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Iranian Alert -- January 6, 2004 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD --Americans for Regime Change in Iran
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 1.6.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 01/06/2004 12:09:12 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 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.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iaea; iran; iranianalert; iranquake; protests; southasia; studentmovement; studentprotest
Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

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1 posted on 01/06/2004 12:09:13 AM PST by DoctorZIn
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"Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our
wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions,
they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
- John Adams -

Make your statement.

2 posted on 01/06/2004 12:11:11 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Freepers post from sun to sun, but a fundraiser bot's work is never done.)
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Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail DoctorZin”

3 posted on 01/06/2004 12:11:46 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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N. Korea and Iran Were Involved in WMD Development in Libya

January 06, 2004
Ample News

TOKYO -- North Korea and Iran were involved in the development of weapons of mass destruction in Libya, a Japanese news report said.

Many North Korean engineers had stayed in Libya for years to develop missiles, the conservative Sankei Shimbun reported, citing an unnamed source close to the matter, adding that Iran also had about 100 military-related contracts with the country.

The newspaper said Libya had signed an agreement under which it would pay for North Korean and Iranian engineers to provide technical assistance to develop weapons of mass destruction.

The report came after Libya announced last month that it would dismantle its weapons of mass destruction programs and allow international inspections of its nuclear facilities.

The Sankei said the announcement might allow inspectors to study the military technology of North Korea and Iran.

It said North Korea has long provided technical assistance to Libya to develop Scud missiles, adding that the two nations had also been discussing the development of North Korean Rodong missiles in Libya.

The report said Iran had built a fuel plant for Scud missiles in Libya and had built and operated three missiles parts plants there.

Iran also helped improve the capability of Libya's Scud missiles and other missiles for Libya and held training for Libya's missile engineers, it said.
4 posted on 01/06/2004 12:13:40 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Military spokesman condemns new pro-U.S. trend
Jan. 5 – An Iranian military spokesman condemned the new pro-United States trend in Iran, the news service Kar reported Monday.

“Those who have now become enthusiastic about the recent humanitarian aids by the U.S. are nothing but political dwarfs,” the spokesman of the para-military revolutionary guards, Massoud Jazayeri, said.

He was referring to the new positive trend by both the government and reformist circles which took form following last week’s killer quake in southeast Iran. Besides extensive relief and medical aids, U.S. President George W. Bush even ordered temporary lifting of sanctions for swifter help to the quake victims.
5 posted on 01/06/2004 12:14:17 AM PST by freedom44
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Iraq May be Ruled as Federal State

January 06, 2004
The Associated Press
The Michigan Daily

BAGHDAD -- The Governing Council is close to agreeing on a federal system for Iraq and will defer until next year the explosive issue of whether to give greater autonomy to the northern Kurdish region, two council members said yesterday.

Dividing Iraq into federal states along ethnic and religious lines is a sensitive matter for Iraqis as well as for others in the region who fear such separations will lead to the disintegration of the country. Turkey and Iran also worry about an increasingly autonomous Kurdistan because of their own Kurdish minorities.

In London, meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said British forces would likely remain in Iraq for years to come. He said he could not give an “exact timescale” for their withdrawal but added “it is not going to be months. … I can’t say whether it is going to be 2006, 2007.”

Three U.S. soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. military convoy west of Baghdad, and insurgents shot and wounded another soldier in an ambush northwest of the capital, the military said yesterday. All four soldiers were wounded Sunday.

The violence underscored remarks by British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday that the U.S.-led coalition must “get on top of the security situation” in Iraq as the country prepares for self-rule.

In Baghdad, members of the Iraqi Governing Council were focusing on how to structure the country in the post-Saddam Hussein era, including a proposal by the council’s five Kurdish members to allow Kurdistan to exist as an autonomous region.

Dara Nor al-Din, a Kurdish member, said the council has not gone beyond agreeing on the principle of federalism in an “interim law,” which will guide the country until the end of 2005.

Other details will have to be worked out when a constituent assembly is in place in mid-2005, he said. The assembly will then write a permanent constitution, which would be put to a national vote.

“The Kurds wanted to have a federal system based on two ethnic states. This is going to be difficult,” said Muwaffak al-Rubaie, a Shiite member of the Governing Council. “We will agree on the principle of federalism but leave the details for later.”

“The status in the Kurdish region will stay as it is now,” Nor al-Din said, referring to the semiautonomous status that the Kurdish region enjoyed under U.S.-British air protection after the 1991 Gulf War. He said the status would remain “until we get to decide the fate of the cities where there is a Kurdish majority.”

Kurds have a claim over oil-rich Kirkuk and other cities that were forcibly “Arabized” during the reign of Saddam, who moved large Arab populations into Kurdish areas to change the demography of the country. Kirkuk is not in the semiautonomous region.

Kurds — thousands of whom were killed when Saddam’s forces gassed Halabja in 1988 — have long wanted a federal system that allows them some independence.

Nor al-Din said the discussions in the council bogged down when the members tried to discuss details of the relationship between a federal Kurdistan and the central government.

In Washington, State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said yesterday that whether the Kurdish regions of Iraq remain semiautonomous as part of a newly sovereign Iraq will be decided by the Iraqi people.

“This is not a decision for the Bush administration. We’ve said all along that it’s up to the Iraqi people to determine their political future,” Ereli said.

“I would say, on the subject of the Kurds, that we have always supported and will continue to support Iraq’s political unity and territorial integrity. The Kurds are members of the governing council and have themselves expressed a commitment to a unified Iraq.”

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will call on President Bush this month, seeking assurances that Kurds in Iraq will be kept in check in a postwar government.

A senior American diplomat said yesterday that Turkey, a valued U.S. ally, wanted to ensure there was balance in Iraq so that Kurds do not have a disproportionate influence leading to Kurdistan independence.

In private talks with American officials, the Turks have emphasized they do not believe ethnicity should be a basis for the way Iraq is governed, the official said to reporters on condition of anonymity.

He said the Bush administration agreed Iraq should not be divided after the U.S.-led coalition authority leaves Baghdad.

Dan Senor, the spokesman for the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority, said Sunday the details of a Nov. 15 agreement regarding the transfer of power to Iraqis are still being worked out. Under that deal, sovereignty is to be handed over to Iraqis by July 1.

The principle of federalism is included in the Nov. 15 agreement, he said. Senor added that Ambassador Paul L. Bremer, the U.S. chief administrator in Iraq, met the two main Kurdish leaders, Massoud Barazani and Jalal Talabani, over the weekend to discuss the issue.

