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Islamic Republic of Iran arrests at least 25 Christians

One might be forgiven for suspecting that the Islamic Republic of Iran isn’t quite as “moderate” as Ben Rhodes would have us believe.

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“Iran: At least 25 Christian citizens were arrested in Kerman,” NCRI, September 28, 2016 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

NCRI – Monday, September 27, security forces arrested at least 25 Christians in Southern City of Kerman and transferred them to an unknown location.

The human rights websites in Iran reported, security guards, raided the homes of Christian citizens, searched the houses and confiscated the belongings and at least 25 people were arrested.

There has been no information about the reason of arrests and whereabouts of these citizens so far.

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Iran Forbids Women From Riding Bicycles

Rivaling Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving, the ban says the activity exposes the society to corruption and is against women’s chastity.

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” – Feminist icon Susan B. Anthony, 1896.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa prohibiting women from riding bicycles in public.

Speaking to state media, Khamenei said, “Riding a bicycle often attracts the attention of men and exposes the society to corruption, and thus contravenes women’s chastity, and it must be abandoned.”

Reaction was swift and to the point by women protesting the latest setback to their freedom in the Islamic Republic.

The hashtag #Iranianwomenlovecycling was initiated on social media and women began posting pictures of themselves
From the Facebook Page ‘My Stealthy Freedom’
riding bikes on the Facebook page “My Stealthy Freedom,” a site initially created for Iranian women to post pictures of themselves outside without the obligatory hijab.

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From the Facebook Page ‘My Stealthy Freedom’.

One mother and daughter rented bicycles as soon as they heard about the fatwa and videoed themselves riding around Kish Island. “Bicycle riding is part of our lives,” said the daughter, “We’re not giving up.”

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and administrator of the “My Stealthy Freedom” Facebook page told ABC news in Australia, “Thisfatwa has received much ridicule on social media. It is absolutely shameful to hear such a backward fatwa against women in the 21st century … it is unacceptable in 2016.

“Women in Iran want to be active in society, but for the clerics, that’s the big threat because in their eyes, women should not be seen nor heard, stuck in the kitchen.”

From the Facebook page 'My Stealthy Freedom'From the Facebook page ‘My Stealthy Freedom’“The fight for equality is a historical process and just in the same way that women succeeded in Europe and the U.S. to win their rights, so will women in Iran,” she added.

Over the summer, Iranian police arrested a group of women who were riding bicycles and forced them to sign a pledge that they would not ride in public again.

When the bicycle was first invented in the mid 19th century, its use by women was similarly opposed by the conservative establishment in the West. Early feminists took to riding the bicycle as a form of protest against strict gender roles. Pamphlets such as “Harmful Effects of the Bicycle Upon the Girl’s Pelvis” were published warning women to stay away from what was regarded as immoral behavior.

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of women defying the ban against cycling in Iran. (Photo: Facebook page ‘My Stealthy Freedom’)

Video: On the West’s Absurd Polices toward Islam

On August 21, 2016, I addressed the American Freedom Alliance conference in Los Angeles on “Can Islam Coexist with the West?” Pamela Geller, President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, introduced me. She also spoke immediately before me; here is the full video of her remarks, followed by her introduction of me and my own

Pamela Geller introduces me.

My remarks.

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Iranians ‘harass, make ‘high speed intercept’ of U.S. warship near Strait of Hormuz

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been on a war footing against the United States since 1979. The Iran nuclear deal only emboldened it. Iranian vessels regularly confront U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf, while the Obama administration tries to downplay these incidents so as to mislead Americans into thinking that Iran is achieving a rapprochement with the United States.

The details of Iran’s ongoing war activities against the United States are unknown to most Americans — find them out in The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran.

“Iran vessels make ‘high speed intercept’ of U.S. ship: U.S. official,” by Idrees Ali, Reuters, August 24, 2016:

Four of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels “harassed” a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid Washington’s concerns about Iran’s posture in the Gulf and in the Syrian civil war.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was “unsafe and unprofessional.”

The vessels harassed the destroyer by “conducting a high speed intercept and closing within a short distance of Nitze, despite repeated warnings,” the official said.

IRGC, the Islamic Republic’s praetorian guard, is suspicious of U.S. military activity near Iran’s borders and appears to be sticking to a familiar posture in the Gulf that predates last year’s nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers, including the United States.

The United States and other countries are concerned about Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, its ballistic missile program, and its backing for Shiite militias that have abused civilians in Iraq.

The U.S. defense official said that in Tuesday’s incident the USS Nitze tried to communicate with the Iranian vessels 12 times, but received no response. It also fired 10 flares in the direction of two of the Iranian vessels.

“The Iranian high rate of closure… created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation, including additional defensive measures by Nitze,” the official said.

USS Nitze had to change course in order to distance itself from the Iranian vessels, the official said, adding that the incident could have led to a diplomatic protest, but the United States does not have diplomatic relations with Iran….

