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Iran Foreign Ministry Claims Nuclear Scientist Was Executed By CIA, As Nigeria Strike Talks Collapse

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While on one hand we get news from Nigeria that the government and the labor unions have failed to end a labor strike, raising the prospect of a halt of all production in the country which produces 2.4 million barrels of oil per day or roughly the same as Iran exports, we now find out that the US attempt at de-escalating tensions with Iran (following Thursday's news of an extension in the oil embargo deadline by 6 months - one would almost think Obama realized $5.00 gas may be an issue with the election looming) may have failed massively, and it is now Iran's attempt to score political brownie points knowing well it has all the advantage. As EA WorldView reports, instead of backing away from last week's sensitive issue of the assasination of a nuclear scientist, Iran has ripped the scab right off the wound and its foreign ministry has boldly proclaimed that it has "reliable documents and evidence that this terrorist act was planned, guided and supported by the CIA. The documents clearly show that this terrorist act was carried out with the direct involvement of CIA-linked agents." So the ball is now squarely back in America's court, and any further attempts at appeasement, such as the embargo extension was perceived as being, will merely serve to make US foreign policy appear even more toothless. Which Hillary will hardly stomach. So we may well be back at square one (only this time with two aircraft carriers in the Arabian Sea instead of just one).

From EA WorldView:

The Foreign Ministry has asserted in a letter, handed to the Swiss Ambassador, "We have reliable documents and evidence that this terrorist act was planned, guided and supported by the CIA. The documents clearly show that this terrorist act was carried out with the direct involvement of CIA-linked agents."


The Swiss Embassy represents the interests of the US, which broke diplomatic ties with Iran in 1979.


Iranian State TV said a "letter of condemnation" had also been sent to the British Government, contending that the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists had "started exactly after the British official John Sawers declared the beginning of intelligence operations against Iran".

And as for Nigeria, here is AP with the latest:

Nigeria's government and labor unions failed to end a paralyzing nationwide strike over high gasoline costs, potentially sparking an oil production shutdown in a nation vital to U.S. oil supplies.


It was not immediately clear early Sunday whether a major oil workers' union had gone ahead with its threat to have its members walk off their jobs starting at midnight in an effort to halt oil production. But the fact labor unions left quickly from their meeting with the government and no one announced when talks would resume raised concerns the impasse would see Nigeria go through more days of disruptive strikes.


Nigeria, which produces 2.4 million barrels of oil a day, is the fifth-largest oil exporter to the United States. Any disruption to oil production could roil the oil futures market at a time traders remain concerned about world supply.


President Goodluck Jonathan did not show up for a meeting with union representatives held Saturday night at the presidential villa in Nigeria's capital Abuja, nor did Vice President Namadi Sambo. Instead, the nation's Senate president and its House speaker represented the government along with other officials.


After the meeting, Nigeria Labor Congress President Abdulwaheed Omar told waiting journalists: "We have not reached a compromise."


Asked whether oil production would immediately halt, Omar said: "We are taking these things gradually.

As for next steps, here is an idea.

Libya - before:

and after...

Nigeria - before:





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Sun, 01/15/2012 - 09:35 | 2066035 wonderatitall
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obama like his rebel/marxist banging mom work for the cia. he will continue doing what democarts have  always done. democrats worship at the idol of hitler, mussolini and stalin and assassinations. king of the putt will do what his masters at the international banks say or the cia will depose him. obama is a 4th rate dog catcher who recieved a billion in known overseas money...

the time has come to break up amerikka. lets make it nice or 25 million dead, like obama's buddy wants...either way its time....

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 10:06 | 2066066 GMadScientist
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a) Marxist (communist) + CIA (fascist from the drop) working together...whatever you're smoking, ease up off it; you're not getting higher, just lower on dope.

b) What makes you think Democrats have a monopoly on assassination? Perhaps because you've never heard of central America?

