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Opening the “Gates of Evil”
This is a very interesting article that reveals the Middle Eastern perspective of the Iranian deal. This article appeared in the July 18,2015- front page story- in the Jerusalem Post by Jonathan Spyer:
Among pro-Iranian elements, such as President Bashar Assad of Syria and Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, the news of the deal has, predictably, been met with jubilation. Assad described the agreement as a “historic achievement” and a “great victory.” Among Sunni elements opposed to the advance of Iran, concerns have focused less on the nuclear elements of the deal-that is, whether it will effectively halt Iran’s march toward the bomb.
Instead, attention has centered on the deal’s implications for Iran’s push for hegemony in the Middle East, and it’s interference in and subversion of regional states as part of this effort.
An editorial by Salman Aldosary, in the Saudi-owned Asharq ql- Awsat newspaper, summed up these concerns in the following passage: “Western governments will be under great pressure to make the deal succeed and therefore turn a blind eye to many of Iran’s destabilizing policies as well as Tehran’s blatant interference in the domestic affairs of it’s neighbors. Moreover, the West will also have to neglect Tehran’s support of extremist militias, such as Iraq’s Popular Mobilization forces also known as Hashd al-Shoabi, that have gradually become almost part of Iraq’s military. Iran has established a policy based on the equation of fighting terrorism with terrorism amid deafening silence from the West. “Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States can only welcome the nuclear deal, which in itself is supposed to close the gates of evil that Iran had opened in the region. However, the real concern is that the deal will open other gates of evil, gates which Iran mastered knocking at for years even while Western sanctions were still in place.”
From this perspective a particularly notable and dismaying aspect of the deal is its removal of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and its Quds Force commander, Major General Qasem Soleimani, from the list of those subject to sanctions by the West. The ending of sanctions on the IRGC, and more broadly the likely imminent freeing of up to $150 Billion in frozen revenue, will enable Iran to massively increase its aid to it’s long list of regional clients and proxies. Iran today is heavily engaged in at least 5 conflict arenas in the region.
The Iranian creation and proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon is the dominant political and military force in that country. The organization depends on Iranian support training and funding to maintain this position. In Syria, beleaguered dictator and Iranian client Assad remains in control in the west and south largely because of Iranian support and assistance -up to $1 Billion per month, according to some estimates.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are unmatched in clandestine and proxy warfare, having effectively created and alternative armed force for Assad when his own army became unreliable in 2012. This force, the National Defense Forces, has plugged the gap in manpower which is the regime’s greatest vulnerability.
But in addition, Iran has channeled others of its proxies, including Hezbollah and Iraqi Shi’ite “volunteers”, toward the Syrian battlefield.
In Iraq, the Iranian-supported Shi’ite militias of the Hashd al-Shaabi are playing the key role in defending Baghdad from the advance ISIS. These militias are trained and financed by the Revolutionary Guards and organized by Soleimani and his Iraqi right-hand man, Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, also thought to be an IRGC member. In Yemen, the Iranians are offering arms and support to the Ansar Allah, or Houthi rebels, who are engaged in a bloody insurgency against the government of Pres. Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Among Palestinians, Tehran operates Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a client/proxy organization, and is in the process of rebuilding relations with the Izzadian Kassam, the powerful military wing of Hamas.
All this costs money. In a pattern familiar to the experience of totalitarian regimes under sanctions in the past, Iran has preferred to safeguard monies for use in service of its regional ambitions, while allowing its population- other than those connected to the regime- to suffer the consequent shortages.
Still in recent months, things weren’t going so well. Assad has been losing ground to the Sunni rebels Hezbollah has been hemorrhaging men in Syria. The Shi’ite militias were holding Islamic State in Iraq but not advancing. Saudi intervention was holding back further advances by the Houthis in Yemen. Hamas was looking poverty-stricken and beleaguered in its Gaza redoubt.
The sanctions, plus these many commitments, were bringing the Iranian regime close to an economic crisis that would have confronted the regime with the hard choice of lessening its regional interference or facing the consequences.
No longer. The deal over the nuclear program is set to enable Tehran to shore up its investments, providing more money and guns to all its friends across the Middle East, who will as a result grow stronger, bolder and more ambitious. This from the point of view of the main powers in the Sunni Arab world is the key fallout (so to speak) from the deal concluded in Vienna. IRGC “outreach” to Shi’ite minorities in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and to the Shi’ite majority in Bahrain, is also likely to increase as a result of the windfall.