In other developments yesterday, the U.S. military released three Iraqi employees of the Reuters news agency and an Iraqi cameraman working for NBC who were detained last week, a military official said. The U.S. military has not commented on the possibility that soldiers mistook the journalists for guerrillas.
6 posted on 01/06/2004 12:15:07 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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TEHRAN, 5 Jan. (IPS) The Islamic Republic is seriously discussing the possibility of opening dialogue with the United States, as the "topics" are debated at the Supreme Council for National Security (SCNS), the regime’s highest decision-taking body.

"The topic is under study by the respective organs and they may announce their views if they deem necessary", the government’s official spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh told reporters, asking him about the need to study Iran-US relations in the SNSC, according to the official Iranian news agency IRNA.

Tehran’s quick acceptance of American relief missions for the quake-stricken people of Bam, the city and region in south eastern Iran that was hit by a strong earthquake on 26 December, killing more than 40.000 people and destroying eighty per cent of the houses and the infrastructures prompted speculations that the sinister might help warming up relations between the Islamic Republic and the United States, cut since the victory of the Islamic revolution of 1979.

Iran has also welcomed President George W. Bush’s decision to lift some of American sanctions against the Islamic Republic allowing Americans NGO’s and Iranians living in the United States to send money and other equipments to the needy people of Bam.

"The Government could not give to green light to American relief missions without prior authorisation from the leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i, a staunch adversary of normalisation with the Great Satan", an Iranian analyst had observed to Iran Press Service.

But as rapidly the Iranians had agreed to the relief and rescue missions, they rejected a new American proposal to send a "diplomatic mission", led by Senator Elizabeth Doyle to evaluate future American assistance for the region.

Asked why Tehran had rejected the venue of a diplomatic mission, Mr. Ramezanzadeh said laconically that Iran turned down the proposal "owing to involvement in Bam relief operations and it should not be related to other matters", dismissing any link between the US offer and the domestic politics.

He was referring to mounting voices, mostly among the ruling conservatives and the Revolutionary Guards criticising the authorities accepting American relief assistance that got disproportionate media report worldwide.

"Of course Tehran-Washington relations are complicate and full of problems which require appropriate time and atmosphere", he added.
In response to a question about the US humanitarian help to the quake-stricken people of Bam,

Mr. Ramezanzadeh said the earthquake followed by the humanitarian help from all over the world and the United States did its part in this respect with the positive step of lifting sanctions.

On Tehran-Cairo relations, the spokesman said that bilateral relations have gained momentum since President Mohammad Khatami and his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak held a meeting in Geneva last December and that the two countries are willing to remove their differences in line with mutual interest and regional stability.

As he was talking to reporters, the Tehran city council that is under the control of pro-conservatives was debating an official request from the Foreign Affairs Ministry to remove the name of Khaled Eslambouli, the terrorist who killed the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat from a street in the Capital.

Cairo has made a "sine quoi none" condition the removal of the name of Eslambouli from the street for normalising its relations with the Islamic Republic, ties that were severed on order from the Grand Ayatollah Roohollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic revolution to "punish" the Egyptian for recognising officially the State of Israel.

In Cairo, Mr. Ahmad Maher, the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister said Iran-Egypt relations "have had many ups and downs, but now the differences of the past, including the Camps Davis issue must be buried to prepare the future for a better relations between the two nations".

Answering a question on Egyptian mediation between Tehran and Washington, Ramezanzadeh said he is unaware of that.

On transfer of the administrative capital from Tehran, he said it has been under study since 1989 and the experts believe that since Tehran is located on the seismic fault-line, it requires national resolve to transfer the capital from Tehran.

The Management and Planning Organization (MPO) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development have been required to announce their expert studies in this respect within two months, he said, according to IRNA
7 posted on 01/06/2004 12:16:12 AM PST by freedom44
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Iran Plans Satellite Launch

Wired News Report Page 1 of 1
11:16 AM Jan. 05, 2004 PT

The Iranian defense minister said his country will launch a locally made satellite within 18 months, the official IRNA news agency reported. No details on the type of satellite were given.

Russian news agency Interfax said in August that Moscow planned to discuss with Tehran the possibility of resuming a project in which Russia would build Iran a telecommunications satellite.

It quoted Russian Aviation and Space Agency chief Yuri Koptev as saying Russia had designed a project that Iran accepted on technical grounds, but it had been put on ice due to contractual concerns on Iran's part.

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SARS, then slaughter: China confirmed its first SARS case since a world epidemic was declared over in July, and began a mass slaughter of civet cats on fears a new strain of the deadly virus may have jumped from wild animals to humans.

Health officials said a virus gene sample from the SARS patient resembled that of a coronavirus found in civet cats, a Chinese culinary delicacy.

To eliminate a possible fresh source of the disease, the province where severe acute respiratory syndrome originated in November 2002 planned to close wild animal markets and kill all civet cats in those markets.

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Working on Mars time: One of just a few in the world, the timepiece carried by Cornell University astronomer Steve Squyres tells the hours, minutes and seconds on Mars, where NASA successfully landed a six-wheeled robot over the weekend.

The solar-powered rover should do most of its work between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mars time, when the sun is at its highest in the Martian sky. Throughout each 90-day mission, that four-hour window falls each day during a slightly different period of the day on Earth, forcing mission members to adjust accordingly.

Mission members have begun shifting the schedules of their every activity, including when they sleep and eat. The move came on the recommendation of sleep deprivation experts enlisted by the mission.

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The universe’s origin story: In observations looking back to the edge of time, astronomers have captured images of the oldest and most distant galactic clusters ever seen, a discovery that shows immense numbers of stars formed less than 2 billion years after the birth of the cosmos.

The finding, to be presented this week at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society, suggests that the raw materials needed to create life may have formed far earlier than astronomers once believed, researchers say.

Other studies have established that the Big Bang, the birth of the cosmos, was about 13.7 billion years ago. For years, most astronomers believed that it took many billions of years for stars to form galaxies and then for those galaxies align themselves in vast structures called galactic clusters that could include thousands of galaxies.

Compiled by Lore Sjöberg. AP and Reuters contributed to this report.,1282,61794,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_5
8 posted on 01/06/2004 12:19:12 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iranian Mom and Daughter, showing their flags of their New Country, the USA, and their Old Country in a US-based demonstation in support of pro-Democracy demonstrations in Iran. The Lion & Sword flag was used in Iran/Persia for many years before 1979--the Islamic Revolution changed the flag, today the Lion & Sword is used widely among all opposition groups as a sign of pre-1979 days..

One of the first initiatives will be to change the flag back to the Lion and Sword.
9 posted on 01/06/2004 12:21:58 AM PST by freedom44
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10 posted on 01/06/2004 12:23:58 AM PST by freedom44
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Shah's interview with Newsweek. One of the last.
11 posted on 01/06/2004 12:25:40 AM PST by freedom44
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Iran: Government asks Tehran City Council to rename controversial street


Tehran City Council Tuesday will examine a senior foreign ministry official's request to rename a street in the Iranian capital, which is a bone of contention in ties with Egypt, IRNA reported.

