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Mar 28, 2013 Cyberattacks Seem Meant to Destroy, Not Just Disrupt

QUOTE: an intensifying campaign of unusually powerful attacks on American financial institutions that began last September and have taken dozens of them offline intermittently, costing millions of dollars....Corporate leaders have long feared online attacks aimed at financial fraud or economic espionage, but now a new threat has taken hold: attackers, possibly with state backing, who seem bent on destruction.

New York Times
Feb 23, 2012 White House, State Department condemn Iran on pastor's execution orders

QUOTE: Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Christian charged with leaving Islam, has received a local trial courts final verdict, according to sources close to his legal team, and may now be executed for leaving Islam....Citing the Iranian constitution, the [US Congressional] resolution "condemns the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran and its continued violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 31, 2011 Hackers may have stolen more than 200 SSL certificates: Source say DigiNotar breach generated fraudulent certs for Mozilla, Yahoo and Tor, not just Google

QUOTE: Hackers may have obtained more than 200 digital certificates from a Dutch company after breaking into its network, including ones for Mozilla, Yahoo and the Tor project....Security researchers now wonder what else DigiNotar hasn't told users.

Jun 11, 2010 Across Iran, Anger Lies Behind Face of Calm

QUOTE: Through a widespread, sustained and at times brutal crackdown, the government has succeeded in suppressing a protest movement that shook the nation for months after the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which the opposition said was fraudulent. But the veneer of calm masks what many here call the “fire under the ashes,” a low-grade burn of cynicism and distrust.

New York Times
Jun 02, 2010 New Israeli Tack Needed on Gaza, U.S. Officials Say

QUOTE: The Obama administration considers Israel’s blockade of Gaza to be untenable and plans to press for another approach to ensure Israel’s security while allowing more supplies into the impoverished Palestinian area....Since the botched raid that killed nine activists on Monday, the Israeli government has said that the blockade was necessary to protect Israel against the infiltration into Gaza of weapons and fighters sponsored by Iran.

New York Times
May 20, 2008 White House Says NBC Distorted Bush Response

QUOTE: "This deceitful editing to further a media-manufactured storyline is utterly misleading and irresponsible," Gillespie wrote, adding that NBC should air Bush's responses "in full."

Washington Post
Mar 12, 2008 State Dept. Rights Report Calls Record of Sudan 'Horrific'

QUOTE: The State Department's annual survey of human rights practices around the world calls Sudan's record "horrific" and notes that countries where power is in the hands of unaccountable rulers are the most systematic violators of human rights standards.

Washington Post
Oct 10, 2007 When US-made 'censorware' ends up in iron fists: Despite Burma's record of repression, it's probably legal for American companies to sell Internet filters there, export lawyers say. But is it ethical?

QUOTE: Absence of federal regulation has allowed so-called censorware of at least four California companies to end up in the hands of foreign governments shown to block citizens' access to political, religious, and other websites.

Christian Science Monitor
May 18, 2007 Internet Increasingly Censored The first comprehensive global survey of Internet filtering shows that online repression is on the rise worldwide.

QUOTE: "Over the course of five years, we've gone from just a few places doing state-based technical filtering, like China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, to more than two dozen," says John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

Technology Review
Apr 27, 2007 World execution numbers fall: Number of people executed in Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Pakistan rises despite overall decline, Amnesty international says.

QUOTE: In its annual report on the death penalty, the human rights group Amnesty International said at least 1,591 people were executed last year, down from 2,148 the year before. "Last year saw a slight drop in execution numbers - but it was another grim death toll around the world and we are particularly concerned about a disturbing 'revival' of executions in countries like Iraq, Sudan and Pakistan," Kate Allen, the director of Amnesty International UK, said.

Guardian Unlimited
Sep 21, 2006 Iranian Leader Defends Controversial Stands

QUOTE: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defiantly stuck to his hard-line positions on issues including Iran's nuclear program and a need for further study to confirm the Holocaust.

Washington Post
Feb 05, 2006 Iran To Face Security Council: Iran To Face Security Council

QUOTE: As a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has the right to develop nuclear technology and to enrich uranium. But it became enmeshed in controversy in 2002 when Iranian dissidents disclosed that the country had concealed its nuclear programs for almost two decades. Iran suspended the most controversial parts of its activities, and European diplomats agreed not to pursue Security Council action while they conducted intensive negotiations to ensure that Iran's program was and would remain peaceful.

Washington Post
Feb 01, 2006 Iran on IAEA Agenda, but Next Step Concerns U.S.

QUOTE: [International Atomic Energy Agency--Ed.] board members will consider a new assessment from the IAEA's investigation of Iran. The two-page report depicts a country that remains under suspicion and continues to conceal information from inspectors, and it says Iran is preparing to begin pilot-scale enrichment.

