Iran’s President Plays Down Neighboring Nations’ Calls to Bomb His Own as U.S.-Backed Rabble Rousing
Iran’s president said Monday that leaked American diplomatic memos recounting Arab calls for the U.S. to launch a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities were intended to stir “mischief.”
According to the memos released Sunday by online whistle-blower Wikileaks, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.
“We don’t give any value to these documents,” Ahmadinejad told a news conference. “It’s without legal value. Iran and regional states are friends. Such acts of mischief have no impact on relations between nations.”
Ahmadinejad alleged the leaks were an “organized” effort by the U.S. to stir trouble between Iran and Arab neighbors.
Arab nations just across the Persian Gulf are known to be wary of Iran’s rising regional influence, military power and nuclear activity. The leaked documents, however, reveal a much higher degree of alarm in the calls for U.S. military action.
The U.S. has helped several Arab nations in the Gulf increase their anti-missile defenses and itself has a naval presence in the region.
Ahmadinejad questioned the credibility of the information contained in the U.S. documents and accused the American government of pursuing a strategy resembling “an intelligence and psychological war game.”
He asserted it was aimed at having a “political impact” but would fail.
“Nations are aware. Such a game will have no effect. It’s so worthless that it isn’t worth someone referring to them or wasting time to refer to them.”
In the same news conference Monday, Ahmadinejad accused Israel and Western governments of being behind the killing of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist in a bombing earlier in the day.
Assailants on motorcycles attached bombs to the cars of two nuclear scientists as they were driving to work in Tehran Monday, killing one and wounding the other, Iranian officials say.
Ahmadinejad said “undoubtedly the hand of the Zionist regime and Western governments is involved” in the killing. But he said the assassination wouldn’t stop Iran from pursuing its nuclear programs.
US Secretary of State has begun work to repair political damage caused by WikiLeaks’ publication of secret diplomatic documents.
Hillary Clinton apologized to Ankara for the leak of secret documents, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said after a meeting in Washington on Monday.
Clinton expressed regret and apologized to Turkey and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Davutoglu said. According to him, the disclosure affects the interests of Ankara and Washington. But this misunderstanding is unlikely to harm ties between the two countries, he noted.
The materials published by WikiLeaks will not change Turkey’s attitude towards the US, the Turkish minister stressed. Ankara is not afraid even if “all world states open archives,” he noted. “Our policy is clear and transparent, we have no other standpoint,” Itar-Tass quoted Davutoglu as saying.
The name of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan was mentioned in classified cables of US diplomats published by WikiLeaks on Sunday. They alleged that he was surrounded by “incompetent advisors” and Turkey was on its path to “an Islamist future” outside the European Union.
Diplomats’ analyses are not always absolute and such reports do not “reflect the stance of political leaders,” Clinton said, according to Davutoglu. After the meeting with the Turkish FM, she said the US “deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential.”
Many predict it will take the US State Department some time to minimize the diplomatic embarrassment caused by the leak.
The WikiLeaks publication of 250,000 classified documents “has disclosed the lack of confidentiality of American diplomacy,” a high-ranking Russian diplomat said. This “unprecedented and regrettable” event means the US government is“incapable of providing confidentiality in its own diplomacy,” he noted.
However, the revealed documents “bring no problem for Russia,” the diplomat said. Moscow is aware of current views of Russia widespread among the US political, military and intelligence establishment, he added.
Meanwhile, a high-ranking source in Russia’s Security Council said on Tuesday that the documents published by WikiLeaks “must not be trusted.” All the materials should be checked and analyzed, “but it is really impossible to do it,” RIA Novosti quoted him as saying. This work requires a lot of time and resources, he added.
“Disinformation” could be easily included in the published documents, the source warned. He described the activities of WikiLeaks as “an element of the information war” and assumed that “the US special services or Pentagon could be behind it.” The publication has shown everyone that in the modern world, any real facts or disinformation “can be thrown on to the Internet,” he said.
Por Geraldine Fabrikant, fornecido por The New York Times.
Nick Martin at the Highland Community College vineyard in Wamego, Kan., where he has taught winemaking since losing a fortune he got from the sale of the business his father founded. (Steve Hebert for The New York Times)
Grateful to have found work in this tough economy, Nick Martin teaches grape growing and winemaking each Saturday to a class of seven students in a simple metal building here at a satellite campus of Highland Community College.
