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Iranian Alert -- March 4, 2004 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD --Americans for Regime Change in Iran
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 3.4.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 03/04/2004 12:12:05 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
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DoctorZin Note: Nuclear Proliferation is becoming a Major Problem.

Nigerian army 'offered nukes' [Guess who is offering them...]

The Australian ^ | March 04, 2004
Posted on 03/04/2004 2:03:30 AM PST by Piefloater

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1090417/posts
21 posted on 03/04/2004 2:15:33 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Pro-reform Party Announces Strategy After Majlis Elections

March 04, 2004
BBC Monitoring
BBC Monitoring Middle East

Tehran -- Leading Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) issued a communique on Wednesday [3 March], announcing the party's strategy after the 7th Majlis elections.

The IIPF communique reads, "This organization is now focusing on other phases of its activities, aimed at the establishment of democracy."

The IIPF adds in the communique, a copy of which was faxed to IRNA on Wednesday night, "The IIPF that has shouldered the tough political and social burden of reforms during the recent years, is more than ever before concerned about the reforms' status today, and tomorrow."

The communique says the Participation Front has considered the main concern for Iran yesterday, today, and tomorrow, the establishment of grass root democracy, arguing, "In order to pass through the tough path towards the full establishment of democracy in Iran, we need to rely on shared wisdom of the Iranians, shared criticism, and joint practical moves."

The political front added, "The IIPF still believes paving the path towards comprehensive grandeur and advancement of Iran would be possible only through proceeding towards the establishment of democracy and emphasizing on the need to push forth the reforms movement."

The writers of the communique believe, "Despite all hardships this front has endured and all accusations it has suffered from, the IIPF still considers being involved in civil and political activities as its natural right, and will keep on pursuing its objectives through all legally approved ways."

The Front adds, "IIPF will do all its best not to permit the revolution's ideals, and Islamic Republic's achievements be robbed under narrow-minded interpretations."

Elsewhere in the communique the IIPF adds, "this organization, while expanding its civil and political activities, will prioritize political criticism for all deviations."

"We will focus on devising our short term and long term policies in all possible fields," adds the communique.

Arguing that today we can realize the dynamism and vivaciousness of the reforms movement more than ever before, the IIPF has stressed, elections, rather than insisting on its traditional conservative stands has resorted to reformist mottoes is further proof for the dynamism of the reforms movement, that is irrevocable."

The writers of the communique believe, "It goes without saying that the political current that has for many years opposed the reforms movement and bitterly criticized the reformers has now adopted mottoes in line with the reforms, the nation, too, will not yield to anything short of their keeping their promises in pushing forth plans in that line."

The IIPF argues, "The core of those mottoes is abiding by the laws, denouncing aggression, guaranteeing the political freedoms, strengthening the civil organizations, refraining from fomenting tension at regional and international scenes, safeguarding the human rights, justice and equal rights for the whole nation, and briefly speaking, good governance, and arranging for an ideal society."

The political front has elsewhere in the communique reflected its evaluation of the 7th Majlis elections, offering the characteristics of a free and fair election, regardless of who its winners might be.

The IIPF has expressed certainty that by propagating lenience and tolerance, the "so called winners of the elections are after conquering the presidential elections, too, and thus after the exertion of their hegemony over the executive body as well."

The IIPF has predicted that in pushing forth that strategy, it is quite probable the winners of the Majlis elections might resort to creating new obstacles on the way of political and cultural activities, student and university movements, freedom of the press, parties, and civil organization, and barring the path of the government in performing its legally approved tasks.

Text of report in English by Iranian news agency IRNA

Source: IRNA news agency, Tehran, in English 2213 gmt 3 Mar 04

http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk/
22 posted on 03/04/2004 2:17:47 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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EP Committee Hears Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi

March 04, 2004
European Parliament
European Union Press Releases

Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner, was the guest on Wednesday of a joint meeting of Parliament's Foreign Affairs and Women's Rights Committees. MEPs greeted her with a thunderous round of applause, after which Ms Ebadi gave a speech setting out her views on the role of Islam in democracy, the situation of women in Iran and the parliamentary elections of 20 February, which are expected to result in a big victory for conservatives.

"It is unfortunate that a large number of candidates were declared ineligible", she said. "By signing up to the Charter of Human Rights, the Islamic Republic of Iran had stated its intention of abiding by its obligations. Any signatory country undertakes to respect individual rights through participation in free elections", she added. Several MEPs voiced disappointment at this setback to democratisation in Iran. One of them was Michael Gahler (EPP-ED, D), who asked "How can the European Parliament pursue dialogue effectively while also supporting reform?". Bob van den Bos (ELDR, NL) maintained that the Council of Guardians of the Revolution was responsible for manipulating the elections. "How can we continue talks with people who are utterly manipulated by the regime?" he asked Ms Ebadi.

