Monday, November 16, 2015

PCG Quoting Iran's Press TV

Back in 2007 Iran, in an attempt to present their point of view to the English speaking world, established Press TV, an English language TV news channel.

Being influenced by Iran's perspective it has some peculiar features. For instance it constantly insinuates that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were perpetuated by the US government or the government of Israel. (Note from the real world: Al Qaeda did it.) It also stridently portrays the Assad regime in a positive light when discussing the Syrian Civil War.

This media outlet, Press TV, has been quoted by PCG.

Back in 1994 PCG's leader, Gerald Flurry, dogmatically proclaimed that Iran would fulfill the role of the King of the South. Ever since then, particularly since 9/11, PCG has constantly demonized Iran insinuating that they are destined to inflict some sort of catastrophe before ultimately being conquered by militaristic, German led European Empire in the future just before Christ's return. 

All this is done in order to convince the reader that Gerald Flurry is "That Prophet" able to supernaturally foresee the future and present "new revelation" to PCG members. Those who join PCG are required by PCG's leadership to pay three tithes to PCG for the rest of their lives.

PCG has quoted Press TV in their articles. Below is a list of PCG's articles in which the PCG leadership quoted Press TV. Press TV's name has been highlighted.


In addition to complaints from Iran and Pakistan, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Saudi Arabia, also condemned the publication of the “blasphemous” cartoon, saying that it was intentionally concocted “to solely insult and arouse the sentiments of Muslims,” according to PRESS TV. [Sic.] (Brad MacDonald, Europe: Is Another Cartoon Crisis Imminent?, September 5, 2007.)

In Iraq, Iran is attempting to counter the U.S.-Sunni alliance by developing its own ties with the Sunnis. Iran’s Press TV reports that the Iraqi Army turned back the Iranian ambassador to Iraq at a checkpoint, preventing his meeting with the head of Iraq’s largest Sunni parliamentary bloc. Though this particular meeting was stopped, the fact remains that Shiite Iran is now working with Sunnis in Iraq—a further attempt to cement its influence in that country. (The Week in Review, February 9, 2008.)

[A Press TV article is cited in the August 1, 2009 issue of PCG's Trumpet Weekly. It condemns some Israeli Jews visiting Al Aqsa. As has been seen recently this is an extremely sensitive issue that has tragically contributed to the wave of deadly violence that has afflicted the Holy Land since the start of October 2015. May peace soon come to the Holy Land.]

Iranian media reported Tuesday that Tehran has welcomed Washington’s reversal on its missile defense plans in Central Europe. This, of course, comes as no surprise. While Iran’s Press TV claims that the move is welcome as a reduction in the conventional arms race, the true reason for Tehran’s approval is that it is a geopolitical victory for Iran, as Stephen Flurry pointed out in his column last week. (The Week in Review, September 26, 2009.)

Meanwhile, Iran test-fired a domestically made satellite-carrier rocket on Wednesday, Iranian media reported. “Iran successfully launches home-built Kavoshgar-3 satellite rocket,” English-language television station Press TV said. As the long-range ballistic technology used to launch satellite rockets can be used to launch conventional or nuclear-armed warheads, this could be an indication of progress by Iran in developing a missile delivery system for a nuclear bomb. (The Week in Review, February 5, 2010.)

Iran announced Monday that its large-scale military exercise in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz that concluded the previous day was successful. During the four-day naval, air and ground exercises, which coincided with the 31st anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, a new high-speed boat was tested and a range of Iranian-made missiles were test-fired. Iran’s Press TV said the military exercise was held to demonstrate the country’s defense capabilities and its determination to maintain security in the region. A senior aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the naval exercises as a specific response to Washington’s “nuclear threats.” The Pentagon, meanwhile, claimed that Iran’s military drills were “somewhat routine.”  (The Week in Review, April 30, 2010.)

A large number of Iranian troops have deployed to the country’s northwestern border, where Iran meets with Turkey and Iraq, with an outpost having been set up on the Iraqi side of the border, according to reports. While the move appears to be a response to Kurds seeking autonomy for Kurdish areas of Iran, an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander said on Tuesday that Tehran has deployed troops to the area in response to an alleged U.S. and Israeli presence there, according to state-owned Iranian Press TV. Stratfor comments that while such mobilizations are somewhat regular occurrences, the timing of this one together with the IRGC commander’s claims could mean Iran is looking to increase pressure on the United States by raising a military threat in Iraq. (The Week in Review, June 18, 2010.)

Iran and Pakistan have agreed to boost security ties and strengthen regional cooperation, Iran’s Press TV reported November 17. In a November 16 meeting between the Iranian ambassador to Islamabad and the Pakistani interior minister, Iran’s ambassador reportedly called for the two countries to exchange intelligence and carry out joint operations against drug traffickers. The same day, Iran’s parliament speaker, meeting with a Pakistani official in Tehran, also spoke of the need for cooperation to establish peace and security in the region. Signs of increasing solidarity between Iran and Pakistan—based largely on a shared foundation of Muslim ideology and anti-Western sentiment—should concern the West. (WorldWatch, February 2011.)

Kenya is preparing to recognize Somaliland’s independence from Somalia, which would create another new country in the Horn of Africa, according to claims made on Sunday by the Somaliland Press. “Kenyan Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Richard Onyonka said during an event held in Nairobi to commemorate Somaliland’s 20th anniversary of independence that his country will support Somaliland as an independent state,” reported Somaliland Press and Iran’s Press TV. Kenyans who are calling for their government to recognize Somaliland argue that its independence would help stabilize the region and stop Somalia’s dreams of expansion into Kenya and eastern Ethiopia. Expect violence in the Horn of Africa, however, to push the region further into the arms of Iran and radical Islam. Bible prophecy predicts that Ethiopia will soon be allied with Iran, the end-time “king of the south.” (The Week in Review, May 28, 2011.)

[A Press TV article is cited in the September 3, 2011 issue of PCG's Trumpet Weekly. It is entitled "Famine Hits Three New Areas in Somalia".]

By late summer, world leaders feared a repeat of the 2007-2008 food price crisis that set off riots in countries including Bangladesh, Cameroon, Egypt, Haiti, Indonesia, Senegal and Yemen. French President Francois Hollande proposed the creation of strategic stockpiles of agricultural produce to build a hedge against drastic price hikes. PressTV [sic] reported that he told farmers in Rennes, “I am pushing with heads of state and government for protection against [market] volatility in the form of emergency food stocks, and I will continue to do this.” The United States, which eliminated its long-term grain stockpiles in 1996, generally opposes large regional or global stockpiles to buffer prices. (Severe Drought Means Food Shortages, October 1, 2012.)

Even the Iranian state-owned Press TV notes the connection between car burning and Muslim districts. “While not a single car was burned in Paris, its suburban region of Seine Saint Denis led the nation in torchings,” it wrote. “Heavily Muslim and just as heavily impoverished, the area has 75 percent of the population of Paris, but Paris is protected by five times as many police officers.”
Whether you believe that Muslims are rioting (à la the right-wing blogosphere) or that French police refuse to protect France’s poor Muslim districts (à la Press TV), it’s clear France has a problem with Islam. (Richard Palmer, 2013: The Year France Confronts Islam?, January 4, 2013.)

The Iranian-owned Press TV quoted Guardian Council spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei as saying the council “does not work based on numbers, but based on criteria.” So if council members believe a candidate suits them—or suits the ayatollah—then they will allow him to run for office. Those who are pro-ayatollah have a significant advantage over the rest. From hundreds of candidates, only eight will run for office. (Callum Wood, The Ayatollah’s Presidential Election, May 23, 2013.)

And the decision to enrich to higher levels may be closer than many realize. Members of the Iranian parliament are hard at work to counter the Geneva deal. Over a third of Iran’s parliament signed a bill introduced on January 1 that, “if approved, will oblige the government to … enrich uranium to 60 percent level in order to provide fuel for submarine engines if the sanctions are tightened,” according to Iran’s Press TV website. (Callum Wood, Broken Promises: Iran Ignores the Geneva Deal, January 3, 2014.)


And so this list of quotations ends.

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