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Iranian Alert -- February 2, 2004 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD --Americans for Regime Change in Iran
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 2.2.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 02/02/2004 12:06:43 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
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Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

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1 posted on 02/02/2004 12:06:44 AM PST by DoctorZIn
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Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

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2 posted on 02/02/2004 12:10:38 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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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.

Keep the reports coming, Doc.

3 posted on 02/02/2004 12:11:53 AM PST by xJones
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Claiming Defence Only to Proliferate

February 02, 2004
Bangkok Post News

The world should be shocked into action by the discovery of banned nuclear facilities inside newly neighbourly Libya and suddenly cooperative Iran. A few antagonistic countries insist on the right to develop terrible weapons systems in secret. People may say that international inspections by suspicious nuclear experts violate national sovereignty. The correct reply from now on must be to ask what they have to hide.

The world has a right to an answer to this pertinent question. North Korea has recently invited groups to observe its nuclear weapons programme and seems closer to playing the extortion card than ever. The administration has told private groups it is on the verge of testing nuclear weapons. The regime could be dissuaded from these tests by large and generous amounts of aid, along with promises to leave Pyongyang alone. Diplomats hope negotiations can bring a solution. Others, undiplomatically, properly call the Pyongyang position nuclear blackmail.

The truth is international agreements on proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons have broken down because of a tiny minority of rogues. Almost all countries not only welcome inspections by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, they facilitate them. Almost all countries report honestly and properly on their stocks of terrible weapons. Almost all countries report the labs, equipment and personnel they have to build the worst weapons.

No weapons treaty, however, contains enforcement procedures. For some 30 years, Libya flaunted rules on chemical and nuclear weapons. Now, Tripoli has seen the advantages of cooperation, and will reap the rewards of membership in the international community once again. North Korea is the best known country trafficking in illegal weapons. It threatens neighbours, conducts business with the worst types of governments and groups, and greatly harms its own people.

There also are cases like Taiwan and Israel, whose governments maintain terrible weapons secretly in the questionable name of national defence. Superpowers can also contribute. Last week, nuclear power China decided to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, which monitors and restricts the proliferation of weapons and the technology to build them.

In recent weeks, the United States, Japan and South Korea have said little about the Pyongyang part of the ``axis of evil''. Washington has properly treated Iraq, Iran and North Korea as separate cases. Clearly, the hope is that China can convince its long-time ally that its best hope is to cooperate with the world. It is likely the dictator Kim Jong-il can survive yet another winter by scraping up income through aid _ including from Washington _ and illegal, covert weapons sales like the recent Scud missiles smuggled to Yemen.

Mr Kim is most worried about his survival. In fact, while his fall and the collapse of his regime would be welcomed in decent circles everywhere, the fallout from a Pyongyang political implosion would be massive. A far more attractive solution would see a change of policy in Pyongyang, where the nuclear programme and illicit weapons sales halt immediately, in return for which the world would help North Korea develop into a responsible and economically improving state.

The time has come to challenge and to rein in the tiny handful of rogue nations using the pretext of national defence to proliferate. The world must face Pyongyang and a number of other uncooperative countries with more determination. North Korea has the right to develop a system of national defence. Every country has the duty to defend its borders and thus its citizens. In these dangerous days, however, no country has the right to challenge peace and stability.
4 posted on 02/02/2004 12:23:01 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Skating on Thin Ice

February 01, 2004
The Hindustan Times
Rajesh Mishra

The unraveling mysteries from North Korea to Iran and Libya to Saudi Arabia, hint at suspected Pakistani involvement in State-sponsored foreign collaborations.

The Pakistani argument that key nuclear scientists have acted upon unauthorised ‘personal ambition and greed’ seems an attempt to divert international attention. In any case, the danger of WMD spreading out of Pakistan remain alarmingly high.

Last year, a sales brochure from the Khan Research Laboratory offering equipment and assistance in enrichment of uranium was obtained from outside Pakistan. It raised proliferation concerns and also questions on whether such offers were being clandestinely sold to other countries. The international community, including the US, seemed to show a lack of sensitivity in such matters till recently. Now, however, Islamabad’s nuclear history is under sharp western media focus.

In August 2000, The Guardian published a notice for the export of 11 radioactive substances, including depleted and enriched uranium, plutonium and tritium and 17 types of equipment, including nuclear power reactors, nuclear research reactors and reactor control systems.

A former army chief, General Mirza Aslam Beg, was quoted as saying in the news daily: “We have enough material to maintain our low-level nuclear deterrence and so much in surplus that we can sell it in the open market. It is a respectable way of earning money.” The realities now disclosed project a larger picture of unlawful deals.

Undermining international no-rms, Islamabad has received extensive technology and systems support from Beijing to create its nuclear arsenal. Pakistan-China collaboration in nuclear matters, in turn, propelled an arms race in South Asia. During the course of developing a nuclear weapons infrastructure in the country, a new corpus of nuclear experts was raised under the leadership of its ace scientist, A.Q. Khan, in Pakistan. Khan himself was dismissed as advisor to the president this past week. The scientific capabilities Pakistan received from China and other nations are now widely believed to be spreading to different parts of the world, including Iran.

The Washington Post of December 21, 2003 reported that Iran’s nuclear programme was tied to Pakistan. It revealed that a probe of Iran’s secret nuclear programme pointed to Pakistan as the source of crucial technology. Islamabad refuted the allegation.

A few weeks earlier, a story in The Times of November 13, 2003 had Iran admitting that Pakistan gave it key nuclear help. The Pakistan foreign ministry called the report ‘totally baseless’ and ‘anti-Islamic’. However, literature on defence and strategic matters suggest that nuclear cooperation between Iran and Pakistan started in 1986. Pakistan has also refuted reports that Khan made secret visits to Iran.

The two senior scientists arrested in early December last year, Yasin Chauhan, Director-General of Khan Research Laboratories (KRL), and Mohammad Farooq, laboratory director at KRL, had worked under Khan. Pakistan has critical uranium enrichment and missile development facilities at KRL. In March 2003, the Americans had imposed sanctions on KRL for missile related transfers from North Korea.

A Japanese newspaper has also reported that North Korea had sent three scientists to Pakistan in 1999 to study uranium enrichment technology. According to media and intelligence sources, Pakistan-North Korea relations for arms transfer are now some three decades old, beginning with North Korea’s supply of artillery, ammunition and military equipment to Islamabad. The initial trade relation was based on North Korea’s need for hard currency and Pakistan’s demand for army equipment. The watershed of State-level authorisation for carrying covert projects can be said to have rigorously started since Benazir Bhutto came to power for the first time in December 1988 and subsequently sent a few officials to North Korea for a feasibility study of new opportunities. It is widely believed that Bhutto herself travelled to Pyongyang in 1993.

One of the reasons speculated behind the removal of Khan from KRL was his links with North Korea. Still, as late as in July 2002, US spy satellites detected the shipment of missile parts from North Korea. Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf refuses to accept the charges. “We work on solid fuel and they operate on liquid fuel. We do not need to exchange anything with them,” he said in a recent interview.

However, in early November 2003, during his visit to South Korea, Musharraf also said a reported visit to North Korea by Khan was connected with the purchase of conventional short-range missiles, not sales of nuclear technology.

The denial and then acceptance in parts stands to prove that Pak