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Iranian Alert -- October 14, 2003 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 10.14.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 10/14/2003 12:02:05 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” But most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East.

There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. Starting June 10th of this year, Iranians have begun taking to the streets to express their desire for a regime change. Most want to replace the regime with a secular democracy. Many even want the US to over throw their government.

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movement in Iran from being reported. Unfortunately, the regime has successfully prohibited western news reporters from covering the demonstrations. The voices of discontent within Iran are sometime murdered, more often imprisoned. Still the people continue to take to the streets to demonstrate against the regime.

In support of this revolt, Iranians in America have been broadcasting news stories by satellite into Iran. This 21st century news link has greatly encouraged these protests. The regime has been attempting to jam the signals, and locate the satellite dishes. Still the people violate the law and listen to these broadcasts. Iranians also use the Internet and the regime attempts to block their access to news against the regime. In spite of this, many Iranians inside of Iran read these posts daily to keep informed of the events in their own country.

This daily thread contains nearly all of the English news reports on Iran. It is thorough. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary. The news stories and commentary will from time to time include material from the regime itself. But if you read the post you will discover for yourself, the real story of what is occurring in Iran and its effects on the war on terror.

I am not of Iranian heritage. I am an American committed to supporting the efforts of those in Iran seeking to replace their government with a secular democracy. I am in contact with leaders of the Iranian community here in the United States and in Iran itself.

If you read the daily posts you will gain a better understanding of the US war on terrorism, the Middle East and why we need to support a change of regime in Iran. Feel free to ask your questions and post news stories you discover in the weeks to come.

If all goes well Iran will be free soon and I am convinced become a major ally in the war on terrorism. The regime will fall. Iran will be free. It is just a matter of time.


PS I have a daily ping list and a breaking news ping list. If you would like to receive alerts to these stories please let me know which list you would like to join.

TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iaea; iran; iranianalert; protests; southasia; studentmovement; studentprotest
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Iran, most Arab states refuse to report arms deals to UN

Monday, October 13, 2003

Iran and the lion's share of Arab countries have refused to report weapons deals to the United Nations.

The entire Arab League, with the exception of Jordan and Lebanon, did not reply to the UN Register of Convention Arms for 2002. Jordan reported imports of weapons and Lebanon did not report any arms transactions.

Only Greece and Turkey reported the size and composition of their militaries and weaponry.

Israel, Greece and Turkey reported both imports and exports to the UN. Israel reported the sale of 18 large-caliber artillery systems to Uganda and 30 AGM-142 Popeye missile to Turkey, Middle East Newsline reported. Turkey also exported 80 combat vehicles to Malaysia.

Israel also reported the transfer of four 120 mm mortars to the United States. Israel also imported 54 M113 armored personnel carriers from the United States.

Jordan said it received 88 Challenger-1 main battle tanks from Britain in 2002. Amman said it imported 10 MITES launchers and 100 missiles from Jordan.

The UN asked each of its members to list acquisition or exports of main battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and launchers. The missile category includes unmanned air vehicles but not surface-to-air missiles.

Since 1997, not one North African country has reported arms transfers to the register. The report classifies five countries as those belonging to North Africa and said reporting from countries on the continent were lowest for any region.

In the rest of the Middle East, termed "West Asia," the report asserted that no more than three countries have cooperated with the UN register over the last decade. Only 28 out of 54 countries in Asia reported arms transfers to the UN.

The UN Group of Governmental Experts agreed to revise two of the seven categories of conventional arms covered by the register. They comprised the lowering of the reporting threshold for large-caliber artillery systems and include man-portable air-defense systems in the register under the category of missiles and missile launchers.

"This would contribute to broad-based international efforts to stem illicit transfers, particularly in preventing these short-range ground-to-air systems from falling into the hands of terrorists," the report said.

The UN group, which included an Israeli Foreign Ministry official Alon Bar, could not decide on proposals to raise the reporting status of procurement through national production and military holdings. The members said they would discuss this issue for the next review.

The report said main battle tanks were undergoing a change. The two trends producing tanks with higher tonnage and gun caliber as well as using new technologies to develop lighter tanks, although not less than 16.5 metric tons.
4 posted on 10/14/2003 12:13:10 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Russia, Iran to beef up relations

IRIB English News

Moscow, Oct 14 - Spokesman of Russia Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko said here Monday that Russia is determined to continue its nuclear cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Speaking to reporters, he said Russia supports the current cooperation between Tehran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

On the results of talks between Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Trubnikov and Iranian officials, he described the outcome of negotiations at mutual and international level as 'positive'.

In conclusion, he underlined further expansion of cooperation between Iran and Russia at various fields.
5 posted on 10/14/2003 12:44:25 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Californication...!)
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Iranian agent accused of killing Canadian freed on bail

Mon, 13 Oct 2003
CBC News

TEHRAN - An Iranian judge Monday ordered an intelligence agent accused of murdering a Canadian photojournalist to be freed on bail, his lawyer said.

Mohammad Reza Aghdam Ahmadi will be freed Tuesday after posting about $50,000 Cdn bail.

Ahmadi pleaded not guilty when his trial opened last Tuesday. He is charged with "semi-premeditated murder" in the death of Zahra Kazemi, 54.

The Iranian-Canadian was detained after taking photos of Tehran's Evin prison. She died on July 10 from head injuries while in custody.

Ahmadi's lawyer, Ghasem Shabani, told The Associated Press the judge accepted the argument that his client should only be held in custody if charged with deliberate murder.

Shabani said he has been given a month to prepare a defence.

A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs says the department is waiting for confirmation of the report.

"We are following closely all aspects of this trial as it unfolds including procedural developments such as this one."

"In particular, we will be monitoring the conduct of the trial when it resumes and we reiterate the Canadian government's call to the Iranian authorities to ensure transparent and fair proceedings in this case."

The death led to a diplomatic row between Canada and Iran. Kazemi's Montreal-based son and the Canadian government called for the return of her body, but she was buried in Iran.

Canada threatened to impose sanctions and briefly withdrew its ambassador. He has since returned and is attending the trial.
6 posted on 10/14/2003 12:46:34 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Californication...!)
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Iranian President Turns 67 Amid Tensions

Mon Oct 13
Yahoo! News

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's embattled President Mohammad Khatami turned 61 Monday, but with little to celebrate and much to worry about.

He is preoccupied with an ever-expanding feud with the unelected hard-liners who hold ultimate control in Iran's Islamic government and who have undermined his attempts to bring democratic and social reform. At the same time, he must answer to U.S. and world concerns over Iran's controversial nuclear program.

"There is no plan even for a family celebration today," Leila Khatami, the president's elder daughter, told The Associated Press Monday.

"My dad is so preoccupied with state affairs that he cannot spend much time with the family."

An intellectual once so loved by Iran's majority youth population that many women carried his photograph in their purses, Khatami is now losing public support.

The soft-spoken president, voted to office by landslide majority in 1997 and again in 2001, is blamed for failing to stand up to hard-liners who have placed obstacles in front of his reform agenda. Protesters, who regularly condemn hard-line clerics and support Khatami, turned against him in June, denouncing his inability to fulfill reform promises.

Caught in the middle, Khatami in July offered to resign if the people wanted him to. One month later, he admitted it had become harder for him to face the nation "because I feel many of the ideas and programs I sincerely offered and the people voted for have not materialized."

Khatami repeatedly complains he is powerless to stop hard-liners who have blocked all reform legislation, shut down more than 100 liberal publications and detained dozens of pro-reform activists and writers.

Khatami's two key reform bills seeking to check the power of hard-liners are in tatters. One of the bills aims to increase presidential powers to stop constitutional violations by hard-liners. The other seeks to bar the hard-line oversight body, the Guardian Council, from disqualifying parliamentary and presidential elections candidates.

The Guardian Council, which vets all parliamentary legislation, has rejected both bills, saying they were unconstitutional and against Islam. Efforts by Khatami and his allies have so far failed to find a breakthrough.

On the international front, Khatami has strongly defended his country, even as pressures have mounted following an Oct. 31 deadline imposed on Iran by the International Atomic Energy Agency to prove its nuclear program was peaceful.

"We are ready to exert all efforts to ease concerns ... (about) the proliferation of nuclear weapons, which we are sure we are not seeking," Khatami said. "But we expect our right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy to be respected."

