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Iranian Alert -- November 5, 2003 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD PING LIST
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Posted on 11/05/2003 12:18:20 AM PST 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 Americans 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
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Relatives of Iranian Detainees Fear the Worst
November 05, 2003
Hendon and Finchley Times
Friends and relatives of two Iranian refugees who have been interned in a United Nations camp in Jordan since June say they fear for their safety.
Mehdi Khayyeri, 51, from North Finchley, and Mostafa Jalali-Farahani, 48, from Hendon, have both been told they may be deported from Jordan to Iran, where their families fear they face internment and possible torture.
They were arrested while they were part of a party of four refugees who had been doing humanitarian work in Iraq when it was discovered that their travel documents were not in order.
Two other Barnet-based Iranian refugees Abrahim Khodabandeh and Jamil Bassam were arrested on a trip to Syria in April and flown to Iran, where they remain incarcerated and awaiting trial for an unknown offence.
Speaking from Sweden where she is a medical student, Mr Khayyeri's daughter Hanifeh, 21, said that although the two were in a United Nations camp, she had heard that they might be in danger.
"They will not let him come back to the UK and I hope they do not send him to Iran," she said.
Rudi Vis, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, said he was confident Mr Khayyeri and Mr Jalali-Farahani would soon be on their way home.
"It is going to be resolved," he said. But he was less hopeful for Mr Khodabandeh and Mr Bassam, Barnet residents for 30 years.
"The UK is trying to become bosom friends with Iran over the nuclear issue.
Whatever we may think of the way these two men have been treated, do you think they form competition with the nuclear issue?" he said.
Iran last week agreed to tougher United Nations inspections of its nuclear facilities over fears it is trying to manufacture a nuclear bomb.
Elaheh Azimfar, Mr Khodabandeh's wife, said she was trying to arrange a legal visit to her husband and Mr Bassam but had so far had little success.
The Foreign Office has said it is powerless to intervene because the two men are not British citizens. http://www.hendontimes.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.429554.0.relatives_of_iranian_detainees_fear_the_worst.php
"Who's the Enemy Here?"
November 05, 2003
National Review Online
Virtually all of the serious reporters in Iraq and there are several have noticed that both our political and military leaders there have no clear picture of the enemy.
Some think we're fighting a Baathist underground, with a handful of foreign terrorists tossed in for leavening. Some of our guys even give numbers, saying the foreigners are somewhere between five and ten percent. Others, above all those on the Syrian and Iranian borders, speak of a massive flow of killers into Iraq.
This confusion derives from several causes. First and foremost is the disarray of the intelligence community, produced over more than a quarter-century of politicization, mounting restrictions from Congress, a surfeit of lawyers, and America's own cultural shortcomings (we don't study history, geography, or foreign languages). These critical weaknesses cannot be cured in a couple of years. It will take at least a generation to fix, even with the best leadership.
As I have repeated to the point of monotony, we are particularly weak on Iran, and have been since the late 1970s. At the time of Khomeini's seizure of power, there was no full-time Farsi-speaking Iran expert on the crisis team at CIA. A few years later, when Oliver North and Robert McFarlane went to Tehran, they had to drag a man out of retirement to serve as interpreter. And even a year or two ago the agency was still claiming that Sunnis and Shiites don't work together, and denying that there was any link between Tehran and Osama bin Laden. By now we are reduced to begging for information on the numerous al Qaeda terrorists in Iran.
Second is the interplay between policy and intelligence. Over the years, the intelligence people have learned not to bring forward information that policymakers do not want to hear. At the moment, the top policy people do not want to take on another terror master, whether in Damascus, Tehran, Tripoli, or Jeddah. So the intel guys oblige by not looking very hard at the remaining state sponsors of the terror network. It's clear that the (domestic, electoral) political imperative is now paramount, and our leaders want to "manage" Iraq until the president is reelected. Then they'll see.
Third, and one of the consequences of these factors, is the failure to see what has happened to the terror network and its sponsors. The destruction of the Taliban and the shattering of al Qaeda sent a shockwave through the Middle East, and the impending liberation of Iraq was only a matter of time. The terror masters and their gangs of killers did the rational thing: They planned for the next battlefield, and we gave them every opportunity, 14 or 15 long months. During that time they devised the strategy we see in Iraq: a terror war, modeled on their successful campaign against us in Lebanon. This required coordination, both between the tyrannical regimes that sponsor terror, and the various terrorist organizations. That was accomplished in two phases, first in the run-up to the Iraq campaign, and then inside Iraq itself once we had liberated the country from Saddam.
