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Chavez Helping Iran Beat U.N. Sanctions – CBN.com

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 7, 2010

CBN News reports that the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is helping Iran to beat U.N. sanctions…

Ahmadinejad and Chavez are united to establish a new world order!

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 21, 2010

The leaders of Iran and Venezuela hailed what they called their strong strategic relationship, saying they are united in efforts to establish a “new world order” that will eliminate Western dominance over global affairs.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and visiting Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, watched as officials from both countries signed 11 agreements promoting cooperation in areas including oil, natural gas, textiles, trade and public housing.

Iran’s state TV quoted both Ahmadinejad and Chavez as calling their relationship a “strategic alliance” that would eliminate the current global order.

“Iran and Venezuela are united to establish a new world order based on humanity and justice,” Ahmadinejad said, repeating his predictions that those who today seek “world domination are on the verge of collapse.”

Chavez said any efforts to stop Iran’s and Venezuela’s progress would fail, and he denounced U.S. “imperialism” saying it is headed for “the graveyard.”

Chavez is strengthening ties with Syria also on the Mideast-leg of an international tour partly intended to counter what he calls U.S. “imperialism.”

Since President Barack Obama took office, the U.S. has made repeated overtures to Syria. But Syria has been boosting ties with outspoken critics of Washington, such as Venezuela and Iran.

I’m not sure if the second Cuban Crisis will be unavoidable but before it’s too late, the government should have some sort of actions on these threats especially on South America’s Hezbollah which is increasing their presence in the region more than ever before.

Ahmadinejad revived his charge; the Jewish state should be wiped out

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 18, 2010

The eighth round of Iran-Venezuela’s energy talks as part of the two countries’ efforts to boost mutual cooperation in oil, gas and petrochemical industries will be opened in Tehran tomorrow.

The two-day energy talks will focus on the establishment of a joint oil shipping company as agreed in a memorandum of understanding the two countries signed last year, the construction of petrochemical units and participation in Iran’s South Pars gas field.

Over the past five years, Iran and Venezuela have signed various memorandums of understanding and contracts to set up a joint oil shipping firm and participate and invest in oil and gas fields.

 According to Tehran and Caracas oil officials, the launch of the joint oil shipping company will transport nearly 500,000 barrels/day of Venezuela’s crude oil barrels to Asian and European markets, Press TV reported.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is set to arrive in Iran on Monday to discuss the expansion of relations between the two countries, according to Iran’s semiofficial Fars News Agency.

Chavez will stay for two days in Tehran, and will be accompanied by a Venezuelan delegation, Fars said.

He will meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other officials.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has declared that the people who built Israel were “mortal”, in remarks that revived his charge the Jewish state should be wiped out.

“The world should know the Zionists are mortal,” he said. “Today the Lebanese nation is alive and is a role model for the regional nations,”

Wake up Call before another Cuban Missile Crisis

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 10, 2010

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez admitted last week that his government is “carrying out the first studies” of a nuclear program. He attempted to portray it as an innocuous program designed solely for peaceful purposes.

Chávez has been developing the program for two years with the collaboration of Iran, a nuclear rogue state. In addition to showing the two states’ cooperation on nuclear research, these documents suggest that Venezuela is helping Iran obtain uranium and evade international sanctions, all steps that are apparent violations of the U.N. Security Council resolutions meant to forestall Iran’s illegal nuclear weapons program.

Chávez’s suggestion that he is merely studying the idea of a nuclear energy program is misleading. In fact, in November 2008, Iranian and Venezuelan officials signed a secret “science and technology” agreement formalizing cooperation “in the field of nuclear technology.”

Chávez’s decision to rely on one of the world’s worst proliferators to help develop his country’s capabilities in this sensitive technology sets alarm bells ringing.

Hezbollah supporters in South America are engaged in the trafficking of narcotics. Based on information developed by an intelligent office, the Iranians with the help of Venezuela are now engaged in similar economic and proliferation sanctions-busting schemes.

For example, a November 2008 contract between a Venezuelan state-run firm, CVG Minerven, and the Iranian government firm Impasco grants the Iranians a “gold mine” concession in the heart of the Roraima basin in the southeastern state of Bolivar, which sits along the Venezuela-Guyana border. Although gold mining in Venezuela goes back decades, the basin is also home to one of the world’s largest deposits of uranium, according to a survey by the U308 Corp., a Canadian uranium exploration company.

