The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution has launched a coup d'état against the government of Iran, following months of tension.
Iranian president Mohammad Khatami was placed under house arrest at the Sa'dabad Palace in Tehran.
Worryingly, although the Revolutionary Guards claim to acting on the orders of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, he has not been seen in public since May 20. The Guards claim he is hiding out at an undisclosed location for his protection.
CHINA ACCUSED OF ETHNIC CLEANSING IN NORTHEAST INDIA
Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2003
The People's Republic of China has been driving out Indo-Aryan people from occupied territory in Northeast India, according to refugees from that region.
Ever since the People's Liberation Army moved into the region after the December 2001 nuclear exchange, Indo-Aryan residents have faced harassment from both the Chinese and the native ethnic groups. Many have fled into neighboring Bangladesh, which has eased up on the closing of its border.
The Chinese government has denied these accusations.
A peaceful protest against the Indian military junta in Chennai turned into a bloodbath when the army opened fire on the unarmed demonstrators.
It all started when several hundred people gathered in the provisional capital to protest the government's repeated delaying of elections. The demonstrators demanded an end to martial law and a return to civilian government. The Indian Army responded by dispatching soldiers and demanding that the demonstrators dispersed. When the demonstrators refused, the Army opened fire on them.
The exact number of casualties is unknown, due to the junta refusing to divulge information, but is estimated to be anywhere from 100 to 500 people killed.
UN CENSURES INDIA FOR CHENNAI MASSACRE
New York Times, June 2, 2003
The United Nations has censured India for yesterday's massacre of demonstrators in Chennai. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the Indian government to end its authoritarian rule and allow a civilian government to take control.
Provisional Prime Minister Sundararajan Padmanabhan was unrepentant, calling the victims "violent rioters" and accusing them of threatening the rule of law, in spite of the fact that none of the demonstrators engaged in any acts of violence.
"After much contemplation, I have decided not to run in the upcoming election. Instead, I only intend to act as a caretaker until the American people make their choice.”
President Colin Powell, January 25, 2004
"When it comes to the war on Christian values being waged by the American left, both Cheney and Powell have consistently shown themselves to be on the wrong side. That's why I'm running in the 2004 presidential election, to restore our nation's Christian heritage."
Senator Rick Santorum(R-PA) announcing his candidacy, January 30, 2004
"I am proud to announce that I am running for the Republican nomination in the 2004 presidential election.
Senator Lincoln Chafee(R-RI) announcing his candidacy, January 30, 2004
In a press conference, President Powell has announced his intention to withdraw American forces from Venezuela.
For the past nine months, the US army has been supporting the Venezuelan government against pro-Chavez rebels. Powell, citing the corruption and authoritarianism of the ruling junta, has ended that support.
"I think the withdrawal from Venezuela is a mistake. The government is still shaky, and instead of simply abandoning them, we should encourage them to clean up and democratize before letting them stand on their own."
101 years after its foundation, General Motors is withdrawing the Buick brand from the American market to focus on the more lucrative Chinese market.
The announcement comes on the heels of the shutdown of Oldsmobile, the oldest automotive marque in America. Like Oldsmobile, Buick has been underperforming in sales in recent years. The failure of the brand has been attributed to overly conservative designs and a stigma as an "old man's car" due to the fact that the average Buick customer is between 50 and 85 years old. The lingering economic troubles of the Cheney administration have also hurt, driving down automotive sales across the board.
Despite its troubles in America, Buick has been wildly successful in China, where it is regarded as a status symbol akin to BMW or Mercedes-Benz. This popularity has kept GM from shuttering the brand altogether.
American production is set to be shut down at the end of the 2004 model year, with support for dealers continuing until October 2005.
"When I am president, I will work to restore the American auto industry to its former glory, so that there will be no more stories like Buick and Oldsmobile."
Lincoln Chafee, campaign speech in Detroit, Michigan, May 1, 2004
"Chafee's talking out his ass. You can't restore an industry to its former glory when all its woes are self-inflicted."
Ali kept looking back at the package in the back of the boat. He knew little about its contents, but it was apparently supposed to help the Chechens in their jihad against the Russian infidels.
