Sunday, March 29, 2015
'Persona non grata' - Iranian MPs pursue to cancel Erdogan's visit to Tehran. (TAZ).
The upcoming trip of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyep Erdogan to Iran should be cancelled due to his recent anti-Iran remarks, Iranian MP Esmaeel Kowsari said.
Kowsari, who is a member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said Erdogan should be notified that if he talks nonsense about Iran, he will be dealt with, Iran’s Fars news agency reported on March 29.
“Even if the foreign affairs ministry takes no step in this regard, we will oblige them to do it,” Kowsari said.
Erdogan is due to visit Tehran in early April.
The Turkish president earlier accused Iran of trying to dominate the Middle East and its efforts have begun to annoy Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries.
Prior to that, Turkey said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi forces (a Shia group) in Yemen and called on the militia group and its “foreign supporters” to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region.
“Iran is trying to dominate the region,” Erdogan said at a press conference. “This is really not tolerable and Iran has to see this.”
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif severely criticized Erdogan over the latter's recent remarks against the Islamic Republic.
“Those who have inflicted irreparable damage with their strategic mistakes and high ambitions would better adopt wise policies to use existing potentials in preserving regional peace and integrity,” Zarif said.
Zarif said that Iran highly regards its strategic relations with Turkey in different spheres, adding that under the current circumstances all countries must work toward establishing peace and preventing insecurity in the region.
'Advanced Islamist Democracy' - 58 Twitter users prosecuted for criticizing Turkish state-run news agency.
'Advanced Islamist Democracy' - 58 Twitter users prosecuted for criticizing Turkish state-run news agency. (TZ).
An investigation has been launched into 58 individuals including journalists, deputies, musicians and actors on the grounds that they posted messages on Twitter criticizing the state-run Anadolu news agency, according to a story in the Cumhuriyet daily over the weekend.
The individuals facing investigation include Zaman daily Washington representative Ali Halit Aslan, world-renowned pianist Fazıl Say, Cumhuriyet daily Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar, Cumhuriyet correspondent Ahmet Şık, Hürriyet writer Melis Alphan, Miliyet reporter Burcu Karakaş, Taraf and Today's Zaman columnist Emre Uslu, Republican People's Party (CHP) deputies Umut Oran and Müslim Sarı, actor Erdal Beşikçioğlu and pop singer Atilla Taş.
Anadolu has received growing criticism for being the propaganda tool of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The agency attracted heavy criticism for its coverage of the results of the March 30 local elections last year in favor of the AK Party.
These individuals are accused of insulting the news agency, but their tweets that are included in the investigation file do not contain insults. Hmmmm.....The real news is that the EU allows this dictator to get away with it in exchange for cheap gas from 'Islamist' Turkey.Read the full story here.
Unconfirmed Report: Provisional 'Surrender' Agreement on Iran Deal Reached. (INN).
Israel says deal 'could be no less than a tragedy for the moderate regimes in the Middle East and for the entire Western world.'A provisional agreement on key elements of Iran deal has been reached, say diplomats, according to AFP.
Western diplomats in talks in Switzerland said Sunday that Iran had "more or less" agreed to slash the number of its centrifuge machines “by more than two-thirds” and to ship abroad “most of its stockpile of nuclear material,” according to the AFP report.
Negotiators in Lausanne are frantically racing to finalize the outlines of a framework deal by midnight Tuesday, and the diplomats cautioned however that things may change.
Iranian diplomats however denied that any tentative agreement on slashing the centrifuges and shipping out nuclear materials has been reached, telling the French press agency that any reports of specific number of centrifuges and exporting its stockpiles were "journalistic speculation".
"The fact is that we will conserve a substantial number of centrifuges, that no site will be closed, in particular Fordo. These are the basis of the talks," the Iranian diplomat said.
A senior member of the Iranian negotiating team said that the "publication of such information by certain Western media is aimed at creating an atmosphere to disturb the negotiating process".
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said the deal currently under discussion between Iran and world powers over Tehran's nuclear program is even worse than he had feared.
"The dangerous accord which is being negotiated in Lausanne confirms our concerns and even worse," Netanyahu said in remarks at a meeting of his cabinet broadcast on public radio.
"After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is carrying out a pincers movement in the south as well in order to take over and conquer the entire Middle East. The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous for humanity and needs to be stopped."
“Iran is receiving a reward,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon tweeted Sunday afternoon. “The West is letting Iran into the family of nations, through the front door. The Iranian appetite to export the revolution through terror will only grow.”
"A very bad deal could be signed in Switzerland with Iran, a country with a radical and out-of-control regime that succeeded in hoodwinking the entire western world,” said Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon in response to the reports from Lausanne.