According to a report published in December 2008 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Venezuela has an estimated 50,000 tons of un-mined uranium. In the area of mineral exploration there is speculation that Venezuela could be mining uranium for Iran.

Ignoring what Chávez and his friends are up to right under our noses is no longer an option. If the United States and the United Nations are serious about nonproliferation, they must challenge Venezuela and Iran seriously.

Chavez and Hassan Nasrallah in the same league

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on August 28, 2010

During the Iranian Industries and Mines Minister Ali-Akbar Mehrabian’s visit to Caracas, the two countries established some technical workgroups to accelerate their joint projects.

Heading an industrial and economic delegation the Iranian minister left Tehran for Caracas on Wednesday.

 During his visit, Mehrabian has held meetings with the Venezuelan Vice President Ramiro Valdés Menendez and the nation’s Minister of Science and Technology.

 Mehrabian also opened Iran’s industrial capacities show in Venezuela on Thursday. As we know Iran’s regime offered to help Venezuela for its uranium mining also.

 Over 30 Iranian companies active in different fields such as oil and refinery, carpet and handicrafts, dried nuts and foods, tractor and automobile manufacturing, and home appliances are showcasing their latest achievements in the 4-day event.

 Iran has carried out several projects in Venezuela including car and tractor manufacturing units, 13 dairy factories, and cement production units.

 In January, the Iranian Ministry of Industries and Mines announced that 70 projects, mostly run by private sector companies, were being implemented in Venezuela.

 The projects are mostly in the areas of automobile and tractor manufacturing and the construction of cement and dairy factories.

Chavez pledged that Venezuela would “stay by Iran at any time and under any condition”. Ahmadinejad called Chavez a kindred spirit. “I feel I have met a brother and trench mate after meeting Chavez.” Chavez said he “admired the Iranian president for ‘his wisdom and strength'”, saying, “We are with you and with Iran forever. As long as we remain united we will be able to defeat (U.S.) imperialism, but if we are divided they will push us aside.”

Hezbollah also has ties with Venezuela and has demonstrated a keen interest in extending its activities to other parts of Latin America. As of the early 1990s, Hezbollah had established a presence in the tri-border area between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This lawless zone enables the Khomeinist network to develop illegal financial activities and train and plan for terrorist attacks in the region. The 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires and the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center there are prime examples of Tehran’s terrorist activities and global reach.

Al Jazeera’s Dima Khatib, reports that Chavez was the first head of state to harshly condemn Israel over the Israeli-Lebanon conflict, even before any Arab or Muslim country. His decision to withdraw his charge d’affaires from Tel Aviv has created a following in the Arab world so dedicated that “many [Arabs] declare they are ‘ready to die for’ Chavez.” Khatib says that “The sure thing is that in the mind of millions of Arabs, Chavez is now in the same league as Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, and other ‘heroic’ Arab figures.”

Venezuela, Terrorists Hub?

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on July 23, 2010

Rep. Sue Myrick, a Republican from North Carolina, is worried that Iranian agents are slipping across the U.S.-Mexico border after receiving training in Venezuela. Myrick, the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Intelligence Community Management, says Farsi tattoos are popping up in prisons in the United States, and she sees this as proof of Iranian influence.

Last month she asked the Department of Homeland Security to investigate. But the intelligence community doesn’t buy what critics call a confusing conspiracy theory. “We know Iran is trying to increase its presence in Venezuela and has regular flights there. However, the presence we have noted so far is only to increase Iran’s cultural influence in that country,” says one intelligence official. “We have seen no planning or activity that indicates Iranians are trying to get to the homeland via Latin and Central America to conduct operations.” DHS also says there’s no “credible evidence” of any terrorist groups operating along the border.

Colombia accused Venezuela of providing sanctuary to some 1,500 communist guerrillas who have set up “summer camps” along the border, where they allegedly rest and feast while planning kidnappings and attacks on Colombia. Soon after, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez broke diplomatic relations with Colombia.