The regime worked out a battle plan, including the "disappearance" of Saddam along the same lines as Osama. And then the terrorists designed joint operations. It makes no sense, nowadays, to try to distinguish one group from another, because they are all working together. Osama and Hezbollah's operational chieftain, Imad Mughniyah, have met several times, and Mughniyah is now working closely with Osama's deputy, al-Zawahiri. The two met very recently in Iran to coordinate activities in Iraq. They have the full panoply of terrorists at their disposal, from Baathist survivors to the foot soldiers of Ansar al-Islam, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, and all the rest.
Instead of talking about separate organizations, we would do better to think of the terrorists as a galaxy, with the various comets, stars, and planets revolving around the tyrannical terror masters, themselves linked by a sort of common gravitational field.
Thus the problem that baffles our experts Who's the enemy here? is answered by President Bush's original insight into the nature of the war against terrorism. We are at war with a series of regimes and thousands of terrorists, and they are all after us in Iraq.
Even keen-eyed observers on the ground are scratching their heads to decipher the clear evidence. In Shiite Basra, for example, the successors of the Ayatollah Hakim (assassinated in Baghdad when he betrayed the Iranian mullahs by embracing the traditional Shiite doctrine of separation of mosque and state) and their Iranian-trained militia, the Badr Brigades (inconveniently invited to Iraq by our own State Department) are suddenly flourishing, almost to the point of opulence. They have purchased several choice properties, they are living opulently, and they are signing up followers at a great rate. Where does the money come from? Have they learned a lesson from the death of their leader and now follow orders from Tehran? Or have they found some other way to finance themselves? The most likely explanation is the obvious ones: They are working with the people who created them in the first place.
Whatever the explanation for this and other similar phenomena (Syrian "businessmen" suddenly moving into new neighborhoods in Baghdad, for example), we had better get the context right: We are involved in a regional struggle, not just a national conflict. This is not a civil war, it is part of the broad war against the terror masters, and it cannot be won if we limit our vision and our action to Iraq. The remaining terror masters cannot and will not permit us to create a stable, peaceful, and democratic Iraq, because that would threaten their own survival.
If we persist in narrowing our vision and our actions to Iraq, the attacks will get more lethal, killing larger numbers of Americans. And they will not be limited to Iraq. Significant numbers of terrorists have been rounded up of late, from the Middle East to Europe and inside this country. They are coming after us, just as we should have expected, and there is a limit to how long we can forestall catastrophes by playing defense.
Faster, please. http://www.nationalreview.com/ledeen/ledeen200311050744.asp
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To: F14 Pilot
I don't feel sorry for him.
He's a ranking member of the AIC which is funded by oil companies and those extremely close with the Islamic Republic.
He probably broke ranks and is now paying the price.
But he is a human and no one should imprison or torture another Human.
Dont you think so?
posted on 11/05/2003 11:43:09 AM PST
by F14 Pilot
(And I know it aint gonna last~!)
To: DoctorZIn; freedom44; Persia; AdmSmith; seamole; nuconvert; faludeh_shirazi; Valin; McGavin999; ...
Shah's son: West should stop Iran nukes
The Washington Times
5th of Nov. 2003
NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The son of the deposed Shah of Iran Wednesday called on the West to take action to keep Iran's ruling regime from becoming a nuclear power.
In a commentary appearing in the Wall Street Journal, Reza Pahlavi said the West apparently has decided "the 50 theocrats who rule Iran are thuggish enough to keep Iranians enslaved for years to come, and so the world must content itself with damage limitation and containment."
"That belief is as wrong as it is cynical, and it is seen as such by my compatriots," Pahlavi wrote. "It also means living in continuous fear of a catastrophe, possibly delayed by relying on 'nuclear fact-finding' in a country four times Iraq's size, with deeper valleys and higher mountains than (al-Qaida leader Osama) bin Laden's hideouts."
Pahlavi said Iran has proven a haven for terrorists and encourages its mullahs to "compete for public slush funds by developing networks for sourcing nuclear material and skills."
"But the world need not live in fear of a nuclear terrorist regime: I have no doubt that if it unites in support of democracy in Iran, it will unleash a popular force that will overwhelm the theocrats and sweep away their terrorist regime," Pahlavi wrote. http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20031105-010308-9244r.htm
posted on 11/05/2003 11:50:36 AM PST
by F14 Pilot
(And I know it aint gonna last~!)
