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Duh alert


The IAEA is worried that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons:

The U.N. nuclear agency on Thursday expressed concern for the first time that Iran may currently be working on ways to turn enriched uranium into a nuclear warhead, instead of having stopped several years ago.

Its report appears to contradict an assessment by Washington that Tehran suspended such activities in 2003. It appears to jibe with the concerns of several U.S. allies that Iran may never have suspended such work.

Really now? What tipped them off? Ahmadinejad has been playing nuclear chicken with the United Nations for years. What exactly caused the U.N. to wake up today and tentatively acknowledge blazingly obvious reality, instead of continuing to close its eyes as it has been all along? Why now?

That’s the big question, after all. For the United Nations to even make such a statement, there has to have been a sea change somewhere else behind the scenes that triggered it. If China or Russia is prepared to put more pressure on Iran, this could be indicative of a change in the game, even if the U.N.’s statements are, in and of themselves, essentially worthless. The world will be watching closely, that’s for certain.


Stormy weather


I wonder how long it will take Ahmadinejad to blame this on the Israeli Mossad, too?


UN slaps Iran’s wrist, Iran yawns


Another day at the U.N., another toothless move to try to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions: The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose new sanctions on Iran for its nuclear ambitions by targeting Tehran’s arms exports, state-owned bank and elite Revolutionary Guards. Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki immediately rejected the council’s demand to […]

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Eurovision: Israeli entry “not appropriate”


The Eurovision song competition is the latest to jump on the anti-Israel bandwagon, threatening to ban this year’s Israeli entry for having an “inappropriate political message”: Eurovision Song Contest organizers said Thursday they might ban this year’s Israeli entry, “Push the Button,” because they say it has an inappropriate political message. The song, to be […]

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Ehud Olmert found out the hard way that Prime Ministers aren’t allowed to have slips of the tongue. . . especially when the subject in question is nuclear weaponry: Israel’s prime minister spent Tuesday trying to put the nuclear genie back into the bottle after a remark in an interview was interpreted as confirming that […]

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Catch-up time


Believe it or not, other newsworthy things happened in the world yesterday and today. You’d never know it from watching the local news, of course, which has been covering Dawson nonstop since yesterday afternoon. But here are a few things that happened in the world outside our little corner: Sadaam’s judge doesn’t think he was […]

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"Educational crackdown" in Iran


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is taking more steps to stamp out dissent and reform in Iran: Iran’s hard-line president urged students Tuesday to push for a purge of liberal and secular university teachers, another sign of his determination to strengthen Islamic fundamentalism in the country. With his call echoing the rhetoric of the nation’s 1979 Islamic revolution, […]

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s blog


Seems that in addition to calling for Israel’s destruction, denying the Holocaust, and developing nuclear weapons, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s list of hobbies has expanded to include blogging. I wonder if this will be any more interesting than Paul Martin’s foray into the blogosphere. By the looks of it, not so far.

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Now why doesn’t this surprise me?


Montreal’s hosting the first-ever OutGames. And Pauline has the scoop on the only people who seem to be offended, and on why: Quebec agency offended by “Outgames” Not by the existence of the event, a sort of gay and lesbian Olympics, but by the fact that organizers didn’t bother to give the name “Outgames” a […]

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Meanwhile in Iran


Could it be that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn’t quite believe the reports of Hezbollah claiming massive victory against Israel? He’s calling for a cease-fire, which one thinks would be counter-productive to his aim of letting Hezbollah wipe the Zionist entity off the map, no? Someone must’ve told him that Hezbollah is getting its ass whopped.

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