The left-wing Venezuelan leader called the Colombian accusations a US-inspired “aggression” and said he was ordering “a maximum alert” on his country’s border with its Andean neighbor.

“We have no other choice but, out of dignity, to totally break our relations with our brother nation of Colombia,” Mr. Chavez said live on state television, as he hosted a visit by Argentine soccer idol Diego Maradona.

The diplomat said the four alleged camps in Venezuela are often visited by two top commanders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, Latin America’s largest guerrilla army. He presented videos and photos that allegedly showed guerrilla leaders roasting a pig and relaxing at headquarters inside Venezuela.

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on June 14, 2010

Today Venezuela is hardly the brutal dictatorship that some critics of Chavez paint it to be. Yet the country’s democratic institutions have suffered considerably since the coup. Chavez and his allies have effectively neutralized the judiciary. While some newspapers and broadcasters are still independent and some are outspoken in their opposition to Chavez, the President and his legislative supporters have strengthened the state’s capacity to limit free speech and created powerful incentives for self-censorship.

The current presidents of Venezuela and Iran, President Hugo Chavez and President Ahmadinejad, respectively, have both described themselves on the world stage as opposed to US imperialism and they use these accusations also to contain Human Rights and freedom of speech.

During the 2009 G-20 London summit, Chavez and Ahmadinejad held their own meeting which they called the “G-2” summit, at which the formation of a joint Iranian-Venezuelan development bank was announced, initially with US$200 million capital.

Iran has stepped up its military presence in Venezuela as part of a program to export its “revolutionary principles” to America’s enemies, according to a Pentagon report.

The report on Iran’s military states that paramilitaries from the Quds Force, a special paramilitary unit attached to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, have “an increased presence in Latin America, particularly Venezuela”.

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has been accused of supporting Marxist terrorists in Colombia.

Government opponents have long complained that the Supreme Court — whose members are appointed by the predominantly pro-Chavez National Assembly — has been packed with the president’s allies, giving him nearly unlimited power. Chavez denies holding sway over justices.

In a move that has drawn criticism as an attack on judicial independence in Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez has jailed a criminal court judge. Her transgression, critics of Chavez say, was straying too far from what the government wants.

Human-rights groups say the independent-minded judge, Maria Lourdes Afiuni, was jailed on trumped-up corruption charges after she allowed the release of a former banker who had once benefited from his ties to the government.

In a televised speech the following day, Chavez said Afiuni, 46, deserved a maximum 30-year jail sentence “in the name of the dignity of the country.”

Venezuela and Bolivia are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program, according to a secret Israeli government report obtained by The Associated Press.

As much as Ahmadinejad and Chavez don’t look like each other but their ways for ruling the Governments and suppressing Human Rights, independence media and Government opponents, are the same.

Outstanding usages of Twitter

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on April 30, 2010

Twitter emphasized their news and information network strategy in November 2009 by changing the question it asks users for status updates from “What are you doing?” to “What’s happening?”.

Use in protest and politics

In June 2009, following allegations of fraud in the Iranian presidential election, protesters used Twitter as a rallying tool and as a method of communication with the outside world after the government blocked several other modes of communication. On June 15 Twitter rescheduled a planned 90-minute maintenance outage after a number of Twitter users and the US State Department asked Twitter executives to delay the shutdown because of concerns about the service’s role as a primary communication medium by the protesters in Iran.

On April 7, 2009, thousands of young anti-communist protesters stormed the presidency and the parliament building in Chişinău, the capital of Moldova, accusing the government of electoral fraud. Information about these events was disseminated through Twitter using hashtag #pman. This hashtag came from the name of the central square in Chişinău: Piaţa Marii Adunări Naţionale. Twitter was also used to mobilize for the protests.

In Venezuela the catalyst behind most of these protests is, of course, Twitter, which anti-Chavez activists have used to organize demonstrations and to spread their cause internationally. Dissidents have also taken to Facebook, where a group titled “Chavez esta PONCHAO!” (“Chavez, you struck out!”) is already 80,000 members strong. Chavez, not surprisingly has already “launched an army of Twitter users to bring down online networks and try to infiltrate student groups.”