The council will consider the letter of Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi to rename the Khaled Eslamboli street, called after the assassin of former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.

The announcement comes just a day after Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Maher described the Camp David peace accord with Israel, which has irked Tehran, as a thing of past history.

It also follows last month remarks of President Mohammad Khatami who hoped negotiations held between him and his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak in Geneva recently would put an end to years of estrangement.

Khatami and Mubarak met in Geneva in November, on the sidelines of a UN technology summit. Iran said later it had invited the Egyptian president to attend a summit of eight developing Islamic countries (D-8) in Tehran in February.

The Islamic Republic severed its ties with Egypt after its former president Anwar Sadat signed the Camp David peace accord with the Zionist regime and harbored defunct Shah.

The two countries now run interest sections through foreign embassies in Cairo and Tehran, operated by Iranian and Egyptian diplomats.
12 posted on 01/06/2004 12:30:05 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Japanese FM Arrived in Tehran

January 06, 2004
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting

Tehran -- Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi arrived in Tehran Tuesday morning on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral ties, the Iraqi situation and Iran's nuclear plans.

During her stay here, Yoriko is expected to hold talks with President Mohammad Khatami, head of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi and Vice President and Head of Department of Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar.

The Japanese minister is to attend a press conference Tuesday evening.

The visit is the second by Kawaguchi since her last trip to Iran in May 2002.
15 posted on 01/06/2004 1:10:49 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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This picture should be posted as a single thread.
16 posted on 01/06/2004 1:15:17 AM PST by F14 Pilot (Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.)
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This in from inside of Iran...

I am told that Persian language papers are reporting that over 1000 students signed an open letter asking the Iranian people not to participate in the upcoming elections. It appears that no English speaking new sources have yet reported this.

Also I am being told that the Anonymiser that Iranians have been using to overcome the regimes filtering of Internet websites is not working. I have asked the company for comments.
17 posted on 01/06/2004 1:17:07 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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TEHRAN, 5 Jan. (IPS)
18 posted on 01/06/2004 1:18:47 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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So, what do the people do without the Anonymiser? Has this effectively shut down free internet use?
19 posted on 01/06/2004 3:52:27 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.)
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Memo to chinese : stop eating the cats
20 posted on 01/06/2004 6:24:11 AM PST by nuconvert ("This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.")
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...So, what do the people do without the Anonymiser? Has this effectively shut down free Internet use?...

I understand that they are either trying alternative services or living with the "filtered" Internet.

I hope to have more on this soon.
21 posted on 01/06/2004 7:20:46 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Fate of Mujahedin Khalq Members Remain Unclear

January 05, 2004
Radio Free Europe
Bill Samii

An Iranian Foreign Ministry official told Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Tim Guldimann on 22 December that U.S. administrator in Iraq L. Paul Bremer's recent comments about the extradition of Iranian armed-opposition members to countries other than Iran were "irresponsible," IRNA reported.

"By making such comments, the Americans prove they are not sincere in their claims of pioneering the international campaign against terrorism," the Iranian diplomat added in a reference to Bremer's remarks concerning members of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO). Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Iran because Tehran and Washington do not have diplomatic relations.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Governing Council President for the month of December Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim said in a 22 December interview with the Riyadh-based Voice of Free Iraq that some MKO members will be deported to Iran, IRNA reported. MKO members who have committed crimes in Iraq, however, will be tried there, he added. "A large number of Iraqi citizens have already filed lawsuits against certain MKO agents, who are summoned to stand trial," al-Hakim said. Tehran's stance is that MKO leaders should be tried, whereas "misguided" rank-and-file members of the organization would be forgiven.

On 24 December Iranian state television aired an unscheduled documentary about the MKO. Filmed in Iraq, the program consisted of interviews with Iraqis who said that their relatives were martyred by Saddam Hussein's regime because they were working against the MKO. One woman on the program said that the MKO arrested people who rose against the Iraqi dictator's regime. A man on the program said that Iraqis hate and fear the MKO as much as Saddam Hussein's sons.
22 posted on 01/06/2004 7:22:59 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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"CIA-paid Spies" Arrested in Iran

January 06, 2004
Khaleej Times

TEHERAN -- A number of Iranians accused of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and sending information over the Internet have been arrested, a top justice official was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

“Several spies who were in contact with the CIA and who were giving precious information... have been detained,” military justice chief Hojatoleslam Mohammad Niazi told the hardline Jomhuri Islami newspaper.

The paper did not say who the detainees were, but the military’s justice department normally only deals with members of the Iranian armed forces.

“The enemy wants to infiltrate the heart of the armed force and weaken the convictions of the commanders,” Niazi was quoted as saying during a meeting of clerics in the army.

He also called on clerics to “develop friendly relations with soldiers and their commanders” to foil enemy plots.
23 posted on 01/06/2004 7:24:18 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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In Iran, Goodwill Salves Enmity

January 06, 2004
The Chicago Tribune
Kim Barker

BAM, Iran -- The Americans packed up their makeshift hospital Monday, saying their job in this earthquake-ravaged city was finished. As they took down tents and gave away leftover food, Iranian officials dropped by to say the Americans were welcome to stay.

Officially, the 80 U.S. field hospital workers flew to Iran to help care for survivors of the earthquake in Bam that killed more than 30,000 people.

But unofficially they became emissaries, the first large group of Americans in Iran since 1981, when the 52 people taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy during the tumult of the Islamic Revolution were released. Relations between the two countries have been hostile ever since.

At the goodbye scene Monday, relations were warmer. Children waved goodbye. The U.S. team's safety manager handed bread and marmalade to an Iranian child. And parliament members personally thanked the Boston trauma doctor.

One parliament member told Dr. Susan Briggs that she would be welcomed back in Iran. Briggs extended an invitation for the politicians to visit her in Boston.

"I will not say goodbye," Briggs said. "I will say thank you, because I will be back."

While in Bam, the Americans treated 727 survivors. They delivered six babies, two by Caesarean section. They operated on an Iranian soldier who had shot himself in the foot after losing his family and his home in the quake. They also set fractured limbs and cleaned infected wounds.

Workers treated 51 critical-care patients, mostly children suffering from bronchitis and other respiratory ailments. For 17 hours, through Sunday night and Monday morning, several took turns squeezing an oxygen pump by hand to keep a 2-month-old girl alive.

"They all had a story, and everyone had a tragic story," said Marty Bahamonde, the hospital spokesman. "And after a while, the stories all sounded the same. Who they had lost, and how they had lost everything. Every story was sad."