To: Pan_Yans Wife
Payvand's Iran News ...
Iran's freedom of expression and opinion discussed with UN's Human Rights Commission
Secretary of the Islamic Human Rights Commission Mohammad Hassan Ziayeefar said in Tehran on Tuesday that Iran's positive progress on freedom of expression and opinion, challenges in related regulations and implementation of laws on freedom were discussed with United Nations Human Rights Commission.
Ziayeefar made the remarks in an interview with IRNA after a meeting with the rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression of the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
Pointing to the responsibilities of the UN delegation, he said, They are obliged to acquire true information on the Iranian society through official and unofficial sources recognized at international levels and prepare a report on false claims and correct cases of violation of such freedom.
He added the delegation will present its report to the UN Human Rights Commission and it will be discussed next spring. Ziayeefar noted that no declaration will be issued against Iran if the commission assessed as positive the reports prepared by its delegations on Iran.
He said the six-day visit by the rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression of the United Nations Human Rights Commission to Iran is taking place at the invitation of Iran's Foreign Ministry.
Talking to IRNA at the end of the meeting, the UN special rapporteur Ambeyi Ligabo said the visit is aimed at discussing freedom of expression and opinion in Iran.
He said he will express his views on the situation of freedom of expression and opinion in Iran after concluding the information and comparing it with other neighboring states.
Ligabo and his entourage are scheduled to meet with members of Majlis Article 90 Commission members and Tehran's Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi on Wednesday.
A member of Iran's Assembly of Experts and a member of the Supreme Board of Islamic Human Rights Commission Hashem Hashemzadeh Asl Herisi, a member of the Presiding Board and a member of Majlis's Legal and Judiciary Commission Ebrahim Amini were also present at the meeting. http://www.payvand.com/news/03/nov/1025.html
posted on 11/05/2003 1:11:45 PM PST
by Pan_Yans Wife
(You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.)
To: F14 Pilot
Freedom ~ Now!
posted on 11/05/2003 2:12:54 PM PST
Iran: U.N. Rights Rapporteur Must Meet With Prisoners
November 05, 2003
Human Rights Watch
New York -- The visit to Iran of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression should fully investigate the cases of those jailed for peacefully expressing their views, Human Rights Watch said today.
The November 4-10 visit of Ambeyi Ligabo, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, is the first by a U.N. expert on freedom of expression to Iran since 1996. Under the mandate created by the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, the special rapporteur gathers information on discrimination and threats or use of violence and harassment against persons seeking to exercise, or promote the exercise, of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. The Kenyan diplomat will meet with Iranian government representatives, journalists, academics and civil society groups.
"The U.N. Special Rapporteur has gone to Iran at a time when speaking freely incurs grave risks," said Joe Stork, acting director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division. "Iranians need to know that the international community will hold the government to account."
In the week leading up to Ligabo's visit, many Iranians have been attempting to highlight systematic repression of freedom of expression by the judiciary branch.
Mohsen Armin, an outspoken member of the Iranian Parliament's Commission for the Oversight of the Judiciary, said on November 3 that the Commission had heard testimony from numerous individuals who had been detained for expressing views critical of the government. Testimony was also heard from defense attorneys representing those jailed for their opinions.
Armin's comments came days after the October 28 release of a report by the parliament's Article 90 Commission, which hears individual complaints of violations of the Constitution committed by branches of government.
The commission's report investigated the death of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, who died of a brain hemorrhage from a blow to the head suffered in custody. The report identified Tehran Chief Prosecutor Said Mortazavi and other members of the judiciary branch as being directly involved in subjecting Kazemi to violent interrogations in the capital's Evin Prison and later attempting to cover up the cause of her death. The report noted that Kazemi had applied for and received official government permission to act as a journalist and photographer while in Iran in June and July, which highlights the risks faced by journalists working in Iran today.
"When Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize, the first thing she said was that freedom of expression is the most urgent human rights issue in Iran," said Stork. "Mr. Ligabo's trip provides an opportunity for the international community to press the Iranian government to investigate recent flagrant violations of that right."
Human Rights Watch urged the U.N. Special Rapporteur to investigate the cases of journalists and writers held in Evin Prison, such as Hoda Saber, Taqhi Rahmani and Reza Alijani, who have been held in solitary confinement since June.
