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Israel Hasn’t Changed! Maybe It’s Turkey That Has Changed…? Shimon Peres

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 30, 2010

September 26, 2010 CNN – Fareed Zakaria

A Cry From Iran – Official Trailer

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 30, 2010

An Islamic judge in north of Iran condemned a zealous Christian convert, Mehdi Dibaj, from Islam to death. His crime was apostasy. Dibaj had already served ten years in prison …

The Stuxnet worm traced to the Bible!

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 30, 2010

The Stuxnet, computer virus designed to attack industrial-control systems from Siemens AG has hit the computers of 6 million individuals and nearly 1,000 enterprises in China, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday, in the latest sign of the spread of the virus.

Iranian officials this week said the virus had infected computer systems at Iran’s first nuclear-power plant.

Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.

That use of the word “Myrtus” — which can be read as an allusion to Esther — to name a file inside the code is one of several murky clues that have emerged as computer experts try to trace the origin and purpose of the rogue Stuxnet program, which seeks out a specific kind of command module for industrial equipment.

Then there is the allusion to myrtus — which may be telling, or may be a red herring.

Several of the teams of computer security researchers who have been dissecting the software found a text string that suggests that the attackers named their project Myrtus. The guava fruit is part of the Myrtus family, and one of the code modules is identified as Guava.

But some security experts see the reference as a signature allusion to Esther, a clear warning in a mounting technological and psychological battle as Israel and its allies try to breach Tehran’s most heavily guarded project. Others doubt the Israelis were involved and say the word could have been inserted as deliberate misinformation, to implicate Israel.

“The Iranians are already paranoid about the fact that some of their scientists have defected and several of their secret nuclear sites have been revealed,” one former intelligence official who still works on Iran issues said recently. “Whatever the origin and purpose of Stuxnet, it ramps up the psychological pressure.”

The reports on Iran show a fairly steady drop in the number of centrifuges used to enrich uranium at the main Natanz plant. After reaching a peak of 4,920 machines in May 2009, the numbers declined to 3,772 centrifuges this past August, the most recent reporting period. That is a decline of 23 percent.

It was Mr. Langner who first noted that Myrtus is an allusion to the Hebrew word for Esther. The Book of Esther tells the story of a Persian plot against the Jews, who attacked their enemies pre-emptively.

“If you read the Bible you can make a guess,” said Mr. Langner, in a telephone interview from Germany.

Secretary Clinton and Secretary Geithner Announce Exec. Order Focusing On Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 30, 2010

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S.Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner announce new sanctions against Iran for abusing Human Rights aimed at 8 officials and members of the Revolutionary Guard.

Number of the prisoners rose 35% in Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 29, 2010

Iran is holding 35 percent more prisoners in its jails compared with last year, a judiciary official said in a report on Tuesday.

“By the end of last month, there were over 204,000 people jailed in the country,” Mohammad Ali Zanjirei, deputy head of the Prisons’ Organization, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.

“The figure rose by 35.2 percent compared with last year,” he said, only adding that out of every 100,000 people in the Islamic republic, 271 were jailed.

Iran cracked down on critics after the disputed June 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the ensuing unrest, arresting street protesters as well as reformist politicians, rights activists, students and journalists.

Amnesty International said in June that “hundreds of people remain detained for their part in the protests of June 2009 or for otherwise expressing dissenting views.”

Just recently An Iranian court has sentenced a pioneering Iranian blogger to more than 19 years in prison, a human rights activist told Reuters.

“We were surprised that Derakhshan has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for cooperating with hostile countries, spreading propaganda and insulting religious figures,” a human rights activists, who asked not be named, told Reuters.

Opposition websites also reported on Tuesday that prominent journalist Issa Saharkhiz had been sentenced to three years in jail for “insulting Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and spreading propaganda against the Islamic system.”

Iran’s Stuxnet Malware Problems

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 29, 2010

Earlier this summer, security experts uncovered the Stuxnet, an internet worm that can wreak havoc upon specific industrial systems, as it has done in Iran. Attack of the Show’s Kevin Pereira talks to Wired.com’s Ryan Singel to learn more about Stuxnet.

CNN Report – Execution difference between Iran & US

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 29, 2010

Iran’s complaining about a double standard regarding capital punishment. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria reports.

High-level Taliban leaders had reached out to Karzai’s government

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 28, 2010

The top American commander in Afghanistan said Monday that high-level Taliban leaders had reached out to senior Afghan government officials in the context of starting reconciliation discussions that could pave the way to end the fighting in Afghanistan.

For months, efforts at reconciliation have been stalled at every level, and this is the first explicit public suggestion that there is extensive behind-the-scenes contact between insurgents and the Afghan government.

Gen. David H. Petraeus, in a meeting with reporters after a tour of the largely United States-run detention facility here, where American forces detain Afghans they suspect of supporting the insurgency, said the Taliban were making efforts to establish contact with senior members of the Afghan government.

“There are very high-level Taliban leaders who have sought to reach out to the highest levels of the Afghan government and, indeed, have done that,” General Petraeus said.

A spokesman for Mr. Karzai confirmed that there had been contacts with the Taliban at every level, but he cautioned that the contacts could not be characterized as even the beginning of negotiations. “In the last few months, there have been signs and signals from different levels of Afghan Taliban,” said Waheed Omer, the spokesman.

“There have been different levels of contact — sometimes direct and sometimes indirect,” Mr. Omer said.

Read “Who is Karzai?” to know more about him.

Memorial for post-election victim – Ali Hassanpour

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 28, 2010

Ali Hassanpour was killed on June 15th 2009, in Tehran’s Azadi Square, three days after Ahmadinejad was declared winner in the disupted presidential election in Iran.
Hassanpour´s body was given to his family 105 days after his death!

Speech about Iran’s Human Rights – Geneva

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 28, 2010

Speech about Iran and Ayatollah Borujerdi’s letter to the UN.