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Iran rides herd on protests During Celebration of the Iranian Revolution…

An image made from video provided by Iranian State TV, pro-government demonstrators gather in the central square of Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution Thursday Feb. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/IRIB via APTN)

While everyone was afraid of violent demstrations…..they seem to not have occurred due to the government strong presence, seperation of the media and large dissent strategy….

Hundreds of thousands of government supporters massed Thursday in central Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution, while a heavy deployment of security forces largely prevented protesters from using the occasion to stage opposition rallies.

The protesters were met by unusually large security forces, which closed off streets and cut access to groups of opposition supporters to the central avenue and square where the anniversary was celebrated. Witnesses reported clashes in the Sadeghiyeh neighborhood, where opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi tried to join the rallies.

He was forced to leave when security forces affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Corps used tear gas to disperse crowds. The windows of his car were smashed by plainclothes members of a paramilitary unit, witnesses said.

Revolutionary Guard special forces, clad in olive uniforms and black ski masks, carried assault rifles as they directed groups of soldiers, and there were unconfirmed reports of shootings. A spokesman for Karroubi said that a tear gas grenade exploded in front of the former speaker of parliament and that his eyesight was damaged.

International media representatives were prevented from freely covering the rally and were placed in a special area surrounded by government supporters holding up posters showing Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 11 Comments

Iran moves ahead with Uranium processing……but has it’s problems…..

The Dog has repeated this over and over…

…..IRAN WANTS A NUCLEAR BOMB……..Period…..

[President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran ordered the nation’s atomic energy agency on Sunday to begin producing a special form of uranium.]

No amount of talking and wishing is going to stop that fact…..To the United States and the West’s credit….The plan is now to to deal with that reality…..

This from the piece…..on Iran’s intentions…..

Mr. Ahmadinejad’s order on Sunday may represent nuclear gamesmanship; it is unclear if the country has the capacity to enrich its fuel to roughly 20 percent, from about 5 percent, as Mr. Ahmadinejad was ordering. Doing so would require retooling the configuration of the nation’s centrifuges at a moment when Iran appears to have run into considerable technical difficulties at its nuclear plants.

It is unclear if those troubles have been caused either by its own technical failings, or sabotage by Western intelligence agencies, or both. American intelligence officials have told Congress and close allies, in closed briefings, that covert efforts to interfere with Iran’s production capability are extremely active.

This also from the piece…..

The Iranian announcement Sunday appeared part of Tehran’s dual approach to confront western capitals seeking to isolate and penalize it for backing away from the exchange deal negotiated in Geneva in October. Iran has been saber rattling, testing missiles, holding war games, and on Saturday announced mass production of two missiles, one that can destroy “low-altitude aerial targets that fly at low speed and the other “equipped with two warheads and can destroy armored vehicles,” according to state owned Press TV.

The plans to increase enrichment to 20 percent fit with that leg of the strategy.

The second leg of Iran’s strategy calls for presenting itself as ready and able to negotiate

This is how the cat and mouse game is proceeding right now……

Mr. Ahmadinejad is betting that the threat itself may force the United States, Europe and Russia to provide fuel on his terms; American officials have said the move would only speed the effort to impose sanctions. It may also affect Israel’s calculation about how far it is willing to allow Iran to get to a weapons capability before launching an attack on Iran’s nuclear or missile facilities.

The leadership of that country is trying to keep ahead of the ball…but is in more trouble on other fronts as the West trys to work against the country on different fronts……

Iran remains extremely tense, as it wrestles with a severe economic crisis, and the prospect of huge new protests on February 11, when the nation marks the anniversary of the revolution.

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

Iran moves ahead with Uranium processing……but has it's problems…..

The Dog has repeated this over and over…

…..IRAN WANTS A NUCLEAR BOMB……..Period…..

[President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran ordered the nation’s atomic energy agency on Sunday to begin producing a special form of uranium.]

No amount of talking and wishing is going to stop that fact…..To the United States and the West’s credit….The plan is now to to deal with that reality…..

This from the piece…..on Iran’s intentions…..

Mr. Ahmadinejad’s order on Sunday may represent nuclear gamesmanship; it is unclear if the country has the capacity to enrich its fuel to roughly 20 percent, from about 5 percent, as Mr. Ahmadinejad was ordering. Doing so would require retooling the configuration of the nation’s centrifuges at a moment when Iran appears to have run into considerable technical difficulties at its nuclear plants.

It is unclear if those troubles have been caused either by its own technical failings, or sabotage by Western intelligence agencies, or both. American intelligence officials have told Congress and close allies, in closed briefings, that covert efforts to interfere with Iran’s production capability are extremely active.

This also from the piece…..