"Iran uses subversive and murderous terror and is involved on the wrong side of every Middle Eastern conflict,” he continued, “and turning it into a nuclear threshold state as will happen after the agreement is signed could be no less than a tragedy for the moderate regimes in the Middle East and for the entire Western world.” Hmmmm......Rumor has it the Obama -Iran 'admin' is booking the USS Missouri to sign the conditional surrender documents.
'Islamist' Sometimes NATO Ally Turkey welcomes fall of key city in Syria’s north to Terrorist group Al Nusra.
'Islamist' Sometimes NATO Ally Turkey welcomes fall of key city in Syria’s north to Terrorist group Al Nusra. (HD).
Turkish officials have expressed their satisfaction at the seizure of the northern Syrian city of Idlib by opposition forces, stressing that the Ankara-supported Free Syrian Army (FSA) was part of the winning side.
The coalition that seized Idlib city on March 28 was composed of the al-Nusra Front, the official Syrian affiliate of al-Qaeda, as well as several Islamist factions.
“The al-Nusra Front and its allies have captured all of Idlib,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, according to AFP. “There is still a group of soldiers fighting in the security quarter of the city, but they will not be able to reverse the situation,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman added.
“Turkey is content that the opposition has captured Idlib. Our support for the FSA will continue,” a Turkish official told daily Hürriyet on condition of anonymity. The official also stressed it is wrong to credit only al-Nusra for the success, which “boosted” the FSA’s morale.
The 'jihadist' group al-Nusra also announced the capture of the northwestern city on its official Twitter account. Hmmmm......Flashback: Turkey removes Al Nusra from Al-Qaeda terrorist list. I guess that was the first step to 'white wash' their terrorist buddies. :) Now called 'Jihadis' !
*Flashback 18 June 2014 - Obama's BFF And NATO 'Ally' Turkey REMOVES Al-Nusrah Front, Jabhet al-Nusrah, Jabhet al-Nusrah, The Victory Front from the terrorist org. list.
Updated on 02 June 2014 - The List established and maintained by
the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee with respect to individuals, groups, undertakings and other entities associated with Al-Qaida
In case you doubted Erdogan's goals :
Erdoğan: "Some still don't understand Gallipoli. It was the continuation of the struggle of Saladin and Mehmet the Conqueror." #HolyWar
— Ankaralı Jan (@06JAnk) March 29, 2015
QDe.137 Name: AL-NUSRAH FRONT FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE LEVANT
Name (original script): جبهة النصرة لأهل الشامA.k.a.: a) جبهة النصرة (the Victory Front; Jabhat al-Nusrah; Jabhet al-Nusra; Al-Nusrah Front; Al-Nusra Front) b) شبكة أنصار المجاهدين (sub-unit name: Ansar al-Mujahideen Network) c) مجاهدو الشام في ساحات الجهاد (sub-unit name: Levantine Mujahideen on the Battlefields of Jihad) F.k.a.: na Address: a) Operates in Syria b) Support network in Iraq Listed on: 14 May 2014 Other Information: Associated with Al-Qaida (QDe.004) and Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai (QDi.299), the leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115), since at least Jan. 2012. Brings Syrian and foreign Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115) and Asbat al-Ansar (QDe.007) fighters, along with other foreign Al-Qaida operatives, to join local elements in Syria to carry out terrorist and guerrilla operations there. Previously listed between 30 May 2013 and 13 May 2014 as an aka of Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115).
Air Canada provides Update on AC624 who overshot runway in Halifax. (AC).
MONTREAL, March 29, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada provides the following update on flight AC624, an Airbus A320, that was involved in an incident upon landing at Halifax International Airport, Nova Scotia. The incident occurred at approximately 24:43 AT Sunday March 29 (23:43 ET March 28).
The passenger list indicates the airplane was carrying 133 passengers and 5 crew members.
All passengers and crew deplaned the aircraft. Air Canada can confirm that 23 passengers and crew sustained non-life threatening injuries and have been transported to local hospitals for observation and treatment.
Air Canada personnel are currently on site providing assistance to passengers and additional Air Canada teams are on their way.
No further details are available at this time, however Air Canada will provide regular updates on Twitter and on its website at aircanada.com as information becomes known.
Air Canada will be cooperating fully with authorities in their investigation.
HT and source:
Netanyahu: "Iran is trying to ‘conquer Middle East’, Nuclear deal worse then we feared". (AA).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared.
Noting advances made by Iranian-allied forces in Yemen and other Arab countries, Netanyahu accused the Islamic republic of trying to "conquer the entire Middle East" while moving toward nuclearization.
