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Iranian Alert -- January 14, 2004 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD --Americans for Regime Change in Iran
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 1.14.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 01/14/2004 12:10:33 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.

DoctorZin


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 01/14/2004 12:10:35 AM PST by DoctorZIn
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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”

2 posted on 01/14/2004 12:13:14 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Mansoor Ijaz predicts chemical weapons attack in Baghdad. Per Foxnews.

Foxnews ^ | Mansoor Ijaz
Posted on 01/13/2004 3:32:46 PM PST by ConservativeMan55

Mansoor Ijaz just reported on Foxnews Brit Hume show that anywhere from 6 to 29 tanker trucks carrying warheads tipped with chemical weapons crossed the border from Iran into Iraq.

He said that Kurdish Rebels intercepted the trucks, and interrogated the driver. The driver gave up the information from the Kurdish rebels. Mansoor also says that the Rebels were trying to sell the weapons back to Iran.

Mansoor said that Iran is having domestic problems and that are gearing up towards a winter time "wag the dog" offensive. Expect to see a chemical weapons attack in Baghdad that kills 3000 to 5000.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1057555/posts

DoctorZin Note:

If you follow Mansoor Ijaz's reports and Bin Ladens statements it appears that Mansoor is warning us of a joint Iranian/Al Qaeda attack on US forces in the middle-east.

Ben Laden's statements say that they will cut off the communication between US military command and our troops in the middle-east. A 911 sized attack on the US military sounds consistent with this.

It would appear that Mansoor is trying to alert the US public of the source of this coming attack so if it is successful, we will know who to direct our anger at.

Time will tell.

It appears things are about to heat up significantly in the region very soon.
3 posted on 01/14/2004 12:24:07 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Reminder!!!

VERY IMPORTANT NEWS [ALERT] (Re: Removal Of Islamic Regime In Iran)
BestOfIran.com ^ | Jan 13, 2004 | BestOfIran.com
Posted on 01/13/2004 11:01:00 AM PST by faludeh_shirazi

Plan for the peaceful removal of the Islamic Regime: This Sunday, January 18, 2004

Follow Story At: ActivistChat.com!

A Plan for the peaceful removal of the Islamic Regime of Iran will be announced during a live program broadcast on many Iranian satellite TV and Radio stations. The program starts at 10 AM PST from NITV studios in Los Angeles and will last for 6 hours, including a fundraising segment to support the plan. Other media who have confirmed the live broadcast of this program include Pars TV, Radio Sedaye Iran, Radio Yaran, Radio Sedaye Emrooz, Rangarang TV, Apadana TV, and Lahzeh TV.

This program can also be seen live via the Internet at IranRadioTV.com who will provide a FREE link on that day.

EMAIL TO EVERYONE - SPREAD THE WORD!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1057147/posts
4 posted on 01/14/2004 12:26:03 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran's Khatami criticises election bans

Wed 14 January, 2004 07:53
By Parisa Hafezi and Parinoosh Arami

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's President Mohammad Khatami has criticised a decision by hardliners to bar hundreds of reformist candidates from next month's parliamentary election and said the right to free elections must be observed.

But Khatami, whose reformist programme could grind to a halt if hardliners refuse to back down, stopped short of reiterating a warning he made on Tuesday that he could lead a mass walkout of reformist officials, many of whom are threatening to resign.

"Forces which could contribute to the dignity and religion of the nation are facing confused judgments," he told parliament in a speech on Wednesday.

"The people's right to have free elections should be observed," he added.

The fate of the February 20 poll was cast in doubt on Sunday when the Guardian Council, a hardline constitutional watchdog, announced that nearly half of the 8,200 aspiring candidates had been vetoed.

The vast majority of those barred were liberal allies of the president, including more than 80 of the 290 sitting MPs.

Most of Khatami's cabinet, including four vice presidents and 12 ministers have already written to the president telling him they will resign within a week unless the election bans are overturned. State governors have issued the same warning.

Khatami told state governors in a speech on Tuesday: "We will leave together (or) we will stay together."

The resignation threats have raised the stakes of the long-running political struggle between elected reformers and unelected religious hardliners.

LAWMAKERS START TO RESIGN

Hardliners fear that reforms proposed by liberals on issues such as a free press, women's rights and freedom of speech will eventually undermine the system of clerical rule in place since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.

Khatami's reformers say they do not want to dismantle clerical rule but place more emphasis on the observance of the rule of law and people's rights.

Analysts say the mass vetting of candidates by hardliners -- who also control Iran's judiciary, armed forces and state media -- was a crude attempt to prevent a repeat of 2000 elections when reformists won about 70 percent of seats in parliament.

Enraged by the candidate bans reformist MPs announced Wednesday they would begin to resign in protest.

"A number of MPs have decided to resign from their posts in parliament gradually starting from today," said reformist lawmaker Ali Shakourirad.

The first to announce his resignation was Ahmad Moradi, who said he was stepping down to defend Iranians' rights to a free election. However, Moradi had not registered to stand in the election and was already due to leave his post in coming months.

Around 100 MPs have vowed to continue a four-day-old sit-in in parliament until the Guardian Council backs down.

"We will insist on our demands and we are serious about holding an election which people can participate in massively," Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi said on Wednesday.

Disqualified candidates have two chances to appeal before campaigning starts on February 12 and top officials from both sides of the reformist-hardline divide are holding regular meetings in search of a compromise.

"Although the situation looks dramatic I wouldn't rule out a deal being reached," said one European diplomat.

http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=438526&section=news
5 posted on 01/14/2004 12:52:32 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran's Silent Coup

Unsigned editorial, Yas-e No (reformist),
Tehran, Iran, Jan. 12, 2004

On Jan. 13, senior members of Iran’s reformist government, which was elected in 2001 with 77 percent of the vote, threatened to resign if the Guardian Council, a 12-member panel of clerics charged with maintaining the Islamic character of the Iranian state, did not overturn a ban preventing half of the candidates in the Feb. 20 parliamentary elections from running on the grounds that they were not sufficiently loyal to Iran’s theocratic government. Reformist deputies in the 290-member Majlis legislative assembly, 83 of whom have been prevented from standing for reelection, have staged a sit-in protest at the Majlis since Jan. 10, when the Guardian Council announced the ban. In this unsigned editorial, Tehran’s reformist Yas-e No turns the charge against the Guardian Council, arguing that their ban undermines the republican aspects of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s constitution.

For the past few years, the conservatives have called the reformists’ peaceful and legal efforts to modernize Iran’s legal and political structure a “silent overthrow,” a “legal and parliamentary coup,” “the crawling metamorphosis,” and so on. Meanwhile the reformers, emphasizing the importance of abiding by the law and defending the integrity of the system, have been working only to revive a neglected and wronged aspect of the political system. They have been striving to restore the “republic” in the Islamic Republic of Iran, rather than thinking only of the “Islamic.”

Conversely, there are individuals and parties who, because of the enmity they have for the reformists and in order to keep their rivals from entering the beehive of power, seek to change the structure and nature of the political system and poke holes in some of its main pillars and institutions.