Use in reporting dissent

On April 10, 2008, James Buck, a graduate journalism student at University of California, Berkeley, and his translator, Mohammed Maree, were arrested in Egypt for photographing an anti-government protest. On his way to the police station Buck used his mobile phone to send the message “Arrested” to his 48 “followers” on Twitter. Those followers contacted U.C. Berkeley, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, and a number of press organizations on his behalf. Buck was able to send updates about his condition to his “followers” while being detained. He was released the next day from the Mahalla jail after the college hired a lawyer for him.

Use in emergencies

During the 2008 Mumbai attacks eyewitnesses sent an estimated 80 tweets every 5 seconds. Twitter users on the ground helped compile a list of the dead and injured. In addition, users sent out vital information such as emergency phone numbers and the location of hospitals needing blood donations. CNN called this “the day that social media appeared to come of age” since many different groups made significant use of Twitter to gather news and coordinate responses.

The Australian Country Fire Authority used Twitter to send out regular alerts and updates regarding the February 2009 Victorian bushfires. During this time the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, also used his Twitter account to send out information on the fires, how to donate money and blood, and where to seek emergency help.

Also in April, public health departments used Twitter to provide updates on H1N1 cases.

A Haitian radio host who used Twitter to inform the world about the earthquake which ravaged his country was among the users of the micro-blogging service honored at a ceremony.

“I dedicate this to my country Haiti,” said Carel Pedre after receiving a special “humanitarian” award at the second annual “Shorty Awards” in New York, an event which recognize excellence on Twitter.

“May we continue to use Twitter to save lives and change the world,” said Pedre, who “tweets” as @carelpedre.

Use to stay informed about current news and any events

Twitter is used to inform people about the news and events happening around the world. Mostly news agency outlets tweet news but that’s not a law or anything. The partial of users in these categories are also increasing.

Use in education

The Distance College of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, used Twitter with native Chinese students as a tool to train communicative and cultural competence. Students had to post a certain number of English tweets and react to the tweets of their fellow students. Twitter was viewed as a supplement to practice in authentic environment different aspects of the target language as it was taught in the classroom.

The University of Vienna, Austria, used Twitter as an evaluation platform for student ratings. Every student had to send a tweet after each course unit with feedback to the teacher. Twitter turned out to be “a useful tool for evaluating a course formatively. Because of Twitter’s simple use and the electronic handling of data, the administrative effort remains small.”

Use in campaigning

Twitter was used by candidates in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign throughout the race. Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama used it for publicity. The Nader–Gonzalez campaign updated its ballot access teams in real-time with Twitter and Google Maps. Twitter use increased by 43 percent on the day of the United States’ 2008 election.

Use in public relations

In the United States, a number of environment agencies and NGOs are on Twitter. At the local level, police and fire departments are beginning to use Twitter to keep the public informed of incidents. Some of these departments, such as the Los Angeles Fire Department, issue up to 10 tweets per day.

In October 2008, a draft U.S. Army intelligence report identified Twitter as a “potential terrorist tool”. The report said it “is already used by some members to post and/or support extremist ideologies and perspectives.”

David Saranga of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that on December 30, 2008, that Israel would be the first government to hold a worldwide press conference via Twitter to take questions from the public about the war against Hamas in Gaza.

Use in space mission news

In May 2009, astronaut Mike Massimino used Twitter to send updates during the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission (STS-125), the first time Twitter was used by an astronaut in space. The STS-125 mission marked another NASA/Twitter first–a post-mission tweetup held July 21, 2009, at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., attended by about 200 members of the general public. The crew of STS-125 was on hand for answer questions.

On October 21, 2009, Nicole Stott and her Expedition 21 crewmate, Jeff Williams, participated in the first tweetup from the International Space Station with about 35 members of the public at NASA headquarters This involved the first live Twitter connection for the astronauts. Previously, astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle or ISS have sent the messages they desire to share as tweets to Mission Control which then posted the messages via the Internet to Twitter.

At March16, 2010, Twitter has announced technology that it hopes will further embed the service into the fabric of the web. Another success for Twitter.

