Friday, December 13, 2013
selva:

What You Think They Call It Black Ops For?
 Robert Levinson of Florida went missing in Iran in 2007, and the Washington Post and the AP are out with stories today that might better explain why: He was working as a sort of rogue operator for the CIA at the time. Or more precisely, the retired FBI agent was working for a small team of CIA analysts who apparently didn’t fill in their superiors about what they were doing, which amounted to running unauthorized spy operations overseas, according to the two stories. The AP calls it “an extraordinary breach of the most basic CIA rules.”
After his disappearance, CIA officials said flatly that Levinson wasn’t working for the agency, but Levinson’s family uncovered emails between him and a CIA analyst named Anne Jablonksi, with whom he was friends. In one sent before his Iran trip, he asked about getting paid, and she told him to deal with her, not the CIA’s contract office. “Keep talk about the additional money among us girls,” she wrote. Jablonski has since left the agency and could face criminal charges, says the Post. As for Levinson, now 65, the last proof that he was alive came nearly three years ago. The best guess is that Iran is either holding him or knows where he is. The AP says it has held the story three times in recent years, but is publishing now because efforts to free Levinson have gone nowhere. It adds that his CIA affiliation is surely old news to his captors.
//other reports indicate his family was compensated with over $2M before his disappearance.

selva:

What You Think They Call It Black Ops For?

 Robert Levinson of Florida went missing in Iran in 2007, and the Washington Post and the AP are out with stories today that might better explain why: He was working as a sort of rogue operator for the CIA at the time. Or more precisely, the retired FBI agent was working for a small team of CIA analysts who apparently didn’t fill in their superiors about what they were doing, which amounted to running unauthorized spy operations overseas, according to the two stories. The AP calls it “an extraordinary breach of the most basic CIA rules.”

After his disappearance, CIA officials said flatly that Levinson wasn’t working for the agency, but Levinson’s family uncovered emails between him and a CIA analyst named Anne Jablonksi, with whom he was friends. In one sent before his Iran trip, he asked about getting paid, and she told him to deal with her, not the CIA’s contract office. “Keep talk about the additional money among us girls,” she wrote. Jablonski has since left the agency and could face criminal charges, says the Post. As for Levinson, now 65, the last proof that he was alive came nearly three years ago. The best guess is that Iran is either holding him or knows where he is. The AP says it has held the story three times in recent years, but is publishing now because efforts to free Levinson have gone nowhere. It adds that his CIA affiliation is surely old news to his captors.

//other reports indicate his family was compensated with over $2M before his disappearance.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Iran embassy bombing may be linked to Syrian war
…In the morning, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated himself just outside Iran’s embassy gate. Moments later, a much larger car bomb exploded down the street. Most of those killed were innocent bystanders.
A little known extremist group with ties to al Qaeda — the Abdullah Azzam Brigades — claimed responsibility for the bombings. 
The group said the attack was in retaliation for Iran’s support of the Assad regime in neighboring Syria.
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Iran embassy bombing may be linked to Syrian war

…In the morning, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated himself just outside Iran’s embassy gate. Moments later, a much larger car bomb exploded down the street. Most of those killed were innocent bystanders.

A little known extremist group with ties to al Qaeda — the Abdullah Azzam Brigades — claimed responsibility for the bombings.

The group said the attack was in retaliation for Iran’s support of the Assad regime in neighboring Syria.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Monday, September 23, 2013 Saturday, June 23, 2012 Friday, March 2, 2012 Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Monday, January 9, 2012 Wednesday, January 4, 2012
International developments have also not been kind to Tehran’s ruling cabal. After marginalizing the reformists, the conservative factions of the Islamic regime are now engaged in a political fratricide. In the wake of uprisings in the Arab world, Iran’s popularity in the region has plummeted. The Syrian regime, Tehran’s sole regional ally, increasingly appears unable to resist the calls for change shaking the entire region. Even Iran’s former allies in the Non-Aligned Movement have repeatedly voted against Iran at the IAEA and the Security Council, perceiving Tehran’s nuclear quest as too controversial for the country to serve as the developing world’s standard-bearer. Nearly a decade since the advent of the nuclear crisis, Iran is internally divided, regionally diminished, and internationally isolated. Supreme Loser: Why Iran’s ayatollah-in-chief always gets it wrong
Sunday, November 20, 2011 Thursday, July 28, 2011
standwithfreeiran:

Tuesday, 19 July 2011, marks a Global Day of Action during which health professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens from around the world appeal to the Iranian authorities for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Arash Alaei.
Dr. Arash Alaei and his brother Dr. Kamiar Alaei are renowned HIV/AIDS physicians who were arrested in June 2008 and wrongfully convicted in January 2009 on charges of communicating with an enemy government. Their crime? Traveling to international AIDS and public health conferences and liaising with other health workers to find solutions to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
In late 2010, Kamiar was released following 870 days in prison in Iran. Arash was sentenced to six years in prison and today remains behind bars in Evin Prison in Tehran after three long years.
Dr. Arash Alaei has worked tirelessly to address HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and addiction, and demonstrated unwavering dedication to helping improve the lives of his countrymen and women by protecting them from disease and death. He needs to be immediately released to again take up his life-saving work.
Your message will be delivered to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, and other Iranian officials, urging the Iranian authorities to unconditionally release Dr. Arash Alaei.
SIGN THE PETITION

standwithfreeiran:

Tuesday, 19 July 2011, marks a Global Day of Action during which health professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens from around the world appeal to the Iranian authorities for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Arash Alaei.

Dr. Arash Alaei and his brother Dr. Kamiar Alaei are renowned HIV/AIDS physicians who were arrested in June 2008 and wrongfully convicted in January 2009 on charges of communicating with an enemy government. Their crime? Traveling to international AIDS and public health conferences and liaising with other health workers to find solutions to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

In late 2010, Kamiar was released following 870 days in prison in Iran. Arash was sentenced to six years in prison and today remains behind bars in Evin Prison in Tehran after three long years.

Dr. Arash Alaei has worked tirelessly to address HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and addiction, and demonstrated unwavering dedication to helping improve the lives of his countrymen and women by protecting them from disease and death. He needs to be immediately released to again take up his life-saving work.

Your message will be delivered to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, and other Iranian officials, urging the Iranian authorities to unconditionally release Dr. Arash Alaei.

SIGN THE PETITION

Monday, May 23, 2011 Friday, May 20, 2011

standwithfreeiran:

Banned Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Sends a Message in a Bottle with This Is Not a Film

The annals of filmmaking are filled with stories of people who managed to make films against all odds, without money, without shooting permits, without proper professional equipment. This Is Not a Film, or In Film Nist, the 75-minute film directed by Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb that has screened here out of competition, may be the ultimate achievement in stealth filmmaking, considering that Panahi is currently serving a six-year jail sentence and has been banned by the Iranian government from making films for 20 years. And yet somehow he has made a movie that has found its way to one of the world’s major film festivals: This Is Not a Film is a small but extremely significant message in a bottle.

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Urge Iranian authorities to reverse the harsh sentence imposed on Jafar Panahi!

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