"When Mr Khatami was elected, the flower of democracy flourished. It is perhaps our fault that we did not cherish that flower", she told MEPs. She then urged the European Parliament to adopt a report on Iran "provided you monitor events and provide for sanctions" if Iran fails to implement any commitments it gives. She also stressed that negotiations, rather than boycotts or embargoes, were the best way for Europe to help democratisation in Iran. "But negotiations must have a purpose and not be simply limited to maintaining dialogue".

Turning to the relationship between Islam and human rights, Shirin Ebadi set out her position straight away: "Islam is a religion which protects women's rights", she said, explaining that it was "patriarchal culture" that lay at the root of many social problems. "This tribal culture does not believe in equality between human beings", she argued. "Women are the victims but they are also the vehicles of this culture. Every violent man was brought up by a woman. They are therefore also responsible for transmitting this pernicious disease", she said. "I see only one solution: education".

The Nobel Prize winner told MEPs that progress had been made on women's and children's rights, although sex discrimination still existed under Iranian law. The law on child custody following a divorce had been amended last month, both to protect more strongly the right of women to look after their children and also to take account of children's emotional needs. "To improve their lot, Iranian women must take further action", she said. But she also warned against easy optimism, since laws banning torture and discrimination against women, which had been approved by the Iranian parliamentary assembly, had then been rejected by the Council of Guardians of the Revolution. According to Mrs Ebadi, "The attitude of this Council is worrying".

Edward Mcmillan-Scott, (EPP-ED, UK) wondered whether Iranian women's organisations would accept EU funding to promote democracy. "This is the only funding that does not require consent of the host government when it is spent", he pointed out. Shirin Ebadi replied "Don't give us financial help because we'll be accused of being spies! We need your spiritual aid but not your financial help".

25.02.2004 Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defence Policy

In the chair: Elmar BROK (EPP-ED, D)

Press enquiries:

Joelle Fiss - tel. (32-2) 28 41075 - e-mail: foreign-press@europarl.eu.int

Katarzyna Prandota - tel. (32-2) 28 31051 - e-mail: femm-press@europarl.eu.int

http://www.europarl.eu.int/home/default_en.htm
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U.N. Nuke Watchdog Prepares Iran, Libya Resolutions

March 04, 2004
Reuters
Louis Charbonneau

VIENNA -- Member states of the U.N. atomic watchdog are in intense backroom talks to draft a resolution criticizing Iran for failing to declare sensitive parts of its nuclear program in its declaration last year, diplomats said.

Monday, the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors begins a week-long meeting to discuss the nuclear programs of Iran and Libya and other atomic issues.

Although Washington has long accepted there was little support for a resolution finding Iran in "non-compliance" with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) -- which would refer it to Security Council -- Washington wants the board to criticize Tehran in the harshest possible terms, diplomats said.

"We think the Iranians are still trying to conceal a clandestine weapons program, and that's why it remains a grave concern to us," U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security John Bolton told reporters in Lisbon.

Bolton confirmed Washington was not seeking a non-compliance resolution, but said Washington was "not going to reduce the pressure on Iran."

Tehran, which says its atomic program is peaceful, wants to avoid any criticism. Diplomats from IAEA member states said Iranian officials have been lobbying board members to have the Iranian nuclear program removed from the board's agenda.

How to mix some praise with criticism in the resolution will be the focus of haggling during the drafting process, they said.

"Iran has been cooperating more," a non-aligned diplomat said, referring to IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei's comments from earlier this week in Brussels. "A resolution should say that."

Last week, France, Britain and Germany promised Tehran they would try to prevent the passage of any resolution on Iran in exchange for its agreement to a total suspension of activities related to the enrichment of uranium. But several diplomats said the three countries' view was unrealistic.

"In the case of Iran, there must be a resolution," a Western diplomat told Reuters. "Not to have a resolution on Iran would be to ignore the IAEA report."

IRAN WITHHELD INFORMATION FROM U.N.

ElBaradei's latest report said Iran withheld information on research and development in the advanced "P2" enrichment centrifuge, which can produce arms-grade uranium at twice the speed of the first-generation "P1" centrifuge.

In its October declaration, which Tehran described at the time as a full and truthful account of its entire program, Iran also did not mention sensitive experiments with plutonium and polonium, a substance that can be used to initiate a chain reaction in a nuclear fission bomb.