Then he drives 14 miles in an 11-year-old Ford Explorer to a sparsely furnished tract house that he rents for $900 a month on a dead-end street in McFarland, a smaller town. Just across the backyard is a shed that a neighbor uses to make cartridges for shooting the prairie dogs that infest the adjacent fields.
It is a far cry from the life that Mr. Martin and his family enjoyed until recently at their Adirondacks waterfront camp at Tupper Lake, N.Y. Their garage held three stylish cars, including a yellow Aston Martin; they owned three horses, one that cost $173,000; and Mr. Martin treated his wife, Kate, to a birthday weekend at the Waldorf-Astoria, with dinner at the “21” Club and a $7,000 mink coat.
That luxurious world was fueled by a check Mr. Martin received in 1998 for $14 million, his share of the $600 million sale of Martin Media, an outdoor advertising business begun by his father in California in the 1950s. After taxes, he kept about $10 million.
But as so often happens to those lucky enough to realize the American dream of sudden riches, the money slipped through the Martins’ fingers faster than they ever imagined.
They faced temptations to indulge, with the complexities and pressures of new wealth. And a pounding recession pummeled the value of their real estate and new financial investments, rendering their properties unaffordable.
The fortune evaporated in little more than a decade.
“Cristóbal Colón servía en secreto a Portugal, y no a España, a la que con el “descubrimiento” de América pretendía alejar de los ricos mercados de Asia, y no era de origen genovés, pues su padre pudo ser un rey polaco exiliado en Madeira, afirma el investigador luso-estadounidense Manuel Rosa. Tales afirmaciones, difíciles de aceptar para los historiadores colombinos, van a causar cuanto menos una fuerte polémica, pues Rosa, que trabaja para la Duke University Medical Center (Carolina del Norte, EEUU), acompaña cada una de sus aseveraciones con fuentes muy documentadas que pueden conmover los pilares de la historia moderna.
Mossad e CIA envolvidas em atentados de hoje contra cientistas iranianos
Teerão, 29 nov (Lusa) – Os serviços secretos israelitas e norte-americanos, Mossad e CIA, respetivamente, estão por trás dos atentados cometidos hoje contra dois responsáveis do programa nuclear iraniano, afirmou o ministro do Interior iraniano, citado pela televisão de Estado.
“A arrogância global, a Mossad e a CIA são os inimigos da nação iraniana, e eles querem paralisar os nossos progressos científicos”, declarou Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, questionado pela televisão.
“Este ato de terrorismo desesperado (…) mostra a fraqueza deles e a inferioridade da situação deles”, adiantou.
O gabinete do Presidente Mahmud Ahmadinejad acusou num comunicado «o regime sionista» de estar por trás destes atentados dos quais resultou a morte de um físico que tinha um importante desempenho no programa nuclear iraniano, o professor Majid Shahriari, e ferimentos num outro cientista iraniano, Fereydun Abbassi Davani, que trabalha para o Ministério da Defesa.
“O sangue de Shariahri desacredita os defensores da democracia e dos direitos humanos e arruina a reputação dos sionistas terroristas e dos seus arrogantes defensores” ocientais, adianta o comunicado.
Peter Lavelle asks his CrossTalk guests whether the only thing left of the modern welfare state is socialism for the rich.
Afinal sempre era verdade a perseguição que mencionei aqui noutro post ao senhor wikileaks. Hoje começaram a chover noticias pelos jornais mundiais sobre a documentação da wiki leaks, reforçando assim a sua credibilidade. Isto tem como propósito uma resposta à perseguição de que o senhor tem sido vítima sobre umas alegadas violações a duas senhoritas. Foi-lhe decretada a prisão antes da divulgação de certos documentos. Como resposta, parece-me que pediu todos os favores que lhe deviam e meteu tudo o que pôde a girar sobre a imprensa internacional.
Parece-me que está a começar aqui uma guerra pelos direitos da humanidade. Cabe-nos a nós como seres humanos, julgá-la e juntarmo-nos à mesma. Fora daqui com os senhores do mundo e fora daqui com o dinheiro. O planeta é de todos nós e não de meia dúzia de senhores como “papel”. O movimento está em andamento. A revolução está a começar!
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