Human Rights Watch also called on the special rapporteur to:
- Request visits to all persons jailed in Evin Prison for the peaceful - expression of their views, including detainees in restricted sections of the prison;
- Meet with relatives of imprisoned journalists Hoda Saber, Taqhi Rahmani and Reza Alijani, whose families have been publicly demanding information from the government about the cases;
- Meet with defense lawyers representing imprisoned writers and journalists;
- Meet with university-based student newspapers and student organizations. http://www.hrw.org/press/2003/11/iran110503.htm
Iranian Blames Tehran for Jewish Community Center Attack
November 05, 2003
Buenos Aires -- An Iranian witness on Wednesday said the government of Iran was exclusively responsible for the 1994 bombing of the Jewish AMIA community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and wounded hundreds, court sources said.
Abolgasem Mesbahi, known as "Witness C", testified via a videoconference from the Argentine Embassy in Berlin, Germany, in the public trial being held in Buenos Aires on the alleged local connection in the attack.
Mesbahi, former chief of the Iranian intelligence service, said "nobody" in Argentina was involved or collaborated "in the logistics or in information in the attack". He said the van stashed with explosives used in the attack had been hired for the purpose.
Iran "did not use local workers" for these attacks, Mesbahi said.
Mesbahi a year ago told the Argentine judiciary about an alleged payment of 10 million dollars made to an emissary of then-president Carlos Menem for him to cover up Teheran's alleged role in the AMIA attack.
In Wednesday's testimony Mesbahi reiterated his charge, saying a "special envoy" sent to Iran by Menem, president of Argentina from 1989-1999, arranged the 10-million-dollar cover-up payment.
The money "was to go to the pockets of [ex] president Menem to halt the campaign" against Iran, Mesbahi said.
However, Mesbahi said he was not aware that the payment had actually been made. He tried to soften his statements saying everything about the payment had been told to him by a person who later died.
Mesbahi said he "had never in his life seen" Menem's alleged envoy. Mesbahi's testimony appeared to contradict what he said last year when he gave a detailed description of the alleged emissary.
Mesbahi said the AMIA center was targeted because the Iranian cultural envoy in Buenos Aires at the time, Moshen Rabbani, had information that it served as a base for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.
Mesbahi said it was Rabbani who hired the van used in the attack.
"It's a rule that in terrorist operations local sources of the chosen country can never be trusted. It is not possible that anyone who lived in Argentina was involved in or informed about the attack," Mesbahi said.
His testimony could favor Argentine defendants accused of preparing and handing in the vehicle used in the attack and of other details.
He said that after the attack lobby groups were used in Argentina to block negative propaganda against Iran, which was of great concern for Teheran. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=357615&contrassID=1&subContrassID=9&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y
Senior Iranian Envoy Admits Mistakes Back
November 05, 2003
The Associated Press
A senior Iranian envoy acknowledged on Wednesday that his country made "mistakes" in reporting past nuclear activities but insisted suspicions that his country is trying to make atomic arms are unfounded.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's chief delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency, also said that an agreement opening Iran's nuclear programs to full scrutiny by agency would be ready for signing in two weeks.
The board of the IAEA _ the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency _ meets in two weeks, on Nov. 20, to review a report by agency head Mohamed ElBaradei meant to clarify whether Iran has been trying to make such weapons. If the meeting finds Iran in violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, it could pass the issue to the U.N. Security Council, which could impose sanctions.
Salehi said his government was planning to send ElBaradei a letter stating Iran's intention to sign a protocol throwing open all of its nuclear activities to IAEA inspection "within the few coming days." It was then up to the Nov. 20 board meeting to authorize ElBaradei to sign the agreement with Iran, he said.
Iran has been under international pressure to sign and implement such a protocol. A senior State Department official in Washington said recently on condition of anonymity that Russia may be ready to halt a $800 million deal with Tehran to build a reactor for a power plant if Iran backtracks.
Under pressure from the IAEA board, Iran recently handed over what it said was a complete declaration of its nuclear activities just days ahead of an Oct. 31 deadline set by the last board meeting in September.
Salehi on Wednesday acknowledged some "mistakes," saying Iranian nuclear officials "did not follow the regularities of reporting" all aspects of the country's program to the agency.
"I wouldn't say there was anything secret in this regard," he said.
He repeated that Iran did not want to make nuclear weapons and said the reporting lapses only involved "the past peaceful nuclear activities of Iran."
