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Archive for the 'Iran' Category

Nov 12th, 2010

Summary: Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani has given Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki the nod to form the next government after an eight-month deadlock following the March 2010 election. Al-Maliki retained power by cobbling together alliances with Iranian-backed religious Shiite parties, including the Sadrist movement led by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who has close ties with Iran. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on November 12, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that U.S. Rep. Steve Israel called on U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to apologize for Holocaust imagery displayed at a rally organized by Bachmann at the U.S. Capitol on November 5, 2009 to protest health care reform.


Oct 25th, 2010

Summary: Amid fears its nuclear enrichment activities are aimed at developing nuclear weapons, Iran has begun loading fuel into the core of its Bushehr nuclear power plant, built with the help of Russia. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 25, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that two powerful car bombs exploded outside the Justice Ministry and city government offices in downtown Baghdad, killing 155 and wounding at least 500 in Iraq’s worst mass-casualty bombing in more than two years.


Oct 13th, 2010

Summary: Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a bold show of strength in Lebanon, vowing before thousands of Hezbollah supporters in Beirut that U.S. and Israeli power in the Middle East will soon be eclipsed. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 13, 2009, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.



Summary: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI, thanking him for opposing a Florida pastor’s threat to burn the Quran and calling for cooperation against secularism. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 9, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that the Afghan Taliban mocked the award of a Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. President Barack Obama, saying he should get a Nobel Prize for violence instead.


Oct 1st, 2010

Summary: Muqtada al-Sadr, the radical, anti-American Muslim cleric whose Mahdi Army militia once fought U.S. occupation forces in Iraq positioned himself as a big winner in Iraq’s months-long political deadlock when his Sadrist party threw its support behind beleaguered Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 1, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported on the inauguration of Fr. Robert J. Koopmann, OSB, as the 12th president of St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.


Sep 26th, 2010

Summary: Iranian forces crossed into neighboring Iraq and killed 30 fighters from a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) linked group it says was involved in last week’s bombing of a military parade in Mahabad, in Iran’s northwestern Kurdish region, which killed 12 women and children. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 26, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that the U.S. and its five partners trying to stop Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program — Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China — planned to tell Tehran that it must provide “unfettered access” to its previously secret Qom uranium enrichment facility within weeks. Immelman also featured his psychological profile and threat assessment of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, developed at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics.


Sep 23rd, 2010

Summary: The U.S. and several European delegations walked out of the U.N. speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after he said most people believe the U.S. government was behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in order to assure Israel’s survival. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 23, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Distinguished Professor in the Practice of National Governance at Georgetown University, would deliver the Third Annual Eugene McCarthy Lecture on September 23, 2009 at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.


Sep 5th, 2010

Summary: Iran is paying Taliban fighters $1,000 for each U.S. soldier they kill in Afghanistan, according to a report by Miles Amoore in the London Sunday Times. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 5, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that a NATO fact-finding team estimated that about 125 people, many of them civilians, had been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan guided by a lone informant.


Aug 21st, 2010

Summary: Israel has denounced Iran’s fueling up of its first nuclear power plant, in Bushehr, as “totally unacceptable” and called for more international pressure to force Tehran to cease any uranium enrichment. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 21, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge claimed in a new book that he was pressured by other members of President George W. Bush’s Cabinet to raise the nation’s terror alert level just before the 2004 presidential election.


Jun 27th, 2010

Summary: Iran alleges Saudi Arabia is allowing Israel to use its territory in preparation for attacking Iran nuclear sites. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 27, 2009 Aubrey Immelman provided a compilation of notable reports and opinions regarding U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s announcement that she would refuse to complete the 2010 U.S. Census beyond reporting the number of members in her household.