Pretending that the powers that be are unstoppable is a convenient excuse for sitting on your ass like a whiny bitch and spouting nonsense instead of taking action.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 23:01 | 2067753 TheFourthStooge-ing
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GMadScientist said:

whatever you're smoking, ease up off it; you're not getting higher, just lower on dope.

C'mon, dude, don't blame dope; he's just really that stupid.


Sun, 01/15/2012 - 10:38 | 2066091 Hulk
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The manhatten project was focused on the plutonium weapon, fat man. There wasn't enough enriched uranium to even test the uranium weapon, little boy, but the scientists there felt that the design was so simple that it didn't need testing .Now thats simple!  Trust me on this one Chindit13, its harder to rebuild an old VW bug engine than it is to build a uranium bomb...

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 12:13 | 2066198 Ralph Spoilsport
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A gun type fission bomb is "easier" to make than an implosion device but it still had some challenging engineering problems. Like, how fast do you propel the slug into the core? (deleted)

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 14:04 | 2066502 Hulk
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All well known at this time...

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 11:09 | 2066119 Crassus
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Agree with characterization of Ahmedinejad and the likelihood of a Mossad assassin (they have Iranian born agents and tend toward simplicity and thrift) but suggest that Iran is more of a military/security state that must endure the occasional bombast out of Qom (and will) until Western solutions begin to narrow to a 10,000 target airstrike. As that event approaches, language from Iran will sober up considerably. Iran will play for time to achieve the primary foreign policy goal of every populous nation: a nuclear weapon. I don't understand all this thermonuclear puritanism. Nuclear weapons are not prohibited by any of the world's great religious texts, are they?

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 09:00 | 2066011 847328_3527
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Odd the Nigerians don't want to work for $1 a day.....odd folks...

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 09:59 | 2066054 GMadScientist
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They're mostly pissed off that the subsidy keeping gas prices down in Nigeria for the locals is going away.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 09:03 | 2066017 Hannibal
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MOSSAD-CIA, just like 9/11

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 09:25 | 2066031 MFL8240
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Not sure how much more of this incompetent fool this country can take.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 09:58 | 2066053 GMadScientist
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How ya like dem yellow cakes, bitchez?

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 10:01 | 2066058 Money 4 Nothing
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Nation building, the UN way.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 10:21 | 2066079 Georgesblog
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I'm sure there's a paper trail on everything that happens, in the world. Given the commercial aspects of the oil trade,  it's obvious that FDR was right. Everything in the world happens the way it does, because it was planned that way.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 11:11 | 2066124 xela2200
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The CIA killed a Iranian scientist? Really? Dahh

Who couldn't figure that one out?

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 11:26 | 2066139 Yousif
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The details of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan's assassination are slowly beginning to surface.  The scientist was targetted at a location that was less than a mile away from Iranian Intelligence HQ.  Also, the hit took place at a location that was very conveniently next to a highway.

Foreign operatatives, maybe.

I, personally, believe there is much more to this story.

The context of my suspicions is the large number of historical events in which very incongruous alliances were formed in that region.

I will be eagerly awaiting the release of these so-called "reliable documents".