Part of Khatami's appeal has long been how differnt he is — in looks and ideas — from most other clerics. A pleasant smile, refined looks, a trimmed graying beard, well-pressed clerical robes carefully matched with flowing cloaks all add to his aura. Khatami is known to be so obsessed with tidiness that he nags TV camera crews not to wrinkle his robe when they put a microphone on him.

Unlike other Middle East leaders, Khatami did not have his birthday trumpeted in the media. Many at the presidency on Monday did not even know it was his birthday.

Khatami was born in Ardakan in central Yazd province into a conservative family. He earned degrees in theology and philosophy. His late father, Ruhollah Khatami, rose to the highest clerical rank, ayatollah, and was a prominent supporter of Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Khatami, who has two daughters and a son, spends his leisure time improving his linguistic skills in Arabic, English and German. He once headed the Islamic Center in Hamburg, Germany.

He is described by government spokesman, Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, as a man who "opened a new horizon for Iran in the world."

"Demand for change won't go even after Khatami steps down," Ramezanzadeh told the AP Monday.

As Iran's constitution permits a person to hold the presidency for only two consecutive terms, Khatami will be forced step down at the next elections in 2005. He, however, is able to stand for president again four years later.
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Iran: Sit-in by Abbas Abdi's family in front of UN office in Tehran

Peyvand News

The family of Iranian Abbas Abdi, who has been imprisoned over a controversial polling about Iran-US ties, started a sit-in in front of the United Nations office in Tehran at 9:30 AM on October 13, Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported.

Abdi's family are criticizing the officials for not following up with Abdi's case. Maryam, Abbas Abdi's daughter, said to ISNA that their family have written repeatedly to the officials including the President, the Parliament and the Judiciary, but they have not reached a particular resolution yet. This prompted the family to seek help from international organizations. According to Maryam, her father has been on hunger strike for over a month but no organ is willing to respond to his complaints. Maryam stated that Abdi's family plans to continue their sit-in every morning until they receive an acceptable response from the officials.
8 posted on 10/14/2003 1:54:22 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Californication...!)
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Abdi's family in front of UN Head Office in Tehran.
10 posted on 10/14/2003 2:00:03 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Californication...!)
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Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) chief Hojatoleslam Ali Yunesi told a 6 October gathering of Iran's Friday prayer leaders that the opposition is being watched and anything it does to threaten Iran's national security will fail, IRNA reported on 7 October. "The [MOIS] has full grip over the issues related to the national security of Iran and is fully aware of all moves and intrigues made by the antirevolutionary forces, which have been relatively intensified recently," he said. Yunesi claimed that Iran is the target of a "heavy psychological war" and the opposition is part of this. "The United States needs to heighten the level of that cold war against Iran currently in order to justify its broad presence in this part of the world," he added. After discussing the security organizations' activities in the run-up to the anticipated unrest of last July, he turned to the school year that has just begun. "We have started this academic year in a position of total control over the situation, and we will neutralize any kind of counterrevolutionary movement throughout the world," ISNA reported. (Bill Samii)

Source RFE/RL Iran Report Vol. 6, No. 41, 13 October 2003
11 posted on 10/14/2003 2:58:29 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi said on 5 October that Tehran and Washington have not had any secret meetings in Geneva or exchanged any diplomatic messages recently, dpa reported. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in a 3 October interview with reporters from "The Washington Post" had said: "We have received a number of indications from Iran and we are responding to those indications.... But I think it's encouraging that they are sending out these signals and we are responding to the signals." "Their signals are not simply going into the ether," he added, "They are hitting a reflector and going back." The "Los Angeles Times" reported on 4 October that anonymous "senior U.S. officials" said that Iran wants to resume behind-the-scenes Tehran-Washington discussions that were abandoned in May. "We've seen some signs and heard from others that the Iranians want to talk," a "senior State Department official" said. "We're sending some signals back." (Bill Samii)

source RFE/RL Iran Report Vol. 6, No. 41, 13 October 2003
12 posted on 10/14/2003 3:01:20 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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""..."We have started this academic year in a position of total control over the situation, and we will neutralize any kind of counterrevolutionary movement throughout the world...""

WoW.... Really?
13 posted on 10/14/2003 3:22:25 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Californication...!)
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Hizballah has officially adopted a policy of silence towards recent criticism of Iran by a former party leader, but unofficially it backs Iran, Lebanon's "Al-Mustaqbal" newspaper reported on 2 October. Former Hizballah Secretary-General Subih Tufaili had said in an early-September speech in Brital, in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley, that Iran has betrayed the revolution's founding principles, and he denounced current Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah as an Iranian agent, "The Daily Star" reported on 9 September. He also accused Iran of cooperating with the U.S. Anonymous Hizballah officials dismissed Tufaili's comments and said that the coincidence of Iranian interests in Iraq and Afghanistan with those of the U.S. is not indicative of submission, according to the 2 October "Al-Mustaqbal" report.

The reality of the relationship is indicated by U.S. pressure on Iran regarding the nuclear issue and Iranian opposition to U.S. activities in Iraq, they said. Moreover, the Hizballah officials asked, "If the Americans themselves are accusing Syria and Iran of supporting the Iraqi opposition or facilitating its operations, how can it then be correct to accuse them of dealing with the Americans?" Tufaili's criticism of Hizballah also seems far-fetched. The organization is listed as a "foreign terrorist organization" by the U.S. State Department, it is connected with the 1983 suicide bombings of the U.S. Embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut, and the kidnapping of many Americans and other Westerners. Secretary-General Nasrallah, however, denies that Hizballah is a terrorist organization. "Hizballah is a Lebanese resistance group. It has fought and is ready to fight," he said in the 28 July issue of "The Times" of London. "Hizballah has offered martyrs and is ready to offer more martyrs to defend its people and country."

Tufaili also has criticized Hizballah for its participation in the Lebanese political system, a process that began when Hizballah fielded candidates for the 1992 parliamentary race. There are now almost 10 Hizballah members in the legislature. Anonymous Hizballah officials reject such criticisms. They said that there is absolutely no connection between their interest in domestic affairs and the retreat of the resistance or an end to its military role, "Al-Mustaqbal" reported on 8 July.

According to another report, in the 3 July "Al-Nahar" from Beirut, Hizballah ideology requires it to continue fighting until Israel no longer occupies any Lebanese territory (a reference to the Shabaa Farms). Any indications of a retreat on the party's part are in fact based on the need to reassess regional developments after Operation Iraqi Freedom and in light of U.S. challenges to Iran and Syria. If Iran pushes Hizballah to act against Israel right now, according to "Al-Nahar," Iran would suffer the consequences. Nasrallah himself sounds far from conciliatory, nor does he seem to have abandoned armed struggle, as Tufaili suggests. Nasrallah said in May, according to the 1 June issue of Manama's "Al-Wasat," "We must continue resistance." He continued: "We are at a stage in which there is no room for capitulation. We have been here for 20 years and have not surrendered or weakened. Killing made us stronger, the blood of martyrs made us stronger, the shackles of Sheikh Abdul Karim Obeid, Mustafa Dirani, and other prisoners in the enemy jails made us stronger." (Bill Samii)

source RFE/RL Iran Report Vol. 6, No. 41, 13 October 2003
14 posted on 10/14/2003 3:49:34 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) Chairman Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim had a very busy schedule during his 5-10 October trip to Tehran. He met with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, President Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami, judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi-Shahrudi, and Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi; participated in the third conference of the Ahl al-Bayt (the Household of the Prophet) organization; and gave the pre-sermon speech at the 10 October Friday prayers. Like his hosts, he repeatedly expressed his interest in seeing an end to the occupation of Iraq, according to Iranian news agencies. Behind the scenes, however, everything was not so united. Al-Hakim's visit comes at a sensitive time for Tehran-SCIRI relations.

