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August 29, 2006 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) yesterday called Iran the principal leader of the "Islamic fascist movement" that poses the greatest threat to America's freedom and way of life, and said the country must be prevented from developing nuclear weapons. Santorum also proclaimed Iran's president to be "one of the greatest threats this country has ever seen," and guaranteed that those who don't know who he is or what he stands for will know his name within a year. The senator, who is locked in a tough reelection battle this fall with State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr., made the remarks during a forceful speech at a press-club luncheon in Harrisburg yesterday, where he conjured a dark future for the United States if Islamic fundamentalism were not stopped.
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September 25, 2007
SHOULD a world leader who many hold in contempt, who spies on citizens, is interested only in propaganda and has a shockingly large stockpile of nuclear arsenal have been allowed to air his views at Columbia University? And does it depend if that leader is George Bush or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? The Iranian leader's performance at Columbia yesterday reminded us that perspective is everything. For 90 minutes, the man the New York papers have been telling to "go to hell" came across as, well, not crazy.
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October 21, 2007
President Bush is not known for choosing words carefully, so perhaps critics should set aside his recent reference to Iran and World War III. At an Oct. 17 news conference, Bush remarked that "if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. " To dwell on that cavalier comment - made after Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - diverts attention from more urgent questions.
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May 15, 2011 | By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - The spiritual mentor of Iran's president has harshly criticized him for his role in an internal power struggle that has split the country's hard-liners, indicating that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's own support base is badly fraying. The cleric is the latest high-profile figure to censure Ahmadinejad, who set off the spiraling political confrontation last month by firing the intelligence minister without consulting the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who quickly reinstated him in a public slap to the president.
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June 30, 2011 | By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's embattled president fired back Wednesday after a wave of arrests against his allies, contending it's part of a "politically motivated" campaign to undermine his government and display the power of hard-line forces loyal to the country's ruling clerics. The sharp-edged accusations by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad highlight his stunning transition from favored son of the theocracy to an apparent adversary after seeking to expand the authority of the presidency and challenge the clerics' grip on shaping politics and policies.
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February 11, 2013 | By Nasser Karimi and Brian Murphy, Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - There was nothing essentially new in the message to Washington from Iran's president Sunday: repeating last week's statement by the Iranian supreme leader that direct talks cannot happen as long as sanctions remain. What drew attention was how Mahmoud Ahmadinejad injected himself into it. He told crowds marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that he personally was ready to take part in one-on-one dialogue with the United States if Western economic pressures were eased.
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June 29, 2005
"Blog" is short for "Web log," a diary on the Internet. Blogs can be endless and self-indulgent, or thoughtful and challenging. "Blog Cabin" offers a selection from recent high-profile blogs. Little Green Footballs http://littlegreenfootballs.com TEHRAN (Reuters) - Hardline president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that Iran would press ahead with its controversial nuclear program and said the Islamic Republic had no real need for ties with archfoe the United States.
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June 2, 2011
Nuclear experts fault Japan SEOUL, South Korea - Japan didn't properly protect its nuclear plants against tsunami risks before the March 11 disaster that caused radiation to spew from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, a preliminary report by international nuclear experts has concluded. "The tsunami hazard for several sites was underestimated," according to a summary released Wednesday by a U.N. nuclear safety team probing the aftermath of a magnitude-9.0 earthquake that triggered a 50-foot-high wall of water, deluging the plant and causing power outages that caused the disaster to spiral out of control.
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March 15, 2006 | By Steve Goldstein and Chris Mondics INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Able Danger is merely the most recent in a litany of controversial allegations championed by Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.). Last year, in a book called Countdown to Terror, Weldon detailed the revelations of an Iranian exile code-named "Ali" who, among other things, described a plot to crash planes into a U.S. nuclear reactor. In the mid-1990s, Weldon made headlines with charges that missing "suitcase-sized" nuclear weapons produced in the former Soviet Union had been secretly buried throughout the United States during the Cold War. Neither allegation has ultimately been confirmed.
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June 29, 2009 | By Fariba Amini
We met on the Internet. He had been in prison while I was the Persian editor at the International Center for Journalists. In that capacity, I had been in touch with many Iranian journalists. Soheil Assefi was one of them. This was two years ago, and Soheil and I have been in touch ever since. I tried very hard to get him out of Iran. Fortunately, he managed to make it to Europe without my help. He is talented, passionate, and dedicated to his work as a journalist. Of his days in Evin prison, my friend Soheil said: "I was in Evin in solitary confinement for 60 days and was interrogated by the Ministry of Intelligence.
