Archive for March 24th, 2007

Hmm, this peaceful Iranian Government, “Alianzator of Civilizations” has KIDNAPPED 15 Navy Sailors who were fulfilling their duty in Iraqi sea waters: they were inspecting a ship looking for terrorists and weapons. They were captured at gun point and blinfolded. There are several women among them. All of them had been transferred to Teheran to be questioned. The Iranian ambassador has been convoked twice to Foreign Office.

Of course, Iranian authorities have said that they were in Iranian waters and this morning Iranian authorities have said that they had confessed being in working in Iranian waters. To judge this, you can see this map:

British sailors seized by Iran

or in this other one:

British sailors seized by Iran 2

or this other one:

Navy sailors have conducted routine checks on that waters for some time and no one had disputed them before.

Things are even more complicated because:

a) today UN Security Council is prepared to debate about Iranian sanctions on nuclear project, where Ahmadinejad wanted to appear but has suspended his intervention and presence there. Le président iranien, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, au Parlement à Téhéran. | AP/VAHID SALEMI Anyway, Ahmadinejad had already stated that any UN resolution would be a “torn paper“.

b) two days ago Iran launched a week of naval war games along its coast h/t Right Truth.

c) the Guards who captured the Navy Sailors weren’t normal Guards, they are elite guards belonging to “Pasdaran”, the Guards of the Republic.

d) there are repeated attacks to US-led forces reportedly made by Iranian forces. Precisely, there are sources who consider the possibility of Iran planning the seizure of the British sailors in orden to exhange them with some Revolutionary Guards who are held in Iraq after attacking coalition forces. More on Captain Quarter’s Blog. More here. There are reports that point Iranian Al-Quds force as the group training Iraqi death sqauds.

e) some days back the MSM reported about an Iranian general who had defected from Iran (here an update on the story). And some others have just disappeared in Turkey h/t MyPetJawa:

Two weeks ago there were reports of two Iranian officers missing: Col. Amir Mahmad Shirazi and Brigadier General Mahmad Soultani, commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps in the Gulf region. The official newspaper of the Corps accused Israel and the US of kidnapping the two and threatened to kidnap American and Israeli officers and to “throw them in the cockfighting arena”. “Iran is on the defense”, stated yesterday Nicholas Burns, US Under Secretary for Political Affairs, who also mentioned that Russia’s refusal to supply uranium for the Bushar nuclear reactor, as well as the tightening economic sanctions on Iran, proves that “international pressure is working”. It is worth mentioning that the Bush administration has decided to undermine the current Iranian government, and that the reports of mass desertions/defections (sorry, same word in Hebrew) of senior officers could be part of the psychological war waged against the ayatollah regime. In addition, a German news agency reported, quoting Novosty (Russian news agency), that the US is poised to attack targets located in Iran in two weeks’ time. This information is based on Russian military experts’ analysis, who claim that Washington has already decided to launch the attack on Friday, April 6th, and that within ten hours different types of missiles (including cruising ones) will pound 20 nuclear facilities in Iran. Also to be attacked are the central command of the Iranian army, Revolutionary Guards, and Iranian Navy bases, in order to prevent Iran from blocking the Straights of Hurmuz.

f) some days ago, Iranian officials said they were prepared to kidnap US and British soliders in retaliation of these alledged kidnappings of Iranian officials h/t Mensa Barbie.

g) Britain had also stated that they wanted to revive nuclear pact to curb Iranian nuclear ambitions. And had announced they were going to present a tougher resolution over Iranian program. Apparently, France agreed with that because French PM, Dominique de Villepin, who was visiting the United Nations, said: “These sanctions are not aimed at the Iranian people. They are strong messages aimed at the Iranian leadership.” French nuclear carrier Charles de Gaulle and task force are now on Arabian Sea.

According to PAF [original in French],

US and European diplomats have stated that the new sanctions should probably include a prohibition to travel for the Iranian responsibles of the nuclear program and adding more materials and nuclear technologies to the list of the ones that Iran cannot import nor export.

[…] The idea of a total weapon embargo is abandoned as Russia is opposed to it.

