IRAN’S response to US President Barack Obama’s Nowruz message

    IRAN’S response to US President Barack Obama’s Nowruz message of goodwill . You change, our behaviour will change.”(IRAN President)

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said : We will judge you by your actions not your words. He (Obama) insulted the Islamic Republic of Iran from the first day. If you are right that change has come, where is that change? What is the sign of that change? Make it clear for us what has changed?

    Khamenei asked how Obama could congratulate Iranians on the new year and accuse the country of supporting terrorism and seeking nuclear weapons in the same message.

    Ayatullah Khamenei asked Obama “Have you releasedIranian assets? Have you lifted oppressive sanctions? Have you given up mudslinging and making accusations against the great Iranian nation and its officials?

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Iran would welcome talks with the U.S. _ but only if there was mutual respect. Iranian officials have said that means the U.S. needs to stop accusing Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons and supporting terrorism, charges Tehran has denied.
    On Friday, an Ahmadinejad adviser played down Obama’s video, saying “minor changes will not end the differences” between Tehran and Washington.

    Ayatullah Khamenai said “They say we have stretched a hand toward Iran. … If a hand is stretched covered with a velvet glove but it is cast iron inside, that makes no sense,”.

Several Islamic websites Blocked By Group XP

Several Shia websites, including Sistani’s official website http://www.sistani.org, were blocked by an extremist group who call themselves Group XP.

It was the most serious cyber attack of its kind over the past few years in pursuit of a sectarian aim.

http://www.sistani.net was also hacked but now it redirects to http://www.al-sistani.ir which seems to be working properly.

They have posted a youtube video which begins with Bill Maher’s mockery of Sistani and then cuts to an audio of Sistani’s (and Khoei’s) fatwas on sex.

The semiofficial Fars news agency said the hackers were based in the United Arab Emirates and blocked access to 300 sites.

For Visiting Grand Ayatullah’s website now please vsit.

http://www.al-sistani.ir or http://66.230.195.121

Imam Ja’far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (A) has said: “A Nasib is not one who bears enmity to us the Ahl al-Bayt, since you will never find a person who says that I hate Muhammad and the family of Muhammad. Rather, a Nasib is a person who is openly hostile to you since he knows that you follow us (the Ahl al-Bayt) and (since he knows) that you are of our Shi`a.”

Thawaab al-Amaal by Shaykh Saduq’

Crooks and Liars.com says The defaced site could well be a guerrilla marketing stunt to promote Maher’s new mockumentary “Religulous,” a scathing dissertation on faith that opens in theaters Oct. 3.

Key Iranian Shiite religious figure Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi condemned the attacks.”Fanatical Wahhabis do not want the voice of Shiite officials to reach the world,” Fars quoted him as saying

A group of Shi’ite lawyers has filed a lawsuit against Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi in a Doha court following his attacks on the Shi’a. The attorneys called for him to be stripped of his Qatari citizenship and expelled from the country because his statements incite to civil war.

Sources: Al-Misryoon, Egypt, September 22, 2008;.

http://www.hawzah.net/Hawzah/News/News.aspx?id=71572

US intelligence nuclear report a victory: Iran

letters2.jpgA new US intelligence review concluding Iran stopped developing an atomic weapons program in 2003 is a ”declaration of victory” for Iran’s nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday.

Ahmadinejad was referring to a US National Intelligence Estimate on Iran released on Monday that concluded Iran had stopped its weapons program in late 2003 and shown no signs since of resuming it.

The Iranian President, on a visit to the western province of Ilam, attracted celebratory whistles from a crowd of thousands when he described the report as a ”final shot” to those who have ”spread lies” about Iran’s nuclear programme.

Iran has touted the new US intelligence report as vindication of its claims that its nuclear programme is peaceful and Iranian officials insist that Washington should take a less hawkish stance and drop attempts to impose new sanctions in light of the report’s surprise conclusions that Tehran had halted its weapons program four years ago.

US President George W. Bush defended his approach on Tuesday, saying Iran was still dangerous and must be squeezed by international pressure despite the blockbuster intelligence finding.

The US acknowledgment about faulty intelligence about Iran recalled the erroneous US conclusion that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, a belief that was a factor in Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.

No such weapons were ever found in Iraq.

The United States and some of its allies accuse Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, a claim denied by Iran, which says its nuclear program aims only to generate electricity.

Iran has rejected two UN Security Council resolutions demanding that it halt uranium enrichment, a process that can produce either fuel for a reactor or a nuclear warhead.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said in a statement on Tuesday that the new US intelligence report meant that Washington’s push to refer the case over Iran’s nuclear program to the UN Security Council in 2006 was ”illegal”.

In the Iranian capital local resident Daneshpour told AP Television that Bush had always been hostile to Iranians but the international community had started to be believe that Iran’s nuclear ambitions may be peaceful.

