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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women activists in Stockholm, Sweden bared their breasts to denounce Iran and its practice under Sharia Law of forcing women to wear the hijab — the veil covering the faces of Muslim women. Looks like the protest tactics first employed by Femen are gaining new adherents worldwide. Now, this is a movement we could get behind. H/T Blazing Cat Fur
Iran has banned Buddha statues and police have begun confiscating them from shops in the capital Tehran because they have been deemed to be symbols of ‘cultural invasion.’ Buddha now joins Barbie and Bart Simpson dolls on the banned list. Surprisingly, Superman and Spiderman figurines are still deemed acceptable.
President Obama wants to negotiate with the Iranians. There’s only one problem, says pundit Dick Morris: The Iranians don’t want to play ball. They have adjusted to the US sanctions, and they’re still going full-speed ahead with their nuclear development program.