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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

19 January - Trend News of Middle East

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Rally for peace and democracy in IranImage by Toban Black via Flickr
 Details of Obama’s letter to Iran released
January-18-12 6:20 PMA number of Iranian officials have released the details of the letter that U.S. President Barack Obama recently sent to Tehran.

Iran to release Fateh, Besat submarines of own production

Iranian Submarines' Ambush for US Aircraft Carriers in Persian Gulf

19 January 2012, 06:07 (GMT+04:00)
A senior Iranian military commander underlined that the Iranian Navy's subsurface vessels enjoy a high capability to confront enemies' threats, and stated that Iran's submarines are able to ambush and hit enemy vessels specially US Aircraft carriers from the seabed throughout the Persian Gulf.

Salehi: Iran-Turkey Economic Commission to lift trade barriers 
January-18-12 7:02 PMForeign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi says the 23rd Iran-Turkey Joint Economic Commission session aimed to lift all trade barriers.

Iran Air urges UN chief to help lift sanctions on Iran aviation
January-18-12 7:00 PMIran Air crew has written a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling on him to take the measures necessary to lift sanctions imposed upon the sale of civilian aircraft and spare parts to Iran.
( The 'West' can be rough on Iranian passenger aircraft)

UK says no concrete plans for new nuclear talks with Iran

18 January 2012, 19:02 (GMT+04:00)
Britain denied on Wednesday that negotiations were under way towards a new round of nuclear talks between Iran and Western powers.

Tehran’s envoy writes to IAEA board over assassinations
January-18-12 6:57 PMIn a recent interview with ISNA, the Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that he had sent a letter to Gianni Ghisi, the chair of the IAEA Board of Governors, calling for the assassinations of nuclear scientists to be condemned.

European Union bank blasted for links to Mubarak regime

19 January 2012, 09:07 (GMT+04:00)
The European Union's house bank invested in funds that directly benefited the Middle East's ruling cliques even as it preached the importance of human rights and democracy, claims a new report obtained by Ahram Online.

NATO chief joins criticism of US presidential candidate Rick Perry

19 January 2012, 02:53 (GMT+04:00)
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday joined in the criticism of US Republican presidential nomination candidate Rick Perry, who has said that Turkey is run by "Islamic terrorists" and should be expelled from NATO.
( About as smart as when 'Tweety' on CNN suggested invading Syria and Iran at the same time as Iraq back in 2003. I caught the broadcast in Canada. Funny thing is - the fake 'Islamic' terrorists work for NATO in Syria and Libya just the way they did in Afghanistan. You did hear the police-killing 'revolutionaries' were alCIAda imports I trust.  )

Some 5,000 attend anti-racism demonstration in Jerusalem

19 January 2012, 02:51 (GMT+04:00)
Some 5,000 Israelis, many of them Ethiopians, demonstrated in Jerusalem Thursday against racism.

NATO missile defence not aimed against Iran, Turkey says

19 January 2012, 02:49 (GMT+04:00)
The missile defence shield that NATO is developing under strong encouragement from the United States is not aimed against Iran, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu insisted on Wednesday.
( Russia has analysis strongly disagreeing with implementing such near its borders - and has had for decades )

Sunni-backed leader: Crisis tearing Iraq apart
January-18-12 5:39 PMIraq needs new leaders to prevent the country from disintegrating, the leader of the main Sunni-backed bloc said Wednesday, reflecting the severity of a sectarian political battle in the Shiite-led government, accompanied by violence, just a month after the exit of US forces.

Turkey says does not want return to Iraq chaos
January-18-12 4:49 PMTurkey does not want a return to chaos in Iraq, Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said on Wednesday in comments that followed a complaint from Baghdad that Ankara was meddling in its internal affairs. 

Syria's Brotherhood rejected Iran-mediated deal
January-18-12 5:28 PMIranian officials contacted Syria's Muslim Brotherhood to try to mediate a political solution to a 10-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad but their efforts were rebuffed, a senior Brotherhood member said on Wednesday.

Judicial reform package in Turkey to make pre-trial detention difficult
January-18-12 4:40 PMMinister of Justice Sadullah Ergin on Wednesday announced a new judicial reform package that, among many other things, aims to make it difficult for courts to issue detention orders for suspects before trial.

Poverty rate decreases to 7.6 percent in Azerbaijan
January-18-12 8:09 AMThe poverty level in Azerbaijan decreased by 1.5 percent and amounted to 7.6 percent
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