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    IRAN'S supreme leader has scrapped all public appearances as he is "gravely ill", regime insiders claim. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 83, is reported to be bedridden after undergoing bowel surgery last week. 3Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is reported to be 'gravely ill'Credit: EPA 3The 83-year-old last trip was to a shrine in Mashhad at the end of AugustCredit: Rex Khamenei, who has been in office since 1989, is understood to have suffered "extreme stomach pains and high fever" before the op, the New York Times reports. A makeshift clinic was set up at his home for the surgery, a source close to the leader told the outlet. They claimed he has cancelled all meetings as he remains on bed rest and under round-the-clock doctor observation Khamenei's condition was considered critical last week, but has since improved, according to insiders. More on IranNUKE THREAT Nuclear war fears as Iran 'dangerously close to getting NUKES', Israel warnsSAVAGE CRUELTY Iran sentences 51 people to death by STONING in twisted executions It is claimed Khamenei - who is Iran's highest authority and has the final...
    Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has called for laws to be passed to stop “rumors and false claims” from spreading online, in a move that mirrors the actions of numerous governments around the world, as well as Silicon Valley companies. In a recent speech, Khamenei called for the spreaders of misinformation to be prosecuted. Via Reclaim the Net: “Psychological security is one of the rights of the people. What is psychological security?” Iran’s Supreme leader in his latest speech. “It means that each day rumors, false claims, and frightening statements should not be spread in people’s minds. Until yesterday, it was just the newspapers that spread lies. But now, the internet has been added to it. “Once every few days or every few hours, rumors or false claims by specific or unknown individuals are published on the internet which frightens people and disturbs their minds. A lie spread as a rumor. One of the responsibilities of the judiciary is to deal with this issue. Khamenei added, “I’ve heard some here say that we don’t have a...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The death toll in a catastrophic tower collapse in southwestern Iran rose to at least 38 on Sunday, state TV reported, as emergency workers pulled another body from the rubble amid fears still more could be trapped in the destruction. It’s unclear how many more people remain unaccounted for in the collapse of the still under-construction tower at the Metropol Building in Abadan nearly two weeks ago. R escuers were still working and families still waiting for word of their loved ones despite promises the search operation would be finished by now. The structural building failure in the oil-rich but impoverished Khuzestan province has focused public attention on shoddy construction practices and prompted mass allegations of government corruption and negligence. Authorities have arrested 13 people as part of a broad probe into the disaster, including Abadan’s mayor, Hossein Hamidpour, who resigned last Friday. Protesters have gathered in mourning at the collapse site, denouncing top officials and demanding accountability, according to videos widely shared on social media and analyzed by The Associated Press. However,...
    Ayatollah Arabi conveyed the message of Ayatollah Saeed Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Revolution, to the President of the Catholic Church. “The leader of the Islamic Revolution congratulates you on your journey into the past, your relationship with Latin America and your position on the softening of relations between Islam and Christianity and on the protection of the oppressed. Ayatollah Khamenei called you. At the end of his interview in Rome a. Arafi commented. “The leader of the Islamic Revolution hopes that steps will be taken to protect the Palestinian people and that the solution will be based on the votes of the Palestinian people, including those of all faiths.” A Arafi was added to Pope Francis. Pope Francis responded by addressing them “Congratulations” I agree with Ayatollah Khamenei’s statements to the leader of the Islamic Revolution and to the religious authorities in Iran. The Iranian ambassador’s visit to Rome comes at a time when the occupation forces in Palestine are not limited to Muslims. One month ago, Zionist militants clashed with Christians and blocked access to the...
    Screenshot via YouTube Republican members of Congress have penned a letter to Tesla CEO Elon Musk over censorship on Twitter – the sale of which to him is “temporarily on told,” as he put it. The members behind the May 12 letter include Reps. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Jim Banks (R-IN), Ken Buck (R-CO), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Brian Mast (R-FL), Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), Ronny Jackson (R-TX) and Barry Moore (R-AL). Iranian officials & orgs like the IRGC that are designated by the US gov’t remain on Twitter, while others like Pres Trump are banned. I led a letter calling on @elonmusk to ensure Twitter complies w/ US law, while restoring it as a platform that protects & champions free speech. pic.twitter.com/rSLM3hQmuY — Rep. Claudia Tenney (@RepTenney) May 13, 2022 “You recent acquisition of Twitter presents the opportunity for transformational change of the organization,” they wrote. “This is a chance for you to restore the platform so it once again protects, values, and champions free speech.” The members called on Musk “to correct a longstanding concern regarding...