When al-Hakim arrived in Tehran on 5 October he told reporters that the main reason for his visit is to thank Iran for its years of support for the Iraqi nation, ISNA reported. Al-Hakim said he has received invitations from "many countries," but, "because of Iran's principled policies toward Iraq over the years, I preferred to visit Iran before visiting other countries." While it is true that SCIRI was the main recipient of Iranian backing for the Iraqi opposition during Saddam Hussein's reign, the situation has changed since the U.S.-led international coalition destroyed the Iraqi dictator's military. Tehran now finds itself surrounded on all sides by the U.S. and it does not like what it sees. This could explain its new relationship with the upstart Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a relationship that may have been cemented when al-Sadr visited Iran in early June (see "RFE/RL Iran Report," 9 June 2003). Outspoken in his opposition to the coalition and in his hostility to the U.S., al-Sadr declared during the 10 October Friday prayers in Kufa that he is forming his own cabinet, and one of his associates said it would include a ministry for the promotion of virtue and prohibition of vice. "Although this might entail some danger to my person, I have created some cabinet posts in our government," al-Sadr said, according to "The Washington Post" on 12 October.

Al-Hakim resents the support given to al-Sadr by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and the supreme leader's office, "Al-Sharq al-Awsat" reported on 8 October. Alireza Nurizadeh writes in the Arabic-language London daily that al-Hakim has been under pressure to declare his fealty to Supreme Leader Khamenei ever since the late-August assassination of his brother, Ayatollah Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim. Moreover, Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim does not have sufficient standing to fill the religious vacuum in SCIRI left by the killing of the ayatollah, and Tehran does not want SCIRI to become a wholly political organization. Some Iranian officials, therefore, are backing Ayatollah Ali al-Haeri as SCIRI's religious leader.

"Al-Sharq al-Awsat" reported that al-Hakim came to Iran in response to President Khatami's invitation, and Khatami and other reformists had refused to meet with al-Sadr. Other news reports did not include such information or place the visit in the context of Iranian power politics. Al-Hakim met with Khatami on 6 October, IRNA reported, and they discussed Tehran-Baghdad relations. "Jane's Foreign Report" reported on 9 October, three days later, that it had "learned" that al-Hakim was in Tehran on 6 October and had met with Khatami to discuss the Iraqi Governing Council. Al-Hakim met with Foreign Minister Kharrazi on 6 October, ISNA reported. Kharrazi said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the sovereignty of Iraq must be handed over to its people as soon as possible under the supervision of the UN. The occupiers have no choice other than handing over the management and political destiny of Iraq to leaders chosen by its people." Judiciary chief Hashemi-Shahrudi called for an end to the occupation when he met with al-Hakim on 6 October, IRNA reported the next day. "By continuing the occupation of Iraq, the Americans are ruining their reputation before the world public opinion more than ever."

Al-Hakim met with Supreme Leader Khamenei on 7 October, IRNA reported. Khamenei described the end of the occupation as one of the Iraqis' main demands. During the Ahl al-Bayt conference on 9 October, Khamenei said that the occupation is the main problem facing Iraqis.

Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani told al-Hakim on 7 October that free elections under the aegis of the United Nations would pave the way for the withdrawal of occupation forces, IRNA reported. Al-Hakim told his host that the U.S. is incapable of establishing security. Al-Hakim said at an 8 October memorial ceremony in Tehran for his assassinated brother that there is international pressure on the U.S. to withdraw its troops and for it to specify a withdrawal date. "Of course, we support the international community in this demand and for the U.S. to limit the duration of its occupation of Iraq." He said on 9 October during the Ahl al-Bayt event that the Iraqi people have started a major battle to liberate their country from the occupation and the remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime, Tehran radio reported on 10 October.

Al-Hakim also discussed the assassination of his brother. He told reporters on 5 October that the investigation is continuing and there is no definitive conclusion yet, ISNA reported. "What is clear, however, is that the former Iraqi regime and its supporters had a hand in this crime." Al-Hakim added, "Of course, there are people who have argued that foreign groups were also involved in committing this serious crime." (Bill Samii)

Source: RFE/RL Iran Report Vol. 6, No. 41, 13 October 2003

comment: Will Al-Hakim resist the pressure from RICO-Rafsanjani/Khamenei and say NO to follow Qom and instead seek assistance from the clerics in Najaf?

Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani told al-Hakim on 7 October that free elections under the aegis of the United Nations would pave the way for the withdrawal of occupation force.

We should ask RICO-Rafsanjani why he is not supporting free elections without Guardian Council vetting of candidates on the aegis of the United Nations in Iran?
15 posted on 10/14/2003 4:01:18 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Iran placed poorly in Transparency International's "Corruption Perceptions Index 2003," which was released on 7 October ( i.en.html). In its debut in the annual corruption ranking, Iran was listed in 78th place, along with Armenia, Lebanon, Mali, and Palestine, out of 133 countries and administrative territories. Iran had a score of 3.0 on a scale of 10 (highly clean) to 0 (highly corrupt), which, according to Transparency International, "relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by business people, academics, and risk analysts" in and out of the country. Iran's score was based on four other surveys, and its scores in those surveys ranged from 1.5-3.6. BS


The Umoe Schat-Harding company ( sent approximately $172,000 in 1997 to an Iranian-owned consulting company as a "return commission" in order to resolve a dispute about the sale of nine lifeboats to a state-owned Iranian company, TV2 from Norway reported on 8 October ( and "Aftenposten" reported on 9 October (, both citing Norway's "VG" newspaper. The lifeboats, purchased by the Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company (IOEC), were damaged when they were being transported, so the Iranian company refused to pay the remaining costs of approximately $1 million. The National Iranian Oil Company and the Industrial Development and Renovation Organization are the shareholders in IOEC. Umoe Schat-Harding paid an unnamed Iranian-owned consulting company in 1997 and subsequently received about $718,504 from IOEC, according to "VG." A document signed by Jarle Roth, who was the Norwegian firm's top manager at the time, said that the money "took care of people who needed special attention in this case." "VG" reported that Mehdi Hashemi, the son of former president and current Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, was involved in the 1997 deal. At the time, Mehdi Hashemi headed IOEC, an energy-sector expert told "RFE/RL Iran Report." Mehdi Hashemi's name has been mentioned in connection with a recent corruption scandal involving Norway's Statoil (see "RFE/RL Iran Report," 22 and 29 September and 6 October 2003). (Bill Samii)

Comment: Time for a RICO investigation of Rafsanjani Inc?
16 posted on 10/14/2003 4:14:51 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Both articles above are from RFE/RL Iran Report
Vol. 6, No. 41, 13 October 2003 and the link to Transparency org is
17 posted on 10/14/2003 4:18:11 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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As it is now approaching Tuesday evening in Iran, I thought I'd re-post this article that panyanswife posted last night.


Regime bans all public welcomings of the "first" Iranian Nobelist
SMCCDI (Information Service)
Oct 13, 2003

The Islamic Republic Regime and Especially the Governor of Tehran have rejected any authorization of public welcoming for the first Iranian Nobelist.

While tens of requests were submitted by tolerated social organizations for greeting Mrs. Ebadi, the governor's speaker in line with the regime's policy of avoiding a show of popular support for the Right Activist has declared: "Authorities are not allowing such gatherings as they've not received any formal request".

Despite this official declaration of ban, Iranians will gather on Tuesday night at and around the Mehrabad Int.'l Airport, all its exists and in the Azadi (former Aryamehr" square in order to welcome a women who can become the symbol of their aspirations. Reports are stating that the regime forces have been asked to close all perimeters to the Airport and filtering the visitors by invoking the "strategig nature" of the facility.

Another banned gathering is planned also for Wednesday afternoon in the "Laleh Park" of Tehran located in the "Fatemi" avenue.

According to a preset schedule, Mrs. Ebadi shall fly back home tomorrow from France at 14:30 (Paris local time) by Iran Air flight #IR 732 taking off from S. Orly terminal. Her flight is scheduled to land in Tehran at 22:00 (Tehran local time).
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Khatami Says The Nobel Peace Prize is Not That Important

October 14, 2003
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting

The Nobel peace prize has been awarded to international officials, including Isac Shamir, Shimon Prez, Isac Robin and the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, but the question remains whether the mentioned Noble laureates are peacemakers, President Khatami told reporters.

"The Nobel peace prize is not that important, it is a politicized matter", the president said swarmed by reporters after a parliament session taking to the upcomming Five-year economic plan.

President Khatami, however, expressed pleasure as an Iranian Muslim woman was awarded the peace price while attatching significance to the scientific and literaray award.