Iran had also pledged a moratorium on enriching uranium, which Salehi acknowledged still had not taken effect by Wednesday. The agreement stopped short of permanently ending the enrichment program, as asked for by the board.
Iran says the program is part of its efforts to generate electricity. The United States and its allies assert Tehran has enriched uranium to levels above power needs to weapons-grade quality.
While acknowledging the existence of traces of highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium on some of its nuclear equipment, Iran insists it was inadvertently imported on centrifuges it uses for low-level enrichment. But it has not come up with the origin of the equipment as demanded by the board, saying it has no records of the source because all components were bought through middlemen.
Salehi said the declaration given the agency last month contained drawings of the centrifuges found carrying traces of weapons-grade uranium. That, plus environmental samples taken by IAEA, probably have given the agency "enough clues as to where they came from," he said.
Diplomats have said Pakistan is the likely source of the centrifuges. On Wednesday, one diplomat said that if detailed drawings were part of the package handed over by Iran, the IAEA can use it to help identify the source of the parts.
While that report has not been released, one diplomat familiar with the agency said it contains examples of "a number of breaches" of Iran's agreements with the IAEA. The United States is expected to seize on those in pushing to have Tehran declared in violation of the Nonproliferation Treaty. http://www.620ktar.com/news/article.aspx?article_id=248104&cc=012345
To: F14 Pilot
Zahedi is a bomb for the mullahs.
He explodes the fallacy that reform is possible.
Only revolution is viable.
posted on 11/05/2003 5:35:53 PM PST
(Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
France's Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin is desperately looking for any opportunity to show that Paris still has a say in Middle East politics
New french missiles are used to attack coalition forces daily--Villepin's anti-US credentials are intact.
Any agreement with this terrorist nation is as worthless as the Richardson-Carter-Albright 1994 Agreed Framework with Chia Prick.
posted on 11/05/2003 5:49:44 PM PST
(Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
Kill all the terrorists and let God sort them out.
posted on 11/05/2003 6:53:39 PM PST
(Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
To: F14 Pilot
Some background info. on American Iranian Council
"Zahedi has served as the director of West Coast operations of American Iranian Council."
(No, this doesn't (IMO) justify his being tortured - if he is)
Mission for Establishment of Human Rights in Iran
AIC, Exposed and Withdrawn!
Due to the widespread protest by the Iranians residing in the US, the California State University, Northridge withdrew the American Iranian Council (AIC) as the CIRA conference co-sponsor. Overwhelmed by the magnitude of the protest and numerous phone calls and e-mails, a university representative met with the political and human rights activists in LA. The arguments made and the documents presented regarding the AIC lobbying activities for a terrorist regime were instrumental in removal of the AIC.
The following letter and documents regarding AIC were forwarded by MEHR to the University President .
Honorable Jolene Koester, President
Northridge, CA 91330-8230
Dear President Koester,
We are writing to you to express our concerns about the disturbing news that California State University, Northridge is hosting a conference sponsored by the Iranian American Council (AIC) on 3/28/03.
The AIC is a known lobby group for the Islamic Republic of Iran and has been an advocate of unconditional relations with that regime, a terrorist regime that has tormented the Iranian people and the whole world since its inception. The IRI has been recognized as the most active terrorist regime in the world and is on the top of the terrorist list of the US State Department. Although the US Anti terrorism Act prohibits any aid to and
association with terrorists, the AIC has made use of every possible outlet to promote its agenda.
The AIC has the full support and backing of many financial institutions who will profit from such ventures. The AIC's goals go beyond academic, social, or cultural interests. As a group of scholars and human rights activists, we at MEHR encourage and promote cultural, academic, political, and social exchange with scholars from diverse backgrounds and ideologies. However, we strongly believe that we should not allow such forum to be manipulated by a lobby group for advancing its' political and economical goals.
AICs agenda regarding the unconditional re-establishment of relation with Islamic Regime of Iran, is well known and documented. The 3/29/02 Editorial of Washington Times states partly that:
Mounting evidence that Tehran is shielding hundreds of fleeing al Qaeda terrorists and is working to destroy what's left of the Arab-Israeli peace process have made it increasingly difficult to push for "closer" U.S.-Iranian ties with a straight face. Nevertheless, a number of high-powered folks in Washington seem determined to try.