Footprints of Hezbollah in South America

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on April 24, 2010

Although Chávez is in consistent opposition to the United States, many politics have argued his deepening relations with Islamic extremists and fanatics are curious. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stands against America because of its secularism and support of Israel, while Chávez and others in Latin America associate the USA with Capitalism and Westernization, something they as socialists oppose.

Al Jazeera’s Dima Khatib, reports that Chávez was the first head of state to harshly condemn Israel over the Israeli-Lebanon conflict, even before any Arab or Muslim country. His decision to withdraw his charge d’affairs from Tel Aviv has created a following in the Arab world so dedicated that “many [Arabs] declare they are ‘ready to die for’ Chávez.” Khatib says that “The sure thing is that in the mind of millions of Arabs, Chávez is now in the same league as Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, and other ‘heroic’ Arab figures.”

CNSNews says that critics of Israel, many of them in the Arab world, hailed Chávez in his dealings with Israel. Al-Ahram Weekly commented, “It was somehow ironic that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, following his attack on Israel and the recalling of his ambassador to Tel Aviv, emerged as the most popular leader within the Arab world”. The Syrian communist party urged Arab governments to “follow the example of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez”. According to CNSNews, the vice-chairman of Hezbollah’s political council, Mahmoud Komati, called Chávez’s actions an example for “revolutionaries”, and a “London, left-wing lawmaker” said that Chávez was a “real leader of the Arab people”.

In 2008, during the spat with Colombia over the latter’s intrusion into Ecuador, Hugo Chávez said “the Colombian government has become the Israel of Latin America.” In doing so he also reiterated his criticism of the Israel Defense Forces’ strikes on Palestinian militants. In response, “Israel was considering downgrading its relations with Venezuela in light of the extremist anti-Israel line taken by the country’s government under President Hugo Chávez.”

Later, Chávez pledged that Venezuela would “stay by Iran at any time and under any condition”. Ahmadinejad called Chávez a kindred spirit. “I feel I have met a brother and trench mate after meeting Chávez.” Chávez said he “admired the Iranian president for ‘his wisdom and strength'”, saying, “We are with you and with Iran forever. As long as we remain united we will be able to defeat (U.S.) imperialism, but if we are divided they will push us aside.”

Reuters reported that Chávez told a crowd at the University of Tehran, “If the U.S. Empire succeeds in consolidating its dominance, then humankind has no future. Therefore, we have to save humankind and put an end to the U.S. Empire.” The reports add that Chávez criticized Israel and described the 2006 Lebanon conflict as “fascist and terroristic”. Decorating Chávez with the “Higher Medal of the Islamic Republic of Iran”, Ahmadinejad said, “Mr. Chávez is my brother, he is a friend of the Iranian nation and the people seeking freedom around the world. He works perpetually against the dominant system. He is a worker of God and servant of the people.”

Hezbollah also has ties with Venezuela and “has demonstrated a keen interest in extending its activities to other parts of Latin America.” Hezbollah has also been known to recruit and train eastern Europeans, most notably in Russia, Bosnia, and Slovakia. It has had limited contact with the Provisional Irish Republican Army during the early 1990s. Parliamentary secretary to the Canadian Prime Minister Jason Kenney said that negotiating with Hezbollah would be comparable to negotiating with the Nazi party in the 1930s.

According to the Israeli source, Hezbollah operatives in South America are collecting intelligence to this end. The Israeli intelligence community estimates that Hezbollah will try as much as possible not to leave identifying footprints that could associate the organization with the attack in the wake of such a strike in a bid to avoid Israel’s heavy hand. In the same vein, it is estimated that the organization will not take public responsibility for a terrorist attack if it were to carry one out successfully.

According to U.S. News & World Report, U.S. government officials say the Chávez administration allows alleged terrorist organizations to operate within Venezuela’s borders, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya. U.S. officials also allege that the Venezuelan government is knowingly providing identity documents to these organizations. The Venezuelan government denies these allegations.

The US Treasury Department indicted two Venezuelan citizens last year for supporting Hezbollah, and froze their assets in the United States. One of them, a diplomat of Lebanese Shiite ancestry, used his position to transfer funds to Hezbollah and to help members of the organization move between Venezuela and Iran for training. The other is a travel agent from the capital city, Caracas, who aided Hezbollah members in planning attacks.