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September 30, 2013 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Now that President Obama and Hassan Rouhani have had their historic phone call - the first contact between U.S. and Iranian leaders since 1979 - one has to ask whether the United States has finally found the Iranian "moderate" it has sought for years. The question reminds me of a political cartoon I have kept in a file folder since 1986. In May of that year, Ronald Reagan's national security adviser, Robert McFarlane, made a secret trip to Tehran to set up a new relationship with Iranian "moderates.
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February 11, 2013 | By Nasser Karimi and Brian Murphy, Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - There was nothing essentially new in the message to Washington from Iran's president Sunday: repeating last week's statement by the Iranian supreme leader that direct talks cannot happen as long as sanctions remain. What drew attention was how Mahmoud Ahmadinejad injected himself into it. He told crowds marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that he personally was ready to take part in one-on-one dialogue with the United States if Western economic pressures were eased.
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March 15, 2012 | By Ali Akbar Dareini and Brian Murphy, Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - It was literally a command performance in Iranian political theater: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was dragged Wednesday before parliament to face unprecedented questioning over his policies, suffering another blow from hard-line opponents who now have the upper hand. The full hour of posturing, potshots, and probing - broadcast live on Iranian radio - was a lesson in the unforgiving realities of Iran's two-tier political system and how it shapes all critical decisions, such as Iran's nuclear program and its standoff with the West.
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June 30, 2011 | By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's embattled president fired back Wednesday after a wave of arrests against his allies, contending it's part of a "politically motivated" campaign to undermine his government and display the power of hard-line forces loyal to the country's ruling clerics. The sharp-edged accusations by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad highlight his stunning transition from favored son of the theocracy to an apparent adversary after seeking to expand the authority of the presidency and challenge the clerics' grip on shaping politics and policies.
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June 2, 2011
Nuclear experts fault Japan SEOUL, South Korea - Japan didn't properly protect its nuclear plants against tsunami risks before the March 11 disaster that caused radiation to spew from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, a preliminary report by international nuclear experts has concluded. "The tsunami hazard for several sites was underestimated," according to a summary released Wednesday by a U.N. nuclear safety team probing the aftermath of a magnitude-9.0 earthquake that triggered a 50-foot-high wall of water, deluging the plant and causing power outages that caused the disaster to spiral out of control.
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May 15, 2011 | By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - The spiritual mentor of Iran's president has harshly criticized him for his role in an internal power struggle that has split the country's hard-liners, indicating that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's own support base is badly fraying. The cleric is the latest high-profile figure to censure Ahmadinejad, who set off the spiraling political confrontation last month by firing the intelligence minister without consulting the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who quickly reinstated him in a public slap to the president.
NEWS
June 6, 2010
Jonathan Schanzer is vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Saturday will mark one year since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole a second presidential term in a rigged Iranian election. The response last year was shocking: Hundreds of thousands of angry Iranians flooded the streets. It was the worst unrest in Tehran in a decade. It was also a chance to turn the screws on the regime in Tehran, which has been sponsoring terrorism for decades, working to acquire a nuclear weapon, and repressing its own people.
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May 24, 2010 | By Charles Krauthammer
It is perfectly obvious that Iran's latest uranium maneuver, brokered by Brazil and Turkey, is a ruse. Iran retains more than enough enriched uranium to make a bomb. And it continues enriching at an accelerated pace and to a greater purity (20 percent). Which is why the French foreign ministry immediately declared that the trumpeted temporary shipping of some Iranian uranium to Turkey will do nothing to halt Iran's nuclear program. It will, however, make meaningful sanctions more difficult.
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May 24, 2010 | By Charles Krauthammer
It is perfectly obvious that Iran's latest uranium maneuver, brokered by Brazil and Turkey, is a ruse. Iran retains more than enough enriched uranium to make a bomb. And it continues enriching at an accelerated pace and to a greater purity (20 percent). Which is why the French foreign ministry immediately declared that the trumpeted temporary shipping of some Iranian uranium to Turkey will do nothing to halt Iran's nuclear program. It will, however, make meaningful sanctions more difficult.
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October 22, 2009 | By Rick Santorum
Who says campaigns are mere exercises in the politics of personal destruction? Take my last ad against Bob Casey in our 2006 Senate race. An Iraq war veteran spoke into the camera, demanding that the then-state treasurer stop investing state funds in corporations doing business with our enemies - enemies like Iran. Last week on this page, Sens. Casey and Republican Sam Brownback wrote in support of a federal law to encourage state treasurers to do just that with respect to Iran.
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