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 11:30 | 2066143 Weimar Ben Bernanke
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It was not Mossad or the US who killed the scientist.Tehran is a highly secured police state with officers armed with Ak-47s on every corner. Israel would never risk sending its own in Iran exposed to be captured.Israel has been training Iranian dissident in these covert operations in Iraqi Kurdistan. And most of you guys think the US and Israel will go to war with Iran but that is not the case. I have written in previous post that the US would make short work of Iran's naval,airforce,and ground forces. However to successfully to destroy its nuclear facilities would take days and would be massive operation. Iran's nuclear facilities are in mountains deep underground that even the latest bunker busters wont work. So an operation this big would be too long and last too long. Plus the Us and Israel are nervous of Iran's retaliatory capabilities and proxies across the region. About 10% of Iran's ballistic missiles are aimed at Israel. Hezbollah has more rockets and missiles then it ever had before. Hezbollah has the Fateh missiles and scud missiles that can reach Tel-Aviv.Hezbollah is said to be flush with the Russian-made-SA7 “Grail”, the SA-14 “Gremlin” and the SA-18 “Grouse."
These shoulder-fired SAMs are a point de fense for covering mobile missile launchers like the M600 when exposed during the firing and retirement cycle. Also in the bargain came the SA-8 “Gecko”, a mobile launcher with a range of about 16 kilometers and a height of 12,000 meters. Mix these new capabilities with Syria’s new radar system supplied by Tehran… For Israel, the cost of setting back Iran’s nuclear program a few years before dealing decisively with Hezbollah. So in the event of war Israel will be fighting a war in two fronts one in Gaza the other in Lebanon. The Lebanese military made a clear a that if Israel invades Lebanon that they will fight along side Hezbollah. So Israel will face a bloody guerrilla campaign. Israel also said it will fight a total war against Hezbollah. So Israel will unleash its military in Lebanon. It will be a bloodbath in Lebanon.

90% of iran's missiles are aimed Saudi Arabia,Kuwaiti,Qatar,Oman,UAE oil fields. Imagine the regions oil ports and fields destroyed. Couple with the port of Hormuz mined and closed,oil will be north of $300 a barrel.This will plunge the world to a depression.Iran has formidable asymmetrical retaliatory capabilities. For example, all of these are vulnerable to Iranian sabotage or hundreds of Iranian missiles on the eastern side of the Gulf: from the narrow Straits of Hormuz, which still handles 25 percent of the world’s oil traffic; to Bahrain, the U.S. Fifth Fleet’s headquarters where the population is two-thirds Shiite and the royal family is Sunni; to Dubai, where about 400,000 Iranians live, including many who are “sleeper agents” or favorable to Tehran; to Qatar, now the world’s richest country with per-capita income at $78,000, which supplies the United States with the world’s longest runway and sub-headquarters for CENTCOM, and whose LNG facilities are within short missile range of Iran’s coastal batteries; to Saudi Arabia’s Ras Tanura, the world’s largest oil terminal, and Abqaiq, nerve center of Saudi’s eastern oil field. Also iran will foment Shiite uprising in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf. Iran has links with the Shiites in Yemen. And there are Shiites in southern Saudi Arabia who have links with the Houthi Yemeni shiites. So Yemen could be the launch pad for a shiite insurgency in Southern Saudi Arabia. And Iraq could be the launchpad for a shiite insurgency in eastern Saudi Arabia where Saudi Arabia's oil main oil fields are located. So Saudi Arabia would face two insurgencies and that would put oil at high prices.

So we can defeat Iran conventionally but Iran's asymmetrically strategy is to spread the crisis far and wide and destroy the oil ports and facilitates of the region.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 12:10 | 2066189 Money 4 Nothing
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S&P Downgrades Planet Earth... Soo, I guess that just about covers everything at this point?

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 12:21 | 2066214 BlackSunshine
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I just want to say to all of those that think the press is already controlled by the TPTB. If you limit your exposure to MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, et. al. then yes, you are limiting your exposure to the whims of those controlling those entities. However, it takes some effort on an individual's part to get all sides of the story, which entails getting information from ZH, Russia Times (RT), Al Jazeera English network, France 24, and other Foreign based news entities, with the same critical thought of who are the opposing TPTB. Somewhere in the middle exists the truth. It takes a concerted effort to get all sides of the story, but otherwise, I would agree that most elements of the American Press are slanted to the status quo, which is, not in any particulare order, Pax Americana, Support of Israel at any cost, Flow of Oil, Banking System. Everything else, including the Consitution and individual rights is secondary. The TPTB would have us debating internal social issues rather than issues that matter on a world and global scale; that is their domain.