Washington Post
Jan 25, 2006 The Realities of Exporting Democracy: A Year After Bush Recast Foreign Policy, Progress Remains Mixed

QUOTE: While the administration has enjoyed notable success in promoting liberty in some places, it has applied the speech's principles inconsistently in others ...Washington has stepped up pressure on repressive regimes in countries such as Belarus, Burma and Zimbabwe -- where the costs of a confrontation are minimal...

Washington Post
Jan 10, 2006 Iran Delays Threatened Resumption of Nuclear Work

QUOTE: France, Britain and Germany have negotiated with Iran over the last three years, seeking a deal by which it would permanently shut down parts of its nuclear program in return for diplomatic and trade incentives. Iran has tentatively shuttered certain nuclear operations, such as the enrichment facility, but has also repeatedly broken or altered various interim agreements.

Washington Post
Nov 11, 2005 Pushing the Envelope on Iranian Repression

QUOTE: The election in June of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad , a former mayor of Tehran, threatens to erase the gains made by a civil society trying to organize and energize against all odds, Memarian said in an interview last Friday in Washington. But reformers are still working to expose arbitrary detentions, prisoner abuse and other injustices.

Washington Post
Mar 28, 2005 Saving Nonproliferation

QUOTE: While claiming to be protecting the world from proliferation threats in Iraq, Libya, Iran and North Korea, American leaders not only have abandoned existing treaty restraints but also have asserted plans to test and develop new weapons...abandoned past pledges and now threaten first use of nuclear weapons against nonnuclear states.

Washington Post
Jul 27, 2004 Iranian Prosecutor Shuts 2 Newspapers: Outlets Reported on Trial That Implicated Official in Death of Detained Photographer

QUOTE: An Iranian prosecutor has ordered the closures of two newspapers that reported last week on a trial involving a case in which he is alleged to have been involved.

Washington Post
Feb 23, 2004 Low Turnout Tells Tale of Iranian Vote

QUOTE: ...said the dynamics of the [Iranian--Ed.] law-making body would be driven by the knowledge that the conservative side won its majority by barring competitors.

Washington Post
Jul 07, 2003 Refugees on Hold and at Risk

QUOTE: "You can overstate the security issue to the point where it kills the refugee program."

Los Angeles Times
May 25, 2003 Ambassador for a Silenced Music

QUOTE: Ever since the 1979 revolution replaced a Westward-gazing monarchy with strict Islamic rule, the place of music in Iranian culture has been precarious. When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini rose to power in that year, he banned all types of music: recordings, concerts, even the carrying of instruments.

New York Times
Feb 19, 2003 Girls Find Safety Posing as Boys on Tehran's Mean Streets

QUOTE: In a country where girls and women are required to cover their heads and conceal the shape of their bodies from the age of puberty, some girls have taken to disguising themselves as boys.

New York Times
Oct 31, 2001 Muslims Call for Fighting Cease-fire

QUOTE: Indeed, some detect a double standard in asking the alliance to hold back. "Traditionally, there have been wars that have been fought by Arab nations during Ramadan"...

New York Times
Oct 21, 2001 Either You Are a Believer or An Infidel

QUOTE: Skube argues that the West cannot ignore the Islamic world's fundamental intolerance of freedom of religious thought by non-Muslims; it is the basis for the militant fanaticism and and authoritarianism that underlie much of the current conflict.

Washington Post
Oct 06, 2001 The 40-Year War

QUOTE: That decent 1990's impulse to do good in Bosnia and Kosovo, even at the price of alienating Russia and China, was already, before Sept. 11, giving way to a foreign policy based on an unsentimental notion of our national interest.

New York Times
Sep 13, 2001 Terror in New York and Washington: Reaping What is Sown

ABSTRACT: ...we need to face the unwelcome truth that refreshing doses of freedom is not what many poor and desperate people, especially in the Third World, have been experiencing at this country's hands.

Jay's Leftist and 'Progressive' Internet Resources Directory
Jul 01, 2001 'Jihadistan'


QUOTE: Religious fanaticism.... when it merges with economic and cultural despair....the world's first "virtual nation," perhaps best called "Jihadistan." They recognize no borders save those of the Umma, the Islamic world...

Washington Law & Politics
May 29, 2001 On Iran's Ballot, A Cleric Linked To Assassinations: Ex-intelligence Minister's Campaign Is Viewed As Effort to Clear His Name

QUOTE: ...some do think of Fallahian as....the man allegedly behind a government conspiracy to kill Iranians at home who have criticized the country's conservative Islamic system.

Washington Post
May 17, 2001 Iranians Winnow Election List: Women and Liberals Are Out

QUOTE: The Council of Guardians, which screens candidates for Iranian elections, announced today that it was rejecting all but 10 of the more than 800 who sought to run in the June 8 presidential race. Among those rejected were all of more than two dozen women and candidates known for their liberal views.

New York Times