PAF asks why on earth no one is talking about pointing the embargo to Iranian oil. I guess they are all a bit worried about the oil price.

h) Iran has also protested about the US film 300, in which the Persian King is not very positively portraited. They have the film prohibited in Iran as “US propaganda”. This has been denied on two counts: firstly, there is no present propaganda warfare against any Islamic state -although it should be I add- and any good influence -decorative arts, literature, culture, no slaves…- which Persian empire and civilization had on the world, was overturned because of the Islamic rule.

Victor Davis Hanson: But how odd! The Islamic Republic believes that history started in the 7th century with Islam, so why all of a sudden are they harkening back 1100 years to infidel Persia? h/t O Insurgente.

MyPetJawa: Silly Mahmoud, it’s not “300” that makes your country look savage. It’s kidnapping diplomats. And denying the Holocaust. And trying to develop nuclear weapons for jihad. And threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. And supporting brave jihadi babyhunters…

i) USA is pressuring US firms not to invest in Iran.

j) Iran had already forbidden the entry to Natanz nuclear compound to the UN inspectors from IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency).

k) first it was reported that Russia had announced Iran it will withhold nuclear fuel for Iran’s nearly completed Bushehr power plant unless Iran suspends its uranium enrichment as demanded by the United Nations Security Council. Then it was denied.

l) at the same time, the President of French -and public- oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, 55, and two directors, were summoned on the orders of Philippe Courroye, a judge who last year placed him under criminal investigation in a case involving Iraq. That concerned the company’s suspected payment of bribes to aquire supplies in the UN Oil-for-Food programme in 1999-2003. According to Le Monde, a total of €60 million had allegedly been paid to Iranian officials up to 2003, including sums paid into accounts controlled by a son of Hojatoleslam Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former Iranian President. But Chirac has named Courroye procureur de Nanterre, even against the unfavorable view of the Judges’ Supreme Council, so he can’t be condemned.

m) Iran has sentenced to death to an Iranian intelligence general, accusing him of “with American forces and providing them with details on the deployment and activities of the al-Quds unit and Iranian military intelligence operatives. He was also accused of providing the Americans with classified documents, photographs and maps related to Iran’s nuclear program and armed forces” h/t CUANAS.

n) Switzerland is forgetting about being neutral and supports nuclear Iran.

o) this happens when the teachers are still on strike (photo: right).

It is very interesting the post by Walid Phares in Counterterrorism Blog in which he considers how this move is caused by the end-of-mandate of both Bush and Blair and the need Ahmadenijad has of an external crush to diminish the influence of the important demonstrations oppositors of the regime are doing.

In a short conclusion the “War room” in Tehran has engaged itself in an alley of tactical moves it feels it can control. But the Iranian regime, with all its “political chess” expertise, may find itself in a precarious and risky situation. For while it feel that it can control the tactical battlefield in the region and fuel the propaganda pressure inside the West with its Petro-dollars, it may not be able to contain the internal forces in Iran, because of which it has decided to go on offense.

The Ahmedinijad regime wishes to crumble the international consensus to avoid the financial sanctions: that is true. But as important, if not more, it wants to be able to crush the revolt before it pounds the doors of the Mullahs palaces.

European Union has called for the immediate release of the 15 sailors. More here.

Oil prices rose as the news of their seizure were known.

You can read Counterrorism Blog: Iranian Captures of British Navy Personnel: Intentional Provocation or Local Decision? h/t Noisy Room.Net, Iran: Targeting the US-UK alliance h/t Noisy Room.Net. Also FullosseousFlap’s Dental blog, Gateway Pundit, CUANAS, A Blog for All, Atlas Shrugs, EURSOC, Le Guerre Civile, Flopping Aces, Mensa Barbie, Infidels are Cool, Tigerhawk.

The provocation is symbolically serious but not actually vital. Let’s wait and see.

UN backs tougher sanctions on Iran. In fact, the ones mentioned above: block Iranian arms exports and freeze the assets of individuals and companies involved in Iran’s nuclear and missile programmes. The vote has being unanimous.

Iran says that Ahmadinejad could not go to speak at UN because USA did not give him a VISA!!!

From Washingtonpost.com:

Hard-line Iranian student groups called on the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to release the 15 until U.S forces freed five Iranians captured in Iraq earlier this year and the U.N. Security Council dropped plans for sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. About 500 Iranian students gathered on the shore of the Shatt al-Arab and shouted slogans such as “Death to Britain” and “Death to America,” the Fars News Agency reported.