The designated vehicle for their campaign is an organization calling itself the American Iranian Council (AIC). The AIC's board of corporate "sponsors and collaborators" includes prominent oil and gas companies that have been effectively shut out of exploration in Iran as a result of U.S. economic sanctions.
In another article published by Daily Insight on 4/01/02, Kenneth Timmerman writes:
The American-Iranian Council is financed by major U.S. corporations seeking to remove U.S. trade sanctions on Iran. The group regularly calls for a "dialogue" between the U.S. and clerical regime in Tehran, with the clear suggestion that the roadblocks to dialogue are in Washington.
. Biden was strongly criticized by Iranian-Americans for attending a fund-raiser held by members of the AIC and another pro-Tehran lobbying group in California last month, as Insight recently reported.
AIC itself is not shy in demonstrating its delight to appease the Islamic Regime. AICs brochure titled Identity, Track Record & Growth Plan 2001-2005 contains eight photos of AICs members and directors that are happily socializing with the representatives of the Islamic Regime. Some of these photos may be viewed at: http://mehr.org/photos.htm
Economical interests drive the AIC and as such, these are the organization's motives in pursuing the re-establishment of US relations with a terrorist regime. Majorities of the people in charge of the coordination of this conference are known to be in favor of friendly relations with IRI. Many renowned scholars will take part in this conference as a result of their academic pursuits, not realizing how the forum will be manipulated by the
AIC; many others have deliberately stayed away as they did not wish to promote AIC's non-academic goals.
We believe that the academic community should be at the forefront of promoting the human rights values and exposing the human rights violation whenever possible. Unfortunately, the role of the AIC so far, has been to conceal such violations and to rationalize the clerics' actions by falsely portraying a possible change in the behavior of terrorists through making deals with them.
Please do not help them to reach this inhumane goal by misusing the prestige of the California State University and do not allow this conference to be held under AICs sponsorship. We would welcome the possibility of any other organization, independent of the Islamic Regime, to sponsor this conference. Several thousands of freedoms loving Iranians/Americans expect you to kindly address their concerns regarding this sensitive issue.
TEHRAN PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE LODGES COMPLAINT AGAINST PARLIAMENTARIAN, NEWSPAPER.
Tehran Public Prosecutor's Office official Mohammad Shadabi has filed a complaint against parliamentarian Hussein Ansari-Rad, who chairs the Article 90 Committee that investigates complaints against the government, Fars News Agency reported on 5 November. The complaint is that the Article 90 Committee prepared an inaccurate report about Kazemi's killing that insulted, slandered, and harmed the Prosecutor's Office. A complaint also has been filed against the managing director of "Yas-e No" daily, because an article in its 3 November issue accused Shadabi of involvement in Kazemi's death, according to the same news agency. BS
source: RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 210, Part III, 5 November 2003
posted on 11/05/2003 10:43:20 PM PST
Iran says it will not manufacture Shahab-4 long range missile
Space War Daily
TEHRAN (AFP) Nov 05, 2003
Iran has no intention of manufacturing a missile more powerful than the Shahab-3, a medium-range missile with a touted range of over 1,500 kilometers that recently went into service, the defence ministry said in a statement carried Wednesday by the student news agency ISNA.
"As we have said on several occasions and contrary to certain statements, Iran has no programme to build a Shahab-4 missile," the statement was quoted as saying.
It was not clear what provoked the defence ministry to issue such a statement.
During a major military parade on September 22, Iran showed off six of its Shahab-3 missiles which were decorated with anti-Israeli and anti-US slogans.
According to a commentary given over loud-speakers lining the parade route, the missiles have "a range of 1,700 kilometers" (1,060 miles) and "are capable of hitting the heart of the enemy".
The development of these missiles has sparked widespread alarm in Israel. http://www.spacewar.com/2003/031105122356.ffd809xe.html
posted on 11/05/2003 10:53:49 PM PST
by F14 Pilot
(And I know it ain't gonna last~!)
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"Public Prosecutor's Office official Mohammad Shadabi has filed a complaint against parliamentarian Hussein Ansari-Rad, who chairs the Article 90 Committee that investigates complaints against the government," " The complaint is that the Article 90 Committee prepared an inaccurate report about Kazemi's killing that insulted, slandered, and harmed the Prosecutor's Office."
More infighting. Good. I think Ansari-Rad had better watch his back. Don't want to be found guilty of "insulted, slandered, and harmed the Prosecutor's Office." Public crimes against gov't......Death Penalty.
Thanks for the article.
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