The earthquake hit in the early morning of Dec. 26, leveling many of the adobe homes in Bam. Within hours Iran opened its doors to help from throughout the world, even the United States, which was called the Great Satan in the early years of the Islamic government established after the 1979 overthrow of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, a repressive dictator propped up by Washington.

Aid supersedes animosities

The United States joined other nations in offering immediately to help, even though President Bush had declared Iran part of an "axis of evil" in his State of the Union address in 2002.

The 60 members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's international surgical team left Boston on Dec. 27. Many of them also had gone to the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11 hijacking attack, setting up five field hospitals.

Their mission in Iraq posed challenges, such as building a hospital where there was no water, no electricity.

On the long flight over, team members discussed how they would work in Iran and what hostility they might face.

"Honestly, there was some anxiety," Bahamonde said.

But when the FEMA crew led by Briggs arrived last Tuesday at an airport in nearby Kerman, a crowd welcomed them. Another 20 Americans joined them within hours, members of a relief agency and medical workers from a Virginia search-and-rescue team.

The Americans set up their hospital Wednesday on a quake-cracked basketball court on the southern outskirts of Bam.

They tried to be culturally sensitive in this Islamic country, putting up one tent for women, one for men and one for children. Women medical workers covered their hair with winter hats, bandannas, blue hospital caps or arm sling.

A fence needed to be put up around the hospital, not for security but to keep back curious crowds.

By the time the facility opened Thursday, a line of people awaited the team. Not all were injured by the powerful earthquake in southeastern Iran. Some had old heart problems or illnesses or migraine headaches. Some just wanted to see the Americans.

All the Iranians were screened, with the neediest treated first. Those with prior ailments were not treated at all.

The first patient was an 11-year-old girl. She had been seen by five other medical teams from other countries, all of which said she was fine. Within seconds the Americans doctors diagnosed a cracked skull and blood in her brain. She was flown to Tehran, where neurosurgeons saved her life.

`We saved a lot of people'

The Americans treated the patients they could and sent those who needed more extensive care to hospitals elsewhere in Iran. They saw almost 200 patients each day, a revolving door of shock, depression, broken bones, even kidney failure.

"We saved a lot of people, actually," said Ron Gaudette, a pharmacist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

On Monday morning, the last patient left. A year-old girl had stayed at the hospital almost the entire time, suffering respiratory problems from all the dust in the air. Her mother cried when she had to leave the camp to transfer her daughter to another hospital.

Briggs said she barely slept the entire time and had not showered for a week. Once she was so tired that the doctor forgot to cover her hair when she greeted several Iranian visitors. She grabbed a nearby baseball cap, but the Iranians did not seem concerned, only thankful for the care.

On Monday afternoon she greeted yet another Iranian delegation; this one from the parliament. A dozen men crowded around Briggs, who still carried burn-treatment cream in one vest pocket and scissors in another.

"We are just doctors," said Briggs, who also is the associate director of trauma service at Massachusetts General Hospital. "Nice to meet you."

Some parliament members asked Briggs repeatedly to stay. One delegate from Kerman said the Americans' security was guaranteed.

She told him that team members were not worried for their safety, saying the Iranians had been wonderful. But the team provides only emergency care, between the time in a crisis when there is no health care and when there is some.

On Tuesday, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent planned to open its field hospital, complete with X-ray machines and other medical equipment.

The U.S. surgical team donated all its equipment to the hospital, then the Americans packed up their backpacks and prepared to go home.

"Our mission is done," Bahamonde said. "Our mission is sensitive, simply because of where we are from. The last thing we want to do is overstay our welcome.",1,7365039.story?coll=chi-news-hed
24 posted on 01/06/2004 7:25:29 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran, Egypt Reportedly Agree to Restore Full Diplomatic Ties

January 06, 2004
Xinhua News Agency

CAIRO -- Iran and Egypt have agreed to restore full diplomatic relations severed 25 years ago, Iran's Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi said on Tuesday.

"The two countries have decided to restore ties. It's a definite move and right now they are making the preparations," Reuters quoted Abtahi as saying.

Earlier on Tuesday, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman announced that Iran expects to restore full diplomatic relations with Egypt.

"Relations with Egypt must now be restored, because this will help the Palestinian people and this is the wish of all Palestinian groups," Hamid Reza Asefi said.

Meanwhile, the City Council of Tehran, the Iranian capital, on Tuesday changed the name of a street formerly commemorating the assassin of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the official IRNA news agency reported.

In line with a request of the Foreign Ministry, Tehran's KhaledIslambouli Street had been renamed to Intifada (Uprising) Street, the report said.

Iran severed its diplomatic ties with Egypt in 1980, a year after Cairo struck the Camp David peace deal with Israel and gave asylum to Iran's exiled shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
25 posted on 01/06/2004 7:26:17 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iranians Begged the Aid Workers to Stay

January 06, 2004
National Review Online
Geesou Atasheen

Iran Quakes

Devestation, despair — and a touch of hope.

In the midst of death and mayhem in Bam last week, three children were born in the mobile hospitals set up in the outskirts of the ruined city. In spite of the zealous rule of the mullahs, two of the three pregnant women were birthed by male European doctors. The female European doctor who oversaw the delivery of the third woman held the infants up to the camera, after they had been washed and beautifully dressed, and said: "These three will rebuild this city!" The children were the first to be born there after the devastating earthquake of December 25th.

Though many aid workers were turned back, others were allowed to stay. Iranians were becoming angrier by the day as the mullahs arrogantly refused help from countries like Israel. A cab driver in Tehran was heard saying: "What nerve these mullahs have to turn away aid offered by the Israelis...those poor people over there are constantly dealing with those suicide bombers, who are probably financed by the clerics of the Islamic republic of Iran, and yet they are kind enough to offer us their aid and these audacious zealots over here threaten to attack them!"

Though the European aid workers are treated with respect, they also receive a great deal of aloofness. The arrival of a U.S. colonel and his aides in Hercules C130 military transport planes, however, proved to be a raging success. Iranians had gathered in the Kerman airport to greet them with arms full of flowers, shouting, "AMRIKAAYEE...KHOSH AMADEE" (American, you're welcome). Iranians hugged them and hung on to them as if their "saviors" had come. Departing Americans were met with pleas from the crowd, begging them to stay. One of the American aid workers involved said that she was shocked and deeply moved to receive such a reception.

Khatami and Khamenei's visits to Bam, however, lasted no more than a scant hour each. Though they were surrounded by "walls" of bodyguards, they could not be shielded from harangues and insults hurled at them. "It is your fault this happened to us," one woman cried. "You knew that this could happen and you liars never warned us." The hatred for the regime reached a fever pitch as it became clear that, in fact, all the information about the seismic activities and dangers of the region had been made available to the clerics for years, and they had simply ignored it.