Taking away the power and authority of the elected executive and legislative branches of government—two pillars of the Islamic Republic—represents nothing less than a direct attempt to destroy the republic. This usurpation will indirectly lead to the collapse of the Islamic Republic.

When the Guardian Council took the questionable and unprecedented action of disqualifying a large number of the present Majlis [Parliamentary] deputies and other political activists from running in the next election, it in effect staged a bloodless coup. Disregarding the will of the majority who voted these deputies into office, they sought illegally to change the makeup of the government.

Even if this action achieves what the conservatives want, it will not bring a shred of legitimacy to those who end up holding power illegally.

We should not forget the arguments [Ayatollah Ruhollah] Khomeini used to challenge the legitimacy of the [shah’s] undemocratic Majlis and its laws before the victory of the Islamic Revolution [in 1979]. Did he not say that government officials who were victorious in competitions without any rivals, people who got their mandate from rigged elections, did not have the right to legislate as representatives of the people?

We do not need to go too far back, because Khomeini dealt with the behavior of the Guardian Council in the third Majlis elections [in 1988] and all of his repeated statements are still in front of us. [After the war with Iraq ended in 1988, Khomeini called for stricter adherence to republican ideals.] But evidently some people want to use his name as cover to distort his priceless heritage, the Islamic Republic.

Can we still call the political system a republic if the Guardian Council, rather than the people, elects the Majlis deputies?

We have repeatedly insisted on the golden phrase, “The people’s votes are the mandate.” That phrase is the true, rare nature of the Republic. What is interesting is that, in this statement, the imam [Khomeini] did not present the words, demands, opinion, or will of the people as something that could be interpreted or analyzed. Instead, he explicitly introduced the votes of the people as the mandate for and the basis of government. He certainly meant those votes that are placed in ballot boxes. So it can be said that the future of the people and the country should be determined through free elections and the votes of the people. Those votes are the only basis for a government’s legitimacy. Any effort to limit the people’s right to vote changes the structure of legitimate power in Iran and spurns Khomeini’s political heritage.

http://www.worldpress.org/Mideast/1764.cfm
6 posted on 01/14/2004 12:56:47 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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I just heard this from a student in Iran...

"People in Iran are writing "No Election!" on their money as a way of calling on their countrymen to boycott next months elections. "

The more money containing this message should make people more confident that they are in great enough to go into the streets and protest the regime.
7 posted on 01/14/2004 1:06:53 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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US official warns EU over dealings with Iran

EU Business
14 Jan 2004

The European Union must tread carefully in its dealings with Iran, a US official warned Tuesday, highlighting the wholesale barring of reformist candidates from forthcoming elections.

The EU's approach of "constructive engagement" with the Islamic republic contrasts sharply with US mistrust of the country, which Washington has labelled part of an "axis of evil".

The US official said the decision by a conservative vetting council in Iran to bar thousands of candidates from parliamentary elections next month "shows the character of the regime and the continuing influence of hardliners".

"We remain very suspicious of their nuclear programme," the Brussels-based official added on condition of anonymity, also citing Iranian support of Hamas militants and opposition to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

"We've made our concerns clear to the EU," he told reporters.

"On the other hand, Iran is a hugely important country and it's incredibly important that the EU and US cooperate internationally."

In contrast to the United States, the EU is pressing ahead with a carrot-and-stick approach with Iran by pursuing human rights issues while at the same time seeking to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement.

During a visit to Tehran on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana told Iran's clerical leaders that the holding of free and fair elections next month would have a bearing on their ties with the bloc.

The US official noted that a new round of talks on the trade pact has yet to be scheduled because of EU concerns including Iran's human-rights record and nuclear development drive.

But he added that the US decision to send aid and relief workers to victims of an earthquake in the Iranian city of Bam last month, which left over 30,000 people dead, showed the two countries' mutual mistrust could be put aside.

"When the disaster happened in Bam, we were there. We hope that this was not lost on the Iranian people," the official said.

"We want to have a relationship, but our concerns must be addressed."

http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/040113152337.ft7ym4jc
8 posted on 01/14/2004 2:49:55 AM PST by F14 Pilot (Is there any truth in that, senor?)
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To: DoctorZIn
Sometimes it is the quiet things that bring the most strength.

This is encouraging.
9 posted on 01/14/2004 7:09:15 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.)
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In contrast to the United States, the EU is pressing ahead with a carrot-and-stick approach with Iran by pursuing human rights issues while at the same time seeking to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement.

During a visit to Tehran on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana told Iran's clerical leaders that the holding of free and fair elections next month would have a bearing on their ties with the bloc.

What STICK?

10 posted on 01/14/2004 7:16:04 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.)
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Khatami Asks Protesting Iran MPs to End Sit-In, MPs Say

January 14, 2004
Reuters
ABC News

TEHRAN -- Iran's President Mohammad Khatami called on reformist lawmakers Wednesday to end a four-day sit-in protest over the mass disqualification by a hardline body of candidates for parliamentary elections, MPs said.

Khatami told protesting MPs in a closed-door meeting at parliament he believed a negotiated settlement could be reached with the hardline Guardian Council watchdog which has barred almost half of the 8,200 candidates for the February 20 vote.

Around 100 MPs had vowed to continue a four-day-old sit-in in parliament until the Guardian Council backs down.

"Khatami wanted us to stop the sit-in so that parliament can carry on with its duties," reformist MP Iradj Nadimi told Reuters after attending the meeting with Khatami.

"Khatami said he thinks there is still a chance to get results from negotiations," Nadimi said.

Khatami, whose reformist program could grind to a halt if hard-liners refuse to back down, earlier criticized the Guardian Council's decision in a speech to parliament. "The people's right to have free elections should be observed," he said.

But he stopped short of reiterating a warning he made on Tuesday that he could lead a mass walkout of reformist officials, many of whom are threatening to resign.

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20040114_136.html
11 posted on 01/14/2004 7:39:46 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Monkey Morality

January 14, 2004
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting
IRIB News

Tehran -- Have you ever given a friend part of your dessert just so they will stop bugging you for some? You're not alone - chimpanzees and monkeys share their food with others to avoid hassle too.

The question of why animals give food to others is a tricky one. Previous theories suggested that generous animals might benefit from similar kindness at a later time.

But the no-hassle approach offers a simpler explanation, says Jeffrey Stevens, who carried out the study at the University of Minnesota. Scrounger and donor are both acting in their best interests - the beggar gets food and the other is left in peace.

Stevens placed chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) or squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis) in a cage and provided them with a meal of fruit. In an adjoining cage was a hungry member of the same species.

The primates rarely passed food through the cage to their hungry mate next door. But if the partition was opened - giving the hungry animal the chance to beg, steal or fight for food - sharing was common.

It is analogous to a parent buying a child a toy just to shut them up, says Stevens. "It's a selfish way to stop the constant pestering," he says.

Intriguingly, hungry chimps harassed their neighbour more when the food was cut into small chunks. This could reflect the fact that a beggar is more likely to get a handout if it doesn't seriously deplete the donor's stash.