    “Students” belonging to a paramilitary wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, published a letter this weekend lamenting that Iran had not issued a “proportionate” response to the elimination of top terrorist Qasem Soleimani two years ago. The IRGC is an official wing of the Iranian military. Soleimani, a major general, was the head of the Quds Force, a wing of the IRGC dedicated to international terrorism. American officials had significant evidence indicating that Soleimani was the mastermind of using roadside bombs in Iraq to target American soldiers, killing hundreds and potentially injuring thousands, and was largely in charge of Iran’s foreign policy. In a private conversation leaked last year, former Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif complained that Soleimani regularly intervened in his work. A U.S. drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq, ordered by then-President Donald Trump took Soleimani out on January 3, 2020. Also targeted in the strike was Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of the Iraqi terrorist militia the Hezbollah Brigades (Kata’ib Hezbollah), who Soleimani was in town to meet. The Hezbollah Brigades are...
    (CNN)August 3, 2021, marked the start of Ebrahim Raisi's four-year term as president of Iran. The validation ceremony took place in the "Beyt" (Arabic for "house") of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as a prelude to Raisi's inauguration.It was exactly 33 years ago, on August 3, 1988, when I found myself in the same room with Ebrahim Raisi. At the time, he was a deputy prosecutor of Tehran and a key member of what was known as the "Death Commission" in Gohardasht Prison located in Karaj -- northeast Iran. I was a political prisoner in the middle of serving my 10-year sentence when I first met Raisi, like thousands of other friends and fellow sympathizers of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), a political opposition group. I was there to hear Raisi decide my fate.Mahmoud RoyaeiI was struck by his youth almost as much as I was struck by his arrogance, intolerance and thuggish attitude. The effects of this lack of a formal education (it's been reported that he didn't go past the sixth grade) were immediately apparent...
    As protests rage within Iran against the hardline Islamist regime, demonstrations calling for the regime’s fall and death to its Islamic rulers have appeared in its capital Tehran as more and more Iranians speak out against the Islamic Republic’s abuses. Widespread protests, which began nearly two weeks ago against the government’s handling of the country’s water crisis along with its foreign policy and long history of repression, have led to more and more support for protesters and condemnation of the Islamic Republic’s rulers. In one video shared on social media, angry protesters in the country’s capital are seen shouting, “death to the dictator” and “[supreme leader Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei, shame on you, leave our nation alone.” Demonstrating in Jomhouri Avenue and other parts of central #Tehran, angry protestors in #Iran shouted “death to the dictator,” and “#Khamenei, shame on you, leave our nation alone” More here: https://t.co/mnk5sKO17a pic.twitter.com/KInVdbOM5Q — Arab News (@arabnews) July 27, 2021 Another clip shows citizens chanting, “Neither Gaza nor Lebanon, I give my life for Iran,” in reference to Iran’s continued investment in strengthening foreign terror groups...
    TEHRAN - Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Friday warned residents of the drought-hit southwest not to give ammunition to the "enemy" after days of protests that have seen at least four killed. Khuzestan, Iran's main oil-producing region and the wealthiest of the country's 31 provinces, has been gripped by drought since March, with protests erupting in several towns and cities since July 15. Khamenei acknowledged the seriousness of the water problem and said residents of Khuzestan were not to blame for expressing their discontent, but he urged them to be cautious. "The enemy will try to use any tool against the revolution, the nation and the people's interests, so we must be careful not to give him any pretext," Khamenei said, in remarks published on his official website. Addressing residents of Khuzestan, he added: "The people have expressed their discontent, but we can't criticize them for that." "The water problem is not a minor one, particularly in Khuzestan's hot climate." Iranian media and officials have said at least three people have been killed, including a police officer...
    Iran’s new president said Monday he will not meet U.S. President Joe Biden nor negotiate over Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its support of hardline regional Islamic terror groups. Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi called himself as a “defender of human rights” when asked about his involvement in the 1988 mass execution of some 5,000 people, the official IRNA news agency reports. Raisi made the comments in his first post-election press conference in Tehran. He warned “the U.S. is obliged to lift all oppressive sanctions against Iran” while demanding a return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement as delivered by former President Barack Obama. Protracted negotiations led by then-Secretary of State John Kerry closed the deal, widely viewed as the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement. President Donald Trump ended it in keeping with a campaign promise. And we’re out. Another promise fulfilled ✔️ “When I make promises I keep them” @realDonaldTrump — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 8, 2018 The victory of Raisi, the protege of Iran’s supreme leader sanctioned by the U.S. in part over...
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave an address to the nation on Wednesday in which he pleaded with Iranians to vote in this weekend’s presidential election. Khamenei fretted that low turnout would help the West challenge the legitimacy of the Iranian government, going as far as suggesting foreign powers were conspiring to depress the vote. Iran’s state PressTV quoted from Khamenei’s anxious get-out-the-vote effort: He said American and English media, together with their “mercenaries,” had been attempting to drive a wedge between the Iranian people and establishment by trying to discourage people from participating in the presidential election “because staying away from elections is staying away from the establishment.” […] The Leader said elections should be viewed as being beyond factional politics and political leanings, calling participation in elections “an act of virtue.” Ayatollah Khamenei said a high turnout in elections meant that the establishment has popular support, which he said would have a “unique impact” on Iran’s might internationally. He said Iran’s enemies sought to discourage participation in elections because they knew that if Iran’s establishment did not...