The president expressed the hope that the nobel prize would deter the abusers from exploiting the occasion and run the opportunity towards the interest of Muslim nations.
20 posted on 10/14/2003 7:15:16 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Thanks for the heads up!
21 posted on 10/14/2003 7:22:26 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl (Please donate to Free Republic!)
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Iran's nuke potential could help bridge U.S.-Europe divide

October 14, 2003

ROME -- "Women wage the sex war by vindictiveness," said the late Cyril Connolly, "men by indifference." Whatever the truth of this remark, it certainly describes the Atlantic relationship between Europe and America -- at least in the painful aftermath of the Afghan and Iraq wars.

European vindictiveness has been on display in recent weeks in response to the U.S. request for help in Iraq. France in particular has refused to contribute any troops or aid unless the United States agrees to a U.N. Security Council resolution that would amount to an American humiliation: a dominant U.N. political role in Iraq leading to a handover to a new Iraqi authority on a transparently unrealistic time-scale. It has encouraged European (and other) nations, notably Germany and Russia, to withhold assistance.

The result of this Euro-obstructionism is a characteristic triumph of French foreign policy: The United States has been somewhat disadvantaged without France and its confederates advancing their interests in any positive way. No U.N. resolution has been agreed; the U.N. is reducing rather than expanding its role in Iraq; only Turkey seems likely to send troops to join the United States and its Anglo-Polish-Spanish allies in Iraq; America will continue to shape the political future of Iraq and perhaps of the entire Mideast with little or no French or "European" input.

None of this can be justified as an expression of French or Euro-national interests. What therefore is its explanation? At two recent conferences here, Europeans tried to explain some of this apparent vindictiveness as a response to American indifference at an earlier phase of the war on terror.

At a conference on "Re-launching the Transatlantic Relationship," held jointly by the New Atlantic Initiative and Italy's Aspen Institute, several speakers of indisputably Atlanticist sympathies maintained that the United States had ignored NATO after Sept. 11 and spurned Europe's help in the campaign in Afghanistan. They felt that the United States had not shared its thinking with Europe both on Iraq itself and also on the re-configuration of the Middle East.

There is something in this critique. As this column pointed out at the time, the United States was both shortsighted and ungenerous in scarcely acknowledging the help of other countries in Afghanistan in giving the impression that it did not need allies. But America's "indifference" is only a small contributory factor in Europe's "vindictiveness" -- to which several other developments contribute significantly.

The most important, of course, is the notion of "Europe" itself. Several European nations -- most significantly, Britain, Spain, Italy and the new democracies of eastern Europe -- supported and assisted the United States in both Afghanistan and Iraq. But it is France and Germany, as the dominant powerhouse of the European Union, that have seized the name of "Europe" and that routinely claim its authority for their policies.

They have been assisted in this by two forces normally found opposing each other: namely, EU bureaucrats and U.S. neo-conservatives.

Brussels bureaucrats are committed to forging a common European defense and foreign policy that differs from U.S. policy in being more committed to diplomacy, less willing to use force, more respectful of international law and institutions and more trusting in arms control.

Neo-conservatives have "indifferently" swallowed this analysis and cavalierly dismiss "the Europeans" as weak and appeasement-minded, overlooking the divisions within Europe and the support for the United States given by Spain, Poland, Britain, etc. Indeed, because some neo-conservatives join the liberal foreign-policy establishment in endorsing further political integration of Europe on the grounds of its inevitability, they actually strengthen the forces working for an anti-American European superpower.

There is a third factor working to undermine Atlanticism -- the lack of a commonly perceived threat to the NATO allies since the collapse of the Soviet Union. This has freed the Europeans to be vindictive (i.e., to go to extremes in opposing U.S. policy) and the United States to be relatively "indifferent" (i.e., not opposing Franco-German plans to build a separate Euro-defense force undermining NATO).

Let me offer, then, some lukewarm comfort: There is a new threat at hand. After years of dismissing U.S. warnings that Iran was on the way to acquiring nuclear weapons, the Europeans have finally accepted that this is a real and present danger. It is a danger, moreover, that threatens them more immediately than the United States since they are (or shortly will be) within range of Iranian missiles. At the conference on Atlanticism, a topic that kept forcing itself onto the agenda was how the NATO allies might forge a common policy to disarm Iran. That will take some doing -- Iran will resist diplomacy and the Europeans will be nervous using force -- and a pessimist might be forgiven for concluding that it will never be done. Hence the significance of the second Rome conference, this one held by the Berlin branch of the Aspen Institute -- building a common Euro-American missile defense.

Only recently most European countries, let alone "Europe," were hotly opposed to U.S. plans for missile defense. But that is changing rapidly. In addition to the newly perceived threat from Iran, Europe also sees that there is money in missiles. The Aspen-Berlin conference addressed by the defense ministers was also attended by representatives of Europe's major defense corporations. Missile defense has become a source of Atlantic unity rather than of division as heretofore.

A NATO missile defense system is just what the Atlantic alliance needs -- a common task devised to meet a serious common threat. If the allies go down that road, they will find that both European vindictiveness and American indifference tend to evaporate in the struggle to achieve common solutions.

But every solution brings its own problem. The first obstacle to a major NATO project like missile defense will be the Franco-German project for a separate European defense. In short, once the United States overcomes its indifference, it will inevitably provoke a new vindictiveness -- from Franco-Germany if not from the Europeans.
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Saudi, Iran Oil Supply Cuts Target Europe

LONDON (Reuters) - Top OPEC producers Saudi Arabia and Iran have moved to enforce curbs agreed last month by the OPEC cartel, with European customers bearing the brunt of the supply cuts.

A trader with an oil major told Reuters that Saudi supplies to Europe would be down by 10 percent in November, falling to 30-35 percent under full contract volumes compared to 20-25 percent in October.

"It's deeper than we expected," the trader said. A European refiner said November allocations were cut by around 40 percent compared to full contracts.

OPEC agreed on September 24 to cut production by 3.5 percent from November 1 as the group sought to stop international supplies building as Iraq's post-war production recovers and Russian output rises.

OPEC's decision to cut production has helped push oil prices up by 20 percent to the highest prices since the Iraq war. OPEC meets on December 4 to review output policy.

Saudi Arabia appears to have made its deepest cuts in Europe, where main Arab Light crude grade is worth 50 cents less than in the United States and $2 less than in Asia.

Saudi Arabia told South Korean term buyers November supply would be 8-10 percent below contract volumes, compared with cuts in October and September of about 6-7 percent. November allocations for the United States and Japan were not immediately available.

Saudi Arabia's quota within OPEC production limits was cut about 293,000 barrels per day to 7.963 million bpd from a previous quota of 8.256 million bpd.

At current production levels near 8.5 million bpd Saudi Arabia exports around five million bpd, excluding sales to joint ventures and domestic consumption. Around 40 percent, or two million bpd, goes to Asian customers, 30 percent, or 1.5 million bpd, to the United States and 20 percent, or 1 million bpd to Europe.

The kingdom's monthly allocations for international oil majors are priced 'free-on-board' which permits them to ship cargoes anywhere in their global refining systems.

Iran, OPEC's second biggest producer, will slice spot crude sales into Europe as it enforces OPEC's cuts, a top Iranian oil official said on Monday.

Hojjatollah Ghanimifard, acting vice president of the National Iranian Oil Co, told Reuters all spot crude oil sales into northwest Europe -- roughly 90,000 bpd -- would be eliminated from November, while shipment of some spot cargoes into the Mediterranean would also be stopped.

Ghanimifard said crude oil supplied into term contracts would not be affected by the scheduled 132,000 bpd reduction.

"Iran will implement its OPEC cut from November 1," he said. "But we will not touch our term contracts or spot cargoes into the Asian market."

Iran opted to sell some crude outside standard term contracts and into the spot market after a series of OPEC supply hikes earlier this year.

Iran's new 3.597 million bpd output quota is likely to see crude exports drop to roughly 2.2 million bpd after accounting for some 1.4 million bpd of domestic supply, industry sources reckon.

About 60 percent of Tehran's oil sales are destined for the Asian market, the remainder mostly to Europe.

Washington, which has branded Iran part of an "axis of evil," has barred U.S. firms from importing Iranian oil since 1995.
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Iranian president praises Nobel winner but scorns `political' award

BRIAN MURPHY, Associated Press Writer
SF Gate Daily

Showing the government's deep divisions over Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, Iran's president Tuesday lauded the success of the human rights activist but called the award a "political" tool.

Ebadi was returning to Iran from Paris for the first time since the surprise Nobel decision was announced Friday -- and she comes home to a sharp controversy over her prize.