The Iranian National Seismological Center had provided the regime with report after report and data upon data stating that the repopulation of the area could prove to be disastrous. But the mullahs had responded by saying that the 12th Imam, who is "invisible," would shield the residents of the city from harm!

The 1911 earthquake leveled this ancient city, but it was rebuilt in the '30's as a mercantile headquarters for dried goods. But in 1950 and 1966 it suffered two more catastrophic earthquakes. In the 1970's, when UNESCO declared the ancient landmarks as part of the "heritage of mankind," building in the area ceased and no further construction licenses were granted.

After the arrival of Khomeini and the Islamic republic, criminal elements appropriated large allotments of land in the region and created shoddy dwellings and markets. The local mullahs also received hefty kickbacks from the issuance of permits for such construction.

This disaster could not have been more damaging for the mullahs. As the February parliamentary elections in Iran draw near, the adamant threat of boycotting the elections looms over their turban-clad heads. The Islamic republic's refusal to allow Sen. Elizabeth Dole's humanitarian delegation to visit Iran is yet another sign of the mullahs' horror over the strengthening ties between the U.S. and the people of Iran. The Bush administration could not have been more politically savvy in offering their generous help to the devastated. This "experiment" did not only prove to the U.S. that the people inside Iran really do value their partnership in instituting a new and secular regime, but it also strengthened any and all ties that were already there.

— Geesou Atasheen is the pseudonym for a writer born in Iraq.
26 posted on 01/06/2004 7:27:10 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iranians Begged the Aid Workers to Stay

January 06, 2004
National Review Online
Geesou Atasheen
27 posted on 01/06/2004 7:27:59 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran: Anti-U.S. Cleric Blowing Hot Air?

January 05, 2004


In a scathing attack on Washington, the head of Iran's Guardians Council said Jan. 2 that U.S. aid to the victims of the Bam earthquake did not mean that U.S.-Iranian relations were warming. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati's remarks are meant for domestic consumption -- part of efforts by hard-line clerics to maintain power in upcoming parliamentary elections. Such statements will not change ongoing U.S.-Iranian dealings, but they do underscore a shift in the debate in Iran from traditionalists-versus-modernists to an intra-traditionalist affair.


Anti-American rhetoric heated up in Iran on Jan. 2 when Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said that his country's acceptance of U.S. relief aid to quake-stricken Bam did not mean that U.S.-Iranian relations were improving. He questioned Washington's intentions, saying, "If you had any honor, humanity or mercy, you would do better to have pity on the Iraqi and Palestinian peoples for whom you have caused an earthquake."

Jannati's harsh remarks will not have any bearing on the ongoing cooperation between Tehran and Washington. However, they are illustrative of efforts by traditional/conservative clerics to hold on to power in parliamentary elections scheduled for Feb. 20. Unelected clerics such as Jannati, who leads Iran's Guardians Council and is a member of the Expediency Council (the country's highest clerical body), see growing proximity to the United States as a threat.

The ayatollah's comments also highlight a shift in the political debate in Iran to an intra-traditionalist issue. Many members of Jannati's traditionalist camp appear to be moving to the political center, which could have immense implications for the clerics' role in the Iranian political system.

Jannati and his conservative colleagues certainly are concerned about the U.S. presence in Iraq and the behind-the-scenes dealings between Washington and Tehran. They might be either unable or unwilling to block their government's cooperation with Washington. Regardless of this, Jannati's comments are not intended to thwart U.S.-Iranian dealings. His anti-U.S. statements, though anomalous in light of ongoing back-channel cooperation over Iraq, are not an indication of a schism in Tehran. In other words, his remarks do not represent a threat to U.S-Iranian cooperation on Iraq.

Jannati's goal is not to go after the United States itself, but to strengthen his faction's position. The traditionalists have chosen a two-pronged strategy: He is using the modernists' cooperation with Washington as a campaign tactic, and he is trying to convince other traditionalists that aligning with Washington -- like the modernists are doing -- puts the clerics' power at risk. Thus, Jannati's statements should be seen in the context of the electioneering process that is under way ahead of the parliamentary elections. Clerics like Jannati are worried that the upcoming elections will be yet another opportunity for the rival modernist camp of reform-minded clerics to undermine them. The perception among traditionalist clerics that the modernist camp has been successful in creating a rift among the conservatives is exacerbating the problem.

Jannati worries that his opponents have gained influence among some of his prominent partisans -- such as head of the National Security Council Ayatollah Hassan Rohani, who recently played an instrumental role in forging the deal with the IAEA, which allows the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency to conduct snap inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities. Even more alarming for traditionalists is that growing relations with the United States are coming about with the approval of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei himself. Jannati and others view the dealings with Washington as strengthening the hand of the modernists, whose de facto leader is President Mohammed Khatami. Such periodic statements caution traditionalists like Rohani and Khamenei that they need to realize their folly, lest they end up strengthening the opposing camp.

In his Dec. 12 Friday sermon, Jannati publicly contradicted Khatami when he said, "They are lying. Do not be fooled by them. Leave democracy alone." Jannati made these remarks in response to comments Khatami made while addressing a seminar Dec. 11 on religious tolerance organized by the World Council of Churches in Geneva. Khatami said, "I think democracy is the only alternative. We can take it as Muslims. We must accept this has been materialized in the West. We must accept this as Muslims." Jannati understands that close proximity to the United States strengthens the hands of those who would want to weaken the power of the clerics.

The Iranian political system is a strange hybrid of parliamentary democracy and theocracy. The clash between the democrats and the theocrats was inevitable, given the manner in which its founder, the late Ayatollah Khomeini, crafted the system. Thus far, both sides, wary of the possibility that their feud might threaten the status quo, have successfully managed conflict. Nevertheless, neither allows an opportunity to pass to undermine the other side.

The Guardians Council screens candidates for parliamentary elections in an effort to block the election of those who would oppose the power of oversight the clerics enjoy. Thus far, the council has been able to control the legislature, but it is uncertain whether it can continue to do so given the circumstances.

Jannati recently emphasized that it was the duty of pious and competent individuals to seek election to the Majlis (parliament). With such statements, he is trying to keep out of parliament those who challenge the clerics' authority. The GC has gone so far as to send a letter to the Interior Ministry threatening it to reveal the details of its vote-counting mechanisms -- or the council "will have to take necessary action."

Jannati is no ordinary cleric, but he is able to use the venue of the Friday sermon at Tehran University campus. This speaks volumes about the importance Jannati and his comrades place on this issue. Clearly, he had Khamenei's tacit support to make these anti-American statements. But this raises the question of why Khamenei would allow Jannati to use such radical rhetoric when behind-the-scenes U.S.-Iranian negotiations are proceeding well?