    The top two Hamas leaders are using Twitter to actively encourage violence against Israel while former President Donald Trump is permanently banned from the social media platform. Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau and de facto head of the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh uses Twitter to glorify child “martyrs” among other things: The innocent Palestinian child Hamza Nassar 11y while he was on his way to buy vegetables to his family to eat it at Iftar time, he was hit by an Israeli rocket and died immediately. He was returned to his blind mother dead, Hamza is a martyr.#GazaUnderAttack #Save_Sheikh_Jarrah pic.twitter.com/kqM1BbDDGe — إسماعيل هنيّة (@IsmailHaniyyeh) May 12, 2021 In a deleted post, Haniyeh celebrated a bombing in Tel Aviv: In another since-deleted post online, Haniyeh said, “God willing, we will stop our short-range missiles and use long-range missiles” to attack Israel:                       Considered second in command of Hamas, Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook also uses Twitter to encourage violence against Israel, saying, “Do not coexist with the occupation,” to his...
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran from 2005 to 2013, registered on Wednesday to run once again in the June 18 presidential election. Ahmadinejad’s last comeback attempt in 2017 was scuttled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, but this time Khamenei appears content to let him run. The extremist hardliner’s candidacy is not welcome news for an unstable Middle East roiled by violence from Iran’s client insurgencies and terrorist proxies. Iran’s current president Hassan Rouhani is barred from running again by term limits, so the presidential race is wide open – or at least as “open” as a system where most of the candidates are pre-emptively disqualified by the theocracy will allow. Ahmadinejad is an erratic anti-Western hardliner with a disturbing terrorist past, a thirst for nuclear weapons, and a penchant for Holocaust denial. He styles himself as a populist critic of Rouhani’s allegedly more moderate administration. On Wednesday, he arrived at the Interior Ministry’s candidate registration desk flanked by a crowd of boisterous supporters, waving his hands in a “V for victory” gesture and claiming to represent a huge...
    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on the Muslim world Friday to keep fighting Israel, declaring the Jewish state a “terrorist garrison” which must be eliminated. “The fight against this despotic regime is the fight against oppression and the fight against terrorism. And this is a public duty to fight against this regime,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech, as reported by the official IRNA news wire. He delivered the damning address on Iran’s annual Quds Day, which uses the Arabic name for Jerusalem, which features annual calls for the death of Israel and its ally America. The day is generally seen as the legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who officially declared the last Friday of the month of Ramadan as International Quds Day in 1979. Iranians carry placards as they take part in a rally marking al-Quds Day (Jerusalem) day, at the capital Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) square, on May 7, 2021. An initiative started by the late Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Quds Day is held annually on...
    More On: iran John Kerry is skirting the line of treason with Iran Iran sentences British-Iranian aid worker to another year in jail ​Iran’s foreign minister said Kerry kept in touch with him during Trump years UN facing scrutiny over letting Iran join women’s rights panel A leaked audiotape confirms to the world what Iran watchers have always known: Politicians, including its president, aren’t in charge of that country — the “supreme leader” and his Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are. So why does Team Biden think there’s a point to drawn-out discussions with diplomats for a deal over which they have no dominion? Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is a dictator, so it’s no surprise he dictates all key decisions. The Revolutionary Guard, meanwhile, is an entire state-within-a-state, controlling much of the economy and answerable only (if that) to Khamenei. And the country’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, admitted it all in a conversation not meant for publication. “In the Islamic Republic, the military field rules,” Zarif said last month, and the Guard often overrules civilian policies. The tape...
    Members of the Baha’i religion demonstrate in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach on June 19, 2011 asking Iranian authorities to release seven Baha’i prisoners accused of spying for Israel and sentenced to 20 years in jail – AFP The Iranian government is ordering teachers to identify children of the persecuted Baha’i minority to convert them to Islam, leaked documents show. The move forms part of a plan to intensify the monitoring and suppression of the Baha’i people, one of the most persecuted religious minorities in the world. Local authorities in the city of Sari, in the northern province of Mazandaran, plan to “conduct strict controls” on Baha’i people and track “their operations”, according to a new directive given to officials. Children are specifically singled out, with teachers directed to “identify Baha’i students” and “bring them into Islam”. “Clear plans to change children’s beliefs is a galling violation of human rights,” said Diane Ala’i, the Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Natins in Geneva. The Baháʼí faith originated in Iran during the 19th century, but now has an...
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday Iran could increase its level of uranium enrichment to whatever the country needs, including up to 60%, as a standoff between Iran and the United States continues over the future of the Iran nuclear deal.   State television quoted Khamenei on Monday as saying, "Americans and the European parties to the deal have used unjust language against Iran. ... Iran will not yield to pressure. Our stance will not change."    He said Iran's uranium enrichment level will not be limited to 20%.    Under the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers, Iran is limited to refining uranium to 3.67%. However, Iran has been in breach of the agreement since the United States withdrew from the pact during the Trump administration and has resumed enriching uranium to 20%.  FILE - A technician works at the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan, Iran, 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Feb. 3, 2007."We will increase it to whatever level the country needs. ......