Reformers consider her a possible savior of their embattled movement against the ruling hard-line clerics' monopoly on power. Conservatives have denounced the Nobel prize as an attempt by the West to weaken Iran's Islamic leadership.

The double-edged comments by pro-reform President Mohammad Khatami -- his first public reaction to Ebadi's win -- apparently sought to appease both sides.

"This award has been given to her totally on the basis of political considerations," Khatami told reporters. He also called the prize "not very important," compared with other Nobel awards such as literature.

But he also praised the sudden fame of the 56-year-old lawyer and human rights campaigner, who was attending a conference in the French capital when the Nobel committee announced she had won.

"Nobody will be unhappy to see the success of a fellow Iranian," Khatami said. "I am also happy an Iranian has achieved success. I hope this achievement will be used for the interests of the nation and the world."

There were fears the country could become further polarized if Ebadi maintains her high-profile work, which includes campaigns for women's rights, protection for children and refugees and greater political freedoms.

Ebadi was Iran's first female judge but lost her post in the 1979 Islamic Revolution after clerics ruled women could not longer preside in court.

As a lawyer, she represented families of writers and intellectuals killed in 1999, and worked to expose conspirators behind an attack by pro-clergy assailants on students at Tehran University in 1999.

Ebadi and another lawyer were arrested in 2000 for alleged links to a videotape that purportedly revealed ties between government officials and hard-line vigilantes. They were released from jail after three weeks, and later convicted and given suspended prison sentences.

Hard-line figures have clearly interpreted Ebadi's new stature as a threat, but it was unclear how they would respond.

"With little doubt, we can say that goal of this prize is to embarrass Muslims and, especially, the Iranian people," said a commentary in the Kayhan newspaper, a leading conservative voice.
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Into the Quagmire
Important days ahead for Iran.

National Review Online
October 14, 2003, 8:38 a.m.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei loudly proclaimed that the United States was entering an Iraqi quagmire (Vietnam metaphors are in great favor among the world's dwindling number of tyrants), but he and his regime seem rather deeper in the muck of late. It couldn't happen to a more worthy bunch, and it's especially gratifying to see Khamenei, Rafsanjani, and the other mullahcrats swinging in the wind, as world opinion turns against them.

It is particularly satisfying to see this crowd of old white men humiliated by intrepid women, one Shirin Ebadi — the unexpected recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the other Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian journalist — murdered last summer in the infamous prisons of the Islamic Republic because she dared to photograph the regime's thugs beating up student demonstrators.

The Kazemi obscenity exposed the regime's basic characteristics, from its murderous attacks on those who try to tell the outside world the truth about the Islamic Republic, to its instant denial of any accusation or criticism, to its crafty routine of constantly-changing "explanations." As with earlier murders of its pro-democracy critics, the regime first denied that there was a murder at all ("she fell and bumped her head"), then admitted that something untoward had happened ("we are investigating"), then found someone to put on trial (most likely a convenient scapegoat). In the last two weeks, Iran has been sternly denounced by the European Union, and warned that if the mullahs' human-rights practices do not improve, the EU will invoke sanctions.

Would that our secretary of state were so outspoken.

The Kazemi affair was very embarrassing to the Islamic Republic, and the Nobel award to Ms. Ebadi was a slap in Khamenei's face. Just when the democratic opposition was floundering — the result of savage beatings, thousands of arrests and torture, and near-total abandonment by the feckless leaders of the West — the Norwegian committee sent a message of hope and inspiration: Do not despair, we are with you. All of a sudden, the Iranians see again that there are people in the West who understand their plight, and support their struggle. Ms. Ebadi is no mere symbol of resistance to tyranny; she is the real deal, having survived nine months in the horrific Evin prison in Tehran, and 25 years of isolation and oppression from the regime (she was a judge under the Shah, fired by Khomenei after the revolution of 1979, denied the right to practice law, and forced to scratch for a living as a school instructor). There will be monster celebrations when Ms. Ebadi returns with her medal later this year, and the regime will be hardpressed to justify further repression. She will be a dagger aimed at the regime's heart, and the mullahs will feel the first pricks of the dagger's point right away, as she has agreed to represent the Kazemi family in legal action against the regime.

Meanwhile, back in Foggy Bottom, the State Department continues to try to arrange some kind of modus vivendi with the mullahs. The latest back-channel negotiations have revolved around Iran's nuclear program, both because there is serious concern in Washington and because it would be very difficult for Secretary Powell to sell the American people on a rapprochement with Iran if Tehran were known to have developed nuclear weapons (remember that Rafsanjani declared, in December, 2001, that if Iran had an atomic bomb it would be used against Israel). So, in addition to the formal talks between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the mullahs, the State Department dispatched a former Middle East correspondent of a leading American newspaper to talk to the Iranians. Today he will report near-total failure. The Iranians bluntly told him that the uranium-enrichment program will continue, that the United States is surrounded by enemies in Iraq, and if Washington increases the pressure on Iran there will be terrible consequences.

Some of this is bluster, but for the most part it is an honest statement of Iran's intentions. As reported here some weeks ago, the Iranians believe they now have all the necessary components for a nuclear bomb. The only question is how long it will take them to assemble and test it. Khamenei had hoped to be able to test an atomic bomb by the third week in October, but his scientific advisers recently told him they could not make that deadline. They are now aiming for November 4 or 5, the anniversary of the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran during the revolution.

There is another November date our leaders should take seriously: the 25th, the anniversary of the disappearance of the twelfth imam, and thus the most significant date in the Shiite calendar. Reports from Tehran suggest that the mullahs would like to celebrate that anniversary with a big-time terrorist attack against America.

Faster, please.
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Into the Quagmire
Important days ahead for Iran.

URGRENT: Iran 3 Weeks Away From Testing An A-Bomb?

National Review Online
October 14, 2003, 8:38 a.m.
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Thanks Dr.Z.

Thank goodness FR is working, now!
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NY Post

October 14, 2003 -- WHAT is the place of Islam in a world order shaped by Western powers and based on Western values?
This is the question that the leaders of the 57 member-states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will face when they gather in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, on Oct. 16-18.

This will be the OIC's 10th summit since its creation in 1969. It is of special importance because it will be the first Islamic summit since the 9/11 attacks against the United States.

Last year, the OIC tried to come to terms with the consequences of 9/11 at a gathering in Kuala Lumpur attended by foreign ministers from the member states. That conference ended in disarray when the ministers failed to agree on an answer to the question that the kings, prime ministers and other rulers of the Muslim world will face this week.

On the eve of the summit, three answers are in circulation.

Embrace Reform: The first comes from those leaders who believe that the Muslim countries should undertake the economic, political and social reforms needed to make them part of the modern world order. They should honor the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant conventions. They should also accept the global market as a reality and join the World Trade Organization.

More important: They should accept and practice the rules of the democratic politics under which governments are chosen and dismissed through free popular elections.

Although not a single Muslim country could be described as fully democratic yet, several appear to have made the strategic choice of adopting the system. They will be urging the first answer at Kuala Lumpur. Among them are Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia, the host country.

Reject "Western" Values: The second answer comes from countries that regard the modern world order as "corrupt, unjust and anti-Islamic." They believe that Islam should stand against that order and mobilize the poorer nations in a new rejection front within the old nonaligned framework. In this context, they single out the United States as the No. 1 enemy, and urge an alliance with its overt or covert opponents.

One idea coming from these countries is that the OIC should invite India, China, Russia and France, each of which has substantial Muslim minorities to join the organization as associate members, thus boosting the anti-American alliance.

Supporters of the second answer include the Islamic Republic of Iran, Syria, the Sudan and Libya.

Yes - But: The third answer could be described as "Yes - but." It asserts that the modern world order is an inescapable reality and that trying to fight, let alone reverse it, would be suicidal for the Muslims. The best course, therefore, is for Muslim countries to negotiate their place within the existing world order in a way that they can preserve their identity and protect their interests. A majority of Muslim countries, including almost all Arab states, find themselves in this third group.

IS it not possible to imagine a fourth answer? It is. The modern world order is based on the common heritage of mankind, including the teachings of ancient Greece and the three monotheistic religions of the Middle East. It is the expression of common values in the shaping of which Islam played a crucial role, at least in part of its history.

