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Thousands of animals mysteriously die across the world

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 11, 2011

The Iranian Nuclear Crisis

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 4, 2010

Bruno Tertrais, researcher and author on strategic affairs, terrorism and proliferation, talks about the topic of nuclear proliferation at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna.

Interview with Jamal Saberi

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 6, 2010

An interview with Jamal Saberi, an Iranian national who has been seeking political asylum in Japan for almost 10 years. Shame on Japan and UN.

Japan to pull out of Azadegan oil field in Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 3, 2010

The Japanese government says the country’s largest oil developing company is planning to pull out from the Azadegan oil field development project in Iran.

The Japanese Nuclear Program

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 18, 2010

In 1934, Tohoku University Professor Hikosaka Tadayoshi’s “atomic physics theory” was released. Hikosaka pointed out the huge energy contained by nuclei and the possibility that both nuclear power generation and weapons could be created. In December 1938, the German chemists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann sent a manuscript to Naturwissenschaften reporting that they had detected the element barium after bombarding uranium with neutrons; simultaneously, they communicated these results to Lise Meitner. Meitner, and her nephew Otto Robert Frisch, correctly interpreted these results as being nuclear fission and Frisch confirmed this experimentally on 13 January 1939. Physicists around the world immediately realized that chain reactions could be produced and notified their governments of the possibility of developing nuclear weapons.

The Japanese program to develop nuclear weapons was conducted during World War II in response to the perceived threat of its enemies (principally the United States) obtaining such a weapon first and using it against Japan. Like the German nuclear weapons program, it suffered from an array of problems, and was ultimately unable to progress beyond the laboratory stage before the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Japanese surrender in August 1945.

Today, Japan’s nuclear energy infrastructure makes it eminently capable of constructing nuclear weapons at will. However, the de-militarization of Japan and the protection of the United States’ nuclear umbrella have led to a strong policy of non-weaponization of nuclear technology, but in the face of nuclear weapons testing by North Korea, some politicians and former military officials in Japan are calling for a reversal of this policy.

While there are currently no known plans in Japan to produce nuclear weapons, it has been argued Japan has the technology, raw materials, and the capital to produce nuclear weapons within one year if necessary, and some analysts consider it a de facto nuclear state for this reason. For this reason Japan is often said to be a “screwdriver’s turn” away from possessing nuclear weapons.

A message in a bottle!

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 15, 2010

Twitter is fast becoming the digital equivalent of a message in a bottle: Two years after James Karl Buck’s infamous “Arrested” tweet was sent from Egypt, Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka tricked his captors into letting him send a message to the Twitterverse to let people know he was alive and imprisoned.

Tsuneoka, 41, was captured by militants in April while reporting in northern Afghanistan. His Twitter account is rife with activity until March 31, after which it went silent. Then, on Friday, he tweeted, “I am still alive [sic], but in jail.”

The Israeli government has bought the Twitter account “@israel” from a porn site owner whose first name is Israel.

That’s according to The New York Times, which reports that the man, Israel Melendez, created the Twitter ID in 2007 but rarely used it because it was constantly flooded with anti-Semitic or anti-Israel postings.

“My account was basically unused because I was getting dozens of replies every day from people who thought the account belonged to the state of Israel,” Melendez told the paper.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed the purchase, but neither a ministry spokesman nor Melendez would say how much money changed hands.

EU pressure on Japan and China over Iran’s sanctions

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 3, 2010

Japan approved fresh economic sanctions against Iran on Friday after the United Nations asked Tokyo to tighten restrictions against Tehran over its controversial nuclear enrichment program, an official said.

The measures approved by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan include an asset freeze on 88 entities, 15 banks and 24 individuals, trade ministry official Hideaki Fujisawa said. Japan had previously frozen assets on 75 entities and 41 individuals.

The individuals are also banned from entering Japan, Fujisawa said.

Japan’s latest sanctions came after the United Nations asked Tokyo to take punitive measures against Iran, Fujisawa said.

Earlier EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urged China to create a better investment environment for European businesses and maintain a joint stand on the Iranian nuclear issue.

Ashton discussed the Iran nuclear issue with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, including the need to maintain a united front on sanctions imposed on Iran.

Although China backed UN sanctions against Tehran for refusing to freeze its uranium enrichment, Beijing has voiced opposition to additional economic sanctions imposed unilaterally by the United States, the EU and others.

Such opposition has fueled fears that Chinese companies would fill the void created by the sanctions, especially in Iran’s lucrative oil and gas sectors.

“I explained to Minister Yang the significance of having a cohesive approach towards Iran,” Ashton said.

“The solution is through dialogue, but the sanctions are designed to support that by helping to put the right kind of pressure on Iran to come and have that dialogue. China has a significant role to play in that.”

With the nuclear policy of Iran’s regime which based on cheating, stealing and smuggling, one after another country become certain that they’re going another way except peaceful nuclear capability.

Nuclear Threats

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on August 23, 2010

Nuclear weapons are capable of wiping out life as we know it. They are tools of destruction and death. Here is a possible prediction of what to come if nukes are launched.

US tightens Iran sanctions

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on August 5, 2010

The United States has tightened sanctions on Iran by naming nearly two dozen firms as being owned or controlled by the Iranian government and prohibiting their transactions with US companies.

Japanese tanker incident in Persian Gulf

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on July 28, 2010

A mysterious explosion hit a Japanese oil tanker near Iran in the vital Strait of Hormuz early on Wednesday, spotlighting a potential threat in a chokepoint for global oil supplies.

There were differing theories about the cause of the blast — which did not cause any serious injuries or an oil spill — ranging from a terrorist attack to an explosion of gases.

Port officials in the neighboring United Arab Emirates even said the ship was hit by a tremor-triggered wave.

“Since one of the crew saw a flash on the horizon immediately before the blast, the company suspects it was highly likely an attack,” the ministry said, adding that the immediate area was not known for piracy.

It said one crew member was injured and the ship was partly damaged but able to keep sailing after the blast hit at 12:30 am (2030 GMT Tuesday).

The Strait of Hormuz, less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) at its widest point, separates Oman from Iran and is the gateway into the oil-rich Persian Gulf.

Mohammad Hakimi, an Iranian shipping official, told Mehr news agency “the blast on the Japanese ship happened in Omani waters.”

And Attollah Sadr, head of Iran Shipping and Ports Organization, ruled out a terrorist attack. “Because of inflammable gases and vapors in oil tankers, a blast is likely,” he told Mehr.

The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker, loaded with 270,000 tons of oil, was heading from the petroleum Port of Das Island in the United Arab Emirates to the Japanese port of Chiba outside Tokyo, the ministry said. After the blast, the tanker headed to the Emirati port of Fujairah under its own power.