would be utterly outraged. So the United States thinks that it has special privileges that it can violate the sovereignty of other countries and get away with it. And if countries defend themselves, then they're behaving outrageously if thrown enter the running airspace, that is inactive. Russian in Iran will defend itself, especially when the United States repeatedly says, all options are on the table. Well to the baby of an empire again, the US central command, they did confirm that the drone was shot down, but they said it was an international airspace..
"iran." Discussed on KCRW
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"iran." Discussed on The Brookings Cafeteria
"I was the under secretary general for political affairs prior to that I was a US foreign service officer, including being says, the secretary of state for near eastern affairs from two thousand nine to two thousand twelve and I was US Abacha to Lebanon from two thousand four to two thousand eight. Iran was a revolutionary regime and Iran's appeal in its immediate neighborhood was somewhat limited. It was limited in Iraq because of Saddam Hussein's control of the population. Even though Iraq is Shia majority population, certainly Saudi Arabia and Bahrain with their significant populations had significant control that Iran was not able to really exploit any grievances. That the Shia might have had in Bahrain or Saudi Arabia, and because of this the Shia flavor of Iran's Islamic revolution. There's only so far they could go in the Sunni world, the Sooners looked at them as heretics so Lebanon must have looked as though it had a spotlight on it. When the around leaders looked across the region to see where could they show that they're revolution their their methods could not only work in Iran, but they could work more universally. Iran was looking for places with a could assert. The type of narrative that they were the rising power of Lom that they were the center of gravity in this Lum. And the fact that the she in Lebanon had been so abused by their own government, but their own leaders and by the Israelis that was the opportunity. More on Lebanon and Israel in a moment. But first Bruce ridell also talks about how the Iranian revolution helped to intensify the sectarian conflict between soon and she is. By dell. In fact, describes a long trajectory of SUNY. Shia rivalry that he says was always there and how it plays out today across the Middle East and places like Iraq and Yemen. They made it much much more sectarian the Saudis supported Sunni extremism and the Iranian supported Shia extremists. There was very little room for them to cooperate with each other and the firestorm of sectarianism that we see can Gulf ING the Middle East today really hose, it's hard back to this period. Sonny's and she have always been historical rivals. But what we're seeing in our time is an intensification of that into violence that we really haven't seen in the twenty th century. And unfortunately, it's getting worse and worse, this sooner Shia rivalry. Now bronze across the Middle East. You have it in Iraq. We've had it in Iraq for some time. So he she violence against each other. We have it in Syria only hear her no, she is their allies, which are an obscure form of Islam that Sony's regard is she is and props worse. You have it in Yemen. Where about half the population? She is again, they're not the same kind of. She is as in Iran. We don't need to go into the intricacies of the differences. But they do see themselves as she is. And the Saudis are supporting the Sunnis. The Iranians was supporting the she is. And we've ended up with the worst humanitarian. Catastrophe of our time literally millions of Yemenis malnourished. Hundreds of thousands of them poised on the edge of starvation now, sectarian differences, aren't the only reason there's a civil war there. But they're one of the most important reasons, and they're one of the reasons that pushes this conflict to it's kind of nightmarish quality. The suny. Shia rivalry and other factors served to blunt Tehran's ability to export its revolution worldwide, much, less regionally..
"iran." Discussed on FP's The Editor's Roundtable (The E.R.)
"Iran had been a shockingly positive one. So this news came as a real slack to those hopes resign was set free after five hundred and forty four days. He has written a memoir about his experiences called prisoner here with us now to share the story. What started the beginning? Actually, how did you come to Iran? I I went to Iran in two thousand in one. My dad was born and raised in Iran, but moved to the United States in the late nineteen fifties to go to college met, my mom, she's American from the mid west. They got married. They had my brother, and I raised us in San Francisco Bay area. But you know, as time went on and politics between the US Niran shifted many members of his immediate and extended family relocated to the bay area. So we lived in this large predominantly Iranian family. And so that was a huge part of my growing up, and these people were very different than the Iranians that I saw on the news, you know, burning flags and chanting death to America, all that sort of stuff. So it was something that I was always fascinated it. And as I as I grew up in college and became more and more interested. International affairs, and and the possibility of going into journalism. I was also travelling quite a bit as many young Americans were able to do for the first time in the late nineteen ninety s you know, our dollar was strong, and we were going many choices and my desire to see. And no Iran just grew and grew I out out of my own curiosities based on my my origins, but also based on reading history of that country about the civilization there. I just knew it would be a fascinating place. And when I was finally able to visit in two thousand one realized yeah, you know, this is an incredible place with an incredible story. That's not very well told or understood, and how am I gonna figure out how to help tell that story so fast forward, you're exploring Ron Louis working on you know, I was writing a lot of cultural stories about people and trying. To add nuance to the coverage of Iran, and I was freelancing for a lot of different organizations, including this one include foreign policy, but in two thousand twelve when I was offered the Washington Post job, it was, you know, a big opportunity, but also an open canvas this is a country of eighty million people. That's woefully misunderstood no matter where you stand on the US relations with Iran or the Slavic Republic or what it does to its people or what it does regionally. No, one can make the argument that Iran is well understood in the west, and so I set out to try and make sense of it for myself and in doing that make sense of it for American readers a few days before July second, fourteen your emails hacked, the phishing scam. So I received an Email. Mail from what looked to be Email address of a friend of mine. Someone who I I worked with from time to time in Iran. And I, you know, in retrospect realized that I clicked on a link, and I wasn't supposed to and via that DR see agency who. The Iran revolutionary guard corps who are the kind of maybe the main power in Iran right now, but you know, a competing power center with the executive branch with Rodney's government. You know, these are people who have their own beliefs and ideals and their main mandate is to protect the system at all costs. And they're the ones that have been generally responsible for the arrest detention of dual nationals foreign nationals hostages that have been taken and leveraged like me even times of Stengel reform. And yeah, I would argue that they have ramp those up to fuse or undercut any attempts. I dunno. If reform is the right word, but of opening up to the rest of the world. So you know, they they had access our emails and also are. Social media accounts. And so that was a day or so before we were arrested, and it was caused for concern. But I went to the authorities and Tehran who oversee press relations who have a very close relationship with ministry of intelligence who are the traditionally the the force that overseas..
"iran." Discussed on REAL 92.3
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