CNN reports:

Iranian authorities hanged 10 convicted drug smugglers early Wednesday morning, according to state media.

The 10 men were executed at a prison in the city of Karaj, west of the capital Tehran, according to IRIB news agency.

They were charged with smuggling, storing, and selling narcotics, charges that have lead to the majority of the reported executions in Iran.

The latest executions brings the total number to 57, since the beginning of 2011, according to a human rights group.

The New York-based group, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, says the Iranian regime has been on an “execution binge”, hanging on average one person every eight hours…

[disinfo ed.’s note: R Tousi is the pseudonym of an Iranian writer.] There is calm and normality to be found in everyday urban Iran. But a series of conversations reveals a more…

In September 2006, the world experienced a paradigm shift when a strong lobbying effort by grassroots organizations effectively derailed an initiative: A move that was tantamount to a declaration of war on…

Government mandated haircuts? Sheesh! Via Reuters: Women in Iran must cover their hair in public to comply with Sharia law, and men, too, are expected to have modest haircuts — but what…

Paul Joesph Watson writes for Prison Planet:

The 2010 Bilderberg agenda has been revealed by veteran Bilderberg sleuth Jim Tucker and it paints a picture of crisis for the globalists, who are furious at the increased exposure their gatherings have received in recent years, as well as being dismayed at their failure to rescue both the euro and the failing carbon tax agenda, but more alarmingly according to Tucker, the majority of Bilderberg members are now in favor of military air strikes on Iran.

American Free Press muckraker Tucker has proven routinely accurate with the information he obtains from sources inside Bilderberg, which makes this year’s revelations all the more intriguing…

From CNN: Two days before his official trip to Afghanistan, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a “big lie” intended to pave the way for the…

On 16 February 2010 – the week of the anniversary of the revolution of 1979, marked by a huge official demonstration in Tehran – an anonymous video of the death of Neda…

I wish more of the talking heads called out those in positions of influence for what they are, an “empty vessel” is an apt description. We need more honest brokers of information. I completely agree, this line of thinking is truly “frightening” (via Hardball with Chris Matthews):

She’s frightening. Mark, that is frightening stuff. Frightening. First of all, president don’t declare war. Anybody knows that in high school. Congress has to declare war. To declare war on Iran, I don’t think the most far right, Middle East hawk will talk about declaring war on Iran, a country with 70-some million people, with an advanced air force. … Why does she talk like that? Is Michael Ledeen, a real hawk, writing this stuff for her? I don’t know anyone as far right as that, besides him.

Daniel PipesBefore you hit the “comment” button to complain that I posted this story, the founding team at disinformation® always planned to expose multiple points of view on the site and let the reader decide for himself or herself which approach to an issue was correct, or at least most appealing. In this commentary by neocon Daniel Pipes (he is director of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University), I don’t agree at all with his ideology, but I think it is very important to understand that many Americans do subscribe to this type of idea.

I do not customarily offer advice to a president whose election I opposed, whose goals I fear, and whose policies I work against. But here is an idea for Barack Obama to salvage his tottering administration by taking a step that protects the United States and its allies.

If Obama’s personality, identity, and celebrity captivated a majority of the American electorate in 2008, those qualities proved ruefully deficient for governing in 2009. He failed to deliver on employment and health care, he failed in foreign-policy forays small (e.g., landing the 2016 Olympics) and large (relations with China and Japan). His counterterrorism record barely passes the laugh test.

missileChris McGreal at Global Research:

Tension between the US and Iran heightened dramatically today with the disclosure that Barack Obama is deploying a missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf from attack by Tehran.

The US is dispatching Patriot defensive missiles to four countries — Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait — and keeping two ships in the Gulf capable of shooting down Iranian missiles.

Washington is also helping Saudi Arabia develop a force to protect its oil installations.

American officials said the move is aimed at deterring an attack by Iran and reassuring Gulf states fearful that Tehran might react to sanctions by striking at US allies in the region. Washington is also seeking to discourage Israel from a strike against Iran by demonstrating that the US is prepared to contain any threat.

From WSJ: The Obama administration is increasingly questioning the long-term stability of Tehran’s government and moving to find ways to support Iran’s opposition “Green Movement,” said senior U.S. officials.The White House is…