Night Flashes

Iran Focus reports that the regime is speeding up work on a suspected nuclear site:
London, Nov. 22 – Secret construction work is going on in Iran’s massive nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, central Iran, with more than a dozen new buildings being built, Iran Focus has learnt.

Iran Focus received the information from an Iranian engineer whose identity is being withheld as he lives in Iran. He provided Iran Focus with an account of 17 silos and bunkers being built in continuous shifts. The silos are all 24 metres high and have various-shaped entrances.

Thirty construction contractors are carrying out the project. Workers are working 24 hours a day in several shifts.

Meanwhile, AP via Yahoo reports that the IRI is urging Iraq to hasten the departure of US troops:
Iran's supreme leader urged the Iraqi president on Tuesday to seek a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, saying the American presence harms the country.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who is paying a three-day visit to Iran, a country the United States accuses of meddling in Iraq but that is closely allied to Iraq's new Shiite and Kurd-dominated leadership.

"The government and people of Iraq can with their voices seek a timetable for the exit of the occupiers," Khamenei told Talabani, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency. "Certainly, in the end the Americans and British will be forced by bitter experience to leave Iraq." ...

Khamenei sounds a lot like certain Democrats in Congress to Gay Patriot.

Two gay men were executed in Iran according to this Human Rights Watch report posted at Free Iran:
New York, November 22, 2005) – Iran’s execution of two men last week for homosexual conduct highlights a pattern of persecution of gay men that stands in stark violation of the rights to life and privacy, Human Rights Watch said today.

On Sunday, November 13, the semi-official Tehran daily Kayhan reported that the Iranian government publicly hung two men, Mokhtar N. (24 years old) and Ali A. (25 years old), in the Shahid Bahonar Square of the northern town of Gorgan.

The government reportedly executed the two men for the crime of "lavat." Iran’s shari`a-based penal code defines lavat as penetrative and non-penetrative sexual acts between men. Iranian law punishes all penetrative sexual acts between adult men with the death penalty. Non-penetrative sexual acts between men are punished with lashes until the fourth offense, when they are punished with death. Sexual acts between women, which are defined differently, are punished with lashes until the fourth offense, when they are also punished with death.

“The execution of two men for consensual sexual activity is an outrage,” said Jessica Stern, researcher with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. “The Iranian government’s persecution of gay men flouts international human rights standards.” ...

Debka is currently reporting on Hezbollah's exit strategy:
Hizballah began pulling its commando units out of south Lebanon Tuesday afternoon, the day after its massive bombardment of northern Israel and failed attempt to kidnap Israeli troops

November 21, 2005, 4:16 PM (GMT+02:00)

The IDF remains on high alert, waiting to see if the Shiite terrorists have given up the attempt or laid a red herring. Overnight, the Israeli air force demolished the Hizballah base north of Kfar Ajar border village, where the kidnap unit lost four men and fled.
Washington requested Israeli restraint in face of the heavy Hizballah assault which spread Monday night to civilian targets from the Galilee panhandle to the Mediterranean coast. Twelve Israelis were injured, two seriously, in the bombardment and the two Hizballah kidnap raids. A house in Metula suffered a direct missile hit. Civilians spent the night in bomb shelters.

Jane at Armies of Liberation is getting some attention in Yemen:
Amazing, just amazing. The Yemeni governmental media is trashing my blog.

So I wrote an article (Y20) entitled Yemen’s Criminal Enterprise detailing the crimes of the Yemeni regime. (And the Yemeni newspaper, al-Thoury, was suspended for a week for publishing it in Arabic.)

Then I was on al-Jazeera and spoke in my normal forthright manner about the situation in Yemen. (See Jane Novak Slams President Saleh’s Regime on al-Jazeera.)

So now, every paper in Yemen is discussing the show. ...

And finally, a terrible emergency at an airport causes Tammy Bruce to reflect on the importance of learning proper first aid techniques.