This form of 'strategic begging' could help scroungers find success by setting their sights low, Stevens speculates. "It's like a kid saying: 'Can I have four cookies? Ok, how about one?'," he says. Likewise, most street-corner beggars ask passers-by for nothing more than their small change.

The harassment theory may explain many examples of human 'generosity', says Stevens. But he remains convinced that we are capable of genuine charity too. "It's a pretty decent analogy," he says, "but I think there's also a desire for us to help those who are less fortunate."

http://www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=196467
12 posted on 01/14/2004 7:44:18 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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MPs Dismiss Khatami Appeal

January 14, 2004
Reuters
Reuters.co.uk

TEHRAN -- Iranian MPs will ignore a request from President Mohammad Khatami to suspend a four-day sit-in protesting about the banning of reformist election candidates, an MP says.

Khatami urged the reformists earlier to end the sit-in, apparently confident he could defuse the crisis over the banning of election candidates by the conservative establishment.

"A meeting was held to discuss Khatami's proposal to end the sit-in. All the protesting MPs...unanimously decided to continue the sit-in until we get solid results," said MP Mohsen Armin.

Khatami had told MPs in a closed-door meeting at parliament that he believed a deal could be done with the Guardian Council, the hardline Islamic watchdog that has disqualified almost half the 8,200 candidates for the February 20 election.

The president, whose reformist programme could grind to a halt if hardliners refuse to back down, made no reference to a threat made on Tuesday to lead a mass walkout of reformist officials, many of whom are already threatening to resign.

Around 100 MPs began the sit-in on Sunday and had vowed to go on until the Council rescinded the bans, which also prevent more than 80 of the 290 sitting members running again.

Most of Khatami's cabinet, including four vice presidents and 12 ministers, have already written to the president telling him they will resign within a week unless the election bans are overturned. State governors have issued the same warning.

But the Guardian Council said on Tuesday it would not be pressured into lifting the election bans.

http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=438862&section=news
13 posted on 01/14/2004 7:47:04 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran Lawmaker Resigns in Protest

January 14, 2004
CNN
CNN.com

TEHRAN, Iran -- An Iranian lawmaker has resigned in protest over the disqualification of hundreds of moderate candidates for parliament.

He is the first of dozens of reformist lawmakers who have threatened to resign one by one until a hard-line election board reverses its ban on the candidates -- including about 80 current members of parliament.

Over the weekend, the conservative Guardian Council banned the candidates -- all of them allied with moderate reformist President Mohammad Khatami -- from taking part in the February 20 election.

On Wednesday, Khatami urged reformist lawmakers to end their four-day sit-in protest, but the MP's rejected the president's plea, news agencies reported.

"A meeting was held to discuss Khatami's proposal to end the sit-in. All the protesting MPs...unanimously decided to continue the sit-in until we get solid results," Reuters quoted MP Mohsen Armin as saying.

Earlier, sources said the Guardian Council, appointed by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had reversed itself and approved the applications of about half of the sitting legislators Tuesday.

But the lawmakers insisted their protest would continue until all have been approved.

Reformers have made steady inroads in the Iranian electoral process since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, pledging to relax the hard-line ayatollahs' iron grip on Iranian society.

Adding to the controversy, Ayatollah Mehdi Karrubi, president of the parliament, said he has documents showing the Guardian Council signed on to a plan to get rid of reformists, threatening to release the evidence if the candidates are not reinstated.

Although the Guardian Council is selected by Khamenei, Khatami said he believes the disqualifications contradict the ayatollah's view, "and God willing, the Guardian Council will make amends."

-- Journalist Shirzad Bozorgmehr contributed to this report

http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/01/14/iran.protest/index.html
14 posted on 01/14/2004 7:49:24 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Bring Justice to Iran

By Reza Torkzadeh
FrontPageMagazine.com
January 14, 2004

There are many ironies surrounding the capture of Saddam Hussein. One of the greatest ironies however, is that today the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran are calling for justice in Iraq - as if they have given justice to the Iranian people.

Perhaps the leaders of the Islamic Republic need to be reminded that they are the most dangerous threat to global peace and security; not by chance, but because they have cultivated that reputation. For over 24 years, the Iranian people have been robbed of their justice, their freedoms and their most basic fundamental human rights. We should remind the leaders of the regime that they are responsible for the death of hundreds and thousands of innocent people, and the destruction of a developing country, but the days of totalitarian regimes and brutal dictators are over.

Just as the former regime in Iraq posed a decade of defiance to the International Community, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been defiant for more than two decades. Twice the amount of time the Hussein regime had to develop, conceal and use Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Recently, the regime signed a nuclear protocol set forth by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This agreement requires the regime to allow unannounced inspections of its nuclear facilities. The regime insists that any nuclear program it has is for peaceful purposes only and that it is not developing such technology for weapons. The regime had previously delayed signing the agreement which now becomes part of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The terms set forth in the agreement are almost identical to the ones the former Iraqi regime consented to. Snap-inspections, unannounced presence and the authority to search anywhere the weapons inspectors choose. To many skeptical observers, this gesture would be seen as a more cautionary warning than a positive step towards deterring Iran’s nuclear weapons program. If we learned anything from our experience in Iraq, deception is not as difficult as once anticipated. Weapons of mass destruction and their programs can be concealed and hidden almost effortlessly. For almost six months, the United Nations weapons inspectors were sent on a chase throughout Iraq for weapons that were aggressively being hidden. None have been found to date. Iraq is roughly the size of California while Iran is more than twice its size with three times the population. Maybe, now that Saddam is captured, reality is sinking in for the leaders of the Islamic Republic that their days are numbered.

Domestically, the Islamic Republic has failed on every level: the economy, healthcare, human rights, education, and the judicial system. More than half of Iran's population lives under the poverty line and only a fraction of those who wish to attend college can afford it.

The Iranian judicial system today is based not on the principles of equality and liberty, but on the ideologies and philosophical translations of religious fundamentalist. A legal system which has no boundaries and has currently imprisoned over 30,000 political prisoners lays the foundations for the destructive polices of the regime to be carried out. Women in Iranian society are stoned to death for crimes of "infidelity" and thieves are punished by having their hands cut off.

After the brutal Iran-Iraq war which lasted eight years and resulted in over one million deaths, the two neighboring countries shared more in common than seen plainly on the surface. Both were key strategic countries geo-politically, shared a porous border and had natural oil wealth. More significantly however, was the fact that both were oppressed nations isolated from the outside world that shared the same aspirations to live freely.

As the current events around the world unfold before our eyes, we are being forced to confront the harsh realities of terrorism, the abuse of human rights, and the tyranny of brutal regimes. We have learned that such problems must be confronted where they exist.

Just as terrorist have no place in the civilized world, neither do the medieval laws such regimes impose on their people. With the fall of the Taliban and now the capture of Saddam Hussein, we have also learned that tyranny is stoppable, that liberty is possible and that when the people are given the freedom of choice, only then is freedom, justice and prosperity made attainable.