The Iranian political system, though not exactly a democracy, is heavily rooted in the notion of collective leadership. Although the unelected traditionalist clerics still maintain absolute control in the Islamic republic, over the years this hold has been challenged by the modernist camp, which has necessitated the need for consensus on major political decisions. Supreme Leader Khamenei and some of his fellow clerics in the hierarchy have acted as mediators in the quest for equilibrium in the system. The problem, however, is that those acting as mediators are members of the traditionalist camp. Ideally, Khamenei would want to be in a position where he, removed from partisan politics, could influence both sides to his own advantage. The difficulty is that he cannot afford to do this because he is an unelected leader whose authority has been challenged by modernists advocating greater democratization. Khamenei realizes that on his own he is nothing, considering that he has senior marjiya (Shia scholars with first rank authority who are considered worthy of emulation) opposing him. Therefore, he depends upon his group for political survival.

What further forces Khamenei to consider what his fellow hardliners are saying is the fear that if they were not united, it would strengthen the Khatami camp. At the same time, because of his position at the apex of the clerical establishment, both sides try to get Khamenei to see things their way in an effort at consensus-building. This allows different players to wield power to varying degrees depending upon their position in the configuration of the hierarchy, which explains why Khamenei goes along with the actions of people like Jannati, who is currently the senior most public face of the traditionalist clerics. In essence, both sides try to exercise influence on the Supreme Leader.

In fact, until very recently Khamenei led the traditionalist camp. With the growth of the reform movement among the clerics over the years, Khamenei has had to step out of his position as head of the unelected establishment in order to do business with the elected modernists. Moreover, the dramatic geopolitical changes brought about by Sept. 11, 2001 -- particularly the ouster of Saddam Hussein and the U.S. occupation of Iraq -- have forced Khamenei to make deals with the United States, which further prevents him from openly leading the conservative clerics. Therefore, he has conveniently allowed others -- such as Hujjat al-Islam Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, who heads the Expediency Council, and Jannati -- to assume the public face of his camp.

By making these moves, the traditionalists are trying to urge caution to Khamenei and their fellow ideologues who have become interested in dealing with Washington. They are trying to send a message that such contact can undermine their hold on power. The Bush administration announced Jan. 2 that it was ready to send a humanitarian delegation headed by Sen. Elizabeth Dole to Tehran. Iran rejected the idea, saying that Washington needs to do more before any further progress can be made.

Although Washington appears to be ready to publicize it dealings with Iran, the same cannot be said about Tehran. It is quite possible that the traditionalist camp might have had some bearing on Iran's rejection of the U.S. offer. In any case, both sides are going to try to appear not to be compromising core values -- especially when they actually are. This is where Jannati's remarks are useful to Khamenei in giving the impression that Tehran is not ready to compromise its ideological position.

Iran and the United States, at some point in the future, will move toward some semblance of normalcy in their bilateral relations. In the meantime, Tehran and Washington will face opposition from key segments of their respective constituencies. In the United States, this opposition comes from pro-Israel neoconservatives and the religious right. In Iran, it will come from clerics like Jannati, who link better relations with the United States to a threat to their authority. In the immediate term, it is still unclear whether Jannati's posturing will yield the desired outcome in the Feb. 20 parliamentary elections. What is certain from all of this, however, is that the modernists have shifted the locus of the debate to one among the traditionalists themselves.
28 posted on 01/06/2004 7:28:58 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Thank you.
29 posted on 01/06/2004 7:39:04 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.)
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In the immediate term, it is still unclear whether Jannati's posturing will yield the desired outcome in the Feb. 20 parliamentary elections.

It is interesting that the elections are so near, and yet the outcome appears to be up in the air. I know in America we are deluged with pundits, and generally have a good feel for how things are going to turn out, well in advance. I go back to the timing of the Bam earthquake and wonder if the predictions that the regime has been really rattled are true.

30 posted on 01/06/2004 7:53:21 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.)
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?The enemy wants to infiltrate the heart of the armed force and weaken the convictions of the commanders,?

Have they arrested all members of the Iranian armed forces in Bam?
31 posted on 01/06/2004 7:55:50 AM PST by AdmSmith
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Excellent quote:

A cab driver in Tehran was heard saying: "What nerve these mullahs have to turn away aid offered by the Israelis...those poor people over there are constantly dealing with those suicide bombers, who are probably financed by the clerics of the Islamic republic of Iran, and yet they are kind enough to offer us their aid and these audacious zealots over here threaten to attack them!"
32 posted on 01/06/2004 8:05:11 AM PST by Ex-Dem (-_-)
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The Iranian Seesaw

January 06, 2004
The Washington Post

For Years U.S. policy toward Iran has oscillated between extremes of hostility and ham-handed, overly solicitous diplomacy. Only the poor results have stayed constant. The Bush administration has maintained this tradition. Two years ago this month President Bush deemed Iran part of an "axis of evil" and suggested that regime change was the only solution. Last week, his administration abruptly offered to dispatch a delegation headed by one of Washington's best-known Republican senators, Elizabeth Dole (N.C.), and possibly including a member of Mr. Bush's own family. Not surprisingly, Tehran's mullahs rejected the offer. Though the nominal purpose of the visit was humanitarian -- a follow-up to the worthy dispatch of U.S. aid to the earthquake-stricken city of Bam -- its political implications were obvious: Secretary of State Colin L. Powell had just told The Post in an interview that the administration was once again open to "the possibility of dialogue." A U.S.-Iranian conversation may indeed be worth pursuing. But its proper scope and goals don't match what was suggested, even if obliquely, by the star power of the proposed American visitors.

Iran's treatment of the United States, though equally controversial at home, has been considerably more consistent than U.S. policy. Its latest rebuff of an American overture fits the pattern. Tehran knows it must avoid overt provocation of a superpower, and as American troops have deployed all around it, it has also recognized its interest in cooperating with Washington on certain security issues, from the removal of Saddam Hussein and Afghanistan's Taliban regime to the preservation of a united Iraq. But the conservative clerics who still dominate Iranian politics continue to regard the United States as a mortal enemy and aim, over time, to drive it out of the neighborhood -- while positioning Iran to emerge as a regional power with the ability to produce nuclear arms. While they are prepared to bargain with the Bush administration over such deals as swapping al Qaeda detainees in Iran for Iranian militants in Iraq, the mullahs are unlikely to welcome a genuine rapprochement -- especially if that were to mean giving up support for Palestinian and Lebanese extremist organizations or fully dismantling the nuclear program.

