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Iran’s Spy Inside Israel

A member of a fringe ultra-Orthodox Jewish group has been charged with trying to betray Israel to Iran. The suspect was accused of traveling to Berlin in 2011 and offered to act as a spy against his country to Iranian embassy officials. Court documents describe him as a male Israeli citizen in his 40s and a member of the radical Neturei Karta faction, which believes a Jewish state should exist only after the Messiah comes.

Let the Mudslinging Begin

Sparks fly in this debate on the Syrian civil war, pitting investigative journalist and blogger Lee Kaplan against Ken O’Keefe, the activist and former Marine who led the human shield action to Iraq in 2002. Rather than discuss Syria, the two exchanged a wild series of accusations and below-the-belt insults. Iran’s propaganda arm, Press TV, organized the debate, and its announcer appeared to provide cover to O’Keefe. In turn, he has been a frequent apologist for the Iranian mullahs, peddling the outlandish notion that 9-11 was an inside hit job conducted by the Israeli spy agency Mossad.

Iranian Moderate or Wolf?

New reports on Iranian’s president-elect Hasan Rouhani have cast doubt on the “moderate” label he has been given by much of the international media. The London based pan-Arab daily newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat has revealed that Rouhani’s son committed suicide over his father’s close ties to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran’s New President

He speaks European languages and earned a PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University. Now, Dr. Hassan Rouhani is Iran’s new president. H/T Channel 4

Iran Raises Terrorism Ante

The US State Department has released a report indicating that terrorism sponsored by Iran rose sharply last year. The report in particular points to attacks suspected of being carried out by Lebanese-based militant group Hezbollah, which receives support and funding from Tehran.

Iran Shows Off Missiles

Iranian presidential candidate and current defense minister Ahmad Vahidi toured a military compound containing new long-range missile launchers. The missile launchers, forming part of the Persian state’s program for military self-sufficiency, are beinged housed at an undisclosed location within Iran.

 

Ayatollahs Rule Out Women

With Iran’s presidential elections set for June 14, Mohammad Yazdi, a clerical member of the Guardian Council — Iran’s constitutional watchdog — has said the constitution rules out women being presidential candidates. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the current, two-term president of Iran, also is forbidden to run for a third term, but is advancing the candidacy of one of his aides.

Iranians Sentenced in Kenya

Two members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have been found guilty of plotting to attack Israeli and American targets in Kenya. Iranian nationals Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi were picked up by Kenyan police last year and found to have 15 kilograms of deadly explosives and plans to cause harm.

Canada Busts Al-Qaeda Ring

Two men have been arrested and charged with plotting a terror attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaeda elements inside Iran. Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, who live in Montreal and Toronto, were planning to derail a passenger train in Toronto.

Ride the Time Machine

Iranian media reports a 27-year-old inventor says he built a machine that “brings the future to you,” prompting teasing from tech writers.

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