_________________________ Una foto d'archivio di un gommone di marines britannici impegnato in un pattugliamento nel Golfo Persico (Afp)

En español: EL MUNDO, ABC.es, LD, Barcepundit, La Vanguardia.es.

Italiano: Il Corriere della Sera.

Una foto d’archivio di un gommone di marines britannici impegnato in un pattugliamento nel Golfo Persico (Afp)

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From Le Figaro.fr:

Une délégation du groupe public russe Atomstroyexport était à Rabat cette semaine. Elle y aurait fait avancer sa candidature dans le projet de construction d’une centrale à l’ouest du pays, à Sidi Boulbra, entre Safi et Essaouira. Atom­stroyexport est le bras armé du Kremlin pour mettre en musique les accords politiques de coopération nucléaire. Le groupe russe construit des centrales en Chine, en Inde, en Iran et en Bulgarie, à un coût très compétitif par rapport à ses concurrents occidentaux.

Plusieurs dirigeants d’Atom­stroyexport avaient d’ailleurs déjà accompagné Vladimir Poutine lors de sa visite de septembre dernier au Maroc. Pour l’heure, aucun appel d’offres n’a été lancé par le gouvernement. « Les groupes français et américains tels que Areva et General Electric ne sont pas disposés à laisser les Russes leur souffler un joli contrat et les gouvernements de ces pays ne voudront pas laisser le Maroc entrer dans la zone d’influence du nucléaire civil ­russe », fait valoir un observateur marocain.

La presse espagnole s’est émue ces derniers jours de l’éventualité d’avoir une centrale nucléaire à quelques encablures des îles Canaries. Les commentateurs y doutent de la capacité du pays à assurer le niveau de sécurité nécessaire à de telles installations et rappellent que la menace terroriste est bien réelle dans le pays.

Autre inquiétude, entendue il y a dix jours à Rabat : les partis islamistes, dont le PJD (Parti de la justice et du développement), pourraient fort bien remporter les élections législatives de septembre. « Si les barbus ont le pouvoir, le nucléaire sera un sujet central, voire une priorité », affirme un chef d’entreprise.

Mais, pour l’heure, la situation est plus simple. Le Maroc a un besoin urgent de répondre à la demande croissante d’énergie de sa population et de ses entreprises (+ 8 à 10 % par an). Le pays dépend à 97 % de fioul, de gaz et de charbon venant de l’étranger et ne dispose pas dans son sous-sol de réserves naturelles. Il ne veut pas non plus se mettre sous la dépendance du voisin algérien.

So, a Russian firm is possibly going to build a nuclear reactor for Morocco, just at the same time when Zapatero’s Government has announced that Spanish nuclear energy production will be ended in 30 years’ time and when the position of the Government about the rightly independence of ex-Spanish Sahara has changed, as FM Moratinos has already recognised (also here; both links in Spanish), as it was very clear since they first recognised that Western Sahara could belong to Morocco with an “autonomy statute”, which had been rejected even by UN.

As ever, UN has now changed its own views: Ban Ki Moon considers “flexible” the proposal made by the Moroccan king. I was -an still am- a fierceful critic of this man, forged in the appeasement towards North Korea. Of course, now he is more interested in satisfying France -a very good ally of Morocco- than justice. But well, that is normal in Un, isn’t it?

The reasons that Morocco is basing the building of this nuclear facility are basicly, that Morocco does not have enough resources and that they do not want to be dependent from Algerian neighbours.

Of course, Le Figaro is not worried about the reactor security nor abour Islamists. It just says, “nowadays the situation is much more simple”.

Other things to read: “Rodríguez Zapatero: another treason to Saharaui people“.

Related posts: Morocco-Sahara-Spain update, France-Spain-Morocco-Sahara update, Online Jihad, Argelia raises the gas as Zapatero supports Morocco about Western Sahara.


Al parecer una empresa rusa va a construir una central nuclear en Marruecos, cerca de las Islas Canarias. Marruecos basa su intención en que no tiene suficientes recursos energéticos y no quiere depender de Argelia, con la que ya se lleva mal como consecuencia -entre otras razones- del contencioso sobre el Sáhara español. La empresa es la misma que está construyendo centrales nucleares, entre otros países, en Irán y que se considera el “brazo armado del Kremlin” en cuestiones nucleares.

