Wednesday, February 10, 2010

UPDATE at 10:08 EST, Feb 11, 2010

Here we go -- from the NYT:

As security forces clashed with his opponents, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran was quoted on Thursday as saying his country had produced a first batch of uranium enriched to a level of 20 percent, taunting the West by declaring that if Tehran wanted to build a nuclear bomb, it would say so. Iran, he said, repeating an earlier assertion, was now “a nuclear state.”

Of course this is not unexpected -- and President Ahmadinejad continues to claim that Iran does not seek weaponization of their new stockpiles of HEU -- but what is clear is that both Ahmadeinejad and the Supreme Leader of Iran have placed joining the club of nuclear states at the center of their domestic and foreign policy agendas -- something that will make it near impossible to coerce or dissuade the Iranians from their current path.

While Ahmadinejad spoke, large protests surrounded the event, where police fired tear gas and arrested many -- among them the granddaughter of Ayatollah Khomenei -- the father of the Iranian Revolution.

More Soon. Here are the new videos...

Well the day is upon us -- please stick with D&D tonight and all day tomorrow as we monitor and live blog the Iranian "celebrations" (read chaos?) tomorrow.

Things have already kicked off with the WSJ reporting that Iran has permanently banned GMail

From WSJ:
-- perhaps they are not fans of the new "g-buzz" feature?
Iran's telecommunications agency announced what it described as a permanent suspension of Google Inc.'s email services, saying instead that a national email service for Iranian citizens would soon be rolled out. It wasn't clear late Wednesday what effect the order had on Google's email services in Iran.

Google didn't have an immediate comment about the announcement.

More to come! But for now... here's your Iranian Video of the Day:


Dave Reidy said...

Jeff, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I'm afraid you missed the Iranian attack in your last post. Clearly they have built, bought, or stolen a weather-changing machine, which they have used to create a series of snowstorms to paralyze Washington DC. Perhaps this is a direct response to the earthquake machine that the US tested on Haiti recently?

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