”He (Bush) is trying to introduce Iran’s nuclear works as a programme for making nuclear weapons but countries of the region and the international community have realised the peaceful nature of Iran’s activities and know Bush is a liar,” he said.

Alireza Shamsadeh, another Tehran resident, said he believed that Iran’s nuclear programme was a national issue.

”Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons. As we can see in the media and the news, Iran cannot and will not halt enriching uranium. Of course I cannot say that a US military strike on Iran is impossible but that’s very improbable,” he said.

 

 bush4_ap.jpgPresident George W Bush said on Tuesday that the international community should continue to pressure Iran on its nuclear programs.

New US intelligence report finding that Tehran halted its development of a nuclear bomb he said provides an opportunity.

”I view this report as a warning signal that they had the program, they halted the program,” Bush said. ”The reason why it’s a warning signal is they could restart it.”

 

Democrats counter that Bush is more interested in making statements than genuinely trying to negotiate some common ground with them.

Iranian University Chancellors Ask Bollinger 10 Questions

Iranian University Chancellors Ask Bollinger 10 Questions

Global Research, September 25, 2007

Fars News Agency

 

Seven chancellors and presidents of Iranian universities and research centers, in a letter addressed to their counterpart in the US, Colombia University, denounced Lee Bollinger’s insulting words against the Iranian nation and president and invited him to provide responses to 10 questions by Iranian academics and intellectuals.

The following is the full text of the letter:

Mr. Lee Bollinger
Columbia University President

We, the professors and heads of universities and research institutions in Tehran, hereby announce our displeasure and protest at your impolite remarks prior to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent speech at Columbia University.

We would like to inform you that President Ahmadinejad was elected directly by the Iranian people through an enthusiastic two-round poll in which almost all of the country’s political parties and groups participated. To assess the quality and nature of these elections you may refer to US news reports on the poll dated June 2005.

Your insult, in a scholarly atmosphere, to the president of a country with a population of 72 million and a recorded history of 7,000 years of civilization and culture is deeply shameful.

Your comments, filled with hate and disgust, may well have been influenced by extreme pressure from the media, but it is regrettable that media policy-makers can determine the stance a university president adopts in his speech.

Your remarks about our country included unsubstantiated accusations that were the product of guesswork as well as media propaganda. Some of your claims result from misunderstandings that can be clarified through dialogue and further research.

During his speech, Mr. Ahmadinejad answered a number of your questions and those of students. We are prepared to answer any remaining questions in a scientific, open and direct debate.

You asked the president approximately ten questions. Allow us to ask you ten of our own questions in the hope that your response will help clear the atmosphere of misunderstanding and distrust between our two countries and reveal the truth.

1- Why did the US media put you under so much pressure to prevent Mr. Ahmadinejad from delivering his speech at Columbia University? And why have American TV networks been broadcasting hours of news reports insulting our president while refusing to allow him the opportunity to respond? Is this not against the principle of freedom of speech?

2- Why, in 1953, did the US administration overthrow Iran’s national government under Dr Mohammad Mosaddegh and go on to support the Shah’s dictatorship?

3- Why did the US support the blood-thirsty dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-88 Iraqi-imposed war on Iran, considering his reckless use of chemical weapons against Iranian soldiers defending their land and even against his own people?

4- Why is the US putting pressure on the government elected by the majority of Palestinians in Gaza instead of officially recognizing it? And why does it oppose Iran’s proposal to resolve the 60-year-old Palestinian issue through a general referendum?

5- Why has the US military failed to find Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden even with all its advanced equipment? How do you justify the old friendship between the Bush and Bin Laden families and their cooperation on oil deals? How can you justify the Bush administration’s efforts to disrupt investigations concerning the September 11 attacks?

6- Why does the US administration support the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) despite the fact that the group has officially and openly accepted the responsibility for numerous deadly bombings and massacres in Iran and Iraq? Why does the US refuse to allow Iran’s current government to act against the MKO’s main base in Iraq?

7- Was the US invasion of Iraq based on international consensus and did international institutions support it? What was the real purpose behind the invasion which has claimed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives? Where are the weapons of mass destruction that the US claimed were being stockpiled in Iraq?

8- Why do America’s closest allies in the Middle East come from extremely undemocratic governments with absolutist monarchical regimes?

9- Why did the US oppose the plan for a Middle East free of unconventional weapons in the recent session of the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors despite the fact the move won the support of all members other than Israel?

10- Why is the US displeased with Iran’s agreement with the IAEA and why does it openly oppose any progress in talks between Iran and the agency to resolve the nuclear issue under international law?

Finally, we would like to express our readiness to invite you and other scientific delegations to our country. A trip to Iran would allow you and your colleagues to speak directly with Iranians from all walks of life including intellectuals and university scholars. You could then assess the realities of Iranian society without media censorship before making judgments about the Iranian nation and government.

You can be assured that Iranians are very polite and hospitable toward their guests.