A major obstacle in confronting the regime in Iran has been the inaction of the international community.

In September, the IAEA gave the regime in Iran until October 31, 2003 to open up its nuclear weapons programs and all materials that may have been exposed to the enriched uranium used to make Weapons of Mass Destruction. The IAEA which was unsuccessful in Iraq not only failed to enforce this deadline on the regime, but has refused to report its noncompliance to the Security Council.

The European Union, which for many years has adhered to a policy of constructive engagement with Iran, continues to support a regime that the United States recognizes as the most active state sponsor of terrorism. The EU believes that in order to improve relations with Iran, we must engage them and in turn, the leaders of this regime will change their policies and behaviors. In reality, the regime has not changed and the EU continues to embrace the position which serves in their best economic interest, rather than on principled interests such as human rights and peace.

The regime's continued financial support of terrorist and their organizations has allowed terrorism in the region to continue and flourish and its pursuit of WMD to resume without any regard to international pressure.

For the leaders of the regime to call Saddam a brutal dictator would be an accurate and unambiguous statement. For responsible leaders of the international community to call the Islamic Republic anything other than what it is would be a great mistake and one that will have an unimaginable impact on the world for decades to come.

Let's not be fooled by finger pointing tyrants demanding justice for another tyrant. Let's not be deceived by the masters of deception. And let's not be mistaken to call the Islamic Republic something they are not.

Most importantly, let's remind the leaders of the Islamic Republic that they too will be brought to justice.



Mr. Torkzadeh is a student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA.

http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=11713
15 posted on 01/14/2004 7:52:53 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran Media Fight Battle of Majlis

January 14, 2004
BBC News
BBC Monitoring

Editorials in conservative Iranian newspapers have strongly condemned pro-reform deputies protesting in the Majlis, or parliament, at a ban on reform candidates running in next month's elections.

The strident press attacks grew as President Mohammad Khatami told members of parliament they had been treated unfairly.

"The appetite of parasites has been provoked. Nothing is better than a stormy and tense climate," wrote the hardline daily Kayhan on Wednesday.

Kayhan accused some of the disqualified deputies of "economic corruption, slander, fraud, drug addiction and affiliation to counter-revolutionary groups". In an editorial on Tuesday it said deputies had "resorted to generating tension and an adverse climate" through a "fear of being disgraced".

Jomhuri-ye Eslami, which supports the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the protesting MPs did not have the support of the public.

"If displays such as sit-ins, political prayers, resignations... are aimed at inciting people's feelings and starting a wave on which they can ride.. they should not have the slightest doubt that such a wave will not flow, because their presence or lack of presence in the election race is not important at all to the people."

Solana under fire

Some papers accused EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who warned Tehran not to endanger foreign relations by holding flawed elections, of interfering in Iran's internal affairs.

Jomhuri-ye Eslami was furious that Mr Solana had suggested the crisis posed a threat to the European Union's ties with Iran.

"Such a stance taken by any foreign individual is unacceptable and should be dismissed by a speedy response to and a strong slap in the face so that no-one else dares repeat these remarks."

Khatami backs protesters

The web site of the newspaper Etemaad carried a statement from President Khatami read out on Tuesday at the podium of the Majlis in support of MPs staging the sit-in.

"I will wait for a week for the situation to get back to normal. Otherwise, if it is not possible to hold the elections, I will leave [resign from] my responsibility."

President Khatami addressed the parliament personally on Wednesday, condemning the actions of the conservative Guardian Council, which vets candidates. His remarks were broadcast live on Iran's Farhang radio.

"The reformist Majlis has a glittering record in legislation, the defence of the rights of the people and the supervision of the country's affairs. Depriving society of frank, brave and knowledgeable deputies, many of whom are present in today's Majlis, is neither seemly in theory nor expedient in practice," the president said.

Bam 'eclipsed'

But in a broadside against the pro-reform wing on Wednesday, Jomhuri-ye Eslami said the power struggle was hampering relief efforts at the site of the Bam earthquake.

"The country's politicians are these days excessively preoccupied with the preliminary issues of the elections, so much so that the massive earthquake in Bam has been eclipsed!" it said.

Some pro-reform newspapers, such as Sharq, quoted MP Elaheh Kula'i backing the deputies. "Their crime is that they have not considered that power is sacred and have criticized it sharply. Their chief crime is that they have asked officials they deemed to be responsible, to be accountable for their actions."

The Iranian Mehr news agency quoted Ali Shakuri-Rad, a Majlis deputy from Tehran, as saying protesters would continue their sit-in until 30 January - the day the Guardian Council announces its final decision on the disqualified candidates.

"The sit-in will continue if the Guardian Council's final decision does not meet the demands of the MPs," he said.

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3395633.stm
16 posted on 01/14/2004 7:54:11 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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France Calls for Free Elections in Iran

January 14, 2004
Middle East Online
middle-east-online.com

MANAMA - French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Wednesday it was essential that Iran's upcoming parliamentary elections, from which reformists have been disqualified en masse, be free.

"We hope... the upcoming elections in Iran will be free," he told a news conference in Manama at the end of a five-nation Gulf tour.

"It seems to me to be essential, in the context of the relations of trust we want to maintain with this country, that they be such," he said at a news conference with Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Mohammad bin Mubarak al-Khalifa.

The crisis erupted on Sunday when the conservative-run Guardians Council, an unelected 12-member watchdog that vets legislation and screens all candidates for public office, moved to disqualify nearly half of the 8,000 people hoping to stand for parliament on February 20.

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has threatened the mass resignation of reformers, including himself and his government.

The United States had on Monday criticised the disqualification of reformist candidates and called for the Iranian government to disavow the move.

De Villepin said France was "engaged in a process of dialogue with Iran in an effort to find solutions to the very difficult issue of proliferation."

"Along with my German and British counterparts (Joschka Fischer and Jack Straw), we initiated an important dialogue in this domain, which made it possible to secure Iran's commitment to respect its international obligations within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," he said.

Iran last month signed the additional protocol of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) allowing surprise inspections of its nuclear facilities.

This followed months of intense diplomacy to pressure Tehran into placing its nuclear facilities under greater international supervision and prove that it is not seeking to develop atomic weapons.

Britain, France and Germany helped persuade Tehran to sign the protocol.

"We want to go further and the dialogue with Iranian authorities is continuing," de Villepin said, adding that he would meet in Paris Thursday with Hassan Rowhani, who heads Iran's Supreme National Security Council.

"With regard to the opening up of all countries, chiefly Iran, and the situation of reformers, we hope all these questions will be resolved through dialogue," he said.

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=8500
17 posted on 01/14/2004 7:56:11 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Khatami is a chicken:
http://www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:4005361e:1994daecace88464?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4123516


Iran MPs rebuff Khatami appeal to suspend sit-in

By Parisa Hafezi

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Reformist Iranian MPs on Wednesday rebuffed President Mohammad Khatami's appeal to suspend their four-day protest over a hardline move to bar hundreds of reformist candidates from standing for parliament.