In a word, get off your lazy asses and do some due dilligence, quit blaming the TPTB that your information is controlled, you need to make that effort, learn a foreign language, and absorb foreign and alternative news sources.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 12:29 | 2066230 Everybodys All ...
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No one here is lazy or they would not be here to begin with. However, if the media has become a propaganda machine of the elite or the government then we become a republic without a moral compass and that will lead to a VERY vicious outcome no matter where you read about it.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 12:48 | 2066281 blindman
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we are in the middle of that very vicious outcome.
it is already happening just, maybe, not outside
your/my door yet. the purpose of the media is to
keep the truth from penetrating your mistaken yet
conventionally anointed world view. go back to sleep
it purrs. let the experts and ignorati run your life
and community, they are professionals and their motivation
is not merely to make fiat gains in a fiat world, it is
of a higher calling, that being controlling your mind.
the problem is that power, as defined in the contemporary
system and function, is such that it is the capacity to transform
the meaning and quality of all action into an international crime
through the tacit approval of the somnambulating many.

UK uses drones, mulls police states
In 2009 - Of the 44 Predator strikes carried out by the American drones in the tribal areas of Pakistan, only five were able to hit their actual targets, killing five key Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, but at the cost of killing around 700 innocent civilians. The article clearly stated that 140 innocent civilians were killed for every single terrorist taken out.
In 2010 - According to Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik, the US drone strikes killed more than 900 people in Pakistan last year, the vast majority of whom were civilians, often women and children.
In 2011 - Defense Department officials said that a Hellfire missile killed a Marine and a Navy seaman in Afghanistan. The two US troops were supposedly mistaken for "militants."
The statistics are alarming and in this context Obama (the Commander in Chief) is simply adding to the civilian death toll, making him guilty of war crimes.
The drones “Hellfire Missiles” are themselves horrendous to say the least and are described as follows:
The missile creates a pressure wave which sucks the air out of victims, shreds their internal organs and crushes their bodies. The explosion is described as “Thermobaric” and is known to contain depleted uranium.
Real Big Brother (2006)
A clear indication of future police states
Posted on January 14, 2012 by maxkeiser| 3 Comments
?UK uses drones, mulls police states

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 12:30 | 2066235 Yousif
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"Al-Jazeera English", tell that to the Egyptians and the Libyans.

The sentiment in the Arab world is that Al-Jazeera is now under the complete control of TPTB.

How can you possibly back up your claim that they are suitable "alternative" sources of information?

Regarding the Middle East and Arab internal affairs, there isn't a single reliable "mainstream" source of information.  I would know, I can't prove it so you can choose to believe me or not.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 13:13 | 2066355 JID
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I would love it if the CIA could pull off an operation like that.  Unfortunately, they're immensely incompetent.  The CIA sit at their desks in Langley and watch video feeds from drones.  This was done by another group, perhaps the Mossad.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 13:17 | 2066361 roadhazard
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I don't believe very little of what I hear from anyone these days. I do see strange and savage shit happening that does not need to be. Both (or more) sides playing cowboy for what. The shit has already hit the fan, all anyone can do now is make it worse. I've got my own problems that will not be fixed by anything happening on the other side of the world. 

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 13:23 | 2066376 Flakmeister
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It's threads like this one that make me wonder if ZH has long since jumped the shark.....

Signal to noise is about 1 to 50....

I am waiting for the Holocaust deniers to appear.... there is at least one commentator that is itching to go there in this thread...

Be skeptical, be self-aware, but always be rational...

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 13:56 | 2066478 Cpl Hicks
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Are you implying that the fourth picture in the series be of a battered and bloodied Barry laid out on a stained mattress?

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 14:51 | 2066618 Bansters-in-my-...
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The "If I were a betting man" comes to mind.....

I think It was a U.S.A,Brit,and israeli,tag team effort.

Notice No capital letter for israel...?

They don't deserve one.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 15:00 | 2066636 djsmps
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The funniest passage I have read about this (from

"Certainly intelligence agencies that are interested in assassination would have a high interest in killing him," said Albright.