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Peaceful Islam is ‘American Islam’

“Islam commands us to be firm against the enemies and be kind and compassionate toward each other.” Where does Ayatollah Sayyed Yousef Tabatabaeinejad get this idea? Why, from the Qur’an:

“Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; those with him are harsh against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves…” (48:29)

Will the American Islamic apologists who insist that Islam is peaceful and that those who think otherwise are greasy Islamophobes take the Ayatollah Sayyed Yousef Tabatabaeinejad to task for misunderstanding the religion which he has spent his life trying to understand properly? Don’t hold your breath.

“Non-revolutionary Islam is “American Islam” – Shiite scholar,” Iran’s state-controlled Ahlul Bayt News Agency, May 9, 2016:

Ayatollah Khamenei’s representative in Esfahan province emphasized that non-revolutionary Islam is the same as “American Islam” and revolutionary Islam is the same as pure Muhammadan Islam.

AhlulBayt News Agency – Ayatollah Khamenei’s representative in Esfahan province of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyed Yousef Tabatabaeinejad noted the anniversary of the establishment of Iran’s Organization for Mobilization of the Oppressed (Basij) on the orders of the late Imam Khomeini and stated: “The Basij was established during the [Iran-Iraq] War and it also established a revolutionary spirit for the entire nation and it still has this revolutionary spirit.”

The Supreme Leader’s representative in Esfahan province emphasized the fact that the revolutionary Islam is the same as pure Muhammadan Islam, saying: “Some say our Islam is not revolutionary Islam, but we must say to them that non-revolutionary Islam is the same as American Islam. Islam commands us to be firm against the enemies and be kind and compassionate toward each other and not be afraid of anything.”

Ayatollah Tabatabaeinejad pointed to the false idea among some, who think that in order to survive, we must accept the enemies’ oppression and referred to the message of Imam Husayn’s uprising against the Caliph Yazid, saying: “By saying ‘woe unto the wretched,’ Imam Husayn did not say that in order to improve our living conditions we should accept the enemies’ humiliation. Principally, our Islam is revolutionary and revolutionary Islam has created the Islamic Revolution and this revolutionary spirit must be maintained.”

His Eminence said that the [Iranian] Revolution was brought into existence through Islam and was led by the clergy and Imam Khomeini. “The message of Imam Khomeini advanced the Revolution and the clergy suffered torture and endured many hardships on this path and the revolution triumphed due to their efforts. If the clergy abandon their revolutionary spirit, the duties of the people will be determined.”

Ayatollah Tabatabaeinejad stated that revolutionary Islam is this same Islam. It is the Islam that is within us that can create changes. The warriors realized that Islam is not just prayers and fasting, but rather they stood against the enemies in support of Islam. “Thus, revolutionary Islam is our constitution and our Leader acts according to religious attributes and never accepts foreign domination,” he stressed.

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Gay Staff Tell Air France: We Don’t Want to Fly to Death in Iran

Gay flight attendants working for Air France demand the right to opt out of flying to a country where homosexuality is punishable by death.

Gay flight attendants working for Air France are demanding the airline allow them to opt out of flights to Tehran when the airline resumes its flights to the Islamic Republic April 17 after an eight-year hiatus.

Homosexuality is a crime punishable by death in Iran.

Air France recently found itself embroiled in a dispute with female crew members when they announced that women employees must cover their hair and wear baggy trousers when disembarking in Iran. The airline backed down after objections by the trade union and subsequently made the route optional for female employees.

Now, the gay staff are asking for that same right. The online petition “We don’t want to fly to death in Iran” launched by the attendants states:

“Air France has decided to return to Tehran. Before taking this decision, it did not ask flight attendants what they thought of the rights of women in this country, nor how they felt at the thought of having to wear scarves and wide trousers once at the destination.

“Fortunately, the unions intervened, the feminist cause is often seen, the media seized the debate, and the hostesses got (which would have seemed logical from the start) the right to refuse travel.

“It is this right that we ask today for gay stewards. Indeed, homosexuality remains illegal in this country. The penalty is up to 74 lashes for a minor, up to the death penalty for an adult (the method of execution remains at the discretion of the judge).

“Of course, sexuality is not written on passports and does not change the way the crew work. But for moral reasons as humans, it is inconceivable to force someone to go to a country where his kind are condemned for who they are.

“It is also ethically inconceivable to ask the people who fought in their country, in their environment or even in their family to be recognised for who they are to put a scarf over who they are, for their profession.”

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Iran hacked New York dam and dozens of U.S. banks

“These attacks were relentless, they were systematic, and they were widespread.” Peace in our time!

Bowman Avenue Dam

“Iranians Hacked New York Dam And Banks, Says US,” Sky News, March 24, 2016:

Seven hackers allegedly tied to the Iranian government have been charged with cyber-attacks on a small dam outside New York City and dozens of banks.