Ban Ki-Moon, el nuevo Secretario General de la ONU, del que nunca he sido una admiradora, ha dicho, después de recibir a una delegación marroquí, que el plan del rey de Marruecos sobre el antiguo Sáhara español, es “flexible“, contradiciendo otra vez la justicia y no haciendo caso de sus propias resoluciones…

Es curioso que Le Figaro, después de enumerar las causas por las que es peligroso que Marruecos tenga una central nuclear (básicamente, el peligro islamista y la falta de seguridad), dice “pero por ahora, la situación es mucho más simple”. ¿A que no se nota cuál es la relación entre Francia y Marruecos?

Por cierto, que esta revelación se hace cuando Zapatero acaba de anunciar que tiene un plan para suprimir la energía nuclear en 30 años y cuando Moratinos ha reconocido lo evidente: el cambio de política respecto de Marruecos.

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BosnewsLife.it h/t Kattolikko Pensiero:

A major Christian rights group has expressed concern that Muslim militants in Nigeria are increasingly kidnapping Christian children to convert them to Islam, BosNewsLife monitored Tuesday, March 20.

Also from BosnewsLife.it h/t Kattolikko Pensiero:

Christians in north-eastern Nigeria on Thursday, March 22, mourned the death of Oluwatoyin Olusase, a Christian teacher who was killed by Muslim pupils at a secondary school for allegedly desecrating the Koran.

From Sudanese Thinker h/t Sandmonkey:

March 20, 2007 (KHARTOUM) – Two Sudanese women have been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery after a trial in which they had no lawyer and which used Arabic, not their first language, the rights group Amnesty International said.

March 22, 2007 (KHARTOUM) – Two ethnic African women from Darfur have been sentenced to death by stoning for committing adultery, while their male partners escaped punishment, a human rights activist said Thursday.

Sudanese Thinker has also written a post about what to do about it.

Portuguese blog O Insurgente has also looked upon this horrible case.


En Nigeria, varios grupos de Defensa de los Derechos Humanos han declarado estar preocupados sobre el incremento de niños cristianos que son secuestrados para convertirlos al Islam. Asimismo y también en Nigeria, varios cristianos han asistido a un acto en homenaje de Oluwatoyin Olusase, una profesora cristiana asesinada por sus alumnos musulmanes porque decían que había desecrado el Corán.

En Sudán, dos mujeres han sido condenadas a muerte por lapidación acusadas de adulterio, después de un juicio en el que no han tenido abogado y en el que se usó el árabe cuando no era su primera lengua. Sus parejas masculinas han escapado todo castigo. Si quereis ayudar podeis ir aquí[en inglés] y mandar la carta que contiene a, entre otros, el Parlamento sudanés y la embajada sudanesa en Washington. No sé cuál será el mail de la embajada sudanesa en España. SI alguien lo sabe puede dejarlo en comentarios.

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has reappointed his entire cabinet for another four-year term, surprising many who had been expecting changes.

It was the first time King Abdullah had named a cabinet since ascending the throne in August 2005 after the death of his brother, King Fahd.

People were hoping for more reformers and more efficient ministers in general. There are a lot of ministers who became ministers because of their personal relations with King Fahd, so society expected there would be reforms,” said Abdelaziz al-Qassim, a lawyer.

Rumours had circulated about whether Saud al-Feisal, the veteran foreign minister whose health has been frail, would want to retain his post, but these had died down in recent weeks as the government embarked on a diplomatic campaign and sought to reassert its regional authority, said one diplomat.

There had also been speculation about whether there would be changes in the oil, education, labour and industry ministries.

Education reform is one of the most controversial issues the government has to tackle, pitting reformers against the ultraconservative religious establishment, and is viewed as key to ensuring young Saudis develop the skills to enter the job market and are not lured into radical circles.

The labour ministry has also been unpopular for attempting reforms to reduce Saudi businesses’ reliance on cheap foreign labour.

Well, hope is the last thing that dies…


El rey de Arabia Saudí, Abdullah, ha vuelto a nombrar a todo su gobierno, a pesar de las críticas que se venían realizando a los ministro de Trabajo -quería modificar la dependencia de los negocios saudíes de mano de obra barata y extranjera- y del ministro de educación -debido al movimiento “ultraconservador”… debería decir wahabista…-. El nombramiento también ha desilusionado a los reformistas que se esperaban alguna decisión que significara algo de apertura.

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