"Iran did not make a full and final declaration," said one Western diplomat. "Doubtless there will be more revelations."

In the October dossier, Iran acknowledged keeping its enrichment program secret for 18 years. It later admitted getting help from Pakistani scientists, including the father of Pakistan's atom bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan, diplomats said.

Diplomats who follow the IAEA say the Libyans deserve much of the credit for the most recent revelations about Iran. They said the Libyans have been providing the IAEA with a wealth of details about the global black market that supplied Iran, Libya and North Korea with potentially arms-related technology.

The United States and Britain are co-sponsoring a resolution that praises Libya's December announcement it would renounce all weapons of mass destruction programs, but notifies the U.N. Security Council of Tripoli's NPT breaches.

Although the Council has the power to impose sanctions, diplomats said the referral of Libya would be "pro forma" and would not call for punitive actions since Libya is cooperating.

(Additional reporting by Ian Simpson in Lisbon)

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4497461
24 posted on 03/04/2004 2:19:13 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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John Kerry and the War on Terror

Human Events
by Robert Spencer
Posted Mar 4, 2004

When Abraham Lincoln received complaints about the hard-drinking, cigar-smoking General Grant, he responded: "I can't spare this man: he fights." That could be the last word on George W. Bush in 2004.

There are many things that the President has said and done that I don't like. But at least he has some awareness of what's at stake in the war on terror. Since global jihadists want to destroy republican government and the secular societies of the West, anti-terror efforts should enjoy bipartisan support. But instead, they've become a political football.

In an address to the Council on Foreign Relations in December, John Kerry declared: "We have a president who has developed and exalted a strategy of war -- unilateral, preemptive and, in my view, profoundly threatening to America's place in the world and to the safety and prosperity of our own society. Simply put, the Bush administration has pursued the most arrogant, inept, reckless and ideological foreign policy in modern history. . . . The Bush administration should swallow its pride and reverse course."

Reverse course? What that might mean for the war on terror was demonstrated on February 27 in the Philippines, when the Muslim terror group Abu Sayyaf bombed a ferry boat, killing as many as 134 people. Abu Sayyaf may have picked that day for the bombing because it was the day that two members of the group, including its leader's brother, were sentenced to life in prison for the 2000 kidnapping of an American, Jeffrey Schilling. Schilling was held for eight months by Abu Sayyaf, often in body chains, and was tortured.

Remember that kidnapping? No? You're in good company. But Abu Sayyaf has kidnapped and even killed other Americans in the Philippines as well. None of these incidents ever made much of an impression stateside. Before 9/11, Americans tended to slough off overseas terrorist attacks on Americans -- and even on our soldiers, sailors and Marines. Such attacks were merely passing outrages somewhere out there beyond our borders. When Bill Clinton noted them at all, he treated them as criminal matters, to be dealt with by law enforcement officials. Aside from a few cruise missiles here and there, this amounted to very little. And this indifference allowed our enemy to thrive and grow.

It was the Bush Administration that recognized that we are in a war, and began to fight. As part of a global network of Al-Qaeda affiliates and allies, Abu Sayyaf knows that it is one of the ultimate targets.

No doubt, therefore, the Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in Mindanao are wearing Kerry buttons now -- as are the Iranian mullahs. About Iran's recent sham elections, Bush said: "I join many in Iran and around the world in condemning the Iranian regime's efforts to stifle freedom of speech, including the closing of two leading reformist newspapers in the run-up to the election. Such measures undermine the rule of law and are clear attempts to deny the Iranian people's desire to freely choose their leaders. The United States supports the Iranian people's aspiration to live in freedom, enjoy their God-given rights and determine their own destiny."

Kerry? He made no statement. In fact, shortly before the Iranian election his campaign sent an email to Iran's Mehr News Agency which was trumpeted by the Tehran Times as evidence that the Democratic front-runner would, as President, work with the hardline Islamic regime that has trampled upon human rights in Iran since 1979. The email stated that Kerry "believes that collaboration with other countries is crucial to efforts to win the war on terror and make America safer."

Kerry's campaign said that they didn't know how this email message got to Mehr, but by then the damage was done. The mullahs knew what Kerry meant by "collaboration with other countries." The Iranian Ayatollah Mehdi Haeri, who is at odds with the Iranian regime, told Insight magazine that the current Iranian leaders "fear President Bush." Bush's expressions of support for Iranian pro-democracy groups "have given these people the shivers. They think that if Bush is re-elected, they'll be gone. That's why they want to see Kerry elected."

