Israel finance minister says Iran economy „on verge of collapse“

Iran’s economy is edging towards collapse due to international sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday.

Israel regards the prospect of its arch enemy developing nuclear weapons as a threat to its existence, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that, although sanctions are taking their toll, they are not yet forcing Iran to abandon work that could soon lead to a nuclear warhead.

However, Israeli officials appear increasingly ready to acknowledge the effect of recent American and European sanctions designed to restrict Iran’s lifeline oil exports. (…)

An Israeli Foreign Ministry document leaked last week said sanctions had caused more damage to Iran’s economy than at first thought and ordinary Iranians were suffering under soaring inflation, although this did not appear to be changing policy.

On Saturday, the Iranian currency slumped to an historic low of about 28,400 rials to the dollar, a fall of about 57 percent since June 2011, meaning a sharp rise in the price of imports.


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FarsNews fällt auf Satire herein

Das klang so gut, dass FarsNews es einfach übernehmen musste:

Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama

TEHRAN (FNA)- According to the results of a Gallup poll released Monday, the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than US President Barack Obama.
„I like him better,“ said West Virginia resident Dale Swiderski, who, along with 77 percent of rural Caucasian voters, confirmed he would much rather go to a baseball game or have a drink with Ahmadinejad than spend time with Obama.
„He takes national defense seriously, and he’d never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does.“
According to the same Gallup poll, 60 percent of rural whites said they at least respected that Ahmadinejad doesn’t try to hide the fact that he’s Muslim.

Die Meldung stammt allerdings von der Satireseite The Onion.

Damit zieht Farsnews beinahe mit Mehr-News gleich, die Satire-Fotos mit einer Star-Wars-Figur zur Illustration iranischer Überlegenheit verwendeten.

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Tehran Declares Intent to Enrich Uranium to 90 Percent

 In recent months, Iranian regime spokesmen have issued no fewer than 12 statements declaring Iran’s intent to enrich uranium for nuclear fuel to power both surface sea craft and submarines. Nuclear-powered submarines require enrichment of 90%, the same level needed for the production of a nuclear bomb.


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Netanyahu draws clear ‚red lines‘ on Iran nuclear program

Drawing a thick line with a red marker on a cartoon sketch of a bomb, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly Thursday this line needed to be drawn before Iran enters its final stage of bomb development, which he said could be by next Spring.

Netanyahu, who in recent weeks has been pushing relentlessly for the world to make clear to the Iranians the point beyond which it would not be allowed to progress, said that point should be before they had stockpiled enough low-grade and medium-grade uranium to begin working on high-grade uranium and a nuclear detonator.

„Where’s Iran?“ he asked „Iran has completed the first stage. It took them many years, but they completed it and they’re 70% of the way there.“

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Herzlich willkommen!

Mehrere Iraner bereiteten Ramin Mehmanparast, dem Sprecher des iranischen Außenministeriums, einen herzlichen Empfang in New York:


Gaining the Upper Hand Over the Iran-Hezbollah Axis

Syria’s civil war has left the region’s revolutionary axis vulnerable. Tehran and Hezbollah are pursuing an even more aggressive strategy against their perceived enemies. Apart from putting more pressure on Tehran, designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in the EU would help Western powers dry up financial sources in several European countries.

By Niklas Anzinger & Ludwig Jung

The revolutionary axis of Syria, Hamas, Iran, and Hezbollah has been undermined due to the crisis of the Assad regime. Assad´s future remains uncertain and Hamas has already loosened its commitment to Tehran. In addition to actively supporting the Assad regime against the opposition, Tehran has strengthened ties with Hezbollah, whose role, as Assad fades, becomes increasingly important.

Ever since its emergence, Hezbollah has been able to build a state within the state of Lebanon. Besides a shadow economy and all-out control over large territories in southern Lebanon, global terrorism is its business. Its strategy of violence dates back to its emergence and many attacks, including the US Embassy attack in Beirut, the bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, the hijacking of planes, and assassinations, can be linked to the radical Shiite organization. In 2012 the axis intensified its global terror campaign against Israeli and Jewish targets.

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Shalom & welcome to NYC, A’jad!

Die New York Post mit einem besonderen Willkommensgeschenk für Ahmedinejad:

Feel the love, Mahmoud — and taste the gefilte fish.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived last night at the Warwick Hotel in Midtown in advance of his annual hate-spewing address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday — and The Post tried to deliver him a gift fit for a despot.

The anti-Semite’s special welcome basket — from New Yorkers with love — included such locally procured goodies as Gold’s Borscht, Manischewitz Gefilte Fish and smoked whitefish from the world-famous Murray’s Sturgeon House on the Upper West Side.

If Ahmadinejad (pronounced: I’m a dinner jacket) needed midnight munchies during his visit to this infidel city, there were also plenty of H&H bagels, onion bialys and Zabar’s cream cheese.

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