The Iranian announcement Sunday appeared part of Tehran’s dual approach to confront western capitals seeking to isolate and penalize it for backing away from the exchange deal negotiated in Geneva in October. Iran has been saber rattling, testing missiles, holding war games, and on Saturday announced mass production of two missiles, one that can destroy “low-altitude aerial targets that fly at low speed and the other “equipped with two warheads and can destroy armored vehicles,” according to state owned Press TV.

The plans to increase enrichment to 20 percent fit with that leg of the strategy.

The second leg of Iran’s strategy calls for presenting itself as ready and able to negotiate

This is how the cat and mouse game is proceeding right now……

Mr. Ahmadinejad is betting that the threat itself may force the United States, Europe and Russia to provide fuel on his terms; American officials have said the move would only speed the effort to impose sanctions. It may also affect Israel’s calculation about how far it is willing to allow Iran to get to a weapons capability before launching an attack on Iran’s nuclear or missile facilities.

The leadership of that country is trying to keep ahead of the ball…but is in more trouble on other fronts as the West trys to work against the country on different fronts……

Iran remains extremely tense, as it wrestles with a severe economic crisis, and the prospect of huge new protests on February 11, when the nation marks the anniversary of the revolution.

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

President Obama condems the Iranian reaction to dissent….

The President of the United States has mentioned his displeasure at the Iranian governments harsh crack down on dissent within its boarders….

This is the first time President Obama has gone on record against the regimes effort to quell disturbances…..

While not calling for regime change…his words have been heard in the country and will be used by demonstrators as a sign that the Americans are with their cause….Obama is well aware that too much encouragement will let the Iranian government pivot around and make the United States the focal point against the demonstrators as they did with the overthrowing of the Shah…..

Stay tuned for more …this story is simmering……

December 29, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , | Leave a comment

Iran is still eating itself alive……

No matter what its government says….there ARE vast problems and discontent running below the surface.…..while the government makes its pursuit a bomb the most important military goal…there are forces working to destabilize the government from with in……

Make no mistake …there is a race on here…..

Sometimes you plant a disease in your adversary…instead of trying to go through the front door…..

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Politics, Religion, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

They are at it again in Iran…..

More demonstrations in Tehran……

Saturday’s reported clashes come just days before an end-of-year deadline set by world powers for Iran to agree a U.N.-drafted deal to ship most of its low-enriched uranium abroad in exchange for fuel for a Tehran research reactor.

Tension rose again in Iran after the death a week ago of leading dissident cleric Grand AyatollahHossein Ali Montazeri at the age of 87 in the holy Shi’ite city of Qom.

Montazeri, an architect of the 1979 Islamic revolution, was once named to succeed late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as supreme leader.

Things remain unsettled in the country…..

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Politics, Religion | , | Leave a comment

Iran's dissidents have to make up their minds…….

The opposition to Iran’s rulers has reached a critical fork in the road…while some want to press ahead with trying to force the religious leaders to be seperated from the governmemnt…others are asking that the movement slow down and use a slower approach…..

While reports of the movement have quietd down in the United States…the struggle condtiues…..

Although there is no way to measure how widespread the sentiments on both sides are, Iranians involved in the movement say growing numbers of protesters are refusing to compromise with the ruling hierarchy, a system of Shiite religious and political rule ushered in by Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, which ended a 2,500-year-old monarchy.

…..many protesters have gone beyond questioning the election outcome, more than a dozen opposition supporters said in interviews.

“I don’t want to save the Islamic republic,” said Reza, a 28-year-old engineer. “I want a total change, something close to a revolution.” Other interviewees made similar comments, saying that extreme violence unleashed by the government against protesters has hardened their views about Iran’s leaders.

But the lack of leadership and clear goals, combined with the ambiguous position of the defeated candidates in the political system they now attack and the impossibility of resolving policy disputes through public debate, have made the opposition’s next moves highly unpredictable.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | Government, Politics, Religion | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iran’s dissidents have to make up their minds…….

The opposition to Iran’s rulers has reached a critical fork in the road…while some want to press ahead with trying to force the religious leaders to be seperated from the governmemnt…others are asking that the movement slow down and use a slower approach…..

While reports of the movement have quietd down in the United States…the struggle condtiues…..

Although there is no way to measure how widespread the sentiments on both sides are, Iranians involved in the movement say growing numbers of protesters are refusing to compromise with the ruling hierarchy, a system of Shiite religious and political rule ushered in by Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, which ended a 2,500-year-old monarchy.

…..many protesters have gone beyond questioning the election outcome, more than a dozen opposition supporters said in interviews.

“I don’t want to save the Islamic republic,” said Reza, a 28-year-old engineer. “I want a total change, something close to a revolution.” Other interviewees made similar comments, saying that extreme violence unleashed by the government against protesters has hardened their views about Iran’s leaders.

But the lack of leadership and clear goals, combined with the ambiguous position of the defeated candidates in the political system they now attack and the impossibility of resolving policy disputes through public debate, have made the opposition’s next moves highly unpredictable.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | Government, Politics, Religion | , , , , , | Leave a comment