Nadhim Zahawi Wins £338,000 Libel Payout From Press TV

Guido can reveal Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi has been awarded a stunning £338,000 payout after winning a libel case against Iranian state television channel Press TV. The channel had falsely accused Zahawi, who is of Kurdish background and was born in Iraq, of facilitating the trade of oil between ISIS and Israel. Press TV has been ordered to pay Zahawi £200,000 in damages and over £138,000 in costs after the judge described the defamatory allegations as “exceptionally grave”. The fake news story was shared by Tommy Robinson, who tweeted “Another bent Muslim politician??”, and Labour parliamentary candidate John Clarke.

Zahawi says in a statement:

“The ludicrous allegation that I, while a Member of Parliament, had firstly betrayed all of my deepest held moral principles, and secondly had somehow managed to avoid international security services, and the law, to personally trade oil with Daesh was of course completely untrue…

In my role as a member the Foreign Affairs Committee, I have often spoken out against the malign influence Iran has so often chosen to exercise in international affairs. It was of particular note that the libellous article was published on the exact same day that I had publicly criticised Iran in Parliament.

I hope that this libel judgment can draw a line under this episode and deter outlets such as Press TV, and by extension states such as Iran, from attempting this sort of attack on anyone again.”

Jeremy Corbyn no longer the MP who will have received the most cash from the Iranian state. Slightly different circumstances though. 

Corbyn Attends Khomeinist Event With Press TV and Israel Hating Extremists

Jeremy Corbyn attended an event hosted by a Khomeinist group on Wednesday night with Press TV and an infamous Israel hater. Guido can reveal Corbyn was at an Islamic Human Rights Commission event launching a book on Palestine by Hatem Bazian. It was chaired by Amina Taylor, who works for the Iranian regime’s television channel Press TV. The Islamic Human Rights Commission is a notorious Khomeinist group – it organises the Al-Quds Day protests in London, an annual anti-Israel demonstration initiated by Ayatollah Khomeini and attended every year by supporters of the terror group Hezbollah. Last year the IHRC gave their ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ award to the murdered staff of Charlie Hebdo. 

Bazian, the author pictured with a smiling Corbyn above, is a renowned hater of “Zionists“. Some examples of his tweets include: “Should Jews Have To Pay Reparations for Slavery?” and “Israel lobby manufactured UK Labour Party’s anti-Semitism crisis”, not to mention rant after rant about “Jews” and the “Israel lobby“. Bazian has been involved in numerous anti-Semitism rows, he set up a group which has repeatedly been accused of harassing Jewish students. Corbyn said he was too busy to visit Israel’s Holocaust memorial, he found the time to hang out with Khomeinists, Press TV and Israel-hating extremists this week…

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Iran Mocks US Military Defeats

This sabre-rattling video was tweeted by the Iranian Supreme Leader’s Twitter today:

Just last week Jeremy Corbyn was welcoming the dialogue with new our Iranian friends. How’s that whole ‘Iran deal’ working out?

Iran’s “More Nuanced Approach” to Israel

Philip Hammond took to the airwaves this morning to praise Iran’s “more nuanced approach” towards Israel, in response to critics of his attempts to rebuild relations with the theocratic regime. How is that whole “more nuanced approach” going?

Here is the latest diplomatic effort from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s Twitter account, which CNN confirms is “affiliated” to the Supreme Leader:

“We support resistance in Palestine and the region, and take all possible means to support anyone who fights Israel, is against the Zionist regime and supports resistance.”

Just two days ago, Khamenei told Iranians:

“the root cause of the problems returns to [our] real enemies, the US and Israel… [Islamic nations] have realized that their real stubborn enemy is the world arrogance and Zionism and that’s why they chant slogans against the US and Zionism”

Perhaps that “more nuanced approach” simply involves Fajr-5 rockets rather than nuclear bombs…

Iran News Agency Falls for Onion Spoof

This is pure gold. The Iranian Fars news agency has run a story from the spoof online news site the Onion, apparently failing to realise that it was all a joke. Under the headline “Rural whites prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama”, Fars hilariously reported:

TEHRAN (FNA)- According to the results of a Gallup poll released Monday, the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than US President Barack Obama. “I like him better,” said West Virginia resident Dale Swiderski, who, along with 77 percent of rural Caucasian voters, confirmed he would much rather go to a baseball game or have a drink with Ahmadinejad than spend time with Obama. “He takes national defense seriously, and he’d never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does.” According to the same Gallup poll, 60 percent of rural whites said they at least respected that Ahmadinejad doesn’t try to hide the fact that he’s Muslim.

Amazing.

Iran Ignores Earthquake Tragedy

The Iranian government has been accused of ignoring the devastating earthquake that killed 300 of its people over the weekend. Press TV, Iran’s state television channel, failed to mention the disaster while bonkers President Mahmoud Ahmadienjad and supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei took over a day to issue a response. Guido has taken a look at Press TV‘s website and has yet to find anything on the tragedy. There was, however, a story about how the Olympics have apparently been infiltrated by Zionists:

Talk about priorities…

Iran Censors Chic-Ken

The nuclear-enriching Iranian government has banned chicken from being shown on television in order to control the cravings of its impoverished people. The Iranian chief of police ranted:

They show chicken being eaten in movies while somebody might not be able to buy it…Films are now the windows of society and some people observing this class gap might say that we will take knives and take our rights from the rich.”

Reminds Guido of a certain Chic-Ken who used to appear on Iranian TV…

The Bomb Iran Bandwagon

With the combination of Iranian military chief Major General Hassan Firouzabad saying on Sunday that “the Iranian nation is standing for its cause and that is the full annihilation of Israel”, as well as today’s news that the National Security Council discussed the growing threat of war last week, Iran is firmly back on the agenda. So far the Huffington Post have played a straight bat with their coverage, but that will likely change over the summer. The Yanks are certainly concerned by their new “Political Director”…



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