With the war on terror slipping steadily in the polls as an important issue to voters, that's something to think about. When John Kerry says that he wants to reverse course, he gives heart to the forces of international jihad that are bent on destroying America. That's why we may not be able to spare George W. Bush, for all his faults. He fights.

Mr. Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and the author of Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West (Regnery Publishing -- a HUMAN EVENTS sister company) and Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith (Encounter Books).

http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=3194
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If There Was A Revolution In Iran, Who Would Move Back?

Beverly Hills Iranian Americans talk to Karmel Melamed about what it would take for them to return to Iran.

By Karmel Melamed

After the collapse of Iraqís totalitarian dictatorship earlier this year, local Iranian American residents reflect on the option of returning to Iran should its brutal regime also be toppled in the near future. With the large number of Iranian Americans moving to Beverly Hills over the last 25 years, Iran has become a faded memory for many. The majority of Iranians who came to Beverly Hills in the late 1970s and 1980s believed their stay in the city would be brief during the reign of the Ayatollah in Iran, but little did they know they would become a permanent part of Beverly Hills more than two decades later.

CHANGES IN THE OLD COUNTRY

While the U.S.-led war on terrorism is achieving victories and bringing new freedom to Afghanistan and Iraq, Iranian Americans living in Beverly Hills wonder if neighboring Iran is next in line for a regime change.

I would definitely go back to visit because a part of me is there, I spent my teenage life there and you canít take away your roots, said Sima Noble, a salesperson at Beverly Hills BMW.

Noble was one many Iranian American residents who said they initially came to Southern California as college and university students and eventually stayed here when the political situation in Iran took a turn for the worse.

I went to college here back in 1975 because I didn't get accepted to university in Iran, and Iíve stayed here since then, Noble said.

Local Iranians involved in Persian language newspapers, radio stations, and television programs said Iranians in Beverly Hills and all over Southern California are eager to return to Iran for a visit because of nostalgia for their origins.

From what Iíve heard, as soon as the regime changes many [Iranian] people have told me they will take the first flight out to Teheran, said Pari Abasalti, host of a call-in talk show at ìRadio Sedaye Iran, a 24-hour FM radio station based in Beverly Hills.

Abasalti, a former member of the Iranian parliament, said some Iranian Americans like herself who had ties to the late Shah of Iranís government have not traveled to Iran for fear of being imprisoned by Iranís radical Islamic regime.

Of the [Iranian American] people, 99 percent just want to see what has happened to their country, Absalti said. ìI would estimate that more than 50 percent of Iranians in [Southern California] would want to stay in Iran, and the rest would just visit once the regime changes.
Others in the local Iranian media said Iranian Americans living in Beverly Hills would be unlikely to restart their lives in a democratic Iran because of the prosperity they have achieved in the U.S.

In Beverly Hills, 90 percent of the Iranians are rich and they donít plan on going there [Iran] to live; more of those Iranians from the Valley, Los A Ali Limonadi, director and owner of the ìIranian Television (IRTV), a weekly Persian language television programngeles, and Orange County would move back there to live, said.

Many Iranian Americans living in Southern California have already begun traveling to Iran in the last 10 years, said Abasalti, who also heads one of a number of Persian language newspapers in Los Angeles.

A lot people have traveled to Iran and opened exotic businesses; they have offices and factories in Iran, Abasalti said. ìThey stay there for a couple of months to handle their businesses and then come back to the United States for a few months.

Several Iranian Americans working in Beverly Hills said some Iranians in the U.S. would develop new businesses in Iran and spark a large influx of trade between the two countries if the regime is overthrown.

ìI donít think Iranians here will drop everything and go to Iran forever, said Behzad Mahjour, an 15-year owner of a photography studio on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. ìIranians are very clever and from statistics I read they are managing over $400 billion dollars in the U.S. and if the regime changes they could take a lot of their business to Iran.

As the Iranian American population in Beverly Hills has grown in the last 25 years, a new generation of Americans of Iranian decent have grown up and gone through the Beverly Hills school system.

A few Iranian Americans residents who were once among the religious minorities in Iran said they would not restart their lives in Iran even if the regime changed because of the persecution they encountered from Iranís fundamentalist Islamic government.

I donít think Iranian Jews would go back to stay there because they have no family and no future there, said Polin Aghaei, a South Tower Drive resident. ìThe revolution gave Iranian Jews the clear message that it was not safe for them to live there.

A POLITICAL QUAGMIRE

Southern California political activists and experts on Iran said regime change in Iran in imminent in the coming years because of the tremendous social and political repression the Iranian population has been subjected to by their government.