Pro-reform Khatami, apparently confident he could defuse a crisis that has sparked resignation threats by most of his cabinet, had urged dozens of MPs who have been sleeping on floors in parliament since Sunday to end the sit-in and go back to work.

But the lawmakers, most of whom have been barred from standing in the February 20 vote by the unelected hardline Guardian Council constitutional watchdog, rejected Khatami's conciliatory approach.

"It's natural for us to continue because we haven't achieved our demands yet," Mohammad Reza Khatami, younger brother of the president and deputy speaker of parliament, told Reuters.

The decision was a further blow to the weakened authority of Khatami, who is also under pressure from cabinet colleagues and state governors to take a firm stance against the hardline move.

Khatami had told MPs he was hopeful negotiations would bear fruit with the Guardian Council over its decision to bar almost half of the 8,200 aspiring candidates from the race.

Most of Khatami's cabinet, including four vice presidents and 12 ministers, have said they will resign within a week unless the election bans are overturned. State governors have issued the same warning.

But the Guardian Council said on Tuesday it would not be pressured into lifting the election bans.

Khatami called for unity on Tuesday, telling state governors: "We will leave together (or) we will stay together."

KHATAMI TOO SOFT ON HARDLINERS

Even close allies of Khatami, who swept to power in 1997 on a platform promising to promote civil rights and the rule of law, now criticise him for failing to stand up to hardliners.

Iran's complex political system means that although elected reformists currently run the government and hold a majority in parliament, unelected hardliners who control the judiciary, armed forces and constitutional oversight bodies such as the Guardian Council have been able to block most reform attempts.

Hardliners fear reforms proposed by liberals on issues such as a free press, free speech and women's rights will undermine the system of clerical rule that has been in place since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.

The reformers say they do not want to dismantle clerical rule, only to place more emphasis on the rule of law and citizens' rights.

Many of Iran's disproportionately youthful population have already lost faith in Khatami's ability to overcome conservative resistance, and the public have shown no sign of rallying to the reformists' cause.

Analysts say the disqualification of candidates was a crude attempt by hardliners to prevent a repeat of the 2000 election, when reformists won about 70 percent of seats in parliament.

Pro-reform Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi echoed Khatami's opinion that a negotiated settlement could be found.

"I'm confident that the Guardian Council will reconsider. It has no choice," he told reporters.

He said if talks with the Council failed, the reformists would appeal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Khamenei, who has the last word on all state matters and has tended to side with hardliners in the past, said on Monday he would get involved in the row only if other methods failed.

(Additional reporting by Amir Paivar and Parinoosh Arami)
18 posted on 01/14/2004 7:58:05 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith
Either Khatami is not skilled in the art of negotiations or he is working together with the hardliners. Choose your pick.
19 posted on 01/14/2004 8:00:15 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith
Agreed.
20 posted on 01/14/2004 8:10:45 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: All
The Clerics will never relinquish control peacefully. There will be a bloody revolution to seize power. Right now the bad guys have the guns and they are looking to build up their arsenal for use against outside enemies and inside heretics. I am left with the feeling that most of the Iranian people are complacient. I base this on my association with Iranian friends who have relatives freely coming and going between the USA and Iran. What I get from conversations is that the politics are left to the hot heads on both sides.
21 posted on 01/14/2004 8:35:34 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (This week NY is colder than Alaska!)
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To: All
The Clerics will never relinquish control peacefully. There will be a bloody revolution to seize power. Right now the bad guys have the guns and they are looking to build up their arsenal for use against outside enemies and inside heretics. I am left with the feeling that most of the Iranian people are complacient. I base this on my association with Iranian friends who have relatives freely coming and going between the USA and Iran. What I get from conversations is that the politics are left to the hot heads on both sides.
22 posted on 01/14/2004 8:35:40 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (This week NY is colder than Alaska!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Doc,

I have one of those bills. Someone brought it for me from Iran.
23 posted on 01/14/2004 8:45:12 AM PST by freedom44
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To: F14 Pilot
Freedom ~ Now!
24 posted on 01/14/2004 9:07:55 AM PST by blackie
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To: DoctorZIn
Doctor Zin, please keep the Free Republic up to date on what is going on in Iran.

If the U.S. pulls out of Iraq and the Aytollahs are still in control in Tehran, there will never be peace in that region. They have noticeably toned down their "Great White Satan" rhetoric with U.S. troops on both borders, but as Ijaz pointed out, they are planning mischief in both Iraq and Afghanistan in an attmept to defuse smoldering resentment at their iron control of the Iranian people.

Many of the people on this Board are unaware that Irans are NOT Arabs. Although Iran is an Islamic country, it was the home of the world's first montheistic religion - Zoroastrianism - which has suffered much there as result of persecution by the Aytollahs.

A free, democratic, secularized Iran, fumigated from the effects of the Ayatollahs, will bring great stability to the region and solidify democratic gains in Afghanistan and Iraq.
25 posted on 01/14/2004 9:17:53 AM PST by ZULU (Remember the Alamo!!!!!)
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To: AdmSmith
"Hardliners fear reforms proposed by liberals "

Liberals???

"Hardliners fear".....I don't think so.

"unelected hardliners who control the judiciary, armed forces and constitutional oversight bodies such as the Guardian Council have been able to block most reform attempts."

They block Every "reform attempt" that they want to block.

This writer seems to severely underscore the power of Khamenei.
26 posted on 01/14/2004 9:23:24 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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To: nuconvert; DoctorZIn; Cyrus the Great; F14 Pilot; faludeh_shirazi; Pan_Yans Wife; Persia; ...
I told you so..........


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&ncid=736&e=1&u=/ap/20040114/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_elections

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's supreme leader ordered hard-liners Wednesday to reconsider their disqualification of more than 3,000 pro-reform electoral candidates, the state news agency reported.

The call by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared aimed at defusing a political crisis over the disqualifications, which sparked angry protests by liberals.


Khamenei met members of the Guardian Council, the body responsible for the disqualifications, and told them "the basis of decision should be that (candidates) are authorized to run unless it's proven otherwise," IRNA reported.


Khamenei, who holds final say in all matters in Iran and who is generally backed by hard-liners, had earlier said he would intervene only after normal channels of appeal had been exhausted.