Unsealing the indictment in Washington DC, the Justice Department said all seven accused were employed by Iranian computer companies that have worked for the Iranian government.

The attacks on the American financial sector disabled bank websites and caused tens of millions of dollars in losses, say the charges.

The cyber-raids occurred between December 2011 and May 2013, escalating until they recurred on an almost weekly basis.

Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, HSBC and the New York Stock Exchange were among the targets, said US authorities.

“These attacks were relentless, they were systematic, and they were widespread,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch told reporters on Thursday.

One of the seven, Hamid Firoozi, is accused of hacking the control system of the Bowman Avenue Dam, about 20 miles (32km) north of New York City.

Luckily for operators of the 20ft high flood-control structure, its sluice gate had been disconnected from the computer system for maintenance at the time, so it could not be manipulated by the hacker.

The individuals named in the indictment are not in American custody….

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Iran to Pay Thousands to Families of Palestinian Attackers

If the attacker is killed, the family will receive $7,000 from Iran; if the attacker’s house is demolished, the family will receive $30,000.

The Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fattah Ali has announced that Iran will pay thousands of dollars to every family who has a member who perpetrates a terrorist attack against Israel.

If the attacker is killed, the family will receive $7,000 from Iran; if the attacker’s house is demolished, the family will receive $30,000.

The current wave of attacks, which began last September and has been dubbed the “Knife Intifada,” has seen 188 stabbing attacks, 75 shootings and 39 vehicular attacks conducted by Palestinians against Israeli civilians and security personnel. To date, 31 Israelis have been killed in those attacks, with 357 wounded.

Ali announced the payments at press conference in Beirut, in which he called for Lebanon to join the fight against Israel, saying, “the martyrs’ blood will release the entire Palestine, from the river to the sea”

In a statement, the Israeli Foreign Ministry commented,  “This is additional proof of Iran’s deep involvement in supporting terror against Israel. After the agreement with the world powers, Iran is allowing itself to continue being a central player in international terror.”

Iran has also been involved in funding Hamas and providing the Gaza-based terror group with weapons. In April 2015, it was reported that Iran had transferred tens of millions of dollars to Hamas to rebuilt their network of terror tunnels partially destroyed in 2014 by Israel.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has also said that Iran had embedded “sleeper cells” in the US and Europe, warning that the cells were gathering weapons and intelligence, and recruiting members to carry out terror attacks.

“The Iranian regime through the Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives and are ready to act on order including in Europe and America,” Ya’alon said yesterday on a visit to Cyprus.

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Report: Iran Executes a Child for Cheering a Saudi Soccer Team

EDITORS NOTE: The inset of the featured image is of the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fattah Ali

Iran Executes a Child for Cheering a Saudi Soccer Team

Arab media reports Iran executed a boy from the southwestern city of Ahvaz for cheering a Saudi football team and wearing Arab clothes.

Iran executed a child for cheering a Saudi soccer team at a match in Tehran, according to Arabic media reports. The Ahvazi child, Yasser Shalibawi, was charged with cheering for the visiting Al-Hilal soccer team at a match in Tehran and wearing Arab clothes.

He also allegedly held up a sign saying “The Arabic Al-Hilal: Welcome to the Land of the Arabic Al-Ahvaz.’

Shalibawi was executed by shooting, the head of the British Regional Centre for Studies of the Middle East, Amjem Taha, told Al-Madenah News.

This is the first time someone has cheered a Saudi team in Iran, according to the Egyptian outlet Al-Wafd.

Ahvaz is a city in the south west of Iran home to a large number of ethnic Arabs and there have previously been tensions between them and the regime, which has been accused of discriminating against Iranian-Arabs.

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Islamic State slaughters 300, kidnaps over 400

The age of Obama is the age of jihadi advance.

“ISIS massacres 300 and kidnaps at least 400 including women and children during attack on government-held city,” by Tom Wyke, MailOnline, January 17, 2016:

ISIS have abducted at least 400 civilians including women and children after capturing new territory in an assault on Syria’s eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

Activists from the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they believed ISIS rounded up the civilians following an attack on the north of the city.

‘After their attack on Deir Ezzor yesterday, IS abducted at least 400 civilians from the residents of the Al-Baghaliyeh suburb it captured and adjacent areas in the northwest of the city,’ the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

‘Those abducted, all of whom are Sunnis, include women, children and family members of pro-regime fighters,’ Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

They were transported to areas under ISIS control in the west of Deir Ezzor province and to the border with the Raqqa province to the northwest.

The IS attack on Deir Ezzor on Saturday killed at least 85 civilians and 50 regime forces, the monitor said.

ISIS posted a statement confirming they had launched a ‘massive assault on Syrian regime positions’ in the city of Deir Ezzor.

The jihadi group claimed they have gained control over the radio tower, several warehouses and outskirt neighbourhoods.

It also claimed it had killed ‘dozens’ of Assad regime soldiers.

‘The battles are ongoing until now and we ask Allah for victory and consolidation….

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