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March 27, 2014 3

New Black Panther Summit Attracts Support from Diplomats, Academics

2014 NBPP SummitDespite the New Black Pan­ther Party’s (NBPP) overt plat­form of anti-Semitism and racism, the group’s upcom­ing “Dig­nity Sum­mit” has attracted sup­port from diplo­mats, aca­d­e­mics and busi­ness lead­ers, who report­edly will be speak­ing at the events.

The NBPP claims that among the for­eign rep­re­sen­ta­tives speak­ing at the March 28–30, 2014 Sum­mit in Atlanta are Gandy Thomas, the Con­sul Gen­eral of Haiti in Atlanta, Randy E. Rolle, the Con­sul Gen­eral of the Bahamas in Atlanta, and Daniel Agyekum, the for­mer Ambas­sador of the Repub­lic of Ghana (though the NBPP’s pro­mo­tional mate­ri­als do not indi­cate he is no longer Ambassador).

Accord­ing to the pro­gram of events, there will also be pre­sen­ta­tions by Pro­fes­sor Leonard Jef­fries of the City Col­lege of New York, Pro­fes­sor Akinyele Umoja of Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity, Pro­fes­sor Jacob Sav­age of Alabama A&M Uni­ver­sity, real estate and media mogul Michael V. Roberts, and editor-in-chief of Hip Hop Enquirer Mag­a­zine Den­nis Byron.

By tak­ing on racially-charged issues under the guise of cham­pi­oning civil rights, the NBPP, which is led by Hashim Nzinga, has received national atten­tion for its efforts, gar­nered some sup­port from promi­nent mem­bers of the African-American com­mu­nity, and attracted fol­low­ers. The group’s events often fea­ture inflam­ma­tory big­otry cou­pled with calls for vio­lence, tar­nish­ing its efforts to pro­mote black pride and consciousness.

In recent install­ments of the NBPP’s online radio broad­cast pro­mot­ing the Sum­mit, NBPP National Chief of Staff Chawn Kweli referred to Jews as the “Syn­a­gogue of Satan,” employ­ing a phrase com­monly used by the Nation of Islam (NOI) and the title of a viciously anti-Semitic book pub­lished by the NOI. Kweli praised NOI leader Louis Far­rakhan for his “war on the Syn­a­gogue of Satan” and encour­aged “any­body right­eous” to engage in this war.

In last week’s radio broad­cast, Kweli also alluded to the NOI’s Secret Rela­tion­ship Between Blacks and Jews, stat­ing “the so-called Jews…don’t want their hands to be exposed in terms of their role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade,” and con­tin­ued, “They don’t want you to talk about your enslavement…and how the blood-sucking cap­i­tal­ist jew­el­ers and oth­ers have ben­e­fited from our mishaps.”

Kweli then inter­viewed Asha­hed Muham­mad, Assis­tant Edi­tor of the NOI’s Final Call news­pa­per and author of The Syn­a­gogue of Satan, which claims that the world is being manip­u­lated and cor­rupted by Satanic pow­ers led by Jew­ish elites. The book, which has been heav­ily pro­moted by the NOI since 2005, fea­tures a fore­word by Malik Zulu Shabazz, then National Chair­man of the NBPP.

After pro­fusely prais­ing Muham­mad and his book, Kweli asked Muham­mad what moti­vated him to write the book to which Muham­mad responded with the fol­low­ing rea­sons: “the bat­tle with the so-called Jews on cam­pus,” Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tions’ “awe­some con­trol of pub­lic knowl­edge,” and the “con­trolled media” that allegedly por­trays the African-American com­mu­nity in a neg­a­tive light.

Con­tin­u­ing to invoke anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol, Muham­mad described African Amer­i­cans as being “hood­winked and bam­boo­zled by the Zion­ists” who “have to be exposed and uncov­ered because as long as they are allowed to con­tinue to lie and influ­ence so many peo­ple with their lies, they stop us from unifying.”

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March 26, 2014 0

Iran Weekly: Selected News & Developments

The fol­low­ing is a selec­tion of news reports and com­men­tary from Iran­ian media and main­stream pub­li­ca­tions on devel­op­ments per­tain­ing to Iran. This weekly update includes a sam­pling of pub­lished reports from Iran’s Farsi-language media* as well as rel­e­vant arti­cles from the inter­na­tional press.

