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Ear to the Ground

The Making of Iran’s New Cabinet

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Posted on Sep 3, 2009
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The vote on his Cabinet choices is seen as a key test of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s support and his grip on power after June’s contested election.

The Iranian parliament has approved the first woman Cabinet minister, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic. Parliament also gave its blessing as defense minister to a man wanted in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people.

The BBC:

Iranian MPs have approved the first woman minister in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic.

She was one of 18 nominations for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s new cabinet to be approved. Two other women were among three rejected nominees.

The president’s choice for defence minister, Ahmad Vahidi, who is wanted by Argentina over a deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre, won strong backing.

The vote follows months of wrangling after disputed elections in June.

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By race_to_the_bottom, September 4, 2009 at 8:44 am Link to this comment
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The most likely perpetrator of the bombing of the Jewish center in Argentina is the Mossad. They do this kind of stuff all the time. If the lives of a few Jews need to be sacrificed to create a division between Iran and Argentina, that is a small price to pay.

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By brewerstroupe, September 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment

Thank you Folktruther. It gives me great heart to know that my posts are useful. Please feel free to pass them on.

The World I perceive is far from reasonable. The way these stories play in the mainstream press leaves me gasping. What concerns me is that all of these facts are known or should be known to journalists everywhere yet they are not referenced. It is hard to avoid believing that the media is under capture when lead articles do not mention such opposing viewpoints, even if it is simply to explain why they should not be taken seriously. I suspect that the constant references to “Iran’s Nuclear Weapons”, “Iranian support for the Terrorist group Hezbollah” etc are simply today’s “Weapons of Mass destruction” fabrications designed to facilitate the sanctions that are the precursor to invasion. The assumption seems to be that by constant repetition, these memes will become embedded in the public consciousness. By blotting out all contrary indications, the MSM betrays its complicity in the campaign to demonise Iran, thus setting the stage for the degradation of that country by military force.

I take nothing as truth without researching it to the extent that my resources allow but I have found that Gwynne Dyer, John Pilger and Gareth Porter have remained scrupulously faithful to the once great tradition of reporting without fear or favour.

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By Folktruther, September 3, 2009 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

Thank you very much Brewerstroupe.  IF we lived in a reasonable world you would be a scholar and investigative truther for the NYTimes.  Or the Washinton POst or Truthdig.  Needless, to say, we do not live in a reasonable world.

I didn’t even realize the US was involved in this fraud, which resembles the bribing of witnesses in the Lockerbie homicide.  US Justice and Law has become os corrupt that one can’t believe any of its rulings.

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By brewerstroupe, September 3, 2009 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

Part 1

AIMA Bombing.

The 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires provides an example of how disinformation can become fixed in the public’s mind despite subsequent evidence that contradicts every aspect of it. The incident is repeatedly referenced in articles designed to discredit the Iranian Government.

The established narrative holds that a Hezbollah suicide bomber, with the support and collusion of Iranian officials drove a white Renault Trafic van containing a bomb up to the premises and exploded it, killing 85 and injuring hundreds. It suggests that Iran, angered by the breakdown of negotiations with Argentina over Nuclear Technology, conspired with Hezbollah to carry out the attack.
The investigation responsible for this version of events was conducted by judge Juan José Galeano and based its findings on the evidence of one Carlos Telleldín, alleged to have provided the van used in the bombing and that of Abolghasem Mesbahi, an alleged former Iranian intelligence officer. Judge Galeano issued warrants for the arrests of 12 Iranians, including Hade Soleimpour, Iran’s ambassador to Argentina in 1994. Britain’s Home Office refused to deport Soleimpour due to lack of evidence.

The investigation has been described by former President Nestor Kirchner as a “national disgrace”. Here is why:

The explosion.

Charles Hunter, explosives expert with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms team sent to investigate, found that the blast pattern evidence proved that the explosion occurred inside the building, not in the street.
A witness on the street survived despite being fully exposed to the blast had it originated in the street. The person standing close to him and to whom he had just been speaking was killed. This person was standing in front of the main doors, in the path of an internal explosion.

The Car.

Of some 200 witnesses on the scene, only one claimed to have seen a white Renault Trafic in the street that day.
Parts of the vehicle were alleged to have been found in the rubble. The engine block was complete with serial number - a piece of evidence rarely, if ever, left by serious perpetrators. Gabriel Levinas, a researcher for AMIA’s own legal team, discovered that fragments of the car found at the site had been tested by the manufacturer and found never to have been subject to high temperatures, either in the explosion or in the fire which the car matching the engine number was known to have suffered before being repaired.

The Judge.

In August 2005, Judge Galeano was impeached and he was formally removed from his post as a federal judge for “serious” irregularities and his mishandling of the investigation. This is hardly surprising as a video broadcast on Argentine TV showed him offering his main witness, Telleldín, $400,000, in return for false evidence.

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By brewerstroupe, September 3, 2009 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

Part 2

The Iranians.

Galleano’s witnesses to the Iranian connection, Abolghasem Mesbahi and two others, were revealed to be members of the Peoples Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), which is designated as a terrorist organization by the US and is dedicated to the overthrow of the Iranian Republic.

Nuclear Negotiations.

Argentina was continuing to provide Iran with low-grade enriched uranium and the two countries were in serious negotiations on broader nuclear cooperation at the time the bombing occurred. The U.S. was putting huge pressure on Argentina to cease all cooperation with Iran. It is unthinkable that Iran would sanction an attack on Argentine soil at that time.

Hezbollah

It would make little sense for Hezbollah to plan and execute this complex operation then deny responsibility. The rationale of terrorism demands recognition or the act is rendered practically valueless.
The alleged suicide bomber, Ibrahim Hussein Berro, was killed in Lebanon two months after the AIMA bombing according to his family and Lebanese Radio. No DNA was taken from his head which was allegedly retrieved after the blast and soon discarded.

The Ambassador.

In an interview last May James Cheek, Clinton’s Ambassador to Argentina at the time of the bombing, told me (Gareth Porter), “To my knowledge, there was never any real evidence [of Iranian responsibility]. They never came up with anything.” The hottest lead in the case, he recalled, was an Iranian defector named Manoucher Moatamer, who “supposedly had all this information.” But Moatamer turned out to be only a dissatisfied low-ranking official without the knowledge of government decision-making that he had claimed. “We finally decided that he wasn’t credible,” Cheek recalled. Ron Goddard, then deputy chief of the US Mission in Buenos Aires, confirmed Cheek’s account. He recalled that investigators found nothing linking Iran to the bombing. “The whole Iran thing seemed kind of flimsy,” Goddard said.

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By skulz fontaine, September 3, 2009 at 11:37 am Link to this comment

Ahmadinejad’s cabinet is relevant how? His cabinet is news how? Mr. Vahidi’s
problems with Argentina means exactly what? In counter relevance, what about
Vig Lieberman? You know, Israel’s racist-in-chief? Would seem the BBC should be
able to “prove” allegations of Vahidi’s “bombing a Jewish center” in Argentina
before printing a flaming charge like that. Does the BBC have proof? You know,
that might stand up in a court of law? If not, the BBC and Truthdig should shut
the fuck up. Tempest in an Iranian teapot. Is Truthdig play the part of necessary
cheerleader in the run-up to ‘blast Iran’? Would seem that is the case. Truthdig?
Warmongering prattle?

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