In the distance, he saw the lights of the city of Makhachkala, where the Chechens were waiting to receive his cargo.
The Russians would soon regret their decision to go to war with Islam.
"It happened! I don't believe it, but it happened! A nuclear weapon has gone off in Moscow! President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minster Mikhail Fradkov, and the entire Duma are believed to have been killed."
"President Powell has raised the DEFCON level all the way to two. Right now, the US government is trying to contact any surviving government or military officials in Russia. Some fear that the Russian military may mistake this for an American attack and retaliate."
PANETTA: Chaos, Mr. President. With Putin and most of the government reduced to glowing particles, at least five different competing governments are claiming to be the legitimate government of Russia. Four of these are military juntas.
POWELL: And the fifth?
PANETTA: They're headed out of Novgorod by none other than Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
POWELL: You mean the guy who once threw orange juice on a debate opponent on TV?
PANETTA: That's him.
POWELL: Well shit, he's just some jingoistic crank, isn't he?
PANETTA: Yeah, but after this disaster his rhetoric is bound to have appeal to the Russian people.
POWELL: Just who do you think did this anyway?
PANETTA: If I had to take a guess, I'd say it was the Islamist rebels in the Caucasus.
POWELL: Shit. If that's the case, the Russians may decide to take revenge by nuking as many Muslim cities as possible, both in and out of Russia. We can't let that happen.
Conversation between President Powell and National Security Advisor Leon Panetta, May 30, 2004
The 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts has concluded with the nomination of Senator John Edwards of North Carolina for President and Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio for Vice President.
POWELL: Has anyone figured out where the Chechens got that nuke?
GATES: Well, we captured some Iranian jihadists in Iraq. From what they've told us, a picture is starting to emerge.
POWELL: Go on.
GATES: According to them, the Iranian government was responsible for supplying the nuke to the Chechen fighters.
POWELL: Shit. Where the hell did they get it? I know Iran has been openly pursuing nuclear weapon development since the junta, but surely they couldn't have made one already?
GATES: Well, the captured jihadists said nothing about the origin of the nuke. We think it may have been smuggled out of Pakistan.
POWELL: But wasn't Pakistan's nuclear arsenal expended during the 2001 exchange?
GATES: That's what it looked like at first. Apparently, the Iranians were able to find one laying around. Who knows what will happen when they actually start producing nukes of their own?
POWELL: This is bad. Having a nuclear-armed fanatical Islamic state is bad enough. Having a nuclear-armed fanatical Islamic state that freely gives its nukes out to terrorists is a possibility that simply cannot be allowed to happen.
Conservation between President Powell and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, August 3, 2004.
In the 2004 Republican National Convention, hosted in New York City, former representative John Kasich of Ohio was nominated as the GOP's presidential candidate while Senator Rick Santorum was nominated for Vice President.
Santorum, who had previously sought the presidential nomination himself, had decided to throw his lot in with the more moderate Kasich after the latter won several primaries.
CHAFEE ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENT RUN
Washington Post, September 3, 2004
After losing the Republican presidential nomination to John Kasich, Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island has announced he intends to run in the general election as an independent.
Despite his failure to secure the GOP nomination, Chafee remains confident that he can still win the election by drawing dissatisfied voters from both parties.
Chafee has chosen retired general and former prospective Democratic nominee Wesley Clark as his running mate.
futurist: Good luck to you, MN!
Jan 17, 2019 5:10:51 GMT
MinnesotaNationalist: well, that was the most underwhelming jury duty ever. Came in one day, was told to go home, and now I'm told that I'm not needed anymore for this session.
Jan 23, 2019 4:26:12 GMT
ieph: I've been actually thinking of just spending my time here, gradually decreasing my presence in AH.com. But in the meantime, I'm spending my time reviving one of my old WIPs sadly lost to the sands of time (I guess)
Jul 23, 2019 11:24:08 GMT
ieph: In fact, I'm even thinking of reviving my wikibox TL right here.
Jul 23, 2019 20:21:52 GMT
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