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday Iran might enrich uranium up to 60% purity if the country needed it and would never yield to U.S. pressure over its nuclear activity, state television reported. Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with six powers, which it has been breaching since the United States withdrew in 2018, caps the fissile purity to which Iran can refine uranium at 3.67%, well under the 20% achieved before the agreement and far below the 90% suitable for a nuclear weapon. "Iran's uranium enrichment level will not be limited to 20%. We will increase it to whatever level the country needs...We may increase it to 60%," the TV quoted Khamenei as saying, upping the ante in a stand-off with Washington over the future of the fraying deal. "Americans and the European parties to the deal have used unjust language against Iran...Iran will not yield to pressure. Our stance will not change," Khamenei said. He repeated a denial that Iran would ever seek to build nuclear weapons. U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration said last week...
    DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanded "action, not words" from the United States if it wants to revive Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, challenging new U.S. President Joe Biden to take the first step toward a thaw.   Iran has set a deadline of next week for Biden to begin reversing sanctions imposed by his predecessor, Donald Trump, or it will take its biggest step yet to breach the deal — banning short-notice inspections by the U.N. nuclear watchdog.   "We have heard many nice words and promises, which in practice have been broken and opposite actions have been taken," Khamenei said in a televised speech. "Words and promises are no good. This time [we want] only action from the other side, and we will also act."   The United States on Wednesday urged Tehran to reverse and refrain from steps harming its pledges under the accord.   Biden aims to restore the pact under which Iran agreed to curbs on its disputed uranium enrichment program in return for the lifting...
    Reuters February 17, 2021 0 Comments Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanded “action, not words” from the United States if it wants to revive Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, the latest challenge to new President Joe Biden to take the first step towards a thaw. Tehran has set a deadline of next week for Biden to begin reversing sanctions imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump, or Iran will take its biggest step yet to violate the nuclear deal — banning short notice inspections by the U.N. nuclear watchdog. ” Words and promises are no good. This time (we want) only action from the other side, and we will also act,” Khamenei said in a televised speech. Biden aims to restore the pact under which Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions, a major achievement of the Obama administration abandoned by Trump in 2018. But while both Tehran and Washington now say they want to see the agreement revived, they are at odds over who should make the first...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran wants to see "action not words" from parties to the country's 2015 nuclear deal, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, as U.S. President Joe Biden's administration hopes to revive the accord. "We have heard many nice words and promises which in practice have been broken and opposite actions have been taken. Words and promises are no good. This time (we want) only action from the other side and we will also act," Khamenei said in a televised speech. Biden has said Washington will return to the nuclear pact abandoned by his predecessor Donald Trump in 2018 if Tehran first resumes full compliance. But with mutual mistrust running deep, Tehran says Washington must act first. Under the deal, sanctions were lifted in return for Iran agreeing curbs to its nuclear programme. Since Trump ditched the deal and reimposed sanctions, Tehran has gradually breached the deal's terms. Tehran says its nuclear steps are reversible if Washington lifts the sanctions. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Alison Williams and Peter Graff) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran,...
    (Adds detail) DUBAI, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Iran wants to see “action notwords” from parties to the country’s 2015 nuclear deal, SupremeLeader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, as U.S.President Joe Biden’s administration hopes to revive the accord. “We have heard many nice words and promises which inpractice have been broken and opposite actions have been taken.Words and promises are no good. This time (we want) only actionfrom the other side and we will also act,” Khamenei said in atelevised speech. Biden has said Washington will return to the nuclear pactabandoned by his predecessor Donald Trump in 2018 if Tehranfirst resumes full compliance. But with mutual mistrust runningdeep, Tehran says Washington must act first. Under the deal, sanctions were lifted in return for Iranagreeing curbs to its nuclear programme. Since Trump ditched thedeal and reimposed sanctions, Tehran has gradually breached thedeal’s terms. Tehran says its nuclear steps are reversible if Washingtonlifts the sanctions.(Writing by Parisa HafeziEditing by Alison Williams and Peter Graff)
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader urged the United States to lift all sanctions if it wants Iran to live up to commitments under its nuclear deal with world powers, state TV reported Sunday, his first comments on the matter since U.S. President Joe Biden took office. “If (the U.S.) wants Iran to return to its commitments, it must lift all sanctions in practice, then we will do verification … then we will return to our commitments,” state TV quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying. Former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from the atomic deal in 2018, as part of what he called maximum pressure against Iran. In response, Iran began to gradually violate its commitments under the deal that sought to limit its nuclear program. Officials have repeatedly stressed the country would not come back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal until the U.S. eases its sanctions. Although Biden has promised to rejoin the deal, he has insisted that Iran must first reverse its nuclear steps, creating a contest of wills between the nations. In...