A sober U.S. policy would recognize these realities, while also accepting that a change of the Iranian regime, either through popular revolution or outside pressure, is unlikely in the near future. Shunning the Iranian government entirely, as the Bush administration did in the last six months of 2003, leads nowhere in the absence of prospects for regime change. But it ought to be possible to talk to Iran about al Qaeda, Iraq and Afghanistan without offering up high-level visitors and other political favors. It ought to be possible also without retreating from President Bush's strong rhetorical support for Iran's pro-democracy forces or his red-line declaration last summer that the United States would not tolerate Iran becoming a nuclear power. Dispatching humanitarian aid to a city as terribly stricken as Bam is appropriate. Favoring Iran's oppressive regime with the attention of famous senators or presidential relatives is not.
33 posted on 01/06/2004 10:26:15 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran shaken up by more earthquakes

January 06 2004 at 02:48PM

Tehran - Several villages in south-western Iran were damaged on Tuesday when 11 mild earthquakes struck the area in quick succession, state radio reported.

The quakes measured between 3.2 and 4.8 on the open-ended Richter scale, but caused no casualties, the radio said, but nevertheless carried an appeal for locals to be prepared for a possible major earthquake.

The report said Izeh was hit by seven tremors, while the nearby oil and gas centre of Masjed Soleiman was hit by four. The towns are situated about 450km south-west of Tehran in Khuzestan province.

"In five villages in the area of Masjed Soleiman, houses suffered damage of between 10 and 50 percent. In Izeh, homes and cowsheds were also damaged," the radio said.

"We do not know if the tremors will be followed by a more powerful earthquake. But in this kind of situation the best solution is for people to move to tents in their gardens," said Sadid Khoie, an official from the geophysics centre of Tehran university.

He told state radio that successive tremors are "a warning of a more powerful earthquake, and inhabitants of the area should be vigilant."

Iran has been on major earthquake alert since December 26, when an earthquake measuring between 6.3 and 6.7 on the Richter scale hit the ancient south-eastern city of Bam, killing up to 35 000 people. - Sapa-AFP
34 posted on 01/06/2004 2:29:09 PM PST by freedom44
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UK Envoy Sees Iran Ready To Play Positive Role In Iraq

January 06, 2004
Dow Jones Newswires
The Associated Press

LONDON -- The U.K.'s top envoy in Iraq said Tuesday he believed Iran was ready to play a positive role in restoring order to its neighboring country.

Following talks in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, Sir Jeremy Greenstock said Iran was an influential neighbor, "capable of doing damage to Iraq and to the stability of Iraq."

But he said that so long as the U.K. and the U.S. reciprocated and met some of the clerical regime's concerns, Iran would play a positive role.

"I think they genuinely believe that a stable Iraq, a secure Iraq - security is No. 1 - and a prosperous Iraq means Iraqis taking charge of their own affairs without interference," Greenstock told British Broadcasting Corp. radio.

"They're prepared to play, I hope, a positive role in producing the kind of Iraq that we both want to see. They, after all, want a stable, prosperous and good neighbor, and I think they see the prospect of that."

Greenstock, who is Prime Minister Tony Blair's top envoy in Baghdad, said Tehran wanted to be certain that the U.S. and the U.K. had "no hidden agenda of aggression against Iran."

The clerics had been reassured by the coalition's July 1 date for ending the occupation and transferring sovereignty to Iraqis, he added.

Greenstock said Iran didn't appear to want Iraq to "clone" its own Islamic regime.

"There hasn't been a hint that they want a copy of their own version of government, and I find that reassuring," he told the BBC.

The U.S. has feared that the Islamic theocracy in Shiite-dominated Iran would seek to influence the Iraqi Shiite majority to fill the power vacuum left by the ouster of Saddam Hussein.

Greenstock said Iran wanted cooperation with the U.S. and the U.K. "in the oil field, in the electricity field, in the general commercial field" and wanted free access for its pilgrims to Shia holy sites in Iraq.

He said Tehran also wanted to see action against the Mujahedeen Khalq, an Iranian militia opposed to the clerical government, which established a base in Iraq under Saddam.

"They regard the Mujahedeen Khalq as terrorists, and they want them dealt with and out of the way," Greenstock told the BBC.
35 posted on 01/06/2004 3:45:42 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Dialogue schmialogue.

Iranian regime must stop building nuclear weapons, stop imprisoning, torturing and executing dissenters, stop engineering terrorist attacks worldwide--

In short, the Iranian regime must stop existing.

Doing ten minutes of the diplofairy minuet doesn't get it.

36 posted on 01/06/2004 4:29:14 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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Dialogue doesn't work with these "people", they only understand getting their asses kicked.
37 posted on 01/06/2004 4:30:38 PM PST by SAMWolf (I have a rock garden. Last week three of them died.)
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This was so important and revealing, I thought some excerpts deserved reposting.



In a recent talks with his sycophants, often illiterate and uneducated young men and women known as basijis, or volunteers, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i, the leader of the Islamic Republic said the present Iranian theocracy is "the best model" of regimes not only for the Muslims, but also for the whole world and one that would eventually "defeat" the United States that, in his eyes, represents the "mother of all corrupt governments".

*It is worth mentioning that all the information below is based on newspapers published in Tehran or websites operating mainly in Tehran, some of them controlled by the ruling conservative clergy.

**Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Safdar Hoseyni alerted that the number of unemployed young Iranians, university graduates in particular, could reach as high as 5.6 million.

But as Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Khatami, the powerless President of Iran expressed satisfaction at the number of people employed, independent analysts put the number of unemployed as something over or under ten million, one of the highest rate among third world nations.

According to Mr. Hoseyni, the current figure crossed the 3-million mark and therefore issued a call to recruit all Iran’s resources and all organizations operating under the Islamic regime to stand against the tangible threats emanating from the daily increase in the unemployment rate.

The minister stressed that one out of every three Iranians is aged 22-29, an age group that is considered to be seeking job opportunities. According to the minister, the annual growth rate must reach 8.6 percent to prevent an additional rise in the unemployment rate.

**Labour House secretary-general and Majles deputy Alireza Mahjoub says that the last two years alone have seen an additional decrease of 50 percent in the workers capacity to purchase staples for their families. He called upon the government to try to come up with new and more effective ways to improve the workers economic situation.

Thousands of workers in the petrochemical complex in Arak province continue hunger strike in protest of the ongoing measures to hand over the plants, which previously belonged to the National Petroleum Company, to the private sector. More than a thousand workers in the tractor manufacturing plants in the city of Tabriz continue their strikes and protests over the fact that their salaries have not been paid in the last several months.

Three more factories in the province of Mazandaran were closed down;
Five hundred workers were fired as a result. These three factories, including the Harir Ghaim-Shahr textile factory, operated under Iran’s Bank of Industry and Mines.