27 posted on 01/14/2004 9:30:39 AM PST by freedom44
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To: freedom44
There are 290(?) parliament members. Doesn't seem they'd have to reconsider many of the 3000 in order to make everyone happy. Especially if they only "reconsider" most of the current members they disqualified the other day.
That whittles the number down quite a bit.
And of course, Khamenei looks like the hero settling the dispute. Khatami looks like a wimp.
28 posted on 01/14/2004 9:56:26 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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To: DoctorZIn
Bump!
29 posted on 01/14/2004 10:01:46 AM PST by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: Bringbackthedraft; All
As an Iranian living outside Iran, it is easy for me to say why people don't stand up to these ruthless thugs, but I'm afraid the Mullahs have created an atmosphere of terror and they are very clever about it. You simply can't tell what they will do to you. In the Case of Canadian/Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi who was simply attempting to take photos of families of students at front of the notorious Evin Prison in north Tehran, she was picked up by revolutionary guards and was apparently tortured and afterwards raped by one of the interrogators then beaten up so hard that had caused her death. At the time of her murder she was at the custody of Justice Ministry officials (so much for Islamic justice!!). So you can see only in this tragic event there is no known or predictable outcome for any wrongdoing. No one knows the consequences of any action! It is this fear that make people not want to even talk about it. Iranians outside of Iran don't feel safe. The IR security men have even funded TV channels in USA. IR Agents look like any other Iranian but they report their activities and if they make the mistake of going back they get picked up at the airport and as a minimum they will be harassed for a few weeks and if they are lucky they let them go. They even force people to become agents of the Security apparatus and spy on Iranian diaspora!
I simply hope that the Mullahs will go in peace to their beloved Arab lands Syria, Libya, Lebanon etc quietly but I know that's never going to happen. There be a blood bath and if no one intervenes they will kill even more! ...I do not trust the EU, they have supported Mullahs in particular the French and Germans. Over 300 hundred Iranian exiles have been assassinated since 1979 mainly in France and Germany. The last well known one was a restaurant in Berlin Called Mykonos where 4 Iranians of Kurdish part of Iran were brutally killed. As a result a German court has named Rafsanjani, Khamenei and several other Mullahs associated with the murders and should they leave Iran that country must hand them over to International Police to be sent to Germany for court hearings. That's why you never see Rafsanjani or Khamenei never travel abroad for their vacations!!
30 posted on 01/14/2004 12:29:41 PM PST by Mullah-Killer
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To: Mullah-Killer
Thanks for your insight.
Welcome to this Iran thread.
31 posted on 01/14/2004 1:32:45 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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To: Mullah-Killer
Welcome to Freerepublic.
32 posted on 01/14/2004 2:52:13 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.)
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To: Mullah-Killer
Welcome to FR.
33 posted on 01/14/2004 4:00:41 PM PST by freedom44
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
'Brokers helped Iran go nuke'
January 14, 2004 (SA)

Islamabad - A top official said on Wednesday Iran sought no help from foreign scientists for its nuclear programme, but that five brokers helped buy equipment on the international market, state media reported.

"No scientist from any other country has helped in this regard," said visiting Iranian deputy foreign minister Mohsin Aminzadeh, according to the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).

Referring to Iran's talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Aminzadeh said Iran only gave the global nuclear watchdog information about five individuals - three Europeans and two from this region - who helped Iran buy equipment required for its nuclear programme, said APP.

The agency did not specify what Aminzadeh meant when he said "this region", but he said the two "had been acting as brokers, they were businessmen who helped us through as intermediaries."

He said it was normal business practice to procure equipment from anywhere in the world and Iran did not contravene the norms.

Taken away for questioning

He called the alleged Pakistan-Iran nuclear co-operation a "fabrication by media", said APP.

Two Pakistani nuclear scientists, Yasin Chohan and Farooq Mohammad, directors of the country's key Kahuta Research Laboratory (KRL), were taken from their homes in early December for questioning about their links with Iran's nuclear programme.

Chohan has since returned home, but Farooq is still being questioned.

The creator of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan, also has been questioned.

A foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday "a very small number of scientists" were being questioned.

"When the government of Iran shared some information with us and subsequently the International Atomic Energy Agency asked for our co-operation, we started these debriefing sessions," Khan said earlier.

Blueprints gave 'tremendous boost' to Iran

The New York Times reported last month that information Iran turned over to the IAEA had strengthened suspicions that Pakistan sold key nuclear secrets to Iran.

Pakistan's suspected role in providing centrifuge designs to Iran was also revealed by the Washington Post, which said the blueprints provided a "tremendous boost" to Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Centrifuges can be used to enrich uranium, spinning it at supersonic speeds to produce a concentrated material used to make nuclear weapons.

Pakistan last week also denied another New York Times report that some of its scientists may have provided Libya with technology to enrich uranium for use in nuclear weapons.

Islamabad, which went public as a nuclear power in May 1998 when it conducted underground nuclear tests, has consistently denied reports that it has exported its nuclear know-how.

President Pervez Musharraf has rejected the allegations as a smear campaign.

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1469498,00.html
34 posted on 01/14/2004 5:11:22 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
IRAN: Better shelter needed before weather warms up

BAM, 14 Jan 2004 (IRIN) - Maryam, a resident of Bam in her 40s, lost her husband and four of her 11 children in the devastating earthquake that hit the southeastern Iranian city on 26 December. She has been provided with a tent by the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) subsequently established not far from the place where her house used to stand.

She lives there with three of the children who survived, she sent her four other offspring to their grandfather outside the city to be looked after. Maryam's neighbour Mujgan was lucky enough to escape the terrible disaster that claimed the lives of an estimated 30,000 people and left some 100,000 people homeless and destitute.

Nobody died in her family that night as they were sleeping outside their house. However, they lost everything when their house was leveled and turned into rubble. She hurries to get to her temporary shelter with a pair of blankets given by the IRCS to keep her family warm at night when the weather is cold, dropping sometimes below zero.

The United Nations Coordination Centre in Bam has said that according to official figures, a total of 90,000 tents had been distributed among the affected population. "People have received adequate [numbers of] tents and blankets at this point of time," Abdul Haq Amiri, head of the UN team in Bam, told IRIN on Tuesday.

However, one of the concerns is the upcoming hot season, given Bam's desert location. "The heat is coming very soon and in one month the temperature will be about 40 degrees and it will be very hot here," the UN official said.

For that reason the government is said to be keen to have temporary shelter established for the vast number of homeless by the end of April. "But there is no specific or standard design for it as yet," Amiri added, noting that there was a number of possible types of semi-permanent shelter proposed to meet the huge needs. According to official estimates some 10,000 semi-permanent houses would be needed.

"As the weather changes shelter has to be improved," Amiri ascertained. The UN official stressed the need for proper accommodation that could protect people against scorching heat, noting that efforts to push that forward were underway. "It is absolutely impossible to live in summer under those tents that they [people of Bam] have received," he said.

Brunson McKinley, director general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), told IRIN in Bam that the agency was in the southeastern Iranian city to assess semi-permanent housing needs. "The idea is basically to replace the tents in which many the people are living now with something that will withstand both the wind and the heat better and to do it pretty quickly," McKinley explained. IOM intends constructing after shock-resistant housing that will last around 12 months from local materials.

http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=38924&SelectRegion=Central_Asia&SelectCountry=IRAN
35 posted on 01/14/2004 5:13:41 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.)
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To: F14 Pilot
Iran regime builds nuclear weapons, promotes terrorism, suppresses human rights--getting a standing O from the EU.
36 posted on 01/14/2004 5:43:06 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: freedom44

Magnitude 5.4 SOUTHERN IRAN
2004 January 14 16:58:51 UTC

37 posted on 01/14/2004 5:51:07 PM PST by Nix 2 (http://www.warroom.com QUINN AND ROSE from 6-10 AM-104.7 FM in da Burgh-as of Jan. 5)
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To: DoctorZIn
Chirac Meets Iran Official;Seeks "New Stage In Relations"

January 14, 2004
Dow Jones Newswires
The Associated Press

PARIS -- A senior Iranian official met with French President Jacques Chirac Wednesday. In a meeting with Hasan Rowhani, head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Chirac said he hoped for a new future in relations between France and Iran, but stressed that Tehran must follow through with its commitments.

