“No serious analyst believes that Iran would ever use, or even threaten to use, a nuclear weapon if it had one, and so face instant destruction. There is, however, real concern that a nuclear weapon might fall into jihadi hands—not thanks to Iran, but via US ally Pakistan. In the journal of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, two leading Pakistani nuclear scientists, Pervez Hoodbhoy and Zia Mian, write that increasing fears of ‘militants seizing nuclear weapons or materials and unleashing nuclear terrorism [have led to]… the creation of a dedicated force of over 20,000 troops to guard nuclear facilities. There is no reason to assume, however, that this force would be immune to the problems associated with the units guarding regular military facilities,’ which have frequently suffered attacks with ‘insider help.’ In brief, the problem is real, just displaced to Iran thanks to fantasies concocted for other reasons.”

Noam Chomsky on “The Iranian Threat.”

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Five Congressmen call for investigation into Latin America-Iran connection

Sen. Robert Menedez from New Jersey, is one of 5 congressmen who have called for an investigation into Latin America’s connection with Iran. (Flickr: transportworkers)

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Five U.S. congressmen, including three Republicans and two Democrats, made calls to investigate the extent of Iran’s influience in Latin America and the U.S., in part due to the revelations of Univision’s documentary, “The Iranian Threat” (La Amenaza Iraní).

Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey and chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, said he wanted to organize a hearing previously planned for February 2012 “as soon as posible,” in part because of the Univision documentary.

“The Univision investigation presented well-documented information, including videos, audio recordings and interviews showing a conspiracy involving the governments of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba to launch cyber and other attacks against U.S. territory,” read the statement released by Sen. Melendez’s office.

“As the Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, I plan to conduct a hearing as soon as possible to investigate these very serious allegations and the U.S. response to Iranian aggression.”

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This is satire too good not to publish here. The Onion reports:

“Amidst mounting geopolitical tensions, Iranian officials said Wednesday they were increasingly concerned about the United States of America’s uranium-enrichment program, fearing the Western nation may soon be capable of producing its 8,500th nuclear weapon. "Our intelligence estimates indicate that, if it is allowed to progress with its aggressive nuclear program, the United States may soon possess its 8,500th atomic weapon capable of reaching Iran,” said Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi, adding that Americans have the fuel, the facilities, and “everything they need” to manufacture even more weapons-grade fissile material. “Obviously, the prospect of this happening is very distressing to Iran and all countries like Iran. After all, the United States is a volatile nation that’s proven it needs little provocation to attack anyone anywhere in the world whom it perceives to be a threat.” Iranian intelligence experts also warned of the very real, and very frightening, possibility of the U.S. providing weapons and resources to a rogue third-party state such as Israel.“ 

Venezuela: Closure of Miami consulate may cost Chávez votes

There’s some 19,000 Venezuelans who were registered to vote in next October’s elections at the Miami consulate. The nearest consulate to Miami is in New Orleans. (Naharnet)

Channel: Latin American Affairs

The full weight of the closure of the Venezuelan consulate in Miami following the expulsion of Livia Acosta, a diplomat whose links to alleged Iranian plots to attack several targets in the U.S. were revealed in Univision’s documentary The Iranian Threat, is beginning to be felt now. 

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This was the scene in Tehran last Friday. Demonstrators burned American and Israeli flags. Crowds yelled “Death to America! Death to Israel!” And who was marching in the front? Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Meanwhile, in Vienna, world powers are conceding more and more to Iran. They are conceding even on issues that had been marked as red lines in the Lausanne framework, which was a bad deal in its own right.

Iran does not hide its intentions. It continues its murderous aggression, even against those with whom it is negotiating. Perhaps there are some world powers who are prepared to accept an Iran that calls for the destruction of Israel. Israel will never accept this.

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Univision airs The Iranian Threat on Sat. 14 - as Venezuela shuts down its Miami consulate

Following The Iranian Threat's premiere in December, the Venezuelan government has yet to respond to the allegations presented.  

Channel: Latin American Affairs

Back in December,the combined units of Documentales Univision and Univision Investiga premiered La Amenaza Iraní (The Iranian Threat), a 50 min. documentary directed by Gerardo Reyes, head of Univision’s investigative unit, which illuminated the alleged links between the Iranian government and several attempts to attack targets in the U.S. using connections in Venezuela and Cuba.

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