The CIA would no doubt like to see him dead, but it is barred by an executive order from conducting assassinations, like the one last week.


"We were not involved in any way, in any way, with regards to the assassination that took place there," said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who used to run the Central Intelligence Agency. "I'm not sure who was involved, we have some ideas as to who might be involved, but we don't know exactly who was involved.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 15:03 | 2066648 Bansters-in-my-...
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Well no other suspects in my mind....

The Brits,U.S.A and israel.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 15:21 | 2066688 Bansters-in-my-...
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How come when I gave Michael a green arrow,a red arrow counted up one too...?

Do I have a shadow...???

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 19:47 | 2067227 Nnthnt1
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Most of Irani people dont want any nuclear proliferation their government so who cares I ask

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 00:51 | 2067940 covert
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it can't be true the agency hires outside pros for wetwork. all totally untraceable.


Mon, 01/16/2012 - 10:50 | 2068493 smb12321
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When I said, "As an engineer.." I was not claiming special knowledge.  What I meant was the difficulty of talking with those whose view of 911 is guided by political opinions.  I know of no Truther who does not have an associated agenda(s) - amny of which contradict fellow non-believers.

Truthers use web videos, blog rumors, altered photos, out-of-context events, non-peer reviewed "conclusions" and materials offering the "real" story without evidence. They ignore/denounce findings they do not agree with as "wrong" or "part of the conspiracy". They go one about the New World Order, Jews, banks, Wall Street and secret efforts to manipulate events toward an unknown (but certainly nefarious) goal - usually the enslavement of mankind.  Beam me up to the mother ship! 

 NOthing stops Truthers - not debunking, pointing out their evidence was manipulated or wrong or that of the thousands required for such a conspiracy not one has secretly reported it.  It's the modern Protocol of Zion.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 12:06 | 2068651 blindman
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Know The Beachball Effect When It Comes to News and Being Objective
Want to Really Be Objective on the Issues? Embrace The Beachball Effect
by Johnny Punish
"Of course, there are more sources but these 3 are musts to see if one cares to start on the path to objectivity. I encourage you to find more…..

Now know that most of the people that follow my efforts online know that I am in pursuit of truth, justice, and humanity. But if you’re in the camp that prefers to only watch Fox News and then tell us that everyone else in the world is crazy, then go back to your ignorance. But don’t worry, as we evolve away from age of this horrible ignorance and into the light, we will leave a human place for you to go and live quite happily in your fantasy world where its’ always 1955 and the world is Ozzie and Hannity and their little rude boy step child, Sir Rupert Murdoch."

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 15:42 | 2069241 blindman
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"Tesday, January 10th, 2012 | Posted by Gordon Duff
Why Are They Afraid of Jesse Ventura?
Another Sideshow, Another Black Eye for the Military
by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
Fox News is continually reporting that former Governor/SEAL/UDT Jesse Ventura, was “beaten senseless” in a bar brawl in 2006 by a SEAL. The story goes that Ventura said “more SEALS need to die.”
VT Editor Jim W. Dean reminds me, “Why now, why years later, why station after station, all Neocon controlled spin and sleaze carrying this story?
Who gave the command, unleashed the media rats?” Then we checked the web, same thing, every scumbucket site on net. Then, of course, a “little birdie” told me that Ron Paul and Jesse Ventura, America’s political “dream team” had been talking.
True or not, the attack dogs who went after Paul are now on Ventura.
From that second onward, I knew I was listening to pure unadulterated bull from a carefully coached Neocon stooge using his military service to sell out his country. It reminded me of watching Ollie North in his dress blues, there, in front of congress. I wanted to puke.
There is no bigger veteran supporter than Jesse Ventura. There is also no bigger enemy to the crooks that have used our military against our own country than Ventura.
This is why Jesse is the real hero and why he is feared.

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