Thursday, August 20, 2015

"The spy dolphin was also equipped with small arrows and bullets to enable it to target humans, including Hamas special forces." (Fars News)

They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning:
The divers of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement have seized a Israeli-made robot dolphin equipped with espionage equipment, including video-recording cameras, media reports said.

The Palestinian resistance movement said the dolphin was taken offshore Gaza by the naval unit of Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, the Arabic-language Al-Qods newspaper quoted informed sources as saying on Wednesday.

Hamas said that the dolphin was also equipped with remote-controlled equipment.

The spy dolphin was also equipped with small arrows and bullets to enable it to target humans, including Hamas special forces.

In 2012, an eagle with an Israeli tag was captured in Sudan and touted as a Mossad spy.

Two years earlier, an Egyptian official said Israel-controlled sharks could be involved in a number of attacks on tourists in the Red Sea.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fars News: "Basij Commander: Enemies Trying to Capture Iran's Market after Vienna Deal"

Nicely conspiratorial title. Anyone who wants to have an opinion on Iran should follow their state-controlled press:
Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi called for boycotting the goods produced by those western countries that have imposed sanctions against Iran during the last 36 years, and warned that they are trying to capture the Iranian market.

"Iran's enemies and those who imposed sanctions against the country are seeking to capture our market right after the final agreement (between Iran and the world powers); we should not let this happen," Brigadier General Naqdi said, addressing a conference in Tehran on Wednesday.

"People should boycott the commodities of these criminals," he added.

The Basij commander, meantime, said that the goods which can be produced in Iran should not be imported at all.

Naqdi had also warned on Tuesday of Washington's continued animosity towards the Islamic Republic, and said the contents of the last Tuesday nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers in Vienna boosts Iranians' hatred for the US.

"Any Iranian who reads the Vienna documents will hate the US 100 times more (than the past)," Naqdi said.

He also referred to the UN Security Council's Resolution 2231 approved on Monday, and said, "All paragraphs of the resolution that the US proposed to the UNSC are full of enmity towards Iran and show the US deep grudge against the Iranian nation."

"The US needs the agreement merely to legalize the sanctions and continue pressures against Iran," Naqdi said, adding that Washington sees the agreement as a tool to provide the ground for military aggression against Iran. [...]
Let's hope so.

Friday, June 12, 2015

"DPRK Is Only Power of Youth in World: Rodong Sinmun"

North Korea is making a great leap forward in the field of strange totalitarian gibberish:
Marshal Kim Jong Un, inspecting the construction site of the Paektusan Songun Youth Power Station in April last, highly praised the young builders there for their heroic feats, saying the DPRK is the power of youth.

The birth of a new historical term the power of youth is a historic event that brought about a radical turn in humankind's view on power, says Rodong Sinmun Thursday in an article.

It continues:

By setting forth the idea on the power of youth for the first time in history, the Workers' Party of Korea clarified the important goal of struggle and principled issues in building a power and consolidating its status.

The building of the power of youth means, in essence, a drive for training reliable builders of a prosperous country and pillars of the country's future. A military power and an economic power can be successfully built and their dignity and might can be glorified for all ages only when their building is simultaneously pushed forward along with the building of the power of youth. This is a Juche-based viewpoint on the building of a power. This was clearly proved by the lesson drawn from the countries, which had once been famous as world-class powers, lost their status, having their glorious days recorded only in history books.

It is only the DPRK which has set an epoch-making example in settling the issue of youth, the first of its kind in history, and built a power of youth both in name and reality. The building of the Juche-based power of youth, along with the invincible political and ideological power and military power, is the most precious success made by the party and the people of the DPRK in the drive for building a thriving nation.

The DPRK is, indeed, the greatest power in history.

The successful building of the power of youth provided a sure guarantee for further consolidating the country's status as a political and ideological power and military power and dynamically stepping up the overall construction of a highly civilized socialist economic power in reliance on the powerful drive force.

The article calls on the young people to straightly and dynamically advance toward a final victory, holding aloft the torch of the revolution as befitting the masters of the power of youth under the guidance of Kim Jong Un.
Have a Songun Shabbos!

Friday, June 05, 2015

Iranian "Deputy Top Commander": demands for inspections are "cruel", "irrational" and "illegal" and will be met with "lead"

Poor Obama. He can't just issue an executive order lifting all the sanctions on Iran and get away with it:
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri underlined that no foreign national would ever be ever allowed to visit or inspect Iran's military centers.

"Visiting or Inspection of Iran's centers under any title, including managed access … will not be acceptable," Jazzayeri said on Friday.

He reiterated that opinion polls also indicate that a majority of the Iranian people are opposed to the inspection of the country's military sites.

On Thursday Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi told the state TV upon arrival at the Vienna airport that "I have explained this many times that there is no difference between inspection and visiting the military and non-military centers, that are, in fact, non-nuclear; we don’t accept such a thing."

"What has been raised within the framework of the Additional Protocol pertains to managed access to these centers," Araqchi underlined.

In relevant remarks in late April, General Jazzayeri underlined that inspection of the country's military sites would be impossible.

"Everyone should know that in our view, visiting the military centers is completely impossible since it is among our redlines and we will not allow anyone to opine on such issues," Jazzayeri said in an interview with Rah-e Dana news website.

He also advised the Iranian negotiators participating in nuclear talks with the world powers to keep vigilant and remain suspicious of the opposite party's intentions.

Also on April 9, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that Iran doesn’t allow any inspection of its defensive and military centers.