Israel has campaigned against the talks, arguing that they would ease sanctions on Tehran while leaving it with the basic infrastructure necessary to build a nuclear bomb. The Iranians say their nuclear program is peaceful.
"This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that," Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem as six world powers and Iran worked toward a March 31 deadline in Switzerland.
"I have just come from a conversation with US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Over the weekend I spoke with US Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. I heard from both of them about strong and continuing bipartisan support for Israel and of course this is very important. I expressed to them our deep concern over the agreement being formulated with Iran in the nuclear talks. This agreement, as it appears, confirms all of our concerns and even more so," Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem as the sides in Lausanne worked toward a March 31 deadline.
"Even as meetings proceed on this dangerous agreement, Iran's proxies in Yemen are overrunning large sections of that country and are attempting to seize control of the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb straits which would affect the naval balance and the global oil supply.
Israel meanwhile kept up its public campaign against the possible nuclear deal with Tehran.
"I say here, this morning, in the name of the government of Israel, this is a bad deal, full of holes," Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio. "The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity, and must be stopped," he said. Hmmm......'By their fruits you will know them'. Read the full story here.
Iranian editor covering nuclear talks defects says: 'US only talks on Iran's behalf with other members of the 5+1'.
Iranian editor covering nuclear talks defects says: 'US only talks on Iran's behalf with other members of the 5+1'. (Telegraph).
A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West.
Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA).
He then appeared on an opposition television channel based in London to say he no longer saw any “sense” in his profession as a journalist as he could only write what he was told.
He is said to have been a friend of Jason Rezaian, the Iranian-American reporter for the Washington Post who has been detained in Tehran, and to have campaigned privately for his release.
In his television interview, Mr Mottaghi also gave succour to western critics of the proposed nuclear deal, which has seen the White House pursue a more conciliatory line with Tehran than some of America’s European allies in the negotiating team, comprising the five permanent members of the UN security council and Germany.
“The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” he said.
Hmmm......'Israel's staunchest ally' .....yeah sure, anyone interested in a bridge for sale?Read the full story here.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Iranian source Dismisses Reuters Report on Draft N. Deal. (Fars).
A source close to the Iranian team of nuclear negotiators with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) categorically rejected a Reuters' report on a draft nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers.
“Intensive negotiations with the G5+1 are continuing at all levels to achieve solutions to different issues,” the source told FNA.
The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, dismissed the Reuters' report as groundless and media hype.
On Friday, Reuters quoted officials as saying that Iran and the six-party nations were close to an agreement on a 2- or 3-page agreement with specific numbers that would form the basis of a long-term settlement aimed at putting an end to Iran-G5+1 nuclear standoff.
Reuters alleged that a senior Iranian official familiar with the talks had said that Iran and the world powers were very, very close to the final step and it could be signed or agreed and announced verbally. Meantime, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that major differences are still in place in the nuclear debates between Tehran and the G5+1, adding that striking a final deal depends on the political will of the other side.
"We are not close to a deal as reaching a comprehensive agreement needs political will and choosing between pressure and agreement," Zarif told reporters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Friday night.
"We are proceeding, we still have work to do and we are trying hard," he added.
He reiterated that both sides can definitely find solutions, but reaching a solution requires political will from the opposite side.
“The reason why I emphasize the other side’s political will is that the Islamic Republic of Iran has the political will at the highest levels," he added.
Also, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi said Tehran and the six powers are trying hard to strike a final deal, but differences are still in place.
"Differences still persist on some issues as we are trying to get our views closer to each other," Araqchi, also Iran's deputy chief negotiator in the talks with the world powers, told reporters on Friday night.
Asked if the two sides are likely to strike a final in Lausanne in the coming days, the Iranian deputy foreign minister responded, "We hope so and we will stay in Lausanne until the last minute and we will try… ."
Araqchi, meantime, said that the foreign ministers of Iran and G5+1 are likely to meet in Lausanne in coming days and there could be a sum up meeting at the UN headquarters in Geneva if such a meeting proves necessary. Earlier on Friday, Araqchi said there was still a serious gap between Tehran and the western powers.
"All differences are serious and we are trying to reduce these differences," Araqchi told reporters in Lausanne.
"… we are still hopeful and optimistic, but it is still soon to state if we will be able to obtain a solution on all issues or not," he added.
He noted that both sides are trying to reach a solution on all issues first and then write down the solutions in black and white in the coming months.
Araqchi pointed to the Iran-G5+1 meetings on Friday, and said, "Bilateral and multilateral meetings at the level of experts, deputy FMs, and FMs will be held today and we hope these meetings lead to progress in the negotiations." He noted that the Iranian negotiators will stay in Lausanne as long as needed.