People [Iranian Americans] are perhaps more hopeful but there is a lot of confusion, said Hossein Ziai, professor and director of Iranian Studies at UCLA.

Ziai, who has been teaching the Persian language at UCLA since 1988, said Iranian Americans in Southern California would make Iran their new homes depending on their personal financial success in the U.S., age, and opportunities available in Iran, and other personal factors.

Some Iranian Americans monitoring activities in Iran said that unlike Iraqis, the Iranian population is more willing to embrace a democratic form of government because of Iranís modernization and previous exposure to Western ideologies.

They [Iranians] are definitely ready for democracy, said Abasalti. ìIt wonít be very difficult because parents in Iran have experienced Western life and have told their children about the freedoms of a democracy.

Those Iranian Americans in contact with their families and friends in Iran, said the majority of Iranians would like to have an elected parliamentary type government in Iran.

When I speak to political activists, they want a secular government and they want everything to be decided by the people in free elections, said Limonadi, who has been in contact with student resistant movements in Iran via telephone and the Internet.

Younger Iranians in Iran have been beaten, imprisoned, or killed for demonstration for more freedom in Iran, Limonadi said.

Limonadi said students living in Iran along with their counterparts in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. have recently begun organizing plans against the Iranian regime and also with Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) in Washington, D.C. for political assistance.

According to those Iranian Americans following the news in Iran, this coming July 6 student opposition groups in Iran will mark the third anniversary of a student uprising by demonstrating in mass numbers in the streets of Tehran.

Former exiled Iranian crown prince Reza Pahlavi, who has been active in promoting democracy in Iran while residing in the U.S., was contacted by the Weekly for this story but declined to comment.

LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM

With a formidable Iranian Jewish population in Beverly Hills, the Nessah

Educational and Cultural Center located on South Rexford Drive has been a focal point to as many as 1,000 Iranian Americans in the city who gather for weekend religious services.

I have no idea why Iranian Jews have chosen Beverly Hills, but I do have a theory that usually an immigrant communityís first place of arrival is where they stay to live together, when you're together you feel more secure and I think this was the case for the Iranian Jews, said Rabbi David Shofet, heading the centerís religious services.

Shofet said most of the Iranians in his congregation are uncertain about the political situation in Iran and have been more involved in the continuity of their own traditions since the founding of their organization more than 20 years ago.

As Jews we have learned that it is impossible for us to predict where we can live since our situation has been precarious for the past 2,000 years, Shofet said. America has been the most generous host to us, and we donít really know what will happen in Iran tomorrow.

Other leaders in the Iranian Jewish community said Iranian Jews have chosen to live in Beverly Hills because of the cityís educational opportunities for their children.

Coming from a revolution, you feel more vulnerable. Choosing Beverly Hills by Jews and non-Jews had everything to do with security, said Dariush Fakheri, head of the International Judea Foundation (SIAMAK), an Iranian Jewish organization based in Los Angeles.

Iranian American residents of Beverly Hills were active in the Judea Foundationís 2000 campaign to bring international attention to the plight of 13 Jews who were falsely accused of treason in the Iranian city of Shiraz, said Fakheri.

Ultimately, the Judea Foundationís Iranian American leadership, through the help of the Simon Weisenthal Center, U.S. Congressional figures, and European leaders, was able to pressure the Iranian government from carrying out death sentences for the 13 Jews in Shiraz, said Fakheri.

Other Iranian Americans said some Iranians who have immigrated to Southern California have not been as able to enjoy the prosperity of their fellow countrymen.

There are a lot of Iranian people that are doctors and lawyers, but could not pass the examinations in the U.S. and are not able to do their own work here, said Abasalti. I know people that were generals in Iran and now theyíre working in valet parking.

The Beverly Hills Adult School has aided Iranian residents in the city who wish to learn English through their free English as a second language courses (ESL), a program which is funded by the state.

According to the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau records, more than 6,000 Iranians live in Beverly Hills and approximately 72,000 live in Los Angeles County.

These census figures were disputed by Iranian Americans contacted for this story who said the number of Iranians in Beverly Hills and Southern California was larger since some Iranian Americans failed to register during the 2000 census or identified themselves as Caucasian or Asian rather than Iranian.

After two decades of living in Beverly Hills, Iranian Americans have even become more involved local government. This past March, Iranian American Jimmy Delshad, was elected to the City Council in part as a result of his effort to mobilize the Iranian American vote citywide.

AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE AND HIGH HOPES

Some Iranian Americans contacted for this story said they were optimistic that a new government and new freedoms were on the horizon for those living in their former homeland.

A great majority of Iranians believe that a change is eminent in the very near future, said Homayoun Hooshiarnejad, editor of Asre Emrooz, a popular Persian language newspaper based in the San Fernando Valley.

Abasalti said those Iranian Americans who would make Iran their new home if the regime should change, will still maintain their strong bonds with the U.S. after living here for more than 20 years.

If they go to Iran, they won't want to lose their ties to the U.S., because they still want to see their friends and family and do business with the United States, Abasalti said.

Various Iranian Americans working and living in the city said the collapse of Iranís current regime would cut off funds the Iranian government gives to many terrorist groups and be a potentially tremendous victory for the U.S. War on Terror.

By removing the Iranian government you could cut off $100 million to terrorist groups like Hamas and those in Lebanon, because Iran right now is the financial root of a lot of terrorist activities around the world, said Mahjour.

Many younger Iranian Americans living in Beverly Hills who were contacted for this story said they felt more American than Iranian, and would find making a permanent transition to Iran an impossibility after growing up in to the city.

America is my home, where my business is at, and it would be hard to restart a new life over there in Iran, said Barry Cohanim, a 24 year-old resident of North Trenton Drive.

Cohanim, who was born in Iran but raised in Beverly Hills, said he would make a one time journey to rediscover his roots in Iran, but preferred to live his life in the U.S.

I would go [to Iran] just to see where I was from and what areas our family lived in, but I wouldnít want to live there, Cohanim said. ìIíve gone to school in Beverly Hills, graduated from Beverly High in 1996, and my whole family lives in the city or nearby. Thereís no point in living in Iran when Iím so connected to this city.

Other younger Iranians said that while they would not move to back to Iran, they would still support any movements in the U.S. or abroad set out to democratize Iran.

We as Iranian Americans canít help but feel a dynamic responsibility to support these legitimate aspirations for democracy and freedom [in Iran], said Sam Yebri, a 22 year-old North Hillcrest Road resident.

Yebri, who was born in Iran and later immigrated to Southern California in 1983 during the Iran-Iraq War, said he would visit a secular and non-hostile Iran in the future but still preferred to start his own family one day in Beverly Hills.

As for Beverly Hills, Yebri said, I could not imagine a better place to live, grow, and raise children."

http://www.a-listonline.com/iran/html/article944.html
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"I am not calling for a policy of military engagement against the Iranian government. But I am absolutely calling for an expression as clear as a bell that the freedom that we enjoy here, the freedom that we aspire to see the people of Iraq enjoy, is the freedom that we wish to see the people of Iran enjoy, and we will not be fooled or deceived by the false front of a faux democratic government. We will not relent in our opposition to that government's effort to build a nuclear bomb. We will not back down in the face of any international criticism as to the purity and import of this evil. "

Great speech
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To: nuconvert
"We should broadcast freedom into Iran more aggressively. We should break down the information barriers and tell young Iranians that we will be on their side if they rise up and fight for freedom. We should encourage the patriotic, law abiding citizens of this country who are of Iranian descent to become actively engaged in encouraging their brothers and sisters in their native land to make the regime change that will benefit them and us."


28 posted on 03/04/2004 5:08:12 PM PST by nuconvert (CAUTION: I'm an acquaintance of someone labelled :"an obstinate supporter of dangerous fantasies")
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To: nuconvert
Agreed!
29 posted on 03/04/2004 5:08:29 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran Ranked at the Bottom of Globalization Index

March 04, 2004
Iran Institute for Democracy
Ramin Parham

Disconnected from an Increasingly Connected World

In an attempt to measure Globalization, The fourth annual A.T. Kearney/FOREIGN POLICY Globalization Index analyses and ranks 62 countries in its 2004 report. The study covers all major regions of the world, encompassing both developed and developing nations. The results are quite enlightening both with regard to the global context, two years after the deadly terrorist attacks on September the 11th 2001 and the downturn of the global economy as a result of events consecutive to 9/11 and to more predictable economic cyclic patterns, and with regard to the specific case of Iran. What follows, is a summary of the report’s methodology and findings. Ranked 62 over 62, the Islamic Republic of Iran, one of the 4 Islamic theocracies of the world along with Mauritania, Pakistan, and the “transitional Islamic state” of Afghanistan, sinks “dead last for the fourth consecutive year …near the bottom in most categories”.

Number of countries analyzed: 62
These countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, “account for 96 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 84 percent of the world’s population”.