It has been felt in recent years in Riyadh, Cairo, Amman and other Sunni Arab capitals that the US is determined to withdraw from active involvement in the region, and in pursuit of this goal is currently pursuing a dangerous path of appeasement of Iran.
This impression is compounded not only by the stance toward the Iranian nuclear program but also by the US response to Iran’s activities across the Mid East. In Iraq, the US appears to be acting in tandem with Iranian goals with no apparent awareness of the problems in this regard. Similarly, in Lebanon, the West is supporting and equipping the Lebanese Armed Forces, without understanding that the Lebanese State is largely a shell, within which Hezbollah is the living and directing force. In Syria the US is pursuing a half-hearted campaign against Islamic State, while leaving the rest of the country to its internal dynamics.
This nuclear deal compounds and completes the picture. From the perspective of the Saudi’s and other Sunni Arabs, Iranian ruthlessness, clarity and advance- combined with the flailing, retreating US regional policy, now so much in evidence, spell potential disaster.
The Sunni Arabs, along with Israel and other regional opponents of Iran, will now develop strategies independent of the US to stem this advance and turn it back. The outcome of that struggle will determine the fate of the Middle East.
Lawmakers Warn There Are Two Secret Side Deals to Iran Nuclear Agreement That Won’t Even Be Shared With Congress
The lawmakers reportedly met with the International Energy Agency in Vienna on Friday and were informed that “two side deals made between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the IAEA as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will remain secret and will not be shared with other nations, with Congress, or with the public,” according to a press release.
One of the alleged secret deals involves “the inspection of the Parchin military complex,” and the second “details how the IAEA and Iran will resolve outstanding issues on possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program,” the release added.
The parties involved in negotiating the Iran Nuclear deal, including the Obama administration, reportedly agreed to the arrangement. Cotton and Pompeo urged the Obama Administration to disclose details of the full Iran deal.
More from the press release: According to the IAEA, the Iran agreement negotiators, including the Obama administration, agreed that the IAEA and Iran would forge separate arrangements to govern the inspection of the Parchin military complex- one of the most secretive military facilities in Iran- and how Iran would satisfy the IAEA’s outstanding questions regarding past weaponization work. Both arrangements will not be vetted by any organization other than Iran and the IAEA, and will not be released even to the nations that negotiated the JCPOA. This means that the secret arrangements have not been released for public scrutiny and have not been submitted to Congress as part of its legislatively mandated review of the Iran deal.
Parchin is a critical linchpin in the Iranian nuclear program that has long been suspected of both long-range ballistic missile and nuclear weapons development. In 2011, the IAEA suspected that the facility was used to conduct high-explosive experiments as part of an effort to build nuclear weapons.
Even under the woefully inadequate Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, the Obama administration is required to provide the US congress with all nuclear agreement documents, including all “annexes, appendices, codicils, side agreements, implementing materials, documents, and guidance, technical or other understandings and any related agreements, whether entered into or implemented prior to the agreement or to be entered into or implemented in the future.”
In failing to secure the disclosure of these secret side deals, the Obama administration is asking Congress and the American people to trust, but not verify. What we cannot do is trust the terror-sponsoring, anti-American, outlaw regime that governs Iran and that has been deceiving the world on its nuclear weapons work for years,” Cotton said in a statement “Congress’s evaluation of this deal must be based on hard facts and full information. That we are only NOW discovering that parts of this dangerous agreement are being kept secret begs the question of what other elements may also be secret and entirely free from public scrutiny.”
Pompeo added, “The failure to disclose the content of these side agreements begs the question, “What is the Obama Administration hiding?” Even members of Congress who are sympathetic to this deal cannot and must not accept a deal we aren’t even aware of. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stand up and demand to see the complete deal.”
When asked about claims of secret “side deals,” White House National Security Advisor, Susan Rice told reporters the Iran agreement is a “strong deal” and the administration has provided Congress with “all documents that have been sharing with us by the IAEA.” “On the issue of PMD, possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, “There is no secret,” Rice said. “Iran and the IAEA, as is the custom, negotiated and concluded an agreement to deal with this issue of PMD< which was one of the major sticking points in our dealings with Iran and the P5+1.”