The principle that governments should not imprison and murder their critics is not exclusively Western or Judeo-Christian. Nor is it necessarily Islamic for rulers to plunder their countries and place the proceeds in Western investment accounts. Killing women on the flimsiest pretexts, denying them basic rights and treating them as chattel are not necessarily Islamic either.

The division of the world between Islamic and non-Islamic tells us nothing. The real division is between tyrannies and democracies. North Korea is not a Muslim nation, but its government is in the same league as that of Libya, a 100 percent Muslim land. Turkey, a 99 percent Muslim country, is certainly more democratic than the predominantly Catholic Cuba or Buddhist Vietnam.

The truth is that many of those who will be gathering in Kuala Lumpur next week are tyrants hiding their ugly faces behind an Islamic mask. Knowing that they cannot justify their often illegitimate hold on power in political terms, they try to do so with reference to religion.

When taken to task for killing and robbing their citizens, they present such criticism as an attack on Islam. When Iraq is freed from Saddam Hussein, they ignore the fact that he was a monster and a mass murderer; to them, he was a Muslim ruler toppled by an "anti-Muslim" coalition.

The answer to the question "What is the place of Islam in the modern world?" need not be complicated.

If Islam is used as a device to justify the unjustifiable, then it should have no place at all. If, on the other hand, Islam is perceived as the sincere faith of over 1.2 billion human beings who share mankind's natural thirst for freedom, the rule of law and individual choice, the modern world is the best place for Muslims to be in.

The summit would do well to face the crucial issues dodged by last year's ministerial conference.

* It should recognize politics as a space quite distinct from theology, and thus open it to all citizens on the basis of democratic principles.

* It should define and condemn terrorism in clear terms, and not hide behind the stupid cliché that "one man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter."

* It should acknowledge full legal equality for men and women, setting aside the obfuscations the mullahs use to prove that women are inferior beings.

* The summit should also abandon the arrogant aim of imposing Islam on the entire world as mankind's sole religion, and, instead, welcome plurality and the competition of beliefs in an atmosphere of freedom and understanding.

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October 14, 2003
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Exiles Say Iran Making Nuclear Bomb

October 14, 2003
Louis Charbonneau

VIENNA -- An Iranian exile opposition group with a record of exposing secret atomic sites says Tehran is hiding another nuclear facility and could have a nuclear bomb by 2005.

Iran has denied U.S. charges it is trying to make "The Bomb", but due to past failures to fully declare its sites the U.N. atomic watchdog has given Iran till October 31 to prove it has no secret weapons programme or face possible U.N. sanctions.

"The site has been built to test centrifuges that enrich uranium," Firouz Mahvi, a member of the foreign relations committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an exiled opposition group, told reporters.

"It is located 15 km (nine miles) east of Isfahan under the name of Isfahan's Fuel Research and Production Centre," he said, adding that the group's information came from undercover sources inside Iran who have been working at the site in central Iran.

Mahvi said unless the international community takes diplomatic action to stop Iran's clandestine nuclear activities "it is very likely that by 2005" Iran will have an atomic bomb.

Iran denied it has been hiding any nuclear facilities from United Nations inspectors.

"We have certainly not" hidden any facilities from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Akbar Salehi, told Reuters in Tehran. "This piece of information is absolutely baseless."

Iran has repeatedly denied U.S. allegations that its nuclear energy programme is merely a front to make an atomic bomb.

Tehran has also denied charges that it has secretly tested its uranium enrichment centrifuges, though the recent discovery of traces of weapons-grade uranium at two sites in Iran has cast doubt on the denials.

The IAEA declined to comment on the NCRI report.

A Western diplomat familiar with IAEA matters told Reuters the NCRI, which Washington lists as a terrorist organisation, has a mixed record of reporting on Iran's nuclear facilities.

"The IAEA has visited some sites the NCRI reported on this year," he said. "Some have turned out to be nuclear facilities and some have not. They do not have ... 100 percent accuracy."


In August 2002, the NCRI broke the news of two undeclared nuclear sites in Iran -- a massive uranium-enrichment complex at Natanz and a heavy-water production facility at Arak.

Tehran later declared these facilities to the IAEA, which has placed surveillance cameras at Natanz to ensure that no undeclared nuclear activities take place there.

Natanz was one of the facilities where the IAEA found weapons-grade uranium, fuelling fears Tehran has purified uranium for use in a bomb. Iran denies this, claiming the traces were caused by contaminated machinery purchased abroad.

In a tough September 12 resolution that set the October 31 deadline, the IAEA governing board called on Iran to suspend all enrichment activities at Natanz while it investigates the contamination explanation but Tehran has ignored the appeal.

Mahvi also said the NCRI had information that Tehran "has asked the contractor for the Natanz site to speed up its activities to expedite the completion of the site."

In June, the NCRI reported Iran had two undeclared facilities related to its uranium enrichment programme in two villages near Karaj, the centre of Iran's missile programme, some 45 km (28 miles) west of Tehran.

The IAEA has declined to comment on the NCRI's claims about these facilities.
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Khatami Warns Nobel Laureate Not to "Misuse" New Status

October 14, 2003
VOA News
James Martone

Iran's president has warned Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi to consider Iranian interests as she attracts increased international attention. Ms. Ebadi's is returning to Iran for the first time since the prize was announced last week.

Iranian President Mohammed Khatami called for Ms. Ebadi to, in his words, pay attention to the interests of Islam and of Iran. He said her new status should not be misused or exploited.

Speaking to reporters at Iran's parliament, Mr. Khatami first welcomed the selection of an Iranian for the Nobel Peace Prize, but then he said the Peace Prize is not very important compared to the Nobel awards for scientific achievement. When asked why he had not issued a formal statement reacting to last week's announcement, President Khatami dismissed the question.

The president's pro-reform government officially extended only lukewarm congratulations to Ms Ebadi, a human rights lawyer and advocate of women's rights. The hardline Iranian press has ignored or criticized her selection, and her decision not to wear a headscarf at a news conference in Paris.

Since winning the prize on Friday, Ms. Ebadi has criticized what she says is the slow pace of reforms in Iran, and has called for release of political prisoners there.
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Iranian Officials Briefed In Norway On Statoil Graft Case

October 14, 2003
Dow Jones Newswires
The Associated Press

OSLO -- An Iranian delegation met top officials in Norway Tuesday to discuss corruption allegations against state-controlled oil company Statoil ASA.

Statoil is under investigation by Norwegian economic crime police on suspicion that it paid $15 million to Iranian-operated Horton Investment Ltd. to smooth its expansion in Iran. Police suspect some of the money from the consulting contract may have gone toward bribes.

In September, Statoil was charged with improperly influencing foreign officials and gross corruption, pending an investigation and possible indictment.

Statoil also faces an informal inquiry by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission because its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the Oslo exchange.

Former Statoil chief executive Olav Fjell and board chairman Leif Terje Loeddesoel resigned last month because of the scandal.

The six-member Iranian delegation of oil ministry officials met the public prosecutor in Oslo before heading to the west coast city of Stavanger for talks with Statoil's acting Chief Executive Inge K. Hansen.

Statoil spokesman Kai Nielsen said the company would listen to the Iranians' concerns and brief them about the scandal.

"They wanted to go through the whole case, and we will do that," Nielsen said, adding that Iran, an OPEC member, is an important country for Statoil, which has been in regular contact with officials there about the case.

In Oslo, the delegation was briefed by the head public prosecutors office of the Norwegian legal system.

"It was general in nature," said Knut Kallerud. He said specific details of the Statoil case weren't discussed because of the ongoing investigation.

On Monday, the delegation also met with Norwegian Oil Minister Einar Steensnaes.

Statoil is 82% government owned and has more than 17,000 workers in 25 countries.
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Slogan-Chanting Iran Crowd Welcomes Nobel Laureate

October 14, 2003
Christian Oliver and Parisa Hafezi

TEHRAN -- About 3,000 Iranians, chanting "Free political prisoners" and "Liberty and justice are the slogans of our nation," welcomed home Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi on Tuesday.

The human rights lawyer's Nobel prize has ignited strong passions in her home country, reflecting deep political divisions between reformers and hard-liners over the future of the Islamic Republic.

In a carnival-like atmosphere at Tehran's Mehrabad airport, welcomers clapped, linked arms and sang popular anthems dating from before the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Many ordinary Iranians hope Ebadi's award will be a shot in the arm for the country's beleaguered reformist movement.