Data Period:
Annual data for 2002 are used to calculate the index published in March/April 2004.

Data Source:
Sources include “World Development Indicators 2003 (Washington: World Bank); International Financial Statistics Yearbook 2003 (Washington: International Monetary Fund); Balance of Payment Statistics 2003 (Washington: International Monetary Fund); International Telecommunications Union Yearbook of Statistics 2003 (Geneva: International Telecommunication Union); Compendium of Tourism Statistics 2003 (Madrid: World Tourism Organization); The Secure Server Survey 2003 available online from Netcraft; World Factbook 2003 (Washington: Central Intelligence Agency)”.

Categories studied:

1) Cultural Integration:
In an attempt to measure the extent to which a given country is integrated with the global network of circulating cultural products, researchers (two from Singapore University) have focused their attention on "the conduits by which ideas, beliefs, and values are transmitted". These "conduits" are termed "cultural proxies" and "Proxy signifiers" measuring the "extent to which beliefs and values are moving across national boundaries. The most likely proxy, then, would be the vehicles by which culture is most typically transmitted." Although the authors acknowledge that any empirical quantification of "all possible facets of culture" is infeasible, they have nevertheless been able to identify "key indicators" of cultural globalization: 1) "cinematic films"; 2) "television programming" as a less costly way of cultural production and diffusion than Hollywood style feature film making, and, 3) the "volume of imported print publications" including magazines, periodicals, books and so on. These indicators are also said to demonstrate the extent to which the people of any given country can "create a way of looking at the world that is not bound by tradition." Recognizing the difficulty to find reliable and systematic sources of data, GI (Globalization Index) researchers have finally taken into account the only indicator for which systematic data have been available, that is printed materials. Based on this, the normalized calculation of the index has "tallied up the imports and exports" of printed materials divided "by the population size" (normalization). To interpret the results the following guidelines are given:

- "the higher a country is on this index, the more likely an individual in that country is to receive foreign cultural products"; and
- "the higher the dollar value of this index is, the more likely an individual in that nation is to recieve cultural products."

2) Economic Integration:
“Trade, foreign direct investment, portfolio capital flows, and investment income”.

3) Technological Integration:
This is a measure of “connectivity” as determined by the number of Internet users, Internet hosts, and secure servers.

4) Personal Contact:
“International travel and tourism, international telephone traffic, and remittances and personal transfers (including worker remittances, compensation to employees, and other person-to-person and nongovernmental transfers)”.

5) Political Engagement:
Absolute numbers here are given for “Memberships in international organizations, personnel and financial contributions to U.N. Security Council missions, international treaties ratified” and GDP-adjusted “governmental transfers” (sum of credits and debits).

Calculating the Index
“For most variables, each year's inward and outward flows are added, and the sum is divided by the country's nominal economic output (as measured by GDP) or, where appropriate, its population...The resulting data for each given variable are then normalized through a process that assigns values to data points for each year relative to the highest data point that year. The highest data point is valued at one, and all other data points are valued as fractions of one ... Globalization Index scores for every country and year are derived by summing all the indicator scores”.

Global Context at the time of the study

The period of the study, 2002, was in a sense Year One in a post September 11th world. 2002 was also a world of global economic downturn among the causes of which one could take into account the huge productivity gains made during the 1990s as a result of the pervasive penetration of information technology use in all aspects of social life from corporate governance to household connectivity. In their depiction of the global context, the authors of the 2004 GI also point out to:

- the collapse of the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Cancún, Mexico;
- the trading of “diplomatic blows over free trade and the ongoing war on terrorism” between the US and EU;
- the “effective collapse” of the Growth and Stability Pact in the euro zone;
- the internal EU divide over political integration “as Europe's leaders failed to reach consensus on a draft constitution”; and to
- the inability of the UN to overcome the trans-Atlantic divide over the war on Iraq, “the most visible” symbolic failure of “multilateral cooperation”.

Global Results
“Globalization endured in 2002”, the report says, and so, despite a downturn in economic indicators. The resiliency of the globalization process is credited on non-economic such as travel, mobile telephony, and the world wide penetration of the internet:

- “More than 130 million new Internet users came online in 2002, bringing the total to more than 620 million, representing 9.9 percent of the total world population ... the World Wide Web now contains a volume of information that is 17 times larger than the print collections of the U.S. Library of Congress” ... The Middle East remained among the world's least connected areas, but saw the number of Internet users jump by 116 percent
- “International telephone traffic continued to grow, up 9 billion minutes to a total of 135 billion minutes in 2002 ... In 2002, for the first time, the number of mobile phones per capita (“mobidensity”) worldwide exceeded that of main telephone lines...”