Iran­ian Media

Israel strike on Iran would spell doom for US empire: Ana­lyst
(Press TV – March 25, 2014)

Kevin Bar­rett, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rists and fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda news net­work, Press TV, wrote “The US is still doing the bid­ding of the Zion­ist bankster oli­garchs who are the real power behind the West­ern throne.”

A topic from the Supreme Leader’s Nowruz speech*
(Mashregh News Agency – March 24, 2014)khamenei-nowruz-holocaust-denial

In an edi­to­r­ial exam­in­ing the Supreme Leader’s com­ments on the Holo­caust, Mashregh News posits the ques­tion, “Was the killing of the Jews dur­ing World War II a sys­tem­atic killing, or were the Jews killed part of the mil­lions who were killed dur­ing World War II?” In a follow-up ques­tion posted by the news­pa­per, the fig­ure of 6 mil­lion Jews killed by the Nazis is doubted, “Could the fig­ure of 6 mil­lion Jews killed in World War II be true? Some researchers even believe that the sys­tem­atic killings of the Jews dur­ing WWII is true, although dur­ing that era there were not 6 mil­lion Jews liv­ing in Europe to kill.”

We are not pes­simistic about nuclear nego­ti­a­tions*
(Tab­nak – March 24, 2014)

In an exclu­sive inter­view with Tab­nak, Speaker of the Iran­ian Par­lia­ment Ali Lar­i­jani, said, “I am not pes­simistic in regards to the direc­tion of nego­ti­a­tions, but we must be sen­si­tive to the nego­ti­a­tions because there are many aspects.” Lar­i­jani added, “We must accept the fact that in the United States that there is an influ­en­tial and effec­tive Zion­ist current.”

What was the most impor­tant and mem­o­rable state­ment made by the Supreme Leader in the 1391 (2013)?*
(Khamenei.ir – March 24, 2014)

Supreme Leader Khamenei’s office asked sup­port­ers to vote on their favorite state­ment from the last year. The win­ning state­ment was from Khamenei’s 2013 Per­sian New Year address where he threat­ened, “If the Zion­ist regime makes a wrong move, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

Iran’s for­eign pol­icy pri­or­i­ties for the new year*
(Fars News Agency – March 24, 2014)

Pro­fes­sor Reza Sim­bar, the head of Gilan University’s Polit­i­cal Sci­ence and Inter­na­tional Rela­tions Group, wrote that among the pri­mary goals for the Islamic Repub­lic the new year is “sup­port­ing the down­trod­den, fight­ing Israel, sup­port­ing the rights of the peo­ple of Pales­tine, reject­ing the unjust eco­nomic tricks of the world, and fight­ing Amer­ica who is the leader of the global arrogance.”

Iran­ian MP warns against for­eign inter­fer­ence in Ukraine
(Fars News Agency – March 24, 2014)

Esmay­eel Kos­sari, a mem­ber of the Iran­ian parliament’s National Secu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Com­mit­tee, said in an inter­view with Fars News that, “The bul­ly­ing and inter­fer­ence of the West­ern­ers has no bound­ary as they want to prac­tice hege­mony over every part (of the world).” Kos­sari added, “The Amer­i­cans and West­ern­ers will no way attain their goals in Ukraine because the Ukrain­ian peo­ple will not allow them to inter­fere in their country’s domes­tic affairs.”

Inte­rior Min­is­ter: Ene­mies unable to impose will on Iran
(Fars News Agency – March 23, 2014)

Abdol­reza Rah­mani Fazli, Iran’s Inte­rior Min­is­ter, boasted that “The enemy is not in such con­di­tions that it can impose any­thing on us and we, in line with the guide­lines of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion, will not step back from our prin­ci­ples and rights.” Fazli also claimed that it was “The Islamic Republic’s might and power and its insis­tence on people’s inalien­able rights” that have “made the enemy come and sit to the nego­ti­at­ing table with an equal footing.”

Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei’s Nowruz mes­sage to the nation*
(Leader.ir – March 21, 2014)

Dur­ing his annual speech to the Iran­ian nation to mark the start of the Per­sian New Year, Aya­tol­lah Khamenei said the his­tor­i­cal real­ity of the Holo­caust is “unknown” and ques­tioned if it “actu­ally did
happen.”

