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Thursday, October 04, 2007

International Forum of News Agencies Coalition for Peace

"The Iranain nation is an exemplary one in the world and if they are not present in the world scenes, then others will make decisions for them.” - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Two new links are now provided at the Islamic Republic News Agency; one links to the “AMIA Case,” the other is the “International Forum of News Agencies Coalition for Peace.”

Of the AMIA Case:

"Two Jewish centers in Argentine, including the buildings of Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) and Delegation of Israeli Argentine Associations (DAIA) were destroyed in a bomb explosion on July 18, 1994 leaving 85 people dead and more than 250 others injured."

The blame was placed at the feet of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Very long story short the explosion was a “pre-planned conspiracy by international Zionism and Argentine agents,” according to this very informative link from IRNA. Whether it's related to Israel or two skyscrapers in New York it is always a "conspiracy."

The attitude strikes one as not too peaceful, which does not share in the harmony inherent in the second link of note which is to the “International Forum of News Agencies Coalition for Peace” or IFNA. According to the site it is or they are:

“awaiting your kind cooperation in sending us news stories and articles related to “peace, conflict-resolutions and non-violence,” via email: ifna-cp@irna.com, to put up on the ifna site for a mutual exchange of views and ideas to help in finding true peace in the world.”

Very loving and peaceful and from the same news agency whose “about us” link does not beat around the bush. In brief (skipping over its establishment in 1934 and jumping forward):

"After the triumph of the Islamic Revolution in February 1979 the revolution's council, in June 1979, decided to rename the Ministry of Information and Tourism to the National Guidance Ministry (or Ministry of National Guidance). This was followed in December, 1981 bya bill passed by the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) changing the name of the country's official news agency from Pars News Agency to Islamic Republic News Agency."

Its guidelines (again very brief):

"The professional activities of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) are based on and aimed at securing the Islamic Republic of Iran's national interests. Efforts of management and professional personnel of IRNA are thus focused on achieving higher ground each day n fulfillment of its stated goal.

The organization functions as the "mother source of information dissemination" within the country, feeding its authorities, nationals and various publications with various types of news, bulletins, research works, opinion polls and stories of general interest through its various telex lines."

Number 1 on its list of guidelines is the “mass production and dissemination of news and informative material taking into account its main objective of promoting the interests and objectives of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Someone with even an almost imperceptible head on their shoulders wouldn’t need to read any of this to realize it, but it’s interesting as it is the major source of information in Iran. So when, as Ahmadinejad did yesterday says:

“The US' failed plot at Columbia University has secured a big win for the Iranian nation in thwarting the US and Zionist conspiracies

"The Zionists wanted to turn the event into a trial of the Isalmic Republic of Iran, but with help from the Almighty God, the plot turned into a scene in which nations could express their hatred with the rulers in the White House."

"The behavior of the government and media in the US shows that there is dictatorship in that country and people are not allowed to know the facts."

When Ahmadinejad speaks and their “news” agency prints, especially in the realm of “PEACEFUL NUKES,” more people should question what the truth really is.

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