By Patrick Goodenough. Visiting Iran for celebrations marking the 37th anniversary of the rise to power of the ayatollahs, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has hailed the “wonderful revolution” and said Iran was emerging from sanctions “stronger” and “more influential.”
He also took the opportunity to criticize the United States, saying African-Americans have lived under “tyranny” from the days of slavery until the present time.
Farrakhan was due to take part in a public rally in Tehran on Thursday, along with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)–Qods Force chief Major General Qassem Soleimani, and other leaders. Beforehand, he spoke to Iranian reporters after meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign affairs advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“Since that [1979 Islamic] revolution, Brother Velayati explained the stages that this great nation has undergone in establishing that wonderful revolution,” Farrakhan said.
“I would hope that at this later stage, where you are now coming out from under sanctions—sanctions that were designed by the West to destroy the revolutionary spirit of the Iranian people, and cause the Iranian people to rise up against their government,” he continued. (Read more from “Nation of Islam Leader Hails ‘Wonderful Revolution,’ Slams America” HERE)
US Navy ‘Disgusted’ by Iran’s Exploitation of Sailors’ Detention
By Patrick Goodenough. A spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said Thursday it was “disgusted by the exploitation of our sailors in Iranian propaganda,” after the regime’s state television released images of a U.S. Navy sailor apparently in tears after he and nine others were detained overnight in the Persian Gulf last month.
“As Secretary [of State John] Kerry has said, we are disgusted by the exploitation of our sailors in Iranian propaganda,” said Cmdr. Kevin Stephens in response to queries about the footage. “It’s outrageous and unacceptable that our sailors were held at gunpoint and detained.”
“We are grateful diplomacy worked at the end of the day, but it would never have come to that had the Iranian maritime forces involved behaved professionally and responsibly,” he said.
The clip aired by the IRIB state broadcaster also included images released earlier, showing the sailors on their knees at gunpoint, after their riverine command boats (RCBs) entered Iran’s territorial waters on January 12. They were released about 15 hours later, after Kerry took up the matter with his Iranian counterpart. (Read more from “US Navy ‘Disgusted’ by Iran’s Exploitation of Sailors’ Detention” HERE)