"Freedom is sweet, independence is sweet and Ebadi is sweet," they chanted in a play on words with Ebadi's first name, Shirin, which means "sweet" in Farsi.

Dressed in a black coat and red headscarf, Ebadi, 56, appeared overwhelmed by the warmth of the reception after flying in from Paris where she had been attending a conference when informed of her Nobel win on Friday.

"This award means that the Iranian nation's desires for human rights and democracy and peace have been heard by the world," Ebadi told the crowd, brushing tears from her face.

"This award doesn't belong to me, it belongs to the great Iranian nation," she said as she was showered with flowers.

Iran's first female judge before the Islamic revolution, Ebadi was commended by the Nobel Committee for her work promoting women's and children's rights.

But in Iran she is best known for taking on tough political cases which other lawyers dared not touch.


Hard-liners argue the country's first Nobel Peace Prize was a political move sponsored by its enemies and lambasted Ebadi for attending a Paris news conference last week without a headscarf.

Ebadi was met on the airport tarmac by members of her family, parliamentarians and representatives of President Mohammad Khatami's reformist government.

"I feel like a child who has returned to her mother, a drop of water which has returned to the ocean," Ebadi told reporters.

Outside the airport, well-wishers -- many clutching long-stemmed white flowers -- punched the air as they chanted daring political slogans. Security at the airport was not noticeably tighter than usual and there were no arrests.

Confetti and balloons were tossed into the air. Some young couples held hands in flagrant defiance of strict laws which prohibit physical contact in public between the sexes.

A group of around a dozen Islamic hard-liners looked on disapprovingly. They carried a banner which read: "Death to hypocritical scribblers."

Bemused travelers arriving on flights from Europe struggled to push their luggage trolleys through the mass of people.

"It's so emotional and unbelievable. Everyone here came to support her and her causes," said Zahra, 23, who like many women present sported a white headscarf as a symbol of peace.

Earlier on Tuesday Khatami said he was pleased an Iranian had won the Nobel prize but, in an apparent effort to deflect hardline ire, he played down the importance of the award.

"The Nobel Peace Prize is not that important, the awards for literature and science are more important," he was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

Elected in landslide wins in 1997 and 2001, Khatami's popularity has plummeted in recent months due to mounting frustration at his failure to overcome resistance to change from powerful hard-liners.

"Khatami, Khatami, shame on you!" chanted sections of the crowd at the airport.

(Additional reporting by Parinoosh Arami)
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Iran Nobel Winner Gets Hero's Welcome

October 14, 2003
BBC News

Thousands of people have greeted Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi in extraordinary scenes at Tehran's city airport on her return to the Iranian capital.

Human rights groups and non-governmental organisations, swelled by crowds of local people, gathered at the city airport to give her a hero's welcome.

The human rights activist, who has already used her elevated profile to urge the Iranian Government to allow greater freedom of speech, called for political prisoners to be released as she stepped off the plane.

Iran's President Mohammad Khatami has urged Mrs Ebadi, the country's first Nobel Peace Prize winner, to use her award for the good of Iran and world peace.

He has also played down the significance of the award, saying it was "not very important" and was awarded on the basis of "totally political criteria".

Noted for promoting the rights of women and children by seeking changes in Iran's divorce and inheritance laws, she is the first Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.


The area surrounding Tehran's Mehrabad airport was brought to a standstill by traffic jams. People carrying flowers and placards were seen abandoning their vehicles and walking to the terminal.

They then gathered around the terminal buildings chanting and cheering.

It really was an extraordinary occasion, probably far beyond what the organisers had imagined would happen, says the BBC's Tehran correspondent Jim Muir.

Mrs Ebadi, 56, was said to be visibly emotional as she returned from a short trip to France, where she heard news of her award on Friday.

Prize sparks controversy

Many of her supporters at the airport, including a large number of women, wore white shirts or headscarves as a symbol of hope for peaceful change in the country.

Many of them were carrying white flowers too, symbolising their welcome for Shirin Ebadi.

"I hope that all political prisoners will be freed," said Mrs Ebadi.

"This prize is not only for me, but for all those in favour of peace, democracy, human rights and legality. The world recognises the fight of Muslim women, and this is my political message."

The reception committee is believed to have included a number of internationally-known film directors and the popular captain of the country's national football team.


Hundreds of Mrs Ebadi's supporters, including the president of France's biggest human rights group, had gathered at Orly airport in Paris to bid her farewell.

Before her departure, she told the BBC that the Nobel prize had given her a new determination to defend the rights of women and children in her homeland.

BBC correspondent Sadeq Saba in Paris said Iranians throughout the world were celebrating this first prestigious award for their country.

Our correspondent says the Iranian Government appears to be confused about how to deal with Mrs Ebadi.

The reformists have welcomed her achievements, but hardliners have condemned the award as an attempt by the West to weaken the Islamic government and promote secularism in Iran, he said.
34 posted on 10/14/2003 4:49:18 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Israel also reported the transfer of four 120 mm mortars to the United States. Israel also imported 54 M113 armored personnel carriers from the United States.

Is this a joke? Why don't we hold Israel to the same non nuclear proliferation standards that we hold the rest of the Muslem world? Our foreign policy in the mideast is a joke and not in American interests.

35 posted on 10/14/2003 4:49:57 PM PDT by Burkeman1 ((If you see ten troubles comin down the road, Nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.))
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Terrorist Son of Bin Laden 'Has Haven in Iran'

October 15, 2003
The Telegraph
Robin Gedye

Traditionalist clerics in Iran are blocking the extradition of senior al-Qa'eda members, including one of Osama bin Laden's sons, amid growing evidence that they are masterminding terrorism in other countries.

Western and Arab intelligence sources quoted in The Washington Post said up to 400 al-Qa'eda terrorists were being sheltered in eastern Iran close to the Afghan border by an elite religious militia, the Jerusalem Force.

The group is reported to be closely tied to Iranian mullahs who are contemptuous of the reformist government in Teheran.

The terrorist group is said to be headed by Saad bin Laden, 24, a son of Osama bin Laden. The report links him to suicide attacks in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, which killed 26 people and explosions in Casablanca, Morocco, which killed 32. The attacks happened within days in May.

Saad, the third eldest of Osama bin Laden's 22 children, is said to have made a telephone call from Iran to a member of the Riyadh cell days before the bombings.

Saad is reported to have grown up at his father's side in Afghanistan during the anti-Russian war of the 1980s.

He is fluent in English and is computer-literate and the Post reported that he is winning his growing terrorist role through ability rather than favouritism.

Iran has admitted that it is holding a number of al-Qa'eda members but has refused to disclose their names, arguing that it was difficult to identify them. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are negotiating to have some of them extradited.

The Teheran government has dismissed suggestions that it is harbouring active al-Qa'eda members and has challenged foreign intelligence services to provide evidence.

It is understood that Iran's hardline clerics hope to use the captives as bargaining chips in negotiations with America over Teheran's attempts to become an independent nuclear power.

An Iranian opposition group that has exposed some of Iran's most secret nuclear sites claimed yesterday that the regime was hiding another uranium enrichment facility in Isfahan.

The National Council for the Resistance in Iran said the regime had built a site "to test centrifuges that enrich uranium" in a complex with several other known nuclear facilities.
36 posted on 10/14/2003 4:50:23 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iranian Force Has Long Ties to Al Qaeda

October 14, 2003
The Washington Post
Dana Priest and Douglas Farah

The elite Iranian force believed to be protecting Saad bin Laden and two dozen al Qaeda leaders is one of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' five branches, and has been given the mission of "exporting the Islamic revolution" by training, arming and collaborating with foreign terrorist groups -- even those that do not share Iran's fundamentalist Shiite brand of Islam.

The Jerusalem Force, also known as the Qods Force, is highly trained and well-funded. It has provided instruction to more than three dozen Shiite and Sunni "foreign Islamic militant groups in paramilitary, guerrilla and terrorism" tactics, according to a recent U.S. intelligence analysis.

Groups including Hezbollah, or Party of God; the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas); and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have received arms and training at one of several specialized sites in Iran, according to that document.

The Jerusalem Force's former commander, Ahmad Vahidi, allegedly helped plan the 1994 bombing of the Amia Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 civilians were killed and 230 injured, according to Argentine intelligence officials and others.