The factories, which, until now, were among the region’s only profitable ones, went bankrupt as a result of the privatization process and the unsuccessful management. The workers representative in the province of Mazandaran told the independent Iranian Labour News Agency ILNA that in recent years, thousands of workers in the textile industry were living under appalling conditions and were afraid of being fired and sent home without any compensation whatsoever.

**Farmers in the Caspian Sea region are disgruntled over the fact that the government has not paid its debts for rice it purchased from the farmers. They claim that their situation has never been direr and that they had no choice but to sell the rice to the government at exceptionally low prices.

Tens of thousands of traditional Persian rice farmers in the Caspian Sea region have gone bankrupt in recent years and moved with their families to large cities. It is worth mentioning that the revolutionary financial institutions and the various governmental organisations have imported thousands of tons of rice from abroad in recent years, thus intensifying the distress in the Persian rice farming business. Iran’s tea growing industry experiences similar difficulties.

**A parliament representative from the city of Ilam says, "the real reason for the spread of crime and corruption, -- two other productions of Ayatollah Khameneh'i’s "model nation" -- is the difficult economic situation that plagues the families".

"There is no point in the government concealing the actual data on crime, prostitution and drug addiction", says Mohammad Kianfar, a Majles deputy from the city of Ardabil, stressing that the Iranian Radio and Television, controlled directly by Mr. Khameneh'i, does not provide an accurate reflection of Iranian society.

"As a result of the surging unemployment rate, the lack of hope and the ever-growing social inequality, there has been a real increase in the number of women and even men engaged in prostitution to support their families", he told ILNA.

The average age among men and women engaged in prostitution has dropped to 20, whereas the equivalent figure five years ago stood at 27. More than eight thousand brothels and women trafficking businesses operate in Tehran alone; in addition, there are thousands of smaller prostitution organizations operating in private homes. In Tehran alone, more than 300 thousand girls aged 13-14 are engaged in prostitution. This year, the annual turnover of hard drug trade has reached $1.8 billion, a figure indicating an increase of 600 percent compared to 1995, according to ISNA.

Head of Iran’s Welfare Organization, Mohammad Reza Rah-Chamani (formerly, a member of the Majles associated with the conservatives), has vehemently denied the "overestimated figures published in Iranian newspapers about a significant increase in the number of citizens engaged in prostitution for living".

He said that "the recently published figure of 600 thousand women in Tehran alone engaged in prostitution to support their families is something from the realm of fantasy and not consistent with reality at all".

But he admitted that, based on recent information published in Tehran’s newspapers, the number of children living on the streets has exceeded the 2 million mark.

**Malnutrition in Iran is the cause of death of over fifty percent of infants and Iranian children under the age of five. Manager of the governmental institute for nutrition research said that Iranian children faced a risk of death from malnutrition that was ten times larger than in the past. He further mentioned that there were additional groups of children and teenagers suffering from malnutrition and lack of vitamins. He also pointed out that nearly twenty percent of the adult population suffered from malnutrition as well. He identified the families’ inability to purchase staples such as meat as the root of the problem.

86.7 percent of those suffering from various forms of lung diseases in the province of Esfahan suffer from malnutrition as well, resulting in prolonged recovery periods. Most of the ill are women and children from the families of the labourers and the unemployed, a recent research proved.

**Dr. Mahbubeh Haj Abdolbaghi, one of the senior doctors in the Imam Khomeini Hospital, claims that the true number of HIV carriers in Iran is between 30 to 40 thousand people. She added that over 5700 people would die of the disease in the near future and issued a call to "set aside the shame" and "provide students in schools, universities and other educational institutions with information on AIDS.

**Most students say that at least one of their family members is addicted to hard drugs. A significant percentage of students are forced to discontinue their studies in high school or even earlier in order to help support their families financially, addicted to drugs.

During the last eight months, an additional 131 tons of hard drugs have been uncovered and confiscated, and tens of thousands were arrested on charges of drug smuggling. These figures indicate an increase of 43 percent compared to last year. According to the data, 72,921 civilians have been arrested on charges of drug smuggling during the last eight months and more than 175 thousand drug addicts have been arrested during the same period (Entekhab, December 6, 2003).

In a single area in Tehran’s suburbs called Khak-e Sefid, hard drug users consume more than 1000lbs of heroin and opium daily. A senior sociologist in the University of Tehran who made a reference to this figure added that in addition to the extreme daily use of hard drugs in that suburb of Tehran, that dangerous area is a "feast of prostitution" that even the police forces do not dare to approach.

**A special investigating judge appointed by the judiciary to deal with the phenomenon of the upsurge in moral corruption in the city of Qom says that tens of thousands of the city’s residents, so far considered to be Iran’s most religious and traditional city, use hard drugs, drink alcoholic beverages and have even formed organisations involved in filming of pornography.

The clerics special website in Qom, quoted the special investigating judge, Hojatoleslam Talebi as having admitted that illegal sexual relations and the multitude of pornography are the two most disturbing phenomena in that holy city. He blamed the situation on the "enemies on the outside" and said that the enemies were attempting to damage Islam.

Every day, thousands of young women in Tehran undergo illegal abortions in order to terminate pregnancies conceived as a result of illegal sexual intercourse.

Consequently, the number of clinics practicing the forbidden craft of abortions has increased. In quite a few cases, the young women die as a result of lack of proper medical care after the abortion, the moderate "Shargh" newspaper indicated.

**More than a thousand infants born to women who are held in prisons throughout Iran have been recently taken out of the prisons and delivered, in most cases, to orphanages. 167 infants were delivered to the arrested women’s parents, 90 were delivered to their relatives and the rest were delivered to orphanages. Vice-chairman of the Elmolholda welfare organization said that there were still 173 infants held in the custody of their detained mothers.

A substantial number of infants were born to political prisoners who conceived as a result of rape by jail wardens. Dozens of former political prisoners described these experiences in painful detail after being set free. A substantial number of books and numerous testimonies on this phenomenon have been gathered in recent years.
38 posted on 01/06/2004 4:32:54 PM PST by nuconvert ("This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.")
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“Those who have now become enthusiastic about the recent humanitarian aids by the U.S. are nothing but political dwarfs,” the spokesman of the para-military revolutionary guards, Massoud Jazayeri, said.

"dwarfs" ? And he would be the wicked queen?

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the nastiest of them all?
39 posted on 01/06/2004 5:00:14 PM PST by nuconvert ("This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.")
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Khatami and Khamenei's visits to Bam, however, lasted no more than a scant hour each.

Though they were surrounded by "walls" of bodyguards, they could not be shielded from harangues and insults hurled at them.

Tick tick tick tick tick tick. . . .

40 posted on 01/06/2004 5:16:02 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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41 posted on 01/07/2004 12:03:24 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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