Country Results

Integrating Economic, Technological, Political, and Personal data, the 2004 GI Top 10 and Bottom 10 countries are ranked as follow:

Top 10: Ireland, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands, Finland, Canada, United States, New Zealand, Austria, Denmark

Bottom 9: Brazil, Kenya, Turkey, Bangladesh, China, Venezuela, Indonesia, Egypt,
India.

“Dead last”: Islamic Republic of Iran
Overall ranking among the 62 countries: 62
Economic ranking: 59/62
Political ranking: 61/62
Technological ranking: 48/62
Personal ranking: 62/62

High on Opiates and Connected to Heroin Lords

Released by the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (US Department of State), the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report 2003 gives yet another striking picture of the reality of Iran under the revolutionary theocratic regime.

According to the report:

- The Islamic Republic of Iran is a major transit route for opiates smuggled from Afghanistan and through Pakistan to the Persian Gulf, Turkey, Russia, and Europe.
- Opium addiction in Iran ... is a major social and health problem ...
- About two percent of Iran’s 67.7 million citizens (that is, about 1,354,000 people) [official estimates] ... Other sources ... would add perhaps 500,000-600,000 “casual” users, for a total of perhaps two million ... UNODC estimates that 2.8 percent of the Iranian population over age 15 used opiates in 2001. Only Laos and Russia come close to Iran’s estimated drug abuse ... In 2002, the number of deaths from drug abuse increased by 370 percent ... reflecting a shift in Iran to abuse of heroin, especially intravenous abuse ... Sixty-seven percent of all recorded HIV cases are associated with drug abuse...
- Opiate drug seizures during 2002 in Iran ... were almost 208 metric tons of opium equivalent (Opium Equivalent = Opium +(heroin x 10)+(morphine base x 10), making Iran number one in the world in opiate seizures. Projected drug seizures for 2003, based on nine month figures, were even higher, at 243.6 metric tons of opium equivalent.
- Iran has ratified the 1988 UN Drug Convention, but its laws do not bring it completely into compliance with the Convention ... particularly in the areas of money laundering and controlled deliveries...
- Drug offenses are under the jurisdiction of the Revolutionary Courts ... More than 60 percent of the inmates in Iranian prisons are incarcerated for drug offenses, ranging from use to trafficking. Narcotics-related arrests in Iran during 2002 remained high at 118,819 persons ... Iran has executed more than 10,000 narcotics traffickers in the last decade ...
- Trafficking: The use of human “mules” is on the rise. Individuals and small groups also attempt to cross the border with two to ten kilograms of drugs, in many cases ingested for concealment. Trafficking through Iran's airports also appears to be on the rise.

Attentive readers may add to this, recent reports (ISNA, November 10th 2003) according to which:

- drug seizures in Iran amount to no more that 5% of the narcotics that circulate or transit through the country;
- 8000 drug and prostitution rings are active in Tehran alone;
- in the last 7 years, the average age of prostitutes has dropped from 27 to less than 20 years old;
- 1.8 billion US dollars has been the estimated value of the drug in circulation in the country in 2002-2003, more than six times higher than its value 8 years earlier
- the number of HIV infected Iranians is put at 25000 to 40000, five to eight times higher than official estimates [10 November 2003 (RFE/RL)]

http://www.iraninstitutefordemocracy.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=59
30 posted on 03/04/2004 5:10:18 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn; All
"When there is a demonstration sponsored by the medieval elements in a country like Iran, it is not the German flag that they burn. They do not shout death to Germany. They do not destroy likenesses of the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben. They burn the American flag. They smash likenesses of the American Capitol, and they clearly let us know that we are the ones who are in their sights. So be it.

If we understand that we are the targets, then we must understand we have a special responsibility to act."

I know he's a democrat, but this congressman Andrews is right on.
31 posted on 03/04/2004 5:11:56 PM PST by nuconvert (CAUTION: I'm an acquaintance of someone labelled :"an obstinate supporter of dangerous fantasies")
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The Iranian Ayatollah Mehdi Haeri, who is at odds with the Iranian regime, told Insight magazine that the current Iranian leaders “fear President Bush.” Bush’s expressions of support for Iranian pro-democracy groups “have given these people the shivers. They think that if Bush is re-elected, they’ll be gone. That’s why they want to see Kerry elected.”

John Ferret Kerry gets the Khamenei endorsement.

32 posted on 03/04/2004 5:18:22 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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33 posted on 03/05/2004 12:03:49 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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