Rice then confirmed that the “documents are not public,” but administration officials have been briefed on the documents and are “satisfied” with them. She also said that the administration would “share the contents of those briefings in full and classified sessions with the Congress.”
U.S. ‘Disturbed’ By Iranian Leader’s Criticism After Nuclear Deal
DUBAI, July 21 (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday it was disturbed by anti-U.S. hostility voiced by Iran’s top leader after a nuclear deal, as both countries’ top diplomats sought to calm opposition to the accord from hardliners at home.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program was “very troubling.”
“I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his policy,” he said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television.
“But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it’s very disturbing, it’s very troubling,” he added.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, told supporters on Saturday that U.S. policies in the region were “180 degrees” opposed to Iran’s, in a Tehran speech punctuated by chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”
Iran Vows to Buy Weapons Anytime, Anywhere
BY: Adam Kredo senior writer for The Washington Free Beacon
A senior Iranian official who led the negotiations with world powers that led to the recent nuclear deal said that the Islamic Republic will continue to import and export arms freely across the globe without restriction, according to recent comments flagged by the CIA’s Open Source Center.
Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, said that he insisted during the negotiations that Iran be able to purchase and ship military hardware at any time and from any place, according to the comments made on state-controlled television.
Araghchi vowed “to buy weapons from wherever possible, and [said that Iran] is to provide weapons to whomever and whenever it considers appropriate,” according to a translation of his comments made by the Open Source Center.
The issue of Iran’s ability to purchase and move arms has emerged as a key concern among critics of the Obama administration’s deal. As part of the agreement, Iran will allowed to import and export weapons.
Araghchi claimed that the deal goes further. Iran will not adhere to any current restrictions of its arms trade, he said.
This could complicate efforts by Western nations to rein in Iran’s rogue behavior in the Middle East and elsewhere. Iran has played a central role in arming militias in Yemen and in backing President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The terror group Hezbollah is also a top recipient of Tehran’s financial and military support.
“When they [the P5+1] said that they were not going to lift weapons and missiles sanctions, or at least not immediately, we explicitly told them that there could be no agreement because we will not sacrifice our national security for anything,” Araghchi was quoted as saying during the interview with an Iranian television network.
“With regards to our national security, our defense systems, and our missiles systems, we are not even willing to negotiate, let alone compromise,” Araghchi claimed he told the global powers in the negotiating room.
Araghchi went on to insist that “if you want to have an agreement in which sanctions imposed on us for weapons and missiles will continue, then we will not agree.”
He continued: “Whenever we consider it necessary for our own security, [or] to help our allies in the region we will provide weapons. … We don’t feel shy. We will provide weapons to whomever and whenever we consider appropriate. And we will buy weapons from wherever we can.”
This demand “was made clear to the other party,” according to the Open Source Center’s analysis.
Critics of the nuclear deal have also raised concerns about other parts of the deal that will allow Iran to continue work on ballistic missiles and nuclear enrichment.
Senior Iranian officials have also declared in recent days that no American inspectors will be permitted to enter any Iranian nuclear site. No inspectors—American or otherwise—will be allowed to enter Iran’s military sites, these officials claimed.
Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, said in a recent interview that the United Nations version of the nuclear deal—which was recently approved by the Security Council—leaves all restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missile program as “non-binding.”
“The next redline was refusal to allow inspection or refusal to accept any restrictions in the defence and missile spheres, which has been fully achieved through the deal. This is even stipulated in a UNSC resolution in an acceptable form, and this has been reported to the Supreme Leader’s office,” said Zarif on Iranian radio, referring to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“Through severe resistance of the [Iranian] negotiating team, the opposite party fully abandoned its previous request of the inspection and verification of the missile programme and tests,” Zarif claimed, according to a translation of his remarks made by the BBC.
Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser and expert on rogue regimes, expressed concern that less than a week after the deal was announced, Iran is already challenging U.S. claims about what the agreement does.
“It’s embarrassing enough when the supreme leader and Revolutionary Guards suggest less than full acceptance of the nuclear deal, but the agreement isn’t even a week old and already Iran’s chief negotiator is contradicting Secretary of State John Kerry,” Rubin said. “Call it the Tehran two-step: one step forward, and two back. The only interesting thing is how Kerry and crew are going to rationalize Araghchi’s statements.”