A new sce­nario to com­bat West’s pos­si­ble vio­la­tion of nuclear agree­ment*
(Fars News Agency – March 20, 2014)

Dur­ing an inter­view with Fars News, Ali Lar­i­jani, the speaker of the Iran­ian par­lia­ment, said that Amer­i­can claims that sanc­tions brought Iran to the nego­ti­at­ing table are for its own pub­lic con­sump­tion. Lar­i­jani added, “[Talk of sanc­tions by the U.S.] were also meant to shut the mouths of the many Zion­ists that heav­ily lob­bied [for sanc­tions].”             

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran Stan­dard Time: A day at the Ker­man baz­zar
(The Guardian – March 26, 2014)

A look into the once bustling mar­kets of the city of Kerman.

Iran alco­hol ban doesn’t keep moon­shine away
(Ha’aretz – March 26, 2014)

Alco­hol con­sump­tion may be offi­cially banned accord­ing to Iran­ian law, but locals con­tinue to skirt the ban by brew­ing at home.

Iran resumes mon­e­tary aid to Hamas
(Al-Monitor – March 24, 2014)

The Islamic Repub­lic resumes finan­cial sup­port of Hamas, but at lower lev­els than what was given before the two sides had a falling out over the Syr­ian civil war. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal will also visit Iran and meet with Supreme Leader Khamenei in the near future.

Born in the U.S., play­ing for Iran
(The New York Times – March 22, 2014)

An Iranian-American, Steven Beitashour, has accepted an offer to poten­tially play for Iran’s national soc­cer team dur­ing the upcom­ing World Cup in Brazil.

Ira­ni­ans ignore gov­ern­ment lim­its on hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions
(Al-Monitor – March 21, 2014)

Ira­ni­ans con­tinue to ignore gov­ern­ment warn­ings against cel­e­brat­ing ancient Per­sian New Year customs.

Iran’s leader preaches self-reliance in face of sanc­tions in annual Nowruz speech
(The Wash­ing­ton Post – March 21, 2014)

Supreme Leader Khamenei’s new year mes­sage to Iran­ian cit­i­zens calls for national strength. “If a nation is not strong, it will be bul­lied and tram­pled,” Khamenei said.

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March 21, 2014 4

Iranian Leader Questions Holocaust During Persian New Year Speech

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Supreme Leader Khamenei address­ing the nation on Per­sian New Year (March 21, 2014)

Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei made state­ments ques­tion­ing the his­tor­i­cal real­ity of the Holo­caust dur­ing his annual Nowruz, or Per­sian New Year, address to the nation on Friday.

Dur­ing his speech, where the leader dis­cussed Iran’s strug­gling econ­omy and West­ern cul­tural encroach­ments on youth, Khamenei denounced the West for its “strict adher­ence” to free­dom of speech while impos­ing restric­tions on dis­cussing the Holo­caust. Empha­siz­ing this point, Khamenei said, “In Euro­pean coun­tries no one dares to speak about the Holo­caust, which it is unknown if the roots of this mat­ter are actual or not, and, if it actu­ally did hap­pen, in what way.”

Khamenei added that the West, and Europe in par­tic­u­lar, place high value on free speech, yet, “Opin­ions on the Holo­caust and doubt the Holo­caust are con­sid­ered one of the biggest offenses that they [try to] stop and imprison and prosecute.”

Khamenei also sin­gled out the U.S. and its sup­port for Israel’s require­ment for the Pales­tin­ian Author­ity to rec­og­nize Israel as a Jew­ish state. “Amer­ica has been left in a dis­as­ter in Pales­tine. The plans they had for Pales­tine, and they’ve tried very hard, have not been successful…They want to trans­form the coun­try of Pales­tine into a Jew­ish coun­try, mean­ing that Pales­tini­ans, whether they be Mus­lim or Chris­t­ian, will not have the pos­si­bil­ity to live in Pales­tine,” Khamenei said. Khamenei also claimed that the U.S. is plot­ting to “fin­ish off Pales­tine in its entirety” by sup­port­ing Israel’s pre­con­di­tions in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

In his 2013 Per­sian New Year address, Khamenei threat­ened that if Israel were to “make the mis­take of attack­ing Iran, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

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