"This will permit the opening of a new stage in relations between Iran and the international community, as in our bilateral relations," Chirac said, quoted by his spokeswoman, Catherine Colonna.

Rowhani was on a three-day visit to Paris to mark a new era of improved ties with Tehran after France, Germany and Russia laid the groundwork last fall for Iran to allow international inspection of its nuclear facilities.

http://framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/samplestory.asp?StoryID=2004011419300011&Take=1
38 posted on 01/14/2004 6:07:28 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran Has Yet to Agree on Nuclear Freeze with UN

January 14, 2004
Reuters
Louis Charbonneau

VIENNA -- The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday it had yet to agree with Iran on what constituted suspension of uranium enrichment activities, which Tehran has promised to freeze over charges it is covertly developing an atomic bomb.

Western diplomats have said Iran has continued to amass large amounts of uranium-enrichment centrifuge machinery, despite a promise to suspend all activities related to a technology critical for bomb-making.

On Wednesday, the United States warned Tehran to fulfill its pledges and called for a comprehensive and indefinite suspension, with the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency dictating the terms to Tehran.

The United States, which sees Iran as a source of terrorist activity, views with skepticism Tehran's insistence its nuclear program is aimed only at generating electrical energy. Diplomats say Washington, London and other capitals are viewing the "limited suspension" with concern.

The IAEA, whose inspectors have the task of verifying Tehran's statements that its nuclear program is purely peaceful, declined to comment. But an IAEA spokesman acknowledged the agency was still discussing with Iran what activities should be suspended.

"We are still in consultations about the scope of their suspension," IAEA spokesman Mark Gwozdecky said. He gave no details about where the agency and Tehran disagree.

He said the IAEA would report to the IAEA governing board about the enrichment suspension in March.

"At the request of Iran and the (IAEA) Board of Governors, we are monitoring Iran's suspension of enrichment-related activities and will report on this to the next scheduled meeting of the board," Gwozdecky said.

Enrichment is a process of purifying uranium for use in weapons or to make nuclear fuel for power plants. Experts say acquiring weapons-grade material is the biggest hurdle countries seeking to make an atomic bomb must overcome.

WHO DEFINES TERMS?

"Failure by Iran to live up to its promise and to adopt a comprehensive and indefinite suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities would be deeply troubling," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters in Washington.

"To begin to rebuild the international community's confidence that Iran has genuinely abandoned its nuclear weapons efforts, the scope of that suspension we believe must ... cover all sensitive aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle," he said.

Several Western diplomats said Iran made it clear that it was only suspending activities that fell under its limited definition of the term "enrichment-related" and has therefore continued acquiring enrichment centrifuge machinery.

They say it had originally been understood that the IAEA -- not Tehran -- would define the terms of the suspension. They also say Iran maintains it would only breach the accord if it actually enriched uranium, not just acquired materials.

The Western diplomats said Tehran has been interpreting the term "enrichment-related" as narrowly as possible to enable it to forge ahead with its ambitious enrichment program, which Iran says will provide low-enriched uranium for electricity- generating plants.

Uranium enrichment has been a sensitive issue in Iran ever since IAEA inspectors found traces of bomb-grade highly-enriched uranium at two sites in the country. This sparked concerns that Iran either made or imported weapons-grade material for a bomb.

Tehran insists its nuclear program is purely peaceful and says the traces were from contaminated machinery Iran purchased on the black market during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

(additional reporting by Saul Hudson in Washington)

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4128625
39 posted on 01/14/2004 6:08:28 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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IRAN INVITES FRANCE TO INVEST IN FUTURE NUCLEAR INSTALLATIONS

PARIS 13 Jan.
(IPS)

One of Iran’s post powerful politicians, Hojjahirtoleslam Hasan Rohani met French President Jacques Chirac Wednesday as in Tehran, the unprecedented crisis between Iranian powerless reformists with the ruling conservatives over the rejection of tens of leading reformist candidates entered its fourth strait day.

While in Tehran last week at the very start of the crisis, Mr. Xavier Solana, the EU’s High Representative for Security and Foreign Affairs said he did not know how to explain to the Europeans that popular and active MM’s could be barred from running in elections?

Mr. Rohani briefed his French counterparts on the issue at talks at the Elysee Palace and the Quai D’Orsay. He had a speech at the French Senate, the first ever by any Iranian personality, which highlightens the importance Paris gives to this visit. Mr. Rohani maintained that the elections in the Islamic Republic are among the « most free and fair in the world ».

Well-informed sources following the meeting told Iran Press Service that though the French, like other Europeans, have difficulty understanding the reason of the Council of the Guardians to disqualify popular figures and members of the Majles, but this had no effects on the subject of the talks, specially after the influential cleric observed that very likely, both the next parliament and government in Tehran would be controlled by the ruling conservatives who have, in recent weeks, signed signals to Washington for resuming talks on the possibility of normalising relations.

Mr. Rohani, as the Secretary of the Supreme Council for National Security (SCNS) who met in Tehran last October with foreign affairs ministers of France, Germany and Britain, agreed to sign the Additional Protocol to the Non Proliferation Treaty and led, with brio, the stormy talks, two months ago, with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The United States, Israel and some European governments accuses the Islamic Republic of using civilian atomic plants for producing nuclear weapons, charges that Tehran rejects vehemently, insisting that it has no such intentions.

According to some Iranian analysts, Mr. Rohani, a cleric who is very close to Ayatollah Ali Khamenehe’i, the leader of the Islamic Republic, would very probably, if not certainly, become Iran’s next Speaker or President, hence the warm-welcome he received by the French authorities, « probably on recommendation from the Germans, the first who discovered and cultivated him a long time ago, giving him almost a red carpet reception every time he came to Germany », according to Mr. Morteza Ra’issi, a veteran Iranian journalist and commentator of Iranian affairs based in Germany, covering for the Persian service of the BBC.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources said Mr. Rohani reminded that he agreed to sign the Protocols, that gives international nuclear inspectors unconditional and unrestricted visit to all Iranian nuclear facilities and sites on conditions that in return, Iran receives advanced nuclear technologies for civilian uses, as stipulated in the NPT.

Mr. Rohani also waved the prospects for France – as well as Germany, Iran’s major trading partner and political supporter – entering again Iran’s lucrative nuclear market worth billions of Euros.

Iran’s present 1000 megawatts atomic powered electrical plant being constructed in the Persian Gulf port of Booshehr with the help of Russia was originally designed and started by the German firm of Siemens before the Islamic revolution of 1979 and was followed by two other, situated in the oil-rich province of Khoozestan, by the French.