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader says the U.S. must lift all sanctions if it wants Iran to return to the nuclear deal with Western powers, state TV reported Sunday. The televised comments mark Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s first since the inauguration of President Joe Biden, who has said he wants to rejoin the accord. “If they want Iran to return to its commitments, the U.S. must lift all sanctions in practice, then we will do verification and see if the sanctions were lifted correctly, then we will return to our commitments,” Khamenei said. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the United States should lift all sanctions if Washington wants Tehran to reverse its nuclear steps. "Iran has fulfilled all its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, not the United States and the three European countries ... If they want Iran to return to its commitments, the United States must lift all sanctions first," Khamenei wrote on Twitter. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Hugh Lawson) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran, International Atomic Energy Agency, Russia, France, United States, Middle East, United Kingdom, Europe, Germany
    Twitter said on Friday it had permanently banned what it called a "fake" account thought to be connected to the office of Iran's supreme leader, shortly after a posting that seemed to threaten former President Donald Trump. In the image posted late Thursday by the account linked to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Trump is shown playing golf in the shadow of a giant drone, with the caption "Revenge is certain" written in Farsi. In response to a request for comment from The Associated Press, a Twitter spokesman said that the tweet had violated the company's "abusive behavior policy," and that the account had violated its "manipulation and spam policy." In a later statement, he said Twitter had determined the account was "fake," without elaborating how it came to the conclusion. The suspended account, @khamenei_site, linked to Khamenei's own website and frequently posted excerpts from his speeches and other official content. Other accounts thought to be tied to Khamenei's office that did not tweet the golf-drone photo, including his main English language account, remained active. The photo had also featured prominently...
    IRAN’S supreme leader has vowed revenge on Donald Trump with a picture showing a drone about to attack him on the golf course. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s account showed the picture of the former President about to take a shot while vowing revenge over the killing of a top Iranian general – in a drone attack. 5Ali Khamenei tweeted this picture of Donald Trump 5The Ayatollah is Iran's supreme leader Credit: AP:Associated Press 5He vowed revenge on Donald Trump for the death of Qassem SoleimaniCredit: Reuters The post carried the text of remarks Khamenei made in December on the first anniversary of the killing of Revolutionary Guards General Qassem Soleimani in the attack in Iraq. “Those who ordered the murder of General Soleimani as well as those who carried this out should be punished,” said the Ayatollah. “This revenge will certainly happen at the right time.” General Soleimani, 62, spearheaded Iran's military operations in the Middle East as head of the country's elite Quds Force, part of its Revolutionary Guards. He was killed at Baghdad airport by a US air strike, personally approved...
    Twitter has removed a COVID-19 conspiracy theory posted by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling the vaccines imported from the U.S. or U.K were 'completely untrustworthy.'  Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, still has access to the account and has since tweeted - to the ire of Twitter critics demanding his be suspended since the platform banned U.S. President Donald Trump from their services.  'It's not unlikely they would want to contaminate other nations,' the tweet said in reference to the two countries, CBS News reports. It also said the vaccines from France 'aren't trustworthy.'  Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, still has access to the account and has since tweeted A tweet on Khamenei's Farsi-language account is still up and expresses similar sentiments.  Khamenei on Friday announced a ban on importing vaccines from the United States and Britain.  The Red Crescent in Iran said it will not import the massive stash of the Pfizer vaccine that benefactors from America had planned to donate to...
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the dictator of Iran, claimed in remarks on Friday that the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday is the state of affairs that the United States would like to see in the long-term in Iran “to trigger a civil war.” Khamenei made the remarks in a speech in which he also announced that his regime would ban the use of Chinese coronavirus vaccines from the United States and United Kingdom, although those vaccines are considered the world’s most reliable. The Iranian regime had previously condemned and mocked the Capitol riot – triggered by supporters of President Donald Trump after, in a speech that day, Trump had urged a crowd to march to the Capitol – through its state media and through Khamenei’s underling, President Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani had declared on Thursday that the riot represented the collapse of the American state. Khamenei also once again accused the United States of creating the Islamic State, a jihadist group that the U.S. defeated in Iraq and Syria, to “destabilize” the Middle East. Iranian officials, while regularly making the...
    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday banned the import of US and British-produced coronavirus vaccines, saying they were “completely untrustworthy.” “It’s not unlikely they would want to contaminate other nations. Given our experience with France’s HIV-tainted blood supplies, French vaccines aren’t trustworthy either,” he said in a tweet accompanied by the hashtag #CoronaVaccine. He was referring to a scandal in the 1980s in which blood infected with HIV was distributed in France, and later abroad, even after the government became aware of the problem, Agence France-Presse reported. Hundreds of people in Iran were among those infected. France’s then-Prime Minister Laurent Fabius was charged with manslaughter, but acquitted in 1999. His health minister was convicted but never punished. The Islamic Republic has reported more than 1.2 million COVID-19 cases and over 56,000 deaths, according to the news agency. Vials of Iranian domestic coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccineReuters It has accused the US of hampering its access to vaccines through a strict  sanctions regime. Iran, the Middle Eastern country hardest hit by the pandemic, last month launched clinical trials of its...