Rubin said the deal is becoming more problematic as the world learns more details about it.
“This nuclear accord will not bring peace; rather, it has simply opened the floodgates to murder and mayhem on a scale the region hasn’t seen in decades,” Rubin said. “The Iranians are basically saying they will provide rocket-propelled grenades and explosively-formed projectiles anytime, anywhere. Only when they say anytime, anywhere, they actually mean it.”
Gold and Silver tank :
I am not a stock broker nor a financial expert of any kind. I recommend googling the proposed rational and implications of precious metal price drops for yourself. This is merely, in my opinion an indicator of government manipulation of markets and that everyone needs to diversify their assets. Personally, I believe that due to drought, GMO and pest issues that food will be one’s most valuable asset before too long. Remember, we are told to store up our treasures in heaven because that is the only thing that lasts and really has value.
Gold in Worst slide since 1996 as bears see still lower prices!
Gold futures retreated for a 10th day in the longest run of losses since 1996 as Goldman Sachs Group predicted further declines and investors sold more through funds.
The metal dropped 6.2 per cent over 10 days of losses. Prices reached a five-year low of $US1080 an ounce on Monday, and holdings in exchange-traded products are the smallest since 2009.
Bullion has fallen out of favour with investors as the Federal Reserve prepares to raise interest rates, boosting the dollar and hurting gold’s allure. Prices could fall below $US1000 for the first time since 2009, Jeffrey Currie, Goldman’s New York-based head of commodities research, said in an interview. ABN Amro Bank’s Georgette Boele and Robin Bhar of Societe Generale also are bearish.
“It looks like the bear case is gaining more momentum,” Phil Streible, a senior market strategist at RJO Futures in Chicago, said in a telephone interview. “People who are bullish on gold are most likely not going to risk more losses” if prices fall below $US1080, he said.
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Electromagnetic Pulse attack could claim 9 of 10 American Lives
An electromagnetic pulse attack can take down the nation’s electric power grid, plunge the country into darkness and claim 9 out of 10 American lives within a year.
That’s not a prediction coming from doomsdayers or a sci-fi film. It’s from Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security, who served on several congressional commissions and on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee, and was a CIA intelligence officer from 1985-1995.
An EMP, in short, is a burst of energy that can fry electronics, including computers. If the burst is powerful enough, like a small nuclear weapon exploded above the U.S., it could potentially shut down the nation’s power grid for months, even years.
Within a year after such an attack, 9 out of 10 Americans would die from disease, starvation and civil unrest, Pry said. There would be no food, no clean water, no transportation to bring food in, no cell phones, no computers, no medicine.
The United States is not prepared for an EMP threat, either from the sun or from its enemies like China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, Pry said Wednesday during a news conference at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
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The United States is preparing to punish Russia by starving off its access to western credit if President Putin does not meet demands for peace in Ukraine, it has been reported.
Mr Putin signed the Minsk agreement in February following 16 hours of talks with the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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ISIS Nabs more Christians in Libya: Execution expected
Islamic State has kidnapped three African Christians in eastern Libya, the extremist group said, publishing their passport pictures.
The men come from Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana, Islamic State said in a statement on social media, without elaborating.
The kidnapping took place in Noufliyah, an Islamic State stronghold southeast of the city of Sirte, said a resident, asking not to be named.
Mohamed El Hejazi, a military spokesman loyal to the internationally recognized government based in the east, also said the abduction happened in the small town.
The militant group has expanded in the North African country by exploiting chaos and a security vacuum like it did in Iraq and Syria.
Islamic State militants have beheaded dozens and attacked foreign missions in Tripoli, while also fighting forces loyal to Libya’s two government.
The official government has been based in the east since losing control of the capital Tripoli a year ago when a rival group called Libya Dawn seized it, setting up its own parliament and government.
No matter what happens, these Christians
will be victorious; either they will be freed — and if so, it only means God’s plan for them is not done on earth yet — or they will be martyred, and with this they will only be given a crown more royal than any temporal titles.
Massive swarm of grasshoppers and beetles picked up by radar, headed to Oklahoma
QUANAH, Tex. — A massive swarm of grasshoppers and beetles is making its way toward Oklahoma. Park rangers from Copper Breaks State Park in Quanah, Texas say the mob is so huge that its movement is being picked up on radar.
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