The group has also maintained ties with the al Qaeda terrorist network for more than a decade, according to U.S. and European intelligence officials. Senior al Qaeda leaders first met and formed a tactical alliance with the nascent Jerusalem Force in Sudan in the early 1990s, according to intelligence officials. The group was creating terrorist training camps there at the same time that Osama bin Laden had begun to create his own financial and training infrastructure.

Bin Laden's second-in-command, Ayman Zawahiri, used his decade-old relationship with Vahidi, then commander of the Jerusalem Force, to negotiate a safe harbor for some of al Qaeda's leaders who were trapped in the mountains of Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in 2001, according to a European intelligence official.

The group is "a state within a state, and that is why they are able to offer protection to al Qaeda," one European intelligence analyst said. "The Force's senior leaders have long-standing ties to al Qaeda, and, since the fall of Afghanistan, have provided some al Qaeda leaders with travel documents and safe haven."

The organization's autonomy from Iran's elected leaders underscores the deep split between the moderate government of President Mohammad Khatami and the unelected hard-line clerics who control much of the nation's security apparatus.

Khatami, who has repeatedly denied that senior al Qaeda figures are in Iran, has no control over security organs such as the Revolutionary Guard, which answer to the office of the supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Although Iran is a Shiite Muslim nation, the Jerusalem Force's willingness to work with rival Sunni Muslim organizations has made it particularly dangerous as a liaison between Iran and other Islamic groups that share its goal of destroying secular Muslim states.

The Jerusalem Force has agents in "most countries with substantial Muslim populations," according to the U.S. analysis. "Their mission is to form relationships with Islamic militant and radical groups and offer financial support either to the groups at large or to Islamic figures within them who are sympathetic to the principles and foreign policy goals of the Iranian government."

The Force's training regime includes psychological and guerrilla warfare operations, with emphasis on the use of hand grenades, mines, booby-trap techniques, camouflage and ambushes. Its terrorist-related training includes assassinations, kidnapping, torture and explosives, according to the U.S. intelligence analysis.
37 posted on 10/14/2003 4:51:26 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iranian Force Has Long Ties to Al Qaeda

October 14, 2003
The Washington Post
Dana Priest and Douglas Farah
38 posted on 10/14/2003 4:52:13 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iranians mobilize to welcome Mrs. Ebadi

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Oct 14, 2003

Thousands of Tehran's residents have started to prepar themselves to come out of their homes and to start a slow move toward the Mehrabad International Airport in order to welcome the first Iranian Nobelist and Women's rights defender. Many young of neighboring cities have come also to Tehran for the event.

Calls are made by many to their family members and friends to keep ready to be pick up or to don't forget the event.

Most street talks are on Ebadi and the consequences of the political message she's carrying and some even are comparing her return to the return of Rouh-Ollah Khomeini from the same "France" by emphasizing that the Europeans sent a "Devil" in 1979 and now are sending an "Angel" in 2003.

Security measures are starting to increase in the Capital and especially in the Enghelab avenue and the Azadi square where demonstrations leading to repression are expected.

Mrs. Ebadi took off from Paris, in the afternoon, by Iran Air flight #IR 732 departing from S. Orly Terminal where tens of supporters had gathered to wish her luck.

The regime's official news agency have kept the silence on Ms. Ebadi's departure starting by IRNA which has several reporters based in Paris.
39 posted on 10/14/2003 4:55:54 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Huge crowd gathers to welcome Mrs. Ebadi

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Oct 14, 2003

Thousands are gathering at this time, 20:00 (IR local time), in the Mehrabad International Airport and the Azadi square despite the heavy presence of the regime forces who are contenting to watch the supporters of the first Iranian Nobelist.

Thousands of flowers have been purchased and distributed in order to be given or thrown on the passage of Ms. Ebadi.

Slogans welcoming the right activists have been written banners.

The foreign reporters presnet in Tehran and even many foreign diplomats or members of diplomatic corps are at the airport.

Huge traffic jams have been created around the area.

Ms. Ebadi's flight shall be landing in the next hour and she shall come into the terminal by 22:00
40 posted on 10/14/2003 4:56:49 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Anti regime slogans shouted by thousands of supporters

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Oct 14, 2003

People have started to chant the "Oh Iran..!" banned national anthem at this time (20:30 IR local time) and glorifying the First Iranian Nobelist.

Slogans asking an immediate REFERENDUM and the immediate release of all political prisoners are shouted.

Request for JUSTICE are shouted as well.

The crowd is increasing each minute and The security forces are becoming nervous.
41 posted on 10/14/2003 4:58:03 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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"Down with Dictatorship, Referendum" our slogan...

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Oct 14, 2003

Thousands of protesters are shouting at this time (20:50 IR local time) slogans asking the end of the Islamic regime and are marching in the open spaces of the Airport despite the heavy presence of the security forces.

Slogans such as, "Marg bar Estebdad" (Down with Dictatorship), "Rafsanjani boro gom sho" (Rafsanjani get out), "Edalat, Azadi" (Justice, Freedom), "Referendum, Referendum, in ast shoar Mardom" (Referendum, Referendum, this is the people's slogan) are shouted.

Protesters are ignoring the injunctions of the regime forces which seems to start their deployment.
42 posted on 10/14/2003 5:00:00 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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I will await for the Bush administration to make the Iran- Al Queda link publically first and won't trust an FR Thread since so many have been totally discredited regarding Iraq and Al Queda links and WMDs. Sorry- I am funny that way.
43 posted on 10/14/2003 5:13:21 PM PDT by Burkeman1 ((If you see ten troubles comin down the road, Nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.))
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The post was from the Washington Post.
They maybe liberal but they are usually a reliable source.
44 posted on 10/14/2003 5:51:42 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Yes, But who are the sources for the story? Again- Only when an official from the Administration or Bush himself says so I don't take anything the press says about anything for granted. After all- Bush said nothing about AQ and Iraq for two years but sat back and let liars in the pro Bush media do his bidding for him. What a surprise it must have been to these idiots when Bush said there was no tie about two weeks ago. When Bush says there is a tie and does so on TV and clearly- then I will take it seriously. Forgive me If I don't now.
45 posted on 10/14/2003 6:02:03 PM PDT by Burkeman1 ((If you see ten troubles comin down the road, Nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.))
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Straw hints at military action against Iran

The International News

LONDON: British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Tuesday he wanted the standoff over Iran’s nuclear programme resolved peacefully but did not rule out possible military action.

Asked in parliament if he ruled out such action if Iran did not cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog, Straw said: "We wish to see this matter resolved peacefully. I’m not going to predict what is going to happen except to say we have adopted a consistent approach in respect of Iran."

"The UK government has frequent contact with the government of Iran on this subject and we’ve made clear our serious concerns," Straw told parliament. "We’ve also made clear our wish that Iran must maintain complete transparency about its nuclear programmes and comply fully with the demands set out by the IAEA board of governors resolution on December 12."

The IAEA on Tuesday told Iran an October 31 deadline to clear up allegations that it is seeking nuclear weapons stood firm, as IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei prepared to leave for Tehran. The stern warning came after the Iranian opposition gave details on a secret nuclear installation where it claims the regime is enriching uranium with a view to producing atomic weapons.

IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told AFP: "There are two phases to our work. The first phase involves Iran providing all the information to us on unresolved questions no later than October 31." Fleming said the second phase entailed verification of the information provided by Tehran.

ElBaradei, IAEA’s Secretary-General, was due to arrive in Tehran for a visit on Thursday on invitation of the Islamic republic. The inspectors’ concerns focus in particular on traces of highly enriched uranium found on two samples they took from a nuclear site in Natanz.
46 posted on 10/14/2003 7:26:46 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Khatami's two key reform bills seeking to check the power of hard-liners are in tatters.

Khatami's shattered
His bills in tatters
Students in the streets say
What does it matter
mad as a hatter
Strike out this revolution
Send up another batter.

47 posted on 10/14/2003 8:09:21 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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48 posted on 10/14/2003 8:26:18 PM PDT by windchime
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Here is my pipe dream.

I wish that the British would take the initiative regarding Iran, and form a coalition of the willing, which the US would fully support.

Dream on...
49 posted on 10/14/2003 9:48:21 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.)
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May their movement gain momentum.
50 posted on 10/14/2003 9:49:25 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.)
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