    More On: iran Iraq issues arrest warrant for Trump over killing of militia leader Iran reportedly asks Interpol to arrest Trump for Soleimani killing US sanctions Chinese, German and UK companies linked to Iran EU says it will boost efforts to save Iran nuclear deal despite violations Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday banned the import of US and British-produced coronavirus vaccines, saying they were “completely untrustworthy.” “It’s not unlikely they would want to contaminate other nations. Given our experience with France’s HIV-tainted blood supplies, French vaccines aren’t trustworthy either,” he said in a tweet accompanied by the hashtag #CoronaVaccine. He was referring to a scandal in the 1980s in which blood infected with HIV was distributed in France, and later abroad, even after the government became aware of the problem, Agence France-Presse reported. Hundreds of people in Iran were among those infected. France’s then-Prime Minister Laurent Fabius was charged with manslaughter, but acquitted in 1999. His health minister was convicted but never punished. The Islamic Republic has reported more than 1.2 million COVID-19 cases and over...
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today used the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building by Donald Trump supporters to ridicule the country and their 'American values'.  Khamenei said the recent post-election chaos is 'God's revenge' for the U.S. sowing instability in the Middle East.  His comments come after hundreds of Trump's mob ransacked the seat of American democracy in a 15-hour saga that left four dead in a bid to demand Joe Biden's election to be overturned.   Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today used the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building by Donald Trump supporters to ridicule the country and their 'American values' His comments come after hundreds of Trump's mob ransacked the seat of American democracy in a 15-hour saga that left four dead in a bid to demand Joe Biden's election to be overturned Khamenei slammed the U.S. in a series of scathing tweets and said their 'American values' are being 'ridiculed even by their friends' following the riots RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Democracy...
    Speculation has again started swirling over the declining health of Iran's Supreme Leader, the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, with unconfirmed reports over the weekend that the 81-year-old had transferred power to his son, cleric Sayyid Mojtaba Hosseini Khamenei. The wellbeing of Khamenei – who has held power since 1989 -- is in question. He was reported to have been diagnosed with prostate cancer around 2014 but those reports are shrouded behind a cloak of secrecy with the question of succession and its far-reaching domestic and global impact becoming increasingly important. Iran's Supreme Leader holds conclusive authority over all religious, political, and military matters in Iran. So who is the younger Khamenei and just how influential has he been in pulling political strings inside the beleaguered nation? For more than a decade, the 51-year-old cleric has seen as a potential successor to his father's throne. His increasingly dogmatic role overseeing numerous security and intelligence departments are viewed as part of the grooming process to ascend to the top spot, according to the Jerusalem Post. In 2018, France’s Observatory on the Middle - East and North Africa offered some comments...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - An official close to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has denied rumours on social media about the top authority's deteriorating health, the semi official Fars news agency reported on Monday. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Toby Chopra) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran, Islam, Asia, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Europe
    IRAN’S Supreme Leader will hand power to his son as his health deteriorates, a journalist claims. Momahad Ahwaze last night said that Mojtaba Khamenei, 51, was poised to take the reins amid increasing tensions with Israel and the US following the assassination of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. 4Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has allegedly seen his health deteriorateCredit: Reuters 4Mojtaba Khamenei, 51, is reportedly poised to take the reins amid increasing tensions with Israel and the US Writing in Arabic, Ahwaze last night tweeted that sources were “very concerned” about the Supreme Leader’s health.  He added: “Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was scheduled to meet on Friday with the Iranian Leader Khamenei, this meeting between [Khamenei] and President Rouhani was canceled due to the deterioration of Khamenei's health condition.” Ahwaze went on to say that the cause of the Supreme Leader’s ill health is not yet known, but he is alleged to have deteriorated overnight. Rumours have long swirled that Khamenei has suffered from prostate cancer, and the Supreme Leader underwent successful prostate surgery in 2014, Reuters reported. Since then,...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian military commander said on Friday that Iran would strike back against the killers of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. "We will strike as thunder at the killers of this oppressed martyr and will make them regret their action," tweeted Hossein Dehghan, also a military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Kevin Liffey) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran, United States, Middle East
    A spokesman for the Iranian government said on Tuesday that foreign companies are already inquiring about the possibility of doing business in Iran again after the Biden administration returns to the nuclear deal and lifts sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump. “Recently, contacts about opening offices and the presence of foreign companies in Iran have increased,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said at a news conference, as quoted by Reuters on Tuesday. “Certainly, with the … lifting of the oppressive sanctions and the absence of Trump, the presence of foreign companies and a willingness to invest in Iran will increase,” Rabiei said. Reuters quoted some skepticism about these claims from a European diplomat who said that even if sanctions are lifted, foreign corporations will remain uneasy about doing business in “a market with so little financial transparency.” The Trump administration took more steps to increase sanctions pressure on Iran last week, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo extended a sanctions waiver for Iraq to buy Iranian energy products for only 45 days. The waivers were originally issued for 120 days, then...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has lashed out at Ali Khamenei calling Iran's elections a 'joke' after the nation's Supreme Leader mocked the US election calling it the 'ugly face of liberal democracy'. The two went to war on social media Saturday hours after Joe Biden was called the next president of the US by television networks and the Associated Press as votes in Philadelphia pushed his margin in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania over the edge.   Biden vowed in his election campaign to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal if Iran 'returns to strict compliance with the deal' after Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement and imposed harsh sanctions on the nation in 2018.   However, Trump has refused to concede to Biden, has made numerous unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud - while presenting no evidence to back up the claims - and has vowed to fight the election outcome with legal action.  Sources have also said the Trump administration is now planning to slap a list of new sanctions on Iran between now and Biden taking the White House in January.   ...