"They (the foreigners) shouldn’t be allowed at all to penetrate into the country's security and defensive boundaries under the pretext of supervision, and the country's military officials are not permitted at all to allow the foreigners to cross these boundaries or stop the country's defensive development under the pretext of supervision and inspection," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large number of Iranian people in Tehran.

In late May, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh underlined that the West's request to inspect Iran's sensitive military sites is like asking for permission to spy on the country, and Tehran would never accept such irrational demands.

"We will not allow inspection of Iran's military and defense centers and control over them under any pretext, and we see the West's request as officially asking for spying on Iran," Brigadier General Hajizadeh said in a meeting in Tehran with foreign military attaches and high-raking Iranian military officials and commanders.

Underlining that such demands are "cruel", "irrational" and "illegal", Brigadier General Hajizadeh stressed that as Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has said "Iran will not allow them to do managed or unmanaged inspection of its military and defense sites from any distance and in any form, and will give such demands a response that spying actions deserve, a response with lead".

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

"Kim Il Sung Park to Be Built in Syria"

Great news:
In profound reverence for President Kim Il Sung who provided a firm foundation for friendship between the two countries with Hafez Al-Assad, former president of Syria, and extended material aid and moral support to the just cause of the Syrian people, the Damascus Provincial Office decided to name the park to be built in Kim Il Sung Street, Kafar Sussa District, Damascus after Kim Il Sung. The decision was adopted at the 25th meeting of the Executive Council of the Provincial Office with unanimous approval on May 18.
Just in time for Ba'athist regime to be snuffed out?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fars News: "Supreme Leader Calls on US Officials to Stop 'Silly' Demands from Iran"

Some people want to fill the word with silly demands...
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called on the US officials to stop making paradoxical statements about Iran, saying Washington's remarks disclose that their threats against Tehran are no more than silly bluffing.

"After some time that the opposite side kept silent, one of their (the US) officials has recently spoken of 'over-the-table-options' again; on one hand, they bluff like this, and on the other hand, they say that the Islamic Republic of Iran should stop its defensive progress, which is a silly statement," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing Army officials and personnel on the occasion of the Army Day in Tehran on Sunday.

Stressing that the Islamic Republic will never accept such silly remarks, he said, "The Iranian nation has proved that if it comes under aggression, it defends itself fully powerfully and will stand against the irrational invaders in an integrated form and like an iron fist."

Ayatollah Khamenei, who is also the commander-in-chief of the Iranian Armed Forces, told them to promote their military and defensive preparedness and boost their morale even to higher degrees, stressing that his words should be seen as a military order.

Ayatollah Khamenei, meantime, stressed that despite its improved defensive and military power, the Islamic Republic of Iran will never be a threat to the regional and neighboring states.

He blasted the US and Europeans and their puppet regimes' media hype and allegations that Iran had sought to acquire nuclear weapons, and said, "Today, the most vital threat posed to the world and the region is the US and the Zionist regime which meddle (with other nations' affairs) and kill people anywhere they deem to be necessary without any control or commitment to conscience or religious principles."

In relevant remarks in November, Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Iranian Armed Forces to reinvigorate their power and increase preparedness to defend the country against any possible enemy attack.

"Our Armed Forces should always increase their preparedness without considering political calculations and make strategic plans by identifying their weak points as well as assessment of enemy's possibilities and weak points," Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari and other Navy commanders and officials in Tehran in November.

He lauded the Iranian Navy's power and capabilities, and said, "The Navy should continue its great and important role in safeguarding national security, overall defense and the country's strong fence by updating and increasing preparedness and military capabilities and strengthening their belief, motivations and spirit of devotion."

Also earlier this month and after western speculations that Iran would allow an inspection of its military sites as a result of a final nuclear deal with the world powers, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that Iran would never allow any inspection of its defensive and military centers.

"They (the foreigners) shouldn’t be allowed at all to penetrate into the country's security and defensive boundaries under the pretext of supervision, and the country's military officials are not permitted at all to allow the foreigners to cross these boundaries or stop the country's defensive development under the pretext of supervision and inspection," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large number of Iranian people in Tehran.
Of course he has to say this to his own people. Nuclear negotiations are really making splendid progress...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

"KCNA Commentary Censures 'Human Scum Who Defected from North'"

A few paragraphs of choice revolutionary invective:
The "defectors from the north" are human scum who betrayed the country and its people and abandoned even elementary conscience and moral obligation as human being. They are taking the lead in the anti-DPRK smear campaign.

It is a sin for anyone to flee the motherland that brought up and took care of him. It is the thrice-cursed crime to speak ill of the motherland by cooking up sheer lies for a petty amount of money. [...]

Talmudic Rituals on the Roof

Fars News has one of those innumerable news stories in which any Jew visiting the Temple Mount is called a "settler" and any act of visiting is called "storming." This one takes an interesting turn in which we learn that "A group of 10 settlers mounted on the roof of the Dome of the Rock Mosque and tried to perform Talmudic rituals":
Dozens of Jewish settlers on Sunday stormed the East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of Israeli police, a Palestinian official said.

"A total of 132 Jewish settlers under the protection of Israeli police forced their way into Al-Aqsa complex through Al-Magharbeh and Hotta gates," General Director of Muslim Endowments and Al-Aqsa Affairs Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib said, World Bulletin reported.

"A group of 10 settlers mounted on the roof of the Dome of the Rock Mosque and tried to perform Talmudic rituals but Palestinian guards managed to prevent them," he added.

Others toured the holy compound passing by Al-Qibali and Al-Marwani mosques before leaving the complex through Al-Silsileh gate, he added. [...]
While you're storming you might as well tour . . .