As a minority shareholder of the Eurodif, the French atomic firm that produces uranium, Iran expects to get some of the fuel it needs for the future nuclear power plants it intends to build from the company.

As Mr. Rohani was talking to the French, in the German Capital of Berlin, a very important agreement aiming starting large-scale technology cooperation between the two sides was signed.

According to the accord that was inked by the Iranian Energy Minister, Mr. Habibollah Bitaraf and Mrs. Edelgard Buhlman, the German Minister for Research and Technology, German firms could invest in Iran up to 660 million Euros, creating water and water cleaning and sewage factories using the most advanced technologies in the fields, covered by the German

“German companies can now form consortium with Iranian counterparts projects worth billions of Euros”, Mrs. Buhlman told reporters, informing that the first agreement of 250 million Euros has been signed, limited to water works in Tehran.

Germany and Iran have carried out water projects studies since 2000 and this new agreement would create much needed jobs for German concerns”, she added.

“The Wednesday’s almost unprecedented agreement would mark the beginning of future close cooperation in advanced technologies not only with Iran, but also aimed at the lucrative Central Asian markets’, Mr. Ra’issi told IPS.

ENDS IRAN FRANCE 14104

http://www.iran-press-service.com/articles_2004/Jan_04/iran_france_13104.html

40 posted on 01/14/2004 6:10:29 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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KHAMENEH’I ORDERED CG TO APPROVE REJECTED CANDIDATES

TEHRAN 14 Jan.
(IPS)

Islamic Republic of Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, in an effort to diffuse one of the regime’s worst political crisis, urged Wednesday the Council of the Guardians (CG) to review its decision to disqualify some of the candidates from running in the upcoming Legislative election on February 20.

In a meeting with the 12-members CG, half of them appointed by himself, Mr. Khameneh’i observed that since distinguishing the qualification has different stages, “we should not go far in confirming the qualification of the members of parliament", referring to the extreme criteria the Guardian Council has adopted so far in approving the credential of tens of leading reformist MMs (Members of the Majles) candidates.

“On the disqualifications by the Guardian Council of incumbent MPs, Ayatollah Khameneh’i said that those whose qualification has been approved so far should be re-confirmed, unless the contrary is proved”, the official news agency IRNA reported, as threats by President Mohammad Khatami to lead a mass resignation of MMs, government ministers and provincial governors “unless a hard line political watchdog backed down” was denied.

"We have to remain firm. If one day we are asked to leave, then we will all leave, together", the usually mild-mannered President had warned Tuesday an open Majlis session, adding "When it comes to the elections and defending people's rights, the president is firm and will not forget his oath".

"The Guardians Council has a good opportunity to review the cases with precision and conforming with the law", the state media that is directly controlled by the leader quoted Mr. Khameneh’i as telling members of the body.

Ayatollah Khameneh’i, who has the final say on all matters of state, said in the case of MMs who are currently sitting in parliament -- 83 of whom had been barred from re-election -- "if their aptitude was proved in the past, the principle is that they are still competent unless it can be proved otherwise".

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the Secretary of the CG that vets all candidates to all elections in the theocratic regime of Iran bowed to the leader’s demand, promised to “re-examine” the case of disqualified incumbent MMs, among them Dr. Mohammad Reza Khatami, the younger brother of the President who is both the first deputy-Speaker and leader of the leader of Islamic Iran Participation Front, the country’s largest political party and other outspoken reformist lawmakers of the 292-seat Parliament, confirming that the body has received complaints against the disqualification.

“This is a civilian coup, one that means changing the regime without military intervention”, Mr. Mohsen Mirdamadi, the Chairman of the National security and Foreign Affairs of the Majles, himself barred, described the CG’s decision.

To resist the decision, rejected lawmakers, joined by other confirmed deputies immediately staged a sit-in at the Majles and menaced of going on an endless hunger strike if the CG decision is upheld.

But contrary to the outrage the move has created in Iranian political circles and the importance it has received outside, the public has remained almost indifferent to what some commentators described as a “storm in a tea cup”.

"We hope ... the upcoming elections in Iran will be free", French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin told a news conference Wednesday in Manama at the end of a five-nation Persian Gulf tour.

"It seems to me to be essential, in the context of the relations of trust we want to maintain with this country, that they be such", he said, echoing a similar warning earlier in the week from European Union (news - web sites) foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

But Iranian commentators dismissed a comment by the French news agency AFP saying “A departure of the reformist government, elected with massive majorities in past polls, could plunge Iran and its blend of democracy and theocracy into political chaos and back into international isolation”.

“These people, including the president himself described outside as moderate, have been powerless or unwilling to carry out the reforms they had promised and suddenly, they contest what they rightly deserve”, Mrs. Nasrin Mahdavi, an Iranian journalist in Germany covering for the Persian service of the Voice of America told Iran Press service.

Other observers said by ordering the CG to approve the most prominent reformist MMs, Mr. Khameneh’i offers them the “most poisonous gift” by making them utterly unpopular.

Already divorced by the voters, mostly the young ones that make the majority of Iranian voters and the international community, the reformists, in order to regain their lost popularity inside and outside, make all this noise, oblivion of the fact if they are allowed to run for the next elections, they would add to their discredit with the public and if elected, they would be nothing than more pawns in a Majles controlled by the conservatives.

The Guardians Council is due to make a final ruling on the disqualifications at the end of the month, and a definitive list of candidates is due to be released around 12 February.

ENDS DIQUALIFICATIONS 14104

http://www.iran-press-service.com/articles_2004/Jan_04/iran_disqualified_14103.html

41 posted on 01/14/2004 6:16:39 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: Nix 2
Thanks nix2


EARTHQUAKE ( approx. 12:00 Noon EST)
Magnitude 5.4 SOUTHERN IRAN
2004 January 14 16:58:51 UTC
Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

Magnitude 5.4
Date-Time Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 16:58:51 (UTC) - Coordinated Universal Time
Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 08:28:51 PM local time at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 27.70N 52.31E
Depth 33.0 kilometers
Region SOUTHERN IRAN
Reference 205 km (125 miles) SE of Bushehr, Iran
215 km (135 miles) S of Shiraz, Iran
235 km (145 miles) NE of MANAMA, Bahrain
885 km (550 miles) S of TEHRAN, Iran


http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/neic_dqba.html
42 posted on 01/14/2004 7:23:56 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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To: DoctorZIn
Already divorced by the voters, mostly the young ones that make the majority of Iranian voters and the international community, the reformists, in order to regain their lost popularity inside and outside, make all this noise, oblivion of the fact if they are allowed to run for the next elections, they would add to their discredit with the public and if elected, they would be nothing than more pawns in a Majles controlled by the conservatives.

Is it too much to ask for the writer to edit this sentence, for clarity? Goodness! And we wonder why people don't understand!

43 posted on 01/14/2004 7:42:26 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.)
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LoL

That's a long one...
44 posted on 01/14/2004 8:28:25 PM PST by nuconvert ( "Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow")
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45 posted on 01/14/2004 11:58:37 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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