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday said his platform allows Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to fulminate against “cancerous” Jews because he wanted to “respect” his “right to speak.” “We believe it’s important for everyone to hear from global leaders, and we have policies around world leaders,” Dorsey said in testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee, responding to a question from Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) about the messages. “We want to make sure we are respecting their right to speak and to publish what they need. But if there is a violation of our terms of service, we want to label it.” Wicker interjected to note the messages still appear on Twitter without a label. Dorsey said he found them permissible because Khamenei was threatening citizens of other countries rather than citizens of Iran. “We did not find those to violate our terms of service, because we considered them saber-rattling, which is part of the speech of world leaders in concert with other countries,” Dorsey said. “Speech against our own people, or our country’s own citizens, we believe is different and...
    Alexander Hamilton must be rolling over in his grave. The New York Post, one of America’s oldest newspapers, founded by America’s first monetary expert-turned pop culture icon, has been muzzled on Twitter for reporting a bombshell that could affect the presidential election. Twitter has refused to unlock the New York Post’s account since last Wednesday unless the outlet deletes multiple tweets about its reporting on 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, the Post reported. Both the San Francisco-based social media platform and Facebook came under fire this week after the two blocked users from sharing a Post article showing purported communication between 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden and an adviser to a Ukrainian energy company. But while the Big Apple tabloid is gagged online, Twitter allows the likes of Louis Farrakhan, Richard Spencer, Ali Khamenei, Nicolas Maduro and O.J. Simpson to tweet freely. Farrakhan is the leader and most prominent figure of the Nation of Islam, a militant Black supremacist and nationalist group that formed in the 1930s. Since taking...
    15 firefighters injured in California 5 Ways Grocery Stores are Drastically Changing Khamenei-Controlled Company to Develop Iran’s Marun Oil Field (Bloomberg) -- A company owned by Iran’s biggest state-controlled charity has signed a contract to develop part of the country’s second-largest oil field. © Photographer: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images Europe MAHSHAHR, IRAN - SEPTEMBER 28: View of Iran's oil industry installations on September 28, 2011 in Mahshahr, Khuzestan province, southern Iran. Iran is seeking foreign investment for its projects in oil and petrochemical industry as well as its Special Free Zone in Imam Khomeini Port. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images) Sina Energy Development Co. will carry out drilling and repair work on 18 wells as well as building pipelines for Phases 1 and 4 of the Marun oil field in southwestern Khuzestan province, a report on mfnews.ir said, quoting the company’s managing director, Javad Owji. Load Error Sina Energy was established in 2007 and is owned by the Bonyad-e Mostazafan Foundation, which also reported the deal on its website. The foundation is a religious endowment for war veterans and...
    Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the United Arab Emirates of "treason" after the Gulf nation struck a normalization deal with Israel. “The Emiratis will be disgraced forever,” Khamenei said in his first remarks on the matter. “I hope they wake up and compensate for what they did.” “The UAE betrayed the world of Islam, the Arab nations, the region’s countries, and Palestine,” the aging leader said, according to the Times of Israel. “The treason will not last for long.” Khamenei spoke one day after an El Al Israel Airlines plane, emblazoned with a Star of David and equipped with a missile-defense system, landed in the UAE for the first time. The plane was carrying a delegation of Israeli and U.S. officials, including President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner. While private jets have flown between the two countries in the past for back-channel talks, Monday’s landing marked the first direct commercial flight. Khamenei also hit directly at Kushner on Tuesday, noting the fact that he is Jewish. “The nation of Palestine is under various, severe...
      The U.S. Justice Department has charged three people in connection with what prosecutors say was a campaign to move U.S. currency from the United States to Iran on behalf of Iran’s supreme leader.    Muzzamil Zaidi, a U.S. citizen living in Qom, Iran; Asim Naqvi, a U.S. citizen living in Houston; and Pakistani national Ali Chawla, living in Qom, are charged with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.    Justice Department officials said Wednesday the defendants “have considerable operational links” to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps.    “The lifeblood of these terrorist operation is cash – and the defendants played a key role in facilitating that critical component,” said Michael R. Sherwin, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.    The Justice Department alleges Zaidi, Chawla and other members of an organization called Islamic Pulse received permission from Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to collect a religious tax on Khamenei’s behalf and send half the money to Yemen.    Prosecutors say after the United States imposed sanctions on Khamenei in 2019, the group continued to collect U.S....
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that European states have failed to salvage the country's 2015 nuclear deal with major powers from which the United States has already withdrawn. "They have inflicted a blow on Iran's economy by hollow promises," Khamenei said in a televised speech. Since 2018, when U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal and reimposed sanctions on Tehran, the European parties to the agreement have intensified efforts to save it by shielding Iran's economy from U.S. penalties. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Alison Williams) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Twitter executives final month rebuffed a request from the Israeli authorities to take away tweets from Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for the genocide of the Israeli individuals — claiming in a shocking letter obtained by The Submit that the Jew-hate certified as “feedback on present affairs.” The choice comes after the social media big not too long ago started policing President Trump’s tweets, alleging they “glorify violence” and unfold misinformation about mail-in voting. In a Might 20 letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Israel’s Minister for Strategic Affairs Orit Farkash-Hacohen referred to as for the corporate to uphold its personal hate speech coverage and take away antisemitic tweets from Khamenei calling Israel a “cancerous development” to be “uprooted and destroyed.” “Twitter’s personal Hateful Conduct Coverage clearly stipulates {that a} person “might not promote violence towards, or instantly assault, or threaten different individuals on the premise of race, ethnicity, nationwide origin or spiritual affiliation… or requires mass homicide,” Farkash-Hacohen wrote to Dorsey. “Nevertheless, the Supreme Chief of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is unremittingly abusing your platform by...
    Twitter executives last month rebuffed a request from the Israeli government to remove tweets from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for the genocide of the Israeli people — claiming in a stunning letter obtained by The Post that the Jew-hate qualified as “comments on current affairs.” The decision comes after the social media giant recently began policing President Trump’s tweets, alleging they “glorify violence” and spread misinformation about mail-in voting. In a May 20 letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Israel’s Minister for Strategic Affairs Orit Farkash-Hacohen called for the company to uphold its own hate speech policy and remove antisemitic tweets from Khamenei calling Israel a “cancerous growth” to be “uprooted and destroyed.” “Twitter’s own Hateful Conduct Policy clearly stipulates that a user “may not promote violence against, or directly attack, or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin or religious affiliation… or calls for mass murder,” Farkash-Hacohen wrote to Dorsey. “However, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is unremittingly abusing your platform by doing just that — without any enforcement...
    A Twitter representative told Israel’s parliament the company is allowing Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to issue threats of genocide on the platform because it amounts to “commentary on political issues of the day,” at the same time the platform has been labeling some tweets by President Donald Trump as violent to help “public conversation.” “We have an approach to our leaders that … say direct interactions with public figures, comments on public issues of the day, or foreign-policy saber-rattling on military, economic issues are generally not in violation of our rules,” Ylwa Pettersson, Twitter’s head of policy for the Nordic countries and Israel, told the Knesset this week. A dumbfounded member of the chamber, Michal Cotler-Wunsh, asked for clarification. “So calling for genocide is OK but commenting on politics is not, just so we understand? I just want to fine-tune the question. Calling for genocide on Twitter is OK, but commenting on political situations in certain countries is not OK?” Pettersson assured her that the platform would take action against messages that were especially grotesque, pointing to Trump as...
    Twitter has been accused of double standards for flagging posts by Donald Trump but allowing tweets from Iran's Ayatollah on Israel to remain on the platform.  During a Knesset hearing on antisemitism in social media Wednesday, human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky questioned why the U.S. President's tweets were flagged but not those of Ayatollah Khamenei, who  'literally called for the genocide of Israel and the Jewish people'.  It comes as Twitter faced criticism for suspending the Twitter account of Donald Trump Jr. after he tweeted a video promoting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus.  Human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky (pictured) questioned why the U.S. President's tweets were flagged but not those of Ayatollah Khameini The question was asked during a Knesset hearing on antisemitism in social media on Wednesday  On June 23, Twitter placed a public interest notice on one of Trump's tweets, after he wrote: 'There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!' The notice read: 'We’ve placed...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's hardline lawmakers plan to summon the president for questioning, a move that could ultimately lead to impeachment, media reported on Monday, amid growing discontent over the government's economic policies. Iranians' daily struggle to make ends meet has become harder since the reimposition of U.S. sanctions in 2018, and the economy has been further damaged by rising inflation, growing unemployment, a slump in the rial and the coronavirus crisis. A motion to question President Hassan Rouhani was signed by 120 lawmakers out of 290 and handed to the presiding board of the assembly, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. To take effect, the motion must be passed to the president by the presiding board. However, analysts say the board might hold back from issuing the summons, mindful that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's top authority, has called for unity among the branches of authority at a time when Iran faces mounting U.S. pressure. A move by parliament to question Rouhani's predecessor was blocked by a rare intervention by Khamenei. "The lawmakers have various questions for the...
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