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11 Mar 2011 15:53


World: Video shows Japanese skyscrapers wobbling during quake

  • Three cheers for structural integrity: Although it’s pretty harrowing to see high-rises sway back and forth, it does look like the buildings managed to survive – at least for as long as the camera was running. The title of the video could provide a clue; any of our Japanese-speaking readers care to translate? [hat tip: FrumForum] source

12 Nov 2009 21:18


U.S., World: Whatever the “Alavi Foundation” is, Iran, the U.S. doesn’t like it

  • For two decades, the Alavi Foundation’s affairs have been directed by various Iranian officials, including Iranian ambassadors to the United Nations, in violation of a series of American laws.
  • U.S. attorney Preet Bharara • On the ownership of mosques, skyscrapers and other buildings by the Alavi Foundation. The U.S. siezed these buildings, claiming they were a front for the Iranian government. The tenets and occupants of the properties are safe, and they’re not getting kicked out; it’s the owner who